Asia For Newbies

Overseas travel can be daunting, and if it’s your first time visiting Asia, the cultural nuances and language barriers of this uniquely diverse continent can add an extra level of OMG to your travel planning. With its philosophy of #noregrets, Contiki is your introduction to the wonderful, fascinating and unforgettable experience that is Asia with like-minded travellers aged 18 to 35. Join in and get exploring.

 The Great Wall of China is a great way to start an Asia getaway. (Image: Contiki)

Accommodation

A 3-star hotel or hostel in Australia does not translate to the same accommodation experience in Asia. And after a day of lugging your heavy backpack around in the humid heat in an unfamiliar location, an air-conditioned room, clean sheets and a pool to cool off in will be the only thing on your mind. With Contiki, you are guaranteed a stay in 4-star hotels in the heart of all the action, complete with pools, air-con, hot showers and all the mod cons.

 It's all about the people you meet on your travels. (Image: Contiki)

Transport

Planes, trains... or rickshaws? Forget hailing a cab in Kyoto or figuring out the bus timetable in Bangkok, Contiki will provide a seamless (and air-conditioned) transition from the hotel to the attractions to the markets and the clubs. You’ll get around via internal flights, modern mini-vans and express trains, and also experience local transport on junks, longtail boats, bikes, tuk-tuks and songthaews, all with commentary from your in-the-know Trip Manager.


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 Food is an essential ingredient of any Asia trip. (Image: Contiki)

Food

One of the best parts of travel is sampling different cuisines, and there is no greater variety than the delicious regional traditions of Asian countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Japan. Contiki takes care of all breakfasts on tour, and then there’s the unique eating experiences. Learn how to craft sushi in Tokyo and sample Japanese dishes such as teppanaki and okonomiyaki. Other unique dining experiences can be had in a tea garden within the Mekong Delta, with a local family in a Beijing hutong and on a junk boat in Halong Bay. If you want to strike out on your own to discover the night markets and street vendors, there’s plenty of free time to wander and nom your way around. Want to bring those authentic and aromatic flavours home? Try your hand at a cooking class in Thailand, China and Vietnam.

 There's plenty of free time to strike out on your own on a Contiki tour. (Image: Contiki)

Experiences

Start your Asian immersion with one of Contiki’s carefully curated itineraries featuring six countries and 34 cities. Whether you have nine days or 25 days, there’s a travel style and Asia itinerary for you. And the experiences? Expect a mix of iconic attractions and authentic travel moments. Picture yourself on the Great Wall of China or sailing down the Mekong River. Or perhaps giving alms to Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang and watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat is on your wish list? Maybe you’re the active type and a bike ride through the Vietnam countryside and a dip in the Kuang Si Waterfalls in Laos is more your thing? With plenty of free time and guided highlights, you can see Asia your way minus the stress.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.