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unnamed‘Giving Back’ at the Heart of Destination Asia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

Destination Asia’s Corporate Social Responsibility focused e-brochure addresses the need to uphold responsible travel initiatives – within both social and environmental means, while exposing the life changing experiences and beneficial interactions that can take place between the traveler and host community. Details on project location, future development, training, funding and how to work with Destination Asia to make a difference are given for each initiative. We are a proud member of the Asian community and remain fully committed to developing both work ethics and philosophies to better the quality of life for those in our communities who have little. We believe it is our social and moral duty to ‘Give Back’, providing the communities we live in with the tools and education they need to improve their lives now and for generations ahead.

Empowering people and working with the local community is a central approach, evident within every project as Destination Asia aims to connect on a most basic level, assisting social services, educational establishments and environmental centers by providing funding and hands-on help when required.

Click on the email below and request a link to download our ‘Giving Back’ e-brochure.

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Singapore’s Golden Jubilee National Day Parade

The National Day Parade on 9th August 2015 is a momentous Golden Jubilee event taking place at the Padang, a site of many historically significant moments over the past 50 years, including the declaration of Singapore’s independence. The Parade will foster a deep sense of national pride while showcasing Singapore’s ability to drive forward positive change and host a world-stage event.

The Singapore story will be portrayed through a colorful display of sights and sounds, ensuring the crowd are fully engaged and part of an event that will never be forgotten. The country’s colorful rise to independence will come to life through a stunning spectacle of military parades, song and dance performances, fireworks and much more on the day.

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An Afternoon with a Local Vietnamese Artist


Wake up and enjoy a morning stroll to the placid banks of Hanoi’s West Lake. A popular place for Hanoi’s local residents to socialize and enjoy performing early morning exercises, time spent here provides unique insight into local life. Here we visit a small local pagoda rarely frequented by Westerners and take a break for a traditional Vietnamese coffee with locals before visiting a lacquer school run by local artist Tran Anh Tuan.

The school, opened by famous lacquer painter Saeko Ando, provides visitors with an excellent opportunity to discuss, learn and explore one of the most difficult art subjects with a foreign lacquer painter. As lunchtime approaches guests make their way to Seasons of Hanoi. This legendary dinning establishment is housed in a beautifully restored French villa on a picturesque tree lined street between the Old Quarter and the West Lake.

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Wonderful Walk Through Kalaw to Inle Lake

Destination Asia Burma/Myanmar has developed a two day program exploring Kalaw and Inle Lake by following trekking trails through the region. Anyone with a general level of fitness will enjoy this walk and the overnight stay at a local monastery in Hti Thane. Although the guide will do all they can to ensure a comfortable stay, conditions at the monastery are basic. Sleeping quarters are dormitory-style with a simple mattress and pillow provided. Our trek commences at Bow Hnin Gone, from which we walk to Htun Gone Village and eventually onto Gone Hal Village. Following lunch we carry on our journey to Hti Thane, stopping at Tu Park and a number of small villages.

The next day we depart the monastery for Kyauk Su Village before heading towards the village of Than Taung where views of the lake present themselves. Our final descent is through an impressive gorge leading to Inle Lake itself.

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A Journey Beyond the Canvas of Indonesian Art

Destination Asia Indonesia has created a revealing arts program that delves into the world of Balinese, Indonesian and contemporary art, with meetings of unique individuals that would not otherwise be possible. This includes workshops with art historians, visits to galleries and museums and exclusive access to prominent artists from the ‘Island of the Gods’ itself. This splendid program explores the complexity of art beyond just the visual: revealing its history, society, culture and globalization.

During the program we visit places such as the Chedi Club Ubud, a resort that uses paintings to define key spaces, and, the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Guests can also enjoy a three-course lunch of traditional Balinese fare, served against a backdrop of beautiful rice paddy fields.

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3D Wonders Museum Opens in Sabah

Gain a glimpse into a side of Sabah never seen before at the new 3D Wonders Museum, housed within the same compound as the architectural marvel known as Rumah Terbalik. The complex is one of only five upside-down houses in the world and the first of its kind in Malaysia. The riveting experience presents Sabah’s beloved customs, traditions, and landscapes in a new perspective.

Two-dimensional images are transformed into immersive 3D environments, allowing guests to stand among indigenous tribal headhunters, stand atop Mount Kinabalu and observe myriad wildlife in their natural habitats from within the safe confines of a museum. The 3D Wonders Museum is not only the largest 3D art exhibition in East Malaysia, but also the first and only one that is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity, ecosystems, and natural resources. It’s ideal for those travelers who don’t have time to complete all these spectacular outdoor experiences Malaysia has to offer.

