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TORONTO — Busabout has introduced its Asia 2019-20 program with new trips and bucket list experiences and a maximum group size of 28.
The company says its Asia program “offers a variety of trips for different tastes and budgets, plus the opportunity to experience all trips in the brochure, linked up via the ‘Unlimited Asia Pass’.”
In an effort to offer its travellers deeper cultural experiences and local encounters in Southeast Asia, Busabout says it is also now working with even more local Busabout Guides.
The new three day Bangkok to Kwai Adventure is billed as an ideal guided mini break for FIT clients to incorporate into their existing travel plans, or combine with another Busabout trip (such as the seven day Thailand Adventure).
Starting and ending in Bangkok, Busabout travellers travel via private van and river boat with a local Busabout Guide to visit popular attractions surrounding the city that are typically not so easy to navigate solo in a short timeframe. This includes attractions like the Damnoen Suduak Floating Market, the Meklong Train Market (where a train drives through the middle of the local market 11 times each day), the River Kwai where clients get an overnight stay on a floating river hotel, and Ayutthaya Archaeological Park. Prices start from $719 per person.
Also out of Bangkok, the new 17-day Ultimate Southern Thailand Adventure includes the local attractions and markets visited in the Bangkok to Kwai Adventure and then continues south to the jungles of Khao Sok National Park. Clients then get time on the idyllic islands of Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Koh Phi Phi. Prices lead in at $2,579 per person.
Departures for both new trips begin in November 2019.
Also new, for the first time in 2019, Busabout travellers will visit Vietnam’s latest Instagram hotspot, the Golden Hand Bridge in the Ba Na Hills. All clients travelling through Northern Vietnam with Busabout will receive entry and a return gondola ride to the bridge included in the price of their trip.
Plus, alongside Busabout’s existing Thai Islands Flexi Moon Party trip (in which passengers can organize their own accommodation) the operator now offers an itinerary which includes seven nights included accommodation, taking the stress out of securing centrally located accommodation on the party islands.
Busabout’s Thai Islands Moon Party visits Koh Samui, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Ao Nang (Krabi) and includes accommodation at the brand new Lubd beachfront resort on Koh Samui, among others. The first departure is Dec. 20, 2018 and is priced from $1,039 per person.