Authentic Shopping in Asia
By Georgia Shipley
16 October 2019
Don’t waste precious holiday time worrying what souvenirs to pick up from your travels, get stuck into this handy guide and make your shopping trips a cinch!Read more
Experience the delightful landscapes and historic treasures of Asia. From the Taj Mahal to the cherry blossoms of Japan.
Experience the incredible beauty of one of the most varied continents in the world. From the peak of snow-covered Mount Fuji, to the serene waters of Halong Bay, there is an unquestionably vast array of magnificence in China, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia that simply must be seen by any discerning travel enthusiast.
Explore India's iconic landmarks and enchanting wildlife on this incredible tour. From bustling Delhi, discover ancient cities by modern rail, visit the incredible Taj Mahal, and take two game drives to spot the elusive tiger.… see more
11 days from £1,395 ppView tour details >
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat.… see more
14 days from £2,095 ppView tour details >
Explore the wonders of two fascinating nations on a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Delve into the history and culture of Vietnam, explore UNESCO-listed attractions and visit the incredible temple city of Angkor Wat. This version of the tour is run by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.… see more
14 days from £2,095 ppView tour details >
From the man-made wonders of India to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Nepal, discover these two countries through a fantastic selection of excursions and experiences, creating memories to last a lifetime.… see more
14 days from £1,995 ppView tour details >
Cherry blossoms, geisha, tea ceremonies, sake, Shinto and sacred temples; Japan has it all, and when you travel through cities and countryside alike by rail, it is all too easy to fall in love with this unique country… see more
13 days from £3,195 ppView tour details >
Explore the glorious country of India on this tour, taking you to some of it's most beautiful cities, discovering the most exquisite historical sights, and perhaps seeing a tiger at Ranthambore National Park.… see more
10 days from £1,295 ppView tour details >
There can be no man-made structure more well known than the Great Wall of China. Though the saying that it can be seen from space has been proven as a myth, it is an incredibly impressive construction that was gradually built over a stretch of two thousand years.
Large swathes of the wall still stand today, and walking along them, you are surrounded by the intensely verdant beauty of China, getting to see it from one of the country's best tactical vantage points.
Trains are, without a doubt, one of the best ways to see both the exotic and everyday panoramas of a destination as you speed on by, and this is no less true in Japan.
Step on board the incredible Shinkansen, or 'bullet trains', as they whisk you smoothly from city to city on high-tech maglev tracks. Ultra-modern and incredibly comfortable, these routes are one of the most innovative ways to enjoy travelling throughout Japan and its islands, picking up speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
A melting pot of cultures with a myriad of languages, you'll hear Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Khmer in the countries you visit with Rail Discoveries. A multitude of currencies are also used here. In Japan, you have the yen. In China, the yuan, where Cambodia has real and Vietnam has dong (both these countries also accept US dollars).
Despite all the different languages and currencies, flight times are fairly similar, with flights from London to Tokyo lasting 11 hours and 50 minutes, and flights from London to Hanoi taking 11 hours and 40 minutes.
Asia is a large and intriguing continent, and you might be asking yourself; where to start? If your inspiration needs kick-starting, then we've picked 5 experiences you can use as a springboard for holiday planning.
Helping you plan your holiday to Asia