The low season for travel to the Asian region is ending, and
the high season is beginning soon. Demand for products and
services will be very strong, so please ensure your clients
make their bookings early to avoid disappointment.
In tandem with the high season all destinations in the Asian
Trails group have ramped up their products range. For
example, China has a new culinary tour, Myanmar and Laos are
offering new hotels and restaurants, while Cambodia.
Indonesia and Thailand continue to delight visitors with
both seasoned and new products.
Malaysia, meanwhile, is gaining prominence as a preferred
destination for business events in Southeast Asia, and in
Vietnam the rise of airlines have make travel to and within
the destination very affordable.
All are detailed in the country reports. So please read on
and discover more of Asia's wonders.
The low season is
coming to an end and we are busy preparing the next high season.
This includes inspection trips by our staff, meetings with our
key partner hotels to obtain the best possible deals for you and
your clients and, of course, to explore more products in
different corners around Thailand.
We are pleased to
inform that the booking outlook for the next months looks rather
positive, in particular when compared to the last two years.
This careful optimism is shared with most hotels and other
stakeholders in the industry. The first two quarters of 2012
have seen a high number of new hotels opening all over the
country and an end is not in sight.
We see this as a
signal of trust from the industry toward the country's future
development, and we invite you to join these exciting times with
us. At the same time we wish to thank you for your continued
ASIAN TRAILS' TOUR COUNTER AT SOFITEL BANGKOK
Asian Trails has been
operating a new tour counter at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Hotel since June 2012, to cater to excursions for the
hotel's guests and our clients. The hotel is centrally
located on Sukhumvit Soi 13-15, within easy walking distance
of Nana BTS Station.
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
CALYPSO CABARET SHOW
famous Calypso Cabaret show has moved from Asia Hotel to the
brand new Asiatique Riverfront complex (see article on
Asiatique Riverfront in Trailblazer May/June 2012).
adventure tour is a journey of exploration with visits to
several hill tribe villages, going down the rapids along a
scenic river on inflatable rafts, trekking through the
forest on elephant backs and biking on the hilly roads in
the countryside. Also experience an overnight stay at the
Hmong Hill tribe Lodge located in Mae Rim district, just an
hour's drive from Chiang Mai, which offers unique
traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty.
Fenix Ploenchit has changed its name to NOVOTEL BANGKOK
PLOENCHIT SUKHUMVIT. Ideally located at Sukhumvit Road, it s
only steps away from Bangkok's shopping paradises of Siam
Paragon, Central World, MBK, Terminal 21 and Central Chidlom,
all connected by BTS sky train right in front of the hotel.
This contemporary four star hotel features 370 well-equipped
guestrooms, premier floors and lounge, fitness and outdoor
pool, meeting rooms and indoor parking. This hotel is a
perfect choice for both business and leisure travellers.
Phraya Riverside traditional style garden homes are fitted
with fully modern facilities and
finely decorated Thai style rooms, blissful baths in ideal
natural setting and kitchen boutiques. Every room enjoys the
Chao Phraya River view, as well as the green garden of
fruitful trees, the fragrance of Thai flowers and the
singing of little birds at dusk. Here you will experience
high quality healthcare services for your physical as well
as mental relaxation, including weight loss programmes
designed to help decrease the risk of major illness. All
sets amidst pristine natural beauty in lush and green
environment surrounded by the cool and refreshing Chao
Phraya River. Amazingly, you can experience this
tranquillity only 45 minutes' drive north of Bangkok.
This luxury boutique hotel
opened in March 2012. It consists of 30 rooms, all of them
suites. Room size for the lowest category is 70sqm and
135sqm for the highest category. The hotel is situated very
centrally, just some minutes walking from the riverside.
Heart of the hotel is the former headquarter/office building
of the East Borneo Company, built in 1896, which is now
completely restored and functions as restaurant/lounge and
as Courtyard by Marriott at Surin Beach, the resort style
hotel is being rebranded and scheduled to reopen in
September 2012. Doubletree Resort by Hilton Phuket provides
modern comfort and offers rooms and suites with a private
balcony or terrace. It is situated on Surin Beach and about
30 minutes' drive from Phuket International Airport.
Facilities are two outdoor pools, Kids' World, fully
equipped fitness centre and spa, all- day dining in Asia
Alive, and poolside drinks in The Boardwalk bar. Modern
meeting rooms for up to 30 people and high-speed Internet
access are also available.
as Courtyard by Marriott at Kamala Beach, this idyllic
island retreat is right by Kamala Beach and about 30
minutes' drive southwest of Phuket International Airport.
Swissotel Resort Phuket offers 180 luxurious one- to
three-bedroom suites, each with a separate bedroom, living
room and private balcony. Facilities include three
restaurants and bars offering a wide range of local and
international dishes and drinks, a lagoon swimming pool, spa
and fitness centre, and Kids World - an amusement zone for
BANYAN TREE PHUKET REBRANDS VILLAS INTO SEPARATE
Bordered by the
Andaman Sea, Banyan Tree Phuket offers luxurious tropical
getaways with award-winning fine dining options and full spa
services. The hotel is renowned for its service and luxury
Phuket has rebranded and is marketing its different villa
categories as three independent hotel units - Banyan Tree
Phuket, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary and Double Pool Villas by
Banyan Tree. Each unit has its own check-in facilities and
services levels. However, most common areas, such as
restaurants, are open to all guests from other units.
Tree Phuket comprises 135 luxuriously appointed villas
inspired by traditional Thai architecture. Every villa
features a king-sized bed, spacious bedroom, his and hers
dressing areas, open-air sunken bath and private landscaped
garden. Amenities include mini-bar, tea and coffee-making
facilities, hair dryer, in-villa safe, IDD telephone, LCD TV
and DVD player with sound system. All rooms are tastefully
furnished with Thai art and fine woodwork.
BANYAN TREE SPA SANCTUARY
The 14-Spa Pool
Villa is secluded and enshrined by lush gardens, designed to
provide a sanctuary for the senses, enlivening the soul and
relaxing both the body and mind. The luxurious Banyan Tree
SPA Sanctuary offers Thai-style villas with a private pool
and in-villa spa facilities. Surrounded by tranquil lily
ponds, the spacious villas are decorated with pure Thai
silks and have free Wi-Fi. Attached bathrooms have spa
toiletries and sunken bathtubs. There is also free high tea.
DOUBLE POOL VILLAS BY BANYAN TREE
24-Double Pool Villa boutique resort provides an intimate
and serene environment for relaxation, shrouded by elegant,
refined and luxurious surroundings. Each villa measures over
1,300sqm. It comes with two private pools - an infinity pool
and a wading pool around the bedroom. A private villa host
takes care of the guests' needs during their stay.
INFINITY RESIDENCES & RESORT KOH SAMUI
location on a magnificent hillside bordered by lush tropic
jungle vegetation, overlooking the stunning bay of Bang Po
and nearby island of Koh Phangan. All residences are
inspired by contemporary design and complemented by verdant
vistas. Guest accommodations consist of 65 residences with
spectacular sea views. They represent a contemporary
interpretation of modern and tropical living. All Infinity
residences have one, two, three or four bedrooms and
bathrooms and a beautiful integrated pool.
Bophut, Deva Samui Resort & Spa has been designed to the
highest standards in tropical modern style. Its 79 rooms and
villas feature jacuzzis and private balconies, have
luxurious furnishings, stylish decor and amenities. Each
room also has a small kitchenette counter, microwave oven,
iPod dock and DVD player for guests' entertainment.
Hotels and Resorts will take over management of the idyllic
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and Spa, its third in
Thailand. The resort will continue to operate under its
current name until November 1, 2012 when it will be
rebranded as Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort and Spa.Located on the quiet northern peninsula of Phi Phi Don
Island, it has 112 villas, four restaurants, two bars, a
spa, fitness centre and a dive and activity centre. Over the
next year 38 new villas will be built, bringing the total
number of villas in the resort to 150.
Hotels, Resorts and Spas has announced the dates of the
highly popular King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament for 2012.
The charitable event, now in its 11th year, has to date
raised over half a million dollars in charity to help
Thailand's elephants. This year's event will be held in the
Thai royal seaside town of Hua Hin from September 12-16, and
promises to have more nail-biting action both on and off the
VENUE: PHUKET TOWN & VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THAILAND
INCLUDING TRANG, KRABI, BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI
This is a
colourful event celebrated by the Chinese community and held
over nine days in October during the ninth Lunar month of
the Chinese calendar. Celebrants pray to the Nine Emperor
Gods during the nine days of the festival. They also adhere
to a strict vegetarian diet, abstaining from meat and
various stimulants to achieve purification of the mind and
body and, at the same time, be in good health. The festival
also honours the gods, as well as expresses the people's
happiness at surviving what was, in the 19th century, a
ILLUMINATED BOAT PROCESSION
OCTOBER 23-31, 2012
VENUE: NAKHON PHANOM PROVINCE
was originally aimed at paying respect to Lord Buddha. Then
the competition of the illuminated boat processions was
organised to add colour to the event. As the night sets in
Nakhon Phanom visitors are treated to the amazing sight of
the brightly illuminated boats sailing gracefully down the
Mekong River. The boats, typically made from bamboo or
banana leaves and intricately decorated, are a symbol of
Thai homage to Lord Buddha. In typical Thai fashion the
festival also features a colourful street parade, long boat
races, food fair and various cultural performances.
DRAGONAIR COMMENCES HONG KONG-CHIANG MAI DIRECT
Dragonair launched direct Hong Kong-Chiang Mai flights on
July 1, 2012. This seasonal service will operate until
October 14, 2012. The flights, on Wednesdays, Thursdays,
Saturdays and Sundays use the narrow-bodied Airbus A320
aircraft. This service gives passengers easy access to
Dragonair's network of over160 destinations around the
MANDALA ADDS JARKARTA-BANGKOK SERVICE
budget carrier, Mandala Airlines, commenced daily
Jakarta-Bangkok service on August 10 as part of its
international network expansion. Bangkok is the airline's
third international destination after Singapore and Kuala
Lumpur. It took to the skies in April after more than a
year's hiatus due to financial difficulties
FIREFLY UPS FLIGHTS TO THAILAND
Firefly launched three times weekly services from Penang
(Malaysia) to Samui on
August 11, 2012.
