CONTENTS Messages Minister of Tourism and Culture YB Datoâ€™ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz
5 Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam
Malaysia as A Travel Destination Malaysia In The Eyes Of The World
Welcome to Malaysia
13 States & 3 Federal Territories
242 258 Health Tourism
Events & Festivals
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On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, I bid a very warm welcome to our guests. Thank you for choosing Malaysia as your preferred choice of destination for your holidays. It won't take too long before you realize the reason why you should visit Malaysia. Whether for business or pleasure, city life or nature adventure, Malaysia has so much to offer to tourists. For the 26th year of continuous effort, I would like to congratulate Malaysia Visitors Guide for producing yet another edition of tourism guidebook. I am glad that the guidebook has always assisted our guests to explore the bests of Malaysia. The tourism industry in Malaysia is becoming prominent and plays an important role as a catalyst in the country's economic growth. In 2013, the tourism and culture industry registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM65.4 billion in receipts, making the tourism industry in Malaysia the second largest foreign exchange earner and the sixth highest contributor to the country's Gross National Income (GNI).
YB DATO' SERI MOHAMED NAZRI BIN ABDUL AZIZ Minister of Tourism And Culture
In conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015, we are offering various unique cultural activities and festivals throughout the year to attract more tourists to Malaysia and spur them to stay longer to shop and travel in Malaysia. We aim to achieve 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion in tourist receipts for Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015. Thank you again for choosing Malaysia as your holiday destination. It is my ardent hope that you will have a remarkable journey visiting Malaysia and we are looking forward to welcome you again.
Celebrating 1Malaysia, Truly Asia
It gives me great pleasure to pen a few lines in this year’s Malaysia Visitors Guide. Allow me to firstly convey my warmest greetings or “Salam Sejahtera” to everyone. Healthcare travel or medical tourism is currently regarded as being one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Taking into consideration global trends and our domestic capacity, the Government of Malaysia has identified healthcare travel as one of the Entry Point Projects to generate revenue for the country’s economy, under the National Key Economic Areas, in its commendable efforts to attain sustained economic growth and prosperity for its citizens. The Government of Malaysia views medical tourism as a potential growth area and fully supports its promotion to the global community as we have the capability to provide high quality healthcare at affordable prices. Thus, the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, was formed to develop and promote Malaysia’s healthcare travel industry. In the past year or two, it has been encouraging to see some of our healthcare facilities winning international awards and accolades. Malaysia’s healthcare has clearly made its mark in the international arena and is fast gaining recognition and today, Malaysia is ranked amongst the top 10 destinations for health tourism in the world - a commendable achievement indeed.
DATUK SERI DR. S. SUBRAMANIAM Minister of Health
MOHAMED NAZRI BIN ABDUL AZIZ Minister of Tourism And Culture Malaysia
I was pleased to note that in February 2014, Malaysia was ranked third worldwide for its healthcare system by International Living, in its 2014 Global Retirement Index. For our country to be recognised internationally is indeed something for us to be proud of and is heart-warming indeed. Backed by state-of-the-art facilities and competent medical personnel, a comfortable stay in fully equipped and high-technology amenities as well as luxurious rooms is rest assured. The more significant factor is that English language is widely used in the hospitals, ensuring ease of communication for our foreign patients seeking medical care here in Malaysia. Encouragingly, we have also witnessed a 15% increase in the number of medical tourists to Malaysia for the last 2 years, from 671,000 in 2012 to 770,000 in 2013. These numbers indicate that Malaysia is fast becoming an attractive medical travel destination for many countries, both in this region and in the world. The Ministry of Health, Malaysia will continue to grow, with the increase in the quantity as well as quality of healthcare facilities each year. The focus of the Ministry is now more extensive especially in providing equitable, accessible and quality healthcare for our patients. I would like to express my delight in seeing Tourism Publications Corporation Sdn. Bhd. endorsing Malaysia’s medical tourism offerings in this Malaysia Visitors Guide. On this note, I would also like to extend a warm welcome or “Selamat Datang” to everyone visiting our beautiful country!
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Malaysia ranked in Top 10 Travel Destination and Best Family Tourist Destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet with an array of new attractions, theme parks and entertainment centres such as Legoland, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, Kidzania and i-city.
Malaysia emerged to be No 19th in world friendliest country to do business for 2014 to 2018 in Business Environment Rankings (BER) by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
In 2014 Global Retirement Index, Malaysia was ranked the 3rd out of 24 countries by International Living.
Malaysia had the highest English language proficiency level in Asia, and climbed up to 11th place from 13th position among 60 countries globally, shown in a 2013 survey by Swiss international education company Education First (EF).
Kuala Lumpur has been voted one of the seven most magnificent and incredible cities in the World in 2014.
According to TripAdvisor's Tripindex Room Service 2014, Kuala Lumpur came in fifth out of 48 countries in terms of combined room service item prices and room rates.
In 2013, CNN ranked Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia capital city as the 4th Best Shopping City after New York, London and Tokyo in its latest World’s 12 Best Shopping Cities. In 2012, 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! Among the list, 1 Utama @ Selangor took 5th place, Mid Valley Megamall @ KL took 8th place and Sunway Pyramid shopping mall @ Selangor took the 10th place.
