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Discover the Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam on New Culinary Adventure from Access Trips

September 11, 2012

A new, nine-day culinary adventure, Thailand – Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam is the newest addition to Access Trips portfolio for this fall. Guests on this journey will experience the depth of Thai culture from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and beyond.

From a morning visit to Wat Po, where monks gather for an awe-inspiring morning chant, to an elephant ride through the Thai jungle, the captivating cultural highlights delight the senses. Master the art of preparing your favorite Thai specialties during intimate cooking courses featuring everything from phad thai and curries to spring rolls and hot and sour soup. No detail has been spared in crafting a tour that masterfully captures the diverse landscape, distinct customs and rich flavors of the “Land of the Free”.

Access Trips is a leading travel company specializing in exotic and edgy learning vacations to 13 countries worldwide. Always offering unparalleled access to each destination, this new Thai culinary adventure features the perfect balance of “must sees” and magical secret spots.

Discover the Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam

Providing a full Thai immersion, Access Trips’ will offer the brand new culinary expedition, Thailand – Flavors and Culture of Exotic Siam for the first time in November of 2012.

Highlights of the nine-day, eight-night journey include:

• Home-Style Cooking Courses – From tangy salads, to rich, hearty soups and delectable curries, enjoy three extended cooking classes featuring some of Thailand’s most exotically spicy and delicious meals. Savor a traditional long-tail boat ride up the Chao Phraya River to Chef Tam’s home for your first cooking course in Bangkok. After a tour of the herb gardens, head to an open air kitchen overlooking the breathtaking landscape where you will learn to prepare Phad Thai, coconut chicken soup, coconut pancakes and sumptuous wok fried ground chicken with basil.

With two additional cooking courses in Chiang Mai, you will master the art behind everything from Thai-style banana fritters to steamed fish with curry custard.

• Morning Visit to Wat Po – During an excursion to one of Bangkok’s oldest temples, witness the magnificent hum of the monks early morning chant. View the famous reclining Buddha before heading to the Grand Palace in an open air taxi.

• Private Dinner in Bangkok’s Chinatown – Venture through the bustling Bangkok marketplace to an unmarked door where culinary dreams come true. Pass through the door into an old Chinese shop house, where a private dining room with one circular banquet table awaits guests. Enjoy a multi-course banquet dinner prepared by Chef Jok using only the freshest ingredients of the day.

• Explore the Golden Triangle – Witness the infamous Golden Triangle, renowned for centuries as the center of the opium trade. From a hilltop view, marvel at the splendor of the mighty Mekong joining with the Ruak to form the actual “triangle” where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet.

• Elephant Ride through the Jungle – On the way to Chiang Mai stop by an elephant camp to witness the elephants take their morning bath in the river. Climb aboard an elephant for an hour-long trek along the Ping river through the lush jungle.

• Chiang Mai’s Most Mesmerizing Sites – Discover the principal religious center in northern Thailand during a trip to Wat Prathat, Chiang Mai’s most important and visible landmark. Built some 600 years ago, this iconic site is located near the summit of Doi Suthep, at 3,250 above sea level. Climb the magnificent 306-step Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase and reward yourself with a superb panoramic view of the city.

• Boutique Accommodations – Enjoy boutique luxury accommodations that blend the best of Thai style and hospitality to create a peaceful respite from your busy days. From a five-star riverfront hotel featuring views of the legendary “River of Kings” to a small hotel inspired by the traditional wooden architecture of Chiang Mai, all accommodations feature comfortable and stylish rooms.

Rates start at $3,490 per person and include accommodations, most meals, ground transportation in a deluxe van, airport transfers and domestic airfare. International airfare is not included. Groups are limited to 12 travelers, who are accompanied by a multilingual local guide. For more information please visit or call (650) 492-4778.

About Access Trips

Access Trips is the leading adventure tour operator specializing in exotic learning vacations to 13 countries worldwide. This company offers a wide range of small-group outdoor sports and culinary-focused trips that are expertly designed to allow guests to experience a new culture, learn new skills or fine-tune existing ones, and revel in the splendor of their destination.

