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Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar


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HOUSE OF TRAVEL AND ACTIVE ASIA WORKING TOGETHER At House of Travel we went in search for a travel solution that provides our customers the best Indochina has to offer. We wanted to work with a reputable company that has knowledge and expertise with inspiring group tours and tailor made itineraries to meet your travel dreams. We wanted the reassurance that the best service was provided as well as the best accommodation and touring options. House of Travel are pleased to have joined a partnership with Active Asia in New Zealand. With 18 years in the business, Active Asia operate their own office in New Zealand, Vietnam and Cambodia, this means we have staff on the ground where it matters most – in the country you are travelling. We can create the most rewarding, stimulating and inspirational itineraries for you, with expert local English speaking guides who are professional yet fun. Active Asia support locally owned hotels and communities and have reputable partners in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. We know that with their specialist approach and professional team, your journey to this magical part of the world will be a memorable one.


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Accommodation Guide Active Asia supports locally owned operators. Look for this symbol. Good accommodation with additional facilities A good quality hotel with extra facilities and international levels of service A higher standard of quality giving extra touches of comfort Considered amongst the regions top hotels and resorts, these properties offer the best facilities and service. Note: Only a sample of our preferred hotels are featured in this brochure. We offer many more, so please let us know your requirements.

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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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Experience Vietnam

Vietnam is a nation going places. Fast, energetic and resilient by nature. This is an amazingly fun country to explore, the locals love a laugh (and a drink) and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with them.

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reath-taking natural beauty with an incredible heritage that quickly becomes addictive. Around every corner and along the coastline you’ll continually discover new sights and experiences that will enthral you. From Sapa near the Chinese border and the ethnic communities and rolling rice fields, to majestic Halong Bay, cruising stunning scenery, to trying to cross the street in bustling Hanoi, the North opens up to central coast with historic Hue and the Imperial city. Charming Hoi An gets everyone wanting to return for a longer stay, while the beaches in the South and Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon offers great shopping and a gateway to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Come and discover why Vietnam is at the top of the must go to destinations.

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Experience Hanoi

Bustling city streets still teem with motor scooters and bicycles weaving through the narrow old streets of the Old Quarter. Hours can be spent wandering through the alleyways discovering specialty stores, enjoying the traditional cuisine and seeing life unfold.

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anoi, the capital of Vietnam, and over 1,000 years old, offers a fascinating mix of old and new.

Considered to many as the centre of the city Hoan Kiem Lake offers a refreshing calm, surrounded by shops, café’s and a myriad of directions in which to head off to explore. This intricate history of Hanoi can be seen in the buildings on your heritage tour but Hanoi is also home to Museum’s galore and a great way to spend an hour or two, we especially like the Woman’s Museum for an insight into the traditional village life and community roles. From Hanoi explore inland to the spectacular scenery of Mai Chau or head to the coast for your over-night Halong Bay cruise. For the adventurous board the train for Sapa and the ethnic minorities.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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HANOI


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HANOI - ACCOMMODATION

Church Boutique Hotel – Lan Ong

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Brilliantly located right in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter, with its streets full of artisans and traditional restaurants and within walking distance of many of the city’s most intriguing sites, including peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake. All 42 rooms are cleverly designed to make the most of every space, interiors are light, bright and charming, with many rooms overlooking the leafy old streets that surround the property. Rooms feature cable TV, mini bar, IDD telephone, safety box and Wi-Fi access.

Lotte Hotel

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Tirant Hotel

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Silk Path Hotel

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In a great location just a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and the famous water puppet theatre in the historic old quarter of Hanoi. The Tirant Hotel is renowned for its friendly, professional staff and offers comfortable rooms with free WiFi and a flat-screen television. Connecting rooms are available. Facilities include a restaurant and a small rooftop swimming pool offering great views of the city.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

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The modern Silk Path Hotel is a 106-room accredited boutique Hotel conveniently located at one of the busiest arteries of the Old Quarter, Hang Bong Street. With two restaurants, The La Soie De Hanoi offering all day dining with both local and international flavours and Bellissimo catering to Mediterranean tastes. The property also has two well-appointed bars, a conference room, fitness centre and sauna.

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The Metropole has been Hanoi’s legendary landmark since its establishment at the turn of last century and has always proved a popular rendezvous spot for both business and leisure travellers.

The strategically located Lotte Hotel sits between Hanoi’s Old Quarter and the new Business District. Rooms offer light, fresh and modern décor with city views furnished with a wardrobe, in-room safe and flat-screen satellite TV. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Facilities include two swimming pools, fitness centre and the Evian Spa. The hotel has two bars, a bakery and four restaurants including the Top of Hanoi which is set on the rooftop and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city skyline.

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Situated in the heart of Hanoi with its leafy boulevards and lakeside pagodas, this colonialstyle hotel is ideally placed within walking distance to the famous Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem (the Lake of the Restored Sword) and a number of art galleries and handicraft shops. The hotel has a number of restaurants and bars including Le Beaulieu Restaurant, Spices Garden Restaurant, Bamboo Bar, La Terrasse Du Metropole and Le Club Bar. The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi exudes historic charm like no other property in the city, and remains one of Vietnam’s most sought-after hotels.

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Concierge Welcome

Good Morning Hanoi!

Your local English Speaking Concierge/Guide will meet you at your hotel for an orientation and give you a brief introduction to Hanoi and Vietnam - from a local!

On this special tour you get to see the city in a different light as it comes alive in the early morning.

You’ll receive our welcome pack, and be taken on a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and learn one of the fascinating and most valuable insights into Vietnam - how to cross the street! In addition our local concierge/guide will discuss where to change your money, suggest places to eat, talk about shopping and what to expect during your visit to this wonderful country. Please note this service is only available when booking other items with Active Asia.

The streets are quiet to begin, a rare sight in Hanoi, then watch as locals begin their day. Walk to Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the fresh air and take a walk around the lake. You’ll see lots of people enjoying their morning exercise, walking, jogging, Tai Chi and more. Then visit the bustling local market as people trade their goods for the day. End with the Hanoi locals at a street side café. Tour Duration: Approx. 2 hours • Price from $47pp

Duration: Approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hours • Price from $25pp

HALF DAY

HALF DAY

Heritage Hanoi

Cyclo City Experience

The historic city of Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam; a beautiful and fascinating city full of lakes, tree-lined boulevards and French Colonial architecture.

The cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi appeared in Vietnam during the French colonial period. A double seat is supported by the two front wheels, with the driver sitting behind.

Your half-day tour includes a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the embalmed body of the late President was laid to rest after his death in 1969. You will also visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the house-on-stilts where the president resided from 1957 until his death and the historic One Pillar Pagoda. The next stop on your tour is the Temple of Literature; the first University in Vietnam. Originally constructed in 1070 and rebuilt by the government in 2000 its main purpose is to remind the youth of Vietnam to try to study as their ancestors did. Also included is a visit to a temple dedicated to Confucius, the founder of Confucianism; the main religious belief held in Vietnam during its period of Feudalism.

Travelling this traditional transport offers you a great view of the city as you visit the Museum of Ethnology which depicts all aspects of the lives, customs and activities of the 54 ethnic groups that make up Vietnam. Enjoy a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Known for its narrow market streets named after the goods for sale on each street – e.g. Silk Street, Tin Street – a trip through the Old Quarter is a “must” for any visitor to Ha Noi and navigating your way through with an experienced Cyclo driver is an experience you will cherish. Tour Duration: Approx. 4 hours • Price from $96pp

Tour Duration: Approx. 5 hours • Price from $74pp

WALKING TOUR

EVENING

The Ancient City

Hanoi Street Food

The Old Quarter in Hanoi is over one thousand years old and today retains much of the old flavour that made the area special in earlier times, filled with people living upstairs while running a family business at street level.

If you are in Hanoi and are a bit dubious or scared to try the much talked about street food then this is the way to do it. A street food tour will give you a unique experience to try the foods of the locals.

The alleys just keep going on and the local houses are built very close together. Your walking tour around these amazing alleys with their local houses is a great opportunity for you to see and experience the lives of the people living there. Originally there were 36 streets in the Old Quarter, with each street selling a particular product - such as Silk Street or Paper Street. A fascinating insight into an age old traditional way of life and the heart of Hanoi. Tour Duration: Approx. 3 hours • Price from $27pp

Walk through the bustling streets while your guide explains the cuisine and points out sights along the way as well as tips about the city. Your Englishspeaking guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. Stop at several establishments and have the opportunity to try the dishes, from locally char-grilled seafood, unusual spices and tastes to fabulous fresh vegetables and even desserts! The tour ends in a beautiful café on the roof top at a well-known address where you get to enjoy a coffee and a view of Ha Noi Old Quarter by night. Tour Duration: Approx. 3 hours • Price from $78pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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Hanoi - Sightseeing


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Hanoi - Sightseeing FULL DAY

HALF DAY

Inside Hanoi

Silk Village

Spend a day exploring the essential sights of the Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi. Begin with a tour of the Ho Chi Minh Complex; the Mausoleum, Presidential Palace and the house-on-stilts where Uncle Ho resided from 1957 until his death and the historic One Pillar Pagoda, built in the Eleventh Century.

For centuries silk was considered a luxury and was one of the most highly cherished commodities. Today, the cloth may be more affordable but the process to create this fine fabric is still fascinating.

Next take in the Temple of Literature; constructed in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, one of the world’s most famous scholars and the father of Confucianism. After a tasty lunch at a local restaurant visit the Museum of Ethnology and discover more about the many ethnic groups that make up the country of Vietnam. Your next stop will take in the picturesque surrounds of Hoan Kiem Lake where you can visit the Ngoc Son Temple by crossing the “Flood of Morning Sunlight” bridge. And end with the Quan Thanh Temple at West Lake. Dated to the Eleventh Century, the temple is one of four holy temples in Hanoi.

Begin with a 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. You may walk to “noodle village” where the villagers make noodles from powdered arrowroot. Continue to the Silk Village that supplies all the silk to the Northern Markets. Here you will witness the weaving, dying and drying of silk with plenty of opportunities to purchase the finished product. Tour Duration: Approx. 4 hours • Price from $127pp (incl. Lunch)

FULL DAY

Tour Duration: Approx. 7 hours • Price from $137pp (incl. Lunch)

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Duong Lam Village

Cycle Tea Plantation

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.

A magical opportunity to discover the traditional countryside of Vietnam and the popular Tea culture - by bicycle.

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. For lunch, enjoy a local style meal in a 100-year old house. After visiting Mia Pagoda, built in the 15th century, some 287 statues of all sizes can be seen here, among which are famous sculptures such as the statue of Buddha and the statues of the ‘Eight Vajra Deities’.

After a 2 hour drive to Tan Cuong Village, which is a famous tea growing area, you board your bicycle to cycle through villages and farmland where farmers may be picking tea leaves. Cycle through tea plantations, rice fields and traditional villages and Nui Coc Lake. Lunch will be served at one of the local houses and you can then experience the different steps of making tea as your tea expert explains the life cycle of the tea processing including its history, traditions and family stories. End the day with a visit to the local tea museum before driving back to Hanoi.

Tour Duration: Approx. 8 hours • Price from $176pp (incl. Lunch)

Tour Duration: Approx. 8 hours • Price from $230pp (incl. Lunch)

FULL DAY

FULL DAY

Cycle Handicraft Villages

Perfume Pagoda

An opportunity to ride country roads and visit traditional family craft villages. Driving north-east across the Red River to Bat Trang Ceramic village. This 1000 year-old village is famous and you will visit a family factory to see how ceramic is produced both in a traditional and modern way.

Set amongst limestone cliffs the Pagoda is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhism. Depart Hanoi and drive through the countryside with glimpses of rural life.

Then begin cycling along villages to But Thap Pagoda. Enjoy the peaceful countryside the river meanders through dotted with rural villages. But Thap Pagoda with a beautiful stone stupa remains quite untouched. Lunch is with a local family. Then visit Dong Ho folk painting, famous because it uses natural materials. The printing paper is made from the bark of a tree. You will visit some artists to learn how the painting is made. Late in the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi by vehicle.

On arrival board a river boat for a scenic 1.5 hour journey along the Yen stream as there are no roads leading to the Pagoda. Your first stop on the journey will be the Trinh Temple, the Shrine for First Presenting, after which you will make your way to the main wharf and begin the climb up the mountain to the main grotto of Huong Tich where each stalactite and stalagmite has its own legend. Make your way back down the mountain to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Thien Tru before moving on to view the Thien Tru Pagoda and the stunning scenery of one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the country.

Tour Duration: Approx. 8 hours • Price from $230pp (incl. Lunch)

Tour Duration: 8 - 9 hours • Price from $176pp (incl. Lunch)

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Hanoi in Brief

Cycle Countryside Ninh Binh

Mai Chau & Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh offers great natural allure and is popular with Vietnamese who flock to nearby sights that include the nation’s biggest pagoda and the Trang An grottoes.

Stunning scenery and cultural ethnic communities await as you visit the Halong Bay on land.

Day 1

Day 1 (L, D)

Day 1 (L, D)

Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for an orientation, explaining all about Vietnam, the best places to change money, recommended places to eat, to shop and explore. A short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake introduces you to one of the fascinating insights to Vietnam – how to cross the street when so many bicycles and motor scooters are rushing past!

Depart Hanoi for your drive to Ninh Binh which will take approximately 2 hours. From here you can visit the Ancient capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King. Here start cycling through the countryside to Tam Coc known as the Ha Long Bay on Land (16km ride). After lunch at a local restaurant, you can sit back and relax while you are rowed in a small bamboo boat through the rice fields, caves and mountain ranges - taking in the beauty of the natural, stunning landscape. Later this afternoon visit Bich Dong cave pagoda built in 1428. Drive to the Legend Hotel in Ninh Binh City for your overnight stay with dinner at the hotel included

Journey to Hoa Binh and into the mountains to Mai Chau making photo stops along the way. Enjoy lunch at Lac village, then walk around the local villages. Your stop for the evening is at a traditional stilt-house in a village of the White Thai minority. Here you will enjoy a traditional dinner and a basic but comfortable night’s sleep .

Day 2 (B, L)

Depart for the journey to Tam Coc to board a small rowing boat through the rice fields and mountain ranges of this stunning region. Pass through three tunnel caves that have been hewn from the limestone by the forces of nature. Visit the historic Bich Dong Pagoda (15th Century). Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, heroes and dynastic founders from the 10th Century. After immersing yourself in the history of the area you will once again board your vehicle for the return journey to Hanoi.

Your own private mini tour of Hanoi including the bustling old quarter and an insight into Ho Chi Minh’s life combined with the key historical sights of the city.

Day 2 (B)

The northern city of Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam; a beautiful and fascinating city full of lakes, tree-lined boulevards and French Colonial architecture. Your city tour highlights the city’s key sights beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Here learn all about the great leader, Ho Chi Minh and his love for his people. You’ll see the house where Ho Chi Minh lived very simply and also the One Pillar Pagoda. Then visit Vietnam’s first University – the Temple of Literature. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore or shop! Day 3 (B)

Tour ends on check out today from your hotel. Price from $217pp

After breakfast drive to Phat Diem stone church 28km southeast of Ninh Binh city. Phat Diem Cathedral was built between 1875 and 1899. Phuong Dinh Church, part of the Phat Diem complex, is a giant building entirely made of stone. Numerous stone sculptures are on the inside and outside walls. A large bell cast in the 1890s weighing nearly 2 tons is found in the bell tower. After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Gia Vien district, for a boat trip to the Kenh Ga floating village - accessible only by boat. Gliding along the river and canals, weaving one’s way through the boathouses and fishing vessels of Kenh Ga is a unique experience and there is no other place in Vietnam that combines the stunning backdrop of the limestone cliffs with an authentic floating village. Return to Hanoi late afternoon.

Day 2 (B, L, D)

Enjoy the beautiful valleys and peaceful scenery on the 35km drive to Xa Linh which is home to the Red H’mong and Blue H’mong minority people. You will return to Mai Chau for lunch before continuing on to Ninh Binh - the Ha Long Bay on land. Day 3 (B, L)

Price from $749pp

Price from $511pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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HANOI MINI TOURS


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HALONG BAY - CRUISING

Experience Halong Bay

Imagine thousands of small islands and rock formations jutting from the sea as you cruise the seascape on board a junk style boat.

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ust over 4 hours from Hanoi, Halong Bay is best enjoyed on an over-night cruise. On-board enjoy freshly caught seafood, take in Tai Chi or cooking lessons, enjoy a swim in the emerald waters or try your hand at kayaking through the caves. Be part of the legend of Halong Bay!

Cruising Halong Bay Our 2-day cruise options give you a choice of vessels and options to suit your budget. For the budget conscious join the shuttle bus to Halong bay for your cruise, or for the ultimate experience, your private car & guide will collect you and include stops along the way. Our cruises include comfortable private cabins with ensuite, activities on board and off-shore excursions For the ultimate Halong Bay experience, join our 3-day Au Co Cruise - savour the fantastic scenery of Halong Bay on board the Au Co, while this exclusive 3-day cruise takes you deep into the heart of the Gulf of Tonkin. Luxurious facilities, impeccable service and extraordinary culinary experiences - this voyage promises lifetime memories.

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Experience Sapa and the North

Rolling hills, rice terraces and traditional ethnic communities await for the adventurous traveller keen to witness the colour, community and people of this region. Journey by over-night train from Hanoi to the border town of Lao Cai, venture through the rolling hills to the colourful town of Sapa. Quite sometimes, other days bring bustling markets filled with the various people of H’mong and Dzao people. Enjoy the cooler climate, the stunning scenery and this whole different part of the world!

Trek and Connect To really appreciate this wonderful world, take in our 1-day or 2-day easy trekking package – discover the verdant valleys, curious children, welcoming smiles and everyday life of traditions that have lived here for eons. Our over-night option allows you to join a family for a very rustic and basic overnight stay – but what memories you will have, Or take in our ‘market’ option, each day somewhere in neighbouring villages there will be traditional markets for you to visit and enjoy.

Sapa Experience - Package This private tour combines your overnight train journeys from Hanoi to Lao Cai, 1 night in Sapa, 1-day trek and 1-day market tour with boat trip and lunch both days. Price from $670pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Sapa Hilltribe Trek – Package Includes an overnight stay with a local family, where although the sleeping arrangements are basic the warm welcome you will receive and the opportunity to experience the local way of life will leave you with many wonderful memories. Includes 2-day trek, 1 night in Sapa and return regular sleeper train. Upgrade to deluxe ‘Victoria Express’ train also available. Price from $447pp

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MINI TOURS


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MINI TOURS

Adventure North

Northern Highlights

Northern Treasures

Combine the bustling city of Hanoi with the beautiful hill country of Sapa. Trek through rice fields and witness ethnic markets.

An absorbing tour highlights the best of the North with a Hanoi city tour, insight into the morning markets, the traditional water puppets and an overnight Halong Bay cruise.

A cultural tour with all the riches of the north, 1200 year old Vietnamese village Duong Lam, Tay Phuong Pagoda dating back to the 8th century, intertwined with Hanoi sightseeing and overnight Halong Bay = A Treasure Tour.

Day 1

Arrive Hanoi. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for our concierge service. Day 2 (B)

Day 1

Arrive Hanoi. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for our concierge service.

Good Morning Hanoi! An introduction to the Old Quarter as Hanoi comes to life. Watch as the streets go from deserted to bustling. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake to witness local people exercising. Then to the markets to watch the bustle of the early morning food market. Return to hotel for breakfast then discover the cities key sights beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You’ll see the house where Ho Chi Minh lived and also the One Pillar Pagoda. Then on to Hoan Kiem Lake to see the Water Puppet show. Overnight train to Sapa.

