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The world’s largest continent is indefinable and enigmatic, which is just what makes Asia so irresistible.

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Mystery, myths and spirituality

The mysteries and myths of Asia have fascinated Europeans for centuries. The spiritual continent is full of ancient wonders, such as the enormous Buddhas of Thailand and the Forbidden City in Beijing.

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China

China is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, with 5,000 years of history and culture under its belt. Its great sights are famous the world over and include the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Terracotta Warriors.

But what’s more challenging is getting to the heart of what everyday life is like in this indomitable nation. That’s why we give you the chance to take a ride through the capital’s ancient alleyways on a rickshaw to visit the home of a Chinese family where you will eat a delicious traditional lunch.

You’ll gain an insight into the nation’s artistry through cookery, tai chi classes and experience a traditional foot massage. 

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Japan

Japan is unrivalled when it comes to technology and commerce, yet the tradition of its long history is apparent in all aspects of everyday life. We’ll show you the dazzling lights and sights of futuristic Tokyo, before taking you back in time at the Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. In a ryokan, join a family for a traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner and learn about their customs and traditions. You’ll also visit the village of Shirakawa-go, where the traditional homes are distinguished by their striking ‘prayer-hands’ style thatched roofs. Learn how to make sushi in Tokyo and delicate Japanese washi paper in Gokayama. 

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Thailand

For a mix of incredible natural beauty, exotic wildlife and vibrant cities, look no further than Thailand. Experience the drama and intensity of Bangkok, where you’ll admire the giant Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. You’ll also have a chance to barter at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and we’ll show you the down-to-earth charm of Chiang Mai, where you can watch artisans at work. We’ll also take you to the village of Ban Mae Kampong, where you’ll meet the chief, visit its temple and join the family for a delicious home cooked lunch. 

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Myanmar

Get lost in the Buddhist culture and historic beauty of Myanmar. Areas of ancient charm previously closed off to the outside world are now yours to wander freely. Allow Trafalgar to help you explore this Asian treasure as we show you places that remain untouched by the Western World.

We offer you the opportunity to soak up ancient Burmese culture and take in this striking ancient landscape. You could observe the grandeur of iconic monuments, from the shining gold leaf of the Shwedagon Pagoda to the carved volcanic rock caves and temples of Shwe Ba Daung. Witness the craftspeople of Yangon as they create intricate Kalaga tapestries by hand, or sail across the calm waters of Inle Lake and observe Intha fishermen skilfully rowing these calm waters with one leg.  

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Vietnam

Witness how the bustling modernity of the city and calm of ancient landscapes sit side by side in this awe-inspiring place. As you breathe in and take stock of the incredible depth of Vietnamese culture, you may never want to leave.

Set sail in a sampan boat and cruise along the Mekong River, or explore on foot and wander along winding village roads. Visit the house of a former soldier and listen to his incredible tales of fighting against the Khmer Rouge as you soak up the depth of its rich history. 

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Cambodia

Nestled within the landscape of south east Asia is a place filled with majestic temples, ancient traditions, and the charming nature of its people. Escape to Cambodia and stroll through the elaborate carved hallways of Angkor Wat. Witness the incredible Khmer Empire and listen to its history being brought to life whilst a scholar explains stories contained within each bas relief and mural. 

You’ll even have chance to cross the glistening Siem Reap River as you take a trip to Wat Damnak. Walk within this living temple, and receive a special blessing from a monk.

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