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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seychelles have long been synonymous with luxury travel, but there’s a wilder side to these idyllic islands that most visitors never take the time to discover.
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It was as peaceful an afternoon as it could possibly be. The only sound was the waves lapping against our feet as we walked on Mandalika beach, where the bright cream sand contrasts harmoniously with the clear turquoise sea.
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Ipoh got rich quick thanks to its tin reserves. Though the mining industry is long gone, the one-time El Dorado is capitalising on other treasures: its rich heritage and happening foodie scene.
With sublime scenery, spectacular marine life and tranquil waters, Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands are the perfect place to try liveaboard kayaking.
Fenessa Adikoesoemo is not yet 25 years old, but with her hard work and passion for art she is excelling as chairwoman of the first modern and contemporary art museum in Indonesia: The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN Museum). (more…)
In 1996, Dian Sastrowardoyo became the ultimate Indonesian ‘It Girl’ after winning a famous modelling competition, Gadis Sampul. More than two decades later, Dian is known for her work as an actor, brand ambassador and social entrepreneur. (more…)