Contiki Asia 16 – Part Two

Nathan McCallum, Helen Chik, Contiki Asia AdventureIt’s been only 3 weeks since I said farewell to my Contiki family and instead of keeping you all hanging (as I know you all are) for the second part – I’m writing this on the plane journey over to my next Asia adventure in Bali. If you haven’t yet read the first part of my recent Contiki Asian adventure then check it out here for some serious FOMO.

I left off on my last post from our first evening on the island of Langkawi where celebrations were had for our adopted dad – Mike. If there is something that anyone should know about my travel style is that I hate sitting still and wasting time. I will always be one of the first to wake up and ready to head out for any sort of adventure, big or small. When the birthday boy said that he was heading to the nearby beach to film sunrise footage the next morning I jumped at the opportunity – despite rolling into bed in the wee hours of the morning. Imagine the dusty faces the next morning (ha). Our dehydration was quickly cured when we stepped onto the clean beaches and enjoyed the rest of the morning with free time exploring the island.

The rest of our time on Langkawi consisted of walking across a mist covered suspension bridge, enjoying a sunset cruise and swim in the incredibly warm waters followed by a buffet style dinner. There’s something about being on-board yachts that has the incredibly calming effect on people – even with Justin Bieber hits drowning out our voices.

  Langkawi Sunset Cruise Contiki Asia

Penang was the next stop and we spent the majority of the day there exploring the historic art district of Georgetown. Contiki Asia Adventure Cameron HighlandsThe colonial aesthetic is quite obvious and you’ll discover some incredible street art spots almost on every corner. We spent the evening feasting; if you really want to make your dollar work for you then spending it at a hawkers market is where you need to be. My mother would always say that the best food is found at the most unassuming places and if you can look past the seemingly dirty exterior then you’ll find yourself discovering the most amazing local delicacies for offensively low prices.

The Cameron Highlands was the last part of our trip before we moved onto Kuala Lumpur and we spent two nights surrounded by tea and strawberry plantations. Our vintage school bus picked us up in the morning to drop us at a tea plantation, strawberry farm and butterfly enclosure. If anyone is thinking about bringing a drone, my suggestion would be to leave it at home as you’ll have some angry men on scooters reprimanding you before you can even get a minute of air time as our rebellious trip dad discovered quite quickly. 

Contiki Asia Adventure Langkawi   Contiki Asia Adventure Langkawi Nathan McCallum Helen Chik

Our last day was spent travelling to Kuala Lumpur and spending the afternoon wandering through markets; picking up trinkets that we’ll probably never use once we get home. I’ve always been under the impression that there was too much condensed into such short timeframes on Contiki but I’ve since realized that these experiences are perfect for those who are searching for a glimpse of what each country has to offer. Will you return from your trip fluent in Bahasa or Thai? No – but what you will come back with is an appreciation of what each culture has to offer; from the unwavering Thai hospitality and service to the Malaysian art of cooking and all things pertaining to food.

Contiki Asia Adventure Cameron Highlands

If you’re thinking about booking your next Contiki Asian adventure then here is my list of highlights:

Khao Sok National Park is by far one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit
Langkawi sunset cruise – it’s like having a slice of Mediterranean heaven but in Asia
– Discovering different delicacies at the hawkers markets in Penang
– Driving through the lush green setting in the Cameron Highlands

Contiki Asia Adventure Penang



Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Natalia Kopocinski

    Looks like a great trip I love all the vibrant colors and especially your tropical swimsuit

  • Looks like such a beautiful trip! And wow tea and strawberry plantations! =o)

  • Looks like you enjoyed yourself Helen! I can never travel to Thailand & Malaysia looking so stylish like you because I would have died in the heat and humidity.

  • Mariann Yip

    Wow! Those pictures are amazing and it seems like you had a great time. I am the same way about traveling and vacations. I also hate to sit and waste time. I am constantly on the search for adventures and explorations!

  • I think that it’s the vibrancy and color from all these photos of your trip that make me want to travel there so badly! The culture sounds incredible, and the food divine! I hope I can adventure here someday. Have fun in Bali!

    Stephanie //

  • snappedbygracie

    Wow, the color & clarity of your pics are fantastic. Looks like an incredible trip, thanks for sharing ! Enjoy the rest & can’t wait to see your next post !
    xx, gracie

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    Such a lovely adventure you’ve been on and they never seem to end! I love reading about what you’re up to 🙂 And I must say, I’m NOT a morning person, but just like you, when it comes to waking up during the wee hours during vacations I’m usually the first one up. 🙂
    Have a very Merry Christmas sweetie!

