Why Tailor-made?

Why tailor-made

Perhaps the question shouldn’t be ‘why tailor-made’ but ‘why not tailor-made’ – it really is the only style of holiday that ensures you do what you want, when you want and in the way you want. What’s not to like?

A tailor-made holiday in Asia does not mean more expensive; in fact, quite the opposite. By offering a wide range of accommodation levels, we can arrange holidays to suit most budgets. Through regular personal inspections of the properties we offer, we always ensure that your expectations are fulfilled and that your money is spent wisely.

Unlike many of our competitors, we do not price-in and include unnecessary meals, giving you the freedom to choose your dining experiences and sample everything from street-market hawker fare and beachside candlelit meals to city centre fine-dining experiences.

Any tailor-made holiday with Selective Asia is an opportunity to travel in a style that suits you, rather than be dictated to by a page in a brochure designed to appeal to the mass market. We believe that a great holiday is one that concentrates on the destinations and aspects of a region that interest you and filters out the bits that don’t. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution with holidays – we prefer to treat every request as a blank canvas, allowing each client’s individual preferences to determine even the smallest of details.

As our name suggests, we deal solely with Asia, a part of the world we’re both passionate and knowledgeable about. We are a provider of meaningful tourism suited to a new wave of traveller, the type that expects a little more than a seat on a bus. We’re about tourism with heart, which means getting under the skin of the communities you visit and giving you the opportunity to step out of the spectators' arena and into the action, to interact with the environment and the people you’ll meet along the way (all languages speak in nods and smiles!). We also promote tourism with a conscience, ensuring that those that follow in your footsteps get to enjoy this region every bit as much as yourselves.

We always aim to exceed your expectations (and are regularly told by clients returning home that we have) whilst keeping disruption and inconvenience to an absolute minimum (although unfortunately we can’t do much about those 10-hour flights!).


Your Selective Asia holiday itinerary and booking confirmation will clearly show what is - and what isn’t - included in the cost of your holiday.

Inclusions do vary between itineraries and destinations, therefore we encourage you to carefully check the specific details of your holiday. If in doubt, your consultant will be very happy to clarify any aspect for you.


Your International Flights

Whilst we can arrange international flights from anywhere in the world, we do not include the cost of your international long haul flights (ie from/to your home country) in the prices displayed on this website. This is due to the huge seasonal variations in flight costs.

However, once we start working on a tailor-made quote, in most instances we will also arrange the inernational long haul flights for our clients, with the cost of these clearly  quoted separately on the booking invoice. We can arrange flights originating from all major UK and international airports and usually have access to the best possible fares from all scheduled airlines (* for some international departure points, it can be cheaper to purchase flights from a locally based agent).


All hotels and home stays and any overnight journeys will be included in the cost of your holiday. You will receive full details of all accommodation used on your itinerary, including the category of room. On sleeper trains and boats, your cabin category will be specified. 

Financial Protection

Selective Asia holds ATOL license # 9203, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). ATOL - which is short for "Air Travel Organisers Licensing" - exists to protect you, the customer, from losing money or being stranded abroad because of the failure of your travel firm. Full ATOL protection is applied to all bookings made by guests who reside in the UK and who purchase a ‘complete package’ comprising of both air travel and ground arrangements such as hotels and tours.

For our international clients and any UK residents not arranging any flights with us, we can also offer financial protection through our membership of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT). ABTOT provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Selective Asia Limited and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled.  1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Selective Asia Limited.

Your Domestic/Internal Flights

Most itineraries will include the cost of your domestic flights as part of the 'land arrangements' or tour cost, whilst some may show a separate cost for these flights on your invoice - the reason for this is that in some instances these flights can be arranged at lower cost in conjunction with your international flights.

Unless otherwise requested, we will arrange all internal/domestic for you.


All transportation as described in your holiday itinerary is included in the cost of your holiday (this could include journeys by car, boat, bicycle, train or cyclo!). All road transfers between airports and hotels are in a private vehicle. Unless specified otherwise, all other road journeys are also on a private basis. Boat journeys may either be arranged on shared or private vessels depending on the nature of the cruise and your preferences.

Guides & Drivers

The services of our exceptional guides and drivers, as specified on your itinerary, are included for the duration of your holiday.

In certain destinations or countries - Malaysia and Sri Lanka - we use 'driver-guides' with one person performing both roles as this is licensed practice in these destinations.

Admission Fees

The cost of admission to sites such as temples, museums, nature reserves and mausoleums (!) is included whilst touring with your Selective Asia guide. During time at leisure, when you are exploring on your own, admission fees are not included, and you may wish to check before entering a pagoda or an exhibition if you are at all unsure. Your guide will be very happy to advise you in advance of such occasions. 


Breakfast is always included with other meals also included from time to time. Whilst we are aware that other travel companies often include more meals in their itineraries, we do not believe these offer either good value for money or the best choice of dining options. The inclusion of any meals is clearly detailed on a day to day basis on your itinerary.

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