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Danish Honorary Consulate opens in Cambodia

Denmark opened its first Honorary Consulate in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 1 November 2019. The Honorary Consul is Mr. Kjeld M. Olsen, a long time Danish businessman and resident of Cambodia. The post is unpaid and the consul is not employed or posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but appointed in his own capacity…

Colourful festival of lights in Thailand 11th November

Loy Krathong Festival is an auspicious occasions celebrated by locals and visitors during the full moon night in November – this year on the night of the 11th November 2019. Loy Kratong means floating the (flowery) basket. The ritual relates to hindu belief dating back thousands of years. It involves making the basket out of…

Swedish hotelier within Bangkok’s latest luxury wave: Björn Richardson

137 Pillars Residences & Suites in Bangkok, is the opulent, specific hotel that has once again re-united two really good Swedish friends as well as hoteliers. Hotel manager Björn Richardson tells the story how and shares insights about his latest very luxurious hotel environment and the local luxury scene. Going back nearly twenty years destiny…

Nordic tourism is safe: Ving Gruppen gets new owners

Billionaire Petter Stordalen’s Strawberry Group will team up with Altor Fund V and TDR Capital to take over the assets of Thomas Cook Northern Europe, or Vinggruppen, as it is usually called, according to a statement by the group on Wednesday 30 October 2019. EPA Vinggruppen is the Nordic operations of Thomas Cook Group Plc…

Patong’s past and present inspire Danish chef Morten Nielsen

Chef Morten Nielsen is back in Thailand, following his most recent stint with Dusit Thani Guam Resort in remote Micronesia. But Morten has now been for a bit over a year on the much more accessible island of Phuket, as Executive Chef for Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong, There, he is part of introducing five-star dining,…

Asian adventures: The sun always shines on Birgitte

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Birgitte Weeke might just have the most genuine smile I have ever seen despite the fact that I’m late due to Yangon’s morning traffic. She’s sipping coffee as she sits by the window in a modern café with cakes and quiches on display. “52 this Christmas. Or 53. You would have to ask my son,”…

Highest-earning filipino film ‘Hello, Love, Goodbye’ in Thai theaters

Since it’s premiere in the Philippines, Hello Love Goodbye has reaped success on both local and international cinemas. With a reported 17,005,774.30 USD in worldwide earnings, the film which stars Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, and directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina has become the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time. It has also given Bernardo and…

Legendary Café Del Mar managed by Finns on Phuket

Café Del Mar Phuket (CDM) is the famous beach club and music compilation series from Ibiza in Spain that is now also available in Asia, with the first outing launched on Phuket’s Kamala Beach. Its management consists in several Finnish people, who have a long background in the island’s nightlife scene. Many Phuket visitors will…

Dane about life in Myanmar in 1991: “My phone was tapped”

jørn kristensen miid myanmar

No shops, no good restaurants, no super markets and no private satellite dishes allowed so no international news. That was the reality when Jørn Kristensen and his wife, Astri, arrived in Myanmar in 1991. “It was an isolated and broken country in many ways,” Jørn Kristensen says. Only few years before his arrival, a devaluation…

Unique Yangon: “Blood” splatters and men in skirts

shwedagon pagoda myanmar yangon

Developing. That would be the best word to describe the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, Yangon, previously known as Rangoon. Before arriving in Yangon, I didn’t have many expectations as Myanmar isn’t the top picked tourist destination in travel catalogues. With images of the city being slim to non-existent in my head, I…