Monthly Archives: January 2015

Koh Ngai Gallery

Koh Ngai Gallery

Warning: If you’re struggling through a cold northern winter, the pictures in this gallery may offend you. Or they may help you daydream your way through the next blizzard. Our second island stop in Thailand was Koh Ngai. We couldn’t resist the lure of an island so small and quiet  Read More

Koh Lipe Gallery

Koh Lipe Gallery

From Malaysia, we headed north to Thailand, hopping from island to island in the Andaman Sea like birds (by plane and boat), never setting foot on the mainland. Our first stop was Koh Lipe (koh means island in Thai). It’s a small but rapidly developing island with beautiful beaches of white powdery sand. Read More

Penang in Pictures

Penang in Pictures

Here’s a photographic sampling of the various things we enjoyed in George Town, the capital of Penang, Malaysia. They include street scenes full of traditional architecture, ornate Chinese temples, bustling cafes, Read More

Fun and Funky Penang

Fun and Funky Penang

Our third and last stop in Malaysia was Penang, an island on the northwest coast of the Malay Peninsula that for centuries was a trading post for Chinese, Indian, Arab, and European ships. Starting in the late 1700s, it was controlled by the British East India Company, Read More

Tea and Moss and Lots of Rain

Tea and Moss and Lots of Rain

With eastern Malaysia experiencing heavier-than-usual monsoon rains, our plans to visit Teman Negara, a mountainous national park containing some of the world’s oldest jungle, had to be abandoned. In search of somewhere green to relax between our time in various Malaysian cities, we opted for the closer and tamer Cameron Highlands. Read More

Kuala Lumpur in Pictures

Kuala Lumpur in Pictures

Flying from one of the smallest and quietest Southeast Asian capitals (Vientiane, Laos) to one of the biggest and most bustling (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) was a bit of a culture shock. We weren’t prepared for skyscrapers, high-rise apartment buildings, multilane toll roads, mega shopping malls, subway systems, and so much else that felt like the… Read More

Impressions of Malaysia

Impressions of Malaysia

By “The Slow Road” standards, our planned visit to Malaysia—one country, three locations, in 12 days—was a whirlwind trip. Originally, we hadn’t intended to go to Malaysia Read More