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Asia Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 9137 customer reviews
Excellent ABC Trek Reviewed Tour: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
5 - Excellent
  • Martha
  • From USA
  • At 17 Oct 2019
“Trekked ABC in April 2017. Had an excellent trip with seven other trekkers (three couples and another single woman), two excellent guides: Anurag Basnet and Sandeep Budhathoki, and four great porters, especially Raj and Solu Kariki.
Met with Chhatri Karki (owner of Nepal Eco Adventures) the day after I arrived in KTM and departed on ABC trek the following morning. 12 day trek out of Pokhara. Guides were very professional and cared very deeply for the welfare of their clients. The porters were awesome and I was allowed to walk at a quicker pace along with two of the faster porters. They really took great care of me, making sure I rested and stayed hydrated.

The scenery was spectacular and I only encountered snow as we approached base camp the day prior to reaching basecamp. Nepal Eco Adventure provided me with a down sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking poles. I was able to use lightweight sneakers which dried easily overnight when wet.

The guest houses were lovely and the food was more than adequate.

I would highly recommend Chhatri and Nepal Eco Adventures!”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Festivals of Bhutan
5 - Excellent
  • Julie
  • At 17 Oct 2019
“It's difficult to really comment on value for money as one can't compare two trips like for like”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Cycle Vietnam
5 - Excellent
  • Claire
  • At 17 Oct 2019
“This was my first trip traveling alone as a single woman with explore not having traveled for several years this was a big trip for me and so happy l booked with explore, having the security off knowing l was being picked up from airport in Vietnam was a big selling point for me and transfer on return. This was a life changing experience for me and will 100% be booking with Explore again, very happy l discovered your website. ”

Asia - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Despite being the biggest and most populated continent, a trip to Asia still holds an air of mystery and intrigue for those unacquainted with her vast and ever-changing beauty. With 48 countries ranging from sub-arctic to tropical climates and thousands of indigenous languages spread across rich and ancient cultures, Asia is a place that enthralls travellers year after year.

It can often seem difficult to know where to start when considering holidays in Asia. Don’t let the gigantic size of Asia intimidate you. With enough research and some careful planning, you can see the best that Asia has to offer. Take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, conquer the Great Wall of China, bask in the glory of the Taj Mahal or wander through the bright lights during a night out in Bangkok.

Travel Highlights

  • Skip the souvenir shops and peruse some of the largest markets in the world. From street food to artisanal goods, Asia’s markets have it all like the Chatuchak market in Bangkok, which is one of the world’s largest weekend markets or the Sukawati art market in Bali. Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo offers some of the freshest sushi you’ll ever taste.
  • Explore your spirituality by practising yoga and meditation in Varanasi along the Ganges river or visit a Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
  • Stroll through the rice terraces of blissful Bali.
  • Explore Northern Thailand, Central Laos or Northern Vietnam on two wheelers with the wind in your hair.
  • Get glitzy in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s bustling bars, sophisticated shopping malls and mesmerising museums.
  • Experience an interesting mix of Catholic and indigenous tradition during the Philippines biggest mardis gras: Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo which takes place on Shrove Tuesday of the Christian calendar.
  • Embark on one of the longest train journeys in the world: the Trans-Asian Railway through China, Korea, Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Travel Tips

  • Whatever your mode of transport - whether it’s a tuk tuk or a taxi - always ask a local how much it should be beforehand and agree on a price before you take the ride.
  • Manners matter. In Thailand, food is often served with a fork and a spoon. The fork is only used to place food on the spoon and it is often seen as rude to put the fork in your mouth.
  • Always keep toilet paper or tissues with you, and hand sanitizer.
  • Perfect planning is never possible, and having some gaps in your schedule means you can take locals up on their superior suggestions for a day sightseeing.
  • While most countries in Asia use different currencies, having some spare USD will always be helpful. Some accommodations will charge in USD, for example.
  • A bout of stomach flu is normal for first time travellers in Asia. Stick to busy restaurants or food stalls where the locals go and you’ll be fine.
  • Watch what you wear. Most cultures are very accepting of visitors and their unusual get-up. But being respectful of the local culture will go a long way. In India, for example, covering arms and legs will be appreciated, and removing shoes before entering someone’s home will make you a few extra friends.