Monthly Archives: June 2018

How to Prepare For Travelling

More and more people (particularly in the Western world) are going travelling these days. However, it seems that some of the original spirit that travelling the world brings has been lost in recent years, with companies offering package ‘travel the world’ holidays where everything is included, and with people being too over-prepared before setting off.

“Before you go take out all of your clothes and all of your money, then take half the clothes and double the money”. A wise traveller once said that, and the words of wisdom should be taken into account by all that are thinking of going on a voyage. What it basically means is that you should sell half of your clothes, and it’s better to improvise and buy things along the way then to take everything that you could ever possibly need with you.

Part of the fun of travelling is having little adventures along the way, and there’s no better way to do that then to be slightly unprepared. For example, I once needed to buy some plasters whilst I was in Vang Vien in Laos (a country between Thailand and Vietnam). The experience turned into a great little adventure round some backstreets, where I met all kinds of helpful characters that didn’t understand a word I said! That being said, always be safe and don’t take any risks in a strange and foreign country. Always remember to do your research about where you’re going, and to make sure that you know the dangers that you might be presented with.

Unique Summer Travel Tips

One of the best times to travel is during the summer months. This time of the year is considered the best time to travel without having to deal with bad weather. Most places around the globe will have mild or beautiful weather to enjoy if you can make your travel plans to take place in the summer. For those who can use this time, some travel tips are provided to help you make the trip as successful as possible.

When you go on vacation, you are supposed to enjoy yourself. It is not supposed to be a bad experience. To help prevent this from happening, you may need to make plans before you travel. The best trips involve careful planning. To accomplish this, you should consider a checklist. Make checklists of the things you should pack, the places you want to visit, and what your goals are for the trip. Learn as much as you can about the place you intend to visit. Once you have learned everything about the location you want to visit, you will be able to make a plan that will allow you to enjoy everything a location has to offer.

If you are going to travel with other people on your trip as most of us do, you should make sure that you have the information you need to enjoy your trip. Take time to learn the many unique summer travel tips that are available on sites that specialize in help for those who enjoy traveling. You will enjoy your trip when you are better prepared and organized. This does not mean that you have to give up on spontaneity. You can still do things that you may not have planned for but if you make a plan, you can ensure you do not miss anything that you want to do. Checklist might not seem like any fun, but they can make a big difference for your trip.

Kuching Travel Guide

Kuching is sharing pretty much a similar festivals as other region of Malaysia, nevertheless you can still find some local festivals that only Sarawakian get to celebrates. All festivals and events in Kuching are as follow:

1. New Year’s Day (1 January)

Public Holiday through out the entire Malaysia, and the world; and Kuching has no different too.

2. Chinese New Year (January/February)

Chinese New Year is fall on 1st day of every lunar calendar year, which will fall on any days during January or February.

Google it for exact date of the particular year you wish to know, eg. “Chinese New Year 2010”. Travel to Kuching two weeks before the Chinese New Year is the best time for you to see the local people getting ready for the Chinese New Year festival. People in Kuching is usually busy shopping for Chinese New Year goods and goodies during this time period. On the Eve of Chinese New Year, locals will do their final shopping before noon, and after 2pm usually the Kuching is much like a dead town. Shops closed, businesses ended, everyone is in the home getting ready for their reunion meal. If you are still in Kuching on this day, the only place you can have your dinner is probably the fast food restaurant for example KFC or McDonald.

During the midnight once the clock strikes 12am, the whole city is much like entering into a war, you’ll be dazzled by the fireworks on the sky, as well as firecrackers are everywhere. The whole occasion will last for around half an hour to an hour before you can get a good sleep. It’s illegal though playing with fireworks or firecrackers; however it’s not been fully enforced in Sarawak. You won’t have this if you’re in the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur. Most businesses remain closed in Kuching from the first to the forth day of the festival, you’ve still got to dine at the fast food restaurant during those days. However, cafe, pubs and bars are normally opened as soon as the day turns dark.

3. Good Friday (March/April)

Nothing much special in Kuching on this day, it’s simply a public holiday.

