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Sapa
VIETNAM
M YANMAR Dien Bien Phu Tam Dao HANOI
Halong Bay
Golden Triangle and
Chiang Saen Muang Ngoi Cat Ba Island
Sam Nuea
Seuang River LAOS Mai Chau
Viengsay Cuc Phuong
Chiang Khong Pak Ou Vieng Thong
Pak Beng Luang Prabang
Chiang Rai
Mae Hong Son
Chiang Mai
Vang Vieng

Lampang
VIENTIANE
Phrae
Nong Khai
Nakhon Phanom
Sukhothai Loei Udon Thani
Phitsanulok Quang Tri
Mae Sot
Savannakhet
Hue Hoang Sa
Archipelago
Nakhon Sawan Da Nang
Khon Kaen
THAILAND Hoi An
From the BuFFalo tours team
Sangkhlaburi Lop Buri Pakse Xin Chao, Sabai Di, Johm Riab Sua, SawaDi KRap, anD hello!
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Ubon Ratchathani Quang Ngai
Ayutthaya Kontum Dear Partners and Industry Colleagues,
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Kanchanaburi Khao Yai
It is a real pleasure to write this introduction page again as 2010 has been a special year for our team at Buffalo Tours. Never before
BANGKOK have we seen such massive growth and expansion. Never before have we seen this level of excitement in the eyes of each Buffalo
Angkor Quy Nhon team member, and indeed our partners and clients. We have come a long way in such a short period of time.
Aranyaprathet Stung Treng
Pattaya Siem Reap I can confidently say we are the top destination specialist in all the four countries of Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. We have
Petchaburi
Rayong
Battambang CAMBODIA over 150 capable international and local staff in our 8 offices located in all the region’s key cities and destinations. We invested and
upgraded our own fleet of boats and vehicles to be the best in the market and more than 200 of our tour guides and tour leaders
Chanthaburi Buon Ma Thuot
Hua Hin Kompong Thom are carefully selected and trained. We believe we have a unique team in the Indochina region that has expert knowledge, passion,
Koh Samet Kratie Nha Trang enthusiasm and creativity. We enjoy what we do and who we work with. In addition, our two support offices in Sydney and London
Koh Chang Koh Khong Kompong Cham and our global representatives are adding great value for our partners and agents whilst breaking language, culture and time zone
Dalat
PHNOM PENH barriers. For 16 years we have been creating inspiring and bespoke itineraries and offering unforgettable adventures at excellent
value for all of our clients and partners.
Tay Ninh
Chumpon
Cu Chi Mui Ne The role of this brochure has changed significantly over the last ten years. The latest edition showcases some of the more popular
Kep Ho Chi Minh City touring options, along with some new and creative ideas to inspire you and your clients. For further ideas and immediate pricing you
Sihanoukville Truong Sa
Phan Thiet can call one of our offices or send us an email. Our ultimate goal is to support you in becoming experts in the region and subsequently,
Ranong Chau Doc Archipelago
My Tho Vung Tau we have worked hard to ensure the brochure is easy to navigate and immediately inspiring and full of ideas. Our team of specialists
Koh Tao Island are always available to offer innovative and specialist advice. Whether it is a luxury getaway in Southern Thailand, a family adventure
Phu Quoc Island Can Tho in Vietnam or the majestic sights of Cambodia and Laos, we can help. We believe that each journey is unique and that your clients’
Koh Pha Ngan Island expectations will most definitely be exceeded.
Koh Samui Island Soc Trang
Con Dao Island At Buffalo Tours we always take pride in being able to offer exceptional value to our partners. The recent expansion means an
Surat Thani extensive network and infrastructure and better systems and technologies which allow us to offer even better value to the market.
Khao Sok The value proposition of Buffalo Tours has thus been improved and that shows in this brochure and our 2011 agent tariffs.
Phang Nga bay
Last but definitely not least, we never forget where we come from and we will continue to run not just a great business, but the
Phuket Krabi kind of business which helps protect our environment, improves people’s way of life and supports our communities. We are making
sure sustainability is in all aspects of our operations. Several initiatives have been introduced and we are constantly improving
Koh Yao Noi Island
“Buffalo Green” tours and Volunteering and Education travel services while continuing to support the Buffalo Foundation with 10%
Koh Lanta Island of our profits. By partnering with Buffalo Tours, you have indirectly contributed to hundreds of classroom projects where thousands
of disadvantaged lives have been touched.
Hat Yai
I and the entire team of Buffalos look forward to working with you in 2011!

Tran Trong Kien


CEO and Founder

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MALAYSIA *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2011 * 2
aBout BuFFalo tours
ouR TRips
All our trips are based on customised itineraries whether they are Classic Highlights, Adventure, Luxury, Beach breaks, Family holidays,
Special Interest or Voluntourism. This travel brochure is designed to provide industry experts with inspirational ideas. It illustrates what
we can offer and provides information on new experiences and services, together with useful information on Buffalo’s recommended
hotel and cruise partners.

ouR people
Buffalo Tours consists of a multinational and multicultural team of around 350 full time and part time staff hailing from the United
Kingdom, Australia, Europe, Thailand and Indochina. With our head office in Hanoi, our young and dynamic team stretches far and wide,
with branch offices in Australia and the UK, and a Sales representative in Germany. Additionally, we have operations offices in Danang,
Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Bangkok. Buffalo Tours employs sales staff and tour guides that are fluent in English,
French, German and Spanish. All of the guides that we employ are from Indochina and Thailand.

peace of mind
Our customer’s safety is paramount. All our guides are trained by an international medical clinic in first aid and carry a complete first
aid kit, plus our expert operations team are on 24 hour standby to handle any emergency. Buffalo Tours has full public liability and
professional indemnity insurance provided by QBE International.

contents accommodaTion
Buffalo Tours recommends suitable accommodation based on client’s requirements, from luxury properties, boutique hotels and lodges
to friendly home stays and locally owned guesthouses. Our team consistently endeavours to provide the most competitive hotel rates in
WELCOME LAOS THAILAND the industry. Inside this brochure you will find a list of recommended hotels and some new accomodation options from the region.

1 Regional Map 25 Classic Laos Highlights 43 Thailand Culinary Adventure

2 Introduction 26 Lux Laos 45 Elephants and Beaches

3 Contents 27 Cycle the Grand Loop 47 Nature and Family Adventure

4 About Buffalo Tours 29 Seuang River Experience for Families 49 Community and Wildlife Experience TRanspoRTaTion
We own a modern fleet of well maintained air-conditioned vehicles including standard cars, luxury Mercedes sedans and 15 to 45
5 Agent Support 31 Southern Laos Cruise 51 Boutique Isaan - Undiscovered Thailand seat coaches. In addition to two standard and two deluxe junks in Halong Bay, we operate a Red River cruise boat in Hanoi. As an
established Destination Management Company with years of experience in the region, Buffalo Tours has access to the best transport
6 Holiday Portfolio 30 Luang Prabang Cuisine and Culture 53 Thailand Resorts and Beaches in the region at the most competitive rates.

7 Website Information 32 Recommended Hotels 54 Recommended Hotels

VIETNAM
CAMBODIA MuLTI-COuNTRY Responsible TRavel
9 Vietnam Highlights Buffalo Tours is one of the leading responsible tour operators in Indochina and Thailand. Our guides are trained in the Buffalo Tours’
34 Tuk Tuks and Temples 56 Northern Thailand and Laos Cruise
Responsible Travel Guidelines, available for downloading at www.buffalotours.com. Our dedicated full-time Volunteer and Educational
11 Vietnam Beach Break
35 Classic Cambodia 57 Highlights of Indochina Travel Department has introduced quality new projects and experiences spanning the region. Many of these initiatives are exclusive
13 Gourmet Vietnam to Buffalo Tours or are a joint venture with Non-Governmental Organisations. We also contribute to the Binh Luc Orphanage Nutrition
37 Luxurious Cambodia 59 Undiscovered Laos and Cambodia Program, the Blue Dragon Foundation Annual Summer Camp and Operation Smile.
15 Cycle Vietnam
38 Temples and Wildlife 61 Luxury Vietnam to Cambodia River Cruise
17 Health and Harmony
39 Jungle Trekking on Bokor Mountain 63 Saigon to Angkor Cycling Adventure
19 Active Halong buffalo GReen
40 Rural Battambang 65 Golfing Vietnam and Thailand
Look out for our ‘Buffalo Green’ Responsible Travel Recommendation logo throughout this brochure, highlighting tours and experiences
20 Off the Beaten Track in Halong Bay
41 Recommended Hotels that satisfy our responsible travel guidelines. The Buffalo Green logo means you can expect the experience to be environmentally
21 Vietnam Resorts and Beaches responsible, socially responsible and sustainable. In this way, the communities involved are helped in the sense that activities support

23 Recommended Hotels
67 VOLuNTEER AND EDuCATIONAL
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green and preserve cultural diversity while also creating livelihoods in a sustainable manner.
acTiviTY GRades

69 uSEFuL INFORMATION

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holIDaY portFolIo
Buffalo Tours first began as an adventure specialist, and although this still remains one of our key strengths, we have expanded our range of services so that we can offer more innovative
niche travel experiences.

Classic Highlights Adventure Tours Luxury Experiences

Cruises Special Interest Tours

Volunteer & Educational Travel Beach Breaks


BuFFalo tours sales & representatIVe oFFIces:
Incentives

To better suit your requirements, we have set up offices around the globe and look to launch more in 2011. aDVenture holIDaY portFolIo
Headquarters: Hanoi
Branch Offices & Operations: Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap,
Bangkok and Danang.
Sales Offices: Australia / New Zealand and the UK.
Representative Office: Germany.

aGent support
Trekking Cycling Sailing

green
Elephant Safaris & Mahout Training Scuba Diving

Our online tariffs cover all the itineraries in our 2011 brochure, in addition to some ‘golden oldies’ from previous editions.

A hotel and transfer tariff will also be available for downloading.

In 2011 Buffalo Tours will continue to improve its support services with the launch of the Agent Customised Tool. This will allow agents to customise their own trips and directly access our
wide range of services from transfers, to accommodation options, restaurants, guides and cruises. The system will enable agents to receive real time prices and even get confirmations.

customIse Your tour Rafting Rock Climbing Kayaking


At Buffalo Tours we literally have thousands of services available so you can pick and choose to build your ideal holiday. All the tours featured in this brochure can be completely customised and
tailored to suit your needs. In this way, you are free to see what you want to and to travel in your chosen style .

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VIetnam
Vietnam is a country with immense geographic and cultural diversity. The country’s varied
climate and landscape range from four seasons in the mountainous north, to year-round
tropical temperatures in the lush south. Visitors to the country almost always comment on the
friendly locals and the delicious cuisine. When visiting the country you can choose to travel
at various levels of comfort, staying in anything from deluxe to budget accommodation, using
various forms of transportation and dining in fine Vietnamese and international restaurants
or in more local style eateries.
www.buffalotours.com

WeBsIte InFormatIon

www.buffalotours.com Our main website featuring our tours, contact details, promotions, recommendations, videos and more.

http://agents.buffalotours.com The aim of this site is to provide up to date itineraries, tour and hotel tariffs for downloading, along with e-brochures
and detailed information on our preferred hotels. A comprehensive photo library is also available offering high resolution
images for promotional purposes. There are also some fantastic videos available for use. We hope you find this website
to be a useful source of information.

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DAY 8
HANOI
DAY 4 hue – hoi an
SAPA Drive south along a beautiful stretch of coastline and over the
Sapa – hanoi
ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGES scenic Hai Van Pass, to the picturesque riverside community
Start your morning with a hike to a beautiful waterfall before
HALONG BAY of Hoi An. On arrival, enjoy a walking tour of this charming
continuing on to a picturesque Red Dao village. Red Dao women
HUE traditional town now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
wear giant red scarves around their heads, and their clothing is
HOI AN
embellished with colourful red embroidery and coins. Spend the
HO CHI MINH CITY
afternoon at leisure in Sapa before returning to Lao Cai to board DAY 9
MEKONG DELTA
the overnight train back to Hanoi. hoi an
Spend the day at leisure on the beach or having clothes made
12 DAYS DAY 5 by one of the expert, inexpensive tailors Hoi An is famous for.
hanoi – halong bay If you like to cook, you can spend a fabulous day exploring the
Arrive in Hanoi at around 5 am. A day room will be available, so local produce market with an expert chef who will teach you the
secrets of Vietnamese cuisine.
VIETNAM
Sapa

Halong Bay
you can shower and freshen up before breakfast. At around 8
HANOI
am start your journey to Halong Bay and arrive at around midday
LAOS
to board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise. Halong Bay DAY 10
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the hoi an – ho Chi minh City
world. Thousands of towering pillars of sea and wind-carved Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided
Hue limestone karst make the bay an unforgettable sight. After tour of the highlights of this bustling, cosmopolitan city. In the
THAILAND
lunch, explore some of the huge limestone caves dotted around evening, you may like to enjoy a fun cooking class or take a
Hoi An

Pakse

BANGKOK
the bay and visit a floating fishing village. Then the captain will cruise down the Saigon River, complete with local entertainment
find a secluded spot where you can swim, soak up the sun on and a fantastic traditional and international buffet dinner.
Siem Reap

CAMBODIA
the top deck, or try your hand at kayaking. In the evening enjoy
PHNOM PENH
Ho Chi Minh
City a seafood feast for dinner. DAY 11
Mekong
Delta meKong Delta
DAY 6 Explore the heart of the Mekong Delta on a traditional sampan
halong bay – hanoi cruise in Cai Be. Visit floating markets and get a feel for a way
Enjoy an early morning swim (during the summer), followed DAY 7 of life that has changed little for centuries. Enjoy a delicious
by breakfast as you cruise through more spectacular scenery. hanoi – hue lunch at a superb restaurant on the banks of the river before
In the afternoon drive back to Hanoi, where you will have one In the morning, fly to the former Imperial Capital of Hue. This returning back to Ho Chi Minh City for some free time.
more evening to sample its fabulous cuisine and explore the beautiful city is rich in history, culture and ancient temples.
Old Quarter. Spend the day exploring the Citadel, which is now a UNESCO DAY 12
World Heritage site, before relaxing on a sunset cruise on the DepaRt ho Chi minh City
Perfume River. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

VIetnam hIGhlIGhts
Experience Vietnam’s highlights in just twelve days with flights in between each city, enabling you to make the most of your time in this fascinating destination.
This is the perfect tour for those wishing to get a taste of the country whilst staying in comfort.

DAY 1 history. A traditional cyclo tour through the narrow, ancient the lush valleys and mountains that surround the town. With
hanoi streets of the exotic Old Quarter is a great way to soak up the an expert local guide, you can navigate small paths through
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. sights and sounds. In the evening, board an overnight sleeper verdant, terraced fields of rice and corn, passing farmers and
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for train to Lao Cai and the mountainous region near the Chinese their water buffalo ploughing the land as they have for centuries.
the rest of the day. border. The ethnic-minority groups still maintain their traditions and
way of life, including their own language and intricately-

DAY 2 DAY 3 embroidered, colorful clothing. In the evening, you can stay
Sapa overnight with a local family in Ta Van village or return to the
hanoi – Sapa
Arrive at Lao Cai station early in the morning and transfer comfort of your hotel in Sapa.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi. Having celebrated its 1000-
to Sapa. Depending on your fitness level, you can arrange
year anniversary in 2010, the city has a rich and fascinating
anything from gentle walks to challenging hikes to explore

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

HOI AN – FARMER FOR A DAY AT TRA QUE VEGETABLE VILLAGE

Tra Que is a charming little village on the edge of Hoi An, which is famous for its sweet scented green vegetables that
spice up Hoi An’s famous delicacies such Cao Lau and Mi Quang. This excursion will give you an interesting insight
into the lives of rural people in this peaceful part of Vietnam.

Set off in the morning with a gentle bicycle ride to a local farm. On arrival you will be introduced to the history of the
village and the cultivation of the vegetables. Continue with a walk around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in
preparing the land and planting some crops. Finish off your experience with a fun cooking demonstration.

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to go snorkeling and swimming. More adventurous types may
HANOI wish to take advantage of the excellent kayaking or diving on
HALONG BAY offer.
HOI AN
NHA TRANG DAY 9
HO CHI MINH CITY
SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
nha tRang - ho Chi minh City
MEKONG DELTA After a couple of nights in Nha Trang it is time to head further
GARDEN HOUSES OF PHUOC TICH - HUE
MUI NE south to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon you have the option
A visit to this historic settlement assists in preserving the of a private city tour or a visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels.
14 DAYS areas important cultural heritage. Phuoc Tich is noted for
its garden houses and their attached architectural, religious DAY 10
and historic value. Established in 1470, the village was the meKong Delta
VIETNAM
‘rediscovered’ in April 2003 and efforts are underway to The next day make a journey to the Mekong Delta. Enjoy a
Halong Bay
HANOI
preserve this historical site for future generations. cruise on a traditional sampan, taking in the floating markets
LAOS and lush, tropical landscape. A fantastic lunch will be served in
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE Why not combine this excursion with a fun cyclo tour a villa on the banks of the river before returning to Ho Chi Minh
around the lesser visited parts of Hue? Get off the beaten City for some free time.
track as you glide past timeless street scenes from the
DAY 11-13 WHAT’S NEW?
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comfort of your very own cyclo; the perfect way to explore
Hoi An

Pakse

BANGKOK
the former Imperial capital. ho Chi minh City - mui ne - ho Chi minh
Siem Reap

CAMBODIA
City BOUTIQUE HOI AN RESORT
PHNOM PENH
Nha Trang Your last few days in Vietnam will be spent in the peaceful
Ho Chi Minh
City town of Mui Ne, which is a four hour drive from Ho Chi Minh Offering a total of 82 rooms and villas with private balconies
that face the sea, this new resort is sure to impress. The
Mui Ne

Mekong Delta City. A popular place for watersports such as windsurfing and
kitesurfing, Mui Ne is home to giant sand dunes perfect for centrepiece of this resort is the swimming pool which is
jeep safaris. The area is also justifiably known for its cheap and surrounded by a peaceful tropical garden. If relaxing by
fresh seafood. Inspiring photographic opportunities abound with the pool is not enough for you, then take advantage of the
the brightly coloured Vietnamese fishing boats bringing in their on-site spa. This new boutique property is located right
DAY 7-8
catch in the morning. next to Cua Dai beach, making it an ideal place to stay
nha tRang
when in Hoi An.
With its turquoise sea, golden sand and blue skies it is tempting
to spend your days just relaxing on the beach. For those who DAY 14
can tear themselves away from their sun loungers, there are DepaRt ho Chi minh City
many options. You may enjoy a day trip to the offshore islands Spend the morning at leisure before you are transferred to the
airport for your onward flight.

