VIETNAM CAMBODIA LAOS - PRIVATE JOURNEYS 2019-2020 - Insider Journeys

 
VIETNAM CAMBODIA LAOS - PRIVATE JOURNEYS 2019-2020 - Insider Journeys
Imagine the stories
2019-2020

VIETNAM
CAMBODIA
LAOS
PRIVATE JOURNEYS
VIETNAM CAMBODIA LAOS - PRIVATE JOURNEYS 2019-2020 - Insider Journeys
Travelling – it leaves you speechless,
  then turns you into a storyteller.
  Ibn Battuta

IMAGE COVER: Hoi An, Vietnam
IMAGE THIS PAGE: Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos
VIETNAM CAMBODIA LAOS - PRIVATE JOURNEYS 2019-2020 - Insider Journeys
For over 25 years we’ve
been helping travellers
 like you create unique
experiences and stories
that will last a lifetime.

     Explore Vietnam, Cambodia and
   Laos your way with our independent
  travel collection. Whether you want to
experience the energy of a vibrant city like
  Saigon, explore the ancient temples of
Cambodia, cruise the Mekong Delta, relax
on a tropical beach or do all of the above,
    our selection of private itineraries,
 City Explorer packages and river cruises
    will give you real insight into these
             amazing countries.

  All our experiences are designed with
  flexibility in mind by our Asia experts.
    If you can’t find exactly what you’re
     looking for, we will tailor-make an
   itinerary to suit your specific needs.
        Let us help you discover Asia
                 as an insider.

Imagine the stories…

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See the world. Meet new people. Find yourself.
  Have a story worth telling.
  Anonymous

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Contents
The Insider Journeys Experience         6

Vietnam                                 10
7 Day Saigon & Mekong Eyes              12

8 Day Vietnam Express Getaway           13

11 Day Vietnam Cities & Beach Escape    14

14 Day Vietnam Explorer                 15

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)               16

The Mekong Delta                        20

Southern Vietnam Beaches                22

Nha Trang                               24

Hoi An                                  26

Central Vietnam Beaches                 30

Hue                                     32

Hanoi                                   36

Halong Bay                              40

Sapa                                    42

Northern Regional Vietnam               46

Cambodia                                48
7 Day Essence of Cambodia               50

7 Day Portrait of Cambodia              51

Angkor & Siem Reap                      52

Phnom Penh                              56

Laos                                    60
5 Day Central Laos Adventure            62

12 Day Laos Magical Kingdom             63

Luang Prabang                           64

Vientiane & Southern Laos               68

5 Day Southern Laos Discovery           71

Southeast Asia                          72
7 Day Southern Laos to Angkor           74

11 Day Taste of Indochina               75

River Cruises                           76
12 Day Saigon to Angkor                 80

19 Day Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong   81

Terms & Conditions                      82

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The Insider Journeys Experience
                           At Insider Journeys, we make it easy to holiday in Asia.

                                                                                                    Preah Khan, Angkor, Cambodia

    Our private travel collection will allow you to experience Asia as an insider with the flexibility to explore
    at your own pace. Whether it’s getting up early to beat the crowds, staying longer to watch that amazing
      sunset or spending time chatting to a local, it’s this level of flexibility that makes all the difference. In
           many cities, we offer a Design Your Own Day Tour so you can discover each city your way.

          We know that to truly experience Asia, you need to wander off the tourist trail occasionally.
                Our collection of private itineraries will provide you with experiences that a
                                    guidebook alone simply cannot offer.

                  Whether you’re travelling with your partner, family, a group of friends or solo,
                             connecting you with Asia’s heart is what we do best.

                                   Let us help you experience Asia as an insider!

                                   A word from our travellers...

     Our holiday proceeded flawlessly,
     with no problems at all. All our
     drivers were courteous and happy                                              Our guides in Vietnam were so
     to assist us, and our guide was                                               informative and always willing to
     fantastic – a great ambassador for                                            help. I noticed that all the guides
     Vietnam. Thank you so much for                                                have worked with the company
     making our holiday such a success.                                            for over seven years, so they
     JOHN, TASMANIA                                                                obviously love working for Insider
                                                                                   Journeys and this comes across.
                                                                                   MARY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Ready To Book Private Itineraries
                                  Each of our unique, Ready to Book Private Itineraries
                                  are designed by our team of passionate Asia experts.
                                   Every itinerary includes the must-see highlights and
                                  genuine experiences of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
                                From the moment your trip begins, our Private Itineraries
                                           provide a seamless travel experience.

                                To get a sense of the ‘real’ Asia, our itineraries take you off
                                 the tourist trail while ensuring you don’t miss any of the
                                must-see places. With plenty of free time and the services
                                    of knowledgeable local guides in each destination,
                                               you’ll really feel like an insider!

        Halong Bay, Vietnam

                                           City Explorer Packages
                                Our City Explorer packages offer the perfect introduction
                                to the captivating cities in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
                                     From the hustle and bustle of Hanoi to mystical
                                         Angkor, from the glimmer of Saigon to
                                   beautiful Luang Prabang, these short stays include
                                 accommodation, airport transfers and sightseeing with
                                      knowledgeable, local English-speaking guides.
                                      Some even provide the opportunity for you to
                                design your own full day tour, allowing you to make the
                                           most of your precious holiday time.

                                There’s a range of accommodation options from which to
                                 choose. Book as a stand-alone or combine with another
                                      City Explorer for the perfect Asia experience.

        Luang Prabang, Laos

                                         Bespoke Accommodation
                                   As well as our Ready to Book Private Itineraries and
                                       City Explorer packages, we offer an extensive
                                    range of accommodation options and experiences,
                                          so you can customise your Asia holiday.

                                Our hotels have been handpicked for comfort, location and
                                      to provide you with an insight into the region.
                                       Where possible, we have selected properties
                                                  with great local colour.

                                      From the beautiful beaches of Southern and
                                    Central Vietnam to Laos’ charming cities, we have
                                  accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Ansara Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

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Create Your Own Insider Journey
              We know one size does not always fit all. So why not take creative control
                               and create your own insider journey!

                                                                                                   Angkor Wat, Cambodia

    Our team of experts can help design a bespoke itinerary to suit your interests, timeframe and budget.

          Use any of our Ready To Book Private Itineraries or City Explorer packages as inspiration
                                or start from scratch with your own ideas.

         We have a wide range of accommodation, sightseeing and transport options from which to
        choose and knowledgeable English-speaking local guides who will introduce you to their cities
                               and towns in a way that only a local can do.

       Whether its exploring remote hilltribe villages, seeing the magnificent temples of Angkor without
     the crowds, cooking up a storm at a private class in Hoi An or unwinding at a stunning beach resort,
                Insider Journeys will connect you with the heart of Asia as only an insider can!

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The Places We’ll Take You
                    From its sheer beauty to the genuine warmth of its people, Asia has a wonderful way
                        of getting under your skin. Let us introduce you to our favourite countries.

Yen Stream, Hanoi

                                                           Vietnam
                                    Home to friendly local people, stunning natural beauty and a
                                  flourishing food scene, Vietnam is a land of incredible diversity.

Bayon, Angkor                                                          Vang Vieng

                        Cambodia                                                                  Laos
 Discover the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake and venture        Spectacular landscapes, sparkling temples and hidden charms,
     further afield to the rarely-visited outlying temples.               where the warmth of its people is felt at every turn.

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Vietnam
     From stunning beaches and lush mountains to a vibrant culture and delectable cuisine, Vietnam has
      it all. Take an unforgettable journey as you venture from Saigon and the Mekong Delta to sparkling
                     Halong Bay and the capital of Hanoi via the beaches of the central coast.

