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Review | A prime minister who modernised Thailand, a diplomat who broke the ice with Mao’s China

Biography tells how Anand Panyarachun became Thai prime minister after everyone else turned the job down, yet ended up passing key laws to liberalise business and finance; and how earlier, as a diplomat, he launched secret talks with China.

24 Jan 2019 - 7:08PM
A prime minister who modernised Thailand, a diplomat who broke the ice with Mao’s China

Biography tells how Anand Panyarachun became Thai prime minister after everyone else turned the job down, yet ended up passing key laws to liberalise business and finance; and how earlier, as a diplomat, he launched secret talks with China.

Inside Indonesia’s first five-star hotel, in Jakarta, and its part in building a nation

We plan to turn the hotel from an icon into a living icon – it’s basically brand new, says general manager of revamped five-star hotel, opened in 1962 in Jakarta as part of President Sukarno’s vision to build a confident nation.

4 Jan 2019 - 10:28AM
Inside Indonesia’s first five-star hotel, in Jakarta, and its part in building a nation

We plan to turn the hotel from an icon into a living icon – it’s basically brand new, says general manager of revamped five-star hotel, opened in 1962 in Jakarta as part of President Sukarno’s vision to build a confident nation.

Out with opium, in with coffee as Myanmar targets speciality market

With help from aid groups, Myanmar is turning itself into a speciality coffee producer looking for a niche in the global market. But after the Rohingya tragedy, focusing domestically looks the better play

4 Dec 2018 - 12:50PM
Out with opium, in with coffee as Myanmar targets speciality market

With help from aid groups, Myanmar is turning itself into a speciality coffee producer looking for a niche in the global market. But after the Rohingya tragedy, focusing domestically looks the better play

How Thailand became world’s biggest rice exporter with Hong Kong’s help

When Asia’s rice basket, Burma, committed economic suicide Thailand took over as world’s top exporter of the grain; its reign was ended by another economic lurch under Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.

8 Nov 2018 - 6:32PM
How Thailand became world’s biggest rice exporter with Hong Kong’s help

When Asia’s rice basket, Burma, committed economic suicide Thailand took over as world’s top exporter of the grain; its reign was ended by another economic lurch under Yingluck Shinawatra’s government.

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong left behind a lavishly designed palace that is now to be restored; temples are another legacy of the time of Tiger Balm founder Aw Boon Haw and others – a distant memory for Chinese still in Myanmar today.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:17AM
Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong left behind a lavishly designed palace that is now to be restored; temples are another legacy of the time of Tiger Balm founder Aw Boon Haw and others – a distant memory for Chinese still in Myanmar today.

How Havana of the East withered under state rule and palm oil's rise

A sultan lured a Dutchman to Sumatra 150 years ago to launch tobacco growing. Initially successful, the industry withered after Sukarno’s nationalisation and was eclipsed by palm oil. A museum recalls the glory days of the plantations.

12 Oct 2018 - 12:07AM
How Havana of the East withered under state rule and palm oil's rise

A sultan lured a Dutchman to Sumatra 150 years ago to launch tobacco growing. Initially successful, the industry withered after Sukarno’s nationalisation and was eclipsed by palm oil. A museum recalls the glory days of the plantations.

Indonesia mansion that’s a monument to Chinese tycoon’s integration and industry

Tjong A Fie helped build the city of Medan, and gave it hospitals, schools and places of worship. He also built himself a mansion. Now badly in need of repair, it has been made a museum by his heirs to funds its restoration.

29 Sep 2018 - 7:20PM
Indonesia mansion that’s a monument to Chinese tycoon’s integration and industry

Tjong A Fie helped build the city of Medan, and gave it hospitals, schools and places of worship. He also built himself a mansion. Now badly in need of repair, it has been made a museum by his heirs to funds its restoration.

How a Dutch visitor fell in love with Laos’ Luang Prabang, stayed and built a botanical garden

Dutchman Rik Gadella got the idea for the garden 11 years ago after a week’s holiday in Luang Prabang. He rented some land and spent years building up his collection of indigenous plant species.