  • Wonderful photos 🙂 I love travel life 🙂 Merry Christmas

  • the colours of the swimsuits are great

  • Yuena

    OMGOODNESSS so beautiful. Babe I think you came straight out of a magazine!! <3

    With love,

  • maggie

    The Langkawi beach is so stunning! Seriously FOMO! I totally agree with you about learning something from other cultures and that’s exactly why I love traveling. You immerse yourself to learn about other people and have a better understanding of humanity. It’s quite beautiful. Love all your photos and I always look forward to your travel posts!


    Maggie S.


  • EverestSays

    Omg you pictures are so amazing especially those by the ocean and it makes me wana dive into a holiday right this moment!

    Kisses from Singapore,

  • Sounds like an amazing trip, I love these photos!

  • Obsessed with your pictures. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I need to plan a trip. Also agree completely on finding best food in most unassuming of places

  • Gina Diaz

    This looks like an exciting adventure sweetie! love al your beautiful pictures :)))

    xo, Gina


    Hello Helen!!
    I?m always said you have a lot of beautiful picture. Love your adventur places.
    this beach is awesome. Merry Christmas babe.

  • Amanda Smith

    All of your travel images are always so stunning! I don’t like sitting around either and your last day sounds perfect to me!

    Manda |

  • Another great travel review. This tour was epic! I can’t believe how incredible you look while strawberry picking. I love that you take your amazing style with you everywhere you go and you’re not afraid to let it shine.

    Love, Liz

  • So Beautiful Trip Helen:) Would Visit so much:) Loved your Photos, always so Vivid:)
    How was your Christmas?
    Love and Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    I love your swim suits babe! It looks amazing! Damn your travel photos are making me wanting to travel more, how am I gonna fit all these travel schedules in with my work ????????. You are giving me too much temptations girl!

    Xx, Jessie

  • This sounds like such an amazing trip! I love reading your travel posts and am getting a serious case of wanderlust. I also love your travel style, which is on point, babe!

    xo, Jo

  • I have major FOMO looking at these pics!! You look amazing and I really hope that I get to travel around Asia this summer! Such a big world, I’ve just got to take ahold of it!
    Jordan xx

  • That photo of you on the boat is so freaking cute and I adore that swimsuit you’re wearing! Also, that Realisation Par dress is the freaking best and you styled it so cutely with your choker. OMG, all these photos are really making me want to travel!


  • Your photos are spectacular – feels like an editorial shoot! You look gorgeous – what an amazing trip!

  • Oh my gosh I have serious FOMO now. These photos look amazing and girl, your body is to die for! So amazing, love your photography.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • jacqueline

    This literally looks so fun! Love the way that one piece suit looks on you!

  • Amanda Sorenson

    Girl, this trip looks absolutely a-mazing. Thanks so much for sharing your images!
    Love that red dress on you, soooo good.


  • I would love to do a Contiki tour- they sound fun and it sounds like you saw quite a lot in a short time frame 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous as always and I’m loving that red polkadot dress on you

    Rachel xx

  • Love your photos! Cute swimsuit! Makes me miss Thailand a lot. I travel the same way – I hate to sit around unless I have a dedicated beach day – and even then I love the water activities too much to sit still. lol You hit some spots I haven’t been to myself yet and it looks amazing! Contiki is a fantastic travel company to go with too. 🙂 Hope you had a great holiday!


  • Yours is one of my favorite blogs to visit because you always have colorful photos, and I’m always learning something new from your travels 🙂 that sounds so fun you had this big celebration!

  • It seems like such a wonderful trip! Love all of the outfits that you prepared for this special trip! Especially this awesome palm print swimsuit! It’s so adorable!

  • Linh Dao

    Omg your trip is just getting better and better! This looks like so much fun! I’m so jealous! I wish I was there! Can you tell me your secrets on how you travel so often? 🙂 I love your outfits especially that body suit!


