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The Secret of the Highlands: The Jim Thompson Mystery Trail

On a weekend in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands, follow the footsteps of the legendary man behind one of Southeast Asia’s greatest mysteries. When in the Cameron Highlands, you cannot miss strawberries and tea. If the name Jim Thompson sounds familiar, that’s probably because it’s synonymous with Thai silk. The…

Could This Be Your Next Rainforest Hideaway?

A single-lane road winding up from Raub town brought me to Casabrina Vacation Villas, my hideaway for the weekend. The first sight that greeted me at the hilltop was the airy sitting room of Villa Amertani. The sitting room’s coffeetable books and large sofa make it home-y, while…

The Simple Joys of Tea Amidst the Pines

In the cool highlands of Tanarimba in Janda Baik, Purple Cane Tea Restaurant’s lush surrounds complement satisfyingly healthy food and relaxed conversations with good company. The 45-minute drive to the restaurant is a pleasant one where most of the traffic are riders on big motorbikes and cyclists on…

Sweet Spring

If I’d been told that dragons came from Sichuan, I would have believed it, just based on my first night in its capital, Chengdu. Over dinner, a Sichuan opera fire breather in a heavy brocade robe and full face paint blew a massive fireball, eliciting applause from the…

In Pursuit of Wellness

Standing with my right foot forward and left foot back, creating a triangle with the ground, I leaned to the left. I planted my hand on the yoga mat and stretched the other arm to the sky as a voice told me to take my time and do…

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