Japan

Japan

Japan has a unique and rare aesthetic in its nature – a special kind of indescribable beauty that exists nowhere else.

That’s my only sense – because it can’t be described, only absorbed and expressed by any one who’s been there.

Find, Bunraku, Kabuki, Nho, Wooodcuts, Calligraphy, Sumo, Gardens and ancient Temples while bullet trains chase Time.

Artists and Teachers are of the most highly respected professions in Japan. Here I taught English to management personnel at Japan telecom.

It will take numerous visits to this land to understand a grain of it.

GOLDEN FISH TRAVELS is a USA based Asia travel agent, specializes in Japan tourism, Japan travel and Japan tours. For travel to Japan we offer Japan tours as follows.

Japan Tour Package – example art tour

Kyotos 10 Must-See Contemporary Art Galleries: The Culture Lovers Guide to Japanese Art

Japans contemporary arts scene used to be dominated by Tokyo, but since the 1990s Kyotos burgeoning art community has been growing from strength to strength. With organisations like Kyoto Art Box forming to promote Kyoto-based creatives, and longstanding establishments like the National Museum of Modern Art existing alongside independent art spaces, the city is becoming a must-visit place for art lovers. These are ten of our favourite contemporary art galleries in Kyoto.Imura Art Gallery Imura Art Gallery was founded in 1990 by director Yuzo Imura, a gallerist active within the local Kyoto and wider Japanese arts community and a committee member at the 2014 Tokyo Art Fair. He established the gallery to showcase emerging artists with a focus on those based in Kyoto and to prove the city’s worth as a hub of contemporary artistic creation. Imura Art Gallery has recently exhibited the young, up-and-coming artists Takeshi Tanaka, a Fukuoka-born painter whose creations combine both Japanese and western painting styles, and Yu Kiwanami, also a painter who was born in Kyoto and educated locally at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, whose most recent body of captivating acrylic paintings depict faceless figures against haunting and detailed background landscapes. Imura Art Gallery, 31 Kawabata-higashi Marutamachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 7617372

Kaho Gallery Based in a leafy residential area in the east of the Higashiyama ward, Kaho Gallery was founded in 1996 and has presented exhibitions by some of Japan’s finest modern artists including abstract figurative painter Kokuta Suda; Ono Chikkyo, a nihonga painter who helped co-found the Kokuten Society, an artists’ collective based on the principle that all artists should have total freedom of expression; and Toshio Arimoto, whose paintings were influenced by a mix of European frescoes, traditional Japanese techniques and Buddhist sculpture. Kaho Gallery has also exhibited works by more contemporary artists such as German sculptor Reinhard Voss’ Bitter Lennon, a series of cubist-like faces sculpted from wood, and Japanese painter Shiro Ishibashi. Kaho Gallery, Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 708 2670

Mori Yu Gallery Established in 2001, with a sister gallery in Tokyo opening in 2008, Mori Yu Gallery is a commercial art space concerned with the promotion of contemporary art by rising stars and established artists. Gallery director Yuichi Mori welcomes art that simultaneously respects the classical Japanese art traditions of the Edo period and later Meiji era, while also incorporating contemporary innovation and influence. He represents a number of talented artists such as the Hiroshima-born sculptor Nobuhiro Hanaoka, whose objects are influenced by art brut, an anti-culture art movement defined in opposition to ‘fashionable’ art, and video artist, writer and curator Masayuki Kawai, whose work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum in New York and critiques the information society from a radical standpoint. Mori Yu Gallery is also a regular at Asian art fairs including Art Stage Singapore and Art Taipei. Mori Yu Gallery, 4 – 19 Shougoin Rengezou-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 950 5230

Kodama Gallery Kodama Gallery originally opened its doors in 1998 in the neighbouring city of Osaka with the aim of providing an antidote to Japan’s Tokyo-dominated arts scene by focusing its efforts on promoting home grown talent from Osaka and Kyoto. In an effort to introduce more local artists to the Tokyo art world, Kodama opened a Tokyo branch in 2004 and in 2008 the original gallery relocated to its current premises in Kyoto, an ample space featuring two exhibition areas with a total area of 800 square metres. Kodama Gallery has exhibited such young talents as Mayuko Wada, a painter and sculptor who incorporates both traditional craft elements like origami and modern design styles like post-minimalism, and recently presented a retrospective of the works of Mamoru Sakagawa. Kodama Gallery, 67 Yanaginoshita Higasikiyo Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 693 4075

