Asia Tours

Got itchy feet, but not much dosh? Well, scratch that itch, because holidays in Asia don't cost an arm and leg. Or an itchy foot. Whatever you'd like to see and do in Asia, Student Flights has stacks of affordable tour packages.

See the exotic sights of Asia

If you're the kind of traveller who likes to visit a few countries on each trip, Indochina tours are perfect for you. Indochina tours will take you to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.

A great way to see all these countries is with Indochina Odyssey tours – they've got more Indochina tours than you can think of! And, if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, you can even have a customised South East Asia tour created.

Student Flights also has some sweet tour packages to Vietnam's 'rice basket' – the Mekong Delta. Here, you can explore quaint riverside villages, taste exotic fruits from the Mekong's floating markets and get to know the super-friendly locals by choosing a homestay as your accommodation. If you want a taste of the real Vietnam, Mekong Delta tours are definitely for you.

And if you're a keen golfer, perhaps the One Asia tour is your cup of green tea. One Asia is all about making the most of playing opportunities for the best golfers in the Asia Pacific. It's a great alternative to the PGA Tour or European Tour. So if you're looking at taking an Asian golf tour, the One Asia golf tour might be just the tour for you to follow.

For all the goss on what's happening in Asia now, the lowdown on the best Indochina tours, South East Asia tours, Mekong Delta tours and Asian golf tours, call Student Flights. We've always got sweet deals on stacks of other Asian tours including Asian Quest and Asia Discovery and Contiki Asia tours too! Whatever Asia tours you're looking for, give Student Flights a call now on 1800 046 462.

Asia Tour Holiday Packages

  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1029*, <strong>NOW</strong> $978*, <strong>SAVE</strong> $51*

    Thai Island Hopper West, 9 Days, SAVE $51*

    from $978*

    • 9 day tour departing Phuket.
    • 8 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
    • 3 local ferries.
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Tipping for local staff included.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Services of an experienced & professional Tour Manager.
    • WAS $1029*, NOW $978*, SAVE $51*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Phuket - Koh Phi Phi - Krabi - Phuket

    Searching for a relaxing tropical island? The ultimate in idyllic beaches and the most breathtaking scenery? Then spend nine-days island hopping through the western Thai Islands with Contiki. Do as little or as much as you like: explore the exoitc sights, sample the local cuisine, kick back on the world famous beaches, take a day cruise or simply chill beachside with a cocktail. From Phuket to Phi Phi to Krabi, create your own Thai Islands experience.

    Day 1: Arrive Phuket
    Our tour begins on Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Check-in to your hotel & relax poolside or head to the beach. Tonight, you'll meet with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies before heading out into the bright lights & buzzing atmosphere that this town is known for. Get into holiday mode as you discover Patong at night. Known for its great party vibes & many bars, clubs & discos, there's something for everyone. Maybe try Bangla Road & see why Thailand is famous for the phrase of 'mai pen rai, meaning 'don't worry, be happy' .

    Day 2 and 3: Phuket
    After breakfast, head down to the beach & pick a spot on the sand that will be yours for the day You could try out some of the water sports on offer here or swim in the beautiful clear waters. If you're up for something different, you can check out the area at a different angle & explore the natural beauty of the coast in a sea canoe. A local guide will fill you in on the area as they take you through caves and along the dramatic coastlines. You could also take a trip to see an unusual limestone karst, Ko Tapu on Ao Phang Nga National Park, referred to as James Bond Island because it was made famous by a James Bond film. There are loads of other activities & sights here, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. You could also see a different side of Phuket in Phuket Town; it's known for its architecture & Chinese influences. You could visit the Jui Tui Shrine & ask the shrine's oracle for advice. You can also get to the 45m (147ft) high Big Buddha that overlooks the island. There's also your chance for something really different - a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project - an enterprise that is working to protect gibbons (small apes) & return them to the wild. The nearby Bangpae Waterfall is a great place to cool off in the afternoon as well. When you're in Thailand, there's no better way to get amongst the local lifestyle than through the range of delicious food. From Pad Thai, to mouthwatering yellow, green & red curries, there's something to tempt your taste buds. So as the sun goes down, find a little local place & sit down with a beer & relax. You can take it up a notch later, there are loads of bars, shows & clubs to enjoy here, so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where to head

    Day 4: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
    This morning, maybe grab another delicious meal or fit in some last minute time in the sun before we depart on a ferry for one of Thailand's most famous islands, Koh Phi Phi. On arrival, your Tour Manager will show you all the local sights, so you can get your bearings & get ready for some good times on the island. Made famous by the film 'The Beach' it's a picturesque place with loads to enjoy. Chill out in the sun before a truly incredible experience - we'll head up to the highest viewpoint on the island for some amazing views where we'll watch a gorgeous sunset over the Andaman Sea. Later, you could enjoy a beer at a beachside bar or chill out with some locals & soak up the vibes

