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”

Will Rapid COVID Tests Allow Tourism to Restart?

Pharmacy Boots have today announced today (26th October) that they will start to make a 12 minute COVID test available in select UK stores to people who are not showing symptoms. Meanwhile last week Heathrow Airport announced pre-departure raid testing facilities in Terminals 2 and 5. Is rapid testing the answer that international tourism hasContinue reading “Will Rapid COVID Tests Allow Tourism to Restart?”

Travel from Europe to Singapore to Open

Singapore and Germany announced on 23rd October that a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme had been agreed between the two countries. The RGL will enable essential travel for business or official purposes, via direct flights between both countries. The start date and details of the scheme have not yet been announced. Singapore already has RGLContinue reading “Travel from Europe to Singapore to Open”

View From My Seat

My favourite pictures #5 Less of a story to this one than some of my other pictures but still significant to me. Relaxing by the pool at the Beyond Resort Khao Lak listening to some music on my phone. I opened my eyes and this was the view I saw. A stunning blue sky withContinue reading “View From My Seat”

Dusky Leaf Monkey

My favourite pictures #4 During our first visit to Ao Nang I thought it would be a good idea to head down to the end of Ao Nang Beach and over the Monkey Trail. It would be a nice walk, we would see another beach at the end of the trail and, hopefully see theContinue reading “Dusky Leaf Monkey”

Vietnam Preparing to Open to Tourists

Sorry for the slightly misleading headline but this is the most promising news from Vietnam for foreign tourists for a long time. The increasing activity to promote Vietnam and demonstrate safety for visitors seems to be the first steps in building demand when borders do re-open. I hope this is true, I am meant toContinue reading “Vietnam Preparing to Open to Tourists”

Malindo Air: Cuts and Scams

Malindo Air (Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd) is a “hybrid” airline based in Selangor in Malaysia. The airline was reported to have 14 Boeing 737-800, 6 Boeing 737-900ER and 13 ATR 72-600 planes flying routes throughout Malaysia, Asia and Australia. Downsizing and Job Cuts Numerous sources are reporting that Malindo Air is to cut around 2,200Continue reading “Malindo Air: Cuts and Scams”