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  • Penang For A Short Getaway? 8 Dishes You Need To Try!

    "Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is endlessly delicious." Or so we have heard. When it comes to traditional cuisine, you cannot let your thoughts dictate your hunger. Rich in flavor, abundant in taste and texture, traditional food is anything but boring. It fills your stomach with deliciously prepared meals and embarks you on a culinary discovery. And what could be better than discovering traditional food in its hometown? Whether you're having a quick bite or just need something to munch on, don't forget to try these dishes while you're in Penang. via GIPHY 1. Char Koay Teow Credit: Wok & Skillet Meet the national favorite dish in Malaysia and Singapore. The Char Koay Teow is a minute preparation of flat rice noodles and shrimps. This dish is the perfect equilibrium between sauces, textures, and taste. It combines a number of fresh ingredients which can also be topped with duck eggs for more taste. We recommend the Sany Char Koay Teow Basah. Address: Jalan Tokong Ular, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau PinangContact: +60 19-456 5493Operating Hours: 4PM to 2.30AM (Mon-Sun) 2. Popiah Fresh spring rolls filled with radish, fresh veggies and a sweet sauce added to it. There are two types to popiah, one being fried ad the other comes in a wrap, also known as Popiah Basah. However, you can't claim to have eaten popiah if you haven't added crab meat with it. Address: Jalan Dato Keramat, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, MalaysiaOperating Hours: 2PM to 10PM (Fri-Wed | Closed on Thursdays) 3. Roti Canai (Malaysian Flatbread) Credit: Wikipedia Now, this is the most popular street food you'll find across Malaysia. Crispy, chewy and best served hot, the Roti Canai is basically a flatbread but unlike any flatbread, you might have tasted so far. The Roti Canai is prepared with coconut water which gives it quite an exotic taste. The bonus point with this flatbread is that it can accompany almost any Asian meal. So, don't be afraid to take a bite. Our recommendation to you is the Roti Canai found at Argyll Road.Address: Jalan Argyll, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau PinangOperating Hours: 6AM to 12.30PM (Mon-Sun) 4. Chicken 75 Credit: DEEN MAJU on Facebook When you're stopping by Penang, there will be one place you'll definitely need to go to grab a meal, and that is Deen's Maju Nasi Kandar. With amazing service and dishes at the disposal of its clients, Deen Maju has earned its glorious reputation through its tasteful dishes and especially the Chicken 75. Rated as one of the best dishes in Penang, the Chicken 75 is a dish prepared with 15 different spices which give a greater taste and flavor to the plate. Address: 170, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, MalaysiaContact: +60 12-425 2421Operating Hours: 2.30PM to 11PM (Mon-Sat | Closed on Sundays) 5. Mee Goreng Spice lovers, brace yourselves! Here comes the plat de résistance for you! Born from a fusion of Indian and Muslim dishes, the Mee Goreng is a proportionate serving of noodles, cuttlefish, potatoes and bean sprouts which are stir-fried and delightfully seasoned with tomato, chili and soy sauce in order to amplify the taste. For this dish, you gotta try the Hameed Pata Mee Sotong. Address: 19, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau PinangContact: +60 13-431 9384Operating Hours: 24 Hours (Daily) 6. Penang Rojak A very representative dish of the different flavors and textures available. The Penang Rojak is a delightful mixture of bean curds, fritters, bean sprouts, cuttlefish and a wide variety of fruits generously topped with a thick peanut syrup. This dish promises to be an explosion of flavors in your mouth and make you discover the creativity behind the Malay cuisine. 7. Penang Teochew Chendul Credit: Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul on Facebook Sweet and unique in taste, that's how we'd describe this popular sweet dish. The Penang Teochew Chendul is a unique composition of shaved ice, accompanied with green rice flour jelly, red beans and fresh coconut milk topped with sugar syrup. It's certainly not your usual Ben&Jerry chocolate ice cream, but it has got awesome flavors and colors you need to dive for, especially during the hot, humid days! And we recommend you to try the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul. Address: Various LocationsContact: +60 4-262 6002Operating Hours: 10.30AM to 7PM (Mon-Fri)                                  10AM to 7.30PM (Sat & Sun)Website | Facebook 8. Apom Manis Credit: Choo Choy May on Malay Mail Crispy on the outside and soft and chew on the inside. The Apom Manis is very similar to the crepe, except it has a soft center. Just like how you can fill your crepe with Nutella or even strawberries, the Apom Manis can be sweet or sour depending upon your liking. Whether you're in a rush or you just need some grab on snack to munch on, the Apom Manis is the ideal treat for you. Penang Famous Apom Manis Address: 7, 1, Lorong Kuching, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, MalaysiaOperating Hours: 8.30AM to 1PM (Mon-Sat | Closed on Sundays) Enjoy the awesomeness of each plate and delve into a world of love and food. After all, there is no love sincerer than the love of food....

  • 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia Perfect For Your Getaway!

