It’s the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean the end of the adventure for travelers looking to finish 2014 on a high. On the contrary: December is a particularly good time to visit many parts of the world, whether you’re searching for a classic snowy sign-off, have a nose for an off-season bargain, or just want to turn a blind eye to the approach of Christmas and New Year’s altogether. Here are some of the best travel spots to head to in South Asia:
For decades, travelers and trekkers worldwide have been captivated by the enigmatic history, fascinating Himalayas, alluring culture and warm people of Nepal. Experience Nepal like no other with our eclectic mix of adventure, diverse landscape and exotic culture!
This Buddhist Kingdom that remained long closed to foreigners and isolated to the world outside until recently, holds a strong fascination for many people, scholars, pilgrims, travelers and explorers alike who are all in pursuit of real “Shangri La”.
The kingdom of Bhutan perches high on the lofty ridges of the eastern Himalayans, choosing to remain a hidden paradise, accessible only to a fortunate few. The hermit kingdom has preserved its rich cultural identity throughout years of isolation. It is a country with a strong ancient Buddhist culture which was almost completely cut off for centuries safeguarding its historic culture and tradition.
“When it comes to India, start young. Because once you go you’ll want to return again and again. This beautiful subcontinent is so vast and diverse that each region is like visiting a different country.” — Stephen Orr. It is bustling and serene, heart-breaking and inspirational, state-of-the-art and timelessly traditional offering travelers an unrivalled diversity of experiences, sights and sensations.
Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with an incredible heritage that quickly becomes addictive. This bustling, lively place, which is renowned for its monuments temples, pagodas and architecture, is the perfect destination for a wide variety of adventure tours.
Apart from the stunning temples of Angkor and its long and often terrible history—lies a country of stunning coastlines and fascinating wildlife, dotted with busy towns that offer authentic eating and boutique shopping.
Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquility of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you.
The beaches, the nightlife, the amazing hospitality and the exquisite cuisine, it’s hard not to fall in love with Thailand. Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its glittering temples and tropical beaches to the ever comforting Thai smile.
From the sweeping beaches of Bali, to the unique Buddhist-Hindu monuments of Borobudur and the breathtaking mountain ranges of Dani, this archipelago is filled with mystique and beauty.
Less travelled and relatively undiscovered, Laos is full of stunning scenery, laidback and welcoming locals, fantastic food and stunning sights. Truly an unspoiled gem in the heart of South-East Asia, Laos has an extensive and intriguing history of royalty, colonization and a struggle for independence.