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Vietnam Halong Bay on Heritage Line Ylang Cruise [Halong] Saigon’s Outskirts Cycling [Ho Chi Minh City] Half Day Hidden Hanoi [Hanoi] Hoi An Green [Hoi An] 11 Days Best of Vietnam & Beach Relax [Hanoi] Evening Hue Street Eats by Cyclo [Hue] Untouched Da Bac [Hoa Binh]
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Thailand 8D7N - A Culinary Journey in the Land of Smiles [Bangkok, Nakon Patom, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai] Bangkok Urban Fun [Thonburi, Bangkok] Thai Cooking Experience with a Female Chef [Don Wai, Nakorn Patom Province] Muay Thai Experience with a Female Instructor [Bangkok] 4D3N - Khao Sok & Cheow Lan Lake Experience [Khao Sok] Northern Phuket Half Day Afternoon [Ta Chad District, Phuket] 13D12N - Southern Island Hopping [Bangkok, Hua Hin, Kuiburi, Koh Talu, Koh Tao and Phangan]
Indonesia In Search of Indonesian Tattoo Culture [Legian, Bali] Bali Instagram Trail - East Bali [East Bali] 6D5N Bali Feast [Ubud & Sanur, Bali] 3D2N Komodo National Park Cruise with Ikan Terbang [Flores] Yogyakarta Street Eats Local Life HD [Yogyakarta] Save The Ocean Virtual Tour [Zoom Platform]
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Japan Amanohashidate Day Tour, the Bridge to Heaven [Kyoto] Hidden Akihabara: Culture, Architecture and Religion [Tokyo] Giant Stone Buddhas of Kamakura & Nokogiryama [Tokyo] Off-The-Beaten-Track Hiking in the Japanese Alps [Japanese Alps]
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Contents Cambodia Empowering Women: Silk Weaving & Local Market [Siem Reap] Mangrove Tree Planting at Trapeang Sangke Community [Trapeang Sangkae Community] Dawn ‘til Dusk Angkor Instagram Tour [Siem Reap] Remork Foodie Tour [Siem Reap]
Singapore Discova Street Art & Graffiti Workshop [Singapore] Taste of Chinatown [Singapore]
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China Lucky Chinese Knots & Dumpling-Making in Beijing’s Hutongs [Beijing] Chengdu Tea House, Local Market & Snacks with Hotpot Dinner [Chengdu]
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Malaysia & Borneo Kota Kinabalu Night Out [Kota Kinabalu, Sabah] CrossFit Experience Half-Day Private Tour [Kota Kinabalu, Sabah] Sustainable Fashion Experience in KL Half-Day Private Tour [Kuala Lumpur] Immersive Dining with an Escapee [Kuala Lumpur] A Night in Kuala Lumpur’s Backyard [Kuala Lumpur] Penang Joss Stick Making Class [George Town, Penang]
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Hong Kong Kung Fu and Hong Kong Cuisine [Hong Kong] Backstreets of Hong Kong [Hong Kong]
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Laos Farming Experience at Pakeng Village - Seuang River Project [Pakseng District, Luang Prabang Province] Silk Weaving Experience Workshop [Luang Prabang District & Province] Bamboo Experience Workshop [Luang Prabang District & Province]
Myanmar Explore Hpa-An Caves [Yangon] Mandalay to Yae Tagon [Mandalay] Visit a Local Village on Kyun Thiri Island [Bagan]
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Vietnam If you had to describe Vietnam in one word, ‘diverse’ is among the most fitting. Along its 3,000 kilometres of coastline, the country stretches from remote rice terraces and limestone islands to pristine beaches and lush swampland, featuring buzzing cities and quaint towns along the way. A similar diversity can be found in its culture, featuring prominent influences from the Chinese and French, and the flavours that make Vietnamese cuisine world-famous.
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Halong Bay on Heritage Line Ylang Cruise Halong A relaxing and insightful three day luxury experience, where travellers sail across the emerald waters of Halong Bay until they reach the lesser visited, but just as beautiful, Lan Ha Bay. Here, guests will take part in cycle tours, kayak excusions and visits to local communities. Onboard, travellers are treated to morning Thai Chi classes, evening meditation, freshly prepared cuisine and a first-class spa facility.
