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2010 Trade Brochure - 2

  1. 1. NEW! AGENT WEBSITE Buffalo Tours has launched an Agent Website and uploaded our tariff online, providing you with instant access to our most current tour, hotel and transfer rates. As changes occur in the marketplace or hotels offer special promotional deals, we are able to communicate this effectively to all our partners via the site. Our online tariffs cover all the itineraries in our 2010 brochure, You will have access to download word itineraries for our Our Agent Website can be accessed at in addition to some ‘golden oldies’ from our previous edition, tariffs, along with brochure PDF’s, fact sheets and information http://agents.buffalotours.com and a few new gems as well. These will be divided into about our preferred hotels, in addition to other interesting categories ‘Classic’, ‘Luxury’, ‘Adventure’, ‘Special Interest’, features such as the Buffalo Tours blog, videos, newsletter To set up your account for access to our Agent Website and ‘Beach’, and ‘Classic Trip Extensions’. archive and important news alerts. confidential tariff, please email marketing@buffalotours.com for a username and password. A hotel and transfers tariff will also be available The Agent Website also offers a photo library of high for downloading. resolution images for your marketing purposes. Buffalo Tours owns the copyright for these images and you are able to use these in all your print, websites and presentations. 5 *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * NEW! AGENT WEBSITE
  2. 2. CLASSIC Our Classic Collection features the main highlights of Indochina and Thailand, perfect for first time visitors and travellers who wish to ensure they experience the most popular sites in each country. Be sure to check out our suggestions and updates of what is new and different as well! Our Classic Collection provides just a taste of what we can offer.... www.buffalotours.com *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * CLASSIC 6
  3. 3. HIGHLIGHTS HANOI SAPA ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGES HALONG BAY HUE HOI AN MEKONG DELTA SAMPAN CRUISE HO CHI MINH CITY 12 DAYS Sapa VIETNAM Halong Bay HANOI LAO S Chiang Mai VIENTIANE Hue THAILAND Hoi An Pakse BANGKOK Siem Reap CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH Ho Chi Minh City Cai Be VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS Experience Vietnam’s highlights in just twelve days with flights between each city, enabling you to see as much as you can. From Hanoi, the ‘Paris of the Orient’, venture north to the mountains of Sapa, where hill tribe villages, ethnic minorities and stunning scenery await you. Continue your journey to magnificent Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a traditional junk, before flying to the ancient capital of Hue. Chill out in Hoi An, a charming old fishing town with fascinating architecture and laid back atmosphere. End your holiday absorbing the bright lights of Saigon and venturing into the heart of the Mekong Delta.. DAY 1 way to soak up the sights and sounds. In the evening board an The ethnic hill tribes are proud of their culture and still maintain HANOI overnight train to Lao Cai and Sapa near the Chinese border. their traditions and way of living, including their own language Be greeted by your personal guide on arrival and transfer to and intricately embroidered, exotic clothing. In the evening you have the option of staying overnight with a local host family your hotel. Depending on arrival time optional activities can be DAY 3 arranged on this day. in Ta Van village or returning to the comfort of your hotel in SAPA Sapa town. Arrive early in the morning and drive the remaining distance DAY 2 to Sapa. Gentle walks to challenging hikes can be arranged HANOI – SAPA depending on fitness levels. With an expert local guide, navigate DAY 4 small paths through terraced valleys of rice and corn fields, SAPA – HANOI Enjoy a guided city tour of Hanoi (celebrating its 1000th year passing by ethnic minority hill tribes ploughing their lands with Today visit the Red Dao people, stopping at a waterfall along anniversary in 2010), where its rich history will be unraveled water buffalo. the way. The Red Dao women wear colourful red embroidery and local life revealed. A traditional cyclo tour through the and coins sewn on their clothing, with giant red scarves narrow ancient streets of the exotic Old Quarter is also a great wrapped around their heads. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Sapa before returning to Lao Cai to board the overnight sleeper train back to Hanoi. SOMETHING DIFFERENT... DAY 5 BAI TU LONG BAY HANOI – HALONG BAY Arrive early into Hanoi and use a day room to shower and freshen THE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK ALTERNATIVE TO HALONG BAY up before breakfast. Today you will drive east approximately four hours with your guide to Halong Bay. With more than a thousand The area immediately north east of Halong Bay is part of Bai Tu Long Bay National limestone peaks rising up from its emerald waters, this area Park. Bai Tu Long Bay is every bit as beautiful as its famous neighbour and offers an off is one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Cruise the beaten track, less travelled route for those seeking privacy and remoteness. Have a onboard a traditional junk, explore limestone caves, relax on deck, look at page 53 for information about our new Prince and Princess junk cruises in this kayak in secluded lagoons and visit local floating fishing villages. region, available for private charter. 7 *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * CLASSIC
  4. 4. DAY 6 DAY 9 HALONG BAY – HANOI HOI AN Wake up to the sun rising over the Bay and enjoy an early Either spend the day at leisure on the beach or tailoring up morning swim (during Summer), followed by breakfast as you a storm in town! For cooking enthusiasts we can arrange a cruise through more spectacular scenery. In the afternoon drive fabulous day out exploring the local produce market and back to Hanoi for one more evening to sample its fabulous receiving a cooking lesson in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. cuisine, shop and relax. The best part is getting to enjoy your dishes afterwards! RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL DAY 7 DAY 10 green RECOMMENDATION HANOI - HUE HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to the ancient town Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and spend the afternoon on a guided city MAI CHAU – AN ALTERNATIVE TO SAPA of Hue. This cultural capital of Vietnam is rich with history, tour taking in the highlights of this bustling, cosmopolitan town. culture and religion. Spend the day exploring the Citadel, home In the evening you have the option of exploring on your own, A less touristy alternative to the more well known Sapa and to the Royal Palace and Forbidden City and now a UNESCO sharing dinner with a Saigonese host family in their home, or only a four hour drive from Hanoi, Mai Chau Valley offers hiking World Heritage site. even cruising down the Saigon River enjoying local entertainment and cycling opportunities through picturesque scenery, jungle and a fantastic traditional and international buffet dinner. covered limestone mountains, waterfalls, markets and many DAY 8 quiet ethnic minority villages. HUE – HOI AN DAY 11 Drive south to Hoi An via scenic Hai Van Pass. Upon arrival Mai Chau Lodge is a boutique hotel offering the only MEKONG DELTA your guide will take you on a walking tour of Hoi An town and accommodation of its kind in the region. The lodge originally Delve into the heart of the Mekong Delta on a traditional the village communities surrounding the area, to get a feel for opened in 2008 with 16 rooms and provides an outdoor sampan cruise in Cai Be. Pass by floating produce markets and local life and culture. swimming pool, indoor Roman style Jacuzzi and sauna. Plans get a feel for life in the Mekong. Dine at a superb Indochine are in place over the coming year to open an additional six plus restaurant on the banks of the river for lunch, the perfect way deluxe stilt houses with superior interior design, overlooking to spend your last day in Vietnam. the rice paddy fields. DAY 12 A giant stalagmite cave also belongs to the Lodge, where Why not extend this Classic Highlights experience with a DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY barbeques, cocktail parties, dinners and themed dance few nights relaxing on the beach in Mui Ne or Phu Quoc Your guide will accompany you to the airport to catch your performances are held. Island, exploring the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, onward flight. chilling out in Luang Prabang, shopping in Bangkok or soaking up some sun on Koh Samui? See pages 57 - 68 Amongst other responsible travel initiatives, Mai Chau Lodge for additional trip extension recommendations... employs its staff from the local ethnic hill tribes, providing them with training and future prospects, in turn supporting the many families in the area. www.maichaulodge.com *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * CLASSIC 8