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you can do some armchair travelling to the heart of Indo-China. 'Stalking the Elephant Kings: In search of Laos' (published by Allen & Unwin on 16 April) is hailed as the first real travelogue written about Laos. The author, Christopher Kremmer, an Asia-based journalist, sets off in search of the last Lao royal family and tells the story of a Southeast Asian revolution.

pounds 39

football fans who have managed to get their hands on gold dust World Cup tickets can travel return to Paris by coach with Campus Travel. Customers will be able to contact the World Cup Hotline to get help with their travel arrangements and book accommodation in France. The first 100 people to book via the hotline will be sent a free copy of 'The Rough Guide To France'. For reservations and information call the World Cup Hotline on 0171 881 5105

pounds 99

Fear of flying can be combated with Virgin Atlantic's 'Flying Without Fear' courses taking place in Horley, Surrey. These courses claim a 70 per cent success rate in transforming quivering land-lovers into cabin crew candidates, with counselling on relaxation techniques and talks on flight safety given by an experienced pilot. For more information call 01293 744664

pounds 299

you can enjoy a luxury holiday at a bargain price. Travel City Direct are offering a 14-night stay in Orlando at the four-star Wyndham Safari Resort, a hotel where the suits are themed with African Safari decor and the swimming pool sports a huge python water slide. The resort is located a quarter of a mile from Walt Disney World and the price, based on four sharing, includes accommodation, car rental, and return charter flights starting in May. For more information call Travel City Direct on 01792 464646.

pounds 336

per person, you can take to the hills of Southern Tuscany on a week's independent cycling tour. The tour takes in the 'strade bianche' (white roads) winding between the villages and vineyards of Valdichiana, the fertile valley which forms the border between Southern Tuscany and Umbria. The price, based on four people travelling together, includes three star half-board accommodation (the hotels have been carefully selected for their excellent regional cooking) and return ferry crossings. For further information call Headwater on 01606 813367.

pounds 650

gap year students (over 18 years old) can spent three months in Turkey working on school projects, teaching English. This price includes a TEFL course, country orientation, full board and lodging. Other destinations such as India, Russia, Sri Lanka and Cuba are available. Call i to i International Projects on 0113 217 9800.

pounds 840

per person, you can travel to Italy for a week of al fresco opera. Pietro Mascagni's one act 'Cavalleria Rusticana' will be seen as a double bill with Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi' - the first time in the 44 year history of the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago when an opera not written by Puccini will be presented. The performances will take place in an open- air, lakeside setting in the grounds of Puccini's villa, and the price includes flights, transfers, B&B four-star accommodation, two evenings at the opera, and a tour of Puccini's birthplace with a rare opportunity to visit some of the hidden gardens in Florence and Fiesole. The tour is from 23-26 July. Call Travel for the Arts on 0171 483 4466.

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