A False Dawn for Journalists in Southeast Asia

The Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are free, but dozens of others are languishing in prisons across the region. When the Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed Tuesday after more than a year in Myanmar’s Insein prison, it was heralded as a victory for press freedom. The Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters, who were jailed in December 2017 for their reporting on the country’s...

Emperor Akihito: Japanese monarch declares historic abdication

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has declared his abdication in a historic ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In his last public address as emperor, Akihito handed over the symbols of power and thanked the public for their support during his 30-year reign. The 85-year-old was given permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of his age and declining health. He...

This is Asia’s Most Expensive Location for Business Travel

For the second consecutive year, this country has been ranked the most expensive location in Asia for business travel Travelling for work is not as easy as it seems. From making hotel reservations to buying flight tickets, business travel isn’t always economical. Cost reduction has always been a priority but at times the expense associated with last minute travel can add up quickly. If you’ll...

Solo female travel is on the rise, but is Asia safe for women who adventure alone?

– The security of female travellers in the region has been called into question after recent incidents – A German backpacker was raped and killed in Thailand and Chinese tourists complained of molestation in Malaysia Henry David Thoreau might just have been the original hipster. The 19th-century polymath counted activism, yoga and solo travel among his interests – activities that wouldn’t...

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...

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...

How To Spend Idul Fitri In Jakarta

Idul Fitri is one of Indonesia’s most important holidays, celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Many non-Muslim expats and locals leave the city to enjoy the long weekend in Bali or Yogyakarta, but others prefer to stay in town and embrace the rare opportunity to take to the empty streets and explore. Thinking of staying in Jakarta this year but not sure how to spend the days? We’ve...

Luang Prabang, Laos, in three days: holiday itinerary

The ancient city in the north of the country is a delightful mix of exquisite temples and French colonial buildings – and a great place for cafes, restaurants, bars and shops DAY ONE: TEMPLES AND SHOPPING Morning Luang Prabang means “city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang”, a 83cm statue of which is believed to be the source of the city’s protection since the 14th century. On his marriage to a...

Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia

SINGAPORE – Asia has been the world champion of economic growth for decades, and this year will be no exception. According to the latest International Monetary Fund Regional Economic Outlook (REO), the Asia-Pacific region’s GDP is projected to increase by 5.5% in 2017 and 5.4% in 2018. Despite escalating geopolitical tensions, most countries in the region have maintained their economic momentum....