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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”

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”

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”

Thailand Closed to General Tourism Until the 2nd Quarter of 2021.

According to reports in a number of Thai media outlets Thailand will remain closed to most tourists until at least the second quarter of 2021. Thailand has been slowly opening to the first few tourists over the last few weeks through the Special Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa both of which have a number ofContinue reading “Thailand Closed to General Tourism Until the 2nd Quarter of 2021.”

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”

USA Lowers Travel Advisory Level to Thailand

The USA Department of State have revised their travel advisory for Thailand, moving it into Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions. Despite being the first country outside of China to record a case of Covid-19, the response has gained wide praise for the low number of overall cases and deaths. There have been just 3,998Continue reading “USA Lowers Travel Advisory Level to Thailand”

Thailand Travel Agents Demand End to Quarantine

The Nation Thailand are reporting that the Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) are demanding the end to quarantine requirements for travellers from low risk areas. The demand comes as they warn that 2 million tourism jobs are at risk if mass tourism does not restart soon. This follows hot on the heels of news thatContinue reading “Thailand Travel Agents Demand End to Quarantine”

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”

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”

Phone App To Track Tourists to Thailand

Thai PBS World are reporting that the Thai Government will introduce a new app called “Thailand Plus” will be a requirement for tourists to enable officials to track their whereabouts. The app will use GPS to track tourists to help identify where they have visited but also to help locate them in case they haveContinue reading “Phone App To Track Tourists to Thailand”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

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”

Thai Rolled Ice Cream

My favourite pictures #1 I think like most people at the moment I have been spending more time reflecting and looking back at past trips. So here is the first in a series of pictures that have some sort of significance to me, they might not always be the best pictures but they all meanContinue reading “Thai Rolled Ice Cream”

Top 7 Things To Do in Koh Samui

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 Koh Samui in Thailand. We have lots of coverage on Koh Samui on our website including a where to stay guide. 1. Food, Glorious Thai Food What can we sayContinue reading “Top 7 Things To Do in Koh Samui”

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”

South East Asia Travel Update

6th October 2020 We have scoured the internet, consulted with our sources and read press releases to find the latest tourism news from South East Asia. We recently published tourism updates for Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand which all have more detail on the current situation in each of those countries. We also regularly update ourContinue reading “South East Asia Travel Update”

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”

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”

Travelling in Thailand at the Start of the Covid Pandemic

Back in February we were staying in Ao Nang in Thailand as the world was starting to get to grips with the increasing global threat of Covid-19. When we transited through Suvarnabhumi Airport in the middle of February there were some notable changes. There were far more areas with sanitising products available and plenty ofContinue reading “Travelling in Thailand at the Start of the Covid Pandemic”

Bangkok, My Favourite Things To Do

Bangkok is a wonderful, vibrant city that is perfect for those looking for history and temples, a party or just to immerse themselves into a different culture. Here are my personal favourite things to do in Bangkok Grand Palace It can get busy, very busy, but it is worth braving the crowds to tour thisContinue reading “Bangkok, My Favourite Things To Do”

Gai Pad Med Mamuang (Thai Cashew Chicken)

An easy Thai dish to make that can be as delicious as the authentic versions found in restaurants and markets throughout Thailand This quick and easy recipe is an excellent introduction cooking and eating Thai food and a great dish for those who are already converts to Thai cuisine. Serves: 4 peoplePreparation time: 10 minutesCooking time:  15Continue reading “Gai Pad Med Mamuang (Thai Cashew Chicken)”

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”

The 12 Best Beaches in Thailand

While we wait for borders to re-open and for the world to start travelling again we thought it was time to look at what we think are the best beaches in a land packed full of some of the best beaches in the world. Maenam Beach, Koh Samui More than four miles of stunning whiteContinue reading “The 12 Best Beaches in Thailand”

A Thai Massage Is A Wonderful Thing

Let’s get the elephant out of the room from the very beginning. This is not an article for people looking for a cheap thrill or a happy ending. This is all about the superb professional Thai massages that you will find throughout Thailand. Once you get one, you will never look back. travelsphere offer escortedContinue reading “A Thai Massage Is A Wonderful Thing”

Thailand and the Battle Against Covid-19

Thailand was one of the first countries outside of China to report cases of COVID-19 and was quickly added to the UK government lists of countries where returning visitors would have to self-isolate if exhibiting any symptoms. Early concerns on the risk of a severe outbreak in Thailand were not seen however as the countryContinue reading “Thailand and the Battle Against Covid-19”

Make the perfect Gaeng khiao wan gai (Thai Green Chicken Curry)

If, like me, you love authentic Thai food, you will probably find that many of the Thai dishes you get here have been watered down and don’t taste as you remember them. This recipe for a classic Thai green curry or Gaeng khiao wan gai, will hopefully help to recreate the stunning tastes of ThailandContinue reading “Make the perfect Gaeng khiao wan gai (Thai Green Chicken Curry)”


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