The flight departs Penang at 1415hrs and
arrives in Samui at 1445hrs. It does a quick turnaround at
1505hrs and land in Penang at 1735hrs.
added a new service on August 17, linking Subang Airport on
the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur to Hat Yai a commercial town
in Songkhla province. The four times weekly service departs
Subang at 0950hrs and lands in Hat Yai at 1010hrs The flight
departs Hat Yai at 10.30hrs and arrives at Subang at 1300hrs
THAI SMILE TAKES OFF TO MACAU
THAI Smile, a
sub-brand airline of Thai Airways International, commenced
its first international flights to Macau on July 7, 2012.
The twice-daily Bangkok-Macau service has a two-class
configuration and operates with the new Airbus A320-200
aircraft. This new service adds to Thai Airways' existing
six daily Macau-Bangkok connections.
SPRING AIRLINES SOARS TO BANGKOK
Airlines, China's only low-cost carrier, started a daily
flight between Shanghai and Bangkok August 10, 2012. It
marks the carrier's first service to Southeast Asia, in
addition to its 25 domestic destinations. Using an Airbus
A320 aircraft the flight departs Shanghai's Pudong
International Airport at 1330hrs and lands at Suvarnabhumi
International Airport at 1710hrs. It does a quick turnaround
at 1810hrs to arrive in Shanghai at 2335hrs. The airline's
lowest fare is about 20% to 35% lower than those of
Airlines' fleet consists of 27 Airbus A320-200 aircraft,
with five on order, configured in a single class with 174
NOK AIR RAMPS UP FLIGHTS
Nok Air added
one more flight to Ubon Ratchathani on August 1, 2012
lifting the frequency from three to four flights daily. From
September 1 Sakhon Nakhon is served by three flights daily,
up from two, while Roi Et gets three weekly flights with
evening departures, giving the city two flights daily.
Phitsanulok services have two more daily flights, increasing
from three daily to five. From Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and
Udon Thani services have increased from two to three daily.
The carrier has also increased frequencies to Chiang Mai and
Hat Yai from four to five flights daily. On October 1it will commence a daily service to Chumporn.
EMIRATES TO LAUNCH DUBAI-PHUKET DAILY SERVICE
of the world's fastest growing airlines, continues its
network expansion with the launch of daily services to
Phuket from December 10, 2012. To be serviced by a
three-class Airbus aircraft, flight EK378 will depart Dubai
at 12.45pm and arrive at Phuket International Airport at
9:55pm. The return flight, EK379 will depart at 12:35am and
arrive at Dubai International Airport at 4.35am.
Phuket will be
Emirates' second destination in Thailand. It will also be
the 15th route launch for the airline this year and the
second in Southeast Asia, following on from Ho Chi Minh City
that was launched in June.
After a good low
season we are looking forward to another high season with its
beautiful weather and to welcome many visitors to Laos. However,
please be advised that during this period, especially in
November, it will be difficult for us to confirm new bookings
with guides in languages other than English, and to find rooms
for last minute groups. Please contact our office for updated
In this newsletter
we are particularly delighted to announce the opening of the
first real four star hotel in Vang Vieng, which is a stylish
property and suitable for groups. We hope that this will be the
start to bringing Vang Vieng back to the tourist map for the
"serious traveller" and away from the extreme backpacker
atmosphere it is currently locked in
Happy reading and
we look forward to welcome you to Laos!
TRAVEL ADVICE FOR VIENTIANE - NOVEMBER 2012
mentioned we would like to highlight two main events, which
will bring perturbation to the daily life and touristic
organisations in Vientiane
This year the
Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will take place in the Lao
capital, Vientiane, from November 5-6, 2012. 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.
Laos will be happy to assist you if you need help during
VIENTIANE - JANUARY 2013
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 for the
duration of this event. Even confirmed hotel bookings might
Do not hesitate
to contact us for assistance
TRAVEL TIP - 2 DAYS /1 NIGHT MEKONG CRUISE
offer a simple tip to make your trip a comfortable and
overnight bag the day before your cruise on the Mekong River
to avoid the hassle of having to carry your main luggage to
the lodge, and run the risk of damaging it. Your main
luggage will stay on board under the watch of the boat's
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
TIP OF THE MONTH - 6 days/5 nights NORTH LAOS
from Vientiane to Oudomxay and take a short drive to the
beautiful Muang La Resort. Spend two days visiting local
villages, either by car or on foot. Cruise down the
beautiful Nam Ou River for two days, with overnight stay in
Nong Kiao Riverside Resort, before reaching. The next two
days are spent exploring this magnificent World Heritage
City. This is a trip conducted in comfort and amid natural
BURASARI HERITAGE LUANG PRABANG
The upmarket hotel chain Burasari from Thailand has taken over the
former Chang Hotel, and is bringing it a complete new look
and upgrading its services. With 23 rooms and suites at a
perfect location along the Nam Khan River, Burasari Heritage
Luang Prabang, opening in November, will complete the first
class range of hotels in Laos.
RIVERSIDE BOUTIQUE RESORT - VANG VIENG
Good news for travellers
looking for comfort and service. The Riverside Boutique
Resort, sister property of Green Park Boutique Hotel in
Vientiane, has opened. It offers 34 rooms and suites, and is
located directly along the Nam Song River in a quiet and
lovely environment. It is by far the best hotel in Vang
HOTEL PROMOTION: RESIDENCE PHOU VAO by ORIENT
EXPRESS - LUANG PRABANG
one of Luang Prabang's very best addresses, as well as one
of the best tables with this promotion:
14 days in advance until the end of September, or 30 days in
advance until the end of December, and get a 10 % discount
on the room rate (new bookings only)
In mid-August the
ATC team went on a fam trip to the province of Ratanakiri,
located in the northeast of Cambodia. We were pleasantly
surprised by the improved good road conditions through Kampong
Cham, Kratie and Stung Treng. We were just as amazed at the
development in the area. Everywhere we went we saw new
buildings, big markets and new rubber and cashew nuts
plantations. We also had an enjoyable day discovering the way of
life of some the minority tribes living along the banks of the
"ONE TOURIST, ONE TREE" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
tapping the green tourism market with a tree-planting
campaign in the fertile soil of Koh Trong, a small island in
the middle of the Mekong River opposite Kratie provincial
town. The nation-wide campaign, launched by Cambodia's
Ministry of Tourism in July, was advertised on TV and travel
websites. Its aim is to encourage tourists to help revive
forests while enjoying their vacations. More than 4,000
trees have been planted by local and international tourists
since the campaign's launch.
in the campaign tourists pay US$5 for a seedling, small
shovel and a piece of land to plant their own tree or a
‘family tree', as well as a wooden name plaque to put next
to their seedling. People from the community will take care
of the trees planted by the tourists. In three or six months
every participating tourist will receive an email informing
him/her of the progress of the growing tree together with a
photo of the tree and the wooden plague bearing his/her
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
CHILDREN OF BASSAC PERFORMANCE - CAMBODIAN LIVING
success of Children of Bassac's last season the show is
making a comeback with a bigger and better programme. In
addition to the renowned Classical and Folk Dance
performance there will be two extra shows featuring
different art forms and showcasing 60 emerging artists.
start from October 25. It will be on for six nights per
week, from Monday to Saturday, in the garden facing the
National Museum in Phnom Penh. The one-hour show is from 7pm
to 8pm. Entrance fee is USD10 per person.
Strategically located in a
residential area Arun Villa is an excellent address to start
the discovery of the dynamic city of Phnom Penh. The hotel
has 12 tastefully designed rooms with amenities that include
air-conditioning, desk, minbar, blocked water and ventilator. It
also offers room service and Wifi in public areas. Known for
its impeccable service Arun Villa has a lovely garden for
guests to relax in and a parking lot.
FRANGIPANI VILLA FINE ARTS HOTEL
Arts Hotel is tucked away down a quiet side alley close to
the campus of the School of Fine Arts on the edge of Phnom
Penh's bustling art district. This contemporary boutique
hotel has 22 fully equipped rooms on three floors. The hotel
is cleverly built around a leafy central courtyard, which
ensures it s naturally well lit and airy. The spacious rooms
are examples of contemporary Cambodian design featuring
polished concrete floors, terrazzo bathroom styling,
furniture and fittings in wood, silk and other natural
materials manufactured by leading Cambodian producers. The
Fine Arts Restaurant is on the ground floor.
SAA PRIVATE ISLAND HELICOPTER SERVICE
Saa Private Island has introduced a helicopter transfer
service between Phnom Penh and Song Saa Private Island. The
flight, which lasts for one hour 20 minutes, operates on
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flights depart
from either the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra Helipad or
Phnom Penh Airport.
Helicopters Cambodia is Cambodia's premier helicopter
service. The Canadian/Cambodian company was the first
commercial helicopter service to operate in the country,
commencing operations in 1998.
contact us for luxury packages, detailed rates and further
SALA KOH TRONG RENAMED RAJABORI VILLAS
We would like to
inform you that Sala Koh Trong Guesthouse on Koh Trong
Island in Kratie has been renamed Rajabori Villas with
immediate effect. Located north of the island this small
resort has eight independent traditional Khmer wooden
houses. For its electricity supply the villas use a mixed
system of a generator, which operates for part of the night,
and solar panels, which provide the service during the day
and late at night.
unique location allows travellers to experience a deep
immersion into an unspoiled part of old Cambodia, and is a
haven for nature lovers and those who are fond of
authenticity and discovery. Access is by boat to the island,
then cart or moped to the resort.
JASMINE VALLEY ECO RESORT
resort is nestled just below the National Park, in the
beautiful jungle-covered mountains of the seaside town of
Kep. The six "tree houses" offer wonderful views across the
bay, as well as spectacular panorama of the jungle. Each
room is simply decorated, but fully equipped with its own
solar system for lighting and with inverters installed for
fans and charging phones. The furniture is basic and
decoration simple, but the environment makes this place a
paradise for relaxation and rejuvenation.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT CAMBODIA
This public holiday
celebrates the signing of the Cambodian constitution by King
Sihanouk on the same day in 1993. The constitution was
adopted by a constitutional assembly elected under the
auspices of the United Nations.
BONN PCHUM BEN
OCTOBER 14-16 OCTOBER, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT CAMBODIA
Bonn Pchu Ben is celebrated mostly by Cambodian Buddhists.