Saigon’s Outskirts Cycling Ho Chi Minh City A fantastic opportunity to glimpse rural Vietnamise life, just outside Ho Chi Minh City. This relaxing ride takes travellers on an easygoing countryside route, stopping at the oldest incense making village in the region. At the end of the 20km morning ride, travellers are transported by bus to the historical site Duc Hoa before stopping at a local restaurant for a tasty lunch.
Discova the Difference This unique cycling tour is exclusively offered and operated by Discova.
Half Day Hidden Hanoi Hanoi Explore the chaotic and charming streets of Hanoi on foot with a local guide to introduce the city’s secrets. Travellers take in classic historical monuments, bustling local markets, hidden backstreet restaurants, and magnificent Frenchcolonial villas on a cyclo ride. Sit back and relax whilst weaving through some of the Old Quarter’s busiest streets and end the tour with lunch at a local restaurant.
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Hoi An Green Hoi An Spend an inspirational day in a local community farming project, just outside of Hoi An. Meet local farmers dedicated to zero-waste and learn their methods and practices. Then sit down to a delicious lunch prepared using fresh produce straight from farm to plate. Then, on the way back to town, stop in at a local soap workshop to learn home-made recipes before having an opportunity to create your own using recycled oils.
11 Days Best of Vietnam & Beach Relax Hanoi Explore the highlights of Vietnam on this 5-star luxury itinerary, peppered with unique experiences. Take in the Hoi An countryside from the seat of a vintage Vespa scooter, enjoy an intimate cooking class with a local family, explore the wonders of Halong Bay and ride a luxury train journey with stunning coastal views. Then, it all comes to an ultra-relaxing conclusion on the spectacular, untouched beaches of Quy Nhon.
Discova the Difference Includes an exclusive free upgrade to Deluxe Garden Suite at the Anantara Hoi An for all Discova guests.
Evening Hue Street Eats by Cyclo Hue Eat through Hue and cyclo through the city! Take a three-wheeled rickshaw past ancient citadel walls and through newly developing neighbourhoods. Stop at busy local markets, fantastic restaurants populated by locals in the know, and hidden eateries tucked away in quiet twisting alleyways. Spend hours sampling a wide variety of Hue specialities and central Vietnamese delicacies to experience the best of regional cuisine in a single day.
Discova the Difference Our unique Hue Tour introduces ancient dishes and ends with a taste of ‘salt coffee’ – a Hue specialty where salty cream and rich Vietnamese coffee are combined to give an unexpectedly sweet caramel flavour.
Untouched Da Bac Hoa Binh Discover a truly authentic side to Vietnam with this three-day adventure to the remote Da Bac community-based tourism project. Explore two ethnic minority villages and gain insight into the local customs and traditions at a homestay. Hike, kayak and swim through the untouched environment and leave this scenic region with a relaxed mind, new perspectives and unforgettable memories.
Discova the Difference Our specially designed program to this littleknown destination offers truly authentic local experiences that promote responsible tourism as all activities and homestays are run by the local community with the guidance of an NGO.
Thailand Thailand has been on the traveller’s map for many decades. And not without reason! Most famous for its tropical islands and white-sanded beaches, the Kingdom’s hilly north offers respite from the bustling streets of Bangkok, whilst the country’s north-eastern region, Isaan, is still relatively untouched by tourism. However, what makes Thailand truly special are its friendly locals, mouth-watering food and magnificent temples that weave like an underlying thread through the entire country.
8D7N - A Culinary Journey in the Land of Smiles Bangkok, Nakon Patom, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai Travellers embark upon a culinary journey to explore the flavours of Thai cuisine. Embrace the sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter concoctions, from local street food vendors to fine-dining restaurants. This gastronomic adventure includes activities like riding on a tuk-tuk through Bangkok at night, visiting a local floating market, a cooking experience at an organic farm, and a rickshaw exploration before a Lanna style dinner party with a host family.
