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Hong Kong’s Most Breathtaking Views
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Hong Kong’s power buildings and gleaming harbour are made for the cinema. The city’s views have inspired the sci-fi classic Blade Runner and awed audiences in The Dark Knight. Luckily, unlike Batman, you don’t have to scale a 400-storey building for a glimpse of Hong Kong’s dramatic skyline. There are plenty of less life-threatening spots […]

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Hong Kong Shopping Guide
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Everyone knows Hong Kong as a place of neon-lit retail pilgrimage – all international brands worth their logo have outlets here, and they are supplemented by the city’s own retail trailblazers. That said, Hong Kong’s reputation as a bargain hunter’s paradise is pretty much a thing of the past. So what’s worth shopping for in […]

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Okinawa’s Secret Beaches
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Okinawa’s islands comprise one of Japan’s pretty little secrets – a side of Japan that differs from the mainland in culture and pace. They take a little more time and effort to access, but the rewards for getting there are gorgeous semi-tropical, white-sand beaches and clear turquoise water; often on tiny, rural islands that cultivate […]

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Chiang Mai City’s Night Markets
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If you’re planning to shop in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the place to bring an empty suitcase. This Northern Thai city’s reputation for shopping extends back hundreds of years, thanks to its location close to historic trade routes connecting modern-day Myanmar, Laos and China. In the past, passing caravans traded silks, wood, tobacco and opium. […]

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Thai Government Imposes New Restrictions
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Thais thought they were seeing the long-awaited end to martial law, only to find that little has changed. The country’s military government lifted martial law throughout the country on April 1, 10 months after it was imposed. In its place, however, the junta invoked Section 44 of the interim constitution, a measure of last resort […]

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Tax Breaks Lure Foreign Business to Laos
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A special economic zone (SEZ) in southern Laos that is being driven by foreign investment is becoming the new symbol of Southeast Asia’s industrial development. The Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet has drawn nearly 60 companies, including Toyota Boshoku, a supplier to the Japanese carmaker, and Aderans, one of the largest wig makers in […]

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Japan Shares Oil Reserve Knowledge with ASEAN
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Japan’s industry ministry plans to help the Association of Southeast Asian Nations introduce oil reserve systems like Japan’s, hoping to create a more favorable environment for Japanese companies expanding into the region. The International Energy Agency requires its member countries, largely industrialized nations, to stockpile at least 90 days’ worth of oil for coordinated release […]

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AIS Thailand Offers New Voice for Data Package
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Thailand’s largest mobile carrier, Advanced Info Service (AIS) has launched iSwop, a postpaid service that allows subscribers to pay for data consumption monthly rather than by recharging when credit runs out. iSwop subscribers can use up their leftover monthly voice call quota for connecting to the Internet with one minute of voice call equating to […]

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