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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Hainan Temple, Penang

A rickshaw passes the ornate entrance of the Hainan Temple in Penang, Malaysia. Read the accompanying post: ‘10 Things To Do in Penang‘. See other Velvet Moments: Impalas at the Serengeti, Tanzania Quebrada de Las Conchas, Argentina Bruges canals, Belgium Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Positano, Italy The Great Ocean Road, Australia

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Ten things to do in Penang

Penang is a turtle-shaped island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is connected to the mainland by the 13 kilometer long Penang Bridge and the 24 kilometer long New Penang Bridge. For centuries, Penang played a strategic role in trading relations between the East and West. In addition to the local Sultans, the […]

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Bayan Indah – a Malaysian culinary retreat

Bayan Indah is a gorgeous villa tucked away in the small Malay community of Sungai Penchala near the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Damansara. Backed by dense, rainforest-covered hills and surrounded by gurgling streams, a large fish pond and aromatic herb gardens, the villa is a serene oasis just 30 minutes outside the centre of Kuala […]

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Enchanting spots: Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang, Malaysia

Penang is an island off the coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is linked to the mainland by one of the longest bridges in the world. The capital of the state of Penang, Georgetown, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For hundreds of years, Penang played an influential role in the trading relations between Europe/Middle East […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Malaysia

An infant orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia. Read the accompanying post: ‘An instant love affair with the orangutans of Sabah‘ See other Velvet moments: Murals of Valparaiso, Chile Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, […]

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A Velvet Escape dining tip: Sage, Kuala Lumpur

A special guest post by @agentcikay. One of my favourite ‘Velvet Escape’ experiences here in Kuala Lumpur is dining at the restaurant Sage. Situated on the roof top of The Garden’s Shopping Mall, this is the place to enjoy haute cuisine at its best. One of the great experiences I had included a personalised lunch […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

The floating villages of Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Read the accompanying post: ‘Plane Views: Kota Kinabalu‘ See other Velvet moments: Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy […]

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Five Malaysian travel and food bloggers to watch

I was in Malaysia recently, among others, to attend an awards ceremony where one of my posts “10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur” won a prize. At the ceremony, I had the privilege to meet many Malaysian bloggers. Blogging is a fast-growing ‘industry’ in Malaysia. Aside from the maze of political blogs, there is […]

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The Kinabatangan river safari

The Kinabatangan River is Malaysia’s second longest river (at 560 kilometers). Located in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo, the Kinabatangan has its origins in the mountains of southwest Sabah and carves its way through some of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world to its mouth in the Sulu Sea. […]

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Plane views: Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Snow Mountains of Papua. This granite massif rises majestically to a height of 4,092m or 13,435ft in the Malaysian state of Sabah, at the northern tip of the island of Borneo. Mt. Kinabalu is a local icon and revered by the indigenous people who […]

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