Asian Trails Trailblazer

Issue July 2012

Dear Friends,

 

As they say, variety is the spice of life and there is no greater variety or "spicer" vacation than one in Asia.

 

This issue of TRAILBLAZER best illustrates the variety we're talking about. Be fascinated by colourful festivals in Laos and Myanmar. Embark on a mouth-watering culinary journey in Cambodia. Cruise in style on the luxury yacht "Lili Marleen" through Malaysian waters. Go off the beaten tracks to some of the most fascinating destinations in China, Thailand or Indonesia. Test your golfing skills in some of the most beautiful golf courses in Vietnam.

 

The offerings are many, the choice is yours, and Asia is beckoning.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Luzi A. Matzig

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THAILAND

 

A NOTE FROM DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR CLAUDIO F. KELLENBERGER

 

Dear friends,

 

We are in the middle of summer, temperatures are on the rise and so are arrival numbers into the Kingdom. Thailand is also becoming more and more popular during the so called ‘low season", which turns out to be a very good vintage 2012!

 

Our newly created Chinese Inbound department has already handled several groups, with more than 200 clients, to Thailand visiting Bangkok and Pattaya. We have added two new staff to the team in order to keep up with the growing demand from this market.

 

Another milestone for Asian Trails Thailand was reached in June: Our Indian department handled an incredible 2,100+ clients, with groups as big as 400 participants - a truly challenging task for our teams in the office and in the field!

 

We are busy finalising our tariff for the upcoming high season and are pleased to confirm that rates will increase only marginally, if at all, leaving Thailand still of one of the best "value for money countries" on the traveller's map. Please don't forget to check our regularly updated hotel promotions and if you don't receive them automatically, please contact us.

 

Last but not least, we are making progress on our "IT-front" and will soon be able to introduce to you our new B2B website including apps for both the Android and iOS devices. In the meantime try out our new mobile website, mobile.asiantrails.travel. Stay tuned!

 

Happy summer!

 

Claudio F. Kellenberger  

 

 

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS' NEW MOBILE PORTAL

 

We are delighted to announce we have launched our new mobile portal mobile.asiantrails.travel where you and your client have access to over 25 destination guides and over 1,500 hotel descriptions and pictures plus various tours and packages. In addition, we have launched an app on the Android market for the mentioned travel guides, and in July the same will be available in Apple iTunes App store. Please visit the Android market/iTunes store to download your free copy.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details please contact us

 

SEGWAY GIBBON CHIANG MAI

 

Take a new fantastic voyage through the culturally rich and enchanting city of Chiang Mai through an unforgettable glided tour on a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) - the world's first electric, self-balancing personal transport vehicle.  The two-hour tour will glide and stop to visit the culturally significant landmarks such as Wat Phra Singh, Thapae Gate, Wat Pan Tao, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man and Three Kings Monument. The tour operates four departures daily. 

 

 

For more details please contact us

   

FLYING HANUMAN

 

An eco-adventure tour and the ultimate jungle experience in Phuket. Guests fly from tree to tree on zip lines at speeds reaching 60 kilometres per hour and at heights exceeding 40 metres. The site of the thrilling Flying Hanuman is near the well-known Katu Waterfall, surrounded by numerous species of trees, including rubber trees, with small animals occupying the 80,000sqm of land. The tour has minimal impact on the environment.

 

 

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WAHOO YACHT VILLAS

 

Explore the Andaman Sea's scenic wonders and attractions on an overnight trip on your own private yacht villas - the Wahoo Yacht Villas. Comprising three private floating villas each accommodates four guests, has full facilities including 24 hour onboard butler service, large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, in-room and entertainment systems. The spacious indoor and outdoor living areas let you to enjoy the spectacular sunrise and sunset on and off the island. 

 

 

For more details please contact us

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

 

BANGKOK

EASTIN GRAND HOTEL SATHORN BANGKOK

 

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok is a new hotel, which opened on May 4, 2012. It is strategically located in the Sathorn business area, next to the expressway leading to Suvarnabhumi Airport - a 45-minute drive away. Its 390 rooms are designed for functionality and equipped with luxury amenities necessary for business and leisure travellers. All rooms and suites offer fantastic views of the river or Bangkok skyline. It has four restaurants, one lounge and an infinity swimming pool. Its meeting facilities include a spacious 1,200sqm event and conference centre spread over two floors, a grand ballroom that can be divided into three small rooms, three meeting rooms and two boardrooms all with natural light and fully equipped with cutting edge audio visual equipment.   

 

 

 

 

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HUA HIN

NOVOTEL HUA HIN CHA AM BEACH RESORT AND SPA

 

Formerly Courtyard Marriott by Hua Hin the resort was rebranded and reopened in April as Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa. It is located between Cha Am and Hua Hin and 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Hua Hin Airport and Hua Hin Night Market.  All the 243 well designed rooms have balcony with stunning sea view and feature the standard amenities, including a desk LCD TV with international channels, Internet access, tea- and coffee-making facilities and safe. The resort's beachfront outdoor swimming pool, Kids World, meeting facilities and spacious tropical garden for team building activities make it the perfect choice for families, couples and meeting organisers. Its restaurants offer a large selection of seafood - BBQ or ala carte - with wood oven pizza and Thai cuisine in a casual seafront environment. The Lobby Lounge serves cocktails and snacks, and is equipped with pool tables.

 

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AMARI HUA HIN

 

Amari Hua Hin is scheduled to open on July 1. Situated near the glittering Gulf of Thailand the resort offers thoughtful accommodation in an idyllic garden setting. It features 223 guestrooms, ranging from well-appointed deluxe rooms to expansive suites with private balconies offering mountain, pool or ocean views. The rooms are stylishly furnished and complete with all the modern amenities to ensure that you enjoy a truly comfortable staying. Facilities include five restaurants, Breeze Spa and salon, swimming pool, fitness club and six meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people.

 

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SAMUI

KIRIKAYAN LUXURY POOL VILLAS & SPA

 

This small luxury villa resort is located on Menam Beach surrounded by nature and encircled with mountains. All the 36 private pool villas and suites have one, two and three spacious bedrooms designed in modern tropical style with elegant decorations and quality materials in an East Asian ambiance. The swimming pool is designed with an eastern Asian style garden. The special jacuzzi is located on the resort's impressing deck, and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil ambiance.

 

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KIRIKAYAN BOUTIQUE RESORT

 

Kirikayan Boutique Resort is the new tropical resort, with the thought of "Boutique Resort", located on Chaweng Beach. Its modern style décor, which is perfect with "Asian Art", can be seen everywhere along its corridor and in the garden that is called "Art Avenue". All the 32 stylish rooms have a tropical atmosphere with an open-air jacuzzi and private sea view terrace. The resort offers complimentary Wifi Internet and PC. Facilities include a swimming pool. a children's pool and an open-air tropical restaurant. 

 

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AKYRA CHURA SAMUI

 

Celebrate the intoxicating blend of a luxurious, yet spirited, lifestyle resort at Akyra Chura Samui. Its 61 stylish suites and rooms are designed with exceptionally comfortable beds, power showers and in-room music selections. The resort is a combination of understated luxury and Asian chic mixed with a natural outdoors ethos, in keeping with the resort's passionate, spirited style. Facilities include two eclectic international restaurants, a lavish spa, free Wifi, a well-stocked library and stylish Galleria boutique.

 

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PHUKET

PARADISE KOH YAO

 

Paradise Koh Yao has been voted as "Number 1 Escape" by Lonely Planet 2012 and the place to stay in the Phang Nga area. Set in in the middle of Thailand's Phang Nga Bay National Reserve area it offers 70 lavishly appointed studios and pool villas with king size and twin beds. Relax in a boutique environment with 400 metres of private beach surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and tropical rainforest. Enjoy yoga, meditation, jungle treks, kayak trips, island hopping, elephant rides, biking, Thai cooking classes, photography, tropical spa and fine dining. Communal dining is in the Paradise Beach Bar or enjoy a drink at the Beach Lounge. There is also in-villa dining, which is popular with the guests. The resort is just one-hour drive from Phuket or Krabi.

 

Contact Asian Trails for reservations and transfers from Phuket Airport via the Yacht Haven Marina to Yao Noi island: res@asiantrails.org

 

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

CULTURAL STREET FAIR
JULY 1-31, 2012
VENUE: KATHU OLD TOWN, PHUKET

 

Kathu Cultural Street Fair is held in Phuket at the Kathu Old Town area and along the road in front of the old local shrine. The festival features products and activities from 18 local communities, which are proud to showcase their cultural treasure in the form of parades and costume reflecting the residents' old ways of life. The event is hosted by the Kathu Municipality to promote local identity and conservation among young people. Visitors to the festival will also be encouraged to pay a visit to the Kathu Mining Museum, which showcases the old tin mining era and displays artefacts reflecting the old Phuket way of life especially the mining industry.

 

   

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
JULY 15, 2012
VENUE: CENTRAL FESTIVAL PATTAYA BEACH, CHONBURI

   

The Pattaya International Marathon, held yearly, is one of the most famous marathons in Thailand. Every year participants come from all over the world to take part. The marathon comprises three races - full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and quarter marathon (10km)

 

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PHUKET RACE WEEK 2012
JULY 18—22, 2012
VENUE: EVASON PHUKET & SIX SENSES SPA, PHUKET

 

The Phuket Regatta, organised by Image Asia Events, is expecting a large number of competitors from Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. At least 30 race yachts will enter the regatta, but late entries are still expected before the starting pistol breaks the morning calm in the bay near Evason Resort. Participants who do not have a yacht can join a participating yacht as crew, or they can charter their own yacht through one of the charter companies operating in Phuket.

 

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UBON RATCHATHANI CANDLE FESTIVAL & INTERNATIONAL CANDLE CARVING COMPETITION
AUGUST 3, 2012
VENUE: UBON RATCHATHANI

 

The Candle Festival takes place as the seasonal monsoon rains descends over the Kingdom, marking the beginning of the Buddhist "rain retreat" and the Buddhist Lent, or "Phansa". As Ubon Ratchathani province prepares for the Buddhist Lent men with artistic skills set about the task of moulding and sculpting Lenten candles. The candles are paraded through the city centre on floats, each representing a local temple, district or other institution. It is accompanied by the usual paraphernalia of feasting and games, which are part any Thai festival. This is a major event for both the locals and tourists.

 

 

HM THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS (MOTHER'S DAY)
AUGUST 12, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT THAILAND

 

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday on August 12 is a public holiday, celebrated nationwide as Mother's Day. Individual people and organisations raise flags and portraits of Her Majesty in Bangkok and all over the kingdom. On Her Majesty's birthday, one of the best places to join in the celebrations is on Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the areas around the Grand Palace, which are festooned with colourful lights, flowers and portraits for this special occasion.

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

MALAYSIA AIRLINES, BANGKOK AIRWAYS CODESHARE

 

Bangkok Airways has inked a codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines on selected domestic services, and international routes between Thailand and Malaysia.

 

The codeshare on the domestic routes are Bangkok Airways' Bangkok-Koh Samui (31 times weekly), Bangkok-Phuket (twice daily), Bangkok-Chiang Mai (twice daily), Koh Samui-Phuket (twice daily), and Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur (daily).  On the international front Bangkok Airways codeshares on MAS' Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok (thrice daily) and Kuala Lumpur-Phuket (twice daily) routes.

   

 

DRAGON AIR, THAI AIRASIA LAUNCH SERVICES TO CHIANG Mai FROM HONG KONG & MACAU

   

Hong Kong-based Dragon Air commenced four times weekly Hong Kong—Chiang Mai flights on July 1, 2012 using the narrow body Airbus A320 aircraft. This service will cater for the holiday period until September 30, 2012. The airline is the only airline to operate flights between Hong Kong and Chiang Mai.

