10 Tips For Your First Japanese Holiday

Whether you’re a long-time Club member or a new face in the Wyndham family, you’ve got one thing in common – you love travelling.  From sun-soaked tropical vacays to inner-city expeditions, you’ve done it all.  You can’t wait for that moment when you step off the plane and into an exciting new world.  Strange experiences, different cultures, unfamiliar faces – it’s all part of the fun.  You’re an explorer.  You’re an adventurer.  You’re part of Club Wyndham.

Now think of Japan.  What do see?  Mount Fuji, its summit iced with pale snow, silhouetted against the horizon.  Pastel-pink sakura blossoms hanging heavy in the spring air.  The formidable legacy of the samurai.  The metropolitan vastness of Tokyo.

With its long, proud history and a host of unique traditions, this incredible country is nothing like anything you’ve experienced before.  Even for seasoned travellers, Japan’s distinctive culture is a shock to the system.  So, to prepare you for your first Honshū holiday, we’ve put together a list of ten handy tips to make your trip as awesome as possible.

  1. Don’t be afraid to try new things.

It’s Travelling 101, right?  Even if you love jumping outside your comfort zone, keep this one in the back of your mind during a trip to Japan.  Experiences like eating raw fish, getting stark-naked at a public onsen with strangers and watching monkeys swim in the snow can be intimidating for Westerners.  Make sure you plunge headlong into everything Japan has to offer, and don’t miss out just because it seems different (or even a little weird).

  1. Be polite and respectful.

Once again, this seems like a standard travelling tip, but Japan and the Japanese have an international reputation for being exceptionally well-mannered.  Blowing your nose in public, being loud on trains and wearing shoes on tatami mats are all frowned upon.  When you’re visiting attractions like temples and shrines, remember that they’re not just relics from the past – for many practitioners of Buddhism and Shintoism, they’re still deeply sacred sites, so follow the rules and be respectful.

  1. Don’t be offended if your tattoos get strange looks.

Although tattoos are pretty accepted in metropolitan areas thanks to high volumes of tourists, they’re less common in other parts of Japan, and, if you’ve got visible ink, you might be barred from onsen and other traditional places.  Why?  Historically, yakuza (Japanese mafia) received irezumi (hand-poked tattoos) body suits as a tribute to their status.  Tattoos and organised crime are inextricably linked in the general Japanese mind, so don’t be offended if you get some strange looks.

  1. Time your visit based on what you want to do.

Japan’s a highly seasonal country.  Winter activities like skiing aren’t available during summer, and many summer activities like hiking or swimming aren’t possible with snow.  Spring and autumn are the two most photogenic seasons – in spring, you’ll get to see the beautiful sakura blossoms, and, in autumn, the leaves of maples and other deciduous trees turn yellow, orange and red.

  1. Avoid peak season.

Japan is a small and densely-populated country, so it’s a good idea to avoid the Japanese school holidays.  The worst offender is the summer break, which generally ranges from 20 July to the end of August – if you try popular activities like climbing Mount Fuji during this period, you’ll end up locked in a person-to-person traffic jam.

  1. Avoid Western food.

There’s nothing wrong with Japan’s Western-style restaurants, but it’s pretty much a crime not to eat local in one of the world’s foodie capitals.  Please, stay away from MacDonald’s – check out a sashimi bar or an izakaya (saké pub) instead.  Udon and soba noodles, sushi, sashimi, gyoza, and tempura are just a few of Japan’s delicious offerings.

  1. Bring cash.

Surprise!  Cash is still king in most parts of Japan, so don’t step out without a tight wad of yen in your pocket.  Many places, especially in rural areas, won’t take card, so make sure that you withdraw enough to see you through the day.

  1. 7-Elevens are your friend.

7-Eleven convenience stores might seem like a last-ditch option for some late-night munchies if you’re a Westerner, but, in Japan, they’re 24-hour lifesavers.  If you’re missing some of your essentials, you’re hungry, or you feel like knocking back a few cups of saké, your local 7-Eleven is the place to visit.  Unlike American and Australian 7-Elevens, the Japanese renditions have pretty much everything you could need, including bento boxes, alcohol and toiletries.

