Bhutan

Overview

Discover Bhutan

Perched high in the Himalayas, between Tibet and India, and shrouded in mystery, lies the unique Kingdom of Bhutan. Filled with deep seeded culture and tradition, and the world’s last remaining Buddhist kingdom, The Land of the Dragon is often referred to as “The Last Shangrila”. Filled with warm hospitality, gentle people dressed traditional clothing and spectacular scenery, Bhutan is a country like no other.

Towering up on a cliff and built during the late 17th century, the Taktsang Monastery in Paro, also known as Tiger's Nest, is Bhutan’s most frequented monument and one of the world’s most important Buddhist sites. Beyond the capital city Thimphu’s attractions, the beautiful ancient capital Punakha, the splendid panoramic views at Dochula pass and the sacred site Mebar Tsho (Burning Lake) are just some of this tiny country’s numerous other treasures. Bhutan’s rich biodiversity and rugged mountainous terrain is home to hundreds of monasteries and ancient fortresses known as dzongs that dot the pristine landscape—ideal for trekking, cycling, hiking, rafting and birdwatching. Tshechu festivals, where one can witness religious mask dance performances, and other colourful Bhutanese entertainment are equally majestic. The voyage of a lifetime—Bhutan.

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Bhutan

Cambodia

  • Battambang
    Set in the northwest region of Cambodia along the banks of the Sankae River, submerge in the charming ancient capital city of Battambang. Find serenity at the timeless historic Buddhist temples situated on hilltops including Baset Temple, Wat Ek...

  • Kep
    Set along the Gulf of Thailand and founded during the early 1900s, Kep is a small seaside town located along the Southwest coast of Cambodia. Soak in the sun on Kep Beach or take a short 20 minute boat ride to laze on the lovely white sand beach on Rabbit Island (Koh Tonsay).

  • Koh Kong
    Set near the border of Thailand, in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains, experience Koh Kong Province starting in the capital, Koh Kong. Meander through the ancient mangrove forest then take a boat ride on the estuary at the Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend the day on Koh Kong Island’s beautiful beach, or visit one of the other nearby islands.

  • Phnom Penh
    Set along the confluence of the Mekong River and Tonle River, Phnom Penh is the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Evoking a distinctive Southeast Asia feel, this charismatic city’s burgeoning food and nightlife scene adds to its charm.

  • Siem Reap
    Bursting with life and laden with Khmer, colonial and Chinese architecture, the small provincial capital of Siem Reap serves as the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park.

  • The Mekong River
    Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of the city - embark on a riveting Mekong River cruise between Saigon and Siem Reap. Cruise among local sampans, and observe their colourful floating markets and typical Khmer rural life.

    Greater China

  • Beijing
    Filled with rich history, Beijing is the capital and political centre of the People’s Republic of China.

  • Hong Kong
    Nestled in the centre of Victoria Harbour and a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is far more than just a top financial centre. Laden with sprawling, modern skyscrapers that intertwine with temples and historic monuments

  • Pingyao, Shanxi
    Brimming with history in Shanxi, and dating back over 2,700 years, Pingyao was first built during the reign of King Xuan (827-782 BC) in the Western Zhou Dynasty. A listed UNESCO World Culture Heritage site, even to this day this small ancient town looks much the same as it did when it was one of China’s biggest trading and financial centres during the late Ming and Qing Dynasties.

  • Shanghai
    Filled with a rich history and culture, Shanghai is a fascinating blend of sprawling skyscrapers interspersed with narrow alleys lined with traditional Chinese architecture.

  • Tianjin
    Nestled along the Hai He River and the Bohai Sea in Hebei, Tianjin is one of the People’s Republic of China’s largest cities.

    India

  • Around India
    Officially the Republic of India and the world’s second most populous country, India is a federation comprising 28 states and seven union territories, which are divided up into six regions.

  • Darjeeling
    Surrounded by majestic mountain peaks including the world’s third tallest mountain, Kangchenjunga, Darjeeling is a British colonial hill station located in the Indian state of West Bengal.

  • Goa
    Laden with a rich Portuguese heritage, to this day Goa remains unlike the rest of India. Situated on the southwestern coast, relax on one of its many mile-long beaches. Experience its historical colonial buildings, forts, churches, and Hindu temples...

  • Jaipur, Rajasthan
    A gateway to discovering medieval India’s royal Rajput palaces, forts and other architectural wonders, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. Informally referred to as the “Pink City”, after Maharaja Ram Singh had the entire old city painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876, discover the city’s vibrant culture, colourful festivals and Rajasthani cuisine.

