Friday 30 May 2014

Cultural Immersion Tours to IRAN and MOROCCO

New Cultural Immersion Tours of Iran and Morocco
First Iran Tour for Active Travel
* Save $250 for Bookings Before June 13, 2014 *


Australian tour company, Active Travel, which specialises in 'immersing' guests in foreign cultures, will offer its first tour to Iran this October as well as a soft adventure Moroccan itinerary that will see guests ride camels across the Sahara and spend the night in carpet-endowed Berber tents.

Bookings for either escorted tour made before June 13, 2014, will attract a $250 discount on international flights booked through Active Travel or a $250 discount on the single supplement.

The new 14-day 'Iran-Essence of Persia' tour offers Australians the chance to experience what it's like to live in one of the world's oldest cultures, with guests experiencing traditional cuisine and music in the homes of locals who are renowned for their friendliness and generosity. Starting on October 13, 2014, and hosted by Australian National University arts and crafts lecturer, Roy Forward, the tour will visit ruins and cultural sites of ancient Persian civilisations dating back 2500 years as well as Iran's great, blue-tiled mosques, ornate gardens and old-world bazaars overflowing with traditional crafts in cities like Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and the capital, Tehran.

Meanwhile, the 16-day 'Souks and Kasbahs of Morocco' tour from October 10, 2014, includes visits to destinations like Marrakesh, Casablanca and Fez, with guests taken to colourful, century-old souks, filled with storytellers, musicians, jugglers, Moorish wares and snake charmers and where bartering, trading and commerce continue as they have for centuries. Hosted by arts and crafts expert, Sue Buckle, the itinerary also features Roman ruins, local textile outlets and the Sahara Desert where a camel trek across the dunes will take riders to kasbahs, or citadels, in palm-fringed oases. One memorable night is spent in traditional Berber tents after a feast of local cuisine and music.

Including 25 meals, the 'Iran-Essence of Persia' tour is available from $4985 per person, twin-share, with a $785 single supplement. The 'Souks and Kasbahs of Morocco' package, which includes 24 meals, is priced from $4986 per person, twin-share, with an $1880 single supplement. Flights from Australia to Iran or Morocco are extra. A $250 discount on international flights booked in conjunction with the tour through Active Travel, or a $250 reduction of the single supplement, is available for bookings made on either tour before June 13, 2014. Conditions apply.

For details, visit or call 1300 783 188.

Canberra-based Active Travel was formed in 1982 by Australian adventure lovers, Robert Fletcher and Christine Pearson to help Australian travellers actively engage with and experience destinations and cultures. The family-owned travel agency and tour company offers more than 100 tours, adventures, river cruises and polar expeditions on all the seven continents.

Save $250 on cultural adventure tours to Nagaland and Bhutan

Off the Beaten Track in Bhutan and Nagaland
* Save $250 for Bookings Before June 20, 2014 *

Australian tour company Active Travel will provide travellers with unique opportunities to go off the beaten track in Nagaland and Bhutan this October and November to witness tribal communities, see fascinating textile production and experience traditional festivals.

Bookings for both the 'Festivals and Textiles of Bhutan' tour and the 'Gorkhaland, Nagaland and the Hornbill Festival' tour in India made before June 20, 2014, will attract a $250 discount on international flights booked through Active Travel or a $250 discount on the single supplement.

Starting on October 31, 2014, the 18-day 'Festivals and Textiles of Bhutan' tour begins in Kolkata, India, before moving to eastern Bhutan, an area rich in crafts yet sees very few visitors, and then visiting central Bhutan. At each location visited in the remote kingdom, local practitioners and weavers will explain their craft and the skills involved, including carding, dyeing and weaving. The tour also includes a visit to the spectacular Taksang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, located in the cliffside of a steep valley.

A highlight in 2014 is the rare opportunity to witness three wonderful traditional festivals with participation included in the program. The festivals provide an insight into the culture and Buddhist devotion as well as dance, theatre, stunning costumes and music.

The tour, hosted by Active Travel co-director Christine Pearson, includes overnight stops at traditional lodges, all meals in Bhutan, and internal air travel. Ms Pearson says "this, our fifth tour, will appeal to those who enjoy interaction with locals and exposure to a range of textiles and traditions". The 'Festivals and Textiles of Bhutan' tour is available from $7987 per person, twin-share, with a $1130 single supplement.

The Nagaland Hornbill Festival in India's remote Nagaland region sees at least 16 tribal groups come together for one of India's major cultural events, and is just one highlight of Active Travel's 14-day 'Gorkhaland, Nagaland and the Hornbill Festival' tour on November 24, 2014. Travellers start in Kolkata and travel through to Gorkhaland (formally Darjeeling) in the eastern Himalayas, known for its lush landscape and famous teas where colonial history and mountain views prevail.

