Family Fun in Asia

Despite its headlong rush into the future, Asia remains deeply rooted in traditional values. This contrast is a major part of what makes Asia such a magical place for travellers. As traditional values go, nothing is more vital to the ethos of Asian society than family.

Nearly everything of cultural importance stems from this fundamental base. Consequently, families on vacation in Asia find a culture and people uniquely receptive to them. Those with young ones will often find themselves the subject of admiring looks from friendly and curious locals. Kids will be dazzled by the huge number of activities that are in store for them on thoughtfully created tours that put their interests at their heart while keeping the rest of the family entertained as well.

Trips like our Family Cycling in Hue and Hoi An Tour combine historical highlights of the Imperial City of Hue, which will be sure to enchant older members of the family, with jaunts through the surrounding countryside where kids can release their energy while exploring green-washed fields still ploughed by ox-carts. The tour winds down on the wind-swept beaches in Hoi An where kids can build sand castles next to traditional basket boats or, just a short distance away, float lanterns on the Thu Bon River in Hoi An’s charming Ancient Town.

Our Japan Family Holiday offers a similar balance of activities, but with a slightly more modern twist. While getting in touch with Japan’s legendary hospitality and alluring culture, families experience the full range of activities that this nation of islands has to offer. From the futuristic streets of Tokyo to the traditional alleys and pagodas of Kyoto and the tree-lined boulevards of Hiroshima and Kanazawa, the entire family will be left in awe and wonder of Japan’s stunning beauty and cultural delights.

Families looking to experience the raw beauty and historical riches of China will find its vastness to be streamlined on ourChina Family Trip, which leaves no stone unturned. From rock climbing on the stunning karst formations of Yangshuo to experiencing the glittering wonders of Hong Kong and the meeting of cuddly pandas in Chengdu, this is China at its best for families in search of an enchanting adventure without complication.

Bali is an exotic destination with no shortage of unique experiences for the whole family. Our Ubud Family Day Trippertour takes the mystical wonders of Bali, and its unique cultural vibes, and condenses it into a fun-packed day that everyone will love. Taking an active role in traditional ceremonies, visiting vibrant local markets to sample fresh goods, and a soft trekking adventure through the jungles of the island’s interior before swimming in a sacred spring are just some of the activities that are in store.

In Cambodia, our Angkor Family Holiday allows the entire family to travel back in time with visits to the mysterious jungle-shrouded temples of Angkor Archeological Park. While exploring this ancient hidden wonder, kids learn about the history of Cambodia’s storied past while reserving plenty of time for active activities such as cycling through the rural countryside and taking part in fun optional activities.

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The Ultimate Burma Trip (28 Days/ 27 Nights)

Myanmar is a country that lends itself well to epics. Snaking down from the mighty Himalayas in the north all the way to the glittering Andaman Ocean in the south, it is a country of deep contrasts and beauty. It is hardly surprising that it takes some time and effort to really get to grips with the sheer scope of the nation. Fortunately, for fearless visitors, this adventure deploys over a longer length in order to really get under the skin of the country. Over the course of nearly a month, guests will set out from the colourful commercial hub, Yangon, to hit some of the country’s most famous spots, including Inle Lake and the temple complex at Bagan. With the additional time afforded by the trip, a number of lesser-known gems can also be explored. These include the hill towns of Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw, sleepy Mawlamyaing and Hpa An, the scenic capital of Kayin State.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected] or view the full itinerary here.

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EXO Travel Laos and Myanmar Travelife Accredited

We are pleased to announce that EXO Travel Laos and Myanmar have both been awarded the coveted Travelife certification. Recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Travelife accreditation establishes EXO Myanmar and EXO Laos as Destination Management companies within their respective countries to comply with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and thus awarded the Travelife certification. EXO Laos is the first DM in Laos to receive this certification. Similarly, EXO Cambodia became the first DM in Cambodia to receive the certification also.

The Travelife accreditation has been a real collective achievement for EXO Travel, who now have 5 accredited destinations; Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, becoming the first Asian Destination Management Company to do so, and be recognised by what is the most comprehensive certification scheme worldwide for tour operators.

EXO’s Commitment to a Sustainable Tourism Industry

This award further cements EXO Travel’s and EXO Foundation’s positions as leaders in corporate social responsibility, within the global tour industry.

Together, they continue to uphold their vision of a system of travel that maximizes the benefits of local communities and the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage. Their joint-mission aims to improve the livelihoods of the most disadvantaged populations, while minimizing the negative social, cultural and environmental impacts tourism may generate.

This recent award underlines EXO’s commitment to a sustainable tourism industry following on from the ChildSafe accreditation and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) nomination for CSR. This year, EXO Vietnam also received the CSR Award from the French Chamber of Commerce (CCIF); EXO Cambodia received a CCIF Environment Award and the EXO Group has been nominated for a Virtuoso 2016 award in the category of Sustainable Tourism Leadership.

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Shan State Sampler (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Shan State merits its reputation as one of the major draws in Myanmar. The headline attraction in the area is Inle Lake, which is deserving of its fame, but the state also encompasses Kalaw, a charming hill station, Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, famous caves at Pindaya and much more besides. Inle Lake provides the grand finale to the adventure. Its calm surface makes it heartbreakingly beautiful, while the protected area around the lake is a sanctuary for herons, warblers, cormorants, wild ducks and egrets. The human element of the Inle Lake area is also compelling. The stilt house villages; island-bound Buddhist temples and floating gardens on the lake are where the Intha people go about their daily lives. Off the lake, the beguiling countryside takes centre stage. The rolling landscapes are perfect for hiking and cycling.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected] or view the full itinerary here.

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Myanmar: Planes, Trains, Bikes and Boats (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Expanding south from the Himalayas to the tropical islands of the Andaman Sea, Myanmar is a mighty proposition. Its epic scope offers ample promise for guests who like to inject a bit of romance into their travel plans. This adventure utilises a range of different methods of transport, to whisk visitors around some of the country’s most fascinating sights. The journey starts in Yangon, the nation’s biggest city, where guests can explore the colourful streets in a trishaw with a local driver. Following a plane ride to Bagan, the transport gets even more rustic – guests transferring to horse-drawn cart to observe temples such as Thatbyinnyu and Sulamani. Train travel in Myanmar can also be a wonderful experience and the journey from the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin to Naung Pain via the Gokhtiek Viaduct is one of the country’s best rides. Up at Inle Lake, meanwhile, the main mode of transport is boat: by far the easiest way to experience traditional life on the tranquil lake.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected] or view the full itinerary here.

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A Taste of Yangon (Evening)

Although it is underrated in comparison with neighbouring cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese, Burmese food offers many mouth-watering surprises for the amateur. On this evening culinary focussed expedition around the streets and alleys of Yangon – the biggest city in Myanmar – guests will have the chance to sample a full spectrum of delicious specialities from the so-called “Golden Land”. The focus of the journey is on the contemporary twists on local food being offered by talented chefs in some of the city’s trendier restaurants. In venues such as Pansuriya, Monsoon and Rangoon Teahouse, guests can try delicious treats including Burmese salads, savoury Burmese curries and local sweet treats like chai cheesecake and falooda, a smoothie like drink. Between courses, guests will be transported around by trishaw to visit historic buildings and to enjoy a drink while taking in the view of the city’s iconic pagodas.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected] or view the full itinerary here.

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