Welcome to Azerbaijan! This is the Land of Fire and the Pearl of the Caucasus, a land where eastern colors combine magnificently with western Progress. Azerbaijan is situated at the eastern side of the South Caucasus on the Shores of the Caspian Sea. Historically a part of the great Silk Road and situated at the Crossroads of the geopolitical, economic and cultural interests of many nations & Civilizations. The Capital Baku is the metropolis of the Caucasus but not far from the towering Skyscrapers, Zoroastrian Fire Temples, historic Mausoleums and rock Engravings.
One of the Azerbaijan’s most famous sites is Yanar Dag, a natural glowing fire burning on a hillside along the Caspian Sea. Some of History’s Most famous empires have clashed in this land-and their influences are clearly felt amongst the folk dances, art & cuisine. Cosmopolitan Baku is a testament to the Country’s eclecticism, space age architecture, soviet-era Blocks & medieval Islamic buildings stand side by side. Discover Cave Paintings, Mud Volcanoes and perpetually burning mountains lighting up the night sky.
Bhutan is land of the Thunder Dragon. Mystical ancient monasteries, beautiful temples and untouched villages await on this journey through Bhutan. Known as the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, you’ll get under the skin of this mysterious mountain kingdom while staying in a variety of lodges. Disconnect from the outside world while exploring the soaring Himalayan landscape of this peaceful and welcoming nation. In Bhutan, the air positively hums to the tune of monks chanting and prayer wheels being spun.
spread out across the width of Bhutan and offer a chance to explore a different area. The lodges each have their own identity, with five different design concepts, that fit seamlessly into their environment. Expect to be wowed by a ‘palace in the sky’, a ‘flying farmhouse’ and a ‘bird watching bridge’, ‘Picturesque Valleys’, ‘Tiger’s Nest’.
This journey across Bhutan, visiting Six Senses properties in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro showcases a land shrouded in mystery where the sun rises over skyscraper mountains, forested gorges and monasteries wrapped in prayer flags that cling unfeasibly to cliffs. On your way, Bhutanese people and orange-robed Buddhist monks will warmly welcome you and open your eyes to their ancient way of life.
Cambodia is an intoxicating blend of infectious smiles, turbulent history, beautiful beaches and some of the most chaotic and captivating cities on the planet.
Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building. Its vast dimensions parallel the four ages of Hindu thought, and as you walk through, it’s possible to feel yourself transported far back in time.
Cambodia is all about the spiritual — if not from religious experience, then from the spirit of its people. Long-fabled as infectiously cheerful, you’ll soon see why. The product of a turbulent and violent past, the present generation thrives on authenticity.
Beyond Angkor, Siem Reap offers so much more. You can stroll past graceful French facades and sip perfectly roasted coffee. In Phnom Penh, the capital, walk the riverfront and you’ll breathe in steam from countless stalls and restaurants: fish amok steamed in banana leaves, the hot noodle stalls laced with French overtones.
Inland, there are plenty of sandy tracks for mountain bikes or motorbikes. The landscapes are filled with rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. Down on the south coast you’ll find lots of tropical islands dotted with fishing villages and some of the most stunning beaches we’ve ever seen. Cambodia’s beaches are its best-kept secret and the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset.
This is China. A vast land of geographical extremes, different dialects, a jumble of ancient and modern, and every weather system under the sun.
As you weave your way through a narrow hutong, you’re sure to notice the smell of noodles and soy in the air. It’s Beijing, and you can hear the caged birds sing; a light note against the cacophony of traffic and the polyphony of the locals’ voices. There are numerous Mandarin dialects spoken all over the cities, as people have come from far and wide to seek their fortune.
Everything about China is intense, from the expansive calligraphy and musical sounds of the language to the noise and energy of the open-air markets in Xinjiang. There are urban megacities like Shanghai and Guangzhou, abuzz with neon and fearless energy. Then there are the lakes and rivers, the intricately painted pagodas, temples and bridges, the vast wildernesses and far-flung mountain villages. Hopping around the islands of Hong Kong or biking around Yangshuo marvelling at the scale of the rice terraces of the south. Perhaps you’re snapping a photo among the yellow rapeseed of Wuyuan or hiking the Great Wall as it winds across the mountain peaks or losing yourself in the dense forests of bamboo.
