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THE SURIN: Asian Enigma

THE SURIN: Asian 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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Cambodia’s Top Gear

From high-rise buildings to shopping complexes, Phnom Penh is slowly but surely morphing into an updated and unrecognisable city. Nowhere is this more evident than the narrow and cart-lined streets, where a growing number of cars and SUVs are edging out other forms of transport. BY JOANNA MAYHEW AND JESSICA SANDER “The time is now,”

APAN'S PM SHINZO ABE MEETING MYANMAR PM THEIN SEIN

From the Yuan to the Yen

The recent intensification of diplomatic relations between Japan, Myanmar and Cambodia has been matched by an increase in investment from the East Asian powerhouse to its Southeast Asian neighbours. BY MICHAEL SAINSBURY When Shinzo Abe touched down in Yangon on May 25, 2013 it was the first time that a Japanese Prime Minister had visited

TAKENORI UEDA, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TAMAHOME (CAMBODIA) LTD.

The House of the Rising Yen

As more and more Japanese investment floods into ASEAN, Cambodia is becoming an increasingly promising investment for the smart investor. ASEAN Forum talks with one Japanese company that is turning Cambodian. BY MARK BIBBY JACKSON somehow it seems appropriate that the loftiest bar in town is part of the increasing Japanese influence within the Cambodian

MASTER SOK DUCH (L) TEACHING CLASSICAL WEDDING MUSIC TO HIS STUDENTS IN TAKEO PROVINCE.

Music of Change

Traditional Cambodian music looks set to thrive into the 21st century, thanks to a recent revival. at the same time organisations such as music foundation Cambodia Living Arts are endeavouring to encourage young Cambodian musicians to find their own way. By Marissa Carruthers Music gushes through Cambodian’s blood, as powerful as the Mekong River that

KNAI BANG CHATT ALLOWS MANAGERS TO RELAX AND REJUVENATE THEIR MINDS

Tropical Team Building

Team building is a trend that is sweeping across the region, and in Cambodia businesses are boosting morale by taking a break to brainstorm by the beach. Knai Bang Chatt, in the coastal town of Kep, is one resort to embrace the movement. BY MARISSA CARRUTHERS Creating an exclusive and tranquil destination where visitors can

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The Staple of Life

Cambodia’s rice has a global reputation for quality, having scooped consecutive titles as world best. However, as the regional rice war steps up a gear, will the country be able to cash in on its undisputed pedigree? BY MARISSA CARRUTHERS Rolling green paddy fields, sacks spilling over with rice and menus crammed full of various

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