‘Exceptional Experiences Across Asia Volume II’ Available Now
We are delighted to announce the launch of volume 2 in our series of ‘Exceptional Experiences Across Asia’. This beautifully presented and inspirational brochure is an essential sales tool for clients who want to portray the very best leisure travel options in Asia.
The 107 page brochure has been designed to inspire and educate on travel options available across each of the 11 destinations in our network. Products are focused around four engaging themes, connecting travelers to the intangible qualities that make Asia so unique. These themes include Family, The Arts, Spiritual and Highlights. Along with the classic touring options that never lose popularity among visitors are an enticing selection of new and experiential ideas; from wine tasting in the foothills of the Shan Mountains in Burma to creating their own silk scarves in Luang Prabang and exploring Hong Kong’s famous wet markets.
Within each destination section you will find not only the latest products available, but inside tips, travel news, intriguing facts and insights to emerging destinations. As Asia’s foremost destination management company, we are in the position to deliver cutting-edge, experiential and rewarding products, revealing a side to Asia most visitors never see.
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Lavender Fields Lure Travelers to Hokkaido
Lavender is one of Hokkaido’s most famous agricultural products, valued not only within Japan but across the world. The lavender business is blooming in Furano, a town located in the middle of Hokkaido where the climate lends itself to growing such plants. Here the lavender fields have also become a colorful tourist attraction as they burst into life from late June through to early August – filling the air with their heavenly scent.
On this guided tour by private car, we depart Sapporo and visit two farms to enjoy strolling through their flowering lavender fields while also learning about the production of other plants grown here. With the Tokachi mountains providing a stunning backdrop, guests will be amazed by the sheer beauty of this region. We also visit the farmhouses to learn how the lavender is dried and prepared for sale. We can also arrange for guests to stop at a traditional restaurant on their return to Sapporo for a delicious localmeal.
Luxury Cruise Through the Mergui Archipelago
Destination Asia Myanmar can now reveal two exciting new luxury cruise expeditions taking guests through Myanmar’s untouched Mergui Archipelago. This glorious collection of islands offer visitors the chance to explore pristine tropical sanctuaries where ramshackle wooden housing sit by the jungle edge, looking out across white sand beaches toward the sparkling Andaman Sea. We present two spectacular experiences onboard the Burma Boating yacht ‘MY Drenec’. My Drenec is the most luxurious and spacious yacht in their fleet, accommodating up to 10 guests in 5 cabins.
The join-in cruises are designed for those clients requesting absolute luxury with large cabins, fine cuisine and premium services. For those on a tight schedule a 3-night cruise departs every Friday and Monday on two differing routes. Those with more time can opt for a combination of both to create 6 nights onboard. Guests will visit places such as the famous Lampi Marine National Park and interact with communities of the indigenous Moken sea nomads.
Discover the New Territories on a Heritage Walk
Discover the New Territories with Destination Asia Hong Kong and learn about a fascinating heritage that few visitors know exists. The unique cultural history of Hong Kong awaits discovery during this exploration of the New Territories. Our first stop is at Man Mo Temple – a center for worship built over a century ago and dedicated to the God of Literature.
During our visit we explore the famous Tai Po Market where a kaleidoscope of colorful fresh produce, dried herbs and seafood can be found. From Tai Po we continue to Lo Wai Walled Village, a traditional village built by the Tang clan and now a national monument providing insight to an ancient way of life. In contrast to this, our next stopping point is at Tai Fu Tai, a stately 1865 mansion reflecting how high ranking officials once lived. The program concludes along the Sai Kung waterfront – also known as Hong Kong’s hidden garden, characterized by Mediterranean style housing and romantic villas, another charming contrast within Hong Kong.
Singapore’s Beloved National Monuments
Celebrate Singapore’s 50th Birthday with Destination Asia Singapore’s new ‘Our Beloved Monuments’ program. This celebration of Singapore’s fascinating heritage explores many national monuments of historical and architectural importance for the nation. We visit, touch, explore and interact with a series of architectural wonders including the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, constructed between 1843 and1847, now the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Singapore.
Next on the list is the Former Keng Teck Whay – the only surviving Peranakan (Straits Chinese) ancestral temple and clan hall. Today, the Former Keng Teck Whay is occupied by the Taoist Mission of Singapore. We also visit Sri Mariamman Temple – the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore; and Sultan Mosque, an icon of the historic Kampong Glam area. All of these monuments have been gazetted as national monuments, providing a unique insight to Singapore’s colorful history.
Green Season is the Ideal Time to Visit Thailand
Travelers are sometimes cautious about booking a holiday during the ‘green season’ in Asia, also known as monsoon season which lasts from May/June to October. However, we believe Thailand is often looking its best during this time – and the preconception that intense downpours will ruin a holiday is unjust. At most the rain will last a couple of hours before the sun comes out and dries it away. If you can be flexible and want to take advantage of attractive prices and smaller crowds, then this time of year is an ideal time to visit.
Although Thailand’s seasons tend to be consistent across the country, the western side of the Gulf of Thailand including Koh Samui has a slightly different seasonal pattern, with most rainfall occurring between October and January. Therefore, for those who want to travel to Thailand between June and October, the region’s islands are an excellent alternative.
