Bujang Valley: A Travel Guide to Southeast Asia’s Oldest Civilization in Kedah, Malaysia

Posted on October 30, 2023

Southeast Asia is known for its ancient civilizations, which left behind magnificent centuries-old stone edifices. Among the region’s main tourism draws are ancient temple ruins like Angkor in Cambodia, Ayutthaya in Thailand, and Borobudur in Indonesia. But did you know that the region’s oldest civilization can be found not in these countries but in Malaysia? Among the best-kept secrets of the country – and perhaps the entire Southeast Asian region – is Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang in Malay), a sprawlingRead More

8 Fun Things to Do on the Superstar Gemini Cruise Ship by Star Cruises

Posted on November 23, 2016

Who says going on a cruise ship is boring? I recently joined a three-night cruise aboard the Superstar Gemini by Star Cruises, traveling from Singapore to Penang and Langkawi islands and back. I looked forward to the trip because it was my first time on a cruise ship, but wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as we had in the company of my blogger friends! Here are the most fun things we did during our trip on the Superstar Gemini:Read More

6 Reasons Why You’ll Fall in Love with Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island Resort, Langkawi

Posted on May 17, 2016

Looking for a unique and unforgettable stay in Langkawi, Malaysia? Here are six reasons why you should stay at Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island, one of the island’s top luxury resorts: Relish the exclusivity. Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island, Langkawi is the only private island resort in Langkawi. Accessed via private speedboat transfer from Cenang Beach, the five-star resort is located on its own 390-acre island covered in dense jungle and bordered by white sand beaches. Sleep in rustic comfort. SetRead More

Langkawi Islands, Kedah, Malaysia: Sunset Dinner Cruise with Tropical Charters

Posted on November 18, 2015

My visit to Langkawi coincided with the worst season of haze caused by rampant forest fires and slash-and-burn farming in Sumatra, so I wasn’t expecting too much from the sunset dinner cruise by Tropical Charters that was arranged by my travel consultant, Kash Island Adventures. But, surprisingly, the gloomy weather did not spoil the fun we had onboard! We rode a small boat at the jetty of Resorts World on the south side of Langkawi Island, facing the Pulau Dayang BuntingRead More

Langkawi Islands, Kedah, Malaysia: Rainforest Canopy Thrills at Skytrex Adventure @ Perdana Quay

Posted on November 17, 2015

Besides the mangrove kayaking tour at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, another outdoor adventure that I really enjoyed in Langkawi through the recommendation of Kash Island Adventures is the rainforest canopy challenge at Skytrex Adventure @ Perdana Quay. This adventure park is situated in an old-growth forest at the southern edge of the northwestern Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park, one of three parks comprising the UNESCO Global Geopark of Langkawi. Going all out on adventure, I went for the advanced-level “Island Extreme”Read More

Langkawi Islands, Kedah, Malaysia: Mangrove Kayaking at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park

Posted on November 15, 2015

Langkawi has long been on my bucket list for its pristine beaches and forested landscapes, so I was extremely excited to make a side trip to the island courtesy of Gaya Travel Magazine and Kash Island Adventures, after attending a royal luncheon in Terengganu. From Kuala Lumpur, I flew to Penang to visit a friend, then rode the ferry a day after to Langkawi. Magnificent karst formations characterize much of the landscape of Langkawi, an archipelago of over a hundred islandsRead More