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something once than hear about itit’s BETTER to seea thousand TIMESQUOTE: ASIAN PROVERB. LOCATION: PHI PHI ISLANDS, THAILAND


“WITH ITS IDYLLIC BEACHES, MESMERISING TEMPLES &FUTURISTIC CITIES, ASIA WILL CHARM YOU AT EVERY TURN;AND WITH THE ADDITION OF BRAND-NEW HOLIDAY IDEASIN BURMA, THE PHILIPPINES & SOUTH KOREA,OUR 2015/16 BROCHURE IS OUR BEST YET“


START THE ADVENTUREIt’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, tryingweird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like tokeep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STATravel in 1979.We love nothing more than getting to know a new language,culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring.We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planetopens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to ourtravellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and use thisknowledge to create your very own life-changing experience.Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire yourultimate trip to Asia, whether you’re looking for an iconic overlandjourney or just a quick break to explore a little-known corner ofthis breathtaking region. From shoestring hostels to luxuriousvillas with pools, and from great value group tours to sailingadventures, we’ve also got every budget covered.Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers willmake sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again.So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.CONTENTS04 We Know Because We Go!05 Save with STA Travel06 Flying High08 Kickstart your Trip10 Sleep with Us12 Go Smart or Go Home13 Stay Connected14 Making it Count16 Discover Asia18 SOUTH EAST ASIA20 Multi-Country Touring38 Stray Asia40 Bamba Experience42 Thailand43 Touring & Sailing53 Bangkok58 Chiang Mai61 Thai Beaches & Islands77 Myanmar (Burma)81 Cambodia, Vietnam &Laos97 Malaysia100 Kuala Lumpur102 Malaysia Beaches107 Singapore110 Indonesia & Bali111 Touring - Bali & Beyond124 The Philippines130 TRANS-MONGOLIAN &THE SILK ROUTE137 ORIENTAL ASIA139 China & Hong Kong148 Dragon Trip150 Hong Kong154 Beijing & Shanghai156 Japan160 Tokyo, Kyoto & Beyond165 South Korea168 INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT171 India182 Sri Lanka185 Nepal191 Kathmandu192 TERMS & CONDITIONS194 TRAVEL INSURANCE3


WE KNOW BECAUSEWE GOTOP6REASONS to travel with STA Travel1.2.3.WE ARE THE EXPERTSWe know our stuff when it comes to traveladventures, we’ve been there, done that! No matterwhat your age or budget, we’ll inspire you to createyour ultimate trip.IN-STORE. ONLINE. MOBILE.With hundreds of stores all over the world, you’re neverfar from one of our Travel Experts. Alternatively, give usa call, browse our website or book accommodation andactivities on our STA Travel app. Wherever you are, ourGlobal Travel Help is there for you 24/7.FLEXIBLE AND COMPETITIVE AIRFARESOur unique airline partnerships offer the lowest faresand allow you to change your plans without breakingthe bank. You can secure the cheapest fares with ourflight deposit scheme, which means nothing more topay until just before you travel.4.5.6.WORLD-CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERSWe only work with the most reputable tour operatorsand accommodation providers across the globe soyou can book with confidence. We’re continuallyworking with our suppliers to maintain and improvestandards of health, safety and hygiene, but pleasenote that these can be lower than what you’re usedto at home.WE ARE RESPONSIBLEWe offer travel experiences that are not onlyauthentic but also sustainable and responsible. Webelieve in giving back to the communities we visitthrough the STA Travel Foundation (see page 15).PRICE BEAT GUARANTEEWe’ll beat any round the world price you find elsewhere**For full terms and conditions on our RTW price beat guarantee please visitwww.statravel.co.nz/rtw


SAVE WITH STA TRAVELSave with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch alittle further by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers.We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sureyou get the best deals going.Multi-trip dealsBuy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5%off your total price.No single supplementsTravelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sextraveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many ofour tours.Repeat travellerTravel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll oftenfind your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.Mates ratesSave cash if you travel as agroup, or maybe earn a freeplace if there are enough of you.Free NightsStay longer at many of our hotelsand hostels and we’ll often throwin a free night, or two...FlexSTA Travel’s unique range offlexible products aim to maketravelling easier and cheaper.Check out our Multiflex pass onpage 6.Picture courtesy of Contiki HolidaysEARLY BOOKINGBook your trip well in advanceof your travel date and you mayqualify for reduced rates.ISICdiscountStudents,teachers andanyone under 31 can graban ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card toqualify for 1000s of discountsat home and abroad. Bag anexclusive deal with STA Travelon flights, tours and more (seepage 12).Free ISICdiscountcardIf you are eligible for an ISIC,ITIC or IYTC card, you can getyours absolutely free when youbook one of the tours operatedby our partners, G Adventures.Look for this symbolthroughout this brochure.5


FLYING HIGHAside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfaresare unique and exclusive meaning we can book just aboutanything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets,to complex and exciting round the world or multi-stopitineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you.• The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leadingairlines including exclusive discounts and flexiblebooking conditions for students holding an ISIC cardand for youths under 31 holding an IYTC card. We eventhrow in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC card forgood measure!• The flexibility to change your travel dates and routebefore and after departure.• Build your very own itinerary using our exclusiveone-way fares.• 100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving youpersonal support as you travel the globe.GET THE BEST PRICEWe’ve been helping our customers get the best airfaresfor over 35 years so our Travel Experts know exactlywhere to look and what to check to give you the deal of alifetime! Buy an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for ourexclusive student, under 31, and teacher fares. We’ll beat anycompetitor on price and that’s a promise – seestatravel.com or ask in store for details. Sign up to ourweekly newsletter by visiting statravel.com to receive ourbest offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!*Age restrictions may vary, please speak to your STA Travel ExpertROUND THE WORLDWe practically invented the concept of flying round theworld, so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices andplenty of suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexibleas we know once on the road, plans sometimes change!STOPOVERSThe vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or evenfree, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’tneed to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allowstopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you couldbe getting two or more countries for the price of one. Thesearen’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expertwhat’s available for you.MULTIFLEX PASSWe love the free-spirited independenceof travel and we want to give you asmuch flexibility as possible to chaseyour dreams and stretch your horizons.On our exclusive tickets you can buy your date changesup front, saving you $$$s and giving you the freedom tochange your mind without worrying about the cost whileyou’re travelling. Our Multiflex passes start from just$99; ask us for more information.6


SINGAPORE AIRLINESEnjoy the journey with Singapore Airlines to any of their greatdestinations in Asia, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho ChiMinh, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing, Delhi and Colombo. Plus, whenyou book on Singapore Airlines, you’ll enjoy a generous 30kgbaggage allowance.Singapore Airlines has taken great care to perfect thedetails of your experience.You will enjoy the highest standards of quality, service andinnovation. Singapore Airlines covers more than 63 cities in 35countries around the world with twice-daily flights from NewZealand to Singapore – one of the world’s most vibrant andcosmopolitan cities.Singapore Stopover HolidaySingapore is a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour andthe unique blend of cultures, art and cuisine sets it apart fromanywhere else in the world. Make the most of your trip by addingon a Singapore Stopover Holiday from just NZD37 per person.Hotel, airport transfers, unlimited rides on the SIA Hop-on Bus,admission to major attractions, dining and lifestyle discounts areall included.Plus, when you fly with Singapore Airlines on your next trip youcan enjoy boarding pass privileges. With your Singapore Airlinesor SilkAir boarding pass, you can take advantage of dining,shopping, lifestyle, and transport offers at participating outletsin Singapore within a month of your date of travel.Receive the best service and culinary delights in the skyWith stately seats, gourmet cuisine and an exceptional level ofattention, Singapore Airlines make your journey a fulfilling one.With more space and intelligent features, comfort is the toppriority in Economy Class, with increased leg room, adjustablereading light, head and foot rest plus a large LCD screen.On Singapore Airlines you will enjoy a delightful selection of Asianand International dishes, as inflight menus are specially createdto reflect the culinary influences of the regions to which we fly.Travellers will enjoy a gourmet meal created by our renownedInternational Culinary Panel, complemented with a wide choice ofwines, beers and other beverages carefully selected from aroundthe world.Enroute enjoy KrisWorld, Singapore Airlines’ personal inflightentertainment system with up to 1,000^ entertainment optionsfrom a personal screen for every seat. Choose from a wide rangeof music for all tastes, immersive 3D games for travellers of anyage and the latest blockbuster movies hand-picked every month.You can also pick up a new language with the Berlitz ® WorldTraveler programme or discover new destinations featured in theRough Guides.KrisFlyerAs a KrisFlyer member, you can earn KrisFlyer miles when youfly Singapore Airlines, SilkAir or any of our partner airlineswhich include member airlines of the Star Alliance network.Your KrisFlyer miles may be redeemed for flights to more than1,000 destinations in over 170 countries, as well as upgrades onSingapore Airlines, SilkAir and our world-class partner airlines.Visit krisflyer.com to enrol as a KrisFlyer member for free today.Today, Singapore Airlines has one of the youngest aircraft fleetsin the world and a network that spans five continents, so you canlook forward to experiencing the romance of travel wherever youchoose to go. Sit back and relax in the comfort of extra spaciousseats and enjoy the world-class service of Singapore Airlines atprices that offer exceptional value.Like facebook.com/singaporeair to stay connected withSingapore Airlines.


KICKSTART YOUR TRIPThere’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour- it takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mindto local cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch ofexciting new activities and is a great way to make newfriends from all over the world. You’ll visit all the must-seehighlights, of course, but expert guides will also take you toauthentic, out-of-the-way places that only those with insiderknowledge would know. You’d probably never find them onyour own! Taking a tour can usually be cheaper than tryingto put it together yourself so whatever your budget, we’reconfident you’ll find your perfect trip. We also guarantee thatyou will not find the same tour cheaper anywhere else.To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you see the‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out forthe following logos throughout the brochure:Independent travel in Asia is easy with Baz Bus and BambaExperience, whose hop-on, hop-off bus networks allow youto explore at your own pace and according to your ownitinerary.Exactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tourscan be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour ormixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You arelikely to be travelling with other like-minded people but eachtour is different, run by our local operators and designed formaximum enjoyment.These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path andimmerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usuallyshare your trip with no more than 18 like-minded travellers,though the average group size is often lower.As above, but exclusively for younger travellers looking toexperience the best of Asia with a bunch of fun and friendlytravel mates.On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’lltravel only with 18-35 year olds who share your passion fordiscovery. These trips are super sociable, ideal for makingnew friends through shared experiences.If you are looking for private arrangements for you and yourtravel buddy(ies), check out our range of itineraries thatusually come complete with a private driver/guide.STA TRAVELASIAIf you can’t find what you’re looking for, no big deal, just askyour STA Travel Expert to tailor make you the perfect trip.Using the best in-country ground handlers, we’ll build you abespoke itinerary using a combination of public transport,private cars and drivers, local guides and accommodation tosuit your budget. Add in unforgettable local experiences, fromauthentic homestays to relaxing yoga retreats or hardcoretreks, to create an adventure that is uniquely tailored to you.For more detailed information check out page 18.8


SLEEP WITH USStar ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Dependingon what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standardcan vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’regiving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that wefeature. We’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, theenviable, the luxe and the off the wall to bring you our curated offering ofhostels, hotels, lodges and apartments, all chosen especially for you.ShoestringOur wallet-friendly digs arehand-picked by us. No frillsand no nasty surprises but agreat sociable atmosphere andfantastic locations!Top Inn, BangkokGlampackerStay in some of the mostexpressive and one-of-a-kindhostels and budget hotels around,without breaking the bank. Theyare cool and unique, just like you!Bunc@Radius Little India, SingaporeRock SolidYou want a comfy bed, a hotshower and a good range ofamenities. Ranging from low key2* hotels to well known 4* brands,you know it’s a safe bet!Novotel, Nha TrangA-LiSTThese flash and funky hotels areworth splashing out on. Greatfacilities, classy interiors and abit of luxury thrown in. Get yourbling on.Shangri-La Golden Sands Resort & Spa, PenangBali Rani Hotel10


why sleepwith us?There are loads ofvery good reasonsto book youraccommodation withus. Here are some ofour favourites.Hand-pickedWe’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very bestproperties around, in every conceivable style.VettedWe’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety. We arecontinually working with our suppliers to maintain andimprove standards. We actively seek good practice inhealth and safety to ensure your travels are safe andtrouble free.hotel REVIEWSWe’ve chosen our favourite hotels and hostels for thisbrochure but you don’t just have to take our word for it.We also partner with TripAdvisor, and soon you’ll findtheir ratings on our website and on ourmobile app. We have highlighted theirTravellers’ Choice destinations honouring toptravel spots on the relevant pages.Look out for this logo.Best Price GuaranteedNo hidden extras, no nasty surprises.+BONUSLook out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourcedthe very best deals that will ensure you save money andmake the most of your stay. Please ask your STA TravelExpert for applicable dates, terms and conditions.Free Wi-FiWant to stay connected? Look for the free Wi-Fi symbolon our hostels and hotels.Book your hostels, hotels and activities as youtravel at amazing prices, all from the STA Travelapp. Download now before you hit the road.


GO SMART OR GO HOME...Travel insuranceOK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing inthe world, but it could be the most important purchase youmake before you take off on your travels. You must take travelinsurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once youhave left your home country. Make sure you ask us to organisethe cover that’s right for you. Check out page 194 for fulldetails of all our insurance options.VisasYour trip of a lifetime will quickly ground to a screeching haltif you forget to sort our entrance visas. Please don’t forget tocheck with the relevant embassy if you need to get a visa forthe countries you plan to visit.GLOBAL SIM CARDMake sure you always stay in contact with friends and familyback home. We offer global low cost prepaid SIMs with lowinternational roaming rates for calls, text and data in more than190 countries. There’s no contracts, no terrifying roaming billsand no special handsets - just top up, slip the SIM into yourmobile phone and start chatting.multiflex passChange your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save$100s on date changes with our totally unique STA TravelMultiflex pass (see page 6).healthIt’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medicaladvice in plenty of time before you go. We suggest you visit theSafe Travel website at safetravel.govt.nz or www.mfa.gov.sg forup to date information. Your local GP can also give you adviceon which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.cash passportDon’t forget your MasterCard Multi-Currency Cash Passport,the chip and pin protected travel money card that gives you asafe and easy way to carry your spending money while on yourtravels, plus it can be loaded in nine different currencies.This insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporatedin Australia) trading as Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN15 000 122 850 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) Limited CompanyNo. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent of Allianz Global Assistance. You should consider the PolicyWording before making any decisions about this product.12


STAYCONNECTEDVisit the STA Travel BLOGGet your travel fix straight from the source, with the brilliant STATravel Blog. Get the inside track on adventure travel ideas, and stockup on knowledge from behind the scenes here at STA Travel.NZ: statravel.co.nz/blogsSG: blogs.statravel.com.sgLike us on FacebookOver 800,000 travel fanatics ‘like’ us on Facebook… are you one ofthem? As well as giving away some of the world’s best travel prizes,we also smother you with inspiration. Connect with other travellers,share your best travel tips, or find the latest deals from STA Travel.NZ: facebook.com/statravel.nz SG: facebook.com/statravel.sgSign up to our NewsletterBe the first in line for our best deals and promotions by signing upto our email newsletter.NZ: statravel.co.nz/mile-high SG: statravel.com.sg/newsletterFollow us on TwitterGet your tweet on and join the world’s biggest conversation! We’reon hand to answer your questions, and fuel your curiosity about theworld’s most exciting destinations, as well as bringing our greatestdeals. Wherever you are in the world, we’re only a tweet away.NZ: twitter.com/statravelnz SG: twitter.com/statravelsgwatch us on youtubeYep - we have our own YouTube channel where you can watchawesome videos on some of the best bits of this planet!NZ: youtube.com/statravel SG: youtube.com/statravelsgdownload the appTake STA Travel with you wherever you go with the newSTA Travel mobile app! Book your hostels and hotels asyou travel at amazing prices. Free for iPhone and Android.DOWNLOAD13


makingit countSOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY…Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapesand forms since our pioneering days. Over the decades, we’vehelped millions of travellers to make deep connections to placesthey visit, and to come away with a greater sense that we’resharing this world.We believe that far from being a negative force, real sustainabletravel has the power to create opportunities to developcommunities and build a greater understanding between themany great cultures in the world that we share.To ensure we’re doing all we can to fulfil our responsibilities wehave created a three pillar approach to social responsibility.In order to ensure that we meet our responsibilities in theseareas we have created a three pillar strategy, made up of OurWorld, Our Action and Our People.You can learn more about this atstatravel.co.nz/social-responsibility.htmOUR PEOPLEAs an employer we take our responsibility very seriously.We want to make sure that we support the next generationthrough offering apprenticeships and working with communitypartners local to our offices through our staff volunteeringprogramme.OUR WORLDThis planet is our playground. It is therefore only right that wedo all we can to preserve it for future generations by reducingour environmental impact.OUR ACTIONSWe work with credible partners to secure travel experiencesthat are not only authentic but also responsible andsustainable as well as regularly assessing all of our operationsto ensure that we can be proud of how we do our business. Wealso fund our very own charity, the STA Travel Foundation.14


Founded in 2012, the STA TravelFoundation is our chosen method ofgiving something back to the peopleand places that we work in. By funding anumber of projects we are really makinga difference to local communities aswell as supporting local causes in thecountries where we have stores andoffices. By harnessing our brand toraise money from our staff, customers,suppliers and networks we can helpsmaller charities access vital funds.STA Travel covers all costs of runningthis registered charity meaning thatevery penny the Foundation raisesgoes straight towards our chosencauses around the world. STA Travelalso donates $30,000 per year to thefoundation via staff donation matching.You can learn more at:statravelfoundation.comIn 2010 STA Travel embarked ona responsible travel journey withPlaneterra. Planeterra exists to supportlocal people to develop their communitiesand conserve their cultural heritage. STATravel has committed $1 million over fiveyears to Planeterra and has so far beeninstrumental in funding a communitytourism project in Thailand, watertanks and a river ambulance in Panama,building a paediatric ward in Kenya andcreating an art workshop at a drop-incentre for kids in Cuzco.Learn more at: planeterra.org/VOLUNTEERING & THE STA TRAVELSTATEMENT OF COMMITMENTIf you are looking to make a worthwhilecontribution to the areas you visit,pick up a copy of our volunteeringbrochure. We only work with a selectnumber of partners who build meaningfulrelationships with local communities.We have collaborated with them todevelop a set of criteria that helpvoluntourism providers plan and managetheir programmes in a responsibleand sustainable manner. Ensuring thatlocal community needs are met whileat the same time satisfying the desiresof travellers to make a difference andcreate lasting impact, requires effectiveplanning and management and consistentmonitoring. This ensures that ourvoluntourism projects are developed withthe local community, and not the travelleror STA Travel as the first priority. Pleaseask if you would like a copy of ourStatement of Commitment.15


DISCOVERASIARUSSIAIndia’s ancient riches, jungle book safarisand ramshackle cities are the perfectplace to lose yourself (spiritually onlyplease). Besides, you can always findyourself again cross-legged on a beachin Goa or mountain top in the Himalayas.MONGOLIAULAANBAATARKYRGYZSTANBEIJINGPYONG YANGUZBEKISTANSEOULSOUTHKOREACHINAXI’ANSHANGHAICHENGDUNEPALNEW DELHIKATHMANDUKUNMINGTAIPEIINDIAGUANGZHOUKOLKATAMYANMAR(BURMA)HANOIHONG KONGMUMBAILAOSVIENTIANEYANGONCHIANG MAITHAILANDGOABANGKOKCAMBODIAMANILAPHNOM PENHHO CHIMINH CITYPHILIPPINESSRILANKACOLOMBOMALAYSIAKOTA KINABALUAfter years onlockdown, Myanmar(Burma) is well & trulyopen. Before a sea ofcamera-toting touristsflood in, ride a maidenvoyage through thisnostalgic corner of Asia,where locals still dressin traditional longyi andhorse & carts aren’ttourist gimmicks.KUALA LUMPURSINGAPOREINDONESIAJAKARTAMALAYSIANBORNEOINDONESIANBORNEOBALI16


Blasting onto Asia’sbackpacker scene withthe force of a beatboxat a Gangnam K-Popparty, we’re a little bitcrazy for South Korea.After street dancing inSeoul, hike mountains,ski and snorkel offparadise islands.checklistPick up my STA Travel Asia brochureBook an appointment with a Travel Expert andget planning!Get my flights bookedMake sure I book the travel insurance cover thatbest suits my trip requirementsBuy my ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for amazingdiscounts all over the worldGet my International SIM card for low costroaming worldwideBook somewhere to stay for at least my firstfew nightsJAPAN JAPANJAPAN JAPANOSAKA OSAKATOKYO TOKYOA photogenic paradise of smoking volcanoes, lush riceterraces and castaway beaches that would make a fullygrowntraveller weep into their coconut - the Philippinesis Asia’s unsung star. Which is odd, as fun-lovingFilipinos are karaoke crazy. With 7,000 islands to sunworship,belt out as many bad power ballads as you like.Check and arrange any visas requiredDownload the STA Travel app so I can bookaccommodation and activities as I travelGet packed, it’s time to hit the road!Been inspired?thinking about spreading Yourwings a little fArther?Then pick up one of our other brochuresVOLUNTEER,WORK& LEARNAFRICA &THE MIDDLEEASTEUROPETRAVEL doesn’tbecome adventure until youLEAVE yourself behindQUOTE: MARTY RUBIN. LOCATION: SURFERS PARADISE, QU ENSLAND, AUSTRALIAAUSTRALIA& NEWZEALANDNORTHAMERICALATINAMERICA17


STA TRAVELASIAWe appreciate that everyone is a bit different. Some of you areeven a little bit weird. And actually, we kind of love you for it. Forus, the joy of travel is having the freedom to create your ownunique, weird and wonderful adventure.Maybe you’re a couple or group of mates wanting a privateitinerary, a single traveller that can’t find a suitable group tourdeparture, or perhaps you just have a high maintenance bucketlist as long as your arm. Whatever your deal is, our well-travelledTravel Experts can DIY a bespoke itinerary just for you. This way,you get exactly the trip you want without compromising yourfreedom, independence or travel kookiness.CREATE YOUR OWN ASIA ADVENTUREPacked with hidden temples, secret beaches, awesome trekkingand forgotten villages – Asia is the perfect destination for atailor made adventure. We’ve been working with Asia’s best localsuppliers for over 35 years, in fact, we probably booked that1970s hedonistic hippy trail your parents went on and failedto tell you about. You’ll get to have a lot of fun deciding onthe ‘what,’ ‘where’ and ‘when’ while your Travel Expert figuresout the ‘how’ using our trusty ground handlers, in-countrycoordinators, private and public transport and local guides. Plus,bespoke doesn’t always mean expensive, so we’ll work with yourbudget to choose accommodation and unforgettable experiencesthat won’t swallow up your hard-earned travel beer fund.TAILOR MAKE ME SOMETHING EPICWe offer tailor made itineraries in China, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam,Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Indonesiaand Japan. It’s your call, but here are a few of our faves:Keep your Japan or South Korea trip on track with a tailormade rail journey through neon cities, rural villages androlling peaks.Compact but overflowing with ancient UNESCO wonders,hilltop tea plantations, wildlife safaris and wipe-out beaches,Sri Lanka is tailor made for a private car and driver.Take the hassle out of India’s hot mess of ramshackle cities,glittering palaces, jungle book national parks and Himalayanmountain tops with private drivers and first-class trains.If you’re more fancy pants than fisherman pants or you’rea lucky honeymooner, combine the cosmopolitan cities ofMalaysia, Thailand or Vietnam with hill treks and five-starbeach resorts.18


SOUTH EAST ASIASOUTH EAST ASIAPungent Durian - think pongysocks & sour milk - is reveredas the ‘king of fruits’ in SE Asia.if tempted, the biscuits offer amore gentle intro.DID YOU KNOW?Buddhism is the mostpractised religionin mainland SouthEast Asia. The areahas thousands ofmonasteries and ornateBuddhist temples.AVERAGE TEMPERATURES:Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecBangkokBaliChiang MaiHanoiKuala LumpurManilaPhnom PenhSingaporeSizzling! 32°C+ | 90°F+Take a jacket12-16°C | 53-61°FSouth East AsiaFeeling hot hot hot Pleasantly warm24-31°C | 75-89°F17-23°C | 62-74°FChilled1-11°C | 33-52°FIce Ice Baby! 0°C- | 32°F-19


INDOCHINA DISCOVERYBangkok BangkokMekong RiverChiang KhongLuangPrabangHanoiHalong BaySOUTH EAST ASIAChiang MaiBangkokVientianeVang ViengTHAILANDLAOSSiem Reap/Angkor WatVIETN AMCAMBODIAPhnom PenhSihanoukvilleMekongDeltaHueHoi AnHo ChiMinh City(Saigon)Nha TrangHighlights• 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 MekongDepartures 2015Jan-Feb,May-Jul &Sep-DecMar-Apr& AugInclusionsDailyYou might likeRegular departures, typically 5-7 timesper weekTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(23 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), homestays(2 nts) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, train,tuk-tuk, local boat, junk boat, plane Meals:20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget:Allow USD $620-800 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tourcode: GAATIDMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,129Why not add an optional activity pack tocustomise your trip?South East Asia Adrenalin Bundle Fr $250Jungle ziplining (Bangkok, full day), cave/temple rappelling (Hoi An, half day) & SunsetATV Tour (Siem Reap, 1 hour)Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this all-encompassing trip. From the ancientKhmer Kingdom and colonisation by the French, to the wild cruelties of the Vietnam Warand the Pol Pot regime; the history of this wonderful region is nothing short of startling.Discover ancient temples and lost cities and bear witness to some of the world’s finestecological creations - pristine beaches, jungle-piercing rivers and majestic misty mountains.Be prepared to return home far more enlightened and with pictures that will make yourmates very jealous.DAY0102-0304-0506-070809-1011-1213-14ITINERARYBangkokOn the first day you’re free to relax and explore the city, adjusting to the frenetic pace and humidityof Thailand’s intoxicating and infectious capital. There’ll be a group meeting in the evening where youcan meet your fellow travellers and tour leader, perhaps heading out afterwards for dinner.Siem Reap / Angkor WatLeave Bangkok behind and journey through some spectacular scenery into Cambodia. You’ll travel toSiem Reap, home of the amazing Angkor Wat. The former capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor is oneof the wonders of the archaeological world and quite simply the biggest religious building to be foundanywhere on the planet. Re-discovered at the end of the last century by French explorers, partiallyhidden by overgrown trees and foliage, this vast ruined city has become one of the most popularsites in South East Asia. Marvel at the tantalising blend of Hindu and Buddhist art and architectureand check out Ta Prohm, the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple. Tonight, a local dinner is included to tantaliseyour tastebuds! (2B, D)Phnom PenhExplore this pleasant riverside city. Check out the colourful cafés, shady streets and thriving marketsfull of vibrant textiles and curios. Options over these two days include visiting the dramatic andmoving site of Choeung Ek (also known as the Killing Fields), the Central Market, Cambodia’s NationalMuseum and the Royal Palace. (2B)SihanoukvilleRelax on the white, sandy beaches of Cambodia’s southern coast with plenty of time for swimming inthe warm waters or taking a peek into the underwater world with a spot of snorkelling. Take a boattrip out to one of the uninhabited islands to enjoy fresh seafood and a cold drink as the sun sets. (B)Mekong DeltaDrive from Sihanoukville to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, and relax on a boat trip through its myriadconvoluted waterways. Check out this rich, green river world of orchards, rice fields, floating marketsand cottage industries. Overnight accommodation is in a local village homestay which will provide youwith a unique cultural experience. (D)Ho Chi Minh CityLose yourself in the maze of Ho Chi Minh City’s central market. Write a quick postcard in the statelycolonial post office, one of the many French-era buildings that add grace to this modern metropolis.Dine out like a king at a local restaurant and take a step back in time at the spine-chilling WarRemnants Museum. You also have the option to visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels or go shopping inthe Ben Tranh Market. On the evening of Day 10, you take the overnight train to Nha Trang. (2B)Nha TrangSit on a perfect beach soaking up the sun. Opt for a nearby island boat trip to get in somesnorkelling before caking yourself in mud at a natural mudbath. Head off on an optional motorbiketour of the countryside. On Day 12, travel by overnight train northwards to Hoi An. (B)Hoi AnThe buildings in this 16th Century trading port bear traces of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese andFrench architectural styles. Hoi An is also a shopping Mecca for tourists. Tailors can produce virtuallyanything overnight so get yourself kitted out with a new wardrobe or take an optional cooking class!For sun-worshippers, Cua Dai Beach with its fine white sand and blue sea is just 4km from town. (B)20 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FR$3,59930 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAWat That Luang, Vientiane, LaosPatuxai, VientianeSihanoukville, Cambodia15-1718-192021-2223-242526-282930Hue / Halong Bay / Bai Chai HarbourExplore riverside garden tombs built for Vietnam’s last emperors or take a motorbike trip out intothe stunning countryside. On the evening of Day 16, board the overnight train to Hanoi. On Day17, arrive in the early morning into bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam before driving out tobeautiful Halong Bay. Float through the strangely-shaped islands that dot this vast, emerald bay in atraditional wooden junk (boat). Eat your fresh seafood lunch and later enjoy a pre-dinner swim beforeyou head to Cat Ba Island, where you’ll spend a peaceful and relaxing night. (2B, L)HanoiExplore one of dozens of traditional guild streets that make up Hanoi’s ancient Old Quarter and joinBuddhist monks for prayers in a serene lakeside pagoda. In the evening, you’ll have the option toattend a performance at the famous Water Puppet Theatre, whilst other optional sightseeing hereincludes a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Hoa Lo Prison or the Temple of Literature. (2B)VientianeA short flight takes you to the capital city of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discoverin Vientiane - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk. Visit Laos’ most importantnational monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to discoverneighbourhoods full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. Go in search of handicrafts and souvenirsat Vientiane’s vibrant, colourful markets. Round off the day with a spectacular sunset over theMekong at one of the many riverside restaurants. (B)Vang ViengThe quiet town of Vang Vieng is set along the Nam Song River amidst rice fields and limestone cliffs.Explore the caves by bike or stop off for a cold drink at one of the numerous bamboo bars. In theevening, soak in the beauty as the sun sets over the rippling river. (2B)Luang PrabangThe beautiful town of Luang Prabang has a magical feel about it. Nestled in the hills of northernLaos on the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, it is dotted with ornate temples and Frenchcolonial architecture. Check out the impressive Royal Palace Museum, untouched since the royalfamily departed in 1975. Opt to hop on a songthaew to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, where turquoisewaters cascade over limestone formations or cook up a storm in an optional cooking class. (2B)Mekong RiverBegin a two-day river cruise - a truly amazing ‘live like a local’ experience. Head up the mightyMekong River through magnificent jungle-covered hills to Pakbeng, an ethnic minority town.Experience an authentic overnight stay in a local village homestay, but bring your woolies if you’retravelling from Nov-Feb as it can get a little bit chilly. (B, D)Chiang Khong / Chiang MaiContinue by slow boat up the Mekong and cross over into Thailand at the Houeisay border. ChiangKhong is a small riverside town with cross-border trading from nearby villages. On Day 27, a drivethrough the hills of Northern Thailand takes you to Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturallysignificant city in the north of this country. Explore the city and visit the temple of Doi Suthep, catcha Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous Night Market. Spend Day 28 exploring ChiangMai before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok in the evening. (B, L)BangkokArrive back into Bangkok early in the morning and set out exploring the city’s many varied sights.Check out the Grand Palace, Wat Po, National Museum and Jim Thompson’s House - just for a fewsuggestions. A trip along the Chao Phraya River and through the canals (or klongs) gives you adifferent perspective of daily life in this busy city. Get out and about in the colourful nightlife andenjoy a few goodbye drinks with your new friends.BangkokIt’s the end of your South East Asian adventure! Your tour ends after breakfast.Floating market, Bangkok, Thailand21


INDOCHINA ENCOMPASSEDBangkok BangkokChiang KhongHanoiLuangPrabangHalong BaySOUTH EAST ASIAChiang MaiBangkokVientianeVang ViengTHAILANDAngkor WatVIETN AMSiem ReapCAMBODIAPhnom PenhLAOSHueHoi AnHo ChiMinh City(Saigon)Highlights• Experience the hutongs of Bangkok• See Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar• Journey the mighty Mekong River• Watch the monks in Luang Prabang• Get adventurous in Vang Vieng• Check out Hanoi’s hectic streets• Cruise through beautiful Halong Bay• Visit the ancient Angkor Wat complexDepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsYou might likeRegular departures, typically 2-3 timesper weekTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (24 nts), villagehomestay (1 nt) sleeper train (2 nts), junkboat (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, aircon bus, plane, songthaew, boat Meals: 24breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $600-800 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 TourCode: GAATIEMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,899Why not add an optional activity pack tocustomise your trip?South East Asia Adrenalin Bundle Fr $250Jungle ziplining (Bangkok, full day), cavetemple rappelling (Hoi An, half day) & SunsetATV Tour (Siem Reap, 1 hour)Thai & Vietnamese Culinary Bundle Fr $100Thai cooking (Bangkok, half day),Vietnamese cooking (Hoi An, half day)STATRAVEL.com/appA rainbow of colours, a cacophony of sounds, a melange of flavours. All this adds up toan infinitely memorable trip through the wonderful world of Indochina. To experience it allyou need a bit of time, and someone organising the nuts and bolts for you. Cue STA Travel!Jump on this stupendous trip and we’ll get you all the way from the cityscape of Bangkok tothe magnificent Mekong, and from Halong Bay’s luscious landscape to Cambodia’s ancientsights. This all-encompassing South East Asian bonanza takes you everywhere you want togo. Oh, and to those hidden gems you’ve never even heard of as well.DAY010203040506-0809-1011ITINERARYBangkokArrive in Bangkok at any time, grab your backpack and head out exploring! The frenetic pace of thecity can take a little adjusting to at first, but go with the flow and you’ll quickly find that Thailand’scapital is really getting under your skin. Meet your group and tour leader this evening, and perhapsenjoy a few beers and an optional dinner, getting to know your fellow travellers.BangkokToday you jump on board a longtail boat to discover Bangkok’s famous klongs (canals). Stop off atWat Po with its huge reclining Buddha for an introduction to Buddhist culture before some free timein the afternoon. Hunt out a bargain in Bangkok’s many shops and markets or keep it cultural with avisit to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keow. Take the overnight train to Chiang Mai. (B)Chiang MaiArrive into the northern city of Chiang Mai, an important Buddhist centre and home to more than300 temples. In the afternoon, check out the famous temple complex of Doi Suthep in its hillsidesetting outside of the city. Spend the rest of your free time cruising down a stream on a bamboo raftor honing your culinary skills with a cooking class. Not to be missed is the Night Bazaar, a series ofcovered markets, shops and stalls.Chiang KhongTravel onward to Chiang Khong and your guesthouse overlooking the churning Mekong River. Wanderthe local food market to sample traditional delicacies or sit back and enjoy the slow pace of life onyour last evening in Thailand. Check out the stunning views across the river to Laos and eagerlyanticipate your journey across the border.Mekong RiverToday your adventure through Laos begins. Cruise down the Mekong by slow boat watching local lifepass you by. If travelling between November-March, bring your woolies, the nights can get cold here!Luang PrabangSpend the next few days in the charming city of Luang Prabang. Your time here includes a visit to thePak Ou Caves, a dramatic sight housing thousands of Buddha statues, and a trip out to the stunningKuang Si waterfalls. Spend the rest of your time exploring the 32 temples or observing the localmonks collecting offerings. Then lick your lips ready for an included traditional Lao meal experience.(3B, D)Vang ViengA scenic drive through winding mountains takes you to the picturesque riverside town of Vang Vieng.Nestled along the Nam Song River and surrounded by limestone karsts, Vang Vieng is a great placeto explore the countryside by bicycle, go swimming or head into the caves. Alternatively, simply sinkinto the town’s chilled-out vibe, grab a beer and relax by the river or in one of the many cafés. Enjoya traditional homestay in a local village. (2B, D)VientianeArrive into one of Asia’s sleepiest capital cities, Vientiane. Enjoy the highlights of the city includingWat Sisaket (one of the city’s oldest and most fascinating temples), and That Luang, which is Laos’national symbol and one of its most sacred sites. Drop by the morning market, which in reality is anall-day affair selling virtually everything to everyone - it’s an authentic slice of daily life in Laos anddefinitely not to be missed. 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FR$4,44929 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAHalong Bay, VietnamChiang Mai, ThailandRoyal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia12-1314-151617-1920-212223-2425-272829HanoiA flight on Day 12 takes you away from quiet Laos and into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital ofVietnam. A leisurely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal are the perfectways to kick off your visit to this diverse country. On Day 13, you’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleumand Presidential Palace before setting off to Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and theMuseum of Ethnology. Late afternoon or early evening attend a performance at the famous WaterPuppet Theatre, a timeless tradition representative of the culture of rural Vietnam. (2B)Halong BayThousands of islands rise dramatically from the crystal-clear waters of Halong Bay. From the comfortof your sailing junk you can stop off at some of these islands, explore the many caves and jump intothe enticing water. Have a splash about before dining on delicious fresh seafood and chatting withyour new friends beneath a clear star-speckled sky. On the evening of Day 15, take the overnighttrain to Hue. (2B, 2L, D)HueArrive early into Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Visit Tien Mu Pagoda and the tomb of oneof the Nguyen Emperors or get out into the gorgeous surrounding countryside.Hoi AnIn the morning of Day 17, you will have a guided tour of Hue’s old Citadel, containing the ForbiddenPurple City modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing. Next you’ll cross over the scenic Hai Van Passon your way to Hoi An where you’ll stay for three nights. Stroll the historic streets, pause for lunchat riverside restaurants and hit the shops! Tailors here can produce virtually anything overnight, soit’s a great opportunity to refresh your wardrobe! For sun-worshippers, the sandy shores of Cui Daibeach are only 4km from town. (3B)Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi TunnelsFlight to Ho Chi Minh City, the sprawling metropolis that was once the capital of South Vietnam. Onthe morning of Day 21, you have a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels; a complex network of tunnelswhere the locals lived during the Vietnam War to keep safe. You have free time in the afternoon toexplore the city’s many sights. A visit to the immense Ben Thanh Market is a great way to while awaya few hours. (2B)Mekong DeltaTravel out of town to the start of the Mekong Delta, where the mighty Mekong River approachesand empties into the sea through numerous waterways. Board a boat and navigate the small canals,observing riverside life in the villages. (B)Phnom PenhCross into Cambodia and continue to Phnom Penh, where your time in this fascinating country beginswith a cyclo ride around the riverside capital. Day 24 gives you the opportunity to learn about thedarker side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeng Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields andTuol Sleng Prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge jail where thousands of Cambodians perished underthe regime of Pol Pot. (2B)Siem Reap / Angkor WatAfter a bus trip through the Cambodian countryside you arrive in Siem Reap, the stop-off point toexplore the magnificent Angkor Wat. This is the world’s largest religious building, and so expansiveis it, it’s hard to believe that it lay undiscovered until relatively recent times. As the former capital ofthe Khmer Empire and one of the wonders of the archaeological world, Angkor Wat is sure to takeyour breath away. Watch the sun rise over this ancient capital and see the famous ‘Tomb Raider’temple. Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food either at the Planeterra-supported New Hope projector in a local home. (3B, D)BangkokSay your goodbyes to Cambodia and re-acquaint yourself with the Kingdom of Thailand. Stare agogat the skyscrapers of Bangkok, a world away from Cambodia’s ancient sights. Tonight is your lastevening together, so make the most of it! Bangkok certainly has all you need for a great last nightout with your travel buddies, including some stylish rooftop bars for a celebratory cocktail. (B)BangkokSadly your trip ends today. Depart at any time, taking your fantastic memories with you. (B)23


INDOCHINA IN DEPTHBangkok BangkokMYANMAR(BURMA)MandalayBaganInle LakeChiang KhongKeng VangViengTungLuangPrabangHanoiHalong BayBai Chay HarbourSOUTH EAST ASIAYangonChiang MaiBangkokVientianeMekongRiverTHAILANDLAOSHueHoi AnSiem ReapAngkor WatVIETN AMCAMBODIAPhnom PenhSihanoukvilleMekong DeltaHo ChiMinh City(Saigon)Nha TrangHighlights• Revel in the majesty of Angkor Wat• Tuck into a local Khmer meal• Cruise along the Mekong River• Relax on the beaches of Sihanoukville• Snorkel vibrantly-coloured reefs• Cruise the magical Halong Bay• Scour markets across five countries• Explore ancient temples in BurmaDepartures 2015/16STARTFINISHMay 15 Jun 24Jun 12 Jul 22Jul 10 Aug 19Aug 14 Sep 23Sep 11 Oct 21Sep 25 Nov 04InclusionsSTARTFINISHOct 09 Nov 18Oct 23 Dec 02Nov 13 Dec 23Nov 27 Jan 06Dec 04 Jan 13Dec 18 Jan 27STARTFINISH2016Jan 08 Feb 17Jan 22 Mar 02Feb 12 Mar 23Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(35 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), homestays(2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: Localbus, air con bus, private vehicle, train, tuktuk, local boat, junk boat, plane Meals: 30breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Budget:Allow USD $900-1,150 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 TourCode: GAATIIMy Own Room Available: Fr $2,879You might likeFocus on CambodiaCambodia on a Shoestring(10 days, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City)(GAATRC) see page 84 Fr $1,149Focus on Myanmar (Burma)Burma on a Shoestring(14 days, Chiang Mai to Bangkok)(GAATTB) see page 78 Fr $2,299If you think it’s impossible to cover all of Indochina in 41 days, you’re wrong! This epic, fastpacedjourney covers five countries in Southeast Asia and is the perfect snapshot for thosekeen to see it all. From Thailand and Cambodia to Vietnam, Laos and Burma, your days willbe jam-packed with activities including visiting the mesmerising Angkor Wat, trekking withhilltribes in Burma, cruising on the aquamarine waters of Halong Bay and exploring templesand markets. And, with two overnight homestays, sleeper trains and a few flights thrown into ensure you waste no time, you can sit back and enjoy this mind-blowing region.DAY0102-0304-0506-070809-1011-1213-14ITINERARYBangkokOn your first day, you’re free to relax and explore Bangkok’s intoxicating capital. Take a tuk tuk tothe Grand Palace or haggle your way down Khao San Road. There’ll be a group meeting this eveningwhere you’ll meet your fellow travellers and tour leader, perhaps heading out afterwards for a Chang!Siem Reap / Angkor WatLeave Bangkok behind and head out into the fresh air and breathtaking scenery of Cambodia, whereyour first stop is Siem Reap. Home to the intricate temples and palaces of the vast Angkor Wat, thisformer capital of the Khmer Empire is an archaeological wonder and the largest religious buildingin the world. Built to replicate the heavens on earth, photographs don’t do it justice. Marvel at thetantalising blend of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, check out Ta Promh, the ‘Tomb Raider’ templeand tickle your tastebuds tonight with a delicious Khmer dinner. (2B, D)Phnom PenhArrive into Phnom Penh, the riverside city where modern high-rise buildings blend with pagodas andtemples. Sip coffee in a colourful café, wander shaded streets and test your haggling skills in thrivingmarkets full of textiles and curios. Options include visiting the incredibly moving site of Choeung Ek(Killing Fields), the Central Market, Cambodia’s National Museum and the Royal Palace. (2B)SihanoukvilleYour next couple of days will be filled with a little slice of beachy paradise. Whilst you’re here, takea swim in warm waters, peek into the vibrantly-coloured underwater world with a snorkel or take aboat trip out to one of the uninhabited islands. As the sun sets, kick back with some freshly-caughtseafood and a refreshing drink. Allow yourself to get sucked into Sihanoukville’s laid-back lifestyleand you’ll leave recharged and raring to go. (B)Mekong DeltaHead across the Vietnamese border driving from Sihanoukville to Can Tho in the intriguing MekongDelta. Today, you’ll get to relax on a boat trip through its myriad convoluted waterways. Soak up therich, green river world of orchards, rice fields, floating markets and cottage industries. Your homefor the night will be in a local village homestay allowing you to get to the heart of local life. (D)Ho Chi Minh CityFormally known as Saigon, the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh is now a hub of activity. Lose yourselfin the maze of the central market, sip a drink in a rooftop bar and admire the French-era buildings.Feast on delicious pancakes at a local restaurant and step back in time at the fascinating WarRemnants Museum. Opt to visit the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels tunnels or shop ‘til you drop in the BenTranh Market. On Day 10, sleep onboard your night train to Nha Trang. (2B)Nha TrangCatch some rays in the beachside paradise of Nha Trang. Opt for an island boat trip to get in somesnorkelling before caking yourself in mud at a natural mudbath. Whizz off on an optional motorbiketour of the countryside before travelling on an overnight train northwards to Hoi An on Day 12. (B)Hoi AnThe buildings in this 16th Century trading port bear traces of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese andFrench architectural styles so keep your camera handy for some snaps. Stock up on some new bitsand bobs in this shopping Mecca and test your skills with an optional cooking class! For sundowners,Cua Dai Beach with its fine white sand and blue sea is just 4km from town. (B)24 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FR$5,19941 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAMekong River, LaosBangkok, ThailandAngkor Wat, CambodiaNha Trang, VietnamLongboat cruise, Bangkok, Thailand15-1617-1920-2223-2425-2627-3031-3334-3536-383940-41HueHeading north, travel to the charming and picturesque city of Hue. Whilst you’re here, opt to explorethe countryside on a cyclo ride to the fascinating Royal Citadel containing the former Imperial Palace.This spectacular site was badly bombed during the French and American wars and although much ofit is now in ruins, it’s well worth a visit. Later, ride a boat down the Perfume River, stroll past pondsand lacquered red pavilions then board an overnight train to Hanoi. (2B)Halong Bay / Bai Chai Harbour / HanoiTake in the dramatic site of Halong Bay where you’ll find thousands of islands jutting from luminousaquamarine waters. Aboard a traditional junk boat, feast on a succulent seafood lunch before cruisingthe islands and caves. On Day 18, get stuck into the sights and sounds of Hanoi with an orientationtour through the Old Quarter. If you’ve got time, opt to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Temple ofLiterature and the Hoa Lo Prison, or browse the shops in the Old Quarter. (2B, L)Vientiane / Vang ViengA short flight brings you into Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Choose to visit temples, see the goldenstupa of That Luang or scour the market for some goodies. Off to Vang Vieng on Day 21, soak upthe beautiful limestone karsts. With your free time, hike and bike around the tapestry of vibrantgreen paddy fields, splash around with a swim or go caving. (3B)Luang PrabangOnce a tiny mountain kingdom, Luang Prabang is where you’ll find exquisite French-Indochinesearchitecture, delicious cuisine, rich culture and its most sacred Buddha image, the Pha Ban. Witnessthe giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and browse the night market. If you’re eager to whip up astorm, take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off with a dip in the Kuang Si Waterfalls. (2B)Mekong River / Chiang KhongCruise the world’s 12th-longest river, the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving to a villagehomestay for the night. Continue cruising the river the next day then cross into Thailand. (2B, L, D)Chiang Mai / KengtungArrive to Chiang Mai at any time today. Thailand’s second city has plenty on offer so set out toexplore its temples or catch a Thai boxing match. On Day 29, cross the border into Burma then travelinland to Kengtung, the capital of the Golden Triangle region nestled in largely deforested mountains.Take in spectacular views on an included full-day trek through rice paddies dotted by varioushilltribes and learn of the way of life that has changed little in centuries. (B)Inle LakeToday catch a quick flight to serene Inle Lake, one of Burma’s top attractions. The lake is home to theIntha tribe, stilt-house villages and floating gardens. Choose to explore the area on a bike and takea cooking class to learn about the traditional cuisine. Why not take to the water and explore the lakeby boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens? (3B)BaganAfter a full day on the road, visit the ancient site of Bagan, located on the banks of the IrrawaddyRiver and home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and ruinsin the world, and embark on a sunset temple tour. Next day is yours to visit nearby local villages orfurther explore the ruins site with its many temples and stupas. (2B)MandalayToday takes you to Mandalay where you’ll dive into an included orientation walk. You’ll also visit thenearby village to get a closer glimpse into local life. Choose to explore Mandalay’s ancient temples orpay a visit to the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, set on a wide, shallow lake where youcan opt to traverse the world’s longest teak bridge. On Day 38, catch a night train to Yangon. (3B)YangonWelcome to Burma’s largest city. Boasting stunning lakes, shady parks and lush tropical trees, enjoyan orientation walk and learn about the diversity of its cultures, communities and religions. Visit theincredible Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site.BangkokCatch a flight back to Thailand and its bustling capital of Bangkok to enjoy a final night out, Thaistyle.On Day 41, bid your farewells as your adventure ends and depart at any time. (B)25


BIG INDOCHINA ADVENTUREBangkok HanoiFR$5,15525 DAYSHighlights• Explore bustling canals in Bangkok• Plunge into refreshing Kuang Si Falls• Tuck into modern Cambodian cuisine• Watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat• Stay with locals in the Mekong Delta• Soak up the rays on Nha Trang beach• Sail off on a Chinese-style junk boat• Learn the ways of the ethnic tribesSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHJan 04 Jan 28 Apr 12 May 05 Aug 23 Sep 15Jan 11 Feb 03 Apr 19 May 12 Sep 06 Sep 28Jan 18 Feb 09 Apr 26 May 19 Oct 25 Nov 17Jan 25 Feb 15 May 03 May 26 Nov 01 Nov 25Feb 01 Feb 25 May 10 Jun 02 Nov 08 Dec 01Feb 08 Mar 03 May 17 Jun 09 Nov 15 Dec 08Feb 15 Mar 10 May 24 Jun 16 Nov 22 Dec 15Feb 22 Mar 17 May 31 Jun 23 Nov 29 Dec 22Mar 01 Mar 25 Jun 14 Jul 07 Dec 06 Dec 28Mar 08 Mar 31 Jun 28 Jul 21 Dec 13 Jan 05Mar 15 Apr 07 Jul 12 Aug 04 Dec 20 Jan 12Mar 22 Apr 14 Jul 26 Aug 18 Dec 27 Jan 19Mar 29 Apr 21 Aug 02 Aug 26Apr 05 Apr 24 Aug 09 Sep 01Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:3 star hotels (20 nts), guesthouse (2 nts),overnight train (1 nt), boat (1 nt) Transport:Private coach, plane, train, boat Meals:24 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager, local English-speakingguides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code:COBICAMYANMARVIETNAM(BURMA) LuangHanoiPrabangHalong BayPakbengLAOSChiang RaiVangChiang Mai ViengVientianeHueDa NangTHAILANDHoi AnSiemBangkok ReapCAMBODIA NhaTrangPhnom PenhHo ChiMinh CityMekong DeltaYou might likeIsland Hopping in ThailandThai Island Hopper East Fr $1,129Thai Island Hopper West Fr $1,195(COTIKS/COTIPH) - see pages 48/49STATRAVEL.com/appSpend 25 days indulging in South East Asia, on this trip designed exclusively for 18-35 yearolds. Wind your way around this amazing collection of countries getting a taste for a localway of living. Cycle through the countryside, cruise through riverscapes and roll throughthe terrain in a private comfy coach... while six included internal flights mean you can seefour fabulous countries in less than a month! From the bustle of Bangkok to the serenity ofThailand’s north, the amazing colours of Vietnam, the archaeological treasures of Laos andthe rich-but-tragic past of Cambodia, it’s an incredible mix of good times in great places.DAY01-0304-0506-0910-1314-1819-2223-25ITINERARYLuang Prabang, Laos.Bangkok / Chiang MaiArrive into busy Bangkok, where people from all walks of life share the streets. Meet your group andhead out to explore the city by night. On Day 2, you’ll check out the sights before sailing along theklongs (canals) on a typical Thai boat. After an overnight train, you’ll wake up in chilled-out ChiangMai on Day 3. Visit the Wat Phrathat temple and listen to pilgrims ringing bells. Explore your way,maybe relax with a Thai massage or take a cooking class before scouting the Night Bazaar. (2B)Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai / PakbengTravel to Chiang Rai, a quiet town and gateway to the ethnic tribes of Northern Thailand. On Day 5,cross the border into laid-back Laos. Travel down the famous Mekong River on a private boat. Glidepast remote villages, hillside crop farms and bamboo fish traps as you soak up the scene. (2B, L, D)Pakbeng / Luang Prabang / Vang ViengVisit the Pak Ou Caves on the way to this UNESCO World Heritage mountain kingdom, Luang Prabang.Marvel at temples, brightly-robed monks and the Wat Xieng Thong Monastery. Take a trip to thenearby Kuang Si Falls for a refreshing swim or visit the historic Royal Palace for a taste of localhistory. On Day 8, drive through limestone-dotted scenery to Vang Vieng. Spend Day 9 cyclingthrough the countryside or taking a swim in the river. (4B, L)Vang Vieng / Vientiane / Phnom Penh / Siem ReapHead to Vientiane; the French-influenced capital of Laos where you’ll have a guided tour of the city.On Day 11, say goodbye Laos and hello Cambodia. In Phnom Penh, enjoy dinner at Friends Restaurantwhich helps train disadvantaged young people in hospitality. Visit the Killing Fields and Tuol SlengGenocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia’s dark past, then settle in for theevening right by the Mekong. On Day 12, fly to Siem Reap. Cruise on Tonle Sap, South-East Asia’sbiggest freshwater lake before getting an early night ready for sunrise over the incredible AngkorWat. Get your camera ready for the awesome Buddhas and temples entwined with trees. (4B, D)Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh City / Nha TrangToday, you’ll catch a flight into vibrant Vietnam. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is anup-and-coming metropolis of urban activity. On Day 15, explore the colourful floating markets ofVietnam’s Mekong Delta on a traditional sampan boat. On Day 16, head back to Ho Chi Minh City viathe Viet Cong’s tunnels in Cu Chi. On Day 17, it’s a change of scene, you’ll hear Vietnam’s stories ona city tour and peruse the sobering War Remnants Museum. That afternoon you’ll fly to Nha Trang,famous for its sweeping golden beaches and turquoise waters. Do your own thing or opt for a trip toexplore the waters of Nha Trang, and a chance to go swimming and snorkelling. (5B, L, D)Nha Trang / Hoi An / Hue / HanoiFly to Da Nang and hop on a bike as the sun sets into the countryside or opt for a cooking class. OnDay 20 you can choose to explore the temples of My Son. On Day 21, take in coastal views as youtravel on to the former imperial city of Hue. Start with a visit to Hue’s Imperial Citadel by cyclo, thenstop at the Thien Mu Pagoda and learn about the Hue Massacre. On Day 22, fly to Hanoi. Take a tourof the Temple of Literature and explore the city’s maze of back streets. (4B)Hanoi / Halong Bay / HanoiBoard a Chinese-style junk boat in beautiful Halong Bay and cruise overnight through the waters ofthis UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll stop for a swim in an idyllic lagoon before docking at DaoTitop for sunset. Settle back under the stars before you head back to Hanoi in the afternoon of Day24. On Day 25, enjoy a final breakfast and say goodbye to your new buddies. (3B, 2L, D)26 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ASIAN ADVENTUREBangkok Siem ReapFR$2,65514 DAYSHighlights• Ride a tuk-tuk in energetic Bangkok• Relax on a cruise on the Mekong River• See local life at a Laotian guesthouse• Trek through lush tropical jungle• Visit Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields• Bike tour of pretty Luang Prabang• Relax in the serenity of Chiang Mai• Watch the sun rise over Angkor WatDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 17Jan 11 Jan 24Jan 18 Jan 31Jan 25 Feb 07Feb 01 Feb 14Feb 08 Feb 21Feb 15 Feb 28Feb 22 Mar 07Mar 01 Mar 14Mar 08 Mar 21Mar 15 Mar 28Mar 22 Apr 04Mar 29 Apr 11Apr 05 Apr 18START FINISHApr 12 Apr 25Apr 19 May 02Apr 26 May 09May 03 May 16May 10 May 23May 17 May 30May 24 Jun 06May 31 Jun 13Jun 14 Jun 27Jun 28 Jun 11Jul 12 Jun 25Jul 26 Aug 08Aug 02 Aug 15Aug 09 Aug 22START FINISHAug 23 Sep 05Sep 06 Sep 19Oct 25 Nov 07Nov 01 Nov 14Nov 08 Nov 21Nov 15 Nov 28Nov 22 Dec 05Nov 29 Dec 12Dec 06 Dec 19Dec 13 Dec 26Dec 20 Jan 02Dec 27 Jan 09Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Discovery Plus Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:3 star hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt),overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Plane,private coach, overnight train, boat Meals:13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners GroupLeader: Trip Manager, local English-speakingguides Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code:COASADChiang RaiChiang MaiBangkokPakbengLAOSVang ViengVientianeTHAILANDVIETNAMLuang PrabangSiem ReapCAMBODIAPhnom PenhAllow yourself to be whisked around Asia the easy way with a bunch of like-mindedtravellers. This fabulous trip will take you to three different countries - Thailand, Cambodiaand Laos, each of them unique and unforgettable. Stay in comfy three-star hotels enjoyinga host of amazing experiences at every stop. From the bright lights of Bangkok to culturalChiang Mai, onward to the chilled-out waterways of the Mekong before getting an insightinto Cambodia’s troubled past, you’re guaranteed an amazing contrast at every turn. Theperfect intro to South East Asia!DAY01-0203040506-0708-0910-1112-14ITINERARYBangkokBig, booming, bustling Bangkok - the gateway to Asia. Meet your crew before sampling the variednightlife. Neon lights, night markets or classy cocktails anyone? On Day 2, it’s a cultural morningvisiting the incredible Grand Palace before cruising the klongs (canals) to experience the local way ofliving. In the evening, board an overnight train north to Chiang Mai. (B)Bangkok / Chiang MaiArriving into Chiang Mai, inhale the refreshing mountain air and soak up its spiritual atmosphere.Check out Wat Phrathat and take part in a Buddhist blessing ceremony while you’re there. You couldalso whip up some authentic Thai food with an optional cooking class, chill by the pool or visit thefamous night market. (B)Chiang Mai / Chiang RaiTravel through a landscape of stunning rice paddies to Chiang Rai, a gateway town for trekking in thesurrounding jungle. Visit Wat Rong Khun, the unconventional modern Buddhist temple. Opt for a tripout to visit the hilltribes and meet the charming Akha, Yao, Lanu and Karen people, before heading toChiang Rai, the former imperial city. Eat amongst the locals at the town’s night bazaar and find outwhat the colourful Thai nightlife has to offer. (B)Chiang Rai / PakbengCrossing the Thai/Laos border, you’ll board a private traditional boat and cruise the mighty MekongRiver, taking sneak peeks of local life in remote waterside villages. This journey alone depictsa stereotypical day in South East Asia. Stay at a local guesthouse in Pakbeng for an authenticovernight Laos experience. (B, L, D)Pakbeng / Luang PrabangArrive in the historic hotspot of Luang Prabang. Visit the Pak Ou Caves, marvel at gold-spiredtemples, royal buildings, monks in their colourful robes and the Wat Xieng Thong Monastery. Catchstunning views on a sunset walk up Mt. Phu Si. Munch on local food at the market and head out tothe beautiful cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls. (2B, L)Luang Prabang / Vang ViengToday it’s on to riverside Vang Vieng, an outdoor adventurer’s heaven. Spend your days exploring thisactivity capital of Laos by bike, or don your speedos and dive into one of the many swimming holes.While away the evenings checking out the buzzing nightlife in this vibrant backpacker town. (2B)Vang Vieng / Vientiane / Phnom PenhHead to Vientiane, the French-influenced capital of Laos. Visit the COPE support and rehab centre,the religious symbol of Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Monument. On Day 11, travel by plane tothe capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Walk down tree-lined boulevards and past gleaming palaces.You’ll visit the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the Khmer Rouge regimeand Cambodia’s dark and troubled past. Tonight enjoy dinner at Friends Restaurant which helps traindisadvantaged young people in hospitality. (2B, D)Phnom Penh / Siem ReapFly to Siem Reap before taking a private boat cruise to see the unique floating villages found here.Get up for sunrise and travel by tuk-tuk to the incredible 13th Century Angkor Wat - one of thebiggest religious monuments ever built. Enjoy your last night and reminisce on your incredible Asianjourney. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 14. (3B)SOUTH EAST ASIA27


VIETNAM, LAOS, THAILAND ON A SHOESTRINGHo Chi Minh City BangkokFR$2,49922 DAYSHighlights• Tour Ho Chi Minh’s markets• Try superb seafood in Nha Trang• Get yourself a tailored suit in Hoi An• Sail the picture-perfect Halong Bay• Wander the streets of Vientiane• Learn about Luang Prabang’s history• Browse the markets of Chiang Mai• Cruise the mighty Mekong RiverSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015Jan-Mar,Jun-Jul& Oct-DecApr-May &Aug-SepInclusionsDailyLuangPrabangMekong RiverChiangKhongChiangMaiYou might likeRegular departures, typically 5-6 timesper weekTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simplehotels (16 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts), localhomestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, aircon bus, train, tuk-tuk, local boat, junk boat,plane Meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1dinner Budget: Allow USD $425-490 formeals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVVLMy Own Room Available: Fr $919VIETNAMHanoiCAMBODIAHalongBayVangHueVieng VientianeLAOS Hoi AnTHAILANDBangkokNhaTrangHo ChiMinh CityFocus on VietnamVietnam on a Shoestring(12 days, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi)(GAAVRV) see page 87 Fr $1,149Focus on Laos & ThailandLaos & Thailand on a Shoestring(12 days, Hanoi to Bangkok)(GAAVRL) see page 30 Fr $1,499STATRAVEL.com/appFrom the dazzling blue waters and intricate city streets of Vietnam to the exotic traditionsof Laos, this adventure promises more than your average saunter through South East Asia.Starting in hectic Ho Chi Minh City and finishing in the even more hectic city of Bangkok,you’ll be in awe at every turn. Step into Laos, a land that time seems to have forgottenabout - full of serene landscapes and ancient customs. A jaunt through northern Thailandand a visit to the charming cultural capital of Chiang Mai completes your trip, beforebouncing into Bangkok, wide-eyed with wonder.DAY01-0203-0607-0910-1213-1415-1617-1819-2021-22ITINERARYHo Chi Minh CityArrive into Ho Chi Minh City at any time and set out to explore the city. Lose yourself in the maze ofHo Chi Minh City’s central market, where you’ll find everything from woven silk fabrics to flanks ofbeef. On Day 2, take an overnight train to the beach resort of Nha Trang. (B)Nha Trang / Hoi AnTake a boat trip into the dazzling blue bay that surrounds this vibrant beach town and see theunderwater world. Stop to swim at a pristine beach or take a motorbike tour of the area. Board anovernight train on Day 4 to Da Nang (the jumping-off point for the attractive town of Hoi An). OnDay 5, wander through the picturesque streets of Hoi An, a 16th Century trading port, where thebuildings bear traces of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and French architectural styles. (2B)Hue / Halong Bay / Bai Chai HarbourExplore the riverside garden tombs of Hue built for Vietnam’s last emperors, or take a motorbike tripout to the stunning countryside. Overnight train to Hanoi. On Day 9, float through the islands thatdot this vast emerald bay in a wooden junk boat and munch on fresh seafood in a sumptuous lunch.Spend the night in the harbour town of Bai Chai and sit out under the stars. (2B, L)Hanoi / VientianeExplore traditional guild streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter or join Buddhist monks for lakeside prayers.On Day 12, a short flight takes you to the capital city of Laos. Quiet and relaxed, Vientiane has awealth of charms. Opt to visit temples, the National Museum, That Luang or markets. (3B)Vang ViengAdmire the fantastic limestone rock scenery and get the adrenalin pumping with hiking, biking andcaving opportunities. On Day 14, explore some of the caves by bike or take a relaxing walk. In theevening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river. (2B)Luang PrabangNestled in the hills of northern Laos on the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, LuangPrabang is studded with ornate temples and French colonial architecture. Explore this beautiful townof multi-cultural traditions and rich heritage. (2B)Mekong River / Chiang KhongPrepare for a breathtaking journey as you cruise up the mighty Mekong River. Tonight, experience atraditional overnight homestay in a local village for an authentic spot of cultural exchange. On Day18, continue by boat up the Mekong and cross into Thailand at the Houeisay border. Chiang Khong isa small riverside town with cross-border trading from nearby villages. Spend the night here. (2B, L, D)Chiang MaiArrive into Chiang Mai. Free time here to explore this northern Thai city, visit the temple of DoiSuthep, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night markets. Catch an overnighttrain to Bangkok on Day 20.BangkokArrive into Bangkok with its chaotic streets and colourful markets. Visit the Grand Palace, Wat Po,National Museum and take a trip along the Chao Phraya River to get a different perspective of dailylife in this busy city. Enjoy your final night with authentic Thai food and perhaps some beers withyour new travel friends before your tour comes to an end on Day 22. (B)28 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


THAILAND &LAOS ADVENTUREINDOCHINAFR$1,999 CYCLEFR$2,589Bangkok Hanoi 14 DAYS Ho Chi Minh City Bangkok12 DAYSBuddha Park, Vientiane, LaosHighlights• Experience manic Bangkok and explore Chiang Mai’s night bazaar• Cruise the mighty Mekong River and see the Pak Ou Caves• Soak up the vibe of Vientiane and get wet under the waterfallsSihanoukville, CambodiaHighlights• Cycle back in time at Angkor Wat and explore its temples• Ride between the jungle, mangrove forests and beaches of Ream N.P.• Stay with a local Vietnamese family by the Mekong RiverSOUTH EAST ASIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0809-1112-14Bangkok / Chiang MaiArrive into the energetic world of Thailand’s capital city, at any time.On Day 2, cruise through the klongs (canals) of Bangkok’s backstreetsand stop by Wat Po to check out the huge reclining Buddha on aguided tour. Travel by overnight train to Chiang Mai and visit thecity’s most famous temple, Doi Suthep, before indulging in its greatfood, bustling night bazaar and eclectic hilltribe culture. (B)Chiang Khong / Mekong River / Luang PrabangAfter a five-hour bus ride, arrive in Chiang Khong and relax at yourguesthouse overlooking the mighty Mekong River. On Day 5, beginthe journey down one of the world’s longest rivers by slow boatand cross the border into Laos. Luang Prabang will greet you with anumber of historic temples, multi-cultural locals and vibrant markets.Enjoy a tour of the legendary Pak Ou Caves and a visit to the KuangSi waterfalls, including a local meal. (3B, D)Vang Vieng / VientianeA scenic drive through the mountains takes you to picturesque VangVieng, an adventure-lover’s nirvana - get your thrills swimming,tubing or exploring caves. Experience a traditional overnight stay in alocal village and a dinner of Laotian food on Day 9. Next day, exploreVientiane - from its eclectic blend of French and Lao architecture tothe riverside cafés, quiet temples and lively markets. (3B, D)HanoiTake a short flight to Hanoi and get ready for a whirlwind ofactivity and colour. Hanoi offers endless temptations in the shopsand markets of the old quarter, relaxing lakeside coffee shops,fascinating museums and unbeatable food. Check out a performanceof water puppetry. Your tour ends on Day 14. (3B)01-0203-0506-1011-12Ho Chi Minh CityRock up to one of Vietnam’s most thriving cities, Ho Chi Minh, at anytime today. Next morning, cycle to the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn aboutthe Vietnam-American war. Later, continue to the Mekong Delta fora ferry transfer to Tra On island where you’ll spend the night in atraditional homestay with a local Vietnamese family. (B)Mekong River / Sihanoukville / Ream National ParkEarly start this morning as you visit the floating markets then cyclearound the local villages alongside the Mekong River. On Day 4,take a public bus to the white-sand beaches of Sihanoukville andtreat yourself to some fresh seafood or opt to join a boat trip fora day snorkelling on an uninhabited island. On Day 5, cycle throughmangrove swamps, Buddhist temples, tropical jungles and stunningbeaches in Ream N.P. (3B, D)Phnom Penh / Siem ReapOn arrival to Phnom Penh today take a guided tour of the city thenexplore the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace.In the morning of Day 7, cycle out of Phnom Penh to learn aboutCambodia’s painful history on your visit to the ‘Killing Fields’ ofChoeung Ek and the Tuol Sleng prison. On Day 8, transfer to thecapital of the Khmer Empire, Siem Reap, and next day take a bike rideto the famous Angkor Wat and its impressive temple complex. Enjoya guided tour then opt to visit the Tonle Sap floating village or theAngkor Museum. Day 9 is yours to explore more of Angkor Wat. (5B)BangkokWelcome to Thailand’s buzzing capital city of Bangkok. Next morning,opt for a cycle tour of the city before bidding farewell to your groupas your trip finishes in this afternoon. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (11 nts), sleeper train(1 nt), village homestay (1 nt) Transport: Train,local bus, air con bus, boat, songthaew, taxi,cyclo, plane Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $265-350 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATBHMy Own Room Available: Fr $809Departures 2015Jan-DecRegular departures,typically 1-3 times per weekVIETNAMPakbengLuangPrabangChiangKhongChiangMaiVang ViengTHAILANDBangkokVientianeHanoiLAOSInclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Guesthouses/hotels (10nts), basic homestay (1 nt) Transport: Localbus, charter bus, bike Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1dinner Budget: Allow USD $265-350 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 12Tour Code: GAAVICMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015STARTFINISHJan 18 Jan 29Feb 22 Mar 05STARTFINISHMar 22 Apr 02Oct 18 Oct 29START FINISHNov 22 Dec 03THAILANDBangkokVIETNAMSiem ReapSihanoukvilleLAOSCAMBODIAPhnom PenhHo ChiMinh City29


LAOS & THAILAND ON A SHOESTRINGHanoi BangkokFR$1,49912 DAYSHighlights• Visit colourful, charismatic Hanoi• Admire French colonial architecture• Discover temple-dotted countryside• See the karsts of Vang Vieng• Float down the amazing Mekong Delta• Shop the night markets in Chiang Mai• Check out Bangkok’s buzzing nightlife• Enjoy the serenity of Luang PrabangSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015Jan-MarApr, Aug-SepMay, Jun-Jul& Oct-DecDailyRegular departures, typically 5-6 timesper weekDailyInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(9 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), local homestay(1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus,plane, slow boat, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $200-250for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAVRLMy Own Room Available: Fr $479PakbengChiangKhongChiangMaiYou might likeLuangPrabangVangViengVientianeTHAILANDVIETNAMBangkokHanoiLAOSExtend your tripIndochina Discovery(30 days, Bangkok to Bangkok)(GAATID) see page 20 Fr $3,599This all-singing, all-dancing adventure will show you the wonders of utterly tranquil Laosand the gems of northern Thailand. As you leave the dazzle of Hanoi behind, prepare tobe engulfed in French colonial style as you head into Laos. This endearing country boastswholesome people, a laid-back attitude to life and beautiful symbolic monasteries. Life afterLaos continues to get sweeter as you cruise the Mekong River and fall into the loving armsof the ‘Land of Smiles,’ more commonly known as Thailand. Enjoy its breathtaking beauty,bustle and iconic gold-spired Buddhist temples.DAY010203-0405-06070809-1011-12ITINERARYVang Vieng, LaosHanoiArrive into Hanoi at any time. Navigate the bustling streets, check out the local markets, eatdelicious street food and drink cheap local beer sitting on tiny plastic chairs at the side of the road.Go to a water puppet show, visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum toget your first cultural fix of Indochina.VientianeThis morning you’ll take a short flight to Vientiane; the laid-back capital of Laos. Here there is awealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, if you’re feeling lazy, by tuk-tuk. Optto visit Phat That Luang or simply meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find neighbourhoodsbrimming with friendly children, dogs and chickens. (B)Vang ViengA picturesque drive north takes you to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the NamSong River amidst rice fields and limestone karsts. On Day 4, opt to explore some of the caves and,in the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river. (2B)Luang PrabangWelcome to magical Luang Prabang! This beauty is nestled in the hills of northern Laos at theconfluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Luang Prabang is studded with ornate temples andinspirational French colonial architecture that will give you goosebumps. Witness the giving of almsto the Buddhist monks, opt to take a cooking class, ride a bike, visit temples, visit the Royal PalaceMuseum, Kuang Si Waterfalls and Bear Rescue Centre. If you have any energy left after all that,haggle your way round the bustling night markets, phew! (2B)Mekong RiverToday you will cruise the serpentine waterways of the verdant Mekong Delta on a long houseboat.The Mekong is a thriving centre of cottage industries, floating markets and orchards, which reallypersonifies a textbook Asian scene. Tonight, you’ll experience a village homestay. (B, D)Chiang KhongStart the day continuing your leisurely cruise up the Mekong River before arriving at the Laos/Thaiborder and crossing into Thailand later this afternoon. (B, L)Chiang MaiWind through charming countryside to Chiang Mai which is a popular location for any traveller toThailand and generally regarded as the capital of the north. This afternoon, you’ll have heaps of freetime to explore this fascinating and sacred city. Chiang Mai is enclosed by a moat and crumblingwalls and offers pretty scenery, traditional architecture, charming locals and vibrant markets; all witha strong Buddhist presence. Visit Doi Suthep or catch a traditional Thai boxing match. On Day 10,hop on board a local overnight train to travel south through the Thai countryside towards the bustleof Bangkok.BangkokOne of Asia’s most incredible cities, Bangkok will set your cultural tastebuds on fire! Check outfamous Wat Po Temple and the Grand Palace, as well as numerous neon-lit backstreets, rough-andreadynoodle shacks and noisy street vendors. Round the trip off by diving headlong into Bangkok’snightlife scene, which ranges from backstreet cabaret bars to stylish open-air cocktail places on topof the city’s skyscrapers. On Day 12, your adventure finishes after breakfast.30 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTH EAST ASIA EXPLORERSingapore Chiang MaiFR$2,79920 DAYSHighlights• Stroll the modern streets in Singapore• Visit teafields in Cameron Highlands• Explore the multicultural Penang• Enjoy a homestay in Krabi• Relax on stunning paradise beaches• Stay overnight in a floating rafthouse• Take a longboat klong tour in Bangkok• Browse the night market Chiang MaiDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 09 Apr 28Apr 23 May 12May 07 May 26May 21 Jun 09Jun 04 Jun 23Jul 02 Jul 21START FINISHJul 16 Aug 04Jul 30 Aug 18Aug 13 Sep 01Aug 27 Sep 15Sep 10 Sep 29Sep 24 Oct 13START FINISHOct 08 Oct 27Oct 22 Nov 10Nov 05 Nov 24Nov 19 Dec 08Dec 10 Dec 29Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi, ThailandSOUTH EAST ASIAInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses(4 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), simple hotels (11nts), sleeper train (2 nts), homestay (1 nt)Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry,songthaew, trishaw Meals: 12 breakfastsBudget: Allow USD $465-600 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12Tour Code: GAAGSRMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,269Chiang MaiKanchanaburiYou might likeVIETNAMLAOSTHAILANDAyutthayaCAMBODIABangkokKrabiPenangKuala LumpurCameron HighlandsMelakaSingaporeAdd on a Hilltribes TrekSouth East Asia Uncovered(24 days, Singapore to Chiang Mai)(GAAGSC) Fr $3,249Shorten Your TripColours of Asia(14 days, Singapore to Bangkok)(GAAGCA) see page 33 Fr $2,249Bangkok to Chiang Mai Express(GAATNR) Fr $799Taking in all the wonders of Southeast Asia shouldn’t be a hassle so we decided to make iteasy for you by putting together this sweet adventure from Singapore to Chiang Mai. Wehave filled it with colourful capitals, traditional cultures and tropical natural wonders andseasoned it with all the spice you would expect from these exotic regions. Get a taste ofhistory in Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, have a nice cup of tea in the Cameron Highlands,and experience the modernity of Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur while lounging onwhite-sand beaches along the way on this all-encompassing journey.DAY01-0203-0607-1213-1617-1920ITINERARYSingapore / MelakaArrive to modern Singapore at any time today. Stroll through the city’s fashionable streets, wanderaround antique shops in Chinatown or take a walk around one of the dozens of lush city parks. Meetyour group this evening then head out to enjoy sumptuous Singaporean cuisine and get to knowyour travel mates. On Day 2, cross into Malaysia and head to the old port town of Melaka. Dive headfirst into its intoxicating multi-cultural world of heritage architecture and mouth-watering smells ofdistinctive local cooking. Enjoy an included trishaw ride around the streets of old Melaka then opt fora city boat trip or explore the city’s temples, mosques, museums and forts.Kuala Lumpur / Cameron HighlandsArrive into Kuala Lumpur at lunchtime and take your time to stroll the streets and soak in its uniquecosmopolitan vibe. Take a guided city tour to see its impressive architecture and experience thefascinating cultural mix. In the evening, browse the night market sampling different cuisine andbargain hunting among the stalls. On Day 4, opt to visit the Petronas Towers, Islamic Arts Museumor Lake Gardens. In the morning of Day 5, head for a hill station in the Cameron Highlands. Opt fora half-day highlands tour before a full day rainforest expedition. See the Rafflesia (depending onseason), the world’s largest flower, visit an indigenous village, tea plantation and a reptile farm, thenenjoy jungle trekking and swimming at a waterfall. (2B)Penang / Krabi / Ao NangHead northwards to the island of Penang. Opt for a bicycle rickshaw tour to meander through thestreets of Georgetown, take a funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill, see the colourful bazaarsof the night markets or visit some of the many Chinese temples. On Day 9, cross into Thailand andenjoy a homestay in this tropical paradise. On Day 10, take a ferry through the magnificent islandsof the archipelago to the Thai port of Satun. Arrive to the guesthouse in Ao Nang, located close tothe beach and providing a perfect spot to mellow out and relax. Opt to go swimming, snorkelling,kayaking or take a Thai cooking class. On Day 12, take an overnight train to Bangkok. (4B)Bangkok / KanchanaburiArrive into unstoppable Bangkok and enjoy a one-hour longtail boat tour of its klongs (canals)finishing at the Royal Temple of Wat Po. Learn about Thai Buddhist culture and see the famousreclining Buddha then opt to visit the Grand Palace and National Museum or go shopping onKhao San Road. Day 14 is all yours to take all Bangkok has to offer. Next day, head to outdoorsyKanchanaburi and on to your floating rafthouse accommodation where you can relax and spend yourfree time exploring the surroundings. On Day 16, see the beautiful Erawan Falls and the impressivebridge on the River Kwai. (3B)Ayutthaya / Chiang MaiA two-hour drive will take you to Ayutthaya, the former royal capital of Thailand. Opt to visit ChanKasem National Museum and Chao Sam Phraya Museum then spend the next day exploring the cityand its historical sites before boarding an overnight train to Chiang Mai. On Day 19, wake up in thislively, vibrant and stunningly-located city with heaps to see and do including hundreds of sacredtemples. Visit the famous night market, take on a cooking class or head out of the city for a hilltribetrek, or visit elephant nature parks and the Golden Triangle. (2B)Chiang MaiYour trip ends today in this beautiful city. Bid farewell to your travel mates and feel free to depart atany time. Alternatively, stay on and continue exploring at your own pace. (B)31


INDOCHINA EXPLORERBangkok Siem ReapFR$4,25918 DAYSHighlights• Marvel at Angkor Wat at sunset• Browse and bargain at local markets• Observe the daily life of monks• Cruise along the stunning Halong Bay• Cycle around Ho Chi Minh’s sights• Explore the Pak Ou Caves• Learn about Cambodia’s dark history• Enjoy a traditional khantoke dinnerSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 20Feb 07 Feb 24Feb 21 Mar 10Mar 14 Mar 31Apr 18 May 05InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 23 Jun 09Jun 27 Jul 14Aug 01 Aug 18Sep 05 Sep 22Oct 10 Oct 27START FINISHNov 14 Dec 01Dec 12 Dec 29Dec 19 Jan 05Trip Style: Comfort Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Comfort hotels (16 nts),junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Private bus/van,boat, plane, tuk-tuk, plane, cyclo, traditionaljunk boat Meals: 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches,2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $300-400for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATICMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,149BangkokHalong BayHanoiVIETNAMLuang PrabangLAOSChiang MaiTHAILANDAngkor WatSiem ReapCAMBODIAPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)Ever dream of travelling through Indochina but couldn’t decide where to go? This trip is yourdream come true! Over 18 days you’ll journey from Bangkok to Siem Reap, and everywherein between, without scrimping on comfort or adventure. Observe monks going about theirdaily life in Chiang Mai, tour amazing museums, watch the sun paint the sky atop a hill inLuang Prabang, float past the stunning limestone islands of Halong Bay, and make like LaraCroft and head to Ta Prohm, the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple. Top your travels off with a healthydose of mouthwatering local cuisine and you’ve got yourself a return ticket to paradise!DAY01-0203-0405-0708-1011-1213-1415-18ITINERARYAngkor Wat, CambodiaBangkok / Chiang MaiArrive into Thailand’s frenetic capital city and settle in. The next day take to the canals to observelocals going about their daily lives. The decadent halls and murals of the Grand Palace, built in 1972,and the sacred emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew temple will be a favourite with culture lovers! Later,catch a flight to Chiang Mai. (B)Chiang MaiExplore the city, tackling the 300 steps to reach the top of the Doi Suthep, one of the most sacredBuddhist temples in Thailand. The spectacular views from the top are definitely worth the exercise!Tuck into an authentic khantoke dinner and take a trip to a local village. Opt to see the friendlycreatures at the Elephant Conservation Centre or visit some local handicraft workshops. The nextday, test out your culinary skills with a Thai cooking class and whip up some popular Thai dishes forlunch. Later, visit a lively night market to browse and bargain away the evening. (2B, L, D)Luang PrabangAs a World Heritage site, Luang Prabang is overflowing with cultural attractions and is small enoughto explore on foot. Visit the Royal Palace museum and the Wat Xiengthong and Wat Visoun templesbefore catching a boat to the Pak Ou Caves. These natural caves hide a treasure trove of Buddhiststatues left by pilgrims over the centuries - 3,000 to be exact! On Day 6, rise at dawn to observemonks collecting food offerings and giving blessings. Spend the afternoon visiting the stunningKuang Si Waterfall then watch the sun set atop Phuosi Hill. It’s up to you what you do on Day 7,whether it’s relaxing in one of the coffee shops or visiting the town’s 32 temples! (3B)Hanoi / Halong BayFly to Hanoi and take in its French colonial architecture and vast parks. Then, take a cyclo tour of thecity’s Old Quarter, stopping off for lunch at Hoa Sua, a training school for disadvantaged youth. OnDay 9, visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before driving to Bai Chay Harbour and boarding a traditionaljunk boat for the evening. With all the comforts of a hotel, cruise around Halong Bay and explore thebreathtaking limestone islands rising from the Bac Bo gulf. On Day 10, visit one of the caves on abamboo boat before heading back to dry land in Hanoi for shopping and museums. (3B, 2L, D)Ho Chi Minh CityFly to Ho Chi Minh City and take a thrilling cyclo tour of its main attractions. On Day 12, headunderground into the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels for a unique view of what life was like during theVietnam War. With the afternoon left free, head to Ben Thanh market or sail the Saigon River. (2B)Phnom PenhTake part in a cyclo tour around Phnom Penh’s main attractions, with an option of refreshing drinksat the famous Foreign Correspondents Club. On Day 14, explore the dark side of Cambodia’s historyunder the rule of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge with visits to Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of theinfamous Killing Fields, and the Tuol Sleng Prison. (2B)Siem Reap / Angkor WatDrive to Siem Reap and tour its entertainment district, with a stop off at an exciting night market,then head to Angkor at sunset to see the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, the world’s largestreligious monument. Visit other fantastic temples, such as Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, the ‘TombRaider’ temple, then travel to Mondul, one of the poorest areas of Cambodia. Witness the good workproject New Hope is doing to help the underprivileged locals and taste the delights of Khmer cuisinethey prepare for you over lunch. On Day 18, depart at any time you wish. (4B, L)32 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


