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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

Great sample itineraries


Choose from our sample itineraries and craft your ideal holiday. Delve into the history of the Far East or get up close and personal with Asian nature and wildlife.

boats in Vietnam

Indochina Luxury Tour

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £3,599 PP
Discover three countries in one holiday and venture on the Grand Tour Of Indochina. This 15 day tour is an...
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Adventure holidays
Row of Buddhas Wat Phra That Lampang Thailand

Bangkok To Phuket Holidays

  • 21 Days
  • Guide Price £3,499 PP
Thailand is a great place to visit for an adventure. This itinerary will take you from culturally rich Bangkok to...
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Couples Holidays
a sunset over a city

Borobudur Temple Tour From Jakarta

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £2,899 PP
This nine day tour takes in some of Java’s most impressive sights and attractions. From the incredible Borobudur Temples near...
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Escorted tours holidays
Architecture Japan

Luxury Guided Tour Japan

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £3,999 PP
Explore the unique culture of Japan on this nine day journey. Combine old and new, from bustling cities to authentic...
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Cultural holidays

Our favorite 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
Borneo

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort is an oasis of luxury and tranquillity nestled on the pristine white sands of Borneo’s...
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Guide Price £1,699
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Bangkok

Lebua Tower Club

The Tower Club at Lebua in Bangkok is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Priding themselves on...
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Guide Price £2,199
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Thailand

Soneva Kiri

Ancient Siam, at peace with itself. Nestled on the unspoiled island of Koh Kood, far beyond Thailand’s tourist trail, Soneva...
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Guide Price £4,099
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Da Nang

Fusion Maia Da Nang

A contemporary all pool villa resort, the Fusion Maia is the ultimate for a relaxing retreat. Make the most of...
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Guide Price £2,299
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Explore Far East

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 Info

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

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.

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
27° C
Japan
6° C
62 mm
Laos
19° C
15 mm
Bali
30° C
350 mm
Philippines
26° C
10 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
29° C
8 mm
Japan
7° C
61 mm
Laos
21° C
14 mm
Bali
30° C
294 mm
Philippines
27° C
10 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
30° C
20 mm
Japan
10° C
125 mm
Laos
23° C
30 mm
Bali
30° C
200 mm
Philippines
28° C
10 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
31° C
52 mm
Japan
15° C
140 mm
Laos
25° C
90 mm
Bali
30° C
94 mm
Philippines
29° C
20 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
30° C
134 mm
Japan
19° C
151 mm
Laos
26° C
188 mm
Bali
29° C
70 mm
Philippines
30° C
60 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
30° C
163 mm
Japan
23° C
169 mm
Laos
26° C
263 mm
Bali
29° C
63 mm
Philippines
28° C
90 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
29° C
179 mm
Japan
27° C
183 mm
Laos
26° C
275 mm
Bali
28° C
50 mm
Philippines
28° C
120 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
29° C
211 mm
Japan
28° C
186 mm
Laos
25° C
345 mm
Bali
28° C
24 mm
Philippines
27° C
140 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
29° C
247 mm
Japan
25° C
215 mm
Laos
25° C
254 mm
Bali
29° C
30 mm
Philippines
28° C
110 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
28° C
210 mm
Japan
19° C
235 mm
Laos
24° C
164 mm
Bali
30° C
90 mm
Philippines
28° C
80 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
28° C
77 mm
Japan
14° C
108 mm
Laos
21° C
69 mm
Bali
30° C
160 mm
Philippines
27° C
50 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
26° C
11 mm
Japan
9° C
45 mm
Laos
19° C
26 mm
Bali
30° C
300 mm
Philippines
26° C
20 mm
Tejal, 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.”

 

Tejal
Destination Specialist
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.”

 

Nick
Senior Destination Manager

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