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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


Masters Tour of Chiang Mai 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

For the more competitive of you cyclists, this years Masters Tour of Chiang Mai, a 4 day road cycling race event, takes place in May in... you guessed it... Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Dates: 22 to 26 May, 2015. The following age group categories will be held: Open A Open B Ladies 30-39 40-49 50-59 Masters 60+ The Four stages ...

Tiger traffickers busted in Indonesia

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Two online merchants of tiger parts have been arrested in Indonesia. The bust was the result of a coordinated effort between local and national authorities, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which supports 'Wildlife Crimes Units' operating throughout the country. The arrests are a small success in the battle to ...

Sabah curfew extended once more

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The curfew on the East Coast of Sabah, involving the sea area starting three nautical miles from shore up to the international borders with the Philippines, has yet again been extended to the 21st of October 2014. It will be a 10-hour daily sea curfew from 7pm to 5am. This ...

Cambodia Visa fee increases

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Visas for foreigners entering Cambodia will increase by $10 on 1 October. Tourists will pay $30 upon arrival, with business visas increasing to $35. The ministry said it was to keep in line with visa costs in other neighbouring countries and was the first increase since 1997. E‐visas will increase ...

DAN Introduces New Travel Insurance Plans

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Divers Alert Network, the leader in dive safety, has introduced two new travel insurance plans to the scuba diving and travel communities. Based on DAN’s 30+ years of emergency travel assistance experience, these plans have been redesigned and offer enhanced levels of coverage to provide protection for unforeseen travel events. ...