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Explorient’s Top 10 Travel Destinations

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As the largest continent in the world, Asia has a richness in history and culture against a backdrop of dramatic contrasts between its energetic metropolis to the tranquil, natural landscapes. The Far East boasts a myriad of tantalizing travel experiences between country and city, ancient and modern, adventure and relaxation.

Enjoy this visual tour as we present you Explorient’s favorite places and our Top 10 Asian Travel Destinations!


  • 10. Hong Kong
    10. Hong Kong
    No. 10: Hong Kong, eccentric and eclectic, where each visitor creates her very own version of this vibrant metropolis. From finding extraordinary bargains at Stanley Market to the finest of fine-dining at The Peninsula's Felix overlooking Victoria Harbor. Hong Kong boasts an impressive skyline, colorful night markets and an air of sophistication that delight even the most seasoned traveler.
  • 9. Hoi An, Vietnam
    9. Hoi An, Vietnam
    No. 9: Awarded as an UNESCO’s World Heritage site, Hoi An retains a cultural charm where time stood still for centuries. This seaside town off the coast of the South China Sea boasts exquisite provincial architecture, quaint art galleries, dreamy beaches and tantalizing culinary delights. Stroll through the bustling morning markets, bicycle through the verdant countryside, or take an culturally-inspiring boat trip on the Thu Bon, Hoi An offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of today's modern society.
  • 8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
    8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
    No. 8: Home to the magnificent Angkor Wat, the largest religious temple in the world and a proud national symbol of Cambodia, Siem Reap has become of the most popular destinations in all of Southeast Asia. Besides its impressive array of temple ruins, this small city boasts an exotic blend of French, Chinese and Cambodian architectures, teeming local markets and the nearby Tonle Sap Lake dotted with primitive floating villages.
  • 7. Kyoto, Japan
    7. Kyoto, Japan
    No. 7: Kyoto’s thousand year reign as the former imperial seat of Japan endowed with its hundreds of shrines, palaces and temples make this ancient capital a favorite for locals and foreigners alike. Visit the impressive Nijō Castle, Imperial Palace and the gilded Kinkaku-ji pavilion. Stroll about the 400-year old Nishiki Market (a.k.a. Kyoto’s Kitchen) where modern day Japanese life perfectly meshed with Japan of Old. Treat yourself to a traditional ryokan stay in charming Gion and catch a glimpse of a Geisha or Maiko who exudes beauty and grace with every step.
  • 6. Bali, Indonesia
    6. Bali, Indonesia
    No. 6: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more sublime paradise than Bali. Perhaps it’s the spiritually strong culture infusing calming vibes into the air, or the warm hospitality of the people, but there’s no doubt the island offers a peaceful and welcoming ambiance. Relax at one of their high-end, seaside spas in Jimbaran, or transcend to a higher realm at a retreat nestled in the mountains of Ubud. Discover rich art, architecture and traditions dating back 900 years. Embark on active adventures cycling through the countryside, trekking atop the iconic rice terraces, or white water rafting in the majestic Ayung. Abundant with rich culture, stunning natural vistas, and and a heavy dose of serenity, Bali earns the #6 spot on our list.
  • 5. Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yai Noi, Thailand
    5. Koh Yao Yai & Koh Yai Noi, Thailand
    No. 5: A pair of small islands tucked between Krabi and Phuket in the Andaman Sea, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao redefine Paradise. Here, discover the road less traveled completely shielded from modern day influences just a short boat ride away. There are few cars, no neon lights and no shopping malls - just primitive fishing villages, virgin beaches and family-owned eateries. Rent a scooter and zip around the island to experience Thailand as it was half a century ago. Afterwards, retire in your pool villa overlooking the Andaman at the stunning Santhiya Resort Sea where your worries magically melt away.
  • 4. Paro, Bhutan
    4. Paro, Bhutan
    No. 4: Almost eclipsed by the expansive neighbours of India and China, Bhutan exists snugly between their borders. Continuously ranked as the “Happiest Country in Asia,” this Himalayan treasure is also known as “The Land of the Thunder Dragon”. Paro Valley is recognized as one of the most beautiful in Bhutan, a favorite among those who thrive in nature. Tour the some of Bhutan’s incredible dzongs, which at various points in history either served as monasteries, fortresses, or district seats of authority. One of the most amazing sights is Taktsang, “Tiger’s Nest” - a famous monastery perched on a cliffside, more than 10,200 ft above sea level. It's a good 5-hour trek but the memories will last a lifetime.
  • 3. Yunnan Province, China (Lijiang & Shangri-La)
    3. Yunnan Province, China (Lijiang & Shangri-La)
    No. 3: Beautiful Yunnan Province spans the most mountainous and most biodiverse terrain in China. Shangri-La exists as a nod to the utopian paradise from James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. With a heavy influence of the Tibetan culture dotted with stunning monasteries and local villages, one of Shangri-La's highlights is Pudacuo National Park which offers incredible glimpses of the native wildlife and picture-perfect views of the alpine meadows, marshes, and valleys. Lijiang’s 800 year history has earned its UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. This ancient city still retains much of its rustic charm, with cobblestone streets, small shops, and waterway canals intricately weaving through Old Town. Other notable sites nearby include the Black Dragon Pool, Tiger Leaping Gorge and the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • 2. Borneo, Malaysia
    2. Borneo, Malaysia
    No. 2: The third-largest island in the world, and the largest island in Asia, Borneo actually spans three countries: Malaysia and Brunei to the north, and Indonesia to the south. We love the Malay side of Borneo which showcases an inspiring array of natural beauty, with some of the oldest rainforests in the world. A visit to Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to observe stunning wildlife, including the distinguished orangutan. You’ll also have a chance to see the proboscis long-nosed monkey, the world’s smallest bear - the Malay sun bear, the clouded leopard, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and so much more! Kota Kinabalu boasts some of the most prolific marine life on Earth. Relax on the white, sandy beaches, or explore the pristine waters by snorkel or dive.
  • 1. Bagan, Myanmar
    1. Bagan, Myanmar
    No. 1: Earning the top spot on our list is Bagan. Having closed for decades to the outside world, Myanmar is a kaleidoscope of unspoiled culture, stunning natural beauty, and warm friendly faces. Located along the banks of the Irrawaddy, Bagan is home to thousands of elaborate ancient pagodas, temples and palaces. This birthplace of Burmese civilization offers a glimpse into its ancient past among these breathtaking ruins. Despite its new entry into the travel scene, Myanmar did not miss a beat with the realm of luxury travel. Choose from an array of unique, opulent hotels on land, or enjoy an Irrawaddy River cruise in style on board one of several luxury river cruiselines. But whatever you choose, be sure to get there soon. This modest gem is transforming quickly as it gains incredible traction on the world’s travel radar.


Which one will it be? Each and every one of these places promises a trip of a lifetime and you will not be disappointed. Join Explorient on an expertly crafted trip, or let us help you design your own.



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