Bhutan is truly a bucket list destination and one that not a lot of people get to experience. Its unique culture and focus on Gross National Happiness makes Bhutan a special place and a completely unique destination.
When to go: August-April for lower temperatures in a frequently humid country.
The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is blessed where natural beauty is concerned, which you can experience firsthand as you hike picturesque trekking trails in the Himalayas. You’ll find tropical forest to the south, beautiful temples, a colourful folk culture, and friendly people, which all combine to give visitors a travel experience like no other. Find out more about seeing Bhutan with Insight.
Put the Taj Mahal on your must-see list while in India. The ultimate monument to love in the city of Agra is a breathtaking sight to behold and something you’ll never forget.
When to go: Temperatures are high all year; October-April for the lowest rainfall.
India is a sensory overload of sights and sounds, but once you give yourself over to its magical pull you won’t be disappointed. Unforgettable food, pulsing cities, exotic temples, beaches, mountains, incredible wildlife, and a myriad of colourful festivals throughout the year make India a diverse destination with a seemingly endless array of things to discover. Find out more about seeing India with Insight.
Even if you aren’t a mountaineer or a trekker, you can still appreciate the awe-inspiring wonder of Nepal’s backdrop of towering snow-capped peaks.
When to go: August-April for a cooler climate to experience this country which houses the most famous mountain in the world.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains making it a mecca for avid trekkers and mountain climbers. A rich architectural heritage can also be found here, in addition to the vibrant capital of Kathmandu with its many temples to explore and shops selling souvenir-worthy handmade local goods like beautiful cashmere wraps and scarves. Find out more about seeing Nepal with Insight.
Head for the Sri Lankan hills to trek among the tea plantations and rain forest peaks. Or watch the scenery unfold on an unforgettably scenic train ride through the area.
When to go: Temperatures are high all year; January-February for the lowest rainfall.
Sri Lanka is somewhat of an undiscovered gem, with travellers not yet fully aware of everything it has to offer. Along with a rich history and friendly people, there are golden beaches stretched out along 1,330 km of coastline, an abundance of wildlife, 15 national parks, lush forests, 350 waterfalls, and some of the most flavourful food you’ll ever eat. Sri Lanka
As the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the fascinating Tonlé Sap Lake in Siem Reap is filled by the only river in the world to flow in both directions; after draining in the dry season, the vast quantity of water in the Mekong River causes the Tonlé Sap River to reverse its flow during the rainy season. A diversely rich ecosystem results with a multitude of wildlife species, including Siamese crocodiles, Irrawaddy dolphins, Indochinese tigers, Asian elephants and sun bears.
When to go: As a country that is consistently warm, factors determining your optimal time to visit might include the temperature, humidity and rainfall at varying times of the year. November to March is the most popular time with visitors, given the Mediterranean-like temperatures, while in April and May, the heat can reach 40oC (104oF).
Step into an entrancing world of intricately carved temples, spectacular monuments and pagodas, floating villages on stilts, captivating wildlife, and abundant artistic expression, dating back to an ancient civilisation existing as early as 4200 BCE. Cambodia
Although traditional Vietnmese music differs with the latitude, don’t go home before treating your ears to a few tunes, whether it’s at the theatre or while you enjoy a bowl of bánh cuốn on the sidewalk – street food in Vietnam is without a doubt the home to fantastic flavour.
When to go: The best time to visit Vietnam is spring (Feb-Apr) and autumn (Aug-Oct). The temperatures are more moderate and rainfall is lighter. In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, though still cool in the far north.
Cuddled up beside Laos and Cambodia, lining the South China Sea is Vietnam, a southeast Asian country well known for its bustling cities, cultured cuisine and iconic bicycles. Vietnam