During this festival they pay their respects to deceased
relatives. According to Buddhist traditions Cambodians visit
pagodas over two weeks. They offer food, flowers, rice and
gifts to the monks who then convey them to the deceased
so they do not haunt the
Please note that
all government institutions and some companies will be
closed on Wednesday October 17 as a compensation for the
holiday falling on Sunday, October 14.
CORONATION DAY OF HIS MAJESTY KING NORODOM SIHAMONI
OCTOBER 29, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT CAMBODIA
public holiday celebrates the anniversary of the coronation
of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni. The Royal Palace is
lit at night and beautifully decorated for this special
occasion. It will be closed to visitors on this day for
Palace ritual ceremonies.
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
BOTANICA GALLERY CAFE
Botanic Cafe and
art gallery serves a combination of cafe shop food, herbal
beverages and green dishes with local vegetables. It also
promotes health fruit drink. Apart from the cafe there is a
souvenir shop where works of local artists are promoted.
Specially designed art works and souvenirs for export, made
locally from Cambodian natural materials, are also on
An art gallery
is located on the second floor of the building. This space
is for artists to take part in activities, which include
painting, photography, exhibitions, performances and yoga
ASIAN SQUARE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
which is opening end September 2012, is the newest
contemporary culinary destination in Siem Reap. It features
a restaurant, a lounge, a cafe and an alfresco area for
dining under the stars. The flavours and dinning experience
at Asian Square promises to be an out-of-the-box gastronomic
adventure - with a deep focus on fresh, organically grown
ingredients and exciting new interpretations of food. Open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner the restaurant/lounge is
also the perfect spot for light snacks, coffee, tea and
exquisite potions for the cocktail hours. Its space can also
be reconfigured to accommodate events, large group bookings
and celebrations (up to 200 seats).
The summer season is almost over and we have recorded a positive
trend that shows more and more Vietnamese are able to travel to
more exotic destinations within the country, as well as to
nearby countries. One reason for this is the average Vietnamese
tourist is able to buy air tickets at affordable price.
In 2007 the Aviation Law came
into effect, which allows for the establishment of private
In the last two years, competition has surged with the entry of
new private carriers bringing the total number of airlines in
the country to five. Vietjet and Mekong Air are privately owned,
while Jetstar Pacific Airlines is jointly owned by Vietnam
Airlines and Australia's Qantas. While Vietjet Air heats up the
market occasionally with tickets from approximately USD1 for new
domestic segment, Jetstar promises promotional rate every
Friday. However, Vietnam Airlines is still the best and most
reliable choice for domestic and regional routes.
We do not expect a considerable reduction in prices, but believe
that the competition will bring positive effects on domestic
airline market. The airlines will also compete with each other
to improve their availability and quality. This means more
flexibility and more attention to customer service, and our
guests will benefit from these improvements to have an excellent
all-round experience to Vietnam.
NEW LOCATION FOR MUSEUM OF HUE CULTURE
The Museum of Hue Culture has moved to a 6,000 square metre
French colonial style building overlooking the Huong
(Perfume) River at 23-25 Le Loi Street. Since its founding
in 1989 the museum has moved several times. With this
relocation, and after 23 years, the museum has returned to
its "own house".
The Thua Thien-Hue Province authorities will spend VND53
billion (US$2.5 million) to renovate the building, which was
previously used by the city's People's Committee. The museum contains items that feature Vietnamese and Cham
bronze and ceramic artefacts, and photos and documents
related to historic events in Hue.
HOANG SU PHI TERRACED FIELDS RECOGNISED AS NATIONAL
The Ha Giang Province will organise a ceremony on September
16, 2012 to receive the decision of the Ministry of Culture,
Sports and Tourism on recognising Hoang Su Phi terraced
fields as a national heritage.
The terraced fields are situated on six communes and were
planted hundreds of year ago by the labour force of the
people of the La Chi, Dao and Nung ethnic minority groups.
Travellers to this hidden corner usually stay at Panhou Eco
Resort, which is a good base for either a one-day or
multiple days' stay for trekking.
LAGUNA LANG CO GOLF COURSE
The Faldo-designed Laguna Lang Co Golf Course situated
between Danang and Hue is nearing completion. Most aspects
of the project are on schedule to be ready for opening in
late 2012;including the championship golf course, practice
facilities and all golf-related infrastructure.
Set on the beach and within a 75 minutes' drive from
Danang's two other golf courses (Danang Golf Club and
Montgomerie Links) and close to Banyan Tree Resort, Laguna
Hue is set to become one of Vietnam's best golf courses and
will bolster Danang' s reputation as an international golf
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
NEW MUD AND MINERAL WATER BATH CENTRE IN NHA TRANG
The I-Resort, located in rustic setting about 4km from the
centre of Nha Trang city and surrounded by Cai River, is
offering a relaxing experience in its unique mud and hot
mineral water bath centre. As the resort currently has
limited availability for accommodation it is best to just
enjoy the mud bath for half or full day. There are various
choices to suit all needs. Please contact us for more
MEMENTO COUNTRY HOME
Located in south eastern Vietnam, about 11km from Nha Trang
coastal town, Memento Country Home is an extension of a
70-year ancient house. It comprises a dozen of thatched
bamboo old cottages, which offer guests a relaxing setting
of a green peaceful country home. It is not only a great
choice for tourist looking to stay in rustic surroundings
away from bustling Nha Trang, but also a good base for
cycling trips around the countryside, visits to orchards and
the local market or participating in a fun cooking class.
Its location is also perfect to be included in the Nha Trang
to Da Lat transfer.
NAME CHANGE FOR NOVOTEL PHAN THIET OCEAN DUNES AND
Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes and Golf Resort changed its
name to Duparc Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort
from August 1, 2012. The resort is managed by Vina
Properties Development's hospitality division arm. The
acquisition of the property was a key element in the parent
company's long-term growth plan to establish itself as an
integrated life style service provider in Vietnam. As part
of the rebranding the hotel is keeping to its commitment to
continue delivering quality accommodation and service, for
which it is known, to all its guests.
NOVOTEL SAIGON CENTRE, HO CHI MINH CITY OPENS
Accor has opened the 247-room Novotel Saigon Centre on the
corner of Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Hai Ba Trung Street.
It marks the French hotel operator's return to Ho Chi Minh
City after it stopped managing a building near Tan Son Nhat
Airport about two years ago.
Accor also manages Novotel properties in Halong Bay, Nha
Trang and Phan Thiet. The hotel group has more hotels and
resorts under development in Danang, Phu Quoc, Hue and
BEST WESTERN INKS LAO CAI HOTEL DEAL
Hotel management group Best Western has signed a deal with
Biti's Co Ltd to manage the latter's Sapaly Hotel, the first
five-star property in the northern province of Lao Cai. The 189-room hotel, located at the heart of Lao Cai City,
will open in early 2013.
Best Western manages six other hotels and resorts in Hue,
Hai Phong and Nha Trang.
LAN VIEN, NEW 4 STAR HOTEL IN HANOI
Lan Vien, a new 4 star hotel, has opened in Hanoi. Located
at the intersection of Ly Thuong Kiet and Hang Bai Street in
the heart of the French quarter, the hotel is only five
minutes' walk to Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi. It has 115 deluxe rooms offering street views. A restaurant is
on the 12th floor and its serves breakfast, lunch and
dinner. There is also a large gym with a terrace.
VICTORIA PHAN THIET BEACH RESORT & SPA UNDERGOES
Please be informed that Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort &
Spa is renovating the roof of all its Beach Front bungalows
and Villas starting from July 15 to October 30, 2012.
Renovation works are on daily, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Works
are carried out on only one bungalow at a time and one per
week. Noise is also kept at minimum level as heavy machines
only operate when the work is being carried out. Disturbance
to guests is thus minimal. The resort also ensures that
guests are roomed away from the work site wherever possible.
MAKEOVER FOR PANDANUS RESORT'S BLUE LAGOON
The Cafe Blue Lagoon Restaurant at Pandanus Resort is closed
for renovations for replacement pf its flooring. It is
closed September 3 until its scheduled reopening on October
25. Breakfast and ala carte dininer is moved to the Sun
Terrace, which remains open 24 hours until the renovation of
the Blue Lagoon is complete.
SOFT REFURBISHMENT AT THE NAM HAI
The Nam Hai is carrying out a soft refurbishment programme
for the renovation of the wooden deck of its main pool. Work
started on August 27 and is expected to finish within two
weeks. From September 13 minimal work will be carried out on
The Restaurant Terrace to replace its canvas roofing.
The renovations are being carried out progressively and
steps are taken to keep disturbance to guests to the
minimum. Guests can still continue to enjoy using the two
other infinity swimming pools - The Lap Pool and The Upper
Pool. They are also invited to take part in other activities
in the resort like meditation and yoga sessions, art and
crafts workshops, tennis, badminton and beach volleyball.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
CRAFT VILLAGE FAIR
SEPTEMBER 25-30, 2012
VENIUE: NAM DINH
The annual Craft Village Fair, held in Nam Dinh
(mid-way Ha Noi to Ninh Binh), aims to boost trade and tourism
activities, popularise images of craft villages and their
products, as well as honour local craftsmen. It will also
contribute to the preservation and development of national
The fair will have about 300 stands, which will display and
sell different type of handicrafts from villages form
various localities in the country. There will also be
demonstration of craft making. During the fair the final
round of the 9th Vietnam Handicraft Contest will take place.
The winning products will be displayed at a special area to
for visitors to view.
4TH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS FESTIVAL 2012
NOVEMBER 10-16, 2012
VENUE: CENTRAL CIRCUS, VIETNAM CIRCUS FEDERATION,
This is a cultural event on an international scale with
participation by the arts sectors of Vietnam's circus and
countries that include Russia, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden,
Italy, China, Laos, Cuba, Australia, Cambodia and America.
Vietnam will be represented by one team in the festival. It
will also feature some typical artists and items that have
won achievement at the National Circus Festival.
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
1960 PRESIDENTIAL CLUB
1960 Presidential Club, formerly a private club in Ho Chi
Minh City is now opened to the public. it is also an
exclusive venue for FIT leisure travellers or small groups.
Located on the roof floor of the Sailing Tower Building the
club offers a breath-taking panorama of the Reunification
Palace - a historic building built along Vietnamese
architectural style in 1962. Its interior is inspired by the
style of Sai Gon in the 1960s, making the Club stand out
among other similar establishments.
We strongly recommend our guests to try the Club's
traditional herbal bath and signature spa package before
enjoying its delicate cuisine.
