About Me

Freelance Writer Based in Asia since 2007. Proud to cover the road less travelled.

Malaysia Expert Travel Writer in English

Marco Ferrarese is an expert on Malaysia and Borneo. He authored chapters on Malaysia and Brunei for THE ROUGH GUIDES and published several books. He has written more than 100 articles on travel, culture and extreme music in Asia for a variety of international publications that include Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, CNN Travel, BBC Travel, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveler (UK), South China Morning Post, NIKKEI Asian Review, Roads & Kingdoms, Southeast Asia Globe, Perceptive Travel, Time Out, Bangkok101, Vagabonding, and Penang Monthly.

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Selected Clips

My work encompasses both the worlds of high-end, luxury travel and savvy, off-the-beaten-path adventure

Potehi: Glove Puppet Theatre of Penang

from NIKKEI Asian Review

Hiking Nepal’s Less Visited Trail

from PERCEPTIVE TRAVEL

Roadtripping in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

from TRAVEL + LEISURE Southeast Asia

The Definitive Guide to Kuching

From Singapore Airlines SILVERKRIS

On the trail of Anthony Burgess in Kuala Kangsar

From South China Morning Post

Driving Malaysia’s East Coast

From Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Mystical Maligcong

From Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Meet Malaysia’s Anti fascist Skinheads

From Southeast Asia Globe

7 great places for live music in Kuala Lumpur

from Singapore Airlines' SILVERKRIS

MY SERVICES

I am available to write engaging travel and culture content for a wide range of media. I also take up speaking engagements, both popular and academic.

Adventure Travel

Ferrarese visited more than 60 countries and overlanded twice from Asia to his native Italy. From hitchhiking along the Silk Road, traversing Russia on the Trans-Siberian railway, or meeting remote tribes on the flanks of South and Southeast Asia, he probably has a story that will delight your readership.

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Lifestyle and Nightlife

Besides off the beaten path destinations, Ferrarese has ample experience covering the most recent lifestyle and nightlife trends, in Malaysia and around the Southeast Asian region.

His lifestyle stories regularly appear in publications such as Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Singapore Airline’s Silverkris and others.

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Public Speaking

With a decade experience as a touring punk rock musician and a background in language teaching and academia (he holds a PhD in Anthropology), Ferrarese is an engaging motivational speaker. Among others, he has spoken at Universiti Malaya Kuala Lumpur, the Asia Research Institute of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and a smorgasbord of other bars, clubs and venues big and small.

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MY STORIES COME WITH GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY

I can shoot according to your needs, or provide thousands of great-looking pictures shot by myself and my partner Kit Yeng Chan

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CLIENT REFERRALS

Read what editors think of working with me.

Jeninne Lee-St. John – Deputy Editor

"Beyond being an intrepid traveler, Marco is a diligent reporter. He not only discovers little-known places that fascinate our readers, but also comes back armed with all the important details to help them get there most easily and have a smooth trip. He’s efficient, adventurous, and a delight to work with. "

Jeninne Lee-St. John – Deputy Editor
Nathan Thornburgh – Publisher

"I can't say I've ever come across a foreign correspondent quite like Marco Ferrarese. He's a real-life punk rocker with a sharp eye for detail and, even more important, a genuine respect for the hopes and aspirations of southeast Asia. Marco doesn't just tell his stories: he lives them. "

Nathan Thornburgh – Publisher
Tim Leffel – Editor

"I have published multiple travel narratives from Marco for our decade-old, award-winning online magazine. He is great at finding unique angles and digging below the surface for an interesting travel story. He also meets his deadlines!"

Tim Leffel – Editor
Julia Tan – Deputy Editor

"Witty with a punch, Ferrarese’s flamboyant style never fails to add flair to otherwise overlooked subjects. His ability to unearth enthralling stories, his unending thirst to trawl the streets for the intriguing, is remarkable and makes a local like myself embarrassed to admit that the Italian knows my city better than I ever will."

Julia Tan – Deputy Editor
Craig Sauers – Former Managing Editor

"Marco’s stories read like music. Whether he’s recounting his impressions of far-flung outposts or revealing the vibrant peoples and cultures that largely go ignored on the well-trodden track, he writes with fervor, energy, and rhythm. I always look forward to seeing where Marco will go next."

Craig Sauers – Former Managing Editor
Gareth Richards – Impress Creative & Editorial

"Whether he’s penning high-quality travel pieces or describing the margins of the underground music scene or offering an analysis of cultural politics his work is always engaging and to the point, leavened with an acerbic wit. His varied body of work hangs together because he writes, as the Italians would say, con brio: a fresh and vigorous way of telling".

Gareth Richards – Impress Creative & Editorial

Contact Me

I'm available for assignments, interviews and on the ground media assistance in Malaysia, Southeast Asia and India. Please contact me filling this form.

Get in Touch

For timely media and interview requests or a story assignment, phone +60/17-5797933. Assume I am traveling out of the country if you don’t get an immediate response. In such a case, please send me an e-mail through the form to the right.

For general media requests, book interviews, expert consultation on your travel itineraries in Malaysia and the wider Southeast Asian region, or hiring me as your guide, please send me an e-mail through the form to the right.
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