Bangkok received a lot
of Media attention lately due to the heavy floods
covering large areas North and Northwest of the
city. It is true that many hundreds of major
factories and tens of thousands of houses were badly
inundated during the past few weeks. However, it is
also a fact that downtown Bangkok, the main temples,
the hotels and shopping areas in the central
business district have remained dry. Suvarnabhumi
Intl. Airport is fully open and ASIAN TRAILS operate
transfers and even the City and Temples tour without
problems. All upcountry destinations like Pattaya,
Hua Hin, Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chiang
Rai etc. function normally.
In fact, our main
problem right now is a distortion of facts by the
Media, particularly when watching CNN, BBC and TV5
etc., which make you believe that the whole of
Bangkok is under water! I allow myself to include
below a Caricature from yesterday's "The Nation"
plus a photo of the Grand Palace entrance taken by
the undersigned at noon on MON 31 Oct 2011 with no
floods in sight!
So please encourage
potential visitors to come and spend the year-end
holidays in Thailand, which is magical at this time
of the year with its festivities and special events.
The other destinations
in ASIAN TRAILS' network have also drawn up
interesting tours and events, especially to
celebrate Christmas, bid adieu to 2011 and usher in
2012. This is the best time to be in colourful,
You will find details
on our latest products and services in this issue of
TRAILBLAZER (November-December 2011), plus the
latest update on the situation in Thailand.
There was a lot of
exposure in the international media about the floods in
Thailand. Unfortunately many of the reports were inflated and
did not reflect the real situation in Bangkok.
The central area of
the country, including Ayutthaya and Lopburi, has been severely
affected. The floods also reached the outskirts of most of
northern and western Bangkok including the old Don Muang
airport, as well as the Thonburi and Nonthaburi area.
business district, the important tourist areas and the
Suvarnabhumi International Airport were spared from the floods.
Due to the high
water on the Chao Phraya River the dinner cruises, as well as
the klong tour had to be cancelled. However, the riverside
hotels, all the Sukhumvit Silom hotels and all other downtown
hotels that are used for our clients, have been operating
countries implementing travel advisories we have received many
cancellations for the first two weeks of November. We would like
to reassure our friends and clients that there is absolutely no
problem to visit Bangkok.
We will continue to
bypass Ayutthaya and Lopburi as long as the area is flooded. All
itineraries have already been amended and communicated to our
In this edition I
would like to introduce the Muse Hotel, a new design hotel in
Soi Lang Suan, and the Sivatel, an all-suite hotel on Wireless
Road. The Century Park Hotel and the Centre Point Service
apartment have both undergone massive renovations.
The number of
international hotels in Samui has increased with the opening of
the Conrad Hotel.
We also have a new
Explore Tour to the Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market.
Please spread out
the message to your clients that Bangkok is safe to visit!
With best regards,
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
ASIAN TRAILS IS "BEST
TRAVEL AGENCY - INDOCHINA 2011"
once again won the award for the "Best Travel
Agency-Indochina" during the 22nd Annual TTG Travel Awards
2011. The ceremony and gala dinner were held on October 6,
2011 at the Centara Grand at Central World, Bangkok.
A total number of 48,300 nominations were received this year
from TTG readers across the Asia-Pacific region, who
participated in the print and online voting exercise for the
"For the fifth
consecutive year in a row, we are delighted, proud and honoured to accept the TTG award," said Mr. Luzi Matzig,
Asian Trails CEO. "Our dedicated teams in Bangkok, Phnom
Penh, Ho Chi Minh and Vientiane have worked hard to earn the
title as being The Best."
This year, between June and August, all readers of TTG Asia,
TTG China, TTG India, TTGmice and TTG-BTmice China were
invited to vote for their favourite travel and tourism
organisations under the Travel Supplier and Travel Agent
ASIAN TRAILS DVD TARIFF 2012
has launched its new DVD Tariff 2012. It contains
up-to-date information such as rates, itineraries and photos
on hotels, tours, attractions, transfers and related
information on Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong
Kong, Bhutan and China for the period from November 1, 2011
to October 31, 2012.
RELIEF FOR THAILAND'S FLOOD VICTIMS
Asian Trails has donated 6,000 bottles of drinking water,
through the Donation Centre of flood relief and assistance
at Immigration Division 1, for the flood victims in
Photo (left) shows Pol. Col. Silaphakhom Eamwong
(Superintendant Sub-Division 2 Immigration Division 1)
receiving the donation from Mr. Roger Haumueller, Managing
Director, together with Khun Sirichit Pruksanubal and Khun
Surapon Vutivakinsakul from Asian Trails Thailand.
NEW EXPLORE TOUR: BANG NAM PHUENG FLOATING MARKET
(SATURDAY & SUNDAY 08:00-13:00)
Visit a local
weekend floating market set in the green heart of Bangkok,
just across the river from the city's well-known and
bustling area. The charming Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market
shows local lifestyle along the waterways amongst lush
gardens and ample orchards. The market offers a variety of
goods including local food, plants, handicrafts, clothes and
Other interesting activities are the bicycle trek to experience
the local lifestyle and visit to a fruit orchard. Options
also include foot massage or the paddle boat trip along the
Rising 25-storey above the
distinguished residential area of Langsuan Road in the
centre of Bangkok, Hotel Muse offers 174 rooms and suites.
Their interior design and decoration are an interplay of
classic European signatures juxtaposed against ornate Asian
motifs. All rooms feature in-room bars, a dedicated work
area, flat-screen televisions with 65 channels, Internet
Protocol Television (IPTV), wired and wireless Internet
access, iPod docking stations, and premium coffee and
tea-making facilities. Every element of the interior
reflects a devotion to Rama V-era elegance yet with
contemporary and sometimes playful twists.
The hotel is
situated in the
city's business centre on Ploenchit Road and easily
accessible to the well known shopping areas. Its 75 suites
are marvellously furnished with contemporary amenities to
reflect the relaxing and working environment. This elegant
property offers well-appointed restaurants, as well as
spacious conference and meeting rooms that are fully
furnished for meetings, conventions, exhibitions, concerts
and other congress or social events.
Century Park Hotel Bangkok
is a four star city hotel, 24-storey high and with 380
well-appointed rooms and suites that feature a full range of
international standard amenities.
The hotel is located in the
Victory Monument commercial and shopping area of Bangkok, 30
minutes away by car to Suvarnabhumi International Airport
and a short walking distance to the Mass Transit System and
major tourist attractions. Facilities include an outdoor
swimming pool, fitness and three restaurants. It also offers
an extensive range of banquet and meeting facilities on the
second and third floors. The elegant and pillarless Grand
Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 persons for cocktails
and 600 persons for dinner.
The hotel has
recently reopened after a one-year closure for renovations.
The new rooms are well appointed and refurbished with modern
Bangkok's prime business location, Centre Point Langsuan
offers 200 rooms and suites with full amenities and designed
for both short- and long=term stay. In-room amenities
include LCD TV, DVD player, in-room safe, ensuite bathroom with washlet
toilet seat, refrigerator, iron and ironing board,
and pantry with fully equipment kitchen. Other facilities
are one restaurant, swimming pool and a meeting room with
maximum capacity of 40 persons.
Conrad Koh Samui Resort and
Spa, which opened in September 2011, offers a selection of
truly unique luxury villas. It is situated on the stunning
Phang Ka Peninsula and only 40 minutes from Samui airport.
Comprising 79 villas and 39
Conrad Residential villas, each featuring a minimum of
200sqm of space complete with a private plunge pool and a
generous outdoor sundeck area, which offers panoramic vistas
overlooking the pristine Gulf of Thailand. The resort offers
a variety of all-day dining and fine-dining restaurants,
bars and lounges, and spa that combine international
treatments with a uniquely Thai spa philosophy and design
VENUE: MAE HIA SUB-DISTRICT, MUANG DISTRICT, CHIANG
highlights include the Giant Flora Wheel, Imagination Light
Gardens and Kids' Eco Park. The over 40-metre high Giant
Flora Wheel allows visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of
the entire park. Like being transformed by magic the
Imagination Light Gardens, festooned with millions of lights
and luminous butterflies dancing to the accompaniment of
music, will spur the imagination and awaken the inner child
in visitors. The Kid's Eco Park features exhibitions and fun
activities about global warming to help create the nature
The Royal Park
Ratchaphruek occupies 80 hectares of land in Mae Hia
district in the provincial town of Chiang Mai. It is only
eight kilometres from the airport and has ample parking
spaces. This vast park, with beautiful landscape nestled
amidst evergreen mountains, boasts thousands of species of
tropical plants and flowers. More than 30 countries around
the world will participate in the expo to showcase
VENUE: NAKORNRATCHASIMA PROVINCE,
PHIMAI HISTORICAL PARK
The festival features the "Wimaya Nattakan" light and sound
extravaganza, the Royal Cup long boat racing and Loi
Krathong Festival at Sa Pleng. Enjoy cultural performances
of traditional Thai and local dances, Phimai Contest for the
best Thai country music band, Siamese cat competition, and
sale of agricultural products and OTOP village goods from a
myriad of shops.
is organised by Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the public
and private sectors with the support of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT).
LOI KRATHONG FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
VENUE: HUAI KRACHAO TEMPLE, HUAI KRACHAO DISTRICT,
KANCHANABURI PROVINCE & MOST PLACES IN THAILAND
As the full moon of the 12th Lunar month (usually in
mid-November) lights up the night sky, hundreds of thousands
of ornately decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf
floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways throughout
Thailand. This is the spellbinding ritual called Loi
Krathong or the "Festival of Lights", one of the Kingdom's
oldest and best-preserved traditions.
