Category Archives for "East & SE Asia"

3 Niah Caves in Miri, Malaysia

Niah caves are 132 km South of Miri, which is an 8 hour bus ride north of Sibu. General consensus is that it is best to visit the second largest cave system in Malaysia with an organized tour from Miri because of costs and transportation, so why do anything else? That was our plan…which we […]

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1 May 29 2009- my birthday in Sibu

We had enjoyed Kuching enough and it was time to move on despite a wisdom tooth that had begun to give me some trouble a doay or two before. Regardless, we got on the boat that would take us from Kuching to Sibu, a medium sized town 3.5 hours by boat north of Kuching that […]

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4 Singapore

Think Singapore and you probably imagine shopping malls, electronics stores and other consumer related activities, and you will be correct. What I did not expect to find was a very well planned city with plenty of parks, old buildings and a great water front in a west-meets-east kaleidoscope.   It is obviously a city that […]

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6 Melaka: a Colonial Gem in Malaysia

Once a Portuguese colony  Melaka (or Malacca)  has become what I and many travelers believe is Malaysia’s finest city: an exquisite medium sized metropolis  in Southwestern peninsular Malaysia that easily traps you in a comfortable paced lifestyle while you visit its several attractions. It is colonial, as well as charming, elegant and active- yet peaceful. […]

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32 Pulau Perhentian: Paradise in Malaysia

Getting to Pulau Perhentian Kecil was proving to be interesting already: it was the third time in the past 30 minutes that the taxi driver had pulled over on the busy road from Kota Bahru to Kuala Besut on our way there. “Are you ok?” we asked. “Yes, yes.” he replied, “ Me a little […]

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9 The allure of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Finally here! As announced we made it all the way to Kuala Lumpur on the 6th, flying with Air Asia from London- a mere 13 hour flight. As usual we had minimum sleep, a wee bit of food (low cost airline) and bucket loads of enthusiasm. Kuala Lumpur is a surprisingly modern city with a […]

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