COLOURS OF ASIASingapore BangkokFR$2,24914 DAYSHighlights• Explore gleaming Singapore• Marvel at the Petronas Towers• Hike through the Cameron Highlands• Hunt out bargains at the markets• Snorkel in a marine paradise• Dine out on delicious Asian dishes• Jump into a whirlwind of Bangkok• Experience multi-cultural PenangDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 16Jan 10 Jan 23Jan 24 Feb 06Feb 07 Feb 20Feb 21 Mar 06Feb 28 Mar 13Mar 14 Mar 27Mar 28 Apr 10Apr 11 Apr 24InclusionsSTART FINISHApr 25 May 08May 09 May 22May 23 Jun 05Jun 06 Jun 19Jun 20 Jul 03Jul 04 Jul 17Jul 18 Jul 31Aug 08 Aug 21Aug 22 Sep 04START FINISHAug 29 Sep 11Sep 19 Oct 02Oct 03 Oct 16Oct 17 Oct 30Nov 07 Nov 20Nov 21 Dec 04Dec 05 Dec 18Dec 19 Jan 01Dec 26 Jan 08Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels (11 nts),sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry,songthaew, trishaw Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1dinner Budget: Allow USD $325-425 formeals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAGCAMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,039You might likeT H A I L ANDBangkokKrabiLangkawiPenangCameron HighlandsMALAYSIAKuala LumpurMelakaSingaporeExtend your tripNorthern Thailand Experience(12 days, Bangkok to Bangkok)(GAATNE) see page 46 Fr $1,379STATRAVEL.com/appExciting capital cities, traditional culture and tropical natural wonders - this trip is spicedwith all the flavour you’d expect from exotic Asia. Filled with golden temples and saffronrobedmonks, soft white beaches and blue skies, tantalising seafood and some of the world’sbest shopping spots, you’ll be guaranteed to have the time of your life. You’ll come homea sucker for the food, the climate and the bright and buzzing atmosphere that couldn’t befurther from your normal routine back home. Jump onboard for your Asian adventure, you’llnever look back!DAY010203-0405-0607-080910-121314ITINERARYSingaporeArrive into this modern and welcoming Asian haven at any time and set off for a wander around thecity. Explore the streets of Singapore’s ethnic districts such as Little India, Chinatown and the MalayQuarter (it’s like doing the whole of Asia in one whirlwind day) or head down to the brand new MarinaBay Sands casino and resort complex, three skyscrapers with a ship balanced on the top! Meet yourgroup and tour leader this evening and perhaps get to know them over an optional dinner.MelakaCross the border into Malaysia to the historic city of Melaka - a cultural mosaic - its rich heritageever apparent in its unique collection of Islamic mosques, Chinese temples, Portuguese architectureand fascinating museums. See the city on a bicycle rickshaw tour before taking an optional boat tripand trying the local Nyonya cuisine. (B)Kuala LumpurYou can’t think of Kuala Lumpur without the iconic and awe-inspiring Petronas Towers springing tomind. Enjoy a half-day tour of the city with your group. You’ll then have free time to set out andexplore the city and see everything from the Petronas Towers to the Islamic Arts Museum. (B)Cameron HighlandsHead for the Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia’s most famous hill stations surrounded by teaplantations and strawberry fields. The cooler weather up here makes it the perfect opportunity forchilling out and having a walk through the lovely cloud-covered forest. (B)PenangHire a bicycle rickshaw to meander the streets of Georgetown, soaking up the old Chineseatmosphere. Sample the variety of Chinese, Malay and Indian street foods, explore colourful nightmarkets and catch the funicular railway up Penang Hill for stunning mainland views. Spend theevening tasting delicious local food from one of the many street stands in Georgetown.KrabiLeave Malaysia and take the ferry to the Thai port of Satun. From there, travel by bus and songthaewto Krabi Province on the beautiful west coast. You will stay in a homestay close to the beach and aperfect spot to mellow out and relax. (D)Krabi / Ao NangTransfer from your homestay to a hotel. You have free time here to jump on an optional snorkellingtrip to heavenly Phi Phi island or entertain yourself on the amazing beaches. Feeling restless? Try aspot of rock climbing, sea kayaking or learn to cook your very own Thai feast at a cooking school.Some shopping might be on the agenda before jumping on a ferry and catching the overnight trainback to Bangkok on Day 12. (3B)BangkokAn early arrival into Bangkok leaves plenty of time to get to know this eclectic capital, with yourhotel offering the perfect base for discovering Khao San Road. Glide through the maze of ‘klongs’on a traditional longtail boat and visit the impressively-decorated Wat Pho Temple. Opt to visit theGrand Palace and National Museum or go shopping for bargains.BangkokYour amazing tour ends today and you are free to depart at any time you wish.Penang, MalaysiaSOUTH EAST ASIA33


BANGKOK TO SINGAPORE ON A SHOESTRINGBangkok SingaporeFR$1,74914 DAYSHighlights• Explore the frantic streets of Bangkok• Laze on Thailand’s idyllic beaches• Eat delicious Thai street food• Cool off under a refreshing waterfall• Cycle the charming streets of Penang• Wander Kuala Lumpur’s night markets• Absorb the vivid cultures of Melaka• Check out the city sights of SingaporeSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsMay-OctNov-AprYou might likeEvery Saturday & Selected Mondays andThursdaysTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(10 nts), basic bungalows (2 nts), sleeper train(1 nt), Transport: Train, local bus, minibus,ferry, songthaew, taxi Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1lunch Budget: Allow USD $265-350 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10Tour Code: GAATRMMy Own Room Available: Fr $909THAILANDBangkokChumpornKoh PhanganKrabiKoh SamuiKoh Phi PhiPenangCameron HighlandsMALAYSIAKuala LumpurMelakaSingaporeUpgrade your tripColours of Asia(14 days, Singapore to Bangkok)(GAAGCA) see page 33 Fr $2,249Flying into Bangkok and out of Singapore is easy to organise. Trying to successfully travelbetween these two destinations in only 14 days ain’t so simple. Deciding where to go,how to get there and where to lay your head when you arrive - all sounds a bit too muchlike hard work? Fear not, help is at hand! This hugely popular adventure trip will take careof all that giving you time to absorb the staggering highlights of Thailand, Malaysia andSingapore. With its combination of pulsating cities, delicious street food and luscious islandbeaches, this tour will give you a guaranteed fascinating insight into South East Asia.DAY010203-0506-0708-0910-111213-14ITINERARYBangkokArrive at any time and head out to explore this atmospheric, colourful and deliciously noisy city.BangkokJump aboard a longtail boat or maybe a tuk-tuk and explore Bangkok’s charismatic mix of markets,klongs and temples. Shop ‘til you drop at the wealth of mega markets, melt under the hands ofa relaxing Thai massage and feast both your eyes and belly on the tantalising Thai cuisine thatdominates the street scene. Yum! Take an overnight train later this evening to Chumporn. (B)Island HoppingMay-Oct (East Coast): a short boat ride takes you to the island of Koh Samui where you have thenext few days to explore its fabulous beaches and buzzing party nightlife. Take a tour of the islandor just kick back and enjoy the awesome beaches. Take an included day trip to the nearby island ofKoh Phangan. With everything from yoga and meditation courses, natural beauty and its famous FullMoon Parties, Koh Phangan has something for everyone. (L)Nov-Apr (West Coast): transfer to the laid-back town of Krabi and enjoy a few days on the beach onthe Andaman Sea. Take an included snorkelling trip to stunning Koh Phi Phi. Admire azure waters andcraggy cliffs. (L)PenangCross into Malaysia and take a scenic boat trip through a sheltered archipelago to arrive in Penang.The winding streets of Georgetown are best explored by bicycle rickshaw. Check out the fort’scolonial architecture, pop into the colourful Indian quarter and visit lively Chinatown. If time allows,a visit to the Butterfly Farm is superb. Indulge in a meal at the waterfront’s bustling night marketswhere you can choose between a delicious fusion of Chinese, Malay and Indian food. (2B)Cameron HighlandsHead for the Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia’s most famous hill stations. Established in 1885 byWilliam Cameron, a British surveyor, it is surrounded by pretty tea plantations and strawberry fields.The cooler weather is perfect for a relaxing walk through the cloud-covered forest. This is a greatplace to read a book, write a postcard or reflect on life and all its riches. (B)Kuala LumpurThere’s tons to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. Stare up at one of the world’s tallest buildings, explorethe famous Batu Caves or check out the Oran Asli Museum. Evenings are best spent sampling some ofthe finest cuisine in South East Asia and bargain-hunting in Chinatown’s night market. (B)MelakaWith its historic fusion of Chinese, Indian, Malay and Portuguese influences, Melaka remains oneof Malaysia’s great destinations. Try a riverboat ride, see local historic parks or climb the steps toSt. Paul’s Church. (B)SingaporeArrive into Singapore where you have a free afternoon to explore the city’s many attractions. Do thefamous night safari at Singapore’s world-class zoo or browse for bargains on Orchard Road. Splashout on your last night with a legendary Singapore Sling cocktail at the famous Raffles Hotel. (B)34 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BANGKOK TO BALI ON A SHOESTRINGBangkok Sanur (Bali)FR$3,59928 DAYSHighlights• Get lost in Bangkok’s busy backstreets• Explore Koh Phangan’s waterfalls• Hike through hillside rice terraces• See the grand Petronas Towers in KL• Take a ‘night safari’ at Singapore Zoo• Admire endless ancient temples• Wander Indonesian coffee plantations• Chill out on stunning beachesDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 30Jan 12 Feb 08Jan 26 Feb 22Feb 09 Mar 08Feb 23 Mar 22Mar 09 Apr 05Mar 23 Apr 19Apr 06 May 03Apr 20 May 17InclusionsTHAILANDINDONESIASTART FINISHMay 04 May 31May 18 Jun 14Jun 01 Jun 28Jun 15 Jul 12Jun 29 Jul 26Jul 13 Aug 09Jul 27 Aug 23Aug 10 Sep 06Aug 24 Sep 20Surat Koh PhanganThani Koh SamuiKrabiKohPhi PhiPenangCameronHighlandsMALAYSIAKuala LumpurMelaka SingaporeSTART FINISHSep 07 Oct 04Sep 21 Oct 18Oct 05 Nov 01Oct 19 Nov 15Nov 02 Nov 29Nov 16 Dec 13Nov 30 Dec 27Dec 14 Jan 10Dec 28 Jan 24Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Hotels (25 nts),sleeper train (1 nt), local homestay (1 nts)Transport: Train, local bus, minibus, ferry,songthaew, taxi, flight Meals: 18 breakfasts, 1lunch Budget: Allow USD $500-600 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10Tour Code: GAATBSMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,429BangkokMay-OctNov-AprBandungCianjurJakartaKalibaruMalangPemuteranYogyakartaTawangmangu Mt. Bromo SanurEver dreamt of an adventure which takes you from the infectious buzz of Bangkok to ancientIndonesian temples, and from the spine-tingling sunrise vistas of Mt. Bromo to the whitesandbeaches of Bali? South East Asia truly ticks every box on any traveller’s hitlist; ancientculture, friendly locals, blissful beaches, vibrant cities infused with a mesmerising blend ofspirituality and unforgettable beauty. Along the way, you can slurp down everything fromrice noodles and Pad Thai in Bangkok to peanut satay in Indonesia. Bangkok to Bali on aShoestring will show you exactly how to do South East Asia!DAY01-0203-0506-0910-1314-2021-2324-2627-28ITINERARYMt. Bromo, Java, IndonesiaBangkok / Koh PhanganAdapt to Bangkok’s lovably hectic pace, humid climate, backstreets and colourful markets before youmeet your fellow travellers later the first evening. On Day 2, wander the city’s neon alleyways andgolden-spired Buddhist temples. Later, embark on a journey by overnight sleeper train, sharing taleswith locals as you travel south to Surat Thani. (B)Island HoppingMay-Oct (East Coast): a short boat ride takes you to a tropical retreat of Koh Samui. Take a boattrip to the Thai treasure of Koh Phangan, boasting hammock-filled beaches, long-tail boats, Thaiwhisky buckets and rebellious Full Moon parties. (L)Nov-Apr (West Coast): transfer to the laid-back town of Krabi and enjoy a few days on the beach bythe Andaman Sea. Take an included snorkelling trip to stunning Koh Phi Phi. (L)Penang / Cameron HighlandsCross into Malaysia and take a scenic boat trip through the sheltered archipelago to Penang. Youreyes will be dazzled by colourful bazaars, noisy night markets and Chinese temples. Next up, theCameron Highlands, with their rolling green hills, tea plantations, strawberry fields and breathtakingmountain scenery. (3B)Kuala Lumpur / Melaka / SingaporeWelcome to one of South East Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, Kuala Lumpur. See the PetronasTowers, Chinatown and the KL Tower to name but a few. On Day 12, head to the old port town ofMelaka, the most important trading port in South East Asia back in the 15th Century. On Day 13,you’ll be immersed in Singapore’s mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures. Visit the NightSafari, take a harbour cruise or stop at Raffles Hotel for a cheeky Singapore Sling!Jakarta / Cianjur / Bandung / YogyakartaTake a short flight to Jakarta, the economic heart of Indonesia. Here you can chill with a cup of Javacoffee or walk around the old Dutch colonial heart of Kota. On Day 16, venture to Cianjur via Bogorto visit the floating villages or to perhaps teach English to local children. Enjoy an orientation walk ofthe sprawling city of Bandung on Day 17. On Day 18, you’ll take a scenic train journey to Yogyakarta,where you can visit the nearby Buddhist temple complex and town of Borobudur. (7B)Tawangmangu / Malang / Mt BromoToday, you will continue to Sukuh Temple to start a beautiful walk through small villages and farmsto Tawangmangu. On Day 22, head for Malang where you can check out the gorgeous parks, theSingosari Temple and the bird and flower market. On Day 23, you’ll be whisked through tropicallandscapes towards the grandeur of smouldering Mt. Bromo. (3B)Kalibaru / PemuteranTrek across the ‘Sea of Sand’ to watch the sunrise over Mt. Bromo’s crater. Next up, you’ll headthrough Kalibaru’s coffee plantations. On Day 25, your first night in Bali is spent close to the northshore of the island at Pemuteran, which is sandwiched between national parks containing coral reefsand rainforest. Opt for a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island. (2B)SanurHead south through Bali’s lovely countryside and rice paddy fields and enjoy a relaxing soak in somelocal hot springs en route to the exotic beach destination of Sanur. Unwind and depart anytime onDay 28. (2B)SOUTH EAST ASIA35


SOUTH EAST ASIA IN DEPTHBangkok Sanur (Bali)THAILANDBangkokCAMBODIASOUTH EAST ASIAKoh PhanganKoh SamuiSurat ThaniKrabiKoh Phi PhiPenangBukit Lawang Cameron HighlandsMALAYSIATangkahan MedanBerastagiSamosir IslandMelakaMALAYSIASibolgaPanyabunganBukittinggiPadangINDONESIATawangmanguYogyakartaMt BromoJakartaMalangMay-OctNov-AprKuala LumpurSingaporeCianjurBandungPemuteranKalibaru SanurHighlights• Wander the hectic streets of Bangkok• Enjoy Thailand’s stunning beaches• Watch the sunrise from Mt. Bromo• Befriend orangutans in Bukit Lawang• Taste an authentic cup of Java coffee• Swim in a beautiful volcano lake• Explore Singapore’s ethnic quarters• Visit ornate temples and museumsDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 12 Feb 21Jan 22 Mar 03Feb 09 Mar 21Feb 19 Mar 31Mar 09 Apr 18Mar 19 Apr 28Apr 06 May 16Apr 16 May 26May 04 Jun 13InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 14 Jun 23Jun 01 Jul 11Jun 11 Jul 21Jun 29 Aug 08Jul 09 Aug 18Jul 27 Sep 05Aug 06 Sep 15Aug 24 Oct 03Sep 03 Oct 13START FINISHSep 21 Oct 31Oct 01 Nov 10Oct 19 Nov 28Oct 29 Dec 08Nov 16 Dec 26Nov 26 Jan 05Dec 14 Jan 23Dec 24 Feb 02Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(36 nts), bungalows (2 nts), sleeper train (1nt), local homestay (1 nt) Transport: Train,local bus, minibus, ferry, songthaew, taxi,flight Meals: 30 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinnerBudget: Allow USD $750-900 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10Tour Code: GAATSEMy Own Room Available: Fr $2,329You might likeShorten your tripBangkok to Singapore on a Shoestring(GAATRM, 14 days) see page 34 Fr $1,749Highlights of Sumatra(14 days, Medan to Pedang)(GAAESH) see page 113 Fr $1,499Java to Bali(15 days, Jakarta to Sanur)(GAAEKS) see page 114 Fr $1,799This 41-day adventure leaves no stone uncovered! From Bangkok and Bali to Sumatra andSingapore, you’ll discover everything from famous tourist areas to little-known marvels offthe beaten track. Spend your days on boat decks sunning yourself in the hot Asian sun, sendyour heart pumping on a sunrise hike up Mt. Bromo, get your caffeine kick with an authenticcup of Java at Kalibaru’s coffee plantations, and dive into the warm waters of Lake Toba, theworld’s largest volcano lake. It’ll be a journey of first experiences, and ones that you’ll neverforget! Grab your passport and get booking.DAY01-0203-0506-0708-0910-11121314-17ITINERARYBangkokArrive into Thailand’s frenetic capital at any time and head out to explore before meeting your groupand tour leader on the first evening of this awesome six-week adventure. Day 2 is free to discoverthe sights of Bangkok, including the Wat Po Temple and the Grand Palace, before catching theovernight train to Surat Thani. (B)Island HoppingMay-Oct (East Coast): a short boat ride takes you to the island of Koh Samui. You’ll have two daysto relax amongst white, sandy beaches and clear, warm waters while tucking into fresh seafoodand sipping on fruity cocktails. Take an included day trip to the nearby island of Koh Phangan. Gokayaking, snorkelling, swimming in the lagoons, or visit its waterfalls. (L)Nov-Apr (West Coast): transfer to the laid-back town of Krabi and enjoy a few days on the beach onthe Andaman Sea. Take an included snorkelling trip to stunning Koh Phi Phi. (L)PenangCross the border into Malaysia and enjoy a scenic boat trip to Penang. Eat your way through a streetfood crawl with your travel group and opt for a tour of the city. Save time to visit Kek Lok Si, one ofthe most well-known Buddhist temples on the island, while Little India and Chinatown are the perfectplaces to explore, filled with temples, markets and other interesting things to see. (B)Cameron HighlandsHead to the hills for a visit to Cameron Highlands. One of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations, it’sfamous for its tea plantations and strawberry farms. If the optional highlands tour doesn’t appeal, gooff hiking independently on one of the many well-marked trails. (B)Kuala LumpurThe bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s most populous city. Opt for a city tour to see thesights. Petronas Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world, boasts amazing city views and theIslamic Arts Museum, National Mosque and Chinatown are also not to be missed.MelakaToday, it’s off to Melaka, a historic port town. With a wealth of temples, churches, mosques,museums and forts to explore, this town will keep you busy for the day. For a unique view of Melaka,take a boat tour of its canals.SingaporeCross the border into Singapore with time to explore all its many attractions and to wander aroundthe neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Little India. For a true taste of the city, call by the opulentRaffles Hotel and order yourself a Singapore Sling! Don’t miss the Night Safari nocturnal zoo; a realfavourite amongst travellers. From the rugged Himalayan foothills to the swampy banks of the AsianRiverine forest, a tram will take you to see 2,500 animals in their natural nighttime habitats.Medan / Tangahan / Bukit LawangFly to Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, and stroll around the city to take in the many art decobuildings and Buddhist and Hindu temples. On Day 15, drive across bumpy roads to reach the smalljungle community of Tangkahan where you can go hiking or choose to participate in an optionalelephant bathing session. From here you’ll hike to Bukit Lawang the next day. In Bukit Lawang, visitthe orangutan viewing platform to watch these adorable creatures being fed or opt to go jungletrekking in Gunung Leuser N.P. (4B)36 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FR$5,39941 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIASingaporeKoh Phangan, ThailandBorobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia18-1920-2324-252627-282930-333435-3738-3940-41Tangkahan / BerastagiContinue by bus to charming Berastagi to get a taste of Indonesian life without the tourist crowds.Opt to hike up Sibayak volcano at sunrise for breathtaking views of the valleys below or tourtraditional villages to get a feel for life as a local. (2B)Samosir Island / Sibolga / PanyabunganTravel to Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcano lake, to relax and swim in its warm waters, or opt fora cultural visit to local Batak villages. On Day 22, traverse through stunning scenery on this travelday finishing at Sibolga, a beautiful port town on the Indian Ocean on Sumatra’s western coast. OnDay 23, start your journey towards Bukittinggi stopping off for a night in Panyabungan. (4B)BukittinggiA bustling cultural town of West Sumatra, you’ll take an orientation walk around Bukittinggi to helpyou get the lay of the land. With a free day to explore, head to the magnificent Ngarai Sianok canyonfor spellbinding views or head underground to check out Lubang Jepang, or the Japanese caves; anetwork of underground bunkers and tunnels built by the Japanese in WWII. If that’s not your thing,there’s always the option of rafting and kayaking. (2B)PadangTravel back to the Indian Ocean and on to Padang. Prepare for the colourful bazaars, noisy nightmarkets and Chinese temples. Spend a night beachside, and don’t miss the stunning sunset! (B)JakartaFly into Jakarta; the action-packed capital of Indonesia. Opt to take a guided city tour andexperience the delights of a street food crawl with your travel group. Indonesian dishes you mighthave come across include peanut satay, beef rendang and nasi goreng, but you’ll soon discover thatit’s much more varied than you would find at home, incorporating many regional differences fromacross the countless islands of Indonesia. (2B)CianjurIn Cianjur, you’ll see its floating villages and have the chance to teach English to local children. Thiscorner of Java sees little tourism, and you’ll experience local life by spending the night at a familyhomestay. (B, D)Bandung / YogyakartaTravel to Bandung for an orientation walk and an opportunity to explore on your own. FromBandung, take the scenic train trip to Yogyakarta where there’s plenty of time to see sights suchas Mt. Merapi and the incredible Borobudur, which dates back to the 9th Century and is the largestBuddha sanctuary in the world. The nine platforms are crowned by 72 Buddha statues seated insideperforated stupas. It’s an impressive site and has become one of Indonesia’s most-visited attractionssince knowledge of its existence was leaked to the world by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1814. (4B)TawangmanguOn a journey through Javan landscapes, stop off at the Prambanan temples to explore Java’s largestHindu temple complex. The next stop is the Sukuh temple for a beautiful walk through villages andfarms to Tawangmangu. (B)Malang / Mt. Bromo / KalibaruWith an early morning start, travel to Malang, the second-largest city in east Java, to catch a glimpseof Mt. Bromo’s dramatic landscapes at sunrise; it’s a distinctive volcanic peak having blown its top offcompletely. On Day 37, it’s onwards to Kalibaru and its famous Indonesian coffee plantations. (3B)PemuteranOn your way to Bali, journey past tea plantations and coastal lowlands to reach Pemuteran, whichsits between national parks and boasts pristine coral reefs and lush rainforests. Wander through thenational park or opt for a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island, one of the best diving sites in Bali. (B)SanurUnwind in hot springs en route to the Balinese beach resort of Sanur where you can finish your tripwith an optional farewell dinner with your fellow travellers. On Day 41, feel free to head home at anytime or ask your Travel Expert for ideas how to extend your stay on Bali or Lombok. (2B)Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore37


STRAY OFF THE BEATEN TRACKSOUTH EAST ASIAguided hop-on hop-offDiscover places no-one else goeswith Stray’s guided travel network.Expert guides will share invaluablelocal insights, offer practicaladvice, bridge and enrich yourAsian adventure. Hop-on, hopoffpasses give you freedom toexplore and rest assured Stray’stransport is safe, reliable andhassle-free. Every day you’ll beimmersed in the culture, connectwith local people and createlife-long memories away from thewell-trodden tourist trail.Reliable, safe Stray transportWith their own transport,Stray take you places whereno one else goes! Visit allthe popular places, as well asincredible unique locationswithout the worry of unreliable,crowded public transport.Meet Fellow adventurous travellersA top-rated reason peoplechoose Stray is because theyget to travel with like-mindedadventurous travellers from ahuge range of nationalities andages. Travel in small groups andmake life-long friends!Go GuidedStray’s expert guides organiseaccommodation and activitiesfor you, translate at homestaysand show you the best spot fora beer along the Mekong River.They give you support each andevery step of the journey, soyou can make the most of yourtime in South East Asia.EXPERIENCE FOUR STRAY HOMESTAYS1.2.3.Ethnic homestay on the Mekong River in Northern LaosStay in a traditional wooden house in a sacred monkeyforest, Southern LaosOvernight in a traditional Cambodian fishing villageTravel responsibly and respectfullyStray operate a sustainabletravel network; educating theircrew and travellers to respectthe culture, customs and theenvironment. By travellingwith Stray you help supportlocal initiatives, past travellershave helped build a new templeroof, new roads and providedmuch needed school books atour homestay.“We were welcomed into the village with a traditionalceremony, taken round the local school and hospital and thenwent swimming with the local kids. The homestay was a realonce-in-a-lifetime experience for me.” Lucy Dellow, STA London4.BBQ’s and bonfires on the beach in a coastalVietnamese villageStray organise accommodation at overnight stops en route.Expect to pay between $5-$25 per night. A homestay is aunique cultural exchange where you spend time immersed inthe local community and traditions of a village.38VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


PhuketPASS OPTIONSKEY(2)ChiangKhongChiangRaiChiang Mai (2)AyutthayaBangkokChumpornDTUI NOY PASSLAOSStart/Finish: Houay Xai Pakseor Don DetWhy: Riverside village homestay,Monkey Forest, river tubing, Lao coffeeplantations. Minimum days: 12TOM YUM PASSTHAILAND & LAOSHouay XaiKoh TaoBan PakNgueyKoh PhanganUnique Stray Night StopOvernight Stops2 Night StopPoints of InterestGuided Stray Bus RouteGuided TrainConnectionsFerry ConnectionStray Mekong River BoatStray HomestayLAOSStart/Finish: BangkokBangkokWhy: UNESCO temples, Mekong Riverhomestay, spectacular waterfalls, rivertubing. Minimum days: 11LAOSVientianePak Ou CavesLuangPrabang (2)Nong KhaiBattambangVang ViengBuddhas FootprintTempleTHAILANDAngkor WatLOT PASSTHAILAND, LAOS,CAMBODIA &VIETNAMStart/Finish: BangkokHanoiWhy: Remote homestays, unexploredcaves, UNESCO temples, pristinecoastline. Minimum days: 38DONG PASSVIETNAMStart/Finish: Ho Chi Minh City HanoiWhy: Deserted coastlines, motorbiketrips, terraced rice paddies, monkeysand gibbons. Minimum days: 12FULL MOON PASSTHAILAND& LAOSStart/Finish: BangkokBangkokWhy: Karst rock formations, ethnicvillage homestays, Monkey Forest, spotrare dolphins. Minimum days: 17KHMER PASSCAMBODIACuc PhuongPrimate CentreTha BakKongLor (2)Tha KekUbon RatchathaniSiemReap (2)Tonle SapLakeKompongChhnangKampotSihanoukville (2)Koh Tunsay IslandFR$829FR$829VIETNAMKepPha Tam KamWat PhouStart/Finish: Siem Reap SiemReapWhy: Access Angkor Wat temples,delicious seafood, untouched islands,Cambodian history. Minimum days: 7HanoiNinh BinhXe ChamphonePakseBolaven PlateauDon Det/4000 IslandsCAMBODIAPhnom Penh (2)FR$2,811FR$1,080FR$1,318FR$967Dong Hoi (2)Hi Van PassVinh Moc TunnelsHueMOC BAI PASSTHAILAND,CAMBODIA &VIETNAMStart/Finish: BangkokHanoiWhy: Ancient UNESCO temples,secluded beach stays, Vietnamesecuisine, pristine beaches. Minimumdays: 22MEKONG PASSTHAILAND, LAOS &FRCAMBODIA $1,908Start/Finish: BangkokBangkokWhy: Ancient temples, Sacred TurtleLake, fresh seafood, 4000 Islands.Minimum days: 22BUCKET PASS(UNGUIDED)Hoi An (2)Nha TrangMy Lai‘The Haven’Bai XepDa Lat (2)An Hoa (2)Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (2)Ask for details on the FullMoon Beach Adventurepackage from Bangkokto Koh Phangan and theMuay Thai traditional Thaiboxing package based inChiang Mai.FR$1,899FR$145Start/Finish: Bangkok Bangkokor PhuketWhy: The beautiful Thai islands:beaches, diving, and all-night parties.Minimum Days: 3MUST-DO STRAYEXPERIENCES• Impressive UNESCOtemples: Ayutthaya,Thailand• Ancient Buddhistbooks: Hotay PitokLibrary, Laos• Rare dolphin spotting:Don Det, 4000 Islands,Laos• Ride the bamboo train:Battambang, Cambodia• Beachfront bungalows:Koh Tunsay Island,Cambodia• Monkeys and gibbonsat the Primate Centre:Ninh Binh, Vietnam• Epic undergroundcaves: Dong Hoi,VietnamADD-ON PACKAGESLooking for an easyoption? Stray add-onpackages ensure absolutelyeverything is sorted for you.Packed full of all must-doactivities, accommodationand adventures you can‘add on’ to any of thepasses on this page. As aguide, the add-on packagefor Lot Pass includes:• Half day boat or bicycletour, Ayutthaua• Flight of the Gibbon ziplinetree top, Chiang Mai• Half day Rice Experiencecourse, Luang Prabang• Half day Kuang SiWaterfall Tour, LuangPrabang• Kong Lor caves guidedboat trip, Kong Lor• Sunset River Cruise,Kampot• Full day temple tour,Angkor Wat• Circus & dinner, Siem Reap• Half day cycle tour, Da Lat• Two-hour river boatcruise, Hoi An• Motorbike tour, Hue• Entry to Thien DuongCave, Dong Hoi• Half-day city tour, HanoiDeparts: Saturdays fromBangkok Accommodation: Allincluded as per the itineraryincluding four incrediblehomestays: see page 38Minimum recommended days: 41SOUTH EAST ASIA39


HOP-ON HOP-OFF WITH BAMBASOUTH EAST ASIAindependent flexible bus travelBamba Experience self-guidedpasses include convenient transportoptions, exciting activities alongthe route of your choice and theflexibility to choose your departuredates and make unlimited changeson the go. Bamba’s dedicated teamare there to assist you before,during and after your trip. If youwant to take all the stress out ofyour trip, all hop-on hop-off routescan also be done as accommodatedtours (from budget to 4*). Ask yourSTA Travel Expert for further details.what’s special about bamba’shop-on hop-off passes?Public TransportationYou will be travelling independently, in safe, reliable andcomfortable buses. Depending on your route, you maytravel by train, boat or private shuttle vans as well.Included ExperiencesExperience tons of included day trips encompassinga variety of adventure, historical, natural and culturalactivities. All activities bundled in your passes haveguaranteed daily departures too. Take a look on page 41at the extensive list and which activities are included onBamba’s most popular routes.Travel IndependentlyExplore the world exactly as you have always dreamed.Travel freely, at your own pace, to the best hot spotswith no tour leader or schedule. It’s all up to you!Unlimited Schedule ChangesMake unlimited changes to your schedule before andduring your trip. Your pass is valid for 12 months, so youcan take all the time you want to enjoy your journey!Online Trip ManagerAccess your trip online to make as many changes toyour departure dates as you wish.Best ValueBamba provides high quality transportation andactivities with trusted and reliable local operators at themost affordable rates.AccommodationAccommodation is not included so you choose whereto sleep every night with the help of Bamba’s listof recommended hostels and hotels based on yourbudget and needs. However if you’re feeling lazy andcan’t be bothered picking where to stay each night,most of Bamba’s Hop-on Hop-off routes can also bedone as accommodated tours. Ask your STA TravelExpert for details.Additional passesBamba also offer passes in India, Nepal and Malaysia.Please see pages 101 and 180-181 for more details.BangkokPhuketMyanmarChiang MaiSukhothaiKoh Phi PhiPenangKohTaoKoh SihanoukvillePhanganKohSamuiKrabiKuala LumpurLuangPrabangVangViengVientianeThailandSiemReapCameronHighlandsMelakaSingaporeVietnamHanoiLaosPakseCambodiaPhnomPenhKutaHueHoi AnDalatNha TrangHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)Lovina BeachMalaysiaBedugulGili TrawanganUbudCandidasaPadang BaiIndonesiaSanur Lembongan40VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SATAY EXPRESS WAYSBangkok SingaporeRecommended Trip Time 13 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 6, 18, 20FR$694BUDDHA BAMBA WAYSBangkok Bangkok (clockwise)Recommended Trip Time 41 DaysIncluded experiences: 4-17FR$1,728Included ExperiencesSATAY WAYSBangkok SingaporeRecommended trip time 20 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 6, 18-20FR$834RICE FIELD BAMBA WAYSBangkok HanoiRecommended trip time 29 DaysIncluded experiences: 6, 9-17FR$1,036ThailandBangkokCambodiaCOMPLETE VIETNAM WAYSHanoi Ho Chi MinhRecommended trip time 16 DaysIncluded experiences: 9-15FR$768PhuketKoh Phi PhiPHO WAYSMyanmarBangkokKoh TaoLovina BeachKrabiPenangCameron HighlandsBedugulUbudKuala LumpurLaosThailandSihanoukvilleKoh PhanganBaliMelakaHanoiVietnamCandidasaMalaysiaHanoi BangkokRecommended trip time 26 DaysIncluded experiences: 6, 9-17SPRING ROLL WAYSHanoi Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon)Recommended trip time 18 DaysIncluded experiences: 9-15Siem ReapCambodiaPhnomPenhHo Chi MinhCity (Saigon)GILI & BALI EXPRESS WAYSKuta KutaRecommended trip time 14 DaysIncluded experiences: 21, 22GILI & BALI WAYSKuta KutaRecommended trip time 17 DaysIncluded experiences: 21, 22Halong BayDalatSingaporeFR$1,018HueHoi AnFR$768Nha TrangFR$569FR$622Gili TrawanganFRKHAO CHAO WAYS$1,078Bangkok Bangkok (clockwise)Recommended trip time 23 DaysIncluded experiences: 4-8, 16,17MyanmarChiangMaiSukhothaiChiangKhongPakBengBangkokChiang MaiLuangPrabangVientianeThailandSihanoukvilleVangViengVietnamHanoiSiemReapKoh TaoLaosPakseCambodiaPhnomPenhCOMPLETETHAILAND WAYSBangkok BangkokRecommended trip time 19 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 5, 6THAILAND KOH WAYSBangkok BangkokRecommended Trip Time 14 DaysIncluded experiences: 1, 2, 6THAI ISLANDS &BEACHES WAYSKoh Samui PhuketRecommended Trip Time 10 DaysIncluded experiences: 1-3Halong BayHueHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)SukhothaiLaosThailandBangkokKoh PhanganHoi AnDalatNhaTrangFR$697FR$476FR$549THAILAND1. Koh Phi Phi / Krabi - Maya Bay“The Beach” Trip2. Koh Phangan - Snorkel & ZiplineAdventure3. Koh Samui - Zip-line Adventure4. Chiang Mai - Boat to Laos 3 days5. Chiang Mai - Nature & VillagesTrek6. Bangkok - Bangkok Bike ExplorerLAOS7. Luang Prabang - Off the BeatenPath Bike Tour8. Vang Vieng - Kayaking & TubingAdventureVIETNAM9. Hanoi - Halong Bay Party Boat3 days10. Hue - Tombs & Pagoda Day Trip11. Hoi An - Love of Life Bicycle DayTrip12. Nha Trang - Vietnamese Meal withLocal Family13. Dalat - Countryside MotorcycleAdventure14. Ho Chi Minh City - Saigon & CuChi Tunnels Day Trip15. Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong DeltaHighlights Adventure 2 daysCAMBODIA16. Phnom Penh - Quad Bike KillingFields Day Trip17. Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Day TripMALAYSIA18. Kuala Lumpur - Foodie Experience19. Cameron Highlands - RainforestExpeditionSINGAPORE20. Singapore: Home-cooked Mealwith Singaporean FamilyINDONESIASOUTH EAST ASIAKutaSanurPadang BaiLembonganPhuketKoh SamuiKrabiKoh Phi Phi21. Kuta - Bali Rafting Experience22. Ubud - Countryside BikeAdventure41


THAILANDSOUTH EAST ASIAEnjoyed a few Changbeers too many?Get active and headto Chiang Mai, thetrekking base ofnorthern Thailand.Chiang RaiChiang MaiSukhothaiPrepare for a sensoryoverload! Bangers is aheady mix of floatingmarkets, mega-malls,congested highways andglittering temples.KanchanaburiBangkokAyutthayaHua Hin Koh SametPhuketKoh Phi PhiKoh TaoKoh PhanganKoh SamuiKhao Sok National ParkKhao LakKrabiKoh LantaOne of the few places in the world where youcan see whale sharks, tiny Koh Tao - a formerpirate’s hideout - boasts some of the country’sbest dive sites.Consider yourself a professionalparty-goer? Then head - Sangsombucket in hand - to a Half, Black orFull Moon Party on Koh Phangan.All thai men are expectedto be a monk, at leasttemporarily. traditionallyit was for 3 months, nowit’s usually 1 - 2 weeks..Limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and whitesand beaches. Movie ‘The Beach’ firmly put PhiPhi on the map as a tropical paradise.THAI ETIQUETTEAlways stand for theKing’s Anthem at thestart of performancesand the national anthem.Also never touch orpoint at the head, whichis sacred.42VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


THAILAND ON A SHOESTRINGBangkok BangkokFR$1,79916 DAYSHighlights• Explore the frantic streets of Bangkok• Check out night markets in Chiang Mai• Trek through the jungles of the north• Stay with the local hilltribes• Relax in Khao Sok - paradise!• Enjoy the beaches of Koh Samui• Snorkel the reefs around Koh Tao• Float down a river on a bamboo raftDepartures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec03 04 04 01 02 06 04 01 02 03 07 0507 07 07 04 09 10 08 05 05 10 11 0910 14 14 11 13 13 09 06 12 14 14 1214 18 18 15 16 20 11 08 16 24 21 1917 21 21 18 23 24 18 15 19 28 25 2321 28 28 25 27 27 22 19 26 31 28 2624 29 30 23 20 3028 25 2231 29InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels/bungalows (9nts), basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multishare),sleeper trains (4 nts) Transport: Local bus,train, boat Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches,2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $325-425for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), trekking staff GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATRTMy Own Room Available: Fr $609Hilltribe TrekKhao Sok NPcustomise your tripChiang MaiTHAILANDBangkokKoh TaoKoh SamuiWhy not add an optional activity pack?Northern Thai Adventure Bundle Fr $240Jungle ziplining (Bangkok, full day), biking(Chiang Mai, half day)Thai Culinary Bundle Fr $90Lanna-style Thai Cooking (Chiang Mai, halfday), Southern Thai Cooking (Koh Samui,half day)Don’t spend all your time in a Bangkok bar or stuck on an island beach. While both areunderstandably vital to many who visit this beautiful country, there’s also a lot more to seehere. This adventure will see you hiking through thick jungle and gleaming rice paddies inthe northern mountains and learning first-hand about life in a hilltribe village. You’ll alsohave ample time to lose yourself in the hedonism of Bangkok and laze on beautiful islandbeaches underneath the sweltering sunshine. After 16 wonderous days, you’ll walk awayfrom Thailand having pretty much done it all!DAY01020304-0607-091011-1213-1516ITINERARYBangkokArrive at any time. Get settled in your hotel before heading out and exploring this urban jungle.BangkokBangkokDelight in the dazzling Grand Palace and the city’s countless pagodas. If you’re a shopper you couldspend weeks sifting through Bangkok’s fantastic malls and open-air markets. Jump on one of thelocal ferries and see the cityscape from the water, wander the streets of Chinatown before snappingup some street food and a local beer. Tonight, board the overnight train north to Chiang Mai. (B)Chiang MaiArrive into this northern gem early in the morning. Try the fantastic street food, shop at the NightBazaar, visit some of the hundreds of temples, or explore the beautiful surrounding countryside bybike. Fancy yourself as a bit of a cook? Add to your culinary repertoire on a Thai cooking course.Hilltribe TrekJourney out to the countryside to start an amazing three-day hilltribe trek. You’ll visit a diversegroup of tribes, each with their own language, clothing and religion. Walk for approximately four tofive hours each day along sloping hills and valleys, spending starry nights in village huts. With thechance to navigate a river by bamboo raft and to eat local-style meals, this is a real opportunity toget a taste of authentic rural Thailand and a truly awesome experience! (2B, 2L, 2D)Chiang Mai / BangkokReturn back to the northern capital and take care of any last-minute shopping. Chiang Mai is knownfor its distinctive handicraft, especially silverwork, woodcarving, pottery and weaving. Bound back toBangkok on Day 8, with time to visit all the temples, shops and gardens you missed first time. (2B)Khao Sok National ParkSettle into paradise for two days of exploration and discovery. Khao Sok is a diverse area of naturalbeauty, perfect for people who want to hike and get out there amongst nature. We make this veryeasy for you, with a guided tour of the national park. Alternatively, choose to just chill out in ahammock by the riverside and watch the monkeys take their afternoon bath.Koh SamuiExperience one of Thailand’s most popular island getaways and see what makes this island retreatso popular. Koh Samui offers everything you could possibly want for a laid-back break; white sandybeaches, coconut trees, fresh seafood and warm, clear waters. There is plenty of time to relax,cocktail in hand, but don’t miss the chance to enjoy an optional visit to the national marine park on asnorkelling trip as the underwater world here is incredible. (2B)Koh TaoA beach paradise so laid-back that even the palm trees can’t be bothered to stand up straight! Scubadive or snorkel here amongst stunning marine life in some of South East Asia’s best reefs. On theevening of Day 15, you’ll board the overnight train to whisk you back to Bangkok. (3B, L)BangkokArrive back into Thailand’s capital on Day 16. The trip ends at the railway station, mid-afternoon.SOUTH EAST ASIA43


THAILAND DISCOVERYBangkok BangkokFR$2,64918 DAYSHighlights• See bustling riverside Bangkok• Check out historical Sukhothai• Take a memorable elephant ride• Visit the famous Golden Triangle• Shop in Chiang Mai’s night bazaars• Laze on paradise Thai islands• Snorkel in clear blue seas• Savour delicious home-cooked mealsSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsGolden TriangleChiang MaiEvery Friday and selected SundaysTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation (Nov-Apr): Guesthouses/hotels (14 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts),homestay (1 nt) Accommodation (May-Oct):Guesthouses/hotels (15 nts), sleeper trains (2nts) Transport: Train, public bus, songthaew,bicycle, longtail boat, plane Meals (Nov-Apr):15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Meals(Nov-Apr): 15 breakfasts, 2 dinners Meals(May-Oct): 15 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget:Allow USD $325-425 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 TourCode: GAATDTMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,039Chiang RaiLampangSukhothaiTHAILANDRailay BeachKrabiKoh Phai Koh KlangBangkokKoh TaoKoh PhanganKoh SamuiNov-MayMay-NovBangkok, ThailandTake a step back as Thailand throws everything it’s got at you; friendly people, sacred sitesfrom days gone by and the beaches... oh, the beaches *sigh*. Words can’t describe the blissof sitting on some of the best beaches in the world, lazing on pure white sands and dunkingyourself in sparkling blue seas. Explore Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle and cycle thestreets of ancient Sukhothai. The southern section of the trip varies seasonally to takeadvantage of the most favourable weather: Nov-Apr departures travel down the West Coastand May-Oct departures travel down the East Coast. Either option is perfect for chilling out.DAY0102-030405-0607-091011-1718ITINERARYBangkokArrive into Bangkok at any time. Spend your day adjusting to the frenetic pace of the city.Krabi, ThailandBangkok / SukhothaiYour trip starts with a chance to see Bangkok from the ‘klongs’; the canals that wind their waythrough the city. Watch local life in the city as you cruise by in a traditional longtail boat. Stop offat Wat Po, home of the giant reclining Buddha, before travelling to the town of Sukhothai with itsimpressive historic ruins. Check out the awe-inspiring Buddha images. Day 3 will be spent cyclingaround the remains of this ancient royal realm, now one of Thailand’s World Heritage Sites. (2B)LampangContinue to Lampang, the temporary capital of the Lanna Kingdom from 1776-1791 when ChiangMai was deserted as a result of successive wars with the Burmese. Free afternoon to explore. (B)Chiang Rai / Golden TriangleDrive to Chiang Rai Province stopping at the Lampang Elephant Conservation Centre. Tour thefacilities of the elephant hospital and see how young and sick elephants are cared for. Later, headonwards to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. In themorning of Day 6, visit the border town of Mae Sai where you can observe Burmese traders at workand pick up a few souvenirs. There is also time for a visit to the fascinating Opium Museum. (2B)Chiang MaiHead off to Chiang Mai, an important Buddhist centre since the 14th Century and home to more than300 temples. Explore the best known of these, Doi Suthep, perched on top of a hill outside the city.Optional activities on offer include a cooking class, bike tour or a visit to the Mae Sa waterfall. You’llalso get the chance to enjoy a home-cooked meal, khantoke-style, with a village family. The rest ofyour time in Chiang Mai is free to explore; not to be missed is the vibrant Night Bazaar, with shopsand stalls showcasing the best of Thailand’s handicrafts. Overnight train back to Bangkok. (3B, D)BangkokArrive back into Bangkok this morning for a free day to continue to explore the capital city. Some ofthe options available include the Grand Palace, Jim Thompson’s House or the Baiyok Tower.Island HoppingNov-Apr (West Coast): Fly from Bangkok to the chilled-out town of Krabi and head for a homestayon Koh Klang. Visit a community project before returning to Krabi to experience the beachside vibe ofAo Nang, with optional rock climbing, kayaking, snorkelling or diving. Travel by private longtail boatKoh Phai to snorkel its coral reefs. Transfer to Railay Beach to indulge in its huge array of activitiessuch as jungle trekking, cooking classes, whitewater rafting and quad biking. Return to Krabi for onelast night before catching the overnight train back to Bangkok. (7B, L, D)May-Oct (East Coast): Fly from Bangkok to the tropical island of Koh Samui where you can take anoptional snorkelling trip to Ang Thong Marine Park. Ferry to nearby Koh Phangan to swim in lagoonsand explore the island’s waterfalls. Time your trip right and you could also enjoy the Full Moon Party.Next up is Koh Tao, a haven for snorkelling and diving and a good spot for a few cocktails. On Day17, transfer back to the mainland in time to catch the overnight train back to Bangkok. (7B, L)BangkokArriving from your overnight sleeper train, bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your journey ends.44VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


NORTHERNHILLTRIBES & VILLAGESNORTHERNFR$799 THAILAND DISCOVERYFR$1,249Bangkok Bangkok 8 DAYS Bangkok Bangkok10 DAYSHighlights• Explore Bangkok with its many markets and countless temples• Barter for bargains in Chiang Mai’s brilliant Night Bazaar• Trek through the pristine jungles of Northern ThailandSukhothai Historical Park, SukhothaiHighlights• Enjoy a cooling longtail boat tour through the klongs of Bangkok• Cycle through the lush, green scenery of Sukhothai Historical Park• Visit Chiang Rai’s fascinating Opium Museum for a historical insightSOUTH EAST ASIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-020304-060708BangkokArrive into Bangkok at any time. Explore the city’s many sights suchas the Wat Po Temple and the glittering Grand Palace, check outthe atmospheric klongs by boat and go on a street food crawl withyour new tour mates. Thailand is a city of immense contrasts, fromtowering skyscrapers and fashionable rooftop bars, to Chinese shophouses,pushcart vendors and countless temples, pagodas and othercultural sites. On Day 2, take the overnight train north. (B)Chiang MaiArrive into Chiang Mai, the most culturally significant of the northerncities. A long-term travellers’ favourite, you’ll soon see why touristsflock here. Visit the famous Doi Suthep temple, wander through theold city and night markets or get some schooling in Thai cooking.Hilltribe TrekSpend three days trekking through Northern Thailand’s rollinghillsides and meeting diverse hill tribes, each with their own culture,traditions, language and costumes. Opt to participate in elephantfeeding and bathing, and speed down the river on a bamboo raft. (2B,3L, 2D)Chiang MaiReturn to enchanting Chiang Mai where you have time for activitiessuch as further temple explorations or perhaps a relaxing post-trekmassage. Later, board the overnight train back to Bangkok. (B)BangkokArrive back to Thailand’s capital where your tour ends mid-afternoonon Day 8.01-030405-0607-0910Bangkok / SukhothaiArrive into Thailand’s capital any time. On Day 2, visit Wat Po Temple,home of the reclining Buddha, before enjoying a longtail boat cruiseof Bangkok’s canals, an opportunity to see the city from a differentperspective. Travel on to the ancient capital of Sukhothai and cyclethrough the national park, famous for its 13th Century pagodas. (2B)LampangTake a stroll through the temples of this old-style Thai town andmaybe see the vista from a traditional horse and cart. (B)Chiang Rai / Golden TriangleWith the days of the opium trade well in the past, the Golden Triangleis now a peaceful area where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet. Learnabout the production of the drug at the Opium Museum, visit theElephant Conservation Centre where sick animals are cared for, andsee the town of Mai Sai. (2B)Chiang MaiCheck out the Night Bazaar for trinkets and climb Doi Suthep temple.Enjoy the included home-cooked dinner, served khantoke-styleby a local village family. If that’s inspired you to cook for friendsand family when you return home, sign yourself up for a cookingclass which, along with bike tours and massages, is just one of theoptional activities available. Catch the overnight train to Bangkok onDay 9. (3B, D)BangkokArrive back to Thailand’s vibrant capital where your trip comes to anend at the train station mid-afternoon on Day 10.InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts), basichilltribe huts (2 nts, multishare), sleeper trains(2 nts) Transport: Local bus, songthaew, train,river raft Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches,2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $100-120for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), trekking staff GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATHVMy Own Room Available: Fr $179Chiang MaiHilltribe TrekTHAILANDInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train(1 nt) Transport: Train, public bus, songthaew,bicycle Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget:Allow USD $170-225 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 TourCode: GAATBCMy Own Room Available: Fr $519Chiang RaiChiang MaiGolden TriangleLampangSukhothaiTHAILANDDepartures 2015Jan-DecRegular departures,typically 2-4 departures per weekBangkokDepartures 2015Jan-DecEvery Friday and Selected SundaysBangkok45


NORTHERN THAILANDEXPERIENCETHAILAND HIKE,FR$1,379 BIKE & KAYAKFR$2,019Bangkok Bangkok 12 DAYS Bangkok Bangkok14 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIABridge over the River KwaiHighlights• Contrast Bangkok’s frantic pace with the unique vibes of Chiang Mai• Trek through the northern jungles and stay with the local hilltribes• See the Bridge over the River Kwai & go rafting in Erawan N.P.Highlights• Cycle along the backstreets and hidden quarters of Bangkok• Refresh yourself under a waterfall at Erawan National Park• Meet the hilltribe people of Northern Thailand on a multi-day trekDAY0102-0304-0607-0910-1112InclusionsJan-DecITINERARYBangkokArrive into Bangkok at any time and feel free to explore.KanchanaburiTravel to Kanchanaburi and board your raft to float down the riverin Erawan National Park past a multitude of stunning waterfalls andthe famous Bridge over the River Kwai. Stay overnight aboard yourfloating raft house which promises a great night’s sleep. (2B, D)Ayutthaya / Chiang MaiArrive into Ayutthaya and tour the city’s historic sites, many of whichdate from the 1350-1767 period when this was Thailand’s capital.Opt to visit the Chan Kasem National Museum and Chao Sam PhrayaMusuem, packed with cultural treasures. On Day 6, travel to ChiangMai and explore the city with its many optional activities. (2B)Hilltribe TrekLace up your boots for an amazing three-day hilltribe trek visitingdiverse ethnic minority groups. Walk for 4-5 hours per day and spendstarry nights in village huts dining on traditional delicacies. You’ll getthe chance to feed and bathe the village’s elephants and test yourrafting skills while bamboo rafting (3B, 3L, 3D)Chiang MaiReturn to Chiang Mai where you can opt to indulge in a traditionalThai-style massage, explore more of its temples, hire a moped tovisit the rice paddies and waterfalls in the surrounding countrysideand stock up on souvenirs at the world-famous night markets. (2B)BangkokReturn to the glorious chaos of the capital from where onward travelarrangements can be booked any time after 3pm.Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Guesthouses/hotels(6 nts), rafthouse (1 nt), hilltribe huts (2 nts,multishare), sleeper trains (2 nts) Transport:Train, minibus, local bus, songthaew, longtailboat Meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $150-200 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer(CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12Tour Code: GAATNEMy Own Room Available: Fr $349Departures 2015Alternate WednesdaysHilltribe TrekKanchanaburiChiang MaiTHAILANDAyutthayaBangkokDAY01-0203-040506-0809-1314InclusionsITINERARYBangkokArrive in Bangkok and spend the evening bonding with your groupbefore jumping onto two wheels the next day to explore the city. Inthe afternoon, travel by private van to historic Kanchanaburi. (B)Kanchanaburi / AyutthayaSet out and explore the historic past of Kanchanaburi. First grab yourwheels for a cycling tour of the town itself before spending the nighton a floating raft house. Day 4 is spent visiting Erawan NationalPark where you can hike the tiers of its famous waterfall and swim incrystal-blue pools, before an afternoon transfer to Ayutthaya. (2B, D)AyutthayaEnjoy a cycling tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya,marvelling at its huge monasteries and past splendour. Tonight, takethe overnight train to the capital of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai.Chiang Mai / Hilltribe TrekArriving into Chiang Mai in the morning, head to the mountains foran unforgettable jungle hike. Emerge to discover remote hilltribevillages. Spend time with your hilltribe hosts, learn about their uniquecultures and sleep in traditional bamboo houses. (2B, 2L, 2D)Krabi / Andaman Sea / KrabiFollowing an early lunch in Chiang Mai, you take a flight southto Phuket before travelling to the laid-back resort of Krabi. Thefollowing day set off on a sea kayaking safari along the Andamancoast and relax on untouched beaches. On Day 13, return to themainland and catch the overnight train back to Bangkok. (4B, 3L, 2D)BangkokThe trip ends with a late morning arrival at Bangkok train station.Trip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Guesthouses/hotels (6 nts),hilltribe villages (2 nts, multishare), sleepertrains (2 nts), camping (2 nts), rafthouse(1 nt, multishare) Transport: Train, minibus,songthaew, local bus, bicycle, raft, longtail boat,plane, kayak Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5dinners Budget: Allow USD $265-350 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATHBMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015Jan-DecSelected Saturdays,typically 2-3 times per monthChiang MaiKanchanaburiKrabiHilltribe TrekTHAILANDAyutthayaBangkok46VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTHERN THAILANDSOJOURNTHAIFR$999 ISLAND HOPPINGFR$1,449Bangkok Bangkok 9 DAYS Bangkok Bangkok9 DAYSKhao Sok National ParkHighlights• Explore the colourful streets and floating markets of Bangkok• Relax in the lush green paradise of Khao Sok National Park• Enjoy the beachside nightlife of idyllic Koh SamuiKoh SamuiHighlights• Browse the markets, temples and palaces in bustling Bangkok• Island-hop down the East or West Coasts (seasonally dependent)• Spend a chilled week sunbathing, snorkelling and swimmingSOUTH EAST ASIADAY01020304-0506-0809ITINERARYBangkokArrive into Thailand’s capital city at any time. Head out with your newtour buddies for a street food crawl!BangkokDelight in Bangkok’s dazzling Grand Palace and countless pagodasand temples. Shop your heart out in the malls and markets or explorethe ‘klongs’ on a boat tour. Head south by overnight train tonight. (B)Khao Sok National ParkArriving into the naturally beautiful Khao Sok National Park is likestepping into paradise. It’s perfect for hiking, swimming and outdoorpursuits. Chill out in a riverside hammock and watch the monkeys.Koh SamuiJustifiably one of Thailand’s most popular resort spots, you’ll soonsee why this place is so visited! From the buzzing beach of Chawengto the quieter coves, you’re sure to find your own little piece of beachparadise. Water activities abound on this island, so you can opt to gosnorkelling through a national marine park or, if you prefer to stay on‘terra firma’, sign up for a Thai cooking class. (2B)Koh TaoSnorkel or scuba dive around what are arguably some of the bestreefs in the world. The underwater world here is truly fantastic. Onthe evening of Day 8, you’ll jump on the overnight train back up tothe capital, Bangkok. (3B, L)BangkokArrive into Bangkok train station where your tour comes to an end.Say farewell to your group and make any onward travel arrangementsfor 3pm or later.DAY0102-0809ITINERARYBangkokArrive into Bangkok at any time and explore! You are free to discoverthe many fascinating markets, shopping centres and temples. Spendtime wandering round the Grand Palace or take a river taxi down theChao Phraya River and the smaller canals, before meeting your tourleader and the rest of your group this evening. Don’t worry too muchabout adjusting to the frantic pace of Bangkok - the rest of the weekyou’ll be super-chilled!Island HoppingNov-Apr (West Coast): Fly from Bangkok to the chilled-out townof Krabi and head for a homestay on Koh Klang. Visit a communityproject before returning to Krabi to experience the beachside vibe ofAo Nang, with optional rock climbing, kayaking, snorkelling or diving.Travel by private longtail boat Koh Phai to snorkel its coral reefs.Transfer to Railay Beach to indulge in its huge array of activitiessuch as jungle trekking, cooking classes, whitewater rafting andquad biking. Return to Krabi for one last night before catching theovernight train back to Bangkok. (7B, D)May-Oct (East Coast): Fly from Bangkok to the tropical island of KohSamui where you can take an optional snorkelling trip to Ang ThongMarine Park. Ferry to nearby Koh Phangan to swim in lagoons andexplore the island’s waterfalls. Time your trip right and you could alsoenjoy the Full Moon Party. Next up is Koh Tao, a haven for snorkellingand diving and a good spot for a few cocktails. On Day 8, transferback to the mainland in time to catch the overnight train back toBangkok. (7B)BangkokYour trip ends upon arrival at Bangkok train station today, but pleaseask for further ideas should you wish to extend your stay!InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (3 nts),sleeper trains (2 nts), simple bungalows (3nts) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus,boat, tuk-tuk, songthaew, taxi, ferry Meals: 6breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $200-250 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATSSMy Own Room Available: Fr $449THAILANDKoh TaoKhao Sok NPBangkokKoh SamuiInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation (Nov-Apr): Hotels (5 nts),sleeper train (1 nt), simple guesthouse (1 nt),homestay (1 nt) Accommodation (May-Oct):Hotels/guesthouses with air-con (7 nts),sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train, bus,boat, ferry, plane Meals: 7 breakfasts (plus 1dinner Nov-Apr) Budget: Allow USD $150-200for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATTWMy Own Room Available: Fr $579Departures 2015 Departures 2015Jan-Dec Every Saturday & Selected Wednesdays Jan-Dec Every Sunday & Selected WednesdaysTHAILANDRailay BeachKrabiKoh Phai Koh KlangNov-MayMay-NovBangkokKoh TaoKoh PhanganKoh Samui47


THAI ISLAND HOPPER EASTKoh Samui Koh SamuiFR$1,1299 DAYSHighlights• Experience laid-back island life• Discover the underwater world• Chill out on white sand beaches• Hunt for treasures in local markets• Go wild at Koh Phangan’s party spots• Explore Chaweng Beach’s epic nightlife• Chat to locals on the island ferries• Feast on delicious Thai cuisineSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHMar 28* Apr 05Apr 11 Apr 19Apr 26* May 04May 02 May 10May 09 May 17May 16 May 24May 23 May 31May 30 Jun 07START FINISHJun 06 Jun 14Jun 13 Jun 21Jun 20 Jun 28Jun 24* Jul 02Jun 27 Jul 05Jul 11 Jul 19Jul 18 Jul 26Jul 26* Aug 03START FINISHAug 01 Aug 09Aug 08 Aug 16Aug 23* Aug 31Sep 05 Sep 13Sep 12 Sep 20Sep 19 Sep 27Additional departures are available, please ask for details.* Trip will be in Koh Phangan for the ‘Full Moon’ party.InclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: 3 star hotels/resorts (5 nts), bungalows (3 nts) Transport:Local ferries Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager Group Size: Max30 Tour Code: COTIKSKoh TaoKoh PhanganKoh SamuiBeaches, bikinis and the ultimate relaxing holiday; that’s this trip in a nutshell, plus it’sdesigned exclusively for 18-35 year olds. Let’s start with beaches; this holiday hotspotdefinitely boasts some of the best in the world. Catching the sublime rays will beunavoidable on this trip and you’ll need to be ready to dive into that clear blue sea at anymoment. Get ready for long days of sun-kissed swimming, sunbathing and sipping cocktails.Top this off living it up at the party spots of Koh Phangan and try to fit in a Full Moon Partyfor the absolute once-in-a-lifetime Thai party experience.DAY0102-0304050607-0809ITINERARYKoh TaoKoh SamuiArrive at the unbelievable paradise island of Koh Samui, check-in to your hotel then hit the streetsfor some exploring. With its amazing white-sand beaches with palms blowing in the wind, greensparkling seas and out-of-this-world food, you’ll be sure to feel chilled out right away as you settlequickly into island life. Later, you’ll meet with your Trip Manager and fellow travellers before headingout to indulge in a delicious Thai meal and enjoy the Chaweng nightlife.Koh SamuiWith two whole free days here, relax and soak up the sublime rays and feel totally chilled asyou explore Koh Samui’s many divine beaches. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a therapeuticatmosphere and get a fabulous Thai massage, so lie back and let relaxation flow from your headto your toes. If you’re feeling more energetic you can try your hand at water sports in the azureseascape that glitters a mile away. Fancy seeing some of the local sights? Sign up for a tour of theisland where you can experience beautiful lagoons and cascades, as well as a much-needed waterfallswim. Enjoy unwinding to the absolute max for two days before you leave one Thai gem onward tothe next, Koh Tao. (2B)Koh Samui / Koh TaoThis morning you’ll cruise to nearby Koh Tao – an island known for its spectacular underwaterscenery. When people think of this island they would usually think of world-class diving, vibrant coralreefs, laid-back island attitude, glistening beaches and heart-stoppingly blue seas... and well, theywould be 100% right! Koh Tao is everything you could possibly dream of. So grab your diving gear orsnorkel and experience it. (B, D)Koh TaoToday, you have plenty of free time so choose to sit back with a good book or take the opportunityto explore this world-renowned island by foot. Alternatively, jump on an optional cruise out tostunning swimming spots and some beachtime on a private island. Grab a snorkel and get acquaintedwith the brightly-coloured tropical fish. (B)Koh Tao / Koh PhanganToday, you’ll jump on a ferry and set sail to the famous party island of Koh Phangan. This islandcombines laid-back beachlife with euphoric buzzy nightlife. Get involved and dance the night away atone of the island’s legendary Full Moon Parties (specific tour dates only). (B, D)Koh PhanganChoose how to spend your next few days: lying on the beach surrounded by coconut trees with anoccasional wander over the white sands to the sparkling sea, or laze about in a hammock... soundslike bliss! By night, there is plenty to keep you entertained with many restaurants, bars and beachparties. (2B)Koh Phangan / Koh SamuiSay ‘la gon’ to Koh Phangan as you catch a ferry to your final destination of Koh Samui where it’stime to bid farewell to your island-hopping buddies. You can either take a free transfer to the airportor back to the start hotel in Koh Samui. (B)48VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


THAI ISLAND HOPPER WESTPhuket PhuketFR$1,1959 DAYSHighlights• Explore bustling night markets• Watch a sunset at Phi Phi lookout• Check out Patong’s pulsing nightlife• See the sun set over the Andaman Sea• Snorkel in crystal-clear water• Enjoy beautiful white sand beaches• Admire the stunning views in Ao Nang• Climb the steps to Tiger Cave TempleDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 11Jan 10 Jan 18Jan 17 Jan 25Jan 24 Feb 01Jan 31 Feb 08Feb 07 Feb 15Feb 14 Feb 22Feb 21 Mar 01Feb 28 Mar 08Mar 07 Mar 15START FINISHMar 14 Mar 22Mar 21 Mar 29Mar 28 Apr 05Apr 04 Apr 12Sep 26 Oct 04Oct 03 Oct 11Oct 10 Oct 18Oct 17 Oct 25Oct 24 Nov 01Oct 31 Nov 08START FINISHNov 07 Nov 15Nov 14 Nov 22Nov 21 Nov 29Nov 28 Dec 06Dec 05 Dec 13Dec 12 Dec 20Dec 19 Dec 27Dec 26 Jan 03Additional departures are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: Easypace Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-35s Accommodation: 3 star hotels/resorts (8 nts) Transport: Local ferries Meals:8 breakfasts, 2 dinners Group Leader: TripManager Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code:COTIPHPhuketYou might likeTHAILANDKrabiKoh Phi PhiExplore South East AsiaBig Indochina Adventure(25 days, Bangkok to Hanoi)(COBICA) see page 26 Fr $5,155Asian Adventure(14 days, Bangkok to Siem Reap)(COASAD) see page 27 Fr $2,655youtube.com/statravelGet ready to chill on some of the world’s best beaches with a bunch of new travel mates.Hop from the buzzing island atmosphere of Phuket to the famous getaway of Koh Phi Phi,lazing in the sun on blindingly-white beaches or canoeing through beautiful clear waters.Finish up in Krabi with its incredible scenery, sit back and relax as you get used to the dailyview - white sands and blue waters. Who couldn’t get used to a view like that? With multiplenights in each place the mix is just right so you can get as active or be as chilled as you like,plus travelling by regular ferry is a great way to mingle with the friendly locals.DAY0102-030405-06070809ITINERARYPhuketArrive into the beach-fringed island of Phuket. Get yourself settled in your hotel before heading outto explore Phuket’s exotic sights. In the evening, you’ll meet your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.Then head out for some tasty Thai food together and explore Patong’s pulsing nightlife.PhuketTake your pick of the beaches over the next few days. If you’re looking for action, shopping andpartying into the night, head for Patong Beach; quieter than Patong and great for watersports isKaron Beach, with its fine powdery sand; whilst Kata Beach is a good choice for anyone who enjoysa great selection of restaurants and bars, but prefers it a little less wild than in Patong. Beaches notyour thing? Don’t worry, there’s something for everyone on Phuket - hit the shops or sip cocktailswhile watching the sun slip over the horizon. On the other hand if you feel like taking it up a level,try out some of the many watersports on offer or opt for a day tour out to the popular ‘James BondIsland’, so called after its starring role in the James Bond film, ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. (2B)Phuket / Koh Phi PhiChat with the locals as you board a ferry and travel to picturesque Phi Phi Island, setting forthe movie ‘The Beach’. You’ll take a stroll around the island to get your bearings, ending with anunbeatable panoramic sunset from a hill top. Later head out on the town and take in beach-side barsand the atmosphere of Phi Phi by night. (B, D)Koh Phi PhiKoh Phi Phi is an incredible island whether you choose to explore or relax. Check out the naturalperfection on a day cruise around nearby islands – dip your toes in the sea and feel the sand beneathyour feet as you stare in awe at the seaside vista around you. You’ll have the chance to snorkel andswim in the warm waters of the Andaman Sea before lying on the beach to unwind. Tonight, you cankick back and relax as you’re mesmerised by the amazing fire dancing right on the beach. (2B)Koh Phi Phi / KrabiToday you’ll sail to one of the most popular beaches on Krabi – Ao Nang. Set amongst the limestonekarsts, Krabi is home to unspoilt islands and beautiful beaches. Tonight, enjoy an included meal at acool beachside restaurant and then party by night in popular Bar Street. (B, D)KrabiA day for you to laze about on the beach, take a boat trip out to isolated Rai Leh or, if you arefeeling adventurous, try climbing the 1,237 steps to the amazing view at the Tiger Cave Temple.Located near Krabi Town in southern Thailand, this is one of the most interesting temple complexesin southern Thailand with monks living and worshipping within a maze of natural caves nestled withinovergrown jungle. (B)Krabi / PhuketRise early to make the most of your island stay before heading back to Phuket, where your tripstarted and where, today, it sadly must come to an end. You have a choice to travel to the airport orback to the starting point hotel in Phuket. (B)SOUTH EAST ASIA49


SAILING THAILANDSOUTH EAST ASIAcruisy island hopping, Yeah buoy!Get out there and island hopfrom one idyllic Thai island to thenext! This mesmerising cornerof Asia is brimming with sublimerays, rugged landscapes, mouthwateringThai cuisine and azuresnorkelling hotspots. Anchor upunder the stars at these wellknownand off-the-radar islandsin a catamaran, complete with anexperienced skipper. Get face toface with southern Thailand andprepare to enjoy a little slice ofparadise!What Life’s Like At SeaSMALL GROUP SAILINGMeet your new home at sea: an 82ft sailingcatamaran. Sailing takes all of the hassleout of island hopping and is a fantasticway to avoid the crowds. On board, there isample space inside the vessel and on deckfor eating, drinking and for those who liketo indulge in a spot of sun worshipping.You’ll be taken care of by an experiencedskipper who will navigate you from island toisland and will even teach you the ropes ifyou fancy. If that’s not your thing, sit backand enjoy the beautiful scenery of southernThailand passing you by.ITINERARIESThese itineraries will allow you to explorethe Andaman Sea without a worry in theworld. Cruise for seven awesome days orhop on for a quick three-night taste ofparadise – the choice is yours! We’ve shownjust three of the many options available,please check with us for more details. Withfantastically flexible itineraries, you’ll sailto pristine islands and the region’s bestsnorkelling spots, waking up in a new sunkissedheaven every day.Please note the itinerary may need tochange due to inclement weather conditions.This decision will be made solely at theskipper’s discretion, based on the safety ofthe group and the vessel.RELAXING NIGHTSBy night, you’ll anchor up in the mostbeautiful bays and picturesque harbours.Sleep in your bunk or camp out on the deckunder a blanket of stars.LEARN TO SAILWith just a skipper on board, there’s alwaysan opportunity to get involved if you’ve everfancied yourself as a crew member. Pick upthe basics of sailing from the skipper, orjust sit back and let your shipmates take thewheel. There’s no pressure!MEALS & FOOD KITTYAny of these sailing itineraries will set yourtaste buds buzzing as you enjoy traditionalThai and international meals, freshlyprepared with local produce by your onboard cook. A range of very reasonablypriceddrinks are available for purchaseon board the vessel. When meals aren’tincluded, you can dine with locals on shore.THAILANDJames Bond IslandPhang NgaKrabiRailay BeachKoh Yao YaiKoh Khai NaiPhuketKoh Phi Phi50VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SAILINGTHAILANDSAILINGSAILINGFR$1,099 THAILANDFR$1,099 THAILANDFR$2,199Phuket Kho Phi Phi 4 DAYS Kho Phi Phi Phuket 4 DAYS Phuket Phuket7 DAYSHighlights• Sail to beautiful southern Thai islands• Enjoy tantalising traditional cuisine• Laze on pure white secluded beachesHighlights• Relax on the deck of your sailing yacht• Swim and snorkel in stunning bays• Visit the filming location for ‘The Beach’Highlights• Sail aboard an exclusive catamaran• Hop between beautiful paradise islands• See the filming location for James BondSOUTH EAST ASIADAY ITINERARY DAY ITINERARY DAY ITINERARY01020304PhuketArriving no later than 1pm today you’llmeet your group and skipper to startyour Thai sailing adventure. Later,choose to go on a dinghy exploration,suntan on the deck or go for a swimunder the stars before a deliciousdinner of Thai-style cuisine. (D)Phang Nga BayVisit a Sea Gypsy village and Koh PhingKan, popularly known as ‘James BondIsland’ in the idyllic Phang Nga Bay. Optto take a tour to see mangroves andpre-historic cave paintings. (B, L, D)Krabi Islands / Railay BeachSet sail this morning for magnificentRailay Beach where you’ll enjoy astunning beach and beaming sunshine.Railay Beach is also famous for itsrock-climbing options and a greatnightlife. (B, L)Koh Phi PhiThis morning you’ll sail towards the PhiPhi Islands, one of the most beautifulof all Thai island groups. Prepare fora snorkel stop in Monkey Bay and theunmatchable beauty of Koh Phi PhiBeach. Your adventure will finish around3pm. Please see page 74 if you’d like toextend your stay at Koh Phi Phi. (B)Departures 2015STARTFINISHJan 03 Jan 06Jan 10 Jan 13Jan 17 Jan 20Jan 24 Jan 27Jan 31 Feb 03Feb 07 Feb 10STARTFINISHFeb 14 Feb 17Feb 21 Feb 24Feb 28 Mar 03Mar 07 Mar 10Mar 14 Mar 17Mar 21 Mar 24START FINISHMar 28 Mar 31Apr 04 Apr 07Apr 11 Apr 14Apr 18 Apr 21Apr 25 Apr 2801020304Koh Phi Phi Leh / Maya BayMeet your fellow sailors and yourskipper at 3pm in Koh Phi Phi todaybefore setting sail for Phi Phi Leh tovisit Maya Bay, where ‘The Beach’ wasfilmed with Leonardo di Caprio. (D)Southern Phuket IslandsPrepare for a full day sailing as youmake your way through the beautifulSouthern Phuket Islands. Enjoysnorkelling with the stunning sea lifeand a lunch break amongst remoteislands and sandy beaches. In theevening, step off the boat and enjoydinner with your new friends at a localrestaurant. (B, L)Koh Khai Nai / Phang Nga BayContinue your wonderful sailingadventure as you move on to the tinyisland of Koh Khai Nai where you canswim and snorkel as much as your heartdesires! Sail into Phang Nga Bay andejnoy dinner in a secluded anchorage.(B, L, D)PhuketIt’s an early start this morning as youdepart for Phuket. After a stop for aswim, arrive into Yacht Haven Marinajust before lunch where your adventureconcludes. (B)Departures 2015START010203040506-07Inclusions Inclusions InclusionsFINISHJan 06 Jan 09Jan 13 Jan 16Jan 20 Jan 23Jan 27 Jan 30Feb 03 Feb 06Feb 10 Feb 13STARTFINISHFeb 17 Feb 20Feb 24 Feb 27Mar 03 Mar 06Mar 10 Mar 13Mar 17 Mar 20Mar 24 Mar 27START FINISHMar 31 Apr 03Apr 07 Apr 10Apr 14 Apr 17Apr 21 Apr 24Apr 28 May 01PhuketArriving around 1pm today you’ll meetyour fellow sailors and skipper. (D)Koh Ping KanSet off sail to Phang Nga Bay includinga visit to the world-famous ‘James BondIsland’ and one of the last Sea Gypsyvillages. (B, L, D)Krabi Islands / Railay BeachRaise anchor and sail around sandfringedislands, stopping to dive intothe clear blue sea as you go, beforearriving to laid-back Railay Beach. (B, L)Koh Phi Phi / Maya BayNext up; Koh Phi Phi. Along the wayyou’ll pause at stunningly beautifulMaya Bay for a swim. Think yourecognise it? Possibly, as this is wherethe movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed. (B, D)Southern Phuket IslandsEnjoy snorkelling to view marine life andcruising amongst remote islands. (B, L)Koh Yao Yai / Koh Khai Nai / PhuketMore opportunities for swimmingand snorkelling. Dinner in a secludedanchorage in Phang Nga Bay. Cruiseends in Phuket just before lunchtime onDay 7. (2B, L, D)Departures 2015STARTFINISHJan 03 Jan 09Jan 10 Jan 16Jan 17 Jan 23Jan 24 Jan 30Jan 31 Feb 06Feb 07 Feb 13STARTFINISHFeb 14 Feb 20Feb 21 Feb 27Feb 28 Mar 06Mar 07 Mar 13Mar 14 Mar 20Mar 21 Mar 27START FINISHMar 28 Apr 03Apr 04 Apr 10Apr 11 Apr 17Apr 18 Apr 24Apr 25 May 01Please ask for departure dates from Nov 2015 - Mar 2016 Please ask for departure dates from Nov 2015 - Mar 2016 Please ask for departure dates from Nov 2015 - Mar 2016Service Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group:Any age Accommodation: Catamaran (3 nts) Transport:Catamaran Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included GroupLeader: Skipper, assistant/cook Group Size: Max 14, Avg10 Tour Code: GAATSKService Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group:Any age Accommodation: Catamaran (3 nts) Transport:Catamaran Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $40-50 for meals not included GroupLeader: Skipper, assistant/cook Group Size: Max 14, Avg10 Tour Code: GAATSHService Level: Standard Physical Grading: 2 Age Group:Any age Accommodation: Catamaran (6 nts) Transport:Catamaran Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $85-120 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Skipper, assistant/cook Group Size: Max14, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAATSA51


THAI ISLANDFLEXI-HOPPER EASTSTUDENTS THAI ISLANDSTUDENTSFR$439/$425 FLEXI-HOPPER WESTFR$529/$509Phuket Phuket 7 DAYS - 5 MONTHS Koh Samui Koh Samui9 DAYS - 5 MONTHSSOUTH EAST ASIAHighlights• Explore the bohemian fisherman’s village of Bophut, Koh Samui• Learn to windsurf or kitesurf on a tropical island paradise• Join a legendary ‘moon’ party on the beaches of Koh PhanganHighlights• Go off-the-beaten-path in the beautiful jungles of Koh Lanta• Get the party started dancing at beach bars with firethrowers• Visit a secret beach after swimming through an 800-metre caveFIXED ITINERARY (7 or 9 days): A Busabout guide will escort each group, staying two nights on each island. If you have not advised otherwise (at leastten days prior to departure) your ferry tickets will be booked as a fixed itinerary, as shown below. Accommodation is not included, but is easily arrangedonline through Busabout’s ‘MyTrip’. We recommend booking your onward travel for after 7pm on the last day.FLEXIBLE TOUR (up to 5 months): Confirm your travel dates at least ten days before your departure from Phuket or Koh Samui. You can extend yourstay on each island as you wish - there are sailings every three days, allowing you to join up with different groups along the way - and you have the wholeseason to complete the route! Accommodation can be arranged through ‘MyTrip’, and onward travel can be booked for after 7pm on the last day.DAY01-0203-0405-0607InclusionsMay-SepITINERARYKoh SamuiCheck into your accommodation and begin your explorations beforemeeting your guide and trip buddies for an orientation walk andoptional meal. On Day 2, you’re free to relax on whichever beachtakes your fancy, brave the chutes and slides at an aqua park, or gooff exploring the island by kayak or tree-top cable car. Head over tothe fishermen’s village to hang out and chill.Koh TaoHead over to the beautiful paradise island of Koh Tao, perhapsbest-known for its affordable scuba diving. If the underwater worldisn’t your thing, the island is pretty cool too - hiking trails show offthe island’s natural beauty and flourishing rainforest. You could alsosign yourself up for yoga classes or Thai boxing.Koh PhanganTake a short boat trip to Koh Phangan where you’ll explore thesecluded beaches of the north before heading to Haad Rin for amassive beach party. Don’t forget this is the home of the Full Moon,Half Moon and Black Moon parties!Koh SamuiDepart the island mid-morning to head back to Koh Samui, whereyour trip comes to an end on arrival. Ask about options to extend.Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Notincluded, can be arranged for between $10(dorms) to $50 (private rooms) per personper night in hostels, with bungalow upgradesavailable. Book online through Busabout MyTrip(log-in details for which will be provided afterbooking) Transport: Local ferries betweenislands, private transfers between Busaboutrecommended accommodation options andports Meals: None included Group Leader:Guide Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: BUDepartures every three days from 20May 2015 to 17 Sep 2015PhuketKoh Phi PhiTHAILANDKrabiKoh LantaKoh TaoKohPhanganKoh SamuiDepartures 2015 Departures 2015/16DAY01-0203-0405-0607-09InclusionsOct-MarITINERARYPhuketArrive into Phuket today, and head out for a wander before gettingto know your fellow island-hoppers over a few optional drinks anddinner. On day 2, you’re free to sunbathe, enjoy watersports orexplore the island’s attractions such as the Bangpae waterfall, thegibbon rehabilitation project or world-famous ‘James Bond Island’.Koh Phi PhiCatch the ferry over to stunning Koh Phi Phi, where your guide willgive you the lowdown as you head up to a fantastic sunset lookout.Days can be spent at Maya Bay (the filming location for ‘The Beach’)or seeing the monkeys on Monkey Island.Koh LantaHead off the well-trodden path to the relatively undeveloped islandof Koh Lanta. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a jungle trek to seewaterfalls, or swim through the 800-metre cave to a hidden beach.Ao Nang (Krabi) / PhuketTravel by ferry to Krabi for a two-night stay in Ao Nang. Krabi ispacked with activity options; catch a boat to spectacular beaches,see an authentic kick-boxing match, or go rock climbing at RailayBeach. Ao Nang can get quite lively so don’t miss an optional lastnight out at an amazing Thai restaurant and party at one of ourfavourite bars. Return to Phuket on Day 9, where the trip concludes.Age Group: Min 18 Accommodation: Notincluded, can be arranged for between $10(dorms) to $50 (private rooms) per personper night in hostels, with bungalow upgradesavailable. Book online through Busabout MyTrip(log-in details for which will be provided afterbooking) Transport: Local ferries betweenislands, private transfers between Busaboutrecommended accommodation options andports Meals: None included Group Leader:Guide Group Size: Max 30 Tour Code: BUPhuketDepartures every three days from 28Oct 2015 to 17 Mar 2016THAILANDKoh TaoKohPhanganKoh Samui52VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COMKoh Phi Phi


BANGKOKWACHIRABENTHAT PARKThere’s more to Banglampoothan Khao San, henna tattoos &fish spas. Stock up on T-shirts& flip-flops at the market, chowdown on tasty snacks streetside& explore its resplendent temples& green spaces.Sirat ExpyBANG SUECHATUCHAKWEEKEND MARKETSOUTH EAST ASIAThe STA shop is inthe Viengtai HotelCHAO PHRAYA RIVER10Sky train route96VICTORY MONUMENTROYAL BARGENATIONAL MUSEUMBANGKOK NATIONALMUSEUM8734Khao San RdAMULET MARKETTHE EMERALD BUDDHAEMPLE (WAT PHRAKAEW)TEMPLE OF DAWN(WAT ARUN)GRAND PALACEWAT PHObanglampooWAT SUTHAT THEPWARARAMRATCHAWORAMAHAWIHANCHINATOWN12YAOWARATPHETCHABURI13 2MBK CENTER11PATHUMWAN15Sukhumvit RdSirat ExpyTraffic, tuk tuks, the skytrain,sophisticated dining, rooftop gardens,clubbing, cabarets & chic wine bars.Sukhumvit heaves with activity.Tranquil Bang Kra Jao, locallyknown as Bangkok Jungle, is just5 minutes from a BTS station buta world away from the madness ofthe city centre. See page 57LUMPHINI PARK5Chalerm Maha Nakhon Expy114Silom RdPATPONGS Sathorn RdRama IV RdFood, glorious food!Prepare for sensoryoverload (& to get lost)in Chinatown’s winding,narrow alleys. Chowdown on fresh fruit,curries, soups, BBQpork & chicken feet (!)Relax in Silom’s Lumpini Park, scour thenight market & accept you will have a sorehead after a night’s drinking in red-lightdistrict Patpong’s raucous myriad of bars.


