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 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.
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.