Interesting Developments in Asian Trails

Asian Trails Opens Office in Labuan Bajo, Flores 

Asian Trails Indonesia is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Labuan Bajo, Flores, expanding its presence in Indonesia. The island is rich in natural attractions – beautiful beaches, amazing dive and cruise sites, majestic mountains and a wide array of eco-adventure activities. The upsurge in new hotels and resorts on and around the island is another reason for the new operations.

Björn Schimanski, Asian Trails Indonesia’s Managing Director, said: “Flores island always has had a great touristic potential, but only in the last few years we saw it slowly taking off. We are only at the beginning of what will be a major tourist destination in Asia.”

Traditions and Fun at Regatta Lepa in Semporna

The Regatta Lepa, the annual water festival in the small town of Semporna in Sabah’s eastern coast, is held on March 30th-31st 2019. It showcases the customs and traditions of the nomadic Bajau Laut or Sea Gypsies who are known for their lepa, the traditional single-mast sailing boat used in their daily lives as homes, for transportation or as wedding venues.

The regatta was declared a national festival in Malaysia in 2003 and now attracts both locals and foreigners. Its highlights include a floating parade of colourful lepa boats each representing a different family and village from the region, lepa boat racing, tug-of-war, beauty pageant, duck catching competition and fireworks.

New Airport in Quang Ninh Serves Ha Long Bay

Van Don International Airport in Quanh Ninh, a coastal province in north-eastern Vietnam, started operations in early February. It took three years to build the country’s first private airport, which can handle 2.5 million passengers and 10,000 tons of cargo per year.

The airport is located about 60 kilometres from Ha Long Bay, and it takes an hour by road to reach Ha Long City. However, the soon-to-open highway connecting the airport and Ha Long Bay will cut travel times in half. There are now daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City, and soon a service will connect the Chinese city Shenzhen to bring travellers to the famous tourist destination.

Asia Marine is Asian Trails Thailand’s New Supplier

Asian Trails Thailand is proud to introduce Asia Marine, a yacht charter, sales and management company in Phuket, Thailand, as its new supplier. This new collaboration between two well-established companies will help drive up the demand for cruises on private yacht and sailing boat from our customers worldwide.

Asia Marine offers boat charters and luxury cruises with a comprehensive range of services. It is the specialist to consult if you’re planning to have a yacht charter holiday in Thailand, whether it is a day trip on a 9.5-metre sailboat or a longer excursion on a 62-feet catamaran with four bedrooms.

Asian Trails Indonesia Partners Big Kanu to Explore Raja Ampat

Asian Trails Indonesia has entered into a partnership with expeditionary charter boat Big Kanu, which offers adventure exploration tours of Raja Ampat island departing from and returning to near the port of Waisai.

The trip’s itinerary includes the best Raja Ampat has to offer including snorkelling, trekking on the island and on to the top of its lookouts. The vessel will try to moor directly on beaches or small wharfs to allow guests freedom to explore, as well as serve as location for dockside dinner parties. The boat is available for both private charter and set departures, and is a budget-friendly way to travel to this unique part of Asia.

Asian Trails Indonesia Promotes Ida Ayu Mirah Puspadewi

Asian Trails Indonesia is happy to announce the promotion of Ms Ida Ayu Mirah Puspadewi (Dayu) as new Operations Manager for Indonesia with effect from April 9, 2019.

Dayu has more than 14 years working experience, beginning her career in accounting before moving into product development and the inbound department in our Bali office. Since 2015, she has been the driving force behind the success of our operations around Indonesia. We wish her all the best with the new challenges ahead.

‘Clean Challenge’ Campaign in Yangon 

On April 6, 2019 Clean Yangon, a volunteer organisation in Myanmar, organised a ‘Clean Challenge’ campaign to clear away a big pile of trash in Myanmar’s former capital. The organisation, whose mission is to create public awareness in maintaining cleanliness in the country, started the campaign in 2017 in Yangon.

About 300 volunteers, four of whom are staff from Asian Trails Myanmar, participated in the latest campaign. This is part of the company’s  corporate social responsibility in helping keep the environment clean for a healthier and better tomorrow.

Vietnam Increases Number of Countries Eligible for E-Visa 

In a continuous effort to ease the procedures to obtain a visa to Vietnam the government has extended the list of countries eligible to apply for visa online (E-Visa). Citizens from 80 countries are now able to get their E-Visa before departure to Vietnam. New countries added to the list include Argentina, Brazil and the Czech Republic were recently added.

Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta Rows off in October

The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta from October 25th-27th 2019, is a significant water-sports event in Sarawak’s tourism calendar. It is held back to back with the historical Sarawak Regatta (November 1st-3rd.)

Twelve countries represented by 29 teams will participate in this year’s Dragon Boat Regatta, making up a total of 900 rowers competing along the Sarawak River. The race has five categories – the International Open’s 20 crew, International Open’s 12 crew, International Mixed 12 crew, International Ladies 12 crew, and International Master 12 crew. It is conducted under the IDBF Competition Regulations and Rules of Racing. Apart from the races, there is local food on sale and handicraft exhibitions.