Petal attraction

Petal attraction

“Nothing in science can account for the way people feel about orchids… They are the sexiest flowers on earth,” said Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief. Perhaps that is why a few intrepid souls are drawn to a remote area of Myanmar in search of some of Southeast Asia’s rarest blooms

Trending: December

Trending: December

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“I look back with no regrets at our world of fires and love”

“I look back with no regrets at our world of fires and love”

The final part of a Southeast Asia Globe series that shines a light on the region’s finest poetry

The shadow of a giant

The shadow of a giant

How a quiet American helped build the most powerful conglomerate in the Philippines

The rise and rise

The rise and rise

Marc Townsend, managing director of CBRE in Cambodia and Vietnam, discusses the two countries’ revitalised property markets and why affordable housing will be the next big thing

Hip to be square

Hip to be square

Hongkong Land reveals details of its major new project in Phnom Penh


Petal attraction

Petal attraction

“Nothing in science can account for the way people feel about orchids… They are the sexiest flowers on earth,” said Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief. Perhaps that is why a few intrepid souls are drawn to a remote area of Myanmar in search of some of Southeast Asia’s rarest blooms

Rising above the chaos

Rising above the chaos

The sleek Pullman Saigon Centre provides a sky-high retreat from which to view Ho Chi Minh City’s urban vista


The trail of time

The trail of time

Koh Ker offers a temple experience far removed from the much-visited Angkor complex, as well as the chance to support a grassroots tourism venture


Chasing paper

Chasing paper

Working nine ‘til five may not be the way, but everyone has got to make a living

Power to the people?

Power to the people?

Much attention has been paid to Cambodia’s burgeoning middle class, but the emergence of a working class to complement it has rarely been discussed. Many experts agree that it is here and it is vitally important to the country’s economic and political prospects


Just one millimetre

Just one millimetre

Female genital mutilation has sparked controversy worldwide, but for some Malaysian Muslims it’s seen as a religious duty


The big haze

The region’s annual shroud of hazardous smog will continue to thicken until consumers start shopping smart

When the whistle blows

Bending the rules to serve its interests, Cambodia’s ruling party is unlikely to lose the political game


March editorial: Southeast Asia’s enforced disappearances

Southeast Asia’s relationship with the dark arts of involuntary disappearance dates back decades


“Even in sorrow, you  never surrender”

“Even in sorrow, you never surrender”

The ninth part of a Southeast Asia Globe series that shines a light on the region’s finest poetry

King of the swingers

King of the swingers

Nestled in its natural habitat of Borneo, the male proboscis monkey is the undoubted stud of the primate world. After using its huge nose to woo a female following, it then spends its days trying to keep them faithful

Sultanate of swing

Sultanate of swing

All eyes will be on Brunei this year as it assumes the Asean chairmanship. Will the bloc’s little guy have an impact on the big stage?

Steadying the ship

As Brunei adopts the Asean chairmanship in 2013, it does so at a time of great change within Southeast Asia.

The big haze

The region’s annual shroud of hazardous smog will continue to thicken until consumers start shopping smart

When the whistle blows

Bending the rules to serve its interests, Cambodia’s ruling party is unlikely to lose the political game

March editorial: Southeast Asia’s enforced disappearances

Southeast Asia’s relationship with the dark arts of involuntary disappearance dates back decades

Land grabs still plague Myanmar and Cambodia

Splitting the hairs between corporate responsibility in Myanmar and Cambodia

February editorial: King-Father Norodom Sihanouk’s legacy

No stranger to controversy, Sihanouk’s actions provided ample food for thought for friend and foe alike

Europe isn’t dead yet

“Contrary to the beliefs of some Southeast Asian thinkers, Europe can still teach the region some valuable lessons”

December Editorial: An Asean democratic deficit

If leaders are disconnected from everyday life, how do they know what is in the best interest of their people?

The Xayaburi dam conundrum

“By approving the controversial Xayaburi Dam, the Lao government will rob the region of a vital lifeline”

The US’ strategic vision of the region

“Many believe that the United States’ re-engagement policy in the region has been to minimise Chinese influence” – a comment by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

November Editorial: Sihanouk’s political influence

For better or worse, Sihanouk influenced politics and society for six decades