Discova the Difference Newly developed, this program is a foodie’s delight, focusing on unique culinary experiences in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, undoubtedly the Kingdom’s capitals of cuisine. From exploring local food markets to street food hopping by tuk-tuk and from visiting organic farms to Michelin star fine dining, this carefully curated tour has it all!
Bangkok Urban Fun Thonburi, Bangkok Travellers can immerse themselves in the colourful, fun-filled area of Bang Luang district, taking a boat ride across the canal to this alternative neighbourhood of Bangkok. Wander through the Art village, enjoy a traditional Thai puppet show, and explore the local community nearby including an interactive museum.
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Discova the Difference Instead of including lots of temples like many khlong tours combine with, we’ve ensured the tour is ideal for all the family by offering different interactive experiences, with the highlight arguably being the reopened and very much underrated Museum of Siam.
Thai Cooking Experience with a Female Chef Don Wai, Nakorn Patom Province This is an opportunity to explore a rural area close to Bangkok. Travellers will meet a charismatic local host who will guide many activities, including visits to the local market, the temple, and the community’s farms. Travellers will then take a boat trip on the Tha Chin River to get to a hands-on activity of making creative Thai dishes based on family recipes. Travellers will help prepare and cook the meals at the stunning riverside setting. The hosts are passionate about cooking and great at presenting dishes artfully with flowers and herbs from their garden.
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Discova the Difference A unique way to not only learn about Thai cuisine but experience life outside of the capital in the beautiful countryside.
Muay Thai Experience with A Female Instructor Bangkok Attend a 90-120 minutes class at The Luk Tup Fah Muay Thai Academy. Luk Tup Fah offers the most authentic Thai martial arts experience. Train with an experienced female trainer ready to teach the right moves and share their techniques. The class is suitable for learners of any level; beginner, intermediate or advanced. Travellers will enjoy the camp environment, getting a feel for the life of a fighter while becoming one themselves.
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Discova the Difference Muay Thai is a male-dominated sport with plenty of male trainers in Thailand. What makes our own experience different is we’re working with a female trainer to get you in shape!
4D3N - Khao Sok & Cheow Lan Lake Experience Khao Sok Visit Khao Sok, the destination where nature meets adventure. Khao Sok offers a hiking trip through truly remote jungle, swimming, canoeing, cave exploration, a boat wildlife safari, as well as just simply relaxing amongst the stunning limestone formations. Spend three nights at the fantastic treehouse-style accommodation at the camp to gain a memorable jungle-immersion experience. However, the treehouse doesn’t compromise on comfort, so travellers can relax with a touch of class. Travellers will also enjoy the unique experience of a night stay on a floating raft house at Cheow Lan Lake.
Discova the Difference For any 3 night package booked through Discova at Our Jungle Camp, we offer all guests a complimentary jungle dinner.
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Northern Phuket Half Day Afternoon Ta Chad District, Phuket Explore the fascinating area of Ta Chad in northern Phuket. Enjoy a natural walking trail guided by a ranger from the national park. Together, travellers will observe the dynamic mangrove ecosystem and even explore the forest further by kayak. After, take a short boat ride to the lobster farm. Observe the local fishermen’s lifestyles and see the lobsters while enjoying scenic views of the sea. Continue back to land where a seafood dinner will be served at a fantastic local restaurant.
Discova the Difference We include some of Discova’s own developed experiences, with arguably the highlight being the short boat ride to meet a Chao Lay (People of the Sea) fisherman at his lobster farm.
13D12N - Southern Island Hopping Bangkok, Hua Hin, Kuiburi, Koh Talu, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. Journey to the south from Bangkok through Hua Hin and 3 beautiful islands, hopping into the Gulf of Thailand. Visit Koh Talu, a favourite among local people with beautiful and secluded natural areas, both on land and underwater. Also, stop by Koh Tao, one of the best snorkelling/ diving destinations with pristine white, sandy beaches. The final island is Koh Phangan, where beauty is accented by lush tropical jungle. The island is well-known for the world-famous Full Moon Party.
Discova the Difference Instead of travelling to the picture perfect islands of Koh Phangan & Tao by plane, we’ve created a unique overland trip to reach them. The adventure includes a chance to see elephants in the wild and a stay on the lesserknown snorkeling paradise of Koh Talu.
