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More Bangkok Protests

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

A day of anti-government protest has been called for Saturday 29th March in Bangkok. Disruption to some streets and increased traffic is expected.

Qatar Airways launch flights between Edinburgh and Doha

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Good news for travellers from Scotland, Qatar are launching flights to Doha from Edinburgh using the new Boeing Dreamliner, starting on 28 May this year. With connections from there to numerous destinations in Asia, this should noticeably shorten travel times to this part of the world. Flying direct to and from ...

New Anti-Rhino Horn Campaign in Vietnam

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Please pass this on to all your Vietnamese friends and acquaintances! [caption id="attachment_3203" align="alignleft" width="660"] Wild Aid's new Anti-Rhino Horn campaign for Vietnam[/caption]

Bali’s Day of Silence

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Nyepi is a “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every New Year according to the Balinese calendar and this year it falls on March 31. It is a Hindu celebration that is mainly celebrated on the Indonesian island of Bali, and it is marked with strict silence, fasting and meditation. ...

State of Emergency lifted in Bangkok

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

As the situation in Bangkok has improved and continues to remain calm and generally peaceful, the caretaker government has announced the end of the State of Emergency in Bangkok and vicinities, which will now be downgraded to what is known as Internal Security Act (ISA) from Wednesday 19 March. The ...

New School of Tourism for the Solomon Islands

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Located in Honiara, the new, SID12 million School of Tourism forms part of the Solomon Islands National University campus and houses conference rooms, a lecture theatre and several tutorial rooms. The Solomon Islands get hardly any tourism and facilities are basic, but the islands are stunning, the people extremely friendly and ...

No PNG Visas on arrival for Australians

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Papua New Guinea Government has announced that there will be a ban on Australians obtaining their tourist visas on arrival at Port Moresby, effective 1st March 2014. The Official Public Notice can be found here. If you are an Australian travelling to PNG, you will need to obtain a ...

Bangkok Demonstrations update

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Yesterday protest sites at Pathumwan, Ratchaprasong and Asoke we're dismantled with demonstrations now taking place at Lumpini Park in central Bangkok and Chaeng Wattana government complex in the north of the city. This spells good news for the public at large and tourists in Bangkok, as traffic can now flow as ...

Mt. Kelud erupts. East Java blanketed in ash – Indonesia

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Mt. Kelud, located about 50km west of the city of Malang, erupted on 13 February, shooting a column of smoke and ash about 10km into the air and people in a radius of 10km have been evacuated. Ash rains started to descend in the early morning hours and winds have ...

New Frog Species Identified in Vietnam

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

A new species of frog has been identified in the high elevations of Vietnam’s Mount Fansipan by a team of Australian and Vietnamese researchers. The amphibian has been named Botsford’s leaf-litter frog (Leptolalax Botsfordi) as a tribute to Christopher Botsford for his role in amphibian biodiversity research in Asia.[caption id="attachment_2995" ...

Bangkok Demonstrations – 28 January update

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The State of Emergency in Bangkok that was announced last week has had no tangible impact to date on the protest sites or the ongoing blockades, and no freedom of movement restrictions or night time curfews have been imposed. Talks between all parties concerned will be held from today until ...

New Chiang Khong ~ Houei Xai Bridge opens

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The 4th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River is to open tomorrow, 12 December, significantly easing travel between northern Thailand and northern Laos. The new bridge spans the river between Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai province, Thailand, and Houay Xai in Bokeo province, Laos. For anyone joining a river cruise ...

Increase in Baggage Allowance on Singapore/Silk Air

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Great news for sporty travellers - especially scuba divers and anyone joining one of our mountain bike rides; passengers on all SilkAir and Singapore Airlines flights will enjoy more free checked-in baggage allowance from today, 15 November 2013. Checked-in baggage allowances will increase by 10kg for Business and Economy class travel. ...

Vietnam braces for Typhoon Nari

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Typhoon Nari is forecast to strike Vietnam at approximately 18:00 GMT today -  14 October. This information is supplied by the US Navy and the Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggests that the point of landfall will be near 16.1 N, 108.6 E. Nari is expected to bring maximum ...

New bird species in the Philippines

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

A ground-warbler from the Philippines is the twenty-third species of bird described in 2013. The species, dubbed Robsonius Thompsoni, is described in the August issue of the journal The Condor. It was discovered after researchers from the University of Kansas, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the University of the ...