by Brooke Thio and Catharine Nicol | May 30, 2017
Dragonboating in the New Territories

HONG KONG
Beat to the rhythm of excitement
Take to Hong Kong's waters on the back of one of her iconic dragonboats. Pull together as a team, literally, as you race your colleagues, paddling in time to the beat of the drum. The effort, the timing, the splash of the water and the speed of the boat will boost your competitive streak, quick bursts of sprints testing your strength and coordination, leaving you tired but energised. For 20 to 200 guests, the three-hour activity takes place in the New Territories and includes a post-paddling BBQ.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Team building
WOW FACTOR:  Local culture and adrenaline-pumping action
ACCOMMODATES: 20 to 200
SERVICES: Entertainment, catering
EVENTS BOOKING: Victoria Recreation Club, Jo Jones, events@victoriarecreationclub.com.hk 

Aqua Luna II

UNIQUE VENUE:  Sail in style
Sporting eye-catching Ming Dynasty blue-and-white dragon sails, Aqua Luna II launched this month, joining original sister ship Aqua Luna. Both boats were handcrafted in Hong Kong using the traditional design and materials of the Chinese junks of old.

A stunning piece of history, the 186sqm newcomer has two decks spanning indoor and outdoor space. This beautiful floating bar and cocktail lounge is ideal for private cocktail and dinner cruises for up to 80 guests and sails along some of Hong Kong's best coast lines.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Social, cocktail receptions
WOW FACTOR: Cultural icon
ACCOMMODATES: Up to 80
SERVICES: Catering
EVENTS BOOKING: Aqua Group, Lily Cheung, lily@aqua.com.hk

MACAU
Get high. Get musical.
Pair the adrenaline rush of walking out onto the rim of the Macau Tower, 233 metres above the ground, with the focus, energy boost and team connection that comes with drumming. Utterly unforgettable, highly bonding and immeasurably satisfying, making music at high altitude is the wow-factor combination of Sky Drumming, led by instructors from Human Rhythm. Bring up to 120 people (taken out in groups of 20) for one to two hours and enjoy the resulting high, long after you descend to ground level.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Team building
WOW FACTOR: High altitude and entertainment
ACCOMMODATES: 20 - 120
EVENTS BOOKING: Small World Experience, Adriana Cabral, Ana@smallworldexperience.com

UNIQUE VENUE: Colonial dining
Built in 1870, colonial and bright pink, there's no missing the Macau Military Club. On the inside, historically, it was army officers and their civilian guests who could enjoy the old fashioned dining hall. Now the timeless interiors decorated with antique Chinese dishes are open to the public and available for private hire. Sit under the whirring ceiling fans by the huge arched windows and take over this evocative space for a series of delicious Portuguese dishes like bairrada suckling pig. The main dining room and Bridge room can accommodate up to 30, while the basement banquet dining room is larger for up to 150.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Cocktail receptions, dinners
WOW FACTOR:            Local culture and cuisine
ACCOMMODATES: up to 150
FACILITIES: Private banquet dining room
EVENTS BOOKING: DOC DMC Macau, Bruno Simoes, bsimoes@doc-dmc-macau.com

Movie magic woven into a cocktail event at Universal Studios.

SINGAPORE
Discover your inner child with movie magic
Add a blockbuster twist to your incentive trip by holding it at Universal Studios Singapore®: the movie theme park turns big-screen hits such as Shrek, Transformers, and Jurassic Park into exhilarating rides and larger-than-life attractions. To turn the day of enjoyment into an unforgettable night, groups can even hold a private party at one of the many themed restaurants or open-air venues, with customisations such as tailored menus, live entertainment, and meet-and-greet photography sessions with Universal Studios characters.
With Resorts World™ Sentosa Convention Centre close by, as well as six uniquely themed hotels offering over 50 meeting venues, even the largest events or incentive trips will enjoy accessibility and variety in the business and leisure options available.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Conferences, meetings, cocktail receptions, gala dinners, team building
WOW FACTOR: The glamour
ACCOMMODATES: 150 to 1,500
FACILITIES: Catering, entertainment, shopping
EVENTS BOOKING:mice@rwsentosa.com

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Go green. Get natural.

