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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

6,369 Reviews

  • Excellent 4,715
  • Great 1,474
  • Average 128
  • Disappointing 39
  • Terrible 13

Rating Details

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

Tour Reviews

Highlights of China

Highlights of China

5.0
January 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Great tour – can't believe how much we packed into 12 days (Xièxiè , Emma!), and how many 'Chinas' we saw and enjoyed (old and new, city and country, quiet and noisy). Still have images popping up unexpectedly in my mind of things we saw and people we met.
Maybe not inspirational, but most fun in the cooking class - sixteen nervous jugglers all with hot woks. lots of ingredients and not enough time

Super. Endlessly patient, deeply knowledgeable, great fun.

Go soon, try everything!

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Wonderful driver & tour guide.

Bhutan - A Textile Journey

5.0
December 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Our guide, Kinley, and our driver, Likden, were the best possible people to travel with. There was no question Kinley could not answer, and the way he guided us through temples, dzongs, landscapes, village was inspiring. Though Likden the driver did not speak much English, he was a complete professional at his work. The whole country was under road construction from single lane to double, and frequently the car had to be very close to the precipice to get by….and we NEVER felt the slightest anxiety about being about 5 inches from the abyss. I would recommend these two wonderful Bhutanese for any group you can possibly give them.
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It was truly an amazing experience.

Myanmar: Cruising The Chindwin River

5.0
December 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We were thoroughly enamored by the people that we met on that very remote river cruise. Experiences that raw are very hard to come by in this world. We'd love to have had lots more time (and a private guide) in these villages. "Off the grid" changes very quickly, even this cruise has already been underway for a year maybe? Steph and I love this. Yes, we want more!
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Loved the activities in our itinerary.

Myanmar: Cruising The Chindwin River

5.0
December 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We loved the washing of the Buddha, visiting the villages and their schools, meeting all the people (both Burmese and fellow travelers), eating some local fare.
5.0
December 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Cuong and Prasith stand out because they responded so well to us personally and did great work tweaking our itinerary. Sareth was also an excellent guide. The Knai Bang Chat hotel as way and above the best! Amazing architecture, peaceful, beautiful surroundings, delicious food. Could have stayed there for a week!
Everything was wonderful, so it seems unfair to pick and choose. But if we must: stand outs include Mango Home Cruise (we had a boat and crew to ourselves!); our early morning visit to Soc Trang floating market and that entire day which included a visit to a heron rookery, and a large pagoda/monastery where fruit bats roosted; and Knai Bang Chat in Kep, Cambodia. Prasith, our guide in Siem Reap, did an outstanding job of putting together two very memorable days there which included a wonderful much appreciated hike up to the River of a Thousand Linghams! We also appreciated having so much time to pursue our own esthetic interests: Jim produced many drawings and watercolors. I photographed some of the gorgeous insect life found in the region.
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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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