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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES 72 EASTERN & ORIENT EXPRESS 73 VIETNAM 74 Vietnam’s Southern Charm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Experience Vietnam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Halong Bay Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Sapa Mountain Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Mekong Delta Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Vietnam Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Culinary Vietnam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Grand Vietnam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Luxury Vietnam Honeymoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Meandering Mekong Vietnam to Cambodia . . . . . . . . . . 81 Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa Nha Trang . . 82 Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa at Dalat . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 CAMBODIA 84 Angkor Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Cambodia in Style. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Culture & Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Cambodia in Depth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Charming Cambodia Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 LAOS 88 Wat Phou Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Luxury Laos in Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Richness & Splendours of Laos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 MYANMAR 91 Mystical Myanmar - People & Heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 CHINA 92 Boutique Beijing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 China Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 China Encounter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Essential China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Scenic Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 The Imperial Yangtze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Cultural Treasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 TIBET 98 Tibet Unveiled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 WORLD RATINGS World Journeys consider a variety of elements during our selection of accommodation for each brochure. These will include: location, style, ambience, comfort, service and facilities. Official country ratings differ widely throughout the world so we have made our choices and allocated categories based on typical standards, personal recommendation and value for each destination. simple accommodation with adequate deluxe accommodation with facilities. If no alternative categories are top service and excellent facilities. offered, this is probably the best available in the area. exceptional properties rating amongst the best in the world comfortable accommodation with with stunning outlook, services and good services and facilities. unique features and facilities. A true experience to remember. www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 71 Our favourite places to stay Evason Ana Mandara & Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi La Residence, Hue Six Senses Spa, Nha Trang Six Senses Hideaway, Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Majestic Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City Ninh Van Bay Siem Reap Victoria Hoi An Resort & Spa, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao Hoi An Phnom Penh 72 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Eastern & Oriental Express Experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos. The majesty and splendour of the Eastern & Oriental Express, with its comfortable and elegant compartments, delicious cuisine and superb service, combined with the adventure of a journey through the heart of Asia, is a truly unique way to experience the full wonder of this remarkable region. Friendly and courteous service is the hallmark of a journey on the Eastern & Oriental Express, from the moment you are welcomed aboard. A quarter of a mile in length, the air-conditioned gleaming green and cream carriages evoke the great age of luxury train travel and are a world of opulence and fine craftsmanship. Time aboard the train is full of diversions. In the Dining Cars, waiters present gourmet Asian and European dishes and fine wines in gleaming crystal and silverware. The Bar Car with its resident pianist and variety of local entertainment provides a special opportunity to meet fellow travellers. In the Saloon Car, the Boutique sells a range of exclusive Collection Eastern & Oriental Express merchandise, and there is also a reading room with a varied library. The most popular place on board however, is the open decked Observation Car, which provides an unbeatable opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Eastern & Oriental Express accommodates 132 passengers in 66 air-conditioned cabins, all furnished with beautiful fabrics, fine linens and soft towels, and a friendly room service is available 24 hours a day. 1 Bangkok > Singapore 2 Bangkok > Vientiane 3 Bangkok > Chiang Mai 4 Days / 3 Nights 3 Days / 2 Nights 2 Days / 1 Nights & Singapore > Bangkok & Vientiane > Bangkok Travel through the magnificent landscapes 3 Days / 2 Nights 2 Days / 1 Nights of Thailand at a leisurely pace on board the Travel from Bangkok through the beauty of & Bangkok > Vientiane > Bangkok Eastern & Oriental Express before arriving in Thailand, to the infamous River Kwai and 4 Days / 3 Nights Chiang Mai the following day. onwards to Malaysia, colonial Georgetown and A thrilling journey through north east Thailand to Fort Cornwallis, before crossing the causeway the ravishing Angkor-style temple of Phimai - and BANGKOK > CHIANG MAI - 2010 over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of on across the Mekong to the fascinating capital city Jan 26 Apr 20 Sep 07 Oct 05, 26 Nov 23 Singapore. of Laos, Vientiane. BANGKOK > SINGAPORE - 2010 4 Chiang Mai > Bangkok > Singapore BANGKOK > VIENTIANE - 2010 8 Days / 7 Nights Jan 17, 31 Feb 07, 14, 28 Mar 21, 28 Apr 25 Feb 23 Experience the charm of Thailand and Malaysia May 18 Jun 22 Jul 20 Aug 17 Sep 12 Oct 10, 17 Nov 07, 14, 28 Dec 23, 30 VIENTIANE > BANGKOK - 2010 with a journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok then onwards to Singapore stopping at the SINGAPORE> BANGKOK - 2010 Feb 25 infamous River Kwai and Penang along the way. BANGKOK > VIENTIANE > BANGKOK - 2010 Jan 14 Feb 4, 11, 18 Mar 4, 25 Apr 15 May 15 Jun 19 Jul 17 Aug 14 Sep 02, 30 Oct 14, 21 CHIANG MAI > BANGKOK > SINGAPORE - 2010 Feb 23 Nov 4, 11, 18 Dec 20, 27 Jan 27 Apr 21 Sep 08 Oct 06,27 Nov 24 6 Chiang Mai > Bangkok 5 Bangkok > Chiang Mai > Bangkok 3 Days / 2 Nights 4 Days / 3 Nights Travel through the magnificent landscapes of The Thai Explorer: Journey on board the Eastern Thailand at a leisurely pace on board the Eastern & & Oriental Express departing from Bangkok and Oriental Express and visit the impressive Bhuddhist travel north to Chiang Mai. Enjoy visits to Si temples in Si Satchanalai and enjoy a horse drawn Satchanalai, part of the ancient Khmer empire, carriage ride to Baan Sao Nok before returning to revered 13th century Buddhist temples and the train for your onward journey to the vibrant city Lampang en route, before returning to Bangkok. of Bangkok. BANGKOK > CHIANG MAI > BANGKOK - 2010 CHIANG MAI > BANGKOK - 2010 Jan 20 Mar 24 Apr 21 Oct 13, 27 Nov 24 Jan 27 Apr 21 Sep 08 Oct 06,27 Nov 24 PRICE $ (per person) PULLMAN SUPERIOR STATE CABIN PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Singapore - Malaysia - Thailand 2nt Singapore - Bangkok 3667 5205 7321 3nt Bangkok - Singapore 3667 5205 7321 - Single Supplement 1833 2603 3667 2nt Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur or vice versa 3115 4423 6218 2nt Bangkok - Butterworth 2346 3333 4692 1nt Butterworth - Bangkok 2346 3333 4692 - Single Supplement 1179 1667 2346 COMMENTS 1nt Singapore - Butterworth or vice versa 2346 3333 4692 Singapore - Kuala Lumpur (with compartment) 1654 2615 3333 Prices are per person based on sharing - Single Supplement 1179 1667 2346 accommodation and include: All table d’hôte meals Chiang Mai Journey on board, with complimentary tea and coffee in your 3nt Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Bangkok 3064 4244 5962 compartment, Sightseeing tours of Penang and River 1nt Bangkok - Chiang Mai 2321 3128 4141 Kwai for those travelling Singapore to Bangkok (or 2nt Chiang Mai - Bangkok 2654 3462 4385 vice versa), Sightseeing tours as per itinerary for - Single Supplement 1179 1667 2346 those travelling on the Chiang Mai Journey and Laos Itinerary Laos Itinerary. 3nt Bangkok - Laos - Bangkok 3231 4423 6256 Wine and Bar Drinks are not included in the 2nt Bangkok - Vientiane 2821 3564 4615 train fares. 1nt Vientiane - Bangkok 2321 3128 4141 - Single Supplement 1179 1667 2346 Prices for other dates are available on request. www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 73 LetVietnam awaken your senses See – locals bargaining at one of many floating markets on the Mekong Delta Hear – water rippling as you cruise through the profusion of limestone islands scattered across Halong Bay Breathe – in the cool mountain air in the former French colonial retreat of Dalat Savour – fresh, exotic cuisine as you taste local delicacies of ‘pho’ and ‘bun cha’ Feel – the warmth and openness of the Vietnamese people V Vietnam’s Southern Charm am am 5 Days / 4 Nights Explore Vietnam’s southern wonders on this luxurious journey into one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating regions. You’ll begin your laidback adventure exploring the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and taking in its many striking contrasts. Fabulously delicious restaurants vie for space with street vendors selling remarkable wares, while the city’s local markets are juxtaposed against charming colonial architecture. You’ll soon discover that Ho Chi Minh is filled with intriguing sites and a fanciful history to match. Once you’ve finished your journey through this colourful city’s many wonders, you will be escorted through the green and tranquil Vietnamese countryside to the legendary Mekong River to spend the night aboard the charming Song Xanh Boat. Taking in traditional villages and the hustle and bustle of the river on the way, the pampering continues when you arrive at the stunning Victoria Hotel in the heart of the Delta, a luxurious way to end a journey filled with a wealth of tastes and experiences. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City private boat to cruise the Mekong. Overnight • Sumptuous dinner at Mandarin Restaurant on board. 