June Newsletter 2019

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Luxperience in Sydney 2019 Announcement

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Saffron Travel will attend the Luxperience trade show in Sydney this coming October. We will be very happy to meet partners, clients and friends there. Please email us to make an appointment in advance at the following addresses:

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Cambodia And Thailand Reconnected By Rail After 45 Years

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A railway reconnecting Cambodia and Thailand was officially inaugurated linking Aranyaprathet in Thailand with Poipet in Cambodia.

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Cambodia And Thailand Reconnected By Rail After 45 Years

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Melia Hanoi
Melia Hanoi is running a promotion campaign of up to 25% off from May 1st to September 15th, 2019. The Melia Hanoi is conveniently located and provides a great range of cuisine making this promotion particularly attractive.

Ecolodge Can Tho
The Ecolodge Can Tho is offering a special summer promotion from 90usd/night between July 1st and 15th October, 2019 for visitors from Spain, Portugal & Latin American countries. This new eco-property is inspired by local ‘Mekong’ architecture and rustic materials.

South East Asia is home to some of the most diverse lowland tropical rainforests and ecosystems in Asia. The region is ideal for experiencing a range of adventurous activities from trekking to camping.

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Siem Reap Jeep & Camp 

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Whilst the Angkor temple ruins with their ancient stones encased in the roots of jungle trees form the main attractions for visitors to Siem Reap, there is much else to see and do in the surrounding countryside. Set out on the back of a jeep and explore the beauty of rural Cambodia with its lush green rice paddies, water buffaloes and sleepy villages. On this tour you will stop at Prei Monti, a small 9th century temple; and the remote archaeological site of Poeung Komnou. Relax and have a picnic lunch beside tranquil, jungle temples. Visit a local market and immerse yourself in the vivid atmosphere before reaching the secluded Banteay Ampeul temple. Overnight at a camp in the middle of the jungle.

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Myanmar’s Forgotten Villages

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Within the borders of Myanmar an extraordinary 137 ethnic communities with different dialects and languages find their home. Some of the largest in number are the Mon, Shan, Karen and the famous long-necked Kayan in The Shan State. To gain a deeper understanding about the rich and diverse cultures of these ethnic groups, Saffron Travel organises tours to the more off-the-beaten-track villages in Putao, Chin State and across many other parts of the country.

Putao, the most northerly town in Myanmar is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and was one of the British Empire’s most remote outposts. A 3-day-2-nights tour to Putao is designed for trekkers who want to explore the region’s deep forests, wild sanctuaries, snow-capped mountains and numerous ethnic hill tribe communities.

A trek through the jungle, across the clear water of the Nam Lang River and then up through the terraced rice fields to the ancient village of Yegyawdi is a highlight.

Putao can only be reached by air and the best time to visit is between November and April.

Here are some more fantastic destinations for travellers who want to experience a sense of adventure on their holidays.

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Hike Through Beautiful Limestone Mountains Of Luang Prabang

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Once the royal seat of the ‘land of thousand elephants’ as the Lan Xang Kingdom was known, Luang Prabang is located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. Therefore, it has a lot to offer besides the ancient temples and charming town itself. Walking from the main town through rice paddies, forest and limestone mountains, travellers can reach Khmu village. There, a visit to a local primary school gives a great insight into local life and culture. Continue uphill and visitors will arrive at a welcoming and hospitable Hmong village.

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Trek And Hike In Shan State Myanmar – Inle – Kalaw – Pindaya Area

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Shan is Myanmar’s largest state located in the middle-eastern part of the country. Many of Myanmar’s most picturesque places such as Inle Lake, Kalaw and Pindaya are all close by. Saffron Travel can arrange for 1 to 4 days hike in this gorgeous region. Highlights include: sleeping in a remote monastery, walking through beautiful rice fields, orange and tea plantations; spending time with members of 4-6 hill tribe communities such as the Danu, the Palaung and the Pa O.

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Cruise Of The Month: Hôtel de la Coupole – MGallery by Sofitel

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Ylang is a new boutique and luxurious 5-star cruise sailing in the UNESCO World Heritage destinations of Ha Long Bay, joining its sister ship, Ginger.

The overnight cruise features 10 spacious suites in two meticulously decorated room categories (Signature Suite and Regency Suite), all with generous private balconies. Ylang marries art deco charm with delicate floral patterns, representing the seasons in Vietnam. It is one of the rare cruises to have a pool on the terrace deck offering 360-degree views of Ha Long Bay. The theme of the cruise is Wellness and Ylang also boasts a large spa with experienced therapists and yoga experts on board. Excursions allow you to bike and hike on Cat Ba Island and visit a local a fishing village.

The maiden voyage is on 17th August 2019 offering a unique three-day journey to the lesser visited region of Ha Long Bay. Sailing through this tranquil and stunning, surreal seascape really is a once in a life time experience.

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Restaurant Of The Month: Le Calao Luang Prabang

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Le Calao Luang Prabang is situated in a former colonial building overlooking the Mekong River. The property dates back to 1904 and has now been renovated to its former glory. The restaurant provides a wide range of choices for diners, from ethnic Laotian cuisine, to international dishes. The terrace area is especially romantic as it embraces sweeping river views. Chef Khamphaeng is a passionate and experienced chef in the field and is proud to inspire you with a highly memorable, culinary journey through Laos.


Khayan dhi pope ceku

A quick and easy way to prepare eggplants. The char-grilling gives the eggplant a lovely smokiness and the egg gives it an extra depth of richness.

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 small eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Small handful fresh coriander, chopped

PREPARATION:

  • To get that smoky flavor, place the eggplants whole on a flat baking sheet lined with pilot. Pierce with a knife to stop them bursting during cooking. Place under a hot grill for 15-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skins are charred and the insides are soft.
  • Remove the eggplants from the grill and cool until they can be handled. Cut them in half and scoop out the insides. I particularly like the skins too, so I chop these finely and mix them in the flesh.
  • To make the crispy shallots, heat the oil in a small saucepan and fry the shallots until golden. Remove from thre oil and drain on kitchen paper. And the chopped aggplants to the pan and warm through over moderate heat.
  • And the egg and stir until just scrambled. Season with fish sauce then sprinkle with coriander and crispy shallots before serving.

Serves: 2

Cooking time: 15-20 mins

Tip:

Vegetarians can replace the fish sauce with a little salt

Eat with:

  • Chicken with gourd
  • Pan-fried tamarind prawns
  • Stir-fried and steam vegetables

Source: Burmese Cookbook – Tin Cho Chaw

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