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INDIA - VIETNAM - LAOS - CAMBODIA - indochina - TAIWAN - THAILAND - BHUTAN - NEPAL SRI LANKA - china - MYANMAR - CENTRAL ASIA - RIVER CRUISING - TRAIN JOURNEYS - PHILIPPINES MALAYSIA / BORNEO - U.A.E - south korea - Jordan & Syria - expedition cruises


Asia Please Note: Whilst this brochure has been designed to always keep up to date, there are circumstances whereby it may be necessary to replace it… if we introduce new destinations, or, new tours to a destination. This brochure is “Version 1”, to ensure that you have the latest version of this brochure - CLICK HERE

"If you can't spell it, can't pronounce it... aren't quite sure where it is and they eat rice,... then Discover Asia goes there!"

confines of a brochure - it would have to be the size of an encyclopedia. But, on a website, you have no such restrictions, and our website is just that… the size of an encyclopedia, and just as informative.

ITINERARIES Whilst we hope that this brochure will prove helpful in your choice of tour to Asia, we would point out that Discover Asia is one of the first tour companies in Australia to fully harness the power of the web. As such, no brochure can ever match the vast store of information and images that our website offers (2,500 pages and growing!). This brochure is merely meant as a ‘tempter’. To fully appreciate why Discover Asia claims to be “Australia’s most complete travel company to Asia”, you need to either visit our website or talk to one of our expert consultants. Discover Asia is Australia's first tour company who, from day one, has been exclusively designed to be web-based. The benefits of this to you the traveller are immense. Obviously, it is impossible to squeeze all the information that you need to plan your holiday into the Produced by

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Because we are not restricted for space, our itineraries are full of interesting detail and beautiful images, with most of them being at least 3 pages long, many have up to FIVE pages of in-depth information and images. PLUS, we can put as many tours on our website as we like - so we are able to offer more tours to a destination than you will find in our competitor's brochures.

GLOSSARY of CITIES For each of our destinations (and there are 20 of them throughout Asia) we have written a comprehensive guide to the main tourist cities of the destination and their sights. Many of these descriptions have images of the sights too. You can print these pages off and read them at your leisure.

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW You know all that hard to find out stuff about a destination - climate, currency, electrical current, tipping, what to pack, information about food and drink? Well, it is all detailed fully in our 'Things You Need To Know' section for each destination. And, being web-based, we can update it daily if we like… how out of date is the brochure you were reading? Simply click the “TRAVELLERS INFORMATION” button for any destination in this brochure.

PRICES The prices in a print brochure are based on the exchange rate at the ‘time of printing’. In a typical year that could have been anywhere between 62 & 95 cents to the US dollar! Some brochure prices were 40% out within months of being printed!!! How accurate is the brochure you pick up from your travel agent? Well, this brochure is 100% accurate AT ALL TIMES. Why waste hours pouring over a brochure, choosing the tour you like… only to find, the price you thought you were going to pay is no longer valid, and you can no longer afford it? Only an i-brochure like the

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EXPERIENCE The management and staff of Discover Asia have specialised in Asia for many, many years. Our reservation and costing team have all worked previously for other Asian tour companies at a managerial level for a minimum of ten years. No other tour company comes even close to matching that level of expertise! You can be confident in the fact that your reservation is being overseen by an expert consultant who has actually been to the destination you are booking. That is not always the case with other tour companies. Frequently you could have travelled more than the person handling your booking - not a very reassuring feeling! It is the amazing diversity of Asia that has attracted the staff of Discover Asia to visit so many times and it is their personalised expertise in the region that will ensure that you miss none of the delights of your chosen destination. When you talk to our consultants, a phrase you will hear them use often is “When I was there, what I did was…” . This is what we call TERMS & CONDITIONS

– “The Knowledge”, it is a talent of which all of us at Discover Asia are immensely proud and are constantly improving. We guarantee that you will be awestruck by the knowledge of our consultants and their willingness to spend time in helping you to understand this complex destination and design your perfect holiday in it. So, there you have it… MORE tours, MORE information, LOWER prices. What more could you ask for? Oh yes… our website address! www.discoverasia.com.au

HOW TO BOOK DISCOVER ASIA Obviously, with so much expertise at our fingertips and such a competitive product,we can be selective with whom we work. After much analysis of the travel industry based on company policies, agency distribution, retail image and marketing policies - Discover Asia has chosen to work exclusively with ‘SELECT AGENTS’ around Australia. To find our ‘select agent’ in your area contact DISCOVER ASIA – 1300 736 584. NB: For full terms and conditions of booking and travel please check out our website.


