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Singapore Airlines route SilkAir route

Luang Prabang Mandalay

Chiang Mai

Yangon

Hanoi Vientiane

Da Nang Bangkok

Manila

Ho Chi Minh City

Siem Reap

Koh Samui

Medan

Langkawi Penang

Kota Kinabalu Kuala Lumpur

Pekanbaru

Cebu

Phnom Penh

Phuket

Kalibo

Kuching

Davao

Bandar Seri Begawan

SINGAPORE

Manado

Balikpapan

Makassar Jakarta

Semarang Surabaya Bandung

Yogyakarta

Denpasar

Lombok

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Economy Class

• 10.6” wide LCD screen with on demand Audio-Video • Ergonomically designed seat • 30kg baggage allowance

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Premium Economy Class

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Business Class

• 15.4” LCD, noise cancelling earphones • Spacious 30” wide seat, direct aisle access • Seat conversion into 76” fully flat bed


Index Vietnam Myitkyina

CHINA

Chindwin River

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Cambodia

44-54

Laos

55-62

Myanmar

63-74

Ayeyarwady River Hakha Sapa

Mandalay

MYANMAR

Bagan

Phongsali

Inle Lake

HANOI Mai Chau

Ban Houaykay

Naypyidaw

Pakbeng

Halong Bay

Ninh Binh

Luang Prabang

Xieng Khuang

Ayeyarwady River Ngapali Beach

Vang Vieng

VIENTIANE

LAOS

Bago

Thakhek

YANGON Savannakhet

Hue Danang

Saravan

THAILAND

Hoi An

Champasak

CAMBODIA Battambang

Rattanak Kiri

Siem Reap

Tonle Sap Lake

Nha Trang

Kampong Cham

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PHNOM PENH

Dalat

Koh Kong Province Sihanoukville Kampot

Mui Ne Sa Dec

Koh Rong Archipelago

Phu Quoc Can Tho Island

Accommodation Guide

Hot

Good accommodation with additional facilities

My Tho Mekong Delta

Cooler

Dry & Hot

Wet & Warm

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec North Vietnam

Considered amongst the regions top hotels and resorts, these properties offer the best facilities and service.

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Weather: Although temperatures vary throughout South East Asia, there are predominantly two seasons - the “Dry Season” brings warm to very hot days while the monsoon or “Wet season” will vary from hot to warm and the frequency of rainfall varies from sporadic to frequent.

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Ho Chi Minh City

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VIETNAM

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Vietnam / Introduction

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Fishing Boats – Mui Ne

Quite simply, one of the most divine Asian destinations on the planet. Breathtakingly beautiful, Vietnam is a country on the move. Fast, energetic and resilient by nature, it is rapidly emerging Quite simply, the most divine destinat as one of the latest hotspots of Asia. A fun country to explore, the culture is rich, the scenery majestic and the locals are friendly.

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anoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a

from Hanoi inland to the dramatic scenery of Mai

In Central Vietnam, Hue sits on the Pearl River

bustling city with a French influence. Dive

Chau; north to the cascading rice terraces of Sapa

and resonates with the glories of an Imperial past.

into the backstreets and explore with a flurry

and the colourful ethnic markets; or to the coast –

From here, travel the winding Hai Van Pass – a

of noise, scooter horns, bicycle bells and vendors

Halong Bay with its craggy limestone karsts rising

mountainous stretch of road leading into Danang

selling goods. Blessed with natural beauty, travel

from the seascape.

where photo opportunities abound. Not only

Vietnamese river Canoe

Hoi an town

Danang beach


Experience Vietnam

Sapa

HANOI

Halong Bay

Mai Chau Ninh Binh

Hue Danang Hoi An

VIETNAM

Nha Trang Dalat Mui Ne Sa Dec Phu Quoc Can Tho Island

Ho Chi Minh City My Tho Mekong Delta

offering remarkable remnants of the war years,

Having been occupied by the Chinese, French and

breath-taking scenery, beautiful beaches, an

Danang also boasts a beautiful coastline with

Americans – brutal imprints have been left on the

abundance of shopping and a delectable cuisine –

pristine white sands. Leading into Hoi An and its

Vietnamese story but also creating a rich cultural

Vietnam is a kaleidoscope of cultural and sensory

golden hued buildings, many are left spellbound by

smorgasbord - evident not only in architecture but

contrasts; Vietnam has it all and will no doubt

this quaint town.

the flavours of Vietnamese cuisine.

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The beach areas of Nha Trang and Mui Ne offer

With many UNESCO World Heritage Sites,

a relaxing solitude from the historic areas whilst Ho Chi Minh City, still often referred to as Saigon, is a chaotic yet modern city. The gateway to the Mekong Delta, the city is a hive of activity.

Traditional vietnamese Ao Dai dress

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Vietnam / Hanoi / Accommodation

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”.

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he area is a commotion of narrow streets once arranged by trade. The best way to explore is to wander through the alleyways discovering boutique stores,

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cafes and local shop houses along the way. Hoan Kiem District can be considered the commercial core and it’s here you’ll come across the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake. The

French Quarter is a tree-line boulevard with elegant villas reflective of the French rule many centuries ago, whilst the West Lake District is fast becoming the fashionable new hub with exclusive luxury hotels. The intricate history of Hanoi however is found in the Ba Dinh District, here the city’s most important and cultural monuments can be found. 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

May de Ville Old Quarter

Tirant Hotel

Silk Path Hotel

Hanoi’s beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake

From $53pp

Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter just a block away from Hoan Kiem Lake, a stay at this hotel makes shopping and exploring the city’s sights enjoyable and convenient. Guest rooms offer unique Vietnamese contemporary décor creating a gentle ambience. After a day of exploring take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or head to Le Soleil Bar on the 10th floor with a splendid city view and contemporary design offering a wide range of beverages.

Just a short stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s famous water puppet theatre, this hotel is ideally located in the historic Old Quarter. Comfortable, wellappointed guest rooms interconnect - great for families. Offering 360° panoramic views of the city, enjoy the rooftop at Skyline Lounge, or after a day out, unwind and sit pool side. For those who prefer pampering, head to Ciel Spa offering a range of treatments blending the best of oriental techniques and Vietnam herbal secrets.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Apricot Hotel

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From $234pp

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From $64pp

From $73pp

Nestled at one of the busiest arteries of the Old Quarter, Hang Bong Street, this hotel offers great access to the city’s famous landmarks. Although modern in design, guest rooms feature opulent fabrics and hand printed wallpapers giving each room a personal touch. Offering a blend of cuisine, choose from two restaurants with monthly signature dishes and authentic Hanoi flavours. Set in an open-air area, the Terrace Café is an ideal place to people watch with a refreshing drink in hand.

From $132pp Named after its art-loving owner, the Apricot Hotel brings a fresh, arty vibe to the city’s hotel offerings. The property enjoys an enviable location in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake and within a few minutes from the Hang Gai shopping district.

Steps away from the Opera House, this French colonial style hotel has been one of Hanoi’s legendary landmarks since its establishment. Savour legendary cuisine at Le Beaulieu, offering French haute cuisine and the sommelier’s fine wine pairings or taste authentic Vietnamese in the Spices Garden. Retire for the night with guestrooms spread amongst two wings; the original grandeur preserved historical Metropole Wing or the neo-classic elegant Opera Wing, all rooms featuring Sofitel’s signature My Bed™.

The rooms, although compact are clean and airy, cleverly fusing neo classical design with a local touch in the form of original paintings and sculptures designed by Vietnamese artists. Room categories are aptly named in keeping with the art theme, such as ‘Sketch’ and ‘Canvas’. Facilities include French and Asian cuisine in the hotel’s two elegant restaurants, Spa L’Art, a fitness centre and rooftop bar and swimming pool offering great views of the city and Hoan Kiem Lake.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Vietnam / Hanoi / Sightseeing

Duration: 1.5-2 Hrs / Price from $25pp

Duration: 2 Hrs / Price from $50pp

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $77pp

Concierge Welcome

Good Morning Hanoi!

Heritage Hanoi

If you’re new to Hanoi or Vietnam and unsure of places of interest, the best eateries in town, where to exchange money, how to barter correctly, then this Concierge Welcome is for you. A guide will meet you for an orientation of the city, giving you a brief introduction from a local perspective and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Learn the most invaluable insight to Vietnam – how to cross the street! You’ll receive a welcome pack and be taken on a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake.

Rise early and see Hanoi in a different light as you observe the city come alive. The streets are quiet to begin with, a rare sight in Hanoi and as the morning unravels, watch as the locals begin their day. Enjoy the crisp morning air as you walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, a popular spot where locals partake in daybreak exercises, Tai Chi and catch up with friends. Next, head to the bustling local market where many Hanoians trade their goods for the day. End your tour at a street side café.

Take a glimpse into the history of Hanoi with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the embalmed body of the late president was laid to rest after his death. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, followed by the historic One Pillar Pagoda. Other highlights include the Temple of Literature; the first university in Vietnam originally constructed in 1070 and recently rebuilt in 2000 with the main purpose to remind the youth of Vietnam to try and study as their ancestors did. Also visit a temple dedicated to Confucius

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $27pp

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $96pp

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $112pp

Ancient City Walking Tour

Cyclo City Experience

The Insider’s Hanoi

The Old Quarter in Hanoi is over 1,000 years old and today still retains much of the old essence that made the area special in earlier times. With local houses narrowly built and close together, people live upstairs while running a family business at street level. Walk through these amazing alleys and gain a fascinating insight into an old age traditional way of life at the heart of Hanoi – a great introduction tour to the city.

It is no secret that the streets of Hanoi are full of commotion, so what better way is there to explore Hanoi other than joining the locals on the road. Discover Hanoi by cyclo – a traditional three wheeled bicycle taxi. Sit back and relax as your cyclo driver navigates you through the Old Quarter, renowned for its lively buzz. Prior to your cyclo ride, you’ll also visit the Museum of Ethnology with exhibits depicting all aspects of the lives, customs and activities of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam.

Soak up the local lifestyle and discover places that few tourists have ever seen on this insider’s tour of Hanoi. Ride pillion on a vintage Vespa through and around this incredible capital city. See how the locals live and work just centimetres from the train tracks in tall narrow houses, meet a fascinating elderly resident of the Huu Tiep Lake area who regales with stories of the past, visit the B52 crash site and travel along the Long Bien Bridge - built over a hundred years ago, only motorbikes and bicycles can traverse it.

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $75pp

Duration: 1.5 Hrs / Price from $29pp

Hanoi After Dark

Hanoi Street Food Walking Tour Water Puppet Show

Ride pillion on a vintage Vespa and zip along the capital’s iconic narrow streets, sampling the sensational street food scene. Be treated to must try Hanoi dishes such as bun cha - this quintessential, is a dish of rice noodles, grilled pork and meatballs, with a side of nem (spring rolls). Simple but delicious. As you weave through the magical, busy back streets of the Old Quarter, visit fascinating local joints that you would not normally find if you were to do it yourself. This tour offers a truly authentic Hanoi style night out.

If you are a bit dubious or nervous to try the much talked about Hanoi street food, then this is the way to do it. Walk through the bustling streets, as your guide explains the cuisine and points out sights along the way. Gain an insight into the intricacies of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and popular northern dishes. Stop at several establishments along the way where you will have the opportunity to try local dishes.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

Discover the beauty of this uniquely Vietnamese performance art. A range of traditional legends and historical tales are among the enchanting puppet plays performed at this popular theatre in Hanoi. The puppets are made from wood, highly lacquered and are attached to long sticks. The puppeteer stands waist deep in water, giving the illusion that the puppets are walking on water. The show is accompanied by musicians who play traditional Vietnamese music on instruments such as drums, gongs, cymbals, horns and flutes.

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Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $136pp

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Vietnam / Hanoi / Sightseeing

Duration: 10.5 Hrs / Price from $207pp

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Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $170pp

Mai Chau Day Tour

Ninh Binh Day Tour

Duong Lam Village

Escape Hanoi for a scenic journey to the province of Hoa Binh. The road into the mountains affords some fantastic views of terraced fields, rice paddies, and traditional thatch-roofed houses. Descending into a picturesque valley you will arrive at the village of Mai Chau – home to people of the Thai minority. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the village and experience first-hand the way of life of the village people.

Take a two hour journey to Ninh Binh, a former ancient capital where the remaining two temples of Dinh King and Le King remain. Cycle through the countryside to Tam Coc - known as Halong Bay on Land (16km). After lunch, relax in a small bamboo boat as you are rowed through the rice fields, caves and mountain ranges - a stunning natural landscape. Late afternoon visit Bich Dong Cave Pagoda built in 1428.

Travel west of Hanoi to Duong Lam Village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta that still preserves many hundred-year-old houses. Visit Mong Phu Temple in Mong Phu commune - the only hamlet whose original village entrance remains intact. Continue through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses which make up this charming village along with visits to historic pagodas and temples. Enjoy lunch in a 100-year old house.

Duration: 7.5 Hrs / Price from $142pp

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Duration: 9.5 Hrs / Price from $199pp

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $218pp

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $126pp

Hanoi Explorer

Handicrafts Villages by Bicycle

Silk Village

Leave the chaos of Hanoi behind for a day and cycle through farmlands and villages surrounding the city. Cycle along the banks of the Red River passing through flower and vegetable gardens, village lanes and alongside lotus lakes to give you a whole new view of Vietnam’s capital city. Meander around the West Lake, head down hidden back alleys and admire the colonial architecture. You’ll be surprised at how little traffic you’ll encounter as you explore a side of Hanoi that’s well off the beaten path.

On this tour, cycle via country roads and visit traditional family craft villages. Drive northeast across the Red River to the 1,000 year old Bat Trang Ceramic Village – view how ceramic is produced both in a traditional and modern way. From here begin cycling through villages enjoying the peaceful countryside with the river meandering through. Enjoy lunch with a local family before visiting local artisans to learn about traditional Vietnamese paintings.

Drive to the Tram Gian Pagoda, built more than 500 years ago. Follow the ancient staircase to the Bell Tower with its beautiful tiled roof and intricately carved columns. Walk to “Noodle Village” where noodles are made from powdered arrowroot. Continue to the Silk Village that supplies all the silk to the Northern Markets. Witness the weaving, dying and drying of silk – although affordable today, for centuries silk was considered a luxury commodity.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / Halong Bay / Cruises

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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.

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ere over 1,600 towering limestone karsts and rock island formations jut from the sea creating a breath-taking panorama. With majority of the islands uninhabited this is nature at its best. Just over a four 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

Views of the limestone karsts

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!

duration: 25 mins / From $159pp

Halong City

Halong Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay

Titov Island Vung Vieng Surprise Grotto

Dong Tien Lake

Lom Bo Islet

Cat Ba Island

Ba Trai Dao Beach Viet Hai Village

Lan Ha Bay

duration: 2 days / 1 night / From $245pp

Halong Bay Scenic Flight With an area of 2,000 square kilometres, scattered all around with more than 1,600 magnificent islands and limestone pillars, Halong Bay is known for its splendid beauty. Offering a different perspective, this 25 minute scenic flight over Halong Bay will leave you amazed. From the exhilarating moments of the seaplane taking off or landing on the glimmering water at Tuan Chau Marina, to the breath-taking sights as the plane hovers above abundant islets, you will never be bored when travelling with fun and talented pilots. Admire this magnificent beauty from the top!

duration: 2 days / 1 night / From $252pp

Includes: Return transfers from Hanoi, cabin accommodation, all meals and excursions

Oriental Sails

V’Spirit

With the beauty of Halong Bay as a backdrop, sail aboard the ancient Vietnamese style, Oriental Sails. Featuring 18 traditional styled cabins, the junk boasts rattan and wooden furnishings with a multitude of windows for amazing views and a panoramic sundeck to relax on. A great option for families, the Oriental Sails also features interconnecting cabins. Take the family aboard for either an overnight experience or a two-night cruise. Explore dazzling caves formed by years of coastal erosion, kayak and swim in the fresh water, take part in the on board cooking class, try your hand at night squid fishing and catch the morning view of seascapes. These are just some of the memories that will last you a lifetime.

Experience Halong Bay on a V’Spirit Cruise - the Vietnamese Spirit or V’Spirit offers you the chance to discover the breath-taking scenery of Vietnam’s premier destination Halong Bay on-board. You will not only see many fantastically shaped islands, beautiful beaches, and great natural caves, but you will also learn more about its history and local people. Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave, go swimming and relax at the beach of Titov or climb to the top of the island for a panoramic view of Halong Bay. Socialise with other guests during a sunset party or just simply take in the views. Travel aboard a traditional wooden junk, with a sun deck bar and contemporary cabins including sea-view windows.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast. Sightseeing is based on a minimum of 02 people.

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Includes: Return transfers from Hanoi, cabin accommodation, all meals and excursions

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Vietnam / Halong Bay / Cruises duration: 2 days / 1 night / From $334pp

Includes: Return transfers from Hanoi, cabin accommodation, all meals and excursions

Orchid Cruises

Constructed in a classic, oriental style whilst incorporating modern facilities, the Bhaya Classic offers 15-20 cabins creating informal, yet warm spaces promoting a convivial atmosphere on board. Thoughtfully designed cruise routes allow for either an overnight experience or a two-night cruise. Apart from relaxing and admiring the scenery on board, you’ll also be given the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture including the popular cooking demonstration, the chance to participate in a traditional tea ceremony, explore fascinating formations in the depths of a cave, paddle a kayak to find hidden lagoons, and allow a sunrise Tai Chi session to slow down time for just a bit.

Travel with Orchid Cruises for an enchanting trip through the beautiful Halong Bay allowing guests to relax and discover untouched areas, providing an experience on the less travelled routes. Departing from Hai Phong, only an hour and half from Hanoi, explore Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Choose from four different suite cabins including a family suite cabin with balcony, which features connecting doors with one double suite and one twin suite, perfect for families or friends travelling together. All cabins are well designed with beautiful large windows opening toward the sea and all featuring their own private balconies which bring a full spectrum of spectacular views.

Includes: Return transfers from Hanoi, cabin accommodation, all meals and excursions

duration: 3 days / 2 nights / From $809pp

Includes: Return transfers from Hanoi, cabin accommodation, all meals and excursions

Paradise Cruise

The Au Co Cruise

From the classic, intimate interior of their traditional wooden junks to the sleek, modern luxury of their steel boats, the Paradise Cruise collection is a destination waiting to be discovered alongside the magic of Halong Bay. With fresh and delicious, locally sourced ingredients, an innovative menu features the best of Vietnamese and international cuisine, and wines carefully selected by a sommelier, dining on board is an unparalleled experience in gastronomic indulgence – no request is too big or small with special dietary requirements also taken into account. Travel aboard the Paradise Luxury, the perfect blend of chic, modern styling and traditional Vietnamese details with an all-inclusive cruising concept, free flow of selected drinks and a world class day spa.

Possessing a white old French architectural exterior, savour the fantastic scenery of Halong Bay on board The Au Co, boasting 32 spacious cabins each with panoramic balconies. From the decoration of the ship to the quality of dining service, through to the range of activities available, The Au Co is designed to allow guests to get a true sense of Vietnam. Enjoy an exclusive three-day cruise deep into the heart of the Gulf of Tonkin, experiencing the stunning scenery of all three beautiful bays. Enquire about a 45 minute Hanoi to Halong Bay premium seaplane journey plus a 15 minute scenic tour over Halong Bay.

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Includes: Return transfers from Hanoi, cabin accommodation, all meals and excursions

Bhaya Cruise

duration: 2 days / 1 night / From $556pp

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duration: 2 days / 1 night / From $373pp

Includes: 10 nights’ accommodation aboard the ship, return transfers between the meeting point and the ship, all excursions including entrance fees, guide services (English speaking), gratuities to crew, main meals, locally made alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes and mineral water.

Halong Bay & The Red River Traverse the Red River Delta and its main tributaries aboard the RV Angkor Pandaw as you explore the key sites of Northern Vietnam. Connecting the wonders of Halong Bay and beyond with its dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations to the excitement of downtown Hanoi. Sail deep into highland Vietnam and discover the mountain villages and tribal areas with emerald green rice paddies. Enjoy a local water puppet show, visit the local markets in Ninh Giang, taste a homemade special cake ‘Banh Gai’, and learn about Vietnam’s recognised coffee making industry. Pandaw vessels are built and designed as replicas of colonial river steamers and offer an all-inclusive concept, relax with a beverage in hand in peaceful sitting areas dotted throughout the ship, outside on the promenade decks or on the vast observation deck above. With an informal and very social atmosphere, enjoy other guests company – truly relax and escape the world as you know it. *Itinerary based on upstream departures between Apr-Nov. Please contact Active Asia for Dec-Mar itinerary and downstream options. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Vietnam / Sapa / Tours

sapa

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.

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enowned 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

Stunning scenery of cascading hills

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

2 days / 1 night From $172pp

4 days / 3 nights From $602pp

INCLUDES: 1x night in a local homestay/ guesthouse, select meals and a 2-day trek with a local Sapa based English speaking guide

INCLUDES: Return Hanoi hotel transfers to Hanoi Railway Station, return sleeper train shared compartment 4-berth, 1x night in a standard hotel in Sapa, select meals, one-day trek with a local Sapa based English speaking guide and a market tour

far cry from the westernised world, Sapa also offers a completely different viewpoint to the rest of Vietnam and showcases its own characteristic charm.

Sapa Trek

Sapa Experience

One of the best ways to explore the stunning region around Sapa is on foot. Commence on a two day trek through the Sapa region, accompanied by a local English speaking guide, providing you an insight into the traditional way of life of just some of the ethnic minorities that call the north of Vietnam home. This is one of the most enjoyable walks in the area as it involves descending into a nearby valley that is inhabited by a variety of ethnic hill tribes. From the valley floor, appreciate the amazing scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley climb away from you covered in terraced rice paddies and scattered villages. *Approx. 27km trek over two days

Travel by overnight train from Hanoi to Sapa on this three night tour. Arrive early morning at Lao Cai on the Chinese border before transferring to Sapa. Sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind as you head downhill to Cat Cat Village. Trek via dirt trails through rice paddy terraces all whilst taking in the spectacular scenery along a narrow river. Visit villages of the Black H’mong minorities enlivened by the flashes of shining jewellery from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad women. Enjoy time at leisure to self-explore Sapa or visit one of the areas weekly markets which rotate on a daily basis, selling wonderful crafts all made by the local ethnic tribes.

5 days / 4 nights From $618pp

INCLUDES: One-way Hanoi hotel transfer to Hanoi Railway Station, return sleeper train shared compartment 4-berth, 1x night in a standard hotel in Sapa, 1x night in a local homestay/guesthouse, select meals and a 2-day trek with a local Sapa based English speaking guide

INCLUDES: One-way Hanoi hotel transfer to Hanoi Railway Station, oneway Hanoi Bus Station transfer to Hanoi hotel, one-way sleeper train shared compartment 4-berth, 3x nights in a standard hotel in Sapa, select meals, Fansipan tour and a 1-day trek with a local Sapa based English speaking guide

Sapa Hill Tribe Trek

Explore Sapa

Set amongst spectacular rolling hills in the north of Vietnam near the Chinese border, this Sapa package combines your overnight train journeys from Hanoi to Lao Cai (train station), accommodation in Sapa and a two day trek among colourful ethnic villages and through spectacular scenery. Mist often swirls around the hills as local villagers tend to their farms and animals and go about their daily life. The trek is easy for anyone of average fitness. Experience a stay with a local family, although arrangements are basic, you will be warmly welcomed and gain a unique insight into the local way of life – it will leave you with many wonderful memories.

This four night package combines not only an overnight train journey but a bus ride from Sapa back to Hanoi giving you a different scenic view. Spend three nights in Sapa town - one of the best ways to explore the stunning region around Sapa is on foot, with a one day trek you’ll descend into a nearby valley visiting ethnic hill tribe villages and be able to admire the amazing scenery that surrounds you. A visit to Fansipan Mountain is also included, it is the highest mountain of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and has been given the name ‘Indochina Rooftop’ with an altitude of 3,143 metres – enjoy a cable car ride up the mountain.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

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5 days / 4 nights From $402pp

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Vietnam / North Vietnam / Tours

Ninh Binh Countryside Cycle On this overnight cycling tour, discover Ninh Binh offering great natural allure and is popular with Vietnamese who flock to nearby cultural sights. On this overnight cycling tour, discover Ninh Binh offering great natural allure and is popular with Vietnamese who flock to nearby cultural sights. Arriving in Ninh Binh after a two hour drive, visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the remaining two temples of King Dinh and King Le. From here, begin your cycling journey through the countryside. Highlights for the tour include Bich Dong Cave Pagoda built in 1428; Phat Diem Cathedral, a complex comprising of a lake, a cathedral, a stone church, Phuong Dinh (bell house) and three artificial grottoes; and a boat trip to the the Kenh Ga Floating Village. Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night / Price from $484pp

Mai Chau & Ninh Binh Exploration As you escape Hanoi, stunning scenery and colourful ethnic communities await on this three day adventure. Travel to the remote mountain town of Mai Chau where you will have the opportunity to visit some of the local villages of the Muong people and experience the lifestyle – you’ll also enjoy an authentic dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep in a traditional stilt-house in one of the villages. Explore the village of X Linh, home to the Red Hmong and Blue Hmong minority people before transferring to Ninh Binh, considered Halong Bay ’on land’. Relax on board a small boat as you are rowed along the river through the rice fields and mountain ranges of this stunning region. Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights / Price from $710pp

Halong Bay Cycle & Cruise Island-studded Halong Bay, situated in Vietnam’s Gulf of Tonkin, is one of the world’s natural wonders.

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights / Price from $970pp

Explore this landscape of limestone karsts by boat and bicycle as you cruise through the emerald sea and cycle on one of the thousands of islands for a unique perspective. Starting from the Red River out of Hanoi, cycle leisurely through the Vietnamese countryside. A relaxing cruise on the waters of Halong Bay will pass by some of the spectacular islands before bringing you to beautiful Cat Ba Island where you will resume cycling. Head to one of the world’s biosphere reserves, Cat Ba National Park. Here, be treated to green jungle and beautiful scenery. Spend the night in Cat Ba town before cycling along the coast to meet the next boat. This one takes you to the newly discovered Thien Long Cave before heading back to Hanoi. Total Cycle Distance: 111km

Explore Hanoi Discover the charm and character of bustling Hanoi on this three night package and gain an insight into this lively city.

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Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights / Price from $555pp

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Be welcomed upon arrival into Hanoi by a local English speaking guide who will also be able to assist you with any queries. Take a glimpse into the history of Hanoi with a Heritage Hanoi tour, with highlights including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. If you’re a bit nervous about trying the much talked about Vietnamese street food on your own, then a walking Hanoi Street Food Tour with a guide will put you at ease. Round your journey off by riding pillion behind an experienced driver on a vintage Vespa to enjoy and experience the Vietnamese lifestyle. Ride through the iconic narrow streets of the Old Quarter and around this incredible capital city and discover places that few tourists have ever seen.

Adventure North Offering a fascinating tour of the north, this five day package introduces you to Hanoi along with the picturesque Sapa. Rise early in Hanoi as your local English speaking guide introduces you to the historic Old Quarter as the city promptly comes to life in the morning – watch as the streets go from deserted to bustling. You will also discover some of the cities key sights including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda. Board an overnight train to Sapa and arrive in Lao Cai before driving through the winding hills to Sapa. Enjoy a trek through the scenic rice paddy terraces and visit Cat Cat Village. Enjoy time at leisure to self-explore a little or visit one of the weekly markets. Your return to Hanoi also includes another overnight train. Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $615pp All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / North Vietnam / Tours

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights / Price from $1150pp

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights / Price from $1295pp

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights / Price from $985pp

Best of the North Tour

Cultural North

Northern Exposure

This is a great combination tour - discover the main sights of Hanoi and explore further afield on a two-night Halong Bay cruise.

Explore Hanoi followed by Hoa Binh province to experience the cultural north before enjoying the incredible panoramas on a Halong Bay cruise.

This seven night package gives you a great taster of what Northern Vietnam has to offer including Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi. An English speaking local guide will you meet you at your hotel for a Hanoi orientation.

Arrive in Hanoi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later, enjoy a walking tour through the myriad of fascinating streets of the Old Quarter, taking you up close to some of the speciality merchants and particularly impressive buildings.

Day 1: Hanoi Arrive in Hanoi. An English speaking local guide will you meet you at your hotel for a Hanoi orientation. Spend the evening at leisure. Day 2: Hanoi (B) Rise early and visit Hoan Kiem Lake to witness the daily morning routines of local people all whilst the streets of Hanoi come to life. Later this morning, discover some of the city’s key sights - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda followed by a Water Puppet Show. The afternoon and evening is spent at leisure.

