Faces of Central Asia

By Marco Ferrarese, Chan Kit Yeng

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At the crossroads of China, the Middle East and the former Soviet Empire, Central Asia remains one of the most rugged and adventurous regions of Asia. Besides breathtaking alpine scenery, historical Silk Road cities and barren deserts, what’s most remarkable in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is the people. Balancing between rural traditions and the slow approach of modernity, they exude the warmest hospitality. Here’s a look at some of the faces that make this crossroads of cultures such a...

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Marco Ferrarese

is a musician, author and travel writer. He has written about overland travel and extreme music in Asia, and blogs at www.monkeyrockworld.com. He also curates the Penang Insider, the smart guide for traveling and living in Penang, at www.penang-insider.com. His latest book, The Travels of Marco Yolo, is available in bookstores. Follow him on Twitter @monkeyrockworld.

Chan Kit Yeng

is a Penang-born freelance travel photographer and tourist guide. Her photography work has appeared in several international magazines, websites and record covers, including Travel+Leisure Asia, Bootsnall and Southeast Asia Globe. An avid independent traveller, in 2012 she completed and photographed an overland trip from Singapore to Europe together with her partner, writer Marco Ferrarese. When she's not snapping pictures and playing with local kids in some off-the beaten path location, she can most likely be found hiking in Penang's remotest jungle thickets.