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I popped over to the national park very briefly in the morning just to walk around the Swamp Loop a bit, although I couldn't spend very long. I didn't see anything particularly interesting but you never know. The only fairly common target species that I missed was hanging parrot. I missed pittas too but needed to go further to have a decent chance. The bus left from just down the road that turns off at school, by the row of shops. Kuala Tahan has a disproportionately large school because it provides basic education for the Orang Asli children in all the nearby villages. It's about 70km to Jerantut which is about an hour and a half on the bus and and easy direct bus, though only twice a day at 10 and 5 and 8 and ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang January 18th 2017

18th Jan: I enjoyed my hostel breakfast out on the balcony looking out over the mountains behind Ipoh. I got chatting to a guy who had been staying in my dorm, we booth commented on how we liked the chilled out vibe Ipoh has going on. I was really jealous when he was telling me about travelling to Thailand in the 80s, and how beautiful and different it was back then. I really wish I could time travel. I almost didn't make it out of the hostel because when I got to the bottom of the stairs the metal door was locked. Luckily, there were some keys in reception so I could unlock the door. It took about ten minutes to walk to the station and I waited for my train, which was on time. The ... read more
Char Kway Teow
Cendol
Pavilion Mall


Lieve lieve lezers, Terwijl ik begin aan het schrijven van dit blog begint het langzaam maar zeker door te dringen dat het aftellen is begonnen. Om precies te zijn duurt dit hele avontuur nog maar 210 uur, 39 minuten en een aantal luttele seconden. Dan zijn er in totaal 3 maanden voorbij en is het tijd om maar huis te gaan met een rugzak vol verhalen. En souvenirs natuurlijk, want ik heb al een jaar niet meer gewinkeld. En ik kan je vertellen dat ik alleen deze week alweer genoeg verhalen heb verzameld om een nieuw boekwerk te schijven. Dus waar te beginnen? Allereerst ben ik vanuit mijn favoriete plek op aarde, Kuta lombok, verplaatst naar Bali. Hier heb ik eerst een bezoekje gebracht aan Ubud, een klein stadje in het midden van Bali met miljoenen ... read more


Kool and Krazy Kuala Lumpur For a change of direction, this next trip will transport me across the vast Pacific and via Seoul, South Korea. Haven’t been in that exotic city in a few years, but I do recall the airport being a delight. But first things first and that includes a red-eye flight to Detroit. I tried to sleep during the day in preparation for this red-eye but alas, no joy. So by the time I settled my butt into an aisle seat, I was more than ready to close my eyes and doze for the next 4 hours until landing in Michigan. It also happens to be daylight savings weekend, which even further screws with my internal clock! But apparently the airline gods were not feeling friendly towards yours truly and my seatmate had ... read more
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So May 2015 was my beautiful fiancé's first experience of Asia. Our plan was Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days followed by Cambodia and Thailand. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur after a long trip from Mount Gambier to Melbourne by car then a 9 hour flight. We caught a train from the airport into Sahabat Guesthouse at Bukit Bintang and spent our first day exploring despite being exhausted. It was Todds first train ride in almost 30 years! LolWe freshened up at the Guesthouse before heading off for lunch at my all time favourite Dragon-i in Pavillion Shopping centre. With our eyes bigger than our stomach we overordered and ate until we almost burst. Afterwards we went shopping. I stopped in at Sephora and started shopping up a storm. Being overtired I completely stuffed up ... read more
best coconut icecream ever
on the train into KL
Dragon-I


15 - 16 mars L'aéroport de Chengdu était muet, silencieux parce que le peu de chinois se dispersaient dans les nombreux terminaux inoccupés. Mais alors que je prend place dans mon banc d'Air Asia, je réalise qu'ils étaient tous là pour le même vol que moi, en direction de la Malaisie. Heureusement, personne ne semble cracher partout dans l'avion. Ça ré-avale pour l'occasion. Mais l'indiscipline règne en classe économique. Une garderie. D'abord parce qu'un mouflet pleure à gros sanglots (il ne s'arrêtera qu'une heure sur les quatre heures de vol au total)... mais surtout parce que les passagers semblent se lever quand bon leur semble dans la cabine, au grand malheur des hôtesses malaises malaisées qui n'arrivent pas à parler un seul mot en chinois (enfin du monde comme moi). Hop! Le monsieur hagard du fond ... read more
Tours Petronas, Kuala Lumpur
Coeur des affaires en Malaisie
Auberge située juste là, à côté du McDo

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang September 21st 2014

Sunday, 21st September 2014 With the clear blue skies that greeted me, I finally had a chance for an early morning swim at the hotel's beautiful pool today. This was followed by my favourite soya bean and porridge breakfast at the Pavilion Shopping Mall. When it was time for me to depart to the airport for my afternoon flight home, I decided to ride on the airport express train that would bring me to KLIA Terminal 2 in 33 minutes. This was a nice welcome change from the exorbitant taxi fares to the airport. I was impressed by the new terminal which came with a rather useful shopping mall. Since I was early for my flight, I had ample time to make use of the complimentary access to the Plaza Premium Lounge. This was rather useful ... read more
Happy Breakfast
At the Plaza Premium Lounge

Asia » Malaysia » Wilayah Persekutuan » Kuala Lumpur » Bukit Bintang September 20th 2014

Saturday, 20th September 2014 The great things that I discovered during my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur :- 1) It is very possible to walk the entire length from Bukit Bintang to KLCC via comfortable elevated & underground walkways. 2) Walking is also the best way from Puduraya Bus Station (aka Pudu Sentral) to Bukit Bintang where most of the hotels and shopping facilities in the city are found. 3) The Nu Sentral Shopping Mall is now opened for business – providing seamless connection for passengers transferring from the Monorail to KL Sentral Station. 4) The new KLIA Terminal 2 comes with a shopping precinct – providing a suburban (mid-range) shopping experience in an airport environment. After breakfast this morning, I made my 4-hour descend via the North-South Highway towards the city of Kuala Lumpur. The ... read more
Wanton Noodles, Jalan Alor
Japanese Dinner
Favourite dessert stall - Black sesame


Our day began with a morning run in the City Center Park. We thought by getting up early, that we would beat the heat. Ummmm.... Not so much. It was plus 30 and 100% humidity by 9:00. Midday found us by the pool at our hotel for a much needed cooling off swim. We did a bit of walking around as we do most days, just observing the area from street level. We both agree that you can observe more detail this way as opposed to taking a taxi or riding the subway, also the smells of the street are a large part of the Asia experience. We are staying in a bustling, well developed part of the city in a beautiful 5 star Marriott Hotel. The area is popular with Middle Eastern and Arabic nationalities ... read more
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Smiley face gas station man.
Lunchtime


Après une bonne nuit (sans trop de bruit étrange, ni d'intrus), nous avons repris la pirogue à 9 heures pour récupérer notre voiture. Le long de la rive, nous avons pu voir un singe, des buffles d'eau et des oiseaux (autres bien sur que nos moineaux et pigeons!!). Contrairement à mes idées préconçues, j'ai vraiment apprécié cet arrêt dans la jungle. Notre voiture est toujours là (sauvés) et nous retournons sur Kuala Lumpur. Nous avons prévu de nous arrêter en route à l'Elephant Sanctuary. Après s’être un peu perdus, nous arrivons à l'orphelinat. ici, il y a 27 éléphants dont 4 éléphanteaux le plus jeune à un an et demi.Nous prenons l'option "bain" et sommes accompagnés d'un jeune guide qui nous explique la vie des éléphants. Les éléphants vont nous faire un petit spectacle puis nous ... read more
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