En Arts Located within the picturesque Maruyama Park, a prime location for viewing beautiful cherry blossoms and named a designated Place of Scenic Beauty by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, En Arts is a visual contemporary arts gallery with a focus on celebrating Japanese and international talent and bringing the best in contemporary Kyoto art to wider national and international audiences. Founded and run by Naomi Rowe, En Arts’ recent offerings included the group exhibition Eeny meeny miny moe|red – works by six artists themed around the colour red that included contributions by Kyoto-based painter Tamotsu Ikeya and abstract oil painter Keisuke Matsuda. En Arts represents the promising young artist Kim Kwang Nam, who creates brooding black and white pieces from photographic silkscreen prints and won the Kazue Kobata Prize at the 2012 Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi. En Arts, Maruyama Park, Gioncho Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 525 2355

Maeda Hiromi Art Gallery In 2011, owner Maeda Hiromi decided to establish his gallery and namesake – the Maeda Hiromi Art Gallery – to bring young and talented Japanese artists to a wider audience and to encourage more people to engage in art. The gallery is located in Kyoto’s Minami-ku ward, a historic area home to many temples and other landmarks such as the To-ji Buddhist temple and Nintendo’s Japan head office. Despite only opening within the last few years, Maeda Hiromi Art is already carving itself a niche in Kyoto’s arts scene. Maeda Hiromi Gallery represents a number of notable artists like Shinya Sakurai whose work has been featured in the Wall Street International magazine, and painter Iwasaki Eri and his classic Japanese influenced artworks. Maeda Hiromi Art Gallery, 2F Sato BLD, 352 Shimizu-cho Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 741 8757

Kyoto Art Centre Kyoto Art Centre was set up to promote Kyoto-based art and artists and to encourage communication and interaction between artists and citizens. The centre officially began operating in April 2000 at its base in the historical and faithfully renovated former Meirin Elementary School, which was originally built in 1869 and, in 2008, was named one of Japan’s Tangible Cultural Properties. Kyoto Art Centre runs a comprehensive programme of art exhibitions alongside music and dance performances and traditional cultural shows, and operates an artist-in-residence programme for Japanese and non-native artists. The centre recently exhibited works by young installation artist Yusuke Kamata, whose oblique objects feature a series on interconnected frames, and Kyoto-born photographer and video artist Kohei Takahashi. Kyoto Art Centre, 546 Yamabushiyama, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 213 1000 Onishi Yoshiaki, Dreamscape, Kyoto Art Centre, 2013

Kyoto International Manga Museum A list of Kyoto’s best contemporary art galleries would not be complete without mentioning one of Japan’s most significant artistic and cultural exports of recent times – manga – and where better to indulge in the art form than at the Kyoto International Manga Museum? The museum opened in November 2006 to both showcase and research manga culture and currently holds a collection of around 300,000 items, which includes contemporary manga art, foreign manga animations and historical early examples of manga. The museum recently hosted an exhibition of work by graduates of the Kyoto Seiku University’s Faculty of Manga as part of the Kyoto Manga and Anime Week. Other exhibitions have included a show featuring 60 works by renowned manga artist Daijiro Morohoshi and a celebration of the works of anime director Sugii Gisaburo. Kyoto International Manga Museum, Karasuma-Oike, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 254 7414

National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Established in 1963, the National Museum of Modern Art at Kyoto, or MOMAK as it is also known, was originally a local annexe of Tokyo’s Museum of Modern Art. It was granted independent status in 1967, and in the 1980s the museum’s original building was demolished to make way for new premises designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. Each year, MOMAK presents approximately seven touring or standalone exhibitions in addition to around 20 exhibitions from the museum’s extensive collection which currently includes new acquisitions produced by German surrealist Max Ernst and French avant-garde painter Francis Picabia, and works by Japanese photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki from his series Happy Victims which documents fashion-obsessed urbanites of Japan. National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 761 4111 National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Gallery Morning Kyoto Gallery Morning Kyoto, a space for contemporary arts, craft and design, began operations in 2009 and concentrates on paintings, prints, objects and drawings. Situated in the heart of the city’s Okazaki cultural zone, Gallery Morning Kyoto is a small and intimate space that has its finger placed firmly on the pulse of the Japanese contemporary arts scene and offers art lovers the chance to buy works by some of the country’s most cutting-edge artists. Among the artists recently exhibited by Gallery Morning Kyoto are painter and illustrator Gassho Kaede, who at only 22 years of age is already gaining acclaim, and Kubo Ayane’s dreamlike and surreal paintings of people and landscapes. Gallery Morning Kyoto, 207 Nakanotyo, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan, +81 75 771 1213
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JAPAN TOUR OPTIONS

  • Japan Custom Packages (with flights)
  • Japan Land Only (without flights)
  • Japan Custom Tours with itineraries to suit your dates and specifications
  • Independent/self guided travel (no guides or partial guiding available)
  • Can include Private Tours or Group Tours with private or group guided tours in English. Some other languages are available
  • Japan Guided Tours, Japan Custom Vacation Package, Japan Land only, Japan Custom Tour
  • Japan Rail Passes and first class green car are offered
  • We offer Japan group travel and Japan group tours as well as for corporate custom arrangements, and MICE events. Our program managers personally research, design, plan, coordinate and evaluate each project.