 

Thai AirAsia has launched services between Chiang Mai and Macau, using its brand new Airbus A320 aircraft. The flight departs Chiang Mai at 4.15pm and arrives in Macau at 8.45pm.

 

 

THAI SMILE OPENS ONLINE BOOKING

 

Thai Smile, the light-premium brand owned and managed by Thai Airways International, launched its website, www.thaismileair.com, to open up its online bookings ahead of its inaugural regional flight to Macau on July 7. Ticketing via travel agents started earlier in the month. The airline will also take over Thai Airways full service flights' to Krabi and Surat Thani, as well as the service linking Chiang Mai to Phuket.  

 

 

 

JET AIRWAYS ADDS FLIGHTS TO BANGKOK & DUBAI

 

Jet Airways introduced a second daily service from Kolkata to Bangkok on May 10, and a fourth daily flight from Mumbai to Dubai on May 18. The demand for Bangkok, particularly in the summer holiday season, is very high and the additional flight eases the overbooked flight capacity to Thailand.  

  

 

 

 

STAFF UPDATE

 

 

SEBASTIAN PROMOTED TO NEW MANAGER INBOUND

 

We are happy to announce that Mr. Sebastian Kromberg has been promoted to Manager Inbound. He has been working with Asian Trails Thailand since 2007, and as Assistant Manager Inbound since January 2008. We wish Sebastian success and fulfilment in his new role.  

 

 

 

MAREK IS NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER INBOUND

 

Mr. Marek Bis, a Czech national, has joined Asian Trails Thailand as the new Assistant Manager Inbound. He has been working in the travel trade in Germany before moving to Thailand where he recently finished his studies and earned his B.A. in Hotel and Tourism Management. We wish Marek all the best in his new role.    

 

 

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LAOS

 

A NOTE FROM MANAGING DIRECTOR BJOERN SCHIMANSKI

 

The coming months will be the season of festivals in Laos and we have listed in this newsletter the most important festivals, which you should not miss when you come to our part of the world. (See "Festivals and Events").

 

After our successful CR event in January, which brought local school kids from Vientiane to the forest for a weekend for them to learn that wood is not only good for toothpicks (see picture on the left), we cooperated again with Kuoni to start an even more ambitious programme. Read more of this project under the section, "Any Other News", in this newsletter.

 

Björn Schimanski  

 

 

 

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION

 

Travel adviCe for Vientiane during NOVEMBER 2012

 

We issued this advice in our March issue of the newsletter, and we wish to bring this to your attention again.

 

This year the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will take place in the Lao capital, Vientiane, from November 5-6. This is the biggest event ever held in the country and most hotels will be blocked during this period. The main meetings will take place on November 5- 6, but hotels will be blocked from November 4-7 with some even from November 1-7.

 

We do not want to take any chances and kindly advise you not to book your clients into Vientiane during this period. Even confirmed hotel bookings could be cancelled by the government, as the rooms might be required for the Summit. Our team will assist you in handling bookings, which may be affected!  

 

 

Travel adviCe for Vientiane during January 2013

 

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) will take place in Vientiane from January 17-24, 2013. As industry professionals from ASEAN and various parts of the world will converge in Vientiane for the travel mart and conference it will be difficult to confirm rooms for our clients during this period. The Lao government has already blocked the major hotels during this period. Even confirmed hotel bookings might be cancelled by the government.

 

As usual our team will assist you in handling bookings, which may affected.

 

 

 

LUANG PRABANG  - VISA FAST TRACK SERVICE STOPPED

 

The popular fast track visa service at Luang Prabang Airport has been stopped with immediate effect. All foreign visitors from abroad must now present themselves in person at the visa counter.

 

This means that no VIP or fast track visas will be available at any entry point to Laos.  

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

 

TIP OF THE MONTH - MY DREAM BOUTIQUE HOTEL LUANG PRABANG

 

This beautiful 21-room boutique hotel, which opened recently, is located just across the Nam Khan River and minutes by bike from the centre of the city.  

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

 

LUANG PRABANG BOAT RACE
SEPTEMBER 15. 2012
VENUE: LUANG PRABANG

 

The race, which features boats speeding downstream on the Nam Khan River, attracts large crowds. Rehearsals take place a few days before the main event

 

 

VIENTIANE BOAT RACE
OCTOBER 31, 2012
VENUE: VIENTIANE

 

The Vientiane Boat Race on the Mekong is held a day after Boun Ork Phansa (October 30), which is the end of the Lent Festival celebrated after the three-month monk retreat during the rainy season.  

 

For the race Vientiane's city centre will be closed to traffic, and only motorbikes are allowed to park near the bank of The Mekong River. For tourists it is very easy to walk to the river and watch the exciting boat race, which is on for the whole day, together with tens of thousands of enthusiastic Lao people.

 

 

 

THAT LUANG FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 27-28, 2012
VENUE: VIENTIANE

 

This is one of the largest festivals in Laos and every monk in the country will try to be in Vientiane for the celebrations. On the first day a large procession leads from centre of Vientiane to That Luang Stupa, which is situated on the city's outskirts. One of the largest alms giving takes place the following morning. A fair around the Stupa attracts crowds of people at night.  

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

 

TWO NEW ATR AIRCRAFT FOR LAO AIRLINES

 

Lao Airlines inked an agreement in Vientiane on April 27 to buy two ATR 72-600 aircraft from the French manufacturer ATR. The first plane is due to arrive in Laos in November 2012. and the second in June 2013.

 

Lao Airlines will be the first airline in the region to fly the latest model of the ATR aircraft.  

 

 

 

 

ANY OTHER NEWS

 

workshop - integrAting business skills into ecotourism operations

 

The workshop was jointly convened by IUCN (a major nature conservation organisation), Kuoni and Asian Trails Laos. Its objective was to give business skills to NGOs and organisations, which want to develop their own tourism projects.

 

We invited 34 participants from Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos to Vientiane for the workshop. We also invited instructors from the region to talk on a variety of topics such as business planning and financing, human resources, health and safety - all issues that are important when running a successful tourism project.

 

After three days in Vientiane the participants left for a two-day field trip to Vang Vieng to see first hand successful and not so successful eco tourism projects.

 

Asian Trails Laos will follow up on the project ideas, which evolved from the workshop, and choose the best examples in order to incorporate them into our programmes. This means you and your clients will benefit from them in future.  

 

 

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CAMBODIA

 

 

A NOTE FROM MANAGING DIRECTOR JACQUES GUICHANDUT

 

Dear partners and friends,

 

I am pleased to share this good news with the gourmets and gourmands - a triumphant team of toques returned to Phnom Penh clutching the gold medals they won in the MBA Black Box Culinary Challenge in Tasmania last month. The team's fantastic achievement against stiff competition was greeted with cheers and congratulations from gourmands across Phnom Penh. It shows that Cambodia has the talent, skills and creative mindset to take on the best in the culinary world.

 

To discover more on Cambodian kitchen please join a cooking class session, enjoy the meal you cook and learn from top class chef some Khmer grandma's secret recipe to amaze your family and friends.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Jacques Guichandut 

 

 

 

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION

 

PATA CAMBODIA CHAIRMAN, MR. THOURN SINAN, INTERVIEWED BY ECONOMICS TODAY

 

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) set up its first chapter in Cambodia in February with Mr Thourn Sinan as its Chairman. The chapter aims to help accelerate the fast-growing tourism sector in the Kingdom. PATA organises large events every year and can effectively promote the Cambodian tourism industry.

 

Mr Thourn Sinan was interviewed by Economics Today (May 7-13, 2012) and in the interview he said that apart from the Angkor temples, which are already well known, Cambodia has 440km of pristine coastline, the scenic Mekong River, the Preah Vihear Temple, agro-tourism possibilities and many other assets. Tourism is a central pillar of the Cambodian economy with almost three million visitors last year (12% of GDP in 2011). It generated about 350 000 direct jobs and millions of indirect jobs.

 

Photo: Bird eye's view of Preah Vihear Templ  

 

 

BANTEAY CHHMAR COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM (CBT)

 

Banteay Chhmar Temple is one of Cambodia's national treasures. The Cambodian government, local authorities, villagers and partners, such as Global Heritage Fund (GHF) and Heritage Watch, are dedicating their time to the temple's conservation and improvement of the local community's livelihood. They are also working towards having Banteay Chhmar listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

The CBT's players are also helping to protect the cultural heritage and environment, as well as increase income for villagers through tourism activities, homestays and getting them employed as tour guides and cooks.

 

 

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DIRECT PHNOM PENH-BANGKOK PUBLIC BUS SERVICE INAUGURATED

 

On June 14 the direct public bus service from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Bangkok, Thailand, (and return) along national road number 5, was inaugurated. The service, expected to start in August 2012, will see 40 buses from Phnom Penh traveling to Bangkok daily, and 40 buses from Bangkok going to Phnom Penh.

 

 

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE

 

UPDATE: NEWS ON ATC'S WEBSITE

 

We wish to remind you of the latest news on our website and check it at:

http://www.asiantrailscambodia-hotels.com

 

Once again Asian Trails Cambodia gets ahead of your needs! Check out our new "Hotels in Cambodia" search engine, which has been designed to assist you in finding hotels in the country that best suits your needs. You can download the PDF hotel fact sheet or create your own favourite hotel list. Additionally, the site features hot deals and other useful information. We welcome suggestions and feedback to help us improve our services to you.

   

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

 

PHNOM PENH

THE GOVERNOR'S HOUSE

 

The Governor's House is an exclusive boutique hotel embodied in an original colonial-style mansion in the heart of one of the most exclusive areas in downtown Phnom Penh. It was conceived and tastefully decorated by its owner, Alain Garnier, a well-known name in the antiques and decoration world for more than five generations. The hotel harks back to a more leisurely time where people of taste sipped tea or coffee, and partook of the finest under swaying palm trees in a courtyard by a pool on balmy subtropical evenings.

 

 

 

DIAMOND HOTEL

 

Diamond Hotel is a luxury property centrally located in the heart of Phnom Penh and just a few minutes walk to the Central market and shopping centre. It has 80 comfortable guestrooms and suites designed in Khmer traditional style. The hotel is ideal for both tourists and business travellers who enjoy modern facilities and professional traditional Cambodian hospitality.  

 

   

 

SIEM REAP

NAVUTU DREAMS RESORT & SPA

 

Navutu Dreams Resort and Spa is the creation of the owners of the award winning boutique resort, Navutu Starts Resort in Fiji. After managing the Fiji resort, which is also a well-established Condé Nast property, the owners started a new hotel venture in Siem Reap-Angkor, the Navutu Dreams Resort and Spa. It spreads over one hectare of tropical gardens and features a restaurant, a bar, two separate pools (an 18m sports pool and a 120sqm lounge pool), a dedicated tropical spa and a resident yoga teacher. The resort can accommodate a maximum of 36 guests in 18 spacious beautifully decorated rooms located in five separate pavilions.  

 

   

SHINTA MANI BOUTIQUE AND SPA RESORT

 

Shinta Mani, a contemporary Khmer designed boutique hotel, is located in the heart of Siem Reap, close to the riverside and about a 10 minute drive from the temple complex. Its 39 rooms, all stylishly designed by Bill Bensley (also the designer of Hotel de la Paix), offer modern facilities, mounted DVD & LCD cable TV, iPod dock and complimentary wireless Internet access.

 

Shinta Mani, which means "open heart" in Sanskrit, supports the less fortunate in the community through the education and development of young adults. During your stay you will have the opportunity to visit the Shinta Mani Development Centre.  

