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Aug 28, 2013

Cooking class in Penang

There's little doubt Penang is one of Asia's great food havens. And for the Penangians it seems the quality and quantity is never enough. But how to bring this experience back home?

Easy! Follow one (or more) of Nazlina's cooking classes in downtown George Town! Click on the link or on the photo below for more info.

Nasi Lemak 

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Aug 15, 2013

Local river fishing around Lumut

One of the more interesting things to do around Lumut is river fishing. It's particularly interesting to see what the river still offers (and it's not always optimistic, trust me here). But what can you expect? Here's the story:

The nets are pulled in, now it's time to check what the catch is

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Aug 07, 2013

Diving at Perhentian Kecil

This page described several great diving spots at Perhentian Kecil written by Annuar Abdullah, a very experienced diver who has worked more then 17 years at Perhentian.

diving in Komodo, published by Imran Ahmad

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Jun 29, 2013

More photos of Nazlina's Cooking Class in Penang

Over the last 3 years I have made countless photos of Nazlina's cooking class in Penang because Nazlina asked me frequently to join her class either to help her out or just to come and make photos. This page contains a selection of photos we think are worth to show you.


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Jun 28, 2013

Change in dates for Nazlina's Penang Cooking Class

Due to family circumstances, Nazlina has decided to skip for the next months (until October) the Saturday classes. Her cooking classes at Nazlina Spice Staion will continue as always on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday plus the Saturday night Malay dinners can still be booked!

So there is still plenty of time to enjoy a class with Nazlina at 71 Stewart Lane in George Town!

Penang Cooking Class
Cooking Traditional Food Class

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Jun 25, 2013

Diving in Langkawi

When the east coast islands are closed due to monsoon season, diving in Langkawi, or better, Pulau Payar, continues. It's not the same, of course, few places in the world rival the east coast. Yet, Pulau Payar, easily accessible from Langkawi is a good option to explore the underwater world of west coast Malaysia.

Butterfly fish

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Jun 25, 2013

Teluk Intan

Teluk Intan, south of Pangkor on the way to Klang and Kuala Lumpur is a mostly forgotten city by travelers. That's really not fair as Teluk Intan has its share of heritage. If you have the time, vist the city for at least a day before traveling further south, you won't regret it.

Teluk Intan Perak

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Jun 21, 2013

Hiking in Penang: Moongate to 84

This is a popular and not too difficult hike you can do on your own. Of course, if you want a guide, we can offer you the service. However, if you want to do it on your own, read this page and enjoy hiking.

Moongate to 84
A more moderate part of the Moongate to 84 trail.

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Jun 13, 2013

Hiking tours in Penang

Penang is one of the major tourist attractions in Malaysia. Many visit Penang for its food, culture or heritage and beaches.

Few realize there is some awesome nature to explore too. Thus we have set up 3 incredible tours in and around the Botanical Gardens in Penang. Click on the photo or the link to see the details of these tours and book!

Mushrooms to be found in the forest of Botanical Gardens

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Jun 11, 2013

Wildlife in Malaysia

What can you find in Malaysia? People know about tigers, orang utans, elephants and hornbills but there is a lot more (besides tiger and elephants are so rare these days few people see them. Here is some literature to help you finding the best spots and the most interesting animals.

Jun 07, 2013

Genting Highlands

The picturesque setting, the stunning views, topped by a beautifully landscaped lake, make it a perfect family outing in the Genting Highlands!

Cable car, Kuala Lumpur

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May 30, 2013

Wildlife at Pangkor

Any wildlife to explore at Pangkor? Absolutely. Most travelers see the hornbills, monkeys and maybe monitor lizards but there is more, much more. Especially if you go into the jungle.

crested argus feather
A rare specimen of wildlife at Pangkor, the tail feather of the Crested Argus

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May 26, 2013

Kellies Castle

Kellies Castle is often referred to Malaysia's Taj Mahal. It's more the story than the building, of course. It's castle worth visiting but no match (again of course) for the Taj Mahal. Here's the story and how to get there...

Kellies Castle, Ipoh

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May 22, 2013

Balik Pulau, a complete different face of Penang

Penang has many faces. The most well known are the beaches, the heritage, the food but did you know there is a complete different kind of face few travelers see? It's the face of the rural countryside, which lies in the south west of the island, just about half an hour from the busy city center of George Town or Batu Ferringhi.

Pulau Betong
Pulau Betong near Balik Pulau Balik Pulau

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May 13, 2013

Nipah Guesthouse Pangkor

It's still my favorite guesthouse at Pangkor. Cottages are great, breakfast is good but the new addition, the pool makes it all perfect! Book now!

Nipah Guesthouse Pangkor Island
The brand new swimming pool!

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May 07, 2013

Worldwide diving packages

More diving packages available all over the world, click here to check out diving in Thailand, Maldives, Red Sea, Great Barrier Reef and many more.

