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Where to find leopards in Sri Lanka? ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Sri Lankaโ€™s wildlife offering is incredibly diverse from ๐ŸŠ to ๐Ÿข and ๐Ÿ˜ to ๐Ÿฆฅ

But a true highlight of any trip to Sri Lanka is a leopard sighting ๐Ÿ†

Our favourite parks for leopard spotting are...

๐ŸŒด Wilpattu Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka

๐ŸŒด Kumana National Park, sometimes known as Yala East

๐ŸŒด Yala National Park

We've put together the ultimate guide of the best wildlife experiences in Sri Lanka, check it out here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/blog/best-wildlife-experiences-in-sri-lanka/


ETG Event: ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka in Scotland ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

Weโ€™re bringing the magic of Sri Lanka to Edinburgh next month and weโ€™d love for you to join us!

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ WHEN: Tuesday 14th May 2024, 6:30pm โ€“ 8:30pm

๐Ÿ“ WHERE: Library of Mistakes, 33A Melville Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH3 7QB

โ“ WHAT: A fun evening delving into the island and its serendipitous ways with a talk from Nicholas Brookes and canapรฉs by the Kindred Kitchen (a Scottish-Sri Lankan chef duo).

The Director of The Sri Lanka Collection will be showcasing the finest boutique hotels in the country...

โž• Edinburgh-based Eleanor Milner will be joining Sam (ETG's co-founder)

โž• Lola Pasquier (ETG Sri Lanka specialist, who's been recognised as a 'Top Travel Specialist' by Condรฉ Nast Traveler this year) to talk all things travel.

They'll reveal their secrets and answer any questions, giving guests a real feel for travelling around this captivating country and a taste of the magic that's found beyond the typical tourists trail โœจ

To find out more about the event, click here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sri-lanka-in-scotland-an-evening-with-experience-travel-group-tickets-869289376927

Please send us a DM if you'd like a promo code for a complimentary ticket. We' love to see you there ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ

The ETG Team


โญ Save ยฃ1,000 on a tropical trip to Thailand โญ

Our final April offer...

Experience beachfront bliss on the East Coast of Thailand after exploring the wonders of Bangkok and Chiang Mai ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

Highlights of this trip include -

๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ Lovely, luxurious hotels: all unique in style and renowned for offering exceptional service and a real sense of place - SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort is one of our favourites.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Get under the skin of Bangkok and Chiang Mai with our immersive signature experiences โ€“ revealing hidden nooks and crannies of the cities that most travellers miss.

๐Ÿฅข Sample Thai street food on a fun evening tour โ€“ your guide will introduce you to kanom jin (rice noodles with curry soup), kanom krok (Thai coconut pudding) and much more...

๐Ÿ๏ธ Sunbathe on a sleepy beach on Koh Samui while taking in the tropical paradise around you.
..and you can save ยฃ1,000 on this trip!

Find out more at the link below or chat with one of our experts on 020 7924 7133 ๐Ÿ“ž

๐Ÿ“ธ SALA Samui Choengmon Beach Resort


Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 09/04/2024

โญ Another April Offer โญ

Save up to ยฃ2500pp and discover Cambodia!

Our Luxury Cambodia Adventure allows you to discover Cambodian culture, roam the ancient wonders of Angkor in Siem Reap and learn about the past and thriving present in Phnom Penh, all while staying at the best and most characterful hotels.

Highlights for this trip include -

๐ŸŒณ A stay at the beautiful Shinta Mani Wild - A Bensley Collection, a luxury tent-style accommodation in the Cambodian jungle

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Discovering the highlights of Cambodiaโ€™s colonial capital, Phnom Penh, on our unique signature tours as you travel by cyclo, ferry, bike and tuk-tuk

๐Ÿ›• Visits to the ancient Angkorian wonders and lesser-visited temples

๐Ÿ–๏ธ Spending five nights unwinding on the coast, with your own beachfront villa with views out to the ocean at Song Saa Private Island

Find out more about this trip at the link below, or if you'd like to chat to one of our Cambodia experts, give us a call on 020 7924 7133 ๐Ÿ“ž



Why we love Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

๐Ÿ”ˆ Watch and listen to ETG experts Holly and Lola as they chat about this incredible island...
.. and explain why it's the country we'll always keep going back to โค๏ธ

If you're feeling inspired, explore our Sri Lanka page here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/sri_lanka/holidays


Not got your summer trip planned yet?

