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Top 5 Things to Do on Langkawi

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Welcome to Langkawi, concurrently a tropical paradise and tax-free haven, this island on the northwest coast of Malaysia has been positioned by recent government promotions as a premier vacation destination in Malaysia.  Easily reachable  by ferry from Penang, the mainland, or a few locations in Thailand, it presents an easy and tempting getaway for people in the local area as well as foreigners from all over the planet.  Sit back, relax, and let the smell of palm trees fill your …

Destination: Georgetown, Penang

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Georgetown is the entryway to the exotic island of Penang in Malaysia, and this port city has seen different cultures come and go throughout the years while still maintaining it’s own unique flavor.  Georgetown is Penang’s main city, and is the entry point to the island for most, whether you are coming from the Ferry or the primary bridge to the mainland.  It might be tempting for many tourists to skip past this historic town on the way to the …

Now I Understand Medical Tourism

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Medical Tourism is a huge industry.  It’s resposible for billions of dollars a year in revenue as people travel across boarders to get medical procedures done.  It’s something I was aware of, but never understood why someone would travel from a developed country to the third world in order to get an important operation done.  Wouldn’t they be risking their lives in some dingy operating room with doctors poking and prodding them trying to figure out how to fix them …

Photo of the Week: A House of Colors in Penang

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In the back streets of Georgetown lies this house.  Old, worn down, half falling apart, but with a sense of style.  We just stumbled up on it and I couldn’t help taking a snap of it.  It really stands out in a town of relatively standard, more subdued colors, and adds a bit of pizazz.  Thumbs up, yellow house!

Stellar Dim Sum at Tai Tong in Penang

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Suck it, Hong Kong!  You may have invented modern Dim Sum, but Malaysia has you beat!  In the back streets of Georgetown on the island of Penang in Malaysia, lies a small, unnassuming restaurant named Tai Tong, which has been pumping out fantastic dim sum for the locals for many years.  It’s not classy or gourmet, but it’s dim sum as it should be:  hot, fast, mouthwateringly delicious, and pushed on you by spirited, old Chinese grandmas. Walking in, you …