Thailand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark, the Satun Geopark, covers about half of Satun Province, including two national parks and a wildlife sanctuary. The area is renowned for natural beauty and cultural diversity, featuring a spectacular pinnacle karst landscape of sea caves and lagoons which can be visited by kayak, and is home to several minority groups of different cultures and religions. Contact us for more detail about this amazing region of Thailand.

A new exhibit at one of Ho Chi Minh City’s stalwart attractions, Independence Palace, offers a fresh look at the history which has sparked many a voyage to Vietnam. The exhibit, “From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868-1966”, uses interactive videos and creative application of the available space inside the palace to present the story of the place, along with some of the relevant context, making it a welcome addition. Contact us for details about this site and many other attractions you will find in the city and the Mekong region. 

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!

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