The best of Asia!
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: ASUL
Duration: 9 or 13 weeks
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 Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Borneo for good measure! Join our Ultimate Asia journey and fall in love with the magic of the East.
- 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!
- 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.
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 – Vietnam – Cambodia - Bali
- Option 2: Sri Lanka – Thailand – Vietnam – Cambodia - 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
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.
Touchdown in Hanoi, Vietnam, where you’ll have a couple of days to enjoy the vibrant capital before heading to the one and only Ha Long Bay for an overnight cruise. Next stop is beautiful Ninh Binh where you’ll take a bicycle tour and visit a famous viewpoint before heading south to the ancient town of Hoi An. Explore the historic centre, learn how to catch crabs in a traditional basket boat and cook some authentic Vietnamese dishes. Your last stop in Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City from where you’ll visit the Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Then it’s on to Cambodia where you’ll learn about the country’s tragic past in Phnom Penh, chill on the river in rural Kampot, bliss out on the beach on gorgeous Koh Rong Samloem, explore Siem Reap and round off with sunrise over the majestic Angkor Wat! 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!
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!
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!
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!
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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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.
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.
You should arrange your arrival into Noi Bai International airport, Hanoi on day 1. An airport transfer is included. This leg of the trip ends in Ho Chi Minh City on day 12 and a bus transfer to Phnom Penh Cambodia is included.
Your bus transfer from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Phnom Penh Cambodia is included. This tour ends in Siem Reap on day 21. A return airport transfer is not included but it’s really easy to arrange. It’ll take around 40 minutes to get to Siem Reap airport.
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.
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.
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.
Flights are not included in this trip as the routes for your flights will depend on your itinerary and any customisations you make. However we have a great flights team who can help you book all the flights needed for this trip. Get in touch with us for a flight quote! Flight routes for each standard option are listed below:
- Home country - Bangkok, Thailand
- Bangkok, Thailand to Hanoi, Vietnam
- Siem Reap, Cambodia - Denpasar, Bali
- Denpasar, Bali - home country
- Home country - Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Colombo, Sri Lanka - Bangkok, Thailand
- Bangkok, Thailand to Hanoi, Vietnam
- Siem Reap, Cambodia - Manila, Philippines
- El Nido, Philiipines (usually via Manila) - Denpasar, Bali
- Denpasar, Bali - Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
- Kota Kinabalu, Borneo - home country
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.
Vietnam - 11 nights in a mixture of hotels, hostels, homestays, overnight trains and dorms. You’ll also spend one night on a traditional junk boat in Ha Long Bay! All accommodation is on a double, triple or multi-share basis.
Cambodia - 9 nights’ accommodation is included and will be a mix of double, triple and multi-share. 1 night will be spent on an overnight bus between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap.
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.
Looking for a similar itinerary but with twin room accommodation? Check out our Amazing Asia trip!
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
- Vietnam and Cambodia - 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 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
You must be at least 18 years old to join this 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 - You need a valid visa to stay in Thailand. If you do not have a valid visa you will have to pay overstay penalties. You should speak to your local Immigration Office or visit the Thai Immigration website. From 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 45days without a visa (a ‘visa exemption’).
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 - From 15 March 2022 Vietnam has reintroduced visa waivers for the nationals of 13 countries including the UK. Visa waivers allow for visits to Vietnam for up to 15 days without needing to apply for a visa.
Bali - With effect from 7 March 2022, British Citizens who are entering Indonesia for tourism purposes can apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of IDR 500,000. This visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application to an immigration office within Indonesia.
Sri Lanka - All visitors are advised to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Visitors can apply for an ETA on the ETA website. On arrival visa facilities are available, however applying for an ETA before travel is advised for ease of travel and to prevent delays on arrival. Tourist visas are normally valid for 30 days.
Philippines - UK passport holders are permitted to enter the Philippines visa free for an initial period of 30 days.
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.
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.