  1. Learn how to use chopsticks.

You’ve probably encountered chopsticks at your local Asian restaurant, but a visit to Japan means it’s time to brush off your stick-skills and learn how to properly use these versatile utensils.  It’s also important to remember some etiquette: don’t point them at people, don’t rest them on the table, and don’t stick them in food.  The last one stems from the Japanese tradition of sticking chopsticks upright in food-offerings to the dead – it symbolises bringing death to the table, so definitely avoid doing it!

  1. Learn some Japanese.

This one’s applicable to any holiday in a foreign country.  English might be the most widely-spoken language in the world, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to read up on a few useful Japanese phrases.  Not only will it help you navigate areas that aren’t designed for tourists, it’ll also indicate that you’re making an effort to fit in, which is always appreciated by the locals.

 

And that’s it!  Remember these ten great tips, and you’ll be all set for your first Japanese holiday.  It’s time to start living your bucket-list– book an amazing Japanese experience with Club Wyndham today.

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EXPERIENCE DUBAI

Mix the grandeur of the futuristic skyscrapers with the vast desolation of the Arabian sands, Dubai is one of the world’s most intriguing cities that is thoroughly modern yet historical all at the same time. If you enjoy living large and holidaying in extreme style, Dubai offers plenty to satisfy your wildest imagination.

 

DESERT SAFARI

Far from human habitation, the desert safari is brimming with life day and night. Early in the morning, take on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride as you float over the endless ocean of spectacular, barren sandscapes. In the afternoon, ride the desert and bump over steep sand dunes in range rovers through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve to spot the Arabian Oryx, Falcons or the Arabian Wildcats.

 

 

DINING IN DUBAI

Embark on a gastronomy journey as you feast your way through the city, better known for its vibrant food scene and exotic dining experiences. No matter you are looking for homely, authentic Emirati cuisines or world-class, international menus curated by top Michelin-starred chefs, Dubai has it all. If you like to dine with a view, be sure to stop by Pierchic, the upscale restaurant with a private pier or Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara for a unique dining-in-an-aquarium experience. For a truly romantic night, join the Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai Creek and enjoy international buffet as you cruise past the old and new architectures of Dubai.

 

 

 

SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

Get your credit cards ready because there’s no way you’re leaving Dubai empty handed. Measuring 13 million square feet (or the size of 50 football fields), The Dubai Mall houses more than 1,200 stores, 200 restaurants, and ample entertainment outlets. Other than the Dubai Mall, the Mall of Emirates offers plenty of options with more than 630 retail outlets, 250 flagship stores, 80 luxury stores, and over 100 restaurants. If you fancy good bargains, drop by the Dubai Outlet Mall – home to over 200 stores – where you’ll find luxury items sold at heavily discounted prices. Haggle your way through the charmingly historic, Old Dubai, Bur Dubai, and Deira for the cheapest gold jewelry, luscious textiles, traditional arab garb, perfumes, exotic herbs and spices, and souvenirs.

 

CAMELS AND CAMPS

Hop onto the back of a camel to experience the life of the Bedouin nomads back in time. After a bumpy good time, enjoy the cool evening breeze as the sun sets to a palette of mauves and indigos. No desert safari tour is completed without a visit to the camps where you’ll enjoy a traditional Emirati feast under the stars. Be entertained by the belly dancers, Arabian fire shows or go in awe of the led Tanoura dance.

 

 

GOLDEN TULIP MEDIA HOTEL

Located 7 minutes away from the metro station, the Golden Tulip Media Hotel is the perfect place to visit all major attractions such as the Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Jumeira Beach and the Mall of the Emirates. Facilities include in-house restaurants, 24 hours supermarket, swimming pool, fitness center, spa, and steam room. Hop on the free shuttle services that bring you to the beaches and shopping malls or get on board the readily available Taxis to begin your city discovery.

 

 

 

 

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BALI – “CAN’T WAIT TO EXPERIENCE AND EXPLORE ANOTHER PLACE WITH WYNDHAM”

bali - cultural showThis is my first trip since joining the Club Wyndham Asia and my first trip to Bali also. As the first-timer enjoy the club member’s benefit, my husband and I decided to share the great moments with 2 kids, mother and 3 aunties.

