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Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Island of Labuan

Even though it is only a few hours by boat from the main tourist hub in Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, the island of Labuan hasn’t yet become a very popular destination for Western travellers. When we visited, the streets were quiet and our beachside hotel was relatively empty. We felt like we had stumbled on a little secret paradise with great …

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Malaysian Cuisine – The Food I Fell in Love With

It has been over a year since Lee and I spent three and a half months travelling through Malaysia – and I am still having cravings for some of the flavourful food that I ate there. Whenever anyone asks me which countries I have visited have the best food, Malaysian cuisine always comes up at the top of the list. …

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Seven Tips for Night Markets in Southeast Asia

The chatter of the crowd and the smell of sizzling meat fills the air as you wander through a row of stalls packed with silver jewellery, pirated DVDs, souvenir t-shirts, charm bracelets, key chains and brightly patterned sarongs. You are sipping on a cold freshly squeezed papaya and banana smoothie as you spot the perfect pair of sandals for less …

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Kota Kinabalu – Our Adventures in This Sabah City

My partner Lee and I are wanderers, nomads without a permanent home. We both work online, so we are free to slowly migrate around the world as we choose, living in foreign countries for weeks, even months at a time. We have no fixed schedule and no plans for the future… we simply drift to different locales whenever the inspiration …

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A Guide to the North Borneo Railway – Our Day on the Tracks

We spent a day on the old North Borneo Railway (now called the Sabah State Railway) a 134KM stretch of track originally built in the 1890’s. Train travel is one of the types of transport that I really enjoy.  The scenic routes taken by trains often offer views you would never usually see.  Our day started early, as we wanted to do the …

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Visiting Orangutans in Borneo

visiting orangutans in borneo

It was feeding time and we were waiting patiently. Every time a gust of wind caught a branch we would direct our attention and focus our eye. We were visiting Orangutans in Borneo in the jungles  just outside Kuching. In the distance the trees started rustling just a little  more, people started to point and that’s when I spotted it. Swinging …

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Our Relaxing Stay At TreeTops Jungle Lodge

As we sat sipping cold beer on the deck of the wooden longhouse and watching the sunset, I thought back over the wonderful day we had just had. We were staying at the TreeTops Jungle Lodge just outside of Miri, Sarawak. At this rural home stay the pace of life is slow, the surroundings are green and wild, the home …

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How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday While Traveling?

The savage heat of the jungle hung heavily in the air as Lee and I scrambled down an incline and between two enormous boulders in Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. We squeezed through the space between the mossy rocks, finding ourselves in a surreal landscape of soft sand and twisting mangrove trees. Our local guide stopped in his …

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Exploring the Beautiful Malaysian City of Melaka in Photos

As we rode in the taxi from the bus station to our hostel, Melaka impressed us at first sight. It’s colourful pinkish-red buildings and brightly decorated trishaws with blaring music and fake flowers got us excited about spending some time in this UNESCO World Heritage City. Melaka is a great city to walk around in because although it is a …

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Top Five Things To Do in the Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are my kind of place, filled with beautiful rolling hills, juicy strawberries, fresh tea and fascinating trails through the jungle. Right away you will notice the difference in the temperature as the air is much chillier in this high altitude mountain micro climate. This is not a bad thing at all, because after the sweltering heat in …

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Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia – Lovely Beaches, That’s About It

There are many beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia and Batu Ferringhi is definitely one of them. As we walked down the beach at sunset we watched the sky turn stunning shades of orange and pink as para-sailers glided by and tourists rode horses across the sand. Unfortunately, the beach is one of the only interesting things about Batu Ferringhi. Once …

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Ramadan from the Perspective of a Hungry Traveler

I’ve been traveling during Ramadan in Malaysia. This Holy Month is when Muslims show their devotion by fasting from sunrise to sunset, then eating a huge feast in the evening with their family once the sun goes down. The fast is meant to be a time of quiet contemplation of faith. After a couple of weeks of traveling during Ramadan …

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Visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It’s a sound I recognized immediately from horror films, the high pitched squealing and frantic flapping of dozens of bats as they swarm around the bright entrance of a dark cave. As I looked up to see them circling high above me near the roof of the limestone cavern, I clutched my flashlight a little tighter and I stepped further …

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