A stay in a heritage building is a rare opportunity to experience historical architecture from the inside, admire ingenious adaptive reuse, and imagine what life may have been like for its former dwellers. Melaka has ample opportunity to do just that, with homes and former business premises in its UNESCO Heritage Zone that date as far back as the Dutch colonial era.
When the sun goes down, the coastal town of Kuala Selangor is descended upon by tourists, not for its nightlife, but its firefly colonies. April, Richard and I were there recently and checked out the former state capital’s daytime draws.
A 3 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur along the East Coast Highway, Kuantan and Cherating have always made for an easy weekend escape, even for those living on the West Coast. However until recently stylish accommodation offerings were thin on the ground.
For an outdoors person, you’d assume I love camping. You’d assume wrong. I love a good night’s sleep as much as the next person. So the idea of glamping appeals to me a lot. Yet despite the proliferation of glamping retreats here in Malaysia, surprisingly only 4 are worth recommending. Here’s why and who they are….
There’s something raw and primal about the Tengger Caldera in East Java. To look across its vast barren sands and smouldering complex of active volcanoes is to imagine our planet before we arrived.
Often mistaken for Gunung Bromo in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, the charismatic Gunung Batok is frequently photographed but seldom scaled. Which is a darn shame because its aerial view of Bromo is unbeatable.
From Gunung Penanjakan’s view point, Gunung Bromo pales in comparison to the striking form of Gunung Batok next to it and the commanding outline of Gunung Semeru in the far distance. But Bromo’s manageable altitude gain and accessibility make it easily scalable, provided that it doesn’t try to kill you….