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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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The orangutans of Sabah

The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary is located near the town of Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, and was established in 1964 as a refuge for orphaned orang utans. Orangutans are primates which live only on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Their DNA is 96.4% similar […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Kuala Lumpur

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Most of us in life, […]

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Plane views: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah which occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. ‘KK’, as the city is locally known, has arguably one of the most beautiful locations of any city in Malaysia. It faces the gorgeous emerald-coloured South China Sea while its harbour is protected by […]

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Shop till you drop in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysians love to shop. I believe the favourite national pastime in the weekends is strolling through one of the many shopping malls. For the locals, it’s a family-outing or a way of spending time with friends. It’s also a great opportunity to people-watch or escape the scorching tropical heat outside! For tourists, Kuala Lumpur is […]

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Plane views: Putrajaya, Malaysia

All flights that approach the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from the north fly over Malaysia’s new administrative capital, Putrajaya. To have the best views, I recommend sitting on the left side of the plane (i.e. row ‘A’). Located approximately 45 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya was built at a tune of $8.1 billion to relieve […]

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Ten things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (map), the capital of Malaysia, is a fascinating city that’s constantly on the move. Anyone planning to spend some time in Southeast Asia should have ‘KL’ on their itinerary. A sleepy capital city until the early-1980’s, Kuala Lumpur grew in leaps and bounds and is now one of the most visited cities in […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Air Asia

What: Nasi lemak Where: On board most Air Asia flights Note: Nasi lemak is a traditional Malaysian dish (some call it the national dish). Nasi lemak literally means ‘creamy rice’. The rice is soaked in coconut milk and cooked. Knots of pandan leaves are added for a wonderful flavour and scent. The rice is served […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Kuala Lumpur

What: Curry laksa Where: Chawan (Kuala Lumpur) Note: Curry laksa is a Malaysian classic. It’s basically a thick, spicy coconut-based broth filled with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts, fried tofu puffs and noodles (I prefer rice vermicelli – meehoon – in my curry laksa). This dish is rapidly gaining popularity around the world (when visiting Australia […]

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Sabah: a nature lover’s paradise

This spectacular corner of Malaysia occupies the northern fringe of the island of Borneo and is blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orang utans; and some of […]

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