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 NZD
Cruising Thailand & Malaysia - Phuket to Penang

8

$3,591

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia Southbound - Phuket to Penang

15

$6,626

Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound - Penang to Phuket

15

$7,445

Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,997

Magical Myanmar

14

$4,139

Borneo Adventure

10

$3,495

Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

$4,543

Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

$5,001

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam: North to South

15

$6,697

Cambodia In Depth

12

$3,400

Cruising the Thai Islands from Phuket

8

$3,613

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Ho Chi Minh to Danang

8

$3,493

Indochina Explorer

27

$10,255

Jewels of Indochina

20

$5,950

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

$4,715

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

$2,237

Vietnam Insight

13

$3,520

Vietnam Food Explorer

12

$3,425

Indochina Insights

22

$7,695

Vietnam Snapshot

8

$1,802

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,734

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Hanoi to Danang

8

$3,261

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Danang to Ho Chi Minh

8

$3,493

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

$7,260

Laos Highlights

5

$1,949

Northern Thailand Adventure

11

$2,759

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam - South to North

15

$6,697

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

$7,925

Laos & Cambodia Impressions

10

$4,089

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia: Penang to Phuket

8

$3,591

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Danang to Hanoi

8

$3,261

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

$7,150

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

$4,755

Essential Sapa

6

$1,590

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$840

Thailand and Laos by Land and Sea - Phuket to Vientiane

24

$10,165

Cambodia and South Vietnam by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

14

$5,615

Cambodia and South Vietnam by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Danang

14

$5,615

Cambodia and North Vietnam by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Danang

14

$5,455

Cambodia and the Vietnam Coast by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Hanoi

21

$8,664

Cambodia and the Vietnam Coast by Land and Sea - Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

21

$8,722

Borneo and the Malaysian and Thai Islands by Land and Sea - Phuket to Kuching

18

$7,044

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising with Sapa

13

$4,387

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Borneo Adventure, September 2018

Beryl Appleby

Cambodia Discovery, August 2018

Adrian Severin

Borneo Adventure, July 2018

Barbara Wyatt

Magical Myanmar, February 2018

Jane Thompson