Indonesia With over 17,000 islands, 300 languages and ethnic groups, Indonesia boasts a colourful mosaic of cultures and some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world. Amid towering volcanoes, untouched jungles and stunning palmfringed beaches lies some of Asia’s most fascinating heritage and history. From Bali’s spiritual side to Java’s otherworldly volcanic landscapes, Indonesia offers a myriad of experiences that are both unique and unrivalled.
In Search of Indonesian Tattoo Culture Bali In Indonesia, people consider tattooing largely as an art form. Besides being simply an expression of art, however, tattooing is also performed to act as a symbol of masculinity, religious expression and personal interest. The act of tattooing in Bali has grown rapidly in recent years. Nowadays, people mainly wear tattoos to follow societal trends. On this half-day walking tour, we dive into Indonesian tattoo culture to gain a deeper understanding through close-up encounters with a shaman and a local tattoo artist.
Discova the Difference This is a Discova-exclusive product in collaboration with tattoo artists.
Bali Instagram Trail East Bali East Bali One, two, three, say ‘cheese’! Travellers can discover four of the island’s most picturesque locations on this full-day Bali Instagram trail tour. Accompanied by a local photographer, visitors snap breathtaking sunrise pics at the famous Heaven Gate of Lembuyang Temple and pose in the pools of the stunning Tirta Gangga Water Palace. Of course, no photography tour of Bali would be complete without panoramic shots of the rugged Balinese coast or some enviable images on a white-sanded beach.
Discova the Difference Travellers are accompanied by a professional photographer who can share their insights on this journey to charming temples in East Bali.
6D5N Bali Feast Ubud & Sanur, Bali
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Get a real taste of authentic Balinese flavours during a 6-day journey through numerous food and beverage outlets. Travellers experience two types of cooking class, one that teaches Balinese cooking techniques and another for how to prepare raw, healthy foods. Watch a mesmerising sunrise after cycling through the sleepy streets of Sanur then feast on the mixed rice and traditional cakes that the locals have for breakfast. Be tantalised by the famous suckling pig - juicy pork that is very rich in spices and flavours. Complete the trip at a secluded bar on a limestone cliff for a signature cocktail and a breathtaking sunset view. Covering 6 days, this culinary journey features a whole host of opportunities to get to grips with Balinese cuisine and culture.
Discova the Difference This is a culinary adventure itinerary arranged by Discova to give exclusive access to the chef’s kitchen.
3D2N Komodo National Park Cruise with Ikan Terbang Flores A stylish, romantic way of exploring the gems of Komodo National park on a single cabin luxury traditional wooden boat. The boat features 2 large sundecks, a romantic dining terrace, and ensuite bathrooms. It is built with innovative and luxurious materials for an unforgettable onboard experience. During the 3-day journey, this beautiful vessel will take you to mystical Komodo and the surrounding islands. Walking amongst the dragons is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for travellers, but snorkelling at the home of the most biodiverse marine life Indonesia has to offer is also unforgettable. Wrap up the trip on an amazing tiny island with unique small pink beaches and an excellent opportunity to observe some mantas.
Yogyakarta Street Eat Local Life HD Yogyakarta Start the adventure by tasting Sate Ayam chicken meat skewers at Malioboro street. Walking to a local coffee stall, travellers will try the famous Kopi Joss - Indonesian charcoal coffee. Continue walking to Loko Café Yogya, located inside Yogya train station. Here, travellers will try Cireng: fried tapioca flour and wheat flour, mixed with water, salt, pepper, soy powder and spring onion. Next, motorbike to Jamu Ginggang and try the famous Jamu herbal drinks. End the trip at Alun Alun South Square where travellers can try local activities such as blindfold walking and stilt walking. A jampacked evening sampling a variety of culinary delights and some Indonesian activities to boot.
Discova the Difference This tour is a fulfilling guided journey through culinary delights that empowers local businesses, supporting the local economy.
Save The Ocean Virtual Tour Zoom Platform This is a fun learning class offering basic knowledge about the ocean and marine life. Participants will be able to learn about a certain topic through presentations. Engage in this fun learning class integrated with online games and quizzes related to the marine environment. Entertaining yet informative, participants will be taken through the issues relating to the current condition of our ocean and the existing solutions, thus gaining a deeper understanding. Hopefully, through this 90minute educational virtual tour, everybody can gain some actionable insights into supporting marine conservation.