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L) Today’s highlights include the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda and the 6th century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit either the Ethnology Museum or the Vietnam Women’s Museum. End your day with a walking tour through the Old Quarter, followed by a Water Puppet Show.

Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D) Departing Hanoi this morning pass through rice fields and bustling towns on the drive to Halong Bay. On arrival, board your traditional style junk boat for the cruise around the bay. Make stops to visit islands and caves. Kayak (optional extra) or simply take in the stunning scenery.

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D) Journey to the mountainous countryside area of Mai Chau and take advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities. Enjoy lunch at a local village and experience the lifestyle of the ethnic hill-tribes in the villages. This evening choose to stay in either a traditional stilt-house in a village of the White Thai minority, or a rustic country lodge.

Day 4: Halong Bay Cruise (B, L, D) For early risers, join in a Tai Chi class, or enjoy coffee on the sun deck. Catch the morning view of the seascape while enjoying breakfast. Today, visit hidden lagoons covered by majestic limestone islands and islets and wild beaches. Simply relax in the surreal setting.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Hanoi (B, L) Rise early and transfer to the village of Xa Linh, enjoying the beautiful valleys and peaceful scenery on the drive. After lunch return to Hanoi.

Day 5: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B) This morning cruise leisurely back to harbour. On the return trip to Hanoi, visit a local pottery village Day 6: Hanoi (B) Tour arrangements end upon check out from your hotel.

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L,D) Drive to Halong Bay where you will board a traditional style junk boat. Visit islands and caves, kayak (optional extra) or swim in the emerald sea. Day 6: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B) Pass by beautiful outcrops and rocky islands as you cruise to port. On the return drive to Hanoi, visit a local pottery village.

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart Hanoi and head for Halong Bay where you will enjoy an overnight cruise amid the limestone karsts. Day 3: Halong Bay – Sapa (B)

Mid-morning, cruise back to port where you will be and transferred through to Hanoi Railway Station for your overnight train journey to Sapa. Day 4: Sapa (B)

Arrive in Lao Cai and transfer to Sapa where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. Day 5: Sapa (B, L, D)

Today, embark on a two day trek through the Sapa region giving you a glimpse into the traditional way of life. Overnight in a homestay. Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi (B, L)

Trek back to the township before transferring back to Lao Cai for your overnight train journey to Hanoi. Day 7: Hanoi (B)

Arrive early into Hanoi. Later, enjoy a half day city tour covering the key sights of the city. Day 8: Hanoi (B)

Today, tour arrangements end upon check out from your hotel.

Day 7: Hanoi (B)

Tour arrangements end upon check out from your hotel.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

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Floating village of Halong Bay at sunset

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Vietnam / Hue / Accommodation

Hue, pronounced “hway”, sprawls across the banks of the Song Huong Perfume River located in Central Vietnam.

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suffered 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 massive complex with rich architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens features hundreds of monuments and ruins, such as the Forbidden Purple City, royal tombs, pagodas and temples. Renowned for its Imperial-style cuisine, Hue also has some lusty and tasty street level flavours, be sure to try a crispy Banh Khoai, a pan friend crepe typically stuffed with shrimp and pork.

Alba Spa Hotel

Hotel Saigon Morin

Colourful gate in the Imperial City

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ften overlooked, Hue is a city of cultural and historical value and once served as the capital city. Although Hue

EMM Hotel Hue

From $33pp

Recently renovated and located in the heart of the city, this hotel offers easy access to nearby historical sites, including the Imperial City and the elaborate tombs of Nguyen Dynasty-era rulers. The new modern design draws on historical elements in its bright, bold colours, such as the majestic purple and jade green of the luxurious silks worn by ladies of the ancient royal families. Guest rooms are inviting and offer views overlooking the swimming pool, lush tropical gardens or the historic streets.

Found nestled in a quiet alley, just a stone’s throw away from Hue’s main attractions, this hotel prides itself on its unique spa hotel concept, placing water and its health benefits at the core of its philosophy. Guest rooms are equipped with modern facilities and amenities to provide the most comfortable stay. Each floor is decorated with a different theme and each room bears its own name, creating a unique and personalised experience. Be sure to check out the range of spa treatments and therapies here, all carefully created by the experts at Alba Spa.

Imperial Hue Hotel

La Residence Hotel & Spa

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From $44pp

This majestic hotel is nestled along the Perfume River, conveniently close to all the historical sites this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City has to offer. The hotel features a combination of modern and classic design blending historic architectural details and earthy décor. Guest rooms offer stunning views of either the serene Perfume River, the magnificent Ngu Binh Mountain or the ancient monuments of the city. For a spectacular panoramic evening view, head to the King’s Panorama Bar located on Level 16.

From $196pp

From $77pp

Located in the heart of Hue, this lovingly restored hotel offers great views of the historic Truong Tien Bridge and the Perfume River. Established in 1901, the hotel is a historic symbol of Hue. With a distinct white façade and colonial feel, well-appointed guest rooms are spacious with balconies overlooking the tree lined streets below. The hotel boasts a range of facilities including a roof top restaurant and bar, swimming pool, fitness centre, beauty salon and a massage and spa service.

Endowed with opulence, this former residence of the French Colonial Governor was restored and redeveloped as an exceptional hotel. Offering a fantastic riverside setting on the banks of the Perfume River overlooking the citadel on the opposite bank, the hotel has been stylishly decorated and furnished taking inspiration from the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s. With great care taken to preserve the charm and atmosphere of a classical colonial villa, well-appointed guest rooms and suites still offer modern conveniences with private balconies or terraces. Le Gouverneur Bar is well stocked with first-rate spirits and Cuban cigars, oozing a 1920s elegance, whilst La Parfum Restaurant delivers a firstclass French-Vietnamese fusion experience. Step back in time with a stay at this sophisticated hotel. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Vietnam / Hue / Sightseeing

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $111pp

The Imperial Way

Perfect for those who are short of time, this half day tour will give you a quick overview into the former Imperial family life. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Imperial Citadel. This impressive edifice has a 10,000 metre circumference and is made up of three ramparts. You will also visit the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh - during Khai Dinh’s reign many western influences began to seep into the country and this is evidenced by the mixture of Western and Asian architecture of his tomb.

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $153pp

Hue by Motorbike

Jump on a motorbike behind a driver for a tour through the countryside to the tile-roofed Thanh Toan Bridge, built over two centuries ago. Continue to the Imperial Citadel, modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing and built in the early 19th century. After lunch, explore Ho Quyen Arena where tigers and elephants fought, gladiator style, for the benefit of the royal family. Continue on to Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc’s Tomb and Vong Canh Hill - the best place to catch a panoramic view of the Perfume River and the Ho Quyen Arena.

Hue Street Food Tour

Enjoy an evening dedicated to traditional Hue food! By cyclo head to a local shop house to discover Banh Beo – a popular cake snack of Hue people. Continue on to a local restaurant to try beef grilled in wild betel leaves as an appetiser. You will be given a brief on Hue cuisine, the origins and anecdotes. The next delicacies to try are rustic family meals of grilled pork on lemongrass skewers and crispy salted pancakes. Walk to the next stop for mixed sweet soups of Hue. End with a stop at a coffee shop to taste Vietnamese coffee and enjoy live music.

The Royal Capital

Hue was Vietnam’s political capital from 1802 to 1945, throughout the rein of the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. On this tour explore some of the key ancient sites – set sail along the Perfume River before discovering Thien Mu Pagoda; the Imperial Citadel, the former royal quarters within a walled fortress; and the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh with its unique artwork and mosaics made from glass and ceramic fragments. You’ll also stop at a roadside village to observe the making of cinnamon incense.

Duration: 10.5 Hrs / Price from $138pp

Hue by Bicycle

Stretch the legs and explore Hue by bicycle. Begin with a ride out to the Thien Mu Pagoda, built more than 500 years ago. Returning to Hue you will visit the Citadel - this impressive edifice has a 10,000m circumference and is made up of three ramparts. Following an exploration of the Citadel, the next stop is the tombs of the Emperors Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. Emperor Tu Duc ordered his tomb to be built as a fairyland full of poetic features, whilst Khai Dinh’s tomb is a mixture of Western and Asian architecture. Note: Approx. 20km cycle.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $119pp

Hue by Cyclo

Explore Hue by cyclo – a three wheeled bicycle taxi. Sit back and relax as you explore Hue from a different perspective. Start your adventure by passing through the south Huong River area around the new Hue city. Next, pass the river by Truong Tien Bridge; continue on through the old Hue city. Stop for a visit to the Imperial Citadel where the former kings of Vietnam’s last feudal dynasty ruled from 1802 to 1945. Continue by cyclo through the rest of the old Hue city streets before returning back to your hotel.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

Duration: 4-5 Hrs / Price from $157pp

Travel the Hai Van Pass

Once rated by National Geographic as one of the 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. The Hai Van Pass is one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. Stunning views await of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea when passing through the winding roads of the mountain pass. At the top, photo opportunities abound. You will also see China Beach, home to the American Army during the war also made famous with the American sitcom series “China Beach”. See Marble Mountain and tour the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang.

Duration: 11-12 Hrs / Price from $178pp

DMZ Tour

From 1954 to 1975 the DMZ of Vietnam (Demilitarized Zone) separated the North and South acting as a buffer except for the fact that it became one of the most militarised areas in the world. Visit Dong Ha, the former base of U.S Marines along with battlefields such as The Rockpile and Khe Sanh – the scene of one of the most controversial battles of the American War. You’ll also visit Vinh Moc Tunnels, once used as bomb shelters. The experience is highly informative if not haunting.

Duration: 12.5 Hrs / Price from $218pp

Paradise Caves

Head to Paradise Cave, located inside the World Heritage Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, about 230km northwest of Hue. Climb near 500 steps to reach the cave entrance. Inside spend time exploring the magnificent scenery with the spectacular stalagmites system. On route to the caves you will also stop to visit La Vang Holy Land in Hai Lang District, which contains the most valuable sculptural works in the history of Vietnamese sculpture. You will also have an opportunity to view some sites from the American War.

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Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $103pp

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $163pp

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Vietnam / Hue Surrounds

Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa

From $145pp

Nestled along the shores of a secluded, peaceful and serene lagoon, surrounded in lushly forested peaks, between the cities of Hue and Hoi An, this resort embodies the subtle connection of a modern art concept and a high-end lifestyle. Offering stunning views across the lagoon the resort is spread over 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon surface in a calm and picturesque landscape. Beautiful bungalows and overwater villas offer contemporary décor whilst subtly showcasing traditional Vietnamese elements into the design. Warm and inviting, each room boasts a spacious living space with private sundeck and balcony leading out into a garden setting or onto the immense lagoon. The essence of the resort however flows into a wellness experience – blending ancient traditional healing wisdom from the east with therapies from the west. No chemicals or artificial ingredients are used in spa treatments, with great care taken from sourcing, handling to blending the 100% natural ingredients. Where possible, spa products are derived from the resort herb garden or are locally sourced fresh from the markets in the morning. Combine this with the resort’s Tai Chi, yoga and chakra balancing classes to help find balance and peace of mind.

Angsana Lang Co

From $199pp

Nestled in the foothills of the Truong Son Mountain Range and overlooking a magnificent three kilometre sandy crescent beach, this resort is an idyllic haven offering contemporary-chic resort living. Clad in vibrant Vietnamese decorative elements, the stylish rooms and suites boast spectacular views of the East Sea and a tranquil lagoon, set amidst towering mountain landscapes. With an abundance of recreational and leisure options prepare yourself for a fabulous tropical getaway at this stunning Vietnam beach resort. If you love golf, prepare to be delighted at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole championship golf course with the rustic charm of scenic rice fields and bubbling streams. Enjoy an invigorating swim in the 300-metre long serpentine pool, have hours of fun with the array of water based activities or for the kids, have hours of interactive fun at the Angsana Kids Club. The award winning Angsana Spa is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate after an exciting day exploring. For dining options, you are spoilt for choice, perhaps opt for a refreshing cocktail at Moomba overlooking the beautiful beach or embark on a culinary journey through the flavourful delights of Asia at Rice Bowl and Rice Bar.

Banyan Tree Lang Co

From $495pp

Explore the beauty and charm of Lang Co with a stay at this all-pool villa resort.

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Overlooking a stunning stretch of beach, feel the warm waves of the East Sea tickle your toes, and raise your gaze to behold the magnificent stretch of the Truong Son Mountain Range. Cascading down, settle into your luxury villa offering lushly tended private gardens, indulgent bedding and a bath menu. Enjoy your own private terrace, gaze out over your plunge pool to the mountains or ocean beyond and contemplate what to do next. Pamper yourself with a treatment of two in the world class Banyan Tree Spa, tee off in style at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole championship golf course, join a cooking class and learn how to make Bun Bo Hue, a regional noodle dish or explore Lang Co’s beautiful lagoons and the local fishing village, navigating through the mangroves in a traditional basket boat. Serving innovatively creative Thai cuisine, Saffron is the resort’s signature and award winning Thai restaurant. For those looking for a more intimate setting, opt for an in-villa dining experience with dedicated table staff or choose to dine on the beach in an undisturbed location.

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Hue

Phu Vang District Huang Thuy

Vedana Lagoon

HUE SURROUNDS

Phu Loc

Lang Co Hai Van Pass

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Vietnam / Danang Beach / Accommodation

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

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ith few attractions, apart from the Museum of Cham Sculpture, Dragon Bridge and Cao Dai Temple, the main magnetism to the area is the beautiful 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. Local attractions in this area include Marble Mountain and the multiple golf courses. The city’s growth

came from the war when the area was once used as an important US Air Force base during the Vietnam War. Beautiful resorts

line the coastline and offer a great haven for relaxation with the beach generally uncluttered and without touts.

Royal Lotus Hotel Danang

Centara Sandy Beach Resort

Naman Retreat

The sweeping white sands of Non Nuoc Beach

From $60pp

Located just few steps away from the famous My Khe Beach, this hotel provides a personal haven for relaxation, with comfortable, well-appointed guestrooms and distinctive drinking and dining spaces. Blending seamlessly into the graceful surrounding design of the hotel with plentiful sunbeams streaming down, the outdoor pool is an excellent place to swim laps, relax with the family or simply unwind. Be sure to check out Sky Bar located on the 16th floor, a perfect place to dine indoors or outdoors in a nice terrace setting with spectacular views of the city and the ocean.

From $113pp

In a prime location on Non Nuoc Beach and overlooking the vast ocean, with its back resting on the majestic Marble Mountain range, this resort is the ideal holiday destination. Boasting an eclectic mix of contemporary design and old-world charm, guest rooms all overlook the ocean and the main pool, with vast open spaces of green, lush gardens right at your doorstep. With five outdoor swimming pools including areas allocated for children the resort provides an environment conducive to family fun too.

From $233pp

This resort is a secluded, beachfront enclave nestled between two of the finest golf courses in Southeast Asia - Greg Norman’s Danang Golf Club and The Montgomerie Links. Seamlessly blending timeless Vietnamese heritage and culture with luxurious modern charm, this resort’s impressive traditional bamboo architecture and exquisite interiors, combined with authentic Vietnamese hospitality assures you a wonderful retreat experience. This is the perfect getaway for those who crave something bold, unique, and a desire to awaken their senses.

Fusion Maia From $425pp

Danang Bay Thanh Binh Beach

Han Market

Railway Station Danang International Airport

My Khe Beach

DANANG Han River

Non Nuoc Beach

An Bang Beach

This unique all-villa resort dedicates itself to the art of relaxation. With simple design, downto-earth service and a surprising all spa-inclusive concept, a stay here will make you feel relaxed like never before. Choose from one, two or three bedroom villas, each with open living, an outdoor courtyard and private pool. Inspired by The Five Elements food philosophy, a fusion menu will tantalise the taste buds whilst the Tonic Lounge Bar serves an array of cocktails including a tasting flight. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.

Cu Dai Beach HOI AN Thu Bon River

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Marble Mountains

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Vietnam / Hoi An / City Accommodation

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 towns architecture.

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ell preserved Chinese shop houses, French colonial buildings and the iconic Japanese Bridge make this town unique. Take a leisurely stroll

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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.

Vinh Hung 2 City Hotel

Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa

The vibrant river front of Thu Bon River in Hoi An

From $38pp

Located a few steps from the hub of Hoi An, this hotel features tasteful architecture with a distinct local feel. Guest rooms are modern and are equipped with double glazed windows for noise insulation. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, the beauty salon team offer a foot massage service pool side while you are basking in the sun or reading a book. Overlooking the pool is the restaurant and bar serving an all day snack menu and cold refreshments. This is a great central hotel.

Set in the tranquil district of An Hoi, this resort is located on the banks of the Thu Bon River and within a 10 minute walk to the ancient town of Hoi An. Centred around an infinity pool and spacious courtyard, guest rooms are designed to maximise the views over the garden, swimming pool and the river. Rejuvenate and balance your mind and body with a treatment at the hotel spa or participate in a uniquely crafted cooking class and savour Hoi An flavours.

La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An

Alamanity Hoi An Resort & Spa

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From $89pp

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From $51pp

Situated in a rural location on the edge of Hoi An Town but only a 15-minute walk to the town centre, this hotel is renowned for its great staff and high service standards. The hotel features a nice outdoor swimming pool, lush gardens and a full-service spa. A complimentary shuttle service to Hoi An Town and the beach is provided while complimentary bicycles are also available for guests to use. All guest rooms offer comfortable bedding, flatscreen TVs with cable channels, minibar, coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.

From $52pp

This resort is well located in front of the historical and romantic Thu Bon River, and within walking distance to Hoi An’s Japanese Bridge, ancient town and night market. With a range of guest rooms, the resort features a contemporary design with a touch of traditional Vietnamese craftsmanship combined with a family friendly leisure atmosphere. Offering Vietnamesetraditional and well known therapeutic body treatments, Pure Zen Spa will surely revitalize and rejuvenate.

From $132pp In a world of commercialism and hustle and

bustle, Almanity is an oasis for the soul and a rejuvenating retreat for the weary traveller.

Located in the heart of Hoi An ancient town, this resort is charming and poetic, welcoming and unassuming. Every detail of the resort is designed to relax guests creating an unforgettable experience. Guest rooms are quaint and modern providing a comfortable night’s sleep with select rooms styled as trendy lofts with bedrooms located upstairs and living areas downstairs. Escape to the spa for a modern interpretation of ancient fables or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, the piece de resistance and central feature of the resort. For the kids, entertainment awaits at the Kid’s Club allowing some much-deserved kid-free time!

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Vietnam / Hoi An / Beach Accommodation

OZO Hoi An

Boutique Hoi An Resort From $84pp

From $122pp

Featuring cosy rooms inspired by the local charm, majestic views of the crystal-clear sea, modern technology you can’t do without while travelling and simply sublime beds for you to sleep deep. Due to open in 2018, at OZO Hoi An, waking up in the mornings is going to be a breeze. Seaside, tranquil, central – this resort is set in that ‘just right’ location for you to explore this amazing destination. Set on a pristine strip of beach, the resort is within easy access of Hoi An Ancient Town with charming shops and quaint museums.

Come explore the rich heritage of Vietnamese cuisine and culture at this boutique resort. Ideally located on An Bang Beach, it’s also just a five minute drive from Hoi An town. Unwind by the pool surrounded by tropical gardens or indulge in a massage at Le Spa. All guest rooms face the sea and have private balconies or terraces with select rooms having direct access to the beach for the ultimate in privacy and relaxation.

Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa

Palm Garden Resort

From $115pp

Cua Dai Beach at sunset All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.

From $127pp

Perfectly positioned at the end of Cua Dai Beach, this resort offers enchanting views to one of the most stunning seascapes. Boasting an array of room categories including sea-front villas, guests are pampered with all the residential touches of home, while providing a lavish escape to beachfront elegance. Discover the timeless tradition of Hoi An Ancient Town, one of Vietnam’s most picturesque towns, located only a 10-minute drive from the resort. Located beside the sea there are also beach access points located at either side of the resort.

From $123pp Set on 12 acres of landscaped tropical

gardens overlooking Cua Dai Beach, this enviable beachfront resort makes for a great stay.

With a large swimming pool surrounded by loungers and umbrellas, relax pool side or on the beach an array of water sport activities are on offer. For those who wish to explore town, a daily scheduled complimentary shuttle bus into Hoi An gives you easy access to the delightful shops and restaurants. With the children happily entertained in the Kids Club, head to the indoor Palm Spa offering traditional therapies to wipe away the stress. Palm Pavillion brings the spa experience to the tranquil outdoors, drawing on nature and the richness of the region’s botanical extracts. Retreat for the day to your well-appointed guest room or bungalow, set amid the lush gardens.

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Set on a private beach, this modern resort is constructed in the theme of a Vietnamese village offering relaxed living. It overlooks the sea to the front and is backed by the picturesque Thu Bon River. Comfortable guest rooms incorporate unique design features inspired by traditional Vietnamese, Japanese and French colonial elements. Enjoy a wide selection of facilities including billiards, a fitness centre, water sports equipment, tennis courts, a library and complimentary mountain bikes to explore Hoi An.

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Vietnam / Hoi An / Sightseeing

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Vibrant lanterns of Hoi An

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $49pp

Ancient Hoi An Walking Tour

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World Heritage listed Hoi An is an ancient town with water wells, art and antique galleries, lantern shops and tailors galore. On this short walking tour your guide brings you the history behind this wonderful town with visits to key landmarks and buildings such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, an old shop house, a Chinese assembly hall, Hoi An Museum and a handicraft showroom to see some of the typical crafts practiced in the town. You will be provided with a Hoi An entrance pass which gives access to select Hoi An sites anytime during your stay.

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Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $96pp

Hoi An by Bicycle

Spend half a day leisurely cycling through the scenic countryside exploring the peaceful villages around Hoi An. Begin by cycling to Cam Thanh Village, with its beautiful rice and shrimp farms. Next ride to Thanh Ha Pottery Village where you can see the daily life of local people and observe the making of pottery products. Continue cycling through the countryside to Tra Que Farming Village where you’ll see vegetable gardens and local farmers working in their fields. Then it’s on to Cam Nam Island for lunch before returning to your hotel.

Duration: 4-5 Hrs / Price from $105pp

The Ruins of My Son

The spectacular ruins of My Son were once home to the Champas who ruled Central Vietnam from c200AD to c1700AD. Covering a vast area of Vietnam, My Son were the most important temples of the Champa Kingdom between the 4th and 13th century. Bricks were used to build the temples without the aid of mortar which were adorned with sculptures. Today the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples in this dramatic site offer a great opportunity to learn more about the history, architecture and art of the old Champa Kingdom.

Duration: 8.5 Hrs / Price from $65pp

Cu Lao Cham Snorkelling

This morning, transfer to Cua Dai Harbour where you will embark on a boat bound for Cham Island. Learn about local life and culture of local fisherman living on the island. You will explore two dive and snorkel sites where you will have the chance to see marvellous coral as well as marine life. At Ong Beach you will stop for a Vietnamese seafood lunch followed by time to spend at leisure on the beach. Relax, bake in the sun or swim – the choice is yours.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $63pp

Red Bridge Cooking Class

This popular cooking school offers you a professional yet fun experience to learn about Vietnamese food and Hoi An’s way of life. Highlights include a guided tour of Hoi An’s colourful central market filled with amazing sights, sounds and aromas; a leisurely boat trip on the Hoi An River; a walk through the school’s herb garden; followed by a two hour hands on cooking class with demonstrations from the Red Bridge chefs. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving. After the lesson, enjoy the meal you have cooked.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $138pp

Countryside & Islands Explorer

Explore the roads less travelled on this countryside tour. See more than the lanterns and streets of the old town. Giving you a real insight into local life, ride pillion on vintage Vespas as you zig-zag through the breathtaking rural scenery of rice paddies and farmlands, all whilst enjoying the cool breeze. Learn from friendly local families the art of mat weaving, farming and how to make (and eat) the perfect Banh Dap rice crackers. Gear up for an adrenalin pumping 300-metre bamboo bridge river crossing as well.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / Hoi An / Sightseeing

Duration: 3-3.5 Hrs / Price from $52pp

Lantern Painting

Hoi An is famous for its handmade lanterns which adorn all the main streets in the Old Town and look stunning at night. Head to the Long Vy Lantern Workshop for a lantern painting class. You will be given a brief history on the art of lantern making before being introduced to the shape and colour of the lanterns as well as the many stages of painting them. After which, you will be given the opportunity to make and decorate your own lantern. This is a great souvenir to keep as a memory of your Vietnam trip.

Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $266pp

Ethnic Community Experience

Remote and untouched, discover the Bho Hoong Ethnic Community in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Travel by American Jeep through quaint villages and hamlets before reaching the ethnic community. Experience the village first hand - enjoy a guided walk with a local resident of the village before a traditional Co Tu lunch and music performance. Continue on through the tea plantations to the Co Tu town of Trung Mang. Visit the former king of the Co Tu people and enjoy a tea or coffee, or for the more adventurous, a nip of traditional Co Tu rice wine!

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $140pp

Hoi An Revitalize Package

Take a few hours out of your day for a session of pampering. Be whisked away from Hoi An’s ancient town to a spa located amidst the rice paddy fields near Tra Que Village. This is a destination spa which will provide you with an experience like no other. Choose up to four spa treatments for the whole of your body. Following your treatments, have the delight of enjoying a nutritious spa cuisine lunch that uses only the finest organic ingredients to further enhance your spa experience combined with a glass of wine.

Duration: 2 Hrs / Price from $136pp

Streets and Eats of Hoi An

Taste the flavours of Hoi An on this evening tour. Starting out at a central Hoi An café, sample the delicious local street food while watching the streets and stalls come to life. After the first taster, jump on a vintage Vespa, riding pillion, to try the famous ‘White Rose’ dumplings in town. Other highlights include lantern lit An Hoi Islet, a local slow boat ride, joining the locals for a seafood starter, tucking into barbecue specialities, grilled DIY style and learning the art of wrap ‘n’ roll – Vietnamese style! .

Duration: 18 Holes / Price from $344pp

Golf in Hoi An

Enjoy a round of golf at Montgomerie Links. Acclaimed by local and visiting golfers alike, the course is challenging enough to test the best players, while being eminently playable and enjoyable for mid and higher handicappers. Designed to capitalise on its close proximity to the warm, tranquil East Sea and famed Marble Mountains, the course also has many truly outstanding natural features creating the framework for a very strong links-style golf course that is a sheer delight to play – the stunning par-5 12th is truly memorable.

Duration: 2 Hrs / Price from $102pp

Sunset Cruise

Showcasing the stunning Hoi An river culture and its beauty, embark on a relaxing journey up the Thu Bon River. As the sun begins to set, relax and enjoy a delicious selection of finger food and drinks on board. The setting sun is the perfect accompaniment to the food as it casts an incredible orange glow over the mountain ranges, rice paddies and waterways. The journey will take you past Duy Hai Fishing Village where the local fisherman prep for their evening trip out to sea. This cruise offers a stunning way to finish your day.

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All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

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Vietnam / Central Vietnam / Tours

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights / Price from $1925pp

Central Vietnam Tribes & Trails

Central Coast Exploration

Discover Central Vietnam from a different perspective. Jump on a bicycle from Hue to Hoi An, discovering the countryside as you ride.

This Vespa tour will showcase aspects of Central Vietnam’s culture, scenery and flavours. From Hoi An, the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Hai Van Pass.

Showcasing the highlights of the Central Coast, this nine night packages also includes a relaxing beach break at the stunning Lang Co Beach.

Day 1: Hue (D)

Day 1: Hoi An (L, D) Enjoy an easy-going morning ride on a vintage Vespa through the rice paddies and meet local families in the stunning rural areas around Hoi An. This evening, taste the flavours of Hoi An with a street food tour.

Day 1: Hue Arrive in Hue where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Hue (Cycle 30km) (B, L, d)

Today explore by boat and bicycle. Cruise on the Perfume River to the seven-storey Thien Mu Pagoda then cycle to Ming Mang and Khai Dinh mausoleums. Day 3: Hue Countryside (Cycle 50km) (B, L)

This morning cycle a country loop through the countryside to the traditional village of Phuoc Tich. Day 4: Hue – Lang Co Beach (Cycle 65km) (B, L, D)

Today cycle along the coast south to Lang Co Beach, passing colourful graveyards and fishing villages. The afternoon is free to enjoy the resort and beach. Day 5: Lang Co Beach – Hoi An (Cycle 55km) (B, L, D)

Ride and tackle a gradual climb to the top of the Hai Van Pass for a panoramic view. Then it’s downhill to Danang, with a stop to visit China Beach before reaching Hoi An. Day 6: Hoi An – My Son – Hoi An (Cycle 50km) (B, L)

Small village roads will lead you back in time to the ruins of the ancient centre of the Cham civilization built from the 4th to the 14th century. Day 7: Hoi An (B)

Today visit the wet market and learn about the many different fruits and vegetables used in Vietnamese dishes. Return to your hotel in time for a transfer to Danang Airport where tour arrangements end.