In The Eyes of The World
LANGUAGES & RELIGION Malaysia’s official language is Bahasa Malaysia (Malay) but English is also widely spoken. Many ethnic groups also converse in their own various languages and dialects. Islam is the official religion of the country but other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity are widely and freely practiced. The Constitution defines all ethnic Malays as Muslims.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Malaysia is located in the Southeast Asia. Situated south of Thailand, and north of Singapore and east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Malaysia consists of two parts: 1) Peninsular Malaysia 2) Two provinces Sabah and Sarawak on Borneo. Malaysia has 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. The others states including Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak.
Malaysia enjoys warm weather with a little fluctuate between 21°C (70°C) and 32°C (90°C) during the year. Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59°C) and 25°C (77°F). It is usually hot and humid, especially in the major cities. Rain tends to fall between November to February on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on western Sarawak and north-eastern Sabah. On the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia the rainy season is usually around April to May and October to November.
HISTORY 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 Rahman became the first Prime Minister.
Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!
Malaysia recorded a population of over 30 million people according to Department of Statistics Malaysia in June 2014. This number included 50.2% of Malays, 11.8% of other Orang Asli (Indigenous people), 21.9% of Chinese, 6.6% of Indians, 0.9% of other races (citizens) and 8.6% of noncitizens.
PEOPLE MALAY, CHINESE AND INDIANS The Malay, 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. Each ethnicity has its culture, tradition, beliefs and festivities. The colorful and harmonious blend of people created the true Malaysian culture. ORANG ASLI “Orang Asli” is the generic term used to refer to the indigenous minority people of Peninsular Malaysia. There are 18 official tribes, categorized under three main groups as Semang (live in the north), Senoi (live in the middle), and Proto-Malay (live in the south) according to their customs and language. They are fishermen and farmers while are semi-nomadic. SARAWAK The indigenous people in Sarawak are collectively known as Dayaks, 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 the largest percentage of Sarawak’s population, making up around 30% (total of 2.5 million) people. Ibans were renowned for headhunting and piracy in ancient times. Most have embraced Christianity although many traditional customs are still being practiced. Bidayuh The Bidayuh is the second largest ethnic group in Sarawak after the Iban. Bidayuh people can be usually found in Sarawak and in West Kalimantan. They are well known for the practice of wearing bangles, a custom passed from generation to generation.
pinang (betel nut) places inside an elaborate palm leaf basket called Serahang made to the sea spirit. Orang Ulu Orang Ulu tribe, literally known as “upriver people”, lives in the northern region of Sarawak. Like the Ibans, the Orang Ulu are also former headhunters but they live in even more imposing longhouses than the former. They are well known for their intricate beadwork detailed tattoos, and can be identified by their unique music – distinctive sounds from their sape (lute with 4 strings). SABAH The largest indigenous ethnic groups of Sabah’s population are the Kadazan Dusun, the Bajau and the Murut. Kadazan Dusun The Kadazan Dusun is the term assigned to the unification of the classification of two indigenous tribes – Kadazan and Dusun, in Sabah. They are grouped together due to similarities in culture and language. Kadazan Dusuns are known as Latin artists of the East, being famous in the state for love and passion for music. Their traditional dances appear attractive and gentle full of passion for life, making their culture a popular and beautiful one. Bajau The Bajau people are the second largest indigenous group in Sabah. Bajaus are oftern called Sea Gypsies. They are sea-oriented, living in boats and leading a nomadic lifestyle. However, they have now turn to farming and cattle breeding and are nicknamed cowboys of the east due to their impressive equestrian skills. Murut Literally meaning “hillpeople”, Muruts were the last of Sabah’s ethnic groups to relinquish on headhunting. Most have now converted to Christianity, with about a fifth of the population being Muslims. Tangkung (similar to a guitar with only 2 strings) usually played during their leisure time.
Melanaus While originally animists, the majority of the Melanaus are now Muslim, although some of them are Christian. They are fishermen was well as paddy and sago. The Melanaus celebrate Kual Festival annually in April. This is a festival originally held as thanksgiving ES PHRAS to the spirit of the N O M OM AU’S C sea. During the u a MELAN n a l Me Suwap festival, they t e m la h Se Englis Abei g offer sago t e in n m r la o M Se Good Malem oon pearls, sago elamet Aftern S d o ’aw o G ma Ka biscuits and a t N h i ig a N e? S Good r Nam Kou… Is You Namo t a h W … s me I My Na
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CHINESE PERANAKAN Commonly known as Baba Nyonya, Chinese Peranakan refers to a group of Chinese immigrants who are assimilated into the local communities. The features of being unified including these Chinese communities adopted local Malay dialects into their daily language, wearing sarong and kebaya and the incorporation of local herbs and spices in their cuisine. Savoury Nyonya cuisine is a must try during your visit in Malaysia, namely Chicken Kapitan, Asam Laksa, Babi Pongteh and many more.
INDIAN PERANAKAN Who are also known as Chitty, Indian Peranakans speak Malay, seasoned with Tamil loan words. Many Chitty can’t speak Tamil fluently. Chitty (or Chetti) means “trader” in Tamil and as long ago as the 15th Century traders from southern India were visiting the shores of the Malay Peninsular to trade spices and other merchandise. EURASIANS The Eurasians are of mixed Asian and European ancestry, a result of the country’s
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 Thursday and closed on Friday and Saturdays.
CURRENCY The official currency is the Malaysian Ringgit, indicated as RM. Foreign currencies can be converted at banks and money changers.
POST OFFICES Most Post offices are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Fridays and from 8.30am to 1pm on Saturday. In Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, they are closed on Fridays and public holidays.
colonization history of Portuguese, Dutch and British occupation. KRISTANG This is the product of the intermarriage between the Portuguese and the locals. The marriage involved the Malay women of Malacca, as well as to the Chinese, Indians and other locals. Today the government classifieds them as Portuguese Eurasians. The notable CEO of Air Asia – Tony Fernandes and Malaysian TV personality Marion Caunter are Kristangs.
