" Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " - Mark Twain
It is all too easy to travel to the main centres of a destination and consider having ‘seen it’. However, the true backbone of Vietnam’s culture and society is found in the unknown, the unaware, the places and areas where throngs of tourists do not tread because, quite simply, the knowledge and insight is not there to begin with. This is where we come in. As tourism in the country expands and develops most of us yearn for a travel experience away from the commercial centres. We have therefore carefully researched and created a series of select journeys that best represent another side of Vietnam ... a Vietnam that will enrich a trip with memories, an experience and an education.This is about travelling with style, a degree of comfort but, at the same time, being out of ones comfort zone to formulate a travel experience that will enrich a visit with insights and exchanges that will, hopefully, prove to be the highlight of your stay in this enigmatic country. Ranging from the exclusive to the moderate these selective journeys are either half or full day excursions from the main centres of Vietnam and are therefore easily placed into your itinerary.
Once known as the 'Land of a Million Elephants', Laos offers a refreshing change from the modernity of the rest of the world. There are no trains to rush for, traffic lights are seldom seen outisde of the capital and the pace of life remarkably slower. It has a long and fascinating history of royalty, occupation and struggle for independence, awe inspiring ‘vats’ (temples) and a unique mix of French colonial and traditional architecture.Laos is still unspoilt – a less touristed and relatively undiscovered country packed with beautiful scenery, relaxed and friendly people, great food, stunning sights and, relatively speaking - still ‘off the beaten track’ of mainstream tourism.Our series of Selective Journeys captures the essence of Laos and will enrich your visit with memories, an experience and an education and most importantly discover the true meaning of getting away from it all.
Hidden behind snowy Himalayan peaks and sandwiched between the giants of India and China is one of the world’s best kept secrets, Bhutan. Ancient temples filled with incense, soaring mountains, rolling lush green valleys, colourful festivals and a nation built on ‘Gross National Happiness’ it’s like nowhere else on earth.
From visits the remote monasteries and spiritual temples, to trekking the wondrous Himalaya and mountainous pastures. Travelling into the mystical land of Bhutan is a rare pleasure. We have carefully chosen some special experiences that could be included to your holiday to make your journey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon a memorable one.
High up in the Himalayas, framed by majestic Himalayan peaks, lies a place of magic and mystique, place of time worn temples and pagodas, stunning walking trails through the Rhododendron forests -among the lofty peaks , home of Buddhism, century old Royal Palaces and of course the famous Gurkha warriors! A land of geographic icons, historic adventurers and monumental landscapes; the country is a treasure trove of Medieval Architecture and deep Spiritual meaning. Nepal sits in the shadow of Everest but shines with myriad treasures. Nature lovers have so much choice- Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO natural treasure – home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and the majestic Bengal tiger. Birders have a paradise – with over 800 species documented! Nepal’s vibrant cities are filled with art and culture and simple villages preserving an ancient way of life make Nepal a constant source of inspiration for curious globetrotters in search of enlightening experiences. Our selection of Selective Journeys capture the real essence of what Nepal has to offer and will make your holiday to this majestic land a little bit special.
Sri Lanka is a traveller’s delight, with echoes of ancient cities still dominating the pulse of the country. Rich in cultural treasures and breath-taking vistas it never fails to enchant the senses. Serendipity, an ancient name, describes this country to perfection - unexpected discoveries and pleasure. This is what you’ll find in Sri Lanka… lasting memories of incomparable ancient ruined cites and glorious sculptures: luxuriant hues of emerald green Hill Country strewn with Tea Plantations - perilously terraced on steep hill sides. Shores caressed by the translucent waters of the Indian Ocean, fringed with softly murmuring palms. Elephant, buffalo and shy leopard roaming in the Wildlife Parks; and in the turquoise off shore waters memories of awe inspiring whales and dolphins. Sri Lanka has it all - a land of discovery, a land of intense beauty and superb cultural heritage...and a land of welcoming people... Our carefully created Selective Journeys offers that extra special experience that would make your visit to this emerald island a little bit special.
No other region in the world is blessed with more water than Southeast Asia. Not only does water make up most of the geographic area but also many of the largest nations are completely surrounded by this watery paradise.