ANY OTHER NEWS
HO CHI MINH CITY TO OPEN TOURIST BUS ROUTE
The Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department announced it would
open a bus route connecting major tourist attractions in the
city centre on September 15. Bus number 127 will stop at
major tourism destinations like the Reunification Palace on
Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, the Saigon Zoo, Botanical Garden
and several museums in the downtown area.
The bus will depart from Ben Thanh Bus station, located
across from Ben Thanh Market and September 23rd Park and
just a few minutes walking distance from the "westerner
quarter" - a neighbourhood filled with hotels and foreign
eateries cantered on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1. Ten
new buses with automatic ticket selling systems will be used
on the route. The buses are also designed to serve
handicapped passengers in wheelchairs.
We are still enjoying a warm summer, but thinking of the coming
winter and the competitive promotional rates we can offer you.
Asian Trails has prepared several attractive packages to Beijing
Hotels, hotels and more new hotels are coming up. We are pleased
to update you on the latest openings or soon-to-open hotels in
this issue of the newsletter (See "Hotel Information").
And last but not least, China will celebrate the Mid-Autumn
Festival and National Day within an eight-day public holiday
break beginning end of September.
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
CULINARY TOUR IN CHINA
Asian Trails has created a tour combining classic
sightseeing with special lunches and dinners to sample the
large variety of Chinese dishes. A cooking class and a visit
to a local market is included in the tour.
Food lovers, you are welcome to join us for this special
WINTER PACKAGES TO CHINA
Winter is a nice time to visit China and enjoy very
competitive rates. Asian Trails China has prepared packages
for Beijing or Shanghai, and a combination of the two cities
with a ride on the 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 the capital city and shop for your
Christmas gifts at the same time.
Contact us for further information.
W GUANGZHOU OPENS ON DECEMBER 31
W Guangzhou arrives in Guangzhou, one of Asia's most dynamic
cities, on December 31, 2012. Located amid old Chinese opera
stages, charming dim sum teahouses and dusty curio shops the
hotel will be a cosmopolitan hub in the heart of Zhujiang, a
new upscale district featuring luxury shopping and
W Guangzhou's customary Chinese etiquette will meet W's
signature sleek designs, creating a lavish ambience for
style connoisseurs to indulge in some of the hotel's fine
facilities that include Bliss® Spa, SWEAT® fitness centre
and the wish-fulfilling Whatever/Whenever® service.
JUMEIRAH STRENGTHENS FOOTHOLD IN CHINA
Dubai luxury hotel chain, Jumeirah Group, is set to augment
its presence in Greater China with new hotels over the next
three to five years.
The 205-room Jumeirah Guangzhou will open in 2013. This will
be followed by the 139-room Jumeirah Thousand Islands Lake
Resort, Qiandaohu; the 250-room Jumeirah Hangzhou; the
Clearwater Bay Resort, Sanya; and the 250-room Jumeirah
MANDARIN ORIENTAL TO OPEN FIRST HOTEL IN GUANGZHOU
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is set to open its
inaugural property, Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou - later this
year. Located above TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou's Tianhe CBD,
the five-star hotel is part of a 450,000sqm mixed-use
development comprising luxury shopping outlets, office
spaces and a cultural centre.
The hotel, with interiors designed by Tony Chi & Associates,
features 233 rooms, 30 suites and 24 serviced apartments.
Each guestroom offers spa-inspired bathrooms with separate
"wet" and "dry" rooms, circular bathtubs and rainforest spa
Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou has five dining and cocktails
venues, including a signature grill restaurant, a Cantonese
restaurant and the Mandarin Cake Shop. Other facilities
include a 750sqm ballroom, a nine-room spa, fitness centre
and a 25m heated outdoor pool.
GHM MARKS CHINA'S DEBUT WITH CHEDIS IN SUZHOU,
General Hotel Management (GHM) will make its inaugural foray
into China with the launch of two new Chedi properties in
Suzhou (Jiangsu Province) and Huangshan (Anhui Province).
The Chedi Club Suzhou, China (pictured) will open in Q1 2013
at The Global 188 mixed-use development in Suzhou, Jiangsu
Province. The boutique hotel, which will be the group's
"very first truly urban hotel", will offer 36 rooms, as well
as private apartments. It also features a rooftop
restaurant, spa, pool, health centre and event facilities.
The Chedi Taiping Lake, China will open in 2015 at Mount
Huangshan, Anhui Province. It offers 52 rooms, 45 club
villas and eight residences with private courtyards and
balconies. The hotel will also feature a hot spring spa,
health club, four dining outlets, Gary Player-designed golf
course and a golf academy.
GHM recently entered into a joint venture with Beijing
Tourism Group to introduce Ahn Luh, an upscale hotel brand
targeting Chinese luxury travellers. Demand (for GHM
properties) is mainly from first-tier cities like Shanghai,
Beijing and Guangzhou.
WYNDHAM AUGMENTS CHINA'S PORTFOLIO WITH FOUR NEW
The Wyndham Hotel Group is strengthening its presence in
China by entering into franchise agreements with four
different Chinese developers to construct new hotels under
its Ramada brand. All four properties will open in 2013,
adding to the group's 46 Ramada hotels currently operating
The 293-room Ramada Plaza Chengdu West (pictured), set in
Xingfu Town, Dujiangyan in Chengdu city, is part of a
large-scale commercial complex. Its facilities will include
a fitness centre, eight meeting rooms and three restaurants.
The 289-room Ramada Huizhou South is located near Dayawan
Petrochemicals Industrial Park and about an hour's drive
from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. It will have an
outdoor pool, sauna, ballroom and six meeting rooms
The 179-room Ramada Kunming North is situated in a
428-hectare real estate development area, which includes a
horse racing club, two 18-hole golf courses, a conference
centre, luxurious residences, entertainment facilities and a
natural wetland park. The hotel's business amenities will
include a grand ballroom, five meeting rooms and six
boardrooms with over 1,000sqm space.
Ramada Hotel Pingtan, located in Pingtan's Experimental Zone
and 65km from Fuzhou Changle International Airport, will
offer 150 rooms and four meeting rooms totalling 500sqm.
STARWOOD PURSUES AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION STRATEGY IN
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is aggressively
expanding its portfolio in China, fuelled by the country's
increasing affluence, as well as growing demand for second-
and third-tier cities. After surpassing its 100th hotel
milestone in China earlier this year the hotel group has
another 100 hotels in the pipeline.
Sheraton, which is leading Starwood's expansion in China, is
on track to reach 90 hotels in Greater China by 2016. Other
brands with openings in the works include W Hotels, The
Westin, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and St.
The group's inaugural W Hotel in China will debut in
Guangzhou in early 2013. Another four W Hotels are scheduled
to open in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Changsha by 2017.
The Hongta Hotel, Twelve at Hengshan in Shanghai (pictured)
and The Royal Begonia on Hainan Island, China's first Luxury
Collection resort, will open this year under Starwood's
Luxury Collection brand. Five more Luxury Collection hotels
will be launched in Dalian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Xiamen and
Nanning by 2016.
Starwood's first dual-branded ski resort, The Westin and
Sheraton Changbaishan, opened in July this year.
SOLIS HOTELS & RESORTS EXPANDS REACH IN CHINA
Singapore's Solis Hotels & Resorts will open its third
property in China - the 260-room Solis Guangzhou - by the
end of 2013.
The hotel, which is currently under construction, will
feature a cultural centre, four restaurants, a library, spa,
fitness centre, an executive club lounge and a rooftop
infinity pool. It also offers 1,780sqm of meeting space
including a Grand Ballroom that can seat up to 350-pax, a
VIP stateroom and a VIP private banquet room.
Solis Guangzhou is said to be the only five-star hotel along
the Pearl River, and the only one with its own jetty and
SWISSOTEL TO MANAGE LUXURY GOLF RESORT IN SANYA
Swissotel Hotels & Resorts will manage a 300-room luxury
golf resort, Swissotel Sanya in Sanya, Hainan Island, as
part of a mixed-use development scheduled to open in 2015.
Located approximately 10km from Sanya Phoenix International
Airport, Swissotel Sanya will feature four restaurants and
bars, a large outdoor pool, Purovel spa and over 2,000sqm of
meeting and banqueting space. The hotel will form part of
the Sanya Dragon Valley Hot Spring & Golf Resort, which will
feature an 18-hole golf course, over 1,000 luxury villas and
80,000sqm of retail, F&B and entertainment space.
SOUTH CHINA GETS A LANGHAM IN SHENZHEN
Langham Shenzhen, the inaugural Langham property in South
China, will welcome guests in September 2012. The five-star
hotel is part of a mixed-use development comprising serviced
apartments, luxury retail and commercial space in Futian,
the city's new business and commercial district.
The hotel comprises 352 guestrooms including 19 suites.
Leisure amenities are the Chuan Spa, a 24-hour health club &
gymnasium, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. It also
features several MICE venues including a 600sqm grand
ballroom, five function rooms of various sizes, and a
permanent boardroom with capacity for 10 paxs.
There are six F&B options namely a lobby lounge, poolside
bar, chocolatier, Chinese restaurant serving Cantonese food,
Western eatery with a wine cellar, and an all-day dining
outlet serving international cuisine.
SWIRE HOTELS TO OPEN SECOND EAST IN BEIJING
Swire Hotels will unveil EAST, Beijing in September this
year, following up on the launch of EAST, Hong Kong - the
maiden property under the brand - in January 2010.
Situated within INDIGO, a mixed-used development by Swire
Properties and Sino-Ocean Land in Beijing's Chaoyang
District, EAST, Beijing offers 369 rooms, including 23
suites. All rooms come equipped with a built-in array of
international power points, iPod touch technology and WiFi
broadband Internet connectivity. The executive floors and
executive lounge are located on the 24th and 25th levels of
Dining and entertainment are provided by Feast (Food by
EAST), an all-day dining restaurant serving up international
favourites; Hagaki, a Californian-inspired Japanese eatery;
and Xian, a multi-element bar, lounge and music venue on the
ground floor. MICE facilities are available at The Workshop,
the hotel's meeting and events space on the third floor.
