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Go Way (tel. 800/387-8850; www.goway.com), which specializes in trips to Asia, Africa and Australia, among other destinations, is offering a 14-day trip to Phuket, Thailand, from $1,209 based on departures with roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles. You're also covered for airport-hotel transfers, 12 nights' accommodations at either moderate, first class or deluxe hotels, and daily breakfasts. A company representative will meet and greet you at the airport, and the price also covers service charges and government taxes. Fuel surcharges are not covered, nor are any airport taxes. For the uninitiated, Phuket is the largest island off Thailand's southwest coast. Visitors enjoy its white beaches, forested hillsides, and the ability to take day excursions to nearby islands. Those who like water sports will find much to keep themselves occupied on Phuket, and those who like eating what comes out of the water -- the fish and seafood -- will find much to keep their stomachs occupied.

The special is valid for travel departures August 16 through October 31 for the Kata Palm Resort and Spa, the least expensive travel period and the least expensive accommodation choice. As you might expect, the property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and is located on the beach, and rooms are all air-conditioned and have satellite television and private balconies. You can also opt for other properties, such as the Deevana Patong Beach Resort, priced from $1,269 and located within a short walking distance of the main strip in Patong, or the romantic and more private The Chedi Phuket, priced from $1,699 for the same travel period. And for Canadian readers, Go Way lists departure prices from Vancouver and Toronto, too.

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