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Malaysian tour operators count cost of MH370 fallout

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 2:05PM UTC Malaysian tour operator Xiao Zhong, third from right, with Chinese tourists on a Sabah beach last year. Image courtesy of Xiao Zhong.

Malaysian tour guides like Xiao Zhong thought 2014 would be their most prosperous year yet. Chinese tourists had been coming in droves to companies like his as the Southeast Asian nation branded itself as an affordable and quieter alternative to neighboring vacation hotspots.

Safety ruling clears Philippines to add US flights

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 1:41PM UTC Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say U.S. aviation authorities have cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved.

AirAsia withdraws inflight magazine, says sorry

By Sun, Apr 06, 2014 10:16AM UTC Pic: AP.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top budget carrier AirAsia has withdrawn its latest inflight magazine and apologized for an offending article boasting that its well-trained pilots would never lose a plane. AirAsia Executive Chairman Kamarudin Meranun on Saturday expressed “deep regret and remorse,” saying the magazine was printed before the

Cambodia’s Angkor temples added to Google Street View

By Thu, Apr 03, 2014 5:44PM UTC Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The spectacular temples of Cambodia’s historic Angkor civilization have been incorporated into Google’s Street View.

Trekking and homestays in Burma’s Shan State

By Thu, Apr 03, 2014 12:14AM UTC Trekking and homestays in Burma’s Shan State

FOR a taste of rural Burma and the opportunity to enjoy homestays in villages along the way, head to Shan State in the country’s northeast. With rolling hills, few roads and welcoming locals, it’s an experience not to be forgotten.

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