Interest in cruises on Asia’s rivers has been fueled by clients who either have “been there, done that” and/or want something more exotic than the usual European river experience. The demand is being met with added ships - many, if not most, have been specifically built to sail the region - as well as expanded itineraries. Also noteworthy: the level of luxury has been kicked up substantially with such features as spas, fully equipped fitness centers, butlers and menus created by celebrity chefs.
India always promises a fascinating journey. Majestic palaces, ancient temples and forts punctuate the diverse terrain. The riot of colors, flavors, aromas and sounds that make up everyday life are unforgettable. Cars, sacred cows and three wheeled tuk-tuk moto-taxis share the streets with food carts and pedestrians in turbans, business suits, dhotis and saris. With outstanding accommodations, top destination spas, excellent cuisine and famous sights, there’s something for everyone.
Australia gives visitors a diverse array of exciting offerings, from gourmet cuisine paired with fine wines, to stunning landscapes and top luxury resorts. This vast country with a unique mix of wide open spaces and culturally rich cities deserves a minimum of two weeks to explore and enjoy. Many who go become captivated and come back time and again
Formerly off-limits to tourists, Myanmar has recently opened its borders to tourism. And now is the time to visit: Myanmar is in a sweet spot, welcoming to curious visitors, but still unspoiled by tourist trade, maintaining its own authentic culture. While some remote areas remain off-limits to tourists, there are myriad delights to be enjoyed in the more accessible regions. Three major cities and their surrounding areas offer a diverse experience of Burmese culture through vibrant urban life (Mandalay, for example); stunning architectural and spiritual sites, such Yangon’s Shwedagon Paya; and pristine lakes and beaches in the southern regions. Known for its rich resources of jade, sapphires, and emeralds, Myanmar has many other jewels on offer, and now is the time to see them.
As one of the world's most ancient civilizations, China is on just about every modern traveler's bucket list. It has catapulted into the 21st century at lightening quick speed, making it all the more fascinating.
Even though China has modernized, traditional life continues in provinces like Sichuan where stores open on to the streets, senior citizens play Go and Mahjong, grandmothers carry babies in straw baskets strapped to their backs and people squat at roadsides to inspect vegetables while quibbling over prices
Some people never visit the South Pacific because they figure it's just like the Caribbean. Well, they are completely wrong. Each South Pacific island has a uniqueness you won't find anywhere else. Here is just a sampling of some of its fabulous destinations.
When planning a trip to India, what usually comes to mind is a journey filled with Maharaja’s palaces, wondrous temples and a riot of sensory delights. In this exotic and fascinating land, you’ll also find remarkable destination spas and wellness retreats that take you on a different kind of journey - one that rejuvenates and stimulates the body, mind and soul. With a growing international wellness movement, more people are including health related activities, massages, body treatments, meditation and yoga as part of their travel plans.
If you have never thought about heading to Japan to hike, relax and enjoy a good drink, then think again. Healthy hikes are high on the to-do list in this country, as are stays at very traditional and relaxing Japanese Ryokans, and finally, sampling the many varieties of sake.
Sometimes forgetting something leads to a good find. When I forgot to secure a Vietnamese visa, my Hong Kong plane connection quickly became a two-day layover. But, that isn’t a bad thing. I got to visit a place I haven’t seen in 30 years. My 48-hour stay whirls by as quickly as the city’s traffic.
Our guide, Teriianutapuatea (aka Teri) plays his ukulele and sings as he steers the boat across Bora Bora’s crystal-clear lagoon. The turquoise waters and white sand beaches that border this verdant island are picture postcard perfect.