Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ Newsletter for July 2023
Please read below for news about local festivals, product updates and hotel openings
Experience Asia News / New ‘MICE’ Cooperation in Europe
The ‘C2C Asian Network Ltd.’, leaders in event planning and execution, are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with ‘Experience Asia’. ‘C2C Asian Network Ltd’, represented by Volker Capito, have a strong name in the German incentive market and will be trying to attract more event groups for ‘Experience Asia’ to operate in Thailand.
Festival News / ‘The Candle Festival’ / Ubon Ratchathani
This is a deeply spiritual festival in North-East Thailand, following ‘Khao Pansa’, or ‘Buddhist Lent’, when a great candle procession parades through the streets of Ubon Ratchathani to honour the everlasting faith of the people in Buddhism. The festival includes floats, special displays, cultural presentations and music and dancing.
Festival News / ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ / Celebrated by Chinese communities around Asia
During the month of August, Chinese people believe that the ghosts of their ancestors descend to earth to wander the earth in search of food. This lively festival alive can be found in Chinese communities across Asia from Phuket to Penang, with locals leaving offerings outside temples and houses to appease the hungry ghosts. During the festival, there are also Chinese Opera performances and puppet shows.
Thailand Hotel News / ‘Anantara Koh Yao Yai’
Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas has opened on July 1st, 2023. Anantara Koh Yao Yai Resort & Villas sits on a lush island in the middle of Phang Nga Bay and is the height of tranquility, spaciousness and luxury. The resort can be accessed by a 45-minute boat ride from Phuket or 20 minutes from Krabi. Guests can expect 148 suites, pool villas, and penthouses, with a wellness villa
Thailand Hotel News / ‘JAL City Bangkok’
Hotel JAL City Bangkok, part of the renowned hotel brand in Japan, has opened on July 3, after delays caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok’s tourist and business district, the 324 room hotel is now accepting bookings and offering special opening rates
Thailand Hotel of the Month / ‘Bangkok Tree House’
Surrounded by a forest canopy on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this quirky guesthouse with bamboo and glass architecture is accessible by boat, bike or foot only. ‘Bangkok Tree House’ is located inside ‘Bang Krachao’ (the green lungs of Bangkok)
Thailand Product News / The ‘Skywalk’, Bangkok
At the ‘Mahanakorn Hotel’ in Bangkok is Thailand’s highest observation deck at 314 meters
The deck offers 360 degree panoramic views from an indoor and outdoor viewing area, and is a must-see attraction. Experience walking on glass trays at the height of 310 meters from the 78th floor. Perfect for adventure seekers with no fear of heights
Vietnam News / ‘New Visa Rules’ announced to boost tourism
In a boost for Vietnam tourism, the National Assembly approved a plan to extend tourist e-visa validity from 30 to 90 days. The new rules will also allow visitors multiple entry. This visa extension will take effect on August 15. Vietnam offers e-visas to nationals of 80 countries.
The legislative body also increased validity for visa-free stays from 15 or 30 days to 45 days.
Visa-free is available for tourists from 25 countries.
Vietnam Product News / Two-day tour to stunning ‘Sapa’ from ‘Hanoi
With its stunning scenery and friendly people, it’s easy to see why ‘Sapa’ is such a popular tourist destination. This popular overnight trip from ‘Hanoi’ to ‘Sapa’ is an easy way to visit this beautiful northern Vietnamese region. Take an overnight bus from Hanoi, to Sapa then visit an ethnic minority village. The next day, hike to more beautiful villages, journeying through the dramatic rice terraces. There will be many opportunities to sample local cuisine along the way also
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Laos Product News / ‘Street Food and Biking Tour’ in ‘Luang Prabang’
This fun half day tour combines visits to local markets, handicraft centres, street food sampling, local coffee shops and villages. Transport for this guided tour is by bicycle at a leisurely pace through the ‘Luang Prabang’ countryside. After sampling many delicious Laos delicacies there will be a final riverside stop to have a cold ‘Beer Laos’ and a game of ‘Petanque’
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Indonesia Hotel News / Renovation at ‘InterContinental Bali’
InterContinental Bali Resort has revamped its 425 rooms and suites to offer a lavish retreat for guests. The newly renovated accommodations feature contemporary designs, luxurious furnishings, and modern amenities. From authentic Balinese delicacies to international gourmet delights, guests can indulge in a diverse range of culinary experiences
Last Words / ‘Bua Tong’ – The Sticky Waterfall
Located an hour’s drive to the north-east of Chiang Mai city, ‘Bua Tong Waterfall’ is a unique natural attraction. The mineral deposits on the limestone rocks actually provide sticky grip, so visitors can walk up the waterfall. Walking up the waterfall still requires some effort, though there are safety ropes in place to help visitors. ‘Experience Asia’ can arrange a half-day visit from Chiang Mai
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