Don't worry! We've got the perfect guide to help you decide where to go and when...

๐Ÿ“… Where to travel between July - September ๐Ÿ“…

Click here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/inspire/whentogo


Happy Holi ๐ŸŒˆ

We'd like to wish all our friends, guests, travellers and colleagues a very happy Holi!

Holi is a traditional Hindu festival that celebrates...

๐ŸŒท The beginning of spring
๐Ÿ’› The triumph of good over evil
โค๏ธ Fertility, colour and love

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India is a magical place over this two day celebration, so why not plan to visit this time next year?

Click the link below where you can read everything there is to know about a trip to India โฌ‡๏ธ


Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 23/03/2024

Craving the warmth of the sun on your skin and a break from the everyday? โœˆ๏ธ

๐Ÿ’Š Itโ€™s not too late to get your dose of Vitamin C in the diary!

โ˜€๏ธ We have some seriously good holidays, at seriously good value...
.. all timed for a (last-minute!) sunny, spring-time getaway ๐Ÿ“…

Swipe to see which trips are included โžก๏ธ

Or find out more here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/inspire/travelinspiration?src=header&utm_campaign=April%20Deals&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--FZs7jBWG9TWt7_QpDf3XEfX2uZ6-1trg3tOsBADa-YUgnH_SUnp04XkydAdcw5F45bKNW


The perfect honeymoon destination โค๏ธ

India is a fantastic, relaxing, and beautiful country ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

From the tropical states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu... ๐ŸŒด
.. to the princely state of Rajasthan with the grand Palaces, Forts and colourful markets ๐Ÿฐ
..or to the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh for remote wildlife experiences ๐Ÿ…
.. there really is something for everyone in this stunning country.

For ETG's Becky and her new husband Rowley, it was the perfect honeymoon destination, and they had an amazing time exploring the country.

But it can feel overwhelming in its vast choice โ€“ thereโ€™s a whole subcontinent for you to explore!

We can help you tailor your trip to suit your ideas, wishes and wants. Contact us here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/make-enq



Wildlife in Borneo ๐Ÿฆง

This World Wildlife Day, we'd like to take the opportunity to shine a light on one of our favourite countries for wildlife sightings ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

ETG's Chione and Sara recently travelled to Borneo, and Sepilok was their first stop where they visited and ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿ”Š Listen to Chione talk about their experience and the fascinating wildlife they saw ๐Ÿฆ€

To find out more about wildlife experiences in Borneo, click here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/blog/borneo/

๐Ÿ“ธ A special thanks to for capturing these shots!

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 02/03/2024

The next episode of Experience Travel Talks is live! ๐Ÿ“น

Join Sam in Episode 2 of our Vodcast series, and explore the gorgeous, luxury homestay of Shahpura Bagh ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

In the words of Sam...

"Shahpura Bagh honestly blew me away last year (you'll get it as soon as you see the magnificent pool!)

So grab a cuppa and press play to meet delightful father-daughter duo, Jai and Darshini Singh, who so graciously share their ancestral home (and โ€˜summer residenceโ€™) with us travellers..."

Watch Episode 2 here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/blog/experience-travel-talks-episode-2-shahpura-bagh/

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 01/03/2024

Guess the Indian state ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Weโ€™ll be announcing the hotel featured in our next episode of Experience Travel Talks tomorrow, but before we do, hereโ€™s a sneak peak of the property ๐Ÿ“

โ“ But can you guess where it is?

๐Ÿ“ธ Swipe through for some clues, and then have a guess in the poll below โฌ‡๏ธ

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 01/03/2024

Guess the Indian state ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

We'll be announcing the hotel featured in our next episode of Experience Travel Talks tomorrow, but before we do, here's a sneak peak of the property ๐Ÿ“

โ“ But can you guess where it is?

1. Madhya Pradesh
2. Rajasthan
3. Gujarat

๐Ÿ“ธ Swipe through for some clues, and then vote 1, 2 or 3 in the comments below! โฌ‡๏ธ


An ETG Event: Sri Lanka at Home

Yesterday evening we were delighted to welcome some of our community and travel enthusiasts for an event all about Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

First, , the award-winning writer gave a wonderful talk (almost an ode) about Sri Lanka and read from his brilliant book, โ€˜An Island's Eleven: The Story of Sri Lankan Cricketโ€™.

