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Escape Edition 96

Race Across the World

A new series of BBC’s ‘Race Across the World’ is here! To celebrate, we’re taking this popular programme’s featured countries and turning them into a winning selection of travel itineraries and tips. From sightseeing in Japan to diving in Vietnam – in this week’s Escape Edition, we’ve got your next adventure covered. Get inspired today with these bucket list destinations you can explore at a pace that suits you - at leisure recommended!

PUT JAPAN IN THE RUNNING

KOREA? OF 'COURSE'!

VIETNAM? YOU'RE ON TRACK

PUT JAPAN IN THE RUNNING

One of the best ways to see all the highlights of Japan is to join a fully escorted tour. With all your trips and sightseeing included, you won't miss anything.
Experience the best of Japan on our 16-day Japan Uncovered Tour, where you’ll delve into diverse cities and ancient attractions. Travel in utmost comfort with all meals, accommodation, and transport meticulously taken care of from the moment you touch down until you bid farewell.
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Begin in vibrant Osaka before visiting the temple of Tōdai-ji in Japan’s original capital of Nara. Soak up the history as you walk through the expansive gardens of Nara Park. Call at the magnificent complex of Himeji Castle on your way to explore the tragic past and creative future of Hiroshima. You’ll journey to Kyoto on Japan’s most famous mode of transport the bullet train travelling 200 miles in an astonishing 100 minutes. Spend the day exploring the rich history and enchanting traditions of picturesque Kyoto. Wander through one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan in Kanazawa and sample sake in the agricultural and artisan town of Takayama. Climb the Japanese Alps and search for snow monkeys bathing in hot springs at Jigokudani.

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Make sure your camera is fully charged and ready for a day of bucket-list sightseeing at Mount Fuji. You’ll finish your Japan adventure with a couple of days in the innovative and unique capital of Tokyo. Tick off the city’s iconic sites as you visit the Imperial Palace East Garden, the century-old Meiji Shrine, and the swarming junction of Shibuya Scramble Crossing.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore Japan's wonders. This incredible itinerary serves as the perfect introduction to Japan, promising an adventure like no other. So, what are you waiting for?
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KOREA? OF 'COURSE'!

The next stop on the race is South Korea, a country where ancient cultures sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the ultra-modern.
Explore temples, towers, museums, and markets in the vibrant capital of Seoul. Find serene and fascinating temples, ancient and majestic palaces, sky-scraping towers, blossom-filled parks, and innovative architecture that illuminate the night with mesmerising displays of light.
Show More
Show Less

Wander five grand palaces of the 15th Century Joseon Dynasty, stay a night within the walls of a 3,000-year-old temple, or ride a cable car from the city centre to a mountain-top tower for panoramic views of the metropolis below. Browse street food markets and stalls, wander vast museums of art and history, shop for high-fashion brands and local crafts, or take time out among hiking trails of city centre parks and peaks.
But South Korea isn’t just about cities and temples; it also has stunning beaches and lush green parks. Catch the KTX bullet train to the second city of Busan and enjoy a coastal break where you can surf, sunbathe, dine, and drink.
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Make the short hop to Jeju, a volcanic island to rival Hawaii, where picturesque bays sit beside rolling lava fields with naturally formed tubes big enough to walk through. See the diving women catching seafood at Jungmun Beach, or take a trip inland to pamper yourself in natural hot springs and luxury spas. Ride the Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway to look over more than 300 rugged coastal islands before descending to hike through lush countryside and along cliff tops at the country’s southern tip.
On Wendy Wu’s Scenic South Korea Tour, you’ll enjoy all this and more!
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VIETNAM? YOU'RE ON TRACK