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 1923 3474 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City Day 4: Mekong Delta DEPARTS • Tai Chi or Qi Gong Session in a spa retreat • Cai Be Floating Market Daily colonial French villa • Overnight at the Luxurious colonial style Victoria • Private food tour with Chef specializing in Can Tho Resort on banks of Mekong Includes > Independent private luxury tour with local Vietnamese Cuisine • Afternoon at leisure to relax by pool or indulge in English speaking guide and driver • Afternoon at leisure spa treatments • 2 nights’ at the Park Hyatt Ho Chi Minh City Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Delta Day 5: Mekong Delta > Ho Chi Minh City • 1 night aboard the Song Xanh boat • 1 night at the • Travel through picturesque countryside of rice • Travel back by private car. Guide and car at your Victoria Can Tho Resort • Transfers & transportation paddies & rural villages. Board your ‘Song Xanh’ disposal until flight departs. • Sightseeing • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners 74 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Experience Vietnam 10 Days / 9 Nights Experience the best of Vietnam. Beginning in the city of ‘Lakes and Boulevards’ – Hanoi; enjoy a cruise between the imposing limestone islets of Halong Bay; the eclectic and mesmerising tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam in the imperial city of Hue; the ancient town of Hoi An and ending in effervescent Ho Chi Minh City. Many visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country’s natural setting and this journey offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty rapidly opening up to the outside world. • Hanoi • Halong Bay • Hue • Perfume River cruise • Hoi An • Ho Chi Minh City • Cu Chi Tunnels • Mekong Delta ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Hanoi Day 6: Hoi An 1/2 • Cyclo tour of ‘Old Quarter’ • Water Puppet Show • Morning walking tour • Afternoon at leisure 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 1907 3359 Day 2: Hanoi Day 7: Hoi An >Danang > Ho Chi Minh City • City tour including walking tour of Old Quarter • Drive to Danang for flight to Ho Chi Minh City 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 2231 3997 & Dong Xuan Market • Half day city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including: • Afternoon at leisure • Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Day 3: Hanoi > Halong Bay > Hanoi War Museum, Binh Tay Market 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 2698 4906 • Halong Bay junk cruise amongst limestone islands Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City > DEPARTS Day 4: Hanoi > Hue Mekong Delta > Ho Chi Minh City Daily • Flight to Hue • Afternoon tour of Imperial Citadel • Mekong Delta boat tour • Cai Be Floating Market COMMENTS Day 5: Hue > Hoi An • Lunch at local restaurant • Boat trip on Perfume River Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City This tour is available in the reverse direction. • Drive over the Hai Van Pass • Cu Chi Tunnels Prices for other dates are available on request. • Marble Mountain Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh City • Cham Museum Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides • 9 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Flights Hanoi > Hue, Danang > Ho Chi Minh City • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Mekong Delta & Perfume River boat trips • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 75 Halong Bay Cruise 2 Days / 1 Night Visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay. Relax on your traditional junk, or deluxe Emeraude Classic boat as you cruise amongst the majestic limestone islands. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Hanoi > Halong Bay 1/2 Traditional Junk - Standard • Drive to Halong Bay 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 357 589 • Relax and swim 1/2 Deluxe Junk • Overnight near a remote island 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 572 975 Day 2: Halong Bay > Hanoi • Swimming opportunities in Halong Bay Emeraude Classic 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 498 905 Includes > Independent tour/cruise with local English speaking guides • 1 night onboard DEPARTS selected boat Daily • Transfers & transportation COMMENTS • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner This package can be extended to 3 days / 2 nights. Prices for other dates are available on request. Sapa Mountain Retreat 5 Days / 4 Nights Visit the traditional H’mong hilltribe villages and share a home-cooked meal with friendly locals. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Hanoi > Lao Cai Victoria Train/Victoria Sapa Hotel • Overnight on express train 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 878 1498 Days 2 > 3: Sapa Fanxipan Train/Chau Long Hotel • Walking tour of Sapa including local market 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 1210 1964 • Cat Cat hilltribe visit • Trek to Red Dao village of Tha Phin DEPARTS • Trek Sapa Valley to H’mong village of Lao Daily Chai & Giay minority of Ta Van COMMENTS Day 4: Lao Cai > Hanoi • Colourful market Note: the visit of the market will depend on the day of the • Trek to surrounding village market and will be arranged on day 2 or day 4 to one of the following: Can Cau market on Saturday, Bac Ha market on • Express train back to Hanoi Sunday, Coc Ly market on Tuesday. Day 5: Arrive Hanoi Prices for other dates are available on request. Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides • 2 nights’ in a private cabin soft berth sleeper aboard Express train between Hanoi and Lao Cai • 2 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches Mekong Delta Cruise 2 Days / 1 Night The Mekong Delta, or the ‘Nine Dragon River Delta’, is the vast region in Southeast Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea. Encompassing almost 40,000 square kilometres of Southeastern Vietnam, the Mekong Delta region is abundant with water, fruit orchards, and most importantly, rice fields. Stay aboard the converted traditional wooden rice barge ‘The Bassac’. The boat’s well-equipped cabins, complete with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, and attentive staff provide you with all the necessary comforts. The boat is entirely built of wood with the hull made from go sao, a now rare wood traditionally used for building quality ships. With a large restaurant, galley and upper deck, there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy the laid back rhythms of the Mekong Delta. ITINERARY Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City > Cai Be > Mekong Delta Day 2: Mekong Delta > Ho Chi Minh City • Drive past rice paddies and rural villages • Early breakfast to Cai Be • Trade On Floating Market • Board ‘The Bassac’ • Small local boat to explore Cai Rang floating market • Visit local village, fruit orchard, rice fields • Travel by road back to Ho Chi Minh City Includes > Independent tour/cruise with local PRICE $ (per person) DEPARTS Twin Single English speaking guides • 1 night onboard the ‘Bassac’ • Transfers & transportation 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 601 1008 • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner DEPARTS Daily (Subject to a minimum of 2 people travelling). 76 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Vietnam Trails 17 Days / 16 Nights Follow the less travelled trails of Vietnam on this journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Cyclo rides, boat cruises, walking tours and beaches are some of the highlights of this tour. Visit places such as Ninh Binh, Dong Hoi and Phong Nha not so frequented by tourists, allowing you to experience the untouched Vietnam. • Hanoi • Halong Bay cruise • Ninh Binh • Kenh Ga floating village • Dong Hoi • Phong Nga Cave • Hue • Perfume River cruise • Hoi An • Qui Nhon • Nha Trang • Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta ITINERARY Days 1 > 2: Hanoi • Cruise on the Perfume River • Cyclo Ride in ‘Old Quarter’ • Thien Mu Pagoda • Day trip to ancient village of Duong Lam • Imperial Citadel • Chat with local villagers • Royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc Days 3: Hanoi > Halong Bay Day 9: Hoi An • Halong Bay cruise amongst limestone • Red Bridge Market Tour, boat trip & cooking class islands with fresh seafood lunch • Afternoon walking tour • Overnight on board refurbished junk boat Day 10: Hoi An > Qui Nhon Day 4: Halong Bay > Ninh Binh • Sa Huynh Beach • Morning in Halong Bay • Banh It Cham Towers • Visit a small village in the Red River Delta known as Day 11: Qui Nhon > Nha Trang ‘the birthplace of water puppetry’ • Drive along beautiful coastline • Rice fields, rural life • Cham ruin at Tuy Hoa • Water Puppet performance • Dai Lanh Beach PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single • Continue to Ninh Binh Day 12: Nha Trang 1/2 Day 5: Ninh Binh > Thung Nang Valley > Ninh Binh • Morning Boat cruise 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 4598 6980 • Cycle to Thuang Nang Valley • Afternoon at leisure • Visit children at kindergarten Day 13: Nha Trang > Ho Chi Minh City • Continue by boat to Thung Nang Valley • Coastal drive 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 4701 8330 • Cycle back to Tam Coc • My Nghiep weaving village in Phan Rang • Afternoon drive to Kenh Ga – & boat tour Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 5309 9539 of the secluded floating village • Cu Chi Tunnels Day 6: Ninh Binh >Dong Hoi • Half day city tour DEPARTS • Visit ‘Vinh’, childhood home of the Republic’s Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City > Ben Tre Daily founder - President Ho Chi Minh • Mekong Delta boat trip COMMENTS Day 7: Dong Hoi > Phong Nha > Hue • Overnight in a local homestay • Morning boat cruise to UNESCO Day 16: Ben Tre > Cai Be > Ho Chi Minh City Accommodation in the homestay and aboard the World Heritage site - Phong Nha cave, • Bartering at Cai Be floating market traditional junk are authentic experiences and do not the largest in Vietnam • Popcorn & rice paper workshops involve hotel accommodation. Please discuss with Day 8: Hue > Hoi An Day 17: Depart Ho Chi Minh City World Journeys to ensure that you have realistic expectations. Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides • 14 nights’ in your selected category of Prices for other dates are available on request. accommodation • 1 night on board traditional junk boat • 1 night in local homestay on Mekong Delta • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Cycle hire • Boat trips as specified • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 77 Flavours of Vietnam 10 Days / 9 Nights If you are passionate about food - take your tastebuds on this culinary journey through Vietnam. From the Hoi An specialities of fresh seafood and cao lao noodle soup to the spicy flavours of Hue, famed for its imperial cuisine. Try delicious ‘pho’ soup in Hanoi and dine in top restaurants. You will have the added pleasure of attempting Vietnamese cooking and tasting your wares. • Hanoi • Hue • Cooking Classes • Perfume River • Hoi An • Ho Chi Minh City • Halong Bay • Mekong Delta ITINERARY Day 1: Arrive Hanoi • Visit to Mausoleums of Emperor’s Tu Duc and Day 2: Hanoi Khai Dinh • Morning cooking class • Imperial Citadel • Afternoon city tour • Evening cyclo ride to ‘Y Thao’ Garden Restaurant • Dinner at ‘Press Club’ Restaurant Day 7: Hue > Ho Chi Minh City Day 3: Hanoi > Halong Bay • Dragon boat cruise on Perfume River • Halong Bay cruise amongst Limestone islands • Thien Mu Pagoda with traditional seafood lunch & sumptuous dinner • Flight to Ho Chi Minh City Day 4: Halong Bay > Hanoi > Hoi An • Dinner at ‘BBQ Garden’ • Early morning wholesome breakfast Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City • Return to Hanoi • Vietnamese Cookery Centre Market Tour and lesson • Lunch at ‘Wild Rice’ Restaurant • Afternoon city tour • Afternoon at leisure before flight to Danang • Dinner at ‘Xu’ Restaurant • Transfer to Hoi An Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Delta > Day 5: Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City • Gourmet cookery lesson in ‘Mrs Vy’s kitchen’ • Mekong Delta boat trip • Afternoon walking tour • Cai Be Floating Market • Dinner at Nam Long Restaurant • Lunch at Bonsai Garden – taste local Day 6: Hoi An > Hue speciality ‘Elephant’s Ear Fish’ • Drive over ‘Pass of Ocean Clouds’ • Dinner at local restaurant • Lunch at Ancient Hue Day 10: Depart Ho Chi Minh City Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides • 9 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Flights Hanoi > Danang, Hue > Ho Chi Minh City • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Cooking classes • Halong Bay, Mekong Delta & Perfume River boat trips • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 7 Dinners PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single DEPARTS 1/2 Daily 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 2855 4796 COMMENTS Cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City operates daily, except 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 3280 5691 Sunday. Saturdays; operate with a minimum of 4 people. This tour is available in the reverse direction. 