They say travel broadens the mind, and at Food For Thought, we believe that there are few and far between that are truer than this. We try our best at storytelling through our wanderlust adventures, and this is done through our Hotel Reviews, which feature our stays are some of the most interesting boutique and heritage hotels around the world, our Travel Guides, which feature our local knowledge and unique and uncommon things to do, and from time to time, create Travel Cheat Sheets, a one page summary version of our Travel Guides which you can download for when you’re on the go, so do keep a look out for them when they’re out.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain
Located in the historical tin mining town of Ipoh sits a unique boutique hotel that almost seems misplaced, the M Boutique Hotel Ipoh. This unique establishment is situated on Hala Datuk, not far from the Ipoh city centre, a city decided by Lonely Planet as one of the Best in Asia. This quaint little hotel is furnished with a fusion of contemporary design and colonial past, being dubbed “urban straits eclectic”. This hotel seeks to invoke a sense of throwback to a time where the straits settlements were in its infancy, but with a modern twist. Continue Reading
Located in the Wat Thanon Gate area of Chiang Mai sits a beautifully unique establishment laden with painted white wooden pillars and auburn teak wood which brings you back to the colonial history of Asia, the heritage hotel known as 137 Pillars House. This place is iconic not only for its Anglo-Thai architecture, but also being the former home of Louis Leonowens, the son of Anna Leonowens, famed English teacher to King Chulalongkorn, son of King Mongkut from the fabled story of Anna and the King of Siam, or more famously known from the musical that is The King and I. Continue Reading
Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่), also styled Chiangmai, is proverbially known as the spiritual capital of Thailand, with its calming pace of life and mountainous atmosphere. When compared to its other gems such as Bangkok or one of their many beautiful islands such as Phuket or Koh Phangan, Chiang Mai serves to deliver an entirely different experience. Not as famous to foreigners as a holiday destination, Chiang Mai is known to locals as a must visit for its pristine clean air and local vacation spot. Poetically known the rose of the north, Chiang Mai falls under the northern region of Thailand, and home seat to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Lanna, famed for its distinctive Lanna culture and home to Lanna Cuisine. Here, we shall explore some things to do in Chiang Mai for first time visitors. Continue Reading
Tucked within the recesses of Persiaran Madge is a hidden oasis within the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur is the perfect romantic getaway that is Villa Samadhi. Colloquially known as one of KL’s best kept secrets, this boutique hotel offers a one of a kind experience for those looking for a private sanctuary that is a walk away from the KL city centre and all it has to offer. But more importantly, Villa Samadhi caters to those that want that luxurious service with that much needed personal space in its natural setting. Continue Reading
As you walk down Stewart Lane in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town in Penang, you will come across a row of restored shop houses plucked out of the British colonial era of Malaya. These beautiful interlinked building houses the beautifully restored Seven Terraces Hotel. Frequently voted as one of the best heritage hotels you will find according to TripAdvisor, this hotel offers up much charm and refinement that feels like its been plucked out of a painting. Continue Reading
As you drive down Jalan Perak you will come across a building parked in the centre of the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Fraser Place is strategically positioned off the main roads giving you the much needed quiet from the bustling city whilst maintaining a 5 minute walk from KLCC. These luxury apartments come with the splendours of a hotel combined with the easement of a luxury apartment, and this unique service is brought to you by Haftarent. Continue Reading
Situated on the corner of Hutton Lane and Clarke Street in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown, Penang is a quaint picturesque building that could only be plucked out of a colonial painting. Framed with the red hues from its Chinese influenced colonial history, these row of terraced shop-houses from the late 1940s are a carefully restored project that has been turned into the the heritage and boutique hotel known as Hotel Penaga. Continue Reading
As you take a drive down Macalister Road in Georgetown, Penang, you will come across a picturesque and stately home in white. At first sight, this manor comes across as a beautiful colonial home that could easily be mistaken for a heritage museum. However, upon a second sight you will realise that you have just peered at Macalister Mansion, a restored boutique hotel with some of the best fine dining you will find in Malaysia, the perfect amalgamation of history and modernity.
It’s not the destination but the journey. This is what we are told most when it comes to travelling. When we travel we meet people from different cultures and ways of life. This is why, we must keep to something that we all know, that we should always be polite when travelling. No man is an island, and if you want to have a good time, make sure to keep these points handy. Continue Reading
Situated across the historic Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is this quaint but noble standing building, with colonial architecture that time travels you into the past, sits the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This iconic hotel has a rich history in itself dating back to 1932 standing as the epitome of luxury during the colonial era of Malaya. Continue Reading