Getting Excited!


Oh my god! I leave for SE Asia 2 weeks today!! The time has come so quickly. Although I have been to Asia before it has never been SE Asia. I have been to South Korea, India, Dubai (UAE) and Turkey (though only on the European side of Istanbul) so this is a new-to-me region. I will heading to Malaysia first and then to Myanmar. I am also hoping to squeeze in a night in Singapore but nothing is set.

My first stop is Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. I have been enamored with the Petronas Twin Towers for years and am finally able to view them with my own eyes. I usually stay in hostels but because of the jet lag and the fact that I am unable to sleep on airplanes I have booked myself a nice hotel. I will tell you about my stay there in another post. After KL I will meet up with a friend of mine and her and I will head off to Borneo (Sarawak area). How cool is that?  After that we haven’t planned much – just ideas. Perhaps Malaca? Maybe Tioman Island or Langkawi. Or tasty food in Penang. Cameron Highlands? Who knows!! Then, when we go our separate ways, I will fly off to Myanamar (Burma) to check out the sites there. I am going to do more planning for that leg as I have less time and want to see certain things, mainly the temples in Bagan. I honestly don’t know what to expect on this trip and that is very exciting.

I will do my best to post here and on Wanders The World’s Facebook page and update photos on Instagram (@wanderstheworld). My usual nervousness mixed with anticipation tinged with some stress is right on target (I have come to expect that feeling so much that if it was not there I would be concerned).

The countdown is on!! Happy travels!!

Sunday Special – Bali, Indonesia


The fall weather continues its descent here in Western Canada. Although this part of the country does not experience the frigid cold weather associated with Canada we do get dampness to our bones from the rain that accompanies this season. The yearly tradition of folks discussing getaways to warmer locales continues. With this tradition at heart, today will be another warm destination.

The island province of Bali, Indonesia is located east of Java. Easily known to many as a sun destination,  the Island of the Gods has much more to offer. The southern region of Bali is among the most visited for these lush warm beaches yet the north also offers beaches – black sand beaches. The south also is popular with surfers and those enjoying an active night life. At the centre of the island is the city of Ubud. It is known as a cultural centre and offers much to see and do. The area offers popular cycling paths, beautiful trekking opportunities, historic Hindu temples, a plethora of colourful Balinese cultural performances, tasty cooking classes and more. Head to the east to visit Mount Agung, a stunning volcano with strong meaning to the island’s inhabitants. It seems to me that the small island of Bali has much to offer!

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Balinese Food – Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Ubud Writers Festival

By Ubud Writers Festival [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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Balinese Dancer – Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons – taken and owned by Yves Picq

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Sanur Beach, Bali – Photo Credit via Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Inkey

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SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – FULL MOON PARTIES IN THAILAND


Oops…maybe this post should be called “Monday’s Magic Moment” – sorry for the delay

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“Baby it’s cold outside”. Well it is officially December and a frosty winter season for Northern Hemisphere countries. Even moderately weathered Vancouver has been a bit chillier than normal. To help warm your souls I will be posting warmer destinations for the next several weeks. Enjoy! I know I will.
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I have, over the years, heard many things about Thailand. Mouthwatering food, pristine beaches, tropical weather, inexpensive traveling, and steeped in history it offers something for most anyone. Often included in the descriptions and lists of “what to do” of Thailand is the infamous Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. Although this is not a “spot”, so to speak, it is something that is synonymous with this SE Asian locale.

What started out as a small party on the eve of the full moon in 1985 has turned into an enormous beach dance party (or rave) of over 10,000 – 20,000 fluorescent painted Western party-goers. World-class deejay’s mix music over dozens of sound systems, food stalls line the beaches and cheap drinks are available everywhere. It is one big party from sunset to sunrise with plenty of fun to had and memories made. Information and guidelines can be found on several websites. I guess with a party of this scale it is prudent and always use common sense and overindulging is best kept at bay. Check out Rough Guides Survivor Guide and Full Moon website for info, tips and survival know-how.

Drop In Bar, Full Moon Party Night


It is not for everyone that is certain, however, it would be a sight to see. Would I attend? I can not say. Dancing on the beach would be fun but 10,000+ people may be too big of a crowd for my tastes. Perhaps if the opportunity presented itself I would decide then. I will just wait and see.

Photo credit: Flickr – Brendan007