From evidence of ancient civilisations and glimpses of the future, to vast unspoilt landscapes and high-rise metropolises, the Far East is awash with diversity. Whereas capital cities like Bangkok and Beijing are typically fast-paced and energetic destinations, you can also experience the serenity of the Far East in places like Angkor Wat, the iconic ancient city in Siem Reap, or the otherworldly Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. Despite centuries of change, most of the Far East continues to live by long-established traditions and a shared set of hospitable values. Warm hearts and wide smiles are always evident at the dinner table, where red hot curries, juicy dumplings and bowls of steaming pho soup await. Whether it's at a Michelin-starred restaurant or street-side cafe, eating can be an eye-opening experience. Along with the culture and cuisine, many travellers find themselves drawn to the Far East for their boutique hotels positioned right on the beach. You'll find it difficult to look past the islands of Phuket in Thailand and Bali in Indonesia for sun-kissed sand and crystal-clear waters, but lesser known destinations in Malaysia and Vietnam are well worth considering too, especially if you're after untouched beaches and low-key destinations.