Ancient town wows visitors with digitised public restrooms

In a matter of seconds, Qian Yafen can easily locate the nearest vacant toilet on her cellphone. “I downloaded an app, clicked ‘find a restroom,’ and then these just came up with pictures of nearby public restrooms, numbers of available toilets as well as maps showing how I could get there,” Qian said. She then […]

Myanmar, China raise efforts to develop tourism industries

Myanmar and China are taking big steps to develop each other`s tourism industries. China Eastern Airlines yesterday launched Hohhot? Kunming? Yangon flights and will deploy a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a seating capacity of 184 for the new service. This will operate from Yangon International Airport three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, […]

Cambodia’s endangered river dolphins at highest population in 20 years

It’s 5:30 p.m. and several tourist boats linger in the middle of the Mekong River. A blood-orange sun casts a warm glow across the milky brown water, making it the ideal time to photograph the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins that congregate in deep, swirling pools. Not that these dolphins are particularly willing photo subjects, as […]

Finally, Cambodia turns single and proud as a destination

Cambodia is shaking off its image as an add-on destination and is showing signs of becoming a standalone spot with European holidaymakers, claim the country’s tourism players. Traditionally regarded as part of a multi-destination trip with neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia’s mounting collection of tourism products, improved infrastructure and promotion of emerging destinations are raising […]

Rail line linking popular tourist destinations in SW China to open next year

A rail route linking the popular Lijiang and Shangri-La tourist spots in southwest China’s Yunnan Province is expected to go into operation at the end of next year, said the China Railway Corporation on Monday. The 139-kilometre Lijiang-Shangri-La line will link Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, and Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, via […]

What does the future merging of medical and wellness tourism mean for Thailand?

Thailand is also a leading wellness tourism destination. The country is ranked 14th in the world, earning $12 billion per year from wellness. Both medical and wellness tourism has been important segments of Thailand’s tourism industry for many years. The future will see them increasingly merge. The “Land of Smiles” welcomed over 38 million international […]

E-visa for Laos to go online in June

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to launch an electronic visa (E-visa) service in June that will enable foreign visitors to apply for entry visas online. All international visitors to Laos will be eligible to apply online for a single entry visa with a planned maximum stay of 30 days, a senior official in charge […]

Cambodia’s Tourism Authority Bans Food Inside Angkor Wat

The Apsara Authority is trying to reduce littering at the World Heritage site in Siem Reap province of Cambodia. Cambodia’s tourism authority (Apsara) has banned visitors from eating food in the World Heritage temple Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Hang Pov, Apsara Authority director, said in a letter dated Thursday that the authority wished to […]

China develops online toilet map for tourists

China is developing an online toilet map, aiming to help travelling tourists from home and abroad find the nearest toilets, tourism authorities said. The online toilet map was being developed by China’s search engine giant Baidu at the request of the ministry, said Zhang Xu, vice minister of China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, on […]

Thailand arrivals grow 2.5%

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Thailand clocked more than 7 million visitor arrivals in the first two months of the year according to data posted on the Ministry of Tourism and Sports website late last week. So far this year the ministry has not resumed its monthly “Tourism Situation” reports, but provisional data indicates the country registered 7,291,494 visits up […]