The Loi Krathong tradition, as we know it today, has evolved
from the royal rituals of the early Rattanakosin period when
several types of lanterns were set afloat in the Chao Phraya
River and its waterways. The practice was subsequently
adopted and adopted by common folks.
SURIN ELEPHANT ROUND UP AND ELEPHANT SHOW
NOVEMBER 19-20, 2011
VENUE: ELEPHANT ARENA RED CROSS FAIR, SRINARONG
STADIUM, SURIN PROVINCE
Thai elephant has long been a central element in Thai
culture and has held a respected place in Thai history. A
symbol of power and grace, the elephant was revered by the
ancient kings. Elephants have been prominently featured in
Thai legends and literature, art and architecture. During
the reign of King Rama II an image of the auspicious
elephant, symbolic of the King, was featured on the flag. In
daily life, as man and elephant depend on each other, the
elephant is treated as part of the family. The every day
life of the Thai elephant and its keeper is the central
theme of the world-famous Surin elephant round-up held
KING'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
DECEMBER 5, 2011
VENUE: THROUGHTOUT THAILAND
On December 5 each year the nation celebrates the birthday
of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Throughout the
kingdom homes and businesses are decorated with portraits of
the King, as well as royal and national flags. Most parts of
Bangkok, particularly in historic Rattakosin district, is
elaborately decorated with flags and giant portraits of the
beloved Thai king.
On the morning of the King's birthday many people visit
temples to make merit, while festive celebrations are held
across the kingdom throughout the day. There is also a
special alms-giving ceremony at temples followed by a huge
festival of music and culture at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.
Visitors will be mesmerised by the beauty of the decorations
along Ratchadamnoen Avenue. The King's birthday is also
National Father's Day, and Thais gather with their families
to honour their fathers as well as their grandfathers.
AYUTTHAYA WORLD HEITAGE FAIR
DECEMBER 13-19, 2011
VENUE: PHRA NAKHON SI AYUTTHAYA HISTORICAL PARK,
AMPHOE PHRA NAKHON SI AYUTTHAYA, PHRA NAKHON SI
Phra Nakhon Si
Ayutthaya province celebrates the anniversary of this
ancient historical site, which was designated as a UNESCO
Cultural World Heritage Site in 1991, with the annual
Ayutthaya World Heritage and Red Cross Fair at the Phra
Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park. The fair also features
a colourful programme of cultural and entertainment
activities, which make this the perfect out for the day or
weekend with family and friends.
arriving in Ayutthaya It is considered an auspicious act to
first receive blessings from the guardian spirits that they
will watch over the province, bestowing good health and
prosperity to residents and all who pay homage at the
pilgrimage site. Make a stop at the Chao Sam Phraya National
Museum to make merit and pay respects to the relics of Lord
Buddha enshrined at the sacred site before engaging in other
NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN CELEBRATIONS 2012
DECEMBER 31, 2011-JANUARY 1, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT THAILAND
countdown to a brand new year -2012 - is in Bangkok, Phuket,
or a far northern destination, the Thailand New Year
Celebrations carry the hallmarks of fun and genuine
hospitality, that make the kingdom such a fascinating
destination to visit. This is the Land of Smiles and "sanook",
so what better place to ring in the New Year than in
THAI AIRASIA LAUNCHES NEW ROUTE
Thai AirAsia will launch
thrice-weekly direct services from Chiang Mai to Ubon
Ratchathani on November 16. The services are on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Chiang Mai at 0720hr and
arriving in Ubon Ratchathani at 0835hrs. The return flight
will depart at 0900hrs and arrives in the northern capital
THAI AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL UPS SERVICES
is adding new
services to Copenhagen and Seoul, and will ramp up
frequencies on existing routes for its upcoming winter
The airline will operate the
Phuket-Seoul (Incheon) and Bangkok-Copenhagen-Phuket
flights, both thrice weekly, on October 30 and November 11,
The flag carrier will also
be converting its Bangkok-Phuket-Perth route to
thrice-weekly Phuket-Perth, and its Bangkok-Narita-Phuket-Bangkok
route to daily Bangkok-Narita.
Laos has been very
lucky these last two months escaping major flooding, which
affected our neighbours. As happens every year many rice fields
have been covered by water, but no serious catastrophe happened.
Due to a long and particularly heavy rain season roads have
suffered the most, and many landslides have temporary cut off
some roads. However, tours are still operating normally.
The sun is back, as
well as the high season that promises to be a very good one
We look forward to
welcome all your guests to Laos
Kind regards from
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
TOUR: ADVENTURE AND LOCAL ETHNICITY
7 days Houeixay-Chiang
Kok-Muang Sing-Luang Namtha-Nong Kiao-Luang Prabang: Tour is
by speedboat, car and traditional boat, and includes trekking in minorities villages around Muang Sing and the
programme and rates available
TIP OF THE
MONTH: NEW EXPLORE TOUR - IN LAOS NATURE
four days discovering Luang Prabang and its surroundings on
a brand new bike. After transporting you to all the
interesting places the bike will be donated to an orphanage,
which is the final destination of your round trip. This is
both an interesting journey of discovery, as well as a
social support programme.
Detailed programme and
NEW: XIENGTHONG PALACE LUANG PRABANG
Xhiengthong Palace, located next door to the famous temple
from which it borrowed its name, offers 26 comfortable rooms
and suites, some of them with a great view over the Mekong
River. An elegant air-conditioned restaurant, partially al
fresco, serves Lao and international cuisine
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
THAT LUANG FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 9-10, 2011
will celebrate this major festival on November 9-10. It
starts with the procession of monks from Lane Xang Avenue to
the That Luang Stupa, where about 20,000 monks from all over
the country make their offerings. The festival closes with
an emotional procession of candles around That Luang Stupa
LAOS FESTIVALS OF 2012
dates of the main festivals in Laos for 2012 have been
Pimai (Lao New Year): April 13-15
Luang Prabang Boat Race: September 15
End of the Bhuddist Lent & Vientiane Boat Race: October 30-31
That Lung Festival, Vientiane: November
Advance bookings are recommended
LAO AIRLINES' NEW DESTINATIONS
Airlines has announced the new destinations, which will be
operated with its two two new Airbus A320 airccraft. The
international service is
Vientiane-Singapore-Bangkok-Hanoi-Kunming-Saigon (via Pakze)
and Siem Reap (via Pakze). The new domestic route is
flights will start in the second half of November. The
airline's time tables with the latest schedules will be
updated in the coming weeks
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
L'ADRESSE BY TYNAY, VIENTIANE
L'adresse By Tynay has just reopened after a change of
location. A Lao chef and his French wife run this French
restaurant. It serves fine traditional French food with an
excellent choice of dishes at reasonable prices. it is
located in the heart of Vientiane, behind Vat Ongteu Temple
and just a few minutes' walk from the city's main hotels,
VIENTIANE'S TRENDY VENUE: JAZZY BRICK
Brick is the place to be for some good classical jazz.
Spread over two floors this jazz bar, located centrally in
the city, is popular with young expatriates and the new Lao
Y generation. Cheers!
Voie Royale, the Royal Road, in Angkor on a bike!
On the weekend of
October 7-9 more than 100 bike enthusiasts from the French Bank
Société Générale took part in the second edition of the
Reap Charity Bike Ride" in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
divided into two groups - Skill Riders and Fun Riders. They had
to complete the different tracks, which took them through
beautiful landscapes of lush green rice fields, dotted with
Day one ended with
a massage session followed by a well-deserved candle-lit dinner
by the pool.
The journey resumed
on day two. It ended at Le Jardin des Délices, the
Training Restaurant of the Paul Dubrule Hotel and Tourism
School, where a sumptuous lunch buffet awaited the heroic
bikers. Participants received a Certificate of Achievement for
successfully completing the charity bike ride.
The event was the
talk of the town, and our company's visibility was at its peak!
Asian Trails once again demonstrates its ability to organise a
fun and successful team-building event. The event organisers
look forward to work again with Asian Trails for their
NO PARKING IN TEMPLE GROUNDS FOR BUSES WITH OVER 24
Authority has banned buses with more than 24 seats from
entering temple grounds until further notice. Instead they
are to park in front of the staircase of Phnom Bakheng or at
the checkpoint between Angkor Wat and Kravan temple.
Visitors to the
temples (along the pink route) can tour the temples in tuk
tuk, car, van, battery car or 24-seater coaster. Visits to
Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre can be in any kind of vehicle
but has to go through the roads outside Angkor.
AUTHORITY REGULATES DRESS CODE FOR TEMPLES' VISIT
Authority has issued new regulations requiring all visitors
to wear proper attire, which covers the shoulders and knees,
when visiting Angkor Vat (applies to the whole temple and
not just for visiting the 3rd floor and on Thngay Sehl,
the Buddhist Day), Baphuon and Banteay Srey Temples.
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
ELEPHANT CONSERVATION PROJECT IN MONDULKIRI
Elephant Forest Conservation Project, located in Mondulkiri
province, is dedicated to helping the domestic elephant
population and conserving their habitat.
primarily works with the tribal Bunong peoples in helping to
conserve the elephants. There are approximately 54 domestic
elephants remaining in Mondulkiri. The end goal is the
improvement of the welfare and living conditions of the
elephants and to provide a sustainable income for the
Mahouts (elephant keepers) and their respective families.
also provides an alternative lifestyle for the domesticated
working elephants closer to their natural living conditions
in the forest. The elephant keepers are provided with an
alternative income, while the elephants have a sanctuary,
veterinary care and do not have to work long hours.
