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create your own adventure with flexible island hopping & travel adventures

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CONTENTS BUSABOUT The alternative, better way to travel Asia. This is Asia __________________________ 5 Why Choose Busabout _________________ 5 Unlimited Pass ________________________ 6 Crew & Accommodation ________________ 8 Activities & Destinations ________________10 TTC & TreadRight______________________12 Discounts ___________________________13 Europe & USA_______________________ 42 Terms & Conditions___________________ 43

ADVENTURES Hand-crafted trips around Asia run by our expert guides. Southern Thailand Adventure____________16 River Kwai Adventure___________________17 Sapa Adventure ______________________17 Northern Vietnam Adventure ____________18 Southern Vietnam Adventure ____________19 Ultimate Vietnam Adventure ____________ 20 Southern Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure__ 22 Cambodia Adventure__________________ 23 Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure _________ 24 Thailand Adventure___________________ 26 Northern Thai & Laos Adventure _________ 27 Thai & River Kwai Adventure ____________ 28 Laos Adventure ______________________ 29 Thai & Laos Adventure ________________ 30

SAILING & ISLAND HOPPING Sailing and island-hopping trips to suit every style & budget. Thai Island Hopper ___________________ 34 Thai Island Flexi Hopper _______________ 36 Southern Thailand & Island Hopping ______ 37 Thai Islands Moon Party _______________ 38 Vietnam & Halong Bay Adventure ________ 40 Halong Bay Adventure _________________41

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Our cover shot was snapped at Koh Phi Phi by Nicola Davidson, who travelled with us in 2017.

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Welcome to Asia, land of lush landscapes, towering temples, and the tastiest exotic foods! Our motto is simple: DO WHAT YOU WANT. As travellers ourselves, we know what makes an unforgettable trip. These handcrafted itineraries are the result of our passion for travel. Pick one, combine a couple or link the whole lot with our Unlimited Pass for the ultimate Southeast Asia adventure. Read on. Be inspired. We’re here to make sure your experience is like no other!

INDEPENDENT TRAVEL

CHOICE & FLEXIBILITY

BUSABOUT We handcraft flexible itineraries with the right balance of optional activities and lots of free time so you can spend enough time enjoying each destination your own way.

EXPERTLY GUIDED

Always at hand to help you whenever you need them, our guides love to mix all the good tips and tricks with the best history bits!

MAKING FRIENDS WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

Join a group of like-minded independent travellers and make new friends from all over the world on every trip. Guaranteed!

CONVENIENT & HASSLE FREE

SECURITY & COMFORT WHEN TRAVELLING

We take care of travel and accommodation so you can focus on having a great time doing more of what you love.

Private air-conditioned vans, fantastic drivers, and your luggage secure. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the views!

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You can link up all our Asian trips by jumping on a flight or local bus, giving you the flexibility and independence to create your own epic adventure.

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RIVER KWAI ADVENTURE | 2 days from $355

Bangkok - Bangkok | pg 17 SAPA ADVENTURE | 4 days from $289 Hanoi - Hanoi | pg 17 NORTHERN VIETNAM ADVENTURE | 8 days from $949 Hanoi - Hoi An | pg 18 SOUTHERN VIETNAM ADVENTURE | 7 days from $839 Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City | pg 19 ULTIMATE VIETNAM ADVENTURE | 14 days from $1519 Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City | pg 20 SOUTHERN VIETNAM & CAMBODIA ADVENTURE | 17 days from $1829 Hanoi - Siem Reap | pg 22 ANDAMAN CAMBODIA ADVENTURE | 9 days from $909 SEA Phnom Penh - Siem Reap | pg 23 VIETNAM & CAMBODIA ADVENTURE | 24 days from $2499 Hanoi - Siem Reap | pg 24 THAILAND ADVENTURE | 7 days from $759 Bangkok - Chiang Mai | pg 26 NORTHERN THAI & LAOS ADVENTURE | 8 days from $1489 Chiang Mai - Vientiane | pg 27 THAI & RIVER KWAI ADVENTURE | 8 days from $1029 Bangkok - Chiang Mai | pg 28 LAOS ADVENTURE | 6 days from $899 Luang Prabang - Vientiane | pg 29 THAI & LAOS ADVENTURE | 14 days from $1999 Bangkok - Vientiane | pg 30 THAI ISLAND HOPPER | 10 days from $1199 Phuket - Phuket | pg 34 SOUTHERN THAILAND & ISLAND HOPPING | 14 days from $1939 Bangkok - Phuket | pg 37 THAI ISLANDS MOON PARTY | 7 days from $519 Koh Samui - Koh Samui | pg 38 VIETNAM & HALONG BAY ADVENTURE | 16 days from $1709 Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City | pg 40 HALONG BAY ADVENTURE | 3 days from $479 Hanoi - Hanoi | pg 41

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Explore the exotic surroundings of Southeast Asia at your own pace! Our Unlimited Pass allows you to travel once on all of the trips in this brochure within a 3 month period. You choose where you start and finish, and everything in between. The catch? There isn’t one!

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We love our crew! They are adventurous and always there to make sure you have a great time. Serious about what they do but never taking themselves too seriously, they will go the extra mile to ensure you don’t miss out on any hidden gems!

YOUR GUIDES

Our guides live and breathe to make sure you have a great time all around. Always on hand to share the best tips and advice to ensure you make the most out of each place you visit, they never tire of passionately sharing epic tales of times gone by!

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FAVOURITE ASIAN FOOD?

FAVOURITE DESTINATION?

Home-made coconut cream ice cream.

TOP BUCKET LIST ITEM?

See the Northern Lights in Iceland!

HOT TRAVEL TIP?

In the great words of Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.”

- WILL -

Hanoi.

WHY THIS JOB?

It allows me to experience such a remarkably unique part of the world! Southeast Asia is incredibly welcoming and loaded with immense beauty.

FAVOURITE ASIAN FOOD? Bun Cha in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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FAVOURITE DESTINATION?

Vang Vieng in Laos is the perfect destination with gorgeous views and unbeatable nightlife.

TOP TRAVEL TIP?

Bring a sense of adventure! Visiting Asia will definitely give you a full dose of culture shock and that’s what travel is all about. Remember it’s not wrong, just different.

FAVOURITE ASIAN FOOD?

Everything! It’s all about the food in Asia, from freshly cooked Thai street food to Vietnamese rice paper rolls.

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HOTELS

From traditional to modern, they are stylish, comfortable and well equipped while being centrally located. We always look for a combination of great location, WiFi access, and a good atmosphere to ensure you’ll be sleeping easy while staying connected.

Oh, the places you’ll stay! We always make sure your accommodation for the night adds something to the experience without compromising on comfort. After all, long days require a night's sleep to match, and nowhere is that truer than in Asia! From falling asleep in jungle rafts, to staying with locals​in homestays, riding on comfortable overnight trains, and choosing your own bungalow by the beach, you can expect to sleep easy after your day comes to an end.

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION

From spending the night in a traditional stilt house to staying with locals at a homestay, these are the type of places that will make your Southeast Asia experience even more authentic.

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BOATS

If falling asleep under the stars surrounded by spectacular karst landscapes or the lushest jungle is something you’d like to tick off your bucket list, then this is your chance. From traditional junk boats in Vietnam to jungle rafts in Thailand, this is an experience like no other.

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THINGS

TO Do When we plan our trips, we always make sure you end up with plenty of free time to see and do what you want in each destination. Our optional activities are ideal if you’d like to add that little extra to your experience. Don’t know what to expect? See if you fit any of the travel groups below! @GROOVINPANDA

THE CULTURE VULTURES

THE ACTIVE TRAVELLERS

THE PARTY ANIMALS

Walking tours are a great introduction to any new city. They are expertly guided by locals, cover all the major sights and are filled with fun facts & history!

If you’re looking for a faster pace, there’s no better way to explore a new place and learn all its hidden secrets than on a guided bike tour.

Southeast Asia's nightlife is unrivalled! Expect anything from crazy pub crawls to trendy nightclubs to make your nights as memorable as the days.

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THE ZEN SEEKERS Lean back, relax and meet your inner self. This is the time to put life on pause and contemplate your awe-inspiring lush surroundings.

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THE ADVENTURE JUNKIES From hill tribe treks in Thailand to kayaking on the banks of the Mekong in Laos, Asia is begging to be explored off the beaten path.

THE FOODIES No trip to Asia is complete without sampling its rich exotic cuisine. Be it tarantulas in Cambodia or learning to cook a Thai meal with locals, a feast is guaranteed!


BE A Southeast Asia is jam-packed with incredible places begging to be discovered. From unspoilt jungles and pristine beaches to hidden colonial towns forgotten by time, these are not your average guidebook destinations. Become the star of your friends’ feeds with awe-inspiring snaps from these lesser-known locations!

PHONG NHA-KE BANG | VIETNAM This unspoilt jungle destination can easily be described in three words: caves, caves, and more caves! Get ready to feel just like Indiana Jones!

INSTAGOLD: The stunning rugged scenery.

A sleepy pristine beach town that will not disappoint you with its finger lickin’ good, freshly picked crab and scenic jungle surroundings. INSTAGOLD: A plateful of crab. Really.

KAMPOT | CAMBODIA

KOH LANTA | THAILAND

INSTAGOLD: The burning sunset over the river.

INSTAGOLD: Emerald Cave on the Four Islands Day Trip!

PAI | THAILAND

DALAT | VIETNAM

INSTAGOLD: The impressive Pai canyon.​

INSTAGOLD: The awe-inspiring Elephant Falls!

A riverside Cambodian colonial town watching time go by. The ideal place to get a break from the bustling Southeast Asian big cities.

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KEP | CAMBODIA

This laid-back town set in a large valley has something for everybody: from a deep canyon to jungles and trendy cafes to rafting!

The ideal place for both sun seekers and adventure lovers! Laze the day away in the sun or head out on a jungle trek in search of cascading waterfalls.

An elegant French-colonial town surrounded by beautiful mountains, known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate climate.


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The Phre Ponleu Selpak is a performing arts school that was created so the children of Cambodia could express the trauma of war in a positive light. Expect impressive aerobatics in what is an excellent night out.

We support Tree Alliance by taking you to student-run restaurants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap where they train street kids in hospitality to give them a career and vital skills to find work.

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ADVENTURES

EMBRACE THE HEAT The temperature, the curries, the nightlife: everything in Southeast Asia is sultry and spicy, but our trips ensure it’s not too hot to handle. Discover sparkling jungle rivers, tranquil temples, and tantalising tastes. Our refreshing itineraries pack in the highlights you’ve heard of and the back roads you’ve dreamt of. And you rest easy in chilled out boats, trains, and traditional homes!

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SOUTHERN THAILAND ADVENTURE 5 DAYS FROM $849pp*

Bangkok (START)

CAMBODIA

ANDAMAN SEA

OVERNIGHT TRAIN GULF OF THAILAND

KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK THAILAND

PHUKET Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local Thai guide • 3 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner • Air-conditioned private transport • Entrance to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Golden Buddha • Chao Phraya River and canals of Thonburi Tour • All National Park entrance fees as per itinerary • Cheow Lan Lake boat trip

FREE TIME

It’s easy to be sinful in Bangkok. On this tempting trip, spend an afternoon exploring the temples of Thailand’s capital, go to heavenly Khao Sok National Park, swim in jungle rivers, and play with elephants before you finish up on the beautiful island of Phuket!

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Get a Thai massage • Haggle for souvenirs in bustling markets • Hike in Khao Sok National Park • Float down the Sok River • Bathe and feed an elephant at the Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary • Laze on the golden sand beach at Phuket • Experience the nightlife of Bangla Road

START: Bangkok. 9am END: Phuket. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotel (1 nt), floating bungalow resort (1 nt), hostel (1 nt), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt). Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Adult $849 | Student $799

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HIGHLIGHTS • Khao Sok National Park's ancient rainforest • Swim the crystal waters of Cheow Lan Lake • Explore the Bangkok waterways by boat • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BANGKOK - KHAO SOK (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Meet your Busabout guide in Bangkok before heading out for a discovery tour! Experience a tuk tuk ride, then visit the market stalls and sample street food. We’ll then explore the Chao Phraya River, Klong Bang Luang, Wat Po and the breathtaking Temple of Dawn, before our overnight train to Surat Thani.

