Asia 2017 by Intrepid Travel

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real life experiences sure the highlights still take our breath away but travel should be more than just ticking boxes we think the real magic happens off the beaten track joining a family for dinner in thailand or bonding with locals on a train in india because it’s those real life travel experiences – the most spontaneous and simple of moments – that stay with you long after you’ve returned home eat stay and live local just the right balance travel made easy we design our trips from the ground up which the best small group adventures strike the we’ll deal with the logistics of travel – organising means using an experienced local leader local perfect balance between included activities and itineraries transport and accommodation – so transport and – wherever possible – small ‘you time’ so while there’s always an itinerary in you can focus on the fun stuff why spend hours locally run accommodation many

 back to main menu kolkata locals india paro thimphu punakha gangte paro dzong bhutan bumthang valley b h u ta n darjeeling kolkata to paro overnight train siliguri phuentsholing 15 days kolkata to paro from the bustling streets of kolkata to the cool tea-growing hills of darjeeling experience india from its most chaotic to its most serene overland through the foothills of the himalayas to the extraordinary and mysterious mountain kingdom of bhutan often described as the last shangri-la climb to the iconic tigers’ nest monastery visit impressive dzongs enjoy himalayan vistas hike lush green valleys and discover this enchanting land’s unique culture day 1 kolkata board an overnight train to siliguri days 2-3 darjeeling head up into the cool climes of darjeeling – a collection of villages on a high ridge linked by winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces take in the stunning scenery by riding the darjeeling himalayan railway or taking a predawn

 back to main menu pho noodles ho chi minh city phong nha cave phong nha-ke bang national park best of vietnam mai chau overnight train halong bay overnight boat hanoi phong nha-ke bang np hue hoi an 20 days ho chi minh city to hanoi v ietn a m the drive to quy nhon features some of the best scenery in vietnam sit back relax and enjoy the ride mekong delta quy nhon nha trang overnight train ho chi minh city visit the mind-boggling phong nha and thien duong caves these labyrinthine systems were used to shelter civilians and win the war against the americans get to know local families participate in their daily activities and enjoy homestyle meals during overnight homestays in mai chau and the mekong delta days 1-2 ho chi minh city unearth a world of underground mystery at the cu chi tunnels a vast subterranean network that connected ho chi minh city to the cambodian border explore the south’s capital on a city tour that takes in the chilling war remnants museum day 3

coconut vendors sihanoukville cambodia anita megyesi banana flowers phnom penh cambodia eve chiu best of cambodia vietnam halong bay overnight boat hanoi 18 days bangkok to hanoi after exploring some of the oldest ruins in cambodia sit down to a traditional khmer feast with a local family on a homestay this trip involves a day on the winding waterways of the mekong delta the lifeblood and ‘rice bowl’ of south east asia day 1 bangkok tap into the buzz of thailand’s hedonistic capital on a tuk-tuk ride through crowded city streets days 2-4 siem reap/angkor wat follow a road into the former kingdom of the khmers day 5 homestay learn about cambodian life firsthand on a homestay with a local family days 6-7 phnom penh delve into cambodia’s history at the tuol sleng genocide museum and choeung ek killing fields days 8-10 ho chi minh city wander eclectic city streets days 11-12 hoi an take a guided tour of the old town checking out its art galleries and cafes

phuket thailand marie o’connor homestay dinner preparation northern thailand tammie waite classic thailand east coast homestay chiang mai 17 days bangkok to ko samui sukhothai th a ilan d support an important animal welfare initiative and get close to incredible creatures at the hospital of the friends of the asian elephant cruise to ko pitak for a taste of real island life enjoy an overnight homestay feast on fresh seafood and interact with local fishermen bangkok chumphon ko tao ko phitak ko samui day 1 bangkok set on the banks of the chao phraya river bangkok is a vibrant fusion of old and new days 2-3 sukhothai enjoy the tranquillity of the first capital of the kingdom of siam set amid leafy forests perfumed gardens and rice paddies day 4 homestay visit the first elephant hospital in the world then relax in a homestay days 5-7 chiang mai bike between gold-gilded temples enjoy a cooking class and hone haggling skills at the markets days 8-9 bangkok see the sights of

escape to the gili islands  back to main menu set in the bright blue waters between bali and lombok are the idyllic gili islands a perfect getaway for divers looking to explore the underwater treasures of indonesia make friends with the island’s many turtles visit the underwater sculpture park or simply bliss out on deck for more info enter tssi on sail phuket to ko phi phi phang nga bay 4 days phuket to ko phi phi leave behind the vibrant modern pizazz of phuket and set sail on the beautifully calm waters of the andaman sea duck your head as you pass under the low entrance to ko hong’s mysterious sea caves discover bright blue lagoons waiting inside day 1 phuket sail towards ko rang yai island and drop anchor in front of a secluded beach day 2 phang nga bay explore the famous phang nga bay where spectacular karst peaks rise out of the turquoise waters enjoy kayaking and gorgeous swimming spots before anchoring well off the ‘beaten