PLACES OF INTEREST

World Heritage sites, Ghibli Museum, Disneyland, Sumo wrestling, Geisha tours, Bunraku, Nho and Kabuki theater, Japanese gardens, Temples, Onsen or seaside, Tsukiji Fish Market, biking, boat rides, cable cars to Mt. Fuji, tea ceremonies, Et al. Within Unique destinations

JAPAN ACCOMMODATION

Ryokans/Japanese Traditional inns and Western style hotels in all categories. Be it the Imperial Hotel, Park Hyatt or the Tawaraya Ryokan or a budget business hotel, we offer it; private baths available.

Temple stays in Japan monestary on Mt Koya, holiest mountain.

SUGGESTED READING

Novels by Japanese writers

  • Matsuo Basho: Narrow Road into the Deep North
  • Haruki Murakami: Norwegian Wood, Dance Dance Dance, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
  • Banana Yoshimoto: Kitchen
  • Murasaki: Tales of Genji
  • Soeseki: Botchan/ I am a Cat
  • Kazuo Ishiguro: Remains Of The Day
  • Junichiro Tanizaki: The Makioka Sisters

Books about Japan

  • Alex Kerr: Lost Japan
  • Jeff Yang et al: Eastern Standard Time
  • Culture Shock Japan
  • Old Kyoto
  • Insight guide Japan
  • Hokkaido Highway Blues – Hitching in Japan
  • Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Liz Dalby: Geisha
  • Confessions of a Yakuza: A Life in Japan’s Underworld

Childrens Books

  • The Way We Do It in Japan, Geneva Iljima

Map of Japan

Map of Japan - Guided Tours

Sample Itineraries

GOLDEN ROUTE 9 nts
Tokyo, Kyoto,Hakone, Nikko,

TRADITIONAL JAPAN 14 nts
Tokyo, Tsumago, Matsumoto,Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto

WORLD HERITAGE 15 nts
Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Mt Koya, Himeji, Miyajima, Kanazawa, Shirakawago

NORTHERN HIGHLIGHTS 15 nts
Tokyo, Nikko, Sendai, Hiraizumi, Naruku Onsen, Nigita, Sado Island

JAPAN ALPS 13 nts
Tokyo, Fuji Five Lakes, Matsumoto, Norikura, Kamikochi,Takayama,

HISTORIC JAPAN 13 nts
Tokyo, Kyoto,Himeji,Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Kurishiki

ONSEN
Tokyo,Matusmoto,Kyoto, Shirahama, Hakone

HOKKAIDO
Tokyo, Hokadate, Toya Onsen, Sapporo, Biei, Kawayu Onsen

GARDENS
Kamakura, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Takamatsu, Himeji

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China

China

China Custom Tours

Shanghai is overflowing with mystery, intrigue, and beauty. Xian conveys a staggering sense of unreasonable loyalty to an emperor’s’ household. Wherever you go, China offers a multitude of options for sightseeing, travel, luxury, and adventure.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall stretches a total of over 6,700 miles (4,160 miles) from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, roughly delineating the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. If you wish to experience this architectural wonder for yourself, we can arrange a variety of travel packages to The Great Wall of China, including hikes with overnight sleeping under the stars and side visits to the Ming Tombs.

The Terracotta Warriors of Xian

The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin (210-209 BCE). The Terracotta Army was discovered in the eastern suburbs of Xi’an by local farmers drilling a water well. The size and majesty of this site will astound you.

The Forbidden City

Serving as the home of the Emperor as well as the political center of Chinese government, the Forbidden City acted as the Chinese imperial palace from 1406 to 1420. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

Li River

In one of China’s most famous scenic areas, majestic limestone mountain peaks rise into the sky along the Li River. The small town of Yangshuo is the most famous location along the river and barges cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo on a daily basis.

The Yellow Mountains

The Huangshan mountains in the Anhui province of eastern China are a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature. The mountaintops often offer views of the clouds from above, known as the Sea of Clouds. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China’s major tourist destinations.

Hangzhou

Since explorer Marco Polo claimed it as the most beautiful city in China, its legend carries on. One of Hangzhou’s most popular sights, West Lake is known to tea lovers for its highly coveted Longjing tea.