In the North of Vietnam is the capital city of Hanoi, where you’ll begin your adventure.
With friendly locals and architecture laced with European influence, it’s easy to feel right at home here. At night, the city becomes a tangle of bright lights and shiny office buildings. During the day, grab a coffee and perch on a stool, watching motorbikes weave their way around the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. It’s a city that never stops moving, but you’ll find temples and pagodas that will take you back in time tucked away, offering you the same peace and respite they have done for centuries.
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Although the race didn’t stop here, you can’t visit Hanoi without heading a couple of hours east to Ha Long Bay. Sail out across the water into a labyrinth of green-topped islets and limestone towers. Hidden behind craggy caves and grottoes, you’ll find tiny villages that float above the waves, surrounded by brightly coloured fishing boats.
Halfway down Vietnam’s lengthy coastline is Hue, one of the most historical cities in the country. The ornate Thien Mu Pagoda is a wonder to behold, and the UNESCO-stamped Imperial City is not to be missed during your time here. Hoi An is the next stop on your journey south; this city makes you wait until nightfall before it reveals its true beauty. Every evening, the city is illuminated by hundreds of colourful lanterns hanging from the buildings. Make sure you venture into the heart of the Ancient Town and experience the iconic Night Market. With the smell of chilli-spiced street food and the sound of traditional Vietnamese music, a wander through this open-air market is a feast for the senses.
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You can’t come to Vietnam without visiting one of the many beaches, and our top tip is Nha Trang. Dive beneath the blue waters to see the stunning coastal marine life, take a kayak tour of sea caves, or simply lie back on the beach with a good book! Your final stop is the biggest metropolis in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, built on the banks of the Saigon River. The city feels like a living, breathing museum. Spend some time learning about the city’s recent history, particularly the War Remnants Museums and the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are a must-visit.
From here, why not venture up to the Mekong in Cambodia and follow in the footsteps of the race?
Show More
Show Less

PUT JAPAN IN THE RUNNING

PUT JAPAN IN THE RUNNING

One of the best ways to see all the highlights of Japan is to join a fully escorted tour. With all your trips and sightseeing included, you won't miss anything.
Experience the best of Japan on our 16-day Japan Uncovered Tour, where you’ll delve into diverse cities and ancient attractions. Travel in utmost comfort with all meals, accommodation, and transport meticulously taken care of from the moment you touch down until you bid farewell.
Show More
Show Less

Begin in vibrant Osaka before visiting the temple of Tōdai-ji in Japan’s original capital of Nara. Soak up the history as you walk through the expansive gardens of Nara Park. Call at the magnificent complex of Himeji Castle on your way to explore the tragic past and creative future of Hiroshima. You’ll journey to Kyoto on Japan’s most famous mode of transport the bullet train travelling 200 miles in an astonishing 100 minutes. Spend the day exploring the rich history and enchanting traditions of picturesque Kyoto. Wander through one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan in Kanazawa and sample sake in the agricultural and artisan town of Takayama. Climb the Japanese Alps and search for snow monkeys bathing in hot springs at Jigokudani.

Show More
Show Less

Make sure your camera is fully charged and ready for a day of bucket-list sightseeing at Mount Fuji. You’ll finish your Japan adventure with a couple of days in the innovative and unique capital of Tokyo. Tick off the city’s iconic sites as you visit the Imperial Palace East Garden, the century-old Meiji Shrine, and the swarming junction of Shibuya Scramble Crossing.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore Japan's wonders. This incredible itinerary serves as the perfect introduction to Japan, promising an adventure like no other. So, what are you waiting for?
Show More
Show Less

KOREA? OF 'COURSE'!

KOREA? OF 'COURSE'!

The next stop on the race is South Korea, a country where ancient cultures sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the ultra-modern.
Explore temples, towers, museums, and markets in the vibrant capital of Seoul. Find serene and fascinating temples, ancient and majestic palaces, sky-scraping towers, blossom-filled parks, and innovative architecture that illuminate the night with mesmerising displays of light.
Show More
Show Less

