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Ultimate Asia

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: ASUL

Duration: 9-14 weeks

Combo of our most popular trips in Asia
Group guided tours of 4 countries or more
Add on Sri Lanka, Philippines & Borneo

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.

Trip highlights

  • Bliss out in the most beautiful beach destinations in the world, including Phi Phi in Thailand, Canggu in Bali, Mirissa in Sri Lanka, Palawan in the Philippines and many more!
  • Have unforgettable encounters with animals - bathe with elephants in Thailand, feed wild monkeys in Bali, meet the Orang-utans in Borneo and watch turtles hatching on Libaran Island.
  • Island-hop in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Ang Thong Marine Park in Thailand and El Nido in the Philippines, including overnight stays on 2 private islands!
  • Enjoy tons of included activities including bamboo rafting, hiking, sea-kayaking, surf lessons, crab-fishing, snorkelling, bike tours, traditional cooking classes and caving!
  • See some of the most impressive cultural sites in Asia – watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, snap Bali’s Insta-famous ancient temples, explore the ancient streets of Hoi An in Vietnam and drink in the sunset at Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka.
What's included

Thai Adventure

  • 24 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Bangkok city tour and cycle tour
  • Chiang Mai cookery class, night market visit and temple tour
  • Elephant experience trekking and bamboo rafting
  • Khao Sok National Park and floating bungalow stay
  • Phi Phi snorkelling and kayaking
  • Ang Thong Marine Park visit
  • Ao Nang street food crawl
  • Mangrove forest kayak trip
  • Koh Tao boat trip

Cambodia on a Shoestring

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Siem Reap community project meal
  • Sunrise over Angkor Wat and guided tour
  • Phnom Penh orientation tour
  • Street food crawl in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Local village homestay

Vietnam Adventure

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Hanoi rickshaw tour
  • Overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay
  • Sea kayaking and caving in Ha Long
  • Private island stay
  • Riverside homestay
  • Bicycle tour of Ninh Binh
  • Dragon Mountain Viewpoint visit
  • Vietnamese cookery class in Hoi An
  • Mekong Delta day trip
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour

Bali Intro

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Temple visits
  • Surf lesson in Canggu
  • Waterfall visit
  • Basket weaving and coffee plantation visits
  • Gili Trawangan bike tour
  • Gili Islands boat trip
  • Monkey Forest visit
  • Sunrise volcano trek
  • Traditional Balinese massage

Sri Lanka Intro (option 2 only)

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Dambulla Rock Cave Temple visit
  • Local village visit
  • River boat ride
  • Local cooking experience
  • Sunset at Sigiriya Rock
  • Spice garden visit
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Tea plantation visit and waterfall hike
  • Little Adams Peak hike and Nine Arches Bridge visit
  • Wildlife safari experience in Udawalawe National Park
  • Surf lesson on Welligama Beach
  • Buddhist monastery visit and English teaching

Philippines Intro (option 2 only)

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Iwahig Prison visit
  • Puerto Princesa underground river trip
  • Port Barton boat cruise and private island stay
  • El Nido island boat trip, canopy trail and cultural activities
  • Traditional massage

Borneo Express (option 2 only)

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Cooking class at Kota Belud
  • Morning and evening Kinabatangan River safaris
  • Lake visit and wildlife spotting in Kinabatangan
  • Visits to orangutan and sun bear centres
  • Turtle hatchery visit

All trips

  • In country tour guide
  • All in-country transport
  • Personal travel advisor to help you plan your dream trip
  • Assistance arranging flights and travel insurance
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • International flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Most meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities and excursions
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!

Choose from two options:

  • Option 1: Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam - Bali
  • Option 2: Sri Lanka – Thailand – Cambodia – Vietnam - Philippines – Bali – Borneo

This trip is flexible, so if you want to add in or take out any of the itinerary sections, speak to your travel advisor and we can help you plan your perfect itinerary. For a full day-by-day itinerary, download our trip notes

Thai Adventure (25 days)

Kick off your amazing trip round Asia in vibrant Bangkok, where you’ll enjoy boat tours, temple visits and banging nights out. Next up it’s Chiang Mai where you’ll hike through the northern foothills, go bamboo rafting, learn how to cook authentic Thai food, and spend a night in a rustic retreat. Then fly to the South, where we’ll chillax on beautiful Phi Phi for a few days, before transferring to the lively beach town of Ao Nang. We’ll also take a kayaking expedition through mangrove forests, and two snorkelling trips to the surrounding paradise islands. Week 3 starts with a trip inland to the spectacular Khao Sok National Park, where you’ll stay on the lake in a float-house! Then it’s back to the beach life with 3 nights on Koh Samui, including a blissful day kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park, before we head to the legendary party island of Ko Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat! Our last Thai island destination is lovely little Koh Tao where we’ll spend 3 days sunning ourselves and visiting the best snorkelling and kayaking spots, before travelling back to good old Bangkok for a last night out.