Discova the Difference We have teamed up with Coral Triangle Center, developing a fun virtual tour promoting and inspiring people to save the ocean.
Japan A country where ancient traditions meet state-of-the-art technology, where Buddhist temples adorn most cities and where entire districts are dedicated to anime and manga. It’s an attention to detail that allows Japan to excel in everything it touches. From an uber-efficient public transport system to the immaculate outdoors and world-famous cuisine, Japan is unique and simply captivating.
Amanohashidate Day Tour, the Bridge to Heaven Kyoto, Japan Situated about a 2-hour drive North of Kyoto, Amanohashidate is a pine-covered sandbar that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in the scenic, coastal region of northern Kyoto Prefecture. Viewed from the mountains at either end of the bay, the Amanohashidate Sandbar, which translates to “bridge in heaven”, looks like a pathway between heaven and earth. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the local area, its temples and shrines, and observe the panoramic view from a nearby hill, as well as ride along the sandbar by bicycle.
Hidden Akihabara: Culture, Architecture and Religion Tokyo, Japan Not far from central Tokyo Station, Akihabara is one of the most visited areas in the capital city. Filled with electronic malls, arcade games centres, manga shops, and anime-themed coffee shops, the neighbourhood is the go-to place for all modern Japanese culture fans. But there is a side of Akihabara little known by tourists and even by locals: a rich architecture. Explore this side of Akihabara with the knowledge of an insider on this walking tour that will see travellers visit a museum, observe the stunning architecture of a variety of temples, and tour the old Manseibashi train station.
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Giant Stone Buddhas of Kamakura & Nokogiriyama Tokyo Uncover some of Tokyo’s nearby towns complete with pre-modern architecture and giant stone Buddhas, known locally as ‘daibutsu’. Rent a bicycle to explore Kamakura and encounter cultural treasures including Hachimangu Shrine, Hasedera Temple and Kamakura’s symbolic daibutsu. Embark on a ferry to lesser-visited Nokogiriyama to admire a giant stone Buddha built into the rockface at a hillside temple where young monks are still trained today.
Off-The-Beaten-Track Hiking in the Japanese Alps Japanese Alps Once an important route connecting Tokyo and Kyoto, the Nakasendo Trail is nowadays a popular hiking spot in the Japanese Alps. Escape the crowds along the Kiso Valley and opt for the upper stretch of the trail to find familyrun ‘minshuku’ guesthouses and Japanese hot baths. Intrepid hikers can follow the trail all the way down to Yokokawa town with its beautiful gorge.
Discova the Difference A more authentic alternative to the scenic Nakasendo Trail including local inns, private Japanese-style open-air baths and a beautiful gorge at the end of the trail.
Cambodia When you think of Cambodia, the first thing that will come to mind is Angkor Wat – the glorious remnants of the once mighty Khmer Empire. When you learn about Cambodia, you’ll hear about the genocide – a dark period marred by war and bloodshed. But, when you travel to Cambodia, you will see its kind, resilient and humble people, who, despite the tragedies endured, have never lost their spirit and infectious smile.
Empowering Women: Silk Weaving & Local Market Siem Reap This new product aims to boost the woman empowerment movement and to sustain the tradition of silk weaving. Travellers will witness and learn about the process of silk production while supporting women working there. On top of that, clients will taste a well-known Khmer noodle dish and walk around the local market to explore the varieties of vendors ranging from sellers of fresh vegetables and meat to household supplies. Last but not least, clients will visit the elegant 10th-century pink sandstone temple.
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Discova the Difference Travel with Discova not just to get this exclusive experience but also help to support the local community and provide a boost to the women involved with silk weaving.
