South East Asia is one of the more accessible destinations for tourists the world over, which is why many people choose to begin their world travel adventures in this part of the Asian continent! Mostly, this region has become so used to being a frequent travel destination for millions of tourists annually that its economy and and society have become oriented towards it. Thus, everything the traveler could possibly need or wish to do has been thought of and provided for at highly reasonable rates, making Southeast Asia Tours a convenient and easy holiday to have.

But while everything there is convenient, there are a few difficult things to tackle. The first is the language barrier. Unbelievable as it sounds, given how heavily dependent the whole society is on tourism, the people there don’t always speak the best English. Outside of the big cities especially, it can be pretty hard to navigate your way around without an expert. The people can also be quite aggressive with the tourists, to coax them to spend more money, which can be a little disconcerting sometimes, and invariably leaves you feeling like you were ripped off on a deal.

To avoid the hassle and headache of dealing with the cultural shock on your own, it is best therefore to go through a tour company to plan and arrange everything for you, so all you have to do is enjoy your vacation secure in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. There are some great options out there for Southeast Asia Tours, with a great range of flexibility on offer. This flexibility is not only in terms of the price range, but also the many combinations of countries you can visit. Let’s check out the best of them.

Splendid Asia by Thomas Cook

Southeast Asia Tour - Malaysia

Southeast Asia Tours – Malaysia

A classic of all Southeast Asia tours, this package from Thomas Cook covers Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia – a perfect introduction to the region. The package thinks of your every convenience and the price includes flights, visa, insurance, meals, transfers, sightseeing, and an experienced tour manager accompanying you at all times. With that deal, a starting price of Rs. 85,400 seems pretty reasonable, right? Over a course of eight nights and nine days you will visit Pattaya, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The trip is easy paced enough for it not to feel hectic, yet it’s a packed itinerary to make your every moment memorable. The ¬†meals included in the package, a word of warning, are all Indian vegetarian or non-vegetarian, but don’t lose heart – Thailand, and the rest of Southeast Asia is known for its street food, so any time at all during your sightseeing trip don’t hesitate to stop at a vendor and explore the food out there. Be assured that many travellers certify the street food in Southeast Asia is pretty hygienic and there are rarely any problems reported from eating it.

So you start off in Thailand, where you are greeted by your tour manager right at the airport in Bangkok itself. From there you make your way through the beautiful Thai countryside to your beach destination of Pattaya around a 150 kilometers away. You can rest a while at your hotel for a while after check in, and then get ready for a larger than life night out at the Colosseum show. It’s Thailand’s version of the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris, and it’s a jazzy combination of dance, music and sparkly costumes. Be warned that if you are seated anywhere in the first three rows, you can expect to be a part of the show as the entertainers step down to interact with the audience!

The next day you wake up early for your boat trip to Coral island, a tranquil place to enjoy some coral watching and other water sport activities. There’s also a quick stop at the Gems Gallery here. The next day it is on to Bangkok – a mesmerizing, confusing, enchanting place but you don’t have to worry about that as you will be in expert hands to show you around. Enjoy a guided tour of all the highlights of the city, and the second day in Bangkok is spent at the Safari World and Marine Park.

Head on to Malaysia the next day, where you have a highly educative stop at Putrajaya, the planned city 25 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur which is also the federal administrative center of Malaysia. Later in the day you reach Kuala Lumpur proper, where the fun begins with your guided city tour. The next day is a day trip to Genting Highland, where you can enjoy a cable car ride and the snow world. There’s also a quick visit to Batu caves included in your package, which are a series of cave temples carved into a limestone hill. It’s a pretty cool sight.

After all that immersion into culture and spirituality, you will be impressed with what a modern wonder Singapore is! They didn’t start out that way at all. It was little more than a fishing village till the 1950s, but then it gained independence from Malaysia around mid-1960s, and its first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, transformed Singapore from the third world into a first world city-state in a span of a three decade long term at the helm. Enjoy a panoramic view of Singapore on a city tour and marvel at how far an Asian city-state has managed to come in terms of modern conveniences. Make sure to stop at Mustafa, the largest retail store in Singapore, its Harrods equivalent if you will. Here you will find many Indians purchasing electronic goods for mad cheap to take back home and sell at a premium.

If you are looking to make electronic purchases, you could consider holding off till your trip to Singapore as you are guaranteed a good deal here. Wrap up your trip in this wonderful city-state the next day with a visit to Sentosa Island – another artificial park, but it’s really cool and one of the highlights here is definitely playing with the pink dolphins in the water. From Singapore, you fly back to India on your pre-booked flight with fond memories!

