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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM –10 days Diverse legacies, ancient temples & deserted beaches Long-known for all the wrong reasons Cambodia is rightfully claiming its name as the go-to place for travellers who want rich, authentic experiences. The country’s history shouldn’t be discounted though, the diverse legacies, the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, the horror of the killing fields – all of this in stark contrast to the relaxing sandy shores, the busy waterways of the Mekong Delta and jam-packed streets of Phonm Penh make this country a fascinating destination…not to mention a much better choice than a visit to a museum or an all inclusive resort! Our ten-day adventure will see you starting out from bustling Bangkok and then making your way to Siem Reap for two Indian-Jones-style days of site exploration. We’re talking the vast templates of Angkor Wat. Your next two days will be spent checking out Phnon Penh, the riverside city of cafes, shady streets

and thriving markets full of vibrant colours, sounds and smells. Later on in your adventure you’ll spend two days soaking up Sihanoukville’s sunny rays, beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and pumping nightlife. After spending two days kicking-back you’ll cross into the Mekong Delta and its surrounding rich green world complete with rice fields, floating market and cottage industries. The following morning you’ll head into Ho Chi Minh City, once a Khmer trading and fishing port and admire the enthralling hub of activity with the possibilities for eating, shopping, sightseeing and entertainment virtually limitless. Its day 10 and your amazing adventure is over.

What’s included: 9nts accommodation inc simple hotels (7nts) and simple beach bungalows (2nts), 5 breakfasts, all transport and Tour Leader.

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Bangkok Siem Reap Angkor Wat Phnom Penh Sihanoukville Mekong Delta Ho Chi Minh City

Departs selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays

VIETNAM - HO CHI MINH TO HANOI – 12 days Charming, chaotic, colourful? You’ve arrived in Vietnam Vietnam was put here to tantalize all your senses. Ho Chi Minh City is chaotic, Hoi An charming, Hue has an imperial feel and Hanoi is vibrant with Halong Bay well, simply put…it’s stunning. Believe us; this trip has something for everyone. You’ll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City where you’ll spend your first night. The second day you’ll awake and be taken into the market maze that is the city’s central market. You’ll find everything you could possibly imagine and more. The next two days will see you boarding a boat and splashing through the blue bay that dazzles beside the festive beach town of Nha Trang. You’ll get to stop and swim at one of the many pristine beaches along the way. Your fifth and sixth day will see you wandering through the picturesque streets of Hoi An – a 16th century trading port where the buildings bear traces of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and French architectural styles. The next two days are left up to you to decide –

explore the riverside garden tombs built for Vietnam’s last emperors or take a motorbike trip out to the stunning countryside. You’ll spend day nine in Vietnam on a traditional wooden junk floating through the weird yet wonderful islands that dot the vast emerald bay part of which makes Halong Bay famous. Your last two days spent exploring the dozens of traditional guild streets that make up Hanoi’s thousand-year-old Old Quarter and join Buddhist monks for prayers in a serene lakeside pagoda before departing Hanoi for the trip back home.

What’s included: 11nts accommodation inc simple hotels/guesthouse (8nts) and sleeper train (3nts), transport – train, local bus, aircon bus, walking and boat, meals – 5 breakfasts/1 lunch and Tour Leader.

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Ho Chi Minh City Nha Trang Hoi An Hue e Halong Bay Boat cruis Hanoi

Departs selected Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays

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PERTH TO EXMOUTH RETURN – 7 DAYS Outback, adventure & delightful dolphins Explore the coast of Western Australia with stunning beaches, dramatic gorges and freshwater pools that will enchant you. Hug the coast northbound and conveniently return via an inland route to Perth. Start off by jumping aboard and heading north to Nambung National Park to explore the fascinating formations of the Pinnacles Desert. Get ready for an adrenaline hit when sand-boarding on the local dunes. The next day a short drive to Murchison Gorge in Kalbarri National Park will allow you to explore Nature’s Window, the Loop and Z-Bend Gorge – an exhilarating 150 metre descent into the heart of the gorge – before taking an invigorating swim in the tranquil water pools (seasonal). Day three will see you hitting the beach after a short drive across the Peron Peninsula before making your way to see the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins! Head across to Carnarvon, before finishing the day by driving the highway to Coral Bay. Spend your

next day discovering the wonders of the Ningaloo Reef and its fantastic marine wildlife – snorkelling, cruising on a glass-bottom boat, quad bike tours or a joy flight over the reef are just some of the awesome activities available (all at own expense). Come afternoon you’ll make the short trip to Exmouth. The next day you can laze about on the beach or head underwater to go diving (optional). Otherwise, tour around the area including Turquoise Bay and Yardie Creek. Your last two days will see you hit the road early to begin your trip back to Perth, staying overnight at Northbrook Farmstay for the last evening together with your group. You’ll also stop at the Greenough Wildlife Park – home to the python breeding centre – where you can get friendly with a snake if you so please!

What’s included: Multi-share farm stay and hostel

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The Pinnacles rk Kalbarri National Pa Monkey Mia Dolphins Coral Bay Snorkelling Exmouth

accommodation, experienced guide and most meals.

