Here’s what Japan did when a train was 25 seconds too early

Posted by - May 18, 2018

WORLD renowned for both punctual transport and the need to “keep face” in professional dealings, Japan’s railway companies hold themselves to an exceptionally high standard.
This was demonstrated last week when a train company issued a public apology for a “truly inexcusable” incident where one of its trains left early – 25 whole seconds early.
Arriving in Japan: What we can learn from the Logan Paul controversy According to a press release from West Japan Railways (JR West), a train stopped at Notogawa Station in Shiga Prefecture last Friday mistakenly left the station at 7:11:35am – 25 seconds prior to its scheduled departure of 7:12am, reported Sora News 24.
“The great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable,” it said.
There were a few customers who had not yet boarded and missed the train, said the press release.
“We will be thoroughly evaluating our conduct and striving to keep such an incident from occurring again,” JR West later added.
The 221 series local train at Maibara station in Shiga, Japan, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West) for Biwako line (Kyoto – Nagahama). Source: Shutterstock.
According to SoraNews24, the conductor had thought that the train was supposed to depart at 7:11am, which was when he closed the doors to the 12-car train. He realized his mistake almost immediately and glanced at the platform, but he did not notice anyone there.
The train then pulled away from the station.
It is not the first time a Japanese rail operator has issued a public apology for a train leaving early.
Last November, Metropolitan Intercity Railway Co. in Tokyo apologized for the “tremendous nuisance” caused to its customers after a train left 20 seconds early from the platform.
In fact, at that time the company said there had been no complaint from travelers over the incident.
All aboard Asia’s most scenic train rides Japan’s metro system is known to be among the most reliable in the world, comparable only to Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore.
Missing a train could turn a commuter’s plans or day upside down, as it could cause them to miss other transfers on their way to their destinations.
A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, Asian Correspondent.
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Japan bucket list: Peanuts-themed hotel

Posted by - May 16, 2018

SNOOPY is coming to town! By “town”, we mean if you’re anywhere in Japan or if you’re planning a trip to Japan.
Famed for being the “land of cute things”, the upcoming Peanuts comic strip-themed hotel will be yet another adorable addition to the country’s attractions.
Here’s your first look at the magical ‘Ghibli Park’ Set to open in Hyogo prefecture near Sannomiya Station located in the heart of Kobe, the hotel spans six floors of rooms and facilities.
It embodies its motto, “It’s nice to have a home where your guests feel comfortable”.
Guests would be delighted to know that they will be getting a Peanuts Cafe (first floor), a Peanuts Diner (third floor), and three upper floors of guest rooms themed, “Imagine”, “Love”, and “Happy”.
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The hotel’s Peanuts Cafe offers the same menu as the Peanut Cafe in Tokyo’s Nakameguro neighborhood, filled to the brim with casual Snoopy-themed food and drinks that are totally Instagrammable.
Peanuts Diner, on the other hand, will serve a slightly more adult menu, complete with pasta and Japanese specialties such as Kobe beef.
And what’s a Peanuts hotel experience if there’s no merchandise?
Peanuts Cafe and Peanuts Diner will also sell Snoopy-themed goods such as T-shirts, tote bags, printed serviettes, and mugs, so you can take a piece of Peanuts hotel home with you.
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More importantly, be ready to be overwhelmed by the sheer cuteness of the guest rooms.
Each of the 18 rooms will boast its own design and decorations based on different comics from the Charles M. Schulz franchise.
So don’t forget to whip out your camera and snap away.
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Interested? Reservations will start from 10am on July 9, 2018.
The Peanuts hotel will open in Kobe, Japan in August 2018.
Check out their website for more information.
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All of Japan is getting involved in the Tokyo 2020 prep, even airlines