This tour includes all accommodation, ground transport, internal flights, entrance fees and most meals. The tour is priced from $5255 per person, twin-share, with a $988 single supplement.  

Flights from Australia to India are extra for both tours. A $250 discount on international flights booked in conjunction with the tour through Active Travel, or a $250 reduction of the single supplement, is available for bookings made on either tour before June 20, 2014. Conditions apply.

For details, visit or call 1300 783 188.

Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa - special extended!

Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa, which opened its doors on the 1st of April this year, have extended the below special incase this is of interest to your subscribers.  Travel agents can book through their preferred wholesaler.

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Stay 7 nights pay for 5 nights & Bonus Offer
Stay 10 nights, pay for 7 nights & Bonus Offer 
BONUS OFFER: WST$100 Resort Credit per room
SALES: to 30 August 2014
TRAVEL: 1 May 2014 – 31 March 2015
BLACK OUT DATES: 26 August – 10 September 2014
ROOMS: Valid on all room categories 

Includes: Continental breakfast daily and complimentary use of snorkelling
equipment and non-motorised water sports equipment. 

Valid for new bookings only, contact your preferred wholesaler to book.

Tigerair Launches New Travel Far And Wide Network Sale For Winter, Spring & Summer Travel

Tigerair Australia’s latest sale on now features hundreds of thousands of fares across 18 domestic routes at incredible value for travel this winter, spring and summer. 

Tigerair Australia Commercial Director Adam Rowe urges bargain seekers to get in quick.

“For the cost of two movie tickets you can travel between a number of popular destinations with fares starting from just$33.95* each way.

“Although there are hundreds of thousands of sale fares on offer, as usual we expect the best value deals to be snapped up quick, so jump online today to avoid disappointment,” he says.

“There really is no big secret to securing the best value deals with Tigerair. Simply plan ahead and book early to avoid disappointment – generally the earlier you buy your flight, the more you can save. As demand increases closer in to the travel date, generally so does the cost of the flight.  So plan now for that winter escape or plan even further ahead for a spring break or summer adventure.”

Tigerair’s latest network sale on now until midnight Monday 02 June 2014, features the below listed routes on sale for the below listed prices. Travel periods vary – see website for further details ( 

Routes (both ways)Price Point (starting from each way)
Melbourne – Adelaide$33.95*
Hobart – Melbourne$33.95*
Gold Coast – Sydney$33.95*
Sydney – Coffs Harbour$35.95*
Brisbane – Sydney$39.95*
Melbourne – Gold Coast$44.95*
Adelaide – Sydney$44.95*
Melbourne – Sydney$48.95*
Melbourne - Brisbane$58.95*
Sydney – Cairns$64.95*
Brisbane – Cairns$68.95*
Adelaide – Brisbane$74.95*
Sydney – Whitsunday Coast Airport$75.95*
Melbourne – Mackay$75.95*
Brisbane – Darwin$79.95*
Cairns – Melbourne$82.95*
Melbourne – Perth$96.95*
Perth – Sydney$118.95*

*The Tiger Sale fare is the lowest available single price fare from Tiger Airways Australia - fully inclusive of all taxes and charges. "Tiger Sale" fares must be purchased on line using a Mastercard debit card issued by an Australian financial institution. The "Tiger Sale" fare does not incur the $8.50 booking and service fee for credit card purchases (per flight, per sector). Fare is for travel one way with hand luggage only. 

Seats are limited and may not be available during peak periods or on all flights, public holidays or certain blackout periods or once sold out. Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, except as provided in the Conditions of Carriage. Promotions may be modified or cancelled without prior notice. Refer to for more information. Tiger Airways Australia Pty Limited ABN 52 124 369 006.

Evergreen Tours Launches Second ‘Star Ship’, ms Emerald Star

unnamed (2)Evergreen Tours has launched its second ‘Star Ship’ of the 2014 season.  May 24 marked the inaugural sailing of Emerald Star, the identical sister ship to Emerald Sky which launched in April with the assistance of British style icon Twiggy as godmother.

