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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”

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”

The Vietnam Holiday That Never Was

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the face of the world in the last year, more than 2 million global deaths, many more with lasting effects and who have been hit by the economic, social and mental wellbeing impact. From a personal point of view today is sad from a travel point of view. As thisContinue reading “The Vietnam Holiday That Never Was”

Tet Under Threat in Vietnam

With Tet, the Vietnam New Year, just two weeks away, the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam may have far reaching implications beyond the health of those affected. On Thursday the Vietnamese authorities announced a further 98 cases of the virus, the highest single day increase in the country throughout the pandemic. Further cases have alreadyContinue reading “Tet Under Threat in Vietnam”

Vietnam and Thailand Among The Top 5 Countries in the Fight Against Covid-19

The Lowy Institute has published a report on the performance of countries throughout the world in relation to their success in battling the Covid-19 pandemic. Vietnam and Thailand both place in the top 5 best performing countries with Singapore and Malaysia both appearing in the top 20 countries. The top performing country worldwide was NewContinue reading “Vietnam and Thailand Among The Top 5 Countries in the Fight Against Covid-19”

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”

Beef Pho

Pho is an incredibly popular dish throughout Vietnam and is often eaten at all times of the day. It is generally considered to be Vietnam’s national dish and can be found in restaurants ad as street food. Pho consists of a broth, rice noodles, herbs and spices and meat although of course it can beContinue reading “Beef Pho”

IATA Calls For The Reopening of Borders

In their first media briefing of 2021 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) , the trade association for the world’s airlines, called for an end to quarantine procedures to control transmission from travellers. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA, echoed calls from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to end theContinue reading “IATA Calls For The Reopening of Borders”

Quarantine and Vaccines Are Not The Answer to Safe Travel

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has criticised plans to require travellers to have received a Covid-19 vaccination to allow them to travel. In December we discussed the reasons why the vaccine may not be the holy grail for the reopening of borders, simply the primary aim of a vaccine is to stop illness,Continue reading “Quarantine and Vaccines Are Not The Answer to Safe Travel”

Vietravel Airlines Receives First Plane To Increase Competition for Domestic Vietnam Flights

Vietravel has been established for many years offering tourist activities and tours throughout Vietnam. Last year they announced plans to begin offering internal travel through their own airline. On 5th December they received their first plane, an Airbus A321CEO. They have not confirmed the number of seats on the plane but did mention that theContinue reading “Vietravel Airlines Receives First Plane To Increase Competition for Domestic Vietnam Flights”

Flight Attendant Faces Prosecution Over Vietnam Covid Outbreak

The fallout from the latest community based transmission of Covid-19 is building after a Vietnamese Flight Attendant was the source of a new outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City. The 28-year old flight attendant had completed a shortened quarantine in a state facility, testing negative twice. As part of special arrangements for flight crew, heContinue reading “Flight Attendant Faces Prosecution Over Vietnam Covid Outbreak”

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”

$23 Billion Impact on Tourism in Vietnam

Nhan Dan in Vietnam are reporting that the Covid pandemic has resulted in a loss of US$23 billion (£17.2 billion) in 2020. Vietnam has experienced a rapid growth in tourism from 2015 to 2019 with visitors increasing from 7.9 million to 18 million per year. Estimates predict that international tourist numbers for 2020 will beContinue reading “$23 Billion Impact on Tourism in Vietnam”

Vietnam Suspends International Flights After New Locally Transmitted Covid Cases

Following the first locally transmitted case of Covid-19 in 89 days, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the suspension of all commercial international flights. State media reported that a 32 year old man in Ho Chi Minh City tested positive for the virus after visiting a flight attendant who was self-quarantine. The flightContinue reading “Vietnam Suspends International Flights After New Locally Transmitted Covid Cases”

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”

Illegal Entrants In Vietnam Cause Covid Concern As Airlines Struggle

Illegal entrants into Vietnam are increasing the risk of community transmission of Covid-19. Vietnam have been a consistent success story in the fight against Covid-19 with just 1,321 cases so far recorded and just 35 fatalities. There have been no new cases of community transmission for more than two months with the greatest risk beingContinue reading “Illegal Entrants In Vietnam Cause Covid Concern As Airlines Struggle”

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”

