Memoria Palace & Resort, Pailin #Cambodia

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Set amidst the mountains and lush greeneries, Memoria Palace and Resort features an outdoor swimming pool and spacious rooms with tranquil garden views. It provides a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi access in its public area and complimentary parking on site.

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The resort is just a 5-minute drive to Pa-Hy Bus Station and a 7-minute drive to Phnom Yat Mountain. Pa-Hy Market and Bor-Ya-Kha Waterfall are 4 km away, while Phnom Khiev Waterfall is about 18 km away. Free shuttle service from Pa-Hy Bus Station to the resort is available.

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Fitted with hardwood furnishings and tiled flooring, air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a wardrobe, seating area, a desk and a flat-screen TV with DVD player. En suite bathrooms come with hot/cold shower facilities and free toiletries.

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The staff at Memoria Palace and Resort can assist guests with luggage storage and laundry services. Guests may rent a car to explore the area and visit nearby attractions, while the tour desk can help with sightseeing and travel arrangements.

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The in-house Sun Flower Restaurant serves delectable Khmer and Western dishes daily between 06:00 to 22:30. Meals can also be served in private with room service.

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National Highway 57, 726 Wat, Pailin, Cambodia

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El Nido Resorts – Miniloc Island – Philippines

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Miniloc Island Resort is set in a peaceful cove in El Nido, Palawan. Designed like a coastal village, the resort offers a wide range of tours and beach or water activities.

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Built with native materials, rooms feature thatched roofs and wooden flooring. Each air-conditioned room comes with a minibar, a wardrobe and a vanity area. Private bathrooms provide shower facilities and a hairdryer.

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Resort activities include diving, windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing. Sunset cruises and cave, lagoon or mangrove tours are available. Guests can also enjoy the natural scenery and the tropical marine life in the waters fronting the resort.

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International dishes can be enjoyed at the restaurant, located at the Miniloc Clubhouse. Picnic lunches on the beach can also be arranged.

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Miniloc Island Resort can be reached via a 75-minute charter flight from Manila to El Nido Airport. Free transfers are provided from El Nido Airport, which is a 40-minute boat ride to the resort.

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Hotel De La Paix, Cha Am Beach

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Experience world-class service at Hotel De La Paix Cha Am Beach, Hua Hin Managed by Accor

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Located in the coastal town of Cha-Am, Hotel De La Paix Cha Am Beach, Hua Hin Managed by Accor is a luxurious beachside resort offering 5-star facilities including a pool with sea views and rooms designed to be personal retreats with free WiFi.

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Under a journey of 6.7 km, you can find Swiss Sheep Farm and Santorini Park. This hotel is 26 km north of Hua Hin. Nearby attractions also include the Summer Palace of King Rama VI (5.6 km ) and the Cha-Am Forest Park (7 km).

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Hotel De La Paix features stylish Thai furnishings and spacious interiors. Each room features a home theatre system and a 42-inch Plasma TV.

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Guests can relax at the hotel’s chill pool and lounge on the pool-side decks, or pamper themselves at the spa. It provides unique treatments using ancient Asian healing techniques. Other facilities at the hotel include a library with business centre amenities.

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Choose from 3 signature restaurants at the hotel, with each offering different experiences. Motion is situated by the pool with an outdoor dining option while Clouds Loft on the roof top lets one dine underneath the stars. The Red Bar is where all favourite drinks can be enjoyed.

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#Phuket considers limiting number of tourists on island tours

Phuket considers limiting number of tourists on island toursABOVE: Tourists and boats swarming Koh Phi Phi Don’s Maya beach in these undated photos sparked a preservation outcry recently.

Officials are considering regulating the number of tourists permitted to visit the islands around Phuket for environmental and safety reasons.

“This is not just for the sake of tourism businesses. We are worried about the environmental impact as well,” said Vice-Admiral Sayan Prasongsamrej, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy’s Third Area.

The news was announced following the conclusion of the monthly closed-door meeting of the Thailand Marine Enforcement Coordinating Center Area 3 committee, held at the Royal Phuket City Hotel in Phuket Town yesterday.

“We are concerned about the volume of tourists visiting the islands around Phuket. A large number of tourists travel to these islands, so there should be better regulation of how many tourists visit each island.” he added.

Sayan pointed out that having more tourists joining island tours around Phuket heightened the need for more emergency services to cater to the growing number of people who need them.

“We have to recognize that we have already spent the budget allocated for tourist rescue services for 2016, and we’re still in 2015,” he said.

However, Sayan said that the move to regulate the number of tourists may not be for some time yet.

“We do not have any official plans just yet,” he said. “A plan like this involves many different government departments, including the Phuket Marine Office, among others.”

Phuket Marine Office Chief Phuriphat Teerakulpisut, who was present at the meeting, declined to give his opinion about whether or not regulating the number of tourists visiting islands off Phuket was a good idea.

Story: The Phuket News   

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Khaolak Paradise Resort, #Thailand

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Located along Khao Lak’s coastline, Khaolak Paradise offers spacious rooms with a sea view, an outdoor swimming pool and spa. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are provided.

