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Spotlight on Malaysia

clock 26th September 2017 | comment0 Comments

Malaysia is an interesting and exciting country, with a mainland uniquely separated by the South China Sea.

The destination offers a beautiful blend of cultures, with European, Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences impacting on the architecture, food, and general atmosphere of the place. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to how and where to spend their time, and it is likely that a return trip (or indeed trips!) will be necessary to see everything.

 



Kuala Lumpur

 

The capital of Malaysia is undeniably enchanting and invigorating. Here you will find some fantastic shopping opportunities, fascinating museums, impressive modern architecture, and not forgetting the delicious food. Both upscale restaurants and tasty street food can be found peppered throughout the city.

 

Sarawak

 

Located on the Island of Borneo, this Malaysian state is home to some incredible wildlife. Go on safari to see orangutans, crocodiles, all kinds of species of birds, and other beautiful creatures. If you have time, visit Gunung Mulu National Park where you can see more wildlife, including an immense colony of bats.

 

Cameron Highlands

 

This stunning area of Malaysia will bring a breath of fresh air – literally. Located at between 1,100 and 1,600 metres above sea level, the Cameron Highlands boast simply remarkable vistas, with bright green rolling hills stretching as far as the eye can see. The land was developed when the British were in Malaysia, to enable an escape from the heat of the lowlands.

 



George Town

 

On the island of Penang, George Town demonstrates the influx of cultures that have been present in Malaysia. There are colonial buildings, mosques, and Chinese style buildings all within this small town. Take in all the sights, visit the museums, and spend time in cafes and restaurants serving everything from otak otak (steamed fish curry), to cakes and ice cream.

These are just four of the top spots to visit in Malaysia, and it is entirely possible that you will want to spend all your time exploring only one of them considering how much they have to offer. The country truly has something for everyone; you just need to think about the kind of holiday you’re after before deciding where to spend your time.

Could Malaysia be the next adventure for you? Find out more about our Asia cruises and start planning your holiday today, and be sure to sign up for our new Asia brochure.



8 Great Food Markets Around The World

clock 24th February 2015 | comment0 Comments

Whether you hope to try a rare local delicacy for the first time or you’re looking to bag a bargain of delicious fresh produce, you are guaranteed to find what you need and more at a food market. Foodies will be drawn in by the irresistible exotic aromas before being wowed by rows of colourful, vibrant and enticing market stalls. Here is where you will find the heart of any local community busy, bustling and ready for a brand new day. Put your phrase book to good use and practice your new found language skills whilst getting some authentic recipe tips from the local street chefs and stall holders.

Your next favourite dish could be just around the corner, so be adventurous and get a real taste of your surroundings with our handpicked eight great food markets below.

 

Borough Market – London

Let your nose lead the way as you explore the aromatic alleys and endless rows of tasty delights on offer in London’s famous Borough Market. One of the oldest food markets in London, market traders have held a presence next to Borough high street from as early as the 13th century. Grab a slice of history along with the quality British and international produce including delicious fish, game, cheese, freshly baked goods and much more. With quality and diversity as Borough’s core market values, you know your taste buds are in for a treat. The market is mostly undercover so whatever the weather it’s ideal for a lunchtime stroll. Great for British pork pies and yummy apple sauce.

 

 

Rialto Markets – Venice

The food markets of Rialto in Venice have been present since first settlement as far back as the 9th century. Despite some slight relocation due to the noisy and pungent fish market upsetting the local bankers, the trading of local and international produce from this spot remains an important chapter in Venetian history. The stunning stone Rialto Bridge aids traders and locals whilst making an essential viewing and photo spot for tourists. Great for fresh seafood and affordable souvenirs.

 

 

La Ciotat – Provence, France

France is renowned for its unmatched regional cuisine and the locals for their habitual trips to the local farmers markets. Food with the French means you will be spoilt for choice with the tempting selections of local cheeses, wines, baked goods and so on. With so many fabulous French markets to choose from it’s almost impossible to rank one above the rest, but a weekend trip to the quaint coastal port of La Ciotat in Provence is guaranteed not to disappoint. Enjoy the Sunday morning fare on offer at the large farmer and artisan market of Vieux Port before relaxing amid the scenic Mediterranean views and lunching on the beach. Great for stuffed vegetables and paella. A 45 minute drive north sees you in Aix-en-Provence where attractive markets are in abundance.

 

Union Square Greenmarket - New York City

Every Saturday Union Square Park comes to life with up to 140 regional market stalls selling fresh farm produce, delicious fish and tempting baked goods alongside meats, jams, pickles, cider and even fresh cut flowers. Experience the unique buzz of New York City life whilst trying some tasty street food and enjoying several live cooking demonstrations, all whilst perfecting your convincing New Yorker accent. Great for fresh pickled produce and live demos.

 

 

La Central de Abasto – Mexico City

La Central de Abasto literally translates to the central supply, and there is probably no better way of describing one of the biggest wholesale markets in the world. A visually arresting array of produce is piled high and categorised by type. Stiff competition between traders results in rows of fantastic displays as they try to out-do each other to grab the punters attention. You may need a local guide to avoid getting swallowed by mountains of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, sugarcane, flowers and much more. Great for everything, they have it all! Note: Taking photos is forbidden without proof of permission which plain clothed security guards will request.

 

Mercado de San Telmo – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Head here for the great atmosphere and pure insight of day to day local life in Buenos Aires. The market is indoors and housed by a large building supported (inside) by an impressive wrought iron structure. Don’t forget to look up and admire the notable original ceiling which dates back to the late 17th century. Friendly merchants supply locals and tourists with a wealth of fresh fruit, veg, meat and baked goods plus antiques and artisan crafts. Great for coffee, churros (doughnuts) and souvenirs.

 

 

Jalan Alor (Food Street) - Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Alor Food Street is the place to be if you are looking for a budget evening meal with a side order of a buzzing and lively local atmosphere. As the sun sets on Food Street, an electric ambience lights the way as cafes, restaurants and market vendors merge into one and claim their spot of real estate in this aromatic foodie fusion. Stroll the length of the street to see the full selection of cheap Chinese, Thai and Malay cuisine before settling on your dinner destination, and stand firm with pushy hawkers trying to tempt you before you’ve seen it all. Great for noodles and value for money.

 

Kowloon City Wet Market– Hong Kong

Kowloon City is a must for any foodie fans visiting China’s kinetic south coast. Choose from a myriad of fresh meats, vivid vegetables from regional farms and live seafood literally fresh off the boat. An abundance of quality Asian cuisine from stall vendors and speciality stores make this a go-to destination in Hong Kong for a delicious and quick daytime snack, or purchasing fresh ingredients for a home cooked evening meal. Explore three floors of endless tasty Chinese and Thai treats and get your fix at the cooked food centre when hunger strikes. Great for curried dishes of varying spice levels.

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