Asian tourism is too dependent on Chinese travelers.

Asian cities need to attract a more diverse crowd. A new report suggests so and warns about its potential implications. Last Friday, MasterCard released the 2015 version (pdf) of its Global Destination Cities Index,… Continue reading

Myanmar – Populist anti-Muslim riots based on grassroots Buddhist nationalist movement.

The Buddhist Core of Fractured Myanmar. Summary Populist anti-Muslim riots will continue to break out sporadically nationwide in Myanmar. The grassroots Buddhist nationalist movement led by monks and laypeople will continue to strongly… Continue reading

Highway planned to contact HCMC with Cambodian border crossing Bavet/Moc Bai.

The Vietnamese company Cuu Long Transport Infrastructure Management Investment and Development in HCM City plans to build a VND 30 trillion (US$ 1.37 billion) project to build an expressway that will connect HCM City with… Continue reading

Rohingyaland – A South Asian “Kosovo”?

There’s always an ulterior motive behind the US lecturing countries about ‘human rights’ and ‘democracy’. Those two key words should raise immediate red flags to any decision makers in the targeted states that… Continue reading

HCMC motorcyclists to pay road maintenance.

HCMC’s People’s Committee has set a target to collect VND 307 billion (US$14 million) as road maintenance fee from motorcycle users starting July 2015. The below 100cc motorcycles will have to pay VND50.000… Continue reading

Australian (US backed) provocation in the South China Sea?

The Australian government is considering conducting its own ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises near artificial islands built by China in disputed territory in the South China Sea. This planned Australian Navy exercise is formally… Continue reading

Vietnam’s Export Outlook 2015 – 2030.

Clothing & apparel are expected to remain Vietnam’s top export item in the foreseeable future. They will contribute almost 20 percent of the projected growth in total merchandise exports in 2030, according to an… Continue reading

Son Doong Cave – Once in a lifetime experience.

New cave tour announced. First discovered in 2009, Son Doong is the worlds’ biggest cave, more than 200m high, 150m wide and 5km long. It has its own river, jungle and climate. More… Continue reading

The South China Sea Conundrum.

Beijing is engaged in reclamation work in nine artificial islands in the South China Sea. Beijing claims “undisputed” sovereignty over at least 80% of the South China Sea. It’s not only about at… Continue reading

Central Vietnam – Stagnant seaside projects under scrutiny.

Return the beach to the public. The central city of Da Nang has shortlisted 12 coastal development projects, whose business licenses will be revoked during July 2015, because they have been too slow… Continue reading