Mangrove Tree Planting at Trapeang Sangkae Community Trapeang Sangkae Community Trapeang Sangkae is an eco-tourism community located along the coast. This project is set up by a local community that aims to protect the natural resources in this area. With this program, we are working with them to support their demands, and our clients will be able to participate in planting mangroves and collecting the seeds of the mangrove tree. Travellers can also enjoy taking a local boat around the river, kayaking, seeing a beautiful sunset, swimming in the river, enjoying local food made by a local family and even staying with local hosts at the homestay and experiencing their life first-hand.
Discova the Difference A rewarding day out on our own tour from Kampot.
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Dawn ‘Til Dusk Angkor Instagram Tour Siem Reap Experience the wonders of Angkor and have these moments captured by a professional photographer. Uncover impressive backdrops throughout the ancient ruins – whether it be famous sites or hidden gems, the local photographer will lead the way! Discover different scenes in the countryside and finish the day with the sunset atop Phnom Krom Mountain, overlooking endless rice fields and Tonle Sap Lake.
Discova the Difference This full-day experience has been developed specifically to give travellers picture-perfect memories amidst the ancient Angkor Kingdom whilst supporting the enterprises of a local photographer.
Remork Foodie Tour Siem Reap Embark on a gastronomic adventure aboard a “remork” (aka tuk-tuk) – Cambodia’s iconic form of local transport. Stop by a night market to sample local delicacies, from grilled meat with ‘Khmer cheese’ to more daring snacks like crickets and dried frog. Ignite the senses with a wander through the night market and finish off the evening with fresh craft beers at Siem Reap’s one and only microbrewery.
Discova the Difference The is a foodie tour like no other with the evening ending at the city’s only craft beer microbrewery.
Singapore Bustling, diverse and modern, Singapore is one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. Developed from a sleepy fishing village into a glittering metropolis, the island city-state is famous for its glitzy skyscrapers, luxurious shopping malls and super clean streets. However, Singapore is far from sterile. Once you start peeling back the concrete surface, you’ll encounter a colourful mix of cultures, a diverse range of flavours and extensive green spaces – all of which make Singapore a truly unique destination.
Discova Street Art & Graffiti Workshop Singapore Explore the enclave of Kampong Glam, surrounded by bright coloured fabrics and textiles, Persian rugs, and gemstones. With the aroma wafting through the air, walk past one of the most popular coffee joints and take a peek at the roasting process of the coffee beans. In a little street, meet one of the last remaining traditional barbers in modern Singapore. The highlight comes in the form of a graffiti street art workshop where travellers can get their creative juices flowing, learning from the masters to spray paint their own masterpiece.
Discova the Difference Exclusively offered by Discova, the highlight is the unique chance to test your creativity at an outdoor street art workshop!
Taste of Chinatown Singapore Spend an evening exploring Singapore’s Chinatown district, a bustling enclave that straddles the line between old and new. Learn about the opium dens of the not-so-distant past, ancient spiritual practices and traditional Chinese tea culture, before sampling a range of local dishes at one of the biggest food centres in the country
Discova the Difference To make this tour unique, we’ve incorporated a stop at a local effigy shop. This offers a rare insight into the fascinating centuries-old practice of burning paper money (and other objects) as a way of paying homage to the dead.
China Experiencing China is to have one foot in the past and one in the future. Whether it’s exploring the mega-metropolis of Beijing, trekking along the iconic Great Wall or staring skywards at the Shanghai Tower, China boasts engineering marvels separated by thousands of years of history. Complete with gorgeous food, fascinating culture and some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes, China is a land of myth, magic and majesty, requiring a lifetime to truly discover.
Lucky Chinese Knots & Dumpling-Making in Beijing’s Hutongs Beijing Explore Beijing’s narrow ‘hutongs’ on this halfday walking tour. Visit a traditional family home and learn about the cultures and daily way of life before learning to make Chinese Knots – an ancient art form that produces vibrant decorations that are thought to bring luck. Finish with a Chinese dumpling making workshop before enjoying the delicious creations.
Discova the Difference A real insider’s tour that takes travellers through the narrow alleys of Beijing and introduces them to the culture of the local citizens.
Chengdu Tea House, Local Market & Snacks with Hotpot Dinner Chengdu Experience an ancient tea ceremony and learn about life in tea houses whilst sipping this traditional beverage. Visit a local food market and find out which herbs and ingredients give Sichuan cooking its flavour. Explore the fascinating and perfectly restored Narrow and Wide Alleys (‘Kuanzhai Xiangzi’) before enjoying a local hot pot in a bustling restaurant.