Today visitors can take a short cruise through the maze of waterways scattered throughout the region or spend a few days cruising in elegant luxurious cruise boats taking in the sights and sounds of the river bank villages, seeing some of the incredible ancient highlights. Cruising down the river” takes on a completely new meaning when you ply the waters on a very special voyage of discovery - where every ripple is telling. We have chosen some Selective River cruising ideas that can be easily included into your holiday itinerary.
Surf, gently breaking on golden shores; picture perfect offshore islands shaded by swaying palms. Mesmerising mountains soaring to craggy peaks in the north, home to ancient tribal villages clinging to the jungle covered slopes. Dazzling Temples and venerable monuments echo to the sound of Buddhist Monks, chanting to welcome a new day dawning. Bangkok effervesces with life – the pace is fast and furious. But, saying that, turn a corner and find an oasis of calm and tranquillity in one of the many beautiful Temples. Close by, Sukhothai is famed for its glorious classical architecture and Ayuthaya for its eclectic history........... Ancient and modern sit contentedly side by side in eclectic Thailand with tradition and modernity subtly entwined. Thailand slowly reveals itself layer by layer. Just when you think you’ve got it covered, another fresh, sometimes wild but always endearing experience unexpectedly encapsulates you. Our Selective Journeys reinvigorate some of the most frequented destinations – putting a new spin on Bangkok while offering new and exciting adventures further north that will enrich your visit to the Land of a Thousand smiles with lasting memories.
Cambodia is a land wreathed in mystery. A land shrouded with secrets still to be discovered. The land of the incomparable Angkor Wat: the crown jewel of ancient Cambodia, it never fails to impress even the most seasoned traveller.From the deserted beaches on the Gulf of Thailand, to the exotic senses generated during a visit to Phnom Penh, from the deep jungles and minorities of the northwest, to the final mystique and grandeur of the Angkorean period in all its glory, Cambodia is a land of warm, enigmatic people maintaining the richness of their culture for the world to see.Although no visitor to Cambodia should miss the magnificent temples of Angkor, there is much more to discover and our collection of Selective Journeys are designed to show you more facets of this amazing country. Whether you crave nature, adventure, or relaxation, Cambodia offers a wide range of pursuits. So stay an extra day and explore more of this wonderful country.
"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked."
-- Mark Twain
Indus Experiences is pleased to offer some Selective Journeys which are greatly missed amidst the normal run of the mill sightseeing’s. These journeys enhance your overall travel experience in India.
Myanmar, or Burma as it was once known, is a land full of culture and ancient beliefs. It is a destination to be absorbed, slowly and without haste. Time is not important here.Gradually emerging from a troubled history, the country has, unshakably, held firm to its strong Buddhist beliefs. Its unique ambience harks back to more tranquil times and it continues to capture the hearts and minds of travellers as it has done for centuries. Burma (Myanmar) holds endless wonders, waiting to be revealed.Myanmar is referred to Amarapura, the Land of Immortality, and Yadanarbon, the Land of the Gems. Today it is known as Suvanabhomi, the Golden Land. Experience the rich heritage and natural resources of Myanmar with our Selective Journeys, and you will see just why these titles are such a true reflection of this fascinating land.
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Step into the pages of our new Indochina, Thailand and Burma brochure to find yourself immersed in a world of majestic cities, ornate temples and landscapes both rugged and tranquil. For so long a place of mystery, claimed by Colonial culture and shaped by historic upheavals, the diverse beauty of the region is at last open to us.
The land of resplendent Maharaja’s, imperious colonial legacy and unrivalled natural heritage, India offers a mesmerising choice of outstanding beauty and culture that awaits you.
Nepal and Bhutan showcase their pristine and beautiful lands awash with history, intrigue and some of the world’s most glorious countryside.
Our Living Cultures of India and Brahmaputra Cruise Brochure outlines unique opportunities to visit some of the most outstanding areas of India and to become one with the land – not only visiting the cultural and historical highlights but, most importantly meeting with people from all walks of life to learn, and experience first-hand Incredible India!