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A message from the founder of DISCOVER ASIA, Trevor Lake; "There are dozens of travel companies selling tours to Asia. The vast majority of them sell simple, short duration "flights, transfers & accommodation" packages to the most commercialised areas. Commercial pressures have led to a policy of... "If it's not in the brochure, then we can't sell it". Whilst this may make good commercial sense and meet the needs of 95% of the population, it means that the needs of the ‘traveller' (the other 5%) have (until now) been ignored. My personal travels have taken me to some of the most remote and exciting parts of the globe. Whenever I recount the tales of my travels, the most common response from my audience has been "You're so lucky, I would love to be able to go there". With the creation of Discover Asia I am now able to ensure that you can!

The policy of Discover Asia is - we are here to create the holiday that you want, not convince you to buy the holiday that we have. Our tours are TOTALLY flexible, can be booked in any standard of accommodation (from Budget to Deluxe), can be as inclusive or exclusive as you desire, we can add totally free days for rambling or can ensure that you are waited on hand and foot for the duration of your tour. To achieve this goal, we encourage you to speak direct with any of the expert consultants at Discover Asia before you book. Unlike many tour companies, we have staff who have actually been to the destinations that we sell! Their in-depth knowledge has been gained from personal experience... not a training manual. Similarly, our local ground handlers are long-time business associates and personal friends. This means that, the unparalleled service standards of Discover Asia don't stop once you board the aircraft in Australia. Our local operators have been chosen because they meet the

same high standards that we impose upon ourselves." Trevor Lake

In 1996, the well respected "Australian Financial Review" wrote a series of articles about "Pioneers of the Australian Travel Industry". One of only SIX people featured in these articles was TREVOR LAKE, about whom they said "Trevor makes people's dreams come true". In just six words they have summed up what DISCOVER ASIA is all about! THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW


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* for Trains in India, see under Train Journeys * for Cruises in India, see under River Cruising

INDIA Though less than half the size of Australia, India crams in an amazing array of different cultures, architecture, climates and scenic delights. From snow-capped mountains and cool hill-stations in the north... to tropical beaches and lush jungles in the south. From vast deserts populated by colourful tribes in Rajasthan... to canals and lagoons which you cruise

in converted rice barges in Kerala. Special travel experiences include, touring by luxury train in Rajasthan, Karnataka or Maharashtra; overnight stays on romantic houseboats in tropical Kerala; accommodation in small palace hotels throughout the country; visits to former British hill-stations to recapture the ‘Days of the Raj’.

India is one of my greatest passions,and there are few parts of this fabulous country that I have not visited numerous times since my first visit in 1971. This intimate knowledge of the country and its’ people, plus my close personal friendship with our local ground handlers ensure that Discover Asia can offer you an Indian experience that is unequalled by any other Australian tour company. TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA

India is far too big to attempt to see everything in one visit. Most people choose to visit the iconic cities of Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur) on their first trip. Your second & third visits could include the more ancient Northern towns (Varanasi, Gwalior, Khajuraho) or the very different towns of the south (a tour from Cochin to Chennai). There are enough towns left over to fill another 3 – 4 tours!!!

