Destination Asia is an internationally owned travel company
with offices throughout eight countries in Asia. The total number of
employees in the group is over 230 personnel. The Vietnam office in Ho
Chi Minh City is a fully licensed representative company with a
management agreement through our local partners, OSC Travel. Total staff
under employ in Vietnam is 32, including four expatriates. The company
specializes in travel and events for overseas agencies, cruise lines,
incentive groups and conferences (MICE – Meetings, Incentives,
Conferences & Events). Our clients come from the United Kingdom,
Australia, the United States, Canada, Europe and South Africa.
Travel to Asia has become of great appeal to the global market in recent
times. No longer is Asia considered only for the hardy. A natural flow
of travellers to the countries of Indochina. With several very important
milestones in the last few years - such as lifting of embargoes,
government reforms and the opening of borders - Vietnam is positioned to
become a popular tourist destination.
It is a little known fact that Vietnam can cater to a large variety of
clients - not just those looking to “rough it on the last frontier”.
From it’s natural assets; pristine sandy beaches, the wonder of
limestone islands in Halong Bay, the mountainous north, to its
historical marvels; Cham ruins from the 14th Century in My Son, the
ancient tombs of Hue; bustling cities with an energy driven by a new
economy, quiet country villages reliant on rice agriculture as they have
been for centuries, ornate Confucian temples, high-rises side by side
with splendid French colonial architecture; Vietnam is a country of
contrasts. And contrast means a greater variety of travel experiences
that satisfy a great number of client markets.
It is also largely assumed that infrastructure within Vietnam is poor.
Whilst we won’t deny that Vietnam is a third world country, one should
not be led to believe that this means third world service! An enormous
amount of investment in Vietnam has led to the development of top class
hotels, of training schools, of new restaurants, of upgrading and
And on the subject of service, remember most importantly that Vietnam is
Asia - where service is delivered with pride. The Vietnamese people
have strong beliefs and values. They are a pragmatic people, with a
philosophy to move forward, not to dwell on the past, and a
determination to improve the lives of their children. Most of all they
are warm and welcoming, and proud to show you their homeland.
For an experience as unique as your clients, look to a destination as unique as Vietnam.
China is a destination of such epic proportions that we can barely scratch the surface here.
With three major regions, China stretches from the mountainous west, to
the desert plains of the Mongol Plateau to Manchuria in the northeast.
The largely low-lying eastern region consists of the valleys and
floodplains of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, through to the coastal
plains of the Pearl River in the south.
It is hard to bypass (and one certainly shouldn’t!) the nation’s capital
for over 3000 years — Beijing — as China’s premier tourist destination.
The architectural masterpiece of the Forbidden City, the equally
impressive Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, the Ming Tombs, the Temple
of Heaven… and of course, the most famous of all — The Great Wall of
China, built during the Ming Dynasty’s reign to fortify China’s northern
border and today one of the most visited sites in all the world.
For contrast, Shanghai is one of Asia’s fastest growing and most modern
cities. A centre for commercial trade with the west during the 1800s, by
the 1930s it was both famous and infamous as a cosmopolitan world city.
Today soaring skyscrapers overlooking the Bund are testament to
Shanghai’s influential economic position.
And beyond the obvious, there is also Xian, once an ancient capital on
the Silk Road. Xian is most famous for the discovery of its Terracotta
Warriors – over 7000 warriors and horses have been excavated from a site
first discovered by a group of peasants who uncovered some pottery
while digging for a well nearby in 1974.
Then there is Guilin, the Yangtze River, Zhouzhuang, Zhengzhou, Xiamen,
Lhasa and so much more. A country certainly worthy of more than one
visit, and with so much choice perfectly positioned to suit every
China — a country so vast, a history so rich and a culture so profound…
Home to over one billion people, China is a mysterious and fascinating
nation with an incredible array of iconic historical sites, traditions
and civilisations that date back many thousands of years, breathtaking
country landscapes and futuristic cities.
Visitors to Thailand will discover a country in transition from a nation
of developing status, to one of international standing in many areas.
