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TRAVEL WATCH: OCTOBER 18, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 15

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Love Me Tender, Love Me Suite--Asian Style
Many love hotels cater to any demand by offering clean, well-maintained and well-appointed rooms. Choose carefully and you, the budget traveler, have unearthed a bargain

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Don't let the rubber suit and body harness intimidate you: canyoning, the hottest new sport in New Zealand, is actually quite simple--and plenty of fun

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Kuala Lumpur is flush with hotel bargains these days

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GREAT DEALS: Kuala Lumpur is flush with hotel bargains these days. On weekends, the Mandarin Oriental offers single or double rooms for $66 per night, including buffet breakfast. The rate is valid until millennium celebrations kick off in late December. Call (60-3) 380-6782. From now until Dec. 31, the Pan Pacific has weekend rates starting at $60 a night, including breakfast and an upgrade if available. Call (60-3) 442-5555 for the Pan Pacific Plus program.

BANGKOK BARGAIN: If one night in Bangkok is a good thing, than two must be even better. Through October, Farrington Travel in Hong Kong is offering an excellent package to the Thai capital. For $395 twinshare, value-seekers fly economy on Thai International and spend two nights at the Westin Banyan Tree, including breakfast. Two nights not enough? You can extend your stay for $50 a night. Call (852) 2808-1000.

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