DAY 2 | KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK (CHEOW LAN LAKE)

We arrive at Cheow Lan Lake and board a longtail boat to explore the jaw dropping karst topography of the lake. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at our floating bungalow before having the rest of the day to relax on the lake. Tonight we enjoy a delicious Thai dinner on the water’s edge. (L,D)

DAY 3 | KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

Explore this morning before we head to Khao Sok town to relax at our riverside accommodation. This afternoon you can explore the National Park or partake in an optional encounter at the Khao Sok Elephant Experience. Get up close with Somboon the elephant, before planting sugar cane for him and his friends to enjoy in the future. (B,L)

DAY 4 | KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK - PHUKET

This morning either relax or join your guide for an exploratory meander down Sok River. Enjoy lunch in Khao Sok town before our transfer to Phuket. We arrive in Patong this evening with an orientation walk, before heading out for a final dinner followed by an excursion to the infamous Bangla Road. (B)

DAY 5 | PHUKET

The trip ends after breakfast this morning. We hope to see you again! (B)


RIVER KWAI ADVENTURE

SAPA ADVENTURE

2 DAYS FROM $355pp*

4 DAYS FROM $289pp*

Discover the cold structures created by modern warfare and contrast them with the leafy jungle and warm, tribal Mon people as you trek through the tropical wilderness.

Trek through the postcard-perfect rice paddies and move in with locals for a night in a traditional homestay. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your Vietnam adventure!

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• English speaking local guide • 1 night accommodation • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner • All transport • Entrance to Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and Allied War Cemetery • Longtailed boat on River Kwai • Visit the bridge over the River Kwai • Visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial • Visit the Mon Tribal Village • A historical ride on Death Railway Train

• Trek through the jungle • Take a refreshing swim down the river • Sip a cold beverage overlooking the jungle from your raft

• English speaking local guide • 1 night accommodation • 2 nights sleeper train • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners • All transfers during trip • Hill Tribe trek

START: Bangkok. 6am END: Bangkok. 6pm† 2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season Adult $355

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FREE TIME • Learn about Vietnam’s local traditions • Shop for handicrafts at the markets • Help cook dinner with your host family • Check out the local village

START: Hanoi. 7:30pm END: Hanoi. 10am Bangkok Overnight Stays

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Accommodation: Sleeper train (2 nts) & homestay (1 nt) Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on multi-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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High Season Adult $369 16 Nov 30 Nov 14 Dec 28 Dec 11 - Jan 25 - Jan 08 Feb 22 Feb 18 May 01 Jun 15 Jun 29 Jun

Accommodation: River Kwai Jungle Raft (1 nt). Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on twin share.† Due to unpredictable traffic circumstances we could take longer to return to Bangkok take this into consideration when planning your trip. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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DAY 1 | BANGKOK - KANCHANABURI

Our first stop is the bridge over the River Kwai, before the Allied War Cemetery and Burma Railway Museum. We then sail to our accommodation before a trip to the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Tonight we enjoy dinner before resting up in our traditional rafts. (L,D)

DAY 2 | KANCHANABURI - BANGKOK

This morning we visit a traditional Mon village and explore the jungle. Afterwards, enjoy a swim before a ride on the Death Railway Train, and this afternoon we journey back to Bangkok. (B,L)

2018 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES

Departures are 3 days and 6 days before the Ultimate Vietnam Adventure. Check busabout.com for the full departure listing. Low Season Adult $289 High Season Adult $299

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ITINERARY DAY 1 | HANOI - SAPA (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Your adventure begins under the glow of Hanoi’s city lights before a short transfer to the train station. Board your sleeper train and begin your overnight journey to the eclectic frontier township of Sapa.

DAY 2 | SAPA

This morning you’ll meet your local guide before an epic trek through this mountainous region. This evening we go to Ta Van village to enjoy a night of cultural enrichment and a traditional dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 | SAPA - HANOI (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Explore the jungle as you make your way over rickety bridges to discover cascading falls where we have lunch. Later you’ll arrive in Supan to catch a bus back to Sapa for a delicious dinner, before the overnight train back to Hanoi. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 | HANOI

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NORTHERN VIETNAM ADVENTURE 8 DAYS FROM $949pp*

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HANOI (START)

MAI CHAU

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THAILAND

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Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner • Air-conditioned private transport • Village cycle trip in Mai Chau • Entrance to Vinh Moc tunnels and Hanoi Oid Town • Hanoi street food tour

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Explore the Old Quarter in Hanoi • Swim in mud caverns in Phong Nha-Ke Bang • Enjoy a cyclo ride and visit the Emperor's tombs, pagodas & Citadel in Hue • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town and invest in bespoke tailored clothing • Learn to cook the local cuisine in Hoi An • Enjoy a lazy beach day in Hoi An

START: Hanoi. 6pm END: Hoi An. 10am

HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the bustling street markets of Hoi An • Discover Phong Nha-Ke Bang Caves • Visit the historic Vinh Moc tunnels • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | HANOI

Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (6 nts), homestay: multi-share (1 nt) Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season Adult $949 | Student $899

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What better way to start the adventure than with a tour of Hanoi’s world-renowned street food. Later we’ll head to a local institution to experience the refreshing draught beer Bia Hoi, then relax and explore the city’s buzzing nightlife.

DAY 2 | HANOI - MAI CHAU

High Season Adult $999 | Student $949

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Find out how to cross motorbike-ridden roads, discover the difference between a bajillion types of noodles, and master taking selfies while sipping beers with locals. Make Vietnam your classroom while you study ancient caves, secret temples and streets filled with history!

Today we head for Mai Chau, where we’ll have a bicycle tour through the patchwork of green rice fields. Tonight we are treated to a locally sourced traditional meal at the homestay, and a few samples of the potent local rice wine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 | MAI CHAU - PHONG NHA-KE BANG

Relax as we make our way to Phong Nha-Ke Bang, the UNESCO-listed park. We arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading to Easy Tiger Bar to soak up the atmosphere. (B)

DAY 4 | PHONG NHA-KE BANG

Today we explore and get lost in the wilderness of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, with the option to visit Paradise Cave and catch Vietnam’s longest zip line to the pitch-black mud filled playpen of the Dark Cave! (B)

DAY 5 | PHONG NHA-KE BANG - HUE

With a stop at the Vinh Moc tunnels, we arrive in Hue in time to grab some food and check in. There’s an exciting optional cyclo excursion to see the highlights of the city, and this evening we’ll head out to experience the nightlife. (B)

DAY 6 | HUE - HOI AN

We begin our journey to Hoi An, where we visit the famous Yaly Couture for some shopping. Explore the stunningly preserved Old Town and soak up the rich local history, before we venture out later for another epic night on the town. (B)

DAY 7 | HOI AN

Soak up the culture before joining our optional Eco Tour and cooking class this afternoon. Cycle the countryside and learn to fish from a basket boat before heading to the Chu family home for a lesson in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. (B)

DAY 8 | HOI AN

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)


SOUTHERN VIETNAM ADVENTURE 7 DAYS FROM $839pp*

Hoi An (START)

THAILAND

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OVERNIGHT TRAIN VIETNAM CAMBODIA

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NHA TRANG

HO CHI MINH CITY Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

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The south of Vietnam is a sensory overload of chilled-out destinations, thrilling activities and fulfilling flavours. Lounge back in Hoi An, snorkel in Nha Trang, and savour street food in Ho Chi Minh to find out it’s not only the senses that this trip satisfies.

HIGHLIGHTS • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town • Enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery of Dalat • Party in Ho Chi Minh’s buzzing nightlife • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | HOI AN - NHA TRANG

DAY 5 | DALAT - HO CHI MINH CITY

On our way to Ho Chi Minh City we have a stop at Linh Phuoc Pagoda, a temple made of reclaimed glass and ceramic. Upon arrival, in the city that used to be known as Saigon, we have an orientation walk to take in the sights of this historic city. (B)

DAY 6 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Delve into the depths of this historic city, or head to the pristine local beaches and enjoy a lazy day soaking up the sun. This evening we board our overnight train to Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province.

After an optional excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels, we visit the War Remnants Museum to gain insight into the conflict from a local perspective. Tonight we’ll get ready for our final evening together and put the bow on this epic Asian adventure. (B)

DAY 2 | NHA TRANG

DAY 7 | HO CHI MINH CITY

We have an early arrival into Nha Trang, and you have the full day to see the attractions and spectacular sights. Gear up for a night on the town as we head out to experience the renowned nightlife and party the night away.

Check-out is after breakfast (B).

DAY 3 | NHA TRANG - DALAT

We head towards Lam Dong Province with a stop en route at Po Nagar Cham Towers, where you have included entry to this ancient temple. Upon arrival in Dalat we have an orientation walk and the rest of the day is yours to explore. (B)

DAY 4 | DALAT

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 5 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 5 breakfasts • Air-conditioned private transport • Entrance to Po Nagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang • Entrance to Linh Phuoc Temple

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old • Enjoy Nha Trang's great beaches and nightlife • Sail and snorkel around the islands off Nha Trang • Get active at the adventure playground of Dalat • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City

START: Hoi An. 9am END: Ho Chi Minh City. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (5 nts), sleeper train:quad-share (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season Adult $839 | Student $799 High Season Adult $879 | Student $839

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Today you can join Mr. Rot for his optional Secret Tour. Visit numerous attractions including cricket farms, a local market, silkworm farms, coffee plantations, and the thundering Elephant falls. Tonight we head to 100 Roofs Cafe, a sight you won’t forget! (B)

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ULTIMATE VIETNAM ADVENTURE 14 DAYS FROM $1519pp*

VIETNAM LAOS

HANOI

MAI CHAU

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PHONG NHA KE BANG THAILAND

SOUTH CHINA SEA

HUE HOI AN

OVERNIGHT TRAIN CAMBODIA

DALAT HO CHI MINH CITY

NHA TRANG Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 12 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner • Air-conditioned private transport • Village cycle trip in Mai Chau • Entrance to Vinh Moc tunnels, Po Nagar Cham Towers in Nha Trang and Linh Phuoc Temple

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• Explore the Old Quarter in Hanoi • Swim in mud caverns in Phong Nha-Ke Bang • Enjoy a cyclo ride and visit the Emperor's tombs, pagodas & Citadel in Hue • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town and invest in bespoke tailored clothing • Learn to cook the local cuisine in Hoi An • Enjoy Nha Trang's great beaches and nightlife • Sail and snorkel around the islands off Nha Trang • Get active at the adventure playground of Dalat • Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City

START: Hanoi. 6pm END: Ho Chi Minh City. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (11 nts), homestay: multi-share (1 nt), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Vietnam is the perfect travel dish. On this adventure, you fill your belly with the most nutritious experiences of Vietnam, stay in a homestay as close to the local culture as possible, and discover the caves, valleys, and vistas that adorn all the Vietnam travel guides.

HIGHLIGHTS • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town • Discover Phong Nha-Ke Bang Caves • Awe-inspiring scenery of Dalat • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 5 | PHONG NHA-KE BANG - HUE

We head to Hue, with a stop en route at the Vinh Moc tunnels. On arrival we go on an optional cyclo excursion to see the highlights of Vietnam’s ancient capital. This evening we’ll head out for drinks on the town to better experience the vibrant nightlife on offer in Hue. (B)

DAY 1 | HANOI

DAY 6 | HUE - HOI AN

DAY 2 | HANOI - MAI CHAU

DAY 7 | HOI AN

Your adventure begins in the eclectic, ancient Vietnamese capital of Hanoi with an exciting tour of Hanoi’s world-renowned street foods. Once you’ve had your fill of tasty delicacies we head off to the international corner to experience a local institution, the refreshing taste of the Bia Hoi. This morning we depart for the idyllic beauty of Mai Chau. Upon arrival, we head out with a local guide on a bicycle tour to navigate the shimmering green patchwork of rice fields dotted with rustic stilt houses. Tonight we have a traditional meal at the homestay and a few glasses of the potent local rice wine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 | MAI CHAU - PHONG NHA-KE BANG

We make our way to the natural wonder of Phong NhaKe Bang National Park, where we arrive this evening. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading out to soak up the atmosphere as a live band provides the soundtrack to an unforgettable adventure. (B)

DAY 4 | PHONG NHA-KE BANG

Prepare for a full day lost in the wilderness of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Today we have the option to visit Paradise Cave, catch Vietnam’s longest zip line to the pitch black, mud filled playpen of the Dark Cave and spend some time frolicking in the mud and enjoying the activities by torchlight! (B)

This morning we continue our journey along the coast towards the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An. We arrive and head out to a local tailor, for those looking for bespoke clothing. The rest of the day is yours to explore the preserved Old Town and soak up the rich local history. (B) Head into town and delve the depths of this historic city. This afternoon we offer an incredible taste of local life on an optional Eco Tour and cooking class hosted by your knowledgeable guide, Mr. Chu, and tonight we head out to savour the nightlife of this coastal gem. (B)

DAY 8 | HOI AN - NHA TRANG (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Final day to enjoy ancient Hoi An! We recommend a trip to the pristine local beaches to enjoy a lazy day soaking up the sun and surf, whilst sipping on a fresh coconut and taking in your stunning surroundings. This evening we catch an overnight train to Nha Trang. (B)

DAY 9 | NHA TRANG

We arrive into the idyllic seaside city of Nha Trang early this morning. Spend the rest of the day exploring Nha Trang’s numerous spectacular sights and tourist attractions. Later we head into the night to experience the renowned nightlife in this shimmering Vietnamese metropolis.


