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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Philippines

Philippines

Far East

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

Where to go

Philippines
The Governor's Residence

The Governor's Residence

Burma

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

Where to stay

The Governor's Residence
Burma

Burma

Far East

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

Where to go

Burma
Amata Resort

Amata Resort

Burma

The Amata Resort sits pretty next to the white sands and lapping ocean of Ngapali Beach, Burma’s blissful beach resort.

Where to stay

Amata Resort
Tiger Blue

Tiger Blue

Indonesia

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.

Where to stay

Tiger Blue
Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess Resort

Burma

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

Where to stay

Inle Princess Resort
Tunnels of Cu Chi

Tunnels of Cu Chi

Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta

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

What to do

Tunnels of Cu Chi
Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Hanoi & Halong Bay

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

What to do

Halong Bay
Irrawaddy River Cruise

Irrawaddy River Cruise

Burma

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

What to do

Irrawaddy River Cruise
Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

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.

Where to stay

Si Datu Bua
Malaysia

Malaysia

Far East

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

Where to go

Malaysia
Silolona

Silolona

Indonesia

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.

Where to stay

Silolona
Adopt an Elephant

Adopt an Elephant

Thailand

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

What to do

Adopt an Elephant
Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)

Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)

Hoi An & Hue

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

What to do

Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)
The Road to Mandalay

The Road to Mandalay

Burma

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

Where to stay

The Road to Mandalay
Cambodia

Cambodia

Far East

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.

Where to go

Cambodia
Hue by Bicycle

Hue by Bicycle

Hoi An & Hue

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.

What to do

Hue by Bicycle
Laos

Laos

Far East

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.

Where to go

Laos
Hotel by the Red Canal

Hotel by the Red Canal

Burma

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

Where to stay

Hotel by the Red Canal
Thailand

Thailand

Far East

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

Where to go

Thailand
Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht

Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht

Indonesia

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'.

What to do

Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht
City Tour of Hanoi

City Tour of Hanoi

Hanoi & Halong Bay

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.

What to do

City Tour of Hanoi
Sandoway Resort

Sandoway Resort

Burma

Sandoway Resort sits in the shade of six acres of coconut palms along 1,200ft of beachfront overlooking the beautiful Bay of Bengal on Burma’s premier beach, Ngapali. There are 59 two-storey villas and cottages with terraces or verandas dotted among the palms and casuarina trees, and designed in traditional Burmese style with hardwood floors, palm roofs and stone carvings.

Where to stay

Sandoway Resort
Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Burma

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.

Where to stay

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Indonesia

Indonesia

Far East

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

Where to go

Indonesia
Tailor-made Hoi An

Tailor-made Hoi An

Hoi An & Hue

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

What to do

Tailor-made Hoi An
Vietnam

Vietnam

Far East

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.

Where to go

Vietnam
Japan

Japan

Far East

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

Where to go

Japan
China

China

Far East

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

Where to go

China
Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An & Hue

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.

What to do

Hoi An Street Food Tour

Where can I start? It was our best trip yet. Everything went smoothly. It was a wonderful package at a very good price, well organised by Original Travel and we felt totally spoilt.

Paul & Jenny

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