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Indonesian villages powered by locally sourced sustainable energy

Monday, February 13th, 2017

7 February 2017 / Della Syahni - Mongabay A Pandansari resident tends mangroves plants. Photo by Donny Iqbal Indonesia’s national energy strategy relies on large fossil-fuel plants, but remote villages show alternatives are possible. An estimated 1.6 million poor households in Indonesia are not connected to the electricity grid. Indonesia's national energy plan, which ...

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 ...

The Mekong River with Sue Perkins

Monday, November 24th, 2014

To those of you in the UK, please watch this - Pailinesque travelogue with lots of useful, insightful knowledge about the wonderful Mekong River and the dangers it faces from over exploitation. Watch on iPlayer

“Too many people”: Philippine island being deforested despite extensive protections

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Almost completely covered in Protected Areas, Palawan lost 6.4 percent of its tree cover in just over a decade. About an hour and a half plane ride from the Philippine capital Manila is a long, narrow island home to about a quarter of all the animal species found in the country. ...

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.