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Marco Ferrarese

Marco Ferrarese

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, beyond Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, the Rough Guides, Fodor's Travel, the Guardian, BBC Travel, Nikkei Asian Review 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 Chan still call Penang home, even though they are (or at least they were, pre-Covid-19) on the road reporting from elsewhere most of the time. Know more about him and his books at and


8 Endangered Species in Asia You Should Know

May 21 is Endangered Species Day. Here are 8 amazing animals native to Asia that you can help save.

Hotels & Resorts

3 New Penang Hotels Give you the Keys to the Island

From vintage George Town to the beautiful beaches, homey, heritage and haute, these are where to stay in Penang now.

Hotels & Resorts

This Eco-Retreat in India Puts Women Back on Top

A rural-luxe retreat and social enterprise empowers women and uplifts the Meena tribe in Rajasthan’s rugged interior.

Hotels & Resorts

This Boutique Homestay is Hidden Inside Malaysia’s Secret UNESCO World Heritage Site

In offbeat Perak, a new boutique homestay is throwing the spotlight onto Malaysia’s least-known UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I Lost Both My Parents to COVID-19 While Away On A Travel-Writing Assignment

While COVID-19 has been hard on the travel industry, for some the devastation has hit closer to home.


An Eco-Tour Helping Save Sabah’s Elephant Population

In a palm-oil plantation in Sabah, an unlikely eco-tourism alliance paves the way for Borneo pygmy elephants.

Hotels & Resorts

This Might Be Penang’s Most Creative Accommodation

In George Town, there’s a meal of a different sort at Hikayat, a sleek one-stop-shop for literature, creativity and Penang’s latest, most artsy accommodation.


A New Resort in the Himalayas Is a Haven For Tea Drinkers

A new mountain resort in Darjeeling offers an intimate chance to get away from it all, while experiencing West Bengal’s tea-making traditions in style.