FROM Bali’s beaches to the madness of Bangkok’s international airport, and Australia’s weirdest sights to India’s plans to replicate Angkor Wat, today’s Asia travel news digest brings you the latest from around the region.
Queues grow at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport
Debate continues to rage over the status of Bangkok’s international airport as queues at Suvarnabhumi continue to worsen. It now takes passengers more than three hours to get through the departure procedure.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said all low-cost flight services would move to Don Mueang. Debate has also turned to whether the government should adopt a dual international airport.
Gallery of ‘weird and wonderful Australia’
This photographic gallery from news.com.au features horizontal waterfalls, enormous dinosaur footprints and unusual animals and cloud formations from around Australia.
World’s largest cruise liner faces power cuts
The Queen Mary 2 ocean liner has been hiccuping on its present cruising journey in and out of Australia, facing two power cuts within days of each other.
The enormous vessel was left without power briefly on its way to Japan this week. Carnival, the ship’s owner, said it was “brief” and the back-up system kicked in immediately.
Indian plan to build Angkor Wat replica ignites confrontation
The Cambodian government has deemed India’s plan to build a larger replica of famed Angkor Wat as a “shameful act”.
Cambodia’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts said, “There is only one Angkor Wat in the world … it is Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, which was listed as one of the world heritage sites in 1992.”
Work on the replica is scheduled to start next week on the Ganges River in Bihar province.
Cherry Blossom madness hits Japan
It’s that time of year again in Japan when the cherry blossoms come out and everyone heads to parks and gardens to have picnics, take photos and enjoy the beautiful blooms.
According to Ben Groundwater from The Sydney Morning Herald, the Japanese also seem to think you haven’t experienced the blossom season unless you’ve taken thousands of photos of them. He joins the camera wielding madness in this blog.
Bali: to go or not to go
If you’re an Australian and have been debating about the security risks in visiting Bali for some time check out this article by blogger Clive Dorman. Dorman assesses the risks mentioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in lieu of rising Australian tourism numbers and the actual situation on the ground.
It’s a timely piece given that yesterday five suspected terrorists were shot dead. However according to The Sydney Morning Herald this is unlikely to faze tourists from visiting.
Asia travel news round-up compiled by Jo Lane