Often referred to as ‘The Little Red Dot’, Singapore may be small in size but packs a big punch with its broad offerings of activities and attractions that highlight its multi-cultural society. Walk through the city-state’s heartland to get a feel of the life of the locals and a look into its historical and cultural heritage, as well as its old world charm. For a touch of modernity and taste the island’s vibrant nightlife head to the shopping/entertainments areas such as Orchard Road or Clarke Quay.
Not to be missed by any visitor to the island is its wide offerings of food – from Chinese, Indian, Malaysia, Western to fusion and more. A food haven that will not fail to impress even the most discerning foodies with its scrumptious choices.
Founded in 1819 by British statesman Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the British East India Company, Singapore has grown into a global commerce, finance and transport hub. It has also been recognized as the most “technology-ready” nation and top international meetings city, among numerous other accolades. With its state-of-the-art facilities for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), excellent infrastructure, good public transport and high service standards the Lion City is a much demand venue for major international events, concerts and shows – truly a destination where business and leisure converge.
Nyaung U – Myanmar’s charming river town
Hop on to a tuk tuk, the popular transport of Myanmarese, to visit the colorful market in Nyaung U, a bustling river town in Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan. This lively market, a must-see for visitors, is divided into different sections and includes a wet market. It sells everything, from handicrafts to longyi (Myanmar sarongs) to foodstuff like fruits, vegetables and fish. It is also a place to mingle with the locals, observe their way of life and sample local food. Best time to visit is in the morning.
Asian Trails Myanmar can spice up the tour itinerary by arranging visits to nearby pagodas and temples such as Shwezigon Pagoda and Htilominlo Temple, as well as explore Inle Lake.
Rajalaya Dinner at Royal Pita Maha
Rajalaya is a unique and special dining concept that was traditionally reserved for royal families in Bali. The courses were served ‘rijsttafel’ style consisting of many side dishes in small portions accompanied by rice prepared in several different ways. This unique dining concept is now popular in this Indonesian island.
Asian Trails Indonesia invites you to join in this traditional ritual at the Royal Pita Maha Hotel, a luxury resort in rural Ubud. The property is offering a Rajalaya royal dinner in its temple. Guests are guided by the light of a thousand candles or torches to the temple amidst a festive atmosphere. There they will be treated to a spectacular ceremonial presentation of a remarkable feast of authentic Indonesian cuisine.
See Singapore from a Vespa Sidecar
There is a new unconventional way to experience Singapore’s local landmarks, heritage sights and attractions – from the sidecar of a vintage Vespa with Sideways. Described as the “world’s first vintage Vespa sidecar tour service”, the company’s guides conduct tours ranging from 30 minutes to half day.
The 120-minute heritage tour covers four areas – Kampung Glam and Haji Lane, Civic District, Chinatown and Tiong Bahru. Get up close with the locals and sample popular delicacies such as kueh (bite-sized snack/desserts), teh tarik (hot milk tea), roti prata (Indian-influenced flatbread) and durian, the famous ‘King of Fruits’. The scenic route on the tour is designed to give your group maximum enjoyment with numerous photo opportunities along the way. The tour can accommodate up to 30 pax maximum.
Vertigo – Kuala Lumpur’s trendiest rooftop bar
Vertigo, on the 59th floor of the newly-opened Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, is fast becoming a venue of choice for both visitors and locals in the Malaysian capital to meet for business or pleasure. Reportedly the highest hotel rooftop bar in the Malaysian capital, it offers stunning view of the city including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Mixologists are on hand to create personalized cocktails, such as Pandan Love (Stolichnaya vodka, lychee juice and Monin peach syrup), to enjoy with Southeast Asian-inspired tapas. An in-house DJ livens up the ‘high’ bar experience.
This stylish bar is able to accommodate up to 190 pax, and is ideal for private functions and incentive groups.
Discovering Bangkok in a tuk tuk
The MICE team at Asian Trails Thailand has added an exclusive tour to see Bangkok in style – in a tuk tuk escorted by police bikes. The ride takes guests to iconic sites in Thailand’s capital city with visits to the country’s first university and railway station. Get an insight into Chinese heritage in Bangkok’s Chinatown, a popular tourist attraction and a food haven with its vibrant street-side cuisine. Then cruise along the Chao Phraya River in a wooden boat, exploring small canals before disembarking at Supatra River House for a scrumptious Thai lunch.
Ideal for group size minimum of between 20 to 200 pax who like to discover Bangkok in a different way.
Eaton House: HK’s social work club
Eaton Club, located in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district occupying the fifth floor of Champion Tower, is described as a “new fintech hub and work platform” and a Gen Y social work club. It has a co-work space with great view overlooking Victoria Harbour, private offices, meeting rooms and common areas. It also offers a coffee bar, cocktail and wine bar and weekly live music entertainment.
With 3,000 square feet of highly functional, flexible space accommodating up to 200 pax, Eaton House is ideal for private parties, events and product launch. Asian Trails China is happy to help clients organize special events and incentive programmes at this hip social club.
Sidecar treasure hunt in a Hutong
It is said that the real culture of Beijing is the culture of Hutongs and courtyards. A Hutong is a narrow street or alley commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, especially China’s capital city, formed by lines of siheyuan (traditional courtyard residences).
Asian Trails China has added a touch of culture and fun to the MICE programme to discover Old Beijing through a three-hour Hutong treasure hunt from the sidecar of a motorcycle. Get “kidnapped” by a fleet of motorcycles, ride through the Hutong, interact with the locals and learn about their traditional way of life. Maximum of two pax to a sidecar with group size ranging from 10 to 50 pax. The offer to accommodate bigger groups will be subject to a quote on demand.
Cambodia using arts for social good
Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), meaning ‘the Brightness of the Arts’, is a non-profit Cambodian NGO and founder of the famous Phare, the Cambodian Circus. It was set up in 1995 by a French teacher and eight Cambodian ex-students who learned in refugee camps that art can be a means to forget trauma. It addresses psycho-socio issues affecting children and young adults through the arts, educational programmes and circus skills. The circus school provides classes in theatre, juggling, acrobatics, music and various art disciplines.
Asian Trails Cambodia organizes 1.5 hour-long sessions for visitors to learn and experiment with the skills of the amazing circus performers. Suitable for up to 80 pax, spilled into different groups. Don’t miss the circus performance too, on nightly at 8pm.
Discover Hoi An off-the-beaten track
Escape from the city’s hustle and bustle with the Asian Trails Vietnam’s team to explore the waterways and islands of Hoi An on a ‘Xe Ôm,’ a motor-taxi that is a popular form of local transportation.
Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An is well known for its well preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals, which is designated a World Heritage Site. With a touch of local flavor, this exhilarating tour opens up this town’s vast and varied landscape of colorful villages and life along the riverside, offering a glimpse into local culture in addition to tasting local delicacies. Suitable for groups of between 10 to 45 pax per time visit.
Nature adventure in Nahm Dong Park
Nahm Dong Park, about 10 kilometres from the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, is 12 hectares of lush greenery, diverse flora and fauna, stunning waterfalls, breath-taking valley views and many places to picnic.
The park is the perfect place for eco-tourism related events with nature as its setting, and Asian Trails Laos can help organize them. Participants can enjoy nature through many activities. For those who like to learn skills, there are mulberry paper workshop, bamboo weaving and cooking class. The more adventurous can zip for 800 metres through six stations over beautiful scenery; go for a 200-metre walk on a hanged tree top walk with five stations; or hike in the lush forest.