Ultimate Asia

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Duration: 9-14 weeks

Trip code: ASUL

Travel around Asia on this incredible package trip! Enjoy hill treks and beach parties in Thailand, temple visits and forest hikes in Cambodia, bike rides and boat trips in Vietnam, and monkey feeding and surf time in Bali! Plus, for the complete Asian experience, you can throw in adventure tours in China and the Philippines for good measure! Join our Ultimate Asia journey and fall in love with the magic of the East.

Please note: If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow a new updated Thai Adventure itinerary. Please see the further trip information for more details.

Trip highlights

  • Tick off Asia’s most stunning countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bali. Throw in China and the Philippines for the ultimate experience!
  • Wonderful wildlife: see pandas in China, monkeys in Vietnam, elephants in Thailand, and turtles in the Philippines!
  • Unforgettable landscapes: drink in the sweeping forests of Vietnam, trek the northern foothills of Thailand, and watch the sun rise over an Indonesian volcano
  • Awesome adventures: go bamboo rafting in China, island hopping in the Philippines, and surf it up in Bali
  • Incredible parties: Live it up at a Full or Black Moon Party in Thailand, and dance with the locals on the sands of Kuta in Bali!
Further trip information

Get set for an incredible Asian adventure! This fantastic package takes in the best and most beautiful countries this continent has to offer. 

You can choose from two options:

Option 1: Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam - Bali

Option 2: China –Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam - Philippines - Bali


Thai Adventure: 29 days

Day 1: Begin in the buzz of Bangkok. Touch down on Thailand’s tropical soil and be met by one of our trip guides who will transfer you to your guesthouse near Khao San Road. Meet your fellow travellers and enjoy your first night in Thailand!

Day 2: Explore Bangkok. Explore some incredible must-see sights on a Bangkok tour, starting with a long tailed boat ride. After temple visits to Wat Po, Wat Arun and the stunning Grand Palace, round off the day with a night out partying on the legendary Khao San Road.

Day 3: Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a final day in Bangkok and then sit back, relax and prepare for the next stage of your Thai adventure on an overnight private bus transfer to Chiang Mai.

Day 4: Chiang Mai and Cookery Class. Arrive early in Chiang Mai and spend the day relaxing or exploring.  In the evening you’ll learn to cook delicious Thai dishes in a cookery class and sample what you make!

Day 5: Meet the Elephants. Journey into the stunning Thai countryside and spend a day at an incredible elephant home. Feed and bathe the elephants and then spend the night in huts next to the herd – fall asleep to the soft sound of elephant snores!

Day 6 & 7: Hill Trek. Head to the foothills of northern Thailand for two days of wild adventure trekking in spectacular scenery – a must do experience! Possibility of bamboo rafting adventure. Spend the evening of day 7 back at the Elephant Home.

Please note: Your luggage will be looked after for you during the trek, so you only need to carry a small daypack.

Day 8: Chiang Mai. Enjoy more time with the elephants in the morning before heading to Chiang Mai in the afternoon.

Day 9: Chiang Mai. Enjoy some free time in Thailand's second-largest city and add in some more exciting optional activities, plus enjoy a guided tour of Chiang Mai's famous night markets and some lofty temples. Explore the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and snap up some bargain souvenirs!

Day 10: Return to Bangkok. Hop back on the bus to the bright lights of Bangkok. Arrive early evening. Head out and hit the town to enjoy Bangkok’s legendary nightlife!

Day 11: Bangkok to Koh Samui. Make the most of a fun, free day to explore amazing Bangkok before boarding an overnight bus to the Thai island of Koh Samui.

Day 12: Koh Samui. Arrive on the wonderful island of Koh Samui and get settled in to your rural village setting. 

Day 13: Dam! Take part in a community dam building project and make a difference to the ecology in Koh Samui's beautiful inland forests. Enjoy Koh Samui's vibrant nightlife.

Day 14: Chill on Koh Samui. A free day to laze on the beach, recover from the night before(!), and reflect on the adventure so far. 

Day 15: Angthong National Marine Park. Head over to beautiful Angthong for a day of kayaking and swimming around green islands, white beaches and turquoise waters.

Please note that the visit to Angthong Marine Park is weather dependent; if the day trip is unable to go ahead an alternative activity will be arranged.

Day 16-20: Koh Tao. Five days of beach break paradise, party time and snorkelling on the gorgeous shores of Thailand's pint-sized island, Koh Tao. Extra option to learn to scuba dive and gain a PADI qualification during your stay on Koh Tao.

Day 21-25: Koh Phangan. Laze your days away in a haze of sun, sea and sand, and take part in some amazing optional activities on this beautiful island. Live it up at a legendary Full, Black or Half Moon Party and stay in gorgeous beach-front accommodation!

