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Interesting Article

Posted by Tilapia on 28/9/2011 at 09:03

Interesting article about an event that happened at a Thai school. [url=]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042097/Student-Nazi-dress-day-causes-outrage-Thailand.html#comments[/url] ...

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The world's longest running civil war is in Myanmar

Posted by SBE on 14/8/2011 at 16:25

Karen Rebels have been fighting the Burmese government for over 60 years, making it the world's longest ongoing civil war. Al Jazeera recently broadcast this interesting documentary which gives an update on the situation. The fighting has escalated considerably since the elections in November 2010 and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi but in spite of this the Thai government is still planning to start forcibly repatriating Karen refugees next year. http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/101east ...

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It could only happen in Thailand

Posted by sayadian on 3/8/2011 at 02:11

Just saw a channel 4 report here in the UK about a guy called Chewit whose been elected to the Thai parliarment on an anti-corruption ticket despite the fact that he is a brothel owner who admits to paying huge amounts of bribes to the police.Thai politics is becoming farcical. ...

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Cambodia and Mississipi Ozark hillbillies

Posted by sayadian on 28/10/2010 at 22:24

A few years ago I saw an 'edgy' film called 'City of ghosts' directed and starring Matt Dillon.As well as being an excellent film noir it really got to me as a film which summed up the Cambodia of the 1990s. I see lots of bagpackers watching endless re-runs of 'The killing fields' and although it's a good film if you want to see what life was like in the aftermath of the Vietnamese invasion and the UNTAC days this film gets the closest IMO. Although I think Mississipi Ozark hillbillies are a lit ...

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Well done U.S.A

Posted by sayadian on 2/5/2011 at 14:06

Well done U.S.A on your short trip to Pakistan. ...

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Tips on meeting locals

Posted by gotthebug on 16/6/2010 at 11:14

Hey guys, I just thought this article about meeting locals and moving outside the clubby backpacker circles might be helpful to a few of you: http://www.expatarrivals.com/article/six-steps-to-tapping-into-local-culture-in-southeast-asia ...

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Posted by dresses12 on 25/3/2011 at 14:26

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Cultural Events

Posted by berryb on 18/3/2011 at 10:21

Hi, would anybody know where to find information about cultural events (live shows, concerts, conferences, dances, drama,...) in Phnom Penh? Any website or magazine? Thanks ...

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White and Wrong

Posted by Tilapia on 15/3/2011 at 22:07

An interesting article from the Bangkok Post. http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/family/223835/it-s-a-matter-of-white-and-wrong ...

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Postponement of public whipping for Muslim woman who drank alcohol

Posted by SBE on 24/8/2009 at 20:04

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/world/asia/25malaysia.html I've seen lots of Muslim MEN drink alcohol in both Malaysia and Indonesia ...how come they don't get whipped? ...

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art in se asia??

Posted by andrea13 on 6/8/2010 at 06:15

i read the article on 10 bangkok galleries, can anyone point me in the direction of useful websites with overviews of contemporary south east asian art? or books? seems to be particularly difficult to find information on contemporary art movements etc. thanksss!xx ...

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The plight of Thai youth

Posted by somtam2000 on 25/8/2010 at 08:09

Yesterday's New York Times has a very good story talking about the challenging situation facing Thai youth. You can read the full story here: After Years of Upheaval, Not All Is Well With Thailand’s Youth The story touches on a few factors driving the problem, but falling education standards seem to be the key. Should certainly ring familiar to anyone involved in the Thai education system. Don't know that I'd charactise Thaksin's anti-drug campaign as "highly effective" though. Sur ...

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Does travellling to a country support a regime?

Posted by KazAussie on 11/8/2009 at 16:25

I have struggled with this question for a number of years. But probably most recently on travels in China. China is repressive to ethnic minorities, the pollution they contribute to the planet is absolutely unbelievable to someone who hasnt been there. So do we support china in buying their products,,, should we not go there.... how can Aus industries possibly compete when they are doing the right thing by their employees and the environment... I don't have any answers, except that to s ...

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stuff your rucksack.com

Posted by Indoluso on 10/6/2010 at 13:51

Hi, I read about this site and thought it was nice to help a listed project. My question is if someone has ever done anything based on this site. What will Vietnamese, Cambodian or Laos border officials say about a bag full of pens/pencils... Will they take them away? I tried to email the site but there's no answer... If you want to give a look: http://www.stuffyourrucksack.com/ Cheers! ...

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Strangest things you've ever seen in Southeast Asia

Posted by MADMAC on 6/7/2009 at 02:55

I'd have to say the strangest sight I ever came across was in a bar in NKP. I walked into the bar, and sitting on a bar stool was a monkey smoking a cigarette. How the Monkey picked up this habit I don't know. He belonged to the bar owner. I guess the bar was his hang out... Very strange experience. ...

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Thai food - what's great, what sucks?

Posted by MADMAC on 19/6/2009 at 22:46

I really like the Thai food that leans toward the sweet and sour flavorings. Gai Pad Met mamuang, Gai Pad Prieu Wan are two of my favorites. I despise the flavor of Papaya Pokpok and since I don't like collander, that hinders the eating of some other foods. What do you really enjoy eating in Thailand and what do you dislike? ...

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ok to be a lefty?

Posted by sic8vita8est on 8/6/2010 at 12:26

Not politically, I assume that's ok Every book I read says its impolite/disgusting to eat with your left hand in Asia. The problem is, I'm left-handed and its not real easy to re-learn how to use chopsticks with my other hand. I still have a few months before I head to SEA. Is anybody really going to care if I use my left hand?? ...

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Thai politics 101

Posted by neosho on 28/5/2010 at 22:01

Here's a little excersise to help people understand the political situation in Thailand. Stare at a plate of noodles trying to figure out where each one starts and ends. The next day, stir them all up and continue staring. This practice will also help prepare you for driving here should you rent a motorcycle. ...

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Media coverage and propoganda

Posted by SBE on 21/5/2010 at 15:29

Two links seen the tweets on TF today... which one do you believe? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBDm-jA3N80&feature=youtu.be http://www.newsweek.com/id/238161 ...

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transit....

Posted by veratj on 3/4/2010 at 20:48

i can not imagine what will i do ,,,,please tell me how to transit flight,,,give me detail about some steps for international flight and international transit,,i will transit at LCCT and to Penang,,, ...

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