For the Love of Nasi Lemak
Oct28

For the Love of Nasi Lemak

I live in the birthplace of one fantastic dish, and it’s one that many have not heard of. Yes, a good old plate of Nasi Lemak. Where am I from? Malaysia. A country that’s filled with different walks of Asians – Indians, Chinese, Punjabis, Malays and a whole number of other races. What makes the country unique is the fact that all come together as one in festivities, cultural celebrations and yes, food. Our national dish has got to be...

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Kuching’s Cat Museum, Malaysia
Mar24

Kuching’s Cat Museum, Malaysia

  Discovering a Different Kind of Kuching Through the Cat Museum I am finally happy. I have found the place where I am no longer ashamed of who I am, and where I am surrounded by the furry creatures that I love without the fear of being branded ‘the crazy cat lady’. The attraction of Kuching for me was not so much its Malay culture and British heritage, its beautiful mosques and temples, its colorful street fare of Jalan India...

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Five Fun Facts About the Maldives
Dec21

Five Fun Facts About the Maldives

What you did not know about the Maldives An Island Paradise worth exploring The Maldives. An archipelago of islands off the southernmost tip of India is for many an idyllic vision of tropical paradise. Small islands, lush with palm trees and fringed by powder white sand, it’s little wonder they’ve been attracting hordes of tourists. Yes, there are plenty of hammocks and cocktails, but there is so much more to these islands...

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More Bangkok for Your Buck
Sep26

More Bangkok for Your Buck

(Jenkintown, Pa., September 21, 2011) – Southeast Asia’s dazzling rainforests, dynamic cities, and exotic culture has made it an alluring destination for travelers from around the globe. Due to distance and cost, this type of Asian vacation has typically been out of reach for most Western travelers. But, Friendly Planet Travel’s all-new 11-day Exotic Borneo and Bangkok tour offers a creative and unique destination...

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The Dragon of Tioman Island
Feb27

The Dragon of Tioman Island

I only noticed the leathery old grandmother much later, when the general hubbub of a boatful of excited tourists had finally mellowed into a peaceful lull, and the munching mouths were silenced by sleep. It was then that I noticed her; a native Malay woman seated across the aisle cradling a boy no older than five. She was very old; a spidery web of wrinkles had spread across her face and her spine was bent, as though she was carrying...

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The World’s Largest Flower, the Rafflesia, in Borneo

Now, I am not particularly green-fingered. Nor am I particularly botanically minded. To tell you the truth, I have never felt the particular urge to drive into the wilderness for several hours in search of a flower before. But this flower was different, some how. Maybe it had something to do with it being the ‘world’s biggest.’ Whenever I am the approximate vicinity of the, ‘worlds biggest,’ something, or the, ‘worlds...

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Happy Merdeka Day

I am sitting in an internet cafe in Philadelphia, checking my email when I received a note from the Malaysian Tourism Board. I almost forgot, Malaysia has just turned fifty! So I wanted to wish all of my Malaysian friends (during my visit last year I had made a couple good friends) a special and wonderful 50th anniversary of independence — it’s a big deal being a fairly new country with 13 states, so of should identify. I...

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Malaysia Everest

Right before I left for my visit to Sweden and Denmark, I showed up bleary-eyed and met Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin. Better known, thankfully, as Qobin, and as “the youngest Muslim, the youngest SE Asian, and the youngest Malaysian” to climb Mount Everest (During our interview I thought he was the youngest man period, sorry for the confusion). I got to him just in time before he officially launched on his bike and run...

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Millions of Colors in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR – His Majesty the King of Malaysia will officially launch Visit Malaysia Year’s Colors of Malaysia celebration this May 26 at Dataran Putrajaya. This year’s theme – Millions of Colors, Millions of Smiles – reflects the joy and splendor of the annual event, especially in light of Malaysia’s 50th year of anniversary. Colors of Malaysia will kick off in style and pomp later this month with food promotions,...

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Getting in Touch with Borneo (video podcast)

Today Devin gets in the know with some folks at Malaysian Tourism. Specifically, focusing on the island of Borneo and some of the native culture found there. Don’t miss the pouring of Teh Tarik (stretch tea), Borneo Native costumes, and target practice with a blow dart. Another Wayfarer Digital production for In The Know Traveler. For more on destinations in the Malaysia at ITKT. Remember all of our videos require Quick Time 7.0...

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