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5 days

Orangutans and Tanjung Puting

Wildlife of Central Kalimantan
Kumai (1 days) Tanjung Puting National Park (4)
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7 days

Sarawak’s national parks

Wildlife spotting and colourful Kuching
Kuching (2 days) Semenggoh Nature Reserve (2) Bako National Park (3)
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14 days

The best of Sarawak

Orangutans, rainforests and beaches
Kuching (2 days) Bako National Park (3) Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary (3) Kinabatangan Wildlife Reserve (3) Kota Kinabalu (3)
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7 days

Bangkok and beyond

Street-food and history
Bangkok (3 days) Ayutthaya (2) Kanchanaburi (2)
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10 days

Wats and mountaintops up North

The best of Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai (3 days) Chiang Dao (3) Doi Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station (2) Chiang Rai (2)
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13 days

Action and relaxing down South

National parks and golden beaches
Bangkok (1 days) Khao Sok (4) Krabi (2) Ko Lanta (5) Trang (1)
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10 days

Vietnam north to south

Cities, Mekong Delta and Halong Bay
Hanoi (2 days) Halong Bay (1) Hoi An (2) Ho Chi Minh City (2) Mekong Delta (2) Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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12 days

Classic Vietnam

Historical cities and rural waterways
Hanoi (2 days) Halong Bay (2) Hue (2) Hoi An (2) Ho Chi Minh City (1) Mekong Delta (2) Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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14 days

Culture, cities and beach resorts

Vietnam’s cultural highlights plus a beach break
Hanoi (2 days) Halong Bay (2) Hue (2) Hoi An (2) Ho Chi Minh City (1) Mekong Delta (2) Phu Quoc (2) Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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  • Borneo

    Borneo

    Untamed nature
    Borneo is 'one great wild, untidy, luxuriant hothouse, made by nature for herself', wrote Charles Darwin in the 1800s...
  • Singapore

    Singapore

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  • Thailand

    Thailand

    Tropical beaches and beautiful temples
    Thailand, a nearly 1,000-year-old kingdom with a population and landmass to match the UK, is a land of plenty...
  • Vietnam

    Vietnam

    Head-spinning contradictions and character
    Any preconceived notion of Vietnam will quickly disintegrate upon arrival...
  • Malaysia

    Malaysia

    Asia's cultural melting pot
    ...

Where to go in Southeast Asia

Our recommended places

Borneo

Borneo

Borneo is 'one great wild, untidy, luxuriant hothouse, made by nature for herself', wrote Charles Darwin in the 1800s. He was fascinated by this immense island's unique wildlife and despite the impact of logging and mining, it remains a rainforested trove of birds, plants and animals. Exotic orchids, orangutans, sun bears, pygmy elephants, Irrawaddy dolphins, clouded leopards: there is much to see, but some, like the orangutan, are under threat.

Away from a number of very worthy sanctuaries, it's not easy to spot these rare creatures. So take a paddle up river deep into the jungle to stay with tribespeople in a traditional longhouse. Here, you can get a local to show you around.

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand, a nearly 1,000-year-old kingdom with a population and landmass to match the UK, is a land of plenty. Old-growth jungle cloaks the mountains. Brilliant beaches rim hundreds of islands. The scent of tropical aromatics — galangal and coconut, finger root and bird's eye chilli — steam from endless markets. As far as the eye can see, rice fields shimmer.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Any preconceived notion of Vietnam will quickly disintegrate upon arrival. The most enthralling country in southeast Asia is dynamic, diverse and full of head-spinning contradictions.

Long, narrow and boasting 3,444km of coastline, Vietnam’s character varies from one province to the next. The north has limestone mountains, hill tribes, world famous Halong Bay and the vibrant capital city of Hanoi. In the centre, the largest cave in the world, waterfalls and the charming UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An. The south has languid beaches, tropical islands, the fertile Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest metropolis.

Venture outside of the cities and it doesn’t take long to find yourself immersed in a traditional rural world of agriculture and fishing. Imperial dynasty, French colonial and war-time vestiges remain — and some citizens continue to suffer from the legacy of Agent Orange and unexploded ordinances. But Vietnam isn’t focused on its turbulent past; nearly 100 million citizens are busy hustling for a brighter future. The result is a fascinating mix of old and modernity.

Just when you think you have the country figured out, it’ll surprise like a cinematic plot twist. Unabating, unforgettable — that’s Vietnam.

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