As our days in Malaysia drew to a close, our last stop was Georgetown. As our previous stop had been in our least favorite Malaysian city, Kuala Lumpur (KL), we had hoped that Georgetown would have us leaving the country on a high point. We were not disappointed.
Georgetown was founded in 1786 by the [Read more ...]
This historic city, established in 1403 by a Malay Hindu sultan, spent centuries as Southeast Asia’s most important trading port, due to its strategic location at the choke point of the Straits of Malacca and the the protection its port provided from the monsoon winds.
The oldest, most historic section of town is focused [Read more ...]
Kuala Lumpur, called KL by most, is one of Asia’s great mixing pots: Malays, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Sihk and many more. You name it and it’s represented in KL, its culture and its cuisine. The city itself is a similar blend of the old and the new. And after a day in alcohol- and [Read more ...]
Although the food in Singapore was more expensive than in most of eastern Asia, we took it upon ourselves to seek out really good food that was still affordable. We could only imagine how expensive Singapore was for people who came from countries where food and hotels were quite inexpensive. Coming from the US, we [Read more ...]
We love to explore the various neighborhoods of any city that we go to. Singapore was no exception. Its has many different neighborhoods each with totally different characteristics. At a high level:
Padang is the government district, filled with neoclassical buildings. Many are currently government markets,including City Hall, Parliament House and the Supreme Court. Some [Read more ...]
Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world: 263 square miles, housing 5.4 million people. That said, it is growing every day. The country buys a continual flow of dirt from Indonesia(as evidenced by the long queue of ships waiting to unload their cargo) in a effort to reclaim more land from [Read more ...]
Brunei was a a medieval naval power, for about four centuries (from the 15th through the 19th) and controlled the entire island of Borneo (not to speak of some of those that are now part of the Philippines). Today, the island is divided among three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, with Brunei now occupying just [Read more ...]
Guling Mulu National Park in Malaysia, commonly known as Mulu, is the jewel in the Malaysian national park system. It’s a tropical rainforest (receiving more than 15 feet of rain per year) with tall mountains, steep cliffs, dramatic, razor-sharp limestone pinnacles, a huge network of caves of all levels of difficulty, rivers to cruise, a [Read more ...]
We were looking forward to our trip to our first Malaysian national park…Bako. To get there, we flew into Kuching Malaysia, and were picked up by a guide who took us to a hotel to drop off our suitcases. Then, with just backpacks containing things we would need for one night, he drove us 45 [Read more ...]
Our Kuching Restaurant: TopSpot
While in Kuching, we found some interesting and delicious food atop a parking garage. This isn’t anything new to us as we ate at, and thoroughly enjoyed Miami Beach’s Juvia last year. In fact, Tom and two friends once lived in a New Orleans parking gargle for a few days, but [Read more ...]