19 April 2018

The Hill Tribe Village - Baan Tong Luang Chiang Mai Thailand


So, there is this good friend of mine, she is a very good writer, and when I say good, I mean she could write a best-selling book and it doesn't have to be 300 pages long. I am still wondering why she hasn’t done it yet.
Anyways, a couple of months ago she wrote this interesting piece about People of The Golden Triangle, it was short and simple to follow for someone who isn’t keen on long articles. I am not much of a reader, but I was literally glued to this piece as it was well briefed and informative at the same time. I didn’t even waste time after reading it, I went on with own little research.

Here is the piece she wrote on STACII.COM

 The People of the Golden Triangle

Through my research and a friend of course, I found out there was this small village called Baan Tong Luang which exhibits The People Of The Golden Triangle lifestyle, just a few kilometers away from Chiang Mai. This is a small village with people from all the different Hill Tribes going about their daily lives.
They are famously known as People of the Hill Tribe in Thailand. Hill tribe people are indigenous people who are mainly found in the North Provinces of Thailand and in the mountains regions. They mostly live sustainable lives, as they are subsistence farmers, they handmake their goods and some are also nomadic, they move around to give the land time to breathe.

Some of the Tribes; I recommend you read a brief summary about them HERE

The Palaung & The Karen: Originally from Myanmar, many have now settled on the borders of Thailand and Myanmar. The Kayan which is a sub tribe of the Karen is famous for the woman with ring around their necks, famously known as the People of the Long Neck.

The Hmong; They are believed to have been original inhabitants from ancient China and Mongolia.

The Lisu: They are a nomadic tribe which consists of over 50 different clans bearing their own names and surnames. 
The Akha: This tribe is closely related to the Hani in China.

The Lahu: sometimes referred to as Muso, they are recognized as one of the 56th ethnic groups in China.

The Yao: Also known as Mien, they are officially recognised as minorities in China and Vietnam.

This small village gives you are glimpse on how the tribes go about their daily routine. I found it very interesting as they handmake most of their stuff, from cooking utensils, to fabric, clothes and so forth.
Even though this village doesn’t give one the full insight about the tribes, it’s worth visiting to get some idea about these tribes and also worth it if you are in Chiang Mai for a short travel. If you are someone who is very intrigued about culture, history and the like, it’s best to visit these tribes further North up in the mountains.
One of the ladies from the Kayan Tribe making fabric

Work station for one of the tribes

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16 April 2018

Things to do in Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur in 3 days

The last time I was in Malaysia it was all about Work Work Work, nothing but WORK, I didn’t even get a chance to see some of my friends, that was exactly 12 months ago. This time around I went to Malaysia Kuala Lumpur to explore the city, I wanted to see what has changed and what I might have missed on my last visits. I took a journey with a few friends of mine working on an upcoming project (I can’t say much on that)
I spent 3 days 2 nights in Kuala Lumpur. Before I even got into my day plan I noticed there were GO KL buses right across where I stayed.
GO KL buses apparently were introduced in late 2012. These buses are FREE to ride around the city centre. There are 4 routes, RedLine, PurpleLine, GreenLine and BlueLine, all going different directions around KL with a few bus stops where one can do interchanges. At the designated bus stops, you’ll find maps of each line and you can hop on at any time.
I didn’t waste any time on that day and tried the GO KL bus, guess what!? I got lost so many times and I wasn’t even bothered, LOST is my middle name. I think I get lost five hundred and ninety-nine thousand three hundred and forty-two times each month.
Source : www.myhoponhopoff.com
Malaysia has also introduced another bus system for Tourists, the KL Hop-On Hop-Off bus. I highly recommend this bus to either first time tourists or even recurring travellers, for as little as RM 55 (15usd) you get a 24-hour pass to ride around the city’s attractions.
I did get on the bus (Hop - On Hop – Off), trust me when I say I have done so much compared to the times I have visited the city in the previous years.

These are the some of the places and landmarks I covered which might be of interest to you. There are more, but I felt these were enough for me considering the time I had.
Petronas Twin towers, also known as the KL Twin Towers, are one of Malaysia’s best infrastructure to-date. The building has broken records in the past by being the tallest building in the world for a period of 6 years between 1998-2004. They are however, still the tallest twin towers in the world. Standing at 452m tall, the towers have 29 double-decker high speed passenger lifts and 5 levels of underground parking. They are a very important symbol to the people and the country as they symbolise the country’s main religion, ISLAM. Seen from above, each tower resembles an 8-pointed star of Islam.
The tallest free-standing tower in South East Asia and the 7th in the world, this is one of the must visit spots. Just like the twin towers, you will get a 360-degree view of the city. What’s interesting about the Tower is the Skyboxes, these are glass boxes suspended at 300m overseeing the city, you literally see everything from the ground in an Ariel view. 