To celebrate the first sailing of Emerald Star, a new 360-degree virtual tour has been launched, bringing to life the stylish and contemporary ‘Star Ship’ design, including the pool, cinema, Reflections Restaurant, the Horizon Bar & Lounge, The Terrace, the Suites & Staterooms and more. Take the interactive tour at

Evergreen’s deluxe Emerald ‘Star Ships’ offer amenities and state-of-the-art design which sets new standards for river cruise ships. They feature a 24m2 heated swimming pool with a retractable roof, and at night, the space transforms into a cinema complete with bar and popcorn.  There are two restaurants – Reflections, the main dining room, and The Terrace which serves a light breakfast and lunch - and for a touch of luxury there’s an onboard hairdresser, massage therapy room and Gym.

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The ‘Star Ships’ feature an innovative cabin design:  all Suites have floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, and at the touch of a button the top section lowers to form an open-air balcony.  The top of the range Owner’s One Bedroom Suites and Grand Balcony Suites feature full outside balconies and a host of luxurious treats like a Nespresso machine, In-Suite service with pre-dinner canapés, and more.

Emerald Star, like sister ship Emerald Sky, carries 182 guests in 72 suites and 20 staterooms, including two specifically built for solo occupancy.  In 2015, a further two ‘Star Ships’ – Emerald Sun and Emerald Dawn - will take Evergreen’s Emerald Waterways fleet to four ships.

Strong value continues with the fare inclusions: all transfers to and from the ships; all onboard and some on-shore meals; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; WiFi onboard the ship; at least one included shore excursion almost every cruise day; visits to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and more – including all gratuities.

Selected popular 2015 cruise-only and cruise tour itineraries with Evergreen
o   “Splendors of Europe Cruise” - 15 days exploring Europe’s top sights between Amsterdam and Budapest.  From $6,925pp* twin share with Fly Free* offer available
  • “Paris to Prague Cruise Tour” -  21 days including the “Splendours of Europe” river cruise from $9,425pp twin share*, includes Fly Free* offer
  • European River & Norwegian Fjords Cruise” – 22 day cruise starts in Budapest, sailing for 15 days to Amsterdam on Evergreen’s “Star Ships” before joining a six day Hurtigruten cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes, crossing the Arctic Circle. From $9,595pp twin share*, includes Partner Fly Free* offerunnamed (4)
  • Eastern Europe Escapade Cruise Tour” – 24 days including the “Splendours of Europe” river cruise from $10,625pp twin share*, includes Fly Free* offer
The full range of 2015 deluxe cruise tours are available in the new 138 page brochure available from travel agencies, orview, order or downland a copy from
Earlybird Deals & Offers
  • Earlybird offers including Fly Free to Europe including taxes*, Partner Fly Free to Europe including taxes* or savings of up to  $1,000 per couple* expire 15 October, 2014
  • Early Payment Discounts of up to $400pp* may apply on top of these offers.
Evergreen Tours exclusively markets Emerald Waterways river cruises on Emerald SkyEmerald StarEmerald Sun andEmerald Dawn in Australia. Both Evergreen Tours and Emerald Waterways are part of the Scenic Tours Group. For bookings and enquiries call 1300 383 747, contact an Evergreen Expert travel agent or visit

A selection of new high and low res images are available. For further information on Evergreen Tours or Emerald Waterways in Australia please contact  or call 02 8274 1336.

*Conditions apply. See Evergreen Tours Europe Deluxe River Cruising 2015 Brochure for details.

Thursday 29 May 2014

Interlude Tours and Venture Holidays come together for Asian escorted tours


Interlude tours and Venture Holidays join forces to conduct small group tours fully escorted from Australia

Venture Holidays and Interlude Tours have teamed up to offer clients fully escorted small group tours to some of the world’s most iconic destinations.

The first package “An interlude with Venture Holidays to Vietnam and Cambodia” ex Sydney on 22nd October 2014 includes the hot spots of both countries and a luxurious four day Pandaw cruise on the mighty Mekong River. The 22 day tour price is $6850 pp twin share, and includes international and domestic air and train fares, all transport, local English speaking guides, entrance fees, all breakfasts, four lunches and nine dinners plus quality accommodation.

Flying into Ho Chi Minh city with Vietnam Airlines the tour includes four days on the RV Mekong Pandaw visits to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Hoi An and overnight train trip to Sa Pa and an overnight Halong Bay junk cruise and more.

Interlude Tours has been packaging small group tours (12-15 people) for more than 30 years and Venture Holidays has been operating with a wholesale and retail base for a similar period. Jeanette Savage will continue to give personalised service by escorting the tours. Interlude with Venture offers worry free travel with the security and companionship of small group touring.

· Unique itineraries
· Relaxed yet stimulating group tours
· Fully escorted tours
· No 'optional extras'.
· Many local sightseeing tours, activities and meals included in every itinerary.
· Personal attention and expert knowledge of tour areas.
· Boutique hotel accommodation with modern facilities, to capture local ambience.
· Free time for personal exploration or relaxation.
· Competitive priced add-on travel arrangements and Travel Insurance.

