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VIETNAM CAMBODIA | LAOS | BORNEO | INDONESIA | THAILAND | MYANMAR

GROUP TOURS | TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS | ASIA STOPOVERS

2019-2020


WELCOME TO VIETNAM & BEYOND

YOUR GUIDE TO VIETNAM & BEYOND 5 6 8

Discover Vietnam with Wendy Wu Tours The Wendy Wu Tours difference 25 years of touring excellence

Choose a tour that’s right for you Cultural encounters

OUR GROUP TOURS 14

FULLY INCLUSIVE CLASSIC TOURS Vietnam Impressions Myanmar Explorer Vietnam at a Glance Thailand Highlights Myanmar & the Irrawaddy Around Cambodia Vibrant Vietnam NEW Best of Borneo Vietnam Trails Indochina Delights

It’s a pleasure to introduce you to this special anniversary edition of our Vietnam and beyond brochure. 2019 marks Wendy Wu Tours’ 25th anniversary of providing extraordinary tour experiences to Australian holiday-makers. Since 1994, we’ve been pioneering travel to new destinations all over Asia and are now recognised as the leading touring specialist in the region. Our extensive range of tours to Vietnam and beyond will show you the very best of the Southeast Asian region. Using our expertise, we can take you to see the iconic sights and experience local culture, with our National Escorts taking care of you every step of the way. This year we’re delighted to introduce a brand-new tour exploring Indonesia, including the incredible Komodo Island. There’s also Vibrant Vietnam, a new two-week exploration covering all the country’s classic sights, plus two new tours especially dedicated to solo travellers.

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Incredible Indonesia NEW Hidden Treasures of Myanmar Angkor to the Bay Laos & Cambodia Unveiled Vietnam Panorama Vietnam Highlights Mekong Odyssey Treasures of Vietnam & China Grand Tour of Indochina

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Vietnam & Cambodia Experience NEW

15 days

Scenic Vietnam NEW

13 days

IMMERSE YOURSELF TOURS

We look forward to welcoming you on tour very soon!

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SOLO TOURS Wendy Wu – Founder, Wendy Wu Tours

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Vietnam Explorer Highlights of Laos Myanmar Discovery Thailand & Laos Adventure

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Vietnam Adventure Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery Indochina: The Big One

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Heart of Indochina Cambodia & Vietnam Revealed

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DELUXE COLLECTION TOURS Jewels of Vietnam Classical Vietnam

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TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

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PRIVATE TOURS Vietnam at a Glance

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Myanmar Explorer

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Classic Mekong Downstream The Mekong: From Laos to China

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RIVER CRUISING Discover Halong Bay Halong Bay in Focus

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SHORT STAYS & STOPOVERS Vietnam 104 Cambodia 107 Laos 108 Thailand 108 Malaysia 109

Singapore 110 Hong Kong 110 Bangkok 111 Kuala Lumpur 111

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Southeast Asia is a dream destination for many travellers - with captivating scenery, tranquil temples and sensational food, it's easy to see why. Uncover countless cultures, beautiful landscapes and fascinating history in this most enchanting region.

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WENDY'S TOP 8 VIETNAM & BEYOND SIGHTS QUI NHON

ANGKOR SIEM REAP

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HUA HIN PHNOM PENH

CAMBODIA

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SAIGON

Drift the tranquil, emerald waters and soak up the beauty of the foliagecloaked limestone karsts on our Vietnam group tour itineraries.

(HO CHI MINH CITY)

PHAN THIET

SIHANOUKVILLE KOH SAMUI

ANGKOR, CAMBODIA

The Angkor temples exude a rare majesty that few places can match – admire them on any group tour itinerary featuring Cambodia.

3 HOI AN, VIETNAM It’s impossible not to love Hoi An’s quaint streets and relaxed atmosphere – that’s why it is included on all Vietnam itineraries.

MEKONG DELTA

PHUKET

KOTA KINABALU

LANGKAWI

MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR

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KUCHING

4 LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

5 SAPA, VIETNAM

Luang Prabang is one of the most captivating towns in Asia, of great spiritual and natural beauty. Visit this sacred place on Grand Tour of Indochina (page 54), Highlights of Laos (page 68) and Thailand & Laos Adventure (page 72).

With its rice terraces and hazy peaks, Sapa is ripe for exploration. See it on Vietnam Trails (page 34) or Vietnam Adventure (page 74) or add it as an extension to any of our Vietnam group tours.

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MALAYSIA

With hundreds of temples dotting the sacred central plains, Bagan is Myanmar’s most sublime sight. Experience it on Myanmar & the Irrawaddy (page 26) and Hidden Treasures of Myanmar (page 40).

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Asia's largest island, Borneo offers stunning beaches, untouched rainforests, tribal traditions and a wonderful range of activities to delve into. Cruise on the Kinabatangan River to spot orangutans on the Best of Borneo (page 32).

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INDONESIA

Explore the unforgettable wilderness and natural wonders of Komodo National Park, home of the legendary Komodo Dragon, on Incredible Indonesia (page 38).

JAVA BALI FLORES ISLAND

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THE WENDY WU TOURS DIFFERENCE

RENOWNED EXPERTISE

LOCAL FLAVOURS

We are proud to be recognised as Australia’s leading specialist tour operator to Asia, a reputation we’ve been building since 1994. All of our team have travelled extensively throughout the region and are fonts of knowledge on all things Asia.

Our tours will give you a genuine taste of the regions you’ll visit by introducing you to local specialties and delicacies at meal time.

SO MANY INCLUSIONS, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE We aim to include as much as possible so you can relax. Your accommodation, touring, transport, all or most meals, expert guides and visa service when required for Australian passport holders – we include it all.

COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF TOURS Whether you’re looking for a Classic escorted tour experience, a Deluxe journey, a Private tour or something more off the beaten track, we've got a group tour or Tailor-Made Holiday for you – as inclusive or bespoke as you like.

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES From the ultimate bucket-list sights to rarely visited places and authentic cultural experiences, we’ll help you make memories you’ll treasure forever.

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HIGHLY EXPERIENCED GUIDES Through their local expertise, dedication and passion, our guides will make sure you don't miss a thing – and have lots of fun doing it.

SAFE AND RELIABLE We are ATAS-accredited members of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and have a wide network of local agents working for us nationally, so you benefit from local knowledge combined with Australian understanding and support.

TIPPING MADE EASY Local tipping is customary in Asia. We can handle the tipping so you don’t have to. We have a simple tipping system on our group tours where guests contribute to a kitty, paid to the National Escort who then distributes it. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. We can suggest appropriate amounts for Private Tours and Tailor-Made Holidays.

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25 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE In 1994, a passionate travel agent named Wendy designed and led her very first tour to China. Since then, Wendy Wu Tours has gone from strength to strength, opening offices not only in Sydney but also in London, Auckland, Shanghai and Xian, expanding Wendy’s range of tours into Southeast Asia, Japan, India and surrounding lands, and now into Central and South America. In 2019, we celebrate 25 years of exciting holidays and countless memories made.

TRAILBLAZING TOURING PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES Not only do we take our travellers to each destination’s must-see sights, but our team work tirelessly to develop innovative programs to take you to new, amazing and even previously unreachable places to push the boundaries of touring even further. Simply put, we do the hard work so you don’t have to.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Wendy Wu Tours took the first group from the Western world to Lhasa in Tibet, via the most scenic overland route through China. We were the first to take our travellers along the original Silk Road route, and now make in-roads into touring Borneo and Central Asia. Many of our itineraries include ‘insider’ destinations, too, so even tried-andtrue travel spots can feel new.

FROM A SINGLE TOUR TO SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

IN GOOD HANDS

Wendy’s very first tour, taking in the essential sights and experiences of China, formed the backbone for today’s popular, fully inclusive Classic Tours. Yet as Wendy Wu Tours has evolved, now welcoming more than 10,000 Australians to Asia and beyond every year, so has our range of tour styles.

Each of our group tours is led by a dedicated guide, known as your National Escort, chosen for their knowledge, personality and a sense of fun that will immediately make you feel at ease. Relax and enjoy your holiday – your guide is all set to navigate you through the wonders and eccentricities of the local way of life.

From the more active, experiential Immerse Yourself tours to the decadent Deluxe Collection, we can now fulfil all kinds of holiday dreams. Add to that our Tailor-Made Holidays – bespoke itineraries, Private Tours, short add-on stays and stopovers – and the possibilities are endless. In 2019, we are proud to add our Solo Tours, for guests looking for the comfort of group touring yet their own space in a private room, and with no single supplement to pay. No wonder so many of our loyal guests return again and again.

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ALL OF OUR NATIONAL ESCORTS:  Have at least five years guiding experience  Are fluent in English  Are born and raised locally  Go through rigorous and ongoing training programmes

 Are at your service 24 hours a day

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CHOOSE A TOUR THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU

VIETNAM & BEYOND, YOUR WAY CLASSIC

DELUXE COLLECTION

On our Classic tours we take care of everything, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the experience to the full. The tours are fully inclusive with all meals and a comprehensive touring programme. For this year’s fabulous range of Classic group tours taking in the best of the region’s sights and beyond, head to page 14.

SOLO Designed exclusively for guests travelling solo, these tours provide a ready-made group of like-minded travellers to enjoy your holiday with. Our expert guide will look after you all the way, so you’re fully involved discovering the sights and experiencing cultural activities. A room of your own is guaranteed with no single supplement to pay. Find out about our two brand new Solo tours from page 56.

IMMERSE YOURSELF Our suite of Immerse Yourself tours are designed to give you the best of both worlds: the comfort that comes from our expertise and support, with accommodation, tickets, transport and your National Escort all included, yet a little flexibility to seek out your own adventures too.

PHYSICAL RATING Each of our tours features a physical rating to help you select the right holiday for you. All tours require the ability to walk around sights unaided, while more active tours may involve longer walks, cycling and other physical activities.

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A reasonable level of fitness is required but it’s more about spending time on your feet than covering large distances. You’ll be getting on and off coaches and cruises, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

You need to be comfortable walking for 2-3 hours and covering longer distances. Other activities such as cycling will be at a gentle pace and will involve straightforward terrain.

You’ll need to be fit and adventurous to participate in these tours; on some days you will be active for most of the day. The terrain may be more challenging and the activities more physically demanding.

TOUR PACE On many of our tours you’re going to be busy! We want to ensure you don’t miss a single thing. Packing your overseas adventure full of extraordinary experiences can mean some early starts and late finishes; however our Tailor-Made Holidays service offers endless possibilities for those who’d like a slower pace.

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Our Go Beyond Immerse Yourself tours venture off the tourist trail to explore fascinating destinations. Discover local culture in depth and see sights rarely witnessed by other travellers. These tours take you away from the comforts of home but will reward you with the experiences of a lifetime.

Our Flexible Immerse Yourself tours are just how it

sounds: offering extra space in the itinerary to do your own thing, yet with the convenience and security that come from touring the sights as a group.

In this land of golden temples and impeccable hospitality, Vietnam is an ideal destination for our Deluxe Collection of tours, where we pull out all the stops to bring you a whole new level of comfort and service. For a Deluxe Collection trip of a lifetime, find our four decadent tour itineraries from page 80.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS For the ultimate in bespoke touring, one of our expert consultants will design a tour to meet your exact requirements. Select your choice of destinations, accommodation, touring and experiences to create the perfect holiday for you.

 PRIVATE TOURS

Why not use our Tailor-Made Holidays service to make one of our itineraries uniquely yours? You can follow a pre-defined itinerary but with the benefit of your own personal guide. Most of our group tours can operate on a private basis; call our travel consultants to get started.

 RIVER CRUISING

The extensive network of Southeast Asia’s rivers allows you to see this fascinating region from a fresh perspective. Wake up each day with an enchanting tapestry of intriguing culture, traditions and scenery at your cabin door. See our River Cruising options from page 98, for a truly memorable way to explore Vietnam and its surrounds.

 SHORT STAYS & STOPOVERS

Make the most of our expertise by extending your trip, from legend-shrouded Myanmar to the bright lights and action of Bangkok, either stopping over on the way to your holiday, or as you’re heading home.

Our Active Immerse Yourself tours are perfect for travellers who can’t wait to jump on a bike, pull on the hiking boots and tour on a slightly more physical level – with all equipment organised for you. If you’re looking to Immerse Yourself, see our extensive range of itineraries, from page 62.

ACCOMMODATION STYLES Your accommodation has been hand picked to best suit your tour and the locations you’ll visit. Our Classic and Solo group tours feature comfortable, locally rated 3-star to 4-star properties, ranging from smart business hotels to family-run guesthouses. On Immerse Yourself tours, you may find yourself in more characterful or rustic accommodation, fitting perfectly with these tours’ adventurous spirit. Our Deluxe Collection tours enjoy high-quality accommodation while, on a Tailor-Made Holiday, any style of accommodation is available; simply choose your perfect stay.

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CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

QUINTESSENCE OF TONKIN SHOW This state-of-the-art spectacular is staged entirely in water, featuring music, dancing, water puppetry and pyrotechnics. See it on Indochina Delights (page 36), Vietnam Panorama (page 46) and Treasures of Vietnam & China (page 52).

To make sure you truly immerse yourself in your chosen destination we pack every single one of our tours with authentic cultural experiences. Here are just a few examples of what you can look forward to in this mesmerising region.

TREKKING IN SAPA Hike through lush rice paddies surrounding Sapa on a route showcasing the area’s very best views, and stop at ethnic minority villages so you can spend time with the friendly communities. Experience this on Vietnam Trails (page 34) and Vietnam Adventure (page 74).

VISIT AN IBAN LONGHOUSE Travel deep into the rainforest on Best of Borneo (page 32) and visit a community of the island’s native Iban people. You’ll be welcomed into a traditional longhouse to enjoy dancing and a lunch of Iban cuisine.

ANGKOR MASTERCLASS Go behind the scenes at Angkor with one of the complex’s leading conservation experts to learn about the temples’ design, and get hands-on with the conservation effort. Meet him on Heart of Indochina (page 88) and Cambodia & Vietnam Revealed (page 90).

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SAIGON BY SCOOTER

INLE LAKE LEG ROWERS

KINABATANGAN RIVER CRUISE

Ride pillion with a driver on a vintage Vespa on this night street food adventure. Enjoy tasty local food and sip drinks in lively local bars as you try this adventure on Vietnam Adventure (page 74) and Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery (page 76).

Cruise beautiful Inle Lake in Myanmar’s highlands and admire the unique rowing technique of the local Intha people as they fish its tranquil waters. See it yourself on Myanmar Explorer (page 20) and Myanmar & the Irrawaddy (page 26).

Cruise the peaceful Kinabatangan River, surrounded by verdant rainforest, where you may spot wild orangutans, pygmy elephants and colourful hornbills. See it all on Best of Borneo (page 32).

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FULLY INCLUSIVE CLASSIC TOURS Featuring iconic sights and quintessential cultural encounters, each of our all-inclusive Classic Tours is designed to give you a true taste of this fascinating region, so prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

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WHY CHOOSE A

CLASSIC TOUR? If you’re looking forward to a holiday where you can truly relax, let us take care of every little detail for you. Our Classic itineraries ensure you see the best of everything, in comfort and style.

ALL OUR CLASSIC TOURS INCLUDE  International flights & taxes  Comprehensive touring  Expert National Escorts & Local Guides  All accommodation

 All meals  All transportation  Specialist advice from our travel consultants  Visa fees for Australian passport holders

EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED

SEAMLESS TOURING

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS

From meals to transport, cultural experiences to entrance fees, your holiday is seamless.

Full transfer arrangements between hotels, sights and transportation make these our easiest, most carefree tours.

We take you straight to the top sights in every destination, so you won’t miss a thing. Bring your camera!

PERFECTED OVER 25 YEARS

ALL MEALS INCLUDED

Our Classic Tours are our original, much-loved group tour style; come and find out why these are still so popular, 25 fun-filled years after Wendy Wu led her first tour in 1994.

In a region as passionate about food as this, no tour is complete without trying the local cuisine. We’ve chosen fabulous local eateries so you’re never stuck for somewhere new to try.

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Our team of helpful, efficient National Escorts and knowledgeable Local Guides can’t wait to show you the country they love.

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VIETNAM IMPRESSIONS HANOI (1N+1N)

VIETNAM IMPRESSIONS

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HALONG BAY (1N)

DANANG

10 DAYS FROM 

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COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

CU CHI SAIGON (3N)

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MEKONG DELTA

HOI AN (2N)

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s the perfect way to see the key highlights of Vietnam in a concise 10-day tour. From the beauty of Halong Bay to the fertile Mekong Delta, you’ll get a fascinating snapshot of this captivating country.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Stroll through old Hanoi  Practice Tai Chi on magnificent Halong Bay

 Master Vietnamese cuisine in Hoi An

 Explore vibrant Saigon  Drift along the Mekong Delta See local artisans at work in Hoi An PRICE INCLUDES • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 8 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 10 days fully inclusive twin share from $3,790 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $480; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Hanoi to Saigon): 9 days from $2,370 per person twin share

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TEMPLES IN DEPTH 4 DAYS FROM $625pp Siem Reap offers many less-visited temples that are equally fascinating as the famous Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. See some of the earliest temples built by the ancient Khmer civilisation. See page 107.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

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Explore stunning Halong Bay by cruise

Be charmed by Hoi An

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO HANOI Fly to Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, Hanoi for an overnight stay. DAYS 2-3: HALONG BAY CRUISE Spend the day cruising amongst spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. DAY 4: EXPLORE HANOI Hanoi brings together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city. Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old and new Asia. Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Old Quarter’s atmospheric tangle of streets followed by a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll pass Ho Chi Minh’s monumental mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House and see One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An. DAY 5: HOI AN COOKING CLASS Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An. A wonderfully laid-back, graceful and traditional place, the streets of the town lined with lanterns, shops and tailors, are a delight to wander especially as traffic is entirely banished from the town centre. Visit a lovely old house, still occupied by the descendants of the merchants who built it over 200 years

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ago, before seeing the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch artisans at work. Vietnamese cooking is renowned across the world for its innovative use of fresh ingredients and spices; this evening, learn about local produce and the necessary skills in a hands-on cookery class. DAY 6: TRAVEL TO SAIGON Spend your day in Hoi An at leisure before flying to Saigon in the evening to enjoy this city’s seamless blend of past and present. DAY 7: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm lined canals, getting a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta, and enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.

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PHU QUOC BEACH STAY 4 DAYS FROM $250pp Set in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is a paradise island of soft sandy beaches, calm waters and swishing palms. See page 106.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

4 DAYS FROM $535pp (twin share) OR FROM $1,280pp (sole traveller) DAY 9: TRAIN TO SAPA Board an overnight soft-sleeper train to Sapa town. We can offer late check-out upon request, subject to availability (fees apply). DAYS 10-11: EXPLORE SAPA Arrive in Sapa early in the morning. Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light hiking through the surrounding valleys and villages. (B,L) DAY 12: HILLTRIBES This morning is at leisure before an afternoon hike to visit more of the local hilltribes. Board the overnight train for Hanoi. (B,L)

DAY 8: CU CHI TUNNELS Confront the reality of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. You can even crawl through the tunnels if you are feeling brave! Return to Saigon and experience the magnificent A O Show.

09 Feb - 18 Feb

$3,790 06 Jul - 15 Jul

$3,990

23 Feb - 04 Mar

$3,790 03 Aug - 12 Aug

$3,790

09 Mar - 18 Mar

$3,790 14 Sep - 23 Sep

$3,790

06 Apr - 15 Apr

$3,790 26 Oct - 04 Nov

$3,990

20 Apr - 29 Apr

$3,990 23 Nov - 02 Dec

$3,990

11 May - 20 May $3,990

2020 DAT ES 08 Feb - 17 Feb

$3,990 04 Apr - 13 Apr

$3,990

22 Feb - 02 Mar

$3,990 18 Apr - 27 Apr

$4,190

07 Mar - 16 Mar

$3,990 09 May - 18 May $4,190

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$54 (AU$73) is paid locally in Vietnam.

DAY 13: DEPART HANOI Day use room is included in Hanoi this morning. Transfer to the airport. (B)

DAYS 9-10: FLY SAIGON TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, arriving home the same or following day.

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Taste local cuisine in food-loving Hanoi

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MYANMAR EXPLORER

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BAGAN (2N)

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

INLE LAKE (2N)

11 DAYS FROM

$4,590

YANGON (2N+1N)

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM

This tour is the perfect opportunity for those with limited time to tick off the highlights of Myanmar, showcasing the magical culture, golden temples and magnificent scenery of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Be dazzled by Shwedagon  Ascend stunning Mt Popa  Explore magnificent Bagan’s temples

 Feel the culture in Mandalay  Enjoy sunset on U Bien Bridge  Watch the Inle Lake ‘Leg Rowers’ Marvel at the magical Bagan PRICE INCLUDES • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 9 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 11 days fully inclusive twin share from $4,590 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $770; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Yangon to Yangon): 10 days from $3,350 per person twin share

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SINGAPORE STOPOVER 3 DAYS FROM $385pp Singapore presents a perfect blend of the east and the west, with a fascinating cultural mix of Chinese, Malay and European influences. See page 110.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

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See the monastery atop Mt Popa

Wander charming Mandalay

Farmer with Thanaka

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO YANGON Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a twonight stay.

Popa is the spiritual home of 37 nats (animist spirits), and you’ll see many locals who have come here to worship them. Return to Bagan.

DAY 2: DISCOVER YANGON Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street. Visit the National Museum after exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. The apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems that glint in the sunshine. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is alleged to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within.

DAY 5: MINGUN AND AVA Fly to Mandalay and start exploring. Transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Next set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells; Hsinbyume Paya; and the imposing Mingun Pagoda, a red brick structure that would have been the world’s largest pagoda if it had been completed. Visit a silk workshop and a Kalaga tapestries workshop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill.

DAY 3: SHWEZIGON PAGODA Fly to Bagan. Myanmar's central plains have played host to many old kingdoms, each contributing temples and pagodas to the thousands that still dot the area today. Upon arrival, visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda, where a replica of Buddha’s tooth is enshrined. Later visit Htilominlo Pagoda, Ananda Temple and see craftsmen at work at a lacquerware workshop. Enjoy a spectacular sunset from the summit of the 12-storey Aureum Watch Tower, which gives incredible views over the temples and plain. DAY 4: MT POPA Travel to Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, and visit Taung Kalat, the breathtaking Buddhist Monastery perched on its summit. Stop at a toddy palm plantation before taking a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River to view the sunset. Mt

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DAY 6: AMARAPURA AND MANDALAY Drive to Amarapura and visit Mahagandayon Monastery, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Later, travel to the Sagaing Hills, where you’ll find its forested slopes crowded with temples and pagodas. Continue to the Tha Kya Di Kya nunnery before proceeding to the U Bein Bridge for a sunset boat ride, the best way to really appreciate the world's longest teak bridge!

DAY 8: INDEIN PAGODAS Transfer by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Indein Pagoda complex. Walk to a nearby village to see the locals farming with traditional techniques. Pass through the rice fields to Saema to meet the friendly villagers, and to visit the local primary school. DAY 9: YANGON NIGHT MARKETS Return to Heho and fly to Yangon. On arrival, browse the famous Bogyoke market to pick up any last minute souvenirs. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a late afternoon visit to Botataung Pagoda. This evening, stroll around Chinatown, visiting a temple as you go. DAYS 10-11: FLY YANGON TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

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$4,590 18 Oct - 28 Oct

$4,590

08 Mar - 18 Mar

$4,590 08 Nov - 18 Nov

$4,590

2020 DAT ES KUALA LUMPUR CITY STAY 3 DAYS FROM $280pp Explore the fast-moving Malaysian capital, from its lush gardens to colonial architecture and important cultural centres. See page 111.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

07 Feb - 17 Feb

$4,890 16 Oct - 26 Oct

$4,890

06 Mar - 16 Mar

$4,890 06 Nov - 16 Nov

$4,890

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$59 (AU$80) is paid locally in Myanmar.

DAY 7: INLE LAKE Fly to Heho and drive to Inle Lake via Shwe Yan Pyay monastery. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water and are renowned for their unique rowing technique. See the lake’s floating gardens before visiting Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Monastery and Inpawkhon weaving village on the lake's banks.

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VIETNAM AT A GLANCE

BESTSELLER HANOI (2N+1N) 

VIETNAM

HUE (1N)

12 DAYS FROM

DANANG HOI AN (2N)

$3,990

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SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

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VIETNAM AT A GLANCE

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s great for those with limited time who still want to experience Vietnam’s top sights. With this tour you can tick off the highlights with visits to charming Hoi An, historical Hue, spectacular Halong Bay and so much more.

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MEKONG DELTA

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Explore fascinating Saigon Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels Drift on the Mekong Delta Be inspired by charming Hoi An Marvel at Hue’s Imperial Citadel Wake to a Halong Bay sunrise Enjoy the Quintessence of Tonkin show Admire Hue's Royal Tomb

PRICE INCLUDES • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 10 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 12 days fully inclusive twin share from $3,990 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $535; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 11 days from $2,720 per person twin share

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TEMPLES IN DEPTH 4 DAYS FROM $625pp Siem Reap offers many less-visited temples that are equally fascinating as the famous Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. See some of the earliest temples built by the ancient Khmer civilisation. See page 107.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

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Enjoy magnificent views of Halong Bay

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city for a three-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. See the colonial Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum. DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palmlined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a lunch of typical Mekong dishes. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon. DAY 4: JOURNEY TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laid-back and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Visit an old merchant’s house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. DAY 5: TRA QUE VILLAGE Head out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with vegetables and herbs. Here you can enjoy

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the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An. DAY 6: IMPERIAL HUE Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. The magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, the citadel was extensively damaged during the Vietnam War. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River.

of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. DAY 10: QUINTESSENCE OF TONKIN Rise early this morning for a beautiful sunrise over the bay. Return to Hanoi this afternoon and later, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAYS 11-12: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA This morning is free before you are transferred to Hanoi airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

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BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI 3 DAYS FROM $695pp Visit this important World War II site, travelling over the Death Railway and exploring Hellfire Pass in stunning northern Thailand. See page 108.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

DAY 7: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure or start your explorations of Vietnam's capital. DAY 8: EXPLORE HANOI Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature. End the day’s explorations with a cyclo tour through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. DAY 9: HALONG BAY Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil waters. A renowned vision

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$4,190 05 Jun - 16 Jun

$3,990

13 Feb - 24 Feb

$4,190 10 Jul - 21 Jul

$4,090

06 Mar - 17 Mar

$4,090 07 Aug - 18 Aug

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13 Mar - 24 Mar

$4,090 28 Aug - 08 Sep

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03 Apr - 14 Apr

$4,090 18 Sep - 29 Sep

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10 Apr - 21 Apr

$4,090 25 Sep - 06 Oct

$4,190

17 Apr - 28 Apr

$4,090 02 Oct - 13 Oct

$4,190

24 Apr - 05 May

$4,090 09 Oct - 20 Oct

$4,190

01 May - 12 May $3,990 23 Oct - 03 Nov

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15 May - 26 May $3,990 06 Nov - 17 Nov

$3,990

2020 DAT ES 08 Jan - 19 Jan

$4,690 08 Apr - 19 Apr

$4,290

29 Jan - 09 Feb #

$4,390 15 Apr - 26 Apr

$4,290

12 Feb - 23 Feb

$4,390 22 Apr - 03 May

$4,290

04 Mar - 15 Mar

$4,290 06 May - 17 May $4,190

11 Mar - 22 Mar

$4,290 13 May - 24 May $4,190

18 Mar - 29 Mar

$4,290 20 May - 31 May $4,190

25 Mar - 05 Apr

$4,290 03 Jun - 14 Jun

01 Apr - 12 Apr

$4,290

$4,190

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THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS CHIANG RAI (3N)

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 OVERNIGHT FLIGHT 

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

13 DAYS FROM

$3,890

It’s an ideal two-week first-timer journey from the south to north of Thailand, encompassing all the top sights as well as venturing into less-explored areas to explore pristine nature and local culture with a stay at a beautiful eco-lodge.

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BANGKOK (2N+1N)

PER PERSON

KANCHANABURI (1N)

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS      

Visit Bangkok’s Grand Palace Cross the infamous River Kwai Explore historical Ayutthaya Meet minority hill tribes Stroll in laid-back Chiang Rai Master Thai cuisine with Chiang Mai’s cooking class Visit the fairytale-like White Temple of Chiang Rai

PRICE INCLUDES • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 11 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 13 days fully inclusive twin share from $3,890 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $400; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Bangkok to Chiang Mai): 12 days from $2,720 per person twin share

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FAMILY FAVOURITES 4 DAYS FROM $635pp Tour the most vibrant sights of Singapore, from bright temples to handicrafts, orchids and even breakfast with orangutans at the zoo. Please speak to a travel consultant for full details or visit wendywutours.com.au

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Experience local Thai cuisine

Meet the hill tribe peoples who live around the Golden Triangle area

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO BANGKOK Fly to the vibrant city of Bangkok for a two-night stay.

former royal summer residence. Return to Bangkok and fly to Chiang Rai, a city in Thailand’s northern highlands.

DAY 2: DISCOVER BANGKOK Bangkok is an exotic feast of the senses, a whirlwind of chaos, refinement and rewarding sights. A city of many faces, go from tranquil golden temples to forests of gleaming skyscrapers before experiencing authentic Asia on bustling streets. Today’s sightseeing includes Wat Pho and the dazzling Grand Palace. Next, stroll through Chinatown. Later, take to the Chao Phraya River on a longboat to get an alternative view of the city as you travel to the Pak Khlong Talaat Flower Market.

DAY 6: GOLDEN TRIANGLE Transfer to the area known as the Golden Triangle – the point where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet and notorious for the cultivation of opium that used to take place here. Take a boat ride on the Mekong over the border into Laos and visit Don Sao Island where you can take a leisurely stroll through the local market. Return to Chiang Rai. Explore the night market this evening.

DAY 3: BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the bizarre Railway Track Market before heading out of Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. Stop at the famous bridge before time to visit the Allied Cemetery and War Museum.

DAY 7: QUAINT MAE SALONG Travel to Mae Salong Mountain, an area well known for its tea plantations – you can sample some of the local brew whilst you are here. Enjoy a 'Yunnanese' lunch before meeting the Yao Tribe and walk through an Akha village.

