The upgraded Ultimate Asia adventure!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: UATW
Duration: From 7 or 11 weeks
Of all the continents, Asia is the most exotic and enchanting. This incredible itinerary takes you to the absolute highlights, plus some off-the-beaten track gems. Hop between paradise islands in Thailand, watch the sun come up over Angkor Wat, cruise the jewel-like waters of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, learn how to surf in Bali, visit tea plantations and sacred sites in Sri Lanka and bliss out on exotic beaches in the Philippines. With upgraded accommodation in twin rooms, this trip is perfect for couples or friends travelling together or those who are looking for an upgraded experience with tonnes of inclusions!
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- Meet some of the planet’s most iconic species – swim with manta rays in Bali, and see wild elephants in Sri Lanka’s Udawalawe Park.
- Explore natural wonders – sail the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, spend a night in a jungle lodge in Khao Sok National Park and trek up a Balinese volcano at dawn.
- See Asia’s most spectacular cultural sites - the golden temples of Bangkok, the ancient town of Hoi An, Nine Arches Bridge in Sri Lanka and the unforgettable Angkor Wat.
- Discover the most beautiful beaches on Earth – bliss out on the golden sands of Palawan, Gili Trawangan, Thailand’s Koh Phangan and more!
- Immerse yourself in local culture – visit floating markets on the Mekong, catch crabs with Vietnamese fishermen and meet the monks in a Sri Lankan monastery.
Who’s ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Experience the wonder of the East on this incredible itinerary of the best of Asia.
Choose from two options:
- Option 1: Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam – Bali
- Option 2: Sri Lanka – Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam - Philippines – Bali
The trip is customisable, so if you want to add in or take out any destinations, just let us know and we can help you tailor your trip!
Your amazing adventure begins with the one and only Bangkok. Cruise down canals on longtail boats, explore ancient temples, learn to cook Thai-style and party the night away on Khao San Road. Next up it’s Khao Sok National Park. Go tubing, kayaking and hiking through the lush heart of the park, and stay in a floating bungalow and a jungle treehouse (100% as cool as it sounds!) A trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without some time on its stunning islands. Hop on the boat to the party isle of Koh Phangan for dazzling white sands and swaying palms. Take a snorkelling trip, learn some Muay Thai, get a traditional massage, and relaxxxxx. The next slice of paradise is pretty Phi Phi, for jungle hikes, a speedboat trip and some seriously big nights out. We’ve just got time to squeeze in one more gorgeous island – lively Phuket, where you can enjoy the world class beaches and visit an amazing elephant sanctuary.
First stop in Cambodia is Phnom Penh. Learn all about Cambodia’s tragic history at S21 Prison and the Killing Fields. Then head to the dreamy riverside town of Kampot for river tubing, sunset boat trips, pepper plantation visits and a Khmer cooking class. Next, hop on a boat to the stunning island of Koh Rong Samloem. Think swaying palms and turquoise seas. Take a boat trip around the island’s best swimming and snorkelling spots, dance the night away under the stars at our beach party, and feel any tension melt away with a Khmer massage. Then make tracks for Siem Reap, for floating village visits, and a bucket-list biggie – sunrise over Angkor Wat – just amazing.
The busting streets of historic Hanoi are your intro to this Asian giant. Take a rickshaw tour of the Old Quarter, pick up some souvenirs on the famous “36 streets” and slurp some pho with the locals. Head to the atmospheric hill station of Sapa for misty mountain views and some world-class trekking. Hike through rugged valleys, past emerald green paddy fields, and learn about the various ethnic tribes in the area. Next, it’s another bucket-list alert, with an overnight boat trip on Ha Long Bay (on a luxury boat with hot tub – this is living!) Back on dry land, make tracks for beautiful Ninh Binh for bike rides, riverboat trips and the spectacular Dragon Mountain Viewpoint. Then we’ll head to the ancient town of Hoi An where you can try your hand at crab-catching, learn how to make traditional lanterns and spend a day on a local beach. Take a flight to the charming chaos of Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the city’s banging nightlife before slowing it right down in the Mekong Delta. Visit floating markets, see how life here revolves around the waterways. Wrap up your Vietnam experience with another day in Ho Chi Minh City, learning about the Vietnam War in the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, before one more big HCMC night out.