BANGKOKSOUTH EAST ASIAskytrains, temples & tuk tuksEnergy-consuming, humid,heaving, chattering with beepinghorns, whooshing tuk tuks androwdy street markets; this isThailand’s capital. You’ll eitherlove it or hate it. Be mesmerisedby the unrelenting traffic, glitzyMBK Mall, resplendent GrandPalace and 5.5-ton GoldenBuddha. Eat pad thai streetside,listen to live reggae at a rooftopbar, then get haggling for a pairof bright orange and suspiciouslycheap Ray-Bans.GLAMPACKERGLAMPACKER1 2LUB DSILOMPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Hang out with other backpackers in the Yellow Donut Café & Bar• Laze about on beanbags in the movie lounge or sip beers on the porch• Explore bustling Silom Road and Patpong’s infamous night marketFR FR$16 DORMLUB D$21FR FR$22 TWIN/DOUBLE SIAM SQUARE$28PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTDORMTWIN/DOUBLE• Less than a minute’s walk from the Skytrain to whizz around the city• Have a beer with new friends in the buzzing streetside bar• Chill on beanbags in the theatre and relax in the outdoor leisure areaSmack bang in the heart of the city, this is one of Bangers’ hottesthostels. Fun and friendly with funky communal areas and clean, aircon dorms, each bed has a reading light and plug socket for easyrecharging of your phone or tablet. Choose from mixed or femaleonlydorms or opt for a your own room for a touch more privacy.Free Wi-FiBKKLUBThis super-cool, budget option sat next to the National Stadiumhas everything on its doorstep; from bars and bazaars to shopsand stalls. Take your pick from light and airy four-bed deluxedorms and ladies-only dorms to private rooms with queen-sizedbeds and en suites. Wowzer!Free Wi-FiBKKLUSSHOESTRING rock solidA-List3 4 5TOPINNFR FR FR$28 SINGLEBUDDY$97 SINGLEREMBRANDT $89FR FR FR$17 TWIN/DOUBLE LODGE$49 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$45PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTIn the heart of backpacker central - AKAKhao San Road - you’ll find this safeand simple hotel. The clean and comfyrooms are newly-renovated with privatebathrooms and air con, all for a price thatwon’t blow your baht. Chill on the rooftopsundeck or head out to the countlesssurrounding bars, stalls and restaurants.Slap bang on Khao San Road, in the heartof the action, you’ll find this excellent valuehotel. Clean, spacious rooms come withwooden floors, balconies, en suites, fridges,free Wi-Fi and (let’s face it, mandatory) aircon. Feeling frazzled by the mid-day heat?Hit the rooftop swimming pool; a quietoasis from the heaving city below.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA big favourite of ours (err hello, rooftoppool and bar) just off cosmopolitanSukhumvit Road, the Rembrandt is a classyinner-city sanctuary. Elegant rooms andplush suites have huge windows onto theBangkok skyline, downy king-sized beds andsignature toiletries. Indulge at the spa, fiveaward-winning restaurants and two bars.STAY 4 PAY 3 OR STAY 3 NIGHTSFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFOR A ROOM UPGRADE OR Free Wi-FiBKKTOPBOOK 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A 10%STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR A 1 HOUR SPADISCOUNT - 01APR15-31DEC15BKKBUD TREATMENT (DELUXE ROOM) - 01APR15-31OCT15 BKKRHT54VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ock solidrock solid6 7NOUVOHOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Cool down with a refreshing swim in the saltwater rooftop pool• A clean, contemporary retreat in ‘old city Bangkok’• A ten-minute stroll from Khao San Road’s teeming nightlife & shoppingWalking distance from many of the city’s top attractions, thismodern Banglamphu hotel offers bright, generous rooms with ensuites and air con. Need a breather from Bangers? Relax with asmoothie at the pool bar, unwind with a herbal steam in the spa ortuck into some award-winning pad thai in Nouvo’s restaurant.FR FR$138 SINGLEVIENGTAI$64FR FR$69 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$36Free Wi-FiPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Dip in and out of the Khao San drama - right on the next road• Home to the STA Bangkok shop - pop in and see us!• Escape the Bangkok streets in your togs by the outdoor poolSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA place of backpacking legend adjacent to the Khao San Road,this is the go-to spot if you want a bit of distance between youand your partying. The garden, pool, bakery and restaurant area charming little oasis from the street outside. En suite spaciousrooms are neat-as-a-pin with air con and cable TV.Free Wi-FiSOUTH EAST ASIABKKNCHBKKVIEglampackerrock solid8 9BUDDYBOUTIQUE INNPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Who says you can’t be a boutique backpacker?!• With just 23 rooms, snooze in exclusive style on the Khao San Road• Retreat to the snazzy rooftop pool, gym and sauna at the sister hotelFR FR$55 SINGLEBANGKOK$74FR FR$28 TWIN/DOUBLE CHA-DA HOTEL$37PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Two 24-hour restaurants - perfect for a quick bite or midnight snack• Rest travel-weary limbs in the spa or sauna• Climb to the skies to cool off in the refreshing rooftop poolIf you still want to party with Khao San’s sleepless throngs butdon’t want to get backpacker to basics, then head for this glamlittle boutique hideaway. Each of the 23 rooms are sleek air consanctuaries with fridges, free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. You can even usethe rooftop pool (whoop) at nearby Buddy Lodge for a small fee.This mid-range,14-storey hotel combines modern design withcomfort and traditional, smiling Thai hospitality. Rooms are newlyrefurbishedwith contemporary Thai-style decor and air con. Chuckin king-size beds, wood-panelled floors, large windows and fabviews across Bangkok and you’ve got a great value hotel.Free Wi-Fi10% DISCOUNT ON FOOD & BEVERAGE. FREE SWIMMING POOL AND GYM ATBUDDY LODGEBKKBOUSTAY 2 PAY 1, STAY 4 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-31DEC15.BKKCHDrock solida-list10 11TRANG HOTELBANGKOKPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• A ten minute-walk from Khao San Road’s crackling nightlife• Feel outdoors indoors; paddle in the pool under an enormous skylight• Scoff topnotch dim sum then hit the high notes with Karaoke!FR FR$69 SINGLEPATHUMWAN$207FR FR$42 TWIN/DOUBLE PRINCESS HOTEL$104PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Panoramic views over the neon Bangkok skyline from every room• Work out in one of the most prestigious fitness suites, the Olympic Club• Chill out to DJs as mixologists work on your cocktail at STUDIO BarCleanse your mind and body of city stress and potential shoppingguilt at this tranquil haven tucked in amongst Bangkok’s mayhem.Combining great service and warm hospitality, its air con, en suiterooms come with cushioned-cane furniture and extra-comfy beds,guanranteeing a good night’s sleep.Opposite Siam Square and adjacent to the MBK Centre, if Bangkokhad a pulse then this luxury urban hotel would be it! Snazzyelectronic glass curtains separate marble bathrooms from state-ofthe-artrooms packed with gadgetry. Visit the sprawling health cluband pool before deciding between six award-winning restaurants.Free Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-31OCT15. 20% DISCOUNT FOR ISIC - 01JAN15-1OCT15BKKTRASTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 6 - 01JAN15-31MAR15BKKPAP55


a-list a-listSOUTH EAST ASIA12 13SHANGHAIMANSIONPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• 24-hour butler service plus unpacking/re-packing & nightly turn down• Whizz around the city by complimentary tuk tuk shuttle service• Enjoy cocktails and jazz music in the Terrace BarLook past the unassuming exterior of this Chinatown hotel andprepare to be wowed by what awaits inside. Each luxurious roomis decked out in stunning Chinese décor. Hit the thrice weeklyafternoon tea and snacks in the atrium, or if you need something alittle more substantial, check out its two restaurants.Free Wi-FiDELUXE AND SUITE ROOMS INCLUDE SHANGHAI MANSION BUTLER SERVICE.STAY 3 NIGHTS FOR FREE LATE CHECK-OUT UNTIL 6.00PM (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY)FR FR$104 SINGLESIAM@SIAM$177FR FR$52 TWIN/DOUBLE DESIGN HOTEL BANGKOK$89BKKSHAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Relax with cocktails and live music in the lounge• Like the finer things in life? Check out the wine and cigar kiosk• Soak up 360-degree views from the Roof Champagne & Wine BarSINGLETWIN/DOUBLECutting edge design, futuristic style and knock-out views - hotelsdon’t get slicker than this. Centrally located, just five minutes fromthe Skytrain, its rooms are strikingly decorated with high ceilingsand large bay windows framing the cityscape vista. You’re spoiltfor choice with five restaurants, a pool, spa, sauna and Jacuzzi.STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01APR15-31OCT15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiBKKSIArock solida-list14 15NOVOTEL BANGKOKFENIX SILOMPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Minutes away from buzzing Patpong and shopping hotspots• Cool down in the outdoor pool, with a cocktail from the poolside bar• Work up a sweat in the fitness centre and saunaFR FR$126 SINGLESIVATEL$231FR FR$63 TWIN/DOUBLE BANGKOK$116PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Make a splash in the infinity pool with a view• Check out idyllic retreat, The Eight Spa• Munch on international cuisine at the poolside restaurantSINGLETWIN/DOUBLESteps away from street-side markets, shopping malls and nearthe nightlife district of Patpong, the Novotel offers a comfortablesanctuary from Bangkok’s hustle and bustle. Its newly-designed,stylish rooms come with free Wi-Fi and great views of Bangok’sskyline.Get the five-star experience at this high-rise haven. Its 75exclusive suites have modern, luxurious decor with glass wallsand full-length windows plus a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.Comfortable and chic with outstanding views across the capital,you can be sure of a relaxing stay.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4 - 01JAN15-31OCT15 ORBOOK 21 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A 15% DISCOUNT - 01JAN15-31MAR15.Free Wi-FiBKKFENBOOK 50 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A 10% DISCOUNT - 01JAN15-31OCT15Free Wi-FiBKKSVTBANGKOK FOODEXPEDITIONFR$79 CHINATOWNFR$76 BANGKOK CITYFR$43 TEMPLE &FR$85HALF DAY FOOD DISCOVERYHALF DAY & TEMPLES TOURHALF DAY RIVER OF KINGSHALF DAYVisit the local fresh market ofPhra Khanong to buy the rawingredients for your cookerycourse that will follow. Boarda longtail boat to tour PhraKhanong canal before arrivingat the house for your cookerycourse where you will preparefour amazing dishes.Immerse yourself in the culture,soak up the atmosphere andlearn how the communityoriginated hundreds of yearsago. Explore and visit a 100year-old coffee shop and theworld’s largest golden Buddha.Try different foods and bagsome bargains at the markets!Feed your inner culture-vultureand check out several ofBangkok’s most magnificenttemples, including the famous(and huge) reclining Buddha.There’ll also be plenty ofsightseeing, shopping andeating opportunities. A greatway to find your feet!The Grand Palace, the EmeraldBuddha and Wat Po (Bangkok’soldest Buddhist temple) are allticked off on this exciting tour.You’ll also hop on a long-tailboat to visit Bangkok’s canals.Escape the chaotic streetsand explore the city’s longforgottennooks and crannies.BKKBFEBKKCHIBKKCTTBKKRIV56VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BANGKOKSTARTER PACKFR$2134 DAYSBANGKOK TREE HOUSEPACKAGEFR$5244 DAYSBangkok can seem a little daunting to visitors, especially if it’syour first time in Asia. So get organised and make sure that yourfirst few nights are hassle-free. Grab this smart, little starter pack- a great intro to Thailand’s cartwheeling capital. You’ll be pickedup at the airport and safely deposited in a great central hotel andyou can enjoy a half-day ‘City and Temples’ tour and a half-day‘Thonburi Klongs’ spin along the city canals.Accommodation: Royal Hotel (3nts) Transport: Coach Includes: Touring asspecified Meals: Daily breakfast Tour Code: BKKROPEnjoy three nights’ of truly unique, boutique tree houseaccommodation amidst a wilderness of mangroves. Situated on asmall island, really close to the city centre, multi-level, open-air‘nests’ are elegantly kitted out with hardwood floors, outdoorshowers, private decks and 10/10 views. Explore by bike, visit thefloating market, get lost in a maze of waterways, fruit orchardsand temples and take a half-day ancient city tour.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Private tree house with air con, bathroom &PC with Wi-Fi access (3 nts) close to the Chao Phraya River Meals: 3 breakfastsIncludes: Round trip airport transfers, private half-day city tour, complimentaryuse of bikes Tour Code: BKKTRESOUTH EAST ASIARIVER KWAI &ANCIENT KINGDOMSFR$5233 DAYSBABYSITTING AN ELEPHANTAT RIVER KWAIFR$3254 DAYSTake a breather from tumultuous Bangkok and embark on thisexciting historic tour. Visit the Summer Palace on the banks of theChao Phraya River before discovering the ancient ruins of WorldHeritage listed Ayutthaya. Next, it’s on to Kanchanaburi to delveinto its WWII history. See the Bridge over the River Kwai and thebeautiful Erawan N.P. Enjoy three days of delicious Thai food,swimming under waterfalls and admiring fascinating temples.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tourist class hotel (2nts) Meals: 2 breakfastsTour Leader: Local English speaking guide Tour Code: BKKRKW. We also offer aday trip to River Kwai - please ask for details BKKKWA.A real treat for animal-lovers, this package includes bathing andfeeding sick and old elephants, three nights’ accommodation plushistorical sightseeing. On arrival into Bangkok airport, transferto your city hostel, departing next morning for Kanchanaburi.Visit the River Kwai Bridge, war cemetery and Thai-Burmese railmuseum. Day 3 will be spent at Elephant World Project sanctuarycaring for these gentle giants. Transfer back to Bangkok on Day 4.Departs: Daily Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Accommodation: Bangkok hostelprivate room with bathroom (1 nt), Kanchanburi guesthouse, private room withbathroom (2 nts) Transport: Airport transfer to hostel, public mini-van toKanchanaburi, public transport back to Bangkok Tour Code: BKKELKRIVER KWAIFLOAT HOUSEFR$3712 DAYSTHAINTROFR$8858 DAYSHead out into the unspoilt mountainous jungle scenery ofKanchanaburi, just over two hours from Bangkok and home to theiconic River Kwai. Visit the museum, the Allied POW Cemetery andtake a historic train ride on the Death Railway. Come nightfall,bed down in an elegant floating villa, complete with privateterrace (with swing), DVD player, free Wi-Fi and rain shower at theluxurious Float House. Return to Bangkok well rested on Day 2.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Luxury double/twin share room in boutique,floating villa (1 nt) Includes: Transfers & admission fees Meals:1 breakfast, 2lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Air con van/coach, boat Tour Code: BKKRKFExperience the very best of Thailand with an instant group offriends on this action-packed adventure! Start by discoveringchaotic Bangkok by tuk tuk and boat, visit ancient temples, take aThai cooking class, then explore stunning Khao Sok National Park,bedding down in floating bungalows. Next up, party capital KohPhangan. Swim under waterfalls, get up close with elephants in thejungle and rave it up beachside at a legendary Full Moon Party!Departs: Selected dates year-round Accommodation: Guesthouse with en suite,Bangkok (2 nts), train (1 nt), floating bungalow (1 nt), en suite beach bungalow(3 nts) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: All transport down toKoh Phangan, guide, activities mentioned Tour Code: BKKINT57


CHIANG MAISOUTH EAST ASIAancient kingdoms & hilltribe treksWelcome to the rolling greenfoothills, sacred temples and lushlandscapes of Northern Thailand.Wander through the bustling nightbazaar and jam to live music inone of Chiang Mai’s many bars(Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ is still doingthe rounds) then head for the hills.Spend your nights in traditionalbamboo huts listening to thesoothing sounds of the jungleand your days trekking, meetingindigenous tribes and cooling offin tumbling waterfalls.GLAMPACKER glampackerrock solidECORESORTFR FR FR$20 DORMSMALL$37 SINGLECENTARA$69FR FR FR$32 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$19 TWIN/DOUBLE DUANGTAWAN $40PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSet in lovely gardens, Eco Resort’s dormshave air con, polished wood floors andlockers. Located close to downtown ChiangMai and a short walk from the NightBazaar, when you’re not chilling in thecoffee corner, have a game of table soccer,take a dip in the outdoor pool or maybeeven rent a bike!A quaint and trendy hotel tucked away inthe old town of Chiang Mai. With a ‘loft art’concept, the design is intimate yet funky.Enjoy cracking views, with a backdrop ofmountains. After a day’s sightseeing take arefreshing dip in the pink-coloured plungepool before tucking into a meal at therooftop restaurant.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEJust moments from the stellar night bazaar,this Chiang Mai hotel couldn’t be morecentral. After a hard day’s trekking, relaxsore muscles in the sauna and steam room,unwind in the pool or Jacuzzi or opt for amassage. Choose from modern single ordouble rooms, all with en suites and aircon.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4 - 01MAY15-31DEC15(CERTAIN ROOM TYPES)Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4 - Free Wi-Fi04JAN15-31OCT15, STAY 4 PAY 3,CNXECO DCNXDH STAY 7 PAY 5 - 01NOV15-28DEC15CNXCDHa-lista-listDENAGAFR$148FR$74SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTAdorned with statues, Thai silks and warmteakwood, this elegant hotel is the perfecturban getaway nestled in central ChiangMai. Ultra-sleek rooms come with modernen suites, high ceilings, walk-in closets andDVD players. Relax weary limbs poolside,in the Jacuzzi or with a spa treatment.Hungry? Dine al fresco at the restaurant.RATI LANNARIVERSIDEFR$222FR$111SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSpread across the spiritual banks of theMae Ping River, this riverside boutique hotelis laden with ancient Lanna architecture.Rooms are richly decorated and haveprivate balconies with garden or hill viewsand LCD TVs - in the bathrooms! There’s anawesome infinity pool, swim-up bar, spa,gym and four restaurants.TONG BAIELEPHANT FOUNDATIONFR$272FULL DAYSpend an unforgettable day assisting withthe care of endangered Asian elephantsat this not-for-profit foundation. LeavingChiang Mai, drive into the jungles of MaeWin to meet your gentle giant hosts. Learnabout the foundation and tuck into a tastyThai lunch before bath time down at theriver. Fun work, so pack your bathers!Free Wi-FiCNXDNAFree Wi-FiCNXRATCNXELE58VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


HILLTRIBE HUTEXPERIENCEChiang MaiChiang MaiFR$3543 DAYSHIDDEN THAI& LAOS ADVENTUREChiang MaiLuang PrabangFR$6407 DAYSHighlights• Sleep in authentic bamboo huts in local villages• Go jungle trekking through remote Northern Thailand• Feast on local foodTake to the hills on this adventure-packed trip taking in the uniquesights of northern Thailand. Set out from Chiang Mai into thesurrounding region, absorb the local culture and try the differentcuisine (deep fried pork fat with a fiery chilli dip anyone?). You’llhike through remote villages, learn the secrets to jungle survivalfrom local minority tribes and get immersed in this beautiful area.Feast on delicious local food and spend two nights shacked upwith the locals in traditional bamboo huts. If you’re looking toescape the cities and get a taste of the real Thailand, then thiswhirlwind journey is for you.Departs: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays Accommodation: Hilltribevillages (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Tour code: CNXHUTCan also be done as a 5 day tour incl. a stay pre and post in Chiang Mai CNXHILHighlights• Explore cultural stunner and World Heritage town Luang Prabang• Take a slow boat through lush farmland to a village homestay• Zipline over rainforests, dive under falls, slosh through rice paddiesVenture off Asia’s well-trodden path into northern Thailand andLaos’ best kept secrets. Chill for a day in bohemian Chiang Maibefore getting your treetop thrills flying past swinging gibbonson Asia’s longest zipline. Stress is banned from laid-back Laosso leave it at the border and hop across for four days immersedin local Laotian life. Meander down the Mekong River, bunk downwith a family at a remote village homestay, take a subterraneanpilgrimage to the Buddha-filled Pak Ou Caves and trundle in tuktuks to paradise falls and waterlogged rice farms. End with theBuddhist temples and night markets of beautiful Luang Prabang.Departs: Tuesdays & Fridays (15Mar-31Oct), Sundays (15Jan-14Mar)Accommodation: Guesthouses: Chiang Mai (2nts), Houay Xai (1 nt), LuangPrabang (2 nts). Homestay (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Transport: Airporttransfers, air con minibus, boat Includes: Guide, Flight of the Gibbon zipline,waterfalls & rice tours, entrance fees to caves & temples Tour Code: CNXMAKSOUTH EAST ASIACHIANG MAI &GOLDEN TRIANGLEChiang MaiChiang MaiFR$5883 DAYSGOLDENTRIANGLE TREKChiang MaiChiang MaiFR$3353 DAYSHighlights• Meet indigenous communities• Take a long-tail boat to the ancient capital of Chiang Saen• Explore the five interconnected Chiang Dao CavesHighlights• Experience the real Thailand meeting hilltribe communities• Motorboat down scenic Kok River• Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall, relax in hot springsKiss the mayhem of Chiang Mai goodbye as you head north to aland of myth and fable... Actually, it’s the area where Thailand,Burma and Laos meet, but it still conjures up images of poppyfields, Chinese warlords and smugglers! Get up close withelephants in the jungle, meet friendly hill tribe people, visit anopium museum and perhaps step a sneaky foot into laid-backLaos. Take a breather with a cup of tea in a traditional Chinese teahouse overlooking the misted mountains. Absorb the rich history,scenic beauty and melting pot of cultures and cuisines and returnto Chiang Mai more serene and with great memories.For an authentic Thai adventure, get off the beaten track onthis three-day tour of the picturesque Golden Triangle. Headingstraight out of Chiang Mai, you’ll pass great scenery before gettingthe chance to trek to a number of traditional villages, includingKaron, Lahu and Akha. Be privy to witnessing locals’ culture andeveryday life in these indigenous communities, spending eachnight in a different village. Take a three-hour scenic motorboatride down the Kok River, then cool down with a refreshing dip ina waterfall. Enroute back to Chiang Mai, visit hot springs for arelaxing pitstop.Departs: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays Accommodation: Basichotel (2 nts) Transport: Return transfer from local accommodation, boat,walking Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches Tour Code: CNXGOLDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Basic hotel accommodation (2 nts) Transport:Transfer from accommodation, walking & motorboat Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3lunches, 2 dinners Tour Code: BKKG3D59


NORTHERN THAILANDHILLTRIBES TREKFR$399Chiang Mai Chiang Mai 5 DAYSHighlights• Trek through Northern Thailand• Explore the colours of Chiang Mai• Visit the hilltribes along the way• Feed or bathe an elephant• Witness traditional weaving• Get to know the Karen tribe• Float serenely on a bamboo raftSOUTH EAST ASIAInclusionsDeparts: Every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday TripStyle: Classic Service Level: Standard PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Any age Accommodation:Hotels (2 nts), basic huts (2 nts, multishare)Transport: Open truck, van, elephant, raft Meals: 4breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD$50-75 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size:Max 15, Avg 5 Tour Code: GAATHHDAY0102ITINERARYChang MaiArrive to the cultural centre of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai, at any time today and start exploringthis charming city.Hilltribes TrekTravel in an open pick-up truck to Mae Malai where you will enjoy lunch before starting your trek.Trek through forests and rural terrain to visit some of the most colourful and unchanged traditionalhilltribe villages. You will be impressed by the variety of languages, clothing styles and beliefs thatdiffer hugely from one another. (B, L, D)Chiang MaiTHAILAND0304-05Hilltribes Trek / Baan Mae Ma NainThis morning you will set off on a two- to three-hour trek in the forest, visiting rice and vegetablefields along the way as you pass the villages and learn about their traditional methods of cultivation.Re-charge your energy levels over lunch and then continue trekking to the Karen village of Baan MaeMa Nain where there is a chance to feed and bathe the village’s elephants. Experience local ways andlearn how to construct a bamboo raft, then go fishing at Mae Tang River using local tools. (B, L, D)River Rafting / Chiang MaiWake up to a day of real fun as you set off down the Mae Tang River on a bamboo raft. Stop at aLahu village before continuing to a Shan village for lunch. Return to Chiang Mai this afternoon foryour last night on the town with your new friends. Your amazing adventure ends on Day 5 and youare free to depart at any time. (2B, L)THAI ELEPHANTCONSERVATIONBANGKOK TO CHIANG MAIFR$637 ADVENTUREFR$484Mae Taeng District (Chiang Mai) 1 - 2 WEEKS Bangkok Chiang Mai5 DAYSHighlights• Assist with local conservation• Bathe and feed elephants• Learn about elephant health and treatmentHighlights• Ride the train from Bangkok into the majestic beauty of Chiang Mai• Cycle through rural rice paddies, temple ruins and hilltribe villages• Raft whitewater rapids down the jungle-clad Mae Taeng RiverSet in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, this projectoffers a peaceful home for over 30 neglected and abusedelephants. Headed up by Lek, a co-founder of the park, also knownas the ‘Elephant Whisperer’ by locals for her affinity with thesemajestic grey, giants, her focus on the elephants’ wellbeing isinspiring. Providing an essential role in caring for this endangeredspecies, you will treat and feed residents onsite as well aslearning how they communicate and make friends. All the mahouts(elephant caretakers) bring the elephants down to the river so thateveryone can have a go at bathing them - the best part of the day!This adrenalin-fuelled adventure takes the rails from Bangkok intothe mystical mountain beauty and ethnic hilltribes of northernThailand. Travel by long-tail boat through Bangkok’s ramshacklecanals, get barefoot and spiritual at Wat Po and marvel at theopulent Grand Palace before bedding down in air con bunks on thetrain to Chiang Mai. Spend the next two days living on northernThailand’s wild side - cycling through rural landscapes dotted withtemples, trekking to colourful hilltribe villages, mountain bikingdown dirt tracks, and rafting through steamy jungle. Finishing inChiang Mai on Day 5, we personally feel a massage is in order!Project Start Date: Mondays Location: Mae Teng District (60km north ofChiang Mai) Accommodation: multi-share volunteer huts (6 nts) Meals: allmeals included Extra Weeks: Fr $1,274 for 2 weeks Trip Code: BKKELEDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3nts), 2nd class overnight train in multishareair con cabins (1nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Train, bus,bike, raft Includes: English speaking guide, tours & entrance fees Tour Code:BKKCNX60VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


KOH SAMET, KOH TALU & HUA HINlandlubbers & city escapeesIf you need to make a beachboundbreak from the bustle of Bangkokor like an authentic side of Thaiwith your beach life, then the GulfCoast is awash with perfect palmtreemoments. Super-handy if youhate to fly, within a few hours ofBangers you could be horizontal onthe private island idyll of Koh Talu,strumming guitars with escapeeBangkok students on Koh Samet’ssunset sands or glamming it upwith city weekenders on Hua Hin’sRoyal Riviera. Get you, fancypants.SOUTH EAST ASIABANGKOKAIRPORTNa-list4HUA HIN3KOH TALUKOH SAMET2 11FRSAI KAEW $142FRBEACH RESORT, KOH SAMET $79SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis place is all about the vibe. From themodern, minimalist rooms and theglass-walled fitness centre suspendedabove the pool to the cool beachfrontcocktail bar, the facilities are young andfun. Choose from lively Sai Kaew beachor secluded Pineapple beach, the hotel isbetween the two, so take your pick!STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 14 PAY 10 - 1JAN15-19DEC15EARLY BIRD OFFERS APPLY - 01MAY15-31DEC15Free Wi-FiKSZSAIrock solid rock solida-list2 3 4LE VIMARNCOTTAGES, KOH SAMETFR FR FR$217 SINGLEKOH TALU $246 SINGLEANANTARA $202FR FR FR$121 TWIN/DOUBLE BEACH RESORT, KOH TALU $123 TWIN/DOUBLE HUA HIN $101PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSunset strolls, snorkelling off the beach andspa treatments - just a few lures on thedoorstep of your private cottage. Snuggledinto a hillside and secluded rustic bay, eachcottage and pool villa has air con, privatebalconies and exudes boutique island charm.Sink into the infinity pool before tasty Thaior wood-fired pizzas on the beachfront.Enjoy an authentic Robinson Crusoeexperience. The idyllic beach location isgreat for diving and snorkelling and allchalets come with air con, private deck,satellite TV and garden views. Dine at thepier-side restaurant or relax at the beachbar. A laid-back resort on a super-chilledlesser-heard of island.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLE‘Wow’ is probably the word that bestdescribes this swish, beachfront hotel. Withlush, tropical gardens, an outdoor pool,tennis courts and even an onsite cookeryschool, you won’t be straying far. Shouldyou choose to venture further afield, thenight market is a handy, five-minute driveaway.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 14 PAY 10 - 11JAN15-19DEC15.BOOK 45 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR AEARLY BIRD OFFERS APPLY - 01MAY15-31DEC15 KSZLEV DBPQKT 10% DISCOUNT - 06JAN15-31MAR15HHQANA61


KOH SAMUI CHAWENG BEACHSOUTH EAST ASIAPretty fly for a mai taiSay “sa wat dee” to Koh Samui’stourist hub, sprawling ChawengBeach. Picture diving into thesparkling sea or riding the wavesaloft a jetski. Drink milk out ofa freshly-cut coconut (you’re nolonger on the jetski) and baskon Samui’s longest strip of sand.Come nightfall, let loose as youhead for the Green Mango strip,Sangsom (Thai whisky) bucket inhand. Just don’t let a sore headstop you from doing it all overagain. Chok dee!rock solid SHOESTRING rock solid1 2 3AL’SRESORTFR FR FR$99 SINGLENORA LAKEVIEW $52 SINGLECHAWENG $99FR FR FR$50 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$26 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT$50PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThere’s nothing old about this favouriteof ours. Set onto the white sands ofChaweng Beach, the spa, oceanfront pooland panoramic restaurant of this snazzilyrenovated resort are welcome retreats onyour wild nights off. All nine room typeshave air con, cable TV and either sea viewsor access to the pool.If you prefer beach bum and nightlife thrillsto hotel frills, then this lakefront hotspot isfor you. Two minutes from Chaweng Beachand half that to the bars and restaurants,what this budget hotel lacks on the poolfront it makes up for with huge, clean-asa-whistleen suite rooms with air con. Agreat value option.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLESandwiched between the bright lightsof Chaweng Road and the white sandsof Chaweng Beach, this smart collectionof bungalows are simply furnished butfresh and spacious with a Thai twist. Allhave en suites and air con. There’s alsoan oceanfront pool, restaurant and bar -perfect for pre-dinner sundowners.Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-FiSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 -01APR15-31AUG15 & 01NOV15-ISIC HOLDERS - 20% DISCOUNT ONSTAY 7 PAY 5 - 01APR15-31JUL15 &20DEC15. STAY 7 PAY 6 - 11JAN15-31MAR15 USMALR BEVERAGE AND HOTEL SPAUSMNLH 01SEP15-31OCT15USMCWGROCK SOLID ROCK SOLID4 5BAAN SAMUIRESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Soak up the serene atmosphere as you laze by the beachfront pool• All rooms/suites come with air con, private balconies and fluffy robes• Top up your tan on Chaweng Beach, right on your doorstepFR FR$143 SINGLENORA CHAWENG$86FR FR$77 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$43PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Stay just minutes from the white sands of Chaweng Beach• Stylish rooms are packed with complimentary (whoop free!) extras• Treat your tired travelling feet to a pedi at the Anodas SpaSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEJust steps from the beach, shaded by tropical gardens and relaxingterraces, Baan Samui is a great Thai getaway. Swim, surf, jetski ortreat yourself to a massage on the sands. Tickle your tastebudsin one of its two restaurants, tuck into poolside snacks, then restyour head in one of its modern, en suite rooms.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 8 & STAY 15 PAY 10 -01APR15-24DEC15. BOOK BY 28FEB15 - FOR FREE BREAKFAST ON FREE NIGHTS -01APR15-24DEC15. STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 9, STAY 16 PAY 12 -07JAN15–31MAR15USMBASFrom the modish poolside restaurant and shiny lobby bar, to theopen-sided tropical pool and spa, everything at this downtownChaweng hotel has a good finish. Cable TV, fridges, robes,complimentary toiletries and bottled water in the rooms and suitescreate a relaxing retreat.Free Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 8, STAY 15 PAY 10- 01APR15 - 24DEC15. BOOK BY 28FEB15 FOR FREE BREAKFAST ON FREE NIGHTS.STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 9 - 07JAN15-31MAR15.USMNRA62VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


2SAMUI AIRPORT: 3km581CHAWENG BEACH97NFULL MOONPARTY TRANSFERSIt’s not often you get to party at one of themost famous beach bashes in the world.See our Koh Phangan accommodationoptions on pages 66-67 although werecommend taking one of the followinghassle-free packages:4-day Full Moon Experiencefrom Koh Samui (see page 65)6-day Hacienda Party Phanganon Koh Phangan Island (see page 67)364However, if all you want is to pre-bookyour transfer from Koh Samui to ensureyou’re there for a timely arrival, thenour speedboat transfers arrive into KohPhangan at about 7pm and leave thefollowing morning at 7.30am. Fr $64return. For details of Full Moon partydates, see page 67.SOUTH EAST ASIAROCK SOLIDrock solid6 7OZOCHAWENGPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Brand spanking new and super-funky, we’re a little bit in love• Make the most of beach life and night life in this prime Chaweng spot• Concept rooms are designed for awesome sleep so lie-ins are mandatoryFR FR$136 SINGLECHABA CABANA$192FR FR$74 TWIN/DOUBLE BEACH RESORT & SPA$101PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Find your own tropical island idyll at this laid back beachside getaway• Succumb to the pace of Samui life with lazy bike rides or cookery classes• After happy hour, feast on seafood buffets at the beachfront restaurantChaweng rarely sleeps so this new beachfront beauty ensuresyou get the best night (or day) slumber with plush, downy beds,blackout blinds and lazy, little balconies in the uber-stylish rooms.Splash out in the pool, think about hitting the ‘Tone’ gym (gulp) orgrab a cocktail at the sweeeet outdoor pool bar.Set amongst swaying palms on quieter north Chaweng Beach, thistribal-style beachfront hideaway and full-service spa is pure islandcharm. Air con rooms and villas, some with balconies, are packed withcharacter, toiletries and little extras such as beach mats. Sink intotwo beachside pools before sinking a couple at the swim-up bar.EARLY BIRD OFFERS APPLY FOR A 10% DISCOUNT. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiUSMOZOSTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 6 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 14 PAY 7 -01APR15-31JUL15 & 01SEP15-27DEC15. STAY 5 PAY 4,STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 14 PAY 7 - 01AUG15-31AUG15Free Wi-FiUSMCHCa-list a-list8 9CHAWENG REGENTBEACH RESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Zen out in the new age spa or with a complimentary yoga lesson• Sip on happy hour sundowners at the beachfront restaurant• Try your hand at one of the many watersports or hit the fitness centreFR FR$263 SINGLENORA BEACH$224FR FR$148 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT & SPA$112PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Snorkel right off the beach into an underwater world of colour and life• Lap up stunning sea views with a cocktail at the swim-up bar• Dine on produce from the gardens or barefoot at the beach barbecueShaded by coconut trees, this luxurious beachfront hotel is tuckedaway in tranquillity but also just a short walk from Chaweng’sheaving excitement. Choose from elegant singles, twins or doubles,some with Jacuzzis. Add in freshwater pools, two fab restaurantsand a bar and you’ve got an idyllic holiday hotel.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 5 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 6,STAY 12 PAY 7, STAY 14 PAY 8 - 10APR15 - 31JUL15 & 01SEP15-23DEC15, STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 8 -07JAN15-31MAR15 & 01AUG15 - 31AUG15Free Wi-FiUSMCHNSecluded into a hillside of tall palms, shimmering streams and abeautiful pool overlooking north Chaweng Beach, this beachfronthaven is still only a short shuttle from the action. Work out at thegym, retreat into the oceanfront spa and pick from nine types ofluxury rooms and suites, all with fab views from tropical balconies.STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 7, STAY 13 PAY 9 - 11JAN15-31JUL15 &01SEP15-19DEC15. STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 11 PAY 8 - 01AUG15-31AUG15.EARLY BIRD OFFERS APPLYFree Wi-FiUSMNBR63


KOH SAMUI OTHER BEACHESSOUTH EAST ASIABig Buddhas & fisherman pantsIf partying from dusk ‘til dawnisn’t your scene, fear not. KohSamui has a less frenetic, chilledside too. Relax, holiday readin hand, on the powdery sandsof Chaweng’s less busy sistersor try your hand (and feet) atwaterskiing, wakeboarding andwindsurfing in Had Lamai. Take atrip to the charming fishing villageof Bophut for a lip-smackingseafood platter, a streetside sourmojito and a spectacular sunset.Perfect!rock solid rock solid rock solidFR FR FRSAMAYA$79 SINGLETHAI HOUSE $158 SINGLEMANATHAI $891 FRBURA, 2 FRLAMAITWIN/DOUBLE BEACH RESORT, 3FR$40 LAMAI $79 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT, LAMAI $45PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTOpen, airy and typical of Thai architecture,the draw card of this resort is thebeachfront pool and bar. Feeling peckish?Check out the hotel bakery or sample therestaurant’s tasty, fusion food served upon a private beach. Work off those excesscalories using the yoga and thai boxingclasses or opt for a relaxing massage.Nestled in a lush tropical garden onthe white beach of Lamai, Thai Houseoffers comfortable, modern, Thai-styleaccommodation, with bars, restaurants andshops all on your doorstep. Take a dip inthe pool, unwind in the spa, not forgettingto indulge in the hotel’s 2-4-1 cocktails asthe sun goes down.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLECombining nostalgic colonial style withlaid-back tropical charm, this newlyrenovated beachfront resort hugs the palesands of Lamai Beach. Float away in twomosaic pools or with a massage at the spa,before dining at one of its five restaurants.All rooms have air con, marble bathroomsand breezy private balconies.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiHONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLE USMBUR BOOK 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A 10% DISCOUNT USMTHA 10% DISCOUNT ON FOODS & BEVERAGES USMMANrock solid rock solid A-listFR FR FRIBIS$74 SINGLECENTARA $153 SINGLEPAVILION $2394 FRSAMUI, 5 FRBOPHUTTWIN/DOUBLE VILLAS, 6FR$37 NATIEN $82 TWIN/DOUBLESAMUI BOUTIQUE RESORT $120PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTChoose from simple but super-cleansingle, double or twin en suite rooms atthis scenic, beachfront Ibis. Cool off in theoceanside pool and fill up on Thai food,tapas-style at The Taste restaurant. Atop value bunkdown that’ll leave you withplenty of spare change to bag a bargain orfour at the never-ending markets.A natural haven away from the bustle ofLamai and Chaweng, this all-villa resortslopes through tropical gardens and threegorgeous pools onto its own private beach.Relax at the rainforest spa, explore oncomplimentary bikes and kayaks, and tuckinto tasty sunset barbecues. All villas haveprivate verandas, some with personal pools.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLESet on a stretch of Lamai’s coconut-cladbeachfront, water babies will love thisboutique resort. Jacuzzis come as standardon your private balcony or you can splashout and upgrade to a private plunge, hydroor villa pool. Explore with snorkels andkayaks before something soothing at thespa and sunset cocktails at the beach bar.STAY 4 PAY 2, STAY 8 PAY 4, Free Wi-FiSTAY 12 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 7 -17APR15-14JUL15 & 10SEP15-25DEC15STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY10 PAY 7, Free Wi-FiSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 -Free Wi-FiSTAY14 PAY 10, STAY 17 PAY 12 -01APR15-30JUN15 & 16SEP15-20DEC15.USMIBH 07JAN15-10APR15 & 01JUL15-31AUG15 USMCVS EARLY BIRD FREE BREAKFAST OFFERUSMSBR64VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


KOH PHANGAN: 16KMLAT WANON WATERFALLMAE NAM BAYBIG BUDDHA7 8BOPHUT4SAMUI AIRPORTCHAWENGBEACHTHAILANDTRAVEL PASSESThese top value passes offer port to porttransport, allowing you to explore theLand of Smiles conveniently and with zerohassle. High-quality coaches and ferriesrenowned for their comfort and outstandingsafety records mean you’ll get where andwhen you want to be there.Departing from Bangkok, Koh Samui andPhuket and valid for up to three months,these passes take in between four and sevencities, islands and resorts including Phi Phi,Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Krabi. Multipleoptions are available. Routes and passes:Starting in Bangkok FR $109Starting in Koh Samui FR $86Starting in Phuket FR $172FERRY TERMINALNA MUEANG WATERFALLKHAO YAI WATERFALL5LAMAIBEACHNATIEN BEACH3 162SOUTH EAST ASIATHTRAPa-list a-listTHTRAP7 8PEACERESORT, BOHPUTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Relive Koh Samui’s hippy days dining cross-legged on the sand• Surrounded by fruit trees and herb gardens, plant-a-tree before you go• Make barefoot trails on 250 metres of beautiful Bophut BeachFR FR$163 SINGLEBANDARA$207FR FR$82 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT & SPA, BOHPUT$104PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Bliss out with some well-deserved pampering in the outstanding spa• Enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner at the beachside restaurants• Relax in the tropical gardens, pools and silky sandsA lifelong favourite of ours, this family run eco-retreat is full ofauthentic beachfront charm and thoughtful luxury. Stay in gardenterrace rooms or oh-so-charming luxury bungalows. Spend longdays at the pool, with massages in traditional spa pavilions, at acookery class or strolling in the sand to nearby Fisherman’s Village.Located along the white sands of Bophut Beach, this resort boastsstylish and spacious rooms with gorgeous en suites. The roomsooze class, with private balconies, 24-hour room service, DVDplayers and free Wi-Fi. If you’re feeling flush and fancy your ownprivate plunge pool, go for one of the lavish villas.STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7, STAY 14 PAY 10 - 01APR15-15JUL15& 01SEP15-31OCT15. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiUSMPEASTAY 5-8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 7 -01APR15-14JULY15 & 01SEP15-21DEC15. STAY 7 PAY 5,STAY 10 PAY 7 - 06JAN16-31MAR15 &16JUL15-31AUG15Free Wi-FiUSMBANKOH TAO &KOH NANG YUANFR$128FULL DAYHighlights• A full day’s awesome snorkelling• Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch• Includes speedboat & land transfersFULL MOONEXPERIENCEIf you fancy yourself as a professional party animal and are keen to take a walk on thewild side at the world-famous Full Moon Party, get involved with this hedonistic package.With three nights’ Koh Samui hotel accommodation as your base and return high speedferry transfers to the Full Moon Party, you’re all set and ready to go. Chill at youraccommodation on Day 1, then transfer the next afternoon to Koh Phangan for neonpaint, Sangsom buckets and the party of your life. Whenever you’re ready, transfer back toSamui by boat and sleep it off (hic!) This will be a hangover to remember!Departs: Day before Full Moon - see dates on page 67 Accommodation: Lamai hotel (3nts) Transport:Return high speed ferry transfers included Meals: None included Note: Entry to the party is approx 100Baht payable on Koh Phangan Tour Code: USMFMEFR$1724 DAYSFollowing pick-up from your Koh Samuihotel, whizz across the gulf by speedboatto Koh Tao. Head to Mango Bay forstunning snorkelling and sightseeingaround this gem of a beach. Having workedup an appetite, get stuck into a tastyThai lunch. Next, move on to Koh NangYuan for more exploration of the isle andits underwater treasures. Climb up to aviewpoint to admire the postcard-perfectvista (don’t forget your camera!) beforeleaving by speedboat back to Koh Samui,where you’ll be dropped at your hotel.USMKOK65


KOH PHANGANSOUTH EAST ASIAcovered in paint & thai as a kiteKoh Phangan is synonymous withHaad Rin’s raucous Full Moonparties. Join thousands of raverssmothered in garishly colouredneon paint, swigging Sangsombuckets, watching fire skippingand dancing to international DJs.But what else has this sultryisland got to offer? Think BantaiPier for downtime, temples andwaterfalls by motorbike and ahealthy detox at The Sanctuary. Ifyour body didn’t thank you before,it definitely will now.SHOESTRING rock solid1 2HACIENDABACKPACKERSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT• Ask about our PADI Open Water dive package, departing from Bangkok• Get painted up for a full moon with pre party warm-ups• On nights off chill out with a Chang at the Mingalaba RestaurantFR FR$12 DORMBEST WESTERN$131FR FR$14 TWIN/DOUBLE PHANGANBURI$66PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Treat yourself to a Thai massage in the Buriya spa• Party it up in nearby Haad Rin or chill out on your private balcony• Wash your hangover away in one of the two refreshing poolsSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA 15-minute shuttle from Koh Phangan’s hedonistic parties, thishostel is great for groups and solo party-goers. Opt for privaterooms or mixed dorms with either bunks or funky capsules. Allhave en suites, air con, free Wi-Fi, and have the use of the pooland facilities at the Hacienda Resort just150 metres away.Close to the Full Moon action (just a ten-minute walk) but farenough away to enjoy tranquillity; this hotel is a win-win choice.Take your pick from modern and spacious en suite rooms orcottages, all with a balcony or terrace and air con. There’s also aprivate beach and oceanfront restaurant - perfect for sunsets!FREE PICK UP FROM THONG SALA PIERFree Wi-FiPHAHACSTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 9 - 05JAN15-31MAR15.EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE.Free Wi-FiKHPPRHGLAMPACKER ROCK SOLID a-list3 4 5FR FR FRHACIENDA $18 SINGLEHAVANA$92 SINGLEPANVIMAN $202FR FR FRRESORT BEACH CLUB $9 TWIN/DOUBLE BEACH RESORT $46 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT $101PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA fifteen-minute walk from Thong Salaport, this funky hotel has private roomswith en suites. By day, lounge around thehotel’s pool, complete with swim-up seatsat a magnificent bar. Come nightfall, catchthe must-see games on big screen plasmaTVs, then party ‘til late with the residentlocal and international DJs.Escape the full moon madness at thisrelaxed getaway set on a low-key yetstunning beach. Rooms are furnished withteak wood and bright fabrics and all haveen suites, air con and large balconies. Whileaway days (or weeks) by the freeform pool,opt for a spot of fishing and kayaking orjust hit the beach bar for beer o’clock. Aah!SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis idyllic retreat amongst tropicalgreenery overlooks Thong Nai Pan Bay andboasts its own private beach as well as apool and lush gardens. Luxurious air conrooms come with Jacuzzi bathtubs andpostcard-perfect views, some with privatebalconies. Come nightfall, enjoy live musicor hit the hotel’s very own nightclub!FREE PICK UP FROM THONG SALA PIERFree Wi-FiSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6 -Free Wi-Fi01APR15-14JUL15 & 01SEP15-22DEC15. STAY Free Wi-FiKHPHRBSTAY 7 PAY 6 - 01JAN15-31OCT155 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 - 08JAN15-31MAR15 &STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01NOV15-15DEC15KHPHAV 15JUL15-31AUG15KHPPAV66VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SWEET WATER LAKEPARADISEWATERFALLBOTTLE BEACH75NAI PAN NOI BEACHNAI PAN YAI BEACH4NFULL MOON PARTY DATES 2015Sunday 4 Jan Saturday 1 AugTuesday 3 Feb Saturday 29 AugThursday 5 Mar Sunday 27 SepFriday 3 Apr Tuesday 27 OctSaturday 2 May Wednesday 25 NovTuesday 2 June Friday 25 DecTuesday 30 JunWAT PHUKHAO NOITHONGSALA PIER3 1PHAENGWATERFALLBAN TAI BEACHTHAN SADETWATERFALL N.P.26YUANBEACHHAAD RINOPEN WATER DIVING PACKAGE $228Departing from Bangkok, thiszero-hassle, maximum fun packageincludes: transport to Koh Phangan,five nights’ fab accommodation andthe internationally recognised PADIOpen Water scuba certification (plusclassroom work books and dive sitetransfers). Experience a whole new worldof underwater excitement in class sizesof no more than four - meaning plenty ofattention from your certified instructor.SOUTH EAST ASIAKHPOPEa-list a-list6 7PARIYA RESORT& VILLASPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Near the action of Haad Rin yet in a peaceful and secluded location• Local beachfront restaurants on your doorstep• For those with plenty of energy - try some divingFR FR$153 SINGLESANTHIYA KOH PHANGAN$261FR FR$77 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT & SPA$131PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Castaway at this island paradise far from the Full Moon crowds• Stay in luxury teak carved rooms or villas set in 18 acres of jungle• Dine to crashing waves at the gourmet beachfront restaurantSINGLETWIN/DOUBLESituated on the private Yuan Beach on the south eastern coast ofthe island, Haad Rin Beach is only five minutes by boat. Relax aftera Full Moon Party at the beachfront pool or pamper yourself inthe spa. There is also a restaurant, bar and dive centre. The villas’amenities even include an aromatherapy burner!A 45-minute drive from Haad Rin, this exquisite eco-resort is theepitome of tropical island luxury. Creeping from rich jungle onto aprivate bay, stay in ornately crafted luxury rooms, pool-access suitesor pool villas. Uncover paradise drenched under 30-foot waterfalls,dipping into two pools, kayaking off the beach or at the lavish spa.STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01APR15-14JUL15, 01SEP15-31OCT15 (EXCLUDES CERTAIN DATES)Free Wi-FiKHPCENSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6 - 01APR15-14JUL15 &16SEP15-22DEC15. STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 9 -06JAN15-31MAR15 & 15-31JUL15. STAY 5 PAY 4 - 01AUG15-15AUG15Free Wi-FiUSMSRSKOH PHANGANPACKAGEFR$431 HACIENDA PARTYFR$2907 DAYS PHANGAN6 DAYSHead south to the popular party island of Koh Phangan forthis fab week-long package. It includes travel from Bangkok byovernight train, bus and ferry and a five-night stay at the island’sBest Western Phanganburi. Once you’re all Phangan partiedout, you decide what to do next - take it easy and extend yourstay or move on to the nearby islands of Koh Samui or Koh Tao.Alternatively head back to Bangkok - it’s up to you!Accommodation: Hotel (5 nts), overnight train (1 nt) Transport: Overnight train,bus, ferry boat Meals: 5 breakfasts Tour Code: BKKPHAWith Hacienda Backpackers as your base, get loose with an allyou-can-drinkparty kicking off from 8pm ‘til 1am (pace yourself!)Day 2, energy levels permitting, freshen up with an afternoon diveor chill by the hotel’s infinity pool. Day 3, it’s time to hit the worldfamousFull Moon Party followed by a day’s rest before roundingoff your trip with full-day tour covering off snorkelling, beachtime,a temple visit and a cruise to a waterfall.Departs: Selected dates Jan-Oct Accommodation: Hacienda backpackers (5 nts)Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Includes: Free pick-up from Thong Sala pierTour Code: KHRFU567


KOH TAOSOUTH EAST ASIAno shoes, barefoot or fins onlyThe cashew-shaped isle of KohTao indisputably offers some ofthe best and cheapest diving onthe Gulf of Thailand. Grab yourflippers and snorkel on Shark Bay(they’re harmless black-tip reefsharks) or throw yourself in thedeep end and try wreck divingto discover sunken World War IIsubmarines and battleships. Withunderwater worlds to discoveryou’ll be in no hurry to leave thissmall but perfectly formed formerpirates’ hideout.rock solid rock solidKOH TAO CORALGRAND RESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Take the plunge with a fun dive or course at the five-star PADI centre• Savour scrummy seafood at the ‘Happy Snapper’ restaurant at sunset• Located at the quiet end of Sairee Beach - good for early morning divesFR FR$143 SINGLEKOH TAO$167FR FR$72 TWIN/DOUBLE MONTRA RESORT$84PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• In-house dive centre offers range of options, according to ability• Cause a splash in the not one, but three swimming pools• Relax weary limbs in the spaSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEEnjoy a small slice of paradise at these charming cottages withpolished coconut wood floors and bamboo ceilings. All come withen suites, private balconies and either fan or air con depending onyour budget. Laze by the pool, stroll along the private beachfrontor through its tropical gardens or bliss out with a massage.Minutes from the ferry pier and near all the shops, this beachfronthotel has a choice of rooms and suites. Stylishly designed, all arecomfy with en suites and air con. After a hard day’s diving (weknow, life is terrible!) relax with a movie in the TV lounge or crackopen a Chang beer or two in the bar.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6 - 11JAN15-30JUN15& 01SEP15-31OCT15Free Wi-FiFJJKTOSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 6 - 11JAN15-30JUN15& 01SEP15 - 31OCT15Free Wi-FiUSMKOHrock solida-listCHARMCHUREE VILLAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTCentred around the diving hotspots, thisrustic hillside retreat on idyllic Jansom Bayhas the lot - a private beach, five-star divecentre, two al fresco restaurants, a spa andan Elvis beach bar. Choose from a rangeof oceanfront cottages, all with privatebalconies. A daily, complimentary Thaibrekkie is also thrown in for good measure.FR FR$160 SINGLEHAAD TIEN $241FR FR$80 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT$121SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLuscious jungle, a 350-metre private beachand a PADI dive school to explore the housereef - this is the epitome of island luxury.Gorgeous, boutique villas with privatebalconies and optional pools huddle into thepalm groves or white sands. There’s a pool,spa treatments, beach bar and restaurantserving the day’s catch and garden produce.KOH TAO FUNDIVING PACKAGEFR$476For those who are already qualified toscuba dive and just want to do just that!No course, no test, no pressure - justlots of amazing moments exploring thefish-filled waters of Koh Tao. Enjoy tenfun dives plus one night dive. You’ll havea varied schedule, planned to take you tosites when they are at their quietest.7 DAYSSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 7 -Free Wi-Fi01MAY15-31JUN15 &01SEP15-14DEC15, STAY 7 PAY 6 -15JAN15-30APR15 & 01-31JUL15USMCCVEARLY BIRD OFFER FOR A 10% DISCOUNT15APR15-31DEC15Free Wi-FiURTTHTUDMFUN68VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


LEARN TO DIVEPADI OR OPEN WATER COURSEFR$5294 DAYSHighlights• See the best of Thailand’s marine world on this PADI Open Water Course• Experience the dive community meeting travellers from all over the world• Spend your days in the ocean and your free time in Koh Tao’s chilled surroundsInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Thai chalet (3 nts)Equipment: PADI Open Water Diver Course & certificationfees, digital training materials & all scuba equipment GroupSize: Maximum 4 Meals: 1 meal a day included Tour Code:FJJKTLComplete your dive theory online before you arrive so that you can spend more timerelaxing in paradise and enjoying the underwater world. Learning to dive this way meansspending less precious time in the classroom and more in the sea! Groups are kept toa maximum of four to ensure your safety and enjoyment and a small, professional divecentre with experienced instructors will make learning easy. This course will certify youto dive around the world. Accommodation is in traditional Thai chalets which are simplebut clean and comfortable. Spend your days in the ocean, your nights out with newfriends! Koh Tao is one of the cheapest places to learn so take advantage. You will becompleting your course with Master Divers, winners of Trip Advisors’ 2014 Certificateof Excellence.SOUTH EAST ASIALEARN TO DIVE PADI OPENWATER DIVING COURSEFR$3935 DAYSHighlights• Air con or fan-cooled accommodation steps from either the beach or pool• Learn the theory and get practical experience in the pool and sea• Get your PADI Open Water certification with a professional PADI IDC ResortInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: air con dorm/fancooleddorm/bungalow (4 nts) Equipment: All equipment& manuals, plus e-manual for after course Group Size:Maximum 4 participants per instructor Meals: No mealsincluded Tour Code: FJJLEAYour days will be taken up with learning to dive, hanging out on cool beaches andstaying in dorm-style bungalow accommodation. The course involves theory as well aspractical (dives, of course!) and all instructors are experienced and 100% certified. Thecourse is a starting point for those who want to continue on to more advanced coursesand even more challenging dive sites around the world. Over four full days you’ll havea mix of theory time in the classroom, shallow dives in the pool and deeper dives outin the sea at depths of up to 18 metres. Savour the first taste of Thailand’s fantasticunderwater world. On Day 4 this will be captured on film as you head down to thedeeps with an underwater videographer. In the evening you can watch your diving filmback and celebrate with a beer as you receive your PADI Open Water certification.LEARN TODIVE WEEKFR$7517 DAYSHighlights• Hang out with new friends at the beach or in the bar• Complete eight Open Water dives and a memorable night dive• Gain a diving qualification for use all over the world in the futureInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Thai chalet (6 nts)Equipment: PADI Open Water Dive Course & certificationfees, training manuals & scuba equipment Group Size:Maximum 4 Meals: 1 meal per day included Tour Code:UDMLTDSpend a full week learning to dive on the beautiful island of Koh Tao. You’ll learneverything from the basics upwards to ensure you feel 100% confident when divingdown into the depths of Thailand’s tropical waters. This PADI Open Water Diver courseincludes theory sessions, shallow beach sessions and local open water dives. Completeyour theory online before arriving for less classes and more diving! Groups are smalland personalised (maximum four per group) with highly qualified and experiencedinstructors. The package includes learning manuals and use of all dive equipment,certification as well as traditional Thai-style chalet accommodation. And because youhave a whole week, you also get to spend two days doing fun dives, including a nightdive - an experience not to be missed!69


PHUKET - PATONG BEACHSOUTH EAST ASIApatong patong tong tong ...Get your dancing shoes on andprepare to party - you’ve arrivedin Patong. Cultural and relaxed itain’t but rest assured it crackleswith activity (no getting boredthen) and is heaps of fun. Imaginea neon whirlwind of souvenirvendors, disco bars, shoppingmalls and ubiquitous ladyboys andyou’re halfway there. With weeklymuay thai matches taking place inthe boxing stadium it’s well worthgrabbing a ticket and checking outThailand’s national sport.shoestringrock solid rock solid1 2 3PATONG LODGEHOTELFR FR FR$40 SINGLEIBIS PHUKET $69 SINGLEPATONG $148FR FR FR$23 TWIN/DOUBLE PATONG HOTEL $35 TWIN/DOUBLE BEACH HOTEL $79PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSet amongst hillside tropical gardens onKalim Beach, just 500 metres from Patong’srowdier sands and in easy reach of PhuketTown, you’ll find this little gem. All roomsare en suite with air con and a privatebalcony or terrace with either mountainor ocean views. Plus, you’ll love the largeoutdoor pool, bar and airy restaurant.Modern, fun and friendly, this hotel is a fewminutes walk from Patong Beach and itsheaving nightlife. Load up on Singhas andtapas Thai-style as you laze by the pool.Missed out on dining al fresco? Don’t panic- order from the 24-hour takeaway serviceand round-the-clock bar. Rooms are comfywith en suites and air con.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEEnjoy the best of both world’s; Patong’scrazy nightlife on your doorstep combinedwith a great beach location, perfect forrelaxing the morning after the night before.Rooms are comfy with garden, sea or poolviews. Add into the mix bars, restaurantsand a glistening pool and you’ve got a greatmid-range option.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 5-6 PAY 3,Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, Free Wi-FiSTAY 14 PAY 7 - 01APR15-14NOV15.HKTPAT STAY 8 PAY 4 - 01APR15-31OCT15HKTPPH EARLY BIRD OFFERS AVAILABLEHKTPBHrock solid rock solid4 5BANTHAI BEACHRESORT & SPAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• A choice of contemporary en suite rooms with Thai-style decor• Experience traditional Thai hospitality with an evening turn down service• Beached out? Hop on the free shuttle to Phuket town and hit the shopsFR FR$133 SINGLEPATONG$179FR FR$72 TWIN/DOUBLE MERLIN HOTEL$95PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy happy hour cocktails at the Sunset Bar• Spoil yourself in the spa with a heavenly ‘Garden Thai massage’• Mop up a hangover with the complimentary, hearty buffet brekkieSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEGet more bang for your baht at this exotic resort, set amidst fiveacres of tropical gardens and steps from Patong Beach - perfectfor those wanting to chill by day and party by night. Relax in thespa, splash about in its three pools, then grab a beer at the swimupbar. Rooms are serviced daily and all come with air con.Weaving around three aquamarine pools in a labyrinth ofmeandering walkways, coconut palms and tropical gardens, thismini oasis is superbly located right opposite vibrant Patong Beach.After a night out, recharge in your modern Thai-style en suiteroom, all come with air con and private balconies.STAY 5 PAY 4 , STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 9 - 01APR15-31OCT15HKTBBRSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6 -16APR15-31OCT15. EARLY BIRD OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiHKTPMH70VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


Phuket Airport:30KM85PATONGBEACH410391726PATONG BOXINGSTADIUM SAINAMYENABYSS DIVECENTERNPATONG &OTHER BEACHESPATONG BEACHA wide bay flanked by restaurants andresorts. Action-packed, great for shoppingand partying the night away.KARON BEACHQuieter than Patong, Karon is one of thebest beaches for watersports, with calmseas and powdery sands.KATA BEACHJust a few minutes south of Karon Beach,Kata has many great restaurants and barsbut things are less wild than in Patong.HEAD OUT TO PHI PHI ISLANDExplore this stunning island made famousby that movie (oh Leo!) and enjoy theamazing beaches and chilled lifestyle. Seepage 74 for accommodation choices.SOUTH EAST ASIArock solida-list6DEEVANA PATONGRESORT & SPAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT ROOM ONLY• Enjoy the best of both worlds at this calm oasis in the heart of Patong• After a heady night, rejuvenate and detox at the extensive Deevana Spa• Swim up to the bar in the spa pool for a mid-afternoon Mai Tai7FR FR$82 SINGLEPHUKET GRACELAND$143FR FR$41 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT & SPA$72PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Spacious seaview rooms, decorated in tasteful wood and neutrals• Savour cocktails to the tinkle of live piano music in the lounge bar• Get competitive in the resort’s very own bowling alley!SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEWrapped in tropical gardens, this quiet sanctuary of contemporaryThai design is just minutes from the wild nightlife of Bangla Road.Stay in the lush Garden Wing or opt for a balcony or luxuriousoutdoor Jacuzzi room in the stylish Spa Wing. Each wing has itsown stunning pool, bar and restaurant - double the joy and trouble.Well, Elvis may not be in the building but this luxurious hotel,slapbang on Patong Beach, will keep you entertained for weeks.From the huge, two-tiered pool and Jacuzzi, to the fitness centre,blissful spa, bar, restaurant and option of Thai cooking classes,there’s no chance of getting bored at this elegant hotel.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 5 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 5, STAY 11 PAY 6,STAY 13 PAY 7 01APR15-19DEC15. CERTAIN ROOM TYPESFree Wi-FiHKTDPRFree Wi-FiSTAY 5-8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY, STAY 14 PAY 7 - 01MAR15-20DEC15HKTPGRa-list rock solida-list8 9 10BURASARIRESORTFR FR FR$207 SINGLEHORIZON $89 SINGLETHE KEE $153FR FR FR$104 TWIN/DOUBLE PATONG BEACH RESORT $55 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT & SPA $82PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA few steps from Patong’s white sands, thissophisticated sanctuary offers a range ofroom styles from classic northern Thaistylewith wood carvings and antiques tomore minimalist and contemporary decor.Add in a blissful spa, pool, fresh juice andswim-up bars, fine dining and traditionaldance and music for a five-star experience.Across the road from Patong Beach anda short stroll from the shopping andentertainment district is this 160-roomhotel set amongst lush tropical gardens. Byday, relax poolside, unwind with a massageor shoot a game of pool in the sports bar.The comfy en suite rooms with air conguarantee a good kip.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis spanky new, luxe hotel overlookingPatong Beach boasts gadget-filledrooms with fluffy robes and gorgeousbath smellies. Hit the chic rooftop bar,heavenly spa or keep bikini-ready with ayoga or spin class. Come sunset, gawp atthe Vegas-style light extravaganza thatilluminates the pools and fountain islands.STAY 5-8 PAY 4 -01APR15-31OCT15.STAY 4 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 3,Free Wi-FiSTAY 3-4 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 3,Free Wi-FiAPPLICABLE TO AU MARKETFree Wi-FiSTAY 8 PAY 4 - 01APR15-31OCT15.STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5,ONLY. HONEYMOON OFFERSEARLY BIRD DISCOUNTHKTBSR STAY 12 PAY 6 - 01APR15-31OCT15HKTHPB AVAILABLE - 01NOV14-31OCT15HKTKEE71


PHUKET - OTHER BEACHESSOUTH EAST ASIAWHITE sandS & sangsom IN SPADESIf you’ve exhausted your energyreserves in bawdy Patong, you’regoing to want to get away fromthe hustle and bustle and Westerndomination for a more gentle Thaibeach experience. This is whereKata, Karon and some of Phuket’sbest-kept secret beaches comeinto their own. Palm-lined, silkysmooth sands, turquoise watersand tasty seafood restaurants willdraw you in for a cocktail or two.Smart cookies will ensure thisco-incides with happy hour!rock solid rock solid rock solid1 2 3FR FR FRCENTARA $118 SINGLEMERLIN BEACH $215 SINGLEHORIZON KARON $96FR FR FRKARON RESORT, KARON $59 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT, TRI TANG $113 TWIN/DOUBLE BEACH RESORT & SPA, KARON $61PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTMinutes from Karon beach, this resort willliterally tailor itself to you. Accommodationranges from contemporary Thai-stylerooms with breezy balconies to exotic poolcabanas. There’s a spa, gym, tennis courtsand five dining options, but it’s the threetantalising pools with waterfalls and swimup bars that take centre stage.Can’t decide between a private beachfronthideaway or Patong parties? Only a fiveminuteshuttle from Patong, hang out among12 acres of swaying palms, three lagoonpools, a spa and six restaurants - all liningthe quiet white sands of Tri Tang Beach. Optto stay in super-spacious balcony rooms orsplash out for pool access or sea views.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEIf escaping the crowds but still being closeto white sand and clear blue waters is yourbag, then Horizon Karon is the place foryou. It prides itself on offering peace andprivacy with two wings each set around apool (or two!). Rooms come with TV, DVDplayer and mini-bar. Why not treat yourselfto a poolside massage while you’re at it!STAY 5-8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, Free Wi-FiSTAY 12 PAY 6 - 11APR15-31OCT15.EARLY BIRD OFFERSSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 8 PAY 4, Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6 -STAY 5-6 PAR 3, STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5HKTKAR 16APR15-31OCT. EARLY BIRD OFFERSHKTMBR - 10 APR15-31OCT15. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT HKTHORrock solidrock solid4 5KAMALA BEACHRESORT, KAMALAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Stay on the quieter white sands of Kamala Beach, a former fishing town• Perfect your downward facing dog in the yoga and aerobics room• Explore beachfront marine life from the dive shopFR FR$116 SINGLEANDAMAN$113FR FR$58 TWIN/DOUBLE CANNACIA, KATA$67PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Modern, spacious rooms come with en suites, air con & fluffy robes• Embrace island life with organic produce, yoga and cookery classes• Savour sunsets and al fresco dining on the Sunset TerraceSINGLETWIN/DOUBLESet on Kamala’s peaceful sands, this contemporary beachside resortis a ten-minute stroll from the lesser-known charms of KamalaVillage. Rooms are cool and spacious with sleek en suites andprivate terraces. It may be quiet but you won’t get bored with fourpools, two restaurants, four bars, a beach club and watersports.This adult-only hillside eco escape, 250 metres from the laid-backsands of Kata Beach, will reward you with stunning views from thetiered waterfall pool, outdoor dining terraces and bar. All aboutnature and lovers - throw yoga poses, unwind with an Ayurvedictreatment and take in gentle sea breezes from private balconies.STAY 6 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 4 - 01APR15-22DEC15OR BOOK BY 31MAR15 FOR FREE BREAKFAST ON FREE NIGHTSFree Wi-FiHKTKAMSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 5 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 4, STAY 9 PAY 5, STAY 11 PAY 6,STAY 13 PAY 7 - 16APR15-31OCT15. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTFree Wi-FiHKTACR72VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


2TRI-TANG BEACH4 8KMPATONG BEACHPHUKET AIRPORT: 30KMPHUKETTOWNNEXPLOREMORE1KARONBEACH83KATA BEACH45KATA NOI BAY7CHALONG BAYKHAO SOK NATIONAL PARKWhen you grow tired of perfect beaches(who are you and why are you here?)safari deep into the mist-cloaked peaks,thundering falls and echoing rainforestwildlife of Khao Sok. Go wild on page 76.SIMILAN ISLANDSOne of the top ten dive sites on the planet,and Thailand’s best snorkelling by a nauticalmile, discover an underwater playgroundbeneath the waves of these castawayislands. If you fancy being shipwrecked withyour snorkel in the Similans, see page 76.SOUTH EAST ASIAa-list a-list6 7KATA BEACHRESORT, KATAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Stunning beach location, with views of Kata Bay and Pu Island• Work up a sweat at the fitness centre and sauna or chill by the pools• Enjoy a happy hour sundowner at the poolside barFR FR$177 SINGLEKATATHANI$222FR FR$96 TWIN/DOUBLE PHUKET BEACH RESORT, KATA NOI BAY $111PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Indulge in a garden massage and enjoy the six restuarants on offer• Make a splash in the six pools, three Jacuzzis and mini waterslide!• Glamorous rooms come with private balconies & fluffy robesSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEEmbodying quiet luxury, the gardens, spacious pools and greatfacilities of Kata Beach Resort combine to create a peaceful yetexotic experience. Contemporary Thai-style rooms all come withprivate balconies, air con, satellite TV and mini-fridges. There’salso a restaurant, bar and nearby beauty salon. Perfection!Enjoy your own slice of paradise at this exclusive, award-winninghotel on the golden sands of secluded Kata Noi Bay. Choose fromtwo separate wings and a wide range of facilities. Take a Thaicookery class, do some yoga, perfect your tennis serve or simplyspoil yourself rotten in the luxurious spa. Heaven!STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6 - 01APR15-31OCT15BOOK BY 28FEB15 FOR FREE BREAKFAST ON FREE NIGHTSFree Wi-FiHKTKBRSTAY 5-8 PAY 4, STAY 9-10 PAY 5, STAY 11-12 PAY 6 - 01APR15-31OCT15.EARLY BIRD BOOK BY 31MAR15 FOR A 5% DISCOUNT - 01MAY15-30SEP15Free Wi-FiHKTKATa-list8OLDPHUKET, KARONPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Spread across two wings, choose from old world charm or super snazzy!• Sun by the huge pool, work it at the gym or sink a few at the two bars• Splash out for your own luxurious pool accessDecisions, decisions. Whether you opt to stay in the ultra-modernSerene Wing or heritage Sino Wing, rest assured that your stylishand spacious room has air con, cable TV and a balcony onto thepool, sea or hills. Trot across the road to Karon beach, grab amassage by the pool and then choose from four tasty restaurants.STAY 4 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6, STAY14 PAY 7 - 01APR15-31OCT15. STAY 6-7 PAY 5, STAY 8 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 9 -01NOV15-24DEC15FR$105FR$53Free Wi-FiHKTOLDELEPHANT HILLSJUNGLE SAFARIFR$4072 DAYSFeed and bathe elephants and learn the secrets of their mahoutsas part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience at an elephant campin Khao Sok. Embrace Mother Nature, taking a jungle river canoetrip passing limestone mountains, enjoy a tasty Thai buffet anddinner beside the rainforest before bedding down in your luxurysafari tent. Wake up to gibbon calls, then explore the jungle onfoot, stopping for lunch before your tour comes to a close. Checkout the longer version on page 76.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Luxury jungle tent with beds & bathroom withhot water, fan, & mosquito nets (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinnerIncludes: Hotel pick-up from various Phuket locations & guides Tour Code: HKTJS173


KOH PHI PHISOUTH EAST ASIAall barefoot & beautiful (oh leo!)Koh Phi Phi is probably the mosticonic, picture-postcard image ofThailand, catapulted into notorietyby box office hit ‘The Beach’.Limestone cliffs, aquamarinewaters and glinting white sands,this six-island archipelago is areal stunner accessible by boatfrom Phuket. Get up close withhoards of adorable monkeyson Monkey Island and rewardyourself with unparalleled beachylandscapes from Phi Phi Don andMaya Bay. Bliss!rock solidrock solidBAYVIEWRESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Relive the original backpacker dream staying in Thai bungalows• Wake up to the sound of nature and sea views from private balconies• Feast on fresh seafood buffets on the torchlit beachFR FR$89 SINGLEARAYABURI$126FR FR$45 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT$63PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• An excellent mid-range resort overlooking Tonsai Bay• Cool off in the pool with swim-up bar and Jacuzzi• En suite rooms come with air con and either a balcony or terraceSINGLETWIN/DOUBLESloping through jungle onto the shores of Laem Hin Beach, eachcharming split-level bungalow has air con and tropical balconiesoverlooking Tonsai Bay. Relax with a beer at the swim-up bar,snorkel off the beach or indulge in a massage. Dine barefoot at thebeach bar and restaurant or stroll the ten minutes into town.Free Wi-FiQuality bungalows, nestled amongst tropical rainforest gardensoverlooking spectacular Tonsai Bay, this resort provides the bestof both worlds. Just walk down to the small quiet beaches for arelaxing holiday or take a ten-minute stroll into town. Why not endyour day with a candlelit dinner on the beach?Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7 - 21APR15-31OCT15KBVBAYSTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7 - 21APR15-31OCT15KBVARArock solida-listPHI PHINATURAL RESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Unspoilt beach location, away from the crowds of Tonsai Bay• Try watersports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and squid hunting• Spacious en suite ‘town-house’ style rooms and cottages with air conFR FR$106 SINGLEOUTRIGGER PHI PHI$241FR FR$53 TWIN/DOUBLE ISLAND RESORT & SPA$121PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Bag yourself a sun lounger on the private beach• Dive into the stunning infinity pool• Thatched roof bungalows with DVD players and balconiesSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEGet away from it all at this quiet and secluded tropical getaway.Sat on the northern shores of Phi Phi Don Island, your days will bespent lazing on white sands, around the spanky new pool or drinkin hand at its bar or coffee shop. To get back into the hustle andbustle, simply hop on a boat transfer available from the beach.Unwind in one of Koh Phi Phi’s most exclusive resorts. Overlookingthe spectacular scenery of the Andaman Sea and surroundedby lush vegetation, this stunning resort oozes tranquillity. Witha massive private beach, infinity pool, fitness centre and eightsumptuous restaurants and bars - this is pure heaven.BOOK 60 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A 5% DISCOUNT - 01MAY15-31OCT15Free Wi-FiPHZNATSTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 6 - 01MAY15-31OCT15.EARLY BIRD FREE BREAKFAST AND DISCOUNT AVAILBLEFree Wi-FiPHZOUT74VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


KRABI & RAILAY BEACHdon’t be krabi, it’s railay lovelyCut off from the mainland withdramatic limestone cliffs andpowdery beaches, Railay is one ofthe world’s greatest rock-climbingdestinations. With more than700 routes around sheer rockfaces, it’s perfect for those witha head for heights. Looking to dosomething less high octane? Visitthe spiritual and phallus-filled(!)cave of Phra Nang (PrincessGoddess) where as legend goes,leaving a phallic figurine aidsfemale fertility. Who knew?SOUTH EAST ASIAa-listrock solid A-listREDGINGERFR FR FR$121 SINGLEKRABI$55 SINGLEKRABI THAI $74FR FR FR$61 TWIN/DOUBLE CHA DA$28 TWIN/DOUBLE VILLAGE RESORT $37PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTJust 200 metres from Ao Nang Beach, thiseclectic boutique-style resort is luxuriouslyindividual. Built around a coolingfreshwater pool, swim-up bar and fitnessterrace, stay in oriental-style rooms withprivate balconies, chic duplex lofts or poolaccessrooms. The Spice Room restaurantcooks up the best local flavours around.Built into Ao Nang’s green hills, this hotelis a handy 5-minute walk to the beach andvillage. Stay in deluxe or pool access roomsstyled in exotic oriental hues with lazydaybeds and furnished balconies. Hit thetwo hillside pools, Jacuzzi or gym beforecocktails on the rooftop bar overlookingthe Andaman Sea. Cha da!SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA short walk to Phra Nang Bay, this is oneof Krabi’s best resorts. You’ll be charmed bythe traditional Thai design, bright colours,huge interiors and breezy walkways. Addto this a spectacular pool complex withwaterfalls and fountains, a private beachclub and free shuttle service and you’ve gotthe makings of a luxurious stay.STAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4 - Free Wi-Fi01APR15-31OCT15 OR BOOK BY30APR15 FOR A 20% DISCOUNTSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4,STAY 9 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 8 - Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiKBVRED16 JAN15-31MAR15. EARLY BIRDSTAY 5 PAY 3, STAY 8 PAY 4, STAY 12 PAY 6,DISCOUNTS AVAILABLEKVBKRA STAY 14 PAY 7 - 01MAY15-31OCT15KBVTVRa-listAMARIVOGUEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Bliss out with a massage or aromatherapy in the Vimala Spa• Enjoy fine dining and cocktails at its two restaurants and bars• Generously sized, elegant rooms all come with private balconiesSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis rustic, Lanna style boutique resort spills onto a remotestretch of Tubkaak Beach. Luxurious rooms come with oversizedbeds and private balconies. Explore unspoilt wilderness by bikeor kayak or check out the PADI dive shop. Soak up the castawaybeauty from the pool, spa and oceanfront restaurant.STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 11 PAY 8 - 16APR15-31OCT15HONEMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFR$261FR$138Free Wi-FiKBVAMAPHI PHI ISLANDSEXPERIENCEFR$3744 DAYSExplore, swim and snorkel around the Paradise Islands on thispackage that includes a long-tail boat trip, two nights’ Phi Phiguesthouse accommodation, plus a unique sleep-aboard experiencein Maya Bay (AKA the location for movie blockbuster ‘The Beach’) onDay 3. Aboard an exclusive, overnight boat, you’ll arrive at sunsetto be one of very few people on the sands before enjoying a hugebeach barbecue and night swim in the magical plankton. Awesome!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Phi Phi guesthouse with en suite on twin/triple share basis (2 nts), boat in Maya Bay (1 nt) Meals:1 breakfast, 2 lunches,2 dinners Includes: Half-day sunset boat trip, sleep-aboard experience,snorkelling, kayaking, local guides Tour Code: KBVPHI75


KHAO LAKSOUTH EAST ASIAwelcome to paradiseUnlike some of its touristicThai sisters, Khao Lak is notdominated by buckets, ladyboysand persistent local touts. It’severything that a quaint littlebeach town should be; fromendless golden beaches tobuzzing bars and restaurants inNang Thong. If you can’t get that‘castaway island’ image out ofyour head, explore the Similanislands for fine white sands,aquamarine waters and insanelybeautiful coral reefs.rock solida-listSENTIDO GRACELAND KHAO LAKRESORT & SPAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Beached out? Work up a sweat at the four bowling lanes instead!• Relax in the sauna and steambath or unwind with a yoga class• Choice of Italian, Thai and International fusion restaurantsFR FR$113 SINGLELA FLORA RESORT$179FR FR$57 TWIN/DOUBLE & SPA KHAO LAK$90PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Modern yet classic, well appointed, air con rooms• Close to Khao Lak’s restaurants• Extensive watersports, mountain bikes and tennis courtsSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEAway from the hustle and bustle on Bangsak Beach, this sprawlingresort boasts three restaurants, two swim-up bars, plus tennis andsquash courts. Rooms are decorated in contemporary Thai stylewith wooden floors and private balconies serving up either sea orpool views.Just an hour from Phuket, this luxurious hotel is paradise. With awide selection of rooms on offer, including poolside and villas, youwill be spoilt for choice. Chill out in the sun and take a dip in thefreeform pool before getting a relaxing Thai massage in the spa.You can’t beat cocktails at sunset for the perfect end to the day.STAY 5-8 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 7 -16APR15-31OCT15 & STAY 16 PAY 8 - 16APR15 - 31OCT15Free Wi-FiFLYSENFree Wi-FiSTAY 5-8 PAY 4, STAY 9-10 PAY 5 - 16APR15-31OCT15. STAY 7 PAY 6,STAY 12 PAY 10, STAY 18 PAY 15 - 11JAN15-15APR15 & 01NOV15-25DEC15FYLFLOELEPHANT HILLSJUNGLE SAFARIFR$640 BAMBA SIMILANFR$6053 DAYS ISLANDS CAMPING3 DAYSCollected from your hotel, swap wild island nightlife for wildernessadventures travelling deep into the jungle-covered peaks of KhaoSok N.P. Over three days, help mahouts (carers) bathe and feed theirelephants at the sanctuary, canoe past exotic wildlife and toweringlimestone cliffs, and take guided hikes through the rainforest. There’sno roughing it either, returning each day to Elephant Hills Camp forhearty dinners and nights sleeping in luxury safari tents.Departs: Daily from Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi or Surat Thani Accommodation:Permanent luxury tent with en suite, hot water & electricity (2 nts) Meals: Allmeals included Includes: Return transport, all guided activities Note: This isavailable as a 5-day overland truck safari: FYLSAF Tour Code: HKTEJSGrab your swimmers and snorkel gear for a trip to paradise inthe turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Bed down under thestars in tents, falling asleep to the sounds of nature. Snorkel inbeautifully diverse coral reefs, explore the pristine Similan Islandsand keep those energy levels up with fresh and delicious Thai foodrustled up aboard your boat. Soak up the rays, get in some seriousbeachtime and forget about life as you know it for three days.Departs: Daily from Phuket or Khao Lak Accommodation: Camping tents(2 nts) upgrade to fan/air con rooms at extra cost Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Car, speedboat Tour Code: BEXYZSIC76VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


MYANMAR (BURMA)SOUTH EAST ASIANeed some beachtime? Head to thepalm-lined whitesands of snoozyNgapali. Enjoy superfreshseafood in abayside shack ormeander around thevillage by bike.MyitkyinaLashioBaganMandalayKalawInle LakeNay Pyi TawNgapaliHop on a motorised canoe to explorethe enormous carpet of greenery thatis Inle Lake. Refuel with pasta andpancakes, soaking up the pleasantlychilled traveller vibe.Yangonwidespread superstitionexists in burma aroundcutting hair. No-one cutstheir hair on a monday,friday or their birthday.At the heart of character-filled Yangonyou’ll find the 300ft gold-plated ShwedagonPagoda - one of Asia’s finest temples.Ber-ling!DIVERSITYBurma contains almostevery habitat exceptfrom desert. From thenorth’s frozen alpinemountains to tropicaljungles in the south.77


BURMA ON A SHOESTRINGChiang Mai BangkokFR$2,29914 DAYSHighlights• Hike amongst stunning rice paddies• Meet locals from timeless hilltribes• Visit the ancient ruins of Bagan• See the impressive Shwedagon Pagoda• Relax by the beautiful Inle Lake• Enjoy a sunset temple tour in Bagan• Stroll Mandalay’s beautiful temples• Eat street food in bustling BangkokSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015/16START FINISHJun 12 Jun 25Jul 10 Jul 23Aug 07 Aug 20Sep 11 Sep 24Oct 09 Oct 22InclusionsSTART FINISHOct 23 Nov 05Nov 06 Nov 19Nov 20 Dec 03Dec 11 Dec 24Dec 25 Jan 07START FINISH2016Jan 01 Jan 14Jan 15 Jan 28Feb 05 Feb 18Feb 19 Mar 03Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(12 nts), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport:Private vehicle, public bus, plane Meals: 10breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $250-350for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATTBMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,269BaganBURMAMandalayYangonInle LakeKeng TungChiang MaiTHAILANDBangkokImpressive, out-of-this-world and largely untouched by modern world - this is Burma (alsoknown as Myanmar). Using Thailand as a stepping stone, take two weeks to walk, hike androam all over this stunning region, from the Bagan temples and ruins to the rice paddies andrural hilltribes. To make sure you make the most out of your cultural immersion into Burmesetowns and avoid long days of travel, two flights have even been included into the itinerary.This fascinating country has been off the radar too long, and trust us, you must experiencethe wonder and beauty of Burma at least once in your life. Make that time now!DAY0102-0304-0607-0809-111213-14ITINERARYInle LakeChiang MaiArrive to Chiang Mai at any time today. Thailand’s second city has plenty on offer so if you have timeand energy set out to explore its temples, sample some delicious food and soak up the city’s downto-earthcharm and cultural drawcards.Keng TungToday you’ll cross the border into Burma then travel inland to Keng Tung, the capital of the GoldenTriangle region and one of the most attractive towns in Burma. Enjoy the quiet, pagoda-linedstreets and the sense of isolation in a city located in a sea of largely deforested mountains. Take inspectacular views on an included full-day trek through rice paddies along a countryside dotted byvarious hilltribes, where the tribes follow a way of life that has changed little in centuries. (B)Inle LakeToday catch a quick flight to serene Inle Lake, one of Burma’s top tourist attractions. The lake ishome to the Intha tribe, stilt-house villages and floating gardens. Witness how locals get aroundusing traditional flat-bottomed skiffs propelled by a single wooden paddle. It’s a unique Inthatechnique of leg rowing. Choose to explore the area on a bike, take a cooking class to learn about thetraditional cuisine, or tour the lake by boat, visiting some of its floating villages and gardens. (3B)BaganAfter a full day on the road, visit the ancient site of Bagan, located on the banks of the IrrawaddyRiver and home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas and ruinsin the world, with many dating from the 11th and 12th Centuries. Embark on a sunset temple tourwhere you’ll see one of the most beautiful sunsets on earth. Next day is yours to visit nearby localvillages or further explore the ruins site with its many temples and stupas. (2B)MandalayToday takes you to Mandalay where you’ll enjoy an included orientation walk upon arrival. You’ll alsovisit a nearby village to get a closer glimpse into local life. Choose to explore Mandalay’s ancienttemples or pay a visit to the nearby ancient royal capital of Amarapura, set on a wide, shallow lakewhere you can opt to traverse the iconic footbridge - the world’s longest teak bridge. On Day 11,catch a night bus to Yangon. (3B)YangonWelcome to Burma’s largest city, boasting stunning lakes, shady parks and tropical foliage. Enjoy anorientation walk of the city and learn about the diversity of its cultures, communities and religions.Visit the incredible Shwedagon Pagoda - the most sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the peopleof the Union of Burma. The Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupais encrusted with no fewer than 4,531 diamonds. It is certainly one of the wonders of the religiousworld. Shwedagon Pagoda represents the best in Burma’s heritage – architecture, sculpture and arts,and is a must-see for everyone visiting the area.BangkokCatch a flight back to Thailand and its bustling capital of Bangkok. Delve into busy urban life, samplesome delicious street food and enjoy a final night with the group. On Day 14, bid your farewells asyour adventure concludes and you are free to depart at any time. (B)Shwedagon Pagoda78 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CLASSIC BURMAADVENTURECYCLEFR$2,899 BURMAFR$4,029Yangon Yangon 14 DAYS Yangon Yangon14 DAYSHighlights• Uncover mysterious Yangon; hike to the summit of Golden Rock• Float down the Irrawaddy River and admire Bagan’s imperial ruins• See Burma’s largest reclining Buddha then relax at Inle LakeBaganU Bein bridge, AmarapuraHighlights• Cycle around the beautiful gardens and villages of Inle Lake• See the incredible stupas in Bagan and pilgrimage site of Mt. Popa• Hike through limestone caves at PindayaSOUTH EAST ASIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0506-1011-14Yangon / Golden RockExplore Yangon’s historic streets that ooze with an endearing colonialcharm. Kick off Day 2 with a visit to the world-famous golden stupaof Shwedagon Pagoda then travel through the delta and over theSittang River to Kyaikhtiyo, before continuing by truck towards theGolden Rock. Enjoy a one-hour hike to its summit, where a simple butbeautifully-located hotel awaits. (B)Bago / Mandalay / MingunFirst stop this morning is Bago, the ancient capital of the Mon peopleand home to the biggest reclining Buddha in Burma. Later, head backto Yangon for a flight to Mandalay. On Day 4, visit the famous GoldenMonastery, Shwe Nandaw. On Day 5, visit the MahagandayongMonastery, home to over 1,000 monks, and travel by boat along themighty Elephant River to the charming village of Mingun. (3B)Bagan / KalawStumble across ancient Bagan, the first and most beautiful capital ofthe Burmese. Meander the Nyaung U marketplace and get a glimpseinto the lifestyle of the delightful Burmese folk. On Day 9, enjoy ahalf-day trek up Mt. Popa (Sanskrit for flower), passing local foodstalls and stores selling Burmese herbal remedies. You’ll also get tohang out with a local Kalaw hilltribe. (5B, L)Inle Lake / YangonTravel to serene Inle Lake, home to the Intha people. On Day 12, visitsome of the intriguing floating villages and gardens, stopping enroute to visit the Pindaya Caves. On Day 13, fly Burma’s length andhead back to Yangon. Bid farewell to your new travel buddies overan optional traditional dinner later this evening. The tour ends afterbreakfast on Day 14. (4B)01-0304-0506-0809-1213-14Yangon / Nyaung Shwe / Inle LakeArrive to Yangon and fly to Heho the next day. Transfer to NyaungShwe, the gateway to Inle Lake and its many attractions. On Day3, enjoy the view of the floating villages and gardens as you cyclearound the lake. Stop for lunch with a local Intha family. (2B)Kalaw / PindayaMore cycling today as you visit the village of Indien to see Burma atits best. On Day 5, return to Heho and get back on the saddle to visitmagnificent Pindaya Caves, set in a limestone ridge overlooking apicturesque lake where over 8,000 different types of Buddha imagesare on display in various chambers. (2B, L)Mandalay / MonywaHike through friendly villages and incredible scenery around Pindayathen transfer to Mandalay in the afternoon. Spend Day 7 exploringits ancient temples and sights. Next day wheel through the ancientkingdom of Ava, the ancient capital of Amarapura and the Buddhistmonasteries of Sagaing. Transfer to Monyawa for the night. (3B, 2L)Bagan / PopaCross over the Chindwin River then continue to Lingadaw by bike.Return to Bagan by bus. On Day 10, a full day of cycling awaits asyou pedal to the pilgrimage site of Mt. Popa visiting the Taung KalatShrine en route. On Day 11, stop off at Kyauk Padaung as you headback to Bagan by bike. Next day, explore some of the hundreds oftemples and stupas that dot the landscape here. (4B, 2L, D)YangonCatch a flight to Yangon today where your adventure concludes onDay 14. You are free to depart at any time. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), simpleguesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Private bus,public bus, plane, boat, bicycle Meals: 13breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $250-350 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAABCBMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,669MandalayBaganKalawBURMAInle LakeInclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (13 nts) Transport:Bus/van, bike, plane Meals: 13 breakfasts, 5lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $250-300 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 12, Avg 8 Tour Code: GAABCAMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,729MonywaMandalayBaganHehoBURMAPindayaInle LakeDepartures 2015 STARTJan-DecSelected Saturdays,typically 2 departures per monthYangonGolden RockDepartures 2015FINISHJan 10 Jan 23Feb 14 Feb 27STARTFINISHMar 14 Mar 27Oct 17 Oct 30START FINISHNov 21 Dec 04Dec 19 Jan 01Yangon79


