World, hold on.
Travelling within Malaysia has been incredible — this year we’re discovering and appreciating more of our homeland, the serene beaches, culture, and nature encompassing it all. And once this pandemic has past, we’ll bring that replenished love for travel to broader horizons. Think City’s MCO survey has shown in Malaysia, most of us have felt a sense of growth and developed new perspectives on life, especially where work-life balance is concerned. As such, we can expect (and even predict) that the trips we long for now are ones centred around experiences. It’s no wonder why these five destination experiences are worth the wait:
Loy River Song by Loy Pela Voyages is the only luxury overnight voyage on the Chao Phraya that travels from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. The trips are daily aboard the new cruise vessel, which houses four ensuite king and queen cabins, and a living space for eight people. Stops are arranged along to way to include cycling excursions on Bang Kachao island and visits to temples, while on board there is a dock for sunbathing, butler service and meals prepared by a private chef. Guests can opt for 2D1N or 4D3N stays on the Loy River Song.
The resort boasts endless views of limestone formations rising up from the Andaman Sea — a beautiful sight to wake up to. Centrally located in Krabi, the resort’s address itself is an itinerary for exploration with scuba diving, snorkelling, kitesurfing and sailing, and getting up close with nature at mangrove forests and waterfalls. The resort’s facilities might tempt you to kick back and relax all day long with a spa and the upcoming rooftop bar, The Peak, for sundowners over sunset views and lofi beats.
All aboard the new luxury train that made its first official journey in July 2020. The journey takes guests through the Vietnamese countryside connection Da Nang and Quy Nhon cities, with start and end stays at Anantara Hoi An and Anantara Quy Nhon Villas. The Vietage is exclusive to 12 guests per trip inside an opulent carriage with big picture windows, sleek interiors, a bar and local craft beers. During the six hour journey, guests will enjoy a curated menu of Vietnamese cuisine with a French twist.
Yu Kiroro is a brand new property in the heart of Hokkaido, one of Japan’s top two snow sport destinations. The mountain resort has lots more to offer, extending experiences to wellness, cultural and other types of outdoor recreation along the Kita-Shiri coastline. Highlights recommended for guests include the Kiroro Original Driving Guide to explore the coast, including wine tasting and a visit one of the most beautiful villages in Japan, Akaigawa. A new Farm to Table concept has just been introduced at the resort for fresh local produce used in its produce.
The coastal town of Salalah in southern Oman is known as the perfume capital of Arabia, renowned for its product of fragrant resin frankincense, known locally as luban. Guests can embark on the guided tour by Anantara’s Salalah Guru with this knowledge or the region and its rich history dating back thousands of years to the ancient trading routes. The first stop is to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi Dakwah with a spectacular scenery where guests will learn more about the famous Frankincense, continuing on to a local market for food and souvenir shopping.