 

 

 

KEP

 

THE ROCK ROYAL RESORT

 

Rock Royal Resort is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in Kep city, encircling six hectares of natural vegetation. The affordable full service hotel features 120 spacious guestrooms and 15 bungalows with executive floor lounge, international buffet and the Green Coriander Restaurant serving both Asian and European cuisine.  

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

PHNOM PENH CAREER FORUM 2012

 

The eighth Cambodian Career Forum was held at the Diamond Island Convention & Exhibition Center in Phnom Penh from June 22 to 24, 2012. This is platform for university graduates to meet their future employees and for companies to promote their activities. This year's forum had three themes to make it more dynamic and interactive. They are:

  • The green economy

  • A special afternoon dedicated to meetings between professionals and participants (graduates and students master)

  • B2B networking among exhibitors, suppliers and their clients/partners to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

As one of the 50 exhibitors at the forum Asian Trails Cambodia encouraged the young participants to seek a career and gain working experience in Cambodia's promising tourism industry.  

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS & VENUES

 

 

PHNOM PENH - ELYXIR, CHAMPAGNE BAR AND RESTAURANT

 

Elyxir, Phnom Penh's newest nightspot, is a mix of a silver service bistro with a wine shop next door stocking vintages rarely found in even the most well connected connoisseur's cellar. On the other side is the club's after hours haven - a 25m swimming pool bordered by cushioned seating, ferns and a cocktail bar, giving it the aesthetics of a luxury spa. The restaurant serves the best of Asian and Western cuisine to satisfy even the most discerning palate.  

 

 

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VIETNAM

 

A note from Managing Director Thuy Tien

 

Over the past decades we have seen tremendous changes in the way people travel, thanks to technological developments and globalisation. On the other side, the words "off-the-beaten-track" seem to be more and more in demand, as if the world had become so flat that tourists wanted to invade its every inch. The concept of authenticity is again put into question.

 

Recently we set foot again in the land of Thai, a Muong ethnic minority, in Lac Village that lies in the North West Mountains next to the well-known Mai Chau Valley. For a few days we explored on foot this hidden world of outstanding beauty. When night we sipped a cup of tea by the window of a Thai stilt house, enjoyed the rustic atmosphere and shared dinner with our host by the fire. Sleeping on a grass-filled mattress on the floor of the wooden stilt house under the mosquito net is not something we could do every day, and this is what makes travel so fascinating and bring senses to travel.

 

During our journey through the area we realised travel is not of reach to all. We just need to return to basics, take a deep breath with each step taken along the hidden trails, listen to the breeze whispering through the infinity rice terrace, admire the breath-taking picture of thatched roof dotted on the green karst mountain backdrop, and other visual delights

 

If you are looking for the simple joys of travel and to be one with the land you are exploring, we highly recommend a two days or three days trekking holiday through the untouched Pu Luong Reserve. You head up north from Ha Noi to Mai Chau, trek down through Pu Luong and then end the journey relaxing on a junk in Ha Long Bay - a great way to discover the Tonkin in all its diversity.

 

   

 

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION

 

BIG TOURISM PROJECTS FOR BINH DINH

 

Binh Dinh, a central province in Vietnam that is better known for its capital city Quy Nhon, is developing five big tourism projects. They are located along the Quy Nhon Sea coastline (Cau River and Nhon Ly peninsula) and Cat Tien Town. Three are wholly foreign-owned and will cost US$500 million. They are the five-star Hon Ngoc Vietnam Resort (US$125 million), Mui Tan artificial island (US$139 million) and the five star Vinh Hoi Resort (US$250 million). All are currently under construction.

 

Another two projects are due to begin this year. They are Linh Phong Pagoda, which is a spiritual-historical-ecological tourism complex, and the Hai Giang Golf Course and Resort costing an estimated US$144 million.

 

Capital city Quy Nhon has a lot of tourism potential as it strategically located between Hoi An and Nha Trang, and can be a base to access to or from the Central Highlands. It, however, is not on the main tourist trail and has not attracted many visitors. This situation may change as it is now easier to get to and leave from the city, and is ideal for tourists who want to have a relaxing holiday in an off-the-main-stream beach destination.

 

With the developments and investments Binh Dinh and Quy Nho may just become star tourist attractions along the coastal road linking Da Nang, Hoi An to Phan Thiet.  

 

 

 

SAIGON GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

 

The Saigon Golf & Country Club, Greg Norman's second Vietnam golf project, is making fast progress. Located close to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City the 18-hole golf course is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Its layout is typical of Norman's trademark aggressive layout like the Da Nang Golf Club - his first project in Vietnam - with floodlit driving range and multiple practice greens.

 

 

NEW LUXURY BUS TO SERVICE HCMC AND PHNOM PENH

 

A luxury bus service between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Phnom Penh was launched in May by the Cambodian Tourism Ministry and NagaWorld Group with the opening of a representative office iHCMC. This private-public co-operation venture hope to attract more Vietnamese tourists to Cambodia. The company has a fleet of 20 28-seat luxury buses equipped video, massage seats and toilets) at a cost of US$3 million. NagaWorld provides six return trips a day from HCMC  Phnom Penh. The company plans to expand the bus service to two other Cambodian destinations namely Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.

 

 

THE "BUNKER " OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

 

Forty years after the bombs stopped falling on Hanoi, and less than one year after a chance discovery of an air raid shelter in its back garden, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has cut the red ribbon on the excavated bunker as the anchor attraction in a new Path of History tour. The 40sqm bomb shelter has been preserved in its original state as a tribute to the hotel's wartime employees, who ushered guests into the relative safety of the underground chamber from the mid-1960s through the Christmas Bombings in 1972. The "Bunker," as it is to be known at the hotel, is open to guests and staff as well as local Hanoians

 

 

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE

 

FOREST FLOOR LODGE - UNIQUE ECO RESORT

 

Nam Cat Tien National Park is located about four hours' drive east of Ho Chi Minh City. This is one of the world's most important and diverse tropical forests, but it has not attracted many foreign tourists due to insufficient infrastructure especially accommodation. Forest Floor Lodge was built to address this need.

 

The Lodge is an a unique eco hotel and resort that offers unique luxury hotel accommodation directly on the perimeter of the national park providing the perfect location for bird watching and those with an interest in wildlife. Designed to compliment the local habitat and built with the least possible environmental impact, its accommodations include river view tents and traditional Vietnamese bungalows. Each tent comes as standard with bathroom, bedroom and large balcony over looking the beautiful Ben Cu Rapids. The bungalows nestled in amongst the trees provide two double bedrooms each, with fully fitted en-suite bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and private verandas looking out in to the jungle of the park.

 

There are numerous activities in the national park for nature lovers - bird watching, trekking, cycling to visit tribal villages and a night safari. Or trek to Crocodile Lake, one of the last places to see the endangered reptiles in the wild, or visit the Wild Life At Risk Bear rescue centre.  

 

 

 

SOPHIE ART TOUR - SEEING VIETNAM THROUGH ARTISTS' EYES

 

The half-day Sophie Art Tour takes a closer look at the major shifts in 20th and 21st century Vietnam through the eyes of artists. From the grand halls of Ho Chi Minh City's Fine Art Museum to the fresh white spaces of leading contemporary art galleries, this journey takes visitors from colonialism to independence, and from Communism to globalization. The tour is based on the personal experiences of artists who studied, fought, witnessed and documented major changes in 20th century Vietnam. This tour is not just for art lovers but also for all those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam's modern and contemporary history. Currently the tour is conducted in English, and in 2013 it will be also be in French.

 

 

 

VIETNAM CLASSIC TOUR: UPDATED ITINERARY

 

From our survey the majority of our clients travelling on this tour prefers to have dinner on their own because personal taste varies, and also many couples like to have some private time. Therefore, as of November 2012 we only provide one welcome dinner on the first day in Vietnam, one dinner on board of the Halong cruise and lunches during day tour for clients' convenience. All other dinners will be at the clients' own arrangements. A variety of restaurants and eateries serving different types of cuisine are found around their hotels.

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

HILTON TO OPEN SECOND PROPERTY IN HANOI

 

Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Hoan Kiem Tourism and Trading Company Limited to introduce the first Hilton Garden Inn, and Hilton Worldwide's second property in Vietnam. Scheduled to open in the second half of 2012 the hotel will mark the debut of Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Worldwide's mid-priced brand, in Southeast Asia.

 

Located in Hanoi's French Quarter the 11-storey Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi is at the intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Phan Chu Trinh avenues. It will have 86 bedrooms, an all-day dining restaurant and a lounge bar, a 100sqm meeting room, a spa and on-site car parking facilities.  

 

 

BEST WESTERN PEARL RIVER HOTEL HAI PHONG

 

Best Western Pearl River has been recently been added to hotel selection for Hai Phong, and is the only internationally branded hotel providing four star service in keeping Best Western brand standards.

 

The hotel, with 101 rooms and suites, is conveniently located, offers a range of deluxe facilities in peaceful, quiet surroundings with room overlooking the hotel outdoor swimming pool and the serene landscapes typical of Vietnam. It is the ideal base for day or overnight trips to Halong Bay, which is 90 minutes' drive from the hotel, or for connected trip to Cat Ba Island.  

 

 

MGM GRAND HO TRAM TO OPEN IN JANUARY 2013

 

MGM Resorts International, a leading resort destination company, will open its first property in Vietnam - the MGM Grand Ho Tram. Located at Phuoc Thuan, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria - Vung Tau it is scheduled to open on January 15, 2013. It will offer 541 luxury guest rooms, a full spectrum of world-class amenities, a conference centre and a spectacular gaming area consisting of 90 live table games, over 600 electronic games and exquisite VIP facilities. This fully integrated luxury resort and entertainment centre will add a new exciting destination in Vietnam.  

 

 

 

FIRST IBIS HOTEL IN VIETNAM

 

Vietnam's first Ibis hotel, Ibis Saigon South Hotel, has opened in District 7. The three star 140-room hotel, for business and leisure travellers, offers free wireless Internet access, tea- and coffee-making facilities and in-room safe deposit box. Its Open Restaurant offers a wide range of pastas and grilled dishes, with a 24-hour snack menu available at the ground floor bar.

 

 

 

FUSION MAIA PHU QUOC, A WELLNESS RESORT

 

Tran Thai Real Estate Co. Ltd and NTSC Construction Co. Ltd signed a contract last April for the construction of the first phase of Fusion Maia Phu Quoc. This is a resort project, which will offer five star international services combined with health care and wellness programmes. The project, spread over 41.01ha, is expected be operational in 2013. it is the second property in the Fusion Maia concept after Fusion Maia Da Nang.

 

 

UPDATE: RENOVATION AT VICTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS

 

• Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa

Following our previous announcement on the renovation of Victoria Hoi An's lobby, we wish to inform you that the hotel will reopen its lobby and Cham bar on July 15 instead of June 30 as originally advised. This is due to the late delivery of some imported materials required to finish the project. During this time there will be limited disruption to the resort's guests and all other services are available.

 

• Victoria Can Tho Resort

Victoria Can Tho Resort is renovating its bathrooms. The works, from June 25 to September 30, 2012, and he renovation areas are partitioned off. The works are carried out between 8am and 5pm daily, and the management has taken the necessary measures to ensure minimal disruption for the guests during the renovation period. Please contact us if you need further information.  

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

8TH INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO 2012 (ITE HCMC 2012)
SEPTEMBER 13—15, 2012
VENUE: HO CHI MINH CITY

 

The 8th International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City 2012 (ITE HCMC 2012), is an annual travel exhibition presenting the perfect platform for both local and international travel and tourism organisations to collaborate and discuss inbound and outbound tourism. It is the largest event of its kind in the region and the only international exhibition supported by the Government of Vietnam. The event was established in 2005 and designed to promote, not only the tourism market within the region but also major tourist destinations around the world.