Legendary Vespa Experience in Sabah
For those looking to explore the mesmerizing natural beauty of Sabah, Destination Asia Malaysia now offer visitors a new and exhilarating activity – professionally guided Vespa adventures. A guided Vespa experience through the countryside with its headhunting history and natural sights is the perfect excursion for any individual looking to get out of the bustling city and into the wild side of Borneo.
The Vespa program takes guests into less visited areas and hidden corners while enjoying the fresh forest air – and these can be from a single afternoon to week long adventures. All necessities are provided for including helmets, raincoats and insurance to ensure a safe and pleasant ride. The Vespa scooter has an engine capacity of 150 cc, more than enough power to climb those steep roads up to the Kinabalu National Park. For guests who have no riding experience and aren’t comfortable driving, we can provide a driver for them, allowing them to ride pillion and still experience the thrill of a Vespa experience in Sabah.
Inspired by the Spiritual Mount Taishan in China
Discover the mesmerizing size and beauty of Mount Taishan in Eastern China – a site that has long been a source of inspiration for Chinese artists and scholars, symbolizing ancient Chinese civilizations and beliefs. One of China’s most sacred sites, the mountain rises to 1,545 meters above sea level and is the leader of the ‘Five Sacred Mountains’ spread across Shandong Province. Settled by humans as early as the Neolithic period, the mountain has been worshiped continuously throughout the last three millennia.
Located on the mountain are 12 historically recorded imperial ceremonies in homage to Heaven and Earth, approximately 1,800 stone tablets and inscriptions and 22 temples. While a cable car is available to take visitors to the top, we always recommend making the journey of 6,660 steps on foot with one of our expert guides who will explain the sights at each stage of the journey.
A Journey into Life in the Mekong Delta
Gain unparalleled insight into the authentic Mekong Delta with Destination Asia Vietnam as we reveal its simple and peaceful way of life that’s remained unchanged for centuries. Our excursion leaves the frenetic pace of Saigon behind as we travel through rural Southern Vietnam before arriving in the heart of the Mekong Delta. On the journey we pass through a landscape of seemingly endless rice paddies interspersed with vast waterways. The delta is a water-world where boats, houses, restaurants and even markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that flow through and bring life to the region.
On our journey into the delta we travel by bicycle, motor-cart and boat to experience life up close, visiting agricultural villages where ancient farming methods are still practiced. Traversing the country roads we stop to visit a rice mill, explore the ancient Phu Tu pagoda – and enjoy a typical Mekong Delta lunch served at a villager’s house that includes Elephant Ear fish – a local delicacy in the region.
Luxury High Tea in a Perfect Bali Setting
Destination Asia Indonesia can now offer guests a glorious High Tea dinner in Bali. This sophisticated and peaceful setting presents stunning views overlooking the Ayung River in Mambal, sitting between Seminyak and Ubud. High Tea is served just as the sun approaches the horizon at dusk, its final rays illuminating the garden’s planting, casting intriguing shadows while creating a dreamy atmosphere.
The experience commences with a flower footbath on the adjacent riverbank before unwinding with a full body massage. Following this indulgent introduction, guests are treated to a serving of hors d’oeuvers, sweets and locally sourced teas, with stunning views across a lush river gorge. For visitors to Bali, this High Tea dining experience is the ideal ending to a day spent exploring the nearby cultural center of Ubud. A lunch or dinner event can be organized for individual travelers and small groups.
La Casa Lao Opens its Doors in Luang Prabang
Visitors to the stunning region of Luang Prabang in Northern Laos now have a very special dining experience available. Destination Asia Laos recently visited and was thoroughly impressed with the service and menu at La Casa Lao, a Spanish tapas themed restaurant located in the heart of the colorful town. Fast becoming known for its delicious cold cut meat, the indulgent dishes are seasonally inspired and form part of an extensive menu.
A relaxed atmosphere is accentuated by mood lighting, creating a trendy haunt-like setting where patrons can unwind and share stories. The intimate venue is ideal for small groups with a food and drinks menu that will not leave clients disappointed.
West Baray and Countryside Biking Excursion
Situated southwest of the ancient walled city of Angkor Thom in Cambodia lies West Baray, a large rectangular shaped reservoir measuring approximately 7.8 by 2 kilometers. Destination Asia Cambodia has created an enjoyable day out for visitors that involves cycling the perimeter of the reservoir with a local guide who explains how it was created over 1000 years ago. While pedaling around West Baray we take a few detours into the local countryside to witness the beautiful landscapes and see how communities construct their houses from naturally sourced materials.
Near the end of our journey we reach an elementary school where it’s possible to meet some of the local children and offer donations-in-kind. This interaction presents a unique view of rural life in Cambodia. Jumping back on our bikes we set off for our final destination, the magnificent and less visited Banteay Thom temple. Overgrown by bushes and creepers, the crumbling monument reminds of a lost civilization, slowly returning back to nature. Here we enjoy a light picnic lunch under the shade of the trees, contemplating on the magnificent surroundings and our day spent exploring West Baray.