A TASTE OFMYANMAR TOURMANDALAYFR$1,083 ADVENTUREFR$2,842Yangon Yangon 5 DAYS Mandalay Mandalay11 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAShwedagon Pagoda, YangonHighlights• Fly between Myanmar’s incredible cultural and spiritual icons• Spend two days at magical Lake Inle, home to the Intha Tribe• Watch sunset over the ethereal stupas at ancient BaganInle Lake Fishermen, MyanmarHighlights• Explore an ancient colonial empire by private boat & horse carriage• Meditate at sunrise amongst 3,000 sparkling pagodas in Bagan• Overnight with Shan tribes, trekking through Kalaw’s mountainsDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01YangonTransferred from the airport to your hotel, spend the afternoonbeing guided through Yangon’s colonial charms, animated ethnicneighbourhoods and spiritual icons. Shop for handicrafts at BogyokeMarket, photograph the Sule Pagoda as it sits ever-present overthe city skyline, and enjoy a magical sunset at the 2,500 year-oldShwedagon Pagoda - the spiritual heart of Buddhist Myanmar.01-03Mandalay / Pyin Oo Lwin / MandalayMeet your tour leader and group at the hotel’s rooftop bar,overlooking the Irrawaddy River on the evening of Day 1. Next day,take in stunning views as you travel by private mini-coach to the oldBritish ‘hill station’ of Pyin Oo Lwin, where you’ll enjoy a nostalgichorse and carriage tour. Enjoy morning local markets on Day 3,returning to Mandalay for a tour of this ancient city.0203-0405BaganFly to Bagan - Myanmar’s most evocative landscape. Dating back tothe 10th Century, over 2,000 Buddhist stupas and monasteries layscattered across the mystical Irrawaddy River plains. After visitinga market, spend the day being guided through the main temples andBuddha statues before an unforgettable sunset over the Irrawady.Heho / Inle LakeFly to Heho, transferring to the edge of Inle Lake to continue by boatto your hotel. The indigenous home of the Intha Tribe, sail in throughstilted wooden villages and floating vegetable gardens, disembarkingto visit Indaing Village and the Nyaung Ohak Pagoda. If your visitcoincides with the schedule, visit the five-day rotating market on Day4. Afterwards, spend the day on the lake witnessing Intha fishermenrowing their canoes in the traditional way using one leg as an oar,stop at a silk weaving workshop and visit one of the oldest Buddhistmonasteries on the lake. Return to the hotel at sunset.YangonTransfer by boat and drive to Heho airport for your return flight toYangon. Your car and driver are on hand for you to use before yourdrop off at Yangon Airport.04-0506-08910-11Mandalay / BaganJourney by private slow boat down the Irrawaddy River to arrive inenchanting Bagan by sunset. Start Day 5 with a traditional horse andcart ride, then meditate with a local Buddhist monk at sunrise. Enjoya half-day tour of the stunning pagodas and free afternoon to relax.Bagan / KalawClimb Mt Popa for one last view of Bagan before travelling by privatemini-coach to Kalaw. En route, sample a local delicacy, the Betelnut, in Meiktila. Day 7, trek through the enchanting Shan hills to thevillage where you’ll spend the night hosted by a local family. On Day8, make your way back to Kalaw via a different route.Kalaw / Inle Lake / KalawTravel by coach to Inle Lake, then board longtail boats for a half-daytour to learn about life on the lake. Sail past floating farms, stiltedmonasteries and Intha fishermen. Learn how to fish from a local andeven see cats jump through hoops at the famous Ngaphenchaungmonastery!Kalaw / MandalayTravel back to Mandalay on Day 10 for a farewell dinner. Spend yourfinal day exploring Mandalay at your leisure.InclusionsAccommodation: En suite standard hotels(4 nts). Option to upgrade to superior classhotels Transport: Private air con car, boat,plane Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches Includes:Airport pick-up/drop-off, all transfers &sightseeing tours with local guide Note: Tohave an English-speaking guide with youthroughout, there is an optional pre-paidsupplement of USD $248 Tour Code: MYNPASDepartures 2015Jan-DecDailyMandalayBanganInle LakeKalawBURMAYangonInclusionsAccommodation: Standard en suite hotels (9nts), Shan village stay (1 nt) Transport: Privatemini-coach, private slow boat Meals: 9 breakfasts,6 lunches, 5 dinners Includes: Local tour guide, alltransport, Pyin Oo Lwin horse & carriage tour,half-day Bagan temple tour, meditation withBuddhist monk, Kalaw trek & remote villagehomestay, Betel nut tasting & preparation lesson,day trip to Inle Lake, Mandalay city tour, traditionalBurmese make-up lesson Tour Code: MYNADVDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJan 06 Jan 16Feb 03 Feb 13Feb 17 Feb 27Mar 03 Mar 13Mar 17 Mar 27Apr 07 Apr 17STARTFINISHApr 21 May 01May 05 May 15Jun 02 Jun 12Jul 07 Jul 17Aug 04 Aug 14Sep 01 Sep 11START FINISHOct 06 Oct 16Oct 20 Oct 30Nov 03 Nov 13Nov 17 Nov 27Dec 01 Dec 11Dec 15 Dec 25MandalayPyin Oo LwinBaganInle LakeKalawBURMA80VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CAMBODIA, VIETNAM & LAOSSpectacular views, lush naturalbeauty, terraced rice paddies andcharming hilltribe communities.Sapa is arguably Vietnam’snumber one trekking destination.SOUTH EAST ASIASapaLuang PrabanglaosvietnamHanoiHalong BayVang ViengVientianeThakhekWatch Buddhistmonks collecting‘alms’ at dawn,explore bustlingmarkets & Pak OuCaves at heritagelistedLuang Prabang;the spiritual heart ofLaos.SihanoukvillePakseDon DetSiem ReapAngkor WatcambodiaPhnom PenhHueDa NangHoi AnNha TrangDa LatHo Chi Minh CityGraceful Hoi An oozes old-towncharm and is THE place to pick uptailored clothes at cheap prices.During the rule of thekhmer rouge, a fifth of allcambodians were killed.Today, half of the populationis younger than 15 years-old.Siem Reap is the life-support systemfor the temples of Angkor. It’s acharmer of a city but is developingat breakneck speed.SNAKE WINE- quite literally, withpickled snake in it - isa Vietnamese speciality& considered to bea cure for everythingfrom night blindness toimpotence.81


CAMBODIA & VIETNAM ON A SHOESTRINGBangkok HanoiFR$2,01920 DAYSHighlights• Embrace Bangkok’s vibrant streets• Marvel at the magnificent Angkor Wat• Discover Cambodia’s sandy shores• Enjoy a Khmer meal in a small village• Tour Ho Chi Minh’s buzzing markets• Munch on fresh seafood in Nha Trang• Make a fashion statement in Hoi An• Sail the stunning Halong BaySOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsDailyTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), homestay (1nt) Transport: Local bus, air con bus, junkboat, local boat Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch,2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $380-500for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAATCVMy Own Room Available: Fr $669LAOSTHAILANDHanoiYou might likeHalong BayHueHoi AnBangkokAngkor Wat VIETN AMSiem ReapNhaCAMBODIAPhnom PenhTrangSihanoukvilleMekongDeltaHo ChiMinh City(Saigon)Why not add an optional activity pack tocustomise your trip? See page 83Shorten your tripCambodia on a Shoestring(10 days, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City)(GAATRC) see page 84 Fr $1,149Vietnam on a Shoestring(12 days, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi)(GAAVRV) see page 87 Fr $1,149This trip is a perfect example of how travel can broaden the mind, highlighting the amazingendurance of both Vietnam and Cambodia. Absorb the stark beauty of their uniquelandscapes, their vibrant cultures and their fascinating history. Wander chaotic, colourfulstreets, laze on white sandy beaches, explore verdant inland deltas and interact withremarkable people from a variety of different lifestyles. Angkor Wat will leave you openjawedwith wonder as you explore one of the greatest architectural statements mankind hasever made. Take a moment to reflect as you watch the sunset over this awesome creation.DAY0102-0304-0506-070809-1011-1213-1415-1718-20ITINERARYBangkokArrive into Bangkok at any time. Go for a wander and explore this busy, bustling city.Hoi An, VietnamSiem Reap / Angkor WatWelcome to the Khmer Empire gateway and one of the world’s finest artistic heritages. At theempire’s peak in the 12th Century, Khmer civilisation culminated in the construction of the massiveAngkor Wat, one of Asia’s most incredible sites. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Khmer meal at aPlaneterra-supported volunteering project in a village on the outskirts of Siem Reap. (2B, D)Phnom PenhExplore this pleasant riverside city of cafés, shady streets, funky bars and thriving markets. Head offon an included walking tour and choose from optional trips to the historical sites, which include theChoeung Ek, more infamously known as the Killing Fields since the rule of Pol Pot. (2B)SihanoukvilleRelax on the white, sandy beaches of Cambodia’s southern coast. Visit one of the nearby islands,splash about on an optional snorkelling trip or just lie back and relax with a good book. (B)Mekong DeltaCross into the Mekong Delta surrounded by a rich, green world of orchards and rice fields, floatingmarkets and candy factories. Cruise along this world-famous river and watch the world go by beforestaying overnight in a village homestay - sure to be a memorable experience! (D)Ho Chi Minh CityLose yourself in Ho Chi Minh City’s central market. Check out the War Remnants Museum and writea quick postcard at the stately colonial post office which bears witness to Vietnam’s former Frenchheritage. Board an overnight train on Day 10 to the beach resort of Nha Trang. (2B)Nha TrangTake a boat trip into the dazzling blue bay that surrounds this fun beach town. Swim at a pristinebeach and take advantage of the fresh fish on offer and the buzzing beer-time bars. On Day 12, taketo the rails with an overnight aboard a sleeper train to Hoi An. (B)Hoi AnWander through this pretty 16th Century trading port, where buildings bear traces of Chinese,Japanese, Vietnamese and French architectural styles. Budding Stella McCartneys beware - you mightjust get a little excited at the hundreds of miracle-performing, superb tailors here! (B)Hue / Halong BayReflect on ancient culture and explore riverside garden tombs built for emperors before takingan overnight train to Hanoi, for the onward journey to Halong Bay. On Day 17, float through thedreamlike islands that dot this vast, emerald bay in a traditional wooden junk. Tuck into a sumptuousseafood lunch before spending the night in the harbour town of Bai Chay. (2B, L)HanoiExplore one of dozens of traditional guild streets that make up Hanoi’s ancient Old Quarter and joinBuddhist monks for prayers in a serene lakeside pagoda. Spend your last night intertwined in thiscity’s buzzing atmosphere. On Day 20, leave the mayhem of Hanoi’s streets and say goodbye to yourterrific travel buds. (3B)82 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ESSENTIAL VIETNAM & CAMBODIAHanoi BangkokFR$2,62917 DAYSHighlights• Visit colourful charismatic Hanoi• Set sail on spectacular Halong Bay• Discover temple-dotted countryside• Get a whole new wardrobe in Hoi An• Sip iced coffee in Ho Chi Minh City• Explore the amazing Mekong Delta• Learn the history of Cu Chi Tunnels• Marvel at the incredible Angkor WatDepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsYou might likeRegular departures, typically 3-5 timesper weekTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (14 nts), sleeper train(1 nt), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, localbus, air con bus, plane, cyclo, boat Meals: 15breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $325-375 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 TourCode: GAAVEVMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,099LAOSVIETNAMHanoiTHAILANDHalong BayHueHoi AnBangkok Angkor WatCAMBODIASiem ReapPhnom PenhHo ChiMinh City(Saigon)Why not add an optional activity pack tocustomise your trip?South East Asia Adrenalin Bundle Fr $250Jungle ziplining (Bangkok, full day), cave/temple rappelling (Hoi An, half day) & SunsetATV Tour (Siem Reap, 1 hour)Thai & Vietnamese Culinary Bundle Fr $100Thai cooking (Bangkok, half day),Vietnamese cooking (Hoi An, half day)A wide-ranging adventure showcasing the region’s natural wonders and fascinating cultures.Head out on a traditional junk boat into Halong Bay, tuck into fresh fish from sunny coastalshores, check out imperial citadels, tombs and explore a darker side of the region’s historyat the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels. Journey along the Mekong Delta and head into Cambodiawhere you’ll stand in gob-smacked awe at ancient Angkor Wat. Arriving back into Bangkok,you’ll have more than a few stories to share with your mates back home, making their eyesglow green with envy.DAY0102-030405-0708-091011-1213-1516-17ITINERARYNational Museum, Phnom Penh, CambodiaHanoiArrive into the hectic city of Hanoi at any time. Navigate the scooter-filled streets, check outthe local markets, eat delicious street food and drink some cheap local beer. Visit the Temple ofLiterature (Van Mieu) or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Museum to experience the intoxicatingessence of this splendid Asian city.Halong Bay / HanoiHead out to Halong Bay where you’ll hop aboard a traditional wooden junk and sail out intothis UNESCO World Heritage-listed region. Marvel at all the weird and wonderful limestone rockformations rising from the crystal-clear waters. Tuck into fresh seafood for your lunch before takinga swim. Spend the night up on deck chatting away to your newfound friends under a star-lit sky.You’ve just found a little piece of paradise and definitely one of Vietnam’s highlights. On Day 3, travelback to Hanoi for the overnight train to Hue. (2B, L, D)HueOnce the imperial capital, Hue is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Vietnam,scattered with the tombs of Nguyen emperors and timeless temples. Visit the Tien Mu Pagoda andadmire the magnificent Vietnamese architecture. Opt to head out into the countryside on a guidedmotorbike tour.Hoi AnTake in the scenic views on the twisting Hai Van Pass before arriving into Hoi An. Celebrate the richtrading heritage of this city with its fabulous markets, galleries, tailor shops, craft stalls and quaintlocal restaurants. Come home loaded with glad rags made to your own individual style. (3B)Ho Chi Minh CityDiscover the eating, shopping, sightseeing and entertainment secrets of the world-class city of HoChi Minh. Enjoy a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels; an immense network of tunnels used by the Viet Congguerrillas during combat. Experience life as they did as you crawl through these tiny spaces. (2B)Mekong DeltaThe lush green serpentine waterways of the Mekong Delta are a thriving centre of cottage industries,floating markets and orchards. Discover all this on a guided day trip to this fascinating area. (B)Phnom PenhTravelling to Phnom Penh you can enjoy this pleasant riverside city of cafés, shady streets andcolourful markets. You will set off on a guided tour of Tol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (the KillingFields) before a cyclo tour of the colonial district. You also have free time to explore further andmake optional visits to the National Museum, the Royal Palace and the city markets. (2B)Siem Reap / Angkor WatHome to one of Asia’s most incredible sites. Check out this growing tourist town and surrender to thewonder of Angkor Wat on a guided tour. Arrive early for sunrise and admire the tantalising blend ofart and architecture. In the evening enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food either at the PlaneterrasupportedNew Hope project or in a local home in villages outside the city. (3B, D)BangkokFrom countryside to expressway, arrive back in Bangkok and spend your last night out on the townhaving a final drink and a farewell meal with your new friends. Your tour ends on day 17. (2B)SOUTH EAST ASIA83


CAMBODIA ON A SHOESTRINGBangkok Ho Chi Minh CityFR$1,14910 DAYSHighlights• Catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat• Swim the clear waters of Sihanoukville• Make friends on a local homestay• Chill on Cambodia’s golden beaches• Journey along the Mekong Delta• Brave Ho Chi Minh’s busy streets• Explore Khmer temples and history• See glittering palaces in BangkokSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsTHAILANDBangkokDailyTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (8 nts),homestay (1 nt) Transport: Local bus, air conbus Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget:Allow USD $200-250 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10 TourCode: GAATRCMy Own Room Available: Fr $229You might likeAngkor WatSiem ReapCAMBODIAPhnom PenhChauDocSihanoukvilleVIETNAMHo ChiMinh City(Saigon)Cambodia and Vietnam on a Shoestring(20 days, Bangkok to Hanoi)(GAATCV) see page 82 Fr $2,019Cambodia’s troublesome past, jaw-dropping natural beauty, laid-back vibes and goodheartedpeople all blend together effortlessly, to ensure you’ll want to know and experienceabsolutely everything about this Asian treasure. This adventure kicks off in the bright lightsof Bangkok and will weave you through colourful Cambodia, witnessing the magnificentAngkor Wat temple complex, the historic yet sombre site of the Killing Fields, Sihanoukville’sglittering turquoise waters, the incredible Mekong Delta and rounds it all of with the charmand bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.DAY0102-0304-0506-070809-10ITINERARYBangkokArrive at any time and feel free to explore this energetic city. Take a tuk-tuk to the markets, a boatdown the river or explore the maze of streets on foot. Be captivated by this extraordinary city’ssights, colours and aromas, amongst streets brimming with people from all walks of life.Siem Reap / Angkor WatHead across the Cambodian border and onwards to Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the intricatetemples and palaces of the vast Angkor complex - the world’s largest religious building and oneof Asia’s most incredible and most-visited sights. There is also time to visit Tonle Sap Lake to seeone of its intriguing floating villages. Later, you can enjoy a delicious Khmer meal at a Planeterrasupportedproject in a village just outside of Siem Reap. This particular meal is kindly prepared andserved by local partners who have set up a school to teach English to Cambodian children, whilstat the same time providing comprehensive healthcare and education for vulnerable kids and theirfamilies. So, rest assured, you’ll be contributing to help support this local grass roots project whilstat the same time enjoying an incredible Cambodian meal. (2B, D)Phnom PenhAbsorb the spectacular scenery as you journey by local bus to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.This pleasant riverside city oozes Cambodian charisma and is a hub of politics, history and culturalrenaissance. You’ll experience a walking tour and check out the colourful cafés, shady streets andthriving markets full of vibrant textiles or choose to learn about Cambodia’s sombre past and itsdescent into the horror of the Khmer Rouge regime at Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields.Cambodia really is an inspirational country, but sadly dashed with an heart-wrenching past. (2B)SihanoukvilleToday, travel by public bus to Cambodia’s southern coast and the sun-kissed beaches ofSihanoukville. Time to relax to the max on the white sand while perhaps enjoying a massage andeating fresh seafood, or why not join a boat trip for a day of snorkelling and lunch on an uninhabitedisland as the sun goes down? Sihanoukville’s breezy, laid-back attitude will ensure you unwind andrecharge your batteries. (B)Mekong DeltaCross the Vietnamese border into the intriguing water world of the Mekong Delta. Absorb the greenriver world of orchards, rice fields, floating markets and cottage industries on an optional boat tripthrough its myriad waterways. Spend the night at a local village homestay where you can explore thetown, market or river front park by foot and enjoy dinner with the group. (D)Ho Chi Minh CityAfter breakfast on Day 9, you’ll journey to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon. This citywas once a sleepy Khmer trading and fishing port, but is now a hub of activity. As you arrive laterthat day explore Ho Chi Minh’s myriad of rooftop bars, quirky restaurants or shop ‘til you drop atBen Than Market. A fun way to spend your last evening in Ho Chi Minh City is to go on a street foodcrawl with your group, as your tour leader will know the best places to find the tastiest and mostauthentic snacks that represent the best of Vietnamese cooking. Those with an interest in Vietnam’srecent war history may like to visit the Reunification Palace, the residence of the presidents of SouthVietnam before 1974 and the fascinating nearby War Remnants Museum. Also very interesting isCholon, Saigon’s Chinese quarter. A cyclo can take you to any of these places for a very reasonableprice and is a fun way to travel around Ho Chi Minh City. Bid your farewells to your new-foundbuddies as your trip ends shortly after breakfast on Day 10. (B)84 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CAMBODIA & LAOSMEKONG ADVENTUREULTIMATE CAMBODIANFR$2,499 ADVENTUREFR$1,749Bangkok Bangkok 15 DAYS Bangkok Bangkok14 DAYSTonle Sap floating village, CambodiaHighlights• Marvel at the magnificent ancient temples of Angkor Wat• Look for the rare Irrawaddy River dolphins• Stay at a local homestay and visit the night market in Luang PrabangPhnom PenhHighlights• See sunrise over the world’s biggest religious building, Angkor Wat• Search for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong Delta• Grab some beach time in Sihanoukville and dine on fresh seafoodSOUTH EAST ASIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0708-1112-15Bangkok / Siem Reap / Angkor WatArrive in Bangkok at any time and wander around this vibrant city.On Day 2, explore the vast temple complex of Angkor Wat, capitalof the Khmer Empire. Later, enjoy a traditional Khmer meal at thePlaneterra-supported New Hope project or in a local home. (2B, D)Phnom Penh / Kratie / Don KongTravel to Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh. Witness the dark sideof Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) andTuol Sleng Prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge jail. On Day 6, opt tospot the rare Irrawaddy River dolphins that inhabit this part of theMekong. On Day 7, stay in one of the most beautiful stretches of theMekong in the heart of Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands). (4B)Champasak / Dong Deng / Luang PrabangTravel to the quiet riverside town of Champasak and visit Wat PhuChampasak along the way. Tonight, stay with the locals in a rustichomestay on Dong Deng Island and taste some delicious local cuisine.On Day 9, continue to Luang Prabang, the jewel of Laos, filled withtranquil temples, incredible textiles, cafés and bakeries. Visit thefascinating Ethnology Museum and take a trip out to the stunningKuang Sii Waterfalls. (3B, D)Vang Vieng / Vientiane / BangkokJourney to the picturesque town of Vang Vieng, nestled along theNam Song River and surrounded by limestone karsts. Opt to gocycling, kayaking, go caving or swim in the river. On Day 13, arriveto one of Asia’s sleepiest capital cities then the next day cross the‘Friendship Bridge’ back into Thailand to board the overnight trainto Bangkok. Your trip ends upon arrival On Day 15 at Bangkok trainstation mid-afternoon. (2B)01-0203-0506-0708-1011-14Bangkok / BattambangArrive at any time and get a head start on your sightseeing. On Day2, cross the border to colonial Battambang, with time to explore thecountryside or hone your culinary skills with a cooking class. (B)Siem Reap / Angkor WatJourney to Siem Reap; home of the Khmer Empire and gateway toAngkor Wat. Your knowledgeable local guide leads you through thepages of history as you explore this astounding temple complex.Optional excursions include the ‘floating village’ of Tonle Sap. (3B, D)Kampong Cham / KratieAt Kampong Cham, the third-largest city in Cambodia, visit the Bridgeof Jayavarman VII, a silk farm and a rubber tree plantation, beforean included dinner experience. An early start on Day 7 for the driveto Kratie on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. In the afternoon,take a boat excursion to spot the Irrawaddy River dolphin. (2B, D)Phnom Penh / KampotGet your bearings on a cyclo tour of Cambodia’s capital, and takein the sombre history of this tenacious country with visits to theinfamous Killing Fields and notorious Tuol Sleng Prison. Opt to visitthe Royal Palace or National Museum. On Day 10, journey along thecoast to Kampot, home of Bokor National Park. (2B)Sihanoukville / BangkokArrive to Cambodia’s laid-back beach town of Sihanoukville. Feast onfantastic fresh seafood, take a day trip snorkelling the coral reefs,or just sit back and let the warm waves wash gently at your feet. Flyback to Bangkok on Day 13 to perhaps enjoy a final night out withthe group, before the tour concludes on Day 14. (4B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts),basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt)Transport: Private bus, local bus, plane, boat,train Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget:Allow USD $285-375 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 TourCode: GAATCMMy Own Room Available: Fr $749Departures 2015Jan-DecSelected Sundays, typically 2-3departures per monthVIETNAMLuangPrabangVangViengLAOSVientianeTHAILANDChampasakDhon KhongAngkor WatSteungTrengSiem Reap KratieBangkok CAMBODIAPhnom PenhInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (13 nts) Transport:Private van, local bus, cyclo, boat, planeMeals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $275-375 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code:GAATUCMy Own Room Available: Fr $869Departures 2015Jan-DecSelected Saturdays, typically 2-3departures per monthTHAILANDBattambangBangkokSihanoukvilleAngkor WatSiem ReapKampongChamCAMBODIAKampotKratiePhnomPenh85


CAMBODIAEXPERIENCEVIETNAM HIKE,FR$1,399 BIKE & KAYAKFR$1,749Ho Chi Minh City Bangkok 9 DAYS Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi10 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIATa Prohm Temple, Angkor WatHighlights• Discover the rich green river world of the Mekong Delta• Visit the chilling Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison• See a sunrise to remember over the amazing Angkor WatCycling in Hue, VietnamHighlights• Go hiking, biking and paddling through the best of Vietnam• Kayak through Halong Bay’s towering limestone karsts• Visit cultural highlights and overnight at a local family’s homestayITINERARYDAYITINERARYDAY010203-0405-0708-09Ho Chi Minh CityArrive into the dynamic destination of Ho Chi Minh City at any timeand head out onto the streets to explore.Mekong DeltaThe lush green serpentine waterways of the Mekong Delta are athriving centre of cottage industries, floating markets and fertileorchards. Watch the watery world float by on a day trip into thisintriguing aquatic wonderland, visiting candy factories en route. (B)Phnom PenhCross into Cambodia. Witness the darker side of Cambodian historywith visits to Choeng Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields andTuol Sleng Prison, the notorious Khmer Rouge jail. You then have freetime to spend getting to know this fabulous city; exploring the lovelycafés, tree-lined streets and thriving markets, or perhaps make timeto visit the Royal Palace or National Museum. (2B)Siem Reap / Angkor WatThe next three days are spent in Siem Reap and exploring AngkorWat, the former capital of the Khmer Empire. Spend time exploringthis vast ruined city with a local guide, it won’t take you long tounderstand why this is fast becoming one of the most-visited sitesin Asia. See sunrise over the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat andenjoy a traditional Khmer-style meal either at a village home or acommunity charity project. (3B, D)BangkokArrive in Bangkok with time to head out for drinks and an optionalfarewell meal with your travel buddies. On Day 9, it’s time to saygoodbye to your group before heading for your next adventure. (2B)01-0304-0506-0708-10Ho Chi Minh City / Hoi AnArrive to Ho Chi Minh City where your active exploration begins onDay 2. Hop on a bike and enjoy a guided tour to the Cu Chi Tunnelsthen embark on an included village tour with rice paper-makingand paper lamp demonstrations. In the afternoon, fly to Hon An viaDanang. On Day 3, relax on the beach or opt to take a cooking class,a riverboat trip or visit the My Son ruins. (2B)HueDrive over the majestic Hai Van Pass with stunning views over thecoast to the ancient capital of Hue. On Day 5, explore the cityby bike, including the Citadel and the tomb of Tu Duc. Board anovernight train this evening for the journey to Hanoi. (2B)Mai Chau / HanoiDrive out to Mai Chau and take a trek to visit some of the Thaiminority people who call this valley home. Enjoy the views of greenrice fields and surrounding mountains then treat your taste buds witha home-cooked meal at a local homestay. On Day 7, return to Hanoithen cross the River and take a ride around the quieter suburbssurrounding Hanoi. In the evening, enjoy a walk of the Old Quarterand take in its beautiful sights. (2B, L, D)Halong Bay / HanoiSet out to the beautiful islands and caves of Halong Bay on atraditional junk boat cruise and indulge in an included seafood lunch.This evening enjoy a drink on the deck beneath the stars. On Day 9,marvel at the limestone karsts on an included morning kayak thenhead back to Hanoi for a final night out with a group. Your adventurewraps up on Day 10 and you are free to depart at any time. (3B, L, D)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport:Local bus, air con bus, cyclo Meals: 8breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $150-250 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVCWMy Own Room Available: Fr $579THAILANDAngkor WatBangkokSiem Reap CAMBODIAPhnom PenhHo Chi Minh CityInclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), train (1 nt),junk boat (1 nt), homestay (1 nt) Transport:Kayak, bike, bus, train, plane, boat Meals: 9breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $300-375 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAVHBMy Own Room Available: Fr $579HanoiMai ChauHalong BayTHAILANDLAOSHueHoi AnDepartures 2015Jan-DecRegular departures,typically 4-6 times per weekDepartures 2015Mar-OctSelected Saturdays,typically 2-3 departures per monthCAMBODIAVIETNAMHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)86VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


VIETNAM ON A SHOESTRINGHo Chi Minh City HanoiFR$1,14912 DAYSHighlights• Bask on the beaches at Nha Trang• Buy tailor-made clothes in Hoi An• Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels• Float along Halong Bay’s green waters• Discover Hue’s citadels and pagodas• Wander Ho Chi Minh’s hectic streets• Dine on delicious local cuisine• Bike around Hue’s lush countrysideDepartures 2015Jan-DecInclusionsDailyTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39’s Accommodation: Simple hotels(8 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts) Transport:Train, local bus, air con bus, boat Meals: 6breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $225-300 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guidesGroup Size: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code:GAAVRVMy Own Room Available: Fr $509HanoiLAOSTHAILANDYou might likeHalong BayHueCAMBODIA VIETNAMNha TrangHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)Hoi AnExtend your tripVietnam, Laos and Thailand on a Shoestring(22 days, Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok)(GAAVVL) see page 28 Fr $2,499Cambodia and Vietnam on a Shoestring(10 days, Bangkok to Hanoi)(GAATCV) see page 82 Fr $2,019Calling all budget travellers! Experience everything Vietnam has to offer in this 12-daysteal of a tour. No one day will be the same; uncover Vietnam’s rich history in stunningtemples and ruins, whizz around the countryside on bikes or cruise through the waters ofHalong Bay on a traditional junk boats, all with an amazing group of travel mates. Add tothat bustling markets overflowing with potential treasures and mouth-watering local cuisinejust waiting to be devoured and you’ve got yourself a jam-packed holiday that makes everysecond count!DAY01-0203-0405-0607-080910-1112ITINERARYHo Chi Minh CityThe first day is free for you to ease yourself into the frenetic pace of Ho Chi Minh City. Make sureto return to the hotel at 6pm for a group meeting to meet your fellow travellers. On Day 2, explorethe amazing sights the city has on offer. Head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of tunnelsthat locals lived in during the war, the fascinating War Remnants museum or the Reunification Palace,the residence of South Vietnam’s presidents before 1974. Stop off at the Ben Thanh market for adelicious bite to eat from one of the stalls or take a cyclo tour of the city’s former colonial quarter.In the evening, catch an overnight train to Nha Trang. (B)Nha TrangEnjoy the next couple of days of rest and relaxation in Nha Trang, whether it’s taking a boat toexplore nearby islands, snorkelling through warm waters or soaking in traditional mud baths. Foranother fun way to see the city, opt for a motorbike tour, explore the markets and historical sites. OnDay 4, take an overnight train to Hoi An.Hoi AnThe picturesque port town of Hoi An is your next destination. Walk through this living museumvisiting cultural sights such as the Museum of History and Culture, the Tan Ky House, a preserved19th Century merchant’s house, and the My Son ruins, an intellectual and religious centre built by theCham civilisation. Enjoy a street food crawl with your group. Bring your appetite as your CEO will takeyou to the best spots and teach you about the local street food. Opt to attend a cooking class, enjoya river boat tour, or take advantage of this shopping Mecca. One particular speciality of Hoi An is therows of tailor’s shops, perfect if you’ve ever wanted to get yourself a custom-made suit at a fractionof the normal price you’d pay back home.HueHead north to Hue via the Hai Van Pass for spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. InHue, options include a trip to the Royal Citadel, modelled on the Forbidden City in Beijing, or a boattrip down Perfume River. Fit in a visit to the city’s oldest religious building, the seven-tiered Tien MuPagoda, and the Imperial Tombs to explore the resting places of Vietnam’s former rulers, all of whichare like self-contained mini palaces. For nature lovers, grab a bike and cycle around the beautifulcountryside for a breathtaking experience before getting another sleeper train to Hanoi. (2B)Hanoi / Halong Bay / Bai Chai HarbourArriving into Hanoi in the early morning, catch a bus to the beautiful and famous Halong Bay. Take inthe dramatic sight of thousands of islands rising from the waters of the Bay aboard a traditional junkboat. Tuck into deliciously fresh seafood and explore the islands and caves. (L)HanoiAfter breakfast, head to Hanoi for an orientation walk of the city’s Old Quarter. Opt to visit theBuddhist temple of Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, or Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum andMuseum, dedicated to the man who was leader of North Vietnam when the Vietnam War began.Follow this up with a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake and keep your eyes peeled for one of the famous100 year-old turtles that live in its waters. In the evening, opt to attend a performance at thefamous Water Puppets theatre and make sure to leave time to sample Hanoi’s amazing eateries. (2B)HanoiSay your goodbyes and feel free to leave at any time. (B)SOUTH EAST ASIA87


BEST OFVIETNAMCLASSICFR$1,999 VIETNAMFR$1,269Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City 15 DAYS Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City10 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAHighlights• Meet the Hmong people on a hilltribe village trek in verdant Sapa• Admire the blue, pink and yellow houses in French colonial Hoi An• Sail a wooden junk through the magical landscape of Halong BayHoi AnHo Chi Minh CityHighlights• Absorb the hustle and bustle of the hectic streets of Hanoi• Explore ancient Vietnamese culture and beautiful architecture in Hue• Take a guided tour of the remarkable wartime Cu Chi TunnelsDAY01-0203-0506-0708-1112-15ITINERARYHanoiArrive in Hanoi and navigate the scooter-filled streets of the vibrantOld Quarter. Check out the water puppets show, an age-old traditionfrom rural Vietnam. On Day 2, board the overnight train to Sapa. (B)SapaTake in the spectacular scenery of steep rice terraces and lush greenhills as you trek the villages of Vietnam’s colourful hilltribe people.Experience local life spending the night in homestay accommodationbefore travelling by overnight train on Day 5 back to Hanoi. (2B, L, D)Halong BaySail through limestone karst islands, explore huge caves and swim insecluded bays as you travel through Halong Bay on a traditional junkboat with fresh seafood meals. Overnight train to Hue. (B, 2L, D)Hue / Hoi AnIn Hue, stroll past the ponds, pavilions and palaces of Vietnam’s lastimperial court. Explore Tien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs, beforetravelling via the stunning Hai Van Pass to the former trading port ofHoi An. Optional activities include cooking classes, riverboat cruises,bike rides, beach time or splashing out in the tailor shops. (3B)Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh CityA short flight takes you to hectic Ho Chi Minh City, with time toenjoy an optional cyclo tour to soak up all its infectious energy. Sendyour postcards from the pretty French colonial-style post office. OnDay 13, take a boat cruise through the countless waterways of theMekong Delta and dine on traditional cuisine with a local homestay.Return to HCMC on Day 14 to visit the War Remnants Museum orpick up souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market. Tour ends on Day 15. (4B, D)DAY0102-030405-0708-10ITINERARYHanoiArrive into the crazy capital of Vietnam at any time and explore!Halong Bay / HanoiFeast your eyes on the azure waters of magical Halong Bay, wherethousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the sea. Explorethe illuminated caves, have a swim or splash about on a kayak beforea sumptuous seafood dinner and a peaceful night beneath the stars.On Day 3, catch the overnight train to Hue. (2B, L, D)HueStroll past lacquered red pavilions and ponds covered with lotusbuds. Take a guided tour of the Imperial Citadel and Tien Mu Pagoda,and an optional motorbike tour of the surrounding countryside.Hoi AnTravelling over the spectacular Hai Van Pass you reach Hoi An.Wander through the colourful colonial homes, wooden shop housesand pagodas. Cooking classes, riverboat trips, bike rides and beachtimes could all be on the agenda. Hoi An is also a shopper’s paradise,the tailors here can produce virtually anything overnight! (3B)Ho Chi Minh CityA short flight south takes you to bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Discoverthe infectious energy of Vietnam’s biggest city, with its blinking neonlights and overflowing markets. On Day 9, enjoy a guided visit tothe Cu Chi Tunnels where you can explore this underground networkdug by the local Vietnamese to hide and fight during the war. Otheroptions include the War Remnants Museum or a cyclo tour of thecolonial district. Enjoy a last night out with the group before thisshort but sweet tour comes to an end at any time on Day 10. (3B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts), sleeper trains(3 nts), junk boat (1 nt), basic family homestays(2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus,boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3lunches, 3 dinners Budget: Allow USD $210-250 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAVBVHanoiLAOSSapaTHAILANDHalong BayHueHoi AnVIETNAMInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train(1 nt), junk boat (1 nt) Transport: Train, localbus, air con bus, boat, cyclo, plane Meals: 8breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: AllowUSD $200-230 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code:GAAVCHMy Own Room Available: Fr $639 My Own Room Available: Fr $579MekongDeltaMinh Ho ChiDepartures 2015 (Saigon) Departures 2015CitySundays, typically 3-4 departuresRegular departures, typically 3-5 timesJan-DecJan-Decper monthper weekHanoiLAOSHalongBayCAMBODIAHueHoi AnVIETNAMCu ChiTunnelsHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)88VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TIMELESSVIETNAMVIETNAMFR$2,299 HIGHLIGHTSFR$1,715Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City 13 DAYS Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi10 DAYSBridge Pagoda, Hoi AnHighlights• Experience authentic Vietnam, meeting ethnic hilltribe villagers• Cruise the turquoise waters of Halong Bay in a traditional junk boat• Step back into a turbulent history at the legendary Cu Chi TunnelsHighlights• Explore cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh and gain insight into local history• Enjoy Nha Trang beach and design custom-made clothes in Hoi An• Explore rural Asia on a bike ride and tuck into local Vietnamese foodSOUTH EAST ASIADAY0102-0304-0506-0708-1011-13ITINERARYHanoiArrive at any time and take your transfer to Hanoi city (included). Theday’s yours to spend exploring Vietnam’s northern capital.Hanoi / Mai ChauEnjoy breakfast at a local not-for-profit restaurant before headingto Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Travel to the lush Mai Chau Valley toyour comfortable lodge where you can do a walking tour of the ethnicvillages, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking or a cooking class. (2B)Hanoi / Halong BayReturn to Hanoi to explore Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) with a localguide. Transfer to Halong Bay on Day 5 where sculpted limestoneislands rise from calm waters. Explore the caves, kayak or hike upone of the islands, and spend the night on a junk boat. (2B, L, D)Hanoi / HueSpend a chilled morning on the bay before heading back to Hanoi fora flight to Hue. On Day 7, check out the walled Citadel containing theformer Imperial Palace then head to the countryside to see the finalresting place of former emperors and impressive royal tombs. (2B, L)Hoi AnTake a scenic drive to ancient Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Here, enjoy a walking tour and a local cooking lesson. Ensure you seeMy Son ruins or visit a local tailors for a keenly-priced suit. (3B, L)Ho Chi Minh CityFly to HCMC. Enjoy a cyclo tour and visit the local markets and shops.Day 12, visit the legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, famous for their part inthe Vietnam War. Your tour ends after breakfast on Day 13. (3B, D)DAY0102-0304-0506-0708-10ITINERARYHo Chi Minh CityFormerly known as Saigon, cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City is adynamic and progressive city with loads of things to experience.Enjoy your first night out with your crew trying delicious Vietnamesespecialities and exploring the wealth of bustling nightlife.Ho Chi Minh City / Nha TrangTake a morning sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s sights beforecatching a flight up to the beach paradise of Nha Trang. Get outamongst the islands on an optional cruise or do your own thing. (2B)Nha Trang / Hoi AnAfter a short flight to Da Nang this morning, you’ll then drive toHoi An and absorb its blend of foreign influences. Check out theOld Quarter, spy the 400 year-old Japanese bridge and peruse theChinese temples. Choose to head out to a tailor for bespoke clothes,or pick up some local culinary skills with a cooking class. (2B)Hoi An / Hue / HanoiTake a cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel in Hue, then visit the iconicThien Mu Pagoda. On Day 7, take a short flight to Hanoi. Check outthe maze of backstreets in the Old Quarter and hang out with thelocals at a simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bar. (2B)Hanoi / Halong Bay / HanoiToday, you’ll drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on aChinese-style junk boat. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner and anight of chatting under the stars. On Day 9, return to Hanoi andspend your last evening tucking into some delicious Vietnamesetreats. Your trip ends after breakfast on Day 10. (3B, 2L, D)InclusionsTrip Style: Comfort Service Level: UpgradedPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Comfort hotels (10 nts), junkboat (1 nt), lodge (1 nt) Transport: Bus, boat,cyclo, plane Meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches,2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $275-350for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAVHCMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,149Departures 2015Jan-DecSelected Sundays, typically 1-3departures per monthVIETNAMHalong BayMai Chau HanoiLAOSHue Hoi AnTHAILANDCAMBODIA Nha TrangHo Chi Minh CityInclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3star hotels (8 nts), junk boat (1 nt) Meals: 9breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport:Plane, private coach, junk boat Group Size: Max30 Tour Leader: Trip Manager, local Englishspeakingguides Tour Code: COVIHIDepartures 2015/1616JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan19 02 02 06 04 01 13 10 07 09 07 0426 09 09 13 11 08 27 17 21 16 14 1116 16 20 18 15 24 23 2123 23 27 25 29 30 2830Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.VIETNAMHanoiLAOSTHAILANDHalong BayHueDa Nang Hoi AnCAMBODIANha TrangHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)89


VIETNAM EXPERIENCEHo Chi Minh City HanoiFR$2,06912 DAYSHighlights• Experience life on the Mekong• Stay in a village guesthouse• Climb through the Cu Chi Tunnels• Explore progressive Ho Chi Minh City• Soak up the rays on Vietnam beaches• Stroll the streets in historical Hoi An• Take a cyclo ride to Hue’s Citadel• Sleep on a Chinese-style junk boatSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015/16START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHJan 17 Jan 28 Apr 25 May 06 Sep 05 Sep 16Jan 24 Feb 04 May 02 May 13 Sep 19 Sep 30Jan 31 Feb 11 May 09 May 20 Nov 07 Nov 18Feb 07 Feb 18 May 16 May 27 Nov 14 Nov 25Feb 14 Feb 25 May 23 Jun 03 Nov 21 Dec 02Feb 21 Mar 04 May 30 May 10 Nov 28 Dec 09Feb 28 Mar 11 Jun 06 Jun 17 Dec 05 Dec 16Mar 07 Mar 18 Jun 13 Jun 24 Dec 12 Dec 23Mar 14 Mar 25 Jun 27 Jul 08 Dec 19 Dec 30Mar 21 Apr 01 Jul 11 Jul 22 Dec 26 Jan 06Mar 28 Apr 08 Jul 25 Aug 05Apr 04 Apr 15 Aug 08 Aug 19 2016Apr 11 Apr 22 Aug 15 Aug 26 Jan 02 Jan 13Apr 18 Apr 29 Aug 22 Sep 02 Jan 09 Jan 20Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3star hotels (9 nts), guesthouse (1 nt), boat (1nt) Transport: Plane, private coach, junk boatMeals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager, local Englishspeakingguides Group Size: Max 30 TourCode: COVIEPVIETNAMHanoiLAOSTHAILANDHalong BayHueDa NangCAMBODIANha TrangHo Chi Minh City(Saigon)MekongDeltaHoi AnHanoiThere’s nowhere on earth quite like Vietnam. From the moment you step off the planeyou’ll be absorbed in an intense explosion of colour, sights, sounds and experiences. Fromthe hustle and bustle of city streets to golden temples glistening in the sun, to jade greenwaters lapping on the shores and emerald paddy fields stretching into the distance, eachday is different to the next. Cruise the waters of the Mekong, stay overnight with the locals,sleep in a Chinese-style junk boat - all of this against a backdrop of a great nation ofpeople and with a bunch of like-minded mates.DAY01020304-05060708091011-12ITINERARYHalong BayHo Chi Minh CityCosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh is a medley of pagodas, streetside shops and high-rises. Tonight, you’llmeet your Trip Manager and fellow travellers before tantalising your tastebuds at the thriving BenThanh Market.Ho Chi Minh City / Mekong DeltaEmbark on a two-day journey into the Mekong Delta. Try out sampans (local boats), learn about localindustries and observe life at the floating markets, giving you a glimpse of everyday life on water.Tonight check out a musical performance before having dinner at your local guesthouse. (B, L, D)Mekong Delta / Ho Chi Minh CityHead back to Ho Chi Minh City via the Viet Cong’s legendary tunnels in Cu Chi. See traps, hiddendoors and experience first-hand some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fightersdug by hand during the Vietnam War. (B)Ho Chi Minh City / Nha TrangIn the morning, you’ll set off on a city tour to see Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office andthe Presidential Palace. You’ll then catch a flight to Nha Trang, famous for its golden beaches. OnDay 5, sink into laid-back beach life with a free day to enjoy the sun and sea. Indulge in a mineralmud bath and hot springs experience before getting a taste of Nha Trang by night. (2B)Nha Trang / Hoi AnFly to Da Nang and travel down to Hoi An. On arrival, you’ll take a guided walking tour through theOld Quarter. Get your clothes order in at one of the many tailors this city is famous for. (B)Hoi AnFree day to explore further. Wander the streets checking out galleries and antique shops or head tothe temples of My Son. In the evening, stroll along the historic waterfront to the local market. (B)Hoi An / HueToday, you’ll travel over the ‘Pass of the Ocean Clouds’ with its far-reaching views to the city of DaNang. On arrival to the former royal city of Hue you’ll take a cyclo to the Imperial Citadel, formerhome of Vietnam’s Emperors. It is then on to the impressive Thien Mu Pagoda with views of thePerfume River. (B)Hue / HanoiToday brings a flight to Hanoi. Full of French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality, Hanoi isa city like no other! On arrival, visit the Temple of Literature before walking the wide Parisian-styleboulevards or relaxing with a bia hoi (draught beer). (B)Hanoi / Halong BayClimb aboard a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise on heavenly Halong Bay. Pass hiddencoves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches. You’ll check out the Sung Sot Caves before stopping for aswim amongst limestone karsts. Dock for sunset and be rocked to sleep by the ocean. (B, L, D)Halong Bay / HanoiWake to fantastic views before returning to Hanoi. There’s time to see Hanoi’s world-famous waterpuppet performance before a farewell dinner to toast an amazing adventure with your new friends.Depart on Day 12, shortly after breakfast. (2B, L)90 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CAMBODIA & LAOSlazy journeys along the mekongForget about the well-troddentourist trails of Cambodia andLaos, grab a map and startexploring. Rough diamondCambodia has many undiscoveredsecrets that lie within the hilltribevillages of Ban Luang and BokorNational Park. Likewise leisurelyLaos - the land of a millionelephants- has so much more tooffer than just river tubing. Raftor kayak through Four ThousandIslands and rock climb its lushforested mountains.SLEEPWITH USFRTARA ANGKOR, SIEM REAP $44Just six kilometres from Angkor Wat and 15mins from Siem Reap’s airport, this modernhotel has simple but elegant rooms withen suites and air con. Try your hand at acooking class or unwind in the spa.REPTARFRCHANG INN, LUANG PRABANG $28This traditional, colonial-style charmerin the heart of Luang Prabang has eightrooms with hardwood floors, en suiteswith rain showers, air con and free Wi-Fi.There’s also free bikes to use.LPQCHASOUTH EAST ASIASIEM REAPSTREET FOODFR$51HALF DAYSIHANOUKVILLE ISLANDADVENTUREFR$1763 DAYSOn this night-time tour of Cambodian cuisine, whizz through SiemReap on a moto-rickshaw with your trusty guide, stopping atstreet vendors, stalls and a local restaurant to sample authenticsnacks and Khmer staples. Chow down on barbecued meats andcorn, green mango served with chilli and salt, purple kiwi fruit,baked puddings and fruit shakes. Fried tarantulas and crickets areoptional (!) Finish up at lively Pub Street or return to your hotel.Departs: Daily Meals: Khmer snacks, dinner & bottle of water/fruit shake/beerincluded Transport: Return hotel transfer (option of ending tour at Pub St),moto-rickshaw transport Tour Code: REPSRFDiscover Cambodia’s idyllic coast on this beachy package includingtwo nights’ accommodation. Depart from Phnom Penh to yourbeachside hotel at the pretty, coastal town of Sihanoukville. Nextday, transfer by boat to the unspoilt island paradise of Koh Rong.Relax on white sands, snorkel and enjoy cold beers with fellowtravellers, bedding down in a rustic guesthouse. Day 3, transferback to Sihanoukville, then onwards to Phnom Penh by bus.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel, Sihanoukville on single/twin sharebasis (1 nt), Guesthouse with basic facilities, Koh Rong (1 nt) Meals: No mealsincluded Transport: Taxi/public bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville & returnboat transfers Tour Code: REPSIHSECRETS OFANGKORFR$3953 DAYSANGKOR WATADVENTUREFR$2555 DAYSUncover the secrets of Cambodia’s amazing history. Setting outfrom Siem Reap explore the incredible temples of Angkor Wat, TaProhm, Bayon, Angkor Thom and Banteay Srei, followed by a trekthrough Cambodia’s jungle to see 1,000 year-old Hindu sculpturescarved into a riverbed. Sample tasty Khmer cuisine and meet localsliving in floating fishing villages on a boat cruise on a freshwaterlake. Truly experience the very best of this fascinating region.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of superior/deluxe hotel (2 nts)Transport: Car/minivan, remork (Cambodian tuk tuk) & riverboat Meals: 2breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks Tour Code: REPSECDelve deep into rural Cambodia on this unforgettable round tripfrom Siem Reap. Explore astounding temples including resplendentAngkor Wat and Ta Prohm - as featured in blockbuster ‘TombRaider’ and enjoy a knock-out sunset at Phnom Bakheng. Transferto Phnom Penh the following day. Discover the horrors of theKhmer Rouge genocide with a tour of the Killing Fields then quadbike through villages and rice fields. Return to Siem Reap on Day 4.Departs: Daily (option to start in Phnom Penh) Accommodation: Budget hotels,Phnom Penh (2 nts), Siem Reap (2 nts) Transport: Public bus, van, tuk tukMeals: None included Includes: Hotel pick-up, English-speaking guide, entranceto Killing Fields Tour Code: BEREPANK/BEREPANS91


Siem ReapTEACHING CHILDRENIN CAMBODIAFR$9552 - 6 WEEKSSIEM REAPBY BIKE & TUK TUKSiem ReapSiem ReapFR$6434 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAHighlights• Help families break out of the cycle of poverty• Explore the formidable Angkor Wat• Assist with teaching EnglishNew Hope Cambodia is based in one of the poorest slum areason the outskirts of Siem Reap. This project aims to restore hopeand dignity to these once-proud and prosperous communities byproviding education, healthcare and vocational training. The hoursyou’ll work at the project will vary from half to full days, duringwhich you’ll be support Khmer teachers with English, maths andcomputer lessons. A portion of the cost of your trip will be used tobuy a bicycle for you to transport yourself to and from the project.After you leave, the bike is donated back to the community fortheir use.Highlights• Explore a floating village on one of Asia’s largest lakes• Stock up on fragrant, authentic souvenirs made by locals• Sunset at the iconic Angkor Wat, cameras at the ready!The formidable Angkor Wat is an absolute must on any bucketlist and what better way to explore than by tuk tuk and your ownpedal power! Throw in the temples of Banteay Srei and Kdei, theSrah Srang reservoir and Pre Rup and you’ve got a jaw-droppingtour steeped in Khmer culture and history. As well as visitingAngkor Thom, Bayon Temple and the Elephants Terrace, you’ll alsostop at a local village to meet families that make palm sugar, takean excursion to a floating village on Tonle Sap Lake and visit theSenteurs D’Angkor workshop, which sells traditional, handmadeproducts made by impoverished rural communities.Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Shared guesthouse (13 nts)Meals: Breakfasts included Note: Background check required Stay Longer: Fr$153 per week Trip Code: CAMCHIDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel with a choice of Superior/First class (3nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Transport: Tuk tuk, bicycles &some car/minivan transfers Tour Code: REPSB3LAOS CLASSICTOURLuang PrabangVientianeFR$9625 DAYSLAOS CAVES & TIGERSADVENTURELuang PrabangLuang PrabangFR$1,4066 DAYSHighlights• The crown jewel of Laos, charming Luang Prabang• Interact with traditional, local communities at weaving villages• Experience an unforgettable sunset on the Mekong RiverHighlights• Get off the tourist track and hit the backroads into remotest Laos• Stop at a local school, help out with a class or have a kick around• Visit a conservation project to see endangered Indochinese tigersSpectacular natural scenery, temples, waterfalls, caves andtraditional boat trips on the mighty Mekong River - this tour maybe short but is activity-packed, guaranteeing you bags of fabLaotian memories. Start in enchanting Luang Prabang, arguablySouth East Asia’s best preserved traditional city. Explore thefamous Pak Ou caves, home to thousands of Buddha statues,and meet minority villagers. Take a relaxing dip in the Khuang Xiwaterfalls, stock up on souvenirs at a night bazaar and discoverthe delights of capital city, Vientiane, including the Buddha Parkand impressive Friendship Bridge, linking Thailand and Laos.This journey carries you to the hidden heart of rural Laos, revealingmystifying archaeology, secret wartime hideouts, life affectinglocals and a heap of laid-back riverside restaurants. From thecolonial charms of Luang Prabang, head for the mountains and the2,000-year old Plain of Jars. An area intrinsic to the 1950s SecretWar, visit communist caves and landmine projects. Cruise over theepic ‘rooftop of Laos,’ show off your antics at a local school, seeIndochinese tigers at the Nam Nern Conservation Area and spend acouple of days lazily cycling, kayaking or drinking Beer Laos on theriverbanks in Nong Khiaw. Head back to Luang Prabang on Day 6.Departs: Saturdays Accommodation: Choice of 3/4* accommodation withen suite (4nts) Includes: tours, transfers (excludes airfare Luang Prabang toVientiane) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches Transport: Coach Tour Code: LPQLCTDeparts: Fortnightly on Tuesdays Accommodation: Guesthouse (2nts),community ecolodge (1nt), bungalows (2nts) Meals: 2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1dinner Transport: private air con vehicle Includes: Entrance fees & Englishspeakingguide Tour Code: LAOTIG92VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


HANOI & HALONG BAYhot & spicy? ‘pho’ shizzle!Welcome to Vietnam’s northerncapital. Expect a Parisian vibe, thealluring waft of fresh pastries andsweet Vietnamese coffee, webbedstreets, Hoan Kiem Lake andbowls of delicious ‘pho’ (noodlebroth). If you feel the need toescape the city, head north andmarvel at the emerald waters andjutting limestone escarpments ofHalong Bay aboard a traditionaljunk. Legend has it that its 2,000islets were formed by a mountaindragon!SOUTH EAST ASIArock solidglampackerA-listHANOIAMANDA HOTELFR$40FR$24SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTYou can’t beat the location of this place!It’s in the heart of the Old Quarter, justminutes from the night market and HoanKiem Lake. Open since 2010, everything isas good as new and each of the 35 roomscome with LCD TVs and air con. You’reideally located for venturing out for dinner,although the hotel does have a restaurant.RISING DRAGONESTATE HOTELFR$35FR$19SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTAn innovative hotel at the epicentre ofHanoi’s Old Quarter. Staff put the guestexperience at the heart of everythingthey do. Gaze out at the bustling streetsof Hanoi from the balcony of your roomcomplete with marble countertops, air con,free Wi-Fi and hardwood floors. Some evencome with a full-size bathtub.BOSSLEGEND HOTELFR$87FR$51SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated in the charming Old Quarter nearHoan Kiem Lake, this newly opened hotel’sair con rooms are clean and modern withen suites and in-room Internet access.Take a refreshing dip in the outdoor poolor loosen travel weary limbs in the saunaor Jacuzzi. Peckish? Grab a bite to eat fromthe café lounge or restaurant.Free Wi-FiHANGRNFree Wi-FiHANQAHHANBOSHANOIHOMESTAYFR$322 HANOIFR$394 DAYS STREET FOODHALF DAYDiscover the heart of Hanoi and its rich culture on this authentichomestay experience which includes three nights’ accommodationwith a local host family and a fascinating, full-day city tour. To getthe most out of your time we highly recommend doing one or bothof the optional excursions (not included); explore pagodas andtemples, cycle through villages and rice fields and cruise throughemerald waters of World Heritage Halong Bay.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Private room with air con in a homestay (3 nts)Meals: 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Transfers with local English speaking guidein private, air con vehicle, city tour, entrance fees Tour Code: HAHOMThere’s no better way to sample authentic, local dishes awayfrom the tourist trail than on this unique walking tour. Led by anexpert guide, discover Hanoi’s best-kept secrets and hunker downwith locals at atmospheric Old Quarter stalls and a hidden caféoverlooking Hoan Kiem Lake. Sample tasty French-inspired snacks,barbecued meats, bread specialities and - local delicacy - eggcoffee(!) Not your cuppa? Settle for a cold beer instead.Departs: Daily Meals: snacks as per itinerary, 1 dinner, 1 bottle of water/coffee/beer Includes: English-speaking guide Tour Code: HANSFN93


SAPAADVENTUREHanoiHanoiFR$3314 DAYSCAT BAISLAND EXPERIENCEHanoiHanoiFR$3823 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAHighlights• Mountain trekking through lush vegetation and rice terraces• Meet indigenous hilltribe communities• Bed down on a Vietnamese sleeper trainWant to see the hilltribes but don’t have enough time to stay withthem too long? Then this brilliant four-day trip up to Sapa is justfor you. Take in all the awesome scenery whilst learning aboutthese friendly communities and experience the famous Vietnamesesleeper trains! Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged sceneryand rich cultural diversity. It’s also host to many hilltribes, as wellas rice terraces, lush vegetation and Fansipan, the highest peakin Vietnam. With two days of trekking, village visits and trip to awaterfall thrown in, you’ll really get to experience what the areahas to offer.Highlights• Action-packed rock climbing and kayaking• Half-day soft trek in Cat Ba Island National Park• Stunning, secluded sceneryGet out of hectic Hanoi and experience the natural beauty of CatBa Island, a reserve lying on the edge of Halong Bay, a UNESCOnatural World Heritage Site. Journey out of the city arriving at CatBa Island in the afternoon. On Day 2, board a traditional junk boatto cruise to unvisited parts of the bay. Kayak in secluded lagoons,explore a deserted beach or simply relax on the boat. Go on a rockclimbing adventure on a massive limestone cliff before reachingNam Cat Island, where you’ll stay in simple bamboo huts and enjoya local barbecue dinner on the beach. On Day 3 enjoy a half daysoft trek in the national park before returning to Hanoi.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel on twin share basis (2 nts), sleeper train(1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Tour Code: HANSAPDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Basic hotel (1nt), non air con bamboo hut (1nt)Transport: Local buses and ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 2 lunches TourCode: HANHOLHALONG BAY CRUISE2 STAR OR 4 STARHanoiHanoiFR$4043 DAYSSEA CANOE ADVENTUREHALONG BAYHanoiHanoiFR$1,5143 DAYSHighlights• Kayak in the gorgeous ‘Bright and Dark Cave’ area• Visit Halong Bay’s largest floating fishing village• Vietnamese and western dinnerHighlights• Paddle through remote, unspoilt caves & lagoons aboard kayaks• Enjoy tranquil sunsets and sunrises, plus night paddling (optional)• Learn about stalactites, stalagmites and coral gardensSail away from the crowd on this lovely trip taking you aroundthe wonders of scenic Halong Bay. Departing from Hanoi, you willtravel to your home for the next two nights, a traditional, woodenjunk boat. Spend your days relaxing on the spacious sun deck,casting your eye over the views or jumping in the water - it looksso good you’ll find it hard not to! Explore Surprise Cave by foot,enjoy an hour’s kayaking or join squid fishing from the boat. Thejunk has 5-8 roomy cabins, each with en suite facilities and awindow for taking in those stunning views. Included local meals areserved in the dining room with panoramic views out to the bay.Visit cliff-lined inland lagoons, explore rock gardens and paddlethrough long, dark sea caves as part of this three-day guided jauntthrough the untouched culture of Halong Bay’s scattered limestoneislands. Following pick-up from your Hanoi hotel, transfer to theemerald waters of Halong Bay and your escort boat - a traditionalbut comfy junk. Cruise past islets to a remote location whilstenjoying a tasty seafood lunch. Over the next two days, aboardultra-tough, inflatable kayaks, you’ll be able to explore deep intosmall caves and get closer to fish, coral and reptiles than youdreamt possible. Return to Hanoi on Day 3, where your trip ends.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Junk boat in air con twin/double cabin (2 nts).Can also be done as 4-star or as a 2 day tour Includes: Bus transfers to/fromHanoi, all fees Meals: All meals whilst onboard Tour Code: HANCRUDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Wooden junk on twin share basis with aircon & private bathroom with hot water (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches,2 dinners, snacks, soft drinks & water on junk Transport: Return transfer toHanoi in air con vehicle, junk, kayak Tour Code: HANCAN94VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


HO CHI MINH CITYgood morning vietnam! (shh, sleepin’)A flurry of sights and sounds,ramshackle, ancient pagodas andswarming markets; this is Ho ChiMinh City (Saigon). In contrast toHanoi’s mellow nature, HCMC isbrash, bolshy and busy. Prepareto be as mesmerised by thetraffic as you are by the Frencharchitecture, War RemnantsMuseum and Cu Chi tunnels.The biggest challenge in thismetropolis is crossing the roadwithout colliding with one of thecity’s 3.5 million motorcycles!SOUTH EAST ASIArock solid rock solid rock solidSANOUVAHOTELFR FR FR$62 SINGLEELEGANT HOTEL $58 SINGLEGRAND SILVERLAND $143FR FR FR$35 TWIN/DOUBLE SAIGON CITY $29 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL & SPA $72PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTExpect smart, clean rooms with air con,free Wi-Fi, modern bathrooms and blackoutcurtains at Sanouva Hotel. You’ll alsoget some pretty great views of the citythrown in too! The location is hard to beat,with the main tourist attractions close by.Friendly staff are always happy to help, soa good stay is all but guaranteed.With a prime central location, you won’tbe disappointed with this smart little joint.Rooms are bright and come with air con,flatscreen TVs, a fridge and en suites.Enjoy drinks at the bar, a coffee in the caféor a choice of Asian or Western cuisine inthe restaurant. Looking to explore? Thefriendly staff are more than happy to help.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEIt’s all about the rooftop at the GrandSilverland. There’s a pool you can enjoycocktails by and a roof garden restaurantwith spectacular views. This elegant hotelis located just one minute from Ben Thanhmarket in the main tourist hub of the city.For respite from the hustle and bustle,relax in your comfortable room.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSGNSAN SGNELE SGNGRAMUI NEBEACH PACKAGEFR$383 MEKONG DELTAFR$2204 DAYS FARMSTAY2 DAYSMui Ne is an idyllic, laid-back beach town with palm trees,white sand beaches, great seafood and a range of hotel optionsmaking it an ideal short break getaway from the city. There’salso a range of exciting water-based activities to get your bloodpumping, including kite-surfing and windsurfing. Three nights’accommodation with en suite, air con and breakfast is included aswell as return transfers from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4* hotel twin share (3nts) Meals: 3 breakfastsIncludes: Coach transfers to/from Ho Chi Minh City Tour Code: SGNMNEWith its meandering waterways and flourishing farms, the MekongDelta is one for the Vietnam checklist. Venture through this iconiclandscape by boat and discover riverbanks dotted with coconutpalms, sprawling rice fields and ramshackled houses on stilts.You’ll spend a fascinating evening staying at a farm with localhosts discovering their authentic culture and enjoy village cyclingbefore bidding farewell to the Mekong on Day 2.Departs: Mon, Wed & Sat Accommodation: Farm homestay, sharedaccommodation (1 nt) Meals: 1 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Boat(private & rowing), minibus Tour Code: SGNFAR95


VIETNAM BEACHES & TOURINGSOUTH EAST ASIAwhich way’s the beach?Travelling is sooo tough, so whenyou’ve been run ragged by Vietnam’scrazy cities, follow the gun show tothe beach. For long lazy days andeven longer nights out, head forfun-loving Nha Trang. Or for quaintoriental charms, lantern-lit cafésand bike rides to sleepy beaches,we’ve sent many a traveller togorgeous Hoi An. If you prefer anengine with your wheels, there’sno better way to get lost inVietnam’s rural beauty than withone of our motorcycle tours.Rock SOLIDNOVOTELNHA TRANGPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFR$186FR$93SINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Stay beachside on Nha Trang’s most renowned street• All rooms have winning balcony views across to distant dotted islands• Lay around the outdoor pool or sink a round at the pool bar!Commanding a prime beachfront spot, sleep over in stylishstandard or superior rooms. Each has air con, cable TV, floor-toceilingglass and private balconies for your own personal windowonto Nha Trang Bay. Find sanctuary at the spa or hit the treadmillsbefore epic dinner views at The Square restaurant.Free Wi-FiNHATRAHOI ANHOMESTAYFR$3943 DAYSWorld Heritage site Hoi An has a mixed Chinese-Vietnameseatmosphere and lush surrounding countryside. Enjoy a trulyauthentic homestay experience, enjoying meals with your hostfamily and getting under the city’s skin with their help. Followingpick-up from Da Nang, relax and explore before a day’s cycling inHoi An next morning. Visit pottery villages, a local farm and oldmerchant houses. Return to Da Nang on Day 3.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Betel Garden homestay with air con & privatebathroom (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Transport: ReturnDa Nang airport transfers in private air con vehicle with English speaking guide,cycling day with guide, boat fees & mountain bike use Tour Code: EYHHOMANCIENT CITIESCYCLING TOURFR$8274 DAYSQUICK VIETNAMMOTORCYCLE ADVENTUREFR$6436 DAYSTake to two wheels and pass through the rice paddies of Hoi An’scountryside, stopping at the famous Thanh Ha pottery village(15-20km). Day 2, cross flat and hilly terrains, explore localvillages and transfer to the imperial city of Hue (25-30km). Day 3,pedal over the Perfume River through fishing villages to Thien MuPagoda, the emperor’s tomb and citadel (17-19km). Transfer toHue or Phu Bai airport on Day 4 where your tour ends.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel, Hoi An (1 nt), Hue (2 nts) both twinshare with air con & en suites Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Includes: Qualitybike rental with helmet, transfers in private air con vehicle, guide, some entrance& boat fees. Moderate level of fitness required Tour Code: EYHCYCFrom Ho Chi Minh City, travel to the pine-covered hills of Dalat tostart your Easy Riders’ three-day motorcycle tour through ruralVietnam. Visit the Dragon Pagoda, a silk factory, winding trailsand cascading waterfalls passing minority villages, plantations andbeautiful Vietnamese landscapes. Finish up in the seaside town ofNha Trang on Day 4. Spend the next day on the sands or opt tosnorkel before a night bus to Ho Chi Minh, arriving back on Day 6.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Budget hotels with shared bathrooms: Dalat(1 nt), Lak Lake (1 nt), Buon Ma Thuot (1 nt), Nha Trang (1 nt), night bus (1nt) Meals: No meals included Includes: Transfers, 3-day motorcycle trip withEnglish speaking guide Tour Code: BEVIEADV96VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


MALAYSIASOUTH EAST ASIAPenang’s Georgetown is a vibrant,bustling blend of impressive colonialartchitecture, intriguing locals andeclectic cuisines.LangkawiAt 130 million years-old, TamanNegara N.P. is the world’s oldestprimary forest and home to manyendangered species, including the sunbear, Asian elephant and leopard.Mt. KinabaluPenangTaman Negara N.P.BRUNEIKota KinabaluSandakan/SepilokCameronHighlandsKuala Lumpurmalaysian borneoNasi Kandar, a dish uniqueto Malaysia & broughtby the iMmigrating indianmuslims, is the favouritefood of many Malaysians.INDONESIAN BORNEOEXPERIENCEprimeval rainforestin the heart of KualaLumpur city at theBukit Nanas RainforestReserve. Coveringonly 10.5 hectares,it’s among the world’ssmallest rainforestpatches.One of only four orang-utan sanctuariesin the world, get lost in the doe-eyes ofthese shy primates at the rehabilitationcentre in Sepilok.97


BORNEO SABAH ADVENTUREKota Kinabalu Kota KinabaluFR$2,49910 DAYSHighlights• Explore Mt. Kinabalu National Park• Trek to the top of mighty Mt. Kinabalu• Cruise the Kinabatangan River• Get close to wild orang-utans• Spot Asia’s only great ape• See turtles in their natural habitat• Snorkel and swim in tropical waters• Visit the POW Memorial ParkSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHJan 17 Jan 26Jan 31 Feb 09Feb 14 Feb 23Feb 21 Mar 02Feb 28 Mar 09Mar 14 Mar 23Mar 28 Apr 06Apr 04 Apr 13Apr 18 Apr 27InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 02 May 11May 16 May 25Jun 06 Jun 15Jun 20 Jun 29Jul 04 Jul 13Jul 18 Jul 27Jul 25 Aug 03Aug 08 Aug 17Aug 15 Aug 24START FINISHAug 22 Aug 31Sep 05 Sep 14Sep 19 Sep 28Oct 03 Oct 12Oct 17 Oct 26Oct 31 Nov 09Nov 14 Nov 23Dec 19 Dec 28Dec 26 Jan 04Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (5 nts), jungle lodge(2 nts), national park lodges / mountainhuts (2 nts, multishare) Transport: Privatevan, local bus, speedboat, plane Meals: 9breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (or 3 dinnersif not climbing) Budget: Allow USD $170-225for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAASAMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Mt.KinabaluKota KinabaluYou might likeMALAYSIA(SABAH)KinabatanganTurtle IslandUpgrade your tripWonders of Borneo(12 days, Kota Kinabalu to Kota Kinabalu)(GAAABE) Fr $3,679From lush powdery beaches to smiling longhouse villages and with wild jungles in between,Borneo offers a medley of highlights. This fantastic 10-day trip guarantees once-in-alifetimeexperiences by the bucket load. Meet one of mankind’s closest relations, the orangutan,at a unique rehabilitation centre and have a chance to watch baby turtles inch pastyou searching for the great blue sea. Top this off with an epic journey to climb one of themightiest peaks of Asia, Mt. Kinabalu, and you’ll be left speechless. Every day on this tripbrings a new adventure, so jump on board and enjoy.DAY010203-0405-0607080910ITINERARYKota KinabaluArrive at any time and feel free to go exploring. Kota Kinabalu, which is the capital of Sabah, is setbetween the jungles of Borneo and the South China Sea. In your free time, you can immerse yourselfin history at the Sabah State Museum or visit the Monsopiad culture village, before meeting yourtour leader and the rest of your new travel companions this evening.Mt. Kinabalu National ParkToday, you travel out to Mt. Kinabalu National Park and to the base of the highest mountain betweenthe Himalayas and New Guinea. Catch a glimpse of the summit, often shrouded in cloud. The hugerock monolith looms over you as a daunting reminder of the climb you are about to embark on butdon’t be discouraged, it’s a hugely rewarding experience! Spend the afternoon exploring the trailsaround the park or opt to travel to Ranau and the Poring Hot Springs for a relaxing soak. (B)Mt. KinabaluSet off early on Day 3 to tackle the mighty Mt. Kinabalu, whose summit stands at an impressive4,095m (13,435 feet)! It’s a fair slog to the top but well marked and with shelters along the way totake brief rests. The surrounding scenery is varied and should be enough to take your mind off thejourney ahead of you. Altitude can be a problem for some people so take your time, enjoy the pristineenvironment around you and hopefully you will successfully reach the top of this monumental peak.Night three is spent sleeping in a basic mountain hut before rising early to climb upwards towardsthe peak. After reaching the summit, pat yourself on the back before heading back down, a walk ofaround five to seven hours. What an achievement! (2B, 2L, D)Kinabatangan RiverJourney along the Kinabatangan River, Sabah’s longest river and home to an incredible variety ofwildlife. Take an afternoon cruise and look out for kingfishers, macaques and proboscis monkeys. Ifyou’re lucky, you may also spot more elusive species including elephants, otters and orang-utans.Stay overnight in the jungle where you can check out all kinds of species in their native environmentbefore being soothed to sleep by the sounds of the surrounding wilderness. (2B, 2L, 2D)Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation CentrePassing through rainforest and Sabah’s arable farming areas you reach Sepilok. You’ll now experienceone of the highlights of this trip, coming face-to-face with orang-utans. You’ll spend time at thecentre where they focus on re-introducing domesticated, injured and orphaned orang-utans back intothe wild. Visit one of the feeding platforms and explore the many walking trails. (B)Selingan (Turtle) IslandHead out on a boat to Selingan Island, otherwise known as ‘Turtle Island’. On arrival you have freetime to snorkel, swim, explore the island, or just relax on the tropical beach. Tuck into a sumptuousdinner as the sun sets before visiting the Island Discovery Centre where you can learn about turtlesand see them in their natural habitat. (B, L, D)Sandakan / Kota KinabaluExplore the former POW camp that has become Sandakan POW Memorial Park and perhaps there’ll betime to check out the historic town and waterfront markets before the short (45-minute) flight backto Kota Kinabalu. Look out for Mt. Kinabalu peeking through the clouds as you fly past! (B)Kota KinabaluYour adventure finishes on Day 10. (B)98VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BEST OF BORNEOKota Kinabalu KuchingFR$3,29914 DAYSHighlights• Marvel at views from Mt. Kinabalu• Relax & recharge on secluded beaches• Spot amazing wildlife on jungle walks• Meet an orang-utan face-to-face• Explore the biggest caves in the world• Visit Borneo’s oldest museum• Sleep in a local tribe’s longhouse• See an exodus of bats as dusk fallsDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 25 Feb 07Feb 22 Mar 07Mar 22 Apr 04Apr 19 May 02May 17 May 30Jul 19 Aug 01START FINISHJun 21 Jul 04Aug 23 Sep 05Aug 30 Sep 12Sep 13 Sep 26Sep 27 Oct 10Oct 11 Oct 24START FINISHOct 25 Nov 07Nov 15 Nov 28Dec 20 Jan 02Dec 27 Jan 09SOUTH EAST ASIAInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses(8 nts), longhouse (1 nt), homestay (2 nts),national park lodges/mountain huts (2 nts,multishare) Transport: Private van, boat,public minibus, plane, 4x4 vehicle Meals: 12breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Budget: AllowUSD $270-350 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 TourCode: GAAAHBMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,149KuchingKota KinabaluMALAYSIAINDONESIAWestonMuluKudatRanauMt KinabaluBorneo’s lush rainforests engulf the island’s jagged mountains, exotic wildlife, and a diversetribal people that have lived there for thousands of years – and it’s all there just waitingto be explored! This two-week long journey keeps you on your feet and takes you to thetip of northern Borneo to lounge the hours away on secluded beaches, climb steep MountKinabalu to marvel at the sunrise that peaks above the horizon, trekking through caves andjungles teeming with fantastic animals, and curling up for a night in a tribal longhouse. You’llexplore every inch Borneo has to offer and it’ll only leave you wanting more!DAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-10111213-14ITINERARYKota Kinabalu / KudatArrive at any time during the day and feel free to venture out into the city to explore. Don’t forget tosave room for a delicious local home-cooked dinner after meeting the rest of your travel group. OnDay 2, drive to secluded Kudat on the northern tip of Borneo for a magical day lounging on secludedbeaches, or there’s fishing, surfing and jungle trekking on offer as optional activities for the moreadventurous. You can even get involved in a local beach clean-up project if you wish. (B, D)Mount KinabaluTop up your tan on the beach in the morning before heading to Kinabalu National Park. You’ll attenda briefing on the next day’s hike up Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayasand New Guinea! If trekking up a mountain isn’t your thing, ask for the tour guide to arrange fora place for you to stay on the base of the mountain. Start your journey with a climb (3-7 hours)to Laban Rata on Day 4, with a reward of a buffet-style dinner at the end. Take in your beautifulsurroundings and keep your eyes peeled for the rafflesia - the world’s largest flower! (2B, L, D)Mount Kinabalu Summit / RanauYou’ll reach the summit on Day 5 in time for an awe-inspiring sunrise which will more than make upfor your efforts (and the early start). Head back down the mountain to Laban Rata for a rest and toreturn to HQ for lunch. From here, it’s a short drive to Ranau, where you’ll spend the next two nightsamid peaceful surroundings at a family homestay. The next day is free to enjoy optional activities,from canopy walks to hiking the local trails, visiting tea plantations, wildlife-spotting at the LupaMasa jungle or, for something less energetic, a relaxing soak at the Poring Hot Springs. (2B, L)Weston / Kota KinabaluThe quaint fishing village of Weston is your next destination, where you can visit the oldest woodenschool in Borneo before kayaking down the river to spot wild proboscis monkeys and other excitingwildlife. After dinner, opt to take a boat ride to see fireflies light up the night. In the morning of Day8, return to Kota Kinabalu to spend an afternoon exploring the city or nearby islands. (B)MuluAfter a relaxing morning in Kota Kinabalu, catch an afternoon flight to Mulu. Stretch your legsand get active on Day 10 with cave exploring, wildlife night parks, abseiling and traipsing alongthe Headhunters Trail’s in lush green forests. At dusk, in Mulu National Park, you can even watchthousands of bats flutter out of some of the world’s largest caves! (2B, L, D)KuchingFly to Kuching, where your tour guide will give you the lay of the land with an orientation walk, afterwhich you can venture off to see whatever takes your fancy. Opt to take a cooking class or go for awalk along the promenade. If you want to learn more about Kuching’s culture and history, hit up theSarawak Museum, the Chinese History Museum. Don’t forget to save time for Fort Margherita. (B)Longhouse StayGet some insight into the local way of life when you stay at a tribe’s longhouse just outside Kuching,soaking up their culture and feasting on all the incredible food! (B)KuchingAfter a morning trek to see some of the village surroundings and local farms, travel back to Kuchingfor a final night in the city and a last night out with your fellow travellers. On Day 14, it’s time to sayyour final goodbyes to Borneo and head home. (2B, L)99


KUALA LUMPURSOUTH EAST ASIAskyscrapers, shopping & satayA hodgepodge of toweringskyscrapers, shopping malls,historic mosques and traders’stalls, KL is the fashion capitalof Malaysia and a honeypot forshopaholics. From Jimmy Choo atthe Suria KLCC mall to the manyweird and wonderful treats atthe chaotic Bazaar Baru ChowKit, you’re sure to leave with apurchase or five. If retail therapy’snot your bag, set out in searchof roti canai (a local pancake) ormarinated satay. Delicious!shoestring shoestringrock solid1 2 3CHINATOWNINNFR FR FR$40 SINGLEBUNC@RADIUS $18 DORMFURAMA $147FR FR FR$15 TWIN/DOUBLE CHINATOWN $23 TWIN/DOUBLE BUKIT BINTANG $74PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis cheap and cheerful budget hotel hasbasic but comfy and clean rooms, all withen suite bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi.Deluxe rooms also have air con to keepyou cool on those tropical nights. Step intoChinatown, great for shopping and cheaptasty food. Good value for money in avibrant area.You’ll love the thriving location of thishostel which is close to the city’s mainattractions. Come the end of the day,relax on the rooftop garden or whip up asnack in the shared kitchen. Depending onyour budget, choose from mixed dorms orprivate doubles all with shared bathrooms,air con and free, daily brekkie.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEEnjoy spectacular views of downtown KL -cocktail in hand - from the lounge of thismodern 27-storey hotel. Sounds prettygood, right? Throw in a tranquil, outdoorpool, tastefully decorated, spacious ensuite rooms plus a great central location,near the Golden Triangle and you’ve got afantastic base for exploring the city.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiKULCHI KULBRC KULFBBrock solid A-Listrock solid4 5 6PICCOLOFR FR FR$125 SINGLEALOFT$144 SINGLEBERJAYA $229FR FR FR$63 TWIN/DOUBLE SENTRAL$72 TWIN/DOUBLE TIMES SQUARE $115PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLight and airy with clean lines andcontemporary furnishings, Piccolo’srooms are stylish and uncluttered withrain showers and air con. Relaxed andrefreshed, take a mere hop, skip and jumpout of the lobby and you’re on vibrantBintang Walk and surrounded by shopping,dining and entertainment options galore.High ceilings, floor-length windows andloft-inspired living; the clue’s in the name.A few steps from Sentral Station, thiship, ultra-modern hotel boasts bright,bold decor, platform beds and a choiceof spacious rooms and suites. Hit theadjoining shopping mall, grab a drink at oneof its bars or relax by the rooftop pool.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEHoused within a huge mall, the Berjaya hassquash courts, a palm-clad pool, plus asauna and steam room (shopping counts asexercise). If the entertainment extravaganzaon your doorstep gets a little much, escapeto your elegant room, choose from threefine dining restaurants or relax with liveentertainment in the Broadway Lounge.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFREE UPGRADE AND LATE CHECK OUT -STAY 4 PAY 3 - 06JAN15-16JUL15 &KULPCC 01JAN15-31MAR15 FOR A 3 NIGHT STAY KULAKL 01SEP15-18DEC15KULBER100VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