CAMPING AT KOH KER ARCHAELOGICAL PARK
A must for
adventure lovers, this two-day tour takes you to explore the
lost-in-the-jungle temples that even the celluloid
adventurer, Lara Croft, could not reach. Our guides lead you
safely through the jungles where you spend an exciting night
in the vicinity of the mystic temple of Koh Ker. The
overnight stay is in 100% water-proof tents, which are fully
equipped with modern amenities. Tent size is based on
DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF KHMER/ASIAN CUISINE AT
L'ECOLE DES SENS
The doors of L'Ecole
des Sens/The Senses' School are wide open to anyone who
wishes to discover the secret recipes of Khmer cuisine and
some of best kept secrets of delicate Asian cuisine.
Sens offers a wide variety of Asian cuisines to food lovers
and aspiring chefs who wish to improve their cooking skills.
Discover the secrets behind the Khmer grandmother's cooking
skill - the little plus, the wise advice, the astuteness,
the special extra spice and the herb that give that little
additional flavour and soul to the Asian dish!
COMPLIMENTARY WIFI AT SOFITEL PHNOM PENH PHOKEETHRA
of Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, in its continuing efforts
to maintain the highest level of guests' satisfaction, is
offering complimentary wireless Internet access at the
hotel. However, some charges may be levelled for Internet
access in meeting rooms, depending on the bandwidth and
LE BUNGALOW DE KRATIE
The owner of
Terres Rouges Lodge in Ratanakiri and Salah Koh Trong in
Kratié has just opened a new boutique hotel, Le Bungalow de
Kratié. The new hotel provides Kratié with some badly needed
facilities such as a Western restaurant, wine bar and
boutique. Decorated with a colonial touch, the hotel is a
tribute to the men who made the former Great Indochina,
among them adventurers, planters, administrators, soldiers,
truck drivers and writers.
SOKHALAY ANGKOR HOTEL
Hotel is the property's ode to modern Cambodia. Designed by
the Architecture Studio of Vann Molyvann - reputed as the
Father of modern Cambodian architecture - the hotel is an
imposing complex housing exquisite suites, exciting
restaurants, spa and facilities for large events.
crowning glory is the large indoor pool surrounded by a
state-of-the-art gym. Gracefully set on the lush tropical
gardens are 35 villas with 125 rooms and suites, furnished
with the finest selections of wood, marble, Cambodian silk
and cotton. All have en-suite bathrooms, balconies and
sweeping views of the pool, gardens and the nearby vistas.
HOTEL DE LA PAIX TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATIONS
Hotel De La
Paix in Siem Reap will be closed for renovations from May 1,
2012. The hotel's management has not determined how long the
renovations will take. We will keep you informed of its
progress as and when we have the latest updates.
VANNA HILL RESORT
This hotel is
not just a resort, it's a way of experience, it's home!
Perched at 200 metres above sea level it has the majestic
Kep National Park as its background. Kep has always offered
a welcome respite from the tropical heat since the colonial
days. The destination is made more attractive with the
resort, which is an ideal retreat and place of rejuvenation
for holiday-makers and business travellers from within
Cambodia as well as overseas.
Resort, decorated with local Khmer and Western set-up,
offers 20 attractive, self-contained bungalows that contain
standard, superior and deluxe rooms. All offer spectacular
views of the Gulf of Thailand, Bokor Mountain and Vietnam's
Phu Quoc Island.
THE COLUMNS HOTEL
The Columns is
located on a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of old
town of Kampot. The historic French colonial house has been
restored to its original charm, but with the addition of
modern functionality and comforts.
relaxing atmosphere and central location make it an ideal
place to stay while exploring the town and its surroundings.
Guests can spend the days relaxing along the banks of the
Kampong Bay River or visiting the shops and restaurants of
the old town district. Major tourist attractions, such as
Bokor Mountain and the Kampot pepper plantations are just a
short distance away.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
2011 WATER FESTIVAL CANCELLED
Water Festival in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, to be held
from November 9-11, 2011 are exceptionally cancelled.
The cancellation is to preserve funds to address the effects
of devastating floods throughout the Kingdom.
ANGKOR WAT HALF-MARATHON, 16 EDITION
DECEMBER 4, 2011
VENUE: ANGKOR WAT
Have fun and run by one of the
world's greatest architectural wonders - Angkor Wat! The spectacular temple
complex will be the centre of attraction as it is here that the annual marathon,
half marathon and 10km men/women marathon will start and finish. All are
welcomed to participate - women, men, children and people in wheelchair or with
Donate and pledge for fund raising
activities. The donations will be for the production of artificial limbs and to
help the 12 million of Hansen's disease sufferers worldwide. To register visit
CAMBODIA ANGKOR AIR TO LAUNCH NEW SIEM REAP-KRONG
PREAH AIR LINK
Cambodia Angkor Air will launch
three times weekly flights between the cultural provinces of Siem Reap/Angkor
and coastal Krong Preah Sihanouk province from December 14, 2011. These will be
the first flights to the coastal tourism hub.
Siem Reap is home to the Angkor Wat temples, a World Heritage Site, located
about 314 kilometres north of the capital city of Phnom Penh. Krong Preah
Sihanouk is situated about 230 kilometres southwest of Phnom Penh.
This new air link route will help
increase the development of beach tourism in Cambodia and change dramatically
the habits of tourists visiting the country. The new flights will cut travelling
time between the two cities from 10 hours by road to just an hour and 15
UPGRADED CIP LOUNGE
AT SIEM REAP/ANGKOR AIRPORT
The services and facilities at the CIP lounge at Siem
Reap/Angkor Airport have been improved with its recent
upgrade. There is now a wider choice of food and beverages,
including wines and spirits.
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
BAR is NOW IN PHNOM PENH
a brand new addition to Phnom Penh's after-work scene. This elegant wine bar features
an excellent selection of French wines, totally about 3,000 bottles to meet the
taste of even the most discerning wine lovers. Most of the wine is from Bordeaux and has
been selected and imported exclusively for this bar.
has returned gently without an exceptional delay, encourging a
good movement of travellers going south to enjoy the beach and
the sun. For Vietnam in general, and the Asian Trails team in
particular, a brilliant year is going to reach its end and
promising perspectives of 2012 are about to come.
entitled "Vietnam Tourism Industry Forecast to 2012" by RNCOS
project forecasts that Vietnam's tourism sector will see a
double-digit growth in the near future. A short SWOT analysis
may help to figure out this optimistic scenario.
strengths, Vietnam continues to be a friendly, safe, cultural
destination and has gained more popularity worldwide. Weaknesses
in technical infrastructure have been overcome by an accelerated
increase in investments from the private sector, new world-class
resorts, and expanded international hotel chains and management
opportunities can simply be attributed to the improved
accessibility, direct flight to UK, codeshares flight with
Etihad via Bangkok, reinforced liaisons by airlines from Eastern
Europe and Russia. The hottest news is Vietnam Airlines and Jet
Airways have come to an agreement to establish direct
Vietnam-India flights in the third quarter of 2012.
the shadow of recession is still present in some source markets
but we still see people travelling. Even though travellers are
more demanding when they have to pay for a service delivered by
a tour operator or travel agent most are looking for value
rather than consider costs only. We see this as a challenge
rather than a threat. to meet this challenge we have set targets
to innovate our products, deliver cutting edge and patch up all
best-value-for-money ideas to satisfy customers who choose to
travel in a tough time. We seek out the best deals to please
not least, we are happy to reveal that the MICE business has
come back strongly. We have seen more and more requests, and we
trust that 2012 will be a fruitful year.
last issue of TRAILBLAZER for 2011 we would like to express our
most sincere thanks to all our dear partners and colleagues for
all your support throughout the year. Best wishes for a more
VIETNAM NATIONAL HIGHWAY, WORLD'S BEST CYCLING ROUTE
National Highway, named as Route Madarine by the French, has
been nominated as the world's best cycling route by Lonely
This is why the
highway has been given this honour "The route has some
reasonable hills, climaxing in the mighty Hai Van Pass
(496m) (the border of Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang
city in the Central)- with a breathtaking descent as
pine-clad mountains loom to the west and the sea vanishes
into the east. Take the time along the way to gaze at
networks of lush rice fields blanketing the hidden valleys
below; fish, snorkel or dive the turquoise waters of the
coast; and soak up the atmosphere of delightful rural
hamlets" the book described. If cycling may not appear to be
accessible to everyone, an overland journey is absolutely
rewarding as it pass through the best parts of Vietnam's
INTRODUCING, REVIVING & PRESERVING VIETNAM'S
TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC
With a four-thousand-year history Vietnam has kept,
developed and transferred from generation to generation
diversified interpretations of folk culture, traditional
music is one part of it.
So far tourists visiting Vietnam only attend the Water
Puppet Show in Hanoi upon arrival, as it has scheduled
performance. People can now get amazed with Ca Tru
singing, recognised as Intangible Heritage of Humanity
of UNESCO. The show is organised every evening at the
Ancient House, located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter.
The activity aims to create
opportunities for local residents and tourists learn more
about a character traditional culture of Hanoi and
furthermore to preserve the inherited values.
