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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

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…

From Mumbai/Bombay to Beijing/Peking, cities, and other geographical features for that matter, are rushing to shed their colonial era names and adopt what we’re led to believe are traditional, pre-colonial versions before oppressive imperialists forced the suffering locals to spell Melaka with an A and two Cs. Yes it can a bit of a goldmine for those of a cynical…

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…

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.

Nyonya – Baba Nyonya, ‘Straights Chinese’ – i.e. the people/culture derived from descendants of Chinese – principally Hokkien – settlers in the ports on Malaya’s Malacca Straights coast.  They established themselves as traders in British colonial outposts such as Singapore, Malacca, (Melaka), and Penang as well as Sabah, Sarawak and Dutch settlements in Indonesia, during the 16th and 17th centuries…