Jul 12 2013

Travel in Southeast Asia during Ramadan

Published by under Culture

There's no shortage of sweets at the Ramadan Bazaars.

Ramadan can be a mystery for many travellers passing through predominantly Muslim terrain. Messages of ‘everything will be closed’ are often passed along the backpacking word-of-mouth trail, but rest assured, besides a few inconveniences of finding some businesses closed or perhaps a ferry schedule changed, it’s not too big a deal. The cultural experience alone is worth the … read the full post

Jun 27 2013

Arriving in Penang

Published by under Penang

Even if Penang Bridge isn't quite as long as some sources boast, it still provides a real sense of having 'arrived' on the island.

As an island, Penang is not the most easily accessible place in Malaysia and however you choose to travel over from the mainland, you will first have to negotiate several kilometres of the Malacca Straits. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to make the trip so here’s a rundown to help you plan … read the full post

Jun 04 2013

Langkawi’s Galleria Perdana

Published by under Sights

Friends in high places.

Galleria Perdana may not be on any list of must-sees in Langkawi, but it plays host to a fascinating range of artefacts that anyone with an interest in politics and history won’t want to miss. The museum houses thousands of gifts that Malaysia’s famed Mahathir Mohamad received during his tenure as prime minister of Malaysia … read the full post

May 24 2013

What to eat in Sarawak

Published by under Borneo

Hugely diverse Sarawak is home to rural indigenous peoples as well as city-dwelling yuppies, with a whole range of subcultures in between. This makes for some very interesting cultural dialogues and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Sarawak’s food. Here’s a rundown of foods you should try while in Sarawak. Sarawak laksa is a … read the full post

May 15 2013

Buses in Penang

Published by under Penang

Bus numbers and route details are displayed electronically and in the old-fashioned way.

It would be fair to say that Penang is not known for the efficiency or convenience of its transport, and if you want to venture out of central Georgetown, it’s not quite as easy as jumping in the nearest rickshaw. Car taxis are expensive relative to the cost of living, and unlike other Southeast Asian … read the full post

May 11 2013

Splurging in Kuching

Published by under Borneo

People often complain that Malaysian Borneo is expensive compared to the rest of Southeast Asia but you would be really hard-pressed to find things to splurge on in Kuching. Nonetheless, this intrepid writer splurged for a day so that you can save your pennies. Live vicariously! Ask Kuchingites for the best hotel in town and … read the full post

Apr 27 2013

Kayaking in Kuching

Published by under Borneo

Look at all those trees *swoon*

If you’re looking to experience some primary jungle in Sarawak without lumbering all the way out into Borneo’s interior, a river kayaking trip in the Padawan region provides some breathtaking scenery and is an easy way to do it. Tourist excursions in Sarawak and Sabah are often overpriced, crowded and head to overrated attractions; so … read the full post

Apr 04 2013

Unrest in Sabah: How does it affect tourists?

Published by under Borneo

A rally in support of Malaysian forces

Some 74 Malaysians and Sulu militants have died in a conflict involving Filipino nationals “invading” Malaysia’s Sabah that first flared in mid-February. The Malaysian government has declared Sabah’s east coast a “special security area” and British and Australian authorities have advised against non-essential or all travel to the east coast (the US advice to remain … read the full post

Mar 20 2013

Borneo International Kite Festival, Sarawak

Published by under Festivals

Kites!

Sarawak is a strange pick and mix of contradictions, from its massively industrialised coastal cities to its sparsely populated rural villages with barely any electricity. Therefore, it should not be entirely surprising that Sarawak hosts the Borneo International Kite Festival despite there being almost no kite-flying culture in Sarawak or even in the rest of … read the full post

Mar 06 2013

Medical services in Langkawi

Published by under Practicalities

A wealth of medical knowledge resides here.

Langkawi has most of your health needs covered with, hospitals and clinics available. Here are some words of advice to keep in mind ahead of a trip there — just in case something goes wrong. Langkawi has very good facilities and services available for all but the most critical of medical conditions. Langkawi Hospital (website … read the full post

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