Pit Stop in Melaka, Malaysia – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , May 4th, 2018

Melaka - Once Upon a Journey

After our week in Singapore we go back to Malaysia (again). Singapore was the best! We had fun meeting old friends, making new ones, exploring the city and finally getting our laptop fixed! The border crossing Singapore-Malaysia is a different story… It’s the most chaotic border crossing we have experienced so far…

CROSSING THE BORDER OF SINGAPORE – MALAYSIA

Friday-afternoon we get on a bus to Melaka, Malaysia. Quickly we notice it’s a mistake to go on a Friday afternoon; we are not the only ones.

Lots of Malay people work in Singapore, but go back home for the weekend. It’s crowded, especially at the Malaysian border. We leave Singapore by crossing a bridge, and we immediately end up in a big traffic jam. After a while we finally reach the point were they check our passports and bags. People are screaming and running to be the first in line. It’s madness.

It’s weekend, relax! For us it’s not a surprise that the Chinese people behind us ‘accidentally’ bump into us, just because they want to move one spot. At some point the woman is standing between us. Why?!

Luckily we survive it (also the big “I have visa” screaming line cutter) and continue our trip. When we arrive in Melaka we find a place to sleep and get some dinner. Then it’s time to pass out.

EXPLORING MELAKA

We only have one day, or actually one morning + afternoon, to explore Melaka. Luckily the city is not big, we have enough time to see most highlights. And we like it very much. It’s such a cute place. And the colourful rickshaws are hilarious!

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Malaysia: Wonderful Kuching and Bako National Park – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , April 25th, 2018

Bako National Park

We’re welcoming a new lesbian travel blogger this week – Once Upon a Journey.

By bus we travel from Brunei to Miri, but we only stay there overnight. The next morning we catch the early bus to Kuching. It is a long bus ride of 716 kilometres (445 miles) in total. We leave Miri at 7am and we arrive in Kuching at 10:30pm, how crazy? We have lots of rain during the day, so it took longer than expected. We’ll stay in Kuching for almost a week before travelling further to Singapore. We find Kuching is a lovely city and Bako National Park, close to Kuching, is one of the highlights of our world trip so far!

ANOTHER COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Our new couchsurfing host Hamady arranges our pick-up at the bus station. He’s a Senegalese professor who lives in Malaysia. Upon arrival at his home we are welcomed open-armed and with pizza! After the long day we can definitely use some pizza. He lives relatively far away from the city centre, but he tells us we don’t need to worry about transportation: he will fix it for us whenever we need.

The next day we go with him to the University where he works. He researches mosquitos at the University of Kuching and we check out his laboratory. We wander around the University and see his work. Together with a friend of Hamady we go to the supermarket to do groceries, for the BBQ at night. Soon we notice we are used to the Dutch way of BBQ with lots of baquette, vegetables, fruit and different kinds of meat. Still we enjoy the BBQ very much – with lots of meat – and have a fun night together.

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Gay Feast in Kuala Lumpur – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , December 17th, 2016

Kuala Lumpur

Last year, during my 3 months long trip around Southeast Asia, I visited the Capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

In all honesty, while the rest of Malaysia is definitely beautiful and full of charm (you have already read about my love for Pulau Langkawi, where I spent New Year’s eve 2016), Kuala Lumpur was not my favorite city. Maybe it is my fault, but I could not find the real soul of the city. Although there is one thing that impressed me very much: the way the Malay Capital celebrates the happiest time of the year, the most gay feast of them all, Christmas.

In December, the whole city of Kuala Lumpur is in full swing for Christmas celebrations: a joyous triumph of lights, trees beautifully decorated, buzzing shopping malls full of Santa Clauses… the Malays know how to throw a big party in honor of Xmas! Even the gigantic airport of Kuala Lumpur, KLIA2, was full of decorations where even the Peanuts were invited to participate to this gay feast!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

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The Nomadic Boys’ Malaysia Gay Travel Video

Author: , February 10th, 2016

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What’s it like travelling in Malaysia?

It’s all about the rasa sayang or Feel the Love!

And boy did we have plenty of rasa sayang moments in this awesome country.

Our video highlights start with the wildlife of Borneo, especially the orang utans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants which we saw in the wild near the Kinabatangan River in Sabbah. You can also see orang utans at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, proboscis monkeys at the Bako National Park – both near Kuching in Sarawak.

