Archive for August, 2013

Aug 28 2013

Review: Roomies, Penang

Published by under Penang

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Accommodation for backpackers in Penang has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. A slick new breed of affordable hostels has popped up in Georgetown, with dorms styled in the latest boutique hotel trends and kitted out with an attention to detail and comfort that would put many more expensive places to shame. Now … 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

Aug 21 2013

Batu Ferringhi, Penang, on the cheap

Published by under Penang

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Large resort hotels don’t have the best reputations among independent travellers in Southeast Asia. Hogging great lengths of shoreline, and unleashing hordes of package tourists on erstwhile unspoilt beaches, many would prefer to avoid these over-priced, under-sensitive developments. However, when it comes to Batu Ferringhi in Penang, the beach is now so dominated by resorts … read the full post

Aug 17 2013

The Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang

Published by under Penang

Money to burn, from the bank of Hell.

If you’re in Penang and feel like you’re being watched as you tuck into your bowl of asam laksa or char koay teow, you might just be right. The seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar is known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the gates of the underworld are opened and a whole host … read the full post

Aug 14 2013

Review: Scarborough Fish and Chips, Langkawi

Published by under Tanjung Rhu

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Scarborough Fish and Chips is a bit of a good find when it comes to locating Western food and a cold beer on Langkawi, especially when your sightseeing route seemingly lands you in the middle of nowhere. But down a lone stretch of road that runs parallel to the undeveloped idyllic Langkawi beach of Tanjung … read the full post

Aug 07 2013

Penang’s Little India

Published by under Penang

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One of the joys of Georgetown is that you never quite know what to expect next. A walk down Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang’s ‘Street of Harmony’, allows visitors to appreciate the wealth of different cultural and architectural influences that make up this town. Within a matter of minutes you are transported from the colonial … read the full post

Aug 01 2013

Review: Boat Restaurant, Langkawi

Published by under Pantai Tengah

Spicy Thai salad to pack a punch or not.

When it comes to the theory that an aged business sign means staying power holds true when it comes to Boat Restaurant in Langkawi’s Pantai Tengah. The same weathered sign has been a landmark searched for by bargain seafood diners for five years and counting. The Boat is a simple open-air restaurant set back just enough … read the full post