Jalan DamansaraBANGUNAN SULTANABDUL SAMADKL BIRD PARK12CITY CENTREKL TOWERCHINATOWNPETRONASTOWERSKUALA LUMPURCONVENTION CENTREJALANALORJalan Sultan Ismail564BERJAYATIMES SQUARE3NKuala Lumpur InternationalAirport: 58kmKUALA LUMPURFOOD EXPERIENCEDAY TOURTO MALACCAFR$44Blaze a culinary trail on this tasty,off-the-beaten track tour loaded withnoodles, sweet treats and coffee. Onfoot, your guide will take you throughhidden backstreets and narrow alleys asyou sample the very best of local food,reflecting KL’s melting pot of cultures.HALF DAYKULFOOFR$111FULL DAYCheck out medieval churches and Chinesetemples at one of Malaysia’s mosthistorical cities. Visit the Portugese fort,the Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple andtake a stroll along Jonker street - Malacca’santique row. An English-speaking guide,lunch and hotel transfers are included.KULDAYSOUTH EAST ASIAKUALA LUMPURSTOPOVER PACKAGEFR$179 KL TO PENANG - A GLIMPSE OFFR$1,1473 DAYS THE NORTHERN PENINSULA4 DAYSThis package ticks all the boxes for a stress-free stay in Malaysia’sexciting capital. Included in the price are return airport transfers,accommodation and breakfast in a fab, centrally located hotel.We’ve also thrown in a half-day city tour which includes all thehighlights such as the National Mosque, Independence Square,Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Selangor Club, St. Mary’s Church plusa drive through colourful Chinatown.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel Sentral (2 nts) Transport: Return airporttransfers included Meals: No meals included Includes: Kuala Lumpur city tourTour code: KULLSPHead out of KL to the Batu Caves - a huge limestone outcrop thathouses ornate Hindu temples - before moving on to the hill resortof Cameron Highlands, standing a heady1,542 metres above sealevel! Next up, is Banding Island. Explore the lush rainforest orswim to an uninhabited island. On your final day, head to Penangand be wowed at Kek Lok Si temple, a majestic Buddhist templewith 10,000 pagodas! This beats simply flying to Penang any day.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (3nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport:Car / coach between KL and Penang Tour Code: KULGNPFULL MALAYSIA WAYSHOP-ON HOP-OFF TRAVEL PASSFR$530Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur 9+ DAYSHighlights• Travel your way with this super-flexible, independent, stress-free and great value bus pass• Discover the ‘real’ Malaysia with two off-the-beaten-track tours included• Taste authentic Malay street food and visit tea plantations. Cuppa?InclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: None Transport:Independent buses & shuttles Meals: None Includes: KLfood tour & rainforest expedition Note: This pass doesnot operate 01Nov-31Mar each year due to the monsoon(dates changeable by 1-2 weeks due to weather patterns)Create your ideal Malaysian holiday with maximum flexibility using a Hop-On Hop-Offbus pass. The route kicks off in Kuala Lumpur with a three-hour ‘Off the Eaten Track’foodie tour. Explore hidden alleys, tasting authentic Malay staples - say “goodbye” toplain fried rice and “hello” to flavour-packed cuisine! Next stop, the Cameron Highlandsfor a full-day’s rainforest expedition. Visit tea plantations before forest trekking anda trip to a butterfly garden where you’ll have the chance to get up close with creepycrawlies.Cross over to the East Coast and the stunning Perhentian Islands beforeheading to Penang, back down to Melaka and finishing in KL. All your transport isincluded and the minimum recommended time is nine days but you can take much longerif needed. For more details on how the passes work check out pages 40-41.101


LANGKAWISOUTH EAST ASIAseas the day!Pristine beaches and limestonepeaks against a swirling backdropof peachy sunsets; Langkawi isthe perfect jungle-laden getaway.If you’re feeling adventurous, putyour foot on the gas pedal andexplore by car. Pass quaint Malayvillages and rubber plantationsand learn the mysterious folkloreof the Malay princess at Mahsuri’stomb. Legend has it, she cursedthe island following wrongfulexecution after being accused ofadultery. Eek!rock solida-list a-listFR FR FRHOLIDAY VILLA $165 SINGLECASA$359 SINGLETHE WESTIN $324FR FR FRBEACH RESORT & SPA LANGKAWI $85 TWIN/DOUBLE DEL MAR $180 TWIN/DOUBLE LANGKAWI $162PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTRight on its own private stretch of sandybeach and a short stroll from all the action,this resort promises relaxation. There’sa womens-only indoor pool, a couple ofrestaurants and a gym. Rejuvenate witha Balinese massage in the spa or relax inyour spacious room with cooling air con,free Wi-Fi and comfy furnishings.Set on lovely Pentai Cenang Beach, thisresort is a true tranquil hideaway. It offersbreathtaking sea view accommodation,innovative beachside dining and a stunningspa. Each of the 34 rooms is a peacefuloasis, with outside areas to enjoy stunningsunsets and all kinds of luxuries to makeyou feel a million miles away.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEInfused with breathtaking natural beauty,this luxurious resort combines whitesandy beaches and lush tropical foliage.Refurbished, modern rooms are decked outwith 42-inch plasma TVs, DVD players,signature ‘Heavenly’ beds and spaciousbathrooms with rain showers. Soak up thesunshine on the resort’s private beach.STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 9 PAY 7, STAY 12PAY 9 - 01APR15-31OCT15Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 - 01-14APR15 &LGKHVB LGKCDM 01MAY15-21DEC15.LGKWLRROCK SOLIDa-listBERJAYA LANGKAWIRESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Dine under the stars on the private beach• Have a cheeky one at the lagoon pool swim-up bar• Enjoy the buzzing Rimba lounge with its lively musicFR$214FR$107SINGLETWIN/DOUBLENestled within a rainforest sanctuary, Berjaya embraces boundlessviews of emerald waters and tropical mountains. Spread over 70acres, choose to stay amongst the rainforest or by the waters ofthe Andaman Sea. The chalets embody early Malay architectureand come with private balconies, air con and ceiling fan.MERITUS PELANGIBEACH RESORT & SPAPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFR$381FR$191SINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Explore 35 acres of tropical gardens and a mile of white beachfront• Stay in luxury stilted garden or beachfront chalets with private verandas• Immerse in marine adventures or holistic therapies at the Pelangi SpaBuilt in the style of a traditional Malay Village, this beachfrontretreat is a haven for nature, spa and marine lovers. Spend dayssubmerged in two freeform pools, kayaking off the beach or lazingin beach cabanas. After cooling off in your rain shower, settle infor sunset from your veranda or at the beachfront restaurant.STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 - 01APR15-30JUN15 & 01SEP15-31OCT15.EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE UP TO 22%Free Wi-FiLGKBLRSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 14 PAY 10 - 01APR15–19DEC15Free Wi-FiLGKMPR102VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


PENANGcardamon me, i was in a curryMalaysia is a melting pot oftraditional dishes that reflect theisland’s colourful ethnic mix. Pullup a stool in Penang and dig in.Whether you’re after a gourmetexperience at Gurney Drive orcheaper street eats at the hawkerstalls of Georgetown, you won’tbe disappointed. Fill your bellywith tasty fried noodles, smokychicken satay and a lip-smackingcombination of meat, vegetablesand dumplings, also known aslok-lok. It won’t touch the sides.SOUTH EAST ASIAglampackera-listSYOK @ CHULIASTREET HOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Catch some rays on the rooftop terrace• Choose from mixed and female-only dorms or privates with big beds• Meet like-minded travellers in the large lounge areaFRSHANGRI-LA$232FR FR$24 DORMGOLDEN SANDS RESORT & SPA $116PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Traditional Malay decor; wooden carved panels with sea kelp designs• Stroll straight onto Batu Feringgi beach• Dine under the stars at the Sigis Bar and GrillA blend of art, cultural design and homely comfort, thisGeorgetown flashpacker is perfect for creative types. Expectcustom-made quality beds and spacious dorms with largewindows. Help yourself to free tea and coffee in the lounge area orchallenge one of your roomies to a game of foosball.This award-winning, four-star resort is located along the vibrantBatu Ferringi Beach. The Adventure Zone watersports centre, threetennis courts, mini-golf course, swimming pools and segway willensure an action-packed vacation. The chic and comfortable roomsall come with big beds, DVD players and fluffy robes.Free Wi-FiPNGSYOSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7 - 01APR15-15JUN15 &01SEP15-17DEC15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiPENGOLa-list a-listPARKROYALPENANG RESORTPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Stroll out to the nearby lively nightmarket• Dive into either of the two pools• Sip a cocktail or two in the sunset barFR FR$197 SINGLESHANGRI-LA$390FR FR$99 TWIN/DOUBLE RASA SAYANG$195PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Swish rooms come with king-size beds, pillow menus and fluffy robes• Night bazaar, spice garden and butterfly farm all in easy reach• Get active on the golf course, tennis courts or in the two poolsSituated right on Penang’s stunning Batu Ferringhi beach, thisidyllic retreat effortlessly mixes great hospitality with stylishdesign and a lively location. Sip cocktails by one of the two pools,indulge in a soothing massage or work up a sweat on the tenniscourt. Reward your efforts with a cocktail at the sunset bar.Set amongst acres of lush, tropical gardens, this beachside resortoozes traditional, Malay culture. Most accommodation is seafacingwith garden views - choose from spacious rooms in the plushGarden Wing or the slightly more opulent Rasa Wing. With six finedining options and an indulgent spa, you’ll find it hard to leave.STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7, STAY 14 PAY 10 - 01APR15-3JUN15,29JUN15-16JUL15 & 24AUG15-18DEC15Free Wi-FiPENPRKSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 10 PAY 7 - 01APR15-15JUN15 &01SEP15-17DEC15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiPENSLR103


BORNEOSOUTH EAST ASIAmountains, suntans & orang-utansImagine a fusion of fascinatingethnic communities, some ofthe best landscapes and thegreatest wildlife and you’ve gotjust a glimpse of what Borneo hasto offer. With the Sipadan reefteeming with turtles and rays, themighty Mt Kinabalu and the heartwarmingSepilok Orang-Utan RehabCentre for orphaned and injuredorang-utans (yes it IS ok to cry),you won’t be short of things to do.If this doesn’t get you on a plane,we don’t know what will!rock solidA-List A-List1 2 3NEXUS BEACHRESORT & SPAFR FR FR$209 SINGLESHANGRI-LA $252 SINGLESHANGRI-LA $267FR FR FR$105 TWIN/DOUBLE RASA RIA $126 TWIN/DOUBLE TANJUNG ARU $134PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTGet away from it all at this great resortset in acres of natural surroundings, 30kilometres from Kota Kinabalu. There’s an18-hole championship golf course, eightrestaurants, bars and a spa, meaningyou don’t have to miss out on choicedespite your secluded location. A relaxinghideaway.A 45-minute drive from Kota Kinabulu,this 400-acre rainforest and beachfronthideaway is uniquely home to its ownorang-utan rehabilitation centre. Explorewith jungle walks, watersports, play on thechampionship golf course or unwind at thespa. Sleep in five-star sanctuaries withbalconies onto the forest, garden or ocean.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLESet in 25 acres of lush garden, this gemhas its own private beach overlooking theislands of Tunku Abdul Rahman NationalPark. Guests are treated to a whopping2,000-square metre pool with an infinitysection, seven restaurants, bars and aspa. Luxurious rooms come with privatebalconies, pillow menus and plush robes.STAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 - 01JAN15-14JUL15.EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLESTAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 10 -Free Wi-Fi05JAN15-14JUL15 &Free Wi-FiSTAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 12 PAY 10 -Free Wi-FiBKINRS01SEP15-20DEC1505JAN15-14JUL15 & 01SEP15-20DEC15(EXCLUDES CERTAIN DATES). EARLY BIRD BENIFITS BKISRA (EXCLUDES CERTAIN DATES). EARLY BIRD BENIFITS BKISLTKOTA KINABALUHIGHLIGHTSFR$452Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu 5 DAYSHighlights• Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the world’s oldest rainforest from treetop walkways• Swim, snorkel or simply relax at one of the coral islands• Witness South East Asia’s highest peak at World Heritage Site, Kinabalu ParkInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: 3* hotel with upgradeoption to 4* (4 nts) Transport: Van/coach, boat Includes:English speaking guide, entrance & boat fees Meals: 4breakfasts, 2 lunches Tour Code: BKIBKIRebuilt after the Second World War, Kota Kinabalu is Sabah’s capital city and one of thefastest growing in Malaysia. A historic tour of KK (as the locals call it) will cover theCity Mosque and Chinese Temple before you swing by the eclectic spice market. Here,you’ll learn about the special ingredients used in Malaysian cuisine and don’t forgetto sample a local pancake, called roti canai - absolutely delicious! Join the jungle trailat Kinabalu Park, venturing onto the canopy walkway which is a series of bridges built40 metres above the ground (just don’t look down!). Time permitting, take a dip in thetheraputic sulphur baths. On your penultimate day, take a boat trip to one of the coralislands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, spending the day snorkelling, swimming or justtopping up that tan.104VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


KL & MALAYSIA MAINLAND2.35 HRS FLIGHT TIMEBRUNEISarawak1-3MT. KINABALUTURTLEISLANDS PARKSabahSANDAKANSEPILOKNMT KINABALUTREKFR$7953 DAYSA jampacked three-day tour from KotaKinabalu through some of Borneo’s moststunning panoramas as you aim for thesummit of the mighty Mount Kinabalu!Spend two nights at a mountain resthouseand all your meals are included as well asan English speaking guide.KUCHINGBKIMKTKalimantanORANG-UTANS& TURTLESFR$4972 DAYSEnjoy some face time with two of Borneo’smost iconic creatures. Head out fromSandakan to Turtle Island to see the littleguys lay eggs on the beaches followedby a visit to Sepilok Orang-utan RehabCentre. Includes overnight chalet stay, plusbreakfast, lunch and dinner.SDKTURSOUTH EAST ASIANATURALLYSABAHFR$1,289Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu 5 DAYSHighlights• Marvel at the towering peak of Mount Kinabalu• Get close to those cuddly, cute orang-utans!• Enjoy sun and fun on Coral Island’s coastal paradiseInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotel (3 nts), river lodge(1 nt) Transport: Van/coach, boat Meals: 4 breakfasts,3 lunches, 2 dinners Tour Leader: English speaking guideNote: Internal flight cost is not included Tour Code:BKINATDAY01-0203-05ITINERARYKota KinabaluArrive Kota Kinabalu and transfer to your hotel. Explore the town at your leisure. Day 2, headto Kinabalu Park to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery and trek along forest trails. (B, L, D)Sukau / Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary / Kota Kinabalu / Coral Island Day TripDrive out to Sukau and ride up the Kinabatangan River to your lodge for the night. Take anafternoon cruise searching for proboscis monkeys, macaques, hornbills, pygmy elephants andorang-utans. On Day 4, you’ll visit the Orang-utan Sanctuary at Sepilok before a short flightback to the capital. Enjoy a day trip to Coral Island on Day 5 for swimming, snorkelling andbeachtime before returning to Kota Kinabalu Airport, where your trip ends. (3B, 2L, D)EXPERIENCE BORNEO & CONSERVEORANG-UTANS VOLUNTOURFR$2,452Kuching Matang Bako Sarawak Semenggoh Batang Ai Kuching 14 DAYSHighlights• Once-in-a-lifetime experience of visiting an orang-utan rehabilitation centre• Live with local indigenous rainforest tribes• Combine touring with volunteering - the perfect match!InclusionsProject Start Date: 3rd of each month GettingThere: Transfers to/from Kuching Airport includedAccommodation: Basic shared rooms (4-6 per room)(13nts) Meals: Most meals included Trip Code: KCHVOLThis voluntour is designed to raise awareness of the conservation efforts madein Sarawak and to bring harmony between people and orang-utans. Be one of thespecial few who experience and help with orang-utans being rehabilitated and seethe semi-wild orang-utans at the world-famous Semenggoh Nature Reserve. Postvolunteering,enjoy an exhilarating week’s adventure into the rainforest, where you’llmeet the descendants of the legendary headhunters of Borneo - the Iban tribe - whoare now custodians of the wild orang-utans. Experience an incredible stay with them ina traditional longhouse. Please note, there will be no touching of orang-utans on thetour as this runs contrary to efforts to rehabilitate them back into the wild as well ascarrying significant risks for injury or disease to both animals and humans.105


SARAWAKSOUTH EAST ASIAalong the headhunters trailThe wilder, untamed sibling ofthe Sabah to the east, Sarawakembodies the Borneo of yourimagination. Echoing with thesounds of ancient tribal calls andweird and wonderful wildlife, dressin your finest sartorial explorer garband dive into remote wildernessadventures. Meander throughswathes of jungle in longtail boats,hike along (former, phew) headhunterwarpaths, and fall irrevocably inlove with orphaned orang-utans atSemenggok rehabilitation centre.BAKO WILDLIFEEXPERIENCEFR$5713 DAYSSARAWAK HIDEAWAYBEST KEPT SECRETFR$7713 DAYSExplore one of Malaysia’s most diverse parks by boat and on footas part of this flora and fauna-packed trip, including two nights’accommodation. Following pick-up from Kuching, take a boat ridethrough mangrove swamps to enter Bako National Park. Spotproboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, long-tailed macaquesand monitor lizards. Spend Day 2 jungle trekking through the lushrainforests. After breakfast the following day, return to Kuching.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel with shared bathroom (2 nts) Meals: 2breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Boat Includes: English speaking guide,entrance fees, all boat & lands transfers Tour Code: BEKCHBAKTake a breather from Kuching City and escape to the small, coastalvillage of Sungai China. Cruise through mangroves, catching fish,mud crabs and clams. You’ll learn to whip these into a tasty dinnerbefore some night fishing at the beach. Experience the next coupleof days like a local. Grab your swimmers for a snorkel, cycle toa pineapple and watermelon farm and take a ketupat (rice cake)making lesson, before returning to Kuching on Day 3.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Double/twin share basis with fans in chalet (2nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner Transport: Air con land & boattransfers Includes: admission fees, English speaking guide Tour Code: KCHBKSKUCHINGSTAYOVERFR$2133 DAYSBEST OFKUCHINGFR$7065 DAYSHow to have a stress-free start to Sarawak. Met from the airport,transfer to the Planet Borneo Lodge to soak up some rays by thepool or stroll to the charming waterfront nearby. Next morning,you’ll be collected from the lodge to sail down the river into theincredible flora and fauna of Bako N.P. Spend the day on a guidedwilderness trek, searching for proboscis monkeys, flying lemurs andmudskippers on the beach. Return to the lodge for the night. Simple!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Multi-share in mixed dorm with air con (2nts)Meals: 2 breakfasts Transport: Private van, boat Includes: Arrival airporttransfer, English-speaking guide, park guide & entrance fees Tour Code: KCHSTAExperience Sarawak’s tribal traditions, wilderness adventures andginger furries in just five days. Spend the day chilling out in mellowKuching before exploring the forests and beaches of Bako N.P. Getall misty-eyed at Semenggok orang-utan sanctuary before sailingdeep into remotest Sarawak for a night of tribal war dances andeye-watering rice wine at a traditional Iban longhouse. Unwind ata rainforest resort near Batang Ai N.P. before returning to Kuching.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Kuching hotel (2nts), longhouse with basicshared facilities (1nt), resort (1nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinnerTransport: Coach, boat Includes: English speaking guide, all transfers &entrance fee Tour Code: KCHBE5106VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SINGAPORESOUTH EAST ASIAContaining 1,000+statues of Chinesedeities, mythologicalcreatures and utterrandomness, Haw ParVilla (AKA Tiger BalmGardens) is truly abizarre and unique‘theme park.’WoodlandsSerangoonSingapore CitySentosaKatong‘Singlish’ is the uniquemash-up of english withexpressions & slang fromlocal languages. Got it,lah?With its throngs of people, chaoticcommerce and pungent smells, a visitto Little India will quickly dispel anynotions of a sterile Singapore.BE AWAREof Singapore’ssignificant, fineableoffences. Theseinclude: littering, notflushing a public toilet,eating or drinking onpublic transport andjay-walking.107


SINGAPORESOUTH EAST ASIAwild nights - safaris or slings?Singapore, a clean-cut patchworkof gleaming skyscrapers, sparklingshopping malls, glitzy restaurants,lush gardens, ‘Singlish’ and amish-mash of Chinese, Malay andIndian communities. South EastAsia’s smallest country, it’s alsothe wealthiest, so if you like tosplurge, dust off that credit cardand head to Raffles! Otherwise,follow your nose to the moreaffordable Little India for chillicrab and Tiger beers. Your bankmanager will thank you for it.glampacker shoestring shoestring1 2 3HANGOUT@MT.EMILYFR FR$44 DORMBUNC@RADIUS $38 C.QUAY DORM PRINCE OF WALESFR FR FR$65 HOSTELS$36 BACKPACKERS PUB $28PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis fun-loving, funky hostel is a travellers’favourite. Located near Little India, itsnewly refurbished, colourful privateen suite rooms and dorms all come withair con and free Wi-Fi. Chill out in sevenfloors of veg out lounges, cyber cornersand a rooftop terrace for sunning and citystar-gazing.TWIN/DOUBLE L.INDIA DORM DORMStyle meets value for money at boutiqueflashpacker Bunc@Radius. Choose fromtwo unbeatable locations: culturally richLittle India or thriving party hub ClarkeQuay. Both options offer a choice of dorms,all with air con, custom-made ‘buncs’with bedside screens for privacy, personalreading lights and duvets.Overlooking the river and just a shortstroll from Clarke Quay’s party scene, thelaid-back Prince of Wales offers Aussiestyleservice, clean and safe air con dormsor private rooms and a free, daily brekkie.Head to the downstairs pub for craft ales,live music from local bands, quiz nights,beer pong and cheap drinks. Bonza!Free Wi-FiISIC HOLDERS - EARLY CHECK-IN OF12 NOON AND FREE INTERNET ACCESSFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSINHAN SINBUN/SINQUA SINPWLshoestringrock solid rock solid4 5 6METROPOLITANYFR FR FR$164 SINGLEBAYVIEW $233 SINGLEPENINSULA $233FR FR FR$82 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$117 TWIN/DOUBLE EXCELSIOR HOTEL $117PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTA great value option with its own hangout,spacious restaurant and a lounge servingfood all day, this chilled out hostel isperfect for meeting fellow backpackers.Make use of the pool and fitness centre,take the free shuttle to Orchard Road thenkick back in clean and comfy rooms, eachwith air con and en suites. Not bad, eh?On the crossroads of the city’s bestshopping, when you’re just about ready todrop, dive into the cooling rooftop pool ofthis smart, urban pad. Watch the city flashby from the restaurant terrace and sink anightcap in the lobby bar before beddingdown in deluxe or superior en suite rooms,each with air con, cable TV and city views.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEIf you’re after high-rise, city centre livingthen you only need to look upwards. Thishotel has two towers, two outdoor pools,270-degree views from the 22nd floorlounge and a four-hour happy hour (?)slot at the lobby bar. Take your pick frommodern rooms and suites, all with fab cityviews. Happy days!Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi Free Wi-FiISIC HOLDERS - 10% FOOD &STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01APR15-30DEC15ISIC HOLDERS - FREE WELCOME DRINKSINMET BEVERAGE DISCOUNTSINCBH (EXCLUDES CERTAIN DATES)SINPEN108VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SINGAPOREBOTANIC GARDEN4Bukit Timah RdCentral Expy1Changi AirportSingapore: 12KMLITTLEINDIA2NTHINGS TO DOIN SINGAPOREFRNIGHT SAFARI$61Check out the world’s first night wildlifepark. Set in 40 hectares of secondaryjungle, you are able to view over 1,000nocturnal animals in naturalistic habitats.SINNIGNUS Store: 10km7SENTOSA ISLAND: 6KMORCHARD RD9COLONIAL DISTRICTCHINATOWN6CLARKEQUAY3851011MARINA BAYSANDSSINGAPORE FLYERGARDENS BYTHE BAYFRSINGAPORE CITY TOUR$38Visit the waterfront (where Sir StamfordRaffles first landed), a Taoist temple,Mount Faber, one of the city’s oldest parks,and, finally, the botanical gardens.SINCITFRCHINATOWN FOOD ADVENTURE $82Chow down like a local on chicken rice,fresh spring rolls and tasty sugar cane juicefrom hawker stalls on this half-day guidedtour through charming Chinatown.SINFOOSOUTH EAST ASIArock solid rock solid7 8FURAMARIVERFRONT SINGAPOREPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Party all night in Robertson Quay and explore Clarke Quay’s little stalls• Hop on the free shuttle service to Orchard Road and Chinatown• Treat your tastebuds in its two restaurants and chill out at the barFR FR$277 SINGLEFURAMA$277FR FR$139 TWIN/DOUBLE CITY CENTRE$139PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Vibrant Chinatown location• Work up a sweat on the sundeck, in the gym or cool off in the pool• Recently renovated, a great base for exploringSINGLETWIN/DOUBLERecently refurbished, Furama Riverfront is just five minutes fromthe vibrant nightlife and entertainment belt running along the river.After a day’s shopping (life’s hard, we know), lounge by the pool orbubble away in the Jacuzzi then rest up in your air con room withviews of the skyline, greenery or pool.Free Wi-FiHead and shoulders above its neighbours (literally) this high-risehotel is close to the festive village of Clarke Quay. Its modern andcomfortable en suite rooms come with air con plus 24-hour roomservice if you’re wiped out from sightseeing. Grab a nightcap at theHeritage Bar or if you’re feeling peckish, a snack from the café.Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-31DEC15SINFRFSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-31DEC15SINFURrock solida-list a-list9 10 11RENDEZVOUSHOTELFR FR FR$296 SINGLESWISSOTEL $358 SINGLEMARINA $340FR FR FR$148 TWIN/DOUBLE STAMFORD $179 TWIN/DOUBLE MANDARIN $170PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTRendezvous is a fresh blend of old and new- tastefully contemporary, yet retainingthe old-world charm and gracious style ofa bygone era. Take a dip in the Balineseinspiredpool or take it easy in the Jacuzzi.Enjoy the great central location close toOrchard Road plus well-equipped andcomfy guestrooms.STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-28FEB15,01JUL15-30SEP15 & 01DEC15-31DEC15As one of South East Asia’s tallest hotels,you’re hard beat to find better views ofSingapore. Everything is top-of-the-linehere with comfortable and chic rooms, aspa, tennis courts and two freeform pools.There’s also a huge choice of places to eatwith everything from Japanese to Frenchcuisine up for grabs. Wow!SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA five-star, luxury hotel in the heart ofthe city with breathtaking views of MarinaBay and convenient access to the MarinaSquare Shopping Mall. Rooms are a homeaway from home, with private balconies,free Wi-Fi and large, flatscreen TVs. Don’tforget to take an invigorating dip in the25-metre mineral water pool. Refreshing!STAY 3 PAY 2 - 01JAN15-28FEB15, 01APR15-30APR15, 01JUL15-31AUG15 & 11DEC15-Free Wi-FiFree Wi-Fi23DEC15. MON - THURS ONLY & EXCLUDESFree Wi-FiCERTAIN DATES. BOOK 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE FORSINRHS SINSWI A FREE UPGRADESINMAN109


INDONESIA & BALISOUTH EAST ASIAAncient ruins, volcanic craters, hotsprings and lush, green rice paddies- there’s much more to Java than firstmeets the eye.SumatraindonesiaIn sharp contrast to the hedonisticchaos of south Bali, Ubud’s focusremains on the Balinese culturein its myriad forms. Witness alocal ceremony, take in a danceperformance and enjoy some of Bali’sbest dining hotspots.JakartajavaLombokTHE BALINESEnormally have one offour names, whichtranslate as ‘First born,’‘Second born, ‘Thirdborn,’ and ‘Fourthborn’ and it makes nodifference if the child isa boy or a girl!the world’s largestarchipelago, indonesiacomprises 12,000+ islands& is home to some of therarest animals on earthbaliLovinaDenpasar UbudSeminyakLegian SanurKutaNusa DuaBali-on-a-budget, Kuta is infamousfor its magnificent palm-fringedbeach, surf and raucous party scene.NUSA LEMBONGANTulambenCandidasaNUSA PENIDA110VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CLASSICBALICLASSICFR$1,299 LOMBOKFR$1,299Sanur Candidasa 8 DAYS Candidasa Sanur8 DAYSSanur Beach, BaliHighlights• Swim, snorkel and relax on Candidasa’s tropical beaches• Marvel at the power of active volcanoes amidst spectacular scenery• Absorb the unique atmosphere in the cultural arts centre of UbudHighlights• Explore the volcanic landscapes and rice paddies of Tetebatu• Dunk yourself under refreshing tropical waterfalls• Snorkel to your heart’s content on the laid-back Gili IslandsGili MenoSOUTH EAST ASIADAY01020304-0506-08ITINERARYSanur BeachArrive at any time and explore Sanur’s beaches and colourful streets.Bedugal / MundukHead upwards from the lowlands towards Bedugal, pausing for asoak in the therapeutic waters of Angseri Hot Springs. Lie back andenjoy the bubbles as you take in the tumbling waterfalls and tropicalplants. Spend the afternoon exploring the area around Bedugal withits impressive temple complex. Arrive into Munduk and get a taste oftrue Balinese hospitality with an included local dinner. (B, D)KintamaniTravel through rice fields and up Gunung Batur to Kintamani. Marvelat the views of Lake Batur with the towering mountain behind itbefore an optional village walk, hot springs soak or volcano hike. (B)UbudHead into inland Bali to beautiful Ubud which represents the heartof Balinese culture. Nestled amongst scenic rice fields and with alandscape dotted with temples and palaces, it’s easy to see whyartists have found inspiration here for decades. You can visit theMonkey Forest or numerous temples and markets. (2B)CandidasaTake a short bus journey to the southeastern coast of Bali and therenowned beaches of Candidasa. Soak up this awesome locationeither swimming off secluded white-sand beaches, chilling out orwith optional snorkelling or scuba diving. You may also like to paya visit to the water temple, Tirta Gangga, take a yoga class or treatyourself to a massage. After a final night out with your group, thetour comes to an end on Day 8. (3B)DAY01020304-0607-08ITINERARYCandidasaArrive at any time into the beautiful beach resort of Candidasa andmeet your tour leader and the rest of your group this evening.Tetebatu (Lombok)Travel to the ferry harbour at Padangbai for the 4hr 30min ferrycrossing to the port of Lembar, on Lombok. Drive to the village ofTetebatu on the slopes of the Rinjani Volcano, where you can explorethe area’s rice paddies, tobacco fields and the small village. (B)SenaruEnjoy a spectacular drive through the forested slopes of the RinjaniMountains and across the dry, eastern side of Lombok. Approachingthe Rinjani Volcano from the north, climb its slopes once more toreach idyllic Senaru. (B)Gili IslandsHike through the valley at the base of Mount Rinjani and enjoy thehospitality of local villagers before a refreshing swim at a secludedwaterfall. Travel for around four hours to the harbour where youjump on an outrigger boat to Gili Meno, the smallest of the three GiliIslands, with coconut plantations and beautiful white beaches. Witha population of just 400 people and no cars, there’s no doubt thatthis is an ideal place to relax and really get away from it all. If you’refeeling energetic, you can head off of an organised snorkelling trip.The underwater sealife is fantastic and well worth exploring. (3B)Sanur BeachReturn to Bali by boat and transfer to the resort of Sanur to enjoy afinal evening with your group, plus an optional dinner as you admirea beautiful Balinese sunset. Your Indonesian adventure comes to anend on Day 8 after breakfast. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses(7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus, boatMeals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: AllowUSD $170-200 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code:GAAESUMy Own Room Available: Fr $689Jan-FebMar-DecFridays & SaturdaysEvery Saturday & selected FridaysBedugal/MundukBALISanurKintamaniUbudMt. BaturCandidasaInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses(7 nts) Transport: Private van, public bus, boatMeals: 7 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $170-200 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 15,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEUSMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015 Departures 2015Jan-FebMar-DecSelected Fridays & SaturdaysEvery Saturday & selected FridaysBALICandidasaSanurGiliIslandsLOMBOKTetebatuSenaru111


CLASSIC BALI & LOMBOKSanur SanurFR$2,54914 DAYSHighlights• Hike up an active volcano, Mt. Batur• Chill out on awesome tropical beaches• Hike through stepped rice paddies• Enjoy Bali culture in chilled-out Ubud• Explore beautiful Hindu temples• Swim under tropical waterfalls• Snorkel through the underwater world• Marvel at floating palacesSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec03 08 01 05 03 06 04 01 06 04 01 0617 14 08 11 09 07 05 02 13 11 08 1318 15 14 12 10 14 12 09 20 18 15 1925 22 15 19 17 21 19 16 26 24 21 2031 22 26 24 28 25 23 27 25 22 2729 31 26 29 2930Demon Statues, Ubud, BaliInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/simple guesthouses(13 nts) Transport: Minibus, local bus, ferry,private boat Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinnerBudget: Allow USD $250-320 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAESSMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,099Bedugal/MundukBALISanurYou might likeKintamaniMt. BaturCandidasaGiliIslands LOMBOKUbudSenaruTetebatuExtend your tripIndonesia, Java, Bali & Lombok(22 days, Jakarta to Sanur)(GAAEJL) Fr $3,499Indonesia Encompassed(29 days, Medan to Sanur)(GAAEIE) Fr $5,299Although these two wondrous islands are just across the sea from each other, they remainworlds apart in contrasting cultures, though both are undeniably beautiful in their ownunique ways. On this epic adventure you’ll explore active volcanoes, snorkel and sunbathe toyour heart’s content, peruse local markets and relax on the idyllic Gili Islands as you travelthe length and breadth of this tropical paradise. With a perfect mix of guided excursionsand free time to explore these fascinating islands at your own pace, after this two-weekadventure you’re sure to have been bowled over by Bali and its laid-back neighbour.DAY01020304-0506-07080910-1213-14ITINERARYSanur BeachArrive into the resort of Sanur at any time. Explore its colourful main street, lined with interestingshops and restaurants, or wander to the beautiful white-sand beach to make a start on your tan.Bedugal / MundukAscend from the lowlands and soothe weary limbs in the Angseri Hot Springs. Continue via LakeBratan Temple and over the mountains to the town of Bedugal, surrounded by serene crater lakesand majestic mountains. Continue to your overnight stop at Munduk, where you can experience trueBalinese hospitality with an included dinner of flavourful local specialities. (B, D)KintamaniTravel through lush rice paddies and up Gunung Batur to Kintamani, which has a refreshingly coolclimate due to its location, perched 1,500 metres above sea level on the edge of a crater overlookingLake Batur with Mount Batur towering above. Optional activities include a village walk, soaking in hotsprings or a volcano hike, or you could just mix with the locals at the produce market. (B)UbudHead to the cultural and artistic town of Ubud, which is regarded as the home of Balinese culture.Surrounded by scenic rice paddies and ancient temples, this popular town has inspired artists fromall around the world and attracts a diverse mix of backpackers, hippies and intrepid travellers. Optto visit the Monkey Forest or explore the numerous temples and craft markets, and take time out toenjoy the Balinese and international cuisine on offer in the town’s smart restaurants. (2B)CandidasaTravel the short distance by bus to the coast and to the legendary beaches of Candidasa, for arelaxing two-night stay with plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Opt to visit thewater temple, Tirta Gangga, or visit some secluded beaches along the coast. (2B)Tetebatu (Lombok)Head down to the port of Padangbai for the 4hr 30min ferry crossing over to the port of Lembar onthe island of Lombok. Though every bit as beautiful as Bali, Lombok receives a fraction of the visitorsof its more popular neighbour, so it’s a great place to escape the crowds. Continue by road to thevillage of Tetebatu on the slope of the Rinjani Volcano, and spend the afternoon exploring. (B)SenaruStart your day with a visit to the tobacco plantations of Tetebatu, before a spectacular drive throughthe forested slopes of Lombok’s interior and the dry, eastern side of the island. Approaching from thenorth, you’ll once again climb the slopes of the Rinjani Volcano, to the idyllic town of Senaru. (B)Gili IslandsJump on the local boat to Gili Meno, the smallest of the three Gili Islands, which makes its living fromfishing, coconut plantations and small-scale tourism ventures. With a population of only 400 and nocars, and surrounded by pearlescent white-sand beaches and pristine waters, Gili Meno is the idealplace to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and sand. Take an optional snorkelling excursion if you want toexplore the spectacular underwater marine life and coral reefs. (3B)Sanur BeachReturn to Bali on Day 13 and transfer back to Sanur. Reflect on your adventure under a Balinesesunset, before your tour comes to an end on Day 14. (2B)112VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


HIGHLIGHTSOF SUMATRABESTFR$1,499 OF JAVAFR$1,499Medan Padang 14 DAYS Jakarta Sanur9 DAYSLake Toba, Samosir IslandHighlights• Plunge into a nature-filled adventure with orang-utans a-plenty• Swim in the warm waters of the volcanic Lake Toba• Go trekking and hiking in the jungle of lush national parksPrambanan TempleHighlights• Travel by train admiring green terraced rice fields• Immerse into rural life and learn about local customs on village visits• Wind up in the gorgeous Balinese beaches of SanurSOUTH EAST ASIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0405-0607-0809-1213-14Medan / Tangkahan / Bukit LawangArrive to Medan at any time and perhaps treat your taste buds tosome mouth-watering local food. Tour the city in the morning of Day2 then traverse bumpy roads to reach the small jungle community ofTangkahan. On Day 3, travel by 4x4 to Bukit Lawang and visit theorang-utan viewing platform. If you’re feeling restless, opt for somejungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park. (3B)BerastagiHike from Tangkahan to Bukit Lawang then hop on a bus to the ruralretreat of Berastagi. After an orientation walk, opt to hike a volcanoor explore traditional villages. (2B)Samosir IslandToday is your lucky day as you travel to the largest volcanic lake inthe world, Lake Toba. Immerse into the warm waters of the lake oropt for some culture by visiting local Batak villages to see traditionalBatak houses and the tombs in Tomok. (2B)Sibolga / Panyabungan / BukittinggiEnjoy beautiful scenery as you travel to Sibolga on the Indian Oceanon Sumatra’s western coast. On Day 10, stop off at Panyabunganfor a night. Arrive to Bukittinggi on Day 11 and get to grips with thecity on an orientation walk. It’s a great jumping-off point for nearbyactivities. Get your adrenalin pumping with some rafting or kayaking,visit Sianok Canyon or check out the Japanese Caves from WWII. (4B)PadangWelcome to Padang, the largest city on the western coast ofSumatra. Toast your adventure with the group at a beach hotel andbid your farewells as your trip wraps up the next day. (2B)01-0203-0405-0708-09Jakarta / BandungArrive to the dynamic capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. Start Day 2with an included guided city tour. Visit the former Batavia area, seeremnants of the colonial past and tour the Sunda Kelapa Harbour.Head to Bandung this afternoon and opt to see the traditionalangklung orchestra performance that consists of children creatingresonating melodies by the gentle shaking of bamboo instruments. Atruly unique experience! (B)YogyakartaEnjoy beautiful scenery as you travel by tain to Yogyakarta, the soulof Java. Opt to see a dance performance by the Ramayana Ballet thisevening. On Day 4, continue to a local village of Candirejo whereyou can experience rural life at its best. Take a tour by horsecartand see native customs, traditions and the agricultural system thenenjoy a delicious lunch in the village. Later, visit the largest Buddhistsanctuary in the world, the Borobudur. (2B, L)Solo / BatuVisit the impressive Prambanan Temple complex enroute to Solo, thetraditional capital of the old Javanese Kingdom and the epicentre ofJavanese identity and tradition. Opt for a bike tour of the area thisafternoon. On Day 6, head to Batu, a large hill resort on the lowerreaches of Gunung Arjuna, surrounded by volcano peaks. Next day,visit the stunning Mt. Bromo then enjoy free time and perhaps visitnearby waterfalls or explore the village. (3B)Malang / SanurDrive to Malang to catch a flight to the beautiful white-sand beachof Sanur. Enjoy your final night with the group before your Javaneseadventure concludes on Day 9. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts)Transport: Minibus Meals: 13 breakfastsBudget: Allow USD $300-450 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10Tour Code: GAAESHDepartures 2015JanFeb-DecSelected Saturdays & SundaysSelected Wednesdays & Sundays,typically 2-3 departures per monthTangkahanBukitLawangBerastagiSibolgaMedanSamosirPadangPanyabunganBukittinggiINDONESIAInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts)Transport: Private van, train, bike, plane Meals:8 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $170-200 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEJVMy Own Room Available: Fr $819 My Own Room Available: Fr $519Departures 2015JanFeb-DecSelected FridaysSelected Saturdays,typically 1-3 departures per monthJakartaINDONESIABandungSolo BatuYogyakartaSanur113


JAVA TO BALIJakarta SanurFR$1,79915 DAYSHighlights• Trek in the shadow of Mt. Bromo• Soak in exciting Javanese culture• Travel through winding rice terraces• Soak up tranquil Balinese shores• Admire Buddhist temple complexes• Explore coffee plantations in Kalibaru• Snorkel off Menjangan Island• Hike through Bali’s tropical junglesSOUTH EAST ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 18Jan 10 Jan 24Jan 11 Jan 25Jan 16 Jan 30Jan 25 Feb 08Feb 07 Feb 21Feb 08 Feb 22Feb 17 Mar 03Feb 22 Mar 08Mar 07 Mar 21Mar 08 Mar 22Mar 17 Mar 31Mar 22 Apr 05Apr 04 Apr 18Apr 05 Apr 19Apr 14 Apr 28Apr 19 May 03May 02 May 16InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 03 May 17May 12 May 26May 17 May 31May 30 Jun 13May 31 Jun 14Jun 09 Jun 23Jun 14 Jun 28Jun 27 Jul 11Jun 28 Jul 12Jul 07 Jul 21Jul 12 Jul 26Jul 25 Aug 08Jul 26 Aug 09Aug 04 Aug 18Aug 09 Aug 23Aug 22 Sep 05Aug 23 Sep 06Sep 01 Sep 15START FINISHSep 06 Sep 20Sep 19 Oct 03Sep 20 Oct 04Sep 29 Oct 13Oct 04 Oct 18Oct 17 Oct 31Oct 18 Nov 01Oct 27 Nov 10Nov 01 Nov 15Nov 14 Nov 28Nov 15 Nov 29Nov 24 Dec 08Nov 29 Dec 13Dec 12 Dec 26Dec 13 Dec 27Dec 22 Jan 05Dec 27 Jan 10Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts), localhomestay (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, local bus,ferry, train Meals: 14 breakfasts Budget: AllowUSD $275-325 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAEKSMy Own Room Available: Fr $829JakartaBandungCianjurYou might likeMalang NPMt BromoINDONESIAKalibaruYogyakartaTawangmanguPemuteranSanurExtend your tripBangkok to Bali on a Shoestring(GAATBS, 28 days) see page 35 Fr $3,599Southeast Asia in Depth(41 days, Bangkok to Sanur)(GAATSE) see page 36/37 Fr $5,399Fancy a piece of mouth-watering Indonesian heaven? Well this all-singing, all-dancingAsian adventure will set your cultural tastebuds on fire and will lead you from the bustle ofJava to the blissful shores of Bali. Imagine the busy city of Jakarta with its teeming streetsand friendly faces, and now imagine tranquil beaches and serene Balinese culture. Are youstill with us? Aside from daydreaming into its picture-perfect mountain, jungle and beachlandscapes, you’ll soak up plenty of culture and excitement along the way. This incrediblecorner of the world is an Asian Shangri-La and truly personifies spirituality and tranquility.DAY01-0203-0405-07080910-1112-1314-15ITINERARYUbud, BaliJakartaYou’re free to parade Java’s thriving political and economic capital as you see fit today, as you don’tmeet the group until this evening. On Day 2, take an optional city tour, walk around the old Dutchcolonial heart of Kota or, in true Indonesian style, find a roadside coffee hut and pick up an authenticcup of Javan coffee. It’s world famous and so damn tasty, we’re sure it won’t be your last! (B)Cianjur / BandungStart today off with a bus journey south east to Cianjur, passing the 100 year-old Gunung Mas or‘Golden Mountain’ tea plantation on the way. Here you can learn from wise locals how tea is handpicked and then processed throughout the year. Cianjur will also show you its floating villages andgive you the chance to teach English to local children. This corner of Java sees very little tourism,and you can experience local life by sleeping at a family homestay this evening. On Day 4, travel toBandung for an orientation walk and time to explore under your own steam. (2B)YogyakartaThe day kicks off with a scenic train journey to Yogyakarta, once home to the Mataram Palace. Thislittle stunner is nestled in the shadow of Mt. Merapi and is close to the famous 8th Century Buddhisttemple complex of Borobudur. Get out and explore tranquil Yogyakarta on foot and take a strollaround the fascinating bird market or head to a local Wayang (puppet) show. (3B)TawangmanguBegin Day 8 with another charming journey through Javan landscapes, stopping at the PrambananTemples where you can hire a bicycle to tour around the largest Hindu temple complex in Java. Fromthe Sukuh Temple, begin a beautiful walk through small villages and farms to Tawangmangu. (B)MalangToday, you head eastward to Malang, the second-largest city in east Java. You’ll pay a visit to BromoTengger Semeru National Park and will have chance to check out the bird and flower market. (B)Mt. Bromo / KalibaruMake an early start today to catch a glimpse of Mt. Bromo’s enchanting moonscape. Wind throughthe tropical landscape of eastern Java and climb upwards through the area’s largest volcanic range.Mt. Bromo is only one of many peaks, but is distinct in appearance, having blown its top completelyoff and it constantly smoulders with white smoke. Day 11 starts with a journey to Kalibaru’s coffeeplantations. Brought to Java by the Dutch, Indonesia is now the world’s fourth-largest producer andthe name ‘Java’ has come to symbolise top-notch quality in coffee shops from Jakarta to Paris. (2B)PemuteranBali is calling! On your journey you’ll pass rolling hills, tea plantations and coastal lowlands as youbid farewell to Java. Pemuteran lies sandwiched between national parks containing pristine coralreefs and luxuriant rainforest. Opt for a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island, one of the best divesites in Bali. Wander up the beach and pass through countryside for magnificent coastal views,ornate temples and monkeys. (2B)SanurToday’s agenda is all about the exotic shores of Sanur. Passing naturally diverse and intense culturalwealth, you’ll see why Bali is such a sought-after destination. Enjoy hot springs and pristine cascadesbefore your trip comes to an end on Day 15. (2B)114VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INDONESIA IN DEPTH - SUMATRA, JAVA, BALIMedan SanurFR$3,33928 DAYSHighlights• Visit the opulent Maimoon Palace• Meet orang-utans in Bukit Lawang• Tuck into delicious Balinese cuisine• Trek in the shadow of Mt. Bromo• Travel past beautiful rice terraces• Sip coffee fresh from the plantation• Climb to the top of Borobudur• Explore Bali’s stunning Hindu templesDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 30Jan 25 Feb 21Feb 22 Mar 21Mar 22 Apr 18Apr 19 May 16InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 17 Jun 13Jun 14 Jul 11Jul 12 Aug 08Aug 09 Sep 05Sep 06 Oct 03START FINISHOct 04 Oct 31Nov 01 Nov 28Nov 29 Dec 26Dec 27 Jan 23Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (26 nts), localhomestay (1 nt) Transport: Minibus, localbus, ferry, train, plane Meals: 27 breakfastsBudget: Allow USD $500-750 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10Tour Code: GAAEIDMy Own Room Available: Fr $1,639THAILANDCAMBODIATangkahanBukitLawang MedanBerastagi Samosir IslandSibolga PanyabunganPadangBukittinggiJakartaINDONESIAMt BromoKalibaruCianjurPemuteranBandungSanurMalangTawangmanguYogyakartaBorobodur Temple, YogyakartaFrom Sumatra, Java and on to Bali, traverse rich jungles, climb towering volcanos, sink yourtoes into white sandy beaches, and explore temples and sanctuaries, uncovering exactlywhy everyone loves Indonesia! This 28-day adventure will see you jump into the heart of theaction in Jakarta, sightseeing and bargaining for souvenirs, or get back to the basics andlive the life of a local, discovering new cultures and traditions along the way. Climb to newheights up a Buddha sanctuary before coming back down to earth for countless hours ofrelaxing and tanning in the balmy Indonesian sunshine. What more could you ask for?DAY01-0203-0607-1011-1314-1516-2021-2425-28ITINERARYMount Bromo, JavaMedan / TangkahanArrive into Medan at any time. Take in the many art deco buildings and Buddhist and Hindu templeson a city tour on Day 2, which also includes a visit to the opulent Maimoon Palace, the GreatMosque and the Vihara Gunung Timur temple. Later, traverse bumpy roads to reach the small junglecommunity of Tangkahan, where you can participate in an optional elephant-feeding session. (B)Tangkahan / Bukit Lawang / BerastagiOn Day 3, travel by 4x4 to Bukit Lawang and visit the orang-utan viewing platform to see theseadorable and intelligent creatures, and opt to go jungle trekking in Gunung Leuser National Park.On Day 5, continue by bus to quaint Berastagi to get a taste of Indonesian life without the touristcrowds. Opt to hike up Sibayak volcano at sunrise for breathtaking views of the valleys below. Don’tforget to treat your muscles to an afternoon unwinding at the local hot springs afterwards! (4B)Samosir Island / Sibolga / PanyabunganTravel to Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcano lake, to chill out and swim in its warm waters, or optfor something more cultural with a visit to local Batak villages. On Day 9, drive through stunningscenery to Sibolga on the Indian Ocean, then stay overnight in Panyabungan on Day 10. (4B)Bukittinggi / PadangIt’s a long day travel today, but hopefully an orientation walk on arrival into Bukittinggi will makeyou realise the journey’s been worth it! Day 12 is free to go rafting, kayaking, visit Sianok Canyon orcheck out the Japanese Caves built during World War II. Head back to the Indian Ocean to Padang onDay 13 and enjoy the sunset and the easy-going pace of life. (3B)JakartaFly from Padang to Jakarta, and get to grips with this action-packed city on an optional guided tourbefore enjoying a street food crawl to dine on spicy satay and other Indonesian specialities. (2B)Cianjur / Bandung / YogyakartaTravel by bus to Cianjur, where you can see its floating villages and have the chance to teach Englishto local children. This corner of Java sees little tourism, and you’ll experience local life by spendingthe night at a family homestay. On Day 17, travel to Bandung for an orientation walk and time toexplore under your own steam. From Bandung, take the scenic train ride to Yogyakarta where thereis plenty of time to explore sights such as Mt. Merapi and the magnificent Borobudur, the largestBuddha sanctuary in the world. (5B)Tawangmangu / Malang / Mt. Bromo / KalibaruDay 21 begins with another charming journey through Javan landscapes, stopping at the PrambananTemples where you can hire a bicycle to see Java’s largest Hindu temple complex. From the SukuhTemple, enjoy a lovely walk through villages and farms to Tawangmangu. Travel via Bromo TenggerSemeru National Park to Malang, the second-largest city in east Java. Rise early on Day 23 to catcha glimpse of Mt. Bromo’s lunar-like landscape; it’s a distinctive volcanic peak having blown its top offcompletely. Travelling onwards, hit the top-quality coffee plantantations of Kalibaru. (4B)Pemuteran / SanurOn your journey to Bali, you’ll pass tea plantations and coastal lowlands to reach Pemuteran, whichlies sandwiched between national parks containing pristine coral reefs and luxuriant rainforest. Optfor a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island, one of the best dive sites in Bali. On Day 27, travel to thepopular resort of Sanur to relax on its sandy beaches before the tour concludes on Day 28. (4B)SOUTH EAST ASIA115


KUTASOUTH EAST ASIAriding waves & cruising barsRelease your inner party animaland become drunk in love withbig and bold Kuta. Nab a Bintangvest, grab a surfboard thenkick back and indulge in brazencocktails and zesty shishas.Before you know it, you’ll bebouncing from restaurant tonightclub livin’ it up Kuta-style.If the relentless partying leavesyou feeling a little jaded, succumbto the traditional techniques ofa Balinese massage - a sure curefor lingering hangovers!SHOESTRINGglampacker glampacker1 2 3IDAHOTELFR FR FR$51 SINGLEDEWI SRI$63 SINGLEPOP! HOTEL $59FR FR FR$26 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$32 TWIN/DOUBLE KUTA BEACH $30PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTPacked with authentic Balinese charm, thiscute as houses hotel is a peaceful greenoasis in hedonistic Kuta. Opt for cutepitched-roof bungalows or contemporaryrooms with air con, private sunbathingbalconies and en suites. Grab a massageor a beer (or both?) by the garden-fringedpool and Jacuzzi.A haven of boutique style and prettygardens in the crazy heart of Kuta, work offyour excesses in the pool (or at the swim-upbar) or detox with a massage in a traditionalgarden balè. Bop to weekly DJ nights on thepool terrace and take your munchies to the24-hour restaurant. Rooms have en suites,air con and garden or pool views.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEJust a five-minute walk from Kuta Beach isthis bright and modern hotel witheco-friendly credentials. Expect affordableprices, an outdoor pool, free daily brekkieand bus shuttle service. En suite roomscome with comfy beds, air con andflatscreen TVs with more channels than youcan shake a satay stick at.STAY 7 NIGHTS FOR 1 HOUR FREE MASSAGE(SUPERIOR ROOMS). ISIC HOLDERS RECEIVE1 FREE DRINKSTAY 7 NIGHTS FOR 1 HOUR Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFREE MASSAGE (SUPERIOR ROOMS).DPSIDA ISIC HOLDERS RECEIVE 1 FREE DRINKDPSDSC DPSPOProck solid rock solid4 5BOUNTYHOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Simple rooms with LCD TV, balcony or terrace and minibar• Legendary pool parties• Great central locationFR FR$129 SINGLEBALI$120FR FR$65 TWIN/DOUBLE RANI HOTEL$60PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Peaceful South Kuta location• Bright, modern decor and a welcoming atmosphere• Great value for moneySINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPartying dusk ‘til dawn? If you’re after a fun atmosphere, getyourself booked in here. Nurse your hangover on a sun lounger byone of two pools, or swim up to one of the pool bars which areopen until midnight! Need some downtime? Crank up the air conand chill out with a free in-house movie available in your room.A graceful hotel that exudes the mystical culture of the Balinese,but still with loads of modern comforts. Dive into the swimmingpool with bar, comfy sunbeds and two great restaurants. Therooms are decked out with everything including TV, mini-bar andprivate balcony. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment.Free Wi-FiSTAY 5 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 8 - 01JAN15-31DEC15. STAY 5 NIGHTS- FREE DAYCRUISE, STAY 7 NIGHTS- 1 HOUR FREE BALINESE MASSAGEDPSBOUSTAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 10 PAY 8 - 01JAN15-31MAR15. STAY 14 PAY 12 - 01APR15-31DEC15.EARLY BIRD & LONG STAY OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiDPSBRH116VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


LEGIAN BEACHSeminyak3486KUTA BEACH5 7Jalan Legian12MEMORIALWALLWATERBOMPARKJalan Pantai KutaKUTA NIGHTMARKETBALI SHELLMUSEUMNgurah Rai International Airport: 2.5 kmNBEACHES& BEYONDKUTA, LEGIAN & SEMINYAKParty central Kuta is packed full of barsand clubs, as well as cheap restaurantsand great surf. A little quieter than itsbrasher sister Kuta but still nice andclose to the action, Legian and Seminyakalso offer plenty of beach bars, a goodrestaurant scene and boutique shops.SANURThe quieter side of Bali, this is the perfectdestination to watch the sunrise as youwalk along the white sand beaches withmany beautiful temples nearby.UBUDJust an hour north of the southern beaches,the picturesque town of Ubud worksperfectly as an add-on to any holiday.SOUTH EAST ASIArock solid rock solid6 7KUTAPARADISOPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Classically modern rooms come with king-size beds and air con• Splash about in the free-form laguna pool• Loosen weary muscles in the massage centre or spaFR FR$189 SINGLEBALI DYNASTY$165FR FR$95 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT$83PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• All rooms come with en suite, air con, TVs and DVD players• Nab a sun lounger or get active with table tennis, snooker & areobics• So much variety at great value, you may struggle to leave the resortJust 50 metres from the beach and Kuta Square shopping centre,this Balinese hotel is hard to beat in terms of location. Tastefullydecorated rooms overlook either the ocean, landscaped gardens orthe three-level pool. Choose from a range of tasty dining options,including Japanese fusion, dim sum, a seafood bar and meaty grill!A popular resort near to central Kuta with its shops and nightlife.The facilities include six restaurants, five bars, three swimmingpools, a spa and gym; plenty of things to keep you occupied! Enjoya Guinness at the famous Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub or front crawlover to the swim-up bar and order yourself a colourful cocktail.STAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 14 PAY 12, STAY 21 PAY 18 - 01JAN15-31MAR15.ROOM UPGRADE & LONG STAY OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiDPSKPHSTAY 7 PAY 6 - 04JAN15-30JUN15 & 01SEP15-25DEC15.HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiDPSDYNa-listFR FRHARD$283 SINGLE RAINFOREST$3748 FRROCK HOTEL$142 TWIN/DOUBLE RENDEZVOUS2 DAYSPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Let the Centerstage bar entertain you every night• Dine al fresco by the pool with wood-fired pizzas• Hit the San Island or why not learn to surf?Splash in Bali’s largest freeform swimming pool, indulge in atreatment at the luxurious spa, try out the popular poolsidecabana or play the latest video games at TABU. Every room has itsown private balcony and is fit for a rock star - literally - the wallsare adorned with music memorabilia and icons!HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiDPSHRHJungle trek in an extraordinary rainforest environment and beparty to a night-time prosperity ritual, overnighting in a tentedmountain resort. Departing from south Bali, drive through emeraldrice terraces to the resort. After sunset, walk to a secluded jungletemple for a Balinese ceremony led by a priest. Next day, hikethrough the nature reserve, learning about its wild orchids, figtrees and cinnamon trees. In the afternoon, return to south Bali.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort (1 nt)Meals:1 breakfast, 1 lunch Transport: Return hotel transfers to south Bali inair con deluxe coaches Tour Code: DPSREN117


LEGIAN, SEMINYAK & SANURSOUTH EAST ASIAsurf boards, spas & flying kitesSharing the same stunning stretchof beach as Kuta, Seminyak andLegian are more bashful thanbrash. Meaning ‘sweet’ in Balinese,easy-going surfer types will digthe waves, parties and beadedbracelets of laid back Legian; whilesophisticated souls should headfor the spas of five-star Seminyak.20 minutes away are the calmerwaters and sleepier sands ofSanur. If you’re about in July, watchas local teams fly brightly colouredkites as a message to Hindu gods.glampackera-listLEGIAN VILLAGEHOTEL, LEGIANPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFR$32FR$16• Set away from the Kuta chaos but near enough for its nightlife• Good value for money; stash your cash for crazy Kuta nights• Squeaky-clean en suite rooms with air con and balconiesSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA tropical treat that won’t wreck your rupiah, this traditional hotelis in a cracking location - less than five minutes from the whitesands of Legian Beach and within stumbling distance of Kuta’scountless bars. Soak up Balinese hospitality by the bucketful withblissful massages and poolside cocktails.LEGIANPARADISO, LEGIANPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFR$99FR$50• A Mediterranean-style building with spacious rooms• Within walking distance of Bali’s best shops, restaurants and bars• Set in tranquil, landscaped gardens away from busy streetsSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEA pool with a swim-up bar? Check. Close to all the action? You gotit. Beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle? Of course.This place has all you could need for a relaxing stay in Bali whilststill being near to the best restaurants, bars and clubs in the area.All the rooms come with a balcony, TV, air con and a mini-bar.STAY 7 PAY 6 OR RECEIVE 10% OFF - 01APR15-30JUN15 &01SEP15-24DEC15 (EXCLUDES STANDARD ROOMS)Free Wi-FiDPSLEGSTAY 3 PAY 2, STAY 6 PAY 4 - 01APR15-31DEC15.STAY 7 PAY 5 - 01JAN15-31DEC15Free Wi-FiGXTLEGrock solida-listLEGIANBEACH HOTEL, LEGIANPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy a tropical cocktail at the swim-up pool bar• Ride the thrill of the waves and learn how to surf• Relax in your authentically decorated room with TV and air conFR FR$267 SINGLEVILLAS$426FR FR$134 TWIN/DOUBLE SEMINYAK, SEMINYAK$213PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Relax with yoga, Reiki or a beauty treatment in the spa• Savour Asian and balinese cusine in Kedis Restaurant• Comfortable and stylish villas, with oodles of spaceSINGLETWIN/DOUBLELocated right on the beach, Legian offers traditional Balinese-stylerooms set amidst a landscaped tropical oasis dotted with coconutpalms. Enjoy the range of amenities including two swimming pools,tennis courts, spa, diving and four places to eat. Take in thedramatic coastline and view the best fiery sunsets in Bali.Thatch roofs, local stonework, indigenous timber and handwoventextiles; this hotel exudes modern Balinese style. Perfect for thoseseeking privacy, its spacious, split-level villas include living roomsand outdoor private pools. Take the free, five-minute shuttle tothe beach or stroll to the nearby boutiques of Seminyak.STAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 12 - 01JAN15-31DEC15. PAY 6 NIGHTS &RECEIVE 1 FREE NIGHT IN UBUD OR CANDIDASAFree Wi-FiDPSLBHFree Wi-FiDPSSEM118VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ock solida-listJAYAKARTA BEACHRESORT & SPA, LEGIANPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Stay right on the powdery sands of Legian Beach• Witness burning sunsets at the aptly named Sunset Dream Bar• Take in the tropical tranquility from private balconiesDive into deep mosaic pools, languidly swim up to pool bars, whacka ball around the tennis court, think about working out at the gymand panic at which of the four restaurants to eat at. The sunsets areepic and the simply furnished cottages have air con, cable TV andprivate balconies.Free Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3, STAY 7 PAY 5, STAY 14 PAY 10 - 01JAN15-31MAR15. STAY 4-5 PAY 3,STAY 7 PAY 4, STAY 10 PAY 6, STAY 11 PAY 7, STAY 12 PAY 8 - 01APR15-31DEC15FR FR$142 SINGLEBALI MANDIRA BEACH$286FR FR$71 TWIN/DOUBLE RESORT & SPA, LEGIAN$143DPSJRRPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Gaze out to sea with a cold drink in the beach bar• The first resort on the island with a star-lit pool• Several intimate restaurants to choose fromLocated on Legian Beach and surrounded by spectacular lushtropical gardens, this is a classic Balinese hotel with modernfacilities. Set in expansive grounds, with a white sandy beach andpanoramic views it boasts two ocean view pools, a waterslide,swim-up bar and beachfront bar.STAY 7 PAY 6, STAY 14 PAY 12 - 01JAN15-31DEC15. FAMILY & HONEYMOONOFFERS AVAILABLESINGLETWIN/DOUBLEFree Wi-FiGXZBMBSOUTH EAST ASIAa-list a-listBREEZESBALI RESORT, SEMINYAKPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Bright and airy guestrooms all set round the centrepiece pool• Enjoy LCD TVs, luxury smellies and 200-thread count sheets• Work up a sweat on the tennis court or in the fitness centreFR FR$181 SINGLESEMINYAK$407FR FR$92 TWIN/DOUBLE BEACH RESORT, SEMINYAK$204PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Think thatched pavilions, native greenery and lily ponds• Sip sundowners at the open air lounge bar with ocean views• Fine dining in charming pavilions surrounded by waterwaysSINGLETWIN/DOUBLELocated in the heart of hip Seminyak, the centrepiece of thisrecently refurbished resort is the four-tiered lagoon pool runningthe length of the grounds, with its own beach on one side and aswim-up bar on the other. Add to this a 30-seater private cinema,spa and there’s almost no need to leave the hotel.This modern retreat is the epitome of tropical sophistication witha choice of elegantly appointed rooms, suites and villas. Expectdistinct Balinese touches, hardwood floors, lavish bathrooms withrain showers, pillow menus and private balconies. Go further afieldusing the free shuttle service or relax in the pool with sunken bar.Free Wi-FiQDPSBBSTAY 6 PAY 5, STAY 12 PAY 10, STAY 18 PAY 15 - 06JAN15-14JUL15 & 01OCT15-22DEC15.FREE WIFI, MINIBAR & AFTERNOON TEA FOR CERTAIN ROOM TYPES.Free Wi-FiDPSYAKshoestringrock solidglampackerTAMAN AGUNGBEACH INN, SANURFR FR FR$49 SINGLESANUR PARADISE PLAZA $131 SINGLEDIWANGKARA HOLIDAY $95FR FR FR$25 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL & SUITES, SANUR $66 TWIN/DOUBLEVILLA BEACH RESORT & SPA, SANUR $48PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTBuilt in Balinese-style architecture, thishotel offers a peaceful atmosphere with allrooms centrally located to the pool with asunken bar and restaurant. Rooms have aircon or fans, mini-bar, TV and some evenboast private terraces. This place is just200 metres from the beach and close tolocal restaurants and bars.Peaceful tropical surroundings, close tothe main entertainment attractions, freeshuttle to the beach, huge freeform pool,a trendy bar and Balinese spa - this hotelticks all the boxes. Depending on yourbudget, take your pick from air con roomsor suites, all spacious, with en suites,marble floors and charming local textiles.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLESet on Sanur Beach, this intimate,beachfront cutie is full of authenticboutique charm. Stay in charming gardenor pool villas or opt for Balinese-stylerooms with air con, cable TV, en suites andprivate balconies. After a day at the pool orspa, dine to views of the ocean and MountAgung at the open-air restaurant.STAY 8 PAY 7 - 01APR15-31DEC15.STAY 5 NIGHTS FOR A FREE ARRIVALAIRPORT TRANSFERFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiSTAY 7 PAY 6 - 05JAN15-26DEC15. STAY 7 NIGHTS AND RECEIVE 4 FREESTAY 3 NIGHTS FOR A 15%DPSTAM BOTTLES OF BEER & 1 BALINESE MASSAGE FOR 2 DPSSPP DISCOUNT - 06JAN15-31MAR15DPSDHV119


UBUD & BEYONDSOUTH EAST ASIAboho baliSay “selamat tinggal” to Bali’sbeachside towns and “halo”to Ubud, one of Asia’s top spadestinations. Embrace its richBalinese culture, fantastic artsscene and mouth-watering nasicampur (a ubiquitous Indonesianrice dish). Watch an artist performcreative magic in one of themany handicraft villages, marvelat Puri Saren and the numerousfloating temples, catch a nightperformance at Ubud Palace andhit the spa treatments (obviously).shoestringrock solidPURIGARDEN 2PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTHoused in a typical Balinese building withred brick walls and a thatched roof rightin the heart of Ubud. Relax at the outdoorswimming pool surrounded by beautifultropical gardens and taste the restaurant’sIndonesian cuisine. The rooms are simplebut comfortable with en suites, TV and fancooler.FR FR$55 SINGLEHOTEL$117FR FR$28 TWIN/DOUBLE TJAMPUHAN SPA $59SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTLocated in a quaint spot in Ubud wheresacred rivers meet, this is a rare settingfor an exceptionally tranquil holiday. Therooms evoke a sense of peace with viewsof the river valleys of the 900 year-oldGunung Lembah Temple, complete with aterrace to enjoy the views. Delight yoursenses in the spa and springwater pool.UBUDINSPIRATIONSFR$2842 DAYSThis whistlestop round trip past rice terracesand lush jungle includes a nights’ hotelaccommodation, all air con transport andsome meals. Check out temples (includingone in the sea), a traditional Balinese danceschool, Petulu’s flocks of flamingoes and thelake and crater of Volcano Batur. The perfectaddition to a beach stay.Free Wi-FiSTAY 7 PAY 6 - 01JAN15-31DEC15.HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEDPSPURSTAY 5 NIGHTS FOR FREE INDONESIANDINNER - 01JAN15-31DEC15. STAY 4 PAY3, STAY 8 PAY 6 - 01JAN15-30JUN15 &01SEP15-31DEC15Free Wi-FiDPSTJADPSUBIBALI ACTIVE &NATURE ROUND TRIPFR$970 BALI &FR$3474 DAYS SURF STAY4 DAYSAs the name suggests, this trip takes Bali’s natural wonders andadds an adrenalin-pumping spin! Starting in south Bali, browse anorchid and spices market, trek through lush jungle and gawp at thestunning Pura Ulun Danu temple. Day 2, plunge into river rafting,see caves, temples and volcanic views, taking a mountain bike tourthe following day. Wake early on Day 4 for a hike to Abang and acool dip in holy springs, finishing up your trip in south Bali. Phew!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels, Ubud (1 nt), Batur Volcano (1 nt),Candidasa (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches Includes: Transfers from/tobeach hotel or airport, coach with air con, local guide, all activities & entrancefees Tour Code: DPSAANImmerse yourself in surf culture, spending your days riding breaksthen hitting funky joints come nightfall and partying it up. Based atCanggu (15km north of Kuta), there’s a variety of waves to suit allabilities from easy rollers to punchy peaks. Each day, fuel up witha hearty brekkie followed by a surf lesson, then chill on the beachor by the pool at camp with your new mates. Wanna stay longer?Extend to the 6-day Red Island Escape Surf Adventure.Departs: Daily Accommodation: 4-6 bed dorms with ensuites & balconies atMojosurf Camp (3 nts) with pool, kitchen, chill out areas, living room, air con &Wi-Fi Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Daily surf lesson, return camp transfers tobeach, boards & wetsuits Tour Code: DPSSUR120VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


LOMBOK, JAVA, GILIS & KOMODOsmoking volcanoes, chasing dragonsIf you’re more bold backpacker thanBali beach bum, then trek, surfand dive your way into Indonesia’sintrepid islands. Journey throughJava’s smouldering volcanoes,temple ruins and sultry coffeeplantations, surfing some of theplanet’s best breaks off PanaitanIsland. Take a pioneering trip ontothe lost rugged landscapes ofKomodo, searching out fearsomedragons and fearless dive sites; orclimb volcanoes and wash up onempty beaches of laid back Lombok.SOUTH EAST ASIALOMBOKCLASSICFR$502 GILI ISLANDFR$1893 DAYS EXPRESS3 DAYSRelish the diversity of Lombok landscapes, from outlying islandsand traditional villages in the hinterland to the majestic highlandon the slopes of Mt. Rinjani volcano on this three-day round tripfrom Senggigi. Spot monkeys en route to Bangsal Harbour, snorkelat the coral island of Gili Meno and visit authentic villages andmarkets. Then, hit the waves at Mawun beach on your final day,before transferring back to your hotel in Senggigi.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Pondok Senaro Cottage (1 nt), Tastura BeachResort (1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches Includes: Transfers from/to beachhotels in Mangsit/Senggigi/airport, deluxe air con coach, guide, all activities &entrance fees Tour Code: DPSLOMHassle-free and complete convenience, this nifty package includestwo nights’ Gili B&B accommodation plus transfers. Followingpick-up from your Bali beach hotel, you’ll be transferred to PadangHarbour and whisked by fast boat direct to Gili Trawangan forsome R&R. Rent a bike, lie on pearly sands or snorkel in clearwaters before it’s Bintang o’ clock and time to get your party on!Relaxed to the max, it’s back to Bali on Day 3.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Basic hotel (2 nts) Meals: 2 breakfastsIncludes: Return land & ocean transfers from your hotel in Bali to GiliTrawangan Tour Code: DPSGILMOUNT RINJANITREK VIA SENARUFR$672Kuta Kuta 5 DAYSHighlights• Lace up your walking boots; get ready to climb an active volcano!• Enjoy a spectacular sunrise from the summit of Lombok’s Mount Rinjani• Sleep under the stars and camp at a stunning crater lake of Segara AnakInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: 3* hotel Senggigi (2 nts),camping (2 nts) Meals: All meals included during hikeIncludes: Return transfers from Kuta to Senggigi by boat &bus, return transport to trek, entrance fees, trekking guide& porter, sleeping bag & tent Tour Code: BEDPSRINPush yourself to your limits on this exhilarating hiking challenge! Leaving the bustle ofKuta behind, arrive into Senggigi on Lombok. The rest of the day is yours, so chill on thebeach and charge your proverbial batteries. Get the adrenalin flowing on Day 2 with a fullday’s hike up to the rim of Cemara Sewu, an extinct crater, where you’ll set up camp. Upbright and early the next morning, take a three-hour trek to the summit in time to enjoya breathtaking sunrise and stunning views. A short descent will bring you to Segara AnakLake, where you’ll explore the enchanting surroundings including the impressive cratercone at its centre. There’s time to rest up as the hiking isn’t over yet! Your final full day’strek takes you to a rim then through thick tropical forests to Senaru village. Travel backto Senggigi on Day 4 to rest up before returning to Kuta’s action on Day 5.121


DRAGON, WILDLIFE& CORAL GRADENSFloresFloresFR$7203 DAYSKOMODO DRAGONEXPEDITIONKutaKutaFR$4887 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAHighlights• Catch a glimpse of endangered Komodo dragons• Snorkel through the stunning coral garden of Pantai Merah• Marvel at the stalagmites & stalactites of Batu Cermin’s caveDiscover the highlights of Komodo National Park, including itsnamesake dragons plus the cave system of Labuan Bajo. Starting inFlores, transfer by boat to Rinca Island for a day’s wildlife-packedtrekking. Overnight on the boat, sailing to Komodo next morningto see its famous dragons and check out the park’s museum.Return to Labuan Bajo, stopping en route to swim and snorkelat the beautiful coral garden and pink-collared sands of PantaiMerah. On your final day, visit the stalactites and stalagmitesof Batu Cermin’s cave before transferring to the airport for youronward journey.Highlights• See dragons, wild boar and macaque monkeys on Komodo Island• World-class snorkelling in vibrantly coloured coral reefs• Bathe in fresh waterfall pools on Moyo IslandExplore the Indonesian archipelago as you island-hop in searchof Komodo dragons. Departing Kuta, transfer to Senggigi onLombok island where you’ll start your five-day waterworld boatjourney. Day 2, snorkel the coral reefs and turquoise waters ofPerama Resort Island enjoying a sunset fish barbecue. Day 3, sailto the isle of Santonda for hiking and a dip in its saltwater lake.Accompanied by rangers, search for dragons on Komodo Island onDay 4, then spend a couple of days lazily swimming and snorkellingaround Rinca Island, Gili Laba and bathing in Moyo Island’swaterfalls. After a final night in Senggigi, return to Kuta on Day 7.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Boat to Rinca (1 nt), Labuan Bajo guesthouse(1 nt) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Airport transfers, aircon coach transport, boat, local guide, snorkel equipment, entrance fees TourCode: DPSDWCDeparts: 2-3 times per week Accommodation: Hotel on twin share basis,Senggigi (2 nts), boat camping/boat cabin accommodation (4 nts) Meals: All mealswhen on boat Includes: Return transfers by minibus, 5-day boat journey, guideTour Code: BEDPSKOMCRATER LAKE &MOUNT BROMOKutaKutaFR$3703 DAYSJAVA CLASSICROUND TRIPYogyakartaSurabayaFR$1,1775 DAYSHighlights• Cameras at the ready; capture the aquamarine crater lake• Wrap up and admire the sunrise over towering Mount Bromo• Hike to Mount Bromo’s smoking craterHighlights• Explore Yogyakarta’s cultural heritage• Discover mystic Dieng Plateau & billowing volcanic craters• Gawp at a spectacular sunrise over surrounding volcanosThis short but sweet tour ticks off East Java’s spectacular scenery injust three days. Departing from Kuta take the ferry to East Java andspend the night in Sempol village, rising early to drive to Paltudingthrough plantations and rainforests. A two-hour forest walk ensues,up to Mt. Ijen’s crater rim for bewildering views of the emerald acidcrater lake. Rest up at Cemara Lawang village as it’s another earlystart on Day 3 to drive up Mt. Penanjakan for a spectacular sunriseover Mt. Bromo and its desert. Crossing the ‘Sand Sea’, climb 250steps to the edge of Mt. Bromo and stand in awe of it’s incrediblesmoking crater. Your adventure ends back in Kuta.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hostel/hotel, Sempol (1 nt), Cemara Lawang(1 nt) Meals: No meals included Includes: All land & ferry transportation, allactivities as per itinerary, English-speaking guide Tour Code: BEDPSBROShowcasing the very best of Java, start your tour in Yogyakarta,the island’s cultural hub, famous for its silver carvings and Batik.Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s monuments, markets andtemples. On Day 3, visit the world’s largest Buddhist sainthoodin the world, then travel into the striking mountainous landscapeof central Java, exploring the volcanic Dieng Plateau surroundedby mineral lakes and smoking craters. Next day, depart by trainfor Mt. Bromo. The following morning, hop on a jeep to reach MtPenanjakan’s panorama platform for a spectacular sunrise oversurrounding volcanoes. Your tour ends in Surabaya that afternoon.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel, Yogyakarta (3 nts), Cottage, Bromo-Tosari (1 nt) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches Includes: Transfers, transport indeluxe air con coaches, train ticket Yogyakarta-Jombang, jeep tour & pony rideat Mt Bromo, entrance fees Tour Code: DPSJAV122VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BEST OF FLORES& KOMODOBALI, FLORES & KOMODOFR$1,699 EXPLORERFR$2,949Sanur Sanur 9 DAYS Sanur Candidasa16 DAYSCrater Lakes, Kelimutu Volcano, FloresHighlights• Be on the alert for the awesome Komodo dragons roaming the wild• Meet the friendly locals of the authentic Ngada village• Stare into the multi-coloured craters of KelimutuKomodo National ParkHighlights• Have your camera at the ready for wild Komodo dragons• Gaze in amazement at the tri-coloured volcanic lakes of Kelimutu• Explore Hindu temples and devour Indonesian cuisineSOUTH EAST ASIADAY0102-030405-060708-09ITINERARYSanurArriving into Sanur at any time, sink your feet into silky sands, amblealong its colourful streets and soak up a beautiful Balinese sunset.Labuan Bajo / KomodoCatch a flight to Labuan Bajo, a small fishing village on the island ofFlores. Wander the town and check out the beaches, not forgetting tolook out for flying fox bats at dusk. On Day 3, a full-day’s boat cruisewill take you to Rinca Island and on to the grasslands of KomodoIsland, famous for its namesake Komodo dragons. (2B)RutengDrive inland to Ruteng, nestled in amongst a high mountain rangeand a maze of valleys. Browse the local markets in the area and feaston delicious local food. Hike around lush rice paddies or choose tovisit Liang Bua, a limestone cave on the island of Flores, known forthe discovery of the Flores Man (the Hobbit). (B)BajawaDrive to the striking hill town of Bajawa and marvel at the gorgeousmountain and volcanic views. Head out to Ngada village to minglewith the local tribe and learn about their traditional way of life. Thisafternoon, opt to take a dip in the Malange Hot Springs. (2B)EndeStop by local villages on the way to Moni to see the tri-colouredvolcanic lakes of Kelimutu, believed to be a resting place of departedsouls. Explore a local Moni village and on to Ende this evening. (B)SanurCatch a flight back to Bali for a final night on the friendly shores ofSanur. Your adventure ends on Day 9 so depart at any time. (2B)DAY01-0304-0607-0910-1112-1314-16ITINERARYSanur / Labuan Bajo / KomodoArrive into the popular resort of Sanur at any time then fly to thesmall fishing village of Labuan Bajo on Day 2. Wander the town, kickback on champagne sands and enjoy a full-day cruise to Rinca Islandand Komodo Island in search of the famous Komodo dragons. (2B)Ruteng / BajawaDrive to the mountains of Ruteng, grab some treats in local marketsand sip locally-produced coffee. Choose to visit the Liang Bua, knownfor the discovery of the Flores man (the Hobbit), or hike around lushrice paddies. Heading to the stunning mountain area of Bajawa, meetlocal tribes in a Ngada village and opt to chill in hot springs. (3B)Ende / SanurStop by local villages on the way to Moni and stand in awe of theelectrifying red, blue and green volcanic craters of Kelimutu. Explorethe natural beauty of a Moni village before it’s on to Ende for thenight. Day 8, fly back to Sanur to explore its colourful streets. (3B)Bedugal / Munduk / KintamaniPass by bubbling hot springs en route to the Lake Bratan temple,constructed in honour of the lake’s goddess. Travel through lushrice fields up Gunung Batur to Kintamani. Take a village walk, hike avolcano and soothe any aches in another set of hot springs. (2B, D)UbudTake an orientation walk through the heart of Balinese culture. Optto wander the many temples or pay a visit to the Monkey Forest. (2B)CandidasaThe legendary beaches of Candidasa are your final stop. Spend yourlast couple of days relaxing, before you depart on Day 16. (3B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses(8 nts) Transport: Plane, boat, private vanMeals: 8 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $200-250 for meals Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guide Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAEFKDepartures 2015STARTFINISHMay 05 May 10May 30 Jun 07Jun 13 Jun 21Jun 27 Jul 05Jul 11 Jul 19STARTFINISHJul 25 Aug 02Aug 08 Aug 16Aug 29 Sep 06Sep 12 Sep 20Sep 26 Oct 04START FINISHOct 10 Oct 18Oct 24 Nov 01Nov 11 Nov 15Nov 21 Nov 29BALISanurLabuanBajawiRoetengEndeInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses(15 nts) Transport: Private van, plane, boat,bus Meals: 15 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget:Allow USD $400 for meals Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAAEBFMy Own Room Available: Fr $519 My Own Room Available: Fr $1,149Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 02 May 17May 30 Jun 14Jun 13 Jun 28Jun 27 Jul 12Jul 11 Jul 26STARTFINISHJul 25 Aug 09Aug 08 Aug 23Aug 29 Sep 13Sep 12 Sep 27Sep 26 Oct 11START FINISHOct 10 Oct 25Oct 24 Nov 08Nov 07 Nov 22Nov 21 Dec 06UbudCandidasaSanurLabuanRoetengEndeBajawi123


PHILIPPINESSOUTH EAST ASIAHead for the tribal hills of thenorth, crowned by the UNESCOlistedBanaue rice paddies.Sculptured by hand over 2,000years, this emerald terracedamphitheatre is an unmissablemasterpiece.ManilaBacolodCebuRide gaudy graffitied ‘jeepneys’ (made fromleftover WWII US Military jeeps) in Manila; ortravel by 4x4 over lunar landscapes to trek tothe summit of Mt Pinatubo; or deep into the88kms of sand dunes in Paoay.Cagayande OroDavaoFestive Filipinoscelebrate christmas forlonger than anyone else,with songs & decorationsstarting in september andfinishing in January.The Philippines has 7,000 islands so we’ll help you out.For Filipino paradise, castaway on the white beachesof Palawan Province. Dive Coron’s world-famous coralwaters and lazily island hop around stunning El Nido.KARAOKELovers of a good singalong, if you talk to anyself-respecting Filipinoclutching a microphonethey’ll insist that karaokewas invented in thePhilippines. Japan is stilldisputing this as a matterof national pride.124VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


NORTHERN PHILIPPINESADVENTURESOUTHERN PHILIPPINESFR$1,399 PALAWAN ADVENTUREFR$1,849Manila Manila 9 DAYS Manila Manila9 DAYSRice Terraces, BatadHighlights• Wonder at man’s ingenuity viewing Batad’s impressive rice terraces• Get active with underground or mountain hikes in Sagada• Sightsee from the ‘comfort’ of a jeepney, a military jeep from WWIIEl NidoHighlights• Relax on pristine, uncrowded beaches and explore underwater caves• Travel by boat to witness limestone karsts rising from the ocean• Snorkel around various islands in crystal-clear watersSOUTH EAST ASIADAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0405-0607-09ManilaArrive to Manila at any time today and wander the streets of thislively city. Get to know your group over an optional evening meal.On Day 2, explore the oldest part of the city, the area known asIntramuros, with a local guide. This evening, take an overnight bus toBatad. (B)BatadWitness a beautiful world of terraced rice paddy fields clinging on tothe mountainsides. Opt to explore the terraces, trek to waterfalls andenjoy delicious authentic Filipino food. On Day 4, take a breathtakingjourney by jeepney and on foot, using the many hiking trails thatdivide up the region, to discover the daily lives of the Ifugao peoplein one of local villages. (2B, L, D)SagadaHead into the mountain province of the Northern Philippines andon to the outdoor paradise of Sagada. Home to various outdooractivities, Sagada offers hiking opportunities along an undergroundriver system, caves, waterfalls and delightful pool to cool off in aftera day of exploring. Learn about the local Igorot people known fortheir unusual burial system - hanging and stacking coffins on thelimestone karst cliffs and caves near town. (2B)Baguio / ManilaEnjoy lush mountain scenery as you head to the buzzing town ofBaguio situated at an altitude of 1,500 metres thus offering coolertemperatures. Explore the city market and perhaps visit a local faithhealer. On Day 8, arrive back to Manila in the late afternoon. Youhave time for one last night out with your group, and then you’re freeto depart any time on Day 9. (3B)0102-0304-0708-09ManilaArrive to the sprawling metropolis of Manila at any time today. Diveinto its proudly Catholic traditions with a visit to Manila Cathedraland then glimpse the colonial past at Casa Manila, a reproductionof a 19th Century Spanish home. Later, enjoy some people watchingin Rizal Park where locals can be seen jogging, picnicking or simplyhanging out with friends, singing and playing music.Manila Puerto / SabangAfter breakfast, take a flight to Puerto Princesa, the capital of theisland paradise of Palawan. Be sure to visit Bakers Hill to explore thegarden and try some delicious local delicacies, including Palawan’scashew nuts and hopia. Opt to visit the Iwahig Penal Colony, a prisonfacility created by the American military in the rainforest. On Day 3,discover the underwater caves of the Puerto Princesa SubterraneanRiver National Park on an included visit. Opt to go on a mangroveriver ride or trekking in the national park, during your free time inSabang. (2B, L)El NidoHead to stunning El Nido, sandwiched between Bacuit Bay andtowering limestone karst cliffs looming over the turquoise ocean.Enjoy an included island-hopping snorkelling trip, admiring thebeautiful Palawan shoreline from the boat. Spend your free timevisiting breathtaking Bacuit Archipelago, Simezu Island or IntalulaIsland. (4B, L)ManilaLeave the paradise behind as you travel back to Puerto Princesa tocatch an afternoon flight to Manila. Enjoy one last evening with yourgroup before bidding your farewells the next day. (2B)InclusionsDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJan 02 Jan 10Jan 30 Feb 07Feb 27 Mar 07STARTFINISHApr 03 Apr 11May 01 May 09Oct 30 Nov 07START FINISHDec 18 Dec 26ManilaInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPHILIPPINESPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any agePhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), homestayAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts) Transport:Sagada(1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt) Transport: PrivatePlane, private bus, boat Meals: 8 breakfasts,bus, public bus Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 lunches Budget: Allow USD $150-250dinner Budget: Allow USD $150-200 for mealsfor meals not included Group Leader: ChiefBanaue/Batadnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceBaguioExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupRice TerracesOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15,Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAQPSAvg 12 Tour Code: GAAQPNMy Own Room Available: Fr $409 My Own Room Available: Fr $409Departures 2015STARTFINISHJan 10 Jan 18Feb 07 Feb 15Mar 07 Mar 15STARTFINISHApr 11 Apr 19May 09 May 17Nov 07 Nov 15START FINISHDec 26 Jan 03PHILIPPINESEl NidoSabangPuerto PrincesaPALAWANManila125


