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Top Trip Memories

  • Walking the Great Wall of China at dawn.
  • Visiting the old biblical city of Jerusalem in Israel followed by a side trip to Petra, the 2,000-year-old red-rock city, in nearby Jordan.
  • Gazing in awe at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
  • Exploring the ruins of Temple Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Cruising Vietnam's gorgeous Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3,000 islets
  • Marveling at the skilled horsemen at a festival in Mongolia.
  • Riding the Trans-Siberian Express train from Vladivostok to Moscow.
  • Viewing the sights of Bangkok, Thailand, from the water on a canal boat.
  • Experiencing two worlds in super-modern and colonial Shanghai, China.
  • Skiing (indoors) in the fantasy-like desert sheikdom of Dubai.
  • Getting some R&R on the lush island of Bali, Indonesia.
  • Hiking the Himalayan foothills and wandering the bazaars of Kathmandu in Nepal.
  • Touring the many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Taking an exotic Irrawaddy River cruise through newly opened-up Myanmar (Burma).
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Tour Tips

  • Asia is particularly well suited to taking guided tours, especially since travel in China, India and many other countries can be chaotic and confusing for non-natives.
  • Don’t try to tackle too much of Asia in one trip, unless you have unlimited time and resources.
  • Countries that deserve their own special trips include China, Japan, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Nepal, and Israel – though you could say the same about many others as well.
  • Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore) is a favorite emerging destination, worth at least two separate trips. 
  • River cruise trips are becoming increasingly popular in east Asia, especially in China (Yangtze), Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong) and Myanmar (Irrawaddy). 
  • Some Asian countries are current war zones or trouble spots (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), but it is possible to arrange tours to some unexpected places, such as Iran, Kurdish Iraq -- even North Korea.
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Asia Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

10,293 Reviews

  • Excellent 7,666
  • Great 2,214
  • Average 136
  • Disappointing 40
  • Terrible 13

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

An incredible experience travelling from Beijing to St Petersburg by train, unforgettable and fascinating to travel with a likeminded group of people, all aware of a standard level of comfort, all curious to learn with an open mind, either by engaging in interesting conversations on the train or just by quietly observing the varying and stunning landscapes along the way

Trans-Mongolian Express

5.0
April 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
An incredible experience travelling from Beijing to St Petersburg by train, unforgettable and fascinating to travel with a like-minded group of people, all aware of a standard level of comfort, all curious to learn with an open mind, either by engaging in interesting conversations on the train or just by quietly observing the varying and stunning landscapes along the way. Ways of life, culture and nature, steppe and forest, people and humanity, small villages and impressive cities, this trip is nothing short of an epic experience of a life time.
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Armenia and Georgia comprise a fascinating part of the world that still lies off the beaten track

Best of Georgia & Armenia

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Armenia and Georgia comprise a fascinating part of the world that still lies off the beaten track. And it feels that way. Many of us on the trip knew little about the Caucasus before we left for that part of the world, and we all learned so much: about the birth of Christianity, about monastic architecture, about battles for territory and how those battles created intriguing mixtures of cultures, about life under the Soviet regime . . . And all in 9 or so days. We saw such beautiful countryside and ate such delicious food-and had such a range of experiences: cultural, culinary, artistic, urban, active, religious . . . (The only really odd thing is that Georgia at no point felt full of the advertised "hospitality." The Georgian people seemed cold and unapproachable. Perhaps it's misleading to advertise the trip as offering that hospitality firsthand.)
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As a busy, young professional, I have little vacation time but a huge desire to travel to different parts of the world and experience new cultures

Northern Hilltribes & Villages

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
As a busy, young professional, I have little vacation time but a huge desire to travel to different parts of the world and experience new cultures. G adventures offers a bespoke travel package that enables people such as myself to have an authentic experience of a new country in a short space of time. The itinerary is carefully selected so that the traveller gets a taste of all that a country has to offer-you can opt to participate in as much or as little as you like. For solo travellers, G Adventures is the ideal solution-you can spend time with other like-minded people as and when you like. The CEO takes all the stress out of travelling as they do all the organising and negotiating. This leaves you free to indulge in all the sights, sounds and tastes the the place has to offer without any stress!
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Northern triangle tour

Highlights of Northern India

5.0
March 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Amazing tour, fully loaded with all aspect of a great insight into India and the Northern city highlights!
Avoid sleeper trains as major delays and the slowest running train ever, disappointed as wasted a precious day of our trip!
Friendly people living in basic facilities opens your eyes to our western luxuries and lifestyle! Tigers in the wild and the beautiful Taj Mahal big highlights!

