The Wendy Wu Tours Difference 4 Discover Southeast Asia with Wendy Wu Tours 6 Travel Your Way 8 Your Tour Guides 10 Travellers’ Tales 12 Tailormade Asia 96 Hotels 97 Your Questions Answered 98 Asia for all Seasons 101 Booking Conditions 102 At a Glance 103 CLASSIC SOUTHEAST ASIA 14-41 Vietnam Impressions 9 days 16 Vietnam at a Glance 12 days 18 Around Cambodia 14 days 20 Vietnam Trails 16 days 22 Vietnam Escape 16 days 24 Angkor to the Bay 16 days 26 Laos and Cambodia Unveiled 16 days 28 Indochina Delights 16 days 30 Vietnam Highlights 18 days 32 Vietnam Panorama 18 days 34 Mekong Odyssey 20 days 36 Treasures of Vietnam & China 26 days 38 Grand Tour of Indochina 27 days 40 CLASSIC THAILAND 42-49 Thailand Highlights 13 days 44 Thailand & Laos Adventure 15 days 46 Thailand Beach Extensions 48 CLASSIC MYANMAR 50-59 Myanmar Explorer 11 days 52 Myanmar & the Irrawaddy NEW 14 days 54 Hidden Treasures of Myanmar 17 days 56 Irrawaddy Voyager PRIVATE 12 days 58 DISCOVERY TOURS 60-69 Experience the Real Southeast Asia 62 Highlights of Laos 14 days 64 Reflections of Vietnam 17 days 66 Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 20 days 68 THE PREMIER COLLECTION 70-83 Exclusive Experiences 72 Luxury Hotels 73 Jewels of Vietnam 13 days 74 Classical Vietnam 18 days 76 Heart of Indochina 19 days 78 Cambodia & Vietnam Revealed 20 days 80 The Majestic Mekong NEW 22 days 82 INDEPENDENT TOURS 84-93 Vietnam 86 Cambodia 90 Laos 91 Thailand 92 Myanmar 93 SINGAPORE STOPOVER 94-95 “I started taking people to this beautiful part of Asia in 1998.
I want you to share my passion for this region.” Wendy has been inspiring travellers ever since, her customers and the team that work alongside her alike. At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. That’s why we are Southeast Asia experts and the USA’s leading Asia tour operator – our customer reviews (through independent customer review platform feefo) and numerous awards say it all. This year’s brochure is all about showcasing both the region’s top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best vacation, whether it’s your first visit or your 10th.
Wendy and the team look forward to welcoming you to Southeast Asia soon! WELCOME TO SOUTHEAST ASIA Wendy Wu – Owner, Wendy Wu Tours Visit wendywutours.com Call (877) 993-6399 or visit your local travel agent 3 2
3. Industry-Leading National Escorts All of our group tours are accompanied from beginning to end by a dedicated, knowledgeable National Escort and local guides with particular expertise in each location. Our experienced teams in Asia ensure that Wendy Wu Tours has a reliable presence on which you can always depend. We regularly receive letters that sing the praises of our team over in Southeast Asia, their knowledge, warmth, supportive nature, passion and gentle humour is something we are genuinely very proud of.
Hand-Picked Hotels Over 18 years of taking people to Asia means we know exactly where to stay. We have superb relationships with our hotel partners in the region, meaning our groups are always prioritised and well looked after. We inspect our hotels regularly to ensure that they reach our high standards of cleanliness, safety and comfort. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Where ever you are staying you will have a peaceful and comfortable night’s sleep in preparation for the next day’s adventures.
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No one knows Southeast Asia like we do All of our staff have travelled throughout Southeast Asia and can provide you with detailed information about our itineraries and touring styles, and will help personalise your vacation. We are proud to be known as the USA’s specialist operator to Asia, and have been building our global reputation since 1998, one satisfied customer at a time. THE WENDY WU TOURS DIFFERENCE 10 reasons why you should choose Wendy Wu Tours Authentic Experiences Our extensive experience and local expertise means we can take you to places rarely visited and those you have always dreamed of exploring.
We have been blazing trails into this ever-developing region for 18 years, and pride ourselves in delivering authentically Asian experiences. On our tours, you will have the opportunity to experience and try your hand at ancient crafts and traditions; and there will be endless opportunities to meet local people and see a lifestyle so different from your own. We continue to redefine travel to Asia, and are proud to offer the widest variety of tours on the market.
Regional Flavour Meals included in our tours are planned to give you a genuine taste of the regions we visit. We make sure that the food on our tours is safe, fresh, features minimal spice and includes plenty of vegetables. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. Highlights may include mild green coconut curry in Thailand, fresh and zingy Vietnamese salads, and Laap – spicy marinated meat or fish in Laos.
