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 ZAR
Cruising Thailand & Malaysia - Phuket to Penang

8

R22,095

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia Southbound - Phuket to Penang

15

R40,164

Cruising Malaysia & Thailand Northbound - Penang to Phuket

15

R40,164

Vintage Vietnam

15

R31,610

Magical Myanmar

14

R37,150

Borneo Adventure

10

R32,795

Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

R42,568

Northern Thailand & Laos Experience

15

R50,530

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam: North to South

15

R48,100

Cambodia In Depth

12

R30,464

Cruising the Thai Islands from Phuket

8

R22,245

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising: Ho Chi Minh to Danang

8

R25,077

Indochina Explorer

27

R86,958

Jewels of Indochina

20

R51,594

Heritage Vietnam & Cambodia

13

R46,655

Spirit of Southern Thailand

9

R31,095

Vietnam Insight

13

R33,745

Vietnam Food Explorer

12

R31,260

Indochina Insights

22

R64,444

Vietnam Snapshot

8

R17,106

Cambodia Discovery

6

R17,388

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising: Hanoi to Danang

8

R33,485

South Vietnam Coastal Cruising: Danang to Ho Chi Minh

8

R35,825

Cambodia & Vietnam In Depth

26

R69,185

Laos Highlights

5

R18,700

Northern Thailand Adventure

11

R27,865

Cruising the Coast of Vietnam - South to North

15

R48,100

Best of Northern Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

20

R75,080

Laos & Cambodia Impressions

10

R41,340

Cruising Thailand & Malaysia: Penang to Phuket

8

R22,095

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising: Danang to Hanoi

8

R33,485

Thailand & Laos Discovery

23

R81,830

Goroka Show, Papua New Guinea - Limited Edition

8

R43,430

Essential Sapa

6

R12,325

Angkor Wat Experience - Independent

4

R7,672

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

14

R56,740

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

14

R39,718

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

14

R55,105

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

21

R61,278

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

21

R88,115

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

18

R49,822

North Vietnam Coastal Cruising with Sapa

13

R44,325

South East Asia tour destinations

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