QUANG NAM, 22 February 2017: Hoi An City’s administration plans to install a comprehensive firefighting system in Hoi An ancient town to protect the area from fire threats.
Tuoi Tre News quoted the administration deputy chairman, Nguyen Van Son, saying the authority is awaiting approval to install a USD8.93-million firefighting system in Hoi An to ensure the town’s wooden houses can deal with fires.
“Our present system is 10 years old and has become badly degraded, making it difficult to respond in a timely manner to emergencies.” Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 20 February 2017: The Imperial Citadel of Hue will open parts of it ancient World Heritage complex to visitors at night from late April, but only for a trial period to gauge response.
Local media reported the trial will run from 22 April to 15 September to help tourists avoid the scorching summer heat during the day and give them more time to visit interesting places in the citadel.
Visitors will have a chance to explore the Gate of Noon, Thai Hoa Palace, The Mieu Temple, Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sanh Palace, Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion and Peace Gate from 1900 to 2200. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 February 2017: Both Thailand and Cambodia are filing gigabytes of documents to UNESCO to support their efforts to add more cultural and natural to the various World Heritage site listings.
This week’s online posts had an update on the latest filings that if successful will add value for travellers visiting the Mekong Region. Thailand is keen to add to its World Heritage destinations, Phra That Phanom temple in Northeast Thailand that stands close to the banks of the Mekong River marking the border with Laos.
The iconic temple is very close to the hearts of all I-san (northeast Thailand) residents. It deserves to be a World Heritage site to recognise its influence on the cultural and religious life of I-san. It also reflects the comprehensive and painstaking restoration of a monument that collapsed during a torrential rainstorm in 1975. Read more
NAKHON PHANOM, 8 February 2017: The Thai Cabinet recently approved documents for Phra That Phanom temple that will be presented to UNESCO to officially propose the famous temple as a World Heritage site.
The documents were written and collated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Last week, the Cabinet approved a documented proposal “Phra That Phanom, Its Related Historic Building and Associated Landscape.” Read more
PHNOM PENH, 7 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts will file documents to support bids to place Banteay Chhmar and Sambor Prei Kuk temples on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Khmer Times reported the ministry was working on documents to file for the two temples, but the process is lengthy and could take two to three years to reach the final stage of consideration at the UNESCO annual general meeting.
Culture and Fine Arts Minister, Phoeung Sakona, was quoted saying the ministry started the process relating to the Sambor Prei Kuk temple last year. Read more
SIEM REAP, 6 February 2017: Apsara National Authority launched a new Angkor tourism website www.angkor.com.kh, last week, to improve and offer more accurate travel information on services as well as the background history of the World Heritage site.
Agence Kampuchea Presse reported the authority was developing a new website that does not only provide detailed information of tourist sites under its management, but also encourages feedback from browsers.
Apsara Authority deputy general director, Sok Sangvar, was quoted saying the online site would also serve as a platform to get feedback from visitors, on the quality of service. Read more
KHAMMOUANE, 31 January 2017: Laos will present a final master plan for the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Khammouane province to UNESCO in 2018, for inclusion on the World Heritage list.
Earlier, officials said they would submit documents this February, but the deadline has now been moved forward to 2018.
Submissions are not ready and officials admit it will take another year to complete in a manner that complies with UNESCO’s strict guidelines. Read more
SIEM REAP, 27 January 2017: Cambodia National Tourism Alliance says the new entrance fees at Angkor Historical Park that will be effective 1 February may trigger a drop in visitors.
Khmer Times quoted the agency general secretary, Ho Vandy, saying Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples will see a slowdown in foreign tourists once ticket prices increase.
“We have predicted that the number of foreign tourists visiting Angkor park will decrease because the cost of the entrance pass is too high.” Read more
SIEM REAP, 25 January 2017: A temporary pontoon bridge leading to Angkor Wat will be completed in May to allow workers to close an ancient stone bridge for restoration.
Phnom Penh Post reported that Apsara Authority will close the stone bridge , this May, to allow for restoration, while tourist traffic will be diverted to the temporary bridge.
The authority, which manages the historic temple complex, said the closure is part of restoration efforts carried out in conjunction with Japan’s Sophia University. Read more
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