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Gate 1 Travel offers three affordable Southeast Asia itineraries

By: Skye Mayring

Despite the fact that the dollar is trading at all-time lows, Southeast Asia remains an excellent value for Americans. Keeping with this trend, Pennsylvania-based Gate 1 Travel is offering vacation packages and tours in Bali, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Vietnam at prices that begin as low as $289 for travel through March 2009.

The seven-day Bali independent vacation package includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angles, daily breakfast and five nights’ accommodation in a first class hotel (along the coast of Sanur), starting at $1,189. Clients may choose among optional tours that give insight into Balinese culture, such as spending an evening in Bukit to watch a tribal Ramayana Kecak dance, set against the backdrop of the sunset and the Uluwatu Temple ($35).

From $289 land and $1249 air-inclusive, Gate 1 Travel is offering an eight-day package to two of Southeast Asia’s most bustling cities, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Ideal for clients with frequent airline miles, the vacation features three nights’ accommodation at B P International House in Hong Kong and three nights’ accommodation at Narai Hotel in Bangkok, plus daily breakfast. A Half Day Bangkok City & Temples tour is available for the additional cost of $25.

Last, the company is offering an Affordable Vietnam package, lasting 12 days, from $1029 land only and $2,029 air-inclusive. The 12-day, 10-night escorted tour through Vietnam covers the cites of Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hue, Halong Bay and Hanoi.

Roundtrip airfare from Los Angles to Ho Chi Minh and a return from Hanoi, intra-Vietnam flights, accommodation at first class hotels for 10 nights, 10 breakfasts, all transfers, entrance fees, one lunch and farewell dinner, along with the services of an English-speaking tour manager are included in the air-inclusive option.

The Vietnam package boasts visits to the Imperial City in Hue and a Halong Bay boat excursion on a traditional wooden Bai Tho Junk. For $24, an optional tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels (tunnels built by the Vietcong which connect underground hideouts, weapon factories and hospitals) is available.