Ultimate Southeast Asia
54 days or longer from £3,134 (was £3,299)
- Explore 3 stunning Southeast Asian countries: Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam
- Enjoy unique experiences, including elephant encounters, hill-treks, temple tours, fishing trips, island escapes, & more
- Gain an insight into local cultures with cooking classes in every country
- Learn about Southeast Asia’s recent history with included visits to Cambodia’s S21 Prison and Vietnam’s War Museum
- Soak up the sun in exquisite island landscapes and enjoy snorkelling boat trips and island-hopping cruises
- Travel with groups of like-minded travellers and expert tour guides
Discover the unique people, cultures and landscapes of Southeast Asia on this action-packed combo trip! Bringing together three of our most popular tours in the region, this trip takes you to the biggest and best highlights of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and squeezes in some off-the-beaten track gems for good measure! You’ll meet elephants in Thailand, see a spectacular sunrise at Angkor Wat, enjoy an island escape off the south coast of Cambodia, and go crab-fishing and island-hopping in Vietnam. You’ll meet exciting new people and enjoy the expertise of dedicated tour guides in each of these amazing countries. See it all in Southeast Asia and have an unforgettable travel experience!
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Your journey through Southeast Asia begins in Bangkok on our super-popular Thai Experience. Discover bustling cities, gorgeous countryside and dreamy island beaches on this 25-day tour through Thailand!
Day 1: Arrive into Bangkok
Fly into Bangkok today. You’ll be met at the airport by a member of our local team, who’ll transfer you to your starting accommodation on lively Khao San Road. Get to know the group tonight and head out for food and drinks.
Day 2: Bangkok Tour
Explore Bangkok on a fantastic long-tail boat tour through the city’s canals. Discover top highlights, including Wat Pho and the Grand Palace (optional tour).
Day 3: Bangkok by Bike
Hit the streets on two wheels to see the city from a different angle! Ride through the busy streets and narrow lanes and discover traditional riverside communities.
Day 4: Free Time
Enjoy free time to relax and explore Bangkok. Opt to explore by tuk tuk, get a Thai massage or check out beautiful Lumpini Park. Tonight, hop on an overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Wake up as the train rolls into gorgeous Chiang Mai, Thailand’s culture capital. Enjoy a day chilling by the pool and then learn how to whip up local cuisine at a cooking class. Delve into the enchanting night bazaar this evening.
Days 6-7: Elephant Project
Venture into the countryside and arrive at a fantastic elephant project. Get up close to these stunning creatures and help feed them and bathe them in the local river. Spend the nights in simple huts close to the elephants!
Days 8-9: Hill Trekking
Leave the elephant project behind and embark on an epic 2-day trek into the northern foothills. On day 8, enjoy an exhilarating bamboo rafting experience. Return to Chiang Mai.
Day 10: Down South
Jump on a short flight down to Krabi and soak up the sun on beautiful Ao Nang Beach. Sunbathe, swim, snorkel…life doesn’t get much sweeter than this!
Day 11: Railay Beach
Board a boat this morning and journey towards the exquisite white sands and limestone cliffs of Railay Beach. Enjoy more dreamy relaxation today.
Days 12-14: Koh Phi Phi
Leave the mainland behind today and travel across to beautiful Koh Phi Phi. Ease into the relaxed island lifestyle and enjoy a group walk to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in all of Thailand. We’ll also hit the waves on an island boat tour, with included snorkel stops. Paradise!
Day 15: Koh Samui
We’ll hop to our next island destination today. Koh Samui is all golden sands and lush tropical forests. Go with the flow and enjoy some evening drinks at the number 1 party hotspot: Ark Bar.
Day 16: Ang Thong National Marine Park
Tour some of the 42 tropical isles of Ang Thong National Marine Park – known for its fantastic marine life, tropic waters, and startlingly bright vegetation. Enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, or swimming in these stunning surroundings.
Day 17: Free Time on Koh Samui
Enjoy our final day on Koh Samui today. Chill, explore, hit the waves or get cultural at some local temples. The choice is yours.
Day 18: Koh Pha Ngan
Our next island hop takes us to Koh Pha Ngan, famous for its legendary Full Moon Parties. Expect a lively atmosphere as we get geared up for one of the island’s full moon, black moon, or half-moon parties.
Please note: Whilst we do try to schedule start dates to coincide with one of Koh Pha Ngan’s Moon Parties, this is not always possible. Please contact us to check whether your trip is planned to coincide with a party.
Days 19-20: Koh Pha Ngan
Use these free days to relax, unwind and recover after your party-time antics! On day 20, we’ll enjoy a rejuvenating temple steam experience.
Days 21-24: Koh Tao
Last stop: Koh Tao. Grab your swimming gear, take a dip in the bright blue waters, then chill under the palms with a cocktail or cold beer. Make the most of your final few days in amazing Thailand!
