Travelogue

UNESCO Heritage Site

1,300KM round trip to East Coast

We made a short round trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu for the Qing-Ming Festival 清明 (Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day).

East Coast

With respect of the ancestors, it may not be nice to take pictures of this colourful and smoky festival.

Fish on Land

So, I rather showed you the original skeleton of the famous Perak Man. This is the oldest complete set of skeleton discovered in South East Asia. He lived more than 10,000 years ago. Note: Peking Man dated back to 300,000 years.

Perak Man

This skeleton has been relocated back to Lenggong Archaeological Museum in 2014 for Malaysia Tourism Year. Lenggong Valley has been crowned as the World Heritage Site.

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George Town Street View 2013 (Part 2)

When an old town overly developed, the town would be filled with newly renovated ‘antiques’.

George Town (2)

A remarkable old town normally has local resident and merchants doing their daily chores. Without the folks, the town may end up with an empty fake structure to entertain tourists.

George Town (3)

Hopefully George Town can retain this precious soul and not ruined by over commercialization.

George Town (6)

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Kinabalu National Park

Mount Kinabalu is a prominent landmark that stands 4,095m above sea level.

Mount Kinabalu (1)

With diversified flora and fauna, the national park has been listed as World Heritage Site. I came across this weird looking insect and have no idea if it is a type of spider. It looked like an alien spaceship with long legs.

Weird insect in Borneo

Our group made a day tour without climbing Mt. Kinabalu. We stopped by Desa Dairy Farm to taste the ice cream and chocolate milk.

Desa Dairy Farm

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Shwedagon Pagoda (Yangon)

There are ‘big 3’ Buddhist sites in Yangon, and Shwedagon Paya is the most popular.

Shwedagon Pagoda (8)

The golden stupa rise 325 feet (99 meters) from its base, surrounded with many other gilded temples.

Shwedagon Pagoda (5)

The structure dominates Yangon cityscape and viewable from many part of the city. The picture above was the view from the roof top of our hotel.

Shwedagon Pagoda (11)

Many tourists like to visit the temple in the late afternoon for 2 reasons:

a) the marble floor is cooler in the evening

b) to admire the sunset view, especially view from the North Gate

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The moments (2012 travelogue review part 3)

Here were some of the excited moments in 2012 where I was lucky to be presence.

Ta Prohm

Angkor complex, Borobudur and Prambanan and many other ancient sites are worth visiting.

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borobudur-stupas-7

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Bhaktapur (a living museum in Nepal)

Bhaktapur, the former capital was the highlight of my Nepal trip.

Bhaktapur (23)

My first impression was I in Rajasthan (India), or time travel thousand years and visiting the silk road.

Bhaktapur (18)

Close to 100,000 inhabitants still living in this medieval city.

Bhaktapur (7)

We were overnight right beside the lane on the right. It was an incredible town, especially after the tourists have left.

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Boudhanath Stupa–the center of mandala

The Boudhanath (a.k.a Boudha, Bouddhanath) Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world.

Boudhanath (11)

Like Borobudur, both structures are UNESCO World Heritage Site, and both are large ancient Buddhist stupas designed based on mandala.

Boudhanath (7)

Boudhanath situated about 10km from Kathmandu city center. It has been a pilgrimage site for Tibetan and Buddhist for the past century.

Boudhanath (8)

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