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Lost in antiquity

You’ve had enough of the rains and want some sun ‘’ sand? Travelocity India has a tempting package ex-Delhi to Alexandria in Egypt. Priced at about Rs 1.03 lakh per person on double occupancy basis for 5 nights and 6 days, the package takes care of return airfare and 4-star accommodation. But the package does not include any meals or other extra charges. The last date for making a booking is October 1. Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once home to historical monuments such as the Lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages and now an important archaeological site) and the Library of Alexandria. You can also visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built to commemorate the ancient library. And yes, the city also boasts of some wonderful beaches. For details go to www.travelocity.co.in.

Vietnam ho!

If visiting Vietnam is on your mind, here’s something for you. Ezeego1.com, an online travel agency, is offering a 9-night and 10-day package to Vietnam which will take you through Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City. The trip will begin in Hanoi and end in Ho Chi Minh City. Priced at Rs 58,017 per person on twin-sharing basis, the package includes 5-star accommodation with breakfast, airfare from Hanoi to Da Nang and Hue to Ho Chi Minh City, entrance fees, all transfers and guided sightseeing as per itinerary. However, airfare to and from India is not included. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi, cruise on Halong Bay and explore the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. The package is valid till December 31, 2010. For more call 18002090800, 098675 65900 or log on to www.ezeego1.com.

Holiday hotspot

Alpana Mittal,
Fashion Designer

My favourite destination is Koh Samui. It is devoid of all commercial tourist trappings and you feel relaxed the minute you land at the airport. The location looks straight out of a postcard with villas and outdoor jacuzzis. Most hospitality outfits allow you to have your private beach where a five-course dinner is laid out under the canopy of breezy white tulles shimmering in the moonlight. While nibbling at your meal, you can even watch fishermen going into the sea at low tide scouting for squid and clams, with little torches stuck on their foreheads! The food is awesome as well. There is a fishermen’s village where wives of the sea faring folk have set up their own shacks on the beach rustling up the freshest of seafood and fruit juices at minimal cost.

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