A taste of Malaysia

A trip to Malaysia is a case of leav­ing the guilt at home and pack­ing an ap­petite, as Yvonne van Dongen dis­cov­ers.

The Press - Escape - - MALAYSIA -

Af­ter a fort­night in Malaysia, I now un­der­stand why my Malaysian friends post end­less pho­tos of their meals on Face­book. This te­dious in­dul­gence is al­most for­giv­able when you’ve sam­pled the food in this South East Asian na­tion. Malaysian tucker is fright­en­ingly, fat­ten­ingly, fab­u­lously de­li­cious. Even if ev­ery­thing else about the coun­try was a bore, this alone would be rea­son enough to visit.

Of course it’s not bor­ing but Malaysia does suf­fer from ram­pant un­planned de­vel­op­ment, de­for­esta­tion and miles of hideous oil palm plan­ta­tions. I can’t tell you how of­ten I had to avert my eyes from the en­vi­ron­men­tal hor­rors un­rolling be­fore me as we drove through the coun­try­side. It was ei­ther that or weep.

But once I’d eaten a sump­tu­ous meal, done a bit of gra­tu­itous shop­ping and lain my body down on my su­pe­rior bed in my sump­tu­ous ho­tel, I’d re­mem­ber what was so good about this coun­try. It at­tends to all your base needs.

First, the ho­tels and re­sorts are ex­tremely good value. They’re prob­a­bly un­der-priced if any­thing. It’s awon­der­ful place to play-act wealthy. For about

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