April Newsletter 2018

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Vietnam To Build 139km High-Speed Railway From Saigon To Can Tho

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The Vietnamese ministry of transport has approved a plan to build a high-speed railway between Saigon and the southern port city Can Tho. It is expected to take 45 minutes instead of 4 hours. The 139-kilometer railway will pass through five cities and provinces including Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and finally Can Tho and is planned to start at the end of 2018.

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First Mountain Railway To Open In Vietnam

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A train line connecting Sa Pa town and the Mount Fansipan cable car station will be put into operation on March 31, 2018. The 2-km-long route with two tunnels and four viaducts will serve 2,000 passengers per hour. It will help tourists reduce travel to only 4 minutes from 20 minutes by car along a rugged mountain road.

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Pullman Hotel Opens In Yangon

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Pullman Yangon Centrepoint is located in the beautiful downtown Colonial Quarter overlooking Maha Bandoola Park, City Hall and the unique Sule Pagoda. The Bogyoke and the night market are also at walking distance. The hotel features 277 rooms designed with thoughtful touches.

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Hilton Opens In Mandalay

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Considered the third property of Hilton Group in Myanmar after Napyitaw and Ngapali, Hilton offers a luxury service in the second biggest town of the country, Mandalay. There are 231 rooms and many of them have private balconies with views of the Mandalay Palace and the pagoda-dappled Mandalay Hill.

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Myanmar Fast-track Tourist Visa Introduced

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Myanmar has introduced a fast-track tourist visa that delivers confirmation within 24 hours of the application, year-round, including public holidays starting in April this year. All nationalities are eligible for an e-tourist visa which costs USD 56.

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New Luxury Hotel Launches In Laos

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Rosewood has opened its first resort in a hilltop forest near Luang Prabang. The resort has 23 guestrooms, including six luxury tent villas, each of which is located on a secluded hillside. The design follows the concept of an early 1900s “hill station” where French hosts would welcome travelers. The pool, tucked between a forest and a natural waterfall, is another highlight of the resort.

Minor Hotels Group has also launched its new upscale brand extension, Avani+ also in Luang Prabang, close to the Mekong River. It features 53 French colonial-inspired rooms with either balcony or a terrace overlooking either the pool or a private courtyard.

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Ock Pop Tok, Discover Laos Through Textile

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Located in a tropical garden in Luang Prabang, Ock Pop Tok serves as a resource centre focused on Lao textiles, crafts and culture. As well as marvelling at the wonderful textiles themselves you can attend fun and interesting classes, workshops and seminars that are great for kids andadults alike.

The Silkworms and Natural Dyes class is an excellent introduction to Lao textiles where you can get to try a bit of everything, even dying your own scarf. During the class, there’s a discussion panel where you can raise questions to the artisans about the techniques, cultural background, in fact anything related to the beautiful weaving art of the Lao people.

At Ock Pop Tok you can “Create – Shop – Eat – Stay – Learn” in just one place. At the end of the day enjoy sunset cocktails beside the magnificent and tranquil beauty of the Mekong River. All you need to do is relax in an exceptionally beautiful, peaceful and creative setting, away from the bustling tourist centre of town. Veiled by flowering vines and tropical foliage, the Villa is perched right on the banks of the Mekong River, with unobstructed views of the river and the surrounding mountains.

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Luang Prabang: Biking – Boating – Cooking Class – Elephant Camp

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Biking is not only a healthy, affordable and sustainable way to get around, but presents great opportunities to know their environment. A holiday in Luang Prabang, Laos offers the chance to cycle through lovely villages, lush vegetation and waterfalls, as well as visit an Elephant Camp. In addition, you can take a boat to Nong Khiaw – a picturesque town surrounded by towering limestone karst formations and take part in a cooking class where you can learn to make some delicious Lao spec