The Best Places in Southeast Asia to Visit in 2024

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Towering limestone karsts, hidden jungle waterfalls and dreamy tropical islands… Southeast Asia might just be the closest you can get to heaven on Earth. Discover its most magical spots on these small-group Culture Trips departing throughout 2024.

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Banyumala waterfall in North Bali island, Indonesia

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls – Blissful Bali

Bali is not short on magical places, from the epic vistas atop Mount Batur to the rice paddies of Batukaru and the tropical joys of the Gili Islands. There’s something especially spellbinding, however, about Banyumala. This 40m (131ft) tall pair of waterfalls are a symbol of Bali’s beauty – intoxicatingly idyllic and found seemingly in the middle of nowhere – and you’ll get to spend a good few hours here on day three of our trip. You’ll discover the falls, hidden among dense tropical rainforest, and spend a few hours relaxing, splashing about in the water and tucking into a traditional Indonesian picnic of nasi bungkus – rice wrapped in a banana leaf, typically served with meat and vegetables. Delicious.

From US$1616

Next available from 15th Jun 2024

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Bali, Indonesia

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Bali, Indonesia

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Kuang Si Falls – Incredible Thailand and Laos by Train

Why just stick to one country on your Southeast Asian epic? This border-crossing Rail Trip is a two week odyssey across two of the region’s most fascinating nations. In Thailand you’ll explore the temples of Bangkok and the ruins of ancient Sukhothai, before street food adventures and a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai await. You’ll walk with elephants at an ethical sanctuary, go bamboo rafting down Wang River and spend a night glamping in the jungle before crossing over into Laos. We’ll swap trains for a river boat as we cruise down the Mekong, stopping off to meet rice-whisky making locals and visit a sacred cave. The aesthetic highlight of the trip, however, is without doubt Kuang Si. It’s the most famous sight in Laos for a reason, and our jungle trek to reach it is well worth the effort. Having marvelled at the gem-coloured waters of this streaming, multi-tiered waterfall, you’ll have a few hours to soak in the natural beauty, as well as in the water itself, of course.

From US$1686

Next available from 5th Apr 2025

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand

DURATION

14

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Light

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STYLE

Discovery

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Angkor Wat at sunrise

Angkor Wat – Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Let’s up the ante one last time by making it three countries in just 11 days with this truly spectacular border-crossing epic across three of the region’s most iconic destinations. In Thailand the focus is on Bangkok, as we tour temples and street food hotspots via Tuk Tuk before crossing over into Cambodia. That’s where the highlight of the trip can be found, as we marvel at the majesty of Angkor Wat at sunrise. To witness the world’s largest temple complex bathed in the warm glow of dawn is a truly spiritual experience, which will stay with you as we continue our exploration in Cambodia, and later along the canals of the Mekong and the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

From US$2374

Next available from 10th Aug 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Bangkok, Thailand

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ENDS AT

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DURATION

11

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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