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Malaysia Expert Travel Writer – Author
Marco Ferrarese is an expert on Malaysia and Borneo. He co-authored guidebooks on Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand for The ROUGH GUIDES, and published a novel and several non-fiction 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.
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.
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.
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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"Marco is always a pleasure to work with. His research is thorough, his enthusiasm infectious, and his desire to share the best hidden secrets of a destination makes his work stand out from the crowd. Quick to respond to queries, he is always willing to go the extra mile – on the ground and on paper."
"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. "
"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. "
"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!"
"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."
"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."
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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