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

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26 Comments

  1. dear naim,

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

    rashid,
    batang kali

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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
    cheers.

  6. 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: tony_yin@tibettravel.org – website is http://www.tibettravel.org/tibettravel/html/20063231201-1.html

    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!

  7. 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…

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. 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 http://www.tripit.com for easy documentation.

    All the best!

  12. 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

  13. Hello Mat,

    For my trips, I normally use a mix of online sites to research and compare: agoda.com, hotels.com, hostels.com, hostelworld.com, 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.

  14. salam.
    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

  15. 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.

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