A nation where rich history and progressive thinking intertwine beautifully.
North and Central Asia offers epic landscapes, ancient cultures and legendary archaeological remains.
Terrain ranges from the black beaches of far eastern Russia’s Kamchatka to the monster mountains and ice blue lakes of Kyrgyzstan and the open steppes of Mongolia. For ancient history and culture look no further than the silk road cities of Uzbekistan, the dynastic history or China or the temples, gardens and geisha of Japan.
China’s ancient riches are complemented by modern marvels of architecture, and in Tibet, a country that offers such traditional cultures, you can be transformed into a different world. The open steppes of Mongolia record their history in song and monuments while Japan offers the visitor the latest technology alongside some of the worlds most ancient cultures. In the far north, Russia, the worlds largest country, where the Trans-Siberian railway wends it way and volcanic landscapes pepper the dramatic Kamchatka region.
The goliath state of Kazakhstan is a mystery for intrepid travellers while Kyrgyzstan’s mountains and lakes dominate 90% of the country. The main attraction of Tajikistan is the Pamir Mountains and for Turkmenistan, it is the great Garagum desert, whilst Uzbekistan encompasses the legendary Silk Road, cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.
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Find comfort and quality to match your expectations. Here, our team has chosen the properties in North and Central Asia which have truly stood out for them on their travels.
Aman Tokyo occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower from where one can enjoy panoramic views of the sprawling metropolis below. The 82 rooms including 32 suites combine traditional materials with a clean, bright,…View Property
Located alongside the Li River with a spectacular backdrop of mountains and karst limestone peaks, Banyan Tree Yangshuo is built in a local style to sympathetically blend in with the remarkable surroundings. The 142 suites and…View Property
Songtsam Shangri-La is housed in a traditional Tibetan dwelling and situated next to Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. The 75 rooms and suites have all been decorated in a traditional style using antique…View Property
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Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.
Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.
It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.
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