                                                                                                           Halong Bay

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VIETNAM

            Saigon &                                              Central                                                              Hanoi &
        The Mekong Delta                                          Vietnam                                                             Halong Bay
  Experience the buzzing energy of                Home to stunning beaches and quaint                               Colonial architecture, authentic cuisine
Saigon where luxury hotels, traditional           riverside towns, central Vietnam offers                             and ancient history give Hanoi an air
markets and French-colonial grandeur                the perfect blend of relaxation and                               of elegance. Travel to Halong Bay for
 intertwine. Cruise through the lush             culture. Wander the charming streets of                               an unforgettable cruise among the
  Mekong Delta and venture further               Hoi An, relax on the beach in Nha Trang                             limestone karsts or meet the hilltribe
     afield to the Cu Chi tunnels.                       and take in Hue’s history.                                     communities surrounding Sapa.

          When To Go
      With a tropical climate, Vietnam
                                                                                                              Ha Giang
    experiences two seasons – ‘dry’ and                                                               Sapa                                             CHINA
      ‘green’. From November to April
temperatures in the north, particularly in                                                  Dien Bien Phu
Sapa, can drop below zero while the south         MYANMAR                                                    Hanoi    i             Halong City
                                                                                               Mai Chau                           Haiphong
 offers warmer days. Travel between May
                                                                                                          Ninh Binh                Halong Bay
  and October when warm, humid days
                                                                                   LAOS
   with afternoon showers create a lush
       landscape and fewer travellers.                                                                              Vinh

Average min/max temperature (°C)
                                                                                                                          Phong Nha
         MAR–MAY   JUN–AUG   SEP–NOV   DEC–FEB                                                                               Dong Hoi
HANOI    22°/28° 26°/33° 22°/29° 14°/22°
                                                                                                                                       Hue
HOI AN   24°/30° 26°/34°     24°/29°   20°/25°
                                                                                                                                    Lang Co   i   Danang
SAIGON   25°/33°   25°/32°   24°/32° 23°/32°
                                                                     THAILAND                                                                 Hoi An

                                                                                                                                                        Quy Nhon
                                                                                                                                          VIETNAM
                                                                                                      CAMBODIA
                                                                                                                                            Buon Ma Thuot
                                                                                                                                                    Nha Trang
                                                                                                                                        Dalat

                                                                                                          Cu Chi tunnels
                                                                                                    Chau Doc                  i   Saigon ✈ Mui Ne
                                                                                                                                  (Ho Chi Minh City)
                                                                                  Phu Quoc Island
                                                                                                          Can Tho
                                                                                                                           Mekong Delta
                                                    ✈    International gateways
                                                         Domestic gateways
                                                     i   Our offices                                      Con Dao Island
                                        Hanoi

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VIETNAM

                                                         Saigon & Mekong Eyes
                                               7 DAY PRIVATE ITINERARY FROM $1,475* PER PERSON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Saigon

                                                                                                                                                         LAOS                                                         S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      F
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Start
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Finish
                                                                                                                          THAILAND                                                                                   Road route
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Boat cruise

                                                                                          Mekong Delta                                      CAMBODIA

                                                                                                                                                                               VIETNAM
  HIGHLIGHTS:
                                                                                                                                  Phnom Penh
        From local experiences to architecture, create                                                                                                       Cu Chi
                                                                                                                                  Tan Chau                  tunnels
        your own tour of Saigon with the help of your local                                                                                                                      Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
        English-speaking guide.                                                                                                         Cao Lanh                                 (3 nights)
                                                                                                                                               Sa Dec              Can Tho
        Venture to the Cu Chi tunnels and learn about the                                                                                                          (3 nights on boat)
        Viet Cong’s strategy to victory in the Vietnam War.                                                                                           Cai Be

        Board the Mekong Eyes and spend three unforgettable
        days cruising the tributaries of the Mekong Delta.

DAY 1 Saigon                                                                Can Tho and board your boat, Mekong Eyes.
On arrival in Saigon, be transferred to your                                Explore the tributaries of the Mekong River                                          INCLUDES:
hotel. Stay the next three nights at Elios Hotel                            followed by a delicious lunch of local specialties.                                  •• 3 nights 3 star hotel accommodation
(or similar).                                                               After lunch, explore some of the region’s canals                                     •• 3 nights on board Mekong Eyes
                                                                                                                                                                 •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
                                                                            and gain an insight into the lives of the local
DAY 2 Saigon                                                                                                                                                     •• Saigon Design Your Own full day tour
                                                                            people. Take a guided walk through a rural village
Meet with your local English-speaking guide to                                                                                                                   •• Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour
                                                                            and picturesque plantations before returning                                         •• Entrance fees
tailor a unique full day of activities to suit your
                                                                            to the boat for sunset and dinner. Stay the next                                     •• Local English-speaking guide
interests. Explore Saigon with options including
exploring historic French-colonial landmarks,                               three nights on board Mekong Eyes. (BLD)                                             •• Return airport transfers to
                                                                                                                                                                    accommodation
bustling local markets, vibrant street scenes,                              DAY 5 Mekong River Cruise                                                            •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
museums and peaceful pagodas. Stop at a local                               Discover the Mekong’s smaller canals on                                                 L = lunch, D = dinner)
restaurant to enjoy a traditional lunch featuring                           a sampan. See how a local family produces
one of the region’s specialty dishes. (B)
                                                                            coconut candy and take a short bike ride through
DAY 3 Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels                                               the laneways of a local village. Enjoy lunch as you
From Saigon, travel to the Cu Chi tunnels and                               cruise towards Sa Dec. Visit an ancient trader’s
enjoy a morning guided tour through the                                     villa and a local pagoda before enjoying sunset
famous tunnels which were used during the                                   on the deck of your boat. (BLD)
Vietnam War. The tunnel network stretches
                                                                            DAY 6 Mekong River Cruise
over 250 kilometres and extends to three
levels underground, providing you with a                                    Visit Tan Thuan Dong islet and choose to walk
                                                                            or cycle around the area. Enjoy lunch on board                                                                                         Mekong Eyes
remarkable insight into the hardships, courage
and determination of the people involved in                                 while taking in the panoramic views. Relax with a
the war. The afternoon is free for you to explore                           cocktail as the sun sets over the Mekong. (BLD)                                                     EXPERIENCE MORE
Saigon independently. (B)                                                   DAY 7 Mekong River Cruise to Saigon                                                   From Tan Chau, choose to transfer by
                                                                                                                                                                 speedboat to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
DAY 4 Saigon to Mekong River Cruise                                         After breakfast, disembark Mekong Eyes at                                                    Contact us for details.
After breakfast travel south from Saigon to                                 Tan Chau and be transferred to Saigon. (B)

12         * Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.
                                                              Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
VIETNAM

                                                    Vietnam Express Getaway
                                                    8 DAY PRIVATE ITINERARY FROM $1,025* PER PERSON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hoi An

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           S    Start
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           F    Finish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Air route
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Road route

                                                                                                                                                                                Danang
                                                                         Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon                                             LAOS
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hoi An (4 nights)
                                                                                                                             THAILAND
   HIGHLIGHTS:
           With your local English-speaking guide, tailor a day tour
           to your personal interests and discover Saigon your way.                                                                                                           VIETNAM
                                                                                                                                        CAMBODIA
           Meander through the charming streets of Hoi An
           on a walking tour.
           Cycle through the quiet streets and traditional villages                                                                            Cu Chi tunnels
           surrounding Hoi An, visit a family-run wine refinery                                                                                                            Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
                                                                                                                                                                           (3 nights)
           and enjoy lunch at a local home.

