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contents
Indus Experience
Map
Airlines

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I ndochina I ntroduction
Laos
Cambodia
Vietnam
Thailand
Burma

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T our s
Ancient Kingdoms of South East Asia
Grand Tour of Indochina
Vietnam Discovery
The Spirit of Cambodia
Secrets of Laos
Memories of Thailand
A Tale of Three Cities
A Vignette of Burma
Land of the Golden Spires

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R iver C rui s e s I ntroduction
A River Journey on the Mekong
Road to Mandalay
The Irrawaddy

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E a s tern O rient E x p re s s
Epic Thailand with Koh Samui Tour

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indus experience
our e x p erti s e

C ui s ine

Amongst the leading tailor-made specialist tour
operator in the country and winner of Best
Specialist Tour Operator 2011 – Elite Travel
Group Awards, the indus experiences ethos to
personalised service, is absolute.

The regions cuisine is an extravaganza of mouth
watering experiences - a wonderful mêlée of
spices and herbs, some hot and pungent, others
soft and subtle to the taste. Taste Laotian spicy
green papaya salad - Tam Som, or Amok Trey
from Cambodia. In Burma Myanmar try –
Lahpe; fermented tea. Why not add a cookery
class to the tour or a tour highlighting the
cuisine?

Our specialist team in London will work with
you, to ensure you have the best possible holiday
at a competitive price, offering advice and ideas
to inspire you.
The tours in this brochure are guidelines,
designed to be a starting point for each itinerary
that can be tailored to your specific preferences.
Each tour has been individually crafted to give
you an insight into the land, to see the beauty,
history and culture of the region.
Our local associate agents are carefully selected
for their unrivalled local knowledge and are on
hand to respond quickly and efficiently.

hotel s
Four Seasons
Orient Express
Anantara
Aman
Raffles
Six Senses
GHM
Mandarin Oriental
Relais & Chateaux
Son Saa

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Vietnam
Cambodia
Laos
Thailand
Burma

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Responsible Tourism

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Small G rou p T our s
and S p eciali s t
T our s / E x p erience s
Our Specialist Tours are all lead by distinguished
Tours Leaders. New tours are constantly added
and new areas visited. Please ask for our latest
exciting specialist tours in Indochina, Thailand
and Burma.

Y our T our Price
I nclude s :
• Return International flights in Economy Class.
• All airport taxes at UK and chosen destination.
• All internal / regional flights as per the
itinerary in Economy Class.
• All accommodation and transport as per the
itinerary.
• All transfers and sightseeing by chauffeur
driven private vehicle. (Please note: coaches will
be used on certain cruise excursions).
• Services of an English speaking representative
for all arrival and departure transfers at airports
and assistance at hotels.
• Services of an English speaking guide during
sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
• Entrances fees to all monuments as specified in
the itinerary.

B oard and L odging
Our hotel portfolio is extensive and ranges from
superb deluxe properties to character, heritage,
boutique hotels and more modest guest houses.
We always use the best available but in some
remote areas facilities can be very basic! The list
is constantly being amended and up graded. If the
hotel you require is not mentioned please don’t
hesitate to ask for it to be included in your tour.
Each tour price will state the meal plan.
This can usually be adapted to suit your
requirements. Most hotels offer a selection of
Local and International food.

G uide s

TRAVEL ADVICE
AND DESTINATION
INFORMATION
We are certified strategic partners of the Foreign
& Commonwealth Office, which guarantee our
commitment to ensuring that our clients are
fully informed of all relevant government travel
advice, safety measures and precautions. Please
see: www.fco.gov.uk

H ealth & I n s urance
It is recommended that all clients talk to their
Doctor or Health Clinic about the various
inoculations and travel precautions to be taken
- including DVT and Malaria. It’s essential that
you take out an adequate travel insurance policy
to cover emergencies. We can provide a reliable
policy for you - just ask for details.

Financial Security
INDUS TOURS AND TRAVEL is a fully
bonded and insured company, registered with
the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL No
4586. This means that once you have booked
with us, you can rest assured that any monies
paid are secured. We are members of ABTA.
Our membership number is ABTA W5240,

On tour we use English-speaking guides. They
are accredited and experienced. All have a
passion for their homeland regaling guests with
local anecdotes and amusing tales.

Practical
I n f ormation
Current British passport holders
Visa requirements are:
Burma Available in the UK or on arrival.
Cambodia Available in the UK or on arrival.
Laos On arrival.
Thailand Free on arrival.
Vietnam Available in the UK.
Indus will undertake to arrange your visa for a
small fee. Please discuss with us your passport/
visa requirements.

Indus is a member of AITO. The Association
represents Britain’s leading independent tour
operators and encourages high levels of quality
and service. Indus abides by the Associations
Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO
Quality Charter which can be viewed on www.
aito.co.uk, or please ask us for more details.

Photo credits: Staffan Scherz; Destination Asia Images;
Shawn Hendricks; Nick Ray;
Visions of Indochina http://portfolio.visions-of-indochina.com

ACCURACY COPY TO COME

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The rail system throughout the countries varies
tremendously in style and comfort. In Myanmar
it’s old, slow but cheap and a great way to
meet the locals – choose between hard or soft
benches! Contrast that with the most romantic
way of travelling on a train on the fabled
Orient Express for a touch of pure luxury or
rumble along on Cambodian trains - still with

Pyay
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Ngapali

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Chiang

Bago

Yangon

B A Y
O F
B E N G A L

a few teething troubles after the French built
it 100 years ago. But no matter – this is what
a holiday is about, meeting wonderful people,
passing through glorious countryside, feeling the
rhythm of the land.

