Greetings from Bangkok where I’m attending DNX Global – a digital nomad conference. I’m also here to eat Thai food for a week.
Here are the best reads published in February about life in Asia.
The Grand Tour: French Indochina – This is a great visual map showing a short history of French Indochina (todays Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) from 1887 until the French evacuation from Vietnam in 1954.
133-Story twin towers get initial approval – A $1-billion proposal to build 500-metre twin towers in Phnom Penh. That would make it the tallest building in Southeast Asia.
Surfer groms clean Bali beaches – Kitbaggers.
Pre-war buildings in George Town to be preserved for traditional craftsmen – The Malaysian Insider.
Slowly does it – Traffic in the Philippines’ capital – The Economist.
Singapore tops Asia in safety, quality of living survey – Channel NewsAsia.
The Big Issue: You have my permission to stay – A report on new visa rules for journalists.
Warning of overstay in Thailand – An update from the Samut Prakan Immigration Office site.
Farang behaving badly – “Thailand gets a lot of bad publicity about the way foreigners are treated, but there are two sides to every story.” Bangkok Post.
An in-depth guide to fitness in Bangkok: activities, locations, and prices – Another super-useful post from Karsten Aichholz for anyone living in Bangkok.
Chiang Mai food paradise: ‘The best I’ve ever eaten’ – The Guardian.
Bangkok’s disappearing communities in the face of rapid urban development – City Asia Bangkok.
What’s happened to Saigon? – Has the city changed or has the writer. A bit of both as Michael Turtle writes about his experience of Saigon after years away.