Day 2 (B)

Day 3 (B, L)

Halong Bay is a legendary world just waiting to be explored. Revel in the natural seascape with around 3,000 islands and rocky outcrops. Departing Hanoi this morning with your car & guide, you’ll pass through rice fields and bustling towns on the ride to Halong. On arrival board your junk boat for the cruise around the bay. Lunch is served as you sail out, the magnificent islands jutting from the sea before you. Stops are made to visit islands and caves, kayak (optional extra) or swim the emerald sea.

Arrive at Lao Cai and transfer to Sapa, a small town which is the centre point of the surrounding villages. Your local guide will meet you at the hotel for your trek. Leave the town behind and head downhill to Cat Cat village trekking on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. Spectacular scenery awaits with small communities and local’s going about their day. Return to overnight in Sapa. Day 4 (B, L)

Good Morning Hanoi! An introduction to the Old Quarter as Hanoi comes to life. Watch as the streets go from deserted to bustling. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake to witness local people exercising. Then to the markets. Return to hotel for breakfast then discover the cities key sights beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You’ll see the house where Ho Chi Minh lived and also the One Pillar Pagoda. On to Hoan Kiem Lake to see the Water Puppet show. Day 3 (B, L, D)

Today is your choice to visit one of the areas weekly markets (the market location rotates daily) or enjoy free time to discover Sapa at your own leisure. Lunch is included then a short walk to visit a traditional ethnic house. Transfer to Lao Cai for the overnight train to Hanoi.

Day 4 (B)

Day 5

Day 5 (B) - Tour Ends

Tour ends on arrival in Hanoi.

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From $679pp

Breakfast is served as the vessel passes beautiful outcrops and rocky islands on the return to the mainland.On the return drive to Hanoi, you’ll visit a local village creating beautiful pottery. Overnight Hanoi

Day 1

Arrive Hanoi. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for our concierge service. Day 2 (B)

Morning half day city tour beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You’ll see the house where Ho Chi Minh lived and also the One Pillar Pagoda. Return to your hotel or be dropped off for free time to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Day 3 (B, L)

Excursion to Duong Lam, one of the country’s few remaining ancient villages. Explore houses over 400 years old, wander the village’s narrow alleyways and visit local temples. On the way back to Hanoi, stop at Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of the first pagodas built in Vietnam. OPTION: This day’s tour around Duong Lam may be done by bicycle if you wish. Day 4 (B, L, D)

Halong Bay is a legendary world just waiting to be explored. Revel in the tranquillity of the natural seascape dotted with around 3,000 islands and rocky outcrops. Departing Hanoi this morning, you’ll pass through rice fields and bustling towns on the ride to Halong. On arrival board your traditional style junk boat for the cruise around the bay. Lunch is served as you sail out. Stops are made to visit islands and caves, kayak (optional extra) or swim the emerald sea. After predinner drinks, enjoy superb fresh cuisine and entertainment Day 5 (B)

Breakfast is served as the vessel passes beautiful outcrops and rocky islands on the return to the mainland. On the return drive to Hanoi, you’ll visit a local village creating beautiful pottery. Day 6 (B)

Tour ends. From $1003pp

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Cultural North

An introduction to Hanoi followed by Hoa Binh province to experience the cultural north before enjoying a Halong Bay cruise.

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njoy the cultural highlights of Hanoi before an intrepid journey west of Hanoi into the countryside visits Hoa Binh province with its beautiful and peaceful scenery and plenty of photo opportunities. You will have opportunities to meet ethnic hill-tribes in the local villages. Finish with an overnight junk boat cruise on picturesque Halong Bay.

Day 1

Day 3 (B, L, D)

Arrive Hanoi. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for an orientation, explaining all about Vietnam, the best places to change money, some recommended places to eat, to shop and explore. A short walk introduces you to one of the fascinating insights to Vietnam – how to cross the street when so many bicycles and motor scooters are rushing past!

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for the drive to Mai Chau. The journey to Hoa Binh passes from busy small towns to countryside. Break for a coffee before travelling into the mountains to Mai Chau, making stops along the way to take advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities. Stops will also be made to visit some of the local villages of the Muong people. Lunch is at the local village with time to walk around to experience the lifestyle of the ethnic hill-tribes in the local villages. Your stop for the evening is your choice of a traditional stilt-house in a village of the White Thai minority, OR a rustic country lodge.

Day 2 (B, L)

Today’s tour will show you the culture, history and influences of this 1,000 year old city. You’ll visit the Temple of Literature, established in 1076 to educate Vietnam’s royalty, mandarins and members of the elite. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and it offers a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past. The One Pillar Pagoda is one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples. Close by is the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and the house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. You’ll visit his former home, which illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. And nearby at West Lake is the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. Lunch at – KOTO –a not-for-profit restaurant assisting under-privileged children to receive training in hospitality. In the afternoon visit your choice of the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. Or the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum. The museum offers a wonderful insight into the cultural diversity and significant role Vietnamese women play in Vietnamese society. Learn historic and modern-day traditions: births, weddings, motherhood, spirituality and more. At the end of the afternoon visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Take a walking tour through the bustling narrow streets and alleys home to thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around. Finish the day with a Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history

Day 4 (B, L)

Greet the sunrise with an early breakfast before enjoying the beautiful valleys and peaceful scenery on the 35km drive to Xa Linh which is home to the Red H’mong and Blue H’mong minority people. Return to Mai Chau for lunch before heading back to Hanoi. Stop along the way to take photographs of the picturesque panoramas. Overnight Hanoi Day 5 (B, L, D)

Halong Bay is a legendary world just waiting to be explored. Revel in the tranquillity of the natural seascape dotted with around 3,000 islands and rocky outcrops. Departing Hanoi this morning, you’ll pass through rice fields and bustling towns on the ride to Halong. On arrival board your traditional style junk boat for the cruise around the bay. Lunch is served as you sail out. Stops are made to visit islands and caves, kayak (optional extra) or swim the emerald sea. After pre-dinner drinks, enjoy superb fresh cuisine and entertainment. Day 6 (B)

For early risers, join in a Tai Chi class, or enjoy coffee on the sun deck. Breakfast is served as the vessel passes beautiful outcrops and rocky islands on the return to the mainland. On the return drive to Hanoi, you’ll visit a local village creating beautiful pottery – you can even make your own souvenir! Overnight Hanoi Day 7 (B)

Tour ends on check out from your hotel From $1319pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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North Vietnam

Relax and take time to smell the salt air with a 3 day/2 night junk cruise on Halong Bay travelling further afield than normal throughout the Gulf of Tonkin.

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visit to Cat Ba Island is included where you explore quaint fishing villages and have the choice to explore in depth by bicycle or kayak. This blended with all the highlights of Hanoi including walking tours and the Water Puppet theatre is a wonderful showcase of the north.

Day 1

Arrive Hanoi. Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for our concierge service. Day 2 (B)

Good Morning Hanoi! An introduction to the Old Quarter. Watch as the streets go from deserted to bustling. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake to witness local people exercising. Then to the markets to watch the bustle of the early morning food market. Return to hotel for breakfast then discover the cities key sights beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You’ll see the house where Ho Chi Minh lived and also the One Pillar Pagoda. On to Hoan Kiem Lake to see the Water Puppet show. Day 3 (B, L, D)

Halong Bay is a legendary world. Departing Hanoi this morning with your car & guide, you’ll pass through rice fields and bustling towns on the ride to Halong. On arrival board your traditional style junk boat. Savour a delicious lunch as you head to Bai Tu Long Bay and Vung Vieng fishing village. The vessel cruises back through the bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Day 4 (B, L, D)

Cycling on Cat Ba Island or kayaking and swimming at Three Peach Beach, a pristine natural beach lapped by turquoise waters. Continue on to discover Ho Ba Ham Islet, the most remote point in Lan Ha Bay. Visit its quaint fishing village and lagoon. Day 5 (B)

This morning cruise through the Bay taking in the stunning scenery and visiting an island cave. Back on land, your guide awaits for the return drive to Hanoi. Day 6 (B)

Tour ends. From $1136pp

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Experience Hue

The Royal Capital

DMZ Tour

Hue was Vietnam’s political capital from 1802 to 1945, throughout the rein of the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The area within 5 km on either side of the border was declared to be a demilitarized zone (DMZ) but despite this the area was the scene of heavy fighting between the American and Vietnamese armed forces.

Start this morning with a private boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda then drive to visit Tu Duc Tomb before returning to Hue for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit the Imperial Citadel - modelled after the Forbidden City in Beijing and built in the early 19th century. Some of the major sites were destroyed during the Vietnam War but the buildings that still remain are being restored and preserved. Tour Duration: 8 hours Price from $162pp (Incl. Lunch)

Parkview Hotel

Tour the Hai Van Pass

The first stop of the day is Dong Ha Town: the location of a strategically important U.S. Marine Combat Base. The tour will then continue on and visit American bases and battlefields such as The Rockpile and Khe Sanh: set in a valley surrounded entirely by rolling mountains and forest and the scene of one of the most controversial battles of the American War. Tour Duration: 8 - 9 hours Price from $285pp (Incl. Lunch)

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Hotel Saigon Morin

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This hotel is strategically located in the heart of Hue, with spectacular views of the whole city, close to the tranquil and picturesque Perfume River, and to all the renowned tourist attractions. Only a 10 minute walk to Hue Citadel and the prime commercial, shopping and entertainment areas. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, internet facilities and outdoor swimming pool.

Depart Hue for the spectacular drive over the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Stop atop for views of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea. You will also see China Beach, home to the American Army during the war. Visit Marble Mountain and tour the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Danang. On arrival in Hoi An, transfer to your hotel. Tour Duration: Approx. 5 hours Price from $158pp

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Located across from the Perfume River in the heart of the city this lovingly restored hotel offers a distinctly colonial feel with well-appointed rooms, use of polished wood and the delightful courtyard dining area. Rooms are spacious with balconies overlooking the tree lined streets below. The Morin has a pleasant courtyard restaurant, a roof top Restaurant and bar, pool side bar, Sauna, Massage, Fitness Centre, Swimming Pool and offers Laundry service and Room Service.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

The Hai Van Pass is one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. When braving the steep winding roads of a paved mountain pass, you get to discover peace, quiet and history along the way. Discover one of the best coast roads in the world.

Imperial Hue

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The majestic 16-floor Imperial Hotel Hue is nestled along the famous Perfume River, conveniently close to all the historical sites this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage city has to offer. The rooms combine modern with classic blending historic architectural details and earthy dĂŠcor. All rooms feature polished wooden floors and natural fabrics. Imperial Hotel offers free high-speed internet access and facilities including an outdoor swimming pool featuring scenic views of the city. Great Value.

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Danang Beach

Miles of stunning white-sand beach, awaits as you step from your luxury resort on to Non Nouc Beach, Danang. This stunning coastline has just recently developed into one of the most stunning holiday locations in Asia.

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he city of Danang is minutes away and just down the road awaits the charming ancient town of Hoi An, home to wonderful shopping, great dining, bars and historic buildings.

Your resort offers extensive swimming pools, relaxing spa moments, great cuisine and outstanding spa facilities and access to all the local attractions including multiple golf courses.

We have hand-picked the best beachfront resorts, offering you the best in value, facilities and options for your beach holiday. The beach is still uncluttered, without touts and no need to find where you will relax. The sunsets are incredible and the water warm.

While staying in Danang Beach you can take part in any of the activities and excursions from our Hoi An experiences – they are all available including pick up from your resort. Or take the hotel shuttle service into Hoi An when it suits you for some shopping and dining. You can even do a day trip to Hue from here.

Boutique Hoi An Resort

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Come explore the rich heritage of Vietnamese cuisine and culture at this 4 star boutique hotel. Boutique Hoi An Resort is located ideally on An Bang Beach just 5 minutes drive from Hoi An town and 35 minutes from the airport. Guests can unwind by the pool surrounded by tropical gardens or villas directly on the beach facing the sea with large terraces for privacy. Each room at this property offers views of the sea with private balconies and some of the rooms have direct access to the beach from a private terrace.

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Vinpearl Premium Da Nang

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In a prime location on Non Nuoc beach and overlooking the vast ocean, with its back resting on the majestic Marble Mountain range, Vinpearl Luxury Da Nang is the ideal holiday destination. All rooms overlook the ocean and the main pool, with vast open spaces of green, lush gardens right at your doorstep. The property features 5 outdoor swimming pools including areas allocated for children to provide an environment conducive to family fun. Other facilities include a fully equipped Gym, Kids Club, Tennis Courts and a full range of treatments at the Vincharm Spa.

The Nam Hai Resort

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Resting on a one kilometre stretch of pristine Non Nuoc beach lays this stunning resort. The Nam Hai is quite unlike any other property in Vietnam. Everything about the property oozes quality, with a charming air of exclusivity. With 60 beautiful villas and 40 pool villas, each an exercise in luxurious modern living, fusing practicality with traditional Asian design aesthetic to stunning effect. Resort facilities include three stylish infinity pools, two gourmet restaurants, a clubhouse, a tropical spa & extensive recreational facilities to offer guests a haven for every holiday desire.

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Vinh Hung 2 Hotel

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Located within Hoi An’s Old Town and just a few hundred meters from the town centre and the Japanese Covered Bridge. Built in Vietnamese style with thirty good size rooms designed using tasteful local architecture, the Vinh Hung 2 has a distinctly local feel. Facilities include a swimming pool, bar, pool table and restaurant. All rooms feature a basic mini-bar and Satellite TV. The friendly, helpful staff and the great location make this property an excellent choice.

Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort

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Vinh Hung Emerald Resort

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Hoi An Hotel

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Located just outside the old town of Hoi An overlooking the tranquil Thu Bon River. The property centres around an infinity pool and spacious courtyard that is pleasingly open to the riverbank along one side, and the tasteful spa offers a good range of therapeutic and pampering treatments. A very pleasant place to stay with great staff and good facilities including a nice restaurant and bar. Rooms are comfortably furnished with in room safe, well-appointed bathrooms and balconies.

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The Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm and good facilities. The hotel is located just a short walk to the old town of Hoi An and just 4km from Cua Dai Beach. The comfortable large rooms feature a marble bathroom, mini-bar, internet access, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities and private balconies with garden or city views. Enjoy the large outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop, art gallery and beauty salon. Children can frolic in the kid’s playground.

Palm Garden Resort

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Perfectly positioned at the end of Cua Dai Beach, Sunrise Hoi An Resort offers enchanting sea views and boasts 222 modern, contemporary styled rooms, suites and sea-front villas set in lush manicured gardens. Facilities include 2 impressive infinity swimming pools, the Bodyworks Spa, gym, two restaurants, two bars, a kids club, tennis courts and a range of water sports activities. The hotel provide a regular shuttle bus to the ancient town of Hoi An and also has plenty of bicycles available for guests to use.

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Set on 12 acres of landscaped tropical gardens with an enviable beachfront location, this resort offers 214 elegantly furnished rooms and bungalows set amongst lush tropical gardens. With a large pool surrounded by lounges and umbrellas, this is an ideal way to spend the afternoon relaxing. Other hotel facilities include two restaurants and bars, business centre, gymnasium and fitness centre, sports & recreation centre, kids club and the Palm Spa. A free shuttle into Hoi An gives you easy access to the delightful shops and restaurants.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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Experience Hoi An/Danang

Ancient Hoi An

Sunset Cruise

World Heritage listed Hoi An is an ancient town with ancient water wells, art and antique galleries, lantern shops and tailors galore.

This excursion is all about relaxation and showcasing the stunning Hoi An river culture and the beauty of the setting sun on the waterways.

On this short walking tour your guide brings you the history behind this wonderful town with visits to key landmarks and buildings. Your included entrance pass will give you access to visit Hoi An anytime during your stay.

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. A stunning way to finish your day.

Tour Duration: 3 hours Price from $50pp

Tour Duration: 2 hours Price from $109pp (Includes drinks/nibbles)

The Ruins of My Son

Hoi An Cycle Tour

The spectacular ruins of My Son was once home to the Champas who ruled Central Vietnam from c200AD to c1700AD.

Spend half a day leisurely cycling though the scenic countryside exploring the peaceful villages around Hoi An.

The Champa covered quite a vast area of Vietnam and 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 — and sculptures of gods, priests, animals, and scenes of mythical battles and devotion adorned the walls. A half-day tour or make the most of your trip by returning to Hoi An by boat.

Begin by cycling to Cam Thanh village, with its beautiful rice and shrimp farms. Then on to Thanh Ha pottery village followed by charming Tra Que farming Village, where you’ll see the fresh vegetable gardens and local farmers working in their fields. Then it’s on to Cam Nam Island for lunch before returning to your hotel.

Tour Duration: 4 – 5 hours Price from $105pp

Tour Duration: Approx. 4 hours Price from $94pp (Incl. Lunch & bicycle hire)

Red Bridge Cooking Class Highlights include a guided tour of Hoi An’s colourful central market, A boat trip on the Hoi An River to the cooking school, a herb garden walk, 2 hours hand on cooking class, and finish with lunch. After the class the Red Bridge Pool is the perfect place to relax. Tour Duration: 5 hours Price from $72pp

Romantic Dinner on Beach Uniquely designed for couples who would like their own space or an afternoon of romance and relaxation at the beach. Your Army Jeep will collect you at your hotel and take you on a scenic trip to the beach. Here your butler will be waiting at the beach at a sala camp, lounge chair with towels, ready for you. Relax, read a book or dive into the blue water and float all your cares away. Walk hand in hand on a romantic walk on the edge of the water. Your butler will then prepare a light barbeque for dinner, accompanied by Chilean wine. As the sun is setting return to your hotel. Tour Duration: Approx. 3 hours Price from $133pp

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Ethnic Community Experience Remote and Untouched - Discover the Bo Hoong Ethnic Community on this special soft-adventure tour. You’ll travel by American Jeep on a jam-packed trip into Vietnam’s central highlands. Experience the village first hand and enjoy a guided village walk with a local resident of the village before enjoying a traditional Co Tu lunch and music performance. Interact with the Co Tu people, Y Khong and his family and enjoy a delicious cup of tea or coffee (or for the more adventurous), a nip of traditional Co Tu rice wine. Your return to Hoi An is a scenic trip, via the spectacular Non Nuoc beach and Marble Mountain.

