As I sit down to write this 2011 Adventure Travel Round up, I am in shock and awe that we really did all these things in a span of 365 days. We just lived a year of adventure travel that I never thought I would have the opportunity to ever do in my life
The Holiday season is fast approaching and while we may be all about Christmas here in Canada, we’ve got nothing on the astounding Asian Festivals that we’ve attended in the past. We’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon some awesome festivals like Shilpgram in Udaipur India, Chinese New Year in Malaysia, A cremation ceremony in [...]
Thaipusam is a Hindu Festival that happens in Malaysia. Celebrated during the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai, Thaipusam draws thousands of devotees paying their respects to the Lord Muruga.
We were introduced to Thaipusam 6 years ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Batu Caves. Two Travelers told us about this crazy festival where people put spikes through their cheeks and hooks in their backs. It was the most amazing spectacle we had ever seen. Six years later we are witnessing our second Thaipusam
Malaysia’s intrinsic colourful contrasts climax in spectacular Kuala Lumpur. The vast capital city is a zenith of culture and a dynamic urban metropolis. KL pulsates with shiny skyscrapers, feverish wet markets, lively pedestrian malls, venerable mosques and a wonderful, chaotic array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
From Thaipusam in Malaysia to the 500yr anniversary of the town of Hampi in India, we seem to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time. Below are just 5 of the crazy festivals we have been lucky enough to experience.
When we were traveling in Malaysia, probably the last thing we expected to see was Tea plantations. But to our surprise, in central Malaysia, there is a place called The Cameron Highlands, where you can enjoy an afternoon cup of tea and fresh baked scones with cream. Who knew?
Yesterday we had our first massage in India. It was a memorable experience and you can read about it here. We had the full body Ayurvedic Massage will therapeudic oils. I am sure that we will be having more as we go through our travels. It made us think about the other memorable massages that we have had on our past travels. We love getting a massage, it is a luxury that we cannot afford to have regularly at home, so we take advantage of it wherever we go. Some experiences have been better than others and some stand our in our memories better than others. Here is a list of our Top 5 most memorable massages
Hands down one of our favorite adventure destinations on the planet is Malasyian Borneo. Sabah and Sarawak are exciting provinces filled with beautiful scenery and exciting wildlife. We had never even considered venturing to Borneo during our Asian Adventure, but when a fellow traveler told us of a great deal on flights from Air Asia, well we just had to go.
The Legendary Rainforests of Borneo bring to mind images of towering trees, abundant wildlife, raging rivers and memories of the days of the Headhunter, when tribes lived off of the land and had an intimate relationship with nature.
So you have been backpacking through South East Asia for a couple of months. You have travelled through several countries trekking over mountains, sleeping in dingy guest houses, wearing the same clothes for days and you haven’t had a decent shower in I don’t know how long. Not the makings of a romantic travel situation [...]
The Pinnacles is not an easy undertaking. You must carry your own food to last for 3 days and carry your garbage out with you. The trek itself involves a 2 hour boat ride to the start of an 8.9 km trail which takes you to camp 5 situated at the base of the Pinnacles and the entrance to the Headhunters. trail.
When travelling to Malaysia, one normally doesn’t think of tea plantations and mountain chalets. But when visiting the Cameron Highlands in the country’s interior, that is exactly what you will find. A former hill station for English settlers to escape the unbearable heat of Kuala Lumpur, this charming area is a must stop on anyone’s [...]
Our climb will be lasting for two days and within the first 5 minutes; I am already exhausted. My small daypack weighs heavy on my back as porters whiz by carrying giant barrels and cumbersome loads to supply the rest house, Laban Rata at 3500 metres. It makes me appreciate the high cost of bottled water. The walk up the steep grade and high steps is a struggle, but the views make it all worthwile. Rolling mountains of dense jungle under a vibrant blue sky dotted with fluffly white clouds.
These devoted people have a Priest drive spikes through their cheeks and tongues or insert hooks into their backs and chests on which they hang various fruit or milk pots to add to the discomfort.