As with so many things - regions are subject to the whims of fashion. While Africa remains a perennial favourite, the likes of Latin America are now appearing far more on the travel radar, and competing with the Far East for travellers’ affections.

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Where to go in Far East

Japan

Japan

Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.

Japan
Vietnam

Vietnam

The 20th century saw Vietnam successively fighting off the French, the Americans and the Chinese, and it is now one of the most appealing destinations in South-East Asia, welcoming a new invasion – tourists, this time – with open arms.

Vietnam
Thailand

Thailand

Thailand is a vibrant blend of cultures and breathtaking natural scenery and, understandably, the most popular destination in South East Asia.

Thailand
Indonesia

Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago consists of a sprawling chain of tropical volcanic islands comprising one of the most diverse and exotic nations on Earth.

Indonesia
Burma

Burma

Myanmar is a country of history, culture, and incredibly beautiful landscapes, and we are delighted to be offering holidays there

Burma
Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia is sandwiched between Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in the very heart of South-East Asia, and ideally explored in combination with some of its neighbours.

Cambodia
China

China

Modern China contains striking contemporary metropolises such as Shanghai and Hong Kong, and rural areas where life has changed little for centuries.

China
Laos

Laos

Laos is the oft-ignored backwater of what was once French Indochina, and as a fortuitous result retains much of the traditional charm and feel of a bygone era.

Laos
Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines consists of an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, with a combined shoreline longer than the US.

Philippines
Malaysia

Malaysia

With a vibrant and distinctive blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures (and the resulting excellent cuisine) this is a place well worth considering.

Malaysia

What to do in Far East

Adopt an Elephant

Adopt an Elephant

Children can become a zookeeper for the day and adopt their very own elephant.

Adopt an Elephant
Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht

Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht

Indonesia is an increasingly popular destination, with attention turning beyond Bali to the fascinating islands of Java and Lombok and further afield still to Sumba and Komodo. But there’s more - much much more - to see in this beguiling destination. Introducing Raja Ampat, in the very bullseye of the Coral Triangle, the so-called 'epicentre of marine biodiversity'.

Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht
Irrawaddy River Cruise

Irrawaddy River Cruise

Cruising the Irrawaddy River is a sublime way to see the sights and sounds of Burma.

Irrawaddy River Cruise
Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Combine Hanoi with a trip to Halong Bay, on the Gulf of Tonkin.

Halong Bay
City Tour of Hanoi

City Tour of Hanoi

Take a private guided tour of the city’s main sights, including temples, museums of the country’s recent and ancient history, traditional old quarters and more recent tree-lined boulevards with their French colonial architecture.

City Tour of Hanoi
Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)

Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)

Original Travel can organise a private guided boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel.

Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)
Hue by Bicycle

Hue by Bicycle

Discover the hidden backroads of Hue by bicycle on a day trip spent meandering along country roads past craft villages, shrines, tombs and pagodas and taking a local ferryboat across the Perfume River with the locals. The route starts with a visit to Dong Ba food market, then along the northern bank of the Perfume River to the old town of Bao Vinh and to the famous Citadel and Imperial Museum to learn about the lifestyle of the royal family and aristocrats of the Nguyen Dynasty. Next up is one of the finest examples of garden houses of Hue, the An Hien garden and finally the Heavenly Lady Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam.

Hue by Bicycle
Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An Street Food Tour

This street food tasting tour is an entertaining and informative way to see Hoi An through its food. Visit a local market off the tourist map then sit down to sample a 36 local delicacies - from sweet to savoury, noodles, sticky rice, myriad spring rolls, tropical fruits and dishes only found in Hoi An.

Hoi An Street Food Tour
Tailor-made Hoi An

Tailor-made Hoi An

Original Travel can arrange a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tailor-made Hoi An
Tunnels of Cu Chi

Tunnels of Cu Chi

Well worth a visit from Ho Chi Minh are the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Tunnels of Cu Chi
Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City Tour

Original Travel can arrange an expertly guided tour of the city, taking in the former Presidential Palace, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon post office, temples, a lacquerware factory and Thien Hau Pagoda in the city’s bustling Chinatown

Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Tonle Sap Lake Trip

Tonle Sap Lake Trip

As a day trip from Siem Reap a visit to Tonle Sap Lake is highly recommended.