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vietnam Less than half the size of New South Wales, Vietnam is only 60kms wide at its narrowest point (around Hue). This means that you really can visit the entire country in one visit of around two weeks. A ‘highlights’ tour would include Saigon - Hoi An (Danang) - Hue - Hanoi. With extra time you should certainly add a cruise on Halong Bay in the north and a trip into the

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Mekong Delta in the south. For those looking for the colourful hill tribes, take a side trip from Hanoi to Sapa or, for a really special experience, visit the Central Highlands. Vietnam has long been a land shrouded in mystery. In ancient times it was three different countries - Tonkin, Annam and Cochin China - and thus today, the little country of Vietnam is home to several cultures and ethnic groups with different traditions and lifestyles. This adds to the pleasure of a trip to modern day Vietnam. Choose the comfort of luxurious western-run hotels, or live from a backpack, you are equally assured of seeing the scenic, historic and cultural delights of this smiling, friendly land.

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“Vietnam has quickly become one of the ‘hottest’ destinations ex Australia. Rich in culture and history and populated by an incredibly friendly folk, it has shirked its’ earlier image of a ‘war-ravaged land’ and now shines as a tourist paradise. One of my most memorable travel experiences (anywhere) was into the fascinating Vietnamese Central Highlands (Pleiku & Buonmethuot) where I rode elephants, cruised in dugout canoes and dined in village longhouses. Vietnam gets better, and more popular, year by year. My best advice is... get there soon before the crowds get too big.”

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laos Only slightly bigger than Victoria and with a growing domestic transport network, it is now possible to visit Laos as a ‘standalone’ destination. But, it also makes a fascinating and intriguing add - on to any holiday in Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam. Cruising the Mekong River (whether by deluxe ‘ricebarge’ or long tailboat) is one of the more rewarding travel ideas in Laos.

It makes good sense to enter Laos from Chiang Rai in the far north, then work your way down to Vientiane. A full and beguiling one week tour would include Luang Prabang, Vientiane and a visit to the Plain of Jars and / or a Mekong cruise. If you have more time, then certainly take the Wat Phu cruise down the Mekong, starting in Pakse and visiting the pre-Angkor temple of Wat Phu. Apart from a vast improvement in hotel accommodation, Laos has changed little in the past thirty years, making it a charming and nostalgic place to visit. The modern world really seems to have passed Laos by, I suggest you don't.

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“My first visit to Laos was in the early ‘70s, prior to it being opened to Western tourism… I bribed a riverman to ferry me across the Mekong (which at the time was in flood and 1km wide)! My memories of that visit are still firmly etched into my mind. An enchanting land of stunning scenery, giggling village folk and lavishly decorated temples. I have always said that it was that visit which changed my life forever and convinced me to dedicate my life to travel. Laos has hardly changed from that first visit 30 years ago… let it change your life too.” TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA

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rich in history, culture and great nightlife. At one time, the Cambodians (Khmers) ruled a vast empire that stretched across much of SE Asia. Hence their historic remains, such as Angkor Wat, are monumental, glorious and built on a vast scale. The empire collapsed suddenly and irreversibly (probably due to lack of water for rice production), and Cambodia became a forgotten backwaterâ&#x20AC;Ś it was this that preserved the historic buildings as they were abandoned and left to the jungle. The uniqueness of this historic event means that Cambodia today offers on the one hand â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of the greatest architectural achievements of mankind, on the other, a simple rural lifestyle that has not changed for centuries.

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"The suffering of Cambodia under the genocidal government of Pol Pot less than 30 years ago is a long distant memory. Cambodia of today is a land of laughing children, lush rice-fields, stunning ancient temples and intriguing culture. Don't fall for the trap of merely visiting the world famous temples of the north. The Capital of Phnom Penh is one of the more charming cities of Asia and demands at least one night, probably two."

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INDOCHINA Geography has bound these nations together for thousands of years. Different cultures and religions have kept them distinctly different and in a constant struggle for domination over each other. The expert guides of Discover Asia will help you to understand the sometimes subtle differences between these neighbouring lands.

A tour combining these lands is the perfect way to witness how the ebb and flow of history has affected this region. Those things that are common to each country are their stunning scenery, architectural masterpieces and colourful minority tribes. One day you will be standing in awe before a gigantic historic monument… the next day you will be walking a path between the frail wooden homes of a remote local village. It is these stark contrasts that keep your senses in a state of tingling excitement on any visit to Indochina. Travel between these lands can be by road, plane or boat, and the journey itself can be an integral part of the enjoyment of any Indochina tour. Relive the grandeur of the Victorian era as you travel on a colonial steamer down the Mekong…

pass though border crossings where you might feel that you are the first white person they have seen in weeks… travelling by road in Indochina is always fun and the view from your car window can be as fascinating as the historic marvel you are heading to see..