VIetnam Beach BreaK


Soak up the culture of Vietnam whilst enjoying one of the most beautiful coastlines in Asia. This fourteen day trip includes stays in the capital Hanoi and
cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City, with beautiful beaches and bays along the way.

DAY 1 sunbathe on the deck. In the evening enjoy a seafood dinner DAY 4 -5
hanoi before retiring to your cabin for the night. hoi an
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Over the next couple of days you have the options of a privately
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for DAY 3 guided walking tour, a fun cooking class or an excursion to the
the rest of the day. halong bay – hoi an ancient ruins of My Son. Alternatively, explore the picturesque
The next day cruise back to the mainland, arriving at around countryside by bicycle or just laze on the beach.
DAY 2 midday. You will then be transferred to the airport for a
hanoi – halong bay connecting flight to Danang and a short journey to the quaint, DAY 6
Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay for an picturesque town of Hoi An. Spend your first evening in Hoi An hoi an – nha tRang
overnight cruise through thousands of limestone islands on a strolling its romantic, silk lantern lit streets and dine in one of Refreshed from your relaxing break in beautiful Hoi An, travel
traditional ‘junk’. Explore caves, kayak in secluded lagoons and its fantastic riverside restaurants. onwards to the beach town of Nha Trang, for the next few
nights.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION

VAN PHONG BAY ECOTOUR - NHA TRANG


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This is a unique experience for those wanting to experience life in a traditional fishing community. Enjoy the peaceful
atmosphere in this beautiful area of Central Vietnam, as you learn about the daily activities of the friendly locals. Discover
the marine life with a snorkeling trip to Trao Reef, learn about the growing sustainable aquaculture industry and be
treated to some traditional folk performances. Accommodation is available in friendly home stays, giving you a chance to
truly experience local life. Alternatively, enjoy a daytrip and splash out with a stay at the stunning Six Senses Hideaway
in Ninh Van Bay.

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HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 4
MEKONG DELTA ho Chi minh City - hoi an
HOI AN From Ho Chi Minh City fly to Danang on the central coast and
HUE drive to the quaint fishing town of Hoi An. Go on a walking tour,
HANOI be inspired by its fascinating architecture, dine in its many
COOKING CLASSES gourmet restaurants and enjoy some shopping therapy at one
of the many tailor shops.

9 DAYS DAY 5
hoi an
VI ETNAM This morning take a tour of the markets before cruising down
HANOI river to a villa set in lush tropical surroundings, where you will
enjoy a fun cooking class. Relax with a glass of wine as you
LAOS
savour your wonderful creations. Spend the afternoon lazing on
the beach or exploring town.
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE

THAILAND
Hue

Hoi An
DAY 6
Pakse hoi an – hue
BANGKOK
Siem Reap
Make the scenic journey to Hue and spend the afternoon on a
CAMBODIA guided tour of this former Imperial city. Explore the Citadel and
PHNOM PENH catch a boat down the Perfume River to visit ancient temples
Ho Chi Minh
City
and pagodas. This evening you will have the opportunity to
Mekong Delta
chat with a chef from Hue who will explain the history of Hue’s
cuisine and traditions. This engaging experience is followed by and Western fusion dishes you will be truly impressed by the
a fabulous authentic Hue dinner fit for an emperor. DAY 8 gourmet cuisine and enthusiastic service of the staff.
hanoi
DAY 7 The next day enjoy a class at our favorite cooking school in DAY 9
hue – hanoi Hanoi. Afterwards, you will have the chance to enjoy the delicious DepaRt hanoi
From Hue fly to Hanoi and set out on a street food and market lunch you have prepared. In the evening dine at a well known The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
tour with a local chef and learn all about the unique delicacies Hanoi restaurant, which acts as a hospitality training restaurant your onward flight.
of Northern Vietnam. In the evening enjoy dinner at one of the for underprivileged street kids. Offering a mix of Vietnamese
oldest restaurants in Hanoi that specializes in the famous fish
dish ‘Cha Ca’.

Gourmet VIetnam
Vietnam is a gourmet paradise known for its fabulous, exotic cuisine that differs between the southern, central and northern regions of the country. Experience a
Vietnam culinary tour that incorporates cultural highlights, cooking classes and dining in gourmet restaurants along the way. From lessons in a Saigon Cooking
School, to classes in a beautiful villa set in lush tropical surroundings, this Vietnam culinary tour will be a gastronomic delight for the senses.

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3


ho Chi minh City ho Chi minh City meKong Delta
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The next morning experience a truly authentic cooking class at From cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City it is time to head to the
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for the Hoa Tuc Cooking Centre, which is housed in the old opium Mekong Delta. Float down the Mekong River on a traditional
the rest of the day. refinery. Go on a tour of the outdoor produce markets to shop sampan, sip green tea and taste exotic local fruits. Meander
for ingredients and learn all about the exotic fruits, vegetables past floating markets and stop at interesting spots along the
and herbs on display. Return to the cooking centre where you way. End your Mekong experience with a gourmet lunch at a
will be shown the secrets to Vietnamese cooking. Afterwards superb restaurant which specialises in local delicacies such as
sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour. ‘Elephant Ear’ fish.

WHAT’S NEW?

THE VILLA @ RED BRIDGE - HOI AN

Located on the river between Hoi An ‘Ancient Town’ and the beaches of the South China Sea, this private villa is
a true home away from home. The villa is complete with three master bedrooms, a living room, a dining area, a
fully-equipped kitchen, a library and a fitness room. The airy open plan living design is complimented by a garden
courtyard filled with tropical flora. Enjoy an in-house massage as you take in the spectacular views over the Thu Bon
River. Relax by the pool with a drink and be treated to a private dinner carefully prepared the chefs of the Red Bridge
Restaurant.

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DAY 6
HANOI hoi an - Quang ngai (30Km CyCling) DAY 10
HUE Leaving Hoi An mid-morning take the bus to Chau O. Enjoy CyCle aRounD Dalat (50Km CyCling)
HOI AN a picnic lunch and cycle through Chau O to a hamlet called Enjoy a comprehensive cycling tour of Dalat and take in the
QUANG NGAI My Lai. Here lies the evocative memorial for those villagers main sights of this relaxed mountain retreat. Your tour will
KONTUM who died in the horrific massacre during the Vietnam War. include visits to Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace, Xuan
BUON ME THUOT After visiting the memorial and museum you will continue on Huong Lake and the vibrant town market.
DALAT to Quang Ngai.
NHA TRANG DAY 11
HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 7 Dalat - nha tRang (100Km CyCling)
CU CHI Quang ngai - Kontum (60 Km CyCling) The cycling today is mostly downhill towards the coast and the
Today is a more challenging day as you leave Highway 1 city of Nha Trang. Pass through minority villages before you
and head inland towards Quang Nam. Cycling will last only reach kilometres of pristine beaches. Nha Trang is a popular
15 DAYS Vietnamese resort, due to its great climate and beautiful offshore
part of the day, along undulating roads with stunning photo
opportunities. Ride past many remote villages, through tropical islands.
VIETNAM
forests, over bridges and along quiet roads.
HANOI
DAY 12
LAOS DAY 8 nha tRang
Kontum - buon me thuot Today is a cycle-free day so that you can enjoy the clear blue
waters and relaxed ambience of this pleasant resort. Take an
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE
(100Km CyCling)
Today’s cycling avoids the highway and passes through some excursion by boat to explore the nearby islands for a day of
swimming and snorkelling in the azure waters. On your return
Hue
THAILAND Hoi An exceptional scenery including rubber and tea plantations, and DAY 14
Pakse Kontum Quang Ngai

ethnic minority villages. The route is on paved roads and to Nha Trang, spend the afternoon at leisure.
BANGKOK Cu Chi tunnelS
Siem Reap
you will end your journey in the largest town in the Western This morning, make a visit to the remarkable Cu Chi tunnels,
DAY 13
Buon Ma Thuot

Highlands.
CAMBODIA
which was the scene of fierce fighting during the Vietnam War.
Nha Trang
Da Lat

PHNOM PENH nha tRang - ho Chi minh City


Ho Chi Minh
The afternoon is at your leisure for you to explore the wonders of
DAY 9 This morning you will be transferred to the airport for the flight
City

this frenetic metropolis. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner


CyCle to Dalat (100Km CyCling) to Ho Chi Minh City. In the afternoon, walk through the heart
at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a full day of cycling today. Start off riding for 50km of the city and past some of Ho Chi Minh City’s most famous
along the valley floors before taking in the mountainous route of sites. Visits will be made to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the
Colonial-era Post Office, the Presidential Palace (also known as
DAY 15
Highway 27. The scenery along the way is simply breathtaking. DepaRt ho Chi minh City
Arrive in Dalat in the late afternoon. the Reunification Palace) and the War Remnants Museum.
The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
your onward journey.

cYcle VIetnam
See Vietnam at a slower pace with this exciting cycling adventure. Visit some of the country’s main sights whilst getting off the beaten track. From the capital
Hanoi to the bright lights of Ho Chi Minh City, this rewarding experience will allow you to travel through some of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

DAY 1 top of the Hai Van Pass, which is some 500 metres above sea
hanoi DAY 3 level. You can either stop cycling at the top or continue down
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. hue the other side before ending your journey in Hoi An. In the late
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for Early in the morning you will arrive in Hue and be transferred afternoon take a short walking tour through the old streets of
the rest of the day. to the hotel. Later in the morning set out for your first ride in this picturesque town.
Vietnam through the former Imperial capital of Hue. First, there

DAY 2 is a visit to the Citadel. In the afternoon you will see Emperors’ DAY 5
mausoleums, before continuing on to Thien Mu Pagoda, which hoi an
hanoi - oveRnight tRain to hue
is considered to be the unofficial symbol of Hue. The day is at leisure, with many things on offer to do. You may
This morning, enjoy a comprehensive tour of Hanoi. The
wish to have some clothes made in one of the towns’ many
remainder of the day is free to explore the many interesting
streets of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, an area that has changed DAY 4 tailors or even enjoy a fun cooking class and learn how to
prepare some sumptuous Vietnamese dishes. Alternatively, you
little over the centuries. In the evening you will be transferred hue - hoi an (30 Km CyCling with an
could just spend the day lazing on the beach.
to the train station for the overnight train journey southwards optional eXtRa 40Km)
to Hue. Today there is the option to challenge yourself by riding to the

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

BA VI AND DUONG LAM CULTURAL ADVENTURE


green
Lying within easy reach of Hanoi, Ba Vi and Duong Lam make for a fascinating day’s escape from the hustle and bustle
of the capital. Straddling a mountain range to the west of Hanoi, Ba Vi National Park has rich and diverse tropical and
subtropical species of flora and fauna. On a clear day the views from the higher reaches of the park can be outstanding.
Enjoy a relaxing trek through the park and make a stop at one of the tea plantations that the area is famous for. Situated a
short drive from Ba Vi National Park is the historic settlement of Duong Lam. Listed as a national heritage area the village
contains a variety of structures, some of which were constructed up to four centuries ago. Marvel at the ancient temples
and pagodas that house some of the most beautiful collections of Buddha statues in the region.

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HANOI
HALONG BAY DAY 6
TAI CHI hoi an
HOI AN Today you may wish to go on a walking tour of this beautiful
COOKING CLASS town. You are sure to be inspired by its fascinating architecture
NHA TRANG and laid back atmosphere. Dine in its many gourmet restaurants
HO CHI MINH CITY and get some shopping therapy at one of the many tailor’s
shops.

12 DAYS DAY 7
hoi an
This morning enjoy a fun cooking class. You will walk through
VI ETNAM
Hoi An’s riverside market, always a hive of activity, before
spending the morning with a chef teaching you how to cook
Halong Bay

HANOI

LAOS traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The best part is enjoying it


Chiang Mai
afterwards.
VIENTIANE

DAY 8
THAILAND Hoi An hoi an – nha tRang
Today take a flight to Nha Trang. Upon arrival you will be met
Pakse

and transferred to your resort, with the last part of the journey
BANGKOK
Siem Reap

CAMBODIA
Nha Trang by speed boat. On arrival at this private island, check into the
PHNOM PENH
Ho Chi Minh
luxurious Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Resort.
City

DAY 9-10
nha tRang
With its turquoise sea, golden sand and blue skies it is tempting
to spend your days just relaxing on the beach. For those who
can tear themselves away from their sun loungers, there are DAY 11 DAY 12
many options. You may enjoy a day trip to the offshore islands nha tRang – ho Chi minh City DepaRt ho Chi minh City
to go snorkeling and swimming. More adventurous types may Travel back to Nha Trang in the afternoon and catch an evening The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
wish to take advantage of the excellent kayaking or diving on flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival you will be met by a your onward flight.
offer. guide and accompanied to your hotel. The evening is at leisure
to explore this frenetic metropolis.

health anD harmonY


Experience pure Zen on a health and harmony relaxation getaway. This tour revolves around luxury resorts and spas, with time to learn Tai Chi in the most
beautiful destinations around Vietnam. A perfect way to de-stress and soak up the flavours and culture of Vietnam in harmonious style. If desired, a private yoga
instructor can be arranged to travel with you for daily classes.

DAY 1 on the deck of your junk. In the late afternoon visit a floating DAY 4
hanoi village, kayak or take a bamboo row boat to explore a secluded halong bay – hanoi
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. lagoon. As the sun sets enjoy cocktails on the deck and a There is more tai chi this morning for those who wish to rise
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for gourmet dinner. early. Later in the morning visit a limestone grotto and cruise
the rest of the day. leisurely through the bay before returning to the dock for the
DAY 3 journey back to your hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 2 halong bay
hanoi – halong bay Enjoy an early morning tai chi class on deck, and after breakfast DAY 5
Depart Hanoi for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong transfer to your ‘day trip boat’ with a private crew and cruise hanoi – hoi an
Bay for a 3 day / 2 night cruise through thousands of limestone the bay’s lesser visited areas. Later in the day, visit water Fly from Hanoi to Danang. You will be greeted at the airport
peaks. Begin the cruise as lunch is served and later in the day tunnels and fishing villages or go kayaking. All meals are served and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. The rest of the day is
take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the onboard by your private chef. at leisure.
bay. You may wish to swim in a quiet bay or sunbathe

green
WHAT’S NEW?

VEDANA LAGOON RESORT AND SpA

Located between Hue and Hoi on the edge of a peaceful


and serene lagoon, the Vedana combines modern high
end living with traditional and modern healing therapies.
This 27 hectare property offers meditation, Reiki, Tai Chi
and Yoga in a truly beautiful location. Let yourself unwind
and reinvigorate your body and soul as you take in the
picturesque landscape.

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HIgHLIgHTS HIgHLIgHTS
HANOI HANOI
HALONG BAY HALONG BAY
ROCK CLIMBING BAI TU LONG BAY
HIKING
CAT BA ISLAND
3 DAYS

3 DAYS V IE TN AM

Halong Bay

HANOI Cat Ba Island

L AO S
VIETNAM

Halong Bay
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE
HANOI Cat Ba Island

LAOS
Hue

Chiang Mai VIENTIANE THAIL AN D Hoi An

Pakse

BANGKOK
Hue Siem Reap
THAILAND Hoi An
CAM B O D IA
Pakse

PHNOM PENH
BANGKOK Ho Chi Minh
Siem Reap City

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH
Ho Chi Minh
City

actIVe halonG oFF the Beaten tracK In halonG BaY


Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Hundreds of towering pillars of sea and wind-carved limestone karst make the Halong Bay is widely considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. This cruise on a traditional junk takes you from main routes to the remote and
bay an unforgettable sight, and one of the premier rock-climbing destinations in South East Asia. There is a wide range of climbing here. Some climbs are beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay. You have a choice of boats for your cruise; the Princess, which is a one-cabin private junk or the Prince, which has four cabins. Both
suitable for complete beginners, while advanced climbers can find challenges to match their skills. Our three-day, two-night rock-climbing, trekking and kayaking junks can be either privately chartered or shared and provide a friendly, boutique atmosphere with an emphasis on great service and fine cuisine.
tour explores Halong Bay’s famous Cat Ba archipelago.

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3


hanoi – halong bay - Cat ba iSlanD CRuiSing anD Climbing halong bay hiKing on Cat ba iSlanD - hanoi hanoi – halong bay - bai tu long bai tu long bay bai tu long bay- hanoi
Depart from Hanoi and journey to Halong Bay where you will Cruise on a junk through beautiful Lan Ha Bay, an area of Halong Cruise back to Cat Ba Island for a hike through Cat Ba National Leave Hanoi in the morning by either shared vehicle or private The next day, spend the morning at Bua Cua Beach where you On your last morning, take a traditional rowboat to visit the
board a ferry for the trip to spectacular Cat Ba Island, the Bay that most tourists overlook. Kayak into a serene, hidden Park. The Park differs from other national parks in Vietnam car for the four-hour drive to Halong Bay. A small boat will take can swim or sunbathe. Enjoy a typical Vietnamese BBQ on the floating fishing village of Vong Vieng. Watch as the people go
largest of the islands in the Cat Ba archipelago. Spend the lagoon where you can relax in the afternoon sun. Then, cruise because of the great variety of landscapes and ecosystems. you to your junk, which is anchored just offshore. Onboard, you beach and go for a kayak if you are feeling energetic. In the about daily lives shaped by the ageless rhythms of the sea.
afternoon exploring the National Park by bicycle and visit a through a maze of fantastic karst towers to a pristine beach Abundant in diverse fauna and flora, with 896 plant and 548 will receive a welcome drink and cruise briefing before setting afternoon, visit floating fishing villages and return to the junk to Cruise back to the dock while an early lunch is served. Return to
traditional Northern Vietnamese fishing village. on uninhabited Moody’s Island. After your cruise, our certified animal species recorded, Cat Ba is considered one of the most off for Bai Tu Long National Park. Cruise past floating villages, watch the sunset over this incredible seascape. your hotel in Hanoi, arriving in the capital in the late afternoon.
climbing guides will outfit you with safe UIAA-standard climbing beautiful areas in northern Vietnam. At the end of today you will limestone peaks and hidden caves. Anchor and explore further
harnesses and rock-climbing gear. With the coaching of our be transferred to Hanoi. by kayak. During the summer months you can go for a swim in Please note that for those wishing to do the 2 Day – 1 Night
experienced guides, you can climb as high as you like to enjoy the clear waters of the bay. itinerary, Day 2 is omitted from the schedule.
spectacular views across the emerald waters of Halong Bay.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION


SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
BIRDWATCHING IN XUAN THUY NATIONAL PARK green
HANOI ART SCENE
Experience the peace of the Red River Delta with a unique daytrip from the capital. The highlights of any visit to the
area are the opportunities to interact with the friendly locals and to observe the migratory birds that make the area Our full day and evening art immersion tour is for serious art lovers. It entails more than just visiting a few galleries.
their home for part of the year. You could extend your stay and gain a better understanding of life in the Red River You will get away from the main tourist scene and out into the countryside to meet with a local artist in his studio, and
Delta with an overnight stay in a local home. Alternatively, return to the capital and pamper yourself with a night in receive a private slide show by a Hanoi artist on the history of art in Vietnam since 1920. We also believe that food is
one of Hanoi’s luxury hotels. art, which is why we have included lunch and dinner in two of our favourite restaurants in Hanoi.

