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[ 22 Feb 2011 | 6 Comments ]
Tioman Island, Malaysia

Located roughly a two hours boat ride away from Peninsular Malaysia is the island of Tioman, a popular tourist destination that needs little introduction. The island was listed as one of the top ten best islands in the world by Time magazine back in the 1970s; and judging from the number of tourists we met on our way there, it seemed that its charm was still going strong. Having said that, it is still somewhat located off the beaten track for most foreign visitors to the country, thus the island …

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[ 9 Nov 2010 | One Comment ]
ubud rice field

The quaint village of Ubud is often purported to be the cultural capital of Bali. To many (the Travcult crew included) this seems to be a cheesy claim. Yes there indeed seem to be a large number of local artisan shops around; but these, together with the plethora of Balinese spas and daily dance performances do not necessarily define a culture, much less a cultural capital. The main thoroughfares of Ubud are touristy, strikingly different from the typical Indonesian or Balinese village. This is where one can find handicraft stores, restaurants, and other tourism related businesses, but not much of anything else.