To take a plane or train to Malaysia?

Old train in Thailand

  What’s cheaper and easier, flying or taking the train to Malaysia? Decisions, decisions. I wanted to return to Malaysia as I had to leave a little to soon before. From Bangkok one would think that a short budget flight would be the answer. And it should have been. Only I wanted a last minute …

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What would it be like to live in Malaysia?

Quite street in Penang with old car

Move to or live in Malaysia? Malaysia was always on my list of “possible” places to live in Asia. The primary reasons, for me, was that Malaysia seemed to be calling out for people to relocate there. It seemed living in Malaysia was quite viable, on paper. Options were open, I took notes, filed them …

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Snake temples, Hindu statues and a hippie invasion

Ganesha statue in Penang

Snake temple, a worthy site in Penang “It’s the only one of its kind in the world!” I looked up at the Austrian as she read quotes from her guidebook. Florian was an over-excited-about-everything type. Still, she was also not the pushy type and I’d been meaning to visit the snake temple for a while. After …

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Japanese British history in Penang: a chilling torturous past brought back to life

Grave of British solider Sgt John Wolf in Penang

When Penang fell: the guns went silent and the screaming started The impressive War fort built into Bikit Maung by the British in Penang, during WW2, was designed to prevent invasion by sea, and included anti-aircraft artillery for defense. It was to become a place of little known facts and secrets. Manned by British, Malay and Sikh soldiers, …

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Open air war museum in Penang, Malaysia: a morbid taste of the past

Old photos, and relics from a very brutal past lie in Penang

Penang’s open air war museum is a must for anyone with an interest in World War Two I’m not a huge fan of museums. Though I love history, and have a keen interest in world war one & two, these often bland, sterile buildings bore me. An exception, and it’s not really a museum, was my visit …

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Visiting the largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia: Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si Temple Penang Malaysia

Guide to Kek Lok Si Temple or Temple of Supreme Bliss in Air Itam, Penang Malaysia This huge buddhist temple in Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia first began construction in 1890, and construction continues today. That said, this huge hill like compound is very much worth a visit if you are visiting Penang or North West Malaysia. …

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For better or worse, my arrival into George Town Penang, and some old school accommodation

Golden Statue at Air Itam in Penang, Malaysia

George Town Penang, one of those rare tourist places that grows on you Penang is an island in northwestern peninsular Malaysia. It’s capital is Georgetown, an old colonial town that’s been made a world heritage site. Unlike many other world heritage sites, George Town has taken the tourism rush well. I had my doubts about the place from reading about it. …

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