    Day 5 and 6: Koh Phi Phi
    With two free days, get into all that this fantastic place has to offer. From beaches to boats to food, it's all here & ready to be explored. If relaxing on island time is what you're after, find a section of Phi Phi's beach, put down your towel & work on your tan. But there are loads of other things to see & do here. Maybe jump on a boat for a look at Maya Island before the tourists arrive. Today, there's a cool optional activity for you to experience - a cruise around Phi Phi Island that takes in some of the island's hot spots. You'll cruise to Maya Bay, home to "The Beach", for a swim or a stroll on the sand at Monkey Beach, which is famed for its cute furry inhabitants & some snorkelling off Bamboo Islands reefs while looking for "Nemo". If exploring the island's nightlife is what you're after, Phi Phi by night goes off Try one of the beachside bars with fresh seafood, lie in a hammock & watch the amazing fire dancing right on the beach. Or, you could head to the local market to meet some locals & try some local specialties like Pad See Ew (long noodles fried in soy sauce with vegetables). And definitely get in some shopping for local souvenirs.

    Day 7: Koh Phi Phi to Krabi (Ao Nanh)
    Some free time in the morning before we farewell Koh Phi Phi. This afternoon it's a change of pace as we take an afternoon ferry to Krabi. Nestled amongst limestone karts, Krabi offers some amazing scenery, friendly locals & cute small town feel. With it's beautiful beaches & unspoiled islands, it's now one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. On arrival we'll head to the well known beach of Ao Nang, a small beach town. Maybe head to the beach for a massage or take a walk through the town for a look at the local life here

    Day 8: Krabi
    Wake up to a day of good times in Krabi & take advantage of the many things to see & do here. If you are feeling active, you may want to visit the Tiger Cave temple. Though the tigers have long since left, this Buddhist temple provides some great photo opportunities - especially from the viewpoint at the top of 1237 steps. If it is a quiet beach that you are after, then jumping on a long-tail boat & making the journey to Rai Leh beach is where you want to go. Only accessible by boat, this small island, surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs is the perfect place to relax. You could head to West Rai Lay Beach for a look at the town - take a walk along the short promenade lined with restaurants & shops & stop for a tasty lunch or a beer along the way. You could also go explore some of Krabi's jungle at a different angle....on the back of an elephant at a nearby elephant camp.

    Day 9: Krabi to Phuket
    Our journey returns us to Phuket where our Thai Islands tour ends. You can choose to take a free transfer to Phuket airport or the Sawaddi Patong Resort where our tour started.

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  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1535*, <strong>NOW</strong> $1480*, <strong>SAVE</strong> $55*

    Vietnam Highlights, 10 Days, SAVE $55*

    from $1,480*

    • 10 day tour departing Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 8 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation on an overnight cruise.
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local payment.
    • Visit 3 World Heritage sites.
    • 3 internal flights.
    • Services of an experienced Contiki Tour Manager & English speaking local guide & driver.
    • Transport.
    • WAS $1535*, NOW $1480*, SAVE $55*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh - Nha Trang - Hoi - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

    Only have a short time to spend in Vietnam and want to make sure you have seen all the country has to offer. From the cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh to the historic streets of the capital Hanoi and all that is in between. Over 10 days let us show you the highlights of some of Vietnam's most famous and favourite cities including; Na Trang, Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue.

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh
    Start your Vietnam Experience this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this 'Paris of the Orient', from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.

    Day 2: Ho Chi MInh city to Nha Trang
    Today you'll hear Vietnam's history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times. Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports. This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish'n'chips.

    Day 3: Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea. Activity-wise, there's a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area. Your Tour Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don't stop there Get into Nha Trang's nightlife with some of the group - it's a pretty lively place.

    Day 4: Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Danang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An. Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles. You'll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who'll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda. This afternoon, it's free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns They also have designs in their shops to choose from. As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town. Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you'll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 5: Hoi An
    It's a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    Day 6: Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the "Pass of the Ocean Clouds", on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way. We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork. The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 7: Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum. Hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be The Old Quarter has been Hanoi's commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Tour Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here - each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products. In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era. For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 8: Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh - former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country's independence (seasonal).We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we'll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. This natural wonder doesn't come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views. Back onboard there's a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Titop for sunset. Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin onboard the junk.

    Day 9: Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys) that live there. We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon. Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature - a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the Temple is Vietnam's most important Confucian sanctuary and it's historic seat of learning. For more culture your Tour Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi's world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta. Tonight is the last night on tour, so perhaps enjoy a memorable dinner at KOTO Restaurant - this eatery helps support an organisation that works to improve former disadvantaged childrens' lives by training them in hospitality.

    Day 10 Depart Hanoi
    Our tour ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Tour Manager.

