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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.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

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.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

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.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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“Southeast Asia is unrivalled in its ability to pull off extraordinary experiences”

By: Southeast Asia Globe - Posted on: November 14, 2013 | Southeast Asia

Mr & Mrs Smith is a specialist travel company that focuses on luxury boutique hotels. Simon Westcott, managing director and co-founder of its Asia-Pacific operation, lets us in on his travel secrets

You must have done a fair bit of travelling in your time. What has been your most memorable travel moment?

There are too many to choose from. A performance at the Moustache Brothers’ home in Mandalay during the dark days of Myanmar’s military dictatorship; visiting Angkor Wat with an NGO friend only a few months after the UN had left, and having the place to ourselves; arriving at the Sun Gate at the top of Machu Picchu after a three-day walk; swimming at the top of El Questro gorge in the Kimberley, Australia… How long have we got?

Travel smart: Simon Westcott, 42, says that Mr & Mrs Smith is “constantly scouring the world for fabulous hotels, and is prepared to kiss a few frogs along the way “ to get to the final cut
Travel smart: Simon Westcott, 42, says that Mr & Mrs Smith is “constantly scouring the world for fabulous hotels, and is prepared to kiss a few frogs along the way “ to get to the final cut

And what about your worst travel horror story?

I’ve been surprisingly lucky. The only place I’ve ever been mugged was in my hometown of London, on the streets of Brixton before it became gentrified.

What do you think are Southeast Asia’s greatest selling points as a destination?

Southeast Asia is unrivalled in its ability to pull off extraordinary experiences in cities, coast and country – and all on the same trip if you want to. But for me it’s the mix of cultural history and contemporary hospitality – Java’s Borobudur temple at dawn; back massage at dusk.

Are there any Southeast Asian travel trends you’ve noticed or are expecting?

As the region gets increasingly populated, and the newly cashed-up Chinese tourists arrive by the busload, I think that tranquillity and genuine remoteness will become important drivers in the luxury sphere.

What is Southeast Asia’s best-kept travel secret?

With Myanmar opening up, many will have already got to Bagan, Mandalay and the stunning beaches of Ngapali. But for the the real hidden gems, you need to drive or take a boat. Try the sleepy hill station of Kalaw, a couple of hours by road from Heho in the opposite direction to Inle Lake; or Mrauk U in Rakhine state, a six-hour boat ride from Sittwe, whose temples are as mystical as any in Southeast Asia.

Can you pick your top five hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia?

Alila Uluwatu is one hotel that simply cannot be missed in Bali, thanks to its minimalist, eco-friendly design and stunning views over the Indian Ocean. Luang Prabang’s Satri House – a former childhood home of Prince Souphanouvong – is a showpiece of masterful design that somehow manages to maintain its intimacy. Cabochon is a Bangkok bolthole set within the Walpole building and filled with an eclectic mix of tortoise shells, typewriters and brass chandeliers. Located in Danang, Fusion Maia is the world’s first all-inclusive spa resort – indulgence levels are off the scale here. Finally, there’s Trisara in Phuket – the Sanskrit name translates to ‘the third garden in heaven’, which sums it up perfectly thanks to its tropical forest and lush gardens.

How have technology and social media affected the travel industry?

Firstly, they have made the process of finding the right recommendations much more user-driven and immediate. People are less reliant on old-school guidebooks, or the (commission-driven) persuasions of the high-street travel agent. But I do also worry that smartphones have made people concentrate more on framing the experience than living through it in the present.



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