Top 15 news websites in English from Southeast Asia

Top 15 news websites from Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian countries all have their own media to broadcasts local, regional and international news. Be they online version of newspapers or television, or purely web contents providers, here is a selection of the 15 best media to get informed from various Southeast Asian national perspectives.

As the best websites in terms of quality of information and presentation usually come from the most advanced countries, and the ones that are more proficient in English, it is no surprise to find in the top 15 websites from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. After all, these 6 countries make up for 95% of total ASEAN GDP, as you can see in these infographics.

General news in English from Southeast Asia

The 15 top general news websites from Southeast Asia are ordered primarily by their home country and then by their relative popularity on social media. They are some of the greatest sources of information in English in Southeast Asia, from Southeast Asia. Don’t hesitate to follow them to get informed and learn more on the world, the region and each country from a local perspective.


ChannelNews Asia LogoChannel NewsAsia

Breaking news from the TV channel for Singapore and AsiaPac.
Website: Channel NewsAsia
Facebook: ChannelNewsAsiaSingapore
Youtube: ChannelNewsAsia

The Straits Times LogoThe Straits Times

Breaking news from Singapore’s most widely-read newspaper.

Website: The Straits Times
Facebook: TheStraitsTimes

Today LogoToday Online

Local and international news from Singapore’s most popular compact newspaper.

Website: Today Online
Facebook: TodayOnline

Asia One LogoAsia One

Information mall which serves users’ news, business and lifestyle needs.

Website: Asia One
Facebook: sphasiaone


The Star Online LogoThe Star Online

News updates from Malaysia’s top English-language daily and website.

Website: The Star Online
Facebook: TheStarOnline

New Straits Times Online LogoNew Straits Times Online

Latest and updated news reaching out to 4.5 million readers daily.

Website: New Straits Times Online
Facebook: nstonline

The Malaysian Insider Twitter logoThe Malaysian Insider

News covering issues of the day, politics, business, lifestyle, sports and entertainment.

Website: The Malaysian Insider
Facebook: themalaysianinsider


Bangkok PostBangkok Post

Breaking news from Thailand’s number one English-language news media.

Website: Bangkok Post
Facebook: bangkokpost

The NationThe Nation

Leading English language newspaper and new media content provider.

Website: The Nation
Facebook: NationNews


Rappler LogoRappler

Uncompromised social news to inspire smart conversation and a thirst for change.

Website: Rappler
Facebook: rapplerdotcom

Inquirer Group

Leading news website covering both local and international news.

Facebook: inquirerdotnet

Philstar LogoPhilstar

Online arm of the STAR Group of publications for the Filipino global community.

Website: Philstar
Facebook: philstarnews


Jakarta Post Twitter logoJakarta Post

Bold and independant English news from Indonesia and the world.

Website: Jakarta Post
Facebook: jakpost

Jakarta Globe Twitter logoJakarta Globe

English news covering from the leading Indonesian news media BeritaSatu.

Website: Jakarta Globe
Facebook: thejakartaglobe


VnExpressVnExpress International

News and analysis in English from Vietnam’s most read newspaper.

Website: VnExpress International
Facebook: VnExpressInternational

Here are the top 15 general news websites from Southeast Asia. What do you think of them? Did we miss some other sources? Leave your comments!

6 Replies to “Top 15 news websites in English from Southeast Asia”

    1. Hi Son,

      The selection was made according to the following criteria:
      -quality of information
      -quality of design and user experience
      -web domain authority
      -number of social media followers

      Sorry that Tuoi Tre (as well as many other great websites) had to be left aside so as to be able to produce a short list.

      Thank you however for your comment, which do you some justice as visitors will be able to find Tuoi Tre from there. 🙂

  1. Hi ASEAN Up,

    Thank you for your reply, and for letting me know of your set of criteria. Yes, we also hope that more people will know of us from the comment 🙂

  2. Dear Sir/Madam:
    It would appear that impartial & independents news was not part of your selection criteria judging by the number of Singaporean and Malaysian media entities in your list of 15 best news sources. If quality, independent journalism was part of the selection process, I fail to see how you might have neglected to include two of Southeast Asia’s great (if not the greatest) newspapers: The Cambodia Daily, and the Phnom Penh Post.
    Kevin Doyle
    (Former editor-in-chief, The Cambodia Daily)

    1. Hi Kevin,

      The list includes a few of the most popular news websites of Southeast Asia, but in order to make a “short” list many great news sites have been left aside.
      Given the advance of Singapore and Malaysia on Internet, it is only fair that more Singaporean and Malaysian websites are represented here.

      Nevertheless, The Cambodia Daily and the Phnom Penh Post will have hopefully had some justice to their name thanks to your comment.


  3. What criteria were used to order the top 15 general news websites from Southeast Asia, and how does their arrangement reflect both their home country and relative popularity on social media? Furthermore, what makes these websites significant sources of information in English for the region, and how do they contribute to providing a local perspective on global, regional, and individual country-related news?

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