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

Jan 09 2013

Street of Harmony: A walking tour through Penang’s cultures

Published by under Penang

Part of what makes Penang unique is its established mixture of cultures and faiths, but if you are only in Georgetown for a short time, how can you experience all of its varied customs and traditions? Conveniently enough, Penang’s 18th-century town planners have already solved the problem, and a short walk along Jalan Masjid Kapitan … read the full post

Jan 08 2013

Getting around in Langkawi

Published by under Transport

Plenty of back road exploring.

Although Langkawi is a relatively small island, hoofing it on foot will only work in certain areas and public transportation is not an option. So you’re left with getting around the island via taxis, rental cars, motorbikes and for the hearty souls, bicycles. Prices tend to vary throughout Langkawi as much as the weather, so … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Review: The Daily Dose Cafe, Penang

Published by under Penang

Kick back with a good book.

If you’ve come to Penang to experience its fantastic local cuisine, a cafe serving Mexican and Mediterreanean specials may not necessarily be top of your must-visit list. However, like Georgetown itself, The Daily Dose Cafe is a heady fusion of cultural influences, and with its pan-continental menu, great stash of wines and some of the … read the full post

Jan 02 2013

Langkawi’s Kompleks Kraf (Craft Complex)

Published by under Langkawi

The band plays on in the Heritage Museum.

If you’re looking for a bit of Langkawi and Malaysian culture, Kompleks Kraf (Craft Complex) on the remote north side of Langkawi should fit the bill with its collection of small museums. The complex is a sprawling group of uniquely designed buildings set in well-landscaped grounds overlooking the Andaman Sea. Upon entering the main reception … read the full post

Dec 29 2012

Kuching weekend

Published by under Borneo

Watch out for crocs!

This, dear reader, is a very reluctant post. A weekend in Kuching — yes that’s two days, or three if you have a flexible definition of “the weekend’” — really isn’t enough time but we can appreciate that often people will have time constraints when they’re travelling in Sarawak so let the following be a … read the full post

Dec 27 2012

Review: Tubotel, Langkawi

Published by under Pantai Cenang

The colourful ambiance of your private drainage pipe awaits.

Hands down the most unique accommodation choice in Langkawi is Tubotel, whose catchphrase is, “Don’t be square!” Located just north of the entrance to Pantai Cenang at the end of Jetty Pelancongan Cenang, this colourful curiosity has a prime waterfront location offering rooms at guesthouse prices. The rooms are cocoon-like structures made from large diameter … read the full post

Dec 26 2012

Review: Ryokan Hostel, Penang

Published by under Penang

Ryokan Hostel on Muntri Street

There is no shortage of accommodation in Penang but to be frank, many of Georgetown’s tired-looking budget hostels may not really cut it with today’s discerning backpacker. However, Ryokan on Lebuh Muntri is bucking the trend and has successfully bridged the gap between the drab hostels on nearby Lebuh Chulia and the clutch of high-end … read the full post

Dec 24 2012

Christmas in Langkawi

Published by under Events

Nothing says Merry Christmas better than bikini clad mannequins.

Christmas in Langkawi is usually marked by the annual Pondok Keladi Christmas Charity Bazaar, an event that initially emerged in the season of giving to become these days the local ringer-in of the holiday season. But other big signs of Christmas are usually isolated to hotels and the local malls. It may have been that … read the full post

Dec 22 2012

New Year’s Eve in Penang

Published by under Penang

Fireworks at Straits Quay (photo courtesy of E&O Berhad)

As a country with one of the highest number of annual public holidays in the world, most Malaysians like an excuse to celebrate and what better reason than New Year’s Eve? While it is not traditionally known as a party island, Penang nevertheless buzzes at New Year and offers enough different options to make your … read the full post

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