Banlung: A Tree Too Far

For many years Ratanakiri was hard to reach, especially during the wet season. Now that the roads are much improved, Mark Jackson takes the eight-hour drive to Banlung, but has he left it too late? Russian helicopters first brought Pierre-Yves Clais to Ratanakiri. He used to patrol the road from Stung Treng to Banlung in […]

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Some Like It Hot

For many, jazz in Bangkok is restricted to the sanctuary of the hotel lobby lounge, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. Photo and Creative Jonny Edbrooke. What makes someone open a jazz bar? For Patrix Meesaiyaat, owner of Brown Sugar, it’s simple. “I love jazz,” he says. When […]

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Phnom Penh Gets the Vibe

Phnom Penh hosts the Vibe Music Fest this month showcasing some of Cambodia’s finest talents when at Doors. The 10-day musical medley runs from Aug. 16 to 25 and features music as diverse as reggae, jazz, acoustic, pop and chapel music, the popular festival. Dub Addiction and VJ/ DJ Roberto kick off the festival at […]

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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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Palace Hotel Tokyo Package Aids Earthquake Relief Art Exhibit

While the Palace Hotel Tokyo hosts an art exhibit Aug. 7 – 16 to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the hotel is offering a package that will be available over the same dates. The package includes: •          Admission to the 2013 Entertainment Art Exhibition •          Exhibition souvenir book •          ‘The Art of […]

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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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Fit for a King

On his first visit to Tokyo, Mark Bibby Jackson finds the Palace Hotel a right royal place to rest a couple of nights. Few hotels reflect the changing nature of Tokyo better than the Palace Hotel, which re-opened in May this year. The hotel stands on the same site as the Hotel Teiko, a state-owned […]

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