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Heavy flooding in Gulf of Thailand

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected southern holiday islands as the country heads into the December to January high season for tourism. A low pressure system has brought heavy rain to parts of the south including the islands of Samui and Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, ...

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 ...

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, ...

New flights connecting Micronesia to PNG

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Great news for divers. You will soon be able to fly direct between Papua New Guinea and Micronesia, combining 2 of the hottest dive spots in the world. From 3 December 2016, Air Niugini is to launch twice weekly air services between Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, and Chuuk ...

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 ...

New Direct Flight between Jakarta and Sorong, Indonesia

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Good news for diviers to Raja Ampat.... NAM Air, a subsidiary of Sriwijaya Air, has launched a new direct flight connecting Jakarta with Sorong, West Papua (Papua Barat). The baggage limit is 20 kg. NAM Air has attractive prices and is cheaper than Xpress Air.    Flight times with NAM Air: Saturday early morning, departure Jakarta 00:05 h - arrival Sorong 06:10 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Burma Begins Trial Run for Online Tourism Visas

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population this week began a trial period for an online tourism visa application system that is due to be fully implemented next month. During the trial run, applicants are required to fill out an online visa form, verify that all the information entered is correct and ...

New air routes between Phu Quoc and Singapore, Cambodia

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Starting from 1 November 2014, Vietnam Airlines will launch 2 new international routes from Phu Quoc airport to Singapore and Cambodia. The first route to Singapore will carry 2 flights a week and the second to Siem Reap will carry 3 flights a week.

Thailand Curfew Lifted

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The whole of Thailand is still under martial law, but the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has now lifted the curfew from the entire country. The NCPO established the curfew - which initially was for between 22:00 and 05:00, then later reduced to between 00:00 and 04:00 - on ...