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 GBP
Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

£2,805

Untamed Borneo

10

£1,300

Borneo Adventure

10

£1,830

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

£1,140

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

£4,175

Total Thailand

19

£1,984

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

£1,176

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

£2,328

Vintage Vietnam

15

£1,276

Cambodia Discovery

6

£776

Magical Myanmar

14

£1,772

Magical Myanmar

14

£2,290

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

£980

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

£1,290

Essence of Vietnam

8

£744

Vietnam Snapshot

8

£1,070

Sapa Explorer

8

£772

Essential Sapa

6

£795

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

£1,480

Cambodia In Depth

12

£1,220

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

£2,252

Cambodia In Depth

12

£1,715

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

£4,040

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

£1,244

Vietnam Insight

13

£1,810

Jewels of Indochina

20

£2,132

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

£1,696

Indochina Adventure

21

£3,220

Indochina Explorer

27

£5,385

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

£2,380

Indochina Insights

22

£4,045

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

£2,160

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

£3,665

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

£1,245

Vintage Vietnam

15

£2,155

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

£455

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

£255

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

£255

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

£2,155

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

£365

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

£1,756

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Cambodia Discovery, July 2017

Bernhardt Schulz

Cambodia Discovery, July 2017

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Cambodia Discovery, June 2017

Gillian Baker

Cambodia Discovery, June 2017

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