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Summer getaway 2006
With your kid's exams ending, all the pangs and skidding of the heartbeat coming to an end, you will have a few days to breathe at ease. Make the gulp of air in your lung the fresh crispy air of the mountains. Moist your skin with the clouds, dip in the sparkly waterfalls. It is time for a summer getaway. Your destinations…
To the land of clouds
There are plenty of tour operators around the city, who offer attractive packages. Make your trips more comfortable by assigning one of the following tour operators.
Guide Tours Limited is situated at Darpan Complex (1st Floor), Plot #2, Gulshan Circle 2. Their phone no is 9862205 and 9886983.
Amazing Holidays situated at house no 424, road no 30, New DOHS, Mahakhali. Phone no 8857679 or 0173 034454.
South Asian Tourism is situated at Ahmed Plaza, 819 Begum Rokeya Shwarani, Shewrapara, Mirpur. Their phone no is 9004096, 8031402.
Galaxy Holidays is situated at Taj Marriot, 5th floor, 25, Gulshan Avenue. Their contact no is 9888055 and 9885871.
Prime Tourism Network at room no 506, Motaleb Mansion, 2, RK Mission Road. Their phone no is 9562430 and 7111990.
Bengal Tours is situated at house no 45, road no 27, block a, Banani. Their phone no is 8820716 and 9885940.
Saint Martin Tourism 37/B, Purana Paltan lane. Their phone no is 9338431.
Trip to Shilong-Cherapunjee with three nights stay will cost around Tk8000-10,000. A three night Darjeeling trip will cost around Tk7500. Darjeeling-Thimpu trip, three nights each would cost around Tk11, 500. If you arrange the trip on your own then you will save around Tk1500. Most operators arrange road trips. The route to Shilong-Cherapunjee is Dhaka-Sylhet-Tamabil border-Shilong-Cherapunjee with one night stopover at Sylhet. And to reach Darjeeling you will have to follow Dhaka-Burimari (Kurigram)-Shiliguri-Darjeeling route.
Take your pick, and give yourself a treat you'll never forget!
By Shahnaz Parveen
Where should you be this summer?
Summertime is upon us! The sun is high and it is time to get off the usual workaholism, pack your bags and take a vacation. Over the last five years, South-east Asia has surfaced as one of the prime holiday spots.
A wide range of packages are available this summer- places to see, have fun in the sun…and of course, relax. The prices of these packages depend on a number of factors: the hotel, the type of room (single/ twin sharing), and the age range of the tourists (adult/ child). So, it would be wise to provide a price range, rather than pinpointing a particular price. For details and verifying what particular package suits your need/affordability, please contact the airlines offices or a tour operator. All prices are quoted in Us Dollars.
One of the most popular vacation destinations with the Bengali people is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The home of the Malaysian twin towers, a 3 days/ 2 nights (3D/2N) package is valued between $ 325- 391 for adults, and $259- 273 for children.
For virgin white sandy beaches, there is Langkawi (3D/2N). Prices: $339- 420 (adult) and $268- 291 (child).
Penang also tops the popularity list, with the Penang Hill (821 metres above the sea level), the Butterfly Farm and Spice Gardens. Prices (3D/ 2N): 326- 366 (Adult) and $355- 362 (Child).
Kota Kinabalu (3D/2N) does not lag behind. With its spa islands and diving resorts, the word "relaxing" would take a Whole new dimension. Prices: $371- 436 (Adult) and $ 296 (Child).
For more extended packages, the Airlines is offering a 6D/5N trip to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Pricing here is slightly more complex, varying with where you decide to stay in each of the countries. However, a rough range would be $ 466- 607 (Adult) and $393- 408 (Child).
The Early Bird offers are- Singapore (3D/2N): $376; Kuala Lumpur (3D/2N): $395; Bangkok (3D/2N): $ 399; and Bali (4D/3N): $414.
The Summer Holiday offers are- Singapore (3D/2N): $396; Kuala Lumpur (3D/2N): $415; Bangkok (3D/2N): $420; and Bali (4D/3N): $437.
Bangkok, also known as the "Shopper's paradise", can be on your list (3D/2N) for $ 348- 727 (Adult) and $267- 301 (Child). Phuket is famous for its awe-inspiring beaches and mouth-watering sea food. Price: $462- 684 (Adult) and $ 318- 330 (Child).
Another location endowed with natural splendour is Krabi, 40 miles away from Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands. Prices: $ 462- 684 (Adult) and $ 318- 330 (Child).
On the cover
It’s all sunshine this week as we bring you the finer points of this hot season. Travel with us to exotic locations in our holiday special on Page 2, and then take the plunge into the centrefold for the looks that smoulder this season.
With the days getting longer, and the school days coming to an end, this is the perfect time to start planning your holiday. Spreading your wings and dashing off to some exotic location is one option; unfortunately, if wishes were horses, we'd all ride. Travel costs, the difficulties of getting time off work, the enormous homework list staring ominously from Junior's assignment diary all work together to make the long trip a long shot. Nevertheless, here are a few tips on how you can take a break from real life for a day.
Wet 'n Wild
For the homebodies
A day's programme needn't be elaborate to be enjoyable. All it takes is a take-charge attitude and you're on your way to making some wonderful summer memories.
By Sabrina F Ahmad
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