The newly-opened gallery located at historic Fort Margherita houses a carefully curated exhibition about the life and time of the White Rajahs – a dynastic monarchy that founded and ruled the Kingdom of Sarawak.
SEE & DO
Ensera: Stories From Far Flung Borneo
Learn more about the history and culture of Borneo at this gallery, which showcases an array of art by the indigenous Dayak people. Items range from elaborate weavings and coloured beads to intricate woodcarvings. By appointment only.
Mari Mari Cultural Village
Head here for insights into Sabah’s diverse indigenous tribes: the Kadazan-Dusun, the Rungus, the Bajau, the Lundayeh and the Murut. Tour traditional homes, watch cultural dances, or participate in hands-on activities like bamboo cooking or blowpipe making.
In the leafy neighbourhood of Kampung Attap lies this new arts hub, housed in a row of 1950s shophouses. Tenants include edgy art and design outfits like Malaysia Design Archive, Reading Library by Amateur Collective and The Ricecooker Archives.
Penang House of Music
Delve into Penang’s musical heritage at this new museum, which houses expertly curated exhibitions, an extensive resource centre, and even replicas of a vintage cinema and a radio booth.
Located in an unlikely neighbourhood, this new independent gallery has grand plans, especially if its debut show – featuring the works of renowned artist Jalaini Abu Hassan – is anything to go by.
This new eco-tourism site on Penang Hill offers a respite from the tropical heat. Choose from various educational walks that cater to different abilities and interests, many of which are guided by award-winning naturalists.
The Star Pitt Street
Once the head office of The Star newspaper, this beautiful colonial building is now home to a bookstore, a resource centre, an exhibition space and the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra. Artisanal markets are often held here, too.
Umgawa Legendary Adventures
With 12 zip lines and three sky bridges, Langkawi’s latest attraction offers an exhilarating rainforest experience for all levels of fitness. Do also keep an eye out for native flora and fauna, including more than 220 species of birds.
EAT & DRINK
Once a family-owned printing plant, APW has since been reimagined as a creative campus comprising co-working spaces, event venues and a mini-park. But much of the hype has centred on its recently opened F&B outlets, such as Proof (for wood-fired pizzas) and Case Study (for craft cocktails).
D' Place Kota Kinabalu
There aren’t all that many places in Sabah where you can sample the dishes of the indigenous Kadazan-Dusun peoples. This place invites adventurous foodies to taste traditional delights like ambuyat, a gloopy dish derived from the interior trunk of the sago palm, and butod, or deep-fried sago worm.
Dan 单 Cafe
After a long day of exploring the streets of George Town, retreat into this serene café, where plants – hanging, potted and in terrariums – provide a soothing ambience. Coffee is brewed from single-origin beans, including the prized Panama Geisha varietal.
Indigo @ Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion
Discover fine dining by way of Penang-born, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Beh Weng Chia, who fuses classic French techniques with Asian flavours for an innovative menu.
This specialist rum bar pays homage to the cocktail of the same name, which was first created at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Its décor is inspired by its tropical setting, with a chic assemblage of bamboo trimming, cane furniture and wallpaper adorned with banana tree motifs.
Kalut Café N Bar
This is the closest you’ll get to a quintessential beach bar in Langkawi. With colourful bean bags strewn across the sand and a laid-back ambience, you’ll find yourself lingering well past sunset.
On offer at this elegant restaurant are degustation menus that take guests on journeys from Tamil Nadu to Kerala and all the way across the Palk Strait to Sri Lanka. Its dishes reimagine regional flavours by using contemporary techniques.
October Coffee House
With its homely ambience – think hand-painted walls and wooden furniture – this café is the perfect spot for indulging in an afternoon cup of coffee, crafted from single-origin beans. There are also sweet treats like buttermilk biscuits and finger food like bruschetta.
Privilege Bar & Restaurant
Set against the backdrop of a lush rainforest, this elegant harbourfront restaurant is one of the island’s more upscale culinary options. On offer is a diverse menu of Asian fusion dishes and traditional Malaysian fare.
Richard Rivalee’s Café
What started out as a hobby for Malaysian fashion designer Richard Rivalee has now grown into one of the city’s most sought-after eating spots. In Rivalee’s atelier, you’ll find a small café where the man himself dishes up local fare like laksa (spicy noodle soup).
Ruins of Victoria
This evocatively named restaurant and bar is set in an atmospheric three-storey shophouse that’s dotted with artworks. The specialty cocktails and live music here make it popular with locals and tourists alike.
Fast becoming the go-to place for a cup of joe, this eclectic café also serves up a range of light bites. The owner’s impressive collection of vintage cars and nostalgic memorabilia is another major draw.