Based in San Francisco, California and launched in 2001, Access Trips’ portfolio includes cooking, surfing, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, and multisport itineraries. Regardless of the focus of the activity, Access Trips caters to a variety of skill levels, serving the novice as well as the expert in a relaxed, non-intimidating setting with the help of world-class instructors and multilingual guides.

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Anantara Hotels Launches Contest for 7-15 Year-Old ‘Roving Elephant Reporter’ to Win Trip to Thailand

July 1, 2011

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is launching an elephantastic Facebook contest to select a talented young reporter-to-be for the 2011 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament taking place in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, Thailand September 4 – 11. This annual international tournament, now in its 10th year, raises funds for Thai Asian elephant conservation.

Here is an exciting and educational opportunity for children ages 7-15: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is looking for the next Roving Elephant Reporter to report live from the annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua Hin, Thailand this September. School may be in session here in the States, but this is an educational trip of a lifetime, where the winner and an adult chaperone will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Thailand to broadcast live to the international community on daily events from the polo pitch. Video submissions will be accepted from now through August 1 on Anantara’s Facebook page,

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is launching an elephantastic Facebook contest to select a talented young reporter-to-be for the 2011 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament taking place in the royal seaside town of Hua Hin, Thailand September 4 – 11. This annual international tournament, now in its 10th year, raises funds for Thai Asian elephant conservation.

One lucky winner between the ages of 7 and 15 and an adult chaperone will spend seven days and nights at Anantara Hua Hin while covering the daily action on the polo field along with behind-the-scenes interviews with Anantara’s Director of Elephants, John Roberts, elephant veterinarians, and elephant polo players. Off the field, the Roving Elephant Reporter will explore Hua Hin and report back on rich journeys, such as a visit to the teak wood palace, Maruekhathaiyawan, one of the oldest and most treasured royal palaces in Thailand; a trek through a local vineyard by elephant, and a kids-only Thai cooking class.

To enter: upload a short video, between one to two minutes in length, to Anantara’s Facebook page

  •  Go to and “Like” the page
  • On the page wall where it says Share, click the Video icon
  • From here, either record a video using your webcam or upload a pre-existing video detailing why you should be chosen as Anantara’s Roving Elephant Reporter
  • Alternatively, mail the video on a CD to:

I Want To Be An Elephant Reporter

Anantara Hotels

18th Floor Berli Jucker House, 99 Soi Rubia, Sukhumvit Soi 42,

Bangkok 10110


To win: the contestant with the best video entry as voted by our elephant experts will be invited to spend seven fun-filled nights on a full-board basis with an accompanying adult at Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa. This includes round-trip flights, accommodation, daily activities, and transport.


Here are the terms & conditions:

  • Must be between the ages of 7 and 15 years to enter
  • Videos must be between 1 to 2 minutes long
  • Videos must be done in English
  • Entries must be submitted by August 1st, 2011
  • The competition winner will be announced on August 4th, 2011
  •  Contestants and their chaperones must be available September 4 – 11, 2011
  •  Contact organizers for full terms and conditions

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Asia Transpacific Journeys Offers Family Trips to Exotic Locales

May 26, 2011

With a Cambodian vacation, kids can be an archeologist for a day when visiting the Sambor Prei Kuk area - which could pass for an Indiana Jones movie set if it weren’t so completely authentic. (courtesy Asia Transpacific Journeys).

More and more families are  seeking cultural experiences in exotic locales where they can spend quality time together while expanding their horizons. Traveling to far-flung places in Asia and the Pacific with a family-oriented adventure program through a tour company like Asia Transpacific Journeys broadens everyone’s viewpoint and gives children perspective on their life by developing critical thinking skills and learning about other cultures.

Marilyn Downing Staff, Founder and President of Asia Transpacific Journeys for the Asia and Pacific region, believes that by visiting cultures so different from the American lifestyle children learn about other cultures and traditions early on, which helps them understand that the world is a much bigger place than they may have thought before.

