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Vietnam If you want to become one of the happiest people on the planet, spend some time in Vietnam. Vietnam is one of our favourite places in Southeast Asia. Once you’ve spent a few days here, you’ll begin to see why. The beating heart of Vietnam is colonial grandeur and stylish luxury retreats, green jungles and translucent bays, fragrant food and smiling locals. Vietnam is ridiculously liveable and low-key charming. This thin snake of land – nestled between Laos and Cambodia to the west and a long lick of the South China Sea to the east – has a spectacular coastline, dotted with delightful beaches and scuba diving spots. We highly recommend you just relax and immerse yourself in the ebb and flow of everyday life, as the locals do. Grab a bicycle and mosey along the green rice paddies, taking time to pop in and out of cafes for great coffee, fresh baguettes and design stores at your leisure. Its cities are alive with energy and buzz to a soundtrack of a million scooters. No one has mastered the art of enjoying life like the Vietnamese. Whatever you do, and regardless of the season, enjoy the country at a slower pace. Trust us – and our 20 years in crafting holidays – you’ll be a happier person for it.

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There is no denying that Hanoi is a city with distinctive character, be it the tall and narrow buildings, the flurry of noise to the wafts of delicious street food. Made up of five distinct districts, this capital city has a fascinating mix of old and

new. At its heart is the historic and renowned Old Quarter, often referred to as “36 Streets” – a commotion of narrow streets once arranged by trade. Many will also come across the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake, the tree-lined boulevard of the French Quarter and the West Lake District, a fashionable new hub with exclusive luxury hotels.

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1. May de Ville Old Quarter. Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a stay 3. Tirant Hotel. Near Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s famous water puppet theatre, at this 3 star hotel makes shopping and exploring convenient. Guest rooms offer this 3.5 star hotel is ideally located in the Old Quarter. Comfortable, well appointed unique Vietnamese decor creating a gentle ambiance. Enjoy the swimming pool or rooms interconnect – great for families. Pamper yourself at Ciel Spa, unwind pool take in the splendid city views at Le Soleil Bar.

side or enjoy panoramic views at the Skyline Lounge.

2. Silk Path Hotel. Nestled at one of the busiest arteries of the Old Quarter, Hang 4. Hanoi La Siesta Trendy Hotel & Spa. Contemporary in design, this 4 star Bong Street, this 4 star hotel offers great access to the city’s famous landmarks. hotel captures the present day, the edgy and buzzy feel of the city. Located Although modern in design, guest rooms feature opulent fabrics and hand printed within easy reach of Hoan Kiem Lake, experience traditional Vietnamese hospitality wallpapers giving each room a personal touch.

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4. Good Morning Hanoi! Rise early and see Hanoi in a different light as you 7. Cyclo City Experience. It is no secret that the streets of Hanoi are full of observe the city come alive. The streets are quiet to begin with, a rare sight in commotion, so what better way is there to explore Hanoi other than joining the Hanoi and as the morning unravels, watch as the locals begin their day before locals on the road. Discover Hanoi by cyclo – a traditional three wheeled bicycle stopping just like a typical Hanoian for a morning coffee.

taxi. Sit back and relax as you are navigated through the streets.

5. Heritage Hanoi. Take a glimpse into the history of Hanoi showcasing the past 8. The Insider’s Hanoi. Ride pillion passenger on a vintage Vespa scooter, soak that has shaped the community. Visiting key attractions including the Women’s up the local lifestyle and discover places that few tourists have seen on this Museum, Hoa Lo Prison also referred to as the Hanoi Hilton, the Temple of insider’s tour of Hanoi. Meet a fascinating elderly resident of the Huu Tiep Lake Literature, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the famous One Pillar Pagoda.

area, visit the B52 crash site and travel along the Long Bien Bridge.

6. Duong Lam Village. Still preserving many 100 year old houses, visit Duong 9. War in Hanoi. Many of us remember the US-Vietnam War either from the Lam Village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta. Meander horrific images, or from the world-wide peace demonstrations that occurred. Learn through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses which make up this the other side of the story with an amazing insight into the courageous efforts of charming village. Beautiful and ancient pagodas will also be seen.

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10. Mai Chau Exploration. Escape Hanoi for a scenic journey to the province of 13. Ninh Binh Adventure. Journey to Ninh Binh, a former ancient capital with Hoa Binh. The road into the mountains affords some fantastic views of terraced stunning scenery and charm. Cycle through the countryside to Tam Coc, known as fields, rice paddies and traditional thatch-roofed houses. Descending into a ‘Halong Bay on Land’. Relax in a small bamboo boat as you are rowed through the picturesque valley explore the village of Mai Chau – home to people of the Thai rice fields, caves and mountain ranges – a stunning natural landscape. minority.

14. The Quintessence of Tonkin. Ten years in the making, this outdoor spectacle

11. Perfume Pagoda. Set amongst limestone cliffs of Huong Son Mountain, reaffirms Hanoi’s position as the cultural capital of Vietnam. Showcasing traditional travel through the rural countryside and visit Perfume Pagoda. Accessible only by elements of Vietnamese culture in a contemporary and innovative way, this show boat, enjoy a scenic journey along the Yen Stream. Climb the mountain to the main delivers a unique and memorable exploration of the Red River Delta – the beating grotto of Huong Tich where each stalactite and stalagmite has its own legend.

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12. Hanoi After Dark. Zip along the capital’s iconic narrow streets riding pillion 15. Water Puppet Show. Discover the beauty of this uniquely Vietnamese passenger on a vintage Vespa scooter, sampling the sensational street food scene performance art. A range of traditional legends and historical tales are among the along the way. Be treated to must try Hanoi dishes and visit fascinating local joints enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre in Hanoi. The puppeteer that you would not normally find if you were to do it yourself.

stands waist deep in water, giving the illusion that the puppets are walking on water.

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With Hanoi as a base, head to the coast and admire the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin. Here over 1,600 towering limestone karsts and rock

island formations jut from the sea creating a breath-taking panorama. With the majority of the islands uninhabited this is nature at its best. Just over a two hour drive from Hanoi, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is best enjoyed on an overnight cruise. There are an array of vessels and options to choose from suiting all kinds of budgets – sail on a traditional junk style boat to a luxurious fitted, bells and whistles cruise. Enjoy on board activities and off shore excursions with plenty of time to relax in between. Partake in a misty morning Tai Chi lesson or a fun-filled cooking class, savour freshly caught seafood, swim in the emerald waters or kayak through the caves. No matter what type of experience you choose, Halong Bay promises a lifetime of memories and should not be missed from any Vietnam itinerary!

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1. Halong Bay Scenic Flight. Offering a different perspective, this 25 minute 4. Oriental Sails. With the beauty of Halong Bay as a backdrop, sail aboard the scenic flight over Halong Bay will leave you amazed. From the exhilarating moments Vietnamese style, Oriental Sails. Featuring 18 traditional styled cabins, the junk of the seaplane taking off or landing on the glimmering water at Tuan Chau Marina, boasts a multitude of windows for amazing views and a panoramic sundeck to to the breath-taking sights as the plane hovers above abundant islets - admire this relax on. A great option for families, interconnecting cabins are available – enjoy an magnificent beauty from the top!

overnight experience or a two night cruise.

2. V’Spirit. The Vietnamese Spirit or V’Spirit offers you the chance to discover the 5. Bhaya Cruise. Constructed in a classic, oriental style whilst incorporating breath-taking scenery of Halong Bay whilst travelling aboard a traditional wooden modern facilities, the Bhaya Classic offers 15-20 cabins creating informal, yet junk, with a sun deck bar and contemporary cabins including sea view windows. warm spaces promoting a convivial atmosphere on board. Thoughtfully designed Admire the many islands, beautiful beaches and great natural caves - learn about cruise routes allow for either an overnight experience or a two night cruise. Apart the history and local people.

from relaxing and admiring the scenery, you’ll also be given the opportunity to learn

3. Orchid Cruises. Travel with Orchid Cruises for an enchanting trip and discover about Vietnamese culture. untouched areas, providing an experience on the less travelled routes. Departing 6. The Au Co Cruise. Possessing a white old French architectural exterior from Hai Phong, only one and half hours from Hanoi, explore Halong Bay, Bai Tu and boasting 32 spacious cabins each with panoramic balconies, The Au Co offers Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Cabins are well designed with beautiful large windows an exclusive three day cruise deep into the heart of the Gulf of Tonkin. Whilst and feature private balconies.

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Sapa is for the adventurous and cultured. Board a train from Hanoi and travel north near the Chinese border to Lao Cai from which you travel amidst the winding, rolling hills to Sapa. Renowned for its cascading rice terraces and villages of ethnic

minorities, Sapa overlooks verdant valleys surrounded by mountains on either side. Offering a refreshing climate, Sapa is a popular trekking base suitable for all fitness levels. Hike through the stunning scenery passing by curious children, welcoming smiles and everyday life traditions. Culturally rich, this captivating town is bought to life with bustling markets filled with various products sold by the colourfully dressed Hmong and Dzao hilltribe communities. A far cry from the westernised world, Sapa also offers a completely different viewpoint to the rest of Vietnam and showcases its own characteristic charm. Talk to our team about the following packages on offer – 2 Day Sapa Trek; 4 Day Sapa Experience; 5 Day Sapa Hill Tribe Trek; 5 Day Explore Sapa or enquire about a custom made itinerary.

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1. Ninh Binh Countryside Cycle. On this overnight cycling tour, discover Ninh Binh 3. Mai Chau & Ninh Binh Exploration. A 3 day private tour with stunning offering great natural allure. Highlights include the temples of King Dinh and King Le; scenery and colourful ethnic communities. Travel to the remote mountain town Bich Dong Cave Pagoda; Phat Diem Cathedral; and a boat trip to Kenh Ga Floating of Mai Chau – experience the lifestyle of local villages then transfer to Ninh Binh, considered ‘Halong Bay on Land’.

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2. Halong Bay Cycle & Cruise. On this 3 day tour, explore the limestone karsts by 4. Northern Exposure. This 8 day private tour offers a great taster of Northern boat and bicycle as you cruise through the emerald sea and cycle on one of the many Vietnam including Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa. Walk through the fascinating streets islands for a unique perspective. Total Cycling Distance: 111km.

in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, enjoy an overnight Halong Bay cruise and embark on a two day trek through the Sapa region.

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Often overlooked, Hue, pronounced “hway”, sprawls across the banks of the Song Huong Perfume River located in Central Vietnam. Once serving as the capital city, Hue offers cultural and historical value. Although suffering much damage during the Vietnam War,

the city and most of the monuments are largely unharmed. The impressive 19th century citadel surrounded by a moat showcases this former ancient capital with an intact appearance of an Imperial City. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the complex encompasses rich architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. Due to its former past, the city is also renowned for its Imperial-style cuisine.

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1. The Scarlett Boutique Hotel. Centrally located, this intimate 3 star hotel is 3. Alba Spa Hotel. Found nestled in a quiet alley, this 3.5 star hotel offers a unique close to cafes, bars and the Dong Ba Market. With only 18 rooms, the hotel is spa hotel concept and is just a stone’s throw away from Hue’s main attractions. small enough to provide special attention to your stay. Guest rooms offer a distinct Guest rooms are equipped with modern facilities to provide a comfortable stay, design with select rooms featuring a balcony.

whilst each floor exhibits a different theme.

2. Hotel Saigon Morin. Located in the heart of Hue, this lovingly 4 star restored 4. Vinpearl Hotel Hue. Situated in the heart of the city, this 33 level, 5 star hotel hotel offers great views of the historic Truong Tien Bridge and the Perfume River. offers an impressive stay with attractive decor from traditional motifs to luxurious Established in 1901, the hotel is a notable symbol of Hue with its distinct white interiors. Located on the highest floor, the Sky Bar boasts panoramic views of the facade and colonial feel.

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5. Hue by Cyclo. Explore Hue by cyclo – a three wheeled bicycle taxi. Sit back 8. DMZ Tour. From 1954 to 1975 the DMZ of Vietnam (Demilitarized Zone) separated and relax as you explore Hue from a different perspective. Your adventure will take the North and South. It acted as a buffer except for the fact that it became one of the you through both the new and old Hue city streets, including a stop for a visit to most militarized areas in the world. Visit former U.S Marines bases, along with conthe Imperial Citadel.

troversial battlefields of the war. The experience is highly informative if not haunting.

6. Hue Street Food Tour. Travel by cyclo to local shop houses and restaurants 9. Paradise Caves & Surrounds. Located inside the World Heritage Phong Nha as you enjoy an evening dedicated to traditional Hue food. As you devour Hue Ke Bang National Park, explore Paradise Caves which offers a magnificent scenery specialities, you will be given a brief on the cuisine, the origins and anecdotes. End with a spectacular stalagmite system. Within the surrounding area view sites from the night at a local corner coffee shop with live music.

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1. Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa. Offering harmony in a soothing 2. Ana Mandara Hue. This 4 star beach resort is located 20 minutes from natural environment, this 4.5 star resort is located in the quiet countryside in a downtown Hue on the spectacular Thuan An Beach. Delivering a liberating sense rustic village setting. Still within near reach to the landmarks and the city of Hue, of space, the resort is spread over 2.8 hectares of landscaped gardens, featuring the resort offers a complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to and from the an array of guest rooms including beach villas and pool villas. A 25 metre lap city centre. Warm and inviting, choose from an array of guest rooms, pamper pool with adjoining kids pool offers sweeping views of the beach - relax under yourself with a spa treatment, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the authentic the coconut trees, under a private poolside cabana or enjoy a chilled beverage Vietnamese hospitality.

