WTM London 2017
On behalf of everyone at Saffron Travel, I would like to thank all who came to meet us at the WTM 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 WTM
Once again, our sincerest gratitude,
Doan Huy Long
Fewer Gates For E-Visas To Cambodia
Cambodia’s E-Visa is to be limited to just 5 immigration checkpoints including: Phnom Penh International Airport, Seam Reap International Airport , Cham Yeam (Koh Kong), Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey) and Bavet (Svay Rieng). E-Visas to Cambodia can be applied at: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
Vietjet will add a new route Saigon – Phnom Penh starting from November 24. It will fly daily leaving Saigon at 5.35pm and arriving in Phnom Penh at 6.20pm.
AirAsia also announced plans to launch a Saigon – Manila route this coming November.
Croisi Europe To Launch Its Frist Cruise In Indochina
In a bid to attract high-end tourists to the kingdom of Cambodia, Croisi Europe launched its newest river cruise ship: the RV Indochine II. It will depart from Siem Reap and pass through Phnom Penh on its way to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and return. Combining colonial and modern styles the vessel comprises 30 spacious cabins.
Steam Locomotives From Hue To Danang
You can now travel by steam between Hue and Danang. Two steam locomotives have been added to the list of trains running between the two cities starting in the fourth quarter of this year.
Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar are great destinations for honeymoons and anniversaries. In this newsletter, we share some of our favourite itineraries for once-in-a-lifetime trips when everything should be just perfect.
Romantic Vietnam And Magical Cambodia
Start your special trip in Hanoi with 2-3 nights’ stay in the ultra-romantic and relaxing Sofitel Legend Metropole. Follow this with an invigorating 3 days’ trek in the magnificent mountains in the north of Vietnam with their verdant rice terraces and unspoilt views. A night on board a luxurious junk in Halong Bay is also a wonderfully memorable way to savour special time together.
Continue down the coast to Hue and Hoi An. Spend 3-4 nights at a top beach resort and just a short flight away and you can explore the legendary temples of Angkor accompanied by an archaeologist. There are just so many fantastic options.
Unforgettable Honeymoon Dreams In Myanmar
Myanmar offers a huge range of unique and marvellous possibilities. Our recommendations for a honeymoon include: Yangon – culturally rich and charming historic city, Mandalay – don’t miss sunset over the U Bein Bridge, Bagan – one of the richest and most beautiful archaeological sites in Asia, and dreamy Inle Lake – home to some of the most romantic resorts of the country.
South East Asia is home to some to some of the most picturesque places in which to celebrate your honeymoon or special anniversary.
Aqua Expedition: A luxury river cruise running down or upriver from Vietnam to Cambodia. The length of the trip can vary from 3 to 7 nights during which time you meander through the tranquillity of the Mekong Delta past serene Buddhist temples and river villages on stilts. During the cruise you can also explore the unique landscape by bicycle and kayak. The cruise also provides exclusive photography and wellness packages making your honeymoon even more memorable. Aqua offers private dinners and free upgrades for honeymooners subject to availability.
Pandaw Cruise: Pandaw offers a great range of options to choose from across Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar including 7 nights on board a classic 1960s motor yacht in the Mergui Archipelago and the first river crossing in Laos.
Heritage Line: The Jayavarman, The Jahan and The Anawrata are members of the romantic Heritage Line. It is one of the more tasteful cruises operating along the Mekong and the Ayeyarwady rivers.
Adding a bit of adventure can make a honeymoon that bit more special. Amongst several options, 4000 Islands in Laos and Vietnam’s northern mountains are probably our favourites because they seem to strike just the right balance of romance and adventure.
Northern mountains of Vietnam: We arrange trekking trips to this beautiful region from the well-known e.g. Sapa and Mai Chau, to the more off-the-beaten-track such as Pu Luong. We particularly recommend the North Eastern area of Ha Giang, Ba Be, Meo Vac which are less developed. Combine amazing adventure with relaxing time at a private lodge with special treatments and little extras such as room upgrades, private dinners or rose petal filled baths.
4000 Islands in Laos. Not as popular as Luang Prabang, but 4000 islands can be very charming and lovely for both honeymoons and anniversaries. The stunning natural beauty, vibrant local culture and breath-taking waterfalls make a trip here truly unforgettable.
La Folie Lodge, Champasak, Laos
La Folie Lodge is located on Don Daeng, a lovely and secluded island, opposite the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou. The lodge features 27 luxurious wooden bungalows with private balconies overlooking the peaceful views of the Mekong, or the lush tropical garden. The design is inspired by Khmer architecture and has a charming, rustic ambience.
Le Malraux, Siem Reap
Located in a small alley in a historic building, this former brewery-turned-restaurant is a tribute to Cambodia’s French era. It has a vintage design and is well furnished with ornate lanterns, stylish wooden furniture, and a well-stocked bar. The menu features classic French dishes, Asian fusion plus a section dedicated to Cambodian specialties.
Banh Cuon - Handmade rice noodles filled with pork and mushroom
This homemade dish is quite popular across Vietnam, especially in Hanoi. It can be served as breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. As its name indicates, "Banh Cuon Nong" is best served hot.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oi, plus extra for brushing
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 4 red Asian shallots, diced
- 300g (10 ½ oz) minced (ground) pork
- 4 fresh black fungus (wood ears), thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 bunch perilla
- 1 bunch Vietnamese mint
- 2 handfuls bean sprouts
- 2 Lebanese (short) cucumbers
- 250 ml (8 ½ fl oz / 1 cup) cham dipping sauce
- 2 red bird’s eye chillies, sliced
200g (7oz) rice flour
60g (2oz ½ cup) tapioca flour
½ teaspoon sea slat
- Put the batter ingredients in a mixing bowl with 600ml (20 ½ fl oz) cold water. Whisk to a smooth batter, then allow to rest for 20 minutes.
- Heat a wok over medium heat, then add the 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Fry the garlic and shallot for 30 seconds, or until fragrant, then add the pork, mushroom, fish sauce, sugar and a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir-fry for 4 minutes, then transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Brush a round tray with vegetable oil and place it on your bench next to the stove. Heat a thin 20 cm (8inch) non-stick frying pan over low heat and brush with oil. Pour 3 tablespoons of the batter into the pan, turning the pan quickly in a circular motion to cover the base with a thin layer of batter – the thinner the better.
- Cover the pan with a lit and cook for 45 seconds.
- Remove the lid and slide the thin noodle sheet onto your oiled tray. Scoop 1 tablespoon of pork mixture onto the noodle sheet, then fold over to form an open-ended roll. Transfer to a plate.
- Repeat this process using the remaining batter and pork mixture, adding more oil to the pan as necessary.
- Top the rolls with the herbs, bean sprouts, fried shallots and cucumber. Drizzle with the nuoc mam, garnish with the chili and serve.
Recipe: Luke Nguyen