Jul 05 2013

Review: Mugshot Cafe and Rainforest Bakery, Penang

Published by under Penang

The Mugshot Cafe has quickly become the hang-out of choice for young Penangites and expats.

With so much excellent local food on offer, you will never go hungry in Penang. However, if your belly is begging for bread and baked goods after all those noodle and rice dishes, it is useful to know where to go, and the Rainforest Bakery in Georgetown will definitely quell your cravings. Stacked full of … read the full post

Jul 03 2013

Review: The Box Chalet, Langkawi

Published by under Interior

Nothing says home like a sun-lounger.

For those seeking a traditional backpacker environment away from Langkawi’s tourist-busy beach areas, the Box Chalet inland towards Kedawang, nestled next to paddy and with a gorgeous sunset view of distant foothills, is a good choice. Located four kilometres north of the main Kedawang Road on Jalan Batu Belah, this intimate establishment is easy to … read the full post

Jun 29 2013

Review: 3 Amigos Mexican restaurant

Published by under Pantai Cenang

The generous 2-amigo portion size fish tacos.

Langkawi’s dining options have expanded over the past few years and 3 Amigos is one example of what’s been added to the changing scene. Though Langkawi is as about as far from Mexico as you can get, we were impressed with the quality and value of the cuisine at this local cantina at Pantai Cenang. … 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 20 2013

Review: Tree Monkey, Penang

Published by under Penang

A restaurant with a view.

Finding a restaurant that serves great food at reasonable prices is never going to be a problem in Penang. However, if you want to add ambience and sea views into the equation, the island offers few options — and this makes it all the more worthwhile to seek out one of Penang’s most romantic and … read the full post

Jun 19 2013

Langkawi ferries

Published by under Transport

You name it, they've got the ticket!

Flying has become so secondary to many travellers that considering going by not-so-romantic ferries, buses or even trains can completely be left out of the equation of determining holiday plans. But not only are these options greatly available in Malaysia, they save you big bucks and their frequent scheduling can often save you time; the … read the full post

Jun 12 2013

Jungle trekking in Penang

Published by under Penang

The view over the lake to the beach and sea beyond.

As one of the Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, Penang lays claim to a number of ‘best-in-the-country’ accolades, including tastiest food, most beautiful clan houses and largest Bhuddist temple. It also boasts Malaysia’s smallest national park, and although that may not sound like anything to brag about, a trek through this beautiful rainforest reserve is, … read the full post

Jun 05 2013

Review: Syok @ Chulia, Penang

Published by under Penang

The owners have thought of everything in the spacious first-floor communal area.

Move over, rundown hostels of Georgetown: there’s a new boy in town. It is not often you walk into a backpacker hostel and feel like you could be in a trendy boutique hotel, but Syok @ Chulia will challenge your conceptions about flashpacker accommodation and it is no exaggeration to say that it sets a … 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 30 2013

Penang’s clan houses: A walking tour

Published by under Penang

Ancestral tablets at the Khoo Kongsi bear the names of generations of clan members.

Without doubt, one of the most atmospheric and photogenic parts of Georgetown is the area centred around Lebuh Armenian, where the narrow streets still conjure a sense of old Penang. Tucked away beyond the rows of shophouses, this is also where you will find some of the town’s most stunning and best-renowned kongsi, or clan … read the full post

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