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VIetnam hoi an
A trip to Hoi An means more than just a relaxing time on
the beach. Even though there are many fantastic resorts

resorts & Beaches


near Cua Dai beach, complete with spa and pool facilities,
the town offers endless entertainment options. Visitors can
enjoy cooking classes and excellent dining, not to mention the
opportunity to have clothes tailored inexpensively.

BEST TIME TO GO
March – September
Peak rainy season during October and November, when
flooding may occur. Temperatures can be cool during the
Due to its long coastline, the country possesses a number of beautiful beaches that are easily
winter months from November to February.
accessible to the visitor. In recent years, the range of accommodation options in some of Vietnam’s
premier beach destinations has improved enormously meaning that there is something for everyone.
Obviously, what follows is not an exhaustive list of beach resorts in Vietnam, but rather a selection
the nam hai ReSoRt - hoi an
of our favourites.

www.buffalotours.com nha tRang


With seven kilometres of golden beaches, Nha Trang is
justifiably the premier beach resort in Vietnam. The islands
just offshore offer excellent snorkeling and scuba diving sites.
Alternatively, you can just sit back and relax with a cocktail
and enjoy the fresh seafood on offer.

BEST TIME TO GO
February to September
October to January is the rainy season and temperatures can
be lower between November and January.

the SheRaton hotel anD Spa - nha tRang

mui ne
Famous for its vast sand dunes and watersports facilities,
Mui Ne is only a short drive from frenetic Ho Chi Minh City.
Offering a wide range of accommodation options it is the
perfect extension to a Vietnam tour.

BEST TIME TO GO
Year round, although November to April is the most popular
time. During this period the conditions for windsurfing and
sailing are near perfect. During the rainy season, from May
to October, short bursts of rain occur but it is less windy and
the surroundings are lush and green.

blue oCean ReSoRt - mui ne

phu QuoC
This beautiful island just off the Vietnamese and Cambodian
coastlines is a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City. At the time
in the year when resorts on the mainland are experiencing
the rainy season, the weather in Phu Quoc is excellent. Even
though there are plans for major development of the island,
at present it is still relatively undeveloped.

BEST TIME TO GO
The period between November and June is generally the best
to visit the island. October is generally the wettest month.

Chen la ReSoRt anD Spa - phu QuoC

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RECOMMENDED HOTELS

laos
NORTHERN VIETNAM

Laos is a landlocked country of stunning natural beauty and strong spiritual traditions which remains relatively unexplored. The
country has a population of roughly six million people, making it one of the least populated countries in the world. Much of the
country is dominated by forested mountains, verdant valleys and broad snaking rivers. Laos is a welcoming country that is
perfect for nature lovers, adventurers and those seeking a laid-back, relaxing holiday with rich cultural experiences.

Sofitel metRopole legenD hanoi pilgRimage village hue novotel nha tRang www.buffalotours.com
- Luxury – Superior – Superior
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam 130 Minh Mang Road, Hue, Vietnam 50 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang, Vietnam
www.sofitel.com www.pilgrimagevillage.com www.novotel.com

maiSon D’hanoi hanova hotel the nam hai ReSoRt pRinCeSS D’annam ReSoRt anD Spa
- Superior - Luxury - Luxury
35-37 Hang Trong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam Hamlet 1, Dien Duong Village, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Hon Lan, Tan Thanh Commune, Ham Thuan Nam District,
www.hanovahotel.com Province, Vietnam Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam
www.ghmhotels.com www.princessannam.com

mai Chau loDge ha an hotel RennaiSanCe RiveRSiDe hotel Saigon


– Superior – Superior –– Deluxe
Mai Chau Town, Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam 6-8 Phan Boi Chau street ,Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province, 8-15 Ton Duc Thang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
www.maichaulodge.com Vietnam www.renaissancehotels.com
www.haanhotel.com

SOuTHERN VIETNAM

viCtoRia Sapa ReSoRt anD Spa SiX SenSeS hiDeaway at ninh van bay paRK hyatt Saigon
– Superior - Luxury - Luxury
Sapa District, Lao Cai province, Vietnam Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam 2 Lam Son Square, District 1
www.victoriahotels.asia www.sixsenses.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
www.saigon.park.hyatt.com
CENTRAL VIETNAM

la ReSiDenCe hotel anD Spa evaSon ana manDaRa anD SiX SenSeS Spa viCtoRia Chau DoC hotel
– Superior - Deluxe – Superior
5 Le Loi Street, Hue, Vietnam Tran Phu Boulevard, Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang, Vietnam 32 Le Loi, Chau Doc, An Giang Province, Vietnam
www.la-residence-hue.com www.sixsenses.com www.victoriahotels.asia

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HIgHLIgHTS HIgHLIgHTS
LUANG PRABANG VIENTIANE
PAK OU CAVES LUANG PRABANG
MEKONG CRUISE KUANG SI FALLS
NIGHT MARKET NIGHT MARKET
VIENTIANE BACI CEREMONY

5 DAYS 5 DAYS

VIETNAM
VIETNAM HANOI

HANOI
LAOS
LAOS Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

VIENTIANE

VIENTIANE

THAILAND
THAILAND

BANGKOK
Siem Reap
BANGKOK
Siem Reap
CAMBODIA
CAMBODIA
PHNOM PENH

PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

classIc laos hIGhlIGhts luX laos


Experience the best of Luang Prabang and Vientiane in just a few days. This short trip can easily be added to the beginning or end of a tour through Vietnam, Experience stylish hotels, private plunge pools, idyllic water falls and divine gourmet resaurants. This itinerary enables you to see the sights of Luang Prabang
Thailand, or Cambodia. and Vientiane while staying in luxury and comfort.

DAY 1 brought images of the Buddha to place in the caves – nowadays DAY 4
luang pRabang there are thousands to see. In the evening stroll through the luang pRabang – vientiane
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. night market to buy some local crafts and souvenirs. You will be transferred to the airport for the short flight to DAY 1 your way to your elegant hotel complete with your own private DAY 4
Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage vientiane plunge pool. You may wish to spend the day being pampered luang pRabang
Vientiane. This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the capital’s
town. Nestled in a stunning setting amid lush mountains, this DAY 3 You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your in the hotel’s luxurious spa before browsing through the town’s Cool off in the clear blue pools of an idyllic waterfall along with
main sights. In the evening, go for a stroll along the banks of
sacred city of golden temples and saffron robed monks provides hotel. Later in the day, enjoy a walk along the city’s riverfront night market. a tasty catered lunch. In the evening receive Lao blessings
luang pRabang the Mekong River and enjoy a drink as the sun sets.
endless opportunities for sightseeing. Visit a number of Wats Today you can choose from many optional activities. You may promenade and dine in a cozy restaurant overlooking Fountain of good luck in a traditional Baci ceremony inside a UNESCO
and some of this peaceful town’s main highlights. wish to embark on a bicycle ride through spectacular scenery, DAY 5 Circle. DAY 3 World Heritage building.
visit an elephant camp where you can ride one of these vientiane
luang pRabang
DAY 2 magnificent creatures through the jungle or swim in a jungle The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for DAY 2 If you wish, you are welcome to participate in the morning rite DAY 5
waterfall. Alternatively, you could enjoy a delicious cooking class of almsgiving to the several hundred monks that reside in the DepaRt luang pRabang
luang pRabang your onward flight. vientiane – luang pRabang
or even a lesson in the art of silk dyeing. city. Later in the day, visit a few select temples and the Royal The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
This morning, enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River and visit the This morning, enjoy a tour of the main temples and monuments
Palace before retreating from the heat for a delightful lunch of your onward flight.
sacred Pak Ou Caves. Since the 16th century, local people have in this quiet capital before your flight to Luang Prabang. Make
local specialties.

WHAT’S NEW? SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...


LUANG pRABANG HOTELS
500 CANDLE DINNER AT LA RESIDENCE PHOU VAO
Following the success of their first hotel in Siem Reap, another Shinta Mani property is set to open its doors in the World
Located on a hilltop with stunning views of the surrounding jungle clad hills, La Residence Phou Vao is a magnificent
Heritage town of Luang Prabang. The hotel will continue the traditions established in Siem Reap, with a commitment
property. Dine at a table for two surrounded by the flickering glow of five hundred candles. Savour Lao cuisine with
to community and education. Also, new on the Luang Prabang scene is the stylish Alila. Located on a heritage site, the
a French twist, carefully prepared by the executive chef and served by your personal waiter. This extraordinary dining
property combines colonial charm with contemporary touches. Guests are sure to enjoy the layout of spacious courtyards
experience, complete with live music, creates a truly romantic atmosphere.
and tranquil gardens, not to mention the on-site spa and gourmet dining options. In the second half of 2011, The Xieng
Thong Palace Hotel is also set to open. Featuring 26 spacious rooms, the property will also offer 6 suites complete with
plunge pools and jacuzzis. Indeed, these will be the only pools in Luang Prabang’s UNESCO listed town centre. Located
next to Wat Xieng Thong, the hotel will boast views of the Mekong, a gourmet restaurant and dinner cruises for guests.

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HIgHLIgHTS
mountainous town. Cycle to Viengsay, the cave city, and learn Later in the day, begin your final descent to Luang Prabang.
LUANG PRABANG of its historical importance. Wander through the amazing karst Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you descend through Hmong
NONG KHIEW landscape in the middle of town and visit some of the caves. and Khmu villages, before arriving in the UNESCO World
VIENG KHAM Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
VIENG THONG DAY 9
ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGES nam neun – muang Kham (CyCling 96 DAY 13
SAM NEUA Km) DepaRt luang pRabang
VIENGSAY Today’s journey will pass through particularly remote territory. The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
MUANG KHAM Take a short detour and visit the mysterious standing stones your onward flight.
PLAIN OF JARS at Hintang. No one is quite sure who built them or why. Stop
XIENG KHOUANG to visit the Tham Piu cave, a natural site with an interesting
history. Then, continue on to Muang Kham, where you are free RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
to soak in the relaxing hot springs and rest your tired muscles. RECOMMENDATION
13 DAYS
DAY 10
muang Kham – Xieng Khouang (53 Km
VIETNAM
HANOI
CyCling) green
Nong Khiew
LAOS Sam Nuea
Viengxay
Cycle to Xieng Khouang and the mysterious Plain of Jars. Visit
Vieng Thong
Luang Prabang some of the jar sites and enjoy a trip to the historic capital of
Chiang Mai
Phou Khoun
Muang Kham

VIENTIANE Muang Khoun. TEXTILE GALLERY AND WEAVING CENTRE


AT OCK POP TOK
THAILAND DAY 11
Meaning ‘East meets West’, this self-financed initiative
Xieng Khouang – phou Khoun (50 Km
was established in 2000. It now provides livelihoods for
CyCling)
BANGKOK
Siem Reap
nearly 200 people both in Luang Prabang and six Northern
Venture out of town by bike to Muang Soui before continuing on
provinces. The concept is to bring people together through
CAMBODIA

by vehicle to Phou Khoun.


textiles and to exchange knowledge and ideas. Check out
PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City


the latest designs, meet the weavers, see the silkworms and
DAY 12 learn about the silk production process. The centre offers
phou Khoun – luang pRabang (90 Km classes in Indigenous weaving and natural dye techniques.
CyCling)
Explore the local produce market before driving to Kioukacham.

cYcle the GranD loop


Still relatively untouched by tourism, Laos is a glimpse of a traditional Asia that has all but disappeared. Explore this beautiful, tranquil country by bike during
an adventurous, 13-day comprehensive tour. You will visit charming Luang Prabang, the mysterious Plain of Jars and numerous villages en route. This is an
unforgettable way to experience a charming land that most travelers overlook.

DAY 1 DAY 3 DAY 4-5-6


luang pRabang luang pRabang – nong Khiew (75 Km nong Khiew – vieng Kham – vieng thong
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. CyCling) – Sam neua (205 Km CyCling)
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for Begin cycling north out of Luang Prabang. On arrival in Pak Cycle through charming villages and the forest of the Nam
the rest of the day. Ou village, cross the Mekong to visit the sacred Buddha Et-Phou Loei National Protected Area. Continue on through
Caves. Then continue north through rolling mountain scenery mountainous scenery before arriving in Sam Neua, near the
to Ban Huay Pene – a Leu ethnic minority village. Visit the Vietnamese – Laos border.
DAY 2
town’s beautiful temple before continuing on to Nong Khiew
luang pRabang
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of this peaceful town and
by vehicle. DAY 7-8
in the afternoon head to Kuang Si waterfall for a swim. In the Sam neua – viengSay – Sam neua – nam
evening, you may wish to browse through the towns’ night neun (70 Km CyCling)
market. Explore the quaint morning market along the Xam River in this

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

MUANG NGOI
An enchanting sleepy hideaway on the Nam Ou River, this Lao town is located 170 kilometres North-East of Luang
Prabang. The town’s main attraction is the surrounding karst mountains and the trekking options on offer. Interesting
sights include the Tham Kang cave and Tham Pha Kaew cave which were used as bomb shelters during the Second
Indochina War. Also of interest to visitors is a regular regional market where tribal villagers from the surrounding area
come to trade.

VIENGSAY
Located in Houa Phan province, near the Vietnamese border, this quiet town is home to a fascinating cave complex. Set
amongst beautiful limestone peaks, this ‘Hidden City’ was once at the centre of Lao history. During the war in the 1960s,
both locals and the Pathet Lao used the caves to shelter from American bombardment. The complex was complete with
a hospital, a school and shops. A visit to Viengsay provides the visitor with a chance to view a largely intact revolutionary
base.

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HIgHLIgHTS HIgHLIgHTS
LUANG PRABANG LUANG PRABANG
SEUANG RIVER COOKING CLASS
TREKKING SILK DYEING CLASS
RAFTING CYCLING
VILLAGE HOMESTAY TREKKING
BACI CEREMONY BACI CEREMONY
PAK OU CAVES KUANG SI FALLS

5 DAYS 6 DAYS

VIETNAM
VIETNAM
HANOI
HANOI

Seung River LAOS


LAOS
Luang Prabang Luang Prabang

Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
VIENTIANE VIENTIANE

THAILAND
THAILAND

BANGKOK
Siem Reap BANGKOK
Siem Reap

CAMBODIA
CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH
PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City


Ho Chi Minh City

seuanG rIVer eXperIence For FamIlIes luanG praBanG cuIsIne anD culture
Exclusive to Buffalo Tours, the Seuang River Experience is a sustainable community tourism project set up to both provide income to 12 villages in the region, Culturally Laos has so much to offer the visitor. This six day culinary and cultural experience combines nature, cuisine and art to offer you an unforgettable
and to encourage cultural exchange and interaction. Your accommodation will be in the simple houses of your host family, where you will cook meals alongside experience. A great way to explore a side of the country that few visitors see.
them. Build bamboo rafts and float downriver, visit a local school and participate in fun games arranged by the village and our staff. At the end of your stay
experience a special ‘Baci’ blessing ceremony by the villagers. This is a truly authentic insight into the life of Laos’ ethnic minorities.
DAY 1 DAY 4 you have some free time to explore the village. Later in the
DAY 1 wish to visit one of the local homes for a fun cooking class. replanting. When you arrive back at the village prepare the luang pRabang luang pRabang - CyCling anD tReKKing morning begin trekking through a valley which contains a forest
luang pRabang Your hosts will first provide an overview of the menu with a seeds you collected for germination at the community tree You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. – ban long lao preserve. Hike for approximately three hours before arriving at
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. description of the ingredients. At the end of the class you will nursery. These seedlings will be planted by villagers in the Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for Today, you will cycle south of Luang Prabang for approximately Kuang Si waterfalls. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for enjoy the meal you have prepared. Tonight you will be staying next rainy season. Embark on an adventure down the river on the rest of the day. Nestled in a stunning setting amid forested 20 kilometres to Ban Thin Som. There, you will begin a trek and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise
the rest of the day. in a local family’s house. a bamboo raft passing waterfalls and towering mountains as mountains, this sacred city of golden temples and saffron robed through the stunning countryside to visit a Kamu village. After pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high
you go. In the evening, spend some time assisting local school monks provides endless opportunities for sightseeing. In the lunch, hike through the mountains where you are sure to enjoy mineral content. Enjoy swimming if you wish. After lunch in
DAY 3 teachers at the community education centre. evening, enjoy a special Baci ceremony before dinner. the spectacular views. At Ban Long Lao, gain an insight into front of the falls, you may wish to visit the nearby bear rescue
DAY 2 centre. In the late afternoon drive back to Luang Prabang.
Seuang RiveR natuRe tReK – bamboo everyday life in the village. This evening enjoy a traditional
luang pRabang – Seuang RiveR
In the morning drive to the Seuang River Experience which is
Rafting DAY 4 DAY 2 Hmong dance and dinner at the head man’s house.
In the morning, join villagers on a walk through community Seuang RiveR – paK ou CaveS – CRuiSe DAY 6
approximately two hours north of Luang Prabang. Enjoy a tour luang pRabang CooKing ClaSS
of the village and learn about local lifestyles. Later on you may
forest areas to learn of their importance. As you walk you will to luang pRabang This morning you will learn the secrets of Lao cuisine. Begin DAY 5 DepaRt luang pRabang
collect seeds of threatened trees that need protecting and In the morning you will say farewell to your hosts and mark The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
by visiting the colourful and vibrant Phou Si Market with an luang pRabang - wateRfall tReK
the occasion with a traditional Baci blessing ceremony. Depart Breakfast will be served at the headman’s house, after which your onward flight.
expert chef, who will help you to select the ingredients you
from the village and drive to Pak Ou, where you will begin a need for the lesson. Then, collect fresh herbs from an exotic
cruise that will take you to the nearby Buddha Caves. Explore jungle garden. The chef will explain the differences between the
the caves before returning to your boat and cruising to Luang various cuisines of Southeast Asia and distribute printed recipes
Prabang.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION
so you can impress your friends at home. After the class, enjoy
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RECOMMENDATION the delicious feast you have prepared. THE ROYAL BALLET THEATRE - LUANG PRABANG green
DAY 5
green
VIENTIANE ORCHID FARM DepaRt luang pRabang DAY 3 The Theatre is reviving traditional Lao dance and music with the help of previous Master Artists. A goal of the project is to
The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for luang pRabang - SilK Dyeing ClaSS create a new generation of artists, while preserving cultural heritage. Until 1975, the Royal Ballet troupe pleased audiences
Established in 2006, the farm is intended to assist in the conservation of Lao biodiversity while at the same time your onward flight A visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center will give you with a Lao version of the Ramayana. Neglected for years, the theatre was re-established in 2002. One of the main activities
stimulating economic and social development. At the farm in Vientiane, you can view more than 2,000 plants, including an insight into the daily lives of the ethnic minorities in Northern of the project is to teach traditional music and folksongs and encourage youth to master these art forms.
300 different orchid species. One aim of the project is to grow, market and export Lao orchids legally. A visit to the farm Laos. After your visit, take a trip to a local weaving centre where
is not only pleasant, but also assists in the fight against the illegal orchid trade. you can experience a half-day traditional silk-dyeing lesson. TUM TUM CHENG - LUANG PRABANG
Make your own souvenir hand-dyed silk scarf as a memento. Established in 2001, the centre is run by certified Chefs who teach traditional cooking techniques based on more than 30
After the lesson, you can enjoy a drink while watching the sun years of experience in Asia and Europe. Guests can even learn variations of the recipes of Phia Sing, the Luang Prabang
set over the Mekong. Chef to the Royal Family. A visit to the centre is not only fun but will enable you to impress dinner party guests on your
return home.