About the Parties

The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people gather at Haad Rin beach and dance to everything from trance to reggae until the sun rises the next morning. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party hosts a night filled with the latest trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is a more alternative music party on Koh Phangan, with top quality music and a unique atmosphere. Top DJs play fantastic sets and the forest setting creates a buzzing, intimate vibe. Entry costs approx. £20-25. Please contact a travel advisor to find out which start dates coincide with which party!

Please note: We try our best to plan our start dates to coincide with a legendary Moon Party but this is not always possible. There is no guarantee that your trip will coincide with a party and Gap 360 cannot take responsibility if your trip dates do not coincide with a Moon Party. Please contact a travel advisor to check that your planned trip coincides with a party.

Day 26: Transfer to Koh Phi Phi. Head across Thailand to the iconic Koh Phi Phi, an island of stunning beaches and sparkling blue seas. Prepare for three days in this perfect paradise!

Day 27-28: Koh Phi Phi. Free time to enjoy everything this fantastic island has to offer. Opt to relax on the sand, snorkel in the sea or party on the beach.

Day 29: Koh Phi Phi. It’s time to say goodbye to this incredible Thai Adventure. Check out at 11am. Return airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange. Speak to us for transfer advice. 

New Thai Adventure Itinerary

If you are travelling from 15th March 2018 onwards, you will follow an exciting new Thai Adventure itinerary.

Your trip will include a Bangkok bicycle tour, a Chiang Mai cookery class, an elephant experience, a 2-day hill trek, Krabi beach time, a Koh Phi Phi island boat trip and party time on Koh Phangan. You’ll also enjoy 4 days of volunteer experiences and adventure excursions on Koh Samui and 5 days of beach bliss on Koh Tao. The trip ends on Koh Tao on day 29.

You’ll also enjoy two included internal flights which will cut down the time you spend on the road and increase the time you spend exploring and relaxing!

For more information, please see the updated Thai Adventure information here.


Cambodia on a Shoestring: 10 days

Day 1: Bangkok. Make your way to your accommodation in time for a 6pm welcome meeting.

Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap. Cross the Cambodian border and head for beautiful Siem Reap. Enjoy a tasty traditional meal at a local community project. Get to know the locals and enjoy a unique insight into Cambodian life.

Day 3: Siem Reap. Wake up early to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around the temples and statues. Spend the afternoon relaxing in Siem Reap or choose from a range of optional activities, including a museum visit and a circus performance.

Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh. Jump aboard a local bus and travel to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Arrive in the city and follow your guide on a brief orientation walk. Get ready for your first night of Cambodian city living!

Day 5: Phnom Penh. Take advantage of a full free day of exploration. Opt to visit the infamous S-21 prison or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Alternatively, you could delve into the busy Russian Market or take a look at the Royal Palace.

Day 6: Phnom Penh/Sihanoukville. Head south to the stunning Cambodian coast. Tuck into a barbeque on the beach with your fellow adventurers and then hit the beachside bars for a night of dancing in the sand!

Day 7: Sihanoukville. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or opt to join a snorkelling boat trip and get up close to underwater wildlife.

Day 8: Sihanoukville/Can Tho. Climb aboard a private vehicle and roll across the border into Vietnam. Tuck into an authentic homemade meal at a local village homestay.

Day 9: Can Tho/Ho Chi Minh City. Continue through the gorgeous Vietnamese countryside towards Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl and then head out into the city for some independent exploration.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City. Your fantastic shoestring adventure comes to an end today! Say goodbye to group and head for the airport. Your next Ultimate Asia adventure awaits!


12-day Vietnam Adventure

Day 1: Welcome to Vietnam. Touch down at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi and catch an inclusive transfer to your accommodation. Enjoy your first night in Vietnam!

Day 2: Hanoi Rickshaw Tour. Explore the city on the back of rickshaw and see top sights such as the Presidential Palace, the beautiful West Lake, the Ho Chi Minh complex and the One Pillar Pagoda. 

Day 3: Ha Long Bay Cruise. Board a traditional Vietnamese junk and sail out into the bay. You’ll be sleeping on board tonight! Enjoy caving, sea kayaking and even try your hand at a spot of late-night squid fishing as you cruise over tranquil waters.

Day 4: Wake up in Ha Long. Wake up to beautiful island views from your cabin. Enjoy a full free day here to make the most of your exquisite surroundings. Then jump on board an overnight train to Hue.

Day 5: Cooking and sunsets in Hue. Learn how to prepare delicious Vietnamese cuisine at a cooking class and then cruise down river on a Dragon Boat for sunset at Thien Mu Pagoda. 

Day 6: Hoi An. Depart Hue and travel over to Hoi An via the impressive Hai Van Pass. Arrive in Hoi An and explore its lantern lit streets, buzzing market stalls and gorgeous waterways. 

