Wanderfolk: Karma Kastle Returns to Khao Yai, Young Master Invitational Beer Festival, Anniversary Specials at Banyan Tree Hotels

In this edition of Wanderfolk, look forward to spring and flings with Karma Kastle 2 coming back in Thailand, Young Master’s Beer Invitational quadrupling its scale in Hong Kong, and cherry blossom season abound in Japan. Thai hospitality group Banyan Tree Resorts is blessings us with awesome travel deals and offers in celebration of 25 years of hospitality, and if you’re dreading a long-haul flight to Europe, Odette‘s Julien Royer is here to whip up enticing French flavours in the air.

Karma Kastle Comes Back Around in May

Karma Klique continues to establish themselves as Bangkok’s leading event organisers by bringing back Karma Kastle for the last time in Khao Yai, Thailand from 17 to 19 May 2019. Three days and nights of electronica-fueled revelry will take place at Mirasierra Resort, a sprawling property in mist-shrouded foothills that will set the stage for an interactive wonderland of projection mapping and installations, with international guest acts such as DJ Dustin, Thomas Von Party and Sevensol gracing the line-up and regional talents like Jonathan Kusuma, Yoshi Nori, Arun R and Michael Yume supporting the event. Complete your intimate out-of-town weekend with vegan cooking classes, organic wine tasting classes, and meditation workshops. Early bird tickets are running out fast; 3-day passes going for THB 2, 500.

For more information on ticket pricing and bookings, see here.

Young Master Beer Invitational 2019

Something is brewing in Hong Kong the last weekend of May! From 25 to 26 May 2019, the city’s highest-rated brewery will be hosting more than 20 international and over 160 different beers hailing from Australia, Denmark, Vietnam, and Japan – including Mikkeller, Hop Nation, Great Leap Brewing, and Pasteur Street Brewing Company – across four beer-style themed sessions at the second edition of their beer festival.  Ticket prices start from HKD$380 per session (think strong to sessional, hoppy and sour to freestyle) to HKD$110o for 2-day passes.

For more information on tickets, see here.

Special Anniversary Offers at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has launched their Exceptional Experiences campaign – the exemplification of homegrown luxury in homage to the brand’s rich heritage and core values across three categories – in celebration of their 25th anniversary. The offer also includes 25% off Best Available Rates, food and beverage services, spa and gallery retail, and a special treat to the signature anniversary cocktail – The Botanical – by award-winning bartender Khun Kornchaphat Pichayadechapaisarn of Banyan Tree Phuket. The booking and stay window lasts between 29 March will 18 December 2019 (dates inclusive).

For more information on the Exceptional Experiences, see here.

Experience Cherry Blossom Season with Walk Japan


April showers could bring May flowers, but cherry blossoms are anticipated to arrive in full bloom from early April in Japan. It might be too late for you to catch Walk Japan’s Nakasendo Way Tour, which takes you to through the sakura-filled Magome Pass, but you might be able to take a short two-day guided Kyoto Tour. Happening 25-26, 26-27, and 30-31 April 2019, the succinct introduction to the historical Western district is priced at JPY 46,000 per person.

For more information on Walk Japan Tours, see here.

Chef Julien Royer x Air France

From April 2019 to March 2020, look forward to an exciting partnership between Air France enters an exciting partnership with two-Michelin-starred chef, Julien Royer (whose restaurant Odette was recently crowned the best restaurant in Asia) on an exceptional menu for La Première and Business cabins departing Singapore. 12 signature dishes such as Cod confit with rosemary and Paimpol coconut, raw chorizo and “Piquillo” and “Apicius” duck leg, duck jus with apples and confit lemons will be available on-board long-haul flights from Singapore to Paris-Charles de Gaulle with six items on rotation every two months.

For more information, see here.

Erica Ho

Lifestyle Writer

An adrenaline junkie constantly on the lookout for new experiences, Erica spends her weekends soaking in the sun and thinking about food.