Curious about Asia? Explore the Best Tours

Asia is the largest and most densely populated continent in the world. Almost 70% of the world’s population lives here. If you’re interested in history, you should know that Asia is home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, and most of its countries have an amazing cultural heritage. However, if you’re a nature lover, don’t forget that this continent is home to four of the world’s seven natural wonders and thousands of breathtaking national parks. Take a look at this list of the most beautiful tours in Asia and start planning your next trip!

Singapore

Singapore is a city, an island, and a country. With nearly 6 million inhabitants, it’s one of the most densely populated countries in the world. It was originally a pirate-controlled port, but since the 1960s, the country has gone through a steady process of rapid economic growth and has become one of the most prosperous economies in the world. It has very modern architecture with unique buildings like the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, shaped like a ship.

Although the city has a well-developed transportation system, you can also opt for a city tour. In this case, we recommend the 5-day “Singapore Gateway” tour with Thomas Cook. This tour will take you to dozens of modern buildings, including the famous Gardens by the Bays and the man-made Cloud Forest. You’ll also visit Jurong Bird Park, with the highest artificial waterfall in the world.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory and a vibrant city with one of the highest population densities in the world. However, while most tourists visit the city’s skyscrapers and the famous Buddha statue, little do they know that there is a fascinating island called Peng Chau, just a few kilometers away. Therefore, we highly recommend taking the 1-day tour “Island Life: The Slow, Magical World of Peng Chau” with Little Adventures.

This island is full of temples; the most famous is Tin Hau Temple. The island is so small that the two main means of transportation are bicycles or walking. The traditional lifestyle of this fishing village is in stark contrast to the chaos of Hong Kong, making it a good choice if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Armenia

Did any of you know that Armenia is the oldest Catholic country in the world? To experience the architectural wonders and towering mountains of this ancient Caucasian country, take the 10-day “Wonders of Armenia” tour with the One Way Tour. If you’re interested in history, you’ll enjoy the first two days in the capital city of Yerevan, but be prepared to learn about the country’s tragic past during a visit to the Armenian Genocide Museum.

The tour will also take you to numerous historical sites in the middle of the countryside, such as the 12th-century Geghard Monastery and the ruins of the medieval Zvartnots Cathedral. You’ll also visit Khndzoresk Canyon, known for its picturesque rock formations and ancient cave settlements. You’ll also visit Parz Lake, one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the country, hidden in Dilijan National Park.

Sunderbans Delta, India

India may be best known for its cultural and religious diversity, but it’s also worth noting that it has abundant wildlife. The Sunderbans Delta is the largest mangrove forest in the world and is famous for its supposedly “man-eating” tigers. So, take the 13-day tour “West Bengal and cruise through the Sunderbans” with Myths and Mountains.

In truth, tigers are hard to spot, but if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the world’s largest and most dangerous feline predator. But this isn’t the only attraction of the park. You’ll also visit crocodile and tiger rescue centers, learn about local muslin weaving, and take part in a culinary tour where you can sample the regional seafood.

Laos

Even though Laos is overshadowed by neighboring Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, this laid-back country should be on your bucket list. So contact Adventure Life and ask about the 9-day “Laos in Motion” tour. We swear you won’t regret it! From biking to kayaking to mountain climbing, this tour has it all.

If you’re an animal lover, the tour includes visiting the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area, where you can see the famous sun bear in its natural habitat. You’ll also visit the mountain resort of Vang Vieng, where you can go kayaking and tubing on the Nam Song River against the stunning backdrop of the Phangern Mountains.

Japan and South Korea

If you want to visit East Asia but aren’t sure which places to go, book Zegrahm’s 17-day “Treasures of Japan with South Korea” tour. This tour starts with Japan’s capital, Tokyo, the world’s most populous city with over 30 million people. Then it goes to Beppu, one of East Asia’s most famous hot spring resorts.

In the second week of the trip, you’ll visit Gyeongju, an ancient dynastic capital in South Korea famous for its wood, metal and stone art. You’ll also visit Jeju Island, an oval volcanic island that is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Of course, you’ll end your trip with a two-day visit to Seoul, South Korea’s vibrant capital. If you’re lucky, you’ll see elephants, orangutans, and toucans, among other endangered species.

Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo is one of the world’s largest islands and is divided into three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. It’s home to thousands of unique animal species and the oldest rainforest in the world. If you want to visit the Malaysian side, don’t miss Nat Geo Expedition’s 11-day “Borneo Wildlife Adventure” tour.

The tour takes you to an orangutan rehabilitation center in the Kibali-Sepilok Forest Reserve, where you can stand side-by-side with one of the rarest primate species in the world. You’ll also spend two nights at Sukau Rainforest Lodge, located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River in the center of Borneo’s rainforest.

Yunnan Province, China

The People’s Republic of China is the world’s third-largest country, meaning thousands of places are worth visiting. Yunnan, however, is probably one of the most beautiful provinces in the entire country. So join the 7-day “Traveling Dali with Mei Zhang” tour, where tour guide Zhang will personally guide you through her lakeside hometown of Dali.

During the sightseeing tour, you’ll meet the local ham makers, cheesemakers, and artisans and learn about the way of life in the small traditional Chinese villages. Afterward, Zhang will take you to the Yuayang Rice Terraces in Yunnan, which the Hani people created. If you love nature, you shouldn’t miss this tour because you’ll also see the Yunnan Mountains.

Thailand

Over the years, Thailand is becoming more and more popular. Bangkok is the most visited city in the world, and Ao Nang and Phuket beaches are among the most popular destinations. But Thailand has thousands of fascinating places to offer, many of which are still untouched by tourism. Discover the country’s hidden treasures on the 3-day “Ban Talae Nok & Ton Kloy Hike” tour in Ranong with the company Exotic Voyages.

Ban Talae Nok is a cozy village on a long, undeveloped beach. On this tour, you can go swimming and visit the small villages nearby and learn about the traditional Thai way of life. The locals will teach you the art of batik dyeing. 

Sri Lanka

Located south of India, Sri Lanka is one of the most unique countries in Asia. If you’re an animal lover, take the 11-day “Sri Lanka Wildlife Safari” with Natural Habitat Adventures; we swear you’ll thank us. You’ll encounter some of the country’s rarest species, such as Asian elephants and blue whales.

This tour will take you to the stunning Wilpattu National Park, known for its abundant leopards. Then it’s on to Undawalawe National Park, the most visited park in the country, which is an important habitat for dozens of water birds and the Sri Lankan elephant. Don’t miss your chance!

Iran

Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran is one of the best destinations for those passionate about history and culture. The country started welcoming American tourists 30 years ago, and we recommend the 11-day “Persian Sofreh” trip with Iran Doostan.

If you’re a foodie, try the kebabs at Tehran’s Tarjish Bazaar, one of the country’s most spectacular markets. The tour will also take you to the fascinating city of Shiraz, famous for its many historical sites, including the Hafez Tomb, the Eram Gardens, and the wonderful Nasir Ol Molk Mosque. In addition, the tour will take you to some of the most beautiful places in the Zagros Mountains, where you’ll have one of the most amazing trekking experiences of your life.