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3. Angsana Lang Co. Nestled in the foothills of the Truong Son Mountain Range 4. Banyan Tree Lang Co. Explore the beauty and charm of Lang Co with a stay at and overlooking a magnificent three kilometre sandy crescent beach, this 5 star this 5 star all-pool villa resort. Overlooking a stunning stretch of beach, raise your resort is an idyllic haven offering contemporary-chic resort living. Clad in vibrant gaze to behold the magnificent Truong Son Mountain Range. Cascading down, Vietnamese decorative elements, the stylish rooms and suites boast spectacular settle into your luxury villa offering lushly tended private gardens, indulgent bedding views of the East Sea and a tranquil lagoon, set amidst towering mountain and a bath menu. Enjoy your own private terrace, take a dip or gaze out over your landscapes. With an abundance of recreational and leisure options prepare yourself very own plunge pool to the mountains or ocean beyond and contemplate what for a fabulous tropical getaway at this stunning Vietnam beach resort.

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DANANG BEACH

The largest city in Central Vietnam, Danang is predominantly used as the access point for journeys to Hoi An. With few attractions, the

main magnetism to the area is the attractive coastline. Considered one of the most picturesque beaches in Vietnam, Danang Beach is split into three main parts with the southern part the most sought after, including Pham van Dong Beach, My Khe Beach (China Beach), Bac My An Beach and Non Nuoc Beach. Beautiful resorts and multiple golf courses line the coastline and offer a great haven for relaxation with the beach generally uncluttered and without touts.

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1. Royal Lotus Hotel Danang. Located just a few steps away from the famous 2. Centara Sandy Beach Resort. Overlooking the vast ocean, this 4 star resort is My Khe Beach, this 3.5 star hotel provides a personal haven for relaxation, with in a prime location on Non Nuoc Beach with its back resting on the majestic Marble comfortable guest rooms and distinctive drinking and dining spaces. Blending Mountain range. Boasting an eclectic mix of contemporary design and old-world seamlessly into the graceful surrounding design of the hotel, the outdoor pool is charm, guest rooms all overlook the ocean and the main pool, with open spaces an excellent place to swim laps or simply unwind. Be sure to check out Sky Bar of green, lush gardens right at your doorstep. With five outdoor swimming pools located on the 16th floor, a perfect place to dine with spectacular views of the city including areas allocated for children the resort provides an environment conducive and the ocean.

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3. Naman Retreat. This 5 star resort is a secluded, beachfront enclave nestled 5. Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa. Situated on a tranquil stretch of white between two of the finest golf courses in Southeast Asia – Greg Norman’s Danang sandy beach, this 5 star resort is an ideal base to explore the exotic charms of Golf Club and The Montgomerie Links. Seamlessly blending timeless Vietnamese Central Vietnam no matter what the occasion. Offering a choice of room types, all heritage and culture with luxurious modern charm, this resort’s impressive with gorgeous sea views and each reflecting contemporary design accented by traditional bamboo architecture and exquisite interiors, combined with authentic Vietnamese-style architectural elements and Oriental art, creates a relaxing Asian Vietnamese hospitality assures you a wonderful retreat experience. This is the resort ambiance. With five swimming pools onsite, plus a water slide at the main perfect getaway for those who crave something bold and very unique, with a pool, there are plenty of areas to relax at and soak up the uniquely Vietnamese hospitality and attentiveness.

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4. Grandvrio Ocean Resort. Stunning sea views and a pristine beach front 6. Fusion Maia This unique 5 star all-villa resort dedicates itself to the art of await at this 4.5 star resort. Situated amid lush tropical gardens, guest rooms and relaxation. With simple design, down-to-earth service and a surprising all spaprivate pool villas provide a spacious and decisive space to relax in. Three authentic inclusive concept, a stay here will make you feel relaxed like you have never restaurants are ready to enthral you with gastronomic delights, spa experiences experienced before. Choose from one, two or three bedroom villas, each with open will restore the natural balance of the body and mind, whilst the kids club offers living, an outdoor courtyard and private pool. Inspired by The Five Elements food endless hours of fun for the little ones. You may even want to catch up with loved philosophy, a fusion menu will tantalise the taste buds whilst the Tonic Lounge Bar ones back home with the complimentary WiFi that’s available.

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HOI AN

Much talked about, Hoi An is an ancient town with an alluring atmosphere. Neighbouring Danang, and accessible only by road, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre has a medley of history with a mixture of eras reflective in the

town’s architecture. Well preserved Chinese shop houses, French colonial buildings and the iconic Japanese Bridge make this town unique. Take a leisurely stroll and delve into the golden hued streets, discover boutique galleries, cute cafes and restaurants and a multitude of tailor shops. Renowned for its impressive and quick tailoring, travellers often head home with an abundance of garments. Rounding off Hoi An’s appeal is the picturesque countryside best explored by bicycle, complemented by the beaches of Cua Dai and An Bang. A buzz with travellers day and night, this quaint town’s charm will not disappoint and will leave you wanting to stay for longer.

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3. Allegro Hoi An – A Little Luxury Hotel & Spa. Unwind and absorb Hoi 5. Boutique Cam Thanh Resort. This 4 star resort is located in the countryside An’s peaceful pace of life with a stay at this 4 star hotel. Suitable for couples or of Cam Thanh, just 10 minutes away from the town. Complimentary bicycles are families alike, choose from a selection of guest rooms which all have a locally provided to explore the surrounding area or for those who wish to relax, the three inspired design.

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4. Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa. This 4 star resort is well located in front of 6. La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An. Situated on the edge of town, this 4 star Thu Bon River and within walking distance to Hoi An’s Japanese Bridge, town and resort is a 15 minute walk to the town centre or for those who prefer, a night market. The resort features a contemporary design with a touch of traditional complimentary shuttle service to the town and beach is provided. The resort Vietnamese craftsmanship combined with a family friendly atmosphere.

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1. Little Hoi An Beach Boutique Hotel & Spa. This 3 star hotel enjoys a 4. Aira Boutique Hoi An Hotel. This 3 star boutique hotel is uniquely located right commanding location set in a peaceful tropical garden located 60 metres from by the white sands of An Bang Beach, nestled under the shade of casuarina and the shore of Cua Dai Beach. Stylish guest rooms and suites are tastefully designed coconut trees. The hotel features 20 contemporary rooms and suites, a beautiful with hints of traditional Vietnamese architecture.

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2. Boutique Hoi An Resort. Explore the rich heritage of Vietnamese cuisine and 5. Palm Garden Resort. Set on 12 acres of landscaped tropical gardens, this 4 culture at this 4 star boutique resort. Ideally located on An Bang Beach, unwind star resort overlooks Cua Dai Beach. Relax pool side or opt for adventure with an by the pool surrounded by tropical gardens. All guest rooms face the sea and have array of water sport activities on offer at the beach. If you wish to explore Hoi An private balconies or terraces.

town, a complimentary shuttle bus is provided.

3. Sunrise Premium Resort. Perfectly positioned at the end of Cua Dai Beach, 6. Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa. This modern 4.5 star beachfront this 4 star resort offers enchanting views to stunning seascapes. Boasting an resort is constructed in the theme of a Vietnamese village offering relaxed living. array of room categories including sea front villas, guests are pampered with all Overlooking the sea to the front and backed by the picturesque Thu Bon River, the residential touches of home, while providing a lavish escape to beachfront guest rooms incorporate unique design features inspired by traditional Vietnamese, elegance.

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1. Ancient Hoi An Walking Tour. On this short walking tour, learn about the 4. Hoi An Sunrise. Discover the old-world charm of Hoi An and cruise up the Thu history behind this wonderful town with visits to key landmarks and buildings. You Bon River as the sun rises over the tranquil waters, broken only by the local fishing will be provided with a Hoi An entrance pass which gives access to select Hoi An boats returning with their daily catch. Explore a fishing village and a countryside sights anytime during your stay.

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2. The Ruins of My Son. The spectacular temple ruins of My Son were once home 5. Red Bridge Cooking Class. This popular cooking school offers you a to the Champas who ruled Central Vietnam from c200AD to c1700AD. Today the professional yet fun experience to learn about Vietnamese food and Hoi An’s way remains of a series of tower-temples in this dramatic site offer a great opportunity of life. Highlights include a guided tour of Hoi An’s colourful central market, a boat to learn about the history, architecture and art of the old Champa Kingdom.

trip on the Hoi An River; followed by a two hour hands on cooking class.

3. Hoi An by Bicycle. Spend half a day leisurely cycling through the scenic 6. Ba Na Hills & The Golden Bridge. Located in the Truong Son Mountains countryside exploring the peaceful villages around Hoi An, all whilst observing the west of Danang, visit Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort - developed to now offer daily life of local people and farmers. Ride via beautiful rice, vegetable and shrimp gardens, a temple, a replica French town, an amusement park and the newest farms along with a pottery village.

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7. Countryside & Islands Explorer. Discover the roads less travelled on this 10. Ethnic Community Experience. Remote and untouched, discover the Bho countryside tour. See more than the lanterns and streets of the old town. Giving Hoong Ethnic Community in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Travel by American you a real insight into local life, ride pillion on vintage Vespas as you zig-zag through Jeep through quaint villages and hamlets before reaching the ethnic community. the breath-taking rural scenery of rice paddies and farmlands.

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8. Cu Lao Cham Snorkelling. Embark on a boat journey to Cham Island - learn village before a traditional Co Tu lunch and music performance. about local life and culture of local fisherman living on the island. Explore two dive 11. Hoi An Revitalize Package. Take a few hours out of the day for a session and snorkel sites offering the chance to see marvellous coral as well as marine life of pampering in a spa located amidst the rice paddy fields. Choose up to four spa with time for relaxation at the end.

treatments, after which enjoy a nutritious spa cuisine lunch that uses only the

9. Streets & Eats of Hoi An. Taste the flavours of Hoi An on this evening vintage finest organic ingredients to further enhance your spa experience. Vespa scooter tour. Starting out at a central Hoi An cafe, sample the delicious 12. Sunset Cruise. Showcasing the stunning Hoi An river culture and its beauty, local street food while watching the streets and stalls come alive as the evening embark on a relaxing journey up the Thu Bon River. Relax and enjoy a delicious progresses. Ride pillion passenger and discover local delicacies including the selection of finger food and drinks on board. The setting sun casts an incredible famous ‘White Rose’ dumplings in town.

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Enjoying a stunning setting, Nha Trang’s pristine beauty is renowned due to its long white sand beach and warm turquoise waters dotted with off shore islands. Surrounded by a hill

range with a small city built up along the beachfront, it now features a long boulevard, parks and lush gardens, while inland the streets reveal an array of dining options. Talk to our team about some of our favourite hotels which include: Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel; Novotel Nha Trang; Mia Resort Nha Trang; Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa; and Evason Ana Mandara.

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DALAT

Also known as ‘Little Paris’, Dalat has been a popular getaway region since French colonial times. Located on the Lang Biang Plateau at an altitude of around 1500m, the hill town offers a laidback atmosphere with a refreshing cooler

climate. Small and charming, downtown Dalat is centred around the man-made Xuan Huong Lake, whilst the surrounding countryside is blessed with scenic lakes, evergreen forests and natural waterfalls. A great place to spend a few days cooling down and enjoying a different side of Vietnam. Talk to our team about sightseeing options for this area.

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1.Du Parc Hotel Dalat. Found in the heart of Dalat, 2. Binh An Village. Nestled beside the beauty of 3. Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel. Built in 1922, this near Xuan Huong Lake, this 3.5 star hotel is surrounded Tuyen Lam Lake, this 4 star resort offers a magical stunning 5 star hotel has been restored to its former by local restaurants, bars and is within easy access to setting atop of a pine forest hill. A complimentary grandeur and is surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, and shops and markets. This French colonial style hotel has scheduled shuttle service connects the resort with Dalat’s premier golf course. Luxuriously appointed been thoughtfully restored and provides comfortable downtown Dalat in 20 minutes. Spectacular lakefront Edwardian and Art Deco style guest rooms, gourmet rooms. Check out the Palace Club, formerly the wine views await from each guest room, also individually restaurants and well-stocked bars have made this cellars of the hotel, now a live music bar.

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MUI NE

A popular getaway from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne offers a true laidback beach resort experience. Just a four hour drive from the city will see you arrive at long stretches of powdered sand, calmed with cooling winds and a choice

of intimate beach resorts. Nearby sand dunes are a popular visit along with the fishing town of Phan Thiet, however, the majority of the activity takes place along the beach with an array of water sports on offer. Whichever way you choose to spend your time in Mui Ne, it will no doubt be a relaxed one.

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HO CHI MINH CITY

Commonly referred to as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of modern Vietnam and is both recapturing the glory

of its past whilst moving rapidly into the 21st century. Stunning colonial architecture and historic landmarks stand proud of a remarkable history, whilst modern skyscrapers rising beside the traditional narrow alleyways, begin to transform the city. Divided into 24 districts, traffic chokes the tree line streets - districts one, three and five is where most of the action takes place with fine dining restaurants, rooftop bars and a recent surge of cafe culture.

