Author Peter Carey on Malaysia

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In Penang, Malaysia, I stayed at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, an extraordinary 19th-century palace with splendid mosaics (rooms from $65). In the wet season, rain pours down the center of the house while you sit under cover and drink your gin and tonic. I'd love any excuse to go back.

--Peter Carey, whose latest book is "Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey With His Son"

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