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Far East Holidays

Holidays in the Far East will leave you feeling spoiled for choice. From kawaii (cute) cafés in Tokyo, to beautifully serene temples in Cambodia, to velvety white sand beaches in Phuket, Thailand, the Far East offers respite and adventure for couples and groups alike.

The Far East is home to a wealth of different cuisines, imbued with tradition but at the same time offering innovative fusion foods. Have a warming Bak kut teh (pork rib soup) in Malaysia or go for a more modern cheese dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) in bustling, vibrant Singapore. Adventurers will come across plenty of sights too. The Far East offers much in the way of awe-inspiring scenery, including lusciously green tea plantations in China, as well as Mỹ Sơn ancient ruins in Vietnam.

Adventurous holidays in the Far East

At Hayes & Jarvis we’ll help you enjoy the holiday of a lifetime. With over 65 years of experience and local knowledge of 60 countries, let us plan your ideal Far East holiday.

Choose our Singapore and the Philippines Multi Centre and walk in the Gardens by the Bay for city views surrounded by nature. In the Philippines, enjoy the postcard-perfect beaches on the island of Boracay. Pair our Kuala Lumpur holidays with Borneo for a sample of local cuisine, and magical fireflies. In Borneo, marvel at the ancient rainforest and orangutans. Culture buffs will love the Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An Multi Centre for bustling markets, French colonial buildings, and clouds of meaty smoke announcing Vietnam’s most popular lunchtime dish.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit bustling markets
  • Taste moreish local cuisine
  • Unwind on postcard-perfect beaches
  • Marvel at ancient rainforests
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, China
  • Take a bullet train in Japan

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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
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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.

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    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.

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    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

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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

    “It’s easy to have a holiday of contrast in the Far East. I love to mix it up with some hectic time in a city, followed by some beach time on a tiny sleepy island. And then, some time getting close to nature – hiking or maybe canoeing – you never need to do the same thing twice.” 

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “The value for money you get in the Far East is amazing. Not only is the cost of living cheap – but the great level of accommodation and service you can get is so surprising compared with what you pay.” 

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    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “It’s always a bit of a culture shock when arriving in the Far East. But after a few days of taking in the sights, sounds and (sometimes strange) smells, it feels welcoming and exciting. I would suggest taking it easy for the first few days to get your bearings - what better way than a massage on the beach?  Then dive into the culture and experiences around you, and have fun.”

Our Far East destinations

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Far East

Thailand

Thailand
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Far East

Vietnam

Vietnam
Marina Bay View Singapore

Far East

Singapore

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

Far East

Cambodia

Cambodia
Rice Terraces

Far East

Indonesia

Indonesia
Palawan, Philippines

Far East

Philippines

Philippines
Temple

Far East

Laos

Laos
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Far East

China

China
Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Far East

Malaysia

Malaysia
Balloons over Bagan

Far East

Myanmar

Myanmar
Kinkaku-ji

Far East

Japan

Japan

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