Getting to know Malaysia, one trip at a time

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Not long ago, Chok Yen Hau hardly knew anything about Malaysia; today, he is one of the biggest champions of Malaysian travel. He now spends his days introducing Malaysia to Malaysians through his books, bespoke travel services and giving talks all over the country.

On a Friday afternoon, photographer Chok Yen Hau was at the market in Wakaf Che Yeh near Kota Bharu. It was his first ever trip to Kelantan. Entranced by the colourful kuih-muih, he was absorbed in the difficult task of choosing a selection from the tempting arrangement. When he finally looked up, he found himself alone. No one was around. Everyone had gone to Friday prayers, leaving him alone with their wares – and money. “Where else in the world would anyone trust you so much?” he said.

Chok was excited by life outside Malaysia’s big cities on this – his first – big trip around the country. That was many years ago.


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