Breaking bread with Soann Kann, Siem Reap’s self-made hospitality hero

By: Claire Knox Over a feast of classical Cambodian countryside dishes in his tropical villa, Cambodian entrepreneur Soann Kann discusses taking risks, the value of professional experience and why he ditched his family-oriented business model From a swirl of rich, emerald green brushstrokes, an enormous kingfisher rises, its golden wings stretched out wide and its … Continue reading Breaking bread with Soann Kann, Siem Reap’s self-made hospitality hero

Jakarta Traffic Problem – No fast tracks in Indonesia

Jakarta’s epic traffic jams cost the economy US$3.4 billion in losses per year, a tangle even massive infrastructure building could take decades to unsnarl By John McBeth Over the past two decades, Bangkok has made great strides in public transport, building the so-called Skytrain and a subway in the expectation it would relieve the once-canal-laced … Continue reading Jakarta Traffic Problem – No fast tracks in Indonesia

VietJet brings sex appeal to aviation

Nguyen Phuong Thao, Vietnam's first woman billionaire, has ascended through risqué marketing, global vision and a delicate gender balancing act By Ma Nguyen Nguyen Phuong Thao, Vietnam’s first woman US dollar billionaire, has risen to the top on a controversial corporate formula: bikini-wearing employees. As chief executive officer of VietJet, the country’s fast rising budget … Continue reading VietJet brings sex appeal to aviation

Thailand: Ban on street food takes effect in capital amid junta crackdown

By Asian Correspondent Staff| @ascorrespondent BANGKOK’S world-famous culinary experience looks set to change dramatically today as Thailand’s ruling junta placed a complete ban on street food stalls along all of the capital’s main roads as part of their crackdown of street side dining. According to AFP (via Channel News Asia), the clean-up campaign has prompted … Continue reading Thailand: Ban on street food takes effect in capital amid junta crackdown

Japan – Reinventing the casino

By Daniel Hurst and Peter Langan If Hollywood movies reflect the evolving image of casinos — think Ian Fleming’s suave James Bond to Martin Scorsese’s Las Vegas mobsters — the next image iteration is wave pools, Michelin-starred restaurants, retail therapy and plenty for the kids. The casino business has been reinventing itself around entertainment for … Continue reading Japan – Reinventing the casino