Asia is an incredible region, characterised by its rich social and cultural diversity.

The region represents a unique and diversified natural environment, with the highest mountain peaks of the Himalayas ("the roof of the world"), the lush rainforest of South East Asia, the cold deserts of the Gobi and majestic Volcanoes around the pacific, and amazing oceans, teeming with life. Asia is a region close to our hearts and somewhere we all call home. With our Amala team all having grown up in the region and being located in Singapore, we are all so passionate to share our knowledge on this region. From enjoying the sublime food in Japan, to hiking the pine forest in Bhutan dwarfed by its stunning Himalayan Peaks, understanding the rich history of Myanmar and meeting some of the most elusive wildlife in India, we hope to share some of our favourite Asia experiences, the "Amala" way.

Asia experiences

Discovering the valley of Bumthang, Bhutan
Discovering the valley of Bumthang, Bhutan
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A district split into four valleys, Ura, Choekhor, Tang and Chumey, Bumthang has a special place in the hearts of the royal family, who are initiating programs to preserve its rich cultural heritage. The landscapes are breath-taking with the rice, potato and buckwheat fields, that merely exemplify the kingdom’s flourishing agriculture. Because we were the only ones around, our hikes were quiet and peaceful—it felt as if we were the only visitors to have walked those paths. Bumthang is authentically Bhutanese, and a must for those with a curiosity for the unseen and unfelt.
Walking the Streets of Kolkata
Walking the Streets of Kolkata
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The city of Kolkata is a story teller's paradise, with enigmatic stories hidden beneath the chaos and intensity which greet you and every story should be discovered on foot. A city steeped in history, Kolkata was the centre of intellectual and cultural exchange in India. It went from being a former British capital to the centre of the struggle for independence. Important philosophers, poets, musicians and film-makers have their roots here, turning the city into a vibrant hub. The alleys are alive with stories of the past. Walking its streets feels like you have been transported back in time. To feel it, you truly have to experience it.
Ethereal Island of Yakushima
Ethereal Island of Yakushima
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Off the southern coast of Kyushu is the island of Yakushima, a mountain, rising from the sea, flanked by 2 warm ocean currents, a perfect combination to create its own dewy climate. The island is best known for its hauntingly stunning forest, home to some of the oldest cedar trees in the world, which create a unique mystical landscape. Wandering through the Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine feels like a scene from a film. These are some of the oldest trees in Japan, scattered across lush groves, crawling ravines and vibrant mossy stones. It’s no wonder this forest inspired the Japanese favourite anime, Princess Mononoke. Hiking up to the 7000 year old Jomon Sugi is a sort of pilgrimage for Japanese nature enthusiast, who consider these sentinels of the forest (almost like ancestors).
Understanding Myanmar's History and Culture
Understanding Myanmar's History and Culture
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There is something mesmerising about Myanmar. Perhaps it is the bountiful nature – 3,000 kilometres of coastline and sprawling mountain ranges. Or the diversity of cultures and ethnic groups telling fascinating stories of traditions past. Having just begun to open up in the past decade, many regions of the country remain untouched and therefore very pure. While over in Yangon, the streets are abuzz with new speakeasy bars and curated dining experiences just waiting to be discovered. Myanmar truly offers a scintillating blend of adventure, spirituality, culture and history.
Wildlife in Sri Lanka
Wildlife in Sri Lanka
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Delve deep into the Sri Lankan wilderness and journey "off the grid". From secluded parks and lush tea hills to sandy beaches and historical forts, our Path to Gal Oya is the perfect getaway for travellers looking to truly get away. Aside from containing the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka, Gal Oya National Park is also responsible for the growth of important Ayurvedic plants. Immerse yourself in nature. Take a dip in the river after a hike through the jungle, then wake with the sun and spot elephants on a boat safari.
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