M YANMAR Tam Dao
Golden Triangle and
Chiang Saen Mai Chau Cat Ba Island
Pakbeng Cuc Phuong
Chiang Khong Pak Ou
Mae Hong Son
Chiang Mai Nan Town Tha Deua
Sukhothai Loei Udon Thani
Tak Sakon Nakhon Quang Tri
Mae Sot Phitsanulok
Nakhon Sawan Da Nang Hoang Sa
Hoi An Arch
Sangkhlaburi Lop Buri Khong Jiam
Nakorn Ratchasima Surin
Ubon Ratchathani Quang Ngai
Angkor Quy Nhon
Aranyaprathet Stung Treng
Pattaya Siem Reap
Petchaburi Buon Me Thuat
Chanthaburi Nha Trang
Hua Hin Kompong Thom
Koh Samet Kratie
Prachuap Khiri Khan PHNOM PENH
Cu Chi Phan Thiet
Ho Chi Minh City Truong Sa
Ranong Mui Ne
Chau Doc Arch
My Tho Vung Tau
Koh Tao Island
Phu Quoc Can Tho
Koh Phangan Island Island
Koh Samui Island
Khuraburi Con Dao
Surat Thani Island
Koh Lanta Island
Phang Nga Bay
Koh Yao Noi Isand
1 *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * CLASSIC MALAYSIA
FROM THE BUFFALO TOURS TEAM
Despite the economic situation of 2009 and the challenges we have all faced over the last year, there have been many positives, with Buffalo Tours
continuing to provide world class, top quality travel services to over 30,000 passengers. In fact, Buffalo Tours even took the bold move of continuing
to invest and expand our capacities and competencies, introducing our own operations in Cambodia and Laos and adding the destination of Thailand
to the Buffalo portfolio. And why stop there? Buffalo Tours also opened a Sales Office in Australia and a Representative Office in Moscow, in addition
to our presence in the UK and Germany.
2010 will be a very interesting year with the possible slow recovery of global economies and international travelers to the region. With accommodation
and service prices remaining competitive and the weakening of the US dollar (in a region where USD dominates), we expect this will be an excellent
year to travel. Greater value may be achieved through booking early, as well as flexibility for travelers who wish to book at the last minute.
An additional service that has been introduced for 2010 is our newly launched Agent Website. With online tariffs, news alerts, hotel information and
photo library, this site will be a valuable resource for all our partners.
Meanwhile the increased demand in volunteer and educational travel has seen the Buffalo crew working hard to develop new product. We have
introduced dynamic and well researched projects across Indochina and Thailand, such as our exclusive ‘Seuang River Experience’ in Luang Prabang,
the building of a refuge for trafficked and abused children in Northern Thailand and a Biogas initiative in rural Northern Vietnam in conjunction with
a Non Government Organisation.
We have also created a ‘Buffalo Green’ logo to indicate accommodation and tour options that adhere to responsible travel guidelines, and over the next
year we will be grading all our tours on our Buffalo Green responsible travel benchmarks.
Inside this brochure you will discover fine examples of exciting new off the beaten track destinations, such as the less travelled route of Central
Vietnam’s Phong – Nha Ke Bang National Park with its spectacular caves and limestone karsts, to Buffalo’s unique and exclusive establishment of
adventure tour infrastructure in remote Ha Giang, far Northern Vietnam.
There are also innovative new adventure options for hiking and biking in rural Cambodia, staying overnight in monasteries, as well as action packed
kayaking experiences in the un-spoilt eco paradise of Laos. With the opening of our Thailand office our product has greatly expanded across the
country, particularly in the North and North East region, with plenty of choices for responsible and authentic travel experiences.
With all this growth Buffalo Tours still manages to maintain its ‘family feel’, the faces behind the names remain consistent year after year, and our
full attention is given to flexibility of product and pricing and a high level of personalized service to all our partners.
Happy travelling in 2010!
