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Kuching’s Sarawak Museum Closed indefinitely

Asian Trails Malaysia regrets to inform you that Kuching’s Sarawak State Museum, Borneo’s oldest museum will be closed down indefinitely from 23 October 2017 onward. The announcement came from the office of the Chief Minister, Datuk Pattinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to the provided information from the Ministry, the museum will initially be closed for a period of 2.5 years, aiming to re-open for the public by earliest Q2 2020. Details about the exact opening date remain, as of today, not confirmed.

Founded in 1891 by Charles Brooke and famous for its centuries-old artefacts and colonial architecture, this total rejuvenation project encompasses the exhibitions, the exhibition space itself and the outside of this ethnology museum in an effort to preserve this landmark in Kuching.

With this, we regret that our Kuching city tours and tailored tours on Sarawak that include the Sarawak State Museum require to be altered; alternative tour options will be presented and included in existing bookings by our team.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Asian Trails Malaysia via res@asiantrails.com.my or direct your questions to your designated contact person in our Kuala Lumpur head office.

Kind regards

Asian Trails Malaysia

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Battambang’s Bamboo Train Halted for Major Renovations

Dear valued partners and friends

We regret to inform you that the famous Bamboo Train in Battambang, Cambodia will seize operation for a period of approximately 6 months for major renovations, effective immediately. According to the authorities, the replacement of the complete railway with a new track is required. Unfortunately, the exact relaunch date of operating bamboo train rides aboard Cambodia’s ‘Noories’ remains uncertain.

Asian Trails Cambodia regrets to inform all concerned about this inconvenience at this stage and will discuss with partners about finding suitable program alternatives. We will keep you appraised one we receive final confirmation of including bamboo train rides in Battambang.

For more information and alternative program suggestions, please contact our customer service team via res@asiantrails.com.kh

Kind regards

Asian Trails Cambodia

About the Bamboo Train
Noories are not only functional for those residing in and around Battambang; they are an institutional means of transportation that are fun-filled too! Ubiquitously connected with one of Cambodia’s largest towns, bamboo train tracks bring travels from A to B over rickety tracks aboard a completely open ‘cabin’ with speeds reaching up to 15 kilometres per hour are a must-try when around…even if you are going into the opposite direction of your itinerary.

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Asian Trails China’s revised opening times during Mid-Autumn Festival

Dear business partners and friends

China’s annual National Holiday is soon upon us and Asian Trails China and its partners will see revised office hours during the period 1 – 6 October 2017 inclusive.

Better known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, this is one of the main holidays in China where the majority of the people in China take one week off and spending time with family and friends or travel around within and beyond the Chinese borders. The importance of the Mid-Autumn Festival – celebrated around the 8th month of the China Lunar calendar – is accentuated with the celebration of China’s National Day on 1 October.

Outside wishing everyone prosperity and happiness, eating moon cakes (traditional Chinese pastry) will be a common thing to see when traveling around China. These round-shaped cakes, filled with a sweet dense filling, are widely given as a gift in the country and shared among family members. Combined with a good cup of Chinese Tea and you have your perfect Mid-Autumn setting!

The team at Asian Trails China will join the nation in celebrating these days, when the moon is at its brightest and fullest, and sees its office doors closed from 1 until 4 October 2017 inclusive with a skeleton staff on standby to handle emergency cases only.

With suppliers and other business also closed during this period, we ask for your understanding that delayed replies will occur. For any emergency, our 24/7 telephone numbers are standing by during these days.

With kindest regards

Asian Trails China

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Latest Update on Mount Agung Situation on Bali

Dear Partners and Colleagues,

We would like to give you another update about the current situation on Bali due to recent activity of the volcano Mount Agung. The alert level from the Center for Volcanology of Geological Hazard Mitigation remains at level 4 out of 4 and the safety parameter around the crater rim is still affective.

As access to the eastern region of Bali is getting more difficult due to blocked roads with evacuees and local authorities, Asian Trails decided to stop all activities north of Candidasa and on the East Coast until Tembok. This means that guests currently staying and travelling in this region (Amed, Kubu, Tulamben) or doing an excursion within the parameter such as Besakih temple, Bali Asli Cooking Class, Diving and Snorkeling activities in Tulamben and Amed and Muntigunung, Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung will be diverted to another region and similar sightseeing spots.

Further, please note that Sideman and Candi Dasa region are considered safe zones by the government which means that lots of evacuees are placed in the area. Although guests will not notice much while inside their resorts it might spoil the holiday experience for some of your guests. Please get back to your Asian Trails Indonesia booking officer if you would like to relocate your guests. However, most hotels will apply full cancellation charges as both Sideman and Candi Dasa are still considered safe by the government.

The airport of Bali remains fully open and operative and as of now no issue has been reported.

We monitor the situation closely and will send an update if the situation changes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Inbound Officer (res@asiantrails.co.id). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Kind regards

Asian Trails Indonesia

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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

About Asian Trails
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