Literature lovers have the chance to explore book settings across Asia with new itineraries available through Insight Guides. Where might your literary-inspired travels take you? Here are five designations Insight Guides recommends for literary inspiration in Asia.
In southwest India, Kerala is the setting of the award-winning The God of Small Things. While some of the places in the book are fictional, others are based on real locations near Kottayam. Insight Guides takes travelers through Kerala on its Magical Kerala itinerary, during which guests enjoy visits to spice plantations, observing the local wildlife and floating past vibrant green shores on a rice barge.
If you have a love for food that’s only surpassed by your loves for literature and travel, then you might want to visit Hanoi after reading The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb. While the book follows a soup seller and chronicles Hanoi street food in a way that’ll make your mouth water, you can see it all up close and personal with a Vietnam Culinary Discovery trip from Insight Guides.
The novel Soul Mountain is only partially autobiographical, but its depictions of rural China are spot on, fiction or not. Read the book and follow the narrator’s travels from Beijing into the rural provinces of China, and then follow in his footsteps, hitting major Chinese destinations on the way, such as Shanghai and Xi’an.
Whether you’ve read The Beach by Alex Garland or just watched the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, you’ll still enjoy a trip to Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi in Thailand. The beach wasn’t always this pristine, though. The book and movie at one point made it so popular it was overcrowded and had to be closed for a period to protect the environment.
Lastly, music and book lovers alike will enjoy reading A House in Bali by Colin McPhee and then visiting Bali to see how the history of the destination intersects with its music.
Stay in the former headquarters of LIFE Magazine when you book your next trip to New York City. Luxe Life Hotel New York, the first Luxe Hotels-branded property in the city, sits in the NoMad neighborhood. The luxury and pet-friendly guestrooms and suites offer lots of history, charm and modern conveniences.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Snooker is a cue sport similar to pool first developed in the latter half of the 19th century by British Army soldiers. Players use a cue and white ball to pocket a set of red and green balls into separate corners in a specific order. Its popularity has grown immensely, leading to an annual World Snooker Championship each year.
Couchsurfing is when a person travels and stays with other people for free in their spare rooms or on their couches while visiting a country. Couchsurfing is a social network and an app that connects people worldwide who are either looking for a place to stay or are offering a home away from home.
Each year, April 8 is Zoo Lovers Day! Zoos have existed for more than 1,000 years in one form or another. They’re often the only way for people to experience our world’s incredible wildlife firsthand. So, where and how should you celebrate it?