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Duterte fulfills promise and gives Muslim Mindanao wider autonomy

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26 signed an autonomy law covering wider self-rule for Muslims in the south and was fulfilling is election...
(De)constructing Sihanoukville – a photoblog

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Let’s call it nostalgia, or call it utter astonishment – but something is happening WITH Sihanoukville. Something irreversible. We know what’s happening IN Sihanoukville since...
Myanmar grants free visas for Chinese, Japanese and South Koreans as visitor numbers dwindle

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Myanmar will grant free visa allowances to Chinese, South Korean and Japanese nationals from August 1 onwards in a bid to promote eco-tourism, U...
Cambodia readies for July 29 general elections – 70,000 police deployed

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Obviously not expecting a friction-free election on Cambodia’s polling day on Sunday, July 29, the government started to deploy an army of security forces...
Thailand seeks to develop secondary tourism destinations

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Thailand’s government in its effort to broaden the variety of touristic destinations in the country has set its sight on less-known regions that, nevertheless,...
Google launches free public high-speed WiFi in Thailand

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Google’s Thailand unit on July 18 announced a number of initiatives in the country, among them free high-speed public Wi-Fi, in an effort to...
Durian crisis in Malaysia: Prices for the fruit fall as low as to RM1

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Durian prices have dropped dramatically in Malaysia due to an oversupply caused by hot weather, vendors say. Reports came in from markets in Kedah...
Brunei discovers tourism can be business – sets target of 450,000 visitors by 2020

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The sleepy mini-state of Brunei Darussalam squeezed within Sarawak in the north of Borneo Island is set to give its underdeveloped tourism industry a...
The dragon pots of Rat-Jar-buri, Thailand

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Thailand’s Ratchaburi province, situated a convenient two-hour drive southwest of Bangkok, is not only full of pleasant  geographical features such as the fertile land...
Foreign arrivals to the Philippines at all-time high

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Foreign visitor arrivals in the Philippines reached an all-time high of 3.7 million in the first half of 2018, the country’s Department of Tourism...
Water colours: Experiencing ASEAN’s largest ornamental fish market

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Aficionados of ornamental fish in Asia don't need to look further than Thailand: Here, in Ratchaburi province some 100 kilometers west of Bangkok, the...
Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam with highest consumer confidence in Southeast Asia

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The Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, just behind India, rank within the top four in the latest international consumer confidence survey compiled by US-based research...
Traffic-choked Jakarta to launch MRT operations by next March

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Indonesia's first mass rapid transit (MRT) rail system is on track to start operations in March next year, giving around 170,000 commuters a day...
Phnom Penh’s ‘new’ airport rail link: Travel in time

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Phnom Penh's administration earlier this year proudly announced the opening of the city's first-ever airport railway link to make travel to and from the...
Hollywood directors plan movie about Thailand’s cave rescue drama

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Hollywood movie director Jon M. Chu, best known for movies such as the Step Up series, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Jem and the...
Filipinos’ approval of President Duterte dives to new low after God remarks

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Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte is faced with an unflattering survey result presented by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) which found that “net satisfaction” with...
Elon Musk team sent to Thailand to help boys trapped in cave

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The first two members of the engineering team dispatched by US billionaire Elon Musk are due to arrive in Thailand late on July 7...
Philippines enters social security partnership with Germany, Japan

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The Philippines, now has bilateral Social Security Agreements (SSAs) with Germany and Japan effective June 1 and August 1 of this year, respectively, ensuring...