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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

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Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

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Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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Thailand tourism / Why you should check out Chiang Mai, Bangkok’s bohemian younger brother

By: Paul Millar - Posted on: November 10, 2017 | Culture & Life

Our neighbourhood guide on where to eat, drink, shop and soak in the local culture of Chiang Mai

EAT – Huen Phen

A versatile eatery serving authentic cafeteria-style lunches as well as providing a more intimate dinner setting, Chiang Mai’s Huen Phen restaurant is often referred to as the last word in traditional northern Thai cuisine. Its lunchtime specialty, a coconut curry noodle soup known as khao soi, is a staple of Chiang Mai’s local cuisine. By night, the dining area is transformed into a low-lit cove replete with aged photographs and antiques recalling a Thailand long past. Huen Phen is notoriously popular with both local foodies and clued-up farang, meaning it’s worth arriving early to be sure of a table. Visit: baanhuenphen.com/restaurant/


DRINK – 
The North Gate Jazz Co-Op

Celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year, the North Gate Jazz Co-Op stands out in bohemian Chiang Mai as home to some of the best live music the city has to offer. It’s not unusual to see musicians and music fans alike spilling out onto the street from the open-fronted bar. Jazz has a long history in Thailand, with the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej renowned as an avid musician and composer – a passion that found him locked in a two-hour jam with jazz great Benny Goodman during the king’s 1960 visit to New York. Visit: facebook.com/northgate.jazzcoop/


EXPLORE – 
Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls

A surreal spin on the wilderness hike, Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls are perhaps the only place where explorers can walk up a waterfall as easily as if they were climbing a flight of stairs. Owing their grit to limestone mineral deposits within the waterfall, the rocks have the texture – and grip – of pumice stone, allowing visitors to scamper up and down with ease. A perfect spot for a picnic or a quick dip to cool down, Bua Tong is just one hour’s drive from Chiang Mai – ideal for an afternoon with friends.


RELAX – 
The Oasis Spa

Inspired by the majesty of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, centred in what is now northern Thailand, the Oasis Spa Chiang Mai’s décor blends native hill tribe handicrafts with traditional Thai luxury. Its signature massages include the Voyage of Golden Lanna, an experience of utmost decadence that unites musical therapy and a four-hands massage kneading fragrant oils infused with gold flakes into your body for 90 minutes. The spa also offers a range of facials, body wraps, scrubs and hydrotherapy to relax even the most overwrought constitution. Visit: oasisspa.net/destination/chiangmai/


SHOP – 
Think Park

Standing opposite the massive Maya Shopping Wall, Think Park presents a more eclectic alternative for shoppers hoping to find something with a story to tell. With live performances and food stalls of every stripe to go with the locally made clothes, jewellery and handicrafts on sale, Think Park is the perfect setting for an evening stroll. Located on the artistic hub of Nimmanhaemin Road, the open-air market celebrates and advances the work of Chiang Mai’s artists and artisans, giving them a free space to exhibit their craft – and a steady stream of customers to buy it. Visit: Corner Nimmanhaemin Rd and Huay Kaew Rd.

This article was published in the November edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here