With talk turning to cycling this week, as thousands line the streets from Leeds to Paris to see who’ll be crowned champion of a certain bicycle race, we thought we’d take a closer look at one of our own epic cycling trips. Right now there’s £100 off all our cycling tours worldwide, but we won’t cover them all today – you’re busy people. Let’s put the spotlight on just one: Cycle Burma!
When you think of Burma (also known as Myanmar), your mind might turn to its troubled history and political unrest rather than cycling holidays and sightseeing. But this beautiful Asian state, still relatively free of western influence, is a fascinating place to visit and makes for an incredible, stunning setting for a two-wheeled trek.
Here at STA Travel Towers we’ve been getting all dreamy eyed over Qatar Airways‘ cheap flights to, well, practically everywhere. We couldn’t quite decide which of their 125 destinations we’d most love to jet off to – Dubai, Bangkok, Goa, Perth – so we settled for Doha, the airline’s base where most flights stop off on the way elsewhere. Naturally we put on our research hats and started uncovering the best things to do in Qatar’s capital city, so even if you’re not heading there for a holiday, you can maximise your stopover and cram in all the good bits.
Asia is without a doubt the most diverse, most exciting, most crazy continent in the world, there are adventures to be had around every colourful corner and a trip here will leave you mesmerised, energised and hungry for more, and the good thing is – there’s always more to be had.
One of Asia’s crowning glories? The huge array of amazing wildlife, so we’ve listed our 6 favourite wildlife adventures in Asia below, and we can get you there, to see the kind of sights usually reserved for those must watch Attenborough documentaries for yourself.
Pandas in China.
Songkran, the famous Thai New Year festival, is upon us once again. From Monday, this infamous festival where thousands of Thais celebrate the end of the dry season by ‘cleansing’ themselves with water… in open warfare! Not only is it one of the most celebrated Buddhist festivals in Thailand, Songkran is also the world’s largest water fight.
Although Songkran is celebrated in most Thai cities, Chiang Mai and Bangkok are the two best places for the super-soaking festivities. We asked two STA Travel staff to give their personal accounts of this crazy, wet and seriously interactive festival.
I had a blast at Songkran, Thailand.
Last week we introduced you to Alyce, one of our new India Tailor Made specialists, in her blog about her whirlwind tour of India’s Golden Triange and Rajasthan. She’s here to help you plan your perfect trip to India, based on exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it and how you want to do it.
This week, Alyce is back, to take us through her favourite experience in India so far, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Indian house boat.
Alyce, and our other India Tailor Made specialists Thomas and Nick, have been trained to create bespoke and personal trip itineraries in India, so we sent them on their own adventures there to make sure they are super clued up and ready for your call. Here’s Alyce’s favourite memory of her trip to India’s beautiful south…
Take a traditional Indian house boat for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.