DAY 1 Saigon                                                                     DAY 5 Hoi An
On arrival in Saigon, be transferred to your hotel.                              Meet with your local English-speaking guide to                                       INCLUDES:
Stay the next three nights at Saigon Prince Hotel                                tailor a unique morning of activities to suit your                                   •• 7 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
(or similar).                                                                    interests. Explore Hoi An on a walking tour with                                     •• All flights as specified in the itinerary
                                                                                 options including exploring a local market and                                       •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
DAY 2 Saigon
                                                                                 historic buildings, a boat trip along the river or                                   •• Saigon Design Your Own full day tour
Meet with your local English-speaking guide to
                                                                                 meandering through the Old Town on a cyclo.                                          •• Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour
tailor a unique full day of activities to suit your
                                                                                 Enjoy a delicious local lunch before spending the                                    •• Hoi An Design Your Own half day tour
interests. Explore Saigon with options including
                                                                                 rest of the day at leisure. (B)                                                      •• Hoi An Village Cycle full day tour
exploring Saigon’s historic landmarks such
                                                                                 DAY 6 Hoi An                                                                         •• Entrance fees
as Dong Khoi Street, Notre Dame Cathedral,
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Local English-speaking guide
Reunification Hall and Giac Lam Pagoda. For an                                   Spend the day exploring the quiet streets
insight into local life, visit the bustling markets                              and surrounds of Hoi An on a cycling tour.                                           •• Return airport transfers to
                                                                                                                                                                         accommodation
and vibrant trading streets. Stop at a local                                     See traditional village scenes, enjoy a local
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
restaurant to enjoy a traditional lunch. (B)                                     basket boat performance and stop at a family-                                           L = lunch)
                                                                                 run wine refinery. After a delicious lunch in the
DAY 3 Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
                                                                                 garden of a local home, see mats being woven at
Travel from Saigon to the Cu Chi tunnels for a
                                                                                 a nearby village. Continue cycling to the river and
morning tour. Gain an insight into Vietnam’s war
                                                                                 board a boat back to Hoi An. (BL)
history and the resilience of the Vietnamese
people. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to                                     DAY 7 Hoi An
further explore Saigon’s fascinating streets                                     Today is yours to explore independently.
and markets. (B)                                                                 Wander the rows of shophouses, have a tailor
                                                                                 create a new garment for your wardrobe or
DAY 4 Saigon to Hoi An
                                                                                 head out to An Bang Beach. (B)
Be transferred to the airport for your flight to
Danang and travel to the historic former trading                                 DAY 8 Hoi An
town of Hoi An. Stay the next four nights at                                     Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hoi An
Hoi An Historic Hotel (or similar). (B)                                          airport for your onward journey. (B)

* Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.            13
Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
VIETNAM

                                   Vietnam Cities & Beach Escape
                                             11 DAY PRIVATE ITINERARY FROM $1,999* PER PERSON

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      S   Start
                                                                                                                                                  Hanoi                 Halong Bay                                    F   Finish
                                                                                                                                               (3 nights)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Air route
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Road route
                                                                                                                             MYANMAR                                                                                  Boat cruise

                                                                                             Halong Bay

                                                                                                                                                            LAOS
  HIGHLIGHTS:                                                                                                                                                                           Danang
        Visit a family home and share tea, rice wine and stories                                                             THAILAND                                                      Hoi An (4 nights)
        with your hosts as you gain a glimpse into life within the
        Mekong Delta.
        Spend three unforgettable days relaxing on the beaches                                                                                                                         VIETNAM
                                                                                                                                                    CAMBODIA
        of central Vietnam.
        Cruise on the tranquil waters of Halong Bay as you take                                                                                           Cu Chi tunnels
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
        in the stunning scenery and towering limestone karsts.                                                                                        Mekong Delta                  (3 nights)

DAY 1 Saigon                                                                DAY 5 Hoi An
On arrival in Saigon, be transferred to your hotel.                         Embark on a morning walking tour of the                                              INCLUDES:
Stay the next three nights at Siagon Prince Hotel                           old town. Visit a Chinese Assembly Hall, an                                          •• 10 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
(or similar).                                                               ancient house and the stunning Japanese                                              •• All flights as specified in the itinerary
                                                                            Covered Bridge. The afternoon is free. (B)                                           •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
DAY 2 Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
                                                                                                                                                                 •• Saigon & Cu Chi Tunnels full day tour
Spend the day with your local English-speaking                              DAYS 6-7 Hoi An
                                                                                                                                                                 •• Mekong Delta cruise
guide. In the morning, walk through Saigon’s                                Spend two free days exploring more of
                                                                                                                                                                 •• Hoi An Walking half day tour
vibrant streets, taking in historic landmarks and                           enchanting Hoi An or relaxing on the beach. (2B)
                                                                                                                                                                 •• Hanoi City full day tour
cultural sites including Notre Dame Cathedral,
                                                                            DAY 8 Hoi An to Hanoi                                                                •• Halong Bay cruise
the Reunification Palace and War Remnants
                                                                            Be transferred from Hoi An to Danang Airport                                         •• Entrance fees
Museum. In the afternoon, journey to the
                                                                            and fly to the captivating capital of Hanoi.                                         •• Local English-speaking guide
Cu Chi tunnels and learn about the remarkable
                                                                            Be transferred to your hotel. Stay the next                                          •• Return airport transfers to
hardships, courage and determination of the
                                                                            three nights at The Ann Hanoi (or similar). (B)                                         accommodation
people involved in the war. (B)
                                                                            DAY 9 Hanoi                                                                          •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
DAY 3 Saigon – Mekong Delta                                                                                                                                         L = lunch)
                                                                            Enjoy a full day tour discovering the highlights
Enjoy a full day tour travelling south to My Tho in
                                                                            of Hanoi. Take a guided walk of Hanoi’s lively
the Mekong Delta. Explore scenic waterways and
                                                                            Old Quarter and visit the Ho Chi Minh Quarter
islands, stop to visit orchards and sample fresh
                                                                            and the Museum of Ethnology. (B)
local produce. Enjoy a memorable visit to a family
home and share tea, rice wine and stories. After a                          DAY 10 Hanoi – Halong Bay
delicious lunch, return by road to Saigon. (BL)                             This morning, take a scenic road journey to Halong
                                                                            Bay. Cruise among the islands as you enjoy lunch.
DAY 4 Saigon to Hoi An
                                                                            Return to Hanoi in the late afternoon. (BL)
Be transferred to the airport and fly from Saigon
to Danang. Be transferred to your beachfront                                DAY 11 Hanoi
accommodation in Hoi An. Stay the next                                      Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
four nights at Palm Garden Resort (or similar). (B)                         airport for your onward journey. (B)

14         * Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.
                                                              Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
VIETNAM

                                                                         Vietnam Explorer
                                                  14 DAY PRIVATE ITINERARY FROM $2,575* PER PERSON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mekong Delta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           S    Start
                                                                                                                                                    Hanoi                  Halong Bay                                      F    Finish
                                                                                                                                                 (3 nights)                (1 night on boat)                              Air route
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Road route
                                                                                                                               MYANMAR                                                                                    Boat cruise

