Philip Mallis

Category: Travel

  • Penang to Kuala Lumpur KTM ETS high speed train review

    Penang to Kuala Lumpur KTM ETS high speed train review

    Malaysia is one of many countries rapidly expanding its rail network. One of its recent flagship projects is a new high-speed train service running along the west coast. This is called the Electric Train Service (ETS) run by the national rail operator, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM). It runs an impressive 755 kilometres from Padang Besar…

  • The abandoned railways of Piraeus

    The abandoned railways of Piraeus

    Last year I went travelling to several places on the other side of the world. One of these was spending a couple of weeks exploring Greece. The entire country is a treasure trove on almost every conceivable topic and I’ll be doing a series of posts to share the things I found and experienced along…

  • Walk through the abandoned Otford Rail Tunnel

    Walk through the abandoned Otford Rail Tunnel

    While in Sydney recently I decided to make a day trip to the South Coast. My ignorance of this area was almost complete – I had never visited or otherwise sought out information. The only things I really knew was that it has a railway and a lot of beautiful scenery. What I did come…

  • Day trip to Lake Iseo

    Note: this post was written in August 2017 during my trip to Europe. My three days spent in the north of Italy were nowhere near enough. But I did spend my second day staying in the city of Bergamo to pay a visit to one of the many nearby lakes. View Larger Map I decided…

  • Visit to Milton Keynes

    Note: this post was written in August 2017 during my trip to Europe. I had planned to do at least one day trip while staying in London. The issue was that there were so many interesting places to choose from. I eventually settled on Milton Keynes as I could visit Bletchley Park at the same…

  • Day trip to Korumburra: railways old and new

    Today was a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting trip down to Korumburra in the the south-eastern part of Gippsland. Korumburra is a relatively small town on the disused South Gippsland Railway, which once ran from Melbourne all the way to Wonthaggi, Port Albert and other locations throughout the region through various branch lines. It ceased operating…

  • Parma: an overlooked Italian city

    Note: this post was written in August 2017 during my trip to Europe. Whenever I mentioned to people that I was visiting Parma, I was most often met with puzzlement and questions asking why I would go there. My answer was always the same: for the food. But on my arrival in Parma, I was…

  • Two days in the Lake District

    Note: this post was written in August 2017 during my trip to Europe. That a European can fly for 55 minutes and be at the end of a totally different country is still something that amazes me. The same amount of time in Australia would barely get you between two major cities. Today I bid…

  • Why Rotterdam is my favourite Dutch city

    Note: this post was originally written in July during my trip to Europe. I have found that sharing my high opinion of Rotterdam with others elicits a variety of responses ranging from furious agreement to simply fury. On the upside, it does stimulate discussion on the relative drawbacks and merits of Dutch cities which I…

  • My trip to Rhoon

    Note: this post was originally written in July during my recent trip to Europe. Every day on this trip, I try to find time to walk or cycle to a new part of Rotterdam. Last weekend I set out on another one of my trips which took me semi-accidentally to the beautiful town of Rhoon.…