Where I’m At: June, 2017 – Saigon edition

[Where I’m At; a monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.] Where I’ve Been Greetings from Saigon! After starting the month in Mui Ne, last month was split between Saigon and a Singapore/Malaysia trip. Singapore My Singapore/Malaysia trip revolved around meeting my dad in Kuala Lumpur. Rather […]

The regeneration of Kuala Lumpur Old City

The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur was when I was overlanding my way down the Malay Peninsula in 2006. Like most backpackers I ended up in a cheap guesthouse in the Chinatown area of KL. I was amazed that there were so many heritage buildings that had not been restored. There are sections of […]

Hotel Review: Hotel Al Jafs – Kuala Lumpur

Guesthouse Name: Hotel Al Jafs Address: 17-19 Jalan Bedara, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I stayed at the Hotel Al Jafs in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is in the Bukit Bintang area, which is one of the most popular places to stay in Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Bintang is the name of the street, and it […]

Hotel Review: Simms Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang – Kuala Lumpur

Guesthouse Name: Simms Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang Address: No 180 Jalan Pudu, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I stayed at the Simms Boutique Hotel Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. I booked online at the rate of $16.50 USD per night, which is at the low end of private rooms in KL. The hotel name says […]

Flight Review: Jetstar Asia – Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: Jetstar Asia 3K 685 From: Singapore (SIN) To: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I flew with Jetstar Asia from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. I compared flights with Skyscanner.com, and if you book in advance the flights are cheap. I paid $63.50 SGD ($46 USD) booked 3 months in advance, and that included a checked bag. This […]

Flight Review: Malindo Air – Kuala Lumpur to Denpasar (Bali)

Flight: Malindo Air OD 308 From: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) To: Denpasar (DPS) I flew with Malindo Air from Kuala Lumpur to Bali. I compared flights online with Skyscanner and they were the cheapest, and also flying at a reasonable hour of the day. I had never flown with Malindo, which was another reason I picked […]

Hotel Review: Anggun Boutique Hotel, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Guesthouse Name: Anggun Boutique Hotel Address: 7 & 9 Jalan Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I stayed at the Anggun Boutique Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. I booked online after comparing hotels in Kuala Lumpur. I was looking for a 4 or 5 star hotel in Bukit Bintang area, so I set the […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Da Nang to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: AirAsia AK 649 From: Da Nang (DAD) To: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I flew with AirAsia from Da Nang to Kuala Lumpur. I picked this flight because I knew there was an AirAsia flight out of Da Nang, and my visa was expiring while I was there so I picked this as my exit point. […]

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 […]

Flight Review: AirAsia – Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur

Flight: AirAsia AK 135 From: Hong Kong (HKG) To: Kuala Lumpur (KUL) I flew with AirAsia from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur. I compared flights online with Skyscanner and AirAsia was by far the cheapest option. The scheduled flight time between Hong Kong and KL is 3 hours and 55 minutes, though the flying time […]