Departure Days - Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Perth to Broome – 10 days Hit up the West Side ‘Sup homie! Hitting up the Aussie west coast? Prepare to discover some of the most beautiful landscapes in Australia on this 10 day tour. Make your way out of Perth and head north through the Nambung National Park, where you’ll come across the intriguing Pinnacles Desert. Day Two kicks off with Kalbarri National Park, where you’ll explore Nature’s Window, the Loop and Z-Bend Gorge. It’s all monkey business on Day Three - you’ll hit the beach after a short drive across the Peron Peninsula to see the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins - have your cameras ready! Day Four it’s time to relax before Day Five when it’s time to explore the Exmouth region. Day Six your

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From destination is the oasis of Karijini before Days Seven & Eight, when your focus is National Parks - Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge are just some of the areas you’ll get to. Day Nine is all about lazing on the forever-stretching Eighty Mile Beach, before arriving in Broome for a pearl or two on Day 10 – phew!

What’s included: 5 nights dorm-share accommodation & 4 nights camping, experienced Guide, most meals, Karijini National Park, Coral Bay & Monkey Mia dolphins.

Departure Days - Monday, Wednesday & Friday

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Ningaloo Reef Eighty Mile Beach rk KarijiNI National Pa Coral Bay rk Kalbarri National Pa lphins Monkey Mia Do


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BALI ESCAPE – 7 nights Be Bali beautiful

Bali is outrageously beautiful with each region in Bali so unique that it’s impossible to describe – it must be experienced. Initially recognized by surfers (we envisage seriously hot looking ones) Bali is now well known for a raft of other pleasurable pursuits – water-sports, spas, resorts, restaurants, nightlife and the Balinese people – the friendliest, most peaceful and humble people you’ll ever meet. The local villages teem with children who will run out to greet you and wave as you go past. All of this is available to you no matter what your budget, Bali is always affordable and we’ve found a hotel located less than 5 minutes from the

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white sands of Legian Beach and a manageable hike from Kuta’s bars too! It dishes up traditional Balinese hospitality by the bucketful - which guarantees smiles all round and a great massage service - as well as a mean line of cocktails by the pool. The rooms are large and super-clean and there’s Internet in the lobby. With an abundance shopping, the marvelous food and the weather wonderful you’ll have to slap yourself that you’re living it up on so little in this tropical paradise – a small pinch won’t do!

What’s included: 7 nights twin share

accommodation at Legian Village Resort, daily breakfast & return flights from Perth & prepaid taxes.

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Phuket Escape – 7 days PHUKET PARADISE

Phuket (poo-get) is Thailand’s largest and most popular island…and as you can imagine causes quite a stir when mispronounced! But if it’s a dream destination you’re after, Phuket is it. You’ll be blown away by balmy beaches, tasty feeds, decadent resorts and water-sports galore. Phuket also doubles as the handy gateway to Thailand’s beautiful beaches, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi. The swim-all-day, party-all-night vibe mixes pure relaxation with a little craziness, and we’ve found the perfect spot for you to stay – only 2 mins from the beach! Malai House is a small and friendly guest house located in the centre of Karon’s hip and happening area.

On arrival at Alice Springs you’ll be whisked off to your hostel – no snoozing till the evening though, the afternoon still calls! If you need a ‘lil recommendation from us, two must-do afternoon activities are checking out the Kangaroo Rescue Centre or hitting the local markets (if you’re lucky enough to arrive on Sunday). Next morning you’ll be on your way to visit the Outback Camel Farm – and if you’re game, ride one! From here you’ll continue on to Uluru (Ayers Rock) where you’ll tuck into some Aussie food, check out Kata Tjuta and hike the Valley of the Winds. Come sunset you’ll return to Uluru to savour some champers and listen to the dingos call while sleeping under the stars. Up bright and early the following morning you’ll watch the sun over Uluru some more – this time round it’ll

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It boasts a rocking beach-front location with open-aired restaurant and bar, plus free WiFi all over the hotel so you can update your Facebook status as you go. Room facilities include air-con, tea/coffee making facilities, in-room safety deposit box, TV, hairdryer and minibar. Prepare to be pampered with first-class service all the way; so good in fact, you won’t want to come home!

What’s included: 7 nights twin share

accommodation at Malai House, return flights from Perth & prepaid taxes.

Uluru – ayers rock - 5 days Sunsets galore…

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rise rather than fall. Take the early morning stroll like nan and pops and walk around the base. After another well-deserved meal you can don a pair of heels – just like Priscilla Queen of the Desert – and strut on the top of Kings Canyon. Next day you’ll return back to your hostel in Alice Springs before washing up and hitting the local – just make sure it’s the famous Bojangles! Come morning that’s all folks – you’ll board your plane back home…if only holidays could last forever?

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What’s included: Arrival airport transfer,

accommodation in Alice Springs, Outback Camel Farm – camel riding is at own expense (and pleasure), Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Valley of the Winds, Kings Canyon, The Amphitheatre and some meals.

*Includes local payment of $25

Spring into action & book now! Terms & Conditions: All prices are correct at time of print (22Dec09 ) but are subject to change without notice. Prices are based on cash, eftpos, Bpay payments only; payment by other means may incur surcharges. All quoted prices are per person. All bookings are subject to availability. Local taxes & levies for tours are included in the package price. Upgrades to twin share or private rooms with ensuite may incur additional costs. Flights are only included in the Bali & Phuket Escapes packages. Full payment is required at the time of booking. Travel insurance is strongly recommended and some of the listed packages require travel insurance. Cancellation fees apply. STA Travel cancellation fees are in addition to suppliers cancellation fees. STA Travel Pty Ltd trading as STA Travel WA 9TA75.


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