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Sail away: incentive and event ideas on the water

January 24, 2019 Tour Operator No Comments

Our Asia is surrounded by vast seas while inland there are winding rivers, large lakes and large canals – all combining to form a background for creative aquatic-based events and incentives. From the meandering canals in Greater China to the charms of Indonesia’s Raja Ampat islands, in a sailboat or a chartered vessel the allure of tropical Asia will not fail to make an event or incentive on the waters exceptional and memorable.

Liven up a programme with on- and off-shore activities alongside unique dining settings to meet your special requirements for groups of up to 150 delegates, many of whom have chosen our incentive options. So come and cast away from the shore for your next incentive or event. Enthral your clients with some of our new and high-in-demand water-bound experiences and give them a trip to remember from the moment you embark on the trip until they disembark.

Cruising Langkawi archipelago on Lili Marleen 

Lili Marleen is a luxury yacht and one of the biggest tall ship in South-east Asia at 249 feet. Built in Elsfleth, Germany in 1994 this magnificent three mastered sailing vessel boasts old world European charm with her classical Renaissance-inspired furnishings.

The yacht is the perfect choice to cruise the pristine waters around the mystical archipelago of the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi, providing an ideal setting for an offshore event or group incentive. Sails up to 150 passengers, cruisers enjoy the changing sceneries of the Andaman Sea by day and the cooling sea breeze while stargazing at night. On board are tastefully-furnished cabins and world-class service. Asian Trails Malaysia’s programme on Lili Marleen will provide guests with a truly memorable experience.

Floating MICE venue at Phu Quoc

The Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, famed for its long white-sand beaches and wide shore, is ideal to host an event or incentive ala boat party style. The catamarans and sailing boats floating close to each other facilitate as the dance floor, lounge, bar and dining area with a DJ on a floating stage.

Clients on Asian Trails Vietnam’s ‘floating party’ programme depart the hotel in the afternoon to board their boats at the pier. After a short sailing trip arrive at the shore to Anker for a few hours of leisure on their boats, entertained by the DJ music. In the evening the chef prepares a seafood BBQ with fresh catches from the sea. Maximum capacity is 150 pax.

Adventure and fun on River Irrawaddy 

Fun and learning is what Asian Trails Myanmar is offering to event and incentives organisers on a journey to explore the Irrawaddy, Myanmar’s largest river and most important commercial waterway.

The journey starts in Mandalay for the boat ride to the ancient city of Bagan. The trip takes about 10-12 hours, depending on river conditions and water level. Enroute there are fun activities like learning to apply ‘Thanaka’, a yellow-white cosmetic paste used as a sunscreen and beauty product. There is also a demonstration of ‘Longyi’, a sarong-like nether garment worn by both men and women, an integral part of the Myanmar national dress. Enjoy a sunset cocktail with snacks on the boat before disembarkation in Bagan. Maximum capacity for the trip is 110 pax.

Events on Junks, Hong Kong-style 

If you want a real ‘Wow’ factor when hosting MICE events in Hong Kong then host them on junks. Asian Trails China can help book Jungle Jane and/or Tarzan – the island’s most sought-after event boats. They are sailed from Australia to provide a unique day on the water. The vessels pick up on Hong Kong Island (Central, Causeway Bay, Aberdeen and sometimes Tsim Sha Tsui) and go to destinations on Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island and Clearwater Bay.

Jungle Jane and Tarzan have a 22ft wide swimming platform leading to the water and large dance floor/events area. Combine these junks and one other similar boat to hold raft parties – catering for 100 people with two boats and 145 people with three boats.

Breakfast cruise on Bangkok’s Chaophraya River 

Jet lagged from a long night flight to Bangkok? The best way to overcome it is to sail along the tranquil Chaophraya River, which flows through the ‘City of Angels’, to your selected riverside hotel with Asian Trails Thailand on a lovingly restored antique rice barge. This special cruise is the first of its kind, taking guests on a historical journey on the river. Watch the sun rising over iconic cultural sites and the Chaophraya waking up to the pulsating scenes of the capital while enjoying a gourmet breakfast with your favourite brew, and revitalising with fresh juices and smoothies.

Clients can book this programme exclusively for groups of between 10 to 65 pax with tailor-made menus, entertainment and music.

Dragon Boat Racing in Singapore

Dragon boat racing, which started from a legend in China about 3,500 years ago, is the most popular activity during the Dragon Boat Festival (usually held in June). As a major part of Chinese culture, the water sport represents patriotism and group integrity. It has since gained international recognition and is now enjoyed in more than 35 countries.

This sporting activity is also popular as a team building exercise in many countries including Singapore, as paddlers have to work together in unity to propel their boat to the finishing line. Asian Trails Malaysia has a half-day dragon boat racing programme in the city-state that promotes tradition, culture and social interaction with a choice of seven locations. Perfect for incentive groups of up to 180 paxs.

Vat Phou Cruise down Southern Mekong 

Champasak province in southwestern Laos, little known as an incentive destination, is however home to one of the most scenic river cruises in the region. The Vat Phou Mekong Cruise is a good alternative for small incentive groups on the lookout for a touch of adventure to add to their event.

The Vat Phou is a converted wooden cargo vessel with 12 on-board cabins,
and a large open-air deck for meetings or group events with panoramic views of rural Laos as the backdrop. There are also opportunities for CSR-themed off-shore activities. Asian Trails Laos is happy to assist in tailoring your incentive needs for a leisurely productive trip down Southern Mekong.

Bamboo Rafting on China’s Yulong River

Rafting is an unusual and fun group or incentive activity, and Asian Trails China is offering organisers the opportunity to do this with bamboo rafting on the Yulong River. Also known as ‘Little Li River’ it rises in Lingui County in Yangshuo, a resort town in southern China’s Guangxi region. With its silky water, dramatic karst landscape and bamboo forests interspersed with cultural and historical, the river is a great place for bamboo rafting.

The rafting lasts about two hours, and a photo contest is one of the activities. Cameras are set at side ‘corners’ of the river; be quick and strike a creative pose when you spot a camera. Group capacity is from 20 to 100 pax, with 2 pax on each raft.

Sailing with Waka Cruises to Lembongan

Break from the norm and organise a meeting, event or an incentive outing on an idyllic Indonesian island. This offering from Asian Trails Indonesia and Waka Cruises takes guests to spend the day on Lembongan island located in southeast of Bali.

The full-day trip, from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m., departs from Bali’s Benoa Harbour for the one hour 30 minutes journey to Lemboganan Island. Soft drinks and pastries are served enroute. On the island participants enjoy a BBQ lunch with local beer and wine. Numerous activities are lined up for the participants including snorkelling, kayaking, paddling, rowing banana boats or village tour. Cocktails can be served on the return journey (with supplement). The cruise can sail up to 60 pax in two catamarans.

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