We're starting to feel a little like broken records around here -- for those old enough to understand what that means -- when it comes to discussing travel deals and the value of the dollar. But Gate 1 Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com) has several good options for trips to Southeast Asia that start at $289 for six nights' accommodations in Hong Kong; airfare and six nights in Bangkok from $989; or a seven-day, air-inclusive vacation to Bali from $1,189 from Los Angeles. The trips are available year-round through March 2009, and prices are calculated based on double occupancy. Packages with airfare include the fuel surcharges; security fees and other taxes tack on additional $240. You can also depart from other cities for additional price.
The company's eight-day Bangkok vacation includes roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Bangkok, airline fuel surcharges, six nights of accommodations (you can choose among several hotels), and daily breakfast, priced from $989 for departures on April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5 and then again later in the summer for select departures August 25 through the end of October. Departures on May 12, August 4, 11 and 18 departures start at $1,119, and remains a bit higher still for most of May, June, and July.
The seven-day Bali vacation is also an independent package that includes daily breakfast, airfare, seven nights of accommodations at Hotel Puri Santrian on the coast of Sanur or upgrade to the larger Ayodya Resort, located on 28 acres of Nusa Dua beach, from $70 per person. If you're interested you can book some tours through Gate 1 as well. The least expensive travel departures of $1,189 is available November 25, but the next available departure, on April 22, is priced at $1,229.
If you have frequent flier miles to burn and want to head to Bangkok and Hong Kong, Gate 1 can make it happen for $289 for its September 8 departure. Honestly, though, even if you travel at the most expensive dates -- April 14 and October 13 -- it will set you back $419 per person. The price reflects Plan B, which is valid for tourist class hotels only and includes breakfast, but it does not account for your airfare from Hong Kong to Bangkok. For an upgrade to Plan A, expect to pay at least another $50 per person for first-class hotels.
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