Other facilities include a gym, swimming pool and an outdoor
EAST, Beijing is Swire Hotels' second hotel in the Chinese
capital and fourth in Asia after The Opposite House at
Targeting business travellers looking for a relaxed,
convenient and contemporary environment EAST hotel brand
standards include a paperless check-in and checkout
experience, and a one-stop front desk service team. The
brand's philosophy is to create a lifestyle business hotel
that rejuvenates you when you are tired, energise you when
you are in search of fun, and support you when it's time for
HOLIDAY INN HITS 60TH HOTEL MARK IN CHINA WITH
INAUGURAL SKI RESORT
Holiday Inn has unveiled its 60th hotel in China, Holiday
Inn Changbaishan Resort, which is also its first-ever ski
resort in the country.
Situated within the Changbaishan International Resort in
Holiday Inn Resort Changbaishan and Holiday Inn Changbaishan
are nestled among the Changbai Mountains on the border
between China and North Korea.
Holiday Inn Resort Changbaishan offers 368 guestrooms and
1,900sqm of meeting space including a 985sqm pillar-free
ballroom and seven meeting rooms. Holiday Inn Changbaishan
Suites has 235 one- to three-bedrooms suites, each with a
fully equipped kitchenette and refrigerator.
F&B options at the resort include the Ji Cafe featuring
fresh seafood, imported steaks and local cuisine, and the Feng Bar that stocks 30 different brands of local and
imported beer. Facilities include a ski ranch engineered by
Canadian company Ecosign, 43 ski runs covering a total area
of 6.5sqkm, an indoor swimming pool, spa and fitness centre.
BANYAN TREE EXPANDS CHINA'S PORTFOLIO
Luxury hospitality operator, Banyan Tree, debuts its urban
resort concept in China with the upcoming launch of
properties in Shanghai and Tianjin later this year.
Following on the concept's success in Bangkok, Seoul and
Macau the group's newest urban resorts fuse its signature
luxury offerings with the facilities and services of a
premier city-based retreat.
Banyan Tree Shanghai On the Bund and Banyan Tree Tianjin
Riverside, opening in October and November respectively, are
elegant new additions to the hospitality landscape in these
vibrant, fast-growing cities.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 - 15TH DAY, 8TH MONTH (LUNAR
VENUE: THROUGHOUT CHINA
This year the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of
the eighth month in the Lunar Calendar or September 30. This
is an important time for reunion of families and loved ones.
In China there is a saying that if you cannot be with the
one you love, at least you can share the same moon and feast
on mooncakes, a Chinese delicacy offered to friends,
colleagues or business partners. On this special day Chinese
people throughout the country enjoy eating mooncakes while
watching the full moon.
NATIONAL DAY HOLIDAY
OCTOBER 1, 2012
VENUE: THROUGHOUT CHINA
China celebrates its National Day on October 1. The country
takes a long holiday break from October 1 to 7 in
conjunction with this national event. During this period
government offices and most companies will be closed.
Asian Trails China office will close for three days, from
October 1 to 3.
HAINAN AIRLINES TO LAUNCH BEIJING-CHICAGO SERVICE
Hainan Airlines has received approval from US regulatory
authorities to launch Beijing-Chicago services. Scheduled to
take off in 2013 it will be the first-ever direct flights
between Beijing and Chicago, and the airline's second
non-stop American flight after Seattle.
According to Hainan Airlines' Beijing office, the carrier
plans to operate four-weekly services on the Chicago route,
using the Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft.
In a related development Hainan Airlines will resume its
services from Shenzhen to Sydney on October 29, with
thrice-weekly flights from Shenzhen Bao'an International
Airport to Sydney International Airport. The Shenzhen-Sydney
flights will be operated using the Airbus A330-300 aircraft,
with a configuration of 30 premium-flatbed and 254 economy
CHINA EASTERN TO MOUNT DIRECT CAIRNS-SHANGHAI FLIGHT
China Eastern Airlines will commence direct flights from
Shanghai to Cairns in Queensland, Australia on October
30. The carrier will operate thrice-weekly services on this
route, using the Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured with 24
premium-flatbed and 238 economy seats.
During the past two
months here in Myanmar we have been busy welcoming our summer
guests and preparing prices and quotations for the upcoming
winter season, which looks extremely busy from the signs we are
Below you will find
some information about the latest tourism developments in
Myanmar. New hotels are opening while others are undergoing
renovations. The surge in demand has also revived the hotel
market. New airlines are entering the market connecting Myanmar
to the world. As flight days and times are changing frequently
please refer to your GDS for further information.
I remain as always
at your complete disposal for any information, advice or
VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS
Visa on Arrival
for business travellers was introduced on June 1, 2012 at
Yangon International Airport. According to a statement by
the immigration department, it is also planning to expand
this service to Mandalay and Naypyitaw airports for the
upcoming high season 2012-13.
travellers need a five-month-valid passport, two recent
colour photos, an invitation letter from the sponsoring
company, copies of the company registration, the business
licence or another evidence of permission to do business in
workshop, event or ceremony attendees must show a letter of
invitation from the relevant ministry instead of the
sponsoring company. This entry visa does not allow any other
kind of work other than that stated on the visa form.
announcement has yet been published for Visa on Arrival for
tourists. We will update our partners and clients as soon as
we know the details.
year at this time we would like to remind that starting from
the middle of October all hotels on Myanmar's beach
destinations will reopen for the high season.
has two main beach areas, both located along the Gulf of
in the west of the country.
Ngapali Beach (pictured), in Rakhine (Arakan) State, is
easily accessible by short flights from Yangon, Bagan and
Heho. It offers guests a wonderful and unspoiled beach with
excellent swimming possibilities. Snorkeling trips to nearby
islands can also be arranged.
Ngwe Saung Beach in the Irrawaddy Division entails a
longer journey, as it is accessible by a five-hour trip by
car from Yangon. It also offers a long beach with excellent
swimming possibilities as well as snorkeling trips to the
ASIAN TRAILS PRODUCT UPDATE
CULTURAL SHOW - KANDAWGYI PALACE HOTEL,
Hotel in Yangon is now offering a delightfully diverse
cultural show with dinner.
SAVOY HOTEL YANGON COMPLETES RENOVATIONS
Yangon has completed its renovation in all its rooms that
included upgrades to the bathrooms, amenities as well as
plumbing and electricity supply. All rooms now feature flat
TRADERS HOTEL YANGON RENOVATES
Yangon is undergoing major renovation works, which include
all public areas such as restaurants, bar, lobby, meeting
rooms, gym and swimming pool. The rooms have received a
major overhaul, and the new Traders Club rooms are fully
refurbished with bright new furnishings.
ALPHA HOTEL REOPENS - YANGON
Alpha Hotel in
Yangon has reopened after being closed for 10 years.
Catering for budget conscious travellers the hotel has.90
rooms divided into Junior Suites, Queen Deluxe, Queen
Standard and Twin Standard. All rooms are equipped with air-
conditioning, bathtub, hot and cold water, colour TV,
refrigerator and a desk. Facilities include one restaurant
serving mainly traditional Myanmar food, a business centre,
24-hour room service, laundry service and safety boxes.
OPENING OF HOTEL SHWE PYI TAR - MANDALAY
Hotel Shwe Pyi
Tar is located on the historic Lake Aung Pin Lae, about 15
minutes' drive from the city centre. A spacious and
historical countryside hotel its offers two different types
of accommodation themes inspired by Myanmar's architecture.
villas are mostly constructed from teak wood and other
tropical hardwoods. The hotel's 60 deluxe rooms and suites
are located in the main building at the back. All rooms are
equipped with IDD telephone, satellite TV, minibar and air
conditioning. Facilities include a restaurant, business
centre, limousine service, 24 hours medical assistance, 24
hours room service, baby-sitting service, laundry service
and souvenir/jewellery shop.
OPENING OF HOTEL 7 MILE - YANGON
Hotel 7 Mile is
located in a quiet residential area about 20 minutes drive
from down town. The hotel consists of 53 rooms that are
divided into standard, superior and deluxe rooms. All rooms
are equipped with IDD telephone, satellite TV, minibar,
safety box, hair dryer and ensuite facilities. Deluxe rooms
come with tea/coffee facilities, as well as a bathtub.
include one restaurant serving European and Chinese cuisine,
a bar, coffee shop a business centre and free parking.
OPENING OF HONEY PINE HOTEL - KALAW
Honey Pine Hotel
is a four-storey brick building off Kalaw's main road.
Catering for the budget conscious traveller, the hotel
offers spacious rooms decorated with pine wood to reflect
the hotel's name. All rooms are equipped with TV, telephone,
mini bar and shower with hot and cold water.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH DIRECT YANGON-NARITA
From mid-October 2012 All Nippon Airway will offer three
times weekly direct flights between Yangon and Narita
DIRECT YANGON-SEOUL SERVICE ON KOREAN AIR
Korean Air will launch four times weekly direct flights
between Yangon and Seoul (Korea) from mid-September 2012.
EVA AIR OFFERS DIRECT TAIPEH-YANGON FLIGHT
Eva Air will launch three weekly flights from Taipeh
(Taiwan) to Yangon starting in October 2012.
CHINA AIRLINES ADDS YANGON FLIGHTS
will expand its services to Yangon, operating five weekly
flights from mid-September 2012.
RESTAURANTS & VENUES
LE NACHA RESTAURANT YANGON OPENS
Le Nacha Restaurant in
Yangon, which recently opened, serves a mix of Burmese
cuisine blended with Thai elements. The restaurant is
located on a main road but in a big compound, which shields
it from roadside traffic.
ANY OTHER NEWS
STAFF FAM TRIP TO INLE LAKE
The staff of
Asian Trails Myanmar recently went on a fam trip to Inle
Lake. The group took the overland bus from Yangon to Kalaw.
The ride, which took about 15 hours arriving the next
morning in Kalaw, is a journey for the adventurous.
After a hearty
breakfast on the first day the staff set out to explore the
trails around Kalaw and hiked to exciting new spots. The
second day was dedicated to hotel inspection in Kalaw. On
the third day they did hotels inspection on and around Inle
Lake to get updates on their facilities and services. On the
fourth day the group explored the lesser-known areas in and
around Inle. The knowledge gained from the trip will help to
create even more interesting itineraries, which will soon be
made available to all our esteemed clients.
I'm pleased to say
that we'll be busy over the next few months with a few confirmed
MICE groups. Emerging as one of the most preferred business
destinations in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is gaining fast
recognition due to the proactive government initiatives, a
secure and stable political situation and growing strength of
the local economy. Along with cost effective standards of living
and excellent transport infrastructure and network, Malaysia
offers the perfect backdrop for a successful event.
