Posts Tagged ‘Laos’

Hotel News from the Region

Friday, April 20th, 2018

amari-vang-vieng-1LAOS NEWS:
Amari Vang Vieng Opens Amid the Karsts of Laos (above).

Amari is the latest property to open in revitalised Vang Vieng that has reinvented itself as a family-friendly adventure destination. Settled on the banks of the Nam Song river, this 160-room hotel has amazing views over the surrounding limestone karst mountains.
This property invites guests to relax in the large outdoor swimming pool while enjoying the panoramic view. Facilities include a fitness centre, spa, kid’s club, making this new address the perfect base to enjoy some outdoor excursions and day trips in this beautiful region. Thanks to the generous number of rooms, it also opens up Vang Vieng to the possibility of hosting MICE events with a focus on teambuilding activities in the surrounding countryside, like kayaking, rock climbing and cycling.

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VIETNAM NEWS:
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas in South Central Vietnam (above).

Set on a serene beach, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will welcome guests to a luxurious hideaway comprising 26 private pool villas inspired by the indigenous beauty of southern Vietnam. Guests will be able to spend their days relaxing in elegance, working up a sweat at the onsite gym, refreshing in the resort swimming pool or getting out into the picturesque countryside to discover even more of the real Vietnam. Quy Nhon is a historic city with a diverse surrounding landscape ideal for exploration. From adventurous hikes to secluded temples, discerning travellers can immerse themselves in the culture of this fascinating country. Phu Cat airport is a 50-minute drive away, offering domestic flights to Ho Chi Minh and Ha Noi.

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MYANMAR NEWS:
New Luxury Island Resort Awei Pila to Open in the Mergui Archipelago (above).

The Awei Pila is a new 26-room ‘eco chic luxury beachfront resort’ scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. The resort is located on the island of Pila in the Mergui Archipelago, in Southern Myanmar. The archipelago is comprised of hundreds of islands with unspoilt beaches, forests and coral reefs. The resort is located on the northernmost part of Pila Island, on a secluded bay beach surrounded by virgin forest and stunning views of the Andaman Sea. The natural bay embraces a 600m long beach front and beyond it a highly forested area ensures protection from the elements and creates a further sense of seclusion.
Two types of guest rooms will be available with either sea views or views of the primal forests surrounding the property. All room interiors are designed to maximize natural lighting and offer the best views of the surroundings using large floor to ceiling openings and windows. Locally sourced furniture and decoration further enhances the character of the rooms. Facilities at the Awei Pila include an onsite restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Activities available in and around the property include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, cooking classes, fishing and visiting traditional Moken villages.
To reach Awei Pila, guests have to travel to the port town of Kawthaung (flights from Yangon and Bangkok), gateway to the Mergui Archipelago. Check in will commence at Kawthaung and then guests will be transferred to the resort by sailing boat (travel time 1.5 hours).

Rosewood Luang Prabang Opens in Luang Prabang

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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Following hot on the heels of the Rosewood Phnom Penh opening comes the Rosewood Luang Prabang, albeit in a completely different style. Set outside town along the river in a dense forest, this is more like a luxury jungle camp than a typical Rosewood, but then there is no such thing as a typical Rosewood. The resort includes 22 luxury tents and villa, featuring Lao and French colonial furnishings, accents of locally inspired artwork, and their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks. The indulgent set-up will also combine a bar and bistro providing French and Lao cuisine.

Located on the banks of the Mekong River, about 10 minutes outside Luang Prabang, it is the perfect place to experience the beauty and serenity of nature. The Rosewood Luang Prabang opened yesterday.

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Monday, May 1st, 2017

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Hanuman Teams Up with Backstreet Academy

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Hanuman Travel has teamed up with peer-to-peer experiential travel provider Backstreet Academy to offer some new experiences in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Backstreet Academy homepage

Backstreet Academy homepage

Backstreet Academy has been cited by the BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian and Forbes for its original workshops with local characters from around the region and with Hanuman Travel’s penchant for original experiences with unique personalities we couldn’t help but take an interest. Choose from anything to wood and stone carving lessons to pencil and watercolour painting classes at the temples of Angkor. Classes in kickboxing are available, as well as the traditional Cambodian martial art of Bokator.

