Presenting the Latest Travel Products & Services in Asia
To keep our partners up to date with the latest enticing products and essential services available from Destination Asia, we recently updated content on our corporate website. Explore the latest experiences, products and services from each of our eleven destinations.
Discover the most up-to-date travel concepts available within our three specialized business sectors; meetings and events; leisure travel and cruise lines.
Our operating countries are home to an incredible range of exciting possibilities that encapsulate the amazing culture and remarkable landscapes of the Far East. We present a taster of activities to spice up incentives; reinvigorate customized travel options and select shore excursions for cruise lines.
For a showcase of the latest travel services available in Asia, please visit our website below:
From the Burmese Border to Local Village Life
This remarkable overland program takes travelers into the heart of the Golden Triangle. From Kyaing Tong (Kengtung) we venture into the surrounding hills and forests where hill-tribes are culturally more akin to those found in towns and villages of Yunnan Province in Southern China, Laos and Northern Thailand.
At the Thailand-Burma border guests are met by their Burmese Destination Asia guide and driven to Kyaing Tong. This scenic drive takes approximately five hours with stops made at dwellings to join with local village life. Kyaing Tong is the second largest city in Shan State and the ideal base from which to explore further afield. During our travels we also visit Aha Khe Village to observe traditional daily practices and explore a nearby Shan lacquerware workshop.
The Sensational Hakuba Skiing Experience
Easily accessible from Tokyo, Hakuba offers those in search of deep snow and challenging ski runs the perfect resort to test their abilities while soaking up a spectacular atmosphere. Located within the Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba presents stable skiing conditions with terrain ranges from beginner slopes to expert terrain parks, including some of the steepest in Japan.
Hakuba is often seen as the centre of snow sports in Japan and played host to many events during the 1998 Winter Olympics, including downhill skiing and ski jumping. Destination Asia Japan offer a selection of multi-day plans, each providing enough time to experience all that Hakuba has to offer. Following a day’s skiing or snowboarding, guests can relax and explore the numerous cafes, bars and other entertainment areas while staying overnight in a deluxe ski resort.
Now Offering Deluxe Style Homestay in Thailand
Homestay are often associated with backpack traveling and trekking tours in particular, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As the modern day traveler yearns for more from their experiences, traveling is no longer a brief walk through local markets, it is a cultural exchange where the visitor gains knowledge and interacts with a host. From this a new kind of homestay has evolved. These remain loyal to the concept of interaction with local people and communities – but with a much higher level of service, especially where accommodation is concerned.
Destination Asia Thailand is now offering a new style deluxe homestay experience in the provinces of Tak and Khon Kaen (North and East Thailand respectively). Here guests can enjoy finer comforts while still gaining an authentic homestay experience.
Live the Colonial Days of Central Java
Experience Central Java from a new perspective with Destination Asia Indonesia’s new ‘Colonial Relics’ program. This experience combines perfectly with a Kalimantan (Borneo) visit, connecting to the cultural sights in Central Java after arriving at Semarang Airport. Guests explore the resplendent structures of Semarang Old Town, including the oldest church in Central Java. They are then taken on a tour of a coffee plantation to learn about cultivation techniques and the roasting process.
Along with a visit to Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world – one of the many highlights on this program is the private charter of a historic steam train. We visit the Railway Museum of Ambarawa. The museum is home to some 21 steam locomotives, three of which are still running today. The restored station platform and buildings contain a collection of artefacts including old telegraph equipment, bells and signaling equipment. We then ride one of the trains from Ambarawa to Tuntang.
An Idyllic Saigon Sunset Cruise
Nothing is more relaxing than admiring the breathtaking views of Saigon’s most famous landmarks and buildings, along with the picturesque Saigon skyline as the sun goes down. Guests board a sparkling sunset cruise along the Saigon River, departing at 4:30pm from Tan Cang Recreational Area.
The one and a half hour cruise runs slowly along the historic river, taking in views such as Saigon Newport, Thu Thiem Bridge and Saigon Bridge. We also pass by numerous islands for a chance to witness fishermen vying for a final catch as the sun sets on this lively part of the city. Guests are served free flowing drinks and specially selected canapés while enjoying a romantic evening exploring the Saigon River.
A Wild Journey into Nam Et-Phou Louey
Nam Et–Phou Louey National Protected Area is located in the northeast of Laos and is one of the largest protected areas in the country. It is also one of the few remaining places that enable travelers to see a high level of biodiversity, with a number of endangered species including tiger, gaur, Sambar deer and white-cheeked gibbon.
