Bangkok Tourism Questions Chao Phraya Promenade Project

Bangkok’s tourism sector is worried the Chao Phraya Riverside Promenade Project will have adverse impacts on the local economy and local business owners are concerned that the plan would degrade the scenery and charm of the river and affect the number of visitors to the city. The River Assembly (RA) last week hosted a meeting […]

Ethnic Yunnanese Celebrate History in Northern Thailand

The village of Mae Salong in Thailand’s mountainous northern frontier is home to thousands of ethnic Chinese; descendants of Kuomintang soldiers, mainly from Yunnan, who retreated south after the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. The Chinese of Mae Salong continue to celebrate their colourful history as a way of maintaining their distinctive […]

Thoi Son, Vietnam Emerges as Ecotourism Hotspot

As well as a famous fruit-growing area, Thoi Son Island in the Mekong Delta is now also a must-see ecotourism destination, according to VietnamNet Bridge, thanks to local residents’ efforts to use the area’s natural features to develop tourism. The island is considered a “green tourism area” and welcomes more than 400,000 tourists every year, […]

Secrets of Laos’ Muang La Hot Spring

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

I had heard that the Muang La hot spring was nicely done, but didn’t realize what it really had to offer until I made my own visit. My first visit was actually a failed one because I did not heed the directions on the website that the resort only accepts advanced bookings of two nights […]

Myanmar Tourism Launches Six New CBT Projects

Community-based tourism is being introduced in six villages around Myanmar: Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, Loikaw Township in Kayah State, Thantaunggyi in Kayin State, the Pa-O region of southern Shan State, Myaing Township in the Magway Region, and Mingun in the Mandalay Region. The projects are being sponsored by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, […]

Thailand’s TAT Looks at “CSR Tourism”

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has teamed with nine business partners to give 10 small communities a boost through a “corporate social responsibility (CSR) tourism-outing initiative” that aims to generate annual income of Bt1 million for each community in 2017. The “Village to the World” project empowers local people to strengthen their communities; creates […]

Cambodia’s Community-Based Tourism Experiment

There are currently 66 Community-Based Tourism (CBT) and Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) projects across Cambodia, according to a recent brochure published by Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism. Cambodian communities in the rural areas have increasingly become willing to open their homes to visitors, inviting them to get a taste of the local culture or to explore the […]

Floating through the Tu Lan Caves of Vietnam

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

For those who want to experience the world-class features of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam but want to travel lightly and avoid the crowds, there are tours to the nearby Tu Lan Cave system offered exclusively by Oxalis Adventure Tours. I recently did the three-day tour, and it was the best cave […]

Myanmar’s Kayah State Faces Tourism Boom, Challenges

After a decades-long blanket ban on tourists, Kayah State in eastern Myanmar has opened up to the outside world. Travellers are pouring in to get a glimpse of its untouched beauty. Channel NewsAsia‘s Pichayada Promchertchoo reports that there are fears Kayah’s old-world charm could be lost as locals look to chase the tourism dollar. “We […]

Community Tourism Village in Vietnam Offers Ta Oi Experience

The Ta Oi people in a remote district in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue now moonlight as tourism employees, offering tourists the opportunity to experience life as a member of an ethnic minority in Vietnam. Since the establishment of the A Ka Community Tourism Village, a project backed by the Asian Development Bank […]