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Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights / Price from $1849pp

Vietnam Heritage by Bicycle

Arrive in Hue where you will be immediately introduced to the Nguyen Dyansty during a tour of the Imperial Citadel, modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

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Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights / Price from $2829pp

Day 2: Hoi An – Prao (L, D) (110km ride) Today, begin your multi-day ride around Central Vietnam. Head to Prao with a variety of scenery along the way including the river delta, mountains, valleys, and dense jungles. Enjoy stops along the way including Bang An Cham Tower and at an ethnic village. Day 3: Prao – A Luoi (B, L, D) (110km ride) Hit, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a favourite stretch of road. Visit another hill tribe and stop at scenic viewpoints along the way. Ride along some spectacular mountain roads close to the Laos border.

Day 2: Hue (B, D) This morning, visit Hue’s highlights including the Imperial Citadel and Emperor Khai Dinh’s tomb. This evening, travel by cyclo and enjoy a night dedicated to traditional Hue food! You will be given a brief on Hue cuisine, the origins and anecdotes. Day 3: Hue – Lang Co Beach (B) Depart Hue and transfer to Lang Co Beach. This beach resort offers a relaxed setting and stunning white sands.

Day 4: A Luoi – Hue (B, L, D) (80km ride) Travel to Hue through hills, valleys, and rice paddies. Stop at a rubber plantation and ethnic village.

Day 4-5: Lang Co Beach (B) The next two days are spent at leisure. Wake up to the view of Truong Son Mountain Range on one side and sea on the other. Hike through mountain ranges and race your friends and family on jet skis or if you love golf, take a swing at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole Laguna Lang Cô championship course – the choice is simply yours.

Day 5: Hue (B, L, D) (50km ride) Today, explore Hue. This ancient former capital city is packed with culture and history - visit the famous Citadel, the Hue tombs and the countryside.

Day 6: Lang Co Beach – Hoi An (B)) Bid farewell to Lang Co Beach and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of Hoi An, which will introduce you to this ancient town.

Day 6: Hue – Bach Ma National Park (B, L, D) (80km ride) The coastal adventure begins today. Driving to Bach Ma, experience some great views, stop to see some of the thousands of family temples, ancestral houses and visit cottage industries. Enjoy a 30 minute hike to the top point of Bach Ma for a breath-taking view of the surrounding lakes, mountains, lagoons and beach.

Day 7: Hoi An (B, L)) This morning, enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour through the countryside exploring the villages around Hoi An. The afternoon is spent at leisure.

Day7: Bach Ma National Park – Hoi An (B, L) (80km ride) Head out of Bach Ma and stop at oyster farms and see some stilted houses over the lagoon before it’s up the famous Hai Van Pass for fun hairpin bends and windy roads, stopping at the top to see the old battlements and bunkers. Tour arrangements end upon arrival in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An (B, L) A fun and interesting morning awaits – learn about the Vietnamese cuisine with a cooking class at the popular Red Bridge Cooking School. Visit Hoi An’s colourful market before partaking in a hands-on cooking class. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Day 9: Hoi An (B) Spend the day at leisure to relax or shop for those lastminute gifts. This evening, taste the flavours of Hoi An with a Vespa food tour – a great experience to round off your stay in Hoi An. Day 10: Hoi An (B) Today, transfer to Danang Airport where tour arrangements end.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / Nha Trang / Accommodation

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njoying a stunning setting, the area is surrounded by a hill range with a small city built up along the beachfront. Over recent years, the beachfront has been given a huge makeover and now features a long boulevard, parks and lush gardens, while inland the streets reveal an array of dining options. Ideal for all, the beach is filled with sun loungers hosted by cafes and bars offering drinks and food along with relaxation. As the restaurants wind down, the nightlife cranks up. Enjoy spa treatments, visit the nearby mud pools, sand dunes and salt lakes or explore the centuries old Cham Tower. Families are well catered for with the water theme park and underwater aquarium across at nearby Vinpearl Nha Trang located on Hon Tre (Bamboo Island).

Nha Trang's pristine beauty is renowned due to its long white sand beach and warm turquoise waters dotted with off shore islands.

Early morning on Nha Trang Beach

Liberty Central Nha Trang Hotel From $70pp

Novotel Nha Trang

Mia Resort Nha Trang From $100pp

A slick, 21-floor hotel located one block back from the beach, this hotel offers luxurious and elegant accommodation with complimentary WiFi access throughout. In keeping with the rest of the property, the hotel’s facilities are on-trend and include an outdoor pool complete with a funky lounge area; a fitness centre with the latest equipment; a stylish spa and cosmopolitan bistro style restaurant. Rooms are contemporary and fresh with large windows offering abundant natural light and views over the city or towards the ocean.

Located on Nha Trang’s main street, this modern hotel overlooks the beach and is in the heart of the action with bars, restaurants and shopping malls all around with easy access to the beach just a few steps away. Cool off in the ocean spray or enjoy a sunstudded cocktail in the specially reserved beach for Novotel guests or back at the hotel let go and release your tensions at the In Balance Spa. Recluse for the night in your spacious guest room complete with balcony offering stunning sea views.

Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa

Evason Ana Mandara

From $170pp

Located 20 minutes from Nha Trang this resort is set on a private bay with villas set amid manicured gardens. Built with comfort in mind, choose from a condo or villa, all with sea views blending contemporary living with luxurious design. Relax and unwind at Xanh Spa, a retreat that promises to rejuvenate your senses or enjoy the pool which is right by the beach and Sandals Restaurant, so you can hop from one to the other. The hotel also offers a free daily scheduled shuttle service to nearby Nha Trang.

Reminiscent of an old Vietnamese village, this luxurious beachfront resort sits just outside of town. Villa style accommodation is found throughout the landscaped grounds with either tropical garden views or direct sea views. Furnished with native woods and rattan, the resort reflects the image of Vietnam, with its warm hospitality, rich culture and unique tastes. The resort swimming pool provides the perfect place for relaxation or alternatively the warm clear waters of the tranquil beach are just steps away including a water activity centre. For those who prefer pampering, the Six Senses Spa offers therapeutic treatments. From the moment you step foot here, a truly unforgettable sense of warmth can be felt with a ‘home away from home’ feeling.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.

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Overlooking the beautiful bay, this hotel offers easy access to the golden stretch of sand and pictureperfect waters of Nha Trang. Guest rooms and suites offer all the amenities you would expect, including the Sheraton Signature Bed, state-of-the-art entertainment and memorable ocean views. Shine Spa for Sheraton™ provides a haven of wellness whilst the unique infinity swimming pool invites opportunities for relaxation. For the younger traveller, the Sheraton Adventure Club offers a wide selection of activities.

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Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $77pp

Nha Trang City Tour

Begin with a visit to the Oceanographic Institute, built by the French in the early 20th century. View the huge humpback whale skeleton found by a farmer digging in North Vietnam. Still preserved in good condition, thousands of other specimens chemically preserved for science are viewable here. Next stop is Ponagar Cham Towers, built around the 8th century. The Cham built their towers and temples without cement and to this day, the tower still stands strong. The last stop is Chong Rocks Promontory, an impressive arrangement of boulders.

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $82pp

Nha Trang Countryside by Bicycle Nha Trang Boat Tour

Transfer to the countryside where you will have the opportunity to observe the bustling pace and stream of people heading in every corner on this bicycle tour. Cycle along the roads of the rural villages to Dien Khanh Citadel - one of the oldest citadels in the south of Vietnam. Visit an interesting pagoda and ride around the peaceful countryside, plantations, and watch farmers at work in paddy fields. Discover the old original houses made of mud mixed with straw and thatched roof along with local vegetable gardens.

Board a private boat and cruise to Hon Mun Island one of the most beautiful bays in Nha Trang. Here, you have the opportunity to cool yourself down in the sea with time to swim and snorkel amid the coral and multicoloured fish. Leaving Hon Mun Island behind, sail on to Hon Mot Island where the fishing culture is well and truly alive. Next, it’s on to Hon Tre Island for lunch at Con Se Tre Village where you will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surrounds and crystal seas.

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $50pp

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night / Price from $423pp

Duration: Day Pass / Price from $76pp

Vinpearl Land Day Pass

Located on Hon Tre (Bamboo Island), Vinpearl Land Nha Trang is a fun and friendly amusement park; and to add to the excitement, you get there via the world’s longest cable car over water. There are plenty of rides of the up and down, round and round kind plus a 3D cinema, games arcade, aquarium and performances. The waterpark is a highlight for many with slides, a lazy river, wave pool and a children’s splash pad – a convenient way to cool down in scorching Nha Trang heat.

Duration: 6 Hrs / Price from $197pp

Nha Trang Barbecue Dinner

Take the opportunity to experience the local cuisine at our favourite Nha Trang barbecue restaurant - Bo Lac Canh Restaurant. A favourite amongst the locals, sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, the food, everyone eating, drinking and talking…so noisy, but so much fun! With a DIY concept - you grill the ingredients on your own charcoal burner. The meat is accompanied by a variety of sauces and marinades. You can taste almost everything here from seafood to local specialities, but the real show stopper is the grilled meat. Bon Appetite!

From $660pp

Explore Dalat

Escape Nha Trang for the night and head to Dalat – the jewel of the Central Highlands. Centred around a lake, golf course and surrounded by hills and waterfalls, the area enjoys a spring like temperature providing a nice respite from the tropical heat. Enjoy visits to Tuyen Lam Reservoir, Truc Lam Grandiose Temple, the Summer Palace of Bao Dai, the Dalat Flower Garden and Crazy House - an outrageously designed artistic house. There is also plenty of time at leisure to either relax or explore on your own.

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

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The location of this stunning resort is dramatic Ninh Van Bay, an outcrop of land surrounded by rocky ridges, coral reef and white sand beach with towering mountains behind – all creating a sense of one with nature.

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Classic structures reflect the traditions of Vietnam combined with modern architecture and innovative style. The resort offers individual villa accommodation featuring separate living room or sala, outdoor plunge pool, veranda or sundeck and full amenities including mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and video CD player. The resort includes the Six Senses Spa blended into rocks beside a gentle waterfall and providing signature treatments from internationally trained therapists. The restaurant and bar, serves east meets west fusion and activities available include tennis, trekking, a gymnasium and diving. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast. Sightseeing is based on a minimum of 02 people.


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earby stunning 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. Kayaks, jet-skis, wind-surfing and kitesurfing are great options with the steady wind conditions. It’s almost impossible to get lost in Mui Ne, as everything is spread out along a 10km stretch – the resorts are flanked beachside whilst the restaurants and shops are along the non-seaward side. However you choose to spend your time in Mui Ne, it will no doubt be a relaxed one.

A popular getaway from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne offers a true laid back 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.

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Relaxation and white sands await at Mui Ne

Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa Mia Resort Mui Ne From $65pp

Located on the beachfront, this resort makes the most of its natural namesake with bamboo being used throughout. Overlooking Mui Ne Beach with delightful gardens throughout the property, this resort features a choice of either stand-alone thatched bungalows or modern villa rooms all finished in a combination of rustic and contemporary Vietnamese style. Enjoy the breezy salt air mingling with the lulling waves under the thatched roof at the East Cape Bar serving a long list of beverages.

Explore Vinh Hy Bay

Escape Mui Ne for the day and head to Vinh Hy Bay. A near 3.5 hour scenic drive, Vinh Hy is a gorgeous natural harbour between Phan Rang and Nha Trang. The adventure starts with a glass bottom boat ride which will take you out to see the coral reef. Admire the coral through the glass bottom or take a dip in the clear, gentle sea and snorkel, watching as myriads of colourful fish flit around the white, crisp corals. Continue on with a fishing trip, before enjoying lunch at a floating restaurant to savour the fresh seafood of Vinh Hy.

From $127pp

This resort is located on a prime stretch of beach and offers stunning, boutique-style accommodation set amid lush tropical gardens. With the swimming pool, poolside bar and restaurant being the focal point of the resort, they offer a superb location to unwind. Enter the retreat of Xanh Spa offering a range of revitalising therapies – opt for alfresco style or in a treatment room. For the more energetic there is a water sports centre for kite and wind-surfing, sailing and kayaking in the bay.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $46pp

Sunrise Sand Dunes

Mui Ne is famous for its enormous sand dunes. Rise early and travel by jeep to the White Sand Dunes to catch the first sunrise of the day. Enjoy sand-sliding or quad-biking (additional cost). Visit the Red Sand Dunes, a contrasting colour to the dunes just visited. Continue on to the nearby fishing village where there is a hive of activity as the fishermen and thousands of fishing boats deliver their products from the sea to the local markets. End the morning with a visit to the Fairy Spring, a natural beauty spot with a nice canyon.

From $127pp

Set on Mui Ne’s pristinely sweeping beach, this resort offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the southern coast of Vietnam. Blending Vietnamese tradition and legendary Anantara service, the resort embodies contemporary grace infused with touches of Vietnamese charm. Nestled amid enchanting gardens, plunge into the swimming pool or wile away the hours with an indulgent and soothing spa treatment before starlit evening drinks on the beach.

Duration: 2.5 Hrs / Price from $46pp

Sunset Sand Dunes

Travel by jeep to the Fairy Spring, a natural beauty spot with a nice red canyon. Make a stop at a nearby fishing village and overlooking Mui Ne Bay with the amazing views of the clustered boats. Continue on to the White Sand Dunes in time for sunset. Enjoy sandsliding or quad-biking (additional cost). The dunes are striking by themselves but they also border serene lake filled with lotus blossoms. Next head to the lesser visited Red Sand Dunes from which you can see all of the scenery of Mui Ne.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast. Sightseeing is based on a minimum of 02 people..

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Duration: 10 Hrs / Price from $253pp

Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa

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Vietnam / Ho Chi Minh City / Accommodation

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.

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tunning colonial architecture and historic landmarks such as the NotreDame Cathedral, Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office, 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 whilst the locals merely go about their daily business. Districts one, three and five is where most of the action takes place with fine restaurants, rooftop bars, shops selling imported luxury goods and a recent surge of café culture. For those looking for a bargain, head to Ben Thanh Market along with Saigon Square. Home to the chilling yet captivating War Remnants Museum, a trip to the south is not complete without discovering the Cu Chi Tunnels, built and inhabited by Viet Cong.

The night lights of Ho Chi Minh City

Silverland Central Hotel & Spa

Alagon Central Hotel & Spa

From $54pp

Located in the heart of District One and just a few minutes from Ben Thanh Market and many traditional Vietnamese shops and eateries, this is the perfect central hotel. With a choice of room categories including Family Suites, each room features wooden floors and complimentary WiFi. The rooftop bar OMG! is a highlight and offers spectacular views of the busy city from above. Offering a different form of enjoyment is the KL Spa, providing a variety of body treatments.

Located in a prime location, this hotel is conveniently within short walking distance to Ho Chi Minh City Museum and Ben Thanh Market. Guest rooms are comfortable and offer good value for money with facilities including complimentary WiFi, satellite TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Opt for a spot of pampering at Aroma Health Club & Spa or unwind at Hexagon Restaurant for a leisurely meal after a day out. The lovely rooftop area with a small swimming pool also provides great views of the city.

Liberty Central Saigon City Point

Caravelle Saigon

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From $75pp

Well located on Pasteur Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this modern and contemporary hotel is within easy walking distance to Le Loi Boulevard and the Saigon River. Comfort and relaxation abound in well-appointed guest rooms, whilst the outdoor pool also offers another area of respite. Exclusive for guests staying on the Executive Level or above, the Executive Lounge offers additional benefits including a daily evening cocktail and canape service.

Grand Hotel Saigon From $88pp

Considered one of the oldest hotels in Ho Chi Minh City, this restored French colonial style hotel sits nestled in a scenic riverside area. With guest rooms and suites split over two wings, the Ancient Wing and the Luxury Wing, each room offers comfort with an inviting atmosphere. After a day of exploration, relax at the Le Grand Spa or in the outdoor swimming pool. Located on Level 20, head to Grand Café the outdoor rooftop bar, the perfect place to enjoy a pre or post dinner cocktail or beverage.

From $161pp Since 1959, this hotel has been Ho Chi

Minh City’s landmark 5-star address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. Guest rooms are split amongst two wings - the Opera Wing and the Heritage Wing.

Well-appointed rooms include all amenities along with complimentary WiFi. Secluded and private, the freeform swimming pool at the hotel is the ideal place to relax with a cool drink or swim a few laps. Whether you’re looking for an elegant afternoon tea, an innovative five-course menu, your favourite martini or a seafood buffet, you’re spoilt for choice with six superb dining outlets available. A key feature of the hotel is the rooftop signature bar – Saigon Saigon Bar with its huge wooden bar and open shutters it offers a great place to relax whilst taking in views out to the city.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Vietnam / Ho Chi Minh City / Sightseeing

Duration: 1.5-2 Hrs / Price from $27pp

Concierge Welcome

If you’re new to Ho Chi Minh City or Vietnam and unsure of places of interest, the best eateries in town, where to exchange money, how to barter correctly, then this Concierge Welcome is for you. A guide will meet you for an orientation of the city, giving you a brief introduction from a local perspective and will be able to answer any questions you may have. You’ll receive a welcome pack and be taken on a short walk around downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Wallk via the historic Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Museum.

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $86pp

Cyclo City Experience

What better way is there to explore the city other than joining the locals on the road. Travel by cyclo – a traditional three wheeled bicycle taxi. Sit back and relax as your cyclo driver navigates you via the Saigon River and through the old market on Ham Nghi Street. Next visit Tao Dan Park, a popular place amongst the locals. A stop will be made at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office. Ride to the War Remnants Museum, displaying exhibits from the Vietnam War. Ride past the Reunification Palace with the last stop at Ben Thanh Market.

Secret Streets of Saigon

Explore parts of Saigon that are off the beaten path with a local guide. Spend the first part of the tour on a cyclo visiting the vibrant Ho Thi Ky flower markets before heading back to District 1, stopping at an antique shop for some traditional Vietnamese coffee. Begin your walking tour to the old CIA Building for some hidden sights of Saigon. Enjoy a dish of Bun Thit Nuong (noodles and grilled pork) from a popular traditional street food vendor before finishing your tour viewing Notre Dame Cathedral and then the famous Ben Thanh Markets.

Good Morning Saigon!

Rise early and see the city in a different light as you observe it come alive. The streets have gentle commotion compared with the hustle and bustle during the day. Enjoy the morning air as you walk around the inner city with the chance to get up close to some historical buildings. See local cafés filled with morning chatter, in the park you’ll witness the daily morning exercise regimes whilst at the fresh produce markets the sellers are already trading. On this tour experience Ho Chi Minh City like never before.

Duration: 4-5 Hrs / Price from $184pp

Road to Freedom

Board a modern speedboat for the scenic boat ride to the Cu Chi Tunnels. As you depart the city, observe the impressive skyline merging into busy waterways followed by sedate parts of the river. On arrival watch an educational video outlining the history of the tunnels and how they were used during the American War. The tunnel system stretched over 250km and was three levels deep. Today the remaining tunnels have become a popular attraction giving a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like.

Duration: 6-7 Hrs / Price from $145pp

Colonial Heritage

Get to know Ho Chi Minh City on this full day tour. Begin with a stop to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Post Office. Catholics still gather to the Gothic-inspired cathedral for worship and the Post Office is still open for transactions. For lunch sample the hugely popular ‘Pho’ (noodles). Visit the Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine with some of the Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age. Next, drive to Thien Hau Pagoda before stopping at Binh Tay Market and bustling Cho Lon (Chinatown).

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $77pp

Saigon City Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon has a very mixed past. Gain an insight into the city as you travel through the central downtown area with tree lined boulevards and the French inspired colonial buildings sitting side by side next to traditional shop houses. Stop to see the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral and the notable Post Office. Visit the War Remnants Museum, a stark reminder of the difficult past before visiting the Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. The tour ends with a visit to the bustling Ben Thanh Market.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $103pp

Cu Chi Tunnels

Travel by road to the Cu Chi Tunnels. On arrival watch an educational video outlining the history of the tunnels. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Walk through the grounds and through a tunnel to gain an insight and feel of what underground life in the American War must have been like. For those interested there is a rifle range where rounds can fired from an AK47 or M16 (additional charge payable direct).

Duration: 4-5 Hrs / Price from $124pp

The Insider’s Saigon

Gain a glimpse into the local lifestyle of the people of Saigon. Our Vespa tour of modern-day Saigon will give you a view of the city unlike anything you’ve experienced before including more than what you could find on your own. We know Saigon, and exactly how to take in the must-see landmarks while getting you off the crowded tourist trail. Take a peek at the history, the streets and the sights. Explore the Chinese district of Saigon, a sweet-smelling flower market and visit a breath-taking yet hidden Buddhist pagoda.

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Duration: 4-5 Hrs / Price from $61pp

Duration: 2 Hrs / Price from $52pp

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Night view of the Notre DamE Cathedral

Duration: 3 Hrs Price from $117pp (Min 4 people)

Grain Cooking Studio

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Grain is not your run-of-the-mill cooking class, but in essence, a Vietnamese culinary experience. Set up by Luke Nguyen, a renowned Australian chef, he is recognised as a food expert professional all around the world with his restaurants and cooking shows broadcasted internationally. Luke designs the Grain menus and recipes, and selects his team of cooks and instructors. In addition to learning the fundamentals of food preparation, experience a glimpse of Vietnamese history and with a hands-on approach, create a beautiful four course meal.

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Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $105pp

Walking Street Food Tour

If you are a bit nervous to try the much talked about Vietnamese street food, then this is the way to do it. Begin your tour with a brief stop at a local park – “people watch” as you observe evening exercises and chattering groups. Continue on to sample some popular local street food. Walk past eateries and into the small alleyways revealing some of the best street food stalls found in the city and popular amongst the locals. Indulge at a café serving delicious desserts and Vietnamese coffee before ending your night at a live music café.

Duration: 8-9 Hrs / Price from $180pp

Mekong Delta Tour

Escape Ho Chi Minh City for the day and travel by road to the Mekong Delta, known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam. On arrival near My Tho board a boat for a magical experience through some of the Mekong tributaries. Visit orchards and bonsai gardens and gain an insight into daily life of the river. You will get to sample an array of fruit and witness local home industries including rice paper making and sweet making with the opportunity to purchase some of the product. A stop is made at a local restaurant for lunch before returning to the bustling city.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $160pp

Saigon After Dark by Vespa

This Saigon night tour is part night excursion, part street food adventure. Experience Saigon nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Throughout the night, try a variety of food and drinks and samplings of Saigon’s best authentic local food. Zoom past the famous must-see sights of Saigon while in the bustling traffic. Stop at a Vietnamese-style coffee shop with special live music, and then wrap up the evening at an exciting music bar where the new generation of Vietnamese unwind and flaunt their unique styles.

Duration: 1 Hr / Price from $38pp

A O Show Ticket

This evening make your way to the historic Saigon Opera House for an evening attending the sophisticated and cultural A O Show. The show combines a fusion of acrobatic arts and dance accompanied by live music which takes you through rural and urban Vietnam via a series of theatrical sketches. The song lyrics are in Vietnamese, enhancing the scenes of everyday life and igniting the imagination. The visual effects, exuberant energy and stunning choreography create a feast for the senses – this is a fun show with entertainment for all ages!

Duration: 4.5 Hrs / Price from $153pp

Saigon Craft Beer by Vespa

This special ride is designed for the food lover at heart. Sit back, relax and be a passenger on the most famous scooter in the world. The advantage of a Vespa tour in the evening is being able to experience the nightlife of the city the way locals do. Sample a variety of seafood, local food and bars in a short amount of time. A food and beer expert is present during this tour and will introduce you to the most delicious food in the city. Note: The itinerary will be personalised to your specific palate and culinary dreams on this unique foodie spin.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / Mekong Delta / Tours

mekong delta

Accessible from Ho Chi Minh City, in Southern Vietnam, 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.

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roviding a lifeline to millions of people, the river offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of the locals – observe bartering skills at bustling floating markets, taste the potency of locally brewed rice wine, witness small family traditional candy businesses go about their tasks and

Markets in the Mekong Delta

watch artisans create beautiful pieces of art. The sights, sounds and smells of the Mekong River will truly tantalise the taste buds. For those who would like to explore

2 days / 1 night From $417pp

2 days / 1 night From $525pp

INCLUDES: Return transfers from Ho Chi Minh City, hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and sightseeing

INCLUDES: Transportation, one night aboard the Mekong Eyes, select meals, English speaking guide aboard the cruise and a hydrofoil ticket to Phu Quoc

Cai Rang Floating Markets

Escape from Ho Chi Minh City and travel to the Mekong region. On arrival at Cai Be board a private boat to travel the river and its estuaries. You will witness daily life including the Cai Be Floating Market. Stops are made to visit home industries including local orchards, rice paper and sweet makers. Cruise along the Tien River to witness the peaceful tranquil life of villagers, admire the natural vegetation and rural scenery the Mekong Delta is renowned for. Rise early and witness the biggest floating daily market in the delta - Cai Rang Floating Market. Boats filled with products anchor along the banks of the river selling their goods.

Mekong Eyes

Offering an excellent opportunity to travel between Ho Chi Minh City and the island destination of Phu Quoc via the Mekong Delta, a night on board the Mekong Eyes will offer a truly relaxing vibe. Transfer overland from Ho Chi Minh City to Cai Be and embark on a wooden cruise boat. Sit back and watch the fantastic scenery and the daily life of the Mekong people with chances to disembark for guided leisurely strolls through the villages. Take in the scenery with many fantastic photo opportunities to be had. Disembark at the waterfront town of Rach Gia and board a hydrofoil bound for Phu Quoc.

4 days / 3 nights From $1185pp

INCLUDES: Return transfers from Ho Chi Minh City, hotel accommodation, select meals and sightseeing

INCLUDES: Return transfers from Ho Chi Minh City, hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and sightseeing

Life on the Mekong Delta is far from anything you’ve witnessed in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Journey to Cai Be and traverse the waterways, local industries and communities of the river. Encounter an early start as you head to Cai Rang Floating Market, an amazing spectacle awaits as you witness the daily ritual of the markets – photo opportunities abound here. Transfer to Chau Doc where you will visit a floating fishing village to see how the locals breed Cat Fish – the most important product of this province. Visit a local temple, followed by a drive to the summit of Sam Mountain with views stretching across to Cambodia.

Mekong Delta by Bicycle

The bicycle is a perfect way to discover the distinct scenery of the Mekong Delta. Designed to take you off the main routes, the adventure begins in Vinh Long and visits islands in the Mekong with a support vehicle in tow. Travel out of Ho Chi Minh City before beginning your cycling adventure. Cycle along secluded back roads passing through local villages and community industries with stops at local temples along the way. Admire the colourful life on the river as happy children frantically wave. Take a boat trip to witness a floating market at a busy river junction where you will see local produce being sold from a multitude of boats. Total Cycle: 145km

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

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3 days / 2 nights From $819pp

Deep into the Mekong

this area from a different view point, a river cruise offers the perfect vantage point – please see the Active Asia River Cruising brochure for river cruising options.

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Vietnam / Mekong River Cruises

Cruise the Mekong

Photo: Pandaw

Take to the water with a river cruise where an entire new world awaits you. Attracting the culturally aware, cruise through the heart of a country where land is always in sight and scenery is always at eye level.

A glimpse into life on the Mekong Delta

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ot to be confused with ocean cruising, allowing you to only see the country’s coastlines and ports, river cruising offers a completely different experience and allows you to see a country’s interior. Cruise via picturesque rural villages, focus on smaller town’s and take simple tours with local English speaking guides to gain a true insight of the local area. The rivers of Asia are fast becoming hotspots for travellers offering an unforgettable journey of a lifetime, bringing exotic parts of scattered regions into reach. This adventurous way

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of seeing these regions, never offers a dull moment as rivers are generally teeming with life, human or wild – the key is to pick the right cruise for you. Renowned Asia rivers include the mighty Mekong River, the twelfth longest river in the world – it 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

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Minguin MANDALAY BAGAN Amarapura Yandabo Sale MYANMAR Magwe Chindwin River

Ayeyarwady River

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A Kauktaung Danupyu Twante

Red River

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Saigon to Phnom Penh

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VIETNAM

LUANG PRABANG

Prome

VIETIANE

THAILAND

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Tonle

PHNOM PENH

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Wat Hanchey

Mekong River

Chau Doc Sa Dec Cai Be

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 – observe bartering skills at bustling floating markets, taste the potency of locally brewed rice wine, witness small family cottage industries and watch artisans create beautiful pieces of art. The sights, sounds and smells of the Mekong River will truly tantalise the travel taste buds.

