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 USD
Untamed Borneo

10

$2,340

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

$1,848

Total Thailand

19

$3,795

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

$2,180

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

$4,135

Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,146

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,181

Magical Myanmar

14

$3,265

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

$1,735

Essence of Vietnam

8

$1,249

Sapa Explorer

8

$1,380

Birds of Paradise, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

$3,230

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

$2,260

Cambodia In Depth

12

$2,295

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$3,865

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

$2,260

Jewels of Indochina

20

$4,030

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

$3,075

Indochina Adventure

21

$5,855

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

$3,980

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

$1,755

Vintage Vietnam

15

$3,040

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

$695

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

$395

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

$395

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

$3,040

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$560

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

$3,160

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Inle Lake Experience - Independent, January 2017

Howard Clark

Cambodia Discovery, December 2016

barbara and graeme scoullar

Magical Myanmar (Burma), December 2016

Valerie Henniker-Major

Magical Myanmar (Burma), December 2016

David and Valerie Henniker-Major