Tan Kai Seng, Reliance Travel director (left) giving happy customer Low Yen Ching her prize of a free nine-day trip to Turkey. Photo: Reliance Travel
The Danna Langkawi is the top hotel in Malaysia. Photo: TripAdvisor
Chinese tourists posing for a photo in front  of Merdeka square in Kuala Lumpur. According to Matta, not granting visa-free entry could deter tourists from China to visit the country. - Filepic
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Reliance Travel’s promotional contest

The Danna Langkawi best hotel in Malaysia according to TripAdvisor

Matta unhappy no visa waiver for Chinese

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Chinese tourists posing for a photo in front  of Merdeka square in Kuala Lumpur. According to Matta, not granting visa-free entry could deter tourists from China to visit the country. - Filepic

Matta unhappy no visa waiver for Chinese

22 January 2015

According to Matta visa-fee free (VFF) could be perceived as a half-hearted gesture.

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Holidays galore – countries with the most holidays

21 January 2015

Some countries for various reasons have more public holidays than others. Guess who are the lucky ones?

Rio de Janeiro has a very unique and impressive skyline that combines nature and man-made objects. - Photo from TripAdvisor

Places from up high

20 January 2015

We might have seen these places on ground level but check them out from way above.

A view of Torres del Paine, Chile National Park. - Photo from AFP

Island nations dominate top 10 list of most ethical destinations

19 January 2015

Do you prefer to travel to places where the policies and the practices are the most ethical? Well here’s some recommendations for you.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria resort in Cuba. - Photo from AFP

TripAdvisor’s list of best all-inclusive resorts 2015

15 January 2015

Travellers pick their most preferred all-inclusive destinations and Mexico dominates.

Happy winner...Lu Choi Lan (left) being presented her free tour prize by Reliance Travel Malacca branch manager Chan Mae Quin. - Photo from Reliance Travel

Free tour with Reliance purchase

15 January 2015

Travel company promotion rewards you for purchases you make.

Princess Cruises has become the latest to launch a gift card program. - Photo from AFP

Gift cards are the in thing on board cruises

12 January 2015

How to give the gift of cruising to the cruisers in your life

Lake Bled – Bled, Slovenia. - Photo by Ciaran Roarty/Wikimedia Commons

Real fairy tale places

6 January 2015

Who says fairy tales don’t come true? Or rather places that look like they sprung out of a fairy tale book.

TripAdvisor tour feature screenshot. - Photo from TripAdvisor

One-stop tour and ticket prices compare from TripAdvisor

6 January 2015

Tripadvisor introduces new feature to help travellers research, compare and book tours.

A stunning view of the lobby at The Datai, Langkawi. - Photo from The Datai, Langkawi

The Datai wins best luxury hideaway resort in Asia

5 January 2015

A Malaysian resort clinched top honours at a prestigious travel award ceremony.

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Musings about a Bangkok hotel

9 November 2013

It is situated at a fashionable address, and is clearly classy and elegant.

Putting the pleasure back in business

12 October 2013

‘Bleasure’ – referring to business and leisure – is a growing trend among business travellers.

Five-star treatment at Hilton Phuket Arcadia

14 September 2013

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa offers not just plush rooms but plenty of on-site activities for a fun-filled holiday.

Paddy House, where the writer stayed.

Weekend getaway at Sunset Valley in Langkawi island

4 May 2013

This no-frills getawayoffers a hard-to-beatsense of serenity.

Desaru’s hidden gem

30 March 2012

Life’s a beach at Pulai Desaru Beach Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of Desaru, Johor, the resort combines panoramic views of the South China Sea with lush tropical rainforests and exudes a f...

Orchard living

28 March 2012

Tucked away in the quiet district of Mantin in Negri Sembilan, is a unique nature retreat that offers visitors an eye-opening and rejuvenating experience.For a little bit of peace and a whole lot of b...

Socially responsible resort

28 March 2012

Berjaya does its part for Mother Nature.An island where you can trek through the lush jungle, and then run across the powdery sand for a dip in crystal-clear waters: Tioman Island, or Pulau Tioman, is...

Fit for a Ming king

22 March 2012

One of the newest hotels in Kota Kinabalu gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from our reporter.Four-star hotel but a five-star experience. That about sums up my stay at the Ming Garden Hotel & Reside...

Back to nature

27 February 2012

A jungle resort that offers both adventure and relaxation in equal measure is only just a few hours away from the city. Perfect for KLites looking to get back to nature.Set amidst the lush jungle of P...

Old-world charm

10 February 2012

Clove Hall in George Town, Penang, is a guesthouse that feels like somebody just opened the doors to their lovely home to you.Think Penang, think old-world charm. Think old-world charm, and you’ll get...

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PLOY wins TripAdvisor award

6 August 2013

KL restaurant honoured with Certificate of Excellence.

Crazy about organic coffee

1 July 2013

During his involvement with non-governmental organisations across South-East Asia, Tan Jo Hann crossed paths with coffee-centric communities in different parts of the region.

Serving the best of both worlds

24 June 2013

Thai food is often associated with spicy tom yam but there is a wider selection of dishes than just that.

Soup(er) duper!

22 June 2013

A 20-year-old restaurant continues the practice of offering healthful soups.

Down the hatch: A simple dressing of lime juice and Ah Chuan's homemade chilli sauce is all that is needed for this raw oyster.

Rocking oysters

15 June 2013

These molluscs come big and fresh in Sekinchan.

Behind the scene:The chefs ErwinSuryana (left) andLukman Zubadi withfried chicken andgrilled chickenrespectively.

Ayam Bakar Mas Mono: Unique grilled and fried chicken dishes

4 June 2013

Heads up, Indonesian food lovers! A new i>ayam bakar/irestaurant is now open in Shah Alam.

Dash of colour:Crunchy MaplePecan Bar withSemifreddo andChocolate MilleFeuille that isdrenched inStrawberryConsomme justbefore it is to beeaten.

The Grill’s gourmet dishes please all the senses

3 June 2013

Using the best of ingredients is only half way to creating a great dish, the other half is in the skills and creativity of the chef as shown at the Mandarin Grill, recently.

Doing it theright way:A chefdemonstratinghand-madetagliatellepasta duringthe medialaunch atItaliannies.

Italiannies: Italian food lovers have eight new dishes to savour

31 May 2013

The combination of pasta and a tasty sauce is almost a science in itself. And when you realise that there are countless varieties and shapes of pasta, fillings and sauces, finding the perfect combination becomes a real challenge.

The hunt for noodles continues

30 May 2013

Our columnist lists down some of his favourite black char koay teow stalls.

Gai Hor Bai (deep fried chicken in pandanleaves) is one of the mouth-watering offerings.

Saffron Brasserie: Buffet features best of cuisine from Land of Smiles

30 May 2013

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