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Six Alluring Ways to Explore Asia

Asia, like no other continent conveys notions of romance, exotic difference, luster and allure. We’ve put our heads together and thought of a couple incredible travel experiences in this land of tigers and dragons, and hope you enjoy the images!


1. Escape to a private pool villa at Amandari Ubud, Bali, where you can eat, pray…and love!

Bali delivers an amazing balance of Hindu spiritualism, yoga-surf health consciousness, and exotic allure, it’s a perfect place to disappear to, or discover. The Amandari just outside Ubud is the place were dreams and memories are made.

An overnight stay on a Keralan house boat is a distinctly Southern Indian travel experience
An overnight stay on a Keralan house boat is a distinctly Southern Indian travel experience

2. Cruise backwaters of Kerala on your personal, private houseboat.

Imagine cruising through calm canals and sleepy, lush rice paddies, waving to smiling locals as you sip chai at the prow of your personal rice-barge with luxury comforts, with the attendant service of the only other people with you: your boat-captain and your personal cook. While there are a few ways to experience the backwaters of Kerala, most of Goway’s globetrotters just do a one night cruise, but it makes sense to checkout historical Cochin while you’re there – here’s a 4 day Kerala itinerary doing just that.

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3. Visit the Taj Mahal Agra, the monument to love.

Once described as ‘a tear upon the cheek of time’, discovering its exquisite details, cool marble soft to the touch, and it’s tear-jerking history make this an unforgettable memory to perhaps the world’s most famous building. Situated in Agra, India, it forms part of the well-trod tourist route the ‘Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, but it’s central enough to be easily worked into just about any travel route through India.

For travel ideas, checkout our Agra stopover; or for a sense of how it can combine into a larger itinerary, here’s our Golden Triangle trip. The Taj is also a feature destination in our Splendours of India HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME and our very popular India Odyssey.

Elephant hills

4. Stay in Thailand’s first luxury tented camp, and play with elephants.

Escaping the hustle and bustle of Phuket or Bangkok for the bird calls, rain sounds and zen-like surrounds of Elephant Hills camp, in Khao Sok National Park. As the sun goes down, travelers meet around the main fire in elegant, rustic comfort, this is a unique Thai experience.


5. Stay in the remote Four Rivers floating lodge in Koh Kong Cambodia.
There’s different and then there’s one of a kind, which is the only way to describe this floating lodge, half-way between Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Bangkok, Thailand. For those looking to experience Cambodia above and beyond a day or two at Angkor Wat, this high-end property is the ultimate escape plan: many residents stay for a month or more… we aren’t kidding. Here’s our webpage on the Four Rivers Floating lodge.

Bangkok close relationship with water is distinctly experienced by getting onto their River of Kings
Bangkok’s close relationship with water is distinctly experienced by getting onto their River of Kings

6. Romantic River Cruise in Bangkok:

After exploring the city of life during the day, it glitters as you glide along the River of Kings at night, enjoying superb Thai cuisine, passing immense temples and the Grand Palace itself. The cruise is the ultimate welcome kiss before going onto explore Thailand, a country which so easily blends culture, excitement and beauty. Most globetrotters go to Thailand for 2 weeks of more, here’s our 14 day Romantic Thailand for ideas, and it includes this river cruise.

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