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Strong typhoon approaching Vietnam

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Four central provinces in Vietnam have been hit by flooding as Typhoon Sarika, forecast to be one of the strongest in years, approaches Vietnam’s east coast. Severe flooding in central Vietnam has left at least 21 people dead and submerged tens of thousands of homes. Worst affected is the province of Quang ...

Endangered Gibbons Released Near Angkor Wat

Monday, October 10th, 2016


Volcano Erupts on Lombok, Indonesia

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On the 27 September at 14:45, Gunung Barujani, the little brother, of Gunung Rinjani started sending volcanic ash around 2,000 meters into the sky. The cloud drifted south causing several flight cancellations into the night of the 27 September. Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, ...

Bomb Explosions in Thailand

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Around 22.00 hrs last night, Thursday 11 August, two bombs exploded in Hua Hin around 20 minutes apart in the town centre. The explosions happened in Soi Bintabat, an alley with bars in the entertainment area of Hua Hin. Most of the damage and injuries are attributed to the second ...

Volcanoes erupt in Indonesia

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia in recent days have forced the closure of two airports and disrupted some flights to Bali, officials said on Wednesday. Mount Gamala on the eastern island of Ternate erupted early Wednesday after a moderate earthquake in the area, sending ash up to 600m into the air and ...

Vietnam Visa Exemptions Extended

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Vietnam has extended the visa exemption to residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Travelers from these countries will not be required to obtain a visa for traveling for up to 15 days in Vietnam. The change will be effective from 01 July 2016 until 30 June ...

Burma Earthquake, 13 April

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

A 6.9 magnitude tremor hit northern Burma (Myanmar) last night at around 8.25pm, local time. The epicentre was apparently around 74km south-east of Mawlaik and shook buildings in Mandalay, Yangon and as far away as Guwahati in India. Panic ensued in Yangon but to date there are no reports of injuries.

Bali Airport closed

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Bali International and Lombok Airports are currently closed due to volcanic activity at Mt. Barujani, a smaller volcano inside the caldera of Mt. Rinjani on Lombok island. The airport closure is at the moment extended until 08:45am (Bali local time), 4th November.

Volcano alerts in Indonesia

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

  Mt. Bromo - East Java
  Mt. Bromo is on high alert starting 1 November 2015,  with a safe radius around Indonesia’s most iconic volcano set at 1 kilometre from the crater. Visitors can still do a tour to Pananjakan for the dramatic sunrise and down to the sea of sand near Mount ...

Halong Bay cruises suspended

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The worst flooding for 40 years in Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, has killed at least 17 people and damaged thousands of houses. Vietnamese authorities have issued a temporary ban on overnight cruises into Halong Bay for safety reasons. Presently, however, the torrential rains in ...

Visa free entry to Indonesia

Friday, July 31st, 2015

A reminder that, on 15th of June 2015, Indonesia updated its Visa policy extending visa exemptions for 30 additional countries hoping to boost foreign tourism to Indonesia. Nationals of 45 countries now do not need to get a visa on arrival (VoA), nor will they have to pay the visa ...

Indonesia Airports reopened

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Bali International Airport is now open and operational though some airlines have delayed departures. Following a further eruption of Mount Raung, the airport was closed on Sunday 12 July from 11:30 am, reopening at 4 pm. Lombok Airport has remained open since Saturday 11 July with international and domestic flights operating. There ...

Solomon Islands Earthquake today

Friday, July 10th, 2015

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific today, Friday 10 July, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was relatively shallow at a depth of about 20km, the USGS said. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami warning being issued, according ...

Bali Airport Closed due to Volcano Eruption

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Bali International Airport, Lombok, Jember and Banyuwangi Airports are all currently closed due to an ash cloud rising from Mount Raung in eastern Java, which erupted approximately 150 kilometers west of Bali International Airport. We have been informed that the international airport, closed since midnight 09 July, will remain closed until ...

Unsung heroes of the Sabah Earthquake: Mt Kinabalu’s guides

Thursday, June 11th, 2015