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Southeast Asia tours

A patchwork of lush forests and tropical archipelagos fringed by white sands and dotted with temples and remnants of colonial rule, Southeast Asia offers a bewildering array of attractions. Our specialists have been planning tours here for decades and have put together some sample itineraries based on routes that work particularly well, to give you an idea of what it’s possible.

Then, when it comes to planning your trip, we’ll base it around your interests whether you want to island hop around the Philippines, cruise the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia, see the temples of Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, dive on pristine coral reefs, learn about Marapu rituals or track down the legendary Komodo dragons.

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Ideas for your trip to Southeast Asia

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Southeast Asia, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

    Bali uncovered

    • The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.

    • Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.

    • Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.

    • Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.

    • Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.

    15 days from €2,870pp

  • Japanese bridge, Hoi An

    Essential Vietnam tour

    • Drift among stunning limestone karst scenery on a traditional junk in Lan Ha Bay (a quieter alternative to Halong).

    • Unearth Vietnam's modern and ancient history in imperial Hue.

    • Shop and relax in charming Hoi An.

    • Explore the French influence in the bustling cities of Hanoi and Saigon.

    13 days from €2,995pp

  • Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

    Vietnam's Mekong Delta

    • Spend a few days navigating the mesmerising city of Saigon.

    • Explore the kingdom of coconuts, Ben Tre.

    • Enjoy two nights at a charming riverside lodge in Vinh Long province.

    • Discover the hidden charm and culture of one of the few remaining Khmer communities in Vietnam.

    • Journey along the Mekong and Bassac River on board a traditionally styled sampan.

    • End the trip in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh.

    11 days from €3,365pp

  • Tea plantation, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

    Classic Malaysia tour

    • See colonial architecture in the UNESCO city of Malacca.

    • Try the monorail in Kuala Lumpur during a guided walking tour of the city.

    • Visit the vast tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and try a local brew.

    • Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling UNESCO city of George Town.

    14 days from €3,470pp

  • Paddy fields in Bali, Indonesia

    Round island Bali tour

    • Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

    • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.

    • Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).

    • Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.

    • Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.

    • Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.

    19 days from €3,520pp

  • Church and convent, Siquijor

    Philippines island hopping tour

    • Take a guided tour of Intramuros - Manila's walled city full of history from extravagant churches built from when the Spanish founded the city in 1571 through to the underground jails used by the Japanese during the occupation in WWII.

    • See the famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol - one of the Philippines' most iconic landmarks.

    • Snorkel the reefs of Apo Island on the lookout for turtles and more of the Philippines' colourful marine life.

    • Take a tour of Siquijor's villages - famed for their spiritual healers.

    16 days from €3,530pp

  • Rice terraces, Munduk

    Eastern Bali's culture & coast

    • Visit Ubud, Bali's spiritual and artistic hub.

    • Gain an insight into Balinese life and customs.

    • Stay in rural Bali away from the crowds.

    • Eat like a local and learn to make Balinese dishes.

    • Relax on Bali's eastern coast.

    13 days from €3,535pp

  • Rice terraces outside Ubud, Indonesia

    A Family Adventure on Bali

    • Relax on a beautiful beach in the south with access to great restaurants and beautiful temples.

    • Soak up the atmosphere of Ubud; the cultural heart of Bali.

    • Help out with the daily farming practices.

    • Snorkel in a peaceful bay on the remote northern coast.

    16 days from €3,535pp

  • Beautiful white sand at Koh Samet

    Bangkok & beaches

    • Explore Bangkok on a unique city safari.

    • Visit Amphawa for an insight into traditional rural life.

    • Sample delicacies at floating and railway markets.

    • Hop between three sleepy Thai islands.

    15 days from €3,600pp

  • Mount Batur, Bali

    Classic Bali

    • Relax on one of Bali's finest beaches and watch the sunset on a private boat with champagne and canapés.

    • Get an authentic insight into Balinese culture away from the tourist areas of Ubud.

    • Trek to one of the craters on the active Mount Batur volcano.

    • Experience the scenery around the highlands of Munduk in an off-road buggy tour.

    • Have a local food guide teach you how to eat like a Balinese local at a small market town night market.

    14 days from €3,630pp

  • Baby orang-utan, Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary, Sandakan

    Orangutans & islands of Borneo

    • Wander the back streets and enjoy a river side stroll in the colonial city of Kuching.

    • Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Iban tribe as you overnight in a traditional longhouse located on the banks of a river in the middle of the jungle.

    • Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary where you will see the work being done to rehabilitate rescued orangutan.

    • Take a boat through the jungle covered backwaters of the Kinabatangan River.

    • Relax on tropical Gaya, a rainforest covered island off Kota Kinabalu.

    15 days from €3,655pp

  • Monks on the way into Angkor Thom

    Cambodia's cities & the southern coast

    • Four full days to explore the iconic temples of Angkor and some time to enjoy the town of Siem Reap.

    • Head out to the Tonle Sap lake and explore the floating village of Kompong Khleang.