LAOS

Mae Hong Son

Vientiane

Chiangg Mai

(BURMA)

Ngwe Saung

Vang Vieng

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Rai

M YA N M A R

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THAILAND

Moulmein

Ayutthaya
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Kanchanaburi
Mergui

Lak Sao
Hue

Bangkok

Koh Chang

B y W ater

Phnom Penh
Sihanoukville
Phu Quoc

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Kawthoung

Pakse
Champasak

VIETNAM

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Hoi An

Rattanakiri
Angkor Wat
Battambang
Siem Reap
Kompong
Tonle Sap
Thom
Kratie

Hua Hin

Chumhon

Ubon
Ratchathani
h h i

S O U T H
C H I N A
S E A
Da Nang

Savannakhet

Preah Vihear

Pattaya

Myeik
go
Archipelago

Water, in the area is a synonym for ‘super
highways’. The mighty rivers of the region, the
Mekong and Irrawaddy with their countless
tributaries have been the main source of internal
transportation for generations. Today visitors
can take a short cruise through the maze of
waterways scattered throughout the country’s or
spend a few days cruising in elegant luxurious
cruise boats taking in the sights and sounds
of the river bank villages, seeing some of the
incredible ancient highlights or simple relax
on the observation deck. Other fun water
experiences include rafting, long tail power
boat rides and sampan rides. Indus offers an
excellent selection of cruises and day excursions
for their guest’s enjoyment.

Haiphong

g

Driving in the region is an experience in itself.
In some places the standard of road is poor
and in the monsoon season prone to flooding,
however, many new roads are being constructed:
connecting all the main towns, cities and places
of interest together. Thailand for example

B y T rain

Nay Pyi Daw

Halong Bay

Luang Prabang
Hong Sa
Phonsavan

on

B y R oad

has an excellent network, Myanmar is slowly
upgrading, whilst Highway One in Vietnam
from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta is virtually a
‘super highway’! Don’t forget there are other
forms of transport – ox and buffalo cart rides,
Remok (tuk-tuk) fun,’ cyclos’ (rickshaws),
elephant safaris and of course – the buses –
often fast, loud and manic! All Indus guests
have an exclusive private car with a/c, and
an experienced English speaking driver, well
accustomed to the local road nuances! For small
groups all coaches have a/c and knowledgeable
driver/guides.

Inle
Lake

ek

Air travel is the most efficient way of moving
within the region. All the major places of
interest and cities have airports within easy
reach. The Thai service is particularly well
structured and the other countries rapidly
following suit with an increasing choice
of carriers and budgets to suit all pockets.
Myanmar currently does have a more limited
schedule of flights, but with the expansion of
tourism, more will soon become available.
Flying is the ideal means of transport when time
is of the essence. Indus choose the best possible
option available at the time of booking for their
guests.

Kalaw

Hanoi

Kentang
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Houey
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Xay
Pakbeng

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B y A ir

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Mt Popa

Sittwe

As with all emerging and developing countries the standard of internal travel can vary tremendously, and Indus
endeavours to use the best possible means of travel at each destination. With the advent of tourism Air links have
become more widespread as distances to travel can often be vast. Gradually each country is building a network
of local and international carriers and up grading airports. Roads are often crowded, congested and provide
an unforgettable experience! Many tours take to the water and use some of the luxurious river cruisers – whilst
occasional trips in sampans add an extra thrill! Trains ply the lands and for Indus guests memorable journeys on the
acclaimed Orient Express give another glimpse into many areas of the unseen lands of the region..

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travel within
the region

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Nha Trang

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Ho Chi Minh City
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My Tho

Vinh Long
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Tho
Can

Con
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Koh Samui
Krabi
Phuket
Trang

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Nakhon Si
Thammarat
Songkhla

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airlines
THAI AIRWAYS

EMIRATES

Thai airways operates two daily flights between heathrow and bangkok, with onward
connections throughout thailand & asia.

Emirates operates 15 flights to dubai from
heathrow, gatwick, manchester, birmingham,
glasgow and newcastle with onward connections
to bangkok

Royal First Class
B riti s h A irway s
Ideal for leisure travel, British Airways offers an extensive schedule to India, flying directly to its major
airports. British Airways offer a choice of cabins ensuring your holiday starts the moment you take off.

First

The ultimate in comfort and luxury
• Personal ‘demi cabin’ space creates an
exclusive, private environment
• A 6' 6" fully flat bed
• À la carte dining with menus with
complimentary bar
• Complimentary sleeper suit and wash bag
with luxury skin care products
• Access to Departures and Arrivals lounges,
including the Elemis Travel Spa at
London Heathrow
• Dedicated First check–in desks and a choice
of check–in options

Club World

Introducing a new Club World
• The new seat is 25% wider, has a privacy
screen and converts into a fully flat bed
• Club Kitchen is open between meal times
with complimentary hot & cold snacks
• À la carte menu with expertly sourced
wine list
• Access to Departure and Arrivals lounges
• Complimentary treatments at the Elemis
Travel Spa available at London Heathrow

World Traveller Plus

on board, in the privacy of their segregated cabin, the degree of friendly, personal hospitality
extended to them by a dedicated cabin crew is exceptional. The innovation in luxury is the
newly installed sleeper seating. Electronically controlled, with 180 degrees of recline and
almost seven feet of space in which to stretch out, these seats are truly state-of-the-art Each
seat is equipped with the interactive Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system, plus inseat telephone and laptop power outlet.

