New Destination Asia Country Brochures Launching December 2015
We are launching brand new country brochures, each one packed with vital travel information, in-country services, exhilarating experiences and all you need to know about our leisure, meetings and incentives, and cruise business divisions. Supported by stunning images of our destinations, the brochures give an idea of the endless possibilities travelers can experience in Asia. Separated into regions for easy reference, we have also categorized excursions under identifiable travel themes such as, Art & Heritage, Outdoor Adventure, Community and Spiritual. This is designed to make it easier for our partners to find the information they require when they need it.
A section on the history of each Destination Asia country reveals our deep rooted connections to each of the countries in which we live and work. These comprehensive brochures will assist in conveying the beauty of Asia, while showing how Destination Asia can provide unrivaled in-country services to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.
If you would like to pre-order a hard copy or download the e-book version, email your
Magnificent Views From Kokol Haven Resort
Sabah is not only for the daring, as families and couples will find equal pleasure here. Nature watching cruises, soft adventure hiking or simply relaxing from a wooden balcony and taking in the spectacular views are available to those who visit. Its unique cultures, dazzling array of wildlife, intriguing tribes and sublime terrain make Sabah a must visit destination.
A new addition to the Sabah itinerary is a stay at the Kokol Haven Resort, a resort boasting immense views of Kota Kinabalu. Views from this residence span beyond the five islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks in the north, with the beautiful Mount Kinabalu framed in the south. Complete with 11 exclusive rooms, each residence features a private balcony and furnishings made from natural teak and oak, presenting a refined and elegant touch. The resort has also become known for its restaurant, Horizon, creating sumptuous dishes such as Oxtail Curry, Tuaran Mee and Fried Ice Cream.
Ancient Artisan Traditions Alive on Koh Kret
Located north of Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River just a short boat ride away from the city center is the man-made island of Koh Kret, home to ethnic Mon people renowned for their intricate pottery skills. Unlike northern Thailand’s prestigious celadon ware, Koh Kret is more famous for its earthen ware pottery with simple and practical designs and down-to-earth appeal. See the artisan potters bring to life their decorative pieces which are mainly used in outdoor areas of the home, and regularly feature in Thai gardens.
On Koh Kret guests can watch the artisan craftsmen at work or try their hand at throwing their own pottery at any one of the local studios located around the island. One of the best ways to explore Koh Kret is on a cycling tour. Visitors will find themselves in another world – and it’s difficult to imagine the Bangkok metropolis is just 20 minutes away by boat while in this unique setting.
The Cultural Traditions Behind Sake Brewing
Destination Asia Japan has created an intriguing, traditional sake brewery visit in Fussa, a small city neighboring Tokyo. Iskikawa Brewery was first founded in 1863 and today boasts not only a long, but a compelling history. Their “Tamajiman” sake, well-loved throughout the Tokyo region, has been made using traditional methods for eighteen generations, while its kura (workshop) has been declared a ‘National Cultural Heritage Site’. The brewery also produces very highly rated craft beer.
We ride the local train to Fussa with an expert guide to enjoy a tour of the brewery with an employee who reveals all the secrets behind creating the finest sake. Guests also visit its museum, tracing the long history of the brewery. There is then time to sit down to a delicious Japanese-style lunch in the brewery’s annexed restaurant before returning to Tokyo.
Luxury Boat Charter on Mergui Archipelago
A new boat is available on Burma’s southern coastline and is ideal for groups wanting to explore this less-visited region. Meltemi is named after a wind in the Mediterranean Sea and is a French-built Lagoon 500, one of the most successful yachts ever designed for high-end charter. In 2015, Meltemi joined Burma Boating’s fleet for private charters, presenting an easy to sail option with winches electrically operated and full control available from the large fly-bridge. It’s a great yacht for groups of friends or families with plenty of space to play or lounge. When under sail, most guests love to lie in the nets at the bow with the water splashing below.
Virtually unknown to the outside world, the Mergui Archipelago is located in Burma’s remote south: a group of 800 deserted islands that lie at the heart of a spectacular sailing area, home to white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle.
Tai O Fishing Village Insider Experience
Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who have occupied houses built on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are inter-connected, forming a tightly-knit community that literally live above the water. Their enchanting existence is a photographer’s paradise and a world away from high-tech Hong Kong. The ancient Tai O Fishing Village is a great place to enjoy the experiential and conservation programs offered by the self-financed H.K.Y.W.C.A Tai O Cultural and Ecological Resource Centre.
