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Mystery, myths and spirituality

The mysteries and myths of Asia have fascinated mankind for centuries. This spiritual continent is full of ancient wonders, such as the enormous Buddhas of Thailand and the Forbidden City in Beijing. And each Asian country is intriguing in its own way.

That’s why when you come with us, you won’t just see the sights, you’ll also meet the people who can lift the lid on some of this continent’s secrets.

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Get ready for an incredible journey back in time. 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 to the home of a Chinese family. They’ll welcome you in for a traditional lunch, with the chance to get an insight into the nation’s artistry through cookery, calligraphy and tai chi classes.

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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. You’ll also visit the village of Shirakawa-gō, where the traditional homes are distinguished by their striking ‘prayer-hands’ style thatched roofs. Learn how to make sushi in Tokyo and wasabi in Matsumoto. And at a Ryokan in Kyoto, join a family for a traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner, over which you’ll learn about their customs and traditions.

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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 and learn to make Thai dishes with a local chef. We’ll also take you to the village of Ban Mae Kampong, where you’ll meet the chief, visit its school and join a family for a home cooked lunch. At Chiang Dao Elephant Camp you’ll be able to watch these awesome giants taking their morning bath and even ride one through the forest.

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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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