First Class
Freshen up with a mid-flight shower or close
the door and retreat to your own Private Suite.
Savour five-star delicacies with our dine-ondemand menu, and enjoy over 1,200 channels of
entertainment in Emirates First Class.

Worth the Difference
• A separate quieter cabin with up to
a maximum of 6 rows
• Wider, more comfortable seats with 7"
more leg room than World Traveller
• Priority meal service with complimentary
drinks from the bar

Royal Silk Class
On board THAI flights Royal Silk class passenger enjoy segregated cabins, with twoabreast seating. On long-haul flights, newly installed shell seats offer 60 inches (five feet)
of stretch-out space, with 170 degrees of recline for sleeping. Each electrically controlled
seat is equipped with telephone and laptop power outlet**. The interactive Audio Visual
On Demand entertainment system offers literally hundreds of channels, for movies, music,
information and games.*

Business Class

World Traveller

Economy Class

Economy Class

THAI has carried out a massive programme to expand and revitalize every aspect of its
Economy Class experience, giving passengers even more reasons to make THAI their first
choice. New, wider seats of the latest design have been installed in many of the THAI
aircraft, with a new interactive Audio Visual On Demand (AVOD) system offering almost
unlimited choice of entertainment and information options*.

Personal seatback monitors, thoughtfully
prepared multi-course meals, and telephone and
email service at every seat are just some of the
features we designed with your comfort and
convenience in mind.

Designed for comfort
• An ergonomically designed seat, blankets,
cushions, eyeshades, socks, toothbrush and
toothpaste are also provided for your added
comfort. Enjoy meals and a complimentary
bar service, throughout your flight

With flat-bed seats and our exclusive Onboard
Lounge, and in-seat phone service and laptop
charging, Emirates Business Class helps you
arrive refreshed and prepared for the next step
of your journey.

VIETNAM AIRLINES
• 4 flights weekly from london gatwick
• 2 flights to hanoi (gatwick – hanoi on tuesday
& friday) (hanoi – gatwick on monday
& thursday)
• 2 flights to ho chi minh city (gatwick –
ho chi monh on wedensday & saturday)
(ho chi minh - gatwcik on tuesday & friday)

Aircraft: Boeing 777 – 200 ER
25 Business Class Seats
• Width: 50 cm
• Recline: 165°
• Pitch : 150 cm
• Individual touch screen (27cm) with
video on demand
• Personal travel amenity kit
• Choice of 3 European and Asian dishes
with an open bar
• Priority check-in and baggage handling
• 60 kg baggage allowance
• Access to Business Lounges of Vietnam
Airlines and SkyTeam

54 Economy Deluxe
• Width: 40 cm
• Recline: 135°
• Pitch: 100 cm
• Individual touch screen (15cm) with
video on demand
• Personal travel amenity kit
• Choice of 2 European and Asian dishes
with an open bar
• 40 kg baggage allowance

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B angkok airway s

EVA AIR

Bangkok Airways styles itself as a "boutique"
airline, aiming at a standard of service that
is above its rivals. Economy passengers have
access to their own business class-style Boutique
Lounges at airports offering free snacks, hot and
cold drinks, internet access and a kids' corner.
Business class passengers have a separate Blue
Ribbon Club lounge.

EVA Air flies six times weekly non-stop from
London Heathrow to Bangkok’s brand new
Suvarnabhumi airport. In conjunction with
partner airlines, EVA Air also offers convenient
onward connections from Bangkok to a range
of other destinations within Thailand and
South-East Asia. Eva air offers 03 travel classes
PREMIUM LAUREL CLASS, elite class and
economy class

(Regional)

228 Economy
• Width: 40 cm
• Recline: 120°
• Pitch: 84 cm
• Individual touch screen (15cm)
• Choice of 2 European and Asian dishes
• Snacks and drink available throughout
the flight
• 30 kg baggage allowance

Domestic Service

Regional Routes

HAN/SGN: the gateway to Indochina
• 25 weekly flights from Vietnam to
2 destinations in Cambodia (Siem Reap
and Phnom Penh) and 2 destinations in Laos
(Luang Prabang and Vientiane using
A321/F70/ATR72)
• 2 daily trans-Indochina routes:
Daily HAN-VTE-PNH-SGN
Daily HAN-LPQ-REP

LAO AIRLINES

(Regional)

Lao Airlines' route network covers the
major tourist destinations of Laos, as well as
neighbouring countries. Their main hubs are
Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
On board, all of Lao Airlines' planes have
only a single class. Coach seating is generally
comfortable enough.