    • Explore Cambodia's turbulent history and haggle at the Russian market in Phnom Penh.

    • Take a boat trip from Kep to the idyllic Rabbit Island where you can relax on the beautiful beach.

    14 days from €3,685pp

  • Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

    A tale of two cities: Hong Kong & the history of Angkor

    • Take in the views from Kowloon over to Hong Kong Island.

    • Enjoy some of the best dim sum in the world with the locals Hong Kong style.

    • Soak up the atmosphere of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's up and coming capital.

    • Visit the awe-inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat and bring out your adventurous side exploring Ta Prohm.

    • Relax in Kep and experience the flavours of Cambodian cuisine.

    14 days from €3,735pp

  • The stupah of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Classic Thailand tour

    • Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai on a unique city safari.

    • Visit Amphawa for an insight into traditional rural life.

    • Savour the delicious and aromatic cuisine of the far north.

    • Relax on the beaches of the Andaman coast.

    14 days from €3,770pp

  • Tioman Island, Malaysia

    Jungles & beaches of Malaysia and Borneo

    • Look out for Borneo's endemic proboscis monkeys in Bako National Park.

    • Try your skills with a blowpipe under the instruction of the Iban tribe.

    • Enjoy time in Kuala Lumpur, taking advantage of the superb food and shopping.

    • Relax and do nothing on the pristine beaches of Tioman Island.

    14 days from €3,880pp

  • Kayaking in Khao Sok National Park

    Thailand Family Adventure

    • Explore Bangkok by Skytrain and traditional tuk-tuk.

    • Encounter elephants and stay in a unique floating hotel on the River Kwai.

    • Meet a local Thai family and take part in a Pad Thai cooking contest.

    • Relax on one of Thailand's beaches.

    15 days from €3,890pp

  • Orangutan, Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

    Classic Java & Sumatra

    • Track down orangutan and other wildlife in the dense jungles of Sumatra.

    • Travel overland through the volcanic landscape of western Java.

    • Visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur as the sun comes up.

    13 days from €3,905pp

  • Grand Palace, Bangkok

    Heart of Thailand tour

    • Experience Wat Pho and the Grand Palace before the crowds.

    • Visit the traditional markets of Amphawa and stay in the Mae Klong delta.

    • Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and explore the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi.

    • Take a Kermit tuk tuk around the ancient temples of old Siam.

    • Relax on the island of Koh Samet.

    12 days from €3,910pp

  • Kui Buri National Park

    Fascinating Thailand

    • Get an introduction into Thai food.

    • Visit the unusual railway and floating markets.

    • Look for wild elephants in Kui Buri.

    • Feed and bathe elephants at a sanctuary.

    • Relax on a tropical island.

    13 days from €3,975pp

  • Ta Prohm

    Classic Cambodia tour

    • Three full days to explore the iconic temples of Angkor and some time to enjoy the town of Siem Reap.

    • Slow things down with a tour of laid back Battambang.

    • Explore Cambodia's turbulent history and navigate the busy streets of Phnom Penh by Vespa.

    • Learn about Kampot's famous pepper and experience location dining at its finest.

    • Relax on the white sand beaches of Koh Rong.

    14 days from €3,995pp

  • Hoi An, Vietnam

    Central Highlands of Vietnam

    • Experience the well preserved shop houses and cobbled streets of Hoi An.

    • Travel along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

    • Visit the traditional 'Rong' houses of Kon Tum.

    • Observe the faded colonial grandeur of Dalat.

    • Take in Saigon after dark on a unique Vespa tour.

    14 days from €4,110pp

  • Vat Phou Cruise in the 4000 islands

    Laos Past & Present

    • Cruise along the Mekong on the Vat Phou boat.

    • Visit the World Heritage Site of Wat Phou at Champasak.

    • Sail around the beautiful 4,000 Islands and perhaps spot the Irrawaddy dolphin.

    • Soak up the culture of Laos' spiritual heart in Luang Prabang.

    10 days from €4,135pp

  • Chinatown market, Kuala Lumpur

    Culinary tour of Malaysia

    • Enjoy the historical spice town of Malacca.

    • Take part in a local market tour followed by a Malay cooking class.

    • Explore the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur.

    • Eat Chinese, Indian and Malay in one day in Penang.

    • Relax on the beach in Langkawi.

    16 days from €4,205pp

  • Deserted bay in Indonesia

    Honeymoon to Bali & Lombok

    • Experience both the more relaxed and more vibrant beach areas on Bali and Lombok.

    • Enjoy a cooking class in a traditional Balinese home near Ubud.

    • Take in the beautiful scenery around Munduk.

    • Stay in luxurious tented accommodation.

    18 days from €4,210pp

  • Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

    Exploring the Mekong and Angkor Wat

    • Cruise through the lush Mekong Delta region and visit the floating markets.

    • Watch the sunrise stream through the giant creeper fig trees at Ta Prohm.

    • Soak up the atmosphere of Saigon.

    • Learn about Cambodia's modern and ancient history in Phnom Penh.

    14 days from €4,220pp

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