Tel: Interlude Tours (612) 94052218 (for full itinerary) E

Tel: Venture Holidays (618) 8238 4511 or 1300 303 343 (all areas excluding SA) E

Dine Under a Desert Moon at Kings Canyon Resort

Kings Canyon Resort is celebrating the arrival of clear autumn skies and cooler temperatures with the re-launch of Under a Desert Moon, its signature outback dining experience.

Priced at $99 per person, Under a Desert Moon offers guests a gourmet dinner with sparkling wine on arrival and canapés as the sun sets, followed by a four-course menu by firelight.

The menu will showcase a variety of modern Australian cuisine beginning with canapés such as braised crocodile bound in a honey mustard aioli or roasted asparagus spears wrapped in emu prosciutto. 

This will be followed by an amuse bouche and a four-course menu, including pink salt and lemon myrtle crusted carpaccio of kangaroo, wagyu tenderloin or crispy skin Northern Territory barramundi followed by a deconstructed cheesecake.

The Under a Desert Moon experience will be hosted at the central fire pit at Kings Canyon Resort, offering an intimate setting with no more than six couples dining on any one night.  This is the perfect way to relax after a day spent exploring Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park.

Kings Canyon Resident Manager, Jeff Dancer said: “Kings Canyon is a beautiful destination, however the magic really starts when the sun sets, lighting up the deep reds and ochres of the Canyon range. The silence and space out here is breathtaking, and this is our way of rewarding guests with a very intimate and romantic special evening to mark the end of a day in the Canyon.”
Under a Desert Moon operates four nights a week until 31st October.

The Outback BBQ & Grill at Kings Canyon Resort has also re-opened for the winter season.
The Outback BBQ & Grill is a true Australian outback experience offering contemporary Australian BBQ cuisine. Guests can revel in the friendly atmosphere, mixing with other guests under a solid roof with open sides - a traditional outback verandah.

This casual bar and grill also provides live entertainment on six nights a week during peak season (May to October).

For more information go to: 

Hot Green Season deals in Vang Vieng, Laos

To celebrate the beginning of the Green Season, Riverside Boutique Resort is announcing special 
promotions valid through September 30, 2014:

  • Early Bird bookings (at least 14 days in advance) will benefit from a 15% discount;
  • Last Minute bookings will benefit from a 10% discount; and,
  • Bookings of three consecutive days or more will benefit from a 33.33% discount – or three nights for the price of two!
Book directly on our website and enjoy additional benefits, such as free use of our bicycles and 10% discount at the bar, restaurant and gift shop.

Riverside Boutique Resort was inaugurated one-and-a-half years ago on the bank of the Nam Song in Vang Vieng, Laos.   The Resort was an almost instant hit and visitors' response has been overwhelming.
  • According to TripAdvisor, Riverside Boutique Resort ranks 1st of 91 hotels in Vientiane Province, Vientiane capital included, and 1st of 17 hotels in Vang Vieng It was voted second best hotel in Laos in the 2014 Travellers' Award survey.

  • Since its opening, the Resort has welcomed travellers from seventy different countries.
  • Vang Vieng has redefined itself as a green destination catering to a wider range of visitors and going up-market.  It has become the main destination in Laos for foreign tourists, right after Luang Prabang, attracting visitors from virtually every corner of the world.

Spend December in the Lesser Antilles aboard Luxury Yacht, Sea Cloud II

Fancy spending a pre-Christmas week in the glorious Caribbean aboard a luxury hand-sailed yacht? The four-masted windjammer, Sea Cloud II, is making a six-night Lesser Antilles odyssey from December 16-22, 2014, calling at no fewer than six countries – even France!

Departing St John’s (Antigua), Sea Cloud II will visit Anguilla (UK territory);  the jet-set cafes and boutiques of St. Barthelemy (which is France); the coral reefs of the Iles des Saintes archipelago (French); the charming town of Terre-de-Haut on Guadeloupe (also French) with its spectacular bay views and historic hill-fort;  Port Elizabeth on the island of Bequia (in the sovereign state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines); and the drive-in volcano with its springs at Soufriere (in the lush island nation of St. Lucia), before the voyage ends at Bridgetown (Barbados). 

Rates for a twin cabin start from € 1,965* per person. 

Book before September 30, 2014 to receive a € 170 per person discount.

