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I stay at Muntri Mews hotel for this coming night
After a 30 mn never ending trip in a lift (stopped between the 22th and the 21th floors of my hotel in KL), a 4h bus trip from KL to Penang (Nice Bus, 74 RM), + a 20mn taxi ride (30RM, mahal lah!) from the Nice bus stop to the 77 Muntri street in George Town, I reached Muntri Mews.
Friendly welcome by the Muntri Mews staff, with a glass of fresh water and a pot of hot chinese tea. Lovely and spacious room with a fusion retro-stylish decoration.
Then I learned 2 new words : Mew and Flashpacker.
What’s a flashpacker?
Here is the answer of the “chic hotel” Ryokan opposite Muntri Mews
If you travel with your iPod, digital camera and laptop, you have officially placed yourself in the category of what we call flashpackers. If you are traveling on a budget, but you are looking for something a bit more upmarket and luxurious and as affordable as a hostel, you’re also a flashpacker.”
Both Ryokan and Muntri Mews target the flaspackers, but in different budget categories.

What are mews?

 It was a place where you store the horse carriages.
“Muntri Mews” was formerly the stables and carriageworks of the street’s grandest terraces. Carriages were kept below while drivers and staff were housed above in 12 worker’s quarters.  Read the rest of this entry »

Kuching is a perfect destination for a traveller to start exploring Sarawak in Borneo, especially if you travel with children and are aware of responsible travel.

Kuching  is a nice town offering a wide range of good museum – maybe among the best in Malaysia -, nice heritage buildings from the 19th century, wide and safe sidewalks that allow you to discover the place slowly  – everything is at a walking distance –  and the best sunset I have ever seen in Malaysia

Kuching giant spider BakoNature and wilderness – proboscis monkeys, orang-outan, turtles,birds, big spiders..- are easily accessible at less than one hour, as well as nice and quiet beaches. And no leeches waiting for your blood, that’s great! 

The place offers also many opportunities to learn about the indigenous communities of Sarawak.

Check out the 2 posts we already published :

The Society Atelier, which conducts research and promotes the traditional craft of Sarawak, especially weaving. Now you can even have your lunch in the beautiful bungalow.

The Tun Jugah Fondation, Kuching, Sarawak : a must see museum for textile lovers especially for the indigenous ikat weaving of the Iban, called Pua Kumbu.

Check out our selection of useful links before I finish my writing about Kuching. Read the rest of this entry »

Who are they and what do they do

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Anna Pierrot and Larry Scuccato opened the Flying Rhino guesthouse in September 2008, in Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB for the locals), in Selangor. Before the Flying Rhino, the husband and wife used to work in China, Anna in Education and Lorenzo in Industrial Engineering. They visited Malaysia several times and appreciated the diversity of the many still unspoilt natural areas. Why did they leave their comfortable expat life in China and open the Flying Rhino guesthouse? “We fell in love with the place, and wanted to make a difference by sharing environmental concerns and a life style with other people” said Anna.

Aware of culture and heritage, and keen to not disturb the forest with another land-consuming lodge, they settled on building the guesthouse in the middle of busy KKB, at the foot of Fraser’s Hill. It took them about two years (to find a house, buy it, renovate it, find a local partner, fill up the administrative papers… the list goes on). A huge amount of energy and determination was required to implement the project that lead to the Flying Rhino guesthouse. Read the rest of this entry »

A nature escape just 2 hours from KL

Who are they and what they do

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Janice Heng and David Foon live and work in Ipoh. Nature lovers and parents of three boys, they enjoy spending their spare time in natural sites and traveling around Malaysia and South East Asia at an unhurried pace.

A few years ago, they bought a piece of land, a durian orchard, at the foot of the Cabang mountain (Gunung Cabang) and the Cameron Highlands, 6.5km from GOPENG so that they could spend their weekends exploring the jungle, trekking or just enjoying their area. Read the rest of this entry »

Who are they and what they do

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Pura Tanjung Sabtu is a collection of centuries-old Terengganu Malay timber houses, located in Tanjung Sabtu village, 14 km from Kuala Terengganu on Malaysia’s East coast.

This architectural treasure is the private residence of Tengku Ismail bin Tengku Su and also a guesthouse for travellers who would like to experience Terengganu country living and a little bit of royal luxury. Read the rest of this entry »

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