 

Trade days are on September 13 to 14 while September 15 September is for both the trade and the public.  

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

SILKAIR LANDS IN HANOI

 

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has launched its first flight to Hanoi, the airline's second destination in Vietnam after Da Nang. The thrice-weekly flights depart Singapore on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with same day return flights from Hanoi. The services are on an Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft with business and economy class cabins.

 

SilkAir's new service complements Singapore Airlines' daily flights to Hanoi, and together they totalled 10 round trip services a week.

 

 

AIR ASTANA TO CONNECT ALMATY WITH HO CHI MINH CITY

 

Kazakhstan's Air Astana is to launch three weekly services to Ho Chi Minh City from Almaty by extending its Bangkok service. It has four weekly flights to the Thai capital from Almaty. The airline is in talks with Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to launch the service early next year.

 

Air Astana will join the 8th International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City 2012 (ITE HCMC 2012) from September 13-15 to make contact with travel agents and introduce its services.  

 

 

 

AIR MEKONG LAUNCHES DIRECT HANOI-CON DAO SERVICE

 

Air Mekong launched a new direct route between Hanoi and Con Dao on May 19 to meet the increasing demand of tourists from the northern regions to the southern historical island during the summer months. The two-hour flight departs Hanoi at 1pm every Wednesday and Saturday. The airline has since increased the service to four times weekly. The carrier also added the number of flights on the Hanoi-Phu Quoc route to nine per week.  

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS & VENUES

 

ART GARDEN CLUB OPENS

 

Art Garden Club recently opened in Ho Chi Minh City. It is conveniently located near the airport in a the quiet Nguyen Canh Di road. The café-restaurant is a real art space, nicely decorated with painting and antique objects excluding a Vietnamese atmosphere in comfortable setting. Apart from dining guests can also learn painting ore join in to cook some special delicacies.

 

Art Garden Club is a suitable venue for FITs and small and incentive groups. it is also ideal for lunch for after returning from a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels or before leaving for the airport for their flights home.  

 

 

SKY HIGH

 

Sky High, located on the 50th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower - Strata, has officially opened its all-day casual dining restaurant-cum-café. Guests can enjoy light snacks throughout the day, along with Lavazza espresso coffee, Ronnefeldt teas, fresh juices and smoothies, milk shakes and a range of signature cocktails.

 

The Afternoon Tea at Strata, dubbed "Saigon's Highest Tea" and available daily from 2.30pm to 5pm, is a return to the high tea tradition typical of British high society. For dinner and lunch there is the Executive Boutique Buffet for lunch and dinner. The buffet serves a range of high quality offerings such as sushi, mixed cheeses, salads, sandwiches and finger foods, as well as a selection of hot meals including lemon chicken with rice, stir-fried mixed vegetables and stir-fried noodles with beef.

 

Strata's three private rooms have been designed with adjustable wall partitions to allow for various configurations - three rooms, two rooms or one large room - for business meetings, seminars, private dining/party or cocktail functions. All meeting rooms have modern conference facilities and a range of room set-ups is available.  

 

 

 

 

ANY OTHER NEWS

 

ASIAN TRAILS' NEW OFFICE IN HO CHI MINH

 

We wish to inform all our clients that Asian Trails Vietnam moved to new offices on July 2, 2012. Our new address is 9th floor, HMC Tower, 193 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1. Our phone and fax numbers and email remain unchanged.  

 

 

VIETNAM IMPLEMENTS VAT REFUND SCHEME

 

Vietnam started its VAT refund scheme for foreign tourists at two major airports, Hanoi's Noi Bai and Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat airports, on June 1 after a year preparing for the scheme. The refunds are available at kiosks located at the airports.

 

Foreign tourists can claim for refunds on goods worth at least US$95 (VND2 million) for purchases made no later than 30 days from the time of arrival. They get 85% of the VAT in Vietnamese dong with the remaining 15% transferred to a commercial bank. The VAT is a standard 10% except for a lower tax calculation on essential goods. A VAT collection agency handles the process.  

 

 

NEW SEA AND ISLAND RECORDS FOR VIETNAM

 

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province has been recognised for setting a national record for the bay with highest number of islets. The 1,553sqkm UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of 1,169 islets of various sizes, 95% of which are limestone outcroppings. This is one of nine national records related to islands and seas, which have been recognised by the Vietnam Book of Records (Vietbooks) to celebrate the Vietnam Sea and Islands Week held in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on June 5-6.

 

The Vietnam Administration of Sea and Islands, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, nominated the records. Vietbooks also worked with www.tinmoitruong.vn - a website featuring news and activities related on environment - to present new seven records on the environment to mark World Environment Day on June 6.

 

The Nha Trang Oceanography Institute in Khanh Hoa Province, which maintains specimens of 20,000 sea and freshwater creatures belonging to 5,000 species, is among five organisations that have been recognised for their contribution to conservation.

Two geographical sites that have been recognised Ba Be Lake at the foot of the Lam Son Mountain for the beauty of its landscape, geographical features and biodiversity, and Thac Ba Lake as the largest man made lake in the country.  

 

Representatives of Vietbooks and www.tinmoitruong.vn will continue their search for national records to increase public awareness of the need to protect, conserve and improve the natural environment.

 

 

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CHINA

 

 

A note from Managing Director Veronique Ducassy

 

Dear Friends and Partners,

 

The infrastructure development in China is ongoing, and we're updating you in this newsletter on the numerous new hotels opening all over the country including those in remote areas that will contribute to the development of tourism there.

 

Airlines are also expanding their footprints in China with new routes including a direct flight from Lijiang to Hong Kong and a new European route for China Southern Airlines to London.

 

Asian Trails China wishes you a Happy Summer! 

   

 

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION

 

SICHUAN - PANDA'S NEW HOME

 

A new centre to house the pandas is being built in Shenshuping, about 22km northeast of its original location that was hit by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake in 2008. It is still located within the Wolong National Nature Reserve - the first and largest of its kind in China for the protection of pandas - but it lies outside Wolong town.

 

Sponsored by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region the centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. The captive-bred pandas, now housed in a temporary base in Sichuan, will return to live in their new home once it is completed.  

 

 

BEIJING - SILVER MOUNTAIN PAGODA FOREST (YINSHAN TALIN)

 

Just 50 kilometres north of Beijing is Silver Mountain Pagoda Forest (Yinshan Talin), a place for travellers to invigorate the mind and body. It is also a window into China's interesting spiritual history. Located in Changping district it was a former Buddhist prayer place. From as far back as the Sui Dynasty (AD 581-618) Buddhists came here to perform religious rites. During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties it was considered one of the eight greatest scenic places in Beijing.

 

 

BEIJING - CONFUCIAN TEMPLE AND IMPERIAL COLLEGE

 

In June 2008 the refurbished Guozijian Street, which sites the Confucian Temple and the Imperial College (Guozijian), is opened to the public again.

 

The Confucian Temple was built in 1302 and was completed in 1306 during the Yuan Dynasty. Emperors of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to Confucius, whose thinking, known as Confucianism, was the dominating ideology for feudal China. The temple covers 22,000 square metres and has three rows of buildings and courtyards.

 

The Imperial College was built 1308. It served as China's highest institution of learning, as well as the administrative organ for education during three successive dynasties. It covers 28,000 square metres with three courtyards arranged along a central axis.  

 

 

BEIJING - FORMER RESIDENCE OF GUO MORUO

 

Two rows of pedicabs queue up on both sides of Qianhai Xijie where Beijing's hutong tour starts. The drivers, dressed in uniform khaki vests, either solicit business, gossip or just sit around and leaf through newspapers while waiting for business.

 

On one side of the street stands Shichahai Sports School, where kungfu star, Jet Li, was trained before shooting to stardom. On the other side is a traditional quadrangle compound, easily missed if not for the gilded characters on the door lintel - "Former Residence of Guo Moruo". This is a typical courtyard house in Beijing, with red pillars and colourful wooden decorative elements at the entrance. The courtyard is where Guo - a poet, dramatist, historian, palaeographer and social activist spent the last 15 years of his life. In the backyard are three exhibition halls featuring his literary creations intertwined with his life and modern Chinese history. In the front yard is a bronze statue of this versatile cultural giant.  

 

 

KASHGAR - XINJIANG PROVINCE

 

Many visitors to Kashgar, a city replete with historic and exotic characteristics along the ancient Silk Road, may feel like they are in North Africa or the Middle East. Uygur women wear veils or headscarves and the men put on doppa or white knitted caps. The bustling and noisy bazaars are filled with the aroma of roasted mutton and cumin. The city, especially its old town block, is filled with cluttered and amazingly clean streets where motorcycles and minibuses navigate their way along with donkey carts.

 

Cycling is the best way to see the city during summer, which is dry and hot. First stop is Kah Mosque, one of the largest of its kind in the country. The old town has a very distinct characteristic yellow colour as the houses are made of mudstone and wood. Some old houses look shabby externally but amazingly clean and beautifully decorated inside. Newly built houses and those under construction are also painted with yellow mud on the external wall to keep to the original feature of the old town. The big market offers dried fruits and nuts, musical instruments, wooden or brass products, clothing and textiles and various ornaments.

 

The last stop is the Tomb of the "Fragrant Concubine", one of Emperor Qianlong's Imperial concubines during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). According to legends, she exuded an enchanting fragrance without using perfume. Uygurs believe the concubine's fragrance came from her habit of bathing with shazao (sand date) flowers. 

 

Another upside on visiting Kashgar during summer is the long day and short night. Following the Xinjiang time zone, which is two hours behind Beijing, the city bathes in daylight right up to 10pm.  

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

DUSIT DEVARANA HAINAN TO OPEN IN 2013

 

The 300-room Dusit Devarana Hainan, scheduled to open in 2013, is uniquely located within the rare natural 93ºC hot springs. The resort will showcase various spring water features, from outdoor bathing pools to ensuite bathrooms supplied with fresh hot and cold spring-water. A natural mountain river cuts through the resort complex, giving it an aesthetic appeal.

 

Located on Baoting's "Seven Fairy Mountain" approximately 80km from Sanya, the southernmost city in China on Hainan Island, Dusit Devarana Hainan is designed as a low-rise complex comprising villas and deluxe rooms. It will have two restaurants serving Western and Chinese cuisines. Outdoor activities available in the surrounding area include mountain trekking and cycling. The resort will fit within the Dusit Devarana brand focusing on its potential as a spa and conference destination.  

 

 

MOEVENPICK EXPANDS IN CHINA

 

A Chinese name and logo, a new Shanghai executive team, a website in Mandarin and three new hotels under development are paving the way for success in China for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts. It is known in the country as Rui Xiang (瑞享), which means "brings you enjoyment and luck with Swiss quality". This name and logo were created in collaboration with brand specialists, Interbrand, and developed following extensive customer research in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.

 

The company has three projects under development in China - the 300-room Mövenpick Hotel Jiading in Shanghai, the 380-room Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Phoenix Island in Sanya (both opening next year) and the Mövenpick Hotel & State Guest House Chifeng in Inner Mongolia slated to open in 2015. With quality positioning and fast development Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has the opportunity to capitalise on the excellent Swiss image and become very successful in China.  

 

 

MELIÁ INCREASES CHINA'S PORTFOLIO WITH GRAN MELIA XI'AN

 

Meliá Hotels International has embarked on its expansion in China with a new property - the 419-room Gran Meliá Xi'an. It is the group's second property in China after Meliá Shanghai. It also forms part of the hotel group's strategic plan, to increase its footprints in Asia.  

