Asia

Here is a list of our current destinations. Please click on each country to discover what it has to offer.  Please contact us for an initial introduction to our services, we will be happy to advise and assist in arranging a trip of a lifetime. 

An insight into Bhutan

Known as the ‘Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon’ by its people, Bhutan is a beautiful and profoundly spiritual country with striking mountains, vibrant Buddhist festivals and a fascinating traditional way of life.  It has become of the most highly acclaimed travel destinations.  The land has remarkable natural beauty with a pristine envrionment and a friendly tradition bound people. To the discerning international traveller, Bhutan has become an exotic and enticing final frontier.

Bhutan’s present travel status comes as no surprise given that this tiny kingdom, the size of Switzerland, was zealously sequestered from the world for centuries. The door to this mythical Buddhist kingdom was opened to limited tourism only three decades ago.  Travel to Bhutan is still regulated through a policy of high value tourism.

At this time and age travel to Bhutan is a refreshing experience. Here, a deeply ingrained sense of hospitality, a universally acknowledged ecosystem and a living culture ensures every traveller the best that any nation has to offer. Travel to Bhutan is really an exploration of a tradition and culture that has been preserved through the centuries. In Bhutan, it is not about seeing a display showcased for tourists but living and sharing an experience with the Bhutanese. From religious festivals to a celebration on a farm or a game of archery, become a part of it all. This is true interactive travel.

Tours in Bhutan typically revolve around its many fascinating Buddhist festivals with amazing displays of national celebration and religious devotion. You can visit remote villages and experience the traditional Bhutanese way of life.

Whatever you want from your visit to this unique country,  we can help to design your own individual trip!  Whether you take a trekking holiday along Bhutan’s ancient trade routes, climb the highest mountains, explore remote villages or take a tour of Bhutan’s main cultural centres and sights, a trek, New Horizons will take you right to the heart of the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon.


 

An insight into Borneo

The Southeast Asian island of Borneo - third largest island in the world - has captivated the imagination of explorers and travellers for centuries with its alluring mix of indigenous culture and untamed rainforest.

Approximately 16 million people live on the island of Borneo, which is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. The island's population is comparatively low for the region, owing largely to the fact that up until a few decades ago, Borneo was completely covered by dense rainforest with poor soil for agriculture. This, combined with rugged terrain, unnavigable rivers and the fierce head-hunter reputation of its inhabitants, ensured that the island remained underdeveloped for many years, giving Borneo a legendary mystique as one of the most mysterious and exotic places on Earth.

Around three thousand years ago, traders from other lands began to frequent Borneo, connecting the island to a larger trading network extending to China, India, and beyond. Locals collected exotic products like bird's nests and sandalwood for trade abroad but otherwise, life went on as before. Approximately 500 years ago, Islam arrived to the island, and a number of Muslim kingdoms were established, the largest of which was Brunei, which once controlled most of the northern coast. The name Borneo is in fact derived from the name Brunei.

Today, Borneo is still home to thousands of indigenous ethnic minorities which add to the island's diversity and local colour. While Borneo is rapidly modernising, indigenous culture still thrives, evident in the many traditional longhouse communities that dot the landscape of Borneo and in the native handiworks and crafts they continue to produce. Headhunting, however, is a pastime which thankfully has retreated into legend!

The population of Sabah of about 2 million comprises over 32 difference colourful ethnic groups speaking over 80 local dialects. The three major indigenous groups are the Dusunic, Murutic and Bajau group.

Whereby, the major ethnic groups in the state of Sarawak collectively known as the Dayaks, the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu. There are 27 distinct indigenous ethnic groups that speak 45 different languages and dialects that's not counting the Malays and the many different Chinese groups with all their different dialects that have also settled in Sarawak.

Bruneians are predominantly Malay, though significant Chinese, Indian and indigenous Bornean populations add to the cultural makeup of Brunei. Brunei's blend of cultures, customs, beliefs and customs is therefore very similar to that of Malaysia.

An insight into Burma

A look at a map shows that Burma is large – the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest in Southeast Asia. It is populated by over 58 million people of many different ethnic groups speaking many languages. The Burmans are the most numerous and have long been the most dominant. This dominance is reflected by the most used name of the country – Burma – which is an ancient colloquial form of the word "Myanmar". Burma is bordered by China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest. One-third of Burma's total perimeter forms an uninterrupted coastline with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest and the Andaman Sea on the south. The country is rich in natural resources and natural diversity – mountains, rivers, bays, seas, forests, farmland and untouched views.

