Tagged: Colonial

Marvellous Melaka

Melaka (Malacca) This gorgeous town is just a few hours south of Kuala Lumpur, yet it feels a thousand miles away. Melaka is steeped in history and legend: founded by an exiled Sumatran prince, it was passed from one colonial ruler to the next –...

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...

Bokor, where the corridors are silent.

To escape the sultry humidity of Phnom Penh the colonial French found themselves a remote mountain near the coast, Bokor Hill. Up there the mist drifted in, cold and refreshing, a perfect place for a hill station. In the 1920s they built a small community...

Historic Hoi An for Tet {Vietnamese New Year}

As we made our way towards the river on the first night, along the narrow streets strung with lanterns, we became part of a larger crowd heading in the same direction. This crowd had an element of chaos as motorbikes sliced noisily though it, parting...