Asia is an incredible continent to travel to and whether you’re looking for adventure, wildlife, culture or leisure, our small group holidays will appeal to you. It is no wonder Asia has been with popular with international tourists for decades. Our featured Asia travel packages are designed to give you an unforgettable experience, every country is different and you will also get to see history and culture around every turn. Experience the highlights of the continent and travel like a local, search packages today
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Asia is a huge and diverse continent and joining a tour can be your gateway to seeing the highlights and also getting off the beaten track away from the tourist crowds. Travelling in Asia can seem a daunting experience if you have never visited the continent before, there are so many countries you could visit and new places to see. Our holidays in Asia are a great way to travel in a structured trip, see new places, meet new people and have one of the best experiences of your life whether you are travelling solo, with friends or even with your family. With One World 365 you can search holidays in Asia for all interests, so whether you want to visit individual countries or travel overland and see multiple destinations you will find something to appeal to you. Asia has so many destinations, places to see, events to behold and activities to experience that any holiday will probably not seem long enough. Start researching trips and get a taste for the packages on offer.
Whilst those travelling to mainstream holiday destinations such as the USA or Australia are unlikely to encounter any problems so far as cultures are concerned, it is important for travellers to realise that less commonly travelled locations such as Asia may have numerous customs that they are not aware of. It is important not to get hung up on cultures as gap year travellers are not expected to be up to speed with all the nuances that a country has but it is a good idea to have a general overview of the cultural heritages of the countries that you intend to visit during your holiday. Discounting the most popular westernised locations, other popular locations are likely to have certain customs which may seem strange to international visitors but which it is important to be aware of. Please also avoid unethical wildlife encounters and please say NO to elephant treks, swimming with captive dolphins and also having pictures with exotic animals in public areas. There are lots of worthwhile wildlife sanctuaries you can visit instead and see inspiring conservation efforts being made.
Our must visit destinations for a in Asia include:
Most cities in Asia are easily accessible from major worldwide airports and there are lots of choice with internal travel. There is a good train / bus service running throughout the continent, whilst Air Asia provide cheap flights throughout the region. Asia has a good transport system for visitors which is cheap and offers a lot of choice, if you are struggling for time you can catch internal and external flights with low cost airlines. For a budget experience you can catch a bus, or if you are in a larger country like India or China we recommend taking an overnight sleeper train. Like most countries the more you pay the better level of comfort you will enjoy.
In South-East Asia there is a really established bus service connecting countries, from Bangkok for example you can get anywhere. Always shop around for the best prices are they can vary by a lot. Try to get an overnight service which arrives at a destination in the morning or afternoon, this makes finding accommodation and everything easier and safer than in the dark at night. Also be prepared for long journeys, we recommend taking lots of water and also food with you so you don't get hungry. Sometimes the food on trains isn't the best and also this is the same as when you are travelling by bus and stop off for a break, usually this food caters for local people and might not be very appealing to you.
With societies so steeped in tradition, it comes as no surprise that Asian countries can have a strict set of etiquette guidelines for visitors to follow when passing through. Whilst the rules were once much more intensely followed in the likes of Hong Kong, there's still a level of respect one must exercise to avoid appearing rude. Cities such as Dubai and Bangkok strongly enforce laws that could result in imprisonment if not followed. So take note, lest you commit a cultural faux pas. It is important to respect cultural traditions and observe local laws when travelling abroad. A common misconception is that what’s ok in your country is the same in foreign countries.
This is not the case and it is extremely important that you do your research before you travel! A city that we often hear about in the news is Dubai and those reports on offences weren’t at all exaggerated. Sex outside marriage is definitely illegal, and if you’re found out you run the risk of prosecution, imprisonment and/or a fine. Don’t think you can get away with it by conducting your affairs behind closed doors either. It’s also illegal to live, or share a hotel room, with someone of the opposite sex to whom you are not married or closely related. Whilst some laws are pretty obvious, and quite frankly fall within common sense, it’s the more obscure ones that you may find yourself caught out by.
Asia is very welcoming to female travellers and you should enjoy a really fun and memorable experience here. We have some advice which should help you, most of all just be cautious of your surroundings and be sensible with your approach and you should have no problems. Local people are very welcoming and you are more likely to have problems with other travellers than local people. Some simple suggestions include not walking around cities in a bikini for example and if you are visiting temples please dress conservatively and pack female hygiene products as you might not find the ones you like in Asia.
Asia is a very cheap destination to travel in and prices are quite similar throughout the whole continent. Some countries, especially the more popular ones like Thailand are more expensive than others for example Cambodia whilst more modern and developed places like Hong Kong and Japan you will struggle to get anything cheap. In Asia you can generally get by on around £10 - £20 ($15 - $25) per day, which includes accommodation, food and drink. Sometimes you can live on an even cheaper budget depending on the destination and what activities you are looking to do.
If you are looking to save money avoid drinking too much alcohol, sometimes you can spend more on one beer than on a nights accommodation. US dollars are accepted in a lot of countries. Always try to exchange your currency before leaving certain countries, for example Laos currency is difficult to exchange outside of Laos and so you might get stuck with lots of worthless notes. Some currency you can exchange outside though for example Chinese, Thai and Japanese money. If you are travelling overland we do not recommend exchanging money on the border crossings, usually the rates are really low.