Sichuan Province

Jiuzhaigou Valley is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, known for its many waterfalls and lakes. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Flights are available from Chengdu for visitors wishing to experience its natural, untouched beauty.

The Bund/Shanghai

The Bund lies north of the walled city of Shanghai and is home to 52 buildings of diverse architectural styles. If you enjoy day or evening strolls, this former British settlement is a delight.

The home of Sun Yat-sen and the Potala Palace are also worth a visit.

Selected China Tours and Travel Packages

  • Highlights of China – 11 days
  • Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Suzhou & Luzhi
  • Highlights of China: with Yangtze Cruise – 14 days
  • Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Li  River Cruise, Yangshuo, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou
  • Beijing and Shanghai Stopover – 6 days
  • Beijing, Shanghai
  • Essential China
  • Beijing – Xian – Shanghai – Guilin – Yangshuo – Hong Kong
  • Ancient Capitals of China
  • Beijing – Xian – Luoyang – Nanjing – Suzhou – Hangzhou – Shanghai
  • Hilltribes of China
  • Lijiang – Zhongdian – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Dali
  • Contact us for full details of available China travel packages and personalized travel planning services
China tours combine and coordinate well with Tibet and Nepal. For additional tours and full itineraries, or to ask about travel in china and the rest of Asia, please contact us by phone or email.
Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Custom Travel & Tourism

Hong Kong Island is Asia’s largest financial center and Kowloon is crowded with high-rise condominiums and fantastic shopping. There is no limit to the wonders you’ll experience while touring Hong Kong, and Goldenfish Travels will ensure you experience as much as possible during your visit.

You can stay at the charming Eaton hotel and have afternoon high tea at the Peninsula, which is an absolute treat and a once-in-lifetime experience.

While in Hong Kong, visit the Stanley Market for wonderful wares from all over Asia. Numerous night markets are everywhere, and Nathan Road is perfect for finding bargains on anything you wish to buy.

Later, ascend Victoria Peak by cable car for a spectacular view of the harbor and end the day by having dinner at the peak. A quick tip: take a taxi to the peak and then take a cablecar down – make sure to be sitting backwards, facing the way you came. The breathtaking views will stay with you for years to come.

Hong Kong is the city that never flickers. The neon lights are a wonder to behold and you don’t want to miss out. Goldenfish offers a wide variety of tour options so that your trip can be absolutely perfect.

STANDARD TOURS

CITY TOUR

For shopping, dining, and seeing the city in all its splendor, the City Tour takes you to Stanley Market, Aberdeen, and the Peak, where you can fully experience what this great city has to offer.

CRUISE THE ISLANDS

If you love hiking, the island of Lamma is your destination of choice. The trails feature lovely coastline views and Kamikaze Caves, and the island as a whole offers a vibrant culture rich in diversity and history.

Or stop in Lantau, the largest of Hong Kong’s many islands, for lunch and a junk cruise. Known for its sunrises, Lantau is full of mountainous views. It lies at the mouth of the Pearl River and is home to many sights such as the bronze Tian Tan Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery.

MACAU

Our tours also take you to Macau, where you can shop in the Portuguese colony. Macau is the “Las Vegas of Asia” with its many casinos and malls, and is one stop you don’t want to miss while touring Hong Kong.

CANTON

Also on the Pearl River is Canton, or Guangzhou, which features beautiful avant-garde architecture in buildings such as the hourglass-shaped Canton TV Tower skyscraper. Canton is full of shopping and dining opportunities like nothing you’ve ever seen.

NIGHT OR DAY JUNK CRUISE AT LEISURE

We also off night or day junk cruises, which allow you the freedom to relax on the water and embrace the leisure of world travel.

NIGHT OR DAY VICTORIA HARBOUR CRUISE

Cruises are available at gorgeous Victoria Harbour as well, with options for either night or day cruises.

ACTIVITIES

The possibilities are endless when you visit Hong Kong, with more activities than you can hope to do in one trip, including:

  • Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
  • Fine and local dining
  • Film festivals
  • HK Museum of Art
  • Galleries
  • Exhibitions and Installations
  • HK Stock Exchange Building

Hong Kong Tour Options

  • Hong Kong Custom Packages (with flights)
  • Hong Kong Land Only (without flights)
  • Hong Kong Custom Tours with itineraries to suit your dates and specifications
  • Independent/self guided travel (no guides or partial guiding available)
  • Hong Kong extensions can be added to any destinations
  • Can include Private Tours or Group Tours with private or group guided tours in English. Some other languages are available.

