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Riding the buses » Malaysia

Final leg of a classic trip through Southeast Asia

Final leg of a classic trip through Southeast Asia

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” describing the journey. Here is the final leg of the journey. Malaysia We ended up only visiting the … Read entire article »

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers: A symbol of Islamic architecture?

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers: A symbol of Islamic architecture?

I was visiting Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, a multicultural country with the majority population being Muslim. I assumed Kuala Lumpur would be a conservative city, one that would keep its assets under cover, … Read entire article »

May I introduce Tom Harrisson, the barefoot anthropologist of Borneo

May I introduce Tom Harrisson, the barefoot anthropologist of Borneo

Tom Harrisson (1911-1976) had many labels and amateur anthropologist was one of them. He was bigger than life, so it was said, and one who never failed at anything. He wrote a best-selling book about … Read entire article »

Getting to know Sarawak, Borneo

Getting to know Sarawak, Borneo

Borneo, the third largest island in the world, belongs to three countries, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. It is a fascinating destination and home to one of the oldest rainforests with some of the most diverse … Read entire article »

The orangutans of Borneo

The orangutans of Borneo

When I visited the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre in Borneo earlier this year I was lucky to see several orangutans for there is no guarantee that they will show up, even if their feeding platforms are … Read entire article »

Taking the hop-on, hop-off bus in Penang, Malaysia

Taking the hop-on, hop-off bus in Penang, Malaysia

Georgetown is the capital of the island of Penang, which is off the west coast of Malaysia. Many people call the whole place Penang and don’t refer to Georgetown at all. The tagline for Georgetown … Read entire article »