Sonasia Holiday is a local travel agency, creator of tailor-made tour packages and generator of ethical emotions in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), and Laos.
Our teams have crisscrossed this region for decades. With them, you will not only discover the unmissable sites but will also and often go off the beaten track, in a responsible and enlightened tourist environment.
In a deeply humanist vision, we put people at the heart of our activities by capitalizing on their inner richness, their qualities, their skills, their ability to offer, educate and learn ... in the name of exchanging and meeting between peoples and cultures.
Particularly specialized in the western market, our trilingual English, French, and Vietnamese team is made up of people from all over the world and is divided between the head office in Hanoi (Vietnam), the operation offices in Vientiane (Laos), and representative office in Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Da Nang (Vietnam), Luang Prabang (Laos), Bangkok (Thailand), Siem Reap (Cambodia), and Yangon (Myanmar)
The Sonasia Holiday story began in Vietnam back in 2012 when two young entrepreneurs, me and Huong HOANG realised that it was the perfect time and place to start a travel company. Shortly after, Sonasia Holiday was created with the vision of not only a travel agency, but also of a humanist project
From these modest roots, we quickly set about creating Vietnam’s most innovative and exciting tours, opening the country up to curious, dynamic travelers. Before long, we had gained widespread notoriety for our consistency and ingenuity, quickly becoming one of the leading tour operators in Vietnam.
Eager to continue our pioneering role of travel innovation in Asia, we began to look outside the borders of Vietnam to expand our influence. In 2015, we founded a partnership with a local operator in Cambodia and officially launched our second destination.
Utilizing this stable foundation, we moved into our developmental period, building off our already substantial expertise, knowledge and connections to become even more consistent, better-organised and more innovative.
By the turn of year five, we had become one of the leading DMCs in the region, just as intense interest in travel to Indochina began to take hold. In 2017, Sonasia Laos was launched, with offices in Vientiane. A year later, Sonasia Myanmar and Sonasia Thailand were established.
Now, after a decade of setting up and expansion, we look back with the bold pride of what we have done. What a great journey we have made!
However, we understand that it is just the start, our humanist project is still at the very beginning of its journey. Our mission of promoting and protecting the beauties of Asia still has a long way to go!
Keep it tight! We are planning to go faster and faster
They are advisers, explorers, guides, reservations, or IT specialists.
Always committed to enhancing and preserving their native or adopted country, they share a common desire, driven by the same spirit of service: to offer our travelers a great human experience through the pleasure of traveling.
They are Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Burmese, Thai or expats living in these countries.
They symbolize the successful rapprochement between Southeast Asia and the rest of the world, all united by the same passion for travel and their profession... the most beautiful in the world, that of bringing people together in their diversity.
Through their dedication, through the skills they demonstrate day after day since 2012, they bring to life the values of dialogue and sharing that are so dear to them, by embodying the soul of their country and our philosophy. They are the richness of Sonasia Holiday
A team of field and passionate men explore every corner of the country. They unearth, for you, hidden wonders, buried deep in the cities and the countryside. They then do everything to allow you to experience it.
Their only objective: To make you discover their country beyond its tourist facade.
A team of French and English speaking advisers, passionate and knowledgeable about the field, will accompany you throughout your reflection. Based on your expectations, each advisor takes meticulous care to create, hand in hand with you, a trip that adapts to your wishes, a trip that resembles you and that allows communion between the local populations and the traveler, In respect of each.
Their only objective: to make your travel dream a reality.
They are your guardian angels and our ambassadors. They embody the soul of their country and showcase its riches. Leaving nothing to chance, they ensure the smooth running of your program and visits, to allow you to make the most of your trip.
Their only objective: To watch over you and guarantee you a course without shade and without risk.
Behind each trip, a whole team takes care of the logistics: reservations, choice of guides and drivers, quality control of services, preparation of equipment for specific routes. In conjunction with local service providers, they manage negotiations and the search for new partners to constantly expand our offer to travelers.
Their only objective: to provide you with the best services at the best conditions.
