Myanmar revives overland route

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 14 December 2017: Tourists can once more apply for permits to travel overland from Inle Lake to Keng Tung a historical city around 100 km from the border with China and 160 km from Thailand.

The military closed the route along highway 4 from Inle Lake to Keng Tung two years ago, ending a popular overland route used by group tours and even motor bike caravans.

According to the Myanmar Tourism Marketing, a public/private organisation that promotes the country’s tourism, the Ministry of Hotel & Tourism announced recently that it was now possible to apply for permits to travel overland. Read more

New ferry trip to Langkawi

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Thailand

SATUN, 20 November 2017: Tourism Malaysia hosted a launch ceremony for the Tammalang Ferry that should boost travel to Langkawi, one of Malaysia’s top island destinations.

Plans have been firmed up to promote travel tour packages for South Thailand residents that will feature a ferry trip to Langkawai.

Tourism Malaysia has appointed travel agents to sell holiday packages exclusively to residents in Thailand’s southern provinces. Read more

Air travel dominates with cheap fares

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 28 September 2017: Thailand’s latest tourism statistics through to the end of August indicate that 85.2% of all visits are air arrivals, clocked in at immigration counters in airports, leaving just 13.6% to cross at overland borders and 1.2% to disembark at seaports.

Air travel dominates even for travel from neighbouring countries. Fares are cheap than ever before, while overland bus travel is considered risky and time consuming.

In August alone arrivals by air reached 2,670,430 as opposed to 425,634 by land and 37,347 by sea. Read more

Two-way talk on tourism

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 7 June 2017: Travel operators in Laos will continue to request the Thai government to extend opening hours at shared border checkpoints to promote two way tourism.

According to the Lao National News Agency the initial request was made to Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, last month during a joint Lao PDR-Thailand meeting on tourism.

Lao tour operators want the border to remain open until midnight rather than the present closing time of 2200. Read more

Lao outbound trips tip 3 million

March 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 17 March 2017: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department reports Lao citizens made 3.05 million trips in 2016.

Vientiane Times quoted the department’s statistics unit that monitored a slight decrease of 0.3% when compared with more than 3.06 million trips in 2015 and a decline of 7.58% on 3.3 million trips registered in 2014.

However, the number of Lao nationals booking air travel increased slightly. Read more

Risky roads in Laos

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

BANGKOK, 24 January 2017: Travellers are warned to not travel overland from Vang Viang to Luang Prabang as a safety precaution, according to the latest Smartraveller advisory issued by the Australian government, Monday.

The Australian advisory did not elaborate other than to say it was recommending travellers avoid overland travel on highway 13 beyond Vang Vieng.

However, a recent Canadian travel advisory advices travellers to exercise a high degree of caution due to ongoing security concerns related to “banditry and unexploded munitions”. Read more

Myanmar’s e-Visa goes overland

September 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 5 September 2016: Effective 1 September, Myanmar has extended its e-Visa facility to include three overland checkpoints in Thailand.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour Immigration and Population confirmed the addition of three overland checkpoints last week on its website.

It said the e-Visa is applicable at three land border checkpoints; Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung, effective 1 September. Read more