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YAANA Ventures Takes Stake In Grasshopper Adventures

April 1, 2016

YAANA Ventures Takes Stake In Grasshopper Adventures

Newly-created YAANA Ventures, which invests in, advises and manages responsible travel and hospitality companies, has taken a stake in Grasshopper Adventures, which provides high quality bicycle tours in Asia.

YAANA Ventures CEO Willem Niemeijer signed the agreement with Grasshopper Director Adam Platt-Hepworth in Cambodia on 23 March.

The aim of the partnership is to expand Grasshopper, which currently runs bicycle trips in 15 Asian countries and handles roughly 17,000 visitors per year. As with all YAANA Ventures, YAANA will support Grasshopper through investment, managerial expertise, marketing support and human resource training.

Grasshopper has offices in Mandalay, Bagan, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Saigon, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Its bicycle trips range from night rides in Bangkok to multi-day overland cross-border journeys in Indochina. Grasshopper also leads pioneering trips to destinations such as Bhutan, Japan and Uzbekistan.

After signing the deal, Niemeijer said that Grasshopper and YAANA were ideal partners due to “a shared vision and belief in responsible tourism which drives a commitment to authentic local travel.”

He added: “We were attracted to Grasshopper due to their focus on quality. This comes through in their belief in empowered ownership, frequent staff training, and their regularly renewed fleets of bicycles, all of which results in a superior guest experience.

Platt-Hepworth said that Grasshopper prides itself on providing bike trips for a diverse range of clients. Cyclists’ ages have ranged from 5 to 75 since the company was founded in 2004.

Whether it’s a family with young children visiting the Mekong region, or pioneering trips to destinations such as Mongolia or Uzbekistan, we make sure guests have real and immersive experiences,” said Platt-Hepworth.

In addition to Grasshopper Adventures, YAANA Ventures also partners with  GROUND (community development for student and business teams), Anurak Community Lodge (an eco-resort in southern Thailand), Banteay Chhmar Tents in Cambodia, and award winning DMC, Khiri Travel.




November 6, 2014

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Brands Luxury Residences in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand – November 2014 – Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an agreement to brand and manage 146 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental that will be developed as part of a mixed-use project located on the Chao Phraya River. Situated diagonally across the river from Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, The Residences will be managed by the Group’s legendary Thai hotel. The overall development, which will be known as Iconsiam, is the largest property undertaking in Thailand and is set to become a new national landmark.

Positioned to reflect the best of contemporary Thai lifestyle, Iconsiam is set on a 20-acre site and is scheduled for completion in 2018. It will comprise world-class retail, a spectacular waterfront promenade with a variety of exceptional attractions, and some of the world’s most exclusive private apartments. The overall project is being developed by a joint venture partnership between Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited, Siam Piwat Co., Ltd. and Charoen Pokphand Group.

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok are the latest in a line of residential projects that Mandarin Oriental has announced around the world. As with all Mandarin Oriental Residences, owners of the private homes will be offered an exclusive extension to the luxury hotel experience. The renowned Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will provide management services for the development, as well as bespoke amenities for individual residents to complement their lifestyles.

The Iconsiam development consists of multiple, superbly designed buildings. One of the buildings will house the 52-story Residences at Mandarin Oriental, featuring 146 apartments, ranging in size from 132 to 690 square metres, all with clear and unobstructed views of the Chao Phraya River and the city skyline.

Residents will have access to a variety of leisure facilities, including an exclusive sky lounge with an extensive library, meeting rooms and secluded dining space. A private Residents Clubhouse with outstanding river views will offer an outdoor infinity-edge lap pool as well as a children’s pool. There will also be a state-of-the art Fitness Centre together with golf simulation, games and media rooms, plus additional dining facilities and car parking.

“We are delighted to be introducing The Residences at Mandarin Oriental to one of Asia’s most vibrant cities, and are pleased to be part of this remarkable architectural project. We look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality to this extraordinary development,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental.

“This spectacular project will become the new heart of the Chao Phraya River, and is destined to be a globally recognized landmark for Bangkok,” said Ms. Tipaporn Chearavanont, Chief Executive Officer of Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited. “We look forward to creating the city’s most luxurious residential offering that will be complemented by Mandarin Oriental’s exceptional services,” she added.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing close to 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, 10 in The Americas and 15 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 14 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.

