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Southeast Asia is no stranger to museums of all shapes and sizes. From government sponsored institutions to labor of love community or privately sponsored venues. The significance being that these Southeast Asian museums tell stories which are important to particular areas. Stories that communities want to have remembered. Perhaps in some cases, governments are unwilling […]

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The front entrance of Selangor’s Palace of the Golden Horses is unexpected to say the least. New arrivals are greeted by the hotel’s golden namesake statue/art instillation of gilded stallions racing full speed ahead across the property. Pulling behind them the golden cart of a young girl. The girl appears anxious to get to her […]

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Reading the words ‘sand flies’ in a Trip Advisor review, had me rethinking my grand Koh Tarutao adventure. A fate worse than prisoner ghosts or giant jungle snakes, in my opinion. But the historic ex-prison island of Koh Tarutao has fascinated me for years. Looming on the distant horizon, its mysterious, yet picturesque presence is […]

The post I Survived Koh Tarutao and You Can Too! appeared first on The Island Drum.

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I’ve lost count of how many times I have been to Koh Lipe, Thailand. For the longest time I actually thought the island was closed during the ‘low’ season, but that’s certainly not true. Koh Lipe is open year round, but getting there quickly from Langkawi, Malaysia isn’t always an option. However, when the monsoon […]

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They say eat like a local, and boy howdy, can I do that. Especially when it comes to traditional Malaysian desserts in Langkawi, Malaysia. However, I didn’t become a Langkawi dessert connoisseur overnight. It took time. From abandoning the desperate, expatriate search for my beloved Fig Newtons and Moon Pies to accepting my fate of […]

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Satun, Thailand is to some, nothing but a border town. A place to while away a few hours before the next bus to somewhere else. To others it’s most famously known as the home province of beautiful Koh Lipe and the Adang Archipelago. But there is more to Satun Town and Satun Province than one […]

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Ghost stories are plentiful in Asia. And many are quite believable. Ghost stories in Malaysia alone are enough to make a believer out of the most skeptical. Mix the modern day it-happened-to-me narratives of ordinary people with cultural beliefs and legends and it does make one wonder which came first; An innate belief in the […]

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Need some help planning your 4 days in Langkawi? Langkawi itinerary advice is a dime a dozen these days. Which is a good thing when it comes to planning a Langkawi holiday. Especially if time is limited. Nothing worse than missing something you could have seen or done had you only known about it. Despite […]

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Songkhla City, Thailand is not just a day tour destination. Songkhla is the kind of place that simply cannot be properly introduced through the smudged window of a passing tour bus. Seriously. There is so much more to Songkhla than getting a selfie at the Golden Mermaid! Songkhla’s cultural authenticity and heritage even rivals such […]

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Hat Yai, Thailand, with all its hustle and bustle, may not be everyone’s idea of a relaxing vacation spot. And for many it’s simply a transit city. However, Hat Yai has much more to offer than meets the eye, which a growing number of travelers are finding out. And like any popular city, the accommodation […]

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