Featuring lush tropical jungles, mangroves, and a UNESCO Geopark, Langkawi is a paradisiacal retreat for MICE groups. After a day of meetings and discussions, get moving with a 3-hour Jungle Trek with Buffalo Events to hunt down macaques, bats, flying lemurs, and other wildlife as the sun goes down. As a company highly focused on responsible tourism, Buffalo Events works with local expert guides who will educate participants on the local ecosystem and ongoing conservation efforts.

Green as it may be, Langkawi is well equipped for corporate events: the Langkawi International Convention Centre is capable of hosting up to 1,200 people in its Grand Ballroom, while a selection of luxury hotels offer environmentally-friendly meeting facilities.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Nature tours, CSR activities, conventions and meetings
WOW FACTOR: The wildlife
IDEAL GROUP SIZE: Eight per group
EVENTS BOOKING: info@buffaloevents.com

Jungle trekking in Langkawi

BALI, INDONESIA
Eat, play and discover

This land- and water-based activity combines the best of both worlds. First hop aboard one of their colourful, open-top jeeps for a zippy ride through Bali's rice paddies, with up to four guests per jeep. Dropping off at the Ayung River, guests will be ready to jump into rafts and navigate their way down 12km of rapids. Seeing the island of the Gods from a different angle gives an appreciation of the countryside, and teamwork paddling and steering ensures interactive cooperation, adrenaline and plenty of excitement.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Team building, exploration tours
WOW FACTOR: Nature and adrenaline-rush
ACCOMMODATES: 2 to 20
FACILITIES: Jeeps, rafts, catering
EVENTS BOOKING: EOAsia.com, support@eoasia.com 

Métis Restaurant, Lounge and Gallery in Bali

UNIQUE VENUE: Tropical nights
The stunning inside-outside French Mediterranean Métis Restaurant, Lounge and Gallery in Bali's Kuta district is a shoe-in for a private function. Mingle during pre-dinner cocktails in tropical Le Jardin or Metis Lounge, before cooling down in the private air-conditioned function space for up to 100 guests with a private bar and garden view. Smaller groups of up to 10 can choose to be surrounded by wine bottles for an exclusive degustation dinner created by chefs Nicolas Tourneville and Dove Sudarsana in the Private Cellar. Larger groups can buy out the entire space for lunch for 100 guests minimum, or dinner for 150 guests minimum, with a special dining package.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY:  meetings, cocktail receptions, dinners
WOW FACTOR: Tropical gardens and Mediterranean cuisine
ACCOMMODATES: 10 - 100
SERVICES: Catering
EVENTS BOOKING: Metis Bali, reservations@metisbali.com

HOI AN, VIETNAM
Cook like a local

With Mrs Vy's cooking class you get a boat ride, market and street food guide, cooking class and slap-up meal all in one. Mrs Vy used to run these classes from the famous Morning Glory Restaurant, but has now moved to her own premises where she teaches you all about ingredients, hands-on cooking and finally savouring the local cuisine you just created yourself.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Team building, recreational
WOW FACTOR: Eating a DIY Vietnamese meal
ACCOMMODATES: 12 - 32
SERVICES: Boat ride, market and street guide, cooking class, catering
EVENTS BOOKING:sales@culinaryvietnam.com, www.indochinacharmtravel.com 

Floating dinner on - Halong Bay

UNIQUE VENUE: Floating dinner
For a twist on the usual boat excursion, at Exo Travel Vietnam, their exclusive floating platform events are turning heads. Surrounded by the calm waters of Halong Bay and under a roof made of jagged rock, up to 120 guests can tuck into delicious local cuisine as music echoes around the fascinating natural space.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Recreational
WOW FACTOR: Secret location
ACCOMMODATES: Up to 120
SERVICES: Entertainment, catering, nature
EVENTS BOOKING: ExoTravel Vietnam, Lise@exoevents.com

Cultural exchange through dance

BANGKOK, THAILAND
Connect with the community

Turn your team building activity into an opportunity to do good: Asia Ability organises experiences that focus on giving back to the community. For instance, teams can compete to purchase items on the wish list of a local orphanage - within a set budget - and then race to transport their purchases to the orphanage. Want to up the ante before arrival? Delegates can compete to see who fills their luggage with the most items for donation, which can then be dropped off at various non-profit organisations within the city.

