Happy New Year and Welcome to the January edition of our Asia World newsletter.
The Pabuk storm system, thankfully did not cause as much damage in Thailand as was predicted, when it hit Thailand’s south early in January.
The once-in-three-decades weather system affected ferry boat services to the popular Samui tourist island as well as Samui Airport operations, which have now restarted. Guests in the tourism areas of Phuket, Samui and Ko Phang Ngan were inconvenienced but thankfully there were no major issues.
The ATF travel show will take place in Vietnam this month from 14-18 January and for the first time, the event will take place at Ha Long Bay.
Ha Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions past myriad islands. Definitely a must see for any Vietnam visitors.
Preferred hotel of the month is classical ‘The Rayavadee’ in Krabi, situated in an area renowned for its natural beauty and rich flora, fauna and marine life.
This leading resort boasts 96 two-story pavilions and 5 luxurious villas just a few minutes’ walk from Railay Bay and Phranang Beach.
Thai AirAsia airline has announced it will soon introduce direct international services to Chiang Rai. Lack of direct flights have affected tourism to Chiang Rai, so this is great news. There will be direct flights from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Macau as well as direct domestic flights to Phuket.
Lastly (and sadly) the historic Dusit Thani hotel finally closed its doors for the last time on 5th January, ready for major renovations when it will become a mixed use facility.
This landmark of the Bangkok hotel scene was opened in 1970 and became famous as one of the city’s leading luxury hotels.
Best wishes for a peaceful 2019 from all the team at Asia World,