Arts & Music

 

We know that sometimes the hardest part of planning a trip is taking the first step – choosing your destinations. We are experts in Asia and Asia only, yet even within these finite boundaries there remain seemingly infinite possibilities for creating the trip of a lifetime.  

One tack that can be helpful is organizing your holiday around an interest that can guide your destinations. For example, a wellness and spirituality themed trip could incorporate northern India, Nepal and Bhutan; a culinary focused vacation might emphasize markets and cooking classes Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore (not to mention some of the world’s top restaurants); or the architectural buff might spotlight the man-made wonders of Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. 

We are a full-service private tour operator across all these destinations and more. Please explore below for further ideas about holiday themes, and contact us to begin planning your trip today. 

The Special Interest Journey categories listed below are our most popular, but we can truly create a trip around any topic or theme you desire.  

Arts & Music

When it comes to the arts, Asia’s eclecticism means there is something for everyone. The region is home to some of the most exciting developing contemporary art scenes (Hong Kong, China), indigenous art traditions still very much alive (Cambodia, Indonesia) and world-class modern museums (Japan, South Korea). In many countries, we have a deep roster of specialist art guides who can provide exceptional insight for art connoisseurs. For music lovers, we can arrange hands-on experiences (and performances) with such alluring instruments as India’s sitar, Japan’s koto and shamisen, and the Balinese gamelan orchestra, whose sounds have beguiled composers East and West for centuries.

China 

While Hong Kong may have the higher profile, mainland China has plenty of contemporary art attractions of its own. Beijing’s 798 Arts District is home to scores of galleries, the Ullens Center and an outpost of Pace Gallery, while the Caochangdi area became an art neighborhood after firebrand Ai Weiwei moved there. The capital’s National Center for the Performing Arts houses multiple venues for theater, music and opera and is an architectural landmark in its own right. Shanghai, meanwhile, is home to a budding MOCA and the “M50” warehouse district, which is choc full of galleries. In both cities, we can designate knows specialist art guides that can accompany clients.

 India

Dating from the 17th century, Kathakali is one of India’s foremost traditional arts, a dance-drama form marked by vibrant, flowing dress, dramatic make-up and, like Thai khon dance, elaborate headdresses. Today, visitors to the International Centre in New Delhi can see not only performances of the genre’s 101 classical stories, but also kathakali renditions of Western milestones like Othello. Contemporary art fans, meanwhile, have a growing number of excellent Delhi galleries to choose from, as well as the National Gallery of Modern Art, housed in a former Maharaja palace residence on the Rajpath. 

Japan

It might seem an unlikely candidate for contemporary art mecca, but Japan's tiny Naoshima Island – home of Art House Projects, the art-laden Benesse House hotel, the Chichu Art Museum, and the Lee Ufan Museum – is becoming just that. Outside Kyoto, the I.M. Pei-designed Miho Museum is another must-see for modern art lovers. And Tokyo, of course, is simply one of the best museum cities in the world, with the Roppongi Art Triangle (the Mori, the National Arts Center and the Suntory), the Tokyo National Museum, the Tadao Ando-Issey Miyake designed 21 Museum, and much more.