More than just a paradise of beaches and cuisine, there’s something about South East Asia that draws Western travellers in…

You hear them talk about it when they return from trips: the food is exquisite. Thai and Vietnamese cooking is an art based on five flavours and the principles of yin and yang. Much like the cooking, philosophy pervades every part of life, from the humble village rice patty to the chaotic urban alleys. Buddha statues and sparkling temples are everywhere. Myanmar and Cambodia are still very much strange new worlds, still partly sheltering in their Buddhist religiosity. But no matter where you go in the region, the locals are smiling and never turn away a chat. 

Why we love South East Asia

  • The popular image of South East Asia is often of the locals, and no wonder. Whether it’s a saffron-robed monk, conical-hatted farmer or colourful street hawker, wherever you go in the region a smile is always at the ready
  • In Burma, our local leaders will show you Rangoon’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the bustling U Bien teak bridge at sunset, the silver sands of Ngwesaung Beach and the amazing leg-rowers on Inle Lake
  • Hire a bike in Hoi An and cycle to An Bang Beach from your accommodation to relax among the sun chairs under the palm-frond umbrellas. If you feel peckish it’s not unknown for restaurant owners to swim out and check their crab pots, then bring you back a meal
  • In Ayuthaya, Thailand you’re hosted in a traditional teak house. And when you take a culinary tour you’ll cook for Buddhist monks in Sukhothai on their morning alms round
  • See Borneo’s big drawcard wildlife in their natural habitat, and follow the well-worn Headhunters Trail in the footsteps of the Kayan warriors
  • A drink at Phnom Penh’s rowdy Foreign Correspondent’s Club contrasts with a gentle Laotian river cruise and caves with miniature Buddhist statues

Highlights of South East Asia

Trips and tours in South East Asia

Trip Name Days From CAD
Untamed Borneo

10

$2,835

Thailand Unearthed

10

$2,078

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

$2,439

Total Thailand

19

$4,595

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

$2,650

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

18

$5,020

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

$5,015

Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,507

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,539

Magical Myanmar

14

$3,642

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

$2,095

Essence of Vietnam

8

$1,496

Sapa Explorer

8

$1,675

Birds of Paradise, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

$3,915

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

$2,740

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$4,685

Cambodia In Depth

12

$2,785

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$4,685

Magical Myanmar (Burma) - Independent Journey

14

$5,462

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

$2,740

Indochina Adventure

21

$7,060

Jewels of Indochina

20

$4,880

Jewels of Indochina

20

$4,885

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

$3,730

Indochina Adventure

21

$7,095

Sapa Experience – Independent

3

$620

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

$4,825

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

$2,130

Vintage Vietnam

15

$3,695

Bangkok Experience - Independent

3

$545

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

$845

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

$470

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

$470

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent

4

$760

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Experience - Independent

3

$395

Myanmar Beach Experience - Independent

4

$1,390

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

$3,695

Bagan Experience - Independent

3

$462

Mandalay Experience - Independent

4

$762

Hanoi Experience - Independent

3

$355

Inle Lake Experience - Independent

4

$1,032

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$675

Yangon Experience - Independent

3

$700

Luang Prabang Experience - Independent

3

$570

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

$3,830

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Cambodia Discovery, November 2016

Lynne Reeve

Cambodia Discovery, November 2016

Helen Lancaster

Magical Myanmar (Burma), November 2016

Jane Willis

Magical Myanmar (Burma), November 2016

Alan Brooke