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Asia For First Timers: Tips, Tricks and Experiences with Instagrammer Sam Earp

Why Asia? But why not?

It's fun, unique and unforgettable. Asia is a perfect destination for all first-time travellers, but it can still be pretty daunting. Fortunately enough, there's plenty of incredible experiences for you. Here are some of our best as seen through Instagrammer, Sam Earp.


1. Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai, Thailand

2. Givings Alms to Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos.

3. Swimming in the Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Laos

My own slice of heaven @contiki #asianadventure #noregrets #contiki

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4. Visiting the Ta Prohm temple, as seen in the movie “Tomb Raider”

5. Watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

"There are no words to describe the #AsianAdventure trip, it's something you have to experience for yourself to truly understand how amazing and diverse Asia really is." - Sam Earp



“The view from the Elephant Crossing hotel in Vang Vieng, Laos was stunning! Overlooking the Nam Song River and up into the Mountain Ranges right out of the balcony glass doors. Breakfast buffet is right on the river and its only a short stroll from the streets filled with restaurants and bars!”

Could get use to waking up to this… @contiki #asianadventure #noregrets #contiki

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“Be experimental! Immerse yourself in the culture and try something you’ve never tried before. I tried it all from Snake, Tarantula, Scorpion and even got to try my new favourite, traditional home-made Lao-Lao which was an unexpected surprise!”

Image of tarantula's in Asia


“I thought the trip was just going to be a bunch of people that jump on a coach and drive around looking at “tourist attractions”…. And boy was I wrong! Within the first day or two you start to build long term friendships with everyone else on the trip and not nearly as much time spent driving on a coach as I had expected. Pretty much all activities are pre-planned, everything is very well organised and plenty of relaxing time to enjoy the local atmosphere!”


“The biggest  positive and the most surprising thing to come out of this trip for me was the lasting friendships and how much you can see and do in such a short time!”

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