Toraja Women in the rice field

Flexible Tour Lets You Travel Sulawesi Island *Your* Way

Khiri Travel’s customizable new tour lets you travel Sulawesi from one to three weeks, opening up Indonesia’s most promising off-the-beaten-path island

Elizabeth Pisani, Indonesia Etc.

I began to feel that [Indonesia] was one giant Bad Boyfriend…. Just when you think you are really getting to know it, it reveals some hidden secret, or reinvents itself completely. With Bad Boyfriends you know full well it will all end in tears, and yet you keep coming back for more.

Swimming pool on the 5th level, Parkroyal on Pickering

Parkroyal on Pickering: Singapore’s Vertical Garden Hotel

Singapore’s Parkroyal on Pickering looks like it was grown, not built: read about this unorthodox, eco-friendly vertical garden of a hotel

Walking around the Tuesday corner, Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar on (Bare) Foot

Wherever you are in Yangon, you can look towards Singuttara Hill (where Shwedagon Pagoda stands) and see its golden spire reaching for the Myanmar sky

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

Thahara Pindaya's common room

Thahara Pindaya: A Myanmar Bed & Breakfast Far From the Tourist Trail

The Thahara Pindaya feels like the perfect accompaniment to a stay at the Shan hill country of Pindaya in Myanmar: a cozy home with few pretensions and plenty of heart

“Return of the Speakeasy”

The 7-Eleven convenience store at RCBC Bank’s headquarters in Bonifacio Global City harbors a secret in its storeroom. Walk past the stacks of instant noodles through a swinging wall to access the absurdly spacious hidden bar immediately adjacent. The effect is not unlike stepping into a police call box to find Doctor Who’s TARDIS.


Temple of the Son

North-west of Siem Reap in Cambodia, a centuries-old story of loyalty, intrigue and rebellion unfolds, featuring a cast of thousands. Originally published in Smile magazine.


Hard Day’s Night

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