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: [email protected]
Myanmar Eases Visa Restrictions For Western Tourists
Starting from October 1st, visitors from Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland no longer need to apply for a visa in advance. Travelers from the listed countries can obtain a visa on arrival.
Vietnam Airlines Flies Directly To America
Vietnam Airlines can now operate flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Dallas-Fort Worth. It can also extend these routes to the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
Promotion Of The Month
Azerai Can Tho is offering very good promotions for early bird bookings:
- 10% discount for all bookings (room, breakfast & extra bed) received at least 21 days prior to arrival date.
- 15% discount for all bookings (room, breakfast & extra bed) received at least 60 days prior to arrival date.
Azerai is nestled on a verdant islet on the Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong Delta. The resort features 60 rooms with river, lake, or garden views.
Vietnam and Cambodia are increasingly great destinations for family holidays. There is plenty for all ages and tastes: colourful markets, cyclo rides, art classes, wildlife camps, stunning beaches and lots of adventure sports to enjoy. Meaningful learning experiences can also make family travel so much more than just a vacation.
Hoi An Oodle & Noodle
Explore Hoi An and its stunningly rich gastronomic history and culture with trainees/graduates from an NGO-Social Enterprise that prepares vulnerable, orphaned, out-of-school, and disadvantaged youth for professional careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The experience focuses on the culture of noodle making in Hoi An and throughout Vietnam. Enjoy the market tour to learn about Vietnamese ingredients from fresh vegetables to live seafood. After that, visit a local noodle stall, learn how noodles are made, taste the authentic flavors and make your own version of the famous local speciality My Quang.
A Laid-Back Vacation In Kampot, Cambodia
For families who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh and rest up after visiting the majestic temple complex of Angkor in Siem Reap, the coastal town of Kampot should be on your list. Kampot offers a glimpse of rural Cambodia with its green paddies, forested hills, and unusual architecture.
Saffron Travel arranges private trips around Kampot and because it’s close to Kep – a good destination for a beach chill out experience, we can combine Kampot and Kep for a more relaxing family vacation. Besides beautiful French colonial architecture and languid boulevards, Kampot is also renown for having the country’s best fruit and pepper. A visit to an organic pepper farm should not be missed. Learn about the history (over 1000 years!) of growing pepper, join a pepper tasting session and experience the different flavor strengths from light to intense, or make your own ‘peppery’ dishes in a cooking class.
The Soft Sandy Beach Of Ngapali, Myanmar
Ngapali is located on the Bay of Bengal coast in Rakhine State, 260 kilometres northeast of Yangon and is only 50 minutes flight from Yangon. The beach is a family friendly destination because besides simply relaxing and enjoying the sun, there are several kid friendly activities on offer such as: touring on local fishing boats, kayaking, snorkelling or scuba diving, rafting and cycling. Hot air ballooning is also available between November and the end of March providing the best possible views of Ngapali with its idyllic stretch of white sand and dreamy coconut palms.
Con Dao National Park, A Pearl In The Sea
Con Dao National Park is situated in the Con Dao archipelago, 1 hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City and is best known for its diverse ecosystem and crystal clear waters. Many colourful species of coral, endemic flora and fauna, marine turtles (Green turtles and Hawkbill turtles), dolphins and endangered dugong are all found here. The most beautiful time to visit the park falls between March and November. Take a two – hour trek through thick forests and mangroves, past the hilltop stream to Bamboo Lagoon for a stunning view. One of the most memorable experiences is to see turtles giving birth. Marine turtles lay about 100 eggs at a time, usually in mid-August. 40 to 60 days later the eggs hatch and the struggle to survive begins for hundreds of baby turtles.
Hotel Of The Month: The Anam Nha Trang
The Anam Nha Trang is located on a long stretch of beach in Cam Ranh Bay, a short drive of only 20 minutes from the airport. It features 77 villas and 136 rooms and suites all set in a lovely palm garden with most of the suites offering stunning views across the ocean. The design and decoration is a clean combination of Indochine charm and modern luxury. All suites have a spacious balcony or a large outdoor terrace. Connecting suites and premium villas are ideal for families of all ages.
There are 3 restaurants and 2 clubs on site offering a wide range of gastronomic experiences from traditional Vietnamese home-style cooking to fusion tapas, beach barbeques and gourmet fine-dining. For unwinding and rejuvenating body and soul, The Anam’s spa provides all the necessary space for doing so.
Restaurant Of The Month: Rangoon Tea House
This is a restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Burmese cuisine and learn more about Myanmar’s rich culture and history. Teas are signature here, from traditional to newly blended tea, and all worth trying. Built in the early 1900s, the building itself is a blend of colonial style and Burmese contemporary design. Our recommendations include: Pickled Tea Leaf Salad, Grilled Butterfish, and the perfect Chocolate Samosas with ice cream.
Stir fried squid with Kampot pepper
Green peppercorns are common in the food of the riverside village of Kampot in southern Cambodia. They are more floral than spicy, a great match for the delicate seafood.
- 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 small white onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 6 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon drained green pepper
- 2 pounds cleaned squid, scored in a crosshatch pattern and cut into 2-inch pieces
- 2 Thai bird chilies, sliced
- Kosher salt
- Cooked white rice, for serving
- Whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, and sugar in a bowl.
- Heat coconut oil in a wok. Add the onion, scallions, garlic, and peppercorns; stir-fry over high until onions are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Working in 2 batches, stir-fry the squid and chili for 2 minutes. Add the sauce mixture and stir-fry until thickened, about 7 minutes. Season with salt, and serve with rice.