We spent the Raya long weekend in Guilin — a place that all of the 1.3 billion Chinese people know simply as “the most beautiful place under heaven”. We based ourselves near Yangshuo town and spent several days exploring the region…of all we saw and did, my favorite was an morning spent floating down Yulong River on a bamboo raft. It was exactly how I had pictured Guilin to be…well, once I was able to mentally block out the tourists around us and put on some nostalgic Jay Chou tunes.
Atop an unassuming office building in downtown KL is Helipad — possibly one of the best kept secrets in the city. The concept is simple: a few tables and chairs on a helipad, drinks, and incredible 360 panoramic views. Sadly, it’s the type of place that would probably never exist back home as the only thing between you and a 10 second free fall is the stern warning given upon arrival: “Don’t go over the yellow line”.
It may be a touristy thing to do, but we just had to check out a floating market. After some research, I settled on one that is reportedly the least touristy — Klong Lat Mayom Floating Market. Judging by the fact our driver had no clue where it was and our complete inability to communicate with anyone at the market, I’d say the reports are pretty accurate. As an added bonus, it is also the closest floating market to the city being less than 1hr away. Highly recommend.
In celebration of Independence Day, we headed to Bangkok for the weekend. Why? Because Bangkok is awesome. Our first stop in the city is Chatuchak Market, a massive sprawling market unlike any I have ever seen…and I’ve been to my share of markets: Queen Victoria in Melbourne, Ben Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City, Raohe in Taipei, Nishiki in Kyoto, Kuromon in Osaka, to name a few…and they all pale in comparison. There is literally something for everyone here, with over 15,000 stalls, whatever you are looking for, you can probably get it — if you know where to look. Even if you don’t like to shop (I don’t), Chatuchak is worth experiencing.