We choose to experience Bali and stay at Ramada Encore Bali located at Seminyak. We love Ramada Encore Bali because the staff is very friendly and helpful, the breakfast is yummy and the pool is awesome. Bali has so much to offer and every place is amazingly unique in its own way. With 5 days stayed, we explore the beach, see dolphins jumping from the sea with sunrise view, enjoy the scenery of paddy field and volcano, experience the cultural show and etc.

Thank you Wyndham for the unforgettable experience not only to me but also to all of us. In fact, this is our first time having the holiday together. For my aunties, it were the new life record because it were the first time they are travelling on airplane and first time travelling to a foreign country. Being the member of Wyndham is exactly the right decision I’d made in life. Can’t wait to experience and explore another place with Wyndham.

 

Ramada Encore Bali Seminyak

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Azreena

Club Wyndham Asia Members since March 2017

MELBOURNE: “THANK YOU WYNDHAM FOR MAKING OUR TRIP A SWEET & UNFORGETTABLE ONE”

sydney beach

It was the right thing to do when my wife and I took up the offer by Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket to have a holiday there and listen to what Wyndham Asia has to offer. We said to ourselves, alright we will go but listen only and need not buy the package.

This was during our 27th wedding anniversary on 29 Sep 2017. We enjoyed so much and love the Resort and service provided by Wyndham that we decided to take up the membership.

We like to travel to places on our own and it comes at the right time too as 13 Dec 2017 was my second son’s graduation. The first thing I did was to book anywhere in Melbourne with Wyndham after getting the membership. The service at contact centre in Singapore was excellent as Ms Naan, the staff in Singapore, gave good recommendation after checking on my itineraries. She managed to book Wyndham at William St and it was very nice staying there, in the heart of the city.

It makes our trip memorable and enjoyable after traveling to various places as can be seen in the photos attached. Thank you Wyndham for making our trip to witness my son’s
graduation a sweet and unforgettable one with Melbourne offering so much scenic colorful places, wonderful people and food. Can’t wait to go again to another place where Wyndham is.

sydney graduation

Ong Ah Kah

Club Wyndham Asia Members since October 2017

 

 

 

 

Member Interview: Where we’ve been with the Club

 

By Member: Wu Xiaofang

CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA MEMBER SINCE JULY 2017

Resort Stay:

  • Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, Thailand, February 2018
  • Wyndham Grand Xian South, China, June 2018
  • Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside, Thailand, June 2018
  • Wyndham Resort Denarau Island, Fiji, July 2018

 

Joined the holiday club for just over a year but I’m already very satisfied with the accommodation we had for the several trips we took. The Wyndham Hotel in Xi’an, China, has a fantastic location, and is convenient for business and travel. The rooms are especially spacious and comfortable. In the Ramada Plaza at Menam Riverside, Bangkok, the view from the riverside suite was amazing, and Asiatique, the modern Bangkok night market, is just a 5 minute walk from here. Even though the reservation did not include breakfast, we could get authentic local cuisine in the alley just across the street. The city atmosphere was also very good.

From the membership brochure, we saw that Wyndham Hotel in Fiji has a super-high exchange value, so we decided to give it a try. As expected, Fiji is really a holiday paradise. The hotel has enough private beaches and all kinds of entertainment to keep us busy indoors for several days. The standard of the fire dance performance on weekends were even better than those in the port business district. The kitchen in the suite was very well-equipped. The dining area was also large enough. In the supermarket, we bought local seafood and steak from neighboring New Zealand and Australia, and even rice! Every morning, the mixed Chinese and Western breakfast in the garden was just perfect. We are already looking forward to our trip to New Zealand next year.

  

Also wanted to comment separately on Wyndham Kalim Bay Hotel in Phuket. As a members-only hotel, there are places where members will really feel that it’s value-for-money. As this hotel was just completed recently, the facilities are relatively new and more humanized. The best thing is that each suite has its own individual infinity pool. It’s really suitable for a family to go wild in the water. The hotel is located in the middle of a hill, so the view from the whole hotel was good. The seascape from the restaurant was even more stunning.

It was also quite convenient to travel around as it’s not far from the food and business centers. In addition, we would like to comment on the customer service of the holiday club. They are warm and professional, timely and effective in their follow-ups, doing just what needed to be done, our interactions
with them were really nice. I hope the holidays will get better and better, and I will recommend more friends to join the program.

