Experience it all in Australia, from Sydney’s harbour beaches to the vast red deserts of Alice Springs. Galleries highlight the nations history in Canberra, while yachties go sunset sailing in Perth. Inland from the fertile coast, share stories with country Australians in a Broken Hill pub or discover tropical Australia in Darwin.
From its pagoda-topped mountains to gleaming skyscrapers and ancient temples, China is a heady mix of imperial splendour, natural beauty and rapid development. Sip cocktails on Shanghai's postmodern Bund, uncover the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, see the giant pandas in Chengdu, or just sit back and explore China through Beijing’s many delicious and vastly different regional cuisines.
Uncover a unique blend of traditional culture and cutting-edge modernity in Japan. Explore peaceful temples like the glittering Golden Pavilion in former imperial capital Kyoto, or go for kitsch fashions in Tokyo. The varied climate means you can see snow-capped mountains and wilderness on the northern island of Hokkaido, and subtropical beaches lapped by turquoise waters in the southern outpost of Okinawa.
Prosperous, steeped in colonial history, culturally diverse, naturally beautiful and packed with culinary delights, Malaysia is a joy to explore. Superb hotels and stilt houses, shopping malls and bustling markets, swanky restaurants and old coffee shops, Peninsular Malaysia combines the modern and the traditional with ease.
Singapore is a perfect introduction to the Far East. This dynamic destination is a rich blend of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western cultures. Stunning modern architecture finds its place alongside historic buildings and lush green parks. Tropical flowers and stalls overflowing with exotic fruit and vegetables offer a heady mix of colours and scents that captivate the senses.
Long neglected by tourists, today South Korea is impressing visitors with its modish shops, traditional temples and dazzling efficiency. Seoul, with its fast-adapting citizens carrying the latest high-tech devices, is a hub of modernity. Delve into the rural parts of the country to find ancient relics, sizzling barbecue and elaborate, multi-coloured palaces. The world’s cleanest public toilets are also a bonus.
Thailand holidays often centre around cosmopolitan Bangkok, but Thailand's beautiful islands, like Phuket and Koh Samui, definitely merit some exploration as well. Holiday around northern Chiang Mai for trekking and rafting with Thailand's hill tribes. Culture vultures on holiday in Thailand will love the UNESCO-listed ancient capital, Ayutthaya. Plenty of spicy local cuisine tops the holiday off a treat.