Diving at Perhentian Islands

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May 06, 2013

Sightseeing in Malacca - Tour from Kuala Lumpur

The tour starts in Kuala Lumpur and shows you all the main historical buildings in Malacca including the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, the Dutch Stadthuys, Christchurch and much more.


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May 03, 2013

Playing golf in Pangkor: Damai Laut Golf & Country Club

It's the only place to play golf in the Pangkor area. But what a place it is! The Damai Laut is a really cool 5 star international golf course. No golf lover should ignore the Damai Laut Golf & Country Club which is part of Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut.

Damai Laut Golg course

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May 02, 2013

Payar and Langkawi Islands Leisurely Cruise

Visit Pulau Payar for some amazing snorkeling in crystal clear water in this one day tour. It's a very enjoyable boat cruise to a beautiful and quiet spot in between Penang and Langkawi.

Butterfly fish

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Apr 28, 2013

Traveling to Pangkor

So here is all you need to know how to travel to Pangkor, regardless your preference, air, car, bus, taxi, heck even by bicycle!

Flying to Pangkor
Some fine views when flying along Malaysia's west coast.

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Apr 19, 2013

Malacca, UNESCO World Heritage City

I know you know, it's one of Malaysia's prime tourist destinations but where to stay? Or better, where to stay cheaply and still comfortable? I've sorted it out for you:


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Apr 13, 2013

Flying to Malaysia

Malaysia has one of the main transport hubs in Asia (together with Bangkok, Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Thus it's not for nothing you can easily find your way to the country. And if you travel in Asia, AirAsia flies from many Asian destinations to Kuala Lumpur.

Airasia flies cheap all over Asia
Flying in Asia with Airasia

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Apr 12, 2013

cycling and motorcycling at Pangkor

Get a motorbike or bicycle and explore Pangkor. The island small enough to get around on your own. And it's good fun. Here's what you can expect.

Around Pangkoron motorbike or bicycle

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Apr 09, 2013


One of the prime holiday destinations in Malaysia is of course Langkawi. There are unrivaled beaches and more. Here's an overview of what the island offers:

The beach of Tanjung Rhu

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Apr 05, 2013

Pangkor Laut

No introduction necessary, Pangkor Laut is one of those world famous spectacular hotel island resorts that need no further introduction. If you however have no heard of Pangkor Laut... check this page (click on the photo)

View from Pangkor Laut to Pulau Pangkor

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Apr 02, 2013

Golden Sands Resort Penang

The Golden Sands Resort is truly a great family hotel. You and your partner explore the heritage, the food and the other exciting things of Penang, your children have the day(s) of their life in and around the hotel in one of the many pools and busy with one of the many activities organized by the hotel staff. Your children are 100% safe!

Golden Sands Resort Penang

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Mar 27, 2013

The turtles in Segari

Anyone visiting Pangkor island should visit Segari's Turtle Management Station because it is doomed to be destroyed by heavy industry. If you have never seen turtles (and tortoises) close, have them in your hands, this is your change. See the few left over turtles in Malaysia... trust me, it will be a life changing experience.

Turtle Management Center

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Mar 21, 2013

Teambuilding in the Pangkor area

We have a great set of activities to get your team closer and working better than ever. We offer teambuilding for schools and organizations in the jungle of Pangkor and Lumut.

Team Building: canoeing

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Mar 18, 2013

The ferry to Pangkor

The ferry to Pangkor is for many years operational. Every 30 minutes or so it leaves from Lumut. Nowadays there's a new ferry from the Marina Island too but this requires you to have your own transport.

And the price for the return ticket is still the same as when I came the first time to Pangkor in 2003. Some things seems not to change:)

Mesra ferry to Pangkor

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Mar 06, 2013

All the bus info for Lumut and Pangkor

Pangkor is very well connected to the rest of Malaysia. There are many buses to Kuala Lumpur and Penang but the local service was until recent quite so-so. Fortunately that now is also improved. Travelers can find a bus from Lumut/Seri Manjung to for example Teluk Batik, a beach in the past unreachable by public transport. Here is much more:

Bas Rakyat, Seri Manjung to Lumut and Teluk Batik

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Mar 03, 2013

The mangrove forest at Taman Paya Bakau

Most travelers do not visit Taman Paya Bakau unless they have their own transport. It's a bit far out of Lumut and walking there is too much, so you need a taxi. But it's worth the effort going and learn something about the importance of the mangrove forests of north west Malaysia.

High water in Taman Paya Bakau... a beautiful view

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Feb 20, 2013

Hidden beach Teluk Segadas

One of the more forgotten and hidden beaches of Pangkor: Teluk Segadas. Why? No proper road connects the beach to any other place at Pangkor. It's only a small jungle path that takes you in 20 minutes or so to the beach. There's no restaurant, no hotel or other facilities available. And THAT makes the beach just as special...