Day 25: Farewell
This part of your Southeast Asia experience comes to an end today. Time to leave Thailand behind and head to Siem Reap for the next stage of your adventure! Your Thai Experience ends on Koh Tao. A return transfer to Bangkok is not included but is easy to arrange. Your guide will be on hand to help you organise this journey.
Flights between Thailand and Cambodia are not included in this cost of this combo experience. Please contact our flights team to book this journey in advance. Depending on start dates, there may be a few days between the end of your Thai Experience and the beginning of your Ultimate Cambodia trip. Accommodation, meals and activities during these spare days are at your own cost.
Day 1: Arrive into Siem Reap
Land into Siem Reap, where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation. Get to know your new group and guide at a welcome meal and drinks this evening.
Day 2: Siem Reap
Experience life in rural Cambodia today as we visit a mango farmer and learn all about what life is really like in the Cambodia countryside. Head back to Siem Reap to explore the bustling streets before a sunset BBQ dinner with the group.
Day 3: Angkor Wat
Wake up early and make your way to the incredible Angkor Wat Temple complex for an unforgettable sunrise. Explore the rest of this site before journeying south to Phnom Penh this afternoon.
Day 4-5: Phnom Penh
Learn about the devastating history of the Khmer Rouge on a tour of the Killing Fields and S-21 Prison today. Tonight, explore the city’s markets and enjoy a few drinks with the group.
Days 6-7: Kampot
Discover the charming riverside town of Kampot. Spend your days chilling by the river, swinging on rope swings, playing volleyball, drinking on a rooftop bar, cruising down river and more! We also get to do a Khmer cooking class and visit the famous pepper plantations.
Days 8-9: Koh Rong Samloem
Leave the mainland behind and cruise across to Koh Rong Samloem - a breath-taking island paradise covered in lush green vegetation and long white beaches. Spend the next few days surrounded by the island's incredible natural beauty and laidback atmosphere.
Day 10: On to Vietnam!
Your Ultimate Cambodia tour ends this morning on Koh Rong Samloem. Say farewell to your group and make your way to Phnom Penh and the airport. Next stop, Vietnam!
Flights between Cambodia and Vietnam are not included in this cost of this combo experience. Due to the travel time between Koh Rong and Phnom Penh we recommend you fly to Vietnam the following day. Please contact our flights team to book this journey in advance. Depending on start dates, there may be a few days between the end of your Ultimate Cambodia and the beginning of your Ultimate Vietnam trip. Accommodation, meals and activities during these spare days are at your own cost.
Days 1-2 Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive into bustling Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Start exploring and enjoy a visit to the National War Museum to gain an insight into Vietnam’s harrowing recent history.
Days 3-4: Mui Ne and Nha Trang
Head for the coast today and discover the beautiful orange sand dunes of Mui Ne. Chill on the beach and try your hand at some optional water-based activities, such as kayaking or wind-surfing. On day 4, board a night bus to Nha Trang.
Days 5-7: Ninhvana, Nha Trang
Our next stop is an incredible backpacker resort near Nha Trang. Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, bike tours, guided treks, yoga classes and more! On day six, we'll head back into Nha Trang to board the night bus to Hoi An.
Days 8-9: Hoi An
Explore the quaint town of Hoi An. This atmospheric place is characterised by its historic alleyways that are illuminated by gorgeous coloured lanterns. We’ll have a go at making one of these lanterns ourselves at an included class. On day 9, we’ll go crab fishing in traditional basket boats.
Days 10-11: Hue and Hai Van Pass
Our next destination is the imperial city of Hue. To get there, we’ll tackle the Hai Van Pass in open-top Jeeps – one of the greatest road trips in the world! On day 11, we’ll explore the historic centre and Royal Palace and a Vietnamese cooking class.
Days 12: Phong Nha
Visit Paradise Cave - a UNESCO World Heritage site. We'll spend the day exploring the magical cave formations and waterholes before making tracks in the evening on an overnight bus to Hanoi.
Day 13: Hanoi
Time for your third cooking class of this Southeast Asian experience! Learn how to cook delicious Vietnamese egg-coffee and then spend the afternoon exploring the city.
Days 14-15: Ha Long Bay
We'll travel to Castaway Island in Ha Long Bay for views over the bay while we enjoy lunch and an afternoon of water sports before partying on the beach in the evening. The next day, we'll go on a junk boat tour of the ancient caves and lagoons - keep an eye out for mischievous monkeys!
Days 16-17: Hanoi
Return to Hanoi and enjoy an evening of farewell drinks with your group. Your epic combo journey through Southeast Asia comes to an end on the morning of day 17. Head to the airport to return home or stick around for some more independent travel experiences.
