#Bangkok leads ranking of top travel destinations during Lunar New Year

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Bangkok has emerged the most popular destination for travelers in
Asia-Pacific during the Lunar New Year period, the world’s largest
annual human migration, which is currently underway. 
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The Thai capital reclaimed the top spot this year as the most popular
travel destination in online booking platform Agoda’s list of top
spring festival destinations 2019, knocking last year’s winner Tokyo to
second spot, followed by Taipei. 
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The results are based on hotel booking data on Lunar New Year dates for 2019. 
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This year, it’s estimated that Chinese travelers will undertake
nearly three billion trips by car, train and plane in the 40-day period
between January 21 and March 1, an increase of 0.6 percent from 2018. 
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On February 5, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Mongolia,
Indonesia and Malaysia will celebrate the lunar new year and usher in
the year of the pig, the 12th and last position on…

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#Bangkok a top Tet holiday choice for Vietnamese travelers

The Thai capital is the hottest destination this year for Vietnamese choosing to travel during the Tet holiday.

Agoda, a leading global online accommodation reservations provider, has used new bookings data to assess 10 most popular Tet, Lunar New Year, holiday destinations for Vietnamese this year.

Traditionally, Tet is a time when Vietnamese people return home
all over the country and the world to join their family for important
Lunar New Year rituals, and to visit relatives and friends as part of
the festival tradition.

However, the long holiday is tempting increasing numbers of Vietnamese citizens to travel within and outside the country.

This year, Bangkok has overtaken many of famous Vietnamese tourist
hotspots like Da Lat, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Singapore came sixth on
the list, while Kuala Lumpur took the ninth position.
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 Around one million Vietnamese tourists touched down in Thailand in 2018,
putting Vietnam among the kingdom’s top 10 tourism markets, according
to a recent report by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Citizens of ASEAN member nations can travel within the region without
applying for visa and stay as a tourist for a maximum of 30 days.

Bangkok’s high popularity among Vietnamese holiday goers is reflected in
the fact that 30 airlines have direct routes connecting Hanoi and
Saigon with the capital of Thailand.

The Year of the Pig begins on February 5 and the Vietnamese government
has approved a nine-day (February 2-10) break for the holiday.

Rising overseas travel is a result of economic development and an
expanding middle class, said Nguyen Cong Hoan, vice general director of
Hanoi Redtour.
“A more affluent younger generation now wants to see the world. They are
willing to spend more money on experiencing new destinations,”
he said.

According to Mastercard, Vietnam has the second fastest growing outbound
market in the Asia Pacific region after Myanmar, with projected annual
growth of 9.5 percent between 2016 and 2021.

Mastercard has forecast that some 7.5 million Vietnamese travelers will venture outside the country in 2021.
Source – VN Express

 

Hilton to open Southeast Asia’s first Waldorf Astoria in Bangkok

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Hilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will welcome its first guests in Southeast Asia in the third quarter of 2018 with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

The chain has set a plan for the expansion of Waldorf Astoria in the other parts of Southeast Asia market, including in Maldives and Indonesia.

Set to be one of the region’s most anticipated hotel openings this year, the grand debut will introduce the brand’s iconic experience to discerning travelers in the vibrant Thai capital. In tribute to the owners of the property, Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited, the building has been designed to give the effect of springing from the ground like a Magnolia flower. Towering above the city, the dazzling sculptural appearance of the property cuts a dramatic profile in the skyline of Bangkok, in the heart of the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection.

The hotel will boast 171 luxuriously appointed and spacious guest rooms and suites, which reflect the artistry and craftsmanship of award-winning designer Andre Fu and his design studio AFSO.

With a global portfolio of 30 hotels and resorts, Waldorf Astoria is known for creating a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Waldorf Astoria consistently offers a strong sense of arrival and impressive public spaces worthy of hosting history. Numerous historical figures – from Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, to world leaders – have been associated with the brand.

Daniel Welk, vice president, operations, luxury and lifestyle, Asia Pacific, Hilton, said that one of the key reasons behind this decision is the very optimistic outlook of the inbound tourism sector in Bangkok. In fact, just last year, it was named the most popular city for international tourists, according to the 2017 Global Destination Cities Index, ahead even of cities like London, Paris, Dubai, New York and Singapore. Additionally, this growth doesn’t look set to slow down any time soon – total international arrivals are expected to hit a high of 38.93 million in 2018, constituting a 9.2 per cent increase year-on-year.

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“At the same time, we’re also seeing steady growth in the luxury travel segment in Thailand. As expenditure per tourist continues to increase, one of the key trends that has emerged is the movement towards the higher-end market, among both Chinese and European tourists. Additionally, as Bangkok is home to some of the world’s finest in cuisine and design, we simply could not think of a better place to launch our first Waldorf Astoria in Southeast Asia,” he said, adding that of course, the choice of location within Bangkok was also critical – located in the heart of Ratchaprasong intersection in bustling downtown Bangkok, mere steps from the very convenient Bangkok elevated Train System (BTS), Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is within minutes walking distance to renowned shopping precincts and tourist attractions, making it the perfect base for moving around Bangkok.

“In Thailand, we currently operate eight properties across our entire brand portfolio. This includes five Hilton Hotels & Resorts, two Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and one DoubleTree by Hilton. At the moment, we also have four hotels in the pipeline – an upcoming Hilton Hotel & Resort, another Double Tree by Hilton, our first Hilton Garden Inn, and of course, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok,” said Welk.

