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This story has legs: Cambodia 'bug cafe' serves up insect tapas
by Joe Freeman - December 7, 2019 - 1:42pm
Ant spring rolls, silkworm taro croquettes and a "bug mac" -- Cambodia's first insect tapas restaurant is mixing cocktail culture with creepy crawler fare.
Thai convent weaves 'beautiful' robes for Pope Francis visit
by Joe Freeman - November 18, 2019 - 5:32pm
Sewing machines whir in a Bangkok convent as workers feverishly finish silk robes in brilliant golds and reds, made especially for Pope Francis and his entourage visiting Thailand this month.
US says 'extremely engaged' in Asia after Trump skips ASEAN meet
by Joe Freeman - November 4, 2019 - 1:43pm
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross insisted Monday that his country remained "extremely engaged" with Asia despite Donald Trump skipping a regional leaders summit.
Meaty issue: Mock pork edges onto Southeast Asian plates
by Joe Freeman - September 18, 2019 - 3:28pm
A sprinkle of chili, some pinkish "pork" and a few basil leaves tossed into a sizzling wok -- chef Songpol swears his vegan version of punchy Thai favorite pad kra phao is a match for the original, as plant-based...
By a thread: Thai Muslim family keeps silk weaving heritage alive
by Joe Freeman - June 5, 2019 - 12:36pm
Over the click-clack of the teak loom, Niphon's family laments the lack of apprentice weavers at his Bangkok silk shop, as modernity lures young Muslims away from a trade their community has dominated for gener...
Thailand marijuana festival has visitors on a high
by Joe Freeman - April 21, 2019 - 12:24pm
A Buddhist monk fishes out a vial of cannabis oil from his robe and puts a drop under his tongue -- one of many people flocking to a weed festival in northeastern Thailand, where excitement is building over a medical...
Thais go to polls in first general election since 2014 coup
by Joe Freeman - March 24, 2019 - 1:33pm
Polls opened Sunday for the first Thai election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected among a public who received a cryptic last-minute warning from the Thai king to support "good" leaders to prevent ...
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