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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.

  • Le Vimarn Cottages and Spa, Koh Samet

    Le Vimarn Cottages and Spa break

    • 31 individual whitewashed cottages sit among lush tropical gardens.
    • The hotel is located on the secretive Ao Prao Beach on tiny Koh Samet for perfect relaxation.
    • Spa set alongside the sweeping pool for an open air massage with a gorgeous view.

    10 days from $1,095pp

  • Pool, Bangsak Village, Khao Lak

    Bangsak Village break

    • Seemingly hidden away in nature for ultimate relaxation.
    • The restaurant is a covered bamboo terrace for stunning views over the beach and ocean as you dine.
    • The hotel style is relaxed and friendly, with room interiors drawing on elements of nature.
    • Enjoy a relaxing beachside massage at the open air Kala spa.

    10 days from $1,495pp

  • Garden Pool Villa, Paradee

    Paradee Resort break

    • Location on the southern tip of the island means seclusion with spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
    • Individual whitewashed villas have thatched palm rooves and many have private pools.
    • Snorkeling and kayaking out to the nearby coral reefs.
    • Asian fusion dishes created by Thai Celebrity chef McDang served at the elegant restaurant.

    10 days from $1,550pp

  • Garden Villa bedroom, Pavilions, Sanur

    The Pavilions break

    • A short walk away from a beach with many excellent restaurants.
    • The property only has 23 luxury villas all with gorgeous views out into mature gardens.
    • Dine under the stars in the hidden garden offering authentic Indonesian cuisine.
    • Take advantage of the open air yoga studio and practice with the hotels yoga instructor.

    10 days from $1,605pp

  • Executive Seaview Suite, The Andaman, Langkawi

    The Andaman break

    • Natural forest setting of the resort makes it feel totally secluded.
    • The location is in one of Malaysia's oldest ecosystems with a multitude of wildlife on the resort.
    • Play a round of golf at the stunning Els Club Teluk Golf course.
    • Explore cooking traditional Malay cuisine with the Rainforest cookery class.
    • All rooms have light and airy decor with views out to the rainforest, ocean and gardens.

    10 days from $1,800pp

  • Resort Pool, The Paradise, Koh Yao, Koh Yao Noi

    Paradise break

    • Hidden on the idyllic island of Koh Yoa Noi within a tropical rainforest reserve.
    • Fantastic fresh seafood is on offer at Seafood Terrace, situated right on the beach.
    • The rooms are set within the tranquil forest with views over the gardens or the bay.
    • Opportunity to kayak to the nearby limestone rock formations or hidden coves.
    • The Serenity Spa has many treatments to choose from and two daily yoga sessions.

    10 days from $2,065pp

  • 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.

    14 days from $2,270pp

  • Deluxe one bedroom pool villa, Jimbaran Puri Bali, Jimbaran

    Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali break

    • Located on one of Bali's most beautiful beaches with a calm sea ideal for swimming.
    • Cottages and villas are innkeeping with natural surrounds using teak, rattan and thatch.
    • Both restaurants offer delicious Asian flavours with gorgeous ocean vistas as you dine.
    • The signature cookery classes showcase Balinese dishes with the ingredients collected from local markets.

    10 days from $2,495pp

  • Tugu Lombok,Sire Beach

    Tugu Lombok break

    • Pristine location on Sire beach.
    • Take a private boat ride to the Gili Islands for great snorkeling.
    • Each spacious villa is mere steps away from the beach.
    • Both restaurants are vibrantly decorated in the traditional style, offering renowned oriental dishes.

    10 days from $2,525pp

  • Yukinoya exterior, Anantara Rasananda Resort, Koh Phangan

    Anantara Rasananda break

    • Each of the suites and villas features a private plunge pool and stunning views.
    • Dine by Design offers guests the chance to design the setting and menu a private dinner.
    • Award-winning spa providing traditional Asian wellness experiences.
    • Secretive location set among huge palm trees and descending right onto the white sand beach.
    • Options for snorkeling and diving on day trips.

    10 days from $2,545pp

  • 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.

    11 days from $2,820pp

  • 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.

    12 days from $2,895pp

  • Lobby, The Sarojin, Khao Lak

    The Sarojin break

    • Enjoy the natural beauty of Khao Lak, with 11 km of white sand beach.
    • Delight in alfresco beachside dining at the Edge restaurant.
    • Fantastic location for snorkeling and scuba divining at the Similian & Surin Islands.
    • Thai cookery classes introduce guests to authentic Thai flavours and how to recreate them.
    • Pool suites and residences have access to their own private terrace and pool.

    10 days from $2,900pp

  • 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.

    12 days from $2,995pp

  • 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.

    14 days from $3,085pp

  • 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.

    18 days from $3,105pp

  • 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.

    10 days from $3,130pp

  • 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.

    12 days from $3,175pp

  • 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.

    13 days from $3,305pp

  • 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.

    13 days from $3,315pp

  • 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 $3,405pp

  • 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.

    12 days from $3,465pp

  • 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.

    11 days from $3,495pp

  • 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.

    11 days from $3,500pp

  • 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.

    8 days from $3,555pp

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