Arrivals in Vietnam under quarantine for 14 days 21Mar2020

From March 21, 2020 all arrivals in Vietnam are to stay under quarantine in government facilities for 14 days. Those who travel to Vietnam on diplomatic purposes are in quarantine at facilities assigned by such diplomatic bodies under supervision by Vietnamese authorized medical authorities and Vietnamese authorities.

Myamar Bans Tourists from Climbing the Bagan Temples

Myanmar has tightened measures to prohibit tourists from climbing the Temples of Bagan which have been inscribed to the World Heritage List by the UNESCO in July 2019. These are parts of the commitments of Myanmar to the UNESCO to have the Bagan Temples in the World Heritage List.

Completion of Medical/Health Declaration Form Required Arriving in Vietnam March-2020

From March 7, 2020 all travelers arriving into Vietnam are to complete a health declaration form requesting basic medical information and health information. The completion of the form can be done online or on paper. There are medical staffs at the arrival port to stamp the forms for verification. The forms are in English or other languages. There are interpreters of several languages at the arrival ports to assist the travelers with. If there are any symptoms related to the coronavirus, then the traveler will be transferred to a quarantine center.

Cruises Halted on Halong Bay and Quang Ninh 3-July-2019

3-July-2019 Overnight cruises on Halong Bay are halted. Day-cruises are allowed till 11:00 A.M. Typhoon Mun is forecast to make landfall in Hai Phong in the early morning of 4-July-2019.

Traffic Blocked on Road 1 between Hanoi and Dong Dang (Lang Son) on 2March2019

Traffic (both ways) is halted on Road 1 between Hanoi and Dong Dang (Lang Son) on 2March2019 from 01:00 hour to 17:00 hours (Vietnam's time). This is to ensure security for North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un who concludes his trip to Vietnam for US-North Korea Summit and for his offical visit to Vietnam.

Cambodia Prohibits Eating in the Area of Angkor Wat Temple

Cambodia bans people (tourists and locals) from eating and partying in the area of the Angkor Wat Temple and on the lawns around this famed temple. Vendors are prohibited from renting out mats or hammocks to the visitors on these lawns, too. All these acts are considered to have negative impacts on this World Heritate Site as well as the environtment around it.

Adventure Travel Officially Recognized in Da Lat

By May J.

10 local tour operators and travel agents were licensed to operate adventure tours by The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Lam Dong Province on 20July2017. This is the first time that adventure travel has been officially recognized by the authority.

Boats cruises halted on Halong Bay 1-August-2019

Halong Bay Authority has stopped granting permits to boats and overnight cruise junks to make tours on the bay from 10 A.M on 1-August-2019 due to the expected strike of the Wipha Typoon (No.3 Typhoon in the East Sea of Vietnam in 2019).

Speedboats for Soc Trang and Con Dao Island

By Thu Huong.

From 14July2017 Superdong started operating speedboat trips between Soc Trang and Con Dao Island. The boat departs Soc Trang everyday at the Port of the Police Border of Tran De District (Soc Trang Province) at 0800 A.M and arrives at Ben Dam Port on Con Dao Island after 150 minutes. The return trip starts from Con Dao at 13:00.

Laos’ Plain of Jars Becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Plain of Jars of Laos has been inscribed to the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in July 2019. There had been much mystery around these jars and it is mostly believed now that they are for funerary practices in the Iron Age from 500BCE to 800CE.

Ho Chi Minh City Offers Waterway Tours

By Thu Huong. 4June2013 The opening ceremony for tours around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) by speedboat is hosted at Thu Thiem Pier. The city is crisscrossed by a system of rivers and canals, but there had been no tours of the city by waterways earlier. The current fleet includes 10 speedboats with capacity carrying 6-40 passengers.