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• Extensive network to 20 destinations
in Vietnam
• Up to 12 daily flights between Hanoi and
Ho Chi Minh City.
• Dense frequency to beach destinations

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Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Photographer: Robert Miller

INDOCHINA
Indochina, or Indochine, as it was called by the French colonists, is a region in Southeast Asia roughly to the east
of India and southwest of China – hence the name – Indochina. Strictly speaking, the name should only apply to
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. However, today Burma and Thailand are often included in the region.
All are quite perfect destinations for the ‘indus
experience’ - holidays alive with discovery,
culture and new adventures in distant lands:
individually tailored for the discerning traveller.
Here, life still follows the ancient rhythms
of the land: blessed with a glorious culture,
outstanding scenery, warm and wonderful
people: - the region is a perfect holiday
destination. The true soul of the lands can
be seen through their magnificent treasures
– both man made and created by nature: the
mighty Mekong River – the lifeblood of so
many nations – the quiet charm and sense of
tranquillity in Laos, the ancient streets of old
Hoi An in Vietnam. Each country is unique. A
sense of timelessness fills the air. Pride is taken in
maintaining cherished traditions: whilst quietly
and slowly moving into the modern world – on
their own terms!

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Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Photographer: Dana Neibert

020 8901 7320

The history and culture of the lands are
shrouded in the mists of ages past. Delightful
vignettes of glorious ancient civilisations caress
the eye. Who cannot fail to fall under the spell
of the incomparable Angkor Wat Temples, be
intrigued by the mysterious and enigmatic Plain
of Jars in Laos or delight, in the breathtaking
beauty of Vietnams Halong Bay? And.......
there’s still romance in the air on a cruise to
Mandalay!

As with all ‘indus experiences’ a selection of
carefully crafted tours have been created to
showcase these wonderful evocative countries.
Each has been designed to allow guests to
absorb the flavour and gain an understanding
of some of the world’s most beautiful and
enigmatic countries – waiting to be discovered
and savoured. The tours are a guideline and can
be tailored – mixed and matched - to individual
requirements.

The cuisine is undeniably superb – it’s
impossible to resist a spicy Thai delicacy or the
freshness and natural flavour of Vietnamese
cuisine. Yet there’s another side to these
compelling lands..... where East meets West in a
whirlwind of life in Bangkok and Saigon.

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highlights

L uang Prabang

V ientiane

Until the mid-16th C. Luang Prabang was the Royal capital of the country - Lane Xang. Today, it
retains an air of old world charm and tranquility; graced by its softly faded French Colonial legacy.
A myriad of ancient streets, hidden alleyways and over 30 glorious gilded Temples create a medley
of culture and history. Not surprisingly Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Vientiane (Sandalwood City) is a sprawling old
Colonial city, on the banks of the Mekong, with a
laid back and almost serene atmosphere. Locals
consider it as being ‘mad busy’ in comparison
with the other Laotian towns! Originally founded
in the 10th C. Vientiane became the capital after
the fall of Luang Prabang.

As dawn breaks, a timeless ceremony takes place, when offerings of food are given to the solemn lines of
saffron robed Monks, coming forth from their Monasteries , to receive alms from the local people. It’s a
moving and very special sight. Luang Prabang continues to be the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos.
There are some delightful and fascinating places to visit close to Luang Prabang. Take a boat trip
along the Mekong to the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Set high in the cliffs, they shelter thousands of
images of the Buddha, many are gold lacquered and left by pilgrims. Visit a Lu tribal village to see
traditional weaving and dyeing, or go for a swim in the crystal waters of the Kuang Si Waterfall
(water levels permitting).

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Like the rest of the country, its history is
turbulent: reflected in the many cultural
influences from the Siamese, Burmese, Khmersmore recently the French. Charming French
Colonial boulevards and ancient Buddhist
Temples blend seamlessly together.

A

Putao

Laos – the hidden gem of the region is after years of unrest and uncertainty - like a chrysalis slowly emerging from
its cocoon - revealing its stunning
Myitkyinabeauty. It’s a country overflowing with spectacular sights, glorious scenery,
mouth-watering food and truly delightful people.

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C H I N A

Bhamo

Wandering mists drift slowly across high
mountain peaks. The silence of the dawn is
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Pyin
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Moniwa
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broken by the sound of chanting,
as Monks
Mandalay
leave their morning prayers, and go in search of
ga
a
Bagan
alms in the towns and villages. TheirHeho
saffron
Mrauk U
robes shimmer, in the suns first rays.
Inle
Kalaw Mysterious
Lake
plains are scattered with ancient relics. Mighty
rivers, with small isolated villages dotting the
Sittwe
banks, constantly fight back the verdant jungle,
Pyay
encroaching, on their already fragile
ecological
(Prome)
existence. Life is slow. Life is traditional. No
mad rush here – the Laotians
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MAR

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S a lw e e n

Hanoi
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Myeik

Pakbeng

Luang Prabang
Hong Sa
Phonsavan
Vang Vieng

LAOS

Vientiane
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THAILAND
Bangkok

Ubon
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Ratchathani
Preah
h Vihear

Ayutthaya

Koh Chang

Best time to be there Laotian weather is
influenced by the annual Southeast Asian
monsoon cycle. The best time for visiting most
the country is between November and February/
o cooler
u t htemperatures. The monsoon
March S
with
rain is heavy
C h coming
i n a in brief bursts. Then
the glorious sun shines! If you’re on a cruise
a
NovemberSise
probably
the best time, whilst in
January – June water levels are
low.
Hoang
Sa
a
Da Nang