The 94-passenger Sea Cloud II combines five-star modern comfort with the nostalgic flair of her legendary sister vessel, Sea Cloud, which was built in 1931 for the heiress Lady Marjorie Merriweather Post. Beneath 3,000 square metres of sail, guests can voyage to the world’s most idyllic locations in an old-world ambience of timber panelling and marble bathrooms spliced with 21st century necessities like internet connectivity.

Sea Cloud Cruises fares include all meals, from early breakfast to the exquisite four-course dinner menu and five course gala dinners, and drinks including carefully selected wines and beers for lunch and dinner, and a welcoming bottle of Champagne in each cabin. Sea Cloud Cruises’ Caribbean itineraries include shore excursions.

* There is only a limited allotment available for these categories.

The Schaller Studio opens in Bendigo



As a first for regional Australia, The Schaller Studio officially swung open its doors on the 22 May, providing a contemporary accommodation solution for Bendigo with the signature Art Series Hotel Group art inspired twist. The hotel is the launch property of the Studio concept for the Group, an affordable, compact version of the brand perfectly suited for regional Australia.

Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotel Group Says;

“The opening of The Schaller Studio is an acknowledgment of the growing art and cultural scene in regional Australia, of which Bendigo is a true leader. The hotel will harness the growing trend of Australians looking to take shorter local breaks to explore their own backyard rather than heading overseas.”

The 128 room, The Schaller Studio draws from the art and cultural overtones of Bendigo City, while being inspired by namesake artist, Mark Schaller and his renowned expressionist work. The hotel promises to be a place for contemplation, creation and inspired thinking, making it the ultimate launch pad for a culturally rich Bendigo experience.

A vibrant art offering awaits guests to The Schaller Studio with 240 pieces of original works on display across a variety of disciplines including oil on canvas, wood and bronze sculpture and mosaic. Beyond the hotel, The Schaller Studio is proud to be official hotel partner to the wildly successful Bendigo Art Gallery. Guests can immerse themselves in the Bendigo art scene with a combined stay and visit to the Gallery, with access to shows such as the upcoming, “Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion” from the 19 July.

Artist Mark Schaller comments;

“It is just awe inspiring to see the hotel finally finished. It is the largest collection of my work ever exhibited and I am truly taken aback to see it all in one home and to be honoured in this way. I can’t wait to visit the hotel regularly and share in the Bendigo experience.”

On arrival, guests are greeted by an impressive eight metre high mural – The Family: About joie de vivre (celebration of life), a perfect inspiring and uplifting centre piece for the hotel given the hotels placement alongside the $630 million Bendigo Hospital redevelopment.

A welcoming communal space awaits guests bursting with art, colour and human energy. A modern-day take on a country guest house, the entry and ground floor includes reception, The Pantry (a café come lounge bar) and a series of homely spaces to meet friends, work or get the creative juices flowing whilst utilising the sketch pads and utensils in the library space brimming with Australian art books.

The Pantry, open daily from 6.30am – 9.30pm, offers food for thought and grazing type meals celebrating produce from the local area including Locheilan Cheese and Harcourt Cider. Inspired by Mark’s very own

home and studio in Abbotsford, the space evokes a warm and convivial feel for hotel guests and Bendigo locals with earthy wooden tones and textures, large communal tables with bentwood chairs and snug leather sofas by an open fireplace.

The Schaller Studio ‘Workspace’ (rooms) combine Art Series Hotel Group’s signature comforts with the latest technology including 42 inch TVs, docking stations, free WI-FI, coffee pod machine, microwaves and luxe EVO amenities. Every room features an original artwork by the artist (for sale at $4000 a pop) and a balcony overlooking the ground’s landscaped gardens or city centre.

All staff at The Schaller Studio will be fully trained by Art Series Hotel Group’s art curator and be able to offer informative tours of the hotel while offering the best insights to cultural experiences available in the city’s centre. For guests looking to venture further afield, Lekker bicycles and Smart Cars will be available for hire to explore the rich cultural offerings in and around Bendigo.


Opening rate from $125 (valid until 30 August), standard room rate from $180 per night.

The Schaller Stay & See package includes a sleepover at the hotel, ticket(s) to Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition plus a bottle of wine and late checkout of 12pm. Rates are from $175 for one person or $195 for two people, from the 2 August 2014 until the 9 November 2014, subject to availability. Those staying two nights will have access to two shows for instance the latest exhibitions; The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece and Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion.

Hong Kong Summer Fun 2014


Hong Kong Summer Fun features a colourful line-up of exciting events that are sure to dazzle your senses. With special summer activities at the city’s top attractions, plus cultural festivals, quirky expos, themed tours and popular music concerts, your trip will be packed with endless fun. Add in various sales promotions around town, plus great shopping and dining privileges from merchants accredited under the Quality Tourism Services Scheme, and you’ll see why Hong Kong is definitely the place to be this summer.