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Group Motorbike Adventures in Thailand

Bike Tour Asia provide exceptional sights of Thailand from the comfort of a modern motorbike. The programs take guests into areas visitors often miss out on, revealing the beautiful and exotic regions where few other travelers are seen. Following long, wide, twisting roads, the comfortable trails ascend mountains, cruise through jungle valleys and enter remote Thai villages.

Safe yet exciting, riders can enjoy fantastic local cuisine, stay overnight in boutique hotels and learn about the changing Thai landscape through a knowledgeable guide who joins the group. Each group never exceeds more than 8 people, ensuring each excursion becomes a close group of friends. Guests can discover areas such as Khao Yai and its surrounding attractions on an intimate two day riding schedule.

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Flagship NUO Hotel Beijing Opens its Doors

Luxury hospitality brand NUO has announced the opening of their first flagship NUO Hotel Beijing – a five star residence with a ‘golden promise’ behind its branding. The brand draws inspiration from the country’s 5000 years of history and cultural heritage while supporting contemporary art and culture. Their Beijing property boasts a dedicated art gallery with impressive hotel lobby, guestrooms and suites. Food and beverage facilities act as backdrops for a series of curated pieces by the country’s most critically acclaimed artists.

Destination Asia China supports the hotel’s commitment to stay faithful to a “green building” template, carefully adhering to gold-level certification standards in LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Building Rating System). NUO Hotel Beijing also presents a total of 2,500 square metres of conference and banqueting facilities, including 14 function rooms and the pillar-free 1,600-square metre Yongle Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 1,600 guests.

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Uncovering the Beauty of Sendai

With roughly one million inhabitants, Sendai is by far the largest city in the Tohoku Region and one of the country’s 15 largest cities. Destination Asia has created an exploratory program to reveal this compelling city to travelers. With the aid of an expert local guide, we uncover the modern city of Sendai, a city founded around 1600 by Date Masamune, one of feudal Japan’s most powerful lords. Many of Sendai’s attractions are related to Masamune and his family.

Visitors will first explore Zuihoden Mausoleum, the site of entombment of Masamune. Masamune’s son and grandson are entombed in smaller mausoleums designed in the same style. In the afternoon we continue to Matsushima Bay, a stunning region dotted with pine covered islets and often quoted as one of Japan’s three most scenic views. Here we board a boat and embark on a cruise of the surrounding islands and bay area to gain a better sensory perception of the landscape.

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Angkor Wat Tops World Landmark List

The Angkor Wat Temple complex of Cambodia is not only the largest religious monument in the world, but also the traveler’s number one choice landmark in the world, according to a recent survey by Tripadvisor. The top place and runners up were determined by monitoring the quantity and quality of the comments on landmarks worldwide over a period of 12 months.

Located close to the town of Siem Reap, a burgeoning town with world-class dining, resplendent hotels and resorts and a welcoming, relaxed ambiance, Angkor Wat attracts thousands of visitors every month. Covering some 400 square kilometers, the archaeological site contains magnificent ruins that must be seen to be believed. These are the leftovers of a once mighty empire from the 9th to 15th century, including the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations.

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Attapeu International Airport Opens in Laos

Lao’s new Attapeu International Airport opened recently following two years of construction. The airport is located in Xaysettha district, approximately 26 kilometers from Attapeu provincial town. At the opening, Lao President Choummaly said the new airport was part of government efforts to develop transport and communications infrastructure in Laos.

Though not yet confirmed, Lao Airlines is considering operating two flights a week between Vientiane and Attapeu. If the plan comes to fruition, the opening of an air route between Vientane and Attapeu is excellent news for travelers with limited time who want to make the journey as the current bus ride takes roughly 36 hours.

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Re-Branding of Langham Place Hong Kong

On 26 August 2015, ‘Langham Place Hong Kong’ will be renamed ‘Cordis Hong Kong, at Langham Place’, being the first hotel to join the Cordis Hotels and Resorts portfolio. Earlier in the year, Langham Hospitality Group announced the introduction of a new upscale global hotel brand: Cordis Hotels and Resorts.

Their holistic ‘heart’ concept focuses on the core pillars of intuitive service, connectivity, sophistication and a sense of community. An extensive refurbishment of the Cordis Hong Kong, at Langham Place has taken place over recent months, that includes the launch of a new bar and restaurant named Alibi, an expanded Club Lounge, smartphones installed in all rooms, upgraded banqueting suites and the ongoing refurbishment of all 664 rooms.

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