Places Of Interest

  • The Peak, Stanley Market
  • Macau and Canton are available as add ons
  • Extensions to HK from any destinations

GOLDEN FISH TRAVELS: A US-based Asia Travel Agent, Goldenfish specializes in Hong Kong tourism, Hong Kong travel, and Hong Kong tours.

Bali

Bali

Custom Guided Tours for Travel to Bali, Indonesia

When you tour Bali, every day is an adventure. The day begins with Hindu offerings, coconut crepes for breakfast, followed by a trip to the market, and to villages specializing in silver, silk, wood, carvings ad infinitum. At night take a stroll along the water or have a drink at any of the many bars and restaurants in the country, especially in Denpasar, Bali’s capital. Here you will find gamelan music and classical dance which both provide a glimpse into the country’s ancient and modern splendor.

If you wish to leave the city, we recommend exploring the rice paddies, beaches, rivers, volcanoes, mountains, tropical forests and coffee plantations, all within three hours of each other.

This tiny island is so diverse in its microclimates, there are countless unique places to visit, all with new scenery to experience. We recommend self drives as the island is very small, and perhaps extending your tour to include a trip to Lombok island or to Flores to see the Komodo Dragon.

In addition to its diverse climate and distinctive music, Bali is home to a number of art museums, gardens, and historic architecture. Take a look at the stunning contemporary art found in the Neka Art Museum, or spend a day touring the greenery of Jatiluwih Green Land or Tirta Gangga. The care and time put into both of these gardens will amaze you, and you can easily spend a full day just enjoying the natural beauty. To appreciate beautiful architecture, we recommend a tour of Ujung Water Palace, which was nearly devastated by hot ash following the eruption of nearby Mount Agung, and damaged by an earthquake in 1979. However, it has been steadily restored over the decades to its current splendor. The Ujung Water Palace continues to be a favorite of locals and tourists alike, and the complex of large pools and historic structures is truly enticing. Set against a backdrop of Mount Agung and shoreline, the water palace makes for a pleasant tour and there is plenty to see during your visit.

Another favorite feature of Bali is its many waterfalls found throughout the country. Sekumpul, Melanting, Nungnung, and Kanto Lampo are some of the most popular falls to explore, surrounded by tropical forest to give you a break from the city. These waterfalls are perfect spots for a picnic lunch and a day of fresh air.

Whatever you choose to do on your visit to Bali, you are sure to find a country rich in culture and tradition, and you can experience it all. We provide custom guided tours for you or your group, and we aim to offer only the best in ecotourism and sightseeing.

We specialize in luxury accommodation in Aman resorts, Four Seasons Sayan in Jimbaran Bay, and Ritz Carlton.

Burma

Burma

Guided Custom Tours & Travel Packages to Myanmar/Burma

Burma, now called Myanmar ever since the military junta take over, exemplifies the enduring spirit of Buddhism from its inception. Anyone interested in this facet of Asia would find this force of spiritualism one that permeates even in oppressive circumstances.

Myanmar is now one of the most isolated countries in Indochina but the country is well worth the trip. You can’t deny the beauty of this place, and there is so much to see. The wondrous cities of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake speak for themselves and no tour is complete without them. Or be indulgent and treat yourself to a luxury Orient Express cruise along the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river between Bagan and Mandalay. We can also arrange flexible local river cruise itineraries on smaller boats available for private charter.

Places to Visit

Whether you’re looking for rich history, jaw-dropping views, or a cultural adventure, Myanmar is the country where you can find all three. Once you’ve finished touring Mandalay, get in a car and drive a couple of hours until you reach Pyin Oo Lwin, where the climate and scenery drastically change as you approach. A relatively quiet spot, Pyin Oo Lwin is the perfect spot to some shopping in the old shop houses, and finish the day with a ride in one of Pyin Oo Lwin’s colorful horse-drawn carriages, which is still the preferred mode of transportation here.

After Pyin Oo Lwin, get your history fix by visiting Mrauk U, which is famous for the old ruins, religious statues, and wall paintings of the 15th century Rakhine Kingdom. Today these ruins dot the landscape around the newer town of Mrauk U, and while some are crumbling, there are a significant number of temples and structures still standing.

If you’re into old structures, Mrauk U isn’t your last stop of your Myanmar tour. Pindaya is famous for its caves housing more than 8000 Buddha images and statues. Many of these images are very old, and no one knows how they got there, or why. Whatever the reason, Pindaya is a stunning sight, and the surrounding countryside is equally breathtaking. You won’t want to miss the chance to walk through the passages formed by these thousands of Buddha images.

