22 Oct 2016

Two Days in Kuala Lumpur (or KL if You Like Things Shortened)

One of the toughest decisions you’ll have during a trip to Kuala Lumpur is how to refer to Malaysia’s biggest city. Is calling it KL pretentious? Does it sound too much like the O.C., the horrible show about Orange County starring that guy who looks a bit like a young

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Backpacking in Malaysia
01 Sep 2014

Backpacking in Malaysia: Costs, Tips and Places to See

At first glance Malaysia just doesn’t seem as exotic or interesting as other countries in the region, but take a closer look and you’ll find everything you need for a rewarding backpacking experience. You won’t get hassled by touts and you’ll be treated to the best food in the region,

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A walking trail in Tanah Rata, Cameron Higlands, Malaysia
15 May 2014

Cameron Highlands:  A Dead Man Walking in Malaysia

A dead man walking. I’m not talking about the depressing Sean Penn movie Dead Man Walking. I’m not even talking about Jim Thompson, the Thai silk industry guru who went missing while hiking in the area in 1967 (and is possibly still roaming the hills as a zombie). I’m talking about how

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A beach on Penang, one of the best islands in Malaysia
07 May 2014

The Best Islands in Malaysia (and the worst)

Malaysia is often underrated when it comes to islands. It has some of the best islands in Southeast Asia, but also one of the worst. Warning: a rant is coming….. Perhentian Kecil: The worst island in Malaysia (and maybe even Southeast Asia) From a distance Perhentian Kecil looks pretty good,

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Boats getting ready to go island hopping in Langkawi, Malaysia
29 Apr 2014

Island Hopping in Langkawi, Malaysia

Can setting foot on 2 islands really be considered island hopping? That’s the kind of philosophical question I’d have to spend years meditating in an ashram to answer, but what island hopping in Langkawi lacked in islands it made up for in value. Walking down Pantai Cenang, Langkawi’s main backpacker beach,

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A building in the Niah Caves near Miri, Malaysia
14 Feb 2014

Exploring Niah Caves: Sarawak, Malaysia

The great thing about living in Singapore is being able to jump on a plane and head to beaches in Thailand, the Balinese countryside or the jungles of Borneo, and be back in time for work on Wednesday (Wednesday is my Monday, I have a weird working week!). My trip

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Ubud, a great place to see monkeys in Southeast Asia
06 Jan 2014

The Best Places to See Monkeys in Southeast Asia

One of the things I love about Southeast Asia is being able to see so many monkeys. I’m not sure why I’m so interested in them (in my defense, they do kinda look like people) but I could spend hours watching them go about their lives. Here are some of

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