Dear TravellerSoutheast Asia is where Audley has its roots and I still love to go back there as often as I can. My own recent travels have included thespectacular river journey from NorthernThailand, along the Mekong in Laos, toLuang Prabang. I also hope to make it backto Burma in the near future as it is manyyears since I was last there, but I still haveabiding memories of the friendliness of thepeople I met. Our Southeast Asia specialists all return to the region on a regular basis to revisitfavourite haunts and see what's new in each country. We like to find better ways tovisit well-known sites as well as researchingnew hotels and excursions. The elephantexperiences in Laos and the chance to spendthe night on an active volcano in Indonesiahave particularly caught my eye. These days there's a wonderful range ofaccommodation options in most of SoutheastAsia, from great value (often character)options to the more luxurious choices.I hope the following pages provide plenty ofinspiration for planning your own travelsaround Southeast Asia and demonstrate ourpassion for this amazing region. Please don'thesitate to call our knowledgeable specialistsfor their help and advice. We look forwardto showing you the best of Southeast Asia.Craig BurkinshawManaging Director
ContentsIntroduction2-7Vietnam8-25NorthernVietnam12-13Cambodia26-39TemplesofAngkor28-29Laos40-49Thailand50-69Thailand'sNationalParks56-57Burma70-83Malaysia84-95Borneo96-111Borneo'swildlife104-105Brunei112-113Singapore114-117Indonesia118-139Java,Sumatra&Kalimantan120-127Bali&EasternIslands128-139Philippines140-147PapuaNewGuinea148-150Useful information151Tailor-made journeysThe beauty of tailor-made travel is that every tripis unique. Whether you want to stay in simple orluxurious accommodation, have great guides onhand or explore under your own steam, travel forone week or five, we can create a trip to matchyour tastes and budget. We can also design tripsfor a special occasion, where added touches canchange an adventurous journey into a spectacularhoneymoon, anniversary or birthday celebration.Your trip can be tailored to suit your particularinterests, such as wildlife, photography or diving,and we have the specialist knowledge to match.Throughout the brochure you will find suggesteditineraries and some of our favourite places tostay. These are included purely to offer inspirationand give you a flavour of what is possible, as eachjourney is created individually to give you theopportunity to experience a destination in exactly the way you choose.Specialist knowledgeOur Southeast Asia specialists have all travelledextensively throughout the region and in manycases lived there, so you can rely on theirextensive first-hand knowledge. They regularlyreturn to see the accommodation, meet ourguides - many of whom are firm friends -experience all the excursions and activities, andkeep up-to-date with local developments. Theypride themselves on having an honest 'tell it howit is' approach to planning your trip and, as well astheir own extensive knowledge, are able to drawon the considerable collective experience of theircolleagues. We believe this approach is unique toAudley and the only way we can genuinely offeryou a tailor-made service.Financial securityAll travel arrangements in this brochure thatinclude a flight are ATOL protected by the CivilAviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 4817.Please see our booking conditions for moreinformation. If your arrangements do not includeany flights they are protected by a separatefinancial scheme, for further details please visitwww.audleytravel.com/protectIntroducing AudleyAfter developing a real passion for travel in the early 1990s Craig Burkinshaw founded Audley, or Asian Journeys as we were then called. Craig wanted to make it possible forothers to share the same experiences and, from these small beginnings, the company was born.Audley offered a new type of travel - individual journeys, designed to match the traveller'sinterests, tastes and budget, created with an absolute commitment to quality, authenticity and a passion for travel. Today Audley is one of the UK's most highly regarded specialist touroperators, providing tailor-made trips throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, LatinAmerica, Australasia, Antarctica and the Arctic, Canada and Alaska.Planning your tripOnce you have some ideas for your trip, or if you just want some general guidance, call one ofour Southeast Asia specialists on 01993 838 100.They can offer advice and discuss your plans with you, before creating a detailed itinerary,which will be forwarded to you together withmaps, accommodation information, colourphotographs and a price. Your specialist can then continue to refine theplans until you are completely satisfied. They willbe on hand from the start of the planning processto your return home and are always available toanswer questions and offer sound advice.