Clients who book our cruises on the Mekong during the period from
November to February should remember that temperatures on the Mekong
River can then be quite low. All clients are advised to bring a
light jersey or jacket, to wear while the boat is moving and during
the evening at the lodge. Furthermore, as the water level on the
Mekong River is falling during that period and the lodge is some
distance from the boat, it may be difficult to carry heavy luggage
up to the lodge. If possible prepare a small overnight bag with
enough clothes and toiletries for your overnight stay at the lodge.
LUANGSAY - Please note the new operation schedule for LuangSay:
Until April 30, 2002: Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday up river,
Monday, Thursday and Friday down river. May 2002: Saturday & Wednesday
up river, Monday & Friday down river. June 2002: No operation. July-September
2002: Saturday & Wednesday up river, Monday & Friday down river.
Charter is available with the exception of June.
PHOU operation schedule: Until March 2002: Saturday and Wednesday
March 15-31 cruise departures are subject to water level in the
Mekong. April - May 2002: No operation - Dry dock period. June -
September 2002: Saturday and Wednesday, June 1-15: cruise departures
subject to water level in the Mekong
JUNE BAHTRA - we are operating June Bahtra full day excursion out
of Krabi on Fridays during the winter season. The first cruise took
place on Friday 23rd of November. For details of the itinerary,
please contact us. Please remember that we also offer June Bahtra
to your guests in Khao Lak. Guests will be picked up from Khao Lak
and taken to the pier to join the regular JUNE BAHTRA excursion.
attractions and events
BY BIKE Why not go for a bike tour in the outskirts of Bangkok?
Our new half-day tour takes you to places tourists normally never
get to see, through small communities, agricultural villages and
rice fields. You will visit a local market, a rice factory and farmers
house, before returning to Bangkok by longtail boat.
has built a new exhibition hall adjacent to the existing facility,
that adds approx. 6,000 sqm to the 20,000 sqm of hall space already
MASSAGE: If your guests have time to spare at the airport, there
is Lek's Foot Massage near departure gate 15. Prices are reasonable,
considering the airport location and it might just be the right
thing before a long-haul flight or between connecting flights.
OVER BAGAN has introduced a smaller second balloon to compliment
their sunrise and sunset champagne flights over the ancient ruins
of Bagan. The new balloon has a capacity of four passengers, making
a total of 12 seats available on these spectacular flights.
AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL has opened a new service office at the Traders
Irrawaddy Flotilla Company has unveiled its second cruise boat -
RV PANDAW 2. Built in Myanmar and using
local materials and craftsmen, the latest addition offers 24 luxury
cabins on its normal Bagan - Mandalay route, as well as expedition
cruises on the Chindwin and upper Ayeyarwaddy Rivers.
luxurious ROAD TO MANDALAY completed their successful maiden voyage
up the Chindwin River in September, and hope to offer this on a
commercial basis for September 2002.
BANYAN TREE, PHUKET is introducing
14 new Spa Pool Villas in December. Designed as a private and luxurious
haven for couples, the Villas feature a floating bed pavilion, outdoor
shower and sunken bathtub or jacuzzi, a landscaped garden, dining
patio, glass-edge pool and an in-villa spa. It's the ultimate in
romance and luxury! We are all eagerly awaiting our invitations
to see for ourselves
YIN DEE is the name of a new hotel about to open in Phuket. Bookings
at the 20-room resort will be accepted as of December 21st, 2001.
The spacious rooms (55 sqm plus) are located in three separate buildings
surrounding an outdoor swimming pool. Throughout, the resort offers
state-of-the-art amenities in teak wood, terrazzo, marble and only
premium quality materials. The reception / front desk area and a
delicious French/Thai cuisine restaurant use the fourth building.
Baan Yin Dee is located uphill, surrounded by lush vegetation, and
offers an outstanding sea view of Patong Bay.
THANI HOTEL Bangkok has opened Devarana Spa, one of the most
luxurious spas in Bangkok. A full range of body & facial treatments
as well as massages are offered in 14 treatment rooms. Well worth
a visit, also for its stunning interior design.
Empress Bangkok hotel changed name to The EASTIN BANGKOK HOTEL under
the management of The Eastin Hotels Group, effective since November
EVASON PHUKET and EVASON HUA HIN are both expected to open on Dec.
1, but Hua hin will still take another 10 days to complete the kids
club and spa.
VIEW INTERNATIONAL SPA & GOLF RESORT, Chiang Mai, located 15 minutes
away from Chiang Mai International Airport and city centre offers
20 deluxe accommodations, which include 2 or 3 bedroom private villas.
In December, it will open The Angsana Spa Chiang Mai, is a newly
launched sister brand of the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa is a
contemporary holistic, non-clinical tropical garden spa. The spa
menu features a unique blend of spa rituals that make use that make
use of natural ingredients like native flowers, exotic scents, herbs,
spices and plants.
REGENCY HUA HIN will soft open on 17 DEC 2001 and start receiving
overseas client's from 1 January. Situated on a stretch of 200 meter-long
beachfront, the resort's cluster-style, low rise accommodation is
surrounded by landscaped gardens and pools. It offers 204 guest
rooms, freeform swimming pools with water slide, tennis courts,
water sports, electronic games room, children's activities, gym
with steam and massage rooms, 4 restaurants and bars as well as
meeting rooms and a grand ballroom.