“I am not alone when I say that, my first visit to Indochina changed my life forever. After years of being a tour guide in Europe, one would have thought that my love for travel might have been waning. But, there was something about the people, their beautiful lands and their noble cultures that rekindled my interest in travel and made me want to know more. This learning process has been going on for over thirty years and I know that it will never stop. No matter how demanding my itinerary might be, I always seem to return home… revitalised, re-energised and bubbling with excitement.” TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA


INDOCHINA 15 Days / 14 Nights

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TAIWAN Roughly half the size of Tasmania, few Australians wander far from the Capital, and thus they miss the opportunity to discover an enchanting island. The solid marble Taroko Gorge, restful Sun Moon Lake with its’ luxury resorts, mist shrouded Yu Shan (the highest mountain in Asia outside of the Himalaya!), the fairy tale coastline of Yehliu, and the awesome East Coast

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Highway – are just some of the scenic wonders of the island. Taipei’s Palace Museum is rated as one of the top four museums in the world today. It is claimed that when the Nationalist army left the mainland they brought with them the top 20% of the nation’s treasures. The exhibits of the Palace Museum are so vast that it would take over 20 years for anyone to view all of them!

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“Taiwan is much under-rated as a tourist destination. It’s former name, Ilha Formosa, means ‘ the beautiful island’, and for very good reasons. A complete tour of the island would take 7-10 days and offers a varied and interesting visit. If you are visiting Taiwan on business, why not extend your stay and see more of the ‘beautiful island’?”

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THAILAND Two thirds the size of NSW all of Thailand’s beaches are in the south whilst its’ ancient cities, colourful hill-tribes and glorious temples are in the north, which leads to the ‘beach holiday-maker’ being unaware of the historic delights of the country. The former capitals of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Lop Buri plus the historic cities of Lamphun and Phitsanulok can all be

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included on an easy road journey between Bangkok and the northern centres of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai (which are the starting point for sidetrips into the ‘hill-tribe’ country). Even those with limited time in Thailand should be sure to include a side trip from Bangkok to the River Kwai region (you will need from 1 – 2 nights minimum). Just one hour from the Capital and you will enter one of the most interesting parts of Thailand – Tiger Temple, the Thai – Burma Railway of WW2, dugout canoe cruising down the River Kwai, stays in raft lodges and visits to traditional tribes.

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Thailand to many people (and most travel companies) is just a beach! The reality is that culturally, historically and scenically it is one of the richest countries in Asia. Those who visit this beautiful land and see no more than a beach have seen only a fraction of what the country has to offer. I have dedicated my time to exploring the more remote parts of the country and have found it incredibly rewarding. If you just want to sit on the sand, talk to someone else! If you are curious to discover the true Thailand, Discover Asia is your company. TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA

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BHUTAN Around two thirds the size of Tasmania, Bhutan is truly a small country. But, what it lacks in size it makes up for in uniqueness. The main sights in Bhutan are the immense fortified monasteries (called Dzongs) which guard every valley and town. On a rotational basis, these are open for just 6 months of every year, to ensure that tourists do not overly distract the resident

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monks. Thus, one can never be sure which ones will be open during your visit. Since they are all very much the same inside, it doesn’t really matter. A visit to Bhutan is costed on a per day basis, no matter what you do during that day. Everything (three meals per day, transport, entrance fees, guide cost) is included in that charge. All guides speak exceptionally good English.

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“As the traveller behind me said as we waited to fly out of Bhutan... ‘Well, we’ve seen Bhutan, what is there left in the world to do?’ Try as I do, I have never been able to find the words to adequately describe Bhutan. Words or pictures will never do it justice. A visit to Bhutan is an emotional and spiritual event beyond anything else you will ever experience.”

