By Ashley Lampard • Jan 05, 2021
Famed for its nudist colony and banana plantations, Banana Island is little more than a punchline for many Hanoians. But for the small community living there, a cycle of proposed housing developments, and even foresting projects, has left their livelihoods in doubt
By Wanpen Pajai • Nov 10, 2020
As Bangkok attempts, at high cost, to reverse much of the damage done to the flood-prone city by restoring a more porous landscape, next door in Phnom Penh, wetlands are filled and skyscrapers erected as the Cambodian capital runs the risk of being submerged
By Horn Chanvoitey • Oct 21, 2020
Cambodia has experienced severe flooding in recent weeks, with large sections of the capital under water. But major events like these don't tell the whole story, with small and consistent issues associated with flooding worsening a cycle of poverty among the urban poor
By Martin Abbugao/AFP • Sep 30, 2020
On the rooftop of a Singapore shopping mall, a sprawling patch of eggplants, rosemary, bananas and papayas stand in colourful contrast to the grey skyscrapers of the city-state's business district
A major land reclamation in the Mekong has forged ahead in what developers say will be the second Diamond Island. But while land filling elsewhere in the city has been met with unease, this mega-project has taken shape unbothered by current or controversy
By Andrew Haffner • Sep 22, 2020
Ho Chi Minh City is famous for many things – great food, culture and historic architecture. What it is not known for, however, is its green spaces. How should local government and developers set about remedying this?
By Michael Tatarski/Saigoneer • Sep 14, 2020
The Animal Lodge is more than just a refuge for stray animals. Its concrete walls pose the question of how Singapore can keep a human touch amid mass development
By Toh Ee Ming • Mar 06, 2020
Bangkok's fabled Khlongtoey slum has long been regarded as a 'no-go zone' in the city by many. But now, facing destruction as the latest victim of the government's city-wide sanitising project, British photographer Tim Russell shines a light on the much-maligned community's vibrant characters and warm spirit
By Tim Russell • Jan 06, 2020
Farming and food
In the third installment of our eight-week series looking at Cambodia in 2040, we examine how the next two decades will see the Kingdom's food production and farming face a mix of challenges posed by technology, drought and trade. How will a country so reliant on its agricultural sector manage to adapt and survive?
By Simon Roughneen • Dec 18, 2019
As Phnom Penh’s construction sector booms, communities suffer as public recreational areas are sacrificed for never-ending new developments. In an economic environment where money trumps all, who will preserve vital green spaces for the capital's residents?
By Julija Veljkovic • Dec 16, 2019
Boeung Kak Lake
From our print archive: The flooding that inundated much of northern Phnom Penh has receded, but Lakeside residents now face a much greater threat
By Sam Campbell • Oct 24, 2019
With Jakarta steadily sinking, President Joko Widodo has announced that a new capital will be built on the island of Borneo. So how will the new city be different?
By Kate Walton • Sep 09, 2019