“From Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, our global portfolio of nearly 35 iconic properties all create a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Hence, the Waldorf Astoria brand appeals to luxury travelers who are after unparalleled experiences, inspiring and personalized stays, and timely but timeless environments that allow guests to make the most of their time. Occupancy-wise, we are already seeing significant interest in terms of bookings, well ahead of the official opening in the third quarter of this year. Additionally, as Bangkok’s inbound tourism continues to flourish, and the luxury travel market grows from strength to strength, we expect to see this enthusiastic response extend beyond the short term,” he said.

Welk said that Waldorf Astoria Bangkok marks the brand’s first foray into South East Asia. At the moment, Hilton has four additional Waldorf Astoria hotels in the pipeline or at various stages of development in other parts of South East Asia. This includes the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, scheduled to open in Q1 2019, as well as three others in Indonesia – Waldorf Astoria Bali, Waldorf Astoria Jakarta, both of which launch in 2020, and Waldorf Astoria Bali Ubud, launching in 2021.

Source – TheJakartaPost

Montien Riverside (5 Star) Hotel, Bangkok

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Montien Riverside Hotel is located along the Chao Phraya River and boasts its own traditional Thai boat – the Montienthip. It features an outdoor pool and a free shuttle to central Bangkok. Guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access.

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Decorated in pleasant neutral colors, the air-conditioned rooms feature wonderful river views. Each has cable TV, a minibar and personal safe.

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Montien Riverside Hotel is a 45-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. It is a 10-minute drive from shopping options at Siam Paragon, Central World Plaza and MBK Shopping Center.

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A garden retreat within the city, Montien offers relaxing massage treatments and a well-equipped gym. The hotel also provides karaoke rooms, tennis courts and a business center.

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An impressive 7 dining options are available, with cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Italian. For a memorable dining experience, the dinner cruise on board the Montienthip serves Thai food.

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This property is also rated for the best value in Bangkok! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

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AVANI Riverside (5 Star) Hotel, Bangkok

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AVANI Riverside Hotel, Offering views of the Chao Phraya River, features rooms with a blend of contemporary and modern styles. Guests can enjoy stunning views from the 28-metre rooftop infinity pool or dine at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Free WiFi is provided in public areas.

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The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle boat service to and from Sathorn Pier, which connects with Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station. A shuttle boat is also available to the nearby Asiatique The Riverfront.

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From the skytrain station, guests can reach some of Bangkok’s premier shopping destinations and attractions in a few minutes. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is approximately a 1-hour drive away.

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Air-conditioned rooms at AVANI Riverside are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar and a safety deposit box. 

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Suites offer a seating and dining area and some also have a separate bedroom. The en suite bathroom features a bathtub or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

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A fitness room is available for guests to stay fit and active. Services such as laundry, luggage storage and tour information are all available with assistance from the 24-hour front desk.

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There is free parking on-site and shuttle services can be arranged.

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A buffet breakfast and a la carte dishes are served at Skyline, while Attiude offer Asian tapas and drinks by the pool. Snacks and quick bites can be found at The Pantry or the Living Room Bar. Additionally, the hotel is connected to Riverside Plaza, which offers a larger selection of dining and shopping options.

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Bliston Suwan Park View (4 Star) Hotel, Bangkok

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Bliston Hotel has a luxurious and tranquil retreat in Bangkok, a 3-minute walk from Chidlom Skytrain Station. It provides spa treatments, an outdoor pool and a restaurant serving foie gras.

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Bliston Suwan Park View hotel is a 30-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Popular shopping areas like Central World Plaza and the Pratunam Wholesale Market are about just over half a kilometer away.

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Spacious with hardwood floors, the air-conditioned apartments have a large sitting area. They have well-equipped kitchens and modern home entertainment systems with cable TV. Bathrooms include a bathtub.

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Relaxation options at the Bliston Suwan Hotel include a rooftop swimming pool surrounded by lounge chairs and a steam bath. The fitness center provides professional trainers to assist guests. Spa@Tonson specializes in Thai massage.

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Providing a fine dining experience, Artur Restaurant features prime steaks, as well as, fresh seafood. The restaurant is well-known for its Caesar salad and extensive martini menu.

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The hotel has room service, babysitting and laundry services. Car rentals are also provided for added convenience.

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AVANI Atrium (5 Star) Hotel, Bangkok

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AVANI Atrium Bangkok is located along New Petchburi Road, 700 metres from Phetchaburi MRT Station and a free shuttle is provided to the station. It features a swimming pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi in all areas.

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The spacious guest rooms at AVANI Atrium Bangkok come with modern décor and large windows that offer views of the city. Each room is well-equipped with a minibar and TV with cable channels.

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Guests can relax in the hot tub or work out at the fitness centre. The hotel provides currency exchange services and free parking. Daytrips and sightseeing arrangements can be made at the tour desk.

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Public Restaurant offers an all-day dining menu. Guests can enjoy both a la carte and buffet dining options. Open for lunch and dinner, Benihana serves traditional Japanese sake, juicy steaks and teppanyaki-style dishes.

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The property is 4.5 km from the Night Market and a 25-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport. Bangkok Hospital is a 10-minute drive away and Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is a 20-minute drive away.

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Huai Khwang is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping for clothes, sightseeing and street food.

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