Marco Ferrarese lives in Penang since 2009, from where he covers Malaysia, India and the larger Southeast Asian region for a number of international guidebooks and publications that include Lonely Planet, the Rough Guides, Fodor's Travel, Nikkei Asia and South China Morning Post. His debut novel Nazi Goreng, a quirky subcultural thriller set in Penang, was published by Monsoon Books in 2013 and banned by Malaysia's Ministry of Home Affairs in 2016. Marco and his Malaysian photographer wife Kit Yeng still call Penang home, even though they are on the road reporting from elsewhere most of the time. Know more about him and his books at www.marcoferrarese.com and www.penang-insider.com
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
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.
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.
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