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Destination Update by Asian Trails

 

Connect with hill tribes in Thailand

Experience rich hill tribe culture and traditions on a new excursion in mountainous Chiang Rai province. This absorbing and immersive interaction with indigenous group members occurs in idyllic Doi Mae Salong district.

Our Asian Trails Thailand team has connected with the Akha people to ensure our guests get the most authentic ethnic community insight. The full-day activity involves a community walk, instruction from tribe members into making traditional handicrafts, a cooking class – with ingredients sourced from the land and lunch in the village.

Guests will be transported to a truly unique side of Thailand in a remote off-the-beaten-path destination, which enhances this enlightening day trip.


 

Party like a local in Yangon

Asian Trails Myanmar has created a brand-new bespoke nightlife tour that takes guests to bars and restaurants off the tourism radar.

Using their home-grown knowledge and exclusive contacts, our team has uncovered four bars and eateries known only to the locals to provide a truly authentic Yangon evening experience. Speakeasy bars, cosy watering holes and fashionable venues are included on this journey around the former capital’s burgeoning night time scene.

Dinner, drinks, transportation, a knowledgeable guide and a view of the city’s colonial architecture by night are included on this ultra-cool, cutting-edge excursion.


 

Less touristy tour of Luang Prabang

For those seeking spiritual enlightenment, a new excursion designed by Asian Trails Laos provides a deeper insight into the country’s Buddhist traditions.

Guests are taken by boat from Luang Prabang to remote communities near the Mekong River. The full-day tour involves a visit to a temple to receive a blessing from resident monks and exploration of religious sites rarely visited by tour groups, with plenty of time to absorb the serenity and solitude. The focus is on lesser-known sites in this UNESCO listed destination, with stops at Ban Xieng Mene, a sleepy waterside village; and Wat Chomphet, a shrine with spectacular views over Luang Prabang, rolling hills and the mighty Mekong.

This inspirational excursion provides an alternative view of the heritage town. 


 

Become a fisherman for the day

As part of a series of new inspirational packages that reveal the authentic side of the kingdom, our Thailand team has created ‘A Day as a Fisherman’ excursion.

This enlightening full-day activity takes place just outside of Bangkok. Guests take a quick and convenient train ride, followed by a short truck journey to a seafood village, a world where friendly fishermen make a living from nature’s harvest. Guests get a hands-on experience of life around the beautiful mangroves and hidden canals.

Activities include picking cockles, a tiny clam highly prized by Thai chefs, plus instruction in the creation of delicious Thai desserts. This trip directly supports the local fishing community and makes a significant contribution to agro-tourism.


 

Explore a different side to Bali 

Collaborating with villagers and local ‘ambassadors,’ Asian Trails Indonesia has developed a unique hiking tour in the far north-eastern region of Bali.

The Muntigunung area is famed for its spectacular rugged mountains – a landscape that provides a deep contrast with the beaches of West and Southern Bali. This is one of the lesser developed areas on Indonesia’s most popular island. The full-day exploration includes visits to local handicraft projects and a development centre, with plenty of time to admire this untouched side of the ‘island of the gods.’

Ample stops at places of interest and a refreshing dip in the ocean boost the appeal of this ‘giving back’ excursion that benefits local villagers.



If you want more information about Asian Trails, then please contact us at sales@pearlr.co.uk / niels@asiantrails.org