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1. Silverland Central Hotel & Spa. This 3 star hotel is just a few minutes 3. Alagon Central Hotel & Spa. Situated in a prime location, this 3 star hotel is from Ben Thanh Market. Ideal for all, choose from a selection of room categories within short walking distance to key attractions. Guest rooms are comfortable and including family suites. The rooftop bar OMG! is a highlight and offers spectacular offer complimentary WiFi, whilst the rooftop area features a small swimming pool views of the bustling city.

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2. Grand Hotel Saigon. Considered one of the oldest hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, 4. Liberty Central Saigon City Point. Well located, this 4 star modern and this restored 4 star French colonial style hotel sits nestled in a scenic riverside area. contemporary hotel is within easy walking distance to Le Loi Boulevard and the Split over two wings, the ancient wing and the luxury wing, guest rooms and suites Saigon River. Comfort and relaxation abound in well appointed guest rooms, whilst offer comfort with an inviting atmosphere.

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5. The Myst Dong Khoi. Steps away from the famous Dong Khoi Street, this 4.5 7. Caravelle Saigon. Since 1959, this 5 star hotel has been Ho Chi Minh City’s star hotel is within easy reach to the riverfront and Nguyen Hue pedestrian street. landmark address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. Featuring contemporary interiors and an abundance of greenery, guest rooms Well appointed guest rooms are split amongst two wings – the opera wing and the encapsulate a fresh twist on traditional furnishings.

heritage wing. Secluded and private, the freeform swimming pool is the ideal place

6. Fusion Suites Saigon. Located within district one, this 4 star all-suite hotel offers to relax, whilst the rooftop signature bar – Saigon Saigon Bar, makes for a great place a unique daily spa treatment concept. With a “breakfast anywhere, anytime” service, to take in the city views. Whether you’re looking for an elegant afternoon tea, an and minimalist contemporary design throughout, it’s the perfect respite from the innovative five-course menu or your favourite martini, you’re spoilt for choice with six hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s most energetic city.

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1. Saigon Sights. Set along the scenic Saigon River, the central Saigon districts 4. Mekong Delta Tour. Escape Saigon for the day and travel by road to the are adorned with pockets of charming colonial architecture and fascinating history Mekong Delta, known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam. Embark on a boat for a magical from a very mixed past. Gain an insight into the city as you travel through the central experience through some of the Mekong tributaries and gain an insight into daily downtown area visiting key attractions including Saigon’s most popular shopping life of the river - a stark contrast to the western world but none-the-less, a great market.

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2. Road to Freedom. Board a modern speedboat for a scenic boat ride to the Cu 5. Colonial Heritage. Rich in cultural heritage from local traditions through the Chi Tunnels – a tunnel system three levels deep that stretched over 250km used Chinese influence, the French occupation and the US-Vietnam War, discover Saigon during the American War. A popular attraction, the remaining tunnels offer a unique on this tour. Signature sights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, historic Post Office, glimpse into the underground life. An option to travel by road is also available.

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8. Courage of Saigon. Discover locations and visit little known hideouts used 11. A O Show. Spend the evening at the historic Saigon Opera House attending during the US-Vietnam War. Re-live the historic moment at the end of the war the sophisticated and cultural A O Show. The show combines a fusion of acrobatic and the amazing lengths some people went to for peace - an insightful look into a arts and dance accompanied by live music which takes you through rural and urban period that has shaped Vietnam to what it is today.

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9. Saigon After Dark by Vespa. Part night excursion, part street food adventure, 12. Sidecar Street Food Extravaganza. Offering a different spin on a local experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa evening street food tour, experience it in exciting and unique style by travelling in a scooter. Try a variety of food and drinks, sampling some of Saigon’s best authentic restored classic Russian Ural motorcycle and sidecar. Bring a hearty appetite with local food and zoom past the famous must-see sights.

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MEKONG DELTA

Accessible from Ho Chi Minh City, the mighty Mekong River flows into a rich delta with thousands of waterways forming a labyrinth of major

currents and secluded canals that are lined with vegetation, mangrove swamps and verdant rice fields. Providing a lifeline to millions of people, the river offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the locals. The sights, sounds and smells of the Mekong River will truly tantalise the taste buds. Offering a different perspective, a river cruise offers the perfect vantage point – please see the River Cruising section of this brochure for options.

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Located in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is accessible by a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Although the majority of Phu Quoc is dedicated to national park and

protected marine environment, development is fast and furious for this island. With an easy-going atmosphere, there are still plenty of areas to experience finding a remote beach lined with coconut trees and calm blue waters. Located on the west of the island, Truong Beach, aptly named Long Beach, is the main resort area and enjoys easy access to the main town of Duong Dong.

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Located off the south-east coast of mainland Vietnam, the Con Dao Islands are an archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands. The islands are renowned for their breath-taking location, which have been

protected for decades as a national and marine park. The main island, Con Son, although hampered with a gloomy history, is now an island with a laidback atmosphere and is great for travellers looking to escape the city or for those who are keen to relax. A 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, the island offers expansive and unspoilt beaches, warm turquoise waters, beautiful coral reefs and a lush green interior. Talk to our team about hotel options.

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1. A Glimpse of Vietnam. This 7 day private package gives you a glimpse of Vietnam, covering key cities with half day sightseeing tours allowing you plenty of time to relax and self-explore. Departing from Hanoi, tours will introduce you to the fascinating Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and historical sites. In Hue visit the impressive Imperial Citadel before travelling the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, where a walking tour explores this UNESCO World Centre. End the tour in Ho Chi Minh City, visiting signature sites including the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. 2. Three Hotspots on a Shoestring. Be as spontaneous as you like on this barebones 10 day itinerary allowing you to experience Vietnam at your own pace travelling via train. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, self-explore or add on an Active Asia tour to suit individual interests. Stock up on snacks for an overnight train journey to Danang, where a transfer awaits bound for Hoi An. Spend time at leisure exploring the quaint town. See rural Vietnam by day as you travel north via train to Hanoi, spending the night on board. Self-explore Hanoi where travel arrangements end. 3. Highlights of Vietnam. This 10 day private tour will give you a great appreciation of Vietnam. Ideal for those with less time who want to see the highlights of the country. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, explore the metropolis and its key attractions. Move on to Hoi An to gain an insight into this ancient town. Travel the Hai Van Pass to Hue, visiting the Imperial Citadel and Khai Dinh Tomb. Fly to Hanoi for an overview of the city before transferring to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. End the tour back in Hanoi. All prices are per person share twin based on low season and a minimum of 02 people s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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4. Amazing Vietnam. This 12 day private tour covers all aspects of Vietnam at a leisurely pace. Depart from Hanoi and be introduced to the lively city including a taste of the Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy a Halong Bay day trip and cruise through the striking seascape. Fly to Hue and discover the historic sites. Traverse the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An and explore the cobblestone streets filled with cafes, art galleries, markets and tailors. End the tour in Ho Chi Minh City, where a key highlight includes a day exploring the tributaries of the Mekong Delta. 5. Treasures & Tastes of Vietnam. Vietnam offers an array of incredible sights, sounds and now tastes on this special 12 day private package designed to showcase the wonderful cuisine. Depart from Hanoi with Vietnamese cuisine introduced on day one. A Halong Bay overnight cruise offers the opportunity to enjoy freshly caught seafood, whilst in Hue a speciality restaurant serves up a twist on the popular pancake. Explore Hoi An and participate in a hands-on cooking class. The final leg is Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a Steamboat dining experience, a Vietnamese barbecue and sample local produce in the Mekong Delta. 6. Vietnam Family Adventure. Specifically designed for family travel, this 11 night private package covers all the key cities including fun activities for the children and the young at heart. Depart from Hanoi where highlights include sightseeing by cyclo, a water puppet show and fun at Tay Water Park. Enjoy a two night cruise through Halong Bay before travelling to Hue. Travel the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An with a special stop at Duc Son Pagoda which gives shelter to disadvantaged children. End the tour in Ho Chi Minh City. All prices are per person share twin based on low season and a minimum of 02 people s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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DISCOVER VIETNAM This guided 11 day small group tour travels at a leisurely pace through the best of Vietnam whilst staying in centrally located, quality 4 star hotels. Visit the main sights of Hanoi, cruise Halong Bay, enjoy an extended stay in Hoi An, a charming beach town full of delightful art galleries, shops, markets and tailors before traversing the spectacular Hai Van Pass. In Hue, tour the Imperial City before exploring Ho Chi Minh City including the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour 11DAYS / 10NIGHTS

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VIETNAM LIFE This 12 day small group tour combines the mustsees of Vietnam with plenty of leisure time for self-exploration. Stay in centrally located, quality 4 star hotels and experience the people, the culture and stunning landscape. Explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City by cyclo and cruise the waterways to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels. Spend time in the delightful town of Hoi An before travelling the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue. Continue to Hanoi, followed by a cruise aboard a replica junk in Halong Bay. Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour 12DAYS / 11NIGHTS

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EXPERIENCE VIETNAM & CAMBODIA This comprehensive 16 day small group tour of two amazing countries offers a magical experience. Travel from the cultural north of Hanoi with a cruise through Halong Bay and enjoy an extended stay in Hoi An before arriving in Hue. Head south into Ho Chi Minh City, from here discover the Mekong Delta in depth. Journey up river to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and then through to Siem Reap. Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour 16DAYS / 15NIGHTS From $4819 Per Person

MEKONG & CAMBODIA EXPLORER On this 6 day small group tour, travel from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia via the Mekong Delta. The Mekong Delta is one of the most beautiful areas in Vietnam with estuaries offering a glimpse into rural life, a complete contrast to the bustling cities which is also noticeable upon entering Cambodia. A country that is rapidly emerging, visit both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour 6DAYS / 5NIGHTS

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DISCOVER VIETNAM & THE MEKONG WATERWAYS This 20 day small group tour is designed to show the best of Vietnam. Start in Hanoi, travelling south covering key destinations before embarking on a majestic river cruise of the Mekong Delta whilst cruising into Cambodia. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the energetic cities before changing pace as the rural regions are explored. On board the boutique ship, relax and admire the scenery with excursions along the way. Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour.

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Quy Nhon Lush and laid back, Quy Nhon is unassuming with pristine secluded beaches, endless hours of tranquillity, beautifully entwined with sundry escapades and a simple yet rich layer of culture. With views of the azure ocean filled with striking archipelagos in front and lush green mountains behind, you could not be in a more paradisiacal location. The city is well-designed and endowed with beautifully kept villages, exquisite architecture, mouth-watering and diverse cuisine and a bustling feeling of trade and well-being. Han Mac Tu - Vietnam’s favourite romantic poet spent his final young years here and it is common to see lines of poetry in calligraphy hanging on the walls of cafes and shops throughout the city. Its sun-baked and breath-taking landscape will lead you to some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever discover with water so clear you can see every tiny rock and shell on the sea floor. Should you tear yourself away from your private patio and that chilled glass of wine, there is plenty to explore in this precious city: Quy Nhon.

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Even if you only had two or three days in Quy Nhon, you’d still be able to cover much of what the city has to offer, namely great food, historical architecture and temples, emerald green rice paddies and incredible beaches. You have the choice of three

buzzing markets. The Quy Nhon market is the biggest and winds its way through alleyways and is as authentic as they come, with many locals shopping here. Quy Nhon is a true cacophony of noise, theatre and spectacle. If designer handbags and clothes are your thing then this is the market for you. If beautiful produce is more your thing then instead take a wander to the local fish markets. Less of a sensory overload, instead it’s a great spot to enjoy freshly caught seafood and pick up an exemplary picnic for later in the day. As well as tiny trucks with trailers of stacked pineapples, there are stalls selling everything from shiny deep purple eggplants, bananas in every conceivable colour and size to perfectly curated mounds of dried fruits, nuts and spices. Having your own guide and driver available in Quy Nhon is a major win. The roads are great, and the province is filled with so many unexpected delights, a meticulously restored Catholic church dating back to the colonial era, many Cham ruins and centuries old Buddhist pagodas and temples. The Binh Dinh Province museum is packed with archaeological artefacts and revolutionary memorabilia and usually devoid of other travellers – a rare treat. Visit a house-cum-workshop of a local hat maker whose family has been in the business for generations. Beach hop from Quy Nhon to Queens Beach (Bai Trung), popular with the locals and famous for its egg-shaped pebbles and while you are at the beach visit the tomb of Han Mac Tu, the romantic and ill-fated Vietnamese poet of the 20th century. A little further from Quy Nhon is Ky Co, a picturesque little coastal town etched into the surrounding mountains. There is just enough going on here to easily spend a few days, swimming in the clear waters of its white sand beach, taking in the history of the towns Buddha temples and eating fresh seafood at night. There is a walking route that passes beneath the limestone cliffs, and through thick greenery dotted with wildflowers and down to hidden swimming coves and up over scenic clifftops. Take a picnic and your camera- sunsets from here are epic.

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Quy Nhon’s rich culinary heritage means there is no shortage of incredible food to be found. Aside from all the wondrous Asian flavours that form the basis of the food, Quy Nhon has a bountiful supply of seafood for you to enjoy. Starting the day with a drip

coffee is a must and is best followed by something to eat from the market or taken away from one of the ancient bakeries that open early. Banh Tom, little sweet potatoes shrimp fritters are a traditional street food snack eaten everywhere in Quy Nhon, as is the addictive Pho bo, a beef noodle soup enjoyed for Breakfast and Lunch. A day in Quy Nhon is not complete without Che Ba Mau a colourful dessert. Being surrounded by the sea means you enjoy impossibly fresh seafood at every meal, should you desire. Enjoy!