Welcome to beautiful Bali where tropical beaches are available on demand! Your first stop is the stylish resort of Seminyak, where the boutique shopping and chic beach bars are as good as the scenery. Then follow the good vibes down the coast to groovy Canggu. Take a surf lesson with some local pros and bum around on the beach with the hipsters. Next up it’s lovely Lovina with a stop at some majestic temples and a waterfall on the way. Meet some local families, learn the traditional Balinese art of basket weaving, go on a dolphin spotting trip and get a taste of how the 1% live with a stay in a pimped out private villa! Meet the cheeky locals at Monkey Forest in Ubud, learn how to cook Balinese food, and take an unforgettable trek up a volcano at dawn. Next, hop on the fast ferry to the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan for jaw-dropping views, white sands, and an incredible boat cruise around all three of the Gilis. Then it’s back to the fast ferry for two nights on gorgeous Nusa Lembongan, where you’ll take a private boat round the island, stopping to snorkel with majestic manta rays! Finish up with one last night in a hip beach club resort in Seminyak.
Kick off the Sri Lankan leg of your trip in the beachside town of Negombo. Explore the charming Old Quarter by tuk tuk and chill on the beach before heading to Dambulla for glamping, river cruises and visit the imposing Sigiriya Rock. Next stop is colourful Kandy, where we’ll visit a fragrant spice garden and the sacred Temple of the Tooth. Then we’ll stop at a tea plantation before taking one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, to Ella. Soak up Ella’s laid-back vibe, hike up Little Adam’s Peak, and fill your Insta with pics from the breathtaking Nine Arches Bridge. Then, how does one of Asia’s premier wildlife locations sound? Udawalawe National Park is home to wild elephants, crocodiles, monkeys and countless species of bird. Take a dawn safari before making your way down the coast to our eco resort in stunning Tallala, learn to surf on laid-back Welligama Beach and finish up in Mirissa – one of the prettiest beach resorts in the whole of Sri Lanka. Spend a really special day at a Buddhist monastery, learning about life, the universe and everything from the student monks. Then enjoy a last night on Mirissa’s sands with the gang.
Ready for paradise? Spend a night in busy Manila before hitting the beach in style, in spectacular Siquijor. Visit the local shamans, splash about in the sparkling water of Cambugahay Falls and take a snorkelling trip where there’s so much marine life, it’s like swimming in an aquarium! The lively resort of Moalboal is next, with a stop on the way at Kawasan Falls, for a spot of adrenaline-fuelled canyoneering. Make like Attenborough in Moalboal as you swim with a vast shoal of fish on the town’s famous sardine run. Then take a flight to the beautiful island of Busuanga where you’ll join a mountain hike and visit a picturesque hot spring. Next, you’ll board a traditional banca boat, ready for an epic three-day boat trip. Cruise through jewel-like waters, snorkel with thousands of colourful fish and spend two nights on desert islands, under skies full of stars. The boat trip ends on Palawan. Spend three nights blissing out in exquisite El Nido, soaking up the sun, taking a jeep tour of the island and enjoying a traditional Filipino massage – it’s heaven on Earth.
For a full day-by-day itinerary and details of the unique accommodation included, download our trip notes.
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We have a fantastic flights team who can help you book all the flights needed to get between your individual programmes, as these are not included in the cost of the programme. Contact a travel advisor who can provide you with a quote for the flight prices.
If you do the programmes in the order suggested then your flight route will be
Option 1: Home to Bangkok - Phuket to Phnom Penh - Siem Reap to Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City to Denpasar - Denpasar to Home
Option 2: Home to Colombo - Colombo to Bangkok - Phuket to Phnom Penh - Siem Reap to Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City to Denpasar - Denpasar to Manila - El Nido/Puerto Princesa to Home
Please see below for full details of the arrival and departure.