Posted by - May 14, 2018

PLENTY IS BEING DONE in Japan to prepare for the next event on the Olympic calendar, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
From building The Aquatics Centre and The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza to a new railway line to link both Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport, and right down to pushing for a smoking ban, Japan is pulling out all stops to make the return of the Games to the country a successful one.
The Japanese government hopes to boost the number of foreign visitors from 28.7 million last year to 40 million in 2020. And even airlines are getting involved.
Future Games: Where the Olympics will be held through 2028 Just today, Japan Airlines (JAL) announced plans to launch a budget airline, a move that will see the company take a share of the pie in the nation’s low-cost market’s expected expansion.
The as-yet-unnamed airline will run medium-haul international services between Tokyo and other major cities in Asia, the US and Europe from summer 2020 with two wide-body Boeing 787-8 aircraft, JAL said in a statement.
It will be based at Narita International Airport.
Japan is pulling out all stops to make the return of the Games to the country a successful one. Source: Shutterstock.
JAL said it will invest JPY10 billion to JPY20 billion (US$91.44 million to US$182.88 million) in the business, with the aim of reaching profitability within three years.
It may also seek other investors to expand the budget airline’s business model.
But JAL isn’t the only one that has got its strategy down pat ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Unidentified Boeing employees work on building a Boeing 787 jets at its Everett factory, including for Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA). Source: Shutterstock.
In March, rival ANA Holdings. the parent company of full-service airline All Nippon Airways (ANA), announced plans to integrate its low-cost carrier affiliates Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air to create the nation’s biggest budget carrier after Jetstar.
The middle-distance international carrier, which will be named Peach, is scheduled to begin services in Asia in around 2020.
Despite the low-cost carrier market getting crowded in Asia with airlines such as AirAsia, Jetstar, Scoot, and Tiger Airways, the take-up is a little slower in Japan due to its market being dominated by full-services airlines.
However, Japan’s low-cost carrier market is expected to expand from about 10 percent of domestic flight passengers to some 30 percent in the near future.
Preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is on track to becoming great. Source: Shutterstock.
The upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will feature 339 gold medals, more than 11,000 athletes, 206 nations, and five new sports: baseball and softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.
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‘Let’s-a go’ join the Mario Kart tour, take Tokyo for a spin

Posted by - May 14, 2018

EXPERIENCE Tokyo from the perspective of your favorite Nintendo characters in this Mario Kart-inspired city tour.
Since the 1990s, kids and shameless adults have been throwing banana peels and firing off red turtles in a bid to win the gold cup in Mario Kart.
Taking pictures here could get you arrested And now, the MariCAR tour company is offering tourists the chance to whiz around the city in hop-in go-karts, just like in the game.
There are three tours on offer in the Akihabara district. They each take eager racers to iconic attractions including Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree, and Tokyo Tower.
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Don’t worry though; there won’t be any chance of colliding with one another as tourers have to abide by the local speed limits.
Equally, the racers won’t have to face the notoriously tricky rainbow road course. Instead, they can glide over Rainbow Bridge.
You will either need a valid Japanese driving license or international driver’s permit to play along, which can be purchased from the American Automobile Association.
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Also, you won’t be able to pay with the points you’ve earned on Mario Kart at home.
The tours range from JPY7,000 (US$64) to around JPY15,000 (US$137), depending on what you want to see and do.
It’s probably worth noting MariCAR in no way promotes the reckless actions of Mario Kart and strongly advises against tourists racing each other and throwing banana peels out of the go-kart.
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There is still so much fun to be had without trying to slow each other down though.
As part of the experience, willing participants can borrow Mario-inspired costumes to really get into the spirit of things.
Asia’s most enchanting tourism videos Chose from Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Bowser and Donkey Kong and stay in contact with fellow drivers via communication bands.
Plug in your favorite banging beats via the Bluetooth speakers, then set off in a custom-made kart for a rip-roaring tour of one of the most spectacular cities on Earth.
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Taking pictures here could get you arrested

Posted by - May 11, 2018

THE Instagrammability of a destination is a key factor when booking a vacation, especially among the younger generation.
From Asia’s most Instagrammable beaches to the brunch dishes “breaking Instagram”, many people want to know their vacation snaps will give them bragging rights and at least 100-plus likes.
Not convinced about wellness travel? Here’s what you need to know Scrolls and scrolls of beaches, cocktails, snowy mountain peaks, sunsets, tropical animals and cultural monuments line the Instagram-sphere.
But there are some places in the world where your snap-happy picture-taking addiction can get you in trouble.
Here are a few places in Asia we advise you to put your camera away and use your own peepers.
Taj Mahal A post shared by FLORIAN REICHELT (@florianreichelt) on May 6, 2018 at 9:48am PDT
Ever wondered why the only view you see of India’s Taj Mahal is from the outside?
Photography is entirely banned inside the Unesco World Heritage site.
Some tourists to this New Seven Wonders of the World site have said guards check to make sure you’re not sneaking a snap.
Others, however, said the chaos and sheer tourist numbers mean guards can’t check everyone.
Jiangsu National Security Education Museum A post shared by sp_hwa Republic of Korea (@sp_hwa) on May 10, 2018 at 1:44am PDT