    Great food, a bustling city, idyllic villages, little island paradises, beautiful beaches, and amazing hilly rainforests, Malaysia has it all! If you are starting to plan for your honeymoon, Malaysia should be number one on your list! There are many ideal honeymoon destinations in Malaysia, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with what the country has to offer. Whether you love adventure or calm peaceful getaways, Malaysia has just the right place for you. via GIPHY Surrounded by luxury resorts, this country houses resorts that offer 5-star quality service right at your doorstep. While these may sound expensive, some high-end hotels and resorts have great honeymoon packages to offer which are affordable and are within anyone’s price range. So put away your travel blues and read our list of 5 must-visit honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Where the old meets new — Kota Kinabalu is a mix of modern malls and expensive apartments surrounding old markets selling fresh seafood by the fishermen themselves. It is an exciting culinary scene which spans street stalls to high-end cuisine, along with burgeoning art and music culture! All while fiery sunsets watch over this exciting bustling seaside city. Activities and attractions If you are a couple who’s up for an adventure - exploring new cultures, trying out new things - then Kota Kinabalu will not disappoint! Yes, the beach is great but what if you want to try something different? Visit the Mount Kinabalu, a World UNESCO heritage site valued for its biodiversity. Along the way visit the Mountain Garden to gain insight of its many flora and fauna and then head on to the Canopy Walkway for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding rainforest. You can even enjoy a warm local lunch before taking a dip in the Poring natural hot springs. (Disclaimer: If you're feeling extra pumped up, trek the 13,435 ft Mount Kinabalu. Just note that it is not a few hour's hikes. Most trekkers have been trained beforehand prior to the hike. It definitely takes a lot of mental and physical strength.) Head over to Sepilok to pay a visit to the Wild Man, commonly referred to as the Orangutan, these great reddish-brown haired apes are peaceful and shy, living mostly in the treetops and are sadly critically endangered due to mass deforestation. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre offers a close-up view of the Orangutans in their natural habitat. Credit: Sabah Tourism Interested in exploring new cultures? Mari-Mari Cultural Village is the place to go. Mari Mari showcases the cultures and lifestyles of the various indigenous peoples of the Borneo region – the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus, and Dusun. You will witness their traditional handicrafts such as blowpipe making and tattooing, their different types of homes, and their culture as a tribe. You might even enjoy some tasty local nibbles along the way! Accommodation Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa Credit: Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa What better way to experience Kota Kinabalu than to stay at a nature resort, one of the best in the area is the luxurious Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa. Set amidst a nature reserve and overlooking the South China Sea, the resort offers the best of both sea and rainforest. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa’s relaxing rooms are furnished with earthy toned elegant furniture inclusive of all the standard amenities such as a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities as well as bathroom toiletries and bathrobes. Guests can choose between the rainforest view, garden view or sea view rooms, with private balconies, offering you a private calm and relaxing view to enjoy with your partner. The hotel also offers a secluded beach area as well as an outdoor pool area which offers stunning views of the sea and hotel. With a calm and relaxed atmosphere surrounding the hotel, it is the ideal resort for a couple’s retreat. You can approach their 24-hour front desk to inquire about activities such as horse riding and jungle trekking. Address: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208 MalaysiaContact No.: (60 88) 797 888 Website | Email | Facebook Borneo Beach Villas Credit: Borneo Beach Villas If you are looking for a budget-friendly vacation, Borneo Beach Villas is definitely a great option. Offering all the basic hotel facilities such as WiFi at the lobby and cafe, pool as well as a beach area with white sands, the hotel is ideal to accommodate you for your honeymoon in Malaysia. Their Spa Suites include a private steam bath and hot tub, whilst the villas include a private lap pool, all guest rooms and villas include satellite TV along with a DVD player, inbuilt bathrooms with toiletries. The room furnishings are minimal and comfy and provide sea views. The hotel gardens are well kept and lead you towards the white beach with lazy waves lapping against the sand. All the suites and villas include a fully equipped kitchen which would be ideal if you're thinking of whipping up a meal with your partner. The hotel is surrounded by seafood restaurants and groceries, this is a great option if you are trying to stick to a budget or you could order a la carte from the hotel cafe. Address: 163, Pool Villa & Locked Bag 100, Karambunai, 88993 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MalaysiaContact number: +60 16-832 9302 / +60 16 832 9340 Website | Email 2. Penang Penang is where all Eastern cultures converge to create one big melting pot of thrills. A cosmopolitan city dappled with old world charm, Penang is a perfect romantic setting for a couple looking for adventure! Activities and attractions This city has much to offer with a thriving art scene and culinary delights at almost every street corner this island has an adventure at every turn! Make your way to George Town to witness the amazing and interactive murals and wire art. Be sure to find the legendary Bruce Lee mural and snap a few badass pics with your partner! Most of the artworks can be found along Armenian Street and Acheh Street. George Town as a whole is going to be a memorable experience, with colonial buildings and old houses as well as a myriad of hawker stalls. Some of the must-try dishes are Penang Assam Laksa, Nasi Kandar and Penang Teochew Chendul which is a sweet treat! Another popular destination is the Penang Hill which is 2733 feet above sea level, and has the steepest tunnel track in the world! Take the funicular train ride to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic view of George Town, the day and evening views are equally stunning, however, when dusk sets in and George Town begins to light up, it adds a sense of romance – enjoy the spectacular view of Penang at night and if you want to stay longer the last train leaves the top of the hill at 11 pm! Also, be sure to explore the 1.6km nature trail of Penang Hill. It features suspended walkways amongst the canopies and, viewing platforms as well as pocket gardens. With its exquisite flora, you and your partner will not get bored. Accommodation Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion Buildings and houses in Penang have uniquely styled architecture, so where can you get the full experience of living in the colonial times? At none other than Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion! Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook A beautiful 1880s mansion known for its iconic blue-hued walls which are a result of an indigo-based limewash was which common in George Town at the time. The boutique hotel has 18 personalized rooms divided into four categories – the Liang Collection, Ming Collection, Tang Suites, and Han Suites. Credit: Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion on Facebook The staff are friendly and will take you through all the amenities included in the rooms, the rooms themselves are beautiful with intricate detailing and colonial era style furniture you can experience the true essence of a time gone by. All the rooms include the basic amenities such as cable TV, attached bathroom with a bathtub, air-conditioning etc. The Tang and Han suites include direct pool access. The hotel has two restaurants, the main restaurant being Indigo, which offers a west meets the east cuisine, while the Courtyard offers anything from Nutella crepes to Nasi Lemak. Spend the day lounging with a cup of coffee at the Courtyard and make a surprise dinner reservation at the Indigo restaurant for a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one. Address: 14, Leith Street, 10200 Penang, MalaysiaContact number: +604 262 0006 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hotel Jen Credit: Hotel Jen By Shangri-La If you want a more contemporary stay at Penang head over to Hotel Jen, located at the bustling center of George Town, close to the commercial area of the city. Their rooms include all the basic amenities, the hotel also offers a 24-hour gym and a free shuttle service to the beach. The hotel is located close to Penang’s markets and commercial shopping centers. Address: Magazine Road, George Town, Penang, 10300, MalaysiaContact number: (60 4) 262 2622 Website | Facebook | Instagram 3. Langkawi An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is surrounded by turquoise waters with white sandy beaches lined with swaying coconut trees. The inland landscape is made up of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Activities and attractions Have your perfect romantic getaway in one of the three famous beaches in Langkawi – Pantai Cenang, if you are looking to try water sports, Tengah, Tanjung Rhu which is more secluded beach and great to take a walk along with your partner. Looking for something more thrilling? Why not go for a walk on the 124 meters long, 700 m above sea level Sky Bridge? It offers spectacular views of some of Langkawi’s main attractions, the only way to get there is by cable car! A little fun fact: a scene from the 2006 Bollywood movie ‘Don: The Chase Begins Again’ was filmed on this bridge. If you truly want to experience nature, hike Gunung Raya, the highest peak in Langkawi. Standing at 881m the hill offers panoramic views of the island; the legend behind the island is that it is the cursed form of the giant Mat Raya who once inhabited the mountain. The hill forest houses some of Malaysia’s exotic wildlife like the flying foxes, great hornbills, leaf monkey, and macaques as well as other forest dwellers. Once you have covered the land sky why not go for an underwater walk, and no, it does not involve diving. Head over to Underwater World, and take the 15m underwater tunnel where you can get a close-up view of sharks, turtles and other sea life. Why not have a fairytale ending to your stay at Langkawi? Visit Taman Lagenda, a folk-lore themed park which is an open-air garden museum that is sure to whisk you away from reality and would make a perfect setting for a nice romantic walk. Accommodation Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa To truly experience tropical tranquillity choose to stay at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa in Langkawi. Their 355 rooms are clustered into wooden chalets all including private balconies which open to stunning views of the property and island. All rooms include the basic amenities that are expected at a five-star hotel. The hotel has two restaurants; Spice Market which is the main restaurant is inspired by the ancient spice route – combining the East with the West. The second restaurant called CBA will offer you the perfect tropical dining experience. The hotel grounds are beautiful and are great for an early morning walk after breakfast, before heading to the secluded beach. Address: Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Darul Aman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 8888 Website | Email  Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa  If you are looking for a more pocket-friendly place check in at the four-star Holiday Villa Beach Resort and Spa located only 15mins away from Langkawi international airport. The hotel is a vast property, offering great views of the beach and surrounding islands. All the rooms include the basic hotel room amenities. Be sure to check their romantic getaway offers on their website. Address: Lot 1698, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, Daerah Langkawi, 07000 Kedah Darulaman, MalaysiaContact number: +60 4 952 9999  Website | Email 4. Tioman The biggest and most popular island in the Eastern Peninsula of Malaysia, Tioman Island is a thrill seekers paradise! Activities and attractions Famous for Diving and snorkeling, Tioman offers the best underwater experience to tourists. Most resorts on the island have a house reef, where you can snorkel right in front of your cabana, also snorkeling is a great option for non-divers! Tioman Island almost has no roads so you’ll have to do a light trek through the jungle to get from place to another, if you are a nature lover this definitely the right spot for you. The two most popular treks are the Tekek to Juara which is two hours and the trek from Tekek all the way to Monkey Bay. For activities like kayaking, jet skiing and other water sports Tekek beach, slang beach and genting beach are your best options. Tioman also has some beautiful waterfalls and these can be accessed by a light trek or a short boat ride, one the most famous waterfalls is the Mukut Waterfall, the largest waterfall on the Island is the Asah waterfall which is a 45 minute trek away from Mukut village, if trekking isn’t your thing opt for the boat ride. Accommodation Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa Credit: Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa on Facebook Make your Tioman Island, Malaysia, dreams come true! Choose to stay at the Tunamaya Beach Resort and Spa for a luxurious tropical island experience. They also promise a great honeymoon experience so do check their honeymoon offers! They have a total of 54 villas which are built to offer the utmost privacy to their guests; you have the choice of choosing between the garden view, rainforest view and the sea view villas. The villas come equipped with all the basic hotel room amenities ensuring that you are comfortable and at home during your stay. Address: Lot 20 & 21, Sarang Burung, Kg. Mukut, 26800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang, MalaysiaContact number: +607-7668886/ 8887/8888 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Paya Beach Resort Credit: Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort on Facebook Looking for a place that offers great service for affordable prices? Opt