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Camping, Hiking & River-Rafting In Kiulu, Sabah: The Offbeat Malaysia

Visiting Sabah, in Malaysia? How about doing the offbeat and trying some camping, hiking and white river-rafting in Kiulu River. “Who goes camping in a new country anyway? Don’t you think jungles look the same everywhere?” I remember how my friends initially reacted as I told them about my upcoming trip to Malaysia. And I understand their disapproval. For most people (and this particularly applies to Indians) visiting a new country, streets and cities remain the biggest fascination. I mean if you are visiting, let’s say, Japan for an instance, would you rather go for hiking, or carefully spend your time planning pretty selfies at the famous Shibuya Station intersection in Tokyo or watching sumo wrestlers choking each other with their majestic butt. Similarly, for Malaysia, exploring Malaysian food, Malaysian streets, or something else that’s more Malaysian in appearance should be high in your bucket list, over hiking a ubiquitous jungle. So yea, when I shared my 5-day travel itinerary with my friends, over a few drinks in New Delhi, I didn’t get a very …

My First Impression of Sabah, Malaysia

Visiting Sabah, in Malaysia? Read how I liked Sabah, the Malaysian Borneo, during my first visit! As I gestured to politely ask for her permission to click a picture, she hesitated. But I knew, the hesitance wasn’t out of reluctance but pure shyness. There was nothing unwelcoming about it. I moved a few inches closer, and before I even realized it, my camera was peeking right into her face. She blushed harder. The laugh lines around her eyes dug deeper into her face. Suddenly, the camera felt like an uninvited friend, an obstruction that was no longer needed. The warmth, the friendliness in her eyes was something to be taken home in heart and not just in the mere click of a camera shutter. Later, as I thanked her, I knew, I was in love again, with her, her people, and the place she was a native of! I remember when the email to visit Sabah on a blog trip with 50 other travel bloggers from India first landed in my inbox, I wasn’t very …

5 Must Visit Places In Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s capital is a vibrant hub of cutting-edge tech, lush green parkland, bustling shopping spaces and a reverential love of its past. Visitors to this stunning city, in the heart of the country’s mainland, can expect a heady mix of good food, stunning sights and stories to take back home with them. While Kuala Lumpur has tons to see and do, the good thing is that it can be savored over the course of a 48-hour stay, with plenty of highlights. And speaking of the highlights or must see places in Kuala Lumpur, here are a few recommended places to visit during your trip: Also Read: Two Zen Retreats Near Kuala Lumpur The Petronas Towers While it’s an obvious choice, what many visitors don’t realise is that the Petronas Towers are much more than a looming ode to Malaysia’s business savvy. Not only are they handsome and photogenic, but they’re also surrounded by immaculately kept parkland. Thoughtfully, that park’s been laid out with vantage points clearly signposting the best angles for snaps of the towers, while glittering …

How To Travel From Kuala Lumpur To Penang

Wondering what’s the best way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang? Let’s calculate and compare! Penang is one of those rare frozen-in-time places which connects centuries-old history with today’s modern lifestyle. It caters to history buffs, travel photographers and nature-lovers. It’s one of those offbeat, yet equally popular places at the same time that has still maintained its laid-back vibe and an old town charm. In short… Penang is Amazing. And with that fact, comes the hard reality — soaring popularity and increasing tourist inflow. More and more tourists are travelling to Penang every day. The good thing is, however, getting to Penang is easier than you can imagine. You have options to choose from. The basis of time it takes and how much it costs, here’s my way of understanding how to best travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, or the vice-versa. If You Want To Travel Superquick, Pay Not So Much But Miss The Journey — FLY  Costs around 700 Indian Rupees (nearly 10 USD) — somewhere between what a bus and train costs. Quicker than both bus and train — total three …

Street Art In Georgetown, Penang: For Its History, Art And Culture

When you are in Georgetown, in Penang, besides trying its street-food and exploring the many white sand beaches, do not forget to uncover its rich street art. Street art in Penang is one of the highlights and the very reason why I would call Georgetown a modern heritage town. The way how Georgetown has infused new art forms into its decade-old architecture is definitely worth appreciating. Though it is still a long way for Georgetown to challenge the likes of Ljubljana’s Metelkova Graffiti Area or the street art in New York, the fact that the street art scene in Georgetown is transforming its bleak walls and sculpting them into a cultural oasis, cannot be disregarded. A Bit Of History It all started back in 2009 when the State government, in order to physically brand the UNESCO World Heritage town of Georgetown, and make it more interesting and informative for public, opened an international pitch (under the campaign ‘Marking George Town’) for artists to come together and put forward their ideas, that retell the history of the streets …

