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Escape To Asia: 15 Winter Break Vacation Ideas

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Escape To Asia: 15 Winter Break Vacation Ideas

Lirene CilliersBy Lirene Cilliers   Posted 11th Oct 2023

Looking to defrost? While a snowy landscape can have its charm, there's a certain magic in shedding your winter layers and swapping snowflakes for sunshine. Instead of bundling up and waiting for winter to pass, escape to Asia, where you can revel in the warmth of tropical paradises and the thrill of outdoor adventures. 

In this blog post, we're riding through 15 unique winter break vacation ideas designed to whisk you away to five incredible Asian countries. These escapes allow you to leave behind the winter blues and immerse yourself in the warm embrace of Asian hospitality.
And for those seeking adventure on two wheels, we have a special treat in store – cycling tours that will lead you off the beaten path and into the heart of these captivating destinations. 

Ready to trade your snow boots for flip-flops? 


Ah, Thailand. A blog post about Asia would not be complete without mentioning the land of smiles. Sure, you've probably heard about the colorful streets of Bangkok, the tranquil beaches of Phuket, and the majestic temples of Chiang Mai. But have you ever considered experiencing Thailand from the saddle of a bicycle? 

Cycle from Bangkok to Phuket:    

Imagine pedaling your way down the Gulf of Thailand from Bangkok to Phuket, stopping at Khao Sok National Park, the charming resort town of Hua Hin, and many hidden treasures in between.
Cycling along deserted, palm-lined tropical beaches, exploring secluded islands, and indulging in delicious Thai cuisine. That's exactly what awaits you on this incredible eight-day adventure.
Oh, and did we mention you'll get to taste Thailand's local wine, explore the vast illuminated chamber of Phraya Nakon Cave, and feast on fresh crab on the beach in Ban Krut? It's not just a bike tour; it's a journey to remember. 

Thailand Bike, Boat, and Beach:  

This Thailand Bike, Boat, and Beach vacation is the way to go if you're after a more relaxed pace. It's a seven-day multi-activity tour that seamlessly weaves together Thailand's rich history and culture with some outdoor exploration, culminating in a relaxing beach vacation. It's a perfect adventure for a multi-generational trip, catering to riders and non-riders alike.
Cycle, cruise, and kayak your way from the River Kwai to the tranquil Koh Yao Islands. Pedal through charming rural landscapes, delve into the history of the Thai-Burma Railway, and finally arrive at the pristine shores of Koh Yao Noi.
As the tour winds down, you'll find yourself on the peaceful shores of Koh Yao Noi, a true island paradise. Here, you can continue your exploration with leisurely cycling adventures around the island or dive into water and land activities, including kayaking, snorkeling, and exclusive island excursions.

Chiang Mai and North Thailand E-Bike Tour:

Northern Thailand is a winter haven that effortlessly marries the traditions of its Lanna heritage with stunning natural beauty. The Lanna legacy can be seen in everything from the charming traditional dress to the distinctive architecture and local dialect.
This region boasts scenic mountain vistas, cooler temperatures, and an abundance of outdoor activities. It's also a melting pot of diverse hill tribes that call the mountainsides home, adding a unique cultural layer to your visit.
Now, how do you navigate these picturesque but hilly terrains? Enter this e-bike tour—the key to unlocking the best of Northern Thailand with a little electronic assistance when you need it most.
Discover Northern Thailand's postcard-perfect rural landscapes, delve into the highlights of Chiang Rai, savor the delectable tastes of Northern Thai cuisine during a city food tour, and ride and hike to the awe-inspiring Doi Suthep, all while avoiding the tourist crowds.

Thailand Self-Guided Cycle Tour:  

When it comes to Southern Thailand, everyone sees something different. But for us active travelers, it's an open invitation to glide along picturesque coastal roads while savoring the delectable tastes of Thai cuisine.
If your idea of the perfect winter break involves a relaxed coastal adventure that includes outdoor activities and unwinding on the beach, this self-guided tour is tailor-made for you.
You'll pedal along traffic-free roads, soak in the serene coastal views, and make stops at some truly unique spots. Visit the well-known "monkey temple" in Prachuap Khiri Khan, where you'll meet the curious Langurs and enjoy breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding area.
As you pedal along, you'll journey to the hidden gem that is Phaya Nakon Cave, a place of wonder with its vast illuminated chamber. And let's not forget the delightful culinary experiences: relish fresh crab right on the beach in Hua Hin and learn about the fascinating marine life of the region at the Waghor Aquarium. 

