Southeast Asia has long been a sought after region for adventurous travelers seeking fascinating cultures far removed from those of the day-to-day Western way of life. While there are plenty of reasons to visit Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam -admirable and friendly people, dazzling islands, sumptuous cuisine - there is more to this region than just these destinations! To the west and north of these better worn travel paths lie Myanmar and Southern China, just waiting to share their beauty and wonder.
To even begin to seek to summarize the country of India can feel overwhelming! The population of over 1.3 billion makes up a blend of cultures as diverse as any country in the world. Though most Indians are followers of the Hindu faith, many other spiritual paths are followed, including Sikhism and Jainism. Most people speak the Hindi and English languages, but so too do they speak dozens of others like Tamil and Bengali. India’s urbanization and technology sector are skyrocketing, but the majority of its residents still live in the innumerable rural villages that lie far from the megacities of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
With such diversity, juxtaposition and change happening in the country, seeking out some of the top sites to make up the best India tours can be a challenge - come along as we survey five top things to do in this mesmerizing country!
Featuring stunning scenery and culture and far fewer travelers than other parts of Southeast Asia, Laos tours will show you a beautiful place and its wonderful people. Connecting with locals can be a highlight of any international trip, especially in countries like Laos where traditional life remains strong. We love helping our clients connect with the locals in a culturally sensitive way that is meaningful and life-changing for everyone involved, so keep reading to learn more about how to do this well in Laos!
Myanmar continues to represent a Southeast Asian country less encroached upon by tourism development, and having relatively intact cultural heritage. As Myanmar travel and tours expand, however, so too does travelers’ responsibility to approach cross-cultural interchange in a mindful way. Familiarizing oneself with cultural norms and observing them when visiting is not only critical for ensuring the best trip possible, but fundamental to showing respect for this country and its people and for supporting the best future for both.
A rising star among the Orient’s travel destinations, Vietnam is not to be overlooked when seeking authentic experiences in Southeast Asia. Its cities shine bright, foundations of gleaming skyscrapers adjoining those of markets, museums and Buddhist pagodas. The rural villages, with their rice paddies set upon perfectly sculpted hillside terraces, overlook verdant cultivated lowlands and their slowly winding rivers. Limestone karst pillars are scattered through these plains just as they are through the bays of the sinuous coastline, making for surreal landscapes ideal for exploring.