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Monaco At It's Best During The F1 Grand Prix

unnamed (17)JOIN in the buzz and excitement that comes with the festivities of the 2015 Monaco Formula One Grand Prix through a special fly/cruise/tour package that includes a cruise on board the Azamara Journey now available through ecruising.

The 10-night tour leaves Australia on May 16, 2015, and begins with a two night stopover in Dubai staying at the luxurious Raffles Hotel. On arrival in Nice you will be transferred by a private helicopter to Monaco, Monte Carlo to spend three nights over the Grand Prix weekend at the Fairmont Hotel. The visit will be at one of the most exciting times of the year in Monaco and promises to be a trip of a lifetime in this exotic part of the world. 

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Relax on a five-night round-trip cruise from Nice with port visits to some of Europe's most exotic ports including the beautiful Florence/Pisa in Italy, legendary St Tropez, Monte Carlo and Cannes.

This exclusive package is priced from $6319 per person twin share which includes return economy airfares with Emirates from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, five night cruise accommodation on Azamara Journey including main meals with complimentary wine at lunch and dinner, helicopter transfer from Nice to Monte Carlo, daily breakfast at the Raffles hotel and the Fairmont Hotel, transfers, port charges and government taxes

For more information on the ship and itinerary contact ecruising.

lebua’s New Stay & Dine Packages Take the ‘Staycation’ to a New Level and Rise Above the Political Fray

Exclusively for Thais and expats resident in the kingdom, the luxury Tower Club at lebua and lebua at 
Breeze (51-52 floor)State Tower offer a five-star refuge for those wishing to rise above the political fray.

lebua in Bangkok is two stunning urban destinations in one towering location – the luxurious lebua at State Tower on the on the 21st – 29th floors, and Tower Club at lebua on the 51st – 59th with even more dazzling views as well as exclusive access to Tower Club Lounge.
Above them both, under the iconic Dome at lebua, the multiple-award-winning Sirocco, Mezzaluna, Breeze, Sky Bar and Distil delight guests nightly with irresistible dining and beverage choices, divine service, and celestial views.
The new Staycation Packages announced today provide an opportunity for guests to rise above the commotion and enjoy everything that lebua in Bangkok has to offer from their exclusive ‘garden of earthly delights’ in the sky.
SiroccoValid for bookings made between today and June 30, 2014 and stays from today to July 31, 2014, the packages are based on a minimum stay of one night for two people – but guests may well opt to extend their staycation until the political situation below is resolved.
  • Retreat to Sky Bar: From $125++/suite/night for lebua at State Tower; package includes:
    -  Luxurious accommodation
    -  Voucher for two signature cocktails (Hangovertini or Dome Mojito) at Sky Bar
    -  ‘Bangkok’s Best Breakfast’ daily at Café Mozu
  • Tower Club at lebua_View from BalconyCocktails and #Selfie: From $139++/suite/night for lebua at State Tower and $188++/suite/night for Tower Club at lebua; package includes:
    -  Luxurious accommodation
    -  Cocktail-making class with lebua’s Master Mixologist at Distil (5pm-6pm)
    -  Private staff-assisted photo opportunity on The Dome at lebua rooftop (4:30pm - 5pm)
    -  ‘Bangkok’s Best Breakfast’ daily at Café Mozu
  • My Sirocco or Breeze: From $239++/suite/night for lebua at State Tower and $279++/suite/night for Tower Club at lebua; package includes:
    -  Luxurious accommodation
    -  Personalized four-course dinner at Sirocco or Breeze
    -  Turn-down service with special treat from The Dome at lebua
    -  ‘Bangkok’s Best Breakfast’ daily at Café Mozu
  • My Mezzaluna: From $249++/suite/night for lebua at State Tower and $299++/suite/night for Tower Club at lebua; package includes:
    -  Luxurious accommodation
    -  Personalized four-course dinner at Mezzaluna
    -  Turn-down service with special treat from The Dome at lebua
    -  ‘Bangkok’s Best Breakfast’ daily at Café Mozu
Terms and conditions apply. For reservations, please call: +66 (0) 624 9555 or email Visit and more information.

G Adventures encourages families to expand their horizons

G Adventures, the leading small-group adventure travel tour operator, is offering a discount on all family tours, allowing adventurers of all ages to explore the world for less.

The company’s 2014 line-up of family trips spans five continents, including the popular Thailand and Peru itineraries.