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Gorgeously romantic and surrounded by mountains are the Anantara Quy Nhon Villas. The cove in front of the property boasts golden sands, azure waters showcased by the dramatic, hilly back drop. There are only 26 villas dotted around seven acres of

lush landscaping fronting a private cove. Each villa boasts panoramic views through floor to ceiling doors - especially poignant at sunrise. You can laze by the pool at your villa sipping Vietnamese iced coffee and snacking on gourmet street eats. With a dedicated butler, wine cellar and a daily restocked deli, it’s tempting to stay in this voluntary seclusion and spend your days lolling in the ocean breeze on your private patio. However, if you are keen to cover the history, culture, crafts, food and architecture your butler will only to be too keen to map your itinerary out for you. After a day’s exploring, treat yourself to Anantara spa’s decadent tree house to shamelessly pamper yourself with coconut milk bath soaks, deep tissue massage and chakra crystal balancing. From the clifftop, you can just spot the twinkling lights of Quy Nhon skyline mirrored in the ebony waters of your little bay where the lights come up on the fishing boats and lobster trapping platforms. There are few spots in the world that could rival Quy Nhon for its condensed abundance of great food, fascinating history and beautiful beaches. If you want to find the best treasure from around Asia all in one city, you now know where to go. It is a journey into a world of textures and flavours, with succulent seafood from up and down the coast and fresh Vietnamese fare.

Why aren’t you back to Vy Hamlet To watch the sun rising over the areca trees? Whose garden is so lush in jade-like green And bamboo leaves cover whose firm square face? Han Mac Tu

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cambodia Cambodia is unfamiliar and enchanting - a country packed with ancient history, unreal architecture and vibrant people. If there is anywhere to get off the beaten track, it’s here. Cambodia for us is wandering through the old ruins of Angkor Wat, exploring Phnom Penh’s vibrant waterfront, becoming intoxicated by the smell of spices in the Central Markets and exhilarating tuk tuk rides by wannabe boy races. Cambodia is a standout bucket list destination, offering adventure, culture, breathtaking sightseeing and much needed dips in the gulf. Siem Reap echoes Cambodia’s beguiling charms - its rich colours and tastes, ancient buildings, kind people, sacred traditions and religion, but its unique cultural landscape is very much intact, and it will captivate your mind and fill you with a longing to return. While we can’t rave about Cambodia enough, it’s helpful to note that the country is a major stopover to other amazing counties too. With Vietnam and Thailand, a short flight away, it can be a great spot to set up base for other exotic destinations.

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The largest city in Cambodia, Phnom Penh is also the commercial hub, which resonates a mixture of traditional Khmer and French colonial architecture. Having

emerged from decades of civil war and unrest, the city has transformed itself into a vibrant bustling capital, with a number of restaurants, bars and hotels appearing. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap, the city exudes provincial charm with plenty to see. Besides the signature attractions, there are several markets worth visiting and the walkable riverfront boulevard for a leisurely stroll. Incredibly welcoming, don’t overlook Phnom Penh on any visit to Cambodia.

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1. Almond Hotel. Well located in the heart of the city, this 3 star hotel is only a short 3. Patio Hotel & Urban Resort. This 4 star boutique hotel is located in Beung walk away from attractions like the Royal Palace and the Independence Monument. Keng Kang, a popular residence in Phnom Penh. Contemporary in design, the hotel Guest rooms are comfortable, aesthetically decorated with modern amenities with is beautifully decorated with sleek outlines. The rooftop swimming pool offers a complimentary WiFi. Stay fit and well during travels with a fitness centre onsite.

great place to relax whilst also providing sweeping views.

2. Amanjaya Pancam Suites Hotel. Located riverside and within walking dis- 4. Palace Gate Hotel & Resort. Situated in the heart of the city, this 4.5 star tance of the Royal Palace and National Museum, this 4 star hotel offers splendid hotel is adjacent to the Royal Palace and within walking distance of the bustling views of the Mekong River. A contemporary Cambodian style is found throughout riverside area of Sisowath Quay. Choose from a range of carefully designed guest the hotel whilst the rooftop lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere.

rooms, enjoy time out by the pool or sip cocktails at the rooftop bar.

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1. Discover Phnom Penh. Discover Phnom Penh.Visit key attractions on this half 4. The Road to Siem Reap. Travel one way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by day tour including the Independence Monument, Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace road whilst visiting sights along the way. Stops are made at the popular Spider and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Market in Skun, renowned for its fried spiders, bugs and insects; the 7th century Pagoda is named so because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles.

Sambor Prei Kuk temple ruins and the stilted houses of Kampong Phluk Villages.

2. The Killing Fields. Gain a chilling insight into the former Khmer Rouge regime 5. Historical Phnom Penh. This full day tour combines all the highlights of Phnom with a visit to the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Penh. Admire the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda; Khmer craft at the National Choeung Ek, a sober reminder of a country torn apart by war. Note: Some exhibits Museum; Wat Phnom; the chilling Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Killing Fields of Choeung Ek; along with a brief stop at the famous Russian Market.

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3. Phnom Chisor Mountain Countryside. Escape the city for the day and enjoy 6. Phnom Penh Nightlife Experience. Prepare yourself for an evening of dining, the surrounding plains and panoramic views from Chisor Mountain – a leg pumping drinking, and learning about Phnom Penh’s nightlife culture. Ride pillion on a vintage climb but well worth the effort. Atop of the mountain uncover well-preserved tem- Vespa scooter and explore the lively night market, taste popular local street food ple ruins with inscriptions dating back to the 11th century.

and take in the view at Phnom Penh’s most famous hilltop pagoda.

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Retaining its small town charm, this former back packer haven bustles with visitors from afar. Captivating visitors from across the globe, Siem Reap is most renowned for the incredible Angkor

Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the temples, the nearby floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake are also worth viewing. By day, Siem Reap is a buzz with restaurants, bars, boutique shops, colourful markets and tuk tuks, with evenings offering little respite. Pub Street, named for the numerous pubs that line the street offers a relaxed pedestrian-only atmosphere whilst King’s Road, the latest food and shopping establishment offers a secluded space with ambience, detail and eloquence.

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hours getting pampered at the resort spa or laze in the sun by the outdoor pool.

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3. Tara Angkor Hotel. Conveniently located, this 4 star hotel is a short drive from 6. Memoire d’Angkor Boutique Hotel. This distinctive boutique 4 star hotel the centre of town. Guest rooms are well appointed and offer modern amenities is ideally located in the town centre, providing easy access to shopping and to make your stay enjoyable. Ideal for families or friends travelling together, triple entertainment. The hotel offers well appointed guest rooms and suites, a swimming rooms and family suites ensure there is space for all.

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4. The Aviary Hotel. Set in the heart of Siem Reap town, this 4 star eco-friendly 7. Viroth’s Hotel. Centrally located in a leafy neighbourhood in old town Siem hotel is filled with locally commissioned artworks which celebrate the beauty Reap, on the east bank of the Siem Reap River, this 4 star hotel is minutes away and diversity of the kingdom’s birdlife. Guest rooms are bird themed with fresh by foot or tuk tuk from shopping, entertainment, and restaurants. With a nod to the contemporary decor and balconies, whilst the swimming pool lies at the heart of 50’s, the hotel’s fresh airy style will appeal to the design conscious or for those the hotel.

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5. Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. Comfort combined with the feel of a bygone 8. Shinta Mani Shack. This beautiful 4.5 star boutique resort is centrally located era awaits you at this 4.5 star resort. Beautiful colonial design is complemented with in the leafy French Quarter. The courtyard-style resort’s guest rooms and suites outstanding facilities including the salt water swimming pool, extensive spa menu, enjoy a surprisingly different “Bensley twist” with convenient direct access to, dining options including the French Le Escale, the all-day Bistrot and the cosy Le or first floor balcony views over the stunning swimming pool and flourishing Explorateur Bar.

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1. Angkor Experience. Rise early and see the key temples of Angkor avoiding the 4. Angkor Adventure. Great for the avid adventurer, discover the variety main crowds on this half day tour. Visit Ta Prohm, largely left to the clutches of the of different temple styles around Angkor. Visit Ta Prohm, a sprawling monastic living jungle; the vast areas of Angkor Thom, over a mile on one side, containing complex offering a jungle atmosphere; Pre Rup, with richly detailed, well-preserved many stone temples and other features to explore; and Bayon Temple to view the carvings; and the temple mountain of Phnom Bakheng, the first major temple incredible carvings.

constructed in the Angkor area offering views of Tonle Sap Lake.

2. Beautiful Banteay Srei. Enjoy a trip through the countryside to visit Banteay 5. The Great Lake. Escape the city and visit a floating village on the Great Tonle Srei – an exquisite miniature, fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious Sap – Kampong Khleang, a permanent community within the flood plain of the lake. forest. Carved not out of the stuff that dreams are made of, but of solid sandstone, Located on the northern lake edge the area is more remote and less crowded than this pinkish hue temple is worth the extra effort to experience due to the elaborate the main areas that the tourist masses visit. Enjoy a local wooden boat ride on the architecture and ornate carvings.

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3. Best of Angkor. This full day tour allows you to see the best temple complexes 6. Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure. Offering a unique experience, this quad of Angkor including Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple and the jaw-dropping Angkor bike adventure offers a great alternative way to explore the countryside. Suitable Wat, the best-preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia – so grand for beginners through to the proficient, journey at a leisurely pace via beautiful in design, it appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag rice fields and villages. Enjoy the nature, roaming water buffalo and the smiling incorporating an image of a building.

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7. Angkor Zipline. This thrilling and safe eco-adventure incorporates the jungle’s 10. Cambodian Cultural Experience. Gain a real insight into the Angkor period natural features while protecting its towering trees and exotic flora and fauna. and today’s Cambodian culture on this tour. Enjoy visits to the Angkor National Nestled in the rainforest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor, be prepared Museum, the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm, the old market with time for selfto soar on zip lines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees exploration, followed by dinner – traditional Khmer food and an Apsara Dance and fly like never before.

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8. Cycle Phnom Krom. Enjoy a day of relaxed countryside cycling taking in the 11. Countryside Life Siem Reap. Ride pillion passenger on a modern Vespa beautiful scenery while on the way to Phnom Krom and Tonle Sap Lake. Leisurely scooter and get in touch with the Cambodian countryside, culture and spiritual cycle through quieter country lanes and passages of Khmer houses and rice fields. side. Highlights include APOPO, a landmine clearing organization that’s uses hero Offering a different perspective, experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic. rats to sniff out the deadly explosives, liaising with a local medicine man, enjoying Please Note: No temple visits are included.

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9. Siem Reap After Dark. You’ve spent your day at Angkor Wat, but what is the 12. Phare Circus Show. Uniquely Cambodian this is Siem Reap’s most unique, real Siem Reap like after dark? On this evening experience, ride pillion passenger on authentic, top rated evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare a vintage Vespa scooter through the streets of Siem Reap, where you are invited performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell distinctive to see and taste exotic foods and brews in authentic Khmer places that you never Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will would have known existed.

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With recent luxury hotel development taking place in Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, Cam-

bodia’s southwest coast is gaining much attention. Pristine sandy beaches, coconut palms and the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand await. Coastal destinations include Koh Rong Archipelago where islands nestle like dazzling natural jewels in the warm sapphire waters; well-known Sihanoukville which also doubles as the access point to the islands; the charming riverside town of Kampot; Kep with its rustic and relaxing atmosphere; and Koh Kong, a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. Each offer something different to the next – choose at your own will.

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fishing to taking a refreshing dip in the river.

2. Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanoukville. Offering a coastal Khmer experience, this 4. Knai Bang Chatt Resort, Kep. This 4.5 star seaside resort offers relaxation 4.5 star resort is situated amidst 23.5 hectares of beautifully landscaped beachfront and tranquillity. The lush and private grounds house a collection of remodelled and with long stretches of pristine white sands. Guest rooms and suites offer modern expanded colonial villas, boasting clean lines and a rustic minimalist style. Enjoy the Khmer design for comfort with either garden or ocean views. Two swimming pools, infinity pool, spa and the abundance of local seafood at the Sailing Club Restaurant each with an adjoining children’s pool, are the perfect place to relax and unwind.

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5. Six Senses Krabey Island. Blending into the lush 6. Alila Villas Koh Russey. Situated on the unspoilt 7. Song Saa Private Island. This 5 star resort lies canopy of trees and tropical landscape, this new 5 Koh Russey Island, this recently opened 5 star resort secluded in the magnificent seascape of Cambodia’s star resort features 40 free-standing pool villas. A 15 occupies an exclusive location. Assuring magnificent Koh Rong Archipelago. Just 45 minutes by boat minute speed boat journey from the resort’s mainland views, exclusive beach access and absolute privacy, from the port of Sihanoukville, the resort features jetty provides a tranquil surrounding in which to relax. the resort is less than 15 minutes by complimentary luxury overwater, jungle and ocean view villas. Each Perfect for intimate getaways complete with oceanfront shuttle boat from the mainland - Ream. Guest rooms expansive villa houses huge beds, over-sized baths, settings to jungle cocoons, the varying styles of one and villas offer an elegant blend of Khmer-inspired bespoke furniture, full stocked bar fridges and outdoor bedroom villas are private havens whilst sweeping style and modern comfort, designed for a truly relaxing showers beside private decks and pools. As a guest, sea views and coastal panoramas complement private stay. Make use of the infinity pool overlooking the you’ll be among a handful of lucky adventurers to infinity pools at the duplex two bedroom villas.

