Thai tour businesses to get some financial help

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry will be giving financial aid to local tour businesses by returning a combined 1.4 billion baht (US$42.4 million) of registration deposits to them. In a meeting with the Finance Ministry last week, tourism agencies proposed that the tourism ministry return the company registration deposit to local tour operators, The Bangkok Post reported. […]

Zuckerberg, Gates to help Kingdom in Covid-19 fight

Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Bill Gates Foundation (BGF) are helping a group of small research institutions in Cambodia to fight against Covid-19, Business Insider reports. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said CZI, in partnership with BGF and Cambodian researchers, has helped unlock a piece of research which may help in the fight […]

No New Coronavirus Local Cases—China Is Reopening Its Tourist Attractions

In more positive news for those locked down in self-isolation around the world, life in China is continuing to return to normal. Tourist attractions and stores are reopening on the mainland that was hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. China is very much emerging from the countrywide lockdowns that began in January. […]

TAT launches ‘The One for Nature’ project to promote responsible tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), together with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and Ko Tao’s public and private sectors, has launched ‘The One for Nature’ project to promote responsible tourism in Thailand. Mr. Kitsana Kaewtumrong, Executive Director, TAT’s Advertising and Public Relations Department said TAT hoped the project would also help strengthen awareness […]

TAT launches new – Hua Hin: Thai Authentic Beach – brand

New destination brand blends modern beach town vibe with the traditional Thai way of life. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Prachuap Khiri Khan Office in collaboration with Hua Hin’s public and private sectors have launched a new “Hua Hin: Thai Authentic Beach” brand, with emphasis on “Street Art Hua Hin” installations located at the […]

Cambodia named world’s best destination for tourists by PATWA

Cambodia has won the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association’s (PATWA) International Travel Award for Best Destination, local media reported on March 13. Chairman of PATWA’s Cambodia chapter Thourn Sinan said Cambodia was honoured thanks to its rich heritage, public safety and local people’s friendliness, adding that the award will help boost the country’s global popularity. […]

Mekong Delta, southern islands are new domestic tourism hotspots

The Mekong Delta and southern islands like Phu Quoc and Con Dao are dominating domestic tour bookings as Covid-19 cases rise elsewhere in Vietnam. Companies specializing in domestic tourism say about 70 percent of their customers are opting for Mekong Delta tours, most of which depart from Ho Chi Minh City. Le Hoa Hiep, director […]

Cambodia to propose five natural areas as UNESCO World Heritage sites

Preparations by the Ministry of Environment and relevant ministries are underway for the submission of a list containing five natural sites in Cambodia, which are targeted to make UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra yesterday identified the five protected areas as Phnom Tbeng Natural Heritage Park, Prek Kampi Mekong River Dolphin Management […]


When Thai tour guide Wanchai in the country’s famous island destination Krabi entered the island’s famous beach music festival that he attends every year, he was stopped at the entrance for body temperature check and hand hygiene. “It has been a manner in public places and where crowds gather since January when there was an […]

New dawn for small-scale sustainable tourism in southern Myanmar

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

A tiny village in the backwaters of southern Myanmar is cleaning up its act and laying out the welcome mat, as Keith Lyons finds during a visit to a remote settlement sharing an estuary with Thailand.   As tourist destinations go, it would be hard to find any place smaller than ramshackle Wae Ngae. The […]