Travelling down to central Hue, besides the historical
monuments and royal cuisine, guests can also go to the
theater for Ca Hue (Hue folk music singing), renowned
during the 17t-18th centuries and played at Lord Nguyen's
royal palaces, as well as among the common people.
Visitors travelling to northern mountainous region or
central highlands have the opportunity to become an
anthropologist by attending a traditional performance by
local ethnic minorities. The same can be experienced in
In brief, Vietnam is not a musical destination as compared
to cultural capital cities in Europe, but it is making great
efforts to preserve and promote various pieces of tradional
music performance to entertain everyone who is on a quest of
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
SOFT ADVENTURE IN PHONG NHA- KE BANG NATIONAL PARK
its discovery and the subject of a documentary movie by
National Geography, the National Park Phong Nha-Ke Bang in
Central Vietnam, with its lush jungle and spectacular cave
system especially the Son Doong - the largest cave in the
world - has gained the interest of active explorers around
Trails Vietnam has been coordinating closely with a local
specialist tour operator, backed by the local authority,
national park management board and in consultation with
National Geography experts, to promote soft adventure tour
to the areas in the most sustainable way.
Visitors are now permitted to visit and explore up to a
depth of 600 metres inside the Son Dong Cave. This trip
requires trekking skill as you have to trek through 6km of
dry river and sharp rocky mountain before using a rope to
enter the back entrance of the cave from the top of the
contact us for more information.
PRIVATE HELICOPTER SERVICE TO GOLF COURSE
The Vietnam Air
Service Company (VASCO) under the Vietnam Airlines
Corporation, in collaboration with Vinacopter, has launched
the first private helicopter service to Long Thanh Golf
course in southern Dong Nai Province's Long Thanh District.
The trip on a Eurocopter AS350 B3 from Tan Son Nhat
International Airport to HCM City and the golf course takes
only 10 minutes. The aircraf can accomodate four passengers
and two pilots. VASCO will also provide more flights to
popular tourist sites in the southern cities and provinces
in the coming months.
AU CO CRUISE
- UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN THE GULF OF
In March 2012
Halong Bay's premier cruise provider Bhaya Cruise will be
launching two unique, new vessels - The Au Co. This will be
the first luxury operator to offer an exclusive 3 days/2
nights cruise in the Gulf of Tonkin, visiting Cat Ba Island
and the bays of Halong, Lan Ha and Bai Tu long.
combine state-of-the-art safety standards and innovative
Oriental design, providing luxury and dedication to every
detail. Each ship has 32 spacious cabins of minimum 20
square metres each. It also boasts private balconies and
well-equipped bathrooms. The numerous activities enroute,
the culinary experiences and the atmosphere will please both
the active travellers and those just seeking pure
LIFE HERITAGE RESORT HALONG BAY
The Life Heritage
Resort Halong Bay recently came into operations with 22
private deluxe boats, along with its own land-based hub
exclusive to Life Resort guests. This joit operation is to
ensure guests' comfort and convenience before and after the
Each deluxe vessel has a spacious 32sqm cabin, 10sqm covered dining terrace and
18sqm sun deck. This offers guests the utmost privacy whilst enjoying the
spectacular views. Cabin facilities feature a separate living area with
panoramic windows, aft swim and snorkel deck, ensuite bathroom and shower,
comfortable king-size beds, air-conditioning and heating, DVD/CD player and LCD
television. Sun beds are located on the upper deck. We highly recommend this
product for couples and honeymooner.
Soft opening special:
25% discount for one night cruise from now until December 5,
2011. Please contact us for more information.
NEW UNIQUE RESORT IN PHAN THIET
Unique is a new four star
resort, which opened recently in Mui Ne- Phan Thiet. With 58
luxury rooms and penthouses overlooking the golden sand
beach, Unique Muine Resort offers a truly one-of-a-kind
seaside experience with a picturesque beach stretching
endlessly toward the skyline, spectacular ocean views, and
breathtaking captures of Nature from sunrise and sunset. It
is also designed to make use of space and bring a sea view
to all rooms.
While the hotel does not
have a large garden with bungalow like other nearby resorts,
it enjoys the best part of Mui Ne Beach.
CROWNE PLAZA OPENS IN DANANG
The second Crowne Plaza Hotel opened in Danang City in
September 2011. Formerly known as the Silver Shores
International Resort, it is a mere 15 minutes from Danang
Airport. It has undergone a rigorous rebrand and upgrade
process for three months to ensure its operating standards
meet the requirements of the upscale Crowne Plaza brand.
Crowne Plaza Danang is located on a prime spot along the
Danang Beach front. Taking advantage of its prestigious
address, the hotel has 70% of its 535 room and suite
inventory designed with an ocean view. All rooms have
private balconies for guests to relax and interact in the
open space and tranquil environment. There is an extensive
choice of restaurants and bars featuring Cantonese, Japanese
and Korean cuisine and an international buffet.
Please contact us for more information.
LA RESIDENCE HUE JOINS MGALLERY COLLECTION
La Residence Hue
Hotel and Spa has joined Accor's MGallery Collection. The
81-year-old boutique art deco hotel is the third property in
Vietnam to become a member of the MGallery Collection, and
the first in the country to join the MGallery roster of "historic"
hotels. At the height of
the art deco movement in 1930 the mansion at 5 Le Loi in Hue
was built as part of the French governor's official
residence in the former colony of Annam.
CELADON PALACE HUE REBRANDS AS BEST WESTERN PREMIER
On October 1, 201
Celadon Palace Hue was officially rebranded as Best
Western Premier Indochine Palace. With its 222 guestrooms
the hotel has the gentle stylishness of an Indochine
aristocratic mansion. The Palace rooms feature an extended
living room ideal for leisure. The Indochine Club Suites
provide an extra luxury and the Celadon floors are basically
a hotel-in-a-hotel, with their own check-in and high-end
The hotel features
a swimming pool, sundeck with cabana day rooms, restaurants
La Brasserie and Le Petit Cafe, lobby lounge, spa and gym,
executive lounge and 15 function rooms including Le Grand
Salon with a capacity of 400 people banquet style. The
hotels'grass lawns of the new luxury hotel in Hue provides
the possibility for archery, croquet, badminton and Tai-chi.
For the fourth
quarter of 2011 and early 2012, the hotel is offering
different special packages to welcome guests to stay with
this rebranded property.
Please contact us
for more information.
NAME CHANGE FOR ANA MANDARA NINH BINH
Ana Mandara Ninh Binh Resort
& Spa changed its name to Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort & Spa
from September 16, 2011.
With a total of 197 guest
accommodation in villa style, the resort is set in beautiful
gardens reflecting northern village style. There are three
room categories - standard, deluxe and duplex. All the rooms
panel TV's with satellite channels, complimentary wireless
Internet acccess, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities
and premium personal care amenities.
The resort is an ideal venue
from Hanoi or a premier choice for those who love to be
pampered during a round trip in Vietnam.
GERBERA HUE RENAMES ROOM CATEGORY
Gebera Hue has changed its
regular room category name "Standard" to "Deluxe" and "Suite" to
"(Corner) Studio" effective from October 15,
2011. There are no changes in room rates or benefits. All
terms and conditions remain unchanged as per our contract
sent to you for the year 2011-2012.
BEACH RESORT REBRANDS AS ANANTARA MUI NE RESORT AND
discovery brand, Anantara, rebranded the
existing L'Anmien Beach
Resort to Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa on November 1,
Guests have a
choice of a wide range of rooms and suites ranging from 42
square metres to the presidential suite of 178 square
metres, which offers different lagoon, pool and beach
perspectives. There are also 20 pool villas - either pool or beachfrotnt - ranging from 92 to 128 square metres that
boast a private lounge, open-air bathroom, private swimming
pool, lagoon, and spctacular views of the gardens.
The resort has
banqueting, event and meeting facilities that include five
conference rooms for up to 250 participants. Other
facilities include a spa offering a wealth of health, beauty
and wellness treatments, a stunning beach swimming pool and
a fitness centre with modern gym equipment.
EPIKUREAN EXITS HOTEL COLLECTION INDOCHINE
In a move that is positioned to support the growth of
Epikurean Villas, Hotels & Hideouts in Vietnam, Epikurean
recently exited from Hotel Collection Indochine, the hotel
management company formed in 2010 in which Epikurean was the
The sales and marketing team remains the same and will be
increased by incorporating anew head of corporate sales.
Properties that Epikurean is currently operating in Vietnam
An Lam Ninh Van Bay: 35-private pool villas scheduled for completion by end of
2011. Located in a quiet and isolated bay in Vietnam's
idyllic Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang.
Ka Lam Private Bay: Just few minutes away
by boat from An Lam Ninh Van Bay. Two , private beach
villas, each with indoor/outdoor bathrooms and a private
Ana Mandara Hue: The only resort beach in the ancient city of Hue with
private pool villas and located in a 400 metre of beach
front. It has 78 keys including beach pool villas, beach
villas, duplex and deluxe rooms.
An Lam Saigon River Private Residence:
The ultimate Saigon boutique hideout, opening in
mid-December 2011. It has 15 guestrooms split in seven
exclusive villas. About a 15-minute boat ride from the city
centre, the resort blends utmost privacy with serenity and
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
HUE FESTIVAL 2012
APRIL 7-15, 2011
Festival 2012 will be the highlight of next year's National
Tourism Year. "Cultural Heritage with Integration &
Development" will be the theme of this biennial
international event, which will be held for the seventh
will showcase distinctive Vietnamese performance art, with a
focus on the Hue royal arts. Presentations on ethnic
minority culture, as well as performances by more than 20
leading art troupes from five continents will also be part
of the event. In addition, the nine-day event will re-enact
unique royal ceremonies together with a wide range of
unprecedented and exciting community events, including
Imperial Night with royal banquets, the Nam Giao
Offering Ritual, A Peaceful World dance performance and
music combined with lantern installations.