Please note the above itinerary is for 2021 start dates only. If you wish to travel in 2020 then you will follow a slightly longer 12 day Cambodia itinerary which ends in Phnom Penh. Please speak to a travel advisor for more details.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- Personal airport meet and greet on arrival at Bangkok
- Transfer from the airport to your Khao San Road accommodation
- Buddy list prior to departure
- 24 nights’ accommodation
- In-country transport (including internal flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi)
- Bangkok city tour and long-tail boat ride
- Bangkok bicycle tour
- Some meals
- 2-day hill trek in Northern Thailand
- Bamboo rafting
- Chiang Mai night market and temple tour
- Cookery class in Chiang Mai
- Elephant home stopover
- Ko Phi Phi viewpoint visit
- Koh Phi Phi boat trip with snorkelling
- Ang Thong National Marine Park visit
- Koh Tao beach break
- Koh Tao boat and snorkel trip
- Koh Pha Ngan stay
- Koh Pha Ngan temple steam
- 24/7 emergency support
- Airport pickup (up to 2 days before tour)
- All accommodation
- All transport between destinations on the itinerary
- A dedicated tour guide
- Cooking class
- Pepper plantation visit
- Rural Cambodia experience
- Sunrise tour of Angkor Wat
- Market tour in Phnom Penh
- S21 Prison and Killing Fields tour
- Water activities in Kampot
- Farewell dinner and party
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- Airport transfer on arrival
- 16 nights' accommodation
- All transport between destinations
- Experienced tour guide
- Ho Chi Minh City orientation
- War Museum visit
- Mui Ne sand dunes tour
- Activities at Ninhvana
- Lantern making class
- Basket boat trip
- Hai Van Pass Jeep trip
- Royal Palace visit
- Paradise Caves tour
- Phong Nha National Park tour
- Traditional cooking class
- Castaway experience at Ha Long Bay
- All meals in Ha Long Bay
- Junk boat trip
- Kayaking and water activities
- Onward travel support
- 24/7 Emergency Support
- Travel insurance
- Meals and drinks
- Return transfer
- Entry fee and transport to the moon party on Koh Pha Ngan
- Transport and taxis to optional activities and nights out
- Entry fee to the Grand Palace in Bangkok
- Travel between Thailand and Cambodia, and Cambodia and Vietnam
- Optional activities
You’ll stay in a range of different accommodation during this trip, which will mainly consist of comfortable backpacker guesthouses. You’ll mostly share twin or triple rooms with other members of the same sex from your group. All the hostels, lodges, and guesthouses we select for our trips are clean, safe, and set in great locations. If you are travelling with a friend or partner, let us know when you book so we can make arrangements for you to stay in the same room.
Some, but not all meals are included in the price of your trip. Meals outside of those included on the itinerary are yours to choose from, which is a fantastic opportunity to get out and try the local cuisine – which is absolutely delicious! Food in Southeast Asia is mostly very cheap, so eating out shouldn’t be too much of a strain on the finances.
Your trip begins in Bangkok. You will need to arrange your flight to Thailand to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between the hours of 6am and 10pm; we recommend that you arrive before 3pm, if possible, so that you are able to join the first night out with the group.
The Thailand leg of your trip finishes on Koh Tao on day 25. From here, you will need to make your way back to Bangkok, either by ferry and coach or ferry and flight. You will then need to fly to Siem Reap for the next stage of your adventure.
The Cambodia leg of your trip finishes on Koh Rong island on day 10. For visa reasons, you will most likely need to fly from Phnom Penh into Ho Chi Minh City in time for the next leg of your experience. We recommend flying from Phnom Penh the following day in case of delays in travel from Koh Rong Island. Your Vietnam trip ends in Hanoi on day 17.
Please note, there may be some spare days between programmes. This is a great opportunity for some independent travel experiences! Accommodation and activities during these periods are at your own cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
To book your flights, please contact our flight specialist on 01892 277037 who will find you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport.
The minimum age to join this combo experience is 18 years old.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away and ensure that you have the correct travel documents.
British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months' validity remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight, or onward travel, ticket.
Cambodia & Vietnam
You will need visas to enter both Cambodia and Vietnam. Most UK citizens will qualify for an e-visa for each country, which can be applied for online (you'll need to apply separately for both countries). You must have at least six months’ validity remaining on your passport from the date you plan to return home.
Please check the Thai, Cambodian and Vietnam Embassy websites for up-to-date requirements before applying for your visas. Visa regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different Southeast Asian regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
I’m Travelling With A Friend, Can We Stay Together?
Yes! Let us know when you book and we’ll make sure you both get to stay in the same rooms.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?
A rough budget of around £120-£150 per week should be plenty to keep you fed and watered, but you’ll more than likely want to try out a few optional activities and have some extra cash for souvenirs, so make sure you budget for this.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.