From stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, Southeast Asia is home to remote regions whose beauty is largely undiscovered. This rise in interest for more secluded destinations is evident, with Klook seeing a 299 per cent increase in bookings to remote Southeast Asian destinations by Hong Kong users. Klook has compiled a list showcasing some of the best remote experiences that the region has to offer. THAILAND While Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket continue to hog the spotlight, the country is also home to secret hideaways which offer adventurous activities. On the secluded island of Koh Chang, visitors can look forward to crisp white-sand beaches, snorkelling and admiring the lush rainforests from above with a treetop walk. North of Bangkok lies Sukhothai where visitors can explore the town's rich history on a bike tour and enjoy an overdue spa day. According to Klook, Hua Hin is one of the most popular remote destinations in the region, … [Read more...] about Where are the 6 best remote getaways in Southeast Asia?
Pompeo to visit Bangkok, commit to Southeast Asia — official (Agence France-Presse) - June 7, 2019 - 8:24am WASHINGTON, United States — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will recommit the United States on a visit to Bangkok to supporting the development of Southeast Asian nations in the face of a rising China, an official said Thursday. Pompeo will travel to the Thai capital for the July 29-August 3 ministerial meeting of the ASEAN bloc and will lead talks on the Lower Mekong Initiative, said Mark Clark, a US official in charge of the region. The initiative was launched 10 years ago by then secretary of state Hillary Clinton as a way to promote coordination and economic growth in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam -- several of which have increasingly close ties with China. "When ministers and our secretary meet in Bangkok in early August, we will highlight what we have achieved over the past … [Read more...] about Pompeo to visit Bangkok, commit to Southeast Asia — official
Their early days there were rough. They had no language skills in either Tagalog or English, and Xu says the authorities frequently shut down businesses in Chinatown, partly because many were evading taxes. He found himself in a police station on more than one occasion. "I would get in there and everyone arrested would be Chinese. I was scared. I was so young at the time," he says. Now the owner of a range of businesses offering services from rice imports to printing, Xu believes Chinese immigrants must adjust and integrate into the local culture, which he says includes small but significant idiosyncrasies such as the tendency for Filipinos to dislike Chinese bosses disciplining staff in front of other workers. He does not see a great deal of anti-Chinese sentiment outside of a small group of Filipinos he believes are seeking to incite hatred. Fellow immigrant Ken Hong, 43 and also from Fujian, has done almost every job imaginable since he arrived in Manila nine years ago. He went … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport was one of the most on-time airports in Southeast Asia for the month of April, according to United Kingdom-based air travel intelligence company OAG Aviation. The only commercial airport in Bali placed sixth on OAG's top 10 list with a 76.5 percent on-time-performance (OTP), leaving behind other well-known airports in Southeast Asia, such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia and Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand. Other than Ngurah Rai, two other airports operated by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) were also included in the list, namely Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Read also: Garuda Indonesia named world’s most punctual airline by OAG Ngurah Rai’s general manager, Haruman Sulaksono, warmly welcomed the achievement. "We are thankful that our attempt to provide the best service for our … [Read more...] about Bali’s Ngurah Rai among most on-time airports in Southeast Asia
Actress Yap Hui Xin, 28, may be better known for her roles on local TV shows. But in the past year, viewers around the region may also have seen clips of her dancing to K-pop hits by Blackpink or lip-syncing to comedic audio tracks on social media. The videos, typically 15 seconds to under a minute long, are made with Chinese-owned app TikTok, whose parent company ByteDance was valued at US$75 billion (S$102.6 billion) last year - and has been building up its Singapore presence as it expands globally. Already, TikTok in its current form - launched last year after ByteDance acquired short video platform Musical.ly in late 2017 - was the Android and iPhone stores' most downloaded app in the United States in January, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower. In Singapore, its WeWork office in Cross Street, set up in December last year, serves as a hub for its regional operations. "Across South-east Asia, we have offices in every key market," ByteDance global communications director Belle … [Read more...] about China’s TikTok video app takes off in Southeast Asia