About Southeast Asia
The food, culture, landscape and smell; they’re all inseparable.
This collection of 11 countries has long been a favourite corner of the world for globe-tramping backpackers and luxury tourists alike. The reasons are simple: the year-round warm tropical climate, rich culture, perfect beaches, tasty cuisine, hospitable locals, and mostly low prices. There are endless stories to learn among the mixture of concrete and foliage, and endless stories to make in a lifetime.
Pletoura trips will be crafted exclusively for you, whether you are a solo adventurer or a close-knit group of friends, as we, too, are fellow travellers at heart. We aim to provide a different, but intimate and immersive experience true for a traveller, while fostering a sense of connection with our guests – hence “trip host”, instead of “tour guide”.
I first fell in love with non-professionally-led tours during a trip to Penang, Malaysia in 2016. I had met up with a long-time pen pal, who took me in his car for a ride across the state. Along the way, he told me facts and stories of unassuming places and things, showed me a beautiful sunrise as we crossed the sea in a lesser-used ferry, and fed me the best food beyond tourist-ridden spots.
Fast-forward to recent years, I continued making my way across the world looking out for things unseen. My only challenge had been soloing them and not knowing the significance of anything. Although appearances were fascinating, I found them lacking in stories to fuel the romanticism in me.
Then came my first travel in post-pandemic 2022. I visited Mulu, Malaysia with little expectation, but left with more than a checked bucket list. The guides gave many insights on not just the cave tours, but also on their native language, village life and modern circumstances. With these captivating stories and charming atmosphere wherever I went, I was once again reminded of how beautiful Southeast Asia is in her unique glory, and it is—and will always be—my home.
Thus, pletoura was born.
Today, I invite you to my home, and I invite you to explore Southeast Asia as I explore it—taking a journey with the people who made a home in Southeast Asia. Perhaps you will come to understand why the late Anthony Bourdain called the region “like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked [him] in and never let go. … From then on, there was no putting the pieces back together. No going home.”
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