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 3563 6536 Prices for other dates are available on request. 78 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Grand Vietnam 14 Days / 13 Nights This journey combines a wide variety of ethnic minority groups set in high mountains, deep ravines and terraced fields of Vietnam. They still retain their lifestyle, wear traditional costume and are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you could meet. Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders and features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes. You’ll see all this and more aboard a traditional junk boat with all the modern amenities. My Son Sanctuary has arguably the best collection of Cham art and architecture in its natural setting. Many of the structures are overgrown with dense vegetation making it all the more unique to visit. • Hanoi • Hoa Lu • Lao Cai • Hill tribe villages • Sapa • Halong Bay • Hue • Hoi An • My Son • Danang • Ho Chi Minh City • Cai Be • Vinh Long • Can Tho • Mekong Delta homestay ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single 1/2 Day 1: Hanoi Day 7: Halong Bay > Hanoi > Hue 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 2964 4961 • At leisure on arrival • Morning Halong Bay cruise Day 2: Hanoi > Hoa Lu > Hanoi • Transfer to Hanoi Airport for flight to Hue 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 3807 6484 • Drive to Hoa Lu • Dinh & Le Temples Day 8: Hue • Tam Coc Caves boat tour • Perfume River cruise 01 Apr ‘10 – 31 Oct ‘10 4348 7686 Day 3: Hanoi > Lao Cai Day 9: Hue > Hoi An • Hanoi City tour • Transfer to Hoi An DEPARTS • Afternoon Cyclo tour of Old Quarter • Afternoon walking tour of Hoi An town Daily. NB. Market days: Can Cau – Saturdays, Bac • Night train to Lao Cai Day 10: Hoi An > My Son > Hoi An Ha or Muong Ham or Muong Khuong – Sundays, Cao Son – Wednesdays Day 4: Lao Cai > Sapa • Morning My Son tour • Afternoon at leisure • Morning walking tour of Sapa Day 11: Hoi An > Danang > Ho Chi Minh City COMMENTS • Visit to busy market to see minority • Drive to Danang for flight to Ho Chi Minh City This tour is available in the reverse direction. people & handicrafts • Full day Ho Chi Minh City tour Prices for other dates are available on request. • Light trek to Sapa’s quaint hilltribe villages Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City > Cai Be Day 5: Sapa > Lao Cai > Hanoi > Vinh Long > Can Tho (Mekong Delta) Includes > Independent tour with English speaking local tour guides • 11 nights’ in your selected • Morning visit to markets or enjoy free time at leisure • Drive to Cai Be • Cruise on Mekong River to Vinh Long category of accommodation • 1 night Halong Bay • Overnight train to Hanoi • Drive to Can Tho cruise • 1 night in local homestay on Mekong Delta Day 6: Hanoi > Halong Bay Day 13: Can Tho > Ho Chi Minh City • Transfers & transportation • Drive to Halong Bay • Cruise to Cai Rang floating market • Overnight train Lao Cai > Hanoi • Flights Hanoi • Enroute stop at But Thap Pagoda • Bike tour of countryside • Drive to Ho Chi Minh City > Hue, Danang > Ho Chi Minh City • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Cycle hire • Boat trips as • Overnight Halong Bay cruise Day 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City specified • 12 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 79 Luxury Vietnam Honeymoon 16 Days / 15 Nights As you travel from north to south, share the pleasure of relaxing in tranquil beach resorts, exploring unspoiled architectural majesty and meeting friendly locals. The romantic sojourn starts in Hanoi, a fascinating city that exudes historical charm. Together, explore the museums, wander through the maze of streets in the city’s old quarter or delight in the dazzling pagodas of Northern Vietnam. Moving south, the heritage harbour town of Hoi An mesmerises with its quaint traditional architecture, cafes and art galleries. A half day spent in the countryside with a local family to learn Vietnamese cooking will make an enthralling culinary project. In Ho Chi Minh City, experience an alluring city filled with bustling streets, colonial buildings and shopping opportunities aplenty. No honeymoon is complete without a beach stay. It is easy to fall in love with Nha Trang and Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s premier beach destinations dominated by golden sand, crystalline waters and underwater adventures. Indulge yourselves totally in the serenity of exclusive resorts in these honeymoon getaways, where unparalled luxury and personalised services are the order of the day. A charming cruise on board the elegant Emeraude in Halong Bay winds its way through the romantic karst landscape of the bay. The private Song Xanh boat takes you through the intricate network of canals and colourful floating markets in the Mekong Delta. During your trip in Vietnam, there are ample opportunities to savour local specialties at some of the country’s best tables. Balancing luxury, adventure and blissful relaxation, this itinerary is meticulously designed to leave you and your beloved with memories of a lifetime. • Hanoi • Halong Bay • Hoi An • Nha Trang • Ho Chi Minh City • Mekong Delta • Phu Quoc ITINERARY Day 1: Arrival Hanoi Days 8 > 9: Nha Trang • Afternoon spa treatment • Days at leisure to relax or enjoy optional: Snorkelling • Vietnamese dinner at charming Villa Restaurant diving, spa treatments and fusion cuisine • Overnight Sofitel Metropole Day 10: Nha Trang > Ho Chi Minh City Day 2: Hanoi • Short flight to Ho Chi Minh City • Morning sightseeing including Ho Chi Minh’s • Orientation city tour in classic Citroen car Mauseolem • Overnight at the Park Hyatt Ho Chi Minh City • One Pillar Pagoda Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City > Mekong Delta • Tran Quoc Pagod on West Lake • Travel through picturesque countryside of rice paddies • Taoist Temple of Quan Thanh & rural villages • Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the Old Quarter • Board your ‘Song Xanh’ private boat to cruise by foot or cyclo the Mekong • Dinner at Restaurant Bobby Chinn • Lunch at the home of Mr Huyen Thuy Le – the ‘lover’ Day 3: Hanoi > Halong Bay in Marguerite Duras’ famous novel • Travel through countryside to Halong Bay • Cruise to point of anchor for the night • Board the classic steamship ‘Emeraude’ • Overnight aboard the Song Xanh Boat, Mekong Delta • Cruise among unspoilt limestone Inlets Day 12: Mekong Delta > Ho Chi Minh City • Romantic dinner on the deck • Cai Be Floating Market Day 4: Halong Bay > Hanoi > Danang > Hoi An • Travel back by private car to Hoi Chi Minh City PRICE $ (per person) Double • Tai Chi Class (optional included) • Guide and car at your disposal • Enjoy brunch as we cruise back to Halong Port Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City > Phu Quoc 01 Apr ’10 - 31 Oct ’10 6405 • Return to Hanoi for free time • Flight to island of Phu Quoc • Fly to Danang and transfer to Hoi An • Enjoy the tranquil island life of a boutique villa DEPARTS • Overnight at Life Resort, Hoi An resort set in a stretch of pristine beach Daily Day 5: Hoi An • Overnight at La Veranda Resort, Phu Quoc COMMENTS • Hoi An Walking Tour Days 14 > 15: Phu Quoc This tour is available in the reverse direction. • Lunch at Morning Glory – one of the finest • Days at leisure to relax or enjoy optional: Diving restaurants and snorkelling trips to the outer lying reefs or Prices for other dates are available on request. • Afternoon at leisure with car and guide at Trekking excursion in the pristine rainforest of your disposal the island’s interior Includes > Independent private luxury tour Day 6: Hoi An Day 16: Phu Quoc > Ho Chi Minh City - Depart with local English speaking guide and driver • Half day cooking class at Tra Que - • Coming to the end of your honeymoon, enjoy • 14 nights’ luxury accommodation charming village on outskirts of town some free time before your transfer back to • 1 night aboard the Song Xanh boat • Afternoon at leisure to relax at beach or shopping Ho Chi Minh City. • Transfers & transportation Day 7: Hoi An > Nha Trang • Sightseeing • Short flight to Nha Trang • 15 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners • Transfer to your exclusive resort by boat • Enjoy the seclusion of your private pool villa and personal butler • Overnight at the Six Senses Hideaway, Nha Trang 80 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Meandering Mekong Vietnam > Cambodia 10 Days / 9 Nights The Mekong Adventure is extremely popular with travellers. It combines the attractions of Vietnam’s capital, Ho Chi Minh City with the enchanting history of the cities and temples in Cambodia. Travel up the Mekong River to Phnom Penh, crossing the border between Vietnam and Cambodia on an exciting speedboat journey. This fascinating tour doesn’t end here! Explore the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh and continue to Siem Reap to be awestruck by the enchanting Temples of Angkor. The Mekong Delta is an extremely fertile area and is responsible for providing the rice that feeds the entire country! The colourful villages and the floating markets of the Mekong give you an insight into the daily life of the Vietnamese and Cambodian people. • Ho Chi Minh City • Cu Chi Tunnels • Tay Ninh • Vinh Long • Mekong Delta • Can Tho • Chau Doc • Phnom Penh • Siem Reap • Temples of Angkor ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City Day 5: Can Tho > Chau Doc • At leisure on arrival • Drive to Chau Doc 01 Apr ’10 - 31 Oct ’10 1977 3621 Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City • Afternoon boat tour – village of stilt houses • Full day city tour • Sunset from Sam Mountain 01 Apr ’10 - 31 Oct ’10 2252 4195 Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City