The PLACES

YOU'LL Go HOI AN

NHA TRANG

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Beautiful and unique, this coastal city boasts a UNESCO-listed Old Town that will charm you with its colourful colonial buildings and chilled vibes.

One for the sun seekers, this seaside resort city is known for its beaches, water sports and lively nightlife with the most epic parties in the country!

INSTAGOLD: Sunset by the riverfront!

INSTAGOLD: The clear blue waters of the South China Sea.

MAI CHAU

HO CHI MINH CITY

DAY 10 | NHA TRANG - DALAT

This morning we say goodbye to the coast and head inland towards Dalat. We arrive in the early afternoon and have an orientation walk. Afterwards the day is yours to enjoy but be sure to visit the otherworldly “Crazy House” and its odd, organic architecture. (B)

DAY 11 | DALAT

Dalat is famous for its local villages and beautiful scenery. Explore at your own leisure or join our optional excursion that is sure to provide you with an authentic Vietnamese experience. Tonight head out for a surreal drinking experience in the eclectic surrounds of the 100 Roofs Cafe. (B)

DAY 12 | DALAT - HO CHI MINH CITY

We start our day off with a visit to the Linh Phuoc Pagoda, a temple made of reclaimed glass and ceramic. Then we head to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, to appreciate its curious mix of the old and new existing side by side. (B)

DAY 13 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Today we offer an optional excursion to explore the Cu Chi tunnels, an important store and hideout for the Viet Cong during the war. This evening we shine our shoes and get dressed to the nines as we enjoy our final evening together! (B)

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DAY 14 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

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Surrounded by an idyllic rural setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mai Chau is the perfect place to lean back and watch life go by.

This is a city that never sleeps. Expect insane city views from rooftop bars, streets crammed with food stalls and impressive architecture all around.

INSTAGOLD: All the lush greenery of the rice fields.

INSTAGOLD: The vibrant colours of the street food.

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SOUTHERN VIETNAM &CAMBODIA ADVENTURE 17 DAYS FROM $1829pp*

Hoi An

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THAILAND

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

BATTAMBANG

VIETNAM

NHA TRANG

Tonle Sap Lake

KAMPOT SIHANOUKVILLE Koh Rong Samloem

PHNOM PENH

DALAT HO CHI MINH CITY

Kep

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 15 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • Air-conditioned private transport • Vietnam to Cambodia public bus ticket • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner • Entrance to Po Nagar Cham Towers and Linh Phuoc Temple • Tonle Sap floating village boat trip • Koh Rong Samloem boat trip • Bike tour of Cambodian countryside • Orientation walks

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town and invest in bespoke tailored clothing • Enjoy Nha Trang's great beaches and nightlife • Sail and snorkel around the islands off Nha Trang • Get active at the adventure playground of Dalat • Visit the Disneyland-like Linh Phouc temple • Visit the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City • Visit the Killing Fields & S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh • Try deep fried tarantula at a local restaurant • Join a sunset cruise along the river in Kampot • Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat

START: Hoi An. 9am END: Siem Reap. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (13 nts), hostel (2 nts), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season Adult $1829 | Student $1739 High Season Adult $1929 | Student $1829

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Explore the UNESCO-listed Hoi An Old Town, soak up the sun on white-sand beaches, cycle through the green countryside, and watch the stunning sunset over Angkor Wat. Immerse yourself in the culture of the local villages on this unforgettable experience.

HIGHLIGHTS • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town • Learn the chilling history of the two countries • Ponder over the gigantic temples of Angkor Wat • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | HOI AN - NHA TRANG (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

You have a full day to enjoy ancient Hoi An! This evening we catch an overnight train to Nha Trang.

DAY 2 | NHA TRANG

We arrive into this idyllic seaside city early this morning. Spend the day exploring the numerous sights and attractions before experiencing the renowned nightlife.

DAY 3 | NHA TRANG - DALAT

DAYS 8 - 10 | PHNOM PENH

Spend the days exploring this dynamic city with it's stunning palaces, beautiful gardens and fine cafes. Opt to visit the S-21 prison and Killing Fields before we travel by tuk tuk to Basaac Lane's hipster bars. (3B)

DAY 11 | PHNOM PENH - KEP - KAMPOT

On our way to Kampot we stop in Kep, where you can visit the fish markets and enjoy a crab lunch. Later enjoy some downtime before our optional sunset cruise. (B)

DAY 12 | KAMPOT - KOH RONG SAMLOEM - SIHANOUKVILLE Hop on a boat to the pristine island of Koh Rong Samloem, and enjoy the white-sand beaches. Later we’ll head to the party hotspot of Sihanoukville. (B,L)

DAY 13 | SIHANOUKVILLE

We head towards Dalat, upon arrival we have an orientation walk and then you have the day to explore. (B)

Opt to visit picturesque Otres Beach; get a massage, and swing in a hammock whilst sipping a refreshing cocktail! Tonight we go out for another crazy night. (B)

DAY 4 | DALAT

DAY 14 | SIHANOUKVILLE - BATTAMBANG

DAY 5 | DALAT - HO CHI MINH CITY

DAY 15 | BATTAMBANG TO SIEM REAP

Dalat is famous for its local villages and beautiful scenery. Explore at your own leisure or join our optional excursion before heading out to the 100 Roofs Cafe. (B) We visit the Linh Phuoc Pagoda, a temple made of reclaimed glass and ceramic. Then we head to Ho Chi Minh City and appreciate its curious mix of old and new. (B)

DAY 6 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Today opt to explore the Cu Chi tunnels, an important store and hideout for the Viet Cong during the war. Or explore the city at your own leisure. (B)

DAY 7 | HO CHI MINH CITY - PHNOM PENH

This morning we catch our ride to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival we check into our hotel. Chat to your guide for ideas on what to see and do in this dynamic city. (B)

After stops en route at a shrine and the floating village at Tonle Sap Lake, we make our arrival to Battambang. Later we’ll visit a student-run restaurant for dinner! (B,D) This morning enjoy a bike ride through the Cambodian countryside where we visit local homes, learn about the local community, and enjoy the village life. We then continue to the Angkor region, Siem Reap. (B)

DAY 16 | SIEM REAP

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the sunrise over ancient Angkor Wat. Join us to see the Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the Elephants with an expert local guide. Then enjoy the last night in vibrant Siem Reap. (B)

DAY 17 | SIEM REAP

The trip ends after breakfast! (B)


CAMBODIA ADVENTURE 9 DAYS FROM $909pp*

LAOS THAILAND

SIEM REAP CAMBODIA

BATTAMBANG

Tonle Sap Lake PHNOM PENH VIETNAM

KAMPOT SIHANOUKVILLE

Kep

Koh Rong Samloem Overnight Stays

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Discover the laid-back beaches of Sihanoukville, learn about the country’s difficult history at the S-21 Prison, and taste some surprisingly tasty tarantulas. Go beyond the temples and get immersed in the culture, cuisine, and curiosities of Cambodia.

HIGHLIGHTS • Laze at the beach in Koh Rong Samloem • Visit a youth circus to see the rich Khmer culture • Experience life in the Cambodian countryside • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PHNOM PENH

Meet with your fantastic Busabout guide and fellow passengers, and then head out for a delicious optional traditional dinner. Deep-fried tarantulas anyone? Afterwards the night is yours to enjoy. Head back to the hotel, explore along the riverfront or join us at a few of our favourite bars.

DAY 2 | PHNOM PENH

Spend the day exploring this dynamic city. There’s plenty to see and do but for those looking to glimpse into the darker history of Cambodia we offer an optional excursion to visit the infamous S-21 Prison and Killing Fields. We meet this evening for a refreshing riverside cocktail as we watch the sunset over the city. (B)

DAY 3 | PHNOM PENH - KAMPOT

Today we head to the idyllic town of Kampot, with a stop en route in Kep on the coast to enjoy its seafood markets and famous crab. We arrive in Kampot shortly after, and you have the afternoon to relax or explore. This evening we have an optional sunset cruise on the river. (B)

DAY 4 | KAMPOT - KOH RONG SAMLOEM - SIHANOUKVILLE

Today we make our way to Sihanoukville via Koh Rong Samloem. We take an included boat trip to the island, relax on the white-sand beaches, and go for a refreshing swim. Later we head back to the mainland and have an optional beachside BBQ dinner before getting lost in Sihanoukville’s vibrant nightlife. (B,L)

DAY 5 | SIHANOUKVILLE

Explore this coastal resort paradise in depth or head out to the beach for a day of frolicking in the sea or swinging in a hammock with a coconut. Tonight we head out for another epic night. (B)

DAY 6 | SIHANOUKVILLE - BATTAMBANG

This morning we head to Battambang. We have two stops en route beginning with a visit to a roadside shrine to receive Buddhist blessings. After lunch we stop at Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages. Tonight we visit a student-run restaurant for an included dinner. (B,D)

DAY 7 | BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP

This morning we have an included bike tour through the Cambodian countryside where we will visit several local homes, learn about the livelihoods of the local community, and enjoy the relaxing pace of village life. We then continue our journey to the ever-popular gateway of the Angkor region, Siem Reap. (B)

DAY 8 | SIEM REAP

See the sunrise over the world’s largest religious monument at Angkor Wat then head off to visit Bayon temple. See the “Tomb Raider” Temple and Terrace of the Elephants all from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle with an expert local guide. Tonight we will explore unique Khmer cocktails and the vibrant nightlife of Siem Reap for our final night together. (B)

DAY 9 | SIEM REAP

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • 8 nights’ accommodation • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner • Air-conditioned private transport • Tonle Sap floating village boat trip • Traditional Livelihoods bike tour • Koh Rong Samloem boat trip • Orientation walks

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit the Killing Fields & S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh • Try deep fried tarantula at a local restaurant • Try the Kep crab with Kampot pepper sauce • Go bar-hopping at the beaches in Sihanoukville • Ponder over the gigantic temples of Angkor Wat • Visit Otres Beach, a white-sand beach lined with beach bars and local masseuses • Join a sunset cruise along the river, Kampot • Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

START: Phnom Penh. 6pm END: Siem Reap. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (6 nts), Hostel (2 nts). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season Adult $909 | Student $869 High Season Adult $959 | Student $909

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The trip ends after breakfast! (B)

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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA ADVENTURE 24 DAYS FROM $2499pp*

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HANOI

MAI CHAU

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THAILAND

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NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 22 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • Air-conditioned private transport • Vietnam to Cambodia public bus ticket • 21 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners • Village cycle trip in Mai Chau • Entrance to Vinh Moc tunnels, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Linh Phuoc Temple and Hoi An Old Town • Tonle Sap floating village boat trip • Traditional Livelihoods bike tour • Koh Rong Samloem boat trip • Orientation walks

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Swim in mud caverns in Phong Nha-Ke Bang • Invest in bespoke tailored clothing • Learn to cook the local cuisine in Hoi An • Sail and snorkel around the islands off Nha Trang • Visit the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City • Visit the Killing Fields & S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh • Try deep fried tarantula at a local restaurant • Join a sunset cruise along the river in Kampot • Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat

START: Hanoi. 6pm END: Siem Reap. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (19 nts), hostel (2 nts), homestay: multi-share (1 nt), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Get ready to fall in love with traditions, tastes, and temples. You’ll be seduced by Angkor Wat’s knobbly temples, tempted by the tantalising tastes of spring rolls and noodle broths, and aroused by active adventures via deep, long caves and curvy beaches.

HIGHLIGHTS • Marvel at UNESCO-listed Hoi An’s Old Town • Learn about the chilling history of the 2 countries • Ponder over the gigantic temples of Angkor Wat • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | HANOI

Meet your guide and fellow passengers in Hanoi, before heading out for a tour of the famous street foods. Later, experience the local draught beer, Bia Hoi.

