Southeast Asia & Pacific Trips and Packages
Experience a land like no other — an enchanting world of exotic adventure and soul-calming relaxation.
From the sapphire-studded stupas and floating gardens of Myanmar to the pristine beaches of Bali to the vibrant culture and cuisine of India and Thailand, you will delve into a truly exhilarating and eye-opening adventure in Asia.
Hosted by an expert — and always local — guides renowned for their leadership, insider’s knowledge, and ability to anticipate your every need, you will experience Asia in-depth and off-the-tourist-track. Whether hiking, biking, paddling, or enjoying a wildlife safari, the mystical temples and landscape, and the gentle allure of local residents, will capture a place in your heart as you experience them up close and at just the right pace.
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Asia-Pacific by the Seasons
Asia-Pacific is a term that refers to the part of the world in or near the Western Pacific Ocean. The region varies in size depending on who you ask, but it includes much of East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Oceania. Since the climate and weather patterns vary so much country to country, you will find perfect weather to travel at any time of the year in one area or another. Just do your research before you go to determine whether you should be bringing your winter gear or your bathing suit.
This region is made up of many island countries including Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji and the Soloman Islands. Australia itself has a very diverse climate because of its large size and position on the Tropic of Capricorn. The northern coast is tropical while the southern region has a Mediterranean climate. Otherwise, Oceania as a whole is generally hot and humid year round. The islands experience no winter or summer, but many see seasonal changes in the winds, ocean currents and rainfall. Between the islands themselves, there is a diversity of climates, and you should be able to find one that works with your travel schedule at any time of year.
East Asia (including China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan) has a temperate climate, experiencing colder winters and warm summers. Most of the region’s rainfall occurs during the warm summer months and rice, the primary crop of the region is suited to the warm wet growing season there.
With countries ranging from India and Bhutan to Nepal and Sri Lanka, this vast region’s climate varies considerably from area to area according to altitude, proximity to the Indian Ocean coastline, and seasonal impact of monsoons. The hot southern area sees tropical monsoons while the north experiences more of a temperate climate with cooler winters. The mountainous north is much colder and receives snowfall in the higher Himalayas.
Comprised of countries like Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Southeast Asia has a mostly tropical hot and humid climate all year round with plenty of rainfall. The majority of the region has a wet and a dry season caused by seasonal shifts in winds or monsoon periods.
Travel Tips for Visiting Asia-Pacific
A trip to Southeast Asia or Oceania can be a bit overwhelming to plan – there’s so much to research and not enough time in the day! Never to fear, your Adventure Consultants are here -to give you a few insider tips on traveling half-way across the world.
1. What, When, Where, Who?
First of all, the Asia-Pacific area as a whole is an enormous region encompassing many different countries. Your first priority is narrowing down where you’d like to travel: Australia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia? The options are endless! Once you’ve “thinned out the herd” and picked a few destinations, start figuring out what you’d like to do and see. Do you want to take a cruise along the Kimberley Coast of Australia? Snorkel in a world famous marine park in Thailand? Photograph the endless rice-terraces and clove-plantations of Indonesia? Indulge in some Fish Amok (steamed coconut fish in banana leaves) in Cambodia? Once again, your choices of things to do and see are infinite. You’ll want to take a look at your schedule and see when you can travel and check your timeframe against the best times to travel in your chosen country. Also, if you don’t have time to research or just don’t want to “go it on your own,” why not call up a tour operator who does the researching, planning and follow-through of the trip for you?
2. Check the Customs of the Country
If you’re heading to anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region and you’re from a Western culture, chances are, you may not know the customs of the country you’re traveling to. While you’ll learn many of the customs on your trip itself, it doesn’t hurt to do a little research ahead of time in order to not step on any toes or look a little silly or foolish! For example, if you enter any of the temples, mosques or churches in Southeast Asia, you’ll want to be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and legs in order to show respect. Australians value authenticity and when meeting someone for the first time, while they may say “G’day” or “G’day, mate”, this may sound patronizing coming from a foreigner. In Asian cultures, raised voices, displays of anger and pointing with your index finger are considered rude. All in all, there are many small gestures, mannerisms, and customs that we may not know to adhere to, but remaining friendly with a big smile will get you far regardless of what you do (or don’t do!)
3. Negotiating can be Fun!
When traveling to many of the countries in Asia-Pacific, haggling (something that often doesn’t exist in Western cultures) can be fun and a good deal for all if it’s done right. In many countries, you may walk into a shop, mall, or street vendor and see that many of the items for sale have no price tags. This means it’s time to bargain! Do realize that the first price the vendor will give to you may be quite high if you look like someone who has money to burn. Don’t be afraid to ask for a lower price. But remember not to bargain too low â€“ these vendors have families they need to feed! Everyone should go home happy after the deal is made. If you can’t get a fair deal with one vendor, just move onto the next one!