G Adventures is encouraging families to expand their horizons overseasFrom now until June 30, 2014, Australian travellers booked on any of the 27 family adventures will enjoy a 20 percent* saving for family members travelling together before December 15, 2014.

While travelling with kids is a rewarding experience, planning the trip can be confusing and time-consuming, explains Belinda Ward, Duchess of Delegation for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand.

“Travelling as part of a group with G Adventures takes the hassle out of planning family travel and allows parents and kids alike to really get the most out of a trip,” she said. “Plus, as part of a group of like-minded travellers, families can make friends from all corners of the globe while also enjoying the added safety and security of travelling in a group.”

G Adventures Chief Experience Officers’ level of local knowledge and experience ensure travellers can explore ‘off the beaten track’ and enjoy individual and exciting activities created for the whole family.

G Adventures family trips, specifically designed to reduce stress for parents and make the most of travel experiences for kids, have been popular for families who want to get to destinations that are hard to visit without the help of a guide.

“We get you to the destinations that would be hard to visit on your own, G Adventures CEOs are specially chosen to help families make the most of the travel experience,” she added.
The 2014-15 Family brochure is available now. Top selling family trips include:
  • Thailand Family Adventure - Get caught up in the bustle of Bangkok, take in the scenery at ancient Ayutthaya, wander through colourful Chiang Mai, relax on the beach in Koh Chang. Priced from $1,280* per adult and $1,120 per child (prices include 20% discount). Minimum age 5 years.
  • Peru Family Experience  - Search for wildlife along the Amazon River, explore the mysterious Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, sample the seafood in Lima. Priced from $1,440 per adult and $1,360 per child (prices include 20% discount). Minimum age 7 years.
  • Costa Rica Family Experience - Kick back on Costa Rica's pristine beaches, visit a local family to learn to make tortillas, spot nature in dense cloud forest, enjoy the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park. Kayak and paddle-board in La Fortuna. Priced from $1,120 per adult and $1,040 per child (prices include 20% discount). Minimum age 5 years.
For more information or to book, call 1300 796 618 or visit

Tuesday 27 May 2014

David Whitehill explores France with Scenic Tours

Scenic Tours continues its partnership with Channel Nine’s program Mornings, as they take presenter David Whitehill on a luxury journey through France on board a Scenic ‘Space-Ship’.

Having already explored South America, Antarctica, Canada, the USA, Europe and Russia, Africa and Vietnam courtesy of Scenic Tours, David takes to the next adventure through the beautiful south of France in all-inclusive luxury, which will be showcased on Channel Nine’s Mornings all this week.

Join David on Mornings as he starts his journey in the city of Dijon, considered to be the mustard capital of the world, followed by truffle hunting with Chinook the dog and a tour of the magnificent Chateau de Cormatin, in the heart of southern Burgundy. He then heads south to Cluny, a village built
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David Whitehill in France
around the great Benedictine Abbey and a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture before jumping on a Scenic e-bike to explore the city of Lyon - the gastronomic heart of France.

In Tournon, David visits the castle and its wine cave where he tastes the local wines before heading to the stunning Ardèche National Park, one of the largest natural canyons in Europe. His journey continues to the largest wine region in the southern Rhône – Châteauneuf-du-Pape – for a tasting at a vineyard and a trip to the famous aqueduct, Pont du Gard. He also explores Avignon and enjoys an exclusive once in a life time Scenic Enrich event, a private concert and dinner at the prestigious Palais-des-Papes. The journey continues to the historic city of Arles, which inspired many artists including Van Gogh. Next stop is the spectacular La Camargue National Park where he encounters pink flamingos followed by a visit the hilltop village of Les Baux and a tour of a local olive farm.

Scenic Tours is offering fantastic Earlybird deals on their luxury France river cruising itineraries for bookings made by 15 October 2014. The 14 Day South of France prices start from $7,395 per person twin share and for a limited time only free return flights from Australia to France.

Tune into Mornings on Channel 9 between 9:00am and 11:00am AEST every day this week, 26 to 30 May or visit

149 years of Afternoon Teas Celebrate at The Langham, Melbourne for just 20 cents this June

In 1865, guests at Afternoon Tea paid the equivalent of 20 cents today. On 11 June 20 fashion-savvy guests in Melbourne will pay that same tiny amount to each to enjoy the daily, ritual that is upheld at every Langham around the globe.

This unique celebratory Afternoon Tea will include Langham favourites such as ribbon sandwiches, fresh scones served with jam and cream, chocolate strawberries, candied fruit cake, miniature lemon curd tarts, strawberry éclairs, Champagne truffles and a cookie inspired by Coco Chanel.