Wander five grand palaces of the 15th Century Joseon Dynasty, stay a night within the walls of a 3,000-year-old temple, or ride a cable car from the city centre to a mountain-top tower for panoramic views of the metropolis below. Browse street food markets and stalls, wander vast museums of art and history, shop for high-fashion brands and local crafts, or take time out among hiking trails of city centre parks and peaks.
But South Korea isn’t just about cities and temples; it also has stunning beaches and lush green parks. Catch the KTX bullet train to the second city of Busan and enjoy a coastal break where you can surf, sunbathe, dine, and drink.
Show More
Show Less

Make the short hop to Jeju, a volcanic island to rival Hawaii, where picturesque bays sit beside rolling lava fields with naturally formed tubes big enough to walk through. See the diving women catching seafood at Jungmun Beach, or take a trip inland to pamper yourself in natural hot springs and luxury spas. Ride the Hallyeosudo Viewing Ropeway to look over more than 300 rugged coastal islands before descending to hike through lush countryside and along cliff tops at the country’s southern tip.
On Wendy Wu’s Scenic South Korea Tour, you’ll enjoy all this and more!
Show More
Show Less

VIETNAM? YOU'RE ON TRACK

VIETNAM? YOU'RE ON TRACK

In the North of Vietnam is the capital city of Hanoi, where you’ll begin your adventure.
With friendly locals and architecture laced with European influence, it’s easy to feel right at home here. At night, the city becomes a tangle of bright lights and shiny office buildings. During the day, grab a coffee and perch on a stool, watching motorbikes weave their way around the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. It’s a city that never stops moving, but you’ll find temples and pagodas that will take you back in time tucked away, offering you the same peace and respite they have done for centuries.
Show More
Show Less

Although the race didn’t stop here, you can’t visit Hanoi without heading a couple of hours east to Ha Long Bay. Sail out across the water into a labyrinth of green-topped islets and limestone towers. Hidden behind craggy caves and grottoes, you’ll find tiny villages that float above the waves, surrounded by brightly coloured fishing boats.
Halfway down Vietnam’s lengthy coastline is Hue, one of the most historical cities in the country. The ornate Thien Mu Pagoda is a wonder to behold, and the UNESCO-stamped Imperial City is not to be missed during your time here. Hoi An is the next stop on your journey south; this city makes you wait until nightfall before it reveals its true beauty. Every evening, the city is illuminated by hundreds of colourful lanterns hanging from the buildings. Make sure you venture into the heart of the Ancient Town and experience the iconic Night Market. With the smell of chilli-spiced street food and the sound of traditional Vietnamese music, a wander through this open-air market is a feast for the senses.
Show More
Show Less

You can’t come to Vietnam without visiting one of the many beaches, and our top tip is Nha Trang. Dive beneath the blue waters to see the stunning coastal marine life, take a kayak tour of sea caves, or simply lie back on the beach with a good book! Your final stop is the biggest metropolis in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, built on the banks of the Saigon River. The city feels like a living, breathing museum. Spend some time learning about the city’s recent history, particularly the War Remnants Museums and the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are a must-visit.
From here, why not venture up to the Mekong in Cambodia and follow in the footsteps of the race?
Show More
Show Less

GET INSPIRED BY OUR TOP TIPS

Cambodia

While in Cambodia, make sure to book a guided evening food (and drink) tour of the city. Your guide will lead you to micro-breweries serving European-style IPA beers and snack bars serving a variety of nibbles - look out for the Kampot pepper pâté. Try a signature cocktail in a hidden speakeasy and sample a traditional bar snack: fried, crunchy crickets.

GET INSPIRED BY OUR TOP TIPS

South Korea

As an alternative to Japan, between April and June, the country bursts into colour as its parks and countryside reach full bloom and cherry blossoms come into season.

GET INSPIRED BY OUR TOP TIPS

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is famous for its elephant sanctuaries, which are ever popular with travellers seeking an ethical elephant experience. A number of centres in this region have led the way in Thailand with their rescue and rehabilitation projects and humane treatment of elephants. A prime example of this can be found at Elephant Hills’ brand new sister property, Bush Camp, just a short drive from Chiang Mai, where you can enjoy these gentle giants, safe in the knowledge they’re well looked after.
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