The Thunder Dragon goes digital (Bangkok Post)

For many, the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is more likely to conjure up images of a medieval “Game of Thrones” realm than of tech-infused modernity. Set high above the snow lines, the nation is ruled by a Dragon King, remote and steeped in old world traditions of monastic asceticism. The government is still largely …

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Remittance revolution (Bangkok Post)

When Jesehl Basco pitches the idea of using the digital currency Bitcoin to make payments, he is usually greeted with resistance and headaches. “Clients are skeptical with this new technology,” he says. “It takes a lot of time and effort to explain to them what it is and its benefits, especially during the early years …

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Carmakers get rolling in the Philippines (Bangkok Post)

In Manila, the Toyota vehicles are becoming the new age taxi. Thanks to ride-sharing services, the automaker’s compact and affordable vehicles are becoming synonymous with private transport. And there might be more the way. Toyota Motor Philippines Corp (TMP) recently said they are thinking of applying to a special incentive program to produce the Vios …

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Myanmar’s telegram system buzzes on (The Diplomat)

On a street stacked block by block with colonial British buildings, the Government Telegraph Office doesn’t instinctively stick out. Like so many of its neighbors, the façade is grimy and crumbling. There always seems to be a soft trickle of water flowing from exposed blue plumbing pipes, which water lively patches of ferns and moss …

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Myanmar railroad: A bumpy ride to rebuilding

I've been on some tough journeys before, the kinds of trips that make you thankful to whatever being you pray to when they're finally over, and proud that you were courageous and bold enough to take them in the first place. On the road to Angkor Wat from Bangkok, my hired taxi came to an …

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