The illusions at Penang’s 3d Trick Art

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If you are with children or you just want to have a bit of fun after exploring the world heritage sites of Georgetown then why don’t you spend some time at the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum located in a two story shophouse in King Street.

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Georgetown, Penang’s world heritage town

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As we drove from the touristy built up beach town of Batu Ferringhi towards downtown Georgetown the scenery changed from jaded beaches, palm trees to simple local warung restaurants, high rises formed in the rich suburbs of Guerney Drive where the renown night market is held.

The taxi kept driving and spotted amongst the buildings were our first signs of life under British rule pure white colonial style buildings built centuries ago now hosting restaurants, official offices and the grand E&O hotel. The taxi then came to an abrupt stop outside a long bricked wall which would be Fort Cornwallis built by the convicts in 1808-1810.

The driver gruffly said 50 Ringett, a quick glance at the meter showed 35 before we got out.

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How to spend a day in Arashiyama

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Arashiyama is an outlying western district of Kyoto which is one of our favourite  places in Japan. It is one of those places that are filled with various sightseeing attractions from wildlife  such as viewing wild monkeys in the mountainside  surrounding the area, to cormorant fishing on traditional boats.  The various temples,  the bamboo forests and the charming lane way of traditional buildings far from the touristy area make for a great day of exploring this area. Follow our itinerary as we show you how to enjoy this traditional district.
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Bangkok’s old quarter

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                      Wat Arun

Bangkok’s old quarter is home to the three biggest tourist attractions in the city, Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn, Wat pho, home to the famous reclining Buddha and the Royal Palace.All are a short walk or boat ride away. They all make for a great day of sightseeing. Tip arrive really early to fully enjoy and wear long pants if you want to enter the palace and its grounds. Continue reading “Bangkok’s old quarter”

Jim Thompson and his house

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Jim Thompson’s house

We had heard of Jim Thompson when we were travelling around Malaysia. We were interested by his intriguing life story. A former American soldier who was a forerunner for the CIA who made it big in Thailand by revitalizing the silk trade and building his empire only to go missing in the foothills of the Cameron Highlands in central Malaysia. Continue reading “Jim Thompson and his house”

Chao Phraya River, the heart and soul of Bangkok

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The Chao Phraya River streaks through Bangkok as its main arteries expands through the city of angels flowing from the city for some 35 kilometres before dumping itself in the Gulf of Thailand.

The River is the lifeline to the 14 million people who call Bangkok home, making it possible to commute to the various suburbs on either side of the bank of the river. People fill the local ferries that chug along the river and we also join them as we stay four days in Anatara Riverside resort exploring the city. Continue reading “Chao Phraya River, the heart and soul of Bangkok”

Three Hiking trails in and around Osaka

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Hiking has always played apart in our travels, ever since Rei was capable of walking considerable distances we started taking him out on the local trails around Osaka. Osaka being an enormous city you wouldn’t imagine there being any hiking trails nearby but these three trails are within an easy thirty minutes from Osaka. Continue reading “Three Hiking trails in and around Osaka”