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Trip code: ASUL

Duration: 9 or 13 weeks

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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 and the Philippines for good measure! Join our Ultimate Asia journey and fall in love with the magic of the East.

Sri Lanka - Thailand - Cambodia - Vietnam - Indonesia - Philippines

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 - walk with elephants in Thailand, spot wild monkeys in Bali 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 pristine islands!
  • See some of the most impressive cultural sites in Asia – watch the sunrise 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.
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What's included

Thai Adventure

  • 24 nights’ accommodation
  • Some meals (see accommodation & meal section)
  • WhatsApp buddy list before you travel
  • Bangkok city boat tour
  • In-country transport (inc. internal flight)
  • Cookery class in Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai night market tour
  • Ethical elephant experience
  • Trekking in the northern foothills
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Koh Phi Phi viewpoint visit
  • Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling and kayaking
  • Maya Bay entrance fee
  • Ao Nang street food crawl
  • Day trip to Railay Beach
  • Bor Thor mangrove forests kayak trip
  • Khao Sok night market
  • Khao Sok entrance fee
  • Khao Sok long-tail boat trip
  • Khao Sok floating bungalows
  • Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
  • Koh Samui beach clean
  • Koh Tao Snorkel Boat Trip
  • Bang Krachao tour

Vietnam and Cambodia Intro

  • 20 nights’ accommodation
  • 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Group guide
  • All in-country transport
  • Arrival airport transfer in Hanoi
  • Rickshaw tour of Hanoi
  • Night out in Hanoi!
  • Overnight boat trip on Ha Long Bay
  • Sea kayaking & caving
  • Riverside homestay
  • Bicycle tour of Ninh Binh
  • Row boat experience in Ninh Binh
  • Dragon Mountain Viewpoint
  • Vietnamese cooking class
  • Crab fishing boat tour
  • Phnom Penh tuk tuk tour
  • Guided tour of S21 prison
  • Tour of the Killing Fields
  • River kayaking & tubing in Kampot
  • Kampot boat trip
  • Market & pepper plantation visits
  • Khmer cooking class
  • Koh Rong Samloem snorkelling boat trip
  • Siem Reap tuk tuk tour
  • Floating villages visit
  • Angkor Wat sunrise tour

Bali Intro

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 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
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Local village visit
  • River boat ride
  • Local cooking experience
  • Sigiriya Rock
  • Spice garden visit
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Little Adams Peak hike and Nine Arches Bridge visit
  • Wildlife safari experience in Udawalawe National Park
  • Surf lesson on Welligama Beach
  • Buddhist monastery visit

Philippines Adventure (option 2 only)

  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 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

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

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 around 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 visit an ethical elephant project, 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 chill on beautiful Phi Phi for a few days, before transferring to the lively beach town of Ao Nang. We’ll take a kayaking expedition through mangrove forests, before 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 islands for 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 Koh Phangan. Beach, sleep, party, repeat! Our last 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.

Vietnam and Cambodia Intro (21 days)

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 Sanloem, 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!

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. 

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, take a boat cruise, watch a cooking demo and see the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress! We’ll journey to Kandy, home of the sacred Temple of the Tooth. Then we’ll visit a tea plantationl, 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 Adventure (10 days - option 2 only)

Arrive in Manila and take the short flight to the paradise island of Palawan. We’ll 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!

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

Looking for a similar itinerary but with twin room accommodation? Check out our Amazing Asia trip!

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Arrival information

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 - Bangkok to Hanoi - Siem Reap to Denpasar - Denpasar to Home 

Option 2: Home to Colombo - Colombo to Bangkok - Bangkok to Hanoi - Siem Reap to Manila - El Nido/Puerto Princesa to Home 

Please see below for full details of the arrival and departure.

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.

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.

Vietnam

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.

Cambodia

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 before 4pm , 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.

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.

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.

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.

Looking for a similar itinerary but with twin room accommodation? Check out our Amazing Asia trip!

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 - 5 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Vietnam and Cambodia - 19 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Bali - 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Sri Lanka (option 2 only) - 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Philippines (option 2 only) - 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners
Minimum age & eligibility

You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip.

Thailand - British citizens get can get a free 30 day visa waiver upon arrival into Thailand. 

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 -  Visa waivers allow British citizens to visit Vietnam for up to 45 days without needing to apply for a visa.

Bali - 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. 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 can get and pay for a Sri Lanka e-visa online. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days or more. To enter Sri Lanka, your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least 6 months after the day you arrive. 

Philippines - UK passport holders are permitted to enter the Philippines visa free for an initial period of 30 days.

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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