Top 7 Things To Do in Phuket

While we wait for borders to re-open and the chance to travel again we take a look at our top 7 things to do on Phuket in Thailand. We have lots of coverage on Phuket on our website including a where to stay guide. 1. Phang Nga Bay Sitting in the Strait of Malacca between Phuket island and theContinue reading “Top 7 Things To Do in Phuket”

Southeast Asia Holidays in 2021 Looking Promising

It has been a hard year for everyone involved in the travel and tourism industries as large parts of the world have been in lockdown or have closed their borders. Most of Southeast Asia is still off limits for most travellers but there are signs that things may be more promising for 2021. International TourismContinue reading “Southeast Asia Holidays in 2021 Looking Promising”

Garuda Indonesia in Merger After $1 Billion Loss

Garuda Indonesia, the flag carrier airline, has reported a US$1.09 billion (£820 million) loss for the first 9 months of 2020. Garuda Indonesia to Shed 700 Jobs Last week the Indonesian Government announced plans to form a new holding company for 9 state-owned companies, including Garuda, to create operational efficiencies and to provide more attractiveContinue reading “Garuda Indonesia in Merger After $1 Billion Loss”

Cambodia Covid-19 Warning

The Phnom Penh Post has reported that Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that the “Kingdom is at high risk of a Covid-19 outbreak.” The situation is reported to be “alarming.” Hun Sen is also reported as saying “I won’t declare a state of emergency, either partly or for the whole country. And IContinue reading “Cambodia Covid-19 Warning”

Singapore Airlines Retires Planes After Record Loss

Singapore Airlines has reported a record 3rd quarter SG$2.34 billion (£1.3 billion, US$1.74 billion) loss as the pandemic continues to rock the airline industry. Singapore only ran 11% of its normal capacity during September and the hopes of a quick recovery have now faded as the pandemic continues in many key markets while others remainContinue reading “Singapore Airlines Retires Planes After Record Loss”

Bali to Re-Open to Tourists?

A report in the Bali Sun has reported on widespread media rumours that Bali may re-open to foreign tourists from 1st December. The rumours apparently come from a leaked memo from a recent meeting of top level officials. The Bali Sun quoted the Bali Hotels Association as issuing a statement that said “There has beenContinue reading “Bali to Re-Open to Tourists?”

Vietnam Takes Massive Hit on Tourism

In 2019 a record 18 million tourists visited Vietnam earning VND720 trillion (£23.2 billion or US$30.8 billion) in tourist generated income. This was expected to be beaten in 2020 with up to 20 million foreign visitors. The COVID-19 pandemic put a rapid stop to those expectations as the country closed its borders in March toContinue reading “Vietnam Takes Massive Hit on Tourism”

Thailand Offers New Tourist Visa

Thailand welcomed the first foreign tourists for 6 months earlier in November as a group of Chinese tourists entered the country through the Special tourist Visa (STV) scheme designed for longer stay travellers. The STV allows tourists to stay for up to 90 days although it can be extended up to a maximum of 270Continue reading “Thailand Offers New Tourist Visa”

Malaysia Extends Lockdown

On Saturday Malaysia introduced a month long “conditional movement order” to all but 4 states as the number of Covid-19 cases hit new highs. A further 972 new cases and 8 deaths were reported today (Monday) as total numbers reached 41,181 cases and 294 deaths. The restrictions will cover all of Malaysia apart from Perlis,Continue reading “Malaysia Extends Lockdown”

World Travel Awards 2020 Winners

The World Travel Awards are currently announcing their winners from each continent and recently announced the Asia winners. The Grand Final Winners are announced on 27th November. In Southeast Asia Vietnam leads the way with 36 awards. Here are all of the winners in Southeast Asia. General InterContinental Hotels & Resorts – Asia’s Leading BusinessContinue reading “World Travel Awards 2020 Winners”