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Upstream, Downstream: Two Travel Startups Taking On Mekong Tourism

These two startups take two very different approaches to Mekong tourism – one fighting plastic waste in Laos, and another opening up Vietnam to digital nomads

Lean Joo Sean's char kway teow

Southeast Asia’s Foodie Capitals, Laid Bare

Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make Bott & Co’s top 50 foodie cities – but no space at all for Penang?

Anthony Bourdain at the World Street Food Congress in 2013

My Anthony Bourdain Moment in Singapore.

For the recently departed Anthony Bourdain, food not only built connections between people, it could challenge power.

Sin Guat Keong Kopitiam, Lebuh Kimberley, Penang

Lebuh Kimberley: Eating Late Night Street Food in Penang, Malaysia

Penang’s Lebuh Kimberley and its authentic Malaysian street food attracts plenty of foodie fans after dark

Food counter at Line Clear, Penang

Dining at Nasi Kandar Line Clear in Penang, Malaysia

Line Clear Nasi Kandar serves its namesake curry dish from an alley in Penang, Malaysia: ask for beef, chicken or mutton, and order it “kuah banjir” (flooded) with curry!

Avani Riverside Bangkok and Attitude Bar

The Surprisingly Modern Upside of Bangkok’s Historic River District

How the streamlined modernity of the Avani Riverside Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand works with the grain of local tradition, not against it


Hard Day’s Night

How Manila’s call-center workers have altered the city’s after-dark landscape. Originally published in Tiger Tales magazine.

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Return of the Speakeasy.

Shh, these Manila speakeasies only open their doors to drinkers in the know. Originally published in Eight Magazine, 2016.

Baba Nyonya Museum in Melaka, Malaysia

How the Peranakan Melds Chinese and Southeast Asia Culture

The Peranakan culture in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore successfully unites indigenous and Chinese cultures, creating something altogether different.

Simply Enak's Mark Ng at a a Penang kopitiam

A Day to Night Tour of Penang, Malaysia’s Diverse Food Scene

The street food scene in Penang, Malaysia goes on 24 hours a day, and is so diverse that you need an experienced food guide to get you through!