News and Updates from Asian Trails

Cambodia’s National Road Number 6 Opens

The Cambodian government has officially opened the new National Road number 6, linking the country’s capital Phnom Penh with Siem Reap, after an extensive renovation period of 50 months. This new road will improve the country’s transport network, and people’s lives, in facilitating travel, as well as further integrating Cambodia into the Asian community. It will also play a key role in increasing the number of tourists to the country particularly to Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and neighbouring provinces like Preah Vihear that are rich in historical sites and nature.

With the opening of the road Asian Trails Cambodia expects shorter overland transfer times between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Bali plays host to IMF and World Bank Conference

Bali will host the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Conference from October 12th -14th 2018, one of the biggest conferences to be held on the island. More than 15,000 people comprising the organisations’ officials, delegates, participants and members of the media will converge on Bali’s Nusa Dua, the famous tourist area in south Bali, filling all available accommodation.

Between October 10th -20th Nusa Dua will be secured for pre-and post-conference meetings, putting a lot of pressure on providers of accommodation and meeting facilities. Asian Trails Indonesia advises clients to avoid Nusa Dua during these dates due to the high security measures being implemented.

Borneo — A Showcase of Exotic Culture and Tradition

The Borneo Arts Festival is back in Labuan, an island in East Malaysia and a Federal Territory in Malaysia, from September 28th-30th 2018 featuring cultural and contemporary performances. Artistes from across Malaysia, and neighbours including Brunei and Indonesia, will entertain visitors with visual arts, traditional ethnic music like the mukun (percussions performed by women), and recitals. The programme will also include fusion concerts with traditional instruments like the gambus, and fashion shows of traditional ethnic costumes.

The festival is a great time to learn and see the exotic culture of Borneo with its rich and colourful traditions in performing arts.

Asian Trails Myanmar’s Participation in Communities and Tourism Conference

The move by companies in Myanmar to operate sustainable and responsible tourism has led to various initiatives to achieve this objective. One of these is the recent 3rd National Conference on Communities and Tourism in Kalaw in the Shan State. It brought together experts and tourism players to discuss sustainability in the tourism industry. One of the speakers was Hans Seide, a pioneer in sustainable tourism.

Asian Trails Myanmar was represented at the conference by its station manager for the Shan State, Myint Ko Ko – an affirmation of its commitment to responsible tourism, and its cooperation with partners to find sustainable ways to operate the country’s tourism business.

George Town Festival celebrates Penang’s Art, Culture and Heritage

George Town Festival, which takes place every August on the Malaysian island of Penang, is an annual month-long celebration of culture, heritage, art and community. This year it  is on from August 4th to September 2nd 2018.

Inaugurated in 2010 in honour of George Town’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the festival transforms the city into a global stage showcasing world-class performances from both international and local artistes. It also creates vibrant connections between the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the future. The festival attracts thousands of visitors to Penang, and has become one of Malaysia’s and Asia’s must-attend events.