On the east coast of China, in the bustling city of Nanjing, is the Jiangsu National Security Education Museum.
But don’t think about adding it to your itinerary, as only Chinese citizens are allowed in.
The museum contains spy information, equipment, papers and materials deemed too secretive for foreign eyes.
So it goes without saying, photography is a no-no.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun A post shared by wanida (@wanidakok) on Oct 30, 2017 at 8:14am PDT
It wouldn’t be a list of forbidden photography locations if North Korea wasn’t on here.
Inside the Kumsusan Palace are relics of North Korea’s past, from old train carriages to cars and clothes to dead people.
Oh yes, the waxy preserved corpses of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, the current leader Kim Jong Un’s father and grandfather.
Palace guards will check you from head to toe and visitors must pass through a dust machine to ensure they don’t contaminate the area.
Golden Gai A post shared by Jack Galli (@jackgalli88) on May 9, 2018 at 8:32am PDT
In the Shinjuku area of Tokyo in Japan, a network of narrow alleyways is illuminated with bar signs at night.
As many as 290 are based in the area, some so small only half a dozen people can fit inside – at a push.
Technically, tourists aren’t supposed to take photos of the area. But many believe this was a leftover prohibition from when prostitutes lined the streets.
Could a Unesco title be the demise of Thailand’s Death Railway? Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park A post shared by Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (@seeuluru) on Oct 31, 2017 at 9:05pm PDT
In the Northern Territory of Australia is one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Within the park is spectacular Uluru, also known as Ayers Rocks.
Many people know Uluru was recently closed to climbers, but not many people know photography is banned in the park it sits in.
The park is owned by Anangu people who believe some sites are sacred and photography downgrades their culture.
Tourists are technically allowed to photograph the park but can not use them for commercial purposes.
Presidential Palace, Abu Dhabi A post shared by Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (@seeuluru) on Oct 31, 2017 at 9:05pm PDT
Tourists can’t even get close to this place and it can only be viewed from afar.
The laws are so strict around photographing the Presidential Palace that an Iranian tourist was sentenced to four months in jail for snapping away.
They’re not joking around.
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Fleet expansion helps push Vietjet to USD60 million profit in first quarter of 2018

Posted by - May 8, 2018

The Airbus A321neo Following the arrival of its first new Airbus A321neo in January, VietJet has released its first financial statement of 2018, which displays a massive year-on-year increase of 146%, resulting in a net profit of USD 60 milion.
Fleet expansion was at the heart of this incredible growth with new aircraft — complemented by new international routes to destinations such as India Japan, Australia, and South Korea – raising transport revenue up to VND6,035 billion (USD265 million), a growth of 52% compared with the first quarter in 2017, 10% higher than VietJet’s target.
VietJet currently maintains a fleet of 55 planes comprised of 24 Airbus A320-200s; 30 Airbus A321-200s, with seven on order and one Airbus A321neo, with 72 on order.
The airline also has 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200 (worth USD 11.3 billion), the biggest order of its kind in the Vietnam’s history, slated to arrive between 2019 and 2023.
Discussing the importance of VietJet’s relationship with Airbus earlier this year, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (above), VietJet president and CEO said: “The A320 family aircraft has greatly contributed to VietJet’s impressive operating performance with the airline’s technical reliability rate standing at 99.6 percent in 2017.
“The aircraft has also helped us maintain some of the lowest operating costs in the airline world.
“The upgraded A321neo deal emphasises VietJet’s ceaseless efforts to modernize our fleet. We believe that the technical reliability rate and other operation and safety indexes will continue to increase in order to bring maximum comfort, joy and safety to our passengers.”

VietJet’s core business profit increased to nearly VND737 billion (USD32 million), a 74% jump on 2017’s figure, while ancillary revenue leapt 64 %to VND1, 825 billion (USD80 million).
The eye-catching revenue growth added to the company’s gross profit of VND1, 810 billion (USD79 million), an uptick of 135% year-on-year. At the same time, sales and management costs grew at a slower rate against revenue growth. This all adds up to a net profit of VND1, 366 billion (USD60 million), a 263% increase on last year.
The current positive state of Vietnam’s economy, coupled with the government’s continued promotion of the country’s tourism sector, alongside VietJet’s well thought out expansion, means the airline is in a great position to achieve its vision of being a major multi-national player competing on a global scale.