From the inception of Backstreet Academy as a social enterprise in Kathmandu, Nepal, the founders have promoted profit making and social impact hand-in-hand. Check out some of their original experiences in 10 countries across Asia at https://www.backstreetacademy.com/

An Elephant Caravan to Save the Asian Elephant

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Elephant Caravan will be packing its trunk to travel from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang in October 2015 to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephant and is being organised by the Elephant Conservation Center.

The Elephant Caravan – Laos 2015 (english version) from The Elephant Caravan on Vimeo.

Laos has been known as the “Land of a Million Elephants” for generations. Today, however, there are fewer than 900 elephants remaining in the country. The future of Asia’s largest land mammal, as well as the people who have cared for them for generations, has reached a crisis point. If elephants die out, not only does it mean the loss of a wonderful creature, but the end of an age-old culture as well.

In October 2015, an elephant caravan will begin its journey across northern Laos: 12 elephants will spend six weeks travelling 630 kilometers, making stops at 46 villages.

The caravan will travel from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Luang Prabang’s World Heritage Status when lots of events are planned.

Hanuman plans to join the finale of the caravan in Luang Prabang and we hope to see some of you there.

For more details, visit the website: http://www.theelephantcaravan.org/

Tree Alliance’s latest addition

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Cambodia-based NGO Friends-International has opened Khaiphaen restaurant, its sixth training restaurant and vocational school, and their second in Laos.

The staff at the newly-opened Khaiphaen restaurant

The staff at the newly-opened Khaiphaen restaurant

Named after the tasty local snack of fried Mekong River weed, Khaiphaen will give marginalized and at-risk youth the chance to receive professional restaurant training, safe accommodation and counseling, including work placement support after they graduate from the 18-month program. Khaiphaen was funded by the 2013 Luang Prabang Half Marathon, which raised over $120,000 to open the vocational training restaurant from scratch. Currently nine teachers guide 21 students ranging from 15 to 24 years of age – some of them coming from villages over four hours away. The students will receive hands on experience in food, beverage and service, developing confidence and skills highly sought after in Luang Prabang’s bustling hospitality and tourism industry.

Located between the French Institute and the Mekong River, Khaiphaen is open Monday to Saturday 11am to 10:30pm (kitchen closes at 9.30pm). The other TREE Alliance outlets include Makphet in the Laotian capital of Vientiane, the two restaurants in Phnom Penh, Friends and Romdeng, Marum in Siem Reap and Sandan in Sihanoukville. All profits from the six TREE restaurants are invested in the students who train there and the social programs which support them on their journey to becoming a skilled, productive and happy young person with a more secure future. Definitely recommended.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Pandaw to cruise Laos

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Luxury cruise company Pandaw breaking new ground in Laos.

Pandaw on the Mekong

Pandaw on the Mekong

Paul Strachan, founder of the expedition company Pandaw, said he is looking forward to the day when all the countries the river runs through – China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia – can be seen in one trip. “You can’t do it on one ship due to waterfalls and other obstructions but within two years we hope to have boats on all these stretches,” he said. The 5,000-mile journey from Saigon, in Vietnam, to Harbin in China, would take around three weeks in total.

In the meantime, Pandaw is launching a new 10-night river cruise in Laos. Billed as a luxury cruise, the Laos Mekong sailing on the line’s newest ship, RV Laos Pandaw, will be available from November next year, with just ten suites onboard. The Mekong river flows through over 1,000 miles of the landlocked country, from north to south, and Pandaw is the first river operator to cross it. A stay in the Unesco World Heritage city of Luang Prabang with time to explore its Buddhist temples and Royal Palace, and the chance to travel into the mountainous north are among the highlights. The Laos Mekong is a three-country expedition as the itinerary touches Thailand and Myanmar as well. Excursions will see passengers traversing rapids and gorges, swimming in jungle pools and visiting tribal villages and Buddhist temples along the Mekong river to observe the morning alms.

Pandaw currently operates cruises in Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia and more recently the Brahmaputra in northeast India. “We are always looking for new cruising territory,” said Strachan. “We were the first on the Mekong (in Indochina) the Irrawaddy and Chindwin (in Burma), the Ganges (in India) and on Borneo’s Rajang river. Earlier this month Pandaw announced a new cruise to Halong Bay in Vietnam that takes in the Red River, a key tributary of the Mekong.

