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Bangkok’s Grand Palace Closed for Visitors this October

Dear friends and business partners

The Thailand government has officially announced Bangkok’s Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple will be closed from 1 until 29 October 2017 inclusive in observance of the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. On 26 October, all water ways along the Thonburi Klongs will also be closed and no dinner cruises will be operated.

This highly-important event for the Thai nation will see the area around the Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang (Royal Fields) completely sealed off for the public. The official cremation date is confirmed for 26 October 2017, a public holiday for the whole country in order to allow His subjects time to join the mourning of a great leader. All our Thailand offices will be closed on the 26th of October as well but our operational and customer service teams will be working to guarantee the quality of our services.

Asian Trails Thailand will also ensure that any pre-booked Grand Palace visit by customers will be replaced by a suitable alternative during this period. It is also recommendable to inform your customers that the area around the Grand Palace may see revised traffic conditions, particularly the week leading up to 26 October 2017 and just afterwards. Changes in operation may take place on spot to accommodate any blocked roads around the Grand Palace in the days and weeks leading up to the cremation ceremony.

Note that these disruptions might also affect any tours in the vicinity of the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple, including the visit of the Wat Po temple complex. The Royal Household Bureau announced that both venues would reopen for visitors on October 30th.

We count on your understanding and informing your clients before their departure.

For any further inquiries, please contact your Asian Trails sales manager directly or email us at thailand@asiantrails.org

Kind regards

Asian Trails Thailand

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London Calling! Asian Trails delegation at upcoming 2017 World Travel Market

Once again, Asian Trails call London its home this November.

From 6 – 8 November 2017 at ExCel London, a large delegation of colleagues will camp down at booth AS601 to explore new business opportunities with passionate leisure professionals from around the world.

The annual World Travel Market is the global marketplace for the leisure travel industry, dedicated to share the latest in travel ideas, business opportunities and meeting up with friends and partners with the aim to catalyzing travel to our part of the world, establish and maintain personal connections and a conscientious approach for mutual benefit.

We have gathered plenty of ideas, inspiration and innovation, sparked by sharing our passion for East and Southeast Asia which we gladly want to share.

Attending this year will be:

  • Laurent Kuenzle – CEO, Asian Trails Ltd
  • Bui Viet Thuy Tien – Managing Director, Asian Trails Vietnam
  • Thomas Carnevale – Managing Director, Asian Trails Myanmar
  • Yves van Kerrebroeck – Managing Director, Asian Trails Thailand
  • Bjorn Schimanski – Managing Director, Asian Trails Indonesia

Keen to know the latest in our Asia? For requesting an appointment with one of our colleagues, contact marketing@asiantrails.org or email our Managing Directors directly to confirm a slot during these trade days.

Kindest regards

Asian Trails

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Founded in 1999, the Asian Trails Group has grown to become Asia’s leading destination management company with operations in 9 countries across East and Southeast Asia, backed by representation offices across the globe that offer support to our clients in their respective location and time zone.

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Sihanoukville Authorities impose Island Environment Tax


Dear friends and business partners

Local authorities in Sihanoukville recently announced the implementation of a new environmental tax for guests who travel by boat to one of the islands off the coast. The Cambodian government issued a statement, clarifying that this tax will be used to maintain the environment of these up and coming tourism destinations off the Sihanoukville coast.

According to the statement, effective immediately, a fee of US$ 2 per person will be levied for all guests and visitors, traveling by boat from Sihanoukville to any of the islands. The fee will be collected for customers who have booked overnight accommodation on one of the islands and those who have booked full day excursions only.

Asian Trails Cambodia deeply regrets that this announcement reaches our office at this stage of the season yet requires implementing this fee in all our transportation rates to these islands from 1 October 2017 onward. Our customer service representatives and reservation executives will contact you individually about these newly-levied charges for existing bookings

For more information or other inquiries related to this, please do not hesitate to contact us at res@asiantrails.com.kh.

