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Fusion Resort Phu Quoc has opened in the increasingly popular Vietnamese resort island famed for its white sand beaches in the Gulf of Thailand.

Located 40 minutes' drive from Phu Quoc's airport, the spa retreat offers 97 pool villas spread across the lush 20ha coastal property. The spa features 20 double treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor yoga areas and a health club. The resort also has three restaurants and bars, and a "Mini Maia" kids club.

Rates begin at US$299 (S$405), inclusive of taxes and service charge. For more information, go to


SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will take over Scoot's five-times-weekly services to Yangon, Myanmar, starting on Oct 29. This will boost SilkAir's Yangon operations to 15 non-stop flights a week, in addition to three flights a week via Mandalay.

Guests with existing bookings on Scoot's Yangon services on and after Oct 29 will be reaccommodated on SilkAir.

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Luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai has teamed up with triathlete and coach Ron Gerrits to offer guests a fully customisable road biking experience.

Guests can request anything from a leisurely ride on flat terrain through the outskirts of the city to full triathlon training.

With more than 30 years of experience, Gerrits offers fitness training, tips on cycling skills and techniques, as well as triathlon preparation techniques.

Guests are required to bring their own bike, helmet and equipment, and are recommended to have a travel insurance plan that covers cycling. The minimum age for the programme is 14 and the maximum number of participants in a group is six.

On the day of the ride, cyclists will travel from the hotel in a support vehicle which will take them to the start of the cycling route and take them back to the hotel once they are done. Prices for the ride start at 12,000 baht (S$490) a person.

Located in the 19th-century former headquarters of the East Borneo Company, 137 Pillars House features 30 luxurious suites (starting at 12,000 baht a night), gourmet dining, a swimming pool, a library and a spa. Book at the hotel website and receive complimentary one-way airport transfer by private limousine, a 15 per cent discount on a spa treatment, a complimentary room upgrade to the next best room category and late checkout until 4pm, free of charge.

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Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 15, 2017, with the headline 'Travel news and deals'. Print Edition | Subscribe