SingleTrackMind a star of sport and music

SingleTrackMind a star of sport and music

Though you might not know the name Alex Wong, if you have any interest in Malaysian music you will most certainly have heard of SingleTrackMind, Wong's stage name. Under this guise her has a released a string of very successful independent rock hits, plus two acclaimed albums. Before taking to the...
Punk rock in Malaysia

Punk rock in Malaysia

For much of the last 30 years, Malaysia has been crazy about rock music. A country where the kids like it loud, it is one of the big global powerhouses of the hardcore punk rock scene. Of all Malaysian cities, Terengganu is known as the heart of Malay rock. Though known as a socially conservative li...
Malaysian pop-punk rebels Bunkface

Malaysian pop-punk rebels Bunkface

Sam, Youk and Paan are the three young men that make up Bunkface, one of the most successful groups ever to come out of Malaysia. Since 2005 they have been lashing out high energy pop punk riffs to dizzy teenage fans across the continent. After initially finding success with their English language...
Jaclyn Victor: from lounge singer to national icon

Jaclyn Victor: from lounge singer to national icon

You might know her as Jaclyn Victor or you might know her as Jac. Whatever you call her, you should know that Jaclyn Victor is one of the most powerful and popular singers in the Malaysian pop scene. After winning the inaugural Malaysian Idol and Ikon Malayisa contests, she went on release a string...
How Raihan conquered the world

How Raihan conquered the world

Any recent history of Malaysian music simply has to include a large section devoted to Raihan, the Nasheed group that took the country by storm in the mid-90s. Their debut album, entitled Puji-Puijan, hit the charts in late 1996, selling over 750,000 units in Malaysia and many more worldwide. As of...
Butterfingers - kings of Malaysian rock music

Butterfingers - kings of Malaysian rock music

In Malaysia, a country obsessed with rock music, Butterfingers are almost certainly the biggest home-grown rock band. Formed by a group of students in Malay College in 1993, the band quickly gained a fearsome reputation in the local underground rock scene. Grunge was breaking and the raw energy of t...
Getting around Kuala Lumpur

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

By rail The thriving capital city of Malaysia is well-served by transport – principally railways, taxis and buses. Around one kilometre to the south of its historic old train station lies KL Central. This hub lies at the hreart of the city's sophisticated urban transport network. Within this hub v...
Malaysia most awe-inspiring diving sites

Malaysia most awe-inspiring diving sites

Malaysia is rightly regarded as the jewel in the crown of the Far East's many fabulous landscapes. But it is away from the land that this area really comes into its own in terms of attracting visitors. Malaysia actually consists of two main land areas, ‘Peninsular Malaysia', adjoining Thailand on th...
Malaysia’s top resorts: Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's top resorts: Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is definitely a nation of contrasts. Its cosmopolitan cities are vast Asian melting pots, teeming with life, and bursting with culture and things to do. Its countryside varies from mountainous landscapes, azure coastlines and tranquil islands. For the many who are drawn to this Far Eastern...
Malaysia’s top resorts: Langkawi

Malaysia's top resorts: Langkawi

Although long considered ‘cursed', this spectacular island retreat has been remodeled as a tropical tourist paradise. To give it its official title, ‘Langwaki the Jewel of Kedah', Langwaki lies off the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is scarcely a single location – in fact, Langkawi is a...
Great things to do with the kids in KL

Great things to do with the kids in KL

The Kuala Lumpur Tower Often abbreviated to the KL Tower, since it was opened in 1995 this 421-metre tower has become one of Malaysia's most iconic landmarks. It is the highest viewpoint in Malaysia's capital city that is open to visitors. As well as offering unbelievable 360° views, the tower offe...
Malaysia top resorts: Penang

Malaysia top resorts: Penang

Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Orient', the state of Penang lies to the north-west of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca. Despite being the country's second smallest state, it is its eight-most populous. For this reason, its seaside charm, combined with an urbanized and industrialised econom...
Malaysia top resorts - Sarawak

Malaysia top resorts - Sarawak

Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states situated on Borneo, is known as ‘Land of the Hornbills'. It completely surrounds the tiny nation state of Brunei, and is bordered by the other Malaysian state, Sabah, to its north-west, and Indonesia to the south. It has a rich and fertile environment, chara...
Malaysia whale shark season

Malaysia whale shark season

Swimming with dolphins has become a fairly ubiquitous pursuit for western tourists. But this activity, thrilling as it may be, is surely eclipsed by one of Malaysia's aquatic activities: swimming with whale sharks. First of all, let's be quick specific about the creatures we are talking about. Whal...
Malaysian golf attractions

Malaysian golf attractions

For a long time, Malaysia has been one of South-East Asia's most-renowned destinations in terms of landscapes and attractions. It is also beginning to gain an excellent reputation for its golfing facilities. There are upwards of 200 golf courses spread across Malaysia's peninsular and island region...
Meeting Malaysia orang utans

