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cambodiaSatisfy your inner shopaholic, historybuff and foodie all in one hit. Spend aday exploring the mighty Angkor Wat,haggle yourself a bargain in Ho Chi MinhCity, make like Lara Croft and check outPrum Bayon, be sobered by the history ofthe Khmer Rouge and unleash your innerJamie Oliver with a Khmer cooking class.SIEM REAP •SIHANOUKVILLE •• ANGKOR WAT• PHNOM PENHfulldayAngkorAdventurefr$97Check out the famous Angkor Wat, Bayon withits 54 towers decorated with more than 200enigmatic smiling faces and Ta Prohm, thejungle temple made famous in Tomb Raider.Enjoy a sumptuous feast in a local Khmer villagesurrounded by rice paddies.halfdayPhnom Penh’sPastfr$47Explore Phnom Penh’s past through the classicbuildings of the Khmer Rouge era. Learn aboutCambodia’s tragic and fascinating history, walkthrough the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum andvisit the bone pagoda memorial at Choeung Ek,made up of 8000 human skulls.3daysPhnom Penh toSiem Reap Cruisefr$752Take a different approach to travel with thisfantastic boat trip between Phnom Penh and SiamReap – and loads of other places in between! Stopto explore small riverside communities, take atrip to a Buddhist monastery, navigate Tonle SapLake and visit one of many floating villages beforearriving into Siem Reap.Note: Itinerary can vary dependent on water levels.32

cambodiaAllson AngkorParadise Hotel siem reapprices are per person per night• Get your sweat on in the sauna• Dive into a drink at the poolside bar• Grab a bite at the onsite restaurantfr$87 singlefr$44 twin/doubleThis hotel offers a luxury stay without breaking thebank. Choose from a deluxe or club room, or splash outon an executive or presidential suite. If hiking aroundAngkor Wat doesn’t get your heart rate up, check out thegym and sauna or chill by the pool with a drink from thepoolside bar.BONUS: Includes breakfastTara Angkor Hotelsiem reapprices are per person per nightfr$113 singlefr$57 twin/double• Explore the city with free bike rentals• Soak in the outdoor pool and spa• Get connected with free WiFi accessExperience all Siem Reap has to offer in this traditionalstylehotel with all the modern amenities. Be greetedwith a fresh fruit platter on arrival before relaxing inone of the 206 rooms – all come with air-con, LCD TV,free WiFi, mini bar and in room safe. Facilities includean outdoor pool, poolside bar, spa, fitness centreand restaurant.BONUS: Includes breakfastSomadevi AngkorHotel & Spa siem reapprices are per person per nightfr$94 singlefr$47 twin/double• Air-con, satellite TV and private balcony in all rooms• Make a splash in the 40m swimming pool• Be pampered at the day spaLocated close to Cambodia’s historic temples, this hotelprovides the perfect place to relax after long dayssightseeing. Watch a local show at the open theatre,sip cocktails from the poolside bar or grab a bite atthe onsite restaurant. Make sure you spend a blissfulday at the spa, which includes a fitness centre, saunaand jacuzzi.BONUS: ISIC card holders receive a discounted rate33

Juliana HotelPhnom Penhprices are per person per night• 15 minute walk to the Royal Palace• Work up a sweat in the sauna• Knead out those knots with a Thai massagefr$89 singlefr$45 twin/doubleWith sparkling pool and tropical gardens, this offers thetranquility of a resort, yet lies in a city centre location,close to the action. Work up a sweat in the fitnesscentre and sauna, tuck into local cuisine at the onsiterestaurant or relax with a traditional Thai massage. Allrooms boast stylish decor and modern amenities.BONUS: Includes breakfastSunway HotelPhnom Penhprices are per person per nightfr$148 singlefr$83 twin/double• Go glam at the hair and beauty salon• Relax with a traditional massage• Grab a bite at the onsite cafeSunway by name and sunny by nature, this hotel is famousfor its warm and