Five Foot Traveller Blog

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Last stop in Selangor

Kuala Kubu Bharu, a town of only 33,000 people, is the northernmost railway station in the state of Selangor. I was curious about the next stop, Tanjung Malim, a town famous for its dumplings, but...

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Close shave in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Before last Friday, I had never walked into a barber shop. The Diamond Hair Dressing Saloon was set up by the father of the present owner, Mr R. Anbalagan. Anbalagan himself has been cutting...

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Seeing in the Dark

We were in complete darkness. The fruit I was holding was round and smooth on the outside, but it felt strangely hollow, as though there was air between the flesh and the skin. Our...

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Facades and shopfronts, Kuala Kubu Bharu

In an earlier post about  Kuala Kubu Bharu, I wrote about a lovely old man I met, but today I’m going to provide irrefutable proof of my geekiness. I have always been fascinated by the...

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Pulau Ketam

I’m not a beach person but I like islands, particularly those with character and more than just white sand for you to lie on. Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), which lies some 12 nautical miles off...

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A day in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Entire towns don’t usually move, but after Kuala Kubu was hit by a series of floods in the early 1900s, it was decided that the town would be shifted to another site. This new...

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Fireflies in Cherating

  It’s pitch black. The only sound we can hear is the buzz of the motorboat, which seems a little too loud for what we are about to do. The trees on the riverbank...

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Mangroves along the Cherating River

  Muddy, brackish, potentially smelly and difficult to swim in. Not much fun for humans, but great for fish and crabs. What am I talking about? Mangrove swamps. If you look closely at mangrove trees...

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Go your own way

  I’ve been getting a lot of emails recently from readers asking me how to do stuff, how I get to do the things I do (ehhh?) and how I get to travel as...

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A short walk in Kaikoura

I love walking. I can walk for miles without realising I’ve been doing so and it’s only when I stop, either when I’m back at my room or during a chocolate break that my...