Insider Journeys prides itself on the extensive network of ground operations, tour leaders and local contacts in Asia, which keep us informed and up-to-date on all local situations in which we operate. Our passengers' safety is of the utmost priority and we rely on these networks to allow us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our trips running safely. We often know of situations on the ground before the media and we are in constant contact with our local offices, tour leaders, local operators, and colleagues in order to closely monitor and inform you of the most current information affecting any regions where we operate.
Please also read our safety guidelines for further information on the operational safety standards you can expect on every Travel Indochina trip.
For further reference, we also recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for any country to which you are traveling.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade - www.smarttraveler.gov.au
Government of Canada Travel Advice - www.travel.gc.ca
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs - www.safetravel.govt.nz
UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office - www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
USA Department of State - www.travel.state.gov
World Health Organization - www.who.int/en
Laos bandit attacks on Route 13 – Updated 14/04/2016 at 0.05 am Laos time
There have been a number of recent incidents of banditry on a section of Route 13, in central Laos. Insider Journeys will avoid the use of the affected section of road. There are no presently affected FIT bookings. At the time of any future booking enquiry, Insider Journeys will recommend a tailored itinerary solution, which avoids the affected section of Route 13. Inside Laos Small Group Journey travelers will fly from Phonsavan to Vientiane (then do a return overland road trip to Vang Vieng) until further notice, and this is at no additional cost. We are monitoring this dynamic situation closely, to ensure that itineraries are operated with the utmost regard to client safety.
Security Situation in Myanmar (Burma) - Update 15/9/2017
Sadly, civil unrest between ethnic groups and local authorities is on-going in regions of northern Rakhine State*, Kachin state, northern Shan State and border areas.
*this does not include Thandwe and Ngapali Beach.
Please note that the government travel advisories of Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Canada all have travel warnings advising to ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ to these areas. However, travel advice for the main tourist destinations such as Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, and Inle Lake still suggest that travelers should ‘Exercise normal safety precautions’ which is the minimum advice level.
Fighting in the areas mentioned above is isolated and will not affect any of our clients. Our ground handler has a number of branch offices throughout the country which are constantly monitoring the situation and will inform us immediately if there is any reason to believe that the security situation may change. Clients and agents can rest assured that our local ground handling staff will ensure our clients are safe at all times.
Earthquake hits Central Myanmar - Updated 26/8/2016
Central Myanmar has been hit by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake with approximately 230 temples throughout the country affected including about a dozen temples in Bagan, a popular tourist destination. Insider Journey’s ground operators in Burma have advised that a majority of pagodas in Bagan will be closed to enable the authorities to accurately assess the extent of the damage caused by the quake. This is likely to take at least 7-14 days to carry out. A small handful of temples will however remain accessible, including popular Shwezigone, Ananda, Manuhar and Bu Payar. The top of Shwesandaw Temple which is a popular sunset/sunrise viewing spot is now closed for climbing. No Insider Journeys clients have been injured or affected by the earthquake and we have not received any advice regarding damages to any hotels used in our itineraries.
Insider Journeys takes the utmost care in our clients’ health and safety and will monitor the situation closely. We will continue to deliver high quality touring services to our clients as specified in our itineraries (with modifications wherever necessary) to ensure a safe and pleasant vacation in Myanmar.
Earthquakes are not uncommon in Burma, with the last one occurring as recently as April 2016 on the India/Burma border. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the US State Office have not updated their travel advice for Myanmar following this earthquake and Insider Journeys will closely monitor their advice should there be any changes regarding their advice regarding travel to Myanmar.