Yangon marks end of 2018 with Day of Giving Back
Giving Back is a tradition of Asian Trails Myanmar to bring joy to the Home of the Aged in Yangon, a leading retirement home in the former capital.
Last year the Yangon team once again made its way to the Home to spread happiness. Armed with gifts, a repertoire of well-known Christmas songs and musical instruments they joined the Sisters of this well-known community for the elderly in spreading Christmas joy. The day ended with a donation of kitchen equipment to the Myanmar Deaf Chef Association – a non-government organisation that provides schooling and practice placements for deaf children in Myanmar.
A Day in Batam – Novel tour option from Singapore
Go on an hour-long boat ride from Singapore and you reach Batam, a small island on the Straits of Singapore. The free trade zone island, also known for its beaches and nightlife, offers the perfect day getaway from the city-state.
The full day tour from Asian Trails Malaysia explores attractions including Batam’s largest coffee factory, Duta Maitreya Laughing Buddha Temple, Marina City, the dry local market and designer outlet. Race against fellow drivers at the island’s biggest go-kart track and sample local delicacies such as kueh lapis and Indonesian buffet-style lunch. The day ends with a complimentary 60-minute traditional massage.
Asian Trails Vietnam promotes Phuong Do to Inbound Manager
Mr Phuong Do has been promoted from Product Manager to Inbound Manager of Asia Trails Vietnam. He joined the company in November 2008 to set up the Quality Control and Customer Relations Department and learned about operations, customers’ requirements and travel experiences.
Three years later he became Product Manager in charge of product innovation to tap Vietnam’s tourism diversity and potential, and helped inspire tour operators with travel insights. With 10 years’ experience working in the company and fully understanding customers’ needs Phuong looks forward to lead the sales team in reaching out to customers and meeting their expectations.
Nature Walk with Asian Trails Malaysia in Penang Hill
Visiting Penang island in Malaysia will not be complete without a tour of Penang Hill, 30 minutes from the city, to enjoy its varied flora and fauna.
The half-day tour starts with a buggy drive along Summit Road to see historical bungalows and enjoy the panoramic view from the peak. The programme includes a guided educational visit to Malaysia’s only Monkey Cup Sanctuary and Habitat Rainforest Park, an untouched forest reserve with canopy walkways 800 metre above sea level. The experience ends with a local lunch of ‘Char Kway Teow’ (stir-fried rice cake strips), one of Malaysia’s most popular dishes.
Maison Lameloise – 3 Michelin star restaurant at Shanghai Tower
Maison Lameloise, Shanghai’s latest 3 Michelin star restaurants opened in 2018 to raving reviews by food enthusiasts. It is a must-visit for epicures who want to sample the cuisine of Eric Pras, master chef from Burgundy, France,
The restaurant scales new heights, not on culinary creativity but also in its location at Shanghai Tower, the city’s tallest skyscraper at 632 m tall with 128 floors. Chef Pras delights diners with his famous approach to Burgundy cuisine with a modern twist. Fresh seafood, caviar and in-season ingredients fill the menu at this idyllic dining experience in China’s thriving metropolis.
Evening foodie tour by tuk tuk in Phnom Penh
For foodies this is a tour not to miss when in Phnom Penh – discovering the culinary delights of Cambodia’s capital in a tuk tuk.
The evening tour is developed by Asian Trails Cambodia in collaboration with local food experts. The approximately 3.5-hour experience starts at 6 p.m. with an English-speaking guide. The tuk tuk ride goes from Independence Monument to the lively Russian Market. Along the way sample delicious Cambodian cuisine with many tastings in local family-run restaurants and stalls. You also learn the cultural story behind each dish. The evening ends at a rooftop bar drinking local craft beer.
Man Mo Temple – Haven of peace in Central Hong Kong
Man Mo Temple is built as a tribute to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo), both worshipped by scholars seeking success in the civil examinations of Imperial China. Built in 1847, it remains the largest of the several Man Mo temples in Hong Kong.
Visiting the temple is a must-do as part of a walking tour around Central Hong Kong. Asian Trails China takes you to this ancient picturesque temple for a few moments of peaceful respite from busy bustling Central to experience its tranquillity and say a prayer for good health.
Sailing from Thailand to Cambodia with Indigo Cruises
Indigo Cruises has added a new 7-day cruise that takes guests on a leisurely return journey from Thailand to Cambodia in a four-cabin steamer. The sailing is from Rayong in Thailand to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s well-known beach destination. The cruise includes a variety of tour options and visits along the way. All meals and golf options are included. A crew is on hand to cater to all the guests’ needs. This new product is developed by Indigo Cruises, which owns and manages the steamer, to meet the growing demand to experience the Asian way of life on board a local ship.
Ethnic fashion show spices up dinner at Parasol Blanc
Parasol Blanc is an iconic hotel in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in northern Laos. Located along Phou Vao Road the hotel has enhanced its dining experience with a fashion show featuring the distinctive traditional design of Laos’ ethnic minority groups. The show is at the White Lotus restaurant every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7.30 p.m. This unique show is a perfect add-on to an evening of dining on Laotian traditional dishes.
Explore Asia! – Discover the splendour of historic Ayutthaya
This new 3-day tour in Asian Trails new ‘Explore Asia’ takes you back in time to ancient Siam to the former capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Less than an hour by train from Thailand’s capital Bangkok you enter a world of past splendour with heritage dating back to 1350 in the ancient park on an island between three river. Visit Ang Thong, a town famed for its fine arts and crafts, as well as its farming traditions. A tour highlight is sailing along the water to navigate Ayutthaya’s famed moat, one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.
A new Product Manager for Asian Trails Vietnam
Ms Mai Nguyen is Asian Trails Vietnam’s new Product Manager. She joined the company in 2010 as a travel consultant before becoming a supervisor, and then deputy inbound manager.
A Vietnamese, Mai fell in love with travel in 2001 when she arranged a camping trip to Mui Ne for her high school class. In 2007, after earning a Bachelor degree in tourism and hotel management, she became a travel consultant in a local travel agency. She is very excited about her new role as Product Manager, as it will give her the opportunity to further advance her career in travel.