Discover your own Southeast Asia


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Journeys Within Tour Company

Southeast Asia Tour Company

Journeys Within is a boutique Southeast Asia tour company dedicated to delivering its guests unforgettable, customized independent trips through Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

What’s Special About Journeys Within

When Andrea Ross started Journeys Within in 2003, she was told she had to choose: Be a travel agent, based in the U.S., or be a ground operator, based in Southeast Asia. Refusing to be limited, Journeys Within became both, earning the tour company the reputation it has today of offering guests seamless, custom trips from when they first contact our tour consultants to when they explore Southeast Asia with our amazing team in each country.

Not only does Journeys Within offer incredible custom Southeast Asia tours to places such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hue, Mandalay, Bagan, Angkor Wat and more, we also offer unique opportunities to leave these tourist hubs and get out into the countryside for an authentic experience getting to know the cultures and the people.

Six Countries, One Team

Journeys Within has offices in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and the U.S. We maintain a Director in each country to ensure that all goes as planned, and our amazing guides, drivers and staff all believe in the Journeys Within mission to give our guests the trip of a lifetime.

Andrea still leads a yearly guide training tour, so she personally knows every guide working for Journeys Within. Since the beginning, Journeys Within has been a family company, and even as it has grown, the idea of family has remained at its core. We may be spread over six countries and speak multiple languages, but we are one team.

Southeast Asia Travel Specialists

Whether born in Southeast Asia, expats now living in the region, or just travelers with a true love of these countries, our team members are true regional experts.

In fact, Andrea has been a Condé Nast Southeast Asia Specialist for the last eight years, and was recently honored to be on the inaugural Wendy Perrin WOW list of trusted travel experts. All Journeys Within Tour Consultants have visited the hotels, tours and adventures we offer. Our insider knowledge helps make your trip the trip of a lifetime.

Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat

The ancient trees of Ta Prohm Temple in Angkor Wat must be witnessed first-hand to be believed. Even then, it can be difficult to fathom the synergy of root and stone.

Elephant Owner For A Day program

Learn how to interact with and care for your own elephant with the Patara Elephant Farm’s “Elephant Owner for a Day” program.

Hot air ballooning over Bagan

“We feel this was one of the many highlights of our trip. It was one thing to go inside each of these temples, or stupas, one at a time, but to get an overview of them like this was breathtaking.” — Edna & Steve Kornberg

Laos village tours

“I love the photo of Sophia with the kids from that village in Laos. She got more than she gave, I can tell you that. It was a love affair. They hated to see her go.” — Ilise Heitzner

Halong Bay, Vietnam

“Kristin and I wanted to very belatedly express our appreciation for the fantastic honeymoon you set up for us back in the spring. You did a fantastic job in a very quick timeframe and everything was awesome.” — Tom

Vietnam cave system

Explore the world’s largest cave system in Vietnam including passages big enough to fit a block of 40-story buildings.

Southeast Asia adventure tour on the Mekong River

“Journeys Within provided us with the travel experience of a lifetime. Our trip was full of contrast—adventure, wonder, relaxation, history, emotion, excitement, connection with new cultures and people. Journeys Within is not just another tour company.” — Leslie Parks

Volunteering in a Cambodian school

Active Philanthrophy – the practice of making a difference while creating new cultural connections – has been in our DNA from the very beginning of Journeys Within. Ask how you can get involved on your next trip.

Thai dancers

It is easy to see a new place and be amazed. It is more difficult, but infinitely more rewarding, to look into the eyes of a new people and see oneself.

The best English-speaking guides

“This was the best holiday we’ve ever had. JW, the staff, community, culture, sights, food, etc, were wonderful. We intend to return.” — Spencer & Gina

Halong Bay, Vietnam

“I just wanted to emphasize that we LOVED our 2 night/3 day boat trip to Bai Tu Long Bay – amazing to be the only boat within sight for almost the entire time. The scenery was stunning and we really loved the boat itself” — Julie & Carlos

Southeast Asia honeymoon tours

“The whole service from start to finish was superb.” — Dominic & Axelle

The view from above

The ancient Preah Vihear Temple is built atop a 525-meter cliff in the mountains of northern Cambodia, with views seemingly stretching into history itself.