26 Aug 2018 - 11:53AM
How a Dutch visitor fell in love with Laos’ Luang Prabang, stayed and built a botanical garden

Dutchman Rik Gadella got the idea for the garden 11 years ago after a week’s holiday in Luang Prabang. He rented some land and spent years building up his collection of indigenous plant species.

Chinese tourist ‘invasion’ feared as high-speed Laos-China Railway will boost visitor numbers dramatically

Chinese nationals already make up about 11 per cent of visitors to Laos. When the railway is finished, that figure is expected to rise dramatically, bringing challenges and opportunities for the country.

24 Aug 2018 - 8:43AM
Chinese tourist ‘invasion’ feared as high-speed Laos-China Railway will boost visitor numbers dramatically

Chinese nationals already make up about 11 per cent of visitors to Laos. When the railway is finished, that figure is expected to rise dramatically, bringing challenges and opportunities for the country.

Chinese Thai politician’s legacy to his hometown a reminder of how minority influenced Thailand’s economy, politics and society

Thailand has historically shown tolerance for its citizens of Chinese descent – people such as Banharn Silpa-archa – who have shaped the nation’s development, something the late prime minister’s legacy to his hometown encapsulates.

19 Jul 2018 - 8:45AM
Chinese Thai politician’s legacy to his hometown a reminder of how minority influenced Thailand’s economy, politics and society

Thailand has historically shown tolerance for its citizens of Chinese descent – people such as Banharn Silpa-archa – who have shaped the nation’s development, something the late prime minister’s legacy to his hometown encapsulates.

Why new heritage hotels in Yangon, Myanmar, are banking on Asian tourists – not Westerners – to survive

Three luxury heritage hotels will open in Yangon in the next two years, but with the Rohingya crisis turning Western tourists off Myanmar, they must rely on travellers like the Chinese, who are visiting in ever greater droves

25 Jun 2018 - 7:49PM
Why new heritage hotels in Yangon, Myanmar, are banking on Asian tourists – not Westerners – to survive

Three luxury heritage hotels will open in Yangon in the next two years, but with the Rohingya crisis turning Western tourists off Myanmar, they must rely on travellers like the Chinese, who are visiting in ever greater droves

In Yangon, more colonial buildings are being preserved as homeowners realise they can profit from heritage

In Myanmar’s former capital, more owners are discovering the value of refurbishing, not demolishing, their old colonial homes, for which foreigners and wealthy locals are prepared to pay impressive rents

31 May 2018 - 9:50AM
In Yangon, more colonial buildings are being preserved as  homeowners realise they can profit from heritage

In Myanmar’s former capital, more owners are discovering the value of refurbishing, not demolishing, their old colonial homes, for which foreigners and wealthy locals are prepared to pay impressive rents

Bangkok’s Chinatown braces for gentrification now subway station is about to open

Most Sino-Thai clans quit Sampheng, a warren of narrow lanes, years ago, but few sold their properties, and its patchwork of ownership may save the historic neighbourhood from mass development – though change will inevitably come

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Bangkok’s Chinatown braces for gentrification now subway station is about to open

Most Sino-Thai clans quit Sampheng, a warren of narrow lanes, years ago, but few sold their properties, and its patchwork of ownership may save the historic neighbourhood from mass development – though change will inevitably come

Chinese tourists flocking to Pattaya for transgender shows, Thai food, property – but not for sex

The notorious sleazy side to Thai seaside resort Pattaya is not what is pulling in millions of Chinese tourists every year who, guided by social media like WeChat, go to see things like Tiffany’s Show, and are even buying property

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Chinese tourists flocking to Pattaya for transgender shows, Thai food, property – but not for sex

The notorious sleazy side to Thai seaside resort Pattaya is not what is pulling in millions of Chinese tourists every year who, guided by social media like WeChat, go to see things like Tiffany’s Show, and are even buying property

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