An adventure of a lifetime
We love exploring foreign cities or lounging by secret beaches in a far-flung island, but these experiential holidays will bring a whole new level of thrill to your travels.
From Sri Lanka to Japan, check out these tours that we’ve put on our bucket list – and you should, too!
This one-of-a-kind exclusive tour from Tokyo showcases the mesmerising and beguiling beauty of iconic Mount Fuji.
Accompanied by a personal guide, travellers venture to the majestic mountain to experience its snow-sprinkled peak and panoramic vistas, followed by a visit to a sacred Shinto shrine where a local priest will lead a private guided tour and share some of his personal anecdotes.
The tour comes to a close with a visit to Mount Fuji’s 5th station, a look-out point referred to as ‘the border between heaven and earth’, and a lunch of Japanese specialties in a traditional village.
NEXT: Witness the beauty of Chiang Mai, Thailand from above →
The beauty of northern Thailand is best experienced from the skies, with a hot air balloon ride for breathtaking vistas above the treetops.
Nestled among the forested foothills of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a land of misty mountains, colourful hill tribes and lush green rainforest. This private one-hour experience for two starts just as the sun begins to rise with a hot air balloon that gracefully drifts above the countryside for stunning panoramic views as far as the eye can see.
The tour is finished off with a picnic-style breakfast and a glass of bubbly for the perfect start to a day.
NEXT: Go island-hopping in the less-trodden Langkawi, Malaysia →
Known as the Jewel of Kedah, the 99 islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago are the perfect base for island hopping, with impressive rock formations surrounded by powder-white beaches, ancient jungle, vast caves, wildlife, and waterfalls.
This luxury yacht excursion sets sail from Langkawi to explore the outlying islands and nearby beaches, with a delicious barbecue lunch served onboard, complete with unlimited complimentary drinks.
NEXT: Marvel at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia from a helicopter →
Be whisked high above the crowds and queues and experience Angkor Wat, the famed UNESCO World Heritage listed site, in a fresh, unparalleled way.
The exhilarating ride comes with an informative guide who’ll provide commentary on the history of the ancient landmark, while guests are treated to exquisite birds-eye-views.
The memorable experience ends with a traditional dance performance and a delicious Cambodian dinner.
NEXT: Get up close and personal with Sri Lanka’s elusive wildlife →
This tour offers wildlife enthusiasts the chance to spot the leopards in Sri Lanka’s second-biggest wildlife park, Yala National Park.
Home to the world’s highest density of leopards, two game drives will take guests through the wilderness in search of the majestic cats, as well as elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears, deer and an abundance of exotic wildlife.
To top off an unforgettable day, a starlit dinner is prepared outdoors, and accommodation is set up in a private, luxury tent.
NEXT: Embark on a private tour to Mount Fuji in Tokyo, Japan →
By Pinky Chng, September 2016