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Walk down any street in Luang Prabang, Laos, and you will be presented with any number of opportunities to interact with elephants.Some are more ethical than others. Indeed, at the Elephant Village, 15 kilometers outside town, the motto is: “Saving elephants is our mission.”They are not exactly wrong to claim so, either. Compare the dead-eyed pachyderms at the nearby Tad Sae waterfall, harnessed and ready for joy rides, to their cousins at the Elephant Village and you can immediately see

With the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expecting 4.5 to 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015, and 7.5 million by 2020, local travel industry experts are busily dreaming up ways to promote Myanmar as a destination to ensure that these target numbers are met.U Phyo Wai Yar Zar, chair of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee (MTMC), told The Myanmar Times that the country’s international airports in Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw should start operating at maximum capacity to boost arrival numbers.“We

(TITC) – Recently, the Ramsar Convention has recognized Lang Sen Wetland Reserve (Long An Province) as the 7th Ramsar site (wetland holding significant international importance in terms of biodiversity and conservation) in Viet Nam and the 2,227th one in the world.With the total area of 5,030ha, Lang Sen Wetland Reserve covers the entire area of Cajuput Forest Reserve of Dong Thap Muoi, Vinh Loi Afforestation Yard and a part of the area of Vinh Loi and Vinh Dai communes (Tan

The Hoi An People’s Committee on December 3rd inaugurated the Nguyen Phuc Chu Pedestrian Street to mark 16 years since the ancient town was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The 500m-long street is opposite the Cau Pagoda that spreads along An Hoi Square and Nguyen Hoang night market.  Walking along the street, tourists will have a chance to not only admire the unique sculpture works and the poetic beauty of the Hoai River, but also to enjoy and experience many

(TITC) – Aiming to develop specific tourism products of Ha Noi based on thousand-year cultural value, in the coming time, Ha Noi tourism sector will focus on utilizing the advantages of the West Lake and surroundings as well as investing in diversified services in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake areas.Accordingly, the West Lake – a scenic attraction bearing the cultural and historic imprints of the old capital Thang Long-Ha Noi will be developed as a tourism, cultural space.Ha

Construction of a $20 million luxury residential project on an expansive beach on Cambodia’s largest island will be completed by the end of next year, officials and executives said on Saturday at the groundbreaking ceremony for Royal Sands Koh Rong.The project in Preah Sihanouk province is a joint venture between Cambodian conglomerate Royal Group, owned by media and telecom tycoon Kith Meng, and Luzi Matzig, CEO of travel group Asian Trails.Royal Sands Koh Rong will have more than 60 houses

BAGAN, 16 December 2015: Myanmar’s tourism authorities have terminated licenses for over 40 accommodation suppliers in Bagan’s heritage zone to improve the chances of the ancient city being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.Myanmar Times reported Bagan residents began building guesthouses after tourism started to take off in 2011. Many of guesthouses are still under construction and are located in the protected zone declared by the Ministry of Culture around historic Bagan.A Myanmar Tourism Federation official confirmed to The

Up to 800,000 foreign tourists are expected to visit the country in the next two weeks, but total annual arrivals are likely to miss the 30 million target predicted by the private sector.The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Sunday celebrated the 28 million visitors through Suvarnabhumi International Airport this year.The agency expects a total visitor number of 28.8 million this year, slightly higher than the original projection of 28-28.5 million.Juthaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for international marketing for Europe, Africa,

Phnom Penh: Cambodia on Friday decreed that visitors should not wear revealing clothes or smoke at the famed Angkor Wat temple, which was originally built as a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.A “code of conduct” for tourists visiting the world’s largest religious monument, in Siem Reap province, was released by the Apsara National Authority, which manages the ancient site, Xinhua news agency reported.Visitors have been told not to wear revealing clothes, not to smoke, not to give money and candy

The administration of the northern province of Quang Ninh has decided to cease all ship operations from an old, deteriorated wharf starting New Year Day.Ships bringing tourists to explore the world-famed Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh will no longer dock at the old Bai Chay tourist wharf from January 1, 2016 onwards, the provincial administration has announced.The decision is included in the province’s zoning plan to develop local waterways, including regulations on wharf activities meant to take tourists to