  • Ladakh
    Surrounded by mountains in northern India’s state of Jammu and Kashmri, soak in the natural beauty in the “land of high passes”. Immerse amid Ladakh’s beautiful lakes including Pagong Tso and Tso Morari.

  • Malabar Coast, Kerala
    Bounded by the vast Arabian Sea on India’s southwestern shores in Northern Kerala, tranquillity permeates the air in Malabar. Celebrating life with myriad marvellous rituals and colourful annual festivals, the hospitable people who dwell here are significantly influenced by their innate belief in their deities.

  • Srinagar, Kashmir
    Situated in Kashmir Valley, and forming part of Northwest India’s administrative state of Kashmir and Jammu, Srinagar is set around Dal Lake.

    Indonesia

  • Bali
    Immerse in Bali’s rich and unique culture with a visit to Tanah Lot and its sea temple, or one of the many other wonderful temples (pura) scattered throughout the “Island of the Gods”. Embrace a Balinese dancing and gamelan lesson...

  • Belitung
    Remote and unspoilt, Belitung is an island situated off the eastern shores of Sumatra. Soak in the sun on isolated white sand beaches, and swim or snorkel in the turquoise blue waters amidst its magnificent granite stone formations that jet out from the Java Sea.

  • Bintan
    Situated in the South China Sea and forming part of the Riau archipelago in Indonesia, Bintan Island is located less than an hour by fast boat from Singapore.

  • Central Java
    Set in the middle of Java, discover the Indonesian province, Central Java starting at Yogyakarta’s 10th century Hindu UNESCO World Heritage site, Prambanan.

  • East Indonesia
    Adventure seekers in search of something truly remote will delight in the little visited islands strewn throughout East Indonesia. Discover Flores in the Lesser Sunda Islands.

  • East Java
    Laden with imposing volcanic mountains, rich history and culture, East Java is sure to impress even the most seasoned traveller. Discover the province’s capital Surabaya, and its wide array of historic sites and architecture.

  • Jimbaran, Bali
    Set on the southern tip of Bali and once a small fishing village, Jimbaran is located just south of the airport, on a narrow isthmus. The quiet and serene setting is enhanced by its magnificent limestone cliff-fringed coastlines and lovely beaches.

  • Kalimantan
    Forming three-quarters of the world’s third largest island, Kalimantan is the Indonesian part of Borneo. Divided into four regions, East, West, South and Central, discover some of richest biodiversity in the world in its vast jungles and rainforests filled with long, winding rivers and fascinating wildlife.

  • Lombok
    Straddled between Bali and Sumbawa, and forming part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, Lombok’s pristine white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters gleam. Located just minutes from Lombok, the Gili Islands are a famous haven for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, filled with reefs teeming with soft coral and marine life.

  • Malang, Java
    Dating back to the 8th century and once the seat of the Kanjuruhan Kingdom, and later a Dutch colonial town, today Malang is the second largest city in East Java. Filled with character and one of Indonesia’s most beautiful cities, tour the historical downtown area in a becak (pedicab).

  • Sanur-Saba, Bali
    Nestled along the southeastern coast, and one of Bali’s oldest fishing villages, Sanur offers a quiet and welcoming interlude.

  • Seminyak-Canggu, Bali
    Located just north of Legian, near to the villages of Petitenget, Umalas and Kerobokan on the west coast of southern Bali in the Tanah Lot region, Seminyak is at once both sophisticated and relaxing. Known for its wonderful boutiques, spas, restaurants, cafés, and bars, it is one of the island’s quaintest towns.

  • Sidemen, Bali
    Situated in East Bali and forming part of Karangasem Regency, experience stunning scenery and the simple, traditional Balinese way of life in Sidemen. Once home to the famous Russian-born German primitivist painter Walter Spies, Sidemen is idyllically located in a valley laden with rice terraces, which lead up to the sacred volcano Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali.

  • Ubud, Bali
    Nestled in the heart of the “Island of the Gods”, Ubud has been the centre of Bali’s artistic and cultural community since the early 20th century. Meet local artists at their galleries to see their original artworks, or participate in one of their workshops to learn how to make batik, pottery and silver jewellery.

  • West Papua
    Situated in the southwest Pacific Ocean, on the world’s second largest but highest tropical island, and also known as Western New Guinea, West Papua comprises one of New Guinea’s two official provinces.

    Japan

  • Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
    Situated in the Pacific Ocean in East Asia, the island nation of Japan simultaneously embraces both its past and its future. Divided into 47 prefectures and also known as Nippon...