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WELCOME ADVENTURE BEACH
1 REGIONAL MAP 28 Cambodia Hiking and Cycling 58 Mui Ne Beach Break
2 INTRODUCTION 29 Northern Vietnam Adventure 59 Nha Trang Beach Holiday
3 CONTENTS 31 Ultimate Laos Eco Adventure 60 Hoi An Beach Getaway
4 ABOUT BUFFALO TOURS 33 Action Thailand - From Isan to Phang Nga Bay 61 Phu Quoc Island Retreat
5 NEW! AGENT WEBSITE 35 Indochina and Thailand Extreme Cycle 62 Phuket Paradise
37 Saigon to Siem Reap Cycling Expedition 63 Koh Samui Island Getaway
64 Hua Hin Beach Break
7 Vietnam Highlights
SPECIAL INTEREST 65 Cambodia Kep Coastal Break
9 Highlights of Cambodia
40 Laos Culinary and Cultural Immersion
11 Classic Laos Highlights
41 Spotlight on Buddhism Educational Tour CLASSIC TRIP EXTENSIONS
13 Best of Central and Northern Thailand
43 Honeymoon Vietnam 67 Vietnam and Cambodia
15 Indochina Odyssey
45 Thailand Eco Family Holiday 68 Laos and Thailand
47 Famous Markets of Indochina and Thailand
70 VOLUNTEER & EDUCATIONAL
18 Lux Laos
19 Health and Harmony
50 Cruising Southern Laos
21 Angkor from the Sky
51 Thailand to Laos Mekong Cruise 72-76 RECOMMENDED HOTELS
23 Lanna Luxury and Thailand Spa Retreat
53 Off the Beaten Track in Halong Bay
25 Luxury Hotels and Resorts of Indochina
55 Luxury Cambodia to Vietnam River Cruise 78-85 USEFUL INFORMATION
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ABOUT BUFFALO TOURS
All our trips are based on customised itineraries, whether they are classic highlights, adventure, luxury, beach breaks, family holidays,
special interest or voluntourism groups. This professional travel brochure is designed to provide industry experts with inspirational ideas.
It illustrates what ‘could’ be offered, provides information on new and upcoming product, and useful information on Buffalo’s hotel and
Buffalo Tours consists of a multinational and multicultural crew of around 200 full time and part time staff hailing from the United
Kingdom, Australia, Europe, Nepal, Thailand and Indochina. With our head office in Hanoi, our young and dynamic team stretches
far and wide, with an Australian branch office, sales representation in the UK, Ireland and Germany, and additional offices and local
operations based in Danang, HCMC, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Bangkok. Buffalo Tours also provides sales support and tour guides
fluent in English, French, German and Spanish. All our guides are from the local region.
PEACE OF MIND
Our customer’s safety is paramount. All our guides are trained by an international medical clinic in first aid and carry a complete first
aid kit, plus our expert operations team are on 24 hour standby to handle any arising emergency. Buffalo Tours has full public liability
and professional indemnity insurance by QBE International.
Buffalo Tours always recommends suitable accommodation based on your client’s requirements, from home stays and locally owned
guesthouses to small boutique hotels and luxury properties. Our team endeavour to provide the most competitive hotel rates in the
industry with the best accommodation in each region. See inside this brochure for our list of recommended hotels and junks.
We own a modern fleet of well maintained air-conditioned vehicles, including standard cars, luxury Mercedes sedans and 15 to 45 seat
coaches, in addition to two standard and two deluxe junks in Halong Bay and a Red River cruise boat in Hanoi.
Buffalo Tours is one of the leading and award winning responsible tour operators in Indochina and Thailand. Our guides are trained in
the Buffalo Tours’ Responsible Travel Guidelines, available for downloading at www.buffalotours.com. Our full time dedicated Volunteer
Educational Travel Department has introduced quality new projects and experiences spanning the region, many of which are exclusive to
Buffalo Tours or are a joint venture with Non Government Organisations, such as our new ‘Biogas’ community project. We also contribute
to the Binh Luc Orphanage Nutrition Program, Blue Dragon Foundation Annual Summer Camp and Operation Smile.
Look out for our new ‘Buffalo Green’ Responsible Travel Recommendation logo throughout this brochure, highlighting tours and
experiences offering responsible travel options.
green ACTIVITY GRADES
CHALLENGING MODERATE EASY
Requires a good level of fitness. These Requires a reaasonable level of fitness. Requires general good health and a love
trips involve up to eight hours of activity These trips involve up to five hours of for the outdoors! These trips involve up
a day for around four to five days (not activity a day over two to three days. to five hours of gentle activity a day for
always consecutively). Activities may up to two days.
take you off the beaten track.
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