friendly service. Act like royalty witha spot of high-tea in the lobby lounge or for even moreindulgence, you just can’t go past an afternoon at the dayspa or a pampering session at the hair and beauty salon.BONUS: 10% off F&B at Sun Café & lobby lounge for ISIC card holdersRegent ParkPhnom Penhprices are per person per nightfr$78 singlefr$44 twin/double• Watch the sunset from the roof• Wake up to glorious park views• Tuck into local far at the onsite restaurantLocated within walking distance to Phnom Penh’s historiclandmarks, Regent Park is perfect for travellers wantingto check out all the sights. There are 50 rooms andsuites to choose from, which all come with stunning parkviews. After a day of exploring, grab a bite at the onsiterestaurant and watch the sunset from the roof terrace.BONUS: Includes breakfastAsk us about packagesWe can put together a package for you with flights,accommodation and more!34

10daysROAM CAMBODIAfr$1,099bangkok > ho chi minh cityYOLOcambodiaHighlights• Stare in wonderment of the famous AngkorWat• Enjoy amazing sunsets and seafood atSihanoukville• Discover the rich green river world of theMekong Delta• Lose yourself in the mesmerising markets ofHo Chi Minh CityTHAILANDBangkokPhnom PenhSihanoukvilleAngkor WatSiem ReapCAMBODIAChauDocVIETNAMHo ChiMinh CityDay 1: BangkokTake a tuk-tuk to the markets, a boat down the riveror explore the maze of streets on foot in this chaoticcity. If you’re brave, head to one of Bangkok’sfamous “shows” after dark.DAY 2-3: SIEM REAP/ANGKOR WATHead onwards to Siem Reap, where you’ll explorethe temples and palaces of the vast Angkor complex– one of Asia’s most incredible and most visitedsights. There is also time to visit Tonle Sap Lake andone of its intriguing floating villages. (2B, D)DAY 4-5: PHNOM PENHAbsorb the spectacular scenery as you journeyby local bus to this pleasant riverside city. Takea walking tour and check out the colourful cafes,shady streets and thriving markets full of vibranttextiles or choose to learn about Cambodia’s sombrepast with visits to Tuol Sleng prison and the KillingFields. (2B)DAY 8: CHAU DOC/MEKONG DELTACross the Vietnamese border into the intriguingwater world of the Mekong Delta. Absorb the greenriver world of orchards, rice fields, floating marketsand cottage industries.DAY 9-10: HO CHI MINH CITYFormerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is a hub ofactivity. There are endless possibilities for eating,shopping, sightseeing and nightlife! Your tripfinishes on the morning of Day 10.Tour also available in reverseho chi minh city > bangkok (GAAVRC)GAATRCDAY 6-7: SIHANOUKVILLEArrive at Cambodia’s southern coast andSihanoukville’s beaches. Join a boat trip forsnorkelling and seafood on an uninhabited island orsimply relax as the sun goes down. (B)CAMBODIAFlying the flag of originality! The Cambodian flag is the only flagin the world to feature a building in the design. The building inquestion is legendary Angkor Wat, the largest Hindu temple inthe world!35

25daysTHE BIG INDOCHINA ADVENTUREfr$5,079bangkok > hanoiEASYRIDERHighlights• Check out Thailand’s bustling capital• Ride an elephant through the rainforest• Tuck into a traditional Laotian meal• Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat• Stay with locals in the Mekong Delta• Explore the legendary Cu Chi tunnels• Cycle through the countryside in Hoi An• Sail away on a Chinese-style junk boatMYANMARChiang RiaChiang MaiLuangPakbeng PrabangBangkokVientianeTHAILANDHanoiLAOSVang ViengSiemReapVIETNAMHalong BayHueCAMBODIADa NangHoi AnNha TrangPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh CityDAY 1-2: BANGKOKArrive into busy Bangkok, where locals, businessmen,travellers and monks share the streets and tuk-tuksflash past shrines and street side BBQs. Meet yourgroup and head out to explore the infamous nightlife.On Day 2 you’ll tick off all the sights before sailingalong