• Fields in Cambodia

Far East Holidays

Far East Holidays are designed for those seeking adventure, excitement, relaxation, culture and historical sights, as well as breath taking natural surroundings, and for avid foodies. With a wealth of activities available, including sampling new dishes in kawaii (cute) cafés in Tokyo, exploring tranquil temples in Cambodia and relaxing on picturesque white sandy beaches in Thailand, there’s really something for everyone in Asia.

Learn about the history of the city Hiroshima, which is situated on Japan’s Honshu Island. Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II, killing thousands of people. Walk down some of the Great Wall of China, which was constructed over 500 years ago. The full length of the wall in northern China is thought to be around 21,000 km. After all that history, you’ll need to replenish your brain and body with some delicious traditional dishes, so dig into some authentic sushi in Japan or enjoy some Chow Mein in China.

Unlock a World of Wonder in the Far East

Dedicate a day or two to the fascinating temples of Cambodia, including Angkor Wat, Bayon and the Preah Vihear Temple. Indulge in some well earnt you time at one of the many wellness retreats in Asia, where you can enjoy pool facilities, spa treatments and just sit back and relax. Find your sense of adventure in the Philippines as you venture through the underground river and caves of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and marvel at the unspoilt serene scenery at the Chocolate Hills.

See more of the Far East by opting for one of our multi-centre packages. Combine nature and culture with our Singapore and the Philippines multi-centre. Alternatively, why not discover two of Vietnam’s most bustling and exciting cities with our Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An multi-centre?

Destination Highlights
  • See Asian elephants, orangutans, snow monkeys, tarsiers and incredible sea life
  • Unearth some of the world’s greatest historical sights, such as the Great Wall, Cu Chi Tunnels and the Killing Fields
  • Soothe your soul, mind and body by visiting famous temples, or treating yourself with a trip to a spa
  • Immerse yourself in local culture by as you travel by Rickshaw, moped, bullet train or long boat

Our favourite hotels

Find your dream accommodation and make your Far East holiday a truly magical experience. From luxury to unique hotels with a range of boarding options, we have something for everyone.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,699  pp

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Lebua Tower Club

Bangkok

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,199  pp

Lebua Tower Club
Unique a group of people sitting at a beach

Soneva Kiri

Koh Kood

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £4,099  pp

Soneva Kiri

Fusion Maia Da Nang

Da Nang

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £2,299  pp

Fusion Maia Da Nang

Time Zone

From GMT +6.5 hours to +9 hours

Flight Time

Most countries can be reached directly, flight times range from 10 to 15 hours.

Visa Information

Each country has different rules - some require a visa to be arranged before landing

Language

While all countries in the Far East have their own language, English is generally spoken widely, especially in built up areas

Health Information

Contact your GP for the latest recommendations. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations.

Things to do in the Far East

You’ll find an enticing mix of landscapes and cultures in the Far East. Sprawling cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo will keep you on your toes, while otherworldly rice paddies in Indonesia and mystical temples in Cambodia will tell fascinating stories of bygone eras. The ancient customs and traditions you’ll encounter will captivate you long after you’ve left.

  • a group of people standing in front of a building

    Rich cultures in the Far East

    Floating markets around Bangkok and incense filled temples in Cambodia and Indonesia are only the beginning of a wealth of rich cultures that span the Far East. Allow yourself to be amazed by the revered Geisha culture of Japan, with its elegant kimonos and tea ceremonies.

  • Komodo Dragon

    Wildlife

    Encounter elephants in the bucolic hills of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, and learn about the mahout culture that savours the mahout-elephant’s iron strong bond. For a unique experience, marvel at other worldly komodo dragons on the rugged and hilly islands of south eastern Indonesia.

  • a white plate topped with a salad and a glass of wine

    Far Eastern cuisine

    The street food in night markets such as those of Thailand’s Chiang Mai will stop you in your tracks with its intensely attractive aromas spreading through the streets. Sensory experiences continue with the freshest seafood in the Philippines, and locally harvested rice for you to enjoy in a rural village among vast paddy fields.

