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Minister of Tourism and Culture YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz





Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin



6 Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam


Malaysia in the Eyes of the World

President of Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) Datuk Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin


Malaysia At A Glance


19 Welcome to Visit Malaysia Year 2014

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Health Tourism


Education Tourism


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It gives me great pleasure to greet all visitors to with a warm Selamat Datang, and I hope you have a wonderful stay with us.


Malaysia has been ranked the 1Oth place in the world's most travelled destinations by UNWTO. As we continue to innovate and adapt to the ever changing tourism landscape, we have linedup a list of interesting events and festivals throughout the year. The annual 1Malaysia Malaysian Mega Sale

events include; the Malaysia International Shoe Festival, Contemporary Art Tourism Festival, the Petronas F1 Grand Prix, the Colours of 1Malaysia, the Malaysia Carnival, Fabulous Food 1Malaysia and many more.

Towards this end, I would like to congratulate Tourism Publications Corporation Sdn Bhd for their continued efforts in producing the Malaysia Visitors Guide, a guidebook that provides a wealth of knowledge to visitors about the many attractions Malaysia has to offer, allowing them to enjoy Malaysia's full tourism potential. To our guests an visitors, you will always be welcomed with our famous 1Malaysia hospitality.

Selamat Datang.


YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz Minister of Tourism and Culture

Malaysia is fast becoming one of the preferred holiday destinations in the world.

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Obtaining world class medical services in a safe and modern environment at a fraction of what it would cost in their home countries are amongst the key factors that attract visitors to have their medical procedures performed in


Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam Minister of Health

Malaysia is fast becoming a popular destination for medical tourism.

In many countries, the escalating cost of medical treatment may often prevent many people from obtaining the medical care that they need. Fortunately for them, high quality medical care is readily available in Malaysia for as low as one-fourteenth the cost of treatment in the United States, for example. I am especially proud that Malaysia's medical practitioners are highly qualified and well-trained in their respective specialties such as cardiology, cosmetic and plastic surgery, general surgery, rehabilitative medicine and cancer therapy, to name a few. Rest assured that, backed by state-of the-art facilities and highly competent nursing services, patients can look forward to treatment and care that are of superior quality here in Malaysia. Malaysia is well-regarded internationally, not only for the affordable expertise that it offers, but also for the warmth and caring of its people and its excellent environment that is conducive to good recuperation and rehabilitation. Ever a popular getaway, Malaysia is well-known for its natural beauty and relaxed way of life, which is definitely ideal for rapid recovery as well as rejuvenation. Being away from home also allows patients the chance to heal at their own pace while taking in the sights of a truly beautiful country such as Malaysia. Hence, we have come up with health care packages that incorporate complete tour itineraries that will satisfy and even delight our patients and their loved ones who accompany them. I would thus like to commend Tourism Publications Corporation Sdn Bhd for highlighting our country's medical advancements through the publication of Malaysia Visitors Guide. This guide is a wonderful platform for Malaysia to showcase and promote to the world, the medical expertise and facilities that we have to offer. Last but not least, I would like to wish all our visitors a warm welcome to our country and hope that you will have a fruitful and memorable stay here.










Making your destination of choice for furthering your education is a decision well-made.


Scores of international students have arrived on our shores, keen on equipping themselves with not just a qualification but graduate with marketability, a myriad of skills and experiences that are unique only to Malaysia.

Tan Sri Dato' Haji Muhyiddin Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education

Malaysia draws thousands of international students each year with its offer of quality education at affordable costs.

Malaysia draws thousands of international students each year with its offer of quality education at affordable costs. Students arriving in our country will find Malaysia a great place to gain knowledge and master skills with its top notch education institutions that offer twinning and foreign bachelor degrees. Several foreign universities have also set up branches here, namely the UK's University of Nottingham, Australia's Curtin University of Technology, Swinburne University of Technology and Monash University and Singapore's FTMSDe Montfort University. These universities award students bachelor and postgraduate degrees identical to those of their main campus but at a fraction of the costs. Malaysia is an excellent country for the advancement of knowledge for it is modern yet retains its cultural identity. Students will gain an opportunity to take in the flavours of the local community, subsequently enriching their experience here. The warmth of local students and the presence of fellow countrymen will make students feel truly at home. I welcome all students to our country and it is my greatest hope that you will have a rewarding and enriching stay here, this copy of Malaysia Visitors Guide by Tourism Publications Corporation Sdn Bhd is an excellent guide for you to settle down and make yourself at home upon arriving, and subsequently for you to explore the beautiful country that you have chosen to pursue your higher education. I hope that you would share your memorable experiences with friends and family about Malaysia's excellence as a centre of education.

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Selamat Datang !

I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Tourism Publications Corporation Sdn Bhd for successfully putting together yet another edition of Malaysia Visitors Guide. The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) is proud to endorse the 25th publication of Malaysia Visitors Guide which provides a remarkable comprehensive list of all the various available accommodations to suit your budget and fancy.

Datuk Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin President of Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

The ambience, comfort and service quality are key factors that would determine the satisfaction that our guests have during their stay and visit.



Accommodation undoubtedly plays a critical aspect in the overall experience of a visit or holiday to our beautiful country. The ambience, comfort and service quality are key factors that would determine the satisfaction that our guests have during their stay and visit. Therefore, through our best efforts, we are dedicated in making sure that your stay is comfortable and memorable regardless of your choice of accommodation in Malaysia. A wide range of accommodation caters to every visitor’s preference. Five star hotels are conveniently available for those who love to be pampered in luxury, while budget inns and youth hostels cater to the more adventurous keen on taking in more local flavours. Nature lovers can opt for jungle lodges while homestays are excellent for those who want to live just like a local. All in all, there is something for everyone. It is a great pleasure for MAH to be a part of this wonderful publication and I would like to wish Tourism Publications Corporation Sdn Bhd many years of success ahead.

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In The Eyes Of

The World Malaysia

has received numerous international awards and recognitions over the years:


CNN ranked Kuala Lumpur, ’s capital city as the 4th Best Shopping City after New York, London and Tokyo in its latest World’s 12 Best Shopping Cities. Kuala Lumpur was also named 2nd Best Shopping Destination in Asia Pacific by Globe Shopper Index.

Malaysia has 3 of the top 10 largest malls in the world! In the list of top 10 largest malls in world,

1 Utama took 4th place, Mid Valley Megamall took 8th place and Sunway Pyramid shopping mall took 9th place.


In 2012, the United Nations World Tourist Organisation (UNWTO) ranked as the 9th most visited country in the world and confirms that Malaysia is the second ranked Asian country after China with the most tourist arrivals.

Malaysia is the world’s top Muslim-Friendly Holiday Destination according to a survey conducted by Crescentrating, a Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy released on January 16, 2013.

Malaysia is ranked 3rd in the 2013 World’s Top Retirement Haven by Malaysia is 7th on the top 10 Meetings Destination in Asia Pacific, according to ICCA. Forbes Online named Malaysia as the 10th World’s Friendliest Country in 2012. Malaysia won the 1st prize for the UNWTO’s 2012 Ulysses Award for Innovation in Public Policy

and Governance for its Homestay Experience Programme. UNWTO also ranked Malaysia at 14th in International Tourism Receipts in both 2010 and 2011.

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Malaysia At A Glance

Malaysia is separated by the South China Sea into two regions known as Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak). Malaysia consists of a total of 13 states and three federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan). Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia while Putrajaya is the heart of the administration of the Federal Government.

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Malaysia is situated between 2째 and 7째 to the North of the Equator line with a total landmass of 329,847 square kilometres.



Colonial Malaysia 1511AD – 1957AD was a time where Malaysia was ruled under various colonial powers; from the Portuguese in 1511 to the Dutch in 1641 followed by the British onwards. The British ruled what was then called Malaya until the Japanese occupation from 1942-1945. When World War 2 ended, British resumed control but Malaya’s independence movement reached its peak. On August 31, 1957, Malaya gained independence and Tunku Abdul Rahman became the first Prime Minister.

Malaysia practices parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. Yang Di-Pertuan Agong known as the King, is the head of state for Malaysia and serves in a ceremonial role. The position of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong is awarded to a different state monarch (sultan) every five years according to a rotation system. The head of government is the Prime Minister. Malaysia has a bicameral legislative system.

Climate & Weather Malaysia has a tropical climate and the weather is warm and sunny all year round with temperatures range from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F). Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). Malaysia has two monsoon seasons, between November and March with heavier rains and May and September. Humidity is high all year long. The annual rainfall volume varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.

Languages & Religion Malaysia’s official language is Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) but English is also widely spoken. Many ethnic groups also converse in their various languages and dialects. Islam is the official religion of the country but other religions such as Buddhism and Christianity are widely and freely practised. The Constitution defines all ethnic Malays as Muslims.

Population Malaysia recorded a population of 29.62 million people according to Department of Statistics Malaysia in April 2013. This number included 62.3% of Malays, 22% of Chinese, 6.7% of Indians, 0.9% of other races (citizens) and 8.1% of noncitizens.

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People The Malays, Chinese and Indians are the three main ethnicities while the rest are from other ethno-linguistic groups. In Sabah and Sarawak there are a myriad of indigenous ethnic groups as distinctive as their culture and heritage. The blend of all these cultures has created what is known as a truly Malaysian culture.

Malays The Malays, Malaysia’s largest ethnic group make up more than 60 percent of the total population. Here, Malay refers to a person who practices Islam and Malay traditions, speaks the Malay language and whose ancestors are Malays. The old Malays’ conversion to Islam from Hinduism and Theravada Buddhism began in the era of the royal court of Malacca.

Chinese The Chinese, forming the second largest ethnic group, are descendants of Chinese immigrants during the 19th century. There are sub-groups who speak different Chinese dialects such as Hokkien who live predominantly in the northern island of Penang and the Cantonese in Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh while Mandarin is widely spoken in the southern states such as Johor. There are other dialects like Foochow, Hakka, Teochew, Henghua or Hainanese used widely especially in Sabah and Sarawak.

Indian and Sikhs Indians had been visiting the country for more than 2,000 years but only settled en masse in the

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19th century when they came to work in rubber plantations, infrastructure, as administrators and small businessmen. Malaysian Indians are mostly descendants of Tamil-speaking immigrants from South India who came during the British colonial rule. They are predominantly Hindus. The Punjabi speaking Sikh community owes its beginning to the British connection especially during the recruitment of Sikhs for the paramilitary and police units since the late 19th century.

Indigenous Ethnic Groups Peninsular Malaysia The term used for the indigenous groups that are found in Peninsular Malaysia is Orang Asli (original people). They are divided into 3 main tribal groups: Negrito (live in the north), Senoi (live in the middle) and Proto-Malay (live in the south) with each group having its own language and culture. They are fishermen and farmers while some are semi-nomadic.

Sarawak The indigenous people in Sarawak are collectively known as Dayaks, the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu are the major ethnic groups in the state of Sarawak. They live in longhouses, traditional community homes that can house 20 to 100 families. Iban The Ibans form around 30% of the Sarawak’s population of 2.5 million. They are an upriver tribe from the heart of Kalimantan who were once a fearsome warrior race renowned for headhunting

and piracy. Ibans worship a triumvirate of gods under Singalang Burung or the bird-god of war. Most have embraced Christianity although many traditional customs are still being practised.

Orang Ulu The 27 inland tribal groups in Sarawak are collectively called Orang Ulu. A population of around 100,000 people belong to various tribes

Bidayuh The Bidayuh are famous for their hospitality and rice wine known as tuak as their easy-going personalities. They make their homes in the southern regions of Sarawak and are mostly farmers and hunters. Originally animist, most have converted to Christianity.

ranging from 300 to 25,000 individuals each. These upriver tribes are termed Borneo’s most artistic people as their longhouses, utensils in daily life or clothes are intricately made and decorated. Their aristocratic ladies cover their bodies with finely detailed tattoos.

Melanaus The Melanaus are believed to be the original settlers of Sarawak. In present day, they are found mainly along the rivers and coastal plains of central Sarawak. They were originally animists who have converted to Islam although some inland communities are Christians.

The aboriginal Penans are also considered Orang Ulu but these are nomadic people living in small family groups and are constantly moving from one place to another within the rainforest. Most Penans have now settled in longhouse communities, go to school and left animism beliefs for either Islam or Christianity.

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Chinese Peranakan

Sabah The largest indigenous ethnic groups of Sabah’s population are the Kadazan Dusun, the Bajau and the Murut. Kadazan Dusun The Kadazan Dusun consist of two tribes of Kadazan and Dusun form about 30 percent of the Sabah’s population. They are grouped together due to shared similar language and culture. They form the largest ethnic group in Sabah. Kadazans concentrate mainly in flat valley deltas while the Dusuns traditionally lived in the hilly and mountainous interiors of Sabah. Bajau The Bajaus form the second largest ethnic group in Sabah make up about 15% of the Sabah’s population. They were once nomadic sea-faring people who worshipped the Omboh Dilaut (God of the Sea). As such they are also sometimes referred to as Sea Gypsies. Bajaus who leave their sea-faring practices turn to farming and cattle breeding and are nicknamed cowboys of the east due to their impressive equestrian skills. Murut The Muruts, meaning Men of the Hills, historically inhabited the northern inland regions of Borne. They were the last of Sabah’s ethnic groups to abandon headhunting. A majority are shifting cultivators of hill paddies and tapioca and also involved in blowpipe hunting and fishing.

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The Chinese Peranakan, commonly known as Baba Nyonya or Straits Chinese, refers to the descendants of very early Chinese immigrants of the 15th century to this region, including the British Straits Settlements of Malaya and the Dutch-controlled Java Island. Baba Nyonya have adopted the Malay customs, culture and way of life – they speak Baba Malay which is a mixture of Malay language and Chinese Hokkien. The population is found mainly in Melaka and Penang with a lesser known 300 year old Chinese Peranakan community in Kelantan.

Indian Peranakan The Indian Peranakan, popularly known as Chitty, are found mainly in Melaka. They are descendants of Tamil traders from Panai in Tamil Nadu who settled in Melaka during the Melaka sultanate. The Chitty speak a Malay patois which is mixed with many Tamil words and they also retain their religious beliefs of Hinduism. The traditional Chitty settlement is located at Kampung Tujuh in Melaka.

Eurasians The Eurasians are of mixed Asian and European ancestry, a result of the country’s colonisation history of Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation.

Kristang The Kristang are Portuguese descendants whose forefathers arrived in Melaka in 1511 from Goa, India. They built settlements, married the locals and spoke an old form of Portuguese language, called Kristang. The Kristang are predominantly Catholic and live in a settlement in Ujong Pasir, Melaka.



The offi cial currency is the Malaysian Ringgit, indicated as RM. Foreign currencies can be converted at banks and money changers.

Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of the U.S. Pacifi c Standard Time.

Banking Hours Banks in most states are open from 9.15am to 4.30pm from Mondays to Fridays. In Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, they open from Sundays to Wednesdays from 9.15am to 4.30pm and from 9.15am to 4pm on Thursdays and closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Post Offices Most Post offi ces are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Fridays and from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturdays. In Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, they are closed on Fridays and public holidays.

Electricity The electricity voltage used is 220-240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. The power point is the British Standard BS 1363 which requires the use of 3-pin square plugs and sockets for all connections to the power mains (US and other European travelers should bring along adaptors).

Measurement System Malaysia follows the metric systems in weights and measurements.

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As Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, visitors are advised to dress respectfully and appropriately especially when entering places of worship. Ladies are advised to wear long sleeves, loose pants or long skirts. Photo-taking is allowed but ask permission before hand.

The Basic Do’s and Don’ts Malaysia is generally a relaxed, laid-back and free country, its people are helpful with a sunny disposition. Due to our diverse cultures, race and religions, there are some custom or practices that visitors are advised to observe while in the country. Some common courtesies and customs are as follows Handshakes are generally acceptable although should only be initiated by ladies, do not offer to shake hands unless offered; some Muslim ladies may acknowledge by merely nodding and smiling. Among men, handshakes are more common. Shoes must be removed when entering a Malaysian home and places of worships such mosques and temples. The right hand is always used when eating, giving or receiving objects. When pointing at places, persons or object, use the thumb of the right hand with the four fingers folded under. It is considered rude to point with the right forefinger. Drinks are generally offered to guests and it is polite to accept. Toasting is not a practice or custom as Muslims do not consume alcohol. Malaysians do not practice public display of affection; public hugging and kissing are considered inappropriate behavior no matter how close you are to each other.

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Understanding basic food eating is part of politeness. Muslims only consume Halal food (halal means permissible in Islam) while Hindus do not eat beef. The same goes when ordering drinks as alcohol is banned in Islam. Transporting or trading in illegal drugs is a definite no-no. Malaysia imposes a mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking (possession of 200g of marijuana is considered as trafficking) or anybody caught manufacturing, importing or exporting more than 15g of heroin, 30g of morphine, 30g of cocaine, 500g of cannabis or 200g of cannabis resin. Unauthorised consumption can land you with a maximum 10 year jail sentence or a heavy fine or both. Tip giving is not common or compulsory. Usually a percentage is added to the bill, for example a 6% government tax and a 10% service charge which are common charges in hotels or more expensive restaurants. At cheaper places such as hawker stalls or coffee shops, tipping is not expected.

Welcome toVisit Malaysia

Year 2014

2014 signifi es Malaysia’s fourth Visit Malaysia Year with the theme Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia to refl ect the diversity in unity of all Malaysians. The Proboscis Monkey has been chosen as the mascot of Visit Malaysia Year 2014.


tropical paradise, Malaysia offers pristine rainforests for safari, mountain ranges for trekking, unspoiled islands for relaxing and

sunbathing, wetlands for bird watching and an amazing underwater kingdom for diving and snorkelling. From towering skyscrapers and the most luxurious hotels to the most rustic charm of historical heritage architectures and quaint shop houses, your stay in Malaysia will be a fascinating amalgamation of experiences that will stay in your heart forever. A holiday or a business trip during this Visit Malaysia Year 2014 is the perfect time to see, feel and experience Malaysia! Malaysia’s Truly Asia welcome all with our endless wonders of nature, festivals, activities, culture, cuisines, the rustic and the ultramodern.

N PERLIS Kangar Kuah


Kota Bharu

Alor Setar






George Town

Kuala Terengganu






Shah Alam


Kota Kinabalu




MELAKA Bandar Melaka



Johor Bahru




Legend Federal Capital State Capital



Ferry Terminal


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JANUARY 4 Jan 2014 Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Grand Launch Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603 8891 7521 13 - 18 Jan 2014 Royal Langkawi International Regatta Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah Tel: 604 966 7186 24 Jan 2014 Tropfest SEA Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang Tel: 604 261 3061

FEBRUARY 8 Feb 2014 Chinese New Year Open House Taiping, Perak Tel: 603 8891 7000 10 - 16 Feb 2014 World Kite Festival Pasir Gudang, Johor Tel: 607 254 7777

MARCH 8 - 9 Mar 2014 Port Dickson 4x4 International Sand Challenge Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan Tel: 606 765 9725 12 - 19 Mar 2014 2nd FAI Asian Paragliding Accuracy Championship (FAPAC) Kampung Lohan, Ranau, Sabah Tel: 6088 232 121

21 - 22 Mar 2014 Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) Sepang International Circuit, Selangor Tel: 603 7772 6272

15 Mar - 6 Apr 2014 1Malaysia GP Sale 2014 Throughout Malaysia Tel: 603 8891 8000

28 - 30 Mar 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Selangor Tel: 603 8778 2200

APRIL 5 -16 Apr 2014 Royal Belum World Drums Festival Ipoh, Perak Tel: 605 253 1957

9 - 17 Apr 2014 Malay Achipelago Drums Festival MBMB Square, Melaka Tel: 606 235 9701 12 - 13 Apr 2014 Penang World Music Festival (PWFM) Quarry Park, Botanical Gardens, Penang Tel: 604 650 5136 25 - 27 Apr 2014 Regatta Lepa Semporna, Sabah Tel: 6089 781 518


Events Highlight

25 - 27 Apr 2014 Labuan Water Festival Labuan International Sea Sport Complex, Labuan Tel: 6087 422 622

Events Highlight 2014 MAY 9 - 11 May 2014 Borneo Jazz Festival Parkcity Averly Hotel, Miri, Sarawak Tel: 6082 423 600

22 - 24 May 2014 Colors of 1Malaysia Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603 8891 7521

28 - 31 May 2014 Kelantan International Kite Fest Pantai Geting Tumpat, Kelantan Tel: 609 748 5534 30 - 31 May 2014 Tadau Kaamatan Penampang, Sabah Tel: 6088 713 696

JUNE 6 - 7 Jun 2014 The Voice of Nature “Bird & Bush Cricket Festival” Langkawi, Kedah Tel: 604 731 2322 7 Jun 2014 Tadau Kaamatan Open House Tambunan, Sabah Tel: 603 8891 7000

7 Jun - 7 Jul 2014 TRAIL: George Town World Heritage City Celebration by UNESCO George Town, Penang Tel: 604 261 6606

15 Jun 2014 Ipoh International Run Ipoh, Perak Tel: 605 255 0413 20 - 21 Jun 2014 Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race Fraser’s Hill, Pahang Tel: 609 517 1623 20 - 21 Jun 2014 Sunset Music Festival Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah Tel: 6088 232 121 20 - 22 Jun 2014 Rainforest World Music Festival Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak Tel: 6082 846 411 21 Jun 2014 Hari Gawai Open House Kuching, Sarawak Tel: 603 8891 7000

23 - 29 Jun 2014 San Pedro Festival Portuguese Settlement, Ujong Pasir, Melaka Tel: 606 284 7493 28 - 30 Jun 2014 Borneo Bird Race Borneo Highlands and Mulu National Park, Sarawak Tel: 6082 846 411 Jun 2014 Ramadhan Festival Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603 8891 7521 1 Jun - 31 Jul 2014 Penang Durian Fair Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau & Penang Times Square, Penang Tel: 604 650 5316

12 - 15 Jun 2014 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade Magic Of The Night Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside Maritime Centre, Putrajaya Tel: 603 8891 7521

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JULY 7 Jul 2014 TRAIL: Melaka World Heritage City Celebration by UNESCO Melaka City, Melaka Tel: 606 235 9701 12 - 14 Jul 2014 Borneo Cultural Festival Sibu Gateway, Sarawak Tel: 6084 333 411 1 - 31 Jul 2014 Kuala Lumpur Festival Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603 2614 8200

AUGUST 16 Aug 2014 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House Kuantan, Pahang Tel: 603 8891 7000 21 - 24 Aug 2014 Royal Pahang International Billfish Challenge Kuala Rompin, Pahang Tel: 609 514 1206

SEPTEMBER 12 - 14 Sep 2014 Sarawak Regatta Tebingan Kuching, Sarawak Tel: 682 243 301 23 - 24 Sep 2014 Malaysia Rally FIA Pacific Rally Championship Angsana Johor Bahru & Kota Tinggi, Johor Tel: 603 4270 4656


Events Highlight

Events Highlight 2014 OCTOBER 5 - 11 Oct 2014 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Selangor Tel: 603 8778 2200

19 Oct 2014 Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon-Adventure Series Kundasang, Sabah Tel: 6088 232 121

1 Oct - 31 Dec 2014 Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Throughout Malaysia Tel: 603 8891 7521

NOVEMBER 16 Nov 2014 Penang Bridge International Marathon Queensbay & Penang Bridge, Penang Tel: 604 650 5136

1 Nov 2014 Deepavali Open House Tel: 603 8891 7000

3 - 7 Nov 2014 Terengganu Kenyir Lake Fishing Competition (Kenyir Cup) 2014 Pengkalan Gawi, Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu Tel: 609 822 3100

22 - 26 Nov 2014 Malaysia International Performing Arts Festival (MIPAF 2014) Kuala Lumpur Tel: 603 2614 8200

DECEMBER 28 Dec 2014 Christmas Open House Johor Bahru, Johor Tel: 603 8891 7000

4 - 7 Dec 2014 Penang International Jazz Festival Batu Ferringhi, Penang Tel: 603 2093 4725

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* Chow Kit


* Sultan Ismail

* Kg Baru * Ampang Park * KLCC

* Medan Tuanku

Dark Wangi

* Bandaraya

* Bukit Nanas

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC)


KLCC • Petronas Twin Towers • Suria KLCC Shopping Mall • Petrosains • Aquaria • Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

KL City Walk * Raja Chulan

KL Tower Masjid Jamek Merdeka Square • National Monument • Butterfly Park • Orchid and Hibiscus Garden • KL Bird Park

Sultan Abdul Samad Building * Bukit Bintang

Central Market KL City Gallery

* Plaza Rakyat

* Pasar Seni

National Mosque Istana Negara

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex

* Masjid Jamek

Petaling Stret

Perdana Botanical Garden

* Hang Tuah

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

* Imbi

Berjaya Times Square

* Maharajalela

National Museum


KL Railway Station

KL Sentral Station

* Tun Sambanthan * Pudu

* KL Monorail Terminal


Thean Hou Temple


KUALA LUMPUR Negeri Sembilan

Legend KTM Komuter

Places of Interest

Tourist Information Centre

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Kuala Lumpur

KL Monorail

KTM Komuter Line

LRT Ampang Line

LRT Kelana Jaya Line

Major Road

Kuala Lumpur

Capital of Malaysia One of Asia’s most dynamic cities, Kuala Lumpur has a unique and inspiring blend of races and cultures packed with various entertainment options, exciting attractions and a comprehensive transportation system.

Popularly known as KL, Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, literally meaning muddy confluence derived its name from its formation, near the place where the rivers of Klang and Gombak intersect. In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the happening city where it is the centre of commerce, business, entertainment, shopping, education, city living, tourist destination and was once the administrative centre of the country. Although popular as a destination for a stopover, a short visit or for official, business matters, Kuala Lumpur offers many attractions behind its cosmopolitanism.

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The Panggung Sari

Istana Budaya Literally means the Palace of Culture. Elegant and with its individual character, this National Theatre was found in 1999 and is proclaimed as one of Malaysia’s prominent celebrated landmarks. Consistently voted as among the top ten most equipped theatres in the world, Istana Budaya, this sophisticated performing art centre is also Malaysia’s main venue for all types of international and local theatre performances such as musical theatre, opera, classical concert and operetta. Said to be the first theatre in Asia equipped with cuttingedge equipment that is on par with London’s Royal Albert hall, Istana Budaya has staged many notable local and international performances. Visitors and patrons to Istana Budaya will be amazed by its marvellous structural design, distinctive frontage, display features and overall architecture which significantly reflects the nature and culture of the country and the concept of a traditional Malay house and culture. One will soon realised that the building’s structure is actually an inspiration of the Wau Bulan, a traditional kite in flight. The main building itself cultivates the form


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the capacity of 281 patrons at any one time. Facilities and rooms are also available for VIPs, press conferences, video presentations, trainings, seminars and a ballet studio. Not forgetting the wheelchair bound, facilities are also available.

of Sirih Junjung, arrangements of betel leaves traditionally used for welcoming ceremonies and Malay weddings. The roof resembles a traditional floral and leave arrangement. Determined by its individual functions, the theatre is divided into 3 sections of a traditional Malay house;- the Serambi (Lobby and Foyer). Rumah Ibu (Auditorium) and the Dapur (The stage and rehearsal hall). The interior designs are of marble products, high quality wood and luxuriant carpets which are designed to feature a traditional Malay house. The Panggung Sari auditorium can accommodate 1,413 patrons at any one time which includes the cosy and comfortable seatings at the stalls on level 1, the grand circle at level 2 and the upper circle at level 3. The Lambang Sari auditorium, slightly smaller and with an arena style stage, is located at the right of Panggung Sari. It was designed to cater for smaller productions with

Istana Budaya’s organization is comprised of professional musicians who made up the National Symphony Orchestra. It was officially launched as a professional body in 1993 since its formation in 1989. Ever since its launch, the National Symphony Orchestra had participated at many international events worldwide. Placed under productions, Istana Budaya has 2 musical groups; a traditional musical group which produces traditional music and another combo group which collaborates with the traditional group to produce creative and contemporary music. Istana Budaya also boasts of having one of the largest cultural performers group in Malaysia. Located along the busy road of Jalan Tun Razak, Istana Budaya is easily accessible by means of private or public transports like taxis or LRTs.

For future events, you can visit Istana Budaya’s website at Don’t forget to look for the dress code and the Dos and Don’ts. It will be an unforgettable Malaysian experience.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower

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The only tower in the world located within a forest (within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, which is one of the oldest forest reserves in the country). It is also the 7th tallest telecommunications towers in the world with a height of 421m. Malaysia’s Islamic heritage can be seen from the Tower’s Muqarmas architectural designs, detailed Arabic scripts, Islamic floral and abstract motifs. An observation deck and a revolving restaurant at 276m above ground level offer 360 degree view of the city’s skyline.

Strategically located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur - Medan Tuanku is close to the city's major financial districts, government buildings and many cultural and entertainment venues. Business travellers or visitors who are looking for convenience, accessibility to the city, yet affordable at central Kuala Lumpur will find their perfect answer in Prescott Hotel Kuala Lumpur - Medan Tuanku.

The Tower is divided into 5 sections:• The foundation houses 3 basement floors for safety purposes, storage and maintenance work. • The touristic building houses the administration office, souvenir shops and a 146 meter long pedestrian mall with cascading pools. • The tower shaft comprises of 22 levels with 4 elevators and flights of stairs totalling 2,058 steps. • The antenna mast crowns the Tower and is used for telecommunication and broadcasting transmissions. Other attractions at KL Tower: • The 1Malaysia Cultural Village at Menara KL Terrace (21, 840 sq ft) offers visitors a glimpse into Malaysia’s multicultural ethnicity such as unique replicas of traditional kampung (village) houses and cultural performances. • The XD Theatre, a 6D Motion Simulated Thrill Ride, offers extreme dimension lighting and simulation effect (only for those aged 6 years old and above). • The Blue Coral Aquarium displays various under-the-sea exotic creatures such as spotted cardinal fish, fire clownfish, percula clownfish, skunk clownfish, carpet and sane anemones, baby white tip reef sharks, pufferfish and other sea star species. • The Menara KL Pony Ride offers parents and children a great fun way to take pictures and interacting with the horses. • The Menara KL F1 Simulator Zone allows visitors to experience the exhilaration of F1 driving in the city. KL Tower


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Petronas Philharmonic Hall The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is also located inside the Twin Towers and houses the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Inspired by the traditional shoe-box shape of 19th century European concert, it is Malaysia’s only concert hall devoted to classical music. It can seat 920 persons, including box seats and 20 luxurious corporate suites and a royal suite.

Petronas Twin Tower

Petronas Twin Tower Standing at 451.9m above street level, the 88-storey twin tower is the tallest twin tower in the world (tallest building in the world from 1998-2004) and a world-renowned icon of modern Malaysia. It is the centre piece of the Kuala Lumpur city centre (KLCC) development, which comprises landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Suria KLCC shopping mall, star related hotels as well as the landscaped KLCC Park. The designs of each Tower’s floor plate are based on Islamic forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars which architecturally describe important Islamic principles of unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality. The 54.4m skybridge that links the two Towers at the 41st and 42nd floors (175 above street level) is also the world’s highest two-storey bridge and a superb viewing platform to see Kuala Lumpur up high. Petronas Art Gallery

Entrance to Petronas Twin Tower

Petrosains The 7,000 sq m Petrosains, an interactive science discovery centre located on the fourth floor of the Petronas Twin Towers. Petrosains is mainly dedicated to petroleum science and presents science technology in a fun and entertaining way. The centre adopts a museum-style concept with a collection of space age exhibits, fossils and scientific issues. It is divided into eleven main interactive showcases.


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Aquaria KLCC

Aquaria KLCC Located beneath the Petronas Twin Towers and adjacent to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the 5,000 sq ft Aquaria KLCC is an underwater park housing more than 20,000 aquatic and land animals in display areas mimicking their natural habitats; and is also the biggest aquarium in the world. A 90-metre long underwater tunnel houses killer sharks and other sea-life species. Some of the attractions: • Diving sessions with the sharks and gigantic sting rays. • Spectacular ocean reef and its inhabitants through a large acrylic window. • Exciting live fish feeding sessions at allotted times, keep a lookout for the fiercely ferocious piranha. • The Aquazone, a fish therapy centre, where visitors can soak their feet in the water and allow the doctor fish (GarraRuffa fish) to nibble at the dead skins on your feet (a great exfoliating method!). • The DNA Touch Pool where visitors and pick up and feel the textures of live corals, star fish and aquatic animals. • The Atlantis Gift Shop for exclusive Aquaria KLCC merchandise such as apparels, toys, souvenirs or accessories.

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTic) An architectural and beautiful historical building, the Malaysia Tourism Centre offered various facilities and services to assist tourists in planning unforgettable holidays in Malaysia. Cultural performances and demonstrations are held in the auditorium on certain days of the week enabled tourists to experience the essence of Malaysia.

Exhibition booth of Malaysia Tourism Centre

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The Heritage Centre - Rumah Penghulu

Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman is a classic traditional Malay house built on stilts and originated from Kampung Sungai Kechil, a small town in Kedah. It was built by Penghulu Abu Seman bin Nayan, the head of the Kedahan village who in 1924 bought the core building of the house which was built in 1916. The Heritage of Malaysia Trust bought it, disassembled it and relocated to Kuala Lumpur. Hence, city dwellers and visitors can see a typical village house right in the heart of the metropolitan.

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is a one-stop craft centre and a must-visit destination for both local and international tourists. Art workshops and demonstrations held at the Craft Village give an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn and experienced themselves in the making of crafts such as batik drawing, wood carving and pottery making. This complex is the aspiration for the nation's craft activities that comprise the marketing, education, acculturation and local cuisine, which is rich with Malaysia identity.

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Jade Museum

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Jade museum Jade Museum is a definite place to feast your eyes on some of the most beautifully carved and rarest jades in the world. Exhibits include modern jewellery sets, tools, weapons, ornamental carvings and sculptures. Visitors can also buy pieces of jades that are for sale, participate in the jade cutting workshop or gemmological authenticated certificates.

Central Market/Pasar Seni Central Market is a former wet market similar to London’s Covent Garden that has been refurbished into a centre for exclusively-made handicraft, antique, art, batik, wood carvings, gifts and souvenirs. Visitors can also watch local artists and craftsmen at work. Portrait painting is popular among visitors. Art and cultural performances are held frequently. The Annexe Gallery exhibits contemporary works of local artistes.


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Petaling Street / Chinatown Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is located in Petaling Street. Day or night, the street is bustling with activities. It is a shopper’s paradise for those who enjoy good bargaining for clothes, souvenirs, electronic items and textiles. Some of the best street food can be found here such as the roasted duck stall which is built on a motorcycle or the famous noddle stalls. There is also a street lined with flower stalls and shops with the fragrance of flowers permeating the air every day.

Royal Selangor Club The Royal Selangor Club has been around for more than a century (1884) and was initially named the Selangor Club where it was a meeting place for high ranking and educated members of the British colonial society. Its present name started in 1984 after being granted a royal charter by the Sultan of Selangor.

Hotel Maluri Hotel Maluri is strategically located within the vicinity of city centre in Kuala Lumpur for business or leisure travellers and just 10 minutes away from KLCC. The hotel has successfully completed the refurbishment with all rooms are well equipped with newest amenities and has transformed to a boutique hotel. Guests will experience the comfortable malaysian hospitality provided by the newly refurbished establishment.

Merdeka Square Merdeka Square or Dataran Mederka was the historical place where the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time during the country’s Independence from British colonisation on 31 August 1957. As a remembrance, a 100-metre flagpole was erected at the same spot, the world’s highest flagpole. The square used to be the venue for carnivals, cricket matches and other important occasions. This historic heart of KL is preserved with beautifully manicured lawns, terraces and a fountain.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is one of the most prominent and distinguished landmarks of KL, named after the reigning Sultan of Selangor during construction time, bears Moorish influences blending with local culture and British styles. It is an important structure during the British era which used as the government’s administration office. It now houses the supreme and high courts. Close by, stands the 40-metre clock tower with a golden dome and flanked on both sides by two domed towers. This is the very clock that struck the midnight hour that marked the country’s independence on 31 August 1957.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building located in front of the Dataran Merdeka and the Royal Selangor Club

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Guan Di Temple Visitors to Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown can stroll across to an adjacent road to it, the Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, to visit a temple dedicated to Guan Di, the Chinese’s God of Righteousness which was built in 1888. An easily recognisable bright orange building, the main entrance is guarded by two Guardian Gods of the temple on each side. Visitors must also check out the antique long knife known as guan dao which was brought over from China more than a century ago. During certain festivals, the guan dao will be brought out to the courtyard facing the main entrance for public viewing. Many devotees believe that whoever touches the knife will be blessed.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple The extravagantly decorated Sri Mahamariamman Temple is also located on Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, between two Buddhist temples at the edge of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown. The temple was founded by Indian immigrants from southern India in 1873 to honour the popular Hindu deity, Mariamman, who is looked upon as protector of Tamils during their sojourns to foreign lands. There are 228 Hindu idols, frozen from dozens of scenes from the Ramayana that adorn the five tiers of the entrance gate. The temple is decorated with hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early Hinduism with intricate carvings of Hindu deities. The chief image of deity Sri Maha Mariamman is located in the inner chamber known as sanctum sanctorum (garbagraham) and is also where priests perform prayers. Visitors are encouraged to visit the temple during the annual Thaipusam festival in January or early February where the temple’s large silver chariot with 240 bells and a pair of horses, dedicated to Lord Murugan is a prominent feature. The chariot is used to transport the statues of Lord Murugan and his consorts, Valli and Teivayanni through the streets to Batu Caves, around 13km north of Kuala Lumpur. Huge numbers of Hindu devotees converge in the temple to participate in the ritual which usually starts with about half hour of chanting by music.

Butterfly Park

Perdana Botanical Garden The Perdana Botanical Garden which covers an area of more than 170 acres is strategically located in the City of Kuala Lumpur. The Botanical Garden is built around two lakes, a popular place for joggers and families who flock there for a stroll, picnic, a breath of fresh air or play at the playground. Boat rides around the lake are also available or rent a water bicycle for a fun way to explore the garden. The National Monument honours the valiant soldiers who gave their lives to defend the country. It is situated overlooking Perdana Botanical Garden. A number of attractive parks and gardens amidst the vast Perdana Botanical Garden: • The Orchid Garden which is home to over 800 species of orchids. Besides taking pictures, on weekends visitors can also buy a pot or two. Weekends are the best times to visit when the gardens are transformed into a floral bazaar. • The Hibiscus Garden is where the national flower grows in abundance. • The Bird Park houses more than 3,000 birds from 200 species with daily stage feedings, photography session and noon-time bird shows. • The Butterfly Park has more than 6,000 butterflies from 120 different species, all housed within a landscape of 15,000 plants, creating a natural rainforest environment for the butterflies. • The Deer Park houses several species of deer. Lookout for the mouse deer or kancil which is the smallest hoofed animal and a popular figure in Malaysian folklore due to its cleverness. Others are like the fallow deer which are imported from Holland, the axis deer and the sambar deer. Visitors can feed the animals too. Orchid Garden and Hibiscus Garden Admission Fees :


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FREE (weekdays) RM1 ( Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays)

National Planetarium

National Planetarium The National Planetarium is located inside the Perdana Botanical Garden. The Observatory is a must-drop-by place, where all systems are fully robotic with its 14 inch telescope. The space theatre which screen space shows and large format films is also a must-see. Exhibits in the main hall are related to space science such as the Arianne IV space engine which is one of the engines used to launch Malaysia’s first satellite into space, the MEASAT 1. A space theme park houses replica of ancient observatories is connected to the National Museum by an overhead pedestrian bridge.

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National Museum The National Museum is built in the traditional Minangkabau-style roof and main entrance flanked by two large murals of Italian glass mosaic that portray the country’s main historical events and cultural activities. There are 4 exhibition galleries:• Prehistory Gallery on the first floor showcases the formation of the Malay archipelago and the findings of important prehistoric archaeological sites in Malaysia. • The Early Malay Kingdom Gallery features the Malay States and the Malaccan Empire during the 15th century as the centre for spice trade and the propagation of Islam. • The Colonial Era Gallery highlights the fall of the Malaccan Empire in 1511 to the Portuguese which marked the beginning of more than 4 centuries of foreign colonisation in Malaysia, from the Portuguese to the Dutch, British and Japanese. • The Malaysia Today Gallery showcase the sights and sounds of The Road Towards Independence.

Islamic Art Museum

Islamic Art Museum Located next to KL’s famous Perdana Botanical Garden, the Islamic Art Museum displays splendid exhibits which portray the intricate details of Islamic art. The museum houses many artefacts from China, Southeast Asia, India and Middle East in its 30,000 sq m building. Look out for the display of Islamic architecture featuring small scale of important mosques in the world such as the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina and the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca. The beautiful ceiling domes are also an amazing sight.

National Mosque A stone’s throw away from the Islamic Art Museum, the National Mosque has a capacity for 15,000 people. Some must see features are the umbrellashaped dome with 18 points representing the 13 states of Malaysia and 5 pillars of Islam, and a sleek 73 metre high minaret that sounds the call to prayer. There are also 48 smaller green domes dotting the courtyard which are inspired by Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Non-Muslims are welcome to visit during non-prayer times. Robes and scarves are lent to those inappropriately attired.

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Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman Temple A unique Hindu temple built in between the car park entrances into the Mid Valley Megamall, one of the biggest shopping malls in Malaysia and the world. A temple dedicated to the goddess Mohambigai, a combination of the Hindu goddesses Parvathy, Saraswathy and Lakshmi. It is an impressive building especially at night during Indian celebrations.

National Palace

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It is the official resident of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the King of Malaysia. There are two guards at the front of the main entrance where members of the Royal Calvary stand guard. Although the palace is not open to public, visitors can witness the changing of the guard ceremony or take photographs at the impressive main entrance.

Thean Hou Temple The Thean Hou Temple was built by the Hainanese to commemorate the Goddess Thean Hou, the protector of fishermen. The big statue of Thean Hou is flanked by the Goddess of Mercy to her left and the Goddess of the Waterfront to her right. The six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven. Thousands of devotees throng the temple especially during Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn, monthly new and full moon days, the Buddhists’ Wesak Day, etc. It is also a popular wedding spot and wedding registration venue among local Chinese.

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Royal Selangor Visitor's Centre

Royal Selangor Visitor’s Centre A 40,000 sq ft attraction housing galleries, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is a pewter manufacturing factory and a retail store. It is a premier tourist attraction in Malaysia with daily busloads of visitors thronging the centre. Free guided tours are available in several languages – English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese or Japanese. The visitor’s centre also provides free shuttle service to and from several major hotels in Kuala Lumpur. Royal Selangor Pewter is the world’s largest pewter manufacturer. The centre in Setapak Jaya, around 45 minutes’ drive from KL city centre is the first in Asia and one of only three in the world (the other two are in Straits Quay in Penang and Clarke Quay in Singapore). The gallery showcases aspects of pewter craftsmanship, the science and history. Visitors can also witness in real-time the workers at work and learn how pewter is crafted at the factory. Hands-on fun can also be have through the pewter smiting workshop; using traditional tools, make your own pewter bowl at the School of Hard Knocks or craft your own pewter accessories through the different processes of pewter-making at the Foundry. Indulge in some retail therapy at the magnificent retail space with a dazzling array of exclusive products from Royal Selangor and their sister companies, Selberan and Comyns, famous for their sophisticated gold and diamond jewellery, and hallmarked sterling silver respectively.

Little India Brickfields is Malaysia’s official Little India, a simple residential neighbourhood outside KL spanning Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan with a 35 feet fountain at the junction. Shops selling everything Indian from traditional clothes like saris to flower garlands, spices and Bollywood music. Local delicacies such as vadai, thosai or banana leaf rice are very popular and affordable. Many businesses operate late into the night with some opening 24 hours. Masjid India in Kuala Lumpur (also known as Little India) has a night market every Saturday from 5.00pm to 11.00pm selling textiles, traditional clothing, Hindi pop music and cooked food.


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Jalan Alor’s Gastronomic Hunt Jalan Alor is Kuala Lumpur and maybe Malaysia’s most popular food haunts. Quiet during daytime but transformed into a hyper-busy outdoor food court when the sun sets. Many have described Jalan Alor at night is akin to a living history of Asia in simpler times. Makeshift tables and chairs line the roadside with plenty of restaurants and hawkers offering the best fares of KL. No cosy, ultra-modern bistros or exclusive fine dining this legendary eat street possesses the most amazing gastronomical experience for all visitors. Jalan Alor or Alor Street is an adjacent and parallel road in the famous Bukit Bintang area of Kuala Lumpur. The most difficult thing to do when here is to decide what to eat. Besides your purse, just bring along a huge appetite to sample the all-Malaysian culture through the foods – from Chinese (all styles such as Cantonese, Szechuan, Hokkien, Pekingese, Hainanese, etc) to Indian, Malay and all the fusions. Seafood and steamboat are popular here too ranging from the regular fish, crabs and prawns to the delicacies for the more adventurous palate such as bull frogs, baby octopus - stir-fried, fried, grilled, steamed, baked or braised, whatever tickles the taste buds. The Kuala Lumpur City Hall is embarking on a project to turn Jalan Alor into a food paradise of international standards. Works began in the third quarter of 2013 and is expected to be completed in 11-12 months time.


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Fried Food At Roadside Stalls Around Kuala Lumpur, visitors can find many makeshift roadside stalls selling a variety of Malaysian snacks which are popular haunts during tea times.

Pisang goreng refers to fried banana fritters, a popular snack embedded in Malaysian lifestyles. Visitors can find roadside stalls selling pisang goreng and other fried items such as fried taro, fried sweet potato or fried mashed banana almost everywhere. The Ramly burger stalls is almost reminiscent of the many hotdog joints around New York or London, a quintessentially Malaysian snack. The burgers are highly customizable, affordable and delicious. Watching the grilling and assembling of the burgers is an enjoyment in itself.

Dining For Everyone Fine dining is something the city is never short of. Those who wish to dine out in a bit of flare can go to the Golden Triangle, Heritage Row and more affluent areas of Damansara, Sri Hartamas / Mont Kiara or Bangsar for an endless selection of cosy cafés, excellent restaurants and fancy bistros that suit every palate especially western food. Highend malls also cater to special clientele who do not mind to pay more for high quality of food and service, and the ambiance. International themed restaurants are plenty too. There are many places too where visitors can savour the many food of the different ethnicities, in their original surrounding:

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Chinatown / Petaling Street - Chinese food Brickfields / Lebuh Ampang - Indian fares, authentic banana leaf rice Ampang Jaya - Korean restaurants and eateries Ain Arabia street - Arabic or Middle Eastern fares Kampung Baru / Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman - Malay food

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Malaysian and affluent tourists. Also houses a large number of exclusive jewellery stores, fashion boutiques and top-notch fine-dining establishments in the country. Fahrenheit88, in the Bukit Bintang Triangle, is host to the first Uniqlo flagship store in Malaysia, its seven levels of shopping space cover retail shops, F&B, entertainment outlets, spa and beauty salons.



Kuala Lumpur has three of the world’s 10 largest malls. According to CNN International’s travel website, Kuala Lumpur’s impressive score comes from its winning combination of high quality shopping, affordable prices and reliable sales, which can stretch for several months. Suria KLCC is a must-go destination for local and foreign tourists, one reason being its location within the vicinity of the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. Surrounded by hotels, corporate buildings, a scenic park and dancing fountains, KLCC is urban shopping at its prime. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, the epitome of luxury and high-end shopping in Malaysia, is comprised of six shopping precincts and a row of street-front boutiques. Most prominent is the couture pavilion which is home to the world’s major fashion labels and houses, some are in double-storey streetfront flagship boutiques. The Pavilion Crystal Fountain has been named the Tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in Malaysia.

Lot 10 Shopping Centre is where visitors can experience Kuala Lumpur’s urban lifestyle in sophisticated shopping. Home to many branded goods, designer labels and the only National Geographic store in the country. Rooftop entertainment is completed by the Actors Studio and a nightclub, Rootz. Sungei Wang Plaza and Bukit Bintang Plaza are popular shopping centres with locals and general tourists due to their strategic location right in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Both are adjoining each other, offering more than 800 outlets. Still maintains much of its charm, attractions and crowds despite having been around for decades. Low Yat Plaza, the ultimate one-stop IT paradise with several floors housing the latest and everything IT, and is Malaysia’s largest IT lifestyle mall. Its reputation goes as far as “If you can’t find the IT product you’re looking after at Low Yat Plaza, it probably doesn’t exist!” Berjaya Times Square in Jalan Imbi, right in the heart of the Golden Triangle, is a 7.5 million sq ft shopping extravaganza with over 1,000 shop lots, indoor amusement/theme parks, bowling arena and cinemas.

