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Asian Golf Nation - June 2010


Dear Travel Partners & Golf Travelers,

Banyan Golf ClubWelcome to the latest issue of the Asian Golf Nation, the source for news breaking information about golf in Indochina.

As you might have noticed, I intentionally delayed this newsletter to be able to bring you GOOD NEWS.

Well - the GOOD NEWS is that after months of demonstrations and upheaval in downtown Bangkok making International headlines - peace has finally returned, the streets have been cleaned up, the demonstrators have returned home, and offices, shops and hotels have re-opened. The Skytrain and subway are back in operation. [Read more below...]

Not to downplay what happened at the main demonstration area in central Bangkok; particularly in light of international media coverage as always sensationalism sells. However, in reality 99.9999% of Thailand remained peaceful through all the recent events and golfers throughout Thailand were never at risk unless they were foolish enough to go to the main demonstration area. Anyway things are back to normal in Bangkok now, though of course there are still political differences and some emotional wounds among the Thais.

The only thing missing now are golf holidaymakers!

Now a favor, I ask for your kind support in spreading the word that Thailand is safe to visit, travel advisories are being normalized and Thailand is welcoming all foreign golfers.

With that said it is once again it's time to let you know what is going on in golf across the region and over the next couple of months.

July and August are my 2 favorite months for golf in Asia. Summer brings cooler temperatures and is a season of golf festivals. Dry daytimes provide great opportunities for golf as most rain comes late in the day or overnight. Lower prices, good weather, and fewer tourists make for some great low season deals, too which everyone likes. For example, you can now play the 3 best Pattaya golf courses for less than 50 USD a round each. Inquire here to find out more details!

Now for the golf news from around the region:

Royal GemsBangkok:
Royal Gems is delayed! Bangkok's high end replica course being built near Alpine is officially delayed at least until November. I am not sure what caused the day, probably overzealous owners plans, but from what I can see the course is still destined to become one of the best in Thailand, if not all Asia. Nine holes are replicas of the back nine at Augusta National and the others are copies of Scotland's best holes. Stay tuned for more construction and initial play reports.


Hanoi Cycling*
Danang: This new golf destination continues to sell well. Danang Golf Club launched their own web site, Montgomerie Links has established itself on the as a tournament venue, and media coverage is growing fast. I am recommending every golfer coming to Vietnam this fall include Danang in their plans. If you want to be the first to discover this new destination, check out come of our most popular tours or lets us tailor make a Vietnam golf package including Danang just for you.


Kapalai Island *Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu, or KK as it is affectionately called, is the capital of the East Malaysian State of Sabah. Over 50 percent of the land is still swathed in tropical million-year old rainforests. Being a coastal state, KK is well known for friendly people, endless stretches of white sandy beaches, world class beach resorts and not least a great golf destination with 4 excellent area golf courses.
There is also good nightlife as the town is the center for the mining and oil industry, which brings infrastructure for expatriates living in the area and golf holidaymakers visiting from further a field. Golfers visiting KK have called Sabah a tropical golfing paradise. The best part of it all is that it is summer all year round of warm weather, warm seas, warm hospitality, and great golf. Have a look at our recently added Malaysia Golf Tour Packages.
Let me know if you might be interested for this fall or winter.

With that I would like to thank those of you for your support during this trying time. To be sure, Thailand will bounce back and South East Asia remains the best value premium golf destination in the world. Moreover, we would not be here if it were not for loyal clients as you. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. I would be glad build you a golf package to suit any budget and preferred style of travel.

Until the next newsletter, happy golfing!

Mark Siegel
Managing Director of Golfasian


* Meet Golfasian at these Trade/Roadshows

-Golfasian has a full schedule of tradeshows and roadshows during the next few months.

You can find us at the following exhibits:

  • June 25 - 27 - Asia Golf Industry Show 2010 (New Delhi)
  • November 15 - 18 - International Golf Travel Market 2010 (Valencia)

Arrange an appointment with Mark Siegel, MD of Golfasian, at one of these exhibits.

* Featured Resort - Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa

Pattaya Marriott Resort & SpaThe Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa is conviently located in the center of Pattaya and next to the beach. Leave the busy streets of Pattaya to arrive in an oasis of peace.

Great rooms, gorgeous pool area and an excellent breakfast. Ideal for golfers who prefer luxury at a location with exciting nightlife and superb golf courses nearby. [Read More]

* Featured Golf Course - Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa

Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and SpaOne thousand feet above sea level in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort is a breath of fresh air - literally. The atmosphere is cooler and crisper here than in any other part of the country. The reservoir-fed course is invigorating, too. Credit goes to Mother Nature and the design team of Schmidt/Curley, which elected not to impinge on the land and instead let the natural contours of the hilly property dictate each hole.

The result is a nice balance of risk and reward, symbolized best by the 558-yard, par-5 finisher - a down-hiller that tempts players on their second shot to take on a large pond fronting the green. After you've made eagle, take a seat in the plush, open-air restaurant for 5-star nosh, or retreat to one of nine exquisitely appointed bungalows with balconies overlooking your triumph. [Read More]

 Golf News Wire : Golf in Malaysia – The Unseen Golf Destination

Malaysia Golf HolidayLeading Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia Golf Tour Operator Golfasian is now presenting golf holiday makers with the opportunity to Golf in Malaysia.

"During the recent months we have received an increasing amount of requests for Malaysia Golf Tour Packages. Given Malaysia’s beautifully designed golf courses, fascinating hotels & resorts, superb infrastructure, and friendly hospitality, we have decided to add Malaysia Golf as an additional Asian Golf Destination," explained Mark Siegel, Managing Director of Golfasian. [Read it all!]

 Thailand Travel Update

Malaysia Golf HolidaySince May 20 there have been no more demonstrations and no political violence. Most foreign governments, including the United States and Hong Kong, have lifted their travel warnings.

All tourist areas and attractions, golf courses and hotels are in full normal operation (and were not generally affected by the demonstrations or any of the related violence aside from the number of visitors being down).


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