Jul 08 2014

Kota Kinabalu night market

Published by under Borneo

Need a stovetop like this at home.

Southeast Asia is famous for its night markets. In just about every town across the region as the sun dips the stalls start setting up and by the time night has fallen a bevy of food vendors are busy over hot woks and steaming tureens, cooking up spicy delicacies native to the district and country. For … read the full post

Jun 10 2014

Ramadan in Langkawi

Published by under Festivals

Get your tasty treats at the Ramadan markets.

For the casual traveller to Langkawi during Ramadan, daily life continues much as usual and the month-long ritual has minimal impact on non-Muslim visitors. Ramadan on Langkawi in 2014 begins at sunrise on June 28 or 29 and ends at sunset July 27, with the two-day celebration of Hari Raya running July 28 and 29. (Actual start … read the full post

Jan 29 2014

Lunar New Year 2014 in Penang

Published by under Festivals


As the horse canters its way towards the zodiac calendar, Penangites are getting ready to welcome it with a fortnight of celebrations and ceremonies. Visiting Penang over the Lunar New Year period is something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, traffic over the first two or three days can be an absolute nightmare … read the full post

Jan 15 2014

Thaipusam in Penang

Published by under Penang


Of all Penang’s culturally varied religious celebrations, none is more colourful than Thaipusam. Every January or February, on the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar, festival frenzy descends on the island, drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees and spectators onto the streets. Of course, there is a serious side to Thaipusam, … read the full post

Jan 11 2014

What is the best time of year to visit Penang?

Published by under Penang


When it comes to visiting Penang, there are plenty of reasons why the island should be included on a Southeast Asian sojourn, but determining when to come is perhaps a little more difficult. The weather, the tourist season and the local festivals can all have a big impact on how much you enjoy your experience … read the full post

Jan 02 2014

How long should you spend on Penang?

Published by under Penang


As one of the major settlements in peninsular Malaysia, there is more to do on Penang than your average small island. Georgetown’s fascinating fusion culture and architecture draw hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, while many make the pilgrimage to the country’s ‘food capital’ simply in order to stuff themselves with the huge variety … read the full post

Dec 23 2013

New Year 2014 in Penang

Published by under Festivals


From family-friendly to downright debauched, Penang offers up a number of different and suitably celebratory ways in which to welcome 2014. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your New Year’s Eve. Celebrations in Georgetown kick off at the Esplanade Park (next to Fort Cornwallis on Lebuh Light) from 20:00. As Penang’s official … read the full post

Dec 04 2013

Christmas 2013: Festive cheer in Penang

Published by under Festivals


Christmas in Malaysia can sometimes feel a little underwhelming if you are used to the three-month build-up of lights, decorations, festive jingles and the unbridled shopping that takes place elsewhere in the world. However, when you know where to go, you’ll discover that the island is definitely doing its bit to generate some good old-fashioned … read the full post

Nov 04 2013

Malaysia eats: Shaved ice desserts in Penang

Published by under Penang


The word ‘dessert’ takes on a whole new meaning in Southeast Asia and while Penang’s savoury dishes are a positive draw for travellers, the island’s sweet offerings are, perhaps, less so. If you are looking for rich chocolate cakes, fruit-filled pies or puddings served with cream or custard, prepare to be disappointed: the shaved ice … read the full post

Oct 28 2013

Review: Joo Hooi Cafe, Penang

Published by under Food

Fiery asam laksa, flavoured with mint, pineapple, chilli and sour tamarind.

When it comes to food, you don’t really get more quintessentially ‘Georgetown’ than Joo Hooi Cafe on Jalan Penang. Not only does it dish up much loved Penang staples, but its low-brow, no-nonsense atmosphere and throngs of diners jostling for space will plunge you head-first and without reserve into the Georgetown gastronomic experience. Let’s be … read the full post

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