We are taking fresh
initiatives to project Asian Trails Malaysia as a leading MICE
provider and will continue in our pursuit to develop more
products to cater for this growing segment.
Malaysia Truly Asia!
LENGGONG VALLEY, PERAK GETS WORLD HERITAGE SITE
recognised the Lenggong Valley in
a World Heritage Site on June 30, 2012. The declaration was
made following the discovery of artefacts, which were more
than 1.8 million years old through excavation works by the
in upper Perak is where the earliest human skeletal remains
in the peninsula, the 11,000 year-old Perak man, was found
in 1991. It is an important archaeological site where
evidence of human settlement from the Palaeolithic age was
found. 100,000 year-old stone tools have been excavated and
there also appears to be proof that it was a site of bronze
manufacture during the Bronze Age. The Lenggong
Archaeological Museum has a wide collection of the artefacts
excavated from the area.
LEGOLAND MALAYSIA, FIRST IN ASIA, OPENS ON SEPTEMBER
soon be home to the world's newest and Asia's first Legoland
theme park and the sixth in the world - Legoland Malaysia.
Scheduled to open its gates to the public on September 15
the park is located in Johor, the southernmost and one of
the most progressive states of Peninsular Malaysia. It is
just a 10-minute drive from the second link connecting
Singapore to Johor and a 20-minute drive from Senai Airport.
Malaysia is a 76-acres theme park packed with more than 40
rides, shows and attractions. Nearly all of the rides are
hands-on so you can push, pull, pedal, programme, steer,
squirt, splash, crawl, climb and, yes, build your way
through a full day of non-stop fun. The amusement park is
divided into seven themed areas, each theme designed to
entertain people of all ages. With features like Lego
experiment centres, roller coasters, water attractions and
shows the whole family can experience a day-long voyage of
discovery and adventure.
PUTERI HARBOUR THEME PARK, JOHOR SET FOR
Harbour Family Theme Park, filled with an exciting mix of
home-grown names and globally renowned characters, is set to
open in mid-November this year. It will be home to LAT's
Place, the first live animated themed restaurant in the
world; the first Sanrio Hello Kitty Town outside of Japan;
and characters such as Bob The Builder, Barney and Friends,
Angelina Ballerina, Pingu the Penguin and Thomas and Friends
from The Little Big Club - the first time in the world that
all five cartoon characters from The Little Big Club are
placed under one roof.
the Puteri Harbour waterfront development the four-storey
indoor theme park is part of a mixed hotel, retail and
entertainment complex making it a one-of-a-kind tourist
GRAND HYATT KUALA LUMPUR OPENS
The five star Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Malasysia's
inaugural Grand Hyatt, opened on August 24. It is
strategically located within walking distance of popular
shopping malls, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)
and tourist attractions. The hotel's 370 spacious guestrooms
and 42 opulent suites are all fitted with modern
conveniences. The size of guestrooms starts at 47 square
metres (505 square feet). The arrival experience is a unique
feature as guests are whisked to the sky lobby on the 38th
floor via dedicated express elevators.
CROWNE PLAZA MUTIARA KUALA LUMPUR TO CEASE
OPERATIONS FROM JANUARY 2, 2013
Berhad, the owner of Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur,
recently announced that the site currently occupied by the
hotel and the adjacent Kompleks Antarabangsa, will make way
for the new Tradewinds Centre. This project is slated to
commence in early 2013. As a result of this redevelopment
Crowne Plaza Mutiara Kuala Lumpur will cease operations from
January 2, 2013.
UPGRADE FOR GRAND MILLENNIUM KUALA LUMPUR'S
EXECUTIVE CLUB ROOMS
Kuala Lumpur embarked on the upgrading of its Executive Club
Rooms and Lounge on levels 17 and 18 from 21 July. The
refurbishment is expected to be completed by mid-October
this year. During this period the hotel is taking care to
ensure its operations are business as usual.
REFURBISHMENT Update AT MERITUS PELANGI BEACH RESORT, LANGKAWI
areas at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort in Langkawi have been
Entrance to the resort
Meritus Club Lounge
Spice Market Restaurant - Coffee House
Phase 2-105 newly renovated guestrooms available from 1
Work is currently ongoing for
Phase 3 on another 116 rooms, and is expected to be
completed in mid-November 2013.
UPDATE FROM THE ANDAMAN, LANGKAWI
Langkawi is adding in numerous new facitilies for guests'
enjoyment. Guests can look forward to the Rainforest
swimming pools and a gastronomic delight soon to be revealed
at the award winning beachfront. Jala (translated as
"Fisherman's Net") will be the resort's new and exclusive
seafood dining venue and a destination restaurant for Langkawi. At the same time, the Beach Bar will undergo a
transformation, all set to charm with a fresh new look while
maintaining a relaxed ambiance.
The resort has
assured guests that they will experience minimal or no
disruptions from this project as works will be carried out
at a cordoned portion of the upper beach area only. To make
up for any inconvenience caused the resort will extend a 20%
discount off food and beverages consumed in the resort, and
a 15% discount off spa treatments to all guests between now
and October 31, 2012. Terms and conditions apply.
BERJAYA LANGKAWI RESORT COMPLETES ROOM REFURBISHMENT
Resort completed renovation of 28 rooms located on Track 1
on June 1, 2012, which marks the completion of the entire
rooms refurbishment for the resort.
Works on the rooms were mainly upgrading of the Superior
Chalets and Deluxe Chalets; and in some cases the conversion
into a third category - Rainforest Chalet (formerly
Superior), Seaview Chalet (formerly Deluxe) and Rainforest Studio (two
Superiors converted onto one). These new room categories are
separated into five elements and, as such have their
distinctive colour scheme (drapes, artwork, etc) depicting
sea, sand, wood, sun and forest themes. Other changes
include a slighter larger bathroom, larger windows, high
quality fittings, flat screen televisions and room safes.
Energy efficiency was also a key factor in the design, which
includes LED lighting and dual flush toilets.
Rainforest Chalet, Seaview Chalet and Rainforest Studio
allow the resort to offer a higher standard of comfort and
SERI CHENANG RESORT & SPA - A NEW LUXURY RESORT IN LANGKAWI
Seri Chenang Resort & Spa in Langkawi,
a luxury boutique resort, opened on September 1, 2012. It
consists of six villas of different sizes and
unique characteristics, built to replicate Malay traditional
Perched on the banks of Kuala Chenang River next to the
popular Chenang Beach, the resort is set in lush tropical
foliage with sweeping views of the paddy fields, mountains
and the sea, nestled within the more quiet and exclusive
fishermen village of Kampung Sungai Kuala Chenang.
Facilities in the resort include an infinity swimming pool,
a small gymnasium, an art gallery, a resort boutique and
the exclusively designed Kayangan Spa.
BERJAYA PENANG CHANGES NAME TO GEORGETOWN CITY HOTEL
Hotel has changed its name and is now known as Georgetown
City Hotel. This takes effect from July 18, 2012.
BEST WESTERN PREMIER DUA SENTRAL OPENS FOR BUSINESS
Premier Dua Sentral, Kuala Lumpur opened its door on July 1.
located in the up-and-coming business and transportation hub
of KL Sentral. The 364-room flagship property marks Best
Western's entry into the Malaysian capital and is also the
inaugural Best Western Premier hotel in the country.
The hotel offers
rooms with sizes ranging from 34sqm to 183sqm. Hotel
facilities include eight function rooms with space for 12 to
192 paxs, three F&B outlets, an infinity-edged swimming pool
and a spa.
FACELIFT FOR LE MERIDIEN KUALA LUMPUR'S MEETING
FLOOR & LOBBY
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is
undergoing a facelift project of the Level 6 meeting floor,
as well as the hotel lobby entrance from August 1 until
mid-November 2012. During this period the closure of
affected areas are carried out in phases, and all efforts
are made to ensure minimal inconvenience to the guests.
LOBBY LOUNGE MAKEOVER AT INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur embarked on Phase 2 of its
refurbishment programme on Auguest 1, which sees the Lobby
Lounge being given a makeover. The lounge and the side
entrance are closed for the duration of the renovation. The
new lounge will be unveiled in November 2012. The renovation
may incur some noise disturance, and the hotel is doing its
utmost to minimise any inconvenience to its guests.
Alternative arrangements are in place to ensure a smooth
arrival and stay experience.
SHANGRI-LA'S RASA RIA RESORT, KOTA KINABALU
Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has upgraded all its
326 rooms and suites in the Garden Wing, the Lobby, Lobby
Lounge and the gym. The resort also opened a new internet
Cafe. The Garden Wing Pool, kids pool and the landscape have
all been enhanced with additional features.
REFURBISHMENT AT PROMENADE HOTEL, KOTA KINABALU
Hotel Kota Kinabalu in Sabah has embarked on its
refurbishment, which involves contemporary style makeover of
all rooms. Work started on August 15, 2012 and is expected
to be completed by the end December 2013. Work is carried
out from 9am to 5pm daily between buffer floors to minimise
TUNAMAYA RESORT, TIOMAN ISLAND TO CLOSE DURING
informed that Tunamaya Resort in Tioman island will be
closed from October 15, 2012 to February 28, 2013
due to the monsoon season. It will reopen on March 1, 2013.
APARTMENT BLOCK AT BELLA VISTA RESORT & SPA LANGKAWI
CLOSES FOR RENOVATIONS
The apartment block at Bella Vista Resort & Spa Langkawi (Kuah
town) is closed for renovations from July 23 until further
notice. As such, both the two-bedroom and three-bedroom
apartments are out of the inventory until further notice.
BAYVIEW BEACH RESORT, PENANG TO HOST 9TH PENANG
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Penang International Jazz Festival will once again be held
in Bayview Beach Resort. This international event will take
place in the hotel's garden on December 1-2, 2012 from
festival will feature jazz artists from all over the world
and a show not to be missed.
Please be advised there may be some noise issue (loud
could be heard from the rooms during the festival. The noise
may be intermittent during the afternoons when the artists
are doing sound check, and at night when the festival is on.