Slow Road to Angkor: Cycling Thailand to Cambodia:

More and more travelers are combining their visit to Thailand with a quick stopover in Cambodia. But why settle for a boring flight or bus ride when you can bike from Bangkok to Angkor?
This tour is all about the road less traveled. Instead of missing out on the hidden gems that Thailand and Cambodia have to offer, you'll be right in the midst of it. This adventure is designed for everyone, from casual riders to cycling enthusiasts.
Cycle along the beach in Chanthaburi, through Cambodian towns with their distinct French flair, explore village industries in Battambang, and marvel at the sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat. 
But the true highlight of this journey lies in the connections you'll make with the engaging locals.


Vietnam is vast and incredibly varied, making it a daunting task to choose just one destination to explore. Well, how about we serve you not one, not two, but six winter break vacation ideas that will satisfy your wanderlust and culinary cravings in this must-visit Southeast Asian gem? 

Vietnam Essentials Bike Tour:

If you're looking for an all-encompassing experience, the Vietnam Essentials Bike Tour presents an enticing answer. This cycling adventure takes you on a journey from the streets of Saigon to the Mekong Delta, the ancient imperial capital of Hue, and finally to Hoi An, Asia's most coveted colonial town.
You'll pedal along the Mekong Delta, passing by endless rice fields and meandering canal paths, through small villages, and conquer the iconic Hai Van Pass, all while sharing greetings with locals and enjoying the bounty of exotic fruits.
This carefully crafted tour encompasses must-see locations and off-the-beaten-track gems, all while being fueled by the food, charm, and hospitality that Vietnam so generously offers. With expert local guides, well-tuned bikes, and warm welcomes from your hosts and hotels, the only missing piece for this ultimate, essential Vietnam experience by bike is you.   

Vietnam E-Bike Tour: 

When it comes to exploring Vietnam, we believe there's no better way than on an e-bike. This upgraded tour of Vietnam, powered by pedal-assist e-bikes, is your ticket to uncover the beauty of central Vietnam.
From discovering charming fishing and farming villages, visiting the inspiring center for the disabled in Quy Nhon, exploring hidden gems like the Cham Towers, and enjoying a beachside sundowner in Nha Trang.
This vacation is tailored for those who crave an experience that seamlessly combines scenic rides, cultural insights, and moments of serene relaxation. 

Mekong Bike and Boat Adventure:  

The Mekong Delta is a world of fascination, and this bike and boat adventure allows you to explore it from various angles, making this journey truly exceptional.
From the streets of Saigon in Vietnam to the ancient Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, this journey is a unique blend of bike and boat adventures, catering to both cyclists and non-riders.
Take a walking food tour of Saigon, cycle or wander through the maze of canal paths and bridges of the fertile Mekong Delta and pedal the Silk Islands near Phnom Penh. Plus, you'll learn from an expert about the hydrology and ecology of the Mekong and Tonle Sap River systems.
Finally, behold the breathtaking sunrise over Angkor Wat before embarking on a bike and foot exploration of this historic park. 

Vietnam Active Family Tour:  

This cycling journey is thoughtfully designed for adults and young explorers alike, guaranteeing an engaging and active experience for all generations.
As you pedal from Saigon to Hoi An, you'll explore the country's rich culture and its standout highlights. This tour blends achievable bike rides with various off-bike activities, ensuring everyone can revel in the magic of Vietnam.
You'll navigate charming villages, picturesque canals, and hidden pathways, delving into Vietnam's rural and coastal regions. Beyond the bike, you'll venture into underground Cu Chi Tunnels, partake in home-cooked meals at local homestays, and even discover the art of crafting bamboo.
Vietnam's traditional lifestyles and customs come to life as you interact with the friendly locals, leaving an indelible mark on your family's memories.  

Vietnam Self-Guided Ocean Road Bike Tour:

This self-guided tour of Vietnam is the ultimate road trip, but with all the details magically taken care of. We've planned your route, hooked you up with a GPS system and app, and even ensured your luggage is waiting at our handpicked accommodations. It's like having a personal travel assistant without the fuss.
Starting in Hue, where history meets stunning views, you'll cycle along the coast, where the Cau Hai Lagoon, nestled among magnificent mountains, will leave you breathless. In Hoi An, it's all about charming villages and rice paddies, with a dash of UNESCO-listed My Son ruins. You'll pedal through traditional fishing villages and end the day on the idyllic Tam Hai Island.
This self-guided tour lets you take the wheel (or handlebars) at your own pace while enjoying our expert recommendations. It's the winter escape you've been dreaming of, where freedom meets adventure for a truly unforgettable journey. 


Vietnam is vast and incredibly varied, making it a daunting task to choose just one destination to explore. Well, how about we serve you not one, not two, but six winter break vacation ideas that will satisfy your wanderlust and culinary cravings in this must-visit Southeast Asian gem? 