  • Kinugawa
    Situated in Tochigi Prefecture, Kinugawa is a famed hot spring (onsen) town located approximately two hours by train on the Tobu Rail from Tokyo. A magnificent rural respite, Kinugawa has been a favourite jaunt for city dwellers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of urban commotion since the Meiji era.

    Laos

  • Champasak–Pakse
    Located in Southern Laos, Pakse is the largest city in Champasak Province. Begin exploring the region in Pakse. Witness a fascinating alms giving ceremony at Wat Luan. The large and lovely temple is also home to a Buddhist monk school. Wander around the old market and rice paddy fields at Ban Keosamphanh. Glimpse at the Champasak Provincial Museum’s artefacts. Filled with restaurants and bars, spend the evening wandering around the popular Mekong Bank.

  • Luang Prabang
    Encircled by verdant foliage and mountains, at the confluence of two rivers in north-central Laos, Luang Prabang is the heart and pride of Lao culture. Previously the capital of the first Lao kingdom, temples, pagodas, Lao wooden houses and French colonial buildings form the backdrop of this designated UNESCO World Heritage city.

  • Muang La
    Situated in the heart of northern Laos in Oudomxay Province, the small town of Muang La beckons travellers eager to experience its unspoilt natural beauty and numerous ethnic groups that dwell between rice paddies and mountains.

    Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur
    Founded in 1857 as a tin-mining town, and affectionately known as KL, an uncanny mix of eccentric delights awaits in this animated, modern metropolis.

  • Penang

  • Sarawak
    Situated on the island of Borneo, the world’s third largest island, Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state. Experience the magic of Sarawak starting in lively Kuching. Meaning “cat” in Malay, see the artefacts in one of Kuching’s museums including the Sarawak Museum, the Cat Museum, the Chinese History Museum or the Sarawak Textile Museum. Head to the historic Fort Margherita to view its Brooke militaria exhibits and well-known “laughing skulls”. Savour tantalising local cuisine and dishes made with Sarawak’s famous pepper. Shop for locally made pottery and other native handicrafts.

  • Tioman Island
    Rising up above the South China Sea’s turquoise waters, Tioman emerges like a giant sleeping dragon. Colossal trees point out like dark green scales, imposing grey granite form her claws, and twin peaks swirled in mist depict her horns, jetting up to welcome voyagers.

    Maldives

  • Baa Atoll
    Nestled on the west coast of the Maldives and comprising three separate natural atolls, Baa Atoll is located approximately 30 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport.

    Myanmar (Burma)

  • Mandalay
    Previously the royal capital, Mandalay is set along the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma. Visit the country’s revered Mahamuni Paya temple to see its celebrated 4-meter high gold Buddha.

  • Rakhine State
    Situated on the western coast of central Myanmar, experience Rakhine State. Visit numerous serene Buddhist temples and pagodas in the ancient city of the Rakhine Dynasty in Mrauk U including Koe Thaung Temple...

  • Shan State
    Bordering China, Laos and Thailand, witness the large mountainous region of Shan State’s natural beauty. Capture the essence of traditional rural Burmese life with a boat excursion on Inle Lake.

    Nepal

  • Pokhara Valley
    Surrounded by the Himalayas’ Annapura mountain range in the centre of Nepal, immerse in Pokhara Valley’s spectacular scenery, highlighted by three of the world’s highest mountains. Discover lively Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city and its crystal clear lake.

    Philippines

  • Cebu
    Situated in Visayas, experience one of the Philippines’ most developed islands, Cebu. Unwind on pristine white sandy beaches. Snorkel/scuba dive, or swim with the whale sharks at Oslob. Go kiteboarding, windsurfing, and cliff diving, or visit Cebu’s famous Kawasan Falls.

  • Palawan
    Filled with stunning seascapes, and a designated UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve, Palawan is the largest and least populated province in the Philippines. Often called the “Last Frontier”, emerge in its astonishing biodiversity and indigenous cultures. Relax and unwind on some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine beaches. Swim in crystal blue waters and inviting lagoons surrounded by limestone cliffs.

  • Siargao Island
    Surrounded by an enormous coral reef in the Philippine Sea in Siargao del Norte Province, lies the tropical island of Siargao.

    Singapore

    South Korea

  • Hahoe
    Situated just east of Andong in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and founded during the 14th-15th century, Hahoe is a throw back in time. Nestled peacefully along an S-shaped bend on the sandy banks of the Nakdong River, and sheltered by forests and agricultural fields, this listed UNESCO World Heritage site forms a priceless piece of Korea’s rich heritage.

