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 EUR
Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

€3,405

Untamed Borneo

10

€2,245

Borneo Adventure

10

€2,220

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

€1,860

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

€5,060

Total Thailand

19

€3,670

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

€1,636

Thailand & Laos Mekong Adventure

19

€3,885

Vintage Vietnam

15

€2,100

Cambodia Discovery

6

€964

Magical Myanmar

14

€2,443

Magical Myanmar

14

€2,780

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

€1,344

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

€1,565

Essence of Vietnam

8

€976

Vietnam Snapshot

8

€1,300

Sapa Explorer

8

€1,265

Essential Sapa

6

€965

Gourmet Explorer Vietnam

12

€1,880

Cambodia In Depth

12

€1,910

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

€3,575

Cambodia In Depth

12

€2,080

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

€4,900

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

€1,880

Vietnam Insight

13

€2,195

Jewels of Indochina

20

€3,515

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

€2,695

Indochina Adventure

21

€5,365

Indochina Explorer

27

€6,535

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

€2,890

Indochina Insights

22

€4,910

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

€3,295

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

€4,445

Cambodia Discovery - Independent Journey

6

€1,462

Vintage Vietnam

15

€2,530

Halong Bay Experience - Independent

4

€580

Hoi An & Hue Experience - Independent

5

€320

Mekong Delta Experience - Independent

4

€320

Untamed Borneo - Independent Journey

10

€2,530

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

€465

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

7

€2,367

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Magical Myanmar, September 2017

Lynne Hansen

Magical Myanmar, September 2017

Geoffrey & Nola Thomson

Magical Myanmar, September 2017

Christopher Neal

Journey down the Laos Mekong, September 2017

Tom & Marilyn Petersen