Go Local - experience our Asia

Many of our favourite travel memories are those of moments spent with a new found friend who was good enough to show us a part of their life or culture that we wouldn't have otherwise discovered by ourselves. In turn, we deliberately design elements of Selective Asia holidays to maximise the chances that you, our client, will have these special travel moments.
Sitting and chatting to a local lets you bypass some of the more formal boundaries that can exist between a professional guide and their client, but rather than leave it down to a lucky encounter, we’ve worked with our local offices to develop a way that guarantees you an informal drink and a natter with a local person when you travel with Selective Asia. It’s an excellent chance for you to learn a bit more about everyday life in your destination, and for our local friends to invite you to join in with a bit of their life.

What to expect on a ‘Go Local’ experience

This experience is not a defined tour, and most suited to those who enjoy a bit of spontaneity. One of our carefully selected group of friends in your destination will meet you at your hotel, and take you out for a few hours.

What you do will be defined by which person you meet on the day, what day of the week it is, and what you both fancy doing or seeing that day!

Our local friends will take you for a walk or a drink, where you will have the chance to learn a bit more about each other, have a chat, share some stories and talk about what’s on that day. After that you will hit the road with them - where you go is up to you and them to decide.

You might be taken to enjoy some street food and live music, or go for a walk or bike ride along the river to see a local village ceremony. 

Your new acquaintance might know of a new local hotspot to eat at, or invite you to join them in a game of badminton or petanque.

There may be a chance to join them as they attend their local temple, or even to share a drink and some food with their family or friends.

We want to facilitate an opportunity that allows our local friends to share their lives, their interests and their personal knowledge with our clients, and you to get a genuine insight into their life, and - who knows - maybe make a friend or two along the way.

Read more about our 'Petanque with the locals' experience in Laos.

Location: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam

Duration: a few hours

Accommodation: Your choice of accommodation

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'An excellent way to really get under the skin of your destination.'

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Local transport, food and some drinks are included. 

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