The Clan Jetties Of Georgetown, Penang

“The families living there are still not subjected to pay for house taxes because technically speaking, they are not living on land, but on the sea.” I remember the first bit of information I received about Clan Jetties of Georgetown, In Penang, very clearly — enough to build a sudden interest to go and explore the area. A bit more enquiry and I found out that dawn was, apparently, the best time to visit the jetties, as this is when locals can be found busy sorting their daily routine, and (a crowd of) tourist is still fast asleep in their hotel. A beautiful sunrise, leaving a tinge of orange and pink and yellow over the horizon of Straits of Malacca, moreover makes the entire scene a lot more melodramatic. The picturesque neighbourhood of Kim Jetty as seen from the public area at its other end Clan Jetties Of Georgetown Like fingers jut into the sea, Clan Jetties line the waterfront of Georgetown and build a community that existed for over a hundred years now, witnessing and …

My First Bungy Jumping Experience: A Few Seconds Of Insane Courage

I don’t think I can do this. What if I collapsed amidst air — a nervous breakdown, a heart attack, or something worse. My mind was constantly pleading me to reconsider. Fear had almost overpowered me. All excitement had momentarily turned into an undeniable panic. Things became even uglier when someone else jumped before me and screamed their guts out. I was going to be next! Also Read: My First Skydiving Experience I remember my instructor constantly asking me to stop shaking my legs as he performed the safety checks and tied a harness above my ankles. His motivation counselling felt of no use either. “just don’t look down. Look up. Look up,” he repeated at least half a dozen times. “And how are you supposed to look up while you’re falling upside down,” I asked myself. But that was all I had. It felt like the best advice and sounded like an assurance. JUST DON’T LOOK DOWN! And then the moment came. With both legs bound together, I started walking like a helpless penguin. As I stood on the …

How To See Penang In Three Days: An Ideal Travel Guide

Penang Island is one of those rare places in the world that I would like to revisit, at least twice. There are beaches, laid-back towns, delicious street food, all with a beautiful mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese culture, and speaking of the tourist attractions in number, don’t even ask. I stayed in Georgetown, one of the many small towns in Penang and also a UNESCO heritage city, which, in itself, had over 80 street art murals, temples, a Clan Jetty area and everything else you can think of! One can stay in Penang for more than a month, and still not need to repeat the same spot they explored yesterday. But if you’ve only 3 days to uncover Penang, and want to make the most of your visit follow this Penang travel guide. I expect you to be an urban backpacker with a good taste of travel. But first thing first… Recommended Read: How To Travel From Kuala Lumpur To Penang Where To Stay If you only have about three days in Penang, I’ll suggest you make Georgetown your base. Though …

Things To Do In Selangor: An Ideal Travel Guide

Looking for a peaceful holiday & away from the crowds of Kuala Lumpur? Consider Selangor! After staying in downtown Kuala Lumpur for a few nights, and comparing it with my time in the neighbouring state of Selangor, I realized that Kuala Lumpur was, after all, never meant for me. And if given a chance to revisit Peninsular Malaysia, I’d like to uncover a bit more or Selangor, or perhaps the southwestern coast and the comparatively offbeat northeast. But for those who happen to be in Malaysia for just a few days and are bound to stay close to the Kuala Lumpur Airport, the state of Selangor, with its many offbeat locations, provides a great escape. Away from the urban centres, while still not very far, Selangor offers convenient travel options and a far refreshing scene of rural villages. Its serene coastline towards the west moreover promises a pleasant and a relaxing holiday. Fondly known as the “Gateway of Malaysia” Selangor offers many adventure experiences like rock climbing, paragliding, river rafting, and bungy jumping, among others. …

Zen Retreats In Selangor, Near Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur can be a great city for a first timer, but if you’ve been there before, or are going to be staying in the town for a few days, be well informed that the town may appear as one chaotic mess. It is one of those cities in the world that never sleeps. Its energy hits you in the face and the madness grows on you over time. Everywhere you turn in Kuala Lumpur there is blocked traffic, crowded sidewalks, annoying taxi-drivers and smoggy air. But the good thing is, Kuala Lumpur is not short of quick and accessible getaways or, of Zen Retreats! Drive an hour or two away from Kuala Lumpur in any direction and you’re either going to end up in a thick rainforest or somewhere closer to the musical sound of the ocean — a kind of setting perfect for a quiet holiday. During my recent 5-day blog-trip with Selangor Tourism and Malindo Air, I happened to explore a peaceful forest reserve in the north of Kuala Lumpur, and an idyllic beach resort in …