So You Think You Can Drive? Try And Match These Thai Drivers

So You Think You Can Drive? Try And Match These Thai Drivers

Anyone who has ever spent any time in Thailand will readily attest to the less than stellar driving habits of Thais. Pedal-to-the-metal Thai drivers push their often overloaded pickups, cars, trucks, vans and buses along the nations roads at breakneck speed. Newcomers to Thailand from countries where road traffic laws are more judiciously enforced rapidly […]

Tougher Penalties Coming For Drunk Driving in Vietnam (video)

Tougher Penalties Coming For Drunk Driving in Vietnam (video)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) about 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes, up to 26 per cent of them as a result of drunk driving. In the video above a man in an unidentified location in Vietnam rides his motorcycle for several kilometres on the wrong […]

Passengers Cheat Death As Singapore Airlines Flight Bursts Into Flames

Passengers Cheat Death As Singapore Airlines Flight Bursts Into Flames

Passengers and crew onboard a Singapore Airlines flight to Milan have had a narrow escape from death when the aircraft they were on caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi International Airport (CIA). Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 departed CIA at 2.05am local time on Monday, but turned back to Singapore some two-and-a-half hours […]

Child Burnt Alive in Malaysian Petrol Station Blaze

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A seven-year-old Malaysian boy has been left with horrendous burns to his face, body and legs after being engulfed by flames inside a car at a petrol station in Kuala Krai in the northeastern Malaysia state of Kelantan. CCTV footage of the incident shows the white Proton Wira being refuelled by the boys mother when […]

Mai Chi Tho Highway: Ho Chi Minh City’s Highway to Hell

Mai Chi Tho Highway: Ho Chi Minh City’s Highway to Hell

If you’re feeling in a rut over your daily commute spare a thought for Vietnamese motorists attempting to traverse this patch of the Vo Van Kiet-Mai Chi Tho Highway in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). In the video what appears to be a modern multi-lane highway actually becomes the highway to hell on closer inspection […]

Melee in Chumphon Hospital ER a #fail for Thai junta’s 12 core values

Melee in Chumphon Hospital ER a #fail for Thai junta’s 12 core values

Thailand Prime Minister Prayaut Chan-ocha’s plan of re-instilling traditional Thai values into the population under his dictatorship might not be going entirely to plan if this video from Chumphon Hospital in southern Thailand is anything to go by. Posted online by คลิปเด็ดเป็นข่าว (Random News), the video shows the inside of the Chumphon Hospital Emergency Room […]

Vietnamese Wedding ‘Fagin’ Riles Netizens

Vietnamese Wedding ‘Fagin’ Riles Netizens

  In Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist the gang of child pickpockets and thieves is taught their criminal skills by a dodgy character known as Fagin. Praying on the vast number of homeless children in London in the 1800s he would put them to work as pickpockets and thieves in return for providing food and […]

Thai Police Caught Taking Cash on Camera, But Wait… (video)

Thai Police Caught Taking Cash on Camera, But Wait… (video)

The Royal Thai Police (RTP) often come in for criticism and there is no shortage of video clips on the internet showing officers taking cash instead of writing out tickets for traffic violations. In recent years force command has taken a harder line against officers caught taking bribes or behaving badly, with dismissals a common […]

Myanmar’s Thilawa SEZ: At What Human Cost?

Developers vaunt Myanmar’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as ‘the most advanced of Myanmar’s three SEZs’, boasting – as it does – its own power, water and internet services, which is to say nothing of the purpose-built port terminal and conspicuous tax breaks offered to investors. Slated to occupy some 2,400 ha (5,930 acre) when […]

Thai Police Find Training V Reality Poles Apart (video)

Thai Police Find Training V Reality Poles Apart (video)

Back in January the Royal Thai Police (RTP) at the San Sai Police Station proudly posted on its Facebook page video and still images of police undergoing training on how to disarm and contain a suspect armed with a long-bladed weapon, such as a machete or sword. While the photos and video of Thailand’s brown-clad […]

In Search of The Origins of Asean People

Now that the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is finally in existence and we are united as one Asean Community (AC), the lingering question is: Do we know who our are Asean neighbours are? What are the origins of Asean people? In this special report of Asean Checklist, journalist Dr Michael Chick chats with the director […]

The Princess & The Privy

The Princess & The Privy

It’s the sort of story that wouldn’t be complete without a glut of puns, and the international press did not disappoint. The occasion: Thai Princess HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn ordering that a US$40,000 lakeside toilet be built especially for her, deep in Cambodia’s rural heartland, for the purpose of a two-hour visit. The kicker: her […]