One Day Tour Start your journey cruising through quaint villages and hamlets in the Thu Bon river delta on your way to the ethnic minority Co Tu village of Bho Hoong. Experience the village first hand and enjoy a guided village walk with a local resident of the village before enjoying a traditional Co Tu lunch and music performance. After the village visit we make our way through the tea plantations to another CoTu Town of Trung Mang. Here we visit the former king of the CoTu people, Y Khong and his family and enjoy a delicious cup of tea or coffee (or for the more adventurous), a nip of traditional Co Tu rice wine. Enjoy the traditional wood carvings and other Co Tu cultural items as we drink our beverages. Tour Duration: 9 hours Price from $382pp (Incl. Lunch)

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Two Day / One Night Tour Journey through the highlands to the Co Tu Village. Little has changed in the past hundred years in Bho Hoong and it is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Central Viet Nam. A light village walk, with a local resident guiding us, allows us to explore the village and unlock its cultural secrets. After our walk, we are free to enjoy a refreshing dip in the river. In the evening enjoy a superb dinner of Co Tu Traditional dishes and a chance to interact with the villagers, gaining more insight into their rich culture. Afterwards, retreat to your stilted Co Tu hut where the serene setting and clear mountain air will lull you to sleep. Next morning, wake up to the sounds of the village coming to life. Enjoy breakfast and a hot cup of coffee as you watch the morning activities of the Co Tu, heading to the fields and preparing the days meals. Departing our overnight village, we stop at another Co Ty village, to view the brocade weaver, a craft the Co Tu are famous for. Then we touch a part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail, through lush forests and past jaw dropping views of the central Viet Nam Mountains. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful we arrive at a waterfall tucked alongside a towering peak for a picnic lunch. The afternoon sees us descending back down toward the coast and back to your hotel. Duration: Overnight Includes 1 night in purpose built hut at Village and all meals Price from $1005pp

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MINI TOURS

Central Coast Highlights A captivating short tour packed with highlights of the central coast. Hoi An and the remarkable historical structures in Hue including the Imperial City. Day 1 (L)

Arrive Hue. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. Half-day tour. You’ll discover the Citadel and learn about the Kings of the Nguyễn dynasty. Visit a famous 400 year old pagoda Thiên Mụ on the bank of Perfume River. And see the final resting place at the tomb of King Khải Định. Lunch is included. Day 2 (B, L)

This morning travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, a winding road offering stunning views of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea. Stop for photo taking atop the rise before continuing to visit the small but fascinating Cham Museum in Danang. China Beach is your next stop – made famous by the TV series of the same name. And finally you’ll visit Marble Mountain. For the Vietnamese, it is a place of significance. At the base are workshops carving all sorts of intricate carvings from the Marble. Steps lead to a hidden Temple. Late afternoon arrive in Hoi An. Day 3 (B)

This morning your guide will meet you to introduce you to Hoi An on a leisurely walking tour of this ancient town, you’ll learn its fascinating history, discover the architecture and visit inside an original home. The rest of your day is at leisure – wander the old town, enjoy the shops and cafes, get clothes tailor made, or head out to the beach. Day 4 (B)

Tour ends with transfer to Danang for your onward travel arrangements. Price from $556pp

Hoi An Charm

Central Insight

A chance to relax and explore the charming town of Hoi An. You’ll discover why Hoi An is the gem in the Vietnamese landscape with its old shop houses crammed with cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. A beach caps off this all round holiday destination.

One night in historical Hue visiting the impressive Imperial City then three nights in charming Hoi An allows you time to enjoy the delights of this ancient town with its tailors, art galleries and excellent beach.

Day 1

Arrive Hue. Transfer to your hotel.A half-day tour discovers the impressive structure of the Citadel and learn about the Kings of the Nguyễn dynasty. Visit a famous 400 year old pagoda Thiên Mụ on the banks of the Perfume River. See the final resting place at the tomb of King Khải Định.

Arrive Danang. A local English speaking guide will meet you at the airport for the transfer to Hoi An and your hotel for check-in. After time to freshen up your guide will meet you to introduce you to the ancient town of Hoi An. It has a remarkable history as a trading port and this short walking tour will give you an invaluable insight The rest of your day is at leisure – wander the old town, enjoy the shops and cafes, get clothes tailor made, or head out to the beach. Day 2 (B)

Day at leisure Day 3 (B)

Day at leisure Day 4 (B)

This morning your local guide will collect you for the transfer back to Danang for your onward arrangements. Enroute visit Marble Mountain, which is actually a series of five marble and limestone formations, which the locals liken to the shape of a dragon at rest. For the Vietnamese, it is a place of significance. At the base are workshops carving all sorts of intricate carvings from the Marble. Steps lead to a hidden Temple. Tour ends on arrival at Danang Airport for your onward travel arrangements. Price from $389pp

Day 1 (L)

Day 2 (B)

This morning travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, a winding road offering stunning views of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea. Stop for photo taking atop the rise before continuing to visit the small but fascinating Cham Museum in Danang. China Beach is your next stop – made famous by the TV series of the same name. And finally you’ll visit Marble Mountain. For the Vietnamese, it is a place of significance. At the base are workshops carving all sorts of intricate carvings from the Marble. Steps lead to a hidden Temple. Late afternoon arrive in the charming town of Hoi An. Day 3 (B)

This morning your guide will meet you to introduce you to the ancient town of Hoi An. It has a remarkable history as a trading port and this short walking tour will give you an invaluable insight. The rest of your day is at leisure Day 4 (B)

Today choose one of our optional tours, which are included in your tour package. 1. Red Bridge Cooking Class 2. My Son Holy Land 3. Bicycle tour to country markets Day 5 (B)

Tour ends with transfer to Danang Airport. Price from $759pp

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Experience Nha Trang

The Beach town of Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting – a delightful curved beach surrounded by a small hill range. A small city runs along the beachfront looking out to the tropical islands dotting the seascape. The beachfront has over recent years been given a huge makeover and now features a long boulevard, parks and gardens, while inland the streets reveal an array of dining options. Ideal for the young at heart, the beach is filled with sun loungers hosted by café/bars offering you drinks and food along with your relaxation. Beach activities abound including wind-surfing, banana boat rides, jet-ski’s and boat trips to the outlying islands. As the restaurants wind down, the nightlife cranks up. Enjoy spa treatments, or visit the nearby ‘mud pools’ or

Light Hotel

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Families are well catered for with the water theme park and underwater aquarium across at nearby Vinpearl Island. Choose one of the high-rise hotels across from the beach, or for a touch of luxury indulge in the 5 Star resort away from the main area, or for super luxury, head to your exclusive offshore retreat. This part of the country has its very own microclimate so weather all year round is pretty good, with the main rainy season tending to be from October to December.

Novotel Nha Trang

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This hotel is centrally located on the main boulevard with all rooms boasting partial ocean views and close to many restaurants and shops. The hotel has traditional Vietnamese furnishing with good amenities and facilities. Rooms are clean and comfortable with free Wi-Fi access as well as internet terminals in the lobby for use. A small pool area is located at the front of the hotel and the beach is just over the road.

explore the centuries-old Cham tower still standing close to town.

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This modern, stylish four-star hotel looks out on to the sea and is centrally located on the main street of the renowned resort city of Nha Trang. It is right 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. Featuring 154 modern, spacious and comfortable rooms all with balconies and stunning sea views. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, Spa & massage, fitness centre, restaurant and bar.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Evason Ana Mandara

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The only beachfront resort in Nha Trang, The Evason Ana Mandara is luxurious while maintaining many traditional Vietnamese themes. Inspired by old Vietnamese villages, the 74 lovely detached villas offer views across beautiful tropical gardens or out across Nha Trang Bay. Rooms are finished to the highest standard. Only sustainable materials have been used giving the resort a low environmental impact. The facilities are superb and the Six Senses Spa treatments are considered amongst the finest in Asia.

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Experience Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Commonly called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of modern Vietnam and is both recapturing the glory of its past and moving rapidly into the 21st Century.

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odern skyscrapers are rising beside the narrow traditional alleyways as the city transforms itself. Stunning colonial architecture and historic landmarks, stand proud of a remarkable history, while the people and city offer amazing cuisine and great shopping. A huge café culture has popped up and it’s a joy to join the Vietnamese faces in a crowded café enjoying good strong Vietnamese coffee before partaking in your choice of excursions, be it by River to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, or exploring the monuments and Museums, or grabbing the bargains in the markets. For the adventurous join us on a street food tour and be sure to see the magical Mekong Delta.

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Sunland Saigon Riverside Hotel

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Located within a few minutes’ walk from the Saigon River and just around the corner from bustling local markets. You are also only a quick taxi ride from Ben Thanh market and the city centre. The property features a nice rooftop pool and a sun bathing area with its own bar and café and offers great views across and beyond the river. The modern, fresh rooms are airconditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a minibar.

Grand Hotel

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The Grand is a restored, popular and elegant colonial style property in a great central location. Originally built in the 1920s, it still retains much of its original French Colonial-era charm. Featuring old and new wing rooms - the old wing rooms open onto a central courtyard overlooking the pool and offer polished wood floors and colonial style furnishings. The new wing rooms are more of a standard hotel style. Facilities include two restaurants, pool-side bar, swimming pool, mini-bars and in-room safes.

Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel

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A modern and comfortable property well located in District 1 within a few minutes’ walk to Ben Thanh Market and many local restaurants. The 68 smart and modern air-conditioned rooms come with a wardrobe, minibar, safety deposit box, flat-screen cable TV and ensuite bathroom. Guests may utilise the fitness centre, or enjoy a pampering massage at the spa. Luggage storage and laundry services are available whilst Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

Liberty Saigon City Point

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Well located on Pasteur Street in downtown Saigon, this modern and contemporary property is within easy walking distance to Ben Thanh market, great shopping and the Saigon River. Facilities include a rooftop outdoor pool, fitness centre, spa and sauna, barber shop and a beauty salon. The elegantly-furnished, air-conditioned rooms come with a wardrobe, in-room safe, minibar, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. The hotels all day dining restaurant features creative menus focusing on fresh, quality produce.

Caravelle Saigon

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Located in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, opposite the Opera House, the Caravelle is steeped in history. Once a popular haunt for foreign press and journalists during the Vietnam War, Caravelle now provides a rarely surpassed level of accommodation and service for discerning visitors to Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms are modern, stylish and fully equipped with all amenities. Facilities include two restaurants, three bars, Spa & Fitness Centre, outdoor Pool and 24-hour room service. The hotels highlight must be its rooftop signature bar – the ‘Saigon Saigon Bar’ with its huge wooden bar and open shutters offering great views out to the city.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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Concierge Welcome

Good Morning Saigon!

Your local English Speaking Concierge/Guide will meet you at your hotel for an orientation and give you a brief introduction to Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam.

You have seen the street filled with traffic, now you will get the chance to really see the city with some great photo opportunities devoid of the noise and bustle.

You’ll receive our welcome pack, and be taken on a short walk to orientate you around downtown Saigon. See the historic Post Office building, Notre Dame Cathedral and War Museum. In addition our local concierge/guide will discuss where to change your money, where to eat, about shopping and what to expect during your visit to this wonderful country. Please note this service is only available when booking other items with Active Asia.

You will be amazed at the deserted streets as you walk around the inner city with the chance to get up close to the historical buildings and experience Saigon as it awakens for the day. See local cafés filled with morning chatter, the park and fresh produce markets. Tour Duration: Approx. 2 hours • Price from $49pp

Duration: Approx. 1 1/2 - 2 hours • Price from $27pp

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Colonial Heritage

Tunnels of Cu Chi

A full day getting inside Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon. The day begins with a stop to see the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral and the historic Post Office. Great for photography!

Your local guide will collect you for the drive directly to Cu Chi district approximately 70 km for Ho Chi Minh City.

Catholics still gather to the Gothic-inspired Cathedral for worship and the Post Office is still open for transactions. Snap some pictures of the pigeons, sitting on the statue of the Virgin Mary. For lunch discover the hugely popular ‘Pho’ (Noodles). Then visit the Fito Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine where nearly 3.000 items relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age are shown. After that, drive to see the wonderful old Thien Hau pagoda, before stopping at Binh Tay Market and bustling Cho Lon (China Town).

On arrival watch an educational video outlining the history of the tunnels and how they were used during the American War. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving you a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like. Return by road to your Saigon hotel. Tour Duration: 5 hours • Price from $105pp

Tour Duration: Approx. 5 hours • Price from $142pp

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EVENING

Road to Freedom

One night in Saigon

Board your modern speedboat for the one hour and 15 minute scenic boat ride to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

A unique tour showcasing an authentic Vietnamese night. A highlight or perfect way to celebrate your trip.

The first part of the journey as you depart Ho Chi Minh gives you impressive skyline merging into busy waterways. Then veer into the more sedate side river past houses, roadways and bridges on your way to Cu Chi. At its height the tunnel system stretched over 250km from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving you a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like.

You’ll be collected from your hotel for a transfer to a park where local people enjoy dancing exercises or simply relax enjoying each other’s company. Then you’ll sample some popular local Street Food. Walk past street eateries to a special dining experience hidden in a small alley this local restaurant has become famous with locals and serves some of the best in Saigon. Finally indulge at another cafe with delicious dessert and Vietnamese coffee, then end your night at a live music cafe before your guide will return you safely to your hotel.

Tour Duration: Approx. 5 hours • Price from $166pp

Tour Duration: Approx. 4 hours • Price from $107pp

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Experience the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is often referred as the fruit bowl of Vietnam, but it also features its own amazing sights. Beginning with the waterways where your boat meanders through estuaries passing floating villages, houses on stilts along the river-bank with children waving madly at you. Visit cottage industries making treats like candy and exotic fruits.

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lthough other transport is taking over, the Floating Markets still give an insight into traditional barter with boats laden high with produce.

My Tho 1 day Tour Depart Saigon 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 the Mekong visiting orchards and bonsai gardens. You may get to sample an array of fruit or witness local home industries including rice paper making and sweet making. A stop is made at a local restaurant for lunch (included) before returning to Saigon in the afternoon. Tour Duration: 7 hours Price from $187pp

Further deep into the region you’ll discover small towns and mountains with history and local culture and an alternative gateway into neighbouring Cambodia.

Cai Rang Floating Market – 2 Day Tour

Deep into the Mekong – 3 Day Tour

Day 1 (L, D)

A in-depth look at the mighty Mekong.

Travel to the Mekong for a boat trip with stops to visit industries including local orchards, rice paper and sweet makers. Continue to your overnight hotel in Can Tho.

Day 1 (L, D)

Day 2 (B)

Day 2 (B, L)

Visit the biggest floating market - Cai Rang floating market. An amazing spectacle awaits as you witness the daily ritual of the markets. Boats filled with fruits, vegetables and other products anchor along the banks of the river daily selling their wares. Afterwards return to your hotel to freshen up before returning to Saigon arriving late afternoon. Tour Duration: 2 Days Price from $408pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

You’ll experience the local waterways, industries and communities as you experience the Mekong Delta. And you’ll witness the largest floating market at Cai Rang before continuing deeper to Can Tho to visit Sam Mountain and learn the local history. Day 3 (B)

Both nights are spent in colonial style elegant 4 star hotels located river-front. A stunning look at the Mekong Delta. Tour Duration: 3 days Price from $859pp

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Mekong River Cruising

The Mekong Delta’s thousands of waterways form a labyrinth of major currents and secluded canals that are lined with lush vegetation, mangrove swamps and verdant rice fields. The locals here live by the timeless rhythm of the river in small fishing villages and boats. To witness the tastes and sounds of a floating market in the Mekong Delta at dawn can be the experience of a lifetime. What better way to explore all of this than by a river cruise on a well-appointed converted rice barge complete with comfortable cabins, great local cuisine and friendly helpful crew.

Mekong Eyes – 3 Day River Cruise The Mekong Eyes combines regional boat-building traditions with modern comforts to become the perfect holiday vessel to cruise the Mekong Delta in style. A traditional rice barge refurbished with the finest quality wood and artfully decorated by skilled craftsmen of the Mekong Delta. The 15 lavishly furnished twin and double cabins, each have a private bathroom and all offer a fantastic panoramic view of the Mekong River. There is a large dining room, stylish upper-deck lounge and sundeck offering breath-taking views. Day 1 Saigon – Mekong Delta (L, D)

Day 3 Mekong Delta – Saigon (B, L)

Pick up at your hotel in Saigon and transfer to Can Tho or Cai Be (depending on your departure date). Board the Mekong Eyes and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink. As lunch is served, the boat starts cruising – so sit back and watch the fantastic scenery unfold. In the afternoon you can disembark for a guided leisurely stroll through a local village and the surrounding fruit orchards or rice fields. The boat will anchor for the night where the day ends with a delectable on-board dinner.

After breakfast visit another floating market so be sure not to miss the great photo opportunities for authentic snapshots of the Mekong people and their lifestyles. Take another sampan side trip right into the lush rural landscape of narrow canals and the fertile fields of exuberant green. Return to the pier late this morning and enjoy lunch before you transfer back to your hotel in Saigon.

Day 2 Mekong Delta - Saigon (B, L, D)

From: $626pp Includes return shuttle bus transfers from Saigon

Watch the locals go about their daily work drying exotic fruits and building ships on the wooden yards while enjoying breakfast this morning. Board a sampan boat to Cai Be or Cai Rang floating market, the region’s busiest and most lively markets. Marvel at the sheer abundance of exotic fruits, vegetables and skilfully handcrafted regional products. Later in the morning you can float through the green water landscape on a little rowing sampan to see the Mekong lifestyle go by. Alternatively, you can discover the nearby town on foot or for the more adventurous on a bicycle. The cruise boat then resumes its journey as lunch is served with a further side trip to an exotic village along the way.

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Saigon & Beyond

Saigon in Brief

Southern Highlights

Best of the South

A brief over-view of Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon, featuring the big attractions

In 4 days catch all the key sights of the south in one easy package

Day 1

Day 1

An energetic itinerary offering a true experience of the sights and sounds of Saigon and the Mekong Delta

Our local representative will meet you at your hotel for an orientation, explaining all about Vietnam, the best places to change money, recommended places to eat, to shop and explore. You’ll be shown the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral, majestic post office and visit the moving but poignant War Museum.

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). In the afternoon your local guide will collect you for a walking tour. You’ll get to see the replica – Notre Dame Cathedral before visiting the majestic Post Office building and on to the War Museum, a graphic but poignant reminder of the atrocities of war.

Day 2 (B)

Good Morning Saigon! Begin this morning with a bright and early start to capture the magic of Saigon coming to life. Empty streets begin to slowly fill with traffic as your guide walks you around downtown Ho Chi Minh City, beginning a walk past well-known historic buildings. Stop for a traditional local style coffee road-side or at the local park where you’ll be amazed at the people out and about exercising, walking, playing games or sitting and catching up with each other. Then head over to Ben Thanh Markets to the fresh produce market, seeing the bartering trade. Return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast your guide will collect you to depart to Cu Chi, approx. 70km from Saigon. The Tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during their fight with the American forces, and the myriad of underground passageways will amaze you. See how they lived underground with your own opportunity to experience crawling through if you wish!

Good Morning Saigon! Begin this morning with a bright and early start to capture the magic of Saigon coming to life. Empty streets begin to slowly fill with traffic as your guide walks you around downtown Ho Chi Minh City, past wellknown historic buildings. Stop for a traditional local style coffee road-side or at the local park where you’ll be amazed at the people out and about exercising, walking, playing games or sitting and catching up with each other. Then head to the Ben Thanh Markets to the fresh produce market, watch the bartering trade. Return to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast your guide will collect you to depart to Cu Chi tunnels which are approximately 70km from Saigon. The Tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during their fight with the American forces, and the myriad of underground passageways will amaze you. See how they lived underground with an opportunity to experience crawling through if you wish! Day 3 (B)

Transfer to airport for your onward journey. Price from $258pp

Day 2 (B)

Day 3 (B, L)

The Mekong Delta is one of the highlights on any visit to Vietnam. Departing Saigon, your guide will take you past lush rice fields, through busy towns, to the mighty River. Boarding a boat you’ll get to meander islets and estuaries as you watch daily life go by. Stops are made to witness local hand on industries, taste the exotic fruits grown in the region and learn about the families of the waterways. On the way back to Saigon, you’ll get to visit the colourful but unusual Cao Dai Temple. Day 4 (B)

Check out. Package ends. Price from $624pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Day 1

Arrive Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). In the afternoon your local guide will collect you for a walking tour. You’ll get to see Notre Dame Cathedral before visiting the majestic Post Office building and on to the War Museum, a graphic but poignant reminder of the atrocities of war Day 2 (B)

Good Morning Saigon with an early start to witness Saigon coming to life. As your guide walks you past well-known historic buildings, stop for a traditional local coffee road-side or at the local park where people are out and about exercising, walking, playing games or sitting and catching up with each other. Visit Ben Thanh Market then return to your hotel for breakfast. Afterwards depart to Cu Chi, approx. 70km from Saigon. The Tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during their fight with the American forces, and the myriad of underground passageways will amaze you. Day 3 (B, L, D)

2-day Mekong Delta tour with village stay. You’ll get to meander through islets and estuaries as you watch daily life go by. Visit home industries making rice paper, pop rice and coconut candy. Lunch is included at a local restaurant before boarding exploring the smaller estuaries and canals. Here you will see typical Mekong Delta rural life, local houses perched on stilts on the edge of the riverbanks and bonsai gardens and orchards. Late afternoon you’ll arrive to overnight at a local family’s guesthouse on the riverbank. Day 4 (B)

After breakfast visit a local brick kiln and a floating village before disembarking at Vinh Long. Explore the markets before beginning the drive back to Saigon arriving late afternoon. Day 5 (B)

Check out. Package ends. Price from $759pp

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Experience Mui Ne

Around 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, lies the popular beach resort of Mui Ne. Located just a few minutes from the fishing town of Phan Thiet, Mui Ne offers a true laid back beach experience – long powder sand beach, lots of sun, calmed with cooling winds and a choice of low-rise intimate beach resorts.