MALAYSIA TRAVEL DO’S AND DON’TS
Malaysia is a beautiful country with friendly people formed by diverse cultures, races and religions. Every ethnicity has its own customs and traditions but one that all Malaysians share is understandings and tolerations. There are some guidelines of custom or practices that visitors are encouraged to refer, to have a pleasant journey here: • Offering handshakes are generally acceptable especially with men. • Remove shoes before entering a Malaysian home and worships places like mosques and temples. • Always use the right hand to receive or give objects, and while you are eating. • Do not point things with forefinger. Use the thumb of the right hand instead. • Drinks are generally offered to guests and it is polite to accept. • Avoid PDA (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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Toasting is not a practice or custom as Muslims do not consume alcohol. Avoid discuss ethnic relations or the political system as they are both sensitive subjects. Dress respectfully and appropriately especially when entering places of worship. Ladies are advised to wear long sleeves or long skirts. The Muslims only consume Halal (permissible in Islam) food; some of the Chinese who are Buddhists as well as the Hindus do not eat beef. Illegal drugs trafficking will be imposed a mandatory death penalty in Malaysia. Unauthorized 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 there are government tax and service tax added to the bill in hotels and expensive restaurants; otherwise tipping is not expected in small restaurants or hawker stalls.
TIME Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of the U.S. Pacific Standard Time. ELECTRICITY The electricity voltage used in 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.
In The Eyes of The World
Capital Of Malaysia
of Asiaâ€™s most dynamic cities, Kuala Lumpur as a unique and inspiring blend of races and cultures packed with various entertainment options, exciting attractions and a comprehensive transportation system.
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Legend Rail Transit Tourism Information Places of Interest KL Monorail
• Petronas Twin Towers KLCC • Suria KLCC Shopping Mall • Petrosains • Aquaria • Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) Bukit Nanas
Bandaraya Dang Wangi
KTM Komuter Line LRT Ampang Line
LRT Kelana Jaya Line
Masjid Jamek Tun Abdul Razak Heritge Park • National Monument • Butterﬂy Park • Orchid and Hibiscus Garden • KL Bird Park • Deer Park • Islamic Arts Museum Istana Negara
St Mary’s Cathedral
PERDANA BOTANICAL GARDEN
KL City Walk
Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex
Sultan Abdul Samad Building Central Market
KL City Gallery National Mosque
Bukit Bintang Plaza Rakyat
Chinatown, Petaling Street Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Berjaya Times Square
KL Railway Station Tun Sambanthan
KL Sentral Station
KL Monorail Terminal
Little India, Brickfields
Thean Hou Temple
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1. Merdeka Square
7. Saint Mary's Cathedral
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KL City Gallery
Saint Mary’s Cathedral
HERITAGE Tour Exploration
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Sultan Abdul Samad Building
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3. KL City Library
Newly established, the building was initially Government Printing Office. It is a piece of magnificent Moghul – India inspired architecture. Operated by ARCH group, the gallery houses many attractions in the form of prints, photos and miniatures. There is a tourist information counter inside where visitors can obtain details and maps on whereabouts in KL.
trails DAY 1 HERITAGE TOUR & ARTS TOUR DATARAN UNDERGROUND
Located at Merdeka FESTIVAL RAMADHAN 5 Date : June - July 201 Square (Dataran Time : 10am - 2am Merdeka), Dataran Venue: Dataran Underground Underground is a place dedicated to creative personnel, to let youngsters express themselves to the world through art, music, food and fashion. Head down into the air-conditioned Dataran Underground to gaze at some hippie graffiti. Quench your thirst or even get some snacks at the shops there. Bicycles are also available for rents. www.dataranunderground.com
NATIONAL MOSQUE (1965) The National Mosque has a special feature of the umbrella shaped roof shored up by 16-pointed star pillars. The mosque has a large capacity for 15,000 people and is surrounded by lush greenery which expands to a 13-acre land. The mosque has been standing firm on its grounds since then and is now considered as an important symbol of the Islamic country of Malaysia. No shoes are allowed while entering into all mosques. Women are required to cover the head. Special robes are provided if visitors are found not appropriately dressed. www.masjidnegara.gov.my NATIONAL MUSEUM (1963) The museum serves as a repository and instrument in the restoration and preservations of the nation’s rich history and heritage. It was 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. The displays range from free-standing exhibitions showing cultural events 1
like wedding, festivals and costumes; to traditional weapons, arts and crafts, local flora and fauna, economic activities and currency. The museum consists of 4 exhibition galleries: • Prehistory Gallery • Early Malay Kingdom Gallery • Colonial Era Gallery • Malaysia Today Gallery www.muziumnegara.gov.my NATIONAL MONUMENT (1963) The National Monument is commonly known as Tugu Negara locally. It is a sculpture erected to commemorate warriors who died in Malaysia’s struggle for freedom during World War II and the Malayan Emergency in 1948 – 1960. The statue consists of 7 soldiers carrying the Malaysia flag. Each of the warriors represents one of the seven qualities of leadership: command, strength, unity, wariness, courage, suffering and sacrifice.