Starhill Gallery is the most luxurious shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, nestled between the JW Marriot Hotel and the Westin KL in the Bukit Bintang Golden Triangle. It has the largest watch gallery in the world, making it the house of haute horlogerie and a shopping haven for upper-class Berjaya Times Square


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Mid Valley Megamall is one of the biggest shopping malls in Malaysia and the world. Houses more than 400 shops, an office tower block, 30 offices and 2 hotels, it is a walking experience in itself when you are in the Mall.

Bangsar Village

Bangsar Shopping Centre is a high-end shopping centre housing premium brand names, al fresco dining and premium supermarket catering to both individuals and families. Very popular with expatriates and professionals in the affluent surrounding residential areas. Nearby, the Bangsar Village 2 is a boutique shopping centre catering to the upper middle class group with several high-end restaurants and cafes. The Gardens Mall is a premier 9.7-acre development consisting of a high-end shopping centre and four towers housing a 6-star hotel, residential suites and office spaces. Its name is derived from its idyllic garden backdrop, providing shoppers a respite from shopping.



Sogo, a 700,000 sq ft one-stop retail space is Malaysia’s largest single departmental store in the famous Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area. There are also some international restaurants, beauty salons and retail shops. Publika, a hub for everything cultural, is the first self-styled creative retail in Malaysia located within the prestigious neighbourhoods of Mont Kiara and Sri Hartamas. A mix of international fashion brands and independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. A unique attraction is the art sculptures scattered around the mall.

The Flea Markets / Bazaars Some of the well-known and well-established bazaars or flea markets are:• Peter Hoe Beyond, in Jalan Tun HS Lee near Chinatown, is a 8,600 sq ft store selling lovely collection of home wares, clothes and souvenirs. Divided into three sections of retail store, boutique and café, its woven rattan baskets, colourful place mats or flowery shirts are favourites. • Mont Kiara Markets comprise of two markets particularly popular with the expatriate community - the ABC Market (arts, brica-brac and crafts) and Fiesta Night offer the usual bazaar goodies such as clothes, handicrafts and accessories but also preloved household items, cultural artefacts, etc. Both target the high-end and middle class consumers in the area. Every Sunday from 10.00am to 8.00pm. • Art For Grabs, organised by Annexe Gallery offers amazing art pieces, and artsy pieces like handmade items, t-shirts, posters or postcards at affordable prices by local artists and personalities. Artwork is varied, from the quirky to contemporary, classic or timeless. Great bargains to art collectors as most are generally sold for below RM100.

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TRANSPORTATION By Bus • The bus terminals for travellers departing from Kuala Lumpur to various destinations around the country are:- north bound travellers – Pudu Sentral Bus Terminal, Pudu Sentral - east coast bound travelers – Hentian Putra Terminal - east bound travelers – Hentian Pekeliling Terminal - south bound travelers – Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Pudu Sentral • Kuala Lumpur Hop-On Hop-Off (HOHO) Bus takes travellers to main attractions around the city. Passengers can hop-on and hop-off the buses at any of the designated stops (over 42 sights and attractions) for a flat rate ticket price that is valid for 24 and 48 hours. It runs a continuously circle every day from 9.00am to 8.00pm at around 30 minutes interval. • The local RapidKL All-Day ticket visits the same places as the Hop On Hop Out but not in a circular route. Ticket price is RM1 for the All-Day Local Bus, RM2 for the All-Day Trunk Bus or All-Day City Bus and RM5 for the AllDay Express Bus. The All-Day ticket gives unlimited rides on the routes in the same service (local, trunk, city or express) for the whole day. By Rail • Three services available – LRT Lines, KL Monorail and KTM, with their own routes but meet at KL Sentral Station. • Two main lines of KTM – first line provides services for east-west route which starts at Sentul and ends at Port Klang as well as en route to Shah Alam and Klang. The second line starts from Rawang and all the way to Seremban in Negeri Sembilan. Tickets are cheap and can be purchased from many places and vendors. • The LRT has two systems plying the route – the Kelana Jaya Line and Ampang Line which intersect at Masjid Jamek in Kuala Lumpur. The Kelana Jaya Line stretches from the Putra Terminal in Gombak to the Kelana Jaya


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By Air • Most international travellers arrive in Kuala Lumpur via KLIA in Sepang, from there there are many types of transport to take them to the capital city and around. • Travellers arriving in KLIA can use the Express Rail Link (ERL) offering two rail options to the city - the KLIA transit runs between KL Sentral Station and KLIA every 30 minutes with stops at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya, and Bandar Tasik Selatan, taking around 40 minutes. The KLIA Express runs non-stop to and from KLIA, taking 28 minutes and departs every 20 minutes during peak hours. • As there are currently no train services directly to the Air Asia’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), travellers flying via LCCT can also use the KLIA Transit to and from LCCT – simply ride the shuttle bus from LCCT to the Salak Tinggi Station and hop onto the KLIA Transit for a high-speed transfer to the city. By Rail As KTM’s Main Railway Station is located in Kuala Lumpur, it is also the focal point for all rail services to and from all cities and town around Peninsular Malaysia. Travellers can board the trains here and go to any states or places in the Peninsular (having railway stations).

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Malaysia Tourism Centre National Mosque Megakidz Funland & Edutainment National Library National Monument National Planetarium National Science Centre National Visual Arts Gallery National Zoo Perdana Botanical Garden Petronas Art Gallery (Galeri Petronas) Petronas Philharmonic Hall Petronas Twin Towers Petrosains Royal Malaysian Police Museum Royal Selangor Club - Dataran Royal Selangor Visitor Centre Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple The Heritage Centre Thean Hou Temple

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International Direct Dialing

Swimming Pool

Internet Facilities

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Hulu Tamu Hot Spring

Bukit Belimbing Firefly Park Resort



Kuala Selangor Nature Park


Malawati Hill

Kanching Recreational Forest

Kampung Kuantan Fireflies

Batu Caves Orang Asli Museum


Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport


Subang • Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque • i-City • National Botanical Park Shah Alam

Sunway Lagoon


Pulau Ketam



National Zoo


Farm In The City

Royal Selangor Yacht Club



FGS Dong Zen Temple


Pulau Carey


Sepang International Circuit

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Morib Beach

Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT)




Bagan Lalang Beach

Negeri Sembilan

Legend State Capital

Major Town


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Ferry Terminal


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Major Road

Railway Lines


Abode of Sincerity Being the homeland to the country’s leading airport, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the country’s main port, Port Klang has earned Selangor the name Gateway to Malaysia.

Selangor, being one of the country’s most prosperous and developed states, is well known for its world class infrastructure and communications facility which includes modern healthcare institutions, international institutions of higher learning to enormous shopping malls and recreational centres. Conquering both the air and sea together with well-developed road and rail systems nurtured Selangor with a number of contemporary townships such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Bandar Sunway, Shah Alam and Klang. Travelling alone or in groups for either leisure or business, Selangor will surely have something to offer. A wide range of attractive and scenic destinations awaits you, filled with rich cultural heritage, well preserved natural landscapes, all year round summer-like outdoor activities, and not forgetting a wide variety of shopping centre to explore for both domestic and foreign tourists from all over the world.

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Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple

Sepang International Circuit

Sepang International Circuit Located near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), about 60km south of Kuala Lumpur, Sepang International Circuit was opened in 1999. It is the venue for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix races, the A1 Grand Prix, the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix and other motorsport events. Other available activities and facilities are go-kart racing, paintball, motorcross facilities, circuit tours (ATV and by foot) and experience driving the main track in a track bred Lotus. The challenging main track is 5.542km long with 8 straight stretches and 15 turns. Smaller tracks such as the North Track and South Track are both 3km long.

Cyberjaya Conceptualised as a model intelligent city, Cyberjaya is the core of Malaysia's strategic vision for the Multimedia Super Corridor in Malaysia. Located in the district of Sepang, Selangor which is situated about 50 km south of Kuala Lumpur; Cyberjaya is set to be the main attraction for worldclass multimedia and information technology (IT) companies and educational establishments of similar vein. The growing multinational community of Cyberjaya adds an interesting blend to the other attractions which is well complemented with star rated hotels and resorts. A 5-star boutique resort, Cyberview Resort & Spa is a veritable paradise set on 28.8 acre of award-winning landscaped gardens, featuring world-class quality of service and unparalleled Malaysian hospitality. Surrounded by towering palm trees, lush foliage, splendid tropical gardens, and meandering paths, the resort effortlessly blends rustic charm and with its state-of-the-art comforts in all its one hundred and twelve lovely chalets, suites and bungalows.

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The Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zen Temple is a large Buddhist complex in the small town of Jenjarom in Selangor’s Kuala Langat District. Fo Guang Shan literally means Mountain of Buddha’s Light. Fo Guang Shan, established by the famous Buddhist monk Master Hsing Yun, is the largest Buddhist order in Taiwan with branches all over the world to promote Buddhism. The best time to visit Fo Guang Shan is during Chinese New Year when the temple puts on its annual Lantern & Flora Festival. There is a different theme each year which visitors look forward to discovering. The whole are is then transformed into a glittering mystical wonderland of red lanterns and illuminated gardens. Otherwise, the temple also attracts crowds during local Chinese festivals and Buddhist events such as Wesak Day. Some of the attractions are the 18 statues of Arhats and 33 statues of the Goddess of Mercy, the Zen Garden, the Lumbini Gardens with its orchid displays, the wishing pool, fish ponds and models of famous Buddhism holy places in India. The Art Gallery features artefacts exhibition, a calligraphy hall and a relic shrine. Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple

Farm In The City Located in Seri Kembangan, Farm in the City (FITC) is a new attraction with unique concept that combines the elements of wildlife and nature set in a designed environment of a conservation park. Farm in the City provides educational and entertaining insight into the lifestyle and setting of a Malaysian Village, fruit orchard and farm with its natural plants and wildlife. FITC also have plans to execute various educational programs targeted at school children and people of all ages on the themes of conservation and reservation. All animals in the park are allowed to roam freely in special enclosures which mimic as closely as possible to their natural habitats. Visitors can feed, touch and even play with more than 100 species of exotic animals within close proximity. Come and visit Farm in the City, just 20 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur.

Sunway Lagoon Asia's Best Attraction, Sunway Lagoon consists of five different theme parks such as Asia's Best Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park. This multiaward winning attraction is recognized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) as Asia's Best Attraction for four consecutive years (2007 – 2010). This amazing destination has more than 80 rides and attractions and also home to the regions hottest events and concerts, just 15 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. World's largest man-made surf beach

Visiting the National Zoo for a wholesome family time together

National Zoo The National Zoo, around 13km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, features about 400 species of Malaysian mammals, reptiles and birds. A popular spot is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium which is the country’s first ever exhibition on the Malaysia River Journey, highlighting over 80 species of marine and freshwater aquatic animals and invertebrates. Or enjoy the Savannah Walk which is the largest open concept exhibit in the zoo featuring a variety of African animals like Sable antelopes, Scimatar horned oryx, giraffes, ostriches, zebras and white rhinoceroses. Another must-see attractive is the cool Ape Centre located at the highest point of the zoo where a group of chimpanzees from Africa and two species of orang utans, the Bornean and Sumatran orang utans. Another attraction is the animal enclosures housing Sumatran tigers, orang-utans and gibbons which are all extremely rare and on the verge of extinction. Many also are not aware that the largest bee producer in Malaysia is in the National Zoo. Drop by the Bee Museum to check out! There are daily multi-animal shows for sea lions, macaques and macaws. Animal shows featuring pythons and birds are also held daily. On weekends there are photo sessions where visitors can take snapshots with the animals at 11.00am and 3.00pm. In addition, by paying a small fee, visitors can also enjoy the tram rides.

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Opening Times

: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Animal Shows

: 11.30am & 3.00pm (daily) 4.00pm (on Friday)

FRIM canopy walkway

Forest Research Malaysia (Frim)


Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is located in Kepong, on the north-western fringe of Kuala Lumpur. It is a fantastic place for nature lovers to gain insight into Malaysia’s tropical flora and fauna and be amazed by the arboretums or living museum of trees. Of particular interest and one of the must-dos in FRIM is to walk through the canopy walkway which is suspended 30m above ground level and spans over 200m. Visitors can also walk through the nature trails or visit the herb gardens of 15,000 species of plants. There are also a camping site, picnic areas near the waterfall, jogging trails and a souvenir shop. Canopy Walkway Opening Times :

9.30am - 2.30pm last registration at 1.30pm


Monday, Friday & during rains


Orang Asli Museum Now known as Museum JAKOA (The Department for the Development of Indigenous People Affairs), the museum is a reference point for historical events and artefacts of the aborigines or orang asli of Peninsular Malaysia. It has an exhibition gallery, a mini theatre, a library and a souvenir shop. Artefacts exhibited include hunting equipment, traditional musical instruments, personal ornaments and garments, cookery pots and utensils, model dwelling huts, traps for small animals and fishes and primitive tools used for healing illnesses, etc. The souvenir shop is run by an orang asli family which belong to the Semai group, a sub-tribe of the Senoi.

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After walking to the top you enter the Temple Caves

Batu Caves An extremely famous and must-visit tourist attraction, Batu Caves, a limestone hill, is located around 15km north of Kuala Lumpur. It is most crowded during the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam, around January or February every year where thousands of people from all over the world converge here. It is a time when visitors can witness devotees carrying offerings of ornamental structures (kavadi) attached to their bodies by hooks and steel spikes which also include two small pots of milk. More striking are the vel kavadi where big cages of spikes that pierce the skin of the carriers are decorated with peacock feathers, pictures of deities and flowers. Batu Caves is one of the most renowned and biggest Hindu shrines outside India dedicated to Lord Murugan. The statue of Lord Murugan, 42.7 metres in height, can be seen from afar, right at the main entrance to Batu Caves. At the base of the hill are two cave temples. Both the Art Gallery Cave and Temple Cave are full of Hindu paintings and statues. There are three big caves with the largest and most famous being the Cathedral Cave featuring ornate Hindu shrines underneath its 100-metre vaulted ceiling. Climb the 272 steps and visitors will arrive at the entrance of the cave. Visitors can also rent a headset to learn more about the history of Batu Caves.

The Dark Cave is one of the main caves at Batu Caves. It is a 21m surveyed passages with 7 major intersections named A to F. Dark Cave has a diverse range of cave faunas and among one of the most researched tropical caves in the world. It is also home to an ancient animal community of 100 million years old as well as the rarest spider in the world, the Trapdoor Spider. Visitors must visit the cave if only to see the magnificent cave formations featuring stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, cave pearls, cave curtains, columns and gour pools.

Kanching Recreational Forest Slightly further ahead from Templer Park, the Kanching Recreational Forest has seven waterfalls with pools built to contain the water that cascades down from these falls. The highest water fall is level 7, at 208m above sea level and together with the waterfall at level 6 form the most spectacular falls although the path up is rougher but nonetheless worth every step. Most visitors stop at level 4 where there is a deep pool of cool, clear water; an ideal spot for picnics and swimming. Barbequing is a popular activity too.

Dark Cave

Sekinchan Sekinchan is a small and peaceful town with a unique dual characters, it is a fishing village as well as a rice producing area. The town is well known for its mechanised farming methods and high yield of rice. The ride to Sekinchan is scenic with oil palm trees along the coastal road, stalls selling handmade cotton pillows, eateries offering a wide variety of local delicacies, and vast expanses of paddy fields bordering a stretch of fishing villages. Blue sky and green paddy field are waiting for nature lovers who intend to get a breather away from the city. Sekinchan

Serendah International Orchid Park Serendah International Orchid Park lies on the fringes of the Banjaran Titiwangsa, Peninsular Malaysia’s main mountain range. It showcases more than 100 species of orchids and exotic hybrids and more than half a million potted plants. The variety of orchids is an education in horticulture and a substantial collection of wild species nurtured from surrounding habitats. Almost 90% of animal species found here are insects and of these, most of them are beetles. Amazingly, a single tree can sometimes host more than 150 species of ants and beetles. A total of 105 of its 425 acres of land is dedicated for orchid growing. The Park is divided into six zones according to the conditions of their natural habitats such as Sun Orchids, Shaded Orchids and Shaded Highland Orchids.

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Watching fireflies at Kuala Selangor Fireflies Park

Enjoy Nature at its best

Firefly Parks

Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Kuala Selangor, a small coastal village around an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur is home to its greatest attraction alongside the Selangor River that runs through the village – the firefly colony which is touted the biggest in the world. The fireflies are only found on the mangrove trees called berembang at night. Their synchronised flashing gives an almost Christmas-like effect, which at night is truly magnificent and mesmerising.

A sanctuary for migratory birds located at the mouth of the Selangor River and the perfect place for bird lovers to do some bird-watching. For others, the park is an excellent place for outdoor activities such as camping and jungle trekking. It is also home to many types of flora and fauna, and an 800-acre mangroves and mudflats. There is a manmade lake and controlled via sluice gates. Visitors can also see wildlife such as otters, leopard cats, silvered leaf monkeys, mudskippers, king crabs and 156 species of birds, including one of the rarest birds around, the Nordman Greenshank.

Visitors can head out to Kampung Kuantan, about 9km from Kuala Selangor early evening, arrange for an eco-friendly rowing boat or a local boatman as guide. Visiting hours are between 8.00pm and 10.30pm every day except when it rains. The Firefly Park Resort in Kampung Bukit Belimbing arranges small motorised crafts every night to take visitors to observe the swarms of fireflies in their natural environment. The resort also offers some ecologically friendly accommodation such as chalets built on stilts above the water that is home to an abundance of freshwater fish.

Bukit Melawati (Melawati Hill) Looking out at the Straits of Malacca, Bukit Melawati was once used by the Sultan of Selangor, followed by the Dutch and the British. It is a threestorey structure cum fortress built in the 1780s, and bore witness to many fiery battles between locals and seafaring invaders. Here, visitors can see and feed the rather tame silverleaf monkeys who are friendly compared to the mischievous long tail macaques. There are also relics of the past such as the protective walls of the fort, the palace grounds, a lighthouse, royal graves, seven walls, a flat stone once used to behead offenders, a 100-step ladder, a poisonous well and several cannons pointed at the mouth of the Selangor River.

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City of digital lights

i-City Visitors at i-City will be welcomed with its fascinating nightscape when over a million LED lights brightly illuminated and themed perfectly to its season comes alive at nightfall daily. Amazing forest of man-made maple and pine trees are lighted in a thematic manner, dancing gracefully to its seasonal theme. Malaysia’s first all-stars interactive wax museum, Red Carpet consists of six themes, namely World Icons, Celebrities,

Sport Stars, World Book of Records, Interactive and All Stars Café is the i-City’s latest attraction. Another key attraction is Trick Art Museum that boasts 5 themes, namely Masterpieces, Egyptian, Sea Life, Animal Kingdom and Modern Classic. i-city also has the biggest Snowalk in Malaysia, a below 5 degrees Celcius Artic environment with ice sculptures and rides and a Water World that offers a recreational haven with Wet, Cool and Fun activities for the entire family.

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque Also known as the Blue Mosque by the locals, this state mosque for Selangor is located in the state capital of Shah Alam. The mosque boasts one of the most stunning structures in Malaysia – it is the country’s largest, the second in South East Asia and once has the tallest minarets and dome. True to its name, the most distinct feature is its blue and silver dome where Arabic calligraphy can be seen on the inner curves. These are also found on parts of the walls. The designs of aluminium grills are found on the doorways and windows of the mosque. The main prayer hall is fully carpeted and air-conditioned over two levels. It also houses 9 galleries which display a rich array of Islamic arts such as calligraphy, sculptures, paintings and architecture. There is also a special entrance for non-Muslims and visitors.

High 5 Bread Town Museum Blue Mosque

The first ever bread museum ever built in Malaysia. High 5 is the brand name of bread produced by the Silver Bird Group which is the largest standalone bread plant in South East Asia. In the Bread Town, visitors can have a walk through the history of bread. The tour starts with a video presentation on the history of bread making, viewing of exhibits and later to watch in real time the process of bread making in a modern factory. Visitors can also purchase cake and bread products at the High 5 Bread Retail Shop at discounted prices. Opening Times :

10.00am - 6.00pm (except Wednesdays & Sundays)

Admission Fees :

RM15 (adult) RM12 (child & senior citizens aged 55 and above) FREE (child below of 3 year old)

High 5 Bread Town

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National Botanical Park Shah Alam The Park goes by many names since it opened in 1986 – Bukit (Hill) Cerakah, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, Malaysia Agriculture Park and in 2011 to its current name. Some of the attractions:• The Skytrex Adventure Park offers activities through its eco recreational cum educational programme which take participants from tree to tree via a series of aerial obstacles suspended at 3-33 metres in the air. There are three levels of excitement for those who dare – the little adventure, the big thrill and the extreme challenges. • The Paintball Valley always attracts a big crowd. There is also a cosy outdoor restaurant/sitting area. • The 72 hectare Animal Park contains parrots, eagles, pigeons, turkeys, chickens, guinea fowl, mascoby duck, timorensis deers, civets, tortoises, terrapins, peacocks, porcupines and horses. • The Four Seasons Temperature House is one of the most popular attractions as it allows tropical Malaysians a chance to experience seasonal changes of temperatures. It is winter for the months of December to February, spring from March to May, summer from Jun to August and autumn from September to November. Some of the trees found here is the Japanese maple, silver birch, winter cole pear, sakura/cherry blossom, gingko biloba, and many more.

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The Spice and Beverage Garden is a 16-acre area where visitors can find many famous tropical trees, plants and spices such as tea, coffee, lime, pomelo, lemon, cocoa, starfruit, black pepper, nutmeg, lemongrass, tamarind, chilli, cinnamon, etc. The cactus garden has a unique design emulating a desert with over 3,000 plants from 145 varieties, of which 15 hail from Malaysia. Visitors looking for a change from conventional fishing may participate in the fly fishing activity at the Air Kuning Dam and Sungai Baru Dam. The use of live bait is not allowed, so anglers have to rely on their own fishing skills, plus a bit of luck. There are various types of fish such as the tilapia, river carp, Indian carp, snakehead, mahseer, lampam, krai, keli, etc. At Pool C, visitors can participate in some kayaking (kayaks are available for rent). Visitors who do not have the abundance of energy for walking may opt to hop onto the free bus service that ferries people around the main attractions in the Park. Opening Times :

8.20am - 4.30pm (from Tuesday to Sunday)


Monday (except public holiday)


Carey Island – Mah Meri Cultural Village Carey Island, an island located to the south of Port Klang, comprises mainly of oil palm estates but it is famous as it is the home to the Mah Meri, an aboriginal tribe of Peninsular Malaysia. The Mah Meri tribe is renowned for their traditional wood carvings made from nyireh wood that depict their ancestral spirits. They also keep visitors entertained with stories of their ancestors and the spiritual world which are kept alive through their carved figurines. Visitors who wish to tour the huge oil palm estates must obtain prior permission from the Aborigines Department. There is also no accommodation available for visitors to the island except the guest bungalows owned by the Golden Hope Plantation. While in Carey Island, visitors can also check out the Hatters Castle building, once the old estate manager’s bungalow in around the 18th century.

Beach View at Morib

The building’s English architecture was so well received at that time that it became the model for all plantation and hill station bungalows during the colonial era.

Morib Morib is located at the southern end of Selangor, a good choice for those preferring a nearer and quieter beachside getaway unlike those in the east coast of the Peninsular which are usually crowded and quite far too. It is approximately one and a half hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and is surrounded by casuarinas and swaying palms. Morib is also home to a wealth of historical sites such as the ruins of old government buildings and the royal graves at Jugra as well as an abandoned palace from the 1800s. Allied Forces once landed on this stretch of beach in September 1945, marking the end of Japanese occupation of the then Malaya.

Carey Island famous for its Seafood and Indigenous people

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Famous Satay Kajang

Another reason to visit Kuala Selangor, besides watching the fi refl ies, is to have a great seafood meal at Pasir Penambang which is small village at the river mouth of the Selangor River. The village famous for its exotic fresh seafood such as crabs, fi sh, sharks and shell fi sh. Kajang town in Selangor is the best place for satay kajang Barbequed chunks of meat are skewered on bamboo sticks and served with spicy peanut sauce and nasi impit (compressed rice cubes) or ketupat (rice dumplings wrapped in a woven palm lead pouch). Visitors can opt for chicken, beef, fi sh, mutton, chicken liver, venison, rabbit and beef tripe.

Yong Tau Foo

Bak Kut Teh


Pulau Ketam meaning crab island, is a small island easily accessible from Port Klang jetty by ferry. Pulau Ketam is synonymous with seafood and renowned for its fresh crabs, prawns and fi sh. Visitors to Pulau Ketam can savour a variety of fresh seafood which are cheap and plentiful. The curry crab is a favourite in many eateries (it is after all called Crab Island). Another good try is the fried clams with eggs which can be found everywhere in the island and the fi sh balls which many swear by. The coastal town of Bagan Lalang is a good place to enjoy spectacular sunsets. But it is also famous for seafood especially at nights when the areas are turned into open-air eateries offering seafood delights such as grilled fi sh.

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Traditional Malay cuisine in Selangor is infl uenced by the Bugis, Jawanese, Mandalings, Johorean and Minangkabau. An example of a popular food in Selangor is the mee Jawa which has many similarities with the mee rebus in Johor (mee refers to noodles). Other local dishes worth a try are the ketam darul ehsan (a crab dish), sayur masak rebung (a vegetable dish), laksa selangor, etc. The Rojak Klang or Rojak Mamak is a popular Indian Muslim dish especially in the town of Klang, prepared by mixing ingredients such as fried dough fritters, bean curds and various vegetables mixed with a sweet, thick and spicy peanut sauce. It looks similar to Penang’s rojak pasembur but the sauce is different.

Bak Kut Teh is a food icon of the Selangor Chinese in particularly in Klang. Bak Kut Teh, literally translated as meat bone tea in Hokkien dialect is meat (pork, although chicken or mutton are also used) cooked in a soup of Chinese herbs and spices for hours. The Klang version is darker in colour due to the use of dark soy sauce and taste heavier and more fragrant with many Chinese herbs. Best eaten with rice and a cup of hot, fragrant Chinese tea. The Chinese Hakka community has a dish called yong tau foo, most famously found in the Ampang New Village. Yong tau foo is fi sh paste stuffed in a variety of vegetables such as tofu, brinjals, lady’s fi ngers, chilli, beancurd skin or bitter gourds and boiled in stock, to be eaten with some sweet and spicy sauces.

Sunway Pyramid

The Curve, Mutiara Damansara


1-Utama is the world's fourth-largest mall with more than 650 shops, Asia's largest indoor rock climbing facility, a massive rooftop garden with 500 species of exotic plants and indoor rainforest with koi ponds and freshwater aquarium. Sunway Pyramid is the only mall in Malaysia with an ice skating rink, famous with its Egyptianinspired giant Sphinx standing guard at the entrance, a pyramid-shaped main complex and filled with faux-Pharoah statues and pseudohieroglyphics in its exteriors. SStwo Mall is one of the newer additions to the Petaling Jaya area with a net lettable area of 470,000 sq ft Located in the neighbourhoods of SS2, Paramount Garden and Section 17, the mall is themed a hybrid concept that combines a retail mall with al fresco dining. Also has a weekend bazaar on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Some of the well-known and well-established bazaars or flea markets are:• Amcorp Mall Weekend Flea Market in Petaling Jaya is a long-time favourite for antique bargain hunters and is the best flea market in the Klang Valley. Held on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 6.00pm. • Markets @ Jaya One is one of the biggest bazaars around. Its vendors can be designers, cooks, artists and regular shops. • I Love Bazaar is held at Subang Parade on the first and last weekend of the month. • The Curve Weekend Flea Market is a busy outdoor flea market selling clothes, handicrafts and home décor items. Opens on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. There is also an open-air alley, The Street, organised by The Curve where numerous marquees are set up offering a variety of items from clothes and artwork to handicrafts and knick-knacks.

Paradigm Mall in Kelana Jaya, Selangor (along the Damansara-Puchong Highway) boasts a decent selection of popular brands that will delight fashionistas and shoppers alike. Its distinct exterior is said to resemble the shape of an amoeba. Also has a free shuttle bus service from the nearby LRT Station.

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TRANSPORTATION By Sea The country’s largest port is located in Selangor - Port Klang. Nearby is the Star Cruise terminal for tourists arriving on cruise ships. There are also small single-facility jetties serving travellers from Dumai, Indonesia and other local islands as well as private marinas for those wishing to berth their yachts. By Air The Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang caters to all international fl ights to and from Malaysia. The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang caters to domestic fl ights and nearby regional destinations as well as chartered fl ights. By Rail KTM commuter trains provide regular services to towns within Selangor. It is also accessible from Kuala Lumpur by the LRT transit services.

Getting Around Taxis, trains and buses are the main modes of transportation within the state. Car rental services are easily available too. Avis is the only car rental company in Malaysia to provide a free breakdown and accident service for its valued customer. Avis started out in Malaysia with the vision of building the best and fastest growing car rental business. Today Avis Malaysia offers its customers a wide range of local and international mobility services combined with the "We Try Harder ®" service and quality levels. The headquarter of Avis Malaysia is at Glenmarie Shah Alam, followed by 2 downtown offi ces and 3 airport counters all over Malaysia at KL City Centre, KLIA Airport, Johor Bharu downtown offi ce, Penang Airport and Kuantan Airport.

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By Road Selangor is linked to Singapore, Thailand and other places in Peninsular Malaysia by a system of highways which have all the amenities for travellers’ comfort such as rest areas, restaurants, praying facilities, souvenir shops or stalls. By Bus Public buses can be boarded in all main towns such as Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Klang, Kajang, Kuala Selangor or Rawang.

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Wetland Park (Taman Wetland)

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A Planned City Named after Malaysian first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Putrajaya is a planned city, around 25kn south of Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya has been the federal administrative centre of Malaysia since 1999 after the shift from Kuala Lumpur due to overcrowding and congestion in the city centre. The 650-hectare man-made lake extending into wetland zones, boating and water sports areas. Spanning these waters are some spectacular bridges which are illuminated with changing coloured lights at night.

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Putrajaya Bridge

Botanical Garden (Taman Botani) The 230-acre Putrajaya Botanical Gardens is one of the 8 major parks in the city. There is an abundance of exotic tropical trees and flowers from Africa, tropical Americas and Asia Pacific. The Park has five themes such as: • The Explorer’s Trail where the tree-high Canopy Bridge is located. • The Palm Hill with over 50 species of palm trees. • The Sun Gardens with plants that bloom in the sun. • The Floral Gardens with flowering plants. • The Lakeside with its wide array of ixoras, hibiscus and ferns.

Moroccan Inner Garden in Putrajaya

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Putrajaya Lake

Putrajaya Wetland Park The Putrajaya Wetland Park is the first man-made wetland in Malaysia which includes the Wetland Park and the Lake Recreational Centre. The Wetland Park is a gateway to Putrajaya Wetlands while the Lake Recreational Centre is a water recreational spot popular for boat fishing, rowing boats, kayaking, canoeing and boats paddling. The lake also houses a variety of local fish species. The Putrajaya Wetlands attracts a number of marshland, water and migratory birds such as egrets and herons. Bird watching is also popular and frequent here.

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Bridge The majestic buildings and bridges that adorn Putrajaya. Watch out for the lamp posts too as all have unique, picturesque designs. The most important bridge is the Putra Bridge, a 435-metre three-tiered bridge inspired by the Islamic architecture of the famous Khaju Bridge in Iran, which connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct with its upper level forming part of the Boulevard, the main street in the city. Other bridges are the Seri Saujana Bridge, Seri Wawasan Bridge, Seri Perdana Bridge, Seri Gemilang Bridge, Seri Bakti Bridge, Seri Bestari Bridge and Seri Setia Bridge. Bridge watching and touring can be an amazing visual feast.

Agriculture Heritage The Agricultural Heritage Park is a good place to see a wide variety of tropical fruit trees, herbs and spices, rubber tree grove, cocoa, durian, palm oil, tea, coffee and commercial crops, even a mini rice paddy field complete with scarecrows. There are also gift shops, a snack shop, a mini store, a florist, a clothing store and food court area with a number of eating choices including the famous Sate Kajang Hj. Samuri and other Malaysian famous hawker fares.

Putrajaya Lake - Lake Cruise The Putrajaya Lake is in the heart of Putrajaya. Visitors can take a leisure cruise on the lake and view the stunning scenery such as the Putrajaya Mosque, Putrajaya Bridge and several government administrative buildings. The air-conditioned passenger cruise boat which can seat 76 persons comfortably is a great way to explore the landmarks of Putrajaya. Alternatively, there are also open air boats known as perahu which are used for small groups of people.

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Putra Mosque

Putra Perdana A must-see while in Putrajaya should be the icon of Putrajaya, the Putra Perdana. It is the Prime Minister’s Department Complex on the main hill in Putrajaya. Buildings in the complex are influenced by the architectures of Malay, European and Islamic, giving it a unique look. It is also one of the most photographed buildings in the country.

Palace of Justice

Palace of Justice The Palace of Justice is a majestic building housing the judicial department and courts. Its designs mirror influences of classical Islamic culture such as India’s Taj Mahal, Moorish culture and western classical influence. A popular place for outdoor photography and activities.

Putra Mosque The Putra Mosque is located next to the Putra Perdana, office of the Malaysian Prime Minister and the Putrajaya Lake. Sometimes also referred to as the Pink Mosque due to its rose-tinted granite dome. Have a look at the basement wall of the mosque which resembles that of the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca. The impressive minaret is one of the tallest in the region with five tiers, representing the five pillars of Islam and is influenced by the design of the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad.



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Accommodation Putrajaya has a number of accommodations that offer visitors a host of exciting facilities and a resort like atmosphere. A-4 star resort hotel, Palm Garden Hotel is ideally located on the border of Putrajaya. The location is only 5 minutes away from the heart of Putrajaya administrative centre and a 30 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang. The hotel offers a unique experience for both business and leisure by offering 151 tastefully furnished rooms surrounding a courtyard, 3 dining outlets, 13 multi-function banquet rooms and a string of recreational activities.


Ikan Bakar (Grilled Fish) Seri Empangan Putrajaya Seri Empangan serves delicious seafood as well as breath taking sceneries especially during nightfall. Their main menu consists of grilled fi sh, traditional malay dishes, seafood, evening tea, hot dishes, cakes, malay kuih (confectioneries & savouries) and porridge. Business Hours : 10.00 am – 10.00 pm (Closed on Monday)

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Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant Putrajaya Seafood Restaurant embraces resort style dining in Polynesian architecture amidst the lush greenery of Taman Botani. The restaurant offers al fresco dining by the lake and indoor dining as well as steamboat and barbeque dining packages in Cabanas. Customers can also choose from the ala carte menu a variety of imported live fresh seafood, cooked to their preference in Chinese, Malay, Western or Thai style.

Business Hours : 11.30 am – 2.30 pm (Lunch) 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm (Snacks) 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm (Dinner)


Souq Bazaar is a Persian word that means a street of small stalls with more than 50 stalls offering food items (Turkish dates, home-made jam, nuts and pickles), fashion and accessories, gifts, handicrafts and souvenirs of Putrajaya. The Souq Bazaar aims to capture the true essence of the market bazaar through the use of rich and highly patterned materials, exquisite murals and artwork. Business Hours : 10.00 am – 7.00 pm (Monday - Friday) 10.00 am – 9.00 pm (Weekends & holidays)

Alamanda Putrajaya is Putrajaya's fi rst shopping centre with retail space of 700,000 squre feet. The shopping centre has a variety of shops, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theatres and a food court illuminated by natural lighting. The centre also features Malaysia'a fi rst travelator within a shopping complex that will connect the retail outlets and provide access directly to car parks. Business Hours : 10.00 am – 10.00 pm

Galeria PJH is home to a wide array of exciting brands offering a variety of lifestyle products.

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Events Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Date: 27 Mar 2014 – 30 Mar 2014 Venue: Monumen Alaf Baru, Precinct 2, Putrajaya Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta places Malaysia on the World Ballooning Map for attracting balloon pilots from different parts of the world since the beginning of Putrajaya Balloon Fiesta in 2009. Themed '1 World, 1 Malaysia, 1 Fiesta' this event features 23 balloonists from Belgium, USA, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Malaysia and Japan. Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya Date: 13 April 2014 Venue: Putrajaya Maritime Center An Ironman 70.3, also known as a Half Ironman, is one of a series of middle-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The "70.3" refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments are half the distances of those segments found in an Ironman triathlon. The Ironman 70.3 series culminates each year with a World Championship competition, of which

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competitors qualify for the 70.3 series in the 12 months prior to the championship race in August. Putrajaya, the governmental capital of Malaysia will be the first to kick start Malaysia's Ironman series. 1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade - Magic Of The Night Date: 12 June - 15 June 2014 Venue: Putrajaya Lake, Presint 2, Putrajaya The annual Putrajaya FLORIA is a much awaited event for both locals and foreign visitors. Enjoy a evening glow with glittering lights from decorated floats brought in from every state in Malaysia, featuring Malaysia as one of the world's top tourist destinations. The event showcases the aesthetics of flora and fauna as well as the identity of each participating state that will make visitor’s night light up gloriously.

TRANSPORTATION Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) The Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) is the pride of Malaysia’s administrative capital of Putrajaya. Its unique design was inspired by the wau bulan, Kelantan’s traditional kite and the pending perak, Perak’s traditional belt made of silver. PICC is a prime venue for large scale events at both international and regional levels which occupies 135,000 sq m of prime land. The Plenary Hall is the epitome of PICC, one of the largest seating capacities across Malaysia which occupies a vast 4,123 sq m, the gallery-like auditorium can seat 2,800 people.

From KLIA Take the North-South Central Link (ELITE) to the Putrajaya Toll Plaza. Turn left at Cyberjaya/ Multimedia University, then into the PuchongDamansara Highway (LDP). Turn right into the Puchong-Kajang Highway. Putrajaya is reached via a left turn before the IOI Palm Garden and a U-turn at IOI Palm Garden Resort From KL City Take a right turn after the Kajang Toll Plaza on the KL-Seremban Highway. Go past Uniten (Universiti Tenaga) in Bangi. Enter Putrajaya by a left turn before as well as after IOI Palm Garden.


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Penang National Park

Penang Butterfly Park

Batu Feringghi Tropical Spice Garden

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The Pearl of the Orient Penang is a major tourist destination hub in South-East Asia. A major trading port in times past, Penang today is a blend of old and new, a bustling port, a heritage city, an industrial centre and a great tourism paradise.

UNESCO Heritage - George Town George Town is the capital of Penang and a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its historical architecture and sights from its colonial past. Some of the best ways to discover George Town are to participate in guided walking tours organised by the Penang Heritage Trust for RM50 per person or take a bicycle/trishaw package. George Town offers excellent food, a large number of Penang’s famous tourist spots and feasts for the eyes. Look out for the annual George Town Festival which is the biggest arts festival in Penang.

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Penang Situated in the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Straits of Malacca, the state of Penang is composed of two parts, Penang island and the mainland called Seberang Perai. It is the second most developed city after Kuala Lumpur and also one of the most highly industrialised states in Malaysia, as well as a top tourist destination. Being the centre for Medical Tourism in South East Asia, the island is equipped with topnotch hospitals providing the latest facilities and technology in medical care bringing in hundreds of thousands of medical tourists a year. Although it is a bustling island-city with modern technologies, Penang still retains its old charms from its sandy beaches and emerald green hills to a beautifully preserved heritage enclave. Like the rest of the country, Penang is highly diverse in ethnicity, language, culture and religion but is also the most harmonious and this is apparent in George Town, the capital city. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, the historic city of George Town is a sight to behold. Its architectural magnificence and uniqueness in culture have drawn many to explore this beautiful city. Since its recognition, Penang has been increasingly gaining international exposure as a heritage city and culturally exotic and must-see island. Recently, Penang was listed as number 8 out of 40 destinations in The Guardian’s travel feature called ‘Holiday Hotspots: where to go in 2014’. Right before that, The Guardian had also featured one of Penang’s famous street mural depicting two children on a bicycle in its top 15 best street arts in the world. This mural is part of a street art series from a project called “Mirrors of George Town” which were painted in 2012 during the George Town Festival by commissioned Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic. The murals, strategically placed within the core heritage zone, depict playful children and mimicking everyday life in the city. Aside from the murals, there are also 52 welded-iron wall caricatures around the city that describes the prevailing colloquial demeanour in the early settlement days that gave memorable moniker to the streets and landmarks as they are today.



Indeed, Penang’s rich history, heritage and culture contribute highly to its appeal. But ask any Penangite and they will tell you that the longest-standing attraction lies in its abundant choice of mouth-watering street food that can be found nowhere else in the world; or at least none comparable to what Penang has. In year 2011, the Penang laksa, a refreshingly sour and spicy noodle soup with a fish-based broth, made it to number 7 in CNN’s “World’s 50 most delicious foods”. Penang laksa was the only entry from Malaysia. Later, CNNgo also voted Penang as one of “Asia’s greatest street food cities”. As a city with a multi-ethnic society, colourful festivals and events fill the year; be it religious, cultural or simply a community event. Thaipusam, a religious festival filled with music and colourful processions is celebrated widely by the Hindu community, and the Hungry Ghost Festival is a month-long festival celebrated by the Chinese who pay homage and give offerings to the departed and to the Ghost King. Aside from cultural and local community events, the Penang State Tourism also organises International events such as the Penang World Music Festival, happening on 12 & 13 April 2014, where thousands of music lovers gather for musical and cultural workshops and a night concert featuring famous world-music artists from around the globe. The annual Penang Bridge International Marathon that managed to attract around 47,500 runners in year 2013 has been listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for three consecutive years. The next marathon will take place on 16 November 2014. With all that Penang has to offer, it’s no wonder that ECA International voted Penang as the 8th “most livable and workable city in Asia” for two consecutive years.

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Tropical Spice Garden Welcome To Tropical Spice Garden! Timeless and enchanting, TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN is an eco-sanctuary tucked within a natural valley fronting the much chronicled Strait of Malacca. The garden is a privately funded agro-tourism project endorsed by the Penang State Government. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN continues to flourish and grow to become a key attraction and leading botanic institution in the region. It aims to foster understanding and appreciation of tropical plants and the diversity of spices through informative guided tours, hands-on cooking classes and nature educational programmes. TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN is a garden of discovery for those who miss out on simple pleasures like walking barefoot on dewy grass, catching sight of frolicking monkeys or stopping to smell the flowers. Spread across 8 acres of secondary jungle, the landscaped area of 6 acres is a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world including the faintly aromatic torch ginger from Indonesia, indigenous spices from Malaysia, colourful Amazonian bromeliads, strange palms from Seychelles, Heliconias from Ecuador and exotic ferns from Tropical America. The showcase garden is also a playground for an assortment of birds, insects, mammals and reptiles, offering amazing opportunities for photography and filming.

Our Vision “To be an internationally recognized spice garden that brings a peoples history, culture and living environment together as an eco-tourism destination”.

Our Mission “To be a sustainable community project that preserves and instills appreciation for our natural heritage and peoples history through ethical means, whilst continuing to re-invent the past for future generations”.



VISITOR INFORMATION Opens 9am to 6pm daily Daily Guided Tours 9am / 11.30am / 1.30pm / 3.30pm Admission Fees: Audio Tours (available April 2014 onwards) Adult RM 26 Child (5 - 12 years) RM 15 Senior (65+) RM 20 Family (2 Adults and 3 Children) RM 75 Student (Walk In) RM 20 Guided Tour Adult Child Senior Family Student

RM 35 RM 20 RM 28 RM 100 RM 28

Additional facilities: • Cooking School • Gift Shop • Nature Education • Tree Monkey Restaurant Also available: • Exclusive Venue Hire for weddings, private functions and teambuilding • Slides and Ladders 3D Boardgame • Concession Rates for Groups & Schools • Commercial Photography/Filming • Free Parking

Nurturing Nature-learning among the Younger Generation

Butterfly Farm Located in Teluk Bahang, the Butterfly Farm serves as both a tourist destination and a centre for education, recreations and scientific research. The live museum houses an average of 4,000 Malaysian butterflies of 120 different species such as the rare Indian Leaf and the endangered Yellow Bird Wing. Visitors must also see the most famous of all, the Rajah Brooke’s Bird wing of the Papilionidae family which was first discovered in Borneo in 1855 and named after the first British Rajah of Sarawak. The Butterfly Farm has been extended over the years to include insects and reptiles. Admission tickets also include a guided tour inside the farm. Opening Times :

9.00am - 6.00pm (last entry at 5.00pm) Chinese New Year's Eve (opened for half a day only)

Admission Fees :

RM27 (adult without MyKad) RM18 (adult + MyKad) RM15 (child without MyKid) RM10 (child + MyKid)

Teluk Bahang Beach



Batu Feringghi Beach

Beaches Teluk Kampi Beach, about an hour away from Kerachut Beach in Teluk Bahang, has the longest stretch of beach in Penang’s National Park. There are plenty of recreational activities such as swimming, camping and bird watching. Teluk Bahang Beach (Bay of Embers) offers beautiful sunsets behind the landscape of rustic kampung charm and coastal villages. A jetty stretches some distance into the sea where visitors can often see fishermen going to sea or coming home with their day’s catch. A scenic beach for those who wish to escape the crowds of nearby Batu Feringghi. Visitors seeking solace in isolated beaches can go to Teluk Duyung, Monkey Beach or Pantai Kerachut which are only accessible via trails around the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve in Teluk Bahang. Go jungle trekking in the recreational forest or simply visit the Forestry Museum.

Batu Feringghi (Foreigner’s Rock) is the most famous of Penang beaches, partly due its welldeveloped large and luxurious hotel and resort offerings, fine restaurants and all facilities catering to foreign tourists. When the sun sets, it comes alive with another image so vastly different from day time. Dubbed the Feringghi Walk, the open-air bazaar offers visitors a carnival-like atmosphere. The 5-star Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in the renowned Batu Feringghi Beach offers luxurious retreat and hotel stay with a par-3 executive golf course. Rooms and suites are decorated in traditional Minangkabau style using carved wood, traditional textures and colourful fabrics.

One of Penang's Most Popular Destinations, Batu Feringghi

Tanjung Bungah (Flower Cape) is a seaside suburb between Gurney and Batu Feringghi, and about a half-hour drive from Georgetown. Its ocean view is said to be one of the best in Penang. The most popular activity here is watersports as the Penang Water Sports Centre is also based here. The shoreline offers lush greenery dotted with large boulders. Sunbathing in the shadows of the overhanging cliffs is a favourite pastime.

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Golden Sands Resort

Family Fun At Golden Sands Resort The Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, located at the prime beach front of Batu Feringgi, Penang, Malaysia, had undergone a RM50 million (approximately USD14million) year-long redevelopment programme which was completed in late 2009. This redevelopment programme was the most extensive ever in the resort’s illustrious 30-year presence in Penang. The family-friendly resort had opted to commence its redevelopment programme in late 2008 during the global economic crisis with the projection that by the time of its completion, the world economy was expected to be on the way to recovery. In hindsight, it has proven to be a prudent and practical decision. The resort comprises 387 guestrooms and suites that offer plush accommodation with valueadded refinements. They include 14 suites with panoramic coastal and hill views and 373 deluxe hill-facing or sea-view rooms furnished in a cheerful and contemporary style that celebrates ethnic diversity and resort living. Many rooms come with Murphy Beds (pull-down, retractable wall beds) that can comfortably accommodate a third person in the room and up-to-date facilities such as LCD TV, DVD player, satellite TV channels, USB/iPod/modem ports in a user-friendly audiovisual panel and free broadband Internet access. The Cool Lounge is an extra feature to the resort and the first of its kind within the Shangri-La Group of Hotels and Resorts. Located in the lobby area, the Cool Lounge is a veritable oasis for early arrivals and guests who are checking out late. This dedicated lounge serves refreshments and amusements with modern conveniences in a relaxed setting. Internet stations for adults and children, a mini library and games, gymnasium, shopping arcade and a spacious waiting area with changing rooms, lockers and shower facilities are housed within this area. Golden Sands Resort’s wide selection of recreational activities remains one of its key attractions. Facilities include a water sports centre, three tennis courts, a Par-3 Executive Golf Course, a spa and beauty centre as well as



two lagoon-shaped swimming pools. There is always excitement for everyone with organised daily activities such as water aerobics, volleyball, golf-putting competition, cooking lessons, tai chi, Petanque and jungle trekking. Three diverse food and beverage outlets provide exciting dining options. All-day dining restaurant Garden Café serves savoury local and international cuisine in a garden environment while Sigi’s Bar and Grill on the Beach, transformed with a brand new look and new menus, serves grill and bar cuisine al fresco by the beach and pool. The new Lobby Lounge is bright and breezy with an inimitable sense of casual chic, serving cool cocktails and drinks with Happy Hour options.

