50 Shades of Grey

A friend of mine recently told me how he was amazed to see three Rolls-Royce Phantoms all in a line on his first visit to Phnom Penh last year. While this is by no means an every day occurrence on the streets of the Cambodian capital, the last few years have seen a marked rise […]

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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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Expect the Unexpected

AsiaLIFE Cambodia’s Publisher Mark Bibby Jackson ventures to the Gulf of Thailand to discover that Kamalaya Koh Samui’s de-stress package is not quite as he anticipated. I didn’t know what to expect. Images of Anthony Hopkins playing Dr Kellogg in The Road to Wellville merged bizarrely with Carry On Camping – only up-scale – when I […]

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Reconnecting with Yourself

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. It seems appropriate that Marc-Antoine Cornaz uses an analogy drawn from nature to illustrate his point about business. “Sometimes companies are like oak trees that are built […]

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Q&A: Fawn Veerasunthorn

From Chonburi to California, Fawn Veerasunthorn, 31, is a prime example of a successful Thai export. The story artist talks about her journey to Hollywood and winning an Oscar. It’s a long way from Thailand to Hollywood via Ohio, why did you choose to study in Ohio? When I decided that my interest was in […]

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A Passion for Wine

Invited to an exclusive wine meal at the Conrad Samui, Mark Bibby Jackson discovers there is more to FIN’s Jan Ganser than a love of fine wines. Chatting over breakfast with Jan Ganser, the co-founder of FIN­ – Fabulous is Needed – it soon becomes clearly that this is no ordinary wine retailer. For him, […]

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Changing the Landscape

The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and adjoining The Barai Residential Spa redefine the essence of beach resorts. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. The whole point about staying at a beach resort is the beach, right? Think again. The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin challenges conventional wisdom. Despite its 200-metre long beachfront – claimed to be the […]

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