1. Federal Territory Mosque or Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan 2. National Museum 3. National Monument (Tugu Negara) was made in remembrance of the fallen soldiers
RECREATIONAL / NATURE TOUR @ PERDANA BOTANICAL GARDEN
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www.klbotanicalgarden.gov.my KL BIRD PARK A huge land dedicated to more than 3,000 birds of 200 species which include 90 percent of local birds and 10 percent of birds were imported from overseas. Daily activities at KL Bird Park include bird shows, eagle feeding, hornbill feeding and many more at the semi-open air amphitheater at 12.30pm and 3.30pm daily.
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BUTTERFLY PARK Delight in exploring over 5,000 colorful butterflies of 120 different species at the Butterfly Park. Sprawling over 80,000 sq ft, this park houses exotic scenes with butterflies, lush greenery rainforest habitat, Japanese koi fish, fresh water turtles, live insects and a museum with a large collection of butterflies and insects from around the world.
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Butterﬂy wings are transparent. Butterﬂies taste with their feet. Butterﬂies can see red, green and yellow. Butterﬂies usually just live 2-4 weeks. Butterﬂies cannot ﬂy if they are cold (<86 degrees).
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chevrotain, is the world’s smallest hoofed animal and a popular figure in Malaysia and Indonesia folklore. It is believed to be a very intelligent animal. You might also get to see fallow deer (imported from Holland), axis deer and sambar deer in the park.
ORCHID & HIBISCUS GARDEN Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens are the home of many exotic tropical blooms and landscaped gardens. The best time to visit the gardens is during the weekends when the entire place is turned into a colourful flower bazaar. Deer Park Malaysia’s most famous deer - the rainforest mousedeer or Kancil also called
BUKIT NANAS FOREST RESERVE A patch of greenery still exists in the hustling & bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is one of the oldest permanent forest reserve in the country, which is open to the public. There are jungle trails, a visitor’s centre, and a forestry museum. You may spend one or two hour walking through the nature tracks before visiting the most prominent landmark – KL Tower, because the entrance to the park is just right beside the entrance to KL Tower.
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CITY TOUR KL TOWER The KL Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world and it is a symbol of Kuala Lumpur which stands at the top of Bukit Nanas Forest at 421 m. Malaysia’s 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. Make sure you visit these attractions at KL Tower: •
Observation Deck is where you melt in the breathtaking view of the KL city.
1Malaysia Cultural Village offers cultural performances.
Menara KL F1 Simulator Zone allows you to experience the exhilaration of F1 driving in the city.
Blue Coral Aquarium shows various under-the sea- exotic creatures.
XD Theater is a 6D Motion Simulated Thrill Ride by offering extreme dimension lighting, wind and stimulation effect.
ICATION TELECOMMUN TOWER
www.menarakl.com.my PETRONAS TWIN TOWER Gaze up to the grand view of the tallest twin tower in the world (1998 – 2004), with 88 floors high that reach 1,483ft (452m) into the air. Then, go up to the 41st & 42nd floor at the Skybridge to enjoy the magnificent skyscrapers of the city. The design of each tower’s floor is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. The base of the twin towers is Suria KLCC, which is a luxurious shopping haven for shopaholics. There are also an art gallery, the Aquaria KLCC, a philharmonic theater and the Petrosains Center. www.petronastwintowers.com.my
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CHINATOWN - PETALING STREET Locally known as Petaling Street, is one of the oldest streets in Kuala Lumpur and it is said to has the most beautiful ornaments during festive seasons especially Chinese New Year. There are variety of foods can be chose across the streets and some restaurants have been in business for generations. There is also a street lined with flower stalls, fragrance of fresh flowers filled the air of that street. LITTLE INDIA Little India also known as Brickfields is an unique enclave which contains many NIGHT MARKET @ LITTLE INDIA exciting and vibrant places to walk. Date : Every Saturday Traditional Indian delicacies such as vadai, Time : 5pm â€“ 11pm Venue: Little India thosai or banana leaf rice, clothing, jewelry, spices are very popular and affordable. Little India used to be the main depot of the Malayan Railway during the British occupation. The depot has been transformed into Kuala Lumpur Sentral which is an important hub for public transport users.
CULTURAL DANCE PERFORMANCE y Date: Monday-Thursda & Saturday Time: 9pm-9.30pm Venue: Central Market Outdoor Stage
CULTURAL & ARTS TOUR CENTRAL MARKET Located at Jalan Hang Kasturi, few minutes away from Petaling Street, Central Market originally was a wet market since 1888. Today, it is a landmark for Malaysian
CHINESE NEW YEAR Date : February Things To Do : Enjoy ornaments & lion dance performance
1MALAYSIA LANTERN TOURISM FESTIVAL Date : September Things To Do : Enjoy walking the streets with thousands of lit lanterns during the Mooncake Festival
culture and heritage includes handicraft, antique, art, batik, wood carvings, gifts and souvenirs. The outdoor stage provides a venue for regular showcase of multi-cultural performances and celebrations. www.centralmarket.com.my
MARTIAL ART PERFORMANCE Date: Every Sunday Time: 9pm-9.30pm Venue: Central Market Outdoor Stage
ISTANA BUDAYA Aims to be a reputable stage performing act in Malaysia with a world-class status, Istana Budaya is the main venue for all types of theatre including music theatre, operetta, classical concert and opera from local and international performances. New shows and performances will be updated as frequent as monthly. The building is divided into three areas: Serambi the lobby and foyer; Rumah Ibu the auditorium and Rumah Dapur as the stage and rehearsal hall. Remember to check the latest shows available in their website before visits: www.istanabudaya.gov.my NATIONAL ART GALLERY National Art Galleryplays an important role to promote art appreciation among younger generation. It also hosts seminars, workshops and competitions in the local and international arena to create awareness, promote understanding, appreciation and gratitude to the arts. www.artgallery.gov.my ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM The Islamic Arts Museum is one of the best museums in Malaysia, exhibits more than 7,000 top quality artifacts from all over the Islamic World. Built in 1998, the museum has 30,000 sqm of exhibition space. www.iamm.org.my
MALAYSIAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (MPO)
he Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) gave its inaugural performance at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP), Kuala Lumpur, on 17 August 1998. The initial search for outstanding musicians involved a worldwide audition tour. The result was a symphony orchestra made up of musicians from 25 nations â€“ a remarkable example of harmony among different cultures and nationalities.
