#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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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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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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#Cambodia Kingdom counts 18 dead from Mekong floods

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At least 18 people in the Kingdom have died and more than 40,000 families impacted by the Mekong River flooding this season, National Committee for Natural Disaster spokesman Keo Vy, told The Post on Monday.

He said floodwaters in the five riverside provinces of Tbong Khmum, Kampong Cham, Stung Treng and Prey Veng had reached alarmingly high levels.

“At least 18 people have died. Kampong Cham has seen 10 drowned. The water levels of the Sesan and Sekong rivers have reached the alert point,” he said.

Vy said normally they experience Mekong floods up to three times per year. Overall water levels, however, depended largely on rain and weather patterns.

On Thursday, Preah Sihanouk Governor Yun Min distributed five tonnes of rice seeds to 113 families who lived in the province’s Veal and Thmey villages.

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Asia’s largest railway station being built in #Beijing

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The reconstruction work on Beijng’s Fengtai Railway Station, the capital’s oldest, has recently begun, and it is expected to result in Asia’s largest railway station, the peoplerail.com reported on Tuesday.

Authorities have diverted the Beijing-Guangzhou railway line, which normally passes through the station, as of Monday night to facilitate the new construction.

Dating back to the year 1898, the Beijing Fengtai Railway Station, located at Zhengyang Avenue in Fengtai District of southern Beijing, used to be a small comprehensive railway station incorporating passenger trains and freight trains.

The station has been closed for passenger service since June 2010, ending a running history as long as 115 years.

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According to its contractor China Railway Construction Engineering Group, the new station will have seven floors with four floors aboveground and three floors underground. Covering an area of 398,800 square kilometers, it will accommodate a maximum of 14,000 passengers. Subway lines 10 and 16 will be linked to the station to bring more convenience to travelers.

The reconstruction work is set to finish in 2020, when the railway station is expected to become the biggest in Asia and a major transportation hub. It will serve high-speed trains on the Beijing-Guangzhou, Beijing-Kowloon and Beijing-Shijiazhuang lines, and will provide suburban railway services.

The station will also help ease the capital’s traffic burden, facilitate transportation to Xiongan New Area, and better promote the integration of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Source – TheJakartaPost

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#Malaysia – 5 ways to get around Kuala Lumpur

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When it comes to getting around the city of Kuala Lumpur, travelers have several options of getting around. Whether it’s by train or taxi, transportation around the city is relatively hassle-free.

Here are some transport suggestions for getting around KL.

Train

With the recent completion of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), more parts of KL are now connected by rail. Apart from the MRT, other rail service include the Light Rail Transit (LRT), monorail and KTM Komuter.

The trains in the city pass through iconic attractions such as KLCC, Central Market and Muzium Negara.

If you’re on a long visit, consider purchasing the Touch ‘N’ Go card or weekly passes for cheaper fares. The card can be used on all trains, as well as RapidKL buses.

Bus

Travelling by bus in the city is a generally comfortable experience these days. Most of them are fully air conditioned and they get you to popular tourist attractions as well as quaint neighbourhoods. Look out for the free purple Go KL buses within the central business district that run along popular sites and famous shopping districts. You can also travel further on the RapidKL buses.

Go KL City Bus is a free bus service that serving the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Taxi

Taxi is probably one of the most convenient ways to travel from one place to another in KL. Always insist on using the metre – do not be duped into haggling for a price.

According to the Land Public Transport Commission, regular budget taxis (usually painted in red and white, or red and blue) charge RM3 for the first three minutes. Subsequent distance or time are charged at RM0.25 every 200m or 36 seconds.

Blue cabs (Teksi Eksekutif) and gold cabs (Teks1M) are better for large groups, but they do charge a higher fee.

Taxis queue along KL Sentral in the city. Photo: The Star

Self drive

KL is a big city and having a car would allow travellers to get to surrounding townships such as Petaling Jaya or Shah Alam in Selangor easily. There are plenty of car rental options available online or at the airport. Driving in the city is generally safe. You might want to avoid peak hours though when traffic congestion can set you back an hour on average.

Driving around KL is relatively breezy, just be sure to avoid rush hours! Photo: The Star

Ride hailing

Malaysia actually has a few ride-hailing options, with Grab being one of the more popular options among locals. Utilising the service is as easy as downloading an app. The downside is you would need mobile data or WiFi to operate the service. But that shouldn’t be an issue as more people are connected on their travels these days.

You can also book taxis, trains, and more …  on some of these apps.