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Bukit Tinggi: Escaping the French way in Malaysia


If the quirks of this place can fascinate people yet, I bet its sui generis architecture must have stirred curiosity back in 2000 when it first opened. Despite no colonial history with France, its influence very much exists in Bukit Tinggi, a hill located 48 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Colmar Tropicale, a themed resort, celebrates the eponymous town in north-eastern France through its half-timbered buildings and paste

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Slow Travel: 9 Practical Reasons Why You Must Consider Travelling to Malaysia


“Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

It’s been almost seven years since the travel bug got stuck in my feet and all these years my way of travelling and approach to look at the countries has taken substantial shifts. I am not the traveller that I was in 2010; I find warmth in slow travel. I like to li

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Exploring Cambodian Street Food in Siem Reap on my Yellow Vespa


My fondness for Siem Reap started on a Vespa. These colourful chic scooters have fancied me, ever since I saw Audrey Hepburn on it in Roman Holiday. Sadly, I can’t ride two-wheelers to save my life. Riding as a pillion gave me all the opportunity to explore what I otherwise couldn’t have in Siem Reap. As evening falls and darkness sets in, that’s when this city reveals its delectable and bizarre food. The After Dark Foodie experience by Read more »

Yangon - Of Golden Pagodas, Thanaka Powder and Check Longyi


Rangoon, as it was known to be, is perhaps the most exotic city I have been to. Some say this is what South East Asian cities like Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City used to be in their nascence. The technology is yet to overrun the country at large. Having traversed through the temple towns of Mandalay and Bagan in the central region to the hill town of Kalaw and floating villages of Inle Lake in the east, by now I was adequately informed about

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Kampung Bharu: A slice of village life in the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur


Kampung Bharu is living the irony of its name – in Malaya, it translates to the new village, but in fact, it is a 117-year-old bustling enclave right under the nose of colossal skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. This piece of land which was given to the displaced Malay farmers, when Kuala Lumpur was transfiguring itself into the capital city, has now become a symbol of Malay heritage. The urban encroachment suggests its days are numbered and

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Singapore Guide: 6 Travel Suggestions from a Local


This city or country never ceases to amaze me. If you think you have seen Singapore having experienced its world class safaris and amusement parks, then you have only touched its surface. It has a lot to offer which sadly gets shrouded by tall skyscrapers and gleaming city lights. I have rarely seen people travelling to Singapore taking unusual routes and so, here is the lowdown on travel suggestions from a local in my Singapore Travel Guide seri

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6 Recommendations for a Relaxing Getaway to the Cameron Highlands


I was told that this place is dull as there is not much to do. Indeed, I was looking for a place where I could do Nothing. A spur-of-the-moment decision brought me to Cameron Highlands in the Pahang state of Malaysia. I was tired of keeping up with the ‘must-do’ in the small towns of Malaysia and was looking for a comfortable getaway. Cameron Highlands draws a parallel to the likes of Darjeeling and Nuwara Eliya where British fou

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Planters Country Hotel Review: An Affordable English Stay in Cameron Highlands


It is no less than art to find a perfect stay which adds an extra touch to make your holiday unforgettable. I am fond of the places which help me get a better local experience of the destination yet fits into my budget comfortably. When I decided to visit the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, an English plantatio

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Food Guide: 5 Must-Try Quick Bites in Ipoh


Ipoh is a small little heritage town in the Perak state of Malaysia. From being an insignificant fishing village to a prosperous tin mining town, and changing hands from British to Japanese to British again, it has a checkered past which is alive in the form of architecture and food. During its mining heydays, it saw a massive influx of Chinese settlers who became the major contributors in shaping its culture. Owing to its rich past the governmen

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Tête–à–tête with a Tagin Wanderer


She was waiting for the wings,

to soar the sky,

to explore the lands unknown.

Only seldom do I meet someone who inspires me with their wanderlust. The odds of such meeting in a village in Arunachal Pradesh were zilch. Sitting in my room on the 22nd floor of a swanky hotel in Kuala Lumpur, when I look out into s

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Living with the Mishing Tribe of Majuli


I arrived at Majuli with empty expectations. The two weeks that I was on the road crisscrossing the states of Arunachal and Assam, it left me with the not-so-good impression of the people of Assam. Like, in general, the faces are weary and devoid of any smile unlike the people in Arunachal who are incredibly warm. But I was looking forward to spending time with the Majuli's Mishing Tribe which is one of the largest ethnic tribes of Assam. The tri

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Travel Tips: Things you should know when travelling to Myanmar


No doubt Myanmar is an easy country to travel but since it is still opening up to the International community after years of military rule, relying on one source of information is not sufficient. The standard of business practices is not consistent hence any extra info is helpful and can save you big bucks. These tips will also let you know what to expect in Myanmar so that you can plan accordingly. Here are some Travel Tips to Myanmar from my pe

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Container Hotel Review: Budget Stay in Ipoh


When I am travelling solo my criteria for choosing a stay is a.) has to be centrally located and b.) should be dirt cheap. And if this budget option comes with an exclusive feature, then even better. The Container Hotel is an ideal, no-frill option for the solo travellers who are not lo

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11 Foods that I discovered on the streets of Yogyakarta


Lying in the foothills of volcanic Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta was once the cynosure of several ancient kingdoms. The last eruption was in 2006 when it left the town in a thick layer of lava, tonnes of ash and severe damage but that did not break the spirit of people here. The more you delve into its stories, the more you get rapt in its character. And talking about character, there’s no way you can leave its food out. Food in Yogyakarta has be

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