HO CHI MINH CITY My Tho

Pass through a richly varying riverscape from the vast Mekong Delta with floating markets, bustling trading towns and vibrant river life to the silence of the Cambodian Mekong River with its delightful rural life. Operating their own replicas of colonial steamers, Pandaw cruises are floating bases of discreet comfort with an all-inclusive concept. With excursions ashore a key part of any Pandaw river cruise, you’ll find it hard to resist exploring and creating your own adventures or for those who wish to simply relax on board, the choices is yours – a Pandaw river cruise is whatever you want it to be. Travelling aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw, cruise from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta and then along the main channel into Cambodia’s rich countryside before disembarking in the capital Phnom Penh. Visit the colourful markets of Cai Be, take an exciting sampan ride along the canals and backwaters via the ancient house of Mr Huyn Thuy Le, the ‘lover’ of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was immortalised in the film L’Indochine. This cruise also operates in the reverse direction.


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CHINA Chindwin River

BAGAN Sale

Minguin MANDALAY Amarapura Yandabo

Classic Mekong

Red River

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MYANMAR

LAOS

Magwe

Ayeyarwady River

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LUANG PRABANG

Thayetmyo Prome A Kauktaung Danupyu Twante

Vietnam / Mekong River Cruises

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RANGOON

THAILAND

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Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights Price from Please enquire about prices

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Kampong Cham

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Tonle

Wat Hanchey

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Life on the Mekong River is varied and fascinating – a striking cultural contrast to the Western world. Embark the RV Mekong Pandaw for a magical cruise between Saigon and Siem Reap. Cruise via Cia Be and Chau Doc before crossing the Cambodian border. By cyclo explore Phnom Penh with an optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or S21 detention centre. Dependant on water levels travel via ship (or coach) up the Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach and Chong Koh. This stretch of water is very pretty with a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks. After an all-day sail through the delightful Cambodian countryside, reach the charming French colonial town of Kratie - no other river ships get this high but thanks to the Mekong Pandaw’s shallow draft it can be attempted. From Kratie, go further upstream using a local bus to view the dolphin grounds in a national park protected area. Return downstream and moor overnight near Kampong Cham before travelling via coach to Siem Reap.

Mekong River

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Chau Doc Sa Dec Cai Be

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Minguin MANDALAY BAGAN Amarapura Yandabo Sale MYANMAR Magwe Chindwin River

Ayeyarwady River

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A Kauktaung Danupyu Twante

Red River

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My Tho

Pearl of the Orient HANOI

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LUANG PRABANG

Prome

HO CHI MINH CITY

VIETIANE

THAILAND

DANANG Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights Price from Please enquire about prices

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Kampong Cham

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Tonle

Wat Hanchey

PHNOM PENH

Mekong River

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Chau Doc Sa Dec Cai Be

CHINA Chindwin River

BAGAN Sale

Minguin MANDALAY Amarapura Yandabo

MYANMAR

Magwe

Ayeyarwady River

Thayetmyo Prome RANGOON

My Tho

The Lost Civilization

Red River

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LAOS VIETNAM

LUANG PRABANG VIETIANE

THAILAND

DANANG Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights Price from Please enquire about prices SIEM REAP

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Tonle Sap

Kampong Chhang Kampong Tralach

Designed to emulate the glories of a by-gone era, Heritage Line are a collector of classic river vessels. Bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Saigon as you travel overland to My Tho to embark on your journey aboard the luxurious Jahan – Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. It evokes the opulent vessels of British India, with no expense spared in its interior and exterior decorations. Refreshing drinks are served as you steadily glide along the Mekong, enjoy the sweeping river bank views or bathe in the fading sun. Upon approaching Cai Be, drop anchor for the night. The next day, an adventurous day awaits, visit the boisterous and colourful Cai Be floating markets and visit Binh Thanh Island where you will mix and mingle with the locals. Brace yourself for a short excursion in Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border. Your tour takes you to the evergreen islands where inhabitants here live in houses poised on high stilts, a centuries old tradition in this part of the Mekong Delta. Your journey with this floating sanctuary ends upon arrival in Phnom Penh. This cruise also operates in the reverse direction.

Kampong Cham

PHNOM PENH

Mekong River

Chau Doc Sa Dec Cai Be

Wat Hanchey Angkor Ban

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This classic Mekong River cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with opulent World Heritage Sites. Cruise aboard the Jayavarman, a purpose-built ship inspired by a French colonial cruise liner. It charms guests with its romantic, pastel coloured cabins and quaint wooden bar. Embark at My Tho, a 70km journey south of Saigon. Set sail and glide seamlessly along the Mekong River whilst taking in the continually changing scenery. Visit the colourful Cai Be floating markets on a sampan boat, head ashore and observe how rice paste, rice paper and rice wine are made. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, visit the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, along with the sombre Killing Fields just outside of the city. Depart this capital city and return to passing by tranquil villages, exhilarating river life and sun-hardened fisherman. Tour the rural Angkor Ban village and be transported back a hundred years ago into an era unaffected by modernity. Cruise towards Kampong Cham before approaching Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s ‘water world’ – where everything is on stilts and balanced on water rich soil. Enjoy a night of traditional dancing before your arrival into Siem Reap. This cruise also operates in the reverse direction.

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A Kauktaung Danupyu Twante

HO CHI MINH CITY

This four day cruise is perfect for the cruise aficionados with less time on their hands, connecting the Pearl of the Orient with the Paris of the East.

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Mui Ne Coastal Adventures This four day Vespa adventure starts out in the famous city of Saigon, where you will get to see the sights and experience the busy lifestyles of this great city. By night, enjoy a ‘Saigon After Dark’ tour, taking you to the most fabulous and well-hidden dining spots in the city. After Ho Chi Minh City, journey east and explore the Vietnam most visitors never see. Stay in the hidden beachside gem of Mui Ke Ga for a night of relaxation after a day on the Vespas. After Mui Ke Ga, continue along the coast up to the scenic beachside resort of Mui Ne where you will have a chance to explore the area, its history and interact with the locals.

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights / Price from $1855pp

Saigon Cuisine & Culture Explore Saigon like never before – encounter the city from a different perspective whilst having fun at the same time. Gain an insight into the city on a Saigon City Tour; experience Saigon’s nightlife the way locals do, all from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter tasting food and drinks along the way; learn about the Vietnamese cuisine and ingredients with a cooking class; and enjoy an evening at the historic Saigon Opera House for a sophisticated and cultural show. You’ll also enjoy plenty of time at leisure to selfexplore and by staying centrally located, you’re just a few minutes from Ben Thanh Market and the many traditional shops and eateries.

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $665pp

Saigon & The Mekong Delta Great for those short on time, this tour covers the most important yet basics of Saigon and includes a day at leisure for you to selfexplore. Upon arrival in Saigon, be welcomed by a local English speaking guide who for dinner, will also introduce you to the local flavours of the cuisine at a popular barbecue restaurant. Over the next two days, discover Saigon’s biggest attraction, Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few intact monuments to the Vietnam War; and enjoy a day tour to the mighty Mekong region, where you will board a small boat to explore the area, winding through estuaries lined with tropical jungle and houses on stilts. A day is also allocated for you to spend at leisure to self-explore or to get in a spot of shopping. Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $735pp

Best of the South This four night tour covers the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City including an overnight stay in the cultural diverse Mekong Delta, offering a great understanding into the south. Explore Ho Chi Minh City – early French occupation has left some wonderful and historic buildings, you’ll also be given the opportunity to head to the War Remnants Museum. Rise early one morning to capture the magic of the city coming to life, walk around downtown stopping for traditional Vietnamese style coffee before departing the city, bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. Leave the city behind and travel to the Mekong Delta where you will enjoy an overnight stay. Discover the small estuaries and see typical rural life. Stay at a local guest house and help prepare dinner or cycle along the village paths. Transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City. i active asia 2018 / www.active asia.co.nz

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $745pp

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Biking & Rafting Dalat This is a real treat for adventure seekers! The former French colonial retreat of Dalat is a popular amongst the locals, but it is also a haven for mountain bikers, offering up some great single track, technical sections and hill climbing. Once on top take in breath-taking views of fields, forests and mountains. For three days you ride through the central highlands of Dalat, enjoying the temperate climate as you encounter the hill tribe people (Montagnards), many of whom still don traditional dress. Then pump up your adrenaline with a fun day rafting on the beautiful Langbian River with Class 2, 3 and 4 rapids, running through the unseen wilderness of Dalat. Total Cycle Distance: 82km Please Note: Due to water levels, rafting is only possible from May - October. Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $1179pp All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / Southern Islands / Phu Quoc & Con Dao

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lthough THe majority of Phu Quoc is dedicated to national park and protected marine environment, development is fast and furious for this island, not much smaller than the size of Singapore. With an easy going and relaxed atmosphere there are still plenty of areas where you can enjoy the experience of 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 stretches for near 20km, enjoying easy access to the main town of Duong Dong. Blessed with a favourable natural setting, the true treasures are found hidden below the surface where a panorama bursts into a virtual array of colours and coral.

Palm trees and waters of Phu Quoc

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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.

Long Beach Resort

M Gallery La Veranda Resort From $73pp

Tucked away in Duong Dong Town occupying a prime spot on an idyllic stretch of beach, recharge and nurture yourself with a stay at this resort. Accommodation is spread amongst two wings – the Ancient Wing featuring unique wooden architectural designs and classic furnishings whilst the Modern Wing is tastefully designed to accentuate minimalistic comforts from home. Lang Sen offers favourite Vietnamese flavours and provides a charming setting with lovely views overlooking the resort’s beautiful lotus pond.

From $196pp

Designed to reflect the ambience of a colonial seaside mansion, this boutique resort is set in tropical gardens on a stretch of beautiful white sandy beach. Guest rooms are luxurious with understated furnishings, while artwork and additional fittings are used sparingly - the attention to detail is impressive. Commanding stunning views over the ocean, The Pepper Tree Restaurant offers a fine dining experience whilst Le Bar is breezy and inviting with a sophisticated Art Deco design.

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he 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.

Located off the south-east coast of mainland Vietnam, the Con Dao Islands are an archipelago of mostly uninhabited islands.

Six Senses Con Dao

Beautiful white sands await

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast

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Located on Con Son Island, the heart of this resort is its contemporary architecture which has been designed to blend in with the beautiful natural surroundings and reflects the essence of a traditional fishing village. Sitting along golden sands and looking out to the clear sea, the 50 private pool villas, range in style from single-level to duplex and offer between one and four bedrooms. The resort offers several dining options with a focus on seafood and world cuisine whilst the spa enjoys a backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains.

Six Senses Con Dao

From $569pp

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Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights / Price from $1703pp

Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights / Price from $2038pp

Glimpse of Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

Amazing Vietnam

This package gives you a glimpse of Vietnam, covering key cities with half day sightseeing tours allowing you plenty of time to relax or self-explore.

This tour will give you a great appreciation of the country. Ideal for those with less time who want to see the highlights of Vietnam including Halong Bay.

A wonderful tour covering all aspects of Vietnam departing from Hanoi and travelling via Hue and Hoi An before reaching Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (D)

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a brief walking tour introduces you to the fascinating Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 1: Hanoi (D)

Day 2: Hanoi – Hue (B)

A full day of sightseeing is installed for today. Spend the morning at the Cu Chi Tunnels. In the afternoon, commence a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Highlights include the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and the Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.

This morning, enjoy a city tour to visit some of Hanoi’s historical sites. Later, transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Hue. Day 3: Hue - Hoi An (B, L)

Your tour of Hue begins with a visit to either Tu Duc Tomb or Khai Dinh’s Tomb along with a visit to the Imperial Citadel. Following lunch, travel along the spectacular Hai Van Pass, through to Hoi An. En-route a stop is made in Danang to visit the Cham Museum followed by the fascinating Marble Mountain. Day 4: Hoi An (B)

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Hoi An (B)

Today transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to your Hoi An hotel. Freshen up then begin a walking tour to discover the historic buildings and gain an insight about this ancient town.

This morning, a walking tour takes you around and inside the historic old buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The afternoon is then spent at leisure.

Day 4: Hoi An (B)

Day 5: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 5: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Transfer to Danang Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. You will then discover the vibrant city’s landmarks with highlights including Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, the War Museum and the Fito Museum of Traditional Medicine.

This morning, depart Hoi An and visit Marble Mountain, China Beach and the Cham Museum before travelling via the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue.

Day 6: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

Head to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, showcasing one of the most intact monuments from the war. Explore the area and visit parts which have been excavated for you to see inside. The afternoon is then spent at leisure. Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

Spend the day at leisure. You may want to further explore or simply relax.

Day 6: Hue (B, L)

After breakfast, begin your tour of Hue, jump aboard a boat for a trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue by road to the Ancient Citadel and Khai Dinh Tomb. Day 7: Hue – Hanoi (B)

Today transfer to Hue Airport for a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel followed by a city tour of Hanoi. The late afternoon and evening is spent at leisure.

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Day 8: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

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Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights / Price from $2683pp

Depart Hanoi for an overnight cruise around the majestic islands in Halong Bay. Board your junk boat for a relaxing yet captivating cruise. Day 9: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

This morning, cruise back into port where you will then transfer back to Hanoi. Day 10: Hanoi (B)

Today, transfer to Hanoi Airport where tour arrangements end.

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a brief walking tour introduces you to the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight, taste Vietnamese cuisine at a popular local restaurant Day 2: Hanoi (B)

This morning, enjoy a half day city tour of Hanoi. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Water Puppet Show. Day 3: Halong Bay Day Trip (B, L)

Today head to Halong Bay for a day cruise through this striking seascape. Return to Hanoi late evening Day 4: Hanoi – Hue (B)

Today, late afternoon transfer to Hanoi Airport for an evening flight to Hue. Upon arrival in Hue, transfer to your hotel. Day 5: Hue (B, L)

Today explore this former Imperial City. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the Ancient Citadel, Khai Dinh Tomb and a roadside village specialising in conical hats and incense. Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (B)

Today, traverse the scenic Hai Van Pass. En-route to Hoi An visit the Cham Museum, Marble Mountain and China Beach. Day 7: Hoi An (B)

Discover this ancient town on a walking tour featuring cobblestone streets filled with cafés, art galleries, markets, and tailors. The afternoon is at leisure. Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Spend the day at leisure. Day 9: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B, D)

This morning, transfer to Danang Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, where the afternoon is spent at leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant. Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

Spend the morning at Cu Chi Tunnels followed by an afternoon city tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

This morning, travel to the Mekong Delta. Board a private boat to explore the tributaries. Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Vietnam / Tours Tour based on 2 adults & 2 children

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights / Price from $789pp

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights / Price from $2931pp

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights / Price from $2768pp

3 Hotspots on a Shoestring

Treasures & Tastes of Vietnam

Family Adventure

Be as spontaneous as you like on this barebones itinerary allowing you to experience Vietnam at your own pace travelling via train.

Vietnam offers an array of incredible sights, sounds and now tastes on this special package designed to showcase the wonderful cuisine.

Specially designed for family travel, this 11-night package covers all the key cities including fun activities for the children and the young at heart.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 1: Hanoi (D)

Day 1: Hanoi

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Arrive in Hanoi. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour. Tonight, be introduced to Vietnamese cuisine.

Arrive in Hanoi. This afternoon, Hanoi sightseeing is by cyclo. Tonight, enjoy a Water Puppet Show.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 2: Hanoi (B)

Day 2: Hanoi (B, D)

Spend the day at leisure. You may like to add on an Active Asia tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels or self-explore the city.

This morning, a city tour covers the main sights of Hanoi. Tonight, enjoy a Water Puppet Show.

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City - Overnight Train (B)

Head to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise - enjoy freshly caught seafood and local food from the region.

Spend the morning at leisure as the afternoon is all about fun! Head to Tay Water Park, then Moon Park with a double corkscrew roller coaster and a giant merry-go-round.

Upon check out from your hotel, spend the day at leisure to further explore or stock up on bottled water and snacks for your train journey this evening. You will be met at your hotel for a transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Railway Station for an overnight train to Danang. Day 4: Danang - Hoi An

Upon arrival at Danang Railway Station, you will be transferred to your Hoi An hotel. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure. Day 5: Hoi An (B)

Spend the day at leisure. This charming town is a great place for tailor made clothes and souvenirs. Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach, lush countryside surroundings, is close to My Son Holy Land and features several local cooking class restaurants. Ask Active Asia about sightseeing tours on offer.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hue (B)

Cruise back to port and transfer to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Hue. Day 5: Hue (B, L)

Day 6: Hue (B, L)

Travel the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Tonight, dinner is at a riverside restaurant featuring a sampling menu of the local cuisine.

Upon arrival in Hue, explore this historic city. Take a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Next, visit the Ancient Citadel and Khai Dinh Tomb.

Day 7: Hoi An (B)

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An (B)

On a walking tour explore this quaint town with the afternoon spent at leisure.

Visit the markets in search of the “Hue conical poem hat”, before travelling over the Hai Van Pass. Make a special stop at Duc Son Pagoda which gives shelter to disadvantaged children. Stop for a swim at China Beach before arriving in Hoi An.

This morning, enjoy a cooking class – be taught some key dishes and learn about Vietnamese ingredients.

On arrival in Hanoi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Day 9: Hanoi (B)

Day 10: Hanoi (B)

Today, tour arrangements end upon check out from your hotel.

Day 9: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B, D)

Transfer to Danang Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City where the afternoon is spent at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Steamboat dining experience – food cooked right at your table! Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Experience a day of sightseeing including the Cu Chi Tunnels. Tonight, enjoy a Vietnamese barbeque in an outdoor setting - charcoal tubs at your table with a choice of meats and vegetables for you to grill to taste. Day 11: Mekong Delta Day Tour (B, L)

Cruise into port and transfer back to Hanoi. This evening, depart on an overnight train to Hue.

Day 8: Hoi An (B)

Take a short walking tour of the ancient town with the afternoon at leisure. Day 9: Hoi An (B, L)

Enjoy a bicycle tour of the surrounding countryside with the afternoon at leisure. Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Visit Marble Mountain en-route to Danang Airport. Catch a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival, visit the War Remnants Museum. This afternoon visit the Dam Sen Water Park.

Head to the Mekong Delta – explore tributaries and local home industries. Sample fruit, freshly caught fish and produce from the region.

Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

Today, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

Travel via boat to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Tonight, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Saigon River.

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Spend the day at leisure. Early mornings and evenings around Hoan Kiem Lake offer a great opportunity to people watch. The Water Puppet Theatre located across from the lake is a fun showcase of traditional entertainment from the rural sector and is well worth a visit.

Continue cruising Halong Bay.

Day 6: Hue – Hoi An (B, D)

Day 8: Hoi An (B, L)

Day 8: Hanoi

Day 4: Halong Bay (B, L, D) Day 5: Halong Bay – Hue (B)

Spend the day at leisure. After an early breakfast, transfer to Danang Railway Station for a train journey to Hanoi. See rural Vietnam by day as you travel north. Spend the night on board the train.

Head to Halong Bay. Board a traditional junk boat for a two-night cruise with various stops included.

Today, tour key sights of Hue. For lunch, head to a speciality restaurant, serving a twist on the popular pancake.

Day 6: Hoi An (B) Day 7: Danang - Overnight Train (B)

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

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Vietnam / Small Group Tours

Ultimate vietnam

This guided holiday gives the chance to see the best of Vietnam in an easy going small group, exploring authentic Vietnam whilst staying in centrally located 3 star hotels.

ULTIMATE VIETNAM

14days/13NIGHTS from $3665pp Local English speaking guide Group Size: Minimum 2 people - Maximum 14 people accommodation: Quality centrally located 3 star hotels

S

ee all the main sights at a leisurely

in Halong Bay, travel the picturesque Hai Van

pace with time to explore places of interest

Pass, and explore the bustling Mekong Delta.

to you all whilst making new friends along

Our friendly English speaking guide looks after

the way. Visit local villages in the mountainous

you throughout and will reveal to you the fabric

area of Mai Chau, enjoy an overnight cruise

of Vietnamese life, history and culture.

Day 1: Hanoi (D)

and China Beach before arriving in Hoi An. Enjoy local specialities for dinner tonight.

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, discover the bustling Old Quarter by cyclo before dinner at a local restaurant. Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)

Rise early for a morning walking tour to see the city come to life. Continue with a city tour covering the main sights of Hanoi. Late afternoon and evening is spent at leisure.

Sapa

HANOI

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Halong Bay

Depart Hanoi and head to Mai Chau, home to stunning countryside and traditional communities. Enjoy short treks through villages along with an overnight stay.

Mai Chau Ninh Binh

Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L)

Pass via beautiful valleys on a short drive to Xa Linh, home to the Red and Blue Hmong minority people. Get up close to this traditional lifestyle before returning to Hanoi. Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart Hanoi and head to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise. Cruise amongst the limestone islands with stops along the way.

Hue Danang

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Hoi An

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Group Tour

VIETNAM

Day 6: Halong Bay - Hue (B)

Cruise back to port and onto Hanoi Airport for a flight to Hue. Day 7: Hue (B, L)

Today takes you to the impressive World Heritage listed Ancient Citadel, followed by the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh. The evening is spent at leisure. Nha Trang

Mui Ne

Ho Chi Minh City My Tho Phu Quoc Can Tho Mekong Island Delta

Day 8: Hue – Hoi An (B, D)

This morning travel over the scenic Hai Van Pass making a brief stop at Duc Son Pagoda which gives shelter to disadvantaged children. Stop at the top of the pass

Day 9: Hoi An (B, L)

Today, discover the ancient ruins of My Son followed by a walking tour of Hoi An’s historic town. Admire the ancient shop houses, the Japanese covered bridge and the myriad of beautiful lanterns. Day 10: Hoi An (B)

Today is spent at leisure. You may like to head to the nearby beach, get clothes tailor made, or simply stroll through the streets. Day 11: Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City (B, D)

Transfer to Danang Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City where the rest of the day is spent at leisure. This evening, head out for a street food tour of Saigon’s famous dishes, a great way to sample true Vietnamese homemade cuisine. Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

Today visit the Cu Chi Tunnels one of the few intact monuments to the Vietnam War, followed by the key sights of the city. Late afternoon and evening is spent at leisure. Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Head to the Mekong Delta - a visit to the Mekong is one of the best ways to experience rural life. Explore estuaries by boat and visit local home industries. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner, share stories and celebrate the experiences. Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Sadly, today is the end of your tour. Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 – 15 Jan, 26 Feb, 11 Mar, 25 Mar, 08 Apr, 22 Apr, 06 May, 13 May, 22 May, 03 Jun, 17 Jun, 01 Jul, 15 Jul, 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 09 Sep, 16 Sep, 25 Sep, 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov & 02 Dec 2019 – 13 Jan, 27 Jan, 10 Feb, 24 Feb & 10 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour. All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people


Vietnam / Small Group Tours

discover vietnam

Designed to show the best of Vietnam at a leisurely pace, this small group tour explores the real Vietnam whilst staying in centrally located, quality 4 star hotels.

V

isit the main sights of Hanoi with

out before you. Enjoy an extended stay in

the bustling Old Quarter, cruise Halong

delightful Hoi An, a charming beach town

Bay, visit the former Imperial City of

full of delightful art galleries, shops, markets

Hue, traverse the spectacular Hai Van Pass,

and tailors before exploring Ho Chi Minh City

a winding road where the sea stretches

including the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Day 1: Hanoi (D) Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour, exploring the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Meet the rest of your group at dinner tonight.

Day 7: Hoi An (B) Spend the day at leisure to enjoy Hoi An.

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L) This morning visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his historic house as well as Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nick named the Hanoi Hilton. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Day 3: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D) Depart Hanoi for Halong Bay. Board your cruise boat which combines oriental style with contemporary comfort - the perfect recipe for an enchanting and relaxing holiday. Day 4: Halong Bay – Hoi An (B) For early risers, admire the morning mist or watch the sun rise. Cruise back to port and transfer through to Hanoi Airport for a flight to Danang. Upon arrival in Danang, transfer to your Hoi An hotel.

Day 6: Hoi An (B) Discover the ancient ruins of My Son - home to the Cham people centuries ago. Return to Hoi An by boat with the afternoon spent at leisure.

Day 9: Hue (B, L, D) A full day tour of Hue includes a boat trip along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, the Ancient Citadel and a visit to the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh. You’ll also make a stop at a road side village well known for making traditional conical hats. This evening enjoy a special Imperial banquet dinner.

12days / 11NIGHTS from $3960pp Local English speaking guide Group Size: Minimum 2 people - Maximum 14 people accommodation: Quality centrally located 4 star hotels

Sapa

HANOI

Halong Bay

Mai Chau Ninh Binh

Day 10: Hue – Ho Chi Minh City (B) Transfer to Hue Airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to your hotel followed by a half day city tour to discover key sights of this bustling city. End the tour at a local boutique brewery for those who want to sample an ice cold beer to end their day! Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City (B, D) This morning, transfer to the wharf for a magical speedboat trip up the river to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Ho Chi Minh City and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight celebrate your tour with a farewell dinner on a stunning evening cruise.

Hue Danang Hoi An

Group Tour

VIETNAM

Nha Trang

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City (B) Sadly today is the end of your tour. Transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 – 23 Jan, 20 Feb, 06 Mar, 20 Mar, 03 Apr, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 08 May, 19 May, 29 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 04 Sep, 18 Sep, 02 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov & 11 Dec 2019 – 08 Jan, 22 Jan, 19 Feb & 05 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour. All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people

Mui Ne

Ho Chi Minh City My Tho Phu Quoc Can Tho Mekong Island Delta

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day 5: Hoi An (B) This morning, take a walking tour inside and around the historic old buildings of Hoi An. Ancient shop houses line the streets with the Japanese Covered Bridge a key landmark. The afternoon is spent at leisure.

Day 8: Hoi An – Hue (B) This morning stop at Marble Mountain and the Cham Museum before travelling via the breath-taking Hai Van Pass to Hue. The evening is spent at leisure in Hue.

Discover VIETNam

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Vietnam / Small Group Tours

mekonG & cambodia explorer

On this small group tour, travel from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia via the Mekong Delta.

Mekong & Cambodia Explorer

6 days / 5 NIGHTS from $1575pp Local English speaking guide

Group Size: Minimum 2 people - Maximum 14 people accommodation: Quality centrally located 4 star hotels

Sapa

Halong Bay

HANOI Mai Chau Ninh Binh

VIETNAM Hue Danang

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Hoi An

CAMBODIA Battambang

PHNOM PENH Sihanoukville

Rattanak Kiri

Siem Reap

most beautiful areas in Vietnam with

will also notice as you enter Cambodia. A

delightful estuaries filled with homes on

country that is rapidly emerging, you will

stilts, lifestyle orchards and home industries

have the opportunity to visit both Phnom

as well as the incredible floating markets.

Penh and Siem Reap with the incredible

Rural life in Vietnam is a complete contrast

Angkor Temples.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta: Can Tho (L) This morning meet your guide for a briefing and welcome. Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the drive to the Mekong Delta. Board a boat and explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. By road head to Can Tho.

Day 4: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, D) Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields before transferring to Phnom Penh Airport for a flight to Siem Reap. This evening enjoy a special cultural experience with dinner and a traditional Apsara Show.

Day 2: Mekong Delta: Chau Doc (B, L) This morning visit Cai Rang Floating Market where fresh produce is bought and sold between boats. Continue by road to Chau Doc. This afternoon visit Sam Mountain, renowned for its traditional pagodas secluded in caves. Visit the main sites of Lady Chua Xu built in 1820, Tay An Co Tu built in 1847 and Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum dated from 1930.

Day 5: Siem Reap (B, L) Explore the stunning Angkor Temples. Tour the South Gate of Angkor Thom, a vast area of ruins over a mile on one side, containing many stone temples and other features. Continue to the ruins of Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure Phimeanakas and the Elephant terraces. End your tour with the crown jewel - Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia and is so grand in design that some rank it among the seven wonders of the world. The evening is spent at leisure, enjoy a stroll through the lively ‘Pub Street’ and the night markets if you wish.

