India Backwaters 3 Men in a Boat

DIY Kerala Backwaters

A boat trip around the backwaters of Kerala is high on many travellers' lists, but it can leave you with a big hole in your wallet. Here's where we teach you to do it yourself. For peanuts.  Think Kerala, an...
India Onam elephants 2

On the Tragic Fate of Temple Elephants

Well, we haven't had a Festival Friday for a while. To celebrate World Environment Day, this week we would like to offer something different. An article on the Onam festival in Kerala, and some thoughts on the ...
Kuala Lumpur Thean Hou Temple with Petronas

Ten Good Reasons to Visit Malaysia

We have spent the whole of April retracing the steps of our trip to Malaysia, to celebrate Visit Malaysia 2014. We got lost in the jungle and witnessed ancient festivals, tried delicious food and explored amazi...
Uncle Tan Sunset over the Kinabatangan

Uncle Tan: Borneo rainforest on a budget

For us (and probably for most of you) Borneo equals wildlife. One of the best areas for wildlife watching is the Lower Kinabatangan in the Malaysian state of Sabah; that's where we headed, for a three day trip ...
Sepilok Orangutan Yawn

Meeting the men of the forest

To celebrate the week of Earth Day, we explore Sepilok, a centre in Malaysian Borneo where orphaned and injured orangutans are rescued and cared for. My first encounter with an orangutan was a magical one. I...
Kinabalu Prayer and boy with drink

Five Reasons to stop in Kota Kinabalu

Follow us as we discover Borneo this week, starting with Kota Kinabalu (KK for friends). The city is the state capital of Sabah, 'the land below the wind', famous for its nature and wildlife. At first glance, K...