Southeast Asia has been making its way into my inbox lately; vacations, hotels, and luxury cruises seem to be focusing on the sub region for their locations and 2014 itineraries. Stretched out over 4,000 miles of continental mainlands and a string of archipelagoes, Southeast Asia is a beautiful region with so much to offer and vast landscapes differing in each area.
Knowing the potential and possibilities available in the destination, Jacada Travel — a company offering bespoke, private-guided journeys around the world — has expanded their portfolio into Southeast Asia. Previously, the company had only offered tours in Latin America and Africa, but their growing client database gave them reason to adopt a new area for their travelers to experience.
Since December 2013, Jacada’s new Hong Kong office has been managing tailor-made tours across Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. From the mountainous regions of Vietnam to the sandy beaches of Thailand, and from family-friendly journeys to adrenaline-inducing adventure trips, the diversity of the itineraries will meet any guest’s travel expectations.
Many tours even include time spent among locals doing activities such as rice farming, fishing or enjoying a picnic lunch in the jungle. All accommodations can be selected by the clients from a list of four- and five-star hotels in each location. Below are four examples of destinations experiences Jacada Travel can offer:
Nights: 8 nights Starting Rates: USD $3,799 pp
Laos is among the least visited country out of its neighbors, but the isolated region has some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine environments and friendliest people who enjoy a slow-paced lifestyle. While there, explore picturesque Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang, hop on an elephant for a trek into the jungle, or watch the pinks and oranges of the sunset over the Mekong in Vientiene.
Days: 6 nights Starting Rate: USD $1,089 pp
Cambodia may be best known for its exceptional ruins of Angkor Wat, but there is much more to be discovered in this kingdom. With its colonial heritage and history, the country comes alive under the direction of local guides or even author of Lonely Planet Cambodia and Vietnam Nick Ray who can help uncover the land’s best kept secrets. Make sure to pack your bathing suit as well because you won’t want to miss the private islands of Song Saa. The small isles are bordered by virgin rainforest and offer secluded white sand beaches and the sparkling crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
Nights: 10 Starting Rate: USD $3,500 pp
Thailand has that special appeal that lures travelers to its cities and beaches from all over the world. Whether your ideal vacation is soaking up the sun in Koh Samui, learning to cook Thai cuisine with the locals or river rafting through the scenic Mae Taeng Valley, whatever appeals to you, there’s plenty of options. There are also day trips available to places like marine national parks or the Tha Kha Floating Market.
Nights: 11 Starting Rates: USD $4,499 pp
Not only does Malaysia boast some of the tallest buildings in the world in Kuala Lampur, but it also holds some of the most isolated beaches. Dense jungles, remote tribes, futuristic cities, diverse cuisine and British influences, the region — made up of more than 200 islands — is both richly exotic and exquisitely modern at the same time. As you explore, check out the coral reefs off Tioman Island or some of the most interesting wildlife in Malaysian Borneo including Orangutans, Pygmy elephants, and Proboscis Monkeys.
All trips are arranged by knowledgeable private guides for one-of-a-kind expeditions and include all internal flights, private ground transfers, all accommodation with breakfast (some hotels may include further meals), and private tours specified in the itinerary description.