Cultural appreciation: Traditional wear rental places in Asia

Posted by - May 8, 2018

LAST WEEK, American teenager Keziah Daum was harangued on Twitter for what they deemed to be cultural appropriation.
She had uploaded a picture of herself wearing a traditional Chinese dress, the qipao (otherwise colloquially known as the cheongsam), to her prom.
‘Venice of the East’: Charming water villages in China What’s a qipao? It’s a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women that originated from the Manchu0-ruled China back in the 17th century. It literally means “banner dress”.
Most of them are made of embroidered silk, with a high mandarin collar and thick laces trimmed at the collar, sleeves, and edges. It represents a woman’s modesty, softness, and beauty.
Although the style of the qipao has evolved over several thousand years, it’s still worn today. In Asia, it’s reserved for important occasions such as Chinese New Year, special dinners and events, and weddings.
The qipao or cheongsam literally means “banner dress”. Source: Shutterstock
Thousands of “social justice warriors” took to their Twitter to accuse the 18-year-old Utah high school senior, who has no Chinese heritage, of her apparent “fashion crime”.
“My culture is NOT your goddamn prom dress,” wrote the now infamous Twitter user American Chinese Jeremy Lam, which led to an all-out eruption on the social media platform.
Throngs of people rallied behind him, backing his tweet up with more flak than necessary. “All you need now to finish off this pose is to tug the corner of your eyes and do a buck tooth smile. Not cool,” Twitter user press_yellow wrote.
— Keziah (@daumkeziah) April 22, 2018
“I don’t see the big deal of me wearing a gorgeous dress I found for my last prom. If anything, I’m showing my appreciation to other cultures and I didn’t intend to make anyone think that I’m trying to be racist. It’s just a dress,” Daum posted in response to the negativity.
Daum has also appeared on local Utah paper Deseret News, FOX News, and Good4Utah to address the controversy.
Halfway across the world, South Morning China Post (SCMP), a news website headquartered in Hong Kong, described Chinese commenters as complimenting Daum’s prom dress.
“It is not cultural theft,” one person commented on an article by Wenxue City News. “It is cultural appreciation and cultural respect.”
It represents a woman’s modesty, softness, and beauty. Source: Shutterstock.
Some countries in the Asian region can’t wait to teach you all about their culture.
Here are destinations in Asia where you can get your dose of judgment-free, cultural-appreciating fashion.
Cambodia The sampot is a long, rectangular cloth that’s wrapped around the lower body, length to foot, and tied securely on the waist. There are many variations of the garment and each is worn according to social class.
It dates back to the Funan era when a Cambodian king allegedly ordered the people of his kingdom to wear the sampot at the request of Chinese envoys.
Source: Shutterstock.
In some parts of Cambodia, such as Battambang, tourists can take part in a photoshoot wearing the sampot.
For as low as US$2 per photo (for a minimum of four or five photos), travelers can don the traditional costume and take part in a photoshoot, a common pre-wedding activity in Cambodia.
Japan To fully immerse yourself in the Japanese culture, you need to play dress up in the traditional kimono.
A kimono, which means a “thing to wear”, is a full-length T-shaped robe with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. It’s wrapped around the body and secured by a sash called an obi at the back.
Source: Shutterstock.
From as low as JPY2,700 (US$24.78) in some places in Japan, you’ll get to take a stroll in a kimono and snap some pictures for the ‘gram.
You can even opt for a “kimono and tea ceremony” package, as well as other add-ons or upgrade options such as a rickshaw ride. If you’d like to take one home with you, some stores sell new and secondhand ones.
Thailand The Southeast Asian country’s chut thai, which means “Thai outfit”, consists of a pha nung (a cloth that resembles a long skirt) or a chong kraben (loincloth wrap), a blouse, and a sabai (a shawl-like garment or breast cloth).
It can be worn by men, women, and children.
Source: Shutterstock.
Thai Style Studio at MBK Center in Bangkok, Thailand provides services where tourists can rent traditional Thai costumes (including wedding regalia), get their hair and make-up done, and have a professional photographer take their pictures for a fee.
“They offer different packages and the cheapest one for couples cost THB5,700 (US$178.90),” Teesh of Adventures of Cupcake Girl wrote.
Taiwan Said to be China’s “breakaway province”, Taiwan and China shares many similarities in terms of language, writing, and culture.
As such, there are boutiques in Taiwan at which travelers can rent an elegant qipao.
Source: Shutterstock.
For TWD800 (US$26.86), you can experience a bit of the Chinese culture when you put on a beautiful qipao.
You can also opt for a full day package which includes a day-long hire and ample time to take pictures with the amazing Jiufen town as a backdrop.
South Korea Hanbok-wearing is one of the most popular activities for tourists in South Korea. Hanbok, which means “Korean clothing”, consists of jeogori (a blouse shirt or a jacket) and chima (a wrap-around skirt) for women, and jeogori and loose-fitting baji (pants) for men.
It’s characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets and usually worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations.
Source: Shutterstock.
Hanbok rentals cost anywhere between KRW13,000 (US$12) to KRW15,000 (US$14) and usually run for four hours. Accessories are included in the rental price.
Play dress up in a hanbok and admission to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the home of Kings of the Joseon dynasty and the largest palace in South Korea, is free of charge.
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Can you relate to these Asia-Pacific travelers’ hotel habits?

