travel

Chiang Rai

In the year 1262, King Mangrai of Ngoenyang unified the disparate city-states over which he ruled into a single kingdom, birthing the city of Chiang Rai in the process.
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TANA TORAJAN SCULPTURE

Indonesia’s wealth of heritage handicrafts is as diverse as its many cultures. Each month we explore the archipelago’s offerings through a different traditional craft.
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Belitung

It’s early afternoon on an October Sunday and I’m dining at a beach café on Tanjung Kelayang, where just a year ago I’d embarked on an island hopping trip across the twinkling turquoise Java Sea.
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Shanghai

At the first flush of dawn, the air rising up the slopes of 720m-high Mt Mogan carries a heady fragrance of bamboo and tea. The soft contours of the Tianmu Mountains extend towards the horizon in a misty sea of green and blue, while the occasional thwack of a bamboo cutter plying his tools reverberates around the surrounding slopes. Two hours from the glass and steel towers of Shanghai and there isn’t a single building in sight.
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Banda Aceh to Sabang

In the city of Banda Aceh, the past is well preserved. The JHR Köhler plaque embedded at the majestic Baiturrahman Grand Mosque complex is a poignant reminder of the colourful and intriguing story of the region’s past.
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FEEDING THE NATION The Story of Dodol

There’s a cultural revolution in the narrative power of food. It’s all about the story, and even Michelin-star chefs are succumbing to the tales of taste, to kitchen myths and the heritage of home cooking. In Indonesia, cultural traditions and cuisine go hand in hand, and the more powerful the fable, the better the flavour.
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