An untouched country: The positive side
Burma’s long period of inaccessibility has left it relatively untouched by the outside world. Landscapes, colorful cultural traditions and strong beliefs, architecture, and crafts are all refreshingly unspoiled. The manmade and natural sights of the country provide the traveler with genuine – and often unexpected – delight – but it is the graciousness and hospitality with which travellers are greeted that keeps people coming back time after time. The military government closed areas of the country to tourism but, hopefully, as the government changes, the country, as well as the politics will become more open and welcome more people to more places.

Burma is home to some of the major civilizations of Southeast Asia including Pyu and Mon. In 9th century, the Burmans of the burma-responsible-travelNanzhao Kingdom, entered the upper Irrawaddy valley and established the Pagan Empire in 1057. The Burmese language and culture slowly came to intertwine with Pyu and Mon norms. During this period, Pagan Kings adopted Buddhism as the predominant religion of the country. After Pagan's fall in 1287, several warring states emerged. In the second half of the 16th century, the Toungoo Dynasty reunified the country, and founded the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia for a brief period. In the 18th century, the Konbaung Dynasty restored the kingdom, and went to war with all its neighbors. The kingdom fought three wars with the British and was eventually annexed into British Raj as part of India in 1824.

The British rule brought several enduring social, economic, cultural and administrative changes that completely transformed the once-feudal society. Since independence in 1948, the country has been in one of the longest running civil wars among the country's myriad ethnic groups that remains unresolved. From 1962 to 2011, the country was under military rule and in the process has become one of the least developed nations in the world. The military junta finally dissolved in 2011 following a general election in 2010 and the subsequent inauguration of Burma's civilian government.

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Off the beaten track

YANGON /KENG TUNG / MANDALAY / PUTAO/ MYITKYINA/ YANGON
(16 Days / 15 Nights)

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Subcategories

  • Bhutan
  • Borneo
    s the 3rd largest island in the world and divided among 3 countries, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia.  Borneo is dominated by wide rivers meandering through some of the oldest rainforests on earth, supporting precious ecosystems abundant in rare plant and animal species.
    Malaysian Borneo is split between the provinces of Sabah and Sarawak, whilst the Indonesian portion (the southern part of the Island) is known as Kalimantan.  Borneo offers a tantalising mix of rain forests, volcanoes, idyllic tropical islands, trekking, a huge variety of wildlife including orang-utan, proboscis monkey and exceptional birdlife.
     
  • Burma
  • Cambodia

    There’s a magic about Cambodia that casts a spell on many who visit this charming yet baffling kingdom with it's very contrasting elements.  Be entranced by the realm of the gods at Angkor Wat, a spectacular fusion of symbolism, symmetry and spirituality.  Then descend into the hell of Tuol Sleng and come face to face with the Khmer Rouge and its killing machine. Welcome to the conundrum that is Cambodia: a country with a history both inspiring and depressing, an intoxicating place where the future is waiting to be shaped.

  • China
  • India
  • Kalimantan (Indonesian side of Borneo)
  • Laos
    After years of war and isolation, Laos, with its intact culture and chilled out natives, is fast becoming a popular destinatoin amongst travellers. It is developing quickly but still has much of its traditions. Village life is refreshingly simple and even the national capital Vientiane, this sort of languid riverfront life exists. Then, there is the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, where watching hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience anywhere in Asia.
     
  • Malaysia

    Is really like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea. The peninsula is a multicultural mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours while Borneo hosts a wild jungle smorgasbord of orang-utans, granite peaks and remote tribes. Within and throughout these two very different regions are an impressive variety of microcosms ranging from the space-age high-rises of Kuala Lumpur to the longhouse villages of Sarawak and the serene, powdery beaches of the Perhentian Islands.  Despite all the pockets of ethnicities, religions, landscapes and the sometimes-great distances between them, the beauty of Malaysia lies in the fusion of it all, into a country that is one of the safest, most stable and easiest to manage in Southeast Asia.

  • Maldives
    Golden sunny beaches, private villas, top end luxury holiday and honeymooners paradise. Maldives is romantic, eccentric and welcoming.
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal

    The Himalayan kingdom for years has fascinated travellers from across the globe. Its simple folks and traditional charm of hospitality are second to none. The kingdom with the World's highest Peak is a kaleidoscope in itself.

  • Vietnam

    Nature has blessed Vietnam with a bountiful of soaring mountains, beautiful coastline and radiant rice fields. Vietnam is a nation of determined optimists who have weathered war after war, survived colonialism and communism, and are now getting to grips with the wheeler-dealer world of capitalism. Fiercely protective of their independence and sovereignty, the Vietnamese are graciously welcoming of foreigners who come as guests not conquerors. Believe your senses, as you discover one of the most enriching, enlivening and exotic countries in the world.

  • Thailand
  • Tibet

    An Insight into Tibet

  • Sri Lanka
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