GREAT ASIAN ES­CAPES

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EX­PLORE Hol­i­days and Har­vey World Travel have got to­gether to come up with a string of Thai­land hol­i­day pack­ages. Ten nights in Phuket, for in­stance, is from $1409 a per­son ex Syd­ney, in­clud­ing trans­fers and break­fasts. Four nights in Bangkok, stay­ing at the Clas­sic Place Ho­tel, is from $1058 a per­son ex Syd­ney, with trans­fers and break­fasts. For an ex­tra $276 a per­son there’s four nights at the Novo­tel in Chi­ang Mai in the north. Or Krabi, where lime­stone cliffs meet the white sandy beaches, is from $2229 a per­son ex Syd­ney for seven nights, with trans­fers and break­fasts. More: 132 757; www.har­vey­world.com.au. Hills and beaches: Creative Hol­i­days’ new Moun­tains and Coasts tour in Viet­nam high­lights the con­trast be­tween the beaches of Nha Trang and the hill re­gion of Dalat. High­lights in­clude a one­day cruise in the South China Sea and a city tour. The five-night deal is from $965 a per­son, land only, with a choice of ac­com­mo­da­tion at other prices. More: www.cre­ative­hol­i­days.com. Think small: Travel In­dochina has just re­leased its 2008-09 Small Group Jour­neys brochure, which fea­tures Ja­pan for the first time with a 14-day tour. Max­i­mum group size is 15. More: www.trav­elin­dochina.com.au. Road to In­dia: Visit a for­mer ma­hara­jah’s hunt­ing lodge, forts, mu­se­ums, tem­ples and mar­kets in Tempo Hol­i­days’ eight­day private car tour of Ra­jasthan. From $1038 a per­son (flights ex­tra), which in­cludes trans­fers and sight­see­ing in air­con­di­tioned ve­hi­cles, ac­com­mo­da­tion (choice of two stan­dards), break­fasts, ele­phant ride and taxes. More: 1300 558 987; www.tem­pohol­i­days.com. All ac­tion: G.A.P Ad­ven­tures has un­veiled a range of pack­ages for ac­tive trav­ellers with small-group tours in Ti­bet, In­dia, Nepal, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore and Bhutan. Op­tions range from cy­cling in Ti­bet to hik­ing and raft­ing in In­dia. More: www.gapad­ven­tures.com. Hong Kong bonus: Ecruis­ing.travel has a fly, stay and cruise pack­age from Hong Kong to Sin­ga­pore on Star Cruises’ Su­per­Star Aquar­ius in March that in­cludes four nights in Kowloon pre­cruise (one of them free), 4pm check­out, four nights on board Aquar­ius and one night post-cruise in Sin­ga­pore. From $2199 a per­son ex Syd­ney, Melbourne, Bris­bane or Ade­laide, in­clud­ing trans­fers; air taxes ex­tra. More: 1300 369 848; www.ecruis­ing.travel. Bali specials: Garuda In­done­sia has re­leased a range of Bali Sum­mer Savers from four to 10 nights at ho­tels in coastal Le­gian, Seminyak or Kuta. Prices run from $745 to $1394 a per­son (plus taxes and sur­charge of $261 ex Syd­ney, $243 ex Melbourne), in­clud­ing trans­fers and specials such as free break­fasts, din­ners, up­grades, mas­sages, tours and a bonus night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion. More: 1300 365 331; www.Balio­nANY­bud­get.com.au. Star turn: Ex­plore is of­fer­ing 45 per cent dis­counts for early book­ings on se­lected Su­per­Star Gemini cruises be­fore the end of Fe­bru­ary. It brings the cost of its 21-night cruise out of Sin­ga­pore (May to Septem­ber) to $3515 a per­son, in­clud­ing taxes. Ports of call will in­clude Thai­land, Viet­nam, Hong Kong and Kota Kin­a­balu and Kuch­ing in Malaysia. Flights ex­tra. More: 1300 731 012; www.ex­plore­hol­i­days.com.au. More value-added specials: www.theaus­tralian.com.au/travel/dd

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