Fly to Luang Prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok
Hoi A
An

Flying time 13 hours via Bangkok

Pakse
Champasak

difference GMT + 7 hours
V I ETime
TN
AM

Rattanakiri

Angkor Wat
Siem Reap
Kompong
Tonle Sap
Thom
Kratie

Battambang

Pattaya
Hua Hin

Hue

e
Savannakhet

Sukhothai

a
an
Kanchanaburi

Lak Sao

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ageless charm– and, relatively speaking - still
Yangon Moulmein
n g track’
a l of mainstream
‘off B
theebeaten
tourism.
However, for many, this lack of sophistication is
the attraction of Laos, with the genuine warmth
and hospitality of the people.
Mergui

Halong Bay
Haiphong

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(BURMA)
o f – a Ngwe
LaosBis a
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gentle
country
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anikktiyo
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country e s s ential s

Lao Cai

CAMBODIA

Kompong Cham

Penh

Chau

Plain o f J ar s

Southern L ao s

In Xieng Khuang Province, there lies the
mysterious Plain of Jars. Myth and legend
abound but, as yet, no clue is forth coming as
to why these jars, apparently cut from the solid
rock 2-3000 years ago, are there. UNESCO is
sponsoring projects to help unravel the mystery.
Phonsavan, the capital of the region, is the main
tourist centre.

For a truly relaxed visit head down to the south
of Laos home to many ethnic tribal peoples.
Explore the incredible diverse countryside from
soaring wild highlands to the Bolaven Plateau
with its tea and coffee plantations, and the
countless Mekong Islands. The small city of
Pakse is the main focal point of the area.

The mountainous area is one of great strategic
importance – both commercially and militarily
– located close to the Vietnamese boarder. By
1964, the North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao had
established vast tunnels under the Plain of Jars,
as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Local ethnic
tribes live in the remote mountains, including
the Thai Dam, Phuan and H’mong, the largest
minority group in the area: all still follow their
traditional ancestral way of life.

The main places of interest include the World
Heritage site of Wat Phu Champassak – a
ruined Khmer Temple. The Si Phan Don (Four
Thousand Islands) area of the Mekong River,
with its numerous rapids and waterfalls,
including the Khon Phapheng Falls. Watch
out for sightings of the endangered freshwater
dolphins.

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Dalat

Nha Trang

P
Phan Thiet

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A ngkor - T he B ig T hree !

B each R e s ort s K e p
and Sihanoukville

Words truly pale into insignificance when you actually visit these amazing Temples – superlatives
mean nothing as you ramble around Angkor, considered the largest religious building in the world,
and originally built around the 12th C as a funerary Temple for Suryavarman 11. To truly absorb its
stunning beauty visit in the first light of dawn: Angkor has mastered the art of making a grand entrance!
Ta Prohm has not been restored and is shrouded in gnarled banyan trees and fallen temple stones. It is
totally indescribable as the first rays of dawn caress the land; as tantalising glimpses of this wonder of
man, emerge from its nights slumber.
Each Temple is unique, individual and magical –none more so than the Bayon with 200 giant smiling
faces: enigmatic and awe inspiring. The 300 metre long Elephant Terrace with its famous parade of
elephants, complete with their Khmer mahouts, is truly magnificent. The Temples have to be seen,
touched, explored and to let the memories, hidden in the walls, flood over you. For a truly different
perspective take to the skies and view these indescribable monuments from a helicopter.

Putao

C H I N A

Offshore tiny resort islands, like the romantic
Song Saa, offer excellent snorkelling, scuba
diving and ocean fishing.

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dd

y

Myitkyina

Kep is a delightful seaside resort (once called
Kep-sur-mer by the French) – and is famed for
its old Colonial heritage, wonderful seafood
(especially the crab) and white sand islands.
Sihanoukville or Kompong Som is nicknamed
the “Riviera of the East”, with its beautiful
white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and
delightful bars and restaurants sprinkled along
the beaches.

Lao Cai

Irra

Moniwa
wa

Bhamo

Sapa

Pyin
Pyin
n Oo Lwin
Lwin
w

Hanoi
o

Mandalay

Halong Bay
Haiphong

Mrauk U

Heho

S a lw e e n

cambodia

Bagan
ga
a

Pakbeng

South
Vang Vieng
China
As day breaks a rustle stirs the air as a soft breeze awakes the sleeping Temples, breathing the life of a new day into
Lak
Sao
L
A
O
S
Pyay
Sea
their ancient
(Prome) souls: colours change, moods change and the night slips silently away. Cambodia is a land wreathed in
Kalaw

Sittwe

Inle
Lake

Luang Prabang
Hong Sa
Phonsavan

Vientiane
mystery. A land shrouded with secrets
still to be discovered.

ek

Kyaiktiyo
ikktiyo
iyo
yo
o
Ngwe
theSaung
crown jewel of ancient
Cambodia.
A single

glanceYangon
at this monumental structure cannot
Moulmein
fail but to take the breath away! Scattered
around are other wondrous Temples: many still
Ayutthaya
embraced by the tangle weave of jungle.

THAILAND

a
an
Kanchanaburi

Preah
h Vihear

Kompong Cham

Penh

Nakhon Si
Thammarat
Songkhla

e s s ential s

Best time to be there Cambodia experiences its
south western monsoon roughly from May/ June
until October which brings with it high humidity
and temperatures. April sees the start of the
monsoon continuing until October, with short,
cloudbursts.
From November to March
Dalat sharp
Nha
Trang
temperatures are slightly cooler with little rain.
The winter months of November - January are
probably the most pleasant.