Then, (reporter at the Times) and (travel writer), discussed their own personal experiences of the island, why it's so special and the highlights everyone should experience in Sri Lanka.

We also served arrack cocktails and Sri Lankan snacks (โ€˜short eatsโ€™) to celebrate seeing so many faces in our recently refurnished office!

If you'd like to hear Nicholas' talk, we will be announcing an online event in the coming weeks so keep a look out for a date announcement soon... ๐Ÿ‘€


Luang Prabang, Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

The next stop on ETG's Sara's trip through Laos was the country's former royal capital, Luang Prabang.

Sara spent a few days exploring the city and its surrounding areas and managed to pack a lot in:

๐Ÿงก Waking up at 6am to observe the alms giving to monks, as well as exploring the stunning temple of Wat Xieng Thong

๐ŸŒด A 6km trek to the Kuang Si waterfalls, beginning in Hmong village where she met an indigenous tribe living in the hills

๐ŸŒƒ An evening playing petanque with locals and trying out the delicious local cuisine at the night market

If you'd like to find out more about Sara's trip, or about Laos in general, contact us here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/make-enq?src=blog_nav

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 22/02/2024

12 Beautiful Hotels across Asia โ˜€๏ธ

๐ŸŒ„ From a spectacular sweeping retreat surrounded by paddy fields in Indonesia...
..to a heritage hotel with scenic views of a sacred river in India...
..weโ€™ve rounded up 12 of the most beautiful hotels across Asia.

โค๏ธ All tried, tested and loved by our destination specialists.

โžก๏ธ Swipe through to see a select few of our favourites, or to see the full list, click here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/blog/12-of-the-most-beautiful-hotels-across-asia/

๐Ÿ“ธ Zannier Hotels, Thotalagala Plantation House & Amanjiwo

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 21/02/2024

Footsteps of the Raj ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

A brand new itinerary from ETG, this is one for those looking to explore the delights of north and east India.

Highlights include:

๐Ÿšƒ Journeying on the narrow gauge "toy train", taking in the beautiful forested landscape as you wind your way into the north-west Himalayas

โ˜€๏ธ Exploring the heritage of Shimla, the former summer capital, with the historian behind the hit series, โ€˜Indian Summersโ€™

๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ Staying in unique and opulent hotels throughout

๐Ÿ”๏ธ Trekking to the top of Shali Tibba in the Himalayas

๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธExploring the former capital of British India, Kolkata, on one of our fantastic walking tours

๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿผ Relaxing in a renovated palace in West Bengal that took eight years to restore

As with all our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations.

See the full itinerary here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/india/itinerary/highlights-of-north-and-east-india


Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 19/02/2024

๐Ÿšจ New Blog Alert: Gourmet Galle

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Weโ€™re so pleased that Sri Lanka's foodie scene is finally being celebrated!

Taking place between 12 January โ€“ 31 March 2024, Gourmet Galle is an inaugural 12-week festival featuring dinners and masterclasses by internationally renowned chefs โ€“ such as Karan Gokani of Hoppers London fame and celebrity chef Mark Hix โ€“ up and down the south coast ๐ŸŒด

Expect pop-up supper clubs and kitchen take overs too โ€“ all while enjoying Sri Lankaโ€™s fabulous food and watching the chefs in action ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ

These events will take place at a few of our favourite hotels like The WHY House, Galle, Sri Lanka Cape Weligama Resort, Sri Lanka Malabar Hill Sri Lanka and Jetwing Lighthouse ๐Ÿด

To find out more about Gourmet Galle, read our blog here - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/blog/new-for-2024-the-inaugural-gourmet-galle-festival-sri-lanka/

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 14/02/2024

Romantic places to stay in South East Asia โค๏ธ

This Valentine's Day, our co-founder Melissa has put together a list of the most romantic places she's visited in SE Asia.

The places speak for themselves, but what made them memorable were the hotels that added that extra bit of something special...