This is our 2020 itinerary. If you are looking to travel in 2019 check out our Thai Adventure 2019 itinerary

Cambodia on a Shoestring (10 days)

The Cambodian leg of your tour starts in the Thai capital - then we’ll head into Cambodia. Our first stop in Cambodia is Siem Reap where we’ll tick off a real bucket list item and watch the sun come up over the unforgettable Angkor Wat. Next stop is Phnom Penh where we’ll have a free day - learn about Cambodia’s tragic history at S21 and the Killing Fields. After that we’ll travel to beautiful Koh Rong Island, where we’ll spend a couple of days soaking up the sun, eating seafood on the beach, snorkelling and swimming with phosphorescent plankton in the sea at night – totally magical! Our last stop in Cambodia is Chambok, where we’ll spend a night in a rural homestay, getting a real insight into local life. We’ll then cross the border into Vietnam and head to the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl before the Cambodian leg of your adventure finishes.

Vietnam Adventure (12 days)

Start on the moped-filled streets of Hanoi. Take a rickshaw tour, grab some street food and enjoy the nightlife, before heading to Ha Long Bay for a 2-day cruise on a traditional junk. Try your hand at caving, sea kayaking and late-night squid fishing. We’ll spend the first night on the boat and the second on our own private island! We’ll then travel to Ninh Binh, where we’ll spend a night in a homestay, take a river cruise and tour the lush countryside by bike. Next up it’s the ancient yellow town of Hoi An. Stroll round the beautiful lamp-lit streets, take a cooking class and try your hand at traditional crab-fishing. Then it’s a short flight south to Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll have free time to explore the bustling city, before we take a cruise down the mighty Mekong Delta and visit the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. Your Vietnam trip comes to an end on day 12. If you’ve taken option 1, it’s time to head across to Bali and if you’re on option 2 you’re off to the Philippines!

Bali Intro (12 days)

Welcome to Bali! Start with a stay on the volcanic sands of Canggu where you will have a surf lesson, explore ancient temples and enjoy the golden sands. Then we head inland to Lovina where we’ll stop at two ancient temples, hand-feed wild monkeys and swim at a beautiful waterfall. You’ll also take an incredible dolphin cruise before boarding the ferry to gorgeous Gili Trawangan. Chill on the dazzling beach on Gili T, explore the island by bike, take a boat tour around all three of the Gilis and party all night on the sands. We’ll then head back to Bali, to the bohemian jungle town of Ubud, where we’ll visit the famous Monkey Forest, take a sunrise volcano trek (with breakfast cooked over the volcano!) and enjoy a massage. If you’ve booked option 1, your Ultimate Asia trip comes to an end today.  If you’ve booked option 2, grab your bags – we’re off to Borneo!

Sri Lanka Intro (12 days - option 2 only)

Arrive into Colombo and transfer to your beachside accommodation in Negombo. Then it’s on to beautiful Dambulla, where you’ll stay in an epic ‘glamping’ resort, visit the Golden Temple Cave, take a boat cruise, watch a cooking demo and see the sun set over the Sigiriya Rock Fortress! We’ll journey to Kandy, home of the sacred Temple of the Tooth. Then we’ll visit a tea plantation and hike to a waterfall, before boarding the train to Ella - one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world! In Ella, we’ll climb Little Adam’s Peak and visit the Insta-famous Nine Arch Bridge, before travelling to Udawalawe National Park. We’ll have some incredible safari experiences in Udawale and then make our way back to the coast. We’ll stay in a chic eco-retreat on Tallala Beach and spend some time in lovely Mirissa, taking yoga classes and surf lessons along the way. We’ll then visit a Buddhist monastery where we’ll meet the monk students. The Sri Lankan leg of your adventure ends on day 12. Pack your stuff and get ready to travel on to amazing Thailand!

Philippines Intro (10 days - option 2 only)

Arrive in Manila and take the short flight to the paradise island of Palawan. We’ll visit Iwahig prison and take a trip on an underground river before journeying to the remote tropical town of Port Barton. We’ll take a boat trip round the islands near Port Barton, before camping for the night on the beach of our own private island! We’ll also visit a local school and trek to a waterfall. After that we’re off to El Nido for more beach fun, an island hopping party cruise, a canopy walk, a Filipino massage and an afternoon learning traditional activities such as weaving with palm leaves and pressing coconut oil. The Filipino leg of your adventure ends on day 10. Pack your bags and get ready to travel on to Bali!