MANILA TO BORACAYON A SHOESTRINGPHILIPPINES ISLAND HOPPINGFR$1,399 ON A SHOESTRINGFR$1,499Manila Boracay 10 DAYS Manila Manila8 DAYSSOUTH EAST ASIAHighlights• Trek to remote villages and hike around hills of rice terraces• Experience Filipino culture and hospitality during a local homestay• Roll around in the soft sands of stunning Boracay beachesBaguioSiquijor IslandHighlights• Explore the distinctive formations of the beautiful Chocolate Hills• Stay overnight in a homestay and learn about local village life• Snorkel crystal-clear waters and relax on stunning beachesDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0405-0708-10Manila / BaguioArrive to energetic Manila at any time and go exploring its livelyneighbourhoods and markets. On Day 2, enjoy a brief tour of the citythen take a public bus heading north to vibrant and cool Baguio. Seethe city on an included orientation walk then opt to visit a traditionalhealer or relax with a massage. (B)SagadaLong day of travel today but ending at the outdoor paradise ofSagada. Take your time to appreciate the absence of noise andpollution in this tranquil mountain-top town. Enjoy an includedhike and cut through the jungle of the Valley of Echoes to discoverthe mysterious hanging coffins for which Sagada is famous. In theafternoon, opt for more hiking or embark on a caving excursion. (2B)Banaue / BatadHead south today to witness the mesmerising display of beautifulrice terraces Banaue is known for. Enjoy free time trekking along theterraces or just relax taking in the beautiful surroundings. On Day 6,travel like a local on a jeepney then walk to reach a local village foran overnight homestay experience. Enjoy a cultural performance anda delicious traditional dinner. Next day, return to Banaue for a freeafternoon before boarding an overnight bus to Manila. (3B, D)BoracayFly south from Manila then transfer to the breathtakingly stunningisland of Boracay. Imagine the queen of beaches with stretches ofperfect white-sand beaches and turquoise water. Do whatever yourheart desires, go snorkelling, scuba diving or just laze around on thebeautiful soft sand. Your days in paradise are over on Day 10 whenit’s time to kiss goodbye your travel mates. (3B)010203-0405-0607-08ManilaWelcome to Manila, the vibrant capital of the Philippines. Today is allyours to explore the city, its restaurants, bars and markets.CebuTake a flight to bustling Cebu, home to the country’s busiest seaport. Visit important historical landmarks on a guided walking tourand pay a visit to the colourful Carbon Market, Cebu’s oldest andlargest produce market. (B)BoholIt’s time for a ferry hop to the island of Bohol, famous for thetiny tarsier primates and impressive Chocolate Hills formations.The island also hosts white sandy beaches, a lush jungle interior,rice terraces, and offshore islands providing excellent diving andsnorkelling opportunities. Spend a night in a homestay where you’lllearn something of local life from the community. Next day, goexploring this beautiful island, make the most out of the stunningbeach or lend a hand in the community. (2B, 2D)SiquijorTravel to the island of Siquijor surrounded by an aura of mysteryand magic. It is home to a number of healers who practice not withspooky incantations but with fragrant herbs and soothing oils. Enjoya free day exploring caves, waterfalls, coral-filled waters and whitesandbeaches. Opt to go snorkelling, diving or take an opportunity topause and take in the tranquil village life. (2B)ManilaFly back to Manila for a final night with the group before your tripconcludes on Day 8. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotel(7 nts), homestay (1 nt), overnight bus (1 nt)Transport: Public bus, jeepney, plane, ferryMeals: 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: AllowUSD $200-250 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAPMBSagadaBanaueBaguioPHILIPPINESManilaInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (5nts), homestay (2 nts) Transport: Taxi, plane,ferry Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners Budget:Allow USD $150-200 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 TourCode: GAAPISMy Own Room Available: Fr $449 My Own Room Available: Fr $369PHILIPPINESManilaDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHSTARTFINISHPALAWANBoracayBatadDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISHSTARTFINISHPALAWANCebu CityBoholSiquijorNov 14 Nov 23Dec 05 Dec 14Dec 26 Jan 04Nov 07 Nov 14Nov 28 Dec 05Dec 19 Dec 26126VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SECRETS OFOLD MANILAManilaManilaFR$3694 DAYSSOCIAL TOURISMEXPERIENCEManilaManilaFR$4153 DAYSHighlights• Get off the tourist trail & discover the old, walled city of Intramous• Explore by bike, segway or horse-drawn carriage - you decide!• In your free time, consider trekking Taal Volcano (not included)The gateway to the Philippines, Manila is a delightful mix of oldand new; from ancient, Spanish churches and quaint street stallsto gleaming high-rises and modern shopping malls. Uncover thecity’s rich cultural past with this package that includes a guidedtour of Intramous - the 16th Century Spanish fortress complex -plus two nights’ hotel accommodation. Following airport pick-up,check in at your hotel on Day 1. Refreshed, next morning chooseto do your tour either on a handmade bamboo bike, aboard anelectric segway or aloft a calsea (horse-drawn carriage). SpendDay 3 at your leisure before transferring to the airport on Day 4.Highlights• A truly unique and inspiring social enterprise experience• Live and contribute to a sustainable farm community• Hands-on development of your entrepreneurial skillsPrepare to be inspired as you immerse yourself in a sustainablecommunity and thriving hub for social entrepreneurs run by anPhilippine-based NGO that aims to eradicate poverty. Followinghotel pick-up in Manila, you’ll be driven to the ‘Enchanted Farm’in nearby rural Bulacan where you’ll stay for the next two nights.Assume the exciting role of being a social entrepreneur, trying yourhand at making products such as cheese and chocolate, interactingwith the community and encountering firsthand lives that havebenefitted from social enterprise. Get stuck in helping with farmingactivities on Day 2, before returning to Manila the next morning.SOUTH EAST ASIADeparts: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Shoestring/Rock Solid hotel (3 nts)Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Return transfers to Manila airport, choice oftransport on city tour Includes: Guide on tour, entrance fees Tour Code: MNLSECDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Enchanted Farm accommodation (2 nts)Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch Transport: Return Manila hotel transfer (approx40km each way) Tour Code: MNLGAWVOLCANICADVENTUREManilaManilaFR$1,2284 DAYSLEARN TO DIVEIN CORONManilaManilaFR$1,2915 DAYSHighlights• Conquer two, active volcanos• Visit the ash-ridden ruins of Bacolour town, hit by a 1992 eruption• Swim or kayak in the crater lake of Mt. PintuboHighlights• Includes accommodation and 3-day PADI certified diving course• Experience five-star scuba diving in paradise surroundings• Get up close with hugely diverse species of coral, fish and shellsThe Philippines has a rich and unique terrain that active types willlove. Enjoy fab trekking, climbing not one but two volcanos on thisfive-day adventure. Day 1, drive through rice fields to Pampanga,rising early next morning to reach the the summit of Mt. Pintatuboaboard a Filipino 4x4. Enjoy a thrilling drive across Crow Valley, amoon-like terrain with vast ash fields. Hike through sandy cliffs tobe rewarded with breathtaking views of the crater lake. Day 3, takea boat to Taal Volcano crater island and trek for an hour to thecrater, enjoying 10/10 views of the lake and caldera. Relax with anindulgent spa that afternoon, returning to Manila on Day 4.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Shoestring/Rock Solid hotels,Pampanga (1 nt), Tagayatay (1 nt) Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Transport:Manila hotel pick-up & drop off, transfers by van with English speaking guide,4x4 jeep, boat Tour Code: MNLVOLCoron boasts world-class dive sites attracting global scubaenthusiasts and underwater photographers. Most sites arecoral gardens and teem with sea stars, butterflyfish, angelfish,barracuda and nudibranchs. Fringed by limestone rock formationsand sandy coves perfect for picnics and sunbathing, it’s the idealdestination for novices to gain PADI certification. Departing fromManila, take the hour’s flight to Busuanga where you’ll transferto your resort. Days 2 and 3 will be spent doing classroom-basedlessons with a certified instructor. Day 4, hit the waters andcomplete your dives, returning to Manila after brekkie on Day 5.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Rock Solid/A-List hotel (4 nts)Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Manila hotel/airport pick-up & drop-off,all transfers by van with English speaking guide Includes: PADI certfication,snorkelling/diving equipment, welcome pack (rum, dried mangoes & local map).Excludes domestic flights Tour Code: MNLCOR127


PHILIPPINESROAD TRIPManilaManilaFR$2,2357 DAYSHighlights• Journey through the remote villages and ancient tribes of the northern mountains• Trek to the 2,000 year-old Banaue rice terraces, dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World• Hike volcanoes, dip into crystal-clear mountain cascades and 4WD over sandunesSOUTH EAST ASIAInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Shoestring/RockSolid/A-List hotels (6 nts) Transport: 4x4, jeepney, privatevan with English speaking guide, plane Meals: 5 breakfastsIncludes: Manila pick-up, transfers, entrance fees. Excludesdomestic flights Tour Code: MNLROAOFF THEBEATEN TRACKManilaManilaTravel along a trail of tribal traditions, UNESCO sites and explosive volcanic landscapes onthis overland journey through the north. Collected from your Manila hotel at 4am, drivethrough rural rice paddies and 4WD over lunar terrain to the cloud-hitting foot of MtPinatubo. The early start and hour’s trek will reward you with a summit of piercing greencrater lakes and jaw-dropping views. Over the next two days, uncover tribal mountainsecrets - hiking to the hand-carved emerald rice terraces of Banaue, swimming in falls,visiting traditional Ifugao villages and hiking through valleys strung with the hangingcoffins of the spiritual Igorot tribe. Day 4, leave the mountains for the sea to explorequaint Vigan by horse and cart, chill out in coastal Curriamao and ride roughshod overdunes in Laoag. On Day 7, fly back to Manila where your adventure ends.FR$1,8177 DAYSHighlights• Snorkel, kayak and hop between the paradise shores of the Hundred Islands• Soak up spiritual sunsets from the beachfront of a Spanish ‘sitio’ heritage hotel• Travel along the stunning Bataan peninsula, scarred by the WWII POW Death MarchInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: A-List hotels (3nts),Rock Solid hotels (3 nts) Transport: 4WD, private vanwith English speaking guide, plane Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2lunches Includes: Manila pick-up, transfers, entrance feesExcludes domestic flights Tour Code: MNLOFFCORON:THE LAST FRONTIERManilaManilaMake barefoot trails in the sand on this laid-back week cruising through cinematic whitebeaches, marine parks and quaint colonial towns. Transfer from your Manila hotel to theairport and fly to the coastal city of Laoag. Met by a guide, spend a thrill-seeking dayriding 4x4 jeeps and sandboards over the dunes and visiting the UNESCO-listed PaoayChurch. Wind down with two nights staying on the beach in a beautiful 18th Centuryreplica ‘sito’ village. On Day 3, ride by horse-drawn cart through the cobbled colonialcharms of Vigan, spending the following day hopping between the Hundred Islands. Sailthrough this two million year-old island tapestry in traditional ‘bancas,’ snorkelling andpicnicking on the beach. On Day 6, drive back to Manila via the Bataan peninsula, forevermarked by the WWII Prisoner of War ‘Death March’. Your trip ends in Manila on Day 7.FR$8556 DAYSHighlights• Stay at a resort and spend two days lazily hopping between Coron’s castaway islands• Snorkel through underwater coral gardens past coloured marine life and WWII shipwrecks• Feast on traditional food at local ancestral communitiesInclusionsDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Rock Solid/A-Listresort (5 nts) Transport: Private van with English speakingguide, plane, boat Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches Includes:Manila pick-up, transfers, boat day trips. Excludes domesticflights Tour Code: MNLFROThe dramatic volcanic cliffs, gleaming white beaches, emerald lagoons and crystal clearwaters of Coron Island are a paradise for snorkellers, divers and just about anyone witha swimsuit. On Day 1, escape the mayhem of Manila, transferring from your hotel to theairport for a short flight to Busuanga. Met by a local guide, drive through lush forestsand settle in with a cold beer at your resort. The following day, pack your togs for asun-soaked day island-hopping - hiking to Kayangan Lake, snorkelling at Twin PeaksReef and eating freshly-prepared seafood on the beach. Days 3 and 5 are reserved forsome serious downtime, heading out on Day 4 for another shipwrecked day hoppingbetween beaches, snorkelling in Siete Pecados Marine Park and visiting a local LajalaVillage. Day 6, roll up your towel and fly back to Manila where your tour sadly ends.128VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BOROCAYBEACH BREAKManilaManilaFR$4055 DAYSBOHOL & THECHOCOLATE HILLSManilaManilaFR$7485 DAYSHighlights• Soak up some rays on the champagne sands of White Beach• Hit the dancefloor and enjoy Boracay’s pumping nightlife• Island-hop on a full day’s tour (included)Lap up the beachy paradise island of Boracay on this sun-soakedpackage including four nights’ accommodation and all transfers.Just an hour’s flight from Manila, the isle has 30+ pristine beaches,a bevvy of diverse restaurants, plus bars, beer joints and discosaplenty. Divide your time between working on your tan, trekking,watersports, mountain biking and beach volleyball with a full day’sisland-hopping tour thrown in for good measure on Day 3. Expectsuperb snorkelling, silky sands, fish feeding at Coral Garden,cave-combing at Crystal Cove and a scrummy beach buffet withbarbecued meats, grilled fish and tropical fruits. Bliss!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Shoestring/Rock Solid/A-List Boracayresort (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, buffet lunch on tour Transport: Return vantransfers from Manila & to/from resort with English speaking guide. Excludesdomestic flights Tour Code: MNLBORHighlights• Paddle-board along Loboc River• Soak up Bohol’s rolling hills, natural beauty and rustic charms• See endangered tarsier monkeys; the world’s smallest primatesThe perfect combo of guided activities and downtime, thishassle-free package includes B&B accommodation and all landtransport. Following pick-up from Manila, take the short flight toBohol where you’ll be transferred to your beachside resort. Day2, spend at your leisure. Next morning, take a guided countrysidetour, stopping at the Tarsier Sanctuary to see the world’s smallestprimate (aww!) Next stop, Carmen’s Chocolate Hills and the chanceto bicycle zipline from hill to hill (not included). Finish up in Lobocwhere you’ll paddle-board on the river. Enjoy more R&R on Day 4,before returning to Manila on Day 5 where your tour ends.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Rock Solid/A-List hotel (4 nts)Meals: 4 breakfasts Transport: Manila pick-up, return transfer to Manila/seaport, air con vehicle with English speaking guide, plane Includes: Entrancefees. Excludes domestic flights Tour Code: MNLCHOSOUTH EAST ASIAEL NIDOISLAND HOPPINGManilaManilaFR$7026 DAYSPALAWANEXPLORERManilaManilaFR$1,4818 DAYSHighlights• Includes accommodation and two full-day island-hopping tours• Snorkel in El Nido’s enchanting waters - you may well spot a turtle!• Visit the famous Secret and Hidden beaches plus Helicopter IslandHighlights• Stay on Palawan - voted National Geographic’s best island in Asia• Discover wildlife found nowhere else on Earth, like the stink badger!• Island-hop between the blissful beaches and azure waters of El NidoA surreal stunner, El Nido’s majestic limestone cliffs tower overcrystal-clear waters with countless species of tropical fish andcorals plus endangered sea turtles. Take the short flight fromManila to Puerta Princesa, before a 5-6 hour drive across riceand cashew planatations to El Nido. Days 3 and 5, spend at yourleisure with two awesome island-hopping tours scheduled for Days2 and 4. Visit a series of unspolit islands, beautiful beaches andserene lagoons by boat with tons of time for snorkelling and tastypicnic lunches included. Spotting turtles in the waters is likely! Day6, journey back to Manila where your tour comes to a close.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Choice of Shoestring/Rock Solid hotel in ElNido (5 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches Transport: Manila pick-up& drop off, return Puerto Princesa transfers in air con vehicle with Englishspeaking guide. Excludes domestic flights Tour Code: MNLHOPA week of exotic wildlife, lost jungles, lazy island-hopping and freetime strung up in a hammock - nothing spells Filipino paradiselike this Palawan package. Fly from Manila to Puerto Princessa forthree nights in Sabang. Day 2, sail through surreal subterraneanlandscapes along the world’s longest underground river. Aboveground, climb 23 million year-old Ugong Rock, ziplining back downfor a well-earned beer and rest on Day 3. Day 4, trek throughjungle to visit a Batak tribe before travelling onto stunning El Nido,chilling out for a day and dreamily island hopping on the other. OnDay 7, return to Puerto Princessa and fly back to Manila on Day 8.Departs: Daily Accommodation: A-List hotels (3nts), Rock Solid hotels (1nt),choice of Shoestring/Rock Solid hotels (3 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1dinner Transport: Transfers, air con vehicle with English speaking guide, plane,boats. Excludes domestic flights Tour Code: MNLPAL129


BEST OF GEORGIA& ARMENIAIRAN - DISCOVERFR$1,999 PERSIAFR$2,899Yerevan Tbilisi 10 DAYS Tehran Tehran14 DAYSHoly Trinity Church, Kazbegi, GeorgiaHighlights• Visit these lesser-known but utterly charming Caucasus countries• Discover cathedrals, monasteries, temples, fortresses and more• Contrast the red-tiled roofs and stark Soviet architecture in TbilisiHighlights• Savour exotic Persian dishes and grab a bargain in the bazaars• Visit ancient Persepolis and admire Iran’s exquisite architecture• Discover magnificent mosques, desert cities and colourful gardensTRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTEDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0304-0506-0708-0910Yerevan & SurroundsArrive into the Armenian capital and meet your fellow travellers thisevening. On Day 2, drive to the former capital of Echmiadzin to visitone of the world’s first Christian cathedrals dating back to 301AD,Continue through villages and vineyards to a monastery boastingviews of Mt. Ararat. On Day 3, visit the Roman temple of Garni andthe UNESCO site of Garni Gorge, for lunch in a local home. (2B, L)TbilisiDrive to Lake Sevan to visit monastic complexes including UNESCOlistedSanahin, with its beautiful medieval architecture. Cross intoGeorgia to its capital, Tbilisi, where on Day 5 you’ll enjoy a city tourtaking in the Old Town, Metekhi Temple and the ‘baths district’. (2B)Mtskheta / Gudauri / Kazbegi / TbilisiDrive the famous military road to Mtskheta, an ancient capital ofGeorgia sited on an important trade route. Visit the Jvari Monastery,Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and a cave town to the mountain resort ofGudauri, where you’ll spend the night. On Day 7, traverse the JvariPass (2,395m) to Kazbegi, before returning to Tbilisi. (2B)Kakheti / Sighnaghi / Telavi / Alaverdi / TbilisiDrive through churches and vineyards to Sighnaghi, whose charmingatmosphere makes it a popular stop with travellers. After lunchwith a local family, head for Tsinandali Park before continuing toTelavi for the night. On Day 9, visit Alaverdi Cathedral and the Gremiarchitectural complex before a last stop at a winery in Kvareli for anincluded wine tasting. Return to Tbilisi for one last night out. (2B, L)TbilisiYour tour ends after breakfast and you can depart at any time. (B)01-020304-0607-101112-14Tehran\ / YazdArrive into Tehran and hit the bazaars for your first taste of exoticPersian culture. On Day 2, set out with a local guide to discover the18 spectacular buildings of Sa’d Abad Palace and the National JewelMuseum. Catch the train to Yazd during the evening of Day 2. (B)YazdYazd is the centre of the Zoroastrian religion, and you’ll tour the oldtown to admire the unique towers that scatter the city’s skyline, andto visit the Jameh Mosque and Fire Temple, amongst other sites. (B)Kerman / Mahan / Rayen / ShirazVist the well-preserved medieval mudbrick cities of Rayen andMahan, the ancient fort of Mahan and Shahzadeh Garden. In Shirazon Day 6, get out and about to visit the Karim Khan Citadel. (3B)Persepolis / Shiraz / IsfahanStep back to the beginning of civilisation at Persepolis, a UNESCOWorld Heritage site boasting panoramic views. Mingle with studentsback in Shiraz before moving on to Isfahan, via the Pasargadaecomplex. Isfahan is filled with incredible Islamic art and architecture,bazaars filled with Persian carpets, and its famous bridges. (4B)Natanz / AbyanehKick back on a scenic drive through Natanz to the reddish-tingedmountain village of Abyaneh. Soak up its ancient charms on anorientation walk. (B)Kashan / TehranEn route to Tehran, stop at Kashan to visit Iman Khomeini’s shrine,or opt to visit Finn Garden or Agha Bozorg Mosque before a final daysightseeing in Tehran on Day 13. Depart any time on Day 14. (3B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (9 nts) Transport:Private van Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunchesBudget: Allow USD $225-325 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAEXGAMtskhetaTbilisiGEORGIARUSSIAARMENIAMy Own Room Available: Fr $579Lake Sevan My Own Room Available: Fr $689Departures 2015STARTFINISHMay 08 May 17Jun 12 Jun 21STARTFINISHJul 10 Jul 19Aug 07 Aug 16START FINISHSep 11 Sep 20Oct 09 Oct 18YerevanEchmiadzinKhorvirapGuadauriTelaviSighnaghiGarniInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse(2 nts) Transport: Air con bus, train Meals:13 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $200-265for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARIRDepartures 2015Mar-NovSaturdays, typically 1-3 departuresper monthTehranTURKMENISTANAbyaneh IRANIsfahanYazdPersepolisKermanShiraz131


CENTRAL ASIA ON THE SILK ROADBeijing TashkentFR$5,49926 DAYSTRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTEHighlights• Wander along the Great Wall of China• Stare down the Terracotta Warriors• Bargain at Kashgar’s Sunday bazaar• Stay in a yurt in remote mountains• Community homestay in Kochkor• Hit the beach at Lake Issyk-Kul• Travel through the desert to Bukhara• Marvel at the sights of SamarkandDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 23 May 18May 14 Jun 08InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 11 Jul 06Jul 09 Aug 03START FINISHAug 06 Aug 31Sep 10 Oct 05Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses(19 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), communitytourism/homestays (2 nts, shared facilities),yurt (1 nt, multishare) Transport: Train,private van/bus, plane, camel, metro Meals:22 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners Budget:Allow USD $240-360 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAACKUMy Own Room Available: Fr $919You might likeMingsha Sand Dunes, DunhuangXinjiang Province, ChinaShorten Your TripSilk Road of China(18 days, Beijing to Kashgar)(GAACSR) see page 141 Fr £$2,899Since opening up to travellers, China and its neighbours don’t seem quite as exotic or ‘outthere’ as they were even just a few years ago, but you don’t have to travel far from Beijingto realise nothing could be further from the truth. This comprehensive 26-day journey isone of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Visit the Uyghur province ofXinjiang to learn about the food, culture and history of this minority group. Then, as youleave China behind, you’ll venture into Krygyzstan and Uzbekistan to retrace part of theroute that helped to build once-mighty empires; the legendary Silk Road.DAY01-0506-1112-1516-1718-2223-26ITINERARYBeijing / Xi’anArrive into Beijing and spend two days visiting the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the ForbiddenCity, plus optional kung fu or acrobat shows. The afternoon of Day 3 is yours before the overnighttrain to Xi’an. Opt to cycle round the city walls or visit the Muslim Quarter. Day 5 brings a guidedtour of the Terracotta Warriors, lunch at a farmer’s house and an overnight train to Dunhuang. (3B, L)Dunhuang / Turpan / Urumqi / KashgarTake a guided trip to the famous Mogao Grottoes and a free afternoon to explore the town. On Day7, opt for a sunrise visit to the unique Mingsha Sand Dunes where you can climb the sand formationsand enjoy a camel ride. Catch the overnight train to Turpan on Day 8, where a local guide introducesthe ancient Karez water system, the Emin minaret and city mosque. Drive to Urumqi to catch a flightto Kahsgar to visit the Sunday bazaar. (4B)Torugart Pass / Tash Rabat / Kochkor / Karakol / Cholpon Ata (Lake Issyk-Kul)Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan via the Torugart Pass for a memorable stay in a yurt at the nomadiccommunity of Tash Rabat, high in the Tian Shan Mountains. In Kochkor, enjoy a community homestayand visit to a women’s carpet-making workshop. You’ll visit the Prejevalskiy Museum in Karakol withfree time to see the Dunhan Mosque and Orthdox Church, before an afternoon at the beach on LakeIssyk-Kul with optional boat tours or visits to nearby petroglyphs. (4B, 3D)BishkekSpending a relaxing couple of days in the Kyrgyz capital with free time to shop and enjoy the city’snightlife. Day 17 offers the chance for an optional hike in Ala Archa National Park. (2B)Tashkent / Khiva / BukharaFly to Taskhkent in Uzbekistan where a local guide will give you the lowdown on the city sights. OnDay 20, fly to Urgench and drive to Khiva for a half-day tour of this ancient city. Travel through thedesert to Bukhara, one of Uzbekistan’s most charming cities where, on Day 22, there’s an insightfulcity tour followed by free time to visit a traditional hammam or pick up some souvenirs. (5B)Samarkand / TashkentAfter an orientation walk in Samarkand, opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum. We’ve also lined up acooking demo and dinner with a local family, before returning to Tashkent for a last night out. (4B, D)UZBEKISTANKhivaTashkent Bishkek Issyk-Kul UrumqiTurpanKarakolBukharaTash Rabat KochkorDunhuangSamarkand KashgarTashkent, UzbekistanBeijingCHINAXi’an132 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TRANS-MONGOLIAN ADVENTUREMoscow BeijingFR$3,74916 DAYSHighlights• Ride the world’s greatest rail journey• Visit Russia, Mongolia and China• See Moscow’s museums & mausoleums• Get merry with the locals on board• Sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger• Take an icy plunge into Lake Baikal• Walk along the Great Wall of China• Stay in a Siberian homestayDepartures 2015START FINISHApr 11 Apr 26Apr 25 May 10May 02 May 17May 16 May 31May 23 Jun 07Jun 06 Jun 21InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 20 Jul 05Jul 04 Jul 19Jul 18 Aug 02Jul 25 Aug 09Aug 08 Aug 23Aug 22 Sep 06START FINISHSep 09 Sep 20Sep 26 Oct 11Oct 10 Oct 25Oct 24 Nov 08Trip Style: Rail Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simpleguesthouses/hotels (6 nts), homestay (1 nt),sleeper trains (7 nts), Mongolian ger (1 nt)Transport: Train, private bus, taxi, metroMeals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $380-450 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAARTMMoscowRUSSIAListvyanka(Lake Baikal)IrkutskGer CampUlaanbaatarINDIACHINABeijingWithout doubt one of the greatest rail journeys on the planet, you’ll cross great continents,nations and time zones on one epic railroad odyssey. From the Communist mausoleums andimperialist riches of Moscow’s mighty metropolis, travel across the vast open spaces ofSiberia and the wilds of Mongolia on a nomadic journey into Beijing’s jostling skyscrapers.Riding some of the most famous trains in the world, down vodka in convivial carriages withhigh-spirited locals and travelling comrades. Jump off to dive into icy lakes, ride horsesacross the steppe, stay in Siberian homestays and snuggle up in traditional Mongolian gers.DAY01-0203-060708-0910-121314-16ITINERARYMoscowMoscowArrive into Moscow any time on Day 1 and meet the rest of your group that evening. The followingday is free to explore Russia’s greatest city, visiting St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and thefearsome Kremlin on a centuries-long journey through revolution and Cold War espionage. Just aftermidnight on Day 2, board the Trans-Siberian train bound for Irkutsk.Trans-Siberian Railway / IrkutskStart the epic 72-hour journey to Siberia, riding the rails of the world’s most legendary trainroute. Crossing multiple time zones and the mighty Ural Mountains, weave your way through wildforests, impenetrable Russian cities and remote Siberian villages. Staying in four-berth cabins withshared carriage bathrooms, throw yourself into life on board with good-humour, a well-thumbeddeck of cards and a healthy love of vodka. Travelled mostly by locals and traders, this journey isoverwhelmingly authentic so expect instant mashed potato, quick platform stops in the back-end ofnowhere and a lot of spirited local banter. After three days of shared secrets and colourful stories,pull into Irkutsk on Day 6 with a set of new life-long friends.Listvyanka / Lake BaikalRefreshed, travel by private van to the small town of Listvyanka on the shores of picturesque LakeBaikal. Choose to sweat out the last few train days in a banya (Russian sauna), take a boat trip ontothe lake or jump in for a heart-stopping but refreshing swim. Tonight, enjoy the colourful character,delicious food and warm Siberian hospitality at a local homestay. (D)Irkutsk / Trans-Mongolian RailwayDriving back to Irkutsk, take one last opportunity to stretch your legs with a guided city tour, stockup at the market and hop on board for the two-day journey aboard the Trans-Mongolian Railwayto Ulaanbaatar. The most local of the trains, amenities are limited but life on board is a lot of fun.Crossing the border into Mongolia, watch the changing passing scenery and take the opportunity totry new local food as the train makes quick stops. (B)Ulaanbaatar / Ger CampArriving into Mongolia’s capital on Day 10, experience traditional nomadic life staying overnightin a ger camp. With free time to embrace your time off board, horse ride or hike through the vastgrasslands or visit the capital’s temples, museums and Buddhist monasteries. Consider catching atraditional throat singing show, try some meaty treats at a Mongolian barbecue, or swap vodka forale as you head to the local Chinggis Brewery. (2B, L, D)Trans-Mongolian RailwayOn the morning of Day 13, board the final train for the 36-hour journey across the Chinese border toBeijing. As empty deserts give way to China’s rugged mountains, watch as the Great Wall comes intosight and the trains wheels are changed to fit the Chinese tracks. (B)BeijingArriving into your final destination on Day 14, disembark in China’s bustling capital. Take a guidedtour out to the mighty Great Wall of China, walking across the Mutianyu section. On Day 15, there’splenty of time to explore Beijing’s contrasting charms - getting lost in the labyrinthine hutongs,visiting immortalised Tiananmen Square, hanging out in people-packed neon neighbourhoods orwandering through the enigmatic Forbidden City. Your trip ends on Day 16.TRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTENight Markets, Beijing133


TRANS-MONGOLIAN EXPRESSBeijing St. PetersburgFR$5,19921 DAYSTRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTEHighlights• Discover China’s Forbidden City• Walk along the Great Wall of China• Travel past Mongolia’s grassy steppes• Live like a local on Lake Baikal• Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway• Explore the majestic city of Moscow• Share train carriages with locals• Finish in the ‘Venice of the North’Departures 2015START FINISHApr 26 May 16May 03 May 23May 17 Jun 06May 31 Jun 20Jun 14 Jul 04InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 28 Jul 18Jul 05 Jul 25Jul 19 Aug 08Aug 02 Aug 22Aug 16 Sep 05START FINISHSep 06 Sep 26Sep 20 Oct 10Oct 04 Oct 24Oct 18 Nov 07Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (11nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (7 nts),Mongolian ger (1 nt) Transport: Train, privatebus, metro Meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch,2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $400-475for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACTMRUSSIASt PetersburgListvyanka(Lake Baikal)YekaterinburgMoscowIrkutskGer CampUlaanbaatarINDIACHINABeijingTerelj National ParkRide some of the world’s greatest trains on this once-in-a-lifetime journey across the grassysteppes of Mongolia and through the taiga forests of Siberia. Starting in Beijing with itsfamous Great Wall of China, travel pretty much halfway around the world to St. Petersburgin three incredible weeks. Get a closer insight into local traditions as you share traincarriages with locals, overnight in a Mongolian ger and in a cosy Russian homestay. You’llhave free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace, as well as enjoying plentyof activities en-route and experiencing the world in ways you didn’t know existed.DAY01-0304-0708-1112-1415-1819-21ITINERARYLake BaikalBeijingArrive to the buzzing capital of China and one of the world’s most impressive cities. It is never boringin Beijing as the activities are never-ending in this diverse and vibrant metropolis. On Day 2, enjoya guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square to learn more about China’s past andpresent. During your free time, rent a bike and take to the streets to visit the Temple of Heaven, theSummer Palace and the Lama Temple Monastery. On Day 3, see the majestic Great Wall of China on aguided tour. The Wall wriggles 6,000 km westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. A trulyimpressive sight and considered by some to be one of the wonders of the world.China-Mongolia Railway / Ulaanbaatar / Terelj National ParkBoard the Ulaanbaatar Express heading through China into Mongolia. Enjoy impressive views of theGreat Wall as the train tackles the mountains before descending to the arid lands of Inner Mongoliaand into the heart of rural Asia. On Day 5, awake to the stunning desert landscapes of the southGobi before arriving to the world’s most remote capital, Ulaanbaatar. On Day 6, take a guided tour tothe Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan Palace and the WWII Monument on Zaisan Hill. Next day, travel toTerelj N.P.; a stunning retreat with imposing rock formations and endless forests. Stroll through thebeautiful valleys, meet nomadic families and spend the night in a traditional ger camp. (2B, L, D)Trans-Mongolian Railway / Iskutsk / Lake BaikalReturn to Ulaanbaatar and stock up on souvenirs and snacks for your two-night train journey intoSiberia. This train is the most local of all the trains, providing a basic yet comfortable ride. On Day9, stop at the small town of Naushki where you can stretch your legs and stock up on supplies. Day10 will see you arriving to the charming Siberian city of Irkutsk where you’ll catch a transfer to thelakeside village of Listvyanka on the shores of Lake Baikal. Opt to visit Baikal Limnological Museumdedicated to the biggest freshwater lake in the world. Later, choose to take a boat ride on the lakeor enjoy a ‘banya’ (Russian sauna) - a perfect way to relax after a long journey. On Day 11, return toIrkutsk and take a guided tour of the city referred to as the ‘Paris of Siberia’. (2B, D)Trans-Siberian Railway / YekaterinburgBoard the world’s longest and most famous train route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, stretching fromMoscow across Siberia to the far flung town of Vladivostok. Experience part of this celebrated trainodyssey on the journey to Yekaterinburg and enjoy a real slice of life on board. Drink with locals inthe dining car, buy homemade food from ‘babushkas’ while on the platform, play cards and watchtaiga forests go by. On Day 14, learn about Yekaterinburg’s bloody history on a guided walking tour,including the Church of All Saints on Spilled Blood and Black Tulip Monument. If you fancy a spot ofculture, why not take in a performance at the Yekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre? (B)Trans-Ural Railway / MoscowLeave Asia behind as you cross the Urals and enter Europe aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway toMoscow. On your arrival on Day 16, take some time to explore the streets of this great city and visitIvan the Terrible’s extraordinary St. Basil’s Cathedral. On Day 17, take a guided tour of the Kremlinand the Armoury, then opt to take a Moskva River boat trip, tour Moscow by metro or visit Lenin’sMausoleum. In the evening of Day 18, take an overnight train to St. Petersburg. (B)St. PetersburgWelcome to Russia’s ‘Window to the West’, built of Baroque European architecture combined with theopulent palaces of Russian royalty. Take a walking tour through the city’s tree-lined streets and enjoyits cosmopolitan atmosphere. On Day 20, visit the Hermitage Museum, one of the biggest in Europe.This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group before your trip ends the next day. (2B)134 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


NAADAM FESTIVALMONGOLIANOMADICFR$3,499 MONGOLIAFR$2,999Ulaanbaatar Ulaanbaatar 15 DAYS Ulaanbaatar Ulaanbaatar14 DAYSHighlights• Explore this remote land of steppes, sand dunes and Genghis Khan!• Experience stays in traditional ger camps and meet a nomadic family• Cheer on the archers, wrestlers and horse riders at Naadam FestivalGobi DesertHighlights• Witness Soviet architecture and influence in Ulaanbaatar• Travel through ruggedly beautiful gorges and sandstone mountains• Stay in traditional ger tents learning about local customsTRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTEDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0405-0910-1112-15Ulaanbaatar / AmarbayasgalantArrive in Mongolia’s capital and explore the city streets. The next dayyou’ll start a 350km drive to Amarbayasgalant Monastery locatedin the stunning Iven Gol Valley. Stargazing tonight takes on a newmeaning with your first stay in a traditional ger camp. (B, L, D)Selenge RiverNext, it’s on to the Selenge River before hiking up Pot Mountain,actually a volcanic crater, to marvel at the views. On Day 4, learnabout Mongolian nomadic culture by staying with a nomadic family,with a chance to try a delicious traditional barbecue. (2B, 2L, 2D)Khovsgol Lake / Shine Ider / Great White LakeMongolia’s largest lake, Khovsgol Lake, is up next. Hike around theprotected National Park and take part in horse riding, fishing orarchery. On Day 7, visit the beautiful Lake District of Mongolia andspot wildlife in the hills. At the Great White Lake on Day 9 visit avolcano, crawl inside lava tubes and drink in the views. (5B, 5L, 5D)Tsenger Hot Springs / Bayan GobiVisit a monastery museum in Tsetserleg, and sample some treatsfrom its yummy bakery, en route to Tsenger. Stay the night at a gercamp after a soothing soak in the hot springs. Arrive at the BayanGobi and opt for a hike to an oasis lake to see local wildlife, ancientstone carvings and a terrific desert sunset. (2B, 2L, 2D)UlaanbaatarReturn to Ulaanbaatar on Day 12 for the opening ceremony of theNaadam Festival, to see wrestling matches and archery contests.Watch the finish line of the Naadam horse race before the festivalclosing ceremony. Depart at any time on Day 15. (3B, 2L)01-0304-0708-1112-14Ulaanbaatar / Bag Gazariin ChuluuArrive to Ulaanbaatar and enjoy the city filled with contrasts: modernskyscrapers and old Soviet buildings surrounded by traditionalMongolian gers. On Day 2, take a city tour then make time for acold one at the local Chinggis Brewery. On Day 3, stop at the ChoirMonastery enroute to your first Mongolian ger camp in Mandalgobiregion, complete with beds, mattresses, linens and a stove. (2B, L, D)Yolyn Am / Bayan Gobi / Khongoriin Els / Ongiin KhiidNext up is Yolyn Am N.P. where you can spot vultures, wild Argalisheep, desert gazelles and golden eagles. On Day 5, explore the redcanyon cliffs and caves of the Flaming Cliffs area, then opt to go on ahike or two in Yolyn Am Gorge. The next day find yourself surroundedby mountains and dunes in the Gobi Desert. Go hiking, visit a nomadiccamel-herding family and try riding camels. On Day 7, visit the ruinsof the Hoshuu and Ongiin Khiid Monasteries. (4B, 4L, 4D)Mongolian Grasslands / Tsenger Hot Springs / KarakorumRoam the Mongolian steppes today and spend the night in the gerof a local nomadic family. Take an opportunity to learn about theirdaily live and practice your Mongolian. Enjoy a delicious Mongolianbarbecue with your hosts tonight. On Day 9, feel the healing powerof water as you immerse yourself into the relaxing Tsenger HotSprings. Day 11 will take you to the ancient capital of Mongolia,Karakorum. You’ll stop at the beautiful Erdene Zuu Monastery, thefirst centre of Lama Buddhism in Mongolia. (4B, 4L, 4D)Khustai National Park / UlaanbaatarStay in Khustai N.P. today, home to the last truly wild horses in theworld. On Day 13, head back to Ulaanbaatar and enjoy the final nightdinner with your group as your trip ends the next day. (3B, 2L, D)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (4 nts), nomad familystay/camping (1 nt), Mongolian gers (9 nts,multishare) Transport: Private van Meals: 13breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners Budget:Allow USD $55-75 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAAMNFDepartures 2015STARTFINISHJun 29 Jul 13START FINISHJul 10 Jul 24ShineIderKhovsgolLake RiverGreatWhiteLakeTsengerHot SpringsCHINAAmarbayasgalantSelengeRiverMONGOLIABayan GobiUlaanbaatarInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (3 nts), ger camps(9 nts, shared facilities), family stay or tent(1 nt, multi-share, no facilities) Transport:Van Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10dinners Budget: Allow USD $55-75 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAMNADepartures 2015May-SepSelected Sundays, typically 1-2departures per monthTsengerHot SpringsGrasslandsKarakorumMONGOLIAOngiin KhiidBayan GobiUlaanbaatarKhustai N.P.Bag GazariinChuluuYolyn Am135


EPIC TRANS-SIBERIAN JOURNEYMoscow VladivostokFR$4,19917 DAYSTRANS-MONGOLIA & THE SILK ROUTEHighlights• Ride with the locals on iconic trains• Sip vodka with your new travel mates• Marvel at Moscow’s Kremlin• Learn Yekaterinburg’s bloody history• Sweat it out in a Russian banya• Mingle with locals at Lake Baikal• Savour traditional Buryat cuisine• Discover the history of Ulan UdeDepartures 2015/16START FINISHMay 30 Jun 15Jun 13 Jun 29Jul 11 Jul 27InclusionsSTART FINISHAug 15 Aug 31Sep 12 Sep 28Dec 12 Dec 28START FINISH2016Jan 02 Jan 18Trip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (10 nts), homestays(1 nt), sleeper trains (5 nts) Transport: Train,private van, metro, taxi Meals: 1 breakfast, 2lunches, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $400-500 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout,local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAARVRVladivostokYekaterinburgBoard some of the world’s most legendary trains on this Trans-Siberian journey. Coveringground from Russia’s far west all the way across to the east and passing seven time zones,this 17-day trip is the perfect way to see Russia’s highlights in comfort. Starting with thehistoric sites of Moscow, travel through the Ural Mountains passing bucolic villages andbeautiful churches before crossing into Asia to the Soviet-style city of Yekaterinburg. Visitthe heart of Siberia in Irkutsk, explore the dazzling blue waters of Lake Baikal and discovertrue Buryat culture in Ulan Ude before finishing your 9,300km journey in Vladivostok. Wow!DAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-1112-1314-17ITINERARYMoscowArrive into Moscow at any time. The next day, enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin and the historicArmoury Museum. Spend your afternoon soaking up the buildings and monuments that reflectMoscow’s turbulent history at the majestic Red Square and admire St Basil’s Cathedral.IrkutskSuzdal / Trans-Ural RailwayTravel on to Suzdal, one of the bucolic villages in the Golden Ring. Known for its beautiful churchesand quaint wooden houses, Suzdal has retained its rural charm. Spend your free time discovering thevillage’s medieval history before heading to Vladimir to board a 26-hour train to Yekaterinburg.Trans-Ural Railway / YekaterinburgContinuing by train, cross the Ural Mountains and the border between Europe and Asia arriving intoYekaterinburg that evening. Spend Day 6 exploring the sights around this Soviet-style city includingthe Church of All Saints and the Romanov Burial Site. Discover the notoriously bloody history of thiscity before boarding the Trans-Siberian Railway, bound for Irkutsk.Trans-Siberian RailwayWake to the rhythm of the Trans-Siberian Railway on Day 7. Pack snacks, vodka and a pack of cardsas this mammoth 78-hour journey takes you from Yekaterinburg to the Siberian town of Irkutsk.Irkutsk / ListvyankaArrive into Irkutsk on Day 9 before driving to a small town on Lake Baikal, Listvyanka for an authentichomestay on the lake. Explore this vast body of deep water with a short hike or sweat it out in abanya (sauna). On Day 10, it’s back to Irkutsk to get to grips with the city on a walking tour. Learnabout the city’s revolution at the Decemberists Museum and haggle at the central market. (B, L, D)Ulan UdeA seven-hour train ride around the shores of Lake Baikal takes you through the taiga forests to UlanUde. Learn of how the indigenous people survive in harsh environments and savour a Buryat lunch. (L)Trans-Siberian Railway / VladivostokYour last train of the trip is 55 hours (vodka at the ready). Practice your Russian skills as the sceneryglides by and reflect on your great Trans-Siberian journey with your new-found friends. Arrive in theevening of Day 16 and opt for a final dinner with the group. Your adventure ends the next day.MoscowRUSSIASuzdal/VladimirYekaterinburgListvyanka(Lake Baikal)IrkutskTrans-Siberian RailwayMONGOLIAMONGOLIAUlan UdeVladivostok136 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ORIENTAL ASIAORIENTAL ASIA‘Fugu’ is japan’s mostnotorious Fish dish, harbouringpoison deadlier than cyanide..only certified chefs areallowed to remove its toxinsso it can be served.Oriental AsiaFISHY BUSINESSContrast ultra-modernHong Kong with a tripto the Shek-O fishingvillage on the island ofLantau. Racks of dryingfish are like remnantsfrom another era.AVERAGE TEMPERATURES:Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecBeijingChengduHangzhouHong KongOsakaShanghaiTokyoXi’anSizzling! 32°C+ | 90°F+Take a jacket12-16°C | 53-61°FFeeling hot hot hot 24-31°C | 75-89°FChilled1-11°C | 33-52°FPleasantly warm17-23°C | 62-74°FIce Ice Baby! 0°C- | 32°F-


TIBETADVENTUREANCIENTFR$3,799 EMPIRESFR$5,849Beijing Kathmandu 15 DAYS Beijing Tokyo18 DAYSORIENTAL ASIATraditional Prayer Flags, HimalayasGinkaju-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan.Highlights• Explore bustling Beijing and hike along the Great Wall of China• Ride the rails on the spectacular Trans-Tibetan high-altitude railway• Absorb the amazing spirituality of Tibet’s historic capital, LhasaHighlights• Combine two great tours - China Express & Japan Express• See Tiananmen Square and walk the most famous wall in the world• Get a bird’s-eye view of Mt. Fuji and stay in a traditional ryokanDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-02BeijingArrive in Beijing and start to explore this immense city, where thevast expanse of Tiananmen Square beckons. Enjoy a guided tour ofthe Forbidden City and an included trip to the Great Wall of China.01-03BeijingArrive to the vibrant Chinese capital, Beijing. Be blown away by thesheer spectacle of the Great Wall on an included tour, and discoverChina’s opulent past as you tour the Forbidden City.03-0405-08Trans-Tibetan Rail JourneyDepart Beijing on the world-famous 48hr train journey to Lhasa.Watch the scenery changing as this high-altitude railway climbs ontothe Tibetan Plateau. Comfortable sleeper compartments contain sixberths, all bedding is provided and meals are served in the dining car.LhasaThis historic city is situated over 3,700m above sea level anddominated by the massive Potala Palace. Take an orientation walkaround Barkhor Square and visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritualheart of Tibet, around which prostrating pilgrims circle endlessly. (3B)04-0506-09Xi’an / SuzhouFly to Xi’an to discover one of China’s greatest archaeologicaltreasures - the Terracotta Warriors. Opt to cycle the ancientcity walls before boarding a comfortable sleeper train to Suzhou,known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Take in a cultural Master of Netsperformance. (L)Shanghai / Ferry to JapanExplore dynamic Shanghai. Take a walking tour along the Bund andopt to see an acrobat show. On Day 8, board a modern passengerferry for the 48-hour trip across the East China Sea to Japan. (2B)09-1112-15Gyantse / Shigatse / SakyaThe spectacular drive to Gyantse crosses three passes over 5,000mand skirts the shores of the beautiful Yamdrok Tso Lake. On Day 10,take a short drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-most important cityand boasting the huge complex of Tashilhunpo. In Sakya you can visitits great monastery and the ruins of North Sakya across the river. (B)Rombuk / Everest Base Camp / Zhangmu / KathmanduTake an exhilarating drive to Rombuk, at 5,200m, and embark onthe 7km hike to Everest Base Camp, before visiting the highestmonastery in the world. Later, cross to Zhangmu, via a mostspectacular mountain pass. The historic city of Kathmandu revealsa world of colour and life. Take time out to explore before your tourends on the morning of Day 15.10-1112-1516-18Osaka / KoyasanExplore Japan’s culinary capital and home to the nation’s funniest andfriendliest locals. On Day 11, visit the centre of Japanese Buddhismand sleep on futons in an authentic monastic lodgings. (B, D)Hiroshima / KyotoExplore Hiroshima’s history at the Peace Park and Museum, andwitness the famous floating Torii Gate. On Day 14, head to historicKyoto to visit the impressive Nijo Castle and the famous Kinaku-jiGolden Pavilion. Practice meditation in Daisen-in’s Zen rock garden.Hakone / Mt. Fuji / TokyoEnjoy stunning views of Mt. Fuji, a boat ride on Lake Ashino-ko andstay in a traditional ryokan accommodation. Explore the freneticstreets of Tokyo on Day 17 before your tour ends the next day. (B, D)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any AgeAccommodation: Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse(1 nt, multishare), sleeper train (2 nts)Transport: Train, private bus Meals: 4breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $225-325for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACTARombuk / Mt. EverestShigatseLhasaNEPALGyantseKathmanduBeijingCHINAInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train (1nt), ferry (2 nts, multishare), mountain monastery(1 nt), Japanese-style ryokan accommodationwith hot springs (1 nt) Transport: Train,bus, ferry, boat, plane, bullet train Meals: 4breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD$400-590 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guidesGroup Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACCJMy Own Room Available: Fr $349Departures 2015 Departures 2015Jan-Oct Every Sunday (from Apr 05-Oct 18) Feb-Dec Selected SaturdaysLAOSTHAILANDCAMBODIACHINABeijingHakoneand Mt FujiKyotoHimejiTokyoHiroshimaXi'anSuzhou OsakaKoyasanShanghai138VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CHINA & HONG KONGORIENTAL ASIAXi’an’s life-sizeTerracotta Army won’tdisappoint. Createdto safeguard emperorQin Shihuang in theafterlife, no twosoldier’s faces are thesame. Get there earlyto beat the crowds.BeijingXi’anSee endangered giant pandasup close at Chengdu’sbreeding centre. The nationalsymbol of China, there arefewer than 1,000 left livingin the wild.LhasaChengduThree GorgesShanghaiDim sum is a staple ofchinese dining culture,especially in Hong Kongwhere many restaurantsstart serving it as earlyas 5am.KunmingGuangzhouHong KongMORE THAN 4,000Chinese children arenamed Aoyun, meaning‘Olympic Games’. It’s notunsual for youngstersto be given names ofcommon events andpopular slogans.Tightly packed, neon-lit sidewalks, steam-filledcanteens, gridlocked traffic and incessant chatter.Welcome to Honkers! Browse Temple Street’s rowdynight market. Take in the audacious, panoramicskyline from Victoria Peak and chow down on someof the best dim sum at Lin Heung Tea House.139


BUDGET CHINABEIJING TO HONG KONGFR$2,449Beijing Hong Kong 18 DAYSBEIJING TO HONG KONGFUJIAN ROUTEFR$2,449Beijing Hong Kong 17 DAYSORIENTAL ASIASuzhouHighlights• Explore the bright lights of Hong Kong and the views from The Peak• Meet China’s famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an• Trek through the beautiful hills and rice terraces around YangshuoHighlights• Lace up your boots for a trek along the astounding Great Wall• Live like a local spending a night in a traditional roundhouse• Hit the high notes with a Karaoke night in modern ShanghaiDAY0102-0405-0708-1011-1213-1617-18ITINERARYBeijingArrive into Beijing and set out to explore before meeting your group.BeijingChina’s capital is a world-class city with a well-preserved past. Enjoyan orientation walk and a guided tour to the Great Wall of China,before your own optional explorations in the vast Tiananmen Squareand Forbidden City. On Day 4, catch the overnight train to Xi’anXi’anThis ancient city is home to one of China’s greatest treasures – theTerracotta Warriors. Visit the Muslim Quarter and cycle the MingDynasty-era city walls before an overnight train to Shanghai.ShanghaiThe vibrant pulse of new China, Shanghai is where new skyscrapersclash with the traditional architecture of the Bund. Perhaps visit thefamous Shanghai Museum, before an overnight train on Day 10.Longji TerracesTransfer to the breathtakingly beautiful Longji Terraces are for anincluded half-day trek through the hills to Dazai. (B)YangshuoTravel to the limestone mountains and riverside villages around thecountry town of Yangshuo. Immerse yourself with a cooking class ortai chi. On Day 16, board the overnight train to head south. (B)Hong KongCross the border into Hong Kong, and visit Victoria Harbour. Enjoy freetime to explore this vibrant city before the tour ends on Day 18.DAY01-0304-0607-0910-1314-17ITINERARYBeijingKick start your express adventure with the delicious flavours ofBeijing. Prepare to be blown away with a visit to the Great Walland discover the fascinating history behind the Forbidden City andTiananmen Square. A night train whisks you off to Xi’an on Day 3.Xi’an / SuzhouAn orientation walk this morning takes you through the fascinatingMuslim Quarter. Opt to come face to face with an army of statues,the Terracotta Warriors, or cycle the ancient city walls before a nighttrain to the canal town of Suzhou. Once thought of as the ‘Venice ofthe East’, its beautiful Chinese gardens are a real drawcard.ShanghaiSoak up this dazzling city on an orientation walk then sing your heartout with a Karaoke session. With a private room for the group, there’sno need to worry about hitting any bum notes! Clear any ringing earsthe next day in People’s Park before a night train to Wuyishan.Wuyishan / YongdingUse your included entrance ticket today to enter the reserve. Optto lace up your boots for a hike, sip a steaming cuppa at a teaplantation or paddle along by bamboo raft then bed down on board atrain to Xiamen. Transfer to Yongding on Day 12 and get stuck intothe Chinese culture and history with an orientation walk. Get intolocal life with a stay in a traditional Hakka tulou or roundhouse. (D)Xiamen / Hong KongEnjoy an orientation walk around colonial Xiamen then opt to chillon the silky sands of Gulangyu. Come nightfall, this uni town comesalive! Cross the border into Hong Kong on Day 16 and prepare to bedazzled by neon signs and towering skyscrapers. Depart on Day 17.InclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 3 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (13 nts),sleeper trains (4 nts, 6-berths) Transport:Train, bus, local bus, boat Meals: 2 breakfastsBudget: Allow USD $270-360 for meals GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAACRGMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015STARTFINISHFeb 23 Mar 12Mar 02 Mar 19Mar 09 Mar 26Mar 16 Apr 02STARTFINISHMar 23 Apr 09Apr 06 Apr 23Apr 13 Apr 30Apr 20 May 07STARTFINISHApr 27 May 14May 04 May 21May 18 Jun 04May 25 Jun 11BeijingShanghaiXi’anCHINALongji TerracesYangshuoHong KongInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (9 nts), sleepertrain (5 nts), communal roundhouse/tulou(2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus Meals: 1dinner Budget: Allow USD $270-360 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACBFMy Own Room Available: Fr $739Departures 2015Jun-NovSelected Wednesdays, typically 1-3departures per monthLAOSBeijingCHINAShanghaiSuzhouXi'anWuyishanYongdingXiamenHong Kong140 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


WALK THEGREAT WALL OF CHINASILK ROADFR$1,599 OF CHINAFR$2,899Beijing Beijing 10 DAYS Beijing Kashgar18 DAYSHeavenly Lake, Tian Shan MountainsORIENTAL ASIAHighlights• Six days of hiking along part of the 21,000km-long Great Wall• Discover ancient Chinese culture with tai chi and a tea ceremony• Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City on a guided tourHighlights• Amble along two separate sections of the Great Wall of China• Stand in awe of Xi’an’s impressive army of Terracotta Soldiers• Bed down for a cosy night’s sleep in a traditional Kazakh yurtDAY01-02030405-0607-0809-10InclusionsITINERARYBeijingArrive into China’s bustling capital and get to know your trek mates.On Day 2, discover the history of the Forbidden City and TiananmenSquare, before enjoying a traditional tea ceremony. (B)MutianyuIt’s a three-hour transfer to Mutianyu, one of the oldest (as early asthe 6th Century) and best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Trekfor around five to six hours today, and on arrival into Xizazi villagefor an overnight stay, enjoy a dumpling cooking class. (B, D)JiankouYou’ll notice a dramatic change today, the granite of Mutianyu givesway to less well-preserved section of the Great Wall. It requires morecare when hiking but provides a better sense of adventure! (B, L, D)Gubeikou / JinshanlingLimber up for two more days of hiking with a tai chi lesson, anancient martial art renowned for its health benefits. Cross over theWohu Pass to Gubeikou, past ruined watchtowers that bear the scarsof battle, an on to Jinshanling. (2B, 2L, 2D)Simatai / Hunagyaguan / BeijingTwo final days of hiking take you along a well-preserved stretch ofthe Great Wall punctuated by further watchtowers used as weaponstores here at the heart of the old Chinese Empire. After visiting QingDynasty tombs, it’s a short ride back to Beijing. (2B, L, D)BeijingFree time for optional activities in Beijing, including the SummerPalace, Tibetan Monastery or the ancient hutongs. After a last nightout with your group, you’re free to depart any time on Day 10. (2B)Trip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple guesthouses (5 nts),hotels (4 nts) Transport: Local bus Meals:9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Budget:Allow USD $200-250 for meals not includedGroup Leader: English-speaking Chinese ChiefExperience Office (CEO), local guides Group Size:Max 16, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAACGADepartures 2015STARTFINISHApr 20 Apr 29May 11 May 20Jun 08 Jun 17STARTFINISHJul 13 Jul 22Aug 10 Aug 19Sep 14 Sep 23START FINISHSep 21 Sep 30Oct 05 Oct 14Gubeikou JinshanlingMutianyu SimataiJiankouBeijingCHINAHuangyaguanDAY01-0304-0607-1011-1314-18InclusionsITINERARYBeijingArrive into the bright lights of Beijing at any time. Walk in history’sfootsteps as you take a guided tour of Tiananmen Square and theForbidden City. Explore the wonders of the Great Wall on Day 3, thenopt to see a kung fu show before you’re off to Xi’an. (2B)Xi’an / JiayuguanA guided tour takes you to one of Middle Kingdom’s archaeologicaltreasures, the Terracotta Warriors. Stand in awe of the giant army ofstatues before exploring the Silk Road monument, cycling the city’swalls or wandering the Muslim Quarter. A night train on Day 5 takesyou to Jiayuguan, the westernmost section of the Great Wall. (B)Dunhuang / TurpanExplore the ancient Silk Road town of Dunhuang before a guided tripto the intriguing Mogao Grottoes. On Day 8, choose to wake early fora sunrise over the unique Mingsha Sand Dunes finishing with a camelride. Your train tonight takes you to Turpan arriving into this oasistown on Day 9. Explore the ancient Karez water system with yourguide and use your free time to explore the Jiahoe ruins. (3B)Urumqi / Heavenly Lake / HotanTake a private van to Urumqi and into the stunning Tian ShanMountain range for a stay in traditional yurts with local Kazakhminority people. Hike, horseback ride or just relax and take in theviews! Over the next two days, travel by train to Hotan. (3B, L, D)Hotan / KashgarArrive into the small town of Hotan, get a feel for local life with avillage tour by donkey cart then check out the abandoned towns andruins. Take a train to the ancient city of Kashgar on Day 16 to haggleat the famous Sunday Bazaar. Your tour ends on Day 18. (2B)Trip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: AnyAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (11nts), yurt (1 nt, multi-share), night train (5 nts)Transport: Train, private van, subway, taxi,public bus, donkey cart Meals: 11 breakfasts,1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $240-360for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer, local guide Group Size: Max16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACSRMy Own Room Available: Fr $519 My Own Room Available: Fr $689Departures 2015STARTFINISHApr 17 May 04May 08 May 25May 22 Jun 08STARTFINISHJun 05 Jun 22Jun 19 Jul 06Jul 10 Jul 27START FINISHAug 21 Sep 07Sep 11 Sep 28Oct 09 Oct 26KashgarHotanTurpanINDIARUSSIAUrumqi /Heavenly LakeDunhuangMONGOLIAJiayuguanCHINABeijingXi'an141


ESSENTIAL CHINABeijing Hong KongFR$3,69921 DAYSHighlights• Find your way around bustling Beijing• Walk on the Great Wall of China• Stroll the streets of dynamic Shanghai• Meet the unique Terracotta Warriors• Fall in love with the Chengdu pandas• Cruise along the Yangtze River• Marvel at the huge Three Gorges Dam• Live the high life in Hong KongORIENTAL ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHMar 01 Mar 21Mar 08 Mar 28Mar 15 Apr 04Mar 22 Apr 11Mar 29 Apr 18Apr 05 Apr 25Apr 12 May 02Apr 19 May 09Apr 26 May 16May 03 May 23May 10 May 30May 17 Jun 06May 24 Jun 13May 31 Jun 20InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 05 Jun 25Jun 07 Jun 27Jun 14 Jul 04Jun 19 Jul 09Jun 21 Jul 11Jun 28 Jul 18Jul 05 Jul 25Jul 10 Jul 30Jul 12 Aug 01Jul 19 Aug 08Jul 26 Aug 15Aug 02 Aug 22Aug 09 Aug 29Aug 16 Sep 05START FINISHAug 23 Sep 12Aug 30 Sep 19Sep 04 Sep 26Sep 13 Oct 03Sep 20 Oct 10Sep 27 Oct 17Oct 04 Oct 24Oct 11 Oct 31Oct 18 Nov 07Oct 25 Nov 14Nov 01 Nov 21Nov 08 Nov 28Nov 15 Dec 05Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (11 nts), basicmonastery (2 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts),boat (3 nts) Transport: Train, local bus, aircon bus, boat, bicycle, plane, taxi Meals: 1lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $350-420for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACECMy Own Room Available: Fr $809CHINAYou might likeBeijingXi’anYichangChengduLeshanChongqingGuilinYangshuoShanghaiHong KongWhy not add an optional activity pack tocustomise your trip?China Cultural Bundle Fr $140Kung fu dance show (Beijing, 1.5 hours),acrobat performance (Shanghai, 1.5 hours)& Li River light show (Yangshuo, 1 hour)Next time you pop into your local takeaway for half a crispy duck, you’ll have more thanjust the weather to talk about. Over the tantalising smells of your dinner start planningan adventure of a lifetime. Prepare to indulge in the exotic and mystical and live the trueessence of China in all its wonderful diversity. Visit cosmopolitan cities, quaint tea houses,the immense Great Wall and the alluring Three Gorges. Stand shoulder to shoulder withthe remarkable Terracotta Warriors. This incredible journey delivers exactly what it says -Essential China. And you thought you were just ordering a takeaway, huh?!DAY01-0405-0708-091011-1213-1617-1920-21ITINERARYPanda Breeding Centre, Chengdu.BeijingArrive at any time and meet up with the rest of your group before beginning your explorations. Fromthe vast expanse of Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China, Beijing is acity of incredible sights. Don’t miss some of the best shopping, food and entertainment in the world.ShanghaiShanghai is China’s largest and most dynamic city, where traditional architecture sits in the shadowsof brand spanking new skyscrapers. Visit the world-famous Shanghai Museum, shop on Nanjing Roador try not to wince as you take in an optional performance of the death-defying Chinese Acrobats.Xi’anEnjoy an orientation walk through Xi’an’s fascinating Muslim Quarter then visit one of China’sgreatest archaeological treasures, the Terracotta Warriors. Dine on some of the best market food inthe country and get on your bike with an option to cycle the ancient city walls.ChengduTake a full day to explore the teahouses and the streets of Chengdu, try a rejuvenating massage orsample some of the local culinary classics. There’s no shortage of delicious Sichuan hot pot. (D)Panda Breeding Centre / Emei ShanSee giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Centre before continuing on to Emei Shan Mountain,one of the four sacred Buddhist peaks of China. Tonight you’ll sleep in a traditional monastery,definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Facilities are basic but the experience is unique and theviews are breathtaking.Leshan / Chongqing / Three GorgesDepart for Chongqing with an en route stop at Leshan, home of the largest stone carved Buddha inthe world. In the evening, cruise down the mighty Yangtze on board a Chinese-style boat throughthe Three Gorges. Enjoy the views from the deck and embark on riverside excursions up stunningtributaries and to historic sites. On Day 16, travel by overnight train from Wuhan to Guilin.YangshuoArrive into Guilin on the morning of Day 17 and transfer by bus to the small countryside town ofYangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains. Takea boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way orobserve one of the local traditions - cormorant fishing. On Day 18, take a full-day bike ride throughthe surrounding countryside with a local guide and an included lunch. On Day 19, travel back toGuilin in the afternoon by public bus before boarding an overnight train to Shenzhen. (L)Hong KongAfter an early arrival in Shenzhen, cross the border and catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong.Prepare for the change of pace as you enjoy your last night in the most dynamic city in Asia - what away to end your trip! Explore Stanley Market, make the trip up Victoria Peak for the great views, ortake a harbour cruise. You’ll probably want to stay longer than a night as there’s so much excitementto be had here. This is undeniably one of the world’s most fascinating and impressively-situatedcities. The tour comes to an end at any time on Day 21.142 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


HIGHLIGHTSOF CHINACHINAFR$3,299 ADVENTUREFR$3,715Shanghai Beijing 14 DAYS Beijing Hong Kong12 DAYSWest Lake, HangzhouORIENTAL ASIAHighlights• Cycle through Yangshuo’s rice fields and dramatic limestone scenery• Relax on a Three Gorges cruise along the mighty Yangtze River• Walk along the Great Wall and visit the Terracotta WarriorsHighlights• Visit historic Tiananmen Square and the impressive Summer Palace• Discover the Forbidden City and enjoy a local lunch in the hutongs• Marvel at the Great Wall of China and explore vibrant Hong KongDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0203-0506-0910-1112-14Shanghai / HangzhouArrive in Shanghai and meet your group over an optional dinner. OnDay 2, visit the Shanghai Museum before boarding a bullet train toHangzhou, one of China’s most historic and dynamic cities.Hangzhou / Guilin / YangshuoVisit a tea plantation in Longjing village and the famous West Lakein Hangzhou before an evening flight to Guilin. From here, travelthrough stunning limestone karst scenery to the riverside town ofYangshuo. Spend Day 4 and 5 enjoying beautiful surroundings in thisregion. Take a guided bike ride through the stunning countrysidewith an included local lunch and enjoy optional activities such as acooking class, tai chi or Chinese calligraphy. (L)Yangtze RiverFly to Chongqing and travel by private bus to board a typical Yangtzecruise boat, which is comfortable but not luxurious. Spend two daysexploring this powerful river passing the stunning Three Gorges andtaking side trips to villages and riverside temples. On Day 9, take anovernight train to Xi’an, the ancient capital of China. (3B, 2L, 2D)Xi’anEnjoy all Xi’an has to offer. Take an orientation walk of the city,explore the Muslim Quarter and see the Terracotta Warriors. Opt tocycle the ancient city walls then board an overnight train to Beijing.BeijingArrive in the morning of Day 12 and throw yourself into the Chinesecapital with included tours of Tiananmen Square and the ForbiddenCity. On Day 13, visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Grabsome souvenirs before your tour ends on Day 14.01-0405-0708-0910-12BeijingArrive into bustling Beijing and meet your fellow travellers. On Day2, visit Tiananmen Square and explore the Forbidden City. Next dayhead out of the city and on to the spectacular Great Wall of Chinafor a walk on this immense structure. On Day 4, wander the narrowstreets of Beijing’s hutongs and later visit the tranquil SummerPalace, a world away from the hectic city vibe. After dinner at a localrestaurant, board the overnight train to Xi’an. (3B, 2L, D)Xi’an / ShanghaiEnjoy breakfast in Xi’an and then a tour of the world-famousTerracotta Warriors. On Day 6, cycle the ancient Xi’an City Wall, visitthe Muslim Quarter and shop for local specialities. Catch a flight toShanghai this afternoon and soak up the city views from the 88thfloor of the Jin Mao Tower. On Day 7, visit the temples, shops, eat orjust take time to chill. Stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s most famouspromenade and marvel at the impressive architecture. (3B, L, D)Shanghai / YangshuoCatch a flight to Guilin this morning and head to Yangshuo. Explorethe night markets of one of the ‘quietest’ bustling towns in China. OnDay 9, try a local cooking class or just take Yangshuo at your ownpace. Tonight, choose to watch the Liu Sanjie Impressions light show,a stunning performance set amongst the local mountains. (2B)Yangshuo / Hong KongRide through the magical scenery of the Guilin Province before youcatch a flight to the bright lights of Hong Kong. On Day 11, admirethe views over this exciting city from Victoria Peak, visit the fishingvillage of Aberdeen and shop for souvenirs at Stanley Markets.Enjoy a final dinner before your trip ends on Day 12. (3B, D)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train(2 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts) Transport: Train,plane, bullet train, local bus, air con bus, boat,metro Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $260-320 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACHCMy Own Room Available: Fr $689Departures 2015Mar-OctSelected SundaysLAOSBeijingThreeGorgesGuilinXi'anCHINAShanghaiHangzhouChongqingYangshuoInclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation: 3star hotels (10 nts), overnight train (1 nt)Transport: Plane, overnight train, private coachMeals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager, local Englishspeakingguides Group Size: Max 30 TourCode: COCHINADepartures 2015STARTFINISHMar 29 Apr 09Apr 12 Apr 23May 10 May 21Jun 21 Jul 02STARTFINISHJul 05 Jul 16Jul 19 Jul 30Aug 30 Sep 10Sep 13 Sep 24START FINISHOct 11 Oct 22Oct 25 Nov 05Nov 08 Nov 19Additional departure dates are available, please ask for details.BeijingXi’AnShanghaiCHINAYangshuoHong Kong143


CHINAEXPRESSBEIJING TO SHANGHAIFR$1,799 ADVENTUREFR$1,299Beijing Shanghai 8 DAYS Beijing Shanghai8 DAYSORIENTAL ASIAThe Great Wall of ChinaTerracotta WarriorsHighlights• Visit Beijing’s highlights on this great ‘first-timer’ tour of China• See Tiananmen Square and walk the most famous wall in the world• Marvel at the ancient and well-preserved Terracotta WarriorsHighlights• Trek along the world-renowned Great Wall of China• Visit Xi’an’s unique standing army of Terracotta Warriors• Practise tai chi with the locals in the historic town of SuzhouDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-03BeijingArrive in the Chinese capital, one of the world’s most impressive andvibrant cities. Be blown away by the size and sheer spectacle of theGreat Wall of China on an included visit, and discover China’s opulentpast as you tour the Forbidden City. Wander through the vast andiconic Tiananmen Square and gain an insight into local life exploringthe hutongs (backstreets). On Day 3, you board a flight to Xi’an, theancient capital of China.01-03BeijingArrive at any time today and meet your group on your first evening.Day 2 dawns and it’s time to get out there to see some of Beijing’smarvels. You’ll be bombarded with ornate temples, glittering towersand political architecture designed to impress. You’ll visit the epicGreat Wall of China, with the chance to stroll along a short stretch,and enjoy a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.On Day 3, catch the overnight train to Xi’an.040506-0708Xi’anDiscover one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures – theTerracotta Warriors. This amazing army of statues were built toguard the tomb of Qin Shihuang and discovered only as recently as1974. Check out the Great Mosque, scour souvenir stalls and indulgein superb street food. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls beforejoining in with tai chi or ballroom dancing in the parks. (L)SuzhouToday you will visit Suzhou, otherwise known as the ‘Venice of theEast’. Explore the beautiful classical gardens and take in a culturalperformance in the exquisite Master of Nets garden.ShanghaiExplore exotic and dynamic Shanghai to see how east meets west andhow ancient rituals sit side-by-side with modern life. Take a strollalong the Bund, the old Colonial waterfront, or shop on the famousNanjing Road before having a final dinner with your tour mates. Getready to be amazed by an optional Chinese acrobatic performance.ShanghaiYour adventure ends on Day 8. You can leave at any time.04-050607-08Xi’anStart with an orientation walk of Xi’an’s fascinating Muslim Quarterand then take the chance to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors,a giant army of statues built to guard the tomb of Qin Shihuang. Youcan also cycle the remaining city walls and enjoy some phenomenalstreet food. Travel by overnight train to Suzhou on Day 5.SuzhouCheck out the canal town of Suzhou, the ‘Venice of the East.’ Thishistoric city has beautiful Chinese gardens, full of flowers andfriendly locals and monks practising tai chi. If you want to take in atraditional Chinese performance complete with ancient costumes, folksinging and dancing, this is the place to do it!ShanghaiWelcome to the dazzle of modern-day Shanghai, China’s boomtownthat has lured millions with the promise of economic progress. You’llstart your time in this glamorous city with an orientation walk tohelp you get your bearings. On your final evening with your group,let loose like the locals with a Karaoke session in a private room, thisis sure to be an unforgettable night, Shanghai-style! On Day 8, yourtrip comes to an end at any time.InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotel (6 nts), sleeper train(1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus, air con bus,plane Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $160-200 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACCRCHINABeijingInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (5 nts), sleepertrains (2 nts) Transport: Train, local bus Meals:None Budget: Allow USD $120-160 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO) Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12 TourCode: GAACBIBeijingMy Own Room Available: Fr $349 My Own Room Available: Fr $229Departures 2015Jan-Feb, DecMar-Apr,Sep-OctMay, Oct-NovAlternate SaturdaysSat/Mon, 4-5 trips per monthEvery SaturdayXi’anSuzhouShanghaiDepartures 2015Mar-DecSelected WednesdaysXi’anCHINASuzhouShanghai144VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


WILD CHINABeijing Hong KongFR$3,49921 DAYSHighlights• Walk the Great Wall of China• Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors• Lose your heart to the Chengdu panda• Explore the sacred Mount Emei• Enjoy the lovely lakeside town of Dali• Absorb Lijiang’s fascinating culture• Trek the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge• Discover village life in YangshuoDepartures 2015START FINISHMar 22 Apr 11Mar 27 Apr 16Mar 29 Apr 18Apr 05 Apr 25Apr 10 Apr 30Apr 12 May 02Apr 19 May 09Apr 24 May 14Apr 26 May 16May 03 May 23InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 10 May 30May 17 Jun 06May 24 Jun 13Jun 07 Jun 27Jun 21 Jul 11Jul 05 Jul 25Jul 19 Aug 08Jul 26 Aug 15Aug 02 Aug 22Aug 09 Aug 29START FINISHAug 16 Sep 05Sep 04 Sep 24Sep 06 Sep 26Sep 11 Oct 01Sep 13 Oct 03Sep 20 Oct 10Sep 27 Oct 17Oct 04 Oct 24Oct 11 Oct 31Oct 25 Nov 14Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels (11 nts),guesthouses (4 nts), basic monastery (2 nts),sleeper trains (3 nts) Transport: Train, publicbus, air con bus, plane Meals: 1 lunch Budget:Allow USD $315-450 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO)Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code:GAACWCMy Own Room Available: Fr $689CHINAChengduLeshanTigerLeapingGorgeLijiangDaliKunmingYou might likeStay longer in Hong KongCheck out pages 150-153Stay longer in BeijingCheck out page 154BeijingXi’anMt. EmeiGuilinYangshuoHong KongChina is home to a whopping 1.3 billion people, ultra-modern architecture, awesome naturalsights and iconic historical wonders. But the real uniqueness of this amazing adventure liesin your interaction with the local cultures and people. Be whisked away from the tourist trailwhen you check out the real China and discover its ‘wild’ side with a visit to a giant pandabreeding centre. Allow yourself to be immersed in a completely different way of life as youhike the beautiful Mount Emei and trek through the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge; all on athree-week tour that takes you down the road less travelled.DAY01-0304-050607-0809-1011-1213-1415-1920-21ITINERARYYangshuoBeijingArrive at any time and feel free to explore. China’s capital is a city on a grand scale - check out thevast expanses of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, see the Temple of Heaven and pay anincluded visit to the astounding Great Wall of China. Catch the overnight train to Xi’an on Day 3.Xi’anExplore the Muslim Quarter and its Great Mosque as well as exotic street food stalls and the majesticcity walls which you can cycle around. But the big highlight for most visitors are the magnificent andunique Terracotta Warriors. Re-discovered only as recently as 1974 after having been buried for over2,000 years, all face east in battle formation complete with horses and chariots.ChengduThings get considerably cuter today with a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base justoutside of Chengdu. Getting close to these beautiful and iconic Chinese animals is a real highlight.Leshan / EmeishanHike Mount Emei, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China and stay the night in amonastery seeing how real monks live. Opt to board a boat and head out into the Mingjiang River toget an overall view of the world’s largest sitting outdoor Buddha in Leshan.LijiangLijiang is a World Heritage Site and home to the Naxi minority. Old men smoking pipes and womenin their traditional costumes are to be found everywhere. The best way to spend a day here is to getlost in the small pedestrian lanes that meander throughout the town. Every twist and turn revealspicturesque old buildings, local arts and crafts, canals and beautiful arched bridges. Optional visit tothe Black Dragon Pool Park where you may be lucky enough to hear Naxi music.Tiger Leaping GorgeIn the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow inplaces that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it. Enjoy a two-day trekthrough this magnificent and unspoilt landscape. Be prepared for something more than an easy stroll- at times the trek can be hard work, particularly in the summer, but it’s more than worth it!DaliThe ancient walled town of Dali nestles snugly between the towering Cang Shan Mountains andbeautiful Erhai Lake. Check out temples, the old Muslim Quarter, the stunning ‘Three Pagodas’ andthe colourful Bai markets.Kunming / YangshuoTravel overland to Kunming and explore the Green Lake and local markets on an included city tour.Fly from Kunming to Guilin and then transfer to Yangshuo, which boasts spectacular scenery and arelaxed atmosphere. Surrounded by covered limestone hills and green paddy fields, spend three daysexploring the peaks, rivers, caves and villages of the Yangshuo area, plus enjoy an included sceniccruise along the Li River. On Day 19, travel by overnight train then bus to Hong Kong. (L)Hong KongHong Kong is one of the world’s most energetic and vibrant cities. It boasts an unbeatable array ofcultural sights, shopping and fabulous restaurants, and offers an irresistible mix of British colonialhistory with heaps of authentic Chinese atmosphere! Your tour ends on Day 21.ORIENTAL ASIA145


CHINAADVENTURE (ACTIVE)BEIJING TO HONG KONGFR$2,099 EXPRESSFR$1,999Beijing Hong Kong 15 DAYS Beijing Hong Kong12 DAYSORIENTAL ASIAYangshuoTemple of HeavenHighlights• Trek through timeless rice paddies and walk upon the Great Wall• Cycle along Xi’an’s ancient city walls and through Beijing’s hutongs• Relive those Bruce Lee fantasies watching the kung fu monksHighlights• Climb the Great Wall and face the Terracotta Warriors• Cycle through rice paddies admiring incredible surroundings• Marvel at skyscrapers in Shanghai and Hong KongDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-04Beijing / Great Wall of China TrekDiscover the history of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square ona guided tour of China’s fascinating capital and on a bike ride throughthe atmospheric hutongs. On Day 3, travel to a lesser-known stretchof the Great Wall for a hike and the chance to stay in the home of alocal farmer. Take the overnight train to Luoyang on Day 4. (B)01-03BeijingArrive to Beijing at any time and meet your group over an optionaldinner where you can try some delicious Beijing cuisine. Next day, setout early for a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. On Day 3, visit theForbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven beforeboarding an overnight train to Xi’an.05-08Shaolin / Longmen Caves / Xi’anTransfer to the holy mountain of Song Shan and visit the ShaolinMonastery, founded in the 5th Century and known as the mysticalbirthplace of kung fu. See over 100,000 Buddha images carved intothe mountainside at the Longmen Grottoes before travelling by highspeedtrain to Xi’an. It goes without saying that you’ll pay a visit tothe Terracotta Warriors, but you’ll also get to cycle Xi’an’s city walls.04-05Xi’anGet your bearings over an included orientation walk then opt to visitthe top of the ancient city walls, enclosing the heart of the moderncity. In the evening, stroll the Muslim Quarter and sample some of thedelicacies the area is known for. On Day 5, come face to face withthe famous Terracotta Warriors before catching an overnight sleepertrain to Shanghai.09-1011-1314-15YangshuoTake an orientation walk around Yangshuo and a bike ride into thecountryside to climb Moon Hill. Optional activities include a cookingschool, tai chi lessons or a spectacular sound and light show. (L)Longshen / GuilinFamous for their centuries-old rice terraces; hiking in the villagesaround Longshen affords an authentic, peaceful glimpse into ruralChina. The scenery is spectacular at any time of the year.Hong KongArrive into Shenzen and cross the border into Hong Kong, travellingby metro into the heart of the city. Spend your free time taking in allthe many sights of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, not forgetting toride the Victoria Peak Tram to look down on the skyscrapers liningone of the world’s most recognisable harbours. Tour ends on Day 15.06-0708-1011-12ShanghaiArrive to modern and exhilarating Shanghai where there’s lots onoffer - from temples, street markets and classic Chinese gardens tothe futuristic skyline seen from The Bund. Spend two days enjoyingthis fascinating city, then take an overnight sleeper train to Guilin.YangshuoTransfer to the village town of Yangshuo offering amazing scenerywith limestone karsts jutting out of watery rice paddies. Plenty ofactivities on offer here including cooking classes, Moon Hill climbing,bamboo rafting, practicing tai chi on the river and many more. OnDay 10, board an overnight train to exotic Hong Kong. (L)Hong KongExplore this exploding metropolis and enjoy your final night with thegroup before bidding your farewells on Day 12.InclusionsTrip Style: Active Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (8 nts), simple guesthouses (2 nts), homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (3nts) Transport: Train, local bus, plane, bicycleMeals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD$275-375 for meals Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code: GAACBHMy Own Room Available: Fr $809Departures 2015STARTFINISHApr 24 May 05May 22 Jun 02Jun 12 Jun 23STARTFINISHJul 10 Jul 21Aug 14 Aug 25Sep 04 Sep 15START FINISHOct 02 Oct 13LAOSXi’anCHINABeijingLongshengGuilinYangshuoShaolinHong KongInclusionsTrip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts),sleeper trains (4 nts) Transport: Train, privatevan, public bus, bike Meals: 1 lunch Budget:Allow USD $200-250 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAACBRMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015Feb-NovSelected Sundays, typically 1-3departures per monthLAOSCHINABeijingXi’anShanghaiGuilinYangshuoHong Kong146VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BEST OFYUNNANHIDDEN CHINAFR$1,649 & INNER MONGOLIAFR$1,749Kunming Kunming 10 DAYS Beijing Beijing12 DAYSErhai Lake, DaliThe Forbidden CityORIENTAL ASIAHighlights• Slow the pace down as you wander the scenic highlands of Yunnan• Hike through the huge (and hugely spectacular) Tiger Leaping Gorge• Explore the Ming Dynasty-era streets in the ancient city of DaliHighlights• Stroll the Great Wall and stare down the Terracotta Warriors• Stand in awe in front of 50,000 Buddhas at the Yungang Caves• Learn the ancient art of Chinese painting in PingyaoDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY0102-03KunmingArrive into Kunming at any time and, if time permits, explore the birdand flower markets or watch the locals practicing tai chi in GreenLake Park, before meeting your group this evening.DaliThe ancient walled town of Dali nestles between Erhai Lake and theCang Shan Mountains and is perhaps most famous for the beautifulThree Pagodas. It’s small enough to explore on foot or you couldtravel by bus or bike out to traditional countryside villages. (2B)01-0203BeijingArrive into Beijing, perhaps with time to explore before meetingyour group this evening. On Day 2, take a trip to one of mankind’smost incredible feats of engineering, the Great Wall of China, beforereturning to Beijing for the sleeper train to Inner Mongolia. (B)Inner Mongolia / UlanchapArrive into Ulanchap and head out to the vast expanse of grasslandsthat lie 70km west of the city. Visit a Mongolian family, enjoy atraditional Mongolian dinner and spend the night in a ger. (B, D)0405-0809-10LijiangHome to China’s Naxi minority people, the World Heritage Site ofLijiang is packed with picturesque old buildings, fast-flowing canalsand women in typical Naxi costume. Spend an afternoon resting in apavilion in Black Dragon Pool Park, gazing at the reflection of JadeDragon Snow Mountain and listening to traditional Naxi music. (B)Tiger Leaping Gorge / Lijiang / ShaxiLess well-known than the Three Gorges, but absolutely no lessimpressive, the narrow and dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge takes itsname from the legend that a tiger once escaped capture by jumpingacross. It’s a relatively strenuous hike on local tracks and, weatherconditions permitting, you’ll ascend the ‘28 Bends’ to be rewardedwith incredible views. On Day 6, return to Lijiang. Days 7 and 8 areyours to explore the quiet cobblestoned streets and the fabuloustraditional architecture of traditional Shaxi. (4B)KunmingEnjoy a free morning in Shaxi before catching a flight back toKunming. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast on Day 10. (2B)04-0506-0809-1011-12DatongOnce a political and economic powerhouse, Datong is now famous forits temples, pagodas and other treasures. Visit the Yungang Grottoesto see over 50,000 Buddha statues, and the Hanging Monastery. (2B)PingyaoTravel by train (an experience in itself!) through beautiful scenery toarrive into the traditional town of Pingyao in the evening of Day 6.On Day 7, stroll the city walls, market tower and Confucius Templebefore visiting a local family for a Chinese painting lesson. (3B)Xi’anStart your stay in Xi’an with a visit to the impressive TerracottaWarriors then enjoy a traditional farmhouse lunch, tour the GreatMosque in the city’s Muslim Quarter and hop into the saddle for abike ride round the ancient walls. Take an overnight train to Beijingon Day 10. (2B, L)BeijingTake a guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tourends any time on Day 12. (2B)InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 3 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts)Transport: Train, private van, plane, public busMeals: 9 breakfasts Budget: Allow USD $115-150 for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACBYMy Own Room Available: Fr $289Departures 2015STARTFINISHJan 31 Feb 09Feb 14 Feb 23Mar 28 Apr 06May 02 May 11STARTFINISHMay 23 Jun 01Jun 20 Jun 29Jul 25 Aug 03Aug 15 Aug 24START FINISHSep 12 Sep 21Oct 17 Oct 26Nov 14 Nov 23TigerLeapingGorgeShaxiDaliBURMALijiangCHINAKunmingLAOSInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (7 nts), ger (1 nt,multishare), sleeper train (3 nts) Transport:Train, private van, bus Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $200-260for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAACNCMy Own Room Available: Fr $409Departures 2015STARTFINISHApr 24 May 05May 22 Jun 02Jun 12 Jun 23STARTFINISHJul 10 Jul 21Aug 14 Aug 25Sep 04 Sep 15START FINISHOct 02 Oct 13MONGOLIAInner MongoliaDatongPingyaoXi’anCHINABeijing147