Superior Hillview Room

Adventure Zone

Two adaptable meeting and banquet rooms as well as a 250-person capacity ballroom are available for business and social events. Along with stateof-the-art facilities, guests can expect legendary Shangri-La service from the resort’s Events and Banquet specialists. The warmth and sincerity of the staff of Golden Sand Resort has constantly been noted by many guests who make it a point to return every year as they are always made to feel welcome and at home. Furthermore, they always strive to deliver high quality cuisine, up-to-date facilities and funfilled recreational activities to further establish the resort’s long-time reputation as Penang’s leading family resort. Children staying at the resort are especially in for a treat with the Adventure Zone, a unique family entertainment venue that is one of a kind in Malaysia.

Adventure Zon for Kids Adventure Zone, a modular play area designed for kids of all ages. This new activity centre was built at a cost of RM 3.2 million on the beach front between the resort and the adjacent Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang. Adventure Zone, designed by Seow Chin Architects, incorporates UK-based Taylor Made Play equipment. Adventure Zone was completed in November 2007 and has enhanced the popular family programme at Golden Sands Resort, Penang. The 10,000 square feet facility has a comprehensive indoor playground with three categories of drop slides and multiple sections of modular play equipment. The main highlight are the drop slides, which have proven to be extremely safe and offer a high level of enjoyment for both children and adults.

The Adventure Zone’s slides include the toddlerfriendly “Hyperglide Astra Slide,” the “Double Drop Slide” for children and young teenagers, and the “Demon Drop” slide, which is a 24-foot vertical drop designed to thrill both kids and adults. Adventure Zone also includes a multi-use reception, a retail and snack counter; a Kids’ Club located on the upper floor of Adventure Zone. The Kids’ Club offers individual mini lockers, soft toys, board games, Nintendo Wii, a 55-inch TV for movies, desktop computers, bean bags and a playhouse corner. Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman, Director of Commmunications at Golden Sands Resort, said, “The Adventure Zone is a one-of-a-kind facility in the region, and the first in Malaysia. Golden Sands Resort, Penang is a favourite holiday getaway for families, and has won many awards and accolades for its family-friendly facilities. Adventure Zone adds further value for families who choose to stay with us.”

Cool Zone Kids Club Our Cool Zone Kids Club is complimentary to all in-house Golden Sands Resort guests. It is open daily from 9.30am to 9.00pm. Kids can while away their time getting involved in wholesome and funfilled activities like photo frame decorating, t-shirt painting, lantern marking, paper bag creations, pool games, visits to the Eco Centre, movies, newspaper craft, mask creation, snake show and sand sculpture. Activities like sand art, batik painting and t-shirt painting are chargeable while the rest of the activities are complimentary. Activities are subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions or other factors.

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23LOVELANE Hotel 23LOVELANE Hotel is an exclusive 10 room boutique hotel set within a walled and landscaped garden in the heart of George Town, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel won the prestigious Gold Award (Conservation) at the Malaysian Institute of Architects’ PAM Awards 2013 and was honored with the Excellence Award for Best Boutique Stay at Expatriate Lifestyle’s Best of Malaysia Awards 2013.

This charming hotel comprises four buildings the 150 year old Anglo Indian Bungalow, Straits Eclectic Building, 1920s Jack Roof Annex and Indian Shop House – restored and conserved following strict heritage guidelines yet equipped with the necessary modern guest conveniences. With vintage furniture as backdrop, 23LoveLane is creatively decorated with contemporary paintings, photographs, sculpture, antiques and quirky knick-knacks dotting every wall, nook and cranny. It is fast becoming known as an art lover’s paradise. Access to the adjacent SteakFrites@23 restaurant, a well-stocked library on the first floor and a lovely garden to relax in, guests will feel at home away from home; in their own private little haven. The hotel has since added Muntri Suites, a 3 room pre-war shop house 3 minutes walk from the main building and Stewart Suite, a 1-bedroom unit just around the corner. Both units have Wifi, comfortable living rooms, fully equipped kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and are perfect for families or groups who seek privacy. Log on to for further information.



A Boutique Heritage Hotel

AN OASIS IN THE HEART OF GEORGE TOWN, PENANG A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Gold Award (Conservation) Malaysian Institute of Architects’ PAM Awards 2013

Excellence Award (Best Boutique Stay) Expatriate Lifestyle’s Best Of Malaysia Awards 2013

23 Love Lane, George Town, 10200 Penang, Malaysia. T: +604-262 1323 F: +604-263 1323 E:

Places Of Worship The Snake Temple in Sungai Kluang in Bayan Lepas was built in 1850 to commemorate a Buddhist monk, Choo Sor Kong who was born during the Song Dynasty with the surname Tan. The temple is also known as Temple of Azure Clouds in honour of the beauty of Penang’s sky. Visitors can also drop by the Snake farm in the Snake Temple and watch the snakes and reptiles exhibition such as the 23 feet python snake, albino cobra, king cobra, anaconda and snake shows on weekends. The temple is crowded during Chor Soo Kong’s birthday every year on the sixth day of the first lunar month when devotees from as far as Singapore and Taiwan come to pray.

St. George's Church Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Kek Lok Si, also known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, is undeniably the most famous in Penang. It is located in Air Itam where hills are called he san or crane hill which have traditionally been regarded as having good feng shui for a temple. The temple has two main attractions – the huge bronze statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and the seven-storey pagoda. The best time to visit is during Chinese New Year when pretty lanterns and glittering lights adorn the temple. Penang State Mosque at the junction of Jalan Air Itam and Jalan Masjid Negeri is the biggest mosque in Penang. Its design bears Western Modernist and Malay elements and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers. Visitors wishing to enter must obtain permission from the State Religious Department, Lebuh Pantai. St. George’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia, was built with convict labour in 1818. It is located at the corner of Farquhar Street and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling. The Greek temple in the church grounds is a memorial to Francis Light, the founder of Penang. In 2007, the Malaysian Government declared St. George’s Church as one of the 50 National Treasures of Malaysia. Guan Yin Temple at Jalan Kapitan Keling is a popular temple built in the 1800s by early Chinese settlers of Hokkien and Chinese descendants. Some of the beautiful features of the temple are the dragon-entwined pillars which are carved



Kek Lok Si Temple

from a type of green stone and the statue of Guan Yin with 18 arms in the inner chamber. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is located at Penang’s Little India at Lebuh Queen, Georgetown. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, having been at the same spot for two centuries. The entrance of the temple is full of sculptures of gods and goddesses. The interiors are also filled with statues of Hindu deities such as Lord Subramaniam, Durga and Ganapathy.

Kapitan Keling Mosque

The Kapitan Keling Mosque in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street) in George Town. The mosque is named after an Indian Muslim merchant, the Kapitan Keling (headman) Caudeer Mydin Merican who constructed the mosque in early 19th century. Moghul-style domes and turrets adorn the mosque. Its ocher yellow façade and domeshaped minaret reflect Moorish Islamic influence. Within the mosque’s compounds is a madrasah where religious classes are held. Visitors wishing to visit the mosque must be properly attired.

Wat Chayamangkalaram

Khoo Kongsi Temple St Anne's Church

The Khoo Kongsi in Lebuh Cannon is a picturesque building and one of the grandest clan houses in Penang and perhaps one of the most photographed buildings of Penang. It has tall thin columns supporting a gently sloping red-tiled roof with carvings of dragons, phoenixes, mythical animals and scenes from popular Chinese legends. The Khoo Kongsi comprises of two buildings opposite each other- one serves as the ancestral temple while the other with a large courtyard is used for staging plays and operas. There is also a museum on the ground floor which visitors can visit for a fee of RM5. The Acheh Street Mosque in Lebuh Acheh, also known as Masjid Melayu was built on a land donated by Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid who came from Acheh, Sumatera. Built in 1820, the mosque features a small window halfway up the minaret which locals say is a hole made by cannonballs fired during the 1867 triad riots. Wat Chayamangkalaram, also known as the Reclining Buddha Temple, is situated at Burma Road in Pulau Tikus, George Town. The temple houses the world’s third largest reclining Buddha (33 metres in length). As it is a Thai Buddhist temple, it is reminiscent of Bangkok’s many wats or temples with vibrant colours and Thai architecture. There is a small Thai village behind the temple as well as a Thai cemetery. Traditional Buddhist festivals like the Songkran and Loy Krathong are celebrated by Thai Buddhists at the temple too. St. Anne’s Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Bukit Mertajam. It started as a small chapel atop a hillock built by visiting priest Fr. Adolphe Couellan in 1846. A bigger church with multitiered Minangkabau roofs and Gothic architecture was built next to the old one, now called the Shrine. The church is most famous for its annual Feast and Novena celebration, the St. Anne Feast in July. The 10-day celebrations always draw more than 100,000 devotees from all over Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Devotees attend novenas and masses throughout the week which is followed by a traditional candlelight procession.

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Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Fort Cornwallis

A stately mansion refurbished to reflect the bygone era of the Straits Chinese settlement in Penang. The town house was once the former office and residence of Chinese Kapitan Chung Keng Swee, a 19th century Hakka tin miner and secret society leader of Hai San.

The largest standing fort in Malaysia, the starshaped bastion is named after Marquis Charles Cornwallis. The fort stands on the site where Captain Francis Light first set foot on Penang in 1786. Located on the northeastern coast of Penang, it was intended as a defensive against pirates, Kedah forces and the French but served more as an administrative centre than a defensive base. It was originally a wooden fort built with nibong palms but was later rebuilt using bricks and stones by Indian convict labour.

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion recreates the typical home of a rich Baba a century ago to offer present people a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle, customs and traditions. The mansion houses more than 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era. Built in 1890s, it incorporated Chinese carved-wood panels, English floor tiles and Scottish iron works.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, built in the end of the 19th century, is located in Leith Street, George Town. Built according to the principles of feng shui by master craftsmen from China, the mansion has 38 bedrooms, 5 courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows. This indigo-blue courtyard house was once the residence of Cheong Fatt Tze, a prominent Chinese in the Penang Straits Settlement in the 19th century who had hoped to house nine generations of his descendants in the mansion. It was the residence for his favourite 7th wife and also the based for his business empire. However, the mansion fell into disrepair after his death. After the death of the last son, the mansion went on sale. In the 1990s a group of Penang preservationists purchase it and restoration works began. It is now a hotel that also provides guided tours in and around the grand mansion. It was bestowed the Asia-Pacific Heritage-Award for Culture Heritage Conservation by UNESCO in 2000.


Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion


A bronze statue of Francis Light stands near the main entrance. The fort walls are around 10 feet high and laid out in a star-like formation. Inside the fort are some of the original structures that can still be seen such as the chapel, some prison cells, barracks, ammunition storage areas, the original flagpole and a harbor light once used to signal incoming ships. Several cell rooms have been converted to galleries to display artefacts and exhibits. A number of cannons can also be found around the fort like the Sri Rambai Cannon believed by locals to have the effect of improving women’s fertility, by placing flowers on the barrel of the cannon. Fort Cornwallis

Penang Botanical Gardens Inside the Penang Botanical Gardens are centuryold trees, forested hills, nearby cascading waterfalls and giant water lilies of the Amazon River. Visitors can also see the Pinang Palm, areca catechu, from which Penang got its name and wildlife animals such as the long-tailed macaques, dusky leaf monkeys, black giant squirrels and many insects and butterflies.

Penang Hill

Penang Hill Penang Hill, at 823m high, is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks - Western Hill, Bukit Laksamana, Tiger Hill, Flagstaff Hill and Government Hill. It is Malaysia’s first hill station. It was discovered by Francis Light when he commissioned the area to be cleared for plantation. The most popular way to the top of the hill is to take the Penang Funicular Train located at the foot of the hill. Built in 1923, is has 2,007 metres of long racks that climb the hill at a crawling 30-minuted pace to allow visitors breathtaking views along the hill. Alternatively, take a 5-km drive up a private road which is also a popular hiking route. What can be found and enjoyed at Penang Hill? • From the top, visitors can see the mountains of Langkawi and north Kedah but the most enthralling is the views of George Town at night. • Enjoy the cool unpolluted air and to walk under the 30m high trees along nature trails. • Explore the forests and discover interesting plants like tropical oak tree, carnivorous pitcher plants and the tree ferns and cycads which have remained largely unchanged since Jurassic period. • Lucky visitors can spot the Giant Black Squirrel, Dusky Leaf Monkeys or the Greater Racket tailed Drongo. • Visit the oldest building dated back to 1803, the Convalescent Bungalow, a Hindu temple, a mosque, fruit and souvenir stalls, some gardens or the food court.

One of the main events held here is the annual International Flower Fest. Visitors can look out for these trees which are truly amazing and one of a kind, only at the Botanical Gardens. The rain tree at the main entrance has been around since the 1800s. A fast growing shade-tree which can grow up to 35m in height. The flowers form in small pinkish white clusters. It is known as the 5-o’clock tree among locals because the compound exhibits sleep motion, meaning they close just before sunset and opens just after sunrise. This special feature enables the tree to retain more moisture as more dew can settle when the leaves are folded. The cannon ball tree is also a fast growing tree, reaching 25m in height. The leaves have a 6 month lifespan after which the can shed so quickly that the tree is left bare for a few days. Its flowers are large, pinkish and fragrant. The fruits are large reddish brown that can be as big as a human head and contains a mass of sour smelling pulp. The candle tree can grow up to 6-10m with big flowers (8cm wide) that are bell-shaped and white in colour. The leaves look trifoliate and the fruits resemble little green candles but turn to yellow when ripen. The argus pheasant tree is a tall tree with a rounded crown and a strong buttresses trunk when matured which makes it a pretty ornamental tree. It got its name from the five equatorial flecks on the fruits which are markings found on an argus pheasant. The enoby tree, a shady wide-spreading tree, has a compact dome-shaped conical crown. Its fruits are edible; in India, they have medicinal values (through oil extracted from the seeds) and are often used in dyeing and tanning.

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Penang Char Koay Teow


Penang is a gourmet paradise and its cuisine represents the multicultural society of Malaysia. The best foods are sold at roadside stalls, hawker centres or shops. Visitors simply cannot leave Penang without trying at least some of its swornby food! Penang char koay teow is the king among all char koay teows in Malaysia. It is a flat, white noodle dish stir-fried in a wok over open fire with soy sauce, chilli, prawns, eggs, bean sprouts and chives. Penang’s version often has crab meat on top for extra flavours. As usual, the Penang Hokkien mee is also different from others. Yellow noodles are cooked in a tasty prawn soup and not the usual dark and sticky types found in Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere in Malaysia. The soup is the ‘soul’ of the dish, made from shrimp paste, meat bones and dried prawns, typically served with prawns, waste spinach, chilli, bean sprouts, meat slices and crispy shallots. Depending on the location, if the stall also sells loh mee (noodles in a dark broth thickened with beaten eggs and corn starch served with meat slices and beansprouts), diners can request for the seller to mix half of each type.



Nasi Kandar

The Malays too have a prawn noodle dish called mee udang and is popularly found in Teluk Kumbar, southwestern of Penang.

Nasi kandar, originated from the Indian-Muslim culture has been called Penang’s best-known dish. It is rice served with numerous dishes like thick, rich curries and vegetables. The curries are what make it so special. Many nasi kandar restaurants are opened 24 hours in Penang especially around George Town.


Tau Sar Pneahs


Asam Laksa

Asam laksa, a dish of thick rice noodles served with a sour and spicy fish broth, originated from the Peranakan culture. It is garnished with mackerel flakes, mint leaves, shredded cucumber, onions and pineapples. The market place in Ayer Itam is very popular for this dish. Rojak, a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables such as cucumber, pineapples, green mangoes, guavas, water apples, cuttlefish slices, or water spinach which are topped with a local prawn paste dressing, crushed peanuts and sesame seeds.

Penang’s tau sar pneahs (roughly translated as bean paste pastry) is legendary. The flaky biscuits with green bean fillings is synonymous with Tambun. A popular souvenir too. The apoms. The Indian-styled has a thin skin that is crispy on the side but soft and thick in the middle with no fillings. The Nyonya version, the apom balik, is a crispy fold-over pancake topped with bananas, sweet corn and a sprinkling of sugar. Another variation is the Chinese peanut pancake called ban chang kui which has a harder crust, thicker texture and filled with peanuts and sugar. Penang’s southwest district is main producer of the legendary and iconic fruit of Malaysia – durian. Most of the farmers there cultivate from selected clones. A must-try (although, like blue cheese, it is an acquired taste) as there are many award winning durians in Penang such as ang bak, ang heh, D16, ang jin, D700, etc. A look-forward to event celebrating the king of fruits is the annual Penang Durian Festival at Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau. Diehard fans can then satisfy their cravings at the many eat-all-you-can events. Assorted Fruits

Pasembur is an Indian-Muslim salad-like dish slightly different from the rojak as it features deep fried items (tofu, prawn fritters), hard boiled eggs, squids and shredded vegetables mixed with a peanut-based sweet sauce. Acar is a crunchy Nyonya salad. A mixture of hard vegetables such as carrots and cabbage served with a spicy gravy and garnished with crushed peanuts.

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First Avenue Mall along Jalan Magazine in George Town comprises of seven retail floors in a 655,000 sq ft area of which level five to seven are car parks. Located next to Prangin Mall and Komtar, the mall targets primarily young professionals and executives, and all style conscious individuals.

Shopping at Straits Quay

SHOPPING IN PENANG The main shopping areas in Penang are concentrated in Jalan Penang, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Kapitan Keling and Lebuh Chulia. Around Jalan Penang (where Komtar is located), visitors can find good value for clothes, shoes, electronic and daily goods. Opposite Komtar is a collection of small shops selling batik, jewellery, pewter and handicrafts. Lebuh Chulia and Lebuh Bishop are excellent for antiques seekers, Jalan Kapitan Keling is famed for Indian goldsmiths. Lebuh Campbell has a wide range of shops offering oriental jewellery, leather and rattan goods. Travelling south, the shops in Jalan Pintal Tali (Rope Walk) offer many antique items and bric-a-brac. Straits Quay Tanjung Pinang in Tanjung Tokong is Penang’s first and only seafront retail marina, part of the Mediterranean-styled seafront integrated development of Straits Quay. Found here are renowned bistros, bars, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and seaside cafes as well as Penang’s first dedicated performing arts centre. Penang Times Square is located near Penang’s Komtar along Jalan Dato’ Keramat in George Town. Themed urban village in a city centre, Penang Times Square is a development project comprises of both residential and commercial properties, featuring a shopping mall, heritage centre, museum, retail outlets, residences, hotels and an urban square.



The brand new Gurney Paragon, opened in July 2013, is a mixed development comprising of a shopping mall (700,000 sq ft), an office tower and two high-end residential towers. Located in Gurney Drive, the beachfront esplanade offers ocean views and is built inspired by the former St. Joseph’s Novitiate which has been converted into St. Jo’s, an area occupied by stylish restaurants and cafes. Gurney Plaza, a waterfront shopping mall is ninestorey high with over 380 stores. It is located along the popular Gurney Drive and is the second largest mall in Penang. Chowrasta Market, at more than a century old is Penang’s most well-known market popular with local delicacies and snacks which many considered cheaper than anywhere else in Penang. Also houses a second-hand bookstore. Yahong Art Gallery, the largest arts and crafts centre in Penang, displays works by Malaysian and Asian artists. It has 4 sections-the art gallery, handicrafts, batik, and jewellery and antiques. The upper levels prominently display works of Chuah Thean Teng (and his sons), dubbed the father of modern batik printing. Queensbay Mall, located minutes away from the Penang Bridge, is the largest shopping mall in Penang, covering 73 acres and measuring 2.5 million sq ft, making it the longest shopping mall in Malaysia. It is a waterfront complex in Bayan Lepas near the airport. Auto City is a one-stop complex for shopping, F&B and home to more than 30 brands of automobiles. It is also a favourite outdoor venue for concerts, road shows or carnivals. There are a lot of banks located here and its nights are filled with al fresco restaurants and bars.

TRANSPORTATION By Bus • In addition to the paid public buses, Penang has a free shuttle bus or central area transit (CAT) that is touring popular places in George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It covers an 8-km route from Weld Quay to Penang Road (to and fro), making 19 stops at points of interests. It runs from 6.00am to 12.00 midnight every day including public holidays. There is a Hop On Free sign in front of the three air-conditioned buses. Providing service at an interval of 20 minutes, these buses can be boarded at any of the specially marked stops along the route. • At the main bus station on Weld Quay, there are Rapid Penang buses offering a clean and affordable way to go around. With a few exceptions, most stop running at 11.00pm. Travellers can also purchase the Rapid Passport which allows for unlimited bus rides for seven days. They can be purchased at the airport, Weld Quay terminal and the Komtar bus terminal. Rapid Penang also has a Phone app (rapid penang mobile icis) featuring a GPS powered route planner and updated arrival and departure times based on the GPS installed on the buses. The soon-to-be-completed Penang Sentral will be the main transport hub located in Butterworth, providing a one-stop centre for ferry, railway, local and express bus, and taxi services. It shall also be the main gateway between Penang Island and Peninsular Malaysia (mainland). By Road Travellers can drive into Penang Island by using the Penang Bridge or the Penang Ferry Service from Butterworth. Cars have to pay a toll charge of RM7 (on all classes of cars) at the toll plaza in Prai on the mainland. There are no payments for the return trip from the island to the mainland. (Other vehicles like motorbikes, lorries, buses, vans, etc. have different charges)

Ferry Services at Penang

By Rail • Daily departures to major cities in Peninsular Malaysia by train are available via KTM Intercity services at the Butterworth Railway Station, next to the Butterworth Ferry Terminal. Upon disembarking, travellers wanting to go to the island can take the ferry to George Town. • Other railway stations are at Penanti, Simpang Ampat, Pinang Tunggal, Bukit Mertajam, Tasik Gelugor and Bukit Tengah. • Train journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes around 6 hours. By Sea • Penang Ferry Service’s eight ferries offer rides daily – Pulau Pinang, Pulay Payar, Pulau Angsa, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rimau, Pulau Undan and Pulau Talang-Talang. Ferry services link Georgetown on Penang Island (Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda) with Butterworth (Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim) on the mainland. • Tickets also cover for return journeys from the island back to the mainland. By Air Access through Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas where Malaysia Airlines and budget airlines offer many daily flights to and fro Penang. From the airport, travellers can take the rapid Penang Bus which makes a last-stop at the Weld Quay Jetty, allowing passengers to make transits to their destinations.

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The Land of Grace The laid back charms of Perak, the land of grace, will delight your visit! Perak is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia and covers an area of 21,000 square kilometres. The name Perak, means silver in Malay, was named as the state is home to Kinta Valley which once contained the world’s richest tin deposits. Today, Perak drawing visitors from around the globe with its intriguing cave temples, virgin rainforest, cultural sights and delicious varieties of cuisine shows a healthy growth in Perak’s tourism sector.

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Pangkor Island A cluster of islands with incredible coves and beaches dot the coasts off Perak, the most prominent are Pangkor Island and Pangkor Laut. Pangkor Island, about 90km southwest of Ipoh is populated by fishermen while Pangkor Laut is a privately-owned island. Pangkor Island is intensively promoted as a budget tourist destination, however it’s still fishing and dried seafood to be the main industry. Visitors can take a 40-minute ferry ride from Lumut to Pangkor Island and along the way can view the charming scattered fishing settlements of Sungai Pinang Kecil and Sungai Pinang Besar, two stops the ferry makes.

Fishing Villages

Salted and Dried Seafood

Teluk Belanga

Fishing Village in Pangkor

Sungai Pinang Kecil, Sungai Pinang Besar and Kampong Teluk Kecil are three fishing villages that face the mainland. It's a long strip of villages that continues to Pangkor Town and many of the houses are built in the sea on stilts.

The Pangkor Island Beach Resort surrounded by rainforest, nestled on a secluded and privately own Belanga Bay with over a 1.2 km stretch of white sandy beach. The resort is among the more popular beach resorts in Malaysia, located off the coast of Lumut offers a truly unforgettable experience to guests craving for excitement along the beautiful coastline. Pangkor Island Beach Resort is a perfect holiday destination to relax and rejuvenate for both leisure and business travellers.

The villages offer a closer look at life of the average chinese fisherman and his family. The women are ready with knives and baskets to prepare their catch when their husbands come home with their catch which includes small and big fish as well as squid. The catch are then dried in the sun and later soaked in a sweet or spicy sauce. Besides, local fishermen can be seen building new boats.

Pangkor Island

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Snorkelling at Pulau Pangkor

Teluk Nipah

Teluk Nipah

Pantai Pasir Bogak

Teluk Nipah is the most beautiful located a few kilometers north Pantai Pasir Bogak. Teluk Nipah comprising of two beaches (Nipah Beach and Coral Bay) has its own corals, sea cucumber and still retains its kampung atmosphere. Bird watching is popular too in this island as the Nipah beach sees the arrival of a number of interesting species such as the hornbill (burung enggang).

Pantai Pasir Bogak is the most popular of the Pangkor beaches, a few kilometers away from Pangkor Town on the west side of the island. Among the more popular choice of resorts in Pantai Pasir Bogak is the Pangkor Sandy Beach Resort which offers bright rooms with reasonably prized units such as Chalet, Super Deluxe, Deluxe and Standard room, spacious swimming pool and sea view restaurant. The resort also has a rich recreational offer such as jet ski, island hopping, snorkelling, jungle trekking and teambuilding.

Snorkelling at Pulau Giam and Pulau Mentagor, as the waters are shallow with many kinds of corals and fishes.

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Foo Lin Kong Chinese Temple

Foo Lin Kong Chinese Temple The Foo Lin Kong Temple is an ancient styled architectural structure that has been built on the foot of Pangkor Hill in the village of Sungai Pinang Besar. The temple features a miniature replica of The Great Wall of China and there are 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac on the roof of it. There are turtles and plenty of different fishes in the ponds around the temple and a nice garden partly built on the hillside.

Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort A small ancient Dutch Fort located on the south of Pangkor Town at Teluk Gedung with centuries old stone foundation built during the Dutch occupation in 1670 as a stronghold against the enemies and pirates. The fort has been abandoned after being attacked by a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers. In 1973, the National Museum undertook its reconstruction and only the stone foundations and carvings on a large rock are left today. Miniature Replica of The Great Wall of China in Foo Lin Kong Chinese Temple

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Gua Tempurung

Gua Tempurung

Sam Poh Tong

Located in Gopeng, 24km south of Ipoh, Gua Tempurung or Tempurung Cave is believed to have existed since 8,000BC and is the largest and oldest natural limestone cave in Malaysia. It is made up of five huge domes resembling coconut shells, hence the name tempurung or coconut shells. Each dome has their own formations of stalagmite and stalactites, different temperatures, water levels and content of limestone and marble. There are walkways for visitors to take leisurely strolls while taking in the sights of the cave and beautiful underground waterfalls.

A famous cave temple in Gunung Rapat, about 5km south of Ipoh and the largest cave temple in Malaysia. The Sam Poh Tong Temple (Cave of Triple Gems) is an impressive showcase of art. Various statues of Buddha are interspersed among the amazing stalactites and stalagmites in the cave. Legend has it that the cave was discovered by a monk from China in 1912 who remained there for two decades, devoting his life to Buddhism and meditation. At present, there are also nuns and monks still occupying the temple. Visitors can climb 246 steps to reach an open cave with excellent views of Ipoh and its surroundings. Among the main attractions are the landscaped garden with a fish pool, a tortoise pond and the beautifully decorated pavilion at the temple entrance. Sam Poh Tong Temple

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state comprising 70 percent Chinese of the total population. The city is known as a great place to retire as the lifestyle here is relaxed and live moves at a quiet pace. The star of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", Dato Michelle Yeoh, was born in Ipoh. The Ipoh city has many limestone caves and hump-like hills waiting to be explored.

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Kellie's Castle

Perak Tong In the Perak Tong Temple you will be greeted by a maze of caverns and grottos with statues and paintings of the Buddha set in nooks and a 12.8m high sitting Buddha gazing benevolently down at you. A steep flight of 385 steps within leads to a ledge with a fantastic view of the countryside.

Kellie’s Castle The Kellie’s Castle near Batu Gajah is an unfinished mansion built by a Scottish planter, William Kellie Smith who travelled to Malaysia aged 20 to seek his fortune. He landed a job with Alma Baker, an estate owner to help construct public roads in South Perak. Armed with the profits, Smith bought a 1,000-acre jungle in the Kinta District for rubber planting. The estate was named Kinta Kellas after Easter Kellas, his home farm. The first mansion, Kellas House was built. After the birth of his son and heir, Smith built a second mansion in 1915, the present building which used 70 workers, mostly from Madras. Bricks and marbles were brought in from India. The building never saw completion due to his death in late 1926. The estate was sold and the unfinished mansion was abandoned. The original Kellie’s Castle was meant to be a grand mansion with a wine cellar, stately columns and a six-storey tower incorporating GrecoRoman designs and Moorish arches, and a rooftop courtyard and elevator, the first of its kind in the country.

The statue of Buddha in Perak Tong

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Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan

Tua Pek Kong Temple This century old Tua Pek Kong Temple is an attraction site in Lumut which is famous for the gigantic God statues and the blessings. There are 98 statues of deities and animals from the Chinese lunar calendar on the well-landscaped threehectare compound. There are also 11 statues measuring between 2.1m and 14.6m in height on a broad-based, two-metre high classical facade facing the sea.

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Teluk Intan Teluk Intan is the largest town in the southern part of Perak. It is encircle by Sungai Perak and Sungai Bidor.

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Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan Leaning Tower became the focal point for Teluk Intan town with its uniqueness which leans to one side just like the Pisa Tower in Italy. It was erected in 1885 by a Chinese architect named Leong Choon Chong. The tower resembles a Pagoda building of 85 feet tall and comprises of 110 staircases. The tower originally serves as a water reservoir to supply water for the daily usage of the nearby population but due to it being constructed on a soft soil structure, the tower leaned towards the North West till today.

Perak's royal mosque, Ubudiah Mosque

Kuala Kangsar

Ubudiah Mosque

Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak. It is located at the downstream of Kangsar River where it flows into the Perak River. In 1740’s, the city was found by Sultan Muzafar after a period of confusion and civil war in Perak. The Sultan had a dispute with his brother and decided to move up Sungai Perak and rule the inner districts of Perak from Kuala Kangsar.

The Ubudiah Mosque is one of the most impressive mosques in Malaysia was commissioned by the 28th Sultan of Perak Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah I. Its magnificent golden domes and minarets are hallmarks of classical Islamic architecture. The mosque was officially opened in 1917 and located at Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar. It is also the burial site for Perak royalty.

Today, Kuala Kangsar became an important meeting point and the royal residence for Malay rulers. The surviving monuments from the past also provide visitors a snapshot of Kangsar royal and religious importance and its magnificent architecture.

Iskandariah Palace The Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar, official residence of the Sultan of Perak, sprawls majestically across verdant gardens at the top of Bukit Chandan (Chandan Hill). Its structure reflects strong Moorish influence with the characteristic golden domes.

Iskandariah Palace

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Taiping Lake Gardens The Taiping Lake gardens offers 62 hectare of magnificent greenery, a beautiful lake, a gazebo and a profusion of colourful blooms. The star attractions are the ancient angsana trees with their drooping, shady branches. Visitors can go boating, try out aqua bikes or relax at a rest house. The country’s oldest zoo, the Taiping Zoo, is also within the gardens.

Kuala Sepetang Zoo Taiping 8.30 pagi - 6 petang 8.30 am - 6 pm Night Safari 8 malam - 11 malam 8 am - 11 pm (Dibuka setiap malam termasuk cuti umum) Open every night including Public Holidays 8 malam - 12 malam 8 am - 12 am (Setiap hari Sabtu dan malam sebelum cuti umum) On Saturday nights and eve of Public Holidays

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Kuala Sepetang is a coastal town with a thriving fishing village and a Chinese fishing community at the river mouth which specializes in fish breeding in cages. In Kuala Sepetang, there is a charcoal factory located right in the middle of a spectacular mangrove forest since 1940. It is a good time for visitors to learn additional knowledge about how and what are needed to make charcoal in this charcoal factory.

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Taiping Zoo Taiping &Taiping Night Safari Taiping Zoo is the oldest zoological gardens in Malaysia and one of the best managed that established in 1961. It situated at the foot of Maxwell Hill surrounded by beautiful lakes and streams and an abundance of flora. Taiping Night Safari in the state of Perak is the first of its kind in Malaysia provides visitors a unique opportunity to see nocturnal animals and to experience real wildlife habitats with the sounds made by these animals in a natural setting with artful use of lights which simulates a moonlit environment. Visitors are advised to keep quiet in order to fully experience and appreciate the peaceful atmosphere of the Night Safari. A truly unforgettable night experience while in Taiping.

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Taiping Lake Garden

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Royal Belum State Park The Royal Belum State Park, part of the BelumTemenggor Forest Reserve, is located in Gerik and is one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Covering an area of about 290,000 hectares with more than 146,000 hectares of pure forest, it is home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals including 14 of the world’s most threatened animals such as the Sumatran rhinoceros, white-handed gibbons, Malaysian tigers, Malaysian sun bears, Malaysian tapirs, etc. It is where the largest flower in the world can be found - the Rafflesia. It is also the only existing forest where one can spot all 10 spices of hornbill that inhabit Malaysia such as the oriental pied hornbills, black hornbills, wrinkled hornbills, etc. There are around 60 salt licks all over Belum which are vital for the forest animals.

Royal Belum National Park

These salt licks are commonly found with animal tracks like the sambar deer, tapirs, wild boars, seladang, Malayan gaurs, elephants, etc. Visitors can rent a boat and explore the rainforest and also take the opportunity to see the Jahai people from the aboriginal Negrito tribe at a nearby Orang Asli village. Other attractions are the Terhong waterfall which requires a 2-hour boat ride and 4 hours of jungle trekking, Lake Banding and Temenggor Dam which is a hydroelectric power station or visit Kampung Chuweh to try out the blowpipes which the aborigines still use for hunting and self-defence. Plus, visit the Kota Tampan Archaeological Museum to see one of the most fascinating archaeological finds in Malaysia, the Perak Man.


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Gua Kajang, at 76m above sea level, is located at a limestone complex at Bukit Kepala Gajah. It was the first cave in the country to be excavated in 1917 by Evans, where urn fragments, stone tools, food and human bones were uncovered. Researches showed that the cave had been used as living quarters and burial ground by the Palaeolithic and Neolithic since five to eleven thousand years ago. Gua Kajang is also known for its unique cave formations, tunnels, stalactites and stalagmites. Bukit Merah Laketown Waterpark

Bukit Merah Laketown Resort An 11-acre theme park near the towns of Taiping and Semanggol. There are ten adventures in the park such as Boomerang, Sandy Beachfront, Perak Mining Company, Lazy River, etc. Visitors can dine, shop and relax at the Marina Village. The ecopark is home to a number of exotic and local birds, butterflies, otters and reptiles. Besides watching the daily animal shows, visitors can also try hand pedalling the colourful Skycycle for a unique 200m mid-air tour across the tropical rainforest. A must-see and must-visit is the Orang Utan Island, the only orang utan sanctuary in Peninsular Malaysia that is home to 11 Borneo orang utans of different ages. The orang utans live and breed on the island as part of a rehabilitation, research and preservation programme. The island is accessible via a 10-minute boat ride on the 7,000-acre lake from the resort jetty.

Lenggong Valley

World Heritage Site Gua Gunung Runtuh at Bukit Kepala Gajah is one of eight limestone caves in the Lenggong Valley. First excavated in 1990, evidence of Late Palaeolithic was uncovered. Gunung Runtuh is so famous because it was the home of the Perak Man, found in 1991 which is Southeast Asia’s oldest and most complete human skeleton dated between ten to eleven thousand years old, making him a Stone Age man from the Palaeolithic period. He was buried in the foetal position with deposits of animal bones at the right shoulder, to his left and bottom as well as deposits of stone tools around the body. The 154 cm Perak Man was believed to be in his 40s when he died.

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Gua Ngaum, also located at Bukit Kepala Gajah at 89m above sea level was discovered by researchers from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1990. Its name ngaum was inspired by the roar of a leopard from the mouth of the cave. Archaeological findings uncovered evidence of usage six to seven thousand years ago. Gua Puteri is a tunnel formed in Bukit Kepala Gajah, situated at 94m above sea level. The cave’s unique stalactite and stalagmite formations are believed to take the shapes of the Malaysian map, frog, a married couple, an elephant’s head and other shapes. A cave with no archaeological findings but famed for is legends. Gua Puteri is one of the most visited caves in Lenggong which can be viewed through a special walkway. Gua Teluk Kelawar, at 76m above sea level, is located 1km from Lenggong. Artefacts such as tools and food deposits like river snails were found at the site as well as evidence of wild boar and deer. In 2004, a skeleton of a human remain aged 8,000 years ago was uncovered at the cave, called the Perak Woman. She was 148cm tall and believed to have been 40 years old at the time of death. Archeological Gallery Lenggong Valley


Shar Hor Fun


It is always said that one must not leave Ipoh without trying the famous Ipoh shar hor fun which is silky smooth fl at rice noodles served with soup and other condiments such as prawns, tofu and beansprouts. The rice noodles are said to be incomparable from the regular hor fun (many said due to the waters running thought the limestone hills). These noodles can also be fried with a little dark gravy. Another difference is that in addition to chicken bones, it uses prawn shells to give the soup depth and special fl avours. A distinctive feature of pure Ipoh hor fun is the addition of a dollop of bright orange prawn oil on the noodles, an ingredient not used in other chicken soup noodle dishes.

Chee cheong fun, a dish also using large fl at pieces of fl at rice noodles or rolled up. Usually a breakfast and tea time dish, it is served with either a sweet or spicy sauce. A difference from others is the Ipoh’s version also has minced meat sauces and mushrooms, topped with preserved green chilli, deep-fried shallots and sesame seeds. Chee cheong fun in Kampar is usually served with curry. The iconic Ipoh white coffee is found aplenty in Ipoh’s old town. The coffee beans are specially roasted with palm oil margarine to give it the special aroma, taste and texture of the traditional white coffee. Durians, especially those in Bukit Gantang are termed unique due to the less yellowish texture and its sweet taste. Kampar chicken biscuits are also a popular souvenir among visitors to Ipoh. Despite the chicken name, the biscuits do not have any chicken but are instead made from wheat fl our, candied winter melon, cubes of pork lard, sesame seeds, molasses and eggs.

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Fresh Water Prawns

The town of Kampar is also famous for the bread with curry chicken, which is curry chicken and potatoes are wrapped in a greaseproof paper and enclosed in a sweet bread dough and baked. The bread can be eaten together with the curry chicken. Tanjung Tualang is famous for its fresh seafood especially its specialty, the fresh water prawns. A must try drink to gulp down all those mouthwatering great seafood is ais lengkong kuning which is a mix of yellow jelly, lime, sugar and water. Sitiawan is also a great place for seafood.

Rendang Tok is a well-known dish in Perak. A traditional Malay dish, it uses an extensive list of ingredients and was believed to be created by royal cooks who could acquire spices not available to the commoners then. The use of spices denotes Indian influence. The best rendang tok is said to be prepared using traditional methods such as using the wood stove. It is eaten on its own or as a side dish with lemang, rice, ketupat palas and bread. Putu Perak is a traditional dish of Perak also known as putu cawan or putu mangkuk. It is made from finely grounded rice mixed with rice flour, glutinous rice flour, some grated coconut and sugar, and steamed in a special mould. The sweet and fluffy kuih is white in colour.

Pomelo Street of Ipoh, near Gunung Rapat

Limau Tambun or pomelo is a large fruit with thick skin/rind. The outer green skin turns yellow when ripen. The inside flesh is either translucent white or pink. The fruit is sold in many areas such as in front of the Sam Poh Tong temple but the best is to go right to the pomelo orchards in the Tambun - Ampang area for more choices. Rendang Tok

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Kampung Sayong, famous for a traditional craft known as Labu Sayong


Visit Kuala Kangsar for the best in Perakian handicrafts such as the famous sayong pottery, tekat, bamboo carvings or earthernware. Aeon Ipoh Station 18, located about 6km south from downtown Ipoh, is the largest mall in Ipoh. The shopping mall comprises of the Aeon departmental store, anchor general merchandise store and about 170 specialty stores as well as restaurants and a cinema complex. The Fantasy Kidzoona is the fi rst to be opened outside Japan, offering entertainment of pretend plays and activities.

Kinta City Shopping Centre caters mainly to nearby residents. Its two-level complex houses the regular shops, fast food outlets and amusement centre. Angsana Ipoh Mall is located in Ipoh and possess a rustic old-town charm unseen in big towns. It opens until midnight on most nights.

Ipoh Parade is one of the most popular and prominent shopping centres in Perak, having been around for almost two decades. Underwent a refurbishment exercise in 2013 to offer a more aesthetically pleasing shopping environment for shoppers. Pusat Kraftangan

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The Ipoh Railway Station, serves as the main railway terminal for the state

TRANSPORTATION By Air • Air flights from Kuala Lumpur land at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh, which also serves the northern peninsular. Most international flights are from Medan (Sumatera, Indonesia) or Singapore as most travellers access Perak by road. • Berjaya Air and Pelangi Air offer flights to Pangkor Island. By Road Travellers to Perak by road can use the North South Expressway that stretches from the Thai border in the north to the state of Johor at the south. By Bus • From Pudu Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur, travellers can take an express bus to the state’s major towns. Getting around to smaller towns may require to get on several different local buses.

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By Rail KTM offers air conditioned coaches with various classes and stops along little towns along the way. The Ipoh Railway Station serves KTM Intercity, to and fro KL Sentral Station, Butterworth, Haadyai (Thailand) and Woodlands (Singapore). By Sea Ferry services go to the islands in Perak such as Pangkor and they run on schedules with very reasonable prices.

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Bukit Kayu Hitam LANGKAWI

Changlun • Zahir Mosque • Pekan Rabu • Balai Besar • Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Birth Place


Alor Setar Tower

Ayer Hitam

JITRA Kepala Batas

Paddy Museum

Sultan Abdul Halim Airport

ALOR SETAR Pulau Payar


Kuala Kedah

Pulau Payar Marine Park



Merbok Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum

Ulu Legong Hot Spring

Gunung Jerai


Merbok River Cruise


Pantai Merdeka

SUNGAI PETANI Bukit Hijau Recreational Forest





Legend State Capital

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Rumah Merdeka


Abode of Peace The most ancient state in Malaysia, Kedah is the country’s main rice producer in the north of peninsular, boasting a history that dates back to the 5th Century.

Kedah holds charming attractions in terms of nature and is home to Asia’s first Geopark and the world renowned island resort of Langkawi. As you travel through Kedah, huge paddy fields will greet you, stretching over the horizon like a carpet of green. You won’t go wrong with Kedah for a good taste of northern Malaysian culture. Kedah’s capital is Alor Setar, the best place to start exploring Kedah's cultural with its many ancient buildings like the Balai Besar, Balai Seni Negeri, Masjid Zahir, Courthouse and General Post Office, all of which define the atmosphere of colonial rule.

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Alor Setar Tower This 165.5 metre tower is one of the tallest telecommunications tower in the world located in the heart of Alor Setar. It is a prominent and modern landmark that signifies the rapid development in the state of Kedah.

Bujang Valley The Bujang Valley is located near to three rivers – Sungai Bujang, Sungai Muda and Sungai Merbok between Gunung Jerai. The place is the richest archaeological site in the country (224 sq km). It houses the remains of a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom, said to be the oldest civilisation in Peninsular Malaysia. Many artifacts and remnants of temples built in that era are on display at the archaeological museum such as inscribed stone caskets and tablets, celadons, metal tools and ornaments, fragments of glass, pottery and ceramic shards and Hindu-Buddhist icons as well as ancient tomb temples – all evidence that Bujang Valley was once a centre for international trade in the region. It is also called Valley of the Tomb Temples or Candi. The most prominent candi is the Candi Bukit Batu Pahat which was built in the 7th century, located in Pengkalan Bayang Merbok, which also houses the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum. An example of the candis excavated is the Candi Pengkalan Bujang believed to be built in the 10th to 14th century. Further excavation works through the decades led to the discovery of six stupas with Hinduism and Buddhism influences in an area of 3.5 hectares. The Candi Pendiat, uncovered on the east of Sungai Bujang is the remains of a temple structure built in the 11th century. The Hindu temple has its main structures, Vamana and Mandapa made from laterite and the foundation made from river pebbles. It was later rebuilt and transferred to the Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum. The Bujang Archaeological Museum at the top of Bukit Batu Pahat in Merbok is the only museum in Malaysia displaying archaeological artefacts proving the existence of international trade of the Hindu-Buddhist religions in 3rd to 12th century Southeast Asia. As well as a display centre for proto-historical artefacts before the arrival of Islam, it is also used to facilitate in research and archaeological excavation works.

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Alor Setar Tower

Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang) Archaeological Museum

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The Paddy Museum The Paddy Museum is the fi rst of its kind in Malaysia and the fourth to be opened in the world after Japan, Germany and the Philippines. It is situated at the foothills of Gunung Keriang. The museum showcases the paddy cultivation process in Malaysia and displays all kinds of tools and equipment which have been used in the trade over the years. The history of paddy cultivation in Malaysia is revealed through beautiful murals, the artwork of 60 artists from North Korea.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Birthplace A humble wooden home with the roof made of attap wood was the birthplace of Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad on Dec 20, 1925. This single room house was designated a historical building and restored by the National Archives in 1992. Memorabilla relating to the life and times of Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad are displayed in the interior and the exterior of the house to provide visitors a deep insight into his persona.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Birthplace

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Datai Island

Langgun Island Teluk Yu

Air Hangat Mount Mat Chincang

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Bohor Sungai Kilim

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Seven Wells Waterfall

Mount Raya

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Ulu Melaka

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Pulau Langkawi Pulau Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands, is situated around 51km northwest of Kedah (during low tides, you can actually see 104 islands). The island of Langkawi is the oldest rock formation to have risen from the seabed during the Canbrian period that was more than 550 million years ago. Only four islands are inhabited and the 32,000 hectare Langkawi is the main one. According to local folklore, the name Langkawi is derived from two different Malay words Lang or Helang (meaning eagle) and Kawi (meaning reddish brown). Hence, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle and the island is marked by its presence near the Kuah Jetty. By renting a car and taking a leisure drive around the island to experience the beautiful countryside and peaceful landscape of paddy fields. Langkawi's most rustic and memorable views are along the road that circles the island. On 1 June 2007, UNESCO instated Langkawi into its network of global geoparks due to its outstanding geological heritage sites such as the 550-millionyear-old Mount Machincang which is made out of sandstone. As such, Langkawi is the first geopark in Southeast Asia under the banner of UNESCO Global Geopark Network.