DAY 4: EXPLORE KANCHANABURI Drive to Hellfire Pass and visit the fascinating museum before a short walk through the pass. Hop on board an old locomotive to travel along a section of the notorious Death Railway passing through the Kwai Gorge. Return to Bangkok in the afternoon. This evening enjoy a dinner accompanied by Thai classical dances.

DAY 8: THE STUNNING WHITE TEMPLE Explore the striking Buddhist White Temple before departing Chiang Rai. Heading in the direction of Chiang Mai, you’ll travel along a beautiful mountain road with breathtaking views. Entering Chiang Mai province, spend tonight at Lisu Lodge, an eco-lodge operated by Lisu hill tribe villagers. Rooms are built in the traditional Lisu style and overlook lush fields and hills. Dinner is followed by a Lisu folklore performance

DAY 5: AYUTTHAYA A scared city and former royal capital, Ayutthaya today is a crumbled kingdom that has retained its bygone splendour. Explore this impressive archaeological site, touring the principal sights including Bang Pa-In, the

DAY 9: DISCOVER CHIANG MAI Depart Lisu Lodge for Chiang Mai. Visit the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam and spend the afternoon visiting Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. There’ll also be time to examine the wares at a handicraft village.

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DAY 10: THAI ELEPHANT CARE CENTRE Spend the day at the Thai Elephant Care Centre where you can meet, feed and bathe the resident pachyderms. Enjoy a relaxed rafting trip in Mae Daeng before returning to Chiang Mai. DAY 11: COOKING CLASS Discover the secrets of traditional Thai cooking with a morning cookery class. Ascend to Wat Doi Suthep, a temple perched on top of Doi Suthep Mountain. This evening, sit down to a Thai Kantoke dinner, and be entertained by a selection of cultural performances. DAYS 12-13: FLY CHIANG MAI TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Chiang Mai airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

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$3,890 15 Jun - 27 Jun

$3,990

22 Feb - 06 Mar

$3,990 09 Nov - 21 Nov

$3,890

13 Apr - 25 Apr

$3,990

2020 DAT ES HONG KONG DISNEYLAND 4 DAYS FROM $790pp Step into seven themed lands and a world of fantasy and fun. With a two-day pass for Hong Kong Disneyland included, you’ll enjoy the thrill of high-quality rides, meet your favourite Disney characters and watch Broadway-style shows. See page 110.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

15 Feb - 27 Feb

$4,190 09 May - 21 May $4,290

14 Mar - 26 Mar

$4,190 13 Jun - 25 Jun

$4,290

11 Apr - 23 Apr

$4,290 07 Nov - 19 Nov

$4,190

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$60 (AU$81) is paid locally in Thailand.

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MYANMAR & THE IRRAWADDY

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BAGAN (3N)

HEHO

14 DAYS FROM

You can spend three days cruising the Irrawaddy, a river that winds through the heart of Myanmar, providing a vital lifeline to its people. Mix relaxation and people-watching with an exploration of Myanmar’s most magnificent sights.

$5,790 FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM

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INLE LAKE (2N)

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

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Be dazzled by Shwedagon Ascend stunning Mt Popa Explore Bagan’s temples Feel the culture in Mandalay Enjoy sunset on U Bien Bridge Watch the Inle Lake ‘Leg Rowers Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy See the sights of Myanmar from your front-row seat

PRICE INCLUDES • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 12 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 14 days fully inclusive twin share from $5,790 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,220 • Land only (Yangon to Yangon): 13 days from $4,450 per person twin share

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See the amazing ‘leg rowers’ of Tonle Sap

I TI NE R A RY DAY 1: FLY TO YANGON Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. DAY 2: EXPLORE YANGON Yangon is the heart of Myanmar’s spiritual life and a bustling city full of crumbling colonial charm. Stroll past the colonial buildings of Yangon’s downtown, see the Independence Monument and the artefacts of the National Museum before browsing the wares of Bogyoke Market. Finally explore Kandawgyi Lake, Chaukhtatkyi Temple and Shwedagon Pagoda. Purported to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within, the pagoda is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site. The complex’s huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. DAY 3: FLY TO MANDALAY Fly to Mandalay. Cruise upstream to Mingun to visit the Mingun Pagoda, Mya Thein Tan Pagoda and to explore the temple-filled Sagaing Hills. Travel to the U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge. Watch the local people coming and going across the bridge as the sun goes down.

Admire the monastery atop Mt Popa

Witness life on the Irrawaddy River

DAY 4: EXPLORE MANDALAY Spend a full day soaking in the sights of Myanmar’s cultural capital, visiting the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and a gold hammering workshop and travelling to the old city of Amarapura and Mahagandayon Monastery, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks.

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DAY 5: IRRAWADDY RIVER CRUISE Board your river cruise vessel, on which you will spend the next two nights. Set sail downriver, welcome cocktail in hand and watch the Irrawaddy panorama unfold before you. DAY 6: YANDABO The cruise continues at aleisurely pace, passing through quintessentially Burmese landscapes. Visit the village of Yandabo. The people here specialise in pot-making and you’ll be able to see the villagers at work before browsing the local, handcrafted wares. You’ll also explore Pakokku by trishaw. DAY 7: ARRIVE IN BAGAN Rise early to enjoy the sunrise. Disembark in Bagan. Myanmar’s central plains are scattered with around 2,000 old structures, left from the golden age of kingdoms long passed. Visit some of these numerous temples including Htilominlo and Dhammayangyi, before enjoying a spectacular sunset from the summit of Aureum Watch-Tower.

DAY 10: INLE LAKE Fly to Heho and travel on to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and their unique leg rowing technique. Head out on the lake by boat to visit Nanpan, a traditional Inle village built on stilts. See traditional boat making and visit a cheroot making factory before continuing on to Phaungdaw U Pagoda and the ingenious floating gardens.

DAY 12: RETURN TO YANGON Return to Heho airport to fly to Yangon. The rest of the day is at leisure. DAYS 13-14: YANGON TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

DAY 11:SHWE INDEIN PAGODAS Browse the local produce at a morning market before transferring by boat to the western shore of the lake to explore the crumbling Shwe Indein Pagoda complex.

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Main Deck

Upper Deck

06 Feb - 19 Feb

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$5,890

06 Mar - 19 Mar

$5,790

$5,890

02 Oct - 15 Oct

$5,790

$5,890

06 Nov - 19 Nov

$5,890

$5,990

05 Feb - 18 Feb

$6,090

$6,490

04 Mar - 17 Mar

$6,090

$6,490

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Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$55 (AU$74) is paid locally in Myanmar.

DAY 8: MT POPA Begin the day browsing the wares of Nyaung Oo Market then travel to Mt Popa. An extinct volcano, ascend to its peak to explore the breathtaking Taung Kalat monastery that is perched there. Return to Bagan. DAY 9: KYUN THIRI This morning, climb aboard a boat for a short sail to Kyun Thiri river village where you can visit a local monastery and partake in some local tea and snacks. The afternoon is free.

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SIEM REAP CAMBODIA (4N) OVERNIGHT BATTAMBANG (2N) FLIGHT  PHNOM PENH (2N+1N)

14 DAYS FROM PER PERSON

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

It’s an excellent introductory tour to embrace Cambodia’s complicated history and fascinating heritage whilst you cover all the best bits of this charming kingdom, including time on the beach and two full days at Angkor.

SIHANOUKVILLE (2N)

$3,390

KAMPOT

KEP (1N)

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Discover captivating Phnom Penh Kick back in coastal Kep Taste famous Kampot peppers Chill in Sihanoukville Explore colonial Battambang Be inspired by stunning Angkor See local life in Tonle Sap Enjoy the Phare circus Visit the magical Angkor temples

PRICE INCLUDES • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 12 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 14 days fully inclusive twin share from $3,390 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $570; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Phnom Penh to Siem Reap): 13 days from $2,030 per person twin share

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MAI CHAU SHORT STAY 3 DAYS FROM $595pp Mai Chau Valley is surrounded by lush rice fields, and is home to many minority tribes. Soak up its local culture as you explore by bicycle.

DAY 1: FLY TO PHNOM PENH Fly to Cambodia’s captivating capital Phnom Penh. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

DAY 5: SIHANOUKVILLE AT LEISURE Spend the day at leisure – explore this lively town or just hit the beach for total relaxation. A delicious group lunch at a local restaurant is included.

DAY 2: EXPLORE PHNOM PENH A somewhat European city of airy boulevards and colonial villas, scarred still by the events of 1975, Phnom Penh has been engulfed by energy and optimism making it a pleasurable place to be. Today’s visits include a cyclo ride to the magnificent Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, before reflecting on the past at the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum and Killing Fields. Sunset at hilltop Wat Phnom rounds off the day.

DAY 6: RETURN TO PHNOM PENH Return to Phnom Penh and spend the day at leisure.

DAY 3: KEP AND KAMPOT Depart for the beach town of Kep, stopping en route at Tonle Bati, a peaceful site of Angkorera temples. Travel on to a pepper farm to learn about the renowned Kampot pepper. Take a boat ride out to Koh Thonsay where you can spend a few hours relaxing on the beach before returning to Kep. DAY 4: COASTAL SIHANOUKVILLE Visit the impressive cave temple of Phnom Chhnork before travelling to Kampot for a walking tour. A charming riverside town, Kampot has a wealth of colonial architecture to discover. Travel to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach resort. Head up to the summit of Victory Hill for late afternoon views down over the city and Gulf of Thailand.

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See local life in Tonle Sap

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Explore the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

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DAY 7: DISCOVER BATTAMBANG Journey north to Battambang stopping at the former capital city Udong, a potters’ village and Touch Hill. Set in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes, Battambang is also home to Cambodia’s grandest colonial architecture. DAY 8: LA MAISON DE COCO Head out of town to the 12thcentury Prasat Banan Temple and admire the breathtaking hilltop views. Return to Battambang and take a stroll through the village of Wat Kor, then explore a local house for a glimpse of traditional Khmer life. Visit a local NGO, La Maison de Coco, where traditional skills such as weaving are taught to locals before a visit to Phnom Sampov to see the bat cave. DAY 9: THE NATIONAL SILK CENTRE Begin the journey towards Siem Reap, stopping in Puok District to visit the National Silk Centre. Learn about the cultivation of silk, from the planting of mulberry trees used to raise the silkworms to the harvesting of silk threads. Observe the artisans using the dyed and treated silk threads to create beautiful products in the workshops. On arrival in Siem Reap the rest of the day is at leisure.

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DAY 10: MAJESTIC ANGKOR TEMPLES The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Rising early, journey to the old city of Angkor Thom and pass through the magnificent South Gate flanked by 54 gods and demons. At Angkor Thom’s centre is the enigmatic Bayon, a breathtaking temple of innumerable sculptural decorations. Also admire the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm before the rest of the day is dedicated to Angkor Wat, the most magnificent, and best preserved of all of Angkor’s treasures. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus.

the jungle. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor before visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show. DAYS 13-14: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Grab your last minute souvenirs before boarding your flight home to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

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2019 DAT ES 04 Feb - 17 Feb

$3,590 05 Aug - 18 Aug

$3,390

18 Feb - 03 Mar

$3,590 09 Sep - 22 Sep

$3,590

11 Mar - 24 Mar

$3,590 07 Oct - 20 Oct

$3,590

01 Apr - 14 Apr

$3,590 21 Oct - 03 Nov

$3,590

03 Jun - 16 Jun

$3,590 11 Nov - 24 Nov

$3,390

08 Jul - 21 Jul

$3,590

2020 DAT ES 03 Feb - 16 Feb

$3,890 30 Mar - 12 Apr

$3,890

17 Feb - 01 Mar

$3,890 01 Jun - 14 Jun

$3,890

09 Mar - 22 Mar

$3,890

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost.

DAY 11: SUNSET OVER ANGKOR THOM Journey to Kbal Spean to see the intricate stone carvings of Hindu gods and sacred linga carved into the river bed and banks. Continue on to the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly embellished Hindu temple constructed in rose sandstone. The work is so intricate it is said that it could only have been carved by the hand of a woman. Later, take a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. DAY 12: TONLE SAP LAKE High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Enjoy a morning cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Back on dry land visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by

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VIBRANT VIETNAM

NEW

VIBRANT VIETNAM

HANOI (2N)

HALONG BAY (1N)

VIETNAM

HUE (2N)

15 DAYS FROM

DANANG

HOI AN (2N)

PER PERSON

$4,490

CU CHI  SAIGON (3N)

SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

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MEKONG DELTA

NHA TRANG (1N) DALAT (2N)

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s a real signature Vietnam experience, taking you from top to tail, featuring all of Vietnam’s must-see sights, while offering plenty of opportunities to soak in the wonderful culture and interact with local people along the way.

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Explore Hanoi by cyclo Learn the history of Hue Wander charming Hoi An Unwind on Nha Trang beach Ride through Dalat by steam train  Drift on the Mekong Delta  Enjoy the spectacular A O show See locals wearing their traditional Ao Dai PRICE INCLUDES • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 13 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 15 days fully inclusive twin share from $4,490 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $690; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Hanoi to Saigon): 14 days from $3,150 per person twin share

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Spend time in Vietnam’s largest city to see its French Colonial architecture, visit the fascinating Mekong Delta and the Cu Chi Tunnels. See page 104.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

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Experience vibrant Saigon city

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city for a two-night stay. DAY 2: EXPLORE HANOI Start the day as the locals do with a sip of coffee in a local coffee shop before heading to visit the Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, and the Temple of Literature. Next, enjoy a cyclo ride through the vibrant backstreets of the Old Quarter. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology where you learn about 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Dinner tonight will feature a cooking demonstration of Hanoi’s speciality dish, bun thang. DAY 3: HALONG BAY Transfer to Halong City, climb aboard your ship and cruise out into the spectacular Halong Bay. You’ll spend the day sailing amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, it isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Spend the night onboard. DAY 4: SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY Rise early to watch the sun rise over the bay, and enjoy an invigorating session of Tai Chi. Transfer back to Hanoi and fly to Hue, Vietnam’s imperial capital.

SAIGON CITY STAY 5 DAYS FROM $555pp

Explore Hoi An’s ancient town

DAY 5: CRUISE THE PERFUME RIVER This morning visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City at the heart of Hue, once the home of Vietnam’s emperors. Cruise on the picturesque Perfume River and admire the Thien Mu Pagoda. Later, see the magnificent tomb of Minh Mang before heading to Zen house where you learn about

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architecture and spiritual meaning of this beautiful place. DAY 6: HOI AN WALKING TOUR Leave Hue for Hoi An, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laid-back place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and Chinese temple. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. DAY 7: TRA QUE VILLAGE Head out into Hoi An’s verdant surroundings to Tra Que, where you’ll see the local farmers at work, tending lush gardens of vegetables and herbs. Join a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. Back in Hoi An, the rest of the day is free. DAY 8: TRAVEL TO NHA TRANG Transfer to Danang and fly to the sunny city of Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. The rest of the day is free.

aboard an open-air steam train from the old railway station to journey out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. This afternoon browse the stalls of Dalat’s busy market, ending the day with a cup of locally grown coffee as you take in the picturesque views. DAY 11: TRAVEL TO SAIGON Journey across the scenic highlands to Saigon with a stop en route at the Bao Loc tea plantation. On arrival, the rest of the day is free. DAY 12: CU CHI TUNNELS Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and spend the afternoon discovering the city’s sights. See the colonial architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office, as well

as the Reunification Palace and chilling War Remnants Museum. DAY 13: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Here you’ll paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals, taste local produce, visit a local family, lunch on typical Mekong dishes and enjoy traditional music. Return to Saigon and enjoy a farewell dinner and the visually spectacular A O Show this evening. DAYS 14-15: FLY SAIGON TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

DAY 9: NHA TRANG COASTAL CRUISE Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the many little islands off Nha Trang’s coast. There’ll be a stop at an island to enjoy the balmy waters for yourself, and a visit to a fishing village. Head up into the cooler climes of the South Central Highlands to the lovely town of Dalat. DAY 10: EXPLORE DALAT Spend today sightseeing with visits to the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop. Climb

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P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 26 Jan - 09 Feb #

$4,790 08 Jun - 22 Jun

$4,790

16 Feb - 02 Mar

$4,690 10 Aug - 24 Aug

$4,490

09 Mar - 23 Mar

$4,690 24 Aug - 07 Sep

$4,490

23 Mar - 06 Apr

$4,690 07 Sep - 21 Sep

$4,790

06 Apr - 20 Apr

$4,790 05 Oct - 19 Oct

$4,790

04 May - 18 May $4,790 09 Nov - 23 Nov

$4,490

2020 DAT ES 25 Jan - 08 Feb #

$5,090 04 Apr - 18 Apr

15 Feb - 29 Feb

$4,990 02 May - 16 May $5,090

07 Mar - 21 Mar

$4,990 06 Jun - 20 Jun

21 Mar - 04 Apr

$4,990

$5,090 $5,090

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Spend some quality time cruising in coastal Nha Trang

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BEST OF BORNEO

CL ASSI C KOTA KINABALU (3N+1N)

16 DAYS FROM PER PERSON

SANDAKAN (1N) 

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

KUCHING (3N+1N)

BEST OF BORNEO

KINABATANGAN RIVER (2N)

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

BORNEO

$6,490

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

Borneo is an exciting island that exudes adventure! Discover ‘headhunter’ heritage, see a wealth of wildlife, delve deep into nature and meet the beautiful orangutans of Sabah and Sarawak on this incredible itinerary.

BATANG AI NATIONAL PARK (2N)

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

ALL MEALS 2 1

PHYSICAL RATING

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS        

Stroll through charming Kuching Explore Bako National Park Spot Orangutans in Semenggoh Immerse in Batang Ai nature Experience an Iban longhouse Stand in Mt Kinabalu’s shadow Visit Sepilok Orangutans Centre Cruise the Kinabatangan River Search for wild orangutans in Sepilok

PRICE INCLUDES • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 13 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels and local lodges • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 16 days fully inclusive twin share from $6,490 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $750; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Kuching to Kota Kinabalu): 14 days from $5,350 per person twin share

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GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK 3 DAYS FROM $780pp Enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its spectacular caves and karst formations. Please speak to a travel consultant for full details or visit wendywutours.com.au

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Marvel at the stunning mosque in Kota Kinabalu

Rhinoceros Hornbills, Borneo

IT IN E R A RY DAYS 1-2: FLY AUSTRALIA TO KUCHING Fly overnight to the relaxed and charismatic city of Kuching, Borneo’s largest city, for a three-night stay. DAY 3: EXPLORE KUCHING Spend the day enjoying the diverse culture of Sarawak with a walking tour, starting at the Chinese History Museum on Kuching’s waterfront. Stroll past the old shop houses of Ewe Hai Street and pay visits to traditional businesses, including a ‘sinseh’, a Chinese medicine man. Next you’ll be introduced to Sarawak’s delicious food, with a tasting at a local coffee shop. Continue to the Sarawak Museum, before a sampan ride across Kuching’s river to visit a Malay village. DAY 4: BAKO NATIONAL PARK Travel out to Bako before boarding a boat to reach the national park. Explore the park on foot with a guide – one of Borneo’s most biodiverse areas, the diversity of flora and fauna here is incredible and easily accessible. Following trails along streams, past caves and across plateaus, keeping an eye out for wild boar, macaques, monitor lizards and, if you’re lucky, a proboscis monkey! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant. DAY 5: SEMENGGOH NATURE RESERVE This morning you have the opportunity to meet Borneo’s most famous native, the orangutan! Semenggoh is a centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of rescued or orphaned young orangutans – here they are taught how to survive in the wild. The area you are visiting is where the orangutans are released after their training, to live freely in the nature

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reserve, so please bear in mind that it is not guaranteed that you will spot a resident. Travel to Batang Ai, where you will be staying on the edge of the glorious Batang Ai National Park. DAY 6: IBAN LONGHOUSE Today you will discover more about Borneo’s native Iban people, renowned for their practice of headhunting. Head out into the wilderness in a traditional Iban longboat and cruise to a longhouse where you will meet an Iban community. Witness a performance of a traditional war dance in full regalia, and lunch on Iban cuisine. Return to the hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. DAY 7: RETURN TO KUCHING Journey back to Kuching, stopping en route for lunch at a local café. DAY 8: FLY TO KOTA KINABALU Transfer to the airport and fly over to Malaysian Borneo’s other state, Sabah, and the vibrant city of Kota Kinabalu. On arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure. DAY 9: EXPLORE KOTA KINABALU Begin your explorations at the Sabah State Museum where you can learn about the state’s diverse cultural and natural heritage, before exploring some of the city’s beautiful architecture, including the Blue Mosque and Chinese Temple. Browse the wares at the Handicraft Market and spice bazaar, before strolling through the oldest part of the city. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, dine on traditional Malay cuisine.

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DAY 10: KINABALU PARK Head out of the city to the foot of Mt Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest mountain, where you will spend the day exploring Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on a guided walk along one of the many forest trails to discover some of the unique flora and fauna that calls the area home.

DAY 13: KINABATANGAN RIVER Embark on an early morning cruise to the Oxbow Lake, where you can spot wildlife and soak up the peaceful ambience. Returning to the lodge, the rest of the day is at leisure until the late afternoon, when you will head out for another cruise, searching for wildlife once more. You could spot anything from hornbills to pygmy elephants!

DAY 11: FLY TO SANDAKAN Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sandakan. Visit the Sandakan Memorial Park, which commemorates British and Australian prisoners of war during World War II. Continue into Sandakan itself and tour the city, passing the William Pryer and Sandakan Liberation Monuments, and browsing the displays of the Heritage Museum and the Agnes Keith Museum. The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 14: SANDAKAN TO KOTA KINABALU Return to Sandakan for lunch before transferring to the airport to fly back to Kota Kinabalu. This evening, dine on local flavours and enjoy a cultural dance performance.

DAY 12: SEPILOK ORANGUTAN CENTRE Sepilok offers another chance to see orangutans in their natural habitat – like Semenggoh, this is a centre for the rehabilitation of former captive and orphaned orangutans. Around 60 to 80 orangutans live free within the centre’s forest, and there may be young orangutans to visit in the nursery. Pop over the road to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre to visit the world’s smallest bear and learn about the conservation efforts to protect them. Journey to Bilit and enjoy lunch at your lodge. Later, board a cruise along the Kinabatangan River to spot some of the abundant wildlife.

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P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 30 Mar - 14 Apr

$6,490 03 Aug - 18 Aug

$6,490

27 Apr - 12 May

$6,490 31 Aug - 15 Sep

$6,490

25 May - 09 Jun

$6,490 14 Sep - 29 Sep

$6,490

29 Jun - 14 Jul

$6,490

2020 DAT ES 28 Mar - 12 Apr

$6,790 01 Aug - 16 Aug

$6,790

25 Apr - 10 May

$6,790 29 Aug - 13 Sep

$6,790

23 May - 07 Jun

$6,790 12 Sep - 27 Sep

$6,790

27 Jun - 12 Jul

$6,790

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. MYR250 (AU$83) is paid locally in Borneo.

Explore the city of Kuching

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VIETNAM TRAILS SAPA (2N) 

HANOI (1N+1N) 

VIETNAM HUE (1N)

16 DAYS FROM

DANANG HOI AN (3N)

$4,390

CU CHI SAIGON (3N)

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

COACH CRUISE

RAIL

FLIGHT

PER PERSON

CL ASSI C

HALONG BAY (1N) 

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

VIETNAM TRAILS

OVERNIGHT TRAIN(1N+1N)

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s the perfect length for a more indepth exploration of Vietnam, starting in the very south in Saigon, venturing north through Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay and then heading up into the highlands to spectacular Sapa.

MEKONG DELTA

ALL MEALS 3

PHYSICAL RATING

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS       

Drift on the Mekong Delta Enjoy cooking in Hoi An Cruise the Perfume River Explore Hanoi by cyclo Discover Sapa's local villages Admire the stunning Halong Bay Marvel at the Quintessence of Tonkin show Hike through stunning Sapa's terraced fields

PRICE INCLUDES • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 14 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 16 days fully inclusive twin share from $4,390 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,235; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 15 days from $3,250 per person twin share

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DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city for a three-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels afterwards returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a bright future. Visit the Central Post Office before heading to the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typical Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.

TEMPLES IN DEPTH 4 DAYS FROM $625pp Siem Reap offers many less-visited temples that are equally fascinating as the famous Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. See some of the earliest temples built by the ancient Khmer civilisation. See page 107.

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Meet the locals in Vietnam

IT IN E R A RY

EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE

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Take a cooking class in Hoi An

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DAY 4: JOURNEY TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Take a walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laid-back and wilfully traditional place, whose streets are a delight to wander. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. DAY 5: HOI AN COOKING CLASS Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure to further explore this delightful town. DAY 6: HOI AN FREE DAY Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps savour a relaxing coffee, pop into the town for a stroll or even head to the beach. DAY 7: IMPERIAL HUE Leave Hoi An for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the imposing Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Later, head to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments set in surroundings of gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River. DAYS 8-9: EXPLORE HANOI Fly to Hanoi this morning. The rest of the day is at leisure. The next day visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. Also visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of

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Literature. End the day’s explorations with a thrilling cyclo tour through Phan Dinh Phung street and the Old Quarter. Wrap up your ride with a strong Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking St. Joseph's Cathedral. Board your overnight train to Lao Cai. DAYS 10-11: SAPA On arrival in Lao Cai, transfer to Sapa. Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light walking through the surrounding valleys and villages, and visits to ethnic minority communities including those of the H’mong people. DAY 12: MT FANSIPAN Take a cable car ride up Mt Fansipan, the highest mountain in Indochina, arriving at the summit to enjoy incredible views from a breathtaking 3,143 metres. Also visit Sapa museum and Sapa church. Board the overnight train to Hanoi.

DAYS 13-14: CRUISE HALONG BAY Spend two days aboard a traditionallydesigned boat cruising amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. On your last evening, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAYS 15-16: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 30 Jan - 14 Feb #

$4,790 03 Apr - 18 Apr

$4,690

27 Feb - 14 Mar

$4,790 11 Sep - 26 Sep

$4,390

06 Mar - 21 Mar

$4,790 23 Oct - 07 Nov

$4,690

13 Mar - 28 Mar

$4,690 06 Nov - 21 Nov

$4,390

2020 DAT ES 29 Jan - 13 Feb

$5,090 25 Mar - 09 Apr

$4,990

26 Feb - 12 Mar

$5,090 08 Apr - 23 Apr

$4,990

04 Mar - 19 Mar

$5,090

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. # Departure coincides with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$75 (AU$101) is paid locally in Vietnam.

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INDOCHINA DELIGHTS HANOI (1N+1N)

INDOCHINA DELIGHTS

LUANG PRABANG (3N)

DANANG

16 DAYS FROM

HOI AN (2N)

$5,690

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT  SIEM REAP (3N) CU CHI SAIGON (3N)

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

PER PERSON

CL ASSI C

HALONG BAY (1N)

MEKONG DELTA

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s the perfect way to explore Indochina, giving you a fantastic introduction to three fascinating countries. Featuring Halong Bay, Luang Prabang and the temples of Angkor, all of the best sights are covered.

COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

ALL MEALS 1

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See local life on the Mekong Find traditional farming in Hoi An Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay Explore Hanoi by cyclo Be charmed by Luang Prabang Admire Kuang Si waterfalls Marvel at Angkor Temples Enjoy Quintessence of Tonkin Marvel at the stunning Wat Xieng Thong of Luang Prabang

PRICE INCLUDES • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 14 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 16 days fully inclusive twin share from $5,690 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $760; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Siem Reap): 15 days from $4,450 per person twin share

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SINGAPORE STOPOVER 3 DAYS FROM $385pp Singapore presents a perfect blend of the east and the west, with a fascinating cultural mix of Chinese, Malay and European influences. See page 110.

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See local life in the Mekong Delta

Wander gorgeous Hoi An

Monks chanting in Laos

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON Sightseeing today includes a visit to the Central Post Office, Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Later, visit Cholon and the Thien Hau Pagoda. DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. DAY 4: CU CHI TUNNELS Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Later, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO-listed city of Hoi An. DAY 5: HOI AN WALKING TOUR Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An, a wonderfully laid-back, graceful and traditional town. Visit one of the oldest homes, still occupied by descendants of merchants that built it over 200 years ago. Also visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese Temple with a stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the beach or in a riverside café.

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DAY 6: TRA QUE VILLAGE Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community where you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a flight to Hanoi, a charming and richly historic city of lakes, parks and shaded boulevards and Vietnam’s capital. DAYS 7-8: HALONG BAY CRUISE Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst the spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. It isn’t hard to see why it is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. Enjoy fresh meals on board and spend the night anchored on the tranquil waters. Return to Hanoi the next day. This evening, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAY 9: FLY TO LUANG PRABANG Spend the morning exploring Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh complex, the Temple of Literature and Ngoc Son Temple – you’ll also take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Fly to the enchanting city of Luang Prabang. DAY 10: DISCOVER LUANG PRABANG Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colours, an extremely

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rich heritage and enduring French legacy. Today, rise early to watch a Takbat alms giving ceremony. Ascend Mt Phousi for city vistas, visit Wat Xieng Thong, then cruise along the Mekong River to see the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang and visit Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong Village en route. DAY 11: LOCAL VILLAGES AND WATERFALLS Visit the National Museum before continuing to the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang via Ban Na Ouane village and Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. This evening witness a local Baci Ceremony. DAY 12: SIEM REAP Fly to Siem Reap and visit Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. DAY 13: EXPLORE ANGKOR WAT The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses over a thousand temples, all the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the magnificence of Angkor Wat and intricate beauty of Banteay Srei temple. Take a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.

