10 Facts About Malaysia – The Nomadic Boys

Malaysia - The Nomadic Boys

Malaysians are obsessed with food. And we totally get it – the entire country is a non-stop feast of delicious food. There are legit 5 meal times in Malaysia – breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper.

Beyond the foodie paradise that is Malaysia, we discovered a lot about this magnificent and super diverse country during our 3-month trip here as a gay couple. But the one uniting thing about all Malaysians is their immense pride in their food! Every Malaysian has strong opinions about where to find the best laksa or from which city you can find the tastiest rendang!

A word of warning to our fellow LGBTQ travellers – it is illegal to be gay in Malaysia. It is an Islamic influenced country, so homosexuality is very much taboo. Therefore it goes without saying you should avoid any acts of activism or public displays of affection here. But having said that, despite the awful anti-gay law, there is a fabulous large LGBTQ community throughout the country, especially in Kuala Lumpur, with a small and underground gay scene. We made a lot of local gay friends throughout Malaysia who we love dearly. It is through their eyes we discovered the gay scene of the country and also the more unique facets of Malaysian culture, which forms the backbone of this article.

These are our 10 interesting facts about Malaysia:

Malaysians Are Obsessed With Food

As foodies, this is one of our favourite interesting facts about Malaysia. Everywhere across the country you’ll find hawker stalls selling a range of delicious freshly made foods like laksa, Indian inspired roti canai, the national dish: nasi lemak, and so much more. The entire country is a haven for foodies, particularly Penang which is a melting pot for Indian, Chinese and Southeast influences.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Stone House B&B – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Hurley, New York

Stone House B&BStone House B&B - Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Hurley, New York

HISTORIC 18TH CENTURY MANSION

Welcome to the Stone House Bed & Breakfast at the Cornelis Kool House in Hurley, New York. Our Hudson Valley B&B is an early 18th century Dutch estate, with architectural features that date back to the original Dutch settlement of the New Netherlands.

Our Hudson Valley B&B may be the oldest house in New York State that you can actually stay in, having been built around 1700.

We’re nestled in the peaceful countryside of the Esopus valley, near the historic village of Hurley, a National Historic Landmark. Our Catskills area B&B ideally situated to explore both sides of the Hudson River, the Shawangunks or the Catskills.

Both Woodstock and Rhinebeck are just an eighteen minute drive from our front door.

See the Stone House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Alaska – The Globetrotter Guys

Gay Alaska - The Globetrotter Guys

Alaska is somewhere that has been on our bucket list for a very long time. Whilst our knowledge is limited to glaciers, snow-capped mountains, whales and grizzly bears, every photo we see of the incredible landscape and wildlife just makes us more eager to visit!

Whilst a lot of the states in America are well-known for being either very gay-friendly, or the complete opposite, ‘gay Alaska’ wasn’t something we knew anything about.

To find out more, we spoke to local gay guy Victor, from Anchorage. Here’s what he has to say about being gay in Alaska.

Hi Victor! Can you first please introduce yourself to our readers? Tell them a little bit about yourself – where you are from / your hobbies and interests etc.

Hi guys! I’m Victor. I’m 36 years old, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, but I’ve also spent a significant amount of time at Alexander Creek. Alexander Creek is a tiny community off the road system, meaning you can only reach it by boat, sea plane or snowmachine (we don’t call them snowmobiles in Alaska).

I have been married twice. The 1st time was to a woman, and I have two biological daughters. I have been with my husband, Eric, for just over six years now. We were married in Alaska in 2016 and I’ve never been happier.

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Gay Life in Indonesia – Nomadic Boys

Gay Life in Indonesia - Nomadic Boys

“OMG you two: careful you don’t get caned for being gay!”

A rather extreme reaction by some of our friends when we told them we’re going to Indonesia, but one we understand.

On the one hand, when it comes to LGBTQ rights in Indonesia, there are none. The government heavily panders to religious extremists and in the ultra-conservative province of Aceh, homosexuality is punishable with up to 100 public lashes with a rattan cane, which also applies to foreigners!

Yet, on the other hand, this is (officially!) a secular country with no anti-gay laws in place (outside of places like Aceh), it has the right to change legal gender (with judicial approval) and don’t forget, this is the home to one of the LGBTQ hotspots in Asia: Bali!

That’s right, this small island in Southeast Indonesia is not only a pink haven in this very conservative country but also a popular gay holiday destination in Asia. When we visited Bali, we met local boy Joko who now lives and works in Bali. Originally from Java Island, Joko moved to Bali for a better life. In this interview about gay life in Indonesia, he tells us more about what it was like for him growing up and the gay scene of Bali. However, Joko has requested that he is kept anonymous for security, much like our article with Kaluu about gay Sri Lanka.

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White Oak Inn – Gay Friendly Inn in Danville, Ohio

White Oak Inn - Gay Friendly Inn in Danville, Ohio

Welcome to the perfect getaway in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country – White Oak Inn sits on a quiet country road, and our Ohio inn has been consistently voted by our guests as one of the top bed and breakfast country inns in the US.

