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February 18, 2014 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

As Australians have headed back to work following the summer holidays, the team at Travel Indochina have nominated ten ‘must see and do’ experiences in Asia for 2014 to help people plan their next break.

The experiences they have selected complement the traditional iconic attractions and destinations, and include little-known gems and novel ways for travellers to immerse themselves in local life across a range of countries.

Mae Klang Luang

Mae Klang Luang

According to Travel Indochina Managing Director, Paul Hole, the team is regularly being asked by family and friends for their advice on the newest and most interesting ‘little gems’ within Asia to recommend.

“There are so many wondrous things to see in Asia, it’s always hard to pick the top ones,” says Paul. “Not to detract from the iconic sights and destinations, these ten experiences are a real snapshot of some of the most unusual experiences to be had in Asia and really should be considered:

  • Visit the remote Karen village of Mae Klang Luang, on Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon, and gain insights into a community-based project where villagers maintain their traditions and practices that have been passed down through the generations.
  • Take a walk on the Tianmen Mountain Skywalk in Hunan, China – Explore the mist-shrouded mountains of Zhangjiajie which inspired James Cameron’s blockbuster ‘Avatar’ and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from Tianmen Mountain and a walk on the spectacular (and hair-raising) glass-bottomed ‘Skywalk’.
  • Taj Lake Palace

    Taj Lake Palace

    Stay in true luxury at the glistening white marble Taj Lake Palace set atop Lake Pichola, in Udaipur, against the backdrop of India’s Aravalli Mountains

  • Hike through Kulen Archaelogical Park and kayak along the waterways of Prek Toal in southern Cambodia’s National Parks and visit the nature conservation centre, both of which offer unparalleled bird watching and wildlife touring
  • Travel to Green Hill Valley – an elephant camp and re-forestation initiative near Kalaw in Burma – to have a hands-on elephant experience with these majestic creatures
  • Float through the remote and stunning 4,000 Islands region along the Mekong in Southern Laos – an area of untouched beauty and rare flora and fauna including being home to a rare breed of endangered freshwater dolphins – and then head to the Bolaven Plateau, Laos’ premier coffee growing region
  • See a side of Hanoi few tourists see – take an early bird bike tour of Hanoi in the small hours of the morning, from the bustling old quarter to the colours and smells of the flower market before witnessing the flag raising at Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
  • Gain an insight into the lives of locals by exploring the mighty Mekong via speed boat. Watch life on the river and stop to visit factories and a home
  • Experience an exclusive Maiko dinner and performance in Kyoto, and learn about the lives of these apprentice Geishas
  • Share in the excitement of some of Asia’s biggest and most colourful festivals – participate in the incredible Naadam Festival in a beautiful rural setting in Mongolia; marvel at the Jhambay Lakhang Festival in Bumthang, Bhutan, including the famous ‘naked’ dance or witness the memorable collage of Rajasthani colour and tradition Pushkar mela, India’s famous annual camel and livestock fair.”

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