BackStories » Asia

in Asia

3 Massive Statue Heads Unearthed At Cambodian Temple

Last weekend, three massive Angkorian-era statue heads at Banteay Chhmar temple in Banteay Meanchey Province were unearthed.

in Asia

Man Racks Up $1200 WIFI Bill On Singapore Airlines Flight

In a reminder to always read the small print (and forego airplane WIFI?), a Canadian man was charged $1,200 for WIFI on a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore last week. The customer has...

in Asia

Singaporean Man Crowdfunds Over $10,000 For Vietnamese Tourist Cheated By Local Store

Pham Van Thoai, a Vietnamese tourist, recently traveled to Singapore where he was “cheated” by an electronics store when buying an iPhone. After the story went viral, a Singaporean man started an Indi...

in Asia

Learn More About SE Asia With These 15 Great Infographics

SE Asia is booming. But the region, comprised of 600 million people, is a mixed bag of countries and cultures, with plenty of similarities and an equal amount of differences. Making sense of the lands...

in Asia

Man Tempts Fate By Removing Harness While Walking Narrow Plank In The Sky

Mount Hua is one of China’s Five Great Mountains, earning this distinction for its 5 peaks, the highest of which is over 2,100m high. For over 700 years, people have been walking the narrow “trail” th...

in Asia

Vietnamese Citizen Among Those Killed In Himalaya Blizzard, Avalanche

Nepalese police have announced that a Vietnamese citizen is among 12 climbers confirmed dead after a blizzard hit the mountainous region on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

in Asia

SE Asia's Tallest Building Planned For Bangkok

While Saigon may soon be home to Vietnam’s highest building, it looks Bangkok is planning construct the tallest in all of SE Asia with its 615m, 125-story, "Rama IX Super Tower," reports the Bangkok P...

in Asia

Amid Rumors Of Coup, Kim Jung-Un Makes First Public Appearance In 40 Days

North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jung-Un, made his first public appearance in 40 days on Monday amid rumors of a possible coup in the international press, reports NK News.

in Asia

Vietnamese Oil Tanker Recovered After Being Hijacked By Pirates

A Vietnamese oil tanker that went missing 7 days ago after leaving Singapore has been located after being hijacked by pirates.

in Asia

Chinese Vendors Busted For Lacing Noodles With Opiates

Forget about contaminated phở. In parts of China, vendors have been caught lacing their noodles with opiates in the hopes of keeping their customers coming back to get their fix.

in Asia

Millions of Laser Beams Uncover the Vastness of Angkor Wat

When Portuguese monk, António da Madalena, visited Angkor Wat in 1586, he was overwhelmed by the architecture of the ancient city, writing that "…[it] is of such extraordinary construction t...

in Asia

[Video] 30 Feared Dead After Volcano Erupts In Japan

Japan’s Mount Ontake erupted without warning on the morning of September 27, spewing thick ash across the area and trapping hundreds hikers at the popular tourist destination, reports the Associated P...

Brian Letwin

in Asia

How Saigon’s Floating Hotel Ended up in North Korea

There was a time, not too long ago, when Saigon wasn’t full of tourists and backpackers. In the late 1980s, Vietnam had just opened its doors to the west and was rushing to renovate its decrepit colon...

in Asia

Chinese City Creates Special Lane for Cell Phone Addicts

It may not be an issue in Saigon since it’s anything but a walking city, however those of us who have lived in pedestrian-friendly metropolises are all too familiar with the scourge of zombie-like cel...

in Asia

Hong Kong Tycoon Places Record $20mil Order For 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Stephen Hung, a Hong Kong investment tycoon, has placed an order for 30 Rolls-Royce Phantoms. 2 of the cars will feature interior and exterior gold-plated accents, making them the most expensive ever ...

in Asia

Broken AAG Cable Won’t Be Repaired Until Next Month

FPT Telecom general director, Nguyen Van Khoa, told Thanh Nien that repairs to the Asia-America Gateway Cable would not be completed until October 6.

in Asia

[Video] China’s Hair Highway

In China, human hair is a renewable resource, where it is fused with natural resins to mimic everything from tortoiseshell to polished horn to exotic hardwoods.

in Asia

[Photos] Taiwanese Toilet-Themed Restaurant Becomes International Hit

It may be difficult to believe, but a restaurant that specializes in toilet-related foods and dining ware has become so popular, it now boasts 12 locations throughout Asia.

in Asia

[Photos] Takazawa’s Edible Art

No outdoor sign and a dining room with a capacity of 10 people, yet inside Chef Yoshiaki Takazawa’s restaurant – Aronia de Takazawa – awaits a potentially life-changing culinary experience.

in Asia

[Photos] "Marlboro Boys" Captures The Disturbing Trend Of Underage Smoking In Indonesia

Smoking may be a major public health issue in Vietnam, but in Indonesia, the deadly habit has been taken up by the country’s youth, some of who are taking their first drags at the age of 4.