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 USD
Vintage Vietnam

15

$2,398

Magical Myanmar

14

$3,265

Borneo Adventure

10

$2,610

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam - North to South

15

$5,635

Vietnam Food Explorer

12

$2,057

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Ho Chi Minh to Danang

8

$2,940

Jewels of Indochina

20

$4,280

Cambodia In Depth

12

$2,244

Heritage Cambodia & Vietnam

13

$3,345

Cambodia Discovery

6

$1,264

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia - Phuket to Penang

8

$3,020

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

$1,765

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Hanoi to Danang

8

$2,745

Vietnam Insight

13

$2,580

Indochina Explorer

27

$7,680

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

$5,225

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Danang to Ho Chi Minh

8

$2,940

Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

$3,995

Cruising the Thai Islands ex Phuket

8

$3,040

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam - South to North

15

$5,635

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

$5,760

Laos & Cambodia Explorer

14

$4,515

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

$5,950

Essence of Cambodia & Vietnam

19

$4,190

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia - Penang to Phuket

8

$3,020

Vietnam Snapshot

8

$1,485

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising - Danang to Hanoi

8

$2,745

Thailand-Burma Railway - Limited Edition

13

$2,410

Indochina Insights

22

$5,770

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

$3,395

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

$630

Essential Sapa

6

$1,073

Total Thailand

19

$4,330

Northern Thailand Unearthed

11

$1,967

Essence of Vietnam

8

$1,377

Indochina Adventure

21

$6,450

Journey Down the Laos Mekong

9

$2,575

South East Asia tour destinations

What our travellers are saying about the region

Cambodia In Depth, December 2017

Ian Armstrong

Cambodia In Depth, December 2017

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Magical Myanmar, December 2017

Adele Lipson

Cambodia In Depth, December 2017

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