  • Seoul
    Nestled along the Han River and officially known as Seoul Special City, dynamic Seoul is the nation’s capital and one of the world’s biggest metropolises.

    Sri Lanka

  • National Parks
    Despite its small size, Sri Lanka is home to 26 national parks, making it one of the best places to witness Asia’s diverse wildlife, flora and fauna. Explore, the island nation’s second largest park, Yala National Park to see leopards, elephants, birds, and other wildlife.

    Taiwan

  • South Taiwan
    South Taiwan has much to offer. Experience rich Taiwanese folk culture, delightful street food, and engaging temples in Kaoshiung, the island’s second largest city, then visit its nearby mud volcanoes.

    Thailand

  • Andaman Coast
    Set along the western coast of Thailand and laden with wide deserted beaches, experience the Andaman Coast’s beautiful and mostly undiscovered tropical islands. Take a rejuvenating soak in the hot springs located in Ranong.

  • Ayutthaya
    Situated within close proximity to Bangkok, experience another side of Thailand in Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and Uthai Thani. Each has its own magical appeal. Founded in 1350, visit splendorous ancient temples in Siam’s second capital, Ayutthaya. Dating back to the 9th century, Suphan Buri is also filled with rich historical heritage. Otherwise, witness spectacular nature and endangered wildlife at Uthai Thani’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve, a Natural World Heritage site, or the floating gardens on the picturesque Sakaekrang River. For remote refuges in the countryside— Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, and Uthai Thani.

  • Bangkok
    Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, the “City of Angels” is an energetic metropolis that pulsates with life—a perfect entry point for exploring all that Thailand has to offer. Often referred to as Krung Thep by Thais, the capital city is home to one of Asia’s richest historical, cultural and architectural heritages.

  • Chiang Mai
    Surrounded by a moat and ancient wall in northern Thailand, and founded in 1296 by King Mengrai, Chiang Mai, is Thailand’s second-largest city.

  • Isan
    Surrounded by mountains on the Khorat Plateau in Northeast Thailand, discover a completely different side to Thailand in Isan.

  • Khon Kaen
    Still mostly untouched, Khon Kaen invites unhurried travellers to a serene rural respite that paints a completely different side of Thailand. Situated in the northeast, in Isan, here water buffaloes roam freely amidst the scenic countryside’s lush paddy fields, farms and unspoilt terrains.

  • Koh Kood
    Situated 80 kilometres off the mainland, an hour by plane from Bangkok, Koh Kood is known for its unspoilt natural beauty. Home to an ancient rainforest, gentle hillsides and deserted coconut palm fringed beaches, discover Thailand’s fourth largest island.

  • Koh Samui
    Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand and once a haven for fishermen, Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island. Nature abounds in the “Coconut Island”—a place laden with white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, lush green vegetation, and warm and friendly people.

  • Krabi
    Situated along the Andaman Sea, on the southern coast of Thailand, Krabi Province is also home to over 150 islands including Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Hong and Koh Poda. Discover Krabi’s incredibly beautiful tall limestone peaks, eye-catching landscapes, and lush mangrove forests.

  • Pai
    Nestled along the Pai River in a scenic valley in northern Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, Pai is a small bohemian town located near the Myanmar border.

  • Phuket
    A coveted Southeast Asia treasure, Phuket is Thailand’s only island province and its most frequented destination. Here, tranquil turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and world-renowned diving sites are interspersed with soaring limestone cliffs and lush tropical forests. Glimpse at the century old Sino-Portuguese architecture in Old Town, Phuket’s revered landmark Big Buddha, Promthep Cape, and Wat Chalong (home to the famed half buried golden Buddha) and other cultural highlights. Delightful cuisines, and numerous annual festivals including: the festival of lights Loy Kratong, the Thai New Year Songkran, and the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, all form part of the Phuket experience.

    Vietnam

  • Mekong Delta
    Situated south of Saigon, in the extreme southern part of the Mekong River, the Mekong Delta offers travellers the opportunity to experience the authentic Vietnamese rural life of yesteryear.

  • Saigon
    Boundless energy permeates the air in Vietnam’s largest city. Fondly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is a magnetic whirl of colour, filled with tall modern buildings on busy streets that interlace between narrow old lanes lined with small retail shops and traditional eateries.

  • The Mekong River
    Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of the city - embark on a riveting Mekong River cruise between Saigon and Siem Reap. Cruise among local sampans, and observe their colourful floating markets and typical Khmer rural life.