This is what makes Thailand such a great place to visit. Thailand has a
rich cultural background, incredible diversity and a climate suitable
for travel almost year round. In fact Bangkok is rapidly becoming a
centre for business within South East Asia, due to its geographic
location, but also due to the fact that Thailand has a stable political
system and a strong economy.
To complement Thailand’s cultural and geographical attributes, is an
increasingly modern and already efficient infrastructure. The system of
highways, lesser roads and railways is fantastic and as good as any
country. Domestic flights in Thailand are all quite short so flying
between centres or even around the region, is definitely an option.
Thailand is the perfect destination, whether it is purely for leisure,
business or as an incentive destination. Visitors to Thailand will
discover a friendly, refreshing, safe and beautiful country.
Land of Smiles: If you ask any person who has visited Thailand, what it
is that they loved about the country? Many people would say it is the
friendly people who make for such a good experience. Thai people are
known for their friendly smiles, natural grace and kindness which is
probably why so many people return to Thailand for their holidays time
The characters that make up Japan's name mean “sun-origin”, which is why
it is sometimes referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun”. A journey
to this land will never fail to fascinate and travellers can look
forward to a trip of endless discovery, packed with gourmet experiences,
indulgent spa treatments, modern art, pop culture, and heritage trails
leading to towering castles and mist-shrouded mountains.
Japan is a land of astonishing contrasts. From antiquated temples and
kimono-clad geisha girls hurrying between traditional tea houses in
Kyoto, to lightning-quick bullet trains carrying sharp-suited
businessmen between the high-tech cities of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan is a
country where the past meets the future.
Although it is the tenth most densely populated nation in the world,
with a population of 127 million and 30 million in the greater
metropolitan Tokyo area alone – Japan possesses vast stunning areas of
rural, unpopulated wilderness.
About 73 per cent of its territory is forested, mountainous, or
unsuitable for agriculture or industry, including more than 200
volcanoes – providing vast areas of land for tourism, travel and
Japan is also often thought of as a small country – however, the largest
of the four main islands, Honshu, is bigger than the whole of Great
Britain. It is easy to see, therefore, why this land of rolling
mountains and 6,852 islands is a tourism paradise.
One misplaced view is that Japan’s position as the world’s third richest
nation makes it an expensive holiday destination. In reality, it can be
cheaper to travel in Japan than in most parts of North America and
The “Land of the Rising Sun” is a destination like no other; offering
heritage and history one day and hi-tech city living the next.
Travel Update: Following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit the
northern Tohoku region of Japan on the 11th March 2011, a state of
emergency was declared for the region and there were reports of leakage
from the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Due to international relief
support and Japan’s resilient recovery effort, the country has made
great strides in repairing its infrastructure and resuming commercial
activities at a surprisingly fast pace. The International Atomic Energy
Agency has declared the nuclear situation to now be stable, and the
Fukushima plant to be fully under control by January.
Destination Hong Kong:
Hong Kong. In our opinion, Asia’s most dynamic city. A place where ‘East
meets West’ is more perfect a description than any other place on
Earth, where the old sits comfortably alongside the new, encompassed
within the most vibrant harbour the world has to offer.
Hong Kong is a sophisticated metropolis of more than six million people
sharing an area of about 1,100 square kilometres, more mobile phones and
pagers than you can imagine, and soaring skyscrapers that draw your
eyes ever upwards.
Savour a thousand contrasting tastes, with dining experiences world
renowned, or satisfy your hunger for style in the shopping capital of
the world. Whether it’s Stanley Markets or the designer boutiques of
Nathan Road, on offer is an overwhelming array of goods to suit any
budget. With a vibrancy like no other, this is a city driven by the
dollar. Hong Kong is the financial centre of Asia and the pursuit of
business is central to all facets of life. This business hub has
resulted in a distinctive collage of skyscrapers, of daring
architecture, that forms a spectacular backdrop for one of the world’s
wonders – the cityscape by night, seen from across Victoria Harbour,
with Hong Kong’s mountain-perched buildings seemingly forming a curtain
of crystal lights.
