Anti-government protesters in Thailand have ended a week-long occupation of Bangkok airport...and it's now set to reopen. The World's Traci Tong tells us why that's good news for the tourist industry in Hawaii.
Thailand is about 3,000 miles from North Korea. But for North Koreans seeking to defect from their abusive state into South Korea, it's the closest reachable nation where they can reasonably expect that the government will deliver them to South Korean officials.
Even if you managed to spot Pettonpung Gym from the road, you probably wouldn't guess that it’s produced some of the most renowned female fighters in Thailand and that it’s been an integral part of making the nearby city of Chiang Mai the epicenter of female kickboxing in Thailand.
In northwest Thailand, tourists flock to a village where ethnic Kayah women from Myanmar wear coiled brass rings to elongate their necks. Many of these women say it's a reliable way to make money as undocumented refugees after fleeing conflict and marginalization back home.
Comparisons were quickly made with the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which a man played by Tom Hanks finds himself stuck in a New York airport after his government collapses, rendering his papers useless.
One could mistake this place for a spiritual retreat, but in fact, hardly anyone comes here as a tourist. Most of the people who visit Thamkrabok are struggling with addiction and seeking treatment at the monastery’s famous detox clinic.