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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 – 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 ...

Bangkok Airport Disruption

Monday, September 9th, 2013

A Thai Airways Airbus A330-300, performing flight TG679 from Guangzhou (China) to Bangkok (Thailand) with 287 passengers and 14 crew, landed on Bangkok's runway at about 23:30 hrs but veered right off the runway and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground. The aircraft was evacuated via ...

Silk Air Restarts Makassar flights

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Silk Air, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, has launched its first flight to Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi. Flights are to be 3 times per week - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, departing Chiangi airport at just after 8am, arriving Makassar at 1115. The return flight departs at ...

Europe Lifts Ban on Philippine Airlines

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The European Commission has lifted the air ban for Philippine Airlines to operate flights to Europe. Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport, said, "The EU air safety list was created for the protection of European skies and citizens, but it can also serve as a wake-up call to countries and ...

Darwin-Bali flights resume on AirAsia

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

AirAsia is returning to Darwin with services to Bali set to resume on 1 July 2013. The airline will resume four weekly flights to Australia’s favourite holiday playground with improved departure and arrival times. To celebrate the relaunch of the route, travellers can snap up special sale fares with flights to Denpasar ...

South East Asian Games, Myanmar, December

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The 27th Sea Games will be held in Myanmar (Burma) in 4 locations: Nyapitaw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach between 11 and 22 December, 2013. All hotels in these cities have received an order from the government to "block rooms", without mentioning the exact number of rooms. Hotels ...

Direct flights London~Jakarta to start later this year

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Garuda Indonesia has chosen Gatwick to operate direct flights between London and Jakarta starting in Q4 2013. Garuda Indonesia will operate the route with Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft capable of carrying over 300 passengers, and will feature Wi-Fi and even a chef on board for First Class passengers. The UK is ...

Floods in Jakarta

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Update on the current flood situation in the Indonesian capital. Floods which hit Jakarta since this week have spread to other areas inside the capital. The government has announced a state of emergency until January 27th and has various contingency plans in place. Right now, according to sources inside the government, ...

First ever direct flights between Vietnam & Indonesia

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Vietnam's national flag carrier, Viet Nam Airlines, has launched a direct route linking Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta in Indonesia. Four flights will be operated between Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Emirates launch daily flights to Saigon

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Emirates Airlines’ have launched a daily non-stop flight to Ho Ch Minh City, the commercial hub in the south of Vietnam. For many people flying from Europe, this could knock out one more airport stop en route making travel times shorter and less stressful. Qatari Airways already has flights to Vietnam ...