One of the key reasons that people fall in love with travelling is that it allows them to experience other cultures all over the globe. But the world is a wide one, and it can be difficult to choose your next cultural destination from the wealth of diverse options on offer. Here are five of our favourites:
1. Chinese Culture
China is a land of contradictions. From an ancient culture that has remained unchanged in many ways for thousands of years to the bright lights and big city skyscrapers of dynamic cities, China offers a variety of cultural experiences to suit all tastes. Our partner, Wendy Wu Tours offers opportunities to explore UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army; sample the sizzling street food of Beijing and Shanghai; or experience an unforgettable festival such as the celebrations of Chinese New Year, complete with colourful costumes and dancing dragons.
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2. Thai Culture
Visit the Land of Smiles to experience a culture deeply rooted in spirituality and religion. Even the fast-paced modernity and sophisticated city life of Bangkok is interspersed with cultural gems such as the glittering Grand Palace, the magnificent Temple of the Dawn and the unique floating markets where you can take a guided tour amongst the boats. Leave the southern islands to the gap year crowds and explore the hill tribes of the central and north regions or visit the atmospheric ruined city of Sukhothai and the ancient stronghold of Ayutthaya to see crumbling temples and palaces steeped in breath-taking history.
3. Japanese Culture
Both a world of ancient traditions and high-tech modernity, Japan provides unique experiences for its visitors that are quite unlike anything else on earth. Saga's tour, Japan: Land of the Rising Sun can introduce you to the fascinating world of the geisha whilst you partake in a traditional tea ceremony. Alternatively, you might choose to embark on a foodie tour through the buzzing streets of Tokyo where fresh noodles, top quality sushi and crisp tempura are waiting to be discovered.
4. Sri Lankan Culture
Sri Lanka is a destination which has come into its own over the past few years thanks to its natural beauty and rich artistic culture. Our tours offer the chance to visit sights such as the Buddhist Temple of Tooth in Kandy as well as the cave temples of Dambulla. or you might choose to base yourself in the capital, Colombo, where you can soak up the picturesque colonial architecture or witness the revelry of a traditional Sri Lankan festival such as Deepavali, the festival of lights.
5. Brazilian Culture
The colourful culture of Brazil conjures up exotic images of feather-clad dancers and the beat of samba drums, but there is so much more to this country than just Rio de Janeiro, home of the iconic and awesome Christ the Redeemer statue. Brazil is home to a variety of stunning colonial towns such as Olinda where arts and crafts are found in abundance, and Manaus, home of the Amazon Theatre which re-opened its doors in 1990 for performances. Don't forget to sample the sumptuous stews and seafood which make up Brazilian cuisine and, if you're feeling adventurous, try out some of those samba moves - Brazilian style!
Feel inspired? Wendy Wu have a wide range of tours to China and Southeast Asia. As a Saga reader you will get an exclusive £100 per person spending money when you quote "SAGA".
You can also browse a huge range of stays and tours to destinations all over the globe including China, Thailand, Japan, Sri lanka and Brazil when you visit the Saga Holidays website.