Travel

Sunday, 2 May 2010

KK is OK for family trips

2010-05-02 AS PARENTS, we are often at wits end on weekends and school holidays with what to do with the kids. Most urban kids are kept busy with tuition, piano, ballet, computer or art classes, and whatever free time they have they use to glue themselves to...

'Surfin' in Batang Lupar

2010-05-02 WOULD you dare to be on a surfing board and battle a tidal bore in Sarawak's Batang Lupar, famed for its crocodile-infested waters? For the "dare-devils", then they should look no further then Sri Aman, 170km from Kuching, as Sri Aman's...

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Indonesia: To see and to experience

2010-04-25 I'VE spent the last few weeks touring Indonesia, a country I'm visiting for the first time and which is so large and breathtaking I now know I'll have to come back and visit on many more occasions.With over 255 million people, more islands and...

From Melaka to Pinang: Between the historical ports of Malaysia

2010-04-25 WHAT a contrast between Dumai in Sumatra and Melaka in Malaysia! Less than 100km separate them, but it's two worlds apart. Dumai is a rundown rather ugly small town, whereas Melaka is probably the most beautiful and interesting town I've visited...

Sunday, 18 April 2010

On a scenic trail to Don Det, Laos

2010-04-18 SOMEWHAT off the tourist trail in Laos lies a little island — one of four thousand in the area — called Don Det, a place so special I was hesitant to write about it and create more exposure for a place that does so well as one of the...

Through Sumatra and over the Straits of Melaka

2010-04-18 I LEFT Jakarta around four o'clock on Monday, April 5, with a three-hour delay on the scheduled time as the coach had been delayed on its way from Bandung where it had departed that very morning.Pity, because I wanted to cross the Sunda Strait...

Bangladesh celebrates 'Pohela Boishakh'

2010-04-18 BANGLADESH is the largest delta in the world with a long history. The land, the rivers and the lives of the common people are intertwined in the formation of a rich cultural heritage of Bangladesh different from neighbouring regions.Bangladesh's...

Sunday, 11 April 2010

A 4WD odyssey through Mali's plains

2010-04-11 THE globe-trotting Bruneian, Norhayati Abu Bakar, and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, have embarked on the second leg of their odyssey, this time driving through Mali with their trusted four-wheel-drive Jambo.Norhayati's expedition is in...

On the long road from Yogyakarta to Jakarta

2010-04-11 I LOVE Yogyakarta. It is not too big, but it's full of life, of art and of history. And the people are really friendly. If the sky is clear, the volcano Merapi (at 2,911m) looms on the northern horizon, always with a puff of white smoke coming out...

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Wandering in Bali's peripheries to see culture, nature

2010-04-04 ON MONDAY morning the 22nd of March I left Tirta Gangga and three bemos and about three hours later I reached Ubud, about twenty-five kilometres north of Denpasar, which may be considered the cultural capital of Bali. There are two main tourist...

Journey through deserts of Mauritania

2010-04-04 WE REACHED in Mauretania on March 9. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is 200 times bigger than Brunei, and 75 per cent of its land is desert.Mauritania is an inhospitable place, and easterly wind was blowing sand about one foot high. We passed a...

Sunday, 28 March 2010

To 'New England' and back to Asia

2010-03-28 AT 6.30 pm on Thursday the 11th of March, my coach arrived in Armidale, a small town of about 25,000 people in The New England, north of Sydney. It took a little longer than eight hours to get there, travelling through a beautiful green landscape...

Diving deep into Oman's blue waters

2010-03-28 IF Oman's desert offers a slice of adventure its underwater is teeming with a tapestry of marine life, Aftab H Kola is thrilled.What I saw in that first glimpse was shafts of sunlight, probably, slanting off through clear blue water; a coral reef of...

Onwards to Rabat and Marrakesh

2010-03-28 WE started the journey early on the morning of February 23.The crossing from the Algeciras port on the European continent to Ceuta town, on African soil, was a stormy one indeed. Prior before the journey, I was already not feeling well, coughing and...

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Onwards to the land of Al-Andalus

2010-03-21 FINALLY, the globe-trotting Bruneian, Norhayati Abu Bakar, and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, have embarked on the second leg of their odyssey, this time driving through mystique Spain with their trusted four-wheel-drive Jambo.Norhayati's...

Down Under in the land of wallaroos and wallabies

2010-03-21 ON WEDNESDAY, March 3, I left the airport in Bandar Seri Begawan after three-and-a-half years of life in Brunei to undertake a journey that should take me from Australia all the way up to China.But what has Australia got to do with Southeast Asia,...

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Life and soul in Senegal

2010-03-14 IT WAS only 7:30pm, but night had fallen rapidly and the air was still hot and humid. On the beach at Soumbédioune, a fishing community on the West African coast near the city of Dakar, hundreds of pirogues, or long wooden fishing boats were...

Beware ... Touts preying on holidaymakers

2010-03-14 ASIA is a vibrant travel destination but there are plenty of unscrupulous individuals trying to make a quick buck out of unsuspecting tourists. Be smart and don't be caught unawares.You've heard many horror stories of tourists getting scammed as...

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Famous Padian river traders of Kg Ayer

2010-03-07 IT'S hard to imagine now, but Brunei Darussalam once had its own floating market run by women known as padian. "When the tide rises, the women go in boats through the city selling provisions and necessities ..." Antonio Pigafetta wrote of...

Travel firm names top 10 famous movie hotels in US

2010-03-07 WHILE most travellers can only dream of getting an Oscar or being on the silver screen, anyone can pretend to be star at US hotels where countless movie scenes have been shot.Travel firm TripAdvisor has come up with a list of the top 10 famous...

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