Travel and Life

Thailand’s uneasy reliance on Chinese tourists just keeps getting bigger

By Fri, Jun 19, 2015 10:25AM UTC

A Thai friend of mine remarked the other night after to returning to Chiang Mai from her studies in New York that out of all the changes she had noticed in this fast growing city it was the pervasion of Chinese tourists that surprised her the most.

Quake-hit Nepal reopens heritage sites in bid to bring back tourists

By Mon, Jun 15, 2015 4:57PM UTC

Nepal has reopened most of the heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of strong earthquakes that devastated parts of the country recently, hoping to bring back foreign tourists.

Asia’s naked tourist photo trend could be here to stay

By Fri, Jun 12, 2015 4:28PM UTC

Images of a group of 10 tourists who stripped naked on the peak of Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu have been making headlines this week, after locals and Malaysian officials suggested that their actions contributed to the June 5 earthquake that claimed 18 lives.

Inle Lake named Burma’s 1st biosphere reserve

By Thu, Jun 11, 2015 10:45AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The U.N.’s cultural agency has named Inle Lake as Burma’s first biosphere reserve to help safeguard natural ecosystems while promoting sustainable economic development.

Two new museums set to boost contemporary art in Thailand

By Wed, Jun 03, 2015 10:40AM UTC

Lotuses and Buddha images usually spring to mind when Thai art is mentioned. And although such visuals still remain intact in the country, there are much more to Thai contemporary art. While Thai artists such as Rirkrit Tiravanija, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Korakrit Arunanondchai have made their names in the global art world, very few Thais know what they are about. And that’s only fair, since museums for contemporary art barely exist in the country.