From balmy climates and sun-soaked beaches to rugged
mountaintops dusted with snow and cities filled with fresh, crisp
winter air, Asia spoils you for choice in the winter months.
An enormous and varied continent, whether you'd prefer to escape
the bleak climate of the UK and enjoy some much-needed sun, or
embrace cooler temperatures in some of the world's most enticing
destinations, Asia is a destination which promises to deliver.
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
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
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.