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Thanks to the suggestion from one of our Facebook fans, this month we are heading to Penang Malaysia. Know as the Pearl of the Orient, and a melting pot of cultures, religions, and food.
Yes, that’s right, explore the newly transformed street scapes of George Town. Blending humor and historical facts, through unique welded iron caricatures and painted walls mimicking life in the city.
Get a copy of the Penang Street Art Brochure here.
KEK LOK SI TEMPLE
This heritage treasure is not only the center for Chinese culture and Buddha teaching, it offers a beautiful display of millions of magnificent images of Buddha and hundreds of beautiful carvings, sculptures and murals that cover the interior and exterior halls of the temple.
While this may scare some travelers, as we have all heard a few horror stories or two about street food. The same can’t be said for Penang. TIME Magazine declared that Penang has the “Best Street Food in Asia”.
STREET OF HARMONY
The ‘Street of Harmony” is a spiritual home of different cultures and faiths all in peaceful co-existence, standing side by side for the last 180 years. You’ll find the Kapitan Keling Mosque, the Kuan Yun Chinese temple, Saint Georges church, Hindu Sri Maha Mariamman temple and more.
These travel destinations are some of the most picture perfect places in the world. Some are easily accessible and some more remote, but all worth seeing at least once in your lifetime.
1. Pamukkale, Turkey
Turkish for ‘cotton castle’, Pamukkale is a stunning stretch of natural hot mineral springs that cascade over a cliff forming travertines from calcium deposits left behind that develop into warm, mineral-rich pools.
2. Ayers Rock, Australia
Known to local indigenous Aboriginal people as Uluru, Ayers Rock is a mountainous color-changing sandstone formation in the Australian desert that glows red at dusk and dawn. The rock itself and the region around it bear significant cultural and historical reverence to the land.
3. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
According to Gaelic folklore, this stunning expanse of interlocking cliffs and columns was created by legendary giants and fairies as a causeway to Scotland. The columns fade into stepping stones that lead and disappear into the sea.
4. The Fairy Pools of the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Running water streams down a mountain face splashing into a series of brightly colored still pools.
5. Grand Canyon, Colorado, U.S.A
This vast expanse of geological wonder spans thousands of miles across 5 U.S. states, including Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. To date, scientists are still baffled by the process of its creation, but its resulting beauty continues to be carved and enhanced by the Colorado River that runs through it.
6. Carerra Lake, Buenos Aires/Chile
Carrera Lake is a marvelous body of water spanning the boarders of Chile and Argentina and surrounded by the Andes Mountains. At its center, great geological marble formations protrude in the form of caves, columns and tunnels.
7. Lake Kawaguchi, Japan
Lake Kawaguchi is second largest and most popular of the five Fuji lakes for its view of Mount Fuji through the Cherry Blossoms.
8. Jiuzhaugou, China
Meaning ‘Valley of Nine Fortified Villages’, Jiuzhaigou is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in the Sichuan province of China set in picturesque waterfalls, colorful lakes and snow-capped mountains.
9. Putangirua Pinnacles, New Zealand
A backdrop of hoodoos or rock spires that protrude from a lush green and serene valley, the Putangirua Pinnacles was the stage for the filming of scenes from Lord of the Rings.
10. Niagra Falls, Canada
Lakes Superior, Erie, Huron and Michigan (collectively known as the Four Great Lakes) supply the Niagra River, creating 3 falls (American, Bridal and Horseshoe) that converge to form Niagra Falls. The second largest falls in the world, Niagra Falls crests over a 170-foot cliff, plummeting to a raging river below that empties into Lake Ontario. In winter, the mist from the falls freezes, forming amazing giant ice sickles that sometimes form an ice bridge stretching several miles across the falls.
Can May (our Business Relationship Manager) fit 16 days worth of clothes into this tiny backpack?
