The Real Deal Vacation package includes airfare from L.A. to Kuching, with a return flight from Bangkok, on Air China; two nights at the Hilton Kuching Hotel; two nights at the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort; four nights at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok; all intra-Asia flights and ground transportation; an extensive sightseeing program including guided tours of Bako National Park in Sarawak, a 30-minute cruise on the South China Sea, a trip to the Semengok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, a boat ride across the Batang Ai Reservoir, a longboat ride down the Engkari River to a real Iban longhouse, a guided canal boat ride through the waterways of Bangkok, a trip to the Royal Barge Museum, trips to Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), and Wat Benchamabaphit (the Marble Temple); the services of English-speaking tour guides throughout; and several meals, including daily breakfast and five lunches; from $2,099 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Dec. 3, 2013 ($2,099); add $100 for Feb. 4, 2014; add $200 for Jan. 7, Mar. 18, Apr. 8, May 13, 2014.
Gateways L.A. ($2,099); add $300 for New York City.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are included. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Nov. 19, 2013; all bookings after Nov. 19 increase by $300.
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest multicity round-trip airfare between L.A., Kuching, and Bangkok starts from $1,378 in mid-December (Korean Air). Add to that $140 per person including taxes for two nights at the Hilton Kuching Hotel, $98 per person including taxes for two nights at the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, and $207 per person including taxes for four nights at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, and you're already spending $1,823 on airfare and accommodation alone. For $276 more than that, this travel package gives you the same perks, plus several guided tours, all intra-Asia flights and ground transportation, most meals, and covers all taxes and fees.
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