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  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1845*, <strong>NOW</strong> $1774*, <strong>SAVE</strong> $71*

    Vietnam Experience, 12 Days, SAVE $71*

    from $1,774*

    • 12 day tour departing Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 9 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation in a guest house.
    • 1 night accommodation on an overnight cruise.
    • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local payment.
    • Visit 3 World Heritage sites.
    • 3 internal flights.
    • Services of an experienced Contiki Tour Manager & English speaking local guide & driver.
    • Transport.
    • WAS $1845*, NOW $1774*, SAVE $71*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

    Vietnam on your mind? Cruise the Delta, see floating markets, cycle around Hoi An & experience the best of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi & Hue. Raise the relaxation vibes in Nna Trang, hit Halong Bay in a Junk boat & see why this place is truly a country where east meets west.

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh
    Start your Vietnam Experience this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this 'Paris of the Orient', from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    For the next two days, we journey into the Mekong Delta. In your time here, cruise the Delta on a traditional boat and take in Vietnam's major rice producing area. See local fruit farms, floating markets and everyday life on Vietnam's waterways. Learn about local industry with visits to a rice paper factory. You'll also get a taste of tradition at a tea house and get to enjoy a typical lunch at a local house. Later, local musicians will perform for us before we tuck into some home-cooked food at the simple, local guesthouse where we stay overnight.

    Day 3: Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh
    It's an early breakfast before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City via the Viet Cong's legendary tunnels in Cu Chi. See booby traps, hidden doors and some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand to escape danger and launch surprise attacks from. If you're up for it, you can even go down into the skinny tunnels and experience them first-hand. Tonight it's a free evening, so why not grab some delicious Vietnamese food with your tour mate.

    Day 4: Ho Chi MInh city to Nha Trang
    Today you'll hear Vietnam's history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times. Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports. This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish'n'chips.

    Day 5: Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea. Activity-wise, there's a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area. Your Tour Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs. Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don't stop there Get into Nha Trang's nightlife with some of the group - it's a pretty lively place.

    Day 6: Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Danang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An. Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles. You'll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who'll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda. This afternoon, it's free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns They also have designs in their shops to choose from. As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Day 7: Hoi An
    It's a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    Day 8: Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the "Pass of the Ocean Clouds", on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way. We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork. The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 9: Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum. Hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be The Old Quarter has been Hanoi's commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Tour Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here - each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products. In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era. For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 10: Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh - former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country's independence (seasonal).We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we'll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.This natural wonder doesn't come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.Back on board there's a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Titop for sunset.Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 11: Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys) that live there. We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon. Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature - a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the Temple is Vietnam's most important Confucian sanctuary and it's historic seat of learning. For more culture your Tour Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi's world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta. Tonight is the last night on tour, so perhaps enjoy a memorable dinner at KOTO Restaurant - this eatery helps support an organisation that works to improve former disadvantaged childrens' lives by training them in hospitality.

    Day 12 Depart Hanoi
    Our tour ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Tour Manager.

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  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1029*, <strong>NOW</strong> $978*, <strong>SAVE</strong> $51*

    Thai Island Hopper West, 9 Days, SAVE $51*

    from $978*

    • 9 day tour departing Phuket.
    • 8 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 8 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
    • 3 local ferries.
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Tipping for local staff included.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Services of an experienced & professional Tour Manager.
    • WAS $1029*, NOW $978*, SAVE $51*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Phuket - Koh Phi Phi - Krabi - Phuket

    Searching for a relaxing tropical island? The ultimate in idyllic beaches and the most breathtaking scenery? Then spend nine-days island hopping through the western Thai Islands with Contiki. Do as little or as much as you like: explore the exoitc sights, sample the local cuisine, kick back on the world famous beaches, take a day cruise or simply chill beachside with a cocktail. From Phuket to Phi Phi to Krabi, create your own Thai Islands experience.

    Day 1: Arrive Phuket
    Our tour begins on Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Check-in to your hotel & relax poolside or head to the beach. Tonight, you'll meet with your Tour Manager & fellow travel buddies before heading out into the bright lights & buzzing atmosphere that this town is known for. Get into holiday mode as you discover Patong at night. Known for its great party vibes & many bars, clubs & discos, there's something for everyone. Maybe try Bangla Road & see why Thailand is famous for the phrase of 'mai pen rai, meaning 'don't worry, be happy' .

    Day 2 and 3: Phuket
    After breakfast, head down to the beach & pick a spot on the sand that will be yours for the day You could try out some of the water sports on offer here or swim in the beautiful clear waters. If you're up for something different, you can check out the area at a different angle & explore the natural beauty of the coast in a sea canoe. A local guide will fill you in on the area as they take you through caves and along the dramatic coastlines. You could also take a trip to see an unusual limestone karst, Ko Tapu on Ao Phang Nga National Park, referred to as James Bond Island because it was made famous by a James Bond film. There are loads of other activities & sights here, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. You could also see a different side of Phuket in Phuket Town; it's known for its architecture & Chinese influences. You could visit the Jui Tui Shrine & ask the shrine's oracle for advice. You can also get to the 45m (147ft) high Big Buddha that overlooks the island. There's also your chance for something really different - a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project - an enterprise that is working to protect gibbons (small apes) & return them to the wild. The nearby Bangpae Waterfall is a great place to cool off in the afternoon as well. When you're in Thailand, there's no better way to get amongst the local lifestyle than through the range of delicious food. From Pad Thai, to mouthwatering yellow, green & red curries, there's something to tempt your taste buds. So as the sun goes down, find a little local place & sit down with a beer & relax. You can take it up a notch later, there are loads of bars, shows & clubs to enjoy here, so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where to head

