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2014 Journeys

March | Taiwan: East Coast Cycling Tour

March | Taiwan: East Coast Cycling Tour (Full)

Taiwan, an island nation in the shape of a leaf, lies at the edge of the Pacific “ring of fire”. The island is known for its hospitable folks, great food, and splendid landscape, especially the East Coast, which has dramatic scenery, where towering cliffs and mountains appear to be tumbling vertically into the depth of the Pacific Ocean.

April | Turkey: East Meets West

April | Turkey: East Meets West (On)

Turkey sits on the crossroads of Europe and Asia; it is the melting pot of eastern and western cultures. It has witnessed the rise and fall of various civilizations and empires; a diversity of people from four corners of the world passed through its vast land – Silk Road caravan traders, philosophers, religious sages and pilgrims, militants, and more; all left behind their prints and enriched the country’s heritage.

April | Nepal Poon Hill Trek

April | Nepal Poon Hill Trek (On/ Full)

Annapurna region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal, its trekking routes include the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, and the Poon Hill little circuit. The Poon Hill route is relatively easy and could be completed in about 4 to 5 days. It is an ideal route for beginner trekkers and for those with limited travel duration.

May | The Road to Shangri-La

May | The Road to Shangri-La (On)

This is an overland tour from Chengdu to Shangri-la and beyond; it is a classic road trip in southwest China, crossing two provinces from Sichuan to Yunnan. The journey offers breathtaking landscapes and richness of cultural diversity in the region.

May | Xinjiang: Riches of the Silk Road

May | Xinjiang: Riches of the Silk Road (On)

Xinjiang is rich in culture, history, and stunning landscapes. It is the largest province in China, and it borders 8 countries. Since the ancient Silk Road era, for thousands of years, a succession of people and empires had vied for control over the riches in this region, all leaving behind their prints and influences that formed today’s multi-cultural Xinjiang.

June | Tibet: Everest Base Camp Tour

June | Tibet: Everest Base Camp Tour (Full/ On)

Tibet is dubbed the roof of the world, and the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest is located between the border of Tibet and Nepal. The Tibetan plateau has an average elevation of 4000m above sea level. Tibet offers dramatic natural sights, from majestic mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes, to vast grassland roam by nomads and yaks. It is also a land rich in cultural heritage, and full of Buddhism pilgrimage sites.

July|Kyrgyzstan : The Eden of Nomads

July|Kyrgyzstan : The Eden of Nomads (Full)

Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country in Central Asia, located along the ancient Silk Road, it’s the crossroad for people of various origins and traditions, yet the prevailing culture is that of a nomadic lifestyle shaped by the natural surroundings.

July|Nepal Upper Mustang Trek

July|Nepal Upper Mustang Trek (On)

Upper Mustang has long been an isolated corner nestled deep in the Himalayan ranges, bordering Tibetan plateau in the north. A handful of European explorers visiting the area in the 1950s brought home tales of a Tibetan-like arid region sealed off from the outside world, and that fuelled interest in the area.

August|Holland : Cycling Beneath Sea Level

August|Holland : Cycling Beneath Sea Level (Full)

Holland could easily be the world’s most cyclist-friendly country. The landscape here is flat as a pancake, and regardless of metropolitan, towns, or villages; on highways, byways, or country roads, there’re always special lanes dedicated for cycling.

August|Yogyakarta Cultural & Volcano Tour

August|Yogyakarta Cultural & Volcano Tour

Yogyakarta is a historic city and the cradle of Javanese civilization; it is also the cultural and art center of Indonesia. Among the well-known ancient monuments include the Hindu Temple of Prambanan, and the Buddhism ruins of Borobudur, both are listed as UNESCO heritage sites.

August|Northern Mongolia Tour

August|Northern Mongolia Tour (On)

Mongolia is a vast country five times the total size of Malaysia, with a primarily nomadic population of less than 3 million. It is a perfect place to get closer to earth and nature. This road trip by hardy Russian Jeep will traverse the great steppes, roam the vast grasslands, and visit the magnificent Chuluut Canyon.

September|Southern Mongolia Tour

September|Southern Mongolia Tour (On)

Explore the untamed land of Gobi desert, roam the rolling steppe on horseback, experience life in the yurts amongst nomadic folks, admire scenic volcanic lake and waterfall, enjoy camel ride – embrace all these in the wilderness of Mongolia.

September|Ngari The Wild West of Tibet

September|Ngari The Wild West of Tibet (On)

Tibet is dubbed the roof of the world, and its western region, Ngari, is known as the top of the roof. Ngari is one of the least populated parts of Tibet, with an average elevation of 4,500m above sea level. The region offers unique and rugged landscape, spectacular snow peaks, crystal blue lakes, vast grassland, and a spectrum of wildlife.

October|Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

October|Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure (On)

Travel by train for a total of 9,938km from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, crossing 8 time zones. This epic rail journey offers a ride into wild landscapes, iconic Russian towns, scenic Lake Baikal and beyond. It also offers rewarding insights into the cultural diversities of Russia.

October|Uzbekistan Silk Road Tour

October|Uzbekistan Silk Road Tour

Located in the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is rich in history; the ancient Silk Road traced its path across the country well before 1st century. The oases and ancient cities that once hosted Silk Road caravans, today maintained medieval setting and mood, transporting travelers back in time.

October|Northern India Backpack Tour

October|Northern India Backpack Tour (On)

Varanasi, a place older than time itself, where life and death is a daily drama by the Ganges River. The timeless Taj Mahal, a monument of love, stands majestically by the Yamuna River, outliving the rise and fall of empires. In Khajuraho, centuries old temples celebrated Gods with exquisite erotic kama sutra carvings.

November|Nepal Annapurna Base Camp Trek

November|Nepal Annapurna Base Camp Trek (On)

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) route is one of the best treks to explore the Himalayas, ranked moderate in difficulty. The trek offers spectacular horizons of snow-capped peaks like Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I and III, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Glacier Dome. The Poon Hill has one of the best view points to admire sunrise over the Himalayas.

November | Philippines : Island Escapade

November | Philippines : Island Escapade

The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands, it has an extensive coastlines, and home to a diverse range of flora, fauna, and marine life. Visit world famous snokerling sites, admire scenic view of mountain-to-sea ecosystem, behold the beauty of coral reefs, picnic by the beach of uninhabited islands, and sample delicious seafood.

December|Palette of Rajasthan

December|Palette of Rajasthan

The Pink City of Jaipur exudes with romance and nostalgic mood for the Rajput era; the White City of Pushkar signifies religious sanctity; the Blue City of Jodhpur has formidable fort and grand palace; and the Golden City of Jaisalmer brings to mind the riches of Silk Road caravan heydays.

December | Nepal Poon Hill Trek

December | Nepal Poon Hill Trek (Full)

Annapurna region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal, its trekking routes include the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, and the Poon Hill little circuit. The Poon Hill route is relatively easy and could be completed in about 4 to 5 days. It is an ideal route for beginner trekkers and for those with limited travel duration.

December | Nostalgic Cuba Tour

December | Nostalgic Cuba Tour

Cuba, a Caribbean island nation, it is best known for cigars and rum, and its people’s love for music, poetry, and baseball. Cuba is a country of contrasts, of grandeur and decline, a landscape frozen in time, and full of revolutionary icons. For the literary lovers, the trail of Ernest Hemingway in Cuba is not to be missed.

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