6 Unique Local Experiences You Can Enjoy With Back-Roads Asia


Marianne Lampon

Marianne is the Content Assistant at Back-Roads. She writes the copy for anything and everything including the Back-Roads blog. Originally from Cambridge, she's officially caught the travel bug and loves her movies and fitness.

31st January 2018

1. Learn about traditional Vietnamese puppetry

Dating as far back as the 10th century, this traditional Vietnamese performance art is extremely impressive.

You will get the chance to visit the home of a water puppet artist and look on as the intricate puppets are made in front of you. You will even get the chance to talk to the artist about his fascinating craft.

To round off the experience, a charming private water puppet show is on the itinerary. Get those cameras ready!

Hanoi, Vietnam

2. Visit the nuns at Lien Hoa Pagoda

Settle down to a traditional lunch prepared by the nuns at the Lien Hoa Pagoda and learn about what makes Buddhism in Vietnam so unique.

This beautiful hilltop temple location has breathtaking views over Hue and is the perfect setting to reflect on the difference between the fast pace of modern life and the peaceful, slower lifestyle of our hosts.

Hue, Vietnam

3. Explore the canals of Bangkok

They don’t call Bangkok the ‘Venice of the East’ for nothing. Take to the water for a tranquil tour of Bangkok’s khlongs, a picturesque canal system, and experience its beauty for yourself.

You can take boat trip through the winding backwaters of old Thonglor past temples, monasteries and wooden houses.

It’s a real must-do experience for both history lovers and those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Bangkok, Thailand

4. Get up close with the elephants

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you visit the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai – a sanctuary that provides a home for these amazing animals.

You can spend some quality time with the elephants in their natural surroundings. Learn about their habits and gain an insight into the stories behind their rescue. It is a truly heartwarming experience.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

5. Experience the famous Phare Circus

The world-famous Phare Circus tells the story of Cambodia’s rich history through theatre, music, dance and circus arts.

Performed by ex-street children and victims of the Cambodian War, the Circus is truly inspirational and is wonderful to watch.

The Circus also supports street child programmes and is one of the most respected NGOs in Cambodia.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

6. Go behind the scenes in Angkor Wat

One of the most famous temples complexes in the world, prepare to be impressed as you wander through the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.

Once at the world’s largest religious monument, a leading stone conservation expert will be your guide. You will learn some little-known secrets behind how ancient Khmer people designed, carved, and transported the site’s spectacular religious structures.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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