The services and facilities at the CIP lounge at Siem Reap/Angkor Airport have been improved with its recent upgrade. There is now a wider choice of food and beverages, including wines and spirits.
This new and modern hotel is located in the prestigious golden triangle area in south Jakarta.
It offers a perfect mix of individual or business travel choices and a variety of recreational facilities.
Elegantly in black and stylish, the hotel consists of 36 floors of rooms divided into 136 Standard Executive Rooms and 102 Suite Rooms.
Bangkok received a lot of Media attention lately due to the heavy floods covering large areas North and Northwest of the city. It is true that many hundreds of major factories and tens of thousands of houses were badly inundated during the past few weeks. However, it is also a fact that downtown Bangkok, the main temples, the hotels and shopping areas in the central business district have remained dry. Suvarnabhumi Intl. Airport is fully open and ASIAN TRAILS operate transfers and even the City and Temples tour without problems. All upcountry destinations like Pattaya, Hua Hin, Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai etc. function normally.
In fact, our main problem right now is a distortion of facts by the Media, particularly when watching CNN, BBC and TV5 etc., which make you believe that the whole of Bangkok is under water! I allow myself to include below a Caricature from yesterday’s “The Nation” plus a photo of the Grand Palace entrance taken by the undersigned at noon on MON 31 Oct 2011 – with no floods in sight!
So please encourage potential visitors to come and spend the year-end holidays in Thailand, which is magical at this time of the year with its festivities and special events.
The other destinations in ASIAN TRAILS’ network have also drawn up interesting tours and events, especially to celebrate Christmas, bid adieu to 2011 and usher in 2012. This is the best time to be in colourful, vibrant Asia.
You will find details on our latest products and services in this issue of TRAILBLAZER (November-December 2011), plus the latest update on the situation in Thailand.
Luzi A. Matzig
C E O
Asian Trails Ltd.
Myanmar is getting ever more popular especially during Christmas/New Year and in February. Hotels and cruises are almost fully booked.
To avoid disappointment we recommend early booking and as soon as possible.
Two new pits of civil servant and acrobat terracotta figures at the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang (259 BC-210 BC) were opened to the public on October 1.
The acrobat pit, coded K9901 and discovered in 1999, lies in the southeast of the mausoleum of Qin Shihuang. The 11 unearthed terracotta figures, unarmoured with their torsos unclad, differ greatly from terracotta warriors. They might have represented wrestlers, acrobats or dancers in the court of the Qin Dynasty, according to archaeologists.
The civil servant figure pit, coded K0006, lying in the southwest of the mausoleum opened to the general public on the same day.
Mr. Phuong Do (pictured right) has been appointed Product Manager of Asian Trails Vietnam effective October 1, 2011. Phuong Do has been working with Asian Trails as Quality Control and Customer Relations Manager since November 2008 at our Ho Chi Minh City office.
His wide knowledge in tourism products and strong understanding of tourists’ expectations is a good base for his new task of developing and innovating our products catered to diversified interests and demands of different markets.
Phuong Do remains responsible for Quality Control, while Customer Relations is the responsiblity of Ms. Trang Ngo, Assistant Quality Control and Customer Relations Manager since May, 2011.
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, entered into a codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines on October 30, 2011.
The agreement allows Etihad passenters to connect seamlessly through Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines’ daily services. Etihad operates a double daily service to Bangkok.
Likewise, Vietnam Airlines passengers from either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi can connect through Bangkok to Etihad’s base in Abu Dhabi.
Luxury discovery brand, Anantara, rebranded the existing L’Anmien Beach Resort to Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa on November 1, 2011.
Guests have a choice of a wide range of rooms and suites ranging from 42 square metres to the presidential suite of 178 square metres, which offers different lagoon, pool and beach perspectives. There are also 20 pool villas – either pool or beachfront – ranging from 92 to 128 square metres that boast a private lounge, open-air bathroom, private swimming pool, lagoon, and spctacular views of the gardens.
The resort has banqueting, event and meeting facilities that include five conference rooms for up to 250 participants. Other facilities include a spa offering a wealth of health, beauty and wellness treatments, a stunning beach swimming pool and a fitness centre with modern gym equipment.