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DAY 14: TONLE SAP LAKE High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle and the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. DAYS 15-16: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 12 Jan - 27 Jan

$6,160 15 Jun - 30 Jun

$5,690

09 Feb - 24 Feb

$6,160 03 Aug - 18 Aug

$5,690

02 Mar - 17 Mar

$5,990 07 Sep - 22 Sep

$5,890

09 Mar - 24 Mar

$5,990 05 Oct - 20 Oct

$5,890

06 Apr - 21 Apr

$5,890 19 Oct - 03 Nov

$5,890

04 May - 19 May $5,890 02 Nov - 17 Nov

$5,690

2020 DAT ES 11 Jan - 26 Jan #

$6,460 04 Apr - 19 Apr

08 Feb - 23 Feb

$6,460 02 May - 17 May $6,190

07 Mar - 22 Mar

$6,290 13 Jun - 28 Jun

21 Mar - 05 Apr

$6,290

$6,190 $5,990

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INCREDIBLE INDONESIA

NEW

CL ASSI C BOROBUDUR JAVA (2N) SOLO (2N)

BROMO (2N) JOMBANG OVERNIGHT FLIGHT 

SURABAYA (1N) 

17 DAYS FROM

$5,690

DENPASAR (1N) OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

PER PERSON

YOGYAKARTA (3N)

BALI

KOMODO  NATIONAL PARK 

INCREDIBLE INDONESIA

FLORES

LABUAN BAJO (3N)

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: This introduction to the wonders of Indonesia will immerse you in its fascinating cultures, and showcase its magnificent nature. There are plenty of options to extend your adventure and explore as much as you like!

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Spot Komodo Dragons Taste Yogyakarta's local cuisine Marvel at Borobudur sunrise Visit Laweyan batik village Explore Mount Bromo by Jeep Be inspired by Flores beauty Cruise to Rinca island Swim at the stunning Pink beach Breathtaking view of Flores island

PRICE INCLUDES • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees PRICE GUIDE • 17 days fully inclusive twin share from $5,690 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,450; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Yogyakarta to Bali): 15 days from $4,650 per person twin share

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DAYS 1-2: FLY TO YOGYAKARTA Fly overnight to Yogyakarta, the cultural and historical heart of Java for a three-night stay. DAY 3: EXPLORE YOGYAKARTA Today, visit the Sultan's Palace and Taman Sari Water Castle. Later, learn about the art of leather shadow puppet making, a traditional craft, before a stroll through the Beringharjo market. This evening, dine in a Javanese house with a local family. DAY 4: YOGYAKARTA’S HIDDEN CORNERS Explore the hidden sights of the city, visiting a Buddhist vihara, a traditional 1,300-year-old medicine shop and the Puro Pakualaman, the palace of the princely state of Pakualaman. The afternoon is at leisure before a foodie tour of the vibrant Malioboro Road.

DAY 6: BOROBUDUR SUNRISE Get up early for a magical sunrise at the enigmatic Borobudur, a 1,200-year-old temple, said to be the largest Buddhist structure on earth, set picturesquely amongst tropical foliage. Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to discover more of the complex before glimpsing rural life in the

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DAY 5: HISTORIC KOTAGEDE A dazzling day of culture starts by exploring the historical neighbourhood of Kotagede by becak. Here you’ll see the thriving silver industry and visit traditional Javanese houses including an eclectic Kalang house, as well as Pasar Legi, a Javanese market. Finally, dressed in Javanese costume you’ll wander the sacred royal cemetery. Transfer to Magelang.

Magnificent Mount Bromo

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close-by Candirejo, visiting the village by horse drawn carriage. DAY 7: MOUNT MERAPI BY JEEP Transfer to Solo. Stop en route to explore the spectacular Turgo Hills by jeep, driving up to a viewpoint where you can admire a panorama of the surrounding area, including Mount Merapi. Browse the Sisa Hartaku Mini Museum before continuing to Kaliurang to visit the Museum of Mount Merapi and tuck into a Javanese buffet with beautiful views over the rice fields and volcano. DAY 8: EXPLORE SOLO An epicentre of Javanese culture, the city of Solo gives a wonderfully authentic glimpse of traditional island life. Explore the streets on a becak ride, stopping off at Triwindu market to browse the antiques. This afternoon, visit Laweyan batik village, to learn about this Javanese craft.

DAY 11: TRAVEL TO SURABAYA Drive to Surabaya, East Java’s capital. Visit the quirky House of Sampoerna, a cigarette factory housed in an old Dutch colonial building with a fascinating museum. DAY 12: FLY TO FLORES Transfer back to Yogyakarta and fly to the island of Flores, a lush tropical island and the gateway to Komodo National Park. DAY 13: KOMODO NATIONAL PARK Enjoy a full day boat trip to Komodo National Park. On Komodo Island, walk to Banunggulung river bed with a park ranger; keep your camera at the ready as you hunt for gigantic Komodo dragons and enjoy this unusual island. Later you’ll be able to swim and snorkel at gorgeous Pink Beach and paradisiacal Kanawa Island.

DAY 14: KELOR AND RINCA ISLANDS A second full day adventure to Komodo National Park, includes visits to Kelor and Rinca islands, two of the many tropical gems dotting the area. Head out on foot with a local ranger in search of Komodo dragons, tropical birds, buffalo, deer and pigs. Cruise on to the tiny Sembilan Island, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters and discover enchanting Jellyfish Lake! DAY 15: DEPART FLORES After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport and fly to Bali where you’ll spend the night close to the beach in Denpasar. DAYS 16-17: FLY BALI TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia.

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08 Jun - 24 Jun

$5,690

$5,990 07 Sep - 23 Sep

2020 DAT ES 01 May - 17 May $5,990 05 Jun - 21 Jun

$6,290

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$84 (AU$114) is paid locally in Indonesia.

DAY 9: SCENIC TRAIN RIDE At Solo station, board the train to Jombang, taking a scenic ride through the countryside into East Java. On arrival, transfer over to Bromo. Set in the steep hills of the Tengger Valley, you will be staying at the foot of spectacular Tengger massif, and the famous Mt Bromo. DAY 10: MT BROMO SUNRISE Rise early and ascend to Gunung Penanjakan by jeep for an epic sunrise over Bromo and the surrounding area. Journey across the Sea of Sand, a nature reserve, to Bromo itself where you can climb the 245 steps up to the rim to peer down into the crater.

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HIDDEN TREASURES OF MYANMAR

MYANMAR

HIDDEN TREASURES OF MYANMAR

MONYWA (1N) 

BAGAN (3N) 

HEHO 

17 DAYS FROM

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KALAW (1N) 

PROME (1N)

$5,490

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

YANGON (2N+1N+1N)

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s a more in-depth adventure through Myanmar, taking you along the route through Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake but also heading off the trail to lesser discovered destinations such as Pindaya and Kalaw.

PER PERSON

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MANDALAY (3N)

COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

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PHYSICAL RATING

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Discover Sri Ksetra by ox cart Wander majestic Mandalay Admire Bagan’s temples Ascend stunning Mt. Popa Watch the Inle Lake ‘Leg Rowers’ Marvel at Shwedagon Pagoda Wander across the U Bein Bridge

PRICE INCLUDES • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 15 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 17 days fully inclusive twin share from $5,490 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,015; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Yangon to Yangon): 16 days from $4,250 per person twin share

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SINGAPORE STOPOVER 3 DAYS FROM $385pp Singapore presents a perfect blend of the east and the west, with a fascinating cultural mix of Chinese, Malay and European influences. See page 110.

Price based on twin share. Additional flight costs apply.

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Giant Reclining Buddha

Discover Inle Lake

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY TO YANGON Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER YANGON Head downtown to the Central Post Office from where we will begin our tour. Encompassing the colonial highlights and more traditional architecture, stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street. Visit the National Museum before exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline. The apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems that glint in the sunshine. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is alleged to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within. DAY 3: EXPLORE PROME Drive to the lively port town of Prome. Travelling by ox cart, explore the spectacular ruins of the Pyu Kingdom’s former capital. Later visit Hmawzar village to get a glimpse of local life.

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DAY 4: PROME MARKET Visit Prome’s colourful central market where you’ll be able to see members of several of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities. Continue to the dazzling Shwe San Taw Pagoda and admire the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Drive back to Yangon. DAY 5: U BEIN BRIDGE Fly to Mandalay and transfer to Amarapura to visit Mahagandayon Temple, a place of monastic study and home to several thousand young monks. Continue to the U Bein Bridge,

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the world’s longest teak wood bridge, and make your way across it, walking with the locals. Head to Sagaing, and explore the hills around the town which are dotted with temples and pagodas, before travelling to Inwa to explore the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery. DAY 6: EXPLORE MANDALAY Mandalay is considered the epicentre of Burmese culture and so there is much to explore. Visit the Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe Inbin Monastery, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to the world’s largest book; each page inscribed in marble. Visit a traditional handloom silk workshop and a kalaga tapestries craftman's shop before finishing the day on Mandalay Hill. DAY 7: MINGUN Set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells, the Mingun Bell; and the Mingun Pagoda – had it been completed it would have been Myanmar’s largest. Though incomplete, it is still a monumental structure – 50 metres tall, 72 metres wide and constructed entirely of brick. Return to Mandalay and spend the afternoon at leisure. DAY 8: BODHI TAUNG BUDDHA Leave Mandalay for the Thanboddhay Pagoda, said to contain over half a million colourful images of Buddha. Continue to the Bodhi Taung where a thousand Buddha images rest at the feet of beautiful Banyan trees. In the afternoon see the Aung Setkya Pagoda and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Arrive in Monywa.

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DAY 9: CRUISE THE IRRAWADDY This morning take a boat trip across the Chindwin River to Hpo Win Taung, a network of sandstone caves full of statues, carvings and murals of Buddha. Drive on to the port city of Pakokku. Visit the lively local market by traditional trishaw and observe the production process of typical Myanmar cotton blankets. Continue by boat down the Irrawaddy to Bagan, arriving in time to catch the sunset.

DAY 13: INLE LAKE Drive to Nyaung Shwe and take a boat trip to Inle lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and are renowned for their unique rowing technique. Visit a local market and see the floating gardens, village life and magnificent scenery. See Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, Nga Phe Chaung Monastery and the weaving village of Inpawkhon.

DAY 10: EXPLORE BAGAN Visit Nyaung U Market, Ananda Temple and Shwezigon Pagoda, which is the most important pagoda in Bagan. You’ll also visit Htilominlo Pagoda. This afternoon, head to a lacquer workshop in the village of Myinkaba before enjoying a spectacular sunset over Bagan’s temple-strewn plains.

DAY 14: INDEIN PAGODAS Cruise on Inle Lake to the crumbling Indein Pagoda complex. Built in the 17th century, it is home to nearly one thousand stupas and pagodas. Walk through the rice paddies to Sae Ma village, where you can visit a local primary school.

DAY 11: MT POPA Travel to Mt Popa and visit the temple that sits on top of a unique ‘plug’. Return to Bagan and discover more of its wonderful temples and pagodas. In the evening, travel to temples that are further afield on-board a colourful ox cart – a local method of transport. DAY 12: SHWE U MIN CAVES Fly to Heho and transfer to Pindaya to visit the Shwe U Min limestone caves. The caves are a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Continue to a local workshop that manufactures umbrellas from mulberry paper. Arrive in Kalaw.

DAY 15: YANGON Fly to Yangon. Upon arrival browse the famous Bogyoke market, perfect for souvenirs. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a late afternoon visit to Botataung Pagoda. This evening, stroll around Chinatown, visiting a temple as you go.

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 25 Jan - 10 Feb

$5,490 25 Oct - 10 Nov

$5,590

08 Mar - 24 Mar

$5,590 15 Nov - 01 Dec

$5,490

11 Oct - 27 Oct

$5,590

2020 DAT ES 24 Jan - 09 Feb

$5,790 23 Oct - 08 Nov

$5,890

06 Mar - 22 Mar

$5,890 13 Nov - 29 Nov

$5,790

09 Oct - 25 Oct

$5,890

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$84 (AU$114) is paid locally in Myanmar.

DAYS 16-17: FLY YANGON TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

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ANGKOR TO THE BAY

BESTSELLER HANOI (1N+2N)

VIETNAM

HALONG BAY (1N)

HUE (2N)

17 DAYS FROM

DANANG HOI AN (2N)

CAMBODIA SIEM REAP (3N)

CU CHI

PHNOM PENH (1N)

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM

$5,490

PER PERSON

SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

CL ASSI C

ANGKOR TO THE BAY

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

SAIGON (3N)

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s our most popular tour, taking you on a journey of discovery from the breathtaking temples of Angkor and the Mekong Delta through to the natural grandeur of Halong Bay, experiencing all manner of delights en route.

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05 Jan - 21 Jan

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 Be inspired by spectacular

12 Jan - 28 Jan

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26 Jan - 11 Feb #

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Angkor temples See the local life in Tonle Sap Visit captivating Phnom Penh Find traditional farming in Hoi An Marvel at Hue's Imperial Citadel Stroll through Hanoi's alleyways Cruise magnificent Halong Bay Marvel at Bayon Temple in Cambodia

PRICE INCLUDES • 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 15 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 17 days fully inclusive twin share from $5,490 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $725; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Siem Reap to Hanoi): 16 days from $4,250 per person twin share

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SAPA SHORT STAY 5 DAYS FROM $535pp Travel by overnight train to the hill town of Sapa, and explore the fascinating different minority villages of the region.

DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SIEM REAP Fly to Siem Reap for a three-night stay. DAY 2: TONLE SAP LAKE High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor after visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show.

DAY 4: DISCOVER PHNOM PENH Fly to Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Visit the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before admiring the artefacts at the National Museum.

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Explore the many temples of Angkor

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DAY 3: EXPLORE ANGKOR The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Enter the walled city of Angkor Thom and head to its heart to see the enigmatic Bayon, followed by the atmospheric Ta Prohm. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. Later, take a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems.

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View of the fertile Mekong Delta

DAY 5: FLY TO SAIGON Visit the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum before climbing up to the hilltop Wat Phnom. Fly to Saigon. DAY 6: EXPLORE SAIGON The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Explore Cholon finishing at the lively Ben Thanh Market. DAY 7: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing huge amounts of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits.

DAYS 10-11: EXPLORE HUE Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An before heading to Hue, travelling over the Hai Van Pass. Cruise along the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. The next day, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Royal Tombs of Emperors Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. Move on to a beautiful old maison that has been transformed into a Truc Chi workshop, where you’ll learn to create art with bamboo paper. Continue to visit the imposing Imperial Citadel. DAY 12: HANOI CYCLO Fly to Hanoi this morning. This afternoon take a thrilling cyclo ride through the Old Quarter and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.

DAYS 13-14: HALONG BAY Spend two days aboard a comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Spend the night on the boat before returning to Hanoi and attending the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAY 15: EXPLORE HANOI Explore the sights of Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. DAYS 16-17: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

DAY 8: CU CHI TUNNELS Get to grips with the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon, fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An.

$5,990 03 Aug - 19 Aug

$5,490

02 Feb - 18 Feb # $5,990 17 Aug - 02 Sep

$5,490

09 Feb - 25 Feb

$5,990 31 Aug - 16 Sep

$5,490

23 Feb - 11 Mar

$5,790 07 Sep - 23 Sep

$5,590

02 Mar - 18 Mar

$5,790 14 Sep - 30 Sep

$5,590

09 Mar - 25 Mar

$5,790 21 Sep - 07 Oct

$5,590

16 Mar - 01 Apr

$5,790 28 Sep - 14 Oct

$5,890

23 Mar - 08 Apr

$5,790 05 Oct - 21 Oct

$5,890

30 Mar - 15 Apr

$5,890 12 Oct - 28 Oct

$5,890

06 Apr - 22 Apr

$5,890 19 Oct - 04 Nov

$5,890

13 Apr - 29 Apr

$5,890 26 Oct - 11 Nov

$5,690

20 Apr - 06 May

$5,890 02 Nov - 18 Nov

$5,690

27 Apr - 13 May

$5,890 09 Nov - 25 Nov

$5,690

04 May - 20 May $5,590 23 Nov - 09 Dec

$5,490

11 May - 27 May $5,590

2020 DAT ES 05 Jan - 21 Jan

$6,590 22 Mar - 07 Apr

$6,190

12 Jan - 28 Jan #

$6,290 29 Mar - 14 Apr

$6,190

19 Jan - 04 Feb #

$6,290 05 Apr - 21 Apr

$6,190

02 Feb - 18 Feb

$6,290 12 Apr - 28 Apr

$6,190

09 Feb - 25 Feb

$6,290 19 Apr - 05 May

$6,190

16 Feb - 03 Mar

$6,090 26 Apr - 12 May

$5,890

23 Feb - 10 Mar

$6,090 03 May - 19 May $5,890

01 Mar - 17 Mar

$6,090 10 May - 26 May

$5,890

08 Mar - 24 Mar

$6,090 24 May - 09 Jun

$5,890

15 Mar - 31 Mar

$6,090 07 Jun - 23 Jun

$5,790

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. # Departure coincides with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected.

DAY 9: DISCOVER HOI AN Drive out into the countryside to the small farming community of Tra Que. Here you can enjoy the lush green countryside and see the farmers at work. After lunch take a walking tour of Hoi An, to see the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the bustling market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work.

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LAOS & CAMBODIA UNVEILED LUANG PRABANG (3N)

LAOS & CAMBODIA UNVEILED

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VANG VIENG (2N)  

VIENTIANE (2N) 

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: This epic adventure takes you from the UNESCO-listed city of Luang Prabang in untouched Laos to venture through Cambodia to explore the magnificent temples of Angkor, the rural beauty of Battambang and lovely Phnom Penh.

17 DAYS FROM PER PERSON

$5,390

BATTAMBANG (2N)  

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Be charmed by quaint Vientiane Admire scenic Vang Vieng Witness the ceremony of Takbat Be captivated by Angkor Visit colonial Battambang Explore Phnom Penh by rickshaw Wander the stunning Wat Xieng Thong of Luang Prabang

PRICE INCLUDES • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 15 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 17 days fully inclusive twin share from $5,390 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $760; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Vientiane to Phnom Penh): 16 days from $4,050 per person twin share

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Take a city tour that includes the Grand Palace and spend a day in Kanchanaburi exploring the infamous Death Railway.

DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO VIENTIANE Fly to Vientiane via Bangkok for a two-night stay. DAY 2: EXPLORE VIENTIANE Nestled in a sleepy bend of the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Visit the morning market, Wat Si Saket and Wat Phra Keo, the former Royal Temple, before viewing That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Also, drop in at the COPE visitor centre. Dinner this evening will be accompanied by a traditional Lao music and dance performance. DAY 3: TRAVEL TO VANG VIENG Depart Vientiane for Vang Vieng, a town beautifully set in a spectacular karst landscape that has become Laos’ adventure capital. En route, stop at Nam Ngum Lake, a reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum River, where deep green waters are backed by mountains and forest.

DAY 5: TRAVEL TO LUANG PRABANG Return to Vientiane and fly to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang. The quintessential image of Laos and a place of vivid colours, where you’ll find a rich heritage and enduring French legacy.

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DAY 4: EXPLORE VANG VIENG Venture into the Tham Chang cave before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River. BANGKOK CITY STAY 4 DAYS FROM $400pp

Enjoy picturesque Vang Vieng

DAY 6: PAK OU CAVES Visit the exquisite Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong. Cruise up the languid Mekong River to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for their hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures, then on the return trip, visit the villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong. DAY 7: KUANG SI WATERFALLS Begin the day at the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace. Drive out of the city, stopping for a visit to Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre, before heading to the natural splendour of Kuang Si Waterfalls. Enjoy the vivid blue, terraced pools that tumble down through their forest setting, taking a dip or relaxing by the water’s edge. DAY 8: TAKBAT Rise early this morning to witness the monks of Luang Prabang’s monastic communities collecting alms from the locals – the ceremony of Takbat. These lines of silent saffron robeclad monks will be an enduring image of your trip. Later this morning, climb Mt Phousi for panoramic views over the city. Fly to Siem Reap where you can while away the evening at the lively night market. DAY 9: EXPLORE ANGKOR The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Rising early, the tour begins in the heart of Angkor Thom, the old walled city - passing through its South Gate you’ll reach the enigmatic Bayon and visit the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an

atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. The best preserved of Angkor’s temples, examine the vast number of intricate details and relish the sheer magnificence of its architecture. DAY 10: TONLE SAP LAKE High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle before enjoying a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor before visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show. DAY 11: BANTEAY SREI Admire the captivating Banteay Srei, a richly embellished Hindu Temple made of rosecolored sandstone. Wander the atmospheric ruins of Preah Khan. Take a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. DAY 12: RURAL BATTAMBANG Depart Siem Reap for the city of Battambang, stopping off at the National Silk Centre, where you can learn about the silk creation process.

DAY 13: EXPLORE BATTAMBANG Battambang is set in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Head out of town to the 12th-century Prasat Banan Temple, returning to Battambang to stroll through the village of Wat Kor. Later, visit a local NGO, La Maison de Coco, where traditional skills such as weaving are taught to locals before exploring a cave at Phnom Sampov, home to a huge colony of bats. DAY 14: TRAVEL TO PHNOM PENH Journey south to the city of Phnom Penh, making a stop at the 17th century capital of Udong and Kampong Chhnang to see the traditional handmade pottery. On arrival at Phnom Penh, the rest of the day is at leisure. DAY 15: PHNOM PENH BY CYCLO Experience a cyclo ride to the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before scaling the small hill topped by Wat Phnom. Later, enjoy the exhibits of the National Museum, which are housed in a spectacular Khmerstyle building, before learning about the tragedies of the recent past at the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum.

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08 Jun - 24 Jun

$5,390 09 Nov - 25 Nov

$5,390

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$5,690 10 Oct - 26 Oct

$5,690

07 Mar - 23 Mar

$5,690 07 Nov - 23 Nov

$5,690

06 Jun - 22 Jun

$5,690

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DAYS 16-17: FLY PHNOM PENH TO AUSTRALIA If your flight time permits, this morning there is an option to visit the poignant Killing Fields (payable locally), then transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: This all-encompassing tour not only showcases Vietnam’s highlights but absorbs you in its rich history and culture too. Spend more time interacting with locals and visiting lesser-known places alongside the usual highlights.

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Visit Cai Rang floating market Ride Dalat’s steam train Unwind in stunning Nha Trang Discover the past of Qui Nhon Wander charming Hoi An Marvel at Hue’s Imperial Citadel Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay Enjoy Quintessence of Tonkin Take a cruise through stunning Halong Bay

PRICE INCLUDES • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches & 16 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 18 days fully inclusive twin share from $4,290 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $765; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 17 days from $3,050 per person twin share

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Explore the magnificent remains of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom as well as the other well-known temples during your stay. See page 107.

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Be charmed by the gorgeous scenery of Dalat

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city, for a two-night stay.

out through the fantastic scenery to Trai Mat village. End the day with a local coffee by Xuan Huong lake.

DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. See Notre Dame Cathedral and visit the Central Post Office, both legacies of a colonial past. Spend time at the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum.

DAY 7: COASTAL NHA TRANG We wind our way down from the highlands and along the coast to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the bay’s many islands with a stop off at one to enjoy a swim in the balmy waters.

DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise through the Mekong Delta. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’ – paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and enjoy a typical Mekong lunch. Travel to Can Tho for an overnight stay. DAY 4: FLOATING MARKETS Visit the Cai Rang floating market to see the goods on sale and learn how vermicelli rice noodles are made. Return to Saigon.

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DAY 5: DALAT HILL STATION Head up into the cooler climate and picturesque scenery of the highlands to the colonial town of Dalat, stopping at Bao Loc tea plantation en route. This afternoon is free to enjoy locally grown coffee and the picturesque views. DAY 6: DALAT'S LOCAL STEAM TRAIN Visit the Domaine de Marie Church, the Flower Gardens and an embroidery workshop before boarding an open-air train to journey

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DAY 8: QUI NHON Wander Dam market before visiting the Po Nagar Cham Towers and continue on to the city of Qui Nhon. DAY 9: SON MY AND HOI AN The Son My area saw one of the most horrific crimes of the Vietnam War – the My Lai massacre. Visit the memorial placed in honour of the victims. Continue to Hoi An. DAY 10: EXPLORE HOI AN ON FOOT Take a morning walking tour of charming Hoi An – a wonderfully laid-back and wilfully traditional town that has managed to retain the charms of a bygone era. Visit a lovely oldstyle house, the Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the market. Stop en route to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. DAY 11: ROYAL TOMB OF MINH MANG Take the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. Visit the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang.

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DAY 12: HUE'S IMPERIAL CITADEL Take a drive to the imposing Imperial Citadel to explore. Cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda after visiting the charming An Hien Garden House. DAY 13: OLD QUARTER CYCLO TOUR Exuding a wonderfully exotic aura, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Fly here to admire the collections of the Fine Arts Museum and take a cyclo through the atmospheric tangle of streets that make up the Old Quarter. Later enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. DAY 14: DISCOVER HANOI Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year), the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. DAYS 15-16: HALONG BAY Spend the day aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing through the awe-inspiring beauty of Halong Bay. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. On your last evening, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam.

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SAPA EXTENSION P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 14 Jan - 31 Jan

$4,990 29 Apr - 16 May

$4,690

04 Feb - 21 Feb # $4,990 13 May - 30 May $4,390

4 DAYS FROM $535pp (twin share) OR FROM $1,280pp (sole traveller) DAY 17: TRAIN TO SAPA Board an overnight soft-sleeper train to Sapa town. We can offer late check-out upon request, subject to availability (fees apply). DAYS 18-19: EXPLORE SAPA Arrive in Sapa early in the morning. Spend the next two days discovering this verdant and beautiful area of rolling hills and rice terraces with some light hiking through the surrounding valleys and villages. (B,L) DAY 20: HILLTRIBES This morning is at leisure before an afternoon hike to visit more of the local hilltribes. Board the overnight train for Hanoi. (B,L) DAY 21: DEPART HANOI Day use room is included in Hanoi this morning. Transfer to the airport. (B)

DAYS 17-18: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

11 Feb - 28 Feb

$4,990 03 Jun - 20 Jun

$4,390

25 Feb - 14 Mar

$4,990 12 Aug - 29 Aug

$4,290

04 Mar - 21 Mar

$4,490 26 Aug - 12 Sep

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11 Mar - 28 Mar

$4,690 02 Sep - 19 Sep

$4,290

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$4,690 16 Sep - 03 Oct

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25 Mar - 11 Apr

$4,690 30 Sep - 17 Oct

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01 Apr - 18 Apr

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15 Apr - 02 May

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2020 DAT ES 27 Jan - 13 Feb #

$5,290 30 Mar - 16 Apr

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10 Feb - 27 Feb

$5,290 06 Apr - 23 Apr

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17 Feb - 05 Mar

$5,290 13 Apr - 30 Apr

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24 Feb - 12 Mar

$5,290 20 Apr - 07 May

$4,990

09 Mar - 26 Mar

$4,790 04 May - 21 May $4,690

16 Mar - 02 Apr

$4,990 01 Jun - 18 Jun

23 Mar - 09 Apr

$4,990

$4,690

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NHA TRANG (2N) CU CHI SAIGON (2N+1N)

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It ensures you don’t miss any of Vietnam’s captivating landscapes and rich heritage. Exploring from top to toe, this tour includes a chance to relax on Nha Trang beach and experience local life on the Mekong Delta.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  See local life on the Mekong  Relax on stunning Nha Trang’s     

beach Witness traditional life in Hoi An Learn the history of Hue Visit Duong Lam ancient village Marvel at a Halong sunrise Enjoy Quintessence of Tonkin See the colourful Cai Rang Floating Markets

PRICE INCLUDES • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches & 16 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 18 days fully inclusive twin share from $4,590 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $775; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 17 days from $3,350 per person twin share

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Mai Chau Valley is surrounded by lush rice fields, and is home to many minority tribes. Soak up its local culture as you explore by bicycle. Please speak to a travel consultant for full details or visit wendywutours.com.au

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Mekong Delta

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city for a two-night stay.

DAY 7: TRAVEL TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to the beautiful UNESCO-listed town of Hoi An.

Old Quarter’s atmospheric tangle of streets. Stop off for a ‘ca phe trung’ or egg coffee, a particular Hanoi speciality.

DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON Seamlessly blending past and present, Saigon is both a treasure trove of cultural sights and the city that is driving Vietnam towards a brighter future. Visit the Central Post Office before heading to the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. Finish up by browsing for bargains in the lively Ben Thanh Market.

DAYS 8-9: TRA QUE VILLAGE & MY SON Drive out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community where you can enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, take a walking tour of Hoi An, visiting the elaborate Japanese Bridge, a Chinese temple and the Reaching Out Arts & Crafts workshop. The next day explore the enchanting Cham ruins of My Son.

DAY 13: DISCOVER HANOI Sightseeing today includes a wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, where you’ll pass the monumental mausoleum and the Stilt House. Also, visit One Pillar Pagoda and the Museum of Ethnology. The afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Journey to Vinh Long province to take a cruise on the mighty Mekong. This area is known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruits. Spend the night in the vibrant Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. DAY 4: FLOATING MARKETS Continue your explorations, departing Can Tho to cruise through the Cai Rang Floating Market, where you’ll see boats piled high with the colourful produce of the delta. Return to Saigon.

MAI CHAU SHORT STAY 3 DAYS FROM $595pp

See stunning Nha Trang Beach

DAY 5: CU CHI TUNNELS This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels. Transfer to the airport and fly to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s beach capital. DAY 6: NHA TRANG CRUISE Take to the turquoise waters for a cruise around the many little islands off Nha Trang’s coast, then visit a local fishing village.

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DAY 10: PERFUME RIVER CRUISE Spend the morning at leisure in Hoi An, before travelling the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. On arrival, embark on a scenic cruise of the Perfume River and visit the magnificent Thien Mu Pagoda.

DAY 14: DUONG LAM ANCIENT VILLAGE Duong Lam is well known for its wonderfully preserved historic houses. Visit Mia Pagoda and observe the daily life of the locals in traditional village surroundings. Enjoy lunch at the home of a local family before returning to Hanoi.

