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Top Asia Experiences

Walking the Great Wall of China at dawn

Exploring the sprawling Cambodian city of Angkor Wat and all its many temples

Marveling at the beauty of Ha long Bay in Vietnam, an UNESCO World Heritage Site with 3,000 islets

Observing the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

Experiencing the famous nightlife and hustle and bustle of Bangkok in Thailand

Relaxing on the serene island of Bali

Hiking the Himalayan foothills and wandering the bazaars of Kathmandu in Nepal

Wandering around calming Buddhist Temples in Japan

Taking an exotic Irrawaddy River cruise 

Enjoying the colorful city of Tokyo, Japan

Experiencing two worlds in super-modern and colonial Shanghai, China.

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Top Asia Attractions

Great Wall of China in Huairou, China

Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Forbidden City in Beijing, China

Mount Fuji in Japan

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

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Asia Attractions And Landmarks Guide

By far the world’s largest continent, Asia is as diverse as it is large. China, Siberia, Nepal and Jordan are all parts of Asia, as are Sri Lanka, Iran, Mongolia and Dubai. So a trip to Asia can encompass many regions, cultures, religions – and decisions. Given its size and breadth, taking a guided tour can be an efficient way to experience a taste of Asia. Stride can help sort it all out for you – from Indonesia to India to Israel, Asia is varied, intriguing, and endlessly fascinating.

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 and exotic 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, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Georgia

Attractions: 

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

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Cultural Sightseeing, Trekking and Volunteering

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Great experience of Lantang trek! May 2018

5.0

Lantang Valley Trekking

Lantang valley trek was amazing. Everything was well managed and easy going. Sunrise adventure trek was a wonderful company they make everything was sure and safe. So I would like to come next time with this company for Everest base camp trek. I highly recommend everyone to use this company. Read more

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80% great, 20% a waste of valuable time April 2018

4.0

Japan's Cultural Treasures

Our guide and group were wonderful. Most of the sites visited fascinating and worth it. I especially loved the visit with the monk and the Hakone Outdoor Art Museum.

It broke my heart that the one day in Tokyo was such a waste of time. Please, taking us to a mediocre mall and a car exhibit, what were you thinking? There should of been two days allotted to that fabulous city to see the real sites. Also, I am an adult and making sushi for four year old was a huge insult and should be skipped at all costs. Also I believe that the trip to Nari should be included as part of the trip and not an optional tour.

Except for breakfasts, the food was cafeteria grade at best and repetitive. You could do better. The best food was that which we picked ourselves.

I would never recommend going in cherry blossom time. There were 80 buses lined up to get into the outdoor sites. Buy a postcard and put it on your wall, or better yet, visit Washington DC. I would recommend this trip if modifications were made.
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Operator Overseas Adventure Travel

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Great tour April 2018

5.0

Vietnam Snapshot

Great adventure for someone who wants a taste of vietnam. Our guide Manh went above and beyond making sure we got the best of everything.

Operator Peregrine Adventures

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Experience of a lifetime - fantastic staff April 2018

5.0

Everest Base Camp Trek

This was a fantastic trip that I would go on again in a heartbeat. The scenery was spectacular and the exodus staff were fantastic. I went on my own, slightly nervous as I had never done a trip like this before, but my team mates and leaders were so welcoming my worries dissipated. The trek itself was tough particularly with the altitude but it is well worth all the pain once you get to base camp and realise you've done it.

Exodus were professional and organised throughout. If people became unwell the staff were quick to respond with the appropriate remedy. We were lucky with the weather but if this did happen to cause delays I'm confident that these would be handled smoothly. They were knowledgeable, helpful (even after many repeated questions about Nepali culture and the mountains!) and went above and beyond to make the trip so special.


I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and enjoys experiencing different cultures. I will definitely be using Exodus Travel again.
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Fantastic intro to Japan! April 2018

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Discover Japan

Had never been to Japan before, this was an excellent introduction! I loved our guide and the accommodations were fabulous. I will say it didn't feel like we ventured too far off the tourist path, but I honestly didn't mind since I liked seeing these famous incredible places. Read more

Operator G Adventures

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