The Corona pandemic originating in Wuhan, China is happening very complicatedly. It is a threat to the economic and social situation of not only China but also many countries in the world significantly. Southeast Asia tourism is also impacted.
This article shows how the coronavirus outbreak has affected Southeast Asia tourism. We will provide you with some information about Indochina tour packages and Southeast Asia flights.
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Thailand is a favorite destination for Chinese tourists. Each year Thailand has about 11 million Chinese visitors, accounting for more than 30% of international visitors.
During the outbreak of coronavirus (nCoV or covid-19) outbreaks, many countries have imposed restrictions on the entry of visitors from China, but Thailand is one of the few places that do not apply restrictive entry policies for travelers from China.
Vietnam Fast Tours says until now the epidemic situation in Thailand is still well-controlled and does not affect much the tourism situation. Many Travel Companies still provide lots of tour packages such as Bangkok – Pattaya – Kanchanaburi, Phuket – Phi Phi Island, Bangkok – Pattaya – Coral Island, etc.
Many travel companies have stopped organizing tours to China. People have also proactively postponed or changed the trip schedule due to the situation of the unpredictable disease.
In Vietnam, there have been 16 people infected with coronavirus from 4 cities: Vinh Phuc (11), Ho Chi Minh (3), Thanh Hoa (1), Khanh Hoa (1). Until now, there are 13 people are healed.
Due to the corona epidemic, there are attractions in some provinces that are closed and stop picking up guests. In Qui Nhon, at present, some historical – cultural relics, places of interest, tourist areas such as Trung Luong, Quang Trung Museum, Twin Towers … have been temporarily closed since February 6.
In Hanoi, on 6/2, after a day of pausing to welcome people and tourists, cultural sites, landscapes in Hanoi were reopened. Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Ngoc Son Temple and Hoa Lo Prison have also opened to welcome visitors back. At Hoa Lo Prison, besides handing masks, tourists are also provided with free hand-washing water and advice on effective disease prevention measures.
The epidemic situation is still strictly controlled in these provinces. So, there are still many safe destinations for your trip.
Sapa is a famous tourist destination when travelling to Vietnam. Tourists love tour packages to Sapa in the spring to see the flowers blooming. Sapa is the “kingdom of flowers”. Flowers here are countless, growing all over the hillsides, flooding the valley, wriggling in bamboo clusters, on the railings, along with the entrances to the villages, etc.
Some Northern locations are also great options for you to enjoy the fresh environment: Moc Chau, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, etc.
Another tourist destination you can consider for your upcoming trip is Tay Nguyen. The temperature here is quite high, the weather is dry. This is an extremely favorable condition for you to travel this spring.
It can be said that so far, Western provinces have not detected any cases of suspicion of infection with coronavirus. So if you are planning a trip but don’t know where to go, then these provinces are also good options. Remember to visit the floating markets and enjoy a lot of delicious kinds of fruits in these provinces: Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Vinh Long, etc.
Domestic tourism is the top priority after the epidemic ends.
Vietnam Tourism Association will develop and implement a strong domestic tourism stimulus program right before and after the epidemic.
In the Philippines, 30 hotels announced that Chinese tourists had canceled 600 rooms in Manila. Recently the Philippines government said it would stop granting visas at the border checkpoints for Chinese tourists and recently forced 634 Chinese tourists to return to Wuhan.
Philippines Ministry of Tourism announced it would increase marketing, promoting destinations without coronavirus both domestically and abroad.
With cool fresh air, natural attractions, the Philippines will help visitors have a good time with many interesting and attractive experiences. When the corona epidemic situation is still complicated, instead of participating in crowded festivals, you can go to places close to nature.
The Philippines is not only known as a country that owns more than 7,000 thousand islands, but it is also home to countless natural wonders you can learn and choose the appropriate tour packages. You can go to some places like Coron Island, Boracay Island, etc.
Coron is the third – largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan, Philippines. This island is part of a city of the same name. you swim as much as you like at Kayangan Lake, the cleanest lake in the Philippines. It’s great to explore the amazing ocean world at Palawan and snorkel at Coral Gardens.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused at least 15,000 Chinese to cancel tours to Bali. Bali has to cancel the Kintamani festival scheduled for February 8. The Bali Tourism Authority promises to reorganize this festival at some point during the year when the epidemic settles.
Besides, the Bali tour package is still one of the most favorite options for tourists. You can visit many ancient villages here: Batubalan, Celuk, Mass. You can also go to the Tirta Empul temple built in the 10th century in the center of Bali to explore the local culture.
In addition, Tanjung Benoa beach, a famous beach with many water sports will also help you get more wonderful memories.
Mass flight cancellations
The Aviation Administration of Vietnam has announced the temporary cancellation of operating flights between Vietnam and China from 06h00 international time (13h00 Vietnamese time) on February 1, 2020. Vietnam currently has flights to Taiwan and Hong Kong. The flights to other countries in Southeast Asia still operate normally.
Thailand has also suspended flights from Wuhan (China) and some other Chinese cities. There are still flights between Thailand to Taiwan and Hong Kong. Some flights are still going on: Bangkok – Macau, Bangkok – Shanghai, Bangkok – Guangzhou.
The representatives of the Cambodia international airports, including Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap has also confirmed to postpone all flights from Wuhan to Cambodia because of few passengers.
In addition to flights involving China, flights between other countries in Southeast Asia still operate normally. Therefore, you do not need to worry when selecting a tourist destination here at this time.
All in all, the corona pandemic is causing serious consequences for tourism in Southeast Asia. In addition to disease prevention measures, national governments need to have appropriate tourism enhancement plans in the coming period.
We hope the article has brought you useful information. If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (or some other Southeast Asian countries), you should carefully research the information to protect your health and have a great trip. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
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