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Far East Holidays

Offering the perfect blend of intoxicating culture, beautiful beaches and world-class cuisine, the Far East is hard to beat. Renowned for its amazing service and fantastic value for money, it’s also home to some of the world’s best scenery and heritage sites; from China’s Terracotta Army to the stunning Mount Fuji in Japan and Vietnam’s ancient ruins.

With such an array of locations on offer, it’s easy to combine multiple countries in one trip when visiting the Far East. Hop from Bangkok to Cambodia and anywhere in-between to see more of this beautiful corner of the earth. No matter whether you’re after a bustling city break, an idyllic beach escape or a cultural adventure, the Far East will captivate you. 

Why not discover Malaysia on a tour of the Cameron Highlands followed by a spa retreat on the beach or if beaches are high on your agenda, let the Philippines tempt you -  with over 7000 islands all with a mix of Asian, Spanish and Middle Eastern cultures, this rising star of the Far East is unlike anywhere else. If you are seeking adventure, look no further than Indonesia. Home to the fierce Komodo Dragon, here you can get up close and personal with this fearsome predator as well as seeing untouched islands home to lakes, mountains and beaches.

Destination Highlights
  • Island hop in Thailand with ease and discover the Thai smile
  • Explore the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Watch the sunrise over the temples in Bagan, Myanmar
  • Meet the orang-utans in Borneo
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, China
  • Take a bullet train in Japan

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,559 pp

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Lebua Tower Club

Bangkok

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,219 pp

Lebua Tower Club
Unique

Soneva Kiri

Koh Kood

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€4,229 pp

Soneva Kiri

Fusion Maia Da Nang

Da Nang

H&J Rating
Fusion Maia Da Nang

Time Zone

From GMT +6.5 hours to +9 hours

Flight Time

Most countries can be reached directly, flight times range from 10 to 15 hours.

Visa Information

Each country has different rules - some require a visa to be arranged before landing

Language

While all countries in the Far East have their own language, English is generally spoken widely, especially in built up areas

Health Information

Contact your GP for the latest recommendations. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations.

Things to do in the Far East

You’ll find an enticing mix of landscapes and cultures in the Far East. Sprawling cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo will keep you on your toes, while otherworldly rice paddies in Indonesia and mystical temples in Cambodia will tell fascinating stories of bygone eras. The ancient customs and traditions you’ll encounter will captivate you long after you’ve left.

  • Exotic culture

    The cherished Geisha culture in Japan will instantly amaze you when you’re in the Gion District of Kyoto. You’ll be transfixed by their elegant kimonos and tea ceremonies. Across the Far East, the incense-filled temples and vibrant floating markets will leave you in awe.

  • Komodo Dragon

    Wildlife

    You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a pre-historic world when you see the Komodo dragons of Indonesia. And we’ve no doubt you’ll be completely moved by the mahout culture when you stay in an elephant camp up in the bucolic hills of Chiang Rai.

  • Cuisine

    Food in the Far East is a sensory experience like no other. From sampling street food at the night markets of Chiang Mai in Thailand to the freshest seafood in the Philippines, there is something on offer for everyone in the Far East. Made with the freshest of ingredients, most Asian dishes are light and almost always come served with rice which is a staple diet item.

  • Outdoor beach spa

    Spa & Wellness

    You need look no further than the Far East if you are after a spot of pampering and indulgence. The Far East will claim they have the best spa's anywhere in the world and there is some weight to this claim. Indulge yourself with full spa programmes at most of the properties in the Far East or why not try taking a course of yoga classes to really relax?

  • Ayeyarwady River

    Touring

    The Far East lends itself very well to a multitude of touring options. Whether you want an in-depth, insider view of a country in detail or you want to see a variety of countries all in one trip of a lifetime, our tours and suggested multi-centre options will be sure to tempt you. Similarly, our Destination Specialists can tailor-make a tour that's just right for you.

  • Angkor Wat

    History

    Ancient Civilisations and the mystery surrounding them are almost around every corner you turn in the Far East. Explore the numerous temples dotted throughout Thailand, take a step back in time at Angkor Wat in Cambodia or learn about the ancient traditions and rituals of days gone by in China and Japan.

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    “It’s easy to have a holiday of contrast in the Far East. I love to mix it up with some hectic time in a city, followed by some beach time on a tiny sleepy island. And then, some time getting close to nature – hiking or maybe canoeing – you never need to do the same thing twice.” 

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “The value for money you get in the Far East is amazing. Not only is the cost of living cheap – but the great level of accommodation and service you can get is so surprising compared with what you pay.” 

  • Karen

    Destination Executive

    “It’s always a bit of a culture shock when arriving in the Far East. But after a few days of taking in the sights, sounds and (sometimes strange) smells, it feels welcoming and exciting. I would suggest taking it easy for the first few days to get your bearings - what better way than a massage on the beach?  Then dive into the culture and experiences around you, and have fun.”

Our Far East destinations

Far East

Singapore

Singapore

Far East

Thailand

Thailand

Far East

Cambodia

Cambodia
Rice Terraces

Far East

Indonesia

Indonesia
Palawan, Philippines

Far East

Philippines

Philippines
Temple

Far East

Laos

Laos

Far East

China

China
Balloons over Bagan

Far East

Myanmar

Myanmar
Kinkaku-ji

Far East

Japan

Japan
Sungai Balas Tea Plantation

Far East

Malaysia

Malaysia

Far East

Vietnam

Vietnam

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