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Swingin’ Party

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A trip to the nature reserve of Gunung Leuser in North Sumatra brings travellers into close — sometimes too close for comfort — contact with a population of resident orangutans. Images by Kit Yeng Chan

Unearthly Heights

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Steeped in folklore and religious significance, Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is a site of pilgrimage for spiritual seekers and adventure lovers alike.

Photos by Chan Kit Yeng

Tending to the Tip

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Inspired by the conservation efforts of a British hotelier, the Rungus people of Sabah’s northernmost headland are protecting their beaches and ancestral lands with eco-tourism. Photos by Kit Yeng Chan.

From the Mountains to the Masses

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Sape virtuoso Alena Murang is popularizing the ancestral culture of Borneo’s Kelabit people through her music.

Nurture in Nature

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Borneo is legendary for its dense, rugged landscapes. And it is still very possible to lose yourself in Sarawak’s array of national parks.

Ugly Beautiful

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Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is the ancestral land of the Apatani tribe, a pagan society famous for shamanistic traditions and the crude facial decorations of its female elders.

Rumble in the Jungle

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The Borneo Jazz Festival returns to Sarawak this month after a two-year ab-sence with a joyfully eclectic program. Marco Ferrarese gets the skinny from Hii Yuh Lin, the festival’s artistic director and a key figure in Malaysia’s live jazz scene.

Northern Exposure

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Remote and subject to harsh Himalayan weather conditions, Spiti Valley was the desolate main link between Tibet and India for centuries. Its seclusion has helped preserve the authenticity of one of the world’s most threatened cultures

Kampong Glam Rocks On

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Singapore’s already tiny alternative art scene has taken a hit during the pandemic. But one Lion City enclave, in particular, remains alive with left-field energy

Sail of the Century

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Tracing naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace’s long way home, Marco Ferrarese voyages from West Papua to the northern Moluccas, crossing the Halmahera Sea in a traditional wooden phinisi vessel.