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Kuching, Malaysia Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions

16 Nov

Kuching, officially the City of Kuching, and formerly the City of Sarawak, is the capital and most populous city of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. The city covers an area of 719 sq miles (1,863 km²). Kuching is one of the two subsets of the Kuching Proper subdistrict, the other subset being part of the Padawan municipality. Kuching Proper is one of the three subdistricts in the Kuching District, which is one of the three districts in the Kuching Division.
The most important places to visit in Kuching are: Kubah National Park, Fairy Cave, Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Sarawak Orchid Garden, Chinese Museum, Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching Esplanade, Wind Cave, The Old Courthouse, Matang Wildlife Centre and many more.
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Travel From Thailand To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia With The Rawfoodfamily

16 Nov


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Enjoy one of the most beautiful cities on earth – Kuala Lumpur – see through the eyes of Ka Sundance and his family.



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Insider’s Guide to Malaysia’s Best Beaches

4 Mar

I’ll let you in on a secret…

Thailand is not the only country in southeast Asia with stunning beaches. Malaysia has dozens of tiny islands on both the east and west coasts that rival the beauty of southern Thailand. Plus, the beaches in Malaysia have the added advantage of being relatively unknown (read: cheaper, less crowded, more unspoilt).

Best Malaysia beaches

One of Malaysia’s best beaches. Photo credit: Nicolas Lannuzel on Flickr

One important fact to keep in mind when planning a trip to any Malaysian beach is the monsoon season – do not visit the east coast of Malaysia between November and March, unless you like rain. Lots of rain. That one caveat aside, here are my top picks for a beach-hopping Malaysian adventure.

Best Beaches: East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Malaysia’s east coast is the top spot to catch some rays for those living in Kuala Lumpur (KL) – it’s cheap and easy to reach by plane on one of the country’s budget airlines, even for just a long weekend. The water is crystal clear, the beaches are powdery soft and blindingly white. My favorites on the east coast are:

Redang Beach, beautiful beach in Malaysia

The clear waters of Redang Beach. Photo credit: Nicolas Lannuzel on Flickr

Redang. The most expensive of the east coast islands, Redang is truly paradise. Very few Malaysians actually live on the island, so you pretty much have the whole place to yourself. Snorkeling is available off any beach; if you’re lucky, you might even see some sea turtles. Redang is well known as a turtle sanctuary, they usually lay their eggs on Turtle Beach on the north of the island. Berjaya Air makes it very easy to get to Redang from KL’s Subang airport (a 45-minute flight, and you’re on the beach within five minutes of arriving).

Beach on the Perhentian Islands

One of the famously beautiful beaches of the Perhentian Islands. Photo credit: Nguy?n Thành Lam via Flickr.

Perhentian Islands. A selection of smaller islands just north of Redang, the Perhentians are very popular with budget travelers. The beaches are totally unspoilt, with a wide variety of beach huts right on the shore, for just the right price. A favorite for diving and snorkeling, the Perhentians are a great place to earn your scuba diving certificate.

Clear water at a Tioman Island beach

Crystal clear waters of Tioman Island. Photo credit: Peter Gronemann via Flickr.

Tioman Island. Part of Malaysia’s protected marine park islands, Tioman is a snorkeling and divers paradise. The abundant coral reefs off the northern coast of the island are home to a huge variety of colorful tropical fish within easy reach of the shore. Tioman is quite close to Singapore, towards the south of Malaysia’s east coast and sees quite a few tourists from both Singapore and Malaysia each year. You will find larger, more budget-friendly hotels all around this popular island. Berjaya Air offers quick and easy flights directly to Tioman or you can take the bus to the coast, and then a ferry to the island.

Best Beaches: West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Langkawi. Malaysia’s duty-free island, Langkawi is the most touristy and lively island on the west coast. Although the beaches aren’t quite as beautiful as those on the east coast, there is a much wider variety of hotels, restaurants, and shops on this tourist hot spot. Langkawi beaches have the added advantage of being available all year round – no monsoon closures for this northern island.

View of Langkawi from the cable car

Langkawi cable car. Photo credit: AndyLawson

The island is big enough for more than just beach sports, which make it especially attractive for more active travelers. There is a beautiful hike up to the Seven Wells (waterfalls) on the north of the island or the absolutely beautiful cable car ride up to the top of the highest mountain on Langkawi – providing breathtaking views of the ocean and nearby islands. Langkawi is also home to the most luxurious hotels Malaysia has to offer – the Datai and the Four Seasons. If you’re looking for a weekend of pampering, look no further than the beautiful island of Langkawi.

Beach and boats on Pangkor Island

Boats on the beach on Pangkor Island. Photo credit: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr.

Pangkor Island. Although not the most beautiful of Malaysian beaches, Pangkor is within an easy drive from KL – a great option for a weekend escape. There are several large hotels around Pangkor Island, but most expats opt for the Pangkor Beach Resort. If you’re looking to splurge, Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island resort with stunning over-water bungalows, 5-star service, and door-to-door transportation included. An easy weekend get-away from the hustle and bustle of KL.

Similajau National Park, Golden Beach, Borneo

Golden Beach at Similajau National Park. Photo credit: Paul White via Flickr.

