Last updated Sunday, March 26, 2017 11:10 am GMT+8

Travel

Where food is a common language

Where food is a common language

By Lionel Yew
March 25, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, March 25 — When planning this trip to Batu Pahat, it completely slipped my mind that Batu Pahat is in Johor and that in Johor, everyone speaks Mandarin. Well, almost. The problem is my Mandarin is limited to: “Wo pu hui chiang wah yee, ne hui chiang koong tung wah mah?” (I can’t speak Mandarin, can you speak Cantonese?) spoken so well with all the right intonations that people don’t believe that I can’t speak it. And so began my adventure in the... Read more

Recent Articles in Travel

Luxury hotel and spa opening at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Luxury hotel and spa opening at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon REYKJAVIK, March 26 — Less than an hour's drive from the capital, Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions. As travel hotspot for many visitors, the... Read more

Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers

Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers DUBAI, March 25 — Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US today, on one of the busiest travel... Read more

Disneyland Paris: A taste of the revamped Star Tours attraction (VIDEO)

Disneyland Paris: A taste of the revamped Star Tours attraction (VIDEO) PARIS, March 25 — A cult attraction when France’s Disneyland Paris theme park opened in 1992, Star Tours has been revamped for the park’s 25th anniversary. Here’s a look at the... Read more

Turkish Airlines says can use laptop until boarding after ban

Turkish Airlines says can use laptop until boarding after ban ANKARA, March 24 ― Turkish Airlines said today passengers can use their laptops until they board in a bid to make them “more comfortable” after US and Britain introduced bans on large... Read more



Join Hilton’s Earth Hour contest to win a free vacation in Iceland!

Join Hilton’s Earth Hour contest to win a free vacation in Iceland! NEW YORK, March 24 ― The Hilton hotel brand has launched an Earth Hour-themed contest that offers participants the chance to win a five-night vacation in Iceland.  For the contest,... Read more

Six reasons why Malaysians should use up their annual leave

Six reasons why Malaysians should use up their annual leave KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — Feeling overworked or stressed out? Contrary to popular belief, taking time off work once in a while isn’t the mark of an idle employee, but rather a practice... Read more

Bali resort to respect Hindu traditions, Trump’s Indonesia business partner says

Bali resort to respect Hindu traditions, Trump’s Indonesia business partner says JAKARTA, March 24 ― The Indonesian business partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu traditions and follow building height restrictions at a luxury hotel and golf resort it... Read more

Paris is most popular destination for first-time travellers

Paris is most popular destination for first-time travellers PARIS, March 23 — When it comes to breaking into the world of travel, Europe holds the biggest appeal, according to a new survey of first-time travel.  In a Booking.com poll that asked... Read more


Airbnb’s rivals in China hold hands in a nervous new market

Airbnb’s rivals in China hold hands in a nervous new market HONG KONG, March 23 — Sun Huifeng liked the idea of tapping Airbnb or one of its rising local competitors to rent out his spare Beijing bedroom. The problem: He didn’t like the idea of... Read more

Emirates to let travellers keep laptops, tablets until boarding

Emirates to let travellers keep laptops, tablets until boarding LONDON, March 23 — Emirates aims to let passengers take their laptops past security gates at Dubai International Airport and collect the devices only before boarding as the world’s... Read more

Malindo Air announces fourth anniversary promotions

Malindo Air announces fourth anniversary promotions KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Celebrating its fourth anniversary, Malindo Air is offering exciting fares in its “4 Years of Excellence” campaign for flights to domestic destinations,... Read more

Stroll in Emperor Nero’s garden with Rome virtual tour

Stroll in Emperor Nero’s garden with Rome virtual tour ROME, March 23 — It’s a breathtaking view and you can almost smell the lavender: Visitors to Rome can now stroll through Emperor Nero’s Golden House and sumptuous gardens thanks to a... Read more


Our Picks in Travel

Picture of the Day

The front of the Milan Cathedral, which hosted Pope Francis

The front of the Milan Cathedral, which hosted Pope Francis' visit March 26, 2017. — Reuters pic