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Old and new tourism products blended well at TTM+ 2016

June 15, 2016 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Walking along the booths at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) during Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region 2016 (TTM+) during June 8-10, I came across several old and new tourism products, which blended well for showcasing the growing numbers of hotel & resorts and other travel services in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. The following list is just a small selection of outstanding and recommended tourism products (in alphabetical order):

  1. Asian Trails: The company with its headquarters in Bangkok is well-known for the “Yes, we can do” attitude. Services range from tailor-made and wholesale leisure programs, MICE and to corporate travel plans. “Luxury Burma” is one of their most famous travel product blazing new paths in style. Please go to: www.asiantrails.travel
  1. Bangkok Airways: The Company distinguishes itself with five main pillars to stand on, such as Boutique Lounge,Boutique Airport, Appetizing Menu, Exclusive Service and New Aircraft. New destinations on its route map are Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand and Da Nang in Viet Nam. Please go to: www.bangkokair.com
  1. Indochina Explorer (Thailand): The Company is based in Bangkok and specialized in organizing special tour programs to Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. As a gateway to Indochina, caravan tours can be planned accordingly. The newest choice would be a caravan tour from Bangkok via Myanmar to Assam in India. Other options would be fromBangkok to Kunming, Yunnan/China or from Bangkok via Cambodia to Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Please go to:www.indochinaexplorer.com
  1. Le Meridien Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai, Thailand: Two of the more sophisticated Starwood 5-star international branded hotels in Northern Thailand, which in their urban setting offer easy connections to local attractions and serve high quality, yet value for money cuisine. The Le Meridien restaurants are all featuring engaging indoor and alfresco place. Please go to: www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien
  1. Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR: Once the residence of Prince Souvannaphouma, the hotel gives a distinct colonial feeling, reminiscent of the country’s French colonial past. There are only 25 rooms, but the hotel offers the award-winning Angsana Spa facilities and a swimming pool. From the hotel it is easy to walk to many of Luang Prabang’s Buddhist temples, such as Wat That Luang, Wat Mai, Wat Phou Si and Wat Xieng Thong among others. The former Royal Palace, now a museum, is also nearby same the daily night market. Even, the mighty Mekong River is only a stone’s throw away and river trips can be booked at the hotel reception. Please go to: www.angsana.com/en/ap-laos-maison-souvannaphoum
  1. Mann Yadanarpon Airlines (Myanmar): The Company is based in Yangon and its current network includes Yangon,Mandalay, Nyaung U Bagan, Nay Pyi Taw, Heho, Lashio, Tachileik, Kyaing Tong, Thandwe Ngapali, Sittwe, Myitkyina, Dawei, Myeik, and Kawthaung. A new destination soon will be the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Please go to:www.airmyp.com
  1. Nghe An Tourism, Vinh City, Viet Nam: Nghe An Province is located some 290km south of Ha Noi and stretching along the famous North-South Highway and Railway. Having Cua Lo International Port and Vinh Airport, Nghe An is already one of the starting points of the tourist route along the East-West Economic Corridor connecting Vinh to Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Tourist attractions abound, such as Cua Lo Beach, World Biosphere Reserve in the mountainous western part of the province and Ho Chi Minh’s home town. Please go to: www.ngheantourism.gov.vn
  1. Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok: With its great location and easy access to sky train and metro in the Sukhumvit area, with its award winning restaurants, and with its service minded staff, the hotel is highly recommended when in Bangkok. General Manager Mr. Eric Hallin is from Sweden and one of the most experienced and charming hotel Manager inThailand. Please go to: www.rembrandtbkk.com
  1. River Kwai Village Hotel, Kanchanaburi, Thailand: The hotel is the one and only luxurious jungle resort, which is located in the upper part of the River Kwai valley, approximately 70km from the world renowned “Bridge on the River Kwai”. Set amidst totally unspoiled mountainous jungle on the banks of the River Kwai, the hotel offers 191 rooms altogether with 26 rooms floating on the river. Furthermore, there is a Jungle Water Park, a unique swimming pool and the Jungle View Restaurant. Please go to: www.riverkwaivillagehotel.com
  1. Royal Jet Cruiser, Phi Phi Island, Thailand: With this elegant boat, tourists can do a full day Phi Phi Island Tour after getting picked up from their hotel in Phuket. A seafood buffet lunch is included. For staying on Phi Phi Island, there are the recommended Phi Phi Natural Resort and the P.P. Erawan Palms Resort. Connections to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao or other places are available. Please go to: www.andamanwavemaster.com
  1. Sampran Riverside, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand: This is an award winning eco-cultural destination only 50km fromBangkok. Since 1962, the activities there are based on the traditional Thai way of life. Facilities comprise a 4-star riverside hotel, traditional Thai houses by the lake, restaurants, spa, meeting rooms, Thai Village with cultural show and elephant demonstration, an Organic Farm, and a weekend farmer’s market. Theme dinners and wedding parties can be arranged. Please go to: www.sampranriverside.com
  1. Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Thailand: The resort offers 276 elegant colonial style rooms and suites. Guests have access to three restaurants and the facilities & services include a fitness centre, spa, kid’s club and a 9-hole golf course. There is also a business centre, meeting rooms and a pillar-less Grand Ballroom for weddings and banquets. Please go to: www.sofitel.com/6184
  1. Soi Dao Highland Golf Resort, Chanthaburi, Thailand: This is a new project from the Chatrium Hotels and Residences Company based in Bangkok. The resort has an expansive 18-hole golf course and 4-star hotel adjoining Soi DaoMountain. Also, there is a huge swimming pool between the guestrooms and the Club House. The resort is just 46km from the town of Chanthaburi and can easily be reached from Pattaya, Bangkok or Trat Airport. Please go to:www.soidaohighland.com
  1. Pandaw Cruises: Founded in 1995 in Myanmar, Pandaw Cruises operates now 16 luxury cruise ships in the Mekong Region. The busy Director of Sales and Marketing is Australian Mr. John Boyd, who just announced the starting operation of a special Pandaw coastal steamer in the Andaman Sea between Ranong in Thailand and Yangon in Myanmar touching on places such as Myeik, Dawei and Mawlamyaing. Please go to: www.pandaw.com
  1. Villa Santi Hotel Group, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR: Villa Santi & Santi Resort & Spa share a impressive royal history. Villa Santi is a fully renovated two building complex right in the heart of the UNESCO old town of Luang Prabang, while Santi Resort & Spa is just outside of town, peacefully located at the foot of hills and surrounded by paddy fields and village life. Actually, Lao Airlines offers a daily direct flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang. Please go to: www.villasanti.com

Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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