The upgraded Ultimate Asia adventure!
Book now for £500
Group Size: Varies
Trip code: UATW
Duration: From 7 or 12 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, bliss out on exotic beaches in the Philippines, and enjoy unforgettable animal encounters in Borneo. 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 – visit an orang-utan sanctuary in Borneo, 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, stay overnight with a family in Borneo 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 – Borneo
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. Think swaying palms and turquoise seas. Take a boat trip round 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 stay with a local family for a real insight into rural life. 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 save time with a short flight to the ancient town of Hoi An where you can try your hand at crab-catching, watch a traditional bamboo show, and spend a day on a local beach. Take another 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, and spend the night in a local family’s home. 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 visits to the Buddha filled Golden Temple Cave, and 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 and a cascading waterfall 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 breath-taking 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 back to the coast with a night in pretty Dikwalla. Then hop 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.
Borneo is a special destination, especially for animal-lovers. Kick off with a night in Kota Kinabalu, before making tracks to sleepy little Tambatuon for a night in a traditional homestay. Travel on to the Kinabatangan River for three nights in an atmospheric jungle lodge where you’ll take an evening croc-spotting cruise, a dawn river safari and venture into the jungle with your guide to look for monkeys and pygmy elephants. Sepilok is next on the itinerary. Visit the Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, and get up close with these amazing apes, before learning about the world’s smallest bears at the Sun Bear Project. Then take a boat to Libaran Island for an incredible tour of the island’s turtle hatchery. If you’re lucky, you might get to see turtles laying eggs, or some of the young turtles being released back into the sea. Your Borneo Express finishes up with a short flight back to Kota Kinabalu, where you’ll enjoy one last night with your new mates.
For a full day-by-day itinerary and details of the unique accommodation included, download our trip notes.
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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.
Borneo Express – Arrive in Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) on day 1 of this leg. There are no activities planned until the welcome meeting in the evening so arrive at a time that suits you. Airport pick up is not included, so you’ll have to make your own way to your starting accommodation. Taxis can be easily arranged from within the terminal building. You can depart at any time on day 8 from Kota Kinabalu Airport.
Transport between trips
Transport between the individual programmes is not included in the trip, however we have a dedicated flight team who can assist you in booking flights to match your itinerary and dates. We can also help with additional accommodation requirements pre- or post-trip if there are free days in between the tour dates. Speak to a travel advisor for more information.
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 79 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 – 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
- Cambodia – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
- Vietnam – 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners
- Bali – 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
- Sri Lanka (option 2 only) – 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- Philippines (option 2 only) – 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
- Borneo (option 2 only) – 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 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, with the exception of Borneo Express which is an open-aged trip. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
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 need to apply for a visa before travelling to Vietnam. You can apply for an eVisa, which will allow for 30 days in Vietnam, through the official Vietnamese government website.
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 adviser for more information.
Bali - British visitors arriving in Bali (or anywhere in Indonesia) will be issued with a free visa on arrival, valid for a stay of up to 30 days.
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.
Borneo (Malaysia)- British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Malaysia. You’ll usually be given permission to stay for 3 months on arrival.
Please note: Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.