The subcontinent is a marvel for anyone with an eye for history. So much of India’s heritage lives and breathes in its cities and architecture. In the rural areas, you will meet some of the friendliest, most hospitable people you’ve ever had the fortune to encounter. The Rajasthan looks like it could be right out of a historic travelling epic. You’ll be mesmerised by its palaces and opulent processions of camels and elephants. If it’s modern luxury you’re looking for, there are all kinds of smart cities in India starting to pop up, too. You don’t have to go too far for a taste of comfort.
Sri Lanka is a must-see destination for anyone who wants to see spiritual power at work in the man-made. The Gal Vihara hosts a breath-taking collection of stone Buddha statues and ancient inscriptions that still cut to the heart. You will definitely want to take a tour guide to this one.
The people of Malaysia are hard workers and it shows in the splendour of their temples. They also have a wealth of gorgeous forest tours you can take to breathe in scenes of outstanding natural beauty. If you only have a night, however, take a trip to the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The world’s tallest twin structures has some of the best views you’ll see in the world, as well as luxury and shopping you’ll be hard pressed to leave.
If it’s natural beauty you want, then you really must check out the beaches of Thailand. Railay Beach is a far cry from the hustle and noise of Bangkok. Instead you can relax in peace by some of the bluest waters you’re ever likely to see and towering limestone cliffs. There’s also all that food that the Thai are so famous for, which tastes even better in its homeland, as you might expect. Right smack in the middle of all the best east Asian destinations, you owe it to yourself to stop at Thailand.
These islands should be visited at least once in a lifetime. With a single boat trip from bay to bay, you can see it all. Beaches like you wouldn’t believe. Breath-taking vistas like Mount Apo. Even cool, rich forests like the man-made Mahogany Forest of Bohol. If you’re one who loves to take photos, trust us that the Philippines will have you running out of film, data and whatever else you have. Over ninety percent of the population speaks English too, so there’s practically no language barrier.