Hot Tickets: Five Top Travel Choices For 2024
It is hard to go wrong when selecting destinations for your next Asia travel adventure. From perennial favorites like Thailand, Vietnam and Japan to relative outliers like The Philippines and the spectacular countries of Central Asia, the region offers a veritable plethora of wondrous experiences. Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that some countries are trending hotter than ever now. The team at Remote Lands has selected five countries and regions we believe are set to be among the top choices for travelers over the coming year. The entire Remote Lands team in New York and throughout Asia would like to wish you a very happy 2024 full of new and amazing travel experiences in the Year of the Dragon.
WHERE TO GO IN ASIA IN 2024
It is hard to go wrong when selecting destinations for your next Asia travel adventure. From perennial favorites like Thailand, Vietnam and Japan to relative outliers like The Philippines and the spectacular countries of Central Asia, the region offers a veritable plethora of wondrous experiences. Nevertheless, it’s fair to say that some countries are trending hotter than ever now. The team at Remote Lands has selected five countries and regions we believe are set to be among the top choices for travelers over the coming year.
The entire Remote Lands team in New York and throughout Asia would like to wish you a very happy 2024 full of new and amazing travel experiences in the Year of the Dragon.
Taiwan is still relatively undiscovered by most western travelers, but should be highly alluring to nature, culture and food lovers. The small country boasts the, visual allure of the lush mountains of Wulai, the scenic Taroko Gorge, and the dramatic cliffs along the east coast. The modern capital, Taipei, stands out with inspiring temples and a thriving culinary scene. Renowned for its excellent biking routes and wild landscapes that are perfect for hiking, Taiwan offers adventure seekers a haven of experiences. Beyond Taipei, cities like Tainan and Kaohsiung compete with vibrant street snacks, flamboyant temples, and timeless rituals, adding depth to the island's rich cultural tapestry. With direct flights available from Los Angeles and New York, 2024 may be the year to explore this hugely underrated country. See Remote Lands' Instagram page to watch our video series on Taiwan's wild and undeveloped east coast.
Suggested Itinerary: Coastal Taiwanese Road Trip
SRI LANKADambulla cave temple
Perennially overlooked by most north American travelers, Sri Lanka is easily one of Asia’s most appealing destinations, packing in the full spectrum of travel experiences within its golden-sanded borders. Blessed with paradise beaches, jungle-draped mountains, cascading waterfalls, and dew-soaked tea estates this island nation stands among the world's most stunning destinations. Its allure extends beyond aesthetics, boasting rich history—both ancient and colonial—and diverse wildlife. Explore the Cultural Triangle, spanning Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla, showcasing historic sites, cave temples, and the iconic UNESCO Sigiriya Rock which is both a manmade and a natural wonder. Sri Lanka's small size ensures seamless travel between these highlights, inviting you to delve into a tapestry of natural and cultural treasures. Sri Lanka has plenty of enticing accommodation options, including Amangalla and Amanwella, with more luxury hotels about to open. Among those set to be unveiled is Canopy Lodge, a 33-room boutique by the acclaimed Resplendent Ceylon group, which is located near the astonishing and must-see Sigiraya.
Suggested Itinerary: Classic Sri Lanka
HONG KONGHong Kong cityscape from above
Despite many challenges to Hong Kong's enduring status as one of the world's premier destinations in recent years, it would be rash to write off Asia's great fusion city. In fact, we're tipping it for a starring role in 2024 — it simply has so much to offer to luxury travelers. While now unequivocally Chinese, the territory seamlessly blends the charm of the old and the vibrancy of the new, interwoven with remnants of British colonial influence for a distinctive travel experience. Against the backdrop of one of the world's most breath-taking landscapes, Hong Kong boasts a diverse culinary scene, cutting-edge infrastructure, and expansive green spaces. This fusion of contrasting elements ensures that Hong Kong maintains its distinctive allure and confident demeanor on the global stage. Hong Kong is well-known for its grand addresses, and the Peninsula Hong Kong is among the finest choices. A classic 'grande dame' property, the Peninsula is situated in the vibrant neighborhood of Tsim Sha Tsui, on the Kowloon side, offering iconic views of Victoria Harbor and the refined service the brand is famous for. On the Hong Kong side, Upper House is our favorite boutique property, with just 117 rooms and easy walking to Central and the nightlife fun of Lan Kwai Fong.
Suggested Itinerary: Classic Hong Kong & Macao
There are so many evocative regions in India; it is hard to pick out just one. Nevertheless, for sheer drama, romance and history Rajasthan is difficult to beat for first timers to India. If you're planning to travel to India in 2024, this is the perfect starting point for exploring the huge and endlessly diverse subcontinent, which ultimately deserves dozens of journeys before even scratching the surface. The one-time home of the fearsome Rajput warrior clans is an exercise in contrasts. Bustling cities such as Jaipur and Jodhpur are color charged hubs of activity, their modern energy augmented by stirring reminders of the region’s rich past in the shape of forts and palaces. Meanwhile, out in the wilds, the desert takes over – its sun-kissed splendor punctuated by oasis towns such as Jaisalmer. There are plentiful enticing accommodation options in the state with standout choices including Aman-i-Khás, Raj Mahal, Taj Umaid Bawan and The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur.
Suggested Itinerary: The Grandest Tour Aman Jet Expedition
BHUTANSpinning painted prayer wheels at Paro Dzong
Bhutan enchants with a captivating allure as the final bastion of the majestic Himalayan kingdoms, steeped in mystique and ancient folklore. Bhutan fiercely preserves its traditions, and timing your visit to coincide with one of the many cultural festivals can elevate your experience, especially in the more remote areas outside of the five main valleys. Life in Bhutan moves to the rhythm of such celebrations, with every monastery holding at least one festival, or tsechu, every year. In the capital, Thimphu, markets teeming with religious artifacts harmonize with chic galleries and trendy bookshops. The nation's sleek, contemporary accommodations are scattered generously, reflecting a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. World class lodges by Aman and Six Senses are located in the five main valleys of Bhutan stretching from Paro to Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. Planning to visit in 2024? One of the benefits of Bhutan is that the country can be appreciated for most of the year. Winters are crisp but surprisingly mild due to the latitude at Miami and Rome equivalents, and both autumn and spring offer world-class hiking and outdoor pursuits; summer monsoons are generally best avoided, although the lush greenery appeals to some travelers.
Suggested Itinerary: Classic Bhutan
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