    Day 4: Phuket to Koh Phi Phi
    This morning, maybe grab another delicious meal or fit in some last minute time in the sun before we depart on a ferry for one of Thailand's most famous islands, Koh Phi Phi. On arrival, your Tour Manager will show you all the local sights, so you can get your bearings & get ready for some good times on the island. Made famous by the film 'The Beach' it's a picturesque place with loads to enjoy. Chill out in the sun before a truly incredible experience - we'll head up to the highest viewpoint on the island for some amazing views where we'll watch a gorgeous sunset over the Andaman Sea. Later, you could enjoy a beer at a beachside bar or chill out with some locals & soak up the vibes

    Day 5 and 6: Koh Phi Phi
    With two free days, get into all that this fantastic place has to offer. From beaches to boats to food, it's all here & ready to be explored. If relaxing on island time is what you're after, find a section of Phi Phi's beach, put down your towel & work on your tan. But there are loads of other things to see & do here. Maybe jump on a boat for a look at Maya Island before the tourists arrive. Today, there's a cool optional activity for you to experience - a cruise around Phi Phi Island that takes in some of the island's hot spots. You'll cruise to Maya Bay, home to "The Beach", for a swim or a stroll on the sand at Monkey Beach, which is famed for its cute furry inhabitants & some snorkelling off Bamboo Islands reefs while looking for "Nemo". If exploring the island's nightlife is what you're after, Phi Phi by night goes off Try one of the beachside bars with fresh seafood, lie in a hammock & watch the amazing fire dancing right on the beach. Or, you could head to the local market to meet some locals & try some local specialties like Pad See Ew (long noodles fried in soy sauce with vegetables). And definitely get in some shopping for local souvenirs.

    Day 7: Koh Phi Phi to Krabi (Ao Nanh)
    Some free time in the morning before we farewell Koh Phi Phi. This afternoon it's a change of pace as we take an afternoon ferry to Krabi. Nestled amongst limestone karts, Krabi offers some amazing scenery, friendly locals & cute small town feel. With it's beautiful beaches & unspoiled islands, it's now one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. On arrival we'll head to the well known beach of Ao Nang, a small beach town. Maybe head to the beach for a massage or take a walk through the town for a look at the local life here

    Day 8: Krabi
    Wake up to a day of good times in Krabi & take advantage of the many things to see & do here. If you are feeling active, you may want to visit the Tiger Cave temple. Though the tigers have long since left, this Buddhist temple provides some great photo opportunities - especially from the viewpoint at the top of 1237 steps. If it is a quiet beach that you are after, then jumping on a long-tail boat & making the journey to Rai Leh beach is where you want to go. Only accessible by boat, this small island, surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs is the perfect place to relax. You could head to West Rai Lay Beach for a look at the town - take a walk along the short promenade lined with restaurants & shops & stop for a tasty lunch or a beer along the way. You could also go explore some of Krabi's jungle at a different angle....on the back of an elephant at a nearby elephant camp.

    Day 9: Krabi to Phuket
    Our journey returns us to Phuket where our Thai Islands tour ends. You can choose to take a free transfer to Phuket airport or the Sawaddi Patong Resort where our tour started.

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    Vietnam Highlights, 10 Days, SAVE $55*

    from $1,480*

    • 10 day tour departing Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 8 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation on an overnight cruise.
    • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local payment.
    • Visit 3 World Heritage sites.
    • 3 internal flights.
    • Services of an experienced Contiki Tour Manager & English speaking local guide & driver.
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    HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh - Nha Trang - Hoi - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

    Only have a short time to spend in Vietnam and want to make sure you have seen all the country has to offer. From the cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh to the historic streets of the capital Hanoi and all that is in between. Over 10 days let us show you the highlights of some of Vietnam's most famous and favourite cities including; Na Trang, Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue.

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh
    Start your Vietnam Experience this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this 'Paris of the Orient', from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.

    Day 2: Ho Chi MInh city to Nha Trang
    Today you'll hear Vietnam's history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times. Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports. This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish'n'chips.

    Day 3: Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea. Activity-wise, there's a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area. Your Tour Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don't stop there Get into Nha Trang's nightlife with some of the group - it's a pretty lively place.

    Day 4: Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Danang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An. Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles. You'll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who'll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda. This afternoon, it's free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns They also have designs in their shops to choose from. As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town. Choose an optional Vietnamese cooking class tonight and taste why this food has such a good reputation. Cook up 4 traditional dishes - you'll even get to enjoy eating them afterward.

