Women selling flowers on a boat in the early morning
Women selling flowers on a boat in the early morning

A Guide to Etiquette in Asia

If you're tempted to book one of our adventures in Asia, we've come up with a handy guide that will fill you in on customs and etiquette ahead of your trip. Whether you'd like to travel around the temple complexes in Cambodia and Myanmar, explore ethereal bamboo forests in Japan or immerse yourself in India's incredible culture, refer to our useful infographics below to ensure you're not caught short on the vacation of a lifetime...


Cambodia & Myanmar: Burmese Empires & Khmer Kingdoms

Join Miranda Bruce-Mitford, an expert in social anthropology as well as Buddhist art and architecture in south and southeast Asia, in these magical countries this fall. From Angkor Wat to the endless pagodas at ancient Bagan, this extensive tour showcases traditions, spirituality and archaeology in fascinating ways. Visit a village community that specializes in traditional pottery-making, explore artifacts at the Bagan Archaeological Museum and spend time on the lake in Inle to see how fishermen row in a unique, traditional way – standing upright with one leg wrapped tightly around an oar. 

Other highlights include a horse and cart ride across verdant rice fields, time to discover the floating gardens and a stop at Yangon's glorious Shwedagon Pagoda. 

November 9th | 16 days | $7,695pp

Japan Lite - Power and Spirituality in Nara and Kyoto

If you're looking for a last-minute adventure, our Japan Lite tour departs next month and offers 8 days of historic, spiritualist and cultural travel. You'll admire the world's largest bronze Daibutsu (Buddha), you'll stand before the legendary Golden Pavillion and you'll even get to stroll through Nara Park, which is home to tame deer who approach visitors with charm and grace in hope of a delicious treat. While in Kyoto, why not treat yourself to a tea ceremony or indulge in local gastronomy? There will also be trips to Nijo-ji Castle, Ginkaku-ji and the Sanjusangen-do temple, which is known for its 1001 golden statues of the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon. 

Accommodation includes the Nara Hotel, the stylish Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande in Kyoto and the Hyatt Regency Osaka. 

April 9th | 8 days | From $6,200pp

Northern India - Maharajahs & Mughals

Dr. Mehreen Chida-Razvi, Assistant Editor for the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, will lead this 18-day adventure to magnificent northern India in December. You'll discover a total of 8 UNESCO-listed sites, from the iconic Taj Mahal to Jaipur's Amber Palace. There will be the chance to take an early morning boat ride along the sacred ghats of the Ganges, discover the maze-like old quarter of Jodhpur with its blue-painted houses, and explore the 15th century temple site of Ranakpur, which is elaborately carved.

Included in this tour price are the following: Regional flights, entries and tips to all sites listed in the itinerary, local transport, meals as per the itinerary, accommodation and the services of an expert scholar and tour manager. 

December 6th | 18 days | $6,795pp

Vietnam Lite - Northern and Central Cultural Delights

Discover the highlights of northern and central Vietnam on this intensive, week-long tour. During this trip, you will pay a visit to My Son, which is regarded as one of the foremost Hindu temple complexes in southeast Asia. You'll also take a ride aboard a sampan boat to visit Thien Ha Cave, you'll cruise around Halong Bay and there will be time to soak up the vibrant culture. The capital city of Hanoi is known for its centuries-old architecture and along with ample time here to explore, we will also take you to areas of outstanding natural beauty. 

If you fancy a longer tour, you can do this first and then join our Cambodia & Myanmar tour, which begins on November 9th. 

November 3rd | 7 days | From $3,240pp

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A Guide to Etiquette in Asia was published on March 11 2019