The event will
also include the annual
conference of the League of Historical Cities. Eighty city
members from 55 countries will join the three-day event.
HANOI FLOWER STREET FESTIVAL 2012
DECEMBER 30, 2011-JANUARY 2, 2012
Themed as "flower
heritage sites", the Flower Street Festival Hanoi 2012 will
honour the cultural heritage sites that have been recognised
by UNESCO. Accordingly, such heritage sites like the Thang
Long Imperial Citadel, the stone steles in the Literature
Temple, Giong Festival and Ca Tru will be showcased at the
event, as well as other sites recognised throughout the
country. A wide range of activities such as flower-arranging
competitions, exhibitions of ornamental plants and
handicrafts will be also organised as part f the festival.
HO CHI MINH GAINS AIR LINKS FROM EASTERN EUROPE
Eastern Europe will operate flights to Ho Chi Minh City
during this winter schedule starting October 30.
resume flights to the city after a 10-year absence, using a
Boeing B767-300ER aircraft. The Moscow-Ho Chi Minh City
service will operate twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays,
returning Thursdays and Mondays from the southern Vietnamese
Ukraine will operate a twice-weekly service between Kiev and
Ho Chi Minh City starting 21 December,2011. Departures from
Kiev are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the return
flights departing Mondays and Fridays. The airline will use
a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft for this service.
wlll launch a Vladivostok-Ho Chi Minh City service from
November 15, 2011. The flights to Ho Chi Minh City will
replace the flights to Cam Ranh as Cam Ranh Airport cannot
handle the Airbus A330 aircraft. Cam Ranh is 290km north of
Ho Chi Minh City. The airport serves traffic to Nha Trang.
already awarded visa exemption to citizens from 56 countries
including Russia and Ukraine. In 2010 Vietnam received
around 51,000 Russian tourists, and aims to increase the
number s to 150,000 by 2015. Beaches in the central coastal
area are the prime destinations for East European tourists.
ETIHAD CODESHARES WITH VIETNAM AIRLINES
the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, entered
into a codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines on October
The agreement allows Etihad passenters to connect seamlessly
through Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi on Vietnam
Airlines' daily services. Etihad operates a double daily
service to Bangkok.
Likewise, Vietnam Airlines passengers from either Ho Chi
Minh or Hanoi can connect through Bangkok to Etihad's base
in Abu Dhabi.
AIR ASIA FLIES TO DANANG
From December 16,
2011 AirAsia will start Danang-Kuala Lumpur service. The
four times weekly flights will depart from Danang
International Airport to the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysi. Flights are on every Monday,
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
This new air link
will be a great opportunity to offer stopover packages or
beach breaks at luxury resorts in Danang, Hoi An and Hue. It
will also add more flexibility to he itinerary of inbound
STOPOVER IN SIEM REAP WITH SILKAIR
wish to travel to Singapore from Danang can fly on SilkAir,
the regional arm of Singapore Airlines that currently offers
four weekly flights to Singapore.
Two of these
flights stop over in Siem Reap, enroute to Singapore, which
means customers have the added option of travelling to Siem
Reap to visit famous sites there including Angkor Wat.
Danang-Singapore flights are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
and Saturdays while services to Siem Reap are on Wednesdays
VIETNAM AIRLINES EYES INDOCHINA HUB
pledges to build Vietnam as a major gateway for travel to
Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia under a Four Countries One
Destination (4 CODE) marketing programme.
already flies to Yangon and Siem Reap from Hanoi and Ho Chi
Minh City. It has other destinations in the pipeline in this
sub-region, as well as plans to launch more long-haul
non-stop services from source markets to the Vietnamese
The so-called 4
CODE is built around developing Vietnam as the gateway. and
Vietnam Airlines as the main carrier to link the four
countries to source markets worldwide. It will require
Vietnam's national airline to create seamless flight
connections to its three partner countries from long-haul
services flying tourists to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam Airlines' new routes in the region include services
from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Mandalay; Hanoi-Phnom
Penh and Ho Chi Minh City-Vientiane. It will fly from Danang
in the central part of the country too, but has yet to
identify the destination; possibly Siem Reap.
More flights will
also serve existing routes, and more connections to Europe,
Australia are expected to open from 2013 to 2015. It is
obvious that Vietnam Airline's fleet must be upgraded to
meet the demand.
AIR MEKONG OUTLINES EXPANSION
Vietnam's newest domestic airline that started services last
October, plans to expand its network to 40 routes and
possibly adding regional services in 2012. It owns a fleet
of four 90-seat Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft leased from
Australian SkyWest Airlines.
The carrier is
preparing to launch a three times weekly service between
Vinh and Buon Me Thout. Vinh is a beach destination in Nghe
An province, about 300km south of Hanoi. Buon Me Thout in
the central highlands, about 380km north of Ho Chi Minh
City, is famous as the regional "capital of coffee" and is
also a useful base for treks to nearby Yok Don National
The airline is
waiting for approval to commence services in November 2011
to Dalat in the southern central highlands and Phu Quoc, the
country's largest island resort in the Gulf of Thailand. Air
Mekong is now operating Hanoi and Con Dao Island with a
refueling stopover in Ho Chi Minh City.
The carrier may
start regional services in 2012 to destinations in Thailand,
Cambodia, Laos, China and Taiwan. The services will link
niche market destinations in these countries. Possible
routes are Hanoi to Chiang Mai and Dalat to Siem Reap.
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
CLUB OPERA NOVEL RESTAURANT HANOI
Club Opera Novel
Restaurant and Bar Loung in Hanoi has been established since
1993, and has gained a reputation for truly authentic
Vietnamese foods and excellent service. It is inhabits one
of the most beautiful French houses on the luxurious,
legendary Trang Tien Street, which was built in tandem with
the Hanoi Opera House in 1901, only steps away.
Club Opera Novel fine-dining restaurant offers classy
Vietnamese cuisine and specialities of the house, while its
opulent lounge bar has an impressive choice of spirits,
exclsuive boutique wines from different parts of the world.
It is also a venue for one of the world's finest coffee,
Lavazza, and selected tea, Ronnefeldt.
NEW PRODUCT MANAGER FOR ATV
Mr. Phuong Do (pictured
left) has been appointed Product Manager of Asian Trails
Vietnam effective October 1, 2011. Phuong Do has been
working with Asian Trails as Quality Control and Customer
Relations Manager since November 2008 at our Ho Chi Minh
His wide knowledge
in tourism products and strong understanding of tourists'
expectations is a good base for his new task of developing
and innovating our products catered to diversified interests
and demands of different markets.
remains responsible for Quality Control, while Customer
Relations is the responsiblity of Ms. Trang Ngo, Assistant
Quality Control and Customer Relations
Manager since May, 2011.
ANY OTHER NEWS
FREE WIFI IN HOI AN
Hotels and tourism-related
companies in Vietnam's world heritage town of Hoi An will
offer free Wifi internet by December. Vietnam Data
Communications Area 3 and Quang Nam Telecom joined hands to
install 350 free Wifi hotspots in the city, mainly at
tourist related venues. According to Quang Nam department of
information director, Ho Quang Buu, the project cost US$1.1
million and is supported by the private sector.
Hoi An was declared
a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 as an example of a well-preserved
trading port, which was a major port of call for traders
from China in the 1600s. The nearest airport to Hoi An is
Danang International Airport.
NEW EDITION OF ASIAN TRAILS' VIETNAM MAPS
Vietnam is very proud to announce the publication of a new
issue of Maps of Vietnam. The brand new and updated maps are
being distributed to all our clients and will certainly be a
very useful and great source of information. The maps also
recommends selected venues for shopping, eating and entertaining
so our guests can enjoy the best whilts hanging out in the
VIETNAM RESORTS AMONG WORLD'S BEST IN 2011
The Sofitel Legend
Metropole Hotel Hanoi and the Nam Hai Resort in the central
Hoi An city shared top billing as Asia's best leisure
properties for this year via an online poll by Hong Kong-based
travel and trade journal, Smart Travel Asia.
The Nam Hai ranked
second last year, while the Metropole, third. In addition,
the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City claimed 23rd on the
list of top business hotels in Asia.
Aside from being
named Asia's Top Leisure Hotel and Resort, the Metropole was
also ranked 18th on the list of Asia's Top 25 Business
Hotels and 8th among Asia's Top 25 Conference Hotels. The
Nam Hai collected an additional award as one of Asia's three
Top Spa Hotels and Resorts.
A total of six
Vietnam properties made the poll's lists, including the Park
Hyatt Hotel Saigon, the Furama Resort Danang, and Princess
d'Annam Resort and Spa in Ke Ga Bay of Binh Thuan province.
Autumn and its legendary variety of colours have arrived and it
is time to consider Beijing or Shanghai for a long weekend, or a
combination of the two bustling cities with a ride on the bullet
We have prepared very competitive packages for both winter and
ANANTARA XISHUANGBANNA RESORT & SPA - YUNNAN
In the September-October issue of TRAILBLAZER we announced
Resort & Spa would open in November 2011. The opening has
been postponed to March 2012 so guests can to enjoy spring
in Yunnan. The resort is about a 45-minute drive from
Jinghong airport in Yunnan Province, close to the Laos
China Eastern Airlines, which flies to/from Bangkok, stops
over in Jinghong once a week (Wednesday) and provides easy
access to this area of the province.
