"Beach plus" vacations in Southeast Asia are popular with travelers, reports Avanti Destinations. The FIT company, selling custom-built vacations exclusively through travel agents, reports that virtually every Southeast Asian itinerary they book includes a beach stay.
“Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines have some of the most spectacularly beautiful beaches and waters in the world,” said Harry Dalgaard, president and CEO of Avanti. “Nearly every southeast Asia booking made with us, since we began selling Asia, includes a beach stay – which almost always is longer than the rest of the itinerary.”
Avanti Destinations’ three most popular “beach-plus” southeast Asian itineraries, which can be customized to add or subtract days, destinations, and activities, are:
- Thailand Escapes: 9 days/8 nights in Bangkok (3 nights) and Phuket (5 nights) include private arrival and departure transfers per destination, private tour in Bangkok, private floating market tour, tours of the Phi Phi Islands, Phang Nga Bay and Khai Island by speedboat, and daily breakfast. Starts at $2,535 per person/double occupancy land-only. Best time to go: November-May.
- Beauty of Bali: 8 days/7 nights in Ubud (3 nights) and South Bali (4 nights) include private arrival/departure transfers, private tours of volcanos, temples, and terraces, a nature walk, private Seminyak traditional cooking class, and private evening tour of Uluwatu temple, Kecak dance performance, and BBQ seafood dinner, plus daily breakfast. Starts at $1,299. Best time to go: all year.
- Fantastic Philippines: 10 days/9 nights in Manila (2 nights), El Nido (4 nights), Cebu (3 nights) including private arrival/departure transfers in each destination, private city tours in Manila and Cebu, all meals in El Nido, and daily breakfast. Starts at $2,395. Best time to go: December-May.
For more information, visit www.avantidestinations.com.