VIETNAM

CAMBODIA

P
Phan
Thiet

Fly to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok

Chau
Doc

Ho Chi Minh City
y
My Tho

Vinh Long

Koh Samui

Phuket

Pakse
Champasak

Rattanakiri
Angkor Wat
Siem Reap
Kompong
Tonle Sap
Thom
Kratie

Kep

Remerging after a long and tumultuous past
Cambodia is a stunning destination; the people
are quietly welcoming - and always smiling. It’s
a land to savour and to roam.
Krabi

A
Hoi country
An

Battambang

Merguitribal people live
Life is slow and traditional:
in
Bangkok
the far mist strewn mountains of the Northwest
in dense jungle, whilst stilt and floating villages
Pattaya
on Tonle Sap Lake follow the cycle of the
Myeik
seasons. For a faster pace of life visit theHua
capital
Hin
Phnom Penh, a delightful riverside city with a
Koh Chang
French Colonial air.

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Ubon
h i
Ratchathani

Hoang Sa
a

Da Nang

Savannakhet
e

Bago

gal

Hue

M

of

M YA N M A R
(BURMA)
Sukhothai
a Wat:
Tak
The land of the incomparable Angkor

Flying time 12 hours and 30 minutes
Time difference GMT + 7 hours
Con
C Dao

Phnom Penh
Today, Phnom Penh, after weathering the
ebbs and flows of history, still has a decidedly
Colonial atmosphere with boulevards, cafes
and now has a vibrant modern air. It’s noisy,
alive from dawn to dusk and full of surprises.
The rejuvenated waterfront is a haunt of the
‘in crowd’ with al fresco restaurants and bars.
Markets are perfect for bartering for hand
woven silks, silver and precious stones; ancient
monuments sit comfortable side by side with
their new neighbours.
The most important places to visit include the
Royal Palace, home of the Royal family: the
Silver Pagoda with its floor splendidly covered
with 5,000 silver tiles: the recently restored
National Museum displaying superb sculptures,
Royal barges and palanquins, dance costumes
and glorious art ranging from the 6th – 13th C.

Siem R ea p and
O utlying T em p le s
Visit Temple sites farther afield including: The
Banteay Srei - The Citadel of Women which has
the finest pink sandstone carving in Cambodia.
The Beng Melea – 11th C. “Lotus Pond” Temple
built, by Suryavarman II, as a Hindu Temple,
hidden in a maze of jungle. See the stunning
River of a Thousand Lingas (Kbal Spean) with
its intricate Hindu carvings.
The pre- Angkorian Roulos Group are quite
fascinating. Preah Ko was built with six towers
dedicated to the Kings and Queens, who,
in death became Gods. Consecrated in 881
AD to Siva, Bakong was the State Temple of
Indravarman, and the first ‘Temple Mountain’,
the last Lolei, is sadly in a bad state of repair
and was once an island Temple.

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B each re s ort s and T ro p ical I s land s
Vietnam might have arrived late at the Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was worth the wait. The
country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, hidden coves,
lovely lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more glorious beaches.
Impossibly gorgeous offshore islands astonish visitors with their scenery. Clichés are inevitable! Phu
Quoc is quite simply the most stunning island in Vietnam: liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white
sand beaches and embraced with dense evergreen jungle. Long Beach is sophisticated, Ong Lan Beach
romantic, and Bai Sao simply irresistible.
Con Dao is another breathtakingly beautiful area, protected as a national and marine park. The
beaches are sheltered by a swathe of brilliant green forested hills, the sea is an unbelievable blue and the
sands..........blindingly white!
The beaches on the mainland vie with their offshore siblings for beauty. Nha Trang is an old favourite
with a hectic nightlife – yet the beach is yet another gem. Mui Ne is an absolute charmer.

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There is still a strong French influence with Bhamo
wonderful old Colonial architecture and the
Pyin
Pyin
n Oo Lwin
Lwin
w
smell of baguettes mingling alongside
Moniwa
wa the
Mandalay
ga
a
Bagan
luscious aromas of Vietnam’s cuisine.
Heho
Irra

Lao Cai

Kalaw

Inle
Lake

S al w ee n

Mrauk U

Sapa

Hanoi
o

Halong Bay
Haiphong

Pakbeng

South

Luang Prabang
Hong Sa
Phonsavan

M

Hoi An, an ancient port, is an extraordinary
Vang Vieng
China
Sittwe
L A O S Lak Sao
treasure to find virtually untouched withPyaythe
Sea
(Prome)
Vientiane
passing of time. Once a pulsating trading centre
Hue
M YA N M A R
Da Nang
e
Savannakhet
it was home to merchant and sailors( Bfrom
theA )
URM
Sukhothai
Tak
a
A
Hoi An
a y o f Ngwe Saung Bago Kyaiktiyo
iyo
yo
o
world over. Today, HoiBAn
has a relaxed and laidikktiyo
Ubon
Ratchathani
h i
Yangon Moulmein
Pakse
B
e
n
g
a
l
T
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A
I
L
A
N
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back air with numerous art and craft emporiums,
Champasak
Preah
h Vihear
VIETNAM
Ayutthaya
delightful cafes and restaurants and some excellent Kanchanaburi
Rattanakiri
Angkor Wat
Battambang
a
an
Siem Reap
Mergui
Bangkok
Dalat
Nha Trang
shopping. An excellent days excursion from Hoi
Kompong
Tonle Sap
Thom
Kratie
An is the amazing Cham ruins at My Son.
Pattaya
CAMBODIA

Hoang Sa
a

ek

Myeik

Memories of a poignant past linger, but the
gracious and relaxed Vietnamese have moved
on: building for the future and creating a
vibrant economy.

