Myanmar has introduced a Tourist Visa Express Service with a streamlined approval process delivering confirmation within 24 hours of the application. This service is open to over 100 nationalities (all those eligible for tourism e-visa), though it cannot be used for business e-visa. Note that citizens of most ASEAN countries can enter Myanmar visa-free for stays of up to 14 days. This just makes it easier for us to arrange your tour to the wonders of Myanmar such as the Plain of BaganInle Lake, and moreContact us for details.  

Several famous islands in Southeast Asia have recently made news for their temporary closure to address environmental degradation and other problems resulting from heavy tourism. Boracay, the Philippines’ famed white sand island, is set to be closed to tourism for six months, and in Thailand the national park authorities have begun temporary annual closures of certain parks to allow natural rejuvenation and recovery from heavy tourism. 

The temporary closures in Thailand include some islands and beaches in the Andaman coastal area, such as: Mu Ko Surin and Mu Ko Similan National Parks in Phang Nga Province; the Ko Hin Daeng – Hin Muang, Ko Ha and Ko Rok diving sites in Krabi’s Mu Ko Lanta National Park; Hat Chao Mai in Trang; and the islands of Lipe, Adang and Rawi in Satun’s Tarutao National Park. The perennially popular Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay will also be temporarily closed, from June through September 2018. 

We should mention, there are a handful (a few thousand, perhaps?) of islands still open for business. Your favourite island is likely to be one you haven’t been to yet. In the PhilippinesPalawan offers all you could wish for in a beach destination. Most islands and beaches in Thailand remain open as usual, and almost everyone reports a more positive overall experience when choosing a less crowded destination. Beach destinations are everywhere in this region: Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia; Koh Rong and a few other fine islands off from Sihanoukville on Cambodia’s short coast; and Vietnam’s best islands must be Phu Quoc and Con Dao, while Mui NeNha Trang and Da Nang offer amazing coastal experiences. Talk to us for up-to-date details to determine which is best for you. 

The ocean is full of islands – don’t dismay if a few are out of play!

The UNESCO World Heritage site My Son Sanctuary, around 40km outside of Hoi An in central Vietnam, was for centuries the capital of the kingdom of Champa – a Hindu culture contemporary with the Angkor Empire of the ancient Khmers. Ongoing excavation at the site has uncovered numerous broken stone tablets or masonry remnants with inscriptions in ancient Sanskrit. Under a recently opened project, India is offering support and sending specialists in ancient Sanskrit in order to translate the inscriptions into Vietnamese and English. Contact us to visit this evocative site for yourself.

In Yangon, Myanmar, recently debuted open-top bus tours now offer visitors a unique, upper-deck view of the city’s sights. The open-top bus runs both day and evening city tours highlighting the attractions of Yangon, with experienced bilingual guides. Passengers on the open-top bus will enjoy convenient and comfortable transport between sights, as well as direct views of the city’s street-front scenes.  Similar open-top bus tours are also expected to be launched in a matter of months at BaganMandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin.

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