    Day 5: Hoi An
    It's a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    Day 6: Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the "Pass of the Ocean Clouds", on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way. We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork. The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 7: Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum. Hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be The Old Quarter has been Hanoi's commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Tour Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here - each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products. In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era. For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 8: Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh - former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country's independence (seasonal).We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we'll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. This natural wonder doesn't come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views. Back onboard there's a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Titop for sunset. Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin onboard the junk.

    Day 9: Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys) that live there. We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon. Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature - a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the Temple is Vietnam's most important Confucian sanctuary and it's historic seat of learning. For more culture your Tour Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi's world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta. Tonight is the last night on tour, so perhaps enjoy a memorable dinner at KOTO Restaurant - this eatery helps support an organisation that works to improve former disadvantaged childrens' lives by training them in hospitality.

    Day 10 Depart Hanoi
    Our tour ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Tour Manager.

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    Vietnam Experience, 12 Days, SAVE $71*

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    • 12 day tour departing Ho Chi Minh City.
    • 9 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation in a guest house.
    • 1 night accommodation on an overnight cruise.
    • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.
    • Local taxes and service charges.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local payment.
    • Visit 3 World Heritage sites.
    • 3 internal flights.
    • Services of an experienced Contiki Tour Manager & English speaking local guide & driver.
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    HIGHLIGHTS: Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

    Vietnam on your mind? Cruise the Delta, see floating markets, cycle around Hoi An & experience the best of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi & Hue. Raise the relaxation vibes in Nna Trang, hit Halong Bay in a Junk boat & see why this place is truly a country where east meets west.

    Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh
    Start your Vietnam Experience this evening in Ho Chi Minh City, still referred to as Saigon, a cosmopolitan city that combines Vietnamese flair with US influences post the Vietnam War and is one of the most dynamic and progressive cities in Asia with great places to eat and drink. The French also left their fingerprints all over this 'Paris of the Orient', from architecture like Notre Dame Cathedral to the best pastries this side of the Eiffel Tower.

    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta
    For the next two days, we journey into the Mekong Delta. In your time here, cruise the Delta on a traditional boat and take in Vietnam's major rice producing area. See local fruit farms, floating markets and everyday life on Vietnam's waterways. Learn about local industry with visits to a rice paper factory. You'll also get a taste of tradition at a tea house and get to enjoy a typical lunch at a local house. Later, local musicians will perform for us before we tuck into some home-cooked food at the simple, local guesthouse where we stay overnight.

    Day 3: Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh
    It's an early breakfast before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City via the Viet Cong's legendary tunnels in Cu Chi. See booby traps, hidden doors and some of the 250kms of tunnels that Vietnamese resistance fighters dug by hand to escape danger and launch surprise attacks from. If you're up for it, you can even go down into the skinny tunnels and experience them first-hand. Tonight it's a free evening, so why not grab some delicious Vietnamese food with your tour mate.

    Day 4: Ho Chi MInh city to Nha Trang
    Today you'll hear Vietnam's history in a nutshell on a city tour that starts from colonial times. Check out the Notre Dame Cathedral, a relic left from French rule. We also see the Presidential or Reunification Palace, the former political heart of the country, from where various leaders have ruled. Learn how the loss of this building marked the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Then look through the sobering War Remnants Museum and find out about victims of the Vietnam War. In the afternoon, the group flies to the seaside resort town of Nha Trang, famous for its sweeping, golden beach, turquoise waters and fun water sports. This evening, order yourself some fresh lobster, prawns or even fish'n'chips.

    Day 5: Nha Trang
    A free day gives you time to sink into the laid-back beach lifestyle. Snack on fresh pineapple or other tropical fruits from the area. Try a massage and soak up the sun or cool off in the South China Sea. Activity-wise, there's a chance to get out among the gorgeous offshore islands on our optional cruise. With swim stops and snorkelling off the island of Hon Mun, this is a fun way to explore the area. Your Tour Manager can also organise you a treat - experience a mineral mud bath and hot thermal springs. Tonight, find yourself a spot on the beach or at a waterfront bar to watch the sun set over the sea. But don't stop there Get into Nha Trang's nightlife with some of the group - it's a pretty lively place.

    Day 6: Nha Trang to Hoi An
    After a short flight to Danang this morning, we drive on to Hoi An. Hoi An is a pretty little town, with history written all over it. Blending Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and European influences, this former port town is an unusual mix of architectural styles. You'll get a real feel for this town when you walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Listed old quarter with our Local Guide, who'll tell you the story behind the old merchant shops, the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge and the pretty pagoda. This afternoon, it's free time to either relax back at the hotel pool or get some clothes made. Hoi An is known for its beautiful cloths and colourful silks, and there are loads of tailors ready to whip up some made-to-order threads in record breaking time. One tip is to bring some clothes you like from home with you - the tailors can make almost exact copies of the patterns They also have designs in their shops to choose from. As the sun sets, we head out on bikes with a Local Guide into the surrounding countryside for a look at the gorgeous scenery. Cruise past rice fields and traditional homes before riding riverside back into town.