  • I bet the food was unforgettable. I love that you have such a zest for life and travel. I’m one of those people who would sleep in after a late night, but you only live once so I wish I was more like you in that way 🙂

    xx Yasmin

  • oh my gosh so jealous of this trip!!!! this looks so amazing. wish I was traveling with you

    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  • Shalini Acharya

    I love all your pictures from your Asia travel. I cannot wait to be back there in 2017. You are one stylish traveller too and I love the realisationpr dress on you. I need to get that dress asap for my hawaii trip. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip. xx Shalini

  • Atsuna Matsui

    You are such goals babe! The photos from you trip look amazing and definitely seems like you had quite a blast. 🙂 You’re totally inspiring me to go on my next trip and document it as well as you did here. I’d love to know how is it that you go about planning your trips?

  • Ravayna Coe

    You have the most gorgeous travel style and now i’m craving a trip! Im dying to go to asia you so you have me totally envious over here.

  • Bernice Abuan

    Kuala Lumpar has always been one of my must see destinations and this blog post proves it! I love all your travel posts Helen xx

  • Tandya

    This trip sounds absolutely amazing! The second picture on this post is absolute goals! I can’t wait to visit one day!

  • Sofia N

    Babe your travels are so amazing. I cant wait to see photos from your Bali trip, always wanted to go there. And I LOVE the bathing suit with the palm tree print.

  • Alexandra Chloe

    Beyond obsessed with you and your style! All of your bathing suits are so perfect! So jealous of your time but so glad to hear you enjoyed it!


  • Lacey Wall

    Goodness Helen these photos are amazing! You truly have a way of capturing the essence of your amazing trips! I’ve actually never been all that familiar with Contiki Asia. Which makes me even more pleased that I read your post because I fully plan to go there now!

    Can’t wait to read more posts on your travels babe!!!

    Lacey |

  • Ollyvia Laura

    Merry Christmas, Helen <3




  • Jessica

    This trip is inspiring to plan a longer trip than I already have planned. What a gorgeous place to visit!! And I agree any sunset cruise is a must if you can do it! xo, Jessica

  • You make me want to be on vacation 24/7! This sounds like the best trip, it’s inspiring!

  • ellen kim

    Wow so much fun! What a beautiful place to vacation. I’ll definitely have to put this in my place to visits list! Can’t wait to see more photos of your travels! Safe travels!!


  • love your photos so much!! Penang is my hometown. Best food in the world!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  • Anca Tantos

    Wow I enjoyed your photos so much! This looks like a trip of a life time. Would love to go one day!

  • The most stunning images ever! X

  • Your trip to Asia looks and sounds AMAZING! Plus, I’m loving that red ruffle dress and black choker. Happy New Year and I’m looking forward to more posts in 2017 🙂

    – Bailey |

  • wow youre photos are absolutely breathtaking. I just got back from a trip to mexico and your photos look way more fun! I missed visiting Penang . such a lovely place to be.


  • You’re the travel queen babe! This looks like the best trip ever, and totally agree about seeking out adventures big or small! Love to follow along on your adventures!

    Chow Down USA

  • brownpaperdoll

    omg these photos are absolutely stunning! Your adventures are always such a treat to follow along with!
    xo, LA

  • Laura Albouy

    Wow these pictures are stunning…it looks like you had a very nice trip! I am jealous 😉

  • You’re giving me major wanderlust! I’d love to get to go on a sunset cruise! And mmm try all the delicious food!


  • You look so stunning! I die over that one piece swimsuit — can you dress me for my Cabo trip in April?! Haha you seriously have the best travel outfits ever! xo, sharon

  • Oh what amazing photos! You look stunning and it looks like so much fun.

    X Hayley

  • Oh my Gosh your photos just make me want to fly away on a Tropical vacation!! you look incredible in that swimsuit! looks like so much fun!


  • Omg, I’m SO excited that you had a chance to visit Malaysia!! I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!! Your pictures are so so so stunning!! <3

    xo Abby

  • Paula

    Wow amazing photos! Looks like you’ve had so much fun over there!! I really wanna visit Malaysia one day, too! xx, Paula,

  • Wow you look incredible Helen, and this photos are beyond stunning! Love following you around on your adventures, definitely want to visit Malaysia one day!:) – Mitra xox

  • Safe travels and have the best time!!

  • Wow! This looks like such an incredible trip! Would love to do this some day.

    Brenda xx

  • This looks so incredible – how gorgeous are these shots! x

  • Julia Comil

    This is so beautiful and awesome! Need to visit this place!!
    Julia Comil

  • Marcy Yu

    WOW babe your pictures are always so perfect!! You travel to the coolest placer ever too.
    Keep the great content.

  • Andreea Birsan

    So amazed by all those beautiful places you have visited! Now I will definitely have to book a trip for myself.


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