Hong Kong is called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Why, you may wonder. Well, think about all that you would associate with a pearl- beauty, delicacy, happiness and calm. Hong Kong is all of these and more. There is just something about this place that gives it a peaceful vibe. This place means different things to different people. For some, it is a place of relaxation and unwinding. For others, it is a place of exploration, with its rich cultural history, modern marvels and splendid skyline. Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan culture makes it one of those holiday destinations that feature in people’s list again and again. There’re just no way people can get enough of this pearl.
There are exquisite beaches, fun-filled theme parks, exciting markets and enthralling monasteries. Its vibrant nightlife is also famous among locals and tourists alike. And of course, the variety of food cuisines that this diverse country has to offer tells a story of its own- from Cantonese, European, Sichuanese, and Japanese to the French cuisine!
From Discovering the diverse charms of Lantau Island to Immersing yourself in the living culture of Hong Kong at Yau Ma Tei, See the stunning morning view from Tai Mo Shan the highest Mountain in Hong Kong. It’s also engages you with wildlife at a tropical rain-forest themed aviary that houses more than 80 species of birds. You may learn the Chinese art techniques practices by Kung Fu legend Bruce lee in Wing Chun Kung Fu Experience Tour.
One of the oldest civilizations in the world, India is a montage of multicultural experiences. With a rich and varied heritage and multitude of attractions, the country is the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Home to the finest architectural heritage, serene ghats and scenic landscapes, India offers a plethora of experiences to its visitors.
Be it ancient forts and palaces of Rajasthan or green landscapes and beaches of the south, India offers different holiday experience. Take a trek through the deep valleys of Himalayas, walk through quaint villages and feel divine when at a monastery. Visit Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest and holiest cities. Strolling the ghats or watching sunrise from a boat on the Ganges is an unforgettable experience. India’s shorelines of Goa and Kerala are endowed with undulated golden beaches, palm groves, crumbling forts, vast network of lakes, lagoons, and canals.
Time to do the Golden Triangle. The triangle starts with the mega metro city of Delhi with its majestic Mughal heritage. It then angles to Agra which houses the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We recommend you coincide your visit with sunrise or sunset, where rays of light dance across the marble. The triangle is completed at Jaipur – a city painted pink with red sandstones. The capital of Rajasthan is a city of mystery and romance, of forts and palaces. Explore the wealth of architecture and visit the craft and jewelry shops. The Blue city of Jaipur houses the famous Mehrangarh fort, blue houses, temples, lakes and shopping streets that take you back in time. Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes is the crown jewel of Rajasthan. This Venice of India has an abundance of natural beauty, ancient temples and forts and palaces which depict breathtaking architecture.
To get a sense of the magnificence of Indonesia all you need do is look up and there it is – the flat top of a volcano, a wisp of steam rising from the top.
Indonesia is a land of extremes and contrast. It’s home to so many different cultures, people, adventures, dramatic landscapes, customs and cuisines, it’s like several continents all rolled into one.
Bali is spectacular, with the Tanah Lot Temple perched on a rocky outcrop, black sand beaches and traditional dances that so inspired European theatre-makers in the 20th century. Wander through the terraced rice paddies in the shadow of volcanic mountains and you’ll meet local artists at work in their homes.
Sumba island is less populated and its people mostly follow the ways of their ancestors. As you amble along the long sandy beaches, you’ll find yourself drawn to the water – in surfer-speak, it has some of the world’s best left-hand break waves.
If the cold stare of a Komodo dragon appeals, Moyo will deliver. It’s an unspoilt island to the east of Bali that’s covered with tropical rainforest and coral-laced beaches. It also houses a fascinating nature and marine reserve.
From the tea ceremony to karaoke bars and from Kabuki theatre to Manga, to visit Japan is to visit the past by travelling to the future. Ritual is an important part of cultural life, from Ikebana, the careful art of flower arranging, to the understated presentation of food.
As you travel around, you’ll find Japanese cuisine is deeply varied. The hearty chanko-nabe hotpots of the mountains are a world apart from the delicate sushi for which the coast is famous. It’s also seasonal, meaning you can visit again at a different time of year and experience new flavours and textures.