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Away from the tourist trail, Cambodia has much to offer. With new road

developments progressively ticking along, the rest of the country is now more accessible than ever before. For those with time to explore, the undeveloped provinces offer ethnic hill tribes, lush jungle settings and mountains, pleasant riverside towns and Mekong River dolphins. Battambang displays old-world architecture set picturesquely along a river; Kratie attracts visitors from afar for the opportunity to admire the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins; Mondulkiri offers unspoilt mountainous countryside; whilst laidback Ratanakiri turns the pace right down, the possibilities of meeting local ethnic tribes here are high, offering an authentic experience away from the modern world.

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1. The Very Best of Angkor. This 4 day private tour focuses on Siem Reap and the magnificent Angkor Temples – see the most interesting areas and also explore the less visited sites that are off the beaten track such as Preah Khan and Neak Pean. 2. Discover Cambodia. On this 5 day private tour, discover Phnom Penh with its graceful riverfront, colonial buildings and national monuments, before a flight to the charming town of Siem Reap. Gain an insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture. 3. Cambodia Unearthed. On this 6 day private tour, explore the lesser known areas of Kratie, Rattanakiri and Mondulkiri. Highlights include spending a night in a Khmer homestay, the chance to view the rare fresh water Irrawady River dolphins plus more. 4. Inside Cambodia. This comprehensive 9 day private tour explores Cambodia and showcases the natural beauty of Koh Kong, the capital city of Phnom Penh, the classically quaint Battambang and the charming town of Siem Reap. 5. Experience Cambodia. Journey through Cambodia on this 11 day private tour – explore the main cities, stay in a local homestay in the Banteay Meanchey Province and enjoy a few nights in the beach resort area of Sihanoukville. All prices are per person share twin based on low season and a minimum of 02 people s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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KIRIROM AND BOKOR NATIONAL PARK, CAMBODIA For a honeymoon destination that breaks all the rules, there really is no better place than Kirirom National Park. A true adventure of the most immersive kind and perfect for intrepid couples looking for a completely off-the-grid experience, full of opulence and adventure in the Cambodian wilderness. Tucked in amongst three national parks this is a destination that offers picturesque forest, waterways and local wildlife.

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The stunning Shinta Mani Wild is a luxury tented camp set amongst 400 acres of lush forest overlapping three national parks. This is the first private wildlife and nature reserve in Cambodia, located three hours from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville.

Recently opened Shinta Mani Wild boasts a spectacular location, tucked into the wildlife corridor which runs between Bokor and Kirirom National Parks. Famed hotel designer and architect Bill Bensley has teamed-up with the local government and conservation organisations to protect this area from poaching and logging, whilst also providing a superb site for one of Cambodia’s hottest properties. The 15 luxurious tents are perched either at the edge or directly over the roaring rapids. The spacious rooms are designed in classic safari style, recalling the age of exploration with their whimsical decor and authentic Khmer objects d’art. Each tent is luxuriously designed in true Bensley style with tasteful local colours and fabrics, and fascinating curios to recall the age of explorers and la belle époque. You can choose from a wild tent, a waterfall tent or an expansive two bedroom tent and indulge in luxurious extras such as an outdoor freestanding bathtub. You can enjoy the full services of a Bensley Butler as you unwind between excursions. Evoking a “Jacky O meets Cambodian jungle safari” feel.

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Kirirom is a national park made for exploring, if you dare. Explore the nearby estuarine waterway from the comfort of a luxury expedition boat or embark on foot into the jungle with the rangers to study the forest and its resident wildlife, examine findings

from camera trappings and study the flora and fauna. Enjoy a cooking class with a difference, as the talented local chef guides you through the jungle foraging for wild fungi, plants and fruits. There’s no question that this stunning piece of paradise will capture your heart and give you an experience that will never be forgotten. s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z

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Laos If there is anywhere on the planet that we encourage you to embrace living as the locals do, it’s Laos. Resting in the shadow of what was once French Indochina, hidden temples and traditional Buddhist ceremonies reveal themselves, whilst on the Mekong River, day-to-day life plays out before you. The sleepy capital, Vientiane provides a great introduction to the charms of the country. Step back in time and explore little shops and cafes and have dinner out doors at the bustling night market. One of our favourite destinations is Luang Prabang. A UNESCO protected site, with colourful markets, gilded temples and beautiful colonial architecture. Cap your day off by sitting on the river bank, sipping an ice-cold cocktail and watching the jaw-dropping sunset over the Mekong River. Don’t expect a wild and crazy evening, as there is an 11.30pm curfew for all bars and restaurants in Luang Prabang – simply quaint and charming. Vang Vieng is an idyllic, laid-back town, bisected by the Nam Song River with incredible mountainous landscapes and plenty of adventure. Xieng Khouang is the home to the ‘Plain of Jars’, the mysterious, prehistoric stone megaliths and absolutely worthy of a visit. Less travelled Southern Laos features Si Phan Don – a riverine network offering tranquility at its most extreme and the Bolaven Plateau, an elevated area of lush jungle and picturesque trekking trails.

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Located on a wide bend of the Mekong River, this quaint and easy-going capital city offers a range of accommodation, restaurants and cafes with French style architecture, a contrast to the old

Buddhist temples dotted around. Due to the city’s size, navigating the streets is easily done either on foot, by bicycle or by tuk tuk with the replica Arc de Triomphe (Patuxai) dominating the city centre. High on your list of sights to see should be That Luang Stupa, the beautiful Wat Sisaket and the Lao National Museum. Travelling slightly further a far, popular day trips include Xieng Khuang or ‘Buddha Park’.

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1. Ansara Hotel. Well located, this 3.5 star hotel is 2. Salana Boutique Hotel. Featuring a contemporary 3. Settha Palace Hotel. In the heart of Vientiane a short stroll away from the Mekong River. Exuding style, this 4 star hotel promotes a real sense of stands this 5 star French colonial hotel with over 80 warmth, decor is a blend of traditional Lao and Asian comfort. Relax in the elegant lounge bar which has years of family-run history. Set amongst landscaped contemporary designs with striking black and white a blend of eastern and western trends or head to gardens surrounding a swimming pool, guest rooms photographs depicting Laos’ fascinating culture and Sarila Spa, offering a traditional setting and calming offer modern facilities with a refined elegance, the sceneries.

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Known for its mountainous limestone karst peaks and scenic cliffs, the small town of Vang Vieng is located nearly four hours north of Vientiane and sits on the riverbank of the Nam

Song River. Once synonymous as a backpacker’s haven, and although still a fairly popular area for the young, the town has worked hard on changing its stance and appeal, welcoming all those in search of relaxation. At the base of the town’s mountains are a network of stalactite and stalagmite caves worth exploring, whilst adventure activities including kayaking, canoeing, caving, tubing, rafting, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing also remain popular.

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1. Vieng Tara Villa. Offering traditional villa 2. Riverside Boutique Resort. Ideally located on 3. Amari Vang Vieng. Nestled along the banks of accommodation, this 3 star property is set amidst lush the banks of the Nam Song River, this 4 star resort the Nam Song River, this 4 star riverfront hotel offers rice paddy fields and peaceful scenery, yet still within is laid out around an inviting swimming pool. Within a tranquil setting. Featuring locally inspired rooms walking distance to the Nam Song Riverfront and Vang manicured gardens and offering stunning views, and suites, the hotel features a free-form swimming Vieng town. All villas are fully equipped with standard guest rooms combine soft furnishings reflecting the pool, a spa, fitness centre, kids club and diverse dining facilities including WiFi.

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LUANG PRABANG

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, this former ancient capital is a quaint town with crumbling French-Indochinese

architecture, glistening temples and widespread natural beauty. Built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, this tiny town is the heart of this mountainous region. With a strict building code set in place, the city is remarkably well-preserved, retaining most of its old-world charm. For the spiritual at heart, Luang Prabang is considered the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos, evident by the number of orange-clad monks travelling the streets. Rich in culture, this city is definitely one that feels genuine with its unique ambiance.

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1. Indigo House. Situated amid the centre of cultural activities of the city, 3. Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum. Once home to Laotian royalty, this 4 star surrounded by breath-taking sites and within easy access to Buddhist temples, hotel offers intimate regal surroundings with a touch of contemporary. Garden wing monasteries and markets, this 3 star hotel offers a great location. With only 12 rooms feature classic colonial interiors that include French doors opening on to a guest rooms available, enjoy the intimate feel.

private balcony, ideal for relaxing and soaking up the ambiance.

2. Maison Dalabua Hotel. Offering an oasis of calm, this 3.5 star hotel is a five 4. Kiridara Hotel. This charming 4 star hotel is scaled on a hillside and surrounded minute walk from the historical centre. Choose from either modern Laotian style by native teak forests, offering panoramic views of Mt.Phousi, with easy access to or heritage style guest rooms. Be sure to dine at Manda de Laos, located around a Luang Prabang city centre. Contemporary style guest rooms are well appointed and classified UNESCO lily pond.

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5. Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel. This enchanting 5 star heritage hideaway food - participate in a hands-on lunch cooking class. Move on to nature and visit in the heart of the old town boasts a contemporary chic style. Ideally located, Kuang Si Waterfall, the falls cascade on to calcareous bedrock and basins of the Mekong River, cafes and restaurants are only a five minute walk away. Step turquoise colour. into open plan guest rooms that offer a sense of calm, with French louvred doors 3. MandaLao. Laos has a long history with elephants however this intimate leading to a private balcony or terrace. Dine in relaxed yet innovative affair – feast fairly new non-riding experience focussed on education and elephant welfare all day on East meets West favourites, French bistro fare and authentic Lao dishes. establishes a connection with elephants in the most natural way possible. Meet, Overlooking the pool, enjoy refreshing juices or locally inspired cocktails.

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gain an insight into Lao’s rich history and culture.

5. Rice Harvest Experience. Offering a unique experience, head to a local farm 8. A Monk’s Life. The daily alms-giving ritual is a must-see activity for any to interact and explore each step of a rice harvest – from using water buffalo visitor to Luang Prabang and on this encounter participate in an authentic manner. for ploughing to the traditional manual process of ranking, transplanting, sowing, Definitely not your regular cookery session, in a small village join hands and help grinding and pounding. A stop at Ock Pop Tok is also included.

prepare typical Laos dishes which are then offered to the monks at a local temple.

6. Garavek – Lao Folktales. Why is Mt. Phousi called Mt. Phousi? Where does 9. Luang Say Cruise & Lodge. Offering a unique cultural journey, understand the Nam Khan River name derive from? Discover the answer to these questions at more about life and nature along the legendary Mekong River. On this two day a special intimate show of traditional Lao folktales and legends, presented in English cruise, travel from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai, with the night spent at Luang Say and accompanied by live tunes of the khene, a handmade bamboo mouth organ.

Lodge. Untouched by the modern world, this historic region is rich and colourful.

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Off the beaten tourist trail, laidback southern Laos offers geographic diversity with hidden treasures to be explored. The re-

gion includes Pakse, considered the gateway to the far south; Champasak a charming town on the Mekong River where ancient ruins such as Wat Phou and colonial architecture awaits; 4000 Islands aka Si Phan Don – bordering Cambodia, the area is dotted with thousands of islands of various sizes in the Mekong Delta. Travel slightly east to reach the Bolaven Plateau, known for its coffee and tea plantations, cooler temperatures and many scenic waterfalls. Talk to our team about sightseeing options for any of these areas.

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1. Athena Hotel, Pakse. Offering a comfortable 2. The River Resort, Champasak. Set amid four 3. Pon Arena Hotel, 4000 Islands. Located on stay, this 3.5 star hotel is a 10 minute walk from the hectares of verdant, naturally landscaped parkland, Don Khong Island, this 3 star hotel enjoys a riverfront town centre. Great for a spot of relaxation, all guest this 4 star eco-friendly resort offers a pleasant setting with panoramic views of the Mekong River. rooms include a private balcony, whilst the outdoor interlude from the turmoil of daily life. With only two Local Lao style guest rooms offer a comfortable stay, swimming pool makes for a welcome refuge from the room categories to choose from, opt for a deluxe river whilst the water front terrace restaurant provides a warm temperatures.