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NEPAL & tibet

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NEPAL Just two thirds the size of Victoria, Nepal is home to many of the highest mountains in the world. Yet, as stunning as the Himalayan peaks are, one should never forget the medieval architectural glories of such towns as Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Accommodation is good throughout the land, guides are well-trained and vehicles high quality. With over 260 staff and

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180 vehicles, Discover Asia’s ground handler in Nepal has been voted No.1 Nepal ground operator more times than any other ground handler in Nepal. Kathmandu and the surrounding towns of Patan and Bhaktapur will easily fill a week of sightseeing and touring. Outside of the Khatmandu Valley, there is a lot less ‘history’ in the form of ancient architecture, but, wildlife parks and the stunning mountain views will totally preoccupy you. Experience the Ker & Downey eco-lodges of the Annapurna Valley - twin bedded rooms, with private bathrooms (hot showers & western toilet!), kitchen cooked meals and ‘Happy Hour’ in the shadow of the Annapurnas.

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“Nepal is a lot more than just trekking. My intentions with our Nepal programme is to show people the historic and cultural wonders of this landlocked Himalayan kingdom. When people want to travel into the mountains we arrange private guides and porters which allows the individual to walk at their own pace. We prefer to think of our walking tours more as ‘bush-walking’ than trekking”.

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SRI LANKA Smaller than Tasmania, Sri Lanka is an incredibly diverse country. In the north you will stand in awe at 2500-year-old abandoned cities lost for centuries in the jungle. The centre of the island offers rolling hills, year-round cool climate and former British colonial hill-stations complete with Tudor hotels, rose gardens and the oldest golf course in Asia. Scattered

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around the country are National Parks filled with game such as tigers, elephants, panthers and crocodiles (the world’s first game reserves were founded in Sri Lanka over 2000 years ago!). The entire coastline bristles with some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.

“Sri Lanka, or as it was called by early European sea farers - Serendip, was thought to be the original setting for the Garden of Eden. I cannot argue with them. For many years, whenever people asked me what my favourite country was, I would always say that I loved them all equally. That all changed on the day that I discovered Sri Lanka! So great is my love for the country that I have seriously considered buying land there to retire to.”

The ancient capitals of the North can be visited either as a series of one night stays or as sidetrips from either Dambulla or Polonnuruwa, where there are excellent resorts. As important and intriguing as these capitals are, you can see each of them comprehensively in just a half day tour; giving you plenty of relaxation time at your resort hotel.

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CHINA

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China China, though everyone considers it to be a vast country, is in fact just 25% bigger than Australia. However, it has 65 times the population of Australia! And, do not be fooled into thinking that “all Chinese look the same”. The 34 provinces and regions are all so distinct from each other that many could almost be viewed as separate countries. Their languages, customs and

geographic features could hardly be more disparate. China’s largest city, Chongking has a bigger population than Australia! Hence, it is impossible to see all of China on one visit. A ‘highlight’ tour would include Beijing - Xian Guilin - Shanghai (about 10-12 days). One of the most popular and worthwhile attractions of any visit to China is a Yangtze cruise (3-6 nights).

"I am very flattered that, in both Australia and China I am known as ‘Mr. China’. As a former director of the first company to be invited to send Australian tourists to China, I have been uniquely placed to follow, and participate in, the growth of tourism in this amazing land. In over 66 visits I have visited just about every region of this vast land. On the occasion of my wedding in 1994, I was honoured with the gift of an Imperial wedding ceremony in recognition of my services to tourism to China. I am proud that many of my oldest and closest friendships are with travel professionals in China. I can state without fear of contradiction that NOONE in Australia knows more about travel to China than myself. This wealth of knowledge and years of experience is your guarantee of the very best China tour when you book Discover Asia to China." TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA

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MYANMAR Four fifths the size of NSW, Burma is one of the largest nations in Asia and by far the largest in south east Asia. Most roads are poor and unsealed, so travel around the country

