‘Experience Asia’ News for November 2022

Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ Newsletter for November 2022 (apologies for the delay)

Please read on, for news about the historic ‘festival of lights’ plus a Vertigo inducing Skywalk and our Favorite Destination in Asia

Thailand News / Loy Krathong Festival (Festival of Lights)

Loy Krathong, which originated in the ancient Thai Kingdom of Sukhothai, around 800 years ago, is celebrated to thank the ‘Goddess of Water’ and pay respect to ‘Buddha’

This year the festival took place on 8th November, with spectacular celebrations around the Kingdom, with thousands of decorated floating lanterns on the rivers and lanterns launched into the skies 

Thailand News / ‘Laguna Phuket Triathlon’ (returns)

The 28th Laguna Phuket Triathlon on 28th November, attracted 1,200 triathletes competing across three distances as the legendary event returned to its traditional slot, post Covid

Held across the famous ‘Laguna Phuket’ destination race course, athletes had a challenging swim taking in both the Andaman Sea and fresh water lagoons, a challenging bike ride through the Phuket countryside and villages, then a run taking in the entire Laguna Phuket complex

Thailand Product News / A Word about Green and Sustainable Travel

Below you can find some of the eco-friendly strategies ‘Experience Asia’ have in place:

– We encourage eco-friendly activities in Thailand such as bike tours, kayaking and hiking

– Arrangements for voluntourism projects in Northern Thai villages

– Promoting local homestays in Krabi, Chiang Mai and North-East Thailand

– We do NOT promote elephant-riding, monkey shows or tiger shows for our tourists

– Offering opportunities for Elephant sponsorship in Northern Thailand

– Our tourists can be offered the chance to sponsor a Thai Tractor (Buffalo) for poor villages

– We invite our tourists to plant trees in northern Thailand

– Tented accommodation is offered around Thailand as an alternative to hotels

– Documents provided to tourists are recycled as much as possible 

*More details are available from sales@experiencetravel.asia 

Thailand Product News / ‘Full Moon Party’ Koh Phang Ngan

Back in the 1980s, a group of tourists started enjoying the full moon nights in Koh Phan Ngan island, usually on the kilometer long, barely accessible ‘Haad Rin Beach’ – and so the world´s biggest monthly party was born

Today, during every full moon, tens of thousands of visitors gather on the beaches of Koh Phan Ngan to dance in the moonlight and party with likeminded souls

The complete Party Guide / Do’s and Don’ts / Safety tips / Where to Stay and How to get there is available from Experience Asia (jamie@experiencetravel.asia

Thailand Product News / Mahanakorn Skywalk

The Mahanakhon Skywalk is Thailand’s highest observation deck at 314 meters high, and offers striking 360-degree panoramic views of the city from an indoor and outdoor viewing area – a must-see attraction to add to your Bangkok bucket list

Cocktails and Canapes are available during visits to the ‘Skywalk’

The Outdoor Glass Observation Deck on the 78th floor, is not for those with a ‘fear of heights’ though…

Hotel News / ‘Tree House Villas’ / Koh Yao Noi (Unique Hotel)

Located on the Southern-island of ‘Koh Yao Noi’, ‘Tree House Villas’, offers luxurious, yet eco-friendly, air-conditioned villas set amid lush tropical forests and a private beach

Each villa has a private plunge pool plus sun loungers, with access via a suspension bridge walkway

This resort is ‘adults only’ it should be noted, and is easily accessible from Phuket or Krabi

Hotel News / Intercontinental Chiang Mai (upgraded)

Out of the ashes of the famous ‘Imperial Mae Ping Hotel’, comes a luxurious upgrade – ‘InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping’, which draws on Chiang Mai’s Lanna artistic heritage

The Grand opening will be from 6 July 2023

Hotel News / NH Boat Lagoon Phuket Resort (re-branding)

Thailand-based Minor Hotels will rebrand the existing ‘Boat Lagoon Resort’ in Phuket to ‘NH Boat Lagoon Phuket Resort’

‘NH Hotels’ is positioned as an upscale brand of Minor Hotels which includes the premium boutique NH Collection brand

Hotel News / Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi (re-opening)

‘Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa’, is expected to welcome back guests to this luxury property on 1 December 2022

At the heart of an 18-hole championship golf course, this 5-star resort is only 20 minutes’ transit from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)

Regional News / Focus on ‘The Kingdom of Bhutan’ (a must visit!)

One of my favorite destinations in Asia, the beautiful ‘Kingdom of Bhutan’, should be on everybody’s ‘bucket list’

Located on the Eastern edge of the ‘Himalayas’, Bhutan is known for its unspoiled nature, gentle citizens and exotic mountain monasteries. The nature is beautiful and trekking is very popular along the trails bordering Tibet

There is a minimum tourist spend per day and a limited number of visas offered per year, but, with the introduction of more western hotels, Bhutan is very accommodating  

Our wonderful Bhutan partner, Tashi, has new package tours on offer, so please contact us for more details (sales@experiencetravel.asia

Other News / ‘Columbia Pictures Movie Park’ (one for the kids)

‘Columbia Pictures’ has opened their first movie theme park – ‘Columbia Pictures Aquaverse’

This ‘world-first’, is located a short drive from Pattaya in the charming Bang Saray area

The ‘Columbia Pictures Aquaverse’ is an immersive entertainment destination for everyone, with rides that feature characters from such movies as Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Zombieland, The Emoji Movie, and Hotel Transylvania, plus Asia’s biggest water park.

Wishing you all Happy Travels

Stephen McEvoy / Managing Director

EXPERIENCE ASIA

Travel adventures in Thailand, Indochina and Indonesia

stephen@experiencetravel.asia

https://experiencetravel.asia

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