Tonle Sap Lake Trip
Elephant-back or walking treks

Elephant-back or walking treks

Learn the skills of a mahout before going elephant trekking through the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

Elephant-back or walking treks
Jungle visit

Jungle visit

Visit a night safari centre to see a number of different species of wildlife.

Jungle visit
Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves

Some 15 miles upriver from Luang Prabang are the Pak Ou caves, situated at the confluence of the Ou and Mekong rivers.

Pak Ou Caves
Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall

Explore the Luang Prabang countryside and visit the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall and ethnic minority villages.

Kuang Si Waterfall
City Tour

City Tour

Luang Prabang is small, and just about everywhere can be reached by foot.

City Tour
Tribal Villages

Tribal Villages

Trekking is the main reason to come to Sapa.

Tribal Villages

Where to stay in Far East

Silolona

Silolona

If you want the ultimate in luxury yachts then look no further than Silolona. Sailing the seven seas (or any sea, for that matter) really doesn’t get much better.

Silolona
Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

Silolana's little sister boat is every bit as impressive and luxurious as our favourite yacht, and the perfect vessel from which to experience some of the most unspoilt islands on earth and best diving spots.

Si Datu Bua
Tiger Blue

Tiger Blue

Tiger Blue liveaboard is an immaculate and newly built 100ft traditional phinisi sailing boat and as a new build she is one of the faster boats under power, an important consideration when you visit destinations like Raja Ampat where the distances from north to south are not inconsiderable. As well as Raja Ampat,Tiger Blue operates in the Banda Islands and Komodo/Flores and is available for both private charter and set-date departures throughout the year.

Tiger Blue
Hotel by the Red Canal

Hotel by the Red Canal

The Hotel by the Red Canal is – in our humble opinion - the best boutique hotel in Mandalay.

Hotel by the Red Canal
Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

The stylish Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is situated next to the eponymous 10th century gates of Old Bagan - the perfect base from which to explore the amazing ancient temples.

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort sits on the eastern shore of Inle Lake at the foot of the Shan Hills.

Inle Princess Resort
The Governor's Residence

The Governor's Residence

The Governor's Residence, surrounded by manicured lawns, is in the elegant embassy quarter of Rangoon.

The Governor's Residence
The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

Despite the factually incorrect name, this river cruiser operated by Belmond is arguably the best boat plying the waters of the Irrawaddy River.

The Road to Mandalay
Amanpulo

Amanpulo

Based on Pamalican, a tiny island an hour’s flight from Manila, the Amanpulo resort is another excellent property from the Aman group.

Amanpulo
Ariara Island

Ariara Island

Escape to the ultimate 'off-the-beaten track' destination - Ariara Island is a private island paradise, available for let and yours to share with whomsoever you choose.

Ariara Island
Pangulasian Island

Pangulasian Island

The list of luxury hotels in the Philippines just got longer with the opening (in December 2012) of Pangulasian Island Resort, a private island retreat on Palawan’s beautiful Bacuit Bay.

Pangulasian Island
Dedon Island

Dedon Island

Dedon Island might not look like your conventional showroom, but make no mistake, this luxury hotel in the Philippines is a (very) glorified showroom for immaculate furniture company Dedon. Not in a bad way, though – Dedon have decked out many of the finest luxury island retreats anywhere in the world, so when they decided to create their own version they did so in consummate style.

Dedon Island
Halong Jasmine

Halong Jasmine

Launched in late 2007, the Halong Jasmine is all about attention to detail and quality of design.

Halong Jasmine
Halong Ginger

Halong Ginger

Launched in late 2007, the Halong Jasmine is all about attention to detail and quality of design.