After a few days of wandering the ruins and historic stops all around Myanmar, take some time to relax and take in some sun at Ngapali Beach, one of the best beaches in the country. With its soft white sands and untouched natural beauty, Ngapali Beach is a haven for leisure and nature. There’s no better place to enjoy the comfortable climate and stunning beauty of Myanmar.

Myanmar/Burma Tours and Travel Packages

  • Yangon Stopover: For those with only a limited time, this provides a good introduction to the sights, sounds, and people of Myanmar
  • The Three Jewels: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay
  • Essential Myanmar: Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Inle Lake – Indein
  • The Golden Rock/holy pilgrimage: Yangon – Kyaiktiyo – Bago – Yangon
  • Burmese Days: Bagan – Heho – Inle Lake
  • Ancient Kingdoms: Yangon – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Sagaing – Bagan

Contact us for full details of available Myanmar travel packages and personalized travel planning

Cambodia

Cambodia

Custom Guided Tours for travel to Cambodia, Angkor Wat & Khmer Culture

A short flight from Phnom Penh, the present day capital of Cambodia, brings you to the small town of Siem Reap. Just north of Siem Reap lies the magnificent Angkor Wat, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Because there is so much to see and do, it takes minimum of three or four days to see the main wat and the minor surrounding ones, which have a magnificence of their own.

Siem Reap is the place to start a tour of Cambodia, as it’s surrounded by temples and structures, so many, in fact, that you can easily spend four or five days in Siem Reap alone, but we highly recommend a visit to Beng Mealea, which is a beautiful and quite untouched temple. It is recommended that you visit the Angkor National Museum before visiting any temple to get enough understanding about Khmer civilization in order to really appreciate the temples afterward. Make a day trip out of it, enjoying the scenery on the way, stopping somewhere for lunch, and visit a local market or two as you go. At these markets you can find local foods such as Nom Banh Chok or Prahok ki’Tih. Or if you want to eat like a local, visit a street vendor and sample the rice and meat they have to offer.

Next, take a tour in the countryside. In November the fields are still green and so nice. It is breathtaking.

Visiting workshops, particularly the Angkor Artwork lacquer workshop, or Sombai Liqueur, is also a fun activity while touring. Or go shopping at night markets like the Angkor Night Market or the Made in Cambodia Market, both of which offer a glimpse into Cambodia’s rich culture.

If street vendors don’t sound appealing, you can enjoy high quality local food at places like The Sugar Palm, Embassy, or Cuisine Wat Damnak. There is also French cuisine to be found at Abacus, Olive, L’Annexe, or fusion restaurants such as Mie Café and Mango Cuisine. There is a variety of choices at a very reasonable price.

Finish up the Cambodia tour by going to see the floating fishing village on Tonle Sap Lake, which is fascinating to see. After that, head back to Phnom Penh and enjoy the city nightlife one more time and maybe try a local drink

For an extended and in depth tour of Cambodia, the Khmer route can be booked as well, and a trip to Cambodia can easily be combined with a tour of Vietnam.

Cambodia Tours and Travel Packages

  • Angkor Wat Temple exploration
  • Khmer Rouge Trail — 11 days
  • Khmer Rouge Trail Explorations — 11 days
  • Contact us for full details of available Cambodia travel packages and personalized travel planning

Travel to Cambodia can be extended into Thailand, Laos and Vietnam for a complete coordinated Southeast Asia Grand tour package.

For a full itinerary of Cambodia tour packages, or to ask about our other travel options in Cambodia and the rest of Asia, please contact us by phone or email.

Laos

Laos

Guided Tours of Laos, Custom Cruises of The Mekong River

When you tour Northern Thailand, make time for a river boat cruise along the Mekong up to Luang Prabang in Laos. This charming village is a World Heritage Site, and the majestic Mekong River has been the lifeblood of the region since time immemorial, from its humble origins deep in the Tibetan plateau, down to the delta rice lands of Vietnam.

While on the 362 mile, one or two day cruise of untouched jungle and forest you can see very small villages of Lao people and ethnic hill tribes who farm, fish, and raise water buffalo. Elephants bathe nearby along the banks in the evening. Once in Luang Prabang, you can rent a bicycle for a dollar a day and delight in this charming village where a touch of the French colonial influence prevails and the Laotian culture adds its own quiet blend.

Night markets are also a cultural wonder, where people display their weaving and sewing skills, and small cafes offer local and international food, all reasonably priced. We recommend doing your shopping in these markets not only to support the locals and their crafts, but also to more fully immerse yourself in the Laotian culture, and to interact with its people in a unique way.