    Day 7: Hoi An
    It's a free day today, so explore more of Hoi An and its surrounds.

    Day 8: Hoi An to Hue
    Back on the coach we travel through the "Pass of the Ocean Clouds", on to the former imperial city of Hue. Keep your camera handy for the incredible coastal views and rolling green hills along the way. We start our time in mellow Hue with a visit to the imperial Tu Duc Mausoleum. Our Local Guide will give you the story on this 'poet Emperor' and ancient burial rites as you walk around the intricately decorated pavilions, gorgeous gardens, and lotus flower ponds. Take your time to view the statues and colourful artwork. The next spot we stop at is the 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda. Learn about the legend behind its construction plus the events surrounding the notorious Hue Buddhist massacre.

    Day 9: Hue to Hanoi
    After a short flight, we land in the Northern capital of Hanoi. Hanoi is completely different to its southern counterpart, Ho Chi Minh City. It combines French flair, Chinese culture and Vietnamese vitality. This town is a romantic living timeline and open-air museum. Hotel is right in the middle of the city's bustling Old Quarter - this really is the place to be The Old Quarter has been Hanoi's commercial hub since the 15th century and is packed into a tiny square kilometre. A maze of back streets, merchant houses and shops loaded with goods gives the area its special atmosphere. Your Tour Manager will take you to some of the 36 trade streets found here - each street specialises in certain products. See masses of colourful items on display, from red banners, black-lacquered goods, to silks, fans and paper products. In your free time, navigate to the French Quarter for a change of scene. Walk the wide Parisian-style boulevards and take in the shuttered mansions, balconies and other leftovers from a by-gone colonial era. For a real slice of Vietnamese culture, sit down at one of the simple bia hoi (draught beer) sidewalk bars, pull up a stool and hang out among the locals. People-watch and order some local dishes, like bo luc lac (spicy beef and green pepper stir fry), dau chien ron (fried tofu) or nom ngo sen (lotus-stem salad).

    Day 10: Hanoi to Halong Bay
    First up this morning is a visit to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh - former president of Vietnam. Be part of the solemn procession of onlookers paying their respects to the leader who fought for the country's independence (seasonal).We then drive to picturesque Halong Bay where we'll board a Chinese-style junk boat for an overnight cruise through the absolutely stunning waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.This natural wonder doesn't come up short on views: traditional sampans and junks sail the crystal waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, where nearly 2,000 limestone islands dot the sea. Kick back on deck and soak up views of grottos, lagoons and thick forests. Our boat passes hidden coves, sheer cliffs and stunning beaches before arriving at the Sung Sot Caves where we'll visit the limestone interior and take in the fantastic views.Back on board there's a little more cruising before we stop for a swim in an idyllic remote lagoon and dock at Dao Titop for sunset.Tonight enjoy some fresh seafood with the group for dinner before settling in to your air-conditioned cabin on board the junk.

    Day 11: Halong Bay to Hanoi
    After a relaxed breakfast we take a local boat to explore a small, hidden grotto and perhaps see some of the locals (monkeys) that live there. We then cruise back to port and return to Hanoi, with free time this afternoon. Escape the busy streets with a visit to the Temple of Literature - a quiet haven of walled gardens, red-lacquered pillars and golden painted dragons. Nearly 1,000 years old, the Temple is Vietnam's most important Confucian sanctuary and it's historic seat of learning. For more culture your Tour Manager can help you get tickets to Hanoi's world-famous water puppet performance, a quirky tradition from the region of the Red River Delta. Tonight is the last night on tour, so perhaps enjoy a memorable dinner at KOTO Restaurant - this eatery helps support an organisation that works to improve former disadvantaged childrens' lives by training them in hospitality.

    Day 12 Depart Hanoi
    Our tour ends this morning after breakfast and some free time, so say goodbye to your crew and Tour Manager.

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    Asian Adventure, 14 Days, SAVE $99*

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    • 14 day tour departing Bangkok.
    • 11 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation in a guest house.
    • 1 night accommodation on an overnight train.
    • 13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 2 Dinners.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local taxes, payments and service charges.
    • Visit 2 World Heritage sites.
    • 2 internal flights.
    • Services of an experienced Contiki Tour Manager & English speaking local guide & driver.
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    HIGHLIGHTS: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Pakben - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap

    Experience the best of thailand Laos & Cambodia on this epic trip From busy Bangkok, the chilled Mekong with its sugar fields & coconut palms, to french influenced Luang Prabang, finish it up with cool Cambodia for a serious historical fix.

