Asia has been earmarked as the latest frontier for Back-Roads Touring, with the small group touring specialist releasing a program of eight itineraries through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Trips vary in length from the five-day Bangkok & The River Kwai, to the 11-day Spirit of Cambodia and the 13-day Wonders of Thailand.

Back-Roads Touring says its Asian itineraries have been designed to focus on exploring the lesser-known side of each destination, showcasing cuisines, ancient temples and one-of-a-kind experiences usually only available to locals.

Highlights of the new tours include getting up close with rescued elephants in a rehabilitation facility in Chiang Mai, exploring Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and visiting Buddhist nuns for a traditional lunch in Vietnam.

The 12-day Flavours of Vietnam explores Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, and includes cooking classes, street food tours, papier-mache mask making and a show at the Saigon Opera House.

Country manager Dennis Basham said the company was thrilled to expand Back-Roads Touring’s product beyond its core Europe and UK program.

“We know mature travellers have an interest in exploring Southeast Asia in a small group setting, but in the past there have been few opportunities to do so with a company they know and trust,” Basham commented.

“Our tours provide the perfect combination of guided introductions to experiences and sites along with opportunities to explore the destination at leisure,” he said.

Tours through Asia are capped at just 14 passengers.

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