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Patpong: the rise of Bangkok’s most famous red light district charted at new museum, complete with mock-up bar room and ‘X-rated’ area

Thailand’s new Patpong Museum charts the history of a neighbourhood that gave birth to one of the world’s most notorious red light districts, complete with photos of go-go girls, a mock-up bar room and ‘X-rated’ area.

29 Nov 2019 - 12:16PM

Thailand’s new Patpong Museum charts the history of a neighbourhood that gave birth to one of the world’s most notorious red light districts, complete with photos of go-go girls, a mock-up bar room and ‘X-rated’ area.

Patpong: the rise of Bangkok’s most famous red light district charted at new museum, complete with mock-up bar room and ‘X-rated’ area
Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monk on fighting sexism and her religion’s male monopoly

Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, 75, helped ordain eight women monks in 2014, only for Thailand’s ruling Buddhist body to prohibit all future female ordinations. But she still find ways to battle her religion’s male monopoly.

27 Nov 2019 - 12:29PM

Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, 75, helped ordain eight women monks in 2014, only for Thailand’s ruling Buddhist body to prohibit all future female ordinations. But she still find ways to battle her religion’s male monopoly.

Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monk on fighting sexism and her religion’s male monopoly
Inside Bangkok’s bustling used book stores, where English and Chinese readers search for hidden gems

Bangkok has a thriving second-hand book market popular with English and Chinese readers who can find titles of all kinds, including old, out-of-print books, often prompting the question: ‘How did this end up in Bangkok?’

20 Oct 2019 - 2:24PM

Bangkok has a thriving second-hand book market popular with English and Chinese readers who can find titles of all kinds, including old, out-of-print books, often prompting the question: ‘How did this end up in Bangkok?’

Inside Bangkok’s bustling used book stores, where English and Chinese readers search for hidden gems
How an activist Buddhist convinced Thai king law on insulting monarchy was being abused

Sulak Sivaraksa talks about how an audience with King Maha Vajiralongkorn brought a halt to new prosecutions for lèse-majesté – insulting the monarchy – in Thailand.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:28AM

Sulak Sivaraksa talks about how an audience with King Maha Vajiralongkorn brought a halt to new prosecutions for lèse-majesté – insulting the monarchy – in Thailand.

How an activist Buddhist convinced Thai king law on insulting monarchy was being abused
Bangkok luxury hotel Dusit Thani’s redevelopment will retain ‘Thainess’, say owners

In 1970, the Dusit Thani opened in Bangkok, a luxury hotel emphasising ‘Thainess’. The decision to close the hotel wasn’t easy, but the management say its character won’t change when it is redeveloped.

9 Apr 2019 - 8:21PM

In 1970, the Dusit Thani opened in Bangkok, a luxury hotel emphasising ‘Thainess’. The decision to close the hotel wasn’t easy, but the management say its character won’t change when it is redeveloped.

Bangkok luxury hotel Dusit Thani’s redevelopment will retain  ‘Thainess’, say owners
Four great places to eat in Bangkok’s Chinatown when its subway station opens

With little room for cars, Chinatown expects a boost in visitors when its subway station opens. From home-made ice cream to coffee to Hong Kong craft beer, these four outlets are raising the bar in Bangkok.

5 Apr 2019 - 10:59AM

With little room for cars, Chinatown expects a boost in visitors when its subway station opens. From home-made ice cream to coffee to Hong Kong craft beer, these four outlets are raising the bar in Bangkok.

Four great places to eat in Bangkok’s Chinatown when its subway station opens
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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

2 Nov 2018 - 8:54AM

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

How a Dutch visitor fell in love with Laos’ Luang Prabang, stayed and built a botanical garden
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 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 tourist ‘invasion’ feared as high-speed Laos-China Railway will boost visitor numbers dramatically
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

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.

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

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

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

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

15 Apr 2018 - 9:45AM

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

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

11 Feb 2018 - 6:27PM

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

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