Asia: A Moveable Feast
Though Ernest Hemingway’s only foray into Asia was a brief stint as a journalist (and some say spy), it seems that his delicious description of Europe of the early 20th century as “a moveable feast” now best applies to Asia in 2012. It’s the heartland for change and evolution — while maintaining a strong grip on its ancient traditions. In short, the world’s biggest continent offers a multitude of pleasures for the adventurous traveler.
China — the Middle Kingdom — boasts the treasures of four millennia of emperors and queens, warriors and concubines. History, culture and intrigue grace this expansive land, from imperial cities to Silk Road outposts such as Dunhuang, Xian and Kashgar. And when you’re ready for cosmopolitan city life and some of the world’s most dynamic contemporary architecture, modern art and culture, head to the teeming metropolises of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Above the vast plains of China sit the windswept lands of Genghis Khan. One of the last great wildernesses on earth, Mongolia jealously protects its magnificent past of conquest, while modern-day nomads ride their great steeds across the steppe.
With its head held high, Japan has overcome severe challenges and welcomes guests with a gentle bow and open heart. Vibrant Tokyo, lovely Kyoto and elegant Nikko evoke the timeless glory of empire’s sword as well as the romance of the graceful chrysanthemum.
Indochina’s triple jewels of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos proffer untold delights to the visitor. Dynamic Vietnam worships the power of business while quietly venerating its noble past. Cambodia is the heartland of the former Khmer Empire, now preserved best in the incredible temple complex of Angkor. And reclusive Laos — a testament to Buddhist simplicity and beauty — offers an elegant respite along the banks of the mighty Mekong River.
Thailand has enchanted travelers for centuries with its welcoming culture, verdant hill country and pristine beaches and islands. And no longer exiled from the world community, Myanmar has thrown open its doors to show off its new democracy and ancient treasures.
The incredible diversity of the islands making up the archipelago of Indonesia is incalculable — from the temples of Borobudur on Java and the serene beauty of Bali to the wild forests and dragon lizards of the island of Komodo.
Throughout your travels, the feast travels with you: the freshest and most artful presentation of sashimi, the gorgeous bites of flavorful dumplings in Xian, the French inspired deserts of Vientiane, the fresh seafood and herb-laden delights on Nha Trang and the spice-infused noodle dishes of Sumatra. Your palate — and your soul — will be delighted at every Moveable Feast you’ll experience. Bon appetit!
Travel inside this secretive country with Janice Decker!