 

Gran Meliá Xi'an, located in the city's Qujiang New District, is scheduled for a December 2013 opening. It will have two restaurants, a bar, the Yhi Spa, a convention centre and the Red Level, which is Gran Meliá's trademark VIP floor. It will be the perfect location for both business and leisure as Xi'an is China's ancient capital city, one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilisation and is the start of the Silk Road, the great trade route linking the East and West.  

 

 

SOFITEL TO OPEN HIGHEST HOTEL IN GUIYANG

 

As part of its plans to expand its network across China, Sofitel will open a new property in 2014 - Sofitel Guiyang in the burgeoning city of Guiyang, Guizhou Province. With 57 storeys the new hotel will be the city's highest building and landmark.

 

Sofitel Guiyang will feature 231 spacious hotel rooms and suites, three restaurants including a rooftop all day dining restaurant, two bars, a dividable ballroom, five inspired meeting rooms of varying sizes, the group's signature So SPA, fitness centre So FIT, and a swimming pool. It will also have a Club Millesime executive lounge, complemented by a fully equipped business centre and 100 parking stalls. The stunning skyscraper will be the highest building in the city with unhindered visibility from all directions.

 

Strategically located in downtown Guiyang and housed in the upper and podium sections of the Guiyang International Financial Centre, the hotel is an integral component to the city's high-end shopping complex and office buildings. It is just a 30-minute drive from Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport and a 20-minute drive from the newly built convention centre in Jinyang new district.

 

Guiyang is the provincial capital of Guizhou Province and a major city in South West China, and has long been the manufacturing base of Mao Tai, China's most famous liquor.

 

 

HILTON BRINGS WALDORF ASTORIA TO CHENGDU

 

Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Chengdu Yincheng Property to develop western China's first Waldorf Astoria in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2016, the 300-room Waldorf Astoria Chengdu will be the fifth Waldorf Astoria in China following the launch of Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund in 2011, and the planned openings of Waldorf Astoria Beijing (2013), Waldorf Astoria Baoting (2015) and Waldorf Astoria Sanya (2016).

 

Located in the Chengdu Tianfu New Area, opposite Chengdu Tianfu International Financial Centre, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu will occupy the top 15 floors of a mixed-used development, with service apartments in the lower part of the building.

 

Hilton Worldwide has three other hotels in the pipeline in Chengdu - Hilton Chengdu, Conrad Chengdu and DoubleTree by Hilton Chengdu Longquanyi.  

 

 

FIRST MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL IN CHENGDU

 

The Sichuan capital of Chengdu will welcome its first Mandarin Oriental hotel in 2015. Part of a prestigious mixed-used development on a prime riverfront site, the 320-room Mandarin Oriental Chengdu will offer a 1,200-seat grand ballroom, a 500-seat junior ballroom, a variety of function rooms, various F&B options including a Sichuan restaurant, a rooftop bar and tea lounge and a 10-room spa.

 

The hotel is part of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's ongoing expansion in China, which includes upcoming properties in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai Pudong.  

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

SICHUAN AIRLINES LAUNCHES LIJIANG-HONG KONG SERVICE

 

On May 31 Sichuan Airlines launched thrice-weekly direct flights from Lijiang (Yunnan Province) to Hong Kong. The two-and-a-half hour flight operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

 

Lijiang Airport was approved to operate as a hub airport On March 6, the third in the province after Kunming and Xishuangbanna. Lijiang is also planning new flights to other national tourist sites and Southeast Asian countries including a service to Bangkok.  

 

 

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES FLIES DIRECT GUANGZHOU—LONDON

 

China Southern Airlines started thrice-weekly Guangzhou-London flights on June 6. The service, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays are from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to London’s Heathrow. Operated using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, this is the first direct connection between Guangzhou and London, and the airline’s third non-stop European service after Paris and Amsterdam. The new route is expected to foster greater economic and cultural exchange between the two cities.  

 

China Southern Airlines carried 80.7 million passengers in 2011, which is a 5.5% increase over 2010, making it the largest airline in Asia measured by passenger numbers.

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS & VENUES

 

LOST HEAVEN RESTAURANT -BEIJING

 

The renowned Lost Heaven Restaurant, which has been pleasing Shanghai diners for many years, has opened a branch in Beijing. Located in the former US Embassy compound the restaurant brings innovation to Yunnan ethnic cuisine by combining various ancient cooking arts. The province's ancient multi-ethnic elements and profound folk cultures are the source of inspiration for the restaurant's creation and design. Here you can experience this harmonious blend of ancient cultures and partake in the distinctive dining and arts only heard of in legends. In creating the dining space, an Australian architectural and design firm emphasised the clean, light filled and thoroughly modern lines of what was once a television factory producing the capital's first black and white TVs.  

 

 

 

 

STAFF UPDATE

 

 

NEW TRAVEL CONSULTANT

 

Asian Trails China welcomes Leo Li as Travel Consultant to its team. We wish him great success in his new appointment.  

 

 

 

 

ANY OTHER NEWS

 

ASIAN TRAILS BEIJING OFFICE CONQUERS THE GREAT WALL!

 

On June 28 staff from our office went on an overnight trip to the magnificent Great Wall at Jinshanling. We left Beijing early on Saturday morning and after a two-hour drive arrived at our destination.

 

Spirits were high as we started a four-hour hike on one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. The weather was perfect, not too hot with blue sky and some white clouds. We had a picnic in one of the watchtowers, which provided us with the necessary shade. Almost all the staff made it to the end of the hike, after which we drove to an eco-lodge by the Miyun reservoir for the rest of the day. A barbecue dinner, which included famous local trout, awaited us together with lots of ice-cold Qingdao beer. The eventful day ended with karaoke in the open air. The following morning the coach took us back to Beijing, with lots of stories to tell and sore legs for days to come.  

 

 

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MYANMAR

 

A note from Managing Director Thomas Carnevale

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The past two months have been the busiest low season months Myanmar has ever experienced. Influxes of business travellers and delegations, as well as tremendous increase of booking requests for the coming season, are keeping us very busy. We encourage all of you planning to come to Myanmar to book as early as possible and to be flexible in all aspects such as accommodation, routing and related arrangements.

We also like to stress that travelling in the low season is no problem whatsoever on a classic route (beaches are closed), and we urge clients to come during this season where availability is less of an issue.

We are highlighting the forthcoming festivals in this newsletter under "FESTIVALS AND EVENTS", as festivals are great opportunities to partake in the local traditions and culture especially in Myanmar as they give an in-depth insight into local habits.

Several new suppliers with different products are entering the market and are helping to increase the attractiveness of the destination.

As always, we remain at your disposal for any clarification needed and look forward to welcoming your clients to Myanmar.

Best regards,

Thomas Carnevale

 

   

 

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION

 

ADVICE FOR TRAVEL TO MYANMAR

 

Political changes in Myanmar have moved the destination into the spotlight during the past nine months. Positive news resulting in the most radical changes in the country after almost five decades of military dictatorship are bringing hope for economic development and a better life. These rapid changes, however, are bringing difficulties to the tourism industry due to the limited supply of hotel rooms throughout the country. The present demand by tourists and corporate travelers outweighs the extremely limited capacity, and we would like to give the following advice for travel to Myanmar.

  • As the most difficult destinations are Yangon and Mandalay we recommend an amendment to the itineraries, which are to spend shorter time in these two cities. For example, instead of an overnight stay in Yangon we suggest taking a domestic flight to connect to an international flight or vice-versa. Mandalay city tours are becoming less of an attraction, and the condensation into a one day tour incorporating Amarapura, Mingun and visits too ne or two temples is possible and will cut one overnight stay. Some tour operators choose to avoid Mandalay all together.

  • We recommend to book as many clients as possible into our seat-in coach tours, which we operate in English, German, Italian and Spanish. These regular departure tours have space secured and guarantee a speedy confirmation of FIT requests.

  • Despite the fact that many guide books recommend not to travel to Myanmar during the low season/summer months we instead suggest that more travellers visit the country between April to September. While the west coast, Yangon and the southern parts of Myanmar experience strong monsoon rains the central and northern region including Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake have little rain. Furthermore, the vegetation is green and lush. During the low season space is readily available except in Yangon where capacity remains an issue throughout the year.

  • In general, it is to be expected that rates of package tours for the next high season will increase by between 100% to 300% compared to the 2011/12 high season package rates. The increase will depend on the traveling period, duration of travel, destination, hotel category, room category and activities. The highest increases will be for Yangon and Mandalay hotels, international branded hotels, historical properties and boutique hotels.  

 

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE

 

NGAPALI WATER SPORT CENTER

 

Asia Whale has set up the first water sport center in the resort town of Ngapali. This local company specialises in diving, snorkeling and kayak trips in the Mergui archipelago since 2003.

 

The Ngapali Princess (pictured) will do day trips for snorkelers and divers, as well as special trips for sport fishing and dedicated kayak trips. The boat has a capacity for a maximum of 45 passengers or a maximum of 20 divers, and has a crew of five.  

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

 

GREEN HILL HOTEL - YANGON

 

Green Hill Hotel just opened in Yangon near the Kandawgyi Labout Lake, about 15 minutes walk from Shwedagon Pagoda. It has 100 deluxe rooms and eight suite rooms. All rooms have Wifi Internet access, individually controllable air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, satellite TV, minibar and safe box. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service and complimentary buffet breakfast. It has a meeting room and spacious underground parking.  

 

 

 

HOTEL ASTER - MAYMYO

 

Hotel Aster, the latest addition to the large collection of hotels in Maymyo, is located about three kilometres from the Maymyo -Lashio route. It has 20 bungalow type rooms comprising 16 deluxe and four superior. All the rooms have ensuite facilities and are equipped with modern amenities such as -lat screen TV. The bungalows are situated in a lush spacious garden, which gives the hotel a tranquil environment for guests to relax in.

 

 

 

NEW COO FOR AUREUM PALACE HOTELS & RESORTS/MYANMAR TREASURE RESORTS

 

Mr Russel Blagg is the new Chief Operations Officer of Aureum Palace Hotels and Resorts, Myanmar Treasure Resorts and Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. Originally from London, England he brings with him a wealth of international experience gained from being involved in hotel and resort development, and operations in the hospitality industry both in Asia and Europe. For the past six years Mr Blagg was General Manager (CEO) of Indonesia's Pt Hanno Bali, an internationally acclaimed and award winning company, where he was instrumental in its success in resort development and construction in the country.

 

 

 

HOTEL GOVERNORS RESIDENCE, YANGON CLOSES FOR RENOVATIONS IN 2013

 

The Governors Residence will undergo major refurbishment during the low season in 2013, and will close from May to September of that year.

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

 

MAJOR FESTIVALS IN MYANMAR

 

We would like to remind you that a few major festivals are taking place throughout Myanmar in the next couple of months. Please feel free to contact us for any offer in connection with these special events.  

 

 

 

TAUNG-BYONE CEREMONY
AUGUST 27-31, 2012
VENUE: TAUNGBYONE, MANDALAY DIVISION

 

A six-day ceremony held to worship two Taungbyone spiritual figures. It is a major gathering for spiritual mediums.  

 

 

 

PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA FESTIVAL/1ST WANING DAY OF THIDINGYUT
OCTOBER 16-NOVEMBER 2, 2012
VENUE: INLE LAKE, SHAN STATE


A 19-day festival during which four Buddha statues are ceremoniously transported clockwise around Inle Lake on the Royal Barge. One-leg rowed boat races are held throughout the festival.