Posted by - May 4, 2018

ASIA-PACIFIC travelers are among the most well-traveled globally.
In fact, the travel industry will see an increased share of tourism from the Asia-Pacific as more of these travelers take to the skies, roads, and seas across regions. According to Sabre, four out of five Asian travelers say that travel is no longer a luxury for them – it’s a necessity.
Chinese tourists behaving badly: What is being done? According to Expedia‘s 2018 Global Flight & Hotel Etiquette study, Thailand topped the list with its travelers boarding an average of 10.1 flights in the past year, followed by Japan with an average of 9.1 flights and India with an average of 7.6 flights.
The frequency of air travel among Asia-Pacific travelers is also significantly higher than travelers from the US – who only flew an average of 4.8 times in the past year, as well as travelers from Europe.
Whether new or well-seasoned, people in Asia-Pacific generally travel more frequently by air than their counterparts from Europe, North America, and Latin America. But their hotel etiquette habits still differ significantly when contrasting travel behaviors across various Asia-Pacific markets, perhaps due to Asia-Pacific being an extremely diverse region.
Here’s a look at the 10 defining habits of Asia-Pacific travelers in terms of their hotel etiquette:
Australia This group of travelers is most likely to make full use of the toiletries provided by the hotel.
73 percent of Australian travelers shared that they currently do so, followed by 72 percent of travelers from Malaysia who do the same.
Source: Shutterstock.
Hong Kong They’re the most sensitive to dirty or foul-smelling hotel rooms.
90 percent of Hong Kong travelers will likely ask for a change of rooms should they find it dirty or unpleasing to them.
Source: Giphy.
India Surprisingly, Indian travelers are most likely to have flings and meet strangers from the internet in their hotel rooms.
21 percent of Indian travelers admitted that they have done either, and in greater numbers compared to travelers from the other Asia-Pacific markets.
Source: Shutterstock.
Japan These East Asians are most likely to book big chain hotels, with 83 percent of Japanese travelers choosing chain hotels as their top choices.
In contrast, Singaporean travelers tend to like boutique hotels better, with 69 percent of travelers preferring this option.
Source: Giphy.
Malaysia Malaysians are most cost-conscious when it comes to selecting a hotel.
74 percent of Malaysian travelers said cost was a “very important” factor when choosing a hotel, ahead of travelers from Singapore and South Korea with 70 percent and 68 percent of travelers agreeing with this.
Source: Shutterstock.
New Zealand This other group of travelers from Down Under finds noisy neighbors most problematic.
63 percent are likely to ask for a change of rooms when they encounter such neighbors, ahead of the 55 percent of travelers from Australia and Thailand who would do the same.
Source: Giphy.
Singapore Singaporean travelers are the most Wi-Fi obsessed travelers in Asia-Pacific and the third most Wi-Fi obsessed travelers in the world behind Brazil (83 percent) and USA (82 percent).
80 percent of Singapore travelers chose Wi-Fi as a “very important” hotel amenity, followed by Malaysian travelers with 76 percent and Hong Kong travelers with 74 percent doing the same.
Source: Shutterstock.
Taiwan Parents, hold on tight to your children as Taiwanese travelers tend to be annoyed by inattentive parents at hotels, and 62 percent of Taiwanese travelers agree on this point.
In contrast, only 50 percent of Hong Kong travelers find inattentive parents annoying, while 50 percent of South Korean travelers chose in-room revelers as the most annoying guests at a hotel.
Source: Giphy.
South Korea South Koreans topped the list as the group of travelers that are most likely to book hotel rooms for being intimate.
50 percent of South Korean travelers have booked a room specifically for intimacy, way ahead of American travelers who came in second with 30 percent of travelers who would do the same.
Source: Shutterstock.
Thailand The Thais are among the savviest when it comes to booking flight and hotel packages.
In fact, 36 percent of Thai travelers would simultaneously book a flight and hotel travel package, ahead of markets such as Hong Kong and South Korea, with 30 percent and 26 percent of travelers who would do the same respectively.
Source: Giphy.
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Give your furkid a taste of luxury at these pet-friendly hotels in Asia

