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ASIAN Geographic 5/2018

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

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8 Issues

in this issue

3 min
natural gems of thailand

SIMILAN ISLANDS Comprising 11 islands and covering 140 square kilometres, Mu Koh Similan National Park is an idyllic destination with clear turquoise waters and abundant wildlife. One can swim alongside many species of sharks, turtles and fish at the many dive sites in this divers’ paradise hailed as one of the top dive locations in the world. Due to the fragility of the ecosystems in the park, it is designated as a protected area and some of the islands are not open to visitors. Only isalnds 4 and 8 are open to visitors. While you can get from one island to another via paid boat rides provided by the Similan Islands National Park, schedules are not fixed and it might be more efficient to engage the services of a local dive…

2 min
editor's note

“No matter how much we try to run away from the thirst for the answer to life, the intensity only gets stronger and stronger.”Ravi Zacharias (born 1946) Spirituality is a complex concept to unpack but spiritual fulfilment is important to all of us whether we realise it or not. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin puts it, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” As such, people have long since sought spiritual fulfilment in various forms, at different times and through different means. Is it a wonder how our paths to spiritual fulfilment can vary so much? In Thailand, young boys of Shan descent are initiated into monkhood by living as princes who are being waited on hand and foot (p30) in a…

3 min
a mecca for divers & snorkellers

For many underwater adventurers, satisfaction comes from discovering diverse marine creatures in their natural habitats, and a highly biodiverse place never fails to excite. Of all the ocean’s ecosystems, none are more fascinating than the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific region known as the Coral Triangle — famed for being the most biodiverse marine habitat in the world. Wakatobi Dive Resort, where a privately-funded marine reserve showcases the best of the Coral Triangle, is the perfect base to explore the pristine reefs and diverse populations of marine life in the region’s warm and clear waters. “These are some of the healthiest reef systems that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing first-hand,” says Simon Bowen, who has logged more than 3,000 dives in some of the world’s most celebrated destinations.…

2 min
three sites for visita iglesia

123RF.COM123RF.COM123RF.COM MONASTERIO DE TARLAC Where: Tarlac, Central Luzon Perched atop Mount Resurrection, part of the Zambales Mountain Range is Monasterio de Tarlac – home of the Relic of the Holy Cross. It was enshrined in the chapel in January 2007 in a ceremony officiated by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the then papal nuncio to the Philippines. The cross is believed to be one of three used in Jesus’ crucifixion that Saint Helena excavated in Jerusalem. Pilgrims can touch it at 3pm on Sundays and 10.30am on other days. Constructed for use as a hermitage for monks, the monastry is now a popular place of worship for Catholics. Its founder Reverend Archie Cortez desired a place where the new community of believers known as Servants of the Risen Christ could dedicate themselves to a life of…

2 min
gawai dayak

123RF.COM123RF.COM Gazetted as a public holiday in place of Sarawak Day in Malaysia in 1964, Gawai Dayak is an important occasion for the Dayak, a collective name for the non-Muslim indigenious tribes of Borneo like the Bidayuh, Iban, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit and Murut. Though the festival falls on June 1, celebrations begin on the evening of May 31 with the muai antu rua ceremony which is meant to remove the spirit of greed. Families who live in longhouses will also place unwanted items in a winnowing basket and throw them to the ground from the end of the houses to symbolise the riddance of bad luck. Dayaks typically brew a kind of rice wine, tuak, for the festive celebrations. In Sarawak, street parades and cultural activities are held as early as one…

2 min
destination paradise

Located 180km west of Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo Island is one of three islands and many islets that make up Komodo National Park and is particularly well-known as the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon. The Komodo Dragon is the largest living lizard and takes its name after the island. The dragons can smell prey as far as six miles away, and sprint in short bursts when attacking. Extremely dangerous, their serrated teeth that can tear away flesh and grind up bone make them fearsome predators, and the venom they emit is deadly. Each lizard has an identification tag that records its weight and size, so rangers can determine how the population is faring. Komodo dragons are fickle. They don’t like too much water or humidity. The…