    Day 1: Arrive Bangkok
    Check-in to your hotel and head straight out to explore the massive, buzzing city of Bangkok.It's a busy urban mix in this city: tuk-tuks flash past shrines and street side BBQs, traditional long-tail boats cruise past high rises, and locals, businessmen, travellers and monks share the streets. Later, meet up with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers and find out about what's ahead of you. Afterwards, it's a free night - some of the group might head out and eat together.

    Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    First stop this morning is Bangkok's incrediable Royal Palace. It's 61 acres of stunning buildings, gleaming spires and multi-coloured murals. You'll learn about Thai beliefs and the Royal Family's lifestyle at Bangkok's most famous site and spiritual hot spot.

    Day 3: Chaing Mai
    Wake up in chilled-out Chiang Mai, Thailand's pretty, second largest city. After breakfast, our Local Guide takes everyone to the stunning Wat Phra That temple and gives you insight into this sacred site that sits on the tallest mountain overlooking the city. Listen to pilgrims ringing bells, take part in Buddhist rituals - maybe even receive a blessing by a Buddhist monk. Check out the gorgeous architecture, highlighted in vivid reds, golds and greens. Keep your camera handy for amazing vistas over the city and surrounding countryside.

    Day 4: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
    Travel through a landscape of rice paddies to Chiang Rai, a quiet town that is the gateway to trekking in the surrounding hills. In our optional trip here, you'll find out about traditional hill tribe people, like the Akha, Yao,Lanu and Karen (long-neck peoples) and their culture. Back in Chiang Rai, take a walk around the former imperial city and see the old city walls. Have dinner amongst the locals at the town's night bazaar and maybe head to a Thai disco with some friends afterwards.

    Day 5: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng
    Today, cross the border into laid-back Laos, South East Asia's only land-locked country. Having recently opened its doors to foreigners, Laos has pretty much kept its traditional lifestyle alive with lots of untouched nature and really friendly locals.

    Day 6: Pakben to Luang Prabang
    Back onboard the boat this morning, we continue cruising down the Mekong, past thick forests and mountains. Next stop: the Pak Ou caves. Our Local Guide will fill you in on gorgeous Tam Ting Cave and the local's beliefs about this sacred spot. The caves are set into a limestone cliff, just above the water where the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers join. The Tam Ting cave has been used for centuries as the final resting place for over 4,000 images of Buddha.

    Day 7: Luang Prabang
    There's a chance to get up close to the world's largest land-based mammals as part of our Only Contiki rainforest elephant ride. Ride an elephant through thick, green jungle, beside the Nam Khan River. You can feel good about doing it, as all funds from this activity go back into the local community.

    Day 8: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
    Start the day by getting into the spirit of the town and wake up early for the monks' procession and ritual giving of alms. The combination of first morning light and the monks' orange robes is great for photos & is a truly unique experience before you farewell Luang Prabang.

    Day 9: Vang Vieng
    Today, get hold of a map and take off at your own pace to explore the surrounding countryside. Cover more on a bike (your Tour Manager can organise one for you). There are a whole lot of limestone caves, swimming holes, tunnels and bunkers once used against invaders to discover.

    Day 10: Vang Vieng to Vientiane
    This morning it's on to Vientiane. Compact, cosmopolitan and the nation's capital, Vientiane shows influences of old Chinese and Vietnamese merchant family traditions, French colonialism, expat lifestyle and socialism. Get your bearings when you take a city tour with our Local Guide and your Tour Manager. We start with a visit to COPE, a charity project where victims of UXO (unexploded ordinance), among others, learn to use their new prosthetic limbs and train in new work skills. Hear about Laos' troubled past as one of the world's most bombed nations, about the victims, and what's being done at this centre to help those in need. Next we view That Luang, Vientiane's main site and Laos' most important religious symbol. Your Local Guide knows about the legends behind the golden stupa, its rough past and its restoration. Check out the 45 metre spire rising above the massive lotus petals. Visit Patuxai, Laos' answer to Paris' Arc de Triomphe - a monument that combines French design and Laotian artwork. Climb to the top and see the surrounds of Vientiane or check out the surrounding park, which is a favourite local hang out.

    Day 11: Vientiane to Phnom
    Travel by plane into Cambodia this morning, a country with fantastic food, mind-blowing ancient temples and a complex history. Phnom Penh is the capital and a bustling, busy city, with pretty tree-lined boulevards and gleaming palaces. It also holds stark reminders of the country's dark history.

    ong>Day 12: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
    Catch a flight this morning and land in small-town Siem Reap, where cafes, bars and restaurants spill out of French style shophouses. We'll jump on a private wooden boat and head out on Tonle Sap, South East Asia's biggest fresh water lake to experience a unique way of life. Our Local Guide will tell you about the floating villages found here. We also make a stop at a crocodile farm in the middle of the lake. Back on land, you can explore more of Siem Reap at your own pace. You've got free time to visit the Psar Chas (old market) for handicrafts and exotic fresh produce.