Treasures of Indo China by Cox and Kings

Southeast Asia Tour - Vietnam

Southeast Asia Tours – Vietnam

This Southeast Asia Tour by Cox and Kings is slightly off the beaten path, given that not many people choose to travel to Cambodia and Vietnam as much as they choose Thailand or Malaysia. Part of the reason perhaps is that there’s a sizable Indian origin community in those countries, so culturally they are not¬†that alien. Another reason might be the language barrier, as not many people speak English in Vietnam – it doesn’t help matters that unlike many other Asian countries, Vietnam was actually a French colony, not a British one. So English is not high up on their USP. With this tour, you are guaranteed the services of a Tour Manager to act as a go-between and make sure your vacation is less stressful and more pleasurable. Spread over 12 days and 11 nights to enable you to soak the very ambiance of the countries you visit, the prices start at Rs. 1,46,563 per person. This would include your round trip flights, visas, insurance, hotel bookings, entry fees for monuments, transfers, transport etc.

Your trip begins in Cambodia, the famous land of the ancient temple – Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world. You arrive into Siem Reap and meet your Tour Manager, and use this first day to orient yourself to your new surroundings. All the meals included in the plan are Indian fare, but you are of course welcome to try the local cuisine as the opportunity presents itself.

The second day be geared up for one of the highlights of your trip – a visit to the Angkor Wat temple! Make sure to stick around for the beautiful sunset over the ruins before returning to your hotel. The next day you drive an approximate five hours to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and enjoy an overview tour of the entire city. Highlights include the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, Cambodia’s oldest shrine.

The next eight days of your trip you will be spending in Vietnam, and you will discover for yourself why this is one of the most visited southeast Asian countries. The street food is simply phenomenal. Start your Vietnam experience in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest urban centre, and learn about the history of Saigon, which was at the heart of the Vietnam War.

With three days in Ho Chi Minh City, your second day is leisurely, where in the morning you have a number of excursions to choose from, including a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels, and in the afternoon you can go shopping to one of the city’s many traditional markets. In the evening you may op to stay at the hotel or shell out some extra money for the incredibly rewarding experience on the “Vespa Saigon After Dark Tour”. The next day is a day trip to the Mekong Delta for a boat ride on the Mekong river.

From Saigon you fly to Da Nang, and from there it’s a short bus ride away to the World Heritage Site of Hoi An. Hoi An is an incredibly picturesque small village, with a quaint Old Town part and beautiful bridges over river canals. At night, the riverside is lit up with lanterns for as far as the eye can see in a really pretty spectacle. You even get to visit one of these Lantern Workshops and make your own lantern there. Another activity to look forward to here is the boat ride through the river, from where you have a ringside view of all the splendid parts of this charming town.

The next three days you again get some respite from your hectic schedule as you make your base at the capital Hanoi. The first day at Hanoi you enjoy a panoramic city tour by day and an optional – but very much worth the price – Water Puppet show by night. Also included is a brief walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter town.

Tuck in early to bed for the next day is another day trip to another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ha Long Bay. Here you will be amazed by magnificent views of colorful rice paddy fields as well as the spectacular caves of Don Thien Cung. These caves are special for their unique limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. You spend the night at a traditional Junk Boat among the dramatic limestone peaks and underneath the stars. The next morning you cruise the waters of Ha Long Bay some more before being transferred back to your hotel at Hanoi. This is the last day of your tour, and one you are free to spend at your leisure.

Fun In Bali by Yatra

Southeast Asia Tour - Bali

Southeast Asia Tours – Bali

This is a quick Southeast Asia tour by Yatra for those looking for a quick weekend getaway. It’s four days and five nights long, and starts at Rs. 23,210 per person. While overall logistics are taken care of, you are still given a lot of flexibility to choose how to spend your vacation in Indonesia.

The first day when you arrive is at your leisure, where you can either choose to relax at your hotel or go take a look around town. The next day packs a great adventure as you visit the Bali Safari and Marine Park, which houses many rare and cool animals in its collection. The third day is slightly more grown up kind of fun, with a day of water sports at Tanjung Benoa Beach followed by a beautiful sunset dinner cruise that takes off from Benoa harbour. You are entertained by traditional Batak singers as you board the vessel, and the actual dinner is accompanied by a modern colourful show.

Your fourth and final day is again at your leisure to do with as you please but it is recommended that you take the Lembongan Island tour and enjoy the day on its golden sand beaches. This trip is definitely a good choice if your criteria for a vacation is less of sightseeing and more of relaxing and being pampered in beautiful environs.

The best Southeast Asia tours

So there you have it! The best selection of all the usual destinations in Southeast Asia for you to choose from. If this is your first time abroad, these holiday packages are the perfect introduction to a foreign vacation. Be sure to leave a comment below about your favourite destinations in Southeast Asia!




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