Category: Asia

Cameron Highlands | Malaysia

6 Reasons Why I Love the Cameron Highlands!

Cameron Highlands Head up into the Malaysian clouds and cool off amid glorious green tea carpets! The Cameron Highlands is one of my favourite places in Malaysia: sure, Malaysia has blissful beaches, exciting cities and wild rain forests but I’m simply a sucker for this cool,...

Penang Hill Bungalow | Edgecombe | Malaysia

Penang Hill: Train up, walk down.

Penang Hill The funicular rail car fills with tourists, all taking the easy ride up Penang Hill: for the views and tourist attractions at the top. We stand at the front, the steep rails snake up in front of us, thick cables quiver to pull...

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art and Peranakan Tiles

Penang Street Art Penang’s George Town has become a flourishing street art hotspot; a safari through the old town streets reveals cats, children and words of wisdom: all bringing life to crumbling walls and plain buildings. It began when Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to...

George Town | Penang

George Town, the multicultural jewel of Penang

George Town, Penang My heart races as the ferry crosses the narrow channel from peninsula Malaysia to the island of Penang; I have dreamed of returning to this multicultural jewel for six years.  The ferry deposits us on the fringes of George Town, Penang’s capital,...

Bangkok to Butterworth Train

The Bangkok to Butterworth Train: by rail to Malaysia

The Bangkok to Butterworth Train: The International Express from Thailand to Malaysia. Penang: it is one of my favourite places on earth. This small island in the north-western coast of peninsula Malaysia is a melting pot of culture; feed your eyes, your belly and your...

cycling Lake Inle

Wine and Hot Springs: cycling Lake Inle

From the ancient ruins of Bagan we moved on to an eclectic and surprising day of cycling Lake Inle; an incredibly picturesque and iconic corner of Myanmar. Little did I know when we set off from Bagan that we would be spending the following day...


Bagan – You’ve never seen so many temples!

The plains of Bagan are arguably Burma’s most iconic view, a vista of thousands of Buddhist temples peppered across the landscape. Over three thousand brick stupas pierce the sky, constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, once part of a great city that was at...


Golden Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar. Travel plans often change, it’s the natural evolution of a long trip. You set out with a loose itinerary that unravels the further along you get. Other travellers rave about a destination, you spot something in a guidebook you thought you knew inside...

Myanmar / Burma

The Golden Land, travels through Burma

The Golden Land This week I’m doing something a little bit different here on Vagabond Baker: a week of posts dedicated to our travels in Burma. Each day, beginning tomorrow, I will take you along our ten day journey through Myanmar: from Yangon to Mandalay...

khao yai national park

We saw a bear! Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s oldest. Just a few hours north-east from Bangkok lies a precious area of primary rainforest that is incorporated into the Khao Yai National Park. So precious in fact that UNESCO declared the forest a World Heritage Site in 2005. The...

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