WTM London 2018
Dear partners, friends and customers,
On behalf of everyone at Saffron Travel, I would like to thank all who came to meet us at the WTM trade show last week in London.
It was such a great occasion to get together with so many people from around the world who share the same passion to provide travellers with unique and memorable journeys.
I wish you all huge success as you return from WTM London 2018.
Once again, our sincerest gratitude,
Doan Huy Long Managing Director.
Vietnam Extends E-Visa Pilot Program For 46 Countries For 2 More Years
Tourists from a wide range of countries will continue to be able to enter Vietnam for 30 days with an electronic visa for another two years. The program allows holders of passports from 46 different countries, including Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States (full list of approved nations here) to apply for entry up to three days before arrival at any of the nation’s international airports.
Fitur Madrid / 23-27 January 2019
A visit to South East Asia can provide an opportunity for individuals to reset their internal dials by taking a step back and finding much needed rest and recuperation. In this newsletter we share some of our favourite options for wellness and restful retreats.
Sunrise Pranayama Meditation At Phnom Krom
Start your day in Angkor with this unique wellness experience where serenity and wonder meet. Phnom Krom is a 9th century Angkorian temple located on a hilltop, overlooking lake Tonle Sap. With a sunrise over Tonle Sap and the mystical ruins of Phnom Krom as a backdrop, you will be guided through a series of breathing techniques essential for deep meditation and “samadhi,” the path to self-realisation. The practice of pranayama meditation brings about harmony in body, mind and spirit. You will leave energised and feeling positive. The experience is led by a professional yoga master.
Health, Wellness & Longevity With A Yoga And Meditation Master
In a beautiful wooden studio located in the ancient coastal town of Hoi An, meet and learn from a meditation expert and discover the fundamentals of yoga and Buddhist meditation. The lecture includes a Q & A section where you can enjoy an interactive experience with the master. After a cup of tea, visitors will take part in 2 sessions of 45 mins yoga and meditation covering the bases of both practices. End the day with an introduction to Hatha Yoga and simple Asanas that make the body stronger and healthier.
Brought up in a family of traditional doctors, the master has always believed in healing by natural means. She has more than 10 years of experience and is well known throughout Vietnam.
Myanmar: Serene Kalaw
Located to the west of Inle Lake, Kalaw is a small and serene town that offers some of the best trekking trails in the region. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful mountain views. Discover picturesque hill tribe villages and temples. Thein Taung Pagoda’s Buddist monastery is a place from which you can enjoy the stunning view of Kalaw at its best.
This is quite an off the beaten track destination and also one where Myanmar’s colonial past can still be seen vividly in the architecture of the Anglican Church and colonial style houses. The food is also a delicious blend combining elements of Nepalese and Indian cuisine.
Ninh Van Bay – A Hideaway Retreat
Ninh Van Bay is located in Khanh Hoa Province and the only way to access this beautiful bay is by boat, instantly giving you that ‘hideaway’ feeling. The sense of solitude extends further as you explore your surroundings; soaring mountains, dramatic rock formations, pristine beaches and gorgeous coastline are yours to enjoy.
With its quiet, natural surroundings and white sandy beach, Ninh Van Bay is an ideal place for wellness activities such as detox treatments, yoga and tai-chi to refresh and re-energise you at a deeper level.
Hotel Of The Month: Fusion Resort Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Nestled in a private bay on a tranquil tropical island, Fusion Resort Phu Quoc features spacious private pool villas throughout. With exclusive ocean and river-front options, the design of these thatched abodes blends, creativity, originality, and understated five-star luxury. This wellness- inspired resort has all of Fusion’s famous “all-spa inclusive” treats including non-stop body treatments, beauty treatments, and daily wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, and kayaking, along with the snooze-friendly “Breakfast Anywhere, Anytime” service. Guests can enjoy complimentary transfers, daily fun and games, a kids club, a beach bar, a pool-side diner, and two unique restaurants including a beach-front seafood grill. For added “wow”, guests are also treated to the 24/7 support of the super-friendly Fusionistas – the brand’s less formal, more personal alternative to butlers.
Restaurant Of The Month: Malis Restaurant, Siem Reap
Malis Restaurant, Siem Reap Malis is located on Pokambor Avenue along the Siem Reap River and is operated by a “Living Cambodian Cuisine” award-winning Master Chef Luu Meng. The white building features high ceilings, polished sandstone walls and beautiful Khmer artwork. The spacious restaurant with over 2000 square metres can accommodate up to approximately 300 guests. The menu showcases authentic Cambodian cuisine at its finest by embracing traditional cooking techniques but experimenting with flavours and textures. For anyone who is interested in exploring Cambodian dining secrets of the past, this is the place for you. Some of the most unique signature dishes are: Kampot Crab Fried Rice, Hidden Chreav Duck, and Bang Kang Malis.
Shan noodle (Shan Kauk Swae), Shan-style noodle salad, is one of the unique Myanmar dishes. It is loved by most
Burmese people and commonly eaten as lunch or dinner or a kind of snack.
- 1 cup (250ml) stock
- 1 table spoon (15ml) fermented/salted sauce
- Large pinch Chinese 5-spice
- A cup (20g) mixed crisp fried onion, garlic and ginger
- 1lb (500g) chicken or pork, finely sliced or shredded
- 7 oz. (200g) packet dried rice noodles
- 1/2 cup (60ml) Seasoned oil
- 1/2 cup (40g) chopped peanuts, roasted
- About 1/2 cup (40-85g) salty pickle
- 1/2 cup (20g) bean spouts
- 1/2 (15g) coriander sprigs
- About 1/2 teaspoon (2ml) Chinese 5-spice
- Have all ingredients ready for quick assembly. Ideally, prepare on or two bowls at a time, serving immediately as the noodles tend to turn gluggy.
- Combine stock with fermented beans or fish sauce and 5-spice and bring to the boil, simmer with the fried onion mixture and meat until done.
- Boil the noodles in a large pot of water for just few minutes, or until tender, then drain. Divide between 4 serving bowls, tossing with seasoned oil and peanuts. Portion meat and stock onto the noodles, plus a spoonful of salty pickle in each bowl. Top with bean spouts and fresh coriander/cilantro, and a pinch of 5-spice. Accompany with table dipping sauce, such as Bate Chin.
- Serves 4