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Pulau Langkawi is the most famous tourist destination in the state of Kedah with beautiful beaches, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

Kuah Town Kuah is Langkawi’s main town, located on the southeast corner of the island and is the arrival point for most of the ferries. The town offers a wide variety of duty free goods such as tobacco, liquor, chocolates, cosmetics and electrical items at highly attractive prices. Long jetty at Gua Cerita

Dataran Lang / Eagle Square Dataran Lang also known as Eagle Square, is the very first landmark that greets visitors to the island via ferry to Langkawi. Located near the Kuah Jetty, the square boasts of a wonderful 12 metretall statue of a reddish brown eagle all geared for a flight. The eagle, with its huge brown wings, is perched on a massive rock, looking afar at the vast Andaman Sea. Eagle Square is delightfully landscaped, and features scenic ponds, bridges, covered terraces, and barrel vaults made of bricks. The square is beautifully illumined at night and presents a dramatic scene as visitors approach the island via sea. Eagle Square

Gunung Raya Gunung Raya or Mount Raya at 881m, is the highest peak in Langkawi, this mountain is believed to be the cursed form of a giant called Mat Raya. Gunung Raya is thickly forested and the dense tropical overgrowths mountain has become a much-loved destination for the adventurous. The forest also plays home to a variety of exotic birds and beasts such as the white-bellied sea eagle and hornbill. The Peak, D'Coconut Hill Resort in Gunung Raya is the perfect place for guests with mountain relaxation needs. Guests will enjoy the fresh mountain air and the splendours of nature as they view the majestic panorama of Langkawi and The Andaman Sea from the resort’s exclusive watchtower. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will be at home with a large variety of wildlife in the surrounding forest such as Hornbills, Sea Eagles and Dusky Leaf Monkeys. A perfect blend of nature and luxury resort, The Peak, D'Coconut Hill Resort awaits you ‌.

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Pantai Cenang

Pantai Cenang Langkawi’s most renowned beach, Pantai Cenang or Cenang Beach is Malaysia’s most developed west-coast beach; its shores are a gorgeous mix of white sand, crystalline waters and verdant palms. It is around 18km from Kuah town. It is also a great place to explore the nearby islands of Pulau Rebak Besar and Pulau Rebak Kecil.

Laman Padi Laman Padi or Rice Garden Museum is at the northern end of Pantai Cenang. It showcases the history and development of Malaysia’s rice growing industry. The rice garden museum display artifacts, charts and photographs of paddy cultivation. Visitors also can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the paddy fields from the roof-top garden or try out paddy planting using traditional and modern cultivation methods. A restaurant offers popular traditional Malay dishes and local delicacies which are all prepared with rice as the main ingredient.

Laman Padi

Underwater World Langkawi Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in the region (34,701 sq ft), adjacent to the Zon Duty-Free Shopping Centre. Its unique attraction is the gigantic 15 meter long walk-through tunnel of 500,000 liters of seawater housing many big fishes and sea creatures. There are also a Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilian section and Coral Reef Section including the new building displaying tropical rainforest, temperate and sub-Antarctic ecosystems and info theatre. Animal feeding sessions are held daily at different times for different animals. Underwater World Langkawi



Telaga Harbour Park

SkyCab (Cable Car)

Padang Matsirat

Pantai Kok

Padang Matsirat is located only a few kilometres off the road leading to the west coast beaches and Langkawi International Airport. You’ll hit the Pantai Tengah and Pantai Cenang stretch which features additional recreational activities if heading west. Pantai Kok is located at the northern part which boasts even better landmark attractions.

Pantai Kok or Kok Beach lies in the western part of Langkawi, dominated by high-end upscale resorts. However, the tranquillity offers solitude with nature. The silence enables one to be fully mesmerised by the sounds of the ocean.

Field of Burnt Rice The Field of Burnt Rice is the site of a mass rice paddy burning conducted by local villagers who scorched their rice fields in an effort to stop them from falling into the hands of the Siamese invaders in 1821. Sometimes, heavy rain brings traces of burnt grains to the surface.

At 709 metres above sea level, the Langkawi Cable Car ride which takes visitors to Langkawi’s second highest peak, the Mount Mat Chincang is truly an experience not to be missed. The Telaga Harbour Park, a yachting marina, is a good place to shop around and have a nice time at the restaurants or bars. Visitors can also head to the elaborate Oriental Village which plays host to a great deal of tourist attractions.

Mahsuri’s Tomb Mahsuri’s Tomb is the crypt of the legendary Princess Mahsuri and is the most famous legend in the island. It is also known as Makam Mahsuri, located in the village of Mawat, 12km away from Kuah. The story begins with the beautiful Mahsuri, a maiden who married the love of her life during a time of conflict with the Siamese. Her husband went off to fight in the war and her mother-in-law, jealous of her beauty, vengefully accused Mahsuri of adultery. Mahsuri's Tomb

Oriental Village

Oriental Village Oriental Village is best known as the home of the Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge. It is an Asianthemed open-air complex with a huge lake in the centre and an art gallery, animal exhibits, clothes, souvenirs and handicraft stores spread out around it together with a few local and international restaurants. The village has more than 50 activities and adventures such as jugglers, elephant riding, petting corner, motor-cross trails, silat displays, kite flying demonstrations, palmistry, portrait painting and traditional music. It is located at the foothills of Mount Mat Chincang.

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Langkawi Crocodile Farm

Galeria Perdana

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Kilim River Cruise

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (Seven Wells Waterfalls) derived its name from the seven natural pools along its path where according to legends, fairies used to come down to bathe and frolic. There are 2 viewing areas one at the base of the waterfall and one at where the 7 pools are. Visitors can bathe in the pools but before that, simply climb 300 or more steps to reach the pools. Jungle trekking courses are available, taking visitors through trails of up to 2,500m, up two different mountains.

Take up the Kilim River Cruise along the Kilim River in Bandar Kampung Kilim. The Kilim Nature Park covers an area of 100 square kilometres and features a beautiful mix of well protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons. Along the trail, passing through calm winding rivers, you will be exposed to the wonders of the park's marine ecosystem, flora and fauna and its natural habitats.

Langkawi Crocodile Farm Langkawi Crocodile Farm or Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi can be found on the way to Datai Bay where you can watch the crocodiles as part of entertaining shows in the morning and afternoon. The highlight is the daily crocodile shows (the man versus reptile show) at 11.15am and 2.45pm. Here, visitors can find thousands of specially bred and cared for crocodiles being showcased in different ponds such as the periodical pond, breeding pond, feeding pond, jumping pond and show pond. There are some alligators, deer, snakes and lizards around too. For kids, there is the rickshaw ride pulled by a crocodile. A feeding show is held at the Bridge Pond.

Galeria Perdana Galeria Perdana is a museum located in Kilim, around 11km from Kuah. The museum displays gifts and awards presented to former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. Among items exhibited are porcelain, crystal, silver, textiles, copper, weapon, plaques, musical instruments, Islamic art and paintings. The museum building is a three interconnected two-storey, orientalstyle buildings. It is divided into three sections – wood carving room, reading room and a section with a collection of automobiles. The outdoor green house has many plants under controlled temperature.

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The cruise is flexible, lasting for one, two or four hours on different sizes of boats. Some of cruise‘s tour operators will stop at a special spot along the river where they feed the eagles include the white- bellied fish eagle, brahminy kite and gigantic sea eagles. Kilim River is also a great place for some bird-watching during the migratory seasons in September and March. Kilim River Cruise

Pulau Payar

Beaches of Langkawi Pantai Tengah or Tengah Beach is actually the continuation of Pantai Cenang. It is the longest stretch of beach in Langkawi and near the Langkawi International Airport. Teluk Burau or Burau Bay is a fairly secluded and long beach. A great location to view the sunset. The beach’s position also allows visitors view of the jagged peaks of Gunung Mat Chinchang. Pantai Datai or Datai Bay, a short and sandy beach, forms part of the coastline of Datai Bay. The water is pristine, with a dense forest as its backdrop and boulders at both ends. There are several jungle trails that take visitors down to the peaceful Datai Bay beach. Datai Bay has boasting rights to the most exclusive golf resort on the island, the Datai Bay Golf Resort and luxurious, elite and indulgent resort, the Datai Langkawi Resort. Offshore, one can also see the little island called Pulau Anak Datai. Teluk Yu, despite the name yu (meaning sharks) is shark-free and tranquil. Nearby is the Teluk Ewa Jetty which serves large ships. Pantai Pasir Hitam or Black Sand Beach is a stretch of blank sand beach north of Langkawi, approximately 19km from Kuah. The sand’s

blackish colour is due to the mineral content in the sand which is a mixture of granite with tourmaline, ilmenite and zircon. Tanjung Rhu Beach, located at the north-eastern tip of the island is considered a must-visit for beach lovers as it enjoys one of Langkawi’s best shorelines. One of the attractions is the limestone formations of nearby islands. The beach is also rich with a unique ecosystem such as mangroves and waterways. Visitors plied the beach in the evenings to watch the beautiful sunsets and on clear sky days, one can also catch a sight of some islands like Ko Turatao or Ko Adang along the border of Thailand, or explore nearby caves such as Gua Cerita and Gua Siam. Horse riding is available too.

Pulau Payar Marine Park Pulau Payar Marine Park lies 30km southeast of Langkawi, around an hour boat ride to the best marine park on Malaysia’s west coast, making it an ideal choice for a day outing. The marine park is well-preserved, uninhabited and extends over a few islands with Pulau Payar being the largest. The base is the floating platform moored off the island. The underwater observation chamber allows visitors to view the marine life surrounding a reef; and if viewing alone is not enough, scuba dive to join them.

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A TASTE OF KEDAH Since Kedah is known as the Rice Bowl of Malaysia, it is not surprising that it has several distinctive rice dishes.

Pulut served with Mango

Nasi Kerabu or Nasi Ulam, popular Malay Rice Dish


Desserts can be found everywhere as they say that Kedahans have a penchant for sweet things. An example is the popular kuih karas, a crispy and sweet kuih that resembles fried vermicelli and can be found widely from stalls and markets all over Kedah. Others are like baulu and dodol made from fl our, coconut cream and sugar. Serabai is another favourite. It is a rice fl our pancake laced with a thin syrup made from coconut cream and sweetened with palm sugar. Make a stop at the famous Pekan Rabu in Alor Setar for traditional Malay Kedahan sweet cakes. The jack fruit curry (gulai nangka) is quite original and interesting. It is usually served in most Malay weddings. Gulai is a gravy yellowish in colour but instead of the usual meat or vegetables, jackfruit is used instead. Best served hot with rice, ulam, sayur kelado and pekasam, all local dishes.

One of the local’s favourites and a must-try for visitors is the nasi ulam which is rice mixed with various raw vegetables and rare vegetables (something like a salad with dressings) such as ginger fl ower, dried shrimp, bird’s eye chilli, cucumber and fruit julienne with toasted grated coconut or kerisik, served with some squeezes of lime juice and served with palm sugar gravy. Eaten alone or with meat and other dishes. Almost a must during the fasting month of Ramadan.

The Tan Kee Roast Duck is a famous food throughout northern Malaysia but its origin is from Lunas, Kedah. A small town but its living heritage attracts visitors from near and far, all wanting to try the famous duck with its very crispy skin, tender meat and the dipping sauce with an oomph.

When in northern Kedah, try the pulut, another famous rice dish which is glutinous rice served with fruits like mango, durian and banana. Besides fruits, savoury dishes such as sambal can also be paired. Other variations of glutinous rice are pulut inti and tapai pulut.

Malaysian-made mozzarella at Langkawi Island. Many people do not know that there is one and it is the only place in Malaysia that produces mozzarella cheese from fresh buffalo milk. Drop by the Buffalo Park Langkawi, just a stone’s throw away from the Langkawi International Airport.

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Shopping in Kedah is mainly found on Langkawi Island. On the mainland, the best places to shop are in local markets and streets for things such as handicrafts or souvenirs.

Langkawi Crystal

Bukit Kayu Hitam with its duty-free bargains is located at the end of the north-south highway on the northwest border with Thailand. It is a popular place among locals and Thai tourists. The Pekan Rabu Bazaar (Wednesday Market) is a well-known attraction among both the locals and tourists from outside Kedah held on every Wednesday and opens from morning till night. Stalls remain open even on public holidays and festivals. An interesting place for visitors sourcing for all kinds of local farm produce, handicrafts, local delicacies, fruits, clothes, etc. Legenda Heights Village Mall is one of the most stylish shopping mall in Sungai Petani offers a brand new and comfortable shopping experience. This three-storey shopping mall with about 83 stores of local and international brands and also houses the fi rst 3D cineplex in Kedah.

Pekan Rabu

Kuah Town is where the shopping is concentrated; these supermarket-style outlets stock indemand items ranging from cigarettes, liquor and chocolates to luggage, sports shoes, perfume and cooking utensils. The malls are popular among locals, but boutique stores such as those along Cenang’s strip offer good tax-free bargains as well. Coco Valley in Langkawi is a chocolate haven for chocolate lovers. Chocolate products sold here are cheaper than anywhere else.

Souq Al-Bukhary, along Jalan Langgar in Alor Setar, employs Islamic motifs in its design with elements borrowed from Mughal and Moorish architectural styles such as chatris, minarets and fi ligree screens. It is a three-storey air conditioned mall connected to a non-air conditioned bazaar.

Atma Alam Batik Art Village in Padang Matsirat, is Langkawi’s main batik production and sales centre. Visitors can paint and take home their own creations for a small fee or simply buy from the huge selections.

Langkawi is a duty-free shopping paradise includes Zone Shopping Paradise, Jetty Point Duty Free Complex, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall and Saga Shopping Centre.

Langkawi Crystal, originated from a humble glass-blowing house, is a highly reputable crystal production centre. No mass production here, each crystal piece is handcrafted.

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Jetty Marine Park Pulau Payar

TRANSPORTATION By Air • There are two airports serving Kedah – the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Setar (serving domestic destinations only) and Langkawi International Airport in Langkawi Island. • Malaysia Airlines fl ies several times a day to Alor Setar from Kuala Lumpur, either via Penang or Kota Bahru and out of it. It also fl ies daily to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur via Penang. By Road Alor Setar’s roads are well connected, reachable by the North South Highway. By highway, it takes about fi ve hours from Kuala Lumpur and around 6 hours by bus. By Bus Shahab Perdana Express Bus Terminal is Alor Setar’s main bus terminal where most buses stop before continuing their journey to other parts of Peninsular Malaysia. Another is the Changlun Express Bus Terminal, a small bus terminal serving residents of Changlun and Sintok as

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well as students from nearby University Utara Malaysia. There is also an express bus terminal located in Jitra. By Rail • Railway stations in Kedah provide KTM Intercity services such as the railway stations in Alor Setar, Gurun and Sungai Petani. • KTM provides comfortable and affordable rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar. From here, travellers can either take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah; those wishing to go to Langkawi can take the ferry. By Sea • Travellers can use the speedy air-conditioned boats from Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah to Langkawi, taking around slightly over an hour. • Ferry services are also available from Penang to Langkawi, taking about three hours with a drop at Pulau Payar and Pulau Langkawi en route. • High speed ferries operate throughout the day from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi as well as regular ferry services from Penang and Satun (southern Thailand).

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Wang Kelian Sunday Market Perlis State Park • Gunung Perlis • Wang Burma Cave

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Perlis Indera Kayangan Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia.

The northern gateway to Malaysia, Perlis, bordered by the state of Kedah in the south and Thailand in the north.

The capital of Perlis is Kangar and the Royal capital is Arau. Green paddy plains, punctuated occasionally by limestone mounds and the laidback rural lifestyle makes driving a refreshing and pleasant way to experience the offerings of this destination.

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Gua Kelam Recreational Park

Kuala Perlis

Gua Kelam

Kuala Perlis, a small fishing town at the river mouth of the Perlis River, is around 13km from Kangar. It is famous for its cheap and abundance of fresh seafood with many seafood restaurants scattered around. The fun is visitors can select the seafood they want and have them cooked the way they want it – fried, barbequed, grilled, sautéed or stir-fried.

Gua Kelam is a 370-metre long limestone cave in the small town of Kaki Bukit, about 33km from the capital state Kangar. The cave is accessible by way of a suspension bridge measuring 8 feet wide. The cave was originally a method to transport tin ore from a mine near the stream of Kaki Bukit. The walk path is well lighted with coloured lights, so visitors can still see the remnants of earlier mine operations. A wooden walkway that hangs suspended through the underground cavern connects Kaki Bukit to the valley on the opposite end. Inside the cave, there are a number of natural formations such as stalactites, flowstone and gour pools.

Kuala Perlis is also the main stopover for travellers travelling to Phuket in Thailand and Langkawi Island through the Kuala Perlis Jetty. There are also some old buildings and mosques around which are built on stilts over the mangrove swamp. The major industry is fishing. Visitors can see fishermen’s wooden houses along the riverbank as well as some small shops and old warehouses oozing small town essence.

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Padang Besar Padang Besar is situated in the northern part of Perlis and shares the border with Thailand’s Songkhla province. Its close proximity to Thailand earned it the name Pekan Siam (Siamese town). Padang Besar is most well-known as a shopping haven for Malaysian and Thailand visitors for many years. Its charms lies in its combination of two cultures and the many products it offers such as textiles, clothing, handicraft, food, ironware, household items and jewellery. The Aked Niaga Complex and Gapura Square are popular with local visitors. It is also the major stopover from rail travel to Thailand, its long platform is manned by Malaysia on one side and Thailand on the other. Duty free shopping is available here too.

Kota Kayang Museum Kota Kayang is located in a 4.84 acre land around Kayang Hill, Lambong Panah Hill and Menara Hill in Kayang which is the oldest manmade canal in Peninsular Malaysia. The land is believed to have granted by Raja Syed Alwi to his younger brother Syed Salim bin Syed Muhammad al-Jafri who was a senior minister to the King. A rich and long history in between before it became the museum it is now in 1991. The State Heritage Complex is also within the compounds of this museum. The museum houses many Islamic artifacts, Kedahan and Perlis craft and items belonging to the royal family. Kota Kayang

Bukit Air Recreation Park

Perlis State Park The Perlis State Park comprises of the Mata Ayer Forest Reserve and Wang Mu Forest Reserve, covering a total area of 5,000 hectares. These limestone-based forests hosts a large varieties of rare species of ginger, balsams, ferns and macaque. Its biological diversity is believed to cover more than 600 species of flora, 70 species of mammals, 200 species of birds and 35 species of reptiles. Some of the attractions are the various caves such as Gua Kelam and Gua Wang Burma within the 500-year old Setul limestone formation. The Wang Burma Cave is the most explored, a 3-4 hours route where trekkers can see some pretty fascinating stalactites, bats, centipedes or scorpions. Numerous nature trails have been laidout to provide easy access to Wang Kelian, offering scenic views of the surrounding countryside such as Timah Tasoh Lake and the twin peaks of Bukit Chabang. There is a popular Sunday market in Wang Kelian. Visitors wanting to visit the area must obtain prior permission from the Perlis State Park and engage the services of a ranger or qualified guide.

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Snake and Reptile Farm

Chuping Sugarcane Plantation Chuping is a small town to the northeast of Kangar but it has the largest sugar cane plantation in Malaysia. The town has 22,000 hectares of plantations which, besides sugar cane, also includes rubber estates. Around Chuping are many limestone hills and several caves with bats. The guano, containing iron phosphate and nitrates, used to be collected and used as fertilizer for crops (rice).

Snake and Reptile Farm The 12-acre farm is a research facility and exhibition centre surrounded by the Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve at the Sungai Batu Pahat area in Perlis. It is the only Snake and Reptile Farm ever built in Malaysia and is a major tourist attraction. The main objective of its formation is to aid in the research of anti-venom production by the Institute of Medical Research Malaysia. The farm is divided into two sections; one with open air enclosures and the other is the closed exhibition area. It houses various types of both venomous and nonvenomous snakes. Besides snakes, there are also other animals to be found such as crocodiles, deers, monkeys, ostriches and poultries. With the assistance from the Farm’s handlers, visitors can take photographs with the snakes. Opening Times : 9.00am - 5.00pm 9.00am - 12.15pm & 2.45pm - 5.30pm (on Friday)

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The planting of sugarcane and processing of sugar for commercial purposes are carried out here. Harvest season is from December to June and is considered the best time to visit. Visitors can visit the plantation and mill to learn about sugar processing. There is also a museum for visitors to gain more knowledge about sugar manufacturing. Rimba Herba


Thai Muslim Curry Perlis Laksa

Visitors must try some of the Southern Thai Muslim food, especially in Padang Besar where it is closer to the border of Thailand. The food is very much infl uenced by a blend of both Malay and Thai cuisines. For example the curries are less sweet and more fragrant due to the use of fresh herbs and spices as commonly found in Thai cooking.


Look out for the harumanis, a mango that is grown only in Perlis. The mango has a strong smell but tastes very sweet which is how the name came about - harum means fragrant and manis meaning sweet. Head to Kuala Perlis for the famous Perlis Laksa. Quite similar to the Penang Laksa but Perlis Laksa uses different garnishing such as catfi sh and eel (the Penang version uses mackerel). The other difference is that Perlis Laksa is often taken with the pulut udang (glutinous rice with prawn fi llings).

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Perlis, although the smallest state in Malaysia, it has some of the best places to shop due to its border with Thailand. Padang Besar, near the border with Thailand offers duty-free items such as cigarettes, liquor, perfume and watches. Instead of shops and outlets, there are stalls after stalls in the whole area. Wang Kelian, about 40km from the capital city Kangar, is popular with shoppers from Malaysia and Thailand due to the huge market on both sides of the border. The green Earth Duty Free Shop is a must-visit.

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Perlis Craft Cultural Complex, about 8km from Kangar, is the place to shop for handicrafts such as hand drawn batik, weaved baskets, ceramics, rattan, silverware, etc. Kompleks Arau, currently the newest shopping mall in Perlis (opened in mid-2010) is located in Arau, approximately 14km southeast of the state capital of Kangar. A 2-storey building that also houses the C Mart supermarket.

TRANSPORTATION • By Air • There are no direct air services to Perlis. Visitors have to fl y into Alor Setar in Kedah and then take a 45 minute taxi or car ride to Kangar, Perlis state capital. • Nearest airport is Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas, Kedah or Langkawi International Airport in Langkawi Island. From Langkawi, travellers can take a taxi to Langkawi Jetty to take a ferry to the Kuala Perlis Jetty Terminal. By Car From Kuala Lumpur, travellers can use the North South Expressway, then take the exit via Changlun and straight to the Changlun-Kuala Perlis Highway, and therein to any destinations in the state. By Bus • Buses and taxis in Perlis use the North-South Highway to reach other major cities and towns in Malaysia from the Perlis Intercity Bus Terminal at Jalan Bukit Lagi. To travel locally in Perlis, the local bus terminal is at Jalan Tun Abdul Razak to cater to travellers to all tourist destinations in Perlis.

Most express buses offer daily rides from Kuala Lumpur, Butterworth or Alor Setar to Kangar. From Kuala Lumpur, travellers can board buses at the Pudu Sentral Station or Hentian Duta Station.

By Rail • Trains from Kuala Lumpur and other states stop at Arau, the main train station. From there travellers can go straight to Thailand or down to Singapore. Two trains pass by Arau - the Kuala Lumpur- Hat Yai - Kuala Lumpur train and the Butterworth - Bangkok - Butterworth train. • From Kuala Lumpur, travellers can board the train at the KL Sentral Station. By Sea • Travellers can also take a 45-minute ferry from Langkawi to reach Kuala Perlis. The ferry travels to and fro these two destinations every 30 minutes. From Kuala Perlis, one can easily fl ag down a taxi to get to Kangar, the state capital (around 10km). • Ferries offer scheduled crossings between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi, taking about an hour to reach Kuah Jetty.

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Cameron Highland


Taman Negara (National Park)

Gunung Tahan

Brinchang Kuala Tahan


Kenong Rimba Park


Gunung Tapis

Jeram Besu


Bukit Fraser

Sungai Lembing Museum


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Abode of Tranquility Pahang is the top eco-destination with almost all of the highland retreats, some beautiful islands and beaches.

Peninsular Malaysia’s largest state, Pahang with nearly two-thirds of its 35,000 square km land area is covered in dense tropical rainforest, making it an ideal habitat for a variety of exotic plants and wildlife. The state is also home to several superlative sights ranging from its highest peak, Gunung Tahan, Malaysia’s premier national park, Taman Negara to its longest river, Sungai Pahang. Pahang’s capital, Kuantan is a tropical getaway which situated near the mouth of the Kuantan River and is the state’s busiest tourist hub.

Berjaya Hills Spread across 16,000 acres of tropical rainforest, Berjaya Hills is situated approximately ten kilometres off the East West Karak Highway. Bukit Tinggi’s landscape is dominated by a French themed resort, Colmar Tropicale.

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Colmar Tropicale The Colmar Tropicale sits on the picturesque slopes of Berjaya Hills located in the state of Pahang, Malaysia just a mere 45 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur and 10 kilometres off the East-West Karak Highway. This french-themed resort is modelled after an actual 16th Century Village in Alsace, France. Its charming medieval architecture and cool weather makes it the perfect retreat away from the city. The resort has something unique to offer everyone from its attractive buildings, wide selection of restaurants and scenic views to fun-filled activities. The Colmar Tropicale endowed with its other nearby attractions like the Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club, Adventure Park, Equestrian, Animal Park and tranquil Japanese Village makes the resort the perfect holiday destination for families, groups, honeymooners and pure romantics.

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Accommodation Colmar Tropicale offers 235 rooms and suites with a touch of classic Alsace architectural set in the replica of typical French Village. Guests can expect warm hospitality and an enchanting view of the village.

Recreational Activities Golfers can indulge in a game of golf at the Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club, an award winning 18-hole Championship Golf Course that also offers other sporting activities and games like bowling, squash, snooker, archery, badminton, arcade machines, games for kids and gym facilities. Thrill seekers can visit the Adventure Park and enjoy the lush views of nature through the longest Flying Fox in South East Asia which currently holds the record for the longest single zip-line at 530 meters in the Malaysia Book of Records 2013. Other organized outdoor recreational activities involve Rock Climbing, the Canopy Bridge Walk, Paintball, Cycling and High Rope Obstacle training. Featured attractions include the Animal Park and horse riding at the Horse Trails. Lastly, visitors can relax at the Tatami Japanese Spa in the Japanese Village and take a stroll at the lovely botanical gardens.

head to Marine Park, a sea sanctuary which is also a renowned snorkeling spot or to Monkey Bay with its closer sea views, deep waters and rocky shoreline. Pulau Tioman caters to everybody - families, honeymooners, scuba divers, backpackers, individuals and couples, nature lovers or those seeking for a pampering, luxurious and exclusive holiday. Everybody can enjoy a slice of Pulau Tioman in their own ways – sea lovers can find immense pleasures in scuba diving, wind surfing, snorkeling and beach activities while adventurers can thrill in waterfall recreation, mountain hiking or cross-island jungle trekking through untamed rainforest and scenic water spots. Nature lovers can revel in the diverse ecosystems with a wide range of wildlife species. For the uninitiated, simply bask in the tropical sunshine and delight in one of nature’s best sceneries.

Pulau Tioman

Where nature comes in little luxuries Pulau Tioman, an ecological paradise island off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is a landscape of natural beauty with lush tropical jungle, mountain streams and waterfalls and where its waters are home to corals and a variety of sea creatures. The island is located 32 nautical miles off the state of Pahang but is connected through Mersing town in Johor, the southernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia. The main attraction of Pulau Tioman is the beautiful sandy beaches, surrounded by abundant natural greenery and crystal clear sea waters. Most of the major beach stretches are found at villages along the east coast such as Tekek, Salang, Paya, Genting and Ayer Batang (ABC Village). Along the west coast, there is Juara and at the southern coast, Mukut offers sporadic strips of sandy shore. Teluk Sri Intan is a popular turtle sanctuary and nesting site especially between March and October when the green turtles come ashore to hatch; or

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The end of October and November are the best time to surf when the Northeast Monsoon arrives. Popular diving sites are concentrated in Kampung Tekek and Salang Beach but smaller one are also found at Paya, Juara, Genting and Ayer Batang Villages which provide diving courses with boarding, catering to both beginners and professionals. Pulau Tioman is easily accessible via air, land or ferry services. Travellers can get around the island by bikes, cars or boats. Numerous budget chalets and self-styled resorts around Salang and Air Batang cater to backpackers while the midrange resorts and inns serve regular tourists. Travellers can also opt for pampered stay at some luxurious resorts nestling among private coves offering golf courses and panoramic views of the ocean. When it comes to food, expect an assortment of abundance – local delights, western, continental and many more. Watch out for the don’ts when in Tioman - coral cuts which are bacteria-laden and triggerfish which may attack swimmers during their mating seasons. Possession and use of spear guns and harpoon are prohibited; so are collecting, removing, destroying or possessing marine resources. Welcome to Pulau Tioman.

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Bukit Gambang Resort City Sprawled across 727 acres of lush secondary jungle, Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC) is an integrated resort city with the concept of “Multiple Attractions, One Location�. It is a perfect destination for leisure and M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions). Strategically located about 35km from Kuantan, it is easily accessible by road via the East Coast Expressway with approximately 218km from Kuala Lumpur. For those who chose to come by flight can embark from Penang International Airport or Singapore Changi Airport for direct flights to Kuantan airport. The resort city is just 30 minutes drive from the airport. Bukit Gambang Resort City offers 1,866 various accommodation rooms and the two main categories are the Studio Suite (open concept onebedroom) and Family Suite (2-bedroom suite). All suites are furnished with natural looking timberstrip flooring and comfortable wooden furnitures. Guests can choose to stay in the newly completed 4-star Arabian Bay Resort or the 3-star Caribbean Bay Resort. Each resort has its own infinity swimming pool, restaurants, bistro and karaoke lounge, gym, gift shops and entertainment centres.

Outdoor recreational activities are also available just across the resorts. There are horse-riding, paint ball target shooting and warzone, ATV fun ride and off-road ride (night ATV fun ride is available too), flying fox and obstacle course challenge (ground or aerial). Bukit Gambang Water Park, which covers a total area of 45.8 acres. It was awarded the Best Water Park in the country by Malaysia Association of Amusements, Themeparks and Family Attractions (MAATFA). Kids will love the special dedicated Penguin Island; young-at-heart will love the adrenaline rush at Tree Top Hill slides. The longest family raft ride, the highest six lanes racer and longest canopy slides are amongst the must-try. Those looking for relaxation can choose to float along Glacier River or just laze around under the wooden cabana or on Coco Beach with the swaying coconut trees. At Coco Beach, another must-try is the 25,000 sq. feet wave pool. This unique pool has the most wave patterns in the country. Imaging experiencing the 8 different modes of waves and the one of its kind double diamond wave with family and friends! The Bukit Gambang Safari Park, a 138-acre, one of its kind safari experience is deemed to overwhelm its visitor with a day and night safari for its visitors. With the concept of an up close and personal encounter with the wild, one will definitely experience the wild like never before. The safari park offers a nocturnal safari, Petting Kingdom, Foreign Village with a collection of animals from all over the world, Bear Mountain, Bird Valley, Land of the Primates and Predators as well as a Wild Savannah which includes the famous African Savannah, Australian Outback, Tropical Rainforest and Land of the Dessert. A dining experience with the wild is also one feature of the safari park. For more information and packages, visit or join us at BukitGambangResortCity.

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Fraser's Hill

Fraser’s Hill is noted for bird watching with over 270 species of local and migratory birds. The International Bird Race, organised by the Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation and WWF, is held here in the second weekend of June every year. Participants from all over the world converge at the hill station in team competition to sight, identify and record the highest number of bird species stated in the official checklist.

Janda Baik

Fraser’s Hill Fraser’s Hill sits on the majestic Titiwangsa Range at 1,524 metres above sea level, about 105km from Kuala Lumpur. It takes its name after a Scotsman, Louis James Fraser who set up a tin ore trading station in the mountains of the Pahang-Selangor border in the 1890s. Fraser’s Hill is one of the last Malaysian hill stations bearing the imprints of former British colonisation. Most of its buildings’ architecture today still remain untouched and are a reminder of the old colonial era, for example, granite mock-Tudor cottages still can be found here.

A traditional Malay village, Janda Baik is a homestay destination for visitors to the East Coast. It located in a hilly area on the Peninsular’s Main Range (Banjaran Titiwangsa). Meaning good widow in Malay, the valley offers many restful and picturesque places for rest and relaxation. The main attraction is the lush jungle, fresh air and cool surroundings as it is located between 600-800 metres above sea level. The traditional stilted house (ruman serambi) with its unique verandah is a popular choice among visitors who can also learn traditional games and activities. Janda Baik also boasts a beautiful waterfall, Ulu Tampit Waterfall famed for its eight cascading tiers of waterfalls. The surrounding areas are great for camping, trekking or a swim.

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Top View of Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands Called the entertainment city in the clouds, Genting Highlands is only 54km north of Kuala Lumpur, almost the nearest highlands to the capital city. The highlands are perched 2,000 metres above sea level along the PahangSelangor border, offering leisure, recreational and sporting activities, entertainment, resort, hotels, apartments, condominiums and casino, completely unlike other highlands in the country. Apart from taking the bus or driving all the way to the highlands, a pleasant and enjoyable alternative is to take the Skyway Cable Car at the cable car station located a short distance before the Awana Gold & Country Resort. A 20 minutes non-stop cable ride that ascends from 914 metres to 17,689 metres provides sweeping views of the valley and hills. In December 2013, Genting Malaysia Berhad announced its RM5 billion Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) which will see a major 10 year master plan for development, expansion, enhancement and refurbishment of hotels, theme park and infrastructure at Resorts World Genting. The GITP which will be carried out in phases includes the development of a RM1 billion Twentieth Century Fox World and the proposed establishment of Genting Premium Outlets to enhance the position of Resorts World Genting as a major tourism hub and cement its position as a well-known destination of choice in Malaysia.

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Attractions in Genting Highlands: The 18-hole, 6,155 metres par-71 golf course of Awana Golf & Country Club is carved out of a ridge at 950 metres above sea level is both a challenge and love of gold enthusiasts. Fifty seven bunkers and several ponds and lakes are scattered around the grounds. A mini golf and driving range is also in the vicinity. Nearby, the Awana Eco Park, offering eco-sports such as outdoor jungle safari where visitors can enjoy the natural views of the forest and animals. For abseiling fans, a series of 12 abseiling stations are positioned on the Awana Hill Park. At each station, multiple abseiling like tandem abseiling, triabs and foursome are found. The Casino de Genting, extremely popular for sophisticated gaming and entertainment, is Malaysia’s sole gaming venue. Spanning 200,000 square feet, visitors or players alike will find the selection of games, slot machines or electronic table games, the multitude of it all will take your breath away. Visitors must be properly attired. Muslims are prohibited. Chin Swee Caves Temple is situated in the most scenic site of Genting Highlands, a 28 acre plot of rocky forested land. The temple was constructed over an 18-year period with a foundation dug from solid bedrock as the steep terrain made modern machinery impossible. This Taoist temple was erected in honour of Reverend Master Chin Swee, a religious figure renowned for his ability to summon rain and drive away evil spirits. The original temple hall houses the deity Chin Swee below the complex, hidden deep inside a rocky chamber. It has a nine-storey pagoda with 285

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steps for a great view of the valley. A 15 metre high giant Buddha statue sits wedged between the jungle canopy across the hill as well as many other stone statues, sculptures, shrines, altars, figures, paintings and statues of deities and fairies such as characters depicting the Journey to the West and an amazing series of grottos depicting the Ten HCambers of Hell. The story of Tan Sri Dato Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong, the founder of the Genting Group can be found in Lim Goh Tong Memorial Hall. He is an enigmatic man that successfully transformed Genting Highlands from an unexplored hilltop into one of the world’s most successful casino-oriented hill stations. Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm, located at Gohtong Jaya is a 5-acre land where strawberries grow in abundance. Besides strawberries, there

are also home grown vegetables which are hydroponic cultivated and several unique types of mushrooms including the precious ling zhi that is popular for its medicinal properties. After a tiring session at the farms, head on to the Farm House Café for a relaxing sojourn amidst the cool, fresh air and majestic natural surroundings. The Café offers delicacies and products made from the farm’s produce such as strawberry milk tea or strawberry chocolate cakes. A popular family activity while at the farm is getting the opportunity to purchase strawberries by plucking them directly. Happy Bee Farm & Insect World offers information on the many types of bee products such as bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, comb honey, etc. The farm is operated naturally to preserve the purity and natural goodness of the honey. There is also an insect and butterfly museum.

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Vegetables Farm

Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands, at 1,829 metres above sea level is Malaysia’s largest hill resort with temperatures ranging from 16-24 degrees Celsius. Beside the cool, fresh and crisp air it is known for, the highlands’ main appeal lies in its neat sprawling tea plantations, terraced flower farms, vegetable gardens and strawberry farms. The majority of the population are involved in the agriculture and leisure industries and Tanah Rata is the administrative centre. Attractions in Cameron Highlands: Cameron Lavender Garden, located in Tringkap is the latest addition to the multitude of farms in Cameron Highlands. The garden is built based on the theme of a dreamy happy land with the castle and angels and flowers in the garden are blooming at their fullest and it is absolutely mesmerizing. The green rolling hills of tea plantations beckon every visitor to the highlands. The must-visit and at the top of the list is the Boh Plantation, operated by Malaysia’s largest tea company with three tea plantations in Cameron Highlands - Boh, Fairlie and Sungai Palas Plantation. The Sungai Palas Boh Tea Centre offers free guided tours of the factory as well as a café with sweeping views of the plantations and hilltop. Besides Boh plantation, visitors can also visit the Bharat Plantation which produces the Cameron Valley brand of tea. Bharat has several tea plantations with teahouses along the main road outside Tanah Rata. There are plenty of strawberry farms in the highlands. All offer locally gown strawberries. Most farms allow visitors to pluck their own strawberries which is extremely popular and charge according to the weight. They also sell many strawberry-made products such as homemade strawberry jams, cakes, breads, drinks, etc.

Lavendar Garden

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Visiting the flower nurseries is also a must while in Cameron Highlands as it is the top producer of fresh flowers in Malaysia. Most of the flower nurseries can be found around the Bertam Valley and all the way from Brinchang to Kampung Raja. The most common flowers grown here are rose, chrysanthemums, carnations, dahlias, geranium, fuschia and gladioli.

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Sungai Palas Tea Plantations

Market at Kea Farm

The famous bee farms of Cameron Highlands. There are three here. They grow many flowers as sources of food for the bees. Visiting an apiary can be educational as visitors can see for themselves the bee hives, honeycombs or how honey is extracted. The bee farms can be found in Ringlet, Brinchang and Tringkap. Entry is free. Fragrance Nursery is a pioneer of grapes production industry in Cameron Highlands as well as in Malaysia. The grape farm produces the most unique and sweet grapes for the Malaysian market. Visitors are welcome to the farm to try out our Malaysian grapes as well as to experience how this fruit is grown here. The weekly night market in Brinchang where visitors can find all the produce of Cameron Highlands sold here. It is also a good place to get some good local food and delicacies.

Bee Farm at Ringlet

Brinchang Night Market

Local produce markets which can be found all over the highlands are popular with visitors who wish to find everything in one place. Kea Farm, around 5km from Brinchang town is one of the most popular vegetable farms in Cameron Highlands. Opens daily, visitors throng the market for the freshest vegetables directly from farmers such as greens, honey, strawberries, local fruits, souvenirs, etc. A boardwalk at the top of Cameron Highland’s highest peak, Mount Brinchang (2,032 metres) takes visitors through the Mossy Forest. Its base is covered with a thick carpet of moss with trees untouched for centuries.

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Endau-Rompin National Park

Endau-Rompin National Park Endau-Rompin National Park is the second largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia and it straddles across the states of Pahang and Johor. This 800,000 hectare park is one of the last remaining lowland dipterocarp forests in the country, which occupied by dense jungle, waterfalls and rich flora and fauna. It is also a home to the nearly-extinct Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants and tapirs. To protect the environment, only certain areas of the huge park are open to tourists and permits must be obtained before entering this nature reserve.

Taman Negara (National Park) Taman Negara is a gazette national park since 1938 and is Malaysia’s largest, spreading over 434.35 sq km. It spans three states – Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. The observation hides at Taman Negara are the most famous way to see and photograph the many varieties of wildlife at the National Park as they are specially constructed around the salt licks frequented by nocturnal animals. The Tahan Hide is the most popular of all which is a five minutes’ walk form the Park’s headquarters. Taman Negara is indeed a place for unforgettable experience and lingering memories. The canopy walkway hanging 500 metres above the ground is found 1.5km from the Park’s headquarters. It is a suspension bridge of strong ropes, cables, net and wood, connecting from one tree to another. Jungle trekking is one activity visitors do most as it is the perfect way to explore and discover the Park. Well marked trails are plenty such as the Tahan Trail, Neram Trail, Benor Trail or Keniyam Trail, each has different adventure and scenery. There are also overnight trekking trails such as the Kuala Keniam-Kuala Tahan Trail (29km) and the Mount Tahan Trail (55km).

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Canopy walk

There are six observation hides, known as bumbun, in Taman Negara. They are built five metres high above the ground for visitors who wish to observe wildlife. These hides also offer facilities for those who wish to stay overnight which are only accessible by trail and boat. Some of the hides are the Tabing and Cegar Anjing hides along the Tahan River, the Kumbang hide at Kuala Terengganu and the Yong and Belau hides along Tembeling River which are built near to the salt licks where animals come to get the mineral salt. Lucky visitors can spot the samba deer, long-tailed macaques, barking deer, gaur, seladang, wild boars, tapirs, Sumatran rhinoceros or panthers and tigers as well as over 250 species


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Jungle Trekking

of birds recorded in Taman Negara including the hornbills, doves, racket tail drongos, kingfishers, etc. Other regular inhabitants of the jungle are fireback pheasants, eagles and kingfishers, masked finfoot, broadbill, drongos, blue-throated bee- eaters and over 1,000 species of butterflies. There are also the 22 species of crocodiles who live in tropical regions, in or near the waters which feed on dead carcasses left by hunters.

Mat Daling and Jeram Perahu. The kelah (masher) fish is a challenging catch many anglers want to take up, using ripe palm oil husk as baits. Other fishes that can be caught are sebarau, tengas and tengalan.

A must-do is to take a river trip. Visitors can hire a boat or kayak and view the flora and fauna. The Tahan and Tembeling rivers are the best to discover the secrets of the rainforest. Alternatively, visitors can also join the locals for a fishing trip to fishing spots like Kuala Keniyam, Kuala Perkai, Kampung

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Visitor intending to visit Taman Negara must obtain the mandatory permits at any of the Department of Wildlife’s counters. The fees are:Entry permit - RM1 per person Fishing license - RM10 per rod Camera license - RM5 per unit Camping fee - RM2 per person Canopy Walk - RM5 per person Hide - RM5 per person/night

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Kuala Gandah

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary The National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah was initially set up to conserve the country’s elephant population. It is estimated that only 1,200 wild Asian Elephants (elephus maximus), a critically endangered species, are left in Malaysia and this sanctuary is the only conservation centre in Malaysia to relocate these displace pachyderms. The centre is open to visitors throughout the year where visitors can ride the elephants within the centre, assist in bathing and feeding them. The centre carries out awareness programmes and activities to educate the public about conservation and protection of the species and habitat. It houses a number of resident elephants brought in from Thailand Myanmar which are trained and used in translocation exercises of catching problematic wild elephants throughout the Peninsular as well as looking after orphaned elephants to ensure their continued survival.

Gunung Senyum Gunung Senyum (Smiling Mountain) is a limestone outcrop that rises sharply at 478m above the surrounding oil palm-dominated rural land. The mountain consist of many caves around 25.

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Among the most famoust are:• Gua Terang Bulan – as depicted by the name, Moonlight Cave, sunlight filters through a hole at the top of the cave, bathing the cave in a rainbow of colours • Gua Taman Dua where the rocks resemble mushrooms or corals found on the seabeds

Cherating Beach Cherating, about 45km north of Kuantan, is located on the Terengganu-Pahang border fronting the South China Sea. Cherating is renowned for gently sloping sandy beaches as far as the eyes can see. The Cherating Beach is the one of the only beaches in Peninsular Malaysia with waves suitable for surfing during the monsoon season between November and December. Other activities are yachting, kayaking, snorkeling, river cruising and swimming. A few minutes’ drive from Cherating is the Chendor Turtle Sanctuary, a tribute to the near extinct Leatherback turtles that come to Chendor Beach to lay eggs. Turtle watching is usually between the months of April-September. Also found in Cherating is the world famous Club Med which is also the first Asia Club Mediterranean (Club Med), offering a unique holiday concept for travellers, families and adventurous visitors. Guest organisers are around to guide and assist visitors such as managing activities and games.

Nasi Periuk Kera is a recipe from the state’s indigenous communities. A special variety of pitcher plant is sourced from the rainforest, cleaned and used as a mound to cook rice. As Pahang is famous for durians, the fruit and its by-products are very famous around Malaysia. Karak is a popular stop to shop for durian pastries, pancakes or ice cream.

Paceri nenas, a fruit-based dish commonly found during Malay weddings, festive occasions or formal functions. The pineapple (nenas) gives a sweet taste to the rice.

A TASTE OF PAHANG Opor Pahang is another dish that oozes traditionalism, popular in the royal town of Pekan. It is a beef or mutton delicacy mostly served during weddings and traditional ceremonies. It is best savored with white rice or fragrant buttered rice.

Pahang also has many rubber plantations. Besides producing latex, the seeds of the rubber trees are used to make asam rong, a kind of seasoning used to cook fi sh, vegetables or gulai asam rong. The seeds are collected, shelled, dried in the sun, pounded and left fermented.

Mi Calong is a noodle dish served with spicy seafood gravy and it is a delicious treat at any time of the day.

Ikan patin masak tempoyak is a popular traditional dish in the inland riverine areas especially in the Pahang River where the silver catfi sh (patin) is in abundance. The special ingredient is the tempoyak or durian paste which can last for many months, enabling the dish to be eaten any time of the year, even when durians are not in season. Very well known in Termerloh, the home of the patin.

Laksa Pahang is different from those is Kedah or Penang as it uses coconut milk as the main sauce ingredient while those in the two states use shrimp paste and mint leaves as condiments for the special laksa tastes.

Ikan patin asam rebus is another favourite using the popular state fi sh patin. It is different from the ikan patin masak tempoyak as the soup tastes sour and spicy compared to the slightly sweet taste of the tempoyak dish due to the presence of durian.

Puding Raja is royal favourite dessert and it made with a medley of bananas, prunes, dates, cherries and cashew nuts. The ingredients are then served in a thick creamy sauce made of condensed milk, corn fl our and eggs.

Nasi Kebuli, a distinct dish of Kampung Jeram Landak in Pahang’s Kuala Lipis district, is rice cooked with coconut oil and chicken or mutton and a variety of other side ingredients such as raisins, clovers, onions, olives and lemongrass. This dish is usually served during special occasions such as weddings or the opening and cleansing of a silat or Malay ceremonies like the completion of Quran reading or cukur jambul (trimming the fi rst hairs of the baby).

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The largest mall in the East Coast, East Coast Mall is strategically located in the heart of Kuantan’s city centre in Pahang. It is a modern family lifestyle mall with an established mix of domestic and international retailers, from fashion, entertainment, arts and culture to local delicacies and international gourmets. It is also a one stop shopping and entertainment destination for the local patronage and tourists. Royal Pahang Silk Weaving Centre in Pulau Keladi, Pekan is Pahang’s silk-weaving centre where villagers produce the famous Royal Tenun of Pahang. Royal Pahang Silk is a proud testimony to the colourful past of the Pahang royal family. Quality silk has been produced for hundreds of years by a selected household at Pulau Keladi, where the traditional and intricate weaving method has been passed down for generations. A wide range of silk products is now available at the centre. Natural Batik Village, in Kampung Balok about 15 minutes’ drive north of Kuantan along the beach roads, houses a manufacturing facility, fi nished batik and products and East Coast’s largest batik showroom. Also offers visitors to try their hands at batik painting and a tour of the production area. Hasil Laut Kiah Kee in Kuantan which offers salted fi sh, dried and roasted cuttlefi sh, dried shrimps, dried scallops, seafood crackers, satay fi sh, etc. Another place is Sin Kee Hung, a famous place to get cheap and good dried seafood. Berjaya Megamall Kuantan, right in the state capital’s central business district, is a multi-storey mall fronting the Kuantan Parade and Jalan Tun Ismail and the biggest in Kuantan. The mall houses a large collection of retail stores, bowling alley, snooker centre, cinema, entertainment and food and beverage outlets in its two wings.