The tower also has a revolving restaurant – Atmosphere 360, bookings to dine need to be made before coming in. If you are into reality TV, you would have seen or know that this building was the first ever pit-stop for the first Amazing Race Asia.
The museum was built on the former site of Selangor museum. Opened in 1963, its structure embodies the old traditional Malaysia style and the modern-day Malaysia. The museum has 4 gallery points, which include displays about the history of Malaysia, culture, traditional weapons and instruments, art, crafts and many more.
What caught my eye was the building from the outside, the art on both sides of the entrance exhibited the history of Malaysia in an artistic way, that was a winner for me before even going in.
The mosque was constructed within a period of 2 years, started in 1963 and completed in 1965. It was built on the site of a church (talk about 2 holy places in one ey). The mosque has many interesting features that are interpreted in many different ways. Its most striking features are its 73-metre-high minaret, which resembles a folded umbrella, and its 16-point concrete dome, which resembles an open umbrella.
The mosque has a capacity of 15, 000 people in one sitting. Visitors are allowed to enter the mosque, considering they are dressed appropriately. I however didn’t get the time to go in as I came during prayer time, talk about wrong timing.
Located in Brickfield, this place started as a residential area which was later turned into a brick making centre. It was in approx. 10 years that the government moved little India to this area. The area has since seen a lot of developments as it is located conveniently by the KL transportation hub, KL Sental.
Like the name says, little INDIA, it is no doubt that as you walk down the streets you will definitely feel the Indian vibe starting with the music, spices, colourful clothing displays and so forth.
Also known as Petaling Street, China town is haven for bargain hunters, if you think your bargaining skills are top-notch, this is where you’ll get a chance to flaunt them. You will find a street with stalls ranging from imitations goods, designer clothes, gadgets as well as some local crafts. There are also restaurant serving really delicious Chinese food worth trying.
The palace dates back to the days of the Japanese Invasion of Malaysia between 1942-1945. It used to house the Japanese governor at that time. It has since gone through some renovation worth RM 800 million. Sadly, visitors aren’t allowed to go inside, but rather get a glimpse of the beautiful guarded gate. I honestly didn’t get off the Hop-On Hop-Off bus because I would have had to wait for 30 minutes for the next bus to come just to see or snap a picture of myself by the gate. If you get the bus you’ll definitely get to see the Palace.
Source : www.tourhq.com
This is one of the famous landmarks in KL and just a walk away from China Town. It is also called Pasar Seni, just like the famous Rapid KL bus stop. It is a heritage site which houses a lot of local handicrafts and souvenir stalls.
Not far from the state mosque lies the oldest Railway station that today is still used. I found the building interesting to see as it still carries the European architectural feel.
Source: Fahrenheit Suites
I honestly didn’t know this was a must visit or see place because it’s the area that I usually stay in when I visit KL. Bukit Bintang walk is well regarded as the up class trendy shopping and entertainment district. It is conveniently located, you can get the GO KL buses (free bus), the monorail (Train), Rapid KL buses, there are also dozens of shopping malls (some mall listed below) and restaurants to dine etc.
If you are into the nightlife, Changkat is somewhere around the corner. The street transforms and becomes vibrant at night.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, I highly recommend you stay in this area to conveniently walk around and catch public transport at ease.

There are a lot of other Notable Places that you ought not to miss on your travel around KL, the shopping mall are amazing.
Suria KL
Located just by the twin towers, this is one of the most luxurious malls in Malaysia, it’s home for many designer labels such as Jimmy Choo, Chanel, LV, so forth. It is worth checking out right after you see the twin towers.
Source: Google
This is a high-end mall, the prices are not for the budget travellers, but it’s worth checking out and dine for some good food in one of the food courts or restaurants.
Time Square
This is not the actual time square you would see in the states, it’s just a borrowed name, this mall houses some branded shops and local shops with good prices too.
Lot 10
This is one of KL’s oldest 5- storey shopping malls located right in the heart of the city. It houses a mix of local shops as well and international brands. The mall has a sky bridge that connects it to Bukit Bintang monorail station.
Low Yat
Source: gowhere
If you are someone who’s always looking for good deals on gadgets and ready to bargain, this is the place to visit.
Sungei Wang
Source: travellover823.blogspot.com
One of the best budget 7 storey shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, located in the heart of KL, you can find literally any things ranging from RM10 ($2.50). You can find anything ranging from, souvenirs, clothes, gadgets, local craft etc
Fahrenheit 88
Source : Internet
Previously known as KL Plaza, the newly revamped mall is deemed to be a posh mall that hosts small sophisticated shops and restaurants. Apparently, it’s trendy amongst younger crowds.
Who Would travel to Malaysia and not try their delicacy? I will definitely share some of the food I tried on my next post.

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11 February 2018

Happy New Year 2018 - Better Later Than Never

It feels good to be back in the new year; better late than never they say. 2018, a year of many possibilities, a year of change, a year of making bold moves a year to do great and be great.
I am very much excited for the projects that I am working on and can’t wait to share the outcomes.
The year of an Earth Dog, according to the Chinese New Year, it is going to be a GREAT year.

So much honored to have started the year in the coast. Koh Chang, a very small, clean relaxed place, not your typical touristy coast. 6 hours away from the Bangkok noise, a needed calmness.
It was amazing to have to countdown on the beach – this is a post for another day.

HELLO EVERYONE AND IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK, stay tuned to read more about my adventures around ASIA and the WORLD.

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