Summer Duos - For Asia Travel Destinations, Less is Not More.

19 April 2016
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A fantastic summer holiday to an exotic land in far flung Asia takes a lot of planning and with so many fabulous places to go, why not consider exploring more than one? When it comes to your vacation and thinking about which countries to hit, less is not more; we say pack in as many different cultures, adventures and experiences to make as many memories as possible. With that in mind, we have paired up some of the hottest Asian summer travel havens, for a little double destination inspiration.

From the dual delights of sunny Sri Lanka and the luxurious Maldivian islands, to the combined cultural wonders of Nepal and Tibet, a multi country trip is twice the fun, allowing you to take in all the more wonder. Let us help you plan an unforgettable summer of 2016; get in touch at [email protected] or call +1.646.415.8092 (US) or +66.2260.7584 (Asia) to discuss your perfect destination duo.

Head to the largest island in Asia and discover the treasures of Malaysian Borneo as well as the tiny sultanate state of Brunei. Trek through thick verdant jungle to reach the summit of Mount Kinabalu in time for a breathtaking sunrise over the lush green rainforest. Stay at the luxurious Shangri-La Rasa Ria in Kota Kinabalu. Cruise down the longest river in Sabah to witness the mighty orangutans who live on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Plunge into the waters surrounding Sipadan, one of the world’s finest dive sites, to see giant turtles and sharks, and discover the bizarre macro life inhabiting the sandy seabed of Mabul. Change pace with a stop in the fascinating city state of Brunei - an extremely wealthy empire dating back to the 7th century. In the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, glimpse Istana Nurul Iman, the residence of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, visit elaborately designed mosques and sedately cruise the Brunei river through overwater villages and into the swampy mangrove forests in search of the comical proboscis monkeys.

Heading to the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia this summer? Why not add a stop off in glittering Singapore to kick things off and stay at the gorgeous Capella resort or historic Raffles? Vibrant and bustling, the city is easy to navigate and you’ll soon be enchanted by the multi-cultural melting-pot from Little India to Chinatown, and find yourself intoxicated by the glitz of Marina Bay and the fun of Sentosa Island. Venture onwards to Indonesia, Choose the tropical island of idyllic Bali for coastal surfing and cultural discoveries in Ubud’s highlands, staying in the stunning Amandari or coastal Amankila. Go on the trail of the legendary Komodo Dragons of Komodo national park staying on a private teak schooner and diving for manta rays in one of the world's finest diving destinations. Comprising more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is home to countless ethnicities and tribes and endless temples and cultural experiences so there is no end to the points of fascination and charm just waiting for you.

If you’re searching for outdoor adventure, spend your summer in stunningly scenic Siberia. You can even fly by helicopter to remote areas that are so difficult to reach they rarely see tourists. In the warmer months, the meadows bloom, the glaciers melt and the jaw-dropping scenery comes alive. Cruise the amazing Lake Baikal, the purest and deepest lake in the world and visit its sacred islands and the pretty cities that sit upon its banks. Hike the Altai mountains, swim in waterfall lagoons and travel in style along the storied Trans Siberian Railway. For the perfect complement to Siberia, journey south to dramatically picturesque Mongolia, home to nomadic tribes of herdsmen, and spend your nights in traditional yurts and your days galloping across the plains on horseback or discovering ancient ruins built by the mighty Genghis Khan.

Combine ancient culture with barefoot luxury when you plunge into the Indian Ocean to the islands of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In the summer months, the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka enjoy gorgeous dry sunny weather. Discover the soul of Sri Lanka through the cultural Triangle that is Dambulla, Polonaruwa and Anuradnapura. The pretty fishing villages of Passekudah and Kalkudah await with fresh seafood, Arugam Bay boasts some of the planet’s best waves for surfing and Trincomalee offers the chance to see whales and dolphins. Explore the streets of Jaffna with its Portuguese architecture and Hindu temples and hop from the almost deserted soft sands of Casuarina Beach to outlying tropical islands off the northern coast. Having accustomed yourself to island hopping, launch yourself into the sprawling pearly atolls of The Maldives. Stay in hedonistic resorts, such as the Six Senses Reethi Rah or Per Aquum's Niyama, suspended over turquoise waters or on tropical beaches where the sand is powdery and pristine. Sink into the azure depths and snorkel or dive your way around reefs packed with colorful underwater marine life.

Set your course on a spiritual journey through the mystic land of Tibet and, while you’re there, explore stunning Nepal. Venture into the Himalayas and find yourself on “the roof of the world”. Circumambulate the reverered Mount Kailash, which is so holy it has never been climbed, en route to Lake Mansarovar, to sip her sacred waters. Uncover ancient Buddhist scripts and ornate artwork in the centuries-old temples, monasteries and shrines of Tsetang and visit Potala Palace - once the home of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa, where you can where you can stay at the Shangri-La and join the pilgrims at Jokhang Temple. Continue your journey southwards to scenic Nepal and experience the UNESCO World Heritage architectural wonders of Kathmandu. Discover the far-flung kingdom of Mustang, which is now part of Nepal and whose terrain offers some of the finest trekking in the world. Meet the indigenous inhabitants of this truly remote land and experience long lost cultures at the fortified ancient city of Lo Manthang.

This summer, travel to India’s picturesque northwest, where the twin destinations of Kashmir and Ladakh await with beauty and culture. On the Tibetan border, explore the winding alleyways of the city of Leh, lined with traditional mud-brick houses at an elevation of 11,500 feet. The summer season brings fresh, temperate conditions, perfect for hiking and exploring the bazaars and marveling at the palace. Drive east through the Indus River Valley to Thikse Monastery, a stunning example of Ladakhi architecture, where you will stay at The Ultimate Traveling Camps, Chamba Camp, Thiksey and Chamba Camp, Duskit. Visit the Buddha statue at the ancient capital of Shey and hike through the Gandala pass to take in the breathtaking Himalayan panoramas. Join the prosperous Indians who regularly spend their summers in the old hill station town of Srinagar, where the British Raj spent their summer holidays, named “paradise on earth” by the Royal Mughals. Stay in the new Vivanta by Taj hotel and at the Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa in nearby Gulmarg where you can play golf in the summer and ski in the winter. Explore Buddhist temples and marble mosques, sail the waterways on a traditional craft and soak up the summer scenery.

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