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Multicrops Central Market

In Genting Highlands, there are many shopping options but First World Plaza, below the First World Hotel, is quite the coolest around. It offers more than 60 retail and 70 F&B outlets, plus an indoor theme park, Cineplex, indoor water theme park for children, skydiving simulation, casino, bowling centre, pavilion for night shows, haunted adventure, a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum and many more. It is all about high shopping at its highest! Visitors looking for freshly grown local fruits and vegetables can head to Cameron Highlands with its farms and tea plantations scattered around the hilltop. The Multicrops Central Market is a favourite to pick up fresh Cameronian produce like apples or passion fruits. Another one is the market stall near the Brinchang’s Butterfly Garden offers one-stop collection of all fresh produce of Cameron Highlands. There are also many farms and cafes by tea plantation to shop for other local produce like honey, tea, jams, gift and souvenir items, etc.

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TRANSPORTATION By Road • From Kuala Lumpur via the East Coast Expressway to Kuantan, around 2½ hours. • From Johor Bahru, Melaka or Singapore via the North South Expressway, exit at Tangkak and take the Segamat-Muadam Shah-Kuantan route. Altenatively, travellers can also take the trunk road to Kota TinggiMersing-Rompin-Pekan-Kuantan. Travellers coming from the east coast can use the coastal road towards Dungun-KemamanKutantan. By Bus • Express bus services link Kuantan to all major towns in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, departing from Hentian Putra Terminal and Pekeliling Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The journey takes around 4-5 hours. • A 3-hour journey of coach services from Kuala Lumpur brings travellers directly to Kuala Tahan, the entrance of the National Park. Similarly, there are daily express buses offering rides to major tourist attractions such as Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, etc.

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The Blissful Abode Kelantan’s landscape is a charming blend of quaint villages, small towns and riverine settlements filled with Malay culture and heritage.

Kelantan popularised as the Cradle of Malay is made up of a large Malay population. The state is famous for their Malay handicrafts which include batik, a silky garment woven with intricate patterns, kain songket, a cloth made from gold and silver thread, mats, silverware, paintings and wood carvings. Traditional pastimes such as giant wau kite-flying, gasing, top-spinning competitions and silat, the Malay art of self-defence, are among its interesting attributes. The capital city of Kelantan, Kota Bharu has a rich Malay culture evident in the food, language, lifestyle and sights. It has an architecturally significant historical zone where many museums and heritage buildings are located along Jalan Hilir Kota and Jalan Sultan. Hence, attractions in Kota Bharu include the bustling wet marketPasar Besar Siti Khatijah, Cultural Centre, Royal Museum, State Museum, State Mosque and Istana Jahar, featuring Kelantan’s rich cultural legancy.

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Pantai Seri Tujuh Pantai Seri Tujuh (Beach of Seven Lagoons) is located in the Tumpat district close to the Thai border is sheltered by the longest lagoon in Malaysia. The annual International Kite Festival is held here. It was named such because there are seven or more bays here.

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Pantai Sabak Pantai Sabak has fine golden sands outlined by coconut palms. The local fishing village is a rustic Malay kampong worth a visit. A perfect place for picnic or relaxation while observing the return of fishing boats. Gentle waves lap the shore while the water is warm and clear.

Pantai Cahaya Bulan Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach) was formerly known as Pantai Cinta Berahi (Beach of Passionate Love), a name believed to be given by a British soldier during World War II who was upset due to unrequited love. It was also the landing place of the Japanese to attack the British on December 8, 1941. It is known for the long and wide coast (1.2km) and clear water. Rows of rhu and palm trees make this a popular picnic spot. Throughout the journey from Kota Bharu to the beach, visitors will pass through a traditional Malay town which is an important centre in the state for songket weaving, kite and brass making, and batik printing.

Pantai Irama Pantai Irama (Beach of Melody) with clear pristine seawater is said to be the most beautiful beach on the Malaysian East Coast. It is located around 25km southeast of Kota Bharu.

Pantai Bisikan Bayu Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of Whispering Breeze) is also known as Pantai Dalam Rhu. The beach is located between the villages of Kampung Tok Bali and Kampung Semerak on a stretch of Kelantan coastline just before the border with Terengganu. Tall casuarinas offer restful shades for beach visitors. The name of the beach refers to the gentle hush-hush sounds made by the casuarina needles when the gentle breeze blows. Tok Bali Beach



Pantai Irama, Bachok

Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort delivers a deliberate retreat along the Kelantan and Terengganu border located at Pantai Bisikan Bayu in the district of Pasir Puteh about 50 km away from Kota Bharu. The resort’s atmosphere is a haven on earth, filled with calm and luxurious comfort, away from the busy and chaotic city lifestyle. The 100 rooms offered in low rise buildings is designed skilfully with Kelantan’s architectural style in mind, generously providing optimum personal comfort and relaxation to its guests.

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Buddhist Temples Kelantan has some impressive Buddhist Temples. The largest Reclining Buddha statue in Southeast Asia can be found in Wat Photivihan, Kampung Jambu. It measures 40 metres in length and 9 meters in width. Wat Machimmaram situated in Kampung Jubakar is famous for its large statue of the Sitting Buddha which contains the Buddha's relic and solid gold coated on its lips. This Buddha statue claimed to be the second largest sitting Buddha in Southeast Asia. Wat Mai Suwankhiri is another famous landmark in the state and is located at Bukit Tanah Merah, Tumpat. It is named after a dragon-shaped boat in the temple with over 200 years of history. A pool was built to surround the temple to create a dragon boat effect, which is a part of a larger temple compound.

Kampung Laut Mosque Kampung Laut Mosque is the oldest mosque in Kelantan and one of the oldest in the Malay Archipelago. This mosque was moved from Kampung Laut, Tumpat to present location in Nilam Puri after the site was fooded in 1968.



The Handicraft and Craft Museum, also known as Balai Geam Guri among locals, is located in the heart of Kota Bharu’s cultural zone. It is within walking distance from Istana Balai Besar and Buluh Kubu Bazaar. The museum showcases the Kelantanese handicraft industry such as traditional embroidery, batik, silverware and matting at the adjacent Handicarft Village. Visitors can also witness and learn the process of making these crafts through demonstrations by skilled artists. These products are also for sale at the centre. A restaurant on the ground floor serves famous Kelananese dishes.

Bank Kerapu War Museum Bank Kerapu was built by Mercantile Bank in 1912 on a land belonging to Nik Yusof, a famous local chieftain. During Japanese occupation of Malaya from 1941 to 1945, it was used as the kempetai, a secret police station for war coordination. When the British came back after World World II ended, Bank Kerapu continued to function as a bank until 1992 when the Kelantan Museum Corporation turned it into a war memorial. The museum houses more than 1,000 exhibits relating to the war such as a mixture of Japanese tools, Japanese bicycles, photographs, articles and artefacts. It is an excellent place to learn about World War II and its impact on Kelantan.

Gunung Stong

Gunung Stong State Park Mount Stong State Park is a forested area of 21,950 hectares with several mountain peaks such as Gunung Ayam, Gunung Saji, etc. It is also home to one of the highest waterfalls in Malaysia, the seven-tiered Jelawang Waterfall. The Park’s rugged terrains offer adventurers and nature lovers great outdoor fun. Within the dense forest, there are animals such as seladang, great argus pheasants, Malayan tiger, tapir, serows and a good variety of birds like the hornbills. The park also serves as a significant conservation area with rich flora and fauna diversity as the didymocarpus calcareous, licuala stongensi (a fan palm) and holttumochloa pubescens (a rare bamboo) are the endemic plants that only found in here. Some of the attractions to be found at Mount Stong are: • The Bogo Rock Shelter, a cave-like formation is a good resting point for the 4-hour trekking up the summit of Mount Stong. • The highest peak at 1,504m, Gunung Ayam, is an ideal place to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. There is also a campsite for visitors who wish to spend the night with the stars and nature. • The 225-million-year-old limestone caves at the quaint little village of Dabong where there are some bat species and rare flora such as the endemic balsam. • The Stong Waterfalls drop from a height of about 990 metres. Visitors can walk to the peak which takes about two hours of trekking for about one kilometre on steep inclines of between 6-90 degrees, not for the fainthearted but for those who dare, the rewards are simple breathtaking. Weary trekkers can stop at Baha’s Camp before continuing up Mount Stong. • The Y Waterfalls or the Last Waterfalls where there separate waters from two mountains (Stong and Ayam) meet.

Kuala Koh entrance to Taman Negara National Park

Kuala Koh National Park Kuala Koh is the northern entrance point to Taman Negera Pahang and is a two-hour drive away from Gua Musang. The park is a perfect ecotourism destination that spread over 1043 square km with a wide range of flora and fauna as well as its tropical rainforest ecosystem.

One of the oldest National Park in Malaysia, Kuala Koh

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Traditional Kuih in Kelantan

Ayam percik, chicken roasted over a wood fire and combined with coconut or peanut sauce and local herbs and greens. Nasi ulam, also known as nasi kerabu locally, is a Malay rice dish usually eaten with dried fish or fried chicken crackers, pickles and other salads. Kelantan has many varieties – the normal, white, blue or yellow. The colour blue of the rice comes from the petals of the butterfly-pea flowers used in the cooking; the yellow comes from the use of turmeric. In Kelantan, the dish must also be accompanied with slightly sweetened budu sauce. Nasi dagang, a favourite local breakfast food, is a mixture of white rice and glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk, blended onions, garlic and spices like fenugreek. Unlike the Terengganu’s version which is also extremely popular, the Kelantanese rice grains have a tint of maroon. It is served with fish or chicken gravy. Budu, a salted and fermented anchovy sauce taken with rice, grilled fish or as salad. To taste, lime juice, chilli and shallots are added. The result is a brownish condiment tasted both salty and sourish. Famous budu makers can be found in villages near Kota Bahru like Kampong Tawang, Kampung Penambang and Bachok. This staple of Kelantanese cuisine is an acquired taste, to the uninitiated, the taste and smell can be overwhelming. Keropok lekor losong is Kelantanese fish sausages made from fish and tapioca flour. The paste is then rolled into long firm sticks and steamed or boiled. To eat, cut them into desired sizes and deep fried. A popular snack food. It is called keropok gote locally. Compared to the Terengganu’s version, keropok gote is thicker, about 4cm.



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Kuih Tahi Itik

Kuih akok, an egg-based mini cake made from eggs, flour, coconut milk and palm sugar and baked in a special brass mould that gives out the sponge-like appearance. Kuih tahi itik (meaning duck droppings/poop) is made from egg whites, flour and sugar. Despite its funny name, it is very tasty, very popular in Kelantan and is a favourite during special functions like weddings. This kuih is usually made together with kuih jala emas or kuih buah tanjung as kuih tahi itik only uses egg whites while the other two use the yolks. Kuih lompat tikam, meaning to jump and stab, is a soft and sticky malay dessert. It has two parts, the top white and the green part which is underneath. It is made from a solution of rice flour and water which is cooked until it thickens.

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Siti Khadijah Market

Wau Making

SHOPPING IN KELANTAN Siti Khadijah Market is named after Prophet Muhammad’s entrepreneurial wife, a fitting name for a market run mostly by women. The threestorey building house hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce, traditional local delicacies, spices, sweets, batik, handicrafts and many household products. Besides regular fresh goodies, look out for authentic Kelantanese favourites such as ayam percik, tempeh, nasi ulam and the hot milk tea, a staple drink of Kelantanese. Rantau Panjang and Pengkalan Kubur are located at the main Kelantan border crossing between Malaysia and Thailand with tax free zones that attract shoppers from both sides. The two towns are popular duty free shopping zones selling electronic goods, toys, cigarettes, clothes, cosmetics, perfume, chocolate, watches and general goods. An eye-opening place to immerse in local shopping and bargaining. Kota Bharu Trade Centre, next to Siti Khadijah Market is the largest shopping mall in Kelantan, connected to each other via an overpass on the second floor. It is a commercial platform for Kelantanese to sell and distribute local handicrafts such as batik, songket, wood carvings, gold and

silver jewelleries. The KBTC is also the lifestyle mall of choice on the east coast offering many diverse and modern products that complement the anchor store Parkson Grand and so benefitting shoppers to a vast array of local and international brands. Bazaar Buluh Kubu (Bamboo Fort Bazaar) is a three-storey complex. Visitors can find almost everything here. The collection of local products such as batik, gold and silver songket, sarongs, fine silverware, imported Thai goods and souvenirs. The outskirts of Kota Bahru (within 10km from town centre) are the best places to search for the state’s cottage industries where some of the best crafts in the country can be found. Well-known silver crafts can be found in Kampung Marak, Kampung Sireh and Kampung Badang. A songket weaving factory can be found in Kampung Penambang. Additionally, a visit to Kelantan is almost never complete without visiting a batik factory. Watch how it is made and shop for some of the best in the country – all these can be done by visiting batik factories in Kampung Putih, Kubor Kuda and Kapung Badan. Or shop for gaily decorated kites along the stretch of Pantai Cahaya Bulan, famed for kite making and where one can find among the few master kite makers left in the country.

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TRANSPORTATION By Road • From Kuala Lumpur, the overland route takes travellers along the East Coast Expressway to Kuantan in around 3 hours and thereon to Kota Bahru in about 4½ hours. • From northern states like Penang, Kedah and Perak, travellers can travel to Grik via Sungai Petani in Kedah and then travel along the East WestHighway to Jeli in Kelantan and then onwards to Kota Bahru. • The inland route to Kota Bahru turns off the East Coast Expressway at Bentong and continues north to Raub and Gua Musang before reaching Kota Bahru. Another alternative route exits the expressway at Temerloh and passes through Jerantut, Benta and Gua Musang en-soute to Kota Bahru. • Travellers coming from Penang have to get to Grik via Sungai Petani in Kedah, travel along the East West Highway to Jeli in Kelantan before continuing to Kota Bahru. • Travellers coming from Thailand can get to Kelantan starting from the Narathiwat province. • Regular air conditioned express buses service Kuala Lumpur and major towns to Kota Bahru.



By Rail • Express trains stop at all major rail stations in Kelantan like Dabong, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Tumpat and Wakaf Baru. Here, travellers can get to Kota Bahru either by buses or taxis with stopovers at Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah and Pasir Mas. Once reaching Kota Bahru, one can get to almost everywhere else. • Travellers can also use a sleeper train to get from Singapore to Kelantan daily with a stop at Jerantut. By Air • Travellers using airplanes can use the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport at Pengkalan Chepa near Kota Bahru. • Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia have daily flights to Kota Bahru Airport from Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. Firefly also flies in from Penang. By Water Vehicular ferries and passenger boats which go over the Golok River between Ban Taba from Narathiwat Province and Pengkalan Kubur in the vicinity of Kota Bahru.

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Pulau Duyong • Tengku Zaharah Mosque • Pasar Payang • Noor Arfa Batik Craft Complex


Batu Burok Beach


Wakaf Tapai

Pulau Gemia

Pulau Kapas

Tasik Kenyir Turtle Sanctuary

Rantau Abang


Pulau Tenggol

CHUKAI Kelantan


Legend State Capital

Major Town


Places of Interest




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Major Road


The Gem Of East Coast Terengganu overlooking the South China Sea on the east side of Malaysia has a stretch of beautiful beaches and spectacular islands that offers a charming holiday destination.

Popularly known as the Gem of the East Coast, Terengganu is home to charming coastal villages and a wealth of traditional crafts which occupied by majority Malay population. Its people mostly live a peaceful life in coastal towns and fishing villages. Boat building, State Museum, a floating mosque, ancient palaces and traditional handicraft activities such as batik painting and songket weaving can be observe around Kuala Terengganu, the capital city of the state. Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Redang, Pulau Duyung, Pulau Gemia and Pulau Kapas is well known for its powdery white sands, clear blue waters, naturally formed coral gardens and spectacular marine lives. Today, many visitors head to Terengganu to escape the busy city life and participate in recreational and relaxation activities by the beautiful beaches and islands. Every year, many turtle species such as Olive Ridleys and Leatherbacks come to nest on its beaches making Terengganu to be also known as the Land of Turtles.

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Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque

Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque (Floating Mosque) Built on a floating platform, the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque sits on a 5-acre reclaimed land in the Kuala Ibai Lagoon near the estuary of Kuala Ibai River, about 4km from the town of Kuala Terengganu. During high tides, the rising waters cover the foundation, thus creating the illusions of a floating mosque. The floating effect of the mosque is even more prominent at night when it is brightly lighted and its reflection is clearly seen on the waters. The mosque’s designs incorporate modern and Moorish architecture, reflecting a subtle Islamic influence. The building of the mosque was inspired by the late Sultan of Terengganu and named after his mother, Tuanku Intan Zaharah binti Almarhum Tengku Seri Setia Raja.

Batu Bersurat Memorial The Inscribed Stone of Terengganu is evidence of Islamic acceptance by a state ruler in the Malay Peninsular in the 14th century. The stone was discovered in Kuala Berang, Hulu Terengganu in 1903. The Batu Bersurat Memorial in Kuala Berang’s Kampung Buluh is to commemorate the discovery. The Batu Bersurat monument located at Kampung Ladang roundabout is a landmark for visitors arriving to Kuala Terengganu Heritage Waterfront City. The Jawi inscriptions on the stone explain the decree and enforcement of Islamic laws and punishments. A replica of the stone has been built in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang as the original is permanently displayed at the State Museum.The Batu Bersurat Terengganu is listed under the United Nation’s Memory of the World, a UNESCO’s worldwide programme focuses on

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the preservation and dissemination of valuable heritage archive.

Pulau Perhentian Located about 21km off the coast of Terengganu, Pulau Perhentian (stop-over island) comprises of 2 islands, the Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil offer amazing views of sparkling white sands and clear blue waters. The accessible point is through the jetty at Kuala Besut, a small fishing village. Both islands of Perhentian belong to Pulau Redang National Marine Park, meaning that fishing or collecting corals are strictly prohibited here. Pulau Perhentian offers wonderful snorkeling experience in their spots in the boulder encrusted bays. The aquamarine waters are so clear that you can see the spectacular reefs and water species such as barracudas or manta rays so clearly. Visitors can also watch turtles laying eggs at Three Coves Bay, feed the coloured fishes or simply lay back and enjoy the sun and breeze. Other activities to be enjoyed here are scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing, boating, deep-sea fishing and canoeing. The island has remained virtually untouched, its permanent habitants are the fisherman living in a simple self-sustained fishing village. Perhentian Island Resort is an ideal beach resort for a leisurely family vacation in Malaysia. The resort surrounded by lush greenery, facing white sandy beaches and a colourful underwater world. Guests can take a jungle trek up the hills under a canopy of large trees that just a hundred metres away from the resort, and they might see wild magpies, giant fruit bats, the Nicobar pigeon, the harmless monitor lizard or even one or two mousedeer.

point on the mainland. Pulau Redang at 7km long and 6km wide is the largest of the state’s islands dotting the South China Sea and famous for its beautiful views and fabulous dive sites. The Redang archipelago itself comprises of nine islands and is abound with marine life and coral reefs 500 species of live corals, more than a thousand species of invertebrates and almost 3,000 species of fish such as manta rays, stingrays, sharks and whale sharks, all living in the reefs fringing these islands. Some of the most famous dive sites in Redang are Tanjung Lang, Tanjung Tokong, Pasir Panjang, Tanjung Gua Kawah and Batu Mak Cantek. Some of the attractions at the more than 20 diving spots are the shipwrecks near Pinang Island, black coral gardens and the mysterious submerged chamber in the vicinities of Lima Island and the Mini Mount between Kerenggan Besar Island and Kerenggan Kecil Island. Redang Island itself has two historic shipwrecks, the H.M.S. Prince of Wales and H.M.S. repulse which sunk during World War II.

Pulau Lang Tengah Pulau Lang Tengah is perfect for a more secluded getaway located between Pulau Perhentian and Pulau Redang. The beaches are mostly isolated, quiet and tranquil, attracting many scuba divers, underwater photographers, nature lovers and visitors looking beyond the business of other bigger islands. The island has about 15 dive sites, at shallow to medium depths. Visitors to the island can also visit the Redang Marine Park Centre. Reaching here takes only around 40 minutes speedboat ride from the Marang jetty. D'Coconut Lagoon has procured two isolated and tranquil stretches of pristine white sandy beaches. It offers relaxing atmosphere and at the same time delivers a unique destination for marine life and nature lovers.

Pulau Redang Pulau Redang is located 45km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu and or 22km off Tanjung Merang, the closest

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As Redang is a gazetted marine park, no fishing of any kind is allowed within a 3.2km radius of the island as well as the collection of corals and aquatic life. At the northern side of this idyllic island is the famous diving site, the Turtle Bay where a turtle conservation centre is located. During nesting seasons, turtles are hatched and released back to the ocean.

Pulau Duyung Meaning the Mermaid’s Island, Pulau Duyung is best known as the venue for the annual Monsoon Cup. It is accessible by road via the Sultan Mahmud Bridge but the common way is to take a boat at the Shahbandar Jetty for a 5 minute boat ride. In addition, it is also famous for its traditional boat making industry which uses wood instead of fiber glass as wood.

Pulau Kapas

These traditional boat makers are known to build boats simple from memory, experience and skills taught to them by master craftsmen before them – be it row boats, deep-sea fishing boats or luxury yachts. The workshop of Pak Haji Abdullah in the heart of the village, is synonymous with boat making in the island. It is a traditional Malay house and is where he and his skilled craftsmen build hundreds of wooden sailing boats for locals and foreigners. Lucky visitors may even catch him at work and spend some time admiring and enjoying the beautiful kampung surroundings.

Pulau Gemia Pulau Gemia is a self-contained tiny, rocky, privately-owned island about 800 metres next to Pulau Kapas. Like the rest of the islands, Pulau Gemia is also richly endowed with some of nature’s best assets – white sandy beaches dotted with rock formations, spectacular underwater life, great ecosystem and unspoiled waters. Visitors can also find sea eagles, reef herons and some species of birds in their untouched habitat as well as green turtles, hawksbill and Olive Ridley. As there is only one resort on the island, visitors are assured of complete privacy and solitude. Every year, turtles come ashore on the island to lay eggs. Four species of marine turtle are found here and there is a turtle conservation programme run

by the Gem Island Resort. Beaches are monitored and eggs are collected and put into the resort’s hatchery to protect them from predators or illegal poaching.

Pulau Kapas Pulau Kapas is an island off Marang and is accessible via ferry from Marang. A journey by speedboat takes only half an hour to reach the island. Pulau Kapas got its name from the pure white beaches that are the trademark of the island (kapas meaning cotton). Pulau Kapas is also popular for its excellent snorkeling as there is an abundance of corals and marine life, the visibility is great and the water is shallow and calm. As the corals are mainly found around the rocky edges of the island, visitors can still enjoy swimming even at low tides. The island is known for squid fishing at certain times of the year.

Pulau Tenggol Pulau Tenggol is situated off the coast of Dungun and is the furthest among the islands in Terengganu. It is a well sheltered bay and home to intact and mature coral gardens. Most visitors to this island are divers as there are around 20 dive sites around the island. Many divers find the island challenging as it descends to 20 metres deep at some areas. None-divers can also enjoy some snorkeling. Frequent visitors to the islands are the shy garden eels, crabs, turtles and sharks.

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Beaches Tanjung Jara beach is located 8km west of Dungun. It has a long stretch of palm-fringed golden sandy beach, emerald waters and prominent waves. Compared to other islands, Tanjung Jara is a favourite among locals especially those with families as there is no long boat rides. Among the popular activities are kayaking, wind surfing and boating. Turtle watching is also popular particularly in the months of May to August when the giant turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Rantau Abang is located around 80km south of Kuala Terengganu and like most of the beaches in Terengganu, it is well-known for its long sandy beach. It is however most famous for the giant leatherback turtles that stop by its beaches to lay eggs especially in the months of May and August, peak months are June and July. There is also a Turtle Information Centre for visitors to learn more about turtles. Pantai Batu Buruk is just 1km from the city centre, hence its popularity for weekend holiday retreats. There are a lot of facilities such as a children’s playground, horse riding, jogging tracks, resting areas, toilets and stalls selling food. The Culture Centre stages weekend traditional performances such as dances, pencak silat (Malay martial art), top spinning and traditional games. During windy season, visitors can also catch some beautiful kites flying in the blue skies. Pantai Merang is situated 30km north of Kuala Terengganu. It is also the gateway to the world famous islands of the Redang archipelago with the jetty located in Merang River. Visitors can also see some quaint fishing villages with colourful traditional fishing boats line up on the beachfront, a sight to behold in its pristine sandy seashore. Nearby, there is the Merang Sky Observatory operated by a local university that offers fantastic views of Pantai Merang from the top of a hill. Teluk Bidara Beach is located 4km to the north of Dungun, known for its white sandy beaches, caves and a lighthouse. There are many casuarinas dotting the beach, perfect for sunbathing. The almost 2-hour journey to the beach forms a fascinating part of its attraction as visitors can travel through the countryside of Seberang

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Pintasan, offering picturesque views of traditional fishing villages. Popular activities include swimming, water skiing, canoeing, sailing and fishing. Teluk Lipat Beach, between Dungun and Kemaman, is unique as its golden sands form a stretch of sand dunes similar to a wall that slopes into the sea, creating an unusual two-tier loo, such as its name suggests (lipat means folded). A favourite for photo taking too with its beautiful fishing boats, all swaying coconut trees. Pantai Penarik offers the ubiquitous postcard image with its fishing villages, traditional Malay houses and swaying coconut and pine trees. It is located 90km north of Kuala Terengganu. On clear days, visitors can even spot the islands of Biong, Redang, Lang Tengah and Perhentian. Visitors can also buy some freshly caught seafood from the fishermen for a seaside barbeque or watch fishermen park their boats amongst the mangroves as they install fish traps (bubu) in the shallow waters.

Pulau Herba, Kenyir Lake

Pura Tanjung Sabtu Pura Tanjung Sabtu is located in the charming tranquil rural river in the countryside of Terengganu. It houses several traditional Terengganu timber houses of 150 – 200 years old. About 10 minutes by road from Kuala Terengganu, the complex is located on 14 acres of lawns, gardens and fruit orchards.

The 260,000 hectare lake is fed by 30 rivers with 25 waterfalls. There are 340 islands on the lake which were once hilltops and highlands before the area was flooded with water. It is a popular retreat for nature lovers due to the lush tropical rainforest surrounding the areas, furnishing the lake with an incredible collection of flora and fauna.

The location was once the country retreat of the late Sultan of Terengganu which was restored and preserved on-site in the manner of an 18th century rustic but princely Terengganu palace, the Pura Tanjung Sabtu. Its name was derived from the Sanskrit word pura meaning palace and Tanjung Sabtu, the quiet Malay village on which the building was located.

These include rare ferns, exotic orchids, hornbills, elephants and panthers. The forest is also home to more than 8,000 species of flowers, 2,500 species of plants and trees, 800 species of orchids and 300 species of fungus. The large varieties of freshwater fish species such as green arowana, snakehead and friendly barb, make it a fishing haven for anglers and fishing enthusiasts; the catchment area is around 38,000 hectares.

Pura Tanjung Sabtu is beautifuly landscaped with aromatic boughs, bamboo groves and shaded by nibong palms and pohon rengas. Visitors can go fishing, at Sungai Nerus or enjoy some boating and rafting along the river. Pura Tanjung Sabtu also offers homestay for visitors who wish to experience country living in a traditional Terengganu house.

Kenyir Lake Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia and is also Malaysia's largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam. When the areas are flooded, most of the hills would be above the water level, creating about 340 man-made islands. About 55km inland from Kuala Terengganu, Pengkalan Gawi is the gateway to Kenyir Lake.

Exploring Kenyir Lake by boat is the easiest way to see all the attractions around. There are houseboats for visitors wishing to spend the night. These houseboats will move during the day and will usually stop at waterfall points in the evening. Visitors can also explore the caves nearby such as the Bewah Cave, Tok Bidan Cave and Taat Cave. Bewah Cave is known for its artefacts such as Neolithic azes, flints and human skeletons of 3,000 years old. There are some wall paintings in Taat Cave which can be observed when the water level is at its lowest as well as spiders, crickets, bats and creatures of the dark.

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Laksam is made of wheat and rice fl ours. It is then steamed and served with gravy made of fi sh and coconut milk. Nasi dagang, a specialty of Terengganu, is usually eaten with side dishes of tuna curry, pickled cucumbers and carrots. Nasi dagang literally means trader’s rice. In ancient days, travellers pack nasi dagang to be eaten along the way. Rice and glutinous rice are cooked together and coconut cream is added. A popular breakfast dish. Satar is a fi sh snack in Terengganu, popular especially in Kuala Kemaman. It is fi sh paste mixed with shallot, ginger paste, coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaf and folded into the shape of a cone, stuck on a bamboo stick and barbequed over low charcoal fi re. Fish crackers are a specialty of Terengganu, called keropok here. There are the keropok lekor or losong (fi sh sausages), keropok goreng (fi sh fritters) and keropok keping (fi sh sticks). Every district in Terengganu has their own keropok but the most famous ones are the keropok losong which is fi sh meat grounded with sago fl our and salt, rolled up into long tubes like sausages. It is then boiled and can be eaten hot with chilli sauce. The popular way to cook is to deep fry and makes it crunchy. Many stalls offer this delicacy but the most popular is in Kampong Losong in Kuala Terengganu.

Ketupat sotong, a traditional food of Terengganu, is a popular tea-time dish. It is squids stuffed with glutinous rice in cooked coconut milk. The Terengganu’s version is whitish as compared to the Kelantanese’s version which is thick coconut milk sweetened with brown palm sugar.

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Keropok Lekor

Bubur lambuk is rice porridge cooked a variety of spices and vegetables such as fenugreek, cardamom, cloves, star anise and black pepper as well as meat, dried shrimp, onion, garlic, coconut milk, ghee, coconut oil and salt. To add to the aroma, screwpine leaves, parsley, green onions and fried onions are added. During the fasting month, mosques in all districts normally distribute free bubur lambuk to the public. In contrast to other states, Terengganu’s version is cooked with fi sh, pucuk paku (a kind of jungle shoots) and sweet potatoes.

Batik Making

Songket Yarn Spinning

Pasar Payang


Malaysia Handicraft Centre houses every crafts and arts Terengganu is famous for – weaving, wood carvings, brassware making and hand drawn and block imprints, they are all here. Besides buying, visitors can also watch craftsmen print batik or weave songket and baskets. Located in Kuala Ibai and near the Floating Mosque, it is approximately 6km from the town centre. Mesra Mall, in Kemasik, houses the only cineplex in Terengganu, a 24-lane competition standard bowling alley, squash and badminton courts, futsal pitch, a snooker centre, a food court, retail, dining and entertainment outlets and a 20,000 sq ft multipurpose hall.

Pasar Payang, beside the Terengganu River, is the most popular tourist spot in Kuala Terengganu. It is a mixture of a wet market selling fresh produce and a shopping arcade selling traditional products and souvenirs such as the best handmade batik and songket, brassware, etc.

Sutera Semai Silk Gallery, located in Permint Jaya (around 6km south of Kuala Terengganu), is Malaysia’s pioneer silk weaving centre. The gallery has a collection of hand woven silk of hand-drawn and printed designs. Visitors can also witness the different stages of silk manufacturing, painting of batik designs onto fabrics and songket weaving demonstrations as well as daily exhibitions of famous traditional Malay handicrafts.

Noor Arfa Craft Complex is a pioneer of batik industry and the largest batik producing in the country. The Craft Complex occupies 2.5 acres in the Cendering Industrial Area of Kuala Terengganu. Besides production facilities, it also houses the largest batik showroom in Malaysia. The company has been producing batik for the global market for more than 28 years.

Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu is full of prewar two-storey shop houses of which many are more than a century old. Located within walking distance from Pasar Payang, it has many souvenir shops, restaurants, electronic and grocery shops, small grocery shops, hardware shops, etc as well as Terengganu’s oldest Chinese temple, the Ho Ann Kiong temple.

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TRANSPORTATION By Air • Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia have direct daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu and connecting services from other major cities to the Sultan Mahmud Airport, around 18km from Kuala Terengganu. The air journey from Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 45 minutes. Firefl y fl ies in from Penang to Kuala Terengganu connecting to Subang Airport daily as well a daily route from Subang to Kerteh in Kemaman. • Berjaya Air has daily direct fl ight from Subang Airport to Redang Island (about an hour journey). It also fl ies directly from Seletar Airport in Singapore to Redang Island. Travellers coming in from Singapore can fl y from Johor Bahru via KLIA and catch the coach from Singapore to Senai Airport. By Road Express buses depart daily from all major cities in Malaysia to Kuala Terengganu such as Kuala Lumpur (6-7 hours), Johor Bahru (9 hours) and Penang (9 hours). • The Heritage City Shuttle buses run along the southern, northern and eastern routes with stops at popular tourist attractions like malls, mosques, museums or hotels. They start and end at Dataran Shahbandar, the waterfront. • 2 options to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu: - Coastal road or Jerangau Jabor Highway 2 KL (Gombak toll) on Karak Highway towards East Coast (Jabor toll) and continue towards Kuala Terengganu exit via Cukai town in Kemaman - Highway 2 KL (Gombak toll) on Karak Highway towards East Coast (Jabor toll) and continue towards Kuala Terengganu exit via Bukit Besi / Ajil / Kuala Terengganu. • Travellers coming from Singapore or Johor Bahru can use the Highway 2 to head north on the North South highway and exit at Yong Peng, then proceed to Labis and Segamat on Highway 1 to Kuantan and follow coastal road exit via Cukai town in Kemaman, Dungun and Kuala Terengganu.

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From Penang, travellers can use the Highway 4 Penang on the East West Highway via Grik to Jertih and turn right towards Highway 3 to Kuala Terengganu or turn left towards Kuala Besut for a drive on coastal roads to Kuala Terengganu.

By Rail There are no train services available to Kuala Terengganu but KTM services are available from Kuala Lumpur or Johor Bahru/Singapore to Tanah Merah or Wakaf Bahru in Kelantan. The nearest railway to Kuala Terengganu would be to get off at Krai, Tanah Merah or at Wakaf Bahru stations in Kelantan and take an express bus, car or chartered taxi into the state. By Bus Express buses depart daily for Kuala Terengganu from :• from Kuala Lumpur’s Hentian Putra Station – 7-hour journey • from Johor’s Larkin Bus Terminal – 9-hour journey • from Penang’s Komtar Bus Terminal – 9-hour journey • from Singapore’s Kallang Bahru station – 9-½ hour journey

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Ayer Keroh


Batu Berendam • Jonker Street • Christ Church • Bukit Cina • Melaka River Cruise • Melaka Sultanate Palace • St. Fort’s Fort • Stadthuys • Kampung Morten • Cheng Hoon Teng Temple • Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

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Legend State Capital

Major Town


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The Historic State Back in the 15th century, Melaka being strategically located along the Straits of Malacca was a popular and important port in South-East Asia and attracted traders from all over the world.

Malaysia's historical city, Melaka or commonly referred as Malacca in the olden days, experienced Portuguese, Dutch, British, Chinese and Islamic influences that have all contributed to it is now being a place rich in heritage buildings, ancient landmarks, colonial structures, culture and fascinating tales. Physical appearances of its renowned past are evident in a surfeit of marvellous old buildings, forts, museums, churches, historic temples, wonderful galleries and antique shops. Beyond the historical architecture and uniqueness in culture are attractions such as the safari, water theme park, resorts and sunset cruise that are ever ready to excite you.

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Bayou Lagoon Park Resort Melaka Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, occupied with its multifarious offerings to cater different occasions, expertly centers guests between business, leisure and services with first-class standards. Travellers may stray away from the daily grind and grime of the city, head to Bayou Lagoon Park Resort for a great escapades vacation, as well as a perfect accommodation choices for a fun family getaways. Bayou Lagoon Park Resort is situated just 20 minutes away from the famous tourist hotspot, Melaka World Heritage Town and is in close proximity to the Ayer Keroh tourism belt, the resort ensures convenient access to both cultural and contemporary attractions to explore the unique heritage value in Melaka.

Dining Bayou Coffee House Located at lobby floor of Amari Villa and with view of the waterpark serving menu ranging from authentic Malaysian cuisines to international Western delicacies, Bayou Coffee House struts its way to tantalize all the senses of your taste bud. Besides its cozy indoor environment, the coffee house also has an al-fresco dining area for guests who choose to embrace the outdoor whilst dining. Bayou Pool Café The poolside café is located next to the water park directly overlooking the exquisite water park site and its beautiful landscape. This is the perfect venue for informal social functions and it offers guests an optional outdoor dining in a relaxed atmosphere. It also serves a variety of snacks & drinks.

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Time-Out Designed with a cozy setting and privacy in mind, Time Out is the perfect place to unwind. A good gathering spot away from the city, this al fresco lounge is an ideal place to enjoy drinks and snacks accompanied by music and entertainment.

Recreation Activities Surrounded by the exclusive waterpark, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort sets to provide series of both wet and dry recreational activities like mini water polo, paintball game, bicycle and tricycle rides, team building, tele-matches and many more to cater the essentials of what a holidays need. Splashing Water Fun What’s more exhilarating and fun than having a short vacation with water park in a resort hotel? Consisting of two main exciting and thrilling water slides in the exclusive water park, it makes Bayou Lagoon Park Resort a favorite for both young and old in a family vacation, as well as the perfect holiday choice for city escapades! 9D Action Cinemas Check out our new 9D Action Cinema with the latest technology in dynamic, multi-dimensional, small theatre movie entertainment, suitable for both children and adults. All senses will be overwhelmed with the stimulating and exciting 3D movies with surround sound, coupled with “active motion” luxury seats and dramatic effects such as rain, fog, lightning, wind, snow, touch, feel and more, and enjoy this genuine “action cinema” experience one have never been able to previously from traditional movies.

Stadthuys The Stadthuys, meaning city hall in Dutch, was built in between 1641 and 1660 as the official residence of the Dutch Governor and his officers. Built on the ruins of a fort which belonged to the Portuguese, it now houses the History Museum and Ethnography Museum. The museum exhibits Malacca’s history from the great Malay Sultanate to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation up to present day. An example is the traditional bridal costumes and relics from Malacca’s 400 year history. The interiors are filled with museum exhibits but visitors can also glimpse into the past through the thick masonry walls and heavy wooden beams. The statue of Admiral Zheng He can be found standing on the courtyard to commemorate his visit to Malacca during the time of the Malacca Sultanate. Behind the Stadthuys is the Museum of Literature where visitors can see historical accounts and local legends detailed in maps, prints and photographs. Opening Times :

9.00am - 5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) 9.00am - 8.30pm (Friday to Sunday)

Admission Fees :

RM5 (adult) RM2 (child)

Christ Church

Located beside the Stadthuys at Dutch Square, the Christ Church is another example of Dutch architecture which was built in 1753. It is the oldest Protestant church in Malaysia. It was built with bricks bought specially from Zeeland in Holland. The Christ Church was built to commemorate the centennial of Dutch rule in Malacca.

Christ Church

added the weathercock and bell tower. Admission is free. Visitors can donate to the Church’s care.

A’Famosa Fort A’Famosa is a Portuguese-built fort and among the oldest surviving European architecture in Asia and possibly Malacca’s best known tourist site. The only part of the fortress still standing today is the small gate house, the Porta de Santiago. A’Famosa was built in 1511 by Alfonso de Albuquerque who led the Portuguese invasion on Malacca, using 1,500 slaves, as a stronghold to defend against foreign invasion. In 2006, when work was undergoing at the Menara Taming Sari revolving tower, another part of the A’Famosa was discovered which was later relocated further inland. A’Famosa’s newlydiscovered fortress walls were reconstructed.

There are plaques on the wall of the church to commemorate those who died of various epidemics while stationed in Malacca as well as a wooden plaques to remember those who died in World War II. Tombstones are encased into the floor of the church. Some are written in Portuguese and a few in Armenian which some historians believed originated from the St. Paul’s Church up the hill. During the British era, they converted Christ Church for Anglican worship and A'Famosa Fort

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St John Fort

St. John’s Fort St. John’s Fort was a private Portuguese chapel on the site of Mount Senjuang dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It was rebuilt by the Dutch in the 18th century to protect against attack from the grounds. Interesting features include the cannons facing inlands (at that time, attacks on Malacca came mainly from surrounding areas instead of from the sea). To commemorate St. John the Baptist, Catholics celebrate the feast on June 23rd with thousands of candles lit in homes throughout the district.

St. Paul’s Church (St. Paul’s Hill) St. Paul’s Church sits on top of the St. Paul’s Hill. It was originally a chapel known to the Portuguese as the Chapel of Mother of God (Madre de Deus) or Our Lady of the Hill (Nossa Senhora do Oiteiro). The hill was initially named as Malacca Hill but was changed to Monti Ali Maria or Mary’s Hill during the Portuguese reign. When the Dutch came, it was no longer used as a place of worship but was turned into a burial ground when the Dutch completed their Christ Church. What remained of the church are only ruins, the strong and thick bricks are reminders that the chapel used to be a great architecture of the time. St Paul Church

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Malacca City Excavation Site


The site is situated at Jalan Kota, next to the Central Malacca police headquarters and was chosen due to its proximity to the remnants of the city’s walls such as the Bastion Fredrick Hendrick, Bastion Santiago which are based on sketches of a Portuguese and Dutch maps. Research and archaeological works started in June 2010.

Malacca Sultanate Palace

Malacca Sultanate Palace This Malacca Sultanate Palace is a replica of the original structure of the extinct Sultanate of Malacca. The plan of the palace was based on Sultan Mansur Shah’s (1456-1477) palace as described in the Malay Annals. Today, the palace houses the Cultural Museum which showcases more than 1,300 items of Malacca’s past including photographs, weaponry, drawings, musical instruments and gifts from foreign emissaries. All are displayed in eight different chambers and in three galleries on the three floors of the palace. Opening Times : Admission Fees :

9.00am - 6.00pm (except Monday) RM2 (adult) RM0.50 (child)

Fredrick Hendrick Bastion Archaelogical Excavation Site The Portuguese built a fort after the capture of Malacca to prevent enemy threats. It was built in a circular fashion with 8 bastions and the Fredrick Hendrick bastion was one of the six full functioning bastions at the time of the Portuguese. The Dutch later fortified and built a stronger bastion when they defeated the Portuguese in 1641. Additions to the fort walls were also done especially near the mouth of the Malacca River. During British era, they destroyed the city walls.

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The excavation works uncovered remnants of the city walls which were built using laterite stones. The original drainage system of Malacca was also found at the site, from squares made using laterite measuring 40cm x 60cm. Other artefacts found were Ming and Qing Dynasties porcelain shards, stoneware, Dutch rocks, pottery, animal bones, steel, etc.

Trishaw Rides Trishaw is a wonderful way to view the city as it can cover any areas one might miss when taking other public transport or self-driving. The Malaccan trishaws are unlike those from other states – they are heavily decorated with flowers and equipped with a sound system blaring pop music. A maximum of two persons can fit into a trishaw. It can be rented on an hourly basis. Trishaw cyclists are friendly and many can even impart some information about the sights you see along the journey/ride. Melaka Trishaw

Jonker Street

Jonker Walk & Jonker Street Jonker Walk is synonymous with Malacca. It is one of the best places to hunt for antique and immerse in historical culture. Ancient buildings are well maintained and preserved. There are many shops and stalls selling food, art and craft, souvenirs and clothes. Jonker Street is also famous for its nightlife especially during festive seasons when many events are often held here. Jonker Street, known as Jalan Hang Jebat today is located in the heart of Malacca’s Unesco Heritage Site. The name jonker probably came from junk to refer to Chinese vessels. It was where different Chinese clans had their clan associations such as the Hokkiens had theirs in 1837 followed by the Tans, Lees and others. Today, Jonker Street is the venue of the famous Jonker Walk Night Market.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum The Baba and Nyonya are the Straits Chinese or Peranakan of Chinese descent who came to Malacca centuries ago, married local Malay women and adopted much of the Malay culture into their lives. They no longer speak the dialect of their ancestors but a language of their own, the Baba Malay which consists of many Hokkien words. Visitors can now have a glimpse into the world of the Baba and Nyonya back in the 20th century at the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum run by the Babas and Nyonyas of Malacca. It is located parallel to Jonker Street, a mere 220m away from the famed Jonker Walk. Visiting the museum is like walking through the actual home of the then Baba Chan Cheng Siew (1865-1919), whose descendants own the museum. The designs were influenced by various European architecture such as Victorian era chandeliers and floor tiles with the building mainly framed by heavy Roman Columns. The interiors are decorated with

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

priceless antique furniture made in Italy, Britain and Holland as well as carved furniture featuring wonderful classic Chinese art. There are also black and white photographs of the ancient Chinese tradition of foot binding which was once common among Peranakan girls too. Some highlight of how the house was used in the early 20th century:• The Big Hall where only men were allowed in and the women had to peer through the holes of the dark hall screens. • The kitchen was akin to a meeting place where the ladies spent much of their time, cooking and sharing of gossips. • The Ancestral Hall was where prayers were conducted seven times a year on ancestors birth dates, death dates and before Chinese New Year. Opening Times :

10.00am - 1.00pm (last morning tour at 11.45am) 2.00am - 5.00pm (last evening tour at 3.45pm)

Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum The Cheng Ho’s Cultural Museum is situated in the old part of Malacca town believed to be the original site of a warehouse complex built by him. It is actually a few interconnected shop houses on Lorong Hang Jebat and Jalan Tukang Besi. The museum showcases many cultural artefacts related to Admiral Cheng Ho in relation to the history of Malacca, the early cultural exchanges between local ethnic and the Chinese, a model treasure ship, tea houses and navigation instruments. Opening Times :

9.00am - 6.00pm (night visit by appointment)

Admission Fees :

RM20 (adult) RM10 (child)

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Melaka River Once dubbed the Venice of the East by European seafarers, it is a popular tourist attraction today due to the 45-minute River Cruise that takes visitors all the way to Kampung Morten, past Malacca town and the settlements and bridges along the riverbank. The boat ride costs RM15 for foreigners, RM10 for locals and RM5 for children with MyKid and RM7 without MyKid. Said to be the birthplace of Malacca, it spans 10km.

Kampung Morten Kampung Morten, next to the Melaka River, is one of the national heritage sites. Named after J.F. Morten, a British Commissioner of Land in the early 1920s who played a role in developing the village which was once a marshland. It is the only Malay village in the city of Melaka. The place is most famous for its traditional kampung houses bearing ancient Malaccan architectural designs and styles. There is also a museum called Villa Sentosa located here. Visitors can pass by the village when cruising the Melaka River. Alternatively, walk about 15 minutes north of the city centre or from the bridge over the Melaka River to visit this place.

Melaka River

The uniqueness of Kampung Morten is that it still retains a lot of the traditional features such as home designs, decorations and landscape. There are around 85 homes including 52 traditional dwellings.

Night view includes Ferris wheel

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Cheng Hoon Teng Temple The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, built in 1646 with materials shipped from China, is the oldest Chinese temple in the country. It is located along Jalan Tokong in the core zone of the Melaka Unesco World Heritage Site. Chen Hoon Teng in Hokkien means Temple of Clear Clouds. It was founded by the Chinese Kapitan Tay Kie Ki and served as a religious institutions as well as the official administrative centre and court of justice of the Kapitans. The temple’s architecture is reflective of temples from Southern China especially those from Fujian and Guangdong provinces as can be seen from the curved roof ridges and intricate gable design. The temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Her gold and red-robed statue can be found in the central prayer hall. To her left is Ma Zhu, the Goddess protector of fishermen and to her right is the Goddess of Birth. There are also smaller chambers devoted to ancestor worship with tablets bearing photographs of the deceased. Unlike other Chinese temples, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple does not have door gods at the main entrance but are guarded by the famous Eight Immortals. The walls of the prayer halls are painted with murals of the Eighteen Arhats, now encased behind glass as their depictions are fast disappearing under centuries of incense smoke. There are also stone tables within the grounds to memorialise special events with the oldest dated back to 1685 to commemorate Kapitan Lee Wei King’s donation of a piece of land to the Chinese community to be used as a burial ground.

