The Wuhan coronavirus might have put a dent in your travel plans, but that doesn’t mean you should stop looking out for new destinations and experiences. In this edition of Wanderfolk, there are updates on getting travel insurance, as well as from places like Bintan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.

A Wellness Journey with the Ylang on Lan Ha Bay

If you enjoyed touring Ha Long Bay, located just south of it is its less internationally known cousin in Vietnam – Lan Ha Bay. And leading Asian boutique cruise operator Heritage Line has launched a wellness focused voyage on their new 10-berth vessel Ylang in this relatively uncharted marine wonderland; this three-day two-night will see pit stops along the bay’s white sand beaches, as well as soft hiking and cycling on pristine Cat Ba Island. On board, look forward to suites featuring Asian-Vietnamese design with French colonial accents, a full fledged spa, morning tai chi lessions, and fresh, light Vietnamese cuisine served in the ship’s restaurant.

For bookings and more information, see Heritage Line’s website.

Young Master Invitational Beer Festival Returns in this May

Young Master Invitational Beer Festival 2019 at House 1881

If your idea of a great holiday is sampling beers from more than 30 of the best breweries around the world, the Young Master Invitational Beer Festival weekend has got you covered. Taking place in Hong Kong at the end of May, the festival sees four themed sessions, each three hours long to drink your fill. Saturday kicks off with hoppy beers while the second session is Session & Strength – think pilsners and summer ales to double IPAs and barley wine). On Sunday, expect fruity and sour beers; the brewers will be free-styling the last session (potentially whacky stuff that didn’t fit in the previous three categories). Festival line-up to be announced!

Young Master Invitational Beer Festival is happening 30-31 May 2020 at House 1881, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tickets and more information here.

Travel Insurance with Chubb x Grab

Earlier this month, Grab launched Travel Cover in partnership with Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. Singapore-based customers can now purchase purchase Travel Cover from just S$2.50/day for travel to any destination globally, and Grab users will be able to able to save their travel profiles on the Grab app for the convenience of re-purchasing and be with discounts for each repurchase of Travel Cover. Travel Cover will be rolled out to other Grab markets in Southeast Asia in the coming months!

For more information, please visit Grab’s website.

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C.E.A. Festival Makes Debut in Chengdu

Martin Garrix in Mexico last year

From the people who brought UK’s iconic Creamfields festival to China comes another new player in the global EDM festival circuit. Happening April 18-19 2020 this year at Chengdu’s Joy Park, the C.E.A. (Charming Eastern Awakening) Festival will see three stages and over 60 electronic music artists from all over the world. Phase one headliners include EDM heavyweights Martin Garrix and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as Sam Feldt, Yellow Claw, and Vicetone. That’s not all; the organisers have also managed to bag show designers and producers Backbone International and T-Minus Design (they’ve worked on Tomorrowland and Mysteryland) for a visual spectacle of a festival.

For more information, see website.

 

The Sanchaya Welcomes Hunter Valley’s Chef Cameron Matthews

From 27 to 29 March 2020, Chef Cameron Matthews of the legendary Éremo Restaurant at the Hunter Valley Spicers Guesthouse will be teaming up with Chef Giacomo Turzo at The Sanchaya in Bintan. From a three-course dinner featuring Matthews’ signature dishes like Aged Hunter Valley Beef Tartare with porcini caramel and beetroot butter to a Sunday BBQ Brunch (there might just be a classy take on the sausage sizzle), guests can look forward to a weekend gourmet getaway. Priced at IDR 24,605,000 nett per couple, the limited time Guest Chef Series accommodation experience includes two nights in the Lawan Thai Villa or Sanchaya Suite, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner and Sunday brunch by Matthews, and return transfers from Bintan Resort Ferry Terminal.

For more information and bookings, please visit The Sanchaya’s website.