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should only really be considered by air, though there are a couple of SUPERB luxury cruise vessels offering cruising along the Irrawaddy River between Pagan and Mandalay (1-2 nights). There is excellent accommodation throughout the country and the guides speak superb English (a hangover from the British colonial period). Burma is a poor country but you will never see a beggar; the people have a hard life but they smile and laugh all the time; sights such as Yangon’s jewel-encrusted Schwedagon Pagoda, Bagan’s pyramid temples and the legrowers of Inle Lake are not just totally unique in the world, but must be ranked amongst some of the most amazing sights you will ever witness

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they lavished on themselves in the form of palaces. They also glorified Allah with the construction of ornate and richly decorated Mosques and Madrassahs (places of learning). These incredible buildings have survived today and bear witness to the pinnacle of Islamic architecture and art.

“The various countries that make up Central Asia are often called the “-stans” – Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Turkmenistan. Because of their geographic proximity and ease of travel… we have added Iran to this region. This area has always been at the crossroads of the movement of goods, people and ideas between the Far East and Europe. High passes, snowcapped mountain peaks, vast deserts and treeless, grassy steppes – this is the topography of this exciting region. Add to Nature’s wonders some of the highest architectural achievements of mankind – and you have an idyllic destination for travellers. I am pleased to admit that our ground handlers in “the -stan” states have become close personal friends over the years and thus can confidently tell travellers that they will be looked after by expert friends. TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA

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RIVER CRUISING RIVER CRUISING River Cruising has been a delight to man since the first caveman sat astride a log and pushed off into the unknown! Majestic wooden ships with great canvas sails took men to exotic lands, where they saw wondrous sights, ate delectable foods and witnessed strange cultures...

and modern day cruising still does. Modern cruise vessels happily are a lot more comfortable than that first log, but the joy of sitting still whilst the world passes you by still remains. Unlike most forms of travel, on a cruise you do not live out of a suitcase, you can unpack, put your clothes into a wardrobe and not worry about them until you disembark. On a cruise you not only get to know your fellow travellers better, but your crew become close confidants too, aware of your every whim. Discover Asia has searched for those vessels and journeys that offer a little bit more than just being a cruise ship. Vessels restored from old paddle steamers, rice barges converted into luxury cruisers and journeys into areas that have no roads or airports.

“River cruising is so much more intimate and fulfilling than ocean cruising. Smaller vessels, fewer passengers and a far more ‘one on one’ relationship between crew and passenger make river cruising a VERY special form of travel. On an ocean cruise you may go for days without sighting land, on a river cruise, the happenings on either side of the vessel are an integral part of your day. Frequent stops at ports which may be inaccessible by land (and the modern day) make river cruising one of the best ways to see Asia” TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA


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train journeys that not only offer an enjoyable experience, but great scenery, great service and comfort. In many cases, these are especially designed trains available only to tourists, which means that on-board standards are higher and the crew professionally trained to enhance your travel experience. The epic train journeys shown here are, for the most part, fixed itineraries; but our staff are specially trained to design train journeys in all of our destinations where train travel is possible.

“To my mind, trains are the land version of cruises. Unpack for a weeklong journey and your hotel moves whilst you stand still! As with cruises, you are able to get more intimate with your fellow passengers and, most importantly, your crew. On the luxury trains, your cabin ‘butler’ truly seems pleased to see you every day and eagerly awaits your report of the day’s activities. Sitting at the bar at night, the yarns get spun and expectations of tomorrow are high on the agenda.” TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA


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PHILIPPINES With 7107 islands one cannot generalise about the Philippines, for every island has its’ own personality and charm. This means that, when choosing a Philippine holiday, you really have to speak to an expert who can match the island to YOU. Discover Asia

are just such experts… we love the Philippines and have no greater pleasure than tailoring your Philippine holiday to perfectly match your tastes, budget and dreams.

"Part of the 'tradition' of DISCOVER ASIA is that we only sell tours to the historic, cultural and scenic wonderlands of Asia.

You can go to the Philippines and simply lie on a beach (not just ‘a beach’... but some of the finest beaches in the world).. and you would have as good a ‘beach holiday’ as any other Asian destination. BUT, there is so much more to the Philippines than just beaches. History, scenery, fauna, diving, surfing, culture, world heritage sites, even shopping - we can think of no other Asian country that even challenges the Philippines.