After the markets, visit the nearby ancient Buddhist temples such as Sisaket Temple and Wat Phra Kaew in Vientiane, or Wat Xiengthong in Luang Prabang. All of these temples have a long history and atmospheres that are charged with clarity and inspiration. The temples are a good place to learn more about Buddhist culture and beliefs, and to witness firsthand the basis of Laotian culture.

Peace, tranquility, and quiet accommodation can be found at one of the three 100 year old restored Laotian-French style bungalows set along the river bank with a pool, restaurant, and spa. Here you can relax and take in the beauty of Laos in comfort, and our tours ensure you don’t have to worry about any details of your trip.

Additionally, extensions into Vientiane and the remote south are easily booked if there is more you want to see of this beautiful country.

Ecotourism is a high priority with tour companies, helping to initiate many projects for unspoiled hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and the protection of the elephants which are commonly found throughout the country.

THE BOAT

Our cruises put you aboard the sleek local boat of only 20 passengers or a similar privately booked cruise, on which you will pass by remote rustic villages of the lowland Lao peoples and of ethnic hill tribes, and take a tour of the revered and mysterious Tam Ting caves. The cruise allows you to see the Mekong River up close and witness all that Laos has to offer both locals and visitors. This cruise can be done in two days, a four hour cruise with an overnight stay in the only eco resort along this route, followed by another four hours to Luang Prabang. “A very special cruise; one of a kind,” without which one would miss the meaning of the Mekong to its people.

We offer guided tours and custom cruises for Laos, and can extend your tour to include Myanmar, Thailand, or Vietnam.

Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia Custom Tours & Travel Packages

Malaysia plays host to a variety of scenery and climates, all of which make for a diverse, wonderful tour. Cameron highlands is a cool, verdant tea plantation retreat for many honeymooners and, during the colonial period, for British ex-patriots. The climate is exquisite and a reprieve from its cities.

The food in Penang is exquisite and culturally varied anywhere you travel. Malaysia can be the best trip you ever take, and we want to make that happen. We offer custom tours and travel packages so you can shop, eat, relax or experience the country’s natural beauty as much, and for as long as you want.

We also offer travel to Sabah and Sarawak if you’re looking for a more primitive experience. You can stay in Penang and enjoy the rich foods and distinct culture, or if you’re not content staying in one place you can travel by car the entire length of the peninsula to Kuala Lumpur and on to Singapore, which broke away from Malaysia in the 1950s to become a financial giant in the region.

Better yet, we highly recommend a combo Malaysia and Singapore tour for a complete trip. And if you have the time, you can then easily travel on to Thailand for the perfect .

Rainforests, Islands, Caves: Malaysia’s Natural Splendor

For the ultimate nature experience, try a four day/three night journey to Taman Negara, Malaysia’s first National Park, situated in the state of Pahang on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is older than the Amazon forest and is home of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest trees.

Or if you prefer animals to trees, enjoy a three day journey that combines Turtle Island with a visit to Sepilok, the World’s largest orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary, and an extended riverine cruise along the Kinabatangan in search of the elusive long-nosed Proboscis Monkey & other unique wildlife endemic to Borneo.

After that, take a boat journey through Clearwater Cave, the longest cave system in South East Asia. During the two day exploration you can also swim in the cool and crystal clear water that gives the cave its name.

With our custom tours, we can arrange to visit all three, if that’s what you want. It’s your trip, so you decide what you do and where you go.

Culinary Tours of Malaysian Cuisine

No trip is complete without trying the local cuisine, and Malaysia is a food lover’s paradise. Malaysian food is a unique and fascinating blend of cuisine arising from its rich history and delectable fusion of diverse cultures, predominantly Malay, Chinese, Indian and Baba. We offer day cooking classes and cooking tours throughout Malaysia, in which you’ll learn to cook a variety of traditional and special festive Malay, Chinese, Indian and some Thai dishes. Pointers will be given on Malaysian cooking etiquette as well as some valuable tips and tricks of authentic Malaysian dishes.

We offer day cooking classes with renown chefs in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi and so can arrange a full length cooking tour of the country. Penang Island is a must for dining after your classes and for a quiet retreat, check out Cameron Highlands. Call us for details.

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore Custom Tours & Travel Packages

Though small, Singapore is a giant in the economic world and has been Southeast Asia’s most modern city-state for over a century. Singapore is an ultra-modern cultural and commercial city for merchants around the world. It has been at the crossroads of East and West trade since the time of Sir Edward Raffles in the colonial era.

Singapore is noted for its beautiful parks, botanical gardens and Asia’s largest aviary of over 300 species of rare and exotic birds. The Bird Show is also very unique and worthwhile to visit, as is the famous Singapore Zoo Night Safari.

