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New Bamboo Travel trip to support the EAST project in Vietnam

20th October 2011 Print
South East Asia's Douc monkey

Bamboo Travel has launched a new itinerary entitled Exotic Vietnam which includes a visit to the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre on Dao Tien Island.

The centre is the first project operated by EAST*, a charity which originated from a collaboration between Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, led by the late Jim Cronin and Dr Alison Cronin, and Professor Kurtis Pei from Pingtung Wildlife Rescue Centre in Taiwan, Cat Tien National Park and the Vietnamese Forestry Protection Department

The endangered species centre sits at the entrance to the Cat Tien National Park in southern Vietnam (visited between days 7 and 9 on the tour) and Bamboo Travel will make a £50 donation for every new booking (£25 pp).

The Exotic Vietnam itinerary begins in with a three-night stay in Hoi An, an ancient port in Central Vietnam which is a perennial favourite for its rich heritage, cafe culture and local beach. Next is the colonial hill station of Dalat, an interesting city to explore for a day, and gateway for the next leg of the trip in the Cat Tien National Park, one of Vietnam's best wildlife and bird watching destinations – and listed in July 2011 by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve – with a visit to the endangered primate project (click here for full project details).

Three days are spent in the huge park (278 square miles), exploring trekking trails in search of endangered primates, Siamese Crocodiles and rich birdlife. Until recently the park accommodation was unreliable but the newly constructed Forest Floor Lodge now means a comfortable stay and professionally operated wildlife tours.

The trip ends in style with an overnight cruise through the Mekong Delta, from where a flight is taken to the little-known island of Con Dao for the final three days and nights, for some serious R&R in the pristine marine environment.

The holiday costs from £2,295 pp (two sharing) which includes international and domestic flights, all ground transportation (private), 12-nights’ B&B in hotels (plus 5 lunches and 3 dinners) and an English-speaking guide.

To book call, visit

*Endangered Asian Species Trust, Reg Charity No 1115350, EAST's main goal is to support Governments in their desire to cease the illegal wildlife trade and provide support for Asian nationals in discovering and conserving their own unique wildlife. Through facilitating people in the protection of the wildlife in their region, EAST aims to help provide a sustainable legacy for future generations.

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South East Asia's Douc monkey