Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: June 27, 2005

BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON is adding Myanmar and Bhutan to its portfolio of luxury expeditions, which already includes trips to India, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. The trips target adventurous travelers who are not bothered by some surprises and the simple accommodations that are the best available in exotic destinations. The Myanmar package is a seven-night biking trip, but also includes river-boating and air ballooning. The price is $6,295 per person, double. Departures are Feb. 1 to 9 and Feb.15-23. The Bhutan trip is a nine-night walking tour. Prices and dates are yet to be announced. For more information, call (800) 678-1147 or visit www.butterfield.com.

ARTISANS OF LEISURE is offering a China for Families tour, designed to give a comprehensive view of China. The 12-night itinerary includes Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hangzhou, Xitang, Shanghai and Hong Kong. The operator will customize the sightseeing and accommodations for the needs and tastes of individual families. The price is $7,920 per person, double. Call (800) 214-8144 or see www.artisansofleisure.com.

RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES is offering holiday sailings on the Paul Gauguin in the South Pacific. On Nov. 19, the ship will depart on a 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands voyage roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti with Jean-Michel Cousteau. Thanksgiving will be in Hiva Oa. Prices start at $4,795 per person. On Dec. 28, the Paul Gauguin will depart on a 10-night Society Island/Tuamotus voyage roundtrip from Tahiti with New Years Eve in Rangiroa. Prices start at $3,795 per person. For information, call (800) 477-7500 or visit www.rssc.com.

ABSOLUTE ASIA is promoting Thai Airways new nonstop flight between New York and Bangkok with a nonstop night of fun. Customers booking a package with Absolute Asia using the new flight will be picked up at their hotel by a chauffeur and taken to the Baan Kanitha restaurant for a Thai feast, then taken out to the DisTill Bar for a drink. The offer is valid for bookings made and deposited by Dec. 31. Tours must be at least eight days. For information, call (800) 736-8187 or visit www.absoluteasia.com.

 

HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI HOTELS has begun a major renovation of its Peak Tower in Hong Kong, including the conversion of its rooftop into a viewing platform offering a 360-degree view of the city and Victoria Harbor. The renovation will include the addition of several upscale restaurants and a festival market shopping arcade that will include Hong Kong retail outlets such as Ladder Street and The Ladies Market. The building will be closed in August. The Peaks owners hope that when it reopens in mid-2006, it will attract even more than the 6 million visitors a year it now attracts.

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