 

 

THADINGYUT FESTIVAL/14TH WAXING DAY OF THADINGYUT
OCTOBER 29—31, 2012:
VENUE THROUGHOUT MYANMAR

 

A three-day festival to mark the day Lord Buddha came down from heaven after three months of observing the Buddhist Lent. Buddha's return to earth is commemorated throughout Myanmar with colourful illumination offerings to the deities. The people also celebrate the festival by hoisting balloons up to the sky.  

 

 

 

BALLOON-FLYING FESTIVAL/WAXING DAY OF TAZAUNGMON

NOVEMBER 23—28, 2012

VENUE: TAUNGGYI, SHAN STATE

 

A seven-day festival, which is a typical "Pa-O" festival when hot air balloons are released into the sky both day and night.

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

QATAR AIRWAYS TO RESUME DOHA-YANGON SERVICE

 

Starting from October 3, 2012 Qatar Airways will resume its flight from Doha to Yangon. Initially the flight will operate three times a week, and will increase to a weekly service from October 28. The airline is finalising the exact schedule at time of writing.  

 

 

 

 

ANY OTHER NEWS

 

 

STAFF OUTING TO NGWE SAUNG BEACH

 

After a successful and demanding season the staff enjoyed a weekend, from April 27 to 29. on the beach in Ngwe Saung. It was also our annual staff party, and we had a great time celebrating and enjoying the weekend break.  

 

 

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MALAYSIA

 

A NOTE FROM MANAGING DIRECTOR EMIR CHERIF

 

Warm Greetings from Malaysia

 

We were ground handler for a private jet when the new Cessna Citation Mustang C- 510 Jet piloted by our very own CEO, Mr Luzi Matzig, landed at Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur when he came to attend the recent PATA conference held in the city. The aircraft, which is available for charter, provides a comfortable ride for up to four passengers and can fly anywhere within Asia.

 

I'm pleased to say that we're now in the position to handle any private jet landing, including the arrangement of exclusive transport at any airport throughout Malaysia.

 

We've also included in our product range the "Lili Marleen", which is the biggest yacht available in Malaysia and can accommodate up to 150 guests on sunset or day cruises and a maximum of 50 guests for overnight cruises. Please see our "ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE" below for more details.

 

Last but not least, Ramadan (the Muslim holy month of fasting) is just around the corner and visitors to Malaysia during this time must visit one of the many Ramadan bazaars set up during this month. They are closed during the day, but come to life in the late afternoon as food shops prepare for Muslims breaking their fast at sundown.

 

Best regards

Emir

Malaysia Truly Asia!

 

Photo: Mr Luzi Matzig (standing left) with Mr Emir Cherif beside the Cessna Citation Mustang aircraft 

 

   

 

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION

 

MALAYSIA HOSTS MAJOR GOLF TOUR CONVENTION

 

Malaysia recently hosted its first International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Convention. The four day event, comprising one-to-one meeting sessions, networking opportunities and golf playing, saw buyers from 38 countries and suppliers from 16 countries gathered to represent both sides of the golf tourism business. 

 

Malaysia has more than 200 golf courses set in a diverse landscape with excellent golf courses in the cool highlands, by the beach, nestled in the lush jungle and surrounded by gleaming skyscrappers. Many of these international-class courses have been designed by golfing greats who include Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent-Jones, Max Wexler and Ted Parslo.

 

Please contact us for more details as we now have some fantastic golf packages available.  

 

 

 

TOURISM MINISTRY TO LIST MALAYSIA'S 100 BEST COFFEESHOPS

 

The Tourism Ministry will come up with a list of 100 best coffeeshops in Malaysia to promote the nation's coffeeshop trade internationally. The Malaysia-Singapore Coffeeshop Proprietors' Association will help identify the coffeeshops and prepare the list.

 

 

 

MELAKA FOCUSES ON CULTURE AND HISTORY TO BOOST TOURIST ARRIVALS

 

The Melaka government is focusing on the state's culture and history to attract more tourists to the historical city. More Melaka cultural and heritage-based destinations are being set up for this purpose. The city's rich history is not only from the Malay Sultanate, but also from the ancient artefacts found.  

 

KUALA LUMPUR IN MINiATURE

 

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, formerly the Old Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library, is located right in the heart of Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka). This magnificent century old Moghul-India style architecture faces the Square's iconic 100-metre flagpole and houses many attractions. It features a walk-through gallery of the city's history in print, pictures and film, as well as intricate miniatures of its historical buildings. Exhibits not to be missed are the world's largest KL Skyline wood-veneer mural and the largest miniature replica of its heritage enclave in Dataran Merdeka and Chinatown, which mimic the areas at night. Travellers can peruse the tour maps or go on a guided tour around the gallery.

 

The gallery is opened daily from 8am to 6pm daily, and admission is free.  

 

 

KLCC LAKE SYMPHONY FOUNTAIN REOPENS AFTER RM10MIL UPGRADE

 

The KLCC Lake Symphony Fountain, on a 10,000sqft man-made lake, recently reopened after a RM10 million (US$3.2 million) upgrade. It now has modern, cutting-edge technology water displays with energy-saving lights - an engineering design with individual pump systems and integrated underwater LED technology. The fountain features the profile of the national flower - bunga raya (hibiscus) - whose open fan-shaped sprays dance, sway and spin 360 degrees to form a myriad of water patterns. The jets are affixed with a kaleidoscope of lights, which twinkle and gravitate to the music. The fountain is switched on every day at 8pm.

 

 

 

PART OF TAMAN NEGARA'S CANOPY WALKWAY CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

 

Part of the Canopy Walkway - 250 metres in length - in Taman Negara (National Park), Pahang is closed for maintenance until further notice. Currently, only 280 metres of the walkway are opened. Work is expected to complete in July 2012, subject to weather conditions.  

 

 

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE

 

ASIAN TRAILS MALAYSIA OFFERS "LILI MARLEEN" CHARTER

   

The "Lili Marleen" is a 250-feet long three-masted yacht and can accommodate up to 150 guests on sunset or day cruises, and a maximum of 50 guests for overnight cruises. Built in Germany in 1994, it is equipped with three VIP Suites on the promenade deck and 22 Deluxe Cabins on the lower deck. Each of the Suite and Deluxe Cabin is outfitted with classical European furnishings and amenities. All staterooms are air-conditioned and ensuite.

 

The "Lili Marleen" can go anywhere around South East Asia, such as sailing through the Straits of Malacca or calling at historic ports and beautiful islands along the way. Whether it is just a sunset cruise, a full day cruise or a cruise in the Andaman Sea for several days, the vessel and the crew are entirely at our disposal.

 

Please contact us for more information.

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

 

GAYA ISLAND RESORT, KOTA KINABALU DELAYS OPENING TO AUGUST 1

 

Gaya Island Resort, situated on Gaya Island in Sabah, has delayed is opening to August 1, 2012. The resort, owned by Malaysian conglomerate YTL Corporation, is part of a natural marine conservation area.  

 

 

SKYBAR AT TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR UNDERGOES REFURBISHMENT

 

SkyBar, one of top places to hang out in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city, undergoes major refurbishment in early July. The project, to enhance guests' experience, is expected to be completed in October 5, 2012.

 

A new Hero bar will be constructed along with a decked area, which will accommodate an additional 100 guests and offers stunning view of the Petronas Twin Towers. The 12 existing cabanas will be reconditioned and an additional six will be constructed at the western end of SkyBar. The DJ booth, sound, lighting, staircase will also be upgraded to enhance the atmosphere. Additional glass panels will be added to the roof for additional inclement weather protection while maintaining the open-air feature above the swimming pool. A Big Ass Fan will be suspended from the roof to assist with temperature control and guests' comfort, and existing furniture will be replaced with the latest Dedon and LED technology seating and tables.

 

The work will be conducted in three phases with a large component prefabricated offsite. The area of focus will have work conducted behind protective hoardings, and no work will be carried out after 6pm through to the close of SkyBar. Throughout the renovation period SkyBar, the swimming pool and spa remain open for guests' use, and there will be little or no impact to guestrooms. 

 

 

FLAMINGO BY THE BEACH, PENANG GEARS FOR MIDDLE EAST SEASON

 

The Flamingo by the Beach Resort in Penang has incorporated the following facilities for the Middle East season 
1) An in-house Arabic translator

2) In-room additional Al-Jazeera Channel
3) Information sheet available in Arabic
4) Additional Middle East food selection for breakfast  

 

 

 

BEST WESTERN DEBUTS IN MALACCA

 

Best Western International (BWI) has opened Best Western Wana Riverside Hotel in Malacca, as part of its ongoing expansion in Malaysia. Located on the banks of the Melaka River the 170-key Best Western Wana Riverside offers a mix of superior, deluxe, grand deluxe, studio and executive rooms, ranging in size from 29sqm to 40sqm. The hotel also features meeting facilities for up to 400 persons, a sports bar, and a riverside café.

 

 

 

TUNAMAYA BEACH & SPA RESORT, TIOMAN ISLAND OPEMS

 

Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort on Tioman Island, a four star private beach resort opened its doors on June 15, 2012. 60% of the rooms are opened for sale. Work is currently ongoing for the resort's facilities, which are expected to be ready by end July.

 

 

 

UPDATE ON REFURBISHMENT AT MERITUS PELANGI BEACH RESORT, LANGKAWI

 

The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort has announced the completion of the refurbishment of its 104 luxurious rooms. It will embark on the remaining phases of the refurbishment from mid-July. The Resorts' Team will continue to manage and ensure all guest inconveniences are kept to a minimum.

 

 

 

RENOVATION AT MUTIARA TAMAN NEGARA RESORT

 

The Mutiara Taman Negara Resort in Pahang has embarked on the long awaited renovation exercise in phases beginning May 2012. The renovations are expected to complete in July 2013. The exercise is planned with great care, taking into consideration the smooth running of the resort and to ensure minimal disturbance to the guests.

 

 

 

JAPAMALA TIOMAN UNDERGOES ENHANCEMENT WORK

 

JapaMala Tioman on Tioman Island is undergoing enhancement and expansion works. The resort is building a new swimming pool and all guests are assured that the existing pool and other facilities are not affected. There is also no heavy machinery used for the ongoing work so as not to disrupt the resort's peaceful atmosphere and the guests' holiday experience.

 

 

 

UPDATE ON TANJUNG RHU RESORT, LANGKAWI

 

We have latest update from the project Team of Tanjung Rhu Resort on the property's ongoing works.

Rooms: Start/Finish Date: April 15-November 30, 2102.
Saffron Restaurant: Start/Finish Date: June 1- November 15, 2012
Rhu Restaurant: Start/Finish Date: June 1- October 30, 2012.

 

 

 

FISHERMAN'S COVE RESTAURANT AT GAYA ISLAND RESORT & PANGKOR LAUT RESORT

 

Please note that with immediate effect the minimum age restriction at Fisherman's Cove Restaurant at both Pangkor Laut Resort and Gaya Island Resort is 16 years old.  

 

 

 

TANJUNG BUNGAH BEACH HOTEL, PENANG CLOSES FOR MAKEOVER

 

The Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, Penang has closed its doors effective June 26 for a major makeover. No time frame has been given for the project's completion.  

 

 

 

MUTIARA BURAU BAY BEACH RESORT, LANGKAWI TO UNDERGO RENOVATIONS

 

The Mutiara Burau Bay Resort, Langkawi will embark on a long overdue renovation in early 2013. In preparation for this project the resort will stop accepting bookings effective from January 19, 2013.

 

 

NEW SCHEDULES FOR PANGKOR LAUT RESORT'S SPEEDBOAT TRANSFERS

 

Effective June 1, 2012 Pangkor Laut Resort has retimed its departures for the scheduled speedboats, which ferry guests to and from the resort. This rescheduling follows the relocation of Pangkor Laut Resort Lumut office to Marina Island Pangkor in December 2011.

