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Top Trip Ideas for Discovering the Best of Rural Asia

From pristine beaches and sun bears in Thailand to the lush jungles of Borneo and majestic mountains of Nepal – book your spot on one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip and experience some of the Asia’s most amazing countryside.
Mandi Keighran
11 Dec 2021
Asia is an enormously diverse continent, and while it’s home to some of the world’s biggest and most dynamic cities – think Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul – it also boasts unique rural landscapes, and off-the-beaten-path towns and villages, which offer a completely different perspective. Whether you’re in Georgia or Borneo, these TRIPS by Culture Trip will help you to really get beneath the surface of rural life in Asia.
1. Island hopping and wildlife boat safari in Southern Thailand

Southern Thailand is a quintessential tropical paradise – think swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, sandy beaches and hidden lagoons – and has become one of Asia’s most popular destinations. Beyond the touristy resort towns, however, there are the lesser-explored rural communities and some of the best wildlife in Thailand to discover. Culture Trip’s Life’s a Beach group tour starts off in Phuket then ventures north to Khao Sok Lake before island-hopping around the coast. The highlight? A night on board a floating raft house followed by a wildlife boat safari and the opportunity to spot a rare sun bear.

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2. Food and wine tasting in the mountains of Georgia

Georgia is a small country in the Caucasus bordered by Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan – and it sits on the continental border between Europe and Asia, resulting in a fascinating and distinctive culture. Notably, the country is also known as the birthplace of wine, and there’s evidence of wine production dating back more than 8,000 years. Discover Georgia’s nature, history and culture on Culture Trip’s nine-day Riches and Ruins tour. It begins in the Old Quarter of Tbilisi where you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch of khachapuri (cheese-filled bread) before exploring some of the country’s highlights, such as Lagodekhi National Park, the Truso Gorge, and the Unesco-listed sites at Mtskheta.

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3. Jungle trekking in northern Thailand

If you want to get a real sense of rural Thailand, you’ll need to head north to the more mountainous region of the country, which borders Laos and Myanmar. Here, in the former Lanna Kingdom, you’ll discover iconic Thailand wildlife, mountains, waterfalls and one of the best places in Asia for jungle trekking. Join seven other intrepid explorers on Culture Trip’s Welcome to the Jungle trip, and you’ll find yourself on an off-the-beaten-track adventure that takes in the highest peak in Thailand, an elephant sanctuary, mysterious caves and geothermal hot springs.

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4. Rare wildlife encounters in Borneo

Want to get up close to Asian wildlife? Some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife is found on the large island of Borneo in Indonesia – aside from neighbouring island of Sumatra, it’s the only place in the world where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants live together. If you’re looking to embark on a Borneo wildlife safari, consider booking a spot on Culture Trip’s 10-day Into the Jungle group trip. You’ll have the opportunity to visit orangutan and sun bear conservation centres, spot Borneo gibbons, proboscis monkeys, and pygmy elephants from river cruises, and enjoy a night safari alongside the Kinabatangan River.

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5. Himalayan hikes and jungle excursions in Nepal

To encounter truly remarkable wildlife, Asia is the place to be – and although Nepal is primarily known for its world-famous mountains, including Everest, and its popularity as a destination for outdoor adventure, it’s also home to some of the region’s most impressive animals. In its dense, rural jungles, you’ll discover the Asiatic elephant, one-horned rhinoceros, and the Bengal tiger alongside monkeys, sloth bears and bison. Culture Trip’s Himalayan Escapades And Wildlife Encounters In Nepal gives you the opportunity to spot some of these magnificent creatures on a wildlife safari through Chitwan National Park. You’ll also learn to cook traditional momo dumplings at a Tibetan refugee camp, take on the rapids of the Seti River, and even meet a Mount Everest summiteer.

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