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.

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Why choose Intrepid

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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.

Leader and group in a rice field in Bali

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.

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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.

elephant in Chiang Mai

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.

Lodge in Sidemen.

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.

Male traveller zip lini in Cambodia

Make your money go further

You want big-time experiences without the big-time price tag? Our 18 to 29s travel style means staying in simple, well-located accommodation, taking local transport and enjoying tasty local food, so you can choose where your spending money goes.

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Local leaders with tips and advice.

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A comfy place to stay each night.

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Transport to get you from A to B.

Legendary local leaders

As the local experts in each destination, your leader can connect you with experiences you wouldn’t have on your own and make sure you get from A to B smoothly.

Ultimate itineraries

We include both iconic and unexpected experiences in our trips. This means you’ll see the big-ticket attractions of a destination, plus enjoy some surprising local moments too.

Simple, well-located accommodation

All your accommodation is taken care of and rooms are normally twin share. If you’re a solo traveller, you’ll be paired with another solo traveller of the same gender at no extra cost. If you like your privacy, sometimes you’ll have the chance to pay a single supplement for your own room.

Local, sustainable transport

Getting from one place to another each day is included in your trip experience. We like to do things the local way, which can mean anything from Japanese bullet train to a Thai tuk tuk.

A brand-new crew

Whether you’re travelling solo or with friends from home, you’ll never be travelling alone. With an average group size of 10 people, you’ll never be lacking a dinner buddy or someone to snap a photo of you.

Plenty of downtime

We know you want to choose your own adventure sometimes, which is why our trips have plenty of built-in free time. Your local leader will be full of good ideas for epic ways to fill it.

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Reviews

This was my first guided tour and am so happy I did it! Our tour guide really helped us to experience the local culture of Sri Lanka which we would've never been able to experience on our own. Overall 10/10 trip.

Stefan, Essential Sri Lanka, July 2019

 

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