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2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The 2018 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will take place on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand from 8-11 March 2018.   Now in its sixteenth year, the festival has become one of the biggest charitable events in Southeast Asia with over US$1.5 million (BHT 50 million) raised ...

Typhoon hits central Vietnam

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Typhoon Damrey, the 12th major storm to hit Vietnam this year, made landfall on Saturday 04 November 2017 with winds of up to 90 km/h (56 mph) that damaged more than 40,000 homes, knocked down electricity poles and uprooted trees, leaving 29 dead and 29 missing according to the Central ...

Bali’s Volcano

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The status for Bali's rumbling Mount Agung volcano that forced more than 100,000 to flee was downgraded on Sunday from level IV (danger, the highest level) to level III (standby), but there is still a chance it could erupt. Thousands of evacuees have been allowed to go home now that ...

Bali’s Mt Agung continues to Rumble… but not yet erupt

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Mt. Agung continues to rumble but has yet to erupt. White smoke at a height of 1,500 meters was seen over Mount Agung on October 7, 2017. More than 100,000 have evacuated their villages with government officials unhappy that perhaps as many as half the evacuees, acting out of fear and ...

Bali’s Rumpling volcano – update

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Now 10 full days after the alert level on Bali’s volcanic Mount Agung was increased to the highest level “IV” – the volcano continues to rumble but has yet to actually erupt. The number of people who have evacuated their homes is now estimated to have surpassed 140,000 – a ...

Bali’s Mount Agung threatens to blow

Monday, September 25th, 2017

BALI, Indonesia — Thousands of villagers on the Indonesian resort island of Bali huddled Saturday in temporary shelters, sports centers and with relatives, fearing Mount Agung will erupt for the first time in more than half a century. Read more on Khaosod here

Malaysia Introduces New Tourism Tax

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The Federal Government has introduced a new mandatory "Tourism Tax" of MYR10 per room per night (approx: $2.35 or £1.80) for all foreign passport holders. The tax is applicable to all foreign visitors to Malaysia, both business and leisure travellers alike. Malaysian citizens and permanent residents who hold a valid MyPR ...

Renovations to Saigon Cathedral

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral will carry out a massive two-year renovation project from 2017 – 2019 with the approval of the Ho Chi Minh’s municipal government. This is the first major refurbishment for the 137-year-old landmark, one of Saigon’s most famous tourist attractions. The restoration work will be conducted carefully to ...

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


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, ...