Asia Gap Year

Asia is an incredible continent where you can experience new cultures, religions, food and see incredible attractions. There are so many destinations you can visit and programs available all year round. Search the best gap year trips and programs, the hard part is deciding where to go. 


Gap Year Jobs, Trips & Programs in Asia

Gap Year in Asia

Plan a Gap Year to Asia

Looking for the best things to do on a gap year in Asia? The following pages will help you book the ultimate experience:

Start planning a dream gap year to Asia today.


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Top Reasons to Take a Gap Year in Asia

  • See world famous sights 
  • Incredible beaches
  • Great value for money compared to other worldwide destinations
  • Experience a new way of life and see how different cultures live
  • Asia will broaden your mind and you will learn a lot about foreign countries and yourself
  • Do something different
  • Eat tasty food



Asia Gap year

Guide to Taking a Gap Year in Asia

Seeing Asia first hand gives you unparalleled knowledge about other cultures, religions and mainly about people. Asia is a backpacker friendly part of the world to visit, and also cheap compared to other worldwide destinations. You can join gap year trips anytime throughout the year, you could just make a commitment for a few weeks or spend months away. There are lots of gap year, backpacking and overland adventures in Asia. You can choose from literally thousands of options, from seeing spectacular rural villages to stunning coastlines, relaxing on beautiful beaches or enjoy the atmosphere of bustling vibrant cities. South-East Asia is an incredible destination and also very cheap especially if you eat at local places and travel on public transport.



South-East Asia Gap Year

Asia Gap Year Programs

Researching ideas for your trip? You can search hundreds of trips and programs throughout the continent all year round. If you are in the fortunate position of not needing to work during your gap year in Asia, and intend just to visit the continent instead, then there are a number of affordable trips available. Most gap year programs are organised in groups so you will get to meet new people, see the sights and have a lot of fun! You will also be led by local experts who will get you to experience some of the fantastic sights and sounds of this beautiful continent first hand and with expert insider knowledge. If you are keen to spend your gap year travelling, working, studying or volunteering the you can book the ultimate experience through One World 365.



Asia Gap Year Jobs

Asia Gap Year Jobs

Keen to be more than your average visitor? Spend your gap year working in Asia! There are jobs and work experience placements available throughout the continent. A lot of people spend their gap year working in South-East Asia and many take TEFL courses and teach English. There are lots of other positions available too. Not only is taking a gap year in Asia the most fantastic thing you can decide to do, it's actually a well respected choice that shows prospective employers and universities that you have developed some pretty important life skills. Get ideas on our directory above.



Asia gap year travel guide

Asia Gap Year Route & Itinerary Ideas

If you are looking to travel overland and see as much as possible in a short time we recommend following this route:

Bangkok > Siem Riep > Phnom Penh > Sihanoukville > Ho Chi Minh City > Nha Trang > Hoi Ann > Hanoi + Ha Long Bay > then either go overland via Laos or fly to either Chiang Mai or Bangkok then visit then Southern Islands e.g. Koh Chang,  Tao, Phi Phi etc. You can then cross South into Malaysia (the Perinthian Islands, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands, KL > Indonesia / Sri Lanka.



Advice for Taking a Gap Year in Asia

Visiting a completely new country and finding your own two feet is good for you too; most people find that they come home more confident, outgoing and interesting people. You will also be able to impress your parents with new - found culinary excellence, tales of all the challenges that you overcame – home sickness being one of them, and oh so important map - reading skills. Seeing Asia first hand gives you unparalleled knowledge about other cultures, religions and mainly about people.

Asia gap year packages have departures all year round and you can join anytime. This is also a great way for you to travel in a safe structure experience where you will meet new friends and be guided through this continent. Get communicating too, other travellers and local people are your best form of up to date advice, they might be able to help you with places to go, where to stay and what places are dangerous and should be avoided.

In Bangkok you can find lots of travel agents around the Koh San Road, here you will be able to book buses - shop around as prices can vary. You can fly cheaply via AirAsia but countries like Sri Lanka is a bit out the way and will be more expensive getting there. It really depends on time scale and budget for how much and how long you can travel for. Angkor Watt in Cambodia is possible one of the most stunning temples in the world, aim to arrive for sunrise and you won't be disappointed. The Perinthian Islands in Malaysia is a great destination with stunning beaches, no cars and a lot less people than Thailand. Air Asia offer cheap internal flights in Asia, but overland buses and trains are also recommended.