Thale Noi & Koh Ngai – Birdwatching & Beaches without the Crowds

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

Thailand is known for its world-class national parks and beaches. Unfortunately, their popularity has made the visitor experience less intimate and increasingly more dangerous to sustaining nature’s beauty. My recent visit to Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area (Bird Sanctuary) and Koh Ngai Island in Southern Thailand’s Phatthalung and Krabi Provinces (via Trang) reminded me of just […]

Happy Chinese New Year 2018

Xīn nián kuài lè (New Year happiness) and Gōng xǐ fā cái (Happiness and prosperity)! We wish all our friends, partners, and stakeholders a Happy Year of the Dog!   Your team at Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and Destination Mekong.  

Can emerging destinations really handle big events?

Destination Case Study on the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR By Gerardine Donough-Tan  The exotic allure of emerging markets such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos continue to woo event planners, but often the question remains: Can these destinations, especially small towns that have never hosted big events, rise to the challenge? […]

CNN covers Mekong Tourism Forum 2017

We are very grateful for CNN to cover this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang in June. Great coverage for Laos, Luang Prabang, and the entire GMS. CNN’s Road to ASEAN visits the Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang to find out how this region is coming together through tourism.   Source: CNN

It’s all about redefining travel growth in the Mekong sub-region

The six countries bordering the Mekong River – Cambodia, China (Guangxi and Yunnan provinces), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) continue to place tourism as their top priority to generate economic growth. However, sustainability and social concerns are increasingly on the agenda. It is turning into a top event for all stakeholders involved in tourism for […]

Is Cambodia Poised to Become the Next Thailand?

Cambodia saw five million international tourists in 2016. Still modest compared to neighboring Thailand’s 30 million international arrivals last year, the number is nonetheless impressive for a still-developing tourism industry. Cambodia’s tourism growth has been steady. Both the number of international arrivals and overall tourism receipts have moved consistently upward over the past two decades. […]

Can Tho focuses on food tourism

Vietnam’s Can Tho’s Department of Culture and Tourism says a southern food market will open soon in Can Tho City to promote the country’s Mekong Delta culinary specialties. Local media quoted the provincial People’s Committee deputy chairman, Le Van Tam, saying the market, which will promote Mekong Delta specialties, will attract more international tourists in the […]

AS THE GOVERNMENT plans to use its “Thailand 4.0” policy to escape from a middle-income gap and make the nation a high-income country, one of the key economic drivers – tourism – needs to accelerate its strategy to cope with the change, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says. Tourism contributes about 20.6 per cent […]

1.2 million foreign travelers visit Myanmar

Foreign travelers sightsee at Inle Lake during market days. (Photo-Sitha) The number of foreign travelers to Myanmar have arisen by 25 per cent compared to the previous year, a source of Department of Hotel and Tourism said. The number of foreign travelers to Myanmar has reached 1.24 million as of the end of April 2017. […]

12 Innovative Startups Qualify for Mekong Tourism Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 Innovative Startups Qualify to Pitch Investors at Mekong Tourism Forum Siem Reap, Cambodia – 8 May 2017 – Organizers of the Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) accelerator program announced that 12 startups from Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam have qualified to pitch their business plans to investors at the […]