Andersen Boutique Hotel Review

During a visit to Denmark, I had the opportunity to stay at the prestigious Andersen Boutique Hotel in the uber-trendy Vesterbro “Meatpacking” area of Copenhagen. Before I blog my full post on our trip, here is the Andersen Boutique Hotel review.

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Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Waking up in the oldest rainforest in the world knowing that you will be arriving at one of Earth’s most beautiful islands later that day, is a feeling that you don’t get too often.

My schedule was packed, as always, so I couldn’t relish this feeling for too long. Today I was heading to the Perhentian Islands, 2 islands located just off the East coast of Malaysia, that are enjoyed by foreigners and Malaysians alike.

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Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, Bukit Teresek and the canopy walkway

We were up early to start our mission from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara. We had to pack our stuff before heading through Chinatown to Han Travel, the company we would use for our long journey to the oldest rainforest in the world.

We were there at 7.40am and were the first to arrive, better safe than sorry in my eyes! The doors opened soon after and we paid for our pre-booked trip at the desk. We also paid for the next leg of our journey, which was to Kuala Besut, a coastal town where you can jump across to the idyllic Perhentian Islands.

It was around 95 ringgit per leg per person and our 9 seater minibus was filled with Dutch families and us. A Malaysian fella gave us our instructions for the day and he began driving, but unfortunately it was only for 10 yards. He then got out, and swapped with an oriental looking lady, I assume they had method in their madness but it didn’t look that way. The driver was great, the only downside being that we stopped 40 minutes into the 3 hour journey, rather than somewhere closer to the middle.

The vegetation began thickening and the buildings were decreasing, the rainforest was approaching fast. We got to Kuala Tembeling just after 11am and sat down to take in the beautiful view down the Kuala River. Our boat was not leaving until 2pm, so sunbathing was in order. Continue reading “Taman Negara, Kuala Tahan, Bukit Teresek and the canopy walkway”

Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves and Cameron Highlands

Moving back to the UK from New Zealand is a big move. It is also the perfect excuse for a holiday. So why not a weekend in Aus and then 10 days in Malaysia? The weekend in Australia was catching up with old friends – nothing too exciting barring a surprisingly sunny visit to St Kilda Beach, despite it being July.

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Travelling through Malaysia

I have cut a video of my time in Malaysia below. I began in Kuala Lumpur, then visited Batu Caves (a worshipping ground for Buddhists), moved on to Taman Negara (the oldest rainforest in the world) and finished up in the Perhentian Islands, which are as close to paradise as I could find. Penang is the only place I missed and will one day go back so I can experience it. I hear the food in Penang is incredible!

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Siesta Motel Review

To save money for our remaining few weeks in New Zealand, we moved out of our flat and into a motel. I managed to find a room for $54 per night, as the stay was 20 days long. It was roughly the same price per week ($375) as our flat, and we didn’t have to pay for water or electricity. The down sides were a smaller space and only 200MB of WiFi per day.

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What to do in Taupo?

Most of us know that going to Taupo involves seeing Lake Taupo, with a side of skydiving or bungy jumping. I only had a day here, so I had to plan carefully and decide what my priorities were and decide what to do in Taupo.

I was heading South from Rotorua last Sunday, after an epic weekend of fun which you can read about here. As you come towards Taupo from the North there are some nice spots to take in, so I organised to stop at Aratiatia Dam, Huka Falls and finally, Lake Taupo.

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Things To Do In Rotorua

Finding things to do in Rotorua is not difficult once you are there, but knowing which Rotorua attractions to go and see can make for daunting planning. Do I head for the geothermal mud pools, or do I embrace the adventure of a zorbing activity? I have collated all of the best things to do in Rotorua for you in this post. Continue reading “Things To Do In Rotorua”

Hot Water Beach New Zealand – A Natural Phenomenon

I went to Hot Water Beach during Easter weekend. It is found in the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. It is often voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world.

I had heard good things, about beachgoers digging holes and the hole then filling with really hot water so that they have their very own jacuzzi on the beach. It has something to do with geothermal springs under the surface heating the water. When my parents visited in January they said that the water was too hot and they had to use seawater to cool it down. That’s saying something, because my Dad doesn’t bother with the cold tap when having a bath. I wanted to find out for myself how hot is was.

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A weekend in Paihia and the Bay of Islands

My parents and I travelled up to the beach resort of Paihia, Bay of Islands for the last weekend in January. They had just flown in from Christchurch after spending 4 nights at Arrowsmith Lodge, which is a totally isolated private lodging, complete with its very own private lake. How posh.

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Private lake!

I was great to reunite with my parents after our joint trip to the South Island. I met them at Auckland airport around 2pm and we headed straight up the highway towards the Northlands. It took us under 3 hours, which is pretty good for a Friday afternoon. The drive up is lovely too, just like the majority of drives in New Zealand.

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Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier – how not to see them

We left our motel in Te Anau nice and early to go back past Queenstown and headed towards the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier areas. It was a long drive so Dad and I shared the driving.

As we approached the Fox Glacier, I mentioned that our luck with the weather (glorious sunshine for two weeks) may have run out. The grey clouds were descending rapidly around the peaks above us, and we crossed our fingers and wished for it to clear for tomorrow. Continue reading “Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier – how not to see them”