On this year’s final edition of Wanderfolk, we explore new ways to vacay: jump on a cruise at Banyan Tree Bangkok, hit the silver screens at Paramount Hotel Dubai, or embark on a glamping experience with The Hip And Happening Group. And while Epizode guides us into the new year, mark your calendars and escape to Perth’s Fringe World festival next February.

Saffron Cruise Sets Sail on The Chao Praya River, Bangkok

Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel has launched a luxury riverboat service, the Saffron Cruise. Designed for the discerning with an appreciation for Thailand’s artistic heritage, the waterborne dining experience promises masterful Thai cuisine from Banyan Tree’s celebrated Saffron restaurant and the timeless splendour of the Chao Phraya River. With a show-kitchen restaurant and bar on the open-air main deck and a stool-sit bar and lounge on the rooftop Moon Deck, the cruise takes guests along the Chao Phraya and various riverside cultural sites, including the Grand Palace, the vintage Royal Barge Museum, and the glistening Temple of Dawn.

The daily dinner cruise inclusive of 5-course Thai set menu, one cocktail at Moon Deck, is priced at THB3,200 nett per person. More details here.

Epizode 2020 Returns In Style to Phu Quoc, Vietnam

EPIZODE takes the new decade by storm with a fourth edition of  music and art in 2020. Returning to Vietnam’s largest island – Phu Quoc, the festival continues to bring the latest in electronic music and the best in regional talent to Asia. Eleven straight days of intense showstoppers include more than 140 international and regional DJ superstars, a slew of organized day activities, surprise performances and memorable moments. Lineup acts include French DJ trio Apollonia and deep house expert Lilly Palmer. Read more about EPIZODE here.

More details and ticketing information here

The Paramount Hotel Dubai Launches Avant Premiere

The best of Hollywood’s indulgent charm and glamour actualizes into the world of hospitality with Paramount Hotel Dubai. The first Paramount-owned property in the Middle East, with a projected opening in January 2020, the hotel has already set the stage with its Avant Premiere. From food to foundation, it embodies the quintessential Californian Lifestyle, with themed suites inspired by Paramount Pictures movies and a Paramount Screening Room serving as a private cinema, time capsule and stage for live entertainment.

More details here.

ANMON Glamping in Treasure Bay, Bintan

A new glamping concept by The Hip And Happening Group, ANMON will officially open its doors next February in Treasure Bay Bintan, following a soft launch this year. Influenced by sprawling deserts devoid of civilisation, ANMON’s grandiose environment is created for guests to disconnect, creating an environment of authenticity and self-discovery, only steps from the Crystal Lagoon, the largest man-made seawater lagoon in Asia. But with its “hipster luxe” tepee tents, digital concierge services, desert inspired cocktails and shisha bar, you won’t be starved of a good photograph.

More details here.

Fringe World in Perth, Western Australia

Photo Courtesy of Jason Matz

Every browbeaten workaholic needs an escape. From 17 January to 16 February 2020, the annual summer festival that is Fringe World presents the perfect opportunity to escape the daily grind. Located just five hours away in Perth and Western Australia, expect more than 700 shows spread out over 150 venues in the third largest Fringe Festival in the World, from comedy and burlesque to musicals and circus acts. Take part in their digital contests to stand a chance to win a fully-paid trip to Perth’s best-kept secret.

More details here.