December Newsletter 2019


Meet Saffron Travel At FITUR 2019


Only one month left until FITUR 2019. Visit us at 6D03A and do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment in advance at the following addresses: 

Saffron Travel will also attend the ITB travel show in Berlin in March (4th – 8th) 2020. We will be very happy to meet you at our booth – Hall 26C, booth 321.

We looking forward to seeing you at the FITUR in Madrid and the ITB in Berlin!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020

 Dear partners, friends and customers,

At this special time of year, on behalf of everyone at Saffron Travel, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all our partners, clients and friends. Thanks to your amazing support and the trust you have placed in us, these have been very successful years.

 We’ve worked hard, constantly endeavoring to create and deliver more vivid and authentic experiences for travelers to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar and to raise our service satisfaction significantly. We could not have achieved this without you.

I would like to wish you and your families a peaceful holiday and a happy 2020. We are eagerly looking forward to providing even more inspiring, enriching and outstanding travel services across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar in 2020.

All the very best,

Doan Huy Long

Managing Director


Bamboo Airways To Launch Hanoi-Melbourne Direct Flights

Bamboo Airways will operate new direct routes from Hanoi to Melbourne by the end of 2019 using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes. The airline also plans to add new long-haul routes to Europe and Americas by year-end.


Promotion Of The Month

Avani Quy Nhon, Vietnam

AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa is offering 20% off for New Year season with details as below:

  • Booking period: 16 December 2019 –  23 April 2020
  • Stay period: 16 December 2019 – 23 April 2019
  • Blackout dates: 24 January – 02 Feb 2020 (both dates included)

Located in Quy Nhon – Vietnam’s hottest new luxury beach destination in Vietnam recommended by CNN, this 5-star resort features 63 luxury rooms and suites with ocean views. The property is suitable for families and couples alike.

Christmas is a time for families to make new memories together, yet the festival itself is often short-lived. In this newsletter, Saffron Travel recommends some of our favourite activities and experiences to spend with your loved ones.

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Enchanting Vietnam And Magical Cambodia


Start your holiday in Hanoi with 2-3 nights’ stay in the historic and relaxing Sofitel Legend Metropole. Follow this with an invigorating 3 days’ trek in the magnificent mountains in the north of Vietnam with their verdant rice terraces and unspoilt views. A night on board a luxurious junk in Halong Bay is also a wonderfully memorable way to savour special time together.

Continue down the coast to Hue and Hoi An. Spend 3-4 nights at a top beach resort and just a short flight away and you can explore the legendary temples of Angkor accompanied by an archaeologist. There are just so many fantastic options.

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Unforgettable Educational Trip In Myanmar

Myanmar offers a huge range of unique and marvellous possibilities. Our recommendations for a Christmas getaway would include: Yangon – culturally rich and charming historic city, Mandalay – don’t miss sunset over the U Bein Bridge, Bagan – one of the richest and most beautiful archaeological sites in Asia, and dreamy Inle Lake – home to some of the most beautiful resorts of the country.

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A Day In Laos’ Villages : Discovering The Secrets Of Laos Organic Rice Field & The Arts Of Local Handicrafts


Ban Phong Van is located about 5km outside Luang Prabang. It is on the road to the Kuang Si waterfall, among lush rice fields and overlooking wooded hills and mountains. Here local people grow organic vegetables, salads, herbs and rice and supply to leading restaurants and hotels in Luang Prabang. Learn how rice is grown on the farm, experience the life of a farmer and try your hands on selecting the seeds, planting, and ploughing. This is a truly family friendly and uplifting experience which is well worth the sweat! The second village is Ban Chan Village where travellers can learn about Lao pottery techniques and join in painting pre-made pots. The day ends with an authentic Lao meal made from local ingredients.

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Northern Rustic Charm – Pu Luong Adventure


Pu Luong is a supremely hidden charm located in the northern area of Vietnam which is close to Mai Chau and around 5 hours drive from Hanoi. Staying in a cosy lodge in the middle of the lush rice terraces makes for a very authentic experience. Pu Luong is one of the most atmospheric and romantic places you could hope to find in Vietnam. Trekking through the surrounding villages, meeting and interacting with Thai ethnic minorities will give you a chance to gain extraordinary access and insight into traditions unchanged for centuries.

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Hotel Of The Month: Viroth’s Hotel


Nestled in a leafy street in the centre of Siem Reap, Viroth’s Hotel is an boutique gem that unites Cambodian culture and heritage with 21st century design and comforts. Its 35 rooms and suites – each decorated with 50’s-inspired style artefact, are set in a lush landscape of large green areas and vertical gardens. The town of Siem Reap and its magnificent Angkor temples are a short distance from here. A variety of nearby roads lead to typical rural villages. Viroth’s Hotel’s menus are highlights with amazing selections of foods from local Khmer cuisine to international courses. Don’t miss a meal here because Viroth’s has a reputation of serving the finest Khmer food is town.


Restaurant Of The Month: Sharky’s Bagan


Converted from an old cinema, Sharky’s offers a huge open space featuring different dining areas. The restaurant specializes in fine artisan European food proudly made in Myanmar. The menus are curated by chief artisan Ye Htut Win who has been rigorously dedicated to providing foods crafted from only the best quality, and whenever possible, local Myanmar ingredients since 1996. Sharky’s has its own organic farm which guests can visit during their dining experience.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Version With Grilled Chicken

This month, let’s discover our new delicious recipe which is easy to make and very healthy – Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Version With Grilled Chicken. It is considered as a versatile dish for festive season that can make almost everyone fall in love.


  • 10-15 chicken bone-in thighs, legs or quarters (butterfly chicken to lay flat and keep bone-in)
  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Shaohsing cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp 36/40 size (453g)
  • 1/2 lb. pork leg 453g
  • 1 head red or green leaf lettuce
  • a few sprigs of mint chives
  • 1 pack rice paper banh trang
  • 1 pack rice vermicelli the starchless variety
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (peel and mince)
  • 2 cups water or chicken/pork/shrimp stock
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 cup sweetened creamy peanut butter


Roasted chicken

  • In a medium-size bowl, mix together, oyster sauce, sugar, five spice powder, ground black pepper, garlic powder, lemongrass, honey, cooking wine, soy sauce and fish sauce.
  • Slather the marinade on the chicken generously. Cover with Saran wrap and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight for better results.
  • Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper to reduce clean-up. Place the chicken on a wire rack or a roasting pan on top of the baking sheet. Bake in the middle rack at 400°F for 15-25 minutes. Occasionally, bast chicken with the pan drippings. Flip and repeat for an additional 15-25 minutes.

Spring Rolls

  • Set aside.
  • Thoroughly wash all the vegetables. Set aside.
  • Cook rice vermicelli per package instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • Assemble the rolls: First wet the rice paper lightly. On one end of the rice paper, add a bed of noodles, then an assortment of greens, then roasted chicken (3 slices). Start rolling up the noodle end, tightly tucking in the filling as you roll up. Tuck in the sides when you are half-way through rolling.
  • Serve with Vietnamese peanut sauce.

Vietnamese peanut sauce

  • Saute garlic in oil until fragrant
  • Add in remaining ingredients and stir well
  • Bring to boil, and then immediately turn off the heat. Serve.
  • Leave the sambal chile paste on the side so others can add to their own dipping bowl as needed.


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