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

Trips and tours in South East Asia

Trip Name Days From AUD  
Untamed Borneo

10

$2,358

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

$1,844

Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,191

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,235

Magical Myanmar

14

$4,440

Essence of Vietnam

8

$1,690

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

$2,795

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$3,950

Indochina Adventure

21

Jewels of Indochina

20

$4,255

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

18

$5,035

Discover Vietnam

15

$1,908

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

Cambodia & Vietnam Experience

17

Cambodia in Depth

10

$1,790

Burma Unveiled (Myanmar)

12

$3,575

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

$1,595

Vintage Vietnam - Independent Journey

15

$5,355

Burma Unveiled (Myanmar) - Independent Journey

12

$6,470

Magical Myanmar - Independent Journey

14

$8,780

Bangkok Experience - Independent

3

$895

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

$1,680

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

$995

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

$640

Sapa Experience – Independent

3

$1,055

Chiang Mai Experience - Independent

4

$1,475

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Experience - Independent

3

$690

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

$3,885

Bagan Experience - Independent

3

$760

Mandalay Experience - Independent

4

$1,190

Hanoi Experience - Independent

3

$580

Inle Lake Experience - Independent

4

$1,415

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$1,160

Yangon Experience - Independent

3

$1,135

Thailand Unearthed

10

$1,552

Luang Prabang Experience - Independent

3

$1,005

Myanmar Beach Experience - Independent

4

$2,220

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Cambodia Discovery, January 2016

Rose Nechwatal

Cambodia In Depth, January 2016

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Cambodia Discovery, November 2015

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Cambodia Discovery, January 2016

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