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This three day cruise departing from Pakse in southern Laos meanders through the 4000 islands, where life has changed little over the years. Visit pre- alila luang pRabang
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DAY 1 DAY 3
paKSe – 4000 iSlanDS oum moung – ChampaSaK – paKSe
Depart Pakse by Route 13 and travel to the historically While enjoying breakfast on board, the Vat Phou continues
significant Pha Pheng waterfalls, the “Niagara of the East”. You cruising to Champasak. The highlight this morning is the Vat
will then be driven to the fishing village of Xieng Di for lunch Phou ruins - the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple
at a local restaurant. After lunch, you board small boats for a complex after which your vessel is named. You have time to
visit to Khone Island to see the old French railway and walk visit the museum at the ruins and walk up to the highest temple.
the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. The boat drops After lunch, a small boat will take you back to Pakse.
you at the Khong Island village of Ban Veuthong, where you will
board the waiting Vat Phou boat for a sunset cruise and dinner
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on the Mekong River. novotel
- Deluxe - Deluxe
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Breakfast is on board the Vat Phou boat as you cruise to Ban
Deua Tia. Walk through this small Village, witnessing centuries- Why not extend your stay in Southern Laos with a trip
old traditions still being practiced. The Vat Phou boat then to the beautiful Bolaven Plateau? Make a visit to one of
continues to cruise north on the Mekong, past the island of the region’s Tea and Coffee plantations and try some
Don Xai, and many other small islets in the river archipelago. of the tasty local produce. Continue your ‘off the beaten
After lunch, you will visit the village of Huei Thamo and the track’ experience with a trek through the mountainous
mysterious Oum Muong forest temple. countryside to the ribbon like Tad Fane Waterfall.

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camBoDIa
SIEM REAP
BUFFALO TOURS’ TUK TUK
ANGKOR THOM
TA PROHM
ANGKOR WAT
BANTEAY SREI
The Kingdom of Cambodia boasts some of the most spectacular sights on the planet. From massive
TONLE SAP LAKE
ancient temple complexes to varied wildlife, dense rainforest and pristine beaches the country has a
huge amount to offer the visitor. Having suffered a traumatic recent history, the country has set about
reinventing itself and has opened its doors to visitors keen to experience this exotic destination. 4 DAYS
www.buffalotours.com
VIETNAM
HANOI

LAOS

VIENTIANE

THAILAND

BANGKOK
Angkor
Siem Reap
CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City

tuK tuKs anD temples


Explore the ancient temples of Angkor in Buffalo Tours’ very own Tuk Tuk. Travel in style as your are shuttled around the highlights of the temple complex. Round
off your experience with a ride to the Tonle Sap Lake and a fascinating boat trip around the lake’s floating communities.

DAY 1 Rise early and travel in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the Tonle Sap. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at
Siem Reap - angKoR thom jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm. Next, you will go to one of the largest floating villages on the lake which is called
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. the magnificent Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around this Kompong Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating
In the afternoon, ride in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The boat
city of Angkor Thom. Start at the South Gate and walk along Angkor. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. In service is provided by local people, and the profit goes directly
the ancient city wall to see the lost temple of Prasat Chroung. the afternoon, head to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of back to the community. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Continue to the Bayon temple, where you will be surrounded by the Women’. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset
the smiling faces of numerous Buddhas. Also make visits to the from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. DAY 4
Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of DepaRt Siem Reap
the Leper King. DAY 3 Spend the morning at leisure until you are transferred to the
tonle Sap laKe airport for your onward flight.
DAY 2 This morning drive in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to the edge of
ta pRohm - angKoR wat - pRe Rup - Siem Reap. Enjoy a fun buffalo cart ride through the countryside
banteay SRei until you reach the Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the

WHAT’S NEW?
THE BUFFALO TOURS TUK TUK

Visit the magnificent Temples of Angkor in style in Buffalo Tours new Tuk Tuk. Why travel in an air-conditioned vehicle when
you can feel the breeze in your hair? Enjoy being driven around Angkor’s main sights in our very own stylishly designed Tuk
Tuk. Just beware the other Tuk Tuk drivers may get jealous when they see your luxury vehicle cruising past.

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DAY 5
PHNOM PENH battambang - Siem Reap – angKoR thom
DAY 8
CYCLO TOUR
Siem Reap - phnom penh - Kep
Today, you will travel to Siem Reap where you will begin
This morning depart Siem Reap and fly to Phnom Penh. On
UDONG your exploration of the magnificent temples of Angkor. In the
arrival, you will be driven to the coast and the charming resort
BATTAMBANG afternoon, ride in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the city
of Kep. Once you have checked in, the rest of the day is free
ANGKOR WAT of Angkor Thom. Start at the South Gate and walk along the
at leisure.
ANGKOR THOM ancient city wall to see the lost temple of Prasat Chroung.
BANTEAY SREI Continue to the Bayon temple, where you will be surrounded by
TONLE SAP LAKE the smiling faces of tens of Buddhas. Also make visits to the DAY 9
KEP Terrace of the Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of Kep
the Leper King. Today is free at leisure for you to explore this pretty resort. You
may wish to wander around the town to view some of the French
10 DAYS colonial architecture or even take a trip out to Rabbit Island to
DAY 6
enjoy the beautiful beaches that the island is famous for.
ta pRohm - angKoR wat - banteay SRei
Rise early and travel in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the
VIETNAM
HANOI
jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm. Next, you will go to
DAY 10
DepaRt phnom penh
the magnificent Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around this
Spend the morning at leisure until you are transferred to the
LAOS

huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of


airport for your onward flight.
Angkor. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. In
VIENTIANE

the afternoon, head to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of


SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
the Women’. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset
THAILAND

from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.


BANGKOK
CYCLE SILK ISLAND
Discover a different side of the capital with this fun cycling
Angkor
Battambang Siem Reap

DAY 7
CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH
adventure to a less visited area of the city. Spend a relaxing
Ho Chi Minh City
tonle Sap laKe half-day outside of Phnom Penh, cycling on Silk Island.
Kep

This morning drive in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to the edge of Cross the Tonle Sap River and cycle along the bank past
Siem Reap. Enjoy a fun buffalo cart ride through the countryside Cham communities, and catch a ferry to the island of Koh
until you reach the Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the Oknyahtei for a gentle ride. The island has fertile farmland
Tonle Sap. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at and small village communities. You will stop at a school
one of the largest floating villages on the lake which is called to learn about the country’s educational system, visit a
Kompong Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating typical modern Khmer Wat and a silk weaving house to see
daily lives of the local people who live on the water. The boat how the beautiful silk scarves are produced. Continue along
service is provided by local people, and the profit goes directly small trails and enjoy a picnic lunch before returning by a
back to the community. The rest of the day is at leisure. different route to the capital.

classIc camBoDIa
See all the highlights of this exotic country in ten days. Visit the vibrant capital of Phnom Penh and charming Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic ruins
of Angkor. You will take a cruise on beautiful Tonle Sap Lake, explore the wonders of Angkor Wat and visit one of our favourite ‘off-the-tourist-path’ jungle
temples.

DAY 1 DAY 4
phnom penh DAY 3 battambang – phnom Sampeau
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. phnom penh - battambang This morning discover the 11th century Ek Phnom Temple.
In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour in a cyclo with visits to the Depart the capital for the drive to Battambang. Along the way, Inside, you will be able to view some beautiful carvings which
National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. End you will stop at Udong, which is located 40 kilometres northwest are still in remarkably good condition. After lunch, make a visit to
your day with a boat trip as the sun sets over the capital. of Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s Royal Capital from the early 17th Phnom Banan to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding
to 19th centuries, it was abandoned 1866 when King Norodom countryside. Then head to Phnom Sampeau, a natural rocky hill
DAY 2 moved his court to the current capital, Phnom Penh. Continue offering a series of caves to explore. Sadly many of them were
phnom penh on to Kompong Chhnang, where you will make a stop to view used as “killing caves” during the Khmer Rouge period.
This morning, you will visit the genocide museum known as some of the ceramic workshops that the city if famous for. Later
Toul Sleng and the Killing Fields. In the afternoon, visit the in the afternoon you will arrive in the city of Battambang.
Sovann Phum office for a taste of traditional Khmer culture.

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

STAY IN A MONASTERY

A unique overnight tour that includes a visit to the famous


Angkor Wat and accommodation in a local monastery. Meet
the resident monks, learn about Buddhist philosophy and
monastic life and rise early to the sound of drums for a half
day of meditation practice. A truly spiritual experience.

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PHNOM PENH SIEM REAP
SIEM REAP ROLUOS TEMPLE COMPLEX
ANGKOR THOM ANGKOR WAT
TA PROHM ANGKOR THOM
ANGKOR WAT ANGKOR NATIONAL MUSEUM
BANTEAY SREI TRADITIONAL KHMER DANCING
TONLE SAP LAKE BANTEAY SREI
KBAL SPEAN
PREAH KHAN
TONLE SAP LAKE
6 DAYS
BIRDWATCHING

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5 DAYS
HANOI

LAOS

VIETNAM
VIENTIANE
HANOI

LAOS
THAILAND

VIENTIANE

BANGKOK
Angkor
Siem Reap
CAMBODIA THAILAND

PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City


BANGKOK
Angkor
Siem Reap
CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City

luXurIous camBoDIa temples anD WIlDlIFe In anGKor


Combine a tour of the Kingdom’s highlights with luxury accommodation and fine dining. From the bustle of Phnom Penh to the awe-inspiring Temples of Angkor This five day tour of Angkor and its surrounding temples is combined with a fascinating boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake, where you will learn about its unique
and the serenity of the Tonle Sap Lake you are sure to enjoy this luxurious experience. ecosystem and have the opportunity to enjoy some birdwatching in a protected sanctuary. Enjoy lunch with the locals and visit floating villages on the lake. On
your last day, get off the main tourist path with a trip to our favourite hidden jungle temple.

DAY 1 see displays of numerous artifacts and multimedia presentations sanctuary. The rest of the morning is dedicated to bird watching
of Angkorian history and culture. The day ends with a traditional along the waterways, the lakeshore and from the top of the
DAY 1 Fields. In the afternoon, visit the Sovann Phum office for a taste DAY 4 Siem Reap - RoluoS temple CompleX -
of traditional Khmer culture. angKoR wat Apsara dance show, bringing ancient Khmer culture to life watching towers where local rangers guard the colonies. After
phnom penh ta pRohm - angKoR wat - banteay SRei
The first morning is spent visiting the Roluos Temple Complex, in spectacular surroundings while you enjoy the very best in lunch, visit the Tonle Sap’s famous floating villages by community
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rise early and travel in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to visit the
Cambodian cuisine. paddleboat. Discover distinctive aspects of village life here from
In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour in a cyclo with visits to the DAY 3 jungle enveloped temple of Ta Prohm. Next, you will visit the the earliest of the Angkor temples. You will visit its three
principal monuments; Bakong, Preah Ko and Lolei. Afterwards, crocodile farming to the floating schools. Learn about the local
National Museum, the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. End phnom penh – Siem Reap – angKoR magnificent Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around this
enjoy a relaxed lunch in Siem Reap before heading to the DAY 3 Osmose project, which raises environmental awareness among
your day with a boat trip as the sun sets over the capital. thom huge structure and learn about the glories of the Kingdom of
majestic ruins of Angkor Wat, the most famous and best the local population through the environmental education school.
Take a short early morning flight to Siem Reap and transfer to Angkor. Return to the hotel for a late breakfast and a rest. In banteay SRei – Kbal Spean - pReah Khan
preserved of all the Angkor temples. You will have plenty time Rise early to witness a beautiful sunrise over Sra Srang, At the project there are also some beautiful floating gardens and
DAY 2 the hotel. In the afternoon, you will ride in a Buffalo Tours Tuk the afternoon, head to the temple of Banteay Srei or ‘Citadel of
a water hyacinth handicraft workshop.
Tuk to visit Angkor Thom. Continue on to the Bayon Temple, the Women’. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset for a thorough exploration of this huge architectural wonder. At the former Royal pond. After breakfast, you will explore the
phnom penh
the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Palace and the Terrace of from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup. the end of the day, watch the sunset over the jungle from the exquisite Banteay Srei, which roughly translates as “Citadel of
This morning continue your exploration of the capital. You will
the Leper King. top of a centuries-old temple. the Women”. This architectural gem is home to some of the DAY 5
visit the genocide museum known as Toul Sleng and the Killing
finest examples of classical Khmer art. Continue your exploration beng mealea
DAY 5 In the morning, you will be driven to Beng Mealea Temple,
tonle Sap laKe DAY 2 of the area with a visit to Kbal Spean. Commonly referred to as
angKoR thom - angKoR national the ‘River of a Thousand Lingas’, here you can see a beautifully about 70 kilometres from Siem Reap. Beng Mealea is a true
This morning drive in the Buffalo Tours Tuk Tuk to the edge of
muSeum - DinneR DanCe Show carved riverbed. End your day with a visit to Preah Khan, which jungle temple and a must-see for the adventurous. Still largely
Siem Reap. Enjoy a fun buffalo cart ride through the countryside
WHAT’S NEW? Begin your day at the South Gate of Angkor Thom and walk translates as“Sacred Sword”. The structure was originally built submerged in lush vegetation, it is similar in structure and
until you reach Cambodia’s largest freshwater lake; the Tonle
along the ancient city wall to see the lost temple of Prasat as a Buddhist monastery school in the late 12th century. design to Angkor Wat. The rest of the day is at leisure until you
Sap. Board a boat and spend the rest of the morning at one of
THE FOUR RIVERS FLOATING ECO-LODGE Chruong. On the walk you may be lucky enough to spot some are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
the largest floating villages on the lake which is called Kompong
Phluk. In the village you will witness the fascinating daily lives of the birds that make the area their home such as thrushes, DAY 4
Away from the tourist trail there is another country; a land egrets, drongos and warblers. Next, you will start your tonle Sap laKe – biRDwatChing – Note: The paddleboat visit of the village is unavailable at certain
of the local people who live on the water. The rest of the day
of virgin forests, rare orchids and fragrant frangipani, exploration of the centerpiece of this ancient city, the Bayon. floating villageS times of the year when the water level is too low. Generally the
is at leisure.
startling colours and calls of birds of paradise. Relax in an The Bayon is complete with 54 towers decorated with more This full-day ecotour begins early with a drive to the Tonle Sap itinerary can only be run between November and March.
environmentally friendly resort that captures the imagination than 200 enigmatically smiling stone faces. The morning tour Lake. Breakfast is served onboard your boat during a one and a
while offering the luxury and high-end facilities of a four-star
DAY 6 also visits the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Terrace of half hour expedition across the lake and its flooded forest. Your
boutique resort. What better place to relax after a journey DepaRt Siem Reap Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, as well as Ta guide will discuss the ecosystem and habitats of the local flora
through the Kingdom? Spend the morning at leisure until you are transferred to the Prohm Temple which was made famous by the movie Tomb and fauna. After registration at the environmental station, climb
airport for your onward flight. Raider. In the afternoon, visit the Angkor National Museum to aboard a local boat to glide through the waterways into the bird

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KAMPOT BATTAMBANG
BOKOR NATIONAL PARK COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE
TREKKING WAT KOR VILLAGE
POPOK VEL FALLS WAT PHNOM BANAN
RIVER CRUISE PHNOM SAMPEAU
WAT EK PHNOM

3 DAYS
3 DAYS

VIETNAM
HANOI
VIETNAM
HANOI

LAOS

LAOS
VIENTIANE

VIENTIANE

THAILAND

THAILAND

BANGKOK
Angkor
Siem Reap
CAMBODIA BANGKOK

Siem Reap
Battambang CAMBODIA
PHNOM PENH

Bokor
Ho Chi Minh City PHNOM PENH
Kampot

Ho Chi Minh City

JunGle treKKInG on BoKor mountaIn rural BattamBanG


For the truly adventurous, this trip combines trekking in a national park with a gentle river cruise. Along the way, those lucky enough may even spot some of If you are the kind of traveler who likes to get off the beaten track, this rural Cambodia adventure is for you. Battambang is famous for its French colonial
the region’s diverse fauna. architecture, fertile soil and the rubies and garnets mined in the province. Only a three hour drive from Siem Reap and four from Phnom Penh, it is the perfect
side trip. You will see sights most tourists miss and gain a fascinating insight into life in the countryside.