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Cambodia

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Cambodian Government Restricts E-Visa Checkpoints Crossing

Dear friends and business partners

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Cambodia has recently issued a statement to restrict the number of checkpoints crossing for travellers handling an E-visa.

According to the government statement, e-Visa is now valid for customers entering the country via the following five check points only:

  • Phnom Penh International Airport
  • Siem Reap International Airport
  • The Thailand – Cambodia checkpoint at Cham Yeam (Koh Kong)
  • The Thailand – Cambodia checkpoint at Aranyaprathet (Poipet)
  • The Vietnam – Cambodia checkpoint at Moc Bai (Bavet)

Other important entry points into Cambodia – such as Sihanoukville International Airport – are not eligble for e-Visa applications.

For online applications and information, customers can go to the following website https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ or contact us for more information via res@asiantrails.com.kh

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Cambodia

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Malaysian Authorities Approve New Hotel Tax Regulations

Dear friends and business partners

After months of discussions and unclear releases from various sources, Asian Trails finally has received confirmation on the newly-implemented hotel taxation of customers in Malaysia. The government and tourism authorities, led by the Ministry of Tourism and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department, announced that this new Tourism Tax will be implemented effective 1 September 2017.

  • A fixed amount of RM10 per room per night will be levied directly from the customers at the hotel
  • The enforced RM10 Tourism Tax is for all types of accommodation in Malaysia
  • These taxes do not apply for Malaysian nationals
  • The tax will be applicable for all foreign visitors who check-in on or after 1 September

On 1st of September only hotels who have already received a tax number from the relevant authorities will be able to immediately implement it.

According to the statements we’ve received, there are still a few details to be ironed out and pending further updates from the two aforementioned government offices, we will keep you appraised about any news related.

Asian Trails Malaysia deeply regrets sending a number of updates about this tax implementation measures by the government, often without receiving official confirmation. We continue to check with all authorities for the latest updates.

Should any further questions remain unanswered, you are more than welcome to email us at res@asiantrails.com.my 

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Malaysia

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Eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra

Reports on the ground from our team and local authorities have seen a series of new eruptions at one of Sumatra’s active volcanoes. Having recorded numerous expulsions of dust and smoke since September 2013, Mount Sinabung’s region has been declared a no travel zone within a 7-kilometer radius from its crater.

According to local experts, the chances of seeing increased activity, resulting in seeing hot clouds and possible lava flowing along its slopes, are possible yet have not been confirmed yet. Direct communication between Asian Trails Indonesia, its suppliers and the authorities on spot have confirmed that there isn’t any structural damage in the vicinity or any of its visitors or residents have sustained injury from the increased activity. Visits to the various tourism sites and accommodation providers have reported that things are running normal and no travel warning have been released with the exception of the 7-kilometer perimeter.

One of the main destinations – Berastagi, the starting point for tours to Medan and Lake Toba – states that none of their operations are affected by Mount Sinabung’s increased rumbling. This popular town lies around 22 kilometers away from the crater.

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Padang Bay Harbor Tax revoked by Balinese Authorities

Dear friends and business partners

Following petitions and concerns about the recently-imposed Padang Bay Harbor tax for guests, traveling from Bali to one of the surrounding islands, Asian Trails Indonesia is pleased to announce that local authorities have cancelled the taxation of visitors traveling to the Gili Islands, Lombok or Nusa Lembongan with immediate effect.

Our statement from earlier this month therefore will be officially recalled by our office, affirming that any customer departing from Padang Bay will no longer be levied this tax. We regret any inconvenience caused in this change of regulation on such a short notice after it initially was instilled.

We remain at your disposal for any questions you may have and thank you for your understanding and collaboration. For inquiries, please contact our reservation team via res@asiantrails.co.id or contact your customer service representative in Asian Trails Indonesia.

With kind regards,

Asian Trails Indonesia