THE DRAGON TRIP: HONG KONG TO HONG KONGHong Kong Hong KongBeijingCHINAXi’anShaolinORIENTAL ASIASichuanYangshuoMacauShanghaiHangzhouFujianHong KongHighlights• Climb Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak• Bamboo raft in Yangshuo at sunset• See pandas in Chengdu• Visit the Terracotta Army in Xian• Kung Fu lesson with Shaolin monks• Watch sunrise on the Great Wall• Champagne in a hot tub above Shanghai• Rural mountain homestayDepartures 2015Every Wednesday , March - OctoberInclusionsAccommodation: Hostels, choose from dormstylerooms with shared bathroom or upgradeto single/twin/double rooms with private ensuites (13 nts), night train/bus with fully flatbeds (5 nts), lodge (1 nt), basic guesthouse/camp (4 nts) Transport: Ferry, train, privateminibus Includes: Tour guide, accommodation,transport, tickets for un-missable activitiesMeals: Not included Tour Code: HKGHKGChina is a land filled with wonders and you can see it all on this affordable adventure tour.Travelling as part of a group of ready-made friends with a local guide on a route designedspecifically for backpackers, experience China’s unmissable attractions; the TerracottaWarriors in Xi’an, learn Kung Fu with the Shaolin Monks and camp on China’s greatestWall as well as visiting some off-the-beaten-track locations; stay overnight on a farmsurrounded by waterfalls in the mountains or take a bamboo raft down the Li River. Eachdestination is connected by a sleeper train so you’ll waste no time during the day travelling.DAY0102-0506-0809-1011-1213-15ITINERARYHong KongAn early start to kick off your 25-day adventure; today enjoy an optional guided hike up VictoriaPeak for incredible views over the city and harbour below. In the afternoon, cross the border intoChina before taking a night bus to Yangshuo.YangshuoWake up in rural Yangshuo, one of the most popular backpacking destinations in China and famed forits stunning karst scenery. This afternoon’s activities include rafting down the Li River on bamboorafts whilst the sun sets over the karst peaks. There is no shortage of optional activities to fill yourthree days here; you can visit mud baths in underground caves, enjoy a guided bike tour to swimmingspots and lookouts, sample snake liquor or take a Chinese cooking class! On the final morning, riseearly to see an incredible sunrise over the karst peaks from an ancient pagoda before taking thenight train to Chengdu.ChengduArrive in Chengdu and explore the Wuhu monastery before enjoying a traditional Sichuan Hotpotdinner. In the morning visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre arriving in time to watch themtuck into breakfast, followed by a massage from a traditional blind masseuse. The next day, join anoptional tour to the World’s largest buddha statue before hopping on your next night train.XianAfter arriving in Xian, visit another unmissable and free attraction: the Terracotta Warriors. In theevening you have the chance to help out at a soup kitchen for Xi’an’s homeless people. On Day 9,enjoy an independent walking tour of the Muslim quarter which finishes with a visit to the GreatMosque, or join an optional bike tour around the ancient city walls. Tonight, don’t miss the fountainand light show before experiencing a night out Chinese style; yes, there will be Karaoke, or KTV as itis known here.ShaolinTake the bus to Dengfeng to visit an orphanage in the evening. All the children at the orphanage aretrained in Kung Fu and will put on a performance for you! Then, the Kung Fu teacher who trainedin the Shaolin Monastery will teach you the basics in an optional lesson. Afterwards, it’s your turnto teach the children games and help them practice their English. On Day 12, rise early to visit theShaolin Temple before boarding the night train to Beijing.Beijing / Great Wall of ChinaAfter arriving in Beijing you’re off to The Great Wall of China! You get to hike along a deserted partof the wall as the sun sets without any other tourists around before pitching your tent for a nightof camping on the wall. In the morning wake for what will be one of the most memorable sunrisesof your life and then head back to Beijing. Over the next two days there is time to see all thehighlights including the Forbidden City, Chairman Mao’s embalmed body in Tiananmen Square, andthe Olympic Village.148VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


FR$2,23925 DAYSORIENTAL ASIA16-1819-2122-2425Moganshan / ShanghaiToday, there is time to enjoy more optional activities before boarding the train to Hangzhou,where you will catch a bullet train to a bamboo nature reserve called Moganshan. Hike to thepeak of Moganshan Mountain, passing Chairman Mao’s former summer house, before heading toa mountain lodge for an overnight stay. Spend the morning splashing in a crystal clear mountainlagoon, before travelling on to Shanghai where you can join China’s largest bar crawl andexperience the famed nightlife.ShanghaiThere are plenty of optional activities in Shanghai to fill your days; see incredible acrobaticperformances, join a former French Concession walking tour including a visit to a hidden undergroundpropaganda museum, and visit a bar on the roof of a skyscraper, where you can enjoy views ofPudong and the Bund whilst sipping Champagne in a hot tub. After taking in all Shanghai has to offer,board a night train deep into the tea growing hills of Fujian Province.Fujian ProvinceToday, arrive in Fujian Province, arguably the most picturesque area in the whole of China. Here youspend the night in a tulou, a traditional earthen roundhouse of the Hakka people. This provides anopportunity to not just observe, but also actively experience their fascinating way of life. On Day 23,enjoy breakfast in the roundhouse prepared by one of your local Hakka hosts and then you can visitneighbouring round-houses and temples, discover the beautiful countryside, sample the tea in a teaceremony, and swim in the local river. In the afternoon, mountain bike to a tea plantation in the hillsand set up camp for a night around the campfire. The next morning try picking the local tea whilsttaking in the stunning views. Cycle to a village famous for its beautiful rivers, mountains and originalTulou clusters for lunch, before boarding the night train to Shenzhen.Macau & Hong KongArrive in Shenzhen and transfer straight to Hong Kong. Today there is an optional day tour ofthe nearby colony of Macau where you can try the world’s highest bungee jump! There is also theopportunity to visit the Venetian Macau, a replica of the Venetian in Vegas, only twice the size!In the evening catch a high-speed ferry back to Hong Kong. Say your final good byes to the grouphaving just completed an epic 3-984 mile journey around China!You might likeThe Dragon Trip runs on a backpacker loop whichmeans there’s flexibility where you can start andend your adventure. If you don’t have time todo the full 25 days, the trips below pack in thesame adventure in a shorter amount of time:FR FR FRSHANGHAI TO SHANGHAI $1,785 BEIJING TO BEIJING $1,788 HONG KONG TO HONG KONG $1,58918 DAYS: Shanghai Yangshuo Chengdu Xi’anShaolin Beijing Hangzhou ShanghaiStart in glitzy Shanghai and head straightto the stunning scenery of Yangshuo.Get the best of China, from seeing giantpandas to camping on the Great Wall.18 DAYS: Beijing Shanghai Yangshuo ChengduXi’an Shaolin BeijingSimilar to the Shanghai loop, on this routeyou’ll see top sites, including Shanghai, onan epic loop of China starting and endingin Beijing.25 DAYS: Hong Kong Yangshuo Chengdu Xi’anShaolin Beijing Hong KongExperience the first half of the full circuit,before heading back to Hong Kong fromBeijing. Perfect for seeing China on a tightschedule!Departures 2015 Every Wednesday between March & October Departures 2015 Every Sunday between March & October Departures 2015 Every Wednesday between March & October149


HONG KONGhong kong internationalAirport: 30KMWing Hong StreetShun Ning RoadLai Chi Kok RoadTai Po RoadSHAM SHUI POKnown more for its skycraping antics, Honkershas more than 100 beaches & pretty epic surf.Instead of following the tourists to Repulse Bay(a lot nicer than it sounds!) follow the surfersout of the city to breathtaking Tai Long Wan.Junction RoadWONG TAI SINORIENTAL ASIAWhen you’re all HongKonged out, take anenlightened escape(well, a ferry) to thelush valleys, mountaintopmonasteries, quaintfishing villages & hikingtrails of Lantau Island.4MONG KOKLADIES MARKET85KOWLOONArgyle Street6WEST KOWLOONWATERFRONT PROMENADESKY100JADE MARKETJordan RoadNathan RoadTEMPLE STREETNIGHT MARKETKOWLOONPARK15When you’re done with gleaming malls &want to get down & questionably dirty withyour shopping, hit Temple Street. Exotic,seedy, selling just about everything &surrounded by old school Karaoke bars, youcan’t go hong wrong (soz).12MUSEUMOF HISTORYSCIENCE MUSEUM13HARBOUR CITYTSIM SHA TSUI2STAR FERRYAVENUE OF STARS79MAN MO TEMPLECENTRAL MID-LEVELSESCALATORCaine RoadLAN KWAI FONGYou’d have to really try to miss the‘Symphony of Lights’ - a nightlylaser show that illumunates HongKong’s awesome skyline. Head to thewaterfront Avenue of Stars for thebest view. Plus, a giant Bruce Leestatue. Legend.HONG KONG CONVENTION& EXHIBITION CENTRENOONDAY GUNVICTORIAPARKJava RoadKing’s Road12KMEASTERNCENTRAL PLAZA3PEAK TRAMGarden RoadQueensway14WAN CHAIHennessy Road1011causeway bayCENTRAL & WESTERNFor big nights out with locals, head for theparty-hard crowds of Hong Kong Island’s LanKwai Fong. Or, if you’re staying on Kowloon& need to stagger home, hit up the al frescoantics of Knutsford Terrace.HAPPY VALLEYRACECOURSE


HONG KONGBonkers about honkersIf you’re a foodie, the deliciouscity of Hong Kong should beon your menu. Expect streetvendors, upscale restaurantsand celebrity chefs serving upmouth-watering cuisines fromCantonese to European. And, ifit’s your birthday, forget abouta cake with candles - you’ll beslurping steamed (very) ‘long lifenoodles’. These springy stripstraditionally symbolise longevityand are reputed to bring badluck if accidentally cut!ORIENTAL ASIAGLAMPACKER rock solidFRYES INN @$60 DORMTHE SALISBURY1 FRFORTRESS HILL$602TWIN/DOUBLE YMCA OF HONG KONGPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Fab communal areas, great for socialising with fellow travellers• Two minutes’ walk from Fortress Hill MTR station• Cheap and cheerful, meaning more cash to splash in HonkersPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTFR$193FR$97SINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• A Honkers favourite, we love this Kowloon location• Wake up with a swim or with a coffee in the city garden• A short stroll from the ferry terminal; easy access to Hong Kong IslandThis colourful and cosy new hostel is a great little budget option.Tucked away in a quiet and safe neighbourhood, expect a warm,homely atmosphere and clean, comfortable surroundings. There’sa choice of private en suite rooms or six to eight-bed dorms tochoose from. Excellent value for money.Free Wi-FiHKGYESCome stay at the YMCA. No really, with a prized spot on the tip ofthe Kowloon Peninsula, we’re willing to sing about the unbeatablelocation and value of this hotel. Surrounded by sights, inside you’llfind an indoor pool, gym and restaurant. En suite rooms are supercomfywith air con, fridges and complimentary bathroom smellies.Free Wi-FiHKGYMCGLAMPACKERrock solid ROCK SOLID3 4 5YES INN @CAUSEWAY BAYFR FRDORSETT $164 SINGLESTANFORD $179FR FR FR$60 DORMMONGKOK $82 TWIN/DOUBLE HILLVIEW HOTEL $90SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTChoose from vibrantly decorated mixed orfemale-only dorms all with en suites andair con at this recently renovated hostel.All bunks come with reading lights, privacycurtains and taller guests will love thebig-size beds. Need to make a local call?No problem - usage of the hostel’s phone iscompletely free of charge.Situated on the cusp of buzzing Mongkokand Tai Kwok Tsui, this contemporary hotelis a relaxing retreat. Fashionably designedrooms come with free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVsand rain showers. The real selling point,however, is the location - four minutesfrom the Olympic Station and close to tonsof attractions.Tucked away in a quiet corner of theTsimshatsui entertainment area is thissmart Kowloon hotel. Rooms are simplyfurnished with en suites, air con andmini-fridges. Immerse yourself in the area’sthriving nightlife, venture further afield onthe complimentary shuttle service or relaxin the Sky Garden, café or lounge bar.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiHGKYIHSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-27DEC15 (EXCLUDESSTAY 3 NIGHTS FOR A FREE UPGRADE TOCERTAIN DATES)HKGDOR SUPERIOR ROOM - 01JAN15-31DEC15HKGHIL151


ROCK SOLIDrock solid6 7THECITYVIEWPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• A short stroll from Temple Street and Ladies’ markets• Modern and comfy en suite rooms all come with air con• A minute’s walk from MTR subway, making access to HK Island easyFR FR$176 SINGLEHARBOUR PLAZA$156FR FR$88 TWIN/DOUBLE NORTH POINT$78PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy stunning views over emerald green hills or Victoria Harbour• Kick back and enjoy the lounge’s live band• Dive into a sunset cocktail on the outdoor pool terraceSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEORIENTAL ASIANestled in the entertainment district, adjacent to bustling NathanStreet, The Cityview boasts eco-credentials and great facilities.Work up an appetite at the fitness centre, relax travel-weary limbsin the sauna and don’t forget to take a dip in its indoor pool. Inaddition, there’s a choice of two tasty restaurants.A minute’s walk from Quarry Bay MTR and with complimentaryshuttles to Causeway Bay, City Plaza and AEL Hong Kong Station,this high-rise lovely is a great base. Dip into the palm-fringed pool,work out at the gym or tuck into tasty dim sum at the restaurant. Allrooms have air con, cable TV and hill or harbour views.Free Wi-FiHKGYHKFree Wi-FiSTAY 4 PAY 3 OR BOOK 60 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A10% DISCOUNT -03JAN15-29DEC15 (EXCLUDES SOME DATES). STAY 2 NIGHTS FOR A FREE UPGRADEHKGPLAROCK SOLIDROCK SOLID8 9METROPARKHOTEL KOWLOONPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• With an all-day happy hour, there’s little else to do at the ‘Sip Sip Bar’• Escape Kowloon’s frenetic pace chilling out at the rooftop pool• Feast on Chinese delicacies cooked by award-winning chefsFR FR$149 SINGLEICLUB$148FR FR$75 TWIN/DOUBLE SHEUNG WAN$74PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Escape the Honkers’ hustle in the natural vertical garden• Keep gym-fit using the Sweat Zone’s fitness facilities• Thriving nightlife on your doorstepSINGLETWIN/DOUBLELocated in the thick of Kowloon, a ten-minute walk from famousmarkets, is this recently renovated hotel. Aside from the all-dayhappy hour at the understandably popular bar, be tempted bya rooftop pool, gym, two restaurants and a yummy cake shop.Rooms and suites all have air con, cable TV and modern en suites.Free Wi-FiThis large, contemporary hotel slapbang in the heart of theSheung Wan entertainment district has fresh, airy rooms withplenty of natural light, en suites and cooling air con. Relax withcomplimentary refreshments in the iLounge, before heading out tothe countless surrounding bars and restaurants.Free Wi-Fi30% OFF 3RD NIGHT - 02JAN15-28FEB15 & 01MAY15-15SEP15HKGMETHKGICLa-listROCK SOLID10 11COSMOPOLITANHOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy unique views of Happy Valley racecourse• Hassle-free sightseeing with complimentary shuttles to 15 locations• High spec, high-tech rooms with plasmas, iPod stations & high-speed Wi-FiFR FR$177 SINGLECOSMO$164FR FR$89 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$82PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Ditch generic hotels for a slice of Hong Kong Island boutique bliss• Sink award-winning cocktails at the glam, party-hard Nooch Bar• Complimentary shuttles to 16 locations on Hong Kong IslandSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEAdjacent to the Happy Valley Racecourse on glitzy Hong KongIsland, this elegant hotel is packed with luxury extras - from lavishpillow menus to complimentary shuttles. Rooms are super hightechwith massage showers and overlook the racecourse or WanChai skyline. There’s also a gym, cocktail bar and restaurant.Slapbang between bustling Causeway Bay and Wan Chai, the Cosmobrings playful individuality to Hong Kong Island. Boutique in styleand service, get to know the neighbourhood with free shuttles,grab a complimentary coffee on the patio, and pick from a pillowmenu in the bold rooms - each with plasmas and iPod docks.STAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-25MAR15, 30MAR15-10APR15, 01MAY15-09OCT15 & 15NOV15-27DEC15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiHKGCOSSTAY 4 PAY 3 - 01JAN15-25MAR15, 30MAR15-10APR15, 01MAY15-09OCT15 & 15NOV15-27DEC15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiHKGCMO152VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


ROCK SOLIDa-list12 13STANFORD HOTELHONG KONGPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Enjoy an aperitif or catch the latest game on-screen in the lounge• Discount on lunch/dinner buffet and laundry service• Short on time? Jump on the complimentary shuttle bus serviceFR FR$148 SINGLEHARBOUR$264FR FR$74 TWIN/DOUBLE GRAND KOWLOON$132PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Choose from six fine dining restaurants• Wake up to breathtaking views from your spacious & comfortable room• Swim high above the city in the famous glass-walled rooftop poolSituated next to Ladies’ Market in vibrant Kowloon, this modernhotel is all comfort and convenience and just a few minutes walkfrom the MTR station. Stylishly furnished rooms come with ensuites, air con and mini fridges. Feeling lazy? Room service is 24/7or chow down on international cusine in the informal café.Commanding a prestigious waterfront position, this elegant cityretreat boasts a spa, gym and iconic rooftop pool and bar. Takean epicurean journey through a range of food venues, includingthe Waterfront Terrace and Japanese barbecue. Each with indulgentmarble bathrooms, the majority of the rooms have harbour views.ORIENTAL ASIASTAY 3 NIGHTS FOR A FREE UPGRADE TO SUPERIOR ROOM - 01JAN15-31DEC15Free Wi-FiHKGSTAFree Wi-FiSTAY 3 NIGHTS FOR A FREE UPGRADE - 01APR15-18APR15,01MAY15-11OCT15 & 01NOV15-29DEC15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEHKGHGKROCK SOLIDa-list14 15OZO WESLEYHKGPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Stylishly designed and super-comfy rooms - shuteye guaranteed!• Interactive orientation screens tell you about the best bars & shops• A five-minute stroll from the boutiques and restaurants of Pacific PlaceFR FR$183 SINGLETHE MIRA$328FR FR$92 TWIN/DOUBLE HONG KONG$164PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLETWIN/DOUBLE• Sip stylish cocktails in the lush, open-air lounge bar• Free local, international calls & data roaming via a handy smartphone• Cool off in the infinity pool or melt in the heat zone at the MiraSpaEnjoy the perfect night’s sleep in this high-tech yet peaceful havenright in the heart of Hong Kong Island. Breeze through check-inusing the paperless tablet-based system, then retire to your cozyroom complete with king-size bed, fridge and bay window framingawesome city views.Blending edgy urban style with award-winning restaurants and spafacilities, this luxe design hotel captures the bold pace of Kowloon.Six concept dining venues include a scrummy chocolatier, classicEuropean and open-air cocktail terrace with cabanas and DJs.Later, sink into designer high-tech rooms styled by a lifestyle guru.BOOK 60 DAYS IN ADVANCE FOR A 5% DISCOUNT - 01APR15-10APR15,01MAY15-10SEP15 & 16NOV15-23DEC15. HONEYMOON OFFERS AVAILABLEFree Wi-FiHKGOZOFree Wi-FiBOOK 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE & STAY 4 PAY 3 OR STAY 8 PAY 6 -01FEB15-28FEB15 & 01MAY15-06SEP15. FREE WI-FI & USE OF“MY MOBILE” PHONE DURING STAY. STAY 2 NIGHTS FOR ROOM UPGRADE 01MAY15-06SEP15HKGMIRHONG KONGWELCOME PACKAGEFR FR FR$228 HONG KONG$63 GUANGZHOU$9073 DAYS ISLAND TOURHALF DAY PACKAGE3 DAYSBrilliant and bonkers in equal measures,being prepared for your Hong Kong tripis advisable, even for the most intrepidof travellers. This great value packagehas it all tied up: arrival airport transfer,two nights’ hostel accommodation and ahalf-day tour, including a tram trip up toVictoria Peak for fab panoramic views.This half-day tour is the perfect way to getyour bearings. Visit historic Stanley Marketand stroll through the famous seasidevillage bazaar. Amble through AberdeenFishing Village, visit a prestigious jewelleryfactory, pass by Repulse Bay (an exclusiveex-pat enclave) and finish up at VictoriaPeak for breathtaking city views.Short on time? This whistlestop roundtrip packs a cultural punch, covering offhistorical Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Foshanand Pan Shu. See temples, pagodas, QingDynasty remains, Seven Crags Park and thefamous Duanzhou Ink Stone. Includes twonights’ hotel accommodation, most meals,guide, plus train and ferry tickets.STAHKG HKGHKI HKGGUA153


BEIJINGORIENTAL ASIAchairman wow!One of the four ancient capitalsin China, the northern capitalis a treasure trove for historygeeks and culture vultures alike.Start at the Forbidden City - ano-go for commoners or nobilityin bygone years. Without theemporer’s permission, entry intoits sacred precincts was, errr,forbidden. Next up, stand in aweat the largest square in the world;Tiananmen Square. Finally, don’tforget to stroll along that greatbig, long wall.shoestring shoestringrock solidBEIJING LEOHOSTELFR FR FR$17 DORMJADE INTERNATIONAL $16 DORMCHONGWENMEN $106FR FR FR$36 TWIN/DOUBLE YOUTH HOSTEL $32 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL$53PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis friendly and fun bargain hostel is amere ten-minute walk from TiananmenSquare and the Forbidden City. With a livelybar, free luggage storage and securitylockers, you would be hard-pushed to finda better place to dump that backpack! TheEnglish-speaking staff are super-helpfultoo.In unique ‘east meets west’ style, thishostel has the globetrotting, internationaltraveller firmly in mind. It’s packed withbackpacker essentials, including a cosybar, imperial-style restaurant, guestkitchen, Internet café, air con rooms andfree bicycle rental so you can ride aroundBeijing like a local.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThis three-star hotel is just a minute’s walkto the metro station and 15 minutes byfoot to Tiananmen Square. The rooms arean air con oasis and the perfect chill-outbase for beating the summer heat. Whenyou’re done with pavement pounding, surfthe cable TV, check out a Peking pub orchow down some real Chinese nosh.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiBJSLEO FREE BIKE RENTALBJSJAD BJSCHOTOTALBEIJINGFR FR FR$640 GREAT WALL$171 CAMPING ON$2264 DAYS EXPERIENCEFULL DAY THE GREAT WALL2 DAYSA fab tour of all of Beijing’s highlights withaccommodation and transfers included.Visit impressive Tiananmen Square, theForbidden City and Temple of Heaven andtake an intriguing bike ride through thecity’s ancient backstreets. Explore local artand architecture, rounding off your tourwith a trip to the Great Wall.Of all the trips to the Great Wall this onedefinitely has the ‘wow’ factor! Get youradrenalin pumping as you trek along withyour guide. Enjoy breathtaking views andsteep climbs as you walk at your own pace.Enjoy a yummy, local lunch at a nearbyvillage, plus a soothing reflexology footmassage at the end of the day!Departing from Tiananmen Square, transferto a deserted stretch of the Great Wall.Tuck into an organic lunch at a localfarmhouse before a short hike, pitchingup tents on the Wall. Enjoy an eveningbarbecue, rising early next day for anunforgettable sunrise. Hike back to thefarmhouse for brekkie and return to Beijing.BJSTOT BJSWAL BJSCGW154VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SHANGHAIcompletely shanghai on lifeA goldmine of glitzy shoppingmalls, gleaming hotels, designerflagship stores and modernarchitecture, Shanghai is a cityof swagger. Flash boutiquesand skyscrapers aside, there’s asofter side to this fast-evolvingmetropolis. Try xiao long bao(delicious dumplings) in a cosyhole-in-the-wall café, take a tourof the city by vintage sidecarmotorbike and chill out in theshaded alcoves of the YùyuánGardens and Bazaar.ORIENTAL ASIASHOESTRING rock solidPHOENIXPEOPLE’S SQUARE YOUTH HOSTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Chill with a cold beer at the rooftop bar• Within walking distance from various metro stations• Located on a street famed for its lively restaurantsFR FR$24 DORMSHANGHAI$104FR FR$38 TWIN/DOUBLE WU GONG$52PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• A great value base for exploring Shanghai• Spacious rooms come with free Wi-Fi and laptops• Feeling peckish? Pop into the on-site restaurantSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEIn the backstreets, just five minutes from People’s Square, thishostel provides traditional Chinese-style, relaxed surroundings.Choose from clean, air con mixed dorms with shared bathrooms orprivate rooms with en suites. English-speaking staff provide all thehelp you need for exploring the city.Free Wi-FiSHAMINCentrally located in the heart of bustling Fuzhou Road, this168-room modern hotel is a three-miute walk from the hundredsof shops and restuarants lining Nanjing Road. Choose fromwell-appointed single, double or twin rooms with privatebathrooms, air con and fridges.Free Wi-FiSHAWUGSHANGHAIFOR FOOD LOVERSFR$61 SHANGHAIFR$267EXPRESS3 DAYSHALF DAYMade by foodies for foodies, this tour offers a truly local lowdownon all the delicious treats Shanghai has to offer. With your expertguide, you’ll uncover the full spectrum of the city’s eating scene -from top restaurants and authentic food stores, to veggie pickingand local cooking tips at a fresh produce market. Sample snackssuch as crab shell pie, rice noodle soup, green onion pancakes andfried buns. Prepare to leave with a satisfying bellyful!This short but sweet tour includes two nights’ accommodation plusShanghai’s highlights. On arrival at the airport, you’ll be whiskedinto the city to a central hostel. Next day, jump on a hop-on hopoffbus to enjoy a city tour including the famous YuYuan Gardens,the financial district of Pudong, the atmospheric French Quarterand the colonial riverfront - The Bund. Final day, ride the Maglev,the world’s fastest train, as it torpedoes you back to the airport!Departs: Daily Meals: Local snacks & samples Includes: English-speaking guideTour Code: SHALOVDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hostel (2 nts) Meals: None includedTransport: Air con vehicle, bus, train Tour Code: BJSBSE155


JAPANORIENTAL ASIASapporoA fascinatingdichotomy oftraditional culturemeets cutting-edgetechnology, manicTokyo serves upworld-class cuisine,heartfelt Karaoke &10/10 shopping.SendaiNiigataTakayamaTokyoFukuokaHiroshimaKyotoOsakaMt. FujiHeritage-listed temples, sublimeZen gardens, colourful Shintoshrines and Geisha girls. It’s littlesurprise Kyoto was the formerImperial capital of Japan.Japan is renowned for itsovertly polite mannerisms.however, when eatingnoodles, slurping isessential to communicateenjoyment.Dotombori’s Blade Runner-esque nightscapes, a world-classaquarium, tako-yaki dumplings and gregarious locals; themodern city of Osaka packs a punch.5.5 MILLIONThe number of vendingmachines in Japan.Up for grabs? Eggs,batteries, beer, wine,comic books, lightbulbs,hot dogs & wigs. Wigsfor dogs, that is.156VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


JAPAN EXPRESSOsaka TokyoFR$3,7499 DAYSHighlights• Travel by super-fast ‘bullet’ trains• Stay a night in a mountain monastery• See how Hiroshima looks to the future• Enjoy an excursion to Miyajima Island• Look out for Kyoto’s geisha girls• Check out Mt. Fuji’s imposing peak• Soak in a natural open-air onsen• Sleep in a traditional-style ryokanDepartures 2015START FINISHMar 02 Mar 10Mar 09 Mar 17Mar 16 Mar 24Mar 21 Mar 29Mar 23 Mar 31Mar 24 Apr 01Mar 25 Apr 02Mar 26 Apr 03Mar 28 Apr 05Mar 30 Apr 07Mar 31 Apr 08Apr 01 Apr 09Apr 02 Apr 10Apr 03 Apr 11Apr 04 Apr 12Apr 05 Apr 13Apr 06 Apr 14Apr 08 Apr 16Apr 10 Apr 18Apr 13 Apr 21Apr 15 Apr 23InclusionsSTART FINISHApr 20 Apr 28May 07 May 15May 11 May 19May 14 May 22May 18 May 26May 25 Jun 02Jun 02 Jun 10Jun 08 Jun 16Jun 11 Jun 19Jun 15 Jun 23Jun 23 Jul 01Jun 29 Jul 07Jul 01 Jul 09Jul 06 Jul 14Jul 13 Jul 21Jul 16 Jul 24Jul 20 Jul 28Jul 27 Aug 04Aug 03 Aug 11Aug 05 Aug 13Aug 10 Aug 18START FINISHAug 17 Aug 25Aug 28 Sep 05Aug 31 Sep 08Sep 03 Sep 11Sep 07 Sep 15Sep 28 Oct 06Oct 02 Oct 10Oct 05 Oct 13Oct 12 Oct 20Oct 19 Oct 27Oct 26 Nov 03Nov 02 Nov 10Nov 05 Nov 13Nov 09 Nov 17Nov 16 Nov 24Nov 23 Dec 01Dec 03 Dec 11Dec 07 Dec 15Dec 14 Dec 22Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), traditionalinn and onsen spa (1 nt), mountain monastery(1 nt) Transport: Bullet train, train, public bus,tram, ferry Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinnersBudget: Allow USD $350-400 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAJJRHiroshimaYou might likeJAPANKyotoOsakaKoyasanTokyoMt FujiGet off the beaten trackBackroads or Japan(12 days, Tokyo to Kyoto)(GAAJMS) Fr $4,499Offering the perfect first-time introduction to Japan, this short but sweet adventurecaptures the many faces and flavours of this intriguing and unique country. From the neonlights of Osaka to the fascinating history of Hiroshima, and from the magnificent templesand gardens of Kyoto to the sheer craziness of Tokyo, this tour packs quite a punch. Taketime out at a serene mountain monastery to learn the lifestyle of Buddhist monks, relaxin an open-air onsen at a traditional Japanese ryokan and tuck into something weird,wonderful and deliciously different for dinner every night!DAY010203-0405-060708-09ITINERARYMount Fuji, Hakone National ParkOsakaArrive into Osaka any time today, or better still arrive a few days early to really make the most ofthis very modern city. Arm yourself with a map, an appetite and a sense of adventure, and headout to explore Japan’s culinary capital. Try some tako-yaki (octopus balls), head over to the OsakaAquarium or USJ - Japan’s very own Universal Studios theme park - and pick up electronic gadgets tomake your mates jealous in Den-Den Town. Spend tonight partying in the neon streets of Dotomburi.KoyasanLeave the bright lights of Osaka and take a scenic train into the mountains, where the final ascentto Mt. Koya is so steep you’ll need to switch to a funicular railway. Koyasan was founded in 816ADand is the most important religious centre in Japanese Buddhism. Explore the many temples and theatmospheric moss-covered cemetery before settling into tonight’s shukubo, monastery lodgings runby monks. This is your chance to experience the monastic lifestyle, to dine on beautifully-presented‘shojin ryori’, or Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and to take part in morning prayer ceremonies. (D)HiroshimaRe-trace your steps back down the mountain, and continue by bullet train to Hiroshima. This moderncity offers a more manageable scale and pace than other Japanese urban centres, but will foreverbe marked for the 1945 explosion of the first atomic bomb. It has since become a peace-promotingplace, working towards the day when all nuclear weapons are abolished. You can’t fail to be moved asyou pause for a moment’s reflection at the ruined frame of the Gembaku Dome, which stood directlyunder the explosion, and you can learn the city’s story at the Peace Museum. Legend has it that ifyou fold 1,000 paper cranes, your wishes can come true - and one little girl’s wish to be cured fromillness is commemorated at the inspiring Monument to the Children. You’ll also have the opportunityto visit beautiful Miyajima Island, where the ‘floating’ Torii Gate is one of Japan’s most photographedsights. The island is dotted with shrines and temples, its laneways are full of tasty treats includinglocal oysters, and you’ll soon become acquainted with Miyajima’s friendly deer population. (B)KyotoKyoto, the former Imperial capital, is an essential part of any visit to Japan housing magnificenttemples, palaces and gardens that date back centuries. You’ll see the impressive Nijo Castle, walkthrough the Inari Gates, catch a traditional tea ceremony and can practice meditation in Daisen-in’sZen rock garden. Evenings can be spent in historic Gion, the traditional home of the iconic geishagirls. If you’re lucky, you will get to see these elegant ladies dashing between appointments dressedin full kimono and make-up. And girls... if you’ve ever wanted to try on the full gear, this is the place!Hakone / Mt. FujiHead for the hills today, to Hakone which is famous for its natural hot springs. Travel through thebeautiful Hakone-Izu National Park by bus, boat, cable car and train, and cross your fingers for aglimpse of Mt. Fuji (though she’s a notoriously shy mountain). You’ll spend the night at a traditionalryokan hotel/guesthouse, where you can relax in your dressing gown, dine on a delicious buffet-stylemeal of traditional dishes, and enjoy a relaxing soak in the rooftop onsen. Feeling super-relaxed,you’ll turn in for a good night’s sleep on a traditional futon. It’s an ‘only in Japan’ experience! (D)TokyoReturn to Tokyo with free time for shopping and for one final night out with the group. The tourcomes to an end at any time on Day 9, but don’t forget Tokyo is the biggest city on the planet, so westrongly recommend extending your stay for another two or three days. You’ll need it to even scratchthe surface! (B)ORIENTAL ASIA157


DISCOVER JAPANTokyo TokyoFR$5,29914 DAYSHighlights• Ride the bullet train around Japan• Inhale the alpine air of Takayama• Behold the beauty of tranquil gardens• Take in Hiroshima’s moving past• See the famous ‘floating’ Torii Gate• Absorb Kyoto’s traditions and history• Climb imposing Mt. Fuji (seasonal)• Shop for the latest gizmos in TokyoORIENTAL ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHJan 05 Jan 18Jan 26 Feb 08Feb 23 Mar 08Mar 02 Mar 15Mar 09 Mar 22Mar 16 Mar 29Mar 23 Apr 05Mar 26 Apr 08Mar 30 Apr 12Apr 01 Apr 14Apr 02 Apr 15InclusionsSTART FINISHApr 06 Apr 19Apr 09 Apr 22May 11 May 24May 18 May 31May 25 Jun 07Jun 08 Jun 21Jun 22 Jul 05Jul 06 Jul 19Jul 20 Aug 02Aug 03 Aug 16Aug 17 Aug 30START FINISHAug 31 Sep 13Sep 02 Sep 15Sep 07 Sep 20Sep 28 Oct 11Oct 12 Oct 25Oct 26 Nov 08Nov 09 Nov 22Nov 23 Dec 06Dec 07 Dec 20Dec 21 Jan 03Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (9 nts), traditionalinns and onsen spas (4 nts) Transport: Bullettrain, public bus, tram, ferry Meals: 2breakfasts, 1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $420-600 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guidesGroup Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code:GAAJDJKanazawa TakayamaTokyoJAPANMt FujiKyotoHiroshima/MiyajimaSumming up Japan is kind of like describing the sneaky hit of wasabi in your sushi -surprising and startling! It might be the juxtaposition of ultra-modern and charminglytraditional, the mind-blowing speed of the bullet trains, the spirituality of the beautifultemples or the unspeakable beauty of the geishas. Whatever it is, on this wonderful twoweekadventure you’ll savour the region’s culinary delicacies, stay in a traditional ryokanguesthouse and immerse yourself in Japanese culture with a visit to an onsen spa. You’llvery quickly fall in love with this astounding country.DAY0102-0304-0506-0708-1011-1213-14ITINERARYItsukusima Shrine, HiroshimaTokyoArrive in Tokyo, take a deep breath and throw yourself into exploring this ultra-modern metropolis.TakayamaGet up early to make an optional visit to the famous Tsukiji fish market and watch the theatricalbidding at the tuna auction! Your first ride on Japan’s famous Shinkansen bullet train takes you highinto the Japan Alps to Takayama, a world away from bustling Tokyo. Here you’ll find many finelycraftedold wooden houses, uniquely designed to withstand the harshness of the climate and terrain.Take a full day to explore this beautiful landscape, visiting the Hida No Sato traditional folk villageand stopping for a refreshing cup of sake at one of the local breweries. An optional bike ride can takeyou out into the lovely countryside.KanazawaA short train ride takes you to the beautifully-preserved castle town of Kanazawa. Step back in timewith a stroll through the Nagamachi samurai and Higashi geisha districts and head to the TeramachiTemple district to visit the famous Ninja Temple, with its hidden doorways and secret escape routes.The highlight of any visit to Kanazawa is Kenroku-en; ranked one of the top three formal gardens inJapan, its breathtaking beauty shines through in any season.HiroshimaPerhaps more than any city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history. On 6 August1945, it became the first target of an atomic bomb. Hiroshima has risen phoenix-like from theashes and rebuilt itself as one of Japan’s most laid-back, vibrant cities full of wide boulevards andart museums. Visit the Peace Park, an extremely moving place dotted with museums and memorialsto those who lost their lives as WWII drew to a close. A burning flame waits in the park to beextinguished when all nuclear weapons in the world have been destroyed, and at the top of the parklie the remnants of Gembaku Dome, directly above which the bomb was detonated. Ironically, thismade it one of the few buildings to be spared the full force of the blast. In the afternoon, you’ll takea short ferry ride to Miyajima Island where you’ll find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan,the ‘floating’ Torii Gate. Watch the sun set behind this beautiful structure and snap away!KyotoIt is said there are 2,000 temples, shrines, palaces, museums and traditional gardens in Kyoto, theformer Imperial capital of Japan. Wander past wooden castles and multi-storied pagodas, and marvelat the huge temples of the Hongan-ji sect or the beautiful Kinaku-ji Golden Pavilion. Take time out toenjoy the Zen gardens and the Silver Pavilion. Evenings can be spent strolling the narrow alleyways ofthe historic Gion district, trying to catch a glimpse of a geisha girl flitting from teahouse to teahouse.Mt. Fuji Region / KawaguchikoMt. Fuji, at 3,776 metres, is by far the highest mountain in Japan but what makes it unique is itsperfect volcanic cone shape. How you tackle it depends on the season: from 01 Jul-27 Aug, you’lltrek to the summit overnighting at a simple guesthouse; in May/Jun and from 28 Aug-01 Nov you’llspend two nights in Kawaguchiko and drive midway up Mt. Fuji to walk the descent; and from 02 Nov- 30 Apr you’ll do an alternate trek in the beautiful Five Lakes region where it will be the views of Mt.Fuji, rather than the climb, that leave you breathless. (2B, D)TokyoTake in more sights, visit more museums and gardens, do more shopping... it’s your last chance to seeeverything this fantastic city has to offer before heading home at any time on Day 14.158VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


JAPAN UNRIVALLEDTokyo OsakaFR$5,09513 DAYSHighlights• Discover the Imperial Palace in Tokyo• Option to dine on sushi & teppanyaki• Enjoy the view from Hakone Ropeway• Sleep on futons at a typical ryokan• Admire Kyoto’s temples and shrines• Delve into Hiroshima’s moving past• Look out for deer on Miyajima Island• Show off your best Karaoke tunesDepartures 2015START FINISH START FINISH START FINISHMar 14 Mar 26 Jun 20 Jul 02 Aug 29 Sep 10Apr 11 Apr 23 Jul 04 Jul 16 Sep 12 Sep 24May 09 May 21 Jul 18 Jul 30 Sep 26 Oct 08Jun 06 Jun 18 Aug 01 Aug 13 Oct 10 Oct 22Additional departures are available, please ask for details.InclusionsTrip Style: In-Depth Explorer Age Group:Exclusively for 18-35s Accommodation:Hotels (10 nts, twin share), Japanesestyle‘ryokan’ guesthouse (1 nt), Buddhistguesthouse (1 nt) Transport: Modern air concoach, train Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 dinnersGroup Leader: Trip Manager, local Englishspeakingguides Group Size: Max 30 TourCode: COJAPNHiroshima/MiyajimaHidaMatsumotoTakayamaTokyoJAPANKyotoHakoneNaraOsaka Mt KoyaWakayamaHarajuku, TokyoTo call Japan unique would be an understatement. Japan is way more than unique, it isquite simply the wierdest and most wonderful place you haven’t yet been to! This is theland of sushi, samurai and sake, and of culture shock and unforgettable contrasts. Timelesscustoms and polite manners are an essential way of life (this is a country where you’ll haveto cover up your tattoos if you want to take a spa), and yet Tokyo and Osaka are packedwith cutting-edge technology that will leave even the biggest geeks amongst you baffled.We’re convinced that no Westerner has yet mastered Japan’s high-tech toilets!DAY0102-030405-0607-0809-101112-13ITINERARYMiyajima Island, HiroshimaTokyoWelcome to the bright lights, big city! Settle into your hotel before meeting your Trip Manager andfellow travellers. Head out to explore on your first night in the city while you get to know your group.TokyoDive straight into Japan’s buzzing capital with a locally-guided tour of the must-see sights. Admirethe Imperial Palace, the home of the Emperor of Japan, and its beautiful lake-filled grounds, followedby the ancient Buddhist temple of Asakusa Senso-ji. Get a glimpse into Japan’s famous youth cultureand fashion as you soak up the cool vibes of Harajuku, before braving the crowds at Shibuya Street,famously the world’s busiest (and craziest) pedestrian crossing! Day 3 is free for you to enjoy the cityyour way, perhaps opting for a traditional thermal spa, or ‘onsen’. (2B)Tokyo / Hakone National ParkYou might like to set your alarm to ‘stupid o’clock’ to see the early-morning spectacle of the TsukijiFish Markets, otherwise your morning’s free before you head off to Hakone National Park. Take inbreathtaking views from the Hakone Ropeway, before enjoying a special stopover at a traditionalryokan, where you’ll sleep on tatami mats and futons, and savour a delicious meal. (B, D)Hakone National Park / Matsumoto / TakayamaLocated at the end of a long valley between the peaks of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto is one ofJapan’s original ‘castle cities’ and boasts a rich and varied history. At nearby Hida Folk Village, you’llget to see dozens of well-preserved traditional houses that express a sense of times gone by. Moveon to Takayama, where any foodies will be salivating over an optional dinner of Wagyu marbled beef,famously tender because the cows are so pampered! Day 6 kicks off with a locally-guided walkingtour of Takayama to discover its Edo architecture and markets, followed by a free afternoon. (2B)Takayama / HiroshimaSpeed freaks will be happy today, travelling at up to 320km/h aboard one of Japan’s iconic ‘bullet’trains - you’ll be in Hiroshima before you know it. Discover how the city has chosen to remember itsunfortunate place in history as the target for the world’s first nuclear bomb. Hang out with the groupat an optional ‘teppanyaki’ dining experience, and let the Japanese chefs work their magic on the hotgriddle. On Day 8, ferry over to Miyajima Island to say konnichiwa to the miniature deer and visit theItsukushima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to visit the fascinating Peace Memorial Museum. (2B)Hiroshima / KyotoJapan’s old imperial capital is packed with temples, gardens and shrines and on a city tour you’ll visitthe Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, the sacred Heian Jingu Shrine and the Gion district where Japan’s lastremaining geisha girls still perform their traditional arts. On Day 10, learn how rice wine is made atthe Sake Museum, before travelling out to historic Nara to see the Todaiji Temple and Deer Park. (2B)Kyoto / WakayamaTravel by train to Wakayama, one of the villages at Mount Koya, known as the headquarters ofShingon Buddhism. Tonight’s stopover is one to remember as you get cosy at a traditional guesthouseand enjoy authentic Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. (B, D)Wakayama / OsakaTake part in an early-morning Buddhist service and an in-depth tour of Koyasan before an afternoondeparture to Osaka. Enjoy free time on arrival before an optional last night out with dinner andKaraoke! Trip concludes any time on Day 13, but do ask us if you want to extend in Osaka. (2B)ORIENTAL ASIA159


TOKYOORIENTAL ASIAif you love me let me go ...Big business, mega brands,state-of-the-art mobile phones,Karaoke bars and hands-downTHE world’s best sushi - welcometo Tokyo. Strut around Harajukufor off-the-runway fashion andgarish neon get-ups. Explore theentertainment centres of GoldenGai, then relax in the charmingJapanese gardens in Ginza. Feelingflash? A kobe steak dinner at theworld’s most expensive restaurant,Aragawa, will cost you $500upwards(!)rock solid SHOESTRING rock solidFR$1101 3HOTEL VIAINN ASAKUSAFR$86PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTSINGLE2TWIN/DOUBLEOriginally known as Blue Wave Inn, thissuper-clean and friendly hotel has anexcellent location and homely rooms thatare more spacious than most. There’s alsoa great restaurant, which offers up thelocal delicacy of puffer fish for those braveenough to sample, plus free Wi-Fi. A reallygood bet for your stay in Tokyo.GRAND HOUSECHANG TEEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTClean and simple - like sushi - this cosyhotel can be found in the heart of thebright lights of Ikebukuro. Choose betweenWestern or Japanese-style rooms, all withair con, spotless private bathrooms andcomplimentary shampoo. Hit the localnightlfe or venture further afield using thescarily efficient transport links.FR FR$84 SINGLEHOTEL$229FR FR$53 TWIN/DOUBLE METROPOLITAN $134SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTBased in the Ikebukuro district of centralTokyo this large, modern hotel has a pool,several buzzing bars, a shopping arcadeand - if you’re feeling particularly amorous- a wedding chapel! Cafés, shops, barsand clubs are just a hop, skip and jumpaway. Rest your head in comfy, tastefullydecorated rooms with air con and en suites.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiTYOBLUISIC HOLDERS RECEIVE 1 HOUR FREE INTERNETTYOGRATYOCROrock solid rock solid4 5SHIBAPARK HOTELPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Minato district location with restaurants and bars on your doorstep• Warm hospitality and great value for money• Choose from single, twin or triple rooms with en suitesFR FR$240 SINGLESHINJUKU$145FR FR$119 TWIN/DOUBLE WASHINGTON HOTEL$101PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Relax in a traditional yukata robe with a Japanese herbal tea• Basic but good value, leaving you more yen to spend• Excellent transport links, close to Shinjuku stationSINGLETWIN/DOUBLEThe Shiba Park always gets rave reviews about its friendly andefficient staff. The hotel has Japanese and Western restaurantsand all the cosy rooms come with a TV, fridge and a Japanese teaset. In addition, you’re just minutes away from local attractions,great restaurants, bars and the subway.Free Wi-FiTYOSPHThis large hotel guarantees comfort, convenience and culture- perfect for any first-time travellers to the city. Choose fromsingles, twins or triples, all with en suites, mini-fridges and loadsof bathroom smellies. Friendly staff are on hand 24/7 to to helpyou with any queries.Free Wi-FiTYOSWH160VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


NAKANOSHIBUYARAIL LINE5MISHUKU CROSSING13SHINJUKUM e tropolSHINJUKU GYOENNATIONAL GARDENMEIJI JINGUYOYOGI PARKHARAJUKUHakusan Dorii tan Expres sway No. 5AKASKAPALACEROPPONGI HILLSMINATOBUNKYOCHIYODAIMPERIALPALACEGINZA4TOKYO TOWERTOKYONATIONAL MUSEUMUENO PARKChuoFISH MARKETTAITO2SENSO-JIEDO-TOKYOMUSEUMTOKYO SKYTREEMitsume DoriKotoHaneda Airport: 20KMNMT FUJI &HAKONE NATIONAL PARKTOKYOAFTER FIVEFR$170FULL DAYDepart from Tokyo and take a memorabletrip up the perfectly formed Mt Fuji. Enjoya cruise on beautiful Lake Ashi and a cablecar trip up Mt Komagatake for a view ofHakone National Park, one of the prettiestparks close to the city. Enjoy a thrilling rideon the bullet train back to Tokyo.TYOFJAFR$144HALF DAYMake like a local and savour legendaryTokyo flavours on this downtown nighttour. Watch your food being cooked, learnabout its history and devour Japanesefavourites including yakitori (skeweredbarbecue chicken) and tai-yake (a sweet),all washed down with sake or beer.TYOAF5ORIENTAL ASIAMT FUJI & HAKONETOUR WITH ONSENFR$4742 DAYSTHE BESTOF TOKYOFR$1,6994 DAYSCombine a trip to Japan’s towering national symbol, Mt Fuji, with aday tour of scenic Hakone and an overnight stay at an onsen (hotspring) hotel. Departing from Tokyo, you’ll head to the infamouspeak, taking in the views from the fifth station (8,000ft altitude!)before cruising across the serene Lake Ashi. Bliss out that eveningin your hotel’s many onsens. Day 2, explore Hakone, ride an arielcableway up Mt Komagatke and take the bullet train Tokyo-bound.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Onsen hotel, western-style room with air con(1 nt) Meals: 1 lunch Includes: Bus transfers to/from Tokyo, 2-day Hakonetransport free pass Tour Code: TYOFUJGet ready for a taste of the future and a glimpse of the pastwith this super-flexible, guided tour which includes three nights’accommodation at a traditional downtown ryokan close to all theaction. Experience the city’s contrasts of old and new in Asakusa,meander through the Ginza shopping area and the Harajuku youthculture hub, sample sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market, then hop on ariver cruise. Pick and choose activities for your perfect package!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Traditional Japanese inn (ryokan) (3 nts)Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner Includes: Narita International Airport pick-up,entrance fees, English speaking guide Tour Code: TYOBESFLAVOURSOF TOKYOFR$1,5484 DAYSTOKYOUNLEASHEDFR$3,2168 DAYSBoasting 88,000+ restaurants and Michelin stars galore, Tokyois a food nirvana. This flavoursome tour includes three nights’traditional ryokan accommodation plus the opportunity to sampleoodles of Japanese snacks and get stuck into an authentic homecooking class. Visit the kitchen town of Kappabashi and the world’slargest fish market; Tsukiji, learn to make soba noodles, enjoy saketasting and explore the myriad foodhalls of Ginza. Oishii!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Traditional downtown Japanese Inn (ryokan) (3nts) Meals: 2 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks & sake tasting Transport: Transport aspart of activities, entrance fees & English speaking guide Tour Code: TYOFLAThis quirky, fun-filled package includes accommodation and guidedrides and walks of the city’s hidden gems. Explore Harajuku andShibuya’s youth culture, be privy to a Sumo training session andwolf down a sushi breakfast at the world’s biggest fish market.Geek out in the electronics district of Akihabara, try your hand ata tea ceremony and sake tasting, enjoy an all-you-can-eat (anddrink!) cruise, hit the Karaoke and bed down in a capsule hotel.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Ryokan (6 nts), capsule hotel (1 nt) Meals: 1breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinners Includes: Public transport, entrance fees, activitiesoutlined above, bike hire Tour Code: TYOUNL161


HAKONE &KYOTO TOURFR$1,0193 DAYSSUNRISEHIGHLIGHTS TOURFR$1,3994 DAYSORIENTAL ASIAHighlights• Keep your camera handy and snap away at views from Mount Fuji• Soak your muscles in the soothing hot spring baths within the hotel• Travel from A to B on a famously speedy bullet trainIf you’re eager to see the best of rural and metropolitan Japanthen look no further. Starting in Tokyo, soak up the silhouette ofMount Fuji as you drive up to the fifth station for jaw-dropping,panoramic views. After munching on a Japanese-style lunch, takea peaceful cruise across Lake Ashi, ride an aerial cableway up toMount Komagatake then spend the evening chilling in the onsen(hot spring baths) at the hotel. The next morning, explore Hakonewith your free public transit pass before boarding a bullet train toKyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, for a night out on the town! Alarmset, rise early for morning coach tour then finish up back in Kyoto.Highlights• Enjoy panoramic views of Mount Fuji from the fifth station• Cruise across the peaceful crater lake of Lake Ashi by boat• Fill up on culture within the rich temples and colourful shrinesShort on time but want to cover off Japan’s best bits? Departingfrom the capital, head to iconic Mt Fuji for awesome views fromthe fifth station before cruising across Hakone’s beautiful LakeAshi and riding the Mt Komagatake Ropeway. Whizz off to Kyotothe next day by bullet train to peek at quiet temples and lanternfilledshrines, then bag some goodies at Nara Nagomikan. On Day3, see the impressive Nijo Castle, the glittering golden pavilion ofthe Kinkakuji Temple and the exclusive Imperial Palace before anafternoon jampacked with vermilion-hued shrines and rich Buddhisttemples. Explore more on your final day then end in Tokyo.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels, Hakone (1 nt), Kyoto (1 nt) Meals: 3breakfasts,1 lunch Includes: Full-day Mt Fuji & Hakone tour, 2nd class bullettrain ticket, Kyoto tour Tour Code: TYOHAODeparts: Selected dates Accommodation: Hotel, Hakone (1 nt), Hotel Kyoto (2nts) Meals: 3 lunches Transport: Coach, bullet train Includes: English speakingguide (except Day 4) Tour Code: TYOTYOFUJIHIKEFR$1,178THE BEST OFTOKYO & KYOTOTokyo Tokyo 2 DAYS Tokyo KyotoFR$3,2167 DAYSHighlights• Trek 3,776 metres to the summit of iconic Mt Fuji for sunrise• Sleep in traditional historic mountain huts• Ease your aching bones in an onsen (hot springs) after the trekHighlights• Snap Mt. Fuji as you whizz by aboard the bullet train• Geek out at Akihabara electronics town in Tokyo• Learn about fascinating geisha culture in Kyoto’s Gion districtFollowing an early morning briefing with your guide in Tokyo,travel together by train and bus to Sengen Jinja Shrine at the baseof Mt Fuji. Learn about its sacred significance, then start yourascent through peaceful forests, chasing clouds up to Station Five(2,230m). Enjoy a hearty dinner and magical views over Tokyo’slights before getting some kip. Waking early, hike under the starsover adventurous terrain to the sacred Tor Gate, making a wishbefore reaching the crater for a life-changing sunrise and brekkie.After descending by foot, have a well-earned soak in a Japaneseonsen before returning to Tokyo for dinner with your fellow trekkers.From the quirky metropolis of Tokyo to the cultural haven of Kyotovia the famous bullet train, prepare for a fusion of ancient andmodern worlds. Following airport pick-up, you’ll be transferredto your traditional downtown ryokan in Tokyo. Over the next fewdays, explore the Harajuku youth culture hub, amble through Ginzashopping district, visit the sprawling fish market of Tsukiji andpay a trip to a traditional sumo stable. Day 4, hop on the bullettrain to historic Kyoto. Stroll along the cherry tree-lined Path ofPhiliosophy, see stunning temples, participate in a traditional teaceremony and walk through the geisha district of Gion. Awesome.Departs: Daily (seasonal) Accommodation: Multi-share mountain hut (1 nt) Meals: 1breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Transport: Train, bus, walking Includes: Guide, fees, onsenNote: Med/High level fitness required. Price is for a min of 2 people. Tour Code: TYOFJIDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Traditional ryokans with en suites, Tokyo(3 nts), Kyoto (3 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner Transport: Bullet trainIncludes: Entrance fees Tour Code: TYOKYO162VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


KYOTO & BEYONDtravelling memoirs of a geishaLooking for an oriental citybursting with World Heritagesites, colourful Shinto shrines, Zengardens and Buddhist temples?Better hotfoot it Kyoto. Visitthe famed Kinakaku-ji, AKA theGolden Pavilion, marvel at the59-foot Buddha and witness thewhite-painted faces and exquisitekimonos (which typically cost ayear’s salary) of the Geisha girls.Skirted by mountains, the cityis also an ideal springboard forhiking trips. Go forth and explore!ORIENTAL ASIArock solid rock solid rock solidFR FR FRKARASUMA $118 SINGLEHEARTON $127 SINGLEOSAKA NAMBA $102FR FR FRKYOTO HOTEL, KYOTO $67 TWIN/DOUBLE HOTEL, KYOTO $93 TWIN/DOUBLE WASHINGTON HOTEL, OSAKA $68PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST PRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFASTThis popular little gem is simply great andoffers a friendly and attentive service, twoonsite restaurants and a coffee shop. Thestaff will even get your laundry sorted foryou! All rooms are en suite and come withfree Internet, TV, super-cool air con andtypical Japanese toiletries, bathrobes andslippers.The Hearton has a fantastic location - justten minutes’ walk to Nijo Castle. All therooms are clean and comfortable with ensuites, air con, cable TV, complimentarytoiletries, robe and slippers. Takeadvantage of the restaurant and coffeeshop or head out into the city like a localwith free bike hire.SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEPositioned at the southern end of Osaka,this hotel is stumbling distance from thecastle and the National Bunraku Theatre,perfect for those that want to explore thecity. The rooms are clean and comfortable.Nearby you’ll find Dotonbori and Den DenTown, both great for a night out and placesto eat.Free Wi-FiFree Wi-FiFree Wi-FiUKYKKY KYOHHK OSAONWKYOTORYOKAN PACKAGEFR$504 THE BESTFR$2,0383 DAYS OF KYOTO4 DAYSThis fab package will give you enough guidance and freedom to getto know culturally rich Kyoto, all from the comfort of your carefullyselected Japanese guest inn. You’ll stay in a charming, traditionalryokan, just minutes from Kyoto station, that comes complete withfuton bed, tatami mat, kimono and slippers. Your airport transfer,and a private walking tour with an English speaking guide are alsoincluded. It couldn’t be easier!Accommodation: Choice of traditional inns/ryokans (2 nts) Includes: arrivalshuttle from airport, walking tour with English speaking guide Meals: No mealsincluded Tour Code: KYOKRP. A similar package is also available in Tokyo, askfor details.The torchbearer of Japanese culture, this quirky Kyoto package ispacked with sake, shrines, ninjas and geishas. Stay for three nightsin a traditional ryokan, settling in with a tasty izakaya dinner on Day1. Spend two days on a journey through ancestral Japan - visiting adawn fish market, watching a ninja display, enjoying a cookery class,Aikido lesson, sake tasting, as well as witnessing Kyoto’s historictemples, zen gardens and Geisha district. And on Day 4 ... relax!Departs: Daily Accommodation: En suite room in a ryokan guesthouse (3nts)Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Includes: Tours with an Englishspeaking guide, all classes & entrance fees Tour Code: KYOBES163


HAKUBA POWDERJAPANPACKAGEFR$1,126 RAIL PASSESFR$23WakkanaiAshikawaORIENTAL ASIASee a different side to Japan’s bright lights, neon colours andtop-of-the-range gadgets. Wind your way instead into themountains for a taste of this country’s incredible and largelyunadulterated beauty.Japan is well-known for its on and off-piste activities so whatbetter reason to take a detour into the hills? Staying in Hakuba,the beating heart of Japan’s snow scene, take your pick of sevendifferent mountain resorts to perfect your snow skills. And whenyou’re not skiing the slopes, sample the local sushi, soak awayyour hangover in steaming hot springs or just kick back with akeg of Kirin.Your package includes transfers from Tokyo Narita airport to theresort and comfy cosy accommodation for the duration of yourstay. The lodge is located only 200 metres from the Happo Oneski lifts, a few minutes from the busiest pub in town and a shortstroll from the many restaurants on offer. A shuttle bus stop isjust next door for transfers to the many other ski resorts in theHakuba Valley. Ski season runs from early December to the endof March.7 NIGHTS FR $1,12614 NIGHTS FR FR $1,971Inclusions• 7/14 nights stay at the Hakuba GondolaHotel, directly opposite the main gondolain Hakuba• 5 or 6 day Hakuba 9 mountain lift pass/10or 13 day Hakuba 8 mountain lift pass.• Return coach from Tokyo Narita airport toHakuba accommodation.Optional central Tokyo drop off.• Shuttle bus to all ski resorts in Hakuba.• Airport meet and greet and Hakubaorientation.• Daily breakfasts and one group dinner.• Tour guide and nightly activities.• Entry and sightseeing at Matsumoto Castle.Optional Extras (not included): Deposit for liftpass chip, night skiing or boarding, traditionalJapanese ‘Onsen’ bathhouse, snow monkeysand zenkoji temple day tour. Departure point:Tokyo Narita airport terminal 2, internationalarrivals lounge Tour Code: TYOPOW (7 nts)/TYOH14 (14 nts)Departures 2015Dec-MarWednesdays & SaturdaysCHINANORTHKOREASOUTHKOREAHiroshimaKagoshimaHakodateAomoriNiigataJAPANKyotoOsakaKushiroMoriokaSendaiTokyoThere is simply no better way to get around Japan than on theworld-famous Shinkansen, or bullet trains, which whizz youeffortlessly from the southern tip of Kyushu to the northerntip of Honshu at speeds of up to 300km/h. Not just fast, thesewonderful trains are super-efficient, almost silent and depart sopunctually you could set your watch to the exact second! Arrivinginto ultra-modern railway stations puts you right in the heart of allthe sights and sounds you came to experience, ensuring you don’twaste a minute of your trip.The good news is that if you purchase a seven day, 14-dayor 21-day Japan Rail Pass, which are specifically designed forinternational travellers and can only be bought prior to arriving inJapan, the trains can be much less expensive than you might think.In fact, you can buy a seven-day ‘ordinary’ pass for about thesame price as a return ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto. And it’s validfor unlimited travel across the whole of Japan.japan railValid on all trains operated by Japan Railways, including the Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains,JR Limited Express, JR Express, local trains in city/rural areas plus affiliated bus andferry connections, for unlimited travel across the whole of Japan.Travel ValidityJapan Rail passes are only available to foreign travellers visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing purposes,travelling under the status of ‘temporary visitor’. The voucher must be exchanged in Japan for the pass within 3months of the issue date. At present, the pass does not include travel on the Nozomi-type Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trainson the Tokaido and Sanyo lines, nor the ‘Mizuho’ type trains, nor on the super-deluxe ‘Gran Class’ on the Hayabusatrain which also runs on the Shinkansen lines.JAPAN RAIL WEST PASS (KANSAI)Travel ValidityJapan Rail West Pass (Kansai) is a cheaper option covering cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara and otherdestinations in Kansai. It includes local, rapid and special rapid services, but supplements apply for the ShinkansenExpress and Limited Express. It may not be used on the Shinkansen Super Express.JAPAN RAIL WEST PASS (sanyo)Travel Validity2nd Class (‘Ordinary’)2nd Class (‘Green’)2nd Class (‘Green’)1st ( ‘Green’)7 consecutive days Fr $325 Fr $43414 consecutive days Fr $518 Fr $70321 consecutive days Fr $662 Fr $9141 day Fr $232 consecutive days Fr $463 consecutive days Fr $584 consecutive days Fr $694 consecutive days Fr $2308 consecutive days Fr $345Japan Rail West Pass (Sanyo) covers the western end of the island of Honshu including cities such as Osaka, Okayamaand Hiroshima, plus the city of Hakata on the island of Kyushu. This pass includes travel on local, rapid and specialrapid services, the Nozomi and other Shinkansen Super Express trains, plus the ferry connection to Miyajima Island.164VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTH KOREAORIENTAL ASIAAsia’s wild child -party outrageouslyaround your briefcasein Gangnam, check outthe dance battles onthe sprayed streetsof Hongdae & pull aglamorous all-nighterin Itaewon.SeoulIncheonChuncheonAfter the neon city madness, replenishyour seoul in Korea’s glorious nationalparks - hiking up mountains, drinkingtea & sleeping in monasteries.DaejeonDaeguUlsanMokpoGwangjuBusananother year older? wellyeah actually. In southkorea, a baby is one year’sold at birth, not zero.that’s some headStart..JejuKnown as the ‘Island of the Gods’, setsail for Jeju; a palm-waving volcanicparadise of beaches, waterfalls, Koreanhoneymooners & scuba divers.SNOW WAY!South Korea has one ofthe best ski resorts inAsia, only missing outon hosting the WinterOlympics by three votes!In Yongpyong Ski Resort,expect gnarly moguls,half pipes and a lot offluro.165


BEST OF SOUTH KOREASeoul SeoulFR$3,44910 DAYSHighlights• Wander the sprawling city of Seoul• Stand in awe of Gyengbokhung Palace• Discover the Demilitarised Zone• Visit a Yangdong Folk Village• Sleep in a temple in Busan• See the tomb of King Munmu• Sample South Korea’s diverse cuisine• Explore the highlights of Jeju IslandORIENTAL ASIADepartures 2015START FINISHMar 27 Apr 05Apr 10 Apr 19Apr 24 May 03May 08 May 17START FINISHMay 22 May 31Jun 05 Jun 14Aug 28 Sep 06Sep 04 Sep 13START FINISHSep 11 Sep 20Oct 02 Oct 11Oct 16 Oct 25InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Standard hotels (8 nts)temple (1 nt, multishare) Transport: Plane,private van, train, subway Meals: 9 breakfasts,1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $250-300 formeals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 16, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAKBKMy Own Room Available: Fr $919NORTHKOREADemilitarised Zone (DMZ)SeoulSOUTH KOREAJejuGyeongjuYangdongBusanGampoJeju CityAre you ready for a unique travel experience? Well you’ve got it! South Korea fits the billand then some! On this ten-day trip, you’ll see all the highlights in and around the bustlingmetropolis of Seoul plus visit authentic folk villages, unique Korean temples and theincredibly beautiful Jeju Island. You’ll also learn of the sombre history of North and SouthKorea and take an excursion to the Demilitarised Zone separating the two. If you’re keen tograsp a perfect snapshot of a country coming into its own as a top travel destination, thenthis tour is for you!DAY0102-0304-0506070809-10ITINERARYBulguksa Temple, GyeongjuSeoulArrive into South Korea’s buzzing capital at any time and get ready to explore the vibes of thissprawling metropolis. From night markets and temples to palaces and skyscrapers, one thing’s forsure, you won’t be bored! For panoramic views over this hub, head up the N Seoul Tower, fill yourbackpacks to the brim in one of the stylish shopping malls and visit the World Heritage Site of theprecious Jongmyo, dedicated to house the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty.Seoul / Demilitarised ZoneEnjoy a city tour in the vibrant capital of South Korea. Visit many areas of the city as well as theGyengbokgung Palace, one of Seoul’s grandest archaeological sites. Originally built by King Taejo,the palace was burnt down during the Japanese invasions and lay in ruins for 300 years. Its rebuildalmost bankrupted the Government! On Day 3, you’ll be taken to the eye-opener of the trip, theDemilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the border of North and South Korea. With the chance to walk thetunnel, discover its harrowing history as well as learn the dilemma faced by Korea and its people.With over a million soldiers on watch each day, it is one of the last remnants of the Cold War. (2B)Gyeongju / YangdongArrive to the coastal city of Gyeongju. Known as the ‘museum without walls’, it holds countlesstombs and temples which will wow any culture vultures keen to discover its historic charm. Wanderthe famous UNESCO sites of Seoguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple on an included tour of the city.Tuck into a delicious steamed octopus, wander the walled, tomb-filled Tumuli Park and top up yourhistory knowledge at the Gyeongju Museum. In the afternoon, visit the 500-year-old UNESCO site ofYangdong Folk Village, located in Gyeongju National Park, to get a feel for life during the early JoseonDynasty. (2B)Gampo / BusanThis morning, travel by private van to Gampo, a village on the coast. Visit the ancient twin pagodasof Gaeunsa Temple then discover the underwater tomb of King Munmu. Fearing an invasion fromthe Japanese, the King chose his final resting place believing he would become a sea dragon toeternally protect the country’s coast! With any free time left in Gampo, why not tuck into deliciousfresh seafood or throw yourself into one of the many recreational activities including horsebackriding, bungy jumping or lawn skiing? From here, you’ll continue on to Busan for a unique overnightexperience in a local temple in cosy, comfortable, single-sex lodgings known as ‘ondo’. (B, D)Busan / Jeju IslandGet to grips with Korea’s second city with a morning tour of Busan before flying to Jeju Islandalso known as the ‘Island of the Gods’. Splash some cash at the fantastic Jagalchi fish market andGujesijang market, then wander the grounds of Yongdusan Park taking in the towering Busan Tower.Arrive into Jeju this evening. (B)JejuSwaying palm trees welcome you to the volcanic island of Jeju. Layer up for a trip to the chillyManjang Cave to find incredible stalactite and lava tubes and keep your camera handy forbreathtaking views upon the impressive archetypal tuff cone of Seongsan Ilchulbong. You’ll then bewhisked off to a Seongeup folk village then on through lush green trees to Sangumburi crater. (B)Jeju / SeoulOpt to visit some final sights during a free day in Jeju before a short flight back to Seoul. On Day 10,your Korean adventure comes to an end so you’re free to depart at any time. (2B)166VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTH KOREAlife & seoul of the partyThe new kid to arrive at Asia’spowerhouse party, Seoul burstonto the dancefloor in a Gangnamfrenzy of music, food, fashionand culture. Watch as new trendsare set on the streets, only tobe washed away that night ina fun-loving torrent of K-Pop,whisky and fresh graffiti. Whileabsolutely everyone is expressingthemselves, the centuries ofimperial history remain peacefullypreserved in Bukchon’s palaces,wooden houses and teashops.ORIENTAL ASIASEOUL STOPOVERPACKAGEFR$6253 DAYSSEOUL & THETHIRD TUNNELFR$1,9594 DAYSShort on time? This snazzy stopover has it nailed - two nights’hotel accommodation, round trip airport transfers plus afascinating city tour that will take you straight to the heart ofSeoul. Stuffed with rich heritage, culture and history, the guidedtour on Day 2 will take you to Gwanghwamun Plaza, art galleries,antique shops and the endless sprawl of Namdaemun Market’sstalls. Day 3, it’s back to the airport for your onward journey.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotel on twin share basis (2 nts)Meals: 2 breakfasts Includes: Private round trip transfers from Incheon airport.city tour Tour Code: KORWELTravel through Seoul’s ancient dynasties on this fascinating introto modern-day South Korea. Following airport pick-up, settle intoSeoul before a guided tour on Day 2; watch the changing of theRoyal Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Namdaemun Market.Next day, visit the DMZ (demilitarised zone) to delve into thepolitics, turbulent history and secret tunnels at the North Koreanborder. Return to Seoul and transfer to the airport on Day 4.Departs: Daily except Sat & Mon Accommodation: Hotel on twin share basiswith en suite (3nts) Meals: 3 breakfasts Transport: Car, private bus, tourist busIncludes: Return airport transfers, Seoul & DMZ tours, English speaking guide,entrance fees Tour Code: SEOTUNTEACH ENGLISHIN KOREAFR$44960 HOURSKOREANRAIL PASSFR$581, 3, 5, 7 OR 10 DAYSTeaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a qualificationthat enables you to teach English abroad. If you’re adventurouswith a passion for living and working within a new culture, thenSouth Korea is a travel hotspot, not least because of its highearning potential. Complete the 60-hour online course and you’llgain an internationally accredited qualification that you can takewith you all over the world, fitting around your life, not the otherway round! Apply for jobs in advance or pick up work as you travelto fund further adventures! The course includes expert tutorsupport and has a 99% pass rate.The Korea Rail Pass is a discounted ticket allowing unlimited railtravel throughout South Korea over a one, three, five, seven orten-day consecutive period. It’s only available in second class,however first class travel and overnight sleeper travel is possibleupon payment of a supplement, usually half the price of theregular fare. The pass is valid to travel anywhere in South Korea,on all Korail services, including the modern and fast KTX trains.Departs: Multiple services daily Accommodation: Overnight sleeper travelavailable on some services, subject to supplement Meals: No meals includedTransport: Second class train carriages Tour Code: 1TRACK167


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DELHI TO KATHMANDU ‘YOLO’ ADVENTUREFR$1,399Delhi Kathmandu15 DAYSHighlights• Explore the urban vibrancy of India• Sail the incredibly energetic Ganges• Glimpse local life in traditional villages• Admire mountain vistas in Nepal• Photograph Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal• Visit the holy city of Varanasi• Witness rugged Himalayan landscapes• Relax in Pokhara’s tranquil beautyDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 13 Jan 27Jan 20 Feb 03Jan 27 Feb 10Feb 03 Feb 17Feb 17 Mar 03Feb 24 Mar 10Mar 03 Mar 17Mar 17 Mar 31Mar 24 Apr 07Mar 31 Apr 14Apr 07 Apr 21Apr 14 Apr 28Apr 28 May 12May 19 Jun 02InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 26 Jun 09Jun 09 Jun 23Jun 16 Jun 30Jun 23 Jul 07Jun 30 Jul 14Jul 07 Jul 21Jul 14 Jul 28Jul 21 Aug 04Jul 28 Aug 11Aug 04 Aug 18Aug 11 Aug 25Aug18 Sep 01Aug 25 Sep 08Sep 01 Sep 15START FINISHSep 08 Sep 22Sep 22 Oct 06Sep 29 Oct 13Oct 13 Oct 27Oct 20 Nov 03Oct 27 Nov 10Nov 03 Nov 17Nov 10 Nov 24Nov 17 Dec 01Nov 24 Dec 08Dec 15 Dec 29Dec 22 Jan 05Dec 29 Jan 12Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Exclusivelyfor 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels(12 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt)Transport: Train, metro, local bus, charterbus, rickshaw Meals: 1 lunch Budget: AllowUSD $215-280 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localguides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 14 TourCode: GAAHDUMy Own Room Available: Fr $569PushkarJaipurDelhiAgraINDIAYou might likeNEPALLumbiniVaranasiKathmanduChitwan NPPokharaUpgrade your tripDelhi to Kathmandu Adventure(GAAHDK, 15 days) page 170 Fr $1,499The ‘YOLO’ in this tour’s name stands for ‘You Only Live Once’ and with India’s fast pace andits approach to making the most out of life, we think it’s pretty much spot on. This in-yourfacecountry is less of a place to see than a place to do and this budget adventure ensuresyou get face to face with everything it has to offer. Only a stone’s throw away, you’ll alsouncover the hypnotic beauty of Nepal, think snow-capped peaks, monasteries, yaks, yetisand Sherpas and you’ve got it in one! Witness classics like the Taj Mahal, sail the Ganges,take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park and inhale the crisp air of the Himalayas.DAY010203-0405-0607-08091011-1213-15ITINERARYDelhiArrive in Delhi at any time, and awaken your senses in one of the most historic capitals in the world.Check out Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. Later, visit India Gate and Connaught Place with the group.PushkarTravel to the important pilgrimage town of Pushkar, a place so sacred to the Hindu religion that noalcohol, eggs or kissing is allowed! See the weathered domes and milky-coloured temples and watchthe daily activity from the sacred lakefront ghats. There’s also the option for an afternoon camel ride.JaipurStart your visit with a morning hike up to the Savitri Temple. Opt to visit the Palace of the Windsand learn about the Hindu-Rajput and Islamic-Mughal architectural styles of the Amber Fort. BrowseJaipur’s markets brimming with jewellery and eye-catching textiles, or catch a Bollywood movie.AgraHead to the Muslim city of Agra, site of India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. As well asseeing the iconic piece of Mughal architecture, you’ll embrace the palatial walled city of the Agra Fortwith its splendid red sandstone and intricate white marble decorations. Overnight train to Varanasi.VaranasiAs you arrive in the morning into Varanasi, the quintessential Indian holy city where millions ofHindus travel for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn or to die. You’ll walk the narrow twisting alleys,poke around some of the hundreds of shrines and temples, and experience Ganges boat trips atsunrise and sunset that encapsulate the energy of the Hindu dawn rituals of bathing and burnings.LumbiniLeaving the spiritual Varanasi behind you, you’ll head for the Nepalese border. Crossing at the bordertown of Bhairawan you’ll continue on to the great Buddhist pilgrimage centre and the birthplace ofthe Buddha, Lumbini. Lumbini rolls off the tongue and pleasantly translates in Sanskrit as ‘Lovely.’Chitwan National ParkNext up, Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landscape you will travel throughtoday is a horizon of marshy grasslands, savannahs and forests at the base of the Himalayas. Thisnational park is the oldest in Nepal and is home to endangered Indian rhinoceros and Bengal tigers.Opt to explore this incredible national park by jeep safari then overnight at a local homestay.PokharaTravel from the plains to the mountains to Pokhara. This Nepalese treasure is nestled in a tranquilvalley at an altitude of 827m, Pokhara is a true place of natural beauty. The most stunning ofPokhara’s sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna Range. Opt to travel out to Sarangkotto experience a spectacular sunrise over the surrounding mountainsKathmanduAs you embark on the last leg of your adventure you’ll dart through wild, rugged Himalayan landscapeto Nepal’s magical capital. As you journey on, you’ll learn about traditional Napali food and give a goat making Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic lunch. Opt for a scenic Everestflight then enjoy a final night in this fascinating city and bid farewell as your adventure draws to aclose on Day 15. 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DELHI TO KATHMANDU ADVENTUREDelhi KathmanduFR$1,49915 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Explore Delhi’s exotic culture• Check out the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur• Absorb the romance of the Taj Mahal• Watch the bathing rituals in Varanasi• Visit the birthplace of Buddhism• Go searching for tigers in Chitwan N.P.• Marvel at Pokhara’s natural beauty• Check out magical KathmanduDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 03 Jan 17Jan 05 Jan 19Jan 10 Jan 24Jan 12 Jan 26Jan 17 Jan 31Jan 19 Feb 02Jan 24 Feb 07Jan 31 Feb 14Feb 02 Feb 16Feb 07 Feb 21Feb 09 Feb 23Feb 14 Feb 28Feb16 Mar 02Feb 21 Mar 07Feb 23 Mar 09Feb 28 Mar 14Mar 02 Mar 16Mar 07 Mar 21Mar 09 Mar 23Mar 14 Mar 28Mar 16 Mar 30Mar 21 Apr 04Mar 23 Apr 06Mar 30 Apr 13Apr 01 Apr 15Apr 04 Apr 18Apr 06 Apr 20Apr 10 Apr 24Apr 11 Apr 25Apr 13 Apr 27Apr 17 May 01Apr 18 May 02Apr 20 May 04InclusionsSTART FINISHApr 24 May 08Apr 25 May 09Apr 27 May 11May 01 May 15May 02 May 16May 04 May 18May 08 May 22May 09 May 23May 11 May 25May 15 May 29May 16 May 30Jul 11 Jul 25Jul 18 Aug 01Jul 25 Aug 08Aug 01 Aug 15Aug 03 Aug 17Aug 08 Aug 22Aug 15 Aug 29Aug 17 Aug 31Aug 22 Sep 05Aug 29 Sep 12Sep 05 Sep 19Sep 07 Sep 21Sep 12 Sep 26Sep 14 Sep 28Sep 19 Oct 03Sep 21 Oct 05Sep 26 Oct 10Sep 28 Oct 12Oct 02 Oct 16Oct 03 Oct 17Oct 05 Oct 19Oct 09 Oct 23START FINISHOct 10 Oct 24Oct 12 Oct 26Oct 16 Oct 30Oct 17 Oct 31Oct 19 Nov 02Oct 23 Nov 06Oct 24 Nov 07Oct 26 Nov 09Oct 31 Nov 14Nov 02 Nov 16Nov 06 Nov 20Nov 07 Nov 21Nov 09 Nov 23Nov 13 Nov 27Nov 14 Nov 28Nov 16 Nov 30Nov 20 Dec 04Nov 21 Dec 05Nov 23 Dec 07Nov 28 Dec 12Nov 30 Dec 14Dec 04 Dec 18Dec 05 Dec 19Dec 07 Dec 21Dec 12 Dec 26Dec 14 Dec 28Dec 18 Jan 01Dec 19 Jan 02Dec 21 Jan 04Dec 26 Jan 09Dec 28 Jan 11Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), sleeper train(1 nt), air con tent (1 nt) Transport: Train,metro, local bus, private bus, auto-rickshaw,cycle-rickshaw, tempo, riverboat, 4x4 Meals: 1lunch Budget: Allow USD $215-280 for mealsnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHDKMy Own Room Available: Fr $459JaipurDelhiAgraOrchhaINDIANEPALLumbiniVaranasiKathmanduPokharaChitwan NPYou might consider yourself an experienced traveller. You’ve lazed on sun-scorched beaches,paraded around exotic cities and had your bag go missing on an international flight. But ifyou’re looking to contrast the kaleidoscope of colour that is India with the pristine serenityof Nepal’s Himalaya mountains, then this 15-day trip across the ‘roof of the world’ hasgot your name written all over it! From the ghats of the Ganges to a 4x4 safari in ChitwanNational Park, this amazing adventure opens up a magical part of our beautiful planet toanyone who hasn’t yet ‘seen it all’.DAY0102-030405-0607-08091011-1213-15ITINERARYVaranasi, IndiaDelhiArrive at any time and explore the wealth of culturally interesting options that this city has on tap.Old Delhi has mosques, forts, markets and other monuments depicting India’s Muslim history. NewDelhi, on the other hand, is a modern city with wide tree-shaded avenues. Take an evening visit tothe India Gate and Connaught Place, where shops, restaurants and bars abound!JaipurTravel to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and visit the Palace of the Winds. Opt to visit the nearby village ofSanganer to see blue pottery or groove along to the singing and dancing action of a Bollywood filmat the art deco Raj Mandir cinema.AgraTravel by early morning train to the Muslim city of Agra, home to India’s most famous landmark,the Taj Mahal. Visit in the late afternoon for the best viewing experience and for the best light forphotography. Ride on a cycle-rickshaw to visit the Red Fort and Itimad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb.OrchhaTravel by train from Agra to Jhansi before jumping in a ‘tempo’ - a large type of auto-rickshaw, to thepicturesque town of Orchha. You’ll spend two days enjoying the peaceful rural charm of this riversidetown, experiencing the ‘real’ India, the perfect antidote to the chaos of India’s cities. Relax and enjoy!VaranasiVaranasi is the quintessential Indian holy city. Walk the narrow twisting alleys, check out someof the thousands of temples and experience the rituals of bathing along the ghats. Sit back andcontemplate what it means to be in Varanasi, the oldest continually-inhabited city in the world.You’ll take to boats and head out onto the sacred Ganges River, both for sunrise and sunset. On yourevening journey, you’ll enjoy a candle flower ceremony and some sitar and tabla playing.LumbiniTravel to the Nepalese border. Crossing at the border town of Bhairawa you’ll continue on to thegreat Buddhist pilgrimage centre and birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini - now a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site.Chitwan National ParkTravel along the base of the Himalayas through marshy grasslands, savannahs and forests to theUNESCO World Heritage Chitwan National Park. Explore the park by 4x4 safari and spend your freetime on a canoe ride or enjoying a spot of bird watching.PokharaTravel from the plains to the mountains. Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 827m, Pokharais a place of natural beauty. One of the best sights is the spectacular panorama of the AnnapurnaRange. Travel out to Sarangkot for sunrise over the surrounding mountains, then walk back downthrough farms and forest to Pokhara. Truly awesome and very inspiring.KathmanduTravel through the wild, rugged Himalayan landscape to Nepal’s magical capital city, stopping at the‘Monkey Temple’ of Swayambhunath en route. Learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) thenenjoy an authentic local lunch. Finish on a high with an optional sightseeing flight to glimpse Mt.Everest, before your tour comes to an end on Day 15. (L)170 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INDIAClothed in cerisestucco, Jaipur - the‘Pink City’ - heaveswith vibrant bazaars,renowned for theirjewellery & textiles.Don’t miss the CityPalace & ‘Palace ofWinds.’INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTNew DelhiJaisalmerJaipurVaranasiKolkata (Calcutta)MumbaiChaotic and compelling,Mumbai is India’s mostdynamic westernised city,with a traditional yet trendyvibe. Check out Dharavi’sworkshops and tanneries.GoaChennai(Madras)HOLY COWConsidered sacred, cowswander freely on India’sstreets. They’ll often weara tilak, a Hindu symbol ofgood fortune, other thanin West Bengal wherethey’re permitted to carrya photo ID card. Noteven kidding.in an indian policedistrict, officers withmoustaches receive a highersalary. the tache is thenmonitored so it doesn’t gettoo ‘intimidating’.the rickshaw runFor the kind of Indian enlightenment that you never askedfor and probably never really wanted, take the whollyunsuitable decision to drive a piece of crap rickshaw3,500 kilometres across India. Accompanied by threemates of varying degrees of usefulness and an amateurishlypimped-up but entirely inadequate vehicle, careencompletely off the tourist trail into the undignified joy andindescribable chaos of India’s roads.If this hasn’t sent your delicate travel sensibilities down theroad to book an over-sanitised package holiday, then youmay just be foolish enough to do the Rickshaw Run.Pick up more perplexing information instore or online.171