Borneo Express (8 days - option 2 only)

Arrive in Kota Kinabalu. On the second day, travel to sleepy Tambuton where you’ll visit a farm, take part in a Malay cooking class, and go on a trek. Our next stop is a riverside jungle lodge in Kinabatanagan. We’ll spend 3 nights here, taking an evening boat cruise to look for crocs, a day safari cruise and a hike to look for monkeys, pygmy elephants and gibbons! We’ll then go to Sepilok Orang-utan Centre and a sun bear conservation centre. We’ve got more amazing animal experiences to come with a visit to Libaran Island turtle hatchery before we return to Kota Kinabalu. Our incredible Borneo trip comes to an end on day 8.

For a full day by day itinerary, download our trip notes.

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Arrival information

Thailand

An airport pick up is included is you arrive into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport between 6am and 10pm on day one. This trip ends back in Bangkok on day 25. You can depart at any time. A return airport transfer is not included, but easily arranged locally

Cambodia

This trip starts in Bangkok, Thailand on day 1. An airport transfer is not included, but a taxi to the starting hotel is easy to arrange locally. This tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Day 10.

Vietnam

You should arrange your arrival into Noi Bai International airport, Hanoi on day 1. An airport transfer is included. This trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City on day 12 – you can depart at any time.

Bali

You should land into Denpasar Airport in Bali on day 1 – you can arrive at any time and an airport transfer is included. This trip ends in Ubud on day 12. A return airport transfer is not included but is easily arranged locally.

Sri Lanka (option 2 only)

An airport pick up is included. You should land into Colombo airport at any time on day 1. The trip ends in Mirissa on day 12 and due to the journey time back to the airport you should book flights that depart after 7pm on your end date.

Philippines (option 2 only)

You will need to arrive into Manila Airport on day 1, where your group leader will meet you and take you across to your accommodation. Your tour ends in El Nido on day 10. We recommend flying out from El Nido airport on this day. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange. Alternatively you have the option to fly out of Puerto Princesa the following day.

Borneo (option 2 only)

You should land into Kota Kinabalu airport on day 1 of your trip. Airport transfers are not included but a taxi to your starting accommodation is easy to arrange. The trip ends on day 8 and you can fly out of Kota Kinabalu at any time.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

Thailand - 24 nights accommodation are included. We’ll spend some nights in more rustic accommodation at the elephant camp, the overnight trek, and in Khao Sok National Park where we’ll be staying in a Thai ‘float-house’. For the rest of the trip you will be staying in hostels in multi-share dorm accommodation.

Cambodia - 9 nights accommodation is included and will be a mix of twin and multi-share.

Vietnam - 11 nights in a mixture of hotels, hostels, homestays, overnight trains, junk boats and dorms.  All accommodation is on a multi-share basis and some rooms are mixed. 

Bali - 11 nights in a mix of guesthouses, hotels and private villas. Most nights will be twin or double share with 2 nights on a multi-share, mixed dorm basis. Accommodation is of a great standard, with swimming pools, private bathrooms and air con.

Sri Lanka (option 2 only) - 11 nights in a combination of hotels, glamping resorts and an eco-retreat.  Rooms are on a twin or double-share basis.

Philippines (option 2 only) - 9 nights in multi-share hostels, hotels and beachside resorts. One night will be spent in twin share tents on a remote island beach.

Borneo (option 2 only) - 7 nights in a selection of guesthouses, jungle lodges, permanent tents and homestays. Rooms are twin or multi-share. There may be shared toilet facilities and showers.

Meals

Some meals are included on each leg of the tour, but you’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself.  This allows you maximum flexibility to eat when and where you want and is a really important part of your cultural experience. 

  • Thailand - 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Cambodia - 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Vietnam - 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Bali - 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners.
  • Sri Lanka (option 2 only) - 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Philippines (option 2 only) - 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Borneo  (option 2 only) - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
Minimum age & eligibility

You must be at least 18 years old to join this 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 citizens can enter Vietnam for a maximum of 15 days without a visa. For visits of up to 30 days, you can get an e-visa online before you travel. This is limited to certain entry / exit points which you must select at your time of application. 

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. In this case you may be in Vietnam for longer than 15 days and will require a visa. 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 - British citizens are eligible for a free 30 day visa on arrival.

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:  It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. The above is for guidance only and visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.  

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