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hoose a room, a bungalow or your own villa and relax beside the sea. It’s almost impossible to get lost in Mui Ne, as everything is spread out along a 10km stretch of highway. The resorts stretch out directly on the beach side, while restaurants and shops flank the other. Nearby stunning sand dunes are a popular visit but most activity is focused on within the resort and along the beach.

Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa

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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 running from the sand all the way through the property. The resort features a choice of either stand-alone thatched bungalows or new modern Villa rooms. All are well sized and finished in a combination of rustic and contemporary Vietnamese style. Facilities include two swimming pools, two restaurants and bar, a games room, gym, small children’s playground and spa.

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Most resorts offer water sports including kayak’s, jet-ski’s or wind-surfing, which is popular in part of Mui Ne along with kite-surfing where the winds blow enough to give adrenalin junkies their hit. For most cocktails by the pool, relaxed meals in the open air restaurants and walks along the beach are the key activities.

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The cosy thatched roof bungalows here are designed in the style of traditional Vietnamese country houses and set in lush exotic gardens alongside the beach. Each bungalow features a large bathroom with courtyard, al-fresco shower and a large outdoor patio facing the sea. Tastefully decorated in warm neutrals, with natural woods and tiled floors, local fabrics, and plenty of greenery, making sure you’re always in tune with your exotic surroundings. Savour stunning cuisine with breath-taking views or the infinity edge swimming pool to relax.

Mia Resort

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The Mia Resort is located on a prime stretch of beach and offers stunning, boutique-style accommodation set amongst lush gardens. All 31 rooms & bungalows are set amongst tropical landscaped gardens with the swimming pool, poolside bar and restaurant being the focal point of the resort and a superb location to unwind. The spa offers a range of revitalising treatments al-fresco or in the spa-room and for the more energetic there is a water sports centre for kite and wind-surfing, sailing and kayaking in the bay.

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Experience Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc Island is located in the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand and is accessible by direct flight from Singapore or on one of the many 50 minute domestic flights from Ho Chi Minh City.

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he majority of Phu Quoc Island is dedicated to National Park and protected marine environment, but development is fast and furious for this island, which is not much smaller than the size of Singapore. Several large scale projects are underway since the airport was enlarged to accommodate International flights, but for the time being, you can still enjoy the experience of finding a remote beach lined with coconut trees and calm blue waters.

La Veranda Resort

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Soak up the sun, swim, relax, or explore the small villages and national park - cycle, trek or hike. On the west side of the island lies the main beach called Long Beach. It is here that most of the hotels and resorts are located. The beach on this side of the island is more than 5 miles long, or for families or those seeking a more inclusive resort, Vinpearl, located in the National park offers a wide range of activities.

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A great choice for families but the resort also offers plenty of privacy with an enormous pool and private beach for those wanting some rest and relaxation.

Designed to reflect the ambience of a colonial seaside mansion, the boutique resort is set in tropical gardens on a stretch of beautiful white sandy beach. The attention to detail is impressive, and you wouldn’t be the first guest to presume that you were staying in an original hotel from the early 20th century. Each room benefits from luxurious, understated furnishings, while artwork and additional fittings are used sparingly, allowing the feature floor tiles to take centre stage. Facilities include 2 restaurants, lounge bar, swimming pool, water sports centre and spa.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Facilities include the onsite Amusement Park and Underwater World. There is also golf and an extensive range of treatments at the Vincharm Spa and a large choice of water sports available. The large, comfortable rooms include all the amenities you would expect including large LCD TV’s, separate bath tub and shower, ironing facilities and WiFi access. Price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Hanoi to Saigon A private tour that will give you a great appreciation of the country. Ideal for those with less time who want to see the highlights of Vietnam or as a combination with Cambodia or Laos. Day 1 Hanoi

Arrive Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Walking tour of the old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake Day 2 Hanoi – Hue (B)

A morning half-day city tour to visit some of Hanoi’s historical sights. Afternoon at leisure. Transfer to Hanoi Airport for the flight to Hue. Arrive Hue and transfer to your hotel. Day 3 Hue (B, L)

A tour of Hue begins with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue by car to the Ancient Citadel, recognised as a World Heritage Site, and then Khai Dinh Tomb. Day 4 Hue – Hoi An (B)

3 Hotspots on a Shoestring Be as spontaneous as you like on this barebones itinerary allowing you to experience three of Vietnams great cities at your own pace in centrally located hotels. Add as much to it as you like or just soak up each of the cities. Day 1 Saigon

Arrive Saigon. Transfer to your hotel. Day 2 Saigon (B)

Today you are free at leisure to explore this bustling city. You may like to visit Ben Thanh market for some bargains or choose our optional tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Day 3 Saigon – Danang (B)

Day at leisure (check out from your hotel at midday approx.). Evening transfer (driver only) to the Railway Station for overnight train to Danang Day 4 Hoi An (B)

Today tour over the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An. Visit Marble Mountain, China beach and the Cham Museum enroute. On arrival in Hoi An check in to your hotel.

Arrive at Danang this morning and transfer to your hotel in delightful Hoi An Old Town. Remainder of your day is at leisure

Day 5 Hoi An (B)

Free day at leisure. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major trading centre and is a popular highlight. A wonderful town for getting clothes tailor made or for buying souvenirs, Hoi An also boasts an excellent beach nearby. Several local restaurants offer cooking classes – or for an in-depth class ask us to book the Red Bridge Cooking Class.

A walking tour introduces you to the history and wonderful buildings of this ancient town. The rest of the day is yours at leisure in Hoi An. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major trading centre and is a popular highlight. Day 6 Hoi An – Saigon (B)

Morning to relax before a transfer to Danang airport for the flight to Saigon. Arrive Saigon and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Day 7 Saigon (B, L)

Full Day City & Cu Chi Tour. In the morning travel to Cu Chi, where parts of the tunnels have been excavated for you to see inside. In the afternoon the City Tour includes stunning Notre Dame Cathedral , the Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, the War Museum and a visit to a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicines. Day 8 Saigon (B)

Departure transfer to the airport. From: $1735pp

Day 5 Hoi An (B)

A private tour that 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 or as a combination with Cambodia or Laos. Day 1 Saigon (D)

Arrive Saigon and transfer to your hotel. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant Day 2 Saigon (B, L)

Full Day City & Cu Chi Tour. In the morning travel to Cu Chi, where parts of the tunnels have been excavated for you to see inside. In the afternoon the City Tour includes Notre Dame Cathedral , the Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office, the War Museum and a visit to a traditional medicine museum where you’ll discover the use of natural herbs in traditional medicines. Day 3 Saigon – Hoi An (B)

Transfer to Saigon Airport for the flight to Danang. Transfer to your Hoi An hotel. Walking tour to the historic buildings, a chance to learn the history behind this ancient town. Day 4 Hoi An (B)

Free day in Hoi An. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major trading centre and is a popular highlight. Day 5 Hoi An – Hue (B)

Today tour over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hue. Visit Marble Mountain, China Beach and the Cham Museum in enroute. Day 6 Hue (B, L)

Day at leisure

A tour of Hue begins with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then by car to the Ancient Citadel and Khai Dinh Tomb.

Day 7 Hoi An – Hanoi (B)

Day 7 Hue – Hanoi (B)

Day 6 Hoi An (B)

After an early breakfast you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Railway station (driver only) in time to check in for your overnight train to Hanoi Day 8 Hanoi (B)

On arrival in Hanoi you will be met by an English speaking guide who will transfer you to your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Day 9 Hanoi (B)

Transfer to Hue Airport for the flight to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. A city tour visits Hanoi’s historical sights. The late afternoon/evening at leisure. Day 8 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart Hanoi for a 2-day tour to Halong Bay. Board your Junk Boat for a cruise around the majestic islands jutting from the sea. Overnight on board.

Day at leisure. The Water Puppet Theatre is a fun showcase of traditional entertainment and well worth a visit.

Day 9 Halong Bay – Hanoi (B)

Day 10 Hanoi (B)

Day 10 Hanoi (B)

Your arrangements end in Hanoi today. From: $843pp

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Saigon to Hanoi

Continue cruising Halong before returning to overnight in Hanoi Transfer to Hanoi Airport From $2308pp

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Treasures & Tastes of Vietnam

Vietnam offers the traveller an array of incredible sights, sounds and tastes on this package designed to showcase the wonderful range of cuisine on offer. You’ll discover Hanoi and dine at a leading café. Cruise Halong Bay on a typical Vietnamese sailing boat while enjoying the finest seafood. Historic Hue with a special local dish for lunch! Delightful Hoi An you can sample traditional Central Vietnamese cuisine and attend a cooking class. Saigon includes a steamboat cuisine dinner. Discover the Mekong Delta and the fresh food found in this tropical area. Day 1 Hanoi (D)

Day 6 Hue – Hoi An (B, D)

Arrive Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a brief walking tour introduces the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine with dinner at KOTO restaurant, where education in hospitality is taught to street kids and the under privileged.

Discover the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Stops are made enroute at the Cham Museum which hosts a collection from the Cham people who used to live in the area, at fascinating Marble Mountain and then at China beach before arriving in Hoi An. Tonight enjoy Dinner at a Riverside restaurant featuring a sampling menu of the local cuisine.

Day 2 Hanoi (B)

A half-day city tour to visit some of Hanoi’s historical sights. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and house, where he preferred to live simply - behind his Palace! One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight tickets are included for the Water Puppet Theatre – a traditional form of entertainment that originated in the rural areas. Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart Hanoi for the coast where you board a private sailing boat to discover the area known as the ‘land of 3,000 islands’. Rising from the sea the islands offer a wealth of opportunity for the local people. On your cruise you’ll enjoy freshly caught seafood and local food from the region. Day 4 Halong Bay – Hue (B)

Continue cruising Halong Bay before a transfer back to Hanoi and on to the airport for the evening flight to Hue. Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Day 5 Hue (B, L)

A tour of Hue begins with a boat trip along the Perfume River, before visiting the Tu Duc or Khai Dinh Tomb and the Imperial Citadel. Lunch today consists of fabulous local dishes - a specialty restaurant serving a twist on the popular local pancake – enjoy fresh ingredients served in a pancake with local dipping sauces.

Day 7 Hoi An (B)

A walking tour takes you around and inside the historic old buildings of this World Heritage site. Afternoon at leisure. During the 17th and 18th centuries Hoi An was a major Asian trading centre, it is a wonderful town filled with cafés, art galleries, markets, and tailors. Day 8 Hoi An (B, L)

This morning a half-day Cooking Class at Red Bridge Cooking School teaches you some wonderful dishes. You’ll learn how the fresh ingredients are prepared and used in popular dishes. Day 9 Hoi An – Saigon (B, D)

This morning transfer to Danang for the short flight to Saigon. On arrival transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure, you may like to wander the main boulevard to visit Ben Thanh market or enjoy the cafés, shops and restaurants around your downtown hotel. This evening a special treat as your local guide escorts you to enjoy wonderful Steam Boat dining. The Steam Boat is a fantastic way to dine – cooking your food right at your table – fresh and delicious! Day 10 Saigon (B, L, D)

This morning tour to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, 30km outside of Saigon. Dug by hand the tunnels were home to the Viet Cong during the US war. In the afternoon visits are made

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

to the key sights of Saigon including the bustling Cholon wholesale market, the ornate Thien Hau Pagoda, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Museum. Dinner tonight is a BBQ. Unlike our BBQ’s at home, the Vietnamese BBQ is a common sight around the country – charcoal tubs at your table with your choice of meats and vegetables for you to BBQ and taste. Day 11 Mekong Delta (B, L)

1-day Mekong Delta tour. This morning drive through the ‘fruit-bowl’ of Vietnam to the Mekong River. A boat trip explores the tributaries, visits Orchards and Bonsai Gardens and local ‘home industries’. The Mekong is the fruit bowl of Vietnam and tons of fresh produce is produced here. You’ll get to sample the wonderful array of fruit as well as enjoy freshly caught fish and produce from the region. Day 12 Saigon (B)

Transfer to Saigon Airport. From $3009pp

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Family Adventure

This private tour is specially designed for family travel. In Hanoi experience a city tour by cyclo, the water puppets and Ho Tay Waterpark. Then two nights cruising on magical Halong Bay with plenty of opportunities to swim and kayak. An overnight train takes you to historical Hue before Hoi An, which has plenty of options for adults and children including a beach, great shopping and restaurants. Your time in Saigon includes the Dam Sen Waterpark and the Chu Chi Tunnels. Day 1 Hanoi

Day 6 Hue (B, L)

On arrival at Hanoi International airport you will be met for a transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a sightseeing tour by cyclo includes all the major highlights of the city including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and house, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Our last stop is at the Ho Chi Minh Museum. This evening enjoy a performance at the Water Puppet Theatre – a colourful form of traditional entertainment.

Today explore the historic city of Hue – the former Imperial City. We start the day with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue by road to the Ancient Citadel, the capital of Vietnam from 18021945. After lunch at a rustic but delicious local restaurant – visit Khai Dinh Tomb.

Day 2 Hanoi (B, D)

Morning at leisure. This afternoon visit the Ho Tay Water Park where you can enjoy 12 large and small slides, tube rides, lazy river and more. Then visit Moon Park where you can ride a double corkscrew roller coaster and a Giant Merry Go Round. This evening dinner at KOTO restaurant – this is an opportunity for you to support a fantastic organisation. KOTO is a not-for-profit restaurant with a vocational training program. Day 3 Hanoi – Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Departing Hanoi this morning, we travel through rice fields and small towns to Halong Bay. Here we board a traditional junk boat for a two night boat trip through the magical seascape which includes stops at various islands and caves. Overnight is spent on board in air-conditioned cabins with dinner on board.

Day 7 Hue – Hoi An (B)

This morning we visit the markets in search of the “Hue conical poem hat”. Artisans weave typical images of Hue or even poems into the hat to make it distinct. Then travel over the Hai Van Pass renowned for its scenic beauty. We make a special stop at Duc Son Pagoda. Run by Buddhist Nun Thich Nu Minh Tu. The Temple not only gives shelter to disadvantaged children, including Orphans and the homeless, the nuns have also created favourable conditions for the children to attend classes and go on to higher education. Stop for a swim at China Beach before arriving in Hoi An. Day 8 Hoi An (B)

This morning enjoy a short walking tour of the ancient town with a local guide with the afternoon at leisure Day 9 Hoi An (B, L)

Day at leisure swimming and enjoying your time in Halong Bay

This morning we take a cycle tour to the Vegetable Village with lunch included and with a local guide to point out the sights in the surrounding countryside. Afternoon at leisure

Day 5 Halong Bay – Hue (B)

Day 10 Hoi An – Saigon (B)

Breakfast is served as you cruise back to Halong by late morning, where we head back to Hanoi with a stop to visit a local village popular for embroidery and textile products. This evening you will depart on your overnight train to Hue.

This morning a visit is made to Marble Mountain, made up of 5 limestone hills with marble outcrops and home to a fascinating village of artisans carving the marble into all manner of statues. We then transfer to Danang Airport for the flight to Saigon. On arrival transfer to

Day 4 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

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your hotel. En route we will stop into the war museum for a visit. This afternoon visit the Dam Sen Water Park with its many water slides. Day 11 Saigon (B, L, D)

Today we head out of Saigon via boat to visit the Cu Chi tunnels one of the few intact monuments to the Vietnam War. Crawl inside and experience life in the tunnels if you wish! This evening enjoy a two-hour dinner cruise on the Saigon River. Dine on European and Asian cuisine on board a luxury junk boat and enjoy the entertainment during your cruise. Day 12 Saigon (B)

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. From: $2829pp

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Ultimate Vietnam AT A GLANCE Group Tour Local English speaking guide

Group Size:

Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people Quality centrally located 3 star accommodation

This guided holiday gives you the chance to see the best of Vietnam in an easy going small group, exploring the real Vietnam whilst staying in funky, centrally located, 3 star hotels. See all the main sights, at a leisurely pace with time to explore places which interest you or just to shop. Our friendly English speaking Vietnamese guide looks after you throughout while revealing to you the fabric of Vietnamese life, history and culture. Day 1 Hanoi (D)

Day 6 Hai Van Pass to Hoi An (B, D)

Arrive Hanoi. Airport meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon discover the bustling old quarter on a cyclo before dinner at a local restaurant

This morning we travel over the spectacular Hai Van Pass and make a brief stop at the Duc Son Pagoda which gives shelter to disadvantaged children. Make a photo stop at the top of the pass and at China Beach before arriving in Hoi An. Tonight experience some of the local specialities with dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 Hanoi (B, L)

An early start this morning for a “Good Morning Hanoi” walking tour. Return to your hotel for breakfast before a half day city tour with lunch at KOTO restaurant included. Late afternoon and evening at leisure. Day 3 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart Hanoi this morning for Halong Bay. On arrival board a traditional junk boat for an overnight Halong Bay Cruise which includes stops at various islands and caves. Overnight on board in air-conditioned cabins. Day 4 Halong Bay to Hue (B, D)

Awake to the sunrise over Halong Bay for breakfast on the cruise back to Halong. Transfer back to Hanoi for an early dinner before transferring to Hanoi airport for the flight to Hue. Transfer to your Hue hotel on arrival Day 5 Hue (B, L)

A full day tour of Hue includes a boat trip along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the World Heritage listed Hue Citadel before a break for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon visit the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh and make a stop at a roadside village well known for making traditional conical hats.

Day 7 Hoi An / My Son (B, L)

Today begins with a tour to the ancient ruins of My Son – home to the Cham people centuries ago. The Kingdom at My Son dates back to the 4th century and remained fully occupied until the 13th century. Return to Hoi An for lunch and a walking tour through the delightful streets of Hoi An. Day 8 Hoi An (B)

Day at leisure for you to enjoy Hoi An. Day 9 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (B, D)

Transfer to Danang Airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to your hotel on arrival before a half day city tour to discover this vibrant city’s landmarks. Tonight enjoy a street food tour before dinner at a local BBQ restaurant. Day 10 Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) (B, L)

Today we head out of Saigon to visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Lunch is included on the return to Saigon with the late afternoon and evening is at leisure. Day 11 Mekong Delta (B, L, D)

2-day Mekong Delta Tour. A visit to the Mekong is one of the best ways to experience rural life. Explore some of the myriad of estuaries and islands including home based industries such as coconut candy making, orchards and bonsai gardens. Overnight at a local families lodge.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Day 13 Farewell (B)

Sadly today is the end of your tour. We include a transfer to the airport for your outbound flight. Small Group Tour $2750 per person twin share Maximum group size 14 (Minimum 2) Departure Dates: 2016 Sun Mar 20th, Wed Apr 6th, Wed Apr 20th, Sun May 8th, Tues May 17th, Sun May 29th, Wed June 8th, Sun June 19th, Mon July 4th, Sun July 24th, Mon Aug 1st, Sun Aug 14th, Mon Aug 29th, Wed Sept 7th, Sun Sept 18th, Mon Sept 26th, Sun Oct 9th, Sun Oct 23rd, Mon Nov 7th.

