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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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Lumphini / Where to eat, sleep and visit in Bangkok’s scenic neighbourhood

Posted on: June 8, 2018 | Thailand

Our neighbourhood guide to the downtown area surrounding Bangkok’s oldest public park, including a purpose-built art gallery and a stunning rooftop bar

Eat: Baan

Baan, helmed by Bangkok’s culinary wunderkind Thitid Thassanakajohn, is the sister restaurant to Thitid’s lauded fine-dining establishment Le Du. Here at Baan, though, the focus is on simpler home-style cooking that’s made to be shared. Bold flavours soared from every dish we tried, with favourites including the po tak, a spicy seafood soup with holy basil, and the massaman curry with braised lamb belly. Perhaps best of all, sustainability is very much on Baan’s agenda too, with ingredients such as their beef and lamb sourced from a Muslim farming community in nearby Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Sleep: The Sukhothai

From the moment you turn off Sathorn Road, it hits you. All lotus ponds and traditional, pointed roofs – whose acute angles are, incidentally, a pragmatic design to help monsoon season rains dissipate – the sprawling Sukhothai exudes a distinctively low-rise charm in a capital so often bewitched by soaring towers. The warren of walkways inside and out encourage exploration, many of them dotted with ornate stupas and splendid antiques, while the rooms revel in their old world Eastern luxury, draped as they are in Jim Thompson silks and furnished in warm teak.

Drink: Park Society

Perched on the 29th floor of the achingly trendy SO Sofitel hotel, boasting magnificent views over Lumphini Park and the rangy metal skyline of Siam and Silom, Park Society is a key spot for the pampered and privileged of Bangkok. Hexagonal tables, chairs and stools are strewn about this smart space and a DJ is on hand even at 5pm, playing inoffensive dance-lite tunes as the sun sets over the city. It is quite a sight from this particular vantage point, with the park’s huge expanse providing a unique detail that helps the view from this rooftop bar stand out in a city of rooftop bars.

Wander: Lumphini Park

An increasingly rare pocket of green space in central Bangkok, the capital’s first public park is still going strong. The 57.6 hectares that make up Lumphini Park are dotted with a wondrous array of flora, including hundreds of trees that provide perfect respite from the sun. With a library, youth centre, lake with paddleboats and the famed King Rama VI statue, there is plenty to see and do here, but perhaps the greatest activity of all is finding a shaded patch of grass and settling down with a good book – while keeping an eye on the array of life attracted to this copious lung, of course.

Browse: Bangkok CityCity Gallery

One of relatively few purpose-built commercial art galleries in Bangkok, CityCity is a vision in pure white, with hosted works benefiting from the extreme ‘blank canvas’ design aesthetic. The space, founded in 2015 by filmmaker-cum art-collector Akapol ‘Op’ Sudasna and former Thailand Creative and Design Centre curator Supamas Phahulo, hosts exhibitions that tend towards cool rather than classic, and have previously shown the likes of manga artist Wisut Ponnimit, contemporary designer Grisana Eimeamkamol and Bangkok street art royalty Alex Face.

This article was published in the June 2018 edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here.