Borneo. The island of Borneo, shared between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia is quickly becoming a hot spot for well-traveled divers. On the west coast of Borneo, Turtle Beach and Golden Beach are part of the Similajau National Park. Both beaches are turtle nesting grounds, within a larger nature reserve full of tropical wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls and plenty of animal residents. The natural parks of Sarawak are the perfect place to enjoy an invigorating jungle trek, bird watching, or just relaxing on the many perfect beaches.

School of fish seen while scuba diving in Sipidan

The waters around Sipidan are some of the best in the world for Scuba diving. Photo credit: Jenny via Flickr.

Sipadan, on the east coast of Borneo, is one of the top dive spots in the world, by far the best in Malaysia. The island is an environmental reserve area so there are limits to the number of visitors per day. Diving in Sipadan is an amazing experience – you may see schools of greenback and hawksbill turtles, barracuda, manta rays, even hammerhead and whale sharks! The island is best for diving, rather than snorkeling or sunbathing, so make sure you plan in advance for a full-on diving experience.

Travel Tips & Precautions

Burau Bay, Langkawi, Malaysia beach sunset

And don’t forget your camera! Photo credit: Khalzuri Yazid via Flickr.

Not to sound like your mother, but…

  • Pack plenty of sunblock. While sunblock should be available at most resorts, some hotels on the smaller islands can be understocked. Since Malaysia isn’t far from the equator, just a few minutes in the midday sun can leave you scorched.
  • Bring mosquito repellent and walking shoes. Even if you plan to vegetate on the beach every day, you might find yourself trekking through Malaysia’s abundant and colorful rain forest at some point.
  • Don’t lose your cool. As in most Asian societies, Malaysian culture values polite interactions which allow both parties to “save face”. Courteous persistence with resort staff or locals will probably get you further than getting visibly upset. Note that Islamic tradition dictates that you should hand things to Malays using your right hand, not your left.
  • Safeguard your valuables. Regardless of how secure your resort might seem, tourists’ piles of expensive cameras and telephones can be tempting to locals, and things do occasionally go missing. Use the safe in your room, or leave valuables at the hotel desk, and keep an eye on your goods while bathing.

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Fish Foot Spa Treatment, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

21 Jan

The idea of having a beauty treatment date with a school of flesh eating fish scared me a little.

Childhood piranha nightmares coming true.

Apparently the latest fashion in pedicures is to have a fish foot spa treatment.

That’s right. A fish foot pedicure.

It’s the best form of exfoliation around apparently. Just put your crusted and caked up feet into a pond of flesh eating fish and when you pull them back out again they’ll be smooth and ready to show off in your best pair of heels.

Problem is you have to be able to withstand hundreds of tiny little mouths feasting on your feet.

And they feast alright.

Their bulging eyes poke out of the water like a crocodile on watch, while their mouths open wide and close again in anticipation of the dead skin to come. I swear some of them were turning into flying fish just to get at my feet.

Why would another living thing want to eat dead skin?

That is all I could think about as a I slowly lowered my feet inside the fish foot spa.

Well they weren’t really lowered, they were pushed down by my traavellign companion, Thang. He found it hilarious and wanted to capture my reaciton on video.

Fish foot spa treatment

I have really ticklish feet and they went into overdrive when all those little mouths lurched onto my feet and began nibbling.

It was gross.

They were slimy and wiggly and were pushing each other out of the way for the chance to amke me feel squirmish and sick.

I could only stand it for a minute at time before taking them out and having them pushed back in again. I couldn’t believe the calm composure of the people around me while I squirmed and squealed and giggled.

(Thang thought he was funny capturing it on video for all of you tube to see. Little did he know I had my own camera spies out filming myself, but also sneaking in footage of how much he enjoyed it!)

Press play to see our reactions to the flesh eating fish foot spa treatment in action.

Pretty disgusting right?

Do you think you could handle the fish foot spa treatment?

Or have you already had the fish pedicure?

P.S. After having the flesh eating fish devour my feet I learned what a unhygenic practice this is. Germs can be easily spread from one foot to the other. So please save yourself some infectious diseases by avoiding fish spa treatments. I really don’t think you are missing much anyway.

I traveled to Malaysia courtesy of Malaysia Airlines & Tourism Malaysia.

Fish Foot Spa Treatment, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

The Radar: Go Galápagos, Malaysian Street Cuisine, Swiss Train Hopping

21 Jan

There's more to the Galapagos than wildlife, but the wildlife is out of this world. (Photograph by Louise Marie Holst, My Shot)

  • If you want to see exotic wildlife, the Galápagos Islands are a sure bet. But there’s much, much more to this unique ecosystem. Find out what you’re missing, and start planning your trip. [Lonely Planet]
  • If you’re looking for traditional, authentic, and delicious Malaysian food, there’s really no substitute for Kuala Lumpur’s street food scene. Check out this handy guide and start salivating. [Matador Network]
  • Traveling by train isn’t my favorite way to get around, but watching this awe-inspiring video of one person’s journey along Switzerland’s scenic rail route just might have made me change my tune. [Gadling]


The Radar: Go Galápagos, Malaysian Street Cuisine, Swiss Train Hopping