A brief journey through a selection of the unique cultural and culinary tours designed by Tour East highlight their ability to create the ultimate travel experience for your clients.
TRA QUE VEGETABLE VILLAGE AND CAM THANH WATER COCONUT VILLAGE
With a wealth of World Heritage Sites and diverse regional cultures, Vietnam has much to explore. When your senses have been overwhelmed with the buzz of Ho-Chi-Minh city, escape on a half day rural adventure cycling to the charming village of Tra Que, named after the sweet scented vegetable farmed here that spices up everyday meals of the Pho Hoi people. Follow the De Vong River and join local fishermen on the water to learn the art of net casting. A short boat journey lands at Cam Thanh Water Coconut Village for a fun experience floating along the river in a traditional circular bamboo basket boat and learn how to catch crabs. Lunch is eaten with a village family followed by a Vietnamese cooking lesson and a visit to a local craftsman. A wonderful rural experience with stunning scenery.
WAITOMO & ROTORUA DAY EXPERIENCE
As the world’s capital of adventure sports and outdoor activities, New Zealand offers spectacular scenery to explore, from beaches to rainforests to glaciers and volcanoes with a rich combination of Maori culture and heritage. A full day scenic adventure from Auckland to first visit the magical Waitomo Glowworm caves which includes a magical boatride through the grotto is followed by a visit to a working organic farm to see sheep shearing and live sheepdog trials. A stop at Te Puia Arts and Crafts Institute offers great insight into Maori history and culture and the day is completed with the highlight of a guided tour of the bubbling mud pools and active geysers of Whakarewarewa thermal valley.
GOTYEIK VIADUCT FULL-DAY RAIL JOURNEY
Myanmar is a diverse and vibrant country with bustling markets, towering pagodas and stupas steeped in history, and some of the most stunning landscape with rugged highlands, soft seas and sweeping rivers. A great way to experience all of this is travelling like a local by train for a full day of exploration between Mandalay and Hsipaw. The train journey lasts about 4 hours and passes through the hills of Shan state, over cascading rivers and along the Gotyeik viaduct, constructed during the British Empire in 1899 and was at one time the largest railway trestle in the world. A delicious lunch of regional specialities is then enjoyed before returning to Mandalay.
CLASSIC BEIJING TOUR
China offers ancient culture, modern cities, culinary surprises and outstanding natural beauty. Beijing was the home to Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and many monuments still stand from this period. This full-day tour starts in Tiananmen Square at the very heart of Beijing followed by detailed exploration of the Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved of the imperial palaces which was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There’s a fascinating visit to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Centre as well as a tour of the Temple of Heaven which is the largest complex of ancient religious buildings in China and where emperors prayed for peace and good harvests. The day ends in the west of Beijing at the impressive Summer Palace which was used as a summer residence for imperial rulers to escape the heat of the city.
RURAL CHARMS OF BALI
With 700 languages and 17,000 tropical islands, Indonesia is an island nation with a blend of cultures, cuisines and landscapes. From billowing volcanoes to pristine beaches, to its abundant wildlife, Indonesia makes a bewitching destination. Bali is the most renowned island of the Indonesian archipelago and Tour East’s adventure into the rural countryside offers the opportunity to get in touch with nature by wandering through paddy fields, coconut palms, coffee, vanilla and clove plantations, amidst tropical vegetation with an oasis of small lakes in Gulingan village. There’s a fascinating Balinese cookery class to learn about the preparation of fresh herbs and spices in regional dishes followed by a delicious lunch. The day is rounded off with an interesting visit to a traditional house providing insight into how villagers live and worship with their own temple at home.
BEST OF LUANG PRABANG
Laos is known as the jewel of southeast Asia as it remains untouched by modern development and retains its beauty of centuries-old traditions and monuments, lush and pristine landscapes and the kindness of its people. Luang Prabang, nestled between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was the former royal capital until the revolution of 1975. A full day tour starts with a visit to the morning market in the old town where small farming families from surrounding rural areas bring their produce to be sold. By the market the guide will lead you around the Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham , the National Museum which was formerly the Royal Palace, and Hor Phra Bang, built to house the most sacred Buddha image in Laos. A scenic river journey brings you to the famous Pak Ou caves and the beautiful village of Ban Zang Hai where rice whiskey is made. Back in Luang Prabang a short climb to the top of Mount Phousi is repaid with an incredible sunset before ending the day with a visit to the night market.
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