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SMALL GROUP tour

Discover Vietnam

AT A GLANCE Group Tour Local English speaking guide

Group Size:

Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people Quality centrally located 4 star hotels & reorts

Designed to show the Best of Vietnam at a leisurely pace and in style using quality 4 star accommodation. Visit Hanoi with its bustling old quarter, cruise Halong Bay, tour the imperial city of Hue and the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Enjoy an extended stay in delightful Hoi An before exploring Ho Chi Minh City and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (D)

Day 6 Hoi An (B)

Arrive Hanoi. Airport meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. An afternoon walking tour explores the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight get to know the other tour members over a group dinner at a great restaurant – an introduction to the local cuisine.

This morning discover an insight into the ancient ruins of My Son Holy Land - home to the Cham people centuries ago. The Kingdom at My Son dates back to the 4th century and remained fully occupied until the 13th century. Return to Hoi An by boat with the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2 Hanoi (B, L)

Day 7 Hoi An (B)

This morning a city tour includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his historic house as well as Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nick named the Hanoi Hilton. Enjoy lunch at KOTO restaurant with the afternoon at leisure. Your guide is available to assist you if you wish.

Day at leisure for you to enjoy Hoi An.

Day 3 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart Hanoi this morning for Halong Bay. On arrival board your cruise vessel for a delicious buffet lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with a stop to explore a floating village and an opportunity to Kayak or swim. Overnight on board in airconditioned cabins. Day 4 Halong Bay – Hoi An (B)

Awake to the sunrise over Halong Bay for breakfast on the cruise back to Halong. Transfer back to Hanoi for an early dinner before transferring to Hanoi airport for the flight to Danang. Transfer to your Hoi An hotel on arrival Day 5 Hoi An (B)

After a leisurely breakfast take a walking tour inside and around the historic old buildings. Ancient shop houses line the streets, the Japanese covered bridge is a landmark and you’ll discover the history of this ancient trading port. Afternoon at leisure.

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Day 8 Hai Van Pass to Hue (B)

This morning travel to Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Stop at Marble Mountain and the Chan Museum before heading over the pass. Evening at leisure in Hue. 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 and the World Heritage listed Hue Citadel before a break for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon visit the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh and make a stop at a roadside village well known for making traditional conical hats. This evening enjoy a special Imperial Banquet dinner. Day 10 Hue to Saigon (B)

Transfer to Hue Airport for the morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Transfer to your hotel on arrival before a half day city tour to discover this vibrant city’s landmarks. We 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 (Saigon) (B, D)

Transfer to the wharf this morning for a magical speedboat trip up the River to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Saigon where the afternoon is yours at leisure. Shop or enjoy the cafés and bars. Tonight we celebrate your tour with a farewell dinner on a stunning evening cruise.

Day 12 Departure (B)

Today is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your International flight departure. Small Group Tour $3450 per person twin share Maximum group size 14 (Minimum 2) Departure Dates: 2016

Sun March 27th, Wed April 13th, Sun May 1st, Sun May 15th, Tues May 24th *, Sun June 5th, Tues June7th *, Wed June 15th, Tues June 21st *, Tues July 5th *, Sun July 24th, Tues August 2nd *, Sun August 14th, Tues August 30th *, Tues Sept 13th *, Tues Sept 27th, Tues Oct 11th *, Tues Oct 25th *, Tues Nov 8th *, Fri December 23rd * Selected dates connect with a Pandaw Mekong Cruise from Saigon to Cambodia, ask for details.

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Mekong Explorer AT A GLANCE Group Tour Local English speaking guide

Group Size:

Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people Quality centrally located 4 star accommodation

Travel from Saigon to Siem Reap via the Mekong Delta in style using quality 4 star accommodation. The Mekong Delta is one of the most beautiful areas in Vietnam with delightful estuaries filled with homes on stilts, lifestyle orchards and home industries as well as the incredible floating markets. Cambodia offers you the opportunity to witness a rapidly emerging country and of course the incredible Angkor Temples. Day 1 Saigon - Mekong Delta – Can Tho (L)

Meet your guide for a briefing and welcome this morning before departing Saigon for the drive through the beautiful agricultural areas known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta. On arrival in the Mekong, a boat trip takes you across the River to explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. Visit orchards and bonsai gardens and sample the wonderful array of fruit. After a light lunch continue by road to Can Tho to overnight. Day 2 Mekong Delta – Chau Doc (B, L)

This morning a boat trip visits Cai Rang floating market where fresh produce is bought and sold between boats the surrounding areas. Then continue by road further into the Mekong arriving in the early afternoon at Chau Doc. Lunch enroute. This afternoon visit Sam Mountain, renowned for its traditional pagodas secluded in caves. The tour also includes the Lady Chua Xu and Tay An Co Tu Temples and Thoai Ngoc Hau Mausoleum. These key locations will be the base of your introduction to Buddhism, Hinduism and worship to Ancestors. Your guide will explain how these three religions were brought to Vietnam and how they impact the daily life of the Vietnamese. Day 3 Mekong – Phnom Penh (B)

Board a boat this morning for your journey up river to Phnom Penh. From the comfort of 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 at Phnom Penh, your local Cambodian guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up before an afternoon visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.

From here we’ll stop for a visit to the Daughters’ Visitor Centre, home to Daughters of Cambodia.

Daughters of Cambodia reaches out to victims of sex trafficking. Their centre provides women with good-paying jobs at Sugar ‘n Spice Café, Hands ‘n Feet Spa and the entry-level boutique, which sells clothing and fashion accessories made by women in their program. Here you are free to browse the boutique, grab something to eat at the café or enjoy a foot spa. Day 4 Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, D)

This morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields located just outside Phnom Penh. We then transfer to the airport before the short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a special culturally experience with dinner and a traditional Apsara Show. Day 5 Siem Reap – Angkor (B, L)

Day 6 Departure (B)

After breakfast enjoy a full day exploring the stunning Angkor Temples. Tour to the South Gate of 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. Continue to the ruins of Bayon, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure Phimeanakas and the Elephant terraces. The Bayon Temple is a Buddhist temple but retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces and its extraordinary bas-reliefs. Then visit the 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.

Morning at leisure before a transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure Small Group Tour April to September $1450 per person twin share October to January $1570 per person twin share Maximum group size 14 (Minimum 2) Departure Dates: 2016 Thur April 7th, Sun April 24th, Thur May 12th, Thur May 26th, Mon June 4th, Thur June 16th, Sat June 18th, Sun June 26th, Sat July 2nd, Sat July 16th, Thur August 4th, Sat August 13th, Thur August 25th, Sat Sept 10th, Sat Sept 24th, Sat Oct 8th, Sat Oct 22nd, Sat Nov 5th, Sat Nov 19th, Tues 3rd January 2017

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SMALL GROUP tour

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia AT A GLANCE Group Tour Local English speaking guide

Group Size:

Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people Quality centrally located 4 star accommodation

A comprehensive tour of two amazing countries, this magical experience will take you from the cultural North of Hanoi with a cruise through majestic Halong Bay, on to an extended stay at the most popular lovely town of Hoi An, before heading south to Ho Chi Minh City. From here discover the Mekong Delta in depth before touring the majestic Angkor Temples in Cambodia. Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (D)

Day 6 Hoi An (B)

Arrive Hanoi where your local English speaking guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. After checking in and time to freshen up, your guide will take the group on an afternoon walking tour of the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight get to know the other tour members over a group dinner at a great restaurant – an introduction to the local cuisine.

This morning discover an insight into the ancient ruins of the My Son Holy Land. Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the My Son remains of impressive towers located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Return to Hoi An by boat for a relaxing view of the surrounding area. Arriving into Hoi An town the afternoon and evening is yours at leisure

Day 2 Hanoi (B, L)

This morning includes Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Historic House. Then tour Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nick named the Hanoi Hilton. Afterwards visit the Women’s Museum, a fascinating insight into the Vietnamese culture and traditions including the women’s role in supporting the family and country. Your day concludes with lunch at KOTO a not-for-profit restaurant helping trouble youth learn life and culinary skills to bring them an education and a brighter future. After lunch the afternoon is yours at leisure. Day 3 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart by road to the coast and Halong Bay. Here board your cruise boat which combines oriental style with contemporary comfort. Together they are the perfect recipe for an enchanting and relaxing holiday. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with a stop to explore a floating village and an opportunity to Kayak or swim. Overnight and Dinner onboard Day 4 Halong Bay – Hoi An (B)

For the early risers you can join in with Tai Chi on the sundeck, feel the early morning salt water scent or watch the sun rising from behind the mountains. After a light breakfast, stop to explore Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay, then cruise back to port with a buffet Brunch at the end of your memorable trip. On disembarking your guide greets you for the return drive to Hanoi for the short flight to Danang in Central Vietnam. Day 5 Hoi An (B)

Begin the day with a walking tour inside and around the historic old buildings. Ancient shop houses line the streets, the Japanese covered bridge is a landmark and you’ll discover the history of this ancient trading port. The afternoon is yours at leisure.

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Day 7 Hoi An (B)

We have included a full day at leisure in Hoi An as it is the jewel in anyone’s visit to Hoi An. Relax, explore, swim or shop – the choice is yours. To discover more we offer optional tours you can book with your guide (additional cost) or pre – pay prior to your departure. Day 8 Hai Van Pass (B)

This morning travel to Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. After leaving Hoi An the first stop is Marble Mountain, a whole village devoted to carving beautiful sculptures, then stop briefly at the Cham Museum filled with artefacts from the ancient Cham Kingdom, before heading over the pass. Once rated by National Geographic as one of the 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. Stunning views await at the top of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea. Continue on to arrive in Hue to check in and relax Day 9 Hue (B, L, D)

Today explore the historical significance on a city tour of the small city of Hue – the former Imperial City. Start the day with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue by car to the Ancient Citadel, the capital of Vietnam from 1802-1945, where the last King of Vietnam – Bao Dai King – abdicated on 30 August, 1945. After lunch at a delicious and popular local restaurant – visit the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh with its mix of Asian and Western architecture. Day 10 Hue to Saigon (B)

This morning transfer to Hue airport for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). On arrival transfer to your hotel before touring the main sights in and around Saigon including a stop at the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office and a visit to the War Museum – a stark reminder of the War. We end the day at a local boutique brewery for those who want an ice cold beer to end their day! Day 11 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (B, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the wharf for a magical 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. A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside. Return to Saigon where the afternoon is yours at leisure. Tonight we enjoy dinner on a stunning evening cruise.

Cambodian guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel to check in and freshen up. Then in the afternoon a city tour includes the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. From here we’ll stop for a visit to the Daughters of Cambodia who assist victims of sex trafficking. Day 15 Phnom Penh – Siem Reap (B, D)

This morning visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields located just outside Phnom Penh. We then transfer to the airport for the short flight to Siem Reap. On arrival transfer for check-in at your hotel. This evening enjoy a special culturally experience with dinner and a traditional Apsara Show Day 16 Siem Reap – Angkor

(B, L)

Today a full day exploring the stunning Angkor Temples. Tour to Banteay Srey then the South Gate of 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. Continue to 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. Then visit the 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. Day 17 Departure (B)

Morning at leisure before the transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure Small Group Tour April to September $4750 per person twin share October to November $4950 per person twin share Maximum group size 14 (Minimum 2) Departure Dates: 2016 Sun March 27th, Wed April 13th, Sun May 1st, Sun May 15th, Tues May 24th, Sun June 5th, Tues June 7th, Wed June 15th, Tues June 21st, Tues July 5th, Sun July 24th, Tues August 2nd, Sun August 14th, Tues August 30th, Tues Sept 13th, Tues Sept 27th, Tues Oct 11th, Tues Oct 25th, Tues Nov 8th, Fri December 23rd

Day 12 Mekong Delta – Can Tho (B, L)

This morning depart Ho Chi Minh City for the drive through the beautiful agricultural areas known as the fruit bowl of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta. On arrival in the Mekong, a boat trip takes you across the River to explore the myriad of estuaries and islands. Visit orchards and bonsai gardens and sample the wonderful array of fruit. After a light lunch continue by road to Can Tho to overnight. Day 13 Mekong Delta – Chau Doc (B, L)

This morning a boat trip visits Cai Rang floating market where fresh produce is bought and sold between boats the surrounding areas. Then continue by road further into the Mekong arriving in the early afternoon at Chau Doc. This afternoon visit Sam Mountain, renowned for its traditional pagodas secluded in caves and as the site where devout local Buddhists make their annual pilgrimage. This key location will be the base of your introduction to Buddhism, Hinduism and worship to Ancestors. Your guide will explain how these three religions were brought to Vietnam and how they impact the daily life of the Vietnamese. Day 14 Mekong – Phnom Penh (B)

Board the Victoria speed boat for your journey up river to Phnom Penh. On board this unique means of transportation, explore one the most mysterious rivers of the world, the Great Mekong, and admire the natural beauty of its timeless scenery. During border formalities you’ll enjoy cool drinks offered by the on-board staff. On arrival at Phnom Penh, your local

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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SMALL GROUP tour

Discover Vietnam & the Mekong Waterways AT A GLANCE Group Tour Local English speaking guide

Group Size:

Minimum 2 people Maximum 14 people Quality centrally located 4 star accommodation

Designed to show the Best of Vietnam at a leisurely pace, this amazing holiday combines our intimate small group tour of Vietnam with a majestic River Cruise on the Mekong River into Cambodia. Day 1 Arrive Hanoi (D)

Day 8 Hai Van Pass (B)

Arrive Hanoi where your local English speaking guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. Your guide will take the group on an afternoon walking tour of the fascinating old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. Tonight get to know the other tour members over a group dinner at a great restaurant – an introduction to the local cuisine.

This morning travel to Hue via the spectacular Hai Van Pass. After leaving Hoi An the first stop is Marble Mountain, a whole village devoted to carving beautiful sculptures, then stop briefly at the Cham Museum filled with artefacts from the ancient Cham Kingdom, before heading over the pass. Once rated by National Geographic as one of the 50 ‘must-do’ journeys in the world. Stunning views await at the top of Lang Co Beach and out to the South China Sea. Continue on to arrive in Hue to check in and relax

Day 2 Hanoi (B, L)

This morning visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his Historic House. Then tour Hoa Lo, the infamous prison nick named the Hanoi Hilton. Afterwards visit the Women’s Museum, a fascinating insight into the Vietnamese culture and traditions. Your day concludes with lunch at KOTO a not-for-profit restaurant helping trouble youth learn life and culinary skills to bring them an education and a brighter future. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 Hue (B, L, D)

Today explore the historical significance on a city tour of the small city of Hue – the former Imperial City. Start the day with a boat trip along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Then continue by car to the Ancient Citadel. After lunch at a delicious and popular local restaurant – visit

Day 3 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Depart by road to Halong Bay. Here board your cruise boat which combines oriental style with contemporary comfort. Enjoy a delicious lunch as it sets sails out amongst the stunning seascape. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the limestone islands with a stop to explore a floating village and an opportunity to Kayak or swim. Overnight and Dinner onboard Day 4 Halong Bay – Hoi An (B)

After a light breakfast, stop to explore Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay, then cruise back to port with a buffet Brunch at the end of your memorable trip. On disembarking your guide greets you for the return drive to Hanoi for the short flight to Danang in Central Vietnam. Day 5 Hoi An (B)

Begin the day with a walking tour inside and around the historic old buildings. Ancient shop houses line the streets, the Japanese covered bridge is a landmark and you’ll discover the history of this ancient trading port. Afternoon at leisure. Day 6 Hoi An (B)

This morning discover an insight into the ancient ruins of the My Son Holy Land. Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture developed on the coast of Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the My Son remains of impressive towers located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom. Return to Hoi An by boat for a relaxing view of the surrounding area. Day 7 Hoi An (B)

Day at leisure in Hoi An. Relax, explore, swim or shop – the choice is yours.

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the tomb of the Emperor Khai Dinh with its mix of Asian and Western architecture. Day 10 Hue to Saigon (B)

This morning transfer to Hue airport for the flight to Saigon. On arrival transfer to your hotel before touring the main sights around Saigon including a stop at the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office and a visit to the War Museum. We end the day at a boutique brewery for those who want an ice cold beer to end their day! Day 11 Saigon (B, D)

After breakfast enjoy a magical 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. A video shows their use and parts have been excavated for you to see inside. Tonight we enjoy dinner on a stunning evening cruise. Day 12 Cruise departure (B, L, D)

Transfer to the departure point of the River Cruise. You’ll say farewell to your local Vietnam guide and some tour guests here as you will be hosted and guided by the River Cruise Company.

Cruise - The Lost Civilization Saigon – Siem Reap (8 Days / 7 nights) This classic Mekong river cruise, on board a luxury river cruise ship takes you on an amazing journey to places rarely visited as you travel from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap in Cambodia. On board settle into your Superior Stateroom featuring bright tones with white wood furnishings and hand painted wall to ceiling décor. Refreshing drinks and light lunch is served as the ship steadily glides off on your journey along the Mekong. Enjoy the sunset from your balcony followed by a briefing at the lounge. Later, a welcome dinner as the ship drops anchor.

Day 15 Phnom Penh (B, L, D)

Sightseeing today includes a tour to the Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum. You’ll then get to see the dazzling white and gold edifice of the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, and beautiful Khmer craft at the National Museum. A BBQ dinner is served along with an Apsara dance performance onboard this evening. Day 16 Angkor Ban – Kampong Cham (B, L, D)

Depart Phnom Penh passing the Mekong’s tranquil villages, and sunhardened fishermen. A tour is made to the rural Angkor Ban village. Be transported back a hundred years into an era unaffected by modernity. The houses here are truly rustic, made by hand and without any concrete. But most of all, feel the unbridled warmth of the villagers. 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 we cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a Wat 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, back to the river for an adventurous motorboat excursion to the wetlands, floating houses and fish farms in the region. Return to the Ship for lunch while cruising 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 tranquility on the way to Siem Reap. Your cruise comes to an end at the city of the fabled Angkor temple complex. After crossing the Tonle Lake disembark at the Siem Reap Port for onward coach transfer to the drop off point in town.

Day 13 Cai Be, Mekong (Vietnam) (B, L, D)

Day 20 Angkor Wat (B, L)

Today a visit is made to Cai Be’s boisterous and colorful floating market on a traditional sampan. 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 to visit an untouched village.

Best of Angkor. A day discovering the incredible key temples of the Angkor complex. Today you have a private tour as your local English speaking Cambodian guide will collect you from your hotel to begin with Angkor Thom entering via the South Gate and the Bayon complex. Enjoy a break for lunch at a restaurant set in a garden setting close to the temples. Then continue to visit Angkor Wat, the jewel in the crown of Angkor.

