We have a selection of guidebooks to some of our most popular countries in Asia. Written by our specialists, they detail destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send this via a PDF to your email.
Off the beaten track
Step away from the typical tourist trail to discover the hidden gems of Asia and India. Explore an enchanting world of stunning temples, remote villages and untouched paradises on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Asia.
Burma remains relatively undiscovered, its gilded Buddhist temples, sublime historic cities, tribal communities and impressive monuments, are amongst the country’s highlights. Grab a bicycle and explore the 3,000 temples that dot the ancient city of Bagan, cruise the Irrawaddy River and soak up the stunning colonial architecture of Yangon or venture to Inle Lake, an oasis of lush greenery, calm waters and home to the stilted fishing villages.
Although the 4,000-mile long Great Wall is undeniably China’s centrepiece, this intriguing land has so much more to offer to the adventurous traveller. Eat, shop and get lost in sparkling Shanghai, take a tour of historical Beijing and ignite your imagination in the neon-lit streets of Hong Kong. For some history visit Xian and see 8,000 sculptures of the Terracotta Army – the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World.
For an adventure which takes you completely off-piste, trekking through the Hoang Lien Son Mountains of Sa Pa in Vietnam is a perfect option. Opt for a shorter hike through local villages, or take on the challenging climb up Fansipan, meeting the region’s indigenous hill tribe communities along the way.
In contrast to Asia’s neon-lit, futuristic metropolises, Luang Prabang in northern Laos offers a traditional laid back experience featuring faded colonial mansions and gilded temples. Venture into the surrounding countryside to meet remote hill tribes, kayak through thick jungle, discover cascading waterfalls and admire its jaw-dropping mountain scenery.
Alternatively, go off the beaten track on an Indian adventure, soaking up its diverse landscapes of endless rolling hills, flourishing forests, ancient ghats and rustic villages, all a world away from the chaotic streets of India’s notoriously busy cities. Visit the quaint village of Narlai for a typical example of rural Rajasthan, and is perfectly located to visit the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort or travel beyond Chennai and Madurai to the southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari, to experience the wonder of South Indian culture. Here, the opportunities to go off-piste are endless, it is a melting pot of exquisite temples, unmissable festivals, stunning fabrics and delicious delicacies.