                                                                                      Imperial Palace, Hue

   HIGHLIGHTS:                                                                                                                                                 LAOS                  Hue (1 night)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Danang
           Sample local snacks and drink freshly brewed beer known                                                                THAILAND                                                   Hoi An (4 nights)
           as ‘Bia Hoi’ in the lively streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
           Learn about the local ingredients which create the fresh
           flavours of Vietnamese cuisine during an interactive                                                                                       CAMBODIA                          VIETNAM
           cooking class in Hoi An.
           Travel by speedboat into the Mekong Delta to explore                                                                                              Cu Chi tunnels
                                                                                                                                                                                      Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
           markets, villages and orchards.                                                                                                              Mekong Delta                  (4 nights)

DAYS 1-2 Hanoi                                                                   DAY 8 Hoi An
On arrival in Hanoi, be transferred to your                                      Sample the fresh flavours of Vietnamese cuisine                                      INCLUDES:
hotel. The following morning, discover the city’s                                during a half day cooking class with lunch at                                        •• 12 nights 3 star hotel accommodation
highlights, and in the afternoon, enjoy a food                                   Ms Vy’s. Enjoy a free afternoon. (BL)                                                •• 1 night on board Indochina Sails
focussed walking tour. Stay two nights at Golden                                                                                                                      •• All flights as specified in the itinerary
                                                                                 DAY 9 Hoi An
Lotus Luxury Hotel (or similar). (B)                                                                                                                                  •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
                                                                                 Spend a morning exploring Hoi An’s surrounds                                         •• Private touring
DAY 3 Hanoi to Halong Bay                                                        by bike. Cycle to the quaint village of Tra Que. After
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Entrance fees
This morning, journey to Halong Bay and                                          your activities, relax with a herbal foot massage
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Local English-speaking guide
cruise among the islands. Overnight on board                                     and a local lunch before returning to town. (BL)
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Return airport transfers to
Indochina Sails. (BLD)
                                                                                 DAY 10 Hoi An to Saigon                                                                 accommodation
DAY 4 Halong Bay to Hanoi                                                        Be transferred to Danang for your flight to                                          •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
Continue exploring Halong Bay before returning                                                                                                                           R = brunch, L = lunch, D = dinner)
                                                                                 Saigon. Be transferred to your hotel in Saigon.
to Hanoi by late afternoon. Overnight at Golden                                  Stay the next four nights at Elios Hotel (or similar).
Lotus Luxury Hotel (or similar). (R)
                                                                                 DAY 11 Saigon
DAY 5 Hanoi to Hue
                                                                                 This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Saigon’s key
Be transferred to the airport and fly to Hue.                                    cultural sites. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)
After being transferred to your hotel, take a
guided exploration of the city’s fascinating sites.                              DAY 12 Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
Overnight at Moonlight Hotel (or similar). (B)                                   Enjoy a morning tour to the Cu Chi tunnels,
                                                                                 and spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)
DAY 6 Hue to Hoi An
Travel to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass. Stay the next                             DAY 13 Saigon – Mekong Delta
four nights at Ancient House Resort (or similar). (B)                            Board a speedboat to the lush Mekong Delta
                                                                                 region for the day. (BL)
DAY 7 Hoi An
Explore Hoi An this morning on a half day guided                                 DAY 14 Saigon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hoi An
walking tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)                                After breakfast be transferred to the airport. (B)

* Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.            15
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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

          Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City, is one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic cities and retains remnants
         of the past with colonial-era buildings nestled among modern highrises. Explore bustling markets,
              grand boulevards and atmospheric alleyways, and sample flavoursome Vietnamese food.

                                                                                                                         Saigon

       Historical Sites                           Cu Chi Tunnels                                Architecture
  Saigon is home to many important          Travel approximately 30 kilometres        As sleek skyscrapers pop up around the
   historical sites. Walk through the       from Saigon to explore the famous           city, the architectural wonders of the
empty halls of the Reunification Palace,   Cu Chi tunnels. The incredible network     historic grand post office building, Notre
   the site of the end of the Vietnam      of tunnels stretch over 250 kilometres       Dame Cathedral and French-colonial
   War, then absorb the confronting        and played a key role in the Viet Cong’s   buildings ensure the past is ever present
       War Remnants Museum.                  strategy to victory during the war.               in this thriving metropolis.

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                                                                  Saigon City Explorer
                                                                              4 DAYS FROM $389* PER PERSON

                                 Situated in southern Vietnam, Saigon is waiting to be uncovered. For the perfect introduction,
                                    choose our Saigon City Explorer. Explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels on a fascinating tour
                                           and design your own tour of Saigon with your local English-speaking guide.

                                                                                                                                                 City Hall

DAY 1 Saigon                                                                     DAY 3 Saigon – Cu Chi Tunnels
On arrival in Saigon, be transferred to your hotel.                              In the morning, travel by road to the historic                                       INCLUDES:
Stay the next three nights at Elios Hotel.                                       Cu Chi tunnels and learn about their role during                                     •• 3 nights hotel accommodation at
                                                                                                                                                                         Elios Hotel (Deluxe Room)
                                                                                 the war. Stretching over 250 kilometres, the
DAY 2 Saigon                                                                                                                                                          •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
                                                                                 tunnels extend three levels underground
Meet with your local English-speaking guide to                                                                                                                        •• Saigon Design Your Own full day tour
                                                                                 providing you with a remarkable insight into the
tailor a unique full day of activities to suit your                                                                                                                   •• Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour
                                                                                 hardships and terror of a guerrilla war and the
interests. Explore Saigon with options including
                                                                                 courage and determination of the Vietnamese                                          •• Entrance fees
shopping for hidden treasures on Antique
                                                                                 people. Return to Saigon and spend the                                               •• Local English-speaking guide
Street, exploring elaborate pagodas such as
                                                                                 afternoon at leisure. (B)                                                            •• Return airport transfers to Saigon
Giac Lam Pagoda and Ngoc Hoang Pagoda                                                                                                                                    accommodation
or visiting a museum dedicated to traditional                                    DAY 4 Saigon
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast)
Vietnamese medicine. For lunch, try the                                          Enjoy breakfast before being transferred to the
delicious Pho Bo at a local restaurant. (B)                                      airport for your onward journey. (B)

                              UPGRADE your hotel or extend your stay to experience everything this beautiful city has to offer.
                                                                     See pages 18 and 19 for other hotel options and experiences.

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* Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.                                                   17
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VIETNAM

                                            SAIGON CITY EXPLORER – HOTEL UPGRADE OPTIONS

 Grand Deluxe Room                                                            Deluxe Room

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Located in downtown Saigon, Northern Hotel is                              With an excellent location, Norfolk Hotel                                         Built in 1930, the colonial-styled Grand Hotel
situated close to the Opera House, Ben Thanh                               Saigon is within close proximity to the city’s                                    Saigon blends history and modernity with
Market and the Saigon River, making it an                                  main attractions and shopping areas. Wooden                                       a great downtown location. The property’s
excellent base from which to explore the city.                             textures and terracotta tones complement the                                      rooms and suites are divided between two
                                                                           boutique charms of the property to create a                                       wings. The Ancient Wing houses the hotel’s
Each room is well-appointed with large
                                                                           relaxed and cosy ambience. Each room is well-                                     large suites and features a charming old façade.
windows and some rooms offer city and
                                                                           appointed with a range of amenities to ensure                                     Modern rooms are available in the Luxury Wing
river views. Relax by the rooftop infinity pool,
                                                                           a comfortable stay. Escape to tranquillity                                        with higher floors offering good views. Enjoy a
stay active at the fitness centre or enjoy a
                                                                           at the day spa or enjoy a memorable dining                                        swim in the pool or take in city views from the
delicious meal at the restaurant followed by a
                                                                           experience at the restaurant.                                                     Rooftop Grand Lounge.
drink at the bar.