Day 7: Cycling and Crab Fishing. Cycle through the stunning Hoi An countryside before navigating rivers and coconut groves on a traditional fisherman’s boat. The fisherman will even show you how to catch crab as you float through these tranquil Vietnamese waters!

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City. Fly south and visit famous Ho Chi Minh City. Delve into the bustling streets on a rickshaw and wander the colourful local markets and street food stalls. Then enjoy dinner and drinks with your group.

Day 9: Discover more of Ho Chi Minh. Today is a great opportunity to get to know Ho Chi Minh City in more detail. Why not learn about the Vietnam War at the War Remnants Museum or just kick back and relax in this vibrant city?

Day 10: Cu Chi Tunnels. Head underground and explore the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive system of underground passages that were used during the war for communication. Then enjoy another big night out in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11: Mekong Delta. Glide out onto the Mekong Delta on board a traditional canoe. Pass by natural tree arches and open waters and visit a local honeybee farm and coconut village before hunting for bargains at a floating market!

Day 12: Onwards to Bali/Philippines! Your amazing adventure in Vietnam has come to an end! Time to head across to Bali (Option 1) or the Philippines (Option 2) for your next stunning experience.


Bali Intro: 12 days

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Begin your awesome Bali Intro! Arriving into Denpasar Airport you’ll be picked up and taken to your gorgeous guesthouse in Kuta to meet the rest of your group.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Start today with a short drive to a stunning temple, set on a cliff edge in Uluwatu. Your next stop is the famous Padang Padang beach. Enjoy a sunset dinner before heading back to Kuta for its spectacular nightlife!

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Make tracks for the laid-back surfing spot of Canggu, famous for its volcanic sands. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations. 

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Stop off at two of Bali’s most amazing ancient temples before hand-feeding wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the exquisite mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Hop on board a traditional outrigger boat for snorkelling and dolphin-spotting adventures. Visit a local homestay for a Balinese basket weaving experience.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. A fast ferry takes you to the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan, a real slice of paradise. Enjoy some free time and then head out to make the most of the amazing island nightlife.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Take a biking tour of this gem of an island, snapping photos of the breathtaking views and taking breaks to laze on white sand beaches.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and then make the most of your last evening on the island and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud.

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Visit Ubud’s most famous attraction, Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys. Enjoy Ubud and get out and about this evening with your new friends.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Head out for an unforgettable sunrise Volcano trek, including a breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the volcano. Hike back to Ubud, arriving mid-morning and ease your muscles with an inclusive massage. The rest of the day is free.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your Ultimate Asia package has come to an end. Time to head home and show off your holiday snaps!

Please note: We try to run as many of our start dates back-to-back, so that you can finish one programme and head straight into your next adventure. On occasional start dates there may be days in between where you will need to arrange your own accommodation. This is a great opportunity to explore more of these countries for yourself. Speak to us and we can help you organise incredible interim experiences!

Please note: Flights between destinations are not included as part of this package trip. Speak to our flights team to organise these journeys before you leave the UK.


China Adventure: 27 days (Option 2 only)

Day 1: Arrive in Hong Kong. Arrive at any time and get settled in to your hostel, ready to begin your epic China Adventure. There are no activities planned for today.

Day 2: Hong Kong to Yangshuo. 7am start for a tram ride to Victoria Peak and a welcome briefing at the top. At 11 a.m. you'll depart Hong Kong and cross the border into mainland China, where you’ll hop on a bullet train and bus to Yangshuo.

Day 3-6: Yangshuo. Inclusive bamboo rafting experience down the Li River. Optional activities include a cooking class, visit to mud baths, deep water soloing, watching traditional fishing using birds, cupping treatment, or a local village visit. On day 6 you will board a bus to Guilin and a night train to Chengdu.

Day 7: Chengdu. Optional activities include a massage, sampling a traditional Sichuan Hotpot and a free Mandarin lesson.

Day 8: Chengdu. Inclusive morning visit to meet some of China’s most wonderful wildlife, the Giant Panda, at the world-renowned Panda Breeding Research Centre. Optional trip to see the impressive Leshan Buddha (extra cost).

Day 9: Chengdu. Visit Wenshu Temple before making tracks for Xi’an on an overnight train.

Day 10: Xi’an. Guided tour of Muslim Quarter (25RMB) or join an optional bike tour around the city (extra cost of 100RMB, approx £10). Street food dinner in Muslim Quarter, visit to Silk Road Market.

Day 11: Xi’an: The Terracotta Warriors. Marvel at one of the wonders of the ancient world today as you take a tour of the awe-inspiring site of the Terracotta Warriors, one of China’s must-see attractions. In the evening you can help out at a soup kitchen or home for the disadvantaged providing food and support to Xi’an’s homeless people.

Day 12: Xi’an to Dengfeng. Bus to Dengfeng. Orphanage visit with Kung Fu show and option to join in a Kung Fu lesson (extra cost of 150RMB). Evening Mandarin lesson.

