Archive for August, 2012

Aug 28 2012

The Langkawi cable car

Published by under Langkawi

Don't look down.

Well-informed me didn’t even know Langkawi had a cable car till I started riding around the island and saw the signs for it — and with it climbing almost 700 metres, oh what a cable car it is. Opened in 2003, the Langkawi cable car has three “stations” which you pass through on your way … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Batu Caves’ Dark Cave

It's a long way to the top...

The almost 43-metre tall statue of Lord Murugan stands by the entrance to the Batu Caves and is one of Malaysia’s iconic images. The epicentre of the annual Thaipusam procession, Batu Caves is famous for the festival, statue and main cavern behind it, but a far lesser known and arguably more interesting point of interest … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

Where to stay at Taman Negara National Park

I'd like a room with a jungle view please.

Malaysia’s most famous national park, Taman Negara is just a few hours from Kuala Lumpur by bus and/or boat and while there’s only one place to stay within the park, there are a bunch of places to stay across the river in Kuala Tahan. But which is the best for you? Stay in the park … read the full post

Aug 13 2012

Langkawi: Photo essay

Published by under Langkawi

Sunset parasaling at Pantai Cenang.

After four action-packed days in Langkawi on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia I’ve had my assumptions about the island shattered — in a good way. I’d always written it off as a tourist trap, but what I found was far more interesting — and far less touristed — than I expected. Admittedly I visited … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Nasi kandar, a Malaysian institution

Published by under Food

The endless choices of side dishes will be piled on one plate, not for the carb counter.

A plate of rice topped with four different curries for breakfast? Sounds like a handful (or rather plateful) but that’s exactly what nasi kandar is about; a combination of tantalising, distinct flavours. Once you get used to the idea of consuming so many carbs and so much spice so early in the day, I guarantee … read the full post

Aug 05 2012

Review: Ogawa Japanese Kitchen

Published by under Food

A small portion of salmon sashimi but some of the freshest you'll get in KL

A city where expatriates abound, it’s no wonder that different types of food are easily available in Kuala Lumpur. Japanese cuisine has had particular success and with so many restaurants vying for your attention, it’s easy to miss Ogawa Japanese Kitchen, a small, cosy place offering Japanese delights that can otherwise be a rarity in … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Review: Sekeping Serendah Retreat

Published by under Accommodation

The mud shed's minimal but arty lounge

Most who want to experience the dense jungles of Malaysia gravitate towards Taman Negara, claimed to be the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. But if time doesn’t permit the long journey from Kuala Lumpur, you can still retreat to jungle at Sekeping Serendah. Located an hour north of Kuala Lumpur, Sekeping Serendah is privately owned and … read the full post