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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gecko’s Launches New Asian Adventures – with $150 Off!


Gecko’s Adventures has launched two new Asia brochures, packed with grass-roots adventures from Kathmandu to Kerala, Bangkok to Beijing. And for bookings made before September 30, Gecko’s is offering $150 off all the featured holidays.

Thailand may be a well-trodden tourist destination, but Gecko’s has combined the more famous tropical getaways such as Koh Phang Ngan and Samui with exploring delightful stretches of coastline, beyond the bright lights, staying in tiny fishing villages in stilt houses built over the water.

The Southern Thailand Adventure, featured in the new Asia & China 2009-2011 brochure, also visits Khao Sam Roi Yort National Park, which translates as ‘Mountain of 300 peaks’ in reference to the karst outcrops that define the landscape. As with all Gecko’s adventures, the 12-day trip is designed for maximum immersion: groups are accompanied by a Gecko’s local leader; travel is by public transport and accommodation is in family-owned properties. The trip has monthly departures, year-round, from Bangkok and costs $1245 per person, twin share, land only.

Continuing Gecko’s theme of getting off the beaten track, all Gecko’s adventures in northern India now include a homestay in the pastel-painted rural village of Tordi Garh. Gelato-coloured walls offset brilliant saris, jewel-coloured turbans - and the warm smiles and traditional hospitality of the villagers, who rarely see travellers. Gecko’s groups are hosted by the owner of the Tordi palace, a direct descendant of the feudal lord who built the palace in the 16th century.

The Hidden Secrets of India trip, featured in the India & Nepal 2009-2011 brochure includes Tordi Garh, as well as the pink city of Jaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur, the lake city of Udaipur and Agra, to visit the Taj Mahal. It also includes Ranthambore National Park, for the chance of seeing a Bengal tiger. There are monthly departures, year-round, from Delhi, costing $1895 per person, twin share, land only.

The India & Nepal 2009-2011 and Asia & China 2009-2011 brochures are out now. For all new bookings made before September 30, Gecko’s is offering $150 off all trips, for travel between November 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010.

For further information, visit your travel agent or call 1300 854 500 or visit www.geckosadventures.com to download a brochure.
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