Southeast Asia’s top island destinations reopen for travellers post-pandemic

Published on : Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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The islands of Southeast Asia are eventually reopening to visitors.


This region includes countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, that kept COVID rates low throughout 2020.


Popular tourist destinations across South-East Asia and the Pacific are beginning to reopen their borders to international visitors, with measures in place to try and minimise the risk of further outbreaks.



Places like Fiji and Indonesia have announced plans to reopen their borders to foreigners by November.



With the arrival of the delta variant, many Southeast Asian nations have been forced to contend with big outbreaks for the first time.


Meanwhile, Indonesia has begun easing restrictions for local tourists on its most popular island, Bali, with an eye to welcoming international visits too.

Although Bali remains under some restrictions, popular tourist spots like Kuta Beach, Tanah Lot temple and Sangeh Monkey Forest are now open to locals.

To be granted entry, visitors must be fully vaccinated, and have their certificates stored in a digital app.|

Here is a list of places that travellers can consider adding to their bucket list for the next vacay:


Thailand

Thailand is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations for honeymooners and common tourists. Thanks to its vibrant nightlife, extensive beaches, seafood and blue seas that call for tourists across the world throughout the year.

Now vaccinated travelers can visit other parts of Thailand, including the island of Koh Samui and parts of the provinces of Krabi and Phang-Nga.

Vietnam

The island, Vietnam’s largest, is lesser known than other Southeast Asian islands. This is one reason travellers are attracted to it.

Home to white-sand beaches and night markets, Phu Quoc has a UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve and one of the world’s longest cable cars, which links to the nearby island of Hon Thom (Pineapple Island).

The Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc (pronounced “foo kwok”) is scheduled to reopen to vaccinated international visitors in October.

Singapore

Singapore is not only a bustling city with skyscrapers, luxury hotels and fine dining, it is replete with amazing places with natural gems. Marina Bay Sands, Botanic Gardens and Sentosa Island are some of the highlighted attractions of Singapore.

Singapore welcomed flights filled with European tourists this month, its first in roughly 1 1/2 years.

Vaccinated travelers from Germany and Brunei can visit Singapore without quarantining if they pass four Covid-19 tests.

Indonesia

Indonesia is known for a number of stunning holiday spots including Bali, Nusa Penida, Ubud and others.

Southeast Asia’s largest and most populous country is taking steps to welcome visitors soon.

The islands of Bali, Bintan and Batam are part of a reopening pilot project.

Thanks to their vaccination rates, safety protocols, health infrastructure and international demand, a representative from Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism reported.

Malaysia

Langkawi is a popular resort destination in Malaysia for regional tourists and is known for its beaches, rainforests and abundant wildlife.

Langkawi reopened this month as part of Malaysia’s Tourism Recovery Plan.

However, the archipelago located 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Malaysia’s northwestern coast is open only to vaccinated domestic tourists.


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