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20-Day Southeast Asia and Taiwan Tour

A Trip to Explore Diverse Cultures and Scenic Wonders of Southeast Asia

Explore the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, delve into Thailand's vibrant energy, and experience the cultural richness of Malaysia. Discover the cosmopolitan allure of Singapore, unwind in Bali's tropical paradise, and explore the pristine beaches of the Philippines. Conclude your journey in Taiwan, a blend of modernity and traditional charm. This well-crafted itinerary offers the perfect blend of historical exploration, urban vibrancy, and natural beauty, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking an immersive experience across seven extraordinary destinations. Book now for an unforgettable Asian odyssey.

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  • Days:20±
  • Best For:Slow Pacers and Couples
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample Price:From US$5250 p/p, (2 per room)*
  • Flights: SE Asia's included (international on request)

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Tour Highlights

Here are the fantastic attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Unveil the mystery of Angkor Wat with the knowledge of a dedicated Khmer scholar.

angkor wat
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Walk into the magnificent Grand Palace and photogenic Wat Arun in Bangkok.

the golden buddha of the grand palace

Dive into the enclaves of Little India, Kambong Glam and Chinatown to experience the diversity and integration of Singapore.

Little India of Singapore

Taste authentic local food in a UNESCO-Intangible-Cultural-Heritage-awarded hawker center.

enjoy the cyclo in old street

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

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Day 1
Siem Reap Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Siem Reap. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

Day 2
Siem Reap Discovery | Angkor Wat

Embark on a private tour to uncover the magnificent wonders of Angkor Wat and the temples surrounding it. Explore the following highlights during this immersive one-day experience:

Angkor Thom: Enclosed by a vast moat, Angkor Thom resembles a formidable fortress rather than a religious site. Marvel at its five entrances, each representing a cardinal direction, including the impressive Victory Gate. Walk across the remaining water beneath the iconic south gate.

Angkor Wat: Discover one of the 8 Wonders of the World - Angkor Wat. This grand monument, built exclusively for religious purposes, is an extraordinary testament to the Khmer Empire's glory. Explore its vast complex, encompassing temples, pagodas, statues, palaces, and chambers, all dedicated to King Suryavarman II. Note: The site is about a 40-minute drive from the center of Siem Reap.

Angkor WatAngkor Wat

Bayon Temple: Built by King Jayavarman VII, Bayon Temple stands as an extraordinary masterpiece from the late 12th to early 13th century. Marvel at the temple adorned with captivating stone faces that merge as you approach, creating an awe-inspiring sight.

Preah Khan: Located northeast of Angkor Thom, Preah Khan is an enchanting Hindu temple built by King Jayavarman VII in honor of his father. Wander through its successive rectangular galleries surrounding a peaceful Buddhist sanctuary, nestled in a dense forest. Few tourists visit this serene temple, providing a more intimate experience.

Apsara Dinner Show at Angkor Village Hotel: Indulge in a memorable dining experience at Angkor Village Hotel, where you'll enjoy a traditional Apsara show. Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture, savor a set-menu dinner of delightful Cambodian cuisine, and learn about the show's storyline and the significance of each gesture and dance through a helpful guidebook.

Day 3
Siem Reap Discovery | The Citadel of Women and Land Mine Museum

Begin your day with a visit to Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of Women. This hidden treasure, discovered in the last century, showcases stunning red sandstone structures adorned with intricate wall carvings. Marvel at the exceptional level of detail, making it one of the most elaborate ancient temples. Its miniature scale and impressive craftsmanship have earned it the reputation of being a precious gem and the jewel of Khmer art. Prepare to be captivated by this architectural masterpiece.

Next, gain insights into Cambodia's history at the Land Mine Museum. As you explore, learn about the harrowing legacy of land mines, a severe issue that plagued the country after the civil war and still affects remote areas. Discover the process of locating and diffusing these dangerous remnants, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenging task that lies ahead.

Afterward, venture to a nearby village and treat your taste buds to the delightful flavors of palm candies and rice wine, offering a glimpse into the local culinary traditions.

