Online tool helps foreigners ‘travel’ to Việt Nam

The Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Việt Nam Tourism Advisory Board have launched an online tool called “Stay at Home with Việt Nam” to offer foreign tourists the next best thing to a holiday in Việt Nam. “Tourists who have not been able to visit the country now can explore many landmark destinations, tasty food, […]

Staying ready to receive tourists in Myanmar post COVID-19

Contributed by International Trade Centre Small businesses associated with tourism in southern Shan state are preparing to receive guests soon. Find out how they are catching up on the latest. For more than a month now, tourists are nowhere to be seen, severely affecting everyone dependent on tourism in southern Shan state of Myanmar. In […]

Airbnb Experiences serves up new Cooking category

Airbnb Experiences has introduced a new category of bookable experiences that will “unlock the hidden culinary traditions of families all around the world”, adding to the existing Adventure and Animals categories on the platform. The Cooking on Airbnb Experiences, which offers guests access to 3,000 unique recipes across over 75 countries globally, not only presents a new way for […]

Yin and Yang Perspective on Tourism: An Interview with Jens Thraenhart, CEO of Mekong Tourism

“Balance is key to many things in our life. Right now if we look at tourism, we can say that we lost this balance,”  says Jens Thraenhart, CEO of Mekong Tourism during the discussion on the concept of balanced tourism with Graham Harper, Director of Sustainability & Social Responsibility. Graham: Jens, we’ve been talking about “overtourism,” […]

Nong Khiaw and a Hundred Waterfalls, Laos

Proudly contributed by Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson takes a Tiger Trail adventure to Nong Khiaw to discover 100 waterfalls, homestays and Lao-Lao, and finds himself stumbling around in the dark. Tan lifts his glass once more towards mine and smiles yet again. Cutting the air in a horizontal with his free hand, he lifts his murky glass of Lao-Lao […]

Bangkok works up an appetite for contemporary Thai food

Proudly contributed by Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

The traditional Thai kitchen takes a seemingly nonchalant approach to composing a meal. Shared items are usually served together in samrab (home) style, arriving on the table more or less at the same time, or as the cook sees fit. But appearances are deceiving. Stir-fries complement boiled soups and curries, fried and grilled foods are offset with […]

Menus of change at the ASEAN Tourism Forum

The Future of Food: Turning ASEAN Tradition and Craftsmanship into Sustainable Gastronomic Tourism was the title of the ASEAN Gastronomy Conference that took place on 25 January 2018 within the framework of the ASEAN Tourism Forum, 22-26 January 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tourism and Sports Minister of Thailand, Weerasak Kowsurat presided over the opening ceremony of the […]

Cambodia’s bamboo train back on track

Tourists missing Cambodia’s beloved ‘bamboo train’ in Battambang can now board a replacement service that has been set up on a different set of tracks. The improvised rail vehicle, often comprising a small motor and a bamboo platform on wheels, was shut down in October 2017 to make way for a proper train service. The […]

Thailand’s 12 hidden gems a treasure trove of Thai local experiences

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) continues to expand the ‘12 Hidden Gems’ campaign that encourages visitors to go off the beaten path and discover new Thai local experiences in emerging destinations around the kingdom. First introduced in 2015, the campaign features 12 provinces which offer countless attractions for visitors to explore and discover. Lampang […]