Great, friendly, informative!

Follow trip advise notes and you will be fully prepared for this trip

Baby wipes and gut medication is a must!

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Highlights of Norther India

Highlights of Northern India

4.0
March 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was my second trip with Exodus and again, the trip was very well organized and our tour guide very knowleg. It was fast paced which covered all the important sights on what is known as the "golden triangle." The only draw back was the amount of time spent on a bus between sights - something that was unavoidable. So if you are someone who likes more exercise/walking this might not be the trip for you. It however, offered an excellent overview for a first trip to India.
Of course, seeing that famous building - the Taj Mahal - it did not disappoint. And seeing both a tiger and a leopard at the Ranthambhore National Park, a sighting which is rare.

Besides being well organized, helpful and always pleasant, he was very informative about the history and politics of his country. Also, with 17 people to manage everyday on a very active, fast paced trip, he was still able to respond to our individual needs and to do it with an unflappable style.

Bring a large roll of toilet paper - you won't regret it! ;>) (A roll of hotel toilet paper in India is usually about the 1/3 the size what is available in the U.S.) Also, facial wipes are handy especially when you are on the train and can't wash up very well.

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Asia Trips & Tour Advice

Asia – whose land mass of more than 17 million square miles is more than four times that of Europe – incorporates so many different nations and cultures that it can be hard to grasp its depth and breadth. Asia is also changing rapidly: industrializing, digitizing, globalizing, and modernizing to sometimes the nth degree while still retaining, in many places, its pastoral charms. Still, it’s good to go sooner than later to see aspects of the old Asia along with the new.

Do you start with fast-developing China, the world’s most populous nation, where million-plus cities seem to spring up overnight? From world icons like the Great Wall and Beijing’s Forbidden City to ultra-hip Shanghai and teeming Hong Kong (a special administrative region), it tops many travelers’ wish lists. Or do you opt for the temples, pulsating cities and culinary delights of Japan and Korea?

Southeast Asia Calling

Perhaps a Southeast Asia sojourn is at hand. Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are home to architectural treasures ranging from Bangkok’s Royal Palace to the grand ruins of Cambodia’s Temple Angkor Wat and Indonesia’s ninth-century temple Borobudur. Southeast Asia’s beaches, cuisines and surviving rural cultures and landscapes are all traveler favorites, while river cruising on the Mekong and Irrawaddy are hot tickets.

India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka form another fascinating region. While India can be chaotic (a perfect destination for a guided tour), an early-morning boat ride on the Ganges in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi or a visit to Agra’s Taj Mahal are never-to-be-forgotten experiences. Nepal is the ultimate high for Himalayan trekkers, while Bhutan serves up bliss amid the mountain peaks. Sri Lanka is emerging from years of civil strife to display its lush, peaceful side.

The Ancient Silk Route

Much of Russia – from the Ural Mountains to eastern Siberia – lies in Asia, as does Mongolia, land of yurts and horsemen. Central Asia is a vast expanse of “stans”: Uzbekistan’s Samarkand, Bukhara and Tashkent were pillars along the old nomadic Silk Route from China. The ancient Babylonian and Persian empires live on in modern-day Iraq and Iran – an option for adventurous travelers. Parts of the Middle East are also troubled, though the United Arab Emirates – with its star attraction, Dubai -- and some other areas of the exotic Arabian Peninsula still beckon (even Saudi Arabia is starting to open up to non-Islamic tourism).

Israel and Jordan are at peace, offering the opportunity to visit both ancient Jerusalem and nearby Petra, Jordan’s wondrous rock city. Much of Turkey lies in Asia as well – including the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia and the beaches of the Turkish Riviera.

While a quick overview can barely scratch the surface of Asian travel, Stride can ease the confusion with our easy-to-use comparison tools. After sizing up our plentiful offerings of guided tours, river cruises and active vacation packages, you can then decide which Asian region is the best fit for you. And chances are you’ll want to return again and again to sample more of all the cultural and adventurous discoveries that Asia has in store.

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Countries:     

China, India, Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan,  Malaysia, Philippines, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Krygyzstan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Georgia

Attractions: 

Great Wall,China; Taj Mahal,India; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Halong Bay, Vietnam; Mount Everest, Nepal; and  Many More

Top Activities:                     

Culture Sighseeing, Trekking and Volunteering

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