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Malaysia’s contribution to the UNESCO world heritage site list includes 2 cultural sites in the Peninsular and a national park each in Borneo’s Sabah and Sarawak States. A further 2 candidates in the tentative section adds a second national park in Sarawak plus the famous Taman Negara in West Malaysia. Considering the country’s rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes that’s…

Following on from our recent aerial pix of Penang’s George Town post here’s a few shots of some of the lovingly restored buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at street level. Actually, first up – the 19th century Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Leith Street is probably the most iconic of George Town’s Chinese heritage buildings & certainly one…

Situated in eastern Sabah State, inland from the Malaysian coastal town of Lahad Datu, the magnificent Danum Valley is one Borneo’s best preserved stands of primary rain-forest. It comprises of nearly 450 sq kms of lush, lowland tropical forest – sadly increasingly rare with the predominance of oil palms in the local economy. Danum is particularly rich in flora and…

Many thanks to Dom at Fieldskills for this interesting article on an unusual subject – building bridges for orang-utans in Borneo’s Sabah State! Conservation, green tourism, adventure travel and sustainability are often concepts mentioned in the same breath but actually making them work successfully together can be very difficult.  Fieldskills is an expedition travel and training business with offices in…

Brand new itinerary for the autumn and winter of 2011m beginning in KL and finishing in Bangkok and taking in some of the most exciting and picturesque parts of Malaysia and Southern Thailand : You’ll discover an exciting mixture of cultures; some awesome scenery, fascinating tropical flora and fauna, delicious local food and lots of friendly people. Visit the vibrant…

The Perhentian Islands – good excuse for a few pretty beach pix! We’re delighted to announce that our award winning Malaysia ‘Coast to Coast‘ tour, (Tourism Malaysia best escorted tour 2003), now includes an escorted 3 day, 3 night stay on these fabulous islands. Located off the coast of N.E. Malaysia in Terrengannu State and usually reached by boat from…

Fascinating article by Angela Dennis on the Penan ethnic group of Borneo. Picnic with the Penan. A unique travel option for adventurous tourists through some of the last intact forest in Borneo, guided by the Island’s only traditionally nomadic indigenous people, the Penan. While many visitors to Borneo take in a longhouse visit, tasting traditional Iban or Kenyah hospitality, very…

Thanks to Sandra in Mulu and our colleagues at Fieldskills for this great shot of the famous Deer Cave in Mulu National Park in Malaysia’s Sarawak State. Now whether it’s still the world’s largest cave is a subject of hot debate and all depends upon what type of cave one’s talking about anyway, but it is certainly one of the…

Couple more cookery articles we liked; – this one from the Guardian on the amazing diversity of Malaysian food is spot on, though we reckon it’s actually even more diverse than they make out! The point about the ethnic Chinese or Indian communities in Malaysia is that they come from all over China or the subcontinent. Most UK cities have…

Easy to overlook Brunei – a tiny country squeezed between the two Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak with a population slightly less than downtown Bristol. Capital is Bandar Seri Begawan – a forgettable name for a rather forgettable town, though it may be worth remembering for geography sections of pub quizzes? Not an unpleasant spot but anywhere where you…

Well fair enough that weather conditions across Northern Europe are worse than usual but isn’t there anything to be done to prevent many of Europe’s busiest airports, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, etc, grinding to complete halts? What’s the problem – lack of snow-ploughs, not enough plane de-icing liquid apparently in the case of Heathrow, insufficient grit? (do you…

One of the lovingly restored old buildings in Georgetown’s Chinatown. As well as the extensive Chinatown area, which incorporates Little India, there’s plenty of Victorian era British colonial buildings such as the old Penang Town hall, Fort Cornwallis, St George’s Church, Penang Museum etc as well as the fascinating old Chinese clan jetties along the east shore of Georgetown.

A splendid each on Perhentian Besar, (big island) in Malaysia’s Terengganu State. (Not an easy one to spell that!) Bit of a blatant effort to rustle up some frozen customers from the Arctic wastes of Europe though it seems like getting planes to anywhere else is a bit problematic at the moment! Also have to confess that the pic is…

The Danum Valley, Sabah State, Borneo, Malaysia. Awesome photographic contribution by All Points East, Malaysia manager and tour-leader Marc Modin. During a night trek in Sabah’s fabulous Danum Valley Marc came across this brilliantly coloured, sleeping kingfisher – probably a Brown-winged Kingfisher but impossible to say for sure from this angle! The remote Danum Valley Forest Reserve is one of…