Myanmar’s Inle Lake: an ecosystem fighting to survive

Chemicals, silt and climate change threaten fish species and a way of life. Since 6am Myint Soe and his son have been fishing aboard their long-tail boat. It looks as though it’s been a good morning – between their feet lie about 30 fish of a kilo or less in weight, valued, he says, at […]

MTF 2018 Plastic Free Kit Introduced

Proudly contributed by Jens Thraenhart

Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest issues we face in today’s world, and the travel and tourism industry can do its part to help solve the problem. The 2018 Mekong Tourism Forum tries to do its small part to raise awareness of the issue and make the event plastic free. On June 28th, we […]

Is Cambodia’s Sleepy Kampot in for a Rude Chinese Awakening?

Famous for its beautifully-preserved French colonial architecture and its wide, slow-flowing river that spills into the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia’s Kampot Province has an almost dreamy quality about it. One of the few Cambodian cities that was never bombed by American fighter jets during President Richard Nixon’s secret – and illegal war – on Vietnamese […]

Global tourism’s carbon footprint much bigger than thought

Tourism has been revealed to be responsible for almost a tenth of greenhouse gas emissions, with flights a major component, according to a world-first study that quantifies tourism’s footprint across the supply chain, from flights to souvenirs. According to the research – led by the Integrated Sustainability Analysis supply-chain research group at the University of […]

Tourism surge lashes beaches in PHL, Thailand, Indonesia

Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove. Made famous by the 2000 movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay on the western Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Ley is now a case study […]

Ministry criticises slow action on visa-on-arrival proposal

Hotels and Tourism Union Minister U Ohn Maung criticised the slow action on the ministry’s proposal to issue a visa-on-arrival (VOA) to tourists from China, Japan and South Korea to boost the country’s tourism. “We thought they (the Immigration Department) would give visas-on-arrival for package tours if visitors arrive by air,” U Ohn Maung told The […]

Thai Military to tackle Bangkok’s Nightlife

The latest news following a slew of new laws and regulations is that the country’s military will begin crunching down on Bangkok’s nightlife. The move will see many popular bars and clubs in the nation’s capital close early or indefinitely. According to The Independent UK, bar owners have said military officials have begun “barging” into their […]

Uncontrolled development threatens Ngapali Beach

Ngapali, the former top beach in Southeast Asia, plunged to number 25 in the 2017 ranking of the top beaches of the world by American travel and restaurant website Trip Advisor.  Travel and tours executives warn against over development, as Ngapali attracted increasing numbers local and foreign tourists because of its crystal clear waters and […]

Tourism and development threaten Laos’ French traditions

It remains a jewel of French colonial architecture, you can savor some of the best croissants and baguettes east of Paris here, and even toddlers still learn the language of their bygone rulers. Luang Prabang, tucked into a river valley in the heart of Laos, survives as one of the last bastions of the old […]

Tourism survives Rohingya crisis

Myanmar received 3.44 million visitors last year, according to its Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, up 18 per cent from the 2.9 million arrivals in 2016. The busiest year was 2015 with 4.68 million, in contrast to just 21,000 overseas arrivals in 1990, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. “I think the figure […]