Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth (Penang) with the ETS – the fastest train in Southeast Asia

In 2015 the electrification of the train line between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth was completed. On this modernised track the ETS (Electric Train Service) reaches a speed of 160kmh. The ETS is the fastest intercity train in Southeast Asia, and is tied at equal first with two airport trains (Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur). The Bangkok […]

Visiting the aircraft graveyard of Bangkok

In an unassuming suburb of Bangkok is an empty lot that has become small airplane graveyard. I have been meaning to visit this site on my last few visits to Bangkok and I finally got my chance when a friend organised a trip. The highlight of the this aircraft boneyard is a 747 which is […]

Riding the Bamboo Railway in Battambang – Cambodia

The bamboo railway is a makeshift railway in Cambodia that uses the old single line that runs between Battambang and Phnom Penh. In what was initially a way for goods to be transported has now become a fully-fledged tourist trap attraction. At the time of my visit I only saw foreign passengers on board and […]

Cholon Wanders – Visiting Saigon’s historic Chinatown district

For visitors to Saigon the most popular sites are in a compact area around District 1 and 3. If you have time though I recommend making a visit to Cholon, which is the old Chinatown area, most of which lies in District 5. Cholon used to be a city in itself until it was merged […]

Tra Su Forest, Vietnam

One of the lesser-known attractions of the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam is the Tra Su Forest. The forest is a former plantation that is now a wildlife reserve. There are canals which are flooded (usually between November to March) and there are boats that will take you on tour. The forest is about 20km […]

Cool cafes in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a major hub for travel in Southeast Asia and is a great city to make a stop-over. While I’ve always enjoyed coming here for the food and to go shopping at familiar stores, the cafe scene has consisted mostly of the big chains (Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf et al). The […]

Food to try in Makassar, Indonesia

Makassar is the gateway to Sulawesi and is considered as a major culinary destination of Indonesia. Even if you are a frequent traveller to Indonesia you may be surprised to find cuisine here that is not found anywhere else in the Indonesian archipelago. During my visit I sampled a selection of local dishes as well […]

Airport Lounge Review: Silverkris Lounge – London Heathrow

I was invited by Singapore Airlines to review the Premium Economy service from London to Singapore. Before the flight I was provided a pass to the SilverKris Lounge at London Heathrow. The lounge is open to business and first class passengers on Singapore Airlines and other Star Alliance airlines, Kris Flyer Gold and PPS Club […]

An hour and fifteen minutes in Hanover (not that I was counting)

Actually I was counting, but not in the sense that I was counting down the minutes until I could leave. My travels from Hamburg to Leipzig required a change of trains in Hanover (Hannover in German). Rather than wait on the platform I gave myself a mini-tour of Hanover. I had an hour and fifteen […]

Visiting the British Museum – one of the worlds great museums

London is famous for having loads of musuems that you can visit for free. I always tell people this is one of the many great things about London, yet whenever I end up back in London on my annual visit I never get round to visiting them. I happened to be staying near the British […]