Together with our local partner, we have created a range of epic adventures across the Asian continent just for you. Topdeck delivers an all access pass including stylish accommodation close to the action, mouth-watering local food and premium, fit for purpose transport that will allow you to go where others cant. Our local team has more than 20 years experience helping make travel dreams come true, so pick your favourite trip and lets go exploring.
WE ARE TOPDECK
OUR ASIA TRIPS
We do Asian adventures, epic Eurotrips, Big Game safaris, American road trips, sailing trips, pyramid expeditions, and other awesomeness around the world for travellers between 18-39.
We realise that everyones different, which is why all our trips include heaps of free time to play and explore. Its your trip, your way.
Your trip includes all the must-see, must-do activities and top-notch local fare to recharge those batteries between stops, which means you can spend your money where it matters and well take care of the rest.
You will hit the road on modern, WiFi-equipped coaches, stay where the action is and hang out with other young explorers bent on seeing the world.
And thats just how we got started. We had a group of mates, some wheels and enough wanderlust to make most mothers worried.Forty years into it, were still discovering new places to see and unforgettable travel experiences to make our passengers trips just that little bit more awesome.
Ready to pack your bags? Lets talk.
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0 3 GILI ISLANDS. They look like three inconsequential dots off the coast of Lombok. But these three islands have been
drawing a castaway crowd for years. While turtles
pop up for air on the fringing reefs nearby, Gili
Trawangan keeps the backpacker crowd partying,
Air (ah-ee-rr) flaunts its assets to the boutique
crowd and Meno remains an untouched slice of
paradise almost void of development. Expect white
beaches, turtles and swaying coconut palms.
0 4 ANGKOR WAT. Angkor Wat was originally built as a tribute to the Hindu god Vishnu and then gradually transformed
into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the
12th Century. Youve probably seen the sunset a
thousand times, but watching a thousand year old
handcrafted piece of human ingenuity in person
serves as a stark reminder of what our species were
capable of before Facebook. We understand if you
still want a selfie though. #nojudgment
0 5 HANOI. Thinking of food? You wont be disappointed. From the pho stalls and bahn mi trucks of the Old Quarter to the OMG-I-
want-to-eat-everything feasts of Quan an Ngon,
this is the best place in the world to eat, sleep,
and dodge motorbikes. Get some refuge from the
frantic traffic at the Temple of Literature, pick up
some propaganda posters and explore the Parisian
tree-lined boulevards and alleyways of one of Asias
most delectable cities.
PAGE. 16, 24, 26.
0 6 TOKYO. Home to Hello Kitty, more Michelin stars than any other city in the world and a public transport that has never
been late ever. This sprawling metropolis offers
a curious mix between feudal heritage, street
fashion and the most hi-tech toilets youll ever see.
Dont miss: World-class ramen in Nakano, Elvis
impersonators in Yoyogi Park and next-gen fashion
in Harajuku. PAGE. 42, 44.
0 1 BANGKOK. I BKK. Said just about everyone ever. Just like its cuisine, Bangkok is a welcome assault on the senses, where
tuk tuks fight for inches with black Lexuses and
street noodle stalls rub shoulders with luxury
department stores. Embrace the fun-loving chaos
making this city Asias answer to NYC then retreat
for a dose of temple serenity or climb a skyscraper
for a sunset drink at a swanky rooftop bar. PAGE.16, 18, 20, 38.
0 2 SAMUI ARCHIPELAGO. Lifes a beach. And good things come in three. Start your island hopping life on Koh Samui with snorkelling,
shopping and poolside comforts, then ferry across
to its sister Pha Ngan for a juxtaposition of beaches,
swaying coconut palms and full-moon parties.
Wrap up with a couple of nights on Koh Tao for
more island vibes and eat, sleep, dive repeat.
Beached out? You bet. PAGE. 36.
ASIA B U C K E T L I S T
0 7 KYOTO. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Japans second biggest metropolis Osaka, youll find yourself surrounded
by immaculate gardens, temples and a city that
turns her nose up at the glittery selfie machines
and frenetic pace of Tokyo. Embrace serenity
at Kinkakuji temple, watch apprentice geishas
recreate ancient folklore through song and dance in
Gion then get your samurai fix at Nijo Castle.
0 8 KUALA LUMPUR. Malaysians take their food seriously. Below the seen-the-postcard Petronas Towers with its retail wonderland youll find an urban sprawl of Indian,
Chinese, Malay and colonial influences. Never
thought a food court plate of duck and rice could
change your life? Think again. Eat up then escape
the city smoke for a while, check out the most
popular hindu shrine outside India, then steam
around Malacca for a more colonial take on life.
DHOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
VIETNAMESE MOTHERS JUDGE THEIR SONS SIGNIFICANT OTHER on their broth making skills. Its serious business. Mix French
broth making skills with star anise, cinnamon and local herbs,
let it simmer for a day, then load up your bowl with your
favourite toppings. Go for beef, chicken, mint leaves, chillies
and lime if youre in the south or opt for the puritan Hanoi
approach of letting the broth do the talking. Either way, youll
never look at soup the same way again. WHERE: JUST ABOUT ANY STREET CORNER IN VIETNAM.
EXPECT: ORDERING MORE THAN ONE IS FINE. GO FOR IT.
KNOW ONE, TEACH ONE FROM A SIMPLE SANDWICH SHOP IN HANOI to a breeding ground for up-and-coming fine dining chefs, KOTO is not your average
restaurant. Behind the scenes youll find a fully fledged NGO
working to bring street kids out of poverty and help them build
the skills needed to launch a career in a 5-star hotel. Youll be
served a mix of courses blending traditional Vietnamese cuisine
with South East Asian and Western influences served with
lashings of promises of a better future.
EXPECT: TOP-NOTCH VIETNAMESE FOOD AND THE CHANCE TO SUPPORT A SOCIAL
ENTERPRISE MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO YOUNG PEOPLES LIVES.
THE THAI KITCHEN, LIKE MANY OTHER ASIAN CUISINES, shows its full potential at a street side stall without a printed men