We would love to meet with you at WTM in London from 2-5 November 2015 and share the latest travel trends currently taking place in Asia, showing you first-hand how our company’s products and services can support your business.
Destination Asia is a leading destination management company in Asia that provide on-site services in each of their eleven country destinations. These include; Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Burma/Myanmar and Laos.
Click here to make an appointment with Destination Asia on stand number AS305 and let us take you on a journey into the world’s most fascinating continent.
In attendance this year on stand number AS305 are:
James Reed – CEO / Group Managing Director, Destination Asia
Stefan Bruns – Group Product Director, Destination Asia
Andreas Grosskinsky – General Manager, Destination Asia Indonesia
Philip Wigglesworth – Business Development Director, Destination Asia Thailand
Desmond Foo – Product Manager, Destination Asia Singapore
Kevin Green – Leisure Manager, Destination Asia Japan
Update on Indonesia Visa Policy
Another 45 countries have been added to the list of nations whose visa fees have been waived when entering Indonesia. A total of 90 countries in total are now exempt from visa fees. This visa free entry is only valid when entering Indonesia through one of the following 5 airports: Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Bali), Kuala Namu (Medan), Juanda (Surabaya) and Hang Nadim (Batam).
*NOTE: Visitors are then permitted to leave the country from one of 29 exit points (contact Destination Asia Indonesia for more information).
Visitors arriving through entry ports not on the list, such as Lombok’s Bandar Udara Internasional Airport or Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport, must purchase a valid visa on arrival and pay the visa fee of USD 35.
The free visa is valid for maximum 30 days and can’t be extended while a visa on arrival is extendable for a maximum of 30 days.
Tai Po Market Foodie Tour in Hong Kong
Venture to the New Territories of Hong Kong to explore another great foodie hotspot – Tai Po Market. On the tour guests visit six family-run eateries serving up deliciously scrumptious local dishes, perfect for the curious foodie. From an agricultural village to a bustling market place and now a developed new town of 300,000 residents, Tai Po Market still retains a certain village community charm. Stop by various points of interest along the way to understand more about Tai Po Market’s past and present.
The program is designed for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s urban areas. Tai Po Market Foodie Tour is available on Fridays only and includes a 2 kilometer walk along mostly flat terrain.
Intercity Taxi Helicopter Service in Guangdong
Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area became China’s first, and one of the most successful Special Economic Zones (SEZs). There is now a new helicopter service provider operating scenic tours and an ‘intercity’ taxi service, connecting all the business centers of Guangdong Province. This includes Guangzhou, Shenzen and Zhuhai, and will significantly reduce travel times between the cities.
The company behind the operation, Astri Ari Co. Ltd, is operating with a Sikorsky S-76 that can carry 8 to 12 people, and a Sikorsky S-92, capable of carrying 12 to 19 passengers.
Explore the Mighty Salween River in Burma
Visitors to Burma can now explore the mighty Salween River and Ayeyarwaddy Delta onboard the Kalay Pandaw. New programs were introduced this month and will operate weekly along the river, initially for private charter only. There is much to explore in this undiscovered area of Burma, including: Moulmein, the first British capital of Burma, with its scattering of fascinating old churches and splendid royal Buddhist monasteries; the war graves at Thanbyuzayat; beautiful scenery and charming undiscovered villages; the Karen capital of Hpa-an and the dramatic Mount Zwekabin with its Karen dancing school.
The Kalay Pandaw also stops at the Golden Rock Pagoda of Kyaikhtiho and Pegu with its splendid Shwemadaw Pagoda, the tallest pagoda in Burma.
Kanazawa Traditional Arts & Crafts Tour
The Kanazawa Crafts Tour has been devised to allow travelers to try their hands at two of the regions fascinating traditional arts & crafts that have given Kanazawa its creative reputation around the world. Charming Kanazawa is not only home to beautiful art, architecture and exquisite cuisine; it is also the birthplace of refined traditional crafts valued as some of the finest in the country.
Firstly, guests experience hand decorating a small laquer plate or a pair of chopstick with gold leaf. This thin, precious product is extremely delicate and takes great precision when handling. Next is kagayuzen, a form of kimono cloth dyeing that is unique to Kanazawa. Guests decorate a handkerchief using this traditional technique. All items made by guests can be taken home as souvenirs of their time spent in Japan.
A Telling Voyage into the Mekong Delta
This exceptional four hour cruise unveils a series of different communities, each with their own distinct cultural traits. We journey into remote areas that are not usually frequented by tourists as we cruise through the Mekong Delta, passing by traditional markets, both on land and floating. A motorized boat takes us toward Binh Minh town of Vinh Long province. After a 45-minute cruise along the Hau River guests will reach Dong Thuan village where a small community of Kinh people are living along the Cai Von river. They are friendly people and will welcome guests to visit their nursery gardens which sit on platforms above the water.
