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Friday, May 6, 2011

Malaysia Truly Asia

I was planning to visit Thailand this year. I was looking for a place to top my HongKong experience and some of my friends suggested Siam. Hmmm, sounds like a plan to me, then. Thailand is known for its great hospitality, amazing beaches and breathtaking sceneries. But, more importantly, their cuisine is one of the top 5 that could satisfy (or sometimes, challenge) my taste buds.

Until we had our office get-together and we decided to eat in one of the Asian restaurants in Dubai. I have frequented that restaurant in the past and I know which food to order whenever I dine there. Unfortunately, their Phad Thai is not something I look forward to. Their to-die-for? Char Kway Teow. So, I ordered it and shared it to some of my colleagues. Their response? Very positive. They love it! That's when a light bulb appeared in my head. It started blinking as if it's telling me something really important. Why, of course! Malaysian cuisine!!!

That's when it hits me. Malaysia arguably has the best remembered tourism tagline among Asian nations (please see blog post title). Question now is: do they have the sceneries, cuisine, beaches and the unassuming hospitality to back that up?

If the pictures in this post can not convince you to visit Malaysia, then let me tell you that I only visited Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur the entire 7 days I was in Malaysia. I admit I am not a tourist guru but those 7 days were the best 7 vacation days I had so far. And I still wonder how I would top that...


I would like to thank (parang sponsor lang ah!) the Hyatt Regency Kuantan and the Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu for the genuine hospitality and the Regency Club access given to us. Our stay was superb and your dedication to exceeding guests expectation makes me proud to be part of the Hyatt family. Well done guys!