Angkor to Saigon:

Why settle for a typical winter getaway when you can embark on a two-nation adventure? On this tour, you'll kick things off amid the awe-inspiring ancient temples of Cambodia, a country steeped in history and mystery. Then, pedal your way into the vibrant heart of Vietnam. This isn't just a bike tour; it's a journey through time, culture, and flavor, tailor-made for the intrepid traveler in you.
Explore the pre-Angkor-era ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk, cycle through the Silk Islands' charming villages, and witness the lively floating markets of Can Tho.  You'll glide through quaint villages, witness the evolving landscapes, and soak up the local vibes.
And, of course, there's the mighty Mekong River, where you'll enjoy a leisurely boat ride across the Vietnam border before diving back into two full days of cycling through the Mekong Delta. It's a ride that's as diverse as it is delightful, offering a tantalizing taste of life in Indochina.
This is an adventure that balances exploration, relaxation, and cultural immersion—a winter escape that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

Cambodia Bike, Hike & Kayak Tour:

Cambodia is becoming a must-visit destination. But on this tour, we're not talking about the same-old tourist trail. No, no. We're here to introduce you to the real Cambodia—the one that lies beyond the crowded landmarks and bustling cities.

And what's our secret for uncovering it all? Well, it involves a bit of biking, kayaking, and hiking, sprinkled with laughter and connection with some of Asia's warmest and friendliest people.
Your adventure begins in Phnom Penh, where you'll leave the streets behind for a unique journey along the magnificent Mekong River. Pedal through shaded trails, passing by farmers and fishermen, and immerse yourself in rural life's gentle rhythm.

But that's just the start. Prepare for unforgettable kayaking expeditions to encounter rare freshwater dolphins and explore flooded forests. Hike to ancient wonders like the Preah Vihear temple complex and the Kulen ranges, where a once-mighty city stood.

 The grand finale? A pedal-powered exploration of Angkor's mystical ruins. This is the ultimate 8-day adventure that captures the very essence of Cambodia. 


Let's take a detour to the island of Bali, a destination that needs no introduction. Known as the "Island of the Gods," Bali has captured the hearts of travelers worldwide with its picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture.
This Best of Bali bike tour is your ticket to a comprehensive, immersive, and unforgettable Balinese experience. It's a week-long journey that unveils the heart and soul of Bali, where every pedal stroke and footstep take you deeper into this island paradise's culture and nature.

Start by gliding through serene rice paddies and charming villages with Mount Abang views along the ride and some traditional temples. Head to the eastern coastline, where black sandy beaches meet rugged cliffs—a dramatic backdrop for your exploration. Along the way, you'll immerse yourself in Balinese culture and traditions, from spiritual rituals to local cuisine.
Connect you with the community, offering insights into Balinese crafts and farming techniques; snorkel amidst coral reefs; and explore the sunken WWII USAT Liberty cargo ship. Plus, you'll hike through lush forests, visit iconic temples, and unwind in your private courtyard villa with a captivating sundowner view. 

Sri Lanka

Finally, we find ourselves in the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka, where nature and history collide in the most breathtaking way. Sri Lanka may not be your typical winter escape, but it offers a unique blend of experiences that will leave you in awe. 

Sri Lanka Bike Tour:

This journey combines the best of South Asia's cycling, hiking, and safari experiences, all while immersing you in the rich culture and history of this welcoming island. 

Starting in the capital, Colombo, you'll explore Horton Plains National Park and take a walk to World's End for dramatic mountain views that will make your heart skip a beat. Take a tea plantation and factory tour to learn about this interesting process that produces the world's finest tea. And if you're a wildlife enthusiast, a jeep safari through Yala National Park will offer a chance to spot elephants, leopards, wild boar, buffalo, and monkeys like you've never seen them before.
But perhaps the most beautiful aspect of Sri Lanka is the warmth of its people. It's a destination that combines natural beauty, rich history, and genuine hospitality in a way that's truly enchanting. 

Sri Lanka Bike Tour for Families:

This family-friendly cycling tour is not just about sightseeing; it's an educational and entertaining experience for the kids. Explore this diverse country's culture, wildlife, and landscapes on two wheels with fantastic activities for the whole family.
From Sigiriya's heart to historic Galle, this family cycling tour combines comfortable stays, engaging activities, and tasty food for everyone. Kids will love the treasure hunt at Sigiriya, while parents and children alike will create lasting family memories.
Pedal through the scenic countryside around Sigiriya, explore mystical Dambulla caves with its hundreds of Buddha statues, hike up Little Adam's Peak for sweeping views of the tea plantations, and spend a night in a Sinharaja Rainforest eco-lodge, where jungle sounds lull you to sleep. 

Choosing Your Perfect Winter Adventure

So, there you have it: our top five winter break vacation destinations that will whisk you away from the cold and into a world of adventure, culture, and warm-hearted experiences. These Asian destinations offer something for every traveler, whether you're seeking thrilling escapades, cultural immersion, or serene natural beauty.
The only question left is: Which adventure will you choose for your next winter escape? 



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