    Day 13: Siem Reap
    Get ready for an incredible day with a visit to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Ankor Wat Temples. Start early with a visit to watch the sun rise over Ankor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. The heart-stopping combo of soft light, lily-filled waterways and an intricately carved temple will give you goose bumps.

    Day 14 Depart Siem Reap
    Our tour ends this morning after breakfast. Say goodbye to your travel buddies and Tour Manager.

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  • Climb the world's second highest arch bridge

    Shanghai Express, 4 Days

    from $399*

    • 4 day tour departing Shanghai.
    • 3 nights accommodation in Dorm Rooms.
    • A tour guide bilingual in Mandarin and English.
    • Tickets, transportation and guides for all of the activities listed.
    • All taxes, tips and charges.
    • All transportation for the entire trip.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Shanghai

    This trip is a fully escorted Budget Tour Package. Upon arrival in Shanghai , clients will join a group on one of the longer Dragon Trip tours for their time in Shanghai. Wander down the Bund and party in China`s most western city. Admire some of the country`s finest colonial architecture before you are whisked away to an idyllic water town where you will spend the evening amongst real rural locals.

    Due to China's traffic, and in order to ensure you see the Real China, we often walk or use the metro when convenient. If going longer distances, we use private air conditioned transportation.

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  • Phnom Pehh is excellent. As is Siem Reap. Therefore this trip is excellent.

    A Land Before Time Travel, 6 Days

    from $449*

    • 6 day tour departing Phnom Penh.
    • 5 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • Cyclo sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh.
    • Guided day Visit to the Angkor complex: Angkor Wat, South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Leper King and Ta Prohm.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Phnom Penh - Ruol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, Siem Reap - Angkor archaeological zone (1-day pass).
    • Free time to explore Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
    • Dinner at a local family's home.
    • Services of a Gecko's expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
    • Transport by Private van and Public aircon coach.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Angkor

    DAY 1-2: PHNOM PENH
    Eat your heart out, starting with a nom banh chok from a local street vendor. Phnom Penh is a quirky mix of romantic Indo-China charm, poverty, modern development, friendly locals and cheeky tuk-tuk drivers. Tonight there will be a group meeting at 6pm. Take a cyclo sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh Join a bus to visit the reminders of the Khmer Rouge atrocities - the Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Visit the Central Market, located in an old French colonial building - a good place to look for clothing or sarongs. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Phnom Penh city. Perhaps stop by the temple of Wat Phnom, the National Museum, Royal Palace and the French Quarter. Enjoy a home-cooked meal in a family's home

    DAY 3-5: SIEM REAP - ANGKOR
    Time for the main event, which kicks off with sunset over the temples. A local tour guide will show you the ropes then you've got a free day to explore. How many faces can you count at Bayon?

    DAY 6: SIEM REAP
    After all that walking, get an optional pedicure Siem Reap style as thousands of little fish nibble your tootsies. Grab any last minute scarves/DVDs/wooden bowls/art at the night market before heading home. The trip finishes today after breakfast

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  • Explore Thailand's essential highlights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

    Essential Thailand, 8 Days

    from $615*

    • 8 day tour departing Bangkok.
    • 2 nights accommodation in a Hilltribe village.
    • 3 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 2 nights accommodation on an overnight sleeper train.
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners.
    • Hill-tribe - 3 day trek.
    • Services of an Intrepid tour leader.
    • Transport by an overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Taxi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

    Short on time but want to enjoy a Thailand trip that encompasses some unforgettable Thai treats? Jump on this express tour of northern Thailand for an out-of-this-world experience in a country that boasts centuries of rich history and colourful culture. Throw yourself into the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok and check out timeless Chiang Mai, the take-off point for a three-day trek into the rural hilltribe areas of the far north. With a little shopping and lots of local cuisine thrown in, this is bound to be an unforgettable way to holiday in Thailand.

    Days 1-2 Bangkok
    Loud, bright, chaotic and delightful, Bangkok is a city of modern excesses intermingled with simple traditions, all wrapped up in the famous smiles of the locals.

    Day 3 Chiang Mai
    Awash with stunning temples, fabulous markets and a lively city centre, charming Chiang Mai is rich in culture and the gateway to the northern hilltribes.

    Days 4-6 Hilltribe Trek
    Meet the hilltribes of Northern Thailand while walking through lush, verdant jungle, enjoying the hospitality, cuisine and friendliness of the people who call this area of Thailand home.

    Day 7 Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai means 'new city', even though it was founded in 1296 It's a favourite among travellers due to its relaxed feel and cultural richness.

    Day 8 Bangkok
    Bangkok is more than just colourful city streets, khlongs (canals) weave their way through suburbs, forest parks green up the city and Buddhist temples help bring serenity.

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Having not travelled too much I wasn't sure if a tour would be be my cup of tea. Oh how I was wrong, we had an extremely packed 1 week on the west coast of USA and saw some amazing things including The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and the small group was filled with great people, very down to earth and loads of fun. Highly recommended!

Chris from Brisbane

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