Guests can see and experience a vanishing side of Hong Kong life, such as learning how to make fishing nets, preserving egg yolks with salt, or cooking sweet bean porridge. Guests can also choose to experience the fishing life that was once the mainstay of Hong Kong on an optional clam gathering and shrimp fishing outing. Chat with the local fishermen and listen to fascinating real-life stories of the resident fisher-folk.
WiFi Connectivity Available in Vietnam Transport
Commencing from 15 October 2015, Destination Asia Vietnam will provide mobile WiFi connectivity in all its vehicles to better serve our guests in Vietnam. This will include transportation in the areas of Hanoi, Halong and surrounding region, plus Ho Chi Minh City and those provinces in the Mekong Delta. With this new service, our clients can get online while on the move with Destination Asia.
Allowing guests to connect using WiFi in our vehicles is just another step in taking care of our valued guests at all times, offering the pinnacle in travel services to both business and leisure travelers.
The Annual Angkor Photography Festival
The annual Angkor Photography Festival will take place from December 5–12, 2015, in various locations across Siem Reap, with a chance for visitors to join tutorials from photographic masters such as Ian Teh and Patrick de Noirmont. There is also a chance to have your work reviewed by world-class photo-editors and journalists. Now in its 11th year, the photo festival brings together photography talents from around the globe, offering a chance to discover an unseen side of Asia through the eyes of a photo journalist.
Exhibitions this year include Tibetan Monks together with The Impact Project, a themed showcase highlighting photography projects concerning individuals, groups and small organizations which are making a positive impact on social or environmental issues.
Register now at http://angkor-photo.com/.
Archaeological Wonders of Rammang-Rammang
Rammang-Rammang Village located in the north of Makassar city covers a vast 43,750 hectares, covering the Karst formations of Maros and Pangkep regencies in Sulawesi. The Maros Pangkep Karst is the second largest Karst mountain in the world after those found in Yunnan, South China. The Karst of Maros Pangkep has been recognized as UNESCO world heritage site since 2001.
The area not only presents a unique landscape, but also hides archaeological findings in prehistoric caves dating back thousands of years. Within an hours’ drive, we take guests to Rammang-Rammang Village where they enter a small jetty and board a traditional canoe to paddle along the Puteh River. Surrounded by this spectacular Karst landscape, guests enjoy the cooling breeze of the countryside and after a short paddle among the beautiful scenery, embark on a soft trek to visit Passaung cave with its prehistoric drawings.
Maritime Experiential Museum on Sentosa Island
A great option for families visiting Singapore is to make their way to The Maritime Experiential Museum on Sentosa Island. Here visitors can travel back in time to discover Asia’s maritime heritage, exploring the marine realm of its S.E.A. Aquarium, home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species from 49 different habitats.
Guests can also venture through a wreckage from the Java Sea. The fascinating world beneath the Strait of Karimata, located on the lower-eastern side of Sumatra comes to life as a monumental shipwreck with a splintered hull, sitting on the floor of the aquarium, home to an abundance of fish and aquatic life. Small fish like the cleaner wrasse can be seen feeding on their bigger peers’ skin and gills – just one of the many surprises that await visitors.
Wanda International Resort Complex Now Open
Wanda Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled its Wanda International Resort Complex in Xishuangbanna, a resort collectively formed by three leading hospitality operators – Wanda Vista, DoubleTree by Hilton and Holiday Inn. The Wanda Xishuangbanna International Resort Complex covers 5.3 square-kilometers, and can be reached within a 15-minute drive from Gasa International Airport. The complex includes a theme park, rainforest recreation and adventure park, a commercial centre, Dai Show Theatre, hospital and new resort village.
The 151-key resort comprises villas, suites and detached private villas, all nestled within a tranquil, natural setting. Each well-appointed room has a spacious area of at least 137 square-meters, and comes with a private pool, tropical garden and open terrace.
Sanctuary Nam Ngum Beach Resort to Reopen
Located 120 kilometers from the capital city of Vientiane, the Sanctuary Nam Ngum Beach Resort is positioned on an island on Nam Ngum Lake by the banks of Thaheua, a charming fisherman’s village in the heart of the surrounding mountains. Still under construction, the charming resort will re-open in two phases from December 2015 when all Deluxe and Suite Bungalows (13 Superior and 8 Deluxe), along with resort activities will be available. From April 2016, the resorts two Superior Bungalows will be ready to book.
Visitors can take advantage of the activities on offer in nearby Vang Vieng. Enjoy a bicycle ride into the outskirts of town to experience local life and immerse in the natural surroundings. There is also an organic farm to visit and light kayaking adventures to try, while those who don’t want to paddle can take a local long tail boat along the majestic Nam Song River.