1๏ธโƒฃ Idyllic beach hotels in Vietnam like Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, which is the perfect combination of luxury and rustic charm ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

2๏ธโƒฃ Bali's countryside is exceptionally romantic, but even more so when you're staying at Tanah Gajah Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

3๏ธโƒฃ Fabulous views, service and deliciously refined Sri Lankan cuisine at Ceylon Tea Trails ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

4๏ธโƒฃ A honeymoon favourite, at Rayavadee you can enjoy limestone cliffs and tranquil beaches just a stone's throw away ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

5๏ธโƒฃ Stunning rooms with water splashing below your villa, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives is about as romantic as it gets! ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป

Would these be your top 5 romantic spots in SE Asia? Let us know your favourites in the comments below โฌ‡๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ธ , , , .krabi &


Introducing Experience Travel Talks ๐Ÿ“น

Last October, ETG's co-founders Sam, Melissa and Tom visited Mela Kothi - Chambal Safari Lodge - Mela Kothi ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Just under two hours drive from Agra, but a whole world away from the hectic city and the tourist hordes, Chambal Safari Lodge is a great base for guided wildlife excursions and walks ๐Ÿข

There, they chatted to Anu, the co-owner and inspiring force behind this family-run retreat. And this is how Experience Travel Talks began!

๐ŸŒด Amid the melody of birds and whispers of the wilderness, she shares the lodge's serendipitous beginnings, its unique charms, and her insider tips for anyone planning to visit India.

To watch the video, click here - https://vimeo.com/904115034


Happy New Year to all of our friends, guests and colleagues in Vietnam celebrating 'Tet' aka Lunar New Year today ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ

Tet marks both the first day of Spring and the Year of the Dragon ๐Ÿ‰

Fancy experiencing festivals the way the locals do?

To help, we've put together our Vietnam Festival Guide - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/weather/when-to-go-vietnam

Photos from Experience Travel Group's post 09/02/2024

Gourmet Galle ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

We were recently mentioned in Condรฉ Nast Traveller, where Emma Whitehair shared her insights on the wide variety of culinary gems on offer across southern Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ›

If you're seeking some delicious delights around Galle Fort, or you'd prefer to enjoy your meal closer nature - or even perhaps to the sea - check out the full article - https://www.cntravellerme.com/story/gourmet-galle-discovering-south-sri-lankas-culinary-gems

As she mentions, Gourmet Galle food festival will be running until 31st March this year.

If you're thinking of visiting, get inspired with our itinerary - https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/sri_lanka/exp/galle-tour


Mekong River Cruise, Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

After zip-lining her way through Nam Khan National Park, Sara's next stop was Luang Prabang, and what better way to travel than on a boat along the Mekong River.

For two days Sara cruised along the Mekong from Huang Xia to the capital, stopping for an overnight stay in Pakbeng ๐ŸŒด

A few facts about The Mekong:

๐ŸŒ The Mekong flows through 6 countries: China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

๐Ÿž๏ธ It's the same size as Texas and Arkansas combined (200 million acres) and has some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world.

๐Ÿ’ฌ The River has many different names, with very different meanings which range from "Mother of Water" to "Nine Dragons", which represent the nine branches of the river in the delta.

Interested in visiting Laos?

๐Ÿ“ž Give our experts a call on 020 7924 7133

Sources: & .official


Come and chat to our ETG experts at the Destinations: Holiday & Travel Show ๐ŸŒŽ

In association with , has invited over 600 leading and specialist travel brands, and over 90 tourist boards to The Olympia, London.

From today until Sunday (4th of February) Lola, Chione and Poppy from the ETG team will be at the AITO Pavilion and will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

With inspiring talks from some of our favourite travel journalists and authors, as well as the chance to sample some food from all over the world, this is definitely worth checking out this weekend.

To see the full programme, click here - https://www.destinationsshow.com/london/the-travel-stage-2024

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Experience Travel Group (ETG) are award-winning specialists in bespoke, privately-guided holidays to Asia, weโ€™re based in the UK and have been operating since 2004. With ETG there is no โ€œone-size-fits-allโ€ holiday.

Each itinerary is built from scratch, thoroughly researched and packed with distinctive experiences that reveal the fabric of the destination. We guarantee the best possible advice at the planning stage, unique experiences that unveil a countryโ€™s magic, top quality guiding and transport - ultimately, remarkable holidays.

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