Laos Launches Online eVisa Service

Lao has launched its long-awaited electronic tourist visa (eVisa) service, which will allow foreigners to apply for a visa online prior to arriving in the country. The official website for the eVisa application process is At this stage, the eVisa service will be available at two international ports, namely Wattay International Airport and Lao-Thai Friendship […]

China’s Yunnan gets direct flight to Siem Reap

A new direct flight between Cambodia and China was launched this week, with the maiden flight of JC Airlines’ Xishuangbanna-Siem Reap route landing in China’s Yunnan province on Monday. Xishuangbanna is an autonomous prefecture in Yunnan province, in Southwest China. With 179 passengers onboard, the maiden flight departed Siem Reap at 9:30am and touched ground […]

Laos works to develop tourism

The Lao government has devised a policy to promote tourism, considering the industry a priority in the country’s national economic development plan, said Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdala. Tourism is the country second-highest currency earner after mining, according to Lao Phatthana, a newspaper of the Lao News Agency (KPL). Laos enjoys […]

Thailand’s First Bullet Train to Include Laos as Destination

Thailand is preparing to launch the country’s first bullet train that will run between Bangkok and Beijing, China, with Laos as one of the intermediate stations. The “Trans-ASEAN Line” will cover 3,193 kilometers at the cost of about THB 2.07 trillion (USD 67.2 billion) and link Thailand’s Bang Sue with Chiang Mai in the North, […]

Laos highway projects to boost Asean travel

Travelling across Asean is likely to get easier thanks to the Lao government’s plan to build an expressway and three motorways covering more than 1,700 kilometres which will link the country with China and Vietnam. The country needs at least 283 billion baht to fulfil its ambition, said Pheng Douangngeun, chief of the Lao Department […]

Thailand’s Tourism Authority to Focus on Tourism in Chiang Rai

Tourism in less-popular tourist destinations like Chiang Rai has been promoted by the government in recent years, aiming to use the travel sector to generate more income for local communities. Thailand’s Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will work with the National Economic and Social Development Council to help boost the competitiveness of second-tier provinces. Chiang […]

Cross border tours to Yunnan

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Local travel entrepreneur and tourism industry leader, Kitti Tissakul will open a new tour linking Chiang Rai to destinations in China through his company Glow Legend Tour. His new VIP tour will take travellers across the border from Chiang Rai to Laos and then to China with stops in Jinghong, Lijiang, Shangrila in Yunnan province. […]

Thailand maintains drive for quality tourism

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Thailand is training its sights on attracting quality tourists including first-time travellers and FITs to the country, as the country continues its quest to shift its widely perceived image from that of mass to responsible tourism. On Monday evening, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) officially announced its action plan for 2020, which will run […]

AirAsia now flying direct from Bangkok to Sihanoukville, Cambodia

AirAsia held a welcoming ceremony for the inaugural flight of its Bangkok (Don Mueang) – Sihanoukville, Cambodia route now operating four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) with the event well received both by travellers and representatives of Sihanoukville Airport and local agencies. The route is AirAsia’s fifth direct flight from Thailand to Cambodia […]

Thailand to make travel insurance compulsory

Compulsory travel insurance for foreign visitors at a 20-baht premium each is expected to debut this year, according to the Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC). Foreign travellers will be required to pay for the compulsory insurance at immigration offices in airports, while the premium will be directed to Thailand’s Tourism Promotion Fund for coverage […]