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 EUR
Untamed Borneo

10

€1,945

Thailand Unearthed

10

€1,538

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

€1,795

Total Thailand

19

€3,150

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

€1,820

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

18

€3,725

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

€3,440

Vintage Vietnam

15

€1,717

Cambodia Discovery

6

€1,125

Magical Myanmar

14

€2,499

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

€1,440

Essence of Vietnam

8

€1,134

Sapa Explorer

8

€1,150

Birds of Paradise, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

€2,695

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

€1,880

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

€3,475

Cambodia In Depth

12

€1,895

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

€3,215

Magical Myanmar (Burma) - Independent Journey

14

€4,052

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

€1,880

Indochina Adventure

21

€5,085

Jewels of Indochina

20

€3,495

Jewels of Indochina

20

€3,350

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

€2,560

Indochina Adventure

21

€4,870

Sapa Experience – Independent

3

€460

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

€3,295

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

€1,460

Vintage Vietnam

15

€2,530

Bangkok Experience - Independent

3

€395

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

€580

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

€320

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

€320

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent

4

€565

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Experience - Independent

3

€292

Myanmar Beach Experience - Independent

4

€1,030

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

€2,530

Bagan Experience - Independent

3

€342

Mandalay Experience - Independent

4

€565

Hanoi Experience - Independent

3

€265

Inle Lake Experience - Independent

4

€767

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

€465

Yangon Experience - Independent

3

€520

Luang Prabang Experience - Independent

3

€425

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

€2,630

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Magical Myanmar (Burma), November 2016

Suzanna van Lennep

Magical Myanmar (Burma), November 2016

Alison Robb

Journey down the Laos Mekong, November 2016

Lynne Reeve

Cambodia Discovery, November 2016

Ruth Cruttenden