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TV show inspires Eastern Asia getaways!

From hiking to kayaking, Features Editor Lorraine Rowley, takes a look at the renowned highlights and hidden gems of East Asia with G Adventures.

The eagerly awaited Series 4 of Race Across the World returned to our TV screens in April, and it certainly did not disappoint!

This year, two-person teams raced over 15,000 kilometers through Eastern Asia, starting in Sapporo, the northernmost city on Japan’s island of Hokkaido, and concluding on Bangsal, on the island of Lombok.

After 50 days of intense travel, the top two teams were separated by just eight minutes. Lifelong friends Alfie and Owen ultimately won the race in a thrilling final leg, where they were neck and neck with the Mother and Daughter team, Eugenie and Isabel, at many points!

Inspired by the programme, we explore adventure travel deals in Asia with the award-winning trip provider G Adventures, and with up to 20% off select departures worldwide, now is the perfect time to book that bucket list adventure!

Top of our list is an incredible 14-day hike, bike, and kayak adventure from Bangkok to Bangkok!

1. Thailand Hike, Bike & Kayak
Perfect for those who believe the best way to appreciate paradise is by diving right in, this adventure is designed to take you deep into the heart of Thailand’s natural beauty and vibrant culture.

Imagine hiking through lush, verdant forests, where the air is filled with the scent of tropical blooms and the sounds of exotic wildlife. As you make your way through these green wonderlands, you’ll also traverse picturesque rice paddies, where the emerald fields stretch out before you under a bright blue sky.

Cycling through provincial villages provides a unique perspective on rural Thai life. Pedal along quiet backroads, passing traditional wooden houses on stilts, and witnessing daily life as locals tend to their fields and children play by the roadside. The slow pace of cycling allows you to fully absorb the serene and unhurried rhythm of village life, offering countless opportunities to interact with friendly locals and learn about their customs and traditions.

The adventure doesn’t stop there. You’ll have the chance to kayak in the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. As you paddle through this stunning marine environment, you’ll discover hidden coral coves teeming with vibrant marine life and explore pristine white-sand beaches that seem untouched by time. Each stroke of your paddle brings you closer to the incredible underwater world, where snorkeling reveals a kaleidoscope of colorful fish and intricate coral formations.

Throughout your journey, you will be guided by a Chief Experience Officer (CEO), an expert in the region who will ensure that every aspect of your trip runs smoothly. They will not only take care of your accommodation and transport but also enrich your experience with their extensive knowledge of local culture, history, and natural wonders. Their expertise ensures that you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the places you visit.

This trip offers excellent value, combining the convenience of having logistics handled with the thrill of independent exploration. While you’ll visit Thailand’s main sights, such as bustling markets, majestic temples, and historic landmarks, there is also plenty of flexibility built into the itinerary. This means you can take the time to linger at a particularly beautiful spot, join an impromptu local festival, or embark on an additional adventure that catches your interest.

Whether it’s savouring the flavors of authentic Thai cuisine at a street food stall, watching the sunset over a serene beach, or engaging with the welcoming local communities, every moment of this trip is crafted to create unforgettable memories. This adventure is not just a vacation; it’s an immersive experience that allows you to connect deeply with the essence of Thailand, making it a journey you’ll cherish for years to come.

• Cycle through busy Bangkok
• Experience colourful Chiang Mai
• Trek into remote hilltribe villages
• Discover ancient Ayutthaya by bike
• Learn about the sombre history of Kanchanaburi
• Kayak the Andaman Sea from Krabi

14 days – Bangkok to Bangkok – From £1,231 (was £1,759 – valid June 2024)

2. Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest is more than just a mountain, and the journey to its base camp is more than merely a trek—it’s an epic adventure that challenges and inspires. Along a route often called “the steps to heaven,” every twist and turn presents a new photo opportunity. As you hike through stunning forests, you’ll be captivated by the rich greenery and the fresh scent of pine in the air. The trail takes you through charming Sherpa villages, where you’ll have the chance to experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people, learning about their unique culture and traditions.

