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 ZAR
Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

R48,785

Untamed Borneo

10

R29,144

Borneo Adventure

10

R31,840

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

R25,568

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

R72,550

Total Thailand

19

R44,528

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

R24,420

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

R48,608

Vintage Vietnam

15

R28,596

Cambodia Discovery

6

R16,388

Magical Myanmar

14

R36,996

Magical Myanmar

14

R39,815

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

R20,384

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

R22,425

Essence of Vietnam

8

R16,616

Vietnam Snapshot

8

R18,635

Sapa Explorer

8

R16,248

Essential Sapa

6

R13,800

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

R33,220

Cambodia In Depth

12

R27,532

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

R46,772

Cambodia In Depth

12

R29,850

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

R70,260

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

R27,108

Vietnam Insight

13

R31,440

Jewels of Indochina

20

R47,784

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

R37,360

Indochina Adventure

21

R72,224

Indochina Explorer

27

R93,630

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

R41,410

Indochina Insights

22

R70,360

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

R48,788

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

R63,730

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

R25,820

Vintage Vietnam

15

R44,690

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

R10,210

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

R5,690

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

R5,690

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

R44,690

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

R8,205

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

R38,248

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Cambodia Discovery, July 2017

Bernhardt Schulz

Cambodia Discovery, July 2017

Richard Tiang Hock Sim

Cambodia Discovery, June 2017

Gillian Baker

Cambodia Discovery, June 2017

Carolyn Cooper