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    Saving our overburdened beaches

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/10/2018

    » One of my favourite New Year memories is from Boracay in the Philippines, where the entire sky was lit up in red from fireworks set off from boats offshore.

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    Dark enough for you?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/08/2018

    » 'Dark tourism" is an interesting concept that did not come to my attention until I watched a Netflix series recently. Few countries actively promote offbeat or slightly dangerous pursuits but it's a niche with potential, if managed carefully -- even if it's hard to explain to your insurer.

  • OPINION

    Wake-up call for Don Mueang

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 09/08/2017

    » The numbers of international arrivals to Thailand speak for themselves. So why was the Immigration Bureau not to know that its counters at Don Mueang International Airport would be clogged by arriving passengers last Saturday, and why wasn't it prepared?

  • OPINION

    Rape shows DLT needs to up cabbie vetting

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 29/04/2017

    » Why was a twice-convicted rapist driving a taxi? This is the first question that popped into my mind when I heard that a taxi driver in Bangkok, whom the police said admitted to raping a Brazilian woman late on Tuesday night, was actually convicted of rape in 2008 and again in 2013 but still managed to become a cab driver, taking countless female passengers who could have been anyone's mother, sister or daughter.

  • OPINION

    BBC not very convincing about station

    News, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Even though the government has insisted it was the BBC's own decision to not renew the 20-year lease of a major shortwave broadcast station for Asia in Nakhon Sawan, many see it as the latest jab that the junta has carefully landed on the face of the British broadcaster.

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