Embark on an enchanting ox cart ride through the picturesque countryside, passing by serene rice fields, swaying palm trees, and charming rural villages. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere, capturing memories along the way.

Continue your journey south to the magnificent Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Step aboard a boat and cruise towards Kampong Phlukk, known as the Harbor of the Tusks due to its historical significance in the elephant trade centuries ago. Admire the mangrove forests that thrive in the vicinity, providing a glimpse into the diverse and unique ecosystems.

Tonle Sap LakeTonle Sap Lake

As the day draws to a close, savor a delightful sunset cocktail on the lake, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Take in the serene ambiance before returning to your hotel for some leisurely evening relaxation.

Day 4
Siem Reap to Bangkok | Pak Klong Talad Market

Embark on an enchanting evening escapade through Bangkok's Chinatown aboard a tuk-tuk. Witness the captivating sunset as you traverse Yaowarat Road and the Odeon Circle, immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of this historical area. Delve into the hidden alleys, where centuries-old Chinese traditions have been beautifully preserved. Indulge your taste buds with a mouthwatering selection of Thai and Chinese cuisines from various street food vendors. Satay, Sala Pow, Khao Mun Gai, Bamee Moo Daeng, Khao Niew Mamuang, and Bua Loy Nam Khing are just a glimpse of the tantalizing dishes you can savor.

Continue your adventure as you catch a glimpse of Wat Arun from Thatien Pier, capturing a breathtaking photo of its awe-inspiring beauty. Explore Pak Klong Talad Market, famous for its fresh flowers, fruits, and aromatic spices that create a vibrant atmosphere. Traverse through Rattanakosin, the original heart of Bangkok, where magnificent temples and architectural gems like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Democracy Monument await your admiration. Conclude this memorable evening with a visit to The Press Sky Bar, where you can unwind while enjoying a refreshing drink and beholding panoramic views. Afterward, relax in the comfort of your tuk-tuk as you are safely transported back to your hotel.

Day 5
Bangkok Discovery | Royal Grand Palace and Wat Arun

Immerse yourself in Bangkok's rich history and architectural wonders on this half-day tour, exploring two iconic landmarks: the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn.

Begin your journey by taking a scenic public ferry boat across the river from Ta Tien Pier to reach the majestic Wat Arun. Marvel at this Buddhist temple, adorned with intricate details and spires that glisten in the sunlight. Built between 1809 and 1851, it stands as a symbol of the mythical Indian god of dawn, Aruna.

Wat ArunWat Arun

Afterward, return by the public ferry boat to Ta Tien Pier and embark on a short 10-minute walk to the awe-inspiring Grand Palace. This architectural masterpiece, initiated by King Rama I in 1782 when he relocated the capital to Bangkok from Thonburi, never fails to leave visitors in awe. Explore the expansive grounds that once housed the early Chakri Dynasty kings and admire the grandeur of this historic residence.

Day 6
Bangkok to Chiang Mai | Chiang Mai Food Tour

Experience the culinary delights of Chiang Mai, a foodie paradise nestled among scenic hills and displaying a captivating blend of old and new architecture. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street food scene, particularly around the Three Kings Monument at the city center. Sample a variety of dishes, including Northern Thai-style noodle soup, flavorful stir-fries, Phad Thai, khao man gai (chicken rice), khao soi (a Burmese-influenced noodle dish), fresh fruits, and delectable Thai desserts. This culinary adventure includes a satisfying lunch or dinner, providing a true taste of Chiang Mai.

Delve into the vibrant world of Chiang Mai's street food on this memorable tour. Discover the unique flavors that Northern Thai cuisine offers, influenced by neighboring Burmese and Lao cuisines. Explore the bustling stalls and shophouses, indulging in the delightful variety of dishes available. From savory noodle soups to aromatic stir-fries and iconic local favorites, this tour is an opportunity to satisfy your taste buds and immerse yourself in the culinary wonders of Chiang Mai.

Day 7
Chiang Mai Discovery | Doi Suthep Mountain

Embark on a captivating morning tour that combines the essence of Chiang Mai's city lifestyle and the beauty of Doi Suthep Mountain. Begin by immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture at a bustling food and flower market, where Thai locals gather for their daily shopping needs.

