Sep 27 2013

Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation (LASSie)

Published by under Pantai Cenang

Volunteer mission control.

Western animal lovers are often shocked and dismayed at the treatment of animals they might come across in Southeast Asia. It might be due to the high visibility of homeless strays in areas that lack the out-of-sight-out-of-mind shelters that they are familiar with “back home”. The Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation (LASSie) was set up by … read the full post

Sep 23 2013

Bukit Genting: the other side of Penang

Published by under Penang

Sunset from the top of Bukit Genting takes some beating.

While most of Penang’s attractions are concentrated in the narrow, built-up strip of coastal belt on the eastern and northern coasts, there is a whole other side of the island to explore. Those who dare to venture off the beaten tourist track will be rewarded with an altogether more relaxed experience of Penang, and the … read the full post

Sep 11 2013

Review: Penang Butterfly Farm

Published by under Penang

With up to four thousand butterflies flying around at any one time, competition for the best nectar can get a little heated.

Advertised as ‘the tropical world’s first live butterfly and insect sanctuary’, Penang Butterfly Farm is a great place to bring the kids and is also a good rainy afternoon-filler. For travellers with a particular penchant for Papilionoidea – that is, butterflies — the conservation centre offers the chance to see a huge number of these winged … read the full post

Sep 05 2013

The changing face of Georgetown

Published by under Penang

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The old traveller mantra, ‘Go and see it before it gets spoiled!’ has been used so many times that it’s almost become a cliche. Unfortunately, like all the best (or worst) cliches, it is also enduringly true and for some places it is already too late. Happily, though, Southeast Asia remains home to some places that … 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 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

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