UNCOVER INDIADelhi GoaFR$1,59915 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Discover the vibrant city of Delhi• Sample India’s delicious, varied food• Fall in love with the Taj Mahal• Check out the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur• Absorb Pushkar’s exotic spirituality• Be enthralled by Udaipur’s palaces• Soak up Mumbai’s glitz and glamour• Party all night in Goa’s bars and clubsDepartures 2014Jan & NovFeb, Mar& DecAprAugSep-OctEvery Monday, Saturday & SundayEvery Monday, Saturday & Sunday and selectedFridaysEvery Monday & Saturday and selected SundaysSelected Mondays, Saturdays & SundaysEvery Saturday and selected Mondays &SundaysAmber Fort, Jaipur, RajasthanInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Simple hotels (14 nts)Transport: Train, local bus, jeep, rickshaw,tuk tuk, taxi, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $280-380for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guide GroupSize: Max 18, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHUHMy Own Room Available: Fr $759You might likeDelhiPushkarJaipurAgraTordi SagarUdaipurMumbaiGoaINDIAExtend your tripDiscover India (incl. Keralan Backwaters)(21 days, Delhi to Kochi)(GAAHDC) Fr $2,399Everything in India is just a little bit more daring. The colours, the tastes, the architecture -you won’t encounter even a suggestion of the ordinary during your time here. This 15-dayadventure ensures that you’ll be delightfully exposed to all of India’s wonder. Snake yourway through mysterious temples, magical palaces, shimmering lakes and some incrediblecuisine. Check out the big brazen cities of Delhi and Mumbai and soak up the amazing vistasof Rajasthan. Finish up in the party capital of Goa – time to get your shades on to soak upthe sunshine as you’re consumed by the laid-back beach vibe.DAY010203-040506-0708-1011-1213-15ITINERARYDelhiArrive any time and feel free to explore. Slightly intimidating but exceptionally invigorating, Delhi willset your imagination running wild in a fury of colour and commotion. Jump in an auto-rickshaw orcatch the smart new metro system to explore both Old and New Delhi, taking in the Grand Mosqueand Connaught Place, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule. Here, you canalso visit the Ghandi Museum, built on the site of the great leader’s assassination.AgraTravel by early morning train to the city of Agra. No visit to India is complete without a trip here tosee the Taj Mahal, an icon of Mughal architecture best visited late afternoon for the best light. Ridea cycle rickshaw to visit the Lal Qila or Red Fort; the Taj Mahal’s less famous but no less impressivesister monument. This palatial walled city is built from intricately-decorated red sandstone inlaid withwhite marble, and was the site of an important battle in the 1858 Indian Rebellion.JaipurTake a bus ride to the capital of Rajasthan. Clothed in pink stucco, wide-avenued Jaipur is one of themost important heritage cities in India and home to the Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’. Enjoyan included orientation walk around town and a guided tour of the cliff-top palace at Amber Fort.Tordi SagarDive into rural life with a traditional village stay. Visit potters, cobblers and markets, take a jeepsafari to the dunes for sunset or head into the hills for a spot of hiking. There’s also a chance tolearn about henna painting and get a tattoo from local women. (D)PushkarBefore leaving Tordi Sagar, enjoy a lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet. Visit achildren’s community learning centre en route to Pushkar, the site of the world’s only temple to theHindu god of creation - Brahma. No Hindu pilgrimage is considered complete until the pilgrim bathesin the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake. On Day 7, climb the hilltop Savitri Temple to watch the sun riseover this holy place. Later, there’s an optional dinner with entertainment in the dunes. (B, L, D)UdaipurContinue to Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and famous worldwide for its breathtaking lakes andRaj-era palaces. The most famous is the Lake Palace, where white marble buildings entirely cover asmall island in Pichola Lake - you an enjoy an optional visit here and an orientation walk in town.MumbaiCatch a flight to the exciting city of Mumbai. Take an orientation walk with your tour leader tocheck out the ‘Gateway to India’. Opt to take a taxi tour around town, visit Elephanta Island or tourthe area where ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was filmed. In the evening, visit one of Mumbai’s top-notchrestaurants and sample the buzzing nightlife. On Day 12, board an overnight train to Goa.GoaThis morning, arrive to the chilled-out beach paradise of Goa. Relax on a beach, visit the manyPortuguese-built monuments, or wander around Old Goa - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The localcuisine is recognised throughout the world for its fiery punch and strong Portuguese influences. Eatas much of this incredible Goan food as you can, especially the seafood curries, you probably won’tfind anything like it back home! Your tour ends on Day 15.172 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INDIA ON A SHOESTRINGDelhi DelhiFR$1,79920 DAYSHighlights• Explore the busy streets of Delhi• Check out the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur• Absorb the romance of the Taj Mahal• Enjoy an amazing camel safari• Watch the bathing rituals in Varanasi• Drink in a kaleidoscope of cultures• Visit Jodhpur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’• Watch a super sunset on the GangesDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 23Jan 05 Jan 24Jan 11 Jan 30Jan 12 Jan 31Jan 19 Feb 07Jan 25 Feb 13Jan 26 Feb 14Feb 02 Feb 21Feb 09 Feb 28Feb 15 Mar 06Feb 16 Mar 07Feb 23 Mar 14Mar 02 Mar 21Mar 08 Mar 27Mar 09 Mar 28Mar 16 Apr 04Mar 22 Apr 10Mar 23 Apr 11Mar 30 Apr 18Apr 06 Apr 25Apr 13 May 02Apr 20 May 09Apr 27 May 16InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 04 May 23May 11 May 30May 18 Jun 06May 25 Jun 13Jun 01 Jun 20Jun 08 Jun 27Jun 15 Jul 04Jun 22 Jul 11Jun 28 Jul 17Jun 29 Jul 18Jul 06 Jul 25Jul 12 Jul 31Jul 13 Aug 01Jul 20 Aug 08Jul 27 Aug 15Aug 03 Aug 22Aug 10 Aug 29Aug 17 Sep 05Aug 24 Sep 12Aug 31 Sep 19Sep 07 Sep 26Sep 14 Oct 03Sep 21 Oct 10START FINISHSep 28 Oct 17Oct 05 Oct 24Oct 12 Oct 31Oct 18 Nov 06Oct 19 Nov 07Oct 25 Nov 13Oct 26 Nov 14Nov 02 Nov 21Nov 08 Nov 27Nov 09 Nov 28Nov 15 Dec 04Nov 16 Dec 05Nov 22 Dec 11Nov 23 Dec 12Nov 29 Dec 18Nov 30 Dec 19Dec 07 Dec 26Dec 14 Jan 02Dec 20 Jan 08Dec 21 Jan 09Dec 26 Jan 14Dec 27 Jan 15Dec 28 Jan 16Trip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39sAccommodation: Hotels (15 nts), sleepertrains (3 nts), camping (1 nt) Transport: Train,metro, local bus, private bus, tuk tuk, smallriverboat, camel, 4x4 Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2lunches, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $350-400 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO) Group Size:Max 18, Avg 14 Tour Code: GAAHRHMy Own Room Available: Fr $689Bikaner Pushkar DelhiJaisalmerJaipurJodhpurAgraTordi SagarUdaipurINDIAVaranasiThis is your all-encompassing Indian wonder trip! You’ll tick off a whole host of amazingexperience over 20 action-packed days and all for an absurdly low price. Experience thewonders of Rajasthan and North India - witness life-affirming sunsets, mystical temples,opulent palaces, utopian lakes and beautiful landscapes. Come face to face with aspirituality far removed from the shallow complexity of the western world as you interactwith people in some truly unique places. India is also home to great and varied cuisine, sothere’ll be plenty of opportunities to enjoy a few spicy curries along the way.DAY01-0203-0405-060708-0910-1112-1314-1516-1819-20ITINERARYDelhiArrive into Delhi and dive straight into the heart of India’s capital. Explore vibrant Old Delhi, visitJama Masjid and climb the minaret for a bird’s-eye view, or stroll the busy market at Chandni Chowk.Take part in a walk led by rehabilitated street kids from our partner Planeterra’s New Delhi StreetKids Project. On the evening of Day 2, board the overnight train to Bikaner.Bikaner / Camel SafariArrive into Bikaner and head out into the dunes on a unique mode of transport, the Indian camel.Ride past isolated villages and marvel at your guides’ abilities to find their way across this emptylandscape. Camp out under the stars with only the dunes and camels for company. (B, L, D)JaisalmerJaisalmer, known as the ‘Golden City’, stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone in the heart of theThar Desert. Spend an enjoyable two days absorbing these legendary and exotic surroundings,wandering the maze of streets and checking out the mud fortress and walled townships.JodhpurAt Jodhpur, stark desert landscapes meet palaces, forts and temples, all enclosed within imposingcity walls. Six enormous gates provide entry to the city centre. Overlooking it all stands theMeherangarh Fort, one of the largest in India. Climb up and admire the breathtaking view of the city.UdaipurContinue to Udaipur, famous for its breathtaking lakes and Raj palaces. Most famous is the LakePalace, where white marble buildings entirely cover a small island in Pichola Lake.Pushkar / Tordi SagarTake an orientation walk upon arrival in Pushkar, site of the world’s only temple to the Hindu god ofcreation, Brahma. On Day 11, dive into rural life with a traditional village stay. Visit potters, cobblersand markets, take a jeep safari to the dunes for sunset or head into the hills for a spot of hiking. (D)JaipurTravel to the capital of Rajasthan. Clothed in pink, Jaipur is home to India’s second most-visited site,the magnificent Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’. You’ll have plenty time to explore. (B, L)AgraContinue to the Muslim city of Agra, best known as the site of India’s most famous landmark - the TajMahal. This instantly recognisable building was constructed between 1631-1654 by a workforce of22,000 as a mausoleum for the favourite wife of the Emperor Shah Jahan. It is perhaps the romanticorigin of the Taj Mahal, as much as its architectural splendour, that has led to its worldwide fame.Visit this icon of Mughal architecture either in the early morning or late afternoon for the best light.VaranasiJourney to legendary Varanasi where millions of Hindus travel to worship, to mourn or to die. Walkthe narrow alleys, visit temples and shrines and experience the energy of the dawn rituals as youfloat past the famous ghats of the Ganges. In the evening, you will enjoy a candle flower ceremony.On Day 18, take an overnight train back to Delhi.DelhiExplore this hectic fast-paced city before your adventure ends on Day 20.INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT173


ESSENTIAL INDIADelhi DelhiFR$1,49915 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Check out chaotic and colourful Delhi• Inhale the aroma of the spice markets• Wander the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur• Explore the Palace of the Winds• Let the Taj Mahal break your heart• Slow down the pace in rural Orchha• Take a sunset sail down the Ganges• Absorb Varanasi’s raw spiritualityDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 18Jan 06 Jan 20Jan 11 Jan 25Jan 16 Jan 30Jan 18 Feb 01Jan 23 Feb 06Jan 25 Feb 08Feb 01 Feb 15Feb 06 Feb 20Feb 08 Feb 22Feb 15 Mar 01Feb 22 Mar 08Mar 01 Mar 15Mar 08 Mar 22Mar 15 Mar 29Mar 22 Apr 05Mar 29 Apr 12Apr 05 Apr 19Apr 12 Apr 26Apr 19 May 03START FINISHApr 26 May 10May 03 May 17May 10 May 24May 24 Jun 07Jun 07 Jun 21Jun 14 Jun 28Jun 21 Jul 05Jun 28 Jul 12Jul 05 Jul 19Jul 12 Jul 26Jul 19 Aug 02Jul 26 Aug 09Aug 02 Aug 16Aug 09 Aug 23Aug 16 Aug 30Aug 23 Sep 06Aug 30 Sep 13Sep 06 Sep 20Sep 13 Sep 27Sep 20 Oct 04START FINISHSep 27 Oct 11Oct 04 Oct 18Oct 09 Oct 23Oct 11 Oct 25Oct 16 Oct 30Oct 18 Nov 01Oct 25 Nov 08Oct 30 Nov 13Nov 01 Nov 15Nov 06 Nov 20Nov 08 Nov 22Nov 15 Nov 29Nov 22 Dec 06Nov 29 Dec 13Dec 06 Dec 20Dec 11 Dec 25Dec 13 Dec 27Dec 20 Jan 03Dec 22 Jan 05Dec 27 Jan 10Taj MahalMany choose to spend months travelling India. If you’re only visiting for a few weeks, it’simportant to know where you’re going and how. This trip takes away some of the hassleand gives you more time to immerse yourself in the local culture. Take your time to strollthrough bustling city streets, discover beautiful temples, munch your way through explosivecurries and come face to face with an ocean of wondrous spirituality. From the extravagantTaj Mahal to the riverbank ghats of Varanasi and the unforgettable temples of Khajuraho -you’re sure to be caught up in India’s incredible tapestry of life.InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (13 nts), sleepertrain (1 nt) Transport: Train, local bus,charter bus, auto-rickshaw, camel cart, smallriverboat, plane Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch,1 dinner Budget: Allow USD $250-300 formeals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHEHMy Own Room Available: Fr $459JaipurTordi SagarDelhiAbhaneriOrchhaAlipuraAgraTaj MahalINDIAKhajurahoNEPALVaranasiDAY010203-0405-070809-1112-1314-15ITINERARYDelhiArrive in Delhi at any time - get out and explore this crazy city!DelhiTake a morning walk through the city accompanied by a young adult from a Streetkids Projectsupported by our partner, Planeterra. Later, dive straight into India’s capital with time to exploreOld Delhi and explore the spice markets. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and wanderthrough the Chandni Chowk. Marvel at the splendour of Connaught Place, a shopping and restaurantquarter that provides a perfect place to take a break from the hectic surrounds of the city.JaipurClothed in pink stucco, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and a superb example of urban planningaccording to the principles of Hindu architectural theory. It’s home to the magnificent Hawa Mahal,or ‘Palace of the Winds’ whose 953 windows provides perfect natural ventilation. On Day 4, checkout the ruined city of Amber, 15km out of town, where the palace complex and fort are connected bywell-guarded passageways. Jaipur has one of the most spectacular movie theatres in India, so it’s theperfect place to take in some Bollywood magic!Tordi Sagar / Abhaneri / AgraVisit the typically Rajasthani rural village of Tordi Sagar to learn how locals here form a close bondwith the land. Next up, Abhaneri, an ancient village set in the desert and known for its beautifulbaoris (stepwells) and the famous Harshat Mata temple. On the way to Agra you’ll visit FatehpurSikri, the former capital of the Mughals. On arrival into Agra, check out Itimad-ud-Daulah, also knownas the ‘Baby Taj’ and the epic Taj Mahal, either in the early morning or late afternoon for the bestlight. You’ll also ride a cycle rickshaw to visit the Agra Fort. (B, L, D)OrchhaTravelling via the fortress town of Gwalior, retreat to the peaceful riverside town of Orchha. Explorethe many temples and palaces spread along the river and surrounding countryside, making sure tosee the town’s imposing 17th Century fort, Chaturbhuj Temple. Orchha is the perfect antidote to thechaos of India’s cities, and you can even opt to join a local family for a cooking class and lunch.Alipura / KhajurahoStay in the rural village of Alipura - a princely state since 1757. Take a day trip to one of the mostpopular destinations in India, Khajuraho - home to India’s largest group of medieval Hindu temples,famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra. Saucy!VaranasiJourney to legendary Varanasi, where millions of Hindus travel to worship, to mourn or to die. Walkthe narrow twisting alleys, explore some of the thousands of temples and shrines and experience theenergy of the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. You’ll take boats onto the River Ganges, both forsunrise and sunset, a truly unique experience and a wonderful way to see the city as it comes alivein the early or late hours of the day. On the evening boat trip you’ll enjoy a candle flower ceremonyaccompanied by sitar and tabla playing.Varanasi / DelhiA free morning in Varanasi to wander the ghats and do some last-minute shopping before returningto the colour, noise and excitement of Delhi on an afternoon flight. Your adventure ends on Day 15and you’re free to leave at any time of your choosing.174 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


BEST OFSOUTHERN INDIABEACHES &FR$1,399 BACKWATERSFR$849Kochi Kochi 14 DAYS Kochi Kochi7 DAYSKerala BackwatersHighlights• Look for native wildlife and chattering birds in beautiful sanctuaries• Uncover ancient temples in the spiritual tourism resort of Mysore• Explore plantations of tea and exotic spices in ThekaddyVarkala, KeralaHighlights• Spend the night with a local family for an authentic cultural feel• Drift through the tranquil backwaters of Kerala on a boat cruise• Stretch out on the white sand beaches at laid-back VarkalaINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-0405Kochi / Wayanad (Kalpetta)Arrive into colourful Kochi where churches, mosques and synagoguesbear witness to its chequered history as a spice trading centre. Enjoyan orientation walk and a typical kathakali dance show. On Day 3,catch the morning train to Kozhikode, followed by a scenic drive tothe Wayanad region of Kerala where the rolling hills are covered inrainforests and tea, coffee and rubber plantations. Enjoy a naturetrail at a wildlife sanctuary and visit the Eddakal pre-historic caves.Mudumalai Wildlife SanctuarySpend the night at Mudumalai, one of the most important refugesfor elephant and bison in India. Look out for varied wildlife and morethan 120 species of birds including herons and falcons, on a safari.0102KochiArrive at any time and the day is yours to explore. There’s plenty todo in Kochi, this seaside Indian city with its Portuguese and Dutchhistory, architecture and style. Wander to the impressive fort orwatch the sun set as fisherman pull up their traditional Chinese nets.AlleppeyEnjoy an orientation walk of Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church and theChinese fishing nets before travelling to Alleppey, a golden streak ofland woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals. The area is famousfor its ‘snake boat’ (chundan vallam) races and for the fact it is oneof the few places where farming is done below sea level. Experiencelocal life with a homestay, and a guided walk along the lagoon. (L, D)06-0809-1112-14Mysore / MamallapuramVisit Mysore Palace and Chamundi Temple. Then catch an afternoontrain to Chennai on Day 7, and connect by bus to Mamallapuram tovisit the 7th Century Shore Temple.Pondicherry / MaduraiContinue to the former French territory of Pondicherry. Stroll theatmospheric boulevards of the French Quarter and learn about SriAurobindo Ghose at the ashram. Next day head to Madurai and,on Day 11, enjoy a cycle-rickshaw tour of the town and the SriMeenakshi temple complex.Thekkady / Kerala Backwaters / KochiDrive to Thekaddy for a tour of the spice plantations in the aptlynamedCardamom Hills. On Day 13, travel to Alleppey to board a boatalong the backwaters to an authentic village homestay. Travel back toKochi where the tour ends in the afternoon of Day 14. (B, L, 2D)0304-0506-07KollamKollam is the southern gateway to the Keralan backwaters and you’llenjoy a half-day boat cruise to observe its unique ecosystem. Later,embark an orientation walk of Kollam, a commercial centre whichonce did a roaring trade amongst British, Dutch and Portuguesesailors eager to get their hands on prized and valuable spices. (B, L)VarkalaKnown for its yoga, massage centres and awesome beaches, Varkalais the only place in southern Kerala where you find cliffs next to thesea. The quiet, isolated beach is perfect for relaxing, and you’ll havetime for an Ayurvedic massage and to visit the Varkala Temple.KochiTravel from Varkala to Kochi, where there’s free time to check out theJewish Quarter and the spice market, or take in a Kathakali, a showof local martial arts. Tour ends in Kochi at any time on Day 7.InclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), homestay (1nt, multishare) Transport: Train, charter bus,cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, ferry Meals: 1breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD$280-340 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHBSWayanadMysoreINDIAMamallapuramChennaiPondicherryMudumalaiWildlifeSanctuaryKochiInclusionsTrip Style: YOLO Service Level: Basic PhysicalGrading: 2 Age Group: Exclusively for 18-39s Accommodation: Simple hotels (5 nts),homestay (1 nt) Transport: Bus, boat, taxi, tuktuk Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinnerBudget: Allow USD $115-150 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief Experience Officer(CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 18, Avg 12Tour Code: GAAHBBMy Own Room Available: Fr $459 My Own Room Available: Fr $379Alleppey MaduraiThekkadyDepartures 2015 Departures 2015Jan-Mar Every MondayJan-DecSundays, typically with 2-4 departuresmonthly (additional departures in Jan)Apr-DecRegular Mondays(no departures 05May-30Aug)INDIAKochiAlleppeyKollamVarkala175


GOLDENTRIANGLERAJASTHANFR$799 ADVENTUREFR$1,499Delhi Delhi 8 DAYS Delhi Delhi15 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Wander the colonial monuments and labyrinth streets of Old Delhi• Stand awestruck in front of the mesmerising Taj Mahal• Visit rural villages to learn more about real rural lifeAgraHighlights• Admire the kaleidoscope of colour in the vibrant city of Rajasthan• Check out the aromatic spice markets in the ‘Blue City’ of Jodphur• See the Taj Mahal at its magnificent best in the early morning lightDAYITINERARYDAYITINERARY01-02Delhi / AgraArrive in Delhi and set out to explore before meeting your tourleader and group. On Day 2, dive into the heart of India’s capital toexplore Old Delhi on an orientation tour led by a young adult takingpart in the Planeterra-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. Visitthe famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) and climb its minaret for abird’s-eye view of the old city.01-04Delhi / Jodphur / RanakpurArrive into Delhi. On Day 2, dive straight in with an orientationwalk accompanied by a young adult from a Planeterra-supportedstreetkids project. Visit Old Delhi, Jama Masjid and Connaught Placebefore jumping on the overnight train to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur.Check out its ancient markets and towering Meherangarh Fort, beforetravelling to see Ranakpur’s beautiful white marble Jain Temples. (D)03Agra / Taj MahalVisit the magnificent Taj Mahal at first light to see this iconic site inits full glory. During your time here, you will also visit the magnificentRed Fort and see the Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the ‘Baby Taj’.05-06UdaipurDrive to Udaipur, one of the most serene places in Rajasthan. Itsphotogenic Lake Palace has an island setting on Lake Pichola. You’llalso see the City and Eklingji Palaces, and enjoy a cultural show. (B)0405-0607-08Fatehpur Sikri / BharatpurStop at Fatehpur Sikri, the now deserted former capital of theMughals. Considered the crowning architectural legacy of Akbar andstill almost perfectly preserved, today the site is protected as aUNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon, arrive into Bharatpurwhere you can relax or take a rickshaw ride in Keladeo National Park.JaipurDepart early morning to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. See theHawa Mahal, a spectacular site also known as the ‘Palace of theWinds’, and enjoy a visit to the Amber Fort, famous for its mixture ofHindu and Muslim architecture. There’s an optional chance to take ina Bollywood movie at the fabulously-designed cinema at Raj Mandir.DelhiReturn to Delhi in the afternoon and enjoy free time to explore moreof the city. Bid farewells to your group as you adventure wraps upany time on Day 8.07-0910-1314-15Jojawar / PushkarThe garrison fort of Jojawar represents Rajasthan at its best, whilePushkar is so sacred that no meat, alcohol or eggs are allowed! OnDay 9, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple at sunrise before watchingthe sun set over the desert from camelback. (B, D)Jaipur / Abhaneri / Bharatpur / Fatephur Sikri / AgraTravel to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Visit India’s second most-viewedsite, the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’, plus the Amber Fort.Visit the ancient stepwell of Abhaneri and experience rural villagelife in Bharatpur. En route to Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the desertedformer capital of the Mughals and check out the ‘Baby Taj’.Agra / DelhiRising before sunrise to get the best light, you’ll be amazed by Agra’swhite marble masterpiece, the Taj Mahal. Hop onto one of the cyclerickshaws to visit the Red Fort before travelling back to Delhi. Thetour concludes at any time on Day 15.InclusionsDepartures 2015Jan, Apr, Jul,Sep, Oct, DecFeb, Mar, NovMay, Jun, AugEvery Sun, plus occassional FridaysEvery Sunday and FridayEvery SundayInclusionsTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardTrip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (7 nts) Transport:INDIAPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (13 nts), sleeper trainCharter bus, taxis, auto-rickshaw, cyclerickshaw(1 nt) Transport: Train, metro, charter bus,Meals: None Budget: Allow USDcycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, camel Meals: 2$135-175 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localDelhibreakfasts, 2 dinners Budget: Allow USD $280-330 for meals not included Group Leader: Chiefguides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code:Experience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupGAAHGTAgra Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHRAMy Own Room Available: Fr $349Jaipur BharatpurMy Own Room Available: Fr $459Departures 2015Jan-DecSelected Sundays, typically 2departures per monthDelhiJodhpur JaipurAgraRanakpurPushkarAbhaneriBharatpurJojawarUdaipurINDIA176 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INDIA BY RAILRAILWAYS - THE LIFELINE OF INDIAWitness contrasts of extremesliving side by side on these trulyincredible journeys through India.Choose from five individual tripsor combine them together tocreate your own unforgettablejourney into the heart of thisdiverse and colourful country.Special offerapplies on allIndia By Railholidays.INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTAFGHANISTANPAKISTANAmritsarDharamsalaDelhiShimlaNEPALGangtokBHUTANJaipurAgra Lucknow Darjeeling KalimpongTaj MahalSiliguriBundiVaranasiUdaipurINDIAYou might likeNORTHERN INDIA &RAJASTHAN TO GOA20 days GAAHRRDELHITO KOCHI21 days GAAHLRFR$2,349FR$2,499KolkataKOLKATATO GOA24 days GAAHGRFR$2,849MumbaiGoaMysoreHampiBangaloreVizagChennaiMamallapuramPuriKOLKATATO KOCHI33 days GAAHHRULTIMATEINDIA46 days GAAHFRFR$3,799FR$5,349KochiAlleppeyMaduraiKanyakumariINDIANODYSSEY54 days GAAHIRFR$6,299NORTHERNINDIAFR$999 SOUTHERN INDIAFR$1,1499 DAYS & KARNATAKA10 DAYSDive into the heart of India. ExperienceIndia-Pakistan’s Wagah border ceremony,get in touch with India’s spiritual side inDharamsala and ride a toy train in Shimla.GAAHNRTravel from Goa to Kochi via Karnatakaand see the breathtaking ruins of Hampi.Explore opulent palaces and beautifulgardens in Mysore and Bangalore.GAAHKRWEST COAST INDIA& RAJASTHANFR$1,399 SOUTHERN INDIAFR$1,599 NORTHEAST INDIAFR$1,49912 DAYS & EAST COAST14 DAYS & DARJEELING13 DAYSExperience the Taj Mahal and visit thecolourful Rajasthani streets of Jaipurand Udaipur. Relax on the beach in Goaindulging in fresh seafood.GAAHWRLive like a local in Kerala and explorepalaces and coastal villages on yourjourney from the far south of Kochi up theeast coast towards bustling Kolkata.GAAHERHead north into Sikkim and Darjeelingusing vans and local trains (including thefamous toy train) experiencing authenticIndia along the way.GAAHDR177


WEST COAST INDIA& RAJASTHAN BY RAILSOUTHERN INDIAFR$1,399 & KARNATAKA BY RAILFR$1,149Delhi Goa 12 DAYS Goa Kochi10 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTCity Palace, UdaipurHighlights• Keep your camera handy for the iconic Taj Mahal• Amble along the Rajasthani streets of Jaipur and Udaipur• Indulge in succulent seafood on Goa’s champagne-coloured coastHighlights• Get sucked into the relaxing seaside vibe of Goa• Stand in awe of the breathtaking ruins in Hampi• Amble around the palaces and gardens in Mysore and BangaloreGoaDAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-1011-12InclusionsJan-DecITINERARYDelhi / AgraArrive into the tasting turmoil of Delhi at any time. Day 2, board anexpress train to Agra, fuelling up for the day’s events with a heartybrekkie on board. Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal andAgra Fort and if there’s time to play with, opt to visit the Baby Taj. (B)JaipurHop on an express train to the great ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur this evening.Day 4, dive straight in with an orientation walk around town. Visitthe Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of the Winds’, discover the stories ofkings at Amber Fort and opt to pay a visit to the City Palace. Withfree time on Day 4, choose to meet local artisans in a nearby village.UdaipurContinue by train today to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Udaipur.Another orientation walk this morning will take you around theJagdish Temple and City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces inIndia. With free time, chill by one of the beautiful, tranquil lakes.BundiEnjoy a free day in Udaipur before resting up on board your eveningtrain to Bundi. On Day 8, explore the Bundi Fort and stepwells thenenjoy a tasty dinner on your night train to Mumbai’s madness. (D)MumbaiToday, plunge straight into Mumbai, the home of 20 million people.Take a walking tour of the Colaba area and see the Gateway of India.On Day 10, explore more of Mumbai before an overnight train to Goa.GoaBreeze into Goa to finish your trip on a high. Pearly sands, aqua seasand colourful Portuguese architecture await! Depart on Day 12.Trip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts),sleeper (2 nts) Transport: Trains (seats/beds),private vans Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinnerBudget: Allow USD $250-300 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHWRMy Own Room Available: Fr $409COUNTRY NAMESelected Tuesdays & Saturdays (nodepartures Jun24-Oct09)PAKISTANBundiMumbaiJaipurDelhiUdaipurGoaAgraINDIADepartures 2015 Departures 2015DAY01-0203-0405-0607-0809-10InclusionsFeb-DecITINERARYGoaArrive into glorious Goa at any time on Day 1 and spend the dayas you wish. Day 2 is reserved for relaxing on the silky sands, butif you’re raring to go, opt to visit the Portuguese-built monuments,wander the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)or discover Panjim, the capital. Just make sure you indulge in Goancuisine (no dieters here); sidestreet eateries will fill you to the brim!HampiTravel by express train and bus to reach the bewitching ruins ofHampi in the heart of Karnataka. Stretch your legs on Day 4 with afull day’s walking tour and explore the spectacular ruins of HampiPalaces, Hararama Temple and the precarious boulders on the river.Rest any sore feet this evening on an overnight train to Mysore.MysoreArrive into the ancient city of Mysore, known for its fascinatingroyal heritage. Explore the fabulously grand Mysore Palace and climbChamunad Hill for mesmerising views of the city below. Spend Day 6on a day trip to the historic, religious temple of Srirangapatna.BangaloreHop on a morning express train to the modern hub of Bangalore.Explore the botanical gardens of Lal Bagh and the Bangalore Palace.Spend Day 8, browsing bustling Bangalore markets and chilling out inCubbon Park. This evening rest up on board a night train to Kochi.KochiArriving into Kochi, explore the Fort Kochi area to see the Chinesefishing nets at work. If you’ve got time to play with, squeeze in a visitto the Jewish area and synagogue, the Dutch Palace and Spice Marketwhilst you’re here. You tour ends on Day 10 so depart at any time.Trip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts),sleeper trains (2 nts) Transport: Train (seats/beds), private van Meals: No meals includedBudget: Allow USD $220-300 for meals notincluded Group Leader: Chief ExperienceOfficer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHKRMy Own Room Available: Fr $349Selected Wednesdays, typically 1-2times per month (no departuresJun25-Sep22)GoaMysoreINDIAHampiKochiBangaloreSRILANKA178 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


SOUTHERN INDIA& EAST COAST BY RAILNORTHEAST INDIAFR$1,599 & DARJEELING BY RAILFR$1,499Kochi Kolkata 14 DAYS Kolkata Delhi13 DAYSThe Meenakshi Temple, MaduraiHighlights• Live like a local in the Kerala Backwaters and canoe through canals• Travel to the southernmost tip of India where three seas merge• Disembark the train to explore temples and palacesTea Plantation, DarjeelingHighlights• Experience authentic India on local trains including a toy train• Tuck into a delicious lunch with locals in Kalimpong• Watch a spectacular sunrise by boat on the GangesINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTDAY01-0304-0607-0809-1011-14InclusionsITINERARYKochi / AlleppeyArrive into Kochi at any time to begin your trip. A train this morningtakes you to Alleppey, home to a maze of waterways and countlesshouseboats. Rest up in a Kerala Backwaters homestay tonight thenenjoy a day wandering paddy fields and canoeing through the canals.Day 3 is free to continue exploring the mesmerising greenery. (B, D)Kanyakumari / MaduraiBoard an evening train to Kanyakumari, a small town found at thesouthernmost tip of India. Ferry across to Vivekananda Rock andRamkrishna Ashram. Sleep tonight on an express train to TamilrootedMadurai, one of India’s oldest cities. Day 6, marvel at theMeenakshi Temple architecture and browse colourful markets.MamallapuramTake a morning train to Chengalpattu then hop on a van to the laidbacktourist hub of Mamallapuram, famous for stone carvings. Grab abike and cycle to the rock-cut Shore Temple and chill on the beach.Chennai / VizagA drive this morning takes you to Chennai and on to Vizag to boardyour next train. Kick back and watch as the scenery of the East Coastglides by. Arrive into Vizag on Day 10 to soak up the town’s beachyvibes and take a trip to the 11th Century Simhachalam Temple.Puri / KolkataUp early this morning, head to Bhubaneshwar keeping your camerahandy for the scenery along the way. Reach Puri then explore theJagannath Temple, Raghuraj Pur village and top up your tan on Puri’sbeautiful beaches. A morning train with a tasty lunch included takesyou to your final stop, Kolkata, where you’ll enjoy a last night outwith the group. Your Indian adventure ends on Day 14. (L)Departures 2015STARTFINISHMar 06 Mar 19Apr 03 Apr 16May 01 May 14STARTFINISHMay 29 Jun 11Oct 02 Oct 15START FINISHNov 06 Nov 19Dec 04 Dec 17KochiMaduraiChennaiKolkataMamallapuramKanyakumariAlleppeyDAY01-0304-0506-0708-1011-13InclusionsDepartures 2015Jan-DecITINERARYTrip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardTrip Style: Rail Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any agePhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts),Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts),homestay (1 nt) sleeper train (2 nts) Transport:sleeper train (1 nt) Transport: Train (seats/Trains (seats/beds), private van Meals: 1beds), toy train, private van Meals: 1 lunch, 1breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner Budget: Allowdinner Budget: Allow USD $280-350 for mealsUSD $300-350 for meals not included Groupnot included Group Leader: Chief ExperienceLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), localINDIAPuri Officer (CEO), local guides Group Size: Max 15,guides Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code:Avg 12 Tour Code: GAAHDRGAAHERVizagMy Own Room Available: Fr $579 My Own Room Available: Fr $459Kolkata / KalimpongArrive into Kolkata, India’s second-biggest city. Day 2, visit the iconicVictoria Memorial and bustling New Market. Ferry to the Gangesbefore a night train to New Jalpaiguri. Continue to Kalimpong on Day3. Squeeze in the MacFarlane Memorial Church, a cactus nursery andthe Lepcha Museum dedicated to the indigenous tribe. Enjoy lunchwith locals and pick up traditional tips with a cooking demo. (L)GangtokYou’re off to Gangtok. Get to grips with this busy town bursting withboth tradition and modernity on an orientation tour. The next day,witness the priceless artefacts of one of the Tibetan Buddhism’smost important centres, the Rumtek Monastery.DarjeelingHead to the town nestled among mountains for an orientation tour.Rise early on Day 7 for a sunrise at Tiger Hill. Off to a tea estate, sorelish your morning cuppa! Raring to go, visit the Mahakal Temple,meet Tibetans at a refugee camp and visit the Peace Pagoda.Siliguri / VaranasiIn the morning of Day 8, hop on a toy train to Kurseong beforedriving to Siliguri then see the extraordinary architecture and artisticdetail of Akshardham. Day 9 is left free to explore, before yourovernight train to Mughalsarai. Arriving in the morning of Day 10,continue on to Varanasi, then enjoy an evening visit to the ghats.Lucknow / DelhiKick back on a sunrise boat trip on the Ganges before an afternoontrain. Spend Day 12 exploring Lucknow, including the memorablemonument of Bara Imambara. Savour a delicious dinner on board yourtrain to Delhi, then depart any time on Day 13. (D)Occasional Mondays & Thursdays,typically 1-2 departures per month(no departures in Jul & Aug)DelhiDarjeelingLucknowINDIAVaranasiGangtokKolkataSiliguriKalimpong179


HOP-ON HOP OFF WITH BAMBAINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTINDEPENDENT FLEXIBLE BUS TRAVELWe get that you love your freedom,hate crowds (hmm, maybe re-thinkIndia) and need flexibility for yourjourney of Indian sub-continentenlightenment. Making independenttravel as hassle-free as India andNepal’s captivating chaos couldallow, Bamba’s hop-on hop-offnetwork allows you to travel bypublic bus at your own pace, jumpoff for included local trips and makeunlimited pass changes - perfect forlosing yourself up zen mountainsor on yoga-posing beaches.JaipurAjmer/PushkarUdaipur43Delhi76 8Agra5 BharatpurIndiaChinaIncluded Nepal Experiences1. Mumbai - Slum Experience2. Mumbai - Foodie Tour3. Udaipur - Lake Pichola SunsetBoat Ride4. Ajmer/Pushkar Camel Safari2 days (Aug01 - Apr30)5. Ajmer/Pushkar Yoga Retreat2 days (May01 - Jul31)6. Jaipur - Pink City Experience7. New Delhi - Delhi Bike Explorer8. Agra - Taj Mahal Wonder9. Varanasi - Ganges River Boat Ride10. Pokhara - Nepal Rafting Adventure11. Chitwan - National Park 3 days12. Kathmandu - Durbar Square &Monkey Temple13. Kathmandu - Nepali Meal withLocal Family21MumbaiFRBOLLYWOOD WAYS$890Delhi MumbaiRecommended Trip Time 13 DaysIncluded experiences: 1,2,3,4/5,6,7,8FRNAMASTE WAYS$890Mumbai DelhiRecommended Trip Time 12 DaysIncluded experiences: 1,2,3,4/5,6,7,8GOLDEN TRIANGLE WAYSDelhi DelhiRecommended Trip Time 8 DaysIncluded experiences: 6,7,8GANDHI WAYSDelhi DelhiRecommended Trip Time 12 DaysIncluded experiences: 3,4/5,6,7,8FR$432FR$728HIMALAYAN WAYSKathmandu KathmanduRecommended Trip Time 8 DaysIncluded experiences: 10,11,12,13FRBABU WAYS$1,179Delhi KathmanduRecommended Trip Time 17 DaysIncluded experiences: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13FRHOLY COW WAYS$1,572Mumbai KathmanduRecommended Trip Time 24 DaysIncluded experiences: 1,2,3,4/5,6,8,9,10,11,12,13PakistanJaipurAjmer/PushkarUdaipur4365DelhiFR$5377BharatpurAgra8Lucknow9VaranasiNepalPokhara10 11ChitwanNP12ChinaKathmandu13independent touringBamba also offer independent tours toRanthambore, Rajasthan, Rishikesh andthe Ganges - see page 181 for details.21MumbaiIndiaFor further details onBamba see pages 40-41.180 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


INDIA INDEPENDENTLYGOLDENTRIANGLE EXPRESSDeparting from Delhi, explore the cities of Agra and Jaipur andsavour the stunning architecture and romantic back story WorldHeritage Site, the Taj Mahal. Enroute to Jaipur, stop at 16thCentury Fatehpur Sikri. The complex of monuments and temples,includes one of India’s largest mosques. Continue on to Jaipur toexplore Amber Fort’s history. Finally, return to Delhi on Day 5.FR$849 GOLDENFR$1,1535 DAYS TRIANGLE EXPLORER7 DAYSOn arrival into Delhi, check out ancient forts, tombs and ruins ona full day’s sightseeing tour. Next up, Agra; home of the Taj Mahaland the Agra Fort. Head to Jaipur via the deserted city of FatehpurSikri, a superbly preserved 400 year-old Mughal capital. Visit theAmber Fort, riding its lofty heights by jeep, Palace of the Windsand the Jantar Mantar Observatory! Return to Delhi on Day 7.INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Simple hotels (4 nts). Upgraded hotelsavailable Transport: Private air con car/minibus with English speaking guideMeals: 4 breakfasts Note: 3/4-day options available Tour Code: DELGSIDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Simple hotel (6 nts). Upgraded hotels availableTransport: Private air con car with driver Meals: 6 breakfasts Includes: Englishspeaking guides & entrance fees Tour Code: DELGTBRANTHAMBORENATIONAL PARKFR$448RAJASTHANCAMEL SAFARIFR$993 DAYS 2 DAYSVisit one of India’s best places for seeing tigers, sleeping in luxurytents just outside the National Park. Make your way from SawaiMadhopur to Sher Camp in Ranthambore N.P. and embark on thefirst of a series of guided safaris you’ll enjoy over the next two days.Aside from tigers, you’ll spot leopards, wild boars, sambars, reptilesand sloth bears! Your tour ends after your last safari on Day 3.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Luxury tented camp (2 nts) Meals: 2breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Transport: Safari vehicle Includes: 4 x half-daysafaris Tour Code: BEDELRANVenture deep into the Rajasthan desert aloft a camel, campingovernight under the stars! Depart Pushkar late, riding into thedesert, passing through traditional villages. Arriving at camp, enjoya delicious dinner accompanied by a gypsy dance performance.Kip in or outside your tent, waking to a stunning sunrise over thedunes. After breakfast, return to Pushkar.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Tented camp on twin share basis with bed &blankets Meals: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner Includes: English speaking guide, camelsafari Tour Code: BERAJCAMSTA TRAVELASIARISHIKESHYOGA RETREATZen out on this blissful retreat whichincludes: three nights’ boutique hotelaccommodation, all meals (vegetarian only),two yoga lessons a day and a spa massage.Plus, enjoy a day trip to a Himalayan villageplus and rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh.Departs and ends in Delhi.FR FR$617 GANGES$1716 DAYS RAFTING ADVENTURE5 DAYSBEINDYOGChannel your inner Indiana Jones on thisaction-packed trip. Jungle trek to waterfalls,raft on the Ganges (16km Shivpuri -Rishikesh) and camp in tents overnight bythe river’s beach. Departing and ending inNew Delhi, your adventure includes all mealsat camp and beach volleyball.BEINDGANTo us, the joy of tailor made travel is thefreedom to DIY your own trip. Combineancient Rajasthan icons with Himalayantreks, beachfront yoga retreats and junglebook safaris to create journeys that areuniquely tailored to you. Whether you’re asingle traveller, group of friends, or couplewanting to tour alone, you decide on thewhat, when and where and we’ll figure outthe how. Whilst in India, you’ll have a privatedriver and local team on hand to make surethat your trip goes without a hitch. Thisway, you get exactly the trip you want whilststill feeling totally independent. Take a lookat page 18 for more details.181


SRI LANKAINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTClimb the toweringrock outcrop ofSigiriya, home to thefascinating remainsof one of the island’sformer kingdoms.Complete with ancientgraffiti & elaboratewater gardens.Host to the island’s mostexuberant festival, EsalaPerahera, the cultural capitalof Kandy is a delighful jumbleof colonial buildings, oldshops and a bustling market.SigiriyaPolonnaruwaNegomboColomboBentotaInduruwaKandyHikkaduwaGalleNuwara EliyaUda Walawe N.P.Sri Lanka was the firstcountry in the worldto have a woman as ademocratically electedhead of state.Uda Walawe N.P. rivals the savannahs ofAfrica. Think herds of elephants, wild buffalo,sambar deer and leopards.HOPPERSis a popular SriLankan snack. Similarto pancakes, they’reusually served with eggor honey & yoghurt.Dangerously more-ish!182VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


CULTURAL SRI LANKANegombo ColomboFR$2,24914 DAYSHighlights• Cruise along the serene Dutch Canal• Admire the Golden Cave’s Buddhas• Explore the rock fortress at Sigiriya• Learn all there is to know about tea• Make friends with an elephant• Watch the famous stilt fishermen• Relax on beautiful, pristine beaches• Go shopping in Colombo’s bazaarsDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 10 Jan 23Jan 24 Feb 06Feb 07 Feb 20Feb 14 Feb 27Mar 07 Mar 20InclusionsSTART FINISHMar 21 Apr 03Apr 04 Apr 17Apr 18 May 01Jul 04 Jul 17Aug 08 Aug 21START FINISHOct 10 Oct 23Oct 24 Nov 06Nov 07 Nov 20Dec 05 Dec 18Dec 19 Jan 01Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 2 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (12 nts), tentedcamping (1 nt) Transport: Private van, boat,train Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch Budget:Allow USD $280-340 for meals not includedGroup Leader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),local guides Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12 TourCode: GAASSLMy Own Room Available: Fr $869NegomboHikkaduwaBeachSRI LANKAColomboGalleSigiriyaKandyNuwara EliyaUda WalaweThis gorgeous, teardrop-shaped island has been off the travellers’ map for too long. Well,good news, it’s back and it’s better than ever. Discover the vibrant colours, diverse culturesand swaying palm trees on this totally tropical two-week trip. You’ll explore tea plantationsand rock fortresses, see stilt fishermen in Galle and get in touch with nature at an elephantsanctuary. Your senses will be overwhelmed with the sweet fragrances of cinnamon, tea,orchids and exotic spices and your body will thank you for some down time on the gloriousbeaches of Sri Lanka’s south west coast.DAY01-0203-0405-0607-08091011-1213-14ITINERARYGolden Cave Temple, DambullaNegomboArrive at any time and head out to explore before meeting your group in the evening. Negombo firstflourished as a centre for the export of cinnamon and the Dutch and Portuguese settlers left a legacyof beautiful colonial architecture and churches. Mix with the fishermen at the market as they bring intheir catch and dry their nets; not as fragrant as the cinnamon perhaps but a real slice of Sri Lankanlife! Enjoy an included boat ride on the Dutch Canal, a serene way to explore the marshy backwatersof Negombo, where the coconut plantations are inhabited by a huge variety of birdlife. (B)SigiriyaDrive through the countryside to visit the paintings and statues of Buddha at the World Heritage Siteof the Golden Cave Temple of Dambulla, some of which date back to the 7th Century. In the evening,arrive at Kandalamma Lake to witness what will hopefully be an idyllic sunset. On Day 4, enjoy avillage walking tour and a home-style lunch prepared for you by a local family, before a guided tour ofthe dramatic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. You’ll have to negotiate some 1,200 steps to reach the summitof this volcanic outcrop, but with well laid-out gardens, caves, monasteries and palaces waiting to beexplored, the climb is well worth it! (2B, L)KandyFill your senses with a stop at a spice plantation en-route to Kandy, where you will enjoy a guidedvisit to the famous Temple of the Tooth (which houses a dental relic from the Lord Buddha in agolden casket) and an evening cultural dance performance. In your free time, make an optional visitto Kandy’s Royal Botanical Gardens, boasting over 300 varieties of beautiful orchids. (2B)Nuwara EliyaTake the train from Kandy into the Central Highlands to gain an insight into the process of growingtea with a visit to a plantation that produces some of the finest Ceylon teas. Opt to visit HortonPlains Nature Reserve for a hike in the forest or take it easy browsing the local markets. (2B)Uda WalaweAs you drive back down towards the beaches of Sri Lanka, look out for elephants in the famous UdaWalawe Reserve. If you don’t see them strolling alongside the road, you’ll definitely see them on yourvisit to the Elephant Transit Home. Spend a night on the banks of Kiriodiya River. (B)Hikkaduwa BeachFree day to explore this gorgeous beach town, where you can choose from relaxation on the beach,surfing, snorkelling or ferry-based whale watching cruises. (B)Galle / Hikkaduwa BeachStart the day observing the age-old traditions and techniques of the stilt fishermen of the Kathaluwaregion before moving on to Galle. Here, you’ll visit the 16th Century fort which was founded by thePortuguese but occupied by the colonial Dutch. Following the city tour, head to Hikkaduwa Beachwhose pristine beaches offer the perfect setting for watersports or simply chilling out. (2B)ColomboTravel to Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo, a trading town with 2,000 years of history. Its naturalharbour at the mouth of the River Kelani was known to Chinese, Arabic, Greek, Persian and Europeantraders and seafarers. Enjoy an orientation tour of the fort area and visit Pettah Bazaar in theafternoon to pick up some last-minute souvenirs of your trip. Your tour of this teardrop-shapedisland sadly comes to an end on Day 14, leaving you to try to fight back the tears! (2B)INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT183


SRI LANKAHIGHLIGHTSADVENTURE &FR$1,059 SAFARI TOURFR$942Colombo Colombo 6 DAYS Colombo Colombo6 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Marvel at Sigiriya’s fantastic ‘Fortress in the Sky’• Admire the spectacular statues at Polonnaruwa• Explore the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in KandyThis whistlestop tour includes Sri Lanka’s best highlights and isideal for independent types wanting to travel at your own pace butwith attentive personal service. Starting in the capital, you’ll visitthe ancient city of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beforeheading to Polonnaruwa, the former capital city, now famed for itsspectacular statues. Discover Dambulla Caves, take an exotic SpiceGarden tour and continue on to Kandy, the second largest city inthe country. Explore the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, hit thecool tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and finally a tour of Colombo,before your transfer back to the airport.Highlights• See Sri Lanka with a difference - adventure junkies step forward!• Raft and trek the rainforest and hunt for wildlife on a jeep safari• Visit a tea factory and plantationExperience the great outdoors, stunning landscapes and wildlifeof Sri Lanka on this fly in, fly out tour. Trek through jungle-cladforest or white water raft down grade three and four rapids,marvel at the lush surroundings of a hill plantation and go on asafari adventure into Udawalawe National Park. Here you may spotmonkeys, buffalo and elephants. You’ll also have the opportunityto visit a tropical rainforest as well as spending time in the capital,Colombo. There, explore the Hindu temples, shop or enjoy arelaxing massage before your onward flight. You could even stay abit longer for some relaxing beach life before you depart.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Transport: air con car withdriver Meals: 5 breakfasts Includes: Private english speaking driver/guideTour Code: HSLCMBDeparts: Daily Accommodation: Hotels (5 nts) Transport: air con car withdriver Meals: 5 breakfasts Includes: Private english speaking driver/guide TourCode: ASTCMBSRI LANKAACTIVEFR$1,098Colombo Colombo 7 DAYSHighlights• White water raft through the jungle• Hike to the ‘World’s End’ lookout• Climb to the summit of ancient Sigiriya• Recover with a cuppa in ‘Little England’• Cycle through rural backroads• Uncover ancient Sinhalese capitals• Chill out on Negombo’s golden sandsInclusionsDepats: Daily Accommodation: Eco-friendlyriverfront camp, Kithulgala (1 nt), hotels on twinshare basis with private bathroom: Nuwara Eliya(2 nts), Kandy (1nt), Sigiriya (1 nt), Negombo (1 nt)Transport: Private air con vehicle with driver, train,bike Meals: 6 breakfasts Includes: Private englishspeaking guide, transfers, tours, entrance & boatfees Trip code: SRIADVNegomboColomboKitulgalaSigiriyaKandyNuwara EliyaSRI LANKADAY0102-030405--07ITINERARYColombo/KitulgalaAfter being met by your chauffeur guide, drive into the jungle wilderness to Kitulgala - Sri Lanka’sadrenalin capital. Famous for the filming of the ‘Bridge of the River Kwai,’ check into your riverside campand spend the evening soaking up the surrounding beauty and serenity before your rafting adventure.Nuwara EliyaToday, ride grade three and four rapids on the Kelani River, floating through the calm stretches totake in the forest-clad peaks, rubber and tea plantations. Afterwards, drive into the emerald valleysof Sri Lanka’s hill country to Nuwara Eliya. Dubbed ‘Little England’ for its quintessential colonialcharm, relieve your aching muscles with a well-deserved cuppa at a plantation. On Day 3, hikethrough Horton Plains National Park to the jaw-dropping ‘World’s End’ lookout before taking a scenictrain journey through the idyllic tea country.KandyDrive to the atmospheric hill country capital of Kandy, taking a personalised tour of this ancient Sinhalesestronghold and UNESCO site. Visit Kandy Lake, wander through markets learning of local folklore, andexplore the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic before a traditional ceremony of dance and drums.Sigiriya/Negombo/ColomboExplore Sri Lanka’s most celebrated site, Sigiriya or ‘Lion’s Rock’ - a 5th Century rock citadel. Looming 200metres from the jungle, climb 2,000 steps to a summit adorned with frescoes and ruins. The following day,soak up the laid-back pace of rural life on a bike ride through local villages. That evening, travel to thebeach resort of Negombo. On Day 7, return to the airport or treat yourself to some extra beach days!184VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


NEPALINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTDrawcard Chitwan isdeservedly one of the bestwildlife-viewing nationalparks in Asia. Chances areyou’ll spot one-horned rhino.Hit the jackpot; you’ll see aroyal Bengal tiger.DhangadhiPokharaKathmanduEverest Base CampThe yeti or Abominablesnowman - a Tall, ape-likecreature that is said toinhabit the himalayanregion. its behind you!LuklaItahariMOMOA culinary institution,these steamed meator veggie dumplingsare dangerouslyaddictive. Fortunatelyyou can feed youraddiction on everystreet corner andrestaurant in Nepal.Get lost in Thamel’s noisy narrow lanes,picking up last-minute trekking gearand drinking giant Everest beers. Prepfor the mountains climbing the 365steps to the shrines of Swayambhunath(or Monkey Temple if you’re strugglingwith the pronunciation).With eight of the world’s ten highestpeaks, the Himalayas are to many thechief reason for a trip to Nepal.185


EVEREST ADVENTUREKathmandu KathmanduFR$1,59915 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Trek to Everest Base Camp• Conquer high passes and deep valleys• Walk around glaciers and ice walls• Witness your first Himalayan sunset• Stay in high-altitude teahouses• Hike through remote Sherpa villages• Admire stunning views of Mt. Everest• Relax in Kathmandu’s chilled-out cafésDepartures 2015Jan-FebMar & MayAprJun-AugSepOct-NovDecInclusionsKathmanduEvery SundayEvery Sunday & selected FridaysEvery Friday & SundaySelected Sundays (no departures in Jul)Every Sunday and most Fridays & SaturdaysEvery Friday, Saturday & Sunday and selectedMondaysEvery Saturday & SundayTrip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 5 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (2 nts),teahouse lodges (12 nts) Transport: Plane,bus Meals: None Budget: Allow USD $420-550 for meals not included Group Leader:Chief Experience Officer (CEO), trekkingsupport staff Group Size: Max 14, Avg 10Tour Code: GAANEAEverestBase CampLuklaCHINAMt EverestNEP ALYou’ve seen mountains and climbed some pretty impressive peaks in your time, right?Wrong. When the world was put together, the majority of its ridiculously massive mountainswere perfectly placed in one spot - the Himalayas. This fantastic trip will take you all theway to Everest Base Camp. Along the way, you’ll have every single emotion tested as youclimb amongst the planet’s most awesome scenery. From gargantuan glaciers and mysticalmonasteries to lonely Sherpa villages and fields of flowers, this 15-day adventure promiseseverything and delivers so much more.DAY0102-040506-0708-1011-1314-15ITINERARYKathmanduArrive at any time and go exploring. Kathmandu has been attracting travellers since the 1960s,but the early hippie pioneers have largely been replaced by backpackers and well-equipped hikersintent on conquering some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. First impressions can often deliversomething of a culture shock, it’s an exhilarating place full of sights, sounds and crazy traffic! Headover to Durbar Square to see its amazing architectural heritage, or just hang out in the travellers’district of Thamel, where there are plenty of shops, bars and other distractions.Pakding / Namche BazaarThe mountain flight into Lukla is spectacular and the landing an exciting start to the trek – oneend of the runway is 60m higher than the other! Heading through pine and cedar woods along theDudh Kosi, you’ll encounter your first yak caravans carrying equipment and supplies. Spend a dayacclimatising on an excursion to Thame where intricately-carved stones mark the path to the valley.TengbocheLeaving Namche, the route is unbelievably beautiful. The Dudh Kosi is far below and Thamserku,Kantega, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest rise in front of you. Hike through Sherpa villages, forestsof fir and rhododendron and across meandering streams to reach Tengboche Monastery. The morningview from Tengboche is considered one of the most magnificent in the world.DingbocheStone steps lead down through birches and conifers. At the bottom lies the small village of Dingbocheand its convent. Rising above the tree line, the trail enters meadows of scrub juniper and in summerthere’ll be a profusion of wildflowers. The mountain views are outstanding. An acclimatisation dayhere can be used to hike up the Imja Khola to Chhukung - a small summer settlement from where theviews of Island Peak, Lhotse and the fluted ice walls are an absolute highlight.Lobuche / Everest Base CampWalk through alpine meadows and summer pasture toward the end of the Khumbu Glacier wherethere is a steep, tough climb. From Lobuche the view is straight towards Nuptse and sunset is trulymagnificent. On Day 9, deal with dizzying altitude as you climb onto the Changri Glacier, before youhead off in the afternoon for Everest Base Camp. The route to base camp follows the Khumbu Glacierwith its intriguing 15-metre high seracs of ice; a feature unique to Himalayan glaciers. Colourfulexpedition tents give a bizarre appearance to this desolate place surrounded by walls of rock, snowand ice. Early on Day 10, you’ll make a side trip up Kala Pattar for sunrise where you can see thebest views of Everest before the scenic descent back to Pheriche.Tengboche / Monjo / LuklaDescend the Imja Khola past Pangboche, the highest permanent settlement in the valley. Its gompa isbuilt over the religious retreat of Khumbu’s Saint Lama Sanga Dorje. The juniper trees here are said tohave sprung from hair cut from his head. Continue through Namche Bazaar and Phakding to Lukla.KathmanduYou made it! Fly back to Kathmandu where you can rest, shop, go sightseeing or just enjoy your lastday with your fellow trekkers in one of Kathmandu’s many rooftop cafés. Step away from the bustlingmodern city centre and head into the backstreets to discover hidden temples. Your adventure comesto an end at any time on Day 15 - but the memories will last a lifetime!186 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


NEPAL ADVENTUREKathmandu KathmanduFR$1,69910 DAYSHighlights• Wander the streets of Kathmandu• Check out historic Bhaktapur• Chill out in serene Pokhara• Trek against a Himalayan backdrop• Visit monasteries and temples• See isolated local life as you walk• Take a wildlife safari by 4x4• Search for tigers in Chitwan N.P.Departures 2015START FINISHJan 11 Jan 20Jan 25 Feb 03Feb 08 Feb 17Feb 15 Feb 24Feb 22 Mar 03Mar 08 Mar 17Mar 15 Mar 24Mar 22 Mar 31Mar 29 Apr 07Apr 05 Apr 14Apr 12 Apr 21Apr 19 Apr 28InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 03 May 12May 17 May 26May 31 Jun 09Jun 07 Jun 16Jun 14 Jun 23Jun 28 Jul 07Jul 12 Jul 21Jul 26 Aug 04Aug 09 Aug 18Aug 23 Sep 01Sep 06 Sep 15Sep 13 Sep 22START FINISHSep 20 Sep 29Sep 27 Oct 06Oct 04 Oct 13Oct 11 Oct 20Oct 18 Oct 27Oct 25 Nov 03Nov 01 Nov 10Nov 15 Nov 24Nov 29 Dec 08Dec 06 Dec 15Dec 13 Dec 22Dec 27 Jan 05Trip Style: Classic Service Level: StandardPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels (6 nts), teahouselodges (3 nts) Transport: Private bus, 4x4Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $200-250for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), local guides GroupSize: Max 15, Avg 12 Tour Code: GAANNAMy Own Room Available: Fr $349AnnapurnaPokharaChitwan N.P.INDIAYou might likeCHINAKathmanduNEPALStay longer in KathmanduSee page 191Combine Nepal with TibetHigh Road to Tibet(14 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu)(GAANRT) Fr $3,499Touch down in this trekking Shangri-La and you’ll be amazed by the serenity and beautyof this awe-inspiring country. Take a hike, take an optional flight (over the one and onlyMt. Everest of course) or just take time out. Digest the colourful world of local marketsbefore overwhelming your senses with fresh mountain air and stunning mountain vistas.Explore Chitwan National Park on a 4x4 safari and come face-to-face with local yak herdersin their far-flung villages. Leave with an endless and absolute appreciation of this beautifuland diverse land and a burning desire to come straight back!DAY01020304-06070809-10ITINERARYKathmanduArrive in Kathmandu at any time and make your way out to wander through this fascinating city,which is at once exhilarating and exhausting! Check out the bustling modern city centre, lose yourselfin the tangle of backstreets and hidden courtyards, or just chill out in the vibrant backpackers’district of Thamel which is packed with shops, bars and restaurants. This evening, meet your tourleader and the rest of your group.Kathmandu / BhaktapurToday, you take a tour around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.Durbar Square dates from the 16th Century and contains the Royal Palace and many temples. Thenmove on to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the unique and historic royal city of Bhaktapur.Famed for its position on the trade route between Tibet/China and India, it was a rich and prosperoustown, which in turn fed the cultural life of the city. Today, it’s a living gem of Hindu temples, pagodas,palaces and monuments. You’ll also learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoyingan authentic local lunch. (L)PokharaJourney along past stunning scenery to Pokhara, an enchanting city of beautiful lakes and panoramicviews to the Himalayas. You’ll soon understand why travellers flock here to absorb the peace andtranquillity. You have free time to explore - pay a visit to the striking temple of Brindabasim, relax ina café, hire a boat on the lake or shop for souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.Annapurna Foothills TrekAt 8,091m, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sistermountains are equally imposing, creating magnificent panoramas from any viewpoint. Spend the nextfew days trekking against this incredible backdrop. Stumble upon isolated mountain communities,meet welcoming locals herding their yaks on the grassy pastures and visit hillside monasteriesand temples. The terrain is varied and you’ll encounter waterfalls, icy rivers, broad plains and highmountain passes along the way. At the end of your trek you can reward yourself with a soak innatural hot springs (boy, have you earned this!).Pokhara / Chitwan National ParkA last couple of hours trekking and you finish at Phedi before returning to Pokhara for a welldeservedlunch break. Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Chitwan National Park.Chitwan National ParkToday is spent in Chitwan National Park, the oldest national park in Nepal and renowned around theworld for its concentration of rhinoceros and tiger. Also home to at least 43 species of mammals,450 species of birds and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles, there is plenty of wildlife-spottingaction to be had! Take a 4x4 safari through the park before heading out on a half-day game walk.You also have free time to go on a canoe ride or to enjoy a spot of bird watching.KathmanduReturn to the hustle and bustle of the city where you have the afternoon free for your ownexplorations. If you have not done so already, you could visit the burning ghats at Pashupatinathand Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple. More than almost any city in the world, Kathmandu isfascinating at every turn and many travellers prefer to just wander and see where the city leadsthem. Your tour finishes up on Day 10.INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT187


ANNAPURNA SANCTUARYKathmandu KathmanduFR$1,39915 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Enjoy trekking without the altitude• See panoramic views and prayer flags• Visit tiny hamlets to meet yak herders• Trek to Annapurna Base Camp• Expert support from the Sherpa team• Stay in mountain teahouse lodges• Soak in restorative natural hot springs• Meet fellow travellers in KathmanduDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 04 Jan 18Jan 18 Feb 01Jan 25 Feb 08Feb 15 Mar 01Mar 01 Mar 15Mar 15 Mar 29Mar 29 Apr 12Apr 12 Apr 26Apr 26 May 10InclusionsSTART FINISHMay 10 May 24May 31 Jun 14Jun 07 Jun 21Jun 21 Jul 05Jul 12 Jul 26Jul 26 Aug 09Aug 02 Aug 16Aug 23 Sep 06Sep 06 Sep 20START FINISHSep 13 Sep 27Sep 27 Oct 11Oct 18 Nov 01Oct 25 Nov 08Nov 08 Nov 22Nov 15 Nov 29Nov 22 Dec 06Dec 06 Dec 20Dec 20 Jan 03Trip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 5 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Simple hotels/guesthouses(4 nts), teahouses (10 nts) Transport: Bus,minibus Meals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD$335-440 for meals not included GroupLeader: Chief Experience Officer (CEO),trekking support staff Group Size: Max 15,Avg 10 Tour Code: GAANASNEPALINDIAAnnapurnaPokharaCHINAKathmanduYou don’t just want to visit the roof of the world, you want to climb all over it! This mindblowingtrip will enable you to do just that. Confront your couch potato demons on a10-day trek through the mother of all mountain ranges, the Annapurnas, where challengingtrails reward you with unforgettable views of dramatic valleys and towering peaks. Top thisoff with captivating local encounters and you’ll not only see the view, but become part ofit. So take yourself out of your comfort zone, reconnect with a lifestyle the modern worldforgot and return home intoxicated by everything this awesome country has thrown at you.DAY01020304-1314-15ITINERARYKathmanduArrive at any time. Venture out to explore the narrow lanes and buzzing markets of Nepal’s capital.KathmanduEnjoy a guided visit to the Swayambhunath Temple, otherwise known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ dueto the fact that holy monkeys live in certain parts. Situated on a hilltop, the instantly-recognisablestupa with its Buddha eyes attracts a steady stream of pilgrims and the views out over the valley areoutstanding. You’ll also visit Bodhinath temple and Durbar Square and learn how to make traditionalNepalese momos (dumplings) then enjoy an authentic local lunch. (L)PokharaLeave the Kathmandu Valley behind as you journey towards alluring Pokhara. Sitting beside a lakebeneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range, Pokhara is a true trekkers’ retreat and agreat place to get your energy up before heading into the mountains.Annapurna RangesAt 8,091m, Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sistermountains are equally imposing and create magnificent panoramas from any viewpoint. This trekcovers a wide variety of terrain, from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to powerful glaciersand stunning views. In this rugged scenery, you’ll stay in teahouses in mountain communities andmeet friendly Nepali hill people as they go about their daily lives. The expedition is not only visuallysuperb but also a chance to learn about local cultures. Along the way, pass thundering waterfalls ofmelted snow, cross icy rivers and high mountain passes and reward yourself with a soak in naturalhot springs. Whilst the trekking is challenging, averaging 4-6 hours walking a day on steep terrain,this expedition into the Himalayas allows you to experience ‘the roof of the world’ without themajor issues associated with high altitude. The highest point on the trek is Annapurna Base Camp at4,130m. Spend 10 days completing this hugely satisfying trek before rewarding yourself with a wellearnedshower, cold beer and a hearty meal!Day 4: Trek to Tirkhedhunga approx. 3-4 hoursDay 5: Trek to Ghorepani approx. 6-7 hoursDay 6: Early morning excursion to Poon Hill approx. 90 minutes. Trek to Tadapani approx. 4-5 hoursDay 7: Trek to Chhomrong approx. 4 hoursDay 8: Trek to Himalaya Hotel approx. 6-7 hoursDay 9: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp approx. 7-8 hoursDay 10: Trek to Bamboo approx. 6-7 hoursDay 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) approx. 5 hoursDay 12: Trek to Pothana approx. 6-7 hoursDay 13: End trek at Phedi approx. 2 hoursKathmanduReturn to Kathmandu where you can enjoy a well-earned celebration in one of the many bars. Youalso have free time to do some last-minute shopping or further explore the city sights. Depart atanytime on Day 15.Kathesimbu Stupa, Kathmandu188 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


TREKKING ANNAPURNAKathmandu KathmanduFR$1,59918 DAYSHighlights• Explore Kathmandu’s backstreets• Behold the mighty peak Annapurna 1• Gasp at awe-inspiring mountain views• Discover traditional rural villages• Reach the challenging Thorung Pass• Laze in bubbling natural hot springs• Watch sunrise over the pristine peaks• Enjoy peaceful lakeside PokharaDepartures 2015START FINISHJan 10 Jan 27Jan 24 Feb 10Feb 07 Feb 24Feb 28 Mar 17Mar 14 Mar 31Mar 21 Apr 07Apr 11 Apr 28Apr 18 May 05May 02 May 19May 23 Jun 09InclusionsSTART FINISHJun 13 Jun 30Jun 20 Jul 07Jul 04 Jul 21Jul 25 Aug 11Aug 15 Sep 01Sep 05 Sep 22Sep 12 Sep 29Sep 19 Oct 06Sep 26 Oct 13Oct 10 Oct 27START FINISHOct 17 Nov 03Oct 17 Nov 03Oct 24 Nov 10Nov 07 Nov 24Nov 14 Dec 01Nov 21 Dec 08Nov 28 Dec 15Dec 12 Dec 29Dec 19 Jan 05Trip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 5 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (3 nts),teahouse lodges (14 nts) Transport: BusMeals: None Budget: Allow USD $380-500for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO), trekking supportstaff Group Size: Max 15, Avg 10 Tour Code:GAANTAAnnapurnaCHINAFor a country dwarfed by its much larger neighbours, Nepal offers an incredible profusionof sights and experiences. On this incredible trekking adventure, you’ll spend 13 challengingdays traversing forests of rhododendron, isolated hamlets and mountain villages. Make yourway along the trails on and around one of the world’s highest peaks while encounteringtemples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted bysupport staff throughout, you’ll be warmly greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpseof traditional rural Nepalese customs.DAYo1-02ITINERARYKathmandu / Syanje / JagatArrive at any time. The day is free for you to start discovering the varied sights of Nepal’s capitalcity. Your trek starts on Day 2, with a short walk from Syanje (1,100m) to Jagat (1,350m). You willhead upwards on a two-hour ascent past rivers and natural hot springs, a gentle introduction to theserious trekking that lies ahead on this spectacular trip.Annapurna Circuit TrekNow you have 11 days of total immersion into the breathtaking mountain wilderness of theAnnapurna Range where, at 8,091 metres, Annapurna 1 is one of the world’s highest peaks. On thischallenging trek, you’ll visit isolated mountain communities where the local inhabitants tend to theirherds or enjoy showing you around their temple. The varied nature of your surroundings will ensureyou never get bored of the view with gushing waterfalls, icy rivers, plains and lofty mountain passesall making an appearance. The trek averages six to seven hours walking a day, often at high altitudes.The highest point you reach is the 5,416m Thorung Pass.INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTPokharaINDIASyanjeKathmanduNEPAL03-15Day 3: Trek to Bagarchhap approx. 5 - 6 hoursDay 4: Trek to Chame approx. 6 hoursDay 5: Trek to Pisang approx. 7 hoursDay 6: Trek to Manang approx. 6 hoursDay 7: Rest day at ManangDay 8: Trek to Yak Kharta approx. 6 hoursDay 9: Trek to Phedi approx. 5 hoursPerhaps the highlight of the trek as you cross the Thorong Pass (5,416m). It is a long, tough ascentvia a number of small hills, but when you reach the prayer flags at the top you are more than amplyrewarded with stunning scenery.Day 10: Trek to Muktinath approx 8-9 hoursDay 11: Rest day at MuktinathDay 12: KalopaniDrive to Kalopani, located between the Daulagiri and Annapurna with great views to the mountainpeak of Annapurna 1. The hike descent follows an increasingly narrow valley through one of theworld’s deepest river gorges. You’ll pass the beautiful Rupse Chaharo waterfall, with the lure of anevening soak in natural hot springs at the end.Day 13: Drive to TatopaniDay 14: Trek to SikhaDay 15: Trek to Ghorepani approx. 5 hours16PokharaEarly morning excursion to Poon Hill for a memorable Himalayan moment as you watch the sun riseover the mighty peaks. Head to Pokhara where you can take a well-deserved shower and rest upafter your trekking adventure. You’ll leave Pokhara refreshed and revived from its peaceful lakesidelocation and lazy atmosphere.17-18KathmanduTravel back to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free to explore all the urban attractions ofNepal’s exciting and exhilarating capital city. Be warned, you may experience a bit of a culture shockafter the awesome natural surroundings of the past two weeks! Tour ends on Day 18.Durbar Square, Kathmandu189


TREKKING IN LANGTANGKathmandu KathmanduFR$1,83915 DAYSINDIAN SUB-CONTINENTHighlights• Marvel at the peaks of the Himalayas• Take trails away from tourist crowds• Trek through different ecosystems• Visit small villages and monasteries• Explore local lifestyle and culture• Pass forests and flower-filled fields• See the impressive Langtang Glacier• Stay in unique teahousesDepartures 2015START FINISHSep 19 Oct 03InclusionsSTART FINISHOct 17 Oct 31START FINISHNov 14 Nov 28Trip Style: Active Service Level: BasicPhysical Grading: 4 Age Group: Any ageAccommodation: Standard hotel (4 nts),teahouse (10 nts) Transport: Private vanMeals: 1 lunch Budget: Allow USD $335-400for meals not included Group Leader: ChiefExperience Officer (CEO) Group Size: Max 16,Avg 12 Tour Code: GAANTLThere is nothing quite like the Himalayas. Challenge yourself by taking on this rewarding hikein the area visited by fewer tourists thus providing a different perspective on the valleysand peaks of Nepal. Langtang is an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and culturalriches providing ever-changing landscapes, flower-filled fields and lush green forests. Takein the impressive sight of the Langtang Glacier, stay in rustic villages and monasteries alongthe way and explore the lifestyle and culture of local people. If you’re longing to get off theovercrowded path from Base Camp, this unique hike is the perfect solution.INDIANEPALSyabruLangtangVillageLama HotelCHINAGosainkundaTharepatiKathmanduKyanjingGompaKutumsangChisopaniDAY010203-0405-0607-0809-1011-1213-15ITINERARYKathmanduArrive to the intoxicating capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Pop out to wander its narrow winding streetsand explore the busy markets that are the centre of Nepali life. Tonight, get to know your travelmates over an optional dinner.KathmanduThe city is a thrilling mixture of legend and modern development with a rich artistic and culturalheritage. Today, you’ll visit the monkeys as you climb to the Swayambunath Temple for a guided tour.Situated on a hilltop, the instantly-recognisable stupa with its Buddha eyes attracts a steady streamof pilgrims and the views out over the valley are superb. Pay a guided visit to Bodhinath Stupa, thelargest in Nepal then stroll through the heart of the old city to Durbar Square, home to the palace ofthe Kumari Devi, considered to be a living goddess. You’ll also visit Sisterhood of Survivors Projectand learn how to make traditional Nepalese momos (dumplings) then enjoy an authentic lunch. (L)Syabru Beshi / Lama HotelFull day of driving today to reach Syabru Beshi where you’ll overnight in one of the unique teahouses.On Day 4, the first part of the trail passes through villages and rhodedendron forests on the way totonight’s stop at the Lama Hotel (2,470m). Today’s trek offers a chance to see red pandas, monkeysand bears if you’re lucky.Lama Hotel / Langtang Village / Kyanjing GompaOn today’s hike, you’ll continue gently ascending through varied forests and lush meadows toLangtang Village (3,420m). Enjoy exotic sights as you trek through wide valleys and scatteredvillages before reaching tonight’s destination. On Day 6, the trail will take you through yak pasturesand interesting small villages of Muumdu and Sindum en route to Kyanjing Gompa (3,780m). Enter awide valley before descending to your home for tonight.Kyanjing Gompa / Lama Hotel / SyabruFollow the route to Langtang Village and descend back to Lama Hotel. On Day 8, full day of hikingawaits as you take a more uphill route heading for the village of Thula Syabru (2,250m), home to theTamang community. Stop in the village to learn some of the local traditions and culture.Syabru / Chandan Bari / GosainkundaEnjoy stectacular views of the Himalayas as you hike up to Chandan Bari (3,330m). On Day 10, hiketo reach one of the highlights of the trek, Gosainkunda Lake (4,380m). An important religious site,Gosainkunda is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri in Hindu mythology.Gosainkunda / Tharepati / KutumsangAnother full day of hiking ahead as you trek over the Gosainkunda Pass (4,610m), the highest pointof the journey. Continue downwards to the lodges of Therapati (3,690m) for the night. It’s a nohiking day on Day 12 so rest your legs and enjoy fantastic scenery around the Himalayas. Transfer toKutumsang in the evening.Kutumsang / Chisopani / KathmanduToday, you’ll have a chance to get a glimpse of Everest as you head to Chisopani (2,265m). On Day14, it’s your last chance to soak up the stunning mountain views on your hike to Sundarijal before theafternoon transfer to Kathmandu. Enjoy the final night with your group as your adventure concludeson Day 15.190 VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


KATHMANDUain’t no mountain high enoughOnce known as Kantipur or ‘Cityof Glory’, this chaotic metropolisis the gateway to some ofNepal’s most spectacular trekkingtrails and wildlife. Visit ChitwanNational Park for Bengal tigers,monkeys and elephant safarisand stretch those legs aroundthe Himalayas and mighty MountEverest. Make sure you dragyourself out of bed in time for abreathtaking sunset over eightof the world’s highest peaks. It’stotally worth it.INDIAN SUB-CONTINENTglampackerKATHMANDUGUEST HOUSEPRICES ARE PER PERSON PER NIGHT INCLUDING BREAKFAST• Zen out in the Buddha Garden or in the sauna• Free airport pick-up• Clean, comfy, en suite rooms with traditonal decorFR$71FR$40SINGLETWIN/DOUBLEWith a guest list that includes ‘The Beatles’, this converted Ranamansion is popular with travellers from all over the world. Locatedin Thamel, the heart and soul of Kathmandu, the area is burstingwith shops and restaurants. The Royal Palace is just a sevenminutewalk away, the Monkey Temple, 20 minutes.Free Wi-FiKTMKMDPOON HILL TREKFROM KATHMANDUFR$5165 DAYSDeparting from Kathmandu, kick off your Napelese adventure withfour hours of exhilarating grade 3 river rafting. Next morning,transfer from Porkhara to Nayapul for three days of awesometrekking and world-class views from the summit of towering PoonHill. Hike through deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboo andoaks, marvel at snow-capped peaks at sunrise and explore rural,indigenous villages. Return to Kathmandu from Pokhara on Day 5.Departs: Daily Accommodation: Budget hotel, Pokhara (1 nt), mountain lodges(3 nts) Meals: No meals included Transport: All transport included (excludesbus transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara) Includes: Guide, all permits, first aid kits,rafting equipment Tour Code: BEKTMPOOCHITWANNATIONAL PARKFR$278 HIMALAYAN & EVERESTFR$2503 DAYS VIEW TREK3 DAYSExperience an unexpected side of Nepal by visiting Royal ChitwanNational Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Departing fromKathmandu, you’ll travel overland to your hotel, just outside thepark. Day 2, don’t forget your camera - be prepared to pap rhinos,Bengal tigers, monkeys and crocodiles that you’ll come across aspart of a jungle walk and canoe trip. Take a jeep safari and meetlocal Tharu people before returning to Kathmandu on Day 3.Departs: Daily Accommodation: 2* hotel with shared bathroom (2nts)Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Includes: Bus transfers to/fromKathmandu, entrance fees, English speaking guide Tour Code: BEKTMCHIDreamt of seeing the ‘roof of the world’ without the hassle ofactually climbing it? Enjoy sweeping Himalayan views on this shortand easy trip, taking in five of the world’s ten highest peaks, themighty Mount Everest included. Departing from Kathmandu, you’llget to marvel at breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in the hilltopvillages of Chisapani and Nagarkot and discover the traditionallifestyles of local villagers, before returning to Kathmandu. Wow!Departs: Daily Accommodation: Guesthouse (2 nts) Meals: None includedIncludes: bus transfers to/from Kathmandu, all permits, English speaking guide,luggage porters during trek Tour Code: BEKTMHIM191


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Also, check what excess you will beliable for in the event you need to make a claim -all our international policies give you a choice ofexcess, including a $nil option, which means noexcess will apply.Like all insurance, there are conditions andexclusions that apply to our cover. Theinformation below is a summary only of the coveravailable. For full details of about what we doand don’t cover under each plan and the benefitlimits and sub-limits that apply, please read theProduct Disclosure Statement.WHY TAKE OUT STA TRAVEL INSURANCE?No two travellers are the same. That’s why we’vecreated a policy that lets you do more...24 hour emergency assistanceAccess to our 24 hour emergency assistanceteam for overseas medical emergencies andevacuations, help with hospital bills andassistance should you lose your passport ortravel documents.New for old replacementReplacement or repair of lost, stolen or damageditems including mobile phones, tablets, personalcomputers and cameras.Policy extensionsYou can see all four corners of the globe on theone policy and if you decide to stay longer, you canpurchase a new policy for up to 12 months throughSTA Travel prior to expiry of your original policy.Adventure activitiesWe automatically cover loads of adrenalinpumping activities, which means you canexperience heaps more with less stress! Youare also automatically covered for skiing,snowboarding, moped riding and motorcycleriding without any additional cost.Working holidays and studying abroadPlanning on working or studying overseas?No problem - we cover working holidays andoverseas study.TOUR CANCELLATIONIf your selected tour is cancelled due toinsufficient numbers, we’ll cover amendmentfees to help rearrange your trip and get you onyour way.Cover for existing medical conditionsWe cover a range of pre-existing medicalconditions at no additional charge. A medicalassessment process is available for customerswith conditions or circumstances that falloutside the specified criteria for automaticcover. If accepted, other pre-existing medicalconditions will be covered by paying anadditional premium.THE COVER YOU CAN EXPECTNo complicated plans to choose from - just greatcover you can rely on. Here are some of theinclusions you can expect with your STA TravelComprehensive International Cover:• Unlimited overseas medical and dental cover• Unlimited cancellation cover• Unlimited additional expenses cover• Access to 24 hour emergency assistancePlus, cover for:• Luggage and travel documents (includingsporting equipment while in use)• Delayed luggage allowance• Money• Travel delay expenses• Hospital incidentals• Hijacking• Loss of income• Disability• Accidental death• Personal liabilityRegardless of your destination, travel insurance is one ofthe most important decisions you’ll make when arrangingyour holiday. Imagine being sick or injured in a foreigncountry where you don’t speak the language. Or worsestill - imagine being refused medical treatment until aninsurance company can guarantee your medical bills. It’sa scary thought, but these kinds of things happen all toooften, all over the world. Having a 24 hour emergencyassistance team of experienced doctors, nurses andcase managers to call on is why having the right travelinsurance is so important. It gives you peace of mind.CHOOSE EXTRAS THAT SUIT YOUJust like making your own playlist to suit yourmood, you can customise your STA Travel policyto suit your trip.CHOOSE AN EXCESSThe higher the excess you choose, the lower yourpremium will be. You can choose between a nil,$100 or $250 excess.RENTAL VEHICLE INSURANCE EXCESS COVERHiring a car or a campervan? Don’t want to paya massive excess if you have an accident? Youcan purchase $5,000 of Rental Vehicle InsuranceExcess Cover by paying an additional premium.ANNUAL MULTI-TRIP COVERIf you plan on getting away a few times over thenext 12 months, you might like to consider thisgreat value cover - a 12 month policy that coversany number of trips (you choose your maximumnumber of days per trip).TOP TIPS• Don’t risk it. Get travel insurance.• Don’t leave travel insurance to the last minute.Remember, when you purchase a policy withSTA Travel, cancellation cover starts from thetime you take out the cover.• Ask for your emergency assistance card andkeep it with you at all times while you’re away.• Read the Policy Wording and ask your STATravel Adviser if you have any questions.MORE INFOFor more information chat to your STA TravelAdviser or go towww.statravel.co.nz/nz-travel-insurance.htmThis insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance AustraliaPty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporated in Australia) tradingas Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by AllianzAustralia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 (Incorporated inAustralia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) LimitedCompany No. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent ofAllianz Global Assistance. You should consider the Policy Wordingbefore making any decisions about this product.194VISIT WWW.STATRAVEL.COM


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