DAYS 15-16: HALONG BAY CRUISE Spend the day cruising amongst spectacular seascapes, fringed by jagged karst formations jutting from emerald waters. Halong Bay, with its 1,600 islands and islets, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. You'll even explore one of the bay's many caves. Spend a night onboard before returning to Hanoi the next day. On your last evening, attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAYS 17-18: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

DAY 11: HUE’S IMPERIAL CITADEL The river banks outside of Hue are dotted with UNESCO-listed imperial tombs – visit those of Khai Dinh and Minh Mang. Learn the traditional art of ‘truc chi’ and a workshop before visiting the imposing Imperial Citadel, and the charming An Hien garden house. DAY 12: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi. Bringing together all of the charms of a colonial past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet graceful city, Hanoi is the perfect combination of old Asia and new. Explore the Confucian Temple of Literature and a thrilling cyclo tour of the

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$4,590

02 Mar - 19 Mar

$5,090 30 Aug - 16 Sep

$4,590

15 Mar - 01 Apr

$5,090 20 Sep - 07 Oct

$4,990

29 Mar - 15 Apr

$4,990 01 Nov - 18 Nov

$4,990

12 Apr - 29 Apr

$4,990

2020 DAT ES 06 Mar - 23 Mar

$5,390 01 May - 18 May $5,290

20 Mar - 06 Apr

$5,390 05 Jun - 22 Jun

03 Apr - 20 Apr

$5,390

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COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

MEKONG CRUISE (7N)

SAIGON (2N) MY THO

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It features a relaxing seven-night cruise on the mighty Mekong; not only is this tour perfect for the cruise lover, it also explores the charming cities, natural wonders and cultural treasures of both Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Explore Hanoi by rickshaw Wake to a Halong Bay sunrise Master local cuisine in Hoi An Experience a 7-night Mekong river cruise  Discover the wonders of Angkor  See local life on Tonle Sap  Enjoy Phare circus See local life in the Mekong Delta PRICE INCLUDES • 18 breakfasts, 16 lunches & 18 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 20 days fully inclusive twin share from $6,990 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $2,690 • Land only (Hanoi to Siem Reap): 19 days from $5,750 per person twin share

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SINGAPORE STOPOVER 3 DAYS FROM $385pp Singapore presents a perfect blend of the east and the west, with a fascinating cultural mix of Chinese, Malay and European influences. See page 110.

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Relax on the beautiful Mekong Prestige II

Banteay Srei temple in Siem Reap

ITINERARY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO HANOI Fly to Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, Hanoi, for a two-night stay. DAY 2: EXPLORE HANOI Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before taking a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, stopping off for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. Continue on foot, sampling a range of local cuisine as you explore further!

DAY 7: HOI AN COOKING CLASS Purchase fresh ingredients at the market for a cookery class at a local restaurant, consuming your creations for lunch. Transfer to Danang for your flight to Saigon. A seamless blend of past and present, Saigon is the city that is driving Vietnam towards an ever-brighter future.

DAYS 3-4: CRUISE HALONG BAY Spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi for your flight to Hue.

DAY 8: CU CHI TUNNELS Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels, where you’ll see the legendary tunnel network used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate South Vietnam during the war. Return to the city to visit the neoclassical Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum where the brutality of the war and its victims are well-documented. Finish up browsing through the lively Ben Thanh Market.

DAY 5: HUE’S IMPERIAL CITADEL The epitome of Vietnam’s dynastic past, Hue is a dignified and scholarly city. This morning, explore the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City before visiting the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang and the Thien Mu Pagoda, which overlooks the Perfume River. Continue by road to Hoi An.

DAY 9: MEKONG RIVER CRUISE Transfer to My Tho, a city on the Mekong Delta, to board boutique cruise vessel, Mekong Prestige II. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the welcome dinner and enjoy a traditional music show as you cruise upstream. Later, retire to your comfortable stateroom for the night.

DAY 6: HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN Explore the charms of Hoi An on a walking tour. A wonderfully laid-back and wilfully traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander – visit the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market, a Chinese temple and the Reaching Out Arts & Crafts workshop. This afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 10: CAI BE AND SA DEC Dock at Cai Be to visit the floating market and stroll along the river bank to visit local manufacturers of rice paper and coconut sweets. Also explore Sa Dec.

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DAY 11: TAN CHAU Visit a fish farm and a handicraft village before exploring Tan Chau by rickshaw. Cross into Cambodia.

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DAY 12: PHNOM PENH Cambodia’s capital is a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. After an introductory lecture, take a city tour that includes the dazzling Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum and Wat Phnom. This evening, watch an Apsara dance performance onboard. DAY 13: RURAL CAMBODIA Sail away from Phnom Penh and soak up the views of rural Cambodia. Visit a silk weaving village, a local pagoda and a primary school. DAY 14: OUDONG Disembark to visit the old hilltop capital of Oudong before finding peace at Vipassana Dhura Pagoda. Also see Kampong Tralach and return to the ship by ox-drawn carriage. DAY 15: TONLE SAP RIVER Sail onto the Tonle Sap River and cruise to Kampong Chhnang, where you’ll see a floating village and buzzing local market. DAY 16: SIEM REAP Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. This afternoon, visit the captivating Banteay Srei – a richly-embellished rose-coloured sandstone temple, before taking a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. DAY 17: EXPLORE ANGKOR The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Rising early, the

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tour begins in the heart of Angkor Thom, the old walled city - passing through its South Gate you’ll reach the enigmatic Bayon and visit the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Continue to Ta Prohm, an atmospheric temple left in the grips of the jungle. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. The best preserved of Angkor’s temples, examine the vast number of intricate details and relish the sheer magnificence of its architecture. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus. DAY 18: TONLE SAP LAKE High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle before enjoying a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng and observing the way of life of these lake communities. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor, an organisation working to revive traditional Khmer arts and crafts. This evening, sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor before visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening, sit down to dinner and the Apsara dance show.

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Main Deck

Upper Deck

27 Feb - 18 Mar

$7,990

$7,090

13 Mar - 01 Apr

$7,990

$7,090

09 Oct - 28 Oct

$6,990

$7,290

23 Oct - 11 Nov

$7,190

$7,490

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$8,390

$9,090

03 Feb - 22 Feb

$8,390

$9,090

17 Feb - 07 Mar

$7,390

$8,090

26 Feb - 16 Mar

$7,590

$8,290

11 Mar - 30 Mar

$7,590

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25 Mar - 13 Apr

$7,590

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Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. # Departure coincides with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$105 (AU$142) is paid locally in Vietnam and Cambodia.

DAYS 19-20: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

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TREASURES OF VIETNAM & CHINA BEIJING (3N)

CHINA

XIAN (2N)

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TREASURES OF VIETNAM & CHINA

SHANGHAI (2N) 

CHENGDU (2N) 

GUILIN (1N+1N)

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

YANGSHUO (2N) HANOI (1N+2N)

26 DAYS FROM

VIETNAM

HUE (2N)

$7,590

COACH

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM

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FLIGHT

DANANG HOI AN (2N)

CU CHI  SAIGON (3N) MEKONG DELTA

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This epic tour blends the captivating charms of Vietnam with the fascinating history of China. Explore Saigon, cruise Halong Bay, see pandas, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors and walk the Great Wall on one memorable adventure.

HALONG BAY (1N)

SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

ALL MEALS 1

PHYSICAL RATING

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS      

Drift on the Mekong Delta See Hue's Imperical Citadel Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay Watch Giant Pandas play Face the Terracotta Army Stand on the Great Wall See the Giant Pandas in Chengdu

PRICE INCLUDES • 24 breakfasts, 22 lunches & 24 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 26 days fully inclusive twin share from $7,590 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,350; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Shanghai): 25 days from $6,350 per person twin share

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Stand on the Great Wall in Beijing

Tour Hanoi by cyclo

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city for a three-night stay. DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS Contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the astonishing Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon to see the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office – legacies of a colonial past. Also visit the harrowing War Remnants Museum. DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Travel to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Known locally as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta and lunch on delicious, typical Mekong dishes. Return to Saigon. DAYS 4-5: HISTORIC HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An. Take a walking tour of this charming town. A wonderfully laid-back, traditional place, the streets are a delight to wander around – visit an old merchant’s house, the elaborate Japanese Bridge, the colourful market and the workshop of social enterprise, Reaching Out. The next day, pop out to the scenic Tra Que Village, a traditional haven. Help with the cultivation of vegetables and enjoy lunch at a local family home.

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DAYS 6-7: IMPERIAL HUE Travel to Hue. Visit the UNESCO-listed Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day, make your way to the imposing Imperial Citadel before travelling to the charming An Hien garden house. Visit Thien Mu pagoda and enjoy a local boat trip along the beautiful Perfume river.

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DAY 8: COLONIAL HANOI Fly to the capital city of Hanoi, dubbed the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Visit the Fine Arts Museum, take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter's atmospheric streets and enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. DAYS 9-10: HALONG BAY CRUISE Cruise amongst karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty. Spend the night onboard. Return to Hanoi the next day and in the evening attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show – a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAY 11: DISCOVER HANOI Hanoi brings all the charms of the past with all the buzz of the future in one fast-paced yet refined city. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year). Also visit the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. DAYS 12-13: GIANT PANDAS Fly to Chengdu. The next day, visit Chengdu’s famous Panda Conservation Centre where you can see China’s celebrated icons up close. Wander through People's Park to the fascinating Matchmaker's Corner and visit a traditional teahouse. This evening, sample a delicious Sichuanese meal. DAY 14: RONGHU LAKE Take an early morning flight to Guilin. Stroll around Ronghu Lake and visit the Sun and Moon pagodas.

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DAYS 15-16: LI RIVER CRUISE AND YANGSHUO Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Around every bend is a view to take your breath away with jagged limestone karsts, lush green scenery and grazing buffalo. The next morning, explore this unique rural location and stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring the countryside or choose from one or more of the many optional activities available including cycling, bamboo rafting and walking. DAY 17: REED FLUTE CAVE Return to Guilin and see the colourful stalactites and stalagmites of the Reed Flute Cave. Spend some time exploring the South China Pearl Factory. DAY 18: XIAN Fly to the ancient city of Xian. The start of the Silk Road, Xian is an incredible melting pot of religions and cultures. Stroll along the 14th Century city walls. This evening, indulge on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. DAY 19: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS The Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors for years. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized warriors and horses. Later, visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda.

DAY 21: IMPERIAL BEIJING In the morning, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. Also visit the tranquil Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. DAY 22: THE GREAT WALL This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate its sheer magnificence. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese landscapes and see the exquisite architecture. DAYS 23-24: EXPLORE SHANGHAI Fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as 'the Paris of the East', In the evening, enjoy a panoramic cruise on the Huangpu River. The next day, visit the Yu Garden, the old town, the Silk Factory and admire the colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Round the day off watching the ERA acrobatic show. DAYS 25-26: FLY SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA Spend your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

DAY 20: TRAVEL TO BEIJING Board a bullet train to Beijing, China's historical capital.

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2020 DAT ES 11 Apr - 06 May

$7,990

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. # These departures coincide with Golden Week, and some sightseeing may be affected. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$164 (AU$222) is paid locally in Vietnam and China.

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GRAND TOUR OF INDOCHINA SAPA (1N) HANOI (1N+1N) OVERNIGHT TRAIN(1N+1N)  

LUANG PRABANG (3N)

VANG VIENG (2N)

VIENTIANE (1N)

HUE (2N) 

DANANG HOI AN (3N)

27 DAYS FROM

$7,490

CU CHI PHNOM PENH (2N) SAIGON (3N) 

FULLY INCLUSIVE FROM

PER PERSON

SIEM REAP (3N) OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

MEKONG DELTA

SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE OR PERTH

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GRAND TOUR OF INDOCHINA

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s perfect for those with more time to explore this magnificent region, covering the highlights of each country, while introducing you to more destinations, more culture and more opportunities to interact with local people.

COACH CRUISE RAIL FLIGHT

ALL MEALS 3

PHYSICAL RATING

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS      

Drift on the Mekong Delta See local life in charming Hoi An Marvel at Hue's Imperial Citadel Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay Witness sacred Takbat Be captivated by Angkor Meet the friendly locals in Sapa

PRICE INCLUDES • 25 breakfasts, 24 lunches & 25 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 27 days fully inclusive twin share from $7,490 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,770; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Siem Reap): 26 days from $6,190 per person twin share

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DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative city for a three-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon. The exuberant city of Saigon is driving Vietnam forward into the modern world, but it is also a treasure trove of fascinating heritage. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA Pop down to Ben Tre to take a cruise on the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palmlined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Lunch on typically Mekong fare. Return to Saigon.

DAY 6: HOI AN AT LEISURE Spend a day at leisure to explore and unwind in this willfully traditional town.

BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI 3 DAYS FROM $720pp

Taste the local cuisine

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DAYS 4-5: EXPLORE HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. This afternoon take a walking tour of Hoi An including the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the workshop of social enterprise, Reaching Out. The next morning visit the beautiful, rural Tra Que Village.

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See page 108.

Marvel at Angkor’s temples

DAYS 7-8: HUE’S IMPERIAL CITADEL Travel the scenic route to Hue over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the UNESCO Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. The next day explore the imposing Imperial Citadel before seeing Thien Mu Pagoda and cruising along the Perfume River.

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DAY 9: JOURNEY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi. Vietnam’s capital brings all the charms of the past with a modern buzz in one fast-paced yet refined city. Take an exciting cyclo tour of the Old Quarter and enjoy a Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. DAY 10: HANOI Your morning is at leisure. Later, explore the Museum of Ethnology and Temple of Literature before boarding an overnight train to Sapa. DAYS 11-12: SAPA COUNTRYSIDE Spend the next two days discovering this verdant area of rolling hills and rice terraces exploring colourful markets, minority villages including Cat Cat, and tribal architecture. Board the overnight train back to Hanoi. DAYS 13-14: CRUISE HALONG BAY Arrive back in Hanoi this morning and depart to Halong Bay. Spend two days aboard your comfortable cruise ship sailing amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Stay overnight on the boat before returning to Hanoi. This evening enjoy the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. DAY 15: FLY TO LUANG PRABANG Visit Hanoi’s Ho Chi Minh Quarter, the Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda. Fly to Luang Prabang. DAY 16: TAKBAT Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Mt Phousi for city views and visit Wat Xieng Thong. Take to the waters

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of the Mekong to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddhist sculptures that reside within. DAY 17: KUANG SI WATERFALLS This morning visit the National Museum. Marvel at the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. DAY 18: TRAVEL TO VANG VIENG Fly to Vientiane and travel to Vang Vieng, a town beautifully set in a spectacular karst landscape. DAY 19: EXPLORE VANG VIENG Venture into the Tham Chang cave before wandering through the dramatic limestone karst countryside beside the Nam Song River. DAY 20: DISCOVER VIENTIANE Travel back to Vientiane to visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument. Enjoy dinner with a traditional Laos music and dance performance. DAY 21: ROYAL PALACE Fly to Phnom Penh, a city of airy boulevards and colonial villas. Today’s visits include the magnificent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Later on admire the artefacts of the lovely National Museum. DAY 22: EXPLORE PHNOM PENH Visit the children of the Apsara Arts Association and the harrowing Tuol Sleng Museum, later exploring the Russian and Central markets.

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DAY 23: SUNSET OVER ANGKOR Ascend to the hilltop Wat Phnom before transferring to the airport to fly to Siem Reap. Visit the captivating Banteay Srei, before taking a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. DAY 24: EXPLORE ANGKOR The seat of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries, the Angkor complex includes over 1,000 temples. Begin at atmospheric Ta Prohm, continuing to Angkor Thom and passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon. This afternoon is dedicated to the indescribable Angkor Wat. This evening enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Cambodian Circus. DAY 25: TONLE SAP High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the floating village of Kampong Kleng. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D'Angkor. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show. Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Head to Beng Mealea to explore this mysterious temple overrun by the jungle. Drop by Artisan D'Angkor after visiting the floating village of Chong Kneas. This evening sit down to dinner and an Apsara dance show.

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 20 Jan - 15 Feb #

$8,090 05 May - 31 May $7,690

03 Feb - 01 Mar # $8,090 18 Aug - 13 Sep

$7,490

24 Feb - 22 Mar

$7,890 01 Sep - 27 Sep

$7,690

10 Mar - 05 Apr

$7,890 22 Sep - 18 Oct

$7,890

31 Mar - 26 Apr

$7,890 13 Oct - 08 Nov

$7,890

21 Apr - 17 May

$7,690 03 Nov - 29 Nov

$7,490

2020 DAT ES 19 Jan - 14 Feb #

$8,490 22 Mar - 17 Apr

$8,290

02 Feb - 28 Feb

$8,490 29 Mar - 24 Apr

$8,290

23 Feb - 20 Mar

$8,290 19 Apr - 15 May

$8,090

08 Mar - 03 Apr

$8,290 03 May - 29 May $8,090

15 Mar - 10 Apr

$8,290

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. # Departure coincides with TET celebrations and sightseeing may be affected. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$160 (AU$216) is paid locally in Vietnam.

DAYS 26-27: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Enjoy a free morning before transferring to the airport for your flight back to Australia, arriving the same or following day.

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SOLO TOUR? When you’re travelling without a companion, our new Solo tours are the perfect choice. In fact, up to 65% of our travellers join us ‘solo’, so we have plenty of experience in making your holiday unforgettable, bringing together a like-minded group of people to share the ultimate, inclusive tour experience.

TRAVEL WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS

We take care to match you up with a group of other solo travellers who want to see the same sights and have the same experiences as you. You’ll never be short of someone to take your photo, or swap stories at the end of the day.

Our newest tour style, Solo tours give you the sense of support that comes from being a part of a group; yet you also have the comfort of your own guaranteed private room, and with no extra supplement to pay.

EXPERTLY GUIDED

BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE

Our experienced National Escorts create the perfect inclusive atmosphere for each group to discover Vietnam and beyond together, complete with group dinners, cultural experiences and fun activities to make the most of your holiday.

Going solo gives you the room to discover yourself. Start conversations with the locals, learn something new. Be a photographer, or an explorer. With all the travel arrangements taken care of, you’re free to just be you.

ALL OUR SOLO TOURS INCLUDE  International flights & taxes  Expert National Escorts & Local Guides  All accommodation in your own private room, with no single supplement due

 All or most meals  All transportation  Specialist advice from our travel consultants  Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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NEW  OVERNIGHT FLIGHT 

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

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13 DAYS FROM

With plenty of free time for independent exploration, this tour encompasses Vietnam’s highlights as well as taking you to more undiscovered places, like the spectacular Mai Chau valley.

HOI AN (2N)

$4,690

CU CHI SAIGON (3N)

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HALONG BAY (1N) 

SCENIC VIETNAM

HANOI (2N+1N+1N)

MEKONG DELTA

COACH CRUISE FLIGHT

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PHYSICAL RATING

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Explore vibrant Saigon  Discover the Mekong Delta  Learn traditional farming techniques in Hoi An

 Meet the locals in Mai Chau  Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay  Enjoy Quintessence of Tonkin Mai Chau’s traditional textiles PRICE INCLUDES • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 4 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in your own private room • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 13 days inclusive from $4,690 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single room for sole use included • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 12 days from $3,550 per person • No single supplement payable on this tour

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SAPA SHORT STAY 5 DAYS FROM $1,280pp Travel by overnight train to the hill town of Sapa, and explore the fascinating different minority villages of the region. See page 106.

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Cruise through picture-perfect Halong Bay

Bun Cha, a delicious Hanoi specialty

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and most vibrant, city. On arrival at the airport you will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team and transferred to the hotel for a threenight stay. DAY 2: CU CHI TUNNELS Head out as a group to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of passageways used by the Viet Cong during the war. Returning to the city, admire Vietnam’s colonial past with a visit to the Central Post Office before exploring the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. This evening, ascend to a downtown rooftop and mingle with cocktails, followed by dinner. (B,L,D) DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong Delta. This area is called the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the rich and fertile lands producing a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Taste some of the produce of the area, enjoy traditional music, paddle through the palm-lined canals in a sampan and pass local fish farms. (B,L) DAY 4: JOURNEY TO HOI AN Catch a flight to Danang, then transfer to the wonderfully laid-back and charming Hoi An. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L) DAY 5: TRA QUE VILLAGE This morning, share a community experience in the rural village of Tra Que, admiring the gardens of vegetables and herbs, and joining a local family for lunch and a cooking

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demonstration. Wander the sights of Hoi An in the afternoon, stopping at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and meet the artisans before enjoying a well-deserved tea break in the tea house. (B,L) DAY 6: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city. This afternoon, begin your explorations with visits to the Museum of Ethnology and the gatehouse of the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Later, take a twilight walking tour of the Ho Chi Minh Quarter of the city, with a stop for a refreshing glass of beer at Ta Hien beer corner. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: HALONG BAY The highlight of any trip to Vietnam, today you’ll take to the waters of the incredible Halong Bay. Sail lazily amongst the limestone karst peaks of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, soaking up the views from the deck of your traditional vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave. (B,L,D)

and transfer back to Hanoi. This final evening together will include dinner, before sitting down to the visually spectacular Quintessence of Tonkin show. (B,D) DAYS 12-13: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day. (B)

DAY 11: QUINTESSENCE OF TONKIN Rise early to watch the sun rise over the bay, and to take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi on deck. Cruise back to the dock

DAY 7: EXPLORE HANOI Return to the Ho Chi Minh Quarter this morning to see Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and Confucian monument, the Temple of Literature. Sit and sample traditional Vietnamese egg coffee, then take a free afternoon to explore. (B,L)

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2019 DAT ES 07 Apr - 19 Apr

$4,790 03 Nov - 15 Nov

06 Oct - 18 Oct

$4,790

$4,690

2020 DAT ES 01 Mar - 13 Mar

$5,090 03 May - 15 May $4,990

05 Apr - 17 Apr

$5,090

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DAY 8: MAI CHAU Travel to Mai Chau, a rural village set in a lush valley, and the home to ethnic minority communities like the White and Black Thai people. Walk amongst the rice paddies this afternoon, visiting hill tribe villages and meeting friendly members of these communities. Dinner tonight will be a barbeque at a local stilt house, treated to a traditional dance performance and a traditional rice wine tasting. (B,L,D) DAY 9: RETURN TO HANOI Your morning is free to relax before travelling back to Hanoi. (B)

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QUINTESSENCE OF TONKIN Born from an artistic vision to showcase the cultural highlights of northern Vietnam, Quintessence of Tonkin blends skilful performers, a mesmerising set, delightful water puppetry, a stunning light show and the Thay Mountain into a breathtaking open-air spectacle that is both emotive and uplifting. Wander charming Hoi An

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VIETNAM & CAMBODIA EXPERIENCE

NEW HANOI (2N)

VIETNAM & CAMBODIA EXPERIENCE

SOLO

HALONG BAY (1N) 

VIETNAM

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE:

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This immersive tour is exclusively for solo travellers, discovering the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia with cultural experiences, group activities and a great chance to spend quality time amongst the infamous temples of Angkor.

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SIEM REAP (3N)

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15 DAYS FROM

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PRICE INCLUDES • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 4 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in your own private room • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 15 days inclusive from $5,690 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single room for sole use included • Land only (Hanoi to Siem Reap): 14 days from $4,450 per person • No single supplement payable on this tour

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IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s elegant capital city. On arrival at the airport you will be met by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team and transferred to the hotel for a two-night stay. DAY 2: EXPLORE HANOI This morning, you will head out to explore the city, visiting Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, the Stilt House, One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature, then sample traditional Vietnamese egg coffee. Dinner will include a cultural performance and cooking demonstration, and feature local dish, bun thang. (B,L,D) DAY 3: HALONG BAY Take to the waters of incredible Halong Bay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a vision of awe-inspiring beauty, the Bay’s limestone karst peaks set the scene as you sail lazily past, soaking up the views from the deck of your traditional vessel and docking to visit an impressive cave. (B,L,D) DAY 4: SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY Rise early to watch the sun rise, and to take part in an invigorating session of Tai Chi on deck. Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. (B)

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DAY 5: TRA QUE VILLAGE This morning, share a community experience in the rural village of Tra Que, joining a local family for lunch and a cooking demonstration. This afternoon, wander the sights of Hoi An, stopping at Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, before enjoying a welldeserved tea break in the tea house. (B,L)

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DAY 6: FREE TIME IN HOI AN Today is a free day for you to spend as you wish; your guide will be on hand to give options and ideas. (B) DAY 7: FLY TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon, Vietnam’s largest, and most vibrant, city. Head out of the city to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. (B,L) DAY 8: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to discover the Mekong Delta, a rich and fertile region that produces a plethora of rice, coconuts, vegetables and tropical fruit. Taste some of the produce of the area, enjoy traditional music, paddle through the palm-lined canals in a sampan and visit a floating fishing village. (B,L) DAY 9: FLY TO PHNOM PENH Start by exploring the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office before visiting the Reunification Palace and the chilling War Remnants Museum. This afternoon, fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lovely capital, and toast your arrival with a cold glass of beer on the riverfront. (B,L)

DAY 11: ANGKOR BY TUK-TUK Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to the temples of Angkor. Travelling in a fleet of tuk-tuks, you’ll explore Angkor Thom, the old walled city of the Khmer Empire, and see the Bayon and Terrace of the Elephants. As the sun sets, take a cruise to float peacefully on the waters of Angkor Thom’s moat. (B,L) DAY 12: EXPLORE ANGKOR Head back to Angkor, starting amongst the atmospheric ruins of Ta Prohm before exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat, then travel farther afield to Banteay Srei, a temple famous for its incredibly intricate carvings. End an adventure-filled day by relaxing in a rooftop bar with a cocktail. (B,L)

Low water season (Mar-Jul) Visit the floating village of Chong Kneas, and meet the community who call it home. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor for some shopping. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish – shopping at the local market is a good option. This last evening together, share a farewell dinner before enjoying the fantastic Phare Circus. (B,L,D)

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DAYS 14-15: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day. (B)

DAY 13: TONLE SAP LAKE High water season (Aug-Feb) Cruise the waters of Tonle Sap Lake to the floating village of Kampong Kleng, and meet the community who call it home. Return to Siem Reap via Artisan D’Angkor for some shopping.

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DAY 10: CITY CYCLO TOUR Take to the roads of Phnom Penh by cyclo, before visiting the beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and browsing the artefacts of the National Museum. This afternoon, you’ll learn about Cambodia’s tragic past at the affecting Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields. (B,L,D)

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IMMERSE YOURSELF TOUR? Combining the fun and convenience of group touring with the freedom to follow your own bliss from time to time, these tours add an extra element of adventure to your holiday to Vietnam and beyond.

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GET ACTIVE Immerse Yourself group tours are a touch more physical, offering opportunities to stretch your legs and really get amongst the sights.

Flexibility is the key to these tours, with some meals and free time limited only by your imagination.

With the time to touch, taste and experience it all along the way, you can make your own unique memories.

ALL OUR IMMERSE YOURSELF TOURS INCLUDE  International flights & taxes  Unique cultural experiences  Expert National Escorts & Local Guides  Small group sizes (maximum 18 guests)  All accommodation

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These itineraries seek out more than the main sights, with unique, sometimes exclusive local encounters and cultural experiences that make the difference between a great holiday and a truly amazing one.

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: You can explore the best bits of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Saigon, on a flexible itinerary that gives you the choice to discover each destination independently or choose between a series of wonderful cultural experiences. This tour is Vietnam, your way!

