Singapore travel wallet YouTrip raises $25.5m in pre-series A round

Singapore-based YouTrip said it has raised US$25.5 million in a pre-series A round, making it one of the largest early-stage investments in Southeast Asia. The company, which operates a multicurrency mobile wallet, said that proceeds from the round will be used to launch new features, expand in Southeast Asia, and improve its payment infrastructure. Insignia Ventures Partners, also based in the city-state,...

Western boycotts soften Brunei’s sharia law

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has stepped back from new anti-gay measures amid celebrity-led calls to boycott his Western-held commercial interests Amid a global outcry against Brunei’s implementation of Islamic sharia law measures that allow for death by stoning for sex between men and extramarital affairs, the sultanate’s ruler has apparently climbed down from the harshest measures in what some have...

Tourists could face DEATH penalty if they take photos in this popular holiday destination

THAILAND holidays are hugely popular with Britons looking to escape to sun, sea and sand. However, tourists could face the death penalty if they take photos on one popular Phuket beach famous for low-flying planes. Thailand holidaymakers could risk imprisonment or even death if they take runway selfies at a Phuket beach. Phuket International Airport is next to Mai Khao beach and planes fly low over...

Heritage Suites, Siem Reap, Cambodia: hotel with a heart of gold

Siem Reap is hardly one of those Asian destinations trumpeted as “secret” by brochure writers. As the gateway to Angkor Wat, it’s the most popular stop on the Cambodian holiday circuit. Many visitors choose to fly in from regional Asian ports, bypassing the capital, Phnom Penh, and skipping seaside Sihanoukville. Siem Reap exists in, and of, itself as a galaxy of tourism activity and the incessant...

Here’s the monkey-themed Vietnam hotel where Trump and Putin were hanging out

While Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are crossing paths at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, they probably won’t have much time for monkey business. Or at least not the political kind of monkey business. The primate sort is another matter: The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting–which Trump and Putin are both attending–is taking place at a tastefully monkey-themed...

Asia needs more dialogue

Many of Asia’s nations evolved from colonial influences in the 1950s – they are still young, yet several have ancient histories. India nurtured the development of several world religions while China was united for millennia before a civil war that, when it ended in 1949, gave birth to the People’s Republic of China. Across Asia, leaders often enjoy long tenures, yet these are interspersed by...

Travel Trends in Asia Pacific

How do travelers in Asia and the Pacific regions travel in comparison to their U.S. counterparts? Well, one thing is for sure: Many have a lot more time off than the average American. However, they use their vacation time in much the same way. New Expedia Media Solutions research showcased Asia Pacific travel trends and the habits and behaviors of multigenerational travelers in the region’s largest...

How self-guided walking holidays in Asia can make hikers feel like travellers, not tourists

Going guideless has been popular in Europe for some time, but now the trend is extending to places like Nepal and Japan as travellers become more independent and confident braving the great outdoors alone For those who think that travelling with a guide – and possibly a tour group in tow – is not really getting away from it all, the self-guided trek is emerging as a viable option in some unexpected...

Industry: ‘China to lead Asia in charging EVs’

China is poised to become the first country outside Europe and the U.S. to roll out a wide charging network for electric vehicles, with heavy ongoing investments in the infrastructure under its government-led programme, a senior executive of German automaker BMW said. Leading automakers and technology companies such as Tesla are preparing to ramp up electric vehicle (EV) production over the next few...

Bicycles Mean Less Demand for Fuel in East Asia

Millions of people in cities across Asia are using phone apps to borrow bicycles for local travel. This kind of technology is made for people who want to leave cars and motorcycles at home, and avoid spending money on a taxi service. The Reuters news agency reports that bicycle sharing has been rising in popularity in places like Beijing, Taipei and Singapore. China’s Ministry of Transport reports...