Resort in Kuching, Sarawak has started its refurbishment
programme on its Beach Wing rooms and the common areas such
as the adult and kid pools and the restaurants. A new
ballroom is also currently under construction. The
refurbishment of rooms is expected to be completed by
September this year while the construction of the new
ballroom will be ready by end April 2013. During the
renovation period hotel guests can use the pool at the
UPDATE ON FRANGIPANI LANGKAWI RESORT & SPA'S
Frangipani Langkawi Resort &
Spa in Pulau Langkawi has extended the upgrading and
refurbishing of its rooms in phases from June till November
2012. The refurbishment works only affect the rooms in the
resort's right wing, which are about 40 metres away from the
rooms in the left wing. The noise level is being kept to a
minimum during this period.
MANAGEMENT CHANGE FOR PUTRAJAYA SHANGRI-LA FROM
Hotels and Resorts will cease management of Putrajaya
Shangri-La with effect from October 1, 2012. A new
management will be appointed to operate the hotel, and the
announcement will be made in due course.
TRADERS HOTEL, PUTERI HARBOUR, JOHOR OPENS IN
Hotels and Resorts will operate Traders Hotel, Puteri
Harbour in Johor that is set to open on December 1, 2012.
The four-storey 283-room hotel is located in the heart of
Nusajaya, one of the five flagship zones in Iskandar
Malaysia, in the waterfront precinct. It will form part of
an integrated complex that comprises an indoor theme park, a
family entertainment centre and a 100,000 square foot retail
Guestrooms will be a minimum of 36 square metres, with a
selection of themed rooms. Food and beverage outlets will
include an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, a sky
lounge and a bar. A 620 square metre ballroom and a range of
function rooms for small to large events will cater to MICE
(meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions)
guests. Recreational facilities include a rooftop swimming
pool, health club, and a rooftop garden.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
VENUE: MONSOPIAD CULTURAL VILLAGE, TANJUNG ARU,
celebrates the sago, one of the staple diets in Sabah. It is
cooked traditionally into a sticky porridge and is eaten in
small portions with sour soup for a contrasting taste.
Another favourite is the sago grub, known as butod, which
feeds on the sago tree bark.
Cultural Village is a historical site and the heartland of
the Kadazandusun people. It was built to commemorate the
life and times of the legendary Kadazan headhunter warriors.
SEPTEMBER 14-16, 2012
VENUE: KUCHING WATERFRONT, SARAWAK
culturally significant, the Sarawak Regatta traces its
origins to the days of the Rajah Charles Brooke. The regatta
relives its former glory with traditional long boat and
dragon boat races, as well as a host of traditional contests
MALAYSIA DAY CELEBRATION
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
Malaysia Day is
held on September 16 yearly to commemorate the establishment
of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963.
Celebrations are held throughout the country.
MALAYSIAN OPEN ATP WORLD TOUR 250
SEPTEMBER 22-30, 2012
VENUE: PUTRA STADIUM, BUKIT JALIL, SELANGOR
enjoy great action at this tennis tournament. Catch the
slick moves of the players as they vie for the coveted
NINE EMPEROR GODS FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
VENUE: TAOIST TEMPLES THROUGHOUT MALAYSIA
The Nine Emperor
Gods Festival is a Chinese festival to celebrate the return
from heaven to earth of the Nine Emperor Gods, who are
worshiped as one deity known as Mazu, the Taoist Goddess of
the Sea and Queen of Heaven who represents health, wealth
and prosperity. The festival falls on the ninth day of the
ninth moon in the Chinese Lunar calendar. Devotees flock to
temples throughout the country for the festival.
TEXTILE CRAFT PROMOTION
SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 8, 2012
VENUE: KUALA LUMPUR CRAFT COMPLEX, KUALA LUMPUR
showcases the beautiful textiles of Malaysia such as batik
and other materials. Browse through the outlets selling a
variety of textiles and visit the exhibitions and
SEPTEMBER 29, 2012
VENUE: CENTRAL MARKET, KUALA LUMPUR
Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival,
traditionally signifies the end of the harvest season.
Malaysian Chinese homes celebrate with family get-togethers,
prayers and mooncakes, while kids show off their latest
lantern designs. Malls and landmarks in the city, like
Petaling Street, will be gaily decorated with thousands of
lanterns, while various activities add to the festive
FABULOUS FOOD 1MALAYSIA
OCTOBER 1-31, 2012
VENUE: CENTRAL MARKET, KUALA LUMPUR
Get ready for a
delectable feast as gourmet restaurants and top chefs whip
up a variety of special dishes and delicacies using fine,
quality ingredients. Travel around the country and savour
delicious culinary creations.
19TH MALAYSIA INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY FESTIVAL 2012
- AUTUMN EDITION
OCTOBER 5-8, 2012
VENUE: KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE, KUALA LUMPUR
dedicated international jewellery fair in Malaysia, the
Malaysia International Jewellery Festival returns with its
autumn edition. It will feature glittering exquisite and
fined masterpieces from the world's premium jewelleries,
presented by international exhibitors from countries
including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India,
Italy, Japan, USA and Singapore, Cambodia.
MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
OCTOBER 19-21, 2012
VENUE: SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, SELANGOR
world's best riders and bikes in action at the Malaysian
Motorcycle Grand Prix, held over three days at the Sepang
MT KINABALU INTERNATIONAL CLIMBATHON
OCTOBER 20-21 2012
VENUE: MT KINABALU, SABAH
Dubbed as "The world's toughest mountain race", Mt Kinabalu International
Climbathon is a true challenge to the spirit of human
endurance. The average climber takes two days to climb the
4,095.2m high mountain but participants of the race can make
it in less than three hours, up and down, with a total
distance of 21km. The race is divided into categories for
men, women and man veterans.
is part of the Sky Runners World Series Circuit for the 9th
consecutive year, and is the only race that is in the
circuit held outside Europe. The Sky Runner World Series is
regulated and coordinated by the Europe-based Federation for
Sport at Altitude (FSA).
HARI RAYA AIDILADHA
OCTOBER 26, 2012
This festival, also known as Hari Raya Haji, marks the
culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that is
performed by millions of Muslims annually. It is also known
as Hari Raya Qurban. Muslims in Malaysia celebrate the
festival with prayers and the sacrifice of cattle.
MAS BEGINS DAILY A380 FLIGHTS TO LONDON
Airlines (MAS) received its second Airbus A380 recently,
paving the way for the national carrier to operate daily
A380 flights between the KL International Airport (KLIA) and
London's Heathrow from August 12. MH2 departs KLIA daily at
11.40pm and arrives in London Heathrow at 5.50am the next
day. The return flight, MH3, departs London Heathrow at 12pm
and arrives in KLIA at 7.25am the next day.
The airline is
also on track to provide the A380 service on the main
Kangaroo Route, between London and Sydney when the third
A380 begins daily operations on the Sydney-Kuala Lumpur
route by end November this year.
FIREFLY TARGETS FOREIGN TOURISTS FOR TWO NEW ROUTES
targeting foreign tourists for its two new routes, Kota
Bharu-Singapore and Penang-Koh Samui. which were launched on
August 10 and 11 respectively. The airline also restarted
its Subang-Hat Yai route August 17. The Kota Bharu-Singapore
and Subang-Hat Yai flights are on every Monday, Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday. Service on the Penang-Koh Samui route is
on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
AIRASIA STARTS KUALA LUMPUR-KATHMANDU FLIGHTS
twice weekly flights on the Kathmandu (Nepal)-Kuala Lumpur
route on July 3. The services on Tuesdays and Thursdays
operate with a 377-seater Airbus A330 aircraft. The airline
will increase the flight frequency to three times weekly
from September 15 in response to the strong and growing
travel demand to and from Kathmandu.
MAS FLIES TO KATHMANDU ON SEPTEMBER 1
Airlines (MAS) commences its thrice-weekly direct service
between Kathmandu and Kuala Lumpur effective September 1.
The flights are operated with a two-class configured Boeing
B737-800 aircraft comprising 144 economy class and 16
business class seats. The outbound flight departs Kuala
Lumpur at 8.35am to arrive at Kathmandu at 11.30am. The
return flight takes off from Kathmandu at 12.20pm and lands
at the KL International Airport at 6.55pm.
MAS UPS MALAYSIA-INDIA DAYTIME FREQUENCIES
Airlines introduced new daytime frequencies between Malaysia
and India from September 1. As the only carrier providing
daily direct full service connections between Kuala Lumpur
and the main Indian hubs of Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and
Hyderabad, MAS is providing better travel options for
customers to enjoy improved connectivity to destinations in
the airline's network.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES TO FLY DAILY ON ADELAIDE-KL ROUTE
Airlines will fly daily non-stop flights between Adelaide
(Australia) and Kuala Lumpur from 31 October 2012. The
airline currently operates six flights on this route. The
additional service will be on Wednesdays, leaving Adelaide
at 10am, arriving at Kuala Lumpur at 3:10pm.
KLM TO ADD 3 WEEKLY FLIGHTS ON KL-AMSTERDAM ROUTE
KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines will mount three additional flights per week from
Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam (Holland) between October 29 2012
and March 30 2013 as part of its new winter schedule. This
will bring the airline's total weekly flights to 17, of
which seven are codeshare flights on aircraft operated by
flights provide extra capacity for KLM, especially as the KL
International Airport in Sepang is a good hub for passengers
travelling from Europe to Australia and New Zealand. The new
daytime flights complement the existing night flights to
offer passengers more options and flexible timing.
Passengers travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam on the
three new daytime flights will be able to save a day by
arriving in Amsterdam on the same day. Meanwhile, travellers
from Amsterdam will arrive in Kuala Lumpur early in the
morning to enjoy a full day, be it for work or leisure.
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES FLIES TO KUALA LUMPUR IN NOVEMBER
Airlines will launch flights to Kuala Lumpur from November
of this year. The new service will enhance networking
opportunities with countries in South Eastern Asia such as
Singapore and the Philippines.
QATAR AIRWAYS BOOSTS KL-DOHA FLIGHTS
has increased its twice-daily flights on the Kuala
Lumpur-Doha route to thrice daily. The extra flight provides
passengers with more travel options to Doha and better
connectivity to the carrier's 118 leisure and business
destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the
ANY OTHER NEWS
NEW CURRENCY NOTES FOR MALAYSIA
Negara issued into circulation new currency notes in
denomination of RM100, RM20, RM10, RM5 and RM1, on July 16.
The RM20 note makes a comeback in this series, while a new
polymer substrate is used for the RM5 and RM1 notes.
The new notes
are in bright colours and have motifs depicting Malaysia's
cultural heritage and nature. The enhanced security
features, are a shadow image, clear window, watermark
portrait with pixel and highlighted numerals, colour
shifting security thread, micro lens thread, perfect
see-through register and coloured glossy patch. A tactile
identification feature has also been included to aid the
visually impaired to identify the denominations.