Day 3: Mekong – Phnom Penh (B) Board a boat this morning for a journey up river to Phnom Penh. From your seat, watch life unfold in front of you; encounter tiny villages, bamboo-stilt houses, colourful floating markets, farmers at work and smiling children. On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel followed by an afternoon visit to the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. From here, stop for a visit to the Daughters’ Visitor Centre, a non- profit organisation supporting victims of sex-exploitation in Cambodia. The centre provides women with paid jobs at the café, spa and clothing boutique with many of the accessories all made by the women in the program.

Day 6: Siem Reap (B) Sadly, today is the end of your tour. Transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end.

Mui Ne

Ho Chi Minh City My Tho

Phu Quoc Can Tho Island

to the bustling cities which is what you

Nha Trang

Kampong Cham

Chau Doc

T

he Mekong Delta is one of the

Mekong Delta

Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 – 03 Feb, 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 25 Apr, 09 May, 19 May, 30 May, 09 Jun, 23 Jun, 07 Jul, 21 Jul, 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov & 22 Dec 2019 – 19 Jan, 02 Feb & 02 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour. All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people


Vietnam / Small Group Tours

experience vietnam & cambodia

This comprehensive tour of two amazing countries will allow you to enjoy a magical experience as you travel from the cultural north of Hanoi with a cruise through the majestic Halong Bay, on to an extended stay at the ever popular town of Hoi An, before heading south into Ho Chi Minh City.

F

rom here discover the Mekong

this small group tour, make friends along the

Delta in depth before arriving in Phnom

way whilst the experienced local guides will

Penh, Cambodia and then through to Siem

give you an insight into these two colourful

Reap with the amazing Angkor Temples. On

countries.

Experience VIETNAM & Cambodia

17 days / 16 NIGHTS from $5455pp Local English speaking guide

Day 1-11: Itinerary is the same as Discover Vietnam page 39 Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta: Can Tho (B, L)

This morning, depart Ho Chi Minh City for the drive to the Mekong Delta. Board a boat and explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. By road head to Can Tho. Day 13: Mekong Delta: Chau Doc (B, L)

This morning visit the bustling Cai Rang Floating Market – the largest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta. Continue by road to Chau Doc. This afternoon visit Sam Mountain. With influence from Chinese, Vietnamese and Khmer cultures, Sam Mountain is renowned for its traditional pagodas secluded in caves and is the site where devout local Buddhists make their annual pilgrimage. Day 14: Mekong – Phnom Penh (B)

Visit Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields before transferring to Phnom Penh Airport for a flight to Siem Reap. This evening enjoy a special cultural experience with dinner and a traditional Apsara Show.

Group Size: Minimum 2 people - Maximum 14 people accommodation: Quality centrally located 4 star hotels

Day 16: Siem Reap (B, L)

Today enjoy a full day exploring the stunning Angkor Temples. Tour the South Gate of Angkor Thom followed by the ruins of Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure Phimeanakas and the Elephant Terraces. The Bayon Temple (circa 1190) is a Buddhist temple but retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact centre of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. End your tour by exploring the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. The “lost city” of Angkor first attracted the interest of Europeans in the 1800’s after Cambodia was colonised by the French. The evening is spent at leisure.

Sapa

Mai Chau Ninh Binh

VIETNAM

Day 17: Siem Reap (B)

Sadly, today is the end of your tour. Transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end.

Halong Bay

HANOI

Hue Danang

Group Tour

Hoi An

CAMBODIA

Rattanak Kiri

Siem Reap

Battambang

PHNOM PENH Sihanoukville

Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 – 23 Jan, 20 Feb, 06 Mar, 20 Mar, 03 Apr, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 08 May, 19 May, 29 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 04 Sep, 18 Sep, 02 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov & 11 Dec 2019 – 08 Jan, 22 Jan, 19 Feb & 05 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour. All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people

Nha Trang

Kampong Cham

Mui Ne Chau Doc

Ho Chi Minh City My Tho

Phu Quoc Can Tho Island

Mekong Delta

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Board a boat this morning for a journey up river to Phnom Penh. On board, explore one the most mysterious rivers of the world, the great Mekong, and admire the natural beauty of its timeless scenery. On arrival in Phnom Penh, you will be met by your local Cambodian guide who will transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the Daughters’ Visitor Centre, a non-profit organisation supporting victims of sex-exploitation in Cambodia.

Day 15: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, D)

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Vietnam / Small Group Tours

Designed to show the best of Vietnam at a leisurely pace, this amazing holiday combines our intimate small group tour of Vietnam covering key destinations with a majestic river cruise of the Mekong Delta whilst cruising into Cambodia.

Discover Vietnam & Mekong Waterways

21days / 20 NIGHTS from $6499pp Local English speaking guide

S

oak up the vibrant atmosphere

local home industries and peaceful villages

of the energetic cities then change pace

along the way. Visit Phnom Penh and Siem

as you begin to explore rural regions. On

Reap with an incredible day exploring the

board your boutique ship, relax and admire

accommodation: Quality centrally located 4 star hotels

Day 1-11: Itinerary is the same as Discover Vietnam page 39 Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

This morning, farewell your Vietnam guide as you are hosted by a river cruise company for the next seven nights as you cruise the Mekong Delta. Transfer and board your luxury cruise ship, setting sail along the Mekong River. Day 13: Mekong Delta: Cai Be (B, L, D)

Sapa

Today a visit is made to Cai Be’s boisterous and colourful floating market on a traditional sampan (a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat). The cruise will halt intermittently to allow you to observe how rice paste, rice paper, rice cookies, rice pop, rice wine and coconut candies are made. In the afternoon, cruise to Sa Dec to tour Binh Thanh Island, an untouched village.

Halong Bay

Mai Chau Ninh Binh

Day 14: Border Crossing (B, L, D)

VIETNAM Hue

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Hoi An

CAMBODIA Battambang

PHNOM PENH Sihanoukville

Nha Trang

Kampong Cham

Mui Ne Chau Doc

Ho Chi Minh City My Tho

Phu Quoc Can Tho Island

Mekong Delta

Today’s sightseeing includes a tour to the Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum followed by the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. This evening enjoy a barbeque dinner along with an Apsara dance performance. Day 16: Angkor Ban – Kampong Cham (B, L, D)

Rattanak Kiri

Siem Reap

This morning enjoy a short excursion into Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border. Stroll around the colourful local market with lots of regional products. Day 15: Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

Danang

Group Tour

impressive Angkor temples.

the scenery with visits to floating markets,

Group Size: Minimum 2 people - Maximum 14 people

HANOI

Photo: Heritage Line Cruises

discover vietnam & the mekong waterways

Depart Phnom Penh passing by tranquil villages and fishermen. Be transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity as you take a tour to the rural Angkor Ban Village. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand without any concrete. You’ll be invited to take part in

the daily activities of the villagers to experience village life first hand. Day 17: Kampong Cham (B, L, D)

This morning visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey. Return to the ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by local monks. Then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, built within the ruins of an ancient temple which holds a timeless story. Day 18: Kampong Chhnang (B, L, D)

Today the ship cruises on to Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia’s “water world” where everything is on stilts balanced on water rich soil. See the Khmer-styled pottery at the Aundaung Russey Village. Then, it’s back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands and floating houses in the region. Return to the ship and cruise the narrow and meandering Tonle Sap River. Day 19: Siem Reap (B)

The Tonle Sap (The Great Lake) is the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving life to the nation. Enjoy the stillness of the water and the quiet tranquillity as you cruise to port. Your cruise comes to an end upon arrival at the Siem Reap Port. Transfer by coach to the city centre where you bid farewell to your cruise company hosts. Day 20: Angkor Wat (B, L)

Today discover the incredible key temples of the Angkor complex. Begin with Angkor Thom entering via the South Gate and the Bayon complex before visiting the dazzling Angkor Wat. Day 21: Siem Reap (B)

Sadly, today is the end of your tour. Transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end.

Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 – 23 Jan, 20 Feb, 06 Mar, 20 Mar, 03 Apr, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 07 Aug, 21 Aug, 04 Sep, 18 Sep, 02 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 13 Nov & 11 Dec 2019 – 08 Jan, 22 Jan, 19 Feb & 05 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour. All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people


Vietnam / Small Group Tours Vietnam / Small Group Tours 4 days / 3 nights From $919pp

The streets bustling streets of Hanoi

6 days / 5 nights From $1410pp

Local English speaking guide

Local English speaking guide

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people

ACCOMMODATION: Quality centrally located 4 star hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Quality centrally located 3 star hotel

Leisurely cyclo ride

Explore Hanoi & Halong Bay

Hanoi & Beyond

Explore the ancient city of Hanoi and cruise Halong Bay on this quality boutique small group tour.

This adventure tour offers majestic scenery, fascinating history, great shopping and delightful traditions.

Day 1: Hanoi (D)

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the fascinating Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening, get to know the rest of the tour group members as you enjoy a wonderful Vietnamese dinner.

board your cruise boat which combines oriental style with contemporary comfort. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with stops along the way. Overnight on board.

Day 1: Hanoi (D)

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon, enjoy a cyclo ride to see Hanoi’s narrow old streets. This evening, enjoy dinner as you meet your tour group.

Head to Halong Bay and board a traditional style boat for a trip through the magical seascape, with stops along the way. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

Day 2: Hanoi (B, L)

Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

Rise early and see how local Hanoians start their day with a Good Morning Hanoi tour. Later, experience the cities major sights.

Awake to the sunrise over Halong Bay for breakfast and cruise back to port. Transfer to Hanoi where tour arrangements end.

For the early risers, partake in Tai Chi on the sundeck or simply enjoy dawn break. Day 2: Hanoi (B, L) Enjoy a city tour with highlights including Cruise back to port and transfer to Hanoi Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the infamous where tour arrangements end. Hoa Lo prison, the Women’s Museum and Guaranteed Departure Dates: the Temple of Literature. Lunch is at KOTO, 2018 - 03, 14, 28 Apr, 08, 19, 29 May, 12, a not-for-profit restaurant helping troubled 26 Jun, 10, 24 Jul, 07, 21 Aug, 04, 18 Sep, youth learn life skills. The afternoon is 02, 16, 30 Oct, 13 Nov & 11 Dec spent at leisure. 2019 - 08, 22 Jan, 19 Feb & 05 Mar Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D) Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 Depart for Halong Bay where you will people are booked on this tour.

4 days / 3 nights From $779pp

Vendor on the Mekong River

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Leave Hanoi behind and travel through the countryside to Mai Chau. Visit local villages and gain an insight into their daily lives. Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L)

This morning, visit a village home to Red and Blue Hmong minority people before transferring back to Hanoi.

4 days / 3 nights From $859pp

Local English speaking guide

Local English speaking guide

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people

ACCOMMODATION: Quality centrally located 3 star hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Quality centrally located 4 star hotel

Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 - 08, 22 Apr, 06, 13, 22 May, 03, 17 Jun, 01, 15, 29 Jul, 12, 26 Aug, 09, 16, 25 Sep, 07, 21 Oct, 04 Nov & 02 Dec 2019 - 13, 27 Jan, 10, 24 Feb & 10 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour. Saigon lit up at night

Saigon Streets

Explore Saigon

Explore Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and experience the cuisine, the history and the local way of life on the Mekong Delta.

This tour offers a wonderful insight into Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), its people, history and main attractions.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (D)

a world so apart from ours where some of the largest agricultural areas combine produce, fishing and unique lifestyles. Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, transfer to Ho Chi Minh City Airport where tour arrangements end.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the few intact monuments to the Vietnam War and gain an insight into the area. Crawl Guaranteed Departure Dates: inside and experience life in the tunnels if 2018 - 04, 18 Apr, 02, 16, 23 May, 01, 13, 27 you wish! Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Today, a visit to the Mekong Delta provides a fascinating understanding into

Jun, 11, 25 Jul, 08, 22 Aug, 05, 19, 26 Sep, 05, 17, 31 Oct, 14 Nov & 12 Dec 2019 - 23 Jan, 06 Feb & 06, 20 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour.

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City (D)

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an orientation walk within the vicinity of your hotel. Tonight, discover the authentic Vietnamese cuisine on a street food tour around an area popular for top local dishes. Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, tour the main sights in and around the city including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum and the Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

Today, transfer to the wharf for a magical

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people

speedboat trip up the river to visit the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. Returning to Saigon the afternoon is yours at leisure. Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City (B)

Today, upon check out from your hotel, tour arrangements end. Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 - 11, 22 Apr, 06, 16, 27 May, 06, 20 Jun, 04, 18 Jul, 01, 15, 29 Aug, 12, 26 Sep, 10, 24 Oct, 07, 21 Nov & 19 Dec 2019 - 16, 30 Jan, 27 Feb & 13 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour.

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Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to your hotel. This evening head out on a street food tour of Saigon’s famous dishes, a great way to sample true Vietnamese homemade cuisine.

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Cambodia / Introduction

cambodia

Relatively a small country, Cambodia for some is only visited to experience the worldfamous temples of Angkor, however the country offers more than meets the eye.

T

he Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of poverty and bloodshed, most recently from the

notorious Khmer Rouge – but of late, the country has risen to a destination which should be a must visit on any Asia holiday plans. The capital city of Phnom Penh, once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’, offers travellers great sights and relaxing river side dining whilst in Siem Reap, you’ll enjoy a lovely village atmosphere showcasing Cambodian art, culture and creation at the many boutiques. Spend a few relaxed yet inspirational days exploring the temples, taking in the nightlife and exploring the communities on the great Tonle Sap Lake. Regional Cambodia offers a world away

from the rest of the country, with rural Khmer

life,

remote

jungles,

mountain

ranges, rice paddies and a palm fringed coastline.

Emerging

Sihanoukville

and

neighbouring islands offer stunning beach breaks rounding off a complete Cambodian experience. Absorb the atmosphere in Cambodia – it’s truly magical.

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CAMBODIA

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Siem Reap

Battambang Tonle Sap Lake

Kampong Cham

PHNOM PENH

Koh Kong Province

Kampot Monk at Bayon Temple

Koh Rong Archipelago

Rattanak Kiri


Cambodia / Phnom Penh / Accommodation

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

The late King, Father Norodom Sihanouk statue

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aving emerged from decades of civil war and unrest, the city has now transformed itself into the 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 Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Toul Sleng Genocide

Museum and Wat Phnom 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.

Almond Hotel

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort

Sunway Hotel

From $53pp

From $65pp

Surrounded by historic landmarks, government offices, embassies and magnificent boulevards, this hotel is also within a short walking distance to Phnom Penh’s charming riverfront dining precinct.Well-appointed guest rooms offer complimentary WiFi and views of the cityscape. Step into 12-to-12 Spa to indulge in exquisite pampering, leaving the cares of the world behind. Be sure to head to the Deli Shop for an enticing selection of freshly baked breads and cakes - ideal for day tour snacks.

Well located in the heart of the city, this hotel is only a short walk away from attractions like the Royal Palace and the Independence Monument. Guest rooms are comfortable, aesthetically decorated with modern amenities and include complimentary WiFi. The Terrace Corner Restaurant offers alfresco dining or a place to relax with a drink, whilst Yi Sang and Kanji serve Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The hotel also offers a fitness centre for you to stay fit and well during your travels.

Located in Beung Keng Kang, one of Phnom Penh’s most popular residences, this boutique hotel is contemporary in design. Guestrooms are beautifully decorated with sleek outlines and warm antique furniture. Found on the rooftop is the hotel swimming pool offering a great place to relax along with sweeping views. At the modern breezy poolside bar enjoy a wide selection of wines, cocktails and other drinks. A stay at this hotel will not leave you disappointed.

InterContinental Phnom Penh

Amanjaya Pancam Suites Hotel

From $177pp

From $105pp Overlooking the two waterways; the

Tonle Sap and the mighty Mekong River, this highly rated boutique hotel is located riverside and within walking distance of the Royal Palace and National Museum. Offering splendid views of the Mekong, spacious suites are decorated in contemporary Cambodian style with handpicked details, such as floor fitted from local rosewood and black-out curtains made from famous Cambodian raw silk. Each suite is decorated with modern reproduction of artefacts from the neighbouring National Museum. Featuring a rooftop lounge overlooking the river, head to Le Moon serving creative and inspiring cocktails with a relaxed atmosphere. Kwest Brasserie, located ground level, offers a fresh and modern concept with cuisine from the grill, along with Asian and Western flavours. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.

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Conveniently located a 15 minute drive from most of Phnom Penh’s main attractions, this hotel offers elegant rooms and suites with superb views and a well-appointed Club Lounge. Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax and unwind on the sundeck. Stay in shape at the fitness centre or treatments and massages are at your disposal at the Tep Apsor Beauty & Spa Salon. In terms of cuisine, the five distinctive food outlets offer a captivating selection of local and international culinary delicacies featuring both traditional and innovative recipes.

From $80pp

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Cambodia / Phnom Penh / Sightseeing

Independence Monument at night

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $100pp

Discover Phnom Penh

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Visit the Independence Monument, and the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town including the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include an encrusted solid gold Buddha encrusted and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your morning with a visit to Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s namesake -from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city.

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Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $80pp

Phnom Penh Experience

Sit back and witness the daily life along the streets of the capital on a rickshaw ride. Enjoy numerous stops to take photographs, interact with the locals and listen to the explanations from your local guide. Explore the Central Market built in 1937 during the French colonial period, before sampling some of the local street food. Wander around the stalls with your guide - feel free to point out some of the local treats you would like to taste so the guide can explain to you what they are.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $90pp

The Killing Fields

Visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). An estimated 17,000 people were imprisoned and tortured. Walk through this ‘high school’ museum with exhibits showcasing this former Khmer Rouge regime. Continue on to the Killing Filelds of Choeung Ek, a sober reminder of a country torn apart by war. Note: Some exhibits are graphic and may cause distress to some people.

Duration: 6 Hrs / Price from $129pp

Historical Phnom Penh

On this full day tour get to see the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and exceptionally beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. Visit Wat Phnom, from which you can enjoy views over the city. After lunch, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum a chilling former Khmer Rouge prison and interrogation centre. A short drive from here, visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. En-route back to the city, make a brief stop for a spot of shopping at the famous Russian Market.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $100pp

Country & Spirit

Today visit the former capital of Cambodia between 1618 and 1866 - Phnom Udong. Travel west of Phnom Penh where the hills of the abandoned royal city lie. Several temples, stupas and other structures cover three hills. The walk up the hill provides an excellent countryside view. These hills were also the site of some of the Khmer Rouge’s most prolonged resistance against the encroaching Vietnamese army in 1979. After time to enjoy and explore the stupas and views of the Cambodian countryside, return to Phnom Penh.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $129pp

Phnom Penh Nightlife Experience

Prepare yourself for an evening of dining, drinking, and learning about Phnom Penh’s nightlife culture. Zoom through the busy streets riding pillion on the back of a Vespa - explore the lively night market, taste popular local street food, take in the view at Phnom Penh’s most famous hilltop pagoda, sample the signature Femme Fatale Cocktail invented for former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy at the historic Raffles Hotel, enjoy a Cambodian live music venue, and head to one of the city’s most stylish bars for a cocktail or a cold beer.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Cambodia / Siem Reap / Accommodation

siem reap

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. Temple complexes of Angkor

T

he equal to Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Giza or any other wonder of the world, Angkor Wat will hold you in its spell. Apart from the temples, the nearby floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake are also worth viewing along with traditional

Apsara dances. 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. As the major tourist hub of Cambodia, Siem Reap will not disappoint.

Frangipani Villa Hotel

Empress Angkor Resort & Spa

Tara Angkor Hotel

From $35pp

From $40pp

This hotel is in a quiet neighbourhood one block east of the river and a short stroll from the popular Pub Street area making it an ideal base from which to explore. Guest rooms are furnished with locally made custom furniture keeping with the architectural style of the hotel. Offering complimentary WiFi, catch up with loved ones back home or make use of the guest bicycles for an early cycle. After a day of exploring take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or opt for a cool beverage in the shady garden restaurant.

Combining 10th century Khmer charm and warmth, mixed with modern amenities and style, best describes this resort. Conveniently located, the city centre is just a short tuk tuk drive away. Spend a few hours getting buffed, scrubbed and pampered at the resort spa or laze in the sun by the outdoor pool. With its cosy and relaxing atmosphere, Dynasty Bar serves enticing cocktails with afternoon or evening savouries. Retreat for the night to your comfortable guest room offering a good night’s sleep.

Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

Borei Angkor Resort & Spa

From $132pp

Conveniently located, this hotel is a short drive from the Angkor Temple Complex and the centre of town. Guest rooms are well appointed and offer modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable. Ideal for families or friends travelling together, triple rooms and family suites ensure there is space for all. Learn to prepare and cook favourite Cambodian dishes in the hotel restaurant, one of the greatest souvenirs to take back home or head to Tara Spa for a holistic and therapeutic experience.

From $77pp This upscale resort is ideally situated in

the middle of Siem Reap set amidst a lush tropical garden and a short ride away from Pub Street along with the old market, shops and restaurants. Expressly curated to exemplify the historic customs of the Royal Angkor Empire, guest rooms are rich in detail and steeped in tradition yet still offer modern comforts. With views of the tropical gardens and swimming pool, each room also offers its own secluded balcony. Catch up on the latest news from back home with complimentary WiFi or head to Mudita Spa - a tranquil and serene environment aimed at indulging all of your senses with traditional Cambodian flair. Don’t miss the Cultural Night where authentic Khmer cuisine is exclusively served for dinner while watching the famous Royal Ballet of Apsara.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast

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A stunning example of fine hospitality and comfort combined with the feel of a bygone era awaits you at this resort. Beautiful colonial design is complemented with outstanding facilities including the salt water swimming pool, extensive spa menu, dining options including the French Le Escale or the Bistrot all day dining and the cosy Le Explorateur Bar. Designed with beautiful wooden floors, stylish furniture and original decorative artefacts, guest rooms offer space with either a patio or balcony.

From $45pp

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Cambodia / Siem Reap / Sightseeing

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $80pp Excludes Angkor Temple Pass

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $80pp Excludes Angkor Temple Pass

Duration: 7 Hrs / Price from $100pp Excludes Angkor Temple Pass

Angkor Experience

Beautiful Banteay Srei

Best of Angkor

Rise early and see the key temples of Angkor, avoiding the main crowds on this half day tour. Begin by entering the temple of Ta Prohm via the West gate – unlike most of the temples of Angkor, Ta Prohm has been largely left to the clutches of the living jungle. Next, it’s through the South Gate to visit Angkor Thom. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins, over a mile on one side, contains many stone temples and other features to explore. Before returning to Siem Reap, a stop is made to view the incredible carvings of the Bayon Temple.

Duration: 7 Hrs / Price from $100pp Excludes Angkor Temple Pass

Angkor Adventure

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Great for the avid adventurer, discover the variety of different temple styles around Angkor. Visit Ta Prohm, a sprawling monastic complex with massive fig and silk-cotton trees growing from the towers and corridors offering a jungle atmosphere. Next visit Pre Rup, with richly detailed, well-preserved carvings. Stop at Srah Srang to see how huge water reservoirs were created. After lunch climb the temple mountain of Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill), the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area offering views of Tonle Sap Lake and at a distance, Angkor Wat.

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Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $108pp

Angkor Zipline

This thrilling and safe eco-adventure incorporates the jungle’s natural features while protecting its towering trees and exotic flora and fauna. Nestled in the rainforest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor, be prepared to soar on zip lines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, be amazed by the majesty and magic of the rainforest, and fly like never before. Zip line between the half course (8 tree platforms) or the full course (15 tree platforms) and see some of Cambodian’s most unique wildlife and lust forest.

Enjoy a trip through the countryside to visit Banteay Srei - an exquisite miniature, fairy palace in the heart of an immense and mysterious forest; the very thing that Grimm delighted to imagine. Carved not out of the stuff that dreams are made of, but of solid sandstone, this pinkish hue temple is worth the extra effort to experience due to the elaborate architecture and ornate carvings. After exploring this delightful temple a stop is also made at nearby Banteay Samre, one of the smaller temples of the Angkor.

Duration: 1.5 Hrs / Price from $74pp

This full day tour allows you to see the best temple complexes of Angkor. Begin with Angkor Thom containing stone temples and other monumental features. Continue on to the Bayon Temple, although it is a Buddhist temple it retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Saving the best for last, visit the jaw-dropping Angkor Wat – the best preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia. So grand in design, it appears on the Cambodian national flag, a very rare instance of a flag incorporating an image of a building.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $120pp

Siem Reap Quad Bike Adventure The Great Lake

Offering a unique experience, this quad bike adventure is a great alternative way to explore the countryside. Begin with a safety tutorial and lesson on how to drive the quad bike, suitable for beginners through to the proficient. Journey at a leisurely pace through the countryside filled with beautiful green views of rice fields and villages. Enjoy the nature, roaming water buffalo and the smiling Cambodian children along the way. Visit a Cambodian Buddhism monastery and see the local monks who permanently live there.

Duration: 5-6 Hrs / Price from $120pp

Cambodian Cultural Experience

On this tour, gain a real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture. Enjoy a visit to the Angkor National Museum for an understanding into the history behind Angkor; head to the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm for a tour to see how this amazing material is created all the way from silk production to weaving; followed by a visit to the old market to see the variety of stalls and products with time for self-exploration. End the tour with dinner - traditional Khmer food and an Apsara Dance Show of traditional Cambodian dance.

Escape the city and visit a floating village on the Great Tonle Sap - Kampong Khleang. Located on the northern lake-edge the area is more remote and less crowded than the main areas that the tourist masses visit. Enjoy a local wooden boat ride on the lake, visiting the traditional floating village. Kompong Khleang is a permanent community within the flood plain of the lake. Here you’ll see stilt houses as far as the eye can see including schools, three pagodas and much more that a large community requires to function.

Duration: 4-5 Hrs / Price from $120pp

Cycle Phnom Krom

Enjoy a day of relaxed countryside cycling on the way to Phnom Krom and Tonle Sap Lake. Fitted with quality touring bicycles, take a leisurely cycle through quieter country lanes and passages of Khmer houses and rice fields. Offering a different perspective, experience rural Cambodia at its most authentic. End the tour with a restful lunch in a garden setting before returning to Siem Reap. Please Note: No temple visits are included.

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Cambodia / Siem Reap / Sightseeing

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $106pp Excludes Angkor Temple Pass

River of a Thousand Lingas

Enjoy a trip through the countryside to the small village of Kbal Spean. En-route see rural Cambodian life unfold as you watch villagers engage in seasonal activities. When you reach the base of the nearby mountains, trek to the River of a Thousand Lingas. Here, encounter Hindu sculptures carved into the river’s granite banks more than a thousand years ago. On the return to Siem Reap, visit Banteay Srei - the fabled pink temple of women, so called as it is made of pink sandstone and considered a tribute to the beauty of women.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $40pp

Dinner & Apsara Dance

On this evening experience, enjoy a traditional Khmer menu at Por Cuisine Restaurant whilst enjoying a traditional Apsara Dance Show. The Apsara dance, has a grounded, subtle, restrained, yet featherlight, ethereal appearance. It is distinct in its ornate costuming, taut posture, arched back and feet, flexed fingers, facial expressions and slow, close, deliberate but flowing movements. It is a rice to riches story for owner Por who started by opening a humble kiosk in 1983, serving his traditional noodle creations to the people of Siem Reap.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $139pp Excludes Angkor Temple Pass

Essentials of Angkor Temples

Experience the key and ancient temples of Angkor by tuk tuk. Start the day early to avoid the main crowds – travel around the temple complex beginning via the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Next, move on to view the incredible carvings of the Bayon temple, built nearly one hundred years after Angkor Wat. Giving this temple it’s majestic character, are over 2,000 large faces carved on 54 towers. The last stop is Ta Prohm, best known for the vast trees and giant roots that grow out of the temple walls.

Duration: 1 Hr / Price from $30pp

Phare Circus Show Ticket

Uniquely Cambodian this is Siem Reap’s most unique, authentic, top rated evening entertainment. More than just a circus, Phare performers use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell distinctive Cambodian stories; historical, folk and modern. The young circus artists will astonish you with their energy, emotion, enthusiasm and talent. Coming from some of the most difficult social and economic backgrounds imaginable, these Cambodian youth transform their lives through art. Note: Different reserved seating options available.

Duration: 3.5 Hrs / Price from $44pp

Cooking Class

Learn how to prepare, cook and garnish traditional and delicious Khmer dishes under the guidance of a professional English speaking chef. Start the half day class with a visit to the local Khmer market with the chef who will explain everything about the vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients you will be using. Your class is hands on and interactive, each person has their own cooking station. You will learn how to prepare three courses and make decorative presentations for each dish. Enjoy eating your own creations at the completion of the class.

