Every country in Asia offers untold delights, sights, sounds and tastes. If you’re assessing Asia as the destination for your next vacation and need some expert advice about where’s perfect for you, perhaps this run-down on some of our favorite locations will help you decide! After all, we know Asia like it’s our home for the simple reason: it is!
Vietnam was home to Backyard Travel Founder and General Manager Maeve Nolan for 13years. A love affair that will never end; Maeve not only knows Vietnam, she understands it. With spectacular mountainous terrain in the North, spectacular beach destinations along the coast and cultural charms hidden and infused throughout the South, Vietnam’s diversity makes it a wonderful choice for combining elements of travel that will please groups.
Our Conclusion: If you’re traveling with a family, a holiday in Vietnam would be our suggestion. Maeve has pieced together some insightful and inspirational tours for you to choose from and we have an abundance of idyllic ideas for family vacations throughout Vietnam – for example, our Family Discovery: The Mekong Delta tour, which explores the lush delta region.
Often baffling, constantly kooky and infinitely decadent, Japan is the ideal destination for people looking to experience another world. Futuristic cities and timeless landscapes blessed with outstanding temples and natural beauty, Japan is a place that’s done its best to shun the influence of the West and instead set its own agenda for style. Japan can be as confusing as it is enthralling but it’s never, ever dull.
Our Conclusion: A country of proud tradition fused with breathtaking technology, Japan is our choice for both lovers of nature and cutting-edge science – a contrast that exemplifies the genuine attraction of The Land of the Rising Sun which you can experience in our nine-day, eight-night Highlights of Japan tour.
Some say the Myanmar we know and love right now may not last because of planned development and modernization. We don’t agree, as the warmth and friendliness of the people and charming culture is something we don’t think will ever change. A country of dramatic beauty and simplicity, any visitor to Myanmar leaves with warmth in their heart that few experiences can equal.
Our Conclusion: Myanmar is our pick for cultural explorers to experience the version of Southeast Asia that many travelers crave – virtually free from commercialism, the country welcomes visitors with broad smiles and open arms. Our Luxurious Myanmar tour shows travelers a window into the soul of the charming nation and is one of our most-popular tours.
Indonesia has been one of the most important port-of-calls in the world as since mankind mastered the sea. Colonized by the Dutch and Portuguese, different elements are reflected in each of the 17,500 islands that comprise the world’s largest archipelago. The abundance of island choices makes Indonesia the beach-lovers dream, while culture lovers will find an exotic choice of attractions and must-see temples at every turn.
Our Conclusion: In our opinion, Indonesia is an idyllic destination for sun-worshipping beach addicts, while offering a fascinating insight into local culture with ancient temples in breathtaking landscapes. Our Ultimate Java, Sulawesi & Bali tour offers an insightful investigation into Indonesia balanced with plenty of time to enjoy beach life and relax.
A vast, expansive wonderland, few destinations offer such dramatic inspiration as China. Futuristic yet ancient; dramatic yet peaceful – the sheer size of the country means that China offers an unrivalled bounty of landscapes, cultures, climates and foods each with their own unique accent and style. China is a true ‘something for everyone’ destination with some of the world’s most iconic attractions.
Our Conclusion: A spectacular destination for long, elaborate journeys (like our Epic China tour) or short, concise jaunts (such as our UNESCO Wonders of Shanxi China trip), a vacation in China is the dream for anyone who enjoys diverse touring options packed with must-see, world famous attractions.
If you’re planning your holiday anywhere in Asia, our locally based Travel Specialists are available to help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s 100% fitted to your aspirations. Simply send them an inquiry and they’ll help you make your dreams become reality!