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1. Contrasts of Laos. Offering a contrasting view of Lao’s two major cities, this 5 day private tour takes in both Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Departing from Luang Prabang, explore this peaceful city with little traffic and orange robed monks walking the streets. Visit the popular attractions of Mt. Phousi, Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfall. Boasting a riverside setting, Vientiane, often overlooked, offers the opportunity to visit That Luang Stupa, Patuxai and Thong Khan Kham Market. 2. Highlights of Southern Laos. Take in the stunning scenery of southern Laos on this 5 day private tour. Departing from Pakse, head to the Bolaven Plateau and explore the wild beauty of this region including a coffee farm. Crossing the Mekong, visit Wat Phou, a wonderful Khmer archeologic site that predates the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Head to 4000 Islands and discover Don Khong, the largest of islands, the Don Khone area and Khone Phapheng, an area that is truly remarkable and teeming with wildlife. 3. Laos at a Glance. Be captivated by Laos on this 7 day private tour travelling from Luang Prabang to Vientiane via Vang Vieng. Depart from Luang Prabang, explore Laotian culture, villages, nature and the temples with the chance to interact with the friendly locals. Enjoy a scenic drive to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled on the Nam Song River with stunning scenery of unspoiled limestone outcrops – enjoy kayaking and cave explorations. End the tour in Vientiane, covering key attractions including Wat Sisaket, Patuxai and That Luang Stupa. All prices are per person share twin based on low season and a minimum of 02 people s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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The first sight on descent into Luang Prabang is the range of hills in which it nestles. If you go in the wet season, you’ll see the higher ones, lush with the summer rains, peeking through a fine mist. Welcome to the most forested country in Asia. The

second sight is the mighty Mekong River, the swollen expanse that feeds the city and defines its outline. The city itself is comparatively compact and blessedly quaint. The colonial era has left an indelible imprint on the city, UNESCO protected and for good reason. Luang Prabang has brilliantly preserved French colonial architecture and 33 active gold covered Buddhist temples. Wandering your way through the quiet grounds with the intricate deep burgundy and golds of the monasteries really is soothing for the soul. With its fusion of French and Laos culture, Luang Prabang enthrals travellers from the moment they set foot here. There is simply nowhere like it. Probably the most iconic image of Luang Prabang is that of the saffron – robed barefoot monks on their daily morning alms, collecting bowls of sticky rice from the locals. It is an integral Luang Prabang experience so make sure you get out of bed to see this incredible sight. Taking a guided Active Asia tour can be a good way to discover hidden gems. Luang Prabang also puts on epic sunrises and sunsets and there’s no better place to take it all in than 100 metres above the town at Mount Phousi, offering up 360-degree views of the town, temples and the fog rolling in across the distant mountains. At night, the town comes alive with the famous night markets. You’ll find the streets are filled with the sounds of women haggling, children shouting and motorbikes whizzing past. Somehow Luang Prabang managers to resolve this vast confusion of sights, sounds and smells skilfully bringing things together in harmony. Make sure you visit street food alley and enjoy a bowl of Khao Soy and top it off with a cold Beerlao. Located just outside of Luang Prabang is the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. How many waterfalls have you seen that boast a 50-metre cascading drop into three-tiered azure swimming holes? We suggest going early with your private guide and then, as the sun starts to peek through the forest canopy, make your way up to the top tier and admire the views from above. s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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Cradled in the glen of the Nahm Dong River like a microcosm of nearby Luang Prabang, the series of buildings at the Rosewood Luang Prabang have been designed after the French-colonial style that dominates the town. Because of the site’s geography,

suited to narrow pathways, building work was carried out not by heavy machinery but manually over three years by 400 local craftspeople. The result is Bill Bensley at his chic-meets-quirky best. Period details faux and real abound, the latter including a land deed from 1560 written on pigskin. While the rooms and suites, situated in a building by a brook, are charming (this is The Rosewood, after all), it’s the Riverside and Waterfall Pool Villas and Hilltop Tents that truly fulfil the potential of the location. Of these there are only a handful (and only 23 rooms in total) and each is unique. Every villa is named and styled after Bensley’s fancy of a historical Mekong expedition-era explorer, official or companion: you might find yourself in a soothing, bluehued chamber or an almost – steampunk gentleman’s space. Even architectural details such as doorways are unique to each, through gold-left stencil work on the walls. The soothing nearby waterfall, private plunge pools and poolside bars top off the experience. As fun as the villas are, who doesn’t want to imagine themselves as a ground – breaking historical figure? Bensley brings a more local flavour to the hotel’s premium offering - the stilted hilltop tents. The term ‘tent ‘applies only to the roof structures: the remainder of the wrapper is solid, with generous roll up windows and terraces that give the lofty perches views over the surrounding landscape with a minimal physical footprint thanks to the stilts. The decor of each is inspired by one of the 80 distinct local hill tribes but retains a sense of luxury and attention to detail. Our able Active Asia guides can arrange visits around the area to sites that retain their authenticity and charm. From no-ride elephant sanctuaries to less-known villages for an experience with local crafts or other elements of the diverse Laotian culture.

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m ya n m a r If there is one destination that makes an entrance, it’s Myanmar. The Golden Land is like no other place on earth. A holiday in Myanmar is akin to seeing history being made; enthralling, extraordinary and enchanting. Myanmar offers all the traditional delights of Asia in one magnificent country. Due to its long period of inaccessibility, visiting Myanmar is like stepping inside a time capsule – Asia’s Cuban equivalent, if you will. Yangon is a convenient starting point. Start your day with the Sule Pagoda, which according to legend is over 2,500 years old. Explore the city’s charming, faded colonial architecture and emerge yourself into the diverse mix of busy markets where you can have a good rummage and chat with the locals. Take a step back in time and be charmed by the 10th century city Bagan, marvelling at the 4,400 temples and pagodas throughout the city. For peace and tranquillity head to Inle Lake and enjoy its beautiful floating gardens and the unique one-legged rowing style of the local fishermen using traditional conical nets. Lastly, be sure to enjoy the beautiful white beaches of Ngapali. Myanmar offers a cherished change of pace. In today’s mile a minute pace of life, it’s an absolute delight to immerse yourself in a country that makes you slow down for a minute to really cherish it’s beauty and simplicity.

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Yangon is a sprawling and charming old city, known for its “dilapidated grandeur”. Stunning lakes and shady parks are situated near the city centre and trees line the wide streets. A buzz with teashops, street vendors

and trishaws, the city has a great range of museums and art galleries. The wonderful array of colonial era buildings reflect the city’s history of ethnic and religious diversity. Above it all towers the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, truly one of Asia’s largest and most beautiful pagoda complexes and arguably one of the most impressive and inspiring structures ever created. Yangon is a beautiful city which deserves at least a few days exploration.

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2. Hotel G. A vibrant 4 star hotel, design-inspired with an urban accent, centrally 4. Sedona Hotel. Located between the airport and city centre, on the edge of Inya located in Yangon’s entertainment neighbourhood. Compact, comfortable guest Lake this 4 star hotel sits on eight acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Guest rooms have vivid colour tones and modern furniture. Babett Eatery & Bar is a rustic rooms feature contemporary Burmese décor. A variety of dining options and resort chic dining room offering an open kitchen.

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vibrant Little India, Chinatown and browse through Bogyoke Market. In the afternoon view the 70 metre long reclining Buddha image at Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Kandawagyi Park home to the glittering replica Karaweik barge and Shwedagon Pagoda, its gold stupa towering 99 metres into the sky. 2. A Taste of Yangon. Sample tasty morsels while browsing the morning markets where breakfast treats such as steamed sticky rice with beans, donuts

5. Belmond Governor’s Residence Yangon. A teak wood colonial-style and samosas are freshly made. Visit a local tea shop, try palata (thick pancakes) 1920s mansion houses this impeccable 5 star hotel centrally situated in Yangon’s and stop for lunch at a popular local restaurant to complete this day of culinary leafy Embassy District. Named for its former use, crisp linens, hardwood floors exploration. and intricately carved local furniture in the forty-nine luxurious rooms and suites 3. Heritage Walking Tour & High Tea. Yangon downtown is unique with much take you back to a former time where old world elegance meets Burmese style. of its colonial-era architecture still standing. Your guide will walk with you and Unwind by the fan shaped pool or indulge in a spa treatment before savouring explain the history of these buildings some empty, some restored and used for Burmese flavours alfresco in your choice of restaurants surrounded by fragrant different purposes than when built. Finish your walk with high tea – choose British or Myanmar style at the iconic Strand Hotel. tropical gardens. s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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also serving as a community centre, an important part of rural Burmese life.

5. Experience Bago. Two hours drive from Yangon is Bago – an ancient capital 8. Yangon Circular Train. Take the local circular train from Yangon’s main rich in history. Begin at Kyakhatwine Monastery, an eminent teaching centre and railway station. The slow train gives you a rare opportunity to observe local life. the huge Shwemawdaw Pagoda. Visit a Mon weaving village and the Allied War Disembarking in the township of Insein wander through one of the city’s best fresh Cemetery in Taukkyan – the final resting place of thousands of allied soldiers during produce markets. After, transfer by car back to the city and conclude the day with World War II.

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Truly one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, the thousands of temples that span the plains of Bagan are testament to the religious devotion of Myanmar’s people and rulers over the centuries. Combined they provide views

quite unlike anywhere else. Of the original 10,000 pagodas, more than 2,000 remain standing today. Each has its own unique story to tell with many able to be freely explored inside. Outside of the Bagan Archaeological Zone, Nyaung U is an atmospheric village with a bustling market. To be in the thick of the temples, Old Bagan is the place to stay – it sits within what remains of the city walls.

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pavilion by the tropical garden or by the pool.

2. Areindmar Hotel. Situated close to the temples of New Bagan this 3.5 star 4. Amata Garden Resort Bagan. A contemporary 4 star hotel styled with hotel is south of the city walls. Minimalistic guest rooms, decorated with traditional traditional touches in New Bagan. Spacious deluxe rooms with a private balcony Burmese handicrafts are situated around a large, leafy square while the pool and overlook the garden. Enjoy all day dining at the restaurant, relax in the large pool or restaurant sit within an intimate courtyard.

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1. Discover Bagan. Covering key sights, this half day tour is a perfect overview of Bagan. Visit colourful Nyaung U Market where locals gather. Continue to Shwezigon Pagoda, one of Bagan’s most impressive monuments, followed by a visit to a lacquer ware workshop. Finish with Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas. 2. Bagan by E-Bike. Today’s ride on fun and easy to use e-bikes will lead you to

5. Bagan Lodge. Offering a fusion of classic Burmese design and current decor, hidden neighbourhoods along sandy lanes and tracks. Experience the local life of this 4.5 star lodge is found in New Bagan a five-minute drive from key pagodas. Bagan and the lesser known temples as well as some of the most famous sights Guest rooms and suites offer upscale sanctuaries each with a private verandah and of Bagan. Your guide will adjust the tour to suit your interests. high-quality amenities. Enhancing the stay the resort offers eight treatment rooms 3. Hot Air Balloon Flight. Enjoy a first-class flight over the awe-inspiring pagodas providing an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments. The two pools, the and stupas of Bagan. With seasonal daily scheduled flights using 12 or 8 passenger Jacuzzi and a fitness centre equipped with state-of-the-art equipment cater to your balloons, watch the inflation and experience a 45 minute to one-hour flight with leisure needs. Tiffin Box, the resort’s open-air restaurant serves authentic Myanmar sparkling wine on landing. cuisine whilst The Lobby Lounge Bar offers comforting afternoon beverages. s e e m o r e a t w w w. a c t i v e a s i a . c o . n z


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4. A Taste of Bagan. Discover the food the last king of Bagan ate, learn about 7. Salay & Mt. Popa. Drive through the countryside to the small town of Salay, herbs at the market in Myinkaba. Visit cottage industries where products such as an important centre of Buddhism in Myanmar. Continuing to Mt. Popa, an extinct tamarind paste is made. End the tour with a meal like the king - just a bit more volcano to be greeted by the astonishing setting of a temple atop the mountain, moderate with only 30 different dishes instead of 300.

famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) reached by a 777 step climb.

5. Bagan Countryside by Bicycle. There’s more to Bagan than temples as this 8. Horse Cart Sunset Ride. Explore the stunning temples of Bagan the same trip with ample photo opportunities shows. Ride to the busy morning market where way the royals do, by a horse-drawn cart. Ride in style through a tour of some of locals bring products from across the river. Take a boat ride across the Ayeyarwady Bagan’s most noteworthy cultural stops. View a spectacular sunset at the elegant, River to SeLan village and cycle through vegetable plantations visiting cotton Shwesandaw Pagoda a true panoramic view of Bagan that you will take home with weaving and cane ware workshops.

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Situated on the banks of the legendary Ayeyarwady River, Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese Kingdom, is a lively city. Neighbouring the mountain regions of the Shan and Kachin

people, the city acts as a gateway to Northern Myanmar. It is home to many forms of crafts as well as the world’s largest book found at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. With streets based on a grid system, getting around downtown Mandalay and its markets, restaurants and temples is easy. A day trip to the surrounding ancient royal capitals of Ava, Amarapura, Mingun and Sagaing, makes this one of Myanmar’s most historical and culturally rich regions.

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1. Mandalay City Hotel. Located in the heart of Mandalay, this 3 star hotel is 3. Eastern Palace Hotel. A contemporary 4 star hotel well placed for city a little oasis in the city. Guest rooms offer a mix of convenience and comfort and excursions. Spacious rooms include a seating area and expansive balcony for certain functionality. Escape the heat at the pool or retreat to the hotel bar to unwind over room types. An indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and the colourful a refreshing beverage.

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2. Bagan King Hotel. Unique and romantic, this 3.5 star boutique hotel is ideally 4. Rupar Mandalar Resort. Be embraced by the warm Burmese culture with situated in central Mandalay. Heritage-themed guest rooms highlight the strong ar- a stay at this splendid 4 star resort set on 1.8 hectare grounds. Guest rooms tistic traditions of Mandalay and the rooftop restaurant and bar afford breath-taking incorporate modern facilities with traditional style. Unwind in the gardens, by the views over the city and Mandalay Hill.

