Nam Cat Tien, one of the largest national parks in Vietnam and a UNESCO world biosphere reserve, is home to some 1,700 precious plant and more than 700 animal species. In this photo series, view the huge trees that have lived here for centuries alongside tiny insects and fungi. 


Angkor Borei – about 70km south of Phnom Penh – is thought to be the location of one of Southeast Asia’s earliest cities. But rather than being protected and studied, looting of the remaining artefacts has become a subsistence-level cottage industry for the current residents. The museum at Angkor Borei only sees a few dozen visitors a month. Showing off a vial containing specks of gold dust he had found on his own property, farmer Seak Savorn said he was proud to live in Takeo’s Angkor Borei district. “I live in a golden land where our ancestors used to live,” he said. The specks – trace remains of those ancestors’ long lost glory – weren’t worth much, he said, but he hoped to collect more to sell for a few thousand riel. Savorn’s land has also yielded another kind of treasure: Littered around his house at the site are remnants of ancient ceramics, and Savorn has occasionally unearthed intact clay jars and bracelets.   

With his wispy goatee, fishbone earrings, Maori tattoos and barrel torso, Phuong Mai Binh doesn’t look like your typical Ho Chi Minh City tour guide. Then again, his tour isn’t exactly typical. “There are four million scooters in this city,” Mr. Mai Binh shouted over the throaty roar of his motorcycle engine, “but there are only a handful of these!” He grinned and knocked on the gas tank of the dark gray Ural M67 motorbike he was straddling, and to which I was quite comfortably attached, seated in a sidecar bolted to its frame.  

Sunday's Golden Jubilee National Day Parade was a melding of old and new. It was both a nostalgic look-back at Singapore's roots as well as a celebration of how far the nation has come in 50 years. A sea of red and white filled the Padang, where the first post-independence National Day Parade was held in 1966. Some of the 26,000 people there began trickling in as early as 3pm and waited under the sun until the Parade started at 5.40pm. As Members of Parliament filed to their seats, local pop quartet The Sam Willows kicked off the parade with a folksy rendition of 1998 National Day song Home.

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