My Slow Border Crossing From Malaysia To Singapore

As our final echoing chorus drew to an end, our voices gradually petered out and looks of bewilderment from our fellow detainees turned into somber, steely glares. We were stuck. Distressed human traffic in the dismal no-man’s land of underground bus bays between the end of Malaysia and the beginning of Singapore – the final…

In Search Of Tea In Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands

The only place I’ve travelled where a fruit stall doubles as a bus stop, is just outside the mountain town of Tanah Rata in Malaysia’s north. We were due to disembark at the stall for a day hike. What was the purpose of our trek? Like most Brits abroad, we were hoping to find the…

24 Hours On Malaysia’s Langkawi Island

I just really needed a wash. It had been several days since I’d felt warm soapy water running over my skin. There had been a handful of bus trips in the humidity of southern Thailand, a scuba diving course spent immersed in tropical waters, after which I had (wrongly) considered myself completely cleansed. Then there…