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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”

Thailand Visa Information

Updated 9th December 2020. Thailand has now started to open up to foreign visitors including tourists. Visas currently available include: Tourist Visa – short-stay tourists up to 60 days with an extension available for a further 45 days Special Tourist Visa – long stay tourists for an initial 90 days, with extensions up to 270Continue reading “Thailand Visa Information”

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”

Thailand Welcomed Just 1,200 Foreign Visitors in October

In October 2019 more than 3 million foreign visitors entered Thailand. In October 2020 that figure was just 1,201. That is according to figures recently published by the Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports. In 2020 Thailand has so far welcomed almost 6.7 million foreign visitors, 79% less than the 32.5 million in the sameContinue reading “Thailand Welcomed Just 1,200 Foreign Visitors in October”

Thailand Extends Emergency Decree As Prospects For 2021 Fade

On 26th November the Royal Thai Government approved an extension of the nationwide Emergency Decree until 15 January, 2021. The extension, the eighth since measures were first implemented in March, are intended to prevent a resurgence in Covid infections during the peak New Year period. Thailand has become one of the first countries in theContinue reading “Thailand Extends Emergency Decree As Prospects For 2021 Fade”

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”

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”

Thailand Hoping to Boost Tourism

European Tourists Thailand has not seen any new European tourists since lock down of the country in March this year. There are hopes that this might change soon. The Bangkok Post has reported that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hoping that the first Europeans, from Scandinavian countries, will arrive later in 2020. SiripakornContinue reading “Thailand Hoping to Boost Tourism”

Smart Band for Thailand Tourists

A number of outlets in Thailand are reporting that visitors to Thailand will be required to wear a digital wristband that will alert local health authorities if certain conditions are met e.g. the wearers body temperature exceeds 37.5°C (99.5°F). It is thought that the device will also measure blood pressure and heart rate. It isContinue reading “Smart Band for Thailand Tourists”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Chang Tower

My favourite pictures #6 First of all I would like to point out I am not a big drinker. I like to drink but it is an every now and then thing usually, and not too excess. We first discovered the Chang Tower in Chiang Mai. In fact it was the same night that weContinue reading “Chang Tower”

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”

Thailand Protests and the Return of Tourists

Anti-government protests have continued in Bangkok but have not prevented the first tourists from entering the country. The Return of Tourists Tuesday 20th October is the date that will be remembered for the return of foreign tourists to Thailand. As initially reported in our Thailand Tourism Update on 18th September and added to in theContinue reading “Thailand Protests and the Return of Tourists”

Ao Nang Beach Bar

My favourite pictures #2 In the second of a series of pictures that have some sort of significance to me, we look at the humble beach bar. In our first installment in the series was focused on Thai Rolled Ice Cream. If you are looking for other great pictures, we have recently published features onContinue reading “Ao Nang Beach Bar”

Thailand Tourism Update

In 2019 tourism contributed around 20% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Bangkok is the world’s second most visited city. This year Thailand was predicting record numbers of tourists, 40 million of them. I was one of those back in February before COVID shut the world down. Now some estimates predict just 8 millionContinue reading “Thailand Tourism Update”

Thailand Sunsets

Who doesn’t love a spectacular sunset? Every evening seems to be a photo opportunity in Thailand as an incredible sunset after incredible sunset seems to be the theme of your trip. There is nothing better after a hot day than relaxing with a beer as you watch Here are some of our favorites from Krabi,Continue reading “Thailand Sunsets”

Grand Palace Bangkok Gallery

The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a must see for all visitors It’s busy and it’s hot but the incredible temples, statues and artwork make the trip more than worthwhile. Here are some of our favorite pictures of the Grand Palace. Advertising and affiliate links help to support this site. We never tailor content toContinue reading “Grand Palace Bangkok Gallery”

Scuba Diving in Krabi

We have visited Thailand on a number of occasions, always with the intention of spending some time scuba diving, but for various reasons it never happened. Finally in February 2020 we were determined to dive on our trip to Ao Nang in Krabi. We were aware that as we had not dived for a numberContinue reading “Scuba Diving in Krabi”

My Favourite Places

While I wait for the global coronavirus pandemic to ease, and travel to re-open, I started to reflect on the places I have visited before. There are a number of places firmly planted in my mind as being places I loved to visit and would like to visit again. Here they are, and unsurprisingly thereContinue reading “My Favourite Places”

My Least Favourite Places

Earlier this week I wrote about my favourite places, those that I loved and wanted to return to. Today my thoughts turn to those places that I found underwhelming and would never want to return. The French Riviera Not all of it but Nice, St Tropez plus near neighbour Monaco. We were on a drivingContinue reading “My Least Favourite Places”


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