February Newsletter 2020


FITUR 2020

Dear partners, friends and clients,

We would like to thank all of you who came to meet us at the FITUR trade show in Madrid. It was such a great occasion to get together with so many people from around the world who share the same passion to provide travelers with unique and memorable journeys.

We wish you all huge success as you return from FITUR Madrid 2020.

Once again, our sincerest gratitude,

Saffron Travel Team


ITB 2020 – Meet Saffron Travel At ITB 2020

Only a few days left until ITB Berlin 2020. Visit us in Hall 26C, Booth 321 and do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment in advance at the following addresses:



We wish you a successful ITB!

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Air New Zealand Launches New Route Linking Vietnam And Christchurch

Air New Zealand has opened a new route between Vietnam and Christchurch, with a transit in Singapore. There are five flights a week operated by Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The flights run 5 times per week until 22nd February 2020.

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Zannier Hotels To Open Bai San Ho In Vietnam

Zannier Hotels plans to open its beachfront resort Bai San Ho in Vietnam in summer 2020. The resort will be situated in Phu Yen, in a largely untouched destination with stunning beaches and landscape. Bai San Ho will feature 71 villas, 46 of which will come with their own private pools.


Bagan’s Airport Gets Ready For International Flights

The government is preparing Bagan’s Nyaung-U airport for international flights. This will make it easier for travelers to include Myanmar as part of a visit to other South East Asian destinations such as Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

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Bamboo Airways Set To Launch Hanoi-Melbourne Direct Flights

Bamboo Airways is proposing a plan to operate direct flights between Hanoi and Melbourne by the second quarter of 2020 and promises to launch more services to other Australian destinations in future.

Bamboo Airways Launched Praha – Hanoi Direct Flights And Set To Launch Hanoi – Melbourne Direct Flights

Bamboo Airways launched its direct flights between Praha and Hanoi starting from March 29, 2020. The flights operate on Wednesday and Sunday; tickets are now available to buy.
The airline is also proposing a plan to operate direct flights between Hanoi and Melbourne by the second quarter of 2020 and promises to launch more services to other Australian destinations in future.

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Coronavirus Situation In Vietnam

We would like to update the Coronavirus situation in Vietnam as below.

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam suspended all flights to and from mainland China which has been hit by the Coronavirus and minimizes the number of flights from / to Maucau, Hongkong, and Taiwan.
  • Vietnamese government is well aware of the situation and has been taking serious action to prevent the virus from spreading, such as: setting up medical checking system at all international airport; following up strictly all cases coming from China or having a transit at airport in China to ensure everything is under control.
  • Vietnam will temporarily stop granting tourist visas to Chinese nationals from epidemic-hit areas except emergency cases.

Following WHO official statistics, there is no death confirmed in Vietnam. The Committee of WHO also does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.
While the virus is an alert to the public health, the risk to most people outside China remains very low. The situation in Vietnam now is under control and at this stage Vietnam is still a safe destination. Saffron Travel is closely monitoring the situation and will try our best to protect and ensure our clients’ safety.

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Whether you are thinking about a romantic getaway on a tropical beach, or an adventure with your family members, Saffron Travel are pleased to introduce to you to 2 of our favourite itineraries for your trips to South East Asia.

Exotic Journey Through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar

For any traveller who is interested in light adventure, culture and culinary arts, this tour won’t disappoint you. One of the main reasons visitors are drawn to South East Asia is because of the richness, diversity and the quality of its cuisine and culture. The tour starts in Yangon – the former capital city of Myanmar, continues on to ancient Bagan & dream-like Inle Lake with its numerous surrounding villages inhabited mainly by fishing communities and farmers.

The second country of the trip is Vietnam from Hanoi down to Hue & Hoi An, then to buzzing Saigon from where travellers take a direct flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia) to explore the incredible temples of Angkor. And finally, discover the temples and waterfalls of Luang Prabang in Laos.

Along this comprehensive trip, we include experiences to make your journey more special such as: a magical experience in a hot air balloon overlooking the stunning vista of Bagan; an overnight stay on a boutique junk cruising amongst the magnificent karst landscape of Lan Ha Bay; a cooking class with a local chef in Hoi An where visitors can learn to make delicious Vietnamese specialities; a visit to a wonderful jungle sanctuary for retired elephants where you can feed and bathe these wonderful animals in a nearby river; and of course a trip the Angkor temples accompanied by an extremely knowledgeable archaeologist.

