InsideAsia Tours reveals an exciting lineup of new experiences in Southeast Asia for travelers in 2019. Established as destination experts with unrivaled intelligence, travel planning, and in-country support, InsideAsia Tours offers unparalleled access and cultural immersions in popular and emerging destinations on the Asian continent. From specialized Small Group Tours to bespoke Fully Tailored Journeys, InsideAsia Tours' 2019 offerings provide a variety of ways to discover each destination.
New Alternative Trekking Adventures in Northern Indochina
InsideAsia Tours has just announced Trekking the Cloud Forests of Laos, a nine-night trekking and wildlife adventure in the Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area in Laos. The new journey takes travelers into areas rarely visited by other tourists and offers breathtaking views of endless green forests and sightings of rare wildlife such as the white-cheeked gibbon, leopards, bears and wild dog. Rates for this itinerary start at $1,748 per person sharing.
Additionally, the longer Trekking Northern Vietnam and Laos Fully Tailored Journey is the perfect trip for conservationists, adventurers, and hiking enthusiasts. The 13-night experience takes travelers off the beaten path through Vietnam and Laos' staggering mountainous and jungle scenery. Rates for this itinerary start at $4,833 per person sharing.
New 'Insider Experiences' with Leading Academics and Personalities in Cambodia
As part of its continued commitment to offer meaningful cultural experiences in Southeast Asia, InsideAsia Tours has identified some of Cambodia's leading academics and cultural figures to provide personal insight into the destination. In 2019, InsideAsia Tours offers the exclusive opportunity to Explore Angkor Wat with Dr. Damian Evans, one of the world's leading academics on the archaeology and reconstruction of the temples. Dr. Evans' work has been the focus of numerous TV documentaries on Angkor, including for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
Additionally, InsideAsia Tours now provides the opportunity to Meet Arn Chorn-Pond, one of the most inspiring individuals helping to reinstate traditional arts in Cambodia. The education encounter delves into Arn's harrowing past and his role in helping to establish the Cambodian Living Arts initiative.
The two new highlighted 'Insider Experiences' in Cambodia can be added to bespoke journeys or existing InsideAsia Tours itineraries in the destination, including the 11-night Into The Heart of Cambodia, which includes visits to iconic sites and off-the-beaten-track destinations like Siem Reap, Battambang, and rural village life at Banteay Chhmar. Rates for this itinerary start at $2,403 per person sharing.
A Royal Encounter in Luang Prabang
As part of new 2019 'Insider Experiences' in Laos, InsideAsia Tours brings travelers to Meet with Prince Nithakhong Somsanith at his Home. A member of the former Royal Family (Laos is now a Democratic Republic), Prince Nithakhong is a self-taught folk artist known for his work in the art of gold-thread embroidery, and practices wood carving and painting. InsideAsia Tours guests will also tour Prince Nithakhong's residence, which houses an impressive collection of arts and artifacts from the Old Court of Luang Prabang. The exclusive experience with Prince Nithakhong can be added on to any Laos itinerary such as Luxurious Laos -- an 11-night journey traveling in style from Laos' colonial cities, through its forested mountains and ethnic tribe villages to its ancient sites. Participants will stay at elegant colonial hotels, luxurious mountain lodges, enchanting boutique properties, and riverside resorts. Rates for this itinerary start at $4,644 per person sharing.
A First Michelin Star Experience in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang has just welcomed its first Michelin Star restaurant in November 2018. Helmed by celebrity chef Bee Satongun of the Michelin-starred Paste Bangkok, the new Paste at The Apsara will meld contemporary fine dining with traditional Laotian cuisine. Chef Bee Satongun recently received a Michelin star for Paste Bangkok and was also awarded Asia's 50 Best Restaurants' 'Best Female Chef in Asia' award. Guests of InsideAsia Tours will be able to experience the new Paste at The Apsara -- and other delicacies of Laos -- with the Flavors of Laos itinerary, a ten-day culinary adventure to savor the country's best cuisine. Rates for this itinerary start at $3,422 per person sharing.
An Epicurean Escape in Vietnam
InsideAsia Tours' new Gastronomic Trails of Vietnam explores the traditional and contemporary gastronomic landscape of the historic nation. The 13-night culinary adventure uncovers the secrets, flavors, and origins of street delicacies, as well as the evolution of the fine dining scene, and everything in between. Itinerary highlights include exploring Hanoi and Hue with a local street food blogger, private home cooking classes, a rural homestay and farming experience, salt-rice lunches with a culinary master, and street food or craft beer tours by vintage Vespa in Ho Chi Minh City. Rates for this itinerary start at $4,043 per person sharing.
For more information about InsideAsia Tours' destinations in Southeast Asia, visit www.insideasiatours.com.