Burma Death Railway: aka The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge over River Kwai

More than a movie, the death railway that is the bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai sits in infamy as a classic world war two movie. Based on a fictional book by French writer Pierre Boulle, it features the construction of the Burma Railway between 1942-43. Dig deeper into this …

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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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How not to take a photograph at Batu Caves in Malaysia

Brahmin (Hindu priest) carrying blessing at a Batu cave temple

Visiting Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur It’s a very easy day trip as the caves are only 13km out of Kuala Lumpur. I took Bus 11/11d from Bangkok Bank Terminus. Close to Central Market. There was a German on the bus too, and even they only complained twice about getting there. So, it’s not too …

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The Tibetan Temple in Davao City & how to realize you’ve gone too far

The Tibetan Temple Inc in Davao City, The Philippines

Getting to the Tibetan Temple in the rising morning heat was quite easy. There was a small Sari Sari store outside and some shelter in the form of some palm tree coverings. Something I needed, as I am not a fan of humidity. I looked at the large red gates that were firmly closed in …

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Finding Buddha in Davao, the Lon Wa Temple or Hua Temple

The Shaolin Temple in Davao City, The Philippines

One called this place the Long Hua temple another called it the Lon Wa temple. It’s not that hard to write a guide book based on facts, but still they fail. The name outside is the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple. The taxi and jeepney guys just call it the Chinese temple. This is what got me …

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Finding the Lost Pyramids of China

One of the Lost Pyramids in China (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Hidden dreams in amongst a larger reality. That’s what the pyramids of China were like to me. I’d discovered them nearly 10 years previously while starting the research for this overland journey. Mini goals are important. But after 10 years they get a little obsessive. I called the girls and we all …

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