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Revisiting the Perhentian Islands: awful food, deserted beaches, and a glimmer of hope

Teluk KK beach on Perhentian Besar island Malaysia - photo by Chris Wotton

In July, I made a return visit to Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands some two years since my first time there. These islands, just a short flight from Kuala Lumpur followed by a taxi and speedboat connection, have been well and truly on … Continue reading

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Perhentian Islands: Malaysia’s hidden treasure

Coral Bay, Perhentian Kecil

While thoughts of Malaysia may not always conjure up images of tropical beach hideaways, perhaps they should – east coast Malaysia holds a jewel in the white-sand beaches on the secluded and laid-back Perhentian islands. Continue reading

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Food Porn: Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak at Nagasari Curry House

This Malaysian breakfast staple is a favourite at traditional kopi tiam Chinese-style coffee shops – think rendang curry, coconut and pandan infused rice and plenty of crisp and crunchy accompaniments. Continue reading

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Ultimate relaxation: 3 of Malaysia’s finest spas

Spa. Photo by Hotel Casa Velas

    If all of the skyscraper city action that Malaysia’s sprawling metropolis cities have to offer gets just a little too much, and you need to soothe those aching bones, what better way to do so than with a … Continue reading

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Pulau Tioman – an island retreat

View from the beach on Pulau Tioman. Photo by Marc van der Chijs.

    A world away from the bustle of the big city and yet just a few hours from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur lies Tioman Island, or Pulau Tioman in the Malay language. This small island makes the perfect … Continue reading

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Discovering Malaysia’s best local markets

Jalan Petaling flea market. Photo by Joanne Lane

    Like elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has more than its fair share of local markets – some low key, others less so. For lower prices, a great selection of goods and interaction with real locals in an authentic … Continue reading

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Malaysia: hunting out the best nasi lemak

Nasi lemak at Old Town White Coffee.

    Rendang may be popular internationally, but if there is one dish that defines Malaysia for those who have visited, it is nasi lemak. This incredible dish, somewhat of a ‘tasting platter’ and a mix of tastes and textures … Continue reading

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Discovering Kuching: Sawarak’s sleepy capital

Fort Margherita by night. Photo by watchsmart

    Eastern Malaysia’s Kuching, capital of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, is worth a visit if you’re in search of a slower pace of life than you find in the nation’s other sprawling metropolises like … Continue reading

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Penang: discovering Georgetown’s local markets

The streets of China town in Georgetown, Penang. Photo by McKay Savage

    There is no better way to discover a destination than to rub shoulders with the locals and get some retail therapy under your belt in the same way that they do – at their local markets. Like many … Continue reading

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Escape to the country: Malaysian rural getaways

The Cameron Highlands. Photo by Peter Gronemann

    Malaysia isn’t just about city skyscrapers and glistening white beaches – though it doesn’t sound as though it would be so bad if that were all it had to offer. But the nation’s expanses of luscious green countryside … Continue reading

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Up close with nature: discovering Malaysia’s best wildlife spots

Boko National Park. Photo by amrufm

    Malaysia’s national parks teem with wildlife, and whichever park you choose to visit you are bound to come across a whole host of critters large and small getting on with life in their natural habitat. Mostly, you do … Continue reading

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Perhentian Islands: Resort Round-Up

Perhentian islands. Photo by Gemma Bardsley

    Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands in the South China Sea, around ten miles off the northeastern coast of western Malaysia and just forty miles south of the border with neighbouring Thailand, offer that picture perfect image of paradise you may … Continue reading

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5 not-to-be-missed Malaysian festivals

A Chinese temple at Chap Goh Mei. Photo by Jin Thai

    Malaysia’s impressive multicultural society means the country is forever playing host to different cultural festivals and celebrations. With many faiths living alongside each other, at any one time there is usually something – or more than one thing … Continue reading

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Drink chic: discovering the hottest hotel bars in Malaysia

SkyBar, Kuala Lumpur. Photo by vincentq

    In a country where the lights glimmer as brightly as those of Kuala Lumpur’s famed Petronas Towers, the only difficulty about finding somewhere to wine and dine is choosing from so many fabulous options. As a popular destination … Continue reading

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Penang: 5 must try dishes in Georgetown

Roti canai. Photo by Yun Huang Yong

    The sheer clash, collision and blend of cultures on the island of Penang, near Malaysia’s northern border with Thailand, make the food in this part of the country simply phenomenal. Here Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Thai influences … Continue reading

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24 hours in Ipoh

Shop houses in Ipoh

    Historically known for its valuable tin mining industry during the time of the British Empire, Ipoh is probably better known today for its Hainanese chicken rice dish. That said the tin connection remains to this day – the … Continue reading

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24 hours in Kuching: laksa and orangutans

A sunset view across the river in Kuching. Photo: Peter Gronemann

    Any popular destination in Malaysia offers more than enough to keep visitors entertained for days and make for an extended trip, and squeezing the best of a city into just 24 hours is no mean feat. Kuching is … Continue reading

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Why Ramadan is the ultimate time to eat your way around Malaysia

Crowds surround Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s street food is good at any time. A simple walk along any road can present you with the choice of an array of dishes that all represent a specific part of the country’s culinary heritage. What’s more the vendor … Continue reading

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Word of mouth: eating your way around KL’s street food scene

Freshly grilled satay

    Street food across southeast Asia is well renowned for its quality, variety and low cost – and Malaysia is no exception to the rule. In the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, tasty street food abounds and eating on … Continue reading

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Rafting on Malaysia’s Sungai Selangor

White water rafting at Padas River. Pic: Smim90, Wikimedia Commons.

    There is very little in the way of adventure activities anywhere to match up to the adrenaline-fuelled excitement of white water rafting. And while Malaysia might not be your obvious choice of destination for this often extreme water … Continue reading

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5 cookbooks from my shelf

  As I add another stunning cookbook to my collection, five recommendations for titles that should fill your shelves too. Call me superficial, but the initial attraction of most of these books was their pretty covers! It just so happens … Continue reading

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Highlights from a brief flirt with KL

    A selection of photos from my three-day trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – reflections to follow (at some point): Tweet

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Asia’s calling (again)

    I write this post from around about 40,000 feet up in the sky. The last time I looked out of the window it was broad daylight – half an hour of My Family and an hour of Hustle … Continue reading

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