Apr 17 2013

Malaysia eats: Eating char kway teow in Penang

Published by under Penang

Sister’s serves up liberal portions, with a delicious sprinkling of fresh crab meat.

Ask anyone from Penang which dish they would most readily associate with their home island, and the answer is quite likely to be char kway teow. While the likes of Penang laksa or Hokkien mee might be more obvious indigenous contenders, char kway teow holds a very special place in the hearts of locals, and … read the full post

Apr 16 2013

Sports in Langkawi

Published by under Langkawi

It's not as easy as it looks, but loads of fun.

Langkawi’s activities include everything from paintball to yoga, making it possible to reconnect with an old favourite or try something new while visiting the island. For those who play well with others, the air-con bowling alley at the Jetty Point Ferry Terminal is a great place to chill out between ferry arrivals and departures. If … read the full post

Apr 13 2013

Island hopping in Langkawi

Published by under Langkawi

The 'Pregnant Maiden'. Can you see her?

Island hopping advertisements are everywhere on Langkawi. It’s a cut-throat business and prices have slowly decreased in the past few years to the low price of 25 ringgit per person for a three-hour, three-island tour. This low across-the-board price doesn’t reflect on customer service, condition of the boats or licensed versus “freelance”. In addition to … read the full post

Apr 09 2013

Little Penang Street Market

Published by under Penang

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Upper Penang Road is best known as Georgetown’s party street, but if your Saturday sundowner session spirals into an all-night bar crawl, you may stumble out of a club the following morning to find yourself face to face with a whole different type of street party, in the form of the Little Penang Street Market. … 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 26 2013

Review: The Cabin, Langkawi

Published by under Pantai Cenang

Honestly, the things you can do with shipping containers these days!

In Langkawi’s ever-changing Pantai Cenang, more and more hotels are being built or remodelled, each vying for sea views as taller structures emerge. With their feet firmly planted in the ground, however, The Cabin is a simple accommodation option with a low price tag worth considering if you’re on a budget. At 150 ringgit a … read the full post

Mar 22 2013

Exploring Penang’s clan jetties

Published by under Penang

Pot gardens are a particular feature of the Chew Jetty.

Just when you thought you had explored every last corner of Georgetown and walked all of its historical streets, you might be pleased to learn that there is, quite literally, a whole new side of town waiting to be discovered. Beyond the shoreline that runs along Pengkalan Weld, Penang’s other-worldly clan jetties jut out over … read the full post

Mar 21 2013

Langkawi’s hot springs

Published by under Kuah

Nothing beats the old private jacuzzi!

Langkawi’s Ayer Hangat Village is home to therapeutic hot springs lying just north of Kuah on Jalan Ayer Hangat and makes for an interesting trip. Malay-style buildings create a village-like environment on the lush landscaped grounds, with cool and hot water pools. A series of small canals run through the grounds and connect hot spring … 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 07 2013

Review: Mews Cafe, Penang

Published by under Penang

The cafe can get busy over lunchtimes, but is a relaxing place to while away an afternoon.

Many restaurants in Penang have attempted to take the relaxed continental cafe vibe and transfer it to the Asian setting, but none more successfully than Mews Cafe. With excellent coffee, a simple but stylish interior, varied menu and personable service, it gets the balance just right and successfully combines the best of European and Asian. … read the full post

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