Discova the Difference This half-day tour provides insight into the traditional way of life in Chengdu, spicy Sichuan’s provincial capital.
Malaysia & Borneo Bisected by 500 kilometres of sea, Malaysia is a true melting pot of cultures, with Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences. Whilst the Peninsula offers frenetic cities, street art, tea plantations and some of the world’s best street food, Borneo is home to ancient rainforests, rare wildlife, rugged mountains and some of the world’s best scuba diving. Like magnets, these two different worlds combined, making Malaysia one of Asia’s most attractive destinations.
Kota Kinabalu Night Out Kota Kinabalu, Sabah This is a chance for travellers to visit some exciting bars in Kota Kinabalu. From a rooftop bar, observe the wonderful sunset scenes while sipping on that first cocktail. Taste a sampling of local beer at Biru Biru and end up at a hidden, secret bar. Travellers get to enjoy a social experience while discovering a variety of nightspots.
Discova the Difference This tour is the only bar-hopping tour in Kota Kinabalu.
CrossFit Experience Half-Day Private Tour Kota Kinabalu, Sabah This is an excellent start to any adventurous trip in Borneo – a solid training session at a local gym. Travellers learn some Muay Thai and MMA fighting techniques from an experienced trainer before ending the session by joining the trainer for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
Discova the Difference This CrossFit experience, including MMA fighting techniques, is provided exclusively by Discova in collaboration with a local gym.
Sustainable Fashion Experience in KL HalfDay Private Tour Kuala Lumpur
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Explore the world of responsible fashion on a half-day exclusive experience with a self-taught fashion designer-cum-model in KL. Travellers hang out among fashion lovers to share tips on sustainable fashion practices. There will be plenty of opportunities for thrifting and creating some memorable shoots at one of the most Instagram-able cafés in Kuala Lumpur.
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Discova the Difference This sustainable fashion experience is provided exclusively by Discova in collaboration with the fashion designer.
Immersive Dining with an Escapee Kuala Lumpur War, trauma, and survival? The stories of refugees’ escapes are often harrowing yet fascinating. Travellers are treated to an evening of discussion and insight delving into the experiences of escapees. All the while, socialise while preparing mouth-watering meals from a selection of cuisines.
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A Night in Kuala Lumpur’s Backyard Kuala Lumpur Travellers can enjoy this quick escape to the latest summer resort near Kuala Lumpur. Take a guided walk around a sustainable farm and later have a vegetarian lunch with ingredients freshly picked from the farm itself. Have a relaxing night stay at the fabulous resort before heading back to the city.
Discova the Difference This is an alternative trip to a lesser-known destination while getting to know some environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
Penang Joss Stick Making Class George Town, Penang Meet with an expert joss stick maker in his centuryold joss stick making shop in Penang. He will skillfully guide travellers to make their own joss sticks with a variety of aromas extracted from natural ingredients. Later, travellers will also get some incense and flowers from a roadside stall before making an offering at the nearby Hundred Year-Old God of Mercy Temple.
Hong Kong A vibrant metropolis. A global financial hub. A culinary capital. A shopping paradise. Hong Kong is all of these things, and so much more. Modern high-rises soar next to ancient temples whilst Michelin-star food is found at hidden food stalls. A place equally concrete jungle and hiking paradise, Hong Kong is also steeped in tradition and, nicknamed ‘Asia’s World City’, truly one of the most fascination destinations in the world.
Kung Fu and Hong Kong Cuisine Hong Kong Experience a slice of Hong Kong life on this half-day tour of Hong Kong. Practice the ancient martial art form made famous by Bruce Lee in a Wing Chun Kung Fu workshop, sample authentic Hong Kong cuisine at a charming café and pay homage to the Goddess of the Sea before witnessing the intricate art of Chinese embroidery in a traditional wedding dress shop.
Discova the Difference This Discova-operated tour is available exclusively to Discova partners.
