What's New

Presenting information on new facilities, ideas, destinations or topics of current interest for incentives, meetings and special interest travel in Thailand, Indochina and Myanmar. This page is updated every 3 months, so please visit us again

SUMMER 2011

Thailand - the Incentive Destination

Thailand is an incentive destination which impresses planners and inspires achievers. Thailand has all ingredients of a successful program, from convenient accessibility, fully developed infrastructure, world class quality facilities, exotic attractions, attentive services and, most uniquely, friendly and hospitable people admired the world over, so much that Thailand is called "The Land of Smiles"

As a country, Thailand offers a variety of destinations for two or three stop programs which will create a flow and mood to offer an experience that trip participants cherish long after. Programs to Thailand have proven to generate higher participation, assure achievement of objectives and provide long lasting inspiration.

An ideal itinerary features metropolitan Bangkok, mountainous and enchanting north with a final portion at a beach paradise. Below is an example to tempt and tantalize;  

Day One

Arrive Bangkok and settle in. A choice of hotels along the Chao Phraya River or in the downtown area. Welcome function at hotel poolside or a special venue.  

Pillow gift is a personal spa set for her and him.

Day Two

Breakfast with a destination orientation brief before setting off on Bangkok Medley, a tailor-designed sightseeing composition to introduce the city's best attractions, using a varity of transportation with pleasant surprises en route. Visit a local restaurant to experience "family style" Thai lunch, enabling sharing and tasting a number of dishes.
Afternoon at leisure prior to fine dining evening at a rooftop venue. Option to watch real Thai boxing before dinner.

Pillow gift: miniature tuk tuk the infamous 3-wheel taxi.

Day Three

This day can feature a team bonding activity covering various parts of the city and experiencing indigenous attributes, or a full day trip to the floating market with biking through plantations, the River Kwai valley or the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage site or simply a Day of Indulgence with guests doing their own thing of pre selected activities. Spa, golf or shopping are just some of the options. Dine around evening with choices of western, Thai and other Asian cuisines OR at a unique private venue,

Pillow gift: lifelike carved wooden elephant

Day Four

Depart Bangkok for Chiang Mai, often called Rose of the North. Orientation of the city and lunch at a riverside restaurant. Drive up Suthep Mountain to the most important temple of the north with a panoramic view. Chime large bells around the chapel for good luck and attend a short sermon by the abbot. Drinks and snacks at a rest stop half way down the mountain. Dinner on the hotel's spacious grounds with decor and props representing the six hill tribes living in the area of the Golden Triangle.

Pillow gift: personalized umbrella or lacquerware box with name inscribed in English and Thai

Day Five

A soft adventure outing visiting an elephant camp, elephant riding for an hour through plantations, along wooded hills and crossing streams, bamboo rafting and oxcart riding. "Jungle" lunch at the camp. In the afternoon, see why Chiang Mai is the center of arts and crafts, visiting umbrella and fan making factories, silver, silk & cotton, ceramics, woodcarving. In the evening, dress in Lanna costumes for a theme night at a temple ruin site complete with decor, entertainment and a surprise cultural ritual. Lanna means Land of a Million Rice Fields.

Pillow gift: beach bag with goodies set

Day Six

Depart Chiang Mai for Phuket on a midday direct flight. Lunch and leisure afternoon.
Cocktail and dinner at poolside or beachside.

Pillow gift: Thai silk monogrammed bathrobe for him and her

Day Seven

An outing in paradise. The highlight of the trip. Speedboat into the scenic Phang Nga Bay, pass James Bond Island with an option to step onto the beach for a shaken-not stirred tipple. Change onto inflatable sea canoe and row under a small opening into a total separate world inside a sea mountain chamber. Surprise barbecue lunch on a secluded beach with leisure time for swimming, sunbathing or relaxing Dinner at a local restaurant by the beach or on the hilltop

Pillow gift: more items to add to the beach goodies set

Day Eight

Day at leisure for own activities such as spa, golf, cooking, deep sea fishing or snorkeling.

Farewell evening barefoot black tie dinner on the beach with firework extravaganza

Pillow gift: a jewelry item for her and him (i.e. brooch & cufflinks)

Day Nine

Depart Phuket for Bangkok and connect an onward flight home 

WINTER 2010

Believe in Thailand 2011

Thailand's new campaign for the coming year with the objective to instill confidence to decision makers of business events was launched at IT&CMA & CTW 2010. The event is one of the grandest trade shows of Asia Pacific and is specific for meetings and business events with several hundreds of qualified buyers from all continents and leading suppliers of the MICE industry.

Developed by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the campaign is aimed at restoring Thailand's image as Asia's preferred MICE destination with close cooperation from all parties concerned, 'Believe in Thailand' 2011 was born out of the roadmap white paper to reassure international operators' confidence towards Thai MICE industry. It will highlight the country's three major strong points which cover 'countless business opportunities' it can offer, 'renowned hospitality' and its 'great variety of amazing tourist attractions'. TCEB will be using cluster marketing as an approach to promote MICE industry in Thailand in line with this campaign.

'Investment worthiness' will also be an additional appeal and Thailand has long proved to have a value-for-money aspect that attracts convention and exhibition organizers. It is hoped these organizers, as inspired by the campaign, will help bring more MICE events and travelers to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Contact CDM for travel and business-driven programs in Thailand for the success of your performance improvement, relationship management or association congregation plans

AUTUMN 2010

Hanoi - the charm of Indochina

The capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city is selected more and more for travel programs for those with a passion for Southeast Asia. Air access is constantly improving and connectivity with other regional cities is convenient.
Top hotel choices are the Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi Hilton Opera, InterContinental, Sheraton Westlake, Daewoo, among others. Activities include visits to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Residence, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, water puppet show and the must-do rickshaw ride through the Old Quarters. A host of restaurants in the city provides choices for lunches and casual dinners. Special venues for possible functions are the Opera House and History Museum.

Contact CDM for travel programs in Vietnam and elsewhere in Indochina, complementary to Thailand.

SUMMER 2010

The Dragons Descend

Legend has it that when the Vietnamese were fighting invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. The dragons began spitting out jewels and jade which turn into islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. The land was saved and later became the country of Vietnam.

A more scientific fact is that the limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem, similar to Phang Bay in south Thailand.

Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site some 3 hours drive from Hanoi is best planned as an overnight cruise part of a program to Vietnam before or after a Hanoi stay. Scenery of some 2,000 limestone islets dotting the bay against sunset and floating villages on emerald water make for a relaxing portion of a program, with full board service on luxurious junks. Kayaking, cave exploring and sunrise Tai Chi on top deck are some activity options. Venue for dinner can be Trong Cave with quality catering.

Vietnam has been recognized as a favorable destination for incentive and group travel programs in its own right, and can be quite suitably combined with Thailand, to take advantage of convenient flight connections.

Contact CDM for winning travel programs featuring Thailand and Vietnam.