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In pictures: Bako national park

My latest post on Travel Wire Asia, and part of the Tourism Malaysia campaign, featured Bako National Park and some images taken from the Visited Planet database. Bako is in Malaysian Borneo and features the incredible carnivorous pitcher plant, wildlife like the Probiscus and Silver Leaf monkey and amazing walking tracks to waterfalls and beaches.

Here’s an excerpt:

YOU don’t have to go far in Sarawak to find the jungle. In fact you see it from the plane as you descend into the capital Kuching – a tangled green mass stretches out below you, actually covering three quarters of the state in Malaysian Borneo or 8.7 million hectares. Even if you’re not too sure of your maths, rest assured that’s a lot of jungle.

One of the best places to get a taste of this immense jungle and its inhabitants is in the state’s oldest national park, Bako, just a short bus and boat ride from the capital. In fact, there are few places in the world you can be in such a bustling city and within an hour in such intense forest.

Here are some of the images used in the article and a few more from the database.

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Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

Another recent story of mine published in the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign was this one about the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.

They used a lot of my images in the post, which recounts the festivities surrounding this rather colourful Chinese festival. It’s worth reposting some of the images as it really was a lot of fun to witness and photograph.

Here are some from the article and others from my database (you can view all the images at this link).

Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

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Running around the world

I AM one of those travellers that always packs a pair of running shoes in my bag even if I don’t really have space. There are some really good places to run in Malaysia, on the beaches and islands in particular. However, even in the cities you will find nice places to run.”

This is an excerpt from my recent article on “Running in Malaysia” for the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign.

Malaysia of course isn’t the only place I’ve been running abroad. Of course it’s too hard to take your camera out when you are running, but here are some images from some of my most favoured places to run when I am traveling.

Langkawi, Malaysia

An image of a beach in Langkawi featured in the article mentioned above and indeed Malaysia’s beaches, as are those in Thailand,  Vietnam, Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia, are excellent for running. While the beach itself can be a challenge in the soft sand at high tide, there are often good roads nearby or pavements to pound. And as tourism is usually fairly established in the beach resorts they are used to seeing foreigners out running.
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24 hours in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Smoking incense, great street markets, pirate DVDs, crowded streets, bustling intersections, amazing food…  Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is a place close to my heart. I stay here almost every time I visit KL, which can be 2-3 times a year.

Another article I had published in the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign documented a 24 hour visit to the area based on these regular experiences. The article, 24 hours in Chinatown, also featured some photos from the Visited Planet website. See this link for a full list, but here are some selections below.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fish massage, a popular spa treatment in Chinatown
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In pictures: Malaysian Borneo

Another article I recently published as part of the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign was “Discovering Malaysian Borneo in seven days“.

This incredible region is one of the most diverse on the planet in terms of wildlife both above the water and below, has fantastic rainforests and rivers, and its people groups are truly incredible: head hunters, jungle dwellers and a myriad of ethnicities.

The article features suggestions for a week’s itinerary. However for more images to highlight the region scroll down below.

If you want to check out more images on the database here are some links to look at:

Rumah Bundong longhouse – featuring images from a visit to an Iban longhouse
Kuching – the capital of Sarawak
Kapit – a riverside town along the Rejang River
Bako – national park famed for wildlife and walking trails near Kuching
Semenggoh rehabilitation centre – orangutan centre


Rumah Bundong longhouse, Kapit, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

The Rumah Bundong longhouse near Kapit, Sarawak
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