Low tide in the morning. Teluk Segadas

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Feb 19, 2013

Damai Laut Golf & Country Club

It's the only place in the Pangkor surrounding where you can play golf. The international standard golf course, designed and build by world famous golf course designer Ronald Fream is the place to be. Pangkor is of course nearby ... just opposite the course.

Damai Laut Golg course

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Feb 15, 2013

Diving at Pangkor

Pangkor might not be the right place to dive but Sembilan Island, a group of small inhabited islands certainly is worth exploring. I did here my first dives and so can you enjoy Pangkor ... it's certainly worth the effort!

Diving at Pangkor, Sembiland Islands

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Feb 04, 2013

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is always a big festival, all over the world but in countries with a larger Chinese population, it's even more evident. Penang has a population of 40% Chinese so it's clear this is where the party is... Here is my report about 2010. Needless to say this year, the year of the Snake will be again a big party.

88 Drummers, Chinese New Year 2010
88 Drummers at the Chinese New Year Penang in front of the Masjid Kapitan Kling

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Jan 26, 2013

This weekend ... Thaipusam

This weekend ... Thaipusam, one of the great festivals in Malaysia. I wrote several pages about it for my Pangkor site ... if you are in Penang or KL, go for it... a life time even... and yes, it happens all over Malaysia but Penang and KL are the biggest places

Thaipusam Penang 2009

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Jan 23, 2013

Lumut Heritage, the remains of the Lumut heritage are a bit difficult to find

Lumut Heritage, the remains of the Lumut heritage are a bit difficult to find

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Jan 23, 2013

The mangrove forest of Kuala Sepetang

One of the most underrated tourist attractions of Malaysia can be found near Taiping in Kuala Sepetang. Kuala Sepetang does get some local travelers visiting. They visit the mangrove forest by walking into it, visit a charcoal factory and some even take a boat by the forest department to see the village from the water. Yet, the single best part of the mangrove forest is ... the mangrove forest. I've been many times deep in the mangrove swamps... and this is where you should go.

Kuala Sepetang Matang mangrove forest

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Jan 22, 2013

Kinta Valley: Kampar

One of the lesser visited areas in Perak is the Kinta valley. It's a former mining area and the remains can be seen even today. Kampar is the center of the valley and from here you can visit for example the Gua Tempurung Caves and new Tin Mining Museum...

Kampar, Malim Nawar lakes
Former tin mines, now popular fishing lakes, here in Malim Nawar

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Jan 21, 2013

Play golf at Chinese New Year

Hmm, you like to play golf and you want to come to Pangkor/Perak? You better book right now. There are still rooms available at the Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut but I do not know for how long ...

Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut

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Jan 20, 2013

The Pangkor maps and the maps of Malaysia

Pangkor maps and map of Malaysia, we have included a detailed map of Pangkor Island for your convenience.

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Jan 11, 2013

3 days trip to Pangkor from Kuala Lumpur

Pangkor island 3-day trip from Kuala Lumpur includes 2 night stay in 4 star hotel, tour on the island and more.

Pulau Giam with Coral Bay in the background

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Dec 29, 2012

(Motor) Cycling on the Perak Mainland: Around Damar Laut

Get a motorbike or bicycle and explore the area around Lumut. There's more than enough to keep you busy for even a couple of days. And all is without a few km from Lumut (or inside Lumut town, of course), here is more:

Kampong Sitiawan

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Dec 25, 2012

Blue Bay Resort Lumut apartments

Blue Bay apartments in Lumut.

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Dec 23, 2012

Last minute hotels at Pangkor

Looking for a last minute hotel at Pangkor? Try This link and search...

Pasir Bogak

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Dec 16, 2012

Visit the Perak Mainland

So, you are coming to Pangkor for the Christmas holidays? Here's some ideas for a daytrip to the mainland and visit some awesome sights in the area:

Ipoh, Sam Poh Tong temple complex, here Ling Sen Tong cave temple
The huge Sam Poh Tong temple complex, here Ling Sen Tong cave temple

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Dec 05, 2012

Coral Bay Resort

One of the better and very popular hotels at Pangkor is the Coral Bay Resort. If you intend to spend Christmas at Pangkor at the Coral Bay, you better book right now before it is fully booked. Every year we get queries from people at the last moment and we have to disappoint them. So book now and have happy holidays:)!

Coral Bay Resort

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Dec 04, 2012

Teambuilding in Pangkor, Lumut, Taiping and Teluk Batik

Explore your limits with Explore the Wilderness. We're based in Sitiawan and offer a wide scope of team building activities in the jungle of Teluk Batik, Lumut and Pangkor plus, ecology camps in and around Taiping including the Gua Tempurung Caves and Kuala Sepetang mangrove forests. It's all about having fun!

Team building at pangkor, at the beach of Teluk Batik

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Dec 03, 2012

Accommodation in Pangkor

Christmas is coming. We're approaching the holiday season now very quickly. If you haven't booked your holiday, you have to do it right now. Typically all hotels at Pangkor are fully booked so you have to be quick.

Pasir Bogak

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