XISHUANGBANNA TO LAOS
The proximity of Xishuangbanna
Laos enables travellers visiting the province to combine
travel to the latter. From the Chinese border the journey
continues to Muang La in north Laos and then to Luang
Prabang on the beautiful Ou River. Visitors can obtain visa
at the border.
Contact us for further information.
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
WINTER PACKAGES TO CHINA
Winter is a nice time to visit China and enjoy very
competitive rates. Asian Trails China has prepared winter
packages for Beijing and Shanghai, as well as a combination
of the two cities. The itinerary includes a ride on the
newly opened bullet train.
Contact us for further information.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN BEIJING
Why not do your Christmas shopping in Beijing? It is a good
opportunity to discover China's capital city and shop for
your Christmas gifts at the same time.
Contact us for further information.
BEIJING - THE BRICKYARD AT MUTIANYU
Looking for accommodation near the Great Wall for individual
travellers or small groups? The Brickyard is the perfect
choice. A lush and private eco-retreat, it incorporates the
kilns and buildings of a traditional glazed tile factory in
a design that is "green" from the ground up.
All the 16 queen rooms have private terraces and
storey-and-a-half window walls
with spectacular views of the Great Wall. The property also
includes a lodge with a café, a fully equipped conference
centre, a spa with exercise room, sauna, and an outdoor
OPENING OF NEW PITS NEAR QIN SHIHUANG MAUSOLEUM,
Two new pits of civil servant and acrobat terracotta figures
at the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang (259 BC-210 BC)
were opened to the public on October 1.
The acrobat pit, coded K9901 and discovered in 1999, lies in
the southeast of the mausoleum of Qin Shihuang. The 11
unearthed terracotta figures, unarmoured with their torsos
unclad, differ greatly from terracotta warriors. They might
have represented wrestlers, acrobats or dancers in the court
of the Qin Dynasty, according to archaeologists.
The civil servant figure pit, coded K0006, lying in the
southwest of the mausoleum opened to the general public on
the same day.
LANGHAM GROUP TO MANAGE SHANGHAI 88 XINTIANDI
The British Langham Hospitality Group has taken over the
management of 88 Xintiandi, a luxury executive serviced
apartment located in the heart of Shanghai. The property
targets luxury travellers seeking Asian sophistication and
an intimate club-like atmosphere.
Intimate and stylish, 88 Xintiandi, Shanghai combines the
best of traditional Shanghai and modern style architecture.
Nestled in Xintiandi, Shanghai's vibrant and lively hub of
history and exclusivity and surrounded by specialty shops,
international restaurants and historic sites, this premium
property blends the classic with the contemporary.
Langham Group's move to take over the management of this
exclusive property is its first step to roll out the 88
Xintiandi brand concept of Asian elegance across China. The
range of luxury properties under this brand will include
serviced apartments, branded residences and boutique luxury
RITZ-CARLTON TO OPEN HOTELS IN WUHAN AND DALIAN
The-Carlton Hotel Company has signed an agreement with a
Shanghai group for the development of two new Ritz-Carlton
hotels in Wuhan and Dalian.
The 330-room The Ritz-Carlton, Wuhan, scheduled to open in
2017, will be located in the centre of the Wuchang Binjiang
central business district. The hotel will offer a heath
club, a pool, a spa, and more than 2,500sqm of meeting
space. F&B options will include a 170-seat three-meal
restaurant, a 150-seat Chinese restaurant with 12 private
dining rooms, a lobby lounge capable of hosting 70 guests,
and a 50-seat Ritz-Carlton Bar.
The 300-room The Ritz-Carlton, Dalian, located in the heart
of Dalian's Donggang CBD, will form part of a mixed-use
development. It will feature a variety of restaurants bars
and other facilities.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will have 13 properties in
China by 2017.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
CHINESE NEW YEAR
JANUARY 23, 2012
On January 23 China will enter the year of the Dragon
("long" in Chinese). The dragon is considered the most
auspicious sign of the 12 in the Chinese Lunar calendar.
The Auto Show is a major event in China and takes place once
in every two years, either in Beijing or Shanghai. In 2012
Beijing will host the auto show.
Contact us for further details.
EASTERN' STOPOVER IN JINGHONG
China Eastern Airlines' Shanghai-Bangkok-Shanghai flight
makes a stopover in Jinghong once a week, on Wednesday,
providing easy access to this area of the province.
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
The Roosevelt family has a long-standing, unique connection
with China. Beginning with the House of Roosevelt's founder,
Tweed Roosevelt's great grandfather, President Theodore
Roosevelt, the family has strong cultural ties with the
country and its people.
The House of the Roosevelt is one of only 29 original
historical Bund buildings. On the first floor is the
Courtyard Bistro, the only open-air courtyard restaurant on
On the second floor is the Wine Cellar, the perfect venue to
savour tapas or a meal on a hardy wooden bench or wine
barrel. On the third floor is the members only Roosevelt
The Sky Restaurant and Bar on the eighth floor offers an
awe-inspiring skyline view of the Shanghai Bund. Western
cuisine is served here with the finest wines recommended for
each course. The Terrace allows guests to capture the buzz
of the city and the vintage feel of the North Side Bund.
The roof top lounge on the ninth floor offers a breathtaking
view of the Bund.
BEIJING: DUCK DE CHINE at 1949 JINBAOJIE
Duck de Chine has opened a new branch at the brand new 1949
Jinbaojie complex. A superb restaurant, it offers some of
the best duck dishes in Beijing, combined with the most
innovative mix-and-match concepts with new Bollinger
Champagne Bar & Lounge.
Three distinctive duck ovens form a striking centrepiece for
the courtyard, with the aroma
of the famous Roast Beijing Duck wafting across the tables
to further whet the diners' appetites.
We have been very
busy preparing for the upcoming winter season, which looks very
promising. From the feedbacks and the reservations we are
receiving there are clear signs that Myanmar is currently
getting many more bookings then in the past years, and is
probably going into a record breaking season in terms of tourist
We urge you not to
delay too long your bookings for the Christmas period, as well
as for January and February 2012, as room availability is
getting quite tight, especially at Ngapali Beach and Inle Lake
and for cruises.
During the past two
months the staff had the opportunity to attend several training
courses as part of our efforts to improve our services,
especially in correspondence with our clients. You will find
more information and a picture of the training session in this
We would like to
wish you and your families the very best for 2012 and to say
thank you for the enormous support for Asian Trails Myanmar over
the past years.
EARLY BOOKING ADVICE
getting ever more popular especially during Christmas/New
Year and in February. Hotels and cruises are almost fully
booked. To avoid disappointment we recommend early booking
and as soon as possible.
During the past
months we have faced many problems with our incoming, as
well as outgoing emails. This is beyond our control as it is
due to the unreliable nature of the local servers. We kindly
ask you to please feel free to resend any email if you have
not heard from us within a 48-hour period.
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
DORA RIVER CRUISE
The Dora River
cruise is the latest addition to the ever more popular
cruising itineraries around Myanmar. The boat, built in 2010
in Myanmar, offers river sightseeing along the Yangon River,
evening sunset cruises and trips to the delta. It can
accommodate up to a maximum of 24 passengers and is
available for charter.
VILLAS & SPA - NGAPALI BEACH
Villas & Spa impresses with its incredible location directly
at the seafront surrounded by endless sand and coconut
trees. The hotel has 32 luxury villas, a restaurant, garden,
pool bar, swimming pool, spa, sunset terrace, boutique and
business centre with internet service.
RESORT & SPA - INLE LAKE
Resort & Spa offers its guests with exclusive comfort and
magnificent views of the beautiful mountain range and
tranquil Inle Lake. The hotel consists of 16 villas,
restaurant, spa, vegetable garden, boutique and business
centre with internet access.
ECO LODGE - NYAUNG SHWE
ViewPoint Eco-Lodge sits on the edge of the canal leading to
the magnificent Inle Lake in the colourful Southern Shan
State village of Nyaung Shwe.
The lodge comprises 20 luxurious Cottage Suites, all built
on pilings using the traditional eco-friendly construction
techniques of the Shan people. All the suites have modern
bathrooms, wireless Internet, telephone, plasma TV and
unlimited movies and music. They are affordable without
compromising on comfort amenities and the unique ambience of
include two restaurants and a roof top bar with splendid
view of the rice fields and the surrounding mountains.
The hotel is
about a five-minute walk from the town centre and directly
at the famous Strand Road facing the mighty Thanlwin River.
Strand Hotel has
57 rooms providing all the necessary amenities including air
conditioning, IDD telephone, satellite TV and minibar. It offers one
restaurant serving local cuisine, a coffee bar, meeting room
facilities and a business centre.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
ANANDA TEMPLE FESTIVAL
JANUARY 1-23, 2012
Festival, named after Bagan's most important temple, takes
place from January
1-23, 2012 -
gull moon day of Pyatho (anuary 8, 2012)
The entire Bagan
region celebrates this festival. Pilgrims from all over the
region attend the event, coming to Bagan in caravans of
covered ox carts. Visitors are also welcomed to join in the
celebrations. As part of the celebrations devotees offer
monks alm bowls. Throughout the festival days a fairground
with market stalls, as well as street restaurants, operate
in front of Ananda Temple.
