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Step right up: the world’s most spectacular staircases
Plain old stone or concrete was just too boring for these colourful sites, where tiles, paint and even music create striking ‘stairways to heaven’

Antonia Wilson

07, Sep, 2018 @5:30 AM

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Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels
Its street food scene is legendary and the capital George Town, one of the hottest destinations in Asia, now buzzes with nightlife – but the verdant island’s beaches and jungle are also worth exploring

John Brunton

16, Dec, 2017 @11:00 AM

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10 of the best places to visit in Malaysia: readers’ travel tips
Lunch with monks and a poignant war memorial park share equal billing with Penang’s street food and sundowner views over Kuala Lumpur

Guardian readers

14, Dec, 2017 @11:00 AM

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'Natural beauty … and the best bean sprouts in the world!' Why Ipoh, Malaysia, really sizzles
Novelist Selina Siak Chin Yoke’s childhood home in central Malaysia is in a pretty valley and has lively night markets that serve the finest of the stir-fry staple

Interview by Jane Dunford

01, Sep, 2017 @11:27 AM

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'Unesco-cide': does world heritage status do cities more harm than good?
The gambling-ridden clan jetties of Malaysia’s George Town were saved from ruin by the award of Unesco world heritage status, but their new fame left locals overwhelmed by a tide of invasive tourism. Can we ever get the balance right?

Laignee Barron in George Town, Malaysia

30, Aug, 2017 @6:15 AM

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Halal tourism: Kuala Lumpur welcomes the Muslim travellers others didn't want
After 9/11 it was difficult for many Muslims to travel to Europe and the US, so Malaysia’s capital stepped in to welcome them – a move that’s paying off

Vincent Bevins

06, Jun, 2017 @6:15 AM

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Nice ice: A traditional take on Malaysia’s favourite dessert
Melaka’s version of Malaysia’s famous cendol dessert is an exotic combination of palm sugar syrup, jelly-like noodles, coconut milk, beans and shaved ice

John Brunton

28, May, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Undiscovered south-east Asia: remote towns and secret beaches
From Vietnam’s little-known islands to Laos’s interior and even tourist-free Thailand, our writers reveal some hidden treasures

Guardian writers

10, May, 2017 @5:30 AM

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How to plan a post-Brexit holiday – from Serbia to the Lake District
Where should Brits holiday after Article 50 now the pound is squeezed? Emerging destinations offer an affordable alternative to the Costa del Sol. Plus, there’s always camping ...

Kevin Rushby

27, Mar, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Kuching, Malaysia: what to see plus the best restaurants, hotels and bars
The capital of Malaysian Borneo is one of Asia’s most alluring cities, with fabulous food and new hotels, but little traffic and few high-rises to spoil the laid-back vibe

John Brunton

21, Jan, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Highlights of Malaysia: readers’ travel tips
The wild and urban attractions of this south-east Asian destination include scuba diving, orangutan spotting, remote island getaways – and a helipad rooftop bar in Kuala Lumpur

Guardian readers

19, Jan, 2017 @6:30 AM

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Malaysia's twist on durian, the world’s foulest-smelling fruit
Tempoyak is a tribal dish made with fermented durian in Sarawak offering a creamy taste sensation, especially good when paired with local ‘stinky beans’

John Brunton

02, Oct, 2016 @10:00 AM

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