Podcast #80: Southeast Asia Welcomes Back Tourists

Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Braden Jarvis on Unsplash.

As far as international borders go, Asia has been one of the last parts of the world to relax COVID-19 restrictions and reopen their countries to tourists. But the tide is now starting to turn, with many Southeast Asian nations now welcoming back visitors from overseas.

Singapore and Thailand already reopened late last year, albeit with ever-changing entry requirements. Other countries in Southeast Asia are also now loosening their borders and starting to welcome back tourists including Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. From next month, Malaysia and South Korea will reopen for tourism as well.

So, what’s it like travelling to Southeast Asia right now? To find out, Matt spoke to Ben Bartlett (an AFF member whose handle is BensAdventures) who recently visited Thailand and the Philippines.

You can read more about Ben’s trip in his AFF trip report.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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