Buddhism wooden engraving

Bukit Cina Bukit Cina, translated as Chinese Hill is the official settlement of the Chinese entourage that arrived with Princess Hang Li Po who married Sultan Mansur Shah of Malacca. Once an undulating jungle of three hills – the Bukit Tinggi, Bukit Gedong and Bukit Tempurong, it is now the largest Chinese cemetery outside China with many tombs dating back to the Ming Dynasty. It is also reputedly the oldest remaining traditional Chinese burial ground in the world – there are 12,500 graves with about 20 Muslim graves. Bukit Cina became a Chinese cemetery when the then Kapitan of Melaka, Lee Wei King bought the three hills from the Dutch and have them renamed San Bao Shan (Three Gems Hill) and placed it under the trust of the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. The original well ordered to be dug for the immigrants, the Hang Li Po’s Well (also known as Perigi Raja or King’s Well) is still here within the Poh San Teng Temple at the foot of Bukit Cina. The well never dries up even during droughts. Nowadays, this oldest well in Malaysia doubles as a wishing well. Bukit Cina

Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar Moorthi Temple The Sri Pogyatha Vinoyagar Moorthi Temple in Jalan Tokong or Temple Street is one of the oldest temples in Malaysia. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Vinoyagar (known as Ganesh in Malaysia), the deity with the elephant head. It was constructed by the Hindus in Melaka in the 1780s. It also has a portion dedicated to Lord Murugan, the brother of Lord Vinoyagar.

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A'Famosa Resort

A’Famosa Resort The only safari park in Malaysia where visitors can see wild animals like tigers, lions and sun bears at close proximity after passing a rough and bumpy jungle and crossing the Crocodile River.

A'Famosa Water World

Portuguese Village Also known as Mini Lisbon, it is located in Ujung Pasir, about 5km from the city of Melaka and near St. John’s Fort. There are around 1,500 villagers comprising of 116 Eurasian families who were of Portuguese descent that have taken root in Melaka – the centre of Portuguese culture in Malaysia. The village covers 13 acres – 8 acres are settlements while the rest are built with schools, golf and a children’s playground. Most of the people here still practise the language and culture of Portuguese and is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. The Portuguese settlement is extremely crowded and popular during Christmas with many visitors dropping by just to see the Christmas decorations and bask in the festive spirit.

Pulau Besar The largest island in Melaka covers an area of 133 hectares and is about 15km from the city, linked through water transport. Many historical elements are connected to the island especially those of Indian Muslim origin as well as legends of mermaids and princesses, and graves and shrines. The unspoiled beauty and sandy white beaches are the main attraction as well as other spotlights such as the Tomb of Sheikh Sultan AlIsmail Ariffin, stone skull, Jonag Cave, Keramat Snake, Goblins Village, Keramat Fresh Salt Palace, etc. Locals consider the island sacred.



There is also an Herbivore area where one can find sheep, camels, deer, zebras, giraffes and ostriches roam freely. Other attractions are animal, elephant and bird shows, camel and pony rides and a stroll through the walk area with the company of Tanzanian flamingos, black and white swans, Australian Bennett wallabies, North American raccoons and Malaysian tapirs. Others are:• A Dairy Farm with a herd of cows, chickens, ducks, kittens and puppies • Monkey Island inhabited by brown lemurs, squirrel monkeys, capuchins, white-handed gibbons and red-handed tamarins • Wild Wild West show starring cowboys and Red Indians on horseback • The Water World featuring water sports and recreational activities Animal World Safari Opening Times :

9.00am - 7.00pm (Monday to Sunday)

Water World Opening Times :

Admission Fees :

11.00am - 7.00pm (Monday to Friday) 9.00am - 8.00pm (Saturday, Sunday & Public / School Holidays) RM18 (adult) RM13 (child)

Cowboy Town Opening Times : Admission Fees :

evening RM20 (adult) RM10 (child)

Fresh Seafood at Umbai

Nyoya Kuih

Chicken Rice Ball

Peranakan Restaurant

A TASTE OF MELAKA The chicken rice ball is one of Melaka’s signature dishes. It is actually Hainanese chicken rice but unlike other states, the rice is shaped like a pingpong-sized ball. A trip to Melaka is deem incomplete without trying one. It is served with succulent steamed white chicken, chilli sauce or ginger paste. A defi nite must-eat is the Peranakan food by the Baba Nyonya. Many of their cuisines are infl uenced by Malay cuisines, seen from the use of typical Malay spices. The chicken kapitan, a dry chicken curry is totally different from the normal curry chicken as its gravy is thicker due to a far longer list of spices used. Other examples of Peranakan dishes are the swikee purwodadi (a frog soup), inchi kabin (Nyonya version of fried chicken),

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pongteh (savoury dish made from chicken, onions and fermented bean sauce and extremely wellknown among the Malaccan Nyonyas), etc. The Peranakans are also well-known for their wide varieties of Nyonya kuih (cake/dessert), many can be found throughout the country but those made by the Baba Nyonya are the best or authentic around. Nyonya kuih comes in many shapes, colours, textures, tastes and designs; fi lled, coated, wrapped, sliced or layered; steamed, boiled or baked. Although the list is almost endless, the common ingredients used to make them are coconut milk, grated coconut, screwpine (pandan) leaves, gula Melaka (a kind of palm sugar) and either rice fl our, tapioca fl our, mung bean fl our or glutinous fl our.

Satay celup, similar to fondue or regular steamboat but instead of dipping foodstuff into cheese or boiling soups/water, they are dipped into a boiling satay sauce. A very typical Malaccan dish.

Local Malay delicacies unique to Melaka such as the cencaluk which is made from fermented krills or small shrimps. Cencaluk can be bought along the roads near the Klebang Beach. Definitely an acquired taste but once you like it, you can swear by it! In the areas of Umbai, Pernu and Serkam, visitors can try out the freshly caught and freshly grilled ikan bakar (grilled fish).

Satay Celup

Melaka’s Portuguese influence can be found in one of its most famous dish, the Devils Curry (also known as curry debal in the Kristang language) which is a vinegar-soured spicy stew of meat and potatoes. Often served during Christmas but can be enjoyed in many Portuguese food restaurants. Others are like the Eurasian smore (beef stew), mulligatani soup, shepherd’s pie, sugee cake (made with semolina), etc which are all associated with Eurasians.

In Melaka’s Tanjung Keling, visitors can find a special invented snack very popular among locals called the roti john. Roti means bread and the word john was probably derived from the western influence in the dish – the baguette and tomato sauce. It is basically minced chicken or mutton served in a baguette or baguette-type bread along with onions, eggs, sardines, tomato and chilli sauces. It is then pan-fried and cut into portions. The Malaccan asam pedas is a traditional Malay food here. It is fish or seafood cooked in tamarind (asam) juices, chilli paste, turmeric, garlic, shallots, lemongrass shrimp paste and laksa leaves (daun kesum). Vegetables such as brinjals, lady’s fingers and tomatoes are also added. Sometimes fish head is used to mark a fish stew. Best taken with white rice. Asam Pedas

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Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall with upmarket designer shops, craft and souvenir market, and restaurants provide shoppers the most sensational shopping experience. In the middle of Melaka City Centre, Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes is a unique mixed development project consisting of retail, food and beverage and hospitality services. Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes linked to Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall thru a 2-storey air-conditioned retail link bridge, boasts a comprehensive shopping and lifestyle selection of outlets covering over 200 retail units. Mahkota Parade was the fi rst regional shopping centre located in the commercial and tourist centre situated in the heart of Melaka town. The centre serves as a key destination for major community events and exhibitions. Wan Aik Shoemaker, in Jalan Tokong, is a familyowned business for the past three generations specialising in bound feet shoes, all types of bead and leather shoes and sandals, all hand crafted and hand sewn. Jalan Hang Jebat & Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock Antique Shopping, in the heart of Chinatown, is a must-drop by place to stop for antiques; dusty old junks, ornaments, ancient relics and everything old. Treasures are aplenty in the nooks and crannies of these streets. Orangutan House in Lorong Hang Jebat is an art house, originally set up in 1992 as a studio by international artist Charles Cham. His avantgarde works are popular among westerners who come just for his works.

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Tan Kim Hock Product Centre in Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho offers over 100 authentic made-inMelaka food products such as coconut candy, gula Melaka, medicated nutmeg oil or cencaluk. Be amazed and bowled over by the rows and rows of products lining the warehouse-like property.

iSpa & Skin Therapy iSpa & Skin, a French influenced spa, beauty, aesthetics and wellness centre perfectly located at the Historical City of Melaka offers a complete range of exclusive services and signature treatments combined with the finest techniques and products ushered by skilled professionals will leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and revitalized with an experience beyond your imagination. At iSpa & Skin, each product and ingredient used is carefully handpicked by the Owner which includes products by top leading companies like EndyMed, EXIMIA and Académie Scientifique de Beauté. GLOW skin tightening and 3DEEP non-surgical face lifting treatment both by EndyMed are exclusively available. EXIMIA’s body contouring and weight loss treatments are also available. At this moment, the technology used in EXIMIA has no competition and real results are visible as early as the first session and most importantly, it is carried out comfortable with no pain and no side effects. Other servces offered at iSpa & Skin includes Hydrating skin treatments, Facials, Ovarian Therapy, Bust Treatment, Relaxing massages, Hot Stone Massage, Aroma Treatments and Slimming Treatments among others. Family’s travelling with kids will be greeted with a fascinating Children Spa where children’s are believed to be Phenomenal Individuals and Not Just Kids (PINK) - the first of its kind in town, making it an ideal harmonious escape for the family. Glamorous spa parties could be arranged for children and teens, not just focusing on outer beauty but cultivating self-confidence and high self-esteem.

Whether you are a local resident, expatriate or a tourist visiting Melaka, for a complimentary consultation on our services or products, feel free to call 06 284-iSpa (4772) or visit for more details.

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TRANSPORTATION By Rail • Batang Melaka Train Station and Tampin/ Pulau Sebang Train Station provide KTM Intercity train services. • Previously Melaka did not have a train station but travellers could go to the nearest station in Tampin (a town along the border of Melaka and Negeri Sembilan), about 38km north of Melaka. It has now been upgraded to the Seremban-Gemas-Johor Bahru electrifi ed double-tracking rail system, shortening raveling time. By Sea • Island boat services available to Pulau Besar from Umbai Jetty/Ampang Batu and to Pulau Upeh from the Tourist Information Jetty, Jalan Kota. • Ferries serving Melaka from Sumatera (Bengkalis, Dumai and Pekanbaru) land at Shahbandar Jetty near the Maritime Museum. From the jetty, travelers can board the Bus 17 or taxis into the city centre. By Air • Melaka International Airport, located 9km away from the city centre in Batu Berendam, offers direct fl ights to Penang and Indonesia (Pekan Baru). • Travelers can also fl y in from the KLIA, taking no more than two hours. • At present, the airport is served by Melaka Air, Wings Air and Riau Air. Melaka Air is a subsidiary of the Malaccan State Government and fl ies to Subang Airport and Medan in Indonesia while Wings air operates fl ights

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from Pekan Baru in Indonesia a few times per week. By Road Main entry to Melaka is via the Ayer Keroh exit on the North-South Expressway as well as two other exits at Alor Gajah and Jasin. By Bus • Buses from Melaka Sentral Terminal travel to almost all areas such as the historical areas of Mahkota Parade, Melaka Raya and the Portuguese Settlement. The Melaka town bus (Number 17) that travels around the historical areas can be boarded here. • There are also express buses travelling in and to Kuala Lumpur (2 hours), Johor Bahru (3½ hours), Singapore (4½ hours), Kuala Terengganu (8 hours), Kota Bahru (10 hours), etc. From Kuala Lumpur, all south-bound buses such as to Melaka can be boarded at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) at Bandar Tasik Selatan.

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Penyabong Beach Teluk Buih Beach


Pulau Rawa

Endau-Rompin National Park


Gunung Ledang National Park


Pulau Aur

Pulau Besar

Mersing Jetty


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Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum

Ulu Tiram Estate

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Abode of Dignity The southern gateway to Malaysia, Johor has a wide range of attractions spans from the vibrant Johor Bahru city centre to its lushes green forest, the scenic view from the mountain, cascading waterfalls and stretches of white sandy beaches and sparkling waters for exciting water sports. Johor is the third largest state in Peninsula Malaysia with a diversity of natural treasures. Precious Stones is what Johor signifies, being derived from the Arabic word Jauhar. The state capital, Johor Bahru is the hub of business, transportation and entertainment. It is also famous for its historical buildings and impressive architecture.

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Legoland Malaysia Theme Park Located in Iskandar Malaysia, this Legoland is the first in Asia and the sixth in the world. The Park offers more than 40 rides with different varieties of shows, events and attractions. It has seven themed areas. The Miniland is the centrepiece of all where Asian landmarks are recreated using more than 30 million Lego bricks. An interactive world on a scale of 1:20, trains, people and aeroplanes can come to life at the touch of a button. Another attraction is the Legoland Water Park which can be enjoyed on its own or combined with the theme park with more than 20 slides and water based attractions with 70 Lego models. Children can also customise their own rafts made from Lego soft bricks. Legoland Malaysia

Sanrio Hello Kitty

Royal Abu Bakar Museum The building was constructed in 1866 following the Renaissance style under the supervision of a European architect. It was commissioned by the late Sultan Abu Bakar. It is located within the palace grounds at the north of the Sultan Johor’s Grand Palace and is one of the oldest buildings in Johor. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the grand lifestyle of the royal family from the silverware, ornaments and souvenirs by dignitaries that are being displayed.

Mawar Gallery Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, the first Hello Kitty theme park outside of Japan, consists of various walkthrough attractions, interactive activities and rides which follow the Hello Kitty theme. The park’s highlights include Black Wonder, a state-of-the-art interactive themed experience and Kitty House, an iconic Hello Kitty house complete with living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Visitors can enjoy costume dress up, decorate their nails with Sanrio characters nail art and the making of their own jewellery, Hello Kitty shaped cookies and Hello Kitty doll at the Wishful Studio.



The first in Malaysia, the Mawar Gallery is housed in a century-old building. It showcases the famous ladies of Johor especially those who publicly contributed to the knowledge and achievements of Johor. There are portraits of past Sultanahs of Johor from 1886 until present day and ladies of the Royal Family and grand ladies of Johor, including one of the famous Princess of Gunung Ledang.

Ulu Tiram Estate The Ulu Tiram Estate, about 26km northeast of Johor Bahru, is a rubber plantation estate that is open to visitors. Visitors can view the rubber trees, watch how latex is tapped and processed for export. Additionally, they can also see how a palm oil factory operates, how oil is extracted and refined to form the base for everyday products such as soap, margarine and cosmetics.

UK Farm UK Farm is located in UK Agro Resort situated in the southern part of Johor. Being Malaysia’s largest goat and sheep farm, UK farm with 100 acres of grazing land for 4,000 sheep is a selfsufficient integrated farm practising the most modern techniques in goat and sheep rearing. The farm also comprise of a 15 acres of passion fruit and an on-site passion fruit manufacturing station. It is an ideal destination for visitors to gain an authentic and memorable farm experience and enjoy various recreational activities that are rarely found in the city.

UK Agro farm

Danga Bay Danga Bay is Malaysia’s premier waterfront city and the first and largest mixed residentialcommercial development in Johor Bahru. It spreads across 1,800 acres of land with 25km of waterfront shoreline. Some of the attractions are:• The Festive Street Mall is Malaysia’s first ever purpose-built shopping street with 280 retail lots. • The Danga Park houses a children’s pool and playground. • The Cultural Centre displays the diverse ethnicities of Malaysia. • The Danga City Mall is a five-storey contemporary shopping complex. • The Danga World Petting Zoo exhibits a wide variety of bird species, monitor lizards and animals for public viewing. • Fine dining at a variety of themed and international restaurants. Danga Bay

Desaru Fruit Farm

Desaru Desaru, around 100km from Johor Bahru, is a very popular destination. The word Desaru means casuarinas and these trees can be seen along the beaches, among the best of Johor. Desaru Fruit Farm is packed with over 100 varieties of tropical fruits, 10 species of plants, a petting zoo, koi fish pond, etc. Visitors can try out and purchase local fruits such as honey oranges, water guavas, jackfruits, soursops and above all, the durians.

Fisherman Museum Fisherman Museum in Tanjung Balau which displays many artefacts related to fishing such as fishing nets and tackles, and authentic replicas of the tools used, gaily decorated traditional boats, rafts and fishing vessels used by local fishermen.

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Beaches Penyabong Beach was once known as Pirates Sandy Beach because pirates chose the beach as their hideout due to its peaceful coast and the availability of fresh water. About 36km from the town of Mersing, it offers many activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping or jungle trekking. Visitors can also visit some Malay villages, join an island excursion or visit the kelong (fish farm).

Air Papan is synonymous with the Air Papan Festival, held on May 1st every year. About 12km north of Mersing, the beach is popular among picnickers.

Minyak Beku may not be suitable for swimming but it is an excellent fishing spot for those who wish to indulge in relaxed fishing. There is an old fishing village nearby, an unused quarry, an Orang Asli settlement and the Segenting Chinese fishing village which makes interesting stops. Teluk Mahkota Beach with its near seclusion nature is a favourite among those who wish to spend quiet moments with sand, sea and the sun. Its constant strong winds and favourable waves also make it an ideal spot for windsurfing. Teluk Sari is quieter than the rest but offers its own charms. At low tide, one can walk across the sand all the way to two small islands offshore or see clammers busy with rakes and buckets, collecting fresh clams right off the beach. Ideal for visitors to see idyllic village life. Teluk Ramunia is a popular tourist destination with a sea sports centre renting out various water sports equipment. Activities to be enjoyed include kayaking, canoeing and jet-skiing. Visitors looking for more relaxed activities can try the bicycle rides to enjoy the nostalgic kampung scenery or explore the nearby towns of Sungai Rengit that serve the fishing community. Teluk Buih, named after the foamy white surf that lands on its shores, offers a sheltered stretch of fine sand and is popular among picnickers. Teluk Endau Beach, a newly discovered beach about 49km from the town of Kota Tinggi, is a preferred choice for those seeking tranquility and serenity. Plenty of fresh water supply from the wells too.

Kayaking at Sibu Island



Snorkelling at Rawa Island

Islands Besar Island (Pulau Besar), one of the finest islands on the South China Sea off the coast of Mersing, Johor, Malaysia. D'coconut Island Resort is a tropical paradise situated on the Besar Island that surrounded by many beautiful islands. The island is located within a marine park with crystal clear water, fine white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs ideal for snorkelling, diving and water sports activities. Rawa Island is a coral island off Johor’s east coast, 16km by boat or daily ferry service from Mersing. Visitors come here for its unspoiled white sandy beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving. The island has no proper roads, which is also part of its originalities. Rawa refers to white doves, which are many in Rawa Island. The clear water attracts many sea and land creatures such as neon-coloured fishes, squids, jellyfish, Malayan sea eagles, blacktip reef sharks or octopuses. Wooden chalets are built amongst the coconut groves, a feast for the eyes and provide a perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Sibu group of islands comprising the Sibu Besar, Sibu Tengah, Sibu Kukus and Sibu Hujung islands is one of the more developed islands off the East Coast of Johor. Its fine white sandy beaches with calm and quiet atmosphere prove to be the perfect choice for a relaxing and laid back vacation.

Gunung Ledang The 1276 metre legendary Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir is located in the Muar district. Climbers, campers and picnickers will be greeted by views of beautiful flora and fauna and spectacular waterfalls and they might be rewarded with marvellous views of the Straits of Malacca and the Sumatran coastline.

Diving over Coral Reefs Gunung Ledang

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Endau Rompin National Park The Endau-Rompin National Park is the second national park after the Taman Negara. Covering an area of around 92,000 hectares, it sits between the states of Pahang and Johor and encompasses the rivers Endau and Rompin and home to vast species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and exotic varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. The Buaya Sangkut Waterfall and Mahkota Waterfalls provide ideal spots for picnics, botany and nature studies, bird watching and photography. Nature students would love the unusual flora found here such as the famous fan palm of the Livistona Endauensis variety, clinging bamboo, walking stick palm, toadstools and orchids.

Endau Rompin National Park is Johor's largest National Park

Wildlife watching – tigers, elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, bear cats, hornbills, deer, argus pheasants, white-handed gibbons (the only ape species in the region), etc. See the Mussaendra Mutabilis which is a woody climbing plant with fragrant flowers used in traditional clothes and hair scents, see with own eyes the famous pitcher plant that traps insects with its water-filled sacs or millions of ants making ant homes within the Ant Plant. 26km of jungle trails within the park, the well-trodden is the grueling 16km trails from Kuala Jasin to Batu Hampar and Buaya Sangkut with numerous rapids crossings. At Buaya Sangkut, the reward is the enchanting waterfall.

Mussaendra Mutabilis at Endau Rompin National Park

Swim in the clear and cool rivers of the forest or try some fishing camp and spend the nights in the wild in the four campsites catering for 250300 visitors located at Kuala Jasin, Batu Hampar, Upeh Guling and Marong. Endau Rompin is also home to the Orang Asli (Jakun tribe). Visitors can drop by Kampung Peta near the park’s entrance to find out about how these people survive and protect themselves in the wilderness, participate in their recreational activities or simply listen to their mesmerising tales of the jungle.

Boat Ride through very calm waters of Endau River



As part of environment protection, only limited areas of the park are opened for ecotourism. Entry to the Park requires a special permit from the Johor National Park Corporation.

Briyani Rice


Mee Bandung

Laksa Johor

Laksa Johor is a coconut fish based spicy soup which is almost synonymous with Johor. Some of the other ingredients used are dried prawns, lemongrass, kerisik, galangal and other curry spices. The common garnishing are slices of onions, beansprouts, daun kesum (Vietnamese coriander), cucumber and pickled white radish. Laksa Johor is unique because it uses spaghetti instead of the regular rice noodles or vermicelli. In olden days, it is eaten by hand with the noodles knitted into a disk for each serving. Nasi Briyani Gam is a rice dish that originates from Batu Pahat. The nasi briyani gam is cooked by sealing both the rice and meat in a pot using starch or gam so that the meat juices infuse the rice grains. Mee Bandung is a noodle dish that comprises of beef slices, prawns, dried shrimps, tomatoes, a boiled egg and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts.

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Lontong Johor is compressed rice cubes with vegetables that are cooked in coconut soup. This dish usually served with hardboiled eggs and chilli. Johor Soto Ayam is a soup normally served with either lontong (rice cakes) or yellow noodles, accompanied by shredded chicken, fried peanuts, potato cutlerts, onions, coriander and the allimportant sambal kicap. Otak-otak is a common street food in Malaysia but the otak-otak from Muar has earned a stream of loyalists all over. Otak-otak is seasoned fish mixed with a variety of spices and blended with coconut milk. The paste is then wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled until aromatic and cooked. The word otak means brain, possible derived from the look of the dish, soft and squishy, that resembles brains. The Muar version is spicy while those from Gelang Patah are sweet. Penganan kacau keledek is a Johorean dessert usually reserved for Johor monarch and elites. Made from sweet potatoes, many, many eggs (at least 40), fresh coconut milk and a lot of sugar. The ingredients are then mixed together and stirred on simmering heat for at least 4 hours. Telur pindang refers to eggs boiled together with herbs and spices which are popular during wedding feasts in Johor. Javanese and Bugis-influenced food are plenty in Johor due to the high number of Javanese and Bugis settlers. Burasak is a Buginese food found in Johor which is usually made during festive seasons such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Haji. Burasak is made of rice and coconut milk cooked in wrapped banana leaves and boiled for at least 4 hours. Examples of Javanese influenced food are nasi ambeng, bontrot and lontong.

Nasi ambeng is white rice prepared with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, salted fish, etc. Nasi ambeng is popular during festive seasons and is served in a tray to be enjoyed by a few people. Another example of Javanese-influenced cuisine is a sauce called pecel, made from chilli, peanuts, tamarind and coconut sugar and is usually served with boiled vegetables.




Beyh, a special beverage served as a welcome drink in the courts of the Johorean royalty during the reigns of Sultan Sir Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Sri Abu bakar (1895-1959). It is brewed with special aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, star anise, kaffir lime and screwpine leaves. Now, people can also enjoy a sip of royalty, for example during special food festivals when the tea is celebrated.

Johor Premium Outlet


Johor Premium Outlets, located in Kulaijaya, offer designer labels and brand names merchandise at savings of up to 25% to 65% daily. The first and only luxury premium outlet in Southeast Asia, it houses 80 stores in a 173,000 sq ft area. Aeon Tebrau City Shopping Centre is the biggest in Johor, housing the massive Aeon Departmental Store and mid to high end retail outlets and restaurants. Only around 15 minutes’ drive from the Causeway. KSL City Mall is an integrated development resort comprises of 500 retail outlets, 1,000 hotel rooms, 602 condominiums and 2,800 car parks. About a 10-minute drive from the Johor checkpoint, it has 500 retailers and eight cinema halls over four levels.

The new Komtar JBCC Mall scheduled to open in mid-2014, will house the first Angry Birds Activity Park (26,000 sq ft) in Southeast Asia and over 400,000 sq ft of retail shops. There will also be a direct pedestrian link to the Johor checkpoint and Johor Baru City Square at the eastern end as well as a direct pedestrian bridge to Persada Johor International Convention Centre at the western end. Sutera Mall, in Taman Sutera Utama, sits on a 1,000 acres of township development. The star attraction is the community library called MyLibrary at the Malls’ 3,510 sq m East Wing which was opened in November 2013, featuring about 50,000 books and 5,000 audio-visual titles. The Mall also houses more than 400 retailers spread over three floors. Danga City Mall, a 7-level shopping mall, is located within a 2km driving radius of Johor Bahru city centre. It is accessible via an overbridge to the KTM Johor Bahru Station and to the CIQ Complex. The Zon, a duty free haven, is around 10 minutes’ drive from the Causeway and offers the widest selection of duty free goods in southern Malaysia such as liquor, cigarettes, chocolates, perfumes and branded goods.

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TRANSPORTATION By Road • Accessible via the North-South Expressway with exits at Skudai, Kempas, Jalan Pasir Gudang or Johro Bahru. The Federal Route 3 also links Johor Bahru with east coast towns of Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bahru via Kota Tinggi and Mersing. The west coast’s coastal roads can be assessed from Pontian. • Travellers from Singapore can enter Johor by road and rail via the Causeway and Second Link from Tuas passing through Gelang Patah. By Air Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia operate flights from Kuala Lumpur and other destinations to the Senai International Airport. International travellers can fly in via Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu or Kuching. The airport also connects Johor Bahru to the Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang as well as flights to most Indonesian destinations. By Sea Ferry services are available from Changi Point in Singapore to Tanjung Belungkor Ferry Terminal near Desaru, which is around 115km by road from Johor Bahru. It offers

an alternative entry point from neighbouring countries to Desaru, Kota Tinggi. Others are the Stulang Duty Free Trade Zone Ferry Terminal and the Kukup Ferry Terminal. High speed ferry services are also available from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the Sebana Resort and Marina.

By Bus • Long distance buses from and to Johor Bahru and other places depart from the Larkin Bus Terminal, around 4km north of the Causeway and is the largest public transportation terminal. • Two major bus stops at Jalan Wong Ah Fook where visitors can take buses to many parts of the city and suburbs, even as far as Kota Tinggi and Kulai. By Rail • Johor Bahru Railway Station is located about a 5 minute walk north from the Malaysian checkpoint. • KTM trains ply the Singapore / Johor Bahru / Northern Peninsular Malaysia routes.

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Mount Hantu Besar


JELEBU Kuala Klawang Homestay Adat Museum

De Bana Recreational Forest


Broga Nilai 3 Wholesale Centre



Craft Complex

Pelenggong Homestay

Ulu Bendul Recreational Forest

Mount Angsi

The Royal Museum of Seri Menanti

State Museum & Cultural Handicraft Complex

Pachitan Homestay

Army Museum


Wet World Pedas Hot Springs



Rembau Crystal

Mount Datuk Recreational Forest

Mount Tampin


Lubok China

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Negeri Sembilan

The Special Abode The Minangkabaus hold the key to the history and uniqueness of Negeri Sembilan resembled by the Minangkabau architecture of sweeping roof design resembling the horns of a buffalo.

Negeri Sembilan literally means nine states as there were once nine separate districts under the rule of nine separate Malay chieftains. Negeri Sembilan's capital city, Seremban, a busy commercial and rapidly growing district is just a mere 50km away from Kuala Lumpur. Negeri Sembilan was settled between the 15th and the 16th century by the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra who migrated to the region during the height of the Malay Sultanate in Malacca. The rich cultural heritage of the Minangkabau is still being practiced till today in the form of the fascinating Adat Perpatih, a matrilineal system of rule and inheritance, especially in the customs of marriage, ownership of property and dance forms.

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Banana Boat Ride at Port Dickson Beach

Port Dickson A journey to Port Dickson is incomplete without a visit to the beachside as it is among the most popular beaches on the Peninsular’s west coast due to easy and near accessibility. Possessing a coastline of up to 18km, Port Dickson offers many activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, banana boats, parasailing and paintball. It was in Port Dickson that the first competitive sailing was introduced. The Admiral Marina and Leisure Club offer comprehensive facilities for yachters such as moorage, brokerage or boat repairs while the royal Port Dickson Yacht Club has plenty of facilities for members. The Club is also capable of accommodating optimist and laser crafts.

Beautiful Night Scene of Port Dickson

Famous beaches: The 1.8km Teluk Kemang Beach is the most wellknown to tourists and locals. It is jam packed with tens of thousands of visitors every week, more so during holidays and weekends. There are basic facilities such as public bathrooms and toilets or car parks as well as stalls selling all kinds of souvenirs. The beach’s attractive landscape is a puller with lifeguards on standby to ensure public’s safety. The Blue Lagoon Beach is a must-visit while there, located around 15km off Port Dickson town. An ideal spot for boating, wind surfing, water skiing and of course, swimming. Saujana Beach lies along Port Dickson’s 4th mile. Its 1km beach stretch starts from Avillion Beach Resort until Cahaya Negeri Beach. It is known for its sandy beaches of powdery texture and gentle seas. The limited water sports help to preserve the beach’s tranquillity.

Strolling along Port Dickson Beach

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Port Dickson Beach

Port Dickson Water Sports

Cahaya Negeri Beach is situated between the 5th and 6th mile of Port Dickson. Many resorts, hotels and apartments can be found here, offering natural beauty, amenities and tranquillity. There are also a recreational park occupying a small cape at the eastern edge and a wooden bridge that leads to a small mangrove island (Pulau Burung or Bird Island). As the name suggests, Pantai Sri Purnama or Moonlight Beach is a more secluded beach at Port Dickson's 9th mile, away from the busy main road and hidden behind secondary forest and apartment blocks. Its peaceful environment is a hit with couples who seek a romantic mood especially in the evenings. Much of the beach is lined with thick vegetation, hence the tranquil surroundings as well as the lack of major resorts and hotels. The seawaters are clean and pristine with pretty rock formations that can be seen during low tides.

Port Dickson Marina

Other beaches in Port Dickson are the Bagan Pinang Beach, Tanjung Gemuk Beach, Teluk Pelanduk Beach and Pantai Cermin Beach.

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Army Museum

Wet World Pedas Hot Spring The little town of Pedas has long been famous for its hot springs where people throng the place to enjoy the hot spring waters which are believed to contain minerals with healing and therapeutic properties. The Water Park enables families to enjoy the hot springs and have fun together.

Port Dickson Army Museum Located about 7km from Port Dickson town next to a military base, the army museum is a property of the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces. It is housed in two old army buildings and has 9 galleries and a number of outdoor exhibits. The museum traces the history of the army through 16th century Malacca to the Portuguese, Dutch and British eras up to the present modern Malaysian army. Some of the attractions are a gallery featuring the Japanese invasion and occupation of the country and items from that period, the mockup underground network of tunnels used by the communists during the Emergency period as well as a gallery on modern army and its peacetime roles such as UN peacekeeping missions. Besides the museum buildings, the spacious grounds also house decommissioned military vehicles like planes, tanks and artillery guns, armoured vehicles, a steam locomotive named Alor Gajah and a memorial fountain dedicated to soldiers who have served through Malaysia’s wear history. Port Dickson was the first home to the Malay Regiment in 1933 and as such, there are many precious documents for viewing too.

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Some of the attractions are the two open-air common pools filled with hot spring water which are excellent for a good soak, the kembar or twin slides, a wave pool and a reflexology footpath. Those who seek privacy can opt for the private bathtubs. Camping is also available.

New Islamic Relation Centre New Islamic Relation Centre is a newly built activity centre that provides opportunity for Chinese Muslims to deepen the knowledge of Islam and the various social and community activities. It is a landmark in Negeri Sembilan, located at Jalan Ahmad Mufti, Rahang Square, Seremban, and it is the first complex of its kind in the country. The architectural designs resemble the concept of the Mosque of Xian in China, complete with a pagoda and tower. The complex provides a place for new Muslims/ converts to deepen and strengthen the understanding of Islam by praying together, attending Quran classes and community activities. It consists of variety facilities include the Multipurpose Hall, Banquet Hall, Meeting Room, Faith Room, VIP Room, Main Prayer Hall, Office Space, Hostel and Quarter Missionary.

Jelita Ostrich Farm The 4.2 hectare Jelita Ostrich Farm is located on a 75 hectare site and is the first ever ostrich farm in Malaysia. Visitors not only can see how ostriches are reared but also gain insight on everything about the bird. There are also fun and entertaining activities such as ostrich riding and a monkey show. The farm also serves ostrich satay and showcases animals like deer, camels and breeds belonging to the cow family. Visitors can get to experience first-hand the correct way to pick up an ostrich egg. An eye-opening experience is the hard strong ostrich egg will not even break when a man stands on it.

Headgear at Kuala Pilah

Seri Menanti Museum

Products made from ostrich such as face cream, hand and body lotions, face wash and soaps are also available for sale. Or buy a few ostrich souvenirs and some ostrich meat.

State Museum Garden

Ostrich Farm

Kuala Klawang Adat (Customs) Museum The Adat Museum is located in the quaint small town of Kuala Klawang in the picturesque Jelebu district of Negeri Sembilan. This Museum consists of many cultural artefacts such as handcrafted antique, community heirlooms and headgears. At the front entrance is a giant model of a traditional malay headdress. There are also charts and explanations on the state’s Adat Perpatih matrilineal system, origin and practices. In addition, there are also explanations and descriptions on the customs and practices of the various races in the country, for example, the dos and don’ts when visiting a Malay house, Baba and

Nyonya customs, Orang Asli blowpipes and darts or a mock-up of the interior of an Iban’s longhouse. There is also a gallery that showcases the traditional occupations such as paddy cultivation, rubber rapping, mining, fishing, etc.

Royal Museum Of Seri Menanti The museum was built around 1902-1905 and was originally a palace for the Negeri Sembilan royal family. It is located in the royal town of Seri Menanti, about 50km from the state capital of Seremban. The five-storey wooden palace was built without using nails or screws. Wooden pegs were used so that the building could withstand the times. Using 99 solid timber pillars and standing at 65 feet, the palace is black in colour with beautiful flower motifs. The most distinct feature is the dominant Minangkabau influence which is a must-see in the state. Today it houses royal exhibits such as costumes, ceremonial weaponry, bed chambers and documents on the Royal lineage.

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Jeram Waterfall

Ulu Bendul


Recreational Forests

Jeram Toi Waterfalls, located between Seremban and Kuala Kelawang is popular among local families. It was said to have been discovered by the British in 1895. There are 4 levels of waterfalls and they are refreshing and cool. There is also a series of stairs connecting the peak and foot of the mountain, only for those with high stamina.

Jeram Tengkek Recreational Forest, around 75km from Seremban or 30km from Kuala Pilah/Bahau is located in the Serting Forest Reserve. It is rich with a wide variety of plants and rocky landscape. The fast flowing Jempol and Tanun rivers have created natural pools with the famous Tengkek waterfall within the forest. Visitors can also see some aboriginal settlements nearby.

The Lata Kijang Waterfall, within the Kenaboi Forest Reserve in Jelebu is considered one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Malaysia. It is called Kijang Jatuh by the Orang Asli. Deep in the jungle, it is accessible by four-wheel drive on a two-hour trip through rugged terrain, passing Orang Asli settlements, small villages and an abundance of wild plants. The breathtakingly sights are worth the journey. Within the forest reserve is the Gunung Hantu Besar, the highest mountain in Negeri Sembilan (1,462m). The rare Raja Brooke Birdwing butterflies can also be found here.

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Ulu Bendul Recreation Forest at the foot of Mount Angsi is a popular destination to relax by the river, with a small waterfall and places for camping, jungle trekking, fishing and swimming. The forest is estimated to be around 130 million years old. Besides Mount Angsi, there is a river called the Batang Terachi River that is flanked by masses of boulders that create a natural dam along the river flow. Ulu Serting Recreational Forest is located about 72km from Seremban, also within the Serting Forest Reserve. The waterfalls are mild but it is a pleasant place for an outing.

Pasir Panjang Recreational Forest is located within the 13-hectare forest reserve at Kampung Teluk, a coastal village in Port Dickson. A favourite family outing place. Lenggeng Recreational Forest is around a 30 minutes’ drive from Seremban. Main attractions are the waterfall, forest, playground, bridges, pathways and picnic gazebos. Gunung Tampin Recreational Forest, around 53km from Seremban is near Tampin with facilities such as pools, a jungle trail and resting places. Tampin

Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest has an altitude of 880m above sea level. Journey to the top of the mountain takes around 3 hours, trekking through the wilderness. There is also a small, crystal clear stream at the foot of the mountain. De Bana Recreational Forest in the Pasoh Forest Reserve has many herbal plants of medicinal properties such as the Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah. Available activities are camping, rock climbing and mountain climbing. Batu Maloi Recreational Forest, located around 35km from Kuala Pilah is great for those loving exploration and trekking. It houses the Batu Maloi Cave which was formed beneath the masses of large rocks with a crystal clear stream passing through the stones at the floor of the cave.

Sungai Linggi River Safari The safari refers to a leisure cruise down Sungai Linggi from the Tanjung Agas Jetty (about 30km from Port Dickson). Visitors can watch crocodiles basking in the sun on the river banks and if cruising at night, the fireflies. Fish and shrimps can be found in the waters while crabs, mudskippers, monitor lizards, otters and monkeys can be seen on the river banks. Part of the cruise includes a visit to Pak Zainal who breeds mollusks naturally. Visitors can also try out the nipah fruit. Towards evening, visitors can also watch the thousands of migratory birds flying by.

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Homestay at Negeri Sembilan

Homestay Programmes Visitors wishing for a more localised holiday can participate in a homestay programme to experience the local lifestyles. Submersed in the serenity of life at picturesque Malay villages, learn the cottage industries such as traditional handicraft, weaving, traditional sugar-making, even play some outdoor games like sepak takraw or participate in local dances and celebrations. Homestays include accommodation at the foster family’s home with meals and participation in a myriad of activities depending on the location and culture of the village concerned. There are many homestays in Negeri Sembilan and some of them are:Pelegong Homestay in Labu, Seremban allows you to be part of the household by joining them in their daily activities such as rubber tapping, cooking, handicraft making and cultural dances. Pachitan Homestay is in the Port Dickson district. Participants can experience living in the kampung (village) of a farmer, participate in the state’s traditional dances, customs and culture. Kampung Lonek was once a champion for most beautiful village competition and its Homestay Programme no doubt is something to look forward to. The village work the paddy fields, tend to fruit orchards and run several cottage industries producing handicrafts from rattan, pandan, mengkuang and bamboo, soy and chilli sauces and a local delicacy called tempe which is made from soybeans.

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Seremban Siew Pau


Masak Lemak Cili Api

Seremban is well-known for the Masak Lemak Cili Api which is beef, chicken or fi sh is simmered in coconut milk with extra hot bird eye chilli and aromatic herbs and served with steamed white rice. Many visitors are known to travel all the way to the Seremban town just for a taste of its beef noodles, served with thick gravy and sprinkled with peanuts, salted vegetables, spring onions and sesame seeds.

Lemang is made from glutinous rice and coconut milk that are placed in young bamboo stems lined with banana leaves and roasted over a slow open fi re.

The Seremban Siew Pau is famous all over the country but visitors must try them when in its birthplace of Seremban in Negeri Sembilan. Siew pau refers to a type of baked pastry bun with meat fi llings, it can be pork, chicken, curry chicken or vegetarian. Best eaten when piping hot, it is a snack not to be missed when you are in Seremban town. Shops selling them are scattered all over but the original is found in Pasar Besar Negeri Sembilan called the Empayar Seremban Siew Pou which has branches all over Seremban. Air Jando Pulang is a delicious mix of young coconut juice and fl esh as well as palm syrup.

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Palm Mall, the newest in the state and set to be opened in early 2014 is Seremban’s largest shopping mall. Located at the entrance of Kemayan Square, some of the highlights of the mall are a Cineplex with 3D screens, fi tness centre, fashion stores, al fresco cafes and restaurants. Comprising fi ve levels, it has a net lettable area of 450,000 sq ft. Seremban Prima is probably the most popular in Negeri Sembilan for locals to purchase their necessities and also notably known for Parkson, its anchor tenant. Recently completed asset enhancement works, the Mall sits within close proximity to the popular Lake Gardens, the town’s KTM station and main bus terminal. Nilai 3 Wholesale Centre is the place to source for affordable locally made products which is also the largest wholesale centre in Malaysia. Vast majority are textiles but there are also furniture, carpets, garden equipment, luggage, apparel or car accessories.

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Rembau Crystal, the largest crystal village in Malaysia, is home to many types of crystals and crystal-made decorations. Visitors can marvel at the stunning Minangkabau architecture of the village as well as observing the process of crystalmade materials production. Nilai Square is located in Bandar Baru Nilai, not far from Nilai 3. It has 165 double-storey shop houses linked via covered walkways, offering clothes and fabrics at low prices, as well as house decorative items, shoes, bags and furniture.

TRANSPORTATION By Bus Main bus terminal is located at Terminal One Mall which provides bus services to residents from Bahau, Gemas and Tampin as well as frequent express bus services to and from Seremban, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka. By Road • The Federal Route 1, oldest major roadway connecting major towns and cities in Peninsular’s west coast runs through Seremban and connects it with neighbouring towns like Rembau and Tampin to the south, Kajang to the north, Kuala Klawang and Kuala Pilah to the east and the famous Port Dickson to the west.

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By Rail • Seremban Railway Station is one of the major stops along the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore railway line. It is also the southern terminal of KTM’s electrified commuter network, the KTM Komuter which links Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley through the Rawang-Seremban Line. • Seremban is linked by train to Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore while Gemas links it by rail to the east coast states.

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MAP OF LABUAN Labuan Chimney Museum LABUAN Sabah

Labuan Bird Park

Pohon Batu Beach


Kampung Batu Manikar Pancur Hitam Beach

Layang-Layangan Beach

Kampung Layang- Layangan Kilan Agricultural Park

Surrender Point & Peace Park

Homestay Kampung Sungai Labu

Homestay Kampung Bukit Kuda

Labuan Spots Complex Labuan Airport

Homestay Kampung Patau-Patau II

Labuan International Ferry Terminal Bebuloh Water Village

Blue Water Wreck

Labuan Golf Country Club

Botanical Garden

World War Memorial II


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Labuan Square

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Pulau Kuraman


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Labuan Marine Park Australian Wreck

Pulau Rusukan Kecil Pulau Rusukan Besar

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Pulau Daat


The Federal Territory of Labuan Labuan is Malaysia’s only deep water anchorage at the mouth of Brunei Bay and is a strategic stopover for travellers crossing between Brunei and Sabah.

Labuan is located 8km off the Borneo coast in East Malaysia. Its name is derived from the Malay word pelabuhan or labuhan which translates to port or anchorage. Labuan is made up of the main island of Labuan and six small islands namely Pulau Rusukan Besar, Pulau Rusukan Kecil, Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Burong, Pulau Papan and Pulau Daat. This beautiful island has progressed from an unassuming coastal settlement to a modern trade centre with a flourishing business and leisure community. The Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) was created in October 1990 to establish Labuan as Malaysia’s only offshore financial centre.

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Labuan has an array of interesting sights such as natural and historical attractions which include wreck diving, war memorials, historical tours and homestays. Pristine beaches in this island also offer excellent opportunities for water sports and recreational activities. There are many popular events held throughout the year showcasing Labuan’s historical, cultural and natural heritage and attract international and domestic visitors to the island every year.

Labuan International Golf Club (LIGC) A brand new golf club in Labuan, Labuan International Golf Club (LIGC) opened in 2013 is the new exciting 18-hole championship golf club offering a relaxing golfing experience to fellow islanders, businessman and visitors. The course is the only 18-holes golf course on the Pearl of Borneo constructed and maintained by Saujana Scape & Greens Sdn Bhd for Labuan Corporation and designed by renowned Australian Architect, Ted Parslow of EG Parslow. This beautifully landscaped 18-hole course sits on 80.98 hectares of hilly ground bordered by magnificent view of South China Sea and cooling greenery that is sure to impress golfers as they make their way across the fairways. A truly unbelievable gem in East Malaysia!

War Memorial

Labuan War Memorial The Labuan War Memorial serves as the final resting place for 3908 war heroes including Australian, British, Punjabi and New Zealand servicemen as well as local heroes who fought and fell during World War 2 is located along Jalan Tanjung Batu. This beautifully landscaped memorial garden was constructed and is maintained by the Commonwealth Graves Commission. The manicured lawns are dotted with rows of white headstones that mark the graves while panels on the colonnade bear the names, military positions and death ages of every soldier interned here. On the first Sunday of November every year, a Remembrance Day is held here and is attended by war veteran groups coming as far as Australia to honour and remember the fallen servicemen.

Labuan International Golf Club



Labuan Old Chimney

Peace Park

Peace Park & Surrender Point Peace Park at Layang-Layangan is located close to Surrender Point, the place where the 32nd Japanese Southern Army surrendered to the 9th Australian Imperial Forces on September 9th, 1945. The Peace Park is built by the Japanese as a memorial of the war. It is also a tribute to those who sacrificed during World War II. A huge manmade mound stands at the main entrance acting as a focal point with a bronze plaque commemorating the surrender/end of World War II. The Japanese Surrender Point is another historically importance of Labuan. As the name suggests, it is where the Japanese officially surrendered Labuan to the Australians in charge. It is in a small park near Timbalai overlooking the South China Sea on the western side of Labuan. Lieutenant General Masao Bab officially handed his sword as a sign of handover to Major General George Wootten during the ceremony, marking the end of World War II in Borneo. Another historical significance of the area is that it is where the trials of the first war crime were conducted in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Surrender Point

Tanjung Kubong Tunnel & The Chimney Situated at the northern tip of Labuan Island, the Tanjung Kubong Tunnel is a historical site and also the location where the famous and mysterious chimney stands high. The tunnel was once a busy coal mining site for more than half a century. The expansive network of underground tunnels was operated by various British companies for 64 years. What remains today are pits and tunnels of yesteryears, old bricks and pieces of rail tracks and rusted cables scattered on the ground. Visitors can access the tunnel with a short rope and come out at the top but must be attempted with great care. The Chimney stands at 106-feet high and is built with more than 23,000 pieces of red bricks imported from England. The mystery revolves around the Chimney attract visitors around the world and it became a popular landmark in Labuan. A world renowned environmental organisation, the Green Apple Organisation awarded the Chimney with the Green Apple Award for Architectural Heritage as recognition to the effort of Labuan Corporation to maintain and preserve this historical and unique attraction. Across the road next to the Chimney is a vertical well measuring about 19 feet wide and 100 feet deep. Many entrances to more tunnels are yet to be explored, all are found at the bottom of this well.

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Golden moment at the beach


Bird Park

Labuan Bird Park Labuan Bird Park acts as a home including all kinds of Borneo birds up to 580 species of birds include the famous cockatoo, kingfishers, peacocks, hornbills and sharmas located at Tanjung Kubong and few minutes away from the Chimney. The unique structure is made up of three large dome-shaped cages connected via four tunnels, allowing the birds to roam free in their natural surroundings. Avid bird watchers need a good pair of binoculars to spot different species of birds in this park.

