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Asia Transpacific Journeys

September 27, 2011 11:38 ET

Asia's Best Alternative Winter Escapes: Insider Tips for Cultural Getaways to Asia by Asia Transpacific Journeys

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - For travelers with adventure in their bloodstream, a cultural getaway to Asia can be the perfect way to escape the cold and dark days of the North American winter. Asia Transpacific Journeys (, the nation's leading tour company for travel to Asia and the Pacific, shares insider tips for a different kind of winter escape where travelers get to experience a vastly different cultural environment in sunnier and warmer climes.

Here are their recommendations of trips for travelers wanting to escape the winter blues while fully immersing themselves in compelling cultures:

  • Cambodia
    Asia Transpacific Journeys recommends adventurous travelers venture to the Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat, which are best visited between mid-October and mid-March. The fascinating temples that were constructed during the height of the Khmer Empire represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. A real insider tip from their Asia travel specialists is to visit Beng Mealea, a remote Angkor temple site, enveloped by jungle, which receives far fewer visitors than Angkor Wat and exudes a sense of mystery.

  • Laos
    Laos is an explorer's wonderland and one of the best-kept secrets in Asia. Its quiet ambiance, glittering temples, smiling locals and striking natural beauty, which includes lush hillsides and the mighty Mekong River, are best experienced between November and February when daytime highs are in the mid-80s. Special to tours with Asia Transpacific Journeys, travelers can visit with Carol Cassidy for a private tour of her Lao silk textile studio, located in an airy French colonial mansion in Vientiane. Considered the foremost expert on traditional Lao textiles, Carol employs 40 local artisans while her own work is displayed in galleries and museums throughout the U.S.

  • Vietnam
    Steeped in a history of powerful dynasties, diverse religious traditions and political transformations, Vietnam beckons the sophisticated traveler to experience its lush and exotic landscapes, seldom-visited hill tribes, French colonial architecture and outstanding cuisine. With Asia Transpacific Journeys, travelers can gain behind-the-scenes access to renowned art galleries in Hanoi, to enjoy an exclusive cocktail reception with Vietnam's up-and-coming contemporary artists.

  • India
    From mid-October through early April, India's weather is at its loveliest and the country offers curious travelers a multitude of captivating experiences, from the Lake Palace in Udaipur to the famous pink city of Jaipur. Jaipur was named "an absolute must" on any trip to India by Asia Transpacific Journeys' travel specialists as well as Agra for its two stunning UNESCO world heritage sites -- the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort -- which consists of marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions.

About Asia Transpacific Journeys
Asia Transpacific Journeys is a Boulder, Colorado-based Asia travel company specializing in Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to Asia and the Pacific region since 1987. Outstanding service and deeply insightful cultural interpretation make them the Asia tour operator of choice for the American Museum of Natural History, The Harvard and Yale alumni associations, the World Wildlife Fund, as well as discerning individuals, their families and friends.

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