Be sure to set aside enough time to explore the charming boutiques, delicious restaurants, lively street markets and buzzing nightlife.

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Cruising Lower & Upper Mekong River

The Mekong River is one of the great rivers of the world and connects many cultures and civilisations in South East Asia. A along the lower Mekong River includes Vietnam & Cambodia where travellers can take a closer look at remarkable aspects of local life and culture that cannot be accessed by car.

With a greater focus on nature, cruising along the upper Mekong River in Laos at a leisurely pace offers a blissful experience of the ‘unhurried’ life with stunning backdrops and friendly interactions with local people.

Mekong vessels vary in style from charming Indochina design to all inclusive modern luxury.

To request a detailed itinerary, please feel free to reach our team any time at info@saffrontravel.net


Oudomxay, Laos’ Lush And Mountainous Province

Located in the fertile rainforest, Oudomxay is in Northern Laos. It is home to over 500 villages with mountain peaks offering panoramic views across beautiful rural terrain, dotted with ancient temples and few visitors. Formed by many villages at an important intersection between Vietnam and China, Oudomxay has a unique multicultural atmosphere. The most popular ethnic group here is the Khmu.
Oudomxay offers some of the best hiking in Laos providing a chance to witness authentic village life. Most of the people still wear their traditional Khmu clothes and are happy to invite you for an overnight stay and a home cooked meal. Surrounded by rice paddy fields and ringed by mountains, this area is home to one of the most untouched and beautiful pristine forests in the region. It is an ideal place for capturing not only the gorgeous natural landscape, but also the charming Khmu people and their unique culture.

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Con Dao National Park, A Pearl In The Sea

Con Dao National Park is situated in the Con Dao archipelago. Just a one-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, it is best known for its diverse ecosystem and crystal clear waters. Many colourful species of coral, endemic flora and fauna, marine turtles (Green turtles and Hawkbill turtles), dolphins and endangered Dugong are all found here.

The most beautiful time to visit the park falls between March and November. Take a two-hour trek through thick forests and mangroves, past the hilltop stream to Bamboo Lagoon for a stunning view. One of the most memorable experiences is to see turtles giving birth. Marine turtles lay about 100 eggs at a time, usually in mid-August. 40 to 60 days later the eggs hatch and the struggle to survive begins for hundreds of baby turtles.

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Hotel Of The Month: Mia Saigon – Luxury Boutique Hotel

Situated on the banks of the Saigon River and only 20 minutes from the centre of the city, Mia Saigon is a new resort offering a relaxed and open riverside atmosphere. You can reach the hotel by car but it’s more fun to arrive by boat, which can be arranged as per request. The hotel features 52 rooms and suites with balconies overlooking the river, or the pool. The design combines the nostalgia and elegance of French Indochine with modern luxury. In addition, Mia Saigon provides professional wellness packages from healthy organic food, a well-equipped gym and secluded spa and salon.


Restaurant Of The Month: Spoons Siem Reap

Conveniently located in the city centre, Spoons is a lovely dining space for travellers to enjoy authentic Cambodian cuisine while contributing to the personal and educational development of less fortunate Cambodian young adults. The restaurant showcases a delicious array of Cambodian cuisine from street food favourites to classic home style dishes.

Coconut chicken curry – Kyet thar ohn nyot sipyan

A dash of coconut cream added at the end of cooking gives this curry a lovely creamy smoothness, seasoned with a little fish sauce and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.


  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 8 chicken thighs, skinned & boned, cut into 2cm cube
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 dried whole chilies, soaked in hot water
  • 100ml peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 1 lemon grass stalk, crushed
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 tablespoon coconut cream
  • 150ml water
  • Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Put the ground turmeric, salt and fish sauce in a bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat with the marinade. Leave for 30 minutes while you make the onion paste.
Using a pestle and mortar, pound the onions, garlic and dried chillies to form a coarse paste or chop everything very finely. Heat the oil in saucepan and cook the onion paste over a moderate heat for 15-20 minutes until caramelized. Keep moving the paste in the pan so it does not burn. Add the shrimp paste and stir through the mixture.
Put the chicken, lemon grass, tomatoes and water in a pan. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat. Simmer for 25-35 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and the chicken in tender. Add the coconut cream and leave to simmer a further 5 minutes. Sprinkle with coriander just before serving.

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
  • Eat with:
  • Coconut rice
  • Pickled cucumber
  • Sour white radish soup
  • Recipe by Tin Cho Chaw in Hsaba – Burmese Cook Book

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