Capturing Myanmar

It was the perfect narrative: an oppressive regime, a liberation icon in jail, a popular struggle for freedom. How much of it was true?
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Near Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, a woman named Lek Chailert has saved some 200 elephants from cruel fates in the logging and tourism industries.
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It's easy to see the appeal of such a forbidden place. The country has been a pariah of the West longer than many of our readers' lifetimes.
Exploring a long-forgotten Cambodian temple in the long shadow of Angkor Wat. By Frank Dorsey
On my way back from the Manali bus stand yesterday, after enquiring about the ticket, I decided to make a quick stop at the pine forest that marks the road leading up to the Old Manali bridge. Running down from the slopes of the Hadimba temple, the forest is first abruptly bisected by the road and then further down valley...
When a commercial plane crashed into a murky river, killing 49 people, Southeast Asia’s poorest nation had no salvage divers to recover their bodies and the black box. So they called in the next best thing: 11 mechanics, welders and electricians.
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