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Lester Ledesma

Lester V. Ledesma

Multi-awarded writer and photographer Lester V. Ledesma uses his camera as an excuse to poke around and explore. Based in Singapore, he has worked for the likes of T+L Southeast Asia, Conde’ Nast Traveler, Asian Geographic and many other regional publications. Lester’s assignments have taken him everywhere from the Himalayas to the South Pacific in search of culture/heritage stories and local eats. He also leads photography workshop-tours to camera-worthy locations throughout Asia. He runs a coffee farm, by the way – because he really really loves his caffeine. Check out his website at www.lesterledesma.com

Color of Bhutan

Inspiration

The Kingdom of Bhutan Will Soon Be Much More Expensive to Visit. That Might Be a Good Thing

If Bhutan is on your bucket list, you might want to start saving now.

Dal Lake

Culture

We’re Dreaming of Kashmir

The Mughal emperors called Kashmir paradise on Earth. Come float away on Dal Lake with us.

Bhutan

Culture

Bhutan Vaccinated Everyone in 2 Weeks. Here Are 15 More Reasons to Visit

How’s your Gross National Happiness? Probably not as high as the beautiful, basically Covid-free Kingdom of Bhutan.

Food & Drink

These 5 Restaurants Let You Travel Around Asia Without Leaving Singapore

The best part about melting pots is that our taste buds need never get bored. Here are some of our favorite places in Singapore to eat authentic cuisine from elsewhere in Asia.

Inspiration

This is the absolute farthest away from it all you could possibly get

Quarantine got you fantasizing about the wide open ocean and a cozy community that’s totally Covid-free? Distant Tuvalu might be just what the doctor ordered.

Maybe you should try your next midlife crisis in Cambodia

A gritty bros trip helps three friends reconnect with each other and themselves.

Food & Drink

Travel Back in Time at these Adorable Old-School Eateries

Across Southeast Asia time-capsule cafés and bars provide a glimpse of—and a reassuring anchor to—neighborhood diners in simpler times.

Culture

Give Singapore’s Geylang Neighborhood a Chance

The old school rules in Geylang, where a colorful jumble of heritage shops, ornate temples, bustling kopitiams and legendary eateries invites a closer look at Singapore’s grittiest neighborhood.

Culture

Slow Life in Bhutan

While Bhutan continues its march to modernity, many parts of the country are in no hurry to catch up. Lester V. Ledesma mounts an expedition into the eastern frontier.

Culture

New Take on an Old Brew: A Glimpse Into the Philippines’ Coffee Heritage

With just basic farming knowledge but a lot of love, photojournalist Lester V. Ledesma started a coffee farm—which was really just an elaborate excuse to dive into the little-known world of the Philippines’ rich coffee heritage.

Culture

A Walk Through Manila’s Chinatown

A walk through Manila’s Chinatown reveals its blended cultural identity and the legacies—places of worship, dishes to worship—of the Chinese Filipinos.