Embark on a scenic 30-minute drive to Doi Suthep Mountain, marveling at the breathtaking views of Northern Thailand's mountains and lush forests. As you ascend, you'll reach the revered Wat Phra That, one of the most sacred temples in Northern Thailand. Founded in 1383 AD, this temple can be reached by climbing 309 steps, offering a rewarding experience for those seeking the panoramic city vista. For those who prefer a more convenient option, a tram is available for a small surcharge.

Doi Suthep MountainDoi Suthep Mountain
Day 8
Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur | Wat Suan Dok

Continue your journey to the serene Wat Suan Dok, the final resting place of former kings and members of the Royal Family. Admire the elegant architecture and discover the rich history of this sacred site.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and spiritual ambiance of this revered temple before returning to Chiang Mai. As a delightful finale, enjoy a relaxing 20-minute rickshaw ride through the peaceful streets of the old town, taking in the charming atmosphere and architectural wonders.

Day 9
Kuala lumpur Discovery | Shu Yuen Clan House

Unveil the captivating past of Kuala Lumpur with an informative private tour guide. Begin your day with a historical trail that delves into the early cultures of Malaysia.

Explore the Chan See Shu Yuen Clan House, a temple established in 1906 to support the Chan Clan during their immigration to Kuala Lumpur. Then, visit Central Market, originally a wet market built in 1888 and now an iconic attraction filled with shopping options and a vibrant atmosphere.

End your day with a captivating Chinatown Night Tour, wandering through lively night markets and immersing yourself in the bustling atmosphere. Visit the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, then indulge in a delectable Malay dinner accompanied by traditional Malay cultural performances.

Day 10
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore | Jamek Mosque

Continue to Jamek Mosque, the oldest in town, built in 1907 on the first Malay Burial Ground. Marvel at the impressive Sultan Abdul Samad Building on Jalan Raja, showcasing unique Moorish influences blended with local and British styles.

Day 11
Singapore Discovery | Chinatown

Embark on a culinary journey through Singapore's vibrant Chinatown, where old meets new. Meet your knowledgeable guide and hop on a local bus to explore this historic neighborhood.

Start with a visit to a specialized store offering bakkwa, a traditional slow-grilled jerky-like meat with a secret recipe passed down through generations. Discover the harmonious coexistence of a Chinese temple, an Indian temple, and a Muslim mosque just steps away from each other.

Stroll through Chinatown Food Street to sample local favorites like Satay and Minced Meat Noodles. Then, navigate the bustling hawker center with its diverse food stalls and indulge in the national dish of chicken rice. End the tour on a sweet note at a popular dessert shop.

Day 12
Singapore Discovery | Little India

Explore the lively streets of Little India on a captivating trishaw ride. Experience the vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and cultural wonders of this ethnic enclave in Singapore.

Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere as you discover flower shops, ornate temples, and stores selling saris and Indian sweets. Uncover the fascinating history and trade influences that have shaped the area.

Little IndiaLittle India

Admire beautiful wall murals and witness the artistry of Henna designs as you delve further into the cultural fabric of Little India. Step into the captivating Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and gain insights into its customs and traditions.

Day 13
Singapore to Bali | The Little Red Dot

Little Red Dot Half Day Tour: Discover the history of Singapore, fondly referred to as the "Little Red Dot."

Begin your adventure on a traditional bumboat, offering stunning skyline views. Disembark at Merlion Park to capture photos with the iconic half-lion, half-fish statue set against Marina Bay's beauty.

Explore the Civic District's historic architecture and landmarks, then head to Orchard Road, Singapore's premier shopping hub. Conclude your tour with a visit to the National Orchid Garden, home to 60,000 plants, including the delicate Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore's national flower.

Day 14
Bali Discovery | Ubud

Embark on a picturesque adventure into the breathtaking landscapes of Ubud, a captivating destination nestled in the heart of Bali.

