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Bangkok, or Krungthep, as it is known in Thai, is situated on the Chao Phraya, the 'River of Kings'. When flying into this vast city of approximately 10 million people, one sees towering multi-storey buildings which tell of a modern lifestyle. But once on the ground, the hidden mystique of this oriental city is revealed.
FRANCE's Lafarge SA, a world leader in building materials with significant operations in Malaysia, sees China as one of its potentially high-growth areas in Asia, despite difficult market conditions and investment returns below the group's average, said chief executive officer Bernard Kasriel.
Are Malaysian planners designing housing estates which inadvertently encourage crime and bad health? Can our houses be built in such a way as to decrease crime and medical bills? ANDREW SIA plumbs the mind of an architect-academic to find out.
Istanbul, the mighty intercontinental City of the Ages has more culture than you know what to do with -- and you've got just 48 hours to get to know the places. ERIK FEARN goes on a memorable tour of Istanbul, without ever getting on a tour bus.