Shamian – the historic concession island of Guangzhou

Shamian in Guangzhou is a former concession island that was established by the French and British after the Second Opium War. This small island has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in Asia. It might also be the best 19th century historical site that isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site (yet). The island was […]

Solomon Islands – Reefs and war wrecks in a tropical island paradise

Solomon Islands was my first trip to a pacific island nation, which I was invited to visit as a guest of Solomon Islands Tourism. I must admit that I had to Google where Solomon Islands are, and if they are even an independent country (the Oceania region is my weakest link on travel trivia nights). […]

Gulangyu – a car-free island near Xiamen, China

In my travels around China I got to see the A-list cultural highlights such as the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, as well as seeing the wonderful Giant Pandas. What I found more surprising about China is the amount of unheralded goodness there is in this country. One […]

Pulau Pangkor Travel Guide

Travel Guides > Malaysia > Pangkor Travel Guide Pulau Pangkor (Pangkor Island) is on the West Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It’s close enough to Kuala Lumpur to make it an accessible stopover destination, which was how I ended up on the island. I had a week in KL enroute to China, so rather than staying […]