When you think of Bali, think of relaxation and adventure, all rolled into one beautiful Indonesian island. This popular vacation getaway features white beaches, amazing dive spots, and dense jungles teeming with monkeys and hidden stone temples. Heed the call for self-discovery and exploration, Bali-style.
Travel to Bangkok for a trip that overloads the senses. Hire a Tuk-Tuk (motorized tri-shaw) and watch for the occasional elephant weaving through congested traffic. Enjoy exotic Thai spices wafting from nearby restaurants. Enjoy a relaxing Thai massage. Don't miss the golden Buddhas and marbled floors of Wat Pho on your adventurous vacation getaway.
Beijing's fascinating past makes it a captivating getaway. Plan a site-seeing tour of the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and the inspirational Hall of Preserving Harmony. China's cultural center features renowned temples, stone walls, and handcrafted artistry and detail.
Originally a 16th century trading port, Cebu Island developed into a commercial and educational center for the southern Philippines. The active shipping hub is on route to many truly stunning vacation getaways on the outer islands, and elsewhere on Cebu.
Da Nang, originating from the Cham word "Da Nak", meaning "Opening of Big River", is a major port city of the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Popular tourist destinations include the Han Marketplace, the Marble Mountains, and the Imperial City of Hue. Many people vacation at resorts near the famous Non Nuoc Beach.
In China's Guangzhou, upscale malls sit next to slum villages. Visit tree-lined Shaiman Island for shopping, strolling, and enjoying a Chinese meal. The popular street market, Quingping Market, is not for the faint of heart. Cats, dogs, and anteaters are considered delicacies, slaughtered on the spot. Flowery Pagoda provides more peaceful contemplation on your vacation getaway.
Hue, on the coast of Vietnam, has a tempestuous history. The major tourist attraction is the emperors' tombs found along the Perfume River. Spend time in the heart of the city, exploring the shambolic local markets. Take a soak in sulphurous hot springs. Enjoy Hue's cuisine is spicy, distinct and often all-vegetarian. Plan an exotic vacation getaway to Hue.
Enjoy the pulse of Malaysia during your Kuala Lumpur trip. The Petronas Twin Towers, the world's tallest building, provides a bird's-eye view of the cosmopolitan metropolis. For a more historic view, visit the 1910 Moorish-inspired Old Railway Station, the riverside Jamek Mosque, and the Sultan Abdul Samad building.
Kyoto offers a stunning array of temples and shrines, including Kinkaju, the Golden Pavilion, and the Ryoanji zen garden. Find your way to restaurant terraces, via the alleys of traditional, narrow wooden houses in Old Kyoto along the River Kamo. Explore Gion Kobu, the geisha quarters, for glimpses into the traditional arts.
Metropolitan Manila, in the Philippines, encompasses six cities and 12 towns. Intramuros, a popular vacation getaway, was the capital during Spanish colonization. The walled city features old dungeons, gunpowder rooms, plus new art galleries and theaters. Manila features many museums, shops, parks, and churches, plus enough nightlife to last until dawn.
Considered one of the world's most beautiful bays, Nha Trang, is located on the coast of Vietnam, enclosed by mountains on three sides and beautiful golden beaches. A popular vacation spot for backpackers, scuba divers, and yachters, alike. Local cuisine features plenty of fresh seafood and pork dishes.
People love to shop and eat in Osaka. This Japanese cultural hot spot features shopping arcades, pan-fried batter cake, octopus dumplings, udon noodles, sushi, and more. For more adventurous travels take the train to nearby Nara's temple and Koya-san's eerie graves. Top vacation attractions include the aquarium, Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, and the futuristic Floating Garden Observatory.
Thailand's largest island, Phuket is a popular vacation and retirement destination thanks to its sandy beaches, tranquil lifestyle, and popular diving spots. Three wheeled Tuk-Tuks, taxis, buses, and long-tailed boats transport visitors between marvels. Inland, forested hills, mountains, and cliffs wait to be explored.
If it's good enough for the national beach volleyball team, it's good enough for us. Sanya is China's most famous resort town on Hainan Island. Modern resorts provide a luxurious getaway under the sun. The lively street market scene provides nightly entertainment with stores selling all types of delicacies and trinkets.
10 million people call Seoul home. Modern skyscrapers, Buddhist temples, palaces, and pagodas provide a fascinating mix of old and new. On your vacation, ride the subway (one of the world's best) to explore the business, cultural, and financial center of Korea. For the best view of Seoul, head to the tower on Namsan, one of the mountains encircling the city.
Shanghai is the cool, confident face of modern China, influencing the world on business, fashion, technology, and culture. Start your vacation getaway with a stroll on the Bund, a popular waterfront featuring historic Neoclassical to Art Deco architecture. Shanghai's top-notch transportation system features subways, buses, and taxis, making it easy to get around town as a tourist.
Shenzhèn, the financial center of China, is located just north of Hong Kong. China's wealthiest city is a 'Special Economic Zone' (SEZ), attracting foreign and Chinese investors. Take in sweeping city and river views from the top of the 'supertalls', some of the tallest buildings in the world. Shenzhèn makes a fascinating vacation spot.
Singapore, heavily influenced by its ties to China, England, India, and Malaysia, features four official languages, an advanced society, and is considered a center for arts and culture. Take an evening ride on the Sentosa Island cable car for the essential city view. Explore historic temples and choose an artistic calligraphy souvenir to remind you of your Asian getaway.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is the political, economic, and cultural center of Taiwan. Plan your vacation getaway around a tour of the National Palace Museum, with its vast collection of Chinese art. Modern attractions include Taipei 101, one of the largest buildings in the world, designed to represent a piece of bamboo swaying in the wind. Don't miss the shopping and dining at the famous Shilin Night Market.
Xi'an, the Chinese capital of Shanxi Province, was once the largest settlement in the world. Today the walls of the Ming dynasty and the Tang palace hint at the city's glorious past. Don't miss the collection of 7,000 terra-cotta Qin Bingmayong Bowuguan warriors and soldiers discovered near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.