The sole exception to this is the Philippines... ...because the Philippines is a VERY special destination. We can design an intriguing 7 day tour for you that would visit 2000 year old rice terraces and primitive tribes... relaxing spa resorts... 500 year old Spanish historical sites and you would still be waiting to visit a beach!"

We do not sell beach holidays in Asia!!!

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BORNEO The Western coast of the island of Borneo is made up of the Malaysian states of Sarawak, almost twice the size of Tasmania; Sabah, just 10% larger than Tasmania; and, the independent sultanate of Brunei, just over twice the size of the Australian Capital Territory. The East coast of the island is Indonesian and difficult to access. Sarawak used to be part of the Sultanate of Brunei but was ceded to an English

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adventurer, Sir James Brooke in 1841 – for services rendered. Successive Brooke heirs ruled the country as ‘White Rajahs’ until after WW2, when it was ceded to Britain. The unique atmosphere and colonial architecture of Sarawak’s capital, Kuching, owe a lot to the ‘white rajahs’. Today, much of the scenic splendour of Borneo is best seen in Sabah – Mt Kinabalu (4095 ms ) is the 4th largest mountain in SE Asia and offers the fit a rewarding climb; the world’s largest flower Rafflesia is best seen here, and, of course, whilst there are numerous fantastic game reserves throughout Sabah, Sepilok is famed for its’ Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Probably the best beaches & dive sites in Borneo can be found in Sabah.

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“Borneo has long been a favourite destination of mine, and is close to the top of my list of idyllic holiday destinations. One of the last true wildernesses on the planet, the flora, fauna and birdlife are totally unique. Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, Hornbills, the Rafflesia flower and pitcher plants – it is stunning to think that so much can be found in such a small area. In that respect it rivals the Amazon as one of the most important eco-regions of the planet. With an extremely high quality of accommodation and good infrastructure in roads and flights, my suggestion is to get there quick before the ‘tourists’ find it.”

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U.A.E. With so many airline options available from Australia, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) is a logical stopover en route to Europe and beyond. 20% larger than Tasmania, the UAE is actually made up of 7 ‘emirates’ and prior to 1971 was known as the ‘Trucial States’. The Capital is actually Abu Dhabi, but each emirate has its’ own ‘state’ capital, such as Dubai. Oman is a separate country to UAE but it logically fits into the region. The UAE has long sat astride the trade routes from both Asia and Africa. In ancient times this brought great wealth to the various tribes in the region who acted like ‘robber barons’ imposing taxes on the silk, spices and pearls which passed through their territories. Thus, although many of the tribes are nomads, there are

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solid vestiges of their ancestors in the form of the hundreds of impressive forts which guarded the trade routes. Oil has replaced taxes as the main source of income, but as many of the oil wells are off-shore, they do not intrude into the scenic splendour of the region. Of all the destinations in this region Oman most definitely has preserved the Arab culture best – with most buildings, even in the capital, reflecting traditional style. Accommodation throughout UAE & Oman is very up-market and we advise travellers not to venture below 4 star properties. A visit to UAE & Oman is not necessarily cheap, but it is VERY rewarding IF you get out of the big cities and our small group tours are amongst the best value ways of visiting this enchanting region.

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“If you travel to Dubai and venture no further, you will miss one of the most intriguing travel options in today’s world. The desert hinterland of Dubai is fun, BUT, the neighbouring Emirates of Oman and Abu Dhabi are absolutely fascinating. This is where you will find the true “Romance of Arabie” – castles of robber barons, oases that have served nomads for thousands of years and bazaars where more goats are sold than souvenirs! It is easy to feel that you are playing a role in ‘Sheikh of Arabie’ or ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, as you explore these desert Paradises full of history, scenic wonders and true Arab hospitality.”

