Ocotber Newsletter 2019


Luxperience Sydney 2019


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 Luxperience trade show.

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.

I wish you all huge success as you return from Luxperience Sydney 2019.

Once again, our sincerest gratitude,

The Saffron Travel team.


WTM In London 2019 Announcement


Saffron Travel will attend the WTM trade show in London this coming November, booth number AS560. 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:


Raffles Grand Hotel D’angkor Reopens, October 1st 2019


Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, one of the most iconic heritage properties in Southeast Asia, reopened on October 1st after a six-month closure for renovations and refurbishments. The greatest makeover is to the bathrooms, with all-new Italian tiling and fixtures, and separate rain showers.


Vietnam Airlines To Launch New Routes To Phuket And Bali


Vietnam Airlines will operate new routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Phuket, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia beginning at the end of October. There will be five flights to Denpasar Airport, Bali every week. The Ho Chi Minh City-Phuket service will be less regular, only three times per week, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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Six More Countries Now Get Visa-On-Arrival In Myanmar


Starting the first week of October, travelers from Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland – will be able to enter Myanmar with visas-on-arrival at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Passport holders of those countries do not need pre-approval to travel, and can apply for a visa when they arrive, which will then be granted straight away.


Promotions Of The Month


Nam Nghi Phu Quoc

Nam Nghi Phu Quoc is home to picturesque beaches, tropical jungle, and beautiful coral reserves, providing travelers with ample opportunity for both relaxation and adventure. The resort is offering a promotion of up to 10% for 14-day early bird bookings, valid till Sep 2020.

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas

Anantara Quy Nhon Villas is a perfect luxurious base with private villas, pool bliss and gourmet street eats served by your butler. It is offering an appealing promotion of up to 30% off between September 23, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Anouvong In Laos – Inaugural Promotion

Anouvong – a new luxury vessel sailing the Mekong River in Laos, will start its maiden voyage on the 29th of September 2020. For a limited time, bookings can be made with a special promotion of 20% off all available journeys through to April 2022. The journey explores a rarely travelled stretch of the Mekong with outstanding riverscapes, charming remote local villages as well as the deep spirituality that permeates much of Laotian life.

Festivals Across Southeast Asia

The rich and diverse culture across Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar is most vividly on display during the many local festivals that take place throughout the year. These vary from country to country and even village to village. Some are national and some only take place in a particular region, town or even hamlet.

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Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival


Inle Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the most famous pagoda festivals in Myanmar celebrating the rediscovery of four scared Buddha Images. Each village greets the four Buddha images with fanfare and celebrates every moment of the one-night stopover. Rowing competitions, Shan dances and martial arts on ceremonial boats are special features of this festival. Many participants come from the small villages in the hills and plains surrounding the lake. People come to gain merit and enjoy this special occasion. A visit to Inle Lake during this time combined with biking tours, visits to local vineyards and a night in a local homestay really enhances the festive atmosphere in the air.
Festival start date: 14 – 31 Oct
Duration: 18 days.


Bon Om Touk


Bon Om Touk, also known as the Cambodian Water Festival, takes place once a year. It is the celebration of a major natural occurrence: the reversing of the river flow between lake Tonle Sap and the Mekong River. Schools close and most workers do not go to work. Millions of Cambodians gather at the riverbanks to celebrate. Colourful racing boats fill the river itself, with the largest boats over a hundred feet long and crewed with up to eighty oarsmen. Many of the boats also contain a colourfullyb costumed lady at their prow dancing to the beat of the drums. Find a good seat at the terrace of the Foreign Correspondents Club on Sisowath Quay for a great view of the river races whilst enjoying a drink.
Festival start date: 24-26 November
Duration: 3 days


Chindwin, An Untouched Corner Of Myanmar


Chindwin is the biggest tributary of the Ayeyarwaddy river. Due to the lower number of boats and visitors, the areas around the Chindwin River are relatively unspoilt. Most of the river runs through beautiful landscape flowing through mountain ranges and dense forests. The towns and villages lining the river have an otherworldly atmosphere even in a country so steeped in ancient traditions. Their airy bamboo houses line narrow and shady lanes along which bullock carts amble and traders ply their goods. As well the gentle rural communities witness the marvellous Sambuddhai Temple of Monywa and the cave pagodas of Hpowintaung and Shwebataung. With the river meandering gently close by, this is really a place to go and slow down for a while.