5. Labour Day (1 May)

Just a public holiday. Business as usual for shopping malls and restaurants.

6. Wesak Day (May)

It will fall on any day during May be based upon which calendar year. If you are at Kuching during this period, visit the Buddhist temples, in which the crowds are gathered on this special day.

7. Gawai Day (1 June)

This is the very important festival for the Dayak (indigenious people) in Sarawak, which celebrating the end of rice harvesting and welcomes the new planting season. Everyone in the longhouses in Sarawak will begin to celebrate the festival from the Eve of the Gawai day. On the Gawai day itself, that is 1 June, traditional rituals are held, dancing, lots of local foods especially Bamboo rice and bamboo chicken. Should you be traveling in Kuching during this special occasion, you are able to participate in the Annah Rais Homestay program and experience the fun of the Gawai festival with the locals people. No walk-in traveler will be entertained during this day at the majority of the longhouses, apart from pre-arranged tour from the tour company, and the invited guest from the local people.

As for Annah Rais Longhouse, simply take part in the homestay program and you will get a chance to see how the local people celebrate the festival at Annah Rais village.

8. Dragon Boat Festival (June)

As the name suggest, you will witness the dragon boats competition during this day through out most part of Malaysia. In Kuching, you may witness the dragon boat competition along the Sarawak River, at the Kuching Waterfront. Local Chinese will be making their own rice dumpling in this special day for their family. Most Chinese coffee shops in Kuching do selling them as well, so you should try it!

9. Rainforest World Music Festival (July)

These are the famous worldwide event which will be held in Kuching every year. Rainforest World Music Festival brings together the planet famous musicians around the world and indigenous musicians from all parts of mythical land of Borneo to come to the same stage to perform for you.

Wildlife Experiences in the World

There is an increasing number of wildlife viewing trips advertised to places all over the world, driving an increased interest in nature travel. For many people, viewing wildlife in their natural environment is among the most rewarding and uplifting travel experiences available.
Here is my top ten wildlife viewing travel list available to normal travelers.

1. Mountain Gorillas of Central Africa

One of the most memorable experiences in many people’s lives is spending an hour with a group of mountain gorillas, only accessible in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

2. Wildlife Safari in East Africa

Spending time watching the great wildlife of Africa’s rift valley is a memorable experience far more real than watching it on Discovery Channel. Some target seeing the Big Five (the elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros and lion) while others enjoy the familiar giraffes, baboons, deer, wildebeest, zebras and antelope.

3. Polar Wildlife in the Antarctic Peninsula

View the famous polar fauna of whales, seals, penguins and other bird-life (especially the soaring albatrosses) in the least accessible and emptiest of the seven continents via a comfortable cruise on an ice-breaker. Most depart from the southern tip of South America.

4. Bears and the Salmon Run in Canada and Alaska

See black and brown bears fatten up for the approaching winter sleep, gorging on spawning salmon in the cascading rivers of Canada and Alaska.

5. Galapagos Islands

View the location of Charles Darwin’s famous study into evolution in a living laboratory of volcanic islands. See the famous giant tortoises, extensive and unusual bird-life and the various other animals that have adapted to the demands of the Galapagos Islands.

6. Whale Sharks in Australia

Snorkel and watch the largest living animal on our planet cruise sedately through the warm waters of Ningaloo Reef off the west coast of Australia.

7. Polar Bears in the Arctic

Becoming endangered with our warming planet, see the antics of our largest land carnivores and their youngsters await the freezing of the sea ice off Churchill in north-eastern Canada.

8. Bengal Tigers in India

Though elusive, the elegant Bengal Tigers can be seen in a number of reserves across India. Once hunted by the maharajahs and their guests almost to extinction, they are now protected.

9. Orang-Utans of Borneo

In the east of the island of Borneo, experience the creature that many scientists consider the most intelligent of all of our wildlife.

10. Lemurs and Chameleons of Madagascar

Geologically separate as an island for so long, Madagascar provides a selection of unique and unusual animals highlighted by the variety of playful lemurs and colorful chameleons.