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 NZD
Untamed Borneo

10

$3,220

Thailand Unearthed

10

$2,392

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

$2,767

Total Thailand

19

$5,215

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

$3,010

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

18

$5,780

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

$5,695

Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,847

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,746

Magical Myanmar

14

$4,135

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

$2,395

Essence of Vietnam

8

$1,700

Sapa Explorer

8

$1,895

Birds of Paradise, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

$4,445

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

$3,115

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$5,395

Cambodia In Depth

12

$3,160

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$5,320

Magical Myanmar (Burma) - Independent Journey

14

$6,290

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

$3,115

Indochina Adventure

21

$8,125

Jewels of Indochina

20

$5,630

Jewels of Indochina

20

$5,550

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

$4,235

Indochina Adventure

21

$8,060

Sapa Experience – Independent

3

$715

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

$5,480

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

$2,420

Vintage Vietnam

15

$4,195

Bangkok Experience - Independent

3

$625

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

$955

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

$530

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

$530

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent

4

$880

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Experience - Independent

3

$455

Myanmar Beach Experience - Independent

4

$1,600

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

$4,195

Bagan Experience - Independent

3

$532

Mandalay Experience - Independent

4

$877

Hanoi Experience - Independent

3

$410

Inle Lake Experience - Independent

4

$1,190

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$770

Yangon Experience - Independent

3

$805

Luang Prabang Experience - Independent

3

$660

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

$4,350

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