YANGON AIRWAYS RESUMES OPERATIONS
resumed its service on October 16, 2011 and is now flying to
all the major tourist destinations in the country.
There are now
five domestic airlines operating in Myanmar namely Asian
Wings, Air KBZ, Air Mandalay, Yangon Airways and Air Bagan.
All operate flights throughout the country using ATR-72,
ATR-42 and Fokker 100 aircraft.
that baggage allowance on domestic flights is limited to
20kg. You can leave any excess luggage in the hotels in
return from upcountry.
WELCOME BACK MR MANDI
We would like to
welcome Mr. Maurizio Mandl back to the Asian Trails Myanmar
team. He will be responsible for public relations and
customer care during the high season - a responsibility he
has undertaken for the Asian Trails group since 2004.
Mr Mandi will be
with Asian Trails Myanmar until April 2012. During this
period he will serve as public relations and customer care
manager either in Yangon (Myanmar), Siam Reap (Cambodia),
Hanoi (Vietnam) or in any of the destinations within the
Asian Trails group, depending on where his services are
ANY OTHER NEWS
COURSES IN BUSINESS ENGLISH
Our staff has
undergone training in business English over the past months
to further boost our services and to facilitate
correspondence with our clients The aim of the training is
to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the
correspondence between you, our esteemed clients, and our
MYANMAR IN 2ND SPOT ON LIST OF TOP 10 DESTINATIONS
clinched the second spot on "Lonely Planet's Best in Travel:
top 10 countries for 2012". The selection was voted by a
panel of Lonely Plantet's inhouse travel experts, based on
topicality, excitement, value and that special X-factor.
Here is Lonely
Planet's citation for Myanmar's selection to the top 10:
people to come to Burma". That's the words of the National
League for Democracy (NLD), the opposition party that has
urged foreigners to stay away since 1996. This changed in
late 2010 when the NLD revised its boycott to encourage
independent travel (as opposed to package tours) following
the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, who had spent 15 of the
past 20 years under house arrest.
"As a result, Myanmar is set to
be a hot new destination for independent travellers. Rimmed
by mountains and white-sand beaches, the kite-shaped
country's most accessible area is the centre, which is
filled with timeless towns and countless pagodas, especially
the 4,000 examples found on Bagan's 26sqkm riverside plain.
Beyond the attractions, there's the fervently Buddhist
locals, who might just be the world's sweetest people "
Time surely flies as
we'll soon approaching the end of the year, which reminds me
that I've been in Malaysia for a year now.
Business has picked
up especially in the MICE segment and we have been busy with
many international groups.
We're also working
towards some new packages such as the Heritage Walk in Ipoh,
which I would term as one of the many hidden treasures of
I would like to take
this opportunity to thank all our partners for the support and I
look forward to more great cooperation in 2012.
On a personal note,
I will be getting married in November and therefore this will be
my last message as a bachelor.
Merry Christmas & a
Happy New Year in advance!
Malaysia Truly Asia!
KL TO HOST UFTAA CONGRESS IN 2012
The 46th United
Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA) Congress
will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 17-22,
Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is setting up
a team with Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysia Association of
Hotels (MAH) to draw up the details of the event, which will
be attended by travel agents from all over the world. Among
the topics to be discussed at the Congress are green
tourism, visa policies, security and other common issues
related to the tourism industry.
designated as Visit Malaysia Year the Congress will be the
perfect opportunity to introduce Malaysia to the delegates
and the world. Visits to tourist destinations in East and
West Malaysia will be in the itinerary.
PERAK TARGETS INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS IN 2012
government of the central Malaysian state of Perak aims to
increase international tourists with the declaration of 2012
as Visit Perak Year.
this target, five clusters namely Belum/Lenggong, Taiping,
Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh and Pangkor Island have been identified.
Ipoh, Taiping and Kuala Kangsar are urban centres featuring
history and heritage. Pangkor Island is a popular beach
resort, while Belum has one of the oldest rainforests in the
world and Lenggong is an archaeologically rich area.
attracts three million tourists a year, mostly domestic. In
addition to the five clusters two trails are also being
packaged - one on history and heritage, and another on food.
CORONADE HOTEL IS NOW HOTEL ROYAL KUALA LUMPUR
Coronade Hotel has been renamed Hotel Royal Kuala Lumpur.
The hotel has a new coast of paint, while new beds and LCD
TVs have been installed in the guestrooms.
NEW NAME FOR LEGEND HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
The Legend Hotel Kuala Lumpur has undergone a name change,
and is now known as Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
RENOVATIONS AT ROYAL MULU RESORT
The Royal Mulu Resort in
Sarawak is undergoing renovations to bring it to Marriott's
standard. Work started on October 15, 2011 and is expected
to be completed in one-and-a-half years.
With renovations in progress
resort has scaled down its operations and the number of
guestrooms. The restaurant and the reception area have been
shifted to the Ballroom area, while the swimming pool and
Riverside Lounge are closed. On completion of the
renovations the resort will be rebranded as a Marriot
BERJAYA LANGKAWI'S TO SPOT NEW LOOK IN MID-2012
and refurbishment of rooms at the Berjaya Langkawi Resort,
which commenced in September 2009, will be completed by July
Currently more than 100 rooms
have already been renovated, which is the first of a
three-stage upgrade to the 70-acre property costing RM40
million (US$14 million). The second stage will involve the
junior chalets on water, including an extension of the
units. Stage three will focus on the main buildings,
reception area and restaurants.
remains open during the entire renovation period. However,
areas where work is ongoing are cordoned off. Guests are
continually updated on the ongoing works to ensure minimal
disruption to their routines and activities.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
HARI RAYA AIDILADHA
NOVEMBER 6, 2011
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA
as Hari Raya Haji or Hari Raya Qurban, the festival marks
the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mekah, which is
performed by millions of Muslims annually. Muslims in
Malaysia celebrate the festival with prayers and sacrifice
MALAYSIA YEAR-END SALE (M-YES)
NOVEMBER 15, 2011-JANUARY 1, 2012
Year-End sale is back with great discounts. Malaysians and
visitors alike look forward to the festival for the
unbelievable discounts, bargains and promotions. Load your
shopping carts with gifts, souvenirs, branded items and
everything else you need for the year-end festive season!
NOVEMBER 22-27, 2011
VENUE: PILAU DUYONG, KUALA TERENGGANU
competition, the Monsoon Cup is dubbed the "Formula One of
Sailing". A wide range of interesting programmes is held to
coincide with the competition, including displays of
Terengganu's splendid arts and heritage.
LANGKAWI BIRDING & FOTOFEST 2011
NOVEMBER 25-27, 2011
things birds and wildlife in Langkawi, one of the world's
most beautiful group of islands. There are numerous
activities for participants that include bird race, wildlife
photography competitions, exhibitions and lectures/workshops
on conservation and eco-tourism.
PIALA SERI ENDON DESIGN COMPETITION
NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 11, 2011
The Piala Seri
Endon Design Competition was conceived to discover and
provide a platform for support, recognition and
encouragement of Malaysia's batik-making talent. The annual
event that is open only to Malaysians over 18 years of age,
and is part of the Malaysia Batik Crafted For the World
FABULOUS FOOD 1MALAYSIA
- STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
aromas, delicious tastes and lip-smacking flavours best
describe Malaysia's street food, reputed to be among the
best in the region. From spicy, subtle to sweet, the
different tastes of local food will leave you absolutely
delighted. Be adventurous and titillate your taste buds
during this festival.
KUALA LUMUR INTERNATIONAL BATIK 2011
DECEMBER 9-11, 2011
VENUE: KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE
An event that
showcases the multiple dimensions of batik - its art and
craft, techniques and technology in its making, and
techniques in marketing to the world.
DECEMBER 25, 2011
VENUE: THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA
spirit in Malaysia is made merrier with the country's
tropical weather and friendly people. Visitors will be
spoilt for choice as there are many restaurants, bistros,
shopping malls and hotels that offer great promotions
specially for the occasion. Join in the celebrations and
have a sunny Merry Christmas in Malaysia.
ANY OTHER NEWS
GOLF CLUB DATAI BAY LANGKAWI CLOSES FOR UPGRADING
The Golf Club
Datai Bay in Langkawi has been closed since October 1, 2011
for upgrading works that will see the birth of a new golf
course of international distinction. It is designed by South
African Ernie Els,
one of the most successful golfers in the history of the
game. Having won more than 60 tournaments since turning
professional in 1989, Els' remarkable and inspiring success
on the golf course has been replicated in his portfolio of
award-winning golf course designs throughout the world.
The new Ernie
Els designed course is scheduled to open in the second
quarter of 2013.
ON THE MAHAKAM RIVER IN EAST KALIMANTAN
- A JOURNEY TO DAYAK
Balikpapan is the gateway to East Kalimantan with the only
international airport in one of Indonesia's largest provinces.
The city is smaller then the capital Samarinda, but is a major
hub for Indonesia's oil industry with many international
companies involved. The journey from Balikpapan to the boat
jetty in Samarinda takes only two hours on a good road.
The wooden boat offers one large cabin on the upper deck with
air-conditioning, and with space for 10 passengers sleeping on
comfortable floor mats. In the boat's front is a nice terrace
furnished with chairs, which is considered the best place to
watch the activities on the river. Downstairs is the semi-open
dining area, a kitchen and a simple, clean bathroom.
