GREAT ASIA ESCAPES
High old time: An 11-day motorcycle tour in the Himalayas with experienced guides offers the thrill of riding the world’s highest road pass (in Ladakh at 5600m) on a Royal Enfield Bullet; pillion passengers are welcome and the India Experience trip takes place in July; from $US2450 ($2784) with most inclusions. More: himalayanmc.com. Plastic not so fantastic: Bye, Bye Plastic Bags on Bali is the tag for an Avaaz online campaign to rid the holiday island and its seas of plastic waste; Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has said he’ll consider the ban on the production, sale and use of plastic bags if the petition reaches one million signatures. More: avaaz.org. Giddy-up: Cathay Pacific is celebrating the upcoming Year of the Horse with a bumper Chinese New Year sale on flights to 33 ports in Asia; book by February 5 for departures to November 30. Specials include return flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong for $763, including taxes and surcharges. More: cathaypacific.com.au. Flying free: A 15-night fly/cruise package from Singapore to Sydney departing November 25 on Voyager of the Seas is on sale at ecruising.travel from $1929 a person twin-share with oneway airfare and two nights at a top Singapore hotel. Costs vary according to Australian departure points; book by February 28. More: ecruising.travel. Symphony of lights: Crystal Cruises has a 15-day Bangkok round trip on Crystal Symphony from December 21 that includes New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong (with prime fireworks viewing from the ship’s harbour berth) and a selection of ports in Vietnam; allinclusive fares from $US7880 ($8948) a person twin-share. More: 1800 251 174.