What Else Can We Do?

The earthquake that shook Nepal in April inspired a massive outbreak of support from around the globe. Six months on, many of the victims are still homeless and waiting for a “miracle.” Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. Photos by Nathan Horton. In the small village of Hattigauda, Dipkumari Shrestha, 51, stands amid a heap of […]

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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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The Kingdom of the Sun

As abnormal weather conditions decimate communities across the globe, the climate change debate wages on. While oil apologists and environmental campaigners dispute the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, business people are seizing advantage of government subsidies to profit from an explosion of renewable energy. In ASEAN, nowhere is this more so than in Thailand. Words […]

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Putting the Poachers out of Business

The trade in animal parts is a multi-billion-dollar business that rivals drug and human trafficking in its global reach. In an exclusive article published simultaneously in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, AsiaLIFE goes in search of the criminals involved in the industry and those tasked with preventing and punishing them. Bridget Di Certo, Chris Mueller and […]

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General Hospital Bangkok Style

With a highly competitive international healthcare system that is the envy of many western countries, Bangkok has developed a reputation as a medical tourism destination. Mark Bibby Jackson discovers what the city offers for both expat and international patients. David Towers walked into a hospital in Cambodia for what he assumed was a routine medical […]

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ICTP Friends up with Cambodian NGO

Friends International (FI) has joined with the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) in a new partnership to boost the street-children NGOs efforts across Cambodia. The collaboration follows discussions at the recent World Economic Forum in Myanmar between ICTP president Professor Geoffrey Lipman and Friends International director Sebastien Marot. “This collaboration with ICTP is so […]

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Spirit of the Game

Tired of the over-commercialisation of sport, Mark Bibby Jackson visits a tournament in Pailin, Cambodia that shows that the beautiful game retains its power to do good. As an instructor from the Cambodian Ministry of Education passes the ball to his colleague, a young boy sets off in hot pursuit. His task is hopeless, the […]

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You’re Not Alone

Whether it is the pollution or the traffic, a difficulty communicating with colleagues and domestic help, or finding a partner, many expats find the process of adjustment to life in Bangkok more difficult than they first envisaged. Dirty, noisy and vast or chaotic, friendly and overflowing with great street food – these are the two […]

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Looking Forwards Glancing Back

Think of Cambodian dance and almost inevitably your mind will turn to Apsara. In recent years many projects have focused on preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage. But what is being done about its future? A small bunch of young dancers and choreographers are striving to create a contemporary dance scene without forgetting the country’s […]

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