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Asian Trails Cambodia Moves to New Office Space in Siem Reap

With business flourishing in Siem Reap, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, our Asian Trails Siem Reap office will be moving office this week to a new location.

From 26 April until 1 May inclusive, our team on the ground, supported by our head office in Phnom Penh, will be relocating its existing operations to a new address in the Svaydankum District, southwest of the town’s centre. During the aforementioned period, communication may see some slight delays.

The experienced teams in Siem Reap will continue to provide crucial support to Asian Trails’ customers during this period and will now be able to expand as our operations grow in our most important tourism centre in Cambodia, right after Phnom Penh.

Effective from 2 May onward, our new office address will be

Asian Trails Siem Reap
Salakonseng Village
Svaydankum Commune
Siem Reap District
Siem Reap city
T. +(855) (0) 63 964 595
res@asiantrails.com.kh

Telephone numbers, including those for direct dial to staff, fax number and all email addresses remain the same.

We thank you for your understanding and collaboration during this period.

Kind regards

Asian Trails Cambodia

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Vote for Asian Trails at the TTG Asia Travel Awards

Asian Trails is proud yet again to be in the running for the 29th anniversary of the TTG Asia Travel Awards, one of the travel trade’s most anticipated and recognised honours. As a trade partner, your voice and vote is of great importance for us to and it acknowledges our contribution to the region as a positive one.

Our ‘East-meets-West’ ownership structure enables us to provide personalized, unique and cost-effective travel products and services unrivalled anywhere else in Asia. Supported by the various TTG publications and trade resources under the TTG Travel Trade Publishing umbrella, this will be a unique opportunity to cast your vote for Asia Trails and acknowledge our contribution to raise the tourism bar to new levels.

To vote for us simply click on the link below and type Asian Trails into the relevant categories. Voting ends 13 June 2018.

On behalf of all of us, we thank you very much for your vote!

About Asian Trails
Dedicated to tailoring highly-personalized experiences to discerned explorers, Asian Trails captivates the essence of its Asia through its 8 own-managed destinations in East and South East Asia. Each tour is carefully crafted and is an example of the passion all of us have for delivering a unique personality that matches the requirements of today’s demanding traveller. We pride ourselves on adding creative touches to your customer’s experience in a language you understand and being on-the-ground 24/7. It is this success formula that has laid the foundation for exceeding expectations’ since our inception in 1999.

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New head office premises for Asian Trails Laos

Our whole team in Asian Trails Laos is excited to announce that we will move to a new location in the capital Vientiane, effective 23 April 2018. The company has grown from strength to strength and this move confirms the need for larger premises to coordinate all travel arrangements throughout the country.

Between 20 and 23 April, communication with our head office in Laos will be limited to email only - res@asiantrailslaos.com -, as existing telephone numbers will be transferred to the new location. However, we do expect delays in responding to reservations and enquiries during the said dates.

Our new office premises will be from this coming Monday at

Asian Trails Laos (AT Lao Co., Ltd.)
4th Floor, Premier Building, P.O. Box 5422
Sethathirath Road, Phiavat Village,
Sisattanak District
Vientiane Capital, Laos

We thank you for your understanding for any inconvenience caused due to this move.

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Laos

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Asian Trails nominated for 2018 World Travel Awards

Being added to the list of distinctive nominees for the 2016 and 2017 World Travel Awards was a great honour for us for the past 2 years. Recognized by travel professionals around the world for our passion for what we’re doing and continuously blazing new paths in travel, Asian Trails is profoundly pleased for being shortlisted in six (!) categories this year.

Your vote, as a passionate travel professional, is to acknowledge that we continue to deliver service stands beyond the call of duty is highly appreciated and confirms that ‘we practice what we preach’. As a trade partner, your voice and vote is of great importance for us to and it acknowledges our contribution to the region as a positive one.

In 2018 we are shortlisted for:

  • Asia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Cambodia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Laos’ Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Myanmar’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Thailand’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Vietnam’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018

Please take a minute to register and cast your vote by clicking here

Click on this link and make your vote count

All of us here at Asian Trails are extremely grateful in casting your Asian Trails’ vote before 22 July!

About Asian Trails
Dedicated to tailoring highly-personalized experiences to discerned explorers, Asian Trails captivates the essence of its Asia through its own-managed destinations in East and South East Asia. Each tour is carefully crafted and is an example of the passion all of us have for delivering a unique personality that matches the requirements of today’s demanding traveller.

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Frankfurt welcomes Asian Trails delegation at upcoming 2018 IMEX

With a plethora of new and innovative incentive approaches that suit your customers’ requirements, delegates from Asian Trails Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are making their way this May to the annual IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany.

From 15 – 17 May 2018, Bjorn Schimanski, Managing Director, Asian Trails Indonesia (Wonderful Indonesia stand, booth B540), Emir Cherif – Managing Director, Asian Trails Malaysia (MyCEB booth number B200) and Yves van Kerrebroeck – Managing Director Asian Trails Thailand (TCEB Booth number B150) are eager to meet travel professionals from around the world and discuss the opportunities at the Messe Frankfurt.

For further inquiries, questions and trying to meet our colleagues before, during or after this leading trade show, feel free to contact us via marketing@asiantrails.org or schedule your appointment via https://www.imex-frankfurt.com/ after registration.

We are looking forward welcoming you to the next edition of the IMEX for blazing new paths in MICE Travel.

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Bali Prepares to welcome Nyepi, the Day of Silence, on 17 March

The exhilaration of deafening sounds filling the streets of Bali will make way for 24 hours of pure silence the following day. Parading and dancing form the décor of what is for many, the introduction to chase away the bad spirits and welcome the new one. A revolution from night to light marks the arrival of Nyepi, the Day of Silence

Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence from the morning on 17 March at 06:00 hrs | 6 AM until 06:00 hrs | 6 AM the following day. Residents have to stay indoors, make no noise and switch off all lights for the duration of this period. Major hotels generally permit their guests full use of their various outlets with the understanding that guests will not venture outside the property. Bali’s only airport will also shut down during the entire Nyepi period.

