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Photos from Wat Monthian in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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… [more]

Photos from Wat Monthian in Chiang Mai, Thailand Photos from Wat Monthian in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hiking the Rainforest Trails of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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… [more]

Hiking the Rainforest Trails of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Hiking the Rainforest Trails of the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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

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… [more]

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

Moving on to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

It was strange to leave Penang. We had only been in George Town for five days, but it felt like a lot longer than that. In that short period of time we had already become… [more]

Moving on to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia Moving on to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A Visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque in George Town, Penang

In all of my travels I have visited countless places of religious worship. I have visited stunning Catholic churches in Italy, sparkling Buddhist temples in Thailand, wooden… [more]

A Visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque in George Town, Penang A Visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque in George Town, Penang

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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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Moving on to Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

by Dean Wickham July 24, 2014 Asia
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It was strange to leave Penang. We had only been in George Town for five days, but it felt like a lot longer than that. In that short period of time we had already become familiar with the city. We had already discovered our favourite food spots; we even knew our way around pretty well [...]

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A Visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque in George Town, Penang

by Dean Wickham July 12, 2014 Asia
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In all of my travels I have visited countless places of religious worship. I have visited stunning Catholic churches in Italy, sparkling Buddhist temples in Thailand, wooden monasteries in the Himalayas and interesting Chinese and Hindu temples in several different cities in the world. But strangely enough, I had never visited a Mosque. That all [...]

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Photo Essay: Walking the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Dean Wickham July 5, 2014 Asia
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Every Sunday afternoon in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Rachadamnoen Rd – the main street through the Old City – is closed off to all traffic to become one big long night market. From the central area around Tha Pha Gate, stalls set up all along the road right up to Wat Phra Singh, and they sell [...]

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Khoo Kongsi Clanhouse in George Town, Penang

by Dean Wickham June 28, 2014 Asia
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Some of the most interesting historic attractions in George Town, Malaysia, are the beautiful Chinese clanhouses around the city. The Chinese immigrants who came to Penang in the 18th and 19th centuries developed “Clans” based on where they were from in China. The larger of these clans felt the need to build “Clanhouses” for meetings [...]

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A Taste of India in Penang, Malaysia

by Dean Wickham June 14, 2014 Asia
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As with all of the destinations that I visited during my six month journey through Southeast Asia, every day in Penang started with a walk. The only question was what direction I would head in when I stepped out the door of my guest house in Chinatown each morning. On this particular day, my feet [...]

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Backpacker’s Travel Guide to Si Phan Don (4000 Islands), Laos

by Dean Wickham June 7, 2014 Asia
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Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) is situated right in the south of Laos, in the stretch of Mekong River that borders Cambodia. Here, the Mekong River splits into a maze of different channels covering a width of around 4 km, creating thousands of small islands (around 4000 in the dry season). Si Phan Don is [...]

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Photo Journey Through Pinang Peranakan Mansion in George Town, Malaysia

by Dean Wickham June 1, 2014 Asia
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Located on Lebuh Gereja, right in the heart of George Town, Malaysia, Pinang Peranakan Mansion is one of the greatest examples of the extravagant Chinese Courtyard homes that were common among the rich merchants of the Baba Nyonya Culture in Penang. The Baba Nyonyas (also known as Peranakans) are a community of people that originated [...]

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