And also a diversity – from the bustling city centre to a peaceful
countryside. Walking trails from the summit of the famous Peak offer a
green view of Hong Kong that few are aware even exists. Repulse Bay, on
the southern side of Hong Kong island, features picturesque beaches.
Aberdeen is a sheltered bay that is home to a fleet of fishing trawlers
and to glitzy floating restaurants. Trolley cars, ferries and subway
trains are central to an efficient public transport system that assists
visitors in discovering the delights of Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay
or Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. (And we still believe you just can’t beat
the Star Ferry for one of the most spectacular ‘tours’ in the world!)
Portuguese-settled Macau is just a short boat trip away, offering yet
another diverse experience.
And of course, Hong Kong continues to grow... yet more investment sees
new restaurants, venues, and products released every month as expansion
pushes into the outlying islands. Hong Kong is an ever-evolving world
class destination, and one that certainly warrants more than one visit.
Once, in Hong Kong, is never enough…
From Sumatra, home to Southeast Asia’s largest lake, dense jungles and
the orang-utan, Indonesia stretches 5000km to Papua; the largely
unexplored eastern province home to the once ‘headhunting’ Asmats,
peaceful Dani and breathtaking mountain ranges. Indonesia is as varied
as it is unique, from the Hindu-Buddhist monuments of Borobudur to the
famous Komodo Dragons, countless deserted beaches and natural wonders
grace an archipelago filled with mystique and beauty.
Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. It is an
island where the mystical and magic define everyday life in a paradise
framed by sweeping beaches and natural wonders. The rich and intriguing
culture is at once enthralling and hypnotic, with the island’s beauty
exceeded only by the friendliness of its charming people. Sun drenched
beaches and exotic temples, thrilling adventures and world class spas
are all within proximity to boutique hotels, resorts and private villas,
made famous by their Balinese designs.
Why Indonesia? From the primal jungles of Sumatra to the lavish luxury
of Nusa Dua, Indonesia is unique in its diversity. For those of us who
are searching for the true exotic, who challenge themselves with
experiences that are rare and magical yet appreciate service, quality
and an unique insight into a destination, Indonesia presents an
opportunity to fulfil the ultimate travel experience.
A bewitching blend of East and West and a melting pot of Malay, European
and Chinese cultures, the island state of Singapore offers a contrast
of skyscrapers and modern, affluent suburbs, with a medley of old world
Asian influences. Visitors step into a world where the call to prayer
competes with the call of capitalism. Add a tropical climate, one of the
world’s most diverse cuisines, superb shopping and a vibrant nightlife
scene and you will realize why the “Lion City” offers a great stopover,
or an extended stay to enjoy city life, or the beach resort of Senotosa
and the surrounding islands.
Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence
Singapore has become one of the world’s most prosperous countries. The
country’s strategic location in the region, along important shipping
routes, has made its sea port the busiest in the world. Singapore now
commands an enormous global presence with its free trade economy, backed
by an efficient workforce and ultra-modern infrastructure.
Singapore is made up of 63 islands, and is separated from Malaysia by
the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia’s Riau Island by
the Singapore Strait to the south. It is a land brimming with diversity,
with a collage of cultures, languages, and architecture. The four major
races: the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian live in harmony and
create a model multi-racial society that is both diverse and cohesive.
Visitors can experience the country’s old world charm through many
designated heritage trails. Visits to Chinatown, Kampong Glam (the Malay
district) and Little India offer a wealth of experiences that are akin
to travelling around a much larger land. Aside from its old world charm,
Singapore offers one of the most modern city centres in the world; with
an abundance of shopping and dining options in landmark areas such as
the iconic Orchard Road and the latest dining and entertainment hotspots
at Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts Complex and
Legend has it that the island received its name from a visiting Sumatran
prince in the 14th century, who saw a fearsome creature on his arrival.
Taking this as a good omen, the prince founded a new city on the spot,
changing the name of the island from Temasek to Singapura. In Sanskrit,
singa means lion and pura means city.