Posted by - May 3, 2018

PUTTING YOUR FURKID through a long flight can be life-changing and not necessarily in all the best ways.
In general, air travel is safe for your pet it’s not exactly as relaxing as a belly rub. There are a handful of things to consider such as the physical and mental state of your doggo after traveling hours in a plane’s belly. After all, your four-legged family member can’t tell you how he or she feels.
Death of pet dog in transit prompts Singapore Airlines probe So you and your dog made it through the flight and have landed safe and sound. The next question is, “Where are you going to put up for the entirety of your stay?”
Your furkid is going to need a lot of tender, loving, care after the ordeal. Why not pick a hotel that’s not only comfortable but also accommodating for animals?
Give your furkid a taste of luxury as these pet-friendly hotels in Asia.
Singapore: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Located on tranquil, tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore provides a welcome oasis of calm in the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle. It’s only 25 minutes from the airport and strategically located steps away from the shopping, entertainment, and business belt of Orchard Road.
Said to be a top choice for those traveling with a pet, guests can rest assured that their pet will be treated like royalty at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. Each room allows one pet up to 7kgs, and pet beds and water bowls will be provided.
Source: Shutterstock.
Details here.
South Korea: Grand Walkerhill Seoul Grand Walkerhill is located at the heart of Seoul, surrounded by beautiful nature and the Hangang River as well as the greenery of Achasan Mountain. Valued as the best urban resort, the hotel offers a comfortable resting place, banquet halls, and venues for entertainment.
Your doggo is going to love the luxury that Grand Walkerhill provides because the hotel is pet-friendly. Up to two dogs under 18kgs are allowed per room for a fee of US$100 per stay, plus US$50 per night.
Source: Korea Tourism Organization.
Details here.
Thailand: Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort Nestled in the heart of Pattaya, Thailand, Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort is an idyllic hideaway for families with children – and pets. It’s only 84kms away from Suvarnabhumi Airport and just a stone’s throw away from the beach, and shopping and dining options.
Aside from its mini water park with a rock wall and caves, tropical gardens, two swimming pools, and slider for family fun, Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort allows two pets up to 10kgs per night. Both dogs and cats are welcome at the hotel’s stylish and comfortable guestrooms.
Source: Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort.
Details here.
Malaysia: The Roots Eco Resort Make the 200km journey from Kuala Lumpur and get a dose of wellness at The Roots Eco Resort. A unique establishment, the resort was inspired by the orang asli (aboriginal people) settlements nearby and boasts villas build from wood and bamboo. There’s even a tree house built around a tree.
The best part is the friendly staff will accommodate your furkid of any size for no additional fee. So you and your furkid can just kick back and relax with The Roots Eco Resort’s lush nature as your backdrop.
Source: Agoda.
Details here.
China: Doubletree Resort by Hilton Wuxi Lingshan This elegant resort overlooks the beautiful Taihu Lake in China’s Jiangsu province. Guests will definitely get their much-needed zen at Doubletree Resort by Hilton Wuxi Lingshan’s posh suites which offer magnificent lake views.
Also good to note is the resort allows two pets up to 46kgs per room, per stay. For a one-time fee, the resort’s staff will kit your room up with amenities like a pet bed, pet shampoo, and food bowl. You just need to ask.
Source: Doubletree by Hilton.
Details here.
Hong Kong: CHI Residences 138 CHI Residences is one of Hong Kong’s leading boutique serviced apartments that’s conveniently located right smack in the middle of the port city’s bustling entertainment and nightlife district. There will never be a dull moment as the establishment is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, shops and designer brand stores.
CHI Residences 138 is also known for being pet-friendly, with trained housekeepers offering pet walking and grooming services. Thinking of taking a trip to Hong Kong with your furkid? Be sure to book and check in to CHI Residences 138.
Source: Chi Residences 138.
Details here.
Japan: Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa Famous for its onsen (natural hot springs), museums and views of Mount Fuji, the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa is perfect for spa-goers who also happen to be dog lovers. It’s easily accessible from major cities in Japan at just one and a half hours’ drive west of Tokyo.
There are a total of 79 spacious Japanese-styled and Western-styled guestrooms and suites that each come with a private sun terrace or balcony. Furkid parents can opt for a dog-friendly room, which can accommodate three pets up to 10kgs or one pet up to 30kgs for no additional fee. The staff also offers pet-sitting services.
Details here.
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Asia’s most enchanting tourism videos

