(PRWEB) January 12, 2009
Calling themselves travel mixologists, Urbane Nomads offers unique destinations, pairing it with 'select accommodation and unusual travel modes' or suss out new ways of experiencing the most well-worn of tourist trails. Some of the tours Urbane Nomads is promoting in 2009 include a private jet tour covering Golden Triangle Thailand and Myanmar, before moving on to Putao, a remote north-eastern state in Myanmar that is notoriously difficult to get to due to the erratic flight schedule.
Starting in Bangkok on the 28th March, guests will then transfer to Chiang Rai, where they will witness the 2008 King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament at Anantara Resort, a yearly tournament which forms part of Anantara's efforts to raise funds to alleviate the plight of the Asian elephants. On their last day in Chiang Rai, guests will then transfer to Tachilek, the Burmese end of the Golden Triangle before being transferred by private jet to Putao.
Putao is at the foot of the Himalayas, where the lush jungles of Myanmar meet with the climate and mountainscapes of the Himalayas. What this results in is a rich biodiversity that includes red pandas and clouded leopards. Home here too, are many tribes including the Lisu, Rawang and Naga as well as the world's only Mongoloid pygmies.Guests will be staying at the Malikha Lodge, a luxury resort designed by Jean Michel Gathy of Aman Resorts' fame. The remoteness of Putao, with its unbelievable beauty finds an expression in Malikha Lodge, where guests are able to take their breakfast on the outdoor terrace, with a picture perfect view of the Malikha River. That such a sophisticated, urbane setup is to be found within the remoteness of Putao, with little or no access to proper roads, is testimony to the will that laid behind the creation of the resort. Facilitating indigenous materials where possible, the sleek interiors of Malikha Lodge finds articulation through polished river stones, weaved thatched roofing and bamboo sourced from its immediate surroundings. With the small number of rooms, its practice of hiring staff from the surrounding villages and being involved in community projects, Malikha Lodge is a veritable example of sustainable tourism.
Another polo-themed event organized by Urbane Nomads would include the trip to Pakistan, coinciding with the Shandur Polo Festival. Come July '09, there will be the Shandur Polo festival(the site of the highest polo grounds in the world) in Pakistan. Guests will be travelling around Kafiristan(where fairy-worshipping, black robed tribes in elaborate head dresses with distinctive features and believed to be the descendants of Alexander the Great are to be found), the photoshopped landscapes of Chitral and Hunza, the most likely contender for the original Shangri-la. Accommodation will be a combination of home stays, tents and the most luxurious boutique hotels available in the main cities.
More information on Urbane Nomads can be found on their website at: http://www.urbanenomads.com
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