The Sultanate of Brunei

By |2019-03-08T13:45:48+00:00September 25th, 2014|Asia|

It’s a little bit of Islamic Middle East nestled in the heart of Malaysia. Brunei means “a place of peace” Under the Sultan’s rule, the people enjoy a good living – no poverty or unemployment. The country is safe, clean and pollution free. The rain forest and river are well preserved, and there is a large park with [...]

Kerala – a cultural paradise! (video clip)

By |2018-05-14T10:28:41+00:00October 2nd, 2013|Asia|

Visiting Kerala in South India is like visiting an India of order and calm, quite unlike the noisy confusion of Bombay and Delhi! Swaying palm trees, wide, white expansive beaches – without traders or high rise hotels – Kerala is a lush landscape of tea plantations, coconut palms and spices. In fact, Kerala’s importance stems from the growing [...]

Malaysian Memories

By |2018-05-14T10:29:23+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

Malaysia drips in a culture and atmosphere unique to itself. It has beautiful scenery, white sandy beaches and friendly faces. A ‘cocktail’ of faiths, mainly Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus – Malaysia is culturally diverse but everyone seems to live in harmony! I flew with Qatar Airways, and it was a pleasant and comfortable journey arriving in Penang in [...]

A Malaysian Interlude

By |2018-05-14T10:30:08+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

With only 10 days to spare, we headed off East in search of the orangutans of Borneo! Few places on Earth can be compared to the rugged natural beauty of Sabah ‘the land under the wind’, home of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak of South East Asia. Our destination was Sepilok, an orangutan rehabilitation centre that ensures these [...]

Malaysia – a trip to fill up your senses

By |2018-05-14T10:33:03+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

Air Malaysia has the best seat pitch in economy from London to Kuala Lumpur ~ a full 34 inches to BA’s 31! So my 13-hour journey was as comfortable as could be! Kuala Lumpur is a clean and modern city and easy to get around by foot or by taxi or by the excellent monorail train. Its most [...]

Mingalabar Myanmar! (video clip)

By |2018-05-14T10:33:58+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

It had been on my wish list for years, and when Burma opened up ever so slightly to tourists……I was checking visa requirements, brochures and guide books, before you could say Mingalabar Myanmar! (That’s Hello Burma in Burmese!) Burma, as it was, Myanmar, as it is now, has been closed for decades, under military rule. However politics have [...]

Sri Lanka …. the teardrop of India (video clip)

By |2018-05-14T10:36:47+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

I'll leave it to the tourist books to tell you about the getting there, the what not to miss, the where you should go... my story is about Sri Lanka, about its magic and its effect on an unwary traveller, with just a little bit of curiosity - me! Its a story that starts more than 2,000 years [...]

Jai Ho! India (video clip)

By |2018-05-14T10:38:58+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

Jai Ho! No matter what I say about India, it will seem like a cliché. One thing is true, a visit to India will change your life and your perspective forever. It’s a continent of over one billion people, scrambling to live, to survive, from the rubbish dumps of Mumbai to the Moghul Palaces of Jaipur. Ruined temples [...]

A Journey through Thailand

By |2018-05-14T10:39:43+00:00June 12th, 2013|Asia|

Arriving in Bangkok on a Monday afternoon, to traffic jams, hot and tired, I could hardly take in this large noisy city where street vendors and tuc tucs are the norm alongside modern skyscrapers and the city Skyrail system. A good night’s sleep and a day later I was aboard the most famous Eastern & Oriental Express travelling [...]