Duration: 4.5 Hrs / Price from $127pp

Siem Reap After Dark

You’ve spent your day at Angkor Wat, but what is the real Siem Reap like after dark? On this evening experience, ride pillion on a vintage Vespa and ride through the streets of Siem Reap. On this wholesome food tour, you are invited to see and taste exotic foods and brews in authentic Khmer places that you never imagined existed in Siem Reap. Start off at a chic bar for a few beverages, then head off into the local hustle and bustle of street vendors, sights, aromas, and sounds that all blend together into the one feeling that embodies Cambodia.

Exploring the Angkor Temple Complex

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All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people. All Angkor Temple tours exclude the Angkor Temple Pass which must be bought in addition to the tour. Passes are available in 1, 3 and 7 day durations

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Cambodia / Regional / Accommodation

From $605pp

4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Koh Kong Province

Away from the tourist trail is a land of unspoilt virgin forest and a perfumed air of peace and solitude. Near four hours from Phnom Penh, this is Cambodia’s first floating eco-lodge. Located on the Tatai River in the Cardomoms, this remarkable eco region is considered to harbour more than 100 mammal species including numerous endangered animals. Cocooned in comfort and surrounded by top-quality furnishings and decoration, each tented villa has a flat screen television, WiFi and mini bar - not that social media will be any match for the natural wonders you will witness from your private extra-large sun lounger balcony where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail – this is luxury in harmony with Mother Nature, relax and let your senses take over. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to resist the temptation to stay in the comfort of your tent. Excursions range from trekking, kayaking, fishing to taking a refreshing dip in the river. Offering culinary options from around the world these are complemented by the in-house sommelier’s choice of wines and spirits from the carefully chosen cellar of fine wines.

Includes: Two nights accommodation, breakfast and return transfers from Phnom Penh

From $525pp

Sokha Beach Resort, Sihanoukville Offering a coastal Khmer experience in the Sihanoukville province, this resort is idyllically situated on a prime location amidst 23.5 hectares of a beautifully landscaped beachfront with long stretches of pristine white sandy beach.

Includes: Two nights accommodation, breakfast and return transfers from Phnom Penh

From $1630pp

With a large room inventory, guest rooms and suites offer modern Khmer design for comfort with either garden views or ocean views. Upgrade to a lagoon water chalet for added privacy – each chalet is elegantly decorated with timber floors, high ceilings, lagoon views, complimentary WiFi, living room area, dining area, kitchenette and a private balcony. With two swimming pools on offer, each with an adjoining children’s pool, they are the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere along with cool drinks and cocktails from the pool bar nearby. A bountiful of fun is to be had in the Sokha Kid’s Club, whilst for the adults, the Jasmine Spa offers a variety of treatments to indulge all the senses. With a number of dining options on offer, be sure to check out The Deck Tapas Bar enjoying spectacular views of the gulf and Lemongrass Restaurant for a fine dining experience.

Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Archipelago

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In Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, islands nestle like dazzling natural jewels in the warm sapphire waters. This resort lies secluded in this magnificent seascape, just 45 minutes by boat from the port of Sihanoukville.

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Includes: Two nights accommodation, breakfast, return shared boat transfers and return shuttle transfers from Sihanoukville Airport

With a stay here – think intimate; think luxurious; but above all think harmony. The resort spans the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve established to safeguard the islands’ reefs and marine life. The resort features luxury overwater, jungle and ocean view villas built with sustainable materials. Inside each expansive villa you will find huge beds, over-sized baths, bespoke furniture, full stocked bar fridges and outdoor showers beside private decks and pools. At the resort’s heart is a world-class restaurant and lounge, spectacularly positioned just off the island’s shoreline and surrounded by sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry nights. As a guest, you’ll be among a handful of lucky adventurers to experience this beautiful, untouched paradise. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


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Cambodia / River Cruises

cambodia river cruises

INDIA CHINA

CHINA

Chindwin River Red River

Minguin MANDALAY Amarapura Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from Please enquire about prices HANOI BAGAN Yandabo Phnom PenhSale to Saigon Cruise

MYANMAR

LAOS

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the Magwe Mekong River – a striking a cultural contrast between the tranquillity of Cambodia and the bustling Vietnam delta. Ayeyarwady River

Red River

HANOI

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights / Price from Please enquire about prices

The Lost Civilization

LAOS

This classic Mekong river cruise, The Lost Civilization combines places rarely visited with affluent world heritage sites.

Travel LUANG aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw, cruising from the port of Phnom Penh. Thayetmyo OperatingPRABANG their own replicas of colonial steamers, Pandaw cruises are floating bases of discreet comfort with an all-inclusive Prome concept. With excursions ashore a key part of any Pandaw river cruise, you’ll find it hard to resist exploring and creating your own A Kauktaung adventures. Before travelling along the main Mekong Channel, explore the Tonle River, VIETIANE Danupyu a section that is considered one of the prettiestRANGOON parts of your river journey, passing through villages, woodlandTwante and hills. Sail along the Mekong River and complete border formalities upon arrival into Vietnam waters. In Chau Doc, explore with the ship guide or self-explore. Continue along canals and backwaters to Cai Be for the floating markets. Disembark in My Tho and transfer to Saigon.

Travel aboard the Jahan, Heritage Line’s most romantic cruise liner. It evokes the LUANG opulent vessels of British India, with no expenses spared in the interior and exterior. DepartingPRABANG from Siem Reap, transfer to your boutique ship, where your friendly crew await you for the next seven nights. As you cruise along the Tonle Sap River, take in the views and simply relax. Built in the 8th century, visit Wat Hanchey which predates the mighty Angkor temple complex. Anchor in Phnom Penh, which still VIETIANE retains a lot of its rustic charm and elegance before a lazy day of cruising along the main Mekong Channel bound for the Vietnam border. As you enter Vietnam waters, discover breath-taking landscapes along the river and quaff the rustic life on the Mekong Delta. Disembark in My Tho and transfer to Saigon.

Departures: Set cruise dates – please enquire

Departures: Set cruise dates – please enquire

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THAILAND SIEM REAP

THAILAND

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH

Mekong River

Chau Doc Sa Dec Cai Be

SIEM REAP Tonle Sap

Kampong Chhang Kampong Tralach

VIETNAM

HO CHI MINH CITY

My Tho

DANANG

CAMBODIA Kampong Cham

PHNOM PENH

Mekong River

Chau Doc Sa Dec Cai Be

Wat Hanchey Angkor Ban

VIETNAM

HO CHI MINH CITY

My Tho

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DANANG

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Cambodia / Tours

Angkor in Brief Ideal for those short on time - see some of the most important sites of Angkor at a leisurely pace including the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat. With the assistance of a local English speaking guide, kick start your Siem Reap adventure on the day of your arrival. Visit the Angkor National Museum for an interactive understanding into the history behind Angkor and the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm for a tour to see how this amazing material is created all the way from silk production to weaving. Be treated with traditional Khmer cuisine and an Apsara Dance Show followed by a full day to discover the incredible key temples of the Angkor complex – Angkor Thom, the Banyon Temple and the jewel in the crown, Angkor Wat.

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights / Price from $359pp

Best of Angkor Focussing on Siem Reap and the magnificent Angkor Temples - see the most interesting areas and also explore less visited sites off the beaten track.

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights / Price from $499pp

Be greeted upon arrival in Siem Reap by a local English speaking guide who will accompany you on a Cambodian Cultural Experience tour with highlights including the Angkor National Museum, the Artisan’s D’Angkor Silk Farm followed by a traditional Khmer dinner and dance show. Explore the magnificent key temples of the Angkor complex on Day two, including Angkor Wat, the best-preserved example of Khmer architecture in Cambodia. Day three takes you to the lesser known sites of Preah Khan and Neak Pean (the entwined naga). Finish your trip with a visit to Ta Som, an unrestored temple, built at the end of the 12th century. The following day, your adventure ends.

Angkor Adventure

Combining the ‘must see’ Angkor sites at a leisurely pace and at uncommon times of the day, this tour also includes trekking and kayaking. Take your time walking through the Angkor Complex and admire the beautiful temples before you. Head into the rural countryside on foot for a half day country hike on flat terrain to see some of our favourite and secluded temples, whilst a kayaking trip to the fascinating floating and stilted fishing villages or flooded forest on the edge of the great Tonle Sap Lake, allows you to experience a very different lifestyle and unique environment up close. On your last day, a sunrise tour starts at pre-dawn to witness the breath-taking view of the tropical sun emerging from behind the iconic lotus towers of Angkor Wat. Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights / Price from $1210pp

Angkor Cycling Experience

Offering an interesting and different way to experience Angkor, cycle beneath towering fig trees amid a thousand years of Khmer history. The added benefit of being on a bicycle is that you will see more than the incredible legacy of the Khmer empire and get to glimpse at rural Cambodian life. Let the trusted Cambodian cycle and temple guides give you an insight into all the major temples and enjoy a sunset view from Phnom Bakheng. You will also ride into the countryside to visit Banteay Srei; the small village of Roulous, home to some of the earliest permanent structures built by the Khmers; and the floating village of Kampong Phluck, where you’ll enjoy a boat ride around the village. Total Cycle Distance: 122km

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Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $1319pp

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Cambodia Adventure

See Cambodia on this package of adventure, travelling from Phnom Penh, once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, to the charming town of Siem Reap with the incredible Angkor Temples.

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $677pp

You’ll visit local communities, clamber through the temples like Indiana Jones and travel by boat and bicycle. With a full day spent in Phnom Penh, discover the key highlights including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the sombre Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. By ferry service (seasonal) travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Stretch your legs with a leisurely cycle around the stunning Angkor complex – discover the countryside, dusty roads and country lanes. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering a ‘jungle atmosphere’ as seen with a visit to Ta Prohm. All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Cambodia / Tours

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $796pp

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights / Price from $1795pp

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights / Price from $2069pp

Discover Cambodia

Inside Cambodia

Experience Cambodia

Discover Phnom Penh with its graceful riverfront, colonial buildings and national monuments and the small and charming town of Siem Reap.

Explore Cambodia on this comprehensive tour which takes you to Koh Kong, Phnom Penh, Battambang and Siem Reap.

Journey through Cambodia - explore the main cities, stay in a local homestay and enjoy a few nights in the beach resort area of Sihanoukville.

Day 1: Phnom Penh

Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to your hotel.

Arrive in Phnom Penh and transfer to the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in the Koh Kong Province.

Day 2: Phnom Penh (B, L)

Day 2: Koh Kong (B)

Your full day tour includes a visit to the Independent Monument, the Royal Palace built by King Norodom in 1866 and the Silver Pagoda. Also visit the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake. Enjoy a break for lunch before visiting the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum followed by the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.

Spend the day at leisure - take in the scenery and relax or partake in optional lodge activities (payable direct).

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, D)

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Enjoy a real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture with visits to the Angkor National Museum, the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm and The Old Market. This evening enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner and Apsara Dance Show. Day 4: Siem Reap (B, L)

Discover the key temples of Angkor. Enter Angkor Thom via the South Gate and the Bayon complex. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins contain many stone temples and other features to explore. The Bayon Temple is a Buddhist temple but retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Enjoy a break for lunch then visit Angkor Wat, grand in scale and stunning to look at. Day 5: Siem Reap (B)

Today, transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end.

Day 1: Phnom Penh – Koh Kong

Day 3: Koh Kong – Phnom Penh (B)

This morning you are free until your transfer back to Phnom Penh. Day 4: Phnom Penh (B, L)

Today’s highlights include the Independence Monument, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Day 5: Phnom Penh – Battambang (B)

Day 1: Siem Reap (D)

Arrive in Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. This evening, ride pillion and enjoy a Vespa foodie experience. Day 2: Siem Reap (B, L)

Explore the main temples of the Angkor Complex including Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat. Day 3: Siem Reap (B)

Visit the Great Lake of Kampong Khleang – a floating village on the edge of the Great Tonle Sap. This evening, enjoy the uniquely Cambodian Phare Circus Show. Day 4: Siem Reap – Banteay Chhmar (B, L, D)

Travel to the Banteay Meanchey Province where you will overnight in a local homestay. Explore the community based area and gain an insight into rural life.

Head towards Battambang and visit Phnom Udong enroute. In Battambang, admire the French colonial style houses along the river.

Day 5: Banteay Chhmar – Battambang (B, L)

Day 6: Battambang – Siem Reap (B)

Day 6: Battambang – Phnom Penh (B)

Visit Phnom Banan Mountain followed by the Prasat Phnom Banan Winery. Later, transfer to Siem Reap.

Explore Phnom Banan Mountain and the Prasat Phnom Banan Winery before travelling through to Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Siem Reap (B, D)

Day 7: Phnom Penh (B, L)

Enjoy a relaxed countryside bicycle tour this morning, passing via Khmer houses and plantation fields. This afternoon, visit the Angkor National Museum, followed by the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm. This evening, enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner and an Apsara Dance Show.

Today, discover the key sights of this capital city.

Day 8: Siem Reap (B, L)

Explore the main temples of the Angkor Complex today including the Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat. Day 9: Siem Reap (B)

Today, transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end.

This morning, visit the local market. After which transfer to Battambang where you will explore the city.

Day 8: Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville (B, L)

Enjoy a rickshaw ride around Phnom Penh - witness daily life amid the streets and taste local street food along the way. Later, depart the city bound for Sihanoukville. Day 9-10: Sihanoukville (B)

Spend the next two days at leisure. Day 11: Sihanoukville (B)

Today, transfer to Sihanoukville Airport where tour arrangements end.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

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Stilted houses on the Great Tonle Sap Lake

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Cambodia / Small Group Tour

Angkor Wat

Explore cambodia

Discover amazing Cambodia on this perfect highlight tour - learn the recent history and the traditional past in Phnom Penh and be in awe of the incredible Angkor Temples in Siem Reap.

Explore Cambodia

5days/4NIGHTS from $985pp Local English speaking guide

Group Size: Minimum 2 people - Maximum 14 people accommodation: Quality centrally located 3 star hotels

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Rattanak Kiri

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centrally

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quality 3 star hotels, this small group tour covers the main sights of Phnom Penh

and Siem Reap. With a knowledgeable local English guide, gain an insight into Cambodia.

Day 1: Phnom Penh

Arrive at Phnom Penh Airport where you will be met by a local English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon and evening are spent at leisure to relax or you may like to self-explore. Day 2: Phnom Penh (B, L)

Battambang Kampong Cham

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Today’s sightseeing highlights include the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, where over 10,000 people were executed under the Khmer Rouge. The evening is then spent at leisure. Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B)

Transfer to Phnom Penh Airport for a morning flight to Siem Reap. This afternoon your exploration of this amazing place begins with a visit to the Angkor National Museum followed by a visit to the stunning Angkor Wat. This evening enjoy dinner (own expense) before capping the night off with a visit to the Phare Circus Show.

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights / Price from $449pp

Khmer Village Homestay

This two night package offers a fantastic opportunity to experience real Khmer village life. Leave Phnom Penh behind and travel to the Baray District offering captivating scenery that includes both vast stretches of green rice fields and a multitude of traditional village houses. Activities at the homestay include a village tour by pony and cart, traditional Khmer dancing, boat making and a fishing expedition or a visit to the weaving and woodcarving workshop. The homestay offers an enticing glimpse of Cambodian culture in natural bamboo huts.

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Day 4: Siem Reap (B)

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Group Tour

This morning, explore a few more key temples of the Angkor Complex including Ta Prohm and the Bayon Temple. The afternoon and evening is then spent at leisure for you to self explore. Day 5: Day 5: Siem Reap (B)

Sadly, today is the end of your tour. Transfer to Siem Reap Airport where tour arrangements end. Guaranteed Departure Dates: 2018 – 21 Apr, 05 May, 19 May, 26 May, 04 Jun, 16 Jun, 30 Jun, 14 Jul, 28 Jul, 11 Aug, 25 Aug, 08 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 08 Oct, 20 Oct, 03 Nov, 17 Nov, 01 Dec & 15 Dec 2019 – 26 Jan, 09 Feb, 23 Feb, 09 Mar & 23 Mar Guaranteed departure applies as soon as 2 people are booked on this tour.

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights / Price from $1329pp

The Serenity Cruise

On this three night cruise, travel aboard the Jayavarman and journey from Siem Reap to the city of Phnom Penh. Relax as the ship glides along the Tonle Sap Lake and river, the flowing heart of Cambodia, giving love and life to the nation. Begin each day with a Tai Chi lesson at sunrise, whilst your nights include bathing under a moonlight sky. View the spectacular marshlands floating along the riverbanks of the Kampong Chhnang province, meander along narrow parts of the river and be greeted by kids waving enthusiastically from the banks.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Laos / Introduction

laos

Relatively undeveloped, this deeply forested and mountainous country is completely landlocked and offers those seeking either peace and connection or adventure, a new world to discover.

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Southeast Asia. Laos has a natural beauty combined with a mix of the original Buddhist culture and French influences. The sleepy capital city of Vientiane provides a great introduction to the charms of the country. Enveloped in an atmosphere of peace and solitude, Luang Prabang is the country’s primary claim to fame. Step back in time as you wander the dusty streets with echoes in the air of monks chanting. With a dreamlike landscape of notable limestone karsts, Vang Vieng is bisected by the Nam Song River; Xieng Khouang is home to the ‘Plain of Jars’, attracting numerous crowds to the prehistoric stone megaliths whilst Pakse opens up Southern Laos. Laos runs on a languid pace - slow right down if you wish to explore here.

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Ban Houaykay

Luang Prabang

Pak Beng

Vang Vieng

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LAOS Thakhek Savannakhet Saravan

Champasak Laos Buddhas

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Xieng Khuang

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Laos / Vientiane / Accommodation & Sightseeing

vientiane

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.

That Luang Stupa

ue 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

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city centre. High on your list of sights to see should be That Luang Stupa, which is a symbol of Lao and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. The beautiful Wat Sisaket is a must

Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong

Lao Orchid Hotel

From $79pp

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Located on the banks of the Mekong River and within walking distance to Vientiane city centre, this boutique hotel cannot be missed with its pink exterior. From the moment you step foot into the lobby, decorated with sculptures and art works, feel the warmth of the Laotian atmosphere. Offering a comfortable stay, guestrooms are simply designed and include complimentary WiFi, perfect for staying in touch with loved ones back home. For views of the Mekong, be sure to upgrade to a superior room.

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Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $121pp

Vientiane City Tour

Explore Vientiane’s highlights on this city tour. Visit Wat Ho Prakeo (formerly known as a house of Emerald Buddha), Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and Victory Monument Patuxai before continuing on to Phon Thong Savang - a fresh food market selling a variety of fruits, buffalo skins, poultry, fresh fishes from the Mekong River, herbs and much more. There will also be a short visit to Taladsao, overflowing with mass-produced silks, cheap T-shirts, trinkets and other souvenir type items plus more.

and is one of the oldest temples in Vientiane. Spend a morning exploring the Lao National Museum which displays an interesting mixture of revolutionary and contemporary exhibitions. Travelling slightly further a far, popular day trips include Xieng Khuang or ‘Buddha Park’, and Vang Vieng, set amid spectacular scenery providing a natural wonderland for the adventurous.

Ansara Hotel From $85pp

Well located, this hotel is within a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Mekong River including the night markets and nearby restaurants. Tuk tuks are also readily available for the longer explorations. Guest rooms have been tastefully decorated with natural materials, muted colours, woven rattan headboards, earthy-toned décor and all offer complimentary WiFi. Friendly staff compliment the hotel and are always on hand to help. This hotel makes for a comfortable stay.

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $169pp

Lao Cooking Class

Lao cuisine relies heavily on the freshest produce and incorporates a range of intriguing flavours, many unfamiliar to the western plates. Begin with an early morning tour of Vientiane’s major food market where you will have the opportunity to investigate these ingredients and gain knowledge of their uses. You will then learn how to pound your ingredients in a mortar and pestle, and cook over an open fire. Enjoy the fruits of your labour with the recipes provided for you to take back home and recreate.

From $148pp

This serene hotel is located right in the centre of this historic capital and offers effortless access to Vientiane’s most popular sights and attractions along with being just a short stroll away from the legendary Mekong River. Elegant yet relaxed, the hotel exudes warmth and an inviting feel of a private home with quiet sophistication. Decor is a blend of traditional Lao and Asian contemporary designs with striking black and white photographs depicting Laos’ fascinating culture and sceneries.

Duration: 8 hrs / Price from $175pp

Vientiane Surrounds

Situated southeast of Vientiane, Buddha Park is where 200 Buddhist and religious images dating back over 500 years are worth a visit, most of which were introduced from India. En-route make a brief stop at the Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge for a photo opportunity. You will also visit Don Noun village followed by Tha Ngone where you will enjoy a lunch cruise along the Nam Ngum River. On the way back to Vientiane a stop is made at the Dong Makhai Market with a variety of products. Enjoy a beautiful sunset along the Mekong River and Chao Anou Park.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast. Sightseeing is based on a minimum of 02 people.


Laos / Vang Vieng / Accommodation & Sightseeing

Vang Vieng

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.

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nce 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. If adventure activities are not quite for you then within

the area there are a few 16-17th century monasteries and traditional Hmong villages you may wish to explore.

The Elephant Crossing Hotel

Inthira Hotel

Riverside Boutique Resort

Nam Song River

From $103pp

This charming boutique hotel is situated on the banks of the Nam Song River and boasts breath-taking views of majestic limestone mountains. With a special ambience incorporating a traditional Lao open-air sala for relaxing, lounging and dining; and a riverside restaurant and bar that encompasses the magnificent views of an unspoilt landscape, you will not be disappointed with a stay here. Guestrooms are simple in design yet offer a comfortable stay after an adventurous day out.

Centred in the heart of Vang Vieng with serene surroundings, this modern hotel will leave you with a memorable stay. Guestrooms are well appointed and have their own private balconies, allowing you to enjoy unobstructed views of the impressive mountains and the Nam Song River. Sample the range of fresh fish and local Lao cuisine at the hotel restaurant or head to the bar for a relaxing cocktail, a great venue to unwind in with a soothing atmosphere as is the swimming pool overlooking the river.

Duration: 3.5 Hrs / Price from $115pp

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $159pp

Kayaking Experience

This half day tour combines all the activities that Vang Vieng is famous for, kayaking on the Nam Song River surrounded by rugged karsts and beautiful rural scenery and exploring limestone caves. You will also have plenty of opportunities to swim in pools of fresh spring water. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking, set off down the beautiful Nam Song River travelling to Tham None Cave (Sleeping Cave) - one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng which once served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the second Indochina war.

Cave Exploration

Explore the limestone karsts with their unique ecology and enjoy the thrill of cave explorations while discovering the most unusual caves. Visit Tham Xang Cave (Elephant Cave); Tham Hoi Cave (Snail Cave) which winds its way deep into the mountain – an exploration through numerous corridors ends at a crystal-clear spring. Another cool pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam Cave (Water Cave), where tubing is possible. You will also trek to a Hmong village and kayak through idyllic scenes on the trip back to Vang Vieng.

From $151pp

Ideally located on the banks of the Nam Song River, this resort is laid out around an inviting swimming pool, offering stunning views of the surrounding forest-clad limestone mountains. Guestrooms with balconies are located within the manicured gardens - each subtly different in design, combining soft furnishings reflecting the traditions of the eight Lao ethnic groups along with authentic art and craftwork by local artists and artisans. A herbal spa is also available on site.

Duration: 8 Hrs / Price from $131pp

Caving & Cycling

Explore the most unusual caves in the area and mountain bike across rice fields and wade through rivers amidst mountainous limestone scenery on this full day tour. Start off the day by exploring Tham Poukham (Blue Lagoon) the amazing ‘Cave of the Golden Crab’ its hidden corridors are filled with an endless array of stalagmites and stalactites, underground lakes, deep wells and up to 80m high chimneys! Next, head off via mountain bike which covers approximately 26km through the karst range of the Nam Song and Vang Vieng passing via remote villages.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast. Sightseeing is based on a minimum of 02 people.

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From $60pp

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Laos / Luang Prabang / Accommodation

luang prabang

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this former ancient capital is a quaint town with crumbling FrenchIndochinese architecture, glistening temples and widespread natural beauty.

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uilt 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 by UNESCO, the city is remarkably

Indigo House From $81pp

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3 Nagas Luang Prabang – Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum M Gallery by Sofitel From $143pp

From $166pp

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage area on Sisavangovong Road (Main Street), with a sense of history, architecture and atmosphere, this hotel reflects the true energy and spirit of Luang Prabang. Recently refurbished, guest rooms provide everything you need whether you are travelling for business or leisure and have been designed to ensure maximum comfort and relaxation. Tease your taste buds with some lip smacking delicious delicacies along with a unique Vegan menu at the Indigo Café.

Once home to Laotian royalty, this hotel offers guests intimate regal style surroundings with a touch of the contemporary. Garden wing rooms feature classic colonial interiors that include French doors opening onto a balcony with a low-pillared balustrade. Interconnecting rooms are also available for the family holiday. With expansive tropical grounds, a swimming pool and spa there are plenty of private spots to relax and soak up the ambience.

This charming hotel is within a short walk to temples, two rivers and the night market making it the perfect place to enjoy the idyllic Lao lifestyle for leisure. Guest rooms are spread amongst three restored historical houses, blending contemporary style with traditional architecture and a courtyard garden. Feast on refined Lao cuisine in a cosy indoor bistro or al-fresco courtyard or sip on an original cocktail tantalising the taste buds with local flavours such as ginger, lemongrass and chili.

Kiridara Hotel

Sofitel Luang Prabang From $190pp

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well-preserved and has been able to retain most of its old-world charm. Having said that, as the influx of visitors has slowly increased over the years, some stretches of streets have become rather ‘touristy’.

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. Coinciding a stay during festive seasons certainly would enhance ones stay. Rich in culture, this city is definitely one that feels genuine with its unique ambiance.

Having a prime location in the centre of Luang Prabang, means local tourist attractions are within walking distance with a stay at this hotel. Contemporary style guestrooms are well appointed and are built around the beautiful swimming pool. For those who would like to keep up with their daily exercise regimes, a small fitness room is available or bicycles to explore the area can be rented on a complimentary basis. For those who would prefer to simply relax, a full-service health spa offers rejuvenating treatments.

From $249pp In the heart of Luang Prabang, just five

minutes drive from town, this former French governor’s residence is now an elegant and spacious all-suite hotel located within a peaceful residential area. Blending historic charm with contemporary style, this sleek boutique hotel boasts luxury suites exquisitely furnished with garden terraces. Keeping guests connected, modern conveniences abound but never intrude the atmosphere. Pillow menus and bath time treats soothe the senses while complimentary WiFi keeps you connected to the world outside. Opt for a pool villa with a private plunge pool to relax in your own space. Discover distinctive spices and flavours of traditional Lao cuisine and savour delicious western fare at the Governor’s Grill Steakhouse Restaurant or dine al fresco under the safari tent overlooking the botanical garden. This hotel will not disappoint.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.


Laos / Luang Prabang / Sightseeing

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $125pp

Luang Prabang City Tour

Explore the key sites of Luang Prabang. Begin with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum. Formerly the king’s palace, it displays a lovely collection of personal artefacts of the royal family, photos, musical instruments and gifts received from foreigners. Next, climb over 300 steps to the summit of Mt. Phousi where stunning views of the city can be seen. Head to the Xieng Thong Temple with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage. End the tour with a visit to Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex overlooking the Mekong River.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $134pp

Luang Prabang Cycling Explorer

Explore intimate aspects of the countryside by bicycle, where you will be greeted with interest from the locals as you ride from village to village, absorbing the serenity of Laos. Cycle off-road, exploring the area with several stops to take pictures before reaching the village of Ban Nakham. The village is popular for sugar cane and Kaolam (sticky rice and beans in bamboo), which are tasty local treats. Continue to cycle along green rice paddies and stop at a village where you can see villagers making local crafts. This is a relaxing one-day trip.

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $149pp

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $119pp

Kwang Si Waterfall

Located south of Luang Prabang, visit Kwang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade on to calcareous bedrock which have scooped out small basins of turquoise colour. Dependent on conditions, swimming may also be possible. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit the minority villages of Ban Xing and Ban Thinkeo. After lunch, visit Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek, for many years these villages have specialised in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa paper (paper made from the bark of the mulberry tree).

