Asia Experts Creating Bespoke Tours

No one knows a destination better than someone who lives, works, and plays there. That’s the foundation of Backyard Travel. Our Travel Specialists reside in Asia. They live Asia, they breathe Asia. They’re intrigued explorers as much as they are citizens of Bangkok, Bali, or Luang Prabang. The result is a travel company tailor-made for the person with a taste for veering off the well-trodden path. Want to explore this Asia? Step into our Backyard.

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Every traveler is different—that’s why we create bespoke tours, tailored to your aspirations.

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Our seasoned guides will show you their home country through their eyes.

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Our local travel specialists ensure all tailormade tours get domestic prices and authentic expertise.

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Let our capable experts handle all the details and preparations—you just enjoy the ride.

Asia is our Backyard

Travelers are as diverse as the destinations they visit and each traveler is in search of something unique. This insight is what we bring to Backyard Travel and to every tour we create. With travel as our passion and Asia our home, we offer the best of both worlds - local expertise and domestic prices for insider experiences and tailored tours.

- Maeve Nolan, Founder

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Sample our Tours of Asia

What makes a trip memorable? Is it the monuments or the landscape, the culture or the atmosphere? These elements all contribute, but what if you could grasp the authentic essence of a destination, to experience life as a local might? Connect with the soul of Asia, and make your own way through Backyard Travel’s tailormade tours.


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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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Latest Press Coverage

We are always thrilled when magazines and newspapers feature our tailormade tours and products in their pages, and we’re proud to be considered a valued, trustworthy source for eager travelers everywhere. Although we don’t go out of our way to court the press, we certainly welcome them when they call.

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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 the Team

Innate curiosity is what drives our Travel Specialists. That our experts are as fascinated with these destinations as you is what gives Backyard Travel an edge on insider experiences, wherever you go. Our regional connections let us find engaging activities and little-known sites to make tailormade tours extra special. With our fingers on the local pulse of every village and metropolis from the Southeast to the Far East, we focus on sharing what is most meaningful to you. Let’s meet a few of them now.

Maeve Nolan

General Manager

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.

Pug Patcharaboriseth

Asia Travel Supervisor

I’ve traveled throughout Thailand with my parents since I was 5 years old. I always believe that seeing anything with my own eyes will make things memorable for life.

Andhika Putra

Indonesia Travel Specialist

I draw my inspiration from my dream to see the world. When I lived in the US, I felt that I had got to a whole new world and this encouraged me to keep on exploring new things I love: Culture and food.

Wai Lin

Myanmar Travel Specialist

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

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.

Talk to us about Your Holiday

Our advantage lies in having local expertise to create unique, bespoke tours. Whether you’re looking to cruise down Asia’s tranquil rivers, bike the peaceful rural roads, or eat at bustling night markets, Backyard Travel’s in-country Travel Specialists can plan your ideal trip. Send us a message about your ideas, and we'll send you our best suggestions.




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