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Asia Holidays

Asia and the Far East are a vibrant tapestry of beautiful wildlife, rich culture and unspoilt beaches. From the warmth of the Thais in the Land of Smiles to exploring historic temples amid the rolling rice paddies of Bali, this region caters to all types of travellers. Foodies love the local cuisine, while adventurers create unforgettable experiences. Holidays in the Far East are both a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

Far East & Asia holiday destinations

Hotels in Asia

From exclusive resorts tucked away in serene locations to cosy apartments overlooking the ocean, Far East hotels offer the ultimate escape.

In Seminyak, Bali, indulge in luxury at resorts surrounded by tropical gardens, like the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort with its Balinese-inspired luxury. For a tranquil jungle retreat, Ayun Resort Ubud offers suites by the Ayung River, complete with rooftop infinity pools. And don't miss the nearby Ubud Monkey Forest for a unique adventure.

In Krabi, Thailand, experience luxury at its finest with premium resorts such as the Rayavadee Hotel and the Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Rayavadee boasts stunning pavilions nestled amidst coconut groves overlooking Phang Nga Bay, while Phulay Bay offers a glamorous beachside experience with childcare facilities.

Indulge in delectable dining, impeccable service and breathtaking views in this exotic paradise of Far East Asia.

Where is Asia & the Far East

Asia is the largest of the world's continents, covering a staggering 49.7 million square kilometres, which accounts for about 30% of the world's land area. Situated primarily north of the equator, with some islands in the southeast, Asia is bordered by Africa and Europe. The term "Asia" refers to the vast section of the Eurasian landmass, including Japan and certain islands south of the equator in the southeast.

Asia travel FAQ

Asia enjoys sunshine year-round, but understanding the rainy seasons is key for planning your trip.

In Bali, the dry season from April to September is perfect for beach lovers, with temperatures around 28°C. The rainy season lasts from October to March, but October can still be a good time to visit with lower humidity and deals.

In Thailand, the hot and dry weather from November to April is ideal, with temperatures up to 35°C and clear skies. The monsoon season from June to September brings increased humidity and rainfall.

From canopy-covered beaches with almost sparkling waters to sensational gold-coloured temples, Asia offers a wealth of things to see and do.

In the heart of Bali, Ubud offers the perfect retreat for soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the Tegalalang rice fields, immersing yourself in its vibrant artistic market culture, while experiencing the rich flora and fauna of Bali. Among its many attractions, Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest has to be one of our favourites. This 12.5 hectare jungle is located around the village of Pendategal and has been created to safeguard the welfare of over 1260 long-tailed macaques, who are considered sacred by the Balinese people.

In northern Bali, the rustic village of Sekumpul is home to Sekumpul Falls. Nestled within a verdant pistachio forest, these two cascading falls stand tall at 80 m, offering a breathtaking spectacle amid the lush surroundings. Bali's rich cultural heritage is also showcased through its ancient temples, such as Uluwatu, Besakih, and Tanah Lot, which each hold a significant place in Balinese Hindu traditions. Besakih Temple, the most important, largest and holiest temple of Balinese Hinduism, offers insights into the intricate rituals and practices, while Tanah Lot provides a stunning setting for witnessing picturesque sunsets from its rugged coastal cliffs.

In Thailand, a wide range of adventures awaits you, especially in Bangkok, a cultural melting pot with bags of colour, a must-visit for those wanting a taste of Thai culture. Visit the Grand Palace, admire the Wat Phra Kaew temple or take a romantic boat trip on the Chao Phraya River.

In the city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can step back in time in the footsteps of King U Thong, who once ruled Siam (former name of Thailand) during the golden age of this once-great city. Explore the ruins of magnificent temples, towering prangs (reliquary structures) and grand palaces.

Wherever you stay, exploring Thailand's islands is a goldmine for all curious travellers, and we mustn't forget to mention the tranquil islands of Phi Phi and the magical ambience of Krabi and Phuket. Each has its own charm and a pristine setting that's the stuff of dreams (and a Hollywood film or two).

Fancy visiting a breathtaking bay that even Leonardo DiCaprio couldn't resist? We're not exaggerating. Framed by cliffs covered in lush foliage, its white sands are one of the highlights of any visit to Thailand. Hop aboard a boat from Koh Phi Phi Don to discover the idyllic setting of this iconic bay, immortalised in the film "The Beach" (1999).

For thrill-seekers, Krabi's Hat Tham Phra Nang beach attracts adrenaline junkies. With its turquoise lagoon, guided climbing tours, underwater caves and range of water sports, the excitement is non-stop. And for the more adventurous, the Western Rock offers a unique view of the island of Ko Kai.

Sanur beach is a charming alternative to the hustle and bustle of Bali. Located just outside the sleepy fishing village of Sanur, the beach stretches its vanilla sands for five km, offering serenity and a Piccadilly-like coral cirque. Although this intimate beach offers peace and seclusion, early risers can enjoy the majestic sunrise that illuminates the nude-toned sands.

Welcome to a delicious culinary experience in the Far East. Tropical Bali offers traditional dishes that blend Indonesian with influences from China and India. Nasi Campur Bali is a must - a steamed rice dish served with delicious grilled chicken, satay, tempe, tofu, sambal and bean sprouts. These exciting culinary scenes get even better: don't miss Babi Guling (suckling pig grilled over an open fire), Lawar (minced meat covered in spices), Jimbaran seafood and the many varieties of Sate, or satay. Babi Guling has long been the main dish for festive celebrations and special occasions. Today, you can find this succulent delicacy in many of Bali's restaurants.

The magnificent jungle landscapes and blindingly white beaches have plenty of appeal, but it's the delicious Thai cuisine that completes the picture in the Land of Smiles. Thailand is spoilt for choice with opulent dishes such as Pad Thai (sweet and savoury noodles), Tom Yum Goong (spicy prawn soup) and, of course, green curry. Thai culture is characterised by an undeniable love of cold drinks: let yourself be tempted by a peach iced tea, followed by rice pudding for dessert! Whether you stay in Bali or Thailand, both countries offer a varied menu of culinary experiences to suit all tastes.

Unique history and traditions have influenced the rich and distinct cultures of Thailand and Bali. Bali is a predominantly Hindu Indonesian island, home to vibrant ceremonies, traditional dance performances such as the Barong, intricate temples such as Tanah Lot and Uluwatu, and beautiful art forms such as Batik woodcarving. In Thailand, you'll enjoy discovering the Theravada Buddhist heritage. Temples, or wats, are scattered throughout the country, the main stars being Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok, but there is much more to discover. 

Both Bali and the Land of Smiles are home to some of the world's most breathtaking scenery. Ancient temples such as Pura Dalem Agung and Pura Ulun Danu Bratan are surrounded by Bali's lush foliage and endless rice terraces. Thailand is a utopia of lush jungle, beautiful beaches and incredible hospitality.

Both destinations offer breathtaking landscapes of waterfalls, exotic beaches and a wealth of history to discover. However, it is the way in which the locals welcome tourism with warmth and first-class hospitality that makes these destinations favourite haunts for holidaymakers keen to immerse themselves in their rich culture.

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