I'm really looking forward to some much needed sun and relaxation. I won't be doing any camping or climbing this time around, as it's more of a leisurely vacation with some general site-seeing, visits to sacred establishments, a few journeys to rural areas, a bit of beach time and plenty of evening cocktail time! I'll need to travel light so I can move around freely because I'll be on the go most of the time, making my way from one end of the country to the other.
So how will I fit enough clothes to cover all occasions
and get me through 16 days of traveling
into this little backpack?
I'll need to minimize the amount of clothes I pack and plan a few washes along the way, but I don't want to waste time and money on laundry services and I definitely don't want to soak my clothes in hotel sinks, so my Scrubba wash bag is coming with me. This means I can reduce that pile of clothes shown above to the neat pile below. I will also now have plenty of room for other essentials...
1 evening dress
2 casual dresses
3 pairs of shorts/skirts
3 tee shirts/singlets
1 nice blouse
3 sets of undergarments
2 bathing suits
1 beach outerwear
1 Scrubba travel towel
1 pair socks (mostly sandals on this trip!)
I'll be wearing long pants, a long shirt and a light outer cover on the plane ride over, which I'll wash as soon as I settle in to have on hand for visiting temples, museums or places that require a dress code and I'll do a Scrubba wash every 2 days. I've chosen separates that compliment each other in different ways. For example, black shorts that can be dressed up with the blouse or matched with a tee shirt/singlet for casual outings and my casual dresses can also dub as night/sleepwear. So you can definitely pack light and travel freely without compromising on comfort or style!
If you can guess where May's headed, you might win a Scrubba wash bag, so stay tuned for clues!
The team at the Scrubba wash bag have done a lot of travel in their time, which isn't too surprising given that we created the world's first pocket-sized washing machine for travel. Here are some pictures and descriptions of some of our top travel destinations.
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The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The trip to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro makes our list for two main reasons. After 4 days of trekking the chilly reward at the top of Africa's tallest peak (and the highest freestanding mountain in the world) is truly amazing. Watching the sun rise over the clouds with only a handful of people around is a unique and unforgettable experience. The second reason is that the preparations for the trip to Tanzania were what lead to the creation of the Scrubba wash bag. For full details on the conception of the Scrubba bag click here.
A Berber village in Morocco
This photo of a Berber village was taken on a trip to Morocco. The contrast between patches of green plants and the Berber village, which blends into the expansive desert backdrop, makes this an amazing destination. On the trip we were informed that parts of movies such as the Gladiator were filmed here.
The Great Wall of China
Being one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China is hard to pass up for our list. We were lucky enough that the hostel we were staying at in Beijing offered a tour that took us to a part of the wall that isn't overrun by other tourists. The enormity of the wall over some pretty steep terrain is incredible.
The serenity and open spaces of Mongolia (at least outside of Ulan Bator) automatically instill a sense of personal calm. Horseback riding across the plains on short but powerful Mongol horses, Mongolian wrestling (or Bökh) with locals and trying (though not necessarily liking) the salty Mongolian tea were all unforgettable experiences.
The Chobe river, Botswana
The Chobe river in Botswana teams with wildlife and a sunset cruise was our highlight of Botswana. Elephants, hippos, crocs, water buffalo, antelope all venture to the shoreline as the huge African sun sets over the horizon.
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
San Francisco is an amazing city and, especially when the fog rolls in, it takes on a magical feel. This photo was taken on a bike trip from the centre of the city across the Golden Gate bridge and into the hills beyond.
The Amazon jungle, Colombia/Brazil
The Amazon jungle is a stunning experience. This photo of our non-English speaking guide fishing from a traditional canoe was taken near Leticia on the border between Colombia and Brazil. A guide is a must have especially for 2 night treks through the jungle and while we unfortunately couldn't readily converse with our guide he managed to demonstrate how tribesmen use their natural surroundings to survive and prosper. Sleeping under the canopy in a hammock it is unbelievable how loud the jungle becomes when the sun goes down.
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