Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

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Malaysia My Second Home Targeting Scandinavians

The TV commercials for Malaysia as a tourism destination are familiar. Much less known is the ‘Malaysia My Second Home’ (MM2H) initiative, though that is about to change. The country’s ministry of tourism is stepping up the promotion of the campaign. Malaysia is the new kid on the block offering this long-stay programme where foreigners…

Calling All Vikings Overseas

Two Swedish women, Linda Bjornered and Gunilla Orwen, have established their own online recruitment company at in Kuala Lumpur with a special focus on assisting Scandinavian job seekers and Scandinavian related companies matching up.“We have established a platform where you can combine the needs of the companies to recruit staff directly on location with the…

Thailand-loving Swede Advances His Career at Le Meridien, Borneo

For his continuing hotel career the Swede Patrik Ilstam chose Thailand – a destination growing immensely lately. But opting for Southeast-Asia also means – at least within the hospitality sector – great possibilities for job opportunities in the region. The Malaysian part of the island of Borneo is such a place, which is also seeing…

Whale Sharks Protected and Local People Supported in Southeast Asia Thanks to WWF Denmark

From conservation of wildlife and the rainforest on Borneo, Danish WWF representative Lene Topp is turning the attention towards the sea.        Meeting WWF Verdensnaturfonden’s (the Danish division of World Wide Fund for Nature) representative on Borneo the immediate assumption will be that the work concerns rain forest issues – which are very much in…

Nishaville – Beach Front Villa Resort Aiming at Swedes

Aleenta Resort & Spa is a Thai resort company and developer, so far with two boutique resorts on prime beach locations in Pran Buri and Phang Nga (north of Phuket). Recently they launched their second mixed-use development incorporating and upscale residential development and a hotel, this time targeting the Swedish market.This luxury villa community, Nishaville,…

Balancing the Five Elements at Four Seasons, Samui

Visiting a deluxe haven as the new upscale Four Seasons resort on Samui can be purely about indulging in luxury. “And what else?” you might ask, as the resort offers breathtaking sceneries, private secluded villas, first class amenities and sumptuous dining.But it can also be, for quite many of its guests, a health-enhancing spa holiday.…

The Swedish Microcredit Foundation Aided 230 Families in Thailand

Born out of the Thailand Island Foundation, IT entrepreneur Johan Staël von Holstein’s initiative to help out local victims from the tsunami on Phi Phi Island, the Swedish Microcredit Foundation (SMF) emerged to continue the task for long-term assistance. Also, the Surin Relief Fund on Phuket, being run by Swedish hotel investor Richard Öhman, has…