John McMahon is a writer and habitual traveler who has made Kanchanaburi, Thailand his home base for fifteen years. Author of five novels, his fiction, essays, and reportage have been published all over the English speaking world.
When Paul Theroux set out from his local stop on the London underground to the farthest reaches of Asia by rail, he would go on to write one of the greatest travelogues of the modern age. But Asia has changed.
Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion in Penang – recently garnering fame for its role in Crazy Rich Asians – is a blend of cultures, an architectural curiosity, and a luxury hotel in the heart of George Town.