Asia offers a treasure trove of riches, from awesome food to dreamy islands. Here are two places to get your fix of both.
Eat Your Way Through Malaysia
By Jackie M, Malaysian chef and TV presenter
Malaysia’s emerging reputation as a street-food heaven makes it a must-visit destination, with a number of cities jostling for recognition as its food capital. Start your food hunt in Malacca, where nyonya cuisine – a fusion of Malay and Chinese cooking techniques – is a must-eat.
Then make your way north to Penang for its world-famous asam laksa. En route, check out the diverse offerings in Kuala Lumpur, including satay Kajang and banana leaf curry. A two-hour detour takes you to Ipoh next, for its not-to-be-missed dishes – like sar hor fun (silky rice noodle soup) and salted chicken – washed down with the iconic Ipoh white coffee.
Chill Out on Dreamy Malay
By Ian Neubauer, travel writer
Every year, thousands of travellers land at Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (also known as Caticlan Airport) on the northwest tip of the Philippines island of Panay before hopping on to ferries bound for Boracay Island, home of world-famous White Sand Beach.
Malay has a stunning white-sand beach, too, minus the crowds. It’s found at Naasug Point, a 37-metre-tall limestone cliff. Malay is also the perfect base for exploring nearby Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park, a chocolate-box of soft trekking trails, waterfalls and caves, one of which, the almost 300 metres long Pangihan Cave, served as a hideout for locals during WWII.
* Featured image: Street food stalls at the Malacca Night Market. Image: Getty