Bonus: Early check-in (subject to availability)                            Bonus: Late check-out (subject to availability)                                   Bonus: Welcome drink • Upgrade to the next
• Welcome drink • 10% discount on food and                                 • Welcome drink • Upgrade to the next room                                        room type (subject to availability).
beverage. Valid 1 Jan – 31 Dec 19.                                         type (subject to availability).                                                   Valid 1 Jan – 23 Dec 19.
                                                                           Valid 1 Jan – 31 Dec 19.
           per person for 4 Day Saigon City                                            per person for 4 Day Saigon City                                                  per person for 4 Day Saigon City
from $515* Explorer (Standard Room)                                         from $539* Explorer (Deluxe Room)                                                 from $545* Explorer (Deluxe Room)

 Deluxe Room

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Located in the centre of the city, Saigon Prince                           ¿¿¿¿¯                                                                             As one of Saigon’s premier hotels, Caravelle
Hotel is close to numerous restaurants and                                 Overlooking the Saigon River, Renaissance                                         Saigon was built in 1959 and is situated in a
Saigon’s excellent shopping scene.                                         Riverside Hotel Saigon features great shopping                                    great location opposite the famous Saigon
                                                                           and eating opportunities on your doorstep.                                        Opera House.
The property offers smart rooms equipped
                                                                           The hotel seamlessly blends old world charm
with modern facilities to ensure a comfortable                                                                                                               With neutral tones, each ample room is
                                                                           and new age luxuries. Each spacious and
stay. Each room features either river or city                                                                                                                well-appointed and boasts city or river views
                                                                           modern room is well-appointed with luxury
skyline views.                                                                                                                                               and comfortable king size beds. Relax by
                                                                           amenities, and city or river views. Indulge with
                                                                                                                                                             the pool and indulge at the salon and spa.
Indulge with a massage, stay active at the                                 a treatment at the day spa and work-out at
                                                                                                                                                             Located on the rooftop, enjoy excellent views
fully-equipped gym or simply relax by the pool.                            the fitness centre. From the stunning rooftop
                                                                                                                                                             of the city and a cool drink at Saigon Saigon Bar.
                                                                           swimming pool, enjoy views of the city and
                                                                           Saigon River.
Bonus: Late check-out on Saturday or Sunday
• 15% discount on food and beverage
• 30% discount on foot and body massage.
Valid 1 Jan – 31 Oct 19.
           per person for 4 Day Saigon City                                            per person for 4 Day Saigon City                                                  per person for 4 Day Saigon City
from $569* Explorer (Deluxe Room)                                           from $589* Explorer (Deluxe City View Room)                                       from $779* Explorer (Deluxe Room)

18        * Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.
                                                             Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
VIETNAM

                                                                                         SAIGON EXPERIENCES

Saigon Street Life Walking Tour                                                  Cyclos & Markets                                                                  Saigon Design Your Own Tour
Half Day / Private                                                               Half Day / Join-in                                                                Full Day / Private
Saigon is a cultural melting pot boasting many                                   Make like a local and experience Saigon using                                     Make the most of your time and the knowledge
historic, French-built landmarks, bustling local                                 your own two feet and from the seat of a                                          of our experienced local guides who will help
markets and vibrant street scenes.                                               cyclo! See the classic sights and quintessential                                  design the perfect tour for you.
With your knowledgeable English-speaking                                         markets of this dynamic city. Marvel at colonial
                                                                                                                                                                   Saigon is a cultural melting pot with something
guide, walk through some of the backstreets                                      architecture at the Notre Dame Cathedral,
                                                                                                                                                                   to offer every traveller boasting many historic,
of this energetic city.                                                          General Post Office and Reunification Palace.
                                                                                                                                                                   French-built landmarks, bustling local markets
                                                                                 Visit the famous bird café in Tao Dan Park,
Explore lanes and alleyways few tourists get to                                                                                                                    and vibrant street scenes, as well as interesting
                                                                                 where locals take their caged birds every
see and experience real local street life with all                                                                                                                 museums and peaceful pagodas.
                                                                                 morning. Experience the biggest atmospheric
of its colour and activity.                                                      flower market, Ho Thi Ky, as well as Ben Thanh                                    This ‘menu’ style tours enable you, together
                                                                                 Market and its nearby neighbourhoods.                                             with one of our knowledgeable local guides,
                                                                                                                                                                   to tailor-make your tour specific to your
                                                                                                                                                                   own interests.

           per person                                                                                                                                                          per person
 from $30* Minimum 2 people                                                       from $57* per person                                                              from $117* Minimum 2 people

Saigon City & Cu Chi Tunnels                                                     Cu Chi Tunnels by Saigon River Express                                            Vung Tau & Nui Dat
Full Day / Join-in                                                               Half Day / Join-in                                                                Full Day / Private
Enjoy a full day discovering Saigon and the                                      Explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels used                                            This interesting and moving tour travels two
Cu Chi tunnels. Begin with a walking tour of                                     by the communist guerrillas during the                                            hours to Ba Ria and the former Australian base
Saigon’s landmarks. Walk through the heart                                       Vietnam War. This tunnel network stretches                                        at Nui Dat.
of the city along Dong Khoi Street, past the                                     over 250 kilometres and extends to
                                                                                                                                                                   Visit Long Tan, the ‘Horseshoe’ and drive
Rex Hotel, Municipal Theatre and Notre Dame                                      three levels underground. Be transferred to
                                                                                                                                                                   through the Long Hai hills before continuing on
Cathedral. Stop at the site of the former US                                     the pier for a cruise on board a comfortable
                                                                                                                                                                   to the coastal resort town of Vung Tau. Visit to
Embassy then visit the Reunification Palace                                      speedboat along the Saigon River and
                                                                                                                                                                   the ‘White Villa’, the impressive Statue of Jesus
and War Remnants Museum. In the afternoon,                                       surrounding canals. On arrival at Cu Chi, your
                                                                                                                                                                   and the picturesque harbour before returning
be guided through the fascinating network                                        local guide will take you through the tunnels,
                                                                                                                                                                   to Saigon by late afternoon.
of tunnels which were used during the war                                        providing you with a remarkable insight into the
at Cu Chi.                                                                       hardships and terror of a guerrilla war. Return
This tour is also available as a Private Tour,                                   to Saigon by speedboat.
ask your Agent for details.                                                      This tour is also available as a Private Tour,
                                                                                 ask your Agent for details.

            per person                                                                       per person                                                                        per person
 from $128* Minimum 2 people                                                      from $130* Minimum 2 people                                                       from $207* Minimum 2 people

* Prices are per person based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.        19
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The Mekong Delta

               One of Vietnam’s great experiences is the Mekong Delta – a maze of waterways, tropical
                orchards, rice fields, vibrant towns and a unique river lifestyle. Explore exotic floating
                              markets, sample local cuisine and see traditional river life.

                                                                                                                      Mekong Delta

                                                                                                  LAOS
                                                                                    THAILAND

                                                                                                                   VIETNAM
                                                                                           CAMBODIA

            My Tho                                   Can Tho                                                     Saigon
                                                                                                    Mekong Delta (Ho Chi Minh City)
    Gateway to the Mekong Delta,          The largest city in the Mekong Delta,           Chau Doc             My Tho
   My Tho is easily accessible from      Can Tho is a vibrant riverside city with               Can Tho Cai Be
  Saigon. Known as the ‘rice bowl’ of      delicious local cuisine and colourful
Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is home to      markets. Enjoy a sunrise cruise to the
    a number of markets including        floating market at Cai Rang, one of the
  My Tho’s famous floating markets.            iconic sights of the Mekong.

