Make each journey part of the adventure with Rickshaw’s new and alternative ways to travel

Rickshaw Travel is committed to providing Meaningful Travel experiences and aims to use an alternative mixture of transport to link individual trips together and ensure each journey becomes part of the adventure. Whether you’re travelling by junk boat or on the back of a Vespa in Vietnam, hopping in the back of an Ox Cart in India or drifting in a hot air balloon over Myanmar with a birds eye view of Bagan’s Temples in the mist, the time spent physically travelling becomes an experience in itself.

Rickshaw’s dedicated team of Travel Specialists help holidaymakers create individual itineraries using a combination of 2-3 day bite-sized trips. These include accommodation, excursions and local transport that link the trips together in the most authentic way.

Here are some of Rickshaw’s top new and alternative transport picks that provide a different perspective whether you’re travelling by water, air, train, two wheels or the ‘local’ way.

Travelling like a local
Travelling by local transport is one of the best ways to get behind the scenes of a destination. Rickshaw offers a wealth of trips that give a taste of local life and take holidaymakers to the heart of the action; from travelling by tuk tuk and longtail boat in Bangkok, to paddling in bamboo boat to the Bri Bri village Costa Rica and riding in a classic car in Havana.

NEW this year Rickshaw has introduced an India trip with a difference. Far away from India’s bustling cities, the small village of Barli is a haven of peace. The new Ox Carts and Majestic Forts two-day trip includes a guided tour of the historical village by ox-cart where guests will trundle past craftsmen at work, visit a temple and stop by to visit a local family at home. The two-day Ox Carts and Majestic Forts bite-size trip costs from £115 per person (based on two sharing) and includes one night’s accommodation with breakfast, transport and Ox Cart tour of Barli.

Also NEW is Rickshaw Travel’s ‘Hungry Tuk-Tuk Tour’ in Laos, which explores the local cuisine by tuk tuk. Guests embark on a delicious adventure of taste, sight and smell and even have a go at cooking their own meal. They’ll start by watching the making of, and then tasting Kao Larm (a traditional dessert of sticky rice and coconut roasted in bamboo tubes) then visit a local fresh food market, before enjoying a traditional soup for lunch and learning how to make a green papaya salad. The new three-day Hungry Tuk Tuk tour costs from £175 per person and includes accommodation with breakfast (based on two sharing), airport transfer and tuk tuk tour with guide.

Travelling by Train
Travelling by train is a wonderful way to mingle with the locals and see a destination from another angle. It’s often the most efficient way to get around too. Rickshaw Travel regularly links trips together by train or incorporates scenic rail journeys in an adventure.

The NEW Planes, Trains and Watermobiles bite-size trip in Myanmar includes a dramatic train ride to Pyin Oo Lwin over the mighty Gokteik Viaduct which was constructed in 1900 and was once the second highest railway bridge in the world. As the train moves slowly over the old railway track passengers will pass by small villages and take in the impressive mountain scenery. The bite-size trip also includes a boat trip on the Dokthawaddy River and a guided walk through the verdant paddy fields and Shan villages in the northern Shan State where travellers will learn about local life and home industries such as cheroot (cigar) rolling and bamboo weaving. This four-day bite-size trip is priced from £515 per person (based on two sharing) and includes three night’s accommodation with breakfast, domestic flight from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin, guided trek and boat ride and other transport as described.

Travelling by air
Rickshaw Travel offers a brand new way to take to the skies in Myanmar on the NEW Bagan Temples in the Mist bite-size trip. It’s now possible to add a hot air balloon journey to an itinerary and get a different perspective of Bagan’s lush temple-peppered landscape. Guests will be collected before sunrise from their hotel for a spectacular flight and sweeping views over the iconic Bagan Temples. After landing, the sky-high passengers will be greeted with a glass of champagne to really mark the occasion. This three-day ‘Bagan: Temples in the mist’ bite-size trip also includes guided cycle trip to the lesser-known temples and fascinating insight into the Buddhist culture and history. Priced from £168 per person (based on two sharing) the trip includes two night’s accommodation with breakfast, transfer from the airport, bike hire and guide. The hot air ballooning add-on is priced from £295 – per person.

