The Colours of Southeast Asia
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : The Colours of Southeast Asia

This very special holiday includes our exclusive signature experiences in each and every destination. These specially designed tours will take you on a journey through the the most exciting sights of Southeast Asia, showing you them in a whole new way with access to local gems that few travellers get to see.

You'll discover the historical and cultural highlights of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia whilst travelling by land, river and air. As you explore these diverse and stunningly beautiful countries with your guides you'll sample local delicacies, explore hidden temples and find yourselves immersed in local life. From the hustle and bustle of Asia’s largest cities to the majestic temples of Angkor and Bagan, this itinerary is an in-depth discovery of Southeast Asia and the trip of a lifetime.

 Highlights include:

  • Exploring the remarkable temples of the Bagan and those of  Angkor in a unique way. Then trying to decide which is the most impressive.
  • Marvelling at the dramatic river gorge scenery surrrounding wonderful Luang Prabang. 
  • Tasting delicious street food on a walking tour around the hidden lanes of Chiang Mai
  • Cruising along the Irrawaddy River on a 3 day river voyage from Bagan to Mandalay.
  • Discovering the contrasts of daily local life in the villages and cities of each of the four countries. 

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday with deluxe hotels (hotels and boat as listed above) is £5800 per person.

An indicative price for this holiday with superior hotels is £4500 per person.

Both indicative prices include international flights and may be less in low season and higher in peak season. Special offers apply periodically.

Call our Southeast Asia experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   

Inclusions

Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include:

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

For more on our pricing policy read here.

Day-to-Day Itinerary : The Colours of Southeast Asia

DAY 1 DEPART THE UK

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Yangon.

DAY 2-4 YANGON   COLONIAL BUILDINGs AND gleaming PAGODAS

Your guide will meet you on arrival for the transfer to your hotel and the first afternoon is free to relax.

During your time in Yangon you’ll get an introduction to Myanmar and a sense of the contrasts of life in this fast changing country on our unique signature city tour. Observe daily Yangon life on a morning trip on the local “circle” train, enjoy a street food dinner with refreshing local beer, take in the faded colonial architecture, take a rickshaw ride to a local market and visit the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, whose recognisable golden stupa dominates the city's skyline.

DAY 5 & 6 BAGAN   EXTRAORDINARY ancient pagodas

From Yangon it’s a short flight to Bagan. Take in the astonishing archaeological zone and beyond with your guide. Our tours are always timed to include quiet moments away from the crowd and get a deeper insight than others.

DAY 7 & 8 IRRAWADDY RIVER CRUISE

Your river voyage departs from Bagan travelling along the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay. Cruising along at a leisurely pace gives you time to really take in the wonderful Burmese scenery. Accommodation on board is comfortable and dining is of great quality. With expert guiding you’ll explore traditional villages to get a feel for local life.

DAY 9 & 10 MANDALAY   BUDDHIST HERITAGE AND ANCIENT CAPITALS

Your boat cruise ends in Mandalay where you’ll spend 2 days exploring ancient capitals, colourful markets, Buddhist heritage, intricate carvings and sunrise at the famous U Bein Bridge, taking advantage of various modes of transport as you travel around with your guide.

On the second day an evening flight takes you south, across the border to Chiang Mai in Thailand. 

DAY 11-13 CHIANG MAI   Thailand’s bustling second city

 You’ll spend 3 full days in Chiang Mai, enjoying guided tours with plenty of relaxation time built in. Highlights will include taking an evening food tour where your guide will introduce you to a range of delicious Thai dishes and a morning visit to Doi Suthep temple where you’ll watch the serene procession of Buddhist monks collecting their alms at dawn against a backdrop of golden pagodas.

During your stay you could try your hand at whipping up some Thai delicacies at a cooking school or spend the day at the Elephant Nature Park where mahouts will teach you how to bathe an elephant and feed it from the viewing platform. 

DAY 14-16 LUANG PRABANG   Beautiful, sleepy heritage town

It’s just a 1 hour hop from Chiang Mai to timeless Luang Prabang, one of the highlights of Southeast Asia. During your 3 days here you’ll notice how different Laos is to the other destinations you’ve visited in terms of scenery and culture. The scenery is quite dramatic with river gorges and jungle clad hills. During time with your guide you’ll head to the Kuang Sii Waterfalls for a picnic breakfast, explore the historic sites of the UNESCO town itself, take in the picturesque night markets and perhaps play a game of petanque with the locals (a popular sport here, a legacy of the French!). 

Day 17-21 Siem Reap  The remarkable Temples of Angkor

Your final stop is Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor Temples, along with Bagan this is one of Southeast Asia’s most remarkable archaeological sites, few people have the chance to compare both in one holiday!  You’ll spend 4 days in the area as there is a lot to take in, so much so that it’s useful to take your time and combine exploring with some hotel time.  

During your stay you’ll visit Angkor Wat, the ancient royal city of Angkor Thom and Ta Phrom amongst other quieter, less well-known sites. Our tours of the region are carefully timed and constructed to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Beyond the temples, Siem Reap has some lovely restaurants to enjoy and you’ll also have chance to visit the quite unique villages on Tonle Sap Lake.

Day 22 Fly Home or Stay

Today you depart Siem Reap for your flight back to the UK. However, if you’d prefer to travel a little further in Cambodia or perhaps extend your trip into Vietnam, then the holiday can be tailored accordingly.

 

The Colours of Southeast Asia Experiences

You can book this holiday tour on its own, with flights or it can be tailored for you.

Here are the experiences & activities within this holiday as standard...


Customer Feedback
I wanted to say a huge thank you for a totally amazing holiday. We all had such a good time and were really bowled over by the thought that had gone into the planning of this whole event. The hotels were fantastic and the combination of tours, activity and down time worked extremely well. You [Matt] are an asset to the Experience Travel team.

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