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                                                                              MEKONG DELTA EXPERIENCES

Mekong Delta Day Tour                                                            Mekong Eyes Cruise                                                                Mekong Discovery
Full Day / Join-in                                                               2 Days / Join-in                                                                  2 Days / Private

From Saigon                                                                      DAY 1 Saigon to Cai Be                                                            DAY 1 Saigon to Can Tho
Known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, the Mekong                                  Be transferred from Saigon to Cai Be, board                                       Gain an insight into the thriving Mekong Delta
Delta is the most fertile region in the country,                                 your cruise boat, the Mekong Eyes by midday                                       as you travel south to the city of Can Tho this
and the main producer of rice and tropical fruits.                               and settle in to your floating home for the                                       morning. On the way, stop at a unique Cao Dai
This important waterway is a maze of rivers,                                     night. The Mekong Eyes river cruiser was built                                    temple. Pass farmers tending their fields and
islands, rice paddies and villages, where boats                                  out of a traditional rice barge with the finest                                   drying their produce on the roadside.
are the main means of transportation and are a                                   quality wood and artfully decorated by skilled                                    On arrival at Cai Be Port, board your boat
great way of exploring the region. Discover the                                  craftsmen of the Mekong Delta.                                                    to gain your first glimpses into life on the
Mekong way of life and see the vibrant trading                                   Enjoy lunch on board while you cruise the                                         Mekong. Visit a local coconut candy workshop
markets and traditional riverside living.                                        scenic waterways, passing orchards and                                            then continue along the narrow waterways,
On this full day tour, travel south of Saigon                                    rice paddies. In the afternoon wind your way                                      stopping to admire the impressive architecture
to My Tho, the gateway to the Mekong Delta.                                      through picturesque plantations as you take                                       of a century-old house. Stop for lunch with
From My Tho, board your boat and travel to                                       a guided walk through a rural village. Gain a                                     a local family and visit a nursery before
one of the islands located in the middle of the                                  glimpse into local village life before returning to                               disembarking and continuing on to Can Tho.
Mekong River. On the island, visit a fruit orchard                               the boat. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and delicious                                  In Can Tho, walk through a bustling local market
and sample some of the local produce, before                                     dinner on board this evening. (LD)                                                before relaxing with a cocktail by the river. (L)
boarding a smaller sampan that winds along
                                                                                 DAY 2 Can Tho to Saigon                                                           DAY 2 Can Tho to Saigon
narrow canals.
                                                                                 Wake up well-rested this morning and                                              This morning board your boat and cruise to
Take the opportunity to visit a local family’s
                                                                                 continue exploring the tributaries and canals                                     the fascinating floating market at Cai Rang.
house and enjoy their hospitality as you share
                                                                                 of the verdant Mekong Delta. After breakfast,                                     See local farmers trading their produce on the
some tea or rice wine. After lunch in My Tho
                                                                                 journey on a long sampan to the colourful and                                     water as they have done for centuries. Visit a
return to Saigon by mid to late afternoon. (L)
                                                                                 authentic Cai Rang floating market, one of the                                    fruit orchard to sample some of the region’s
This tour is also available as a Private Tour,                                   iconic sights of the Mekong. This boisterous                                      tropical fruit and tea. Wander through the local
ask your Agent for details.                                                      market attracts hundreds of local boats and                                       village of Binh Thuy to gain a taste of village life
                                                                                 barges whose vendors trade on a daily basis.                                      along one of the smaller Mekong canals before
                                                                                 Visit one of the region’s local food producers,                                   driving back to Saigon in the afternoon. (B)
                                                                                 a family-run vermicelli-making business in
                                                                                 Can Tho, where the cruise comes to an end.
                                                                                 Be transferred back to Saigon. (B)

  INCLUDES:                                                                         INCLUDES:                                                                        INCLUDES:
  •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles                                          •• 1 night on board Mekong Eyes                                                  •• 1 night 3 star hotel accommodation
  •• Join-in touring                                                                •• Join-in touring                                                               •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  •• Entrance fees                                                                  •• Local English-speaking guide on board                                         •• Private touring
  •• Local English-speaking guide                                                                                                                                    •• Entrance fees
                                                                                    •• Return transfers from Saigon
  •• Return transfers from Saigon                                                      accommodation                                                                 •• Local English-speaking guide
     accommodation                                                                                                                                                   •• Return transfers from Saigon
                                                                                    •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
  •• Meals as indicated (L = lunch)                                                    L = lunch, D = dinner)                                                           accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                     •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
                                                                                                                                                                        L = lunch)
                         per person                                                                       per person                                                           per person
 from $    141*          Minimum 2 people                                         from $     291*         twin share                                                from $394* twin share

* Prices are per person based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.        21
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Southern Vietnam Beaches

               With stunning white beaches, tropical islands and turquoise water, the south of Vietnam
              is a beach-lovers dream. Whether you want a fun family holiday, a romantic honeymoon,
                        an action-packed adventure or an island getaway, you can find it here.

                                                                                                             Ninh Van Bay

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                                                                                                             Vinh Hy Bay

                                                                                                 Saigon
                                                                                                 (Ho Chi Minh City)
     Island Hideaways                             Bay Breaks
                                                                                    2 Phu Quoc
 Escape the mainland to the islands of   Relax along stunning Vinh Hy Bay and
Phu Quoc and Con Dao. Phu Quoc has         take in pristine Nui Chua National
plenty of untouched natural wonders,         Park. Only accessible by boat,                      3 Con Dao
   while Con Dao is home to a single       be surrounded by jungle-covered
luxurious resort – Six Senses Con Dao.        mountains at Ninh Van Bay.

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                                                                     SOUTHERN VIETNAM BEACH HOTELS

  Ocean View Condo

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Nestled in a quiet bay 20 kilometres south                                       ¿¿¿¿¯                                                                            Nestled on the pristine shores of Phu Quoc’s
of the city of Nha Trang, Mia Resort Nha                                         Set on Phu Quoc island, this resort features a                                   Mong Tay peninsula, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc is
Trang is a haven of tranquillity with its own                                    style reminiscent of a French seaside mansion.                                   surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. All
beautiful private beach. Each room is designed                                   Each room boasts colonial-influenced décor                                       rooms are designed to add a sense of luxury using
with ultimate luxury in mind, blending                                           with a private balcony or terrace overlooking lush                               natural materials and traditional Vietnamese
contemporary living with complete comfort.                                       gardens or the ocean. Be pampered at the day                                     craftsmanship to create private spacious retreats.
Dazzle your tastebuds in one of the excellent                                    spa, stroll along the white sandy beach or relax                                 Rejuvenate at the holistic day spa or lounge by the
restaurants or indulge at the spa.                                               by the swimming pool.                                                            outdoor swimming pool overlooking the ocean.

