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East Asia

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East Asia, a realm of endless discovery and enchantment, invites adventure lovers on a journey through diverse landscapes, rich histories, and vibrant cultures. From the fantastical beauty of Japan, blending ancient traditions with cutting edge modernity, to the dynamic energy of South Korea’s bustling cities and historic sites, every corner offers a new discovery. Taiwan captivates with its diverse landscapes and warm hospitality, while China immerses travellers in vast landscapes, ancient wonders, and boundless treasures. And the lesser travelled Mongolia is unforgettable with rugged landscapes and nomadic heritage, promising an authentic journey filled with exploration and discovery.


Step into the world of Japan’s fantastical beauty and unique culture. With a wonderful blend of ancient traditions and cutting edge modernity, it’s no wonder why Japan is a country on everyone’s bucket list. From the neon-lit streets of Tokyo pulsating with energy, to the serene temples of Kyoto steeped in history, Japan is the perfect destination for anyone seeking exciting adventure and cultural enlightenment.

In the cities of Tokyo and Osaka you’ll find electrifying streets full of quirky maid cafes, karaoke bars, and delicious cuisine that is distinguishingly Japanese. Head to the iconic Mount Fuji, surrounded by serene natural beauty and, when the season is right, blooming cherry blossoms – a classic picture of Japan’s wonder. See the towering green walls of Kyoto’s Bamboo Forest, and visit Nara’s Deer Park for an unforgettable wildlife encounter. It’s not a visit to Japan without taking in the many incredible shrines and temples that are a staple of this country’s unique history and cultural significance. See the golden walls of Kinkaku-ji Temple shine its beautiful reflection on the pond below. The famous red Torii Gates of Fushimi Inari will stick with you long after you’ve left, and offer an iconic insta worthy picture. Visit Tokyo’s oldest and most renowned temple, Senso-ji, surrounded by bustling markets and incredible history.

South Korea

South Korea, the home of K-Pop and Kimchi, offers captivating cultural experiences and a rich history. Full of vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes, with a unique lifestyle and intriguing attractions, it’s well worth a visit. In Seoul, the beating heart of the nation, tradition seamlessly blends with modernity, creating a dynamic urban landscape and its own unique city charm. With towering skyscrapers and ancient palaces from the Joseon Dynasty, this city stands as a proud reminder of Korea’s rich heritage.

Venturing beyond the capital, you’ll find places like Gyeongju and Jeonju, with intriguing history and delicious cuisine. Gyeongju, home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, offers a glimpse into Korea’s illustrious past with historic areas and traditional villages, while Jeonju’s culinary scene, cultural attractions, and historic charm is hard to beat.
Further south lies Busan, a vibrant coastal city famed for its stunning beaches and bustling markets. From the golden sands of Haeundae Beach to the colorful alleys of Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan exudes a dynamic energy that is truly captivating. Continue your adventure to Jeju Island, known as the ‘Hawaii of South Korea’ and a paradise of volcanic landscapes and natural wonders. From the majestic Hallasan Mountain to picturesque beaches, it’s the perfect escape from the bustle of city life, yet still holds on to that unique South Korean charm.


For adventurers seeking an unforgettable escape, Taiwan is a must-visit gem brimming with diverse landscapes, intriguing history, and lively culture. From the majestic peaks of its mountainous terrain to the tranquil beauty of its coastal shores, Taiwan’s natural beauty never fails to impress. Dive into its rich history by exploring ancient temples like the ornate Longshan Temple or wandering the charming streets of Jiufen. And let’s not forget about the mouthwatering culinary scene, from savoury street food at bustling night markets to indulgent traditional dishes like beef noodle soup and xiaolongbao.


Whether it’s marvelling at the breathtaking Great Wall snaking through rugged mountains or exploring ancient temples nestled within bustling cities, China’s natural and architectural wonders never cease to amaze. Immerse yourself in its rich history by wandering through the majestic Forbidden City in Beijing or marvelling at the ancient Terracotta Army in Xi’an. The true essence of China lies in its people, whose warmth, hospitality, and rich tapestry of traditions welcome travellers with open arms. Sample the diverse flavours of Chinese cuisine, from the fiery spices of Sichuan to the delicate dim sum of Guangdong, each dish a reflection of the country’s regional diversity and culinary heritage.


A dream destination for off the beaten track explorers. Its vast and rugged landscapes, rich nomadic heritage, and unique cultural experiences will leave you in awe. Whether you’re wandering through the endless expanses of the Gobi Desert or taking in the serene beauty of the Mongolian steppe, there’s an adventure waiting around every corner. Dive into the country’s fascinating history by checking out ancient sites like the Erdene Zuu Monastery, or get a taste of nomadic life by staying in traditional gers (yurts) on the grasslands. With its rugged charm, friendly locals, and endless opportunities for authentic cultural experiences, Mongolia promises an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and discovery at every turn.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel to East Asia?

East Asia is generally considered safe for travellers, with low crime rates in many areas. We always recommend taking precaution no matter where you are travelling, be aware of your surroundings and do your research. We also believe it is very important to remain respectful to locals and their cultures at all times to have the most fun on your trip. The best way to travel in complete safety is to join a group tour – that way you’ll never be alone, and will have an epic and experienced guide leading the way.

What is the best time of year to visit East Asia?

The best time to visit East Asia depends on the specific country and region you plan to explore. Generally, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer mild weather and vibrant scenery. This makes them popular seasons for travel. However, each country experiences different climatic patterns, so it’s essential to research the specific destinations you plan to visit.

What are some must-see attractions in East Asia?

East Asia is home to numerous iconic landmarks and attractions. Think the Great Wall of China, the temples of Kyoto, and the skyscrapers of Seoul. Other must-see destinations may include the cherry blossoms of Japan in spring and the natural wonders of Jeju Island in South Korea.

Are English speakers common in East Asia?

English proficiency levels vary across East Asia, with major cities typically having more English speakers than rural areas. We recommend learning a few basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings and essential directions. This will enhance your travel experience and help you communicate with locals.

Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of when visiting East Asia?

Each country in East Asia has its own set of cultural customs and etiquette norms. For example, it’s customary to bow as a sign of respect in Japan and South Korea. In China, exchanging business cards with two hands is considered polite. Familiarising yourself with these customs before your trip can help you navigate social interactions with ease.

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