 

Marina Island Pangkor is a man-made island linked by a 400-metre causeway bridge from the mainland and is poised to be a premier waterfront township of Perak. The new Pangkor Laut Resort office features comfortable, modern surroundings which will enhance guests' arrival and check-in experience.

 

New speedboat schedule as of June 1,2012:

• From Marina Island to Pangkor Laut Resort: 0900hrs, 1300hrs, 1500hrs, 1630hrs, 2000hrs

• From Pangkor Laut Resort to Marina Island: 0845hrs, 1200hrs, 1300hrs, 1700hrs  

 

 

JETTY TO LAGUNA REDANG RESORT RELOCATED

 

Please be informed that the jetty to Laguna Redang Resort on Redang Island has relocated from Shah Bandar Jetty to Merang Jetty effective from 24 May 2012. The timing of the ferry is as below:

 

• From Merang Jetty to Laguna Redang Island Resort:  Daily - 9.30am & 12.00pm (first come first serve)

• From Laguna Redang Island Resort to Merang Jetty: Daily - 9.00am & 12.00pm  

 

 

 

FLAMINGO BY THE LAKE, KUALA LUMPUR OFFERS FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE

 

The Flamingo by the Lake, Kuala Lumpur is offering complimentary scheduled shuttle service (two way transfers) to Ampang Point, KLCC and Pavilion (Bukit Bintang). Pre-arrangement is required with one day advance notice to the hotel's concierge.  

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

1MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL TOURISM NIGHT FLORAL PARADE 2012
JUNE 30 -JULY 8, 2012
VENUE: PREsINT 2, LAKE PUTRAJAYA, PUTRAJAYA

 

The Ministry of Tourism is organising the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade themed, "Magic of the Night". The event showcases a parade of lighted and decorated boats floating across Putrajaya Lake to promote the tourism attractions and icons of Malaysia and international tourist destinations. A total of 13 local and international boats parade across the Putrajaya Lake nightly from 8.30pm to 9.30 pm, after which they are on static display until 11.30pm. Entrance to the event is free. Do not miss the opportunity to be at Putrajaya for the event as the whole city is transformed into an enclave of beautiful flowers.  

 

 

 

1MALAYSIA CONTEMPORARY ARTS TOURISM FESTIVAL
JULY 2012 -SEPTEMBER 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA

 

This prestigious event, held for three months, gives an insight into Malaysia's fascinating contemporary art scene. The unique platform showcases both the established and up-and-coming names in the art scene.

 

 

 

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITY CELEBRATION - GEORGETOWN
JULY 7, 2012
VENUE: ESPLANADE, PENANG

 

George Town in Penang was accorded the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List of Cities and Sights for its "outstanding universal value" on July 7, 2008. The month-long celebration features cultural and music shows, traditional crafts demonstrations and exhibitions.  

 

 

 

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITY CELEBRATION - MALACCA

JULY 7, 2012

VENUE: BANDAR HILIR, MALACCA.

 

On July 7, 2008 Melaka was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO. Its heritage buildings, cultural enclaves and places of worship are popular with history buffs and tourists who come from all over the world to see them. Visit Malacca and be part of the colourful celebrations.  

 

 

 

RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
JULY 13-15, 2012
VENUE: SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE, KUCHING, SARAWAK

 

Tap to the rhythm of diverse ethnic music amidst the magnificent rainforest of Sarawak. One of the largest musical events in Malaysia, the Rainforest World Music Festival celebrates world music with performances by ethnic musicians from around the world.  

 

 

BON ODORI FESTIVAL
JULY 15, 2012
VENUE: SHAH ALAM MATSUSHITA STADIUM, SELANGOR & ESPLANADE, PENANG.

 

Bon Odori, a Japanese custom to honour the spirits of one's ancestors, has been celebrated in Japan for over 500 years. Selangor and Penang are two of the states in Malaysia to host the celebrations. The highlight is the customary Bon dance with the performers dancing in a circle to the tunes of Tokyo-Ondo and Tanko-Bushi.

 

 

 

RAMADAN BAZAAR
JULY 20-AUGUST 19, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA

 

As the holy month of Ramadan (fasting month) begins, stalls and bazaars sprout throughout Malaysia, offering a wide array of delicious fare for Muslims to break their fast.  

 

 

GENTING WORLD LION DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
JULY 20-22, 2012
VENUE: ARENA OF STARS, GENTING HIGHLANDS, PAHANG

 

The Genting World Lion Dance Championship is the most established high-stilt lion dance championship in the world with the best lion dance teams from around the globe competing for the coveted award The bi-annual championship is entering its 10th edition this year and is held in conjunction with the organiser's 20th anniversary. Teams rom around the world will battle it out as they make the lions come alive with the beat of the drums and mesmerise with their stunning acrobatic performances coupled with synchronised agility. Don't miss out on this truly acrobatic extravaganza.  

 

 

 

SABAH INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
JULY 20-22, 2012
VENUE: SABAH CULTURAL CENTRE, PENAMPANG, SABAH

 

Dance troupes from around the world gather in the "Land Below the Wind" for the Sabah International Folklore Festival. This festival promises entertainment, as well as education of the different cultures of the participating  

 

 

 

PORT DICKSON INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON
JULY 20-22, 2012
VENUE: PORT DICKSON, NEGERI SEMBILAN

 

Catch the live action as athletes compete in a test of endurance and stamina. Challenges include swimming, cycling and running. Do not miss this chance to be at Port Dickson, the most popular beach destination on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

 

 

BORNEO INTERNATIONAL YACHTING CHALLENGE
JULY 21-27, 2012
VENUE: MIRI, SARAWAK

 

The Borneo International Yachting Challenge, the first truly international yachting event in the waters off Borneo, is a joint effort of Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan. It is organised under the auspices of the Malaysian Yachting Association. This year's race is in its 9th season and the start of the race has been timed to coincide with the schedule of Sail Malaysia Passage to the East Rally, and more cruising yachts are expected to join in for some friendly racing.

 

• Sail Malaysia Passage to the East Rally (May-August) is a cruising rally, which takes place across Malaysia, from Langkawi to Sabah. This is the fifth edition of the rally. In Borneo, a joint format is organised with the Borneo International Yacht Challenge, which incorporates a week's regatta in Miri, Brunei, Labuan and Kota Kinabalu.  

 

 

HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI
AUGUST 19-20, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA

 

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a celebratory day as it signifies victory for Muslims after a month of fasting from dawn to dusk. On this special day Muslims attend special morning prayers in mosques and visit the cemeteries of their loved ones. Decked in their traditional finery, friends and family from near and far come together to celebrate this joyous occasion. There will be a variety of tasty delicacies to make the celebrations memorable

 

 

 

ROYAL PAHANG BILLFISH INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE
AUGUST 24-26, 2012
VENUE: KUALA ROMPIN, PAHANG

 

This annual event puts the small town of Kuala Rompin, Pahang in the international limelight. The challenge draws anglers from as far as the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.  

 

 

MERDEKA MILLENIUM ENDURANCE RACE
AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
VENUE: SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, SELANGOR

 

The Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER), formerly the Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race, is a 12 hours endurance racing event held annually at the Sepang International Circuit as part of the Merdeka festivities in Malaysia. Held annually since 2000, this year's race will be part of the Japanese Super Taikyu Series.  

 

 

MERDEKA DAY CELEBRATION
AUGUST 31, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA

 

Malaysia celebrates its 55th year of independence or "Merdeka" this year. Events to celebrate this special day include an open-air concert on the eve of Merdeka (August 30), and on the morning of August 31 a colourful parade will be held. Every state in Malaysia celebrates Merdeka with special events and parades.  

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

 

AIRASIA X FLIES DIRECT TO BEIJING

 

Malaysia's longhaul budget carrier, AirAsia X, launched direct Kuala Lumpur-Beijing service on June 22, 2012. With this new route the airline terminated its Kuala Lumpur-Tianjin service. Tianjin Airport is considered an alternative airport as it is 80km away from Beijing, while the Beijing international airport is 30km from the Chinese capital.  

 

 

 

FIREFLY'S TWICE-WEEKLY KUALA LUMPUR-NANJING CHARTERS

 

Firefly, Malaysia's community airline, recently started direct twice-weekly charter flights to Nanning in South China from Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The flight from Kuala Lumpur is on every Sunday, and from Kuala Lumpur via Penang every Thursday.

 

 

MAS STREAMLINES CABIN BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

 

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) streamlined its cabin baggage rules for its domestic and international flights from May 15, in preparation for its entry into oneworld, a global airline alliance.

 

Under the new guidelines guests travelling in Economy Class are allowed one piece of cabin baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg instead of 5kg. Guests in First and Business Class have an allowance of two pieces of cabin baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg each. Each cabin bag must not exceed 56cm in height, 36cm in length and 23cm in width. Apart from the streamlined cabin baggage allowance each guest can bring on board either a notebook/laptop or briefcase or a binoculars bag. In addition, guests can also carry a small handbag and a walking stick.  

 

 

SINGLE IMMIGRATION/CHECK-IN COUNTER AT KLIA FOR MAS' ELITE PASSENGERS

 

The KL International Airport (KLIA) will provide immigration clearance and check-in services through a single counter, the world's first airport to provide such a service, when it is operational in July. The counter will be exclusive to Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) First Class and Enrich Platinum passengers.

 

The initiative is in line with KLIA's efforts to strengthen its position as one of the top airports in the world in terms of Immigration service. Passengers will be escorted from the check-in counter by MAS personnel through a special route to the departure area and will be given VVIP treatment. Passengers travelling on MAS' new Airbus A380 aircraft in July are the first to enjoy this new service.  

 

 

 

AIRASIA PHILIPPINES LAUNCHES MANILA-KUALA LUMPUR SERVICE

 

AirAsia Philippines launched its first international flight, Manila to Kuala Lumpur, on June 9, increasing the frequency of the existing route to Kuala Lumpur currently offered by AirAsia, its Malaysian shareholder. AirAsia, which owns 40% of AirAsia Philippines, continues to operate its daily flight between Clark International Airport, Pampanga, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur.  

 

 

 

FIREFLY OPENS UP KOTA BAHRU-JOHOR BAHRU CONNECTION

 

Firefly, the low-cost unit of Malaysia Airlines, launches Kota Bahru to Johor Bahru flights, becoming the first airline to provide direct air linkages connecting the south and the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.  

 

 

 

FIREFLY FLIES TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND

 

Firefly introduces weekly scheduled charter service between Kuala Lumpur and Christmas Island in Australia from July 7 this year. The service are on every Saturday, departing Kuala Lumpur at 9.20am and arriving Christmas Island at 10.55am.  The return flight leaves Christmas Island at 11.55am and arrives in Kuala Lumpur at 3.30pm. Firefly will utilise the 162-seater Boeing B737-400 aircraft n this route.  

 

 

 

MANDALA AIRLINES LAUNCHES JAKARTA-KUALA LUMPUR SERVICE

 

Mandala Airlines, Indonesian budget carrier, has launched its second international route connecting Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The daily flight departs from Jakarta every afternoon. The airline recently resumed operations after being grounded for over a year.  

 

 

AIRPHIL EXPRESS EXPANDS TO KUALA LUMPUR

 

Airphil Express, the budget arm of Philippine Airlines, has added Kuala Lumpur to its regional network with a thrice-weekly service on June 21, 2012. The flights, using the Airbus A320 aircraft, are from Clark International Airport, Pampanga, Philippines to Kuala Lumpur.
 

