When it comes to family holidays – especially with teenagers in tow – we often tend to choose destinations fairly close to home. It’s what we’ve always done, it’s what we know, it’s what we’re used to. However, the fateful transition from child to ‘Kevin the teenager’ is a big moment in a parent’s life.
Whilst your kids might not live up to the moody stereotype, the concept of a summer holiday to France, Spain or (heaven forbid) Devon can spark dismay amongst the younger members of your family. Either they’re too old for that kind of trip or their classmates have gone somewhere more ‘cool’ and their expectations are higher than ever. A bit cheeky some may say, but given today’s family options, they may have a point.
Tipping is very much a western import and some guides may say it’s not customary. That being said it’s an important form of secondary income for Cambodians and does incentive good service. Here, we share on our thoughts on what is an appropriate amount to tip.
Many people planning a trip to Asia find the budgeting process tricky. There’s a big misconception that everything is priced low when really it’s just very good value compared to a European holiday equivalent, but not necessarily ‘cheap.’ Here, we share our top suggestions on planning a luxury family holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia.
MD & Founder, Sam Clark, provides his round-up of the most exciting new hotels in South and Southeast Asia. From luxury tented lodges in the wild, to exclusive island beach resorts – he passes on his top recommendations for places to stay on your next trip.
World famous for its lost cities, stunning coastal towns and dark recent history, a trip to Cambodia lets you broaden your horizons as well as indulge in some rest and relaxation. Beyond the temples, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on the best experiences in the country to incorporate into your visit. Here’s a list of our top 10 to help your planning:
Philly and family recently travelled to Indochina for a very special Christmas holiday. Celebrating in Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An and Siem Reap, their trip included some incredible moments thanks to the expertise and connections of Experience Travel Group. Here’s her top 5 list of things to do that you could enjoy on your next family voyage.
For most, opportunities to travel to Southeast Asia don’t come every month and so it’s important you make the most of your time in the region. As part of maximising your experience, we’d certainly recommend hiring a guide in Cambodia. Here are two key reasons why:
If you’re starting to plan a trip to Cambodia, you’ll find there’s a lot of information out there about what to do, where and when. If it all seems a little confusing, do read our insider guide about how best to plan your perfect trip.
Want something a little more adventurous than a countryside cottage in the West Country or a hop across the pond to France? Asia boasts some fabulous weather in the summer, with colourful festivals, delicious food, idyllic beaches and family friendly boutique accommodation to boot. It’s the perfect place for a holiday with a difference.
When the British winter has you wondering if the sun actually ever existed and you haven’t seen your own skin in weeks, you know it’s time to jet off in search of winter sun.You need somewhere exotic, somewhere sunny and warm, somewhere with beautiful flora, palm tree-lined beaches, smiling people and delicious food. Here are our best places to travel across this season:
I’ve been asked many times how the temples in Bagan, Myanmar, and those around Siem Reap, Cambodia compare, and which are better. I’ve been lucky enough to visit both sites over the years and the short answer is that neither one is better than the other. Both have their own charms and unique selling points and are truly awe-inspiring places to visit.
If you wanted to include an extra special, unique element to your next summer holiday, why not consider staying in a new hotel? Here, we’re rounding up the best set to open in time. Do note that construction schedules can sometimes change and rates for rooms may not be listed yet – but this article is a good place start for inspiration.
Whilst the world-famous overgrown Angkor temples are an obvious lure for travellers going to Cambodia, there are so many other nearby experiences that are often overlooked. Here, we share what else there is to do in the area whilst you’re visiting.
When designing our signature experiences in Cambodia around Angkor and beyond, we sought out the expertise and suggestions of old friend and country expert Jake. Travelling around Southeast Asia when he was younger, he fell in love with Cambodia and developed an incredible knowledge of how best to experience the country. Here he talks about his work with Experience Travel Group and love of travel.
If you’re looking for an unusual, sunny and exotic destination for your Christmas holidays, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent are ideal places to go. With their incredible array of experiences be they wildlife, foodie and or cultural, there’ll be something for everyone. Here’s a list of our best family holiday destinations to consider:
Few days are more important in the Experience Travel Group office than World Gin and Tonic Day. When I asked travel experts for their nominations, a buzz of excitement like electricity burst through the room whilst murmured whispers to each other about not doubling up nominations ensued. Safe to say, we’re passionate about this drink and know a good GnT when we taste one. Here’s our guide to the best in Asia.
We’re excited by the new route between Vietnam’s southern capital Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) and the white-sand beach destination of Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
Co-founder and MD Sam gives his insights into “green season” travel in Asia, providing plenty of tips to make the best of your holiday outside of the peak travel season.
There are some fantastic deals and lush landscapes away from the crowds when travelling in low season throughout Asia. When there is rain, it is often short and sharp and we can try to make sure you get fantastic weather by incorporating a beach stay in a region with glorious sunshine. This short guide will give you some great ideas about combining the best value destinations with the superb beaches.
With the film season and Oscars coming to an end, we thought we’d pay tribute to some of the fabulous filming locations in Asia – all places you can visit whilst on holiday!
With so many temples available to visit – how do you make sure you avoid the dreaded temple fatigue?
Here our Asia travel specialist, Lucy, gives 6 top tips:
Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – collectively known as Indochina – offer history, culture and nature in abundance along with mysterious sights like the Angkor temples, colonial towns such as Hoi An and spiritual cities like Luang Prabang. 2016 brings some fantastic excuses to start planning your holiday to this beguiling region of the world. Here we feature the highlights.
For the new year, we asked our team to nominate their favourite hotels and explain why. From sumptuous luxury experiences to learning traditional archery, here’s our selection.
James, with his in-depth knowledge of India, Borneo and Southeast Asia is the newest recruit to the ETG travel team. He’s joined us after a sensational demand for our holidays and we’re very pleased to welcome him as a travel specialist. Get to know James in his introductory blog.
Thank you so much to all of you who entered our 2015 photography competition. The quality of entries has been particularly good this year and we wanted to share some of our favourites before the deadline closes.
All of our tailor-made holidays are crafted from our own first-hand experiences. So, without further ado, here are our highlights of 2015 – including some new and unusual experiences you can try on your own travels.
2015 has been a big year for our ETG signature experiences. Be it avoiding the crowds, visiting the best local restaurants or doing an iconic attraction differently, our country specialists have been working hard to make sure your holiday is like nothing you’ll find elsewhere.
Multi centre holidays offer an incredible array of cultures and experiences to the inquisitive traveller. The problem lies organising transport, working out how much you can fit in, to balancing costs. To help you in your planning stages, here are our 10 dos and don’ts for anyone thinking of a multi centre holiday.
At Experience Travel Group, we like to do things differently. We appreciate the risks of visiting iconic sites: throngs of crowds, hot weather and a lot of time standing on your feet – that’s why we’ve developed ways to do them differently. Here Lauren and Becky visit Angkor Wat as part of our signature experience.