2015 Events Line-up: 1. New Year's Dances (9 & 10 Jan) 2. Carmen Festival (16 Jan - 1 Feb) 3. Sarah Chang & The MPO (28 Feb & 1 Mar) 4. The Immortal Ninth (5 & 6 June) 5. Season Finale: Opera Magic with Sumi Jo (11,13 &14 June)
A host of internationally-acclaimed musicians has worked with the MPO, including the late Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Harry Connick Jr and Andrea Bocelli, many of whom have praised the MPO for its fine musical qualities and vitality. With each new season, the MPO continues to present a varied programme of orchestral music drawn from over three centuries, as well as the crowd-pleasing Specials, Pops, Family Fun Day, Chamber and Happy Hour series. It regularly presents specially commissioned new music and successfully collaborates with local and international artists. The MPO regularly visits the major cities of Malaysia. Internationally, it has been to Singapore, Japan and Korea (2001), Australia (2004), China (2006), Taiwan (2007), Japan (2009) and Vietnam (2013). The MPO’s Education and Outreach Programme, ENCOUNTER, reaches beyond the concert platform to develop musical awareness, appreciation and skills through dedicated activities that include instrumental lessons, workshops and school concerts. ENCOUNTER also arranges memorable events in such diverse venues as orphanages, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community centres.
MPO’s commitment to furthering musical interest in the nation has been the creation of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO). The MPYO gave its inaugural concert at DFP on 25 August 2007 and followed this with a highly-successful tour of several cities in Peninsular Malaysia. In December 2008, the MPYO toured Sabah and Sarawak, and visited Singapore in 2009, and Brisbane, Australia in December 2012. Celebrating its 16th Anniversary on 17 August 2014, the Orchestra remains steadfast in its mission to share the depth, power and beauty of great music. The MPO’s main benefactor is PETRONAS and its patron is Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Haji Mohd Ali.
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ATTENTION TO ALL SHOPAHOLICS!
1. BBKLCC 2. Bukit Bintang 3. KL Sogo 4. Suria KLCC
Settle your shopping addiction at our BBKLCC, stretching from Bukit Bintang to Kuala Lumpur City Centre, which covers thousands of shops / stores in eight signature shopping malls: BUKIT BINTANG TO KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE (BBKLCC)
Getting to Bukit Bintang: Take KL Monorail to Bukit Bintang Station or Imbi Station. The malls are within walking distance.
BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE PLAZA LOW YAT SUNGEI WANG PLAZA LOT 10 FARENHEIT88 STARHILL GALLERY PAVILION KL SURIA KLCC 1
You may want to explore all the malls according to this routes or vice versa:
Getting to KLCC: Take Rapid KL (Light Rail Transit) - Kelana Jaya Line to end at KLCC Station. Getting around BBKLCC: NOW the BBKLCC is well linked up, with a 562m long fully covered & air-conditioned pedestrian walkway brings fellow shoppers to-and-fro Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL; no more sweats for shopping frenzy! Public transportations are also competently covered along the way. www.bbklccmalaysia.com
SURIA KLCC At Petronas Twin Towers, surrounded by hotels, corporate buildings, a scenic park and dancing fountains. Suitable for urban shopping.
PAVILION KL Take photos with the signature Pavilion Crystal Fountain (tallest Liuli fountain in Malaysia) at the entrance. Shop for luxury, high end and major fashion labels. STARHILL GALLERY The most luxurious and exclusive mall with avant-garde architecture. International icons of luxury and world’s premier retailers are here. FAHRENHEIT88 Anchored by the 1st Uniqlo flagship store in Malaysia, the mall is a shopping destination for the young urbanites.
1. Pavilion KL with signature Pavilion Crystal Fountain 2. IT Shopping crowd at Low Yat Plaza 3. Berjaya Times Square
LOT 10 Home to Malaysia’s only National Geographic Store and on-the-trend H&M, the mall also featured a basement-level food court with all local best street food. SUNGEI WANG PLAZA Range of choices in fashion, accessories, mobile phones, gadgets, beauty and many more at affordable rates for all kinds of shoppers!
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LOW YAT PLAZA “Malaysia’s Largest IT Lifestyle Mall” by Malaysia Book of Records. Find ANY kinds of IT gadgets here!
BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE – With 7.5 million sq ft, houses over 1,000 shop lots, an indoor theme park, cinema, cater to middle market shoppers.
