You truly are spoilt for choice when trekking in Southeast Asia. The numerous forest trails in China, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, together with the ancient forests of Malaysia offer everything from picnic walks in local beauty spots to deep jungle encounters with the animals of the region. 

Littered with national parks teeming with wildlife, magnificent caves and waterfalls, the choices for trekking are virtually endless and are also a great way to discover the many diverse peoples who inhabit their landscapes and preserve their unique ways of life among the hills, waterways and under the forest canopies, far from the thrum of the modern Asian cities. 

Some of Southeast Asia’s most iconic treks are found in its most spectacular scenery such as the extraordinary high altitude trails of Bhutan, Northern Myanmar, Northern Yunnan, Eastern Sichuan and Tibet, including the iconic north face Everest base camp.

Away from the inspirational snow-bound pinnacles of the Himalayas, much of the rest of Southeast Asia is highlighted by some of the most amazing geomorphic topography to be found on earth, particularly the otherworldly karst limestone landscapes, such as those found at Wulingyuan, Guilin, Huangshan Mountain and the Stone Forest in China; Ha Long Bay and Tam Coc in Vietnam; Vang Vieng in Laos; Krabi, Phang Nha Bay and the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand; Gunung Mulu in Malaysia; and Bacuit Bay in the Philippines, all of which offer some of the world’s most scenic visions through which to take the time to explore on foot.

Almost equally dramatic is some of the creative ways the indigenous peoples have shaped the landscapes, which can be explored along beautifully fulfilling scenic journeys to discover the highly sculptural rice terraces of the Dragons Backbone in China; Sapa in Vietnam; the Cordillera in the Philippines; and the gentler peaceful Jatiluwih rice fields in Bali.

Some of Southeast Asia’s mountains provide for very interesting treks to their summits, including Mount Fansipan in Vietnam, Myanmar’s northern peaks, Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu and the superb volcanos of the Philippines and Bali.

There are a few select locations where you can enjoy a truly luxurious experience whilst trekking the wilds, but many of the trekking routes, particularly in more remote regions will inevitably involve overnight stays in modest accommodation such as tents, ethnic villages or forest cabins and visitors should be prepared for basic facilities.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Heritage, Beach, Trekking, Wildlife
Destinations: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Con Dao Archipelago
Duration: 15
Guideline price: US$ 3008     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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A delightful tour suited to those who want to leave conventional tourism aside and really connect with the culture and environment of Vietnam, visiting the usually unvisited villages of the northern and central highlands and culminating with a visit to Con Dao Island. Travellers wishing to model a tour on this template should be aware that, in some village locations, the local river will provide your only bathing and washing opportunities.
Country: Laos
Type of holiday: Adventure, Trekking
Destinations: Vientiane, Northern Laos
Duration: 13
Guideline price: US$ 2673     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 13 day tour takes you trekking through the ethnic villages and upland forests of Luang Namtha in the far north of Laos, before heading south to Pakbeng and the beautiful former Laotian capital of Luang Prabang, before some mountain biking and cave exploration in the rugged landscape around Vang Vieng.
Country: Bhutan
Type of holiday: Adventure, Trekking
Destinations: Thimphu, Western Bhutan
Duration: 13
Guideline price: US$ 3762     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 13 day tour of Bhutan not only takes you to the main sights of the country, but also features a high altitude trek amongst the Himalayan peaks for the unsurpassed views, breath-taking scenery and natural wilder-land.

Country: China
Type of holiday: Adventure, Trekking
Destinations: Lijiang
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 1544     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Start off this adventure wandering the streets of Lijiang Ancient Town, then taste the wild around Spruce Meadow on Jade Snow Mountain, and enjoy the Baishi mural paintings and a performance of ancient Naxi music. Step up the adventure with a two day trek at Tiger Leaping Gorge, and top off your experience of Shangri La with the pristine beauty of Pudacuo National Park and jaw-dropping views from a cable car over Blue Moon Valley.

Country: Bali - Indonesia
Type of holiday: Adventure, Trekking
Destinations: Around Bali
Duration: 6
Guideline price: US$ 2724     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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In Papua and West Papua, the least visited and most remote provinces of Indonesia, you will find outstanding natural splendour, with huge marshlands, grassy meadows and powerful rivers carving gorges under dense primeval forests. Many of the peoples of the island have maintained their cultures virtually untouched by outside influences. Baliem Valley, stretching about 80 km by 20 km at about 1,600-1,700 m altitude in the Papuan highlands, is occupied by the Dani people.


Country: China
Type of holiday: Trekking
Destinations: Beijing, The Great Wall, Huangshan Mountain
Duration: 10
Guideline price: US$ 4275     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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The iconic Great Wall of China, a string of ancient, defensive fortifications along China’s historical northern border, is a hiker’s dream. Often tracing the ridgelines, the wall offers hikers dramatic views and an exhilarating physical challenge. This tour brings you to several of the most scenic sections of the wall, where you can move at your own pace across this showpiece of Chinese imperial history.


Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Trekking
Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa and beyond
Duration: 10
Guideline price: US$ 1269     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 10 Day tour of the mountainous landscape of Vietnam’s picturesque northwest highlands, brings you close to the many ethnic communities that make their living in these hills, encircled by swirling sculptured rice fields, before ascending Mount Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest mountain to overlook this vast wilder land.

For Climatic reasons, this tour is only available within two weather windows, between October and mid-December, and during March/April. Although fitness and good health are prerequisites for this tour, no specialist climbing skills or technical equipment are nescessary.

Country: Vietnam
Type of holiday: Adventure, Trekking
Destinations: Hanoi, Sapa and beyond, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City
Duration: 14
Guideline price: US$ 2148     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This charming 14 day hiking tour of Vietnam, visiting the remote areas around Sapa, Pu Luong and Hoi An is ideal for visitors who enjoy simple living and experiencing the authenticity of the underlying cultures and landscapes, with a strong emphasis on sharing your time among the many ethnic minorities, staying in their villages, seeing their ways of life up close and occasionally assisting them in their daily tasks. 
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