Includes:                                                                        Includes:                                                                        Includes:
•• 3 nights accommodation (Garden View Condo)                                    •• 3 nights accommodation (Deluxe Garden                                         •• 3 nights accommodation (Blue Ocean
•• Full buffet, à la carte or room service                                          View Room) • Full buffet breakfast daily                                         Deluxe Room)
   breakfast daily                                                               •• Return transfers from Phu Quoc Airport                                        •• Full buffet breakfast daily
•• Return transfers from Nha Trang Airport                                       Bonus: VIP check-in with welcome drink and                                       •• Return transfers from Phu Quoc Airport
                                                                                 canapés. Valid 1 Apr 19 – 31 Mar 20.
            3 nights                                                                         3 nights                                                                          3 nights
 from $525* per person                                                            from $575* per person                                                             from $685* per person

  Ocean View Duplex                                                                Hilltop Pool Villa

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Sitting on a private white sand beach on the island                              Set on a stunning private bay north of Nha                                       A tranquil retreat, Amanoi resort is positioned on
of Con Dao, Six Senses Con Dao is surrounded                                     Trang, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a unique,                                      a hillside overlooking Vinh Hy Bay with impressive
by dramatic mountain scenery. The light-filled                                   boutique resort only accessible by boat.                                         ocean or mountain views. Take a short buggy
villas are each designed with style and elegance,                                The property offers an unparalleled experience                                   ride to the property’s private golden sand beach.
offering a private infinity pool and generous                                    of luxury reflecting the local environment,                                      With a fusion of contemporary elegance and
space. Floor to ceiling windows maximise views                                   and personal service with a butler available                                     Vietnamese architectural styles, the pavilions and
and private terraces and balconies look out to                                   from arrival to departure. Each villa features a                                 villas are perched along a ridge with views of the
breathtaking vistas across the water. Dine on                                    private plunge pool and is in total harmony with                                 surrounding area. Relax in the tranquil setting of
fresh local seafood at the main restaurant, or find                              its surrounds. Enjoy unique views and delicious                                  the spa or explore the pristine environment with
peace at the uniquely designed Six Senses Spa.                                   cuisine at the three dining venues and be                                        a range of experiences on offer.
                                                                                 pampered at the Six Senses Spa.
Includes:                                                                        Includes:                                                                        Includes:
•• 3 nights accommodation (Ocean View Duplex)                                    •• 3 nights accommodation (Hilltop Pool Villa)                                   •• 3 nights accommodation (Lake Pavilion)
•• Full buffet breakfast daily                                                   •• Full buffet breakfast daily                                                   •• À la carte breakfast daily
•• Return transfers from Con Dao Airport                                         •• Return transfers from Nha Trang Airport                                       •• Return transfers from Nha Trang Airport
              3 nights                                                                         3 nights                                                                          3 nights
 from $1,619* per person                                                          from $1,969* per person                                                           from $2,159* per person

* Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.    23
Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
Nha Trang

                  Backed by mountains and overlooking a beautiful turquoise bay of tropical islands,
                experience the best of Nha Trang. Relax and enjoy the long stretch of white sand, swim
                   or cruise the waters, or if you’re feeling energetic, partake in some watersports.

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from the mainland and spend the day         best of both worlds – the beach to
  exploring the quiet islands, hidden        laze away your days and a great
     coves and clear blue waters.           nightlife to keep you entertained.

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                                                                                           NHA TRANG HOTELS

  Executive Suite

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NOVOTEL NHA TRANG                                                  REF.          SUNRISE NHA TRANG                                                  REF.          EVASON ANA MANDARA                                         REF.
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Overlooking the beach, Novotel Nha Trang is a                                    ¿¿¿¿¯                                                                            Featuring its own private beach, Evason Ana
great contemporary property located along the                                    Built in a colonial style, Sunrise Nha Trang                                     Mandara combines luxury with a laidback
city’s main street and near some of the area’s                                   Beach Hotel is located just steps away from                                      ambience and boasts an absolute beachfront
main attractions. Each light-filled room features                                the beach. This hotel combines modern                                            location. Each stylish room offers classic
a balcony with a view of the sea, a casual                                       comforts and a terrific location overlooking                                     Vietnamese touches amid a tropical oasis. With
ambience and modern amenities. Stay active                                       Nha Trang Bay and beach. Each spacious room                                      a private terrace, each villa is a welcome retreat
at the modern fitness centre, enjoy a treatment                                  is contemporary with a range of amenities                                        with a range of excellent amenities. Lounge by the
at the spa or relax by the swimming pool after                                   to ensure a comfortable stay. Relax by the                                       pool or keep busy with water and beach sports.
a day at the beach. This is the perfect place to                                 Roman-style swimming pool and spend time at                                      Overlooking the ocean, this property features all
stay for an enjoyable beach escape.                                              the property’s private beach area.                                               the facilities to make this a destination in itself.

Includes:                                                                        Includes:                                                                        Includes:
•• 3 nights accommodation (Standard Room)                                        •• 3 nights accommodation (Superior Room)                                        •• 3 nights accommodation (Garden View Room)
•• Full buffet breakfast daily                                                   •• Full buffet breakfast daily                                                   •• Full buffet breakfast daily
•• Return transfers from Nha Trang Airport                                       •• Return transfers from Nha Trang Airport                                       •• Return transfers from Nha Trang Airport
            3 nights                                                                         3 nights                                                                          3 nights
 from $359* per person                                                            from $479* per person                                                             from $789* per person

                                                                                   NHA TRANG EXPERIENCES

Nha Trang Food Adventure                                                         Nha Trang City Tour                                                              Nha Trang Sunset Cruise
Evening / Join-in                                                                Half Day / Join-in                                                               Evening / Join-in
Discover a culinary culture unlike anywhere                                      Discover the highlights of Nha Trang during this                                 Board the Emperor Cruise and receive a welcome
else in Vietnam. Dazzling Nha Trang is a beach                                   half day city tour. Explore the Po Nagar Cham                                    drink before enjoying a spectacular sunset.
paradise where Vietnamese and Chan recipes                                       Towers to see the fascinating architecture of
                                                                                                                                                                  While cruising Nha Trang Bay, sip a cocktail
collide to create a vibrant food scene fed by the                                the Cham people. Continue on to Long Son
                                                                                                                                                                  or glass of wine on the sundeck and enjoy
sea and surrounding hills. Featuring oodles of                                   Pagoda, featuring a huge white Buddha. Stop at
                                                                                                                                                                  listening to music under the stars as you gaze
delicious local specialities for you to try, this is                             the gothic-style Nha Trang Cathedral and visit
                                                                                                                                                                  at the city lights.
the perfect introduction to the exciting culinary                                the largest market in town, Dam Market.
treasures that await you during your time on                                                                                                                      Relax with a five-course seafood dinner on
                                                                                 This tour is also available as a Private Tour,
the bay.                                                                                                                                                          board. This sunset and dinner cruise is a
                                                                                 ask your Agent for details.
                                                                                                                                                                  perfect opportunity to experience Nha Trang
                                                                                                                                                                  Bay at night.

                                                                                            per person                                                                         per person
 from $45* per person                                                             from $53* Minimum 2 people                                                        from $147* Minimum 2 people

* Prices are per person twin share for hotels and per person for experiences, based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia.    25
Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote. Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
Hoi An

           With a picturesque riverside setting, colourful Hoi An is a former trading port which retains a
        charming mix of architectural styles from days gone by. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the
            old town, escape to the beach or venture further afield to experience laidback village life.

                                                                                                                   Hoi An

           Old Town                          Regional Flavours                             Tailor-made
 Wander through the historic lanes of   Many of the historic buildings are now     From suits and skirts to dresses and
Hoi An’s old town where the buildings   home to stylish restaurants and bars.      jackets, have a tailor create a whole
have been largely preserved and have    From street carts to French-style cafés   new wardrobe to suit you. Spend time
been painted yellow. See the Japanese    and riverfront seafood restaurants,        roaming the row upon row of local
   Covered Bridge and spend time         Hoi An’s unique cuisine has evolved      shophouses which stock shoes, fabric,
      relaxing by the riverside.                  over the centuries.                  clothing and lacquerware.

