Tag Archives: Asia

Asia: An Economic History Of Thailand (Video)

The Thai economy is the second largest in southeast asia. Being right in the centre of one of the most vibrant economic clusters on the planet. Famous for its sun, sea and sand, Thailand is so much than just a tourist hot spot. Thailand’s Economy went on an incredible growth run during the second half of the 20th century. However, economic growth has slowed since the 2000’s, leading some to suggest Thailand’s economy is stuck in a middle income trap. What are the factors behind this in Thailand’s case? How did rice pledging impact the economy? And why Thailand pinning its’ economic hopes on the Eastern Economic Corridor?

Travel Tour: ‘Bangkok – Thailand’ (4K Video)

Known by the Thais / as Khrung Thep Maha Nakhon / or the City of Angels. Home to over 8 million inhabitants / the city offers the most unique combinations of history, culture, landscapes, and ways of living.

Chao Praya river flows through the East side of Bangkok. There you can observe why water is at the heart of Thai people, along with temples; river decks and traditional settlements.

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

Sunday Morning Podcast: Headlines From Zurich, London & Tokyo (2021)

The weekend’s top news with Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé, Urs Bühler, Eemeli Isoaho and Chandra Kurt, with commentary from our editors in London and Tokyo. Plus: what’s on the pages of Greece’s ‘Kathimerini’ newspaper.

Books: ‘Forbidden City – The Palace at the Heart of Chinese Culture’ (Video)

For more than six centuries, the Forbidden City has awed all those who have travelled from near and far to explore its 900 golden-roofed buildings, set amid moats, gardens, and plazas, where thousands of people lived and worked in service of the world’s largest and most sophisticated pre-modern empire. Marco Polo called it “the greatest Palace that ever was;” Simon Leys praised its architectural genius; and Franz Kafka viewed it as an impressive yet alarming symbol of power.

In this compelling addition to Assouline’s Ultimate Collection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson guides readers through the magnificent and storied palace built by China’s Yongle Emperor to serve as the seat of the Ming dynasty. Weaving in history and events of the past six centuries and featuring more than 100 photographs, artworks, and historical artifacts, this luxury tome conjures life in this imperial sphere—a small city unto itself, in which soldiers, eunuchs, concubines, and merchants resided alongside the royalty they served. A stunning homage to the grand beauty of one of the most complex structures in all of history, Forbidden City reveals that 600 years after its construction, this royal monument endures as the physical and spiritual heart of Chinese civilization. This volume is presented in a regal, glossy red box reminiscent of traditional Chinese lacquerware, and that features a delicately carved map of the Forbidden City’s grounds.

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Aerial Travel: ‘Istanbul – Turkey’ (8K UHD Video)

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Food & Travel: The Top ‘Street Food’ In New Taipei City, Taiwan (Video)

Taiwanese Street Food – 台灣街頭美食 / Night Market, New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Taiwan probably has the best night market scene in the world and some of the most exciting street food in Asia. With little space at home to cook, the Taiwanese prefer to head out almost every night to the heaving markets for the cheap snacks – or xiaochi – that are found across the island – on corners, in clusters of food-devoted streets or at one of over 100 night markets. Those with no language skills simply stand in front of the stall, point to what they want and use their digits to say how many. Stallholders then write the price down, with dishes generally costing between 60p and £1.20. (From The Guardian)

New Taipei City is a special municipality and the most populous city in Taiwan. Located in northern Taiwan, the city includes a substantial stretch of the island’s northern coastline and surrounds the Taipei Basin, making it the second largest special municipality by area, behind Kaohsiung.

Travel & Culture: ‘Nepal’

Produced and Directed by: La Bamba Estudio

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign country in South Asia. It is mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. It is the 49th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area.

World Travel: ‘Amazing Places’ In 2020 (Video)

2020 – Year in Review: Best selection from all 34 Amazing Places videos released in the channel in 2020.

Video Timeline: 0:07 1. Garden of the Gods, Colorado, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga_4v… 0:41 2. Maui, Hawaii, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n58bd… 1:23 3. Bolivia Altiplano & Salar de Uyuni https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hn-p… 1:47 4. Ngorongoro Crater & Conservation Area, Tanzania https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45edd… 2:28 5. Red Rock Country, Sedona, Arizona, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQBvt… 3:00 6. Seychelles Islands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzeA1… 3:50 7. Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing, China https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT73C… 4:16 8. Olympic National Park, Washington, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHsR7… 4:57 9. Socotra, Yemen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga4Dn… 5:40 10. Historic Heidelberg, Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0NWt… 6:01 11. Kauai, Hawaii, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-3vy… 6:32 12. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXzYK… 7:07 13. 1000 Islands, Canada & USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThxuG… 7:33 14. Around San Pedro de Atacama, Chile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xvnQ… 8:02 15. Superstition Mountains, Arizona, USA https://youtu.be/jkQg1mmJVeI 8:29 16. New Zealand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jypK… 9:04 17. Coyote Gulch, Utah, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhDbs… 9:35 18. Bukhara, Uzbekistan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlCxQ… 10:08 19. Goblin Valley, Utah, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLI6R… 10:40 20. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfxoZ… 11:11 21. Orcas Island, Washington, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BHBZ… 11:44 22. Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan, India https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrBxb… 12:13 23. Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona, USA https://youtu.be/D3cTVN5wsMo 12:38 24. Big Island, Hawaii, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7z8y… 13:16 25. White Pocket, Arizona, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_kOB… 13:42 26. Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcOvQ… 14:17 27. Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2bjj… 14:42 28. Lahore, Pakistan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUdDK… 15:08 29. North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duGVG… 15:46 30. Around Salta, Northern Argentina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GWVx… 16:06 31. Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCem6… 16:42 32. Buckskin Gulch, Utah, USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZf6L… 17:10 33. Tarangire National Park, Tanzania https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMDsM… 17:35 34. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado, USA