Melbourne guests will enjoy the unique local luxury of a specially created dessert made by Darren Purchese from South Yarra's acclaimed Burch &318783_num875321 Purchese.

Only 10 tables for two are available. Tea lovers keen to secure a seat at this one off, exclusive 20 cent feast need only:
  1. Visit from Monday 26 May at noon.
  2. Go to the competition post
  3. Upload a photo of what they'd wear to the Afternoon Tea or describe in 25 words or less their afternoon tea ensemble of choice.
  4. Come along to sip Champagne and expertly brewed tea and arguably admire everyone else's Afternoon Tea attire.
Of course, entrants are encouraged to take their fashion cue from The Langham, Melbourne's signature service stylists and The Langham, Melbourne's newest addition, Coco Bear. (Think pink colour and Chanel collar!)

Competition closes at 5pm on 2nd of June 2014.

For more information, please visit for full details.

Leisure and Pleasure Package At Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, Bangkok

Escape and enjoy a forgettable leisure experience with Leisure and Pleasure Package at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, Bangkok. The package is THB 5,500 net for two persons in our luxurious premier deluxe room with two consecutive nights or more.

This special offer included;
  • Sumptuous traditional Thai and international buffet breakfast for 2 persons
  • Complimentary exquisite Thai afternoon tea set “Sri-tong” for 2 persons at our new & classy The Ivory Lounge
  • Complimentary welcome drinks, tropical fruits, flowers, daily mini bar and in-room newspaper
  • Complimentary unlimited in-room Wi-Fi access &  public area throughout your stay
  • Complimentary round trip airport transfer
  • Complimentary late-check out until 3 p.m.
  • 15% discount from our best available rate for extended night stay
  • Packages from now available until 31 October 2014
Terms & Conditions: Full amount will be charged at time of booking and is no-refundable in the event of cancellation, amendment or no-show within 72 hours of arrival

Follow Thang Ngo’s ‘noodlies’ food blog in Korea for a chance to Win A Trip to Korea!


One of Australia’s top food bloggers, Thang Ngo of fame is about to embark on a culinary journey to South Korea starting this Sunday, 1st June. Sponsored by Korea Tourism Organization and Asiana Airlines Thang will spend eight days in Korea sampling the culinary delights of the capital Seoul as well the southern port city of Busan.

Thang will explore Korea’s cuisine on all levels from fine dining to the very popular street food which is perhaps Thang’s favourite. Follow his blog from early June to see what he eats and enjoys the most from the amazingly rich food experiences in Korea.

Thang is going to learn all about kimchi, the fermented pickled cabbage served at every meal, its health benefits and more. He is going to try a Korean style BBQ, the famous bibimbap (rice and vegetables dish) as well as enjoying the wide variety of seafood in Busan at one of the largest fish markets in Asia. He will take a night street food tour in Seoul sampling all the great street food available as well as try specialty liquors like soju and the rice wine makgeolli.

Korean cuisine has become so popular in Australia in recent years and nowadays there are some excellent restaurants popping up in Australia’s major cities showcasing Korean food like Danjee and Moon Park restaurants in Sydney, Guhng in Melbourne and Giwa Restaurant in Adelaide. In this month’s Qantas inflight magazine Neil Perry of Rockpool fame writes about his love of Korean food.

Follow Thang’s upcoming trip to Korea from the 1st June and then from the 14th June viewers will be able to enter a competition to win their own delicious trip for two to Korea promoted on the SBS website via the ‘Food’ and ‘Pop Asia’ pages. To follow Thang’s blog go to and to learn more about Korean cuisine visit and click on ‘Food’. The competition entry will be available on the ‘Korea Be Inspired’ webpage from the 14th June:

Bangkok Pachyderm and Polo Package with Anantara


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Mark these dates in your diary! Thailand's largest charity event – The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament – is coming to Bangkok and Anantara's three hotels in Bangkok, Anantara Riverside, Anantara Sathorn and Anantara Baan Rajprasong, have the best package for you!

This year's event will be held between 27th – 31st August and promises to have more nail-biting action both on and off the field.

The event will have 16 teams encompassing over 50 players, including local television stars, supermodels and professional polo players.  The elephant festival will have something for everyone, including an impressive opening parade, Children's Day, Ladies Day and wide a range of fun elephant related activities for the whole family.

To date the tournament has raised over US$ 750,000 which has been donated to various projects to improve the lives of elephants and their mahouts throughout Thailand.

We hope to see you pitch-side in August.

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