HO CHI MINH CITY – The COVID conundrum seen around the world has reached Vietnam: Millions of people are out of work, yet factories cannot hire enough workers to satisfy overseas customers, who are preparing for a holiday season already threatened by fragile global supply chains. Government officials are begging workers, by text, to return …

Thailand has hosted 71 foreign film productions this year, generating more than 3 billion baht for the country, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said on Tuesday. The films were shot in 29 provinces between January and October and generated 3.4 billion baht, she said, citing figures provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. Bangkok …

A UK-based vacation rental research website, Holidu.co.uk, named Bangkok the number one place to ‘work’, a word that describes both work and vacation, in 150 cities surveyed in the world. Despite the devastating COVID-19 pandemic affecting countries around the world, the Thai capital of Bangkok continues to gain popularity among international visitors. It was recently …

I also had a sandwich for lunch today. If you need to estimate, you’ve eaten thousands of them over the past five years. Chicken sandwich. Meat sandwich lunch. Hamburgers and sandwiches. Vegetarian Sandwich. Grilled cheese sandwich, yeah, you could get high. So why not try something different tomorrow? Read “Gastro Obscura” by Cecily Wong and …

A state government hoarding written in Assamese has been found smeared with black ink in the predominantly Bengali Barak Valley region of Assam, triggering criticism from some parties. The incident, which took place in Silchar in Cachar district on Sunday, was reportedly perpetrated by members of two organizations demanding the use of Bengali instead of …

Phuket is home to countless gourmet restaurants, and here are the best Italian restaurants to check out on your next visit. Italian cuisine is revered by diners around the world, and rightly so. Therefore, Phuket is also home to countless Italian restaurants. The next time you’re on the island, whether as part of the Phuket …

Arvind Jayaram ANN / THE STRAITS TIMES – When preparing your next meal, think of hungry people across Asia. Asia today has the majority of the world’s undernourished people, with 418 million people accounting for more than half of the world’s hungry mouths. The majority are in South Asia, which has 305.7 million people. Southeast …

Special report October 17, 2021 12:00 If you are lucky you live near a high quality and reliable Chinese restaurant. And luckily, it seems the majority of Americans are pretty darn lucky in this regard. From coast to coast, there is no shortage of good places in China, and we’ve found the best in every …

Thousands of vacation-hungry Australians have rushed to book overseas vacations after NSW announced it would reopen its international border on November 1. Vaccinated Australians and their immediate families can travel overseas in a matter of weeks from any state, but only NSW will let them return without quarantine. Singapore Airlines responded by opening 32,000 seats …

Long before COVID, expats caught without health insurance were trapped in nightmare scenarios, some of which have become island legend. Bruce Stanely recounts some of those tales of doom here and explores how to fix the problem. It was one of those familiar phone calls that make me sad. “Can you help us? We found …