Mongolia travel-much more culturally rich than you can imagine

Luxury travel to Mongolia - authentic cultural experiences

Luxury travel to Mongolia - authentic cultural experiences

Connoisseurs of adventure travel take note: Mongolia remains one of the last great frontiers for experiencing traditional cultures that has remained unchanged for centuries, making it one of our favorite destinations.

Mongolia cracked its door ajar for the outside world just over a decade ago and the few who have ventured in have been startled to behold one the world’s last remaining horse-based nomadic cultures. The tidal wave of modern pop culture has not yet swept through Mongolia, and the pervasive tentacles of the Information Age have not yet wrapped it in wires and circuitry.

Largely unchanged since the days of Genghis Khan, Mongolia represents a rare opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the ancestors, in the path of the nomad. Most Mongolians adhere to Tibetan-style Buddhist beliefs. The tenacious nomads live in round, collapsible gers (yurts) with their livestock and beloved horses always nearby, practicing a pastoral lifestyle and moving with the seasons. Travel through this wild and remote part of the world, experiencing Mongolia’s amazing landscape, wildlife, and nomadic people. Immerse yourself in the culture—and the pace—of an era long forgotten by Western civilization.

Travel to Mongolia is perfect in June and July so contact us now with any questions – we offer custom travel to Mongolia as well as offer a small group tour with a departure this July 1. Download the full Mongolia Small Group Trip itinerary at our site.

A Humble Road to the Noble Truths in India and Nepal

newyorktimes-logo A New York Times article on a spiritual journey to India by Ralph Frammolino.

“When the head monk strode in, our worlds finally merged. As he beat time on a wooden instrument, we performed a Korean chant of the Heart Sutra, a traditional teaching on emptiness. Yet what filled the room was full and deep, the atonal harmonies of a Buddhist ensemble — at once jarring, beautiful and transportive.”

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To learn more about travel to India, we specialize in travel to India and can customize a trip for two or suggest small group tours to India.

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Travel propels us beyond ourselves, beyond our previous understandings, to embrace new ways of imagining, new ways of seeing. At its best, travel can promote cross-cultural understanding, encourage environmental sustainability, and fulfill long-held personal dreams.

At Asia Transpacific Journeys, going beyond the ordinary to create travel experiences that incorporate these elements is our guiding principle. We call it Journey Beyond the Ordinary™.

A Staff Postcard from the Field: Philippines

Mabuhay! Kumusta Ka? Greetings from Palawan, Philippines. It is a beautiful sunny day here in Puerto Princessa and I just returned from a sunrise boat trip to view a large pod of dolphins frolicking just off the coast. It was incredible to see these amazing creatures swimming in the deep azure waters between our boat and a local fisherman’s. It seemed like the dolphins were putting on a show just for us.

PhilippinesAfter we pack up our things, we’ll begin the drive though small villages and winding roads to the Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This subterranean river burrows deep into a limestone karst mountain, as far as eight kilometers, and is said to have formations inside that have an uncanny resemblance to iconic images. I can’t wait to explore this extraordinary place. After our river float, we’ll have a home cooked meal by one of our guide’s friends on the beach. Hopefully with some fresh buko (coconut) juice!

So far, my Philippine adventure has been packed with everything from kind locals to silent deep forests, soft sandy beaches to one-lane mountain roads, clear blue waters to active volcanoes, local village festivals to urban metropolises. Though our itinerary is full, I have the feeling this is only the beginning to uncovering the depth of wonder contained within the Philippines. I can’t wait for what is in store in the next few days…swimming with whale sharks! Hope this finds you all well!


Bali & Beyond Group Trip traces biogeographical fault

On our extraordinary Bali & Beyond small group trip, see the dramatic differences in flora and fauna that live east and west of the Wallace Line. Darwin’s young contemporary, naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, noted a biogeographical divide separating the marsupial-dominated species native to the Australian continent vs. the mammals of Asia—a century before continental drift became an accepted theory.

That is but one aspect of an amazing journey of adventure through the islands of Bali, Komodo, Borneo and Java. Learn more on our site.

In the meantime, read this article from National Geographic magazine by David Quammen.

The Man Who Wasn’t Darwin
“Alfred Russel Wallace charted a great dividing line in the living world—and found his own route to the theory of evolution.

This is a classic episode in the history of science, a story of a coincidence and its aftermath, told and retold in books about how evolutionary biology came to be: the near simultaneous formulation of what we now think of as Darwin’s theory by Darwin himself and a young upstart, Alfred Russel Wallace. Classic or not, many people nowadays are unaware of it. Wallace, famed during his life as Darwin’s junior partner and for his other contributions to science and social thought, fell into obscurity after his death, in 1913. In recent decades his renown has been revivified, both by scholars who mine every aspect of Darwin’s life—Wallace was a crucial part—and by a few popular writers.”

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Southeast Asia, Off the Beaten Path

An article in Forbes Traveler by Don Willmott.

“Where can you experience authentic Southeast Asia without sharing it with busloads of other travelers?

The answer is simple: Find the places that fewer people know about. Throughout Southeast Asia, it’s easy to find viable alternatives to the wonderful but overcrowded destinations to which throngs of travelers typically flock.”

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To learn more about travel to Southeast Asia, visit our site.

A Walk in Calcutta

A New York Times article by Somini Sengupta.

“On a rainy day in the late 17th century, an enterprising agent of the British East India Company named Job Charnock sailed along the Hooghly River, a tributary of the Ganges that flows from high in the Himalayas into the Bay of Bengal, and pitched a tent on its swampy banks. The company bought three riverside villages. Soon they would become a port — flowing with opium, muslin and jute — and then, as the capital of British India until 1912, draw conquerors, dreamers and hungry folk from all over the world.”

To read the entire New York Times article, visit

To learn more about travel to India, we specialize in travel to Asia and can customize a trip for two or suggest small group trips to India.