the klongs (canals) on a typical Thai boat.Spend the afternoon shopping before hopping aboardan overnight train to Chiang Mai. (B)DAY 3: CHIANG MAIWake up in chilled out Chiang Mai. Visit the stunningWat Phrathat temple on Doi Suthep, the tallestmountain overlooking the city. Listen to pilgrims ringingbells, take part in Buddhist rituals and check out thevivid red, gold and green architecture. Relax with a Thaimassage or take an optional cooking class. (B)DAY 4: CHIANG RAITravel to Chiang Rai, a quiet town and gateway to theethnic tribes of Northern Thailand. Opt to head outto the hilltribe area and meet the Akha, Yao, Lanuand Karen people. Spend the evening scouting thenight bazaar. (B)DAY 5: PAKBENGCross the border into laidback Laos. Glide past remotevillages, hillside crop farms and bamboo fish traps,waving to the kids as you travel down the famousMekong River on a private boat. Arrive into Pakbengin time to see the sunset. (B, L, D)Mekong DeltaDAY 6-7: LUANG PRABANGVisit the Pak Ou caves on the way to this UNESCOWorld Heritage mountainMALAYSIAkingdom. Marvel at goldtemples, royal buildings, robed monks and the WatXieng Thong monastery. Ride an elephant beforecooling off at the Kuang Si Falls or visiting the historicRoyal Palace. (2B, L)DAY 8-9: VANG VIENGDrive through spectacular limestone dotted sceneryto arrive in Vang Vieng, an outdoor adventurer’sheaven. Day 9 is free to spend cycling around thestunning countryside or taking a swim in the riverbefore catching the sunset at a riverside bar. (2B)DAY 10: VIENTIANEHead to Vientiane, the French influenced capital ofLaos. You’ll have a guided tour of the city beforeenjoying a meal at Makphet, a restaurant which helpstrain disadvantaged young people in hospitality. (B, D)DAY 11: PHNOM PENHIt’s goodbye to Laos and hello to Cambodia as youtravel by plane to its capital. Phnom Penh is a bustlingcity, with tree lined boulevards and gleaming palaces.Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng GenocideMuseum to learn about the Khmer Rouge andCambodia’s dark and troubled past. Enjoy the eveningat one of the riverside bars. (B)DAY 12-13: SIEM REAPFly to Siem Reap. Cruise on Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’sbiggest freshwater lake. You’ll need an early nightready for sunrise over the incredible Angkor Wat. Getyour camera ready for the awesome Buddhas andtemples entwined with enormous trees. (2B)22

eyondDAY 14: HO CHI MINH CITYToday you’ll catch a flight into vibrant Vietnam.Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is anup and coming metropolis of urban activity packedwith scooters, roadside shops, xe om (motorbiketaxis), high rises and sobering reminders of thewar. Try some great local coffee at a roadside cafeand get haggling at the markets that sell everythingfrom Vietnam’s iconic hats to jasmine incense. (B)DAY 15: MEKONG DELTAExplore the Mekong Delta on a traditional ‘sanpan’boat. See how the locals earn their living and observecolourful floating markets on Vietnam’s busywaterways. (B, L, D)DAY 16: HO CHI MINH CITYHead back to Ho Chi Minh City via the Viet Cong’slegendary tunnels in Cu Chi. There are more than250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistancefighters dug by hand to escape danger and launchattacks from. Crawl in and try them out for size. (B)DAY 17-18: NHA TRANGHear Vietnam’s amazing history on a city tour andperuse the sobering War Remnants museum. Thisafternoon you’ll fly to Nha Trang, famous for itssweeping golden beach and turquoise waters. Doyour own thing or sign up for the optional trip to thegorgeous offshore islands for a spot of swimming andsnorkelling. (2B)DAY 19-20: HOI ANFly to Da Nang and travel onwards to Hoi An – a prettylittle town that blends Japanese, Chinese, Vietnameseand European influences. This World Heritage listedformer port is famous for its tailor shops. Hop on abike as the sun