Explore Asia’s hidden gems and culinary delights

The new season of the beloved TV show "Race Across the World", has highlighted the sheer beauty of Asia. From the culinary delights of Japan to the serene beaches of Thailand, let's explore the vibrant destinations that stole the contestants and viewers hearts alike.

Explore Asia’s hidden gems and culinary delights

Let your tastebuds delight in the flavours of Japan

Kobe's reputation for culinary excellence is known worldwide, particularly for its mouth-watering Kobe beef. Visiting this city is a foodie's paradise. Distinguished as one of the most widely-known specialty foods in Japan, one of the best ways to enjoy it is at a teppanyaki restaurant where you can watch a chef masterfully grill the meat in front of you.

Tokyo, a bustling metropolis, offers an unparalleled street food scene, but not how you know it – eating whilst walking is considered rude in Japan -  so find a quiet bench to enjoy your snacks and watch the world go by. Explore the vibrant Tsukiji Market, indulging in freshly prepared omelettes, tempura, and other local delicacies. Of course, you can’t forget sushi when talking about culinary delights in Japan – a perfect way to sample the range is at a Kaiten bar. At these revolutionary restaurants, little dishes pass by on a conveyor belt, and you can simply grab the ones that take your fancy.

Vietnam and Cambodia’s cultural wonders

Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. Wander through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, discovering ancient temples and bustling markets. Experience the city's heartbeat, from the elegant Fine Arts Museum to the lively night markets.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, offers a glimpse into the spiritual heart of Southeast Asia. The grandeur of the Royal Palace and the tranquillity of the Silver Pagoda will leave you awe-struck. Walking through these sacred spaces, you’ll feel a deep connection to the region's rich history and spiritual traditions.

Thailand beachside bliss

The pristine beaches of Koh Phi Phi are a slice of paradise. The crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and stunning limestone cliffs showcase just why the beaches of Thailand are so alluring. Snorkelling in the vibrant coral reefs or simply relaxing on the beach, Koh Phi Phi offers the perfect escape for beach lovers.

The best way to see the natural beauty of Thailand is to embark on island-hopping adventures, exploring hidden coves and secluded beaches. Each island has its unique charm, from the bustling nightlife of Phuket to the tranquil beauty of Koh Lanta. Island hopping is the best way to experience the diversity of Thailand's coastal treasures.

After a day of exploring, there's nothing better than indulging in a traditional Thai massage. Combining acupressure, yoga stretches, and deep tissue massage, it's a rejuvenating experience that leaves you feeling refreshed.

Malaysia – A haven for eco-tourism and adventure

Langkawi, known as the Jewel of Kedah, is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Marvel at the island's lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and stunning waterfalls. A cable car ride to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang offers breathtaking views of the island and its surrounding waters.

Malaysia's rich biodiversity is a treasure trove for wildlife lovers. Wander into the jungle to see exotic animals like orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and hornbills in their natural habitats. A visit to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these incredible creatures up close and learn about conservation efforts.

To book your East Asian adventure, speak to your Travel Counsellor today.

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