DAY 2 | HANOI - MAI CHAU

Today we journey through the countryside to Mai Chau, where we are treated to a lunch followed by a bicycle tour through the green rice fields. Tonight we’ll enjoy a traditional meal and sample the potent rice wine. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 | MAI CHAU - PHONG NHA-KE BANG

Sit back and enjoy the journey to the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This evening we head out to Easy Tiger Bar to kickstart the night. (B)

DAY 4 | PHONG NHA-KE BANG

Enjoy a full day in the wilderness of the park. We have an optional visit to Paradise Cave, followed by Vietnam’s longest zip line to the pitch-black Dark Cave. (B)

DAY 5 | PHONG NHA-KE BANG - HUE

With a stop at the Vinh Moc tunnels, we make our way to Hue where we’ll go for an optional cyclo excursion to check out the highlights of Vietnam’s ancient capital. (B)

DAY 6 - 7 | HUE - HOI AN

We head for Hoi An via the Hai Van pass as popularised by Top Gear. Soak up the rich local history in the Old Town of Hoi An or join an optional cooking class hosted by Mr. Chu and learn to fish for crab from a basket boat. (B)

DAY 8 | HOI AN - NHA TRANG (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

It’s your last chance to enjoy Hoi An! Get lost in the Old Town or head to the beaches for a day soaking up the sun. Tonight we catch our overnight train to Nha Trang. (B)

DAY 9 | NHA TRANG

This morning we arrive in the seaside city of Nha Trang, where you have the day to get out and explore the huge amount of attractions and spectacular sights.

DAY 10 | NHA TRANG - DALAT

With a stop en route at the Po Nagar Cham Towers, we arrive in Dalat to a short orientation walk. Get your bearings and enjoy the rest of the day exploring. (B)

DAY 11 | DALAT

Explore at your own leisure, or get a truly authentic Vietnamese experience with Mr. Rot on the optional secret tour. This evening we’ll go for a surreal drinking experience in the eccentric surrounds of 100 Roofs Cafe. (B)

DAY 12 | DALAT - HO CHI MINH CITY

Onwards to Ho Chi Minh City, with a stop en route at Linh Phuoc Pagoda Temple. We have an orientation walk upon arrival and head out to a Vietnamese club. (B)

DAY 13 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Join us today on an optional excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels before we head to a local restaurant, followed by a trip into the backpacker triangle for an epic night. (B)

DAY 14 | HO CHI MINH CITY - PHNOM PENH

This morning we catch our ride to Phnom Penh. Upon arrival we’ll check into our hotel. Have a chat with your guide for ideas on what to do in this dynamic city. (B)

DAYS 15 - 17 | PHNOM PENH

Spend the days exploring this dynamic city and its rich history. See stunning palaces, beautiful gardens, or relax in one of the city's fine cafes. (3B)


The PLACES

YOU'LL Go KOH RONG SAMLOEM

BATTAMBANG

The closest thing to heaven on earth, this island boasts incredibly scenic white beaches, the clearest turquoise waters and unique tropical jungle vibes.

Boasting some of the best-preserved French colonial architecture in the country, this tranquil city is home to the famous Battambang Circus.

INSTAGOLD: The dreamy beach views.

INSTAGOLD: The spectacular circus performance.

SIEM REAP

PHNOM PENH

DAY 18 | PHNOM PENH - KEP - KAMPOT

On our way to Kampot we stop in Kep, where you can visit the local fish markets and enjoy a crab lunch. When we reach our destination you have some downtime before our optional sunset cruise on the river. (B)

DAY 19 | KAMPOT - KOH RONG SAMLOEM - SIHANOUKVILLE

Hop on the boat to the island of Koh Rong Samloem, and enjoy the white-sand beaches. Later we’ll head to the mainland and the party hotspot of Sihanoukville where it’s all about getting lost in the nightlife. (B,L)

DAY 20 | SIHANOUKVILLE

Today we have an optional excursion to the picturesque Otres Beach; get a massage, and swing in a hammock whilst sipping a refreshing cocktail! Tonight we go out for another crazy night. (B)

DAY 21 | SIHANOUKVILLE - BATTAMBANG

After stops en route at a shrine and the floating village at Tonle Sap Lake, we make our arrival on the banks of the Sangkae River and the city of Battambang. Later we’ll visit a student-run restaurant for dinner! (B,D)

DAY 22 | BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP

This morning we have an included bike tour through the countryside where we visit several local homes, learn about the livelihoods of the community, and enjoy the relaxing pace of village life. We then continue to the everpopular gateway of the Angkor region, Siem Reap. (B)

DAY 23 | SIEM REAP

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the sunrise over ancient Angkor Wat. Join us to see the Bayon Temple and the “Tomb Raider” temple with an expert local guide. Tonight is the optional cocktail making class, before our last night together in vibrant Siem Reap. (B)

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Popular for being the gateway to the mighty ruins of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap is the ideal place to relax before or after exploring the temple complex.

The capital of Cambodia is filled with a pleasant mix of rich history, lively street markets and a walkable riverfront lined with bars and restaurants.

INSTAGOLD: Angkor Wat at sunrise!

INSTAGOLD: The massive art deco Central Market.

DAY 24 | SIEM REAP

The trip ends after breakfast! (B)

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THAILAND ADVENTURE 7 DAYS FROM $759pp*

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CHIANG MAI

LAOS

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THAILAND

BANGKOK (START)

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Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 5 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 5 breakfasts • Air-conditioned private transport • Orientation walks • Coffee in Love and Pai Memorial Bridge stop • Chiang Mai temple visit • Ladyboy cabaret show

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Explore all the must see sights of Bangkok • Party on the mecca of Khaosan Road • Visit the largest weekend markets in the world • Chill out in the hot springs of Pai • Village & Hilltribe trek in the hills of Pai • Check out a Muay Thai show • Wander around the night markets of Chiang Mai • Bathe and feed elephants in Chiang Mai • Visit the temple of Wat Doi Suthep

This is a trip for those wanting to discover the true Thailand. Visit the ancient tribes that live in the remote northern hills, explore timeless temple-laden Buddhist landscapes, and get a chance to splash about with the adorable elephants of Thailand.

HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the vibrant city of Bangkok • Count the 762 curves on the road to Pai • Check out a ladyboy cabaret show • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BANGKOK

DAY 4 | PAI

Today you have free time to check out the natural beauty of Pai’s surrounding wilderness, and we hope you’ll join us for the optional excursion through the jungle to meet the remote villagers. Spend the evening with a drink in one of the eclectic bars. (B)

DAY 5 | PAI - CHIANG MAI

Get ready to meet your fantastic Busabout crew and fellow passengers in the sprawling city of Bangkok. This evening we head out to the infamous Khaosan Road, the party capital of the world!

This morning it’s back to Chiang Mai, with a stop at an ancient temple on the way. Our two optional excursions today include a Siam Rice cooking class, and a bone crunching Muay Thai show to get the adrenaline pumping! (B)

DAY 2 | BANGKOK - PAI (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

DAY 6 | CHIANG MAI

Low Season Adult $759 | Student $719

Enjoy your free time today exploring Bangkok! Check out the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, or cruise along the Chao Phraya river. This evening we’ll board our overnight train to Chiang Mai, where you can settle in and get some rest before the next day’s adventure. (B)

High Season Adult $799 | Student $759

DAY 3 | PAI

DAY 7 | CHIANG MAI

START: Bangkok. 5pm END: Chiang Mai. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (5 nts), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt) Accommodation Upgrades: Single Room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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After a stop at the Pai Canyon we arrive in Pai, where you have the rest of the day to explore or perhaps relax in the hotel’s hot springs. This evening we head into town to visit the famous night markets and sample some Thai cuisine!

Join in an optional excursion today zip lining through the jungle canopy, or visit the gentle giants at an ethical Elephant Park. This evening indulge in some retail therapy before a truly Thai cultural experience at the included ladyboy cabaret. (B) Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again! (B)


NORTHERN THAI & LAOS ADVENTURE 8 DAYS FROM $1489pp*

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LUANG PRABANG

CHIANG KHONG PAKBENG

Chiang Rai

LAOS

VANG VIENG

Chiang Mai (START)

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This trip isn’t for the lazy beach bums. Traverse jungle landscapes and dive into wondrous waterfalls, admire shimmering caves, and learn about Buddhist beliefs by studying the temples and watching the orange-clad monks.

HIGHLIGHTS • Sail down the Mekong river in a private boat • Enjoy the varied and tasty local food of Laos • Appreciate the colonial town of Luang Prabang • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | CHIANG MAI - CHIANG RAI - CHIANG KHONG

Today we visit the bizarre ivory temple of Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai. We then proceed to the thundering falls of Khun Korn for some fantastic photos and a swim, before heading to Chiang Khong to spend an evening by the Mekong River enjoying our last night in Thailand.

DAY 2 | CHIANG KHONG - PAKBENG

After passing through Laos immigration we board our private long boat on the Mekong River. Get snap happy and capture the natural beauty of Laos, listen to music, enjoy an included on board buffet lunch and chat with your travel mates as we cruise along the river on our way to the village of Pakbeng. (B,L)

DAY 3 | PAKBENG TO LUANG PRABANG

Today we make our way to Luang Prabang. Join your guides to roam the streets and explore the numerous markets and temples bathed in the rich atmosphere of this UNESCO-listed cultural wonderland. Afterwards we watch the sunset from the best vantage point in town. (B,L)

DAY 4 | LUANG PRABANG

Join your guide for a trip to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to enjoy the scenery and take some jealousy inducing photos as you relax and swim in these picturesque surroundings. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the city before an evening at the markets. (B)

DAY 5 | LUANG PRABANG - VANG VIENG

This morning we have a unique local experience, giving alms to the procession of monks as they walk through the streets on their daily trek. Then we head south for our next destination, Vang Vieng. After arrival, we’ll visit the refreshing waters of the blue lagoon and later head out for dinner and a few warm up drinks. (B)

DAY 6 | VANG VIENG

Join us for an exciting optional day trip, kayaking the Nam Song river. Cruising upon this refreshing lifeline is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Laos. Tonight, head out for another delicious dinner followed by another crazy night in this eclectic paradise. (B)

DAY 7 | VANG VIENG - VIENTIANE

Today we head to the Laotian capital of Vientiane. We explore the city’s sights including the humanitarian COPE centre, the Patuxai war monument, the intricate gilded architectural marvel of the Phat That Luang stupa, and more. Tonight after dinner we head out into the night for the big send off to our incredible Asian adventure. (B)

DAY 8 | VIENTIANE

Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again! (B)

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local guides in Thailand and Laos • 7 nights’ accommodation • 7 breakfasts and 2 lunches • All transport incl. private Mekong boat and bus • Orientation walks • Entrance to Pak Ou caves in Laos • Mt. Phousi sunset trip in Luang Prabang • Alms giving experience in Luang Prabang • Kuang Si Waterfall trip in Luang Prabang • Blue Lagoon trip in Vang Vieng • Visit the Ock Pop Tok Laos Handicrafts Centre • Visit the COPE Centre in Vientiane

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Swim in the beautiful Kwang Si Waterfalls • Spend the day on the river, kayaking and exploring in Vang Vieng • Explore Vientiane on a city tour • Dine at a local social enterprise restaurant that trains local street youth in hospitality – Busabout Cares Program! • Try the street food in Thailand and Laos

START: Chiang Mai. 9am END: Vientiane. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (7 nts). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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THAI & RIVER KWAI ADVENTURE 8 DAYS FROM $1029pp*

BURMA

CHIANG MAI

LAOS

PAI

OVERNIGHT TRAIN

KANCHANABURI

THAILAND

BANGKOK (START)

CAMBODIA

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local guide • 6 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner • Air-conditioned private transport • Orientation walks • Entrance to Thailand-Burma Railway Museum and the Allied War Cemetery • Longtailed boat on the River Kwai • Mon tribal village visit • A historic ride on the Death Railway Train • Ladyboy cabaret show

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Trek through the jungle • Sip a cold beverage overlooking the jungle • Explore all the must-see sights of Bangkok • Party on the backpacker mecca of Khaosan Road • Visit the largest weekend markets in the world • Chill out in the hot springs of Pai • Village & Hilltribe trek in the hills of Pai • Check out a Muay Thai show in Chiang Mai • Bathe and feed elephants in Chiang Mai • Visit Wat Doi Suthep for great views • Try Thai street food

START: Bangkok. 6am END: Chiang Mai. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (5 nts), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt), River Kwai Jungle Raft (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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On this trip, we help you understand why the Thai people are so content. Become heroically happy when you float down the River Kwai, feel elated by the delicious treats you eat at the night market in Pai, and hang out with the elephants of Chiang Mai.

HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the famous bridge over the River Kwai • Experience the spectacular scenery of Pai • Sample the varied local food of Thailand • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BANGKOK - KANCHANABURI

Today we head to Kanchanaburi Province with some historical stops along the way! We then sail on our longtailed boat to our accommodation, the River Kwai Jungle Rafts, where we have a refreshing swim and enjoy a delicious dinner. (L,D)

DAY 2 | KANCHANABURI - BANGKOK

We have a morning of exploration as we venture to a traditional Mon village and explore the surrounding jungle. We then have some free time followed by an included lunch, before we ride the Death Railway Train. Later, we journey back to Bangkok. (B,L)

DAY 3 | BANGKOK - PAI (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Head out to explore for the day! Later on we will meet for our transfer to the station ready for our overnight train to Chiang Mai. Get comfortable and enjoy some rest before the next days’ adventures. (B)

DAY 4 | PAI

Our train brings us to Chiang Mai this morning, where you can grab some breakfast before beginning our scenic meander to Pai. This evening we’ll head into town for food and drinks!

DAY 5 | PAI

Spend today as you wish, though we hope you’ll join us on an optional excursion through the jungle and the Lod Caves on a bamboo raft. It’s our last evening in Pai so check off those last minute to-dos. (B)

DAY 6 | PAI – CHIANG MAI

Today we head back to Chiang Mai, where we’ll visit an ancient temple with a local guide. Later we have two optional excursions - a Siam Rice cooking class to learn from the best, or perhaps a bone crunching Muay Thai show if that’s more your style. (B)

DAY 7 | CHIANG MAI

Explore the Old Town today, or join us on an optional excursion to an ethical Elephant Nature Park. Just make sure you save some energy for a night out, including a Thai cultural experience with a twist at a ladyboy cabaret. (B)

DAY 8 | CHIANG MAI

Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again! (B)


LAOS ADVENTURE 6 DAYS FROM $899pp*

VIETNAM

LUANG PRABANG (START)

LAOS

VANG VIENG

VIENTIANE

THAILAND

Overnight Stays

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The natural sights, temple heights, and spicy bites of Laos are unforgettable. Go on high-octane adventures in Vang Vieng, learn cool customs in Luang Prabang, and see the historic wonders of Vientiane. It’s a trip that’s almost as lovely as the friendly locals.

HIGHLIGHTS • Roaming the streets of Luang Prabang • Visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls • Enjoy the lush greenery of Vang Vieng • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | LUANG PRABANG

Meet your awesome guide and explore this incredible city, visiting the markets and marvelling at the temples. Watch the sunset from the best vantage point available high atop Mount Phousi before heading off to explore the night markets.

DAY 2 | LUANG PRABANG

Join your guide and get some jealousy-inducing snaps at the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls. Before returning we have a stop at Ock Pop Tok, a vibrant community of artisans with many quality handmade trinkets on offer. (B)

DAY 3 | LUANG PRABANG - VANG VIENG

Start off the day with the unique local experience of giving alms to the procession of monks as they make their daily trek, before we head for the majestic karst hills of Vang Vieng. Here we enjoy the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon before enjoying dinner at one of the many restaurants in town. (B)

DAY 4 | VANG VIENG

Explore for the day or join us kayaking the Nam Song river, winding your way through shimmering rice paddies. Tonight, head out for dinner followed by a few drinks and another crazy night in this eclectic paradise. (B)

DAY 5 | VANG VIENG - VIENTIANE

We spend the morning travelling across the country getting a taste of rural life. We then arrive in Vientiane, where we’ll explore the numerous sights in the afternoon. Check out the night markets later tonight, before we have our big send off to our Asian adventure! (B)

DAY 6 | VIENTIANE

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local guides • 5 nights’ accommodation • 5 breakfasts • Air-conditioned private transport • Orientation walks • Mt. Phousi sunset trip in Luang Prabang • Trips to Kuang Si Waterfall and the Blue Lagoon • Visit the Ock Pop Tok Handicrafts Centre • Luang Prabang alms giving • Visit the COPE Centre in Vientiane

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Roam the streets and explore the numerous markets of Luang Prabang • Taste various Laotian food specialties • Enjoy the majestic karst hills of Vang Vieng • Spend the day on the river, kayaking and exploring in Vang Vieng

START: Luang Prabang. 4pm END: Vientiane. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (5 nts). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again! (B)

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THAI & LAOS ADVENTURE 14 DAYS FROM $1999pp*

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CHIANG KHONG

BURMA

Chiang Rai CHIANG MAI

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG VANG VIENG

PAKBENG

PAI

VIENTIANE OVERNIGHT TRAIN THAILAND

BANGKOK (START)

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local guides in Thailand and Laos • 12 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 12 breakfasts and 2 lunches • All transport incl. private Mekong boat and bus • Orientation walks • Trips to Kuang Si Waterfall and the Blue Lagoon • Ladyboy cabaret show • Mt. Phousi sunset trip in Luang Prabang • Visit the Ock Pop Tok Handicrafts Centre • Visit the COPE Centre in Vientiane

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Explore all the must see sights of Bangkok • Visit the largest weekend markets in Bangkok • Village & Hilltribe trek in the hills of Pai • Bathe and feed elephants in Chiang Mai • Wander around the night markets of Chiang Mai • Check out a Muay Thai show • Sail down the Mekong River in Laos • Try the street food in Thailand and Laos • Explore the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang • Roam the rolling hills of the Laotian countryside

START: Bangkok. 5pm END: Vientiane. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotels (12 nts), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Discover Bangkok’s soulful sights and sinful nightlife, get your adrenaline fix by kayaking in Vang Vieng and venturing into the deep caves near Pai, and hang out with the majestic monks in Luang Prabang and the awesome elephants in Chiang Mai.

HIGHLIGHTS • Experience the spectacular scenery of Pai • Sail down the mighty Mekong river • Enjoy the tasty local food of Thailand and Laos • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BANGKOK

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DAY 5 | PAI - CHIANG MAI

We say goodbye to Pai and head back to Chiang Mai this morning. After a temple visit the rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish. How about a cooking class, or a Muay Thai show? After all the excitement, relax in one of Chiang Mai’s great cafes. (B)

DAY 6 | CHIANG MAI

Your adventure begins in Bangkok where you’ll meet your fantastic Busabout crew and fellow passengers before heading out to the infamous, even by Bangkok standards, backpacker area of Khaosan Road.

Spend your time wandering the Old Town, join an excursion to an ethical Elephant Nature Park or a zip line tour through the jungle’s canopy. This evening we head to night markets and dinner before a truly Thai experience at an included ladyboy cabaret show. (B)

DAY 2 | BANGKOK - PAI (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

DAY 7 | CHIANG MAI - CHIANG RAI - CHIANG KHONG

You have today to explore this vibrant capital. This evening we meet for our transfer to Bangkok’s main station where we board our overnight train to the northern province of Chiang Mai. Settle in and relax as the rhythmic clack of the train tracks lulls you to sleep. (B)

DAY 3 | PAI

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Today we visit the bizarre ivory temple of Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai. We then proceed to the thundering falls of Khun Korn for some fantastic photos and a swim, before heading to Chiang Khong to spend an evening by the Mekong River enjoying our last night in Thailand. (B)

DAY 8 | CHIANG KHONG - PAKBENG

Our train arrives in Chiang Mai this morning. After a stop at the spectacular Pai Canyon, we arrive in Pai. Spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing in a hot spring at the hotel. This evening we head into town to visit the famous night markets.

After passing through Laos immigration we board our private long boat on the Mekong River. Get snap happy and capture the natural beauty of Laos, listen to music, enjoy an included on board buffet lunch and chat with your travel mates as we cruise along the river on our way to the village of Pakbeng. (B,L)

DAY 4 | PAI

DAY 9 | PAKBENG - LUANG PRABANG

We hope you’ll join us for our optional trek through the jungle to see the sights and sounds of the wilderness and meet remote villagers. This is our last evening in Pai so check off those last minute to dos and enjoy a drink in one of the numerous, hippie-style, bars. (B)

Today we make our way to Luang Prabang. Join your guides to roam the streets and explore the numerous markets and temples bathed in the rich atmosphere of this UNESCO-listed cultural wonderland. Afterwards we watch the sunset from the best vantage point in town. (B,L)


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CHIANG MAI

This charming town offers the perfect blend of European colonial architecture and stunningly decorated golden-roofed Buddhist temples.

Known as the cultural centre of Thailand, Chiang Mai will impress you with its many temples, bustling markets, and vibrant nightlife.

INSTAGOLD: Sunset from the top of Mt. Phousi.

INSTAGOLD: The many beautiful temples and shrines.

VANG VIENG

BANGKOK

Sitting quietly by the river surrounded by striking limestone mountains, this small town is perfect for zen seekers and adventurers alike!

From the busy markets to the magnificent temples and infamous nightlife, this cosmopolitan city is sure to have something for everyone.

INSTAGOLD: The nearby stunning Blue Lagoon.

INSTAGOLD: The ornate Grand Palace.

DAY 10 | LUANG PRABANG

Join your guide for a trip to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to enjoy the scenery and take some jealousy inducing photos as you relax and swim in these picturesque surroundings. The rest of your day can be spent exploring the city before an evening at the markets. (B)

DAY 11 | LUANG PRABANG - VANG VIENG

This morning we have a unique local experience, giving alms to the procession of monks as they walk through the streets on their daily trek. Then we head south for our next destination, Vang Vieng. After arrival, we’ll visit the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon and later head out for dinner and a few warm up drinks. (B)

DAY 12 | VANG VIENG

Join us for an exciting optional day trip, kayaking the Nam Song river. Cruising upon this refreshing lifeline is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Laos. Tonight, head out for dinner followed by another crazy night in this eclectic paradise. (B)

DAY 13 | VANG VIENG - VIENTIANE

Today we head to the Laotian capital of Vientiane. We explore the city’s sights including the humanitarian COPE centre, the Patuxai War Monument, the intricate gilded architectural marvel of the Phat That Luang stupa, and more. Tonight after dinner we head out into the night for the big send off to our incredible Asian adventure. (B)

DAY 14 | VIENTIANE

Check-out is after breakfast. We hope to see you again! (B)

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A HEDONISTIC HEAVEN You wake up and your head feels mushy. You have sand in every pore of your body, but who cares? You experienced an insane night of dancing in UV rave paint, have a day of snorkelling amongst rainbow coloured fishes ahead of you, and you’re about to sweat out the toxins by eating a curry that’s hotter than Satan’s fiery pockets! Let us show you how to enjoy the hedonistic nights and heavenly sights of Southeast Asia’s islands.

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THAI ISLAND HOPPER 10 DAYS FROM $1199pp*

THAILAND

ANDAMAN SEA

KRABI

PHUKET (START)

KOH LANTA KOH PHI PHI Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • 9 nights’ accommodation • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner • Private transfers from Busabout’s accommodation to port • All ferries between islands • Orientation walks of all islands • Boat trip to Railay Beach • Full day 4 Islands Boat Trip • Entrance to Koh Phi Phi sunset view point • Sunset picnic dinner on Koh Lanta

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Forget about going off the beaten track and indulge in the stereotypical dreams of every traveller. Go on epic snorkelling adventures to beautiful limestone karsts, hike up to temples and sublime sunset spots, and dance amongst the fire throwers at all night parties.

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• Kayak through beautiful Phang Nga Bay in Phuket • Visit Maya Bay, where ‘The Beach’ was filmed • Volunteer at the Koh Lanta Animal Shelter • Enjoy a Thai massage • Visit the Emerald Pool and hot springs in Krabi

START: Phuket. 5pm END: Phuket. 10am

• Get off the beaten track on Koh Lanta • Enjoy the fantastic 4 Islands Boat Trip • Lap up the limestone karst scenery at Railay beach • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | PHUKET

Accommodation: 2/3-star hotel/resort (6 nts), hostel (3 nts). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Your adventure begins in Phuket, where you’ll meet your fantastic Busabout guide and fellow passengers. Tonight we head out into the thick coastal air and onward to the nightlife epicentre of Phuket, Bangla Road, for an unmissable party in this infamous location.