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5. Hotel By the Red Canal. Find yourself in a lush sanctuary amidst the hustle

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and bustle of Myanmar’s cultural city. With its tropical greenery and calming

Monastery with exquisite wood carvings followed by the world’s largest book at

water features, the 25 custom-made rooms in this 4 star hotel are uniquely

Kuthodaw Pagoda before ending the day atop of Mandalay Hill.

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groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan. Dine at the outstanding

Mandalay tasting some of Mandalay’s best night-time snacks such as barbeque

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4. A Slice of Local Life. Mandalay will reveal itself from a diverse and interesting 7. A Sunset Cycle to U Bein. Early afternoon after a drive to south Mandalay perspective on this half day tour. Commence by spectating bargaining at the busy where the city gives way to countryside, begin a leisurely ride through villages jade market before stopping at a tea house to sample a local breakfast. Witness passing friendly waves from locals. Stop in the little-known birthplace of U Bein, the railway bazar - literally on the track and ready for a quick move, lastly jump on after whom the famous bridge is named. Finish with an enchanting sunset at the a cyclo to the beautiful teak Shwenandaw Temple.

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5. Mingun City Tour. Take a boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River to Mingun 11 km 8. Pyin Oo Lwin Tour. A two hour scenic drive will take you to Pyin Oo Lwin upriver from Mandalay. View the Mingun Bell, weighing 90 tons one of the world’s formerly Maymyo – a British Hill Station. Take a horse drawn carriage through the largest bells, on the way we stop in at a local monastic school and continue to the streets to see the unique brick and timber British colonial houses and stroll through stunning all white Hsinbyume Pagoda.

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Situated nearly 900 metres above sea level and surrounded by blue and hazy mountain ranges in the Shan State, Inle Lake is often referred

to as the ‘Venice of the East’ when floating through the canals and stilted villages by boat. Heho, a small town is the primary air gateway to this serene lake area, whilst Nyaung Shwe is the main village just north of the lake with a vibrant town atmosphere. Offering a selection of boutique hotels and restaurants the town is a good choice to stay after a busy day exploring the district, alternatively choose a more remote lakeside resort as detailed on the following page.

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2. Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe. In the heart of Nyaung Shwe town, rooms at 4. La Maison Birmane. Feel at home in your choice of a light filled bungalow or this 3 star hotel combine the best of traditional Myanmar architectural style with chalet in modern Asian architecture at this 3 star boutique hotel located in a quiet modern conveniences. Sample traditional Intha cuisine at Mai Li Restaurant whilst street. Relax on the private terrace overlooking the colourful garden and dine in the Spa Thukka offers a range of therapeutic treatments.

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Offering an idyllic setting, the lake is 22km in length and 10km in the widest place. The shallow waters are home to the Intha people, renowned for their floating gardens and the unique onelegged

rowing style of their fishermen using traditional conical nets. Life on the lake is captivating and a complete contrast to the Western world. You’ll find a number of hotels on the lake to choose from with their traditional and distinctive Inle architecture. At the end of your day’s exploring your distinctive long boat will navigate to the hotel’s dock on the shoreline.

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1. Pristine Lotus Resort. Choose from a floating cottage literally on the lake 3. Amata Garden Resort. With views of the tranquil backwaters and the emerald edge or a lotus villa on the hillside with 100 square metres of living area and green Shan Hills, this 4 star garden resort sits on the eastern bank of Inle Lake. ensconce yourself in the comfort of locally sourced design at this 4 star lake Indulge in a spa treatment using indigenous products or enjoy the tranquillity at side resort.

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2. Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort. Located on the shores of the lake with the 4. Villa Inle Resort & Spa. Admire the beauty of Inle Lake at this 4 star resort Shan Mountains as backdrop this 4 star resort offers luxurious spacious villas built spread over more than 20 acres. Bungalows are designed to harmoniously blend in over the lake waters each with a private outdoor terrace and daybed from where with the natural environment featuring hand-selected local paintings, high wooden you can admire the spectacular sunsets.

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1. Magical Inle Lake. View tranquil villages on stilts and floating gardens close- 4. Red Mountain by Bicycle. Cycle through the countryside to a vineyard enup on your boat trip around the lake. See the Intha fisherman with their unique one- joying village visits and photo stops along the way before reaching Red Mountain legged rowing skills and special method of fishing. Visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Estate, a collaboration between local Pa O and a French vintner. Take a tour of the and traditional handicraft workshops such as cheroot (local cigar), followed by Nga wine-making facilities before settling down for a wine tasting and to admire the Phe Kyaung Monastery.

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2. Indein Boat Excursion. Journey across the lake and through a scenic creek 5. Trek to Pa O Villages. One of the distinctive hill tribes from Shan State are the to discover Indein village and its enchanting 17th century pagodas in an ’Indiana Pa O known for their unique dress and their farming and trading skills. During this Jones’ setting. The forces of nature have taken over on many with some now being day trek you get to know the way of life as the Pa O live it. Visit their villages, eat restored. Continue your boat trip to local villages to see local craftsmen such as the food and dress in a traditional way (if you wish) just like a Pa O. silversmiths at work.

6. Railroads and Hikes around Kalaw. Take part in a 2-day trek through the

3. Shan Cooking Class. Glide into your cooking class by boat in a unique location magnificent Shan mountains around Kalaw. Your accommodatrion will be in a local on the lake and cook your own Shan lunch with guidance from the chef. Sit down homestay for one night along the way, enjoy awe-inspiring vistas across endless to enjoy your efforts having learned the basics of the local cuisine and come away green hills and finish by experiencing a local train ride to Kalaw, founded as a hill with a recipe book to replicate your experience at home.

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Featuring an idyllic stretch of white sand and palm tree lined coast, Ngapali Beach is considered Myanmar’s premier beach destination.

Located on the Bay of Bengal coast resorts are spread out between traditional fishing villages. All about the relaxation, there is a choice of water sport activities along with a 9-hole golf course nearby. The town of Thandwe offers pagodas to explore and a bustling market. Enjoy the array of fresh seafood in hotel beachfront restaurants. Ngapali Beach makes for a great, relaxing beach break on any Myanmar itinerary.

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1. Yoma Cherry Lodge. Located in a village, on a small bay at Ngapali Beach, 3. Amata Resort & Spa. Stretching along the beautiful shoreline of Ngapali this boutique 3 star beach hotel with architectural charm, a well-tended garden Beach, this 4 star resort covers more than five acres of tropical wonderland flanked and a beach terrace is a perfect spot to chill out and enjoy the sun, sea and fresh by a 400 metre seaside boardwalk. Guest rooms and cottages are designed using seafood.

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2. Pristine Mermaid Resort. Peaceful green surroundings fronted by an expanse 4. Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa. On the beautiful stretch of beach in Mya Pyin of white sand beach is the setting for this 4 star resort. All 46 suites, villas and Village each thatched roof, stylishly designed villa at this 4.5 star resort offers an cottages are equipped with private balcony, outdoor shower and standalone ocean view. Take an e-bike out for a day to explore or watch the sunset, sundowner bathtub.

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There is a sense of adventure in exploring the unknown which has always gone hand in hand with the sea. The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar, a yacht, a week on the water. Sailing unchartered territories. Swimming the depth of its waters. The

Tanintharyi coastline - Myanmar’s skinny southern tail, fringing the Andaman Sea recedes to a cut–out scene of blue hills as you set sail for the Mergui Archipelago Islands, which dot the waters of Myanmar. Each of the 800 deserted islands has a unique feel and culture. Hastings Island offers a lovely anchorage for the night in a bay sheltered by four uninhabited islands, each with long white-sand beaches. Lampi Island is a great base for exploring lush forests and marine habitat, while further on, the interior of Clara Island is almost entirely unpopulated, perfect for hiking in complete tranquillity and peace. Moor up in a new bay of a different island each night, dive off the bow for a swim before breakfast, scuba dive over ancient sunken ruins. Soak up spectacular waterfalls that tumble directly onto white sandy beaches fringed by pristine coral reefs whose crystal clear, turquoise waters teem with wildlife, including whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs, turtles and manta rays. It is a nature lover’s paradise and is the ultimate destination for those seeking aquatic adventure. Dive the deep emerald waters, snorkel endless reefs, paddle board or kayak through mangroves. All the adventure you desire is here and the gentle pace of sailing and island life is completely restful and restorative. The Mergui Archipelago Islands represent that perfect holiday ‘elixir’ of sun, sea and tranquillity, yet adventure, too.

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The Mergui Archipelago has some seriously stylish accommodation. The eco-chic, barefoot luxury resort of Wa Ale, is the world’s first luxury resort in Myanmar. Set on a pristine kilometre-long dazzling white-sand beach, flanked by rocky cliffs and backed by

lush evergreen jungles.Comprising eleven luxury tented beach villas and three treetop villas. Its architecture reflects the natural beauty of the raw and unspoiled island of Wa Ale. Each stunning villa has been thoughtfully designed to blend in with the lush vegetation and pristine beach and offer sweeping and stunning views. Constructed using reclaimed and local materials, each villa has been erected to have minimal impact on the environment and is the ultimate in comfort and design.

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River cruising has in recent years become the holiday buzz-word on everyone’s lips with Instagram wooing travellers with jaw-dropping images of ethereal landscapes and magical rivers of myths and legends. Cruising has so much to offer and a unique charm all of its own. Discover hidden treasures of Asia that one cannot access by air, road or rail – you get to touch, see and learn about the history and culture that is so tied to the river. River cruises venture into the heart of Asia – vibrant, inscrutable, thrilling, relaxed, exotic and homely all at the same time. Unlike ocean cruises, river cruise ships are small and intimate. There are many wonderful places to explore and indeed where you can find yourself completely alone with nature – whether climbing to the edge of spectacular limestone cliff, stopping on a rural road to pat the irresistible water buffalos, or submerging your travel worn body in some of the smaller hillside thermal pools. Threaded like veins through the continent, the Yangtze, Mekong, Ayeyarwady, and Red River’s will take you on the journey of a lifetime. Perfect for hassle-free relaxation, adventures through jungles and mountains, experiencing unique cultures and savouring stunning, authentic food. For us, river cruising ticks all the boxes.

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The mighty Mekong River, the twelfth longest river in the world, starts its flow from the Tibetan Plateau Springs and runs through several countries

including China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam before discharging into the South China Sea. In southern Vietnam the river flows into a rich delta with thousands of waterways forming a labyrinth of major currents and secluded canals that are lined with vegetation, mangrove swamps and verdant rice fields. Providing a lifeline to millions of people, the river offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the locals. The sights, sounds and smells of the Mekong River will truly tantalise the travel taste buds.

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1. Pearl of the Orient. This 4 day cruise is perfect for the cruise aficionados 2. The Lost Civilization. This classic 8 day Mekong River cruise, The Lost with less time on their hands. Designed to emulate the glories of a by-gone era, Civilization combines places rarely visited with affluent world heritage sites. Cruise Heritage Line are a collector of classic river vessels. Departing from Saigon, travel aboard the Jayavarman, a purpose-built ship inspired by a French colonial cruise overland to My Tho to embark aboard the luxurious Jahan – evoking the opulent liner. It charms guests with its romantic, pastel coloured cabins and quaint wooden vessels of British India. Steadily glide along the Mekong, enjoy the scenic views, bar. To the south of Saigon, embark at My Tho and set sail seamlessly along the bathe in the sun or opt for shore excursions. The journey ends in Phnom Penh. Mekong River – take in the continual changing scenery, passing by tranquil villages, * This cruise also operates in the reverse direction and is available on the exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fishermen. Disembark in Siem Reap. *This Jayavarman.

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1. The Laos Mekong. On this 11 day cruise, enjoy a three country expedition 2. Laos to China. On this 15 day cruise, sail on the mighty upper Mekong River - traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Myanmar at the once notorious Golden from Laos to China (also available in the reverse itinerary). This pioneering river Triangle. From Vientiane, the old French capital, travel aboard a Pandaw liner and expedition will offer discoveries of charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine cruise deep into the mountains, through rapids and gorges, visiting tribal villages jungle, the Golden Triangle and the emerald green Mekong in China’s Yunnan and exploring the jungle and countryside along the way. *Please note this is a province. The journey includes overnight stops in Luang Prabang, Chiang Saen and new expedition therefore unforeseen changes to itinerary may occur – but a great Jinghong. *Please note this is a new expedition therefore unforeseen changes to adventure still to be had, a flexible approach is required. This cruise also operates itinerary may occur – but a great adventure still to be had, a flexible approach is in the reverse direction

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EXPLORE THE MIGHTY RIVERS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA

Recapture the golden era of luxury travel and personalized service on board our small ships while exploring the rich riverside history and daily life along the fascinating Irrawaddy, Chindwin, Ganges and Mekong rivers as well as the Red River and Halong Bay.

For further information, contact your travel agent

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MYANMAR CRUISES

Every river has a story waiting to be told – Myanmar has two renowned rivers, the Ayeyarwady River and

the Chindwin River. The Ayeyarwady River follows a route between Mandalay and Bagan, a cruise along this river encounters many temples and active monasteries. Less explored, the Chindwin River is surrounded by lush jungles, mountains and steep gorges.