Hua Hin

Penh
Kep

Chau
Doc

Koh Samui
Krabi

Trang

Best time to be there The weather in Vietnam
varies considerably from region to region. In the
North the winters are cold and summer can be
hot. The central belt coastal strip has hot dry
summers and a monsoon season. The highlands
are wet but cool. In the tropical south the rainy
is season May to November with December to
March best time to visit.
Fly to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (Direct services
with Vietnam Airlines)

P
Phan
Thiet

Flying time Approximately 13 hours

Ho Chi Minh Cityy
My Tho

Time difference GMT + 7 hours

Vinh Long

Phuket

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Kompong Cham

Koh Chang

One of the most scenic areas of Vietnam, the
Delta is laced with a myriad of hidden waterways
and tributaries of the mighty Mekong: - the
lifeblood of the region - a veritable highway of
life. Cruising the river allows glimpses into the
traditional daily life of the river folk.
Halong Bay is one of nature’s wonders with its
massive limestone karsts jutting out of the
emerald sea. You can feel magic in the air sailing
past these ancient rocks. Feast on fresh seafood,
swim in hidden lagoons and unwind amidst
nature’s incredible beauty.

A

Vietnam is compellingly beautiful with soaring forest covered mountain peaks: the mighty Mekong River coursing
the land – the lifeblood and very essence of the country. Halong Bay’s towering limestone Islands – are almost
impossibly beautiful whilst the picture perfect beaches are tropical delights.
Myitkyina

T he M ekong D elta
– H along B ay

Con
C Dao

Visas Required for UK passport holders

Nakhon Si
Thammarat

Hanoi is a city of surprises: - delightful Colonial
grandeur mingles with serene Temples and
magnificent Pagodas. The incongruous rustic
simplicity of the house in which ‘Uncle Ho’ spent
his final years contrasts with his monumental
Mausoleum. Hanoi is a microcosm of
Vietnamese culture – with lively street cafes and
shopping malls, poignant memories of a troubled
past and home to an ancient enduring culture.
Ho Chi Minh City - is alive and pulsating – a
modern metropolis with stylish international
hotels, fashionable restaurants, shopping malls
and trendy bars. Thankfully, behind the glitz
Saigon preserves its elegant and unique charm:
French colonial boulevards, the delightful
riverfront, roadside hawkers and cyclo’s driving
at breakneck speed! Saigon! A city impossible to
describe and impossible to forget!

H oi A n – H ue - D alat
Hoi An, an ancient port, is an extraordinary
treasure to find virtually untouched with the
passing of time. Once a pulsating trading centre
it was home to merchant and sailors from
the world over. Today, Hoi An has a relaxed
and laid back air with numerous art and craft
emporiums, delightful cafes and restaurants
and some excellent shopping. Visit the amazing
Cham ruins at My Son, a unique UNESCO
World Heritage Site, for a fascinating day
excursion from Hoi An. In excess of 70 Temples
and Stupa are a testimony to past golden ages.

Dalat was originally built by the French
approximately 100 years ago as an escape
from the humid summers of the coast,and this
heritage is still very much in evidence today.
The landscape is a blanket of pine trees dotted
with lakes and rivers. At 1475 metres above sea
level, Dalat offers cool respite from the humid
lowlands.

On the banks of the Perfume River lies Hue,
the country’s last ancient feudal capital. Now
a superb World Cultural Heritage site: see the
wonderful forbidden walls, magnificent palaces
and the grandiose Royal Tombs - in complete
contrast visit the demilitarised zone and the
incredible tunnel complex at Vinh Moc.

Songkhla
Truong Sa

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C hiang M ai – C hiang R ai

B angkok

Chiang Mai, the ancient northern capital is now, slowly, being absorbed into a new dynamic modern
city juggling its heritage and culture. 300 Buddhist Temples grace the old city including the most
famous –Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. Festivals are a passion in the area - the 3 day fragrant flower festival
is beautiful beyond description, whilst the Loi Kratong festival is quite moving with people floating
banana leaf containers (krathong) on the river, decorated with flowers and candles.

Bangkok is a city that never sleeps: it simply
sizzles with life! Here you can shop till you
drop.... party till dawn..... But, turn a corner and
life slows to a traditional pace. Canals meander
hither and thither, filled with people following
their time-honoured daily life – selling goods,
chatting to neighbours or visiting a nearby Temple
– all by boat of course! Don’t miss the wonderful
historic monuments including the magnificent
Grand Palace, once the Royal residence,
with its towering gold encrusted towers, the
extraordinary 45cm statue of the Emerald Green
Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew, and the Wat Traimit
with its solid gold Buddha statue.

