Southeast Asia Travel News | Update January 12

by Huyen Nguyen
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Signs of recovery until Omicron arrived

Preliminary November 2021 traffic figures released Tuesday by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed notable improvement in international air passenger demand as some regional governments began to relax the strict border restrictions imposed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Malaysia may soon have vaccinated travel lanes with Thailand, Indonesia

Wisma Putra and the Transport Ministry are looking at adding Thailand and Indonesia to the Vaccinated Travel Lane(VTL) initiative.
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Thailand adds three Sandbox destinations to take some pressure off Phuket

Aside from Phuket, vaccinated travellers can now travel to three prominent beach resorts in Thailand – Krabi, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui – under the Sandbox tourism programme, which allows foreign tourists to enter the kingdom without undergoing a strict and lengthy quarantine.
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Sri Lanka gets tourism boost with India’s help! New Colombo-Jaffna luxury train launched

The launch of the intercity rail service was highlighted by the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
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Vietnamese pho breaks into global list of 20 best soups

CNN has included pho bo (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) in its list of 20 best soups in the world along with China’s Lanzhou equivalent and Thailand’s Tom yum goong.
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