At Seniors Holiday Travel Team, before we can design just the right Asian holiday for you, we need to ask (and answer) lots of questions. Here, I will take you through just some of the questions our travel experts will no doubt ask you, in their efforts to design exactly the right Asian holiday for you.
When is the best time to visit, and what times of year should you avoid? How adventurous are you? Would you like to get a taste of Asia in a ‘safe’ city like Singapore or Hong Kong? Or do you long to experience the 2,000 years old culture in Mongolia, the wonders of the Ancient Silk Road, or something in between?
Do you want to travel on an organised coach tour with other Australians, with all meals included? Or would you prefer to use public transport with the locals, buying food in markets and trying local delicacies? How about your own private tailor-made holiday, in your own car, with your own driver and English speaking guide, so you can see exactly what interests you?
Is this your first visit to Asia or your 10th? Do you want 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation, or would you prefer to stay with the locals? Do you want to eat local food for every meal, or would you prefer western-style food, with an occasional local specialty, such as the famous Peking Duck?
Would you like to experience a cruise on the Yangtze River in China, a high speed train trip in China or Japan, a luxury Eastern & Oriental Express train trip between Singapore and Bangkok, an almost decadent train trip in India, or maybe an adventure on the Trans-Mongolian or Trans-Siberian trains for a week or so?
When is the best time to see the Taj Mahal? Do you want to visit Japan for the cherry blossoms, or perhaps the Autumn leaves, (even more popular with the locals)? How about Harbin for the famous Ice Festival – did you know that Japan has one as well, in Sapporo? What about festivals, such as the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital?
Are you interested in longer tours, such as the Great Silk Road, 28 days from Beijing to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, with 15 other intrepid explorers? There are organised tours up to 3 months long! Do you want to visit the ‘stans’, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – you’ll probably end up with 80 to 100 countries in your passport, if you do!
River cruising isn’t just popular in Europe – it’s also a wonderful way to enjoy many Asian countries, including Vietnam and Cambodia (Mekong River), Myanmar (Burma, Irrawaddy River and Chindwin River), China (Yangtze) or Vietnam (Halong Bay and Red River), Laos, China and Thailand (Upper Mekong), Thailand (River Kwai) and India (the Brahmaputra, Hoogly and Ganges Rivers). By far the most popular are between Saigon and Siem Reap in Vietnam and Cambodia, or in Myanmar, both with weekly departures. Your travel experts can help you navigate the choices (pun intended!).
So when are you going, and what are you going to see? Let us help you create your dream holiday. Talk to one of our travel experts, who will craft a unique holiday especially for you or check out our upcoming holidays Asia here