Kamu Lodge Excursion

Why is Mt. Phousi called Mt. Phousi? What has it got to do with mushrooms and the Ramayana? Where does the name of the Nam Khan River come from? If you are curious to discover the answer to these questions, Garavek is the place for you. Join a special intimate show of traditional Lao folktales and legends, presented in English by a Lao story teller together with the live musical accompaniment of the khene – a handmade bamboo mouth organ, the quintessential Lao folk instrument. After the show, you’ll look at Luang Prabang with a different perspective.

Visit a small village outside of town. Consisting of only 60 families, the village of Ban Suadara, mainly rely on farming activities for their survival. Cross Bamboo Bridge to reach their home town, careful not to disrupt the serenity of this isolated village. Observe the locals as they carry out their daily tasks, taking note that foreigners still remain a novelty. The charming villagers are as curious about its observers as you are about them. A short stop is also made at Wat Phon Phao showcasing traditional Buddhist scenes through paintings.

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night / Price from $306pp

Kamu Lodge Excursion

Two hours north of Luang Prabang, hidden on the banks of the Mekong River, Kamu Lodge is nestled in the heart of Lao countryside. Travel upstream on this overnight package featuring a boat cruise on the Mekong River with a stop at Pak Ou Caves, interesting cultural activities and one night in a super-sized tent attached with modern bathroom amenities and facilities. This private eco-lodge offers a rustic retreat and encounter which urbanites have often not seen. This truly is a unique experience.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

Mekong River Cruise

Embark on a traditional Lao river boat for a leisurely lunch cruise on the Mekong River. Relax amidst the beautiful scenery and make a few stops along the way. Visit a traditional rice wine distillation village and stop at the famous Pak Ou Caves – located within a cliff face, enjoy a short exploration among the sacred Buddhist statues and images scattered about the two limestone grottoes. Enjoy a traditional Lao cuisine buffet on board with a variety of dishes to try. This tour offers a different option for the quaint Luang Prabang.

Duration: 2.5 Hrs / Price from $181pp

Rice Harvest Experience

Offering a unique experience, head to a local organic farm where you are invited to interact and explore each step of a rice harvest. Learn how rice is farmed, using water buffalo for ploughing and the traditional manual process of ranking, transplanting, sowing, grinding and pounding – prepare to be challenged! The tour ends with a tasting of traditional foods made from rice. You will have a new appreciation for rice and an admiration for the people of Lao who, to this day, continue to harvest rice without modern machinery.

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night / Price from $563pp

Luang Say Cruise

Discover the mighty Mekong River on a river boat travelling from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai. Offering a unique cultural journey, understand more about life and nature along the legendary river. As part of the twoday cruise, spend the night at Luang Say Lodge and experience a fiery sunset from your teak and rosewood bungalow along the river. Untouched by the modern world, this historic region is rich and colourful. Note: It is possible to continue your journey to Chiang Rai, Thailand on the same day.

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Duration: 1Hr / Price from $36pp

Village Tour

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $80pp

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Laos / River Cruises

laos river cruises

Fish trap – Mekong River

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights / Price from Please enquire about prices

The Laos Mekong

Laos to China

Enjoy a three country expedition as you traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Myanmar at the once notorious Golden Triangle. From Vientiane, the old French capital, travel aboard the RV Laos Pandaw and cruise deep into the mountains, through rapids and gorges, visiting tribal villages and exploring the jungle and countryside along the way.

Sail on the mighty upper Mekong River from Laos to China. This pioneering 14-night river expedition will allow you to discover charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, the Golden Triangle and the emerald green Mekong in China’s Yunnan province.

Stop for two nights at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Explore this well preserved and unique site with its many intricate carved Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace. There is a buzzing night market and many delightful cafes along with some good restaurants ashore. Explore the unique Pak Ou Caves, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces before cruising to the border between Laos and Thailand. Enjoy farewell cocktails and dinner on your last night before disembarking the next morning to explore the Golden Triangle.

Departing from Luang Prabang, explore this quaint town before setting sail up river through dramatic scenery with lush jungle and forest punctuated by tiny villages clinging to the river bank. Upon nearing Pak Beng, the scenery becomes even more dramatic and the river faster and more treacherous. As you near the Thai border, appreciate the contrasting culture from Laos, and then again before crossing into China at Guan Lei. Sail the final stretch of the scenic and dramatic Mekong in China to Jinghong.

*Please note this is a new expedition therefore unforeseen changes to itinerary may occur – but a great adventure still to be had, a flexible approach is required.

*Please note this is a new expedition therefore unforeseen changes to itinerary may occur – but a great adventure still to be had, a flexible approach is required.

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Laos / Tours

Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights / Price from $1135pp

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights / Price from $1676pp

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights / Price from $1710pp

Highlights of Laos

Laos Overland Tour

Journey Through Laos

Offering a contrasting view of Lao’s two major cities, Luang Prabang and Vientiane, discover past royal traditions and ancient temples.

Explore the main cities along with Vang Vieng and its karst hill landscapes, and the mysterious area of Xieng Khuang - the Plain of Jars.

Travel by boat along the Mekong River visiting villages and sights along the way before exploring Luang Prabang and the capital Vientiane.

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Day 1: Vientiane

Day 1: Chiang Rai - Houei Xay

Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to your hotel. After, set out to explore this peaceful city with little traffic and orange robed monks walking the streets. Visit the former royal palace, now a national museum and Mt. Phousi with panoramic views over the city. End the day with a visit to Xieng Thong Temple followed by sunset at Wat Phabat Tai Monastery.

Arrive in Vientiane and transfer to your hotel. Later, enjoy a city tour visiting the main sites finishing with sunset at Chao Anou Park located along the beautiful Mekong River.

Depart from Chiang Rai (Thailand) and drive to Chiang Khong before crossing the Mekong River and entering Laos at the small township of Houei Xay.

Day 2: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B)

Travel by a traditional slow boat down the Mekong River to Pak Beng. Admire the splendid landscapes and the succession of mountains with villages along the river banks.

Day 2: Luang Prabang (B, L)

This morning visit a riverside village where rice wine is produced before taking a boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit Pak Ou Caves. Thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed into the two caves carved out of the towering limestone cliff. In the afternoon, visit the Kwang Si Waterfall for a short trek around the falls or enjoy a swim. Day 3: Luang Prabang (B, D)

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the atmosphere of this magnificent town, its temples and markets. This evening, embark on the Nava Mekong Cruise. Moor near a traditional village where traditional Lao dancers perform age-old sets. Enjoy the history and unique theatrical dining experience on board. Day 4: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)

This morning a unique opportunity abounds with an optional Alms offering to the local monks. After breakfast, transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for a flight to Vientiane. Transfer to your hotel before commencing a city sightseeing tour. Visit That Luang Stupa, Pratuxai, Thong Khan Kham Market amd the COPE Visitor Centre. Day 5: Vientiane (B)

Today, transfer to Vientiane Airport where tour arrangements end.

Drive through to Vang Vieng, stopping along the way at Tha Ngone and Ban Keun, famous for its salt mine. Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, visit the picturesque Tham Jang Cave offering stunning views over the Nam Song River and surrounding karst scenery. Day 3: Vang Vieng - Xieng Khuang (B)

Today, drive to Xieng Khuang, an area once devastated by American bombings between 1964-1973. Although the drive is long, the back roads are a great way to explore real Laos. Day 4: Xieng Khuang (B)

Visit the Plain of Jars this morning. Shrouded in mystery, giant stone jars are scattered in the Xieng Khuang plateau. Later, visit a Mulberry farm which specialises in the production of naturally dyed handmade Lao silk, and the Xieng Khuang UXO Centre. Day 5: Xieng Khuang - Luang Prabang (B)

This morning, visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh before taking to the road bound for Luang Prabang with stops along the way. Day 6: Luang Prabang (B)

Early morning, participate in an Alms offering to the local monks. After breakfast, travel by wooden boat upstream to see the Pak Ou Caves. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour with the evening spent at leisure. Day 7: Luang Prabang (B)

This morning further explore Luang Prabang before transferring to Luang Prabang Airport where tour arrangements end.

Day 2: Houei Xay - Pak beng (B, L)

Day 3: Pak beng - Luang Prabang (B, L)

Today, continue by boat downstream towards Luang Prabang. A stop is made at Pak Ou Caves. Late afternoon, arrive in Luang Prabang. Day 4: Luang Prabang (B)

For those who wish, an early start will allow you to participate in an Alms offering to the local monks. Later, travel to Kwang Si Waterfall with brief stops enroute at local villages. Day 5: Luang Prabang (B)

Spend the day at leisure. Day 6: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)

Transfer to Luang Prabang Airport a flight to Vientiane where you will visit That Luang Stupa, Patuxai, Phon Thong Savang Market and the COPE Visitor Centre. Day 7: Vientiane (B, L, D)

Visit Buddha Park where 200 Buddhist and religious images are displayed. Continue on to Nam Ngum River for a private lunch cruise. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Lao dinner and show. Day 8: Vientiane Departure (B)

Today, transfer to Vientiane Airport where tour arrangements end. Note: This package begins from Chiang Rai in Thailand. A guide will meet you in Chiang Rai and will cross the border into Laos with you.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

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Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights / Price from $2716pp

Laos Revealed

Hidden Laos by Bicycle

This tour explores the quiet back roads of South Laos from the amazing waterfalls to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins and to the cultural Khmer temples.

Offering a great overview of Laos, this nine day package covers both Vientiane and Luang Prabang along with Champasak in the south.

Discover the stunning northern part of this magical country by bicycle. Immerse yourself in Laos’ deep-rooted traditions and culture – explore the Laos less-travelled.

Day 1: Ubon Ratchatani – Khong Jiam (D)

Day 1: Vientiane (D)

Day 1: Vientiane (D)

Make your way to Ubon Ratchatani, accessible by plane or train from Bangkok. If you arrive early, you’ll have time to unwind poolside before a trip briefing and dinner.

Arrive in Vientiane. Visit the key sights of Vientiane followed by a traditional Lao dinner and performance

Meet with the guide for a tour briefing followed by a traditional Lao dinner.

Transfer to the starting point of the trip. Begin cycling, passing through the former colonial town of Champasak which stretches along the Mekong River. Ride to Wat Phu, a Khmer Hindu temple complex dating back to the 5th century. Day 3: Champasak – Don Khong (B, L, D) Cycle 44km

Today incorporates catching ferries and cycling. Highlights include Don Daeng Island; the village of Ban Niet Ngong to see Phu Asa, a curious site of stone towers; and Don Khong. Day 4: Don Khong – Don Khone (B, L, D) Cycle 45km

Today, island hop! Catch ferries to discover and ride around four islands on narrow dirt tracks. Upon crossing over to Don Khone, enjoy a leisurely cruise in search of the nearly extinct Irrawaddy dolphins. Day 5: Don Khone – Bolaven Plateau (B, L, D) Cycle 40km

Cross the Mekong River and ride to Khan Phapeng waterfalls - this natural phenomenon splits the Mekong and is referred to as above and below the falls. Later, transfer to the coffee growing area of Laos, the Bolaven Plateau. Day 6: Bolaven Plateau – Tad Lo (B, L, D) Cycle 30km

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Southern Laos by Bicycle

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Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights / Price from $2712pp

Ride on to Tha Teng passing villages and cheering children. Stop at an ethnic village to see how coffee is roasted and why there are empty coffins under the houses. An easy downhill will see you arrive at Tad Lo waterfalls - enjoy an alfresco dining experience overlooking the falls. Day 7: Tad Lo – Pakse (B, L, D) Cycle 55km

Leaving the Bolaven Plateau, ride on an undulating road that has a few surprises. Arrive at Tad Pha Suam and see different styles of Laotian homes. Transfer to the riverside town of Pakse followed by a farewell dinner. Day 8: Pakse – Ubon Ratchatani (B)

Today, drive back to the border and cross into Thailand in time to catch afternoon flights.

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Day 2: Vientiane – Paksan (B, L, D) Cycle 83km

Today, visit Buddha Park where 200 Buddhist and religious images dating back over 500 years were introduced from India. You will also enjoy a private lunch cruise on Nam Ngum River.

Transfer to the town of Naxay to begin cycling. Today will be a nice and flat warm up for the hills to come! Follows the contours of the Mekong River downstream towards Paksan.

Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

Day 3: Paksan – Tha Thom (B, L, D) Cycle 90km

Transfer to Vientiane Airport for a flight to Luang Prabang where you will explore this UNESCO World Heritage Listed Centre. Day 4: Luang Prabang (B, L)

This morning, take a traditional wooden boat upstream to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves. In the afternoon, visit Kwang Si Waterfall. Day 5: Luang Prabang – Champasak (B)

Transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for a flight to Champasak. Here, embark on a boat to visit Vat Phou temple, a stunning and mysterious Khmer complex overlooking the Mekong. Day 6: Champasak – Don Khone (B)

Proceed to Khone Phapheng Falls – from the vantage point fantastic views can be seen. Here the Mekong is 10km wide, forming a vast area of channels and small branches. Later, head to Khone Island, known for its fisherman village, French colonial schools and houses which are still well preserved. Day 7: Don Khone – Don Khong (B)

Visit the surrounding countryside, jump on a local tuk tuk and tour the Don Khone area. Visit Liphi Waterfall, a collection of powerful falls spilling down at odd angels along a branch of the Mekong River. Later, enjoy a boat ride to Don Khong, a peaceful and quiet island. Collect a bicycle and ride around the island visiting villages, schools and nearby markets. Day 8: Don Khong – Pakse (B)

Rise early for an unforgettable scene of Alm offerings. After which, visit a fresh food market at its liveliest in the morning. Transfer to Pakse via the Bolaven Plateau located in an ancient volcano that erupted millions of years ago. Surrounding the plateau are a number of protected national parks, dramatic waterfalls, remote hill tribes, dense jungle and coffee plantations.

Head north, following the San River upstream into the foothills of Laos’ highest mountain - Phou Bia. The ride will be tough with some climbs to conquer. Overnight at a very simple guesthouse in this remote region. Day 4: Tha Thom – Muang Khoun (B, L, D) Cycle 94km

Ride through true hidden Laos - an area previously called Xaysomboun Special Zone, a restricted area that was until recently strictly off-limits. After some serious climbs, arrive in Muang Khoun, the ancient capital of the powerful Xieng Khouang Kingdom. Day 5: Muang Khoun – Phonsavanh (B, L, D) Cycle 35km

Start the day by visiting a few ancient temples and colonial heritage sites. Cycle through rice paddies to the provincial capital Phonsavanh, located in the centre of the Plain of Jars. Day 6: Phonsavanh – Phou Khoun (B, L, D) Cycle 75km

Well rested, start another tough, but extremely scenic day. Overnight just outside the town of Phou Khoun with its outstanding views of karst mountains. Day 7: Phou Khoun – Vang Vieng (B, L) Cycle 100km

Begin the day with a magnificent downhill back into the Mekong Valley. Ride along the Nam Xong River through the limestone outcrops of Vang Vieng. An early arrival allows for a swim, kayak or a stroll along the river. Day 8: Vang Vieng – Ban Keun (B, L, D) Cycle 125km

The up and down ride today takes you along the western side of the vast Nam Ngum reservoir. This is a long ride so uplifts over the hills are available.

Day 9: Pakse (B)

Day 9: Ban Keun – Vientiane (B, L) Cycle 64km

Today, transfer to Pakse Airport where tour arrangements end.

The home stretch is a breeze back to Vientiane. You are free to fly out this afternoon or evening.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


Myanmar / Introduction

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For years, the former Burma has offered mystery behind its closed doors, however as the country awakens to visitors it has showcased an extraordinary land, scattered with glistening pagodas, where traditions from time past still appear.

travellers before you bring an enticing world just begging to be discovered. Yangon is a convenient starting point from which to reach anywhere in the country. Bagan should undoubtedly be on the itinerary of every traveller to Myanmar and with good reason - the stupa dotted plains are the most well-known and popular image of Myanmar. Inle Lake offers both stunning scenery and tradition while in Mandalay, it’s easy to escape the main streets, instead discovering areas full of craft workshops and tree-shaded monasteries. A great way to experience this vast country is on-board one of the delightful river cruises ranging from a few days to a few weeks and the emerging beach destination of Ngapali offers a real combination holiday. Myanmar is like no other place on earth enhanced by the fun-loving hospitable people. Renowned as “The Golden Land”, it is a must-see country for anyone who wants to see a different side of Asia.

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Myanmar / Yangon / Accommodation

Yangon

Yangon is a sprawling and lovely old city, known for its “dilapidated grandeur” and brimming with colourful sidewalk markets.

ppreciate the city’s stunning lakes and shady parks whilst the town centre and its wide city streets are lined with a great variety of beautiful old

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growth trees. A buzz with teashops, street vendors and trishaws, the city also has a great range of museums and art galleries – balancing tradition, culture and modernity.

The wonderful array of colonial era buildings reflect the city’s history of ethnic and religious diversity. Above it all though 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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Rose Garden Hotel

Sedona Hotel

View of Shwedagon Pagoda at dusk

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From $79pp

Recently opened, this vibrant lifestyle hotel, design inspired with a subtle urban accent equalling understated glamour and in-vogue atmosphere, is centrally located in Yangon’s entertainment neighbourhood. Ranging in size, guestrooms have vivid colour tones and modern furniture for optimum comfort - creative decorative elements are combined with modern technology. Bringing a fresh approach to eating and drinking in Yangon, Babett Eatery & Bar is a rustic chic dining room offering an open kitchen, wood fired grill and pizza oven.

Located close to the heart of downtown Yangon and within walking distance of the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, this hotel offers authentic Myanmar style. Five floors of exceptionally well equipped, beautifully decorated guestrooms offer everyone a relaxing stay. Retreat to the pool-side area in the gardens and soak up the sun or unwind in the refreshing pool. From the moment you step foot in the elegant lobby to the gourmet restaurant or stylish bar, you are made to feel at home and are pampered by Myanmar charm.

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Sule Shangri-La

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With Kandawgyi Lake right on the doorstep, exploring Yangon’s beautiful surroundings are simply a few steps away with a stay at this beautiful hotel. Guest rooms offer space to rest and relax in abundance, including private balconies, sleep enticing beds and luxurious bathrooms, whilst complimentary WiFi lets you keep in touch with personal and business needs. Take a dip in the beach-styled swimming pool surrounded by coconut trees and sun soaked pool loungers or discover pampered perfection at Nemita Spa.

From $109pp

Located within a 20-minute drive from the airport and the bustling city centre, this hotel sits on eight acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Recently refurbished guest rooms feature local ethnic décor and modern amenities. There are a good range of dining options available including Mediterranean fare at Orzo, Oriental cuisine at Du Fu and an international menu at Brasserie. After a day of exploring, take a refreshing dip in the large freeform swimming pool or opt for a rejuvenating massage.

From $128pp Nestled amidst the city’s most popular

cultural and shopping precincts, and surrounded by lush tropical greenery and beautiful lakes, this hotel is the perfect base.

Expansive guest rooms and suites are characterised by elegant contemporary decor and executive-style furnishings. Rooms come with a full array of amenities and facilities, spacious bathrooms and feature outstanding views of either the city, the pagoda or the river. Start your day with a swim in the outdoor pool or at the fully-equipped Fitness and Recreation Centre. For breakfast, enjoy a buffet of authentic Burmese and international dishes at Café Sule. With a number of dining options available, choose from The Gallery Bar offering a cosy pub atmosphere, the Peacock Lounge and Gourmet Shop or the Summer Palace serving authentic Cantonese cuisine. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast and excludes the Myanmar Zone Fees.


Myanmar / Yangon / Sightseeing

Sule Pagoda

Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $103pp

Explore Yangon

Offering a great snapshot, gain an insight into Yangon. Take a walk through the city centre to see Yangon’s architectural mixture, visit vibrant Little India and Chinatown with numerous street vendors and browse through Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. In the afternoon visit Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda which houses the 70 metre long reclining Buddha image. Next, is the green Kandawagyi Park where you can see the glittering replica Karaweik barge. Finally visit the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold stupa towering 99 metres into the sky.

A Taste of Yangon

Whilst not as popular as its Asian counterparts, on this tour discover the flavours of Burmese cuisine. Visit morning markets where vendors sell fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, pastes and well-liked breakfast treats such as pancakes, steamed sticky rice with beans, donuts and samosas. Stop and taste some of these treats as you walk by. Visit a local favourite tea shop, try palata (thick pancakes) and stop for lunch at a popular local restaurant serving authentic Burmese food. This is the perfect way to complete this day of culinary exploration.

Discover Thanlyin

Explore the quiet tree-lined streets of Thanlyin, formerly Syriam - an important Burmese trading centre whilst still a colony of the Portuguese during the 16th century. See the main attractions and get a glimpse of local life. Visit the hilltop Kyaik Khauk Pagoda which offers fabulous views of the river and Yangon city skyline and ruins of 18th century Portuguese Church. Take a local boat to Ye Le Paya, set on a tiny island in the middle of the river. Explore the riverside market before driving back to Yangon via the longest bridge in Myanmar.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $80pp

Yangon Circular Train

This unique tour will immerse you into the everyday life of Myanmar’s largest city. Board the local circular train which runs from Yangon’s main railway station in a circle around various neighbourhoods. The slow travelling train gives you a rare opportunity to observe the lively and colourful life of the rural Burmese people. Disembark in the township of Insein where one of the city’s best fresh produce markets is found. Transfer back to the city by car and take a short walking tour through Chinatown and Little India.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.

Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $129pp

Experience Bago

Escape Yangon and explore Bago – a preeminent city for centuries with a rich history. Visit Kyakhatwine Monastery, an eminent teaching centre for hundreds of monks. Standing taller than Shwedagon Pagoda, visit Shwemawdaw Pagoda along with Shwethalyaung, the most life-like of all reclining Buddha’s and the four seated Buddhas at Kyaikpun Pagoda. You will also visit a town market, a Mon weaving village and the Allied War Cemetery in Taukkyan – the final resting place of thousands of allied soldiers who perished during the World War II campaign in Myanmar.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $69pp

Heritage Walking Tour

Yangon downtown is unique with much of its colonial-era architecture still standing. Here you’ll find one of Asia’s most impressive collections of late 19th and early 20th century buildings, religious and secular. Your guide will walk you through the back streets in a relaxed tempo and explain to you the history of each building some of them empty, some getting restored and some used for different purposes than when built. This walk along the streets of Yangon will at least architecturally take you a step back in time.

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Myanmar / Inle Lake / Accommodation

Myanmar / Inle Lake / Resorts

Inle Lake

Situated near 900 metres above sea level and surrounded by blue and hazy mountain ranges, Inle Lake is often referred to as the 'Venice of the East' when going through the canals and stilted villages by boat.

View of stilted houses on Inle Lake

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eho, a small town in Kalaw township 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 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

Hotel Amazing Nyaung Shwe

Thanakha Inle Hotel, Nyaung Shwe Amata Garden Resort

From $65pp

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Nestled in the heart of Nyaung Shwe town, the main village around Inle Lake, this hotel is considered a landmark, combining the best of traditional Myanmar architectural style with modern conveniences. Mai Li Restaurant, offers a fusion of traditional Intha, Chinese and Western cuisines; Spa Thukka offers a range of therapeutic treatments; whilst guest rooms offer comfort and a memorable stay. Worth checking out is the nearby Nyaung Shwe Market – only open every fifth day with woman from various hill tribes selling local goods.

Located in the burgeoning town of Nyaung Shwe, this hotel is a charming retreat overlooking the picturesque Inle Lake canal and the magnificent Shan mountains. Situated on the canal with direct access to the lake allows you to discover the lake lifestyle during the day and by night, to walk to the surprising Nyaung Shwe village dotted with many local shops and restaurants. Spacious guest rooms are all individually designed, highlighting the spirit and identity of Myanmar culture, welcoming a breath-taking stay.

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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. Most travellers often skip Inle Lake bound for Bagan, but a stay here will no doubt leave you with a lasting impression.

Admire the beauty of Inle Lake with a stay at this resort spread over more than 20 acres on the eastern fringe of the lake. Bungalows at the resort are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment featuring hand-selected local paintings, high wooden ceilings and spacious living areas. Watch fishermen glide by on the lake, water buffaloes cooling themselves off and migratory and native birds picking food in the wet land. Enhancing the experience is a spa, swimming pool and pool bar.

From $61pp

With unbroken views of the tranquil yet soothing backwaters and the emerald green Shan Hills, this resort sits on the eastern bank of Inle Lake at Ingyin Gone Village. The only three storey resort in the area, guest rooms are designed for comfort and convenience in mind. Set in the middle of the resort with a delightful Inle Lake view, the Sunset Bar enjoys an outdoor setting. Lotus Wellness & Spa offers treatments that use natural indigenous products sourced exclusively from Myanmar herbs, salt and pure essential oils.

From $174pp Sheltered in a peaceful inlet on the eastern

shore, beneath Blue Mountains that range across the high Shan Plateau, this resort is a hidden refuge in this long-secluded region.

Admire the beauty of Inle Lake with a stay at this resort spread over more than 20 acres. Unwind with modern comforts alongside culture and tradition, enjoy creative innovations in these alluring surroundings whilst being looked after by friendly staff. Bungalows at the resort are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment featuring hand-selected local paintings, high wooden ceilings and spacious living areas. Watch fishermen glide by on the lake, water buffaloes cooling themselves off and migratory and native birds picking food in the wet land. Enhancing the experience is a spa, swimming pool and pool bar.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast and excludes the Myanmar Zone Fees.


Myanmar / Inle Lake / Sightseeing

The one-legged rowing skills of the Intha fishermen

Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $64pp

Magical Inle Lake

Travel by boat around the lake to get a close-up view of the tranquil villages on stilts and floating gardens. See the Intha fisherman with their unique one-legged rowing skills and special method of fishing. Visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary which houses five sacred Buddha images. Continue on to visit traditional handicraft workshops such as cheroot (local cigar), followed by Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on the lake with dozens of ancient Buddha statues.

Sagar Exploration

Travel by boat to the less visited area south of Inle Lake. The scenic boat trip takes up to three hours. Get an insight into the unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle of ethnic inhabitants and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Visit the 108 ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar dating back from the 16th-17th centuries that are partially underwater for a few months a year. Make stops at local villages to see how rice wine and pottery is produced, followed by a photo stop at Tar Kaung on the western shores of Sagar, a series of more than 200 stupas.

Indein Boat Excursion

Visit Indein and its enchanting 17th century pagodas. To reach Indein and the nearby village, enjoy a boat ride up a small scenic creek that runs into Inle Lake, passing villages and water buffalo bathing in the creek. A few Indein pagodas are being restored but most of them still lie in an abandoned ‘Indiana Jones’ type setting. After lunch (own expense), take a cruise to Ywama Village to see Shan traditional paper making and silversmith craftsmen at work. Continue to Laeshae Village to see how they make Buddha images from dried flowers.

Duration: 5 Hrs / Price from $60pp

Shan Cooking Class

With a local chef visit the morning market in the city centre at the lake town, Nyaung Shwe. Learn about the local produce and ingredients from which items will be purchased. By trishaw or tuk tuk head to the restaurant to prepare a Shan lunch with the guidance from the chef. Enjoy the fruits of your labour afterwards as you sit down to enjoy your Shan culinary repast. This cooking class offers a great experience and an introduction into the Burmese cuisine, whilst teaching you the basics of Shan techniques.

Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $62pp

Explore Kakku

Explore the surrounding areas of Inle Lake with a drive to Taunggyi, the capital of the Southern Shan State and a former British hill station. Visit the colourful local market where minority people gather to sell their produce and a cheroot making factory. Continue the drive to Kakku, a site with over 2,000 stupas. Get lost among thousands of ancient stupas and admire the intricate carvings and details on the structures. Visit a Pa Oh village and be introduced to the tribe’s authentic customs and lifestyle.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $106pp

Red Mountain by Bicycle

Jump on a bicycle and ride to the outskirts of Nyaung Shwe, where concrete buildings give way to their bamboo precursors. The streets become shadier and farms line the roads. Enjoy village visits and photo stops along the way. A short uphill ride is the final leg before reaching Red Moutain Estate, a collaboration between local PaOh and a French vintner. Take a tour of their wine-making facilities before settling down at their hilltop restaurant for a tasting with red and white wine and enjoy the panoramic view. After which, cycle back to Nyaung Shwe.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast and excludes the Myanmar Zone Fees.

