There was welcome news from Southeast Asia this week about Indonesia extending visa free entry for additional countries in an effort to boost tourist arrivals.
After previously available visa-on-arrival services for tourists were halted earlier this year, Myanmar successfully introduced a new online electronic visa system on 1 September. This new service makes obtaining a tourist visa to Myanmar a very easy task.
The Myanmar Travel Agent association announced that a pre-approved tourist visa on arrival will no longer be issued for new applications.
As the Mekong Tourism Forum opens in Chiang Rai, why is tourism in the attractive northern Thailand gateway to Myanmar and Laos still languishing? Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand, has issues.