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Over the span of five decades, Contiki Vacations has been famous for its ability to deliver itineraries and services for the specialized market of youth travel. The company has recently introduced its Backstage Pass to Asia program for 2013, which offers VIP treatment and exclusive access for a deeper travel experience. Tour participants can choose from seven Contiki trips exploring Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Activities include dining with a local family in a Beijing, taking an elephant ride through the Luang Prabang Forest, cycling to Hue's Ancient Citadel, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam and taking a break in a Chinese tea house.
Hotel accommodations allow travelers to relax in comfort with air-conditioned rooms, private en-suite bathrooms, pools, Wi-Fi access at most stops and points of interest within walking distance of the hotel. Travelers are also provided with unique stays such as an overnight cruise on a Chinese-style junk boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam. In addition to internal flights and private mini-coaches, transportation runs the gamut, from sampans to tuk-tuks. Adventurous eaters will enjoy exotic regional cuisine, from fresh Amok curry in Cambodia to zesty goi cuon (spring rolls) in Vietnam.
Contiki travelers can currently receive a $250 discount when they book the China Adventure tour. They can also save on trips to Asia utilizing Contiki's Early Payment Discount on trips departing on or after April 1, 2013.