Travelling by water
Rivers are often the central artery for a destination and its culture with industry, homes and lives built around them, but they are also the ideal way to access some of the world’s remote and rural ares.  Rickshaw Travel offers an array of options to travel by water the local way and see a destination from a different perspective. In some cases the mode of transport doubles up as accommodation too. Travellers can sleep aboard a wooden houseboat in India and meander through tropical backwaters, spotting wild elephants in the untamed jungle of exotic Kerala or they can drift between limestone peaks and sleep aboard a classic junk boat in Bai Tu Long Bay in Vietnam. Some of Rickshaw Travel’s most unique experiences include an Orangutan and Jungle boat cruise in Borneo. During this bite-sized trip in Sabah, guests visit the world-famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where they’ll come face-to-face with the young primates. They’ll then sail across Borneo’s longest river, deep into the jungle and away from civilisation and explore the wonders of the emerald forests. No other spot in Borneo features such a wide variety of wild animals: monkeys (Proboscis, Gibbons, Orangutan, and Macaques), monitor lizards, crocodiles, hundreds of species of tropical birds and even wild pygmy elephants. Guests spend the night deep in the heart of the jungle. The three-day bite-size trip costs from £425 per person (based on two sharing) and includes two night’s accommodation, meals, bus and boat transfers to Sandakan, entrance fees and jungle river safaris.

Rickshaw also recommends discovering a different side of Thailand and getting lost amongst the giant trees and lakes of Khao Sok. This rare Thailand adventure trip will take travellers deep into wildest Thailand, where they’ll explore the thick jungles and vast blue lakes of Khao Sok. Guests will overnight in two unique places: two nights in the Anurak Community Lodge in Khao Sok National Park, a stunning location hidden amongst the limestone cliffs; and one night floating on a secluded floating house raft, surrounded by spectacular rock formations jutting from the glassy lake. The staff in the Jungle Lodge are all from the local community and the guides will happily point out the wildlife and talk about the local conservation projects. This 4 day bite-size trip costs from £378 per person and includes 3 night’s accommodation with breakfast (based on 2 people sharing), most meals, transport, canoe excursion and English-speaking guide.

Adventures on two wheels
From Vespa street-food tours in Vietnam to cycling through tumbling rice paddies in Ubud and embarking on the wine route by bike in Argentina, Rickshaw’s two-wheeled adventures add another dimension to any trip. Travellers can now try a new cycling excursion to Tiger Island on the three-day ‘Along the Mekong to Cambodia’ bite-size trip. This atmospheric, eye-opening river journey takes travellers along the Mekong from Vietnam to Cambodia by boat. On the way guests will visit tiny riverbank villages and riotous floating markets, sail between small islands marooned in the Mekong and watch daily delta life unfold around them. The trip now includes an exploration of Vietnams’s bustling floating markets before switching the boat for a bike on a day trip to Tiger Island. Here guests will experience Vietnamese hospitality and cuisine up close with lunch in a local home and a cycle tour around the island with a visit to ancient temples. The three-day ‘Along the Mekong to Cambodia’ bite-size trip costs from £248 per person and includes two night’s accommodation with breakfast, transport, guide and excursions.

A minimum of three bite-size trips is required to build a personalised itinerary with Rickshaw Travel. International flights are not included but can be arranged.

To see the full range of trips and itineraries please visit: www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call Rickshaw Travel’s team of experts on: 01273 934 823.

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All prices correct at time of release but may be subject to change – please refer to the www.rickshawtravel.co.uk for the latest pricing information or get in touch with Pippa Twigg at Heaven Publicity: pippa@heavenpublicity.co.uk 

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With a passion for supporting local economies and a focus on sustainability and travelling responsibly, Rickshaw Travel is a tour operator with a twist, taking travellers off the beaten path like no one else can. Now covering 24 destinations across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, its individual approach to independent exploration enables adventurous holidaymakers to experience the real spirit of a local culture. Rickshaw’s dedicated team of Travel Specialists create unique travel itineraries using a combination of 2-3 day bite-sized trips which include all accommodation, local transport and excursions; ensuring a hassle-free holiday. They are committed to providing meaningful travel experiences and use a mixture of transport including sleeper trains, private transfers with friendly local guides and drivers or even tuk-tuks to link their trips together so each journey becomes part of the adventure!

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