If you’re stuck in the city life of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for days and you feel the urge for some beach bumming experience, to soak under the sun and enjoy the tropical weather.
Well, you don’t need to look that far, because in less than an hour of travel from Kuala Lumpur is a coastal town known for its beautiful beaches and island life. It’s what the locals call PD, short for Port Dickson, Malaysia!
Over the years this town has been a popular destination for locals especially coming from the nearby cities for some beach getaway experience. And with the advent of social media, Port Dickson is creating some traction among foreign travelers! Aside from that, Port Dickson is not only about beaches! It also has some exciting spots that will truly keep you entertained during your stay in Malaysia. There are Ostrich Farms, Military Museum, Chinese Temples, 3D Art Galleries and a lot more!
If you’re a keen diver, you’ve got to head to Thailand. Full of amazing underwater opportunities, the country should be on every diver’s must-visit list. With an average sea temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and beautifully clear waters, conditions are ideal. We’ve picked some of our favourite places. Check them out:
1. Hin Muang
As this Thailand country guide explains, Thailand boasts some of the best diving spots in the world. It’s also one of the cheapest places to learn. They suggest Hin Muang as a great place to start your diving trip. It offers great visibility and the chance to see some large underwater creatures – such as manta rays and whale sharks.
In Hin Muang, you’ll also find purple rock – Thailand’s highest vertical wall, covered with vibrant purple soft corals. But it’s not a dive for newbies, so make sure you’ve got plenty of experience first.
2. The Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are one of the best-known archipelagos for diving. Great wonders await beneath the clear blue waters that surround each of the nine islands. Over 200 species of hard coral have been identified and the islands boast the most reef fish around.
However, it is closed from around the middle of May to the start of November every year due to the weather – so plan your trip accordingly. Find out more about the best times to visit the Similan Islands here. After all, you want to get in the most diving possible.
You might miss out on some of the details of the wreck, but you’ll see some amazing underwater life – including seahorses, schooling fish, lionfish and giant morays.
Just north west of this wreck, you’ve also got the Hin Nok dive. It’s a plateau with five pinnacles and lots of gullies. It’s also home to the unusual feathery fish, known as the Ghost Pipefish. It’s difficult to spot, but you could get lucky.
Have you dived in Thailand? Share your recommendations with us.
We hailed a taxi in Bangkok going to our next destination. Good thing our friends Joey and Sar, who’ve been based in Bangkok for a while, accompanied us to tour the temples in the city.
The sun has just risen when we arrived at Wat Arun temple. This is one of the most popular landmarks in Bangkok for its spectacular view of the temple from the Chao Phraya River. It creates a stunning reflection and glitter from afar.
Years ago, I used to hang out in my Auntie’s house not just to be with my cool cousins but also because of a book.
It was a huge book like a World Encyclopedia, that has all the details about the countries in the world. I remember I was so fascinated with that book, there was a time I memorized by heart the capitals of almost all the countries. Read the rest of the story…
Our journey started at the Bangkok Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Station) for an early morning bus ride going to Cambodia.
The station is just near the center of Bangkok, you can just hail a taxi and you’ll reach the bus station in minutes. Just tell the taxi driver that you’re going to Mochit 2 Bus Station, or you can print out the words in Thai character for easier communication.
This is a huge and more organized terminal than what we have in the Philippines. Some westerners would find the station inferior, but for a Filipino, it’s way better than the bus stations we have back home.
There are two early morning bus schedule going to Siem Reap (8am and 9am), travel time from Bangkok is about 8 hours.
I was exploring the temples of Cambodia when I saw this familiar Japanese tourist.
I remember I overheard her telling her fellow traveler while in a different temple that she just recently quit her job and embarked on a three month journey to Southeast Asia to just find purpose… meaning in her life.
Her story was inspiring. It was also a testament of how traveling can be so powerful in enriching your life, that even eavesdropping from a simple conversation of your fellow travelers can truly give you insights and inspiration.
As I entered the inner part of the temple, I saw her being approached by a kid vendor offering her some postcards and ref magnets.
After a whole day of exploring Bangkok with my longtime friends, marvelling at those temples and haggling for the best buys at the weekend market, We were dead tired and ready to just lay on our beds and sleep.
But our newfound friends in Bangkok told us our experience would not be complete without trying Khao San Road which is just a few blocks away from our hotel.
I said, “hmm Khao San Road…Khao San Road.” I kept repeating it a few times before deciding to give it a try. I even convinced my travel buddies to go with us.
It was my first time to travel outside the Philippines. I have been travelling within my country for quite some time, and to experience other culture is something that I always look forward to.
At 2 in the morning, we landed at Bangkok International Airport, commencing my journey with my close friends in the captivating countries of Thailand and Cambodia. We planned to stay in Thailand for a few days, explore the city then backpack towards Cambodia by bus.
Arriving at Thailand airport already had an effect on me. I was amused at how the structure reflects the Thai culture, unlike our airport way back home which is just basic and plain.