for the Paya Beach Resort, which also offers a great romantic getaway offer for couples. The resort offers villas and chalets as well as lodges as accommodation for guests, the villas are recommended for a romantic getaway. Address: Kampong Paya, Pulau Tioman, MalaysiaContact number: +65 6733 4333 (Overseas) Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram 5. Pangkor Pangkor translates to ‘beautiful island’ in Thai, and it definitely lives up to its name. The island is mostly mountainous and has rocky history due it being a center for piracy in the past! However, these days it’s just an idyllic tropical island where the main livelihood is fishing. Activities and attractions If you are interested in water sports, head over to Bogak or Nipah beach, you can try out banana-boat rides, and jet skiing. Pangkor town is the place to go if you want to try some authentic Pangkor cuisine as many local restaurants serving the most delectable dishes can be found. Go for a jungle trek to burn off the calories after eating all that food, the best hike is the Pangkor Hill hike. If you want to do something a little more Zen pay visit to Fu Lin Kung, a Taoist temple built at the foot of Pangkor hill. You can also pay a visit to the Kali Amman temple, which is the only Hindu temple on the island. Don’t forget to check out the Dutch Fort as well, built in the 17th century to regulate tin trade form foreign ships. Another interesting historical spot is the Batu Bersurat (Tiger Rock), the large boulder has historical inscriptions referring to a child and tiger with the initials of the Dutch East India Company engraved into it as well. Book a boat ride to Pulau Jarak, a secluded island with great Marine life, and it would be a great activity to experience with your partner. You can even rent a boat for the day and explore the surrounding scenery of the island if you are more adventurous hire a canoe! Accommodation Pangkor Laut Resort Credit: Pangkor Laut Resort One of the most famous resorts in Pangkor and possibly Malaysia is the Pangkor Laut Resort, named after the island itself and ranked number 1 in the World by Condé Nast Traveller and referred to as a paradise by the late Pavarotti! Offering comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance the villas are situated amongst the hills, lush gardens and on wooden stilts over the tropical sea. The villas are fully equipped with the usual amenities found in guest rooms assuring you have all the comforts you need during your stay. They have a great honeymoon offer so be sure to check it out! Address: Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, MalaysiaContact number: +60 3 2783 1000 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Sandy Beach Resort Credit: Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort on Facebook If you want to go for a more budget-friendly option the Sandy Beach Resort will be ideal for your stay on Pangkor Island. Nestled on the golden sands of the beach you can choose between rooms or chalets, the chalets are ideal if you are looking for privacy and they face the Pasir Bogak beach, who doesn’t want to wake up to the blue waters of the sea lapping against the sandy beach? Address: 30, Jalan Pasir Bogak, 32300 Pulau Pangkor, Negeri PerakContact number: +605 6853027, +605 6853037 Website | Email | Facebook | Instagram Hopefully, this list gave you some insight for planning your Malaysia honeymoon itinerary. Are you excited for your Malaysia honeymoon?!...

  • 10 Things to Know Before your Trip to Malaysia

    Malaysia is a magical destination unlike any other. A melting pot of cultures and religions, the country is home to some architectural marvels, breathtaking natural landscapes, fantastic shopping venues, and its rich culture and cuisine, amongst a number of other things. It's also fast becoming a must-visit destination for Muslims across the globe due to its Muslim-friendliness, combined with all the exciting things it has to offer. via GIPHY From must-try dishes to the top sightseeing spots in the country, to things not to do in Malaysia, here’s our list of 9 things to keep in mind while traveling to Malaysia, for the most memorable trip of a lifetime! (Psst! You Need A Break! Check Out These 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Malaysia Perfect For Your Getaway!) 1. Eating Halal Will Be A Breeze Malaysia topped the Mastercard-Crescentrating Global Muslim Travel Index for the year 2019, which means that based on certain criteria, it was declared the most Muslim-friendly destination across the world! Although you will find a number of religions being practiced here - from Buddhism to Christianity to Islam, Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country. This means that Halal food can be found, no matter where you go! You best believe Malaysia is home to hundreds of cuisines with most of them Halal Certified. These restaurants range from the local street food stalls to independent restaurants and even fine-dining restaurants. When in Malaysia, you cannot miss trying out the nasi lemak with sambal, roti canai, satay, and kaya - a jam made from coconut milk, sugar, and eggs. Follow up your meal with other local specialities like a warm teh tarik or cold ais kacang, or a Milo Dinosaur! Be sure to hit the streets and sample a variety of snacks being sold off food carts, and pay a visit to the night markets for a culinary experience that will likely make Malaysia your favorite destination of all time! Street food in Malaysia is all Halal unless stated otherwise, so eat away! *If pork is being served at an outlet, you will see a banner or sign board stating this clearly. (TRY EVERYTHING! 5 Must-Try Spots In Kuala Lumpur For Malaysian Street Food) 2. Exploring Won’t Break The Bank via GIPHY Thanks to budget airlines like Air Asia and Malindo Air, exploring the country is not only easy but affordable too! These airlines offer a number of domestic flights to destinations across the nation, so you could be taking a selfie with the iconic Petronas Towers in the background in Kuala Lumpur one day, and then swimming in the turquoise waters of Langkawi the next! If flying is not your thing, you could even take an affordable train ride to destinations like Ipoh, or hop on a bus and head to Singapore! 3. You Won’t Get Lost In Translation via GIPHY Malaysia is very culturally and linguistically diverse. Home to Malays, Chinese, Indians, and expats, you will find that although Bahasa Malaysia is the country’s official language, English is widely spoken and understood in all major cities. If you’re, however, visiting towns that are slightly off the beaten track, you may have a bit of a language barrier issue, otherwise, you don’t have to worry about being misunderstood, or not understood at all! 4. Taxis Are Known To Be The Worst via GIPHY Here’s one thing not to do in Malaysia - hailing a regular taxi on the road unless you really have to, is a no-no. Shrewd Malaysian taxi drivers know exactly who to take advantage of. Just a whiff of you being a tourist, and they double or triple your fare! Although most cabs state that they are ‘metered’, once you’re in, most drivers won’t switch the meter on, or many will say they’re broken and will refuse to bargain. Avoid putting yourself in such a situation by instead, downloading a taxi booking app beforehand. Apps like Uber, MyCar and Grab are widely used in Malaysia and are very dependable, except during peak hours. If you find yourself at a mall with no cabs showing up on your app, your best bet to finding a taxi would be for you to head to the taxi generally found at most major malls. 