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Cruise on scenic Halong Bay Explore Hanoi by cyclo Discover the stunning Hue Wander charming Hoi An Drift on the Mekong Delta Marvel at the A O Show Marvel at Hue's Imperial Citadel

PRICE INCLUDES • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 4 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 13 days inclusive twin share from $3,990 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $590; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Hanoi to Saigon): 12 days from $2,850 per person twin share

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IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially-influenced, atmospheric capital, for a two-night stay. (D) DAY 2: DISCOVER HANOI Start the day exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. This evening, enjoy a performance of a traditional water puppets show. (B,L,D) DAY 3: CRUISE HALONG BAY Travel to Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. You’ll pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. There are many activities to take part in while you’re onboard - take a swim in the cool waters of the bay, explore stalagmite and stalactite-filled caves, and even squid fishing (in season). (B,L,D) DAY 4: TAI CHI Catch sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practise Tai Chi on deck. After brunch onboard, return to the dock and travel back to Hanoi. Here, enjoy free time or choose from two optional activities (at your own expense): either the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam, followed by dinner; or discover the many delicious flavours of Vietnamese street food on a tour of Hanoi’s very best street eats. (B)

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DAY 5: IMPERIAL HUE Fly to Hue, Vietnam’s old imperial capital and a city considered the country’s hub of culture. This afternoon, visit Minh Mang Tomb, set on peaceful spot outside the city, before exploring the decaying grandeur of Hue’s Imperial Citadel. Admire the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise along the picturesque Perfume River. Later, you may choose an optional royal dining experience (at your own expense), where you will dine on authentic food and be entertained, all in the imperial style. Otherwise, the evening is free for your own explorations. (B,L) DAY 6: HUE EXPERIENCES Today is a day at leisure for your own explorations, or you can choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): either take a half day cycling tour of Hue and its beautiful rural surroundings, stopping for lunch with the nuns of a nearby pagoda; or learn ‘truc chi’, creating art with bamboo paper, on a half day visit to a workshop. (B) DAY 7: TRAVEL TO HOI AN Journey by road to the charming town of Hoi An, crossing over the scenic Hai Van Pass. This afternoon, wander the old cobbled streets and soak up the delights of Hoi An, with visits to a pagoda, an old Chinese meeting house and the Reaching Out arts and crafts workshop. (B,L) DAY 8: HOI AN EXPERIENCES Today is a day at leisure to explore, or you can choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): either a cooking class, with a market visit to select fresh, local ingredients, then use them to learn the techniques of Vietnamese cuisine; or a full-day farmer and

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fisherman experience, allowing you to try your hand at traditional farming techniques in the rural village of Tra Que, before learning to paddle round bamboo boats and cast fishing nets. (B) DAY 9: FLY TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B) DAY 10: MEKONG DELTA Transfer to Ben Tre, in the heart of the Mekong Delta, where you'll visit local cottage industries and taste the delicious produce of the region, before lunching on typically Mekong fare. This afternoon, take a boat trip through the palm-lined canals and waterways to visit small islands, a floating village and pagoda. Return to Saigon. (B,L)

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DAY 11: CU CHI TUNNELS This morning, discover the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground network used by the Viet Cong during the war. Return to Saigon and tour the city, visiting the Central Post Office as well as delving into Vietnam’s recent history at the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. This evening enjoy an optional farewell dinner and a performance of the A O Show, a music, dance and acrobatic spectacular at the Saigon Opera House (at your own expense). (B,L,D) DAYS 12-13: FLY SAIGON TO AUSTRALIA This morning is at leisure for your own explorations, or you can take an optional cyclo tour around Saigon’s Chinatown. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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waterfalls Wonder at the Plain of Jars Discover scenic Vang Vieng Stroll through quaint Vientiane Unwind at the 4,000 islands Marvel at Kuang Si Waterfalls outside Luang Prabang

PRICE INCLUDES • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 8 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 14 days inclusive twin share from $4,590 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $660; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Bangkok to Bangkok): 13 days from $3,450 per person twin share

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IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO BANGKOK Fly to the vibrant city of Bangkok for an overnight stay (D) DAY 2: FLY TO LUANG PRABANG Fly to Luang Prabang. An enchanting city, Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos. At its core, lush greenery, golden temples and vivid-robed monks come together to create a colourful, rich heritage and an enduring French-colonial legacy. Take a walking tour around the vibrant night market, keeping an eye out for craft souvenirs from Laos' hill tribes as you go. (B,L,D) DAY 3: KUANG SI WATERFALLS Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat, when the monks of Luang Prabang’s monastic communities collect alms from locals. These lines of silent saffron robe-clad monks will be an enduring image of your trip. See Wat Sene and the National Museum. Visit the traditional H’mong village of Ban Na Ounae, before walking to the cascading turquoise waters of Kuang Si Waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim. Stop at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre on the return to Luang Prabang. (B,L) DAY 4: PAK OU CAVES Explore Wat Xieng Thong, considered Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple. Board a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that reside within. Visit the local villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong to witness the daily life of the local people and their cottage industries. (B,L)

DAY 5: MT PHOUSI Climb Mt Phousi to admire the views down over the city before exploring Wat Mai, Wat Visoun and Wat Aham. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. (B,L) DAY 6: PHONSAVAN Drive to Phonsavan via Phoukhoun, stopping at Tham Phra Cave and Nong Tang Lake on the way. (B,L,D) DAY 7: PLAIN OF JARS One of the most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia, these mysterious clusters of giant jars are thought to be about 2,000 years old. We will visit Site 1 where there are over 200 jars, Site 2 which also allows you to admire the beautiful scenery of the region and Site 3, situated in picturesque woodland. There will also be a visit to the office of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organisation that helps clear unexploded ordnance that are a remnant of American raids during the Vietnam War. Take the opportunity to speak with the organisation's head. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: DISCOVER VIENTIANE Drive to Vientiane, Laos’ capital. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Spend the rest of the day exploring with visits to Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument, that resembles Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. (B,L) DAY 10: SI PHAN DON Rise early for a morning flight to Pakse. On arrival, explore the UNESCO World Heritagelisted Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex set in the beautiful landscapes of Mount Phu Kao. Drive on to Khong Island, the largest island of the laid-back Si Phan Don archipelago in the Mekong River. The rest of the day is free. (B,L,D) DAY 11: 4,000 ISLANDS Around Si Phan Don, meaning ‘4,000 islands’, the pace of life is slow and easy and the river views are gorgeous. See the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall,

Southeast Asia’s largest, and pop over to Khone Island by speedboat to discover its charming colonial buildings and see Li Phi Waterfall, nicknamed the Devil’s Corridor. Depending on the season, you may see traditional fishing techniques in action. The rest of your day is at leisure. (B,L,D) DAY 12: BOLAVEN PLATEAU Depart Khong Island for Pakse, stopping en route to admire Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls. Continue up onto the Bolaven Plateau to pay a visit to a coffee plantation and learn about the process of planting, harvesting and roasting the beans. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner back in Pakse. (B,L,D) DAYS 13-14: FLY PAKSE TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Pakse airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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DAY 8: VANG VIENG Depart Phonsavan for Vang Vieng. Stop en route at Pathang village, where you can enjoy dramatic views over the karst landscapes for which Vang Vieng is famous. On arrival, head into Tham Chang Cave to explore. The cave was used as a hideout for locals when marauding Yunnanese came to town in the early 19th century. (B,L,D)

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Cycle alongside Bagan's temples Ascend the stunning Mt Popa Learn to hammer gold leaf Cruise along the Irrawaddy Hike the Shan Highlands Explore scenic Inle Lake Meet the long-neck Padaung people Meet the Kayah Padaung people in Pan Pat Village

PRICE INCLUDES • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 5 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 15 days inclusive twin share from $4,890 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,130; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Yangon to Yangon): 14 days from $3,550 per person twin share

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DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO YANGON Fly to the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER YANGON Start the day exploring the atmospheric Shwedagon Pagoda. Myanmar’s most scared Buddhist site, it is said to have four relics of Buddha enshrined within. Continue to browse the exhibits of the National Museum before taking a ride on the Yangon Circle Train, the authentic, local way to see the city. Learn about national hero, Aung San, at a museum housed in his former home before heading into downtown Yangon to stroll through the street markets and crumbling colonial architecture. End the day with a cocktail at the Strand Hotel – built in 1901 it is still one of the city’s grandest hotels. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3: TEMPLES OF BAGAN This morning, board a plane for the short hop to Bagan. Your first experience of the area’s glorious temples will be Ananda. Built in 1091, this temple has been in constant use ever since and exudes a wonderful atmosphere. Take to the waters of the Irrawaddy and cruise to Kyun Thiri village, where you’ll visit the monastery for tea and snacks. Returning to Bagan, visit a lacquer ware shop before taking a horse and cart ride among the temples Dinner tonight includes a cultural show. (B,L,D)

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incredible! Returning to Bagan, stop at a toddy palm plantation to learn about this family enterprise. Later, cycle to the secluded Kauk Gyu cave temple to examine the exquisite stone carvings. (B,L) DAY 5: MAHAMUNI BUDDHA Fly to Mandalay. Get to grips with the traditional industry of goldbeating on a visit to a goldleaf hammering shop, before visiting the Mahamuni Buddha, one of the most revered Buddha images in the country. It’s also the perfect place to see where what happens to all that hammered gold! Continue to magnificent teakwood Shwenandaw monastery and Kuthodaw pagoda, home to the world’s largest book. Take a relaxed cruise down the Irrawaddy to the monumental Mingun Pagoda, which dominates the river bank. (B,L,D) DAY 6: SAGAING AND INWA Today begins at a nunnery nestled in the Sagaing Hills, before a short boat trip over to Inwa, the ancient imperial capital set on an island. A horse and cart will take you around the sights. Next, walk with the locals over U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge – the setting is beautiful. Finally, sit back and enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Tautaman, with cocktails on hand. (B,L) DAY 7: PINDAYA CAVES Fly to Heho, in the Shan highlands, and transfer to Pindaya to discover the Shwe U Min limestone caves, a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Later, visit the skilled artisans who make Myanmar’s iconic paper umbrellas in their workshop. The umbrellas are made solely by hand in many beautiful shades. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8: TREKKING IN PINDAYA Set out on foot to explore the landscapes of the Shan Highlands. Wander through a tea plantation and pass through villages where you’ll be able to see local communities going about their daily lives. This afternoon, transfer to Inle Lake. The lake is best known for the extraordinary Intha people, who live on and around the water, and are renowned for their unique rowing technique. (B,L) DAY 9: EXPLORE INLE LAKE Discover the overgrown forest of stupas and pagodas at Indein, before taking to the waters of Inle Lake to explore. You’ll float through stilt villages, stopping at the workshops of local industry – silk weaving, silver smithing and cheroot making. Stop to look at the resourceful floating gardens and keep an eye out for fishermen going about their business in Inle’s unique style. (B,L) DAY 10: VISIT AN INTHA HOUSE Enjoy a morning walk through a local market before visiting an Intha house for a cooking class with a local chef. You’ll get to enjoy the dishes you create for lunch. This afternoon see Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the temple at the heart of the lake community, then head onto dry land to take a tuk-tuk to the Red Mountain winery. Here, you’ll have a tour of this wine making facility including a tasting. (B,L) DAY 11: VISIT LOCAL PEOPLE Take a boat to reach the city of Loikaw, a place that offers a glimpse of wonderfully authentic Myanmar, due to the fact it was off limits to travellers for many years. Make stops en route at local villages to see pottery

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makers and rice wine producers as well as the picturesque partially submerged pagodas at Sagar. Leave the boat at Pe Khone, in an area where Shan, Pa O and Intha ethnic groups make their homes, and transfer to Loikaw by road. (B,L) DAY 12: EXPLORE LOIKAW Visit more of Myanmar’s ethnic minority groups in Pan Pat village, home to the Kayah Padaung people. The women of this group are famous for elongating their necks by wearing bronze rings – they are one of Myanmar’s most iconic images. Back in Loikaw, visit the Kayah State Cultural Museum and a colonial house from 1912 which was used by the Shan royal family, and Taung Kwe pagoda. (B,L) DAY 13: RETURN TO YANGON Transfer to the airport and fly back to Yangon. There will be time to visit Bogyoke market to pick up a few more souvenirs and, time permitting, Botataung pagoda and Nanthida jetty. A farewell meal this evening will be at The House of Memories. In the building where General Aung San once had his office, the restaurant is filled with fascinating old mementos. (B,L,D)

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$5,290 13 Oct - 27 Oct

$5,290

24 Feb - 10 Mar

$4,890 10 Nov - 24 Nov

$4,890

2020 DAT ES 26 Jan - 09 Feb

$5,590 23 Feb - 08 Mar

$5,190

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$86 (AU$116) is paid locally in Myanmar.

DAYS 14-15: FLY YANGON TO AUSTRALIA Enjoy the morning at your leisure before you are transferred to Yangon airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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PAKBENG HUAY (1N) XAI LUANG PRABANG CHIANG RAI (2N) (3N)   H’MONG CHIANG HILLTRIBE (1N) MAI (1N) VIENTIANE (2N)

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OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

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$4,390

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It’s perfectly combined to create an unforgettable experience; you can venture off the beaten track to discover the colourful hilltribe cultures of Thailand’s northern highlands and explore the tranquil treasures and rich culture of beautiful Laos.

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Cruise the Chao Phraya River Discover old Chiang Mai by cyclo Stay with a H’mong hilltribe Stroll in laid-back Chiang Rai Meet monks in Laos Explore the magical Buddha Park See the magic of the many riverside temples in Bangkok

PRICE INCLUDES • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 13 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels and local lodges • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 15 days inclusive twin share from $4,390 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $750; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Bangkok to Vientiane): 14 days from $3,150 per person twin share

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BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI 3 DAYS FROM $720pp Visit this important World War II site, travelling over the Death Railway and exploring Hellfire Pass in stunning northern Thailand. See page 108.

DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO BANGKOK Fly to the vibrant city of Bangkok for a two-night stay. (D) DAY 2: DISCOVER BANGKOK Bangkok is an exotic feast for the senses, a whirlwind of chaos, refinement and rewarding sights. A city of many faces, go from tranquil golden temples to forests of gleaming skyscrapers before experiencing authentic Asia on bustling streets. Today’s sightseeing includes Wat Pho and the dazzling Grand Palace. Take to the Chao Phraya River on a longboat getting an alternative view of the city as you cruise to the Pak Klong Talaat Flower Market, then stroll through Chinatown. Enjoy dinner whilst watching a traditional music and dance show.(B,L,D)

DAY 4: EXPLORE CHIANG MAI The antithesis of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a chilled out, nonchalant city in the foothills of Thailand’s northern highlands. Take a cyclo tour of the city, visit Flok Life Museum, admire Wat Chedi Luang and ascend to Wat Doi Suthep perched on top of Doi Suthep Mountain. This evening enjoy a traditional Kantoke dinner and a performance of the ancient songs and dances of northern Thailand. Wander through the night bazaar in search of bargains. (B,L,D)

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DAY 3: FLOATING MARKET Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and experience the Maeklong railway market. Board an overnight train to Chiang Mai in Thailand’s north. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5: H’MONG HILLTRIBE LODGE Start the day with a relaxed mind as you join a group meditation session before heading up into the Suthep-Pui Mountains. Tonight you will spend the night at the H’mong Hilltribe Lodge amidst the striking natural beauty of the region. This evening enjoy a barbecue dinner and a cultural show. (BLD) DAY 6: THAI ELEPHANT CARE CENTRE Depart the Hilltribe Lodge for the Thai Elephant Care Centre to spend some time meeting and feeding the beautiful pachyderms. Later, board a long tail boat on Mae Kok River to Baan Pha Tai, where you’ll continue by road to Chiang Rai. Explore the colourful night market. (B,L,D) DAY 7: CHIANG RAI Explore the laidback, small town charm of Chiang Rai, visiting the eccentric White Temple and Doi Mae Salong, a hill village once at the heart of the area’s notorious opium trade. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: EXPLORE LUANG PRABANG An enchanting city, Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos – a place of vivid colours with an extremely rich heritage and enduring French legacy. Take a city tour, seeing sights including Wat Visoun and Wat Xieng Thong. After lunch, visit Ban Xang Khong craft village and spend some time at a local wat, chatting with the friendly monks who love to practice their English. (B,L,D) DAY 11: KUANG SI WATERFALLS Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat, when the monks of Luang Prabang’s monastic communities collect alms. After breakfast, ascend Mt Phousi for views over the town and see the treasures of the National Museum. Head out of town to see the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls before returning to Luang Prabang via Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: FLY TO VIENTIANE Catch a flight to Laos’ capital city, Vientiane. (B,L,D) DAY 13: DISCOVER VIENTIANE Nestled in a sleepy bend of the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more a friendly backwater than a chaotic capital. Spend the day exploring with a visit to Talaat Sao market, Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo (a former temple that now houses a museum), That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument, known as the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane. Finally, explore Buddha Park. Later, enjoy dinner and a traditional Laos music and dance performance. (B,L,D) DAYS 14-15: FLY VIENTIANE TO AUSTRALIA Enjoy a free morning in languid Vientiane, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 13 Mar - 27 Mar

$4,890 16 Oct - 30 Oct

$4,890

05 Jun - 19 Jun

$4,390 13 Nov - 27 Nov

$4,390

2020 DAT ES 11 Mar - 25 Mar

$5,190 03 Jun - 17 Jun

$4,690

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$70 (AU$95) is paid locally in Thailand and Laos.

DAY 8: CRUISE THE MEKONG Transfer to the Thai-Laos border and climb aboard a boat to cruise along the Mekong taking in the scenery as you go. Stop at Pakbeng to visit the village of Ban Houei Lumpane before settling in for the night. (B,L,D) DAY 9: CRUISE TO LUANG PRABANG Back on the river, continue your leisurely cruise to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang, stopping at the fascinating Pak Ou Caves, a riverside cavern that is full of statues of Buddha that can no longer be used for worship. (B,L,D)

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OVERNIGHT TRAIN (1N+1N) 

VIETNAM

OVERNIGHT TRAIN (1N) DONG HOI (2N) 

20 DAYS FROM

HUE (2N)

DANANG

$4,990

HOI AN (2N)

PER PERSON

INCLUSIVE FROM

SAIGON (2N+1N)

COACH CRUISE RAIL FLIGHT

CAN THO (1N)

OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: You will experience Vietnam’s glorious mountains, cities, beaches, caves and countryside from north to south. This active tour includes a full-day hike through Sapa’s hills, an exploration of the spectacular Phong Nha cave and a cycle ride in the Mekong Delta.

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Taste Hanoi's delightful cuisine Hike Sapa's rice terraces Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay Explore Phong Nha cave Bike Hoi An's countryside Discover Saigon's streets by vintage Vespa  Visit Cai Rang floating market Visit Sapa's stunning rice terraced fields PRICE INCLUDES • 18 breakfasts, 16 lunches & 12 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 20 days inclusive twin share from $4,990 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,400; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Hanoi to Saigon): 19 days from $3,850 per person twin share

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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE

Set in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is a paradise island of soft sandy beaches, calm waters and swishing palms. See page 106.

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Tour Saigon by Vespa

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially-influenced, atmospheric capital, for a two-night stay. (D) DAY 2: DISCOVER LOCAL HANOI Begin with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Later, visit a water puppet artist - for a chance to participate in the creation of the puppets and to enjoy a private performance. Tonight, discover Hanoi’s street-side night life and taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food, such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo – a truly local way of eating dinner! (B,L,D) DAY 3: TEMPLE OF LITERATURE Rise early today and visit the fabulous flower market in Quang Ba, and see Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake – an oasis of peace and daily life in the centre of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of Literature and the Old Quarter, with a stop for local delicacy ‘ca phe trung’ (egg coffee) en route. Board the overnight train to Lao Cai. (B,L,D) DAY 4: SAPA MINORITY VILLAGES After an early morning arrival and breakfast, transfer to beautiful Sapa. Later, trek through luscious, stepped rice paddies and quaint villages. End your walk at Ham Rong Mountain. (B,L)

PHU QUOC BEACH STAY 4 DAYS FROM $250pp

Get caught up in Cai Rang floating market

DAYS 5-6: SAPA TREKKING Your Sapa adventure continues with approximately six hours of trekking through the rice terraces, visiting the H’mong villages of Y Linh Ho and Cat Cat. Continue to Ta Van and Lao Chai villages, try your hand at batik

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painting, in a class lead by a Black H’mong woman. Sit down for a chat with an ethnic minority family in Lao Chai. (B,L) The next day enjoy a light trek between Hau Thao and Giang Ta Chai villages. Later, aboard the overnight train to Hanoi. (B,L,D) DAYS 7-8: CRUISE HALONG BAY Arrive into Hanoi and depart for Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestonestudded waters. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the vistas of the bay. (B,L,D) The following day, rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practise Tai Chi on deck. Return to Hanoi. Board the overnight train to Dong Hoi. (B,D) DAY 9: PHONG NHA CAVE This morning arrive in the coastal city of Dong Hoi, gateway to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. You will explore Phong Nha, only accessible by river. Once inside the cave, your boatman will row you 1.5kms into the 45km long cave, whilst you marvel at the incredible caverns filled with stalactites. (B,L,D) DAY 10: PARADISE CAVE Spend the morning discovering the wonders of the cathedral-esque Paradise Cave. (B,L) DAY 11: DMZ Take a full day tour to the DMZ, the buffer that existed between North Vietnam and South Vietnam during the War. Visit the Vinh Moc tunnels and battleground of Khe Sanh before driving on to Hue, Vietnam’s last imperial capital. (B,L,D)

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DAY 12: HUE’S IMPERIAL CITY Embark on a cyclo tour of the city, heading to the Imperial Citadel and Purple Forbidden City. The banks of the Perfume River outside the city are dotted with UNESCO-listed Imperial tombs – visit Minh Mang’s before cruising on the river itself. (B,L)

DAY 16: CU CHI TUNNELS This morning, explore the astounding Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war. Then head back into Saigon, admiring Notre Dame cathedral and Central Post Office, before strolling the grand Rue Catinat to the Hotel Continental. (B,L)

DAY 13: HOI AN WALKING TOUR Journey to Hoi An, stopping en route to visit the Lady Buddha, a 67 metre high Bodhisattva of Mercy, on the picturesque Son Tra peninsula. Arrive in Hoi An and enjoy a walking tour that will take you past old Chinese trader’s houses to the elaborate Japanese Bridge. (B,L,D)

DAY 17: MEKONG DELTA Head south to Ben Tre and board a small boat to meander through the waterways of the Mekong Delta, the perfect way to explore the lush, green landscapes. Stop for a stroll through a local village and to see mat weavers at work. A tuk-tuk will then deliver you to the pier to board ‘Le Jarai’, a beautifully restored teak rice barge where, as you continue cruising, you can enjoy a cooking demonstration and a three-course lunch of Mekong specialities. Travel to the delta city of Can Tho. (B,L,D)

DAY 14: FARMER AND FISHERMAN EXPERIENCE Hop on your bike today and pedal through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a relaxed boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try making a fishing net and go paddling in unique bamboo basket boats. (B,L) DAY 15: EXPLORE SAIGON BY VESPA Spend your morning at leisure before you transfer to Danang and fly to the vibrant city of Saigon. This evening, embark on an exhilarating ride through Saigon’s streets, riding pillion on the back of a vintage Vespa. Stop for a cocktail before continuing to a favourite local eating spot or two. Wind up your night with drinks and live music. (B,L,D)

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 17 Mar - 05 Apr

$5,190 09 Jun - 28 Jun

$5,190

05 May - 24 May $4,990 04 Aug - 23 Aug

$4,990

2020 DAT ES 23 Feb - 13 Mar

$5,390 03 May - 22 May $5,390

15 Mar - 03 Apr

$5,590 07 Jun - 26 Jun

$5,590

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$114 (AU$154) is paid locally in Vietnam.

DAY 18: CAI RANG FLOATING MARKET Pay a morning visit to Cai Rang floating market, where you’ll see boats piled high with the colourful produce of the region. Take a relaxed cycle through beautiful, peaceful countryside before returning to Saigon. (B,L,D) DAYS 19-20: FLY SAIGON TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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HUE (2N) 

DANANG HOI AN (2N)

CAMBODIA

20 DAYS FROM

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$5,190

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MEKONG DELTA (1N)

SAIGON (2N+1N)

YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: You have the chance to discover two fascinating countries. Hike through the verdant rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi and taste street food in Hanoi, and end with an unforgettable exploration of the Angkor Wat complex by tuk-tuk.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Hike lush rice terraces  Kayak on stunning Halong Bay  Find traditional farming in Hoi An  Tour Saigon by a vintage Vespa  Discover Angkor by tuk-tuk  See local life on Tonle Sap Explore the jungle-bound Ta Prohm temple around Angkor PRICE INCLUDES • 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 11 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 20 days inclusive twin share from $5,190 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $745; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Hanoi to Siem Reap): 19 days from $3,850 per person twin share

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Cycle through the Mekong Delta

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi, Vietnam’s colonially influenced atmospheric capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure. (D) DAY 2: DISCOVER LOCAL HANOI Start your day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh complex and the Ethnology Museum to learn about the country’s ethnic groups. Next, stop at the Confucian Temple of Literature, before taking a walking tour of the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, and then visiting Ngoc Son temple, perched on an island in Hoan Kiem Lake. This evening, stroll amongst the city’s unique street-side night life and food vendors. Taste the varied flavours of Vietnamese street food such as Pho Cuon and Banh Xeo – this is where the locals come to meet, dine and have a good time. (B,L,D) DAY 3: HOANG SU PHI Travel to Hoang Su Phi, an area of emerald green rice terraces. The rest of the day is at leisure to begin exploring. (B,L,D)

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Explore Saigon by vintage Vespa

DAYS 4-5: LUSH RICE TERRACES Take an unforgettable journey on foot through the epic rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi. As you turn every corner, a new view of this outstanding landscape of lush, mist-wreathed terraces will unfold in front of you, providing a plethora of unreal photo opportunities. You’ll make stops at a Red Dao village to learn about local life in the area, a Tay village to have lunch in a family home and a colourful local market. (B,L,D) DAY 6: RETURN TO HANOI Travel back to Hanoi and spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L)

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DAYS 7-8: CRUISE HALONG BAY Depart for Halong Bay. Board your vessel for a serene and unforgettable cruise on the glassy, limestone-studded waters. Pass by quaint fishing towns, taste freshly caught seafood and admire the ever-changing vistas of the bay. (B,L,D) The following day, rise early to catch the sunrise over the karst peaks of the bay and practise Tai Chi on deck. Return to Hanoi and fly to Hue. (B,D) DAY 9: IMPERIAL HUE BY BICYCLE Cycle through Hue for a tour of the imperial sights. Start at the Imperial City, then continue to Phu Mong Garden House, part of Hue’s legacy from the Nguyen Dynasty. Stop by Thien Mu Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River before driving to Tu Duc Tomb. From here, take a cyclo tour along the banks of the Perfume River. (B,L) DAY 10: CHARMING HOI AN Drive to Hoi An, stopping en route at the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful, flowercovered streets of this ancient town. Walk past Chinese traders’ homes, visit local artists and tailors and walk through the 16th-century Japanese Bridge. (B,L) DAY 11: FARMER AND FISHERMAN Hop on your bike today and wheel through the scenic rice paddies outside Hoi An. Pay a visit to local farmers where you can try your hand at traditional farming techniques – look out for water buffalo! Enjoy a calming boat ride to a peaceful fishing village, where you can try making a fishing net and go paddling in unique bamboo basket boats. (B,L)

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DAY 12: SAIGON VESPA TOUR Enjoy some free time in this beautiful town before flying to Saigon in the late afternoon. This evening take an exhilarating ride on the back of a vintage Vespa, classic Saigon pillion style. Stop for a cocktail before continuing to a favourite local eating spot. Wind up your night with drinks, accompanied by a live band. (B,D) DAY 13: SAIGON OLD AND NEW This morning discover the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels. On the way back to Saigon there is an option to visit a Wildlife Rescue Station, that aims to stop the endangered wildlife trade in Vietnam. Continue to Reunification Palace, the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral and the War Remnants Museum. (B,L) DAY 14: BEN TRE BY BICYCLE Drive to Ben Tre and set out on a boat trip through winding, palm tree-lined canals. Cycle through rice fields and coconut groves and visit Mr. Sau Khanh’s house who has collected a lot of ancient ceramics, potteries like bowls, vases and sculptures originally from Asia. Spend the night in a riverside resort. (B,L,D) DAY 15: MEKONG DELTA This morning visit Vinh Bac bonsai and flower village. Pay a visit to Cai Nhum Cathedral before returning to Saigon. (B,L) DAY 16: CAMBODIAN CIRCUS Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. There is a special treat that awaits in the form of a performance from the Phare Cambodian Circus, an NGO that teaches street children to become internationally renowned circus artists. (B,L,D)

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DAY 17: ANGKOR BY TUK-TUK What better way to see the world famous Angkor temple complex than from the back of a traditional tuk-tuk? You’ll explore Angkor Wat, the centrepiece of Siem Reap’s famous temples, before riding your tuk-tuk to Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple, a 12th-century masterpiece. Lastly, buried deep in the jungle, you will find Ta Prohm; a photogenic and atmospheric array of trees wound through temple ruins. (B,L) DAY 18: TONLE SAP LAKE High water season (Aug-Feb) Visit Kompong Kleang, a settlement of over 20,000 people housed in wooden structures on stilts, suspended up to ten metres above the water. Greeted by waves of friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia’s countryside culture and easy going family lifestyle. After lunch, head out into the dense forest and find the hidden temple of Beng Mealea, whose wonders lay undiscovered for centuries. (B,L,D) Low water season (Mar-Jul) Journey into rural Cambodia and visit a local village where you will ride an ox cart through the fields before touring the village where you can participate in fishing or farming; learning more about the way of life here. Return to Siem Reap, visiting Beng Mealea on the way. (B,L,D)

P RI CES & DEPART URES 2019 DAT ES 16 Feb - 07 Mar

$5,390 03 Aug - 22 Aug

$5,190

02 Mar - 21 Mar

$5,390 07 Sep - 26 Sep

$5,390

16 Mar - 04 Apr

$5,390 19 Oct - 07 Nov

$5,390

08 Jun - 27 Jun

$5,390 09 Nov - 28 Nov

$5,190

2020 DAT ES 15 Feb - 05 Mar

$5,790 14 Mar - 02 Apr

$5,790

29 Feb - 19 Mar

$5,790 06 Jun - 25 Jun

$5,790

Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$114 (AU$154) is paid locally in Vietnam and Cambodia.

DAYS 19-20: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR BECAUSE: It’s the ultimate tour of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, seeing the big sights and lesser-known hidden gems. Whether witnessing the monks receive alms, or practising Tai Chi while cruising Halong Bay, this tour is true cultural immersion.

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Wander charming Hoi An Meet the locals in Mai Chau Cruise Halong Bay Witness Takbat in Laos Discover Angkor by tuk-tuk See local life on Tonle Sap Marvel at the incredible feats performed at the A O Show at Saigon Opera House

PRICE INCLUDES • 25 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 8 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Accommodation in quality hotels • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders PRICE GUIDE • 27 days inclusive twin share from $7,090 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,320; ask about our ‘Willing to Share’ option • Land only (Saigon to Siem Reap): 26 days from $5,950 per person twin share

DAY 1: FLY TO SAIGON Fly to Saigon for a two-night stay. (D) DAY 2: EXPLORE SAIGON Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels. Return to Saigon and tour the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. (B,L) DAY 3: THE MEKONG DELTA Transfer to Ben Tre in the heart of the Mekong Delta. Cycle through lush scenery to a local home for lunch and stay overnight in Ben Tre. (B,L,D) DAY 4: CHO LACH Visit Vinh Bac bonsai and flower village. Return to Saigon. This evening is free, with three optional excursions available (at your own expense): either dinner and a performance of the A O Show at the Saigon Opera House; or a night tour of Saigon by Vespa; or a tour of Saigon’s best street eats. (B,L)

DAY 6: HOI AN EXPERIENCES Today is at leisure to explore, or choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): either a cooking class, with a visit to the markets; or a full-day farmer and fisherman experience, learning traditional techniques. (B) DAY 7: TRAVEL TO HUE Journey by road to Hue via the Hai Van Pass and stop en route at the Son Tra Peninsula. (B,L)

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DAY 8: EXPLORE HUE Ride to Hue’s Imperial Citadel by cyclo, visit the imperial tomb of Minh Mang, admire Thien Mu Pagoda and cruise the Perfume River. (B,L)

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DAY 5: DISCOVER HOI AN Fly to charming Hoi An. This afternoon is free to soak up the town’s delights. (B,L)

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DAY 9: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi. This evening is free, with the option to take a mini backstage tour of the Hanoi Opera House, followed by dinner and a performance of Quintessence of Tonkin (at your own expense). (B) DAY 10: DISCOVER HANOI Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Stilt House and the Temple of Literature. Next, take a thrilling cyclo ride through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter. This evening, enjoy a traditional water puppets show. (B,L) DAY 11: MAI CHAU Journey west to Mai Chau, where a patchwork of rice fields and tiny stilt house villages are set against a backdrop of rolling hills. Walk to the ethnic minority villages of Pom Coong and Lac and explore magnificent Mo Luong cave. This evening, enjoy dinner with a traditional dance performance in Lac village. (B,L,D) DAY 12: MAI CHAU EXPERIENCES Today is at leisure, or choose between the following experiences (at your own expense): either spend the day walking amongst the incredible limestone landscapes of Pu Luong Nature Reserve; or a cycling adventure through Mai Chau, an alternative way to see this beautiful, untouched area. (B) DAY 13: RETURN TO HANOI Spend the morning at leisure before returning to Hanoi. (B) DAY 14: CRUISE HALONG BAY Travel to Halong Bay. Board your junk vessel for an unforgettable overnight cruise. (B,L,D)

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DAY 15: TAI CHI Catch the sunrise and practise Tai Chi on deck. After brunch on board, return to Hanoi. (B) DAY 16: FLY TO LAOS This morning is at leisure, with two optional activities available (at your own expense): either a Vietnamese cooking class; or a tour of Hanoi’s hidden gems. Later, fly to Luang Prabang, Asia’s most atmospheric city. (B) DAY 17: SEE LUANG PRABANG Rise early to witness the daily monks’ ceremony of Takbat, then head to Kuang Si Waterfalls and the Sun Bear Conservation Centre. See Wat Xieng Thong and take in sunset views from Mt Phousi. This evening has the option of a traditional Baci ceremony (at your own expense). (B,L) DAY 18: FLY TO VIENTIANE This morning is at leisure with two optional experiences available (at your own expense): either learn about the traditional uses of bamboo, including an experience; or travel up the Mekong by boat to visit the Pak Ou Caves. This afternoon, fly to Vientiane. (B) DAY 19: EXPLORE VIENTIANE Visit the city’s sights - Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, Patuxai Victory Monument and Buddha Park. This evening, enjoy a music and dance performance. (B,L,D)

free, with two optional extra experiences (at your own expense): either a visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields; or a boat trip up the Mekong to Silk Island to visit a silk weaving village. (B,L)

2019 DAT ES 10 Feb - 08 Mar

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DAY 22: FLY TO SIEM REAP Fly to Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor. (B,D)

10 Mar - 05 Apr

$7,290 13 Oct - 08 Nov

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$7,290 03 Nov - 29 Nov

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DAY 23: TEMPLES OF ANGKOR Ride in the back of a tuk-tuk to Angkor Thom and the Bayon temples, then jungle-enveloped Ta Prohm. Explore magnificent Angkor Wat, with your evening at leisure. (B,L)

09 Feb - 06 Mar

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08 Mar - 03 Apr

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DAY 24: SIEM REAP Enjoy a free day or take an optional tour (at your own expense): either a full day amongst rural Cambodian communities, learning about their daily life; or explore the hidden temple of Beng Mealea. (B) DAY 25: TONLE SAP High water season (Aug-Feb) Cruise on the waters of Tonle Sap to visit the village of Kompong Kleang. A fully-fledged village of both floating and stilted houses, here you’ll get a glimpse of real Cambodian village.