The White Oak Inn is known for its fantastic service, wonderful food and top-notch accommodations.

Whether you’d rather stay at the inn, relax and do nothing, or head out to enjoy an adventure-packed weekend, you can find it here. Enjoy that book you’ve been planning to read on the front porch swings while you watch the hummingbirds and butterflies. Or take part in one of our murder mysteries!

There’s also canoeing, golfing, cycling or fishing for the more adventurous, or you can take a drive around the countryside and discover wineries, shops, antiques, auctions and many other great local attractions.

See the White Oak Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gunnison Nude & Gay Beach

Gunnison Nude Beach

The eastern shore of Sandy Hook is home to Gunnison Nude & Gay Beach, one of the most popular gay beaches in New Jersey. Gunnison Beach is clothing-optional and a fantastic place for a summer day trip. Locals from New Jersey as well as New York City frequent Gunnison. Ferry service from Manhattan makes the journey quite easy.

I found the crowd at the Gunnison gay nude beach to be quite open and friendly. Groups of friends mingle and passing beachgoers often say hello. People are much more relaxed here, similar to the vibe in New York’s cherished Fire Island Pines gay community. 

After you take your first trip to Gunnison, I’ll bet you can’t wait to visit again!

Getting to the Gunnison Nude Gay Beach 

If you’re driving, you can park inside of Sandy Hook’s Gateway National Recreation Area. For Gunnison Beach, follow signs for Lot G. The shore is only a five-minute walk from here.

If you’re traveling from New York City, then you also have the option of using the Sandy Hook ferry service. While it’s not as frequent, it can definitely be faster than driving on a weekend morning during summer. 

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Hotel Fauchere – Gay Owned Hotel in Milford, Pennsylvania

Hotel Fauchere - Gay Owned Hotel in Milford, Pennsylvania

LUXE POCONOS HOTEL, DRIVE FROM MANHATTAN

Welcome to the Hotel Fauchere in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. At the Fauchere, you’ll enjoy our “home away from home” – fine dining in the Delmonico Room, our stylish bistro Bar Louis and a lovely conservatory and garden for guests only. We also offer the Emerson House at the Hotel Fauchere, an event venue ideal for small groups, parties, as well as retreats and business meetings.

Your time at our Poconos hotel begins with your reservation – we provide in-room check-in and a personalized relaxation experience, all planned with hotel staff before you arrive. We work hard to anticipate your needs, and pay close attention to all the little details during your stay with us.

See the Hotel Fauchere Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Benchmark Inn – Gay Owned Inn in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Benchmark Inn - Gay Owned Inn in Provincetown, Massachusetts

THE BEST IS FOR YOU

Benchmark Inn, located on a quiet side street very close to the center of Provincetown, is welcoming you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The inn has 7 beautiful guest rooms, all with fireplaces, private entrances, and either a jacuzzi tub or a generous shower. Many feature wet bars, a coffee maker, private or semi-private outdoor space and spectacular views. All rooms are centrally air conditioned.

Dan and Daniel, who own the inn since 2011, are dedicated to make their guests stay a memorable one.

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Villa Decary – Gay Owned Inn in Nuevo Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Villa Decary - Gay Owned Inn in Nuevo Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

DELICIOUS FULL BREAKFAST IN LAKE ARENAL

Hotel Villa Decary Bed & Breakfast overlooks the beautiful, pristine Lake Arenal and Costa Rica’s Tilaran mountains. Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal region is a remote, uncrowded area of Costa Rica – at 1,800 feet in elevation, the area boasts a unique temperate climate, with cool nights and warm days.

The property is surrounded by a middle-elevation tropical rainforest, including lush plant life, a rainbow of butterflies, over two hundred and fifty bird species. You’ll also find troupes of shy howler monkies.

Hotel Villa Decary is American owned and operated, and is a relaxing and affordable escape on a lush Costa Rica hillside, surrounded by a botanical garden of exotic tropical plants and palm trees. We’re close to the small Tico town of Nuevo Arenal, and just fourteen miles from the active Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.

See the Villa Decary Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Arab Street – The Most Colorful Street in Singapore? – Keep Calm and Wander

Arab Street Singapore - Keep Calm and Wander

Is Arab street the most colorful neighborhood in Singapore? For me, I think it is. I went there once during my trip – and boy – the street is as colorful as the rainbow!

It brought me back to the times I was in the souqs (markets) in Marrakech, Fez, Jeddah, Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul.

Well, this street is not exactly what it’s like in the Middle East, but there are familiar scenes and things that reminded of getting lost in the souqs.

Arab Street in Singapore is just a tiny neighborhood. In fact, if you go in there just for your Instagram photos, thirty minutes will be enough. That, of course, if you are that kind of traveler who came for the colorful shots and not for the destination.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander