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Penang Malaysia - Welcome to China

Penang Malaysia – Welcome to China

On a first visit to Penang, you could be forgiven for thinking yourself in mainland China. As with the unbalanced demographics of Tenerife North in the Spanish Canaries, which is permanently occupied by a majority of aging Germans, Penang Malaysia seems to be home to a disproportionate percentage of Chinese. Maybe such shifts in demographics are becoming a

Maspalomas Gay Paradise

Maspalomas Gay Paradise – Gran Canaria

Following a 6-day break in Tenerife, we continued our Canary Islands journey by taking a ferry across to Tenerife’s sister-island, Gran Canaria. The ferry dropped us off in the north of Gran Canaria, from where we took a bus down the east coast of the island to Maspalomas. What we were hoping for was Maspalomas

Lembongan Island Snorkeling Tour

Lembongan Island Snorkeling Tours

Snorkeling and diving are among the great attractions of a trip to Lembongan, providing an enjoyable and more active alternative to soaking up the sun on the beaches. If you’re not keen on swimming out from the shore to find a snorkeling spot, another option is to take one of the full-day Lembongan Island snorkeling tours

Langkawi Accommodation Options

Langkawi Accommodation Options

With just 1 week in the archipelago, we didn’t have as much time as we’d have liked to experience Langkawi island life. Between hopping over from Phuket and then boating onwards to Penang, we hoped to pack as much into our schedule as possible while varying our Langkawi accommodation options. To make the best use

Gran Canaria Ferry

Gran Canaria Ferry from North Tenerife

Considering the close proximity of Gran Canaria to Tenerife – if you have the time – it can be worthwhile including a visit across to see how the other half live. You can either fly over or take the ferry. In our case, we planned to take the Gran Canaria ferry from the port of Santa Cruz

Death in Lembongan

Death in Lembongan

During our 10-day stay in Lembongan, we had several interesting conversations with the owner of our last guesthouse – TS Huts near Mushroom beach. On one occasion he told us that a member of his family had recently died, and they would be holding the funeral the following day. He explained it would be quite

Langkawi Island Life

Langkawi Island Life – Lush, Tropical, Timeless

It was raining when we arrived at Langkawi’s small international airport. We’d just taken 2 shuttle flights from Phuket, with a short transfer in Kuala Lumpur. These AirAsia flights only cost us €58 per person, and were the quickest, cheapest and most efficient way of travelling between the two islands. We were now looking forward

Loro Parque Tenerife

Loro Parque Tenerife

The town and waterfront areas in Puerto de la Cruz in the Canary Islands are pleasant enough to walk around, but if you’re looking for a really special activity that will appeal to all the family, then you need to head out west a little. This is because Loro Parque Tenerife, together with its sister park

Karimunjawa Travel Budget

Our Karimunjawa Travel Budget & Impressions

Our 19-day journey through Indonesia started and ended in Jakarta. From there we took our return Qatar Airways flight back to Rome. But did our Karimunjawa travel budget cover our costs? and was it all that we were expecting? Our Karimunjawa Travel Budget Before leaving, we had worked out a travel plan and budget of just

Lembongan Island Beaches

Lembongan Island Beaches

For the first 4 days of our 2-week trip to Indonesia we enjoyed the peace and culture of Ubud in Bali. Since Ubud is a good way inland from the coast, we made sure our accommodation featured a decent pool (actually a private pool) to freshen up after a day in the heat. Following our

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