Dec 15 2012

How to get around in Sarawak

Published by under Borneo

Good luck finding any type of transport here.

One of the perks of Sarawak is that it’s still relatively undeveloped for tourism, especially when compared to West Malaysia or the rest of Southeast Asia — you won’t bump into hordes of people trying to catch the same sunrise or sunset. However, the underdevelopment of tourist infrastructure does mean that getting around in Sarawak … read the full post

Dec 12 2012

Christmas 2012 in Penang

Published by under Penang

Christmas bling at Straits Quay

Penangites love a good festival, and Christmas is no exception. There are plenty of opportunities to catch some tropical Yuletide cheer in Penang; here are some of the best places to shop, worship, eat, drink and be merry over the festive season. It’s not just about the big day itself but also the build-up, so … read the full post

Dec 11 2012

Getting from Langkawi to Ko Lipe

Published by under Langkawi

Next stop, Ko Lipe.

The island of Ko Lipe is open year round, but due to seasonal rains and currents, getting there directly from Langkawi is only possible from roughly October through April. The absolute quickest route is taking the high-speed boats from Telaga harbour for 128 ringgit one way. Two departure options are available daily from the Telaga … read the full post

Dec 07 2012

How long should I spend in Sarawak?

Published by under Borneo

There are worse ways to travel around Sarawak

Sarawak is really quite big. It’s the largest state in Malaysia but also the most sparsely populated. This poses the question: how long should you spend in Sarawak? The answer really depends on what you want to do in Sarawak and how much money you have. If you’re after a see-the-rainforest experience and only want … read the full post

Dec 06 2012

Review: Tek Sen Restaurant, Penang

Published by under Penang

Pig trotters, Penang-style.

When you arrive in Penang and realise that just about every second shophouse is a restaurant, you might find it hard to decide where to eat. So how do you solve this culinary conundrum? Follow the steady trail of Penangites down Lebuh Carnarvon and bag yourself a table at Tek Sen. If the lunch-hour queue … read the full post

Dec 04 2012

Review: Sheela’s Restaurant and Cafe

Published by under Pantai Tengah

Malay or Western is done well here.

If in Langkawi some of your party wants to try local Malay cuisine and others are wanting a taste of the West, Sheela’s Restaurant and Cafe is a good spot to try in Pantai Tengah. The atmosphere alone is worth it just to sit and have a beer, because it’s truly a little garden paradise. … read the full post

Dec 02 2012

Dim sum in Miri

Published by under Borneo

Dim Sum at Cafe WZT

Anyone at least a little bit acquainted with Cantonese cuisine will know that there is little that trumps the breakfast meal of dim sum, and owing to its Chinese heritage, Miri is a good place to sample it. Each dish of dim sum is normally served in sets of three (two seems a bit meagre … read the full post

Nov 29 2012

Is Cherating worth going to?

Published by under Cherating

Good morning Cherating.

Cherating Beach, set to the north of Kuantan and about three hours south of Kuala Terengganu, has long been heralded in guidebooks and the travel press as some kind of fabled East coast Malaysia backpacker beach hangout. The first I heard about it though was from another backpacker during our trek in Taman Negara National … read the full post

Nov 25 2012

Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan

Published by under Kuantan

The quieter of the two beaches, as seen from the boardwalk.

It’s not till you reach Teluk Chempedak, a 15-minute bus ride out of Kuantan, that you realise this is actually Kuantan’s main attraction. Sure, as we did, you may need to walk through a McDonalds drive-thru to reach the beach, and there may well be a combined education and mobile phone festival going on, but … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Review: Airport Corner, Langkawi

Published by under Langkawi

Just like being at home.

With increasing numbers of direct international flights into Langkawi, happy travellers could find themselves killing up to three hours in a rather entertainment-limited airport. Eating is an effortless time killer, but as we all know airport prices tend to be a tad high, especially when it comes to food and drink. But within a five-minute … read the full post

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