Why Penang is The Perfect Place for Us

Before making the move to Malaysia back in 2000, Gerry Steiert, 58, and his family had never been overseas. “We had no idea what to expect,” admits Gerry’s wife, Beth, “but we all fell in love with Penang.” The Steierts initially planned to stay for just a year but ended up staying for nine. They then spent time working in schools in Thailand and Saudi Arabia, but Penang was never far from their thoughts…or hearts.

Things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos: Kuang Si Waterfalls

“Drink this and go make babies,” said the security guard at the top of the Kuang Si waterfall as he handed my husband and I a shot of the local homemade hooch, Lao-Lao. Apparently, the stuff is good for everything; sore joints, asthma, eczema but especially if you want to make babies as we learned from every person that offered us a shot. By this time in our trip to Luang Prabang, I had already heard that multiple times...

Penang Festivals

Malaysians love a good party! Give them any reason to have a celebration and everyone will attend. Penang, an island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is a multicultural island with a blend of Malays, Chinese and Indians. It’s normal to see all three of these ethnicities dining side by side, walking to school together, shopping at the wet market, living daily life together...

Golf in Malaysia

With more than 200 golf courses found throughout Malaysia, it’s easy to plan a golfing holiday. The only challenge is picking which course suits your needs. Unlike many countries in Asia, the green fees in Malaysia remain very affordable. Enjoy a round in the cooler hill towns surrounded by tea plantations… in the middle of the jungle on a tropical island…

A Guide to Grocery Shopping in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Great supermarkets may not seem like a luxury when you’re living in Australia because they are everywhere; they’re the norm. But once you move to another country, things might not be the same. In Penang, Malaysia, where I live, it’s all about the wet market, a local market where you’ll find the freshest produce, chicken, fish, eggs and some sundries...

Penang Attractions

Penang might be a small island, but it is jammed with things to see. Many people come to the island to eat; the street food is some of the best in Asia and no visit to Penang is complete without overeating. However, in between stuffing yourself on plates of noodles and rich mutton curries, you’ve got to do something, right? Walk off some of your calories with this list of things to see and places to visit…

Top 5 Things to Do in Penang for Nature Lovers

Penang is known for its street food and UNESCO heritage architecture and shophouses. But most people don’t realise that there is more to this little island than tasty noodles and rich history; it’s for nature lovers as well. So, when you’ve had enough of temple hopping and garlic fumes wafting out of woks, when you feel like reconnecting with nature, here is where to go...

Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Drive north along the coast of Penang Island, approximately one hour from the Penang International Airport, and you’ll arrive in the beach resort of Batu Ferringhi. Its popularity with tourists means a high concentration of likely bars and restaurants. It’s also where you can ride a horse along the beach, go parasailing at sunset or sit back with a bucket of beers and watch the world go by...

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