‘Experience Asia’ News for February 2024

Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ Newsletter for February 2024

Please read below for news about our destinations around Asia

Thailand News / ‘Thailand Traveller Safety Initiative’

Thailand has launched the Thailand Traveller Safety initiative, running from 1 January to 31 August 2024, to provide tourists with free medical insurance of up to US$14,000 for accidents and compensation of one million baht (US$28,000) in the event of death. Eligible foreign tourists, with valid passports and visiting Thailand between 1 January and 31 August 2024, can register online through the ‘Thailand Traveller Safety’ (TTS) system before travelling.

Thailand News / Shopping Paradise at ‘The ICON Siam’, Bangkok

The ‘ICON Siam’ shopping mall is perfectly placed on Bangkok’s riverside with 500 shops and 100 restaurants from more than 30 different countries. ‘Icon Siam’ offers high-end brands, an indoor floating market, an art gallery, exhibition space, and a beautiful riverside location with views of downtown Bangkok. There is a free river shuttle which can drop tourists in front of the mall.

Thailand Experiences / ‘Chaan Baan’ Cultural Journey at ‘Four Seasons Chiang Mai’

Housed in a charming rustic courtyard, “Chaan Baan” (the outside of a traditional Thai home), lets tourists discover time-honoured tools and techniques used in rice cultivation. Learn to plant rice from experienced farmers, spin the potter’s wheel or create beautiful art on fabric with natural dyes. One of the highlights is helping a friendly water buffalo with its ritualistic bathing.

Reservations for accommodation and cultural activities can be made via Experience Asia.

Thailand Preferred Hotel / ‘The Sarojin’ in Khao Lak

‘The Sarojin’ located in Khao Lak, southern Thailand, is a secluded luxury boutique beach hideaway, set alongside an 11 km white sand beach. ‘The Sarojin’ is a favourite choice for honeymooners and weddings and is set within 10 acres of lush tropical gardens. Getting there is easy and is just a 1 hour transfer from Phuket airport. Experience Asia has competitive rates.

Thailand Hotel News / ‘Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai’

‘Aleenta Retreat Chiang Mai’ is a new 5 Star Luxury Property nestled on mountain foothills, amongst shaded woods and is just a stone’s throw from the city.  The boutique resort offers a great selection of suites and one and two bedroom pool villas, with a spa, wellness centre, library and art gallery set in reclaimed classic teak wood structures.  

Vietnam Hotel News / ‘The Anam Cam Ranh Resort’, Vietnam

The Anam is the first five-star colonial style beach resort in ‘Cam Ranh’, Southern Vietnam. This stylish resort is a sanctuary of contemporary luxury set on 12 hectares of pristine beachfront. The resort features a large farm with a learning program for sustainable farming.

Vietnam Experiences / ‘Vespa Tour of Hoi An’

Explore a unique way to see the ‘Hoi An’ countryside on the back of a vintage Vespa and learn more about the local way of life in this historic part of Vietnam. The trip includes a stop to enjoy local cuisine, plus a visit to see local weavers, local fish farms and a ride across a traditional bridge built completely from bamboo. The tour lasts around 5 hours and can be booked with ‘Experience Asia’.

Japan Hotel Choice / ‘Auberge Homachi Mikuniminato’

Inspired by traditional Japanese townhouses, the ‘Auberge Homachi Mikuniminato’ has recently opened, offering guests an immersive retreat in the historic ‘Mikuniminato’ area of ‘Fukui’, Japan.

This stylish resort stands out for its distinctive blend of history, culture, and culinary experiences. Beyond accommodation and dining, the hotel offers cultural activities such as walking tours, cooking classes, and traditional lessons in ‘shamisen’ and lantern making.

Japan Experience / Team Lab Planets ‘TOKYO DMM’ Immersive Museum in Tokyo

Team Lab Planets ‘TOKYO DMM’ topped the ranking as the most popular tourist attraction reviewed by international visitors to Japan. This is an immersive museum and art facility driven by digital technology where you can literally walk on water.

Cambodia Hotel News / ‘Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh’

‘Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh’ is the newest five-star luxury hotel in Phnom Penh, conveniently located in the heart of the capital.  The 247 stylish rooms and suites cater to both business and leisure travellers, offering inspiring décor and luxurious amenities. Facilities include five unique dining experiences, 24/7 fitness center and the Regency Club for VIP’s.

The Last Word / ‘The White Lotus’ filming in Thailand

Thailand is set to shine as the backdrop for HBO’s acclaimed series, “The White Lotus,” season 3, with filming scheduled to commence in February across iconic locations such as Bangkok, Phuket, and Ko Samui. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) proudly partners with HBO to showcase the kingdom’s breathtaking natural beauty, historical sites, and diverse landscapes. The highly anticipated season is expected to premiere on HBO in 2025, offering viewers a captivating glimpse into Thailand’s culture, cuisine, and renowned hospitality.

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Wishing you all Safe and Happy Travels

Stephen McEvoy / Managing Director


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