Asia Transpacific Journeys Offers Unique Holiday Travel to Asia

Experience Unique Festivals and the Spiritual Essence of Asia This Holiday Season on a Unique Custom Journey Crafted by Award-Winning Travel Specialists

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - No matter your interests, from sampling authentic cuisine in India, exploring beautiful temples in Bali or relaxing on Thailand's white-sand beaches, Asia Transpacific Journeys has made a name for itself crafting unique Custom Journeys that inspire memories for years to come. The holidays, in particular, are a natural time to embrace Asia's penchant for spiritual reflection and unique, vibrant festivals.

The holiday season is a perfect time to utilize their expertise to craft your perfect wintertime Journey Beyond the Ordinary™ to Asia, based around your unique travel style and preferences. Whether you'd like to celebrate your own favorite holiday with an Asian twist or immerse yourself in a vibrant, local festival, Asia Transpacific Journeys expert Travel Specialists can make it happen.

For those interested in Buddhist traditions, lush landscapes and welcoming local people, Laos paves the way for an awe-inspiring wintertime journey. Bun Pha Wet is an annual Buddhist holiday celebrating the incarnation of the Buddha as the Prince Vessantara, an embodiment of perfect charity and compassion. In temples, monks recite the story of Prince Vessantra from sacred palm-leaf books accompanied by traditional rituals, dance and dramatic performances. It is also considered a particularly auspicious time to be ordained as a monk. All Buddhist Lao men are expected to live as a monk at some time in their life and this rite of passage is celebrated with especially vibrant enthusiasm during Bun Pha Wet. Laos' deep spirituality is easily felt this time of year and visitors are readily embraced as part of the festivities.

Celebrating your familiar holidays abroad is another way to take advantage of winter travel to Asia. The Philippines -- Asia's only predominately Christian country -- celebrates Christmas with extraordinary gusto and charming local flair. Filipinos string up ornate Christmas lanterns called parols in every town and there is a spirit of healthy competition in the air as villages compete to outdo each other's decorations. The nine nights preceding Christmas Eve are known locally as Simbang Gabi. A mass is held each night and it is believed that those in attendance for all nine will be granted a wish that will manifest itself in the coming year.

However you prefer to celebrate the holidays, Asia offers a unique opportunity to step outside of the ordinary and celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or a traditional local holiday or festival with unhampered joy and enthusiasm. Of course, Asia can also be a perfect place to get away from it all after the hectic holiday season at home. Whatever your holiday or post-holiday plans, give one of Asia Transpacific Journeys' experienced Travel Specialists a call -- the possibilities for your personalized Custom Journey are truly endless.

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About Asia Transpacific Journeys
Asia Transpacific Journeys has been crafting private Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to Asia and the Pacific since 1987. Our highly decorated staff is committed to providing exceptional service and deeply insightful cultural interpretation based on firsthand experience. Asia Transpacific Journeys has been honored with the designation of World's Best Tour Operator by Travel + Leisure, received a Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Award and was highlighted in National Geographic Traveler's Best Trips feature.

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