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1. Mandalay to Bagan. On this 4 day cruise, embark on an authentic journey 2. Impressive Gorges. Travel aboard Heritage Line’s Anawrahta on this 8 day of discoveries from visiting temples, pagodas and monasteries to remote cruise which passes through the most dramatic scenery of the entire Ayeyarwady villages aboard the Strand Cruise. This boutique river cruiser combines the latest River, reaching its peak in the drama of the Second Defile. Walk in the footsteps technology with heritage. Cabins are beautifully appointed whilst the layout of the of George Orwell in Katha, the real-life setting for his Burmese days, before ship promotes a convivial feel, with comfortable and spacious public areas perfect savouring the peace and tranquillity of a remote island monastery. Built to for socialising. Daily excursions offer a comprehensive tour as part of a scheduled resemble a British colonial paddle steamer, on board enjoy the largest cabin space itinerary, detailing the history and significance of all sites visited.

on the Ayeyarwady, and the highest crew to passenger ratio - learn from cultural demonstrations and lectures.

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EXPERIENCE THE ROMANCE OF THE MEKONG RIVER.

The magical mysterious and wonderful Mekong River winding through the Laos countryside.

Adding to the fleet, Anouvong, seen here in her evening splendour.

Anouvong boasts 8 state rooms, 2 suites, 2 decks, spas and a restaurant.

FROM THE CRUISING EXPERTS - HERITAGE LINE. Luxury and adventure all rolled into one.

Our latest cruising edition is an incomparable jewel.

Passionate to the core about creating unforgettable and refined

Joining our ship fleet currently made up by the Jahan, Jayavarman,

river voyages, we operate luxurious ships on Southeast Asia’s most

Anawratha, Ginger, Jasmine, Violet and the last member Ylang, we

fascinating waterways – the Mekong, Chindwin and Ayeyarwady. A

would now like to introduce the Anouvong. Due to set sail in Laos

collector of distinctive vessels, every boat has its own tale to tell. We

in December 2019, the vessel showcases traditional Laotian design

bring untold stories to life with the perfect mix of comfort, adventure,

with Indochinese accents. Cabins are individually designed and are

culture, tradition, authenticity and extravagance that exceeds all

anointed meticulously with luxurious details. With two viewing decks

travellers expectations. Once you have experienced a cruise with us,

you will never be short of stunning scenery and wonderment. Journeys

nothing else compares. See more at www.heritageline.com

will range from 3 night cruises to longer 8-10 night cruises.

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3. The Chindwin. Sail aboard the RV Zawgyi Pandaw on this 8 day cruise with a 4. Yangon to Mandalay. On this 12 day cruise, sail upstream aboard the luxurious relaxed and informal atmosphere. The loveliest of rivers, the Chindwin carves its Sanctuary Ananda from Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon to Mandalay via Pyay and way through mountains and forests revealing delightful unspoilt little towns. On Bagan. From the river, fantastic views of the passing scenery await whilst shore this off the beaten track itinerary, the objective is Homalin; the capital of Nagaland, excursions allow for interaction with the local people in their villages. Visit temples, close to the India border. Ply the Upper Chindwin from Monywa, under three hours pagodas, palaces and monasteries. Custom built, this all suite ship showcases from Mandalay and pass via Mingkin, Mawlaik, Sitthaung and Toungdoot. Enjoy original Burmese design in a sleek and contemporary flair. Every suite boasts floor excursions ashore and take in scenes that differ to what the rest of any Myanmar to ceiling windows and private balconies to relax on. *This cruise also operates in journey may have unfolded.

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AC T I V E A S I A / Q U E S T I O N S A N S W E R E D

HERE’S A FEW ‘GOOD TO KNOWS’ WHO IS ACTIVE ASIA? We are an established niche travel wholesaler. Creators of authentic personal custom-made travel experiences with love and care all over Asia. Active Asia inspires and showcases the kind of holidays and lifestyles that we and our friends and their friends want to have. We pride ourselves on giving honest and impartial advice on our own personal travels and experiences, so that you feel safe planning your holiday in the hands of a destination specialist with first-hand knowledge. Above all we offer a highly personalised service – from the minute you make contact to the moment you return. We work with wonderfully loyal and talented travel agents throughout New Zealand.

WHY BOOK WITH ACTIVE ASIA? Bottom line – first-hand knowledge and experience. Our destination experts regularly travel to the countries they sell, and we partner with the best people on the ground to look after our clients whilst on holiday. Booking with Active Asia lets you utilise the expertise of our Travel Designers and craft a bespoke holiday together that is perfectly suited to your needs – completely hassle-free.

HOW DOES ACTIVE ASIA ENSURE THAT THE COUNTRIES IT RECOMMENDS ARE SAFE TO TRAVEL TO? In each country that we send our clients to, we work closely with trusted ground handlers who keep us well informed on any tricky situations that may affect our clients. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance in order to safely insure yourself against any eventuality.

WHAT DO WE DO IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION? In the event of an emergency, your first point of contact should be your Active Asia guide or ground handler for the trip. We always provide a 24-hour contact emergency number for all our destinations.

CAN ACTIVE ASIA ORGANISE MY VISA TO THE RELEVANT COUNTRIES? We do not organise visas but can certainly help point you in the right direction in terms of how to obtain them!

CAN ACTIVE ASIA ADVISE ON VACCINATIONS AND HEALTH RELATED ISSUES? We recommend that you seek a qualified opinion from your doctor, according to the countries you are visiting and activities you would be partaking in.

CAN YOU BOOK GROUPS THROUGH ACTIVE ASIA? Yes, you can. We specialise in the following group travel services: EDUCATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAMMES / INCENTIVES / SPECIAL INTERESTS / HISTORY AND CULTURAL TRAVEL

We want to create life-enhancing, memorable and enriching experiences solely through the medium of travel.

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IS TIPPING EXPECTED IN ASIA? Although there is little general culture of tipping in the region, it has increasingly become an expected part of life in tourist-related industries. In general, no tip is expected at restaurants or in taxis, but it is generally accepted that your guide and drivers supplement their income through the tips they receive. We recommend USD$2 for drivers and USD$4-5 for guides per traveller per day.

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I NEED IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA? Everybody spends a different amount when they travel, but Southeast Asia can be pleasantly inexpensive and eating out is very reasonable. As a rough guide we recommend USD $25 – $50 per person as a good amount to cover daily expenses. This won’t cover huge shopping sprees or living the good life in fine hotels and restaurants.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT? Travel to South-east Asia is a pleasure at any time of the year – the decision of when will be the best time for you will depend on your own personal tolerance of heat and rainfall, and the activities you wish to include. Vietnam’s length and varied topography combine to make it a challenging country to describe climatically. As most journeys cover the entire length of the country, it is possible that you will encounter rain at some point along the way; where this is most likely to fall and the impact it may have on your trip will depend on the time of year. In most cases rainfall is tropical in nature, meaning short heavy showers that refresh the air, rather than extended periods of rain. Like most of Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos are warm to hot year-round and the climate is dominated by the annual monsoon cycle with alternating wet and dry seasons. Best time to go: Vietnam’s climate is very diverse, but April, May and October are generally good. November to February is best for the South. Best time to go: Cambodia – November through May Best time to go: Myanmar – November through February Best time to go: Laos – January through April

CAN I DRINK TAP WATER? Absolutely NOT. Use bottled/reusable water to brush your teeth and never open your mouth in the shower! Ask your guide where filtered water can be found if you have your reusable water bottle with you. It’s also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

WHAT DOES ONE PACK TO SOUTHEAST ASIA? With only two seasons to worry about (mostly), Southeast Asia doesn’t require too much baggage space to pack for. Pack anything linen, silk and cotton. All these fabrics breath and dry super-fast when travelling. Ladies - a large scarf or wrap is great for the cooler evenings. Be mindful of the local culture: pack some clothes that cover your shoulders and legs for visits to temples, mosques and churches. M A K E S O M E N OT E S H E R E

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Bandung

Perabumulih

Tanjungpandan

Pangkalpinang

Bogor

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Ketapang

Sukadana

Pontianak

Singkawang Tanjungpinang

Sambas

Kuching

Singapore

Telukbetung

Active Asia utilises local suppliers for all travel arrangements.

Baturaja

Kuala Lumpur

Quoted prices are in New Zealand dollars unless stated in overseas currency and are subject to change until full payment has been received.

Padang

Bukittinggi

Tarutung

Tebingtinggi

If you fail to pay by the due date, we reserve the right to retain your deposit. If you make a booking less than 42 days prior to departure, full payment is due immediately. Some of our tours and ground arrangements may require a higher deposit of up to 50% to meet local tour operator’s booking conditions.

Sibolga

CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT Any cancellation by a client must be made in writing. The date on which Active Asia receives the email or letter will determine the cancellation charges applicable. The cancellation charges below are a percentage of the total price, excluding insurance. A/ Cancellation more than 30 days before departure: Loss of deposit PLUS any domestic train and flight costs B/ Between 30 days and 7 days before departure: 50% of total booking C/ Less than 7 days before departure – 100%. Insurance is strongly recommended. Please note that once purchased train and domestic airfares are non-refundable. No refund for any unused travel arrangements after departure. PRICES AND SURCHARGES All prices are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print and are provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ due to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Events beyond our control may result in price increases; AA reserves the right to pass on these changes if necessary. CHANGES AA reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services or prices described should it become necessary in the interests of safety or other unforeseen circumstances. AA will provide services equal to or exceeding those advertised if at all possible.

Palembang

Lubuklinggau

Sungaipenuh

Bengkulu

Solok

Rengat

Pajakumbuh

Sumatra

Padangsidempuan

Kelang

PAYMENT A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required to make your booking. Any domestic train and flight tickets are also required to be paid with the deposit as once booked, these are NON-Refundable. Full payment is required 42 days before your departure from New Zealand.

Medan

Belawan Pangkalanbrandan

Mentok

AIRLINE SCHEDULE CHANGES AA is not responsible for any schedule changes imposed by airlines. Whilst we will do our best to reschedule your touring and accommodation, AA is not responsible for any additional costs nor services missed as a result of an airline-imposed schedule change.

Jambi

RESPONSIBILITY All services are organized by AA. Notice is hereby given that all arrangements are made on behalf of clients on the sole condition that the organizers shall not be held responsible for any injury, death, accident, delay, loss, damage or irregularity. AA acts as an agent for transport companies, hotels and other contractors and shall not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur, including, but not limited to, any defect in vehicle or any other form of transport conveying a traveler, acts of God, weather disruptions, detention, delays or expenses arising from quarantine, strike, theft, civil disturbance, government restriction, strikes, riots or epidemics or regulation. Or for any accident by aircraft, boat, bicycle, motor vehicle or any other form of transport or in any hotel or guest house, pension, or other form of accommodation.

Jurong

BROCHURES AA make no warranty about the accuracy of the information contained in our brochures or publicity materials and exclude all liability for any errors or omissions. Hotel descriptions and star ratings are based on current hotel guides and are indicative only. Any facilities described are subject to change at any time. Maps and photographs are included for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, location or services. Hotel room photographs may not be specific to the actual room occupied. All information should be checked prior to booking.

Melaka

THE CONTRACT We at Active Asia undertake to perform all services with reasonable care and skill. We act only as a booking agent for all hotels, tours and services. We will not be liable for any loss or damage, which results from taking part in these services. We have exercised all care to ensure the information is correct, accurate and up to date. We cannot be held responsible for loss, damage or disruptions outside our control. All hotels have been researched and are recommended at the time of travel, but conditions can change. All persons (hereafter called the client) will be bound by the conditions, which follow. (Active Asia hereafter called AA)

Malaysia

Sungai Siput

Kuantan

Active Asia acts as a sales agent for overseas suppliers. Any reservations with Active Asia constitute acceptance of all terms and conditions of these suppliers. Active Asia applies the same terms and conditions.

Taiping

Langsa

TERMS & CONDITIONS

FLEXIBILITY The client should appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of travel in Asia may sometimes require flexibility and should allow for alternatives. It is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice, due to local circumstances or events, which may include sickness, mechanical breakdown, flight cancellations, strikes, events emanating from political disputes, entry or border difficulties, climate and or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS The client must be in possession of a valid passport and all visas, permits and insurance. It is ultimately the responsibility of the client to ensure they have the necessary documentation. FACTORS OUTSIDE AA CONTROL AA cannot accept any liability for matters outside its control such as political disputes, border closures, refusal of visas, industrial action, delayed flights or unforeseeable climatic changes. INSURANCE The client is willing to accept full responsibility for insurance which must cover personal accident, medical expenses, loss of effects, repatriation costs and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the client. It is strongly recommended that all clients have personal travel insurance. UNUSED SERVICES There will be no refunds for any unused services. CLAIMS AND COMPLAINTS If a client has a complaint about any service or product supplied by AA they must, if on a group tour, first inform their Tour Manager whilst on the tour so that they can attempt to rectify the matter. Any clients on Independent arrangements should firstly try to take the matter up with the hotel or supplier at the time of the problem. Failure to bring the problem to the attention of the local supplier may forfeit any possibility of a refund or resolution of the problem. Any other or further complaint must be put in writing to AA within 30 days of the end of the tour. THANKYOU FOR CHOOSING

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