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Whale art installation in the Philippines

Friday, May 26th, 2017

A massive whale is unveiled on the shores of Sea Side Beach Resort in Naic, Cavite, Luzon, Philippines. The 15m x 3m blue whale, which looked to be in the late stages of decomposition, captured the attention of nearby communities and beachgoers. As groups gathered to haul off the dead whale, they ...

BEFORE THE FLOOD: Can the Bunong Culture Survive Cambodia’s Sesan II Dam?

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Published on Mongabay, 27 January 2017: Story and photo by Luc Forsyth Divided by promises of compensation, ethnic minority villages in northeastern Cambodia face relocation for a hydropower dam.When completed, the Lower Sesan II dam will inundate 36,000 hectares (89,000 acres) of forest and force 5,000 people to relocate, activists say. The ...

Heavy flooding in Gulf of Thailand

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected southern holiday islands as the country heads into the December to January high season for tourism. A low pressure system has brought heavy rain to parts of the south including the islands of Samui and Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, ...

Thailand’s month of mourning lifted

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The restriction on live events and entertainment in Thailand following a month of mourning for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be lifted on 14 November 2016. All entertainment venues and festivals will resume operations from Monday 14 November and hotels will be able to hold celebrations and events. ...

Strong typhoon approaching Vietnam

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Four central provinces in Vietnam have been hit by flooding as Typhoon Sarika, forecast to be one of the strongest in years, approaches Vietnam’s east coast. Severe flooding in central Vietnam has left at least 21 people dead and submerged tens of thousands of homes. Worst affected is the province of Quang ...

Endangered Gibbons Released Near Angkor Wat

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Volcano Erupts on Lombok, Indonesia

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On the 27 September at 14:45, Gunung Barujani, the little brother, of Gunung Rinjani started sending volcanic ash around 2,000 meters into the sky. The cloud drifted south causing several flight cancellations into the night of the 27 September. Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, ...

Bomb Explosions in Thailand

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Around 22.00 hrs last night, Thursday 11 August, two bombs exploded in Hua Hin around 20 minutes apart in the town centre. The explosions happened in Soi Bintabat, an alley with bars in the entertainment area of Hua Hin. Most of the damage and injuries are attributed to the second ...

Volcanoes erupt in Indonesia

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Volcanic eruptions in Indonesia in recent days have forced the closure of two airports and disrupted some flights to Bali, officials said on Wednesday. Mount Gamala on the eastern island of Ternate erupted early Wednesday after a moderate earthquake in the area, sending ash up to 600m into the air and ...

Vietnam Visa Exemptions Extended

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Vietnam has extended the visa exemption to residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Travelers from these countries will not be required to obtain a visa for traveling for up to 15 days in Vietnam. The change will be effective from 01 July 2016 until 30 June ...

Burma Earthquake, 13 April

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

A 6.9 magnitude tremor hit northern Burma (Myanmar) last night at around 8.25pm, local time. The epicentre was apparently around 74km south-east of Mawlaik and shook buildings in Mandalay, Yangon and as far away as Guwahati in India. Panic ensued in Yangon but to date there are no reports of injuries.

Bali Airport closed

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Bali International and Lombok Airports are currently closed due to volcanic activity at Mt. Barujani, a smaller volcano inside the caldera of Mt. Rinjani on Lombok island. The airport closure is at the moment extended until 08:45am (Bali local time), 4th November.

Volcano alerts in Indonesia

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

  Mt. Bromo - East Java
  Mt. Bromo is on high alert starting 1 November 2015,  with a safe radius around Indonesia’s most iconic volcano set at 1 kilometre from the crater. Visitors can still do a tour to Pananjakan for the dramatic sunrise and down to the sea of sand near Mount ...

Halong Bay cruises suspended

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The worst flooding for 40 years in Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, has killed at least 17 people and damaged thousands of houses. Vietnamese authorities have issued a temporary ban on overnight cruises into Halong Bay for safety reasons. Presently, however, the torrential rains in ...

Visa free entry to Indonesia

Friday, July 31st, 2015

A reminder that, on 15th of June 2015, Indonesia updated its Visa policy extending visa exemptions for 30 additional countries hoping to boost foreign tourism to Indonesia. Nationals of 45 countries now do not need to get a visa on arrival (VoA), nor will they have to pay the visa ...