In addition, all hotels around the holy Mount Bromo are closed from 16 March until late afternoon 17 March, seeing properties welcoming guests again on 18 March. With the majority of the ethnic minorities living around the caldera being Hindu, the announcement of seeing overnight partners closing their doors was recently received.

Aside that there are no flights arriving or departing Bali on that day, there will be no excursions operated and all shops and business will be closed. Asian Trails Indonesia office will be closed from Friday 16 March from 15:00 hrs | 3 PM local time and going back online on Monday, 19 March. Emergency services remain standing by in case needed as well our 24-hour emergency numbers remain available.

We thank you for your understanding during these days of silence on our Bali

Kindest regards

 

Asian Trails Indonesia

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The CEO Story: Phu Quoc — Vietnam’s booming island in the sun

I decided to travel to Phu Quoc before ITB Berlin with Tien, our MD in Vietnam, to get an update on the latest developments and hotels on the island. The developments are happening at such a lightning speed that it led to some saying: “You can’t visit this place anymore”. I wish to say this statement is completely wrong as the island is still visitor friendly; one just needs to be selective and have some basic knowledge to recommend the right beach and hotel to the right client.

Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island in the south and a year-round destination. The high season is from October to April when it welcomes a large number of Western tourists, with Asian travellers visiting the island during the summer months.

The island has good air accessibility. Domestic airlines fly to Phu Quoc from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as from the country’s smaller cities. Both scheduled and chartered international flights operate into Phu Quoc airport from Thailand, China, Russia, UK, Italy and the Scandinavian countries. Several regional airlines are planning to add the island to their networks in the next 12-18 months.

Travel to the island is seamless: most visitors, including Western tourists, do not need a visa to visit Phu Quoc provided they don’t leave to the mainland and stay no longer than 30 days.

Charming boutique hotels are plentiful in the north-west and along the beach of Duong Dong, the island’s main town. You will find colonial style properties and eco resorts in the 2 to 4 star superior category, which are charming and have a lovely atmosphere with a Vietnamese flair. Larger local 5 star resorts, mostly built in the Asian contemporary style and many with private beach, also operate in this part of the island. Beaches are clean with white or light brown sand and offer water sports activities and excursions to nearby islands. There is a wide choice of restaurants offering tasty Vietnamese and seafood, as well as a small number of Western eateries.

The south-western part of the island is where most of the developments are taking place, and it is best to avoid this area until the infrastructure is completed in three to four years. The developments here are massive: tens of hotels, hundreds of villas, thousands of apartments, new roads, amusement parks, golf courses, artificial lakes and many more facilities are being built. The beaches on this part of the island are beautiful, but with the noise and dust from the ongoing construction they are not ideal for a quiet vacation.

On the other hand, the south-eastern beach, my personal favourite, where the island’s most luxurious hotel opened last year, is a great place to stay. There are also large ongoing developments here, but they are secluded from the hotel and guests are not disturbed.

On the day I was on Phu Quoc the world’s largest cable car was inaugurated. It is 8 kilometres long and 150 metres high, starts from Phu Quoc’s southern point and connects a series of smaller islands. The panorama is stunning, an ideal way to see the islands from above, and great for people prone to sea sickness since they don’t need a boat to visit the islands now.

What the southern islands are best known for, until the opening of this cable car as an added attraction, are snorkelling and diving. There are some really nice reefs in this part of Vietnam, and they make for interesting day excursions in combination with island visits, beach picnics and other marine activities.

Besides snorkelling, diving and fishing, Asian Trails also offers land excursions on Phu Quoc including forest walks, and visits to fishing village and pearl and pepper farms.

We just launched a foodie tour combining night market and fishing village visits with the tasting of local sea food and other goodies. The tour ends with the sampling of ice cream rolls that I have never seen in any other parts of Asia. We also arrange for lunches and dinners at local homes where guests are welcome to watch or help the host prepare the dishes.

Asian Trails opened its own office in Phu Quoc last year, as we believe in the island’s tourism potential. We are aware that not all the developments are sustainable, and we want to be an active adviser to the local authorities in protecting the environment and in providing long term income to the people. During this period of development, it is also of crucial importance for us to control our own operations since we don’t want to compromise on quality.

The Asian Trails Vietnam team and myself will be happy to advise tourism professionals in selecting suitable properties for their products on Phu Quoc, and to assist in matching the right customer to the right hotel.

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Established Sawarak Long House Damaged Beyond Repair

Asian Trails Malaysia regrets to inform you that one of the leading long house overnight addresses on Sawarak has been completely destroyed as a result of a large fire, engulfing all parts of this traditional accommodation. Fortunately, no injuries were reported at the time of the destructive force of the flames.

The Nanga Mgemah Long House, located in the Lemanak region nearby Taman Negara Batang Ai in Sarawak was part of various packages within the product line of Asian Trails Malaysia. At this stage, our teams on the ground are still assessing the situation and trying to find alternative long houses to accommodate already confirmed guests. Our 2 and 3 days packages at Lemanak as well as our 4 days Lemanak – Batang Ai packages will be put on stop sales until alternative accommodation has been found.

Asian Trails Malaysia will inform all customers individually about this matter, with offering alternative long houses or packages.

If you have any questions, please contact us anytime at res@asiantrails.com.my or at +60 (0)3 2141 5245 during office hours or our 24/7 hotline outside of office hours at +60 (0)19 354 0590.

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Malaysia