Coloane Village, Macau

On the southern end of Taipa, the smaller of Macau’s two islands, is the village of Coloane, a quaint little fishing village marked by brightly painted and ivied houses. A walk through the village doesn’t take long, but with a camera in hand it is easy to spend a couple hours wandering through the narrow alleys and walkways to photograph everything in sight. Unfortunately by camera battery died within 40 minutes of arriving and my charger was forgotten in Hanoi.Read more

The streets of Macau.

Visiting Macau from Hong Kong is kind of a must-do it seems because of its convenience: an hour or so ride on a catamaran ferry and you’re there. But the question is, if you’re not gambling, is it worth it? The answer, in short, is yes, but don’t worry if you miss out. The first thing we noticed when we arrived in Macau is the influence of Portuguese colonialism. Signage is written in Portuguese. Announcements are made in Portuguese. And much ofRead more

Mui Wo and Cheung Sha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Our second morning in Hong Kong took us on a short ferry ride from the central piers to Discovery Bay on Lantau Island. After leaving the ferry and walking around for about three minutes we decided to move immediately on from the cookie-cutter, typical-western-high-class-suburban-strip-mallish bay called Discovery. And after a couple bus rides we found ourselves in Mui Wo, a little harbor town on the eastern end of Lantau Island. Mui Wo was certainly more interesting than Discovery Bay’s luxury.Read more

Tai O Village, Hong Kong

Located on the west side of Lantau Island and surrounded by mountains is the fishing village of Tai O, a former home to piracy and smuggling. The village is partially located on Lantau Island and Tai O Island, separated by a narrow river that is crossed in two places by footbridges. Typically thoughts of Hong Kong are dominated by the images of a modern metropolis. But within the territory of Hong Kong there are so many old, traditional villages stillRead more

Tian Tan Buddha | Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha is one of the most famous tourist spots in Hong Kong, located in little Ngong Ping village, a tourist trap if ever there was one. Nothing could possibly denote the cultural significance of the statue and Po Lin Monastery better than pizza and kebab and t-shirt and souvenir shops. Although the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung tries its best. The Tian Tan Buddha was constructed in the early 1990s and is currently, at 34 meters, the secondRead more

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong a.k.a. How to Spend 2k in 5 days.

Chinese New Year has come and gone, and so has a chunk of my savings. Traveling during major holidays is always expensive and, generally speaking, staying at non-shite hotels in major cities is a bit pricy as well. Such was certainly the case last week in Hong Kong. Between elevated holiday plane ticket and hotel prices, and a little bit of shopping for new blue jeans, the expenses piled up quick. But hey, the food was good. I visited Hong Kong aboutRead more

Parasailing in Langkawi

All over Langkawi are opportunities for various water sports. There are banana boat rides, jet ski rentals, island hopping, parasailing, and various other opportunities. The opportunities are so widely available that reservations aren’t required. Just show up at a beach, approach a payment booth, and then you just have to wait your turn. I got a bit lucky when I went parasailing. The going rate is usually 100-120 ringots, about $30, for a 10 minute ride, but I managed toRead more

Langkawi Sky Cab and Sky Bridge

Located just a 15 minute drive from the Airport, 30 from Pentang Cenang and Kuah Town, one of the most famous attractions of Langkawi is the cable car ride to the top of Machincang Mountain with its peak height of 708 meters. The cable car ride is 2.2 km long and boasts the world’s longest single span cable at over 900 meters. The ride to the peak takes about 15 minutes and offers some beautiful views of the mountain range and theRead more

Mangrove Nature Tour in Langkawi

Yesterday I took a boat tour through the mangrove forests surrounding the northern islands of Langkawi. The tour was operated by LeBaron Resort, which is one of many tour operators. I chose the Baron tour because it was longer and more informative. So, for 110 Ringot, about $31, I was picked up at my resort at 9:30 and returned at about 4:30. We first visited some bat caves before heading into the mangroves where we joined by various monkeys thatRead more