On the surface, Tokyo is very modern. Yet beneath the skyscrapers and futuristic neon beats a traditional and historic heart. In fact, you can expect to see the best of the ancient and modern worlds right across Japan. In Asakusa, the city’s traditional district you will find the red Senso-ji Temple and quaint shopping streets lined with stalls, while in Akihabara you’ll find gadgets galore.
A visit to Kyoto, a couple of hours by Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo, is like taking a step back in time. Breathe in the incense as you wander the temples, observe the intricacy of the tea ceremony and catch glimpses of geisha as they clip-clop along ancient lanes in their ornate kimonos. You can take tea with a Maiko, a trainee Geisha, and sample’s sake, hot or cold, on a brewery tour. Kyoto is also famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as its Zen-like gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.
Gaze down from the world’s highest sky bridge. Explore tropical islands. Trade handfuls of ringgits for fragrant street food. The all-encompassing Malaysia never disappoints.
Touch down in Malaysia and you’re greeted by a unique and unorthodox skyline. Modern skyscrapers, sparkling minarets and hints of the city’s colonial past jostle for position, dwarfed by the towering Petronas Towers. Make your way to the dizzying sky bridge that connects the pair and see this hive of activity stretch out before you.
If you’re craving long sandy beaches, you might want to consider Langkawi. It’s one of only four inhabited islands in an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea and home to Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark. The island of Penang is drawing visitors for its fascinating mix of cultures. Penang’s historical capital George Town has an interesting fusion of architectural styles from Malay, Indian and Chinese influences.
Once closed off from the world, Myanmar is now a must for Western travellers in search of a real adventure. Golden spires, gravity-defying rocks and ancient cities provide amazement at every turn.
We think the best way to get a true sense of Myanmar’s geography is to get above it, preferably in a hot air balloon. Time your adventure to coincide with sunset, and you’ll see ancient pagodas and temples begin to appear out of the trees, cast golden in the light.
Much of Myanmar’s beauty stems from its Buddhist beliefs. In this once secret land, you can now stand face-to-face with the world’s largest reclining Buddha statue in Bago, bedecked in gold and lost to the jungle for over a hundred years. Or visit the numerous monasteries where pink-clad monks perform spiritual duties. Head to Yangon in the south and stand in awe at the foot of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. This imposing beacon, adorned with gold and thousands of diamonds, is the holiest of all places in Myanmar.
This Himalayan kingdom is a trekkers’ paradise. With its charming hill villages, golden temples, and wildlife, it makes one of the world’s great travel destinations. Trek through the rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurna and beyond. Get the adrenaline pumping in you while rafting a roaring Nepali river or bungee jumping into a Himalayan gorge. Experience thrills like canyoning, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking against the backdrop of some of the world’s most scenic landscapes.
Stroll through the medieval cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Have a spiritual talk with the Buddhist pilgrims as they stroll around centuries old stupas and monasteries. As you head towards south of Nepal, you come across a chain of wild and woolly national parks where you can scan the subtropical treetops for exotic birds and comb the jungles for rhinos, tigers and crocodiles.
GET LOST IN PARADISE
Explore Nepal as it is the ultimate trekking destination. Go paragliding in Pokhara and see the wildlife in Chitwan National Park.Stroll down the bustling streets of Kathmandu and like a local enjoying traditional Nepalese fare.
MID AIR PLEASURES
Enjoy the panoramic views as you soar high above the snow-capped peak of the Himalayas on your own private Helicopter ride. The visual treat that you will witness will stay with you for a lifetime.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK EXPERIENCE
Cycle through the world’s deepest Gorge Cali Gandaki, passing through arid desert to forests to snow-capped mountains. Set off on a dawn or dusk wild life safari spotting elephants, tigers and more.
Lose yourself amid towering ‘green’ skyscrapers and metal super-trees. Glittering theatres shine bright from the waterside. The humid air is heavy with the scents of fusion cuisine. It could only be Singapore.
This buzzing island city revolves around food. Join a snaking street hawker queue and you’ll be guaranteed the best taste of Singapore’s cuisine. With Chinese, Indian and Malay influences, the local delicacies will dance on your tongue and live long in your memory. The skyline and architecture of Singapore makes it instantly recognisable. Walk the Henderson Waves, suspended high above the ground, and make your way through lush jungle while taking in the cityscape. Stroll through the inspiring Gardens By The Bay, a verdant utopia in the midst of imposing mega-structures. For unbeatable views, board the Singapore Flyer, a 165-metre-high observation wheel that arcs high above the city and marina.
