South East Asia’s glittering waters and tropical landscapes are no secret, but this captivating corner of the world offers so much more than just beaches and jungle.

Forest-clad mountains, traditional villages, bustling cities and spread out archipelagos contain an unbelievably diverse array of cultures, religions and mouth-watering food. Carved up by coral-filled waterways containing some of the best dive and snorkelling spots in the world, South East Asia is arguably best explored by boat. Drop anchor off palm-lined coasts to feast on Penang’s legendary street food, explore historic port towns such as Hoi An, paddle past towering limestone cliffs or simply relax on a secluded Indonesian beach. Whatever adventure you’re after, South East Asia has it all.

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Satonda Island

Swim in Santonda Island's crater lake

Indonesia's Satonda Island gets its name from the dormant volcano, which has an extraordinary crater lake in its centre. Once you land at the beach, it's a short walk to the lake, where you can swim, paddleboard and kayak in the glassy waters. There's also an opportunity to stretch your legs and take a scenic hike for spectacular views looking down over the lake.

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Borneo orangutans

Visit the Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary

Borneo's government-funded Semenggoh Orangutan Sanctuary helps reintroduce these beautiful animals back into the wild after a life of domestication or having been orphaned. Head into the jungle and watch the orangutans as they swing into view, play and eat the supplementary diet of bananas and milk that is laid out for them twice a day by the rangers. 

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Palau Tiga jetty

Snorkel in Pulau Tiga National Park

Borneo's Pulau Tiga National Park literally means 'three islands' and was created in the late 1890s thanks to a volcanic explosion. Nowadays, it's a relaxing place to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in clear waters. You’re sure to spot different varieties of tropical fish darting among colourful coral and you might even want to rejuvenate with a wallow in a volcanic mud pool.

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Komodo Dragon perches on rock in Indonesia

See Komodo dragons on Rinca Island

There are only a handful of places in the world where Komodo dragons can be spotted in the wild, and all those places happen to be in Indonesia. While most head to Komodo Island for a chance to spot the world’s largest lizard, dragon-spotting is more natural and less staged on Rinca Island. Take a guided walk with a local ranger, who will introduce you to these prehistoric creatures.

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