THE GARDENS Boasting a sophisticate and exclusive collection, The Gardens is the home of luxury labels and a desirable designer collection. It holds residence to numerous international and local brands such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, Burberry, and Coach to name a few. www.thegardensmall.com.my
PUBLIKA AVENUE K JALAN AMPANG The new Avenue K offers over 38 exciting dining options from all kinds of cuisines. Be amazed by the newly premier interactive attraction â€“ Discoveria, which gives you an educational & adventurous day learn about everything in the age of dinosaurs! Try on Breakout, which will commit and bring you the most thrilling, immersive and surreal reality escape game experience! www.avenuek.com.my
MID VALLEY MEGAMALL MID VALLEY CITY
A truly happening mall, combining all sorts of retails and entertainments, ranging from interesting array of fashion and lifestyle innovations to home furnishings, cosmetics and healthcare essentials to wining, dining and all things that make you happy. www.midvalley.com.my
SOLARIS DUTAMAS More than just a lifestyle mall, the whole concept of Publika is very much inspired by the magic of arts and creativity. Youâ€™ll get delighted to the art sculptures scattered around in the mall. Aimed at young expatriates, the creative and artsy complex has a number of high end clothing boutiques, novelty stores and F&B restaurants. TEL +603-6207 9426
BANGSAR VILLAGE I & II JALAN TELAWI The two malls are linked by a covered bridge, both are chic malls that attract both expatriates and locals. Surrounded by upper middle class neighbourhoods of PJ and KL, Bangsar Village I & II brings together high style, quality and service in legendary Jalan Telawi with international couture. With a nice selection of cafes, restaurants, retail outlets, nail and beauty spas, children play centres and tech stores, both malls brings together all people for various occasions. www.bangsarvillage.com
MAKAN â€ŚIS the phrase we commonly used in Malaysia to invoke or invite others to eat together. Everyone knows Kuala Lumpur is a food paradise, full with lots of delectable variety of mouthwatering delights. Be it fine dine and wine, gourmet restaurants in shopping malls, street foods, coffee houses or alfresco cafes, from local cuisines to all sort of cuisines around the globe, we have too much to offer! Come with a big appetite, and itâ€™s impossible we leave you with empty stomach!
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NIGHTLIFE SAGE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR Located at 6th floor of The Gardens Mall, one of the best fine dining restaurants,which give you the best of what the world has to offer. While the chef promised to focus his dishes on using only the freshest ingredients, to create the regularly changing menus, give customers to experience a spectacular meal with top notch services. www.sagekl.com BIJAN Literally named “sesame” in Malay, Bijan is a modern restaurant that specialises in fine Malay cuisine. Wines are still available while the food remains deliciously authentic and unmistakably Malay. The restaurant won Best Malay Restaurant in 2004 and Malaysia Tatler’s Top 100 Restaurants. www.bijanrestaurant.com CANTALOUPE With the amazing view of the city skyline, deeply hypnotized by the modern fine dine at the Cantaloupe, Troika Sky Dining. Owners Eddie Chew and Chris Bauer, who’s previously operated the famous restaurant Frangipani and Acme, have always astonish us with great and beautiful dishes. www.troikaskydining.com/cantaloupe
NEO TAMARIND Ideally located in the heart of Kuaa Lumpur, Neo Tamarind is a stylish luxe lounge style restaurant with an innovative concept. Liquid walls adorned by the effect of water and lights, colossal chandelier, galactic bar, fire and electro chill music filled the ambience, to create the illusion of dining out of town. www.tamarindrestaurants.co /neo-tamarind NOBLE MANSION It is rather a modern style of Chinese traditional mansion. Lately Executive Chef Justin Hor has showcased his latest creations menu, inspired by delicacies of Shunde (province) in Guangzhou, China. Savor Liver Sausage in ‘Char Siew’ Roll, Giant Scallops, Fresh Water Prawns, Pan Fried Live Australian Whole Abalone and melt in satisfaction. www.orientalrestaurants.com.my
SKYBAR The award-winning SkyBar, named “Best Malaysian Bar” by the 2007 Malaysia Tatler Society, as well as “Best Bar in Malaysia” and “Best Hotel Bar” by the readers of Expatriate Lifestyle’s Best of Malaysia Awards for four consecutive years. Enjoy the sunsets over SkyBar with their Happy Hour Special Drinks like Mojito, Daiquiri, Mai Tai, Tom Collins and Margarita. www.skybar.com.my MARINI’S ON 57 After spending a day shopping at Suria KLCC, head up to 57th floor of Twin Towers Menara 3, with a cocktail in hand at Marini’s, and linger on with the spectacular night view of Kuala Lumpur. There are three sections: restaurant, bar and lounge in Marini’s On 57. Only seating 70 pax in the restaurant, it is highly recommended to book ahead of time. www.marinis57.com
AWARDS • Expatriate Lifestyle: Best of Malaysia Travel Awards 2013 • Malaysia Tatler: Malaysia’s Best Restaurants 2013 & 2014 • Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2013-2015 • Century International Quality Era Award 2014 - Genève, Switzerland • Signum Virtutis: the Seal of Excellence from the 2014 Seven Star Global Luxury Award (UK)
CLARET WINE BAR Linking with Cantaloupe and Strato dining restaurants in Troika Sky Dining, Claret Wine Bar is one of the trendiest wine bars in the city. The soft lighting, smooth jazz or some magnetic vocals live performance, luxurious couches, and classy but comfortable ambience with best wines around the world, believe me that you wouldn’t want to leave the place. www.troikaskydining.com
kopitiam and one of K.L’s busiest breakfast spots, has moved out from its Jalan Dang Wangi premise to Jalan Kemunting. Yut Kee’s famous Hainanese Chops, Roti Babi and Marble Cake, Toast with Homemade Kaya are to die for.
