The Effect of COVID-19 on International Tourism in Thailand

International Arrivals in Thailand are down by 75% so far in 2020 as the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown continues to impact tourism which accounts for around 20% of the country’s GDP. Read about the impact on Global and Southeast Asia tourism and hopes for recovery here That is according to statistical dataContinue reading “The Effect of COVID-19 on International Tourism in Thailand”

International Tourism May Not Recover Until 2022

Tourism in Southeast Asia has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with international arrivals down by 74% in the first 8 months of the year. The figures for May to August were even worse for the region where there were declines of 98%. That is according to a press release issued by theContinue reading “International Tourism May Not Recover Until 2022”

Live Music Bars

My favourite pictures #10 I love live music. Preferably in small venues or bars rather than stadiums or Arenas. At a gig with a band that you love there is that feeling of community, a shared experience, a hot sweaty mass of bodies all enjoying the music and atmosphere. Live music in bars is aContinue reading “Live Music Bars”

35 Die in Central Vietnam After Typhoon Molave

At least 35 people have died and 59 are missing as Typhoon Molave hit Central Vietnam on Wednesday (28th October), the fourth major storm to hit the area in October. The number of deaths is expected to rise. The three previous storms left at least 130 people dead and 18 missing before Molave. Photo depictsContinue reading “35 Die in Central Vietnam After Typhoon Molave”

Andaman Sea

My favourite pictures #9 I have always loved water. My fearless antics around swimming pools as a 2 year old scared my non-swimming mother on many occasions. I did so many sponsored swims that by 8 years old relatives had said enough was enough, especially those who sponsored by distance. I have been a swimmingContinue reading “Andaman Sea”

Typhoon Molave Batters Central Vietnam

Typhoon Molave, believed to be the most powerful storm to hit Vietnam in the last 20 years, made landfall just south of Da Nang at around 11.00am on Wednesday morning. Photo depicts previous flooding of Hoi An and not current conditions – credit Loi Nguyen Duc on flickr The storm is expected to move westwardsContinue reading “Typhoon Molave Batters Central Vietnam”

Songthaew

My favourite pictures #8 I have ridden in many a Songthaew over the years. We have hailed them from the side of the road, used impromptu “bus” stops and jumped onto waiting trucks. I have always enjoyed travelling in the back of a Songthaew, with its open sides and back and the little sense ofContinue reading “Songthaew”

Threat to Komodo Dragon by “Jurassic Park”

Protests against an Indonesian government backed scheme to promote tourism on Rinca Island, dubbed “Jurassic Park” have intensified following the publication of a picture showing a Komodo Dragon and a workers truck in close proximity. Rinca Island is one of the the three largest islands making up Komodo National Park in Indonesia. The island comprisesContinue reading “Threat to Komodo Dragon by “Jurassic Park””

Street Food

My favourite pictures #7 I love street food. This picture sums up everything that is good about street food for me. Wander around a street market in many places in Southeast Asia and you will see all kinds of street food vendors. The whole experience adds up for me. Gazing at their menu trying toContinue reading “Street Food”

Vietnam Floods Cause More Than 100 Deaths

It has been reported (26th October) that Vietnam was preparing to evacuate almost 1.3 million people as Typhoon Molave (also known as Quinta) heads towards the country. The typhoon has already seen wind speeds of 125km per hour (77mph) and gusts of up to 150kph (93mph) Typhoon Molave is expected to hit Central Vietnam onContinue reading “Vietnam Floods Cause More Than 100 Deaths”