Start your day with a comfortable car ride from your hotel to Payogen Village, a charming community serving as the gateway to Bukit Cinta Ridge. As you arrive, be prepared to be mesmerized by the panoramic views of emerald rice terraces and untouched agricultural scenery. Along a gentle trek along the ridge, don't be surprised to encounter friendly locals busy tending to the fields.

landscapes of UbudLandscapes of Ubud

During your trek, take a moment to rejuvenate at Sari Organic, a delightful stop offering 100% organic snacks and beverages. After a refreshing break, continue your journey through the picturesque rice paddy fields towards the Kajeng Track. This renowned path, adorned with names, is Bali's own version of the Walk of Fame, leading you to your final destination.

Day 15
Bali Discovery | Bali Food Tour

Discover the vibrant street food scene of Bali on this flavorful half-day tour. Meet your local food specialist guide and head to a traditional Balinese house near Ubud.

Experience the production of coconut oil and taste 'Pepes Clengis', a traditional dish of steamed grated coconut with Balinese spices wrapped in banana leaves. Refresh with a popular local drink called 'Cendol', made with green tapioca, coconut milk, and brown sugar.

Explore the bustling Gianyar Night Market, renowned for its delicious offerings. Sample a variety of local delicacies, including roast pig, sweet cakes, and fried bananas. Don't miss trying 'Bubur Injin', a fermented black sticky rice cake.

Conclude the tour at a hidden bamboo restaurant near Ubud, where you'll enjoy a traditional 'Megibung' dining experience. Share a plate or banana leaf filled with a variety of rich Indonesian specialties, immersing yourself in the local culinary traditions.

Day 16
Bali to Manila | Fort Bonifacio

Discover the highlights of Manila, the vibrant capital of the Philippines. Start in Makati's financial district, including Fort Bonifacio and the American Cemetery. Visit Rizal Park and explore the historic Walled City of Intramuros. Explore the oldest stone church, San Agustin Church, and the meticulously recreated Casa Manila. Experience Fort Santiago's rich history and soak in the atmosphere of Quiapo, Manila's central district. Conclude at the Chinese Cemetery, where elaborate mausoleums blend Buddhist and Christian influences. Immerse yourself in Manila's culture, heritage, and iconic landmarks on this captivating day tour.

Day 17
Manila Discovery | Venture into the Cu Chi Tunnels

National Museum of the Philippines: Visit the National Museum complex, which consists of several museums showcasing the country's rich history, art, and culture. Don't miss the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Planetarium.

Rizal Park: Enjoy a leisurely stroll at Rizal Park, a green oasis honoring the national hero, Jose Rizal. Admire the Rizal Monument and explore the gardens and walking paths. You can also rent a bike or visit the nearby attractions like the Manila Ocean Park or the National Museum of Natural History.

Day 18
Manila to Taipei | Hwahsi Street Night Market

Experience the vibrant nightlife of Taipei on this unforgettable tour. Enjoy a delicious Mongolian Bar-B-Q dinner before visiting the historic Lungshan Temple. Explore the bustling Hwahsi Street Night Market and soak in the lively atmosphere. End your tour with breathtaking views from Taipei 101, then return to your hotel. Discover the charm and excitement of Taipei at night on this captivating journey.

Day 19
Taipei Discovery | Jiufen Old Town

Experience the charm of Jiufen and Shifen on this captivating day tour. Begin by flying sky lanterns, writing heartfelt messages before releasing them into the sky. Explore the vintage theater house in Shifen Old Street, immersing yourself in the old-town atmosphere. Admire beautiful scenery, indulge in local cuisine, and witness the majestic Shifen Waterfall. At the end of the day, you'll be taken back to your Taipei hotel with cherished memories of this enchanting experience. Discover the allure of these old miner towns and create unforgettable moments on this captivating tour.

Jiufen Old StreetJiufen Old Street
Day 20
Taipei Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Taipei Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

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Private tour for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies based on program, travel date, number of people, chosen hotel. We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).
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  • All guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hand-picked star-rating accommodations
  • Breakfasts at hotels and lunches for every guided day
  • Governmental taxes

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