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 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

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

Sep 04 2013

Alcohol in Malaysia

Published by under Practicalities

The Chinese-Malaysian connection usually works.

For any traveller to a predominantly Muslim country such as Malaysia, the rules on alcohol availability and consumption are handy to know — not only for accessibility but for insight into cultural sensitivities as well. In Malaysia, people from the various non-Muslim cultures represented throughout the country also abide by certain rules so as not … read the full post

Aug 27 2013

Review: Panorama Chalets, Perhentians

Published by under The Perhentians

Lots of shade here.

Panorama Chalets is a backpacker haven on Malaysia‘s Perhentian Kecil, with several room and chalet options. What Panorama lacks in amenities they make up for in conveniences and location. Practically a village within a village, their tree-laden grounds are front and centre of the sandy white shores of Long Beach, with nearly every possible desire a … read the full post

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