National Parks

Striking Oil And Spilling Attractions

A lone oil well sits atop Bukit Telaga Minyak in Miri, Sarawak, an icon of the city’s present-day tourist attraction and an important landmark that sparked Malaysia’s entire history in oil and gas. Ironically, it almost never got built if not for the perseverance of a young college dropout from England. Choosing cadetship over completing […]

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Ancient wonders of Niah

By on July 13, 2010 in Caves, National Parks with No Comments

It is pitch black, cold… and eerily scary.

Brrr…gives me the goosebumps. No wonder bats like to live here.

Eeeeekkk!!!!

What was that?!

Arrgh…flying insects…

I was trying my best to walk as slowly as possible on the slippery plank walk, with trusty headlamps lighting the way. It was a torture, especially with guano– bat dung ‘perfume’, its smell hanging heavily in the air.

The silence around me was eerily spooky.

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Tanjung Piai National Park

By on April 19, 2010 in National Parks with 8 Comments

“Congratulations! You are now standing at the Southern Most Tip of Mainland Asia.”
The signboard beamed widely at me as I peered towards the vast landscape. As winds blew gently over the confluence of the Strait of Malacca and Strait of Johore, the sun beat wildly upon the skin.
Whew! Despite the intense heat, the view of huge tankers docking in international waters was a sight to behold.
Row upon row of ships anchored symmetrically, and all I could hear was the silence of the howling winds. It is an astounding scene, to face one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Its shallow seaway is used by thousands of tankers daily.
Is this really the tip of Southern Most Tip of Mainland Asia?

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