Eew! : Taman Negara, Malaysia (Part 2)

(pic by Sharon McCutcheon @ unsplash.com) The next morning we meet at breakfast and discuss our schedule for the day. First, we'll take a 5+ hour trek through the jungle with a local guide, who'll point out various flora and fauna on our route. Then, we'll rendezvous with Hannah, our tour leader, for a well … Continue reading Eew! : Taman Negara, Malaysia (Part 2)

Older Than The Amazon: Taman Negara, Malaysia

Taman Negara rainforest is located on the Malaysian peninsula, 240 km from Kuala Lumpur. At 130 million years old, Taman Negara is not just older than the Amazon it's the oldest rainforest in the world. The over 4000 square kilometre national park is also home to flora, fauna and the Orang Asli, the indigenous people … Continue reading Older Than The Amazon: Taman Negara, Malaysia

Bomb Boats: Laos

When the US withdrew from Vietnam in 1973 it left a trail of destruction, death and detritus behind. Almost 50 years later, some of the physical junk left in South East Asia has since been transformed into something practical. Bomb boats are missile-shaped vessels fashioned from the auxiliary fuel tanks of U.S. B-52 bombers. The … Continue reading Bomb Boats: Laos

Nightmare Fuel: Haw Par Villa, Singapore

Haw Par Villa, or Tiger Balm Gardens, was constructed in the mid-1930s by Aw Boon-Haw, the Chinese-Burmese co-founder of Tiger Balm, a popular pain-relieving salve made of Camphor and Menthol (similar to Vicks VapoRub.) The theme park, originally one of three in East Asia, was designed to teach visitors Chinese folk-lore, mythology, cultural values and … Continue reading Nightmare Fuel: Haw Par Villa, Singapore

Stargazing: Cheomseongdae Observatory, South Korea

(pic by Greg Rakozy @ unsplash) In the ancient world, astronomy and astrology were intertwined. For early civilisations, the stars were a source of both practical and philosophical wisdom. In the 7th Century, the ruling powers of Ancient Korea believed, as their ancestors had, that the fates and fortunes of their kingdoms were written in … Continue reading Stargazing: Cheomseongdae Observatory, South Korea

The Centre of the Universe: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

photo: author's own Constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries as a Hindu temple complex before being redesigned as a Buddhist one, Angkor Wat or 'City of Temples' is a sprawling architectural wonder covering 400 acres. Home to 72 separate temples and structures all decorated in a combination of Hindu and Buddhist art, the complex’s … Continue reading The Centre of the Universe: Angkor Wat, Cambodia