DAY 20: FLY TO PHNOM PENH Fly to Phnom Penh. (B,D)

Low water season (Mar-Jul) Chong Khneas is a floating village on the edge of Tonle Sap where you can see locals’ lives on the water. Both seasons include dinner with a traditional Apsara dance show. (B,L,D)

DAY 21: EXPLORE PHNOM PENH Take a cyclo to Wat Phnom before heading to the glittering Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. This afternoon is

DAYS 26-27: SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Siem Reap airport and board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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DELUXE COLLECTION VIETNAM TOURS Designed for the most discerning of travellers, our Deluxe Collection offers exclusive experiences and indulgent extras that allow you to explore Vietnam and its surrounding region in fabulous style.

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DELUXE TOUR? For those who like to really travel in style, the Deluxe Collection’s exclusive itineraries have been meticulously designed to include distinct, exclusive experiences which bring the region to life.

ALL OUR DELUXE TOURS INCLUDE  International flights & taxes  Exclusive touring & dining  Expert National Escorts  Knowledgeable Local Guides  All transportation  Chauffeur transfers from home to airport and vice versa (within 60km)  Small group sizes (maximum 18 guests)

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The exclusive experiences on these tours are designed to truly immerse you in local culture. Sail the canals of the Mekong by sampan, experience a delightful city tour in a cyclo and even meet a water puppeteer.

It’s the unique, indulgent extras that take these tours to the next level – visiting a royal house in Hue, getting spoiled with a spa treatent in Hanoi, or sipping cocktails as you cruise at sunset in the ‘Venice of the East’, Hoi An.

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SUMPTUOUS DINING

All of the hotels used for the Deluxe Collection have been specially chosen to complement the high quality of experiences on the tour. The level of service, cuisine and comfort is nothing short of impressive.

You’ll dine in handpicked restaurants and places, chosen not only to give you a taste of the best food of each location, but to provide memorable experiences, such as dining on fresh local seafood amongst the limestone karsts of Halong Bay.

 Deluxe accommodation  Specialist advice from our travel consultants  Champagne moments  Mid-tour laundry service  Most meals as indicated  Soft drinks with lunch; soft drinks, local beer & wine with dinner  Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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HANOI (2N+1N)

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VIETNAM

13 DAYS FROM

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It offers you all the wonders of Vietnam including Saigon, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay through a series of exclusive experiences, giving you insights into the rich history and natural beauty of this compelling country.

HOI AN (2N)

$5,890

CU CHI SAIGON (3N)

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Enjoy a deluxe Mekong cruise Explore Chinatown by cyclo Marvel at the A O show Be charmed by Hoi An Learn of grand dynasties past in Hue  Meet a water puppeteer in Hanoi  Practice Tai Chi on Halong Bay Be charmed by the night market stalls of Hoi An PRICE INCLUDES • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 7 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Deluxe accommodation • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders • Chauffeur transfers from home to airport and vice versa (within 60km) • Laundry service and all porterage • Afternoon Tea Experience • Spa treatment PRICE GUIDE • 13 days inclusive twin share from $5,890 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $1,430 • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 12 days from $4,750 per person twin share

DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly to Saigon. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office, a beautiful neoclassical edifice; the Reunification Palace, the site of the end of the Vietnam War; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of China town before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D)

The spectacular A O show

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DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a local home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4: CU CHI TUNNELS Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Pay a visit to a cricket farm and return to Saigon. Fly to Hoi An. (B,L,D) DAY 5: EXPLORE HOI AN Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles, its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. This morning, tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from a colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you’ll learn to create a number of local dishes. This afternoon wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200-year old Tan Ky House and the elaborate Japanese Bridge before taking tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech-impaired locals, to savour the flavours of local produce. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L) DAY 6: CRUISE THE PERFUME RIVER Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An where you can further explore, relax by the pool or take a trip to the beach. Depart for Hue, travelling over the Hai Van Pass. Later, cruise along the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. (B,L,D) DAY 7: DISCOVER IMPERIAL HUE Long considered a seat of culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home to emperors from

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1802 to 1945. Enter through its grandiose entrance and you’ll be able to explore before heading out, along the river, into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. This afternoon try your hand at making paper flowers, in a village that is known for the art. Visit the regal surroundings of Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L) DAY 8: FLY TO HANOI Travel to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace, where you'll gain a great insight into Vietnam's history and character before enjoying a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY Rise early to see the sun rise over the karstscapes of the bay and savour the serenity of the early morning. Join a Tai Chi lesson this morning on deck. Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’s time for a hearty late breakfast before disembarking and returning to Hanoi. Later let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea Experience whilst later in the evening there will be a sumptuous farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

2019 DAT ES 04 Mar - 16 Mar

$5,890 23 Sep - 05 Oct

26 Aug - 07 Sep

$5,890

DAY 10: HALONG BAY Halong Bay’s thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board your deluxe cruise ship and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Drift amongst the karst pinnacles stopping to explore mysterious caves as you go. Spend the night anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)

$5,890

2020 DAT ES 02 Mar - 13 Mar

$6,190 29 Mar - 10 Apr

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Important note Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 15 September 2018 and subject to change. Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2, or may require extra nights pre or post tour accommodation or stopovers at additional cost. Customary tipping amount of approx. US$96 (AU$130) is paid locally in Vietnam.

DAYS 12-13: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day and journey home by chauffeured transfer. (B)

DAY 9: EXPLORE HANOI Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learn about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the revered Temple of Literature and meet a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th century art and put on a private water puppet show. You will also be able to get involved in creating the puppets. (B,L)

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The relaxed pace of this tour gives you more time to enjoy Vietnam and truly soak up your surroundings. Staying in beautiful hotels, there is a range of exclusive experiences, like Saigon’s AO Show, too!

HOI AN (3N) 

$7,790

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Enjoy a deluxe Mekong sampan Admire Chinatown by Cyclo Get tropical in Nha Trang Cruise at sunset in Hoi An Explore Hue’s Imperial Citadel Discover Hanoi in style Revel at sunrise on Halong Bay Relax in stunning Nha Trang

PRICE INCLUDES • 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 10 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Deluxe accommodation • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders • Chauffeur transfers from home to airport and vice versa (within 60km) • Laundry service and all porterage • Afternoon Tea Experience • Spa treatment PRICE GUIDE • 18 days inclusive twin share from $7,790 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $2,400 • Land only (Saigon to Hanoi): 17 days from $6,550 per person twin share

DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly to Saigon for a three-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. Visit the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D) DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, exploring markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a local home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D)

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DAY 4: CU CHI TUNNELS Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. (B,L)

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DAY 5: COASTAL NHA TRANG Transfer to the airport to fly to Nha Trang. This is Vietnam’s top beach resort, a sweep of yellow sand lapped by cool waters and backed by a relaxed urban centre. This afternoon explore the Po Nagar Cham Towers, still used for worship today. (B,L,D) DAY 6: NHA TRANG CRUISE Spend the day cruising the clear waters and islands off the coast of Nha Trang Bay. Stops will be made at Mun Island and a local fishing village and there may be time for you to take a dip in the cool waters. (B,L) DAY 7: TRAVEL TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An to soak up the charms of this beautiful town. (B,L,D) DAY 8: EXPLORE HOI AN ON FOOT Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European styles, its narrow streets retaining a quirky, old world charm. Wander the old streets, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the 200-year old Tan Ky House and the Japanese Bridge before enjoying tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, run by hearing and speech-impaired locals - to savour the flavours of local produce. This evening, sip cocktails and dine on freshly prepared cuisine as you explore Hoi An’s river culture with a sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River. (B,L,D) DAY 9: FREE DAY IN HOI AN Enjoy a day at leisure in Hoi An. (B) DAY 10: ROYAL DINING EXPERIENCE Taking the scenic Hai Van Pass, travel to the imperial city of Hue. Long considered a seat of

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culture and learning, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945. Cruise on the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda and take part in a Truc Chi workshop, where you’ll learn to create bamboo paper art. This evening indulge yourself with a royal dining experience. (B,L,D)

drifting amongst the karst pinnacles, taking part in onboard activities such as cookery demonstrations, dawn Tai Chi and a visit to one of the most magnificent caves in Halong Bay. Spend two nights anchored amongst glorious scenery. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: HUE'S IMPERIAL CITADEL Explore the majestic Imperial Citadel and visit the extravagant Royal Tomb of Minh Mang. Later, head to Thanh Tien village to learn about, and create, your own paper flowers before admiring the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House, whose owner, Mr Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L) DAY 12: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi and take a walking tour of the Old Quarter, catching a glimpse of everyday life on the bustling streets and alleyways. Later, relax with a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L,D)

DAY 16: PRIVATE WATER PUPPETS Continue cruising through the bay, heading back to the wharf where there’ll be time for a tasty buffet before disembarking. Back in Hanoi enjoy a private performance of the famous water puppets, a centuries old art developed by farmers of the Red River Delta – you can even get involved in the puppet making process. Sit down to a sumptuous farewell dinner this evening. (B,D)

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09 Apr - 26 Apr

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DAYS 17-18: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day and journey home by chauffeured transfer. (B)

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DAY 13: EXPLORE HANOI This morning explore the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learn about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the Humble Stilt House, the One Pillar Pagoda and the revered Temple of Literature. Later, let us treat you to an Afternoon Tea Experience. (B,L) DAYS 14-15: HALONG BAY Halong Bay’s thousands of limestone islands project from the tranquil depths of emerald waters creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Board your deluxe cruise ship and enjoy a seafood lunch before setting sail into the bay. Spend the next two days

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HEART OF INDOCHINA

LUANG PRABANG (3N)

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19 DAYS FROM

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It’s packed full of exclusive experiences to help you soak up the local cultures, meandering at a relaxed pace through the must-see sights of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, including Halong Bay, Angkor and Luang Prabang, in style.

HOI AN (2N)

$8,690

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Enjoy the deluxe Mekong cruise Marvel at the A O show Cook local dishes in Hoi An Dine like a Royal in Hue Cruise Halong Bay in style Admire Luang Prabang’s wats Discover Angkor with an archaeology expert See the spiritual side of Southeast Asia

PRICE INCLUDES • 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 8 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Deluxe accommodation • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders • Chauffeur transfers from home to airport and vice versa (within 60km) • Laundry service and all porterage • Afternoon Tea Experience • Spa treatment PRICE GUIDE • 19 days inclusive twin share from $8,690 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $2,220 • Land only (Saigon to Siem Reap): 18 days from $7,450 per person twin share

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IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SAIGON Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly to Saigon for a three-night stay. DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON Saigon has evolved from war torn city to thriving metropolis, the powerhouse driving Vietnam towards its ever brighter future. This morning see the Central Post Office; the Reunification Palace; and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. Take a cyclo ride through the bustling streets of Chinatown before taking a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D) DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns, exploring markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house and a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before lunch served in a colonial style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon for the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L) DAY 4: CU CHI TUNNELS Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Fly to Danang and transfer to the charming town of Hoi An. (B,L,D)

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DAY 5: HOI AN COOKING CLASS Once an influential port on the Silk Road, Hoi An is a rich fusion of architectural styles. This morning tour the market to choose fresh ingredients from the colourful array of local produce for your Vietnamese cookery class, where you’ll be learning to prepare a number of local dishes. This afternoon wander the old streets, visiting the Japanese Bridge and Chinese Pagoda. Take tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House, a peaceful place, run by hearing and speech-impaired locals, and savour the flavours of local produce. (B,L) DAYS 6-7: EXPLORE HUE Enjoy a morning at leisure in Hoi An. This afternoon, depart for Hue, driving across the scenic Hai Van Pass. On arrival, cruise the Perfume River to the picturesque Thien Mu Pagoda. This evening indulge yourself with a royal dining experience. (B,L,D) The next morning, explore Hue's Imperial Citadel and Minh Mang's tomb. In the afternoon, try your hand at making paper flowers in a village that is known for the art. Admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House - the owner, Mr. Vinh, is descended from royalty. (B,L) DAY 8: TRAVEL TO HANOI Travel to the airport to fly to Hanoi. Visit the Thanh Chuong Viet Palace. (B,L,D) DAY 9: EXPLORE HANOI Hanoi evokes the days when Asia was at its most chic, a heady mix of the exotic and European elegance. Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learning about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’. Visit the

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revered Temple of Literature before meeting a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th-century art and put on a private water puppet show. (B,L)

DAY 15: DISCOVER SIEM REAP Fly to Siem Reap. Tonight enjoy a rollicking performance of the Phare Circus, run by an NGO that teaches street kids circus skills. Later enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L)

DAYS 10-11: CRUISE HALONG BAY Spend two days aboard the emerald waters of Halong Bay, with thousands of limestone islands creating a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Spend a night onboard, among glorious scenery. (B,L,D) See the sun rise and cruise for a while longer before disembarking to return to Hanoi, where an indulgent Afternoon Tea experience awaits you. (B,D)

DAY 16: EXPLORE ANGKOR The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservationists. Learn little-known secrets about these magnificent monuments and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Later, visit Angkor Thom, see the enigmatic Bayon before exploring the atmospheric Ta Prohm. The afternoon is dedicated to the breathtaking Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple. (B,L,D)

DAY 12: TRAVEL TO LUANG PRABANG Take a free day in Hanoi before catching an afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Nestled amongst green mountains, the city is Laos’ cultural heart, an oasis of calm antiquity and rich heritage. (B) DAY 13: TAKBAT Rise early to observe the ceremony of Takbat. Ascend Mt Phousi for views over the town and visit Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most glittering temple. Take to the languid waters of the Mekong to visit the Pak Ou caves, renowned for the hundreds of carved Buddha statues that reside within. (B,L) DAY 14: EXPLORE LUANG PRABANG Get to grips with Laotian history at the National Museum before heading to the picturesque Kuang Si waterfalls. On the return to Luang Prabang stop at the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre. This evening you are invited to a local home to participate in a Baci Ceremony, an integral part of Laos culture. (B,L)

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DAY 17: FLOATING VILLAGES High water season (Aug to Feb) Visit Beng Mealea, a temple overrun by the jungle and enjoy a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting the community of the floating village of Kampong Kleng. (B,L,D) Low water season (Mar-Jul) Visit a village to meet some of the locals and pop into Khapor High School to learn about the library project. Explore the exquisite temples of Banteay Srei and Banteay Samre. (B,L,D) DAYS 18-19: FLY SIEM REAP TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day and journey home by chauffeured transfer. (B)

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It is the perfect blend of sights and relaxation, covering the best bits of Vietnam and Cambodia. Spending time with an archaeologist at Angkor and taking a 2-night cruise on Halong Bay are just two of its magical experiences.

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PHNOM PENH (2N)

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Angkor masterclass with an    

archaeologist Discover captivating Phnom Penh Marvel at the A O show Sunset dinner cruise in Hoi An Cruise Halong in style Explore the National Museum of Cambodia

PRICE INCLUDES • 18 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 8 dinners • International flights and current taxes • Domestic transportation • Deluxe accommodation • Touring with guides and entrance fees • Visa fees for Australian passport holders • Chauffeur transfers from home to airport and vice versa (within 60km) • Laundry service and all porterage • Afternoon Tea Experience • Spa treatment PRICE GUIDE • 20 days inclusive twin share from $8,590 per person departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth • For departures from other cities, please contact reservations for pricing and details • Single supplement from $2,750 • Land only (Siem Reap to Hanoi): 19 days from $7,450 per person twin share

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IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: FLY AUSTRALIA TO SIEM REAP Arrive at the airport by chauffeured transfer and fly to Siem Reap for a three-night stay. DAY 2: EXPLORE ANGKOR The day begins with a masterclass that takes you behind the scenes at Angkor with one of its lead stone conservationists. You’ll learn little-known secrets about these magnificent monuments and get a crash course in conservation techniques. Later, visit Angkor Thom, the walled city, see the enigmatic Bayon before exploring the atmospheric Ta Prohm, a tussle of stone and jungle. The afternoon is dedicated to the breathtaking Angkor Wat before a champagne sunset at Phnom Krom temple. (B,L,D) DAY 3: FLOATING VILLAGES High Water Season (Aug to Feb) Cruise to the lesser-visited Kampong Kleang, a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, meeting the lovely locals and glimpsing a fascinating way of life - this is a truly unique experience. Continue to Beng Mealea, a temple lost to the jungle. (B,L) Low Water Season (Mar to Jul) Visit a village to meet some of the locals and pop into Khapor High School to learn about the library project. Continue to Beng Mealea, a temple lost to the jungle. (B,L)

Visit Hoi An, the Venice of the East

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DAY 4: FLY TO PHNOM PENH Rejuvenate your temple-weary feet with a foot spa treatment this morning. Later fly to Phnom Penh. The ‘Pearl of Asia’ until it was ravaged by war, Phnom Penh has emerged once again as a captivating city and a cosmopolitan capital. (B,L)

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DAY 5: DISCOVER PHNOM PENH See the glittering Royal Palace, the sacred Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Ascend to hilltop Wat Phnom for picturesque vistas over the city and visit Tuol Sleng, a humbling reminder of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. (B,L) DAY 6: FASCINATING A O SHOW Enjoy a relaxed morning in Phnom Penh before flying to Saigon. This evening enjoy an exquisite dining experience before sitting down to the cultural extravaganza that is the A O Show, staged at the magnificent Saigon Opera House. (B,L,D) DAY 7: EXPLORE SAIGON This morning see the French-built Opera House and Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the harrowing War Remnants Museum. This afternoon, take a cyclo tour of Chinatown and enjoy a walking tour of a traditional herbal medicine street, learning about herbs, spices and healing concoctions as you go. Later, ascend to the sky deck of the Bitexco Tower for a cocktail and sunset views. Finally drift gently down the Saigon River on the Bonsai Cruise, dining on delicious cuisine as you soak up the night time views. (B,L,D) DAY 8: MEKONG DELTA CRUISE Set sail through the palm-lined canals of the Mekong Delta in a traditional sampan, passing sleepy towns and stopping to explore markets bursting with fresh produce and innovative home industries. Visit a 19th-century house and a home that produces coconut candy and puffed rice before enjoying a lunch served in a

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colonial-style villa set in a lush garden by the river. Return to Saigon. (B,L) DAY 9: CU CHI TUNNELS Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels, part of an elaborate network of excavations used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. For those feeling brave, you can attempt a section of the tunnels for yourself. Later, fly to Danang and travelling on to Hoi An. (B,L) DAY 10: EXPLORE HOI AN This morning wander the old streets, visiting Hoi An market, the Chua Ong Pagoda and the elaborate Japanese Bridge before taking tea at the 'Reaching Out' Tea House. This evening, sip cocktails and dine on freshly prepared cuisine as you discover Hoi An’s river culture with a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River. (B,L,D) DAY 11: FREE DAY IN HOI AN Enjoy a day at leisure in Hoi An. (B) DAY 12: TRAVEL TO HUE Travel to Hue. Long considered a seat of culture, Hue is dominated by its immense Imperial Citadel, home of emperors from 1802 to 1945. Take a cruise on the Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda, and take part in a Truc Chi workshop, where you'll learn to create art with bamboo paper. This evening indulge yourself with a royal dining experience. (B,D) DAY 13: HUE'S IMPERIAL CITADEL Enter the grandiose entrance of the Imperial Citadel and explore before heading out, along the river into Hue’s lush surroundings to see Minh Mang’s tomb. This afternoon try your

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hand at making paper flowers in Thanh Tien village. Later, admire the regal surroundings of the Tha Om Garden House – the owner, Mr Vinh, is a descendant from royalty. (B,L) DAY 14: TRAVEL TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi and take a walking tour through the city’s Old Quarter before meeting a water puppeteer who will introduce you to this traditional 11th-century art and put on a private water puppet show. Later enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. (B,L) DAY 15: EXPLORE HANOI Hanoi evokes images of an Asia of the past – European elegance mixed with Asian vibrancy. Spend the morning exploring the Ho Chi Minh Quarter and learning about the life of ‘Uncle Ho’ before visiting the revered Temple of Literature. Later let us treat you to a divine Afternoon Tea experience. (B,L) DAYS 16-17: SUNRISE ON HALONG BAY Halong Bay is a vision of beauty to which very little compares. Sail on emerald waters amongst karst peaks aboard your comfortable cruise ship, spending two nights on the water. Rise early to practise Tai Chi on deck as the sun rises, swim off hidden beaches and see the very best of this unique and beautiful area. (B,L,D) DAY 18: TRAVEL TO HANOI Reluctantly return to the jetty and travel back to Hanoi, and enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,D) DAYS 19-20: FLY HANOI TO AUSTRALIA Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Australia, arriving the same or following day and journey home by chauffeured transfer. (B)

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TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS If you want your own personal adventure, visiting exactly the places you want to go then a Tailor-Made Holiday is for you. Whatever your interests, whoever you want to travel with, whatever you’d like to experience, we can help you create your own journey through Southeast Asia.

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TAILOR-MADE TOURING YOUR HOLIDAY, YOUR WAY Anytime that group touring doesn’t exactly fit your dates, destinations or even just your dreams, our Tailor-Made Holidays are just what you need. Choose every element, from destinations to hotels, meals or experiences, and we can make it happen, accompanied by our expert local guides to smooth the way so you can relax and enjoy it, just the way you like.

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PRIVATE TOURS

Mix and match what you love from our itineraries to make your own perfect holiday; you’re limited only by your dreams. Our travel consultants can’t wait to work with you to create a unique itinerary from the hotels, destinations and even experiences featured in any of our tours.

Perhaps you love one of our group tours, but it doesn’t quite fit in with your plans? Most of our tours can be turned into your own private holiday, to be shared with family, friends or simply your camera, accompanied by an expert Local Guide.

SHORT STAYS

STOPOVERS

Why not extend your adventure by exploring Vietnam and its surrounds? At the beginning or end of any of our group tours or Tailor-Made Holidays, you can add on a short stay in another amazing destination around this fascinating region.

Many of our airline partners include a stopover in exciting cities throughout Asia. Include a stopover in your holiday, either travelling to or from your tour, and add a whole new cultural experience to your trip.

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Explore fascinating Saigon Discover the Cu Chi Tunnels Drift on the Mekong Delta Be inspired by charming Hoi An Marvel at Hue’s Imperial Citadel Wake to a Halong Bay sunrise Enjoy the Quintessence of Tonkin show

 Be dazzled by Shwedagon  Ascend stunning Mt Popa  Explore magnificent Bagan’s temples

 Feel the culture in Mandalay  Enjoy sunset on U Bien Bridge  Watch the Inle Lake ‘Leg Rowers’

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NOW MAKE IT YOURS:

Would you like to add or swap something? Let us work our Tailor-Made magic! Just get in touch with one of our consultants to make this (or any of our tours) uniquely yours.

Want to add a restaurant you’d like to try, or to swap one of these destination stops? That’s what Tailor-Made Holidays are all about. Our travel consultants can make this itinerary perfect for you.

Prices are from per person, based on low season* CATEGORY

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$3,280 $3,880 $4,480

$4,130 $4,930 $6,870

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes  10 nights accommodation  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guides  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

See daily life in the Mekong Delta

IT IN E R A RY DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SAIGON Arrive in Saigon, Vietnam’s most evocative and largest city, for a three-night stay. (D) DAY 2: DISCOVER SAIGON This morning, contemplate the horrors of guerrilla warfare at the Cu Chi Tunnels before returning to Saigon, an exuberant city full of fascinating heritage. See colonial Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, and the chilling War Remnants Museum. (B,L,D) DAY 3: MEKONG DELTA Journey to Ben Tre to cruise the Mekong. Paddle through the maze of palm-lined canals and get a glimpse of daily life on the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a lunch of typical local dishes. Make a stop at Vinh Trang Pagoda en route back to Saigon. (B,L,D) DAY 4: JOURNEY TO HOI AN Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An. Take an afternoon walking tour of this charming town – a wonderfully laid-back and resolutely traditional place, and a delight to wander. Visit an old merchant’s house, Quan Cong Temple, the elaborate Japanese Bridge and the bustling market. Stop to visit Reaching Out, a social enterprise craft workshop, and watch the artisans at work. (B,L,D) DAY 5: TRA QUE VILLAGE Head out into the countryside to Tra Que, a small farming community that supplies many hotels and restaurants in the area with herbs and vegetables. Enjoy the lush green countryside and stroll through the gardens to see the farmers at work. Later, spend the afternoon at leisure back in Hoi An. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: IMPERIAL HUE Leave for Hue, taking a scenic route over the Hai Van Pass. Visit the Forbidden Purple City and the Imperial Citadel, a magnificent centrepiece of the Royal Empire, sadly damaged during the Vietnam War. See the Royal Tomb of Minh Mang, a complex of 40 monuments surrounded by gardens and pools. Continue to the old Thien Mu Pagoda before taking a cruise on the Perfume River. (B,L,D) DAY 7: FLY TO HANOI Fly to Hanoi. Take the afternoon at leisure or start exploring Vietnam’s capital. (B,L,D)

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Standard Superior Deluxe

$3,580 $3,990 $4,380

$4,820 $5,710 $6,680

Price includes  9 nights accommodation  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guides  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN YANGON Arrive in the vibrant city of Yangon for a two-night stay. (D) DAY 2: DISCOVER YANGON Head downtown to the Central Post Office and begin your tour. Stroll Strand Road and Pansodan Street, then visit the National Museum after exploring the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda whose huge golden stupa dominates the city’s skyline; the apex of the stupa is studded with hundreds of priceless gems. This is Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site and is said to have four relics of former Buddhas enshrined within. (B,L,D) DAY 3: SHWEZIGON PAGODA Fly to Bagan. Myanmar’s central plains have hosted many kingdoms, each adding temples and pagodas to the thousands that dot the area. Visit Nyaung U Market and Shwezigon Pagoda, then Htilominlo Pagoda, Ananda Temple and see craftsmen at work at a lacquerware workshop. Enjoy a stunning sunset from the summit of the 12-storey Aureum Watch Tower, enjoying incredible views over the temples and plain. (B,L,D)

DAY 9: HALONG BAY Stay overnight on a traditionally designed boat on awe-inspiring Halong Bay, cruising amongst the karst peaks on the tranquil green waters. A fresh seafood meal is included during your voyage. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: MT POPA Travel to Mt Popa to visit Taung Kalat, the breathtaking Buddhist Monastery perched on its summit. Stop at a toddy palm plantation before taking a cruise on the Irrawaddy River to view the sunset. Return to Bagan. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: QUINTESSENCE OF TONKIN Rise early this morning to view sunrise over the bay. Return to Hanoi this afternoon and later attend the Quintessence of Tonkin show, a spectacular open-air performance celebrating the rich history of northern Vietnam. (B,D)

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DAY 8: EXPLORE HANOI Wander through the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, then visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (closed at certain times of year) and the Stilt House set in the gardens of the Presidential Palace. See One Pillar Pagoda and the Confucian Temple of Literature, then tour the Old Quarter by cyclo and enjoy a flavourful Vietnamese coffee at a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. (B,L,D)

DAY 11: DEPART HANOI This morning is free before you are transferred to Hanoi airport, where your arrangements end. (B).

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DAY 5: MINGUN AND AVA Fly to Mandalay and start exploring. Transfer to Mahamuni Pagoda, the Golden Palace Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Next set sail up the Irrawaddy River to Mingun to visit one of the world’s largest bells; Hsinbyume

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RIVER CRUISING Enjoy the freedom of cruising in Vietnam and beyond with Wendy Wu Tours’ range of carefully selected river cruising holidays. Relax on board while taking in the sights and relishing the convenience of an all-inclusive voyage.

ALL OUR RIVER CRUISE HOLIDAYS INCLUDE

OFF THE BEATEN INTRIGUING SHORE EXCURSIONS YOURTRACK FLOATING HOTEL River cruise access and locations thatcan larger ships (and of even Our range of shore excursions allow you to discover the vessels canOnce youvillages embark your ship, you enjoy a range on cannot, so youboard will have the opportunity to exploreincluding more remote locations. hidden beauty of these fascinating countries. coaches) Each cruise conveniences and amenities restaurants Seetowns, authentic riverside and villages and connect with the unique cultureentertainment and lifestyle. operator offers daily shore excursions to explore bars, sun and viewing decks, onboard villages, markets, temples and natural wonders. While your and cooking classes. Amenities vary between ships. Cruise onboard experience will no doubt be one to remember, vessels are spacious, with air-conditioned cabins, and these shore excursions will be also be a true highlight. some have private balconies or promenade decks.

