Backyard Travel Launches Promotions to Guardian's ‘Readers Travel Awards’ Destinations

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Bangkok-based Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour and travel operator, today launched promotions on luxury tours in Japan, recently rated the "Best Overseas City" in the Guardian, Observer and Readers' Travel Awards 2012.

Tokyo as "Best Overseas City" according to Guardian reader's poll.

The esteemed annual Readers' Travel Awards by the Guardian are always something to pay attention to, as votes are from the traveling public. I was happy to learn that Asia remains a predominant favorite.

This year's Guardian readers' poll named Tokyo as "Best Overseas City", and Japan the top "Favorite Long-Haul Country", with Cambodia ranked second. To meet the obvious demand for travel to these amazing destinations, Backyard Travel is offering discounts on tours across Japan, and has launched exciting new journeys in Cambodia.

Promising an immersive experience in the Japanese capital and beyond, the Quintessential Japan tour is a 14-day journey that showcases iconic sights and intriguing traditions. Starting from Tokyo, this tour includes a trip to the beautifully tranquil Meiji Shrine and a cruise on the Sumida Gawa River, plus plenty of free time for travelers to make their own discoveries in the city. Mt Fuji, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and the picturesque mountain village of Takayama, are also part of this spell-binding tour. Backyard Travel is offering 10% off this tour for travel before 31 December 2012.

The 12-day Exquisite Taste tour of Japan highlights the country's cuisine and culture. Kyoto has the most Michelin stars per capita than any city in the world with seven three-star restaurants, and is the perfect place for travelers to discover the freshest sashimi and most perfect kaiseki meals. Launching from Tokyo, this tour includes a tour of Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, a soba-making lesson, a soak in an onsen (hot spring bath) in Osaka and a sushi-making class in Kyoto. Until 31 December 2012, Backyard Travel is offering 10% off this tour.

Second-place winner in the "Favorite Long-haul Country" category, Cambodia is a destination full of history, beauty and warmth. Angkor is a must-see for any traveler and the three-day Angkor for Two tour is especially designed for couples. This trip includes a romantic balloon ride over ancient Angkor temples, a stroll through the ruins of the former royal palace, a cruise on the Tonle Sap and a Buddhist blessing for health and safe travels.    

For a more in-depth look at Cambodia, the 14-day Quintessential Cambodia tour starts in Phnom Penh and includes a fun cyclo ride, trips to Wat Phnom and the royal palace, a drive along the Mekong to try and spot pink Irrawaddy dolphins, plus time in Siem Reap to explore the Angkor temples. Travelers pass through serene villages and trek through lush tropical jungle as part of this tour.

Maeve Nolan, Product & Operations Director says, "The esteemed annual Readers' Travel Awards by the Guardian are always something to pay attention to, as votes are from the traveling public. I was happy to learn that Asia remains a predominant favorite, demonstrating the region's lasting appeal as a worldwide travel destination. I was also pleased to see that Tokyo kept the title of Best Overseas City for the third year running, and Japan as Favorite Long-Haul Country. Interestingly, Cambodia came in second for the latter category and I wonder if we’ll see Myanmar (Burma) appearing in next year's poll due to its increasing popularity."

Backyard Travel offers a great selection of tours through both Japan and Cambodia – all of them are private and all can be tailored to the individual travelers needs. To find out more about their tours, send an inquiry today.

Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Japan. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit See their Facebook page

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