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EXO Myanmar hit an incredible milestone, celebrating 20 years of operations. FAM trip season arrives as our destinations delve into everything from tourist hotspots to secluded secrets. Finally, we reveal the latest EXO exclusives direct from Cambodia and Thailand.

 

EXO’s 24 Hour Traveler Assistance

To better reflect our dedicated attention to on-the-ground service for clients, we have renamed our ‘Emergency numbers’ to ‘24 Hrs Customer Care for Travelers’. The numbers are only intended for in-country clients to be able contact our local teams at any time of the day, should they need assistance or face any problems. These numbers should be added to the travel documentation of clients.

Please also note that these numbers are not meant for agents with questions related to a quotation/booking in progress, as the lines are manned by Operations staff only who won’t be able to answer such a query. For sales matters, agents are requested to use the regular email contacts, call our local offices or get in touch with our Sales Offices.

The following terms are to be used in the above:
English: 24 Hrs Customer Care for Travelers
French: 24 Hrs Contact(s) Service aux Voyageurs
Spanish: 24 Hrs Linea(s) de Atención a Viajeros
German: 24 Std Kontakt für Reisegäste

 

Win a trip for two to Mauritius by voting for EXO Travel at the 2016 M&IT Awards (UK Only)

The M&IT have recently announced that voting is now open for the 2016 rendition of their much-lauded awards. We would love your support in voting for EXO Travel as the best Destination Management Company.

Head over to the voting page now and enter ‘EXO Travel’ into category ‘I’ for Best Destination Management Company. Upon entering your details and submitting your vote, you will be entered into a prize draw for two tickets to the stunningly beautiful island of Mauritius.

Click here to Vote

 

Myanmar

EXO Myanmar Celebrate 20th Anniversary!

On Friday 12th June 2015, EXO Myanmar celebrated their 20th anniversary! To mark the occasion, an anniversary party was held at The Strand Hotel. The celebrations included a live band, a DJ, and even a magician to entertain guests throughout the night. In a nod to Myanmar’s standing as ‘The Golden Country’, the theme of the night was gold. The ballroom shimmered in the rich warm hue and guests donned their best gold attire.

“While it was a lot of work to put together, it was a night that I think people won’t soon forget.” – Moet Moet Zaw

Congratulations go to the entire team at Myanmar for doing such a great job over so many years!

 

Direct flights from Amsterdam to Yangon

Due to growing interest in Myanmar, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is planning to begin offering the first direct flight from Europe to Yangon. Scheduled to start running in 2016, the flight will depart 3 times a week from Amsterdam. If the route proves to be popular, the airline will add extra departures to Yangon, as well as extensions to Mandalay and Naypyitaw.

 

Vietnam

Halong BayHalong Bay Praised by the BBC, Hai Van Pass Offers One of the Most Scenic Drives in the World

The UK’s BBC News recently listed Halong Bay, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, as one of the top 15 most stunning landscapes and rock formations in the world. The striking scenery of the bay, shaped and sculpted over millions of years, holds invaluable clues to Earth’s geological history.

 

Unsurprisingly, the best way for visitors to delve into the wonders of the bay is to put themselves in the middle of it. Our stunning overnight cruise of the bay provides many opportunities to explore the steep karsts, and relax upon the tranquil waters.

Further south, stretching along the coast, lies another outstanding highlight. Visited for a Top Gear special in 2008, Hai Van Pass, also known as the “Sea Cloud Pass” is a 13-mile road snaking along the Annamese mountains on the edge of the South China Sea. Travelers can hire motorbikes or cars to traverse the pass as part of a one-day loop. Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson stated that the road is “a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coast roads in the world.”

Travelers that are more adventurous can tackle the ascent by bicycle on our 5-day Heritage Ride of Hue and Hoi An. Cycling the pass can be challenging, graded at a moderate to hard difficulty that requires a good level of fitness, but those who undertake the challenge are rewarded by incredibly spectacular views.

 

Thailand

IndigoExclusive offer from EXO Thailand:

The Indigo Pearl Phuket is pleased to present a very special offer during this green season from now until 31 Oct 2015 for the room type of Premier Pearl Bed Suite.

Kim, our Thailand Product Manager commented on a recent visit “The Indigo Pearl is a stunning boutique resort. Everywhere you go there are visual details that catch your eye. The resort offers plenty of relaxation areas, with four swimming pools and chic restaurants and bars with affordable prices. The beach at Nai Yang is quiet and the area is nice if you want to get away from the madness in Patong.

The hotel is a good base for couples and families as the resort also has a well-equipped kids club. It’s just 10 minutes from the airport but without disturbance from the air traffic, making it a perfect spot”.

 

Thailand TAT FAM TripEXO Thailand and TAT Team Up for FAM Fun!

EXO Thailand collaborated with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to organize the land of smiles segment of the TAT Mega FAM trip, coordinated between Thailand and Myanmar. The journey took place between the 17th and 22nd of May 2015 and there was a total of 65 agents, media and TAT representatives from around the world along for the ride.

The 65 delegates undertook a variety of activities focused on adventure & nature, culture & community based tourism and wellness & spa opportunities.

The main highlights of the adventure and nature program included a thrilling visit to Flight of the Gibbons and homestays in Mae Kompong village. Cycling through Mae Rim and discovering the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park along with a buffalo field demonstration. Getting up close and personal with the elephants at Elephant Care and a relaxing foot massage at Fah Lanna.

