Asia - Southern Asia - Afghanistan
Covering 30 percent of the Earth’s land area — or 8.7 percent of the planet’s total surface — Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. Given its huge size and your big penchant for adventure, you owe it to yourself to travel here at least once in your lifetime.
Start delving into Asia’s possibilities, and you’ll find that it is more of a multicultural concept — incorporating widely diverse peoples in amazingly varied landscapes — than a homogeneous, physical entity. The hardest part once you do decide to travel to Asia will be singling out which cultures, ethnic groups, economies, histories, governments, and environments you’d like to get up close with first.
With Adventure Collection, you could trek in Tibet up to the east face of Mt. Everest, or embark upon a tour of China and discover its more remote and intimate side by spending time with its endangered giant pandas at world-renowned reserves. You could walk on a less-visited part of the Great Wall, see the fabulous Terracotta Warriors, and journey overland across the Tibetan Plateau through the mountains of Sichuan. On a tour of Bhutan, you might hike amid waving prayer flags to secluded Buddhist temples and monasteries, such as the famed Tiger’s Nest. On a trip to Nepal, you can travel lodge to lodge in the Himalayas, go river rafting, and experience the lowland jungles where tigers still roam.
If you choose to take a tour of India, you can go from wildlife preserves to the Taj Mahal, from trekking in the mountains to lounging on the Arabian Sea, and from the most dazzling festivals to the most remote villages. Maybe you see yourself in Bali, biking past lush rice paddies, sacred pools, and investigating a forest temple inhabited by gray monkeys. On a Vietnam adventure tours, you can explore the lively metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). On a tour of Thailand you can bike along an uncharted oxcart path among garlic fields and offering alms to monks at sunrise beneath the White Buddha. In Mongolia, you sit atop a two-humped Bactrian camel and stand before the Khongoriin Els (the “singing sand dunes”). On a Japan adventure tour, you give sushi making, origami, taiko drumming, ikebana, and calligraphy a try under the tutelage of expert guides.
Now is the time to settle a debt — with yourself. The payoff will be a firsthand experience in that stupendous mix that is Asia.
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