This nursery village provides many local women, the older men or even teenage children with work year round. We also visit Phu Ly pagoda, the central pagoda of the Khmer commune in Vinh Long province where most locals are descendants of Cambodian origin. Here guests can walk to visit the main hall of the pagoda – the interior of which features brightly painted scenes from the Buddha’s life.
Phuket Town Boutique Guesthouse Experience
Want to get off the beaten track in Phuket? Why not add the Phuket Town Experience to your stay. Explore the beautiful Sino Portuguese architecture that abounds around the old town of Phuket. Turn a corner and step into a bygone era that can be hard to find these days.
The Rommanee Boutique Guest-House is an old traditional Sino Portuguese building that has been decorated with a retro, modern twist. A great location and a perfect base from which to explore and experience the heart of Phuket Old Town. Located on “Soi Rommanee” (known to locals as the ‘Romantic Road’) it’s easy for guests to explore the local area and discover what this colorful vibrant town has to offer. Each of the rooms has been decorated differently in their own boutique style, showing a different side of what Phuket Old Town has to offer.
Villa Samadhi in Kuala Lumpur is a Hidden Gem
Villa Samadhi in Kuala Lumpur was formerly a local tycoon’s personal mansion, which he has rented out to the Samadhi people to manage it as an exclusive boutique resort. It is located just off the busy Jalan Ampang, in a smaller quiet road. The building is unmarked, without signage and un-registered guests are not allowed inside. Its modern Asian design and ambience makes it a unique boutique residence in the city.
Whether it is a holiday retreat for a family, special weekend getaway, or a long term or temporary stay for those on business, Villa Samadhi is the ideal holiday home. The residence has just 20 rooms, each one tastefully and differently fitted, with large bathrooms and a selection of rooms facing the swimming pool that allow guests to swim directly up to their doors.
Delightful Muang La Resort in Northern Laos
Set in the midst of a lost valley in northern Laos sits an oasis – the small and beautiful Muang La Resort. The resort is surrounded by two natural hot bathing springs and epitomizes heavenly getaways. At the side of the Lodge, a natural hot spring thousands of years old feeds a spa built 4 meters high, embracing the river and mountain view. They recently added to the magical atmosphere with the addition of an overflowing infinity pool, built onto a small, private island, set into the middle of the flowing river.
Guests can watch the sunset over the hills in a romantic, private dining ‘sala’ area, overlooking the pool and the river. For those who like to get out and about, Muang La is an excellent base from which to explore the life of hill tribes in nearby villages, with further options for trekking, mountain biking and other nature-based activities.
Get Ready for ZoukOut on 11 December 2015
ZoukOut is Singapore’s definitive annual dance festival and Asia’s only sunrise beach festival celebrating homegrown dance music over a two days. Taking place on 11 December 2015, it will be ZoukOut’s 15th year of celebrations. ZoukOut has built a name synonymous with quality, the best International artists with a diversity of sounds from Electro to Trance, Techno, House and top notch carnival fun.
A Singapore Tourism Awards ‘Best Leisure Event Experience’ multiple-time finalist and winner in 2005 & 2007, ZoukOut has received accolades from local, international magazines and industry players alike. Everyone who has attended ZoukOut knows it’s not only about the best in dance music, it’s about the entire festival experience, immersing visitors from the moment they enter into a unique entertainment wonderland. Follow the festival with a program that reveals the fascinating culture of Singapore, showing how the country has grown beyond many people’s wildest dreams.
The International Angkor Half Marathon
The International Angkor Half Marathon will take place this year on 6 December to once again raise awareness and support relief for the victims of anti-personnel mines in Cambodia. Organized by Cambodia Events Organization Company, there are three different categories of the race for participants to select from. The race commences from 5:30am in front of Angkor Wat, finishing at the same position. Runners are treated to a spectacular sunrise over the temples and surrounding jungle, with many stunning temple landscapes to admire as they make their journey around the 21.1 kilometer course.
Entry fees and additional financial support foster independence among landmine victims by helping provide prosthetic limbs and social reintegration programs. Contact Destination Asia Cambodia for more information on how to enter the race or how to include it within a longer visit to Cambodia.
New General Manager for Cambodia Appointed
We are delighted to announce that Hannah Loughlin has joined Destination Asia in the role of General Manager for Destination Asia Cambodia. Hannah will be based at Cambodia’s Siem Reap office and shall take on the responsibility of developing new and enticing products while streamlining operations to provide our clients with the pinnacle in service delivery.
Her 20 years’ experience in hospitality includes 12 years performing international hotel sales, during which time she traveled extensively and fell in love with Asia. Now living and working in Siem Reap, Hannah is driving her enthusiastic team to deliver world class experiences that showcase Cambodia’s artistic and joyful spirit, sharing in Destination Asia’s passion for learning about foreign cultures.
We welcome Hannah to the Destination Asia family.
To contact Hannah, click on her email below.