Labuan with beautiful beaches scattered all around the island famously known as the Pearl of the South China Sea for a reason! Layanglayangan beach, Pancur Hitam beach and Batu Manikar beach are the most popular beaches that provide a great place for having a picnic or a wonderful place for family bonding. Batu Manikar beach has the distinction of winning the COBSEA clean Beach award from the UNESCO in the year 2008 and it is known as one of the most well maintained beaches in Labuan.

Water Village The Labuan’s water village is Malaysia’s own little water village. It is mainly inhabited by Brunei Malays. Labuan has two main water villages, the Kampung Bebuloh and Kampung Patau-Patau. Houses here are made of wood and sit on high stilts, built at the water’s edge. They are joined together by wooden walkways. Most houses are quite big with decorated wooden verandahs and have a boat to move around. Visitors can wander around the water villages and check out the fishing community. Seafood is a specialty here.

Water Village Homestay



Cement Wreck Diving at Labuan Marine Park

Labuan Dive Sites There are many dive sites spotted around the Labuan Island and the nearby islands. The American Wreck and the Australian Wreck are most famous dive sites in Labuan which rich yet tragic histories. One of the best visibility diving site, the Blue Water Wreck is named after the surrounding crystal blue waters. Experienced divers will find the Blue Water wreck truly memorable with its excellent visibility and wide array of marine life. The shallowest wreck among the four, Cement Wreck is located some 21km off Labuan, east of Kuraman. This wreck is an ideal site for beginner divers and wreck diving training.

Homestay at Sungai Labu

Pulau Papan

Pulau Papan Pulau Papan is located off Labuan and is one of six islands in the Labuan Federal Territory. The journey to the island takes only a 5 minutes boat ride from Labuan Island. The island was once used as a lighthouse base serving as a beacon for passing ships into Victoria Harbour until after World War II when the Allied forces transformed it into a temporary detention camp for prisoners of war. Papan Island today provides a perfect weekend getaway for locals and tourists. There are chalets around as well as a barbeque area, campsites, volleyball and sepak takraw courts and a surau.

Homestays At Labuan Homestays in Labuan offer visitors three distinct cultural experience. As with other homestays, visitors can get involved in the traditional activities and participate in daily routines of villagers. Kampung Sungai Labu in the west coast of Labuan offers quiet, peaceful and picturesque kampung surroundings, white sandy beaches and gently rolling hills in the background. This is the heartland of the Kedayan people, well-known for their traditional knowledge of medicinal plants to treat a multitude of ailments, which they also grow in their gardens. Kampung Patau-Patau 2 is the last remaining traditional water village in Malaysia. Its population is made up of fishermen, sailors and traders from

neighbouring Brunei who settled on the island many generations ago. They continue with their traditional lifestyle of living in stilt houses over the sea, speak a kind of Brunei-Malay dialect and observe Brunei traditions in their daily lives. Houses are connected by a series of boardwalks. Today, the village also has water and power supply, streetlights, clinic, schools and shops. The quickest way to move around is by water taxis which many visitors find exciting and a nice experience. Kampung Bukit Kuda is a modern village of mainly Kedayan Muslims. The village has excellent infrastructure and public amenities. The villagers keep their houses well-maintained, their gardens are beautiful and staying here evoke a kind of country rusticity with birds chirping, fresh air and tranquil atmosphere. The villagers are modern farmers and producers of the island’s lidi noodles and virgin coconut oil.

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Crab Dishes at Anjung Ketam

Financial Park


Weekend Market

A TASTE OF LABUAN Coconut pudding is a famous local pudding which can only be found here. BBQ chicken wings, a Labuan delicacy, is chicken wings cooked on skewers over charcoal and wood barbeques. A roadside stall in Kampung Sungai Keling is popular among visitors and locals. At the Labuan Walk weekend market along Jalan Dewan, visitors can try out the kelupis and lamban which are glutinous rice and coconut milk wrapped in coconut leaves (lamban) or nyirik leaf (kelupis). Also found here is jelurut which is a sweet and creamy coloured kuih wrapped with nipah or coconut leaves.

Punjung, little cone-sized desserts made from rice flour with green jelly-like fillings and wrapped in banana leaves. Butter milk crab is popular at Anjung Ketam, just off Jalan Tanjung. Many stalls serve the famous crab dishes – steamed, hot and spicy, sweet and sour, etc.



Labuan is known as duty-free shopping paradise amongst many travellers. A wide range of local and imported goods like cigarettes, alcohol and chocolates can be purchased at hugely discounted retail prices from the various markets and malls. The Financial Park Shopping Mall is part of the famous Financial Park Complex in Labuan town centre, within walking distance from the seafront and a few minutes’ drive from the airport. Its biggest draw is it being a big and beautiful modern architecture mall selling duty-free items at cheap and discounted prices. There is another market along with the mall at the western side of Labuan which sells stuffed turtles, seashell models, brassware, clothes, leather bags and silk at bargain prices. Labuan Farmer’s Market is divided into two sections, permanent and temporary. Sheltered under extended blur-coloured tents are shops selling duty-free fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, herbs, spices, rare items like sambal slabs and sticks, ragi and sago balls and authentic madein-Labuan products. The farmers sit with their wives at their stalls and attend to customers as soon as they approach the stall. In contrast to the boisterous normal daily wet markets, this is more quiet and calm. It opens every Saturday and Sunday along Jalan OKK Awang Besar. Labuan Weekend Bazaar is located near the Farmer’s Market and many things are sold here, from apparel to decorative ornaments. It is also a good place to search for gifts and souvenirs, especially pearl accessories.

TRANSPORTATION By Air Labuan is accessible by air from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei to the Labuan Airport which is at the north of the city. By Sea Daily ferries are available from Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Lawas, Limbang, Sipitang and Menumbok. • Daily ferries travel from Sarawak, Kota Kinabalu (3.5 hours) and Brunei to Labuan (1.5 hour). • Travelers can also take a ferry from Menumbok, a small fishing town in Sabah which is close to Labuan, taking an 8km or 20 minute boat ride. • Most travellers arrive by boats at the Labuan International Ferry Terminal on the southern coast of the island.

Ferry Terminal at Labuan

Getting Around It is very easy to commute around the island because of the bus network. All the buses are on time and are clearly numbered with cost not more than RM3. Taxis are also available in the town centre.

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Lambir Hills National Park

Niah National Park

Batu Niah Similajau National Park


BELAGA Sibu Market

SIBU Gunung Gading National Park Sarawak Cultural Village Bako National Park Kubah National Park

Annah Rais Longhouse

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KUCHING • Sarawak Museum • Islamic Museum • Cat Museum • Main Bazaar • Kuching Waterfront

Batang Ai National Park

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The Land of the Hornbills Sarawak’s greatest assets include its UNESCO World Heritage Site and numerous protected national parks.

The largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak boasts of magnificent ancient rainforests, colourful marine life, rich cultural heritage and wild landscapes to ultra-modern cityscapes. The huge number of hornbills found in Sarawak made this state known as the Land of the Hornbills. Kuching, the capital of Sarawak is located on the banks of the Sarawak River. Sarawak’s second largest town, Sibu is located along the banks of Rejang River is a bustling trading spot. The town is also the main staging point for up rivers safaris to the longhouses of the Kayan and Kenyah. Bintulu is a quiet and serene town about 30 minutes from Sibu.

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Another major town in Sarawak, Miri is known as the Oil Town because there are some oil wells around. The remarkable Gunung Mulu National Park, the famous Niah Caves National Park and one of the world’s most diverse rainforest, the Lambir National Park is located in Miri.

World's largest flower - Rafflesia

Sarawak black pepper

Sarawak is also known for its pepper produce. Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB) is responsible for the development of the Malaysian Pepper Industry in areas of production, marketing and research. Its head office is located at Kuching, with nine branches in Sarawak and two regional offices in Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu.

Gunung Gading National Park Gunung Gading National Park is located in Sarawak’s southwest, in the district of Lundu or around two hours’ drive from Kuching. The Park comprises of mountainous rainforest and is home to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia, which can grow up to one metre in diameter.

The flower gives off a nasty smell which attracts flies and other insects when it is in bloom. Its blooming is also infrequent as it has no specific season although it is believed that rainy seasons provide better frequencies. It takes nine months to mature and flowering lasts only 4 or 5 days before dying. Visitors wanting to see Rafflesia must check with the Park beforehand to avoid disappointment as the flower blooms for a short period. The Park also offers amazing waterfalls, some enjoyable walks and a challenging jungle trek.

Kubah National Park Kubah National Park is mostly covered by mixed dipterocarp forest, but it also has one of the widest selections of palms and orchids in Borneo that up to 93 species of palms can be found in the Park. A small park of 22.3km², it is located on a small sandstone plateau with clear streams, small waterfalls and bathing pools.

Santubong Santubong, located about 35km drive from Kuching, has wonderful natural attractions found on the slopes of Mount Santubong, mangrove forests, rivers, near shore waters and mudflats. These different habitats are home to variety of wildlife making Santubong one of the best sites in Sarawak to see a range of wildlife in a natural setting.

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There are also a few scenic coastal villages in the Santubong Peninsular, most noted is the Kampung Santubong, a well-kept Malay village at the foot of Mount Santubong.

Sarawak Cultural Village Sarawak Cultural Village is a unique awardwinning living museum offering an excellent introduction to local cultures and lifestyles which located at the foothills of Mount Santubong. In this village, there are replica buildings representing every major ethnic group in Sarawak such as Bidayuh, Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses, a Penan jungle settlement, a Melanau tall-house, a Malay town house with adjacent top-spinning court, a Chinese farm House and a Chinese pagoda. All the buildings are staffed with members of the various ethnic groups, in traditional costume, carrying out traditional activities and supported by a storyteller who is expert in describing and interpreting traditional cultures and lifestyles.

Cat Museum Kuching is known as the cat in Malay languange and there are several statues of cat dotting the city, as a tribute to its namesake. Hence, a trip to Kuching is incomplete without visiting the feline art, Cat Museum. The World's first Cat Museum is located on the ground floor of the Kuching City North City Hall in Petra Jaya, Kuching. The museum is spread over four galleries, covering a total area of 1,035 sq m and the main entrance is shaped like a cat’s mouth to welcome visitors into its amazing abode. Cat lovers will find a range of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs with over 4,000 of them. There are also video presentations on "Cats in Malay Society" and "Cats in Chinese Art".

Sarawak Cultural Village

Bako National Park Bako National Park is Sarawak’s oldest national park since 1957 that covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula, an area of 27 sq km. It contains a rich variety of wildlife and secluded coves and rugged rocky headlands with magnificent steep cliffs overlooking the South China Sea. At Bako, it is said that every type of vegetation found in Borneo can be seen here. After dawn or just before dusk are the best time to spot the wildlife when the animals are at their most active. The extensive trail system here is made up of 16 colour-coded jungle trails, offering both walking and hiking options.

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Niah Cave

Niah National Park Niah National Park is located on the Sungai Niah, about 3km from the small town of Batu Niah, 110km south-west of Miri. Archeological findings discovered evidence of human occupation dating back some 40,000 years in this Park. The national park features one of the world’s largest cave entrances, Palaeolithic and Neolithic burial sites and iron-age cave paintings. The Painted Cave has some wall paintings depicting the dead’s boat journey to the afterlife, along with remnants of death-ships on the cave’s floor which are small canoe-like coffins, all indicating that the site was once used as a burial ground.The surrounding area is covered in dense primary rain forest and is home to many species of plants and wildlife. Between the months of August to December and January to March, visitors can also catch the birds’ nests collectors at work.

way. Deeper into the park is where wild animals can be found such as monkeys, sun bears, bats and pangolins.

Similajau National Park Similajau National Park is an 8,996 hectare park located around 45 minutes from Bintulu. It is best to visit during the dry season of February to October when the emerald waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming. The Park is home to 24 species of mammals like civet cats, porcupines, gibbons, shrews, mousedeer, longtailed macaques, barking deer, squirrels and wild boar. Birdwatchers will be ecstatic with the 185 species of birds recorded here. The best way to capture all of Similajau is by boat which can be hired for half or a full day costal and river tours.

Lambir Hills National Park Lambir Hills National Park has a complex and diverse forest ecosystem with 6,952 hectares of lowland dipterocarp and heath forest rising to a height of 450m to produce the greatest known level of plant biodiversity in the world. The Park is located along the Miri-Bintulu Road. The main attraction is its waterfalls, the nearest is Latak Waterfall which is just a 20 minutes walk from the Park’s headquarters but always take longer as visitors almost cannot resist stopping to stare at the wonderful flora and fauna along the

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Gunung Mulu National Park Gunung Mulu National Park is Sarawak’s largest, at 544 sq km and is also Malaysia’s first World Heritage Area (awarded in year 2000). The Mulu Caves National Park is remarkably impressive – it is home to the longest networks of caves in the world. It has the world’s largest underground chamber, the Sarawak Chamber, is located. The chamber is capable of accommodating 40 Boeing 747 airplanes. Mulu Caves National Park is situated around 100km from the town of Miri and near the southern border of Brunei. This is also where Deer Cave is found - the world’s biggest cave passage that can fit five cathedrals the size of London’s St. Paul Cathedral. The Clear Water Cave here is also the longest cave in Southeast Asia. The Park’s main attractions are the four show caves of Wind, Clearwater, Deer and Lang Caves which are all accessible by wooden walkways and paths.

Ba’Kelalan Ba’Kelalan is the most important Lun Bawang’s settlements in the northern highlands. It is a group of nine villages near the Sarawak/Sabah/ Kalimantan border, around 3,000 feet above sea level. Travelling to the village is via air or land as the village is connected to Lawas and Miri by air and via an old logging road. The village is most famous for its apples and organic vegetables as well as local musicians and their bamboo bands. Ba’kelalan is also the first town in Malaysia able to grow apples successfully on a commercial scale.The Kelalan River enables the community to plant the prized, small-grained highland adan rice, very unusual in Sarawak as most communities in the mountainous interiors can only grow upland rice (hill paddy). The community also produces salt from nearby salt water wells, alongside their farming activities.

Long House Tours A trip to the longhouses is almost a must on any visitor’s itinerary while in Sarawak. Longhouses are traditional dwellings of the natives here – the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu. Visiting longhouses allow visitors a peek into the unique way of life of the aborigines in Sarawak.



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A longhouse refers to a terraced row of separate dwellings covered by one roof. The head of the longhouse is called tuai rumah or headman. Every family has their own room but communal activities are carried out on the verandah (tuai). Male visitors will spend the night on the verandah while female guests are invited to stay in the room. Contrary to perceptions, most longhouse communities are farmers who wear practical and casual daily clothes like the rest of us except during festivals like Gawai Dayak, the Iban harvest festival or weddings when you can see them in their full traditional splendour. Nonetheless, if you are part of an organized tour group, great chance is you can also see them in their traditional costumes and regalia. Visitors are normally greeted with a glass of their specially prepared rice wine (tuak) and a welcome dance. Iban longhouses are mostly located along the Lemanak River, Skrang River, Batang Ai and the middle of the Rajang River. Iban Longhouse

Sarawak has its own version of the famous porridge called bubur pedas (spicy porridge) which is usually prepared during the fasting month of Ramadan. This dish is made with condiments such as yam, bamboo shoots and wild ferns.

Manok Pansoh is a specialty of the Ibans. Pieces of chicken are stuffed into a bamboo tube with mushrooms, lemongrass and tapioca leaves, and cooked over an open fi re. The Bidayuhs also has a dish similar to the manok pansoh called assam siok (with added rice). It can be bought in any restaurants as it is normally home cooked. Kek lapis Sarawak or Sarawak Layer Cake with pretty and colourful mosaic like look is very famous in Sarawak. They are usually homemade and the popular ones are Sabok Tun Razak layer cakes, Evergreen layer cakes and Hati Pari layer cakes.

Sarawak Laksa


Sarawak Laksa consists of noodles served with an aromatic, tangy soup and topped with seafood, chicken, prawns, beansprouts and a slice of hardboiled egg is a signature dish of the state. This dish can be found in most hotels, hawker stalls and coffee shops.

Mee Kolok is a Chinese noodle dish found only in Sarawak. Handmade yellow egg noodles are used to prepare this tasty dry dish. The noodles are tossed with lard, garlic oil and black vinegar to give it the special fl avor and taste. Pieces of pork or beef are added on top. Muslim stalls offer a halal or pork free version of this dish.

Sarawak’s salted terubok fi sh or ikan terubok masin is made from the terubok fi sh that is salted and tastes crunchy and delicious. The famous Sarawak salted terubok fi sh can be found at weekend markets and it is a popular food gift for visitors.

Umai, a traditional Melanau dish which is raw seafood salad of raw sliced seafood of either mackerel, prawn or jellyfi sh, sliced onions and served with tomato sauce and chillies. Umai jeb is a type of umai with only the seafood, similar to Japanese sashimi. Bird’s Nest Soup is highly prized Chinese delicacy that has medicinal properties and it can be found at upmarket restaurants. Bottled Sarawak pepper can be purchased at most departmental stores, supermarkets and mini markets. It is locally produced and fresh. Sarikei pineapples are famous all over the country, particularly by the name Sarawak pineapples as they are commonly called in the Peninsular. The variety grown in Sarawak is juicy and low in acid and sugar.

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Kuching Waterfront

with every available space stacked to the fullest. India Street offers many shops but look out for the textiles, the collection is simply marvellous.

Gifts and Sourvenirs

The biggest market in Kuching, Medan Niaga Satok is located in Kubah Raja, about 3km from Kuching. Merchandise range from fresh produce and livestock to handicrafts and local delicacies. This brand new structure replaces the old Satok Weekend Market.

Kuching Waterfront Bazaar, an award winning esplanade is located along the Sarawak River. It has some superb examples of Chinese shop house architecture, many of which have been occupied by the same family for generations. Its antique laden shop lots offer a unique Sarawakian shopping experience. Many handmade items from the highlands of Kalimantan such as masks, handwoven textiles and drums can also be found here.

Sibu Market is the largest market in Sarawak and situated along Jalan Channel opposite the Express Boat Passenger Terminal. The market offers interesting and lively sights of traders selling a variety of items from exotic fruits and vegetables of the rainforest to handicrafts and poultry. In early days, the majority of traders in India Street were Indian migrants involved in trading textiles, brassware and spices and market goods. Today, it is still supplying textile and spices to the general population of Kuching and lined with shops that supplies daily provisions, food and clothes stores

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Satok Market

Jetty Port

TRANSPORTATION By Air Malaysia Airlines fl ies regularly from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Singapore to Kuching International Airport and Miri. From Kuala Lumpur, it is under a 2-hour fl ight to Kuching. • Kuching Airport is the most important subhub and entry point for Sarawak. Airports are also found in Miri, Sibu and Bintulu. For example, the Miri International Airport is the busiest in Sarawak where Mas Wings offers fl ights to the Mulu National Park, Kelabit highlands and Labuan.

• The Summer Shopping Mall is a 3 storey mall with a total fl oor area of 800,000 sq feet, located adjacent to the education hub of Sarawak such as Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Tun Abdul Razak Teacher’s Training College. Opened in mid-2013, one of its star attractions is Borneo’s fi rst world-class Summer Lagoon Water Theme Park. It houses around 335 retail and lifestyle stores, food and beverage outlets and entertainment centre. The Spring Shopping Mall is located between Kuching city centre and the international airport, at the main road of Jalan Simpang Tiga. A fourstorey mall (including basement) with 350,000 sq ft of space housing international brands, a 3D cinema and four atriums for events. Boasts many well published events and a food bazaar touted one of the best in Kuching. CityONE Mall, at the intersection of Jalan Song and Jalan Tun Jugah in Kuching, sports a bird nest design which is somewhat an iconic feature in Kuching. Covering 1.5 million square feet of gross space, it caters to more than 400 retail outlets spread over 4 levels in its 68,000 square meter lettable area. A sky bridge connects the two mall buildings. Boulevard Shopping Mall is well-known for the affordable and comfortably priced merchandises in many varieties. A popular family hangout with the many family oriented events and a water park catering to children. It is also a popular shopping mall among young Miri people and visitors from neighbouring Brunei.

By Sea • Boats are very common in Sarawak especially in the interiors which are crisscrossed with rivers. • Express boats and speedboats run from the northern towns of Limbang and Lawas to Brunei, connecting with services to Sabah. • Boats at the Express Boat Terminal in Kuching offer rides to Sibu (around 5 hours). Sibu’s location on the Rejang River makes it the perfect choice to go to the interiors of Sarawak and is also a stopover between Kuching and Bintulu or Miri. Daily boats take passengers to remote villages of Kapit and Belaga, the common places to visit the traditional longhouses. By Road • The trans-Borneo Highway connects Kuching to Sarawak’s other major cities and carried on through to neighbouring Sabah through Brunei. • Bus services are also available for travelers wishing to travel within the state or to Indonesia and Brunei.

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The Land Below The Wind Sabah lies below the typhoon and monsoon belt and located on the fascinating island of Borneo. Sabah being the second largest state in Malaysia is connected with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan, making Borneo the third largest island in the world.

The warmth and friendly Sabahan hospitality peopled by around 32 colourful ethnic communities with unique cultures of their own blend with Sabah's rich nature diversity, distinct cultures, exciting adventures, exquisite beaches, and mouthwatering cuisines will bring you on an adventure of your lifetime. Sabah is beatified with not just the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia but also with one of the highest mountains in South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu and to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island. Sabah's natural treasures which include the world-renowned Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin are also known to be one of the largest wildlife reserves.

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One of the Richest Single Destinations for Exotic Small Marine Life

Mabul Island Mabul Island is said to be one of the best places for underwater macro-photography in the world. It is located about 15 minutes by speedboat ride from Sipadan Island, a 20 hectare island surfaces 2-3 metres above sea level. It is rich with exotic small marine life such as flamboyant cuttlefish, blueringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squids as well as many types of gobies like the spike-fin goby, black sail-fin goby and metallic shrimp goby.

Kapalai Island Kapalai Island, a 45-minute trip from Semporna by speedboat, is unique because it is not an actual island but a sand strip near the islands of Sipadan and Mabul. It started as a real island with vegetation but a few centuries of erosions have caused it to become the sand bar it is today where only a thin layer of sand appears over the waters of the Celebes Sea. The sandy shores of Kapalai only appear during low and high tides, otherwise they are not visible. Its near location to Sipadan makes diving here as magnificent as in Sipadan. In the waters of Kapalai, divers can see marine creatures swimming around – rare species of fish, octopuses and turtles. The Ligitan Reefs have some amazing corals.

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The giant, painted and clown frogfish can be regularly seen too beneath the waters of Mabul. The Mabul Island is also home to the Bajau Laut tribe (sea gypsy). Diving is the main activity and can be enjoyed throughout the year. Some of the marine life that can be observed here include sea horses, exotic starfish, fire gobies, crocodile fish, pipefish and snake eels. There are over three resorts catering to scuba divers, two are on the island itself while the other one stands on a converted oil rig platform about 500m offshore. Seaventure Platform lies under the platform of a converted oil rig, great for muck-diving to see a lot of frogfishes, crocodile fish, stone fish, murray eels, nudibrands and other small creatures. Visibility is around 20m.

Mataking Island Mataking Island is a charming island with majestic treasures and surrounded by powdery sand, crystal clear water, enchanting reefs and magical undersea paradise, just 40 minutes boat ride away from a small town Semporna, Sabah. The Reef Dive Resort is the only resort at Mataking Island, offering an exclusive romantic destination for honeymooners, wonderful relaxing haven for spa and holiday lovers and exciting diving destination for divers.

Sipadan Island The only oceanic island in Malaysia and rising 700m from the seabed, Sipadan Island was formed of living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone which slowly grew to its size now. Sipadan Island has always been rated as one of the top destinations for diving in the world and a piece of paradise on earth due to its natural and magnificent beauty. Sipadan Island started as a bird sanctuary during colonial times and re-gazetted by the Malaysian Government in 1963. Rich in marine life, Sipadan also supports a large variety of tropical birds like sea eagles, kingfishers, sunbirds, starlings and wood pigeons, and exotic coconut crabs. Divers can often encounter turtles, bumphead parrotfish and barracudas around this tiny coral island. Pelagic species that also visit Sipadan are hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, manta rays and eagle rays. Explore the Spectacular Dive Sites found around Sipadan

Kinabalu Park & Mount Kinabalu Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, was established in 1964 to protect Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia at 4,095 metres. The Kinabalu Park at 1,583 metres above sea level is the gateway to the mountain and the main starting point for the summit trails to the top of Mount Kinabalu. It is a two-hour drive from the capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. The Park has an area of 754 km² with four climatic zones. It comprises of Mount Kinabalu, Mount Tambayukon and the foothills, and possessing one of the richest and incredible collections of flora and fauna in the world. Due to its diverse species of plants, Kinabalu Park is also the Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia. Found here are more than 5,000 vascular plant species, around 1,000 orchid species, 621 species of ferns and other species of flora as well as home to about 90 lowland mammal species, 21 bat species, 62 amphibian species and 850 butterfly varieties.

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Poring Hot Spring Within the vicinity of the Kinabalu Park is Poring, named after a giant bamboo species (Gigantochloa Levis) found in abundance in the area and is located around 40km from the Kinabalu Park’s Headquarters. Poring is approximately 400m above sea level and is renowned for its hot sulphur spring bath which is said to have therapeutic properties. The spring’s hot waters are channeled into openair baths but indoor baths are also available for those preferring privacy. There is also a 43 metre tall canopy walkway in Poring for a breathtaking treetop walk. Visitors can also witness the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia here.

Kundasang War Memorial The Kundasang War Memorial, established in 1962, is one of the earliest memorials to commemorate Australian and British prisoners of war who perished in Sandakan on the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. It also honours the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs. Located at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, the fort-like memorial comprises of four interlocking but separate beautiful gardens to represent the different nationalities – the Australian Garden, an English Garden with roses, a Borneo Garden with wild flowers of Kinabalu and the Contemplation Garden with a reflection pool and pergola. Visitors can also view a short video on the history of the Sandakan Death March. Kundasang War Memorial

Weaving Demonstration at Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse The Rungus people are one of the most traditional ethnic groups of Sabah. In olden days, traditional Rungus people lived in longhouses built on stilts with low roofs and outward-sloped walls. In the past, longhouses with over 75 doors were common. Such dwellings are becoming extremely rare in modern times. Visitors wishing to see and experience the communal lifestyle in a purposebuilt longhouse can drop by Kampung Bavanggazo near Tinangol, 41km south of Kudat town. Here, the longhouse is constructed entirely from traditional materials but with added modern comforts such as toilets and showers. Visitors can also get a real taste of Rungus living through their food, daily rituals and routines. Overnight trips are possible with prior arrangements. Cultural activities are held on weekends.

Kinabatangan River Kinabatangan River, the longest river in Sabah, emerges high from the Crocker Range and travels 560km down to the mangrove swamp estuary into the Sulu Sea on Sabah’s east coast. A unique and rich ecosystem, Kinabatangan River is stated by the WWF as one of only two known places on Earth where ten primate species can be found such as the Bornean Orang Utans, the proboscis monkeys (the official mascot for Visit Malaysia 2014), macaques, Maroon Langurs and Bornean gibbons. Lucky visitors may also spot the Borneon pygmy elephants feeding on the edge of the river. In addition, all eight species of Borneo’s hornbills are found here as well as rarities like storms storks and the bizarre oriental darters (snake bird). Dawn or dusk is the best time to catch sight of the diverse inhabitants of the river. There are also night safari tours to spot nocturnal animals.

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Upside Down House One of the newest attractions in Sabah, the Upside Down House will make you dizzy with everything topsy-turvy inside but the ingenuity and fascination cures all stars from the head. The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the house is located in Tamparuli in the district of Tuaran, around 45 minutes drive from the town of Kota Kinabalu. Everything inside the fully equipped 140 sqm house is upside down including the living room, bathroom, dining room, bedrooms, kitchen (refrigerator, stove, rice cooker) which also contain unique Sabahan features. The house also has its own dos and don’ts such as:• Hit the gong outside the house 3 times before entering the house • Knock on the red main door • Only walk on the red carpet • Do not touch anything inside the house • No pictures taking, so visitors have to drop by and see for themselves. As part of the Tuaran Craft Village, visitors can also browse the gift shop or drop by the Upside Down House Café for some drinks and snacks.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located 10-20 minutes speedboat ride away from Kota Kinabalu, is comprised of a cluster of five idyllic islands over 4,929 hectares of which two-thirds are sea. The islands are Pulau Manukan, Pulau Manutik, Pulau Suluq, Pulau Gaya and Pulau Sapi – all have shallow waters, soft sandy beaches and coral gardens. Adventurers would love Pulau Gaya and Pulau Sapi with the many hiking trails. Visitors to the areas can also catch a glimpse of some rare species such as the megapode (burung tambun), a strange bird that looks like a chicken with large

feet and makes meowing sounds like a cat. Pulau Gaya is the largest island on the national park and closest to Kota Kinabalu. Its main attraction is the legendary beach at Police Bay which is a perfect spot for swimming – a 400-metre stretch of white sand that slopes out gently to the sea.

Pulau Tiga Located 10km offshore the west coast of Sabah, Pulau Tiga became very famous through the US’s CBS Television’s hit reality series, Survival. It was the setting of the first season of the show Survival Borneo and also the first season of the British show. Hence, many people refer to Pulau Tiga as Survivor Island. Pulau Tiga (meaning island of three) was formed in 1897 when a large earthquake on the Philippines island of Mindanao triggered a volcanic eruption north of Borneo. Several small mud volcanoes spewing a cool, mineral-rich mud can be found at the summit of the island. As such, Pulau Tiga is also famous for mud-bathing due to the therapeutic natural volcanic mud that bubbles out of the volcanoes. Visitors often slather themselves with the mud (like a body mask) before going for a swim. Pulau Tiga covers an area of 15,864 hectares and together with two other smaller islands of Kalampunian Besar and Kalampunian Damit are designated as a forest reserve. Visitors can indulge in snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or diving. There is also a 7 mile hiking trail crossing the island interiors with stunning views of the protected flora and fauna. The island and its surrounding waters are also home to some endangered species such as hornbills, sea eagles, proboscis and macaque monkeys, flying foxes, bats, monitor lizards, barracuda and some 132 species of fish. The warm water and protected coral reefs also attract sea turtles and bamboo sharks.

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Sabah Tea Garden The only organic tea plantation in Borneo, the Sabah Tea Garden is located 800m high on the rolling hills near Kampung Nalapak, in the district of Ranau, a 3 hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. It produces both regular and certified organic tea. The garden is a 6,000 acre plantation surrounded by one of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests. The total tea planting area is about 1,000 acres. At the garden, visitors must not miss the Tea Factory tour to gain some insight about tea cultivation, harvesting and processing. Visitors to the tea garden can also enjoy some recreational activities such as obstacle-crossing in the Sapaon Recreational Area, trek the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill, visit the Quailey Hill’s Memorial (Australia), the Sabah Salute 2011 Memorial (British) or take a night walk to check out the various insect species. When in bloom, visitors can also see the Rafflesia flowers and giant orchid. Accommodations are varied from the traditional longhouses to cosy bungalows or simply spend a night under the stars at the campsite. A must-try is the special tea dishes only available at the Tea House and the unique Sabahan tea with lemongrass or screwpine (pandan) leaves.

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary The Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is located in the mangrove forests of Semawang in Labuk Bay, around an hour’s drive from Sandakan Airport. The sanctuary is within an oil palm estate. There are two platforms with two sets of different feeding times. Visitors can view these endemic monkeys in their natural habitat from the observation platform fronting the feeding areas. The feeding times are:• Platform A – 9.30am and 2.30pm • Platform B – 11.30am and 4.30pm The proboscis monkeys are only found in Borneo and are one of the most peculiar animals in the world – the males sport big dangling noses, reddish flat-top hair, white tails and markings, and pot bellies while the females are smaller at almost half the size of the males, with up-turned noses. They are by nature very cautious of humans and can be easily frightened away. Proboscis monkeys are highly reclusive, to spot them is the

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wild is not easy. The Labuk Bay Santuary provides a great chance to see these protected monkeys in a semi-wild environment.

Danum Valley Conservation Area The Danum Valley Conservation Area is located 83km southwest of Lahad Datu. It is home to the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, Asian elephants, orang utans, gibbons, mousedeer and clouded leopards. The area spans 438 km² and is one of the richest conservation areas in the world with more than 200 species of trees per hectare of land. It is also the location for Sabah’s first eco-resort, the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Birdwatchers can use the 300m long and 27m high canopy walkway to spot the various species of birds found there. The Sungai Purut Waterfall with its 7 tiered pools is an amazing sight in the conservation area. Visitors to the area will also get the chance to visit an ancient Kadazandusun burial site complete with belian coffins and ceramic spirit jars. Three burial sites have been discovered in Danum Valey – two are near the field centre while the other one is below the cliff overlooking the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Gomantong Cave The Gomantong Caves, a limestone outcrop, is located in Kinabatangan, in a protected forest reserve call IV covering 3,297 hectares. It is the biggest cave in Sabah and the most important source of edible birds’ nests in Sabah. There are two cave complexes – Simud Hitam (Black Cave) up to 90 metres high and Simud Putih (White Cave) where the precious bird's nest are found. Bird's nest collecting is done between February and April, and from July to September by licensed collectors.

where freedom and independence are given before integrating them into the Sepilok wild orang utan population. In addition to rehabilitating orang utans, the Sanctuary also houses a Sumatran rhinoceros breeding centre.

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Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

The activity is regulated by the Department of Wildlife to ensure the swiftlets have enough time to make new nests, lay their eggs and hatch them. There are also insects living off the rich bat guano on the floor too. In the hour before sunset, visitors can watch the most extraordinary sight when some two million bats exit the caves en masse in search of food while countless swiftlets return to the caves for the night. In Simud Hitam Cave’s main chamber, there is a boardwalk around the sides where visitors can walk and see the birds’ nests on the cave’s walls and roofs.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre The Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok, Sandakan is part of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home to the world famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The sanctuary, sprawling 4,294 hectares of virgin forest reserves is a rehabilitation centre for orang utans that have been abandoned by their mothers or were formerly in captivity. They are usually found in logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting grounds, rehabilitated until fit enough to be returned to the wild and able to fend and search food for themselves. Once an orang utan is admitted to the sanctuary, a thorough health check is done to eliminate any transmitted diseases. In the nursery, young orang utans learn jungle survival skills like finding food, build nest and climbing trees. Once emotionally ready, they are placed in the outdoor nursery

Agnes Newton Keith was an American author best known for her three autobiographies about her life in North Borneo (Sabah) before, during and after World War II, most notable is Land Below The Wind and Three Came Home which depicted her time as a Japanese prisoner-of-war and civilian internee in the camps in North Borneo and Sarawak. The latter was also made into a film in 1950. The Agnes Keith House is an old two-storey wooden villa turned into a museum on the hill along Jalan Istana, overlooking the Sandakan Bay and about one kilometer from Sandakan town. In 2001, the Sabah Museum in collaboration with the Federal Department of Museums and Antiquities began restoration works and the museum opened in April 2004 as tribute to the author whose book "Land Below The Wind" made Sabah famous up to this day. The house is simply furnished with reproduction of colonial furniture and genuine antiques. It is a great opportunity for visitors to glimpse into the living lifestyle of colonial Sabah.

Turtle Island Park The Turtle Island Park comprises of three islands – Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan islands. It lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and is a haven for endangered species of green and hawksbill turtles. Selingan is the largest island, housing the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accommodation and basic facilities. The turtles lay their eggs throughout the year but are more common during the months of July and October when the seas are calmer. Turtle landings usually occur after dusk. Visitors can join in to observe how turtle eggs are collected, tagging of the mother turtles and how baby turtles are released back to the sea. Do not use cameras or torchlight though as these can be stressful on the beautiful sea creatures. During daytime, visitors can also see the tracks made by turtles which can remain in the sand for a few days.

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Cultural Villages Monsopiad Cultural Village Sabah’s Monsopiad Cultural Village is dedicated to Monsopiad, a Kadazandusun warrior. The village, located beside the Penampang River is the historical site where the great and fearless Monsopiad used to live about two centuries ago. The Monsopiad Cultural Village was built and is managed by the direct descendants of Monsopiad to remember their forefather and display the richness of Kadazandusun culture and ethnicity. Exhibits include the Siou Do Mohoing or House of Skulls which showcases Monsopiad’s 42 trophies (human skulls) hanging from rafters. Entrance fees are inclusive of a welcome drink of coffee or tea and a guided tour of the village which includes participating in the traditional games and activities such as shooting with a traditional blowpipe, catapult, stilt walk, fire making demonstration, sago grating and sago worm, taste betel nut and local cigarettes, visit the Bobohizan Hut where visitors can request for a traditional blessing to ward off bad spirits, walk across the traditional hanging bridge, or visit the original Kadazan House known as Hamin Tinandai. Admission Fees :

RM75 (adult, non-Malaysian) RM55 (adult, Malaysian) RM35 (child, non-Malaysian) RM25 (child, Malaysian) RM50 (student, non-Malaysian) RM30 (student, Malaysian)

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which are built by the descendants of the tribes which they represent and featured in this village – Lundayeh (the hunters and fishermen), Bajau (the cowboys and sea gypsies), Rungus (longhouse residents), Kadazandusun (rice farmers) and the Murut (famously feared headhunting tribe). Guided tours (half-day) are available daily – choose either the 10.00am, 2.00pm or 6.00pm tours. Admission Fees :

RM160 (adult, non-Malaysian) RM140 (adult, Malaysian) RM140 (child, non-Malaysian) RM110 (child, Malaysian)

KDCA Cultural Village The Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Cultural Village is located in Hongkod Koisaan, Penampang, about 15 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. It is catered to the major Kadazandusun tribes in Sabah – Dusun Tindal Kota Belud, Dusun Papar, Rungus and Murut. Admission Fees :

RM10 (adult, non-Malaysian) RM5 (adult, Malaysian) RM5 (child, non-Malaysian) RM3 (child, Malaysian)

Murut Cultural Centre

Mari-Mari Cultural Village is located deep in the isolated forest of Kionsom in Inamam, 25 minutes from the state capital Kota Kinabalu.

Situated in Kampung Pulong which is about 10km from Tenom town, the Murut Cultural Centre covers an area of 33 acres next to the Pegalan River. The building is constructed from local timber. It is the biggest belian (hardwood timber) building in Borneo, also popularly known as 4B building. The pillars and interior panels of the building bear carvings that portray authentic Murut architecture.

The village also operates as a museum that preserves Borneo’s ethnic culture. In this lost world, visitors are introduced to the various traditional homes of Sabah’s ethnic communities,

This enormous building stretches to 20 acres, housing an interesting gallery displaying many artefacts such as jars, gongs and traditional designs of the Muruts.

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Ambuyat, a traditional dish of the Bruneian people in Sabah. A good accompaniment for the bambangan or bosou dish, it is made from the interior trunk of the sago palm. The sago powder is mixed with boiling water until it coagulates. Tuhau, a like it or hate it dish. It is a combination of wild ginger mixed with scallions and chilli and pickled with salt and vinegar, giving it a pungent smell but quite good for those who has acquired the taste. Originally from the interiors of Sabah like Tambunan, Keningau and Ranau. Commonly found in tamu markets around Sabah.

Hinava is considered the most well-known of Sabahan dishes. It is fi lleted fresh raw mackerel fi sh mixed with sliced chilli, ginger, diced red onions, grated bambangan seed, salt and a few squirts of lime juice. A Kadazandusun dish. Touch-me-not cake, fi rst made in a bakery in Sandakan and is now commercially produced and sold across the country. This treat with a funny name is made of custard, fl our and cream, giving it a rich content but is light. Dried prawns from Sandakan Bay are famous due to its unique taste as well as local products such as salted fi sh, prawn crackers, dried anchovies and dried shrimps.

Wan wan fi sh noodles at Kota Kinabalu are popular among tourists and visitors alike. A noodle dish served with fried shallot, spring onions and minced chicken. It comes with two soup bases, the spicy and sour tom yam soup and the normal nonspicy soup.

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SHOPPING IN SABAH 1Borneo Shopping Mall in Kota Kinabalu is Sabah’s largest shopping mall. It consists of four international and regional hotel chains, condominiums, Auto City, Sea World and Discovery Centre, handicraft and cultural centre, spa and fi tness centre, amusement centre, bowling alley, Cineplex, bars and restaurants. Tamu Markets (open-air markets) held in towns in the outskirt such as Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Papar and Donggongon are a great way to meet locals and buy direct from the makers, planters or growers. Each offers different sights and sounds. The famous Gaya Street Tamu operates every Sunday from 6.00am to 1.00pm offering Sabahan delicacies, ground coffee, handicrafts and jewellery. Other tamus can also be found in Semporna, Kudat, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Beluran, Tawau, Papar, Tamparuli and Keningau. Tamu Market

Gaya Street Tamu

Borneo Trading Post in Kota Kinabalu is where one can shop for upmarket tribal art and souvenirs such as Borneo consumables and collectibles, keepsakes, apparel and accessories and spa essentials. Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens in Kota Kinabalu opens daily from 7.00am to 9.00pm. Look out for the famous Sabah pearls or ethnic handicraft items such as handbags, sarongs, shell ornaments and furnishings made from wood. Enjoy the bargaining!

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Suria Sabah Shopping Mall in the heart of Kota Kinabalu sports an easily recognised saladbowl design. One of the highlights is the 6,000 sq ft Library@Suria at the fourth fl oor which was opened in 2012 with a collection of 30,000 books. The 300 shops offer plenty shopping, food and entertainment.

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TRANSPORTATION By Air • Kota Kinabalu Airport is the second busiest airport in Malaysia as 98% of visitors arrive at Sabah by air. Kota Kinabalu is also the main entry point to Sabah. • Most major towns in Sabah like Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau have airports for domestic fl ights. • Kota Kinabalu has two major airports – the largest is the KKIA Terminal 1 for domestic and international fl ights from around the world, and Terminal 2 which is operated by budget airlines for both domestic and international fl ights. • Travellers can also fl y daily into Sandakan, Lahad Datu or Tawau by domestic fl ights through Air Asia and MASwings. By Bus There are main bus stations in Kota Kinabalu that can take travellers to most parts of Sabah:• The North Bus Terminal Inanam is the main station for long distance buses (express buses), around 10km from Kota Kinabalu. These big air conditioned buses go to key cities on the east coast such as Sandakan, Tawau, Semporna and Lahad Datu daily. • The Padang Merdeka in the city centre takes buses to most city and towns on the west coast and interiors of Sabah like Keningau, Tenom, Kudat, Kota Belud and Ranau. • The Wawasan Bus Terminal is for all outstation mini busses from Papar, Penampang, Likas, Tuartan, Sepanggar, etc. • The City Park Bus Terminal offers transport to southern Sabah (Sipitang), Sarawak(Lawas) and Brunei.

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By Sea Boat / ferry services serve island destinations in Sabah such as Sipadan, Kapalai, Mabul, Labuan, etc. Islands like Pulau Tiga (from Kuala Penyu), Turtle Islands from Sandakan town, Mengalum and Mantanani require pre-arrangements for ferry services. Boat terminals are available at:• Kota Kinabalu’s Jesselton Point, adjacent to Suria Sabah Shopping Mall and next to Sabah’s Royal Customs Department, is the most popular boat terminal for visitors planning to visit the islands of Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik and Gaya off Kota Kinabalu. • At Semporna, there is a long jetty (next to Dragon Inn) where visitors can book an island or diving trip with the tour operators based there. By Rail • There is only one railway line in East Malaysia and the whole of Borneo, the North Borneo Railway which connects Kota Kinabalu with Tenom to the town of Papar. • The only service on this line is the luxury steam train run by the Sutera Harbour Resort - the North Borneo Railway, the oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo. The wood-fuelled engine train runs two weekly steam train from the Tanjung Aru Railway Station in Kota Kinabalu to Papar, a small town about 38.5km away. The journey takes 4 hours, taking passengers through villages, coastal towns, paddy fi elds, rainforests and rubber and coffee plantations.

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Malaysian batik is renowned for its top-notch quality and designs, making them a valuable novelty much revered in the country and beyond.

Batik Batik can be found everywhere in Malaysia but its true home is in Kelantan. Batik is an IndonesianMalay word meaning drops. Batik is the process of dyeing fabrics using a resistant technique, which is covering areas of cloth with a dye-resistant substance (wax) to prevent them from absorbing colours. The wax is melted away by boiling the cloth and a second wax design is drawn in. Repeated processes of dyeing and boiling out the wax create the final product - an intricate and beautifully coloured design. As such, the colours in batik are more resistant to wear than regular painted or printed fabric because of the use of dye.

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The history of batik simplified‌ Since early 1990s Malays on the East Coast of the Peninsular have already experimented with textile prints without wax. In 1920s screen print technique was used to produce fast and cheap decorated textiles. Around 1930s stamping with wax directly on fabrics started. Long before this got started, batik from Java was known and used in what is now Malaysia. The Malays learned the techniques and adopted the Javanese patterns. Although Javanese heritage is still visible, Malaysian batik producers have liberated themselves and developed their distinctive techniques and designs. Leaves and flowers are the most popular motifs as well as the Malaysian-famous geometrical designs such as spirals. It is rare to find Malaysian batik depicting humans or animals as Islam forbids animal or human images as decorations (idolatry). Butterfly is a pleasant exception.

Batik Sketch

Malaysian batik is created by 4 methods – blockprinting, drawn free style, silk-screened or tiedyed, making Malaysian batik one of the best in the world. Batik artisans in Malaysia are known for their hand-drawn designs called batik tulis. The patterns in Malaysian batik are larger and simpler where the use of canting (a wax applying tool) is rarely or never used to create sophisticated patterns but to rely heavily on the brush painting method to apply colours on fabrics. In contrast to Javanese batik, Malaysian batik has lighter and more vibrant colours. The influence of Indonesian batik can be seen in Johorean batik which displays elements of Javanese and Sumatran influences due to huge numbers of immigrants of both races to southern Malaysia. The best place to buy batik is the markets in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu as they offer the best choices in varieties, selection and price. The Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu also produces good shopping experience as well as shops in Jalan Temenggong in Kota Bahru, Kelantan and Kuantan, Pahang. Batik is now used in a variety of fashion beyond the humble sarongs, such as shirts, gowns, kebaya, baju kurung, handbags, shoes, home furnishing, etc.

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Carvings Carvings are a common Malaysian craft and are popular among the many tribes such as the Mah Meri and Jah Hut which are 2 tribes of indigenous people in Peninsular Malaysia. They are known for their art of carving mythical beings found in their legends and local folklore. Carvings are usually made on mangrove tree woods and painted in maroon. These can be found in Carey Island around the coasts of Selangor.

Visitors can find the best Malays woodcarving in the states of Kelantan and Terengganu. The skill is passed from one generation to another. There are the fine carvings and the rough carvings. Fine carving involves carving of relief patterns, hilts of keris or head beds while rough carving refers to carvings on larger items such as furniture, windows, pillars or eaves of roofs.

Cengal is preferred when building houses and boats. Cheaper alternatives include balau or perah which are slightly softer than cengal and are used for rafters, house floorboards or the prow of a boat. Wood types like merbau and rengas are avoided as the former is believed to be the home of evil spirits while the sap from the rengas is poisonous. Nyatoh wood is commonly used for making furniture and general utility wood due to its low resistance to termite attack. Malay wood carving is based on the awan larat design (extending clouds) which is ruled by four principles – design element must be evenly distributed, uncarved areas must be the same as carved areas, animals or humans are never depicted and secondary design elements must surround the central motif. Other common elements are plants and holy verses from the Quran. In East Malaysia the indigenous tribes of Sabah and Sarawak are known for their traditional clay beads used to make jewellery. They also make different crafts from wood or parts of trees which are then made into household products, clothing or tableware.