Hedonistic yet elegant, raucous but discreet, Suzie Wong is a nightclub straight out of a Wong Kar Wai movie, with its atmospheric lighting and moody interiors. Touted as the most exclusive bar in the city (entry is by booking only), it features an eclectic mix of live performances.
Feast on generously portioned Western fare – including arguably Kuching’s best pizza – at this atmospheric restaurant. You’ll also find an eclectic array of curios, such as Chinese lanterns, adorning the walls and ceiling.
The Museum Café & Shop @ The Main Bazaar
Temporarily relocated from the Sarawak Museum (currently under restoration), this charming café offers a break from the hustle and bustle of the Main Bazaar. Refuel with panini and coffee before browsing the books, artwork and jewellery on display.
The Shamrock Irish Bar
For an enjoyable night out, this popular local haunt always delivers with its pub grub and reasonably-priced drinks. Catch sport on the big screens, or get into the party mood with the extremely potent Kinabalu Rainbow Fling, which contains seven shots of local rice wine.
Verve Beach Club
Situated on Mangsit Beach, north of Senggigi, this breezy venue serves up a variety of Asian and Western fare, from tapas to noodles. It also offers views of the Gili Islands from its beachfront sun loungers.
You won’t find the usual tourist kitsch at this store, which has two locations on Main Bazaar, the city’s oldest street. No. 18 specialises in teakwood furnishings, while No. 62 is filled with artworks, artefacts and household items made from the tropical wood belian.
Peter Hoe Evolution
This new space injects a hipster element into the beloved local lifestyle brand. Flooded with natural light and adorned with colourful apparel and homeware, the chic boutique also houses a charming café.
Jawi Peranakan Mansion
This boutique hotel is a shining example of sympathetic restoration, being one of several previously derelict properties that owner Chris Ong brought back to life. Today, the elegant Anglo-Indian mansion houses eight mansion rooms and six family suites.
This iconic property, which was the first post-WWII hotel built on Bond Street (now Gaya Street), boasts plenty of old-world charm – including doormen decked out in colonial attire. Over the years, it has hosted many luminaries, including Mohammad Ali.
This playful, design-driven boutique hotel houses 117 rooms adorned with black-and-white works by renowned local street photographer, Che’ Ahmad Azhar. Outside, the communal spaces feature assorted vintage curios such as road signs and wrought iron grilles.
Situated within a restored 19th-century shophouse at the edge of the core heritage zone, this pocket-sized boutique hotel offers just nine rooms and an art studio-cum-gallery. It has picked up numerous architecture awards since its opening.
The Danna Langkawi
Highlights at this 125-room, five-star hotel include the colonial architecture, proximity to the marina and a three-tier pool. Its waterfront location also affords guests dramatic mountain and sea views.
The Edison George Town
This stately Anglo-Chinese mansion once belonged to a Hokkien tycoon, but it has since been restored and equipped with mod cons. The opulent bolthole is also the first Penang property to become a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Set in two restored 19th-century shophouses in the heart of Kuching’s Old Town, this boutique hotel offers 24 stylish rooms and suites, each with its own unique décor. Wide windows and verandas provide great views of the Main Bazaar.
曾经为私人家族印刷厂，如今被重新改 造成创意交流据点，涵盖共用工作空间、活动场地以及一个迷你公园。不过，最受瞩目的还是近期开张营业的餐饮食肆，如售卖木炭烤比萨的Proof及精调鸡尾酒的Case Study。
在这里，你绝不会看到千篇一律的旅游纪念品。Johns Gallery在古晋最老的街道主市集上共有两家店面：No. 18主打柚木装饰品；No. 62则售卖以婆罗洲铁木制成的各式艺术品和家居用品。
这家好玩、设计主题的精品酒店共有117间客房，每间都以当地知名街头摄影师Che’ Ahmad Azhar的黑白作品来点缀。外面的公用空间，则陈列了路牌及钢格栅等各式趣味的复古装饰品。
这个全新的艺术中心，位于翠绿的Kampung Attap社区一排1950年代的旧店屋。租户包括Malaysia Design Archive、Reading Library by Amateur Collective以及The Ricecooker Archives等前卫艺术及设计单位。
这里的氛围同时狂放又优雅，吵杂却神秘。极富情调的灯光加上个性十足的室内装潢，来到Suzie Wong仿佛走入王家卫电影之中。有吉隆坡最独家酒吧的名誉（入门需事先预定）， 每晚呈献风格各异的现场表演。
The Museum Café & Shop @ The Main Bazaar