About Keith Hockton

Kuching, Malaysia

Sunset G&Ts, Headhunters and Country Music: Welcome to Kuching

I’m sitting on the rooftop lounge of The Lime Tree Hotel, gazing out at an ancient fort which sits majestically above the fast-flowing Sarawak River. In the distance, the emerald green of the jungle holds my attention. It’s hard to imagine that an Englishman, James Brooke, crowned himself King of this State and that his family then ruled it for over 150 years. There was a lot of headhunting going on when he arrived and the tribes surrounding what would have then been a small fishing village would have taken some subduing...
Malaysia

Christmas in Malaysia

I’m often asked about Christmas in Malaysia and what it’s like to experience Christmas in the tropics. Without a doubt it's a special time of year and December and January are the busiest social months of the year—for expats and Malaysians alike...

Romance And Good Food in Old Saigon

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had heard good things. “I could easily live in Saigon”, my friend Neil had told me after his visit. It’s called Ho Chi Minh City these days, and it’s one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting and interesting cities, with thousands of expats of all ages discovering its distinctive neighbourhoods. In the last year cafes and restaurants have opened all over the city. Just as Vietnam is opening up and welcoming foreigners...
Penang

Low-Cost Luxury on an Island Paradise

As a soft breeze gently moves the palms around me, I gaze out across a sea of green, perfectly-kept lawn tennis courts. In the distance, where the grass courts end and the playing field begins, there’s an early morning cricket match kicking off—a gentle reminder of this tropical island’s rich colonial history...