Burma – Industrial chic

The-Loft-Hotel-Yangon-08-500x350The recently opened Loft is a welcome addition to Yangon’s growing hotel stock and is located in a prime position in the former capital.

The boutique property is positioned among outstanding colonial buildings that date back to British rule.  It is also close to major attractions including the morning market, the famous Bogyoke Market (the former Scott market), Sule Pagoda and the famed Shwedagon pagoda.

The hotel has been developed in a 1960s warehouse with some of the original fixtures still visible in the rooms and corridors.  It has 32 rooms including one executive suite and 10 deluxe duplex suites.  An executive lounge and a bistro café will open later this year.

Thailand – Airport web access

Free_wifi_Thailand_airportsFree internet access is being rolled out at the majority of Thailand’s airports.

Free Wi-Fi has come on stream at Don Muang (Bangkok), Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai and Chiang Rai airports, according to media reports.  Travellers at Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi Airport will get the new service on March 1. The system can support up to 2,000 simultaneous users for two hours of 10-Mbps access at each airport.  The installation has been financed by service provider True Corporation which will gain from advertising and selling premium Internet access.  Web surfers can register with their Thai ID card or passport number to obtain a username and password.

In a related development, airline ticket sales booths are being moved from the 4th to the 6th floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to increase space in the passenger terminal. Up to 54 airline ticket vendors including Emirates, Japan Airlines, China Airlines and Bangkok Airways will move their booths and the relocation will provided an extra 900 square metres of space on the fourth floor.

MOTHER’S PRIDE – KANHA CELEBRATES THE BIRTH OF CUBS

03We are delighted to share with you news of newly born cubs at Kanha National Park.  The park’s naturalist Sadhvi Singh, along with several guests, came across the new family first.  Following the initial celebratory sighting, the cubs and their mother have been spotted on numerous occasions in the Mukki Zone of the park.  The cubs are born blind and remain so until they are about 14 days old.  Completely dependent on their mother, they shadow her closely and are expected to accompany her for the next 2 years before finding their own territory.  This period is crucial in developing instincts, skills and prowess as an adult.  Luckily, it gives guests a wonderful window to see the cubs in their natural habitat as they develop under the tutelage of the mother.

Visit Kanha with World Discovery on our Luxury Tiger Safari.

Cambodia – Airport to take-off

tra09_001_b03The Government of Cambodia has confirmed that the construction of the new Siem Reap International Airport will start in the first quarter of this year.

Construction of the airport has been delayed twice since the US$1 billion project was approved by the government in late 2010.  It has been designed to handle up to 15 million passengers annually.  In 2012, financial delays from South Korean banks backing the project meant that the two owners had to review their financial allocation for the airport.

The airport will be located in an area 60 km from Siem Reap – the gateway to the Angkor Historical Park.  This distance will minimize damage from noise pollution to the ancient Angkor Wat complex.  The facility will be able to accommodate larger aircraft to allow direct links to major European cities.

Cambodia – Spinning success

lotus-farm-by-samatoaA new sightseeing attraction near Siem Reap devoted to the lotus flower offers an insight into how this humble plant can be transformed into luxury clothes.

The Samatoa Lotus Farm is a unique workshop and it presents in an entertaining manner how the most ecological fabric on earth can be created from lotus fibre.  The product is now so popular that future production demands will necessitate the creation of an estimated 500 jobs within five years.   By-products of the plant can be used to create incense, drinks, lip-balm, bath products and jewellery.

The hand-woven jackets are exceptionally exclusive and can retail in luxury destinations such as Hong Kong for as much as US$3,000 per item. This enables the farm to connect the poorer people of Cambodia with luxury markets and create long-term employment with living wages. Visitors to the farm will see in detail the entire production process – from harvesting and spinning to weaving the final product.