W.A.W 黄阿华小食店 Mouth-wateringly juicy grilled chicken wings is probably the most famous restaurant in Jalan Alor. They started the business serving charcoal grilled chicken wings to party-goers. Today many foreign artists will pay here a visit while having their star tours and events. TEL +603-2144 2463 / +603-2148 3413 SRI NIRWANA MAJU One of the best banana leaf rice shop in Kuala Lumpur, their rice is serve on a piece of huge banana leaf instead of plate, generally consists of at least three vegetable dishes, as well as pickes, chutneys, and other assorted goodies like curry fish, curry chicken or deep fried seafood. Try requesting more “poppadoms” from the waiter! TEL +603-2287 8445
Layer Coffee, Hainam Tea, Nasi Lemak, and Asam Laksa.
LIMABLAS Established in January 2013, this strategic location near Changkat Bukit Bintang, the Nyonya restaurant is ornate with many eye-catching vintage details like vintage posters, old typewriters, spice jars and many more. Try their signature dish chicken pongteh, nyonya eggplant with sambal, nyonya laksa and end your meal with a bowl of Cendol. TEL +603-2110 1289 LOT 10 HUTONG All the stalls at Lot 10 Hutong were carefully selected and the food quality is almost on par with the original stalls. Kong Tai Singapore Prawn Mee, Campbell Mini Popiah, Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee, Hainan Chicken Rice, Soong Kee Beef Noodles are among some these national food treasure here.
YUT KEE RESTAURANT Established by Lee Tai Yut since 1928, the legendary
COFFEE AMO Stepping into a first floor shop lot located at Jalan Sultan (Chinatown), be ready to enchant by playful & vibrant vibe with all the cozy wooden plank floor. Every customer here will feel highly respected with the decent 3D coffee art, premium coffees in syphon and drip; down-to-earth atmospheres and friendly baristas. LOKL COFFEE CO. Sharing a same space with the BackHome boutique backpacker hostel, this cute café is owned by local celebrity Cheryl Samad. Pronounced as “Local”, the café simply serve delicious food with relaxing ambiance, filled with lovely portraits about KL or Malaysia. We find its Almond Salted Caramel Cake is simply irresistible, how about you?
UNCLE WAH COFFEE CORNER 华哥 Also known as “Wah Kor”, Uncle Wah Coffee Corner serves a variety of beverages that are probably can’t be found elsewhere. Founded since 1951, each sip tells you they are offering the best coffee: the smooth texture, the rich flavour and aromatic sweetness! Must try: Three
TRIP ASSISTANT GETTING AROUND Kuala Lumpur has the best public transport systems in Malaysia, providing access to most points of interest in the city center. KLIA Ekspres (ERL) Takes 28 minutes, it is the fastest way to get you from KLIA to KL Sentral Station. Rapid KL An extensive transport network consisting of two Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines, bus services and an inner city Monorial. All three services can be accessed with a Myrapid card. The local RapidKL All Day ticket visits many main attractions around the city. 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 All Day Express Bus. It gives unlimited rides on the routes in the same service (local, trunk, city or express) for the whole day. KTM KTM Komuter Train can be utilized to travel across Peninsular Malaysia. It has 2 lines and covered a longer distance compared to the LRT. TAXIS Taxis are available 24 hours a day. A 50% surcharge is imposed from 12am – 6am. Additional RM2 is charged if booking is done through phone.
Plan a remarkable fuss-free travel with our local travel mobile applications. Malaysia Trip Planner Simplify travel in Malaysia with a free application launched by Malaysia Tourism Board. The app comes with the tagline Time to Explore, contains few useful features including calendar of events, listings of must-see attractions and a convenient itinerary planner. My Teksi We understand the fussiness of couldn’t get a taxi while you need it, although we said taxis are everywhere. This app is the fastest and safest taxi booking service in town. With driver profiles, estimated fares, and GPS tracking. HungryGoWhere We like to eat! This is a great app for fellow food hunters. Fusion of both traditional and social media elements of food discovery, HungryGoWhere provide pure and unbiased food reviews of KL. Besides being able to search for restaurants and food based on preferences, Islamic people can search for food based on halal listings too! MAHB Airports The newly developed app by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd is a platform to offer travellers and visitors various options and opportunities to indulge at MAHB’s international airports, from shopping, dining, services to promotions and be rewarded.
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GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS ❚❚ Bukit Jalil Golf & Country Resort Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club The Royal Selangor Golf Club
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Chan See Shu Yuen Temple Cosmo’s World Theme Park Deer Park Hibiscus Garden Islamic Arts Museum KL Tower KLCC Park Kuala Lumpur Bird Park Kuala Lumpur City Gallery Kuala Lumpur City Walk Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex Malaysia Tourism Centre
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Megakidz Funland & Edutainment National Mosque 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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SHOPPING CENTRES ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Ampang Park Shopping Centre Avenue K Bangsar Shopping Centre Bangsar Village Bangsar Village II Berjaya Time Square Fahrenheit 88 Great Eastern Mall Hartamas Shopping Center KWC Fashion Mall Lot 10 Maju Junction Mall Mid Valley Megamall Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Peter Hoe Beyond Peter Hoe Evolution PIKOM ICT MALL CapSquare Plaza Low Yat Plaza Mont’kiara Publika Sogo Starhill Gallery Sungei Wang Plaza Suria KLCC The Gardens Mall The Weld Viva Home
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USEFUL CONTACTS ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Brickfields Police Headquarter Cheras Police Headquarter Dang Wangi Police Headquarter Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur Sentul Police Headquarter
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PLACES OF INTEREST ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Aquaria KLCC bar & cocktail lounge
603-2333 1888 business centre
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Hulu Tamu Hot Spring
Bukit Belimbing Fireﬂy Park Resort
KUALA SELANGOR State Capital
Places of Interest
Kuala Selangor Nature Park Malawati Hill
Kampung Kuantan Fireflies
Kanching Recreational Forest
Orang Asli Museum
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport • Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque • i-City • National Botanical Park Shah Alam
National Zoo Sunway Lagoon
SHAH ALAM KLANG
Royal Selangor Yacht Club
Cyberjaya FGS Dong Zen Temple Pulau Carey
Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)
Morib Beach KLIA 2
STRAITS OF MALACCA Bagan Lalang Beach
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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
GIANT PANDA CONSERVATION CENTRE Meet “Xing Xing” & “Lia ng Liang”, the two preciou s adorable pandas in the zoo. The pandas from China will two giant be Malaysia for 10 years to staying in 40th anniversary of dip mark the lom between Malaysia and atic ties China on May 31st 2014.
