Minor Hotels launches Mekong Kingdoms luxury cruises

Bangkok, 6 January, 2018 – Minor Hotels is launching a selection of river cruises replete with the colonial romance of river travel but with a modern twist and bespoke itineraries. Mekong Kingdoms cruises recreates and elevates the concept of river travel with their fleet of five vessels where guests can enjoy first-class services from gourmet meals to plush cabins with unique, curated experiences both aboard and ashore along the way.

Cruising along the mighty Mekong River from Thailand’s Golden Triangle to the ancient Lao capital and now UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, conjures up images of old Indochina, of languorous days gone by, teeming with river adventure, mystical temples and stunning untouched scenery.  Mekong Kingdoms boats offers a new way of river travel with a sense of playfulness and discovery that leaves guests with a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience.

Mekong Kingdoms - Boheme
Mekong Kingdoms – Boheme

Travellers can join Mekong Kingdoms’ flagship ‘Bohème’, a 42-metre, 13 cabin luxury barge at Luang Prabang or Chiang Khong located near Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. Decorated with intricate Indochinese-inspired artwork and fitted with sumptuously comfortable furnishings from bow to stern, ‘Bohème’ spoils with phenomenal facilities including an expansive sun deck, wine cellar, and spa.

The journey from Chiang Rai/Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang is two nights as it heads downstream. The upstream cruise takes three nights. Voyagers will be captivated by the languid river lifestyle, soaking in nature’s wonders along the Mekong River Valley, marvelling at encounters with fascinating local cultures.

Itineraries include guided jungle treks, a visit to the Pak Ou caves – with its awesome limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over the centuries. Guests can make a friend in the Hmong Village at Pak Beng or be taught traditional weaving at Ban Baw and further discover rural Laos by mountain biking in the stunning village of Ban Houy Phalam.

Even while cruising along the placid waters, guests have a range of diversions onboard. Sunrise yoga, Buddhist meditation, sunset cocktails, cooking demonstrations, jewellery making classes, fishing for giant catfish – there is a wide range of activities to while away the time. Then there’s always gazing at the lush scenery as the boat glides by.

Mekong Kingdoms - Gypsy
Mekong Kingdoms – Gypsy

For those desiring a more intimate private cruise, personalised to their tastes, there is ‘Gypsy’ an ultra-exclusive two-cabin cruiser perfect for one or more nights along the Mekong for up to four passengers, Mekong Kingdoms can customise almost every aspect of the itinerary and journey to suit guest’s travel needs.

For shorter day trips in complete privacy, ‘Nomad’ provides couples with an exclusive romantic getaway for sunset cruises in Luang Prabang. ‘Play’ is a floating lounge ideal of private events or family adventure; suitable for up to 15 passengers with sundeck, private room, and a sound system. ‘Monsoon’ is a scheduled touring shuttle to the Pak Ou caves with canapés, coffee, tea and soft drinks, offering a lavish option to visit the sacred site.

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Mekong Kingdoms cruises joins Minor Hotels’ existing fleet of Manohra Dining Cruises in Bangkok and Anantara Overnight Cruises that sail from Bangkok to Thailand’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya.

Dinner in the Sky takes off in Thailand

Dinner in the Sky takes off in Thailand

Bangkok, 6 January, 2018 – Dinner In The Sky Thailand officially launches its inaugural flight in Bangkok today, making it the first time this global phenomenon has been made available to Thais and international visitors to Thailand.

Featuring the world’s only suspended high-altitude dinner table, guests are seated securely at a height of 50m where they enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner with astonishing views of the Bangkok skyline.

Dinner In The Sky Thailand is located between The Emporium Shopping Complex, the Benchasiri Park and Dinosaur Planet (right next to BTS Phrom Phong).

The launch program includes a Gala event joined by VIP and media guests, and celebrities. Twenty-two VIP guests per round with specially equipped safety belts are seated around a large dinner table, with the entire Dinner In The Sky system suspended by a 200-tonne European telescopic boom crane.

Operated in over 45 countries including France, USA, Holland, China, Macau, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, Portugal, Malaysia, Dinner In The Sky Thailand is presented in collaboration with DITS ASIA, The Emporium Group, Official Caterer: Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and Official Ride Partner: Uber Thailand.

Reservation for Dinner in the Sky Thailand can be made online at www.dinnerinthesky.co.th for 4,990 Baht on weekdays and 5,390 Baht on weekends, inclusive of the four-course meal. There are two flight sessions per day: Sunset at 18:00 and City Lights at 19:30. The flight duration is 60 minutes.

TAT presents Open to the New Shades concept to the Vietnamese Market

Ho Chi Minh City, 6 January, 2018  – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) formally launched its new tourism marketing campaign ‘Open to the New Shades’ in Vietnam, a rapidly rising source market for the Thai tourism industry.

A live demonstration of Muay Thai Boxing by well-known pugilist Buakaw Banchamek was one of the highlights of the launch held at the Opera House.

Presided over by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, the event was attended by media and tour operators from Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia.

The “Open to the New Shades” campaign reflects the unique characteristic of the Thai people to welcome visitors from all around the world, regardless of any preference. It is a genuine form of “Thainess” and inclusive tourism, which is especially important in this day and age.

The concept can be customised to reach many different customer segments; such as, Luxury Travellers, Weddings and Honeymooners, Women, Families and Gen Y.

Mr. Yuthasak said “Muay Thai boxing is just as a unique part of our culture and heritage as Thai cuisine. We felt the Vietnamese people are well placed to enhance their sense of appreciation of this ancient Thai martial art and gain a deeper understanding of its philosophy and techniques.”

TAT opened an office in Ho Chi Minh City on 2 October, 2006. Today, travel between Thailand and Vietnam is booming in both directions, thanks to close geographical proximity, visa-free access and growing airline connections.

The Vietnamese middle class has grown with good spending power. They like to travel abroad during the school holidays and long weekends. Market research shows that Vietnamese love Thailand for its shopping, cuisine, family attractions, beautiful beach resorts, year-round good weather and quality products.

From January to November 2017, Vietnamese visitors to Thailand totalled 867,712, up by 12.50% over the same period of 2016, generating an estimated 27.53 billion Baht in tourism income, up by 15.34%.

The number of Thais visiting Vietnam is also growing at an astoundingly high rate. From January to October 2017, Thai visitor arrivals in Vietnam totalled 239,161, up 112.7% over the same period of 2016. Vietnam is now the second most popular destination in the Greater Mekong Subregion for Thai visitors, after Lao PDR.

On the aviation front, long-standing daily flights by Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways have been supplemented by new low-cost airlines.

VietJet has launched direct flights linking Ho Chi Minh to Phuket and Chiang Mai, and Dalat to Bangkok. JetStar Asia Pacific has direct flights between Quang Binh and Chiang Mai. These flights do not benefit just the Thai and Vietnamese people, but also serve the large expatriate communities in both countries.

Neuralstem to Present at The Neuroscience Innovation Forum for BD&L and Investment in Therapeutics and Technology

GERMANTOWN, Md., Jan. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neuralstem, Inc. (Nasdaq:CUR), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for nervous system diseases, today announced Karl Johe, Ph.D, chief science officer Neuralstem, will present at the Neuroscience Innovation Forum for BD&L and Investment in Therapeutics and Technology at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco, CA. The presentation is […]