Category: Travel

Ayutthaya to hold Festival Week in May

Experience the splendor of ancient Siam in a week long festival to be held in the ancient capital of Thailand dubbed the “Ayutthaya Festival Week 2019” on May 22-26, 2019. Main events will be held at Sanam Rat (Ayutthaya City Pillar Shrine) located inside the Ayutthaya Historical Park a UNESCO Heritage site famous for its… Read more »

Maya Bay closure extended til mid May 2021

Maya Bay on Phi Phi island was temporarily closed last year due to rise of visitors on the average 5,000 per day which according to the officials caused damage to the environment. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation announced the extended closure until mid May of 2021 to give time for the island’s… Read more »

Cabinet Waives Thai Visa Fees for Visitors from 21 countries

The Interim Cabinet on Tuesday, April 23 approved the extension of the waiver of visa-on-arrival fees for six more months in an effort to boost the tourism industry in Thailand. This move is expected to generate an additional 104 billion THB income into the economy. Visitors from Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India,… Read more »

Senator Koko Pimentel wants travel tax abolished

A press release issued on April 10 by the Office of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III’s office stated the move of the re-electionist senator for the abolition of the law imposing travel tax. Here’s the news release in toto. Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has filed a bill seeking to abolish the 42-year-old presidential decree that… Read more »

DOT: Top summer destinations in the Philippines

Going back to the Philippines for the summer break? Here are the top Philippine destinations recommended by the Department of Tourism: Banaue Rice Terraces — Ifugao Province, Cordillera Because of its high altitude, Banaue is often described as “where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens” with the rice terraces as “the stairway to… Read more »

Two Hot Air Balloon Festivals in Pampanga in April

BIGGEST HOT-AIR BALLOON EVENT IN SOUTHEAST ASIA Lubao International Hot-Air Balloon and Music Festival was held in Pradera Verde Wakepark, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga on April 5-7. Organized by Lubao International Balloon Festival, Inc. (LIBF) together with Forthinker, Inc., in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from… Read more »

What is Songkran?

Songkran is considered as the most popular of the many festivals in Thailand. Songkran or the Thai New Year, in its purest form, is a religious festival steeped in Buddhist and Brahman traditions. Songkran (สงกรานต์ in Thai or संक्रांति in Sanskrit) is a Sanskrit word for ‘a move’ or ‘a change’  marking the end of… Read more »