25 10, 2023

Nice Rice in Borneo

2024-03-20T21:55:36+00:00Categories: Asia, Borneo|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath We had been dancing like birds for over 40 minutes, feeling more like a species of funky chicken than the graceful, Malaysian egret we were supposed to be imitating. But to our hosts, participating in this traditional Samazau dance of Borneo was a distinct honour, so with arms out to our sides, hands gently waving in the wind, we pivoted rhythmically around one foot, before dizziness [...]

24 10, 2023

Yes! We Have no Bananas

2023-10-24T17:55:43+00:00Categories: Asia, Borneo|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath We gazed at each other for several minutes, curious, watching and barely breathing in case we disturbed the moment. Once in a while his eyes gave way to another distraction but always, they came back. Then, quite unexpectedly, his elastic lips blew me a kiss and when I returned the compliment, he flashed a toothy grin, threw his head back in seeming delight and swung a [...]

24 10, 2023

A Kick of Reality

2024-03-20T21:59:30+00:00Categories: Asia, Thailand|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Boxing it up in Bangkok's backstreets By Chris McBeath The backstreets of Bangkok aren’t the most salubrious, but for the traveler who relishes ‘the inside track’, navigating the winding back alleys will deliver some of the most authentic experiences. And you can’t get more real than the local boxing ring where contenders in Muay Thai duke it out with fist, heel, knee and elbow. Better known in the [...]

5 10, 2023

Crossing the Canopy

2024-03-20T23:45:39+00:00Categories: Asia, Borneo|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

For Travel Writers Tales By Chris McBeath It was 5:30 am, a time when the jungle shifts its consciousness between night and day. Cicadas pierced the dawn with their screeching whine like a siren that would have you believe you were still in a city. But this was no urban jungle, it was the real thing. Located at the end of a two-hour drive over an earthen road, [...]

5 10, 2023

Time to Revisit Russia

2023-10-05T22:38:31+00:00Categories: Asia, Europe, Russia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

For Travel Writers Tales By Chris McBeath For those familiar with the Soviet Era, there’s a storyline about Russia that fuels wary expectations. After all, their current President is ex-KGB and the long and extensive visa application (including biometrics) seems to endorse such thoughts. Authorities may not encourage solo meanderings but in the last 20 years, the savvy Russians have developed a quality tourism infrastructure that puts their [...]

26 08, 2023

The Becoming of Cambodia

2024-03-20T23:47:17+00:00Categories: Asia, Cambodia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

For Travel Writers Tales By Chris McBeath Edible tarantula. Deep fried grasshoppers.  And crispy worms oozing a succulent liquid. This wasn’t exactly on my agenda but bug-infested foodie markets are just some of the unexpected ‘pleasures’ in store when traveling through rural Cambodia.   Along with the wonders of Angkor Wat, Bayon and other fabled temples, you’ll find clusters of clay-brick homes rooted among rice paddies, silk farms, [...]

18 08, 2023

Along the Tracks of Time

2024-03-20T23:48:16+00:00Categories: Asia, Borneo|Tags: , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath As the whistle blows, we are ushered aboard The North Borneo Train and immediately we have stepped back in time. Within minutes, the station master calls "All Aboard" and the wood burning British Vulcan engine hisses steam into the morning sunshine, and heralds our departure. Slowly we begin to move, rumbling over the tracks out of the Tanjung Aru [...]

14 08, 2023

Trekking India’s Benevolent Mountains

2024-03-20T22:03:08+00:00Categories: Asia, India|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath When the mythology of Northern India’s sensorial overload becomes reality, head for the southwestern hills of the Western Ghats. Hiking this extraordinary mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reveals a very different India -- one where there’s time to absorb a gentler authenticity and a rural hospitality. As one of the world’s “hottest hot spots” for biodiversity, The Ghats is home to more than [...]

5 08, 2023

Myanmar’s Mystical Magic

2024-03-20T23:54:51+00:00Categories: Asia, Myanmar|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath for Travel Writers Tales As the U Thein Sein government continues to open up large swathes of Myanmar, no-go zones are quietly becoming history. While there are still some conflict zones and truly remote areas requiring a special permit and guide, this former British colony – Burma -- is becoming one of the worlds most sought after traveler destinations. Tanaka, a paste made from [...]