Feb 05 2013

Review: Ko Chai Lai vegetarian restaurant, Penang

Published by under Penang

Lunchtime vegetarian buffet. Strictly no meat.

A vegetarian friend recently asked for a meat- and fish-free char kuay teow at one of Penang’s hawker stalls. Minus the prawns, cockles, pork fat, prawn paste and Chinese sausage, the result was an uninspiring mess of noodles and a few beansprouts in a bland brown sauce. Perhaps the experiment was ill-advised, but there is … read the full post

Jan 30 2013

Lunar or Chinese New Year in Penang

Published by under Penang

Hokkien New Year (photo courtesy of Penang Global Tourism).

As the state with the highest proportion of Chinese in Malaysia, Penang pulls out all the stops for its Lunar New Year, when the whole island resounds to the bangs of firecrackers and the beat of the lion dancers’ drums. Penang’s strong Chinese heritage makes it one of the best places outside China to experience … read the full post

Jan 29 2013

Langkawi’s Museum Laman Padi

Published by under Pantai Cenang

This colourful Museum piece says it all.

Rice museums may not be big on your list of things to do in Southeast Asia, but if you’re travelling through Langkawi, a visit to Museum Laman Padi (Rice Garden Museum) is worth it. The island of Langkawi is part of Kedah, a state known as the rice-bowl of Malaysia and the highest producer of … read the full post

Jan 28 2013

Photos: Thaipusam 2013 in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Photos

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Thaipusam is a Hindu festival where devotees pierce their flesh and carry colourful kavadi to show their devotion to Lord Murugan. If that doesn’t sound dramatic enough, in Kuala Lumpur it takes place at the spectacular Batu Caves. Here are some images from Thaipusam 2013 (yesterday). It’s estimated that more than a million people — … read the full post

Jan 23 2013

Taxis in Penang

Published by under Penang

Despite what the sticker says, you will have to haggle for your Penang taxi

Across Southeast Asia, bargaining with taxi drivers is often a necessary part of the travelling experience, and can range from being mildly annoying to severely inconvenient. So imagine your relief when you arrive in Penang and find ‘THIS IS A METERED TAXI. HAGGLING IS PROHIBITED’ plastered all over the sides of the red-and-white taxis. Easy, … read the full post

Jan 22 2013

Review: Troppo Co., Langkawi

Published by under Pantai Tengah

They have an assortment of hair raising coffee to choose from.

Pantai Tengah’s Jalan Teluk Baru offers an assortment of small restaurants displaying signs of their particular days of glory. It’s almost safe to say that the older and more weathered the sign, the more staying power that particular restaurant has had among the competition and probably a good ‘sign’, so to speak. And although finding inexpensive … read the full post

Jan 18 2013

How to best enjoy Sarawak’s Mulu

Published by under Borneo

Taken during 'wet' season!

Mulu is very much the flagship tourist destination of Sarawak, and for good reason: it is breathtakingly beautiful in parts. However, it would be wise to realise a few things before going as a healthy dose of managing expectations will contribute to the enjoyment of your trip to Mulu. The food, although not the worse, … read the full post

Jan 16 2013

Penang laksa

Published by under Penang

Penang Laksa, also known as Asam Laksa

As the culinary capital of Malaysia, Penang is quite literally bursting with flavour. Many of its famous dishes have almost become synonymous with the island itself, but none more so than Penang laksa, which found international fame in 2011 when it came seventh on the CNN ‘World’s Fifty Most Delicious Foods‘ list. Otherwise known as … read the full post

Jan 15 2013

Langkawi weather

Published by under Langkawi

50 percent chance of scattered showers.

What’s the best time of year to travel to Langkawi, weather-wise? That all depends on what you like to do. The Langkawi archipelago of 104 islands is just off the northwest coast of the Malaysian peninsula and creates the entrance to the Melaka Straits. The Indonesian island of Sumatra forms the western barrier of the … read the full post

Jan 11 2013

How best to enjoy Borneo’s Bako

Published by under Borneo

Bako, not just pretty jungle.

It would be very hard to not enjoy Borneo’s Bako National Park; the variety in terrain, animals and beach make it one of the most diverse national parks you can go to without spending an arm and a leg (unlike at Mulu). Although it has been open for tourism for many years, there is still … read the full post

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