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 AUD  
Untamed Borneo

10

$3,145

Thailand Unearthed

10

$2,545

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

$2,750

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

18

$5,135

Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,925

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,394

Magical Myanmar (Burma)

14

$4,530

Essence of Vietnam

8

$1,775

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

$2,795

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$3,630

Magical Myanmar (Burma) - Independent Journey

14

$5,535

Indochina Adventure

21

$7,170

Jewels of Indochina

20

$4,935

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

$3,820

Sapa Experience – Independent

3

$650

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

$1,990

Vintage Vietnam - Independent Journey

15

$3,540

Bangkok Experience - Independent

3

$570

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

$940

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

$600

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

$595

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent

4

$800

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Experience - Independent

3

$415

Myanmar Beach Experience - Independent

4

$1,360

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

$3,740

Bagan Experience - Independent

3

$485

Mandalay Experience - Independent

4

$700

Hanoi Experience - Independent

3

$375

Inle Lake Experience - Independent

4

$880

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$700

Yangon Experience - Independent

3

$735

Luang Prabang Experience - Independent

3

$545

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Untamed Borneo , April 2016

Edward Moyle

Journey down the Laos Mekong, March 2016

Rod Brown

Cambodia Discovery, May 2016

Jessie Simpson

Thailand Unearthed, April 2016

Jessica Chatziyakoumis