‘Experience Asia’ News for June 2023

Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ Newsletter for June 2023

Please read below for news about local festival, product updates and hotel openings

Festival News / ‘The Ghost Festival’ in North-East Thailand

‘Phi Ta Khon’, more commonly known as the ‘Ghost Festival’, takes place in the northern city of ‘Loei’ this month. During this three-day festival, the locals dress up in ghost masks and make merry by participating in parties and parades. The colourful and vibrant masks can get scary and are generally white with long noses. Definitely one of the most fun celebrations to experience in Thailand

Loei can be reached via a 55-minute flight from Bangkok 

Festival News / ‘Vesak Day’ in Indonesia

‘Vesak Day’, also known as ‘Buddha Day’, is Asia’s most important Buddhist festival, observed by Buddhists around the region. Indonesian Buddhists marked this religious holiday at the largest temple in the world, as celebrations returned to the holy site after two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Over 1,000 people, mostly dressed in all-white, attended a ceremony at the 9th Century Borobudur temple in Central Java to mark this year’s event, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha

Experience Asia offers hotel and tour options around Java and the rest of Indonesia

Festival News / ‘Thailand Pride Month’

Every year in June, Pride Month is celebrated, marking a time when LGBTQ+ campaigns take place in significant cities worldwide. This year, Thailand is proudly hosting the largest event of the year known as ‘Bangkok Pride 2023’, aiming to showcase Bangkok’s potential and readiness to host ‘World Pride’.

Throughout this month, tourists can experience the magic of colourful Pride festivals here in Thailand

Thailand Tour Suggestion / ‘A Morning in the Green Lungs of Bangkok’

Our popular new morning tour features a variety of activities in the ‘Green Lungs’ (Bang Krachao) located at an island on Bangkok’s Chaophraya River. The day starts with giving ‘Alms’ to the local ‘Monks’ at a famous temple, then begins a bicycle ride through scenic, meandering trails to the ‘Bang Krachao’ Floating Market. After sampling several local dishes, we continue cycling to visit a local school and offer ethical gifts to the children. After a busy morning, we return to your Bangkok hotel

For more details and pricing please contact sales@experiencetravel.asia 

Thailand Product News / ‘MICE to Meet You’

‘MICE to Meet You’ is a new campaign by the ‘Thailand, Incentive and Convention Association’

MICE stands for ‘Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibition’s and is business tourism at its finest, aimed at bringing together top professionals from every sector in an enhanced, tailor-made hospitality setting. ‘Experience Asia’ have handled many prestigious events in Thailand, Vietnam and Bali, on behalf of our corporate clients, including ‘Provident’, ‘Volvo’, ‘Toyota’, ‘AFLAC’, ‘IBM’ and ‘Compaq’. 

For a detailed proposal for your incentive groups, please contact sales@experiencetravel.asia 

Thailand Product News / ‘Wellness Retreat Packages’ in Samui

We believe that ‘Kamalaya’ is one of the leading health resorts in Asia, with a wonderful luxurious setting and great cuisine. Based on the Thai island of ‘Samui’, ‘Kamalaya’ offers holistic health solutions with an unique approach to wellness, combining ancient Eastern healing traditions with Western medical research. At the heart of ‘Kamalaya’ lies a centuries-old cave, once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditative retreat. Guests are welcome to enter this sacred space for quiet reflection and meditation.

Please find samples of wellness packages at: https://kamalaya.com/ 

Thailand Product News / ‘Float House’ at the ‘River Kwai’

‘The Float House River Kwai’ resort has claims to be the world’s best floating villas. Each 

elegant river-front, boutique, floating villa is tastefully decorated in traditional Thai style design with teak wood furniture enhancing the comfort classiness of the rooms. The villa’s feature a private terrace with a teakwood swing and a pier where you can relax by the river with it’s jungle backdrop

The Float House is located 2.5 hours west of Bangkok, with rates available from ‘Experience Asia’

You can find stunning images and package details at https://www.thefloathouseriverkwai.com/ 

Vietnam Hotel News / ‘Hilton Garden Inn’ in Danang

Hilton has announced the opening of ‘Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang’, the perfect getaway for leisure and business travellers alike. Conveniently situated just four kilometres from the city centre and located along the renowned ‘My Khe beach’, all 234 rooms come with beach views


Cambodia Hotel of the Month / ‘Raffles Hotel Le Royal’ in Phnom Penh

The ‘Raffles Hotel Le Royal’, has for nearly a century, been the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, blessed with history and style, atmosphere and aesthetics. First established in 1929, it regularly welcomes a diverse international clientele of entrepreneurs, writers, journalists, royalty and intrepid travellers. 

A short walk from ‘Raffles’ takes you into the heart of bustling downtown Phnom Penh, with it’s array of restaurants and bars. www.raffles.com/phnom-penh 

‘Experience Asia’ offers competitive prices at this prestigious hotel

Cruise News / ‘The Magnificent Mekong’ by ‘Viking River Cruises’

‘Viking River Cruises’ offer the 15 day ‘Magnificent Mekong’ cruise, sailing on South East Asia’s longest river which courses through six countries. There are regular stops at famous Vietnamese and Cambodian destinations during the voyage. Passengers have the opportunity to shop ‘Old Hanoi’s markets’, visit the Khmer temple complex of ‘Angkor Wat’, explore Phnom Penh by cyclo rickshaw and experience local river life. More details at www.vikingrivercruises.com 

Experience Asia are in partnership with ‘Viking’, the world’s premier river and ocean cruise company, handling pre and post cruise visits to Bangkok

The Last Word / ‘The Mercy Centre’ – Serving the Poor Children of Bangkok

‘Father Joseph Maier’ is an American Redemptorist priest who lives and works at the ‘Mercy Centre’, which he helped to found almost 50 years ago. The ‘Mercy Centre’ is a shelter for street kids, with five orphanages, a 300-pupil kindergarten, and a community meeting area. This serene haven in the slums of ‘Klong Toey’ in Bangkok, has gradually expanded to offer more assistance for orphans, street children, and children living with HIV/AIDS.

More details about this wonderful charity can be found at https://www.mercycentre.org/new/ 

*The ‘Experience Asia 2024 Online Tariff’ is now available.

Please contact our Sales Manager for a password at: sales-mgr@experiencetravel.asia

Wishing you all Safe and Happy Travels

Stephen McEvoy / Managing Director


Travel adventures in Thailand, Indochina and Indonesia



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