Browsing Category : Asia

Bintang time in Bali


“They say If you like Kuta, you need to go home” is what Jimmy, our host on the Island of Gili Air in Lombok said upon meeting. We told him we’d just spent a week there, the Magaluf of Bali – full of young, wild Australian tourists.

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Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka


The Shinkansen ‘bullet’ train from Tokyo took us the 513 km to Kyoto in just over two hours. Let’s put that into perspective. The 696 km train journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai took 16 hours! Another point to Japan.

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The Cameron Highlands


A four hour bus from Penang took us to the town of Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. Another hill station from the colonial era known for its tea plantations, strawberry farms and cold weather. We were a little skeptical of this promised cooler climate but sure enough we were in hoodies for 3 days..the first time in nearly 5…

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Penang – City of Food and Culture


We were excited to come to Penang, mainly because of its reputation for great street food. Anyone we’d spoken to or anything we’d read online raved about the hawker stalls and food courts. And it hasn’t let us down. Compared to street food elsewhere in Asia this place is on another level. We have also made a new discovery…the joy…

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Nasi Lemak


We couldn’t leave Penang without trying Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak. Traditionally eaten for breakfast and often seen wrapped in banana leaf parcels in food courts and on the the street.

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Tandoori Chicken @ Little India, Penang


Little India in Georgetown is a lively, vibrant neighbourhood with some fantastic food options. Walking down the road we saw this guy come out of the butchers with a large bowl of marinated chicken and it looked so good we decided to follow him to his restaurant.

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Char Koay Teow


Just down the road from our hotel is Kimberly Street, where in the evening dozens of Hawkers set up their stalls. Right outside Sin Guat Keong Coffee Shop is a Char Koay Teow stall – rice noodles fried up with shrimp, egg, beansprouts and chilli. I have to say this was the tastiest noodle dish I’ve had the entire time…

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Getting Curried Away In Penang!


We arrived in Penang about 2 hours ago and headed out straight away to sample some of its famous cuisine. We stumbled upon a Nasi Kandar restaurant called Hameediyah just five minutes from our hotel. The staff were super friendly and helpful, with loads of recommendations and taking us into the kitchen to sample some of the curries first!

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A Taste of Colonial Burma


Back in Mandalay and a 4am train took us to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British hill station during the colonial era, then named Maymyo after Colonel May. For anyone who has read George Orwell’s Burmese Days, it’s probably the closest you’ll get to Kyauktada, the fictional town in the book based on real-life Katha (where tourists aren’t allowed to…

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This is Burma…


…and it will be quite unlike any land you know about – Rudyard Kipling once wrote. And he was right. After nearly 3 months already in Asia we thought we’d seen it all. A quick flight from Bangkok and our romantic hopes of Kipling’s Mandalay were all but dashed – it was dirty, it was manic and it felt slightly…

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