Day 14 Border Crossing (B, L, D)

This morning a short excursion into Tan Chau, a pleasant town near the Cambodian border with sizeable Chinese, Kinh and Khmer community. Continue by boat to Tan Chau pier, disembark here and stroll around this colorful local market with lots of regional products.

Day 21 Departure (B)

Morning at leisure before a transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure. Small Group Tour April to September $6990 per person twin share October to November $8790 per person twin share Maximum group size 14 (Minimum 2) Departure Dates: 2016 Tues May 24th, Tues June 7th, Tues June 21st, Tues July 5th, Tues August 2nd, Tues August 30th, Tues Sept 13th, Tues Oct 11th, Tues Oct 25th, Tues Nov 8th.

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COUNTRY EXPERIENCES

Halong Bay and the Red River

An exciting, new Pandaw river expedition exploring the key sites of Northern Vietnam. Traverse the Red River Delta and its main tributaries connecting the wonders of Halong Bay with the excitement of down town Hanoi, and then on into the interior, well off the beaten track. Sail deep into Highland Vietnam and discover the mountain villages and tribal areas before returning to Hanoi. Pandaw vessels are built and designed as replicas of colonial river steamers. They offer an adventure experience in incredible comfort with fine dining, cocktails, an extensive wine list and extraordinary levels of service. Day 1 Hanoi – Halong Bay (L, D)

Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay to embark the cruise with a stop for lunch enroute. Cast off in the late afternoon for an evening sailing to drop anchor in a sheltered bay amidst the amazing island scenery. Day 2 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Explore Halong Bay and beyond with its 1,500 dramatic limestone islands and extraordinary rock formations, dating back 20 million years. Embark smaller local boats to visit a local floating home, with an oppourtunity later in the day to kayak to explore limestone caves.

Day 5 Ninh Giang (B, L, D)

Day 9 Da River (B, L, D)

Take a walking tour through the Ninh Giang commune to visit a local market and taste a traditional homemade cake (Banh Gai). Then we will continue by coach to Stork’s Island which is home to more than 20,000 storks, egrets, herons and many other bird species. Return to the ship for lunch before cruising towards Hanoi.

Enjoy a day sailing downstream admiring the unspoilt beauty of the Da River. We pass the Ba Vi National Park with its rich and diverse tropical and sub-tropical flora and fauna before arriving at Hoa Binh. We will visit the UNESCO village of Duang Lam.

Day 6 Hanoi (B, L, D)

Hoa Binh was the site of a major battle with the French in 1951 & 1952 and is home to the Muong ethnic group. This morning we will take a boat ride to visit a local village and tonight enjoy a traditional performance by the local hill tribe people.

Docked in the bustling city of Hanoi, visit some highlights of this Asian metropolis including the notorious prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, temple of literature where Confucius did his thinking and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. An afternoon walking tour includes a visit to a coffee shop to learn about Vietnam’s famous coffee making industry. Day 7 Lower Red River (B, L, D)

Continue cruising Halong Bay this morning. Then enter the river delta in the afternoon and set sail upstream to Pha Lai where the Pandaw will anchor mid-stream for the night.

Visit Bat Trang ceramic village then sail through the day from Hanoi up the Red River to Viet Tri. A shore excursion visits the Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, hardly known, yet with exquisite temples dating from the 8th and 11th century and home to some fine Buddhist statuary carved from jackfruit trees.

Day 4 The Duong River (B, L, D)

Day 8 Lo River (B, L, D)

Day 3 Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Continue on the Duong River this morning. A stop is made at Duc Tai Village where you can visit a local family who are well known for making bamboo baskets. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Thanh Ha commune for a water puppet show. Back on board the ship continues cruising to Ninh Giang .

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Day 10 Hoa Binh (B, L, D)

Day 11 Hanoi (B, L)

Disembark after breakfast and visit a local village where villagers still wear traditional dresses. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant followed by a transfer to Hanoi. Departs on selected DATES throughout the year From: $3999pp

Cruise to the Tien Du ferry station this morning and onwards to the conical hat making village of Gia Thanh. By bus we continue to Hung Lo Temple where according to legend the first kings of Vietnam chose this land to build the first capital on.

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Mekong River Cruising Pandaw River Cruises

The Jayavarman

The Jahan

Saigon to Siem Reap – 8 days / 7 nights

Lost Civilisation Cruise 8 days / 7 nights

Lost Civilisation Cruise 8 days / 7 nights

Pandaw vessels are built and designed as replicas of colonial river steamers. They offer an adventure experience in incredible comfort with fine dining, cocktails, an extensive wine list and extraordinary levels of service.

The Jayavarman is a boutique style vessel which marries avant-garde French colonial design with enchanting Indochine architecture. This is Indochina’s first of a kind boutique style river cruise liner and offers uncompromising luxury.

The Jahan is a luxury cruiser featuring many thoughtful touches offering privacy and uncompromised luxury. The distinctive colonial design is complimented by excellent facilities including a swimming pool, observatory, spa and sauna.

DAY 1 SAIGON

DAY 1 SAIGON

DAY 1 SAIGON

Transfer from Saigon to the port of My Tho by coach to embark cruise.

Depart Saigon to My Tho to embark the ship. On arrival at Cai Be the ship drops anchor to moor midstream for the night.

Depart Saigon to My Tho to embark the ship. On arrival at Cai Be the ship drops anchor to moor midstream for the night.

DAY 2 CAI BE – CHAU DOC

DAY 2 CAI BE – CHAU DOC

Visit to Cai Be’s floating market on board a traditional sampan. In the afternoon cruise to Sa Dec then onto Chau Doc.

Visit to Cai Be’s floating market on board a traditional sampan. In the afternoon cruise to Sa Dec then onto Chau Doc.

DAY 3 CHAU DOC

DAY 3 CHAU DOC

Enjoy an excursion in Chau Doc before cruising to the border for Phnom Penh.

Enjoy an excursion in Chau Doc before cruising to the border for Phnom Penh.

Visit Phnom Penh by cyclo this morning. In the afternoon an optional excursion to the Killing Fields.

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH

DAY 4 PHNOM PENH

A city tour of dynamic, historical Phnom Penh, the Genocide museum and the Killing Fields.

A city tour of dynamic, historical Phnom Penh, the Genocide museum and the Killing Fields.

DAY 5 TONLE RIVER

DAY 5 PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG CHAM

DAY 5 PHNOM PENH – KAMPONG CHAM

Excursion up the Tonle River to Kampong Chhnang to explore the vast wetlands.

Pass tranquil villages and visit rural Angkor Ban village as you cruise towards Kampong Cham

Pass tranquil villages and visit rural Angkor Ban village as you cruise towards Kampong Cham

DAY 6 KAMPONG CHAM

DAY 6 KAMPONG CHAM

DAY 6 KAMPONG CHAM

This morning stop at the little-known Chong Koh silk-weaving village and this afternoon at Peam Chi Kang village to visit the monastery and school.

Visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a Wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple.

Visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchey then cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor, a Wat built within the ruins of an ancient temple.

DAY 7 KAMPONG CHAM

DAY 7 KAMPONG CHHNANG

DAY 7 KAMPONG CHHNANG

Visit the hilltop temple of Wat Hanchey, the Twin Holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey and the ecotourism village of Choeungkok.

Sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang where everything is built on water. Enjoy an excursion to the wetlands.

Sets sail towards Kampong Chhnang where everything is built on water. Enjoy an excursion to the wetlands.

DAY 8 SIEM REAP

DAY 8 SIEM REAP

DAY 8 SIEM REAP

Coach transfer to Siem Reap.

Cruise along the Tonle Sap Lake before reaching Siem Reap.

Cruise along the Tonle Sap Lake before reaching Siem Reap

Departs on selected dates throughout the year From: $2955pp Superior Cabin including port taxes

Departs on selected dates throughout the year From: $3179pp Superior Cabin including port taxes

DAY 2 CAI BE

Visit Cai Be and its colourful floating market. Explore canals and small estuaries by sampan boat. DAY 3 CHAU DOC

Visit a tribal village, a cat fish farm, and enjoy a trishaw ride around Chau Doc before casting off for the Cambodian border. DAY 4 PHNOM PENH

Departs on selected Saturdays throughout the year From: $2699pp Lower Deck Cabin including port taxes

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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Experience Cambodia

Cambodia, to many people, has the eighth wonder of the world in its own backyard – the majestic temples of Angkor. Yet as well as these majestic temples which are akin to Machu Pichu and the mighty Pyramids, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people.

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he Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of poverty and bloodshed, most recently from the notorious Khmer Rouge. But today the country is emerging into a friendly lovely destination which should be a must-visit on anyone’s holiday plans. In Siem Reap, you’ll enjoy a lovely village atmosphere, now showing off Cambodian art, culture and creation at the many boutiques. Spend a few relaxed days exploring the Angkor Temples, then add on the capital Phnom Penh was once known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’ and again now offers travellers great sights and relaxing river-side dining. Emerging Sihounakville and neighbouring islands offer a beach break and Battambang with its ancient history rounds off a complete Cambodian experience.

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Experience Phnom Penh

Discover Phnom Penh - Half Day

Historical Phnom Penh - Full Day

The Killing Fields Half Day

On this tour of Phnom Penh visit the Independent Monument, and the Royal Palace, built by King Norodom in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda.

After being collected from your hotel by your local English speaking guide, your full day tour includes a visit to the Independent Monument, the Royal Palace built by King Norodom in 1866 and the Silver Pagoda.

You will be collected from your hotel by your local guide. On this tour visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum.

Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90kilograms and a small 17th c. emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. End your morning with the visit of the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake - from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city

The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha. Also, visit the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake, from where you can enjoy views over the tree-lined avenues of the city. Enjoy a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then in the afternoon visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum then drive a short distance to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Tour Duration: Approx. 4 hours price from $113pp

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort

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Tour Duration: Approx. 4 hours Price from $92pp

Tour Duration: 6 hours Price from $144pp

Sunway Hotel

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A boutique property located in Beung Keng Kang, which is one of Phnom Penh’s most popular residences. With 45 rooms and modern, contemporary décor, this hotel is able to cater to leisure and business clients. In room amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, safety deposit box and tea and coffee making facilities. Dining options at the hotel include Asian and Western Style cuisine and a bar on the top floor. Facilities include a magnificent roof top pool with a view of the independence monument.

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). Then drive a short distance to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. NOTE: Some exhibits are graphic and may cause distress to some people.

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Situated within the city centre the Sunway Hotel is an international style 4 star hotel within walking or short driving distance to many local attractions, shopping and the vibrant river-side dining precinct. The Deluxe Rooms feature a writing desk, complimentary in room Wi-Fi, international TV, individual air-conditioning control, mini-bar and coffee & tea-making facilities. Or grab a Balcony room with extra space and the added joy of a balcony to see the magnificent spires of the Wat Phnom Pagoda or take in the breath-taking views of the city at night.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Intercontinental Phnom Penh Hotel

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The luxurious Intercontinental resides in the new business district of Phnom Penh. The property offers high service standards and fantastic staff with international standard facilities including five distinct restaurants and lounges, tranquil outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and business centre. All rooms feature satellite TV, in-house movies, IDD telephone, hairdryer, internet access, minibar and safety deposit box. A complimentary shuttle service to several of the nicer shopping markets and the vibrant riverfront area is available throughout the day.

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SIEM REAP SIGHTSEEING & ACCOMMODATION

Experience Siem Reap

Best of Angkor A 1-day tour to see the best temple complexes of Angkor. Your guide will collect you from your hotel to begin with 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 city has five monumental gates. The Bayon Temple 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. Enjoy a break for lunch at a restaurant set in a garden setting close to the temples, then continue to visit the jewel in the crown of Angkor - Angkor Wat. Tour Duration: Approx. 7 Hours Price from $154pp

Tara Angkor Hotel

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Conveniently located on the road to the Angkor Temples and only a short ride to the centre of town. Facilities include two restaurants, a lobby bar, Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi, Fitness and a Sauna. Rooms are fresh and modern and well equipped with modern amenities to make your stay enjoyable. The property offers highly rated Khmer cooking classes and free Wi-Fi. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.

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Flight of the Gibbons Cambodian Cultural A world class zipline tour at a World Experience Heritage site – Angkor Archaeological Park! A thrilling and safe eco-adventure incorporating the jungle’s natural features.

You will be picked up from your hotel for a short 30 minute trip deep into the jungle for your zipline eco-adventure tour. On arrival you will receive a safety briefing from the Sky Rangers before you step out into the treetops. Zipline from 21 different platforms, cross sky bridges suspended in trees and see some of Cambodia’s most unique wildlife, with views out over the Angkor Park and down into the lush forest below. A traditional Khmer lunch will be served prior to being transported back to your hotel.

A real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture begin with a visit to the Angkor National Museum for a walk around this interactive insight into the history behind Angkor. Then continue on to the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm for a tour to see this amazing material from silk production to weaving followed by a visit to visit the ‘old market’ to see the variety of stalls and products. After time for shopping or exploring an evening dinner of traditional Khmer food and an Apsara Dance show of traditional Cambodian dance completes your evening.

Tour Duration: Approx. 7 hours Price from $183pp

Tour Duration: 5 - 6 hours Price from $140pp

Prince D’Angkor Hotel & Spa

Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa

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The perfect base from which to explore the legendary Angkor Temples and undiscovered treasures of Cambodia. The Prince D’Angkor is a quality hotel located in the heart of the city within walking distance to popular Pub Street, markets and restaurants. The comfortable and well decorated rooms feature traditional Khmer style furnishings and wooden floors. The saltwater swimming pool is complimented by the health club & spa, while you can choose from the main restaurant, cafe or lounge bar for meals or snacks.

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A stunning example of fine hospitality and comfort combined with the feel of a bygone era awaits you at the Victoria Angkor Resort Hotel. 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. The spacious rooms all include a patio or balcony. Designed with beautiful wooden floors, stylish furniture and original decorative artefacts that will bring a sophisticated warm touch of nature to your stay.

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Angkor in Brief

Discover Cambodia

Best of Angkor

Ideal for those short on time this 3 day / 2 night private tour allows you to see some of the most important sites of Angkor at a leisurely pace. Includes awe inspiring Angkor Wat and the photogenic Ta Prohm Temple.

Discover Cambodia on this 5 day / 4night private tour including Phnom Penh with its graceful riverfront, colonial buildings and national monuments and the small and charming town of Siem Reap home to the magnificent Angkor temples.

Ideal for those who want to focus on Siem Reap and the magnificent Angkor Temples. The tour allows time to see the most interesting areas including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and also explores less visited sites off the beaten track.

DAY 1 PHNOM PENH

DAY 1 SIEM REAP (D)

Arrive Phnom Penh where your English speaking guide will meet you for a transfer to your hotel.

Arrive Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture. Begin with a visit to the Angkor National Museum. Continue onto the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm to see how this amazing material is created. Then visit the ‘old market’ to see the variety of stalls and products. Tonight enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner and an Apsara Dance show.

DAY 1 SIEM REAP (D)

Arrive Siem Reap and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture. Begin with a visit to the Angkor National Museum for an insight into the history behind Angkor. Continue on to the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm to see how this amazing material is created. Then visit the ‘old market’ to see the variety of stalls and products. After time for shopping or exploring enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner and an Apsara Dance show of traditional Cambodian dance. DAY 2 ANGKOR (B, L)

A day discovering the incredible key temples of the Angkor complex. Begin with Angkor Thom entering via the South Gate and the Bayon complex. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins contains many stone temples and other features to explore. The Bayon Temple retains elements of Hindu cosmology and imagery. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces and its extraordinary bas-reliefs. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant set in a garden setting close to the temples. Then continue to visit Angkor Wat, the jewel in the crown of Angkor. 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. DAY 3 DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departure flight. Price from $369pp

DAY 2 PHNOM PENH (B, L)

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 Museum. Then to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

DAY 2 ANGKOR (B, L)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Enjoy a real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture at the Angkor National Museum. Continue on to the Artisans’ D’Angkor Silk Farm to see how this amazing material is created. Then visit the ‘old market’ to see the variety of stalls and products. This evening enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner and Apsara Dance show.

A day discovering the incredible key temples of Angkor. Begin with Angkor Thom entering via the South Gate and the Bayon complex. The vast area of the Angkor Thom ruins contains many stone temples. Bayon is known for its enigmatic smiling faces and its extraordinary bas-reliefs. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then continue to visit Angkor Wat, the jewel in the crown of Angkor. 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.

DAY 4 ANGKOR (B, L)

DAY 3 ANGKOR (B)

DAY 3 SIEM REAP (B, D)

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. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, it represents the intersection of heaven and earth. It is known for its enigmatic smiling faces and bas-reliefs. Enjoy a break for lunch then visit Angkor Wat, the jewel in the crown of Angkor. DAY 5 DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to Siem Reap airport for your departure. Price from $831pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

After being collected from your hotel depart to Preah Khan. This complex, which means “the sacred sword,” was a Buddhist university, a temple and a monastery! Continue to Neak Pean set on an artificial island, measuring 350 meters on each side, built in the middle of a reservoir which is also man made. Finish with a visit to Ta Som, an unrestored temple, built at the end of the 12th century. Return to your hotel with the afternoon at leisure. Day 4 DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight. Price from $513pp

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COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

Cambodian Adventure

See Cambodia on this independent package of adventure, travelling from Phnom Penh to the magnificent Angkor temples. You’ll meet the people, visit local communities, clamber through the temples like Indiana Jones and travel by boat and bicycle. DAY 1 PHNOM PENH (L)

Morning arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport. Your local English speaking guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. This city was once considered one of the most beautiful in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm. Historical Phnom Penh - your full day tour includes a visit to the Independent Monument, the Royal Palace built by King Norodom in 1866 and 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 5000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilograms. Also visit the Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh’s namesake before enjoying a break for lunch. This afternoon visit the Notorious Tuol Sleng 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). Then drive a short distance to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. DAY 2 PHNOM PENH TO SIEM REAP (B)

Early this morning board the ferry service between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. This service operates between July and March when water levels are high enough. The service is like an airline seat but often very full, so many people opt to sit on the roof where it is cooler but offers good views for part of the way. The journey generally takes around 4 ½ - 5 hours.

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Alternatively you may choose the bus service overland, operated by Giant Ibis offers a variety of services that will appeal particularly to foreigners. The journey time will be between 5 ½ and 7 hours. Roads are bumpy but you will get to see the countryside and the chaotic roads. DAY 3 SIEM REAP (B, L, D)

This morning stretch your legs with a leisurely cycle around the stunning Angkor complex. Discover the countryside, dusty roads and paths amidst the stunning Angkor complexes. Return for lunch at a restaurant set in a garden setting before returning to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a Cambodia Cultural Experience - a real insight into the Angkor period and today’s Cambodian culture. Begin with a visit to the Angkor National Museum. Then continue on 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. Then visit the ‘old market’ to see the variety of stalls and products. After time for shopping or exploring continue on to dinner and an Apsara Dance show. DAY 4 ANGKOR (B, L)

Today enjoy a full-day tour for the avid adventurer wanting to discover the variety of different temple styles around Angkor. Begin with a visit to Ta Prohm. This sprawling complex is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cotton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering and some of the best ‘treein-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Then

visit Pre Rup, with well-preserved carvings this is arguably one of the most architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Then take a short stop to see how huge water reservoirs were created at Srah Srang. The very sparse remains of an island temple can be seen poking from the middle of the lake during the dry season. Enjoy lunch before climbing the temple mountain on Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill), the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area. Bakheng’s hilltop location offers a view of the Tonle Sap Lake and a distant Angkor Wat. DAY 5 DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your departure flight. Price from $718pp

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Angkor Adventure

This personal package combines all the ‘must see’ Angkor sites at a leisurely pace and at uncommon times of the day and includes trekking and kayaking. You get to avoid the crowds and feel the magic of the temples using carefully researched timings. DAY 1 SIEM REAP

Arrive Siem Reap International Airport where your local English speaking guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon visit Angkor Thom – the world’s largest city in the 12th Century. Then enroute to the Terrace of the Leper King, you can stop briefly to see an imposing statue originally found in Bayon. Begin again at the atmospheric Preah Palilay and walk (1km) through the shaded parkland behind the terraces, pass Phimeanakas with its beautiful lakes, and the imposing Baphuon to finally reach King Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces.

