June 6 (TravelAndy): The first capsule hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon), Vietnam’s capital, is trying to woo backpackers and budget travellers.
Each 2.5sqm “capsule” of Hotel Kaiteki is air-conditioned with a bunk bed and a safe. It provides ear plugs and curtains to cut off outside sound and light. Television and Wi-Fi are available in each capsule. Toilets are shared.
These capsules are tailor made for single adults. Continue reading Saigon’s first capsule hotel woos backpackers
June 5 (TravelAndy): India-based airline IndiGo has launched the 6E Pass that relieves passengers of the worry of ticket price fluctuations.
These passes are pre-paid virtual coupons valid for multiple flights.
The airline now offers two kinds of passes – national and regional. Continue reading Indigo introduces 6E Pass
June 4 (TravelAndy): In what could be a major boost to tourism in Goa, Air Asia has announced to start flights between the Indian beach haven and Kuala Lumpur.
The low-cost carrier will operate three flights a week on this route from August 27, the airline has announced.
Air Asia is offering an all-inclusive inaugural offer airfare on this route from MYR149. Continue reading Air Asia to fly Kuala Lumpur-Goa
June 3 (TravelAndy): India’s flagship carrier Air India will start operating direct flights between New Delhi and the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo from June 15.
All-inclusive return airfares will start from INR15,555, the airline said.
Except Wednesdays, the flight will depart every day at noon and reach Colombo at 3.35pm. On Wednesdays, it will depart at 1.30pm and arrive in the Sri Lankan capital at 5.15pm.
June 2 (TravelAndy): India-based budget airline SpiceJet is offering one-way fares from INR1,299 on select routes till the midnight of June 4.
The sale is for the travel period between June 20 and July 31, 2015.
The three-day offer celebrates the airline’s 10 years of existence and the company posting a profit for the first time after seven quarters. Continue reading SpiceJet offers fares from INR1299
May 31 (TravelAndy): Indian authorities might soon allow Wi-Fi on airplanes. Reports said an announcement to this effect is likely to be made shortly.
“The department of telecommunication has already said (informally) the proposal is possible to implement,” The Times of India quoted an aviation official as saying.
At present, only foreign carriers such as Lufthansa, Emirates and Turkish Airlines offer Wi-Fi on international flights in Indian airspace. Continue reading Wi-Fi in Indian skies likely soon
May 30 (TravelAndy): Air Arabia has started accepting payments for bookings through Indian debit cards and netbanking services offered by Indian banks.
Indian travellers could already book tickets of the low-cost UAE-based air carrier using Indian credit cards
Air Arabia now allows payment through debit cards and online banking services from around 50 banks operating in India including State Bank of India, HDFC, ICICI, Citibank and Axis Bank. Continue reading Air Arabia woos Indian passengers
May 30 (TravelAndy): Everest Day was a low-key affair in Kathmandu on Friday, a little more than a month after the devastating April 25 earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation, reports said.
An avalanche triggered by the quake had destroyed the Everest base and killed 18 people.
New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay had climbed the 8,848-metre peak on May 29, 1953. Continue reading Nepal: Everest Day low-key after quake
May 28 (TravelAndy): India’s top court has agreed with the National Green Tribunal restrictions on tourist vehicles heading to the popular Rohtang la (pass) in Himahal Pradesh, a north Indian state nestled in the Himalayas, reports said.
Only a thousand vehicles can cross Rohtang each day, on a first-come first-serve basis, till August 14.
Petrol-run private vehicles will have to pay an environmental tax of INR1000, whereas diesel-run vehicles will have to shell out INR2000.
Protecting the environment is more important than tourism, the Supreme Court said. Continue reading India: Rohtang pass restrictions to stay
May 27 (TravelAndy): Jet Airways is offering 25 per cent off on all direct flights within India. The discount is valid for the economy class.
Booking is open from May 27 to May 30 for travel between June 15 to October 15.
According to the airline, one million seats are on offer and these are available on a first come, first serve basis. Continue reading Jet Airways: 25% off on domestic flights
May 26 (TravelAndy): Dragonair intends to start operations on the Hong Kong-Hiroshima route from August 16 and is currently awaiting government approval to that effect.
The Hong Kong-based airline plans to operate two flights a week on this route.
If the government green-lights the plan, Dragonair will become the first airline to fly on this route. Continue reading Dragonair eyes Hong Kong-Hiroshima route
May 25 (TravelAndy): The Myanmar government will allow development of tourism in Mergui, its southernmost archipelago, by the end of this year, reports said.
The Mergui archipelago includes 800 unspoiled islands in the Andaman sea.
“The region has a lot of potential to be a new tourism destination as most of the islands are untouched and have coral reefs,” reports quoted Sai Kyaw Ohn, deputy minister for hotels and tourism, as saying. Continue reading Myanmar: Stage set for tourism in Mergui