DAY 1 surrounding area. After a late picnic lunch, you will continue to Chou rapids, where you will pause for a picnic lunch break. You DAY 1 optional evening activity is offered on Thursday evenings only. Sampeau, which is a natural rock formation which contains a
Kampot – boKoR mountain ( aRounD 6 the two-tiered Popok Vel Waterfalls. Depending on the weather may like to enjoy a refreshing swim before boarding a boat phnom penh/Siem Reap – battambang – You can assist in a circus show organized by the NGO Phare. series of caves. The area was a former stronghold of the Khmer
oR 7 houRS tReKKing) you may like to take a refreshing dip. On arrival, you will set up for a sunset cruise to Kampot. The cruise departs at around wat KoR CultuRal village The entertaining performance helps poor, handicapped children Rouge and some of the caves were used as “killing caves”. Your
Depart from Kampot and drive to the base of Bokor Mountain. camp for an atmospheric dinner and an overnight stay. 4pm just as local fishermen are departing for their afternoon In the morning, drive to Battambang by private car. After lunch, gain an education and improve their livelihoods. guide will be able to give you a history of the area.
Bokor National Park is located in the Elephant Mountain Range trips to catch some of the crabs that Kampot is famous for. enjoy a walking tour of Battambang which will include visits to
and is one of Cambodia’s largest protected areas. The ruined DAY 3 Also, you will pass by fascinating communities complete with some of the old French Colonial buildings along the river and DAY 2 DAY 3
colonial resort town at the top of the mountain was built by the popoK vel – Kampot ( aRounD 5 houRS floating houses. You will arrive in the pleasant riverside town of a visit to the former Governor’s residence. Just two kilometers battambang - wat phnom banan – phnom battambang – Siem Reap/phnom penh
French in the 1920s as a retreat from the heat of the plains. Kampot in the late evening. The rest of the day is free for you away from Battambang on the Sangker River is the village
tReKKing) Sampeau Spend the morning exploring the Ek Phnom Temple, an 11th
The day is spent trekking through the pristine jungle as you to spend at leisure. of Wat Kor. Here you will gain a fascinating insight into the This morning depart Battambang for a visit to Wat Phnom
Continue trekking through jungle and villages until you make a century Hindu temple built by Suryavarman I. It holds some
make your ascent to the top. Once you reach the summit of the stop at the ‘Hornbill’ cave. After, make a visit to the pretty Teuk Cambodian way of life in the province. Many of the structures in Banan, an 11th century temple built by King Jarvarman VII. beautiful carvings that have remained in remarkably good
mountain in the late afternoon you will have time to explore this the town were constructed in the early 20th century. Locals give Located on top of a 400 metre high hill, the views from the condition. After lunch you will return to Phnom Penh/Siem
fascinating site. You will spend a basic but comfortable night the visitors a short tour of the village and explain some of the temple are simply breathtaking. The next destination is Phnom Reap.
at the Bokor National Park Guesthouse, which is located at the history and show them around a traditional Khmer home. An
ranger station. This evening, enjoy a tasty barbeque dinner and
a chance to reflect on the day’s adventure.
SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
DAY 2
KEP COASTAL GETAWAY
boKoR – popoK vel (aRounD 6 oR 7 HORSE RIDING IN ANGKOR
houRS tReKKing)
Cambodia is much more than just Angkor Wat and
Continue your adventure with a descent through the forest to
Phnom Penh. Kep is a little known treat. Once the Enjoy half hour to half day explorations through Siem
a village known locally as ‘100 rice fields’. The village gets its
premier beach destination in Cambodia, it is now a quiet, Reap’s surrounding countryside and temples on horseback.
name from the view of the surrounding rice paddies from an
laid-back seaside town compared to the more touristy The experience is great for individuals or families, as
opening in a nearby cave. Even though you would be extremely
Sihanoukville. Easily reached by a four hour drive from there are horses suitable for all experience levels from
lucky to see any large animals, the National Park is an important
Phnom Penh, Kep is scenic in a rugged way, with a placid ponies that are suitable for first time riders through
nature reserve with large mammals and many bird species.
short stretch of sand surrounded by mangrove forests to young lively geldings for experienced riders. Most of
However, you will be rewarded with some fantastic views of the
and rocky coastal areas. You can even take a boat trip the horses are one hundred percent Cambodian bred. The
to Rabbit Island, where the white sand beaches make ranch does their best to ensure you are given a horse that
an ideal location for snorkeling or simply lazing on the is most suited to your experience.
beach.

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DAY 5 DAY 9
BANGKOK bangKoK CooKing ClaSS Khao yai – Koh Samet
PAK KLONG TALAD MARKET Today you will learn how to prepare and cook four different Thai Leave the hills for the six hour drive to the beach. On arrival at
COOKING CLASS dishes and enjoy your creations. Rayong Pier take a short boat transfer to Samet Island.
BANG PA IN
KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK DAY 6 DAY 10-11
KOH SAMET bangKoK CooKing ClaSS Koh Samet
The day will be spent learning how to cook more delicious Spend two days on this tropical paradise soaking up the sun,
cuisine and in the afternoon you will have a fruit carving swimming in the clear waters and dining on mouth watering
13 DAYS demonstration. seafood.

VIETNAM
HANOI
DAY 7 DAY 12
LAOS
bangKoK – Khao yai Koh Samet – bangKoK
Head north to the former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya, stopping Transfer by boat and vehicle back to Bangkok.
VIENTIANE off at Bang Pa-In Summer Palace to wander around the beautiful
gardens. In Ayutthaya, soak up the ruins of magnificent temples DAY 13
and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue east to Khao Yai DepaRt bangKoK
THAILAND
National Park to visit Khao Yai Winery, one of Thailand’s largest The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
BANGKOK
Khao Yai vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour of the estate with a chance your onward flight.
CAMBODIA
for some wine tasting. In the late afternoon, transfer to your
Koh Chang
nearby hotel.
SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
PHNOM PENH

DAY 8
Ho Chi Minh City

Khao yai OVERNIGHT HOMESTAY - AMPHAWA


Spend the day in the beautiful National Park hiking on an
easy trail observing macaques, gibbons, several subspecies of Travel two hours south of Bangkok to a region lush with
rare hornbills and many other birds, insects, reptiles, orchids coconut plantations and dotted with old wooden houses.
and ferns. Cool off at a stunning waterfall and admire the Canals link the community together, and the locals prefer
magnificent views over Khao Yai. Continue to a bat cave before to get around by rowboat rather than by road. Catch a
feasting on a delicious dinner. After dinner, set out on a night glimpse of the heart of this authentic Thai village by
drive through the forest to try and spot elephants, deer, civets, staying overnight with a family in their traditional house.
porcupine and other wildlife. Participate in the daily early-morning ritual of alms giving
to monks and explore floating markets.

thaIlanD culInarY aDVenture


This gastronomic adventure in one of the best culinary countries in the world will leave your mouth watering and your taste buds tingling for Thai food forever. At
the end of this experience you will be masters of Thai cuisine as we have included cooking classes at one of the Kingdom’s best cooking schools . Your expert
guides will take you to markets to try obscure foods, guide you around vineyards for wine tasting and help spot animals in Khao Yai National Park. Top off your
holiday on the beautiful island of Koh Samet and the chance to feast on fresh seafood.

DAY 1
bangKoK DAY 3 DAY 4
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. bangKoK bangKoK CooKing ClaSS
The rest of the day is at leisure. Thailand is famous for its markets and today your senses will Today is the first day of your three day gastronomic cooking
come alive as you explore Bangkok’s best markets. Spend the class at the famous Blue Elephant Cooking School, housed in
DAY 2 morning taking in Pak Klong Talad, the city’s biggest flower a charming neo-colonial building in the heart of the city. Begin
bangKoK market. Continue to Chinatown to weave through the tiny the day by visiting Bang Rak morning market where you will
Spend the day exploring Bangkok’s magnificent temples networks of streets before enjoying lunch. If you catch Bangkok learn about the use of Thai fruits, vegetables and spices. The
including the Grand Palace and Wat Po. Cruise on a private at the weekend you will visit Chatuchak Weekend Market that rest of the morning is spent in the classroom and the kitchen
boat through the klongs (canals) to witness local river life. In the boasts over 9,000 booths selling everything under the sun and a with hands on instruction from their top chefs. For lunch enjoy
evening enjoy dinner with Thai music and dancing. great place to try some weird and wonderful food. Afterwards, the fruits of your labour. The afternoon is free for you to relax
head over the road to Aw Taw Kaw Market which is famous for at your own leisure.
its seafood and fruit.

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

DELUXE ISAAN MEKONG CRUISE ADVENTURE

Cruise down the mighty Mekong River whilst experiencing the rarely visited region of Isaan. The fourteen well-
appointed cabins and wide open decks of this large boutique Mekong cruise ship provide many opportunities to simply
enjoy views of the region’s natural beauty. However, the vessel is also a perfect base for day trips so that you can
experience the ancient seasonal rhythms of rural life. Although the poorest part of the Kingdom, Isaan retains strong
traditions while at the same time the visitor can see the cultural hybrids that flourish alongside them. Briefings from
your cruise director & local guides on daily excursions give context and perspective.

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forests and head to the paradise of Krabi.
BANGKOK DAY 5
COOKING CLASS elephant hillS DAY 8-10
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK Early morning transfer to the Elephant Camp where you will KRabi
ELEPHANT CAMP not only see these magnificent beasts, but get a chance to After breakfast, you are free to enjoy the clear waters of the
KRABI touch and learn more about them. Your guide will explain the Andaman Sea. A variety of sea and land based activities are
role of the Mahout, the person that trains and takes care of available for those who wish to explore more than the beach.
the elephants. You can then choose between an Elephant
12 DAYSVIETNAM
Experience where you will interact with the elephants and learn DAY 11
HANOI the secrets of Mahouts including feeding, scrubbing, cleaning KRabi - bangKoK
LAOS and watching them bathe. The other option is an elephant back In the afternoon fly from Krabi to Bangkok for an overnight
ride amongst beautiful limestone karst mountains to experience stay, where you may have the chance to do some last minute
VIENTIANE
the differing ecological niches in this part of the world. After its shopping.
time for a well deserved lunch followed by a jungle river canoe
trip down the Sok River where you can experience a world that
THAILAND DAY 12
Pakse
has changed little in thousands of years from the safety of your
DepaRt bangKoK
canoe. In the evening enjoy a delicious Thai dinner.
You will be transferred to Bangkok airport for your onward
BANGKOK
Siem Reap

CAMBODIA
Tonle Sap Lake
journey.
PHNOM PENH
DAY 6
Ho Chi Minh City
elephant hillS
Today is exploration day. Board a local boat and visit a nearby
SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
incredible lake that very few have heard of, let alone visited.
Khao Sok

Krabi

Surrounded by limestone cliffs covered in tropical rainforest this


LANIJA ECOLODGE RETREAT – CHIANG
lake is home to over one hundred or so islands. There will be
RAI
ample chance for swimming if you wish. After a relaxing day at
the lake return to the camp for dinner.
Extend your Thailand experience with a stay at a
traditional Hmong-style lodge. Get off the beaten track
DAY 7 and closer to the inhabitants in this rugged, mountainous
elephant hillS - KRabi area of Northern Thailand. Trek through the stunning
Enjoy a hearty breakfast to prepare yourself for today’s amble scenery and learn about the local communities and their
through the jungle on foot to get closer to the sights and customs. This community-owned eco-friendly lodge is
sounds of the forest. You will learn about the different trees, designed to improve the livelihoods of local villagers and
birds, gibbons and monkeys. Weather permitting lunch will be promote community-based tourism.
served in the rainforest cooked in bamboo, a tradition of jungle
explorers for centuries past. In the afternoon leave the magical

elephants anD Beaches


This adventure is designed for families, elephant lovers or anyone looking to combine nature and beaches in Thailand away from the crowds. Start your journey
in Bangkok before heading south for an elephant experience of a lifetime where you will explore magnificent lakes and jungle by elephant, boat and on foot.
When this all seems too much, enjoy some relaxation on one of the Kingdom’s finest beaches.

DAY 1
enjoying an exciting Tuk Tuk ride to Baan Baat. Visit Wat Suthat DAY 4
and the Giant Swing. For lunch, sample delicious Thai cuisine bangKoK – elephant hillS
bangKoK
before visiting The Siam Discovery Museum. Relax back at Take an early morning flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani. Start
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
your hotel before dinner and a cultural show at Siam Niramit, your four day adventure with a scenic drive glimpsing rural
The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure in
followed by a ‘Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom’ show. life in southern Thailand before boarding a dinghy to navigate
this bustling city.
through the small channels spotting the plentiful birds found in
DAY 3 this region. Follow the coast then board a traditional Burmese
DAY 2 bangKoK CooKing SChool junk where you’ll feast on delicious Thai cuisine. The afternoon is
bangKoK spent on a deserted beach where you can swim, relax or paddle
Roll up your sleeves, don your apron and get ready for some
After breakfast explore the golden, glittering temples at a canoe with the mangroves and banyan trees as a backdrop.
fun. Today will be spent at a local cooking school creating a
Bangkok’s most famous landmark, the Grand Palace. Walk Late afternoon bid farewell to the boat and transfer to Elephant
full traditional Thai meal. At the end you can enjoy the fruits
up to Wat Sraked for panoramic views of Old Bangkok before Hills in Khao Sok, your home for the next few days.
of your labour.

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

SAILING IN THE ANDAMAN SEA

Set sail on a beautiful 38 foot catamaran and explore the secluded beaches, hidden caves and serenity of
Phang Nga Bay. Snorkel amongst brightly coloured fish and kayak into mysterious grottos. Alternatively,
simply sip a gin and tonic as the sun goes down over this magnificent bay. Dine under the stars in the
saloon using the unique retractable cabriolet roof or relocate the dining table to the cockpit for alfresco
dining. Watch the sunset over the forested islands in complete peace as the waves lap against the bow
of the boat. Explore rarely visited areas on kayaks and buy freshly caught seafood from the locals. Stay
in Maya Bay, where the Beach was filmed, after the crowds have left and enjoy a dip in the crystal
clear waters of the Andaman Sea.

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and culture experience awaits you.
BANGKOK DAY 5
BANG PA IN Khao yai national paRK DAY 9 - 11
KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK Today stretch your legs with a five kilometre leisurely hike hua hin
NAKORN PATHOM through one of the most scenic trails in the park. Your guide will Spend the next three days in Hua Hin, where you can relax on
HUA HIN help you to spot pig-tail monkeys and great hornbills, as well the beach or enjoy the facilities in and around the hotel.
as some of the other amazing wildlife that can be found. Next,
enjoy some time to cool off at Heiw Sawat Waterfall before DAY 12
13 DAYS heading back to your hotel for dinner. After dinner, head out on hua hin – bangKoK
a night safari drive to search for Indian civet cats, porcupines, In the afternoon head back to Bangkok, where you can spend
VIETNAM
HANOI
deer, wild dog and wild elephants. your last evening exploring at your own leisure.
LAOS

VIENTIANE
DAY 6 DAY 13
Khao yai – naKoRn pathom DepaRt bangKoK
After breakfast travel west to The Rose Garden Riverside Hotel. The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
THAILAND Arrive in the afternoon to enjoy a spectacular cultural show at your onward journey.
Khao Yai
a theatre that is a replica of a typical village, complete with
Thai houses. The lively animated show highlights traditions and
BANGKOK

Nakorn Pathom
CAMBODIA SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...
Hua Hin representations of Thai life. The show finishes with an energetic
PHNOM PENH
combination of dances from Thailand’s four main regions - TUSCANY IN THAILAND
Ho Chi Minh City
including the skilful and rhythmic North-eastern Bamboo Dance.
The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Enjoy a stay at the luxurious Kirimaya Resort in Khao Yai
National Park, just two hours drive northeast of Bangkok.
DAY 7 The resort boasts innovatively designed tented villas,
naKoRn pathom – hua hin superb spa facilities and a Jack Nicklaus golf course.
Leave The Rose Garden Riverside Hotel and head south to the The national park itself is the second largest in Thailand.
beautiful beach town of Hua Hin. If the jungle is not for you then pay a visit to a nearby
Tuscan-style village. Stroll along cobblestone streets
DAY 8 lined with gourmet food shops, cafes and art galleries. To
hua hin add to the Italian flavour a number of wine estates have
After breakfast, set off on a unique excursion to the mountain also cropped up including PB Valley, GranMonte and
range between Thailand and Myanmar, where a half day nature Village Farm. Indeed the region’s wines are regarded
among the best in the country.

nature anD FamIlY aDVenture


Designed for families, but suitable for anyone, this adventure takes in culture, nature and beaches. After an action packed time in Bangkok, take in the ruins at
Auytthaya before heading to Khao Yai National Park. Here, your guide will take you on an exploration through the forests in search of the many animals that can
be found. End your journey at Hua Hin and a chance to relax on the beach.

DAY 1 returning to the hotel to get ready for the evening continue your explore at your own leisure.
bangKoK adventure with a trip to Siam Niramit for dinner and a cultural
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. show, which is called ‘Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of DAY 4
The rest of the day is at leisure. Thailand’. bangKoK – Khao yai
Head north to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Kingdom,
DAY 2 DAY 3 stopping off at Bang Pa-In to explore the European and Thai
bangKoK bangKoK architecture in the lush gardens. In Ayutthaya you will explore
Enjoy a guided tour of the Grand Palace and marvel at its Take to the saddle for a morning’s cycle in the countryside near the magnificent ruins of temples that date back several hundreds
magnificent temples before boarding your private long tail Bangkok. This easy ride takes you along small pathways, past years. After a delicious lunch, continue your journey north east to
boat to explore the small canals and witness local river life in temples, schools, local villages and a delightful floating market. Khao Yai National Park where you will stay for the night..
Bangkok. Taste some local Thai cuisine before boarding a public You will visit an incense workshop and an old temple before
canal boat through the city’s canal to Siam Ocean World. After enjoying scrumptious local food. The afternoon is free for you to

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SOUTHERN THAILAND ELEPHANT AND COMMUNITY TOURISM ADVENTURE

This is perfect for any family wanting to do something a bit different in Thailand. The experience incorporates
spending time with a local Thai family, learning how to cook Thai specialities and learning how to make selected Thai
handicrafts. The highlight of this adventure may well be the chance to spend time with the elephants. However, there
is something for everyone with jungle trekking and speedboat trips to the surrounding islands also on offer.

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chance to meet Asian Elephants. See, touch and learn about
PHUKET the life of Thai elephants as well as helping prepare their daily
KURABURI VILLAGE meal. After lunch, take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok
ELEPHANT CAMP River. Drift along the jungle river to a world that has changed
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK little in thousands of years. Return to the comfort of your tented
KRABI camp for an evening in the forest.

