Malaysia

Travel stories from various destinations within Malaysia including:


Top Family Friendly Hotels in Malaysia 7

One my favourite South East Asian family holiday destinations is Malaysia.  With its mix of stunning beaches, lush forests, delicious food, heritage sites, fun theme parks and great shopping all fuelled by a cultural fusion of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences – Malaysia offers something for everyone.  It’s little wonder why Malaysia is a popular […]

10 Family friendly hotels in Malaysia

Things to do in Penang

Things to do in Penang: Infographic 12

One of my favourite destinations for a family holiday is Penang.  We have enjoyed it so much we have been there twice – once in 2011 and then again in 2014. Penang has great beaches, fantastic food and a rich diverse cultural background that offers so many things to do in Penang on a family […]


Photo Flashbacks: Things to Do at Hard Rock Hotel Penang 12

Back in 2014 we took a family holiday to Penang and stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel. The music is pumping day and night providing a lively backdrop for all the things to do during our family holiday at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang. Things to do at Penang’s Hard Rock Hotel Splish Splash. My […]

things to do hard Rock penang

things to do in Penang

Photo Flashbacks: Things to do in Penang 28

We love Penang for a family holiday! We’ve loved it so much we have been there twice; once with a toddler in 2011 and again for a family holiday in 2014. Of course one of the great reason to visit Penang for a family holiday is the fantastic food.  But for us the other great […]


Photo Flashbacks: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Review 28

In 2012 we took a family holiday to Kota Kinabalu the capital of Sabah a Malaysian state on the island of Bornio. We stayed at the beautiful Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa about 5 minutes drive from the city centre. Back then I never wrote up a review of the resort on the Toddlers […]

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butterflies in penang

Photo Flashbacks: Butterflies in Penang 14

Last year during our family holiday to Penang we visited the Penang Butterfly Farm. (UPDATE 2016: Penang Butterfly Farm is now known as Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm) From the moment we walked through the door we felt as though we had been transported to a magical place. Butterflies in a rainbow of colours fluttering […]


Photo Flashbacks: Penang’s Chinatown 32

We have taken a family holiday to Penang twice.  Last year we went to Penang with our school aged son and the time before that, when he was a toddler. During our trip to Penang with toddler we took a culture tour; included in this tour was a visit to Penang’s Chinatown. We start at the […]

Penang Chinatown

Kota kinabalu Nature reserve

Photo Flashbacks: Kota Kinabalu Nature Reserve with Kids 10

Several years ago (2012) we took a family holiday to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah staying at the Tanjung Aru Shangri-La.  Sabah is a Malaysian state located on the island of Bornio which is famous for its orangutan population. A day trip that was available at this hotel was to take a shuttle bus to their […]


Penang Family Holiday 2014 18

I spend a year waiting for our main family holiday (with my partner Steve and our 6-year-old son Lewis). Oh the planning I put in with Lewis now adding his preferences for the accommodation and things to do.  Purchasing the little extras you need when you travel with kids.  Then the final count down during […]

Penang with Kids

Penang Butterfly farm

Step into the Penang Butterfly Farm 16

I sigh with relief and feel vindicated that it was worth dragging my child (while not kicking – definitely complaining) for the short RM10 taxi ride away from the Hard Rock Hotel‘s pool and water park. Step inside with me and see why. We have just stepped into the Penang Butterfly Farm and are immediately […]