"I leave my favorite to last, only because this is a vast place, and just scratching the surface requires multiple visits. Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing offer glimpses of a world changing at hyperspeed. The temples of Bagan in Myanmar, Ankor Wat in Cambodia and Java’s Borobodur offer Buddhist riches far different from that in the Himalayan regions of Bhutan and Tibet; all deliver memorable experiences. Japan brings the contrasts of ultra-modern Tokyo and the ancient grace of Kyoto (be sure to stay in a traditional ryokan.) Somewhere along the way, take a least a few nights at an Aman Resort; you’ll never look at a hotel the same way."
Above: Hong Kong's skyline gleams from the top of Victoria Peak, a popular tourist destination on Hong Kong Island, China, May 23, 2014. (Stuart Leavenworth/TNS)