Meeting Malaysia orang utans

There's one thing you should know about orang utans before going any further. It is estimated that there are, in all likelihood, fewer than 20,000 left in the wild throughout Asia. Therefore, embarking on an orang utan-spotting trip in Malaysia is more than just an excuse to indulge in some wildlife...
Recommended restaurants in Kuching

Recommended restaurants in Kuching

Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak state on Malaysian Borneo, is a vibrant metropolitan centre of some 330,000 people. There is an incredible ethnic diversity about this part of Borneo Island, and for this reason visitors really are spoiled for choice when it comes to sampling the best of the cuis...
The Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers

Surely one of the architectural wonders of the modern world, Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers have been attracting droves of visitors to Malaysia since opening on August 28 1999. Owned by Kuala Lumpur City Centre Holdings, Sendirian Berhad, the twin towers rise to a heady height of 452 metres above t...
Top historic sites in Malaysia

Top historic sites in Malaysia

As well as an incredibly rich natural landscape, Malaysia boasts a wealth of man-made attractions. Civilization in this part of the world goes back tens of thousands of years, with successive settlers leaving their mark behind. So when it comes to tracking down evidence of historic development, here...
What to expect with Borneo boat trips

What to expect with Borneo boat trips

The northern portion of the island of Borneo, sitting in the Pacific Ocean, is home to a large section of Malaysia. Naturally, surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful deep blue ocean, this part of the country is a magnet for those wishing to embark on boat trips. So what should you expect from a...
Top 3 boat trips around Malaysia

Top 3 boat trips around Malaysia

Malaysia is a wonderful holiday location, offering a diverse range of tourist attractions on both sides of the South China Sea. If you want to take full advantage of its proximity to the beautiful Pacific Ocean, here are some excellent boat trips you can choose to embark on. Dinner Cruises While s...
Top 5 Malaysian Landmarks

Top 5 Malaysian Landmarks

Mulu Caves These caves offer spectacular natural landscapes for visitors to explore in Malaysia. Situated in mountainous rainforests, this beautiful subterranean realm includes the Sarawak Chamber – one of the world's largest caves. Another of these vast caverns, Deer Cave, contains vast numbers of...
Why Malaysia is the perfect winter holiday retreat

Why Malaysia is the perfect winter holiday retreat

For westerners considering a holiday to escape the winter cold, heading east is often a popular option. But many still consider those countries with the strongest European association – Singapore, Hong Kong, or onwards to Australia or New Zealand. They are missing out on are some of the Far East's m...
Borneos Top 5 Nightspots

Borneos Top 5 Nightspots

Malaysia's eastern region may not have the bustling streets of the capital over on the other side of the South China Sea. Nevertheless the island has plenty to offer visitors wishing to unwind after a long day exploring the sights. Sarawak The Kuching district in Sarawak has built an excellent rep...
An introduction to Malaysian wildlife holidays

An introduction to Malaysian wildlife holidays

Malaysia is a country of contrasts. Divided by the South China Sea, it consists of peninsular Malaysia - home to its capital Kuala Lumpur - and Malaysian Borneo. Both of these locations offer an incredibly diverse range of habitats for flora and fauna. The peninsula Peninsular Malaysia boasts thre...
Fun facts about Kuala Lumpur

Fun facts about Kuala Lumpur

The vivacious, vibrant and historic city of Kuala Lumpur offers the traveller plenty of things to discover. Before you do, here are a few fun facts to read to get you in the mood. The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur covers a vast 243 km squared area, and houses a huge population of 1,627,172 peop...
Best places to eat when visiting Kuala Lumpur

Best places to eat when visiting Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur boasts a truly magnificent restaurant scene. Whether you are after quick and easy street food or haute cuisine dining, the Malaysian capital has something for you. As a multicultural hub, KL's eateries bring together traditional tastes of India, China and the West, presenting a uniquely...
Famous Malaysians

Famous Malaysians

Malaysia has produced plenty of famous and influential people over the years. The list is pretty much endless, but here are a few of the most well-known faces. Dato' Michelle Yeoh You probably know Dato' Michell Yeoh from her appearances in such famous hit movies as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon...
Malaysia - best beaches

Malaysia - best beaches

Are you planning on hitting the beaches of Southeast Asia? Then you simply must check out some of what Malaysia has to offer. While all the chatter might be about Thailand's coast, Malaysia has beaches to match it. As they are not quite so feted in the West, they are also far less crowded. Redang...
Malaysian dishes you have to try

Malaysian dishes you have to try

As with most Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia has an extraordinary food culture. Hungry tourists can genuinely eat their way around this majestic country, sampling dish after extraordinary dish. What makes this country so grand for the gastronome is the intense passion behind the cookery and the...