BANGKOK, 9 May 2016: Elephant rides are heading for exit door fast.  That’s the prognosis presented by thousands of tourists who make their voice heard through animal rights’ blogs and social media. It is also the opinion of a few...
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...
BANGKOK, 18 March 2016: The sensitive issue of whether young children, who lack a valid visa to stay in Thailand, should be banned from future visits gained an airing through a Line group earlier this week. Under new rules, due...
CHIANG RAI, 24 February 2016: Adventure travel is a key component for Southeast Asian nations if they are to spread the benefits of tourism to secondary destinations. That was the core message for 278 adventure travel experts from 34 countries...

Udon Thani image tarnished

UDON THANI, 15 February 2016: Overall visitor safety should be questioned in Udon Thani after police arrested five youths for allegedly robbing and assaulting two foreign tourists in the town’s main park last Wednesday. Udon Thani is a popular city...

Dolls: Fly Thai Smile

BANGKOK, 29 January 2016: Seats that should be sold to genuine passengers travelling with Thai Smile are being sold to the owner’s of life-like dolls who insist on taking them on flights. Thai Smile crew serve snacks to the dolls and...

Taste of monastic life

CHIANG RAI, 19 January 2016: Chiang Rai is beginning to make its mark as a destination where foreigners can gain an understanding of Thai Buddhist traditions and rituals. It’s a small start,  but it fits with a national policy to...
BANGKOK, 15 January 2016: Famed English Actor, Maureen Lipman, remarked that awards in the acting profession were "Prizes a bit like Piles – every bum gets one sooner or later”. It applies equally to the travel industry. Everybody likes to win,...
CHIANG RAI, 14 January 2016: Pacific Asia Travel Association has confirmed its line-up of speakers for the upcoming PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference, to be held in Chiang Rai 17 to 19 February. The three-day niche event will...

Down to earth airlines

BANGKOK, 4 January 2016: An About Travel.Com assessment of the most potentially dangerous airlines, worldwide, names Indonesia’s Lion Air as top offender. Ten of the best, or the worst, is a popular theme for blog and news sites, craving for...