Up Close and Ethical

Up Close and Ethical

It’s a case of Free Nellie at this retirement refuge for elephants rescued from tourism and logging industries, where visitors now spend memorable times with these gentle giants. There’s something infinitely satisfying about interacting with happy, contented animals, especially when their previous lives have been anything but euphoric.

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One Nation Under a Groove

One Nation Under a Groove

Bangkok-based music resource Hitman Jazz feeds Thailand’s hunger for jazz with a high-fidelity treasure trove, live concerts, and even jazz educational events. Thailand’s legions of jazz fans are being taken to new frontiers of musical appreciation by home-grown Hitman Jazz and its portfolio of extraordinary high-quality music services.

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All that Jazz

All that Jazz

Thailand’s revered late King His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej was renowned as an accomplished and enthusiastic jazz musician; perhaps that’s one reason why jazz has such a long-standing and prominent presence in Bangkok. His Highness took part in a jam session with bandleader Benny Goodman during a 1960 visit to New York (above) and was described by Lionel Hampton…

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Going Underground

Going Underground

Vast subterranean caverns deep beneath Southeast Asia are vividly portrayed in all their spectacular beauty by photographer Mark Jones. Dedicated to his craft, Mark hikes for hours through remote jungles in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos before leaving daylight behind to descend into this mysterious little-seen primordial world.

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Sweetness, Strength and Passion

Sweetness, Strength and Passion

Bangkok designer Vatanika Patamasingha’s latest collection highlights vibrant contrasts of aesthetic and style to form a compelling Urbanista image. Embellished stretch crepe mini dress Embellished stretch crepe dress Lace and stretched silk satin slip dress... read more
What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

The wonder of undersea marine life is revealed in all its fascinating glory by the photography of Robert Delfs. His up close and personal photographs of some of the tiny inhabitants of Southeast Asia’s underwater reefs highlight the fragility of this environment, and are integral…

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Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

Just one look at Jez O’Hare’s aerial photography and you can see both his skill with a camera and the passion he has for his adoptive homeland of Indonesia. A professional photographer for over 25 years, Jez has travelled far and wide photographing…

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Cruising Kerala

Cruising Kerala

Cruising on a houseboat in Kerala is a deliciously luxuriant way to take a step back from the chaos that is India, and experience a land relatively unchanged by modern life. The Kerala Backwaters are a 900km-long chain of brackish lagoons and lakes in southern India,... read more
Big City Bangkok: Sathorn District

Big City Bangkok: Sathorn District

If ever there was a place where all facets of Thai life collided, it would be Sathorn; a heady mix of past, present and future with gleaming skyscrapers and traditional neighbourhoods, swanky hotels and cheap guest houses, gourmet restaurants and street stalls, temples and embassies, chic boutiques, flea markets, and a smattering of excellent rooftop bars from where to look out over the city.

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A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd

The Portraiture of Kos Cos: “My childhood was fun and colourful. I grew up in Mt Lavinia, the largest suburb of Colombo, which runs along the southern coast, so most weekends I would go to the beach with my friends to play cricket and beach rugby. On weekdays after school, I would go to my father’s advertising agency where they created all the hand-painted billboards and shop signs. That was my…

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Designs of the Orient: Jim Thompson

Designs of the Orient: Jim Thompson

Renowned for his love of collecting beautiful Oriental objects, Jim Thompson amassed a treasure trove of fine art, sculptures and textiles during his life in Thailand, and it is this legacy that has inspired the new 2016 collection of home fabric and wallpaper for the... read more
Treasure Troves

Treasure Troves

To appreciate art, you would normally have to make a trip to a museum or an art gallery. Living in a metropolis, such as Paris, New York or London, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to such institutions of course, but in developing parts of the world, like... read more
Extreme Vegetarians

Extreme Vegetarians

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a colourful event held annually over a nine-day period in October, celebrating the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them... read more

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