Posts by Ariane

26 Things You Should Know About Malaysia

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Countries, Malaysia | 9 comments

26 Things You Should Know About Malaysia

Summary: What to expect while traveling in Malaysia? Check out our list of observations after three months in this wonderful country. We were in Malaysia from October to January 2014. Though we didn’t visit many places in order to stay within our budget, we did make it to East Malaysia, and have a more complete idea about the country in its whole. 1-The currency is the Ringgit (MYR), which is 3.28 for $1(2013–2014). 2-Malaysia is a multicultural country. Many Malaysians have a Chinese or Indian background. There is also a huge number of different ethnicities (especially on the island of Borneo) who all speak their own language. Malaysia has a rich cultural diversity....

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Five Hidden Costs To Help You Budget Better for Travel

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Planning | 3 comments

Five Hidden Costs To Help You Budget Better for Travel

Summary: These are five costs people often forget about when they budget for their trips—so if you’re one of those people, here is a good reminder These are five costs people often forget about when they budget for their trips—so if you’re one of those people, here is a good reminder: Laundry Laundry is an expense you can’t avoid while traveling. Still, you have different options ranging from the very expensive to the cheaper and more affordable. Doing your laundry in the hotel can be very expensive, but not always—it depends on the country and the city you’re staying in. The best thing to do is to check and compare prices. In expensive...

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180 Days Living in Budget Hotels—How Does It Feel?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Planning | 0 comments

180 Days Living in Budget Hotels—How Does It Feel?

Summary: Just because you are traveling on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to give up comfort and standards. Check out this list of our favorite hotels in Asia and how we found them. This post will answer the question, “How to find a good hotel?” Here we are on the road again after our five-month stay in France. We decided to spend six months in Asia, where we didn’t have the opportunity to rent apartments as we did in South America. This means we ended up spending a lot of time living in hotels. The good thing is that hotels in Asia are not too expensive. The bad thing is that hotel living prevents you from cooking, so you spend more on food. However,...

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Activities to Avoid in Thailand

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Countries, Thailand | 0 comments

Activities to Avoid in Thailand

Summary: Though Thailand is a great country to visit and a favorite backpacker destination, it is also the country where everything can be transformed by money and business. We found that some of the popular things to do in Thailand are very unethical, and have decided to share our research and let people know about the truth behind some attractive forms of entertainment. Unethical Activities One Should Avoid in Thailand We’ve been to Thailand many times, but now that we are full-time travellers we actually have a different perspective about what we see, and we tend to approach things we want to experience in a country with more ethical principles (as much as we can)....

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Our “Yummy” Collection of Food and Drinks from Around the World

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Countries | 4 comments

Our “Yummy” Collection of Food and Drinks from Around the World

Summary: Who doesn’t like food? Check out our 20 favorite dishes and drinks that we discovered during our 16 months of travel. While traveling, one of the things that can be quite challenging is food. When you discover a country, everything is new, including what you eat. The language barrier doesn’t help you get information about the ingredients of dishes, so most of the time you just have to try. The good thing is that usually the experience is rewarding. We want to share with you the different food and drinks we discovered during our 18 months of travel, and the one we liked the most. Tacos and Burritos Having been living in the Middle East for a long time, we hadn’t...

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Kuala Lumpur Top Activities

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Countries, Malaysia | 0 comments

Kuala Lumpur Top Activities

Summary: Check out a few activities, but you absolutely must see the Malaysian capital. Even if you don’t have much time, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the city. Kuala Lumpur–KL as the locals call it—is for us a highlight of Malaysia. Though we usually don’t seek out big cities and prefer quiet places, Kuala Lumpur, like Bangkok or New York, has it’s own peculiar vibrant energy and is definitely a place where one should spend at least a week. Shopping Who said that KL was a Mecca for shoppers? Well this is partly true if you consider the huge diversity of products and the scale of the prices. I have to say that things I couldn’t find in Europe (for...

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Kota Kinabalu Marine Parks

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Countries, Malaysia | 5 comments

Kota Kinabalu Marine Parks

Summary: Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park located near the coast of Kota Kinabalu may be one of the most paradisiacal place on earth. Unfortunately, it is endangered by mass tourism and poor monitoring. Check out what you can expect to see if you are planning a visit to Manukan Island, Sapi Island, or Mamutik Island. $1=RM (MYR) 3.21 Unlike the city of Kuching in Sarawak, there is not much to do in Kota Kinabalu, and we were a little bit disappointed when we explored the city. We came to Sabah after seeing a very beautiful picture of the sea, clear water, and bungalows on stilts just upon the clear water. Heaven on earth, we thought. Sea and sea activities are actually...

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Semmengok Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Step by Step

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Countries, Malaysia | 0 comments

Semmengok Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Step by Step

Summary: Check out how to visit the Semmengok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center on your own, how to go there, what to bring, things you should know. Orangutans are not totally wild there because they were rescued and fed, but they are still free and in the trees, not in cages! So this was a really good opportunity to see them because it is (as they told us) very difficult to spot totally wild orangutans. It takes half a day to do this visit. We arrived too late (at 10:20 am), as they close the park from 11 am to 2 pm. People were bitten by the monkeys in years past, and they don’t let anyone inside anymore without the monitoring of the park rangers. So we spent three and...

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Bako National Park Photo Essay

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Countries, Malaysia | 0 comments

Bako National Park Photo Essay

Summary: Take a glimpse at the amazing wildlife of Bako National Park. There are more animals that you could see depending on your luck, here are those we met. If you ever have the chance to visit Bako National Park or any other national park PLEASE: Do not feed the animals Tell your guide not to do so, unfortunately some guides do that to get more tips from their clients Don’t try to interact with them or touch them

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Gunung Gading National Park Step by Step

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Countries, Malaysia | 0 comments

Gunung Gading National Park Step by Step

Summary: Gunung Gading is the park where you can see the biggest flower in the world. Here is a description of how to go there on your own, what can you expect, what to bring, and all you need to know. $1=RM (MYR) 3,21 Even if you’re not a botanist or if you think that taking a day trip just to see a flower isn’t worth it, remember that this is not just any flower, but the biggest flower in the world. In other words, it is something unique, and that makes you think twice. I wasn’t very enthusiastic at the beginning, but this visit turned out to be a must-do in Sarawak. Transportation. How to Go to Gunung Gading NP If you have money and don’t want to bother with public...

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