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Merdeka Square: The Colonial Heart of Kuala Lumpur

My first impression of Kuala Lumpur was that it is a modern city on the move, ready to rival other big modern Asian cities. As I dug a little deeper into the city over the… [more]

Merdeka Square: The Colonial Heart of Kuala Lumpur Merdeka Square: The Colonial Heart of Kuala Lumpur

Tasting Honey Tea, Mekong Style in Vietnam

Although the rushed, over crowded and impersonal tour that I joined to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam was far from enjoyable, it did have the occasional small highlight that… [more]

Tasting Honey Tea, Mekong Style in Vietnam Tasting Honey Tea, Mekong Style in Vietnam

Masjid Negara – The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

From the window of my guesthouse in Chinatown, one of the first things I noticed was a building off in the distance with a huge, blue, star shaped roof. I had no idea what… [more]

Masjid Negara – The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur Masjid Negara - The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Photos: The Backstreets of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the first place I've ever stayed in a foreign country for longer than a couple of weeks. During my two months in this city in Northern Thailand I realised the… [more]

Photos: The Backstreets of Chiang Mai Photos: The Backstreets of Chiang Mai

Chinatown: First Impressions of Kuala Lumpur

It was strange to be in a big city again. I think the last time I had seen a skyscraper was back in Saigon, over four months prior. As the bus made its way through the outer… [more]

Chinatown: First Impressions of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown: First Impressions of Kuala Lumpur

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Merdeka Square: The Colonial Heart of Kuala Lumpur

by Dean Wickham October 25, 2014 Asia
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My first impression of Kuala Lumpur was that it is a modern city on the move, ready to rival other big modern Asian cities. As I dug a little deeper into the city over the next few days, I realised that is so much more than that. It is also a city that embraces its [...]

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Tasting Honey Tea, Mekong Style in Vietnam

by Dean Wickham October 17, 2014 Asia
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Although the rushed, over crowded and impersonal tour that I joined to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam was far from enjoyable, it did have the occasional small highlight that made it all worth it in the end. One of those moments was stopping at a honey bee farm, which at first appeared to just be [...]

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Masjid Negara – The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

by Dean Wickham October 4, 2014 Asia
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From the window of my guesthouse in Chinatown, one of the first things I noticed was a building off in the distance with a huge, blue, star shaped roof. I had no idea what it was until I opened up my map of Kuala Lumpur and my Lonely Planet guide. That interesting building that I [...]

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Photos: The Backstreets of Chiang Mai

by Dean Wickham September 26, 2014 Asia
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Chiang Mai is the first place I’ve ever stayed in a foreign country for longer than a couple of weeks. During my two months in this city in Northern Thailand I realised the benefits of an extended stay in one place. Once I had seen all of the popular tourist attractions, temples and markets, I [...]

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Chinatown: First Impressions of Kuala Lumpur

by Dean Wickham September 19, 2014 Asia
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It was strange to be in a big city again. I think the last time I had seen a skyscraper was back in Saigon, over four months prior. As the bus made its way through the outer suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, I realised that this really is a big city, with endless buildings, streets and [...]

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A Walk and a Tea Estate in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

by Dean Wickham September 11, 2014 Asia
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We must have looked like the oddest people in town. At least, that was the look that we were getting from locals who drove past us in their cars or on motorbikes as we wandered along the winding road. If it wasn’t odd looks that we were getting, it was looks of amusement at seeing [...]

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Backpacker’s Travel Guide to Vientiane, Laos

by Dean Wickham September 5, 2014 Asia
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Vientiane is a capital city that doesn’t really feel like a capital city, especially when you compare it to the metropolises of Laos’ neighbouring countries. Compared to cities like Bangkok, Hanoi or Phnom Penh, Vientiane is a sleepy little city, located right on the Mekong River. It is a city that is now forever changing, [...]

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Photos from Wat Monthian in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Dean Wickham August 27, 2014 Asia
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There are some temples in Chiang Mai that seem to attract all of the tourists, while there are others that are just as impressive but see very little tourist traffic. Since I had visited the more popular temples during my first visit to Chiang Mai, this time around I decided to check out some of [...]

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Hiking the Rainforest Trails of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

by Dean Wickham August 14, 2014 Adventure
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I had dragged my hiking boots along with me for over five months through Southeast Asia, and I had only used them once in Vietnam, way back near the start of my trip. I was a little disappointed with myself about that. Obviously I had planned to do quite a lot of trekking during the [...]

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Kong Hock Keong: Goddess of Mercy Temple in George Town, Penang

by Dean Wickham August 7, 2014 Asia
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It was a pleasant morning in George Town, Penang, as I wandered along a quiet street in Chinatown. Old Chinese buildings lined the street, each one showing signs of age and character; each with its own story to tell. As the street led me out of Chinatown, I could suddenly smell that unique aroma that [...]

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