x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Find Asian inspiration with these travel deals

Go east – enjoy a cultural tour of China or ride a train around Vietnam.

Halong Bay, Vietnam. Getty Images / Flickr RF
Halong Bay, Vietnam. Getty Images / Flickr RF

Vietnam

Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City aboard the Reunification Express on this 15-day cultural holiday in Vietnam. Along the way, you'll visit Halong Bay for an overnight stay on the water; tour Hue and enjoy the opulence of Thai Hoa Palace, the Forbidden Purple City and the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc. Highlights include two days on a secluded beach at Nha Trang and a morning bike tour of Ho Chi Minh City.

The two-week trip costs from Dh4,440 per person, including accommodation based on two sharing, some meals, sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary, local transport, services of a tour leader, and taxes. International airfare not included. Book through www.responsibletravel.com.

 

India

Bales Worldwide has a week-long "Taj and Tigers" tour that will take you through India's Golden Triangle. The itinerary includes tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park; a tour of New Delhi's landmark monuments; a visit to Chandni Chowk market in the old part of the city and a day spent at the Taj Mahal in Agra. The journey ends in the architecturally rich city of Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The eight-day trip costs from Dh5,852 per person, including accommodation based on two sharing, game drives at Ranthambore National Park, some meals, sightseeing and all local transport and transfers. Departures in April, May and June. International airfare not included. Visit www.balesworldwide.com for more details.

 

Myanmar

Spend 15 days in Myanmar on this epic "Discover Burma" tour. From Shwedagon Pagoda (it glitters with gold and diamonds, and is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha) and Lake Kandawgyi in Yangon to the ancient city of Bagan, known for its thousands of brick stupas, this trip offers a rare insight into the country's past. You'll also visit Mandalay's Golden Teak Monastery and the Royal Palace; the kilometre-long U-Bein bridge; and Lake Inle.

From £1,199 (Dh7,050) per person, including accommodation based on two sharing, some meals, local transport, domestic flights, and sightseeing as in the itinerary. International airfare not included. Visit www.exodus.co.uk for more information and to book.

 

China

Cox & Kings has a nine-day "Magical China" tour that takes in most of the important attractions and tourist sites across Shanghai, Beijing and Xi'an. Highlights include Beijing's Forbidden City and the hutongs; a city tour of Shanghai; and a visit to Xi'an's famous Terracotta Warriors. You'll also zip across the country on a Maglev train and enjoy a cruise on Shanghai's Huangpu River.

From Dh4,984 per person, including accommodation, based on two sharing, some meals, local transport, sightseeing and excursions, and the services of a tour leader. International airfare not included. Visit www.coxandkings.ae for more information and to book.

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