There is trouble in paradise. Unchecked tourism has damaged Southeast Asia’s pristine beaches

Hordes of tourists clamber across the white sand with selfie sticks as Thai park rangers wade into turquoise waters to direct boats charging into the cliff-ringed cove. Made famous by the 2000 movie, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Maya Bay on the western Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Ley is now a case study in the ruinous costs of runaway tourism, swamped by up to 4,000 daily visitors. “There is too many people here, it’s bad,” lamented Saad Lazrak, a 61-year-old from Morocco, as crowds around him swallowed the…

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New Nepalese airline flies to Southeast Asia

Himalaya Airlines, the new Nepalese airline, will launch its first flights to Southeast Asia next month. Commencing on 10 February 2017, the Kathmandu-based carrier will operate five weekly flights to Kuala Lumpur. And then on 24 February it will start operating twice weekly flights to Yangon. These new routes will be enabled by the delivery of Himalaya Airlines’ second aircraft, a 158-seat, two-class Airbus A320, which is due to arrive on 20 January. The airline currently operates flights from Kathmandu to Doha and Colombo. Himalaya Airlines is a joint venture…

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