Backstreets of Hong Kong Hong Kong Experience another side of Asia’s vibrant metropolis on a half-day urban excursion into the local heart of Hong Kong. Travel aboard the iconic double-decker trams, learn about Chinese voodoo and visit the historic fishing village of Shau Kei Wan before squaring up for a game of mahjong with a local family on the ultimate city tour with a twist.
Discova the Difference An immersive tour that allows travellers to engage with the local culture, from trying the local practice of ‘villain-hitting’ to playing a game of mahjong with a local family.
Laos Laos might not keep up with the tropical beaches or grandiose landmarks of its neighbouring countries, but the landlocked nation possesses unrivalled charms that mesmerise travellers in many ways. A certain serenity has enveloped the entire country, from the scenic jungle-clad limestones of the north and Luang Prabang’s picturesque UNESCO Heritage streets to the laid-back capital of Vientiane. Spared by mass tourism, Laos has managed to retain many of its age-old traditions, authentic culture and genuine smiles of the local people.
Farming Experience at Pakeng Village - Seuang River Project Pakseng District, Luang Prabang Province Experience a day on a local farm with this day tour to Pakeng village. Enjoy a range of activities from planting rice or vegetables to feeding animals and harvesting fruits. Travellers lend a hand to the farmers to learn about organic farming methods whilst supporting the local community at the same time. Travellers have lunch there, fully prepared by themselves from organic ingredients.
Discova the Difference Uniquely created and supported by Discova, this community project allows travellers to gain insight into the life of locals and contribute to the village’s growth through sustainable tourism activities.
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Silk Weaving Experience Workshop Luang Prabang District & Province Travellers spend the day in a lovely riverside sala and learn how to spin silk and weave their own textile on a traditional floor loom from start to finish. An intricate artform made fun and straightforward with the help of our resident master weavers and cultural guides.
Bamboo Experience Workshop Luang Prabang District & Province The tour demonstrates the bamboo weaving technique and the utility of bamboo products such as fishing tools and musical instruments. Travellers finish the session by cooking with a local chef. Enjoy the creations of bamboo themed dishes on the terrace of the traditional Bamboo Lao house overlooking the glorious rice fields.
Myanmar From ancient Burma to modern Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country enchants travellers today as it did a century ago. From seeing the golden Shwedagon Pagoda glisten in the sun to taking in the temples of Bagan shrouded in morning mist – there’s something magical about Myanmar’s cultural landscape. Equally as special are the Burmese people. Home to a multitude of different ethnic groups, you’ll be welcomed by a friendly face, usually with patches of traditional thanaka paste, wherever you go.
Explore Hpa-An Caves Yangon Explore the sacred caves of Hpa-an on this two-day trip from Yangon. After a scenic drive to the mountainous Kayin State, visit four of the area’s spectacular limestone caves, including Bayint Nyi Cave and its natural hot springs, the thousands of Buddha statues at Kawgun Cave, the small lake inside Kaw Ka Thaung Cave and the massive Sadan Cave.
Discova the Difference Besides exploring the famous Hpa-an caves, this trip includes visits to a Karen hill tribe village and a monastery, exclusively offered for Discova’s travellers, providing firsthand experience of the area’s local life.
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Mandalay to Yae Tagon Mandalay Escape the city of Mandalay to smell the flowers at an orchid farm and listen to locals talk about their daily life. Take in the picturesque views of the countryside, hike through the forest to Shwe Hin Tha Cave and get a taste of the local specialties along the way – this daytrip to Yae Tagon mountain is an experience for all the senses.
Discova the Difference Our team on the ground have incorporated stops at local food stalls which introduce travellers to traditional Burmese specialities, including green tea, tempura and tea leaf salad.
Visit a Local Village on Kyun Thiri Island Bagan Get a taste of local life and visit a small village on Kyun Thiri Island. Travel by boat and oxcart to the farming village with colourful gardens and traditional stilt houses. Visit an ancient wooden monastery, talk to the head monk and learn about daily life on this unique island village before enjoying a home-cooked picnic lunch with a Burmese family.
Discova the Difference Acting like a local school, a visit to the monastery gives Discova travellers the unique opportunity to make merit by giving a small donation and then receiving a special blessing by the head monk.
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