 English-speaking guides on board &  Unique cultural shore excursions during shore excursions  All onboard meals  Accommodation in an air-conditioned cabin  Specialist advice from our travel consultants

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ALL MEALS ARE INCLUDED

River cruise vessels can access villages and locations that larger ships (and even coaches) cannot, so you will have the opportunity to explore more remote locations. See authentic riverside villages and connect with the unique culture and lifestyle of your destination.

All meals on board your cruise are part of the experience, and are fully included. Meals are usually either buffet or à la carte, and you will get the chance to sample local and regional specialties that showcase the cuisine of your destinations as you sail.

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Halong Bay is a must-see inclusion on any visit to this vibrant country. Cruise around the 3,000 limestone islets that rise from the emerald waters of northern Vietnam and enjoy true postcard-perfect vistas.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Cruise stunning Halong Bay  Tai Chi on the deck at daybreak  Explore Surprise Cave

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You can kayak or swim the famously turquoise waters of Halong Bay, visit Au Co Cruise’s very special organic farm and take a traditional bamboo boat to a floating fishing village, all on a deluxe cruiser.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Sail beautiful Halong Bay  Kayak or swim in the aqua waters  Visit a floating fishing village

Dine amongst the Bay’s 3,000 islets

Prices are from per person, based on low season* CATEGORY

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* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes  1 night accommodation onboard a cruise vessel (join-in basis)  Return private transfers with driver only  Touring (join-in basis) as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

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Prices are from per person, based on low season*

DAY 1: HANOI TO HALONG BAY Early this morning you will be met at your Hanoi hotel and transferred to the area that is regarded as the ‘Jewel in the crown of Vietnam’, Halong Bay. Upon arrival, board your ship at Tuan Chau Marina for an overnight stay. Spend the afternoon cruising around the 3,000 islets that rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. (L,D)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change according to local conditions. Visas for Vietnam are required for Australian passport holders, the cost of which is not included in the above prices. Your visas can be arranged at an additional cost.

DAY 2: HALONG BAY TO HANOI Start your day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or enjoy breathtaking views of the bay. After breakfast, climb more than 100 steps to explore Surprise Cave. Return to the marina around midday where you will be transferred back to your Hanoi hotel where your arrangements end. (B)  Your itinerary will list the stops and excursions that you will be enjoying during your cruise, however please note that all itineraries and scheduled stops will depend on weather conditions and will be subject to change.  This package also sails with other cruise companies. Please speak with our Travel Consultants for further details.

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$1,040

$1,620

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Price includes  2 nights accommodation onboard a deluxe cruise ship (join-in basis)  Return private transfers with driver only  Touring (join-in basis) as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change according to local conditions. Visas for Vietnam are required for Australian passport holders, the cost of which is not included in the above prices. Your visas can be arranged at an additional cost.

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DAY 1: HANOI TO HALONG BAY This morning you will be met at your Hanoi hotel and transferred to Halong Bay. Upon arrival you will board your Au Co Cruise ship for a two-night stay. Cruise around the 3,000 islets that rise out of the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. (L,D)

DAY 3: HALONG BAY TO HANOI Rise early this morning and visit Vung Vieng floating fishing village by traditional bamboo boat. After a farewell brunch, disembark in Tuan Chau where you will be met and transferred back to your Hanoi hotel where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 2: HALONG BAY Start the day with a Tai Chi class on the sundeck or marvel at the breathtaking views of the bay. Enjoy a guided kayak tour or a swim in the Vung Ha area, before cruising to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. Visit the Au Co organic farm. (B,L,D)

 Your itinerary lists the stops and excursions that you will be enjoying during your cruise, however please note that all itineraries and scheduled stops will depend on weather conditions and will be subject to change.

A B OU T B H AYA C R UI S E S

ABOUT AU C O C R UISES

Combining traditional Vietnamese aesthetics and traditions with western comfort and style, Bhaya Cruises promote sustainable tourism and strive to minimise the environmental impact on Halong Bay. Bhaya Cruises use local suppliers from the Halong Bay communities to provide employment opportunities and the boats follow carefully planned routes, to avoid the more crowded areas of Halong Bay.

The Au Co Cruises interiors are based on modern Asian and French design and have stateof-the-art safety features. Au Co Cruises are proud to support sustainable tourism and strive to have as little impact as possible on the environment in Halong Bay. Au Co Cruises has established a green farm in Viet Hai Village, which farms organic, high-quality agricultural produce for use on the onboard menu. The farm also provides employment to the local village of Viet Hai and encourages the community to become more self-sufficient by growing their own vegetables instead of importing them.

CABINS: Bhaya Cruises offers a luxurious cruising experience. Each cabin has a picture window designed to frame the vistas of Halong Bay, air conditioning, private ensuite bathroom, minibar and telephone. All vessels feature two accommodation decks, a lounge deck with dining room and bar, sundeck, massage and spa area and a library. BAR & DINING: The dining room is located on the third floor of the vessel and provides great views of the bay while you are enjoying your dining experience. The menu offers a fusion of Vietnamese-Western cuisine and varies from three-course dining to sumptuous buffets.

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CABINS: The Au Co Cruises has a selection of 32 spaciously designed cabins, ranging from deluxe cabins to suites, each with luxurious bathrooms and panoramic balconies. All cabins have a private ensuite bathroom, telephone, natural hardwood floors, hairdryer, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning/heating and complimentary drinking water. BAR & DINING: The Au Co Cruises ship has an elegant restaurant where you can enjoy a great variety of fresh dishes. Relax on the deck of the semi-open bar and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail while watching the sun set over Halong Bay.

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MEKO N G RIVER

YOU’LL LOVE THIS CRUISE BECAUSE: This is a unique way to travel between many of Cambodia’s main sights, and see Vietnam’s lesser-seen scenery as you cruise past tribal farms, villages and local markets, as well as some fascinating historical spots.

DAYS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Take a dolphin excursion  See the villages of Tonle Sap  Explore Chau Doc by sampan

RI VER CRUI SI NG

THE MEKONG: FROM LAOS TO CHINA

ME KONG R IV E R

YOU’LL LOVE CRUISING HERE BECAUSE: The Mekong is an essential part of life here, winding from Laos, to Vietnam and on to China. This is an incredible journey through both the region’s everyday life and stunning sights, from sacred Luang Prabang through the Golden Triangle and into China.

15 DAYS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Explore sacred Luang Prabang  See Thai villages and culture  Cocktails and floating lanterns

Witness everyday Mekong life as you relax

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$4,750 $5,790

$6,080 $7,250

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes  7 nights accommodation in a twin cabin  Excursions as per itinerary  Seat-in-coach transfers between the meeting and drop-off point and the ship  Local English-speaking guides  Meals as listed  Local soft drinks and alcoholic beverages  Pandaw crew gratuities DEPOSIT PAYMENT: A deposit of 20% of total tour cost is required.

NOTE: Visas for Cambodia & Vietnam are required for Australian passport holders, the cost of which is not included in the above prices. Your visas can be arranged at an additional cost.

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DAY 1: DEPART SIEM REAP This morning transfer from the meeting point in Siem Reap to Kampong Cham and embark your Pandaw cruise ship for the next seven nights. (L,D)

canal system of Tan Chau, visit a Taoist temple where a monk will give you a prophecy. Proceed through the local villages, helping locals tend their fields and visiting a fish farm. (B,L,D)

DAY 2: KRATIE Sail to the French colonial town of Kratie. Travel by local bus to the dolphin grounds, located in a national park protected area, where you might be lucky enough to see the rare dolphins. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: CON PHUOC ISLAND Sail to Con Phuoc Island; explore the land by tuk-tuk, stopping at a cathedral that dates back a century, and meeting basketry and woodworking artisans. In the afternoon, cruise downstream to a bird sanctuary in Gao Giong. Row down the mesmerising canals to spot the nesting areas of thousands of waterbirds and egrets. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: SILK ISLAND Sail downstream through Phnom Penh and up the Tonle River, to board the Pandaw Explorer. Visit ‘Koh Oknha Tey’, the ‘Silk Island’, to observe ancient silk manufacturing processes. Enjoy a Khmer martial arts demonstration before returning to the ship, and up the Mekong. (B,L,D) DAY 5: VIETNAM BORDER Early cruising to the Vietnam border; onboard you can learn the craft of fruit carving or have a working ship tour. While voyaging the labyrinth

A B OU T PA NDAW CR U IS E S The Pandaw ships originate from the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company’s fleet of over 650 steamers, all of which were destroyed during World War II. The first Pandaw ship was revived in 1995. With over 20 years’ experience in cruising, Pandaw is the largest river cruise company in Asia, with 16 deluxe ships all designed as replicas of the colonial river steamers. Pandaw offers passengers an adventurous experience with daily shore excursions, immense comfort on board, fine dining and outstanding service.

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DAY 7 : BEN TRE Explore Delta life this morning in Cho Lach Island with pot-making and a culinary lesson to make traditional dish banh xeo. Cruise downstream in a classic sampan through to Ben Tre, weave between mangroves and bamboo groves while spotting the diverse bird life of the area. The local artisans of Ben Tre will invite you to sample tea, fruit and honey. Upon returning to the sampan you will trail through the countryside by horse and cart. (B,L,D)

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$12,350

$15,780

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply. Cruise departs Upstream (Luang Prabang to Jinghong) as per itinerary. Cruise also departs Downstream (Jinghong to Luang Prabang).

Price includes  14 nights accommodation in a twin cabin  Excursions as per itinerary  Local English-speaking guides  Meals as listed  Local soft drinks and alcoholic beverages  Pandaw crew gratuities DEPOSIT PAYMENT: A deposit of 20% of total tour cost is required.

NOTE: Visas for Laos, Myanmar & China are required for Australian passport holders, the cost of which is not included in the above prices. Your visas can be arranged at an additional cost.

ITINERARY: This itinerary is an indication only and subject to change at Pandaw’s discretion and due to water levels, according to the time of year and rainfall.

DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG - EMBARKATION Embark the cruise ship by noon for lunch. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Luang Prabang. Return to ship for dinner and a welcoming Lao baci ceremony. (L,D) DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG Explore Luang Prabang’s key sites. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, wander through the lively night market. (B,L,D) DAY 3: KUANG SI WATERFALLS Drive to Kuang Si waterfalls and visit a butterfly garden. This afternoon, journey upstream towards Pak Ou. Enjoy cocktails on a sandbank. (B,L,D) DAY 4: PAK OU CAVES Discover Pak Ou, a Buddhist cave sanctuary. Using a smaller boat, visit ‘Whisky Village’. Once back on board for lunch, cruise further upstream. (B,L,D) DAY 5: SAILING THE MEKONG Cruise through lush jungle and tiny villages. Take a walk ashore and learn about Lao culture. (B,L,D)

ABOUT PAN DAW CRUISES (continued)

DAY 8: MY THO TO SAIGON Disembark your Pandaw cruise ship early this morning and transfer to the Saigon drop-off point. Arrive at Saigon in the late morning where your arrangements end. (B)

CABINS: The main and upper decks of each ship feature spacious 15.6sqm cabins, all with private facilities, air-conditioning, in-room safe, storage space, a wardrobe and writing desk, as well as French sliding doors, opening to the promenade deck with their own deck space. BAR & DINING: Breakfast is a mix of buffet and à la carte; lunch and dinner are served à la carte. Complimentary water, local soft drinks, beers and spirits accompany meals, depending on availability. Tea and coffee is available from 6am daily on the Sun Deck.

NOTE: Please provide your arrival and departure flight details to our Travel Consultants at the time of booking. This itinerary is an indication only and subject to change at Pandaw’s discretion and due to water levels, according to the time of year and rainfall. A daily programme for the following day will be posted on the ship’s notice board each day.

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DAY 6: PAK BENG Enjoy a cooking demonstration, then explore the market town of Pak Beng. (B,L,D) DAY 7: SAILING THE MEKONG Take a morning walk around Ban Pak Sit village and an afternoon stroll in Pak Tha village. (B,L,D) DAY 8: INTO THAILAND Proceed through Immigration and cruise into Thailand; moor overnight in Chiang Kong. (B,L,D) DAY 9: CHIANG SAEN GOLDEN TRIANGLE Visit a Thai village and, in the evening, enjoy a Thai dance performance. (B,L,D) DAY 10: GOLDEN TRIANGLE Visit the Golden Triangle and Opium Museum and enter Myanmar to explore the smuggler city of Tachilek, then cruise on back in Thailand. (B,L,D) DAY 11: BAN DOM MOON Take a walk around Pok Lok village. (B,L,D) DAY 12: SOB LUOY Visit Ban Pak Keo village, famous for its whiskey. Stop at Ban Na Kor and cruise on to a remote sandbank for canapés and cocktails, followed by local folklore tales and floating lanterns. (B,L,D) DAY 13: GUAN LEI Cross the border into China. Cruise the final stretch of the scenic and dramatic Mekong in China to Jinghong. (B,L,D) If conditions do not allow the ship to reach Jinghong, you will be transferred by speedboat and provided with hotel accommodation.

DAY 14: JINGHONG See Manting Park and the Tropical Plants Institute; enjoy a cultural show at Maxmumbani. (B,L,D) DAY 15: DISEMBARK IN JINGHONG Disembark your cruise after breakfast. (B)

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SAIGON CITY STAY 5

HISTORICAL HEART OF VIETNAM

DAYS

2 DAYS 6

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Tour exciting Saigon  Cruise the Mekong River  Experience the temple of Tay Ninh Prices are from per person, based on low season* CATEGORY

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Standard Superior Deluxe Premier Deluxe

$555 $695 $910 $1,740

$1,015 $1,320 $1,715 $3,380

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  4 nights accommodation  Private touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Admire the Marble Mountains  Explore charming Hoi An  Imperial Hue by cyclo & cruise

Explore the dynamic city of Saigon DAY 1: ARRIVE SAIGON Make your own way to your Saigon hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. DAY 2: SAIGON Enjoy a city tour around Saigon. Visit the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. Enjoy some free time at Ben Thanh Market to haggle for a bargain or two. (B,L) DAY 3: SAIGON – MEKONG DELTA Travel south to the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre. Cruise the Mekong River, paddle through palm-lined canals and walk through small villages before returning to Saigon. (B,L)

DAY 4: SAIGON – CU CHI & TAY NINH Explore the amazing network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which once housed entire underground villages during the American War in Vietnam. Later, travel to Tay Ninh to experience the midday service at the colourful head temple of the unique Cao Dai religion. (B,L) DAY 5: DEPART SAIGON Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

HANOI CITY STAY 3

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Standard Superior Deluxe

$670 $710 $1,060

$1,230 $1,310 $2,020

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  5 nights accommodation  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

DAY 1: DANANG TO HOI AN Upon arrival at Danang airport you will be met and transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An, stopping at the Marble Mountains en route. The rest of the day is at your leisure. DAY 2: HOI AN Tour Hoi An on foot, visiting an old merchant’s home, the Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market and a local Chinese temple. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. (B) DAY 3: HOI AN Enjoy the day at your leisure to explore the town at your own pace or simply relax. (B)

DAY 4: HOI AN TO HUE Drive over the scenic Hai Van Pass to Hue. This afternoon visit the Royal Tombs of Tu Duc and Khai Dinh. (B,L) DAY 5: HUE Ride a cyclo to visit the Imperial Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Continue by road to Thien Mu Pagoda and enjoy a boat cruise along the Perfume River. Later, visit Dong Ba Market. (B,L) DAY 6: DEPART HUE After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Hue airport where your arrangements end. (B)

VETERANS’ RETURN 3 DAYS 2

DAYS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 See the Ho Chi Minh Complex  Stroll the Temple of Literature  Enjoy a water puppets show

 Visit Vung Tau and Bach Dinh  See the battlefield of Long Tan & the former Australian army base

Experience the elegance of Hanoi

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Standard Superior Deluxe Premier Deluxe

$285 $360 $590 $925

$525 $675 $1,130 $1,795

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

DAY 1: ARRIVE HANOI Make your own way to your Hanoi hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. DAY 2: HANOI Enjoy a full-day city tour, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where you will pass Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and visit the Humble House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda.

Continue to the serene Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and tour the Ethnology Museum. Wander through the Old Quarter before enjoying a performance of the water puppets. (B,L) DAY 3: DEPART HANOI Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

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$580 $610 $760

$1,080 $1,140 $1,450

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Price includes:  2 nights accommodation  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

 2 nights accommodation  Private touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

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Stroll the beautiful streets of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hoi An

See the amazing sights of Vung Tau DAY 1: SAIGON TO VUNG TAU This morning you will be met at your Saigon hotel and transferred to Vung Tau. Enjoy a half-day city tour, visiting Bach Dinh and the Reclining Buddha. (L) DAY 2: NUI DAT & LONG TAN Visit the former Australian army base of Nui Dat and the Long Tan Battlefield, where you will see the commemorative Long Tan Cross. (B,L)

DAY 3: VUNG TAI TO SAIGON After check-out this morning you will be transferred back to your Saigon hotel where your arrangements end. (B)

WHY NOT? Wish to learn the history of central Vietnam? Why not add our Historical Heart of Vietnam package (above)? NOTE: Additional fees and taxes may apply.

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SAPA SHORT STAY 5

SIEM REAP IN FOCUS 2 DAYS 3

DAYS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 An overnight soft sleeper train  Hike through the Sapa scenery  Visit ethnic villages

 Watch the sun set from Pre Rup  Explore the temples of Angkor  Discover Angkor’s Grand Circuit

Hike through the stunning landscapes of Sapa

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Standard Superior Deluxe Premier Deluxe

$535 $770 $1,110 $1,395

$1,280 $1,820 $2,610 $3,590

* S  houlder and high season, Christmas and New Years surcharges apply. ** Standard carriage on Sapa train ^ Victoria carriage on Sapa train

Price includes:  2 nights hotel accommodation  2 nights on board a soft sleeper train in a shared 4-berth compartment from Hanoi to Lao Cai return  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

DAY 1: HANOI TO SAPA This evening you will be met at your Hanoi hotel and transferred to the railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train to Lao Cai. Late check-out at your hotel is not included.

DAY 4: SAPA TO HANOI This morning is at your leisure. After lunch, explore more of the ethnic villages. Later this evening you will be transferred to Lao Cai railway station to board your overnight soft sleeper train back to Hanoi. (B,L)

DAY 2: SAPA Early this morning arrive at Lao Cai railway station and travel to Sapa for breakfast. Spend the afternoon hiking in this dramatic region, visiting ethnic villages on the way. Return to Sapa this afternoon. (B,L)

DAY 5: DEPART HANOI Arrive at Hanoi railway station early this morning and transfer to your Hanoi hotel where your arrangements end. Accommodation in Hanoi is not included.

DAY 3: SAPA Enjoy further light hikes in the verdant Sapa hills. (B,L)

NOTE: It is recommended that travellers to Sapa have a good level of fitness.

PHU QUOC BEACH STAY 4

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Standard Superior Deluxe

$420 $470 $830

$680 $785 $1,495

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  2 nights accommodation  Private touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

DAY 1: ARRIVE SIEM REAP Make your own way to your Siem Reap hotel. This afternoon you will climb to the summit of Pre Rup in time to watch the sun set over the Cambodian rice fields.

DAY 3: DEPART SIEM REAP Explore the Grand Circuit of temples including Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som and East Mebon. Return to your Siem Reap hotel this afternoon where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 2: SIEM REAP Rise early this morning to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Continue to Angkor Thom, starting at the South Gate, followed by the Bayon, Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon visit Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most distinctive ruin in the Angkor complex. Return to Angkor Wat in time for sunset. (B,L)

TEMPLES IN DEPTH 4 DAYS 2

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 Head off the beaten track in

 Stay in Vietnam’s popular getaway  Freedom to explore the markets and the spectacular island

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Standard Superior

$250 $450

$490 $920

Deluxe

$850

$1,695

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:

Angkor’s lesser-known temples

 Explore the famed Angkor Wat  Cruise atmospheric Tonle Sap

Relax in the serene surrounds of Phu Quoc

Prices are from per person, based on low season*

DAY 1: ARRIVE PHU QUOC Upon arrival at Phu Quoc airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

DAY 4: PHU QUOC After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Phu Quoc airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAYS 2-3: PHU QUOC Enjoy the next two days at your leisure to relax on the beach, visit the local market or explore the beautiful island. (B)

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$625 $695 $1,240

$1,015 $1,160 $2,245

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Price includes:  3 nights accommodation  Private touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

 3 nights accommodation  Transfers as specified  Meals as listed

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DAY 1: ARRIVE SIEM REAP Make your own way to your Siem Reap hotel. This afternoon visit the Roluos group of temples including Prasat Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei.

DAY 3: SIEM REAP Travel by water to see the floating villages, schools and restaurants along Tonle Sap. After lunch, explore the Small Circuit of Temples. (B,L)

DAY 2: SIEM REAP Rise early this morning to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Continue to Angkor Thom, starting at the South Gate, followed by the Bayon, Elephant Terrace and Terrace of the Leper King. This afternoon visit Ta Prohm, which has been left to be swallowed by the jungle. Return to Angkor Wat in time for sunset. (B,L)

DAY 4: DEPART SIEM REAP Visit Banteay Srei and the Grand Circuit of Temples. This afternoon return to your Siem Reap hotel where your arrangements end. (B)

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LAOS IN FOCUS 5

WILDLIFE ADVENTURE 2 DAYS 5

DAYS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 Tour the cultural and sacred sights of Luang Prabang  Relax at the Kuang Si Waterfalls  Explore the city of Vientiane Prices are from per person, based on low season* CATEGORY

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$960 $1,090 $1,675

$1,610 $1,890 $2,995

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  4 nights accommodation  Economy-class flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

Relax beside the breathtaking Kuang Si Waterfalls DAY 1: ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG Upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Town. Later travel to the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Waterfalls, stopping at a H’mong village en route. After relaxing at the waterfalls, visit the Khmu Village in Ban Thapene on your return to Luang Prabang. (B,L)

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG TO VIENTIANE Visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) and Wat Mai before flying to Vientiane. This afternoon visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument. (B) DAY 5: DEPART VIENTIANE After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Vientiane airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG Rise early to view the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Cruise along the Mekong River to the sacred Buddha caves at Pak Ou. Return to Luang Prabang, stopping en route at Ban Xieng Lek and Xang Khong villages. This evening watch a Ramayana performance. (B,L,D)

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$2,960 $3,050 $3,080

$5,290 $5,470 $5,510

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  4 nights accommodation  Return economy-class flights from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan  Seat-in-coach transfers and join-in-basis touring  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

DAY 1: ARRIVE KOTA KINABALU Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure. DAY 2: SANDAKAN Fly to Sandakan and embark on a city tour. Visit the Sandakan War Memorial, passing William Pryer Monument and the Sandakan Liberation Monument. Explore the Heritage Museum and stop by St Michael’s and All Angels Church. Enjoy lunch at the English Tea House which is set high on a hill overlooking Sandakan, and visit Agnes Keith House. (B,L)

DAY 3: SEPILOK & RIVER CRUISING TO SUKAU Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the neighbouring Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Transfer to Abai and enjoy lunch at Abai Jungle Restaurant. Continue up river to Sukau. Later, take a river cruise to Menanggul River for wildlife viewing. (B,L,D) DAY 4: SUKAU TO KOTA KINABALU Return to Sandakan; keep your eyes peeled for more wildlife en route. Fly back to Kota Kinabalu. Upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L) DAY 5: DEPART KOTA KINABALU This morning is at your leisure before you are transferred to Kota Kinabalu airport where your arrangements end. (B)

KUCHING ADVENTURE 6 DAYS 2

DAYS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS  Visit the War Museum  Explore Hellfire Pass

Visit the famous bridge and learn its incredible history

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$720

$1,330

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Meet the adorable residents of the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

NOTE: The Mandatory Tourism Tax of MYR10 per room per night (approx. AU$3) is not included in the above pricing and is payable on hotel check-in.

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 See the sights of Sandakan  Visit Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary  Cruise the Menanggul River

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DAY 1: BANGKOK TO KANCHANABURI Early this morning you will be met at your Bangkok hotel and transferred to the railway station for your train journey to Kanchanaburi. Stop at the Bridge over the River Kwai followed by a visit to the Allied Cemetery and the War Museum. (L)

DAY 3: KANCHANABURI TO BANGKOK After check-out this morning you will be transferred by road to your Bangkok hotel where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 2: KANCHANABURI Travel to the Hellfire Pass, where you can explore the museum and hike down the pass. After lunch visit the nearby Saiyoke Noi Waterfall where you can go for a swim (conditions permitting). (B,L) Due to the lack of water in dry season, you may not have the chance to swim at Saiyoke Noi Waterfall.

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 Visit Semenggoh Wildlife Centre  See Kuching’s historical sights  Lunch at an Iban longhouse

Discover Kuching city

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SOLE TRAVELLER

Standard Superior Deluxe

$1,060 $1,100 $1,140

$1,860 $1,950 $2,000

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  5 nights accommodation  Private transfers and touring as specified  Seat-in-coach transfers and join-in-basis touring on days 3-4  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed NOTE: The Mandatory Tourism Tax of MYR10 per room per night (approx. AU$3) is not included in the above pricing and is payable on hotel check-in.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE KUCHING Upon arrival at Kuching airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure. DAY 2: KUCHING Drive to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, where you will have the chance to spot orangutans. After lunch, discover this charming riverside city established by the first White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir James Brooke, including Sarawak Museum, which houses a collection of ethnological and archaeological artefacts. (B,L) DAY 3: BATANG AI RESERVOIR Leave Kuching and travel to Batang Ai Reservoir, travelling through rural Sarawak, passing pepper farms, cocoa and rubber

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plantations. Upon arrival, travel by water transport to your hotel. (B,L,D) DAY 4: BATANG AI RESERVOIR Visit Mengkak longhouse and experience Iban hospitality and cuisine by having lunch with one of the families in their private quarters. (B,L,D) DAY 5: BATANG AI RESERVOIR TO KUCHING Return to Kuching, stopping at a pepper farm and pottery factory en route. (B,L) DAY 6: DEPART KUCHING After check-out this morning, you will be transferred to Kuching airport where your arrangements end. (B)

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SINGAPORE & HONG KONG STOPOVERS

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BANGKOK CITY STAY 2 DAYS 4

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 See the waterfront Merlion Park  See ‘old’ Singapore at Thian Hock Keng  Visit the National Orchid Garden

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Park Regis Peninsula Excelsior Grand Park Orchard

$385 $420

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 Explore the Grand Palace  Travel by longtail boat  Enjoy a traditional dance

Delight in the famous Singapore cityscape DAY 1: ARRIVE SINGAPORE Upon arrival at Singapore airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3: DEPART SINGAPORE After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Singapore airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 2: SINGAPORE Enjoy a half-day seat-in-coach tour around Singapore, visiting Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng, which is one of Singapore’s oldest Buddhist-Taoist temples, a handicraft centre, the National Orchid Garden and Little India. (B)

HOTEL

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Standard Superior Deluxe

$400 $655 $1,055

$735 $910 $1,315

Price includes:  3 nights accommodation  Touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Meals as listed

DAY 1: ARRIVE BANGKOK Make your own way to your Bangkok hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3: BANGKOK Enjoy the day at leisure to explore Bangkok further. (B)

DAY 2: BANGKOK Embark on a city tour, visiting Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Take a longtail boat ride on the Chao Phraya River to the Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market. This evening watch a traditional dance performance while enjoying dinner. (B,D)

DAY 4: DEPART BANGKOK Your arrangements end after check-out this morning. (B)

NOTE: Surcharges apply for after-hours transfers. Seat-in-coach tours require a minimum of two participants. Pick-up is from most city hotels.

KUALA LUMPUR CITY STAY 3 DAYS 2

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 Two days at Hong Kong Disneyland Park  Take a Disney-themed train or even stay at the Park itself!

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CHILD

Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees Eaton, Hong Kong Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

$790

$1,050

$620

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$1,250

$680

$1,590

$2,590

$740

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

Price includes:  3 nights accommodation  Seat-in-coach transfers  2-day ticket (General Admission) to Hong Kong Disneyland Park.  Daily breakfast (if staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel this is a character breakfast)

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 The King’s Palace  National Mosque  The Tudor-styled Cricket Club

Meet your favourite Disney characters

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HONG KONG DISNEYLAND 4

Enjoy the extra time to explore the hundreds of magnificent temples of Bangkok

Explore the non-stop metropolis of Kuala Lumpur

DAY 1: ARRIVE HONG KONG Upon arrival at Hong Kong airport you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

and fun. Enjoy the thrill and excitement of high-quality rides, meet your favourite Disney characters and watch amazing Broadwaystyle shows. You won’t want to leave! (B)

DAYS 2-3: HONG KONG DISNEYLAND PARK Make your own way to Hong Kong Disneyland over the next two days. If staying in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, the Disney-themed train is an ideal way to start your adventure. Guests at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel have access to a complimentary shuttle bus and a designated park entrance. Once you arrive, step into seven themed lands and a world of fantasy

DAY 4: DEPART HONG KONG After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Hong Kong airport where your arrangements end. (B)

* Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year surcharges apply.

NOTE: Child prices are based on one child aged 3-11 years, sharing a room with two adults using existing bedding. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel can accommodate four people per room.

 2 nights accommodation  Private transfers and touring as specified  Local English-speaking guide  Entrance fees  Daily breakfast

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Prices are from per person, based on low season* CATEGORY

TWIN SHARE

SOLE TRAVELLER

Standard Superior Deluxe

$280 $320 $550

$550 $630 $1,090

Price includes:

DAY 1: ARRIVE KUALA LUMPUR Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3: DEPART KUALA LUMPUR After check-out this morning you will be transferred to the airport where your arrangements end. (B)

DAY 2: KUALA LUMPUR Enjoy a half-day tour with a photo stop at the King’s Palace, surrounded by green lawns and ponds, and visit the National Monument at the Lake Gardens, and the National Mosque. Stop at Independence Square, Sultan Abdul Building, the Tudor-styled Cricket Club (Royal Selangor Club) and see the Petronas Twin Towers (outside visit only). (B)

NOTE: The Mandatory Tourism Tax of MYR10 per room per night (approx. AU$3) is not included in the above pricing and is payable on hotel check-in.

