Tourist Influx Helps Rural Lao PDR Thrive

When Noy Sae Lee was a young woman in northwest Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) in the 1970s, her small ethnic Lanten community subsisted on slash-and-burn cultivation, virtually isolated from the outside world, save for limited trade in opium and wildlife in this fabled “Golden Triangle” region of Southeast Asia. Even when her village […]

Tourism branding ‘falls short’

A Cambodian tourism industry insider has criticised ongoing work to define separate “brand identities” for countries in the region as officials try to work together to distinguish the different benefits of visiting Asean countries. Cambodia is being pronounced as the leading country for heritage tourism, Myanmar as the place to have the best local encounters, […]

HCM City eyes share of Asian medical tourism pie

With a growing number of medical tourists who combine travel with medical care coming to HCM City in recent years, lucrative medical tourism needs concerted efforts by various official agencies and travel firms to realise its huge potential, experts have said. In the past decade, there has been a global booming in medical tourism, and […]

The Greater Mekong Subregion: Rural No More

The subregion is one of the least urbanized areas in the world, but its cities are growing and their economic impact is being felt.  Urbanization levels in the Greater Mekong Subregion are low, ranging from 19.5% in Cambodia to 44.2% in Thailand. However, in all GMS countries, urban areas account for a much larger percentage […]

Vietnam extends visa waiver for another year

Vietnam has extended its visa exemption programme until well into 2018 after reaping the benefits of more tourist arrivals. The measure, first introduced in July 2015, means UK passport holders can make single entry visits for up to 15 days without purchasing a visa until June 30 2018.  The waiver programme also applies to French, […]

Majority of Myanmar safe to visit: tourism specialists

Travellers are being urged not to give up on Myanmar amid ongoing violent clashes in northern Rakhine State, even as travel advisories are being issued and some cancellations are already being recorded. The anxious trade is sending out a ‘Myanmar is safe’ message. The mounting conflict has led to several travel warnings against visiting Rakhine […]

Huaphan prepares for ‘Visit Laos Year 2018’

Authorities in Huaphan plan to improve access to more than 50 tourist sites in the province as part of preparations for Visit Laos Year 2018.  Deputy Director of the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Phouvanh Phetmixay, told Vientiane Times yesterday that a plan had been sent to the provincial administration office for the development […]

Thailand’s rail plans speed up

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Thailand’s government  approved a draft contract for the  construction and design of the first phase of the country’s high-speed railway project with China, last week. The first stage of the  high-speed railway will link Bangkok and the northeast province of Nakhon Ratchasima and is scheduled to be operational by 2021. The Thai cabinet and the […]

Chinese companies gearing up China-Laos railway

The construction of China-Laos railway has been in full swing, while the Chinese companies involved are gearing up for the peak construction period during the dry season in Laos. While paying an inspection visit on Monday to the Mekong River peninsula in northern Laos’ Luang Prabang, where construction conditions are harsh, General Manager of China […]

Thailand: The Kingdom of Bleisure

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, TCEB, organized a fam trip with international travel and MICE editors to be familiar with Thailand as a MICE destination, and especially as “The Kingdom of Bleisure“, where business travellers can experience a variety of destination and business opportunities, highlighted by global business and leisure rankings. TCEB has formed numerous […]