DAY 2 | PHUKET

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You have the entire day to explore Phuket! We have an optional excursion to explore Phang Nga Bay by canoe. This evening we hope you’ll join us for another foray into the swirling madness that is Bangla Road. (B)

DAY 3 | PHUKET - KOH PHI PHI

DAY 5 | KOH PHI PHI - KOH LANTA

Our ferry will take us to the laid back island of Koh Lanta. It’s time to slip into comfort and enjoy the relaxation of this hidden island gem. Forget the hustle and bustle of the mainland as you sip cocktails, take a dip at the beach, or enjoy a relaxing massage. (B)

DAY 6 | KOH LANTA

Today we offer an expedition on our included 4 Islands Boat Trip, spend the day swimming and snorkelling and enjoy lunch on the sands of Koh Kraden beach, before seeing the spectacular Emerald Cave. Tonight we enjoy an included sunset picnic on the beach. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 | KOH LANTA - KRABI (AO NANG)

We arrive in Ao Nang just in time to head out for lunch and an included visit to breathtaking Railay Beach. Spend the afternoon soaking in the spectacular scenery and lounging beside the warm Andaman Sea. This evening the nightlife of Krabi awaits, filled to the brim with fun. (B)

This morning we ferry to the stunning Phi Phi Islands. We arrive to an orientation walk of the town followed by a free afternoon. This evening we meet for a short hike to Phi Phi’s most famous viewpoint to enjoy the sunset. Tonight is our first taste of the notorious nightlife in Koh Phi Phi. (B)

DAY 8 | KRABI (AO NANG)

DAY 4 | KOH PHI PHI

DAY 9 | KRABI (AO NANG) - PHUKET

Koh Phi Phi is a diverse nirvana with many exciting underwater sights to experience with oxygen on your back or a snorkel in your mouth. There are numerous reputable tour operators so chat to your guide for further insight. Tonight enjoy the mesmerising skill of fire dancers on the beach before heading into town. (B)

Explore Krabi, head to the beach for some R&R, check out one of the activities on offer from rock climbing to island boat trips, or join us for a fantastic optional excursion, with an adventure tour inland to see the picturesque Emerald Pool and cascading hot springs. (B) We board our air-conditioned transport and make our way over the bridge to Phuket in comfort. This afternoon rediscover the majesty and excitement of Phuket. Tonight is your last chance to head into the vibrant Thai night! (B)

DAY 10 | PHUKET

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)


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KOH PHI PHI

Thailand’s largest island boasts picture-perfect beaches, stunning views, and a lively nightlife you’ll hardly forget. Or remember.

Popularised by the movie The Beach, it’s easy to see why this slice of paradise is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world.

INSTAGOLD: The famous Phang Nga Bay.

INSTAGOLD: The monkeys at Monkey Beach.

KOH LANTA

KRABI

Expect long stretches of white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, scenic jungle adventures and some of Thailand’s most delicious food.

From Thai kick-boxing to boat trips, insane pub crawls and even yoga classes, this lively beach town has plenty of activities to keep you busy!

INSTAGOLD: The beautiful Emerald Cave.

INSTAGOLD: The view from Tiger Temple!

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THAI ISLAND FLEXI HOPPER 9 DAYS FROM $699pp

THAILAND

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KRABI

PHUKET (START)

KOH LANTA KOH PHI PHI Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Private transfers from Busabout’s recommended accommodation to port • All ferries between islands • Orientation walks on all islands • Organised optional dinners and nights out on all islands • Boat trip to Railay Beach • Entrance to Koh Phi Phi sunset view point • Sunset picnic dinner on Koh Lanta

FREE TIME

Venture here and experience the thrill-packed nightlife of Phuket, the laid back locals of Koh Phi Phi, Krabi’s secret cave temple, and all the inlets, islets, and enclaves in-between. These islands combine the photogenic with the fantastically fun.

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Experience Bangla Road's crazy nightlife • Kayak through the beautiful Phang Nga Bay • Hike to the sunset viewpoint in Koh Phi Phi • Enjoy the fire-twirlers and cocktails in Koh Phi Phi • Scuba Dive in the crystal waters of Koh Phi Phi • Visit the famous Maya Bay, where the movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed • Laze away on white sandy beaches • Explore Koh Lanta Old Town • Swim through a cave to the Emerald Secret Lagoon • Volunteer at the Koh Lanta Animal Shelter • Get a Thai massage • Climb the 1237 steps of Tiger Cave Temple • Visit the Emerald Pool and hot springs in Krabi

START: Phuket. 5pm END: Phuket. 2pm Accommodation: Book Busabout recommended accommodation on MyTrip. We offer a variety of accommodation from hostels to private bungalows and hotels. There is something to cater for all budgets. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Adult $699 | Student $639

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Our Flexi Hopper is the perfect option for those who prefer to choose their own accommodation on the islands. Departing from Phuket, you’ll get a fantastic Busabout guide, all transport to and from the islands and transfers to our recommended accommodation options. PHUKET (DAYS 1, 2 & 9)

KOH LANTA (DAYS 5 & 6)

This is the least developed and most spread out of all the islands, but that’s just part of its charm. Take it down a notch, breathe easy and really settle into your relaxed holiday at a beach bar while you enjoy a cocktail (or three) looking over a long stretch of white sand and the ocean! Join the highly recommended optional 4 Islands Boat Trip to see secluded bays, picture perfect Thailand’s largest island has everything from magnificent beaches, and caves that lead to hidden lagoons. A definite slice of paradise! viewpoints with high cliffs and idyllic settings to a giant Buddha statue standing at 45m high overlooking the KRABI (AO NANG) (DAYS 7 & 8) coast. Phang Nga Bay, a highlight of this area, is not to Jam-packed with activities to suit every taste, Krabi be missed! It features clear emerald waters dotted with blends all that’s good about Thailand in one destination. limestone karst islands, caves that beg to be explored It’s the sort of place where you’ll want to stop to enjoy and the odd monkey or bat encounter. A definite must! the scenery, lay on the beach, paddle in canoes and At night, the buzzing Bangla Road is the place to be. have fruit shakes and cocktails at small hidden bars. The lively nights feature an optional pub crawl with KOH PHI PHI (DAYS 3 & 4) beer pong, slap cup and other drinking games while Made famous by the movie The Beach, it’s easy to see you mingle with the other crawlers and sip on your why this stunning archipelago is considered one of the included bucket. most beautiful places in the world. Channel your inner DiCaprio with an unmissable visit to Maya Bay, where the movie was filmed! The island is rich on options for both sea and land lovers alike, from pristine beaches and varied water sports to incredible hikes to viewpoints that will make your jaw drop with their sheer beauty.

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SOUTHERN THAILAND & ISLAND HOPPING 14 DAYS FROM $1939pp*

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OVERNIGHT TRAIN GULF OF THAILAND

KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK THAILAND

KRABI KOH LANTA

PHUKET KOH PHI PHI

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Explore the hidden temples of Bangkok, adventure through the jaw-dropping jungles of the Khao Sok National Park, and splash, dance and eat your way through incredible islands. Going home and feeling the withdrawal will be hard but this trip is worth taking!

HIGHLIGHTS • See the limestone cliffs of Khao Sok National Park • Get off the beaten track on Koh Lanta • Enjoy the fantastic 4 Islands boat trip • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | BANGKOK - KHAO SOK (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Meet your guide before hopping on a tuk tuk and seeing the sights. Next we’ll explore the Chao Phraya River and visit Wat Pho and the Temple of Dawn before our overnight train to Surat Thani.

DAY 2 | KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK (CHEOW LAN LAKE)

Climb on board our longtail boat as we explore Cheow Lan Lake, before our Thai lunch at our floating bungalow. Spend the rest of the day relaxing before we enjoy a traditional dinner on the water’s edge. (L,D)

DAY 3 | KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK

Today we offer the optional Khao Sok Elephant Experience, where you feed and wash Somboon, before planting sugar cane for him. (B,L)

DAY 4 | KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK - PHUKET

You have the choice of joining us for a meander down the Sok River to see the wildlife, or simply take the morning to kick back and relax. Later we head to Phuket where we’ll party the night away. (B)

DAY 5 | PHUKET

Today is yours to explore Phuket's beaches, temples and buddha statues. Tonight we head to Bangla Road. (B)

DAY 6 | PHUKET

Relax and enjoy your day in Phuket. Join an optional trip exploring Phang Nga Bay by canoe. This evening you are free to explore. (B)

DAY 7 | PHUKET - KOH PHI PHI

Hop on board the ferry as we journey to the Phi Phi Islands. Get your bearings with an orientation walk before some free time, and later we’ll hike to see the sunset. (B)

DAY 8 | KOH PHI PHI

Spend today exploring incredible Koh Phi Phi. Try out the water activities or relax on the beach. Tonight enjoy the mesmerising fire dancers, before gearing up for your last night on the town in this island paradise. (B)

DAY 9 | KOH PHI PHI - KOH LANTA

Today we head to Koh Lanta. Sip a cocktail on the white sandy beaches and have a swim in the clear waters. Later, we’ll explore the old town. (B)

DAY 10 | KOH LANTA

Today we head out on the 4 Islands Boat Trip, as a speedboat ferries us between picturesque locations. An included picnic on the beach at sunset rounds off another epic day. (B,L,D)

DAY 11 | KOH LANTA - KRABI (AO NANG)

We depart for Ao Nang in time for lunch and an included trip to breathtaking Railay Beach. This evening we’ll experience the nightlife of Krabi. (B)

DAY 12 | KRABI (AO NANG)

• Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local Thai guide • 12 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 12 breakfasts, 3 lunch and 1 dinner • Sunset picnic dinner on Koh Lanta • Air-conditioned private transport • Private transfers from Busabout’s accommodation to port • All ferries between islands • Entrance to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Temple of the Golden Buddha • Chao Phraya River and canals of Thonburi Tour • All National Park entrance fees as per itinerary • Cheow Lan Lake boat trip • Orientation walks of all islands • Boat trip to Railay Beach • 4 Island Boat Trip • Entrance to Koh Phi Phi sunset view point

FREE TIME

START: Bangkok. 9am END: Phuket. 10am Accommodation: 2/3-star hotel/resort (7 nts), hostel (4 nts), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt), floating bungalow resort (1 nt). Pre & Post accommodation: Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Explore Krabi today or join an optional excursion to see the stunning Emerald Pool, hot springs and Tiger Cave Temple before wrapping up in the Krabi food markets. (B)

DAY 13 | KRABI (AO NANG) - PHUKET

Today we head back to Phuket. We reach the city with plenty of time to see those last sights. Tonight is your last chance to experience the vibrant Thai nightlife and forge the memories of a lifetime. (B)

DAY 14 | PHUKET

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Get a Thai massage • Bathe and feed an elephant at the Khao Sok Elephant Sanctuary • Laze on the golden-sand beach at Phuket • Experience the nightlife of Bangla Road • Kayak through beautiful Phang Nga Bay in Phuket • Visit Maya Bay, where ‘The Beach’ was filmed • Volunteer at the Koh Lanta animal shelter • Visit the Emerald Pool and hot springs in Krabi

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THAI ISLANDS MOON PARTY MAY 2018 - FEB 2019 7 DAYS FROM $519pp

KOH TAO KOH PHANGAN GULF OF THAILAND

KOH SAMUI (START)

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Private transfers from Busabout’s accommodation to port • Final day transfer to Chaweng or Koh Samui airport • All ferries between islands • Orientation walks of all islands

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Explore the buzzing nightlife in Chaweng • Watch beachfront fire-twirling shows • Snorkel seas brimming with colourful fish • Rave at a famous all night moon party • Watch the sunset from the hills of Koh Tao • Chill by the beautiful beaches in Koh Phangan • Eat as the locals do at tasty street markets • Go scuba diving in Koh Tao • Party on Southeast Asia's biggest pub crawl • Go jungle trekking • Enjoy the outdoor activities and watersports

START: Koh Samui. 5pm END: Koh Samui. 12pm† Accommodation: Book Busabout recommended accommodation on MyTrip. We offer a variety of accommodation from hostels to private bungalows and hotels. There is something to cater for all budgets. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. † Please ensure to book your onward travels no sooner than 7 hours after expected arrival time in Koh Samui. Since we cannot guarantee return times due to weather, we suggest you book an extra night in Koh Samui when possible.

2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Half Moon Party Adult $519 | Student $499 Full Moon Party Adult $549 | Student $519

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Let yourself go loony at the best party in all of Southeast Asia. See half-naked people dancing like maniacs, witness insane fire throwing antics, and spot saucy acts in very peculiar places. Best of all, we make sure you enjoy all the madness!

HIGHLIGHTS • Rave at one of Koh Phangan's moon parties • Get active with outdoor activities & scuba diving • Relax the days away at secluded beaches • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | KOH SAMUI

Your adventure begins on the idyllic island paradise of Koh Samui. We have a welcome meeting before a delicious dinner and drinks, then head out into the night to experience Thailand’s vibrant nightlife at one of the many fine local bars and restaurants.

DAY 2 | KOH SAMUI - KOH PHANGAN

DAY 4 | KOH PHANGAN

You have most of the day to recover from the Moon Party, so spend a day at the beach or sleep it off if you need to. Later we travel into the hills to visit the Amsterdam Bar, which has a stunning view of Koh Samui from across the sea.