5. Always Have Enough Cash Even though Malaysia is a developed country, not all stalls in Malaysia accept cashless payment. Be sure to always have cash ready in your wallet just in case cashless payments are not applicable. You would also want to prepare enough cash for the numerous night markets in this country! But don't worry! We're pretty sure you can still use your cards in the malls. 5. Malaysia Is All About Nature and Wildlife Nature and wildlife lovers are flocking to Malaysia, and we’re not surprised! The country is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on earth, and with lush-green rainforests found everywhere, Malaysia is absolutely beautiful! From the Taman Negara National Park and the Penang National Park to the Kinabalu Park, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the Turtle Sanctuary Beach, Cameron Highlands, and the Kilim Geoforest Park, Malaysia offers so much flora and fauna to be discovered! 6. Shop to your Heart's Content without Hurting your Wallet Home to countless large shopping malls that feature stores by well-known brands, and markets selling bits and bobs and anything you can think of, Malaysia is a shopper’s paradise! Malaysia’s shopping scene is definitely on point. From clothes and shoes to electronics, souvenirs, and food items, you'll be able to find it all! If you’re on the lookout for the latest in luxury items, Kuala Lumpur’s Pavilion Mall and Suria KLCC are go-tos! Other malls like Berjaya Times Square, Sunway Pyramid and Mid Valley Mega Mall house a variety of stores, those that are high-end as well as more affordable ones. When in Malaysia it's also a must to explore as many markets as you can because you never know what you will find! You may need to bargain a bit here, but the gems you discover will be worth it. (Hey! We LOVE making your lives easy so here are the Top 5 Places To Shop In Kuala Lumpur) 7. There are World Heritage Sites to Discover Did you know that Malaysia is home to a number of UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites? Here, we highly recommend paying the Gunung Mulu National Park, Kinabalu Park, the Lenggong Valley, and the historic cities of Malacca and George Town a visit! How cool would it be to go back home and tell your friends you visited a World Heritage Site? So cool! 8. You won’t miss your prayers If you’re wondering if you'll be able to find Mosques and prayer facilities in Malaysia, the answer is a big fat Y-E-S! No matter where you go, you will be able to find a mosque, or at the least a small prayer room (musollah) with all the facilities, you require to offer your prayers, including prayer garbs and an area for ablution. You can find them in the malls, R&Rs and many more! This means that you won't have to compromise at all on your religious beliefs while having fun! 9. Always be prepared for changes in the weather As with most tropical countries, the weather in Malaysia is mostly warm and humid throughout the year, with unexpected downpours even during the ‘dry season’. While it depends on where in Malaysia you are planning on visiting, it's always best to avoid planning hikes and other outdoor activities during the hot season, and carrying around a water bottle to stay hydrated at all times is an absolute must. The rainy season is generally between April and October, so if you are visiting Malaysia during this period, it's best to come prepared with an umbrella and some indoor plans too! So come on guys! If you haven't been to Malaysia, time to pack your bags and planning your itinerary! Have fun in Malaysia!...

  • 13 Best Vegetarian Food in Chennai and Where to Find them

    One of the best reasons to visit India and Chennai, in particular, is the amazing Halal food that's available all around. But if you were ever having trouble finding nearby Halal food in Chennai, you don't even have to worry because you will have a plethora of delicious vegetarian food options! Since the majority of Indians, especially in the south, are vegetarians, you won't have trouble finding Muslim-friendly food on your travels. But that doesn't mean that vegetarian food is the consolation prize when there's no other choice. In fact, Indian vegetarian food is some of the most delicious you'll find in the world. With the deep, rich curries of the North, to the crispy rice-flour dosas of the south, any meat-eater is bound to be satisfied and craving for more! Here's an ultimate vegetarian's guide to Chennai, India – we've got you all set! credit- giphy.com   South Indian Cuisine – Tamil Nadu Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu, so of course, when in the Tamil Nadu, eat as they do! Food from Tamil Nadu is known to be one of the healthiest in the world. Comprised of dishes made of rice and gram flours, as well as gravies that are full of not only vegetables but spices that are good for the body. And let's not forget the ghee; lots of delicious, fragrant ghee (clarified butter), that makes anything better! Here's where you can find mouthwatering South Indian vegetarian food in Chennai: 1.Saravana Bhavan Picture Credit - news.franchiseindia.com Saravana Bhavan is one of the most successful vegetarian chain restaurants not only in India but the world! Their success can be attributed to the authenticity of their food and the hard work of P. Rajagopal, their founder. Try their delicious South Indian fare, from crispy ghee dosas to soft idlys, kesari, pongal, and so much more. They are also known for their range of traditional Indian sweets or “mithai”. There are a total 27 Saravana Bhavan locations in Chennai, 33 total in India, and 47 branches overseas. Address (1 of 27): 102, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T. Nagar, Chennai.Phone: 044 28154662Website: www.saravanabhavan.com/restaurants.php   2. New Prakash Bhavan Picture Credit - justdial.com New Prakash Bhavan is not exactly “new”, they've been serving happy customers for a while now. Set in the bustling Flower Bazaar area of Georgetown, Chennai, one of the busiest wholesale and retail shopping areas in the city, Prakash Bhavan is one of the most popular family eateries here. You'll find it packed it to the brim with hungry shoppers any time you visit, from 6 am in the morning when they open until thy close at night. Prakash Bhavan is one of the best places to enjoy and wholesome South Indian meal, and their quality is outstanding! Address: 163, NSC Bose Rd, Sowcarpet, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600079.Phone: 044 2538 8748   3. Murugan Idli Shop Picture Credit - muruganidlishop.com Having started in the city of Madurai, way down south of Tamil Nadu, Murugan Idly Shop is a South Indian eatery that has grown its reach to over 17 locations in Chennai. Of course, they're known for their idlis, so don't miss out on them, but other popular dishes also include masala dosa, sweet pongal, filter coffee, and more. Try their famous 'Jigarthanda' for dessert, a sweet drink ailing from their hometown of Madurai. Address (1 of 17): 149/1, 6th Avenue, Opposite Vilankanni Church, Besant Nagar, Chennai.Phone: +91 9597086503Website: muruganidlishop.com/   South Indian Cuisine – The Rest The South of this massive country is actually made up of 5 states: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Additionally, it also includes the union territories of Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Other than Tamil Nadu, most other cuisines are based mostly on meat and seafood-based dishes. Of course, they too have their vegetarian specialities, but non-vegetarian food being the focus of the cuisine means its hard to come by purely vegetarian restaurants serving them. Nevertheless, here are a few of them: 4. Dakshina Puram Picture Credit - dineout.co.in This is one of the few places specializing in Andhra (Keralan) cuisine that serves pure vegetarian food. Some of the most popular dishes include the vegetable biryani, neer dosa, appam, and drumstick soup. You can also try their special thali for an all-encompassing meal. Address: 14, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Opposite TCS, Karapakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 24500811   5. National Lodge Picture Credit - food.ndtv.com One of the best places to try authentic food from Andhra Pradesh in the city is at National Lodge. We said “authentic”, so get ready for the tears! Food from Andhra is known for its spiciness, and this place doesn't shy away from it. You can choose the unlimited meals for refills until your stomach’s about to burst or the thali meals. Address: 112, Govindappa Naickan Street, Sowcarpet, Chennai.Phone: 044 25369508   North Indian Cuisine If you're a die-hard meat lover, you'll find familiarity in the rich curries of North India based on ingredients like paneer, beans, and vegetables like potato and cauliflower which tend to be more “meaty”. These are accompanied by delicious bread like naan, chappati, kulcha, etc. These meals tend to be a lot heavier and more filling, which is something a non-vegetarian would be used to. Here's where you can find the best North Indian vegetarian restaurants in Chennai: 6. Rajdhani Thali Restaurant Picture Credit - www.hungryforever.com Set in the popular Phoenix MarketCity mall in Velachery, Chennai, Rajdhani Thali Restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy the classic thali-style meal from the North. A thali is a meal that includes a variety of curries and sides served along with rice, whole wheat roti, papad, and sweet. The uniqueness of this dish is that everything is served on one plate, which contains small bowls of each item. You don't even need a menu, just get seated and be served! This place specializes in the Rajasthani and Gujarati varieties of thali. Address: 1st Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai.Phone: 044 66650316   7. Delhi Highway Picture Credit - www.delhihighway.com Delhi Highway, as the name suggests, is one way to enjoy delicious food from the capital of India right in Chennai! It's a family-friendly restaurant that serves authentic North Indian fare in a friendly and classy setting. Don't miss out on their vegetarian kebabs, which are good enough to fool even a meat eater! They're soft kulchas and naans are also a popular accompaniment to any rich curry you choose. Address: Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 30205567   8. Pind Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/PINDRESTAURANTS There are quite a few fine dining North Indian vegetarian restaurants in Chennai, but only a few that do not serve alcohol as well. Pind brings a unique ambience of a Punjabi Dhaba-style eatery in Chennai. Their food is also made to set the theme, from the Punjabi thali to the number of tikkas, kebabs, flatbreads, and more. And don't forget to try their creative mocktails as well. Address: No.2 Sarathy Nagar, 1st Main Road , Opp to L.C.S apt. , Vijaynagar, Velachery, Chennai, India Phone: +91 44 3083 3958 International Cuisine You can find a lot of variety in cuisines and food from all around the world in Chennai. So, if you're feeling like venturing outside the range of Indian food, but still want to keep it vegetarian, you can try any one of the restaurants below. Here's where to go to try some delicious vegetarian food of international cuisines in Chennai: 9. Flower Drum Picture Credit - Dineout.co.in Flower Drum is one of the best locations in Chennai for some good quality Chinese cuisine. If you're looking for vegetarian buffets in Chennai, Flower Drum is one place you can try. Some of the other popular dishes include the momos, dumplings, manchow soup, Thai green curry, etc. Celebrating a special occasion with your loved one? Try their Wednesday night candlelight dinners for a romantic meal. Address(1 of 2): 2/1, 4th Floor, Near Adyar signal Junction, Above ICICI Bank, Adyar, Chennai.Phone: 044 49588833 10. Little Italy Picture Credit - littleitaly.in Little Italy is one of the most popular eateries in all of India for authentic Italian food. They are also purely vegetarian and do not serve alcohol, which is hard to come by in an Italian restaurant. Their menu consists of starters, soups, salads, pasta, and desserts that bring a little bit of Italy right to your table in the midst of Chennai. You can go for the buffet option, or choose any item from the a-la-carte menu. Try the minestrone soup to start off the meal, and the wood burn pizzas for mains. For dessert, you cannot beat the chocolate mousse or tirimasu! Address (1 of 4): E-50, 17th Cross Street, Lane Before Spencers Daily, Besant Nagar, Chennai.Phone: 044 30853624Website: littleitaly.in/ 11. Soul Garden Bistro Picture credit - www.facebook.com/soulgardenbistro While soul garden bistro does some delicious modern variations of classic Indian food, like BBQ Paneer and veg biryani, we've featured them here for their continental, Mexican, Italian, and Western food. They've got some creative burgers and sandwiches like the beetroot and feta burger or the Bombay chatpata sandwich that are sure to fascinate your taste buds. They've also got a variety of continental dishes from pasta and pizzas to salads, soups, and starters. Address: 14, Ananda Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.Phone: 044 30205505   12. The Wok Box Co. picture Credit - Zomato.com The Wok Box Co. is ideal if you're in the mood for some authentic Chinese and Thai food. Their menu offers you the choice to build your own dish, be it noodles, fried rice or curries. From picking the sauces to the (vegetarian) protein and vegetables, you're the boss! If you want something unique, try their mouthwateringly soft and delicious vegetarian bao buns. They don't have seating space, but you can get takeaway or have them deliver right to your home. Address: 2nd Floor, 5/391, OMR Main Road, Thuraipakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 33011476   13. The Hommus Family Picture Credit - www.justdial.com If you're a hummus-lover, then you have to try out The Hommus Family for all things hummus-related. Their entire eatery is based on this delicious Mediterranean dip, so you know it's going to be good. You can get all kinds of bits and bobs to go with the delectable chickpea dip. They also don't have seating space but are available for takeaway and delivery. Address: 73/12, Halls Road, Orchards B1, Kilpauk, Chennai.Phone: +91 9791088988 Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Chennai? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Chennai so you won’t miss out on the best halal food  ...