Memorable experience with CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA

 

WYNDHAM GRAND XIAN SOUTH

Associate Resort

Wyndham Grand Xian South exterior

Boasting an incredible location in the center of Qujiang New District near the Dayan Pagoda and Xi’an Qujiang International Convention and Exhibition Center, the Wyndham Grand Xian South offers luxurious amenities in Shaanxi’s historic capital city. Effortlessly fusing traditional architectural influences with contemporary styling, our hotel features world-class services, a chic lobby lounge, mouth-watering dining options, and 5,000-square-meters of chic meeting and event space.

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Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok exterior

RAMADA PLAZA BANGKOK MENAM RIVERSIDE

Associate Resort

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this five-star luxury hotel offers a little slice of serenity in bustling Bangkok. The award-winning Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside is the perfect base to explore all of the Thai capital’s fascinating attractions. The hotel runs a free shuttle boat service to the nearby train station, connecting you to the city’s Skytrain network. Cultural attractions including the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn are nearby, as well as Asia’s largest night bazaar, located just a short walk from the hotel.

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Denarau Fiji

WYNDHAM RESORT DENARAU ISLAND

Dreaming of a tropical paradise for your next holiday? Fiji is an exotic destination filled with culture, beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters and the friendliest people in the world. Located on the beachfront is Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Denarau Island, an oasis ideal for sipping cocktails, enjoying authentic Fijian culture and letting life’s pressures float away.

Wyndham Resort Denarau Island is one of the South Pacific Clubs’ most popular resorts for a family holiday or romantic getaway. It’s easy to relax and enjoy Fiji’s laid-back pace with the resort’s spacious accommodation including one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The resort also boasts outstanding resort facilities including a large lagoon style swimming pool, outdoor spa, swim-up pool bar with wet and dry seating, kids’ club, direct beach access and a Mexican themed restaurant.

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WYNDHAM GRAND PHUKET KALIM BAY

Club and Associate Resort

Elegance meets serenity at the stunning Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, where pristine
guestrooms provide stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Nestled on a cliff, the resort is within
easy reach of the vibrant Patong Beach and Kalim Beach’s rolling surf while maintaining the
seclusion valued by discerning travellers.

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Affiliate Resorts

As a Club Wyndham Asia® Member you have the opportunity to travel to a range of great holiday destinations staying at Affiliate Resorts, an additional benefit offered by the Club Developer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (HK) Limited.

It is important to note that due to Affiliate Resorts being operated independently from Club Wyndham Asia®, the following should be considered:

  • Resort, room facilities and standards may vary.
  • Some properties may have a minimum night stay.
  • Resorts may be modified or removed at any time without notice.

Member Story: 7 Days in Australia

 

By Member: Kanokkorn Kittipornpanich

CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA MEMBER SINCE MAY 2018

Resort Stays:

  • Wyndham Sydney Suites, September 2018
  • Wyndham Melbourne, September 2018

This time my family spent time in Australia. 7 days in Sydney and Melbourne also. Very good value for money and rooms are spotless and staff was great. Moreover, location also great, you can access the department store and station within 5 mins by walking.
I strongly recommend you to join the great experience with CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA.

 

Booking Tip

“Become familiar with the website and understand how the club and your points actually work, learn how to book online, see your credits and where the resorts are before you start trying to get your head
around other benefits.”

 

Memorable experience with CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA – Associate Resort Program WMSP

WYNDHAM SYDNEY SUITESWyndham Sydney Suites

WORLDMARK SOUTH PACIFIC CLUB BY WYNDHAM RESORT

As one of Australia’s best-loved holiday destinations, Sydney in New South Wales has a plethora of activities and attractions for families, couples and solo travellers. The world-famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are a must-see for all visitors to the NSW capital city. Both landmarks are 5-10 minutes drive or less than an hour’s leisurely walk from the Wyndham Sydney Suites. The city also caters for thrill seekers with the BridgeClimb and jet boat rides on Sydney Harbour. The popular beaches of Bondi, Bronte and Coogee are not far from Sydney and are all easily accessible by public transport.