Day 13: Dengfeng. Free time. Optional visit to a Shaolin Temple (extra cost of 150RMB) or hike to Buddhist pilgrimage site of Dharma Cave. Night train to Beijing.

Day 14-16: Beijing and the Great Wall. Mandarin lesson and Mandarin challenge in Beijing! A meal at a local farm is followed by a hike along the Great Wall as the sun goes down, then set up camp for a night under canvas. Wake to a memorable sunrise and then head to Beijing for two days of free time and fun in this buzzing capital city. Optional attractions include a visit to The Forbidden City, the Olympic Village & Bird’s Nest Stadium or a Beijing Acrobatics Show (all at extra cost).

Day 17-19: Beijing – Moganshan - Shanghai. Travellers on the tour will board a night train to the beautiful lake city of Hangzhou and travel via bullet train and private bus to Moganshan. You will stay in the countryside around the Moganshan bamboo nature reserve, and hike up to the peak of magical Moganshan Mountain. After another inclusive Mandarin lesson you'll travel onwards by minibus and bullet train to Shanghai.

Day 20-22: Shanghai. Optional activities include a French Concession Walking Tour, bar crawl or a visit to a roof bar to sip champagne in a hot tub (all at extra cost).

Day 23: Nanjing, Fujian Province. Nanjing in Fujian Province (not to be confused with the more famous Nanjing City North of Shanghai) has been described as one of Asia’s most picturesque areas. Travel there by bullet train and spend the night in a traditional roundhouse known as a ‘Tulou’, part of the culture of the local Hakka people.

Day 24: Fujian Province. Visit roundhouses, temples and stunning countryside in this area. Sip Chinese tea in a traditional tea ceremony, take a dip in the local river and then head into the hills, where you’ll camp out on a tea plantation (if you prefer, you can return for a second night at the roundhouse).

Day 25: Fujian Province to Guangzhou. Start your day on the tea plantation by picking and drinking the local tea as you enjoy the spectacular views. Cycle to a local village before having a last dinner with the locals. Travel by night train and bus towards Guangzhou.

Day 26: Macau - Hong Kong. Arrive early and travel across the border and then by casino bus on to Macau, famous for its casinos and lively nightlife. Travel back to Hong Kong by boat in the evening and spend one final night at your city hostel.

Day 27: Hong Kong. The China Adventure ends today in Hong Kong. Head to Bangkok in time for the first day of your Thai Adventure.

Please note: This tour uses public transport to get to activities and to transfer between hostels and train stations. Most overnight train journeys are unaccompanied, but one guide will put you on the train and you will be met at the end by another guide.


Philippines Intro: 10 days (option 2 only)

Day 1: Arrive in Manila. Arrive into Manila Airport and be transferred to your accommodation. Meet your fellow travellers on the roof terrace and then enjoy a delicious group meal.

Day 2: Manila/Palawan. Fly to Palawan. Visit the unusual Iwahig Prison. In the evening, try some tasty Filipino seafood.

Day 3: Honda Bay Island Hopping. Enjoy breakfast with your group and then discover the gorgeous islands of Honda Bay on a boat trip, with stops for swimming and snorkelling. Cruise through these beautiful surroundings and then head over to Port Barton. 

Day 4: Island living. Climb aboard a boat to cruise around the surrounding island beaches. Catch fish to grill on the beach, and snorkel shoulder to shoulder with turtles along the reefs. You’ll be sleeping in tents on the beach – a true island adventure!

Day 5: Port Barton. Spend the morning interacting with local school children. Delve into the surrounding jungle to discover a cascading waterfall. Then, head back to Port Barton for a final night of idyllic beachside living.

Day 6: El Nido. Time to depart Port Barton and head to El Nido. Spend the evening relaxing on the beach. Then get dressed up for a night at a lively beachside reggae bar!

Day 7: Island Hopping. Cruise around gorgeous tiny islands on a private boat. Take some time to snorkel and kayak around the islands, and feast on the delicious food that is freshly prepared onboard. All drinks included onboard. 

Day 8: El Nido Cultural Experience. Explore the villages surrounding El Nido and learn local skills such as coconut shaving. Opt to experience an awesome 750m zipline that whizzes across the ocean between two tropical islands! (Extra cost of PH500/approx. £7.50)

Day 9: Canopy Walk and Massage. Walk along rope bridges through the treetops and climb up to the top of the limestone cliffs and marvel at the incredible panoramic views of the town. Then enjoy an inclusive traditional Filipino massage! 

Day 10: Depart El Nido. It’s time to say goodbye to this fantastic 10-day adventure! Fly out from El Nido or take an inclusive 6-hour return transfer to Puerto Princesa Airport. Fly on to Bali!

Please note: Itinerary is a guide only and subject to change.

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