Take a bite out of the Vietnam Experience.

Cape Town - Contiki Holidays, the original youth travel brand since '62, has seven tours to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China and Cambodia lined up for the 2013 season.

Travellers can make every moment count with Contiki's Backstage Pass to Asia with VIP treatment and exclusive access an ordinary trip becomes the trip of a lifetime with a deeper look at Asia.

Kelly Jackson, managing director for Contiki, says that sales to Asia are the highest they've ever been. “The destination is cost effective, exciting and accessible. And due to the extreme popularity of Contiki Asia tours, we have added even more departures for 2013-2014, which means there is flexibility to fit into everyone's travel plans.

“At Contiki we take travellers off the beaten track to enjoy the most incredible adventures in Asia.”

Dine with a local family in a Beijing, take an Elephant Ride through the Luang Prabang Forest in Laos, take a cycle ride to Hue's Ancient Citadel, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam and enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in a Chinese tea house.

Travelling Asia with Contiki means groups no larger than 30 people per tour - small enough to have an intimate experience but large enough to share the fun with fellow travellers.

All hotel accommodations allow travellers to relax in comfort and style with air-conditioned rooms, private en-suite bathrooms, pools, Wi-Fi at most stops, and short walks to the best locations.

Additionally, travellers can experience unique special touches like an overnight cruise on a Chinese-style Junk Boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam or a cooking class in Yangshuo, China.

Enjoy the many ways to travel Asia - 4-wheels to no wheels, private mini-coaches, included internal flights, rickshaws, long tail boats, sampans, and tuk-tuks. Food lovers will rejoice as they enjoy exotic regional cuisine, from fresh Amok curry in Cambodia to spicy Pad Thai in Thailand and zesty Goi Cuon in Vietnam.

Asia offers a variety of exotic experiences for anyone looking to live a life of no regrets.

Take a bite out of the Vietnam Experience. Priced from R11 835 per person this 12 day trip will give you a unique insight into fascinating Vietnam. Your Backstage Pass includes 11 nights' accommodation, 17 meals, guided bike ride through the Vietnamese countryside, cyclo ride in Hue's Citadel, the Cu Chi tunnels, private coach transport and Chinese style Junk Boat in Halong Bay.

Contiki travellers can take advantage of an Early Payment Discount and save on amazing trips to Asia departing on or after 1 January 2013. To book this tour call your local ASATA travel agent or Contiki on 011-280 8400.

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