Posted by - May 2, 2018

THE global tourism industry is worth an estimated US$7.6 trillion and almost every nation in the world is angling to entice travelers.
One of the ways they do this is through promotional tourism videos.
Methods of tourism promotion have evolved with technology, from the days of beautiful, hand-drawn tourism posters to the multimedia creations of today.
Videos provide travelers with a sneak peek of the destinations which await them.
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Whether they’re created by tourism boards or amateur filmmakers commemorating their trip, each promotional video is enticing.
Some target niche audiences while others appeal to every sense in the human body, playing on people’s adventurous side or tempting them with unrivaled serene calm.
Here our favorite tourism videos, certain to get you contemplating quitting your job and venturing off.
The Philippines is getting Muslim-friendly Malaysia The point-of-view camera shot lets you be the person exploring Malaysia.
From the shushing ocean of Redang island in Terengganu to traditional dikit barat performances, and sampling some of Malaysia’s finest dishes, to snorkeling in the Perhentian islands and making new friends.
Created by Malaysia Truly Asia, the short film tugs on your sense of exploration.

Thailand Amazing Thailand figured the best way to show off their nation is to take viewers on a tour of Thailand through the eyes of real travelers.
Real travelers’ footage were compiled to appeal to those with wanderlust.
The video addresses different communities, including LGTBQ+, animal lovers, adrenaline junkies, foodies and anyone who is “open to new discoveries”.

Japan A perfect union of tradition meeting the future happens in this video.
Tranquil temple scenes are juxtaposed with busy hawker-filled streets.
An immaculately dressed geisha is contrasted with a futuristic arcade and traditionally pulled rickshaws with AI robots.
Japan’s natural beauty fleets through the video and is complemented with beaming smiles of locals.

Fiji An oldie, but a goodie.
The narrator’s deep voice lulls you into relaxation while he tells you a tale of Fiji.
“Happiness lives here because here it is not hunted, not chased or pursued. You simply come here, and happiness will find you”, he says.
Sapphire skies and crystal waters, vacationers and locals, wildlife and marine life are all harmoniously featured in the video.
While it may be short and simple, it works a treat.

Indonesia Being the largest archipelago in the world with 13,466 islands, fitting the best of Indonesia into just a three-minute clip might sound hard, but Indonesia Travel did it – and won an award.
The paradise nation straddles the equator and provides visitors with both the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as towering volcanoes, and lush rainforest.
With the sweet sound of Louise Armstrong’s Wonderful World playing over the top of stunning scenes, the video takes you on an immersive tour of Indonesia.

Sri Lanka Shot by the ultimate #couplegoals duo, Salt in our Hair, the two-minute video showcases the beauty of Sri Lanka.
Using slow motion and zoomed in to super zoomed out shots, the film captures the diversity of Sri Lanka’s landscapes.
From rocky hills to extensive railways lines trundling over viaducts and long shorelines to cascading waterfalls, Sri Lanka is displayed in all its magnificence.

Philippines The Tourism Promotions Board roped in The Black Eyed Peas rapper and Philippine’s tourism ambassador, (real name Allan Pineda Lindo), to write a song for the video.
Titled It’s More Fun in the Philippines, takes viewers on a tour of the country, from Manila to Bohol and everywhere else.
Local people, traditional crafts, water sports, beaches, nightlife and cuisines all feature in the video.
Although some of his rhymes may be a little questionable, the video certainly exhibits the beauty of the Philippines.

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