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Increase in price for Indonesia Visa

Friday, July 4th, 2014

The Indonesian Immigration office has announced and implemented an increase in Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) fee starting on 3rd July 2014 at any international airport or official seaport in Indonesia.  The price for a seven-day visa-on-arrival has been set to $15 from the initial $10, while the price for a 30-day visa-on-arrival ...

New flight to Boracay from Singapore

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

SilkAir has launched flights between Singapore and Kalibo the gateway to Boracay in Philippines. Kalibo will be SilkAir’s third destination in the Philippines after Cebu and Davao, increasing the number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network to 46 destinations in 12 countries. Flights to Kalibo will be operated on a thrice weekly ...

Cambodia – Healthy development

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Plans are underway to open a spa and retreat on the private island of Koh Krabeay in 2015 that will signal a major development in Cambodia’s inbound health tourism. Thai hotel development firm Akaryn Hospitality Management Services are to expand their health and wellness operations with the unveiling of a USD$21 ...

Kelabit Long Ears vanishing

Monday, June 4th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2489" align="alignleft" width="660" caption="A Kelabit lady with traditional long ears"][/caption] Traditionally the women of the Kelabit tribe of northern Borneo would use heavy brass weights to stretch their earlobes, considered to be highly attractive. Sadly this is another tradition that is fast disappearing. I once met a lady who had ...

Cambodia to suspend economic land concessions…

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, yesterday ordered a temporary halt to economic land concessions and the confiscation of land from any companies that have broken the law. Hun Sen said the move would "maintain equity and refine the effectiveness of economic land concession management" and followed policies on land use, division ...

Cambodia pressures Laos to halt work on Xayaburi dam

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

By Radio Free Asia Cambodia has called for an immediate halt to the construction of the Xayaburi dam in an official protest note to Laos, officials said in a statement last week, as opposition to the hydropower project gained momentum in Thailand. Full story at Asia Times Online

Hoi An becomes 1st Asia City to Provide Free WiFi

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Vietnam's ancient town and UNESCO World Heritage City of Hoi An is set to become the first Asian city to offer free wireless internet access (WiFi), starting at the beginning of the Lunar New Year. The free internet service covers the three ancient wards of Minh An, Cam Pho and ...

Philippines to restore Ifugao terraces

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The Philippines Department of Agriculture is putting in 30 million Piso to restore the 2,000-year old Ifugao Rice Terraces, often described as the 8th Wonder of the World, to their former glory. [caption id="attachment_2221" align="alignleft" width="660" caption="Batad Village & Rice Terraces in 1990 before typhoons and neglect destroyed sections of them. ...

7th Angkor Photo Festival, Nov 2011

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The 7th Angkor Photo Festival will take place in Siem Reap from 19 to 26 November 2011. Created in 2005, the Angkor Photo Festival is the first photography festival to be held in Southeast Asia. Each year the weeklong event features exhibitions and outdoor slideshows by celebrated and emerging photographers in ...

Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride to Take Place 3 December 2011

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Cyclists and adventure holiday seekers from all over the world are being invited to sign up to the Angkor Wat Bike Race & Ride presented by CIMB Bank. The event, organised by Village Focus International, will take place on Saturday 3rd December, and allows travellers to experience Siem Reap's magical temple ...

The Changing Skyline of Phnom Penh

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_1836" align="alignleft" width="650" caption="Mekong Skies"][/caption] On the left, the tallest, completed building in Cambodia, the Canadia Tower. On the right the half built Sokha Resort complex currently being developed on the Chroy Changvar peninsular, opposite the popular Phnom Penh waterfront. More pics on the Symbiosis Custom Travel Facebook page.

Chi Phat saved from destructive Titanium mine

Monday, April 11th, 2011

A late minute intervention by Prime minister, Hun Sen, has saved a thriving community-based tourism project in Cambodia's Koh Kong Province from a planned, highly destructive, Titanium mine. The mine project, by the United Khmer Group, was rumoured to have been just a cover to gain access to the ...

Koh Kong Titanium Mine to go ahead

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

The Cambodian Government yesterday approved a land concession in the heart of dense forest in Koh Kong Province for a titanium mine that environmentalists say will devastate dozens of endangered species and clear thousands of hectares of trees in Cambodia's Cardamom mountains. I visited Chi Phat, the area that will be ...

Big development plans for Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Friday, August 6th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1184" align="alignright" width="450" caption="Phu Quoc Beaches"][/caption] Thirteen new tourism projects have been licensed on Phu Quoc Island, the largest island in Vietnam, located in the Gulf of Siam facing the Cambodian coast, with a combined investment totalling approximately USD 154 million. The projects include a luxury retreat with leisure, entertainment and ...

Cambodia Takes to the Roads in Building Spree

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

By THOMAS FULLER Published in The New York Times: January 18, 2010 SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA — Bullet by bullet, workers removed the detritus of Cambodia’s past. They pulled 300 land mines and 30,000 rounds of ammunition from the red dirt and then laid down a thick layer of asphalt. Today, what would ...