Springtime, just before the new century began. As Laos is now the new Cambodia, Vietnam was then the new Thailand, and my girlfriend and I had arrived – with our backpacks – to see what all the fuss was about. The capital Hanoi had dazzled, and we were due to take the train 420 miles down the coast to Hué. We were late, though. We were always late.
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Thursday 22 November 2012
Li Keqiang, set to become China's premier in March, said the nation must deepen its rural-urban population shift to support growth while avoiding the economic stagnation associated with middle-income countries.
Tuesday 20 November 2012
Four Born Every Second, Brian Hill's contribution to Why Poverty?, a series of documentaries on the subject, began with a question: "Is it worse to be born poor or die poor?" It rather depends on what happens in between, I found myself thinking, before realising that the question wasn't really intended to be answered. And unfortunately the vagueness of that moment turned out to be typical of a film that was full of good intentions but distinctly thin on the ground when it came to logical coherence.
Travel Agenda: Summer in Sicily, Key best, Double Dutch, Parisian chic, Silver lining, Local hangout, Mara watch, 615
Friday 16 November 2012
Where to go and what to know
Friday 16 November 2012
Michael Palin’s Brazil
Friday 09 November 2012
Christmas in Cambodia
Thursday 08 November 2012
President Barack Obama will make a groundbreaking visit later this month to Burma, an official said today, following through with his policy of rapprochement to encourage democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.
Sunday 04 November 2012
I took my family to one of the Seven Wonders of the World yesterday. We drove to Chichen Itza (or chicken pizza as the locals call it), the ancient Mayan ruins that lie in the centre of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and became a "new" Wonder in 2007. We got there early to avoid the hordes of coach parties that descend upon the place after 10am. It's certainly impressive, but I couldn't help thinking that I'd been to even more amazing places that hadn't made the New Wonders list, established by a company in Switzerland which claims to have got over 100 million votes before announcing the seven winners.
Friday 26 October 2012
Lara Dunston watches as thousands mourn the death of their monarch in Phnom Penh
Tuesday 16 October 2012
The body of Cambodia's former king, Norodom Sihanouk, will be displayed for up to three months before a large state funeral is held for the mercurial and widely loved monarch who died after suffering a heart attack.
Sunday 07 October 2012
'Both of us had been bitten to death. Then the monsoon started…'
Thursday 30 August 2012
Engineers more used to working with fighter jets and Formula 1 cars are giving disabled athletes a winning edge.
Saturday 25 August 2012
Dominique and Jean bear the scars of a brutal conflict. Then they were enemies. Now they find themselves in the same volleyball team – and a friendship has blossomed
Friday 10 August 2012
Asia's longest-serving ruler has set what appears to be a personal record for his longest public speech: five hours, 20 minutes.
Saturday 21 July 2012
Health officials in several countries across South East Asia are on alert over a deadly virus that has killed more 50 young children and which the authorities fear could spread further.
Thursday 19 July 2012
A Frenchman held in Cambodia because of alleged links to the Bo Xilai scandal has flown to China, where he is wanted as a witness.
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
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