Archive for January, 2013

Jan 28 2013

Photos: Thaipusam 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

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Thaipusam is a Hindu festival where devotees pierce their flesh and carry colourful kavadi to show their devotion to Lord Murugan. If that doesn’t sound dramatic enough, in Kuala Lumpur it takes place at the spectacular Batu Caves. Here are some images from Thaipusam 2013 (yesterday). It’s estimated that more than a million people — … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

Taxis in Penang

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Despite what the sticker says, you will have to haggle for your Penang taxi

Across Southeast Asia, bargaining with taxi drivers is often a necessary part of the travelling experience, and can range from being mildly annoying to severely inconvenient. So imagine your relief when you arrive in Penang and find ‘THIS IS A METERED TAXI. HAGGLING IS PROHIBITED’ plastered all over the sides of the red-and-white taxis. Easy, … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

How to best enjoy Sarawak’s Mulu

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Taken during 'wet' season!

Mulu is very much the flagship tourist destination of Sarawak, and for good reason: it is breathtakingly beautiful in parts. However, it would be wise to realise a few things before going as a healthy dose of managing expectations will contribute to the enjoyment of your trip to Mulu. The food, although not the worse, … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Langkawi weather

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50 percent chance of scattered showers.

What’s the best time of year to travel to Langkawi, weather-wise? That all depends on what you like to do. The Langkawi archipelago of 104 islands is just off the northwest coast of the Malaysian peninsula and creates the entrance to the Melaka Straits. The Indonesian island of Sumatra forms the western barrier of the … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

How best to enjoy Borneo’s Bako

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Bako, not just pretty jungle.

It would be very hard to not enjoy Borneo’s Bako National Park; the variety in terrain, animals and beach make it one of the most diverse national parks you can go to without spending an arm and a leg (unlike at Mulu). Although it has been open for tourism for many years, there is still … read the full post