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 CHF
Untamed Borneo

10

FR1,831

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

FR1,995

Total Thailand

19

FR3,495

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

FR1,840

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

FR3,795

Vintage Vietnam

15

FR2,155

Cambodia Discovery

6

FR1,220

Magical Myanmar

14

FR2,762

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

FR1,595

Essence of Vietnam

8

FR1,187

Sapa Explorer

8

FR1,320

Birds of Paradise, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

FR2,970

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

FR2,080

Cambodia In Depth

12

FR2,115

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

FR3,560

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

FR2,080

Jewels of Indochina

20

FR3,695

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

FR2,830

Indochina Adventure

21

FR5,385

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

FR3,660

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

FR1,615

Vintage Vietnam

15

FR2,795

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

FR640

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

FR355

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

FR355

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

FR2,795

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

FR512

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

FR2,895

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Cambodia Discovery, February 2017

Gillian Redman

Northern Thailand Unearthed, January 2017

Jan Willis

Northern Thailand Unearthed, January 2017

John Osullivan

Northern Thailand Unearthed, January 2017

Stephanie Soo