11 May 2020
Due to the current uncertainty around travel, it’s understandable that people are looking to push their trips back to allow time for things to have cleared up. With these carefully selected itineraries around South East, we hope that it might inspire you to take a trip to South-East Asia when the skies are open again.
Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi welcomes you in as you discover the city’s key sites which offer an insight into the country’s tumultuous history. An optional street food tour introduces you to the distinctive flavours of northern Vietnam and the local way of life.
From Hanoi, you’ll head to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise around the iconic bay to admire its soaring limestone karts.
Your next stop will be Hue where you’ll see deeper into Vietnam’s history, beyond the Vietnam war and back to a time of the Nguyen Dynasty at the Imperial Citadel. In Hoi An you’ll experience Vietnam’s bucolic charm through a bike ride through the countryside before you wander the city’s quaint riverside streets admiring the handicrafts and trinkets.
Your final stop in Vietnam is the sprawling metropolis of Ho Chi Minh. This modern cityscape is a far cry from anything else you’ll experience on this trip. From here you can explore the Mekong Delta with a scenic cruise to Ben Tre.
Extend your South East Asia adventure by crossing over into Cambodia and visiting Siem Reap, where the iconic Angkor archaeological park stands as a potent reminder of the former might of the Khmer empire. Spend your final day in Siem Reap venturing off the beaten path, as you visit the floating community at Prek Toal who live in stilted villages amongst a water-based ecosystem.
This immersive journey takes you through Myanmar’s communities and the cultures they exist within. In Yangon, you can experience the famous Circular Train to gain a unique view of the city and to experience the local commute as the vibrant sights of the city pass by your window.
As you move on to Bagan, you’ll notice far more rural surroundings as you marvel at the pagoda-dotted plains, and enjoy special moments such as a private lunch in a monastery garden. To make your stay in the ancient city unique, take to the Irrawaddy on a sunset cruise.
At Inle Lake, you’ll find entire communities living and working on the water’s surface in a traditional way of life that seems unfathomable in this modern age. Your final stop is in Mandalay with a spiritual insight into some of the city’s most magnificent temples and striking architecture which symbolise the nation’s close link to religion.
The best of Myanmar offers memorable moments in Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle. After an overnight stay in Yangon, it’s on to Bagan where an architectural wonder awaits you in the form of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you will visit the Shwezigon Pagoda and immerse yourself in daily life on a tour of a local village.
From Bagan, travel to Mandalay for further cultural insights with visits to the Golden Monastery and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda. At Inle, you’ll uncover a preserved ecosystem where traditional Burmese life flourishes in a unique fashion on the lake’s surface.
Your final stop in Yangon provides last-minute shopping opportunities at the bustling Bogyoke Market, and the opportunity to visit Myanmar’s most important religious site at Shwedagon Pagoda. Before departing you’ll still be able to squeeze in one final taste of local culture with a trip on the unique Circular train.
Tie in a short stay in Thailand to any of the above South East Asia itineraries, in order to gain a more rounded perspective on the region and to experience the variety that exists between each country.
Dive right into Thai culture with a four-day adventure in its often hectic capital city to experience its bright lights, bubbling nightlife, delicious street food and a whole host of curiosities that you could only otherwise imagine. By using typical transportation methods such as the SkyTrain and the local river ferry, you’ll experience Bangkok like a local, ticking off its major attractions as you go.
On your final day here, you can choose to escape the city to explore the surrounding countryside and visit a local market. Or, opt to stay for a twilight tour of Chinatown by tuk-tuk.
If a relaxing beach experience is more your preference, head south for some toes-in-the-sand luxury in Hua Hin where a paradisiacal tropical paradise awaits.
Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to arrange your adventures through South East Asia, or to talk through any other travel-related queries you may have.