Thus the “Lion City” was born, and today the symbol of the merlion, a
mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, which
today stands in the harbour, is a reminder of Singapore’s early
connections to this legend and the seas.
Contemporary Singapore has a wealth of attractions that make it unique
in both the region and the rest of the world. It is an island that is
small in size but very big in opportunities.
Despite a ravaged past the Kingdom of Cambodia remains one of Asia’s
most enthralling destinations. A country deeply enriched in its history
and culture, it never fails to impress even the most seasoned traveller.
From the deserted beaches on the Gulf of Thailand, to the exotic senses
generated during a visit to Phnom Penh, from the deep jungles and
minorities of the northwest, to the final mystique and grandeur of the
Angkorean period in all its glory, Cambodia is a land of warm, enigmatic
people maintaining the richness of their culture for the world to see.
With two Raffles International properties the Grand Hotel d’Angkor in
Siem Reap and Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh, the Amansara, Sofitel Royal
Angkor Golf & Spa Resort, Le Meridien Angkor, Hotel de la Paix, the
Orient Express hotel La Residence d’Angkor and Victoria Angkor Resort
& Spa hotels in Siem Reap it is possible to see the great sights of
Cambodia in unabated luxury and in the style and elegance of an era long
Nobody leaves Cambodia disappointed. The exotic land of the Angkor Kings lies waiting to be explored.
A country of extraordinary diversity! Malaysia is a fascinating
destination with distinctive experiences, ranging from a long coastline
and coral-fringed islands, to the cool temperatures of the lush green
There are three distinct destinations; Peninsular Malaysia and the
states of Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia. Visitors are often
surprised to discover how developed the country is, yet how rich and
varied its cultural traditions remain.
Peninsular Malaysia is an extra ordinary place where East meets the
West. It is a unique getaway experience for visitors who love shopping
in modern cities and a contrast of nature in islands such as Penang and
Langkawi. These two are famous for their remote beaches and cultural
Further south, Melaka, dubbed the “Historic State”, is renowned for its
history, culture and museums and the state capital was listed as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2008.
The states of Sabah and Sarawak offer nature and adventure. Mount
Kinabalu is South East Asia’s highest peak and Borneo has a wilderness
of some of the world’s oldest rainforests. Add some of the most prolific
marine life at some of the planet’s best dive sites and you will see
why this country is known as “Truly Asia”.
Malaysia is a mix of a modern world and a developing nation. Kuala
Lumpur is a cosmopolitan city and fast growing commercial trade centre
that is home to soaring skyscrapers overlooking the sedate architecture
of the British colonial days.
All of these attributes make Malaysia a perfect holiday destination
where you can enjoy eclectic cultures, observe natural wonders, explore
fascinating tribal cultures and return to a state of the art 21st
From the very moment you step foot on the ground in Myanmar you are in
for a truly unique experience. Now more so than ever people from around
the world are beginning to see Myanmar for what it is - a truly
fascinating and unique destination filled with the spirituality of
Buddhism beliefs and arguably some of the friendliest and most charming
people on this planet.
All who have visited Myanmar rejoice their every expectation was
exceeded as they experienced a land, culture and race more beautiful,
warm and friendly than one could have ever hoped for.
The true feeling one gets from visiting Myanmar was immortalized in the words or Rudyard Kipling and his famous quote:
This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.” Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)
Being cut off from the rest of the world for so many decades, Myanmar
has achieved a unique preservation of culture bounded by a rich,
unspoilt landscape. Abundant in natural resources, the landscape of
Myanmar ranks amongst the most breathtaking sights anywhere in the
world. Each of the destinations within Myanmar; whether it be Yangon,
Bagan, Mandalay or Inle Lake have striking features differentiating
Myanmar from any other destination within South East Asia.
Myanmar is referred to Amarapura, the Land of Immortality, and
Yadanarbon, the Land of the Gems. Today it is known as Suvanabhomi, the
Golden Land. Once you have experienced the rich heritage and natural
resources of this country, you will see just why these titles are such a
true reflection of the land.
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