Dec 02 2012

Dim sum in Miri

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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 25 2012

Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan

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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 16 2012

The indigenous people of Sarawak

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Going Upriver?

Other than being famed for its jungle, Sarawak is also known for its indigenous communities and for good reason; there are more than 45 recognised ethnic groups. Between them they make up more than half of the overall population and it is this diverse range of cultures that makes Sarawak one of the most fascinating … read the full post

Nov 14 2012

Meet Kuantan

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There be dragons in them there mangroves.

I’m not 24 hours into my stay in Kuantan yet and I’ve gone from being indifferent to it to loathing it to finding it just okay to just loving it — and I’ve not been here for breakfast yet! All those emotions over a Malaysian state capital that really isn’t overwhelmed with attractions — what … read the full post

Nov 09 2012

Sarawak handicrafts

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These black Penan bracelets are worn to signify power and strength

Handicrafts make great souvenirs from Sarawak; not only are they a change from mass-produced knick-knacks but, when bought from a local community, you are supporting their economy and can ensure the producer gets their fair share of payment. Sarawak has a plethora of indigenous communities and each have their own handicraft tradition. From beaded jewellery to rattan … read the full post

Nov 08 2012

A short walking tour in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang isn't famous for sights.

Kuala Lumpur isn’t the most pedestrian friendly city in the region, but that’s not to say you should spend your entire time in taxis, buses and elevated trains. Bukit Bintang is our favourite area for flashpacker digs in Kuala Lumpur and while it isn’t home to much in the way of tourist sights itself (unless … read the full post

Nov 05 2012

Melaka’s Portuguese Village (Medan Portugis)

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The Portuguese Village by the sea.

Every visitor to Melaka explores Chinatown and sees the Malay settlement of Kampung Morten from the river cruise, but the Portuguese Village on the outskirts of the city receives few visitors. Make the trip out to learn more about the descendants of Melaka’s first colonisers, or at least to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner by … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Review: Calanthe Art Cafe, Melaka

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Coffee, Malaysia style.

Travellers love Malaysia for its diverse and delicious food, but did you know it’s also a coffee-producing country? Taste the distinctive blend from each of Malaysia’s 13 states at the Calanthe Art Cafe in Melaka. This funky cafe is located just off Jonker Street, an ideal location for a caffeine pick-me-up during a long day … read the full post

Oct 27 2012

Malaysia’s old Borneo

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The veranda of a long house

Although in the past 50 years Malaysian Borneo has undergone dramatic development, there are still pockets where you can experience “old Borneo” — that is, places where people still live in longhouses and go out into the forest to gather food. Here are a few suggestions on finding them. One such place is Bario, home … read the full post

Oct 21 2012

Review: Restoran Famosa Chicken Rice Ball, Melaka

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Chicken rice balls and a pot of chili sauce.

Every day Restoran Famosa in Melaka serves up hundreds of plates of its signature chicken rice balls. Some see the restaurant as a local institution, but others consider it a tourist trap. Is it worth the hype and should you seek it out from among Melaka’s other restaurant offerings? Our first observation, and one explanation … read the full post

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