Malaysia

Georgetown Street Art

Georgetown is a great place to stroll around.  The atmospheric, colonial architecture of the old city is beautiful, and while you take your rambling amble through the city you are never far from an amazing lunch. Or snack. Or second lunch.

But the cherry on top of the icing in Georgetown is the wonderful street art, much of which has an interactive element to it. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Eating in Georgetown

For lovers of Asian street food, no word conjures up deeper desire than “Georgetown.” This port city on the island of Penang, just off the mainland Malaysian coast, has its own way of doing street food. It is something of a cross between the organized hawker centers of Singapore, and the jumbled food carts clogging the streets of all self-respecting Thai cities. The food is also a mix of Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences.

If you like food, and especially Asian street food, Georgetown is a must visit. Continue reading

Travel Day: Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown

When it was finally time to move on from KL to the island of Penang, we opted to take the night train. We did this for two reasons. First, my whole family loves trains. I don’t know why. There is simply something civilized and romantic about clacking your way through the countryside aboard a train. I guess it doesn’t hurt that there is generally enough room to stretch fully out as well. Continue reading

A Visit to the Petronas Towers: A City Redeemed?

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Our first visit to Kuala Lumpur was a little rough. Having traveled through many of Asia’s biggest cities, it came as a shock to us to have a really hard time getting around KL. I tend to thrive on the chaos and disorder of places like Bangkok and Hanoi. And don’t get me started on Tokyo, one of my favorite cities on the planet. But KL . . . we just couldn’t figure it out. Continue reading

Eight Legged Night Terrors on the Kinabatangan

We saw quite a few animals on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo. We saw: short and long tail macaques, proboscis monkeys, langurs, gibbons, crocodiles, civet cats, a leopard cat, a mangrove snake, an owl, (killer!) bees, cotton bugs, walking sticks, millipedes, kingfishers, hornbills, bee eaters, so many mosquitos, flying foxes, and an eagle (just a small one).

But only one animal deserves the name Night Terror of the Kinabatangan River. The spider. Continue reading

Uncle Tan’s Jungle Camp

While we were in Borneo, we stayed first at the Uncle Tan’s Bed & Breakfast, and then took a 3 day/2 night journey up the Kinabatangan River to the Jungle Camp. While the three days there were incredibly hot and sweaty, we had a great time cruising the rivers looking for a variety of different monkeys, and always keeping our eyes pealed for orangutans. Our visit was marred slightly when some money was taken from our kids’ bags, but otherwise we had a great time. Continue reading

Uncle Tan’s Bed & Breakfast

On our trip to Borneo, we spent two nights at Uncle Tan’s B&B (inn Sepilok, near the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center), and two nights at Uncle Tan’s Jungle Camp (same link as the B&B) on the Kinabatangan River (as part of a tour that included not only lodging, but food and animal watching excursions as well). This post will review the bed and breakfast. I will review the jungle camp in another.

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