DAY 5
12 DAYS
VIETNAM
Khao SoK
HANOI
In the morning take a boat to explore an extraordinary lake
LAOS
which is home to over one hundred islands, and is over 60
kilometres from north to south. Have lunch on the boat and take
a swim in the cool waters if you please. In the late afternoon
VIENTIANE

return to Elephant Hills for dinner.


THAILAND

DAY 6
BANGKOK

Khao SoK – KRabi


CAMBODIA
Today, you have an opportunity to explore the ecology of the
rainforest. Colourful birds such as the hornbill forage high in the
PHNOM PENH

Ho Chi Minh City


canopy, gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates and
Khao Sok
you might see a macaque or a leaf monkey swinging through
Phuket Krabi the branches. Weather permitting; lunch will be served in the
rainforest cooked in bamboo, a tradition of jungle explorers for
centuries past. In the afternoon, you will return to Elephant Hills,
then continue on to Krabi. peninsula, inaccessible by car, where you sunbathe, swim, take sunning yourself, snorkeling in the sea and making the most
photos and explore the beautiful scenery. You will visit some out of this glorious part of Thailand.
DAY 7 islands and have a chance to snorkel in the calm, crystal clear
KRabi waters. After lunch, return to your hotel for an evening free at DAY 12
Enjoy a day of doing nothing on one of the world’s most scenic leisure. DepaRt KRabi
beaches or exploring the shops of Krabi Town. The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
DAY 9 - 11 your onward flight.
DAY 8 KRabi
KRabi Spend the next three days in beautiful Krabi, one of the finest
Take a speedboat to Phra Nang Cave Beach on a secluded beach destinations for families in Thailand. Spend your days

communItY anD WIlDlIFe eXperIence


Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the ‘Land of Smiles’ with your family. Working with a charity that focuses on sustainable tourism development and
environmental awareness, you will spend two days learning more about Thai life by living among the locals. Follow this with an exciting elephant experience in
Khao Sok National Park where you will spend a few days exploring the forests and lakes. Finish your holiday in Krabi, home to some of Thailand’s best beaches
and resorts.

DAY 1 the beach and the site of the pre-tsunami village. Return to Ban using natural ingredients from the local area. Return to your
phuKet Talae Nok to meet your host family, then, enjoy a walking tour of homestay to help prepare lunch and learn how traditional Thai
You will be greeted at the airport and then driven north for the village before eating lunch. In the afternoon, learn the art of dishes are made. It is then time to say goodbye to your host
about 3 hours to Kuraburi. The rest of the day is free for you Nipa Palm weaving followed by some time on the beach. In the family (if you prefer to spend a few nights longer, we can
to explore. evening, return to your host family for a delicious Thai dinner. arrange it) and return to the local office. The evening will be
spent in Kuraburi Town.
DAY 2 DAY 3
KuRabuRi - Community village Community village eXpeRienCe – DAY 4
eXpeRienCe KuRabuRi KuRabuRi – Khao SoK
In the morning, your guide will take you to Ban Talae Nok, a Enjoy breakfast with your host family. Spend the morning Drive inland to Elephant Hills Camp in Khao Sok for a three
local village that will be your home for the next two days. Visit learning how to make soap with the local Soap Cooperative, day adventure. In the morning you will have a once-in-a-lifetime

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

HOUSEBOAT LAKE SAFARI

Off the beaten track and nestled in the mountains next to Burma is Khao Laem Lake, home of the Lake Safari houseboat.
Cast off from a tiny scenic fishing village and slowly cruise past hundreds of islands, rainforests and mountain landscapes.
An on-board Thai cook provides delicious local cuisine whilst guests can swim, kayak or relax on the spacious outdoor
deck as dramatic scenery rolls past.

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souvenirs and witness local life in this province before visiting
Khon Kaen
BANGKOK Chateau de Loei Winery and Vineyard for some wine tasting.
This morning visit Ban Kho Sa Nga to learn about traditional
KHON KAEN
medicines and why king cobras are kept in each house.
UDON THANI
Continue to Non Mueang Ancient Town where archaeologists DAY 9
LOEI Dan Sai
found evidence of human settlement dating back 2,500 years.
PAK CHOM This morning, make a visit to Phra That Sri Song Rak Pagoda
Continue on to Phu Wiang National Park where in 1976 a
DAN SAI and Wat Neramitt Vipatsana, where you will gain a deep
uranium survey discovered a piece of fossil which was declared
PHITSANULOK understanding of local religious life. Wat Neramitt Vipatsana sits
to be the left knee of a dinosaur.
majestically on a hillside with views over Phra That Sri Song
Rak. The beautiful hall and pagoda were both constructed of
DAY 6
laterite and were the products of the imagination of monks and
13 DAYS Khon Kaen – uDon thani
novices. Afterwards, return for an afternoon free at leisure.
An early morning drive takes you to Udon Thani. Once checked
into your hotel spend the rest of the morning at Ban Chiang
VIETNAM National Museum which exhibits artefacts from 4,000 – 7,000 DAY 10
HANOI

years ago. The museum also houses the Fine Arts Department Dan Sai – phitSanuloK
Today you will visit the historical battlefield site at Phu Hin
LAOS
which dispays earthenware pots and other items that were
buried along with the dead. Rong Kla National Park. For those wanting to have a swim,
there are also some beautiful waterfalls in the National Park.
VIENTIANE

The afternoon and evening is spent in Phitsanulok. Dinner this


Dansai Loei Udon Thani

DAY 7
Phitsanulok

THAILAND Khon Kaen


evening is at the riverfront and your transport will be local
uDon thani – loei
rickshaws.
Continue your journey to Nong Khai, stopping off on the way to
BANGKOK

CAMBODIA visit Ban Na Kha which is a centre for cotton and silk trading.
Then visit Sadet Market and Sala Keaw Ku, an open museum DAY 11
PHNOM PENH

with religious statues. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the phitSanuloK


Explore this fascinating town taking in temples, markets,
Ho Chi Minh City

afternoon visit Phu Phra Bat Historical Park which contains a


large number of ancient buildings and objects. Continue to Pak local villages, a bronze image casting workshop and a folklore
Chom District in Loei Province. museum.

DAY 8 DAY 12
paK Chom – Dan Sai DepaRt phitSanuloK - bangKoK
Today, make a visit to Phu Rua National Park. The park boasts The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
spectacular viewpoints, waterfalls, rock gardens and caves. your onward flight.
Continue to Ban Nong Bong Plant Market to pick up some

BoutIque Isaan – unDIscoVereD thaIlanD


For those with an interest in archaeology and anthropology that want to explore remote areas of Thailand, this itinerary has it all. Explore Bangkok and head to
Isaan, where you will visit National Parks, wander around deserted temples, explore colourful markets and learn about the history of human settlement in the
region.

DAY 1 The day incorporates a visit to Wat Pho, the magnificent Grand DAY 4
bangKoK Palace, Jim Thompson’s House and Museum, among other bangKoK – Khon Kaen
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. sights. In the afternoon you will visit Siam Square, a mecca Take an early morning flight to Khon Kaen, where your guide will
Relax and recuperate with a one hour traditional Thai massage for shopping. meet you and take you to your hotel. In the afternoon take in the
before dining on one of Bangkok’s best river cruises, as you main sights to learn more about this region of Thailand, where
soak up the skyline. DAY 3 the world’s first Bronze Age civilization was believed to have
bangKoK flourished over 5,000 years ago. Visit the National Museum,
DAY 2 Today is free for you to continue your exploration of this fabulous Hong Mun Mang and the Khon Kaen City Museum. Continue to
bangKoK city at your own leisure. Phra That Kham Kaen, which roughly translates as ‘the Stupa of
Spend the day with your guide navigating Bangkok by different Tamarind Heartwood’ before returning to your hotel.
means of public transport, from boats, to tuk tuks to sky trains.

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

ISAAN CULTURAL IMMERSION

Travel back in time and follow Khmer Emperor Jayavarman VIII’s “Royal Road to Phi Mai”; visiting three of the best
examples of Khmer Temple architecture in Thailand. Enjoy the variety of Isaan delicacies, in markets and selected local
restaurants, while getting a feel for contemporary life in the Thai countryside. Meet the Suay Tribal people and ride one of
their elephants. Shop until your heart’s content for great value local textiles and silver. Explore the sacred cliff site above
the Mekong River where pre-historic peoples painted graphic depictions of fish, elephants and scenes from daily life. Then
cruise the Mighty Mekong River in a local boat as you head towards the town of Khong Jiam.

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RECOMMENDED HOTELS

BANgKOK

paRK plaZa SuKhumvit the Siam heRitage anataRa golDen tRiangle ReSoRt & Spa
- Superior - Superior - Deluxe
16 Rachadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok, Thailand 115/1 Surawong Road, Khet Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand 229 Moo 1, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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HuA HIN PHuKET

thaIlanD
resorts & Beaches
the SuKhothai bangKoK hua hin maRRiott ReSoRt & Spa CouRtyaRD by maRRiott phuKet at
- Deluxe - Deluxe patong beaCh
13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand 107/1 Phetkasem Beach Road, Hua Hin, Thailand - Superior
www.sukhothaihotel.com www.marriott.com 48 Ruam Jai Road, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand
www.phuket.com/courtyard-patong/
Justifiably famous for its beach resorts, for many a visit to the Kingdom is about sand and sea. Visitors are attracted to the Thailand’s many white sand beaches, stunning limestone
rock vistas and crystal-clear waters. What follows is just a short selection of our favourite resorts and destinations.

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KRabi la playa ReSoRt phuKet Samaya buRa, Koh Samui


Thailand’s largest island offers the visitor palm fringed
beaches, beautiful limestone karst scenery and clear blue
waters. Diving, sailing and fishing trips are available in
bangKoK maRRiott ReSoRt & Spa - SheRaton hua hin ReSoRt& Spa CouRtyaRD by maRRiott phuKet at
abundance, but if you are seeking less activity, Phuket’s
Deluxe - Deluxe Kamala beaCh
stunning beaches will keep you occupied.
257 Charoennakorn Road, Samrae Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand 1573 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Thailand - Superior
www.marriott.com www.starwoodhotels.com 100/10 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, Phuket, Thailand
BEST TIME TO GO
www.phuket.com/courtyard-kamala/
November to April. Phuket has two main seasons, although
it is hot all year round. November to April is mainly dry, CHIANg MAI KOH SAMuI
whilst May to October is wet. However, it is unusual for it to
rain constantly for more that two to three days.

KRabi Koh Samui RembRanDt hotel Ratilanna RiveRSiDe Spa ReSoRt RoCKy’S boutiQue ReSoRt
The beaches around Krabi are some of the most beautiful Until relatively recently, the island used to only offer
the paRaDiSe Koh yao boutiQue - Superior - Deluxe - Superior
in the country. The province is famous for its looming accommodation in beach huts. However, over the past few
beaCh ReSoRt & Spa 19 Sukhumvit, Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toei, Bangkok, 33 Changklan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand T Maret Amphur, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand
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kayaking in tranquil bays to scuba diving in pristine coral CHIANg RAI KANCHANABuRI
reefs. BEST TIME TO GO
The best time to go is between December and August. The
beSt time to go ‘dry season’ falls between December and February
November to April. Krabi has two main seasons, although
it is hot all year round. November to April is mainly dry,
whilst May to October is wet. However, it is unusual for it
to rain constantly for more than two to three days.

Salil hotel SuKhumvit le meRiDien Chiang Rai ReSoRt miDa ReSoRt


- Superior - Deluxe - Superior
44/14-17, Sukhumvit Soi 53 (Paidee-Madee), Kwang Klongton, 221/2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road, Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Ladya Sri Sawad Road, Amphur Muang, Kanchanaburi,
Khet Wattana Bangkok, Thailand Muang, Chiang Rai, Thailand Thailand
www.salilhotel.com www.lemeridien.com/chiangrai

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multI
CHIANG RAI
CHIANG KHONG
PAK BENG
PAK OU CAVES
LUANG PRABANG

countrY 5 DAYS

V IE TN AM

At Buffalo Tours we believe the region of Indochina and Thailand is one of the most enthralling in the
HANOI

world. If you want to experience more than just one country then why not consider a trip which visits
Luang Prabang
Pak Beng
L AO S

multiple countries? Travel in style across Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam with a customised
Chiang Rai

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tour that fully meets your needs and allows you to experience more of these fantastic countries.

www.buffalotours.com THAIL AN D

BANGKOK
Siem Reap

CAM B O D IA

PHNOM PENH
Ho Chi Minh
City

northern thaIlanD anD laos cruIse


As an alternative to flying, why not consider a relaxing cruise between Northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai and Luang Prabang in Laos? This cruise down the mighty
Mekong provides a tranquil alternative to flying. The cruise ends in the peaceful town of Luang Prabang, nestled in the jungle covered mountains of Northern
Laos.

DAY 1 DAY 3 Heritage title with a privately guided tour around this gem of a
bangKoK – Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong town. Cool off in the Kuang Si waterfalls, with cascading tiers
paK beng – luang pRabang
Upon arrival in Chiang Rai visit a local ethnic minority village, of crystal blue water splashing down several feet into a series
The following morning visit Pak Beng market, where people
the Golden Triangle and the fascinating Opium Museum. of pools. Participate in a cooking class including a shopping
from surrounding villages exchange their goods, then board
Overnight in Chiang Khong. visit to the vibrant Phou Si Market to select ingredients. Create
a boat for the second leg of the cruise. Journey to Pak Ou
your Laotian dishes under a sunroof in the garden and enjoy
Village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River. Explore the Pak Ou
your creations.
DAY 2 caves containing over a 1000 Buddha images of all sizes and
Chiang Khong – paK beng shapes and observe the traditional process of producing local
Rise early the following morning to reach the border and cross rice, which is creatively referred to as ‘Lao Lao’. You will arrive DAY 5
into Laos for a Mekong cruise to Pak Beng. Stop for a picnic in Luang Prabang in the afternoon. DepaRt luang pRabang
The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
lunch on the riverbank and visit to an ethnic minority village
your onward flight.
along the way. DAY 4
luang pRabang
Note: Occasional low water levels in the Mekong can affect
Understand why Luang Prabang deserves its UNESCO World
cruise departures.

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handicraft villages or experience a cooking class in a beautiful Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples.
HANOI villa on the banks of the river. The afternoon is free to relax on
HALONG BAY the beach or take advantage of the many tailor shops. DAY 10 -11
HOI AN Siem Reap – templeS of angKoR
HO CHI MINH CITY DAY 6 Spend the next two days exploring the Angkor temples.
CU CHI hoi an – ho Chi minh City Each displays individual and unique architecture. Witness the
MEKONG DELTA From Hoi An take a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City, the splendour of these magnificent creations, with a surprise around
SIEM REAP cosmopolitan heart of Vietnam. Soak up the exotic atmosphere every corner.
PHNOM PENH of this frenetic city with a guided tour of the main highlights. In
VIENTIANE the evening enjoy a dinner cruise on the Saigon River. DAY 12
LUANG PRABANG
Siem Reap – phnom penh
DAY 7 Fly to the capital, Phnom Penh and enjoy an afternoon city tour
ho Chi minh City – Cao Dai temple - of the main sites.
16 DAYS Cu Chi tunnelS
This morning you will make a visit to the fascinating Cao Dai DAY 13
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Temple, home to a unique religion. From the temple continue phnom penh - vientiane
HANOI
Ha long bay on to the infamous Cu Chi tunnels before returning to the city Bid farewell to Cambodia and fly to Vientiane. Enjoy a city tour
Luang Prabang
for a free afternoon. taking in some of the main sights and watch the sunset over
LAOS

Chiang Mai VIENTIANE


the Mekong River.
DAY 8
meKong Delta DAY 14
THAILAND Hoi An Today depart Ho Chi Minh City for the Mekong Delta. Enjoy vientiane - luang pRabang
a full day trip that includes a cruise in a traditional sampan, Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, set
BANGKOK
Siem Reap
with stops at interesting sights along the way. Enjoy lunch at a amongst forested mountains and dotted with golden temples
French villa on the banks of the river before returning to Saigon
CAMBODIA
that are home to saffron robed monks. This afternoon you will
PHNOM PENH
Cu Chi in the late afternoon. enjoy a historic walking tour of this quaint town.
Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong

DAY 9
Delta

DAY 15
ho Chi minh City – Siem Reap – templeS luang pRabang DAY 16
of angKoR If you wish, rise early for the silent morning procession of monks DepaRt luang pRabang
Fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia, your base for the next three collecting alms. Later in the morning enjoy a boat cruise on the Spend the morning at leisure before you are transferred to the
days. Spend the afternoon visiting the amazing and awe- Mekong River to the holy caves of Pak Ou. In the afternoon you airport for your onward flight.
inspiring temples of Angkor. There will be plenty of time to tour may wish to visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will be
well and truly relaxed after spending time in Luang Prabang,
the perfect place to end your Indochina tour.

hIGhlIGhts oF InDochIna
Experience a sixteen day Classic Indochina highlights tour encompassing the very best of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Travel south through Vietnam from
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, before crossing into Cambodia to discover the majestic Angkor Wat complex and the capital Phnom Penh. The trip ends in magical
Laos, with stays in laid-back Vientiane and Luang Prabang - the spiritual capital of this beautiful country.