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South Korea Branded as an industrial and commercial powerhouse - one of Asia's 'little dragons' - few people think of South Korea as a scenic and historic wonderland. But, this little country has one of the most fascinating and colourful histories of the entire Asian continent. At one time in its' history - three great kingdoms fought to be the 'cultural superpower'. The legacy of

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this historic battle, is a country rich and colourful. Nature too has blessed this country - one of the youngest on the planet. Kyongju is known as an 'open museum', so rich is it in historic structures; Mt. Sorak is one of the most dramatic national parks that you could ever wish to visit (with great fingers of basalt rock pointing skywards); Seoul is one of the last remaining 'shopping meccas' in Asia; and, Cheju Island is known throughout Asia as the honeymoon paradise for its' gorgeous beaches, majestic mountainous interior and the fascinating local culture which includes pearl-divers who need no oxygen tanks. Skiers will love the fact that there are 6 international standard ski-fields within one hour of the Capital.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can stay at a Buddhist temple and spend a short time living as a Buddhist monk (or nun)... pop across the DMZ into North Korea... study ceramics with some of the finest experts in the world. The possibilities are endless, check with a Discover Asia expert who will help you design a rich and colourful tour to this most intriguing of countries.â&#x20AC;?

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Jordan & Syria Jordan is truly a land of spectacular culture, scenery and people.

in the desert; the incredibly scenic Wadi Rum, which is permanently associated with Lawrence of Arabia.

This small Arab Kingdom holds within its borders sites of antiquity that rank among the most exceptional in the world. The unique rose red city of Petra; the outstanding remains of Jerash, one of the most magnificent of roman provincial cities, the remarkable vestiges of Umayyad palaces built deep

For those seeking adventure, mystique, ancient roots, relaxation and an opportunity to witness the monuments of a civilisation over 2000 years oldJordan is the place!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whilst Jordan preserves some of the most important remains of both biblical and historic significance, it has developed as one of the most Westernised countries in the Arab world. This makes it a perfect destination for travellers to visitâ&#x20AC;? TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA

Many important sites of the Christian era are to be found in Syria - such as Krak des Chevaliers. Thus, it combines well with a tour of Jordan to give you a complete understanding of the region and its' history.

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expedition Cruises expedition cruises Heritage Expeditions are New Zealand's award winning expedition travel company. They specialise in worldwide natural history small group expeditions for the discerning traveller. Their vessel, the 'Spirit of Enderby' is perfect for Expedition Travel. The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for

as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. It carries just 48 passengers in very comfortable accommodation (refurbished in New Zealand Nov '04). The cuisine is excellent and is prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs. The Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew. The 'Spirit of Enderby' measures 72 metres in length and is fully ice-strengthened. Powered by two 1,560 horse power diesel engines. It is capable of speeds of up to 12 knots.

“Heritage Expedition’s Antarctic cruises often fill up one year in advance, so book early. Their Russian Far East cruises are a new addition to the global expedition cruise market and thus they visit regions rarely seen by Western eyes.” TREVOR LAKE, FOUNDER - DISCOVER ASIA


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Indian heritage hotels India is famous for its' heritage hotels, former palaces of Maharajahs... awesome fortresses... and the villas of wealthy merchants. Most are furnished in antiques or traditional furnishings. Many are located in remote areas overlooking their feudal village, but close enough to the major cities and sights to make an enthralling alternative to city hotels and the associated

hustle, bustle and street noise. What a wonderful experience when, your overnight accommodation becomes a part of your every day excitement… when, no matter, how exciting the day’s activities, you cannot wait to get back to your plush and historic hotel. In most cases, the Maharajah and his family still live in the palace and manage every aspect of palace life.

“Every year I return to India, at least once, in my neverending search for more and better heritage hotels. I have to confess, this is not a selfless act simply to benefit our clients… I adore staying in these ‘living museums’. I am proud to say that many of the maharajahs have become good friends and I have immense respect for their diligence and attention to detail in converting their royal palaces into a very special experience for their guests. My sincere suggestion is not simply to use these glorious properties as your overnight accommodation, why not add an extra day to simply enjoy the palaces, their grounds (and frequently pool) and the feudal village?”

We are constantly adding to our range of Heritage hotels, so check out our website for the latest list.

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