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Borneo & Bangkok, Air, 8 Nights, From $1,999

Discover the lush jungle trails of Borneo—and visit a park full of monkeys—on your way to exploring the ancient temples and historic legacy of Thailand’s capital city.

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Borneo orangutans.

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The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Kuching, Malaysia, then from Bangkok to Los Angeles on Air China Airlines and Air Asia; two nights at the Hilton Kuching Hotel on the exotic island of Borneo; two nights at the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort; four nights at the Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok; buffet breakfasts daily and five lunches; all intra-Asia flights and ground transportation; guided sightseeing including tours of Bako National Park, the Semengok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Borneo, and the ancient Wat Arun temple in Bangkok; and an English-speaking tour guide, from $1,999 per person, plus $99 in airport taxes and fees.

When Mar. 24; Apr. 3, 10, and 24; May 8, 2012 ($1,999).

Gateways Los Angeles ($1,999).

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost an additional $99 per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $349. No visa required. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By December 14, 2011.

Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.

Why It's a Real Deal A recent Kayak search shows that the lowest multicity, round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Kuching, Malaysia, and Bangkok, Thailand, starts from $1,417 per person in February and March (Air China). Add to that $270 per person including taxes for two nights at the Hilton Kuching Hotel, $208 per person including taxes for two nights at the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, and $772 per person including taxes for four nights at the Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok, and you'd be spending $2,667 for air and accommodations alone. For $569 less, this package covers your airfare, eight nights in deluxe or superior accommodations, many meals, intra-Asia transportation and transfers, an English-speaking tour guide, and fuel surcharges.

More Several optional tours are available, including a tour of Bangkok's Grand Palace for $55, a Thai cultural show at the Ratchada Grand Theatre for $56, or a day-trip tour of the Damnoen Saduak market and the Bridge over the River Kwai, including a boat ride along the canal, lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Kwai, and a trip to the JEATH museum that honors the lives of the 8,000 Ally POWs who died constructing the Death Railway during WWII ($110). Pre-tour extensions are also available for Kuala Lumpur (from $299) or Phuket Island (from $449).

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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