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Khaolak Resort’s air-conditioned rooms feature wooden flooring, coffee/tea maker, minibar and satellite TV. The private bathroom offers a separate shower and bath, bathrobe and slippers.

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Guests can relax on the sundeck by the pool or enjoy a variety of treatments and massages at The Paradise Spa. Car rental, laundry and babysitting services are available.

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Leelavadee Dining offers indoor and outdoor seating on the beach. It serves Thai and international dishes.

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Khaolak Paradise Resort is 90 km away from Phuket and is situated next to the National Park. Khao Lak Centre is 1 km away.

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#Bangkok Attack ‘linked to Uighur deportations’

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PM dismisses police claim, blames human traffickers for blasts.

THE BANGKOK bombing was the handiwork of an international human-trafficking network seeking retaliation against Thailand for the return of 109 Uighur to China and a crushing crackdown on their underground activities, police said yesterday.

“They got angry. They are from the same gang that attacked the Thai Consulate in Turkey,” national police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang said.

This is the first time that the Thai authorities have directly linked the bomb attack with the deportation of trafficked Uighur.

However Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha rushed to dismiss the police statement saying nobody had claimed responsibility for the bomb. “At this stage, there is no link. I don’t think so. It could be a normal crime and by ordinary human traffickers,” he said.

A team of senior Thai police was heading for Malaysia after reports that three suspects arrested by Malaysian police may have been linked with the Bangkok bombing.

Last month, two explosions rocked the Thai capital. The one on August 17 at the popular Erawan Shrine killed 20 people and wounded more than 100 others. At least five Chinese tourists were killed and many others hospitalised. The other blast on the following day at the Sathorn Pier caused no casualties.

The bombings in the heart of Bangkok shocked the entire nation, as no such attacks had ever taken place on Thai soil. They also hit the economy hard.

‘Deportations in line with law’

Somyot said that the deportation of the 109 Uighur to China was in line with international law, and that Thai authorities had repatriated illegal migrants to their home countries, not just China.

Thai authorities have issued arrest warrants for 12 suspects and are holding two of them at a temporary facility in a military base. Colonel Winthai Suvari, spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), defended the choice of the detention location, saying their case was related to national security.

“It is also convenient for investigators who still need to interrogate the suspects and bring witnesses to identify them,” he said.

Deputy National Police chief General Chakthip Chaijinda left for Malaysia along with Special Branch Police chief Lt-General Chaiwat Getvorachai and deputy chief Maj-General Chanthep Sesavej. The team is expected to follow up on reports that the three suspected human smugglers arrested in Malaysia might have had some links to the Bangkok blasts. “Thailand and Malaysia will exchange information,” Somyot said.

Chakthip refused to speak to the media before his departure, other than saying that he “will return on Thursday”. Somyot said Thai authorities were still investigating the whereabouts of Abu Dustar Abdulrahman, or Izan, and the yellow-shirt man – two key suspects wanted for the bomb blasts.

A foreign news agency said a senior official of the Turkish government had recently denied that Izan had entered Turkey after the blasts. “We are investigating the matter,” he said.

Ties with gang

A Metropolitan Police source said one of the three women arrested at an apartment on Sunday had personal ties with a gang that helped the bomb suspects sneak into Thailand.

“We are preparing to seek an arrest warrant for her,” the source said.

This 39-year-old woman had taken the suspected bomber to the apartment rented by two university students and asked for their permission to leave some of his things there. The two students knew nothing about the bomb plot and have been released, the source added.

Police expect the military to transfer the woman to them on Saturday.

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#Cambodian Resort

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Located in Sihanoukville City, Cambodian Resort is 200 metres away from Ochheuteal Beach. Its modern rooms feature private balconies that overlook the outdoor pool. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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Cambodian Resort’s air-conditioned rooms have cable TV, a safety deposit box, and tea/coffee making amenities. Small seating areas are provided inside the room and on the balcony. The private bathroom has shower facilities.

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Guests can enjoy a massage, or exercise in the fitness centre. Other facilities include a steam room and a beauty salon. Staff at the 24-hour reception can help with tour bookings, currency exchange, and laundry services.

Western and Asian dishes are served at L’Artiste Restaurant. Snacks and cocktails are available at Sunset Boulevard Bar and Double Dolphin Pool Bar & Lounge.

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Cambodian Resort is a 5-minute drive from Sihanoukville’s town centre and local market.

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Burasari Resort, Patong #Phuket

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The tropical Burasari Resort is on Patong Beach, a 10-minute walk from Jungceylon Shopping Mall.
The resort features free Wi-Fi, 2 outdoor pools and a restaurant.

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Burasari Resort is a 10-minute walk from nightlife district Bangla Road. The resort is a 40-minute drive from Phuket International Airport. Upon request, the hotel provides airport shuttle service for a fee.

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Resort Burasari’s rooms are air-conditioned and have either private balconies or terraces. Satellite TV and a tea and coffee maker are provided in all of the rooms. Guests can also enjoy the free minibar. Some of the rooms feature direct pool access.