Nomadic Boys – Gay Guide to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia

Author: , October 16th, 2015

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Kota Kinabalu is the main transport hub gateway into the treasures of Sabah, Malaysia on the North of Borneo island. We stayed here for 2 weeks as a base to explore the region and discovered a vibrant gay scene, with even two gay bars to add to our gay guide to Kota Kinabalu:

GAY BARS AND HANGOUTS

Kota Kinabalu has gay bars! This truly shocked us. It’s a city of just over 200,000 and in a country like Malaysia where gay is illegal, we were delighted to discover there was a vibrant scene.

Q Bar: is the most popular gay bar. By bar, it means don’t go until after 11pm where it’s more of a dance venue. It’s located in the city centre, at 15 Gaya Street.

PluTonic: the second gay bar in the city, which also draws a late crowd, located in KK Times Square at G-40-1, Block G. PLU stands for “People Like Us” (a popular way for gays in Asia to refer to each other).

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Malaysia Gay Travel Resources

Nomadic Boys: Gay Kuching, Malaysia

Author: , October 9th, 2015

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“It’s just more relaxed here compared to mainland Malaysia” explained one of our many gay friends we met travelling around Malaysia Borneo.

Here is Sarawak Malaysia on Borneo island where we stayed for half a month in August 2015 after travelling in Peninsular Malaysia.

We based ourselves in the main city of Kuching, a very cool city, relaxed and smiles aplenty from everyone. Sebastien felt more at home here to waltz around in his latest sun hat purchase.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Malaysia Gay Travel Resources

Nomadic Boys – Beginners’ Guide to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak, Malaysia

Author: , September 17th, 2015

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The Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak (Malaysia Borneo) is a 3 days musical orgy of ethnic and folk acts from all around the world. It’s organised annually by the Sarawak Tourism Board in July/August at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

We attended the 18th RWMF in August 2015 and had the time of our lives! We twerked with Congolese pygmies, danced with drummers from Reunion island, gawked at the topless boys from Bali, were blown away by the really talented Gambian Alecia Keys lookalike and tried to throat sing with a very friendly Mongolian nomad.

As first timers, this is our beginner’s guide to the RWMF and hope to inspire you to attend the next ones.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Nomadic Boys – Visitor’s Guide to Sandakan in Sabah, Malaysia

Author: , September 10th, 2015

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Sandakan is a coastal town in the Sabah region on the Malaysia side of Borneo Island. We spent a few nights in Sandakan as a base for exploring some of the gems of Sabah and discovered an exciting small city, with a plethora of great seafood!

Sandakan is the second largest town (after Kota Kinabalu) in Sabah, East Malaysia on the Northeastern side of Borneo island. During the colonial times in the nineteenth century, it was the capital of British North Borneo and a strategic commercial and trading centre.

Japan occupied the area during the Second World War and was completely destroyed by Allied bombings. The British got it back after the war and developed the fishing industry as part of the Reconstruction and Development Plan.

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Nomadic Boys – That Time We Were Interviewed on Malaysian National Radio

Author: , August 30th, 2015

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Kuala Lumpur was a great base for us to stop and take a breather from our backpacks for a month in June/July 2015.

Whilst in KL, we met the awesome DJ Kevin Chong, who invited us to be interviewed about our travels in Asia over the past year, on his morning show with his partner in crime, DJ Diyana.

TraXX FM is one of the most popular English radio stations in Malaysia, broadcasted nationwide and also in neighbouring Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. We were of course dead excited at the opportunity and jumped at the chance to be grilled by Kevin and Diyana about our travels.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Nomadic Boys – Langkawi Island: A Pink Travel Guide to the Jewel of Kedah

Author: , August 20th, 2015

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For most gay travellers, Muslim countries like Malaysia are not necessarily high up there of places to visit. Technically, under Malaysian law, we’re seen as criminals and this ungodly practice (!) of ours becomes very hush hush and hidden away.

But get to Langkawi and a whole new way of thinking kicks in.

There was us thinking we would not be welomed if we rocked up as gay travel bloggers promoting pink tourism in Langkawi. But to our surprise, every single place we visited in Langkawi was very enthusiastic and excited to welcome us as a gay couple visiting their shores.

In any case, Langkawi has always had a reputation as being more liberal and relaxed than mainland Malaysia. For example, its politicians have always fought to maintain its duty free status (a savvy move, which has helped boost tourism a great deal over the years).

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys