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 […]

Jalan Jaksa – The backpacker budget accommodation street in Jakarta

For backpackers and budget travellers arriving in Jakarta, Jalan Jaksa is the the best option to find budget accommodation. The jalan (street) has Losmen (basic flophouse style accommodation) and budget hotels. The cheapest ones aren’t usally bookable online so you have to get there early to find them, otherwise you can book Jalan Jaksa accommodation […]

Notes on Tokyo: Godzilla, hi-tech toilets, packed subways, fugu fish

Notes from my visit to Tokyo in April, 2007. Godzilla and I On my city map of Tokyo I noticed a dot marked “Godzilla Statue”. In my mind’s eye I pictured a statue at least one storey high of the lizard, perhaps eating a car, with life size people statues fleeing the scene in terror. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spain to Morocco by ferry

I travelled to Morocco from London from which there are many low cost airline flights. I wanted to arrive in Morocco via the classic ferry to Tangier so I opted for a flight to the South of Spain instead. There are numerous airports in Andalucia that you could possibly fly to from London. I chose […]