x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Take advantage of a 60 per cent discount on a family stay on Yas Island or book a new trip to North Korea or Myanmar.

HSBC offers hotel deals for credit card holders

Holders of HSBC Visa debit or credit cards can take advantage of a limited special offer of up to 60 per cent off a hotel and activity package in Abu Dhabi.

Travellers who book and pay with either card before September 30 can enjoy a night’s stay at the Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi for two adults and one child under 12, with breakfast, a complimentary daily pass to Yas Waterworld or Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for each person, complimentary shuttle service to and from the attractions and a Dh600 dining voucher valid in all seven of Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi’s restaurants, from Dh1,657 including taxes.

For two adults and two children under 12 the package starts at Dh1,900 including taxes.

For more details, full terms and conditions and to book see the “special offers” section of www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/abudhabi, email yas.reservations@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com, quoting the discount code PROVISAM or call 02 656 0700.

Agency arranges rare tours of North Korea

On the Go Tours has launched a new private tour to North Korea, offering its passengers the rare opportunity to be among the few thousand foreign visitors allowed into this isolated country each year.

Relatively untouched by tourism, the country offers travellers a fascinating history, striking mountain scenery and ancient temples.

The nine-day trip, Inside North Korea, takes travellers from Beijing in China to the Soviet-style capital of Pyongyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

They will get the chance to explore museums, visit important historical monuments, ancient temples and take day trips to Mt Myohyang and the demilitarised zone.

Alternatively, those who want to travel as part of a group can opt for a five-day Uncover North Korea bolt-on, which can be booked in conjunction with the company’s China group tours.

The nine-day tour costs from £1,899 (Dh11,200) per person, based on two sharing.

The price includes airport transfers, return economy class flights from Beijing to Pyongyang, tourism visa for entry to North Korea, all relevant transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle, privately escorted by qualified English-speaking local guides, accommodation in a selection of four-star hotels, entrance fees to sights and some meals.

For further information visit www.onthegotours.com.

Visit and camp 28-88 days in Myanmar

The overland travel company Dragoman (www.dragoman.com) has just launched trips to Burma, with accommodation in small local hotels and camping.

There are seven different itineraries to choose from, of between 28 and 88 days. Examples include Kunming to Bangkok via Myanmar: four weeks through China, Myanmar and Thailand, from £1,680 (Dh9,900) per person plus kitty of US$910 (Dh3,350) towards food.

There is a 10 per cent discount on the December 19 departure, a saving of over £250 (Dh1,500) per person; other departures are December 20, and in 2014 February 20 and October 30.