Sri Lanka is a pearl-shaped Island nation in South Asia, lying on the Indian Plate, a major tectonic plate that was formerly part of the Indo-Australian Plate. Pearl of the Indian Ocean & Teardrop of India. Sri Lanka has two names that it’s also known as. The first is ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’, this is said to be named after its incredible beauty, varied biodiversity (the highest in Asia!), as well as one of its main exports being precious gemstones.
Discover Sri Lanka also known as Serendib the “resplendent land”: the “harbor with mango trees” Colombo (Kola-amba-thota), Dambulla, Galle, Jaffna (Yazhpanam), Kandy (Kanda Uda Rata), Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya.
A teardrop, found sliding along the Indian Ocean, is the magical land of Sri Lanka. The metaphor ends there, though. Sri Lanka is a magical, beautiful and diverse nation. Tropical beaches edge the fringes of the country, heritage sites populate its length, relics of Buddhism are found everywhere. Greet the majestic whales in the water, and the magnificent elephant in the rainforests. Swim, ski and snorkel in the waters that surround Sri Lanka. Taste the multitude of ways, crab can be cooked. Take the beautiful train route from Colombo to Jaffna.
Feel silken sand between your toes, explore tropical jungles and excite your taste buds with fragrant cuisine. Thailand is a treat for all your senses.
The Andaman coast and the coast of Southern Thailand are all about tropical beach and sea life. It’s a region of lush virgin rainforests, dramatic limestone crags and broad sweeping sands. As you punt around the karst limestone rocks of Koh Yao Noi by sea kayak, or explore the fine beaches and aquamarine seas of Koh Lanta Yai, you might begin to think of Thailand as the ultimate relaxing paradise.
Bustling Bangkok is a world away from the white beaches of the coast. A mix of modern and traditional and a real shock to the senses. Explore the golden towers of the Royal Palace and countless Buddhist temples, wander busy streets scattered with food stalls and delightful scents hanging heavy in the air, and revel in the nightlife which this sprawling metropolis has become renowned. Encompassing five-star luxury hotels and authentic riverside markets, Bangkok is a city to suit everyone.
Vietnam is where rice paddies, thick forests, rock formations and gold-flecked beaches come together in perfect formation. If this is your first visit, we promise it won’t be your last.
From the iridescent tranquillity of the Red River Delta in the north to beaches of Ninh Van Bay in the south, Vietnamese geography is rich and varied. We adore the colonial elegance of Hanoi and the constant buzz of life in Ho Chi Minh City in the south – especially when you have a few days to relax afterwards at a deserted beach on the Con Dao archipelago of islands or the livelier, but every bit as lovely, Nha Trang.
If you prefer to tour Vietnam’s magical landscape by water, spend a few nights sailing the emerald waters of the gulf of Tonkin in Ha Long Bay. The seascape is utterly stunning and surreal, with hundreds of limestone pinnacles jutting out of the water – we think it looks at its best at sunrise or sunset. These tiny islands are punctuated with beaches and pretty grottoes and are only accessible by boat.
Sip an ice-cold lemonade, gaze out across the wide breadth of the Mekong River and listen to the rhythm of life in this quiet, complex country.
Giving alms to the Buddhist monks is an ancient ritual many people in Luang Prabang still take part in today. This historic city, on the banks of the Mekong, is a fascinating fusion of old and new Laos – you’ll find as many temples and French colonial buildings as you will cafes and restaurants. Luang Prabang, the quaint and easy-going capital of Laos. This former French trading post offers a combination of café culture and history, where the tempting aroma of Laap, a salad served with garlic, lime juice, spring onion or mint will draw you towards the hustle of the Lane Xang market. From there, it’s a short climb up the Prutax monument to look out across the city to the temples of Wat Si Saket, Vientiane’s oldest, nestled among the French colonial buildings. It’s also well worth finding time to visit Pha That Luang, a huge golden stupa (relic house) that’s considered by many to be the most important monument in Laos.