The landscape changes dramatically as you ascend, with glacial moraines and rugged foothills offering a stark, beautiful contrast to the lush forests below. Each section of the trail brings its own unique challenges and rewards, from crossing suspension bridges over roaring rivers to navigating rocky paths with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks.

For active adventurers ready to break a sweat, our comprehensive trekking support staff will ensure your journey is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. They will immerse you in local cultures, arranging visits to monasteries where you can witness the spiritual practices of the Buddhist monks, and guiding you through bustling local markets where you can sample traditional foods and crafts.

As you approach the higher altitudes, the air becomes thinner, and the trek becomes more demanding. However, the sense of accomplishment you feel with each step forward is unparalleled. The journey culminates in a view that few are privileged to see—the breathtaking panorama of the world’s highest peaks from Everest Base Camp. Here, you stand at the gateway to the top of the world, with the mighty Everest towering above, a silent testament to the power and majesty of nature.

This trek is not just about reaching a destination; it’s about the experiences you gather along the way, the people you meet, and the personal triumphs you achieve. It’s a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime and a profound appreciation for the beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas.

• Trek to Everest Base Camp
• Conquer high passes and glaciers
• Experience Sherpa villages and panoramic views
• Meet locals during tea house stays

15 days – Kathmandu to Kathmandu – From £937 (was £1,249 – valid June 2024)

3. Thai island-hopping
Embark on an exhilarating island-hopping adventure in Thailand and experience some of the best snorkeling in the world. Picture yourself enjoying a week aboard a luxurious sailing catamaran, where every moment is an opportunity to discover the magic that makes Thailand so special. With the guidance of an experienced captain navigating the southern islands, you’ll have the chance to drop anchor at both renowned highlights and hidden gems, each offering the perfect setting for a refreshing swim or an underwater exploration.

Imagine waking up each morning to the gentle rocking of the boat, the sun rising over the horizon, casting a golden glow on the turquoise waters. Your days will be filled with adventures as you snorkel through vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life. The crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea provide an unparalleled view of the underwater world, where you can swim alongside schools of tropical fish, marvel at the intricate coral formations, and perhaps even encounter graceful sea turtles or playful dolphins.

When you’re not exploring the underwater wonders, you can relax on the deck of the catamaran, soaking up the sun and enjoying the stunning scenery that surrounds you. Each island you visit has its own unique charm. From the pristine, white-sand beaches of Koh Phi Phi to the lush, jungle-covered terrain of Koh Lanta, there’s always something new and exciting to discover. The serene beauty of these islands, combined with the vibrant local culture, makes each stop a memorable experience.

As you work up an appetite from your snorkeling and swimming adventures, you’ll be treated to delicious Thai cuisine prepared by the onboard chef. Imagine dining on fresh, flavourful dishes such as pad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice, all while anchored in a secluded bay with the sound of the waves gently lapping against the boat. Each meal is an opportunity to savor the rich and diverse flavors of Thailand, adding to the overall sensory experience of your journey.

In the evenings, you can unwind under the stars, the sky a brilliant canvas of twinkling lights. The tranquil atmosphere of the moored catamaran, combined with the gentle lull of the sea, creates the perfect setting for a restful night’s sleep. Whether you choose to stargaze from the deck or retreat to your comfortable cabin, the peaceful ambiance ensures you wake up refreshed and ready for another day of adventure.

This island-hopping trip is perfect as a standalone escape or as an add-on to our other Thai adventures, allowing you to seamlessly extend your exploration of this beautiful country. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or new to the delights of Thailand, this journey offers a unique blend of relaxation and excitement, providing an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of island life.

From the moment you step aboard the catamaran to your final farewell, every detail of this trip is designed to create lasting memories. It’s not just a vacation; it’s a journey into the heart of Thailand’s natural beauty and cultural richness, offering an intimate glimpse of paradise that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

• Relax on the deck of the catamaran in the stunning southern Thai islands
• Eat delicious Thai cuisine
• Lounge on beautiful beaches
• Swim and snorkel in quiet bays

7 days – Phuket to Phuket – From £1,095 (was £1,369 – valid October 2024)

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