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Malaysia tour, 13 nights, $1,430

This guided tour begins in Kuala Lumpur, with stops in the rain forests of Taman Negara National Park and the unspoiled Perhentian Islands.

The Real Deal: Two nights in Kuala Lumpur, one night in Melaka, three nights in a guesthouse at Taman Negara National Park, one night in Kuala Terengganu, one night in Kota Bharu, three nights at a resort on the Perhentian Islands, two nights in a traditional homestay in Island Hideaway, guided activities and tours, some meals, all ground transportation (boat, bus, train), the services of an English-speaking guide, and all taxes and fees, for $1,430 per person.

When: July 23, 30, Sept. 10, 24, 2010; there are additional Friday departures in spring 2011.

The fine print: Includes all taxes and fees. Based on single or double occupancy; solo travelers will be paired with a roommate of the same sex. Note that accommodations are in two- and three-star simple hotels and resorts. Allow $195 per person for meals not included. Mention promo code MSA. Maximum group size is 12 people. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Intrepid Travel, 800/970-7299,

Why it's a deal: The trip price breaks down to about $110 per person per night. For that amount, the tour operator arranges all accommodations and activities. These experiences might be hard to book on your own, like a canopy walk through the rain forest at Taman Negara National Park; snorkeling in the unspoiled Perhentian Islands, 45 minutes off the coast by boat; and swimming in a waterfall at Island Hideaway, where you'll meet Malay locals during a homestay.

More: Add nights in Kuala Lumpur from $26 per person, based on double occupancy.