Crimson tide

Crimson tide

After being destroyed by the 2004 tsunami, Banda Aceh’s Lampulo fish market was rebuilt and remains a hotbed of shark fin trading. Local fishermen trawl the seas, hauling in hundreds of thousands of the creatures each year to meet the demand for shark fin soup that flows out of China and Vietnam

An atmosphere for miracles

An atmosphere for miracles

Deep in a quiet Phnom Penh neighbourhood, a charismatic pastor leads boisterous Sunday services known for their lively music and vigorous dancing – and claims of miracle cures

Through the eyes of a killer

Through the eyes of a killer

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s second film about Indonesia’s communist purges of the 1960s. The first film, the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, was centred on the murderers; this time the focus is shifted to the victims, who have been afraid to raise the matter for half a century. Oppenheimer spoke exclusively to […]

Wheels of fortune

Wheels of fortune

The motorcycle market in Cambodia has long been characterised by cheap and efficient bikes. But in recent years the Kingdom’s streets have become peppered with more powerful, more expensive and more eye-catching machines

Getting a rise

Getting a rise

Cambodia’s garment workers recently scored a pay rise. Reactions to this decision are mixed

A perfect blend

A perfect blend

Singapore-based TWG Tea has grown to become one of the region’s most recognisable luxury brands. Maranda Barnes, the company’s director of business development and communications, has been there since the beginning


Tradition is a guide

Tradition is a guide

George Town’s E&O hotel laid the foundations for luxury hotels in the region and remains a role model today

Birth of a kingdom

Birth of a kingdom

It really should be a jewel in Thailand’s tourism crown, yet Sukhothai’s beguiling ruins see relatively few visitors – providing excellent opportunities for hassle-free temple forays


Top five: tourist activities

Top five: tourist activities

Coming to Southeast Asia on holiday makes people do the funniest things


Region’s rivers in peril

Region’s rivers in peril

Environmental NGO International Rivers has released a comprehensive, easy-to-understand database on how dams affect rivers

Hard times for soft shells

Hard times for soft shells

Hunted for their meat or sold on to Vietnam, giant turtles cling to existence in the north of Cambodia


The wood for the trees

The wood for the trees

Despite community efforts to combat illegal logging, Cambodia’s forests continue to be pillaged at an alarming rate, while the government’s promises are frequently exposed as empty


The recovery model

The recovery model

Southeast Asia’s biggest natural disaster in modern history provided a nation and a region with a lesson they never expected to learn. Ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, how much has changed?

The skin I live in

The skin I live in

A lack of understanding of transgender issues means that hundreds of women are presented with scant employment opportunities and often turn to sex work to make ends meet


The forbidden feast

The forbidden feast

Vietnam’s taste for dog meat has long been a contentious issue for outsiders. But now the battle has been taken up by a number of vociferous locals who are using social media and other platforms to condemn the trade in man’s best friend


It’s business time in phnom penh

It’s business time in phnom penh

At  Zaman University we recognise that Cambodia’s business sector is in need of qualified employees. Our aim is to fill this gap and help Cambodia develop faster with a qualified workforce. A university providing quality education is not enough without good, hardworking learners. We all know that universities are places where students act more responsibly and […]

Dover Court: one to watch

Dover Court: one to watch

Dover Court School in Singapore recently became part of Nord Anglia Education – the world’s leading premium schools organisation. Nord Anglia educates more than 20,000 students across 14 countries including major global cities such as Hong Kong, Dubai and New York. One in five Nord Anglia Education students subsequently goes to one of the world’s […]


Climbing for knowledge in East Timor

Climbing for knowledge in East Timor

Daniel McConaghy climbed for three hours until he reached the top of East Timor’s highest mountain. The sun rose as he hit the summit of Mount Ramelau, providing him with the light needed to see the beauty of a nation that had emerged from years of civil unrest. McConaghy, a student at Singapore American School […]


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