After two week hiatus due to the sheer number of Olympic social media posts we return with our latest review of news and incredible pictures and videos from throughout Southeast Asia, celebrating the landscapes, wildlife, monuments, beaches and much more of this wonderful region.
Main picture Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand
We have seen the incredible Siem Reap named in TIME Magazine’s 100 World’s Greatest Places.
Bali in Indonesia looks to be the future home of Southeast Asia’s largest theme park after a Paramount Pictures development was announced.
We have featured stories this week on the crisis facing wild Tigers in Southeast Asia and how the travel and tourism industry can help to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
Better news came from Laos where an illegal tiger breeding farm was raided.
Malaysia Airlines have announced bargain domestic flight fares for double vaccinated travellers as Sabah works towards being ready for the return of international tourists.
It has been a big couple of weeks for tourism in Singapore despite borders till being closed to foreign tourists. The Standard have announced the development of a new Singapore hotel, The PARKROYAL Singapore has completed a transformation into a “Garden-In-A-Hotel” and Singapore Airways has been awarded Skytrax 5 Star rating for its Covid-19 measures.
Singapore was also announced as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 World’s Greatest Places.
The biggest news however was Singapore’s 56th birthday (since independence) with celebrations on 9th August.
The Thai authorities would have known that the reopening of borders to international tourists would not have been without issues.
Over the last two weeks we have seen tourists suffering travel issues as domestic travel was banned due to rising Covid cases, advice against travel to the Thailand from the US, the delay of the reopening of Pattaya and Hua Hin and a tourist murder in Phuket.
It has not all been bad news however. More than 19,000 international tourists have already arrived in the Phuket Sandbox and this week saw the first flight from Hong Kong with more travellers. The Krabi and Phang Nga extension 7+7 reopening is due to start this month and a new Thai UNESCO World Heritage Site was announced.
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