Myanmar: Away from the Crowds

Once forbidden to the West, Myanmar has seen a dramatic recent rise in tourism that threatens its intrinsic charm. Mark Bibby Jackson examines the booming sector and discovers some places to visit before it’s too late. After so many years of boycotts and sanctions, Myanmar has seen an unprecedented explosion in tourism. In 2012, the […]

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Bali Revisited

Twenty years ago, a youthful Mark Bibby Jackson visited the remote village of Ubud in Bali, now AsiaLIFE’s publisher returns to see many that things have changed. Never go back. This truism applies as much to great holiday destinations as to failed relationships or any murder you may just happen to have committed. Now the […]

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The Art of Wellness

The Thai wellness sector has a universal reputation for excellence, but within it there is sufficient space for visionary entrepreneurs to cut out a niche market for themselves. By MARK BIBBY JACKSON It seems appropriate that the managing director of Kamalaya Koh Samui uses an analogy drawn from nature to illustrate his point about business. […]

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The Surin: ASEAN Enigma

Each issue ASEAN Forum will deconstruct a example of classic ASEAN design. for this first issue we visit Pansea beach, Phuket, Thailand. By MARK BIBBY JACKSON THE ARCHITECT One of America’s most renowned architects, Seattle-born Ed Tuttle, apprenticed with San Francisco design studio Gump’s, before working with interior designers in Hong Kong and Greece. He spent […]

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ASEAN Forum Editorial

By Mark Bibby Jackson, Editorial Director ASEAN Forum Southeast Asia is set for a seismic change. When the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into force in December this year, the region will be transformed from a bunch of independent nations loosely held together by a common geographical bond into a 600-million strong trading bloc. Whether […]

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House of the Rising Yen

As more and more Japanese investment floods into ASEAN, Cambodia is becoming an increasingly promising investment for the smart investor. ASEAN Forum talks with one Japanese company that is turning Cambodian. BY MARK BIBBY JACKSON somehow it seems appropriate that the loftiest bar in town is part of the increasing Japanese influence within the Cambodian […]

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Making MICE Business E-Asy

The signs are that 2015 will be a successful year for Bangkok’s MICE industry. Horizon Thailand talks to a company right at the epicentre of the Thai capital’s exhibition business. It used to be said there were three rules of business success – location, location and location. This is something the owners of Royal Paragon […]

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Cha Am: Where Sandals and Socks Collide

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single pair of sandals is in need of a likeminded pair of socks. Well not really. For in truth we all know that the juxtaposition of free-flowing sandals with clinging, restrictive socks is a true clash of cultures – one never to be ventured apart from by those […]

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Blog: Slow News

The first Gulf War changed news reporting forever. CNN correspondents reported live from Baghdad as scud missiles exploded all around them. Everything was immediate, fresh and vibrant. News was exciting. Twenty years on and now the revolution in news reporting will not be televised. In increasing numbers, we turn to the Internet for our latest […]

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