When the invitation was extended to me, little did I know that I would be joining a five-day VIP tour for the ASEAN Ladies’ Circle, a highly privileged club consisting of the wives of ASEAN ambassadors, foreign affairs ministers and attaches, to explore Krabi, Suratthani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Songkhla. The ASEAN Ladies’ Circle entourage led by Datin Seri Ismalina Ismail; Datin Seri Hafipah Mohd Shah; Datin Mariani Bongsu, spouse of Brunei Ambassador to Malaysia; and Madam Suwanna Phukphat, spouse of Thai Ambassador to Malaysia. The objective of the tour was to promote cultural exchange among club members, who entirely hail ASEAN countries. ECO TOUR AROUND KOH KLANG Leaving Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 2 slightly after 1:30 p.m., we landed at […]
The Portuguese attempted to render the Malay term in plural form by calling her ‘Malucas’, which later became to be known as Moluccas. In English, it is widely known as the Spice Islands, as a tribute to the two renowned spices native to Maluku: cloves and nutmeg. Despite being home to valued commodities which were the reasons for conquest, the present day Maluku is the lesser known wonders of Indonesia, waiting to surprise travellers.
Some 30 years ago, the legendary dive-master Pak Condo Subagyo travelled on foot from his hometown in Central Java towards east Indonesia in search for the meaning of life. He chanced upon Komodo National Park, which is located within the Lesser Sunda and made a life-changing decision to base in Labuan Bajo and dive in Komodo National Park, day in and day out.
The Haruka Express departed for Kyoto from the Kansai International Airport (KIX) precisely at 7.29 am. “Welcome to the world of clockwork punctuality,” I told myself. As the train sped to Kyoto via Osaka, the Japanese culture consumed me with great curiosity. This was only the beginning of my five-day Japanese food encounter within the Kansai region specifically in Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Shiga, and Sakai. DAY 1: KYOTO Once in Kyoto, we walked to the Kyoto Century Hotel to store our luggage to hunt for food and authentic Japanese culture that still pervades in Kyoto. It is difficult to leave out Kyoto from any itinerary that covers Central Japan since Kyoto is the hub of traditional Japanese culture and the place where […]
Most national parks offer varying degrees of wilderness, but very few offer the true and unexplored kind of wilderness like the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA). Located at the central interior of Sabah, it takes one whole day of travelling on a four-wheel-drive along treacherous, unpaved and muddy tracks to reach Imbak Canyon from Kota Kinabalu. But those who make the trip to this isolated place will be rewarded with pristine rainforest experience that feels primeval and Jurassic-like. Sitting within the “Corridor of Life” that connects Imbak Canyon with Maliau Basin Conservation Area and Danum Valley Conservation Area, the Imbak Canyon is a 27,599-hectare complex of rainforest habitat ranging from lowland dipterocarp forests to lower montane heath forests. Considered as rare geographical […]