DAY 1 DAY 4
hanoi DAY 3 halong bay – hoi an
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel hanoi – halong bay Rise early for a swim and enjoy lunch as you cruise back to
for a two night stay in this fascinating city. The following morning depart for Halong Bay, around a four the harbour. Then drive to Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport for a late
hour drive from Hanoi. You are sure to enjoy an overnight cruise afternoon flight to Danang, which is located on the central
DAY 2 on a traditional junk through the thousands of limestone islands. coast. You will be greeted on arrival and transferred to the
Visit caves and floating fishing villages, go kayaking in secluded charming town of Hoi An.
hanoi
lagoons and swim during the summer months.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi, also known as the “Paris of
the East.” Having celebrated its 1000 year anniversary in 2010, DAY 5
the city has rich and fascinating history. A traditional cyclo tour hoi an
through the narrow, ancient streets of the exotic Old Quarter is Enjoy a guided walking tour of Hoi An town to orient yourself
a great way to soak up the sights and sounds. with its quaint streets. Take a short boat trip to visit local

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DAY 6 DAY 9
PAKSE ban lung - viRaChey national paRK – RatanaKiRi - KRatie
TAD FANE FALLS voen Sai - yeaK loam laKe Depart Banlung for the journey to Kratie, which is located on
4000 ISLANDS This morning travel to Virachey National Park where, if you are the banks of the Mekong River. On arrival make the short trip
RATANAKIRI lucky, you will see some of Cambodia’s wildlife. Later on make by sampan to Koh Trong Island. Here you will stay overnight in
VIRACHEY NATIONAL PARK the trip to Voen Sai, one of the largest villages in the area. In this friendly riverside community.
ELEPHANT RIDE the settlement you can see three different ethnic groups living
KRATIE together; Khmer, Chinese and Lao. Continue with a walk to DAY 10
DOLPHIN SPOTTING the huge natural volcanic lake in the protected area of Yeak KRatie - CyCling aRounD the iSlanD -
PHNOM PENH Loam and enjoy the rest of the day swimming in the pleasant DolphinS at Kampi
waters. This morning you are able to cycle around the village, where you
will meet the locals and learn about a community development
12 DAYS DAY 7 project. After lunch, you may be lucky enough to spot the rare
ban lung - boRKeo – anDong meaS Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins that make this stretch of river
VIETNAM Travel to Borkeo and explore the ethnic minority villages Cha their home.
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Rai and Tampoun. Continue with a visit to one of the region’s
active Gem mines. Next, head to Andong Meas where you will DAY 11
Luang Prabang

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Chiang Mai
visit some fascinating ethnic minority communities. Afterwards, KRatie - phnom penh
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go on a forty minute boat ride to visit a cemetery of one of Depart from Kratie and travel through the beautiful countryside
the region’s ethnic groups. There, you will learn about the before reaching the settlement of Kompong Cham. Just outside
T H A IL A N D fascinating funeral culture of the area’s inhabitants which has the town is the kitsch temple of Wat Nokor. Enjoy a guided tour
continued through the generations.
Pakse

of the structure before continuing on to Phnom Penh, where you


BANGKOK
will spend the night.
Ratanakiri
CA M B O D I A
Stung Treng

Kratie DAY 8
DAY 12
PHNOM PENH
Ho Chi Minh
City
Katieng - elephant RiDe
This morning make the journey to Katieng Waterfall, before DepaRt phnom penh
continuing on to Lumphat where you will begin a fun elephant The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
ride through the surrounding villages. The rest of the afternoon your onward flight.
is dedicated to exploring the nearby villages. You will arrive
back in Ban Lung in the early afternoon. The rest of the day
is at leisure.

unDIscoVereD laos anD camBoDIa


Get well and truly ‘off the beaten track’ in these two fascinating countries. Instead of flying between the major destinations, why not travel overland and cross the
border near the 4000 islands area of the Mekong? After discovering ancient Khmer temples in southern Laos venture to remote Ratanakiri province in north-
eastern Cambodia. Enter a world of mountains, elephants and ethnic minorities before ending your adventure in Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom.

DAY 1 DAY 3 cruise through this tropical paradise to the largest waterfalls
paKSe taD fane – 4000 iSlanDS in Asia; Khone Phapeng and Li Phi Falls. If you are lucky, you
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Drive south to the famous UNESCO-protected Khmer Temple might see some of the 50-100 Irrawaddy (freshwater) dolphins
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for complex of Wat Phou. Afterwards, continue your adventure that make the 4000 Islands their home.
the rest of the day. with an elephant ride to some mysterious ruins. Later in the
day, travel to the 4000 Islands area where you will spend the DAY 5
DAY 2 night. 4000 iSlanDS – RatanaKiRi
Upon arrival at the border, you will be greeted and transferred
paKSe – taD fane
Spend the day venturing up onto the beautiful Bolaven Plateau DAY 4 to Ratanakiri Province. The journey to the town of Ban Lung will
take most of the day. Here you will stay for the night.
for a look at another side of Laos. Coffee and Tea plantations 4000 iSlanDS
abound, so enjoy a tasting whilst you are here. Then it is The section of the Mekong River that runs through southern
onward to visit the towering ribbon-like Tad Fane waterfall and Laos boasts thousands of tiny islands. This morning, you will
the chance to trek through the area.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
RECOMMENDATION green
CHEUNG KOK ECOTOURISM VILLAGE - KOMPONG
CHAM

Developed with the assistance of a foreign Non-Governmental Organisation,


this project helps villagers to earn additional income and gain new skills.
Visitors to the community can take part in traditional village activities from
learning how to process palm sugar to weaving the Cambodian scarves
known as ‘Kramas’. This experience is a great way to get to know ordinary
Khmers whilst supporting a sustainable tourism initiative.

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DAY 4 DAY 7
FLOATING MARKETS tan Chau – boRDeR – CamboDia Kompong Chhnang – tonle Sap laKe
PHONOM PENH Tan Chau is famous for its silk and during your visit you may Today you will enjoy a quintessential river excursion through
TONLE SAP LAKE like to make a stop at a traditional silk making factory. The town the region’s floating villages, where you will get a glimpse of
SIEM REAP is also renowned for its rattan mat production. Return to the the local lifestyles on the Tonle Sap River. Towards the end
boat and enjoy lunch as you cruise towards the border. In the of the day you will emerge onto the vast expanse of the lake,
afternoon, enjoy a cooking demonstration given by the Executive which is Cambodia’s largest. Enjoy a stop in one of the region’s
11 DAYS Chef at the Saigon Lounge. Later in the day the vessel will numerous floating villages; some of which are complete with
enter the Kingdom of Cambodia and head towards its capital, schools, health clinics and even floating pig farms. Return
Phnom Penh. to the vessel and prepare for farewell cocktails and your last
VIETNAM
HANOI dinner.
Luang Prabang
DAY 5
DAY 8
LAOS
phnom penh
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE
Once considered the most attractive of the cities that the French Siem Reap - angKoR wat
constructed in Indochina, the city is today recovering from its This morning you will arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to
THAILAND turbulent past. Today you will embark on a comprehensive the Temples of Angkor. After a rest, your local guide will take
sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh. End the day with dinner you to visit the Roluos Temple Complex, said to be the seat of
BANGKOK
Siem Reap on your vessel accompanied by a special Khmer musical Hariharalaya which was the first capital of the Khmer Empire
C AMB OD I A performance. north of the Tonle Sap.
PHNOM PENH

DAY 6 DAY 9 -10


Ho Chi Minh City

Sadec
Chong Koh – ouDong – Kompong Siem Reap - templeS of angKoR
tRalaCh Spend the next two days exploring the stunning Temples of
Early in the morning the vessel will cruise on towards the little Angkor; with plenty of free time to relax during the hottest
known village of Chong Koh. After breakfast, take a leisurely parts of the day.
morning stroll through this silk weaving village. Return to the
boat and continue on to Prek K’dam, where an afternoon tour DAY 11
of Oudong will commence. Depart Oudong for the journey to DepaRt Siem Reap
Kompong Tralach, where you will visit Wat Kompong Tralach The day is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for
Pleu. Continue your tour with a fun ox-cart ride to the Tonle Sap your onward flight.
River as you travel through enchanting countryside punctuated
by small villages, emerald green rice paddies and friendly
locals.

luXurY VIetnam to camBoDIa rIVer cruIse


The world-famous temples of Angkor, a fascinating and chequered history, untouched tropical beaches, the mighty Mekong River and two vibrant cultures make
this region one of the most enthralling destinations on the planet. During your Luxury Cruise, we take you from the magnificent Mekong Delta region of Vietnam
to the very heart of Cambodia.

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3


ho Chi minh City – my tho – Cai be Cai be – vinh long vinh long - SaDeC – tan Chau
Board your luxurious vessel, La Marguerite, and be welcomed Explore Cai Be’s bustling floating market for some fantastic Sadec was the setting for Marguerite Duras’s novel, ‘The Lover’.
by the crew. The captain will then raise the anchor, sound the photo opportunities. Next, make a trip ashore to visit the French Indeed during your guided tour of the settlement you can visit
horn and begin cruising leisurely towards Cai Be. Along the way Gothic Cathedral and the colourful port area. Enjoy lunch as the House of Huynh Thuy Le, now known as ‘The Lovers’
you will witness scenes that have changed little over the years. you cruise towards Vinh Long, the second largest city in the Museum’. Pass by the school where Marguerite’s mother taught
Cruise past bustling villages perched on the riverbank where Mekong Delta. On arrival visit the bustling afternoon market and view the home of Marguerite from across the river. In the
children play in the river and fisherman mend their nets. This and enjoy a visually stunning boat ride. Return to your boat for afternoon you will arrive in Tan Chau, a remote small town on
evening enjoy a gourmet dinner on board the boat followed by dinner and a performance of Mekong Folk dancing. the main branch of the Mekong River.
a live music performance.

SOMETHINg DIFFERENT...

SIEM REAP TO BANGKOK OVERLAND

If you wish to extend your stay in the region then a great way to continue your adventure is an overland trip to Bangkok.
Set out from Siem Reap and enjoy a scenic cruise through the Cambodia’s stunning North-Eastern wetland. Visit some
of the regions fascinating temples and admire the verdant landscape before crossing the border into Thailand. End
your journey in the Thai capital and enjoy some of the fantastic shopping options on offer.

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DAY 5 DAY 8 DAY 11
HO CHI MINH CITY ha tien – Kompong tRaCh – Kep (40 Km phnom penh (no CyCling) Siem Reap – angKoR wat - RoluoS temple
CYCLING CyCling) Enjoy a comprehensive tour of this bustling, vibrant city with CompleX (65 Km CyCling)
CAN THO Today, a car will take you across the border into Cambodia. New stops at the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, the National This morning, cycle to famous Angkor Wat – the best preserved
CAI BE bicycles will be provided there, and you will have time to adjust Museum and Wat Phnom. In the afternoon, visit the sobering of all the Angkorian temples. Explore this huge architectural
HA TIEN them. Ride north to Kompong Trach and then on to Kep. You and poignant Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Later in the wonder at your leisure before riding on through the ancient city
KEP will begin to notice the many differences in architecture and in afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the bustling Central of Angkor Thom. Later in the day, take small, tree-lined paths
SIHANOUKVILLE customs between Cambodia and Vietnam. In Kep, there will be Market. through the countryside to the Roulos Temple complex, which
PHNOM PENH ample time to explore this quiet town with its impressive French are the oldest of the Angkorian temples.
BATTAMBANG colonial architecture. DAY 9
SIEM REAP
phnom penh – battambang (92 Km DAY 12
DAY 6 CyCling Siem Reap – banteay SRei – beng mealea
14 DAYS Kep - SihanouKville (83 Km CyCling) This morning, you will cycle to Udong to visit the temples and (86 Km CyCling)
The day starts early with a relaxing ride along the coast, past the three large stupas where the ashes of three former kings Cycle to the exquisite Banteay Srei, “Citadel of the Woman”,
V I ET N A M
the lush scenery of Bokor Mountain, rice paddies and small are preserved. A former capital of the Khmer Empire, Udong which is home to some of the finest examples of classical
HANOI fishing villages. You will have the chance to explore the secluded was founded by King Soryopor in 1601. Built on a hill forty Khmer art. Your journey continues to the foot of Phnom Kulen,
Luang Prabang
beaches, mangrove forests, tropical jungles and fishing villages kilometres north of Phnom Penh, Udong offers spectacular then east to the jungle temple of Beng Mealea. After exploring
L AO S
of Ream National Park. Enjoy a boat trip through the mangroves views of the surrounding countryside and the vast sugar palm this impressive monument, return to Siem Reap.
Chiang Mai

to discover the incredible natural heritage of this protected area. plantations. After lunch, ride on to Kompong Chhnang, which
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You will reach Sihanoukville in the late afternoon. is famous for its clay pottery. From there, you will be driven to DAY 13
T H AIL A N D the city of Battambang. Siem Reap (no CyCling)
DAY 7 This day is free for you to explore Siem Reap and its many
BANGKOK
Siem Reap SihanouKville – phnom penh (50 Km DAY 10 shopping options. Alternatively, continue your exploration of the
temples.
CA M B O D IA
CyCling) battambang – Siem Reap (56 Km CyCling)
PHNOM PENH
Ho Chi Minh
Depart in the early morning for the capital, Phnom Penh. On the Battambang is famous for its French colonial architecture,
City

way, you will stop for lunch at a quaint local restaurant, before fertile soil and the quality of the rubies and garnets mined in DAY 14
Kep

Sihanourville Ha Tien

Can Tho
continuing on through the open countryside and rice paddies. this province. Today, you will cycle to Wat Banan to view an DepaRt Siem Reap
The evening is free to explore the city’ palaces, parks, and 11th century temple built by King Jarvarman VII. The temple Spend the morning at leisure before you are transferred to the
temples. is perched at the top of a 400 metre hill, where you can enjoy airport for your onward flight.
beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. After enjoying the
scenery, ride back to Battambang for lunch. In the afternoon,
you will make the four hour journey to Siem Reap.

saIGon to anGKor cYclInG aDVenture


Taking advantage of the Ha Tien border crossing, this cycling adventure keeps cyclists away from the majority of the traffic whilst taking in some stunning
scenery. From the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City to the emerald green rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, the picturesque Cambodian coastline and the
atmospheric Temples of Angkor, this tour is an experience that will leave you with lasting memories.

DAY 1 examples of classical French colonial architecture. After lunch at remained largely unchanged for years. From Vinh Long, you
ho Chi minh City a local restaurant, you will visit the History Museum and one of will be driven to Can Tho.
You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. the most beautiful pagodas in the city – the Thien Hau Pagoda
Depending on when you arrive activities can be arranged for DAY 4
the rest of the day. DAY 3 Can tho – ha tien (50 Km CyCling)
ho Chi minh City – vinh long – Can tho Start your morning with a boat trip to the Cai Rang floating
DAY 2 (40 Km CyCling) ) market. After touring the market, you will have lunch and then
ho Chi minh City (no CyCling) Depart Ho Chi Minh City for My Tho, which is where you will be driven to Tri Ton to begin cycling. The 50 kilometre ride
In the morning visit the Reunification Palace, which is one begin cycling. It is a 40 kilometre ride along paved, sand and along the Vinh Te canal through the peaceful countryside to Ha
of the most important buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. The dirt roads to the quiet town of Cai Be. Here you will enjoy a Tien is very scenic.
tour continues on to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old delicious lunch in a French colonial-style villa. After lunch, relax
Post Office, built between 1877 and 1883. Both are excellent and enjoy the two hour boat trip from to Vinh Long. Along the
way, you can observe life on the river, much of which has

WHAT’S NEW?

THE FOREST FLOOR LODGE - CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK


green

Visit one of Vietnam’s foremost National Parks and stay in comfort at the new Forest Floor Lodge. The lodge features
both deluxe tents and traditional Vietnamese style wooden houses. Tastefully decorated and equipped with western-
style bathrooms, the accommodation here offers fantastic views of the Dong Nai River. During your stay you may
wish to explore the National Park itself, which is home to some of the last populations of Indochinese tiger and Javan
Rhinoceros in the world. Guests to the lodge can enjoy a wide range of activities from birdwatching to exciting night
safaris. Stay in style whilst helping to conserve endangered wildlife and improving local communities’ livelihoods.

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HIgHLIgHTS Dalat and overlooks the lovely Xuan Huong Lake. The fairways organise an excursion to Sam Roi Yod National Park; one of
HO CHI MINH CITY weave through huge specimen trees. In the afternoon, visit the Thailand’s pristine coastal National Parks.
SONG BE GOLF COURSE enchanting Long Son Pagoda.
PHAN THIET DAY 10
OCEAN DUNES GOLF COURSE DAY 6 hua hin – maJeStiC CReeK golf CouRSe
DALAT PALACE GOLF COURSE Dalat – ho Chi minh City – bangKoK – hua Tee off at the scenic Majestic Creek Golf Course. Set in the
HUA HIN hin mountains to the west of Hua Hin, the course features the
IMPERIAL LAKE VIEW GOLF CLUB Take an early morning flight from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City, longest par 5 in Thailand, and its rolling hilly terrain and tricky
BLACK MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB then on to Bangkok. You will be met on arrival and transferred greens are sure to provide a challenge.
MAJESTIC CREEK GOLF COURSE to Hua Hin.
MILFORD GOLF COURSE DAY 11
BANGKOK
DAY 7 hua hin – milfoRD golf CouRSe
hua hin – impeRial laKe view golf Club Your final tee-off will be at Milford Golf Course. This well-
Start your Thailand golfing experience at the Imperial Lake View designed course offers a change from the longer championship
14 DAYS
Golf Club, designed by Roger Packard and Ronald Fream for courses, with narrow fairways and fantastic sea views. It is a
experienced golfers. The club has four courses with 36 holes
WHAT’S NEW? memorable end to the golfing portion of your trip.
and a variety of designs that present golfers with a range
VIETNAM
THE FUSION MAIA - DANANG
HANOI of challenges, from the undulating surfaces of the ‘Mountain’ DAY 12
Luang Prabang
course to the wide, open spaces and long fairways of the hua hin
LAOS This new resort offers accommodation in modern
‘Links’ course. Afterwards, return to the hotel or go into town Spend the day at leisure relaxing on the beach and enjoying the
Chiang Mai VIENTIANE open plan suites and villas in a stunning beachside
for drinks. luxurious hotel facilities.
location. The suites and villas all come complete
with courtyard gardens and private swimming
THAILAND
DAY 8 pools. Guests at this tranquil resort are sure to enjoy
DAY 13
hua hin – blaCK mountain golf Club the all inclusive spa, not to mention the fine dining
hua hin – bangKoK
BANGKOK
Today, you are in for a real treat. The Black Mountain Golf Drive back to Bangkok and enjoy a half-day tour of the main
on offer. Located on the beautiful My Khe beach,
Siem Reap

Club is arguably the best course in Southern Thailand. Featuring sights. Visits will be made to the magnificent Grand Palace
CAMBODIA
the resort is within easy reach of Danang and the
Hua Hin

natural creeks and rocks, the design is made to look as natural and Wat Pho. Later enjoy a boat trip on the myriad of klongs
PHNOM PENH Da Lat

Ho Chi Minh
City UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An. For keen
as possible and is suitable for both novices and pros. The course (canals) that give the city the name; “Venice of the East.” In
Phan Thiet

golfers the resort is in a perfect location. Within


offers spectacular views of this beautiful area of Thailand. Finish the evening you can explore more of this exciting city or just
close proximity are the world-class Montgomerie
your day watching the sunset from the clubhouse. relax at your hotel.
Links Golf Course, designed by the Scotsman
himself, and the Greg Norman inspired Danang
DAY 9 Golf Course. DAY 14
hua hin DepaRt bangKoK
Today you can relax in your hotel spa or by the pool as you get Spend the morning at leisure until you are transferred to the
ready for more golf tomorrow. If you are interested, we can airport for your onward flight.

