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.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Nomadic Boys – Gay Penang, the Food Capital of Asia

Author: , September 6th, 2015

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Penang in Northeast Malaysia is seen as THE foodie capital of Southeast Asia according to the travel Bible (Lonely Planet). Now, that’s a tall order in a region with a huge array of world star cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese.

But Penang has taken them all, rolled them up into one delicious whole and created it’s own eclectic mix to create this foodie paradise. Naturally, we were dead excited to go face down in the many food offerings, so we couldn’t wait to set foot here.

We pulled together our favourite places to eat, activities to do, gay friendly places to stay and gay hang outs, and put together our very own gay friendly travel guide to Penang. But first, a little bit more about all that amazing food that got us all so very excited!

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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

Visiting Kuching, Malaysia

Author: , February 9th, 2014

Kuching, Malaysia

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Borneo, the world’s third largest island, has seen significant portions of its rainforest cut down by logging companies over the years. Still, it remains one of the premier jungles in Southeast Asia, offering adventure travelers the sort of inspiring jaunts that are more typical in South America or Africa.

Borneo is home to the endangered Bornean orangutan, the world’s largest flower, and is shared between three countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.

We hunkered down on the Malaysia side for two weeks, using Kuching as a home base for exploration. While the upfront cost to get there hurts (approximately $1,400 round-trip from New York City), visitors will be pleased with how cheaply they can feed and entertain themselves once on the ground. Here’s a breakdown of where you’ll spend – and where you won’t – next time you plan a trip to this southeast Asian island.

Authored By Will McGough – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Traveling During the Lunar New Year

Author: , January 27th, 2014

Great Wall of ChinaTraveling in Asia, or to an Asian community, this week? You’re in luck. The Lunar New Year, typically falling at the end of January or the end of February, is arguably the most festive and also the most interesting time of the year. Big events like lion dances and firecrackers aside, this is when communities everywhere come alive with cheer and tradition, with good wishes and ancient folklore at top of mind.

While it’s unlikely that anyone would expect a traveler to follow all the customs, we can’t think of a better way to get to know a destination’s culture. Plus, helping to usher in auspiciousness is a great way to delight a kind host or helpful friend. Here’s our guide to the general dos and don’ts – there’s naturally an overlap between the traditions of different ethnic groups and countries – as well as a gift guide for visits and meet-ups.

General etiquette:

Many traditions have to do with starting the year off right. Superstition even says that the way you spend certain days of the new year will reflect the how the rest of your year goes. With that in mind, do generally wear bright colors, especially red. Universal festivity aside, the color red is believed to scare away bad spirits.

Authored By Christine Wei – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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An Unexpected Gay Travel Adventure in Kuala Lumpur

Author: , January 3rd, 2014

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I won’t usually visit a country where me and my kin can face severe penalties for being who we are and doing what we do.

But this time a booking stuff-up of my own making means I’m spending less than two days in Malaysia enroute from Bangkok to Sydney.

And part of me likes the idea of spending even a short time alone exploring a new city, although I realize this isn’t a choice everyone has the privilege to make.

Authored By Chris Muakcha Topp – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Borneo on a Budget

Author: , September 9th, 2013

Borneo, Malaysia

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Malaysia is already considered a budget-friendly destination for many travelers, the cost of traveling to Malaysian Borneo might initially seem like an unnecessary expense if you’re trying to see the country on a budget. However, with incredibly affordable round-trip flights now being offered by Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching for as low as 120 ringgit (about $36), there are tons of reasons to add a few more days to your trip and explore this often overlooked island.

If you stay away from the higher-end resorts and expensive restaurants, you’ll find that seeing Malaysian Borneo is not only easy on your wallet, but also a phenomenal place with jungles, a cat city, ancient ruins, national parks, and plenty of monkeys. Here are my top five ideas for enjoying the best of Borneo for a lot less than you might expect.

Take a day trip to one of Borneo’s national parks:

While there are plenty of national parks all throughout the island of Borneo, my favorites were Bako National Park (where you can likely catch of a glimpse of the rare long-nosed proboscis monkey) or Niah National Park (where you can see gorgeous cave paintings dating back 1,200 years). The only costs you’ll incur on a day trip like this is getting there and paying your entrance to the park, so there’s absolutely no reason not to add a day of nature to your itinerary.

Authored By Kristin Mock – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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