DAY 5 | KOH PHANGAN - KOH TAO

This morning we ferry to the picturesque island of Koh Tao. After arriving on “Turtle Island” and getting checked in we depart on an orientation walk of Sairee Village. Explore to your heart’s content before we meet to watch the sunset and have a relaxed dinner.

DAY 6 | KOH TAO

We catch an early ferry to the island of Koh Phangan where you have the rest of the day to explore. Join us for an optional Crazy Mango Tour or boat cruise and enjoy the numerous included activities. Tonight it’s another night on the town!

Spend today relaxing at your leisure or join us for an unmissable half-day snorkelling tour. This evening we have an optional pub crawl, the biggest in Asia! Join us and witness the madness as the night progresses while the quiet village streets transform into a rave of frolicking revellers.

DAY 3 | KOH PHANGAN

DAY 7 | KOH TAO - KOH SAMUI

Head to the beach for some rest and relaxation or try your hand at the varied water sports on offer. This evening we are guaranteed either a Full or Half Moon party, so slap on the glow paint and join us at the hostel before we set out for a night's adventure.

This morning we catch a ferry back to Koh Samui, before the trip comes to an end. For those staying, catch an included transfer to the recommended accommodation and keep the party going.


THAI ISLANDS MOON PARTY NOV 2017 - FEB 2018

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KOH TAO KOH PHANGAN

KOH SAMUI

KOH PHANGAN

Thailand’s second largest island is an oasis of picture-perfect natural beauty with its pristine beaches, stunning waterfalls and swaying coconut trees!

The original home of the moon parties is a tropical paradise complete with secluded beaches, jungle trekking, outdoor adventures and water sports.

GULF OF THAILAND

KOH SAMUI (START)

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Private transfers from Busabout’s accommodation to port • Final day transfer to Chaweng or Koh Samui airport • All ferries between islands • Orientation walks of all islands

FREE TIME

Chill out or join an optional activity

• Eat local Thai cuisine at the Chaweng night markets • Explore the buzzing nightlife of Koh Samui • Check out a Muay Thai show • Explore the scenery of the Ang Thong National Marine Park • Half day snorkelling boat trip • Rave at a famous all night Moon Party • Visit Serenity Bar for a sunset view in the hills • Enjoy a traditional Thai cabaret show – the Ladyboys • Go scuba diving in Koh Tao • Party on Southeast Asia's biggest pub crawl • Go jungle trekking • Enjoy the outdoor activities and watersports

INSTAGOLD: The viewpoint at Ang Thong National Park.

KOH TAO

INSTAGOLD: The pristine white-sand beaches!

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START: Koh Samui. 5pm END: Koh Samui. 12pm† Accommodation: Book Busabout recommended accommodation on MyTrip. We offer a variety of accommodation from hostels to private bungalows and hotels. There is something to cater for all budgets. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees. † Please ensure to book your onward travels no sooner than 7 hours after expected arrival time in Koh Samui. Since we cannot guarantee return times due to weather, we suggest you book an extra night in Koh Samui when possible.

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Known as a diver’s paradise, this small island offers great snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities as well as beautiful hikes and a buzzing nightlife! INSTAGOLD: Sunset from Serenity Bar.

Moon parties are like no other beach party on the planet! Here drinks are sold by the bucket, the bright body paint glows all night long and the heavy beats keep the energy levels up until sunrise.

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VIETNAM & HALONG BAY ADVENTURE 16 DAYS FROM $1709pp*

HANOI (START)

MAI CHAU

HALONG BAY

LAOS

PHONG NHA KE BANG

HUE

THAILAND

SOUTH CHINA SEA

HOI AN

VIETNAM CAMBODIA

Overnight Stays

OVERNIGHT TRAIN NHA TRANG DALAT

HO CHI MINH CITY

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS • Your fantastic Busabout crew • Local guide • 14 nights’ accommodation • 1 night sleeper train • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners • Air-conditioned private transport • Village Cycle trip Mai Chau • Entrance to Vinh Moc Tunnels, Po Nagar Cham Towers and Linh Phuoc Temple • Visit a floating fishing village by rustic row boat • Swimming & kayaking at Bai Tu Long • Hanoi street food tour

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Visit Sung Sot Cave • Swim in mud caverns in Phong Nha-Ke Bang • Learn to cook the local cuisine in Hoi An • Enjoy Nha Trang's great beaches and nightlife • Sail and snorkel around the islands off Nha Trang • Get active at the adventure playground of Dalat • Visit the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City

START: Hanoi. 7:30am END: Ho Chi Minh City. 10am Accommodation: Traditional junk boat with modern facilities (2 nts), 2/3-star hotels (11 nts), homestay: multi-share (1 nt), sleeper train: quad-share (1 nt). Accommodation Upgrades: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation is available on MyTrip with no booking fees.*Per person price is based on twin share unless otherwise specified above. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

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Spend marvellous moments sailing through the karst scenery of Ha Long Bay, challenge your taste buds by savouring the spicy, strange, and fresh flavours of Hanoi’s street markets, and slip and slide your way into deep, scintillating caves.

HIGHLIGHTS • Gaze out on the limestone karst scenery • Discover the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Caves • Visit the historic Vinh Moc tunnels • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | HANOI - HALONG BAY

We board our vessel to Halong Bay and enjoy a lunch before taking a rowboat to Vung Vieng. Later, learn to make crispy spring rolls, and devour them on board. (L,D)

DAY 2 | HALONG BAY

Start your day with a Tai Chi session on deck, before we set sail for Three Peach Beach. Try out kayaking or take a dip in the emerald waters before dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 | HALONG BAY - HANOI

Today we’ll experience the most famed cave in Halong Bay, Sung Sot Cave. Later we head back to Hanoi, where we try out Vietnamese cuisine on a street food tour. (B,L)

DAY 4 | HANOI - MAI CHAU

We journey through rice fields en route to Mai Chau where we join a bicycle tour with a local guide, before a traditional meal and drinks at the homestay. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 | MAI CHAU - PHONG NHA KE BANG

Today we arrive at the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Later we head to Easy Tiger Bar to see a live band and kickstart an unforgettable night.(B)

DAY 6 | PHONG NHA KE BANG

Go to Paradise Cave today on an optional excursion and catch Vietnam’s longest zip line to the Dark Cave! (B)

DAY 7 | PHONG NHA KE BANG - HUE 40

With a stop en route at the Vinh Moc tunnels, we arrive to an optional excursion to see the sights of this city. (B).

DAY 8 | HUE - HOI AN

This morning we journey along the coast towards the city of Hoi An. Upon arrival we head out to a local tailor, for those looking for bespoke clothing. The rest of the day is yours to check out the Old Town. (B)

DAY 9 | HOI AN

Explore this morning and get lost in the vibrant streets! This afternoon we offer a taste of local life on an optional Eco Tour and cooking class before we head out to experience the nightlife of this coastal gem. (B)

DAY 10 | HOI AN - NHA TRANG (OVERNIGHT TRAIN)

Venture to the pristine local beaches to soak up some sun or explore your last day in Hoi An as you wish. This evening we catch an overnight train to Nha Trang. (B)

DAY 11 | NHA TRANG

After we arrive in Nha Trang, explore the numerous sights and attractions.

DAY 12 | NHA TRANG - DALAT

Onwards to Dalat, where we have an orientation walk upon arrival. We recommend checking out the “Crazy House” and its odd, organic architecture. (B)

DAY 13 | DALAT

Explore Dalat yourself or join an optional excursion. Tonight head out to the 100 Roofs Cafe. (B)

DAY 14 | DALAT - HO CHI MINH CITY

Today we have a visit to the Linh Phuoc Pagoda temple. Upon arrival in old Saigon we’ll have an orientation walk, then a night of fun at a Vietnamese club. (B)

DAY 15 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Today we offer an optional excursion to the Cu Chi tunnels before our last evening together. (B)

DAY 16 | HO CHI MINH CITY

Check-out is after breakfast. (B)


HALONG BAY ADVENTURE 3 DAYS FROM $479pp*

CHINA

VIETNAM

HANOI (START)

HALONG BAY LAOS

Overnight Stays

NEED TO KNOW INCLUSIONS

Sail through this UNESCO World Heritage wonderland and experience the best bits as you snorkel in the clear seas, devour delicious local food in a floating village, and karaoke all-night in the on-board bar. We promise you’ll struggle to find anything quite as beautiful.

HIGHLIGHTS • Relax on your luxurious Vietnamese boat • Gaze at the beautiful limestone karst scenery • Visit a floating village and stunning caves • Plus all bolded highlights in the itinerary

DAY 1 | HANOI – HALONG BAY

Today we’ll journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay. Board the vessel and grab a welcome drink before enjoying a delicious lunch on deck. Afterwards, we take a rowboat to the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng. This evening learn how to make crispy spring rolls before devouring them whilst enjoying happy hour on board. (L,D)

DAY 2 | HALONG BAY

Early this morning try out a Tai Chi session on the deck, before setting sail for white sandy Three Peach Beach, which is yours to enjoy for the day. Tonight we enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dinner awash in the glorious ambience of the bay. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 | HALONG BAY - HANOI

Today we make our way to Sung Sot Cave for an unforgettable expedition. Then we begin our journey back to the mainland. Soak up the scenery and enjoy a lovely lunch before your arrival. For those continuing onward it’s time to check-in for the Vietnam Adventure, to those leaving us we hope to see you again soon. (B,L)

• Local guide • 2 nights’ accommodation • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners • Transfers to & from Hanoi and Ha Long Bay • Morning Tai Chi • Visit a floating fishing village by rustic row boat • Swimming & kayaking at Bai Tu Long

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Chill out or join an optional activity

• Get a massage • Swim and kayak at Three Peach Beach • Karaoke on board the boat • Learn to make local Vietnamese dishes • Snorkel amongst 200 species of tropical fish • Kayak around the beautiful karsts

START: Hanoi. 7:30am END: Hanoi. 5pm Accommodation: Traditional junk boat with modern facilities (2 nts). Accommodation Upgrade: Single room. Pre & Post accommodation: Book through MyTrip with no booking fees. *Per person price is based on twin-share. (B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner)

2017, 2018 & 2019 DEPARTURE DATES & PRICES Low Season Adult $479 High Season Adult $489

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Bookings made via the Operators’ own websites are considered as made with the operator directly. 1.2 On confirmation of your booking, subject to availability and at the Operator’s discretion, the Operator will reserve your place(s) on your selected product(s) “trip(s)”. It is your (or on bookings involving more than one person, the lead passenger’s) responsibility, as the customer, to check the accuracy of your booking and travel dates. A contract is only made between you and the Operator upon your booking being confirmed and accepted through communication thereof to either you or your authorised travel agent (hereinafter referred to as “confirmation”). 1.3 On confirmation of your booking, a Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’ and an e-ticket will be sent to either you or your travel agent for fully paid bookings. A Booking Statement indicating the amount paid and an e-ticket will be sent, for bookings where only a deposit or lesser amount has been paid. 1.4 In order to reserve your trip: 1.4a) Tours costing 400 AUD or less: full payment must be made at time of booking. 1.4b) Tours costing more than 400 AUD: a nonrefundable deposit of 200 AUD per person per trip is required, but if the booking is made within 45 days of the nominated departure date, the full amount payable must be made at the time of booking. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the trip price by the Operator only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by the Operator or your travel agent. 1.4c) The outstanding balance of the trip price must be paid by no later than 45 days prior to the scheduled, nominated or confirmed trip departure date or the payment date specified in any promotion, which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you. Whilst every endeavour will be made to remind you of the payment due dates, it is your responsibility to make this payment. If payment is not made to the operator or to your authorised travel agent (for agent bookings) by the due date, the Operator may assume that you have cancelled your trip and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by the Operator 1.4d) Booking Statements confirming ‘Full Payment’ will not be issued until full payment has been received by the Operator or authorised travel agent. 1.5 In the case of bookings made within 45 days of trip departure, the full cost of the trip will be payable immediately at time of booking. 1.6 The Operator reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should full payment not be received within the above specified periods. 1.7 If you wish to book to travel at student prices, you must have an ISIC, ITIC, ISE or Student Flights student ID Card, valid at time of and for the duration of your travels with the Operator. Photocopies or confirmations of purchase will not be accepted. 1.8 Ultimate Asia Pass – this pass permits travel on every Busabout Asia trip Itinerary once within a 3 month period after the nominated start date on booking. You must confirm your individual trip departure dates within this pass a minimum of 45 days prior to departure. 2. TRAVELLING 2.1 The Operator’s e-tickets / Booking Statements confirming ‘Full Payment’ are not transferable. Your e-ticket / Booking Statement indicating that full payment has been made must be produced at any time at the Operator’s request. You will also be required to produce your valid passport, and the valid student card used when booking, for travel at student prices (see section 1.7 and 4.13), each time you travel. A valid passport is required as proof of identification for all trips. 2.2 Baggage is restricted to one reasonable sized suitcase or backpack (maximum weight 20KG) and one small carry-on bag per passenger. Baggage in excess of these limits may not be carried. 2.3 It is your responsibility to check-in with the Operator 15 minutes prior to the specified departure time. The Operator will not be liable for any service that departs or returns later than its specified time, even if as a result you miss a connecting service. The Operator will use its best efforts to ensure that departure and return times are met. 3. CANCELLATION & CHANGES 3.1 Cancellation of your booking must be in writing to either the Operator (for direct or website bookings) or the authorised Agent through which your booking was made. If your booking was made through an authorised Agent, all amendments and cancellations must be made directly through the Agent and not with the Operator (the Agent may also levy cancellation charges in addition to those noted below - please check with the Agent at time of booking). When written notification has been received by the Operator, a fee will be levied to cover the costs incurred. The amount of the cancellation fee will be dependent on the number of days prior to the departure date of the tour (not including the day of departure or the day of notification). 3.2 Flex-Deposit: If you need to cancel for whatever reason, where written confirmation is received from you or your authorised Agent with minimum 45 days notice prior to your confirmed or nominated departure date, your deposit value will remain secure until you are ready to use it against a trip of the same or greater total value. One deposit amount can be credited per trip. Deposits cannot be combined or applied to existing bookings. No refund of the deposit will be applicable. Where the new trip departure is within the 2018 operating season, this must be confirmed in writing to the Operator minimum 45 days prior to the new departure date. One date change per person per tour is permitted without incurring an administration fee from the Operator. Any additional date and / or tour changes will incur an administration fee of 40 AUD per person per tour. For travel during the 2019 operating season the new departure date must be confirmed by 31st December 2018 and will be subject to the confirmed brochure prices and booking terms and conditions of the 2019 Operating season. It is your responsibility to notify the Operator in writing of your new nominated departure date. If the Operator has not received notification prior to the minimum notice period given the Operator will assume that you have cancelled your tour, you no longer wish to travel and your deposit will be forfeited. All changes are subject to availability. 3.3 Cancellation of individual passengers from a multiple booking where a group discount applies (e.g. ‘Mates’ Rates’ discount) will mean that the discount applied at the time of booking will be forfeited, due to the qualifying criteria no longer being met. If the cancellation results in the qualifying criteria no longer being met, then the total price payable for the remaining passengers on the booking will be adjusted, and any forfeited discount will be reclaimed through deduction in calculating any refund due to the cancelling passengers. The below cancellation fees are levied from periods of notice given prior to confirmed / nominated departure date as a % of the total trip fare.

Product

Cancellations outside 45 days

Cancellations 45 - 15 days

Cancellations within 14 days

Busabout Asia trips

Flex-Deposit (3.2)

25% fee

100% fee

3.5 Private Group / Bespoke Tours - specific cancellation fees apply to each tour, the Operator will inform you of these prior to payment. A non-refundable deposit will be required at time of booking to cover any accommodation, third party supplier, meal and attraction costs. Where bookings include entrance fees to attractions, accommodation, involve accommodation upgrades or specific accommodation requests any cancellation fees incurred by the Operator will be passed on to you in addition to the standard Private Group / Bespoke Tours refund policy. 3.6 Any changes of departure date or tour within 45 -15 days of departure will incur an administration fee of 40 AUD, per person per tour, subject to availability and charges in lieu of clauses 3.7 or 3.8 where the new departure date / tour must be immediately nominated. These changes may result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked Tours and are in addition to any fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.7 Tour changes to one of a lower value or seasonality will result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked tour and will be subject to an administration fee equivalent to the cancellation fee on the original Tour booked. 3.8 Tour changes to one of higher value or seasonality will require the difference in price to be paid. This may also result in the loss of any special discounts applied to the originally booked Tours. 3.9 If the reason for your cancellation is covered under your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim under that policy. 3.10 a) Name changes are permitted on Busabout Asia Trips provided a minimum 30 day notice period from the nominated departure date is given in writing with full passenger details, and will incur an administration fee of 40 AUD per person per tour. 3.10 b) Within 30 days of the nominated departure date no name changes are permitted. 3.11 – Ultimate Asia Pass – Any date changes of individual trips within the Ultimate Asia pass are permitted until 15 days from departure of the individual trip in question at an administration fee of 40 AUD per person per tour, subject to availability. No date changes are permitted within 15 days of each individual trip. Date changes are only permitted to departure dates within 3 months of the nominated pass start date. For any full cancellation, name change or change to the nominated start date of the Ultimate Asia Pass, the pass is considered 1 product with conditions outlined within clause 3. No refunds are permitted based on incomplete use of the pass. 4. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES 4.1 The tour/tour products offered are forms of transportation. For this reason the Operators’ representatives cannot offer constant special attention or assistance should you have any physical disability requiring such attention. 4.2 The programs in this brochure have been designed for passengers aged 18 years and over with the style and operation specifically designed for young independent travelers. This fact should be recognised when you book. Passengers are primarily in the 18-45 year age group. 4.3 Passengers must be aged 18 years or over on date of travel commencing. The Operator may, at its absolute discretion, and in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age restriction, provided that they are accompanied by a responsible person of 18 years or over. There is no upper age restriction. 4.4 PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES are welcome on trips, provided that they do not require special assistance from the Operator’s personnel. Should your disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of the Operator accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. The Operator will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services. Any medical or physical condition requiring third party attention or treatment must be advised in writing to our Reservations Team at the time the booking is made. It is your responsibility to see to it that your letter is acknowledged with the booking confirmation. The Operator cannot guarantee travel in the absence of such an acknowledgement. Many of our tours involve physical activity and may not be suitable if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. For further detailed terms and conditions see Busabout.com. 4.5 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all necessary visas, permits and certificates on your person for your selected itinerary, to have all necessary vaccinations and to comply with applicable laws. The Operator will not allow you to travel if you do not have a valid visa for your destination. The Operator will not allow you to travel without a valid passport. 4.6 You agree to comply with the authority of the Operator’s representative and the laws and regulations of the countries visited, including customs and foreign exchange restrictions. If you do not do so, you may, at the discretion of the Operator’s representative, be asked to leave the tour. No refunds will be issued in such circumstances. 4.7 You agree that the Operators’ representatives may take photographs and video recordings of you while you are a passenger. These may be used in the Operator’s brochures and/or advertising and publicity material (including social media) without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 4.8 You agree that the Operator may use any text written in comments books, recorded in customer surveys or input to online forums, in brochures, websites and/or advertising and publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of comments. 4.9 There may be times when the Operator’s personnel and/or representatives have to make a decision in the interests of safety. It is a condition of booking that you comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed representative of the Operator. If you do not comply with the said representative or are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of members of the tour, the Operator reserves the right to refuse to allow you to continue the tour. In such a case the Operator will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional costs incurred by you. The Operator cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others on your tour nor if any facilities are curtailed as a result of their actions. 4.10 The Operators do not tolerate any form of abuse, verbal or otherwise, of its personnel. Any person abusing or threatening the Operator’s personnel or associated representatives will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel. 4.11 You are responsible for looking after your personal belongings whilst travelling. The Operator cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings left behind or damaged on any tour irrespective of the circumstances. 4.12 It is the responsibility of the individual passenger and authorised Travel Agent on the passenger’s behalf, to check the accuracy of dates booked upon receipt of their Booking Statement confirming ‘Full Payment’. 4.13 If you paid a Student price on booking, you will be required to prove this entitlement at check-in for each departure by exhibiting a valid ISIC, ISE, ITIC or Student Flights student card. Should you not be able to do this, you will be charged the difference between the full tour price and the student discounted price in addition to an administration fee of 50 USD. 4.14 The Operator has a zero tolerance policy on possession of illegal drugs or substances. Any passenger deemed to have breached this condition by the Operator will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel and any associated refund. 5. LOCAL TOURS & EXCURSIONS 5.1 You may have the opportunity to purchase local tours or excursions from the Guides/ On-Board Guides/Check-in Staff. These tours and excursions are run by local operators and you will be subject to their terms and conditions. 5.2 Local tours and excursions purchased via Guides/ On-Board Guides/Check-in Staff are

non-refundable. It is your responsibility to meet the tour at the designated departure point and time. Travel will only be permitted on presentation of the official Guides/On-Board Guides/ Check in Staff issued voucher to the named operator. 5.3 Local tour and Excursion vouchers that are lost or stolen cannot be replaced. 6. INSURANCE 6.1 There is no travel insurance cover included in the price of any pass(es), ticket, tour, trip or product represented in this brochure. 6.2 The Operator requires that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability before you travel. You may also wish to indemnify the Operator against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies that may be brought against the Operator in respect of your travel needs/requirements. The Operator may require you to provide details of your insurance as a condition of travel. 7. CHANGES BY THE OPERATOR 7.1 Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates at September 1, 2017. Should these costs change it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your tour. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. 7.2 No surcharge in respect of costs or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any Government or their Agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. The surcharge will only be made where the increase in cost will affect the price of the tour by more than 2%. 7.3 The Operator reserves the right to vary, modify or cancel any itinerary, either part or wholly. If this is necessary, they will substitute alternative arrangements of comparable value, or at the Operator’s discretion provide a full or partial refund. 7.4 If access to any country or area is prohibited for reasons of force majeure (i.e. circumstances such as political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond the Operator’s control) the Operator reserves the right to amend or alter the product, or fully or partially withdraw the program. If the Operator cannot offer suitable substitute services, you will be entitled to a refund (less reasonable expenses incurred by the Operator in respect of your booking). The amount of the refund will be calculated pro-rata based on used portion of the tour. 7.5 The Operator reserves the right to alter or substitute the type of vehicle mentioned in the brochure or websites. 8. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can the Operators be held responsible for any delay, deviation or cancellation due to weather conditions, nor can any tour be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of weather conditions. 9. NO SMOKING POLICY The Operators operate a No Smoking Policy on all their vehicles and properties. 10. DISPUTE PROCEDURES 10.1 If you have a complaint in respect of any Operator, you should inform the Operator’s Representative at the time. Any complaint that cannot be resolved by the Operator’s Representative should be submitted in writing within 28 days of the incident to The Customer Services Manager, Busabout, Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands so that your complaint can be passed to and then investigated by the Operator. The Operators will not consider complaints after the 28 day period from the end date of your tour. 10.2 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Guernsey Law unless the Operator agrees otherwise in writing. 10.3 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 10.4 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against the Operator, you agree to pay all of the Operator’s costs associated to any such legal action, including but not limited to attorney / client costs. 11. CONTRACTING PARTIES 11.1 The booking conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and the Operator. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied by a duly authorised officer or Director of the Operator in writing. 11.2 Your contract is with the Operator. At any time, and at the Operator’s complete discretion, the Operator may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which the Operator may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with the Operator. The Operator may at its complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 11.3 All bookings with other Operators and service providers are subject to their terms and conditions and limitations of liability. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst the Operator cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third parties, the Operator will give reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. 11.4 Many accommodation arrangements referred to in this brochure are provided independently and directly by third party providers (unless stated otherwise). Any such contracts undertaken are made directly between you and the third party accommodation provider. They are subject to the terms and conditions, and limitations of liability, imposed by the individual accommodation provider. All such arrangements are made independently of the Operator, regardless of any help and assistance, which the Operator may provide in securing such arrangements. 11.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represents themselves either as contracting with any legal relationship with any such purchaser. 11.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however the Operator cannot be held responsible for printing and typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 12. VALIDITY The programs, products and tours advertised in this brochure are valid from the operating season pertaining to each Operator as specified in this brochure and the Operator’s website, unless stated to the contrary. These Terms and Conditions supersede all previous Terms and Conditions issued and are valid for all reservations made on or after 1 September 2017, until replaced. 13. OPERATING COMPANIES 13.1a) The Busabout Trips advertised in this brochure are operated by Busabout Operations Ltd., The Travel House, Rue Du Manoir, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands. Please note that Busabout utilises ground handlers to assist with the operation of our products. These ground handlers include Diethelm Travel, Thailand (Southern Thailand Adventure and all Thai Islands Operations) and Trails of Indochina, Vietnam (all other remaining Busabout Asia Trips). 14. TERMS AND CONDITIONS For a full expanded list of our Terms and Conditions please see Busabout.com.


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