For a more leisurely CSR activity, consider visiting a local farm or farmer's market. Sampran Riverside, a family-run eco-enterprise just one hour from Bangkok, offers tours of its 15-acre organic farm where participants can speak with a local Thai farmer and learn how rice is grown. Meetings can be held in any of its seven function rooms, which hold between 25 - 150 pax; a floating hall on the Ta-Chine River accommodates 250.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Team building & CSR, meetings
WOW FACTOR: Making a difference
IDEAL GROUP SIZE: Depending on project & availability
EVENTS BOOKING: ask@asiaability.com; hotel@sampranriverside.com

SIEM REAP/PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Adventures for the bold and curious
You've heard of the Amazing Race, but this one leaves your teams to self-navigate, challenging their teamwork and ability to self-start, problem solve and focus. Involving tablets and a specially designed app rather than a human guide, up to 1,000 delegates can take part at once, divided into small groups of around 10. The events take place in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, and the apps can be customised to suit the company with logos and personalised backgrounds. Results are presented at the end of the day.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Team building
WOW FACTOR: High-tech interaction
ACCOMMODATES: 10 - 1000
EVENTS BOOKING: TabTour Cambodia, Richard@tabtourcambodia.com

Gala dinner at Prasat Thommanon

UNIQUE VENUE: BBQ in Angkor
Holding your gala dinner or company anniversary among the evocative temples of Angkor creates an absolutely unforgettable evening of flickering lights, ancient buildings, local Apsara dancing and delicious food. Table set up, a stage, projector screens and more will personalise your evening. Choose from a selection of temples (each will be priced differently) and packages of food and free-flow drinks to ensure the evening goes smoothly.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Gala dinners
WOW FACTOR: Temple surrounds
ACCOMMODATES: 200 to 300+
FACILITIES: Entertainment and audiovisual
EVENTS BOOKING: Exo Travel Cambodia, Christopher Greener, cgreener@exotravel.com

The race goes to Dongdaemun Design Plaza

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Go fast, furious and fashionable
Blend history with popular culture in your discovery of South Korea's dynamic capital city. In an Amazing Race-style competition, the goal is for teams to develop their planning and communications skills as they seek out landmarks and local gems. The scale and theme of the activity can easily be customised to your requirements and held in specific locations, such as in theme parks or around unique meeting venues. 
A popular neighbourhood for team building is Dongdaemun, long considered the epicentre of South Korea's design industry with its historic landmarks and malls that open 24/7.

Local operator Jane Tour & DMC has even organised missions in Gwangjang Market, the oldest traditional market in Seoul. For sit-down meetings, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) offers five function halls totalling 8,000sqm.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY:       Team building, conventions, meetings
WOW FACTOR: Independent exploration
IDEAL GROUP SIZE: 20-50
EVENTS BOOKING:dmc@janetour.com

Entertainment by geishas at a kaiseiki dinner in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN
All kicks, thrills and foodie frills

Japan's widely appreciated culture makes first-hand experiences a must when in Tokyo: for custom itineraries, veteran MICE agency 
DMC Japan helps groups of all sizes create custom itineraries. Participants can dedicate their leisure hours to Japanese martial arts such as karate, judo, and kendo - where a little competition adds to the thrill of learning something new - while foodies can try their hand at making sushi, be entertained by geishas at a kaiseiki dinner, or visit a sake brewery.

For a remarkable incentive experience, consider Happo-en in Shirokane district: the tranquil landscaped gardens, filled with cherry trees and a teahouse, are directly accessible from two of its meeting rooms; some banquet rooms also feature live-cooking kitchens. The in-house production team also provides music, visual effects, staging, and fine Japanese cuisine for a spectacular event.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Cultural tour, team building, meetings
WOW FACTOR:  Hands-on experiences
GROUP SIZE: 6-24
EVENTS BOOKING:dmcjapanor.knt.co.jp