The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

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  • Member engagement with our journalists

To understand more about why you are so important to our member-supported initiative, we encourage you to read the following from our managing editor ~ Read more

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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Top 5 / Tours offering complete and authentic Cambodian experiences

Posted on: May 3, 2018 | Cambodia

With so many provinces and towns to discover, keeping your exploration on track can be tricky. Let the experts take care of everything by joining some of our favourite tours that stretch to every corner of the Kingdom

Photo: Peter Harris / Wildlife Alliance

Chi Phat

This self-described “community-based eco-tourism project” welcomes guests to a village in the wild Cardamom mountains in the country’s southwest. From there, trips range from half a day to multiple nights in the forest, taking in activities from a relaxed morning of birdwatching to joining a patrol with a team of forest rangers on the hunt for illegal loggers and snare traps. From the elementary to the extreme, there’s something for everyone in Chi Phat.

Photo: Lucas Veuve

The Wehh Project

Way out among the hills and waterfalls of Mondulkiri province, many of the indigenous Bunong people live traditional and fascinating lives. Numerous tour companies offer trips to Bunong villages, but many lack the authenticity and propriety of the Wehh Project, which is a community-owned and -run ecotourism project. Meet families in their homes, get involved in handicrafts and lean on your experienced Bunong guide to discover much more about this intriguing way of life.

Photo: Sam Jam

Rats, Trash and Booze

Arguably Cambodia’s most unique bicycle tour, Rats, Trash and Booze is brought to you by Grasshopper Adventures, who have been whisking visitors around Cambodia since 2004. Through visits to the country’s famed de-mining rats – who genuinely have been trained to sniff out deadly landmines – as well as a trash-recycling initiative and the purveyors of uniquely infused rice wines, this tour brings you into contact with three of Temple Town’s most exciting social enterprises and nonprofits.

Photo: Sam Jam

Four Religions of Phnom Penh

Run by the hugely knowledgeable folks at Khmer Architecture Tours, this relatively new excursion has been added to a stable that helps visitors and expats alike get acquainted with buildings erected after Cambodia’s independence in 1953. Four Religions of Phnom Penh intertwines history, culture and architecture by visiting a Buddhist wat, a Chinese temple, a Cham Muslim mosque and a Carmelite chapel, explaning how each faith arrived in Cambodia then evolved and assimilated in the context of Phnom Penh.

Photo: Sam Jam

Day in a Life

For a truly hands-on introduction to Cambodian village life, the Day in a Life experience from Beyond Unique Escapes is difficult to beat. After being whisked to Kompheim village just outside of Siem Reap, expect to spend time helping the locals in their daily pursuits, from weaving banana leaves into fencing panels to plunging into paddies to harvest rice. Host families receive a small payment, while most of your dollars go into a village fund that is spent on vital projects in consultation with the community itself.

This article was published in the 2018 edition of Discover magazine. For more content, click here.