Halong Ginger
M/V Emeraude

M/V Emeraude

The Emeraude cruises amid the scenic beauty of Halong Bay at a stately 10 knots.

M/V Emeraude
Sofitel Metropole

Sofitel Metropole

Built in 1901, the hotel has a rich history, having witnessed the turbulent 20th century history of Vietnam, and occupies a landmark French colonial building next to the Opera House in the heart of Hanoi.

Sofitel Metropole
Evason Ana Mandara

Evason Ana Mandara

The Evason Ana Mandara is on a private stretch of white sand near the Tran Phu Boulevard in Nha Trang, the coastal capital of the Khanh Hoa province.

Evason Ana Mandara
Amanoi

Amanoi

Amanoi is – surprisingly – Amanresorts’ first venture into Vietnam. We say surprisingly because it seems amazing that it took the hotel group until 2013 to jump on the Vietnam bandwagon. They’re playing catch up pretty well, though, as Amanoi sits in an enviable position looking down on the exquisite Vinh Hy Bay.

Amanoi
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

There are a variety of accommodation options to choose from at Six Senses ninh Van Bay, with villas spread along the beach or scattered among the hills and the dramatic rock formations.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Nam Hai

Nam Hai

As well as a stretch of private sandy beach, facilities at the Nam Hai include three swimming pools, tennis, badminton and basketball courts, and a health club with a gym, steam room and sauna.

Nam Hai
La Résidence Hotel & Spa

La Résidence Hotel & Spa

The hotel was once the governor’s residence and has been restored to offer all the comforts and atmosphere of a classic colonial villa.

La Résidence Hotel & Spa
Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa

Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa

The property is situated on a private stretch of beach just three miles from the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa
Bassac River Cruisers

Bassac River Cruisers

The traditional, wooden-built river cruisers Bassac I or Bassac II depart from Can Tho or Cai Be for overnight cruises, navigating some of the many river channels and canals that bisect the delta.

Bassac River Cruisers
Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon

The Park Hyatt Saigon is colonial in style with marble halls and high ceilings, and the ultimate place to stay in Ho Chi Minh City.

Park Hyatt Saigon
Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao sits on a mile long sandy beach surrounded by dramatic mountains and has significantly raised the bar for beachfront properties in Southern Vietnam.

Six Senses Con Dao
The Majestic

The Majestic

The hotel occupies a five-storey French colonial building on historic Dong Khoi Street, and has witnessed much of Vietnam’s tumultuous 20th century history.

The Majestic
Amankila

Amankila

Choose from ocean suites, garden suites or pool suites with private pools; all are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hills.

Amankila
Alila Manggis

Alila Manggis

Alila Manggis is a beachfront resort on the unspoilt east coast of Bali that basks in the shadow of the sacred Mount Agung – a pretty good position if you ask us.

Alila Manggis
Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu

The eco-friendly design of the luxury Alila Villas Uluwatu certainly does not compromise on style

Alila Villas Uluwatu
Amandari

Amandari

Set high above the Ayung River Gorge, Amandari overlooks working rice paddy fields, and designed to look like a Balinese village, it is clear to see how the hotel embraces local traditions.

Amandari

Details for Far East

A little more info

Well, as far as we at Original Travel are concerned the Far East (comprising South East Asia, China and Japan) is somewhere particularly special. For the most part it represents extremely good value for money (OK, maybe not Japan), is filled to the brim with spectacular land- and city-scapes, and boasts heritage galore and food to die for. Finally, there's that great clincher - excellent service.

So, where to start? We're big on Borneo at present thanks to its combination of abundant wildlife, indigenous tribes, excellent hotels and great diving. It works perfectly for honeymooners and families alike, and certainly fits the 'original' bill. At the far end of the spectrum both mentally and stylistically, Japan is somewhere to wallow in a culture that feels completely 'other', and using a tour operator who knows the lie of the land (like us, for instance) is highly recommended.

Katie, Miranda, Rachel and Rosie are our Far East experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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