May Newsletter 2019


Flight Updates


VietJet To Start Flying From Saigon To Bali This May

Vietjet is launching direct flights from Saigon, Vietnam to Denpasar, Bali starting on May 29th 2019. It will operate five-times weekly: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, departing from Saigon at 8:05am and arriving in Bali at 1:05pm. The return flight will leave Bali at 2:05pm. and touchdown in Saigon at 5:05pm local time.

Vietnam To Start Direct Flights To The United States As Early As This Year

Vietnam Airlines is planning to launch direct flights to the U.S. as early as this year instead of 2020, shortening the overall travel time by about eight hours. According to what source?


Heritage Line Launches New Overnight Cruise In Laos (By End Sep 2020)


Anouvong, a new boutique overnight cruise in Laos by the renown cruise company Heritage Line, is schedule to sail at by End of September 2020. It is a luxurious 5-star vessel featuring 10 rooms and suites (the two top suites have private balcony, other rooms have French balcony) spread across two decks. The four-day voyage sails between the Golden Triangle, Huay Xai, on the Thai-Laos borders and Luang Prabang (and vice versa). There are also a longer journeys between Huay Xai and Vientiane or vice versa (7 or 9 nights). Bookings are supposed to be open by June 2019.


Promotion of the month


Six Senses Con Dao

Six Senses Con Dao, the most luxurious resort in Con Dao, is offering a special summer promotion of 10% off for any early bird booking, 60 days to 30 days before arrival date. Con Dao archipelago, 1 hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City, is best known for its diverse ecosystem and crystal clear waters. The validity of the stay is until Oct 31 2019.

Anantara Mui Ne

Ananatara Mui Ne is running a campaign of 15-20% off with details as below:

  • Staying period: May 10 – Oct 31 2019.
  • Booking period: until Oct 01 2019.

This 4-star resort features 90 contemporary rooms and villas hugging the ocean and the lush garden. It is just four hours east of Ho Chi Minh City, a 10 km stretch of golden beach invites unwinding.

V’Spirit Premier

V’Spirit Premier is a 4-star cruise offering a 1-night and 2-night program through Lan Ha Bay – a tranquil part of Ha Long Bay. It is offering a special rate from only 240USD / cabin (for 1-night program) for these markets: Spain, Portugal and Latin.

  • Staying period: 28 Mar to 10 Oct 2019.
  • Booking period: 28 Mar to 10 Oct 2019.

South East Asia Cruises

Southeast Asia is a fantastic destination to go on a cruise because of its warm climate, friendly people, scenic and watery landscape. Experience the Mekong River from Vietnam to Laos and Cambodia, visiting remote villages and markets by boat. Get a different perspective on the iconic temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Phrom, or the famous Kuang Si Falls, or just relax in one of the most beautiful bays in the world – Ha Long Bay. Whichever you choose, a well-planned cruise is a wonderful way to experience the remarkable charm of Southeast Asia.


A Luxury Cruise Trip To Explore Mekong River 


The Mekong River is one of the great rivers of the world and connects many cultures and civilisations in South East Asia. Cruising along it from Vietnam to Cambodia voyagers can take a closer look into remarkable aspects of authentic local life and culture that cannot be accessed by car, as well as learn more about the legendary God King of ancient Cambodia and his flourishing empire from the 9th to 15th century. Admire the natural environment; amazing wildlife, lush greenery, relaxed domestic oxen, and of course the magnificent sunsets.

Navigating the Mekong river is easy as there are several options in terms of accommodation and routes. Some of our favourite vessels are: Heritage Line’s Jayavarman Cruise or the Jahan, and Aqua Expeditions with their epic Aqua Mekong – all inclusive services.


A Diving Cruise In Myanmar


The Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar has a wealth of amazing dive sites to choose from. Visit several stunning islands on a new tour where you will see an incredible range and volume of beautiful sea creatures. The tour includes a wonderful cruise with modern, comfortable and elegant cabins, and great dive kit.


Most of the islands are uninhabited, however a few are home to the gentle Moken, or Salone people. Occasionally travellers will see the Moken (or Sea Gypsies as they are sometimes referred to) who strive for harmony amongst themselves and with the sea.


Besides the adventure to Mergui, if you are interested in learning about Burmese history through a cruise journey, Saffron Travel can arrange it for you. The route courses along Ayeyarwady & Chindwin Rivers and can vary in length between 4 days and 12 days.


Paklay, Laos


Pak Lay is a town in Sainyabuli Province, in the west of Laos. It is built around a sandy road and is close to the Mekong River. As it used to be a French administrative town, there are many colonial buildings to explore. Its bustling local market is also an interesting place to visit and learn about local life.


Roluos, Cambodia


Roluos Cambodia: Roluos is a small town and an archaeological site about 13 km east of Siem Reap. Once it was the seat of Hariharalay, the first capital of the Khmer Empire north of Tonle Sap. Among the “Rolous Group” of temples are some of the earliest permanent structures built by the Khmer. They mark the beginning of the classical period of Khmer civilisation, dating from the late 9th century. Some were entirely built with bricks, others partially with laterite or sandstone.

The tour includes a short boat ride to a picturesque floating village, through flooded mangrove forests and a picnic lunch.


Cruise Of The Month: YLang Cruise, Lan Ha Bay (Ha Long Bay)


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.


Restaurant Of The Month: Propaganda Saigon


Great food, a cool vibe and a stylish layout is what is on offer at Propaganda, centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Just across from a major park and very close to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the main Post Office, its ideal location offers guests a great opportunity to chill out and watch the city pass by, during the day or in the evening.

Propaganda serves a modern twist on Vietnamese food with 100% Vietnamese ingredients. Signature dishes include, among many other, rolls, BBQ honey pork chop with pandan broken rice and home-made desserts.

Tamarind Beef and Kohlrabi Salad

Tamarind Beef and Kohlrabi Salad is a healthy dish for your diet. Kohlrabi itself is full of nutrients and minerals like copper, potassium, manganese, iron, and calcium, as well as vitamins.



– 3 1/2 ounces kohlrabi, carrots and beetroot, peeled and julienned

– 2 tablespoons sugar

– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

– 2 garlic cloves, crushed

– 10 1/2 ounces lean beef eye fillet

– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

– 2 tablespoons Tamarind water

– 1 handful cilantro leaves and Vietnamese mint leaves, sliced

– 2 tablespoons fried garlic chips and 2 tablespoons dipping sauce

– 1 tablespoon crushed roasted peanuts

– 1 red bird’s eye chilli, sliced


– In a bowl, combine the kohlrabi, carrot, beetroot and sugar. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes, then drain.

– Place a frying pan over high heat. Add the oil and fry the garlic until fragrant.

– Add the beef, season with the pepper, then stir-fry the beef for no more than 3 minutes — only until just cooked through. Transfer the beef to a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of the tamarind water and toss to combine.

– In another bowl, combine the kohlrabi, carrot, beetroot, saw-tooth coriander, Vietnamese mint, garlic chips and tamarind beef. Add the remaining table spoon of tamarind water and the nuoc mam cham.

– Toss the salad to combine all the ingredients. Garnish with the peanuts and chilli and serve.

Recipe from The Food Of Vietnam by Luke Nguyen

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