Places I’ve Visited in Asia

Here are articles, with pictures or slideshows, on many of the countries I’ve visited in Asia.

Mostly the trips were for projects, usually for at least a couple of weeks, but many times longer.

In each case I’ve recalled the things that stuck in my mind.

Live Music at The Wanch.

There’s an abundance of live music available in Wanchai. Venues range from bars where the music is the primary entertainment, through to clubs, where there’s a live band, but their music is often indistinguishable from the disco with which they alternate. There are also some pubs that occasionally have live music – usually a solo […]

Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Wanchai is one of the 3 major nightspots on Hong Kong Island, the other two being Lan Kwai Fong and SOHO (South Of HOllywood Road). While SOHO mainly boasts restaurants (and lots of them), in Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai the emphasis is on bars, live music and, in Wanchai, discos. Most of the action […]

Land-Rover - the staple transport vehicle in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

On my recent trip to Malaysia to research the property market and visa requirements, I fitted in a trip to the Cameron Highlands. Averaging 5,000 feet above sea level the Cameron Highlands are quite a climb from Kuala Lumpur, where the altitude is less than 100 feet. It’s about a 4 hour drive, of which […]

Historic old church in Melaka, Malaysia

I was in Malaysia with some friends last week. The purpose of the trip was to research properties and visa requirements as we’re considering buying a house (each) there. But as it was Chinese New Year and we got all our business done in the early part of the week, we took the opportunity to […]

White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

I spent a week in Boracay, Philippines, earlier in the month and loved it. Boracay is a small island just off the North Western tip of Panay Island. It doesn’t have an airport, so getting there involves a flight to either Caticlan or Kalibo (on Panay Island), a ferry trip across the straits (only about […]

Saikung Harbour

The Eastern side of Hong Kong is (at least to my mind) a LOT more attractive than the Western side. It’s mountainous, with lots of forestation and a spectacular coastline: lots of inlets, including some pretty big caves, lots of little islands and beautiful bays. Although you can get to Saikung easily via public land […]

Hiking on Lantau, Hong Kong

by Martin Malden

Chi Ma Wan Bay on Lantau Island

Most people’s image of Hong Kong usually includes high rise buildings, crowded streets and noisy markets. But there are lots of places where you can get away from the hustle and enjoy some real peace and quiet. I already wrote about Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay here – and they’re well worth a visit for […]

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

by Martin Malden

Victoria Peak Hong Kong

Possibly Hong Kong’s most famous landmark, Victoria Peak (known simply as ‘The Peak’), rises 1,800 feet above the harbour and the city below. It’s the hill (mountain) that figures in the background of scores of pictures of Hong Kong, dating back to the beginning of the 1900’s There are 3 ways of getting up there: […]

Giant Buddha Hong Kong

Last week I referred to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin and I promised to cover it in a future article – so here we go. The Giant Buddha is on Lantau Island, and an easy half day out from Hong Kong. There are several ways of reaching it: Ferry to Mui Wo and then […]

Silvermine Bay

In a 45-minute ferry ride from Central you’ll find the peace and tranquility of Mui Wo, on Lantau Island. Lantau is the largest of the 240 odd islands that make up the territory of Hong Kong, and is one of the least densely populated. On the Northern edge of Lantau sits Chek Lap Kok Airport, […]

Greenbelt Manila

In the middle of chaotic, noisy and colourful Manila is Greenbelt – a haven of upmarket shopping malls, relaxing gardens, restaurants, bars and a church. Situated in Makati, it’s surrounded by hotels of all prices: from the very reasonably priced Prince Plaza 2, which is right on the doorstep, to the Shangri-La, Peninsular, Inter-Continental and […]

Hong Kong from Park View

A popular impression of Hong Kong is the glitzy, sky-scraping buildings, crowded streets and colourful overhead signs blaring out their messages. But there’s more. A lot more. Hong Kong boasts some spectacular scenery, some of which is just a 10 minute taxi ride from Central. Most of Hong Kong is very mountainous. The city on […]

My First Trip to India

by Martin Malden

Gateway to India

This incident dates back to 1995. Things have changed a bit since then, but this is my recollection from one evening in Delhi, during my first trip there. Four of us had almost completed a project in India, and all except me were leaving. I was staying to do some final proof-reading and editing. After […]

Taal Volcano

There are two great places to visit a couple of hours’ drive South-West of Manila: Tagaytay (about an hour’s drive) and Matabungkay (about 2 hours’ drive) Tagaytay is easily doable in a day from Manila. It sits on the Northern edge of Lake Taal, and inside the lake sits the Taal Volcano. The volcano is […]