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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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  • Garden Villa bedroom, Pavilions, Sanur

    The Pavilions break

    Indonesia
    • 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 hotel's yoga instructor.

    10 days from $1,695pp

  • Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali

    Bali uncovered

    Indonesia
    • 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 $2,400pp

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

    Belmond Jimbaran Puri Bali break

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

    10 days from $2,635pp

  • Tugu Lombok, Sire Beach

    Tugu Lombok break

    Indonesia
    • 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 $2,665pp

  • Japanese bridge, Hoi An

    Essential Vietnam tour

    Vietnam
    • 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.

    11 days from $2,975pp

  • Tea plantation, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

    Classic Malaysia tour

    Malaysia
    • 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 $3,055pp

  • Monks on the way into Angkor Thom

    Cambodia's cities & the southern coast

    Cambodia
    • 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 $3,190pp

  • Rice terraces outside Ubud, Indonesia

    A family adventure on Bali

    Indonesia
    • 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 practices.

    14 days from $3,255pp

  • Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

    Vietnam's Mekong Delta

    Cambodia and Vietnam
    • 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.

    • Spend a few days navigating mesmerizing Ho Chi Minh City.

    • Explore the kingdom of coconuts, Ben Tre.

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

    10 days from $3,305pp

  • Street food in Malaysia

    Beaches & bites

    Malaysia
    • 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.

    15 days from $3,330pp

  • Mount Batur, Bali

    Classic Bali tour

    Indonesia
    • 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 $3,490pp

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

    Orangutans & islands of Borneo

    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.

    13 days from $3,500pp

  • Beautiful white sand at Koh Samet

    Bangkok & beaches

    Thailand
    • 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 $3,595pp

  • Tioman Island, Malaysia

    Jungles & beaches of Malaysia & Borneo

    Borneo and Malaysia
    • 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 $3,655pp

  • Orangutan in Bukit Lawang

    Classic Java & Sumatra

    Indonesia
    • 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 $3,685pp

  • Grand Palace, Bangkok

    Heart of Thailand tour

    Thailand
    • 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 $3,695pp

  • Vat Phou Cruise in the 4000 islands

    Laos past & present

    Laos
    • 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 $3,750pp

  • 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 flavors of Cambodian cuisine.

    12 days from $3,810pp

  • Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

    Exploring the Mekong & Angkor Wat

    Vietnam and Cambodia
    • 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 Ho Chi Minh City.

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

    12 days from $3,860pp

  • Chinatown market, Kuala Lumpur

    Culinary tour of Malaysia

    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.

    14 days from $3,955pp

  • Deserted bay in Indonesia

    Honeymoon to Bali & Lombok

    Indonesia
    • 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.

    16 days from $3,995pp

  • Iban Longhouse, Lemanak River

    Borneo: The Headhunters' Trail

    Borneo
    • Visit the fascinating museums and wander the backstreets in Kuching.

    • Visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary.

    • Spend the night in a native longhouse.

    • Trek through the Mulu National Park jungle.

    • Relax at the superb Shangri-La Rasa Ria.

    12 days from $4,065pp

  • Kayaking in Khao Sok National Park

    Thailand family adventure

    Thailand
    • 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.

    14 days from $4,165pp

  • Fishing boat on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

    Borneo's rivers, mountains & beaches tour

    Borneo and Malaysia
    • Get straight into the wilds of north Borneo, exploring pristine tropical rainforest with a private ranger guide.

    • Jungle trekking and wildlife observation in the rainforest.

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

    • Pamper yourself at one of Borneo's finest beach resorts.

    11 days from $4,180pp

  • Iban Night Weaver

    Discovering the indigenous cultures of Sarawak

    Borneo
    • 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.

    13 days from $4,235pp

  • Sculpture at the Inn Dein Pagodas, Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)

    Essential Myanmar tour

    Myanmar
    • See the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

    • Explore the temples of Bagan.

    • Rub shoulders with locals on the boat from Bagan to Mandalay.

    • Relax and enjoy the serenity of Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.

    12 days from $4,240pp