Founded in 1262 by King Mengrai, Chaing Rai became the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and is known
as the ‘Gateway to the Golden Triangle’. The town is filled with Temples including the most famous
Wat Pra Keow, once the home to the famed ‘Emerald Buddha’. Take a trip to Mai Sai on the Thai/
Myanmar border for a real ‘border town’ feeling. Become a mahout for a day at an amazing elephant
sanctuary and help ‘rehabilitate’ retired working elephants, or trek through the jungle to visit remote
tribal people. Then, after lunch river raft back ‘home’. Numerous ethnic tribes live in the furthest
regions of Thailand, including the Karen people famed for their beautiful embroidery and unique brass
neck rings.

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Surf, gently breaking on golden shores; picture perfect offshore islands shaded by swaying palms - soft whispering
breezes cooling the balmy air. Mesmerising mountains soaringCto craggy
peaks
H I N
A in the north, home to ancient tribal
villages clinging to the jungle covered slopes. Dazzling Temples and venerable monuments echo to the sound of
Buddhist Monks, chanting to welcome a new day dawning.
Putao

Moniwa
wa
ga
a
Bagan

Bhamo

Lao Cai

Sapa

Pyin
P
yin
n Oo L
w
win
Lwin

Hanoi
o

Mandalay
Heho

S a lw e e n

Irra

wa

dd

y

Myitkyina

Halong Bay
Haiphong

Luang Prabang
Inle
Kalaw
Bangkok effervesces with life – the pace is fast Mrauk U
country
e s s ential s
South
Lake
Hong Sa
Phonsavan
and furious. But, saying that, turn a corner
Vang Vieng
China
Sittwe
and find an oasis of calm and tranquillity in
Best
L A O S Lak Sao
Pyay
S etime
a to be there Thailand’s seasons are
(Prome)
one of the many beautiful Temples. Close by,
reasonably uniform
Vientiane
Hue
Hoang Sa
a through the country – with
M YA N M A R
Da Nang
Sukhothai is famed for its glorious classical
regional variations. Simplistically Thailand has
e
Savannakhet
(BURMA)
Sukhothai
a
Tak
Hoi An
A
B a y o f Ngwe Saung Bago Kyaiktiyo
architecture and Ayuthaya for its eclectic
three seasons: summer, rainy and winter – no
ikktiyo
iyo
yo
o
Ubon
h i
Ratchathani
Yangon
Pakse
history........... Ancient and modern sit B e n g a l
winter season down south. November to March
Moulmein
THAILAND
Champasak
Preah
h Vihear
contentedly side by side in eclectic Thailand with
is A
aM
good time to visit: - the north is best from
VIETN
Ayutthaya
Rattanakiri
Angkor Wat
Battambang
a
an
Kanchanaburi
tradition and modernity subtly entwined.
mid-November
to December or in February. The
Siem Reap
Mergui
Bangkok
Dalat
Nha
Trang
Kompong
Tonle Sap
Thom
south cooler during April to June – Bangkok can
Kratie
Pattaya
CAMBODIA
Myeik
P be
Phan
Thiet
Thailand is incredibly lovely, Chiang Mai, the
insufferable in April.
Kompong Cham
Hua Hin
Koh Chang
Penh
’Rose of the North’, is surrounded by farmlands,
Ho Chi Minh City
y
Chau
Kep
My Tho
Doc
orchards and framed by forested mountains.
Fly to Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva
Vinh Long
Wonderful National Parks rich in wild life are
Airways/Thai Airways)
Con Dao
C
Koh Samui
a ‘must’ for the keen birder. Then there’re the
Nakhon Si
Krabi
fabled beaches of Thailand: a magnet for sun
Flying time 11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
Thammarat
Phuket
worshippers. Think of crystal clear waters and
Songkhla
Trang
shimmering sands – Phuket the ‘Pearl of the
Time difference GMT +7 hours
Truong Sa
Andaman’, Koh Lanta Islands, Koh Samuii –
Hua Hin - all just perfect!
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Pakbeng

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Sukhothai
– A yuthaya
In the 13th C. Sukhothai was the capital of
the first Kingdom of Siam, with its subsequent
architecture evolving to become the zenith of the
‘Sukhothai style’. Set in beautifully manicured
parklands, the beauty and sensitivity of design of
the monuments is outstanding – classic elegance
with delicate spires, delightful lotus ponds
and enigmatic carved Buddha’s make this an
incredible experience. Today it’s protected as a
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Conveniently close to Bangkok Ayuthaya, was
for 400 years, the capital of Siam. Here history,
religion and nationalism are all inextricably
intertwined. Destroyed by its Burmese enemies
the mighty city died leaving behind a ruin of its
former glory. So great was the cities influence, in
those far off days, that it literally put Siam ‘on
the map’ as the city.

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B eache s and I s land s
Thailand is acclaimed for its glory of beaches
on its offshore islands and Gulf coast. Phuket
is one of the most outstanding and popular
Thai seaside destinations with some of the
best beaches, nightlife and water sports in the
country. Hua Hua - was Thailand’s first beach
resort founded by the French colonialists and
is more relaxed and laid back. Most visitors to
Krabi stay at the beautiful beach resort of Ao
Nang with its white sandy beach framed by
dramatic limestone cliffs, amazing islets, and
coral reefs, bounded by swaying coconut palms.
Off the Andaman coast Koh Lanta is a small
group of islands quieter than most Thai beach
resorts. The long white beaches with coconut
palms swaying gently in the breeze are perfect
for relaxing. Koh Samuii, in the Gulf of
Thailand, has over 60 perfect tropical islets to
explore and are almost too beautiful to be true!

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