Places in Malaysia
‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang’s nickname, conjures romantic images of trishaws pedalling past watermarked Chinese shophouses, blue joss smoke and a sting of chilli in the air; or maybe it’s ornate temples, and gold-embroidered saris displayed in shop windows, next to mosques sending a call to the midday prayer.
Langkawi is synonymous with ‘tropical paradise’ – and with good reason. Since 2008 the archipelago’s official title has been Langkawi Permata Kedah (Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah), no doubt inspired by the island’s clear waters, relatively pristine beaches and intact jungle. The district’s been duty free since 1986 and roping in tourists well before that.
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Why not to skip Kota Kinabalu: 7 reasons to stick around Sabah’s capital
Often just a transit stop for travellers headed to the wild jungles and pristine coral reefs of eastern Sabah, Kota Kinabalu offers much to those who decide to stay on – from fantastic seafood to tropical island-hoppi...
Kuala Lumpur for free: exploring Malaysia's capital on a tight budget
You might get more roti for your ringgit in Kuala Lumpur than in many other big Asian capitals, but who doesn’t love a freebie? There are plenty of worthwhile attractions in Malaysia's buzzing capital that won’t cost ...
Malaysia and Singapore: travel books to read before you go
From following in the footsteps of Singapore’s founder to one man’s search for the elusive Sumatran rhino, this collection of travel reads offers both ample inspiration for your next trip to Malaysia or Singapore and ...
Langkawi beyond the beach: 9 great reasons to visit the Jewel of Kedah
It has long been known for its exquisite beaches, but, like one of its exotic butterfly species, the Malaysian archipelago of Langkawi is also revealing itself as a holiday destination for visitors looking for more th...