Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most popular touring destinations, and for a reason. Some of the countries here have it all: a tropical climate, warm (or hot!) all year around, rich culture, gorgeous beaches, wonderful food and last but not least, relatively reasonable prices. While its history and modern-day politics are complex, most of it is also quite safe for the traveller and easy to get about.
Southeast Asia’s culture is influenced primarily by India and China and by its colonizers. Thai, Burmese, Cambodian and Lao culture is heavily “Indianized” and Chinese-influenced in areas such as faith, folklore, language, and writing. Malaysia and Indonesia are also influenced by the Indians, Malays and Chinese with a touch of Arab culture due to the large Muslim populations. Vietnam is the most Chinese-influenced country while Brunei’s culture is Malay-influenced. The linguistic saturation here is also immense, as is its religious diversity.
Variety of landscape is also overwhelming—from the terraced rice fields of Laos to the soaring limestone pinnacles of Vietnam’s Halong Bay, the verdant jungles of Northern Thailand to the wide, sinewy curves of the Mekong River—the region’s natural attributes defy it’s relatively compact geographical area. And some of the world’s most incredible monuments are superimposed upon this backdrop—the temples of Bagan, Myanmar; the Angkor complex of central Cambodia, Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda, Indonesia’s Borobudur to name just a few—all lend spectacular testimony to the region’s rich cultural and historical legacy.
We are gearing up for another busy season in one of the most popular areas in which we operate; happily the best time to travel to SE Asia coincides with the best time to escape the northern winter! The following are just a few of our most popular itineraries; click through to our website for a complete listing for 2015 /16.
Vietnam & Cambodia Tour code: VN2| 20 Days | Details
Laos & Vietnam Tour code: LA2| 22 Days | Details
Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia Tour code: LA3| 27 Days | Details
Thailand & Laos Tour code: SE2| 16 Days | Details
Myanmar Tour code: SE5| 14 Days | Details
Cambodia & Myanmar Tour code: SE6| 19 Days | Details
Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar Tour code: SE7|33 Days | Details
Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar Tour code: SE8| 40 Days | Details
Indonesia (Sumatra, Java & Bali) Tour code: ID6| 14 Days | Details
Indonesia Discovery (Java, Borneo, Sulawesi & Papua) Tour code: ID7| 18 Days| Details
Malaysia & Brunei Tour code: MA4|14 Days | Details
Southeast Asia Roundup Tour code: TH6| 16 Days | Details
Southeast Asia Roundup with Myanmar Tour code: TH7| 22 Days| Details