Day 6: Chau Doc > Phnom Penh • Drive to Tay Ninh • Speedboat to Phnom Penh • Cao Dai Temple tour • Afternoon city tour 01 Apr ’10 - 31 Oct ’10 2906 5453 • Cu Chi Tunnels Day 7: Phnom Penh > Siem Reap DEPARTS Day 4: Ho Chi Minh City > Vinh Long > Can Tho • Flight to Siem Reap Mondays and Saturdays • Boat tour Cai Be > Vinh Long • Afternoon temples tours • Drive to Can Tho Days 8 > 9: Siem Reap COMMENTS • Afternoon Can Tho tour • Full day tours of Angkor Wat & Temples This tour is available in the reverse direction. Minimum Day 10: Depart Siem Reap of 2 passengers required to operate. The speedboat is run on a scheduled boat service with a Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides minimum of 2 passengers and departs from Chau Doc • 9 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation on Thursday and Saturday at 7am. • Flight Phnom Penh > Siem Reap • Transfers & transportation Prices for other dates are available on request. • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Boat tour Cai Be > Vinh Long • Speedboat Chau Doc > Phnom Penh • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 81 > 2 Nights FREE – Stay 6 nights and only pay for Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay 4 nights Just an easy 20 minute boat ride from Nha Trang brings you to Vietnam’s premier 6 star all pool villa resort. Taking > 3 Nights FREE – Stay 9 nights and only pay for full advantage of its unique setting whilst being the perfect romantic escape; here you can enjoy the white sand 6 nights (valid 01-30Apr & 01Nov-19Dec’10) beach, impressive rock formations, coral reef, a playful stream and the rugged mountains backing onto the resort.... > Honeymooners – FREE upgrade to next all add to the luxurious sense of being at one with nature. The Evason cushions its guests, quite literally, in western category of room (subject to availability at check in), complimentary: romantic dinner, vcd rental, comforts with a wonderful eastern influence and pleasures yet with a dedicated respect for the environment. internet usage, herbal bath, bottle of champagne Relax in your own private villa, some of which have been built amongst the rock boulders at the water’s edge. All on arrival, special cake, bed decorated with flowers villas provide generous personal space and have inspired touches like private swimming pools and sun decks, as well upon arrival, 20% discount on Spa treatments and 5% on excursions as unusual additions such as wine cellars. Spoil yourselves in a Water or Rock Villa situated amongst the natural rock formations offering unsurpassed views. Or perhaps a Hilltop Villa is more to your liking where you not only PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single overlook the waters of the surrounding bay but all over the resort and the dramatic mountainous backdrop. Beach Pool Villa The resort is committed to providing the very best six star service all offered with a care that you would be 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 2038 3999 hard pressed to find anywhere else. In-Villa dining comes complete with a Chef who will prepare meals on Hilltop Villa your deck exactly the way you like it, and then served to you by a Waiter while it is fresh and piping hot. The 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 2312 4546 emphasis of the Evason Hideaway is on privacy, space and luxury making this without a doubt. Vietnam’s Water Villa & Rock Villa most luxurious and romantic resorts. 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 3603 7128 Includes > 3 nights’ in selected category, breakfast daily & return private road/boat transfers from Cam Ranh Airport Rock Villa, Six Senses Hideaway at Ninh Van Bay Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa, Nha Trang Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa - Nha Trang As soon as you step into the magnificent lobby you can see why the Evason Ana Mandara has been > 1 Night FREE - Stay 5 nights and pay only for 4 nights voted Vietnam’s ‘Best Beachfront Resort’ for several consecutive years. The resort’s privileged oceanfront > 2 Nights FREE - Stay 7 nights and pay for location takes full advantage of the soft golden sands the turquoise water and stunning vistas that are only 5 nights (Valid 05 May - 15 Jul & 05 Sep - 31 Oct’10) seen everywhere in this special part of the world. The only beachfront resort in Nha Trang, Ana Mandara > Stay 5 nights and receive one complimentary means ‘beautiful home for guests’... its low level buildings and tropical gardens truly make for a most dinner and a cyclo tour for two people memorable retreat. > Honeymooners – FREE upgrade to next category of room (subject to availability at check in), The resort is reminiscent of a traditional Vietnamese village and is furnished with native wood and complimentary: romantic dinner, vcd rental, herbal rattan which bring out the true image of Vietnam with its warm hospitality, rich culture and unique bath, bottle of champagne on arrival, special cake, tastes. Spacious, stylish and airy your room is comfort personified with large French doors opening out bed decorated with flowers upon arrival, 20% to your private verandah overlooking the blue waters of the South China Sea. Some rooms even boast a discount on Spa treatments and 5% on excursions traditional outdoor Vietnamese bathroom and private garden. Perhaps a biking safari through countryside villages, or one of the other varied tours available ... PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single parasailing, jet skiing, produce market tours, river cruises or just the simple beauty of flying a kite. Evason Garden View Villa Ana Mandara hosts the newest of the luxurious and award winning Six Senses Spa. The international spa 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 844 1688 practitioners will indulge you with an array of the most delicious treatments. Let your senses continue Superior Seaview with a tantalising meal. The restaurants naturally feature delicious seafood that can only be described as 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 1054 2107 sensational. You can even join in cooking lessons with the chef. Deluxe Seaview Includes > 3 nights’ in selected category, breakfast daily & return private transfers from Cam Ranh Airport 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 1254 2508 Deluxe Beachfront 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 1464 2927 82 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa at Dalat This charming 57 room resort, restaurant and spa is set in the rural highlands of Dalat and comprises of For something truly unique, ask about The Bellevue seventeen fully restored French colonial villas each originally constructed between the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Suite - with a breathtaking balcony and 270 degree villas retain the unique personalities of their original owners while being lovingly restored to their former glory, views to match, or The Spa Villa - a fully contained with all care taken to preserve original design, décor and charm. originally restored chateau, complete with spa treatment facilities and private service host. Situated on approximately 35 acres of suburban parkland that forms its own unique compound, the area > Stay 2 nights and receive a FREE dinner Ana Mandara Villas Dalat occupies was originally known as the ‘Bellevue Quarter’, a nod to the rich French > Stay 3 nights and pay for 2 nights and receive influence. Striking views of the surrounding town, countryside and flourishing vegetable fields abound from all a FREE dinner areas of the gently sloping hillside property. > Stay 4 nights and pay for 3 nights and receive Villas consist of a lounge area and open fireplace, dining room, bar & modest wine cellar, library, outdoor a FREE dinner (Valid 01 Apr - 19 Dec ’10) terrace and sitting area, kitchen and pantry. An individual kitchen has been restored for each villa, where your PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single hosts will attend to all requests - from breakfast through to privately arranged ‘In Villa’ dining. A feature of each Villa is the surrounding landscaped areas and expansive views of local urban life and farming countryside. Villa Room Resort facilities include: heated swimming pool, gymnasium, ‘cellar door’, retail store, kids club, business 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 466 932 centre, DVD library and herb garden. Visit the Six Senses Spa which consists of five treatment rooms and has Villa Studio extraordinary views across Dalat country life. From the outdoor hot tubs, rising steam through tall pine trees 01 Apr – 19 Dec ‘10 562 1124 and their own flower garden providing house produced aromatherapy. Villa Suite Includes > 3 nights’ in selected category, breakfast daily & return private transfers from 01 Apr – 20 Dec ‘10 777 1555 Lien Khuong Airport Repeat Combination Offer Stay a minimum of 4 nights’ at the Six Senses Hideaway – Ninh Van Bay or 2 nights’ at Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa – Nha Trang AND receive a FREE dinner at Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa – Nha Trang AND a free transfer between properties. Valid from 01Apr-19Dec’10 Repeat Guest Offer Complimentary upgrade to next room category (subject to availability on arrival), Complimentary bottle of sparking wine, 20% off all Six Senses Spa treatments. Six Senses Hideaway - Ninh Van Bay or Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa - Nha Trang: Complimentary dinner for 2 people. (Minimum 4 nights’ stay.) Ana Mandara Villas & Spa at Dalat: Complimentary Dalat city tour for 2 people. (Minimum 2 nights’ stay.) Valid only for guests who have previously stayed at Evason Resorts and Six Senses Hideaways in Vietnam. Valid from 01 Apr - 19 Dec ‘10. Pool, Ana Mandara Villas & Spa at Dalat Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao The spectacular Con Dao archipelago of islands is located to the south-east of Vietnam. The largest and most beautiful, Con Dao Island, hosts the Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao along a one-kilometre, white sand beach surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes. The remote setting and preserved natural landscape provides an extraordinary sense of seclusion, creating an ideal place to escape, relax and live close to the natural elements. Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao presents elegantly designed modern accommodations offering generous personal space with lush tropical mangrove vegetation and breathtaking views. There are 35 villas with Private Pools plus 16 Residential Villas, each with two Private Pools. Styles range from single-level to duplexes and offer one, two and three bedrooms, many with indoor-outdoor bathrooms and several with personal spa suite salas. The arrival and main guest area of Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao recreates a fishing village and local market, and features truly Redefining Experiences concepts. At the Fishery, guests view the whole preparation process of local seafood to be served in the restaurant. The uniquely designed Six Senses Spa provides a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience presenting some of Vietnam’s specialty treatments, such as cupping, together with an extensive menu of traditional and signature treatments. Skilled therapists create sensory journeys for guests with a range of holistic wellness programmes and pampering therapies using products made only from natural ingredients and at one with ecological responsibility. Opening date in 2010 to be advised! Prices on application. www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 83 LetCambodia awaken your senses See – a kaleidoscope of traditionally woven silks in brilliant rainbow coloured array, stacked floor to ceiling in shops from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap Hear – the revival of Khmer music, virtually destroyed during the regime of Pol Pot, now bursting with fresh life and influenced not only from an ancient Hindu past but a new and exciting future Breathe – the scent of coriander, basil and chives chopped in fresh abundance on bowls of steaming beef noodle soup Savour – the opulence of the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh with its 5000 silver floor tiles, Emerald Buddha of Baccarat crystal and 90 kg life-size gold Buddha glistening with thousands of encrusted diamonds Feel – the spiritual and cultural heartbeat of the 100 stone temples of Angkor Wat, its inter-nested rectangular walls and moats representing chains of mountains and the ocean Angkor Discovery am am 4 Days / 3 Nights d a Whilst it is very difficult to describe the scale and majesty of the Temples of Angkor, it is certainly possible to put into words the aura of mystery and atmosphere of the complexes. Built by kings who were said to be incarnations of the gods, these incredible temple-cities were once home to hundreds of thousands of people, each built to outshine all its predecessors in scale and grandeur. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap 1/2 • South Gate of Angkor Thom • Famous Bayon 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 667 1204 • Terrace of Elephants • Terrace of Leper King • Sunset at Phnom Bakheng 01 May ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 799 1465 Days 2 > 3: Siem Reap • Angkor Wat • Srah Srang • Banteay Kdei • Ta Prohm Temple 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 973 1814 • Twin temples of Chau Say Tevoda & Thommanon • Banteay Srei • Banteay Samre Includes > Independent tour with local English • “Big circuit” temples speaking guides • 3 nights’ in your selected category Day 4: Depart Siem Reap of accommodation • Transfers & transportation • Siem Reap market • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 3 Breakfasts • Artisans d’Angkor workshops or Tonle Sap Lake boat trip ( Jul-Feb) 84 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Cambodia in Style 5 Days / 4 Nights See the best that Cambodia has to offer whilst staying at the deluxe Raffles Hotels. Dining at top restaurants and including special touches such as a hot air balloon ride over Angkor Wat Complex at sunset, horseback ride to secluded temples not visited by tourists and a private lunch in a traditional Khmer House within the Temple complex. A journey not to be missed! • Phnom Penh • Siem Reap • Angkor Wat • Lake Tonle Sap ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh • Special lunch in a traditional Khmer House 1/2 • Afternoon tour including: Royal Palace complex, within the temple complex 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 1797 2406 National Museum, Wat Phnom Temple • Banteay Srey Temple • Evening at leisure • Welcome dinner at top restaurant ‘Topaz’ Day 4: Siem Reap > Lake Tonle Sap > Siem Reap 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 2330 3336 • Overnight at Raffles Le Royal Hotel • Drive to Lake Tonle Sap – SE Asia’s 1/2 Day 2: Phnom Penh > Siem Reap largest freshwater lake 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 4937 7752 • Short flight to Siem Reap • Boat cruise past floating villages & farms DEPARTS • Afternoon Angkor Wat Temple tour • Lunch at Viroth Restaurant in Siem Reap Daily • Sunset in a hot air balloon with views of Angkor Wat • Afternoon horseback ride through rice fields, local • Dinner at Hotel’s Le Grand Restaurant villages, pagodas and temples Includes > Independent tour with local English • Overnight at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap • Wat Athvea Temple speaking guides Day 3: Siem Reap Day 5: Depart Siem Reap • 4 nights’ in accommodation • Angkor Thom • Elephant ride • Bayon Temple • Temples of Ta Phrohm & Banteay Kdei • Transfers & transportation • Baphoun, Terrrace of the Elephants, • Transfer to the airport • Sightseeing & entrance fees Terrace of the Leper King • 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 85 Cambodia Culture & Cuisine 6 Days / 5 Nights Our Cambodia Culture & Cuisine tour is the perfect holiday package for those aspiring to learn about the country’s history, tradition, and cooking. In this tour, you will dine in some of the best restaurants Cambodia has to offer with one featuring a Cambodian puppet show and dance. Float over Angkor Wat on a helium balloon and visit museums portraying Cambodian history. Then learn about local ingredients and preparation techniques with a Cambodian cooking class. Your Chef will take you to the market, and explain everything about Cambodian vegetables, herbs, spices and other ingredients and teach you the art of Khmer Cuisine. Khmer recipes go back to the days before the introduction of the chilli, so are consequently much milder than most Asian food. There is also an opportunity to shop for beautiful silk garments or perhaps even have some clothes tailormade for you at very affordable prices. • Phnom Penh • Spa treatment • Angkor Wat • Cooking Class • Siem Reap ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single 1/2 Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh Day 4: Siem Reap 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2123 2863 • Transfer to your hotel • Learn more about Khmer cuisine with a half day • Get pampered with a rejuvenating traditional Khmer cooking course including visit to the markets 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2185 2946 massage at Amara Spa • Visit the enigmatic temples of Ta Phrom and Bayon • Enjoy a delicious Khmer Welcome Dinner at one of as well as Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2398 3419 Phnom Penh’s best restaurants Day 5: Siem Reap • Boat trip through the floating village of Kampong 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2766 4177 Day 2: Phnom Penh • Khmer Architecture walking tour Phluck and an excursion to the countryside DEPARTS • After lunch, visit the remarkable National Museum • Enjoy sights of the flooded forests, floating houses, Daily and Grand Palace and rural scenes of oxcarts and rice fields COMMENTS • Dine for a cause this evening with a fabulous meal • Visit crafts workshops and the silk centre as well as This tour is available in the reverse direction. at a charity-run restaurant and enjoy a traditional the fascinating Angkor National Museum Delectable farewell dinner Prices for other dates are available on request. puppetry and dance performance Day 3: Phnom Penh > Siem Reap Day 6: Depart Siem Reap Includes > Independent tour with local English • Morning at leisure to stroll around the markets or speaking guides • Fly to Siem Reap relax at your hotel before transfer to the airport • Flight Phnom Penh > Siem Reap • Visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat • 5 nights’ in selected category of • Enjoy watching the sun set over the temples accommodation • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners 86 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Cambodia in Depth 10 Days / 9 Nights See the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, explore the temples of Angkor and relax on the beach in Sihanoukville. Whilst the temple-cities of Angkor have long been uninhabited and were lost to the jungle for centuries, they remain a place of pilgrimage for many Buddhist devotees today. The sight of saffron-clad Buddhist monks wandering silently among the immense stone ruins is unforgettable. Lucky visitors may also see the other denizens of the temples – elephants from the nearby elephant sanctuary who have been known to take their afternoon bath in the moat surrounding Angkor Wat. Sihanoukville, on Cambodia’s southern coast is a total contrast to much of the rest of the country. Famous around the world for its ancient ruins and French colonial villas, Cambodia is less well-known for this seaside town, founded as recently as the early 1960s. There are palm-fringed beaches within walking distance of the town centre and the relatively unexplored coastline and islands offer great opportunities for diving and boat excursions. • Siem Reap • Angkor Temples • Phnom Penh • Sihanoukville ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap 1/2 • At leisure on arrival 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 1999 3480 Days 2 > 3: Siem Reap • Angkor Temple 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2444 4371 • Tonle Sap Lake Day 4: Siem Reap > Phnom Penh • Flight to Phnom Penh 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2941 5286 Day 5: Phnom Penh DEPARTS • Full day Phnom Penh tour Daily Day 6: Phnom Penh > Sihanoukville • Drive to Sihanoukville COMMENTS • Afternoon at leisure This tour is available in the reverse direction. Days 7 > 8: Sihanoukville Prices for other dates are available on request. • Days at leisure to relax and unwind Day 9: Sihanoukville > Phnom Penh • Morning at leisure • Afternoon drive to Phnom Penh Day 10: Depart Phnom Penh Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides • 9 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Flight Siem Reap > Phnom Penh • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 9 Breakfasts Charming Cambodia Cruise 3 Days/2 Nights Imagine cruising along South East Asia’s largest fresh water body in a vessel complete with extravagant rooms while you explore the rich and storied history of Cambodia’s past. Our Phnom Penh to Siem Reap cruise allows just that as you elegantly voyage the Tonle Sap River and Lake with stops to see the local way of life as well as visit historical sites. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Phnom Penh > Kompong Chhnang • Kompong Luong – one of the largest floating villages on • Morning embarkation of River Cruise the lake 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Apr ‘10 874 1454 • Cruise up Tonle Sap River towards Oudong – former • Farewell cocktail and Captain’s dinner on board capital of Cambodia Day 3: Kompong Luong > Siem Reap DEPARTS • Prek Kdam – village of Koh Chen • Small canals crowded with floating houses Daily • Kampong Tralach Pagoda • Local lake life COMMENTS • Dinner on board this evening • Lunch on board before disembarking at 1pm Day 2: Kompong Chhnang > Kompong Luong High water season from July to January and low • Village of Kompong Chhang water season from February to June. Seasons may • Local market & pottery making village vary depending on rainfall. Prices for other dates are available on request. Includes > Private tour with local English speaking guides on board • 2 nights’ on Superior boat • Guides visits & entrance fees as mentioned • Transfers to and from boat jetty • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 87 Let Laos awaken your senses See – the golden temple spires of the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, a world heritage site, situated in a beautiful river valley overlooked by a dramatic mountain range Hear – the early cries of the market stall keepers in Talat Sao, selling anything from spicy food to the kitchen sink – literally Breathe – the fresh aroma of baguettes baking in the French influenced city of Vientiane jostling with the sharp scent of garlic and soy in small roadside stalls Savour – the mystical quiet in the Pak Ou Caves with hundreds of statues of the Buddha gracing stairways, walls and rough, stone outcrops. The jagged hole in the rock that signals the entranceway from the river is a fitting gateway to this very special place Feel – the refreshing spray of the famous Tad Kwang Si waterfall after a days walk through ethnic villages, agricultural areas and imposing forest La La Wat Phou Cruise 3 Days / 2 Nights Highlights of this wonderful cruise include: Champasak, a modest, quaint riverside town south of Pakse, Khmer-period Wat Phou, the World Heritage site, The Island of Don Daeng and its pre-Angkorian ruins. The “4,000 Islands”, the Si Phan Don region of Laos. The Laotian Village of Ban Dua Tae with its traditional living, and a cruise to Ban Veuthong on Khong Island and to Khon Island Phapheng Falls, the largest falls in SE Asia. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the slow-flowing Mekong River and embrace its fascinating beauty, while enjoying the exotic scenes of people living in southern Laos and the mystic ancient Khmer ruins. Dining on the cruise with the spectacular sunset in the background is extremely memorable. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Pakse > Champassak > What Phou • Khong Island at Ban Dua Tae – traditional • Longtail riverboat to Champassak Laotian Village 01 Jan ’10 - 30 Apr ’10 989 1378 • Riverside lunch • Dinner & overnight on board 01 May ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 740 1082 • Vat Phou Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site Day 3: Khong Island > Khone Phapheng > Pakse DEPARTS • French colonial architecture in Champassak • Cruise to small village of Ban Veuthong 01 Apr - 30 Apr: Tue, Thu, Sat Upstream & Downstream • Boat cruise down river to enjoy dinner & sunset • Board small long tail boat to Khone Island, Don Det 01 May - 31 Oct: Tue Upstream & Sat Downstream • Boat docks alongside a remote Laotian village and Don Khone *No operation in June as the boats are in drydock Day 2: Houay Tomo > Oum Muang > Khong Island • Longtail boat back to mainland for lunch • Sail for the village of Houay Tomo • Drive to Khone Phapheng Waterfall Includes > Independent tour/cruise with local • Spectacular hidden forest temple of Oum Muang • Return to Pakse late afternoon English speaking guides • 2 nights’ accommodation • 4,000 Islands ‘Siphandon’ on the ‘Vat Phou’ Boat • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners 88 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Luxury Laos in Style 6 Days / 5 Nights Discover the distinctive charm and beauty of Laos in this journey through the kingdom formerly known as Lang Xang, the Land of Million Elephants. Staying in some of Indochina’s most elegant hotels you will have the opportunity to taste the unique atmosphere in Luang Prabang as well as see enigmatic Vientiane. Along the way you will be enchanted and fascinated by this extraordinary Buddhist country noted for her genuinely friendly people and languorous pace of life. Luang Prabang is one of Asia’s most beautiful towns. A unique blend of temples and colonial buildings set between two rivers and a range of limestone mountains, it is one of the last Shangri-la’s in the world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the architectural heritage of the city has been preserved, and no tall buildings mar the townscape. This ancient town is resplendent with well-preserved Buddhist temples, pagodas and tree-lined riverbanks. We will bring you deep into the limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Caves to see the repository of Buddha statues and up Mount Phou Si to capture the spectacular panorama of the town. You will have time to observe and partake in the giving of food items to saffron- clad monks as they stroll along the streets during their daily alms collection at dawn as well as pick up an assortment of textiles and handicrafts in the bustling hill tribe night market. A flight south will take you to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, located along the Mekong River. Resembling a small town more than a capital, Vientiane still maintains the handsome majesty and grandeur of its colonial yesteryears with its ample French-inspired buildings and wide boulevards. You also have the opportunity to learn the finer aspects of Lao culture heritage through its fine cuisine and traditional crafts besides enjoying an aromatic brew of the local coffee by the riverbanks of stately Mekong River. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang Day 4: Luang Prabang > Vientiane • Orientation tour including: Laotian Vat (Temple) • Fly to Vientiane 01 Apr ‘10 – 30 Apr ‘10 2212 2884 chat with monks, Phou Si Mountain with views • Orientation drive including Patuxai (Vientiane’s ‘Arc 01 May ‘10 – 30 Sep ‘10 1942 3419 over Mekong & Nam Kh Rivers de Triomphe) DEPARTS • Evening stroll to colourful evening Night Market • Traditional Lunch at Mak Phet Restaurant • Dinner at L’Elephant Restaurant • Les Artisans Lao Daily Day 2: Luang Prabang • Sunset stroll along Mekong River • Tuk Tuk ride to special dawn witnessing of orange- • Dinner at Le Nadao Restaurant renowned for French Includes > Independent tour with local English robed monks receiving offerings & Lao fusion dishes speaking guides • Historical Old Town tour including Royal Palace & Day 5: Vientiane • Flights Luang Prabang > Vientiane National Museum • City tour including: That Luang, • 5 nights’ in accommodation • Wat Visoun & Wat Aham Temples Panoramic view from roof of Patuxai, Vat Sisaket – • Transfers & transportation • Lunch at Tamarind Restaurant hundreds of statues of Buddha • Sightseing & entrance fees • Weaving gallery to design own scarf • Lunch at ‘Le Central’ French style bistro restaurant • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners • Afternoon cooking class at La Residence Phou Vao • Afternoon at leisure Day 3: Luang Prabang • Baci Ceremony & Authentic Lao Home made dinner • Wat Xieng Thong in local home • Private longboat up the Mekong to Pak Ou Caves Day 6: Depart Vientiane • Visits to local villages • Evening at leisure www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 89 La La Richness and Splendours of Laos 10 Days / 9 Nights Serene Luang Prabang, elegant Vientiane and the surrounds of Pakse, bursting with culture, tea and coffee plantations, glorious waterfalls and thick jungle are the basis for this fascinating journey through Laos. Climb Mount Phousi for a wonderful view of the mystical ancient capital, enjoy a quiet, special moment at dawn when long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas to receive offerings of food from Luang Prabang residents and in the small village of Ban Kiet Ngong, clamber onto the back of an elephant for a trek through the jungle to Mt Assa. • Mt Phousi • Wat Thieng Zhong • Kuang Si Waterfall • Buddhist offerings • Cruising the Mekong • Eco-Lodge in lush tropical wilderness • Tad Lo Falls • Wat Phou • Elephant ride ITINERARY Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang • Caves tour • Tad Fane Falls • Mt Phousi • Hilltribe market • Kamu Eco-Lodge • Tea and coffee plantations Day 2: Luang Prabang • Optional rice planting or fishing of the Bolavens Plateau • Wat Xong Thuong Day 5: Kamu Lodge > Luang Day 8: Pakse > Wat Phou • National Museum Prabang > Vientiane > Khong Island (Former Royal Palace) • Transfer by boat to Luang • Transfer by road • Wat Mai • Wat That at sunset Prabang to Champassak • Wat Visoun • Wat Chompet • Weaving village • Wat Phou (UNESCO Day 3: Luang Prabang > Kuang • Wat Pa Phon Pao Forest Retreat World Heritage Site) Si Waterfall > Luang Prabang • Fly to Vientiane • Bat Kiet Ngong Village • Market tour and cooking class Day 6: Vientiane • Elephant ride to Mount Assa • Kuang Si Waterfall - swim in • Wat Sisaket • Khong Island clear weather! • Wat Phra Keo Day 9: Khong Island > • Ethnic minority village visit • That Luang Siphandon > Pakse Day 4: Luang Prabang > • Patouxai Monument • Local boat to Done Det and Pak Ou Caves > Kamu Lodge Day 7: Vientiane > Pakse Don Khone Islands • Highly recommended dawn visit > Tad Lo > Tad Fane > Pakse • Khone Papheng & Lippi to witness the monk offerings • Fly to Pakse Waterfalls • Transfer by boat to • Pakse town visit • Pakse evening market Pak Ou Caves • Tad Lo Falls Day 10: Depart Pakse DEPARTS PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Daily 1/2 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Apr ’10 2689 4431 01 May ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2555 4201 Includes > Independent tour with local English 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Apr ’10 3007 4961 speaking guides • Flights Luang Prabang > 01 May ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2865 4726 Vientiane > Pakse • 9 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Apr ’10 3276 5565 01 May ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2904 4864 • 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner 90 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Let Myanmar awaken your senses See – the ethereal evening light playing over the golden dome of Shwedagon. All Burmese aspire to complete a pilgrimage to this extraordinary pagoda at least once during their lifetime Hear – the shy giggles of village children as they play on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, much as they have for generations Feel – inspired as lakeside stupas and teakwood monasteries emerge from early morning mist of Inle Lake to reflect in the crystal clear water for a photographer’s dream Smell – the fresh scent of magnolia bursting from the many lakes and parks in Yangon Taste – the unique flavour of Burmese food, drawing influences from China, Thailand and India but always retaining its own character Mystical Myanmar – People & Heritage 9 Days / 8 Nights Our People and Heritage Myanmar tour will take you to the country’s culturally rich cities. After witnessing Yangon’s historical structures and visits to the various colonial quarters in the city, you will jet off to Mandalay and experience the history and people there. After that, you will visit Bagan’s temples and cave and float along Inle Lake with stops to the local villages and markets. