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The insect farms of Thailand

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Forget paddy farming or raising pigs, a new type of resource is available in the village of Khon Kaen, Thailand; crickets (and they go...

Take a stroll and see the cost of living in Thailand (video)video

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Take a stroll back in the year 2551 (that’s 2008 on the Western calendar) where it’s hard not to see the bargains at the...

Dogs off the menu in Southeast Asia

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Westerners cringe at the thought of eating a man’s best friend, a taboo cuisine that has been dined upon throughout parts of Asia. An...

GiapSchool: The first model in online study in Vietnam

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GiapSchool is the first of its kind in Vietnam: An online teaching programme implemented by Dr. Giap Van Duong that is set to reform...

Laos government urges Christians to leave

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Despite constitutional protections, the small minority that makes up Christians in Laos are faced with either giving up their religion or being deported out...

Unlicensed Chinese lipsticks in Philippines may contain lead

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On September 8, Philippines officials warned the public to avoid using unlicensed, illegitimate Chinese-made lipsticks that purported on being big brands due to the...

Vietnam at odds with its transgender policy

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There was plenty of controversy surrounding the story behind 23-year old Jenna Talackova when she was disqualified for being a contestant in last year’s...

Cockfighting is a ‘way of life’ in the Philippines (video)video

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Ferdinand Magellan first introduced the blood sport to the Philippines in 1521. In the tournament, 2 roosters with comparable weight or height are thrown...

Dunkin’ Donuts apologises for racist ad in Thailand

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Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand had to apologise for running a poster and television campaign promoting the new “Charcoal Donut” which featured a picture of a...

Thai village invaded by monkey army

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The invasion has lasted for more than a decade; hellish hordes of wild marauding long-tailed macaques are causing chaos in the Thai village of...

Goh Cheng Liang is Singapore’s rags to riches story

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Born into a poor family, living in a one room tenement with his four other siblings, and never going to school, Goh Cheng Liang...

Land of smiles cracks down on laughing gas abuse

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Take a stroll down the neon-lit street of Khao San Road, where for only 130 baht ($4) a pop you can purchase a balloon...

Thai police stamp out illegal elephant rings

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Where only 2,000 elephants exist in the wild, elephants have become a national symbol in Thailand, as well as being victim of a number...

Alleged Thai drug smuggler sentenced to death in Vietnam

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She flew from Brazil to Vietnam with two bulky photo albums filled with two kilogrammes of cocaine. It was on October 1, 2012, when...

Children of the Apocalypse: Agent Orange still affects people in Vietnam

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In 1962, the US government launched Operation Ranch Hand, a chemical warfare programme that involved spraying 20 million gallons (76,000 m3) of defoliants and herbicides...

Thailand’s homeless foreigners

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"In Pattaya we see them sorting through the trash in front of McDonald's for something to eat, and hanging out in front of restaurants...

Thai MP caught looking at raunchy photos on iPad during session

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During a parliamentary debate in Thailand that took place on August 16, Pheu Thai MP for Nong Khai province Pongpan Sunthornchai was getting busy...

Google Street View worker held hostage in Thailand

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And you’re just doing your job. It all happened on August 13 in Sa-eab village in Phrae province. Around 20 residents surrounded a Google...