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Event Review: Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur, January 2014

23 January 2014

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Event Review: Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur, January 2014

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival of ceremonial offerings, devotional piercings, and a variety of ritual cleansing celebrated by the Tamil Indian communities. This year, S.E.A. Ambassador, Ben Turland was lucky enough to land in Malaysia right in time for Thaipusam. He took in the sights with his wife and gives us the low down on what it was like to experience this spectacular event.

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Scope Out the Street Sculptures in Penang, Malaysia

30 October 2013

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Scope Out the Street Sculptures in Penang, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia has a rich culinary scene, but how else can you get to know this culturally rich UNESO World Heritage Site? By taking to the streets and reading the stories told through wire in a massive street art installation project.

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The Kelabit Highlands, Borneo: Where Tradition and Globalization Meet

4 October 2013

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The Kelabit Highlands, Borneo: Where Tradition and Globalization Meet

As a traveller, it’s always so easy to want things to stay as they are. In the Kelabit Highlands, you can feel the old traditions fade, as slowly and methodically as the sun sinks behind the mountain ranges, leaving the sky a vast painting of pastel pinks and reds, and turning the entire landscape into a vision so captivatingly beautiful that it barely seems real. This is a land touched by missionaries, globalization, and a growing technological influence. Karen Farini talks to local residences in order to better understand their perspectives on the cultural changes taking place.

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Grasping Malaysia: A Journey Into the Diversity of Georgetown, Penang

9 August 2013

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Grasping Malaysia: A Journey Into the Diversity of Georgetown, Penang

Malaysia, a gripping mix of unique Asian cultures. So what does it mean to be Malaysian? Travel writer, and photographer, Colin Roohan peels back the layers of Georgetown's diverse neighborhoods with the hopes of better understanding Malaysian identity...

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

26 March 2013

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As Lonely Planet are sold for a massive loss, we question the future of the travel guidebook…

With Lonely Planet being sold by the BBC this week for a shocking £55 million loss, does this put the future of guidebooks into question? This happens in the same week that we hear Frommers guidebooks, born in 1957 with the groundbreaking ‘Europe on 5 dollars a day’, announce the decision that they will publish no more titles. So what do you think? What is the future of Lonely Planet and the travel guidebook in general? Is there still a place for the guidebook when you are planning your trip?

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Hanging out in the Borneo Rainforest: The Heart2Heart Orangutan Program

21 November 2012

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Hanging out in the Borneo Rainforest: The Heart2Heart Orangutan Program

Deep in the heart of the Borneo Rainforest lies a sanctuary for our closest ancestors and one of the most intelligent primates… the orangutan. At the Heart2Heart Orangutan program in Sarawak, Malaysia, we can all play a part in their protection.

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