The Indonesian island of Bali’s legendary natural beauty and enchanting culture have made it a travel highlight for the entire region. Bali is now seeing tourism resurge after volcanic activity on Mount Agung in late 2017 disrupted some travel plans. As volcanic activity has eased, authorities reduced the hazard zone to just 6km around Mt. Agung, located some 50km from the island’s major tourism and population centre. Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Bali to boost confidence in travel safety, and some airlines are now offering promotional fares, making this a good time to explore the Island of the Gods.

The new species of orchid, first discovered accidentally in late 2016 in Zhemgang, Southeast Bhutan, is named Spathoglottis jetsuniae in honour of Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. This striking orchid, bearing a purplish flower (turning white at maturity) with a distinctly yellow lip, is a welcome addition to the increasing number of orchid and other floral species recorded in the country. Bhutan offers travellers an ancient and unique culture, incredible wild spaces and unparalleled natural scenery. We can take you there.

Haivenu’s latest newsletter is now available, offering our top picks for travel destinations in 2018, as well as other travel news from the region. Please find the details here, as well as information about how to subscribe to our upcoming newsletters.

Citizens of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland are being granted visa-free entry to Laos, as part of the Lao government’s effort to promote tourism in 2018. Effective throughout the calendar year of 2018, citizens from these Nordic countries will be granted 15-day stays upon crossing the Lao border. Apart from this one-year visa exemption policy for Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, Laos also offers visa-free entry to citizens of Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia and Mongolia, as well as the other nine ASEAN member countries. 

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