Travel news: Thai protests, Norway’s national dish, free entry to US National Parks

Sheshan Observatory by Maxine Guilbot, CC BY 2.0

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Sheshan Observatory by Maxine Guilbot, CC BY 2.0

Chinese observatory to reopen after remodel
One of China’s most important observatories will reopen to the public on Lunar New Year’s Day (31 January). Sheshan Astronomical Observatory, located in the west of Shanghai, has been closed for six months to carry out the first renovations in 100 years, including repairs to a cracked roof and restoration of original 19th century-style wooden shutters. Source
Megan Eaves, @megoizzy

Jakarta braces for more floods
Indonesian authorities have warned that flooding across the city will worsen today as heavy rains continue. Following incessant rain in Greater Jakarta on Thursday and Friday, overflowing rivers inundated at least 48 subdistricts of the city, disrupting power and compromising transportation and business activities. Source
Sarah Reid, @sarahtrvls

Thailand considers state of emergency
Thai authorities are ‘very seriously’ considering a state of emergency following a bomb blast in Bangkok at the weekend that left one person dead and dozens injured. The emergency decree would give security agencies the power to detain suspects without charge, impose curfews, censor media, ban political gatherings and declare parts of the country off limits. Source
Sarah Reid, @sarahtrvls

Discount card for tourists in Vietnam
A new tourist discount card, the TouristCard, is available to travellers in Vietnam, providing discounts of between 10% and 50% at restaurants and resorts in six cities including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang.There are also plans for the card to be made usable as a credit card. Source
Laura Crawford, @crawfplanet

Tropical depression Lingling batters the Philippines
Continuing bad weather in the Philippines as a result of tropical depression Lingling (Agaton) has led to further domestic flight cancellations, with 28 cancelled today. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also reported 40 deaths in central and southern Philippines so far due to the impact of the depression. Source and source
Laura Crawford, @crawfplanet

How do you deal with man-eating tigers?
Since December, 17 people have been killed by tigers in India, increasing the pressure on conservationists. With just 1400 tigers left in the wild in India, national park authorities are keen to capture man-eaters alive but communities affected by tiger attacks frequently take matters into their own hands. Source
Joe Bindloss, @joe_planet

Kathmandu airport to be redeveloped
Kathmandu‘s ageing Tribhuvan International Airport is set for a makeover, with plans for a new arrivals hall to replace the current terminal, which was last revamped in 1975. The existing airport is regarded as one of the world’s most chaotic, with peeling paintwork, faulty display screens and most signs in Nepali. Source
Joe Bindloss, @joe_planet


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