“Much of the architectural heritage of the Buddhist world has lost its sense of meaning”

“Much of the architectural heritage of the Buddhist world has lost its sense of meaning”

Vikram Lall is an award-winning architect who has designed several landmark buildings, including the Akshardham temple in New Delhi. Here he discusses his recent publication The Golden Lands, the first book from a new series that delves into the underappreciated world of Buddhist architecture

Interview: Kulikar Sotho

Interview: Kulikar Sotho

Film director Kulikar Sotho tells Southeast Asia Globe about her new movie The Last Reel, which stars renowned Cambodian actress Dy Saveth and is set for its world premiere at this month’s Tokyo International Film Festival

Coming up easy

Coming up easy

Known as ‘herbal heroin’, a Southeast Asian leaf called kratom is being consumed by an increasing number of Westerners, while in its native land it is going through a renaissance as both a recreational drug and an aid to opiate withdrawal

The not-so-dark continent

The not-so-dark continent

As Asean nations begin to foster economic ties with their African counterparts, the bloc needs to open its eyes to the opportunities available in this flourishing land

All aboard

All aboard

Elite British school Harrow currently has just three outposts in Asia. But according to CEO Simon Leung, plans are afoot for expansion in numerous Asean nations

A state of luxury

A state of luxury

In a region full of growing cities, Singapore constitutes the only truly high-end real estate market


Jump right in: Ratanakiri

Jump right in: Ratanakiri

From Discover Magazine: Volcanic lakes, crashing waterfalls and ethnic communities await travellers that venture to the wilds of Ratanakiri

Taste test

Taste test

From Discover Magazine: Why let Cambodia’s professional chefs have all the fun? Khmer cooking classes provide great insights into an undervalued cuisine


Sent from the heavens

Sent from the heavens

From Discover Magazine: For centuries, the delights of Cambodia’s celestial Apsara dancers were a treat reserved for royalty and the gods. Nowadays, mere mortals have been granted the opportunity to savour this feast for the senses


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 nowhere men

The nowhere men

In Vietnam’s impoverished central highlands, a compassionate couple provides a safe haven for the mentally ill. But given their lack of professional training, should they be seen as saints or sinners?

Frankly speaking

Frankly speaking

Widespread speech and swallowing disorders often go unrecognised, leaving those affected isolated and misunderstood, but innovative new programmes are finally breaking the silence


Filling in the gaps

Filling in the gaps

A group of NGOs is spearheading a project to map the most crisis-prone areas of the developing world


Education for the Seoul

Education for the Seoul

So you’re relocating to Seoul and enrolment at the right school is at the top of your to-do list. There are multiple options to consider, so how do you know if you are making the right choice for your children? Look beyond brand names and slogans, and into the world of academics, core values and the […]

Class action

Class action

Changes are afoot in Cambodia’s much-maligned state education sector. Can a dynamic, reform-minded minister bring the system up to speed?


The next level

The next level

The region’s tertiary education sector has received an ‘A’ for effort in recent decades and, while there is certainly room for improvement, the future looks even brighter


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