Our picks for
Wild deserts, prehistoric landscapes and lush valleys, Africa is the home of great wildernesses. The unknown for the Victorian explorers, the continent has been on the radar for discerning travellers for decades
The Caribbean conjures up images of white sand beaches and far flung islands but it is important to recognise that each destination has its own attraction, culture, cuisine and also price point.
With a sophisticated, well-preserved culture and rolling velvet hills, meandering up to the distant snowy peaks of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan has a draw like few others.
India is not merely a country, it’s a continent. Travelling there is an assault on your senses: spices, colours, palaces, temples, bustle and a magic hard to articulate.
The Maldives is the ultimate picture-perfect destination. The sand really is that white and the sea really is that azure. But you still want to know the right place to go.
Home to the highest peak in the world, Nepal has so many stunning, jagged attractions that you might be forgiven for thinking that the country is only about trekking.
Gorgeous, verdant, oft-overlooked Sri Lanka takes shelter just to the south-east of India. For some time now the country has enjoyed peace and the signs of prosperity.
Steeped in extraordinary ancient and tragic recent history, Cambodia is justifiably most famously home to the sprawling temples of Angkor.
The recent dramatic increase in numbers of visitors has been handled sensitively, and the impact has generally been positive. Of particular interest is the revival of many now thriving arts and crafts traditions, some of which had been underutilised and all but forgotten.
The ancient kingdom of Siam was undoubtedly a sight to behold and remnants of that empire still remain in various monuments and temples. These relics are often awe-inspiring, but there is so much more for the modern visitor to this magical country.
Japan occupies a unique position in showcasing slick cities and sleepy verdant countryside; it’s a fully developed yet definitely ‘alien’ country. There is an allure to this fascinating and highly complex culture, but planning a holiday can seem daunting to a new visitor.
Vietnam has made a name for itself: first through war and now through commercialisation. The rice basket of south-east Asia turned itself around after the conflict of the 1960s and 70s and became the key to the economic mechanism of Indochina.
There’s no easy way to categorise China, the fourth biggest landmass on our globe and a country whose inhabitants make up nearly one-fifth of the total world population.
Vowel-challenged Kyrgyzstan, tucked between the giants of China and Kazakhstan, is carpeted in rolling velveteen hills, studded with rocky outcrops, gorges and glaciers and adorned by immaculate mirrored lakes.
Spanning an eighth of the circumference of the planet, Indonesia is one of the world’s most diverse countries. From the stunning sunrise over Borobudur, a UNESCO world heritage site, to the extraordinary sea life off the coast of the islands to the east of Bali, the archipelago has an amazing richness on offer.