  • Outdoor beach spa

    Spa & Wellness

    You need look no further than the Far East if you are after a spot of pampering and indulgence. The Far East will claim they have the best spa's anywhere in the world and there is some weight to this claim. Indulge yourself with full spa programmes at most of the properties in the Far East or why not try taking a course of yoga classes to really relax?

  • Ayeyarwady River

    Touring

    The Far East lends itself very well to a multitude of touring options. Whether you want an in-depth, insider view of a country in detail or you want to see a variety of countries all in one trip of a lifetime, our tours and suggested multi-centre options will be sure to tempt you. Similarly, our Destination Specialists can tailor-make a tour that's just right for you.

  • Angkor Wat

    History

    Ruins and temples are abound in the Far East. Visit ancient holy sites throughout Thailand, and enjoy the history of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. China and Japan will leave you wanting for more after you have enjoyed a taste of their ancient rituals and traditions.

Best time to visit the Far East

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
27ºC
Japan
6ºC
62mm
Laos
19ºC
15mm
Bali
30ºC
350mm
Philippines
26ºC
10mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
8mm
Japan
7ºC
61mm
Laos
21ºC
14mm
Bali
30ºC
294mm
Philippines
27ºC
10mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
20mm
Japan
10ºC
125mm
Laos
23ºC
30mm
Bali
30ºC
200mm
Philippines
28ºC
10mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
31ºC
52mm
Japan
15ºC
140mm
Laos
25ºC
90mm
Bali
30ºC
94mm
Philippines
29ºC
20mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
134mm
Japan
19ºC
151mm
Laos
26ºC
188mm
Bali
29ºC
70mm
Philippines
30ºC
60mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
163mm
Japan
23ºC
169mm
Laos
26ºC
263mm
Bali
29ºC
63mm
Philippines
28ºC
90mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
179mm
Japan
27ºC
183mm
Laos
26ºC
275mm
Bali
28ºC
50mm
Philippines
28ºC
120mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
211mm
Japan
28ºC
186mm
Laos
25ºC
345mm
Bali
28ºC
24mm
Philippines
27ºC
140mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
247mm
Japan
25ºC
215mm
Laos
25ºC
254mm
Bali
29ºC
30mm
Philippines
28ºC
110mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
28ºC
210mm
Japan
19ºC
235mm
Laos
24ºC
164mm
Bali
30ºC
90mm
Philippines
28ºC
80mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
28ºC
77mm
Japan
14ºC
108mm
Laos
21ºC
69mm
Bali
30ºC
160mm
Philippines
27ºC
50mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
26ºC
11mm
Japan
9ºC
45mm
Laos
19ºC
26mm
Bali
30ºC
300mm
Philippines
26ºC
20mm
  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    “Arriving in the Far East can sometimes give you a bit of culture shock. I highly recommend spending a few days adjusting with massages or a beach break before you dive into the culture.”

     

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “The Far East is all about contrasts. Combine one of the world’s busiest cities before tucking away in a sleepy island town. Then head out into nature with canoeing or hiking to really experience the best of Asia.”

     

Our Far East destinations

a person riding a horse in the water

Far East

Vietnam

Vietnam
Marina Bay View Singapore

Far East

Singapore

Singapore
a small boat in a body of water

Far East

Thailand

Thailand
a person standing in front of a stone building with Angkor Wat in the background

Far East

Cambodia

Cambodia
rice terraces ubud

Far East

Indonesia

Indonesia
Temple

Far East

Laos

Laos
a close up of a lush green hillside

Far East

China

China
a large body of water with a mountain in the background

Far East

Japan

Japan
Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Far East

Malaysia

Malaysia
Balloons over Bagan

Far East

Myanmar

Myanmar

You might also like these

We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.
a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a beach

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean
a cat lying on top of a leopard

Africa

Africa
Tea Plantation in Kerala

Indian Subcontinent

Indian Subcontinent
a large waterfall over some water with Iguazu Falls in the background

South America

South America