NO MORE SHARK FINS IN SOUP
Berjaya Hotels &
Resorts has joined in the efforts of other major hotels
chains to protect the world's rapidly declining shark's
population from rampant overfishing. The hotel group
recently signed a corporate pledge to join the "I'm FINished
With FINS" (Save The Shark) campaign.
Hotels and Resorts and The Peninsula Hotels made similar
pledges before this year's Chinese New Year.
CLOUDED LEOPARD CAUGHT ON CAMERA IN SABAH FORESTS
Clouded Leopard, the biggest cat on Borneo island, has been
captured by a cameral trap as it roamed the Malua Forest
Reserve close to the famous Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Lahad
Datu, Sabah. The camera was set up by Cardiff University
student, Penny Gardner, who was doing a study on wild
cattle, known as banteng or tembadau. The elusive Clouded
Leopard's population in Borneo is estimated to be around
MORE GREEN TURTLE LANDINGS IN PAHANG
Turtle landings have been reported along the Cherating coast
in Pahang, with 158 landings recorded up to June this year.
The numbers are expected to surpass the 176 landings in 2011
when the landing season ends in September. If the landings
continue to increase, there is a good chance that the Green
Turtles could be saved from extinction.
TOURISM MINISTRY TO HELP MARKET MAH MERI WOOD ART
Tourism Ministry will assist the Mah Meri community to
market their traditional wood art products, especially those
that have been internationally recognised. Tourism Minister,
Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, said this after opening the Mah
Meri sculptures exhibition, "From Dreams To Reality", at the
Malaysian Tourism Information Centre (MATIC) recently.
The Mah Meri
community is famous for their beautiful handcrafted wood
sculptures and masks based on their own imagination and
belief. These sculptures and masks have been recognised at
the international level and also by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Our dear colleagues from the Product Department just finalised
the Indonesia tariff for 2013 in early August. We have again
added some nice wellness, honeymoon and wedding packages for
Bali, as well as increased the number of our overland tours on
Java to be able to offer itineraries for each budget and time
Following the trend that more of our customers request longer
roundtrips in Bali with some free time in different hotels on
the way, we have also added an 8-day roundtrip for 2013. For new
products in our Explore product line we are introducing a tour
to the Tanjung Putting National Park, including a visit to a
centre for young Orang Utans. Flight access to this remote part
of Kalimantan, Borneo has improved recently.
Of course, we remain at your disposal for tailor made quotations
for roundtrips outside our product range.
THE BAY BALI - NUSA DUA NEWEST DINING AND SHOPPING
Located at the shore of Nusa Dua beach, The Bay Bali is
elegantly nestled in a secluded cove overlooking the Bay of
Nusa Dua. Seduce your appetite at one of the six restaurants
within the complex, serving cuisines from around the globe.
New to Nusa Dua is the entertainment centre where young and
old can have fun, whether it's at the Pirate Bay, Ocean Walk
or at the spa there is something for everyone.
MOZAIC BEACH CLUB IN SEMINYAK
Following the success of the award-winning venue in Ubud,
Mozaic has opened a new beach club just north of the W Hotel
in Seminyak. It has a nice pool surrounded by family gazebos
and day beds, which visitors can rent.
While they cook excellent degustation menus in Ubud, there
is a choice of ala carte dishes at the restaurant or tapas
in the bar. Chef James Ephraim, who previously cooked at the
Mozaic in Ubud, is now in charge in the kitchen of this new
KUPU-KUPU BARONG INTRODUCES NEW JUNGLE RETREAT ROOMS
This new room category reflects the warmth of the island of
Bali and gives contemporary Balinese design an inspiring new
direction. The extensive use of indigenous timber and
touches of local artistry soothe the senses for heightened
relaxation. Each room comes with a private terrace and a
spa-inspired ensuite bathroom. Located just footsteps away
from the main pool, the Barong Suite celebrates the evolving
face of tourism in Ubud.
Features: complimentary Wifi connections, DVD/CD Player with
CD collections and IPod station.
SENSE HOTEL SEMINYAK OPENS
Sense Hotel Seminyak is a new semi boutique hotel located in
the heart of Seminyak. A modern tropical hotel, it is
designed to be a blend of the contemporary with a Balinese
touch and fashionable homey atmosphere.
The accommodation meets the standards of luxury décor, and
textures create a warm ambiance to ensure that guests feel
perfectly at home. It has 68 stylishly furnished rooms and
suites, which offer all the comfort you can expect from a
semi boutique four star property. All rooms are equipped
Leisure facilities include a sizeable swimming pool and spa
facilities that offers a variety of relaxing and special
treatments for rejuvenation of your mind, body and soul.
To indulge your appetite the Rasa Restaurant and Bar offers
a wide selection of cuisines, or you can round off the day
with dinner surrounded by pool.
QUNCI VILLAS - THREE HOTELS IN ONE
Qunci Villas opened its third hotel in July 2012, which is
located exactly in between the two existing Qunci hotels.
All three hotels are now merged into one known as Qunci
Villas. (Qunci Hotel and Qunic Pool Villas are no longer
referred to). The hotels are seamlessly connected along
Mangsit Beach, facing Bali. This provides guests with more
than 150 metres of beachfront luxury, including three
beachfront swimming pools, two of which are 30 metres long.
The new Qunci Villas has:
• 25 Ocean View rooms
• 18 Partial Ocean View rooms
• 19 Garden View rooms
• 10 one-bedroom pool Villas
• 1 two-bedroom pool Villa
The above categories are located on Mangsit Beach.
• Villa Qusia - one three-bedroom luxury villa
• Villa Qunang - one two-bedroom luxury villa
• Villa Qumbang -one one-bedroom luxury villa
The villas are located up the hill, 200 metres from the
Komodo Resort is located 30 minutes by boat from Labuan Bajo,
within the National Park of Komodo. Home of the world's most
pristine reefs, Komodo Island offers what many claim to be
the "best diving in the world,"
The resort has a total of 14 bungalows. Eight of these are
deluxe bungalows and are equipped with minibar and are
air-conditioned, while the rest have only a fan. All
bungalows have hot water and safe. Each bungalow is 42sqm
with a verandah, which offers great views of the surrounding
The bungalows fit perfectly into the surrounding landscape,
enriching and making the place absolutely fascinating. The
buildings are made of teak wood, which is either recycled or
comes from controlled plantation. The bungalows are spread
over a 360m-beachfront and guarantee total privacy to
guests. All are suitable for long-term stays.
Komodo Resort's strategic location allows a number of daily
50 minutes boat ride: Rinca tour to see
the Komodo dragons
25 minutes boat ride: Mawan Island with its white
1.30 hour boat ride: the pink beach at the foot of
the Padar's rugged rocky hills
1.30 hour boat ride: the pink Komodo beach, which
overlooks one of the most spectacular reefs in Indonesia
45 minutes boat ride: Kalong, where at sunset
an incredible number of Flying Foxes bats
darken the sky when flying away to look for food in the
ASTON INTERNATIONAL ON EXPANSION PATH
Aston International opened two more favehotel in Indonesia.
Its second property is favehotel Solo Baru in Solo, Central
Java. The new fave occupies a strategic location on Jalan
Raya Solo Baru in the immediate vicinity of Solo Baru's
popular Pandawa Waterworld and approximately 20 minutes from
With 153 fun, fresh and friendly rooms the new favehotel
Solo Baru aims to become the area's best in class select
service hotel. It provides facilities and amenities usually
found in more up market hotels that include functional
meeting rooms, a semi basement with covered car park, a
lobby shop, a café with outdoor seating and a bar.
The group's third trendy select service favehotel is in Bali
- favehotel Umalas, Bali, which is also the 50th Aston
International managed hotel in Indonesia. This fave occupies
a privileged spot on Jalan Petitenget-Kerobokan bordering
the village of Umalas, and in the direct vicinity of some of
Bali's most famous eateries and nightclubs.
favehotel Umalas has 121 fun, fresh and friendly rooms. It
follows the recently-opened fave in Seminyak and offers
facilities and amenities usually associated with more up
market hotels such as an adult and children's swimming pool,
modern and functional meeting rooms, an attractive and
contemporary hotel lobby, fast and complimentary Wifi and an
AIRASIA FLIES TO LOMBOK IN OCTOBER
AirAsia will offer thrice-weekly service between Kuala
Lumpur and Lombok starting October 12. Lombok will be the
low cost carrier's 15th destination in Indonesia. Tickets
are already on sale for the route on AirAsia website.
The flight schedules are:
AK1408 Kuala Lumpur (KUL)-Lombok
Depart 0835hrs, arrive 1145hrs
(LOP)-Kuala Lumpur (KUL)Depart 1215hrs,
GARUDA ADDS SINGAPORE-BALIKPAPAN
Garuda Indonesia's Singapore-Makassar service has been
operating via Balikpapan since July 27 2012. The flight is
an extension of the Makassar-Singapore (return) route, now with a stop in Balikpapan,
both outbound and inbound. The four times weekly service are
on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday. The route is
operated with the Boeing B737-500 aircraft with a capacity
for 96 passengers with configuration of 12 executive class
and 74 economy class.
MANDALA AIRLINES LAUNCHES JAKARTA-BANGKOK FLIGHTS
Indonesian low cost carrier Mandala Airlines, which resumes
operations on April 5, 2012, launched a new daily route to
the Thai capital,
Bangkok, on August 10. The flights from
Jakarta, are operated with the airline's
180-seat A320s. This is the airline's third international
route after Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The new route is
part of the airline's plan to
connect Jakarta with major cities in Southeast Asia.
AIRASIA BUYS STAKE IN BATAVIA AIR
AirAsia is acquiring a stake in the Indonesian low cost
carrier, Batavia Air, to accelerate its expansion in
Indonesia. Launched in 2002, Batavia Air currently operates
a fleet of 33 aircraft on 41 domestic routes. The carrier
recently expanded its network to international destinations,
offering flights to Singapore, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuching, Dili
and Guangzhou. The Batavia Air deal is expected to provide
greater domestic connectivity and an extensive feeder
network into Indonesia AirAsia's existing hubs in Jakarta,
Bandung, Denpasar, Medan and Surabaya. Batavia Air will keep
flying under its current name with no immediate plan to