Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: July 4,2005

SWAIN TOURS unveiled a selection of escorted tours in China limited to 12 passengers per group. One is a, 11-night Yangtze Cruise Adventure that includes a four-night Yangtze cruise as well as visits to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. The price starts at $2,540. Also offered is a 13-night Yangtze tour that includes visits to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Suzhou and Chongqing and an eight-night Yangtze cruise. The starting price is $2,640. The third itinerary is the 13-night Traditional China trip, which includes the most, well-known tourist spots in Shanghai, Xia, Beijing, Guilin and Hong Kong at a starting price of $3,402. Prices are per person, double. For more information, see or call (800) 227-9246.

THE CARAVELLE HOTEL in Ho Chi Minh City is offering a Weekend Shopping in Saigon package that includes two nights at the hotel at $262 per person or $272 per couple on Friday and Saturday nights or Saturday and Sunday nights until Sept. 30 (10% tax is added). The hotel is in the Dong Khoi shopping and restaurant district. The package includes a 60-minute massage. Various optional tours are available, including a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, where the Vietcong hid during the Vietnam War. Cooking classes are also available. For information see

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS new Singapore Escape is a five-night package offered Sept. 5 to Nov. 20. Priced from $1,965 per person, double, it includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles on Singapore Airlines, roundtrip private car transfers, five nights in a harborview room at the Oriental Singapore Hotel and a half-day city tour of Singapore. For more information, see or call (800) 448-3333.

JAL HOTELS, which operates Nikko Hotels International and the mid priced Hotel JAL City, will open five hotels in the Asia-Pacific region in summer 2005. Four of the new hotels will be managed by, Nikko, and one by Hotel JAL City. Four of the hotels are in Japan: Hotel Nikko Hitachi, Hotel Nikko Himeji, Hotel Nikko Nara and Hotel JAL City Nagano. The Palau Royal Resort is in the north Pacific republic of Palau.

GATE 1 TRAVEL is offering a five-night package to Bangkok starting from $659 per person, double. It includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles to Bangkok, five nights accommodation and daily breakfast. Other departure cities are available. Transfers, airport taxes, fees and departure tax are not included. The city can be explored independently or Gate 1 makes a number of optional tours available at prices from $18 for a half-day tour of the city and its temples, to a full-day tour of Damnoen Saduak for $53. Call (800) 682-3333 or log onto


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