Inside Issue 9
In our ninth issue of East, it's all about the summer! What with the rugby in 2019 and the summer games next year, our experts have put their heads together to come up with a few recommendations on how to make the most of the sticky season in Japan.
We've got a healthy dose of Southeast Asia in the form of a Mekong River adventure, a focus on folk art in Vietnam and Cambodia, and a look at how you can use your holiday to make a positive difference to the places you visit across Southeast Asia.
As usual, you'll also get the inside scoop on travel news from Asia, an insider guide to a few useful Japanese phrases, and some fascinating interviews - this time we're featuring the food writer Jay Rayner, who took his family to Japan last August.
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Inside Issue 8
Family travel in Asia is about giving just about everything ago, at least that's what multi award-winning presenter Jonathan Ross and his grown-up children think, trying everything from Ninja Dojo classes to competitive Pokémon Go collecting.
But is Asia suitable for younger kids? We interview three kids under twelve about zip lining, riding Vespas and eating spicy pig's brains in Vietnam and Cambodia. Find your own inspiration for making days memorable with our Experience Asia feature, and keep all ages entertained on a long-haul flight with our Insider's Guide to making an origami crane.
Looking ahead to the world's largest rugby tournament in Japan in 2019, our team share their favourite stadium spots; a renowned photojournalist has 8 top tips for the perfect travel photos; and we celebrate our recent Sunday Times Editor's Award.
In our main features we lace up a pair of serious walking boots to join Chris Greener on an intrepid hike in northern Laos and swap shoes for swimmers on Georgia Rae Dunkley's putter around Vietnam's An Thoi archipelago.
Inside Issue 7
In issue seven of East we catch up with two very different Davids; David Baddiel relives his favourite moments from Japan, and Burma tour leader David Lovejoy shares the secrets of Bagan's fabled temples. Senior product executive and ex Cambodia resident, Chris takes us on his journeys around the country with kids in tow - including treasure hunts around Angkor Wat, lively food markets and island escapes - and tell us why he thinks it's the perfect family holiday destination.
Recent returnees from our photography tour give us a good dose of wanderlust with their striking images, and in celebration of the New Year we give you the lowdown on Burma's (very wet) April celebrations in our illustrated Insider's Guide. Finally, we have some small group tour inspiration and the chance to WIN a Vietnamese cooking set from our friends at Sous Chef in our latest competition.
Inside Issue 6
Inside issue six of East, tour leader Steve Parker shares the magic of winter in Japan with a look at the dancing cranes up in Kushiro Marshland, Sapporo's incredible snow festival and the cheeky snow monkeys in Yudanaka. Travel consultant Liam takes us off the beaten track with a trip to Loikaw in Burma where he meets local villagers, and experiences the buzz of the rocket festival.
The team put their heads (and collective travel knowledge) together to come up with the very best things to do in the pretty Vietnamese town of Hoi An, Harry Sargent offers four top tips for a trouble-free holiday in Japan with a toddler, and our illustrated guide gives you the lowdown on staying in a ryokan. Get a taste of the high life with our luxury experiences, catch up with an exclusive interview with travel writer (and anime star), Michael Booth, and enter the latest competition to WIN a GoPro Hero 5.
Inside Issue 5
Inside issue five of East, special guest contributor Allie Dunnington of Oriental Ballooning offers us a birds-eye view of Burma, taking us on a truly magical journey over Inle Lake and the plains of Bagan. Violet Cloutman looks back on a visit to Luang Prabang, Lao's laid-back capital, and our Japan experts offer their suggestions for alternative things to see and do in Hiroshima.
Alongside all of this, Angkor expert Andy Booth shares his top tips for dodging the crowds at Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction, we'll be offering up inspiration for your next family summer holiday in Asia, giving you the lowdown on what's new and exciting in our destination countries, and helping decipher the befuddling world of Japanese fine dining.
Whilst we do love sharing our experiences, nothing beats hearing your travel stories and in this issue, East photo competition winner Adrian Furner shares his snaps and his stories from his recent trip back to Japan with his family. We'll also be sharing the details of our caption competition, which could win you a Japanese cookbook.
Inside Issue 4
Inside issue four of East, InsideJapan tour leader Ben Walker takes us on a revealing journey into the hidden world of geisha - Japan's cultural icons. Vicky Garnett explores the bleak but beautiful reaches of the northern Vietnamese highlands, Indochina expert Liam Koehler recommends the top places to learn about war history across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, while youngsters Cait and Charli let us in on the best bits of their family holiday to Burma.
Alongside all of this, we'll be exploring the best cycling trips across Asia, giving you the lowdown on what's new & exciting in our destination countries, and revealing our top five tips for travellers to Yangon, Burma's former capital.
Most exciting of all, however, we'll be announcing the winner of our haiku competition - and the details of our new photo competition, which could win you a luxury trip to Cambodia. Good luck, and happy reading!
Inside Issue 3
Inside issue three of East, we go underground into the amazing caves of Vietnam's Quang Binh Province, explore our favourite Asian food experiences, and discuss the best places in Japan to see the autumn leaves. We've enlisted help from our experts across the world, as Nagoya-based travel consultant Hattie recalls her first trip to Japan as a teenager, Burma expert Charlotte describes her recent pilgrimage to the Golden Rock, and our team of Tokyoites debate their favourite lesser-known spots to visit in Japan's capital.
In addition to all this, we've got a handy guide to customs and etiquette in Laos, an account of a recent trip to Burma by customer Sandra Stewart, and a round-up of everything new and interesting across Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. Finally, don't forget to enter our haiku competition for the chance to win a box of Japanese goodies!
Inside Issue 2
Inside this issue we've put together even more fantastic inspiration to get those feet itching. Our resident blogging extraordinaire, Ali Muskett, recounts her personal pilgrimage on the ancient trails of the Kumano Kodo in Japan; our Vietnam experts Liam and Tyler debate the pros and cons of Hanoi and Saigon; Product Manager Ruth recalls her encounter with elephants in Laos; and dad-of-three Tom Weston explains why Cambodia is a fantastic family destination.
Alongside all this - we've got a panel of experts discussing their favourite boating trips in Indochina, a round-up of our favourite train journeys across Asia, and a personal account from our group tour customer Lesley Greenhill - who visited Burma during its recent historic elections. And of course, we'll also announce the winner of our first-ever photo competition and give you the details of our next round!
Inside Issue 1
This December, we released the first-ever issue of East: the InsideAsia Tours magazine. We hope you like it!
Inside, you'll find all sorts of travel inspiration to whet your appetite and ignite your wanderlust, including brand-new tours and experiences, exciting news from the region, and travel stories from our wayfaring staff and customers. James's tales from beautiful Inle Lake will inspire your daydreams; Simon will assuage your worries about travelling with children; the team give their top tips on Japan's hidden gems; and our Cambodia experts lead you Beyond Angkor Wat - as well as much, much more.
Perhaps most excitingly of all, we've got plenty of fantastic prizes to give away! Enter our first-ever photo competition to be in with a chance of winning a luxury trip to Japan.