#Thailand – Conservation plan for hornbills

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THE NATIONAL Parks, Wildlife, and Plant
Conservation Department announced yesterday that it would develop a
national plan for the management and conservation of hornbills.

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 This plan would be in line with an
international action plan introduced yesterday for the critically
endangered helmeted hornbill.

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A working group will be set up to develop the national plan, Pinsak Suraswadi, the department’s deputy director-general, said.

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He said Thailand is committed to protecting the majestic bird’s habitat
as well as reducing trafficking and trade of the bright-billed bird. The
future plan will also focus on reintroduction programmes so hornbill
populations can be restored in natural habitats.

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 The country also recognises the importance of research and training
while engaging all sectors, he said, and thus the Centre for Research
and Training of Hornbill Conservation will be created.
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Pinsak also praised the international plan and lauded Thailand’s
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#Vietnam’s Golden Bridge among Time’s top 100 destinations this year

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Just months after it opened to public, Vietnam’s amazing Golden Bridge continues to grab the world’s attention.

The Time magazine has listed it in its list of top 100 World’s Greatest Places for 2018.

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Remarking on its architectural creativity, the magazine’s Julia Zorthian
notes: “The two massive stony hands emerging from the mountains of
central Vietnam may look mossy and cracked like ancient ruins, but don’t
be fooled: they’re brand-new wire mesh and fiberglass supports for a
striking footbridge that opened in June.”
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Images of the two giant hands holding up the 150 meters long bridge at
Ba Na Hills near Da Nang have gone viral and many international media
outlets have remarked on the bridge, including AFP, Reuters and CNN.
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Vu Viet Anh, Design Principal at TA Landscape Architecture that designed the pedestrian walkway, told Reuters that the bridge was designed to stimulate the…

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Thailand – Wastewater poisoning #Phuket canal

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Residents near Mudong canal in Wichit,
Phuket, are calling for officials to stop wastewater flowing into the
canal and out to sea. Dead animals have been found floating on the
canal.

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Yesterday (August 22) officials from the Environment Office Region 15 Phuket and others inspected the Mudong canal.
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Residents said the water is black and has a bad smell all along the
canal. Dead shrimps, crabs and fish have been found floating on it.
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The environment office’s Kanchit Sunthornkarn said: “At this stage we
have found that wastewater is coming from sewage produced by the
community. There are housing estates, restaurants and houses. 
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“We have to control the wastewater problem from the original sources.
The law must be enforced by officers. We still don’t have the technology
to solve wastewater in the canal once it has made its way into the
canal system…

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#Vietnam trip among the easiest on the pocket

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A leading Indian news site has introduced Vietnam as a “super cheap” travel destination for budget-conscious globetrotters.

Indian newspaper News Nation has picked Vietnam among the top five most affordable places to visit.

It highlights Da Lat city in the Central Highlands for its natural beauty and cool weather all year round. 

It notes that the Hang Nga Guesthouse, dubbed “the Crazy House” is highly recommended, with U.K. travel magazine Lonely Planet recognizing it as being among the 120 most breathtaking human constructions on earth.

Once forgotten, it has now emerged as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam’s city of love, where visitors pay VND50,000 ($2.2) for an entrance ticket.

News Nation also tells its readers that Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, has done well to retain some of the French cuisine from the colonial days. You can find “some great patisseries producing croissants,” the site…

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#Vietnam – Cat Ba Island

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Vietnam - Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is the biggest island in the world famous Ha Long Bay, so it is easy to understand why it is well known to most tourists who visit Vietnam.

This has helped add comforts and conveniences for the visitors. These days, in the heart of the island, Cat Ba Town, hotels and homestays are no longer an unknown development.

At the same time, nature lovers can breathe a sigh of relief because it is still several steps away from becoming an urban jungle. This is because almost half of Cat Ba and its adjacent waters belong to a national park established in 1986 to protect the island’s diverse ecosystem.

A few days of proximity to nature in Cat Ba, therefore, can comfortably rejuvenate you.

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There are several ways to reach Cat Ba from the capital city of Hanoi.

You can get a bus from Hanoi to Hai Phong and…

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On Thai Island #Phuket, hotel guests check out of plastic waste

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For the millions of sun seekers who head to
Thailand’s resort island of Phuket each year in search of stunning beaches and clear waters, cutting down on waste may not be a top priority.

But the island’s hotel association is
hoping to change that with a series of initiatives aimed at reducing the
use of plastic, tackling the garbage that washes up on its shores, and
educating staff, local communities and tourists alike.
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“Hotels unchecked are huge consumers and users of single-use
plastics,”
said Anthony Lark, president of the Phuket Hotels Association
and managing director of the Trisara resort.
“Every resort in Southeast Asia has a plastic problem. Until we all
make a change, it’s going to get worse and worse,”
he told the Thomson
Reuters Foundation.
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Established in 2016 and with about 70 members – including…

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#Cambodia – Idyllic Pursat, perfect for a ‘hidden’ holiday

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Thmadar Touch waterfall

A new destination in the Kingdom is catching the eye of tourists in Pursat.

Traveling across the mountains and through the forests of the western province, many are heading toward Thmadar Touch waterfall, just off of National Road 55. The site is a jewel near the border with Thailand.

Sitting 153km from the provincial capital, and 50km from the centre of Veal Vong district, the waterfall still has a rustic feel to it, though this may soon change with the advent of development. However, it is still relatively hidden, so one may have to stop and ask a villager for directions.

The waterfall itself is made up of broad flat layers like a giant staircase and serves as the perfect backdrop for many photos and selfies.

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In many places the water is shallow as it flows over the rocks, making it the…

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