From Samarinda the crew navigates the boat on the Mahakam River
for 15 hours upstream to the remote outpost of Muara Muntai,
passing villages, jungle and numerous coalmines along the way.
From there the journey continues with small but fast water taxis
over a large lake and past a bird sanctuary to reach Mancong,
the first Dayak village on the Mahakam River. The friendly
villagers, who are ancestors of the notorious headhunters, make
their living from agriculture and fishing. They are proud to
show visitors their wooden longhouse, which is considered the
largest and best preserved in the whole of Kalimantan. A dance
performance involving half of the village shows visitors
that the Dayak traditions still play an important role in their
daily life. However, technological modernity in the form of
handphones and televisions has reached this remote part of the
After the village visit the journey downstream is much shorter.
Next visit is to the Sultan Palace of Tenggarang near Samarinda,
which also marks the end of the cruise.
On the way back to Balipapan is the Samboja Lodge, which is
located near a sanctuary for captured orangutans.
Asian Trails Indonesia offers a four-day package to East
Kalimantan with the option to extend up to 10 days for longer
cruise itineraries up the Mahakam River.
Asia and Australasia's roles in leading the global travel
and tourism recovery have been recognised at a VIP gala
ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards in Bangkok, Thailand
on September 28, 2011.
Four hotels and resorts in Bali were among he winners:
St. Regis Bali Resort
- Asia's Leading Luxury Resort & Indonesia's Leading Hotel.
Banyan Tree - Asia's Leading Resort Brand.
Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali
- Indonesia's Leading Golf Resort
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
- Indonesia's Leading Resort & Indonesia's Leading Spa
Indonesia has extended its 30-day visa-free entry facility
to travellers holding Cambodian and Laotian passports. With
this latest move nationals from all ASEAN member countries
can now avail of the visa-free travel arrangements to
Visa-on-Arrival (VOA) facilities were previously available
to travellers from Cambodia and Laos, while Myanmar passport
holders needed to apply for visas in advance.
Indonesia currently grants visa-free entry to travellers
from 15 countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand,
Vietnam, Chile, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Macau, Morocco and Peru.
JAKARTA REOPENS OLD AIRPORT FOR COMMERCIAL
Indonesia reopened the former Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on
October 15, 2011 for commercial operations to help lift the
strain off Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Last year
Soekarno-Hatta Airport exceeded its annual traffic capacity
of 23 million by about two million passengers.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines is the first carrier to avail of
the renewed commercial services at Halim Perdanakusuma,
connecting with Palembang (South Sumatra), Lampung and
Bandung (West Java). The airport will see NO international
arrivals and is used only by Merparti Nusantara Airlines
until further notice.
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
BALI ASLI - CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT FOOT OF MT. AGUNG
Bali Asli, restaurant and cooking school, is located in
Gelumpang village, near the town of Amlapura, Karangasem
regency, in north east Bali. It is about two hours' drive
from the airport and 30 minutes from Candidasa village.
Nestled at the foothills of Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred
mountain, it is surrounded by rice fields.
The restaurant promotes Balinese cuisine and culture without
exploiting it or its people. Instead it embraces the
community, supporting those who fish, farm and forage in the
near by fields, ocean and jungle.
Bali Asli's menu offers authentic Balinese food cooked in a
traditional Balinese style kitchen. The food is cooked on
wood-fired, mud brick stoves, allowing the real flavours of
Bali to shine. Most of the food's ingredients are either
grown in restaurant's own garden, in its neighbour's garden
or purchased from the local market.
The cooking school runs unique classes themed on
"a day in
the life of...". Every class includes an adventure into
local areas off the beaten track. Whether it is learning how
to plant rice or plough the fields with a cow, fishing in a
jukung canoe, cooking over an open fire or making cocktails
from cashew nut wine, its students always leave with fond
memories and new skills to experiment with when they get
EXPLORE THE HIGH SEAS ON
Enjoy your privacy within Ikan Terbang's intimate cabin
space, which can accommodate up to 10 guests. Inside and
outside, in the sun or in the shade, cosy and comfortable
spaces for recreation are waiting for you. Lay back in its
unique surroundings as the wind fills the sails, and the bow
slides gently through the waves.
The sailing yacht is available for day private charters or
longer cruises throughout the archipelago. Facilities on
board: Flat screen TV, DVD player, Bose music sound system
(bring your iPod!), WC-shower with cold/hot water, inside
lounge with sofas that convert into couchettes, fishing gear
and snorkelling equipment for adults and children.
DISCOVERY ABOARD MERRY MAKIN
Encounter remote island beaches and pristine waters aboard
the yacht, Merry Makin. Enjoy the expansive view from the
upper deck lounge; feel the breeze of the southern seas
while savouring world-class hospitality on board.
Spend the day exploring and trekking through the habitat of
the Komodo Dragons and snorkelling in some of the most
colourful sea gardens the world. Then relax and sunbathe on
the yacht's open-air bow while cruising through the clear
waters of the famous Komodo National Park. Or just do
whatever takes your fancy - sip freshly made Mojito, nap,
read or listen to your favourite music in the
air-conditioned salon or the privacy of the spacious and
well-appointed stateroom suite.
UBUD GREEN, AN ECO-CONSCIOUS RESORT
Ubud Green Private Villa Resort is an exclusive pool villa,
villa and suite hotel that represents a positive move
towards "green hospitality". It is designed to capture the
sweeping beauty of Ubud's rice terrace landscape. It is an
energy efficient resort, taking positive steps in applying
chemical and toxic free building materials.
Ubud Green, spread over 8,000sqm, is a collection of 16
contemporary styled villas harmonising with the surrounding
natural environment. Each villa is a private sanctuary
complimented with butler service. Ten spacious Ubud Green
Villas offer rice paddy views, plunge pool & sundeck,
spacious living and dining room, kitchenette, wine cellar
and modern appliances. This is the perfect retreat for
eco-conscious travellers seeking the ultimate in luxury.
LOSARI COFFEE PLANTATION REBRANDS
Losari Coffee Plantation has rebranded as a Wellness and Spa
Resort. The new concept is based on the integration of
different facets of wellness combined with the pledge to
focus on traditional, local and wholesome experiences, which
bring out the magnificence of the real essence of Java, its
environment and its people. The new concept comes with a
minimum number of room nights and packages that include
meals and excursions/activities.
ALL SEASONS ARRIVES IN JOGYAKARTA
All Seasons Jogyakarta's colourful design, which blends art,
chic and sophistication mad it stand out among the
traditional drift of the city.
Located in the heart of the Jogyakarta the hotel offers 112
rooms that comprise of 97 Superior rooms, 12 Superior rooms
with bath tub, and three Family Suites. The rooms are simple
yet chic and has modern minimalist decor with futuristic
accents. The cosy and comfort Superior rooms offers free
Broadband Internet access, 32-inch LCD TV with movie and
cable channels, iPod dock, safe deposit box, and coffee and
tea making facilities.
AMBARRUKMO PALACE HOTEL
The legendary Ambarrukmo Palace Hotel, once Jogyakarta's
grandest hotel, has undergone a great transformation to once
again enthrals guests with its outstanding service and an
exceptional experience. Both the hotel and palace underwent
renovations, which maintain their rich historic heritage yet
providing guests with modern day comforts. The "reborn"
hotel now embraces the glamour of the past merged with 21st
Ambarrukmo Palace Hotel is centrally located, within walking
distance of the city's historic and cultural districts. The
city's largest shopping mall is right on the hotel's
doorstep. Most of Jogyakarta's must-see attractions such as
the Prambanan Temple, Sultan Palace, Kotagede and Malioboro
are a short drive away. It is less than 10 minutes from
Adisucipto International Airport.
The Novotel Lombok was relaunched on July 25, 2011
a complete makeover. The hotel's room inventory has been
compressed to 102 guestrooms, suites and private villas.
Both the Superior and Deluxe Garden Terrace rooms were
completely renovated. Apart from a new buffet restaurant for
breakfast and dinner, there is also a fine dining restaurant
that opens nightly for dinner. Other facilities include two
bars, spa, gym, gift shop specialising in handicrafts, kids
club and an onsite dive centre.
MANHATTAN HOTEL JAKARTA
This new and modern hotel is located in the prestigious
golden triangle area in south Jakarta. It offers a perfect
mix of individual or business travel choices and a variety
of recreational facilities. Elegantly in black and stylish,
the hotel consists of 36 floors of rooms divided into 136
Standard Executive Rooms and 102 Suite Rooms.
SILKAIR CONNECTS BANDUNG WITH SINGAPORE
Singapore's SilkAir launched a thrice-weekly
Singapore-Bandung service on October 9, 2011, using an A319
aircraft with business and economy class seating. The flight
frequency was increased to five times weekly from October
Bandung is SilkAir's ninth destination in Indonesia. The
airline's other Indonesian destinations are Balikpapan
(Kalimantan), Lombok, Manado, Medan, Palembang (Sumatra),
Pekanbaru (Sumatra), Solo and Surabaya.
TRANSNUSA BECOMES AN AIRLINE OPERATOR
Transnusa Aviation Mandiri has received its air operator's
certificate, transforming the chartered airline management
company into a scheduled domestic airline operator.
Currently it operates services between Denpasar and Labuan
Bajo, and destinations in the Lesser Sunda islands. Future
plans are to expand services to Timor Leste and Darwin in
The airline's present fleet comprises three Fokker 50
aircraft and two Aro Jets. It plans to operate 10 aircraft
by the end of 2012.