MARRIOTT PHUKET is due to soft open on December 15th and the Grand
Opening is expected in March 2002. Located right on Mai Khao beach
in the quite north of Phuket, it is only a 15 km drive from the
airport. The hotel has 265 guest rooms, 7 restaurants/bars, 3 swimming
pools, 2 lighted tennis courts, extensive health and fitness centre,
children's activity centre and a Tropical Spa offering traditional
Thai herbal treatments, massage and international treatments.
PHRAO RESORT is going to finish the construction of 24 Junior Suites,
a swimming pool & fitness centre as well as a scuba diving school
in December. At the same time, the renovation of the living rooms
in type D,F and DL will be completed.
IMPERIAL MAE PING is upgrading the
property to first class by redesigning and expanded its lobby, the
business deluxe style rooms on the 11th -13th floors and offering
exclusive private service of the 30 suites of the Royal Service
Floor on 14th -15th floors.
HOTEL & RESORT SAMUI (former Victorian Resort) plans to finish it's
renovation before the high season in December. The swimming pool
remains closed during renovation.
HARN RESORT has opened at Nai Harn Beach, Phuket. The resort boasts
152 guest rooms (132 superior, 17 deluxe and 23 suites) with full
amenities and private terraces. The hotel also offers a swimming
pool, fitness centre, supervised children playground, and water
August, we first wrote about PIMALAI
RESORT AND SPA . The hotel is now open, the first deluxe resort
on the island of Lanta Yai. Located amidst lush tropical forest
with direct access to a 900 meter long beach, the resort comprises
of 75 lavishly appointed rooms and suites in contemporary Thai design.
A highlight of the resort will be the spa with private treatment
villas. A range of activities offered includes scuba diving, mountain
biking and trekking. The resorts offers transfer to the island by
private speedboat, which takes only 35 minutes from mainland Krabi.
SAMUI is being renovated and will open again on Dec. 1st.
PREMIERE RESORT in Krabi has finished renovation: the lobby, lounge
and restaurants have been renovated and redecorated. The pavilions
in the Phranang zone have been totally renovated to the new standard
of Rayavadee accommodation. All pavilions in Nam-Mao and Railay
zones have been retouched inside and out and shall be fully renovated
CLIFF BEACH RESORT has finished all renovation works. The renovation
included an atrium roof for the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel as well
as a new lobby interior design, a renovated and refurbished Coffee
Shop, new Lobby Bar, the conversion of Superior Rooms to Mini-Suites
with intricate Thai-style interior decor and new landscaping and
water features at the entrance of the hotel. The Royal Wing and
Spa now has redecorated suites with new colour scheme and furnishings,
new bathrooms featuring a circular jacuzzi bath, enlarged balconies
with fully-reclining sunloungers, refurbished the lobby and reception
areas, re-landscaped the Royal Wing & Spa pool and gardens, and
a new Health Spa facility.
new hotel is opening up in Ko Lanta on December 1st: ROYAL LANTA
RESORT. Located on Klong Dao Beach, the resort features 36 traditional
Thai style villas with full amenities and private balcony surrounded
by tropical gardens. Furthermore, it offers a swimming pool with
children's pool, jacuzzi, playground, health spa, sauna, gym, water
sports, a selection of good restaurants and shops, 2 function rooms
and a business centre
HOTEL Bangkok's renovation schedule - please contact us for details.
mania seems to be sweeping Bagan: The BAGAN HOTEL and the THIRIPYITSAYA
SAKURA HOTEL have all completed new swimming pools, as well as offering
massage and spa facilities, in order to rejuvenate guests after
a hard day temple watching.
INLE PRINCESS RESORT, on the banks of Inle Lake, has announced that
the hotel will close for a small renovation from 19 May to 30 May
BEACH is booming. Although still the perfect hideaway on the
nicest beach of South-east Asia, travellers have a hard time finding
accommodation as popularity is on the rise! Also for next season,
make sure bookings are done early to avoid waitlisted reservations.
AIRWAYS started its long announced service Bangkok-Hua Hin and Samui.
The flight is scheduled 4 times per week (Mo, We, Fr, Su) and departs
from BKK at 08:40, arriving in Hua Hin at 09:15 and in Samui at
10:40. The return flight leaves from Samui at 17:50, from Hua Hin
at 19:20 and arrives in Bangkok at 20:00. A promotional fare is
offered until December 16th.
the end of October BANGKOK AIRWAYS is offering 4 weekly flights
(MO, WE, FR, SU) from Bangkok to Luang Prabang via Sukhothai, departing
from Bangkok at 11:30, arriving at Luang Prabang at 14:20 and returning
from Luang Prabang at 15:00 to arrive in Bangkok at 17:50. This
is the fastest access to Luang Prabang and offers new possibilities
of packaging and including LuangSay cruise. Visa on arrival is available
at LPQ airport.
AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL has increased all domestic fares as of November
15th. Segments up to 200 km increase by 765 THB and segments above
200 km by an average 20%. The THB 800 upgrade charge between economy
and business per way remains unchanged. The new fares do not include
airport taxes and insurance surcharges. There will be no more M
class for domestic segments, only Y and C class.
AIRWAYS and AIR MANDALAY have introduced an insurance surcharge
of US$ 3.00 per person, per sector with immediate effect. The charge
was implemented following increased insurance premiums for airlines.
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