“Our sensitive and seasoned Asia travel guides provide children with insights into the local cultures, religious traditions, exotic plants and animals,” says Downing Staff, herself a parent. “It shapes their attitude towards life.”

Here are their top picks for family trips that are both educational and fun in nature through hands-on learning:

BORNEO – A Wildlife Adventure

On a trip to Borneo, tropical forests lush with wildlife invite moderate trekking through jungle trails, while monkeys howl on the white-sand shores. A visit to Mt. Kinabalu, home to 270 species of birds and more than 70 species of frogs is a great day trip for travelers of all ages. Families can also visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and observe such national treasures as Sumatran rhinoceroses and clouded leopards on night walks and passages over an aerial catwalk.

THAILAND—A Family Adventure

This Thailand vacation, originally developed as a family trip for the American Museum of Natural History, explores the family-friendly country’s cities, hill tribe areas and beaches. Families learn how to become mahouts (elephant caretakers), visit a puppet theatre, ride an elephant among hill tribe peoples and take a bamboo raft trip through the jungle.  The trip is not complete without a stay at one of Southern Thailand’s famed beaches, where families can try sea kayaking and snorkel in the emerald waters.

 CAMBODIA – Discovering Lost Temples

With a Cambodian vacation, kids can be an archeologist for a day when visiting the Sambor Prei Kuk area – which could pass for an Indiana Jones movie set if it weren’t so completely authentic. A visit to these lost temples will enable families to experience its serene atmosphere together with a fascinating sense of mystery and magic including wild parrots flying overhead. Afterwards, parents and kids should head to Siem Reap to explore Angkor Wat, voted the most beloved UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010 and simply a stunning sight for both old and young.

AUSTRALIA – Down-Under Wildlife Discovery Tour

On a trip to Australia, families can explore the country’s eco hotspots, kangaroo to platypus. Wildlife sightings in this naturalist’s utopia co-mingle with hiking, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and tramping through the World Heritage Daintree Rain Forest.

In Tasmania families can also marvel at the smallest penguin in the world – called the fairy penguin—and rufus wallabies, eastern quolls, brush-tailed possums, wombats and the famous Tasmanian devils.

Asia Transpacific Journeys specializes exclusively in custom journeys and small group trips to the Asia/Pacific region. Founded in 1987, no other company offers such expertise in the region. Its long-standing connections in Asia, outstanding personalized service, and deeply insightful cultural interpretations have made Asia Transpacific Journeys the travel company of choice for organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History, the World Wildlife Fund, the Harvard, Yale and Princeton alumni associations, as well as discerning individuals, their families and friends.

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October 15, 2010

Travelers can visit two of Asia’s most fascinating and exotic destinations, Borneo and Bangkok, for 11 days starting at only $1,799 (per person, double occupancy). The offer, from Friendly Planet, includes roundtrip airfare, accommodation at deluxe hotels, local transfers, daily breakfast and several lunches, and even tours.

Visitors can take advantage of their airfare and opt for a pre or post-tour extension. Explore Malaysia’s dazzling capital city Kuala Lumpur starting at only $199 (per person/double), or relax on Thailand’s remote beaches of Phuket Island starting at $550 (per person/double).

For a limited time only, this special fare starting at $1,799* reflects an early booking discount if reserved by December 8, 2010. Round-trip Economy Class airfare from LAX on award-winning China Airlines is provided. Airline fuel surcharge is included. Additional taxes and fees total $95. Both extension specials include accommodation at deluxe hotels and local transfers.

Rich in cultural diversity, Malaysia offers a truly Asian experience. The exotic country provides a unique culture experience, tantalizing food, an array of attractions and activities, and great value for your dollar.

Thailand is considered a Southeast Asian migratory, cultural, and religious crossroad. The country offers over miles of coastline, bays and coves, with many beach and island activities.

To book, call Friendly Planet Reservations at 800-555-5765,

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