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Welcome to our selection of blog posts relating to Malaysia

Southeast Asia Tourism Recovery Prospects

Forecasts from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) suggest that the number of “international visitor arrivals” in Southeast Asia could return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023, but only in a best-case scenario. Their findings come in the recently published Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2021-2023 report which looks at three recovery scenarios fromContinue reading “Southeast Asia Tourism Recovery Prospects”

Chicken Rendang

Rendang was originally an Indonesian dish but has now become popular within Malaysia with its own regional variations. Rendang is a thick curry that should coat the chicken and not be a liquid sauce. If you enjoy this recipe why not look at the other Southeast Asian inspired recipes. Serves: 2 peoplePreparation time: 5 minutesCooking time:  20Continue reading “Chicken Rendang”

Indonesia And Malaysia Agree Travel Bubble

A reciprocal green lane (RGL) has been agreed in principle between Malaysia and Indonesia pending final approval from health authorities in each country. Travel Bubbles, Travel Corridors and Green Lanes Explained Nancy Shukri, Malaysia Tourism, arts and culture minister, said in a press statement that the travel bubble is just part of the recovery plansContinue reading “Indonesia And Malaysia Agree Travel Bubble”

Call For Vaccinations For Malaysia Tourism Sector

Last week we reported on proposals for mass Covid-19 vaccinations on Phuket and for priority vaccinations to tourism workers in Thailand, both with the intention of helping to reopen the borders in Thailand. Today TTG Asia are reporting that the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) has proposed to the government for tourism and hospitality workersContinue reading “Call For Vaccinations For Malaysia Tourism Sector”

Industry Body Calls For Reopening Of Southeast Asia Borders

The Bankok Post is reporting that the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) will call for the reopening of borders among the 10 member states at the 24th meeting of Asean Tourism Ministries next week. ASEANTA, which includes the 10 national tourism organisations together with the private sector, are warning that the sector is on the brinkContinue reading “Industry Body Calls For Reopening Of Southeast Asia Borders”

Malaysia Extends Lockdown

The Malaysian government have today confirmed that near-nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended until 18th February. The MCO covers all states apart from Sarawak. The extension means that the order will be in place over Chinese New Year (12th and 13th February). The decision was made due to the continuing increase in Covid-19Continue reading “Malaysia Extends Lockdown”

WTTC Publishes Health and Safety Guidelines For The Travel and Tourism Sector

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has today published major guidelines in association with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to help Travel and Tourism organisations implement health and hygiene protocols to help build confidence in the sector. WTTC published a number of guidelines throughout 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemicContinue reading “WTTC Publishes Health and Safety Guidelines For The Travel and Tourism Sector”

Tourism Industry Will Closely Monitor Seychelles Quarantine Decision

The Seychelles News Agency has reported that travellers who have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine will now not be required to quarantine on arrival. Travellers will also need to have a negative Covid PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. The Seychelles will require that visitors must have receivedContinue reading “Tourism Industry Will Closely Monitor Seychelles Quarantine Decision”

Malaysia Extends Lockdown Following New Covid Cases

Last week Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that 5 states and 3 federal territories would be placed under a Movement Control Order (MCO) until 26th January. The following day a State of Emergency was declared in the country effective, potentially, until 1st August. Today Malaysia’s Senior Minister (Security Cluster) and Defence Minister, Ismail SabriContinue reading “Malaysia Extends Lockdown Following New Covid Cases”

Lockdown in Malaysia – Don and Vik’s Story

We first talked to Don and Vik, an Australian couple who found themselves in Malaysia as the first lockdown hit the country, back in August. They have now been in Malaysia for almost a year so we thought that we would catch up with them and see how their Christmas and New Year went. YouContinue reading “Lockdown in Malaysia – Don and Vik’s Story”

Malaysia Launches 10 Year Tourism Revival Plan

Malaysia Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today launched the National Tourism Policy 2020 – 2030 designed to rebrand Malaysia as one of the “Top of The Mind Ecotourism Destinations of the World”. The plan is designed to be Malaysia’s dynamic and strategic plan to revive the tourism industry in the country which is estimatedContinue reading “Malaysia Launches 10 Year Tourism Revival Plan”

70% of Destinations Lift Travel Restrictions But Southeast Asia Remains Mostly Closed

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently published the 8th edition of their UNWTO Travel restrictions Report. The headline figure is that 70% of destinations worldwide had, at least partly, eased the travel restrictions that had been imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The outlook in Southeast Asia is less promising however with AsiaContinue reading “70% of Destinations Lift Travel Restrictions But Southeast Asia Remains Mostly Closed”

Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Asia 3rd December

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause issues throughout the world and Southeast Asia has not escaped its effects. More than 1.2 million cases and 28,000 deaths have so far been recorded in the region. Both are around 2% of the global total. Hard Hit Nations The worst hit country in Southeast Asia is Indonesia whereContinue reading “Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Asia 3rd December”

Southeast Asia Winners at World Travel Awards

We recently reported on the Southeast Asia winners in the Asia category of the World Travel Awards and now we can look at the overall winners. Airlines & Airports World’s Leading Airline to Asia – Singapore Airlines World’s Leading Cultural Airline – Vietnam Airlines World’s Leading Low-cost Airline – AirAsia World’s Leading Low-cost Airline CabinContinue reading “Southeast Asia Winners at World Travel Awards”

Disaster Looms For Tourism Industry in Malaysia

According to reports in Free Malaysia Today (FMT) News the Malaysian Indian Tour and Travel association (Mitta) have warned that the tourism industry is facing devastation if the lockdown continues. They report that more than 70% of workers may lose their jobs and thousands of businesses will close if Malaysian borders are not opened inContinue reading “Disaster Looms For Tourism Industry in Malaysia”

COVID in Southeast Asia the Facts and Figures

The COVID-19 pandemic has been less severe in many parts of Southeast Asia than was initially feared. Thailand and Vietnam were both seen as at high risk but have both escaped the worst of the pandemic so far. Tourism throughout the region has been hit especially hard as borders across the region were closed inContinue reading “COVID in Southeast Asia the Facts and Figures”

Covid Passport to Help Reopen Borders

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced that they are in the final stages of development of the IATA Travel Pass designed to support the reopening of international borders. IATA have recognised that countries need to open their borders without the need for quarantine for travel to begin to recover. The Travel Pass isContinue reading “Covid Passport to Help Reopen Borders”

How Busy Are Southeast Asia Skies?