sets into the countryside or choose totake an optional cooking class. On Day 20 you have theoption of exploring the temples of My Son, dedicated tothe Hindu god Shiva. (2B)DAY 22: HANOITake a tour of the Temple of Literature, which isnearly 1000 years old. This city combines French flair,Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. Dodge thescooters and explore the maze of back streets. Pull upa stool at one of the bia hoi (draught beer) bars andhang out amongst the locals. (B)Day 23: HALONG BAYBoard a Chinese-style junk boat in beautiful HalongBay and cruise overnight through the stunning watersof this UNESCO World Heritage listed site. Kick backon deck and soak up the shades of jade in manygrottos, lagoons and thick forests. You’ll stop for aswim in an idyllic remote lagoon before docking at DaoTitop for sunset. Settle back under the stars for somelate night chatting and dreaming. Head back to Hanoiin the afternoon of Day 24. (2B, 2L, D)DAY 24-25: HANOIEnjoy a final brekkie and say bye to your newbuddies. Start planning your imminent relocationto Indochina. (B)COBICADAY 21: HUETake in coastal views as you travel on to the formerimperial city of Hue. Start with a visit to Hue’s ImperialCitadel by cyclo before stopping at the Thien MuPagoda to learn about the Hue massacre. Tonight you’lldine in style at a local family run restaurant. (B, D)23

30daysINDOCHINA DISCOVERYfr$3,449bangkok > BangkokYOLOHighlights• Witness the wonders of Angkor Wat• Lay back and relax on golden beaches• Kit yourself out in Hoi An• Cruise magical Halong Bay• Explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi• Get adventurous in Vang Vieng• Absorb rich history in Luang Prabang• Live like a local on the MekongDAY 1: BANGKOKSpend your first day relaxing, exploring and adjustingto the frenetic pace and humidity of Bangkok. There’llbe a group meeting in the evening where you meetyour fellow travellers.DAY 2-3: SIEM REAP/ANGKOR WATLeave Bangkok and journey through some spectacularscenery into Cambodia. You’ll travel to Siem Reap,home of the amazing Angkor Wat. The former capitalof the Khmer Kingdom, Angkor is one of the wondersof the archaeological world. Marvel at the tantalisingblend of Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture andcheck out Ta Promh, the ‘Tomb Raider temple’. A localdinner is included to tantilise your tastebuds! (2B, D)DAY 4-5: PHNOM PENHExplore this pleasant riverside city. Check out thecolourful cafes, shady streets and thriving marketsfull of vibrant textiles and curios. Options overthese 2 days include visiting the Killing Fields, theCentral Market, the National Museum and the RoyalPalace. (2B)DAY 6-7: SIHANOUKVILLERelax on the white, sandy beaches of Cambodia’ssouthern coast. Option to take a boat trip out toone of the many uninhabited islands to enjoy freshseafood and a cold drink as the sun slowly sets. Somewould call it perfection on a (satay) stick. (B)PakbengChiang KhongChiang MaiBangkokHanoiLuangPrabangVientianeVang Vieng LAOSTHAILANDSiem ReapCAMBODIAPhnom PenhSihanoukvilleHalong BayChauDocHueHoi AnVIETNAMNha TrangHo ChiMinh CityDAY 8: MEKONG DELTASit back and relax on a Mekong Delta boat trip. Checkout this rich green river world of orchards, rice fields,floating markets and cottage industries. Watch locallife as you float on by.DAY 9-10: HO CHI MINH CITYLose yourself in the maze of Ho Chi Minh City’s centralmarket. Write a quick postcard in the stately colonialpost office, one of the many French-era buildings thatadd grace to this modern metropolis. Dine like a kingat a local restaurant and take a step back in time atthe spine-chilling war museum. On the evening of Day10 you take the overnight train to Nha Trang.DAY 11-12: NHA TRANGSit on a perfect beach soaking up the sun. Opt for anearby island boat trip to get in some snorkelling. Headoff on an optional motorbike tour of the area. (B)DAY 13-14: HOI ANWander the picturesque streets of this 16th centurytrading port. The buildings bear traces of Chinese,Japanese, Vietnamese and French architectural styles.Hoi An is also a shopping mecca for tourists andtailors can produce virtually anything overnight so getyourself kitted out! For sun worshippers, the whitesands of Cua Dai Beach is 4km from town. (B)DAY 15-16: HUEExplore riverside garden tombs built for Vietnam’slast emperors or take a motorbike trip out into thestunning countryside. On the evening of Day 16 boardthe overnight train to Hanoi. (2B)26