And the shopping  options  are  just  as  abundant  as  the birds! Orchard Road and Bras Basah Bugis are just a taste of what Singapore has to offer for local shopping, and is only rivaled by the food.

Having dinner in the courtyard of the Raffles Hotel with live chamber music is exquisite in the tropical setting, and is reasonably priced, too. Also worth trying are the outdoor sea food courts on the Quay or inland, combined with Little India, chinatown, and the Kampong Glam. Or try the stalls offering local delights such as Hainanese chicken rice, satay (grilled skewered meats) bee hoon and bak kut teh (pork rib soup).

For art and history, visit the country’s museums and galleries, which feature important exhibitions from around the world. The art of Singapore is unique and beautiful, with a variety of styles influencing and inspiring artists from all over.

Things to See

No Singapore trip is complete without a tour of the Gardens by the Bay, with the unmistakable Supertrees. There’s even an aerial walkway between two of these massive structures that provides a breathtaking view of the Singapore skyline. Other must-see highlights are the Flower Dome, the largest glass greenhouse in the world, and Cloud Forest, which houses the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. But these attractions are just the beginning of the ultimate Singapore experience.

After these exquisite sights, see a little more greenery by stopping by the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The gardens are best in the morning, and feature a swan lake, sculptures, and many tropical trees.

If you prefer hiking, we recommend the Bukit TImah Nature Reserve for its diverse flora and fauna and Singapore’s tallest hill.

If you have extra time in the morning or afternoon, visit the local markets and small villages if you want to try truly local cuisine or support the vendors by purchasing the many handmade wares.

And if you’re free in the winter months, Singapore’s Christmas season is supreme in wonder and splendor. The Henderson Waves structure is also unique to behold, and is best in the evenings when they’re in their brightly-lit glory.

Selected Singapore Tours and Travel Packages

  • Singapore Stopover and Extensions
  • Singapore and Langkawi 9 days rain forest and Andaman Sea
  • Singapore and Malaysia 12 days — singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Penang

Contact us for a full list and details of the custom Singapore tours, travel packages, and personalized travel planning that we have available.

Thailand

Thailand

During the 14th and 18th centuries, the ancient capital of Ayutthaya was one of the most affluent cities in Asia. Today, the sculptured artifacts stand with their heads cut off, thanks to the Kymer invasion. It is unnerving, serving as a seeming premonition of recent times in Cambodia.

Thailand is rich in history and beauty alike, and our tours allow you to see it all. You could take a river cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya to view the magnificent temples and rural water farm villages. After that, head further North to the River Kwai and stay overnight on a rafted resort, before heading to the railway and museum.

Tiger Temple is also a short distance away, and is where monks have taken in abandoned baby tigers and raised them in the temple environment free to roam safely with the Monks and tourists.

In Bangkok itself, visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or go see the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is home to the largest collection of Buddha images. Each of these places instills wonder in its people and visitors alike. Truly, the Thai people have a love for beautiful architecture and imagery, and their temples and palaces are a prime example of this passion.

Thailand’s coast & islands to the south

Midway through Thailand is the coastal town of Phuket, and to the South, Koh Samui, Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Phang Nga, Khao Sak, are wonderful and distinct. Our commitment is to Ecotourism throughout Thailand offering off-the-beaten-track itineraries to sites you won’t soon forget.

Northern Thailand & The Golden Triangle

To the North are the quieter cities of The Golden Triangle of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. To provide you an experience that is as immersive as possible, we offer special econ lodges along the way to learn local customs, Thai cooking, and the way of the water buffalo and elephants.

Smiling faces of Thailand: Thai People

Nowhere will you find a more gracious people than in Thailand, the Land of Smiles. Many believe the Thai people are always smiling because of their Buddhist origins, and the peace that comes from their beliefs. Whatever the reason, when you visit Thailand you’ll find many smiling faces that you can’t help but return.

Selected Thailand Custom Tours and Travel Packages

  • Discover Thailand — 13 days
  • Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phuket,/Koh Samui/Krabi or Phang Nga
  • Bangkok and Northern Thailand — 12 days
  • Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, River Kwai
  • Ancient Siam — 12 days
  • Bangkok, Ayutthaya river cruise, Sukhothai, Lampang, Lamphun, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
  • Contact us for full details of available Thailand travel packages and personalized travel planning services

We also offer backroad itineraries devoted to ecotourism throughout Thailand. All Thailand tours can be extended into Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam for a complete coordinated Southeast Asia Grand tour package.

For a full itinerary of THAILAND tours, or to ask about our other travel options in Thailand and the rest of travel in Asia, please contact us by phone or email.