Major New International Airport Planned For Vietnam

The first phase of a new international airport close to Ho Chi Minh City has been approved by the Vietnamese Government and work will start in December. Long Thanh International Airport will be located 40km (25 miles) east of HCMC and is intended to serve up to 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons ofContinue reading “Major New International Airport Planned For Vietnam”

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”

Storm Vamco Hits Central Vietnam As Philippine Death Toll Rises To 67

Storm Vamco made landfall in Central Vietnam on Sunday after the Philippine authorities confirmed that at least 67 people have now died following the storm. Philippines Sustained winds of 150 kph (90mph), equivalent to a category 2 hurricane, hit the the largest island, Luzon, causing landslides and extensive flooding, forcing thousands of people to fleeContinue reading “Storm Vamco Hits Central Vietnam As Philippine Death Toll Rises To 67”

Bamboo Airways to Launch Non-Stop Flights Between Vietnam and USA

Just 2 years after its launch, Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways has been granted a a Foreign Air Carrier Permit by the US Department of Transportation (DoT) to operate direct flights between Vietnam and cities in the United States. Bamboo Airways was recently voted Asia’s Leading Regional Airline at the World Travel Awards. World Travel Awards 2020Continue reading “Bamboo Airways to Launch Non-Stop Flights Between Vietnam and USA”

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”

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”

Storm Goni Heads to Vietnam Following Philippines Devastation

The Super Typhoon Goni, known in the Philippines as Rolly, is heading towards Central Vietnam after causing destruction in the Philippines. Philippines Reports in VietnamNews.Net say that around 361,000 people are in evacuation centres and almost 55,000 are being housed by family or friends, mostly on Luzon island which bore the brunt of the storm.Continue reading “Storm Goni Heads to Vietnam Following Philippines Devastation”

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”

35 Die in Central Vietnam After Typhoon Molave

At least 35 people have died and 59 are missing as Typhoon Molave hit Central Vietnam on Wednesday (28th October), the fourth major storm to hit the area in October. The number of deaths is expected to rise. The three previous storms left at least 130 people dead and 18 missing before Molave. Photo depictsContinue reading “35 Die in Central Vietnam After Typhoon Molave”

Typhoon Molave Batters Central Vietnam

Typhoon Molave, believed to be the most powerful storm to hit Vietnam in the last 20 years, made landfall just south of Da Nang at around 11.00am on Wednesday morning. Photo depicts previous flooding of Hoi An and not current conditions – credit Loi Nguyen Duc on flickr The storm is expected to move westwardsContinue reading “Typhoon Molave Batters Central Vietnam”

Vietnam Floods Cause More Than 100 Deaths

It has been reported (26th October) that Vietnam was preparing to evacuate almost 1.3 million people as Typhoon Molave (also known as Quinta) heads towards the country. The typhoon has already seen wind speeds of 125km per hour (77mph) and gusts of up to 150kph (93mph) Typhoon Molave is expected to hit Central Vietnam onContinue reading “Vietnam Floods Cause More Than 100 Deaths”

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?”

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”

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 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”

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”

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”

Travel to South-East Asia, What Are the Options?

Government Advice and Quarantine Country by Country It is important to understand the changing nature in destination countries as well. Flights are being sold for future dates to many countries which do not currently allow foreign travelers entry, which can cause confusion. Just because a country is not shown on the UK Government lists doesContinue reading “Travel to South-East Asia, What Are the Options?”

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South-East Asia, Open to Travel?

Travelling may once have been a luxury for some but for the past few months it has been nigh on impossible. The world has been on lockdown. In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)  advised against non-essential international travel, and then the UK Government implemented a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning fromContinue reading “South-East Asia, Open to Travel?”

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?”

Vietnam and the Battle Against Covid-19

This is the first in a short series of posts regarding the response to the Covid-19 pandemic from South-East Asia countries. Here we look at Vietnam, seen by many as one of the success stories of a global crisis. This article was updated on 3rd August. Don’t forget to check out our Covid-19 Travel InsuranceContinue reading “Vietnam and the Battle Against Covid-19”

Booking A Vietnam Holiday During Covid-19 Lockdown

Let me start with some background. We tend to book our long-haul trips as soon as flights become available for the following year to ensure we get the flights and hotels we want as well as, hopefully, lower prices. Prior to Covid we had decided to go to Vietnam next February so would normally beContinue reading “Booking A Vietnam Holiday During Covid-19 Lockdown”


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