TTM: Self-drive trips from China in park gear

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2017: Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, promised overland travel regulations that currently impede the flow of self-drive holidays from China will be resolved soon.

She was fielding a question during a panel discussion on Moving Towards a Shared Prosperity attended by representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, on the sidelines of TTM 2017, Thursday.

The five-country tourism bloc called CLMVT is expected to welcome close to 13 million tourists from China this year, but the flow of self-drive tours through Laos to Thailand has dried up mainly due to strict rules enforced by Thailand’s Land Transport Department. Read more

Dawei saved by isolation

DAWEI, MYANMAR, 7 April 2016: Only houses in a 100-metre radius are visible from the top floors of Shwe Maung Tan Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Dawei, Myanmar.

Green foliage covers the town in the morning mist of February, during my visit, hiding most of the buildings from view with the exception of the golden Shwe Taung Zar pagoda.

A journey to Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi Region in the southernmost corner of Myanmar, turns the clock back by decades. Time stopped when the military junta isolated the country for half a century. But being 615 km from the centre of development in Yangon and physically separated from the rest of Bamar regions by the Mon State ensures Dawei misses out on most investor interest. Read more

Indians motor through Myanmar

February 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 February 2016: A privately organised motor caravan successfully journeyed from India to Thailand via Myanmar, last month, a clear confirmation that overland travel between the three countries is feasible.

The historic 2,500-kilometre journey, undertaken by a group of 20 Indian citizens, was organised by the New Delhi-based overland travel operator, Adventure World.

It sends a message to the tourism industry that one of the last remaining sections of the Asian Highway linking South Asia and ASEAN countries is now open for overland travel. Read more