Luxe Getaways: 5 Interesting travel experiences in Asia

Luxe Getaways: 5 Interesting travel experiences in Asia

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Text: Rachel Au

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A luxurious getaway doesn’t have to be limited to indulgent spas and lavish suites - these one-of-a-kind private tours will do too

When it comes to luxe getaways, we have plenty of options whether it's top haute suites, stunning celeb-worthy destinations or decadent trips. It's only natural that eventually we all start searching for something more... unique. The Asia Pacific team from Viator, which is a TripAdvisor company and one of the leading resources for global tours and activities, has thus unveiled their top five most luxurious experiential tours in Asia.  


1. Glamping overnight in a private leopard safari in Sri Lanka

yala national park luxury camping

Taking place in Yala National Park - Sri Lanka's second biggest wildlife park and home to the world's highest density of leopards - the tour will take guests through the wilderness for a chance to spot the elusive leopards, elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears and various other exotic wildlife. To end the adventure, a starlit dinner will be prepared outdoors before retiring for the night in a private, luxury tent. 


2. A private tour to Mount Fuji and Sengen Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

mount fuji private tour

It's hard to admire the mesmerising beauty of the iconic Mount Fuji in a large tour group so it's nice to have a more exclusive option with a personal guide. After enjoying the panoramic view off the snow-sprinkled peak, guests will be taken to visit a sacred Shinto shrine where a local priest will take the lead of the tour while sharing some of his own anecdotes. Finally, it ends with a visit to Mount Fuji's 5-station, a lookout point that has been called 'the border between heaven and earth', and a traditional Japanese lunch in a local village. 


3. A hot air balloon ride with champagne breakfast in Chiang Mai, Thailand

chiang mai hot air balloon ride

Experience the beauty of northern Thailand from the skies in a private one-hour experience for two in a hot air balloon just slightly before sunrise. The trip will gracefully take you above the countryside with stunning panoramic views before finishing off with a picnic-style breakfast and a glass of bubbly. 


4. A helicopter ride and private temple tour in Siam Reap, Cambodia

siam reap angkor wat helicopter tour

Prefer something with a little more history? Take flight and admire the wonder that is Angkor Wat while a guide provides a commentary about the history of the ancient landmark. The tour ends with a traditional dance performance and a delicious Cambodian dinner.


5. Go on a sailing and island hopping adventure in Langkawi, Malaysia

langkawi yacht sailing

Did you know the Langkawi archipelago is made up of 99 islands - making it a perfect base for island hopping - and is known as the Jewel of Kedah? The luxury yacht excursion sets sail from Langkawi to explore the outlying islands and nearby beaches, and includes a delicious barbecue lunch onboard complete with unlimited complimentary drinks. 


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