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Mount Hagen Show, PNG, Aug 2014

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Spaces are running out on this year's Mt. Hagen "Sing Sing" Cultural Show tours in Papua New Guinea. The Mt Hagen Show will be held on the weekend of 16th & 17th August 2014. We have 4 tour variations or 10 to 12 days duration to coincide with this highly colourful ...

Burma River Cruise Special Offers, Aug 14 through Jan 15

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Symbiosis Custom Travel is pleased to be able to offer discount prices on these luxury river cruises along Myanmar’s (Burma’s) great waterways this summer. Pyay (Prome) to Kalay, 14 nights on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers Vessel: RV Katha Pandaw Departs: August 16th, 2014 Offer: 20% off Price: starting at USD 3,508 ...

Mekong River Cruises in Cambodia & Vietnam

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

A glorious way to gently explore these 2 beautiful countries is to take a luxury cruise along one of the worlds's greatest rivers, the mighty Mekong, as it flows through the heart of Cambodia and out though Vietnam's Mekong Delta. [caption id="attachment_3233" align="alignleft" width="660"] Pandaw in front of Phnom Penh's Royal ...

Bali’s Day of Silence

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Nyepi is a “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every New Year according to the Balinese calendar and this year it falls on March 31. It is a Hindu celebration that is mainly celebrated on the Indonesian island of Bali, and it is marked with strict silence, fasting and meditation. ...

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: The Story of Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Feature-length documentary on the stunning music, culture, and history of Cambodia. In post-production. 2012.

Hua Hin Jazz Festival, Thailand

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The next edition of the Hua Hin Jazz Festival will take place between 20-22 June 2014, though the exact dates have yet to be officially confirmed by the organiser. In the Kingdom of Thailand’s Jazz scene, the Hua Hin Jazz Festival is one of the most recognised and established jazz festivals, ...

Cambodia – Classic cuisine

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Want to learn the secrets behind Cambodian cuisine? A cooking school in Siem Reap offers specialist tuition into creating the best Khmer dishes. The twice daily, half-day cooking classes are conducted by a Cambodian chef at Champey restaurant. Students are first taken to a traditional market to purchase fresh ingredients, and ...

50% Off Chaophraya River Cruises, Bangkok~Ayutthaya, July

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Symbiosis is delighted to be able to offer you an amazing 50% Off the regular price of an overnight river cruise between Ayutthaya, Thailand's former capital and UNESCO World Heritage historical site, and Bangkok during July aboard the lovely converted rice barge, the Mekhala. The cruise is a two day, one ...

A few Spaces left on Mt Hagen Festival tour, PNG, Aug 13

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Perhaps the most famous cultural show in Papua New Guinea, the Mount Hagen Show brings together sing-sing groups from all over the country in an amazing conglomeration of colour, beauty and culture. The Hagen show is held in August every year - and we are be offering three escorted programs ...

Honouring the Spirits of Kelimutu, Flores, Indonesia

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The Indonesian island of Flores will offer visitors a spectacular religious and cultural festival on August 14 when residents honour their ancestors at the Pati Ka Du’a Bapu Ata Mata ceremony. The event is centred on the stunning, multi-coloured Kelimutu Crater Lake which is considered to be a final resting place ...

The Huli “Wigmen” of Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2522" align="alignright" width="660" caption="A Huli "Wigman" in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. "][/caption] As part of the coming of age ritual, young Huli men would retreat from society into an all male commune for several months while they grew their hair, carefully watering it every day to ensure ...

Kelabit Long Ears vanishing

Monday, June 4th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2489" align="alignleft" width="660" caption="A Kelabit lady with traditional long ears"][/caption] Traditionally the women of the Kelabit tribe of northern Borneo would use heavy brass weights to stretch their earlobes, considered to be highly attractive. Sadly this is another tradition that is fast disappearing. I once met a lady who had ...

Mekong River Cruise, Saigon to Phnom Penh: Special offer

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

25% off this fantastic 4 day river cruise aboard the lovely Toum Tiou, starting in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in southern Vietnam and ending at Phnom Penh, Capital of Cambodia. Dates: 05 to 08 April 2012 Price: EUR 527 per person sharing a cabin Book now with Symbiosis Custom Travel Also, last few ...

Shangri-La to implement responsible seafood policy

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched a Sustainable Seafood Policy. The new policy, which includes the commitment to cease serving shark fin in all of its operated restaurants, as well as accepting new orders for shark fin products in banqueting, is with immediate effect. Shangri-La also has plans to phase out ...

Smile of Cambodia – film by Shae Sterling

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Great video in B&W of scenes from modern-day Cambodia by film director, Shae Sterling. Smile of Cambodia - Beautiful film by Shae Sterling