Asia offers spectacular scenery, fascinating cultures and beautiful wildlife. Where will you be going in 2022? Here are some of our suggestions:

JAPAN

Although no visitors will be permitted at the Olympics being held between 21st July and 8th August in Tokyo this year, with so much investment in infrastructure and entertainment,  future visitors will be in for a real treat.

Whether you opt for a classic highlights tour of Japan going into Osaka and out of Tokyo (or vv), using Shinkansen (the bullet trains) to travel around, or for more out of the way places like the southern islands, this is a fascinating country to spend time in.

As you’d expect the rail service is super efficient, and if you’re making a few journeys a Japan Rail Pass makes it cost effective. The fastest train, the Nozomi takes just two and a half hours between Tokyo and Osaka.

Cherry blossom time is March to May and a beautiful time of year to explore.

Atmospheric Kyoto is an absolute must – go traditional and stay in a Ryokan – look for Geishas scuttling down the cobbled lanes beneath the lanterns and visit the Imperial Palace and beautiful Nijo Castle – watch out for the inquisitive deer.

Hokkaido is wild and beautiful with lakes, forests and an alpine feel – you can visit Japan’s largest national park here. If you fancy taking a road trip and travelling at your own pace hiring an RV would be a fun idea. Don’t forget to check out RV protective gear at an rv cover online store.

Tokyo is a fabulous city and there is always something going on – from Jojogi Park where all the teens congregate is the most outlandish outfits to the buzzing nightlife of Shinjuku, you can easily spend 3 or 4 days exploring. You can escape the city for the hot springs of Hakone and views of snow-capped Mount Fuji.

 

To see sample itineraries click here.

INDIA

If ever there was a destination suited to tailormade travel it has to be India. There is so much to experience and so many ways to see it from catching the train, to travelling with a private vehicle and guide. Accomodation is rich and varied – you can stay in historic properties, palaces, colonial houses, safari lodges, riverboats and there are some superb beach properties. 

Your classic trip to India combines Agra and Rajasthan. The Taj Mahal is in Agra. The scaffold came down from the Taj Mahal back in 2018 revealing an even more beautiful sight than before. Rajasthan is your Land of Kings studded with glittering forts and palaces – colourful and exotic at every turn.  There are markets galore and fantastic flavours to enjoy with an emphasis on heat.  Include Madhya Pradesh further south and east in order to visit the national parks of Panna, Kanha and Bandhavgarh, and the chance to see tigers, and other wildlife. 

See sample trip – Walk on the Wild Side

The languid waterways of the south could not be more different from the feel of the north. The south is lush, green and laid-back. Stay riverside, surrounded by forest at Windemere River House, excellent for birding, experience traditional rural life with a homestay, and cruise the backwaters. The beaches of the south are superb and the cuisine is distinct – Kerala was an important port on the hirtoric spice route and the traditional food of the region reflects this with lots of seafood, coconut and spice.

More inspiration for exploring Kerala can be found here.

VIETNAM

Vietnam is another exciting option for a 2022 holiday and offers you a whole host of ways to explore from bicycling the streets of ancient World Heritage Hoi An to setting sail on Halong Bay in a traditional Junk, or cruising the waterways of the Mekong Delta. We love Hanoi in the north – it’s worth taking your time to explore – it feels very traditional with lovely architecture and a buzzing central market.  Ho Chi Minh in the south is far more modern and a gateway to the wilds of the Mekong Delta and the beaches of Con Dao. 

To see sample Vietnam holiday itineraries click here.

 

 

SRI LANKA

Beautiful Sri Lanka offers many holiday options and is a great choice for all ages. It’s easy to explore several different areas in one trip, for example, combining the south coast, or the deserted beaches of the east (depending on the time of year you visit) with the temples of the Golden Triangle and spectacular scenery of the Hill Country. You also have the option of safari  – there are 24 game reserves and a whole host of accommodation options from eco lodges to smart hotels – search for forest elephant and leopard and learn about endemic species and why the area is so biodiverse.  The coast offers whale/dolphin watching and turtle spotting so Sri Lanka is a fabulous choice for nature lovers.

Get to grips with Sri Lanka – learn more about the highlights and how to experience them here.

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