The culture and community based tourism path experienced ‘Living like a Thai’ for a day with K. Prapat and his family while learning about Thai culture and cooking techniques, as well as a visit to Doi Suthep and Wat Umong temples with private blessings from the resident monks.

Finally, the wellness and spa group partook in indulging in a spa treatment at Oasis Spa. Meeting up with Patricia Cheesman and learning about dyeing techniques in her studio. An early morning Yoga session at the luxurious Dhara Dhevi, and a visit to the correctional museum to interact with the female inmates practicing massage. Finishing off with a superb cooking class at Pantawan cooking class.

 

Laos

Phongsaly FAM TripEXO Laos Staff FAM Trips

Staff FAM trips are the best way for our teams to stay at the top of their game. Our team in Laos have just returned from their excursion this year, with Camille Barbéris, EXO Laos Product Manager, organizing two trips; one to the North and one to the Central Region.

The northern trip concentrated on the amazing region of Phongsaly, meeting the local people and experiencing trekking in the jungle. The southern journey began with the incredible Plain of Jars and then Hin Boun, followed by the famous Kong Lor Caves and the quiet city of Thakhek.

Both groups are busily sharing their new-found knowledge and inspiration to create new tours in the regions.

For more information, please contact our Product Manager: [email protected]

 

Attapeu International Airport OpensNew openings: Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge and Attapeu International Airport

This month, Laos has celebrated two important events that will change its future for tourism, trade and business within Asia.

A new overland entry into Myanmar became available with the completion of the Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge. Crossing the Mekong River, the bridge links Eastern Myanmar with the northwestern region of Laos. The Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is located between the Houay Koum village of Laos and Kenglap, in the Thachilek district of the Shan State of Myanmar.

The bridge opening coincides with the 60th anniversary of Laos-Myanmar diplomatic relations and was an excellent opportunity to highlight the solidarity between the two countries.

Attapeu International Airport, in Sayseyttha District opened its doors on Saturday 30th May. Lao Airlines is considering operating two flights a week between Vientiane and Attapeu, which will boost the tourism in this region.

For more information, please contact our Product Manager: [email protected]

 

Makphet EventMakphet Restaurant Leads the Way in Responsible Dining

At the end of May, Peuan Mit and Friends International launched their ChildSafe ’7 Tips for Travelers’ campaign in Laos, with a celebration at Makphet restaurant.

The ChildSafe network is a global child protection system powered by Friends International. It creates protective and supportive networks for children through training, raising awareness and promoting behavioral change among the general population.

Fueled by amazing cocktails and canapés prepared by the Makphet team, the evening provided a superb opportunity to learn more about responsible tourism and how the tourism industry can protect and support children in Lao PDR.

This initiative is another great reason to support Makphet in Vientiane, and their smaller sister restaurant, Khaiphaen, in Luang Prabang!

For more information, please contact our Product Manager: [email protected]

 

Cambodia

Maison PolankaEXO Exclusive Offer: Maison Polanka

The Maison Polanka is one of the most unique and beautiful high-end boutique properties in Siem Reap. Featuring just 5 rooms spread between 2 buildings, including a 100 year-old traditional Khmer wooden villa, there is no better hotel for an intimate luxury experience in Siem Reap.

Perfect for honeymoon couples and families alike, there is ample opportunity to simply book a single room, or even the whole estate for a larger group, giving a private and personal stay while visiting the temples.

EXO Travel is currently offering an exclusive deal with this incredible property providing an additional 10% off our current rates. This offer is valid for bookings up until April 2016.

To find out more, or to get in touch with one of our expert Travel Consultants, email [email protected] today.

 

Cambodia Wins Tourism AwardCambodia wins World Travel Fairs Award for Best Culture & Heritage Tour Destination

The Kingdom of Cambodia has received the World Travel Fairs Award for Best Culture & Heritage Tour Destination, beating off 36 other countries participating in the 2015 event that was held in Shanghai, China.

Cambodia is a melting pot of cultural heritage, displaying genuine efforts towards getting the right management mechanisms in place in order to ensure the preservation of socio-economic, cultural and environmental aspects.

The Best Culture & Heritage Tour Destination Award was a new award for this year’s event strongly benefitting the tourism and cultural development of Cambodia. Winning the award illustrates that Cambodia is truly the Kingdom of Culture, and deserving of its reputation as the most attractive cultural-heritage tourist destination in the world.

 

 

Sugar PalmThe Sugar Palm Restaurant Phnom Penh

The renowned Sugar Palm restaurant Phnom Penh has just moved into a new home in a converted colonial villa, just a few hundred meters away from the National Museum.

Sister restaurant to the famous Sugar Palm in Siem Reap, the menus have been designed by renowned chef Ms. Kethana Dunnet, and include some of the very best fine dining and Khmer fusion cuisine that can be experienced in the Kingdom of Wonder.

The restaurant provides a luxurious, characterful and intimate experience, seating a maximum of 30 guests in a beautifully historic setting, offering a great place to take a simple break from sightseeing for lunch, or a more relaxed and enjoyable dinner steeped in traditional ambience.

For more information, get in touch with one of our expert Travel Consultants at [email protected]

 

Official: 5 European Countries Added to Visa Free Entry list for Vietnam

The Vietnamese authorities’ have confirmed important changes to the visa requirements for 5 European countries. Starting from July 1st, visitors from Germany, France, the UK, Spain and Italy will be exempt from visa requirements for stays of up to 15 days.

These 5 countries join the growing list of nationalities that enjoy waived visa requirements for visits to Vietnam. Already on the list is Japan, South Korea, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.

If you have any queries regarding this information please email [email protected]

 

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