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Local Markets In The Mountainous Area Of Vietnam


Bac Ha
The market in Sapa and is held every Sunday. It is one of the busiest ethnic markets in the North selling everything from textiles, fashion accessories, food, and also animals. The largest minority group at the market is the Flower Hmong. Bac Ha is not only a local market but also a tourist attraction, therefore to see the market at its best, get there before 0830. Small gestures such as buying fruits on offer, trying local specialties, or asking before taking a photo mean a lot to the locals.

Coc Pai
Compared to other ethnic markets, Coc Pai market is less accessible and more authentic. It opens every Sunday in the western province of Ha Giang. You can meet and interact with a wide range of ethnic minorities here, including: Hmong, Nung, La Chi, and Cao Lan. The main products for sale are brocade textiles, fruits and vegetables. Cow, buffalo and horses are also traded. A buffalo can fetch 1400USD!

Dong Van
Dong Van market takes place every Sunday and is a trading fair for ethnic communities such as Tay, Nung, Han, Hmong, Hoa and Dao. You will see people in colourful ethnic costumes carrying baskets of vegetables, fruits, chickens, birds, cattle and even handmade jewellery into the market very early in the morning. If you can get up early and arrive before 0700, the timeless and colourful scene looks like a painting.

Meo Vac
One of the highlights in Meo Vac is its Sunday market. This market is medium in size so it showcases only local specialties. People from the surrounding villages walk for hours before arriving in Meo Vac and because of the long distance, they usually arrive on Saturday. So Meo Vac by night (Saturday night) is also worth visiting.


Cruise Of The Month: Orchid Premium Cruise


Orchid Premium Cruise is a new luxurious 5-star cruise on Lan Ha Bay / Ha Long Bay. Orchid features only 7 luxury cabins (from 40 to 90 square metres) designed with very large windows opening out onto the sea, a private balcony, and a king-sized bed. There are 5 types of cabin: Orchid Premium Exclusive Suite Cabin, Family Premium Terrace Suite, Premium Terrace Suite, Family Terrace Suite, Terrace Suite. All cabins are come with modern amenities and the vibe of a swanky penthouse. The restaurant on board provides a good view to look out from and is also a nice place to meet travellers from around the world. The cruise is perfect for families, honeymooners, or small groups of friends.


Restaurant Of The Month: Embassy Khmer Gastronomy


Located in a laid back street in Siem Reap, Embassy offers a full gastronomic experience in an attempt to revive the lost flavours of Khmer cuisine. Chef duo, the “Kimsan Twins” (Kimsan Pol and Kimsan Sok) promote everyday, authentic Cambodian cuisine through their dishes and set dinners that change each month to use the best local products, fresh and in season. Entirely run by women, the Twins show their desire to promote the strength and talents of the women of Cambodia.

Vietnamese Broken Rice with Grilled Pork (Com Tam)

This is one of the signature dishes of Saigon cuisine. People in Saigon can eat Com Tam anytime of the day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper.

For the Pork Chop

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 lemons (juiced)
  • 6 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 cups warm water

For the Meatloaf

  • 40g bean threads (soaked and chopped)
  • ½ cup dried wood ear mushrooms (soaked and chopped finely)
  • 3 tbsp shallot (minced)
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g minced pork
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

For Serving

  • 4 cups of broken rice (cooked)
  • 4 fried eggs
  • Pickled carrots and radishes
  • Cucumber (de-seeded and sliced)
  • Soy sauce (to garnish)
  • Shredded pork skin (bi)
  • Spring onion (chopped and sautéed slightly)


To Make Dipping Sauce

  1. Place all dipping sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well until sugar is dissolved.

To Cook the Pork Chops

  1. Tenderize the pork chops until even thickness.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients until well-combined. Coat the pork chops with the sauce and marinade for at least 1 hr or overnight.
  3. Heat a grill or frying pan with oil. Grill the meat until done, about 1-2 mins on each side. Remove and set aside.

To Make the Meatloaf

  1. Set 2 egg yolks aside, add the remaining eggs into a bowl and beat well.
  2. Add the rest of the meatloaf ingredients and mix well.
  3. Grease a square or loaf tin and place the mixture into the tin. Spread evenly and steam covered for 30 mins.
  4. Spread reserved egg yolks on the top of the meatloaf and steam uncovered for 5 min. Remove and let cool before slicing.

To Serve

  1. In a serving plate, place the broken rice, grilled pork chop, meatloaf slice, fried egg, shredded pork skin, cucumber slices and pickled carrot and radish slices. Garnish with sautéed spring onion and serve with dipping sauce

Source: https://asianinspirations.com.au/recipes/vietnamese-broken-rice-with-grilled-pork-com-tam/

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