While it may seem like it’s some time before we begin exploring the steaming jungles and ancient temples of Cambodia, the soaring mountains and rushing waterfalls of Vietnam, and the beautiful beaches and wildly buzzing cities of Thailand, here at Not In The Guidebooks we don’t think it’s ever such a bad thing to dream every now and then.
In fact, it’s certainly not a bad thing to dream of your next adventure in one of the most addictive corners of the world in South East Asia, especially when there are so many off-grid, off the beaten track experiences you can discover, get inspired by, and start planning.
Our local hosts help you get off the beaten track in South East Asia, so that you experience genuine, authentic culture most tourists don’t. They show you the highlights in unique and quirky ways, and take you to places you would simply never find without the help of a local.
If you want to experience authentic local culture, cuisine and the hidden gems of Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam, then look no further than these off-grid holidays in South East Asia.
Off-Grid Holidays in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the lesser-known, and lesser-visited, countries in comparison to Vietnam and Thailand. For this reason, it is one of the most compelling holiday destinations on earth.
Incredible ancient temples, sleepy backwater villages scented with incense drifting from small pagodas, deep jungle and winding rivers, tropical beaches and some of the friendliest locals you could ever hope to meet; getting off-grid in Cambodia is a truly rewarding travel experience.
Embark on an 8-day adventure on Cambodia’s most ubiquitous form of transport, roaming deep into the countryside to discover areas most tourists will miss entirely.
Whilst you’ll still visit Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, learn stories of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and float on the peaceful Tonle Sap, you will also experience some truly local, offbeat and off-grid moments that are sure to stick with you forever.
On this tour, that could be visiting the home of a local in Siem Reap for a beer and a barbecue, it could be learning local silk weaving techniques in a remote village, or it could be witnessing the local fish market at a floating village.
More often than not, some of the most treasured memories our guests take from this tour come at the end of each day. As they climb into their tuk-tuk with their guide (by now a friend), and drive off through the warm evening air amongst the rice paddies, with a fulfilling day of unique experiences behind them, it’s these moments of drinking in just how far off the beaten track they have come that stick with them forever.
The perfect example of an off-grid holiday that shows you the highlights, the bucket-list attractions of a country, but then also gets you doing something completely different, this experience covers vast lakes, Angkor Wat, and Cambodia’s gentle giants – elephants.
After a few days exploring the buzzing Siem Reap, meeting local people, discovering colourful markets and excellent authentic cuisine, you’ll head to an elephant sanctuary, where you will spend some time working to help protect the future of these majestic, personable creatures.
You’ll head deep into the jungles of northern Cambodia, and stay at an elephant sanctuary where you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, working with and looking after the animals in an entirely ethical way.
One to wind down with now after all that exploring. On this escape to a tropical paradise, get off the beaten track on the stunning, white-sand island of Koh Rong Sanloem, and spend a few days relaxing in gorgeous weather, surrounded by the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Switch off, slow down, and luxuriate in the pace of life that can only be afforded by staying on a remote tropical island. Try the local food, chill in a hammock with a beer as the sun goes down, snorkel in the clear waters just off the island, and get off-grid in the most relaxing way possible.
This experience works perfectly as a standalone trip, or as a way to round off an energetic, off-grid tour where you may have been staying in comfortable yet basic homestays.