We recently looked at the most significant routes throughout Southeast Asia for 2019. How has the pandemic affected the skies over the region? We have used data published by OAG in their most recent overview. November Figures Globally the number of available airline seats in November was more than 239 million, more than 47% lowerContinue reading “How Busy Are Southeast Asia Skies?”

Southeast Asia Flight Price Tracker November 2020

Travel to Southeast Asia is starting to look more promising for 2021 as Singapore and Thailand start to, tentatively, re-open their borders to travellers, generally from select countries. Last month we noticed that prices for a number of routes had started to creep up again, based on March 2021 flights. Prices in September had droppedContinue reading “Southeast Asia Flight Price Tracker November 2020”

Malaysia COVID Lockdown Update

Lockdown Most of Malaysia entered into a new lockdown from Saturday 7th November as a month-long “conditional movement order” was implemented. A week later we spoke to our collaborator Donald Cassidy who has been in Malaysia throughout the pandemic to find out how it has affected them on the ground. Don and Vik’s Covid AdventureContinue reading “Malaysia COVID Lockdown Update”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

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”

Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines COVID woes

The airline industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Southeast Asia airline market has been particularly hit hard. We have already published more information on airlines in the region in our article on Southeast Asia Airlines. Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific have announced the closure of its regional carrier Cathay Dragon andContinue reading “Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines COVID woes”

50 Not Out

No this is not a post on cricket (50 not out is a cricket term), instead it is a celebration of reaching 50 posts since we launched in July. Here we look back at some of our, and your, favourite posts as we head towards our next 50. Where It All Began The very firstContinue reading “50 Not Out”

Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 2

Here is part 2 of our list of the Top 20 Mistakes When Flying and some tips to avoid making them again. Part 1 is available here. 11. Not Preparing for the Worse Thankfully baggage does not go missing that often. But it does happen. A little bit of forward thinking can reduce the painContinue reading “Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 2”

Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 1

We have all made mistakes when flying, some bigger than others. Here is part 1 of our list of the Top 20 Mistakes When Flying and some tips to avoid making them again. Read part 2 here. 1. Overpacking You have a baggage allowance and you are determined to use every last part of it.Continue reading “Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 1”

10 Unusual Things Banned in South East Asia

There are many things banned throughout South East Asia that will come as no suprise to most visitors. Despite what many people think, the drug laws are mostly much stricter in South East Asia than in many Western countries. Possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use can result in heavy fines orContinue reading “10 Unusual Things Banned in South East Asia”

Malaysia Tourism Update

Malaysia registered more than 4.3 million tourist arrivals in the first 6 months of 2020 which represented a decrease of more than 68% on 2019. Tourist expenditure in the first six months was RM12.5 billion (approx £2.3 billion, $3 billion) down almost 70% from RM41.6 billion (approx £7.8 billion, $10 billion) in 2019. The biggestContinue reading “Malaysia Tourism Update”

South East Asia Flights

We recently published an update on South East Asia Airlines and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them. We also shared a post looking at the latest flight price trends to the region (mostly downwards). In this post we will look at some of the top routes in South East Asia and the effectsContinue reading “South East Asia Flights”

South East Asia Airlines and Covid

The pandemic has hit all airlines hard, many already had financial issues pre-COVID-19 and the pandemic has made things even worse. In this article we look at the current situation in relation to the biggest airlines based in South East Asia. Follow the link to jump to a specific airline. We have details for AirAsiaContinue reading “South East Asia Airlines and Covid”

Air Travel – What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?

We were lucky, we were in Thailand at the end of February and escaped the global lockdown. By April the Covid-19 pandemic had all but shut down global air travel, down around 95% from 2019, as countries closed their borders and banned foreign nationals, and in many cases everyone, from entering the country. South-East AsiaContinue reading “Air Travel – What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?”

Don and Vik’s Covid Adventure

Don and Vik are an Australian couple in their mid 50’s enjoying their travelling adventures. As Aussie Don says “Living the Dream” Prior to retiring they would take 3 or 4, two week, trips per year. In May 2019 they rented their house out and packed their bags, just 16.5kgs each, and headed off onContinue reading “Don and Vik’s Covid Adventure”

10 Best Beaches in Malaysia

Malaysia has some simply stunning beaches. From private islands that are a haven for marine life to busy beaches with nightlife and water sports. We look at some of the most popular beaches in Malaysia but some hidden gems. Continuing our series of articles on the best beaches in South East Asia. Follow the linksContinue reading “10 Best Beaches in Malaysia”

Malaysia and the Battle Against Covid-19

Malaysia reacted quickly to the threat of COVID-19 and despite an early surge in cases have managed to control the outbreak in the most part. In this article we look at how Malaysia have dealt with COVID-19 and the impact on tourists and tourism. This article was updated on 2nd September. We have looked atContinue reading “Malaysia and the Battle Against Covid-19”

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