Winter is the season of gift giving, but if you’ve exhausted the jewelry section and bought more than enough pairs of fine leather gloves, it’s time to think out of the box—and to the east. Asia Transpacific Journeys is renowned for creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for travelers to taste, see, and discover the many wonders of Asia and the Pacific. Give the gift of travel to your loved ones this year and rest assured that with its many festivals and abundant opportunities for adventure, their holidays will be anything but ordinary. Whether relaxing on Thailand’s white, sandy beaches or experiencing a boisterous Indian festival, Asia Transpacific Journeys seamlessly handles all of your logistics, providing the peace of mind that your holiday travels will be a treat, not a chore.
The holiday season is a perfect time to utilize Asia Transpacific Journeys’ expertise to craft an ideal wintertime Journey Beyond the Ordinary™ to Asia, based around your unique travel style and preferences. Whether you’d like to celebrate your favorite holiday with an Asian twist or immerse yourself in a vibrant, local Asian festival, Asia Transpacific Journeys has a team of experts to make your custom trip to Asia the experience of a lifetime.
For those interested in discovering the Buddhist tradition, lush landscapes, and welcoming locals, Laos paves the way for an awe-inspiring winter getaway. Bun Pha Wet is a month-long annual Buddhist holiday celebrating the incarnation of the Buddha as Prince Vessantara, an embodiment of perfect charity and compassion. In temples, monks recite the story of the Prince from palm-leaf books accompanied by traditional rituals, dances, and dramatic performances. It is also a particularly auspicious time to be ordained as a monk. All Buddhist men are expected to live as monks sometime throughout their lives, and this rite of passage is celebrated with vibrant enthusiasm during the Bun Pha Wet holiday. The people of Laos are warm and receptive, eager to share their traditions with visitors. This experience pairs perfectly with an excursion elsewhere in Southeast Asia, from the ruins of Angkor Wat to a secluded island retreat off the coast of Thailand.
If the vibrant colors and exotic luxuries of India fit you and your loved ones’ travel fancies, perhaps a visit to Nagaland, a remote corner of northeastern India is in order. Attend the Hornbill Festival (early December) to experience exuberant displays of song, dance, food and customs from the area’s astounding variety of traditional tribal groups. Even seasoned travelers to India have never seen anything like this—we promise! Despite the remote location, guests can relax in comfort at an ultra-luxurious, safari-style camp erected near the festival grounds. Perhaps end the experience with a cruise on the sacred Brahmaputra River through the misty hills and tea plantations of Assam. Or dive headfirst into the colorful chaos of India with a few days in Kolkata, the original capital of the British Raj and a hub of Indian intellectual and artistic culture.
To make giving the gift of travel even easier, Asia Transpacific Journeys now offers gift cards so you can present your loved ones with a customized voucher to use during their overseas adventure. Gift cards are a valid for either a monetary contribution towards their trip or for a custom experience, suited to their travel style. For example, you can present your loved one with a $200 credit toward their travels, to be redeemed according to their whims, or an expert Asia Transpacific Journeys Travel Specialist can help you select a special experience (like a hands-on private cooking class, a day at an elephant camp or a leisurely guided bicycle tour) to surprise and delight your globe-trotting recipient.
Whatever your winter travel plans, make Asia Transpacific Journeys a part of your holiday season by contacting a Travel Specialist to begin planning your next Journey Beyond the Ordinary ™ at www.AsiaTranspacific.com or call (toll-free) 800-642-2742.