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                                                                  Hoi An City Explorer
                                                                              5 DAYS FROM $425* PER PERSON

                   Undoubtedly the gem of central Vietnam, Hoi An has some of the country’s best dining and shopping options.
                    For the perfect introduction, choose our Hoi An City Explorer. Cycle to the rural villages surrounding the city
                                     and design your own tour of Hoi An with your local English-speaking guide.

DAY 1 Hoi An                                                                     DAY 3 Hoi An
On arrival at Danang Ariport, be transferred                                     Uncover beautiful scenery and local life as                                          INCLUDES:
to your hotel in the charming riverside town                                     you cycle outside Hoi An town for the day.                                           •• 4 nights hotel accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                         at Hoi An Garden Palace
of Hoi An. Stay the next four nights at Hoi An                                   Cycle alongside the river and see basket boats
                                                                                                                                                                         (Junior Deluxe Room)
Garden Palace.                                                                   being made at a traditional boatyard. Visit craft
                                                                                                                                                                      •• Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
                                                                                 workshops and a family-run wine refinery.
DAY 2 Hoi An                                                                                                                                                          •• Hoi An Design Your Own half day tour
                                                                                 Have lunch in the garden of a local family
Meet with your local English-speaking guide to                                                                                                                        •• Hoi An Village Cycle full day tour
                                                                                 home. Enjoy meeting the local people and gain
tailor a unique morning of activities to suit your                               a unique insight into their daily lives. (BL)                                        •• Entrance fees
interests. Explore Hoi An with options including                                                                                                                      •• Local English-speaking guide
                                                                                 DAY 4 Hoi An
a scenic boat trip on Thu Bon River, a local                                                                                                                          •• Return airport transfers to Hoi An
                                                                                 Today is free to explore the charming old town. (B)                                     accommodation
market visit or a cyclo ride around the old town.
Spend the afternoon further exploring Hoi An                                     DAY 5 Hoi An                                                                         •• Meals as indicated (B = breakfast,
                                                                                                                                                                         L = lunch)
independently. Perhaps wander the rows of                                        Enjoy free time before checking out of the hotel
shophouses and shop for tailor-made clothing. (B)                                and being transferred to Danang Airport. (B)

                              UPGRADE your hotel or extend your stay to experience everything this beautiful city has to offer.
                                                                     See pages 28 and 29 for other hotel options and experiences.

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                                                                                 Cua Dai beach, Hoi An Garden Palace is a cosy
                                                                                 property featuring an antiquity style elegance.                                                               6                                                                  Danang Beach
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                                                                                 restaurant, relax by the outdoor swimming                                            Bridge
                                                                                 pool or be pampered at the day spa.

                                                                                 Bonus: Sunset Bicycle Tour per person
                                                                                 • Afternoon tea per person on one day.
                                                                                 Valid 1 Jan – 31 Dec 19.

* Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.                                                            27
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VIETNAM

                                             HOI AN CITY EXPLORER – HOTEL UPGRADE OPTIONS

 Superior Room                                                                 Superior Garden View Room

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ANCIENT HOUSE RESORT                                          REF.          HOI AN TRAILS RESORT & SPA                                         REF.           HOI AN HISTORIC HOTEL                                              REF.
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Ancient House Resort is situated a 20 minute                                Set among lush gardens, Hoi An Trails Resort &                                    Located moments from Hoi An’s beautiful old
walk from the centre of town and a short drive to                           Spa is ideally located between Cua Dai beach and                                  town, Hoi An Historic Hotel is a resort-style
Cua Dai beach. A unique fusion of Vietnamese                                historical Hoi An. This boutique property offers a                                property featuring expansive grounds.
style and modern luxury, the property features a                            cosy, intimate feel.
                                                                                                                                                              Each elegantly-styled room is fresh and
pleasant and relaxed atmosphere surrounded by
                                                                            Each large room is furnished with local décor and                                 comfortable with a private balcony and
tropical gardens.
                                                                            a unique design. Relax on your private balcony                                    modern amenities to ensure a pleasant stay.
Each comfortable room is modest in size and is                              overlooking the countryside.
                                                                                                                                                              Play a game of tennis, cool off in the outdoor
ideally set around the central swimming pool.
                                                                            Be pampered at the spa, relax by the pool or                                      pool or take the shuttle bus to Cua Dai beach.
Enjoy breakfast in the open air restaurant,
                                                                            enjoy a drink at the open-air bar.                                                This is an excellent base from which to explore
spend time by the swimming pool and relax
                                                                                                                                                              Hoi An’s vibrant heritage streets.
with a treatment at the spa.

Bonus: 20% discount on resort services.                                     Bonus: Set menu lunch or dinner per person                                        Bonus: Guaranteed upgrade to a Deluxe Room
Valid 1 Jan – 31 Dec 19.                                                    on one day • Late check-out.                                                      • 20% discount on spa treatments.
                                                                            Valid 1 Jan – 31 Dec 19.                                                          Valid 1 Jan – 31 Dec 19.
           per person for 5 Day Hoi An                                                  per person for 5 Day Hoi An                                                       per person for 5 Day Hoi An
from $435* City Explorer (Superior Room)                                     from $499* City Explorer (Superior Room)                                          from $525* City Explorer (Superior Room)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Premium Riverview Room

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HOI AN BEACH RESORT                                           REF.          ALMANITY HOI AN WELLNESS                                           REF.           ANANTARA HOI AN RESORT                                             REF.
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With a great beachside location, Hoi An Beach                               ¿¿¿¿¿                                                                             Situated on the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An
Resort offers picturesque river views from the                              Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort draws on its                                      Resort is only a short stroll to Hoi An old town.
common areas.                                                               surroundings and integrates these elements                                        Each spacious, split-level room overlooks the
                                                                            into its architecture and design.                                                 beautifully landscaped gardens and tranquil
Each spacious room is bright, simple and
                                                                            Built around a large tropical courtyard                                           river. Hoi An’s cultural diversity is reflected in
comfortably furnished with a private balcony
                                                                            swimming pool, each room is bright and                                            the rooms and suites with a blend of French,
offering views of the gardens, beach, river or
                                                                            comfortable with local design elements.                                           Dutch, Chinese and Japanese design elements.
paddy fields.
                                                                                                                                                              Choose from a range of dining options at the
Spend time relaxing by the two swimming pools                               As one of the largest wellness spas on                                            hotel, indulge with a treatment at the day spa
or enjoy a delicious meal as you take in the river                          Vietnam’s central coast, My Chi Spa offers daily                                  or spend time relaxing by the pool.
views from the restaurant.                                                  spa treatments, Yoga and Tai Chi classes as well
                                                                            as a range of wellness activities.

                                                                            Bonus: Set menu lunch or dinner for two adults
                                                                            on one day. Valid 1 Jan 19 – 31 Mar 20.
           per person for 5 Day Hoi An                                                  per person for 5 Day Hoi An City                                                    per person for 5 Day Hoi An City
from $559* City Explorer (Standard Room)                                     from $835* Explorer (My Spirit Superior Room)                                     from $1,059* Explorer (My Spirit Superior Room)

28         * Prices are per person twin share based on low season and will vary depending on date of travel, unless otherwise stated. Pricing does not include the airfare from Australia. Please contact us for an air-inclusive quote.
                                                              Refer to our booking conditions for full pricing and payment information. For more information call 1300 365 355, visit insiderjourneys.com.au or see your travel agent.
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