Malaysian-Born Pewter

Wau Pewter

Pewter art is common in Malaysia as the country used to be one of the largest producers and exporters of tin in the world. Malaysian pewter products boasts some of the most beautiful workmanship which can be seen in candle stands, tableware, modern decorative items and accessories. Pewter is loved as its matte and silvery texture portray an extravagant and stylish look. Other popular items are traditional items such as tepak sireh sets, rose-water instruments or keris blades. Most of Malaysian pewter products are produced at the Royal Selangor Pewter factory in Kuala Lumpur which is also the single largest manufacturer of fine pewter in the world. It is still run by the descendants of the founder, Yong Koon. Visitors can join the full tour of the factory, visit the grand showroom and gift shop, watch real time pewter production or enjoy a cuppa at the cosy cafÊ. For a small fee, visitors can also try the hands-on experience at making pewter pieces – choose from either the 30 minute "School of Hard Knocks" workshop to make your own pewter bowl with traditional tools or the 60 minute freestyle accessory making class called "The Foundry" where visitors can craft their own pewter accessory through different pewter-making processes. In the beginning Yong Koon, a Chinese artisan, made simple household items of tin at his little shop called Ngeok Foh (Jade Palace) which later expanded to pewter pieces for the altars of Chinese temples and homes. It became extremely popular with the locals. During the 1930s when the demand for traditional ceremonial pewterware declined, he started to make European-style products such

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as tankards and ashtrays for the British and other expatriates. The brand was known as Selangor Pewter. The name Royal Selangor Pewter was born in 1992 to reflect its royal endorsement from the late Sultan of Selangor. The range of product has also expanded to include some 1,000 items such as silvery coffee and tea sets, goblets, sculpted figures from Chinese astrology, vases, trinket boxes with carved Malay motifs, desk accessories, etc.

Earthernware Labu sayong, geluk and belanga are popular traditional items from the state of Perak. Labu sayong is a gourd-shaped pitcher which is black in colour and used to store and cool water. It can be found in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. The idea of labu sayong came from the use of matured pumpkins to store water, after the contents had been removed and the inside cleaned. Making labu sayong starts with the shaping of clay which is then

Labu Sayong

printed with various designs, smoked and baked. The end product is the famous black pitcher.

Belanga is found in many homes in rural Malaysia which is often characterised by its round base and wide rim. Belanga is used to cook curries as it is believed that the round base allows heat to be distributed evenly. Smaller belangas, called brown periuk are usually used for cooking rice. In Kuala Krai, Kelantan there is a pottery by the name of Mambong, taken from the name of the village (Kampung Mambong). Clay is kneaded by hand into pots, pans, water vessels or steamers. The addition of muscovite in the kneaded clay gives the Mambong pottery a shiny appearance. Terenang, also known as Tembeling pottery, is an angular-shaped jar made from clay used to store water. It is a handicraft made by the people around Kampung Pasir Durian in Kuala Tembeling, Pahang which is reachable by the river. The potters of Tembeling are said to have enjoyed a royal patronage once where they were given protection and lived within the palace grounds. Tembeling has a hollow neck and convex-shaped body, its designs inspired by nature.

Potter Shaping Clay

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Buyung, which has a bulbous body and straight body is also one type of utensil used to store water. Ceramics production can be found in Seberang Perai, Penang. The village of Kampung Alor Merah in Sungai Dua was once famous for its clay cauldrons and cooking pots.

Kain Songket

Embroidery Gold and silver embroidery is a unique handicraft originated from Perak. Embroidery is a needlework art using gold threads to be sewn on the basic velvet. Also known as raised spine embroidery. Regardless of whether it is embroidered, raised or using appliques, they look the same from the cloth’s surface as it is filled with pith. In the old days, traditional designs were used to form the motifs on bed furnishings of the royal families but now, it is also popular among the masses especially as decor for Malays weddings such as bridal stands, shoes and cushions.

Songket is a popular form of weaving technique. It utilises an elaborate supplementary weft technique where gold threads are woven in between the longitudinal silk threads of the background cloth. As it is an extremely rich and luxurious fabric, in ancient days, songket represented the social status of Malay elites. Also known as kain songket or songket cloth, this fabric is very popular in the eastern states of Peninsular Malaysia particularly Kelantan and Terengganu. This typical hand-woven art includes the techniques of tekat which is a gold embroidery technique known for its historical uses in Malays weddings. In modern times, the use of songket has extended and adopted for items like tablecloths, handbags, shoes or covers for couch or tissue boxes. Iban Weaving

Woven Palm Leaves

Weaving Screwpine (pandan) and mengkuang leaves are used to make baskets, bags, mats, rugs or small decorative items. Strips of leaves are cleaned of thorns, soaked, dried and dyed and woven according to designs. Other kinds of weaving are using bamboo and rattan to make baskets, bags or furniture. Mengkuang fibres, while tough, can be processed into fine, smooth strips to be handwoven into beautiful decorative household items such as bags, gift boxes or mats. Another interesting dyeing technique used to pattern textiles is known as ikat which means cord, thread, knot and part of the weaving process. In local markets in East Malaysia, ikat cotton cloth with ethnic patterns is a common sight. Cotton ikat is produced on wooden looms and is called pua kumbu, a native woven cloth by Sarawak’s Ibans. It is made from individually dyed threads on a back strap loom. The dyes that weavers use are made from roots of plants, barks leaves and other plants found in nearby forests. It has supernatural motifs inspired by dreams and ancient animist beliefs. The maker’s hands are able to create the most fascinating patterns that are both real and surreal, making them a specialty for fashion and furnishings. Malaysian weaving products are the results of the abundance of raw materials found in the jungles. For example, rattan vines can be woven into nice chairs and tables which are very popular with the English. Fronds of the sago palm are strong and versatile to be crafted. In East Malaysia, they are dyed and woven into exquisitely patterned jewellery, baskets, mats, etc.

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Borneo Bead

Jewellery & Costume Accessories The selection of hand-crafted accessories are plenty in Malaysia, be they leather-crafter goods, beadwork necklaces from East Malaysia or gold and silver jewellery so finely made. A three-piece brooch set, known as kerongsang, is used to pin the lapels of the baju kurung. Kerongsang usually comes in sets of three, consisting of a kerongsang ibu (mother piece) which is the heavier and bigger piece and two kerongsang anak (child pieces) which are worn below the kerongsang ibu. A cucuk sanggul is a traditional hairpin used to secure a woman’s hair in a bun. They are made of gold, silver or wood and are normally worn in graduated sets of three, five or seven by brides or traditional dancers and performers.

Pending is a large, intricate ornamented belt buckle worn around the sampin (a shirt-like cloth worn by men to complement the traditional attire for Malay men). Pending was once a sign of wealth and status for men.


Sepak Takraw

Sepak Takraw Sepak takraw is a traditional ball game. The ball is made by weaving strips of bamboo and is passed around the players using every part of their bodies except hands to keep the rattan ball aloft. Sepak takraw comes in two types – the bulatan (circle) which is the original form in which players form a circle and try to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. Sepak takraw jaring (net), on the other hand, is the modern version where the ball is passed across a court over a high net.

Wau A wau is perhaps one of the most well-known forms of traditional kite. Wau is popular in Kelantan. The name wau came about because its shape is similar to the Arabic letter that is pronounced as wow.

Wau was traditionally flown after the rice harvest season. These kites can be as big as man measuring about 3.5 metres from head to tail. Most kites are made from colourful waxed papers glued over a light bamboo frame which are then decorated with flower, animal or geometry motifs. Wau Bulan (Moon Kite) is the most popular and is also the logo of the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines. Wau, especially when played in groups such as during festivals are truly a sight to behold

Silat is an interesting weaponless form of Malay martial arts who also incorporates sport and traditional dance, using mesmerising fluid movements. It has existed in the Malay Archipelago for centuries. According to Islamic tenets, practising silat will increase one’s spiritual strength. It is often performed at Malay weddings, ceremonies or cultural celebrations with the accompaniment of drums, gongs and other musical instruments. Wau

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with its vibrant colours, patterns and forms like bird wau, parrot wau, peacock wau, swing kebayan wau or stingray wau. Wau is also used as wall decorations or gifts. Kite makers are dwindling as years pass but there are some still practising the traditional craft in Kota Bahru, Kelantan with the best ones along the main road to Pantai Cahaya Bulan.

Gasing A gasing refers to a giant spinning top and can be as large as 5kg in weight. Gasing was traditionally played before the rice harvest season. Playing gasing requires strength, skills and good coordination. The top is set spinning by unfurling a rope that is wound around it. It is then scooped off the ground while it is still spinning with a wooden bat with a centre slit and transferred onto a low post with a metal receptacle. Expertly hurled, a gasing can spin for up to 2 hours.

Keris The keris is an icon in Malay culture and history, from being a royal weapon to a status symbol in old Malay hierarchy. It was also traditionally used in Malay self-defense and martial arts. In modern day, keris is a royal sovereign symbol and part of a prized art collection. The largest ones were used by royal guards and warriors. Cradled in the left arm, they were like swords with straight practical blades and light in weight and design. Another type was the short ornamental keris for the female royalty, which became the basis for practical ones known today. The keris has an elaborately carved handle and wavy blade, although many have straight blades too. Historically, keris was considered an object of mystery with spiritual powers, had the ability to protect its owners from harm and misfortune. If a keris was neglected, the protective spirit would abandon the blade, rendering the keris powerless.

Malay Dagger, Keris

Wayang Kulit

A keris is divided into three parts – the blade (bilah), the hilt (hulu) and the sheath (warangka) which are carved in meticulous details and made from many types of materials such as metal, rare wood, gold or ivory. The artistic value of a keris includes the form and design of the blade, which have around 150 variants called the dhapur. Others are the pattern of metal alloy decoration on the blade which has around 60 variants and is called the pamor as well as the age and origin of a keris known as tangguh. In pre-Islamic time, keris hilts were carved in the humanlike form of Hindu deities. With the arrival of Islam, hilt carvers used abstract forms and motifs such as the jawa-demam, a birdlike hilt. Many Malay families pass down keris as part of family heirlooms. Keris connoisseurs can trace a family’s origin by studying the keris details which are different throughout the archipelago. In ancient times, a keris was made every time an important occasion took place such as births or weddings. For example, a new keris was made when a child reached puberty. An empu (master smith) was approached with details of the child’s age and characteristics. Not so much as a weapon for fighting, but to instil a sense of responsibility.

Wayang Kulit Wayang kulit is a form of traditional theatre combining the essence of a puppet show and the charming simplicity of a shadow play. Flat two-dimensional puppets are elaborately carved and painted by hand. These puppets are made of cow or buffalo leathers that has been stretched and dried. Patterns are then carved out on the leathers. Each puppet is a stylised representation of the human shape. Unlike puppets, they have hands. These puppetsare controlled by a master storyteller called Tok Dalang. Wayang kulit usually dramatizes ancient Indian epics such as the Ramayana or Mahabhrata.

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Congkak Congkak is a game played by women in the old days. The game was extremely simple to assemble – simply dug out holes in the earth and some tamarind seeds. In modern times, the earth has been replaced with an oval solid wood block with two rows or five, seven or nine holes and two large holes at both ends for home. Although tamarind seeds can still be used, there are other alternatives too such as shells, coloured marbles or pebbles. A congkak game requires two players.


Sepak Manggis Sepak manggis is an outdoor game of the Bajau and Iranun men of Sabah. Players form a circle and face each other, aiming to strike the bunga manggis floral carrier that dangles from a 10 metre high pole. The winner is rewarded with money, gifts or food which are in the carrier.

The Music Traditional music is centred on the gamelan, a stringed instrument from Indonesia. The gamelan song is often accompanied by the ethereal lilting and hypnotic beats of Malaysian drums and stringed instuments. In an era before modern technologies, giant drums called rebana ubi were used as a mean of communication. In ancient Malay kingdoms, the rebana ubi was also used to convey various messages from warning of danger to wedding announcements. In Kelantan, there is a Giant Drum Festival held every May or Jun of the year.

Traditional Dance

Gamelan is part of the traditional Malay orchestra, the other is the nobat. The nobat is a royal orchestra that plays solemn music for the royal courts using serunai and nafiri wind instruments. Kompang, dubbed the most popular Malay traditional instrument, is widely used in many occasions such as weddings, official functions, National Day parade or celebrations. It is similar to tambourine but without the jingling metal discs. The gambus is played in many Malay folk music especially as the lead instrument in Ghazal music. Gambus was brought to Malaysia by Persian and Middle Eastern traders. It is crafted with a combination of different woods. The sound it produces is similar to that of the harpsichord.

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The Orang Ulu community or upriver people in Sarawak has a traditional flute called sape which is a woodcarving masterpiece with colourful motifs. Sape is made by hollowing a length of wood and was traditionally played during healing ceremonies in the longhouses. It is now a social instrument of entertainment to accompany dances such as the ngajat and datun julud.

Health Tourism

Health tourism in Malaysia is ranked in the top five destinations for health tourism.

The Malaysian Government strongly promotes the growth of health or medical tourism and this boost provides a strong assurance on the quality care, regulations, safety standards and the governing laws within the industry. There is even a dedicated website devoted specifically to medical tourism (, an initiative by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. Health tourism is a growing industry and medical costs in every medical field are also rising on par. People seek healthcare in other countries to receive treatments at lower costs. With the ever increasing costs of healthcare in many developed countries, people are seeking more affordable treatment options in Malaysia. Malaysia is also the preferred choice for other healthcare seekers from other parts of the world whose medical field may be less developed or less varied as our medical practices are at par with some of the best in the world, offering specialties in various medical disciplines.

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A latest research study by RNCOS, an industry research solutions provider, titled Booming Medical Tourism In Malaysia, the market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 13% for 2013-2017. Factors cited that are driving the growth are cost-effective treatments, skilled medical professionals and governmental support. The study also revealed one of the market segments in medicine that is gaining ground and becoming very popular in Malaysia – alternative medicines. Tourists are fascinated by the alternative medical practices as they not only cure illnesses but also increase the resilience of the human body devoid of any side effects commonly associated with conventional medicine. A US-based provider of medical travel guidebooks, Patients Beyond Borders, listed Malaysia among the top 10 health tourism destinations in the world, drawing about 670,000 medical travellers in 2012. Malaysia, it said, remains one of the top value health travel destinations with savings up to 80%. The highest number of cases coming in for treatment, which are also the most popular ones, are for knee replacement, hip replacement, cardiac treatment, health screening, eye and dental, as well as neurological treatment. The majority of foreign patients seeking medical treatments in Malaysia are from Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and West Asia. In 2012, a total of 671,727 foreign health tourists visited Malaysia. What makes Malaysia score a first to be the choice for healthcare treatment? As healthcare and treatment costs are one of the crucial factors determining the choice of destination, Malaysia scores very well indeed. The favourable exchange and conversion rates enable many foreign patients or healthcare seekers an affordable option to have their medical treatments in Malaysia. For example, according to Patients Beyond Borders, a full facelift in Malaysia costs only US$5,500, less than half of the US$12,000 price tag in the United States (as of March 2013) or a coronary artery bypass graft costing only US$20,800 in Malaysia, a fraction of the US$88,000 in US.

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Malaysia has highly qualified doctors and specialists providing services in better-known fields of expertise such as cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, dermatology, general practice, fertility treatment, reconstructive surgery, etc. Treatments offered range from primary care to secondary and tertiary care. Most of these treatments are also available via the Minimally Invasive Surgery which ensures there is less loss of blood, less pain and speeder recovery. Muslim health tourists such as from the Middle East or other countries prefer Malaysia as a healthcare destination as being a Muslim country, we are able to cater effectively to the Muslim tourists seeking halal food, products and services. In fact, the Malaysian halal logo is one of the most recognised in the world. Malaysia, although a multilingual, multicultural and multi diversity country, uses English widely. Doctors are well conversant in English, while there are others who speak a multitude of other languages like Arabic, Mandarin, Tamil, Japanese, etc. This is also one of the biggest advantage of our medical field. Language is very seldom a barrier to communicating in Malaysia. All hospitals in Malaysia are regulated by the Government. All private hospitals are required to be licensed under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 to ensure patients receive safe practice and high standard of quality care. Many private hospitals have international accreditations such as the internationally recognised Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation and the Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation. Both accreditations are recognised members of the International Accreditation Federation Council (IAFC), a body under the umbrella of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISquA). The Malaysia Ministry of Health also requires hospitals to report on mortality rate, giving an assurance on clinical quality. Additionally, Malaysia is also among a handful of countries in the region or world which promotes medical tourism (directly). This gives health tourists an assurance of quality care, professionalism, regulation, safety standards

the industry can be addresses to ensure visitors a smooth experience with Malaysian healthcare services. MHTC also acts as a one-stop centre for all matters related to healthcare travel and facilitates enquiries on policies and programmes on healthcare travel development and promotion. Medical tourism is identified in the National Key Economic Areas and the MHTC was established to promote it

MHTC Concierge and most importantly cost control. The latter is of crucial importance as even private hospitals in Malaysia are governed by the Government’s stipulated rates, thus eliminating the practice of over-charging, which is what differentiate us from other hospitals around the world. World-class treatment, cutting-edge medical facilities and technology used by highly specialists. We have doctors who have graduated from local universities while some of the renowned medical specialists are trained in esteemed medical institutions in the world. There are also plenty of options available once medical tourists finish their treatments. Most of all they can recuperate, relax and enjoy in a multitude of attractions the country can offer – from lush forests to pristine beaches to ultramodern cities Accommodation in Malaysia is plenty with hotels, inn, resorts or lodges ranging from 3-6 stars.

Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) The Malaysian Government started to give prominence to health tourism at the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis as an economic diversification. The National Committee for the Promotion of Medical and Health Tourism was formed by the Ministry of Health in January 1998. In 2009, Ministry of Health Malaysia set up the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) to be the primary agency to promote and develop the country's health tourism industry as well as position Malaysia as a healthcare hub in the region. MHTC facilitates public-private sector collaboration in healthcare so that issues affecting

The MHTC Concierge provides medical travellers easy access to all information needed in order to have a comfortable stay in Malaysia. The MHTC Concierge is located at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Arrival Hall (Gate 5) to:Answer medical enquiries Disseminate healthcare services information Facilitate information about transport, accommodation and travel in Malaysia

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The MHTC Concierge is also integrated with the MHTC’s Careline (+603-2726 8688), operating from Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 6pm for any medical and travel enquiries such as treatments available, certified doctors, accommodation and other medical travel related needs.

MHTC Lounge The MHTC Lounge is set up at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Arrival Hall (Gate 8) to facilitate the arrival of medical tourists. While visiting Malaysia as a health tourist, they can rest at the MHTC Lounge while waiting for their transportation arrangements i.e. pick-up service from the respective medical providers. Further Information:

Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council Unit A-13-8, Level 13, Tower A, Menara UOA Bangsar, No.5, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel : 603 2283 2003 Fax : 603 2283 1025 Careline Tel : 603 2726 8688 Email : Website :

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Pioneering Healthcare in a Tourist Haven Located in Melaka which is renowned for its delightful mix of rich heritage and modern living, many visitors from all over the world have come to seek medical treatment in Mahkota Medical Centre (Mahkota).

Mahkota and Medical Tourism On average, Mahkota sees 275,000 patients each year, out of which 30% are foreigners, hailing mostly from Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar and Brunei. Licenced for use of Medisave (for Singaporeans and PRs), Mahkota is located in the heart of Melaka, which is known as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, where good food and shopping abound. Quality Medical Care The hospital boasts a total of 70 resident consultants who specialise / sub-specialise in a broad range of medical and surgical disciplines. The vast majority of its resident consultants are UK trained and accredited, while the rest have qualifications from other Commonwealth countries. Being one of the largest hospitals in the Southern region of Peninsular Malaysia, Mahkota has the advantage of offering the same quality service as they would find in Kuala Lumpur or even Singapore but yet at a fraction of the costs. One distinctive advantage is that the hospital is able to provide comprehensive healthcare facilities and services which include amongst others, cardiac catheterisation, dialysis, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, health screening and in-vitro fertilization. Mahkota is also well known for its

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seven Centres of Excellence in the specialised fields of Bone and Joint Replacement, Cancer, Heart, Men’s Health, Neurological and Stroke, Woman and Child and Wellness.

comfortable as possible. The hospital has added an in-house bakery and aesthetic centre and has renovated key areas such as its dental centre, rehabilitation centre, and health screening centre.

Patient As The Priority The hospital has a designated department to assist with visa extension, language interpretation, travel arrangements and accommodation. The hospital also provides free shuttle services to and fro the Melaka jetty and airport.

Connecting Through Digital Media To continuously engage with patients, both local and overseas, Mahkota has its own Facebook page, website and Twitter. A team of dedicated staff at the hospital respond to overseas and local enquiries via Facebook and the Mahkota Facebook Page has currently a total of over 18,700 fans. Patients can also email their enquiries to the Customer Service Department via info@mahkotamedical and all enquiries will be attended to within 48 hours.

To date, Mahkota has 20 representative offices located in Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar. These representative offices are set up with the core aim of providing information about the hospital to potential patients. These include the facilities and services available, cost and length of stay estimation, and assistance on booking of accommodation / transportation whichever necessary. These services are complimentary and a part of Mahkota’s philosophy of ensuring that every patient has a hassle free journey to receiving medical treatment at the hospital. Home Away From Home Concept To cater to the needs of its local and overseas patients, the hospital has recently undergone major refurbishments and upgraded the facilities to make the patient’s stay in the hospital as

For further information, please contact: Mahkota Medical Centre No.3, Mahkota Melaka, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia. Main lines : +606-285 2991 Health Screening Centre: +606-285 2802 Fax : +606-281 0560 Website :

HMI Referral Office 221 Balestier Road #03—04 Rocca Balestier, Singapore 329928. Tel no : +65 6334 7283 Email : Website :

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BP Healthcare Group BP Healthcare, established in 1982, is Malaysia’s largest private healthcare provider committed to academic healthcare in research, education and clinical care. We provide a one-stop integrated healthcare solution through interlinked support from the companies within the Group. BP Healthcare Group comprises of more than 20 companies serving various medical needs of the people with capabilities covering the entire spectrum of healthcare services. The Group employs over 1000 employees with over 70% comprising of professionals while active recruitment is still ongoing as part of our efforts to serve the people effectively by improving patient outcomes and lower overall health costs. Working on the believe that everyone deserves quality healthcare, BP Healthcare has undertaken innovative and creative solutions for the convenience of the people such as online ordering service and drive-through pharmacy facilities, mobile applications, mobile diagnostic units, kiosks for hearing test, dental services as well as new medical services covering dental, ENT, CT Scan, mammogram, Healthy Inside, Beauty Outside Wellness Programme, DEXA, Gastroscopy, hearing, eye screening and Quit Smoking Programme. BP Healthcare connects people to make life better. We have a range of medical services and centres to cater to the medical needs of the people, by bringing quality healthcare to the people through our expansive network of:• 70 laboratories • 50 diagnostic centres • 50 hearing aid centres • 50 dispensaries and pharmacies • 50 food and industrial testing centres • 5 specialist centres • 3 dental specialist clinics • 1 BP eye clinic • 1 Garvy Restaurant, the first outlet was set up in BP Specialist Centre, Ipoh BP Healthcare Group actively seeks out corporate responsibility as part of our business responsibilities to contribute to the community. We provide medical support through our various roadshows, health talks and campaigns, and free

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health screening services throughout the country. As part of our corporate social responsibility, we donated RM1 million to the Penang Adventist Hospital in 2012 to build a fund for their hospital facility. We have also signed a few Memorandums of Understanding with local universities as part of our continuous support towards education through training and sharing of experience. This enables undergraduates from respective medical streams to obtain invaluable practical experience during their internship with us. The companies under the BP Healthcare Group are:• BP Diagnostic Centre • BP Specialist Centre • BP Clinical Lab • BP Business Solutions • BP Food & Environmental Testing • BP Ambulatory • BP Hearing Solutions • LABPRO • BE-P Pharmacy • Lovy Pharmacy • BP Dental • BP Wellness Centre • BP Eye • BP Aesthetics • Mobile DC • BP Polo Club • Garvy’s Restaurant The Group was awarded winner of the 2013 Excellent Eagle Award for Golden Eagle Award. The Frost & Sullivan Award 2013 also named BP Healthcare Group as Malaysia Health Screening Company Of The Year. For a full list of the services offered by BP Healthcare Group, please visit our website at

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Health Rejuvenation & Wellness

SPA, an acronym for Salus Per Aqua means healing by water Many medical and packaged tours providers are offering effective combinations of a particular treatment requirement and a suitable holiday. Packages offered depend on the choice of the desired treatment, keeping in mind the patients’ state of health and amount of post-operative recuperation required. Wellness and spa tourism is not new in Malaysia. Malaysia offers the best backdrop for health programmes with its traditional therapies, diversity of cultures and abundance of natural resources. Other than the attractive medical tourism packages, tourists are drawn to the excellent spa vacation packages which are truly value for money. The natural landscape of Malaysia, such as rainforest, waterfalls, highlands, hot springs as well as riversides, provide the perfect backdrop for a unique spa experience. A lot of health rejuvenation packages combine holidays with spa treatments in prime resorts in Malaysia. A general healthcare package would generally comprise of a hotel stay and hospital stay plus treatment, or a stay in a spa resort for those opting for rejuvenation package. Regular visits to the spa is believed to bring relief from internal ailments, rejuvenates the body and provides oxygen to the skin and joints. It also promotes tauter skin, stronger joints, increased resistance to diseases and increased body metabolism as well as relieving mental stress and pressure – all of which promote human wellbeing. Malaysia’s spa settings provide the ideal companion for complete rejuvenation and relaxation. A traditional Malay body massage, herbal baths, facials, herbal baths and other treatments are based on ancient healing rituals and practices. For example, the Malay herbal treatments use a combination of herbs and plants which contain natural curative properties; or the traditional crème bath hair treatments employ the use of coconut milk, aloe vera and crushed hibiscus leaves. There are also jamu preparations using medicinal plants and local herbs such as

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turmeric and mixed with honey to be consumed to detox the body. There are 72 hospitals registered with the Malaysia Health Travel Council to provide services and treatment to health travellers. These are private institutions located all over the country offering Chinese and Malay treatments or in short, complementary medicine such as Ayurvedic therapies and other traditional practices that are hundreds of years old. There are also two Chinese hospitals which are unique because they offer both Western and traditional Chinese medicine within the same hospital.

Malaysia also has hospitals with comprehensive wellness components offering treatments such as weight management and nutritional services, and health screenings. All are performed by professionals within a hospital setting. For example, the Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre focuses on 3 core specialties – aesthetics, cosmetic surgery and healthy aging. Out of the total 12,000 American health visitors coming every year to the country, half are coming for aesthetic treatments. Health visitors often bring their families along for a holiday while they have a procedure done. There are many kinds of spas, some of the most popularly known are:The day spa is the most common one which is similar to beauty salons that provide a variety of facial and beauty treatments where visitors only visit the spa for the duration of the visit. A destination spa is built into a resort as a service or facility offered to guests and it is often used as a key attraction of the resort or hotel. The whole resort can be considered a destination spa if the packages offered are inclusive of spa treatments. Packages offered are usually for a number of days intended for lifestyle change. Packages offered are usually for a minimum number of days for some lifestyle change to be implemented and take effect. A hotel spa, also known as a resort spa is

located in a hotel or resort that usually offers a wider variety of spa packages cum hotel or resort facilities such as gym or yoga exercise. Medical spa or medi-spa is gaining popularity by providing medical treatments that focus on wellness, preventive healthcare or invasive cosmetic procedures supervised by medical professionals. Malaysia is also home to world-renowned spas such as the Spa Village in Pangkor Laut Resort and Mandara Spa in Langkawi and Cherating, where absolute pampering awaits all visitors. These premium spas have upgraded facilities to provide a range of rejuvenating and therapeutic treatments. These spas also attract many foreign tourists who want to improve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being through spa products and services. There are also many natural health spots such as hot pools and cold springs in the forest clearings in Poring Hot Springs in Sabah, Tambun Hot Springs in Perak and the Kulim Hot Springs in Kedah. A dip in these springs are said to leave visitors feeling refresh and rejuvenated.

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Roof of CHI, The Spa

CHI, The Spa At Shangri-La Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa re-opened in September 2006 after a two-year, RM100 million redevelopment, and debuting Malaysia’s fi rst CHI, The Spa.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort And Spa Long renowned as Asia’s premier luxury beach resort, the introduction of CHI is designed to establish Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa as one of the world’s foremost spa destinations. The concept of CHI is to create a sanctuary of tranquility. One of the main hallmarks of CHI is spacious, private spa suites and villas, designed to create a “spa within a spa” environment. Therapies are based on the ancient healing traditions, philosophies and rituals of Asia. This concept is further enhanced by local cultural infl uences in architecture and interior design, treatment techniques and ingredients, and the luxuriant tropical landscape that has always been synonymous with Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa. This fi rst CHI Spa in Malaysia will be a veritable sanctuary within 3,800 sq. metres of gardens complete with 11 treatment villas, yoga pavilion, reception, sanctum, all set amidst lush gardens beside one of the hotel’s private pools. There are three Couples’ Villas and eight Garden Suites – some with outdoor spa tubs, and designed in keeping with CHI’s signature “spa within a spa” concept with private changing, vanity, relaxation and bathroom facilities.

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The Spa

The spa area is enveloped by walls made of local granite, shaded by the canopy of centuries-old rain trees, and intersected by walkways through bamboo forests. All spa structures are open to the surrounding tropical vegetation. Tranquil interiors include teak walls, wood tiles and rich, dark silks, highlighted by Asian art and artifacts. The CHI concept was developed in collaboration with a team of recognized specialists. Spa treatments and an exclusive product range have been designed based on the three areas of Balancing and Detoxification, Calming and Serenity and Nurturing. Indigenous ingredients and techniques drawn from the ancient healing traditions of Asia are used including Malaysian style poultice treatments and traditional Malaysian scrub or lulur.

CHI Therapist in Villa

Exotic local ingredients appear throughout the CHI Spa menu of more than 26 treatments, from poultices of lemon grass and ginger, to oil of nutmeg and aromatic pandan leaves used in body treatments. The “Rasa Asmaradana� (Loving Feeling) massage treatment, involving traditional Malaysian techniques and ingredients, is a signature therapy, opening a window to local Malay ritual and healing culture to contemporary spa-goers.

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Education Tourism

The main agency responsible for developing education tourism in Malaysia is the Ministry of Higher Education, with the Ministry of Tourism helping in promotion‌

Malaysia is becoming more and more recognised as the choice for tertiary and continuing education among foreign students from around the world. Some of the reasons are: The relatively low cost of living but high quality of life combined with easy accessibility to the latest state-of-the-art educational aids and technologies in academic. Malaysia’s multi-racial population and welcoming nature make it easy for students to blend in while in the country pursuing their education or training.


Education Tourism

Foreign students will also enjoy the opportunity to holiday in one of the most beautiful and vibrant nations in the world. Malaysian education system, public or private, is closely monitored by the Education Ministry through their quality control authorities and respective legislations such as the Education Act 1996, the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 and the Malaysian Qualifying Agency Act 2007. Malaysia has a wide range of universities, colleges and schools, plus an extensive selection of courses to choose from.

The popular twinning degrees and 3+0 degree programmes are also conducted in Malaysia offering a cost-effective avenue and alternative choice for quality education and qualifications from universities such as in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. There are foreign branch of university campuses operating in Malaysia to enable students to acquire university qualifications from prestigious foreign universities in a country with lower living expenses and favourable exchange rates. An example is the Monash University Malaysia (Sunway Campus) set up in 1998. At the same time, local universities also offer competitively priced and excellent quality degree programmes. The use of English is wide and extensive; making living and studying easy for English-speaking students while creating a conducive environment for those who want to pick up the language. Hassle-free and students-friendly immigration procedures and practices enable foreign students easy entry into the country’s higher educational institutions. Laws allowing international students to work part-time while studying in Malaysia (for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days) is a great attraction to many – some may work to supplement their pocket money and cover expenses while others may opt to get to know the country and its people better (this is subject to immigration requirements). Malaysia is economically sound, has a stable government and is geographically safe being in a zone free from most natural disasters. The country, being a multi-racial melting pot is home to many gastronomical delights – western, halal, ethnic, continental, vegetarian, we have it all. Malaysia boasts one of the most advanced transportation system and infrastructure buildup which allows for easy mobility, be it for work, study, or leisure travelling.

An Overview Of The Malaysian Education System The Malaysian education system comprises of education starting from pre-school to university and beyond.

Primary & Secondary Education Primary education is six years and is mandatory for all children between the ages of 7 and 12. Secondary education takes up 5 years which include 3 years of lower secondary and 2 years of upper secondary. Students sit for common public examinations at the end of primary and upper secondary levels. In total, these make up 11 years of free education for every Malaysian.

Post-Secondary Education Upon completion of secondary education, qualified students can opt to pursue one to two years of post-secondary education known as Form Six which is akin to a university entrance preparatory course. In short, 12 years of school education to serve as a basic entry requirement into Year One of a bachelor’s degree programme in higher education institutions.

Tertiary Education Institutions of higher learning offer courses for certificates, diplomas, first degrees or higher degree qualifications for both academic and professional fields. The duration of study of a basic bachelor’s degree programme is 3 years. Courses are provided by both public and private education sectors which attract many international students. Tertiary education in Malaysia comprises of two groups: Public or government-funded institutions of higher learning such as public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and teacher training colleges or institutes. Private-funded higher educational institutions (PHEIs) such as private universities, private university colleges, foreign branch campus universities and private colleges.

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Immigration Requirements For Foreign Students Studying in Malaysia is made easy with simple and hassle-free immigration procedures and processes. To qualify as a student, they must:• Have already been accepted for a fulltime course of study (inclusive of English programmes) at a public or private higher educational institution • Have the financial capability to meet the course fees and living or travel expenses • Possess good health and character • Entering the country for study purposes only All applications for student passes for international students are done through Malaysian educational institutions. The processing, approval and issuance of student passes and visas are done by the Malaysian Immigration Department. This excludes students from the People Republic of China who have to obtain their visas from the Embassy of Malaysia or the Council of Malaysia in China. Family members of students are allowed to accompany students to stay in Malaysia for the entire study duration subject to approval by the Malaysian Immigration Department. They must belong to either one of these categories:• Parents of students • Spouses, children and parents of students from Middle East countries • Spouses and children of students who are studying postgraduate programmes

Further Information:

Headquarters of Malaysian Immigration Department, Visa, Pass & Permit Division, 1st to 7th Floor (Podium), Block 2G4, Federal Government Administrative Precinct 2, 62550 Putrajaya, Malaysia. Tel : 603 – 8880 1000 Fax : 603 – 8880 1200 Website :


Education Tourism

Studying In Malaysia In 6 Simple Steps The student submits an application form for study with the relevant documents to the intended educational institution which has the official approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Immigration Department) to recruit international students. When the application is accepted by the educational institution, it will help him to apply for a student pass at the Malaysian Immigration Department in Malaysian, except for students from China who have to do it at the Malaysian Embassy or Council of Malaysia in China. Upon acceptance, a letter of approval for the student is released by the Malaysian Immigration Department to the educational institution for their onward delivery to the student. Before leaving his/her home country, the student must inform the educational institution about the details of his/her port of entry i.e. airport, flight number, arrival date and time


Upon arrival at the airport in Malaysia, the educational institutions’ representative receives the student at the immigration check-point. The educational institution submits the student’s passport to the Immigration Department, attached with the student pass sticker within 2 weeks of the student’s arrival in Malaysia.

Student Tourism Programme The Student Tourism Programme, launched in 2001, is a collaboration effort between the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Art and Tourism and the Ministry of Education. The objectives are:• To promote domestic tourism by encouraging students to travel especially to historical and cultural, and eco-tourism destinations. • To enhance racial unity and integration among younger generation through properly planned tourism activities and travels, and in turn hope to combat social ills through smart and beneficial use of leisure time. The activities under this programme are:• Student Tourism Clubs are established in secondary schools nationwide to organize activities at school level and also function as information dissemination centres on 3Ps activities in the Ministry to students such as the 3Ps Seminar and Tourism Quiz. • 3Ps Seminars to expose teachers and students to the benefits of tourism and recreational activities. They also act as a preventive channel for students from being involved in negative pursuits. Participants will obtain upto-date information and special promotions and tour packages from tour agencies. • State & National Student Tourism Quiz is held annually and is open to all governmentassisted schools except fully residential schools. District or state level competitions are held to select representatives for the national level competition.

Department Of Higher Education Malaysia (JPT) The Department of Higher Education is one of the departments under the Education Ministry that regulates higher educational institutions (private and private) in the country. The Department comprises of several divisions that manage the processes in higher education through the coordination of policies, funding and activities. These divisions include the Public Higher Education management Sector and the Private Higher Education Management Sector.

Further Information:

Department of Higher Education Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Level 1-3, Block E9, Parcel E, Precinct 1 Federal Government Administrative Centre 62505 Putrajaya, Malaysia Tel : 603-8883 5999 Fax : 603-8889 4119 Website : Email :

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Where’s your next MICE destination? Discover MALAYSIA through its 13 uniquely diverse States and 3 fascinating Federal Territories.

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Nilai Springs Resort Hotel @ Negeri Sembilan

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Monsoon Cup @ Terengganu

Borneo Convention Cen tre Kuching @ Kuching, Sarawak

MAEPS @ Selangor

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Business Tourism

Malaysia offers a large selection of venues, locations and facilities for meetings, incentives, conferences, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). Some of the popular MICE destinations are Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Langkawi, Sabah and Sarawak. True to its slogan, Malaysia Truly Asia, the country is a blend of multiple cultures, characters, heritage, tastes and pluralistic cosmopolitan. The diversity of Malaysia is also reflected in its world famous scenic beaches, centuries-old rainforests, culinary delights and ultra-modern sleekness and facilities – all making it an extremely viable incentive destination. What Malaysia offers is a reasonably priced business destination but world class facilities, amenities and standards. Malaysia is a great, great, great value-for-money, short-haul incentive destination with much to offer.

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Tourism Malaysia has launched a Meet & Experience campaign which is specifically designed to facilitate corporate companies with their MICE activities in Malaysia. The campaigns offer organisers world class MICE products and services with value added benefits such as publicity support through their event calendars, hyperlink to their webpages, information dissemination, etc. Malaysia has excellent international air access, award winning convention facilities, a wide variety of accommodation, economic stability and local experience and expertise which make us a wise choice for meetings in Asia.

Why choose destination?





Malaysia has all the ingredients to be a successful and efficient MICE destination - the expertise, environment and state-of-the-art facilities and centre, accessibility within and from outside the country, leading edge infrastructure and multicultural attraction.

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Malaysia offers the perfect venue with its pleasant weather throughout the year as well as political stability and strategic location. There are no natural disasters nor extreme weather conditions like tropical storms, snowstorms or heat waves that may hinder or affect event planning. It is comfy summer 365 days all year long.

Malaysia business tourism is fully supported by the Government, with a dedicated agency under the Ministry of Tourism – The Malaysian Conference & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) to assist both local and international meeting and event planners bid, secure and stage their international events successfully in Malaysia. What sets Malaysia apart from the masses is that most of our convention centres are adjoining or located near world-class hotels or resorts. The country has an inventory of 195,445 hotel rooms spread across 2,724 hotels. Choices of locations, venue or types of environment are plenty – whether in the cosmopolitan and bustling city centre, up in the highlands, in scenic paradise islands or beach resorts or even the tranquility of a forest resort - we have it all. Or choose from a combination of blending business or formal events with incentive travel destinations in our many famous islands such as Penang with its offerings of world class conference and banqueting facilities and a scenic island resort location for the ultimate holiday pampering and stress-reliever. Malaysia has excellent air access to and within the country provided by mainstream and low cost carriers. Key domestic destinations are all within 2-hour flight time from Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia has excellent transportation infrastructure, making travelling around so much easier and faster and is constantly building on infrastructure facilities.

Visitors would have little problem getting around the country as although a multilingual society, English is widely spoken and used, Signage in hotels, airports and shopping centres are all available in English. Malaysia’s market-oriented economy, supportive government policies and an interactive business community who are open to international businesses have produce a business-friendly environment to conduct businesses and business related activities. Malaysia’s encouragement of k-economy allow companies to conduct business activities in an environment geared towards information and communications technology.

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My Second Home

As of 2012, the top nationalities joining the Malaysia My Second Home Programme are the Japanese, Chinese, Iranians and British‌ The Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H) is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to welcome all foreigners, who fulfill certain criteria, to reside or retire in Malaysia with a 10 year Social Visit Pass or Multiple Entry Visa. Both are continuously renewable unless the holders violate the country’s laws. It is open to citizens of all countries recognized by Malaysia regardless of race, religion, gender or age.


Malaysia My Second Home

MM2H offers many incentives to attract foreigners to migrate to Malaysia as their second or retired homes. However, MM2H participants are not allowed to be employed under this programme, with the exception for those aged 50 years and above but they are only allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week subject to application and approval. Those who wish to work in Malaysia must apply for the Malaysian employment visa or working permit.

Benefits Of MM2H All approved applicants enjoy special benefits approved by the Malaysian Government under this Programme:

Applicants are allowed to bring their spouses and unmarried children below 21 years of age as dependents. It is basically a long-stay programme allowing participants to live in Malaysia without having to worry about short term visa renewals. The MM2H is not a Malaysia Permanent Resident (PR) Status. Nonetheless, it is almost as good as a PR due to the benefits and flexibilities offered. The programme was formally known as the Silver-Hair Programme which was then applicable for those aged 50 and above.

MM2H MM2H offers a straight 10-year residency visa in Malaysia with continuous renewal for an indefinite period as long as participants do not violate Malaysian laws. There is no minimum stay requirement throughout the ten years’ period which means participants are free to stay in Malaysia and travel as often as they like.

Tax Free Income Under MM2H, all off-shore incomes or funds remitted into Malaysia is not taxable. Monies can be taken out and remitted from the country without any hassle.

Car Purchase Participants can import their cars or purchase new cars (CKD/locally assembled) without tax.

House Purchase Participants can obtain up to 70% of housing loan compared to the normal 60% for foreign applicants (subject to individual’s credibility and bank rules). Participants can purchase any types of residential properties provided that they have been issued with Certificates of Fitness (CF). Note : With effect from 1 January 2014, the real property gains tax (RPGT) rate set by the Government of Malaysia is 30% within three years, 20% and 15% in the fourth and fifth years respectively. RPGT is imposed on the profits made on properties sold off within a set period of time. No tax is imposed for disposals after the sixth year.

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MM2H Terms & Condition Upon Application Applicants are expected to be financially capable of supporting themselves on this programme in Malaysia. Applicants aged 50 and above may comply with the financial proof of RM350,000 in liquid assets and offshore income of RM10,000 per month. Applicants must also provide certified copies of latest 3 months current account statements as financial proof, with each month’s credit balance of RM350,000. For retirees, they are required to show proof of receiving pension from government approved funds of RM10,000 per month. Applicants below 50 years are required to show proof of liquid assets worth a minimum of RM500,000 and offshore income of RM10,000 per month. Financial proof can be in certified copies of current account statements of which participants must provide for the last 3 months (with each month’s credit balance of RM500,000).


Malaysia My Second Home

MM2H Terms & Condition Upon Approval Upon receipt of the conditional approval letter from the Malaysian Immigration Department, successful applicants are required to comply with the following financial criteria within a 6 month period: Open a Fixed Deposit Account in Malaysia • Applicants aged 50 years and above: RM150,000 • Applicants below 50 years: RM300,000 All applicants and their dependants are required to submit a medical report from any private hospital or registered clinic in Malaysia Approved participants and their dependants must possess valid medical insurance coverage that is applicable in Malaysia from any insurance company. Exemptions may be given for participants who face difficulties in obtaining medical insurance due to their age or medical conditions. Further Information:

MALAYSIA MY SECOND HOME CENTRE (MM2H) Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Level 1, No. 2, Tower 1, Jalan P5/6, Presint 5, 62200 W.P. Putrajaya, MALAYSIA Tel : 603 8891 7424 / 7427 / 7434 / 7439 Fax : 603 8891 7415 Email : Website :

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Quick Language Guide These are some useful words and expressions which are useful for any visitors travelling in Malaysia. Although English is only the second language, it is widely used and understood by most Malaysians. Nonetheless, it is useful to learn some local words which help a lot in getting around, be understood or to strike up a conversation.


NUMERICS One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Tens (i.e. twenty) Hundred Thousand

Satu Dua Tiga Empat Lima Enam Tujuh Lapan Sembilan Sepuluh Dua puluh Ratus Ribu

PRONOUNS AND TITLES I You We He/She They Mr Miss A little A lot

Saya Anda/Awak Kita/Kami Dia Mereka Encik Cik Sedikit Banyak

ACTIONS I want to ‌ - eat - drink - rest - sleep - bathe - go home - take a bus - take a taxi

Saya mahu‌ - makan - minum - berehat - tidur - mandi - balik ke rumah - menaiki bas - menaiki teksi

Quick Language Guide

MOVING AROUND Beach Shopping centre Yes No How? When? What? Why? Straight Right Left Go up Go down Exit Male Female Shop Toilet Wait Airport Bus station Train station Taxi Car

Pantai Pusat membeli-belah Ya Tidak Bagaimana? Bila? Apa? Mengapa? Terus Kanan Kiri Naik Turun Keluar Lelaki Perempuan Kedai Tandas Tunggu Lapangan terbang Stesen bas Stesen keretapi Teksi Kereta

GREETINGS Hello How do you do? I am fine Welcome Good morning Good afternoon Good evening Good night Excuse me (if asking to be let through) Excuse me (if asking for directions) Goodbye See you again Have a good journey Fine Thank you

Helo Apa khabar? Khabar baik Selamat datang Selamat pagi Selamat tengahari Selamat petang Selamat malam Minta lalu Tumpang tanya Selamat tinggal Jumpa lagi Selamat jalan Baik Terima kasih

SHOPPING Can you speak English? Can you help me? How much is this? Can you reduce the price? It is too expensive Keep the change

Boleh cakap Bahasa Inggeris? Bolehkah anda bantu saya? Berapa harganya? Boleh murah sedikit? Ini terlalu mahal Simpan bakinya

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Useful Contacts Any Public Enquiry, Complaint & Suggestion: 1 Malaysia One Call Centre : 603-8000 8000 TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRE George Town, Penang 604-262 Johor Tourism Board 607-223 Kelantan 609-748 KL Sentral 603-2272 Kuala Besut, Terengganu 609-697 Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 603-8776 Labuan 6087-42 Langkawi International Airport, Kedah 604-955 Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) 603-8775 Lumut, Perak 605-683 Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTic) 603-9235 Melaka 606-283 6220 Negeri Sembilan 606-672 Sabah Tourism Board 6088-21 Sarawak Tourism Board 6082-42 Tourism Malaysia (Head Office) 1300 88 AIRLINES AirAsia Berjaya Air Firefly Malaysia Airlines Malindo Air

600 85 603-7847 603-7845 1 300 88 603-7843 603-7841

2093 4935 5534 5823 3166 5647 3445 7155 2518 4057 4848 2726 2121 3600 5050 8888 1338 4543 3000 3000 5388

AIRPORTS Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) 603-8777 6776 Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) 603-8776 4386 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang (Berjaya Air) 603-7846 8228 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang (Firefly Air) 603-7845 4543 Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Sabah 6088-32 5555 Lapangan Terbang Sultan Azlan Shah, Perak 605-318 8202 Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport, Kuantan 609-531 2123 Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Terengganu 609-667 3666


Useful Contacts

TRANSPORT KL Hop-On Hop-Off Tourist Bus KL Monorail KL Sentral Station KLIA Airport Coach KLIA Ekspres/Transit KTM Komuter Train Rapid KL (Light Rail Transit & Bus) Skybus/Skyvan KLIA Airport Limo & Taxi Service Avis Rent-A-Car Public Cab Radio Cab Sunlight Radio Taxi LCCT Airport Taxi Service

603-2691 603-2267 603-2273 603-8787 603-2267 603-2267 603-7650 603-6201 603-9223 1800 88 603-6259 603-9221 603-9057 603-2096

1382 9888 8888 3894 8000 1200 7788 2742 8080 2847 2020 7600 5757 2333

GOVERNMENT DEPARMENTS Immigration Department of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Tourist Police Ministry of Foreign Affairs Royal Malaysian Customs

603-8000 603-2163 603-8000 603-8882

8000 4422 8000 2100

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Ambulance / Police Fire and Rescue Department From Mobile Phone CREDIT CARDS American Express Diners Club Master Card Visa

999 994 112 1800 88 603-2161 1800 80 1800 80

9559 1055 4594 2997

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