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Asia 18 to 35s tours

From the neon-lit chaos of Bangkok to Borneo’s misty mountains, Asia is an eternal backpacker’s favourite.

Whether you want to get your fill of sushi in the tiny bars of Tokyo, soak up some sun (and maybe a few Lion lagers) along the coast of Sri Lanka, or go kayaking around Cat Ba Island in Vietnam, there’s an Asian adventure waiting for you.

Intrepid 18 to 35s: South East Asia

Why choose us

The ultimate adventures

You can’t travel to India without swinging past the Taj Mahal but having a laugh with a chai wallah in a local market is just as memorable. That’s why we’ve included the big-ticket items, as well as plenty of free time.

Local leaders, local connections

Travelling with an experienced leader means you can just enjoy the moment, rather than worrying about when the last train leaves. They’ll also share stories and take you to places that only the locals know about.

Small (but not too small) groups

Our groups are made up of 10 travellers on average. That’s big enough to create a good vibe, but small enough to explore a destination independently. And if you’re travelling solo, it’s the perfect number of new friends.

A sustainable way to travel

We believe that travelling sustainably is important. Through our not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation, we are committed to supporting projects around the world – from reducing carbon in the environment to supporting the livelihoods of local communities.

Stay real in cool places

We think where you lay your head at night can be just as cool as what you see during the day. Whether that be sleeping in a 17th-century Rajasthani castle or rocking to sleep with a bunch of locals on an overnight train in Vietnam.

Make your money go further

Want big-time experiences without the big-time price tag? Our 18 to 35s travel style means staying in simple, well-located accommodation, taking local transport and enjoying tasty local food, so you choose where your spending money goes.


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Isabelle · Traveled March 2024
Excellent trip. Would recommend. Been able to see so much of Japan while I've been here, only thing is I wish I had more time :D
Review submitted 03 Apr 2024

Sinead · Traveled March 2024
Our tour guide Yuki Nakano was brilliant, would highly recommend others take her tours!
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Tyler · Traveled March 2024
Essential Japan was the trip of a lifetime. Our tour guide Yuki made everything fun and easy to navigate in the bustling environment of Japan. Couldn’t recommend enough!!
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Sarah · Traveled March 2024
Great tour! Expensive as basically only accommodation, transport and walking tours are included but having the guide made navigating stuff so easy. Guide helped us with free time giving so many suggestions and also helping book things for individual that they wanted to do
Review submitted 01 Apr 2024

Emma · Traveled March 2024
Thoroughly enjoyed my time throughout India and Nepal with my fantastic guide Surya. We saw a vast range of major cities and monuments alongside such rich culture. So glad I came on this trip and met so many fantastic faces in such a wonderful part of the world!
Review submitted 03 Apr 2024