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Yangon Day 4: Mandalay > Bagan • Private motorboat cruise on 1/2 • Yangon afternoon tour • Drive to Bagan idyllic Inle Lake 01 Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 1436 2189 Day 2: Yangon > Mandalay • Get a glimpse of rural village life • Cruise past floating gardens and • Flight to Mandalay Day 5: Bagan stilt-house villages, Nga Hpe 01Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 1727 2753 • Mahamuni Pagoda • Morning tour of Bagan Chaung Monastery, Phaung Daw • Local woodcarving & tapestry • Pass among brickwork temples Oo Pagoda, cheroot factory where 01Apr ’10 - 30 Sep ’10 2251 3757 workshops and quiet country towns on a the local Burmese cigars are made DEPARTS • Kuthodaw Pagoda & horse carriage ride by hand. Daily Shwenandaw Monastery Day 6: Bagan Day 8: Indein > Inle Lake > Heho • Mandalay Hill for view of sunset • Morning walk to Myinkaba > Yangon COMMENTS Day 3: Mandalay >Amarapura Village • Morning market on Inle Lake Ask about the many Myanmar tours, packages and >Ava > Sagaing >Mandalay • Travel to Minnanthu, some of • In Dein, a Paoh village where you beach stays we have available.Prices for other dates are • Monks’ daily meal at a monastery Bagan’s most intriguing and least will tour a local school and view available on request. in Amnapura visited temples evocatively overgrown stupas. Includes > Independent tour with local English • Ava by horse carriage • Enjoy the sunset from the top of • Return to the lake to catch your speaking guides • Flights Yangon > Mandalay & • Historic ruins in Sagaing Tayoke Pyay Temple flight back to Yangon Bagan > Heho • 8 nights’ in your selected category • Twilight stroll across a 200 year- Day 7: Bagan > Heho >Inle Lake Day 9: Depart Yangon of accommodation • Transfers & transportation old teak bridge • Fly to Heho • Sightseeing & Entrance fees • 8 Breakfasts • Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 91 LetChina awaken your senses See – the most awesome structure ever devised by man – the ‘Great Wall’, lying across the northern borders of China like a giant sleeping dragon Hear – bustling sound of daily life at the night markets and ‘hutongs’ of Beijing’s back streets Feel – cool river breezes as you cruise through the gorges of the mighty Yangtze River Savour – a delicious hot pot in Sichuan Province known for its spicy cuisine, learn how to make dumplings with a local Chinese family and taste the traditional dish of Peking Duck Smell – the heady pure scent of the Lotus flower on the beautiful romantic walkways of West Lake in Hangzhou Boutique Beijing 4 Days / 3 Nights h The bustling metropolis of Beijing has an impressive history tracing back 69,000 years. It was once the ancient capital of three dynasties – Yuan, Ming and Qing. Although there are towering skyscrapers and busy shopping malls, you can still feel a strong authentic Beijing heartbeat around the hutong areas and when visiting the historical attractions. Stay in the luxury stylish boutique ‘Red Capital Residence’ rather romantically well- hidden, tucked away in an unassuming residential neighborhood. This 200-year-old courtyard residence, or hutong, in Beijing’s Dongsi district, is entered through red doors complete with brass lion’s-head knockers. Walls and doors gleam in red lacquer, and the courtyard oozes the rockeries of a traditional garden. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Beijing • Transfer to your hotel 01 Mar - 30 Nov ’10 1002 1773 • Remainder of day at leisure 01 Dec - 31 Dec ’10 908 1494 Day 2: Beijing DEPARTS • Great Wall • Ming Tombs Daily Day 3: Beijing • Forbidden City • Tiananmen Square • Temple of Heaven Includes > Independent tour with local English Day 4: Depart Beijing speaking guides • 3 nights’ at the Red Capital • Summer Palace Residence • Transfers & transportation • Yonghegong Lamasery • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches 92 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. China Highlights 14 Days / 13 Nights Explore China’s highlights on this 14 day journey. You’ll begin in Beijing and be mesmerised by the ‘Great Wall’, ancient temples and palaces, as well as seeing the locals in the backstreet ‘hutongs’ by rickshaw! Move on to Xi’an to see the archaeological discovery of the century, the ‘Terracotta Warriors’ – more than 2,000 years old, interred with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and Banpo Museum, with its extraordinary 6000 year old village remains! Enjoy a spectacular cruise down the meandering and picturesque Li River, the breathtaking scenery of jagged mist-covered mountains, quaint villages that dot the riverbanks, drift past humped limestone peaks, fishermen aboard bamboo rafts and grazing water buffalo. Try Longjing Green Tea at a Tea plantation in Hangzhou and visit Suzhou, a small town famous for its classic gardens in the south of China and often called ‘Oriental Venice.’ Complete the journey with a stay in the wonderful city of Shanghai – where ‘ancient meets modern’. • Beijing • Great Wall • Xi’an • Terracotta Warriors • Guilin • Li River • Hangzhou • Cruise on West Lake • Suzhou • Canal Cruise • Shanghai ITINERARY Day 1: Beijing Day 7: Xi’an > Guilin • Short cruise on West Lake • At leisure on arrival • Morning at leisure • Tea Plantation – famous Days 2 > 4: Beijing • Shaanxi History Museum for Longjing Green Tea • Great Wall • Summer Palace • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Day 12: Hangzhou • Beijing Zoo (Pandas) • Old City Wall • Fly to Guilin > Suzhou > Shanghai • Peking Duck Dinner Days 8 > 9: Guilin • Day excursion to Suzhou by train PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single • Temple of Heaven • Cruise on the picturesque Li River • Lingering Garden • Rickshaw tour through Hutongs • Yangshuo local market • Garden of Netting Master • Prince Gong’s Palace • Reed Flute Caves • Silk Spinning Factory 01 Apr - 30 Nov ’10 3806 5680 & Drum Tower • Elephant Trunk Hill • Short canal cruise on • Traditional Chinese sculled Day 10: Guilin > Hangzhou Grand Canal 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 4120 6568 cruise on Houhai Lake • Flight to Hangzhou • Train journey to Shanghai 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 3979 6180 Day 5: Beijing > Xi’an • Six Harmony Pagoda Day 13: Shanghai 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 4120 6568 • Morning at leisure • Guozhuang Garden • The Bund • Yu Garden • Afternoon flight to Xi’an Day 11: Hangzhou • Shanghai ‘Xintiandi’ • Traditional Tang Dynasty Show • West Lake including Day 14: Depart Shanghai 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 4885 7783 with dumpling dinner ‘Broken Bridge’, ‘Autumn 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 4656 7302 Day 6: Xi’an Moon over the calm lake’, • 2000 year old Terracotta Warriors ‘Three Pools mirroring the Moon’ 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 4120 6568 • Neolithic Banpo Village • Huaging Hot Springs Park DEPARTS Daily Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking tour guides COMMENTS • 13 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Flights Beijing > Xi’an > Guilin > Hangzhou • Train Hangzhou > Suzhou > Shanghai • Rickshaw hire in Beijing This tour is available in the reverse direction. • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees Prices for other dates are available on request. • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 2 Dinners www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 93 China Encounter 6 Days / 5 Nights PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Combine the two exciting cities of Beijing and Xi’an. Explore the remarkable Great Wall and Imperial Forbidden City in Beijing and wonder at the craftmans skills of the Army of Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. 01 Apr - 30 Nov ’10 1445 2101 • Beijing • Great Wall • Xi’an • Terracotta Warriors 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 1609 2473 ITINERARY 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 1572 2385 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 1609 2473 Day 1: Arrive Beijing Days 4 > 6: Beijing > Xi’an • At leisure on arrival • Flight to Xi’an Days 2 > 3: Beijing • City tour of Xi’an 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 1785 2617 • Forbidden City • Banpo Village 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 1682 2620 • Temple of Heaven • Big Wild Goose Pagoda 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 1785 2617 • Summer Palace • Terracotta Warriors • Tiananmen Square DEPARTS • Great Wall of China at Badaling Daily • Ming Tombs COMMENTS Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides This tour is available in the reverse direction. • 5 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Flight Beijing > Xi’an • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches Essential China 8 Days / 7 Nights h a PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single The Essential China journey combines some of China’s most famous sights; The capital Beijing with the 01 Apr - 30 Nov ’10 1911 2798 Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall. Visit ancient fortified city walls, the Wild Goose Pagoda and Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an as well as the collision of old and new in Shanghai. 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 2110 3270 • Beijing • Great Wall • Train to Xi’an • Terracotta Warriors • Shanghai 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 2073 3171 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 2110 3270 ITINERARY Days 1 > 2: Beijing • Neolithic Banpo Village 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 2330 3692 • Forbidden City • Big Wild Goose Pagoda 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 2209 3464 • Temple of Heaven Day 6: Xi’an > Shanghai 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 2330 3692 • Summer Palace • Flight to Shanghai • Tiananmen Square • Evening at leisure Days 2 > 3: Beijing > Xi’an Days 7 > 8: Shanghai DEPARTS • Great Wall of China at Mutianyu • Historical buildings along the Bund Daily • Overnight express train to Beijing > Xi’an • Yu Gardens Days 4 > 5: Xi’an • Jade Buddha Temple COMMENTS • Terracotta Warriors This tour is available in the reverse direction. Includes > Independent tour with local English speaking guides • Flight Xi’an > Shanghai Prices for other dates are available on request. • 6 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation • Overnight express train Beijing > Xi’an • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches 94 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Scenic Landscapes 13 Days / 12 Nights Your journey through China’s scenic landscapes starts in Beijing and continues to the picturesque water village of Zhouzhuang, with small bridges over running streams, surrounded by traditional architecture. Take a 30 minute drive from Shanghai to Suzhou, known for its classical Chinese gardens. Continue to the 1,000 year old pagoda of Tiger Hill and a symbolic landmark of Suzhou. You will also visit a silk factory where you will see the entire process from silkworm to beautiful silk textiles. Explore the charming 2,000 year old city of Hangzhou with a boat ride on scenic West Lake. Long famous for its beauty, there is a Chinese saying: “In heaven there is paradise and on earth there are Hangzhou and Suzhou”. Visit Hongcun Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site with more than 140 well-preserved ancient houses. Continue to Huangshan with spectacular rocky peaks, oddly shaped pines, crystal clear mountain streams and oceans of cloud. • Beijing • Great Wall • Zhouzhuang • Suzhou • Hangzhou • Tunxi • Hongcun Village • Huangshan • Shanghai ITINERARY Day 1: Beijing Day 9: Hangzhou > Tunxi • At leisure on arrival • Tang Yue Archways • Bao Garden Days 2 > 3: Beijing • Chengkan Village famous for • Tiananmen Square Ming & Qing architecture • Imperial Palace • Forbidden City • Walk along Ancient Street, Tunxi • Summer Palace • Boat ride on Kunming Lake • Local cuisine for dinner • Temple of Heaven • Hutong tour Day 10: Tunxi > Huangshan • Beijing Duck dinner • Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) Day 4: Beijing > cable car to summit • Great Wall • Ming Tombs • Cloud Dispelling Pavilion • Chang Ling Exhibition Museum • Flyer Over Rock Day 5: Beijing > Shanghai Day 11: Huangshan > Shanghai > Zhouzhuang > Suzhou • Hongcun Village > UNESCO • Flight to Shanghai World Heritage site • Drive to water village of Zhouzhuang • Sunrise on Brighten Summit • Continue to Suzhou • Believe Peak Day 6: Suzhou • Flower Scattering Valley • Garden of Master of Nets • Lion Peak • Boat ride on ancient Grand Canal • Take the cable car down for late • Tiger Hill > Lingering Garden lunch and visit Hongcun • Silk factory • Dinner of Suzhou cuisine • Evening flight to Shanghai Day 7: Suzhou > Hangzhou Day 12: Shanghai • Scenic train journey to Hangzhou • Jade Buddha Temple • Boat ride on West Lake • Stroll along the Bund Day 8: Hangzhou • Lunch at Riverside restaurant • Ling Yin Temple (Temple of Soul’s Retreat) Day 13: Depart Shanghai • Mr. Hu Xueyan’s Residence • 1000 year old Six Harmonies Pagoda • Tea ceremony at Long Jing Tea Plantation PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single DEPARTS Daily 01 Apr - 30 Nov ’10 3598 5887 COMMENTS This tour is available in the reverse direction. 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 4146 6921 Prices for other dates are available on request. 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 4020 6741 Includes > Independent tour with local 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 4146 6921 English speaking tour guides • 12 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 4741 7797 • Train Suzhou > Hangzhou • Flights Beijing > Shanghai, Huangshan > Shanghai 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 4596 7578 • Transfers & transportation 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 4741 7797 • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 2 Dinners www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 95 The Imperial Yangtze 10 Days / 9 Nights Starting in Beijing, you’ll explore historical imperial treasures such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall and famed Summer Palace. Visit Xi’an the home of the Terracotta Warriors, before cruising the legendary Yangtze River. An engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam and sailing through the wildly beautiful Three Gorges and Lesser Gorges before reaching Yichang. You’ll also have time to explore cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s most cutting edge, modern city. Snaking its way 6,300 kilometres from western China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to the East China Sea, the Yangtze River stretches nine provinces and serves as a drain for 695,000 square miles of land. It is less in length only to the Amazon and Nile, and spans so many regions that it has acquired half a dozen names. For over two centuries the Yangzte has served as a transportation highway and commercial thoroughfare. Ocean-going vessels can navigate up the river for 1000 km and steamers can travel as far as Yichang, 1600 km from the sea! • Great Wall • Beijing • Terracotta Warriors • Xi’an • Chongqing • Three Gorges Dam • Yangtze River • Yichang • Shanghai ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Cabin with Balcony Day 1: Beijing Day 5: Xi’an >Chongqing 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 3941 6177 • At leisure on arrival • Ancient City Wall & Great Mosque 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 3721 5869 Day 2: Beijing • Afternoon flight to Chongqing 01 Sep - 15 Nov ’10 3941 6177 • Tiananmen Square • Board your cruise ship President #1 Deluxe Suite • Forbidden City Days 6 > 7: Yangtze River cruise 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 5113 8521 • Summer Palace with Lake Cruise • Cruise the Yangtze 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 4747 7920 • Peking Duck dinner • Three Gorges Dam 01 Sep - 15 Nov ’10 5113 8521 Day 3: Beijing • Lesser Three Gorges • Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs Day 8: Yichang > Shanghai DEPARTS Day 4: Beijing > Xi’an • Morning cruising Fridays • Morning flight to Xi’an • Disembark at noon in Yichang COMMENTS • Afternoon visit to Terracotta Warriors • Fly to Shanghai President No.1 Cruises are deluxe ships. There are • Evening Tang Dynasty Dumpling Dinner and Show Day 9: Shanghai 6 decks. The ship is 90 meters long and 16.8 meters • The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple & Yu Garden wide. Accommodating 188 guests in total, there are 2 • Evening acrobatic show presidential suites, 2 deluxe suites, 16 deluxe rooms, Day 10: Depart Shanghai 44 balcony rooms and 30 standard rooms on board, all of which have private balconies except standard rooms. A restaurant, bar, coffee shop, inner and outer Includes > Independent tour with private English speaking guide and driver (on land portion) observation areas, a ballroom, a gymnasium, massage • 4 Day/3 Nights Yangtze River Cruise onboard the deluxe President #1 rooms, beauty salon, business center and clinic are available on board. • 7 nights’ hotel accommodation • Flights Beijing > Xi’an > Chongqing, Yichang > Shanghai • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Port Charges • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 5 Dinners Prices for other dates are available on request. 96 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. Call 0800 11 73 11. Cultural Treasures 8 Days / 7 Nights Travel off the beaten track and explore the cultural treasures of China’s ‘Middle Kingdom’. Learn how to make dumplings and noodles in a local Chinese Farmer’s home, experience an incredible Kung Fu performance, watch a local folk dance and practice the art of Chinese calligraphy. Travel from Beijing to the national historical and cultural city of Zhengzhou. This ancient city was the capital of Shang Dynasty (16th - 11th century BC) 3,500 years ago! A highlight is the Shaolin Temple. Today, Shaolin Temple is a practising Buddhist temple where adaptations of the original Shaolin Kung Fu are taught. Visit the Pagoda Forest, where there are nearly 250 stone and brick pagodas ranging from the Tang, Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (618-1911). The Cultural Treasures tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the once capital of the Middle Kingdom – Luoyang, before finishing in Xi’an. • Beijing • Zhengzhou • Shaolin • Luoyang • Xi’an ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Beijing • Shaolin Temple (birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu) • At leisure on arrival with demonstration of martial art 01 Apr - 31 May ’10 1723 2872 Day 2: Beijing Day 5: Shaolin > Luoyang 01 Jun - 31 Aug ’10 1694 2839 • Great Wall of China • Local farmer’s home. Learn how to make noodles 01 Sep - 30 Nov ’10 1723 2872 Day 3: Beijing > Zhengzhou • Local grottoes with over 7000 Buddhist statues Extra cost applies for travel in Apr & May during • Forbidden City • 14th century Great Manor the Peony Festival in Luoyang • Gaobeidian guided walk Day 6: Luoyang > Xi’an DEPARTS • Local Chinese farmer’s home • Luoyang – capital of Middle including dumpling lesson and dinner Kingdom for 13 dynasties! Daily • Local folk dance • Longmen Grottoes – over 2100 caves with 100,000 COMMENTS • Chinese calligraphy statues and 3,600 stone-tablet inscriptions This tour may be customised to include more nights • Overnight train to Zhengzhou • Train journey to Xi’an in Beijing and Xi’an. Extra cost applies for travel in Day 4: Zhengzhou > Shaolin Day 7: Xi’an Apr & May during the Peony Festival in Luoyang. • Zhengzhou city ruins • Terracotta Warriors • Banpo Museum Prices for other dates are available on request. • Henan Museum • Big Wild Goose Pagoda • Drive to Shaolin Day 8: Depart Xi’an Includes > Independent tour with English speaking local tour guides • 6 nights’ accommodation • 4 berth overnight train journey Beijing > Zhengzhou • Train Luoyang > Xi’an • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners www.worldjourneys.co.nz Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China 97 LetTibet awaken your senses Hear – sounds of chanting Tibetan monks and the small ringing hum of the Singing bowls Taste – rich, savoury stews of spicy yak, Tibetan Lapsang Souchong tea, crisp Asian pears, and sweet local melons See – many exquisite temples and monasteries and feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring splendour of Tibet’s peaks Savour – the tranquillity exuded by the monks and absorb the rich culture of its past Touch – delicate etchings on chokhor, or prayer wheels, believed to spread spiritual blessing and invoke good karma Tibet Unveiled 8 Days / 7 Nights A magnificent tour through Tibet. Visit Lhasa’s cardinal landmark – the incredible ‘Potala Palace’. This massive 13 storey building used to be the former winter abode for the Dalai Lama. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to 7th century and looks magnificent both up close and from afar. Sera Monastery is another highlight unveiled – founded in 1419! See the revered religious structure Tibet-Jokhang Temple and Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Samye Monastery is believed to be Tibet’s first monastery, built between 775 and 779. The original building is no longer intact but the monastery has been rebuilt and remains the symbol of Tibet’s national identity. Drive along lakes and through impressive mountain scenery to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, current home of Tibet’s Panchen Lama. ITINERARY PRICE $ (per person) Twin Single Day 1: Arrive Lhasa Day 4: Lhasa > Tsetang Day 6: Gyantse > Shigatse • Nie Tang Buddha • Drive along Tsangpo river • Drive to Shigatse 01 Apr ’10 - 31 Mar ’11 2286 4249 • Afternoon at leisure • Samye Monastery • Tashilhunpo Monastery DEPARTS Day 2: Lhasa • Yumbulakhang Palace • Shigatse Outdoor market • Potala Palace Day 5: Tsetang > Yamdroktso > Day 7: Shigatse > Lhasa Saturdays • Sera Monastery Gyantse • Drive along Yarlung Zsangpo River COMMENTS Day 3: Lhasa • Drive to Gyantse over snow pass • Small village to visit Tibetan This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. • Tibet-Jokhang Temple of Kambala (4,790m) handmade incense mill and Prices for other dates are available on request. • Norbulingkha • Perkhor Chode Monastery workshop Day 8: Depart Lhasa Includes > Escorted tour with English speaking tour guides • 7 nights’ accommodation • Luggage handling • Transfers & transportation • Sightseeing & entrance fees • Tibet travel permit • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners 98 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia &China Book your experience of a lifetime today. 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