James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay. Photograph: Raimund Franken/ullstein bild via Getty Images

I’m in a rainbow-coloured longboat in Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay, delicately threading through a mangrove maze towards the horizon. In the distance, (...)

Emma Cleverley and Enda O’Doherty Primary school teacher Emma, from Cullen, Co Cork, and Enda, a civil engineer, met in 2006 at NUIG. After two years(...)

Three million standard chickens are sold in Ireland each week, as well as 65,000 free-range chickens. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Less than 10 years ago the writing seemed to be on the wall for chickens. They weren’t facing extinction, but the knives were out and they weren’t (...)

Phaw Shee and Say Law La Say : ‘We had three weeks to study about Ireland and learn the English language.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The first day of school in Castlebar was a nerve-wracking experience for Say Law La Say. Her family had just arrived from Thailand where they had l(...)

Singapore: named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index. Photograph:   REUTERS/Edgar Su

Asia Briefing comes from Singapore this week, which has just been named the most successful economy in the world by the Legatum Prosperity Index, whic(...)

A supporter waves a flag during a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) campaign rally in Yangon on Friday. Burma heads to the polls on Sunday. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

On Sunday, more than 30 million voters across Burma (Myanmar) can cast their ballots in the country’s first relatively free elections in 25 years. (...)

A view of Thailand at night.  File photograph: Chaiwat Subpraso/Reuters

A 23-year-old Irish man was arrested in Thailand over alleged drug offences on Monday. The Thai news website Chiangrai Times reported that an Irish m(...)

Eoin O’Brien, martial arts master: “You have to prove yourself job by job”

Eoin O’Brien never thought that moving to Bangkok would lead to a career in action movies. He had originally been drawn to Thailand by the offer of a (...)

In one hand, I am holding a mesmerising dark-blue gemstone that seems to change colour when the light catches it; sometimes it’s deep navy and then(...)

Melbourne man Daniel Smyth faces deportation to Ireland despite, he says, having been born in Australia.  Image: Thinkstock

Australia’s new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull flew to New Zealand on Friday for his first official state visit. Item number one on the agenda when h(...)