Thai Intro Plus - The trip kicks off on day 1 in Bangkok, Thailand. Fly into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), where we’ll pick you up and take you to the hotel. There are no activities planned for day 1, so arrive at a time that suits you. The trip ends on day 13 in Phuket. The quickest way to get back to Bangkok for your transfer flight on to the next leg of your adventure is by taking an internal flight from Phuket International Airport (HKT). The earliest this flight should be booked is 12pm on Day 13.
Cambodia Intro – The Cambodia Intro kicks off in Phnom Penh on day 1 of this leg. Fly into Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), where you will be met by one of the team and taken to your accommodation. The trip ends on day 10 of this leg in Siem Reap. You’ll need to fly from Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Return transfers are not included but are easy to arrange locally with your guide.
Vietnam Adventure Plus – Arrive in Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on day 1 of this leg of the trip. One of our team members will meet you from the airport and take you to your accommodation. There are no activities planned for day 1 so arrive at a time that works for you. Your Vietnam Adventure ends on day 15 in Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll need to make your way to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN). Return airport transfers are not included.
Bali Intro Plus – Arrive in Denpasar International Airport (DPN) for day 1 of this leg of the tour. We’ll meet you from the airport and take you to your hotel. Your Bali Intro will end on day 12 in Seminyak. You’ll need to make your own way back to Denpasar International Airport, which takes around 1.5 hours by minivan. We recommend that you do not book an onward flight out of Bali until around 1pm on day 12 at the earliest.
Sri Lanka Intro – Arrive in Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) any time on day 1. You’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation in Negombo. This leg of the tour ends in Mirissa on day 12. You can leave any time. There is a free bus that will leave Colombo for Mirissa in the morning, arriving in the late afternoon. You’ll then need to arrange a taxi to Colombo Airport.
Philippines Intro – Arrive in Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) on day 1 of this leg. There are no activities planned so arrive whenever you like. You’ll be met from the airport and taken to your accommodation This leg ends on day 13 in El Nido, Palawan and you’ll need to arrange your own transfers for onward travel. The nearest airport to the trip end point is El Nido (ENI) but flight options are limited and expensive, so you may like to travel to Puerto Princesa Airport instead (PPS), which takes around 5 – 7 hours by minibus. Please make sure you take this considerable travel time into account when booking your flights.
While most of our trips feature a mix of dorm rooms and other backpacker style accommodation, this trip is a little different as almost all rooms are on a twin share basis and are of an upgraded "flashpacker" style. Think quirky hotels with pools, jungle treehouses, beachside bungalows and luxury boats with hot tubs! This trip is perfect for couples or friends who want to share rooms, or for solo travellers wanting to share with just one other group member of the same sex, and for those looking for an upgraded level of accommodation on their adventures.
49 or 72 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip, depending which option you take. Download our trips notes for further details on where you will be staying and the type of great accommodation you can expect on these trips!
Some meals are included on each leg of the tour, but you’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine.
- Thailand – 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
- Cambodia – 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Vietnam – 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
- Bali – 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
- Sri Lanka (option 2 only) – 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- Philippines (option 2 only) – 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. All of these trips are designed for those aged 18-35 years old.
Thailand - British passport holders arriving by land or air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa.
Cambodia - British citizens can get a 30-day visa on arrival for an approximate cost of around $35USD. Alternatively, you can obtain a e-visa online before you travel.
Vietnam - British nationals will receive 45 days of entry to Vietnam visa-free on arrival.
The Cambodia part of your trip ends in Vietnam. Therefore, depending on start dates there may be a bit of time spare between your Cambodia and Vietnam experiences. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Bali - British visitors arriving in Bali (or anywhere in Indonesia) will be issued with a visa on arrival, valid for a stay of up to 30 days for a cost of approximately £25. A tourism levy of approximately £8 is payable upon each entry into the island of Bali via an air or sea port (including re-entry from surrounding islands).
Sri Lanka - You will need to get a visa before arrival for Sri Lanka with a UK passport. You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization visa online (ETA) through the official Sri Lankan ETA website.
Philippines - British citizens can enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days, provided you have a valid return or onward travel ticket.
Please note: Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip