Bali

Bali, the island of the gods.

The island is approx. 153 km wide (east to west) and approx. 112 km from north to the south. Bali’s central mountains contains several peaks of more than 3,000 metres of which the highest is Mount Agung at 3,031 metres, known as the “mother mountain” and an active volcano.

The largest city is Denpasar, near the southern coast, followed by Singaraja located on the north coast.

The main tourist locations are Kuta (with its beach) and its nearby suburbs of Legian and Seminyak, the east coast town of Sanur and Ubud in the centre of the island (the cultural centre of Bali) and the newer development of Nusa Dua, where many of the five stars resorts are situated.

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Chiangmai

Chiangmai, the rose of the north, is the second biggest city in Thailand. The ideal time to visit Chiangmai is around December to February when the weather is cool but we were there in May at the invitation of our best friends in Thailand, Mr Suvit and family.

We stayed at the Dusit D2, a 4 stars hotel about 5 mins walk to the night market/night bazaar and 10 to 15 mins walk to the east gate of the old part of the city. The rooms are clean with good air conditioning and bathroom facilities.

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Zhouzhuang, China

September 2015, we flew from Shantou (Guandong Province) to Shanghai, about 3 hours flight. My wife, her sister and I, were accompanying my in laws to visit their old friends and business associates (whom they have not seen for quite a few years) in Zhangjiagang and Hai’an, which are tier 2 or 3 cities in Jiangsu province, China.

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Shantou, China

Shantou is in the province of Guangdong, China. In Sept 2015, I found myself on JetStar with my wife, her sister and parents flying from Singapore to Shantou.

As my wife is a teochew, this was a trip back to her ancestral home. As expected, the whole plane was filled with teochew from Malaysia and Singapore.

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Hutang Melintang, Perak

Klang to Hutang Melintang

One Saturday, we decided to go on a road trip to Hutang Melintang in the State of Perak. From what we gather, it is a small fishing village, with a restaurant run by three elderly brothers serving good and reasonably priced seafood.

It takes about 2 hours to get there from Klang. Unfortunately, when we got there the restaurant was closed. We spend sometime walking around the jetty where the fishing boats come in from their fishing trip.

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Hue, Hoi An – Vietnam

Danang to Hue (13 January 2016)

Hue was once the seat of the Vietnamese kings. It is a nice city dissected by the Perfume River, where dragon boats ply, bringing or taking tourist from its pier to or from the Thien Mu Pagoda. Other points of interest are  the Imperial City (Citadel) where the Vietnamese kings reside and ruled from and the tombs of the Vietnamese kings.

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