 

 

SEAIR CONNECTS CLARK AIRPORT WITH KOTA KINABALU

 

South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) launched the inaugural flight of its newest international route from Clark International Airport, Pampanga, Philippines to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on May 1, 2012. The airline offers roundtrip flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3.05pm-5.05pm for Clark-Kota Kinabalu, and 5.35pm-7.35 for Kota Kinabalu-Clark.  

 

 

 

TIGER AIRWAYS BOOSTS FLIGHTS TO MALAYSIA, CHINA IN AUGUST

 

Singapore's budget carrier, Tiger Airways, will ramp up frequencies to Kuching (Sarawak) and Penang in Malaysia and Haikou, China in August. For the forthcoming Hari Raya Puasa holiday in Malaysia the airline's flights from Singapore to Kuching and Penang will operate twice daily from August 17-26, 2012. Its Singapore-Haikou flights will be upped from three to five times weekly for August.  

 

 

KLM TO UP AMSTERDAM—KUALA LUMPUR SERVICES

 

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will add three weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Amsterdam, Holland, increasing the number of weekly services on the route to 10. The extra flights, part of the airline's northern winter schedule, take to 68 the number of weekly connections KLM offers from Australia to Europe through a codeshare partnership with Malaysia Airlines.

The three new flights from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam will depart every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 0950hrs arriving in Amsterdam at 1520hrs. The additional flights from Amsterdam will depart at 12.35hrs every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving in Kuala Lumpur at 07.20hrs the next day, to connect with onward flights to Australia. KLM operates a combination of Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft between Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam.
   

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS & VENUES

 

 

NEW ORLEANS BAR & GRILL OPENS IN SUNWAY RESORT HOTEL & SPA

 

The Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur has closed its Avanti Italian Restaurant, and in its place is a new improved restaurant - The New Orleans Bar & Grill. A new mix of great food and entertainment, it encapsulates the essence of New Orleans the outlet features Southern American cuisine with Cajun and Creole influence for a soulful meal with fantastic music
 
 

 

 

 

STAFF UPDATE

 

 

NEW ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

 

Ivan Ong Chip Hong recently joined us as Accounts Assistant. He has a degree in accountancy and his speciality is in handling full set of accounts, especially in the field relating to sales and purchase. We welcome Ivan to the team and wish him the very best.
 

 

 

 

ANY OTHER NEWS

 

MULU NATIONAL PARK TO BE GAZETTED NON-SMOKING AREA BY 2017

 

The Sarawak Government's move to gazette the Mulu National Park in Sarawak, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a non-smoking area by 2017 is not expected to deter tourists, but instead could encourage even more visitors to the park.

 

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Malaysian Health Promotion Board (MySihat) and the Sarawak Health Club to promote the Mulu Heritage Smoke-Free project was signed in May this year.
 
 

 

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INDONESIA

 

A note from Managing Director Andre Seiler

 

Our newest addition to our mini bus fleet started operations in Bali just in time for the start of the high season. In addition to the two existing seven-seater Suzuki Elf mini buses we have just received another vehicle of the same type, but with a longer chassis. The Suzuki Elf long version has space for up to 10 passengers, the driver and guide without carrying luggage. Compared to other previous cars our new Elf fleet is equipped with comfortable single seats including seat belts and spacious leg space.

 

All the three mini buses are used for smaller groups or large families on roundtrips in Bali and East Java. Due to its narrow body the Suzuki Elf is the ideal car (for 4-10 passengers) for Bali's narrow roads. For couples we still offer a wide range of different car categories such as Suzuki APV's (Regular), Toyota Innova (Superior) and Toyota Alphard (Luxury). All the cars are manufactured in Indonesia under joint venture companies of Suzuki or Toyota.

 

Please contact us at res@asiantrails.co.id for more details about our car fleet in Indonesia.

 

 

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE

 

 

ASIAN TRAILS INDONESIA WORKING WITH NPO TO BETTER VILLAGERS' LIVELIHOOD

 

Asian Trails Indonesia has strengthened its cooperation with the Non Profit Organisation (NPO), "Zukunft für Kinder" (Future for Children).  While we are already organising trekking itineraries to the remote villages of the Muntigunung area in northeast Bali, where the NPO is active, we also offer our partners the local products from their workshops. For example, locally produced cashew nuts packed in a nice handmade rattan box make a nice souvenir for guests visiting Bali. The income from the sales goes directly to the villagers in this impoverished area of Bali.

 

"Zukunft für Kinder" is a Swiss NPO that mobilises funding in Switzerland towards implementing a development programme in Muntigunung, focusing on water supply and livelihood development. The aim is to enable approximately 5,500 less privileged villagers to better their lives.

 

 

 

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LUXURY ON BOARD "THE SAMATA"

 

"The Samata" provides the highest standards of ultra-luxury accommodation combined with a service that is both refined and relaxed. Styled with traditional Phinisi charm it is, without a doubt, the most beautiful 42- metre luxury yacht to navigate the waters of Indonesia. It offers an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance, offering passengers a supreme combination of pure pampered comfort and exotic adventure.

 

The yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in complete comfort, and is designed for those who enjoy the finer things in life but prefer an unstructured holiday. Superb service, individual attention, sumptuous cuisine, diving adventures and abundance of space make for an unforgettable and magical vacation. The day proceeds at your own pace, whatever that may be. Indeed, the very notion of a rigid agenda of activities is foreign.  

 

 

AMANIKAN CRUISES RAJA AMPAT, PAPUA

 

Amanikan's Raja Ampat Expedition takes place on board Amanikan, Amanresorts' custom-built 32-metre Phinisi coastal cruiser. The boat is ideal for private cruises for one, two or three couples or a family, and supports a crew of 10 including a dive instructor and a private chef.

 

An expansive master cabin sits at the rear of the upper deck offering sweeping 270-degree views from the large private terrace. The second spacious double cabin boasts a king-size bed and a private balcony. A third smaller cabin offers twin beds or a king-size bed. All three cabins feature air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with double vanities, showers and separate toilets. Large teak decks are equipped with loungers and dining furniture for relaxing, sunbathing and eating - either under the stars or protected from the elements. Amanikan offers a menu of Asian and Western dishes created by Amanwana's Chef, tailored to your preferences.

 

Amanikan's Raja Ampat expedition is a five- or seven-night adventure through one of the world's most exceptional marine areas. Renowned for its biodiversity Raja Ampat, or "The Four Kings", encompasses over 40,000 square kilometres in the northeast seas of the Indonesian archipelago where the Pacific becomes the Indian Ocean. The resulting currents stir up nutrient-rich water, which, along with the tropical climate, nurtures magnificent coral reefs and unparalleled marine life.  

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

THE REGENT BALI

 

Sanur is seeing its first luxury 5 star resort - The Regent Bali - opening by the end of the year. A 95-key luxury resort it features four acres of tropical gardens with 200 metres of beach and 24-hours butler service. The resort also offers 25 Regent Residences.

 

The dining and entertainment outlets at the Regent Bali will marry the resort's magnificent ocean views and tropical setting, with two indoor/outdoor setting restaurants serving local delicacies with both Asian and International flair, as well as a lobby lounge and library lounge. Additional amenities will include a large infinity pool literally on the ocean, a children's pool, a kid's club, fitness centre and a sunken luxurious spa with rooftop reflecting pools. It will also offer a range of water sports and activities delving into Bali's rich local culture and history.  

 

 

MAHAGIRI VILLAS, SANUR

 

Located in Sanur, Mahagiri Villas has a heritage of royalty within the Balinese as the people who reside here are from regal blue blood. A seamless fusion of local traditional designs yet stylishly appealing for the discerning traveller, Mahagiri not only recreates Bali's unique community but also complements it with true Asian efficient hospitality.

 

The resort's 17 luxurious opulent villas have stylish interiors whose décor is inspired by natural and contemporary panache. Its restaurant, spa and gym and beach club, only 10 minutes walking distance from the resort proper, have just been completed.

 

Chill-axing is one of the best things to do at Mahagiri Villas - guests can opt for a gazebo in a shaded corner or simply laze comfortably by the inviting water.  

 

 

EASIER ACCESS TO KURA KURA RESORT AND KARIMUN JAWA ISLANDS

 

The remote archipelago near the island of Java has become easier to reach with new various alternatives of transportation: 

  • Flights: Operating every day with a new eight-seater Grand Caravan, which has now really improved our service, being able to manage one passengers at a time. Flying time is approximately 35 to 40 minutes.

  • Public Ferries: There are now improved services to the island with the new express Bahari from Jepara, which operates five times a week (sailing time two hours) in addition to the ferry scheduled service from Semarang. The latter is a good alternative for clients with a low budget to visit our beautiful Island.

  • Private Yacht: Kura Kura Resort can charter a beautiful private yacht (brand new, 16m in length with three beautiful cabins), departs from Jepara and arrives in front of the resort (sailing time approximately 2 hours 30 minutes)

  • Semarang's improved air connections:  AirAsia launched a new daily Semarang-Kuala Lumpur service earlier this year. The flight departs Semarang at 17.10hrs and connects to the shuttle flight of Kura Kura Resort.  

 

 

ANANTARA ULUWATU SOFT OPENS

 

Anantara Bali Uluwatu, located in southwest of the Bukit Peninsula, soft opened on June 15 of this year. It is a complex resort with the combination of suites, villas and penthouses that is perfect for all market segments from FITs, couples and honeymooners, families, meetings and incentive to weddings Support facilities include the wedding chapel, meeting room, children facilities, spa and swimming pool with a specious pool side deck. 

 

The resort has 74 sea view suites, private pool villas and duplex penthouses, with sizes ranging from 84 square metres for the smallest condos up to 350 square metres for the villas. The four-storey ocean view condominium building offers one-bedroom suites, while the villas comprise two- or three-bedrooms. All have private pools of approximately 3x12 metres long.  

 

 

VILLA IDANNA PUCCI BY ALILA

 

Villa Idanna Pucci is set on a promontory overlooking the spellbinding landscape of Sidemen Valley with its rice terraces and forested hills leading up the sacred Gunung Agung Volcano. A rare setting for total rejuvenation of body and soul and for seeking solace with nature.

 

The villa offers two large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and one children room - all under one roof with spacious al-fresco seating areas and a well-appointed library. There is no television to disturb the peace, but a wireless modem is provided for data connectivity. There is a private 20-metre pool heated by the sun, from where you can watch neighbouring farmers cultivate their fields. Services and facilities include four local staff looking after you with care while respecting your privacy. Daily breakfast and dinner are prepared in a well-appointed kitchen on the western side of the property. The resort also offers in-villa traditional massage and laundry service.  

 

 

 

THE TUSITA OPENS IN KUTA

 

The Tusita is conveniently located in the heart Kuta, Bali's most famous beach, and 200 metres away from Discovery Shopping Mall, Wana Segara and Kuta Beach. It has 85 rooms comprising deluxe and suite rooms. All the modern styled rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, fridge with minibar and complimentary Internet access.  

 

 

 

 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

 

PACIFIC ROYALE AIRWAYS TAKES FLIGHT

 

Pacific Royale Airways began Indonesian domestic operations on June 11, 2012. The new carrier operates as a full service airline and is a direct competitor to the flagship carrier, Garuda Indonesia.

Operating a fleet of two Fokker 50 aircraft the airline's domestic schedule includes daily flights from Semarang to Bandung, Pekanbaru to Surabaya, Kerinci to Jambi and Padang. Out of Batam it operates daily flights to Pekanbaru and thrice weekly to Jambi.

Pacific Royal Airways expects to add another three F50s, four Airbus A320s and one A330-300 to its fleet in the near future.

 

   

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