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

Jul 31 2013

Hair salons in Langkawi

Published by under Kuah

Nothing like a little post travel pampering.

Been on the road for a while before your arrival in Langkawi and feeling the after-affects of dusty trails in Laos or beach swimming in Bali? Although wearing your scruffiness is often a badge of honour for the backpacking explorer, sometimes even the hardiest of travellers needs a haircut. Langkawi’s Kuah offers two salons — … read the full post

Jul 29 2013

Free things to do on Penang

Published by under Penang

Penang's beaches may not be the best in the region, but Turtle Beach in the National Park ain't half bad.

Let’s face it: budgeting while you’re travelling can become really tedious. There are times when you just want to let loose, forget about that dwindling current account or mounting credit card bill, and splurge. But what happens if an expensive diving course or a few-too-many all-night benders have left your wallet a bit light when … read the full post

Jul 19 2013

A taste of Ramadan in Penang

Published by under Penang

Stalls piled high with deep fried Indian snacks are quickly depleted when the day's fast ends.

The holy month of Ramadan may not seem like the most obvious time to enjoy traditional Malay food but every evening, once the daylight hours of abstinence and spiritual reflection are over, Penang’s Muslims gather at Ramadan bazaars across the island to break the fast and spend quality time with family and friends. Georgetown’s Muslim … read the full post

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

Jul 11 2013

Review: Dawn Homestay and Chalet, Langkawi

Published by under Pantai Cenang

Picture perfect swimming pool.

As Langkawi’s Pantai Cenang becomes more developed, entrepreneurs shifted attention inland. They’ve created a variety of new affordable places to stay, amid mountainous backdrops of greenery and skylines devoid of massive developments. Dawn Homestay and Chalet is one of them. Boasting a simple design layout — reminiscent of the original Western motel style of the 60s — … read the full post

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