Current Political Situation in Thailand

January 15, 2014

Demonstrations in Bangkok, Thailand

As has been reported by the international media, there is ongoing political unrest in Bangkok, the political and cultural capital of Thailand and an important hub for Southeast Asia.

Today is day 1 of the protestors’ “Bangkok Shutdown“. Seven main road junctions have been blockaded in order to prevent road traffic in and out of the city, with several thousand protestors present at each junction. Protestors have promised not to shut down the city’s BTS, MRT and airport rail link services, and at present these are all running normally, though they are a lot more crowded than usual and stations near the protest locations are proving difficult to enter. In addition, many shopping malls located near protest sites are restricting their opening times.

At present the protests are good-natured and friendly, though the longer the Shutdown goes on this situation may change.

Bangkok is a large city and these protests are focused in specific areas. There has been no indication of danger to tourists or anyone else not involved directly with the political demonstrations or those not located in the extreme proximity of the demonstration sites. Caution should be used to avoid areas being used by anti-government demonstrators, particularly after dark, and visitors to the city should avoid getting involved in discussions regarding the political situation.

We will continue to monitor this ongoing situation and send out any important or breaking updates that could potentially affect visitors to Thailand and Southeast Asia.

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Bhavana Phuket

November 1, 2012


BANGKOK, THAILAND: Bhavana Phuket, the only medically licensed rehabilitation and detoxification centre in South East Asia, has announced a unique and highly personalized new range of programmes aimed at helping executives and professionals beat addiction without significantly disrupting their careers.

Bhavana’s flagship BEAT (Bhavana Evaluation Assessment Treatment) programmes represent a significant breakthrough in treatment of addiction in Asia, requiring a stay of as little as seven days to achieve detox from alcohol dependence and begin the rehabilitation process.

Bhavana Founder and CEO, Dr Kai Goh, the international addiction specialist and visionary behind BEAT, said the programmes were also suitable to address addictions to sleeping pills, prescription drugs, opiates and party drugs, though these programmes may require a slightly longer commitment of up to 10 days.

“The BEAT programmes are short-term addiction management programmes, available to anyone who is not yet ready to fully commit to a comprehensive treatment programme or who does not have the time available due to professional commitments,” said Dr Goh, a former addiction specialist with world-renowned The Priory in London who also has a psychiatric practice dealing with addiction in London’s Knightsbridge.

Dr Goh said the BEAT short-term programmes were feasible and effective because of Bhavana’s status as the region’s only fully medically licensed rehab centre, allowing it to operate as a specialised detox hospital.

“This is a critical difference compared to other rehab centres,” Dr Goh explained. “The inhouse detox facility guarantees a safe and smooth transition from medical detox to counselling in the competent hands of the same multi-disciplined and fully qualified team.

“At Bhavana, counselling intentionally starts parallel to the physical detox. This reduces the risk of patients who have successfully detoxed to become unwilling to start the psychological work crucial to a successful longer-term rehabilitation.”

The initial detoxification treatment restores the patient’s physical health, Dr Goh said, supported by a clinical team, providing a crucial opportunity to gain understanding and insight into the personal issues that have led to the individual’s dependency.

Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa

March 15, 2012
Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa
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    Trader Vic’s – EGGstraordinary Buffet Brunch. 
    The price is Baht 2,199 including free flow soft drinks, martini with premium vodka, cocktails and beers or at Baht 2,599 including free flow wines. 

    The Market – Easter Seafood Mania Buffet Brunch
    The price is Baht 1,399 including free flow soft drinks, Bloody Mary, cocktails and beers or at Baht 1,799 including free flow wines. 

    Children aged 4 – 12 years old are entitled to a 50% discount. Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government tax. 

    For more information or reservations, please call (66) 2 476 0022 Ext. 1416, email or visit

The best of Thailand

January 27, 2012

The best of Thailand
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Koh Similan Marine National Park
Just 84 km northwest of the deckchairs and the bustling crowds of Phuket’s Patong Beach lies a gateway to another world. Koh Similan is one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that wait beneath the clear blue waters that surround it.
Generally counted among the 10 most interesting dive areas in the world, this little archipelago has also become a favourite destination for yachts and tour boats.

PATTAYA the “Thai Riviera”
One of the hottest beach-resort destinations in Thailand, Pattaya may not be idyllic but it certainly makes up for it with a wide variety of activities, accommodation, and nightlife venues.
Pattaya is a popular beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand just 150 km southeast of Bangkok

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