Covering 4229 square kilometers, the protected area allows visitors to join a night safari, traveling by longtail boat through lush jungle vegetation. These journeys help support an alternative livelihood for local people and generate community support for conservation of the region’s endangered wildlife. The Nam Nern Night Safari & Ecolodge are leading the way in providing excursions into the forest to positively benefit the local communities who call this place their home. Activities on the trip include bird watching, wildlife tracking, nighttime wildlife spotting, discovery of medicinal plants and an early morning hike. Visitors on the Night Safari sleep overnight in one of the two person traditional Lao bungalows in the Ecolodge, built and managed by the community and overlooking the Nam Nern River from the forest edge.
Southeast Asia’s Primary Biosphere Reserve
Destination Asia Cambodia has created an exceptional environmentally aware program to reveal the beauty of Prek Toal Village nearby Tonle Sap Lake. Guests rise early to watch the sunrise as they journey by boat across a flooded forest lake to Prek Toal. The ride uncovers many fascinating facts surrounding the ecosystem and habits of local wildlife that live here.
Our destination is the Biosphere Reserve at Prek Toal – one of Southeast Asia’ most important bird sanctuaries and the single largest in the region for globally threatened water birds. Here we view a host of bird species, including Greater and Lesser Adjuncts, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork, Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle and many more. Of the threeBiosphere areas on the Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal is easily accessed from Siem Reap and the most popular with birdwatchers. If the weather permits, we finish the day with a visit to the floating village of Prek Toal before returning to Siem Reap. November – March provides the best conditions for visiting the Biosphere Reserve.
Celebrating Singapore’s Cultural Diversity
Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Hari Raya Haji is a time when Muslims across the world acknowledge the end of the haj, which is the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Falling on September 24, 2015, one of the main rituals of the festival is the korban, which involves the sacrificial slaughtering of livestock. It is one of two major Muslim festivals in Singapore celebrated as public holidays (the other being Hari Raya Puasa). Many locals dress up in special clothing, visit friends and relatives and hold Eid gatherings and parties.
Join Destination Asia Singapore as we explore the Lion City on a cultural tour through its streets. One in a series of highlights include a visit to The Sultan Mosque, a center for the Muslim community. The building standing there today is actually the second to be built on this site – the first was constructed in 1826, followed by the present day building finished in 1928.
Visiting the Untouched Great Wall of China
There is no question that the Great Wall of China presents some of the most memorable, extraordinary and cherished memories for any traveler. However, this may now be dependent on which areas of the wall are visited. Some parts have become overwhelmed by tourists, diminishing the worldly experience. In response to this, Destination Asia China take guests on a ‘Remnants of the Great Wall’ journey, away from the mass marketed areas to where a three-plus mile stretch of this ancient structure has yet to be fully renovated. Harking back to the ancient days, the experience allows visitors to imagine what the Wall would have looked like centuries ago.
Guests can make their own mark in history by helping to restore an ancient section of the Great Wall. Guided by a preservation team, guests hand-lay three bricks into the Wall using the same materials that were utilized centuries ago—including mortar containing sticky rice!
Eco Resort in Heart of Sepilok Forest Reserve
MY Nature Resort is a new resort located in the heart of one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. It has been designed and is managed to exist in harmony with its surroundings, adopting a number of eco-friendly policies. The resort, just a 10 minute walk from the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and Sun Bear Conservation Centre, uses solar powered water heating and biodegradable bathroom products. All chalets are semi-detached style facing the jungle.
The resort offers nine double king size bedrooms, nine twin sharing rooms and six family rooms, each made from natural materials. During the day guests are free to walk around the resort, behind which a boardwalk 1,050 meters in length runs alongside the Sepilok Protected Forest Reserve. An optional add-on is available for those wanting to experience the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. This educational centre is located in the centre of the mangrove forest close to Samawang Village at Labuk Bay.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Wins Multiple Awards
Graced with one of the largest ballrooms in Hong Kong, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has now been awarded with ‘Best City Hotel for Business Events’ at the CEI Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. This wasn’t to be the only award the Grand Hyatt walked away with – they were also honored with ‘Best Hotel Renovation’.
The city hotel offers exceptional facilities for meetings and events – with a capacity for a staggering1600 people in its Grand Ballroom. Located adjacent to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the hotel delivers spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and is within walking distance of Central, Pacific Place, Wanchai and Causeway Bay areas. In total the hotel offers 22 event venues, including a unique outdoor Poolhouse overlooking the gardens.
Seatrade Europe: 9-11 September 2015
Cruise Asia by Destination Asia will be attending Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany, from 9-11 September 2015.
Seatrade Europe in Hamburg is a leading annual event purely focused on cruising in Europe. The event will feature a showcase exhibition, conference and travel agent training.
Cruise Asia by Destination Asia is Asia’s leading shore-side and excursion management specialist, providing more cruise line services than any other company on the continent. Our creative drive and supreme service is never compromised, ensuring the absolute pinnacle of product delivery for our clients.
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