Southeast Asia & Japan Itinerary Ideas

South & East Asia

A collection of great itinerary ideas, all with personal private driver/guide, to give you a start point before you talk to us

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Itinerary Ideas

A great selection of South & East Asia itineraries in brief summary

Vietnam – Cambodia – China – Laos – Hong Kong – Singapore – Thailand – Indonesia – Malaysia – Myanmar – Philippines – Japan

In this collection of disparate countries the possibilities and permutations are endless – and determined very much by your own passion or preference – so we’ve given you just a few basic ideas to get your thought processes going. Once you have in mind which country or cultural experience you’d like, give us a call and we’ll help to turn your dreams into reality – at a budget that suits you.

Why not add on Hong Kong or Singapore as a stopover if going further afield?

Thailand: Bangkok & Beyond

Bangkok – Kanchanburi – Ayutthaya – Lopburi – Phitsanulok – Sukhothai – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

Visit three of the most unusual Buddhist temples in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 ½ tons of solid gold) – Wat Po, the most extensive temple in Bangkok with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings. See the Grand Palace, one of the most beautiful examples of an ancient Siamese court and former residence of the Kings of Thailand. You’ll also visit Kanchanaburi to travel on the historical ‘Death Train’, a remnant from World War II. Journey north through Ayutthaya, an ancient former capital, strewn with historical monuments, and Lopburi, home to the Monkey Temple. Your journey continues through central Thailand until reaching Chiang Mai, home to the legendary White Temple, and beyond to the Golden Triangle where remote ethnic tribes live such as the Yao and Akha people.

9 days/ 8 nights from £2200 pp sharing

Myanmar: Luxury taste of Myanmar

Yangon (Rangoon) – Heho – Inle Lake – Indein – Mandalay – Amarapura – Ava – Bagan – Yangon

This is the ideal itinerary for a first-time visitor to Myanmar. Your ‘Taste of Myanmar Luxury’ tour starts in the stunning colonial capital of Yangon (formerly Rangoon), a melting pot of everything Burmese. From here, you travel north to experience rural Myanmar and discover an ancient culture that is still very much alive. Closed off from the world for years, Myanmar offers a window into timeless traditions, home to a very humble and welcoming indigenous population. You’ll explore the stupa scattered plains of Bagan and walk across the world’s longest wooden footbridge in Amarapura, being jostled by passing monks and locals carrying food. You’ll then return to Yangon to complete your cultural adventure.

8 days/ 7 nights from £3100 pp sharing

China: Best of China

Beijing – Xi’an – Guilin – Yangshuo – Shanghai

China is one of the oldest and most resourceful civilizations in history, Mega-sized cities have developed where not so long ago there was barely a village. In many parts, people still lead the most basic existences, untroubled, virtually unchanged for centuries. China is a country of bewildering contrasts, from its terrain to the cuisine and existence of its people. China is also vast. We have compiled an excellent route with transfers by plane to save time, exploring two of its most pioneering cities, Beijing and Shanghai. In contrast we also visit Xi’an, a city of immense historic tales and home to the fascinating Terracotta Warriors.

10 days / 9 nights from £1550 pp sharing

Indonesia: Java & Bali experience

Jakarta – Yogyakarta – Borobudyur – Bali – Lovina – Candidasa – Ubud

Our compelling combination tour comprises the very best destinations Indonesia has to offer. From the fascinating cultural sights of Java to the pristine landscapes of Bali and beyond. Commencing in Jakarta, Indonesia’s buzzing capital city, you’ll soak up the mayhem and find your bearings before venturing into the history of Yogyakarta. Java – an island of natural wonders, is a destination with magical archaeological sites and well documented tradition of arts and crafts. From Java continue to Bali, the Island of Gods. Bali’s pristine natural beauty is immense. Enjoy cultural shows, beach barbeques and boat cruises over six days of luxurious indulgence. Explore the island from its mountain tops to the market floor, uncovering its history through guided temple visits and interaction with the friendly community.

11 days / 10 nights from £3488 pp sharing

Philippines: Manila & El Nido

Manila – Tagbilaran – El Nido – Manila

Manila is a frantic, chaotic yet strangely charming metropolis. Skyscrapers pierce the sky, shantytowns line the rivers, gleaming malls sit alongside urban parks offering a selection of fusion dining and Spanish tapas restaurants. Dig below the surface to discover a creative arts scene combined with a penchant for artisan markets and a desire to enjoy life. From Manila, fly to El Nido and the contrast couldn’t be more different. El Nido is the gateway to the fabulous Bacuit Archipelago. The town, sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and Bacuit Bay, is muddled with restaurants that cater to tourists alongside the white sand beaches and coral reefs. Centre stage is the looming Cadlao Island, located just offshore.

9 days / 8 nights from £1650 pp sharing

Malaysia: Peninsula Malaysia & Penang experience

Kuala Lumpur – Malacca – Putrajaya – Cameron Highlands – Belum Rainforest – Penang –

Kuala Lumpur is a city of contrasts that seamlessly coexist, wrapped in a landscape of verdant green countryside. Bustling markets attract the inquisitive eye while Chinatown will satisfy any hungry passer-by. KL is within driving distance of the Cameron Highlands, peppered with endless tea plantations – an awesome sight of rolling green hills, home to specialist tea growers who have lived here for centuries. You’ll visit local growers and learn the art of tea making before travelling through Belum Forest on the way to Penang. Penang Island offers endless attractions and culture to explore, from its wondrous Botanical Gardens to Batik Factories and ancient Clan houses.

7 days / 6 nights from £3605 pp sharing

Vietnam: Classic Vietnam

Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Halong Bay – Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City

From the tracts of a troubled history has grown a land rich in culture and stunning sceneries. Vietnam is certainly blessed with a magnificent, vastly varied geography, unique biodiversity and, for most of the year, a gloriously warm and pleasant climate. Your Classic Vietnam tour takes you from north to south, immersing in the exquisite culture, history and cuisine of Vietnam. Discover its inland regions that are hilly and densely forested, with vast swathes of emerald green rice fields. Modern day travelers will be pleased to find that while Vietnam offers a taste of ancient, unchanged tradition, it also offers all the amenities need to make a visit civilized, relaxing and comfortable.

10 days / 9 nights from £1890 pp sharing

Japan: The Golden Route

Tokyo – Nagoya – Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa – Kyoto – Osaka

This stunning guided tour of the highlights of Japan takes you through Imperial Palaces, shrines, temples, castles and Samurai residences. As well as walks through ancient towns and marketplaces; you’ll participate in tea ceremonies, visit a sake distillery and take whistle-stop rides on the famous ‘Bullet Train’. You’ll even get some free time to explore on your own. This introductory tour of beautiful Japan will simply tempt you to return for a more extensive visit another time.

8 days / 7 nights from £3200 pp sharing