Hanuman at PATA Mart

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
The Hanuman booth at the PATA Travel Mart

The Hanuman booth at the PATA Travel Mart

The Asia Pacific region’s largest travel trade show, the  PATA Travel Mart 2014, kicked off in Phnom Penh at the Koh Pich Exhibition Center today. The 2-day PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Travel show brought together more than 1,000 delegates from over 60 countries and regions around the world. The Hanuman booth at the event was manned by Nick Ray, Patrick Chase, Andy Brouwer and Tugdual Paul on day 1, and they welcomed a succession of visitors, eager to find out more about Cambodia and the Mekong Region. It’s an excellent platform for buyers, sellers, travel agencies, hoteliers, restaurant owners, airline operators, and all tourism stakeholders from all over the world to meet and explore possibilities for business cooperation.

Yamashita Authentic in Laos and Cambodia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Celebrated National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita will be running two photographic workshops in Laos and Cambodia later this year, with Lonely Planet author Nick Ray as Tour Leader.

The Mekong River at Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

The Mekong River at Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is one of the great National Geographic photographers, spending more than 30 years traversing Asia on dozens of assignments, photographing the people, the lands, and unique cultures. His whole career has been spent portraying the authentic Asia, from Japan to Indonesia, and from Turkey to China.

Whether you are an emerging photographer or a professional, these workshops will give you the opportunity to work closely with Mike and other experts who know how to produce shots with impact, compose photo essays that tell a story; and show you how to raise your own level of image making.

From secrets of remote lighting to street photojournalism and landscape photography techniques, Yamashita Authentic is designed for small groups of 10 to 20 participants, ensuring that you get the maximum amount of guidance from Mike, while experiencing an authentic Asian experience.

The Enigmatic Faces of Bayon Temple, Michael Yamashita

The Enigmatic Faces of Bayon Temple, Michael Yamashita

Yamashita Authentic in Laos: 30 August – 7 September 2014

Join veteran National Geographic photographer Mike Yamashita on a workshop in Laos, the enigmatic Land of a Million Elephants. This handcrafted itinerary will take photographers to off-the-beaten-track locations and offer a unique insight into the life of a world-renowned professional photographer. Luang Prabang oozes class and old world charm, it’s a living, breathing museum with its gleaming temple roofs and crumbling French architecture and deserves its World Heritage status as one of the most atmospheric cities in the whole region. We delve into some of its 32 stupa-studded pagodas like Wat Xieng Tong and the Royal Palace Museum, we take a boat upriver to river to visit the massive collection of Buddhas in the Pak Ou Caves and enjoy a relaxing day in the turquoise waters of the Kuang Si Falls. Beyond Luang Prabang, we venture into the countryside around Nong Khiaw and Muong Ngoi Neua, an area of poetic landscapes and timeless traditions. Mike has teamed up with Lonely Planet author Nick Ray, location scout and manager for countless film and television shoots in the Mekong region to ensure an original experience in Laos.

Monk at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

Monk at Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Michael Yamashita

Yamashita Authentic in Cambodia: 7 – 14 September 2014

This unique photographic workshop brings veteran National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita back to the majestic temples of Angkor to share his skills and knowledge. This is no ordinary Angkor experience as Michael takes photographers deep into the Cambodian countryside to discover traditional villages, floating communities on the Tonle Sap Lake and some of the more remote temples around Angkor. The itinerary has been carefully crafted to avoid the crowds that now flock to Angkor, but the iconic monuments are all here, including: Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious building; the surreal and strange faces of the Bayon; and the jungle ruin of Ta Prohm. Starting early, we concentrate on temple photography for sunrise and early morning light. During the day photographers will enjoy feedback on their photographs and one-on-one sessions with Michael and tips and techniques around the temples. In the afternoons, we switch to lifestyle and capturing some of Cambodia’s incredible countryside and lifestyle. Michael has teamed up with Lonely Planet author Nick Ray, location scout and manager for countless film and television shoots around the temples to ensure that we have a unique encounter with Angkor.

For more details on these unique trips, visit http://yamashitaauthentic.asia/

Tonle Sap Lake, near Siem Reap, Michael Yamashita

Tonle Sap Lake, near Siem Reap, Michael Yamashita