Oct 21 2012

Review: Restoran Famosa Chicken Rice Ball, Melaka

Published by under Melaka

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

Oct 19 2012

Rainforest trekking with the Penan

Published by under Borneo

Gratuitous tree shot.

The Borneo jungle can be an unforgiving place; it’s humid, it’s mountainous and around inhabited areas, although there are trails, it’s easy to get lost. However, last year in a moment of spectacular spontaneity, I booked a trip to head into the Ulu, or interior, of Sarawak. I would stay with a local indigenous community, … read the full post

Oct 14 2012

Melaka’s best museums

Published by under Melaka

As close as you'll get to being a Melaka pirate.

The long-term plan authorities have for the historic city of Melaka is for it to offer a whopping 21 museums. Unfortunately the emphasis is on quantity over quality, and has resulted in some spectacular bores. Read on to learn which museums are worth your ringgit. Dutch Square isn’t just a bunch of pretty red buildings; … read the full post

Oct 12 2012

Mantanani Island, Malaysian Borneo

Published by under Borneo

Mantanani Sunset

I have met many a traveller at the airport who has just stepped off a twin-otter flight from the interior, their bags heavy with damp clothes that have been unable to dry under the canopy of the forest and their legs pock marked with leech bites; the residue of the rainforest lingers darkly on their … read the full post

Oct 06 2012

How to save money while travelling in Borneo

Published by under Borneo

This picture cost me a lot of money

Travellers coming through Malaysian Borneo often complain that it is much more expensive than the rest of Southeast Asia. Travel and accommodation can often be double the prices of West Malaysia and public transport in Borneo is often non-existent, forcing travellers to use taxis. However with a little bit of know-how and forward planning, it … read the full post

Aug 22 2012

Batu Caves’ Dark Cave

It's a long way to the top...

The almost 43-metre tall statue of Lord Murugan stands by the entrance to the Batu Caves and is one of Malaysia’s iconic images. The epicentre of the annual Thaipusam procession, Batu Caves is famous for the festival, statue and main cavern behind it, but a far lesser known and arguably more interesting point of interest … read the full post

Aug 17 2012

Where to stay at Taman Negara National Park

I'd like a room with a jungle view please.

Malaysia’s most famous national park, Taman Negara is just a few hours from Kuala Lumpur by bus and/or boat and while there’s only one place to stay within the park, there are a bunch of places to stay across the river in Kuala Tahan. But which is the best for you? Stay in the park … read the full post

Aug 07 2012

Nasi kandar, a Malaysian institution

Published by under Food

The endless choices of side dishes will be piled on one plate, not for the carb counter.

A plate of rice topped with four different curries for breakfast? Sounds like a handful (or rather plateful) but that’s exactly what nasi kandar is about; a combination of tantalising, distinct flavours. Once you get used to the idea of consuming so many carbs and so much spice so early in the day, I guarantee … read the full post

Aug 05 2012

Review: Ogawa Japanese Kitchen

Published by under Food

A small portion of salmon sashimi but some of the freshest you'll get in KL

A city where expatriates abound, it’s no wonder that different types of food are easily available in Kuala Lumpur. Japanese cuisine has had particular success and with so many restaurants vying for your attention, it’s easy to miss Ogawa Japanese Kitchen, a small, cosy place offering Japanese delights that can otherwise be a rarity in … read the full post

Aug 02 2012

Review: Sekeping Serendah Retreat

Published by under Accommodation

The mud shed's minimal but arty lounge

Most who want to experience the dense jungles of Malaysia gravitate towards Taman Negara, claimed to be the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. But if time doesn’t permit the long journey from Kuala Lumpur, you can still retreat to jungle at Sekeping Serendah. Located an hour north of Kuala Lumpur, Sekeping Serendah is privately owned and … read the full post

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