The people I stayed with, the lovely Australians Mika and Chris, kindly gave me a hearty list of eatery recommendations in my ‘welcome pack’. As they lived on the Western outskirts of Kuala Lumpur a lot of their favourite restaurants (and soon to be mine) were local to them (Mont Kiara way). But Mont Kiara is only about a 15 minute taxi ride from central KL and well worth a visit – plenty of shopping and eating opportunities! … More Kuala Lumpur: Where and what to eat
My two favourite things to do any city involve finding the highest views I can: looking down upon the city from the comfort of a sky-high bar or watching the sunset over the city from a mountain (if any exist, that is!). If possible, I’ll always do both! (I’m looking at you, glorious Taipei and Hong … More Kuala Lumpur: Sky-high views from ‘Marini’s on 57’ bar
Oh what a surprise, I ended up in another temple again! (I’m not sorry). This time around it was the somewhat hidden Kuan Ti Temple in Chinatown. I love tiny quirky temples just as much as the big lavish ones! Kuan Ti is a Taoist temple and was built 121 years ago. It’s largely dedicated to … More Kuala Lumpur: Kuan Ti Temple
As per usual wherever I go in Asia, I found myself in yet another temple. I’m not at all religious so I’m still at a loss to explain why I love temples so much! Generally, I just find them really peaceful and visually beautiful places which have a tonne of interesting history and cultural significance. I think I also love … More Kuala Lumpur: Thean Hou Temple
However much you love travelling, we all need to remember to relax sometimes and not pressure ourselves into doing and seeing everything! Perhaps you don’t need to be told that but my style of travelling is ‘go hard or go home’. I can’t help it. I have this urge to see as much of a place as is humanly possible in a set amount of time. But my travel approach isn’t always ideal. … More ‘Travel burnout’: The importance of knowing when to slow down.
I’d be lying if I said my first impressions of Kuala Lumpur were glorious. It’s not that KL had done anything wrong or it was a bad city but I just didn’t get quite the same feeling of excitement as I did on Day 1 in both Shanghai and Taipei. I know they’re all very different … More Kuala Lumpur: A stroll round Merdeka Square
Malaysia was the last of the new countries on my itinerary and I super excited to visit this melting pot of cultures. I was also excited to be visiting a Asian Muslim country for the first time, having visited Qatar several times before, to see how they differed culturally. (Spoiler alert: they’re worlds apart!). I flew … More My first time in Malaysia! And first ‘homestay’ experience!
After a week in yet another new city, it’s wrap-up time again to see how it compared to other places as part of my ‘Can I live here?’ experiment as I travel. (I’ve already done wrap-up posts on Beijing, Shanghai and Yangshuo so check those out too 😉 ). So, city number four, here we go: Can I … More Taipei wrap-up: Can I live here?
Poor Taipei often gets overlooked in favour of its bolshy neighbours (the likes of Shanghai and Hong Kong in particular) but Taipei has plenty to offer too! Make sure you check it out too. Personally, I’m a bit of an obsessive over-planner and, having booked my Asia trip several months in advance, I’d foolishly only allocated a week to visit Taipei. … More Top 10 things to do in Taipei
Being a vegetarian or a not-very-big-meat-eater definitely presents its challenges in Asia. I’m more the latter of the two; I don’t mind some meat dishes but I just can’t eat anything that resembles a corpse of some kind! Nor can I eat something if someone’s not able to tell me what type of meat it … More Top 6 vegetarian Taiwanese snacks