BEYONDDAY 17: HALONG BAYArrive in bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam,before driving out to beautiful Halong Bay. Floatthrough strangely shaped islands that dot thisvast, emerald bay in a traditional wooden junk(boat). Eat a fresh seafood lunch and later enjoya pre-dinner swim before heading to Cat Ba Island,where you’ll enjoy a night of relaxing. (L)DAY 18-19: HANOIExplore one of dozens of traditional guild streetsthat make up Hanoi’s ancient Old Quarter and joinBuddhist monks for prayers in a serene lakesidepagoda. In the evening you get the chance to attend aperformance at the famous Water Puppet Theatre andsample some of Hanoi’s amazing eateries. (2B)DAY 20: VIENTIANEAfter a short flight, you’ll arrive in the capital city ofLaos, where there is a wealth of cultural delights todiscover on foot, by bicycle, or for the less energetic,by tuk-tuk. Visit Laos’ most important nationalmonument, Phat That Luang, or meander down thedusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendlychildren, dogs and chickens. Find plenty of localtreasures at Vientiane’s vibrant markets. Round offthe day with a spectacular sunset over the Mekong atone of the many riverside restaurants.DAY 21-22: VANG VIENGThe quiet town of Vang Vieng is set along the NamSong river amidst rice fields and limestone cliffs.This place is an adventure seeker’s heaven! In theevening, soak in the beauty as the sun sets over therippling river. (B)DAY 23-24: LUANG PRABANGNestled in the hills of northern Laos on the confluenceof the Mekong and Khan Rivers, Luang Prabangis dotted with ornate temples and French colonialarchitecture. Check out the impressive Royal PalaceMuseum, untouched since the royal family departedin 1975. Opt to hop on a songthaew to the beautifulKuang Si Falls, where turquoise waters cascadeover limestone formations or cook up a storm in anoptional cooking class. (B)DAY 25: MEKONG RIVERBegin a 2 day river cruise – an amazing ‘live like alocal’ experience. Head up the mighty Mekong Riverthrough magnificent jungle covered hills to Pakbeng,an ethnic minority town. Get your woollies out ifyou’re travelling from November to February, it canget a wee bit chilly! (B)DAY 26: CHIANG KHONGContinue by slow boat up the Mekong and cross overinto Thailand at the Houeisay border. Chiang Khong isa small riverside town with cross border trading fromnearby villages. (B)DAY 27: CHIANG MAIA drive through the hills of Northern Thailand takesyou to Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturallysignificant city in the north of this country. Visit thetemple of Doi Suthep, catch a Thai boxing match orgrab a bargain at the famous Night Market.DAY 28: CHIANG MAIFree day to further explore Chiang Mai. In the eveningboard the overnight train to Bangkok.DAY 29: BANGKOKArrive into Bangkok early in the morning andimmediately set out exploring. Check out the GrandPalace, Wat Po, National Museum and Jim Thompson’sHouse before getting a new perspective of life inthis city by cruising down the Chao Phraya river andthrough the canals (or khlongs). Get out and about inthe colourful nightlife and enjoy a few goodbye drinkswith your new friends.DAY 30: BANGKOKIt’s the end of your Southeast Asian adventure! Yourtour ends after breakfast. (B)GAATID27

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