We do our best to foster communication and involve the local communities in our activities. We try to facilitate cultural exchange and authentic meetings.
We are participating in several projects in remote and disadvantaged areas, to support small infrastructure construction or help kids in medical emergency.
We take actions to minimize our impact on the nature and environment, through eco-friendly transportation or waste recycling for instance.
We make sure that all our stakeholders follow the same sustainable practices. We also favor partners that are committed in ethical projects such as fairtrade shops.
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As some of you may have seen in the news, Thailand is gearing up for a ‘soft reopening’ to vaccinated travellers a month from now on July 1.
It is official, sort of. After months of kicking sand around debating if it will really happen, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has officially approved the Phuket Sandbox plan, an important step forward. The announcement, made late this afternoon, June, 4th, appears to answer the often-posed question if the sandbox plan would ever happen after the much more intense and deadly third wave of Covid-19 swept through Thailand.
Then, the island will be opening Phuket International Airport to foreign travellers as proposed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The trial will be the first of its kind in the country, and if successful, may be rolled out across other parts of Thailand. The Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT) has already earmarked Krabi, Pattaya, Bangkok, Buriram, Cha-am, Koh Samui, Phang-nga and Hua Hin as possible destinations to try out the scheme.
Each model will be slightly different, depending on geography, and international visitors will still have to get a visa in advance and fill out some paperwork (see details below). Nevertheless, this will come as promising news to those travellers desperate to visit Thailand!
If the Phuket Sandbox Scheme goes ahead, from June to September 2021, Thailand is expecting to receive up to 129,000 international visitors – will you be one of them? In this article, we’ll attempt to answer all of the questions you might have about the Phuket Sandbox and more!
Disclaimer – Information regarding the Phuket Sandbox Program is changing literally every day and is dependent on the COVID-19 situation across Thailand. While we update this article regularly to the best of our ability, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
Learn more about our travel guide for Phuket island here
A playground for locals, Phnom Kulen (literally Mountain of the Lychees) is a gorgeous day out. The main attraction is the waterfalls at the top of Kulen Mountain and it’s also a great picnic spot; well set up in Cambodian style with hammocks and shelters to keep you shaded from the sun. It’s around 1.5-2 hours drive from Siem Reap and if you go all the way to the top by van or car, you need to get there early, as the road is one-way traffic only.
Additionally, it is a very sacred site with multiple temples easily accessible. Two sites most noted are the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean, within the Kulen National Park site and Preah Ang Thom pagoda with its giant reclining Buddha. The area is a magnet to “kru khmer” (natural medicine doctors), and attracts people seeking blessings from its holy waters, particularly the potent life-giving waters at Kbal Spean, that are said to help couples conceive.
Preah Vihear Temple (Prasat Preah Vihear) is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia.
Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-century-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles.
Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north–south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province, though it is no longer accessible from Thailand.
On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Deep in the forests of Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the elegant spires of an ancient stone city soar skyward above the sprawling complex of Angkor Archaeological Park.
The Khmer Empire’s various capitals thrived here from the 9th to 15th centuries, while their rulers presided over an empire that stretched from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam. Including forested areas and newly discovered “suburbs” Angkor covers more than 400 square kilometers.
Though just one of hundreds of surviving temples and structures, the massive Angkor Wat is the most famed of all Cambodia’s temples - it appears on the nation’s flag - and it is revered for good reason. The 12th century “temple-mountain” was built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is an architectural triumph laden with artistic treasures like the bas-relief galleries that line many walls and tell enduring tales of Cambodian history and legend.
In other parts of Angkor such art depicts scenes of daily life - offering scholars a precious window into the past.
Reading the below epic guide for Angkor Archaeological Park, you will have all the information you need from its history, maps, best time to visit and so on to have the best out of your Angkor tours
Banteay Kdei Temple (Prasat Banteay Kdei), meaning "A Citadel of Chambers", also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells", is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom.
Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title "Maha paramasangata pada"), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister.
This Buddhist monastic complex is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings and is now undergoing renovation. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries till 1960s.