Temple of Literature in Hanoi

Culture & History holidays

As the home of the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, Asia’s culture and history is deep, rich, and infinitely interconnected.

So, where to begin? It all depends on how you like your history. You could do it Indiana Jones-style, weaving through vine-strangled temple complexes in Cambodia’s ancient Angkor Wat temple complex at dawn – or if you’re interested in more modern history, you could learn about the darker moments in Southeast Asia’s recent past with a visit to the Bridge on the River Kwai. Looking for a more multisensory cultural experience? Then why not see how Vietnam really says “good morning” with a coffee tour of Saigon?

In a nutshell: if you're looking for an Asian holiday rich in culture, look no further. Here are our best Asian culture and history itineraries, top cultural destinations and the best cultural tours and excursions, all tried and tested by our country experts.

Our top itineraries for culture & history lovers

A selection of itineraries that offer a deeper insight into the country's heritage and traditions

Top destinations for culture & history lovers

Our favourite culture rich places in Asia

Cultural and historical guided tours and excursions

Our best cultural tours and excursions

Exploring the streets of Malacca

Historical walking tour of Malacca

Malacca

This walking tour will introduce you to every aspect of Malacca’s eclectic heritage, from Portuguese fortresses to Dutch clock towers and everything in between.

Starting with some of East Asia’s oldest European ruins, move on to “Harmony Street”, where mosques coexist with Chinese and Hindu temples. Next, explore Peranakan (Chinese-Malay) culture at a lavishly restored 19th century townhouse, and finally conclude at the famous Jonker Walk, known for its antiques shops and street-side cafés. Sampling Peranakan treats and Portuguese tarts as you go, this is a crash course in Malacca’s deliciously diverse cultural soup.

A woman lights incense at a shrine

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