Suggested Optional Activity: This evening enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with a cool drink in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song – additional cost. DAY 2 ANGKOR (B)

Travel by road to the huge water reservoir created at Srah Srang and then the famous Ta Prohm. Left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples. From Ta

Prohm walk through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. Then end the morning at Ta Keo temple, where a climb to the top is rewarded by an expansive view over the surrounding forest.

which location you’ve launched from. You will get a sense of community life watching the children go to school in boats and wooden fishing boats returning from the open lake with fishermen hauling their nets.

Suggested Optional Activity: Discover the morning’s temples by bike – additional cost.

Suggested Optional Activity: Countryside Senses; a journey of discovery through the rural landscape to reach villages where mass tourism cannot follow. Few get to see this side of the real Cambodia. Includes blessing from the monks, hands on experiences, Ox-cart ride finishing at a countryside villa to relax and enjoy sunset drinks. Note: Please wear comfortable clothing and practical footwear.

This afternoon explore more of the Cambodian countryside and secret hidden temples with a half day walk. The circular path leads to the Angkor Thom moat. Follow the walls in the shade of tall dipterocarp trees and pass through Angkor Krau Village to reach Prasat Prei temple. This consists of a single tower plus a fire shrine, all enclosed by a laterite wall with gates to east and west. From Prasat Prei it’s a kilometer through bush and small paddy fields to the tall trees surrounding Prasat Banteay Thom.

The Afternoon is at leisure and your guide and driver will be at your disposal should you decide to explore.

DAY 3 SIEM REAP (B, L)

DAY 4 DEPARTURE (B)

A half day kayaking trip to one of 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. Your guide will choose a suitable point to off load and assemble the kayaks next to the Tonle Sap Lake dependent on water levels. You will spend a short term familiarizing yourself with the boat and paddles after which the guide will lead you down the main channel and through the village into the flooded forest depending on

An early start this morning to enjoy a once in a life time experience - a sunrise tour to witness breathtaking views of Angkor Wat temple, the best place for photography. Continue to explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat (AD1113), one of travels remaining great adventures before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast. This afternoon transfer to Siem Reap airport for your international departure flight.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

Price from $1120pp

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COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

Cambodia Revealed

A revealing discovery of Cambodia’s culture and heritage from the Angkor Temples and communities of Siem Reap through the elegant riverside town of Battambang and the capital and former grand city of Phnom Penh. DAY 1 SIEM REAP

Arrive Siem Reap International Airport where your local English speaking guide will meet you for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you will have your first taste of the Angkor Temples. Explore the sprawling labyrinth of Banteay Kdei with its Hall of the Dancing Girls. Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems, relaxing with G&T in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song. DAY 2 SIEM REAP (B)

Travel by road to the huge water reservoir created at Srah Srang and then the famous Ta Prohm. Left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples. From Ta Prohm walk through the forest to the seldom visited temple of Ta Nei. Pause for a light breakfast around this peaceful area before exploring further. End the morning at Ta Keo temple, known as the “mountain with bronze peaks”. A climb to the top is rewarded by an expansive view over the surrounding forest. This afternoon visit Angkor Thom – the world’s largest city in the 12th Century, followed by Preah Palilay. Then walk through shaded parkland to finally reach Jayavarman’s state temple of Bayon. Explore this important temple with its many captivating giant stone faces. DAY 3 SIEM REAP (B, L)

This morning experience the lifestyle of the hunter/gatherers on Tonle Sap Lake. Travel by road to the east of Siem Reap to explore the floating villages of Kompong Khleang or Kampong Phluk, travelling by boat along the margins of the lake to reach the village.

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Enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on to explore the mysterious Beng Mealea temple, thought to be a blueprint for Angkor Wat. This temple is in a much collapsed state and is still largely overgrown by the jungle - perfect for an afternoon photography session. DAY 4 BATTAMBANG (B)

An early start this morning to enjoy a once in a life time experience - a sunrise tour to witness breath- taking views of Angkor Wat Temple. Explore the central complex and bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat, one of travel’s remaining great adventures before returning to your hotel for a late breakfast. Depart Siem Reap later this morning for the drive to Battambang. Explore the villages, markets and rural scenery enroute. You can choose to stop along the way – a popular choice is Preah Netpreah to learn more about stone carving. DAY 5 BATTAMBANG (B)

Explore Battambang town with its French colonial buildings and markets. Visit Psa Nath market in the centre of town, where you can get an insider’s view into local life. Then ride on the fabulous bamboo train, a great way to explore the rural areas around this sleepy riverside town. This afternoon travel southwest from Battambang to explore Phnom Sampeau, a limestone hillside, with panoramic views of the countryside. The area also hides several caves of the Khmer Rouge, a harsh reminder of Cambodia’s tragic past. Also visit Phnom Banan an Angkorian ruin, located on the top of a mountain overlooking the countryside and rural villages. On the way back to the town, visit Cambodia’s first winery to try a glass or two if you wish.

DAY 6 PHNOM PENH (B)

Depart Battambang this morning for the drive along National Highway No.5 to Phnom Penh. You have the opportunity to stop and learn more about Khmer crafts in Kompong Chhnang Province enroute. Arrive in Phnom Penh late afternoon. DAY 7 PHNOM PENH (B)

This morning begin to understand Cambodia’s recent history with an important but tough visit to the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields. 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). Then drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. This afternoon visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda with a floor covered with over 5,000 silver tiles. We then head to the National Museum, which houses the world’s foremost collection of Khmer art. You can then opt to explore the shops and boutiques in the Street 240 area or visit the small hill within the city Wat Phnom and learn how the city got its name. Enjoy a private sunset boat cruise this evening (weather allowing) on the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers. DAY 8 DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport for your departure flight. Price from $2065pp

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The beautiful peacefulness of Laos is only just being discovered by tourism. Completely land-locked the deeply forested and mountainous country offers those seeking either peace and connection or adventure, a new world to discover.

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ven the capital city Vientiane amazes at its languid pace. More a large town than a city, the crumbling French mansions and bougainvillea-blooming streets allow you to begin your discovery at the Museum’s and temples, while the replica Arc de Triomphe dominates the city centre. Luang Prabang offers you a chance to really step back in time as you wander the dusty streets enveloped in the peace and solitude of this valley set town filled with monks chanting and walking through their morning alms giving. Gleaming temple roofs, crumbling French provincial architecture and multiethnic inhabitants captivates everyone.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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COUNTRY EXPERIENCES Laos

Discover Luang Prabang Luang Prabang is a wonderful small town nestled in a valley beside the Mekong River and is a World Heritage site. The town is dotted with Buddhist temples, monks in saffron robes wander the streets, historical monuments and faded colonial French architecture combine with Chinese shophouses. After a day of visiting the temples, enjoy some time leisurely strolling around and shopping for those special gifts for back home. Day 1 LUANG PRABANG

Arrive Luang Prabang International Airport meet and greet transfer to your hotel. Visit the former Palace which displays a collection of personal artefacts of the Royal family. Then we cross the street and climb the steps of Mount Phousi for an impressive view of the entire town and its surrounds. A visit to Xieng Thong temple, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang and sunset at Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex built in the 17th century ends the day. Day 2 LUANG PRABANG (B, L)

Today a boat trip on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Cave, en route visit a rice wine distillation village. The caves are impressive with thousands of Buddha images within the cave. In the afternoon continue to Kwang Si Waterfall for an optional short trek around the falls. Return to overnight in Luang Prabang. This evening receive a free traditional Lao massage Day 3 LUANG PRABANG (B)

In the morning partake in the early morning Alms offering to the local Buddhist Monks. Then a visit to the fresh food market before a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. From $564pp

Discover Vientiane

Highlights of Laos

Vientiane is the sleepy capital of Laos situated on the banks of the Mekong River. The city although quite spread out is quiet and the dusty streets easy to explore. Enjoy the restaurants or simply a cold drink as the sun sets over the Mekong River.

This package offers a contrasting view of Lao’s two major cities, Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Luang Prabang offers a rare glimpse into past royal traditions and ancient temples. While Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities you can find.

Day 1 VIENTIANE

DAY 1 LUANG PRABANG

Arrive Vientiane Airport, meet and greet and transfer to hotel. An afternoon sightseeing tour includes That Luang Stupa, Pratuxai – the iconic victory monument, and Phon Thong Savang – a local fresh food market. End the day with a visit to Ban Nong Bouathong weaving village.

Arrive Luang Prabang. Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel before exploring the former Royal Palace and Mount Phousi with panoramic views over the city. Finish the day exploring the Xieng Thong temple, the most beautiful in Luang Prabang and at sunset the Wat Phabat Tai monastery.

Day 2 VIENTIANE (B, L, D)

DAY 2 LUANG PRABANG (B, L)

After breakfast this morning visit Buddha Park where 200 Buddhist and religious images dating back over 500 year are displayed. Then head to the Nam Ngum River where you will enjoy a private lunch cruise. On the way back to Vientiane, make a short stop at Dong Mak Khai market where locals trade vegetables, wild animals, handicrafts and poultry. A traditional Lao Dinner & Show is included this evening.

Take a boat trip to the Pak Ou caves. Thousands of Buddha statues are crammed into the caves carved out of the towering limestone cliff. Visit a riverside village which produces rice wine enroute. In the afternoon visit Kwang Si Waterfall for a short trek around the falls or a swim.

Day 3 VIENTIANE (B)

Transfer to Vientiane International Airport or the Friendship Bridge (Thailand Border) for your departure. From $549pp

DAY 3 LUANG PRABANG (B, D)

Today is at leisure. This evening embark on the Nava Mekong River cruise. Moor near a traditional village where dancers perform ageold sets. Enjoy the history and unique theatrical dining experience on board with a variety of Lao cuisines on offer. DAY 4 VIENTIANE (B)

Optional Alms offering in the morning to the Buddhist Monks before the flight to Vientiane. Todays sightseeing includes Luang Stupa, Pratuxai and Thong Kan Kham market. Then visit the COPE visitor center and UXO where you will learn how the Laos people have suffered from unexploded ordnance bombs which is an everyday reality in this region. DAY 5 VIENTIANE (B)

Transfer to Vientiane International Airport for your departure. From $1061pp

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Laos Overland Tour

This private tour offers a contrast between the two major cities in Laos, Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Vientiane is the peaceful capital of Laos, a city that is one of the quietest capital cities you will find. Luang Prabang is a picturesque small town nestled beside the Mekong River and is a World Heritage Site. This combined with the most notable features of Vang Vieng, which is an area of karst hill landscapes and the mysterious area of Xieng Khuang entry to the Plain of Jars, will leave you enthralled. Day 1 Vientiane

Day 4 Xieng Khuang (B)

Arrive in Vientiane where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon enjoy a city tour visiting That Luang Stupa, victory monument Pratuxai (Arc de Triomphe) and Phon Thong Savang – fresh food market. Visit Ban Nong Bouathong the weaving village finishing with sunset at Chao Anu Park located along the beautiful Mekong River.

Enjoy breakfast and then visit the Plain of Jars. The biggest jar is more than 3.25 meters high. There are several different theories as to the purpose of the jars which are estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old. After your time exploring this area, visit a Mulberry farm which specializes in the production of naturally dyed handmade Lao silk. Followed by a visit to the UXO Centre (Unexploded Ordnance) covers the devastating problems throughout this region with unexploded bombs and mines.

Day 2 Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B)

This morning after breakfast drive through to Vang Vieng about 3 hours away. On the way you will stop at Km52 Hmong village before proceeding to Ban Tha Heu – a fishermans village. On arrival in Vang Vieng you will have free time at leisure. Day 3 Vang Vieng – Xieng Khuang (B)

After breakfast visit an organic farm then drive to Xieng Khuan. This is about a 6 hour trip but you will make short stops enroute at Phu Khoune and the Tham Pha (Buddha Cave) and witness beautiful scenery and pass many panoramic lookouts on the winding mountain roads. Recommend: Bring some warm clothes as temperatures can be cold particularly at night in this region.

Day 5 Xieng Khuang – Luang Prabang (B)

This morning after breakfast you will drive about 7 hours on to Luang Prabang. Admire the beautiful scenery along the way and arrive into the UNESCO World Heritage city late in the afternoon. Scenic stops on the drive today include Kiaw Kamporm, Huay Hien, Nam Ming Bridge and Kiaw Mouang.

BONUS: This evening enjoy a complimentary traditional Laos Massage. Day 6 Luang Prabang (B)

Early this morning you can participate in Alms offering along the street, where the monks from the town gather to collect you’re offerings. After breakfast back at the hotel transfer to the local wooden boat pier where you will travel

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

upstream to see the Pak Ou caves. Take a short stop on the way to visit Ban Muang Kham specialising in river weed making followed by a stop at Ban Xanghai, the rice wine distillery village. In the afternoon enjoy a city tour before returning to your hotel with your evening is at leisure. Day 7 Luang Prabang (B)

Breakfast at the hotel, then explore Luang Prabang. Start the day with a visit to the Museum (former king’s palace). The former Palace displays a lovely collection of personal artefacts of the Royal family, photos, musical instruments and gifts received from foreigner visitors. Just cross the street is Mt Phusi where we will climb up to the top to view the city (300++ steps). Lastly a visit to Wat Xieng Thong temple, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and gilded panelling. It is one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.. From $1655pp

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COUNTRY EXPERIENCE


LAOS

COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

Journey Through Laos

A magical journey as you travel by boat along the Mekong River visiting villages and sights along the way before exploring Luang Prabang and the capital Vientiane. This journey covers all the highlights of this fascinating country. A personally guided tour of the laid back timeless country of Laos. This package begins from Chiang Rai in Thailand. Your guide will meet you in Chiang Rai and transfer you to the border crossing at Chiang Khong and will cross the border into Laos with you. Day 1 Arrive Laos – Houei Xay

Depart from Chiang Rai this morning and drive to Chiang Khong (Thailand) before crossing the Mekong River and entering Laos at the small township of Houei Xay. Discover the traditional lifestyle of the Lu minority at Ban Namkeung. These minority people moved from South China hundreds of years ago and formed a community of houses on stilts near the river. Houses face the temple as a sign of respect to their Lord Buddha. Return to Houei Xay in the afternoon. NOTE: Tonight’s accommodation is in a simple guest house/hotel. Day 2 Houei Xay – Pakbeng (B, L)

This morning depart by boat down the Mekong River to Pakbeng aboard the Shompoo Cruise, a traditional long style boat. You’ll be transferred to the boat by Tuk-Tuk for check in. Cruise downstream enjoying magnificent views of beautiful Mountain ranges and natural forest. In Northern Laos, the Mekong River is a ribbon of splendid landscapes and a succession of mountains covered by lush vegetation. Villages along the banks shelter various ethnic groups. Dependent on agriculture, fishing, weaving, gold panning and teak exploitation, the Mekong banks introduce rich and various activities still preserved from modern economic development. Stop at Kamu Village to meet the Hmong

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Villagers. Most of their traditional dresses are colourful and delicately hand embroidered. Arrive Pakbeng early evening and overnight. The Shompoo boats are well equipped with a Bar, a kitchen to provide your fresh and tasty Lao food, 2 restrooms, electronic plugs, games and music. Day 3 Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (B, L)

Continue the boat trip downstream towards Luang Prabang, Asia’s best preserved ancient city. A stop is made at a minority village, and then at the Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) to see the thousands of Buddha statues placed here since the 16th century. Lunch is served on board. Late afternoon arrive at Luang Prabang where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Day 4 Luang Prabang (B)

For those who wish, an early start this morning and you can be involved in offering Alms to the local Buddhist Monks. After breakfast an excursion is made by minivan to Kwang Si waterfall located 30Km south of Luang Prabang, swimming and hiking around the falls is suggested. On the way a short stop is made to visit two minority villages - Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek. These villages have specialised for many years in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa Paper (paper made from the bark of the Mulberry Tree).

Day 6 Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B)

Breakfast at your hotel then transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for the domestic flight to Vientiane. On arrival you will be met for the transfer to your hotel stopping on the way for sightseeing at That Luang Stupa, Pratuxai -the iconic victory monument and Phon Thong Savang fresh food market. End the day at the COPE visitor’s centre where you will learn about the UXO “unexploded ordnances” problem in Laos and the work undertaken by COPE to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs Day 7 Vientiane (B, D)

After breakfast this morning visit Buddha Park where 200 Buddhist and religious images dating back over 500 year are displayed. Then head to the Nam Ngum River where you will enjoy a private lunch cruise. On the way back to Vientiane, make a short stop at Dong Mak Khai market where locals trade vegetables, wild animals, handicrafts and poultry. Tonight end your visit to Laos with a traditional Lao Dinner & Show Day 8 Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel and free time until a transfer to Vientiane Airport for your departure flight. From $1606pp

Day 5 Luang Prabang (B)

Day at leisure for you to soak up the wonderful atmosphere, wander around the temples or visit the local shops and market .

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For years the former Burma has offered mystery behind its closed doors, but now the next giant is awakening, meaning now is the time to visit this extraordinary land, scattered with glinting pagodas, where traditions from time past still appear.

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rom the vast plains, along the meandering River’s to the colonial touched cities filled with a mix of the past and the new, voices of historic travelers before you bring an enticing world just begging to be discovered. Begin in historic Yangon and its golden Shwedagon Pagoda, travel on to the stupa dotted plains around Bagan, home to 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. There can be no better way of experiencing this vast country than 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. Come and discover the last bastion of ancient Asia.

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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Experience Myanmar

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YANGON SIGHTSEEING

Experience Yangon

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

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his former British colonial capital has the highest number of colonial period buildings in Southeast Asia along with wide city streets lined with a great variety of beautiful old growth

trees. The town centre bustles with activity with tea shops, street vendors and trishaws. Above it all towers the majestic Shwedagon pagoda, truly one of Asia’s largest and most beautiful pagoda

complexes and arguably one of the most impressive and inspiring structures ever created on this earth. Yangon is a convenient starting point from which to reach anywhere in the country.

Yangon Half Day Tour

Yangon Full Day Tour

Bago Full Day Tour

This tour offers a great snapshot experience of Myanmar’s largest & most internationally famous metropolis.

Start the day with beautiful Kandawgyi Lake, followed by Botataung Pagoda, which is hollow allowing you to walk through its winding golden passageways and see many ancient relics and artefacts.

Bago was the pre-eminent city in Myanmar for centuries with a rich history, primarily as the capital of the Mon kingdom.

