WHILE the 87th Annual Academy Awards were held in Hollywood this week, sadly there were few Asia-Pacific actors, actresses, directors or other professionals in this year’s finalists. However films from the region have been nominated over the years featuring its stunning landscapes, cultures and backdrops, along with its many talented directors, actors and artists. While there are of course numerous other film awards and accolades to be noted, this list below takes us on a stroll down the Asia-Pacific’s Academy hall of fame.
TRAVEL is always beset with highs and lows and this year in the Asia-Pacific region it has been no different. While the Malaysian air tragedies, the ferry disaster in South Korea and the avalanches in Nepal have painted the year in sadder hues, there have also been brighter moments as well. Covering India, Malaysia, New…>
REVELERS in northern Thailand have been asked not to launch sky lanterns near airports to avoid airborne accidents during a popular festival later this week.
THAILAND’S military junta has lifted a curfew at three popular beach resorts but said the restriction imposed after its May 22 coup will stay in place for the rest of the country, including the capital, Bangkok.
AUSTRALIA’S sunshine state, Queensland, is a mecca for outdoor events, so if you like combining your holidays with a bit of hoof to pavement, an ocean swim, a triathlon or bike ride, this is the place to come.
CAMELS grace the deserts, grasslands and mountains of Asia-Pacific from places as diverse as India, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Australia. They are much loved and even celebrated around the region for their contributions as working animals and for providing milk and meat and hair.
OFFICIALS say U.S. aviation authorities have cleared Philippine airlines to increase flights to the United States after safety standards improved.
Places to stay
Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass
Kanchanaburi, River Kwai, Thailand
The Chedi, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Chang Khlan, Thailand
Luang Poj Boutique Hostel
Ranong, City Centre, Thailand
Chaweng, Koh Samui, Thailand