Sometimes, You Have To See, To Believe



Sometimes we must leave, in order to arrive.
Sometimes we must go up, to know we belong on the ground.
Sometimes we bow, to know why we should stand.
Sometimes you have to be apart, to know you belong together.
Sometimes we need to see something small, to know what is great.
Sometimes to know what is right, we need to see what is wrong.
Because sometimes, you have to see, to believe.

- National Geographic



26 Responses to “Sometimes, You Have To See, To Believe”

  1. muhammad rashid says:

    dear naim,

    interesting travelling documentation. I’m wondering if i could join you in your next outing.

    batang kali

  2. naim says:

    Thanks Rashid, and sorry for belated reply. Just got back from exploring Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos. Stories to appear later.

  3. jangsaytun says:

    laos is my next place for travel…wait for ur coming story

  4. naim says:

    Thanks, but as you may have noticed, in my travels I do not necessarily visit the usual tourist traps. Instead my stories are personal observations of the particular place I spend time at, and are not really ‘tourist guides’. After all, I’m a traveler not a tourist, and yes, I go after the free stuff like watching people, window-shopping, gawking at old buildings, etc. As they say – the best things in life are free. 🙂

  5. wani says:

    hi mr naim,

    i m a fan of u. luv the journal n the picture u take.

  6. naim says:

    Thanks, wani, do return for more fresh stuff! 🙂

  7. haiz says:

    may i know what type of camera and lens you are using for travelling?

  8. naim says:

    My current rig comprises:
    – Canon 450D
    – Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM Lens
    – Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
    All neatly packed inside a Lowepro Slingshot 100AW. Thanks.

  9. KNizam says:

    i really enjoy reading your travelogue. it seems that you were travelling almost every other months. cool!

  10. naim says:

    Thanks, KNizam, traveling always refreshes the spirit. Hehehe!

  11. mohd says:

    salam mr naim,
    i admire your travel a lot. as for now, im planning a trip which is similar to your trip to the base camp of mt. everest. i dont know how in the world u manage to proceed with all d bookings n visas. i would be grateful if u can help me with my planning. actually, i have some trouble in where n how to get the bookings of the local flight in china, how to get to a tour guide to the base camp n also the visa. thx.

  12. naim says:

    Thanks, mohd!

    For those keen on Tibet, everything must be pre-arranged before arrival, that’s the Chinese govt requirement. I dealt with Tony Yin at CITS Chengdu, pls contact him for details: – website is

    Normally you have to apply for your Chinese visa and KL/Chengdu flights first, as usual. Then in Chengdu, go see Tony to collect your Chengdu/Lhasa airtickets + permits. He should be able to arrange all this beforehand.

    All the best, and be prepared for high altitude sickness. Hehehe!

  13. mohd says:

    what is the best way to get yourself from krabi to phuket?

  14. naim says:

    hire a car. in group of 4 ppl it works out best.

  15. mohd says:

    i hope u dont mind if i ask a lot of questions frm u as youre definitely a pro in this field n for sure i wil enquire sumthin else soon.. btw, thx a lot for the info…

  16. naim says:

    No prob, for places I’ve been to, definitely will try to answer. 🙂

  17. matju says:

    salam mr.naim,

    I already read all your travelogue, very interesting! How can you travel almost every months? actually, what is your job? U not working with Discovery Channel, alright?

  18. naim says:

    Thanks, I earn enough to pay for my monthly outings, just a normal low-profile job, nothing fancy. 🙂

  19. Yati says:

    Salam Encik Naim,

    I stumbled upon your blog by accident while planning my NZ holiday. Needless to say i fell in love with your blog. I love the simplicity and wittiness of your narratives as well as the beautiful pictures. I’m also curious to find out how you have planned your NZ trip in 2008. I hope you wouldnt mind sharing your NZ travel plans and tips with me. 🙂

  20. naim says:

    Thanks for your msg, and so sorry for late reply.

    1) NZ is a very self-driveable country. If this is your plan, pls allow only 300-350km of driving per day, because you’d be doing a lot of stops: sceneries, meals, activities, etc.
    2) Plan your route well to take in your interests, and note where you want to do night stops.
    3) Do research on internet: places to stay, what to do and see, excursions, prices, etc. Plenty of info.
    4) If you have decided on number of days, try to fit itinerary in, but do not rush. Give priority to South Island — I think it’s more exciting than North Is.
    5) Use web-based trip planner like for easy documentation.

    All the best!

  21. xplorer says:

    excellent documentation on your travel

  22. Mat says:

    Naim, can i enquire, how do you do normally do your booking for the accomodation, some accomdation in nz and australia appear to be campervan cabin type, do you go to individual campervsn sites, or is there a common website, we are planning to take the sydney to gold coast drive like you, did next month, thanks

  23. naim says:

    Hello Mat,

    For my trips, I normally use a mix of online sites to research and compare:,,,, etc.
    In Aus/NZ, cabins at caravan parks are value for money, so I search for them directly.
    For your Aussie drive may I suggest: identify places to overnight, then google the place + cabins / caravan parks. You are sure to find suitable ones. Email them and ask for the best deals. Normally customer service is good and prompt.

  24. karim says:

    here i have few question related to your travel. At the same time i need your suggestion on this.
    1- If i want to travel from uk to norway, which euro bus would you like to prefer and the cheapest one?
    2- between spain and norway which country your prefer?
    thanks in advance.
    ramadhan kareem

  25. naim says:

    1) sorry, not experience in bus journey as such.
    2) two totally different places — spain for the history and culture, norway for the natural beauty. up to your preference.

  26. Dewi says:

    Amazing travelog. Am a follower from now on.

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