The half day includes a scenic photo stop at beautiful Kandawgyi Lake, one of two major lakes in Yangon and surrounded by parkland and the Yangon Zoological Gardens. Also included is the colossal 65 metres long reclining Buddha (Chaukhtatkyi ) - topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones. A brief tour of the decaying colonial buildings in downtown Yangon are excellent examples of a bygone era. Finish the tour with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over Yangon. The gilded stupa rises 99 metres into the sky and is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. Duration: Approx. 5 hours Price from $158pp

From here stroll through downtown Yangon which has many large colonial buildings which are still in use. It is also interesting to see the side walk markets including merchants selling old books and magazines dated from the 1960’s up to the present. End the morning at Wahdan jetty where we you see the boats come from the Delta and see many goods loaded and unloaded. The hustle and bustle of the people and the ships create a very colourful experience. Afternoon sightseeing includes the colossal reclining Buddha Chaukhtatkyi, and the National Museum. Then a quick sightseeing through Chinatown before going to the famous Scott market, a sprawling complex built in 1926 and noted for its variety of handicrafts. Finish the day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda which towers over Yangon.

On the way to Bago this morning, we visit the beautifully landscaped Taukkyan War Cemetery, which commemorates 27,000 allied soldiers who died in WWII. As we near Bago we can also visit the local pottery making cottages. In Bago, tour highlights include the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, which is even taller than the Shwedagon Pagoda and Shwetelyaung, the most life-like of all reclining Buddha’s. The bustling Bago Market is interesting and Kanbawza Thardy, the old palace of King Bayint Naung is worth a visit if time allows. On the return to Yangon visit Kyaik Pun Paya which has four 30 meter high Buddhas sitting back to back. Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $235pp

Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $202pp

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Experience Mandalay

Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom, is today a busy city with a population of about one million.

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ituated on the banks of the legendary Ayeyarwady River, the city neighbours the mountain regions of the Shan and Kachin people and acts as a gateway to the North. The surrounding ancient royal capitals of Ava,

Amarapura, Mingun and Sagaing, make this one of Myanmar’s most historical and culturally rich regions. Mandalay itself is home to many different forms of crafts as well as the world’s largest book found at the Kuthodaw pagoda.

Centrally located, from Mandalay extension trips northward to Putao and to the nearby former hill station of Maymyo as well as other attractions are easily done.

Mandalay and Amarapura Full Day Tour

Mandalay and Mingun Full Day Tour

Full Day Ava – Sagaing - Amarapura Tour

Travel to the ancient royal capital of Amarapura this morning.

Transfer to the Mandalay jetty this morning and board a private boat for a short and pleasant ride up the Ayeyarwady River to the ruins of the Mingun Pagoda.

Transfer to the Mandalay jetty this morning and board a local ferry to visit the ancient imperial capital of Ava (Inwa).

Here you will visit Mahagandayon monastery, which is a school for young monks, and then the nearby U Bein Bridge. The bridge is more than two centuries old and at 1.2 km is the longest teakwood span in the world. Return to Mandalay to visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda home to a golden Buddha; a gold leaf hammering craftshop, Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the World’s largest book for its 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriptures. If time permits drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and the Ayeyarwady River. Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $189pp

The mammoth base of this unfinished pagoda is a very impressive sight as you approach from the river. Nearby we can also visit the Mingun Bell, moved from the pagoda and now hung in a new shrine building. It is said to be the largest hanging un-cracked bell in the world. Return by boat to Mandalay to visit the highly revered Mahamuni Pagoda home to a golden Buddha; a gold leaf hammering craftshop, Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the World’s largest book for its 729 stone slabs containing the entire Buddhist scriptures. If time permits drive to the top of Mandalay Hill for a view over the city and the Ayeyarwady River.

Explore by horse and cart – popular local transport in the area. First visit the Nanmyint Watch Tower, a 27-metre-high masonry tower, followed by the brick and stucco Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery – also known as Me Nu Ok Kyaung – and the wooden Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impressive ornate woodcarvings and teak posts. Continue to Sagaing and after lunch visit Sagaing Hill, a retreat for Buddhist devotees, to enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding area including Mandalay city. Visit the nearby Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda then drive to Amarapura and enjoy the sunset at U Bein’s Bridge, a 1.2-kilometre-long leak bridge reaching over Taungthaman Lake. Return to Mandalay early evening.

Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $246pp

Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $235pp

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BAGAN SIGHTSEEING

Experience Bagan

Bagan is truly one of the world’s premier archaeological wonders.

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ounded in 849 AD on the flat plain overlooking the Ayeyarwady River, Bagan came into its prime when the Burmese King Anawrahta rose to power in 1044. Under him, a tremendous period of temple building began and did not end until the invading

armies of the Mongol Kublai Khan approached in 1287. Of the original 10,000 pagodas, about 3,000 remain standing today, some small and graceful and others soaring toward the sky. Inside some temples the original frescoes and stucco reliefs on the walls can still be

seen. One of the most beautiful sights in Myanmar is a panoramic view looking over the temples of Bagan at sunset or sunrise. A trip to nearby Mt. Popa, legendary home of the nats, or spirits, is often combined with a visit to Bagan.

Bagan Full Day Tour

Full Day Mt. Popa Tour

Full Day Salay and Mt. Popa Tour

Take a leisurely drive through the Bagan countryside to Mt. Popa, which rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442BC.

Depart Bagan this morning and drive through the country side to the small town of Salay, an important centre of Buddhism in Myanmar with many active monasteries.

This full day tour to one of Asia’s most popular archaeological destinations includes busy Nyaung Oo Market and Bagan’s distinctive pagodas. Visit Shwezigon, a prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Wetkyi-in-Gubyaukgyi, a 13th century cave temple with interesting frescoes; Ananda Pagoda, one of the finest, largest and best persevered in Old Bagan; and next to it we visit Ananda Ok Kyaung, one of the few surviving brick monastery buildings and Htilominlo Temple which is known to be the last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan. Afternoon sightseeing highlights includes Sulamani Temple, Dhamamayangyi Temple, a massive later period temple with the finest brickwork in Bagan and Thatbyinnyu Temple which towers above the other monuments of Bagan. As the sun goes down you will be at one of the ideal viewing sites selected by your guide for a panoramic sunset view over the temples. Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $211pp

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Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its fantastic panoramic views. There is a volcanic plug with a temple on top that you can walk up to (777 steps). On the way to Mt. Popa we will visit a local toddy palm farmer at his hut and see how he collects the toddy palm from the palm trees to make the strong alcoholic toddy palm drink and also the toddy palm sugar candy. Return to Bagan early afternoon. Duration: Approx. 8 hours Price from $235pp

While visiting Salay you will learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and its unique architectural style as you visit several sights. We then head east toward Mount Popa, which rose from the ground in a massive earthquake in 442BC. Mt. Popa is famous as the abode of the Nats (Spirit Gods) and for its fantastic panoramic views. There is a volcanic plug with a temple on top that you can walk up to (777 steps). On the way to Mt. Popa we will visit a local toddy palm farmer at his hut and see how he collects the toddy palm from the palm trees to make the strong alcoholic toddy palm drink and also the toddy palm sugar candy. Return to Bagan early afternoon. Duration: Approx. 10 hours Price from $262pp

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MYANMAR

Myanmar River Cruising Pandaw River Cruises Mandalay Bagan Packet 8 days / 7 nights

The Road to Mandalay Highlights of Myanmar 4 days / 3 nights

Pandaw vessels are built and designed as replicas of colonial river steamers. They offer an adventure experience in incredible comfort with fine dining, cocktails and an extensive wine list with extraordinary levels of service.

The Road to Mandalay accesses the unique sights, scents and sounds of Myanmar in style and luxury. The emphasis rests on traditional comfort combined with delightful luxury.

There are many onboard activities and daily shore excursions to enjoy. The vessels are built new in a colonial style and finished in brass and teak. Designed to have the highest space to passenger ratio of any ships with ultra-shallow drafts that can travel to remote areas, unreachable by other vessels. Why not use a Pandaw ship as your floating hotel in Mandalay and Bagan with a river cruise between them. This cruise departs weekly between the historic cities with two nights moored at Bagan and three at Mandalay and exploring small towns and villages of lost Burma in-between.

The spacious en suite cabins are fully air-conditioned and furnished with the most beautiful fabrics, finest linens and softest towels. No journey to Asia would be complete without sampling the regional cuisine, and on board you can enjoy an acclaimed gourmet menu of Eastern and Western delicacies. This 3 night cruise visits Mandalay, the centre of Burmese culture, the ancient capital of Ava and the awe-inspiring plain of Bagan where more than 2,500 temples and pagodas await your discovery.

Day 1 Mandalay (L, D)

Day 1 YANGON - MANDALAY (L, D)

Transfer from Mandalay airport to the ship for lunch and an afternoon excursion to central Mandalay visiting the palace and hill areas, crafts workshops and shopping.

Morning domestic flight from Yangon to Mandalay. Transfer to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Ayeyarwady River at Shwe Kyet Yet. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. Return to Road To Mandalay for dinner and local entertainment in the evening.

Day 2 Mingun (B, L, D)

Cross to Mingun for a morning walk visiting Mingun Paya, home to a gigantic bronze bell claimed to be the largest hung un-cracked bell in the world and then sail further up river to the First Defile. Day 3 Kyauk-Myoung (B, L, D)

Visit the spectacular potteries near Kyauk-Myoung. See closed kilns and where the famous 50 gallon handmade water pots are made along with an array of glazed pots and figurines. Day 4 Ava (B, L, D)

Drive through the beautiful Sagaing Hills with its many hermitages and nunneries and experience the amazing views over Sagaing and the Ayeyarwady River. In the afternoon visit the lost capitals of Ava and Amarapura. Day 5 Yandabo (B, L, D)

Cruise downstream through the morning before arriving at Yandabo Village, famous for its production of terracotta pottery from the river bank clay Day 6 Pakokku (B, L, D)

Visit the local market and the Pakokku town centre by tuk tuk. Pakokku is a lively riverine town with many collegiate monasteries. Arrive in Bagan this afternoon and explore a selection of the 3,000 listed monuments at this World Heritage Site where 1000’s of pagodas and temples are scattered over the arid plains. Day 7 Bagan (B, L, D)

Further exploration of the Bagan monuments; follow by a visit to a lacquerware workshop. Day 8 Disembark (B)

Disembark at Bagan this morning. Departs on selected dates throughout the year From $2361 per person twin share Main Deck Cabin

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Day 2 AVA (B, L, D)

Join an early morning walking tour of Shwe Kyet Yet village which will include alms-giving to the monks by the ship’s crew. Enjoy breakfast while the ship sails down to the ancient capital of Ava. Disembark for a tour by traditional horse and cart including a visit to an ancient teak monastic school and the ruins of King Bagyidaw’s palace. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board observing the local river life from the top deck. Afternoon tea is served and an on-board guide lectures on local places and customs. A casual cocktail party is followed by dinner on board. Day 3 BAGAN (B, L, D)

The ship arrives at Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered on an awe-inspiring plain beside the river. A guided orientation tour introduces you to the most important temples. After lunch you have the opportunity to re-join the guide and visit the inside of some of the more significant pagodas. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle or horsedrawn cart and explore this fascinating area on your own. Late afternoon your guide takes you to watch the breath-taking vista of the sun setting over the plain. Dinner and local entertainment on board. Day 4 BAGAN – YANGON (B)

After an early breakfast you are transferred to Bagan airport for your onward flight to Yangon. Departs on selected Wednesdays throughout the year From only $3392 per person twin share Superior Cabin including flights Yangon – Mandalay & Bagan - Yangon

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Essential Myanmar

Enjoy a varied and rewarding Myanmar experience on this private tour with visits to the main historical destinations. A city of 4 million inhabitants, Yangon still retains a feeling of space, and there are many reminders of its colonial past. Mandalay is the cultural centre of the country and the economic and religious centre of Upper Myanmar. Myanmar’s ‘Golden Land’, the World Heritage Site of Bagan is one of Asia’s premier archaeological sites. Inle Lake and a full day boat ride down the fabled Ayeyarwaddy River are also included. Day 1 YANGON

Day 5 BAGAN (B)

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and transferred to the hotel. Begin sightseeing, including colorful downtown Yangon, Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha; a scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the awe inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

Continue sightseeing today at one of Asia’s premier archaeological sites. Highlights include many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas and the colourful local market. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 2 YANGON – MANDALAY (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival in Mandalay enjoy a sightseeing visit to the former royal capital of Amarapura, and see U Bein’s Bridge, the world’s longest teakwood structure. Then visit Inwa, another former royal capital, and travel by pony cart down tree-lined paths to see old palace walls, wooden monasteries, and the ‘leaning tower of Ava’. Overnight in Mandalay. Day 3 MANDALAY (B)

Sightseeing today includes gold leaf hammering, Mahamuni pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery - noted for its exquisite wood carvings and Kuthodaw Pagoda, renowned as the world’s largest book for its stone slabs of the entire Buddhist scriptures. End the day with a sunset view from Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay. Day 4 MANDALAY – BAGAN (B)

Early morning departure from Mandalay to Bagan by modern ferryboat service. A pleasant way to spend the day as you travel down the fabled Ayeyarwaddy River. Arrive in Bagan in the late afternoon. Overnight in Bagan.

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Day 6 BAGAN – HEHO (INLE LAKE) (B)

Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Heho. Upon arrival at Heho airport transfer to your hotel at Inle Lake and begin sightseeing of this magical and unique area by long tailed boat. Highlights include the boatmen with their ‘onelegged’ rowing style, the floating gardens and the ‘jumping cats’ monastery. Overnight at Inle Lake. Day 7 INLE LAKE (B)

Continue Inle Lake sightseeing today with a memorable visit to Indain village with its idyllic 16th century pagodas. We can also visit a local silk weaving ‘factory’ which sits on stilts on the lake. Overnight at Inle Lake. Day 8 HEHO – YANGON (B)

Day 9 DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. Afternoon visit to Botahtaung pagoda on the Yangon River and a chance for a last shopping spree at the famous Scott Market (closed on Mondays and public holidays), a sprawling complex built in 1926 and noted for its variety of handicrafts and other items. Overnight in Yangon.

Free time at leisure after breakfast this morning until your transfer to Yangon International airport for your onward flight. From $4059pp

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Adventure Myanmar

This private tour includes the temples and pagodas of Yangon and Bagan combined with soft adventure elements including a boat trip from Bagan to Mt. Popa with an overnight stay on Mt Popa with the famous views of Taungkalat and a trek to the summit the following day. A trek to the Yasakyi monastery with a simple dinner an overnight stay at the monastery included and a trek on the eastern hills of tranquil Inle Lake visiting local villages along the way. Day 1 YANGON

Day 6 PINDAYA (YASAKYI TREKKING) (B, L, D)

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide and transferred to the hotel. Begin sightseeing, including colorful downtown Yangon, Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha, a scenic photo stop on beautiful Kandawgyi Lake and the awe inspiring Shwedagon Pagoda. Overnight in Yangon.

A morning visit to the Pindaya caves, a Buddhist pilgrimage site containing over 8000 images of Buddha before trekking up the mountain to the Yasakyi monastery for an overnight stay.

Day 2 YANGON – BAGAN (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Bagan. Highlights include many of Bagan’s distinctive pagodas and local villages. At sunset enjoy a panoramic view of the pagodas. Overnight in Bagan. Day 3 BAGAN – SALAY – MT POPA (B)

Enjoy a scenic private boat trip downriver for about 2-3 hours to visit the small town of Salay with its charming array of temples and pagodas. From Salay continue by road to the Popa Mountain Resort. Overnight in Popa. Day 4 TREKKING AT MT POPA (B)

Today trek to the summit of Mount Popa (1,518m) enjoying the cool mountain breezes, the magnificent scenery and the chance to see rare flora and fauna. Overnight in Popa. Day 5 MT POPA-PINDAYA (B)

Spend the day with a relaxing drive in the Shan State to the small town of Pindaya with its many Buddha statues hidden in every nook and cranny. Overnight in Pindaya.

Day 7 PINDAYA – INLE LAKE (B)

In the morning walk down to your transportation for the drive to beautiful Inle Lake. Today’s sightseeing includes the floating gardens, silk weaving and the unique one-legged rowing style of the Inle boatmen. Overnight at Inle Lake. Day 8 TREKKING AT INLE LAKE (B)

This morning trek on the eastern hills of Inle Lake and visit the local villages along the way. Enjoy a panoramic view down onto the lake. Overnight at Inle Lake. Day 9 INLE LAKE (B)

Today visit an Indein village with its collection of ancient ruined pagodas which are semi-hidden in the bush. This is a real ‘Indiana Jones’ type of experience. Overnight at Inle Lake. Day 10 INLE LAKE – YANGON (B)

Transfer to Heho airport for the flight back to Yangon. Tour finishes upon arrival at Yangon From $3912pp

*all prices are per person, twin share, based on low season

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MYANMAR

COUNTRY EXPERIENCE


MYANMAR

COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

Best of Myanmar

On this journey you will experience the awe inspiring temples, pagodas and sacred stupas of Myanmar. Experience Yangon and Mandalay. See the Word Heritage Site of Bagan. Discover the stunning beauty of Inle Lake and cruise the Ayeyarwady River on a restored river steamer. All at a relaxed pace with a break at Ngapali Beach to finish the tour. DAY 1 YANGON

DAY 6 RV PAUKAN CRUISE (B, L, D)

Arrive Yangon. Meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing including Chaukhtatkyi, a colossal reclining Buddha, a tour of the downtown area with its colonial era buildings and Shwedagon Pagoda.

Continue the cruise with overnight on board. DAY 7 BAGAN (B)

Day at leisure.

Disembark at Bagan - one of Asia’s premier archaeological sites. Afternoon sightseeing of Bagan’s distinctive temples and pagodas. Climb one of the temples for a panoramic view of the pagodas and sunset to end the day.

DAY 3 YANGON (B)

DAY 8 BAGAN (B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Transfer to the hotel with sightseeing of the former royal capital of Amarapura enroute. Afternoon sightseeing includes a visit to a silversmith and gold leaf workshop. Later enjoy a panoramic view from Mandalay Hill.

Early morning wake up call for the transfer to the *optional Hot Air Balloon flight. The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 2 YANGON (B)

DAY 4 INWA & SAGAING (B)

Visit another former royal capital, Inwa. Travel by pony cart and see the ruins of old palaces, “the leaning tower of Ava”, and the Ok Kaung Monastery. Cross the river on the Ava Bridge to visit Sagaing Hill. Formerly a royal capital it is now primarily a religious centre. From Sagaing Hill there is a wonderful view of the Irrawaddy River and Mandalay. DAY 5 RV PAUKAN CRUISE (B, L, D)

Embark on the Paukan cruise, an elegantly restored river steamer. Teakwood cabins and rattan furniture provide an aura of relaxation and luxury. A two night cruise to Bagan on the legendary Ayeyarwady River with visits to local villages included.

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DAY 9 BAGAN – INLE LAKE (B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho. Transfer from Heho airport to Inle Lake. Enjoy sightseeing on the lake including the floating gardens, the Inle boatmen with their unique one-legged rowing style and the famous Nge Phe Chaung Monastery. DAY 10 INLE LAKE (B)

DAY 13 NGAPALI BEACH (B)

Take a scenic boat ride up a small waterway to reach the 16th century pagodas of Indein an ‘Indiana Jones’ style setting with its many overgrown, crumbling pagodas. Overnight at Inle.

Day at leisure to enjoy Ngapali Beach.

DAY 11 HEHO - NGAPALI BEACH (B)

Transfer to Heho airport this morning for the flight to Ngapali Beach. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Enjoy the beach and surrounds. DAY 12 NGAPALI BEACH (B)

Day at leisure to enjoy Ngapali Beach.

DAY 14 NGAPALI BEACH - YANGON (B)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Yangon. Afternoon at leisure. DAY 15 YANGON (B)

Transfer to Yangon International airport for your onward flight. From: $6263pp

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