GolFInG VIetnam anD thaIlanD


This fourteen day tour is designed for passionate golf enthusiasts who want to play the best courses in Vietnam and Thailand, whilst enjoying a relaxing holiday.
Although the primary focus is on golf, you will also get to visit some of the highlights of these beautiful countries you are playing in. There is plenty of time to
unwind and relax on some to the most magnificent beaches in the world.

DAY 1 least ten lakes with tree-lined fairways. The remainder of the
ho Chi minh City day is free for you to explore Vietnam’s most vibrant city. DAY 4
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. phan thiet – Dalat
Depending on your arrival time there may be time for a tour of DAY 3 Take a scenic drive inland through the lush Vietnamese
the city’s main highlights. ho Chi minh City – phan thiet - oCean countryside to the ‘City of Eternal Spring:’ Dalat. Nestled in the
DuneS ReSoRt golf CouRSe cool hills, Dalat is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam,
DAY 2 Drive to the coastal resort of Phan Thiet. Tee off at the exquisite and certainly has one of the best climates. In the evening,
ho Chi minh City - Song be golf CouRSe Ocean Dunes Resort Golf Course, which was designed by Nick discover the busy night market in the city centre.
Play a round of golf at the Song Be Golf Course, widely regarded Faldo. This is an outstanding natural site with sand dunes, sea
as one of the most challenging in the country. The beautiful 100 breezes and fantastic views of the South China Sea. DAY 5
hectare golf resort was designed to blend in with the natural Dalat palaCe golf Club
landscape of fruit orchards and coconut palms and features at Start your day with a round of golf at the superb Dalat Palace
Golf Club. The course gently blends into the rolling hills of

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Volunteer & eDucatIonal traVel
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VIETNAM low SeaSon


April to October

InFormatIon
beSt time to go
Vietnam’s elongated shape includes tropical and subtropical zones and is the reason for the varied
peaK SeaSon
climate in the country. Generally speaking the best time to travel in Vietnam is when there is a
Approximately 20th December – 10th January
reduced chance of rain; that is during April-May and October-November.

time
the South (ho Chi minh City to phan thiet)
GMT + 7 hours
The South is hot year round and has two seasons: one wet and the other dry. The wet season lasts
from May to October and you can expect daily downpours. These are usually brief and easy to
viSaS/paSSpoRtS
predict. The dry season from November to April is generally sunny and humid.
Visas are required for most nationalities and can be obtained in the guest’s home country or
Buffalo Tours can arrange them in advance. Visitors can obtain a visa on arrival but must have
the CentRe (nha tRang to hue)
a letter of approval. Otherwise, visitors must have a valid visa on arrival. Passports must be
For most of the year Nha Trang is bathed in beautiful sunshine. However, between November and
valid for 6 months after final departure date.
December the area has heavy rain. Dalat, at an altitude of 1,500 metres is cooler than the coastal
area, particularly from November through to March. Danang, Hoi An and Hue experience typhoon
aiRpoRtS
activity from mid-October to mid-December when the climate becomes cooler, more overcast and
Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat airport is approximately 7 kilometres northwest from the city
wetter.
centre. Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport is approximately 35 kilometres north from the city centre.

the noRth (hanoi to Sapa)


Summer in the north lasts from May to October when temperatures range between 30-35 degrees
Celsius with high humidity and bursts of heavy rain. The temperature varies from 10-15 degrees in
Winter (December to March). February and March can be damp with drizzle and overcast skies.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS


lim feStival
SleepleSS in moC Chau love feStival
Taking place every year on the 13th day of the first lunar month, tens of thousands of visitors Mou Chau is a mountainous district approximately 60 kilometres from Mai Chau Lodge. On the
attend in order to enjoy the dialogue performances between ‘Lien anh’ (male singers) and ‘lien 1st of September each year thousands of White Flower, Black, Yellow and Green H’mong ethnic
chi’ (female singers). The country’s most skilled Quan Ho singers take centre stage. Held in Lim minorities descend on Moc Chau for an annual festival that is essentially a ‘love rendezvous’.
village just 18 kilometres outside of Hanoi, the event celebrates the ‘Quan Ho’ folk song which has
become a part of the national culture. Cau ngu feStival
Organised annually on the 12th day of the first lunar month in memory of the Village tutelary
vietnameSe new yeaR genie Truong Quy Cong. The Cau Ngu festival is a celebration of Truong, a native of the north
Vietnamese New Year (Tet) will be on the 3rd February 2011. Buffalo Tours generally recommends who came to the village which is located near Danang. There he settled and taught the locals
avoiding travel one week either side of this date. Although the country is in a celebratory mood how to fish and trade junks. Late at night the ‘fish worshipping ceremony’ occurs, where
at this time, train, buses and flights are often booked out or very expensive; restaurants, shops, people pray for peace and the abundance of fish.
tailors, and some key sites are closed; and the floating markets in the Mekong do not operate for
one week after Tet. tRa Co village feStival
The Tra Co Village festival will be held on June 30th 2011. Held in Quang Ninh Province, the
hoi an full moon feStival festival is in memory of the establishment of the ancient fishing village which was founded
The Full Moon Festival in Hoi An is held every 14th day of the lunar month. Under the full moon, 600 years ago.
Hoi An becomes a hive of activity where locals participate in numerous cultural activities. The entire
town is lit with colourful silk lanterns. This is a magical, romantic time to take a peaceful stroll
around the old narrow streets.

Hanoi (noRTH) dananG (cenTRe) Ho cHi minH ciTY (souTH)

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feb 13/21 26 18/26 22 22/32 10

maR 16/23 60 20/28 23 23/33 15

apR 20/28 110 23/30 75 25/35 50

maY 25/32 220 25/35 200 25/35 200

june 28/33 280 29/36 280 24/33 325

julY 28/33 350 29/36 300 24/33 300

auG 28/33 340 25/34 280 24/33 300

sep 28/33 280 23/30 260 24/33 325

ocT 260 225


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LAOS CAMBODIA
Laos has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: May to October is the rainy
viSaS / paSSpoRtS viSaS/paSSpoRtS
season and November to April is the dry season. It is hottest in March and April when beSt time to go
Passports should be valid for six months after your planned date of departure from the country. A passport with at least six month validity is necessary. A visa is required for most
temperatures can reach as high as 38C/100F. The lowest temperatures, usually in December, The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between October and March. From November to February the
Visas valid for 30 days can be easily obtained on arrival. Cost depends on nationality (from US nationalities and is available upon arrival at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap international
are around 15C/59F. The average temperature is between 25C/77F and 30C/84F. October to cool, dry northeastern monsoon carries relatively little rain whereas the southwestern monsoon
$30-42). One passport-sized photograph is also required. airports. A tourist visa costs US $20 and is valid for 30 days. One passport-sized photograph
February is generally the best time to go to Laos. carries up to eighty percent of the country’s rainfall between the months of May and October. is also required. To save time guests can arrange their visa on arrival in advance via
aiRpoRt DepaRtuRe taXeS Maximum daily temperatures range from 31 degrees Celcisus in January to 34 degrees Celcius in http://cambodiaonarrival.com/ or http://www.mfaic.gov.kh/e-visa/vindex.aspx
high SeaSon April. Daily minimum temperatures are usually no less than 24 degrees.
Airport departure taxes are already included.
October to April
DepaRtuRe aiRpoRt taXeS
high SeaSon
aiRpoRtS There is an airport departure tax for international flights of US $25.
low SeaSon
Vientiane Wattay Airport is located 3 kilometres from the centre of Vientiane October to March
May to September
Luang Prabang International Airport is located 4 kiloetres from the centre of Luang Prabang. aiRpoRtS
low SeaSon
PEAK SEASON Phnom Penh Airport is approximately 8 kilometres west of the city centre.
April to September
November to February Siem Reap Airport is approximately 7km west of the city centre.

peaK SeaSon
time Approximately 20 Dec – 10 Jan
GMT +7 hours
time
GMT +7 hours

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS


FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
boun Khao paDabDin (RiCe) anD boat RaCing feStival at luang laoS new yeaR (SongKRan)
KhmeR new yeaR
pRabang Lao New Year or ‘Songkran’ (best celebrated in Luang Prabang) is between the 13th and the
18th April so be sure to book early to secure accommodation and internal flights. Please be The Khmer New Year is a three-day celebration which occurs at the end of harvest time. It marks wateR feStival
Held in Luang Prabang, this festival takes place on the Khao Padabdin ceremony day. On this the New Year according to the Khmer Lunar calendar. This year the festival will take place on Celebrating the reversing of the current in the Tonle Sap River, this unique festival marks the
advised that this is traditionally celebrated as a ‘water festival’, which is in effect a three day
day, people visit temples to make offerings to ancestors. The festival takes place on the 25th to April 14th to April 16th. Every home is decorated with attractive decorations and shrines are full beginning of the fishing season. Traditional long-boat races are held on the Tonle Sap River
nationwide ‘water fight’. Please be advised that guests and their belongings will get wet.
26th August and includes boat racing on the Nam Khan River and a trade fair in Luang Prabang of food and beverages given as offerings to the Buddha. At this time offerings are also made to the in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, offering a very colourful spectacle.
Town. ancestors. Many people attend Buddhist temples where traditional rituals are performed.

luang pRabang fiReboat feStival angKoR wat inteRnational half maRathon


The Fireboat Festival in Luang Prabang is held on the day of the full moon in October. The entire The Angkor Wat International Half Day Marathon is held every December and is a truly inspiring
city is lit by paper lanterns and candles, as well as all the temples being decorated. Each village experience, where locals with varying disabilities compete alongside other participants. It is a great
makes a vessel out of wood and banana leaves and decorates them with candles, before parading way to experience Cambodia in a purposeful (and healthy) way. A large part of the registration fees
them through the streets and releasing them on the river. It is a magical sight to watch them are contributed to charitable activities managed by the NGO Hearts of Gold, whose main objective
float downriver at dusk. is to ‘share hope and courage through sports’.

luanG pRabanG vienTiane pHnom penH siem Reap

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feb 14/32 18 17/30 15 feb 23/32 11 20/33 3
maR 17/34 31 19/33 38 maR 24/34 58 26/34 28
apR 21/36 109 23/34 99 apR 25/34 101 25/35 61
maY 23/35 163 23/32 267 maY 25/34 111 25/35 175
june 23/34 155 24/32 302 june 25/33 177 24/33 221
julY 23/32 231 24/31 267 julY 24/32 195 24/32 236
auG 23/32 300 24/31 292 auG 24/32 172 25/32 151
sep 23/33 165 24/31 302 sep 24/32 248 24/32 276
ocT 21/32 79 21/31 109 ocT 23/31 318 23/31 248
nov 18/29 31 18/29 15 nov 22/30 135 22/30 81
dec 15/27 13 16/28 3 dec 21/30 80 20/31 10

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THAILAND low SeaSon


May to October

beSt time to go peaK SeaSon


Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons. May to October is the Approximately 20 Dec – 10 Jan
rainy season and November to April is the dry season. It gets hottest in March and April when
temperatures can reach as high as 38C/100F. The lowest temperatures, usually in December, are time
around 15C/59F. The average temperature is between 25C/77F and 30C/84F. GMT +7 hours

There are different advantages to travel at different times of the year; the dry season always viSaS/paSSpoRtS
enjoys good weather, but prices are higher because this is considered high season. The ‘green’
season (expect a bit of rain on most days), is also a great time to visit Thailand, as it is cooler
and guests will enjoy a cost benefit too.
Guests can easily obtain a 30 day visa at the border ‘on arrival’ and it is free for most
nationalities. BuFFalos arounD the WorlD
No picture is required. Note that your passport must be must be valid for six months after your
planned date of departure from the country.
TRAN TRONg KIEN PETRA SCHWEIggL
AIRPORTS Ceo geRman SaleS manageR
Suvarnabhumi Airport is approximately 25 kilometres east of Bangkok. Kien graduated as a doctor in 1995 but left this behind to start Buffalo Originally from Italy, Petra worked in Germany for 7 years as
Tours, having run local tours for travellers to fund his way through well as Switzerland and the UK. Petra has been in Vietnam since
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS medical school. With the rapid growth of Buffalo Tours, he feels it is the beginning of 2008, although a move to Bangkok is on the
vitally important for him to promote local empowerment and sustainable cards. She looks forward to supporting our partners to grow their
fiReboat feStival development. When he does get out of the office he thrives on adventure business in Thailand and Indochina.
SuRin elephant RounD up
Marking the end of the Buddhist Lent period, the “Lai Rua Fai” Festival (‘Fireboat’), is celebrated travel, particularly trekking. He has climbed Vietnam’s highest peak
in Nakorn Phanom in early October. The climax of this dazzling event is on the final night. At Taking place on the 3rd weekend of November, Surin is the home of the Kui tribal people. several times and now has his sights set on loftier peaks.
dusk over a dozen unusual vessels with bamboo superstructures lumber into the river. Night falls, Hundreds of elephants and thousands of performers come from far and wide to participate in
camouflaging the platoon of spider-men who light tens of thousands of small lanterns hung on the Surin’s Annual Elephant Round Up. The town is thick with elephants and a festival atmosphere DEBORAH YOuL
vessels. This results in a huge fire that can be seen for miles around. The local citizenry judge the prevails, both inside and outside the official venue. This is not a staged event, but reflects the MICHELE WHEALY buSineSS Development manageR - uK
designs and declare a “Best Fireboat”. Nakorn Phanom is ‘off the beaten track’ and this festival is rhythm of life in rural Thai villages and is governed by ancient local traditions. Dates are unlikely geneRal manageR – inbounD vietnam Deborah first discovered Indochina and Thailand as a backpacker
very popular, so be sure to make travel arrangements well in advance. to change, but to ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior Michele has recently been promoted to General Manager of the in 1996 and has been spellbound ever since. After 13 years
to travel. Inbound division. Having joined Buffalo Tours back in 2007, she now experience in the UK travel industry she is proud to be one of
loi KRatong manages the sales, operations and the purchasing departments. She the original UK Buffalos and loves promoting these extraordinary
Tides are highest and the moon brightest on the 1st full moon of the 12th lunar month (but thai new yeaR (SongKRan) looks forward to meeting as many of our partners as possible during destinations.
celebrations begin a day before). Millions of Thais congregate near canals & rivers across the Water is the predominant theme during Thai New Year, or “Songkran”, which is celebrated sales calls and tradeshows.
Kingdom to make wishes and resolutions for the coming twelve months. This is a time after the annually on the 13th of April. This is a landmark festival time for Thai Buddhists and everyone
monsoon rains - the land has been renewed. To pay tribute & thanks to the ‘Mother of the Waters’, takes a break and the Kingdom celebrates. On the surface, contemporary Songkran celebrations
Thais fashion a small cup from banana-leaf to hold symbolic items (betel nuts, food, flowers, joss may seem to consist mainly of drenching-by-bucket or squirt-gun, and getting soaked with water. KENNETH JOERgENSEN SANDRINE DEPEux
sticks, coins) and a burning candle. With ancient origins in Buddhism, Hinduism and Animism, Prepare for that by putting wallets, cameras and phones etc. Traditionally, Songkran is a time of geneRal manageR - thailanD SpaniSh SaleS team leaDeR
this important festival is fun and is happening everywhere - from the traditional cultures along the symbolic renewal, ‘merit making’ and ritual cleansing, characterized by gentle water splashing, Kenneth is originally from Denmark and has lived in Thailand for Vietnam has been Sandrine’s home for almost 5 years now. She
Mekong to the urban Bangkok scene, where the candles of thousands of ‘kratongs’ on a river is a which is less noticeable but more widespread. Travelling at this time guarantees an up-close and 13 years. He was previously Product Manager for a large European thoroughly enjoys life in Vietnam, especially the food, people, and
spectacle to behold. personal Songkran experience. wholesaler based in Bangkok and has extensive experience in the fact that it’s possible to fly to the rest of Asia in less than 3
purchasing, contracting and product management. Kenneth is looking hours. Sandrine is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
forward to showcasing new and exciting products in Thailand.

RAY PETTS TRAN THu TRANg


geneRal manageR - auStRalia & new fRanCophone SaleS manageR
banGKoK Ko cHanG cHianG mai Ko samui pHuKeT
ZealanD Having graduated in tourism in France, Trang started her career
(central) (northern) (south east) (south West)
Ray has visited approximately 80 countries and gained extensive at Buffalo Tours and has worked with us for more than 5 years.
aveRaGe aveRaGe aveRaGe knowledge of the tourism Industry and in particular Indochina. Trang loves travelling and has travelled a lot around Europe and
Rain aveRaGe Rain Rain
Temp Temp Temp He has a diploma of Business Management and was previously Asia. She wishes to share her passion of Indochina and Thailand
Temp
Degrees (mm) (mm) Degrees Rain Rain Rain Degrees (mm) the General Manager of Tucan Travel. He has a large amount of with fellow travellers.
Degrees
monTH Celsius international and cross-cultural leadership experience.
Celsius Celsius (mm) (mm) (mm) Celsius
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JASON ROLAN HANH
maR 21/29 30 25/35 82 17/34 8 24/33 12 24/34 56 laoS CountRy manageR CyCling touR leaDeR
Jason is currently the Country Manger of Buffalo Tours in Laos. Hailing Hanh, otherwise known as ‘Hanh Bike’, has been working as a full
apR 22/30 70 25/36 129 36 25/33 62 26/33 126
22/36
from the US, he landed in South East Asia 7 years ago. After a 2 year time cycling leader for Buffalo Tours for over two years. His wife
maY 23/30 190 26/35 266 23/34 122 25/31 186 25/32 320 stint learning the ropes in Thailand, he was promoted to manage the also works for Buffalo Tours.

june 26/34 118 Laos office and has been there ever since. Having mastered both Thai
23/29 150 23/32 112 25/31 113 24/31 289
and Lao languages, he looks forward to showing you the best that the
julY 23/29 160 26/34 111 23/31 213 25/31 143 24/31 295 region has to offer.
auG 23/28 180 26/34 175 23/31 193 24/31 123 24/31 276
sep 23/28 320 25/34 269 23/31 249 24/30 210 23/30 361 PANYA THIN THANg
full time touR guiDe
CamboDian CountRy manageR
Thang has worked for Buffalo Tours for 3 years as a full time guide
Although originally from Siem Reap, Panya launched his career in
and as a part time guide for even longer. He is one of around
Phnom Penh working as an Operations Manager for a British and
200 full and part time guides and leaders working for us across
Dutch ground handling Tour Company. Panya completed his Degree in
the region.
Business Management in Thailand. Buffalo Tours is proud to have such a
talented local as the Cambodian Country Manager.
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