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Orangutans in Sabah

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Orangutans in Sabah

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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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.

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  • Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali

    Bali uncovered

    • 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 £2,810pp

  • Street food in Malaysia

    Beaches & bites

    Malaysia and Thailand
    • Discover the multicultural cuisine of Penang.

    • Enjoy a local cooking class.

    • Relax on idyllic beaches in Langkawi and Koh Lipe.

    • Explore Malaysia and Thailand without internal flights.

    16 days from £3,185pp

  • Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

    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 £3,430pp

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

    Orangutans & islands of Borneo

    • Wander the backstreets and enjoy a riverside 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.

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

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

    15 days from £3,440pp

  • Iban Night Weaver

    Discovering the indigenous cultures of Sarawak

    • Learn how to cook traditional meals in bamboo in a Bidayuh village.

    • Spend the night in a native Iban longhouse.

    • Try some of the delicious street food on offer in Kuching.

    • Cycle through local kampongs and take a sampan across the Sarawak River.

    • Explore the wonderful Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park from Gaya Island.

    15 days from £3,440pp

  • Family walking in the rice terraces, Bali

    A family adventure on Bali

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

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

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

    • Help out with the daily farming practises.

    16 days from £3,500pp

  • Tioman Island, Malaysia

    Jungles & beaches of Malaysia & Borneo

    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 £3,550pp

  • 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 Koh Samui's beautiful beaches.

    15 days from £3,610pp

  • Tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands

    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 £3,620pp

  • Mount Batur, Bali

    Classic Bali tour

    • 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 £3,720pp

  • 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 bustling Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

    13 days from £3,730pp

  • Buddhist monk at Angkor Wat

    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 £3,745pp

  • Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

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

    China and Cambodia
    • 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 £3,805pp

  • 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 £3,815pp

  • 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.

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

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

    16 days from £3,840pp

  • Climbing Mount Kinabalu

    Borneo's rivers, mountains & beaches tour

    Malaysia and Borneo
    • Explore Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. An ever-changing city with delicious cuisine and contrasting architecture.

    • Journey into the wilds of Sabah, Borneo. Stay in a remote river lodge and undertake daily boat trips to discover the 'big five'.

    • Visit an orangutan and sun bear conservation outpost while staying at a relaxed forest lodge.

    • Climb to the summit of Malaysia's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.

    • Relax, unwind and enjoy the facilities at the luxurious Shangri-La Rasa Ria beach resort.

    13 days from £3,865pp

  • Orangutan in Bukit Lawang

    Classic Java & Sumatra

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

    • Go river tubing and trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park.

    • Travel overland through the volcanic landscape of western Java.

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

    13 days from £3,945pp

  • Malacca

    Historical Malaysia & Singapore

    • See colonial architecture in the UNESCO city of Malacca that comes from the Portuguese, Dutch and British influence during the spice race.

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

    • Visit Ipoh and take in dilapidated mansions and rubber plantations.

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

    • Stroll around Chinatown and Little India in Singapore, and take in the colonial architecture dotted throughout the city.

    15 days from £4,130pp

  • 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 £4,260pp

  • Lombok, 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 £4,265pp

  • Tarsier, Bohol

    Classic Philippines tour

    • Spend time in the capital city of Manila, to gain an understanding of the varied history of the archipelago.

    • Visit the stunning rice terraces of Banaue.

    • Trek to an Ifugao village in the highlands.

    • Relax on one of the stunning beaches of the archipelago.

    • Visit the Chocolate Hills and see the tiny tarsier monkeys on Bohol.

    15 days from £4,285pp

  • Rice terraces in Batad

    Highlights of the Philippines

    • Explore the bustling and often chaotic capital city, Manila.

    • Journey to Banaue, home to magnificent rice terraces, excellent trekking and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    • Visit the preserved heritage town of Taal and one of the world's smallest active volcanoes nearby.

    • Spot the endangered tarsier on the Visayan island of Bohol.

    • Enjoy world class snorkeling and diving in the clear waters around El Nido.

    16 days from £4,300pp

  • Wat Phou temple, Champasak

    Laos past & present

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

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

    • Explore the region known as the 4000 islands at the southern tip of Laos.

    10 days from £4,345pp

  • Crab-eating macaque in Sabah

    Snapshot of Sabah

    Malaysia and Borneo
    • Unearth the heritage, food and contrasting architecture of Kuala Lumpur — one of Southeast Asia's most underrated cities.

    • Embark on a two-day adventure along Borneo's Kinabatangan River where you will have the opportunity to spot much of the region's wildlife.

    • Journey deep into the heart of Borneo and enjoy a couple of days at the renowned Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

    • End your stay in Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu, home to stunning sunsets and gateway to some of the region's best cuisine.

    11 days from £4,400pp