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Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $101pp

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Myanmar / Bagan / Accommodation

Bagan

Truly one of the world's premier legacy wonders, the thousands of temples that span near 67 square miles across the plains of Bagan are the most impressive testament to the religious devotion of Myanmar's people and rulers over the centuries.

ombined they form one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and provide views quite unlike anywhere else. Of the original 10,000 pagodas, more than

2,000 remain standing today, some small, graceful and others soaring toward the sky. Each one has its own unique story to tell with many able to be freely explored inside and

out. Outside of the Bagan Archaeological Zone, Nyaung U is the atmospheric village – it has charm, some colonial architecture and a market with a hive of activity. However, if you want to be in the thick of the temples, Old Bagan is the place to be – it sits within what remains of the city walls.

Thazin Garden Hotel

Areindmar Hotel

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

Bagan temples at sunset

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Due to the elevated position of this hotel, situated on a high plain, enjoy the natural scenes of hilly ridges, green plains and the golden pagodas. Boasting a traditional design, guest rooms are set amid a spacious garden area with dainty coconut trees adding a charming addition to the area. After a day of exploring, relax and enjoy the fresh air lazing by the swimming pool or head to the beauty parlour for a traditional Myanmar body massage to ease any aches and pains. The billiards table also provides ample competitive fun.

This hotel is nestled among the temples of New Bagan, just south of the city walls and is designed for travellers looking for an oasis of green after exploring the wonders in this historic area. Guestrooms are minimalistic yet are beautifully decorated with traditional Burmese handicrafts and are situated around a large, leafy central courtyard. Complimentary WiFi is also offered throughout the hotel, great for keeping in touch with loved ones back home or posting those memorable moments on social media.

Within five minutes walking distance to the spectacular Ananda Pagoda known as The Jewel of Bagan, this hotel has an ideal location. Guest rooms are decorated with teak floors and typical Burmese furniture and feature high ceilings. Interconnecting rooms are also available making it a great option for families or friends travelling together. The hotel offers two dining choices – one in the tropical garden and the other in a semi-open setting around the swimming pool which is complemented by a pool side bar to relax with a cool cocktail or drink of choice.

Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort

Bagan Lodge

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From $128pp

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Offering a relaxing tropical garden setting, this hotel is spread across 27 acres surrounded by beautiful pagodas. The towering teak-pillared grand lobby and the restaurant lend regal splendour to the complex of guest rooms which are well appointed and feature antique artefacts and local art throughout. Stay connected with loved ones back home with complimentary WiFi, take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a treatment at The Nature Spa or head to Xanadu Restaurant boasting stunning pagoda views.

From $127pp Offering a fusion of classic Burmese design

and contemporary decor, this lodge is found in New Bagan and a five-minute drive from Lawka Nandar Pagoda and Damayarza ka Pagoda.

The magnificence and authenticity of Bagan combined with Bagan Lodge’s friendly and personalised service provides a stunning canvas on which to create wonderful memories. Guest rooms and suites offer upscale sanctuaries each with a private verandah and high-quality amenities. Enhancing the stay the resort offers - eight treatment rooms providing an extensive range of massage and beauty treatments; the lap loggy pool, the lap suite pool and the Jacuzzi offer a great place to exercise, relax or simply cool-off; and a fitness centre equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Tiffin Box, the resort’s open-air restaurant serves authentic Myanmar cuisine whilst The Lobby Lounge Bar offers comforting afternoon beverages. All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast and excludes the Myanmar Zone Fees.


Myanmar / Bagan / Sightseeing

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $50pp

Discover Bagan

Covering a key few sights, this half day tour is perfect for those who would like a quick overview of Bagan. Start with the colourful Nyaung U Market where locals from surrounding villages gather for produce, crafts and other goods. Next, it’s Shwezigon Pagoda, one of Bagan’s oldest and impressive monuments, followed by a visit to a lacquer ware workshop. The final stop is Ananda Temple, a masterpiece of Mon architecture with four standing Buddhas, and the adjacent brick monastery from the early Bagan era with wellpreserved murals.

Duration: 5.5 Hrs / Price from $101pp

Bagan Countryside by Bicycle

There’s more to Bagan than just the temples as you will find on this countryside bicycle tour. Set off in the morning and ride to the busy morning market where locals gather and bring their products from across the river. Next, take a short boat ride across the Ayeyarwady River to SeLan village. Spend time cycling through vegetable plantations and seeing local way of life before arriving at Myitchay village. Here, visit cotton weaving and cane/bamboo ware workshops. This is a great trip for photographers and anyone interested in daily local life.

Salay & Mt. Popa

Drive through the countryside to the small town of Salay, an important centre of Buddhism in Myanmar with many active monasteries. While visiting Salay you will learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and its unique architectural style as you visit several sights. Later, visit Mt. Popa, a now extinct volcano which rose from the ground in 442BC. Arriving at Mt. Popa be greeted by a jaw-dropping setting. Atop of the mountain is a temple, famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods), reached by a 777 step climb.

Explore Bagan

Experience one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations - Bagan’s distinctive pagodas. Key pagodas include Shwezigon; Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century cave temple; Manuha, with gigantic Buddha images; and Nanpaya, an early-style temple with fine stone carvings. Afternoon temple visits include Ananda; Thabyinnyu, the tallest temple measuring 61 metres; and Dhamayangyi, the largest of all temples in Bagan. Climb up one of the monuments to enjoy sunset above the Bagan plain and the Ayeyarwady River.

Duration: 4.5 Hrs / Price from $97pp

A Taste of Bagan

The last king of Bagan was famous for his enormous appetite and he ordered that every meal should include 300 different dishes! On this tour, discover the food he ate and learn about the herbs and greens at the market in Myinkaba. You’ll also visit home-based cottage industries and Mingalazedi Pagoda which was built by this last king. Try the different flavours of typical Burmese ingredients in a local monastery and end the tour with a meal like the last king of Bagan - just a bit more moderate with “only” 30 different dishes to try.

Duration: 1.5 Hrs / Price from $63pp

Horse Cart Sunset Ride

Explore the gorgeous temples of Bagan in the same way the royals do, by horse-drawn cart! Ride in style through a tour of some of Bagan’s most noteworthy cultural stops, giving you a truly authentic experience. The cart ride will take you to explore the Ananda Temple, That Byin Nyu Temple and at the end of your magical carriage ride, you’ll view a spectacular sunset at the elegant, pyramid-style Shwesandaw Pagoda. It’s a true panoramic view of Bagan that you will take home with you.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $532pp

Hot Air Balloon Flight

Enjoy a first-class flight over the awe-inspiring pagodas and stupas of Bagan. With seasonal daily scheduled flights experience a 45 minute to one hour flight, depending on the wind speed on the day. Using 12 or 8 passenger balloons in Bagan, you will be collected from your hotel and transported to the launch field where a light breakfast will be served. You will have the opportunity to watch the balloons being prepared and inflated, followed by a spectacular balloon flight with sparkling wine and a fruit reception after landing.

Duration: 4 Hrs / Price from $86pp

Discover Kyauk Gu U Min

Discover Kyauk Gu U Min, one of Bagan’s four monuments built of stone brick. Travel by boat upriver where you will be able to witness fishermen, local boats, villages and temples along the riverside. En-route stop to visit Sae Lan, a typical riverside village of farmers and fishermen. Continue along the river to Kyauk Gu U Min and take a short walk to the cave temple - admire the exquisite stone carvings, Buddha statue and niches in which eight important events of the Buddha’s life are sculpted. After which, cruise back to Bagan.

Duration: 1-1.5 Hrs / Price from $86pp

Sunset Boat Cruise

Offering a different perspective from the usual Bagan sightseeing, enjoy a sunset cruise aboard a private wooden river boat. Sitting under the shade or on the open-deck, you’ll be treated to fabulous views as you cruise down the Ayeyarwady River to Shwezigon Pagoda. Pass by small villages on the river banks, fishermen, local boats and of course many riverside temples. The views of Bagan are spectacular. On board, a cocktail will be served, so relax and enjoy the scenery. As the sun begins to dip low in the sky, return to dry land.

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Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $116pp

Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $73pp

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Myanmar / Mandalay / Accommodation & Sightseeing

Mandalay

Situated on the banks of the legendary Ayeyarwady River, Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese Kingdom, is today a bustling city.

eighbouring the mountain regions of the Shan and Kachin people, the city acts as a gateway to Northern Myanmar. The city itself is home to many different

forms of crafts as well as the world’s largest book found at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. With its streets based on a grid system, getting around downtown Mandalay and its markets,

restaurants and temples can be easily done on foot however if you’re looking to go a little further you’ll need to get a taxi. Day trips to the surrounding ancient royal capitals of Ava, Amarapura, Mingun and Sagaing, make this one of Myanmar’s most historical and culturally rich regions. Rudyard Kipling wrote of ‘Mandalay’ in his evocative poem – a city whose charms are yet still to be discovered by many.

Mandalay City Hotel

Bagan King Hotel

Rupar Mandalay Resort

Viewpoint at Mandalay Hill

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Located in the heart of Mandalay, the landscape and pathways at this hotel are uniquely designed to give an oasis feeling. Offering the right mix of convenience, comfort and functionality, guest rooms include tea and coffee facilities along with satellite TV and complimentary WiFi. The hotel swimming pool makes for a great place to relax and escape the heat whilst the hotel bar is a retreat to unwind over a refreshing beverage.

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Duration: 9 Hrs / Price from $76pp

Explore Mandalay

Yet to be uncovered, explore Mandalay’s significant charms. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, home to one of Myanmar’s most sacred Buddha images; browse through Zaycho Market, the largest market in upper Myanmar; discover the superb complex of the Royal Palace and surrounding moat; head to Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; followed by the world’s largest book at Kuthodaw Pagoda, being the Buddhist scriptures inscribed on marble slabs. End the day a top of Mandalay Hill, a great vantage point for a panoramic view of the city.

Unique and romantic, this hotel is situated in central Mandalay perfectly placed for enjoying Mandalay’s great cultural attractions - the golden pagodas, the fascinating Royal Palace and lively Mingalar Market, piled high with local handicrafts, gems and antiques are just a few minutes away. With an elegant apposition of amber, auburn, cinnamon, ochre and gold, the heritage-themed design of the guest rooms highlight strong artistic traditions of Mandalay - from the bronze wall lamps to the teak bedstead. This hotel offers a great Mandalay stay.

Duration: 10 Hrs / Price from $108pp

Ancient Royal Capitals

Board a local ferry and journey to the ancient imperial capital of Ava (Inwa). Explore by horse cart - visit Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery and Nanmyint Watch Tower. Continue to the impressive wooden monastery of Bagaya Kyaung, former “monastic college” for the royals. Next head to Sagaing Hill – enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding area followed by a visit to the nearby Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda. Before sunset, drive to the temples and small pagodas of Amarapura, where you will also be able to walk over the world´s longest teakwood U-Bein Bridge.

From $109pp

Be embraced by the warmly Burmese culture with a stay at this resort. Guest rooms incorporate modern facilities with a touch of culture and flair. Each room offers garden views, whilst select rooms come with a balcony and seating area. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the resort, great for keeping in touch with loved ones back home or catching up on the latest news. After a day of exploration, unwind in the swimming pool or at the health and beauty spa, offering a range of treatments to choose from.

Duration: 3 Hrs / Price from $84pp

Mandalay by Night

Enjoy a fun ride on a light truck through the streets of Mandalay, taste the most popular local snacks and chat with the passers-by. On board the truck, listen to Myanmar music, sip rum sours and chit-chat about local life. Stop for photos at some of Mandalay’s famous sites, illuminated at night. Taste some of Mandalay’s best night-time snacks such as barbeque pork, spicy malar noodles, fried pancakes and much more. At the end of the tour, head to a local beer station to enjoy a dinner of barbeque dishes.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast and excludes the Myanmar Zone Fees. Sightseeing is based on a minimum of 02 people.


Myanmar / Ngapali Beach / Accommodation

Ngapali Beach

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

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ocated on the Bay of Bengal coast in the Rakhine State, there are a number of resorts that are spread out next to traditional fishing villages. All about the relaxation, there is choice of water sport activities along with an 18-hole golf course nearby. If you fancy some time away from the beach, the town of Thandwe offers a number

Pleasant View Resort Hotel

The white sands of Ngapali Beach

of pagodas and a bustling market or take to the skies with a hot air balloon flight, offering views of the surrounding coastline. Enjoy the array of fresh seafood with most hotels offering beachfront restaurants which are

From $98pp

open to everyone. Ngapali Beach makes for a great last stop to any adventurous Myanmar itinerary. Note, during low season, most hotels shut from May to October, although there are a small number open throughout the year. Please enquire about dates.

Amata Resort & Spa From $70pp

Nestled between the Rakhine Yoma Hills and the Bay of Bengal, this intimate resort offers spectacular views of Ngapali Beach and breath-taking sunsets from its southern location on the beach. Within this enclave, guest rooms offer comfort and cater to the holiday needs of all. Great for families, the family deluxe bungalow offers two bedrooms connected to each other promising rest and privacy for the parents and space for the kids. Each bedroom comes with their own beach front sea view terrace deck. Relax in the private beach area or catch up on the latest news with complimentary WiFi offered in the resort’s public areas.

Stretching along the beautiful shoreline of Ngapali Beach, this resort is located near the delightful Mya Pyin Village. Covering more than five acres of tropical wonderland the resort is flanked by a 400 metre seaside boardwalk. Guest rooms are designed using teak, bamboo and cane presenting an Asian style living space. Upgrade to a cabana cottage offering seclusion and privacy in the thick of the lush tropical landscaped gardens. Kayaking and snorkelling activities are available through the resort or for the golfing enthusiasts, a 9-hole golf course is only a 10-minute drive away.

Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

Aureum Resort & Spa From $219pp

An idyllic and complete beachfront resort, embrace the picturesque western facing sunsets along the magnificent white stretches of sand beach with a stay here. Amid the relaxing resort atmosphere choose between a garden view cottage, a short stroll to the beach or an ocean view cottage offering uninterrupted views over the Bay of Bengal. Relax by the swimming pool, hire a bicycle for the day, book yourself in for a cooking lesson or head to Ye’Hlay Bar and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze as you sip back on a specially prepared drink by the resident bartenders who know exactly the right temperature and ratio to keep you relaxed.

All prices are per person, twin share, based on low season including breakfast.

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Located on the beautiful stretch of beach in Mya Pyin Village this resort makes for a great stay. All villas are designed with varying directions and distance from the beach but each with a view of the ocean. A distinctive design of the villas draws on an ideal infusion of elegance and style. Treat yourself to a stay in a seaview villa with a plunge pool – situated directly on the beach they have their own private deck and overlook the white sandy beach. For a unique dining option, opt for an intimate barefoot barbeque experience on the beach, you choose the time and place, and the chef will personalise your barbeque to suit the catch of the day and your palate.

From $240pp

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Myanmar / River Cruises

Myanmar River Cruises

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

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ed by water from Tibetan springs and Himalayan glaciers, the Ayeyarwady River or the Irrawaddy River flows north to south in Myanmar and cuts Myanmar in

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two before dispersing into the Andaman Sea. An important commercial waterway, the river follows a route between Mandalay and Bagan. Sail back in time as you

Ayeyarwady Experience

Mandalay to Bagan

Find tranquillity along Myanmar’s most fabled river, gliding past ancient pagodas and charming fishing villages, alighting to explore wondrous sights and take part in the local culture.

Embark on an authentic journey of discoveries from visiting temples, pagodas and monasteries to remote villages aboard the Strand Cruise.

Cruise aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay, an intimate experience that matches the peace of your surroundings. Departing from Bagan, the ship sails towards Mandalay with a variety of onboard activities to enjoy such as expert lectures and presentations, longyityping demonstrations, sunrise yoga sessions and cookery demonstrations. Alternatively, relax on the top deck and sip cocktails in the stylish lounge ortake a dip in the pool. In the evenings, dine on Asian and Western specialities in the elegant restaurant.

This boutique river cruiser combines the latest technology with heritage. Cabins are beautifully appointed whilst the layout of the ship promotes a convivial feel, with comfortable and spacious public areas perfect for socialising. Daily excursions offer a comprehensive tour as part of a scheduled itinerary, detailing the history and significance of all sites visited. Enrich your cultural knowledge in Mandalay and marvel at Bagan’s remarkable and exquisite temples. For some departures, there are also themed cruises like music, lifestyle, family, Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights photography and culinary.

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Golden Land Voyage

The Chindwin

Taking its name from the glorious sunsets that turn Myanmar’s evening skies golden, travel aboard Heritage Line’s Anawrahta.

The loveliest of rivers, the Chindwin carves its way through mountains and forests revealing delightful unspoilt little towns.

With the largest cabin space on the Ayeyarwady, and the highest crew to passenger ratio, the ship is built to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer – it will no doubt take you back in time to an era of bygone elegance. Departing from Bagan, call in at small riverside villages, the bustling trading town ofPakkoku and the city of Mandalay. From beautifully carved teak monasteries and traditional pottery-making to newly constructed high-rise buildings; see ancient Burma and ‘Brave New Myanmar’ side by side in a country undergoing a Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights transformation.

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meander down the river - lined along the river almost everywhere there are temples, active monasteries and ceremonies taking place. Flowing entirely in Myanmar, the Chindwin River is the largest tributary of the Ayeyarwady River. Less explored, the river is surrounded by lush jungles, mountains and steep gorges with very few villages dotted along the river bank - it flows through remote areas where there are few roads or cars.

With a relaxed and informal atmosphere, sail aboard the RV Zawgyi Pandaw, combining splendid colonial-era character with exquisite contemporary comfort. On this off the beaten track itinerary, the objective is Homalin; the capital of Nagaland and close to the India border. Ply the Upper Chindwin from Monywa, under three hours from Mandalay and pass via Mingkin, Mawlaik, Sitthaung and Toungdoot. Enjoy excursions ashore and take in the scenes that differ to what the rest of your journey to Myanmar may have Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights unfolded.

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Myanmar / Tours

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights / Price from $1515pp

A Glimpse of Myanmar

For those short on time, enjoy a scenic and fascinating experience on this seven day tour capturing the main destinations and highlights of Myanmar. Day 1: Mandalay

Arrive in Mandalay and begin sightseeing of the city. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, nicknamed ‘the world’s largest book’. Day 2: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

This morning, visit the former ancient capitals of Sagaing and Amarapura, where you will also visit U-Bein Bridge, one of the most photographed spots in Myanmar. Later, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Bagan. Day 3: Bagan (B)

Today’s highlights include Bagan’s unique pagodas and temples, the colourful Bagan market, a lacquer ware factory and sunset in the vicinity of Bagan’s ancient monuments. Day 4: Bagan – Inle Lake (B)

Transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Heho, followed by a drive to Inle Lake. Later, enjoy a boat trip across the lake to Indein. Many pagodas here remain charmingly unrenovated, with plants and even small trees growing out of them, making the area very atmospheric. Day 5: Inle Lake (B)

Explore a five day rotating market (if your visit coincides with the schedule) which offers an insight into the life of the ethnic communities. You will also enjoy a full day boat trip on Inle Lake, passing via floating villages and Intha fishermen - a photographer’s dream. Day 6: Inle Lake – Yangon (B)

Transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon where you will visit Botathaung Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Market and Shwedagon Pagoda. Day 7: Yangon (B)

Today, transfer to Yangon Airport where tour arrangements end.

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights / Price from $1393pp

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights / Price from $2340pp

Southern Myanmar Explorer

Essential Myanmar

Enjoy a scenic and fascinating insight into Southern Myanmar with highlights including Bago, The Golden Rock, Mawlamyine and Bilu Islands.

Enjoy a varied and rewarding Myanmar experience, visiting the main historical destinations along with a private sunset cruise on the fabled Ayeyarwady River.

Day 1: Yangon

Day 1: Yangon

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Later, enjoy a city tour including the colourful downtown, Chaukhtatkyi, and the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most impressive golden stupas.

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Later, enjoy an introductory tour of the city.

Day 2: Yangon – Kyaikhitiyo (B)

Explore the highlights of Bago, one of the richest archaeological sites in Myanmar. Continue on to The Golden Rock, or Kyaiktiyo as the Burmese call it, a fascinating sacred boulder covered in gold leaf and balanced precariously on the edge of a cliff. Day 3: Kyaikhitiyo – Hpa-An (B)

Wake early for lovely sunrise views. After which, drive on to quaint Hpa-An. En-route visit Bayint Nyi Cave, the picturesque Kyauk Kalat, Lumbini Garden and Kawgun Cave. Day 4: Hpa-An (B)

Today, stroll through the central market to get a feel of Hpa-An’s daily life. Visit the Kayin Cultural Museum which exhibits the cultural heritage of the Karen (Kayin) ethnic people. You will also visit some impressive limestone caves. Day 5: Hpa-An – Mawlamyine (B)

Depart towards Mawlamyine. The first few stops will be at Kadow village to visit the U Nar Auk Monastery and the shrines at Kawhnat-Kadow village. Upon arrival in Mawlamyine, visit the Kyaikthanlan Pagoda on the ridge of a hill, overlooking the town and offering a great view. Day 6: Bilu Islands (B)

Take a glimpse into Myanmar’s authentic rural life by catching a ferry to Bilu Island, largely untouched by development. Pass through idyllic rice paddy fields, rustic villages, cottage industry workshops and palm lined roads. In the afternoon, return to Mawlamyine and enjoy a trishaw ride to visit the town’s highlights. Day 7: Mawlamyine – Yangon (B) Day 8: Yangon (B)

Today, transfer to Yangon Airport where tour arrangements end.

By local ferry, cross the Yangon River to Dala village, a striking contrast to Yangon. Enjoy a trishaw ride through small lanes, market streets and friendly village neighbourhoods. Return to Yangon and visit Little India and Chinatown. Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay (B)

Transfer to Yangon Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, visit Mandalay’s key sights, ending the day a top Mandalay Hill. Day 4: Mandalay (B)

Embark on a journey to the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay – Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. Day 5: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

Transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Bagan. Your exploration of this historic area will include key temples and pagodas, followed by a sunset horse cart ride around the temples. Day 6: Bagan (B)

Adventure by electric bicycle today, allowing you to travel via the small back streets to visit remote corners of Bagan. Late afternoon, transfer to Ayeyarwady River for a private sunset cruise. Day 7: Bagan – Inle Lake (B)

Transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Heho, followed by a drive and local boat to Inle Lake. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat tour to Indaing, at the western end of the lake. Day 8: Inle Lake (B)

During today’s excursion by boat, see the famous onelegged rowers and the typical floating gardens, learn about local methods of fishing and village life. The afternoon includes a pagoda and monastery visit. Day 9: Inle Lake – Yangon (B)

Journey by boat to Nyaung Shwe town and visit nearby Red Mountain Estate - a lush vineyard where wine tastings are on offer. Later, transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon. Day 10: Yangon (B)

Today, transfer to Yangon Airport where tour arrangements end.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people

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Today, embark on a full day of travel back to Yangon.

Day 2: Yangon (B, L)

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Myanmar / Tours Tour based on 2 adults & 2 children

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights / Price from $2762pp

Myanmar Family Adventure

Golden Myanmar

Offering a culinary spin on this Myanmar tour, visit key cities whilst enjoying local flavours and tastes – a great tour for any foodie at heart.

This 10 night package specially designed for family travel, covers all the key cities including activities to give children a different perspective on life.

This tour is the golden jewel with all the main highlights as well as stays in the lesser known Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw areas. A great overview tour.

Day 1: Yangon

Day 1: Yangon

Day 1: Yangon

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Begin your culinary holiday with a trishaw tour of local tea shops and regional specialties.

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel.

Arrive in Yangon and transfer to your hotel. Sightseeing highlights for today include Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatkyi pagoda and the National Museum.

Board the local circular train to observe the life of Yangon suburbanites. Enjoy lunch at a hospitality school which helps under privileged youth. Visit key pagodas, followed by dinner - a variety of dishes from different regions. Day 3: Yangon – Bagan (B, L)

Transfer to Yangon Airport for a flight to Bagan. Explore key temples and pagodas. For lunch, enjoy authentic cuisine in a traditional home at a local village. Day 4: Bagan (B, L)

This morning, join a cooking class and savour your creations. This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Ayeyarwady River with drinks and light snacks. Day 5: Bagan – Mandalay (B, L)

Transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Enjoy a city tour, breaking for lunch at a popular tea house.

Day 2: Yangon (B, D)

Visit Shwedagon Pagoda, walk through the back streets of Yangon to view family life and attend a Burmese puppetry show. Day 3: Yangon – Mandalay (B, L)

Day 4: Mandalay – Bagan (B)

Rise early and cycle through the back lanes – pass through produce markets and local neighbourhoods. Later, transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Bagan.

Transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Take a short and pleasant ride upriver to Mingun, the site of what would have been the world’s largest zedi. Later, return to Mandalay for afternoon sightseeing.

Day 5: Bagan (B, L)

Day 5: Mandalay – Pyin Oo Lwin (B)

Enjoy a temple exploration in Minnanthu followed by a special picnic lunch. After which, cycle through some of Bagan’s more iconic sites. End the day with a boat ride on the Ayeyarwady River.

Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo. Visit Purcell Tower, the botanical garden and Naung Kan Gyi Paya where you can see the panorama of the town.

Day 6: Bagan (B, L)

Transfer to Pyin Oo Lwin Railway Station for a train to Naung Paing followed by a drive to Hsipaw.

Day 7: Mandalay – Inle Lake (B, L)

Day 7: Bagan – Kalaw (B, L)

Transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho and a drive to Nyaung Shwe town. Explore the bustling canal by trishaw. For lunch, enjoy Shan tapas then head to Red Mountain Estate vineyard.

Transfer to Bagan Airport for a flight to Heho and a drive to Kalaw. Hike through the jungle in search of monkeys and visit a private Elephant Conservation Camp that helps to protect elephants in their natural habitat.

Day 8: Inle Lake (B, L) Shan cuisine is famous for its refined taste and the possibility to make amazing dishes with just a few ingredients – learn about this in a cooking class.

Day 8: Kalaw – Inle Lake (B)

Day 9: Inle Lake (B, L)

Travel by boat to Indein village, explore the area then be welcomed into a family home for a traditional Burmese meal. After lunch, continue sightseeing on the lake.

Day 10: Inle Lake – Yangon (B, L)

Transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon. Enjoy a half day tour which includes lunch, pampering and a spot of shopping. Day 11: Yangon (B) Today, transfer to Yangon Airport where tour arrangements end.

Transfer to Yangon Airport for a flight to Bagan where you will visit the key temples and pagodas of Bagan. Day 3: Bagan (B)

Journey to the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay – Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura.

Travel by boat across the lake to Indaing. For lunch, be welcomed by the home owners of a hidden Intha village house and experience traditional dining.

Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (B)

Transfer to Yangon Airport for a flight to Mandalay. Visit Paleik Snake Temple, travel by boat to Mingun, meet children at a local monastic school and orphanage, take a horse cart ride around Ava and admire U-Bein Bridge.

Embark on a jeep safari ride to the outer surrounds of Bagan – visit local villages and meet a few families. The afternoon is spent at leisure.

Day 6: Mandalay (B, L, D)

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Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights / Price from $3455pp

A Taste of Myanmar

Day 2: Yangon (B, L, D)

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Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights / Price from $2674pp

Visit the bustling Kalaw morning market. Later, board a scenic slow train bound for Nyaung Shwe. Day 9: Inle Lake (B, L)

Day 10: Inle Lake (B, L)

Today, trek to Pa O village and interact with the locals and children at the village school. Enjoy a traditional Pa O lunch before an afternoon walk. Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon (B)

Transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon where tour arrangements end.

After breakfast, visit more of Bagan’s impressive pagodas. Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay (B)

Day 6: Pyin Oo Lwin – Hsipaw (B)

Day 7: Hsipaw (B)

Enjoy a boat ride up river followed by a walk to an old Shan monastery, passing via fruit plantations on the way. Day 8: Hsipaw – Mandalay (B)

Today, drive back to Mandalay. Day 9: Mandalay – Inle Lake (B)

Transfer to Mandalay Airport for a flight to Heho and a drive to Pindaya which is noted for its extensive limestone caves filled with Buddha images. Visit the caves before continuing on the drive to Inle Lake. Day 10: Inle Lake (B)

Enjoy Inle Lake sightseeing with a boat ride to Indein and its enchanting 16th century pagodas. Day 11: Inle Lake – Yangon (B)

Transfer to Heho Airport for a flight to Yangon. In Yangon, continue with sightseeing followed by a short visit to Chinatown and a visit to Bogyoke Market, also referred to as Scott Market. Day 12: Yangon (B)

Today, transfer to Yangon Airport where tour arrangements end.

All prices are per person, based on low season and a minimum of 02 people.


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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 NONRefundable. Full payment is required 42 days before your departure from New Zealand. 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. 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.

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.

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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%.

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.

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