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2010 Trade Brochure Intro

  1. 1. CHINA Sapa VIETNAM M YANMAR Tam Dao HANOI Halong Bay Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen Mai Chau Cat Ba Island Pakbeng Cuc Phuong LAOS Chiang Khong Pak Ou Luang Prabang Chiang Rai Xieng Khouang Mae Hong Son Chiang Mai Nan Town Tha Deua Vang Vieng Lampang VIENTIANE Phrae Nong Khai Utharadit Nakhon Phanom Sukhothai Loei Udon Thani Tak Sakon Nakhon Quang Tri Mae Sot Phitsanulok Hue Nakhon Sawan Da Nang Hoang Sa Khon Kaen Hoi An Arch THAILAND Sangkhlaburi Lop Buri Khong Jiam Pakse Kontum Nakorn Ratchasima Surin Ubon Ratchathani Quang Ngai Buriram Ayuthaya Kanchanaburi Saraburi BANGKOK Prachinburi Angkor Quy Nhon Aranyaprathet Stung Treng Pattaya Siem Reap Petchaburi Buon Me Thuat Cha Am Rayong Battambang CAMBODIA Chanthaburi Nha Trang Hua Hin Kompong Thom Koh Samet Kratie Koh Chang Kompong Cham Da Lat Prachuap Khiri Khan PHNOM PENH Tay Ninh Chumpon 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 Soc Trang Koh Samui Island Khuraburi Con Dao Surat Thani Island Khao Lak Phuket Krabi Island Trang Koh Lanta Island Phang Nga Bay Hat Yai Koh Yao Noi Isand 1 *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * CLASSIC MALAYSIA
  2. 2. 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! *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * INTRODUCTION 2
  3. 3. CONTENTS 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 CLASSIC 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 LUXURY 70 VOLUNTEER & EDUCATIONAL 18 Lux Laos CRUISE TRAVEL 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 3 *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * CONTENTS
  4. 4. ABOUT BUFFALO TOURS OUR TRIPS 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 cruise partners. OUR PEOPLE 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. ACCOMMODATION 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. TRANSPORTATION 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. RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL 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 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. BUFFALO GREEN 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. *BUFFALO TOURS TRAVEL BROCHURE 2010 * ABOUT BUFFALO TOURS 4