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

We include return international economy-class flights as part of our Classic, Solo, Immerse Yourself and Deluxe Collection tours. If you fancy a little bit of luxury and more legroom, you can upgrade to Premium Economy (on selected airlines) or Business Class for an additional cost.

A selection of our most frequently asked questions. Q. When should I arrange travel insurance? A. It is strongly recommended that you are adequately covered by insurance for the duration of your travel arrangements. We recommend that you take out a policy as soon as you pay your deposit.

JOINING YOUR TOUR Cathay Pacific Airways is regarded as one of the world’s leading airlines, widely recognised for their worldrenowned service, modern fleet and exceptional safety record. The airline offers more than 70 flights a week from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth to almost 200 destinations globally via their hub in Hong Kong, together with their regional airline Cathay Dragon.

QANTAS is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. Registered originally as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited (QANTAS), Qantas is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia. It has built a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, engineering and maintenance, and customer service.

Airline schedules vary from city to city, meaning travellers from some cities may need to make their own way to another capital city to join the tour or may require pre- or post-tour accommodation, a stopover or have a lengthy transit en route to their destination. Any cost for additional accommodation, transportation or meals incurred will be at your own expense. Our reservations team can assist with arranging any of these additional services. Accrual of frequent flyer points and pre-seat allocation may not be possible on group fares and is at the discretion of each airline.

UPGRADE & TRAVEL IN STYLE Let us upgrade your flight to Vietnam so you can breeze through the airport, fly in comfort and arrive fresh and raring to go. Whether you’re after a little extra in Premium or all-out luxury in Business, just say the word and we’ll let you know how much it will cost, for whichever of our partner airlines you prefer.

Q. Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? A. We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel for advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations. Please remember to take your Tour Dossier with you. To make the most of your trip it may also be helpful to contact a travel and vaccination clinic such as: smartraveller.gov.au Tel: 1300 555 135 travelvax.com.au Tel: 1300 360 164

Oneworld member Malaysia Airlines operates close to 60 flights a week from Australia & New Zealand to our hub in Kuala Lumpur, the heart of Malaysia. Beyond we connect your to our extensive domestic and Asia Pacific network in our modern fleet of Airbus A330, A350 and A380. All this while experiencing our world-famous Malaysian hospitality.

Q. How fit do I need to be? A. We want you to have the best tour experience possible, so you should be in reasonably good health and be able to participate in all activities unaided. Some of our itineraries include difficult conditions which can make physical activities challenging. Each group tour is graded to reflect the level of fitness required to assist you in making the best choice. You can also find detailed information in each Tour Dossier, available on our website.

When everything is designed around you, flying becomes a personal experience. From Australia, Singapore Airlines offers seamless connectivity to a global network of more than 100 destinations via its Changi Airport hub, including more than 40 destinations across Asia alongside the regional SilkAir. Experience awardwinning in-flight service from the world-famous Singapore Girl, an iconic symbol of quality customer care and service. Singapore Airlines – truly a great way to fly.

AIR TRAVEL NOTES l Please be advised that Premium Economy Class upgrades can only be secured on the initial international flights in/out of Australia. They cannot be guaranteed on any other sector due to very limited availability and the types of aircraft used. Please contact our travel consultants to discuss upgrade options. l At the time of booking, every effort will be made to secure the best flight schedule or connection possible; however, at times the airline schedule may vary from what is in the brochure due to availability and time of travel.

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Vietnam Airlines is the national flag carrier of Vietnam and operates 21 domestic and 28 destinations in Asia, Europe and Australia, totalling 400 flights daily on one of the youngest fleets in Asia. Operating 83 modern aircraft including the new state of the art Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9, Vietnam Airlines offers daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and thrice weekly from Sydney to Hanoi, utilising the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A350.

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Q. What sort of transport do you use? A. The modes of transport included in our tours have been chosen with variety, comfort and enjoyment in mind. On tour, you may travel by coach, boat, train, plane and even rickshaw, all of which will give you a unique Asia travel experience. Domestic flights: Internal flights on tour are based on economy-class with reputable airlines. Please note that flight schedules, delays and stopovers are outside of the control of Wendy Wu Tours, however we will do our best to ensure the smooth running of your tour in case of any delays. Road: All coach travel is in comfortable, air conditioned vehicles. Generally there are no toilets on board the coaches; however we take comfort stops when possible. Ships: Some tours include a cruise as part of the sightseeing. Depending on the location, the type and size of the boat used will vary. Rail: Facilities on board trains in Southeast Asia are basic, but clean and comfortable. There is limited space for storing luggage. While our guides are there to assist, you will need to load and unload your own luggage on and off the train. Trains stop very briefly at each stop, so you must be ready to leave the train when your guide instructs.

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Q. Will I have a guide? A. Group Tours: Every group tour that has 10 or more passengers travelling will be accompanied by a National Escort from the moment you exit the airport, to when you depart. On multi-country tours, a different National Escort is used in each country. Extensions and stopovers are not accompanied by a National Escort; however you will have the benefit of our knowledgeable Local Guides. Transfers and flights to and from optional extension destinations are not escorted.

in Australia. We therefore ask that you take care; pay attention at all times and use your common sense. You are also requested to refer to notices and follow advice from your National Escort or Local Guide.

Tailor-Made Holidays: Private tours and Tailor-Made Holidays are not accompanied by a National Escort, but will be accompanied by knowledgeable Local Guides in each location.

Q. Are meals included? A. On our Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tours, all meals (excluding beverages) are included unless specifically stated otherwise. Discovering new cuisine is a highlight of travel to Asia and your guide will give you tips on local specialties to try. You will sample a range of local cuisine with occasional western meals, and meals are usually taken at local restaurants. In remote areas, some meals may be basic or repetitive. On Private Tours, Immerse Yourself Tours, Deluxe Collection Tours and Solo Tours some meals are included; however we have also included several free evenings, offering flexibility for those who wish to explore local restaurants. Please check your day-by-day tour itinerary for details of which meals are included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

Q. Do you run guaranteed departures? A. All tours are guaranteed at the listed price operating with a National Escort, providing a minimum of 10 travellers are booked to travel on that departure. Q. I am a solo traveller – do I have to pay a single supplement? A. On our new Solo tours, no Single Supplement is payable; all travellers are guaranteed a single room. Alternatively, for those solo travellers joining our Classic or Immerse Yourself tours, who wish to share a room on tour to avoid paying an additional supplement, and who book outside of 75 days prior to departure, Wendy Wu Tours will match you up with another solo traveller of the same gender on your tour and neither of you will pay the Single Supplement. If we are unable to find another solo traveller who is willing to share, we will waive the Single Supplement. If you are a solo traveller and prefer to have a private room during your group tour, you can pay a Single Supplement and have your own room throughout the tour. If the booking originated as a twin share booking and one traveller cancels, the remaining traveller will be charged the applicable single supplement. If the cancellation occurs 75 days prior to the tour departure date, the option to select ‘willing to share’ will apply if it is available on the selected tour. ‘Willing to share’ is not available on Deluxe Tours, or on our Mekong Odyssey and Myanmar & the Irrawaddy tours. Q. What should I expect when travelling in Asia with Wendy Wu Tours? A. We plan our tours to ensure that your holiday is safe and trouble free and we are continually working with our local partners to maintain and improve health and safety standards. Overseas travel brings new experiences and varied environments and sometimes this means different safety and hygiene standards to those we are used to

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Q. Do you allow children on your tours? A. We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. For families travelling with children, our Tailor-Made Holidays, especially Private Tours, offer greater flexibility and are suitable for any age group.

Q. How does tipping work on your tours? Local tipping is customary in Asia. However, this can often lead to awkwardness in knowing when it is appropriate to tip and how much, as well as ensuring you have a suitable amount of change available at the time. For your convenience, with years of experiences in providing the best customer service, Wendy Wu Tours operates a kitty system on our Group Tours so your National Escort will look after this aspect of your trip for you. It also ensures that the amounts paid are reasonable for you but still fair for the local people. The amount is stated on each Group Tour page will be advised again on your final documentation. Tipping is paid in US Dollars, MYR or other local currencies as specified, and will be collected by your National Escort on arrival and distributed throughout the tour on your behalf. Any additional tipping on any of our tours is welcomed at your discretion. Further guidance for tipping contributions will be outlined in your final documentation. On Private Tours, Tailor-Made Holidays, Extensions or Stopovers, we can advise tipping amounts.

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

BOOKING YOUR TRIP

WENDY WU TOURS BOOKING CONDITIONS It is important that you read and understand the following conditions before making your booking. RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT Tour prices are subject to availability of tour, airline, special economy class fare and specific airfare class availability. Prices may differ once airfare is sold out. All services are subject to availability. Please forward a deposit of $300 per person to Wendy Wu Tours or your travel agent to arrive within three days of receiving confirmation that the company is holding space for you. This covers your tour deposit. An additional deposit amount and/or early deposit payment of up to $1,000 per person (for Economy Class flights) is payable within four weeks of initial deposit, depending on airline and special airfare conditions or current special. This will be advised at the time of quotation. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to release specials which are applicable to new bookings only and existing bookings are not transferrable. Once deposit and/or airfare portion is paid, airline tickets will be issued and bookings are not transferrable to any future specials. Passenger names must be provided exactly as per passport, including middle names, at the time of booking, as well as a valid passport copy. If you have decided not to take advantage of our air and land inclusive packages, you will be required to email a copy of your flight schedule and passport copy at time of final payment so we can arrange transfers and visas. Any spelling corrections made after a deposit is paid must be sent in writing and will incur additional fees, including any ticket reissue fees. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Note: Private Tours and Tailor-made Holidays with Pandaw River Expeditions require a 20% deposit.

Planning your holiday should be simple, straightforward and most importantly, exciting! Wendy Wu Tours is committed to supporting you every step of the way. 1. CHOOSE YOUR EXPERIENCE Get a taste of the tours in this brochure. Visit our website for more details, including interactive maps, destination information, photos, videos, reviews, updates and detailed Tour Dossiers. Choose the style of trip that suits you:  Fully Inclusive Classic Tours  Solo Tours  Immerse Yourself Tours  Deluxe Collection Tours  Tailor-Made Holidays

2. CHECK AVAILABILITY Our Travel Consultants or your travel agent will check tour availability, check your flights and confirm your full package price. Names must be provided exactly as per passport.

3. BOOKING & DEPOSIT Your place on tour is confirmed upon payment of a $300pp deposit and subsequent airline deposit. Tailor-Made Holidays are usually confirmed within 48 hours.

VISA APPLICATIONS

WE CARE

Visas are required for many of Wendy Wu Tours’ destinations. Additional fees may apply for non-Australian passport holders.

The enjoyment of your holiday is our highest priority. We are determined that your experience is hassle free and our proactive ‘We Care’ programme strives to ensure just that. Hotels used on our group tours regularly undergo comprehensive fire safety, security and hygiene audits, carried out by staff members, ground partners and our health and safety consultants to be certain that high standards are maintained.

All passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of your tour. Please send your passport and visa application form to us or your travel agent, along with your visa application form, at least 75 days prior to departure. Some visas take longer to process (Myanmar and multi-country tours and Central Asia tours take 90 days). We will notify you of this at time of booking. The cost for passport photos and dispatch of your application to our office is at your own expense. We will submit your passport and visa application to the relevant consulate on your behalf. Your passport will be returned to you with your final documentation approximately four weeks prior to departure. For Land Only bookings, visas are included in your price. Please ensure you advise your departure date from Australia to ensure these are processed in a timely manner.

JOINING YOUR TOUR – FLIGHTS Airline schedules from different cities vary so travellers from some cities may need to make their own way to another capital city to join the tour or may require pre- or post-tour accommodation, a stopover or have a lengthy transit en route to their destination. Any cost for accommodation, transportation or meals incurred will be at the passengers’ own expense. Our reservations team can assist with any of these additional services. RECEIPT OF DEPOSIT By sending a deposit the client agrees to be bound by the terms, conditions and responsibilities set forth in this brochure. The client also agrees that:

GLOBAL SUPPORT Our tours would not be as successful as they are without our solid working relationship with our local partners on the ground in Vietnam, as well as the professionalism of our own offices in Sydney, Auckland, China and London. With years of experience operating tours throughout their respective areas, you can be assured their local knowledge in operations, touring, guides and transport means our tours operate efficiently and smoothly. In addition, they ensure that Wendy Wu Tours has a reliable presence on which you can depend. Our local partners have an experienced team dedicated to the provision of personal service to all Wendy Wu Tours customers throughout their network of local offices.

• All persons are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen group tour as per the itinerary outlined in the Tour Dossier. • All persons travelling on a Private or Tailor-Made Tour are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen itinerary. • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk. • All parties understand that any medical or dietary information provided to Wendy Wu Tours does not, under any circumstances, make Wendy Wu Tours liable if a particular condition exacerbates while on tour or affects their ability to participate in any portion of the tour.

BALANCE OF PAYMENT The final balance of the travel arrangements is due at Wendy Wu Tours no later than 75 days prior to the confirmed tour departure date as confirmed by acceptance of the booking. Failure to pay in full by the due date may result in additional costs, which will be passed on as a late payment fee of no less than $30 per booking or cancellation at the discretion of the company. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to request a partial payment of the final balance more than 75 days prior to departure (eg: airfare portion) in the event that airline tickets need to be issued by our office or by our operators overseas due to airline ticketing time limits. Deposits and payments by credit cards will incur a fee.

LATE BOOKINGS Payment must be made in full within three days after the company confirms that it is holding space. If payment is not so made, Wendy Wu Tours shall have the right to cancel the booking at its discretion. The bookings may also incur additional fees including any applicable urgent visa processing fees. Wendy Wu Tours does not process visa applications for bookings made less than 30 days prior to departure but customers are entitled to apply for their own visas.

You or your travel agent will receive confirmation by email. Upon booking, you are confirming that you have read the Tour Dossier, are fit to participate in your tour, have adequate travel insurance and agree to the Booking Conditions.

The balance of your payment is due 75 days before departure and you will be issued with your travel tickets and documentation approximately four weeks before travel.

Tour, and Deluxe Collection prices indicated in the brochure are based on group travel and any deviation from the set itinerary may incur additional airline ticket costs. Arrangements such as transfers, accommodation, etc. outside the set group arrangements/dates are at an additional cost.

AIRLINE FUEL LEVY SURCHARGE Since 2004 airlines servicing flights to Asia have been charging a fuel levy surcharge, on top of the normal airline ticket price, in order to cover the increased cost of aviation fuel. As fuel prices have fluctuated, so too has the amount airlines charge for this levy. At the time of pricing, some airline fuel surcharges are included in the cost of the fare; however this amount is subject to change until your airline ticket is issued.

YOUR LOYALTY MATTERS Many of our customers enjoy the Wendy Wu Tours experience so much that they travel with us again and again, and happily recommend us to their friends and family. LOYALTY DISCOUNT After completing your tour, we hope you will return to travel with us again. As a member of the Wendy Wu Tours family, you will be eligible for savings each time you return to travel with us on a group tour. Savings apply to Classic, Immerse Yourself, Solo and Deluxe group tours and are not applicable for Tailor-Made Holidays, Essential Tours or Special Groups. REFER A FRIEND If you refer a new friend to Wendy Wu Tours, and they book a group tour with us

(and quote your details), you will receive a delicious hamper delivered to your door. Please visit our website for further details. SUBSCRIBE Subscribe to our newsletter to receive inspiring stories, regular updates and be first to receive our offers. To subscribe visit: wendywutours.com.au/subscribe KEEP IN TOUCH As a loyal customer, you will enjoy other benefits including a subscription to our quarterly magazine, notification of specials and updates on new tours. Keep in touch with Wendy Wu Tours by ‘liking’ our Facebook page and by following us on Twitter, Instagram, or check out our blogs at wendywutours.com.au/blog

AMENDMENT & BOOKING FEES The following fees will apply: Amendments

Terms and conditions apply. Refer to our website for full details.

4. F  INAL PAYMENT

FEES AND CHARGES All Fully Inclusive Classic Tour, Immerse Yourself Tour, Solo

to confirmed and deposited itineraries outside of 30 days prior to departure where the value of the booking is decreased – $50 per change (a change to the booking that increases the value will incur no fee).

CANCELLATION BY WENDY WU TOURS Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to cancel or vary a tour prior to departure due to insufficient numbers. In such an event, alternative guaranteed travel dates will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable Wendy Wu Tours will refund the full price paid, less visa cost. If a tour is cancelled or varied prior to departure due to unforeseeable circumstances such as, but not restricted to, severe weather conditions or force majeure, Wendy Wu Tours will refund all monies prior to departure less visa cost, fuel surcharge and any other cancellation fees levied by airlines and other third parties. Unforeseeable circumstances such as force majeure, adverse weather, flight rescheduling, hotel overbooking and faults with transportation or road conditions may also have an effect on the tour itinerary after the commencement date. Any decision made in respect of tour services by independent operators to re-route or amend the itinerary due to any of the above or similar circumstances is at the discretion of the tour service provider and Wendy Wu Tours shall not be liable for any claim whatsoever arising from such events. REFUSAL OF CARRIAGE Wendy Wu Tours retains the right to remove customers from our group tours for reasons that impact on the enjoyment or safety of other tour members, such as, but not limited to, the physical, medical or mental inability of customers to undertake the arrangements of the tour, unsocial or unruly behaviour, or the carriage of prohibited substances and materials. HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS, MAPS & PICTURES Hotel descriptions featured on our website are based on current hotel guides provided by suppliers and contractual agreements. Any facilities described are subject to change at any time. Maps and photographs are included for general information only and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, location or services. Wendy Wu Tours has made reasonable enquiries to verify that the descriptions and details are accurate but does not warrant that they are.

TRAVEL INSURANCE It is strongly recommended that all customers travelling with Wendy Wu Tours are adequately covered by insurance for the duration of their travel arrangements. Wendy Wu Tours cannot in any way be made liable for any additional cost incurred by the customer on any tour. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS All customers are required to familiarise themselves with any health requirements specific to the countries being visited. Any pre-existing health conditions must be discussed with your doctor who can confirm your suitability to travel on your chosen tour. The ‘tour pace’ of each tour is outlined in our brochures, on our website and also in the Tour Dossier. All passengers will receive a link to download a copy of the Tour Dossier with quote and deposit documents. If you or any member of your party has any medical conditions, dietary requirement/food allergy, or disability, which may affect you while travelling, you must provide us with full details in writing prior to making your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of your arrangements. You must also promptly advise us if there are any changes to your health that may affect your holiday after your booking has been confirmed. In the best interests of yourself and of your tour group, Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to prevent you from further participation on a tour if a physical or psychological condition presents itself that significantly affects the enjoyment or wellbeing of yourself or the rest of your group. Wendy Wu Tours will not be liable to refund any part of the price of the tour paid by you, or on your behalf, which you have not used. You will be responsible for making alternative arrangements to accommodate any medical or dietary condition. The information provided does not, under any circumstances, make Wendy Wu Tours liable if your condition exacerbates or affects your ability to participate in any portion of the tour. Your medical and dietary information is collected so that we may process your booking. Your medical and dietary information will be provided to our suppliers and partners overseas for the sole purpose of endeavouring to accommodate your condition where possible.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS & VISA PROCESSING A passport with a minimum of six months validity is required for customers travelling to all countries in our programme. Visa fees are included for Australian passport holders in all Fully Inclusive Classic Tours, Immerse Yourself Tours, Solo Tours and Deluxe Collection tours. Non-Australian passport holders may incur additional fees, and require additional documentation. Wendy Wu Tours may not be able to assist with processing the visas for some nationalities. If passports are not received by Wendy Wu Tours 75 days prior to departure (90 days for multi-country, Myanmar and Central Asia), the customer will be required to pay an urgent visa processing fee. Unless otherwise requested your passport will be returned with final documentation approximately three to four weeks prior to your departure date. If the customer requests the passports to be returned prior to this, an additional fee will be incurred. Responsibility for documentation accuracy, passport validity, purchase of additional required passport photos, the cost for sending passports to Wendy Wu Tours and dispatch of documents rests with the customer. Wendy Wu Tours accepts no responsibility for any failure in this respect. Wendy Wu Tours does not issue foreign visas. We only submit passports and application forms for visas to be issued by the relevant authorities. Wendy Wu Tours cannot guarantee that any visa will be issued by the relevant authority and accepts no responsibility if a visa application is refused. Any cancellation fees or other expenses incurred by the customer due to the refusal of a visa will be entirely the customer’s liability. Relevant authorities may require additional documentation to approve your visa application. The cost of additional documentation or application forms are at the travellers expense. Please see our website for the most up-to-date information.

CONSULAR ADVICE We recommend that you review information provided by

Reissue of airline tickets – From $100 per person (other fees may apply). Special airfares that require early ticketing may be non-refundable and non-changeable.

the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prior to making your booking by calling 1300 555 135, or by visiting their website www.dfat.gov.au for the latest information. We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the latest Government Consular advice and information.

Once a booking is confirmed, name transfers will incur additional charges.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS When booking more than 75 days prior to departure, single

Transferring between tours will incur fees.

CANCELLATION BY CUSTOMER All cancellations must be made in writing to Wendy Wu Tours and will be subject to the following cancellation charges from the date the written cancellation is received: 1. If airline and rail tickets are issued, up to 100% of the airfare and rail fare 2. More than 75 days prior to departure; loss of deposit plus any administration fees 3. Between 74 and 59 days prior to departure; 25% of total cost 4. Between 58 and 46 days prior to departure; 50% of total cost 5. 45 days or less prior to departure 100% of total cost 6. Any ‘no show’; 100% of total cost In the event of a cancellation any refunds will be less administration fees and any applicable amendment fees. Wendy Wu Tours will endeavour to recover as much as possible from suppliers to pass on to the customer. Regrettably cancellation charges and fees cannot be waived. There can be no exceptions. No refund will be made for any unused portions of the holiday after the departure date. Please note that employees of any overseas company or staff of Wendy Wu Tours outside Australia are not authorised to give any guarantees or agreements to customers in respect of refunds or any other matters.

travellers on Fully Inclusive Classic Tours and Immerse Yourself Tours may avoid paying the Single Supplements by opting to travel on a ‘willing to share’ basis. Wendy Wu Tours will endeavour to match ‘willing to share’ travellers of the same gender booked on the same departure. In the event that we are unable to confirm a share partner, Wendy Wu Tours will confirm a single room in all accommodation and waive the Single Supplements. If the booking originated as a twin share booking and one traveller cancels, the remaining traveller will be charged the applicable single supplement. If the cancellation occurs 75 days prior to the tour departure date, the option to select ‘willing to share’ will apply if it is available on the selected tour. Our solo traveller tours are guaranteed a single room with no additional supplement and do not have a ‘willing to share’ option. ‘Willing to share’ is not available on Deluxe Collection tours and Solo Traveller tours.

DELUXE COLLECTION AIRPORT TRANSFERS Private chauffeur-driven transfers are eligible from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Cairns, based on executive sedan or similar. After hours surcharges apply between 12:00am-6:00am. Available within a radius of 60 driven kilometres from the nearest international airport. Up to 10 extra kilometres can be booked at a supplement. Based on a maximum of two passengers travelling together with standard airline luggage allowance. Any unused portion of this service is non-refundable.

TIPPING Local tipping is customary in Asia. Wendy Wu Tours’ tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty, paid locally to the National Escort in USD, MYR or other currencies as specified who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. Shown on each tour page is the estimated amount for each tour and this is confirmed in your final documentation. Wendy Wu Tours can suggest appropriate amounts for Extensions, Private Tours, Tailor-Made Holidays and Stopovers. SHOPPING & OTHER SERVICES Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets, where many copies of international brand names can be purchased for next to nothing. However, Wendy Wu Tours, its staff and employees are neither qualified nor permitted to ensure or guarantee the quality or value of any goods purchased or the suitability of any retail outlets visited and the security of using a credit card to purchase such goods. In all cases the purchasing of goods and the use of a credit card for those transactions is entirely at the customer’s own risk and at all times the customer must use their own discretion. Leisure activities and services undertaken during free time is at the customer’s own discretion. RESPONSIBILITY Wendy Wu Tours (herewith called the Company) acts as a coordinator for all persons taking these tours in the making of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing and hotel accommodation. The Company does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant or any other supplier of services. All receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and all services are subject to the laws of the country where the services are provided. The Company acts only as an agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers of transportation and/or other related travel services provided and assumes no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage to baggage or property or for any injury, illness or death or for any damages or claims whatsoever caused arising directly or indirectly from accidents, loss, theft or damage to person or property, delays, transport failure, strikes, wars and uprisings or acts of God etc. over which the Company has no control. We strongly urge all customers to undertake a high level of personal responsibility in order to ensure that possessions, equipment and personal documents are closely monitored and protected at all times.

SEATBELTS Please note that seatbelts are not compulsory by law in the destinations featured in this brochure and therefore the local people largely choose not to wear them. For this reason local operators may or may not have seatbelts in vehicles or they may be hidden underneath protective seat covers. It is recommended that where seatbelts are available customers must use them and remain seated at all times while the vehicle is moving. As such, customers acknowledge that seatbelts may not be available and therefore travel at their own risk. Customers warrant that they shall not make any claim howsoever arising from injury or damage in respect of, arising from or contributed to by the absence of seatbelts and hereby release Wendy Wu Tours from all such claims. REFER A FRIEND To be eligible for the ‘refer a friend’ offer you must have a current or previously deposited Wendy Wu Tours booking. One hamper per new booking will be distributed. The referee must quote your full name, booking number and address at the time of their booking. Your hamper will be distributed upon receipt of their deposit. Your friend must be a new customer who has not previously booked with Wendy Wu Tours. Hampers will be delivered at the start of the calendar month. We regret we cannot apply this offer retrospectively. PROCEDURES FOR LODGING COMPLAINTS OR CLAIMS At Wendy Wu Tours we are committed to ensuring that we deal with complaints effectively and efficiently. Should the customer not be satisfied with any aspect of their arrangements they must immediately inform the National Escort or Local Guide who will endeavour to resolve the issue at the time. If this is not possible and you wish to lodge a complaint or claim this must be done in writing to Wendy Wu Tours in Sydney (or by email to customerrelations@wendywutours.com.au) within 30 days of the date of the completion of your Wendy Wu Tours arrangements. Relevant receipts and substantiating evidence must be attached to the letter of claim. Our complaints handling policy is available at wendywutours.com.au or upon request.

AIRLINES Airlines featured in this brochure do not by virtue of their endorsement represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Wendy Wu Tours, or as having any legal relationship with such a purchaser. Frequent flyer miles may not be accrued on some packaged fares. Pre-flight seat allocation may not be available. If seat allocation is permitted by the airline, additional fees incurred at the time of seat allocation is payable by the traveller. For details, contact our office. Schedule changes or flight cancellations are subject to the airlines policy and are outside Wendy Wu Tours control.

PRIVACY We are collecting your personal information so that we can process your booking. We will also keep you up to date with other Wendy Wu Tours’ offers and product information that may be of interest to you if you have consented to this. You can opt out of receiving information at any time if you choose to do so. Any personal information you provide will be managed in accordance with Wendy Wu Tours’ privacy policy, which can be viewed at wendywutours.com.au

BROCHURE VALIDITY Tour itineraries and prices in this brochure are accurate at the time of printing and prices are based on exchange rates as at 1 August 2018. Once a customer has paid the deposit, the standard regular price of the tour is guaranteed, subject to any increase in fuel surcharge, tax changes or levies imposed by any government or their agencies or any airline. Prices are subject to change without notice. Departure dates of tours are subject to change due to future airline schedules. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to make alterations to itineraries, departure dates and prices due to circumstances beyond their control.

AGENT RESPONSIBILITIES It is the travel agents’ responsibility to ensure that all invoice and itinerary details and documentation issued by Wendy Wu Tours are correct and that the customer is aware of amendment and cancellation conditions and other clauses in these Booking Conditions. It is also the agents responsibility to provide copies of valid passports at time of deposit. LAW OF CONTRACT This contract is governed by the laws of the state of New South Wales and any legal action arising therefrom shall be litigated only in the appropriate court in that state having jurisdiction in that claim. PLEASE NOTE: Changes in operator land costs, airfares, taxes, fuel surcharges and currency exchange rates may affect the price of particular group tours. For these reasons, it is essential that the agent/customer reconfirms all arrangements at the time of booking and prior to paying the final payment.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR PAST CUSTOMERS, OPERATORS, FRIENDS AND STAFF WHO GENEROUSLY DONATED PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THIS BROCHURE.

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In 2019 we celebrate 25 years of excellence at

WENDY WU TOURS  Unrivalled knowledge and expertise

 Expert National Escorts and Local Guides

C  omprehensive range of fully inclusive Classic

E  xciting journeys to unique, rarely visited

Tours, Solo Tours, Immerse Yourself Tours, Deluxe Collection and Tailor-Made Holidays

CHINA TIBET | MONGOLIA | CENTRAL ASIA GROUP TOURS | TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS | ASIA STOPOVERS

2019-2020

destinations  Quality hotels and comfortable transportation

SRI LANKA | NEPAL | BHUTAN

INDIA

SOUTH KOREA | TAIWAN

JAPAN

GROUP TOURS | TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS | ASIA STOPOVERS

GROUP TOURS | TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS | ASIA STOPOVERS

2019-2020

2019-2020

WE OFFER TOURS AND TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL THROUGHOUT ASIA & BEYOND  China  Japan  Vietnam  Cambodia  Laos  Thailand  Myanmar  Borneo  India  Nepal  Bhutan  Sri Lanka  Central Asia  Mongolia  Taiwan  Indonesia  South Korea  South America  Central America

To see our full range of holidays, visit wendywutours.com.au To book, call 1300 727 998 or see your preferred travel agent

YOUR TRAVEL AGENT Wendy Wu Tours Level 6, 20 Hunter Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Reservations: 1300 727 998 Email: info@wendywutours.com.au www.wendywutours.com.au Telephone: (02) 9224 8888 © Wendy Wu Tours Pty Ltd 2018. ATAS: A10517. ABN 87 082 688 202. Member of IATA, AFTA (ATAS) & CATO.

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