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$160 is the Price for One Month of Flights with AirAsia's New ASEAN Pass

February 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (5)

How does a month of flying around Southeast Asia for under $200 sound?

That's the question we asked back in December, when it was first announced AirAsia would introduce some sort of pass for unlimited flights. Well, that pass—the AirAsia ASEAN Pass, named for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations—is official and available for purchase, beginning today.

The ASEAN Pass' original promise of travel to 10 countries has been kept, and passengers may elect to fly to airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Laos and Brunei. The greatest variety of destinations is of course offered from AirAsia's base in Kuala Lumpur, although Bangkok also has a bunch.

Popular leisure destinations in the passes include Bali, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Langkawi, and Puerto Princesa. With just those it'd be very tempting to turn an ASEAN Pass into a "best exotic beaches of SE Asia" pass, but culture and business travelers will find plenty destinations of interest as well.

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Southeast Asia Really Wants You to Visit: Here's What's Happening Where

February 4, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The culture, food, jungles, mountains, and beaches of Southeast Asia all provide platforms for travelers looking to make the trip across the Pacific. Some countries are looking to expand their offerings, and others are working to improve accessibility and attract Western travelers. After attending the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Myanmar, here's a breakdown of the latest buzz, country by country.

Considering a trip to Southeast Asia? Not sure where to go or what to see? Send us your questions and we'll answer them for you!

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Will Thailand's New Tourism Video 'I Hate Thailand' Make You Feel the Opposite?

December 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a rough decade for Thailand travel. Back in 2010 they had political unrest that lasted so long and hit the tourism sector so hard that some hotels reported having literally one guest staying with them. Fast forward to this September, when the country was rocked by the murder of two British tourists. Last month a travel book came out titled "Thailand: Deadly Destination" and describing Thailand as "one of the most dangerous tourist destinations on Earth." Oof.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is now preparing to launch its "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign, which will focus on a bunch of different soft themes (fun, creativity, harmony, peace of mind, etc). That's going to be a snoozefest but its a safe and uncontroversial rollout, and that's what tourism boards do when you ask them to craft long-term branding campaigns, and so fair enough.

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Food Worth Flying For: The Massaman Curry of Chiang Mai, Thailand

December 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

There's no denying that Thailand is the proud home to some of the best curries in the world, so any itinerary should involve at least a little sampling of whatever curry is the favorite where you are. On my own most recent trip to Thailand I ordered a range of noodles and curries, but the one that most had me asking for more was a Massaman beef curry in the northern town of Chiang Mai.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'The Beach' Isn't the Escape It Appears to Be

November 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Embarking on a journey to a foreign land requires a sense of adventure innate to frequent flyers, so when that travel bug bites you and consumes more hours in your day than you'd like to admit, you'll completely understand the pull of "The Beach." When a Southeast Asian trip becomes something a bit more like a quest for "something different," white sands, lush jungles and crystal blue waters play an important role in one young man's wanderlust.

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New Book Calls Thailand One of the Most Dangerous Destinations on Earth

Where: Thailand
November 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comment (1)

In his new book, an Australian author named John Stapleton places one of Southeast Asia's flagship destinations amongst the most dangerous on earth. The title of the book, Thailand: Deadly Destination, pretty much says it all.

Sounds dramatic and, according to an extensive review by the Daily Mail, it doesn't get any less intense once you open the cover. Stapleton's overall theme is that "widespread police corruption, violence and crime are all blighting a country once commonly referred to as the ‘Land of Smiles.’" He claims that the boom in tourism has created "a hatred of foreigners" and a "murderous indifference" towards tourists.

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Score an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Help the Elephants of Thailand

Where: Thailand
October 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've fantasized about traveling the world and helping wildlife without breaking the bank, DreamJobbing has the gig for you.

The website has teamed up with The Tourism Authority of Thailand to offer an intrepid traveler the chance to become a wildlife volunteer and aid in Thailand.

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Onboard and Online: A First Test of Nok Air's New, Free In-Flight WiFi

October 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Never heard of Nok Air? You're about to—a lot—as the low-cost, Thailand-based airline embraces innovation to soar beyond other airlines, while still keeping ticket prices low and flights fun. We've even flown 'em, but this time around we dispatched special correspondent Kinny Cheng to check out their latest news: the arrival of free in-flight WiFi.

A lover of spectacles, Patee Sarasin, the outspoken CEO of Nok Air, stood and addressed the room overflowing with journalists. His big announcement would mark a first in Asia, and certainly a revolutionary development for Nok, which describes itself as “Thailand’s homegrown premium low-cost airline.”

That announcement? Free In-Flight WiFi. Not only would Nok be the first in Asia, but they'd join a precious few carriers (like JetBlue and Norwegian Air) willing to let their passengers surf the net for free at altitude.

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What You Need to Know About Thailand's New Visa Regulations

Where: Thailand
September 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

In response to decreased tourism returns this year due in part to the country’s political woes, Thailand has doubled the amount of days that tourists are allowed to stay in the country on a visa-exempt stamp from 30 to 60.

Passport holders from 49 nations, including the United States, do not need to apply for a visa to enter Thailand. Instead, travelers from these nations receive a visa-exempt stamp upon arrival which grants them 30 days in the country. Under the new rule, tourists can now obtain a one-time, 30-day extension stamp when their initial 30 days expires by visiting an immigration office. The extension will be granted same-day and costs $59 (1,900 baht).

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Travel Movie Tuesday: The Drug Travel Cautionary Tale of 'Brokedown Palace'

July 28, 2014 at 2:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Jetting off to exotic foreign lands after high school graduation is common practice and, unfortunately using that time to experiment is just as normal. Using this as inspiration, the 1999 movie Brokedown Palace explores the dark side of tourism as two innocent girls head over to Thailand and end up biting off more than they chew.

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Five Things to Have in Your Pocket for a Trip to Southeast Asia

July 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ngoc Son Temple at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

It's a long trip from North America to Southeast Asia, so when you make the journey, you'll want to be as prepared as possible. For this travel writer, a few pocket-size things make all the difference, the value of most learned via baptism by fire. Stick these in your suitcase to make life easier next time you find yourself across the Pacific:

Pocket Poncho

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Hike Up to Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi For a View That's Worth Every Step

Where: Krabi, Thailand
July 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most travelers visit Krabi in Thailand for the laid-back beach culture, epic massages, and occasional, humorous run-ins with local wildlife. But for those who want to earn their beach time, the area is a haven for outdoor exploration with a number of national parks and opportunities for hiking and exploration. There's one activity in particular that combines a little athleticism with a dose of culture: A visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

Situated at the top of a small summit and surrounded by jungles, this Buddhist Temple is reached by a staircase of over 1,200 steps and gets its name from the tiger prints found inside the cave. Other legends say that a tiger used to live inside of it. Those who make the hike in the heat on a clear day are rewarded with a huge panoramic view of Krabi, not to mention a little zen. Make sure you bring enough water, and pack a lunch to enjoy while mingling with the monks.

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