A Guide to Malaysian Street Food

Malaysia is a foodie’s paradise. The country is the centre of global crossroads, with influences from China, India, Thailand, and colonial Britain weaving an intricate tapestry of cuisine and culture. Coupled with fresh produce, a willingness to try anything and the average Malaysian’s love of food, the result is a veritable smorgasboard of dishes. The…

5 Places to Get Your Dose of Culture and History in China

China is a massive country with an incredible amount of history. There’s plenty of places to see evidence of this, and while there’s only five places featured here, this list could go on for days. We all know about the Great Wall of China, so be sure check these places off the list as well…

3 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur offers a variety of attractions to visitors to this South East Asian hub. A heady mix of old and new, Kuala Lumpur boasts shiny glass and steel skyscrapers sharing space with narrow winding streets overlooked by colonial shopfronts, bright neon shopping malls and green parks aflutter with birdlife, and…

Vietnam Travel Tips: Know Before You Go

I’m heading to Vietnam in a couple of days to visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa, and I’m pretty excited! It’s my first time to Vietnam, and like any new country, there are a few idiosyncrasies that I’ve found about it in my pre-trip research. It will be interesting to see if my expectations…

One for the road: Bargaining

“Lady, buy? Cheap! I give you good price!” That’s the usual refrain I hear when browsing markets the world over. I love visiting traditional arts and crafts markets, local produce markets – in fact, any kind of market, anywhere in the world. However, for first timers to the souks, bazaars, markets, psars and mercados of…

Melaka/Malacca in 24 Hours

The air is thick with heat and humidity, and red lanterns sway overhead, casting a scarlet glow on the shouting vendors, honking cars and the steady, neverending stream of people everywhere. We are in the thick of the action, simultaneously side-stepping greasy puddles and politely beating off salespersons selling mobile phone trinkets while watching out…

Homecoming: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

With such a short transit back home, I hardly had any time to do anything but show off the main sights and sounds of KL. We landed in the AM, and after a quick shower and lunch at Dad’s favourite Chinese restaurant, headed off into Central Market. At this stage I was asleep and simply…

Climbing Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

Mount Kinabalu National Park is spread out and surrounded by lush, misty forest. There is bird call everywhere and looming golden pink in the setting sun; the peaks of the Mount Kinabalu, the highest in South East Asia at 4,095m. If climbing Mount Kinabalu is on your itinerary, you can book with numerous travel agents in…