Gate in Hue, Vietnam

“We cannot fully express with words how wonderful our trip through these beautiful countries was. We were so moved by everything we experienced… Most of all, we were moved by the countless smiles we encountered and the clear inability of people to hold them back.” — Orlando & Danielle

Philanthropic travel and voluntourism

“They are pioneers in philanthropic travel.” — Conde Nast Traveler

Cooking class

Learn to create your own Thai delicacies at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai cooking school.

Tour remote villages

“We were simply astounded at how well we were treated by you and your organization.” — Les

Andrea and family at Angkor Wat

My dad always told me, “Do what you know and love.” Well, what we now know and love is family travel. — Andrea Ross, founder & CEO

Elephant rides

“I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed our trip, how we were so well taken care of, how smoothly everything went and the experiences on our itinerary. Thank you…for all your hard work to put this together.” — Laura

Giving alms

In Laos, saffron-robed monks peacefully gather morning alms as the first rays of sun spill out onto the Mekong River.

Independent tours in Southeast Asia

“My husband and I just returned from a FLAWLESS vacation. Nothing went wrong, absolutely nothing. I attribute that to the skill of the agents we used at Journeys Within (and maybe the weather gods).” — Kelly

Infinity pool by the sea

“It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.” — Paulo Coelho

Bucketlist trip of a lifetime

“Please share our thanks and gratitude for the best trip of my life.” — Steven

Southeast Asia tour company

“Journeys Within, a small tour company with an inn just outside Siem Reap, arranged my trip. I traveled in a van driven by trusty So Sopheap, who gave me a cool cloth from an ice chest at every stop, with Kham Sina as my wise and gentle guide.” — Susan Spano for the LA Times

Soccer team

Not just any team. We’re your team in Southeast Asia – there to make sure that every aspect of your trip surpasses your expectations. That’s what it means to work for Journeys Within

Touring the temples of Bagan

In Bagan, thousands of ancient temples spread out as far as the eye can see, while you explore, lost in a sense of wonder.

Southeast Asia guides

“We have always planned trips ourselves in the past but are so glad we used your company this time. The guides have been great, and some of the activities could not have been planned on our own… a first class trip.” — Mindy & Craig

Weaver woman and Andrea

“My feeling about seeing the world is that it’s going to change you necessarily, just the very fact of being out there and meeting people from different cultures and different ways of life.” — Ewan McGregor

Southeast Asia Honeymoon

“Each day was perfectly executed…so much so that we got engaged and married during our visit….We could not have asked for a more perfect way to start our new life together!” — Aaron & Tanya

Meditation in ray of light

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” — The Buddha

River boat cruise

Imagine floating past the magical monuments of Myanmar from the comfort of your first-class cabin. Imagine yourself on the Irrawaddy.

JWOC Volunteer

Journeys Within believes not just in empowering the local people to better their own lives, but believes in empowering travelers to help give them that chance.

Active Philanthropy

Journeys Within specializes in what we call Active Philanthropy, the idea that when we visit a country or community, our visit has a tangible positive impact. We believe that a tour company not only has a responsibility to its guests, but also a responsibility to the countries in which we live and work. Condé Nast Traveler described Journeys Within as “a pioneer in philanthropic travel.” Read more about our Community Support efforts.

How to Get Started

All of our tours are private and customizable, developed to suit your interests, time and budget. We have an amazing clientele that ranges in age, interests and budget and have posted many sample itineraries for you to browse through for ideas for your own tour.

Our Luxury Tours are for guests who are interested in an incredible experience with an amazing level of service utilizing some of the best properties and hotels in Southeast Asia.

Our Signature Tours offer marvelous experiences that encompass not only the highlights of each country, but also the opportunity to get to know the people and cultures on a more intimate level, taking advantage of the many value-for-money and boutique hotels throughout the region.

Our Family Adventures are built on our experience traveling with our own kids and are perfect for the whole family.

Browse through the tours and give us a call at 877-454-3672. Or fill out our Contact Form, and we can work together on the perfect trip for you.

To get some quick answers about Journeys Within, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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What is Buddhist Lent?


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This year, the eighth full moon of 2015 (in addition to being a Blue Moon) marks the beginning of a special time of year for Buddhists in Southeast Asia. Often referred to as “Buddhist Lent” or the “Rains Retreat” by westerners, this tradition corresponds to a three lunar month cycle when the region typically experiences heavy rains and farmers are planting their crops.

Monks and novices will stay in the same monastery or temple for the entire three-month period, venturing out only during the day (if at all) and always returning to the same temple to meditate and sleep.… CONTINUE READING »