GREAT ASIA ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Asia -

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.

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