During our stay in Langkawi we were treated to a special activity.  We spent most of the day at what I suppose you’d call a day resort, Paradise Island 101.  This 2.5 acre man-made island just outside Telaga Harbour is owned and run by Naam one of the main tour and activity operators on Langkawi.  It’s been open for around 18 months but only to private bookings as it’s only 90% complete, they hope to have it open to the public by the end of the year.


Over the last couple of years we have visited Malaysia more than once a year. It’s our stop over generally on the way to somewhere else. We often have a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur before flying on or on our way home. We often talk about exploring Malaysia a little more but it seems to always get overlooked, well not this time!

SFI - Wrap up post 2016

Wow, so its Christmas week already, it feels like yesterday I was excited about heading off to Cambodia at the end of July. We have had so many amazing experiences this year and it’s going to be hard to top in 2017 but I’ll give it a red hot crack! So I thought this week we would wrap up the highlights of the year including our favourite hotels in each place.

Due to flight cancellation issues I ended up with just 18 hours to review these lovely services apartments in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Bintang has always been my go to place when staying in Kuala Lumpur and the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon is a short walk from my favourite areas in this city.

Batu - set feature

The Batu Caves are a popular tourist attraction for those visiting Kuala Lumpur. It’s a Hindu temple located on the outskirts of KL in Selangor. The Batu Caves are a series of caves and temples naturally entrenched in a limestone hill, the entrance to the main cave is 100 metres above the ground. There are 272 concrete steps which were originally built out of timber in 1920. Before that it was every man for himself with a number of different tracks up to the entrance.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of AIRBNB. This holiday rental marketplace has made travel affordable for not only us but for a lot of other people. The range of accommodation types are mind boggling and I’m sure you will find something that will fit any budget.

On our recent trip to Singapore we decided to visit Legoland just across the border in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. We were staying at the Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre which is located just off Orchard Rd in central Singapore and it took us approximately one hour (give or take) to get there.

Kuala Lumpur was our second experience with Airbnb and as we had such a great experience in Hong Kong (you can read about it here) I was pretty confident that Kuala Lumpur would be just as good or better. I had booked a two bedroom apartment in Bukit Bintang as I was told it was a good central place to base yourselves in Kuala Lumpur. We stayed in Kuala Lumpur for 2 nights on the way through to Kota Kinabalu and another 2 nights on the way back from…

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – Sandakan, Sabah. In October 2014, we went on a family holiday that took us to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. I had wanted to go here for a very long time. A friend of mine visited here over 15 years ago and my sister visited last year with her husband. I have always been interested in the plight of orangutans and really wanted to provide the kids with an opportunity to see the orangutans before it’s just too late. I was pleased to see that…

In October 2014 we took the kids to Asia for a family holiday. Whilst in Kuala Lumpur we visited the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. The sanctuary is approximately 90 mins from Kuala Lumpur. After reading reviews of the elephant sanctuary on Trip Advisor, I contacted Zali instead of going on a tour bus.