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Guests can relax on lounge chairs by the pool and enjoy the surrounding greenery. Spa by Burasari offers traditional Thai massage and beauty treatments. The hotel also has car rental services and a tour desk.

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Kantok Restaurant serves authentic local dishes and a daily breakfast buffet. It features outdoor dining and evening dance performances. Refreshing drinks are served at Misty Bar, Pool Bar and Juice Bar.

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Sheraton Grande Hotel, Sukhumvit #Bangkok

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Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel

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Directly connected to Asok BTS Skytrain Station and just steps from Sukhumvit MRT subway station, the luxurious Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit features award-winning restaurants and 24-hour room service. It also has a tropical outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access in public areas.

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Featuring 300-thread-count cotton sheets and a walk-in closet, all rooms also include a flat-screen TV and well-stocked minibar. The private bathrooms feature both a bathtub and a shower. Guests receive welcome fruit in the rooms.

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Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel is located across from Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. It is about just over 1.6 km from Emporium Department Store and the Central Chidlom Department Store. The hotel is 3.2 km from luxury shopping at Siam Paragon.

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The Grande Spa provides relaxing massage therapies, and the modern gym has personal trainers and a sauna. Local and international newspapers, as well as a large collection of books, can be enjoyed at The Library.

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Orchid Café serves a full international buffet for breakfast and dinner, and menu options for lunch. Dinner can also be enjoyed at Basil. Other dining options include The Sala, poolside restaurant which serves breakfast during the weekend. The Sunday Jazzy Brunch is served at Orchid Café from 12 pm-3 pm. Live Jazz music is available at The Living Room.

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Asean countries bid to draw tourists from India

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Asean countries bid to draw tourists from India

AN ECONOMIC SURGE in the growing ranks of the educated middle class in India has turned the spotlight on more outbound travel to Asian destinations that are nearer home than those in the West and are just as exciting.

China and Asean countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are making a determined bid to woo tourist traffic from India with focus on adventure, weddings, honeymoons, health and wellness, and family and single-woman travel.

Indonesia has decided to do away with visas for 93 countries including India before the end of this year. In addition, emphasis is being given to green tourism along with shopping and golf to woo the new breed of Indian traveller who wants to try everything including different cuisines.

In keeping with this objective, tourism boards and authorities from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia made detailed presentations at the “Pacific Asia Travel Association Mart” in the Indian city of Bangalore on Tuesday, the concluding day of the three-day event.

More than 1,000 delegates from 61 countries participated in the meet, the third such event to be held in India after New Delhi and Hyderabad.

The international meet decided to hold the 39th PATA Travel Mart in Jakarta from September 7-9 next year. Before this, Thailand will host the “PATA Adventure Travel” event, and a responsible-tourism conference and mart next year. The three-day event in Thailand will run |from February 17 in Chiang Rai with the theme of “Creating Experiences, Sharing Opportuni-ties”.

Indonesia’s deputy minister of tourism, Igde Patana, said Jakarta had been chosen for next year’s PATA travel mart considering the huge potential for tourism that the archipelago of nearly 13,000 islands presents with 150 international-standard golf courses in addition to the ethnic diversity of the country and its cuisine.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the PATA Travel Mart would help connect buyers and sellers, giving a major boost to tourism in general.

He said Indonesia wanted to target nearly 10 million tourists this year, with the traffic from India alone accounting for about 240,000. The country now hopes to raise this number to more than 270,000, focusing also on further promotion by allowing Indians to celebrate and hold their weddings in exotic locations such as Bali.

Meanwhile the Tourism Authority of Thailand said that notwithstanding the recent issues in the country, tourist inflows had shot up 31 per cent year on year to 17.5 million in the first six months of 2015, generating revenue of more than US$23 billion (Bt829 billion). TAT deputy governor for marketing Sugree Sithivanich added that Indian tourists were among the major revenue generators.

Tourism Malaysia deputy director-general Azizan Noordin announced that special tourist packages had been developed to boost traffic from India during the Malaysian Year of Festivals. In addition, special packages had been developed to coincide with the Malaysia year-end sale from November 14 to January 3.

India is a significant contributor to Malaysian tourism, he added. In fact, it was the No 6 tourist market. Last year, more than 770,108 Indian visitors flocked to Malaysia, up 18 per cent over 2013. Shopping, leisure and luxury holidays were being promoted to woo Indians.

As far as China was concerned, it was also making a bid to boost traffic from India, with the country already receiving more than 710,000 Indian tourists in 2014, up by 5 per cent from 2013. In the first six months of the current year, the tourist traffic from India to mainland China, according to Li Qianguo, director of the China National Tourist Office in New Delhi, touched the 410,000 mark, up by 4.2 per cent over the corresponding period last year.

He said the trend was very encouraging and the tourism links between the two countries were continuously strengthening.

The Chinese National Tourism Office is promoting China as an attractive destination in such Indian cities as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Amritsar and Ludhiana.

Besides, 2015 is the “Visit India” year in China. It was launched in February in Beijing. Next year, India has to reciprocate with a “Visit China” campaign. Under the programme, the two sides carry out a series of promotional activities to boost two-way tourist traffic and people-to-people contact.

Source: The Nation

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