  • 11 Amazing Halal Food Restaurants in Chennai

    Chennai is one of the best cities to travel to in India, especially as a Muslim. One of the reasons is because of the modest culture, but the main reason is the amazing Halal food! That's right, you wouldn't be able to walk five steps without finding a Halal or Muslim-friendly eatery or restaurant. From Halal fine dining in Chennai to the most satisfying street food, this city will always leave you wanting for more. If you're a foodie looking for an amazing culinary experience, Chennai is where you need to be! Not only will you be able to find delicious Halal food around every corner, they are mostly extremely affordable as well. You can find Halal restaurants online through a simple search, but we've filtered out the best just for you. Here's how to find the most amazing Halal food near you in Chennai: Note: Most Halal restaurants in Chennai might not be Halal-certified, but there are numerous alcohol and pork-free restaurants in Chennai. They also assure that they are food is purely Halal, either through request or by advertising it themselves. Credit - Giphy.com 1. Zaitoon If you're a fan of Arabian cuisine, Zaitoon is one places to get the best Halal food in Chennai. Zaitoon is the Arabic word for “olive”, which is one of the main features in Middle-Eastern cooking. The family-friendly restaurant has an extensive menu of meats, rice dishes, curries, bread, desserts and so much more. If you're in the mood to sample a wide variety of dishes, you can also opt to go for their buffet. Their barbeques, shawarma, and kebabs are definitely some of the most popular options, so don't miss out on those. They also have a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, in case someone in your company was a non-meat eater. Zaitoon is available in 5 locations in the city, so you might be able to find one if you're trying to locate nearby Halal food places. Address: (1 of 5): 362, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042.Phone: 044 4202 0111 Click here for more information about Zaitoon   2. Buhari Hotel   If you're trying to find the best Halal restaurant in Chennai, there is no way you can miss out sampling the iconic Buhari Hotel & Restaurants. You know they're doing food right because they've been serving loyal customers for almost 70 years! Having begun in 1951, the restaurant has expanded its reach to many locations not only within the city but within the country as well. Their menu of affordable, yet delicious fare includes various rice dishes, bread, curries, etc. just as any typical Indian restaurant. What makes them special, though, is their unique recipes that have been perfected over the course of the years. The founder A.M. Buhari has also been attributed to the iconic Indian starter “Chicken 65”, a chicken dish that is marinated and fried. The Buhari Biryani is also a famous dish and has almost set a benchmark for Biryanis everywhere. Address (1 of 18): 83 Mount Road, Chennai 600002, India.Phone: 44420288Website: http://buharihotel.org/index.htmlClick here for more information about Buhari Hotel   3. Punjab Grill Just because you're in the south, doesn't mean you have to miss out on delicious North Indian fare! There are quite a few restaurants where you can savour the flavour of the North, and Punjab Grill is one of the best in Chennai. Situated in Phoenix MarketCity, the largest mall in Chennai, and the second largest in India, not only does Punjab Grill bring to you some amazing food, but also does fine dining at its best. At Punjab Grill, you can feast on traditional North Indian dishes like Tandoori meats, kebabs, and Indian bread while listening to traditional Punjab folk music playing in the background. “The uncompromising quality of food at Punjab Grill is our legacy and we aim to surpass our own standards every time we serve you,” they say. Note: They do serve alcohol on the side, so please do dine at your own discretion. Make sure to check Halal status before placing a booking. Address: 142, Ground Floor, Phoenix Market City, Velachery Main Road, Indira Gandhi Nagar, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042.Phone: 073586 46944Website: http://www.punjabgrill.inClick here for more information about Punjab Grill   4. Pizza Cottage India has its fair share of international brands like Pizza Hut and Domino's, but if you're looking for some of the best pizza in town, Pizza Cottage is one of the best Halal restaurants in Chennai. Situated right across the main entrance of the popular Express Avenue mall in Royapettah, it's a great spot to stop by for a satisfying meal after a busy day of shopping. It might not be the most authentic pizza in the world with most varieties being “Indianized”, but it is certainly delicious! Their pan pizzas with a soft yet crunchy base are the best! They also have a selection of pasta, soups, starters, and desserts. Pizza Cottage is a Muslim-owned restaurant, so you'll be in good company here. Address (1 of 2): Old 167 2, New 268 2, Pycrofts Road, Bharathi Salai, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600014.Phone: 044 3020 5659 Click here for more information about Pizza Cottage   5. Dindigul Thalappakatti Dindigul Thalappakatti is another restaurant that has made a name for itself with Chennai's most favourite non-vegetarian dish: the biryani! This incredible rice dish cooked with spices and marinated meat is such an iconic “Muslim” dish in India too, so it's definitely something to try on your travels in Chennai. This is another of the few iconic Halal restaurants in Chennai that has a long history, dating all the way back to 1957. The restaurant got the name from it's founder Nagasamy Naidu, who wore a “thalapa”, a traditional headdress. The hotel also does some incredible grills, barbeques, and