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Wyndham Hotel Melbourne lobby WYNDHAM HOTEL MELBOURNE

WORLDMARK SOUTH PACIFIC CLUB BY WYNDHAM RESORT

Melbourne is famous for its contemporary suburbs oozing with character and culture, from the progressive restaurants and bars and boutique shopping of Fitzroy, to the seaside destination of St Kilda. Wyndham Hotel Melbourne will have you well positioned to all this and more including the Crown Casino, Queen Victoria Markets and an abundance of sporting stadiums.

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Affiliate Resorts

As a Club Wyndham Asia® Member you have the opportunity to travel to a range of great holiday destinations staying at Affiliate Resorts, an additional benefit offered by the Club Developer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (HK) Limited.

It is important to note that due to Affiliate Resorts being operated independently from Club Wyndham Asia®, the following should be considered:

  • Resort, room facilities and standards may vary.
  • Some properties may have a minimum night stay.
  • Resorts may be modified or removed at any time without notice.

Member Story: The Maldives, WOW

By Member: Banisha Nonglyer

CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA MEMBER SINCE JANUARY 2016

Resort Stay:

  • Filitheyo Island Resort, Maldives, July 2018

I am more than delighted to give a very positive feedback to our stay at Filitheyo Island Resort.

I really don’t know where or how to begin…well, let me try and begin by saying WOW! Visited this property from 29th Jun – 06th Jul 2018. I have traveled widely, and am as cynical as they come, but
everything was simply perfect. The Resort, the room, the restaurants, the beach, the activities, and THE STAFF. But what won me over was the warm welcome from each and every staff member.

The sea plane ride was beautiful and being so far out in the Indian Ocean is part of the amazing out of this world feeling you get at this resort. We never had to worry about carrying our bags.

The property is a proper resort with a lot of activities., like Fishing, Darts, Snorkeling, Water sports, Diving, Pool table. Enjoyed their shark feeding and stingray feeding activities! Special events are also organized by them in the evening at the bar.

We were staying in a Water Villa and the room was massive and immaculate. Housekeeping was quite efficient.

The food was sooo good! There were so many choices of cuisine it really felt like you were not at one hotel with all the options. Since there were people there from all over the world the cuisine options
were great.

Everything is done to a high standard, it is immediately relaxing…The staff go out of their way to make sure high expectations are met, and overall this is a truly exceptional place simply to chill. I’m dreaming to be back there.

One of the best experiences!!

Memorable experience with CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA – Affiliate Program RCI

 


RCI Exchange Program 

As a Club Wyndham Asia® Member you have the opportunity to exchange your Member Points with the RCI Exchange Program for a week at your choice of 4,500 participating Affiliated Resorts in more than 100 countries, as an additional benefit offered by the Club Developer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (HK) Limited.

It is important to note that due to the RCI Exchange Program being operated independently from Club Wyndham Asia®, the following should be considered:

  • Resort, room facilities, and standards may vary.
  • Some properties may have a minimum night stay.
  • Resorts may be modified or removed at any time without notice.

Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

Happy Mid-Autumn Day!

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival is observed by countries in South East Asia.

The festival started 3,000 years ago in China when emperors believed that worshipping the moon will give them a bountiful harvest.

In modern times, families gather together for dinners and mooncakes, made from red bean and lotus seed paste, and shared with loved ones and friends. Mooncakes are an important element of the festival as they signify unity among families.

With your Club Wyndham Asia membership, you can take part in this traditional festival with your loved ones at a spectacular destination.

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WYNDHAM LEGEND HALONG BAY

Associate Resort

Overlooking the World Heritage-listed site of Ha Long Bay, the five-star Wyndham Legend Halong Bay offers a spectacular holiday experience. Located by the bay, you can admire beautiful vistas of the water, relax in style at the spa or taste the finest international cuisine in any of the hotel’s speciality onsite restaurants.

 

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Associate Resorts

As a Club Wyndham Asia® Member, you have the opportunity to travel to a range of great holiday destinations staying at Associate Resorts, an additional benefit offered by the Club Developer, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (HK) Limited.

It is important to note that due to Affiliate Resorts being operated independently from Club Wyndham Asia®, the following should be considered:

  • Resort, room facilities and standards may vary.
  • Some properties may have a minimum night stay.
  • Resorts may be modified or removed at any time without notice.