Passengers and porters line up to enter the Kapal Dobonsolo in Makassar's port, one of Pelni's main hubs. (Photo by Kit Yeng Chan)

Indonesians pack slow boats despite rise of budget airlines

Archipelago's affordable long-distance ships remain popular even amid congestion, delays

  • Wooden workplaces work wonders for Japanese productivity

    Experts see increased brain activity and faster typing in comfy interiors

  • Taiwan's cat heaven disturbed by unscrupulous visitors

    Most come to admire the felines, but some come to steal them or dump them

  • Japan and US scramble to perfect missile attack responses

    Hawaii's false alarm offers lessons to improve safety protocols

  • The cutting-edge of cutting: How Japanese scissors have evolved

    Some pairs fit into pencil cases while others slice through iron wiring

  • Laos sees marked shift in tourist appeal

    Communist state moves to boost visitor numbers amid multiple challenges to sector

  • Chinese giant pandas unveiled to public in Finland

  • Remote Indian valley gets a java jolt

    Tribal farmers tap into rising global demand for specialty coffee

  • New York's changing Chinatown honors its roots on Lunar New Year

    Amid a generational shift, residents hold fast to the home country's customs

  • Blackface skit in China's new year gala sparks racism accusations

  • Singaporean tied to Tokyo Olympics bid charged in court

  • Japan's Shogi, Go champions given national award for sweeping major titles

  • From law courts to luxury in Yangon

    Downtown's largest restoration project to open as 5-star hotel

  • Thai businesses seek a more sustainable path

    Social and environmental concerns move up local business agendas

  • Company in focus

    Ride-hailing app Grab gears up for payment dominance

    Singaporean company aims to become the first big-data king in Southeast Asia

  • UN rights chief slams Indonesia proposal to outlaw gay, extramarital sex

  • Melaka's tourism drives prosperity but threatens its charm

    As business booms, many locals lament the loss of the city's heritage and old-world vibe

  • Top 10 gems of 'Deep Japan'

    A peek into hell, a meal in a stream and hot-spring monkeys lure long-stay visitors

  • South Koreans buying more German luxury autos than Japanese

    Hyundai's dominance in domestic car market pushes consumers to expensive imports

  • At Tokyo's Henn na Hotel, robots run the show

    Company opens fifth such hotel, with plans for 100 throughout Japan and beyond