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 CHF
Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

FR3,690

Untamed Borneo

10

FR2,440

Borneo Adventure

10

FR2,410

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

FR2,055

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

FR5,490

Total Thailand

19

FR3,985

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

FR1,810

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

FR4,300

Vintage Vietnam

15

FR2,325

Cambodia Discovery

6

FR1,068

Magical Myanmar

14

FR2,703

Magical Myanmar

14

FR3,015

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

FR1,488

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

FR1,695

Essence of Vietnam

8

FR1,080

Vietnam Snapshot

8

FR1,410

Sapa Explorer

8

FR1,395

Essential Sapa

6

FR1,045

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

FR2,080

Cambodia In Depth

12

FR2,115

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

FR3,955

Cambodia In Depth

12

FR2,260

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

FR5,315

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

FR2,080

Vietnam Insight

13

FR2,380

Jewels of Indochina

20

FR3,890

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

FR2,985

Indochina Adventure

21

FR5,820

Indochina Explorer

27

FR7,085

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

FR3,135

Indochina Insights

22

FR5,325

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

FR3,675

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

FR4,825

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

FR1,617

Vintage Vietnam

15

FR2,795

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

FR640

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

FR355

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

FR355

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

FR2,795

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

FR512

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

FR2,605

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Northern Thailand Unearthed, October 2017

Martyn Nutt

Northern Thailand Unearthed, October 2017

Phil Randall

Magical Myanmar, September 2017

Lynne Hansen

Magical Myanmar, September 2017

Geoffrey & Nola Thomson