Accident raises questions on bus safety

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 November, 2017: Double-deck tour buses, that were the subject of a Department of Transport investigation last year, were back in the news after a fatal accident at the weekend,

Thai PBS news channel broke the story saying a double- deck tour bus flipped on to its side when the driver lost control on a steep descent.

The driver blamed the accident on brake failure a common excuse that has been used to explain various tour bus accidents around the country. Read more

Hanoi: Walking street gains popularity

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 18 October 2017: Hanoi’s Department of Transportation has made adjustments to traffic and transportation in several areas around Hoan Kiem Lake to improve pedestrian street space during weekends as more travellers and residents visit the lakeside attraction.

According to the latest regulations,  all vehicle transport is banned 1900 to 2400 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on Hang Gai and Cau Go streets (from Luong Van Can street to Dinh Liet street).

On Hang Bai street, cars are prohibited from Ly Thuong Kiet street to Hai Ba Trung street; and taxis are banned from Tran Hung Dao street to Ly Thuong Kiet street. Read more

Campaign for holiday fair prices

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News, Vietnam

PHNOM PENH, 19 September, 2017L Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism issued an advisory, last week, to hotels and tour companies, calling on them not to inflate prices during public holidays.

The directive was signed by Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, who warned hospitality services such as restaurants, resorts and hotels not to take advantage of domestic tourists.

Khmer Times, at the weekend, reported the campaign for fair prices would focus on Sihanoukville. a popular coastal destination a four-hour drive from the capital. Read more

Double deck buses on tour

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 17 July 2017: Danang officially launched its open-top double-deck bus tour, last week, to improve the sightseeing experience for visitors.

Local media reported the city bus tour is being operated in co-operation with the Empire Group. The hop-on-and-off tour will attract independent travellers who have not pre-booked tours.

The first batch of 12 open-top buses will start services this month at CocoBay – Danang’s largest coastal entertainment and hospitality complex. In 2012, the city introduced battery-powered vehicles for tourists to explore coastal destinations as a promotion for environmentally friendly public vehicle use. Read more

Deadly tour bus accident

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 4 July 2017: As many as 18 people are feared dead, Monday, after a tour bus burst into flames following a collision with a truck in southern Germany.

That number would surpass the last major European bus accident, which occurred in January in Italy and killed 16 people.

Here is a recap of such accidents in the past 10 years: Read more

Yangon plans shuttle service

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 25 May 2017: Myanmar authorities are studying the feasibility of an airport-downtown shuttle bus service to make transfers more affordable for independent travellers.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported authorities are studying proposed routes for a shuttle service business between Yangon International Airport and downtown Yangon.

Yangon Region Transport Authorities’ secretary, Maung Aung, was quoted saying that new buses imported from China, would join the city’s bus fleet and could be used for the new service. Read more

Fly less explore more

May 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Myanmar, Thailand, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 15 May 2017: Myanmar’s e-Visa is changing the country’s travel landscape and opening alternative tourist routes linked to Thailand’s far north.

The e-Visa is convenient, easy on the wallet and once you are online applying for it you will probably stay online to research and book a travel itinerary that will be a perfect fit. Read more

Vang Vieng cleans up its act

May 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 15 May 2017: Information, Culture and Tourism Office reports Vang Vieng attracted 183,000 visitors last year generating more than 70 billion kip (USD8.52 million) from its tourism industry.

Lao News Agency noted that of the total visitor count, more than 141,000 visits were foreigners. Efforts to clear the resort of unruly backpackers and reduce drug abuse has also been partially successful. Read more

HCMC gives nods for green buses

May 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 11 May 2017: Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has approved three new electric-bus routes to serve tourists in the city.

The city is the first in the region to introduce environmentally friendly transport for tourists.

Local media reported the electric-bus routes will be operated by the King Tour Travel Transport Co., Ltd and run on a trial basis for the next three years. Read more

Airlines offer free bus service

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 October 2016: Thai Smile, Thai Airways International join hands with Thailand’s Ministry of Transport to offer a free bus service for passengers travelling from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sanam Luang to pay their respects to the Late His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The service starts from today, 28 October, to 30 November, according to the airline statement.

The bus service will depart 1030 from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sanam Luang. The meeting point is at the first floor, gate 8. Read more

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