Travel in Comfort The transport selected as part of your tour is intended to combine convenience and comfort with an enjoyably authentic travel experience.
You will benefit from our seat- and-a-half policy on our coaches, allowing you to watch incredible scenery in comfort. Our Group Tours are predominantly conducted using air-conditioned coaches, internal flights, trains and various types of boat. See page 99. Tipping Made Easy We handle the tipping so you don’t have to. We have a simple tipping system whereby all Group Tour passengers contribute to a kitty, paid to the National Escort, who then distributes it throughout the trip. Tipping is not included on any of our Private Tours, Stopovers or Extensions, but we will suggest appropriate amounts.
See page 100. We Love Solo Travellers Our group tours are a great opportunity to share your experiences with like-minded people. We welcome plenty of solo travellers on our tours, and receive great feedback from them about the friendly and sociable atmosphere of our groups. Even better, if you are a single traveller and are willing to share a room, you won’t have to pay a single supplement.
1 3 2 4 7 5 8 9 Great Value Air Inclusive Tours ■ All accommodation ■ All meals unless stated ■ All transportation and transfers ■ All sightseeing and entrance fees ■ English speaking National Escort and Local Guides ■ Visa fees for US and Canadian passport holders ■ Return international economy flights, taxes and current fuel surcharges (subject to change) ■ Expert advice from our experienced Destination Specialists ■ Comprehensive tour dossiers and travel guides ■ Safe and secure with USTOA, ASTA and IATA The only things you may have to pay for are personal expenditure e.g.
drinks, optional excursions or shows, insurance of any kind, tipping and early check-in or late check-out (this cannot be guaranteed).
Meals on our Discovery Tours, Premier Collection and Independent Tours are indicated on the tour pages. 10 66 Travelling Companions As a global company with offices in Australia and the UK, our tours always depart with a dynamic mix of Aussies, Brits and Americans. Days are full of laughs as you discover English can actually be a foreign language. Many of our guests have so much fun together they keep in touch and vacation together again. 6 5 4 Visit www.wendywutours.com Call (877) 993-6399 or visit your local travel agent THE WENDY WU TOURS DIFFERENCE
CHINA VIETNAM THAILAND MALAYSIA MYANMAR CAMBODIA LAOS SAPA Phan Thiet Mekong Delta Hue Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Qui Nhon Nha Trang Dalat Hanoi Hong Kong Sihanoukville Siem Reap Phnom Penh Pakse Vang Vieng Vientiane Bangkok Chiang Rai Chiang Rai Kanchanaburi Phuket Hua Hin Koh Samui Ayutthaya Inle Lake Mandalay Yangon Naypyidaw IRRAWADDY RIVER HALONG BAY HOI AN LUANG PRABANG MEKONG RIVER ANGKOR BAGAN Langkawi Kuala Lumpur Singapore BORNEO MALAYSIA Chiang Mai DISCOVER SOUTHEAST ASIA WITH WENDY WU TOURS Southeast Asia is a dream destination for many a traveller – with paradise beaches, tranquil temples and sensational food, it’s easy to see why.
Uncover the countless cultures, beautiful landscapes and fascinating history of the planet’s most enchanting region. WENDY'S TOP 8 SOUTHEAST ASIA SIGHTS 2 6 7 1 3 5 8 4 7 6 Visit www.wendywutours.com Call (877) 993-6399 or visit your local travel agent HALONG BAY Drift the tranquil, emerald waters and soak up the beauty of the foliage-cloaked peaks - features on any itinerary that covers Vietnam.
1 ANGKOR The temples of Angkor exude a rare majesty that few places on the planet can match – admire them on any itinerary featuring Cambodia. 2 1. HOI AN It’s impossible to not love Hoi An’s quaint streets and relaxed atmosphere – that’s why it is included on all Vietnam itineraries. 3 LUANG PRABANG Luang Prabang is easily one of the most captivating cities in Asia. Explore it on itineraries including 'Laos & Cambodia Unveiled' (pages 28-29). 4 SAPA With its rice terraces and hazy peaks, Sapa is ripe for exploration. See it on 'Vietnam Trails' (pages 22-23) or add it on to other Vietnam itineraries!
5 MEKONG RIVER Winding through most of Southeast Asia, a Mekong cruise offers lazy days and verdant landscapes – look out for a little boat symbol on our Indochina itineraries. 6 BAGAN With hundreds of temples rising from the depths of the central plains, Bagan is Myanmar’s most sublime sight. Experience it for yourself on any Myanmar itinerary. 7 THE IRRAWADDY Myanmar’s main lifeline with many locals living and working on its banks – look out for a little boat symbol on our Myanmar itineraries.
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