Private bespoke Asian Tours Created By Experts

Vast, varied and vibrant, Asia is a mighty backyard. Yet it is one that our team of local Travel Experts know intimately. They live, love and breathe Asia and are passionate about sharing their wisdom with first-time and repeat visitors. Like trusted friends armed with encyclopedic knowledge, we're excited to be guiding you around our wonderful patch. Whether its taking you to the perfect sunrise spot at Angkor or steering you towards spectacular beaches, mountains and cultural wonders, we've got your back. So come on, let us show you around our Backyard.

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It may sound like a cliche, but Asia truly does have something for everyone. Whatever your fancy, whatever your palate, whatever your style: we'll come up with the goods to suit you.

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With passionate guides in each of Asia's destinations, you'll be reaping the rewards of invaluable local expertise wherever you choose to go.

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You are not just a customer, you are a friend. As such, we go the extra mile to guarantee advantageous local pricing and Asian experiences tinged with authenticity.

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Holidays are about relaxation, not exertion. Forget about pesky details and preparations and let our passionate team handle everything.

Come into our Backyard

Whether its kicking back in tropical splendour at one of Asia's many world-beating resorts or veering down city sidestreets to sample hidden culinary highlights, there are experiences to suit every speed in this huge and diverse region. At Backyard Travel, we draw on our own vast knowledge of the area to tailor bespoke tours that are perfectly suited to each individual guest. So if you've always wanted to bask on pristine beaches or hike through emerald jungles, the time is right to step into our incredible backyard.

- Maeve Nolan, Founder

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Find a private tour in Asia that is tailored for you

So many experiences, so little time is a commonly voiced refrain when it comes to visiting Asia. That's why we create diverse and enthralling tours designed to capture the authentic flavour of the region and offer inspiration to you, our guests. Don't worry if one of our tours isn't fully to your taste. We can tweak and nuance each and every aspect of the itinerary until it meets with your expectations.

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  • We just wanted to thank you so much for organising the best holiday imaginable! From the moment we arrived in Yangon we were overwhelmed with the organisation of backyard travel, we didn't have to think, just enjoy our holiday!

    Stephanie & Dannielle (Myanmar, Jan 2016)

  • The agency did a great job. They arranged our trip perfectly, timing and guide tours were amazing and very qualified, we definitely recommend them and will travel with them again in the future.

    Leonardo Ariza (Japan, Jan 2016)

  • I’m impressed with your caring and thoughtful work. The itineraries you planned for me were beyond everything I had expected, you carefully crafted unforgettable moments for me....

    Ms. Ana Medeiros (Japan, Feb 2015)

  • What an amazing experience we had! It was our honeymoon and Andhika made planning it really smooth and easy for us as communication with him was excellent. We will never forget it.

    Veronique & Matthew Cassar (Indonesia, July 2014)

  • The entire trip was planned professionally and efficiently, and you responded to all our queries and demands in a very prompt manner. It was the best itinerary ever put together for us. Thanks Helen!

    Mr. Keegan Maharaj (Myanmar, Mar 2014)

  • I wanted to thank you for the extraordinary effort that went into planning our trip. My son and I had an incredible time. It will be something we’ll never forget. Thanks so much!

    Mr. Larry Bleiberg (Japan, Sept 2013)

  • Our holiday in Cambodia was fascinating and an experience never to be forgotten. Backyard Travel was the best - professional, innovative, flexible, informative and fun!

    Mrs. Christine Ekberg (Cambodia, Feb 2013)

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What the press and influencers are saying about our private tours

Our expertise at curating unique, immersive experiences in Asia has earned us kudos with customers and also with respected media and notable influencers. Although we don't go out of our way to court the press, we welcome them when they come calling. Take a look and get inspired by what they say about our tours.

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"Asia-based Backyard Travel has a three-day ‘Beyond Angkor: Battambang and its Countryside‘ tour, taking in many of these experiences, which departs from Siem Reap and costs $469pp all-inclusive."

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"Get to know Thai food on a private ‘Eating Bangkok’ tour with Backyard Travel. You’ll be taken through the quieter back streets and canals to a traditional fl oating produce market, and learn to cook a few dishes in a private home."

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"Food, writing, photography and culture come together in Backyard Travel’s eight-day tour of Cambodia with travel and food writer Lara Dunston. Participants will visit the country‘s landmark locations and develop their culinary travel writing."

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Meet our Asia Travel Experts

Passion and curiosity fuel our regional experts. With a wealth of experience in each of our various destinations in Asia, they are our eyes and ears on the ground. They hunt down new experiences, critically assess existing highlights and devise fresh ways of showcasing the very best that Asia can offer. These insiders are the guys and girls who give us an edge when it comes to creating the ultimate in bespoke tours. So, without further ado, let us introduce them to you.

Maeve Nolan


I’ve made Asia my home for the past 17-years and during this time I‘ve been lucky enough to carve a career in travel which has allowed me to integrate my life passion into my work.

Trystan Trestchenkoff

General Manager

I felt in love with Asia when I was extensively traveling around the world. I then decided to share this passion to any travelers willing to discover Asian cultures and landscapes. I am now really glad to be able to help you exploring this amazing continent like a local. Welcome to Asia!

Wai Lin

Asia Travel Supervisor

I love meeting new people, and learning new customs. Travelling is a time to be out of our daily routine.



I fell in love with tourism when I was at university. I have since travelled to most provinces in Thailand and discovered incredible places and cultures.


Indonesia Travel Specialist

Nature doesn‘t last forever. It needs us to witness it‘s beauty and it‘s hard for me to refuse its seduction, or my urge to see more hidden things.

Nguyen Thi Tam

Vietnam Travel Specialist

My love of traveling since my teenage years helped me decide to study tourism and become a professional guide. I was a guide for several years before moving into the office to work as a Travel Specialist...

Bounhome ‘Hom’ Inthanousone

Laos Travel Specialist

Before becoming a Travel Specialist I used to work as a tour guide and took my clients all over Laos – we explored coffee plantations, waterfalls, temples, rambling colonial towns, and cycled through villages and kayaked down rivers.



I love travelling to every corner of my beloved Cambodia! I am passionate about travel as it makes me see the world differently!


Japan Travel Specialist

Don’t be scared to get lost in Japan. Japanese people are very kind and helpful and it is often an opportunity for amazing travel memories and encounter.

Oreo Tsang

China Travel Specialist

Travel leads me to a unknown world, which is creating a new story of myself, limitless keep inspiring me.

Joy Vienravee

Asia Travel Specialist

When I need inspiration, or am at a crossroads in my life, travel seems to give me ideas, as well as renewing my passion for the everyday.

Myo Myat Thu

Myanmar Travel Specialist

Let us create your Dream Holiday

Ready to experience Asia at its best? We take the planning off you and hand you the keys to Asia. Drop us a line and we'll get back to you with expert, free, input within 24 business hours.



"Wherever you go, go with all your heart"Confucius

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Backyard Travel Head Office: Level 18, Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, Thailand 10330. Tel: +66 (0) 26339074

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