Khiri Travel has announced its Asia Creative Series – eight new travel routes in South-east Asia with an emphasis on people and locations that are largely untouched by tourism.
Willem Niemeijer, the founder of Khiri Travel, said the new Asia Creative Series varies from 10 to 21 days and immerses guests in travel experiences, often cross-border, in Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Laos and Cambodia.
For example, there is a 10-day trip through lesser-seen Sri Lanka, starting in Anamaduwa, ending in Kotugoda; or see the best of remote Indochina on a 16-day discovery trip from Luang Prabang to Hanoi.
The biggest trip is a 21-day odyssey around the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia, starting in Bali and ending in Gili Meno.
The series also delivers in-depth experiences on circular trips starting and finishing in Bangkok and Yangon. Vietnam, Bali and Myanmar are fully represented too.
‘Overtourism’ is a vexing issue, said Niemeijer. “As tourism is booming in Asia, pressure is mounting on sustainability and capacity at certain places. Khiri wants to encourage visitor dispersal to where tourism visitation is limited.”
He added: “While these tours go very local, almost all overnights are possible in comfortable, or even luxury accommodations, making these tours accessible for a broad selection of travellers.”