Hotel Review: Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta – Indonesia

Hotel Name: Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta Address: Jl. Adisucipto No 48, Yogyakarta Airport, Yogyakarta, Indonesia I stayed at the Grand Quality Hotel in Yogyakarta as a guest of the hotel, which was arranged by Tourism Indonesia, who I was writing on behalf of. I like Indonesian guesthouses but it has been good to have a […]

Trains in Java – Indonesia

Java has a useful train network which makes for a great way to get from Jakarta to major cities on the island. [Train at Jakarta Gambir Station] The trains are spacious and comfortable and have a meal service. [Jakarta view from train] After flying and overnight buses the train has been a welcome change. The […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Padang to Jakarta, Indonesia

Airline: AirAsia From: Padang (PDG), Indonesia To: Jakarta (CJK), Indonesia I had originally intended to get the bus from Padang to Jakarta, until I discovered that the cost of flying was only a few dollars more than the bus. Seeing that the bus was also going to cost me 30 hours, flying was an easy […]

Flight Review: Jetstar – Melbourne to Bangkok

Flight: Jetstar JQ 29 Date: 27 Jan 2008 From: Melbourne (MEL), Australia To: Bangkok (BKK), Thailand Jetstar is the low cost airline brand of Qantas. They operate flights from Australia to popular destinations in Asia as well as New Zealand and Hawaii. As Jetstar is a low cost airline it doesn’t have the usual frills […]

Singapore Airport Budget Terminal

[Edit: This is a review from my visit in February, 2008. The Budget Terminal has now closed to make way for Terminal 4.] Singapore Changi Airport is world renown for its award-winning facilities. It is the home of Singapore Airlines and it’s a major air travel hub in Asia. Budget airlines though are not interested […]

Orangutans of Sumatra – Gunung Leuser National Park

Orangutans are the worlds largest living arboreal animal and can only be found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia. These two islands have been logged extensively which has endangered the orangutan population. The North of Sumatra has seen less logging and palm oil/rubber plantation development thus has a the largest orangutan population in […]

Penang Hill – Penang Malaysia

Penang Hill is one the most popular attractions on the island of Penang, Malaysia. The peak is reached by a funicular railway and it is a great place to escape the heat of the island. The Penang Hill Railway terminus is in Air Itam, which is easily reached by a local bus from George Town, […]

The Central Market of Kuala Lumpur

My favourite market in Kuala Lumpur is the Central Market, located between China Town and the Colonial District. While there are plenty of markets that are bigger, this market is a manageable size in a heritage building, which is worth visiting for the building alone. The side of the market is bordered by Jalan Hang […]

Flight Review: AirAsia X – Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: AirAsiaX D7 2723 Date: 13 March 2009 From: Melbourne (MEL) To: Kuala Lumpur LCCT (KUL) AirAsia X – Long-haul low cost flying AirAsia X is the long haul brand of Malaysian low cost airline AirAsia. They fly from Kuala Lumpur to the Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne. They also fly to London Stansted, making […]

29 Euro train tickets from Budapest to Munich

MÁV, the train operators of Hungary, have special ticket prices from Budapest to locations around Europe. I got a ticket from Budapest to Munich for €29. The tickets aren’t apparent to find on their website. I only knew about the ticket offer from billboards in Budapest, and there is no indication of the special price […]