The five foot way of Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown in Malaysia is one of best preserved colonial cities in Southeast Asia. The streets of Georgetown are lined with shophouses from the 19th and early 20th century in varying states of conservation. [Georgetown Covered Walkway] Every shophouse has a five foot way (kaki-lima), which is a sheltered walkway in front of each shop front. […]

European City Names and why Köln is Cologne

Many cities in Europe are spelt differently in English to how they are actually spelt. For example Firenze in Italian is Florence in English. First time visitors to Europe may not be aware of different spellings for city names. Some name changes are obvious enough as only a small change is made. Roma becomes Rome […]

South Australia – Where iced coffee outsells Coca-Cola

I got the chance to drive from Melbourne to Adelaide for a tourism promotion. I had never been to South Australia, and it seems that it’s not on the radar of most domestic and international visitors either. The coastal drive from the Victorian border to Adelaide along the Limestone coast is worth the road trip […]

Prambanan – the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia

Prambanan is a complex of Hindu temples near Yogyakarta in central Java. It is the largest Hindu remnant in Java and it is billed as “the Tallest and Most Beautiful, Largest Hindus Temple in the World”. While I haven’t been to enough Hindu temples to vouch for it’s most beautiful claim, it certainly is grand […]

Borobudur – The biggest Buddhist temple in the world

Borobudur Temple Borobudur Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, which is impressive considering that it’s not in a Buddhist country but in Central Java, Indonesia. [Borobudur Temple] It’s a temple that ranks with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Myanmar’s Bagan as one of the great religious monuments of Southeast Asia. What is more […]

Indonesia on $15 a day in Tuk Tuk, Sumatra.

Cost Of Living: Tuk Tuk, Sumatra – Indonesia Indonesia is one of the best value countries for travel in Asia. To give you an idea of the cost of living I have kept track of a days expenditure for where I am staying in Tuk Tuk, Sumatra. The following expenses are food, accommodation and other […]

Travel the world as a spy

If you are looking for a job where you are paid to travel the world, then perhaps a job as a spy is for you. Here is a compilation of secret service departments around the world and how to go about getting a job as an international man (or woman) of mystery. Secret Intelligence Service […]

The Tomb of Sir Richard Burton

In the leafy suburbs of Southwest London is a small parish church cemetery that has one of London’s most remarkable tombs. The tomb is of Sir Richard Burton and his wife Isabel. [Burton Mausoleum – St Mary Magdalens Mortlake] Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890) was a remarkable man in an age of […]

Bandung was once “Paris of Java” – What is it now?

Bandung in Indonesia was once known as “Paris of Java”. I saw a few T-shirts with the proclamation “Paris Van Java”, but other than that there is not much evidence to suggest that this was once a grand city in the resemblance of the French capital. [Jalan Asia Afrika] Bandung was once a grand city, […]

Transjakarta – The express bus system of Jakarta

Jakarta has a population of approximately 9 million people and no metro system. It’s a city that sprawls in every direction and its traffic congestion is legendary. The city has come up with a workable bus system that has at least made travel in some parts of Jakarta much faster. [Transjakarta Bus] Transjakarta is a […]