 back to main menu pilgrims at varanasi india ian jones boudhanath stupa kathmandu ewa agrakoziol chennai to kolkata ind ia 14 days chennai to kolkata kolkata odisha tribal area trek through the rarely-visited hinterlands of the odisha tribal area a region home to over 60 tribal communities each with their own indigenous cultures and traditions vijayawada thirupathi chennai travel along puri’s old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw taking in chilika lake the artisan village of raghurajpur konark sun temple and a palm leaf manuscript library day 1 chennai chennai is hot humid but full of life – admire the colonial architecture and soak up the atmosphere of this frenzied city day 2 thirupathi head off the beaten track and into the heart of rural india travelling overland through the remote state of andhra pradesh day 3 vijayawada stay in vijayawada a small city situated on the banks of the krishna river day 4 visakhapatnam see preserved submarines at the kursura

giant panda chengdu china tracey clarke china tibet embark on a journey into lands overflowing with ancient history myth and legend and in china’s case modern wonders in the world’s most populous nation ancient villages and temples stand alongside megacities defined by space-age skylines in tibet centuries of isolation both chosen and imposed have manifested in a kingdom steeped in spirituality and mysticism known for its lonely peaks buddhist beliefs and welcoming people tibet is a place unlike any other discover the mellow pace of southern china exploring xiamen and yangshuo trekking china tibet where in the world china nepal tibet through the longji rice terraces meditating in emei shan and cruising down the yangzi few places are as intertwined with a faith as tibet is with buddhism tour potala palace admire mt everest from base camp and join pilgrims on their prayer wheel walks page 97 be awed by the striped candy-coloured mountains of the zhangye danxia

gobi desert mongolia mikey sadowski en route to lake khovsgol mongolia mary mccormick mongolia overland 21 days ulaanbaatar to ulaanbaatar discover ancient karakorum quirky ulaanbaatar and the uniquely beautiful sprawl of mongolia’s countryside on this adventurous overland journey lake khovsgol murun lake zuun khorgo volcano chuluut river tsenkher tamir river orkhon valley bulgan amarbayasgalant monastery ulaanbaatar karakorum ogii lake mon golia soak up the splendour of the orkhon valley bathe in effervescent hot springs in tsenkher and hike awe-inspiring landscapes such as the khorgo volcano learn about the conquests of genghis khan visit the fascinating erdene zuu monastery and stay in yurts for a genuine slice of traditional nomadic life basix cdom maximum group size 22 days 1-2 ulaanbaatar take a guided tour of the gandan monastery the largest buddhist monastery in mongolia and visit the city’s infamous black market day 3 ogii lake check out the crumbling ruins of

 back to main menu red curry chicken thailand boat noodle vendor bangkok real food adventure – thailand chiang mai homestay th aila n d 8 days bangkok to chiang mai experience thai food markets in all their fiery flavours – and odd locations some are set up floating down a river others over a railway track kanchanaburi ayutthaya bangkok get ready for a hands-on masterclass in central thai cuisine in kanchanaburi browsing the market to pick fresh produce before feasting on your creations whip up northern thai khantohk specialties with our friend aoi outside of chiang mai and live thai life from a local’s perspective by staying in her home original ttzf maximum group size 12 day 1 bangkok welcome to thailand jump in a tuk tuk for a moveable feast through bangkok’s sizzling streets try pork satay at a restaurant that’s a royal family favourite and finish with a dessert of toast topped with cream days 2-3 kanchanaburi head to the mae glong railway

 back to main menu tokyo japan ivan paestka kyoto japan wajima cycle japan shika kanazawa suzu wakura onsen japan takayama 14 days osaka to tokyo tokyo cycling allows you to get closer to the real japan – from bicycles to pokemon serene temples to the organised chaos of the big cities this classic adventure has it all kyoto osaka nara end rewarding days in the saddle with amazing japanese feasts of sushi unagi tempura or even fugu all washed down with a traditional sake or sapporo beer leave the neon buzz of tokyo and osaka behind and experience the peaceful landscapes and coastal scenery of the noto peninsula original cjxc maximum group size 12 day 1 osaka fuel up for this cycling adventure by mingling with the locals eating street food and perhaps try some raw squid if you’re arriving early catch a baseball game or visit the exquisite osaka castle days 2-3 kyoto see the temples and shrines of kyoto’s lively gion district which is also well-known for its