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Top 10 Insider Experiences

| Words by Ashley Diterlizzi |

Here at Insider Journeys, we pride ourselves on providing unique experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Join us on a small group journey or embark on your private adventure and gain insider experiences. Here are our top 10 picks!

Thatch house

1. Spend the night in a traditional Japanese inn

Spend the night in a traditional Japanese inn known as a ryokan and experience ancient accommodation in the land of the rising sun. Stay here on our Japan small group journeys or plan your own private itinerary.

Ballooning over Bagan

2. Ballooning over Bagan

Soar above the skies of Bagan in Myanmar in a hot air balloon at sunrise and marvel at the beauty of ancient temples. Hot air ballooning operates between October and March. Fly over Bagan on our Myanmar small group journeys.

Topas Ecolodge

3. Spend the night in rural Vietnam

Visit Sapa, Vietnam’s capital of the north, and stay in Topas Ecolodge for a luxurious insight into hillside life in rural Vietnam. Surrounded by rice terraces and situated at the top of the hills, escape the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s streets in the serene location. Visit Sapa on a Vietnam small group journey or speak to our experts about planning your own private itinerary


4. Spend the night in a ger

Experience rural life in Mongolia’s countryside and spend the night in a traditional ger. The tent-like structures provide warmth in the winter and reprieve from the heat in the summer for nomadic tribes. Speak to our Asia experts and start planning your Mongolian holiday today.


5. Meet a geisha

Kyoto Gion district is Japan’s last stronghold for Geishas but they’re not easy to come by. Be treated to a private geisha performance and hear the personal account of what life as a geisha is like on our Japan small group journeys.

Elephant Hills luxury floating camp

6. Stay with the elephants

Thailand’s River Kwai region is the perfect spot to see elephants. Stay at Thailand’s first luxury tented camp, Elephant Hills, an elephant sanctuary that cares for rehabilitated elephants in a peaceful environment. Learn more about them as you feed and bath these beautiful creatures. Our Southern Thailand Revealed small group journey includes a stay at Elephant Hills.

Nunnery in Myanmar

7. Visit a local nunnery in Myanmar

Buddhism is an intrinsic part of the culture in Myanmar where it is practised by nearly 90% of the population. Visiting a monastery is a common activity for tourists, however for those looking to get off the beaten path, a visit to a local nunnery is a unique experience. You’ll meet the nuns and share lunch in a heart-warming experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Cruising the Mekong

8. Cruise the Mekong

River cruising in Asia isn’t only about the convenience of unpacking just once as your boutique “floating hotel” takes you to a new destination each day, it is also about accessing parts of the country that you just couldn’t see otherwise. Combine your River Cruise with our Mekong & Beyond small group tour, which includes eight nights aboard the Jayavarman in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Cuisine of Laos

9. Discover the food of Laos

While not famous for its cuisine, the food of Laos is both delicious and unique. Try a cooking class surrounded by tropical greenery at one of Luang Prabang’s best restaurants, or join a local family in their home to try some of the traditional jaew dips. Surrounded by lush rice fields, learn to cook bamboo sticky rice in a bamboo hut, before a picnic at the refreshing Kuang Si Falls. Speak to our experts about planning your private cooking class today.


10. See the Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park

With over two-thirds of the world’s population of the one-horned or Indian rhinoceros, this is the major drawcard at Kaziranga, and travellers here are almost guaranteed to see them in the wild. Located in the Assam district in northern India, the national park is a huge stretch of tall grasses, marshland and tropical forests, inhabited not only by the rhinos, but home also to tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo and deer, as well as being an important are for birdlife. Visit Kaziranga National Park on your trip to India.

Discover the Insider experiences on your holiday to Asia and speak to our travel experts today.