Girl at temple in Asia.


10 trips to Asia for under $1000

Published January 7th, 2016

What could be more exciting than escaping on an adventure tour to an unknown place with a guided tour group full of fun fellow travellers? It’s never been easier to experience a far-flung Asian adventure, with these incredible getaways clocking in at around a cool thousand bucks. If you’ve wanted to experience Asia, 2016 is the year to make it happen. 

Ed's note: Tour deals in this story expired 31 January 2016 - for all Student Flights latest deals check em out here.

 Kayak on Halong Bay, Vietnam. Image: Khy Orchard


Vietnam Traveller from $821*

The 11-day Vietnam Traveller adventure with Geckos takes you on a journey of non-stop fun and discovery. You’ll travel by public bus, overnight train, private bus and boat as you wind your way through Hanoi Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh. Highlights include a boat cruise on Halong Bay, hanging out and catching the vibes of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and the amazing street food along the way.

 Vietnamese feast. Image: Khy Orchard

Vietnam Discovery from $1,016

Ok, so this one clocks in *just* over budget, but it’s too good not to include. Intrepid Travel’s 15-day Vietnam Discovery is amazing value for money taking in so many highlights of Vietnam’s amazing eastern coastline. Travelling from Ho Chi Minh in the south to old-world Hanoi in the north, you’ll cruise the Mekong Delta, explore the local markets of Nha Trang, spend days checking out the sights of gorgeous Hoi An and the Imperial city of Hue as well as cruising Halong Bay complete with seafood lunch.

 The view over Ko Phi Phi Don.

THAILAND Super South Thailand from $816*

If lazy beach days, island life and sunset cocktails are on your agenda, Gecko’s Super South Thailand will really appeal. Starting in the big smoke of Bangkok, this 9-day tour ends up in the last back beach town of Ao Nang where you’ll get to hang out, go snorkelling and kayaking in the pristine waters, visit mangrove forests, take a Thai cooking class and laze on the beach. You’ll also visit some of the world’s oldest jungle at Khao Sok National Park, and spend a couple of days soaking up the amazing island vibes of Koh Samui.

Northern Thailand at a Glance from $676*

Gecko’s 8-day Northern Thailand trip is a flying visit of some of Thailand’s best spots from Bangkok up to the Chang Mai region. Travel by bike, sleeper train, tuk tuk and local bus to explore hill tribe markets, ancient temples, get up close and personal with Asian elephants, enjoy a Thai massage and discover lots of yummy food and fascinating culture.

Real Food Adventure Thailand from $1,088*

Although it comes in a few dollars over the $1000 budget, this is such a fantastic Thailand tour you won’t want to miss it. Designed for those who love their food as well as travel, Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure is an 8-day culinary voyage of discovery through Thailand’s northern regions. Starting in Bangkok, you’ll travel to Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya before ending up in Chang Mai where you’ll enjoy a local home-stay feast on local delicacies and cruise the local markets. Along the way you’ll taste many Thai flavours and even take part in a cooking class.

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The Real Cambodia from $421*

For a short but very sweet Cambodian experience, Gecko’s Real Cambodia Tour is a great choice. Starting in Phnom Penh you'll travel up to Siem Reap, taking in some of the world’s most powerful historic sites along the way. Highlights include the incredible Angkor complex, delicious street food and some amazing optional trips in Siem Reap.

Angkor Trails from $846*

This 9-day tour with Intrepid Travel is perfect for those who want to see it all. Travelling through Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, you’ll discover the buzz of Bangkok, the extravagant beauty of the temples of Angkor, the welcoming smiles of rural Cambodian homestay hosts, the shocking history of Phnom Penh, and the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh.


Golden Triangle from $806*

Intrepid Travel’s 8-day Golden Triangle Tour is a great way to discover the chaotic charm of Indian culture. You’ll travel to three of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and discover palaces and forts (including the Taj Mahal), bustling markets and bazaars, and the amazing Indian food along the way.

North India Explorer from $689*

Gecko’s 11-day tour of North India takes in some of the country’s top spots via long bus journeys and overnight trains that will add to the adventure. You’ll see the Taj Mahal in all its glory and cruise down the Ganges as you journey from New Delhi to Varanasi to Agra to Jaipur to Bundi before heading back to New Delhi.

Nepal at a Glance from $801*

For a taste of Nepal, Gecko’s 8-day Nepal at a Glance tour is a great choice. Starting and finishing in Kathmandu, you’ll head up to the Pokhara trekking region for some amazing treks through gorgeous mountain scenery and remote colourful villages.

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Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.