Indian bread. There are several outlets all over Chennai, and Tamil Nadu as well. Address (1 of 22): New No.229, Old No.372,375, NSC Bose Road, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001.Phone: 044 4216 0406Website: https://thalappakatti.com/Click here for more information about Dindigul Thalappakatti   6. Absolute Barbecue If you're looking for the ultimate barbeque experience, but aren't in the mood to get down and gritty, then Absolute Barbecue is “absolutely” the place for you to be! This swanky restaurant brings the barbeque right to your table. From chicken and mutton to fish and prawns, the skewers are brought right to the table. The best part? You can keep asking for as many refills as you can eat because everything is included in the cost! There is also a live grill of exotic meat and seafood like shark, squid, octopus, rabbit, duck, quail and more. And that's not even all! There is also a buffet of rich curries, vegetarian dishes, biryanis, soups, salads, noodles, bread, and more. And let's not forget the impressive collection of desserts! What more could you ask for, really? Address: No 45, GN Chetty Road, Tower Victorie, 2nd & 3rd Floor, T Nagar, Chennai 600017.Phone: 044-33720501Website: www.absolute-barbecue.com/Click here for more information about Absolute Barbecue 7. Palmshore Palmshore is another popular restaurant in Chennai that has been consistently serving it's patrons delicious food since the beginning. Having been around for only a few year, they already have four branches around the city, proving the popularity and quality of their food. The restaurant specializes in Arabian food and is also known for their delicious Biryani. They also have a variety of Chinese and Tandoori dishes as well. Try their delicious shawarmas, the barbeque and grills. Finish your meal off with the delicious variety of halwas they offer like bread halwa and carrot halwa. Address: 95, Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Jafferkhanpet, Ashok Nagar, Chennai.Phone: 044 33011803Website: palmshore.in Click here for more information about Palmshore 8. Nandos Nandos is a name that many have heard, especially on the Western side of the world. It is an Afro-Portuguese restaurant serving flame-grilled chicken and variety of African and Portuguese dishes. Although this restaurant has branches in many countries around the world, it has garnered almost a cult-like following. This is because their main goal is authenticity, which they achieve through the irreplaceable African bird's eye chilli that they import directly from South Africa for their most iconic dish, the “peri-peri chicken”. What's also great is that you get to choose the level of spice as well, from mild to extra spicy. There are two Nandos outlets in total in the city, including one at the popular Phoenix MarketCity mall. Note: Although the Nandos India menus found online list alcohol, they do not serve any at the Chennai outlets. And we have been assured by the staff that everything is Halal. But still, please do confirm before placing an order. Click here for more information about Nandos   9. Nalaas Aappakadai Aappam or “hoppers” is a unique dish from the state of Kerala in India that is bowl-shaped with crispy edges and a tender middle. It is also popular in Sri Lanka as well. Nalaas Aappakadai is a unique eatery that serves some amazing Halal food in Chennai, all centred around this one special dish! Although traditionally aappam is eaten simply with some unsweetened coconut milk, many places also serve it with chicken or mutton gravy. Nalaas aappakdai takes it a step further by adding meat, cheeses, and vegetables right in the aappam itself. They also serve them traditional-style with coconut milk or a variety of gravies. Address (1 of 5): 196, Ground Floor, Naidu Hall, Near Chrompet Bus Stop, GST Road, Chromepet, Chennai.Phone: www.nalaasaappakadai.inClick here for more information about Nalaas Aappakadai   10. Destination 70 Destination 70 is one of the more trendy Halal restaurants in Chennai, and definitely a place to try if you're in the mood for something other than Indian or Arabian dishes which are available everywhere. This cool restaurant is decorated with the young crowd in mind, with plenty of opportunities for the perfect selfie. But they also have secluded tables for some quality family time. This continental hipster cafe in Chennai is one of the best places to get Halal burgers in Chennai, and their fried chicken puts KFC to shame. Their sizzling cocktails that come to the table with puffs of smoke spilling out of the “trendy” mason jar mugs like cloud lava are a favourite among everyone, and their sizzling brownie is a must-try dessert. Address: 600042, 6/44/1, State Hwy 48, Sarathy Nagar, Velachery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042.Phone: 044 48510055Click here for more information about Destination 70   11. Anjappar Compiling a list of the best Halal food places in Chennai, one simply cannot miss the popular Anjappar chain of restaurants in Chennai. This restaurant is a favourite among any non-vegetarian in Chennai because they serve delicious Chettinad food at affordable prices. Having been established in Chennai in the year 1964, they have since expanded to many locations all around the world. Try their delicious crispy parathas, soft idiyappams, along with their delicious curries of various meats and seafood. Address (1 of 24): 7/2, JP Tower, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai.Phone: 044 28217200Website: www.anjappar.com Click here for more information about Anjappar Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Chennai Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Singapore so you won’t miss out on the best halal food...



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