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Backyard Travel

Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to ten destinations across Asia. Offering tours to Asia entirely online is a unique new approach, and the launch of Backyard Travel meets the growing demand for personalization in travel.

Launched April 2012 with headquarters in Bangkok Thailand, Backyard Travel is staffed by locals and expatriates with years of professional experience in the travel industry who are committed to sharing their deep knowledge of, and passion for Asia.

Featured trips & expertise

A Sumatran orangutan in Gunung Leuser National Park
North Sumatra Adventure - 7 Days

Explore lush landscapes, meet amazing wildlife, and encounter fascinating cultures on this week-long whirlwind tour of North Sumatra. You'll go from the city to the rainforest, where you'll play with elephants and observe orangutans in their natural environment. Spend the second half of your trip on the volcanic Lake Toba and Samosir Island, where you'll learn about ethnic Batak history and traditions.

The torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
Classic Highlights of Japan - 14 Days

On this two-week journey to the four corners of Japan's main island, Honshu, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy its unmissable attractions. You'll visit sacred temples and shrines, go bike riding through the countryside, and roam around the capital's most famous neighborhoods. From the modern cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima to the island of Miyajima, the wonders of ancient Kyoto and beyond, there is so much to see, taste, and discover.

Coral reefs of Okinawa
3 Days on Okinawa - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Over 900 miles southwest of Tokyo, Okinawa-hontō—Okinawa's main island—anchors the lesser-known string of islands straddling Japan's two southernmost prefectures. For those who fancy a beach holiday on their grand tour of Japan, its tropical climate and unique Ryūkyūan culture are just a two-hour flight from Tokyo.

Coral reefs of Okinawa
Ultimate Guide to Okinawa

Okinawa's attractions have something for everyone. They cater to cocktail-sipping beach bums, history buffs, and active adventurers alike. The island is fairly small, so even a long weekend can make for a refreshing breath of tropical air.

Izu Peninsula
Places Most People Miss (But Shouldn't) in Japan

Most visitors to Japan hit up Kyoto's temples, Tokyo's shopping streets, and Osaka's food scene—but there's much more to this country than what you'll find in its cities. Soak in natural hot springs, hike through primeval forest, and spot wildlife on a pristine chain of islands with these under-the-radar suggestions.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
How Many Days Should You Spend in Japan?

Japan is made up of hundreds of islands that extend for nearly 2,000 miles. How many days should you spend exploring, and where should you focus your time? From an action-packed four days in Japan to a leisurely three week itinerary, here are some suggestions for making the most of your time in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Recent Trip Reviews for Backyard Travel

Japan tour, Japan - Apr 14 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Brittany N. - Local specialist: Tuck Sermkhun

Awesome suggestions and super friendly guides throughout our trip - we really had the vacation of a lifetime.

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Tuck Sermkhun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback! 😊
It is my pleasure to assist you with the trip and I am very glad to hear that you are having a lovely time with us.
I look forward to be at your service again in the near future!
Best Wishes, Tuck

Hike japan's kumano kodo trail - 4 days, Japan - Apr 10 - Apr 13, 2019

Traveler: Kalina J. - Local specialist: Tuck Sermkhun

We had an amazing time hiking the Kumano Kodo! The scenery is beautiful and the trip was very memorable. We really enjoyed taking breaks at all of the shrines on the path, as well as collecting all of the stamps along the way (and are now looking forward to hiking the Camino de Santiago as well)! The Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha areas were excellent places to explore and spend a decent amount of time in.

The places that we stayed along the way were all very nice. We... read more

We had an amazing time hiking the Kumano Kodo! The scenery is beautiful and the trip was very memorable. We really enjoyed taking breaks at all of the shrines on the path, as well as collecting all of the stamps along the way (and are now looking forward to hiking the Camino de Santiago as well)! The Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha areas were excellent places to explore and spend a decent amount of time in.

The places that we stayed along the way were all very nice. We particularly loved our night at the Hibiki rental house. The women that ran the place were incredibly accommodating, engaged, sincere, and hospitable! We had a few wonderful conversations with them using Google Translate. The property itself is beautiful, and we were awed by how large and comfortable our suite was! Highly recommended.

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Tuck Sermkhun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your great feedback! 😊
It is my pleasure to assist you with the trip and I am very glad to hear that you are having a lovely time with us.

I look forward to be being at your service again for your future trip!

All the best, Tuck