ATV ADVENTURE RIDE PARK ATV Fun Adventure Marketing was given the recognition by Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board and Selangor Tourism Action Council as prospect icon in EcoTourism Malaysia. Experience an exhilarating mountainbiking ride to enjoy breathtaking view or even swim at natural wonders around KL such as Sofea Jane Waterfall, Bukit Tabur, Dataran Mas, Bukit Lalang and more. Bookings need to be made at least one week in advance and early arrival is expected for safety briefing and training. It is a guaranteed unforgettable experience! www.atvadventurepark.com 1. Zoo Negara 2. Visitors feed elephants with sugarcane or banana at Zoo Negara 3. Offroad ride through the Hulu Langat Rainforest 4. ATV Adventure
GOMBAK TOUR NATIONAL ZOO (ZOO NEGARA) The National Zoo was created since 1963 and managed by a non-governmental organization known as Malaysian Zoological Society. The zoo is now home to 5137 specimens from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. Also known as the “Zoo in the Jungle”, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals being kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature over the years. There are 18 exciting displays sections in the zoo, including the Reptile Park, Monkey or Lesser Apes, Noctural Exhibits (which keep bats, flying foxes and tapir), Freshwater Aquaria, Ape Centre and many more. Visitors are allowed to walk on well-planned paths while enjoying the lush landscaping as well as getting a good view of the animals. Besides, there are also scheduled performances at the amphitheater daily. www.zoonegaramalaysia.my
ROYAL SELANGOR VISITOR CENTRE Royal Selangor is the world’s largest pewter-ware maker established since 1885. Its showroom contains the world’s largest tankard, which can hold 2,796 litres of beer and a model of the Petronas Twin Towers building made up of 7,000 pewter tankards. Visitors will be toured around the factory and have a chance to learn to create a pewter-ware by own hands in the School of Hard Knocks. www.visitorcentre.royalselangor.com
1. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre 2. Statue of Murugan at Batu Caves 3. Forest Research Institute of Malaysia ( FRIM) is a must for nature lovers
FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE MALAYSIA (FRIM) FRIM is one of the top eco-tourism destinations in Malaysia, offers visitors various attractions and activities such as nature trails, waterfalls, nature education centre, camping and picnic sites, botanic gardens and arboreta. It is a fantastic place for nature lovers to gain insight into Malaysia’s tropical flora and fauna and be amazed by the living museum of trees. There are six jungle tracks: Keruing Trail, Rover Track, Engkabang Trail, Salleh Nature Trail, Sebasah Trail and Razak Walk, all of which will take visitors through some spectacular secondary jungle. One of the main attractions is Canopy Walkway, spanning 150m and suspended 30m above the ground, offers the perfect vantage point from which to observe birds and tropical canopy flora. Visitors are recommended to make prior arrangement on the canopy walk as it is limited to 250 people allowed on the walkway per day. www.frim.gov.my
BATU CAVES & SELANGOR CULTURE COVE Spend a half day trip to Batu Caves, a limestone hill that consists of three big caves. The most fascinating view is the large statue of Murugan (a Hindu deity) which erected in front of the cafe. It is 42.7m high, which is the world’s tallest statue of Murugan. Batu Caves is the place of worship for the Indians, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps to reach the biggest cave- Temple Cave. Visit the Selangor Culture Cove, which is just next to Batu Cave Temple. It was built to showcases the diverse culture of Malaysia as a cultural center. The tour in the cultural center includes of visit the spice & flower garden, enjoy culture dance performances, have fish & foot spa, explore Henna Body Art, visit the chocolate museum or DIY your own chocolates and many more. www.culturecove-selangor.com
ACCOMMODATION Gombak area has a number of accommodations that offer visitors a host of exciting facilities and a resort like atmosphere. From luxury, mid-range, to budget accommodations, we ensure you a remarkable experience with beyond par quality of hospitality and comfort during your visit.
HOTEL RICHBALIZ Experience the fine grade of boutique comfort at Hotel Richbaliz, a 46-rooms boutique hotel that adopts Balinese resort-style in its interior design. Strategically situated at Selayang Point, the premise can be easily accessed to and from Latar Expressway with only 15 minutes away from the city center. Be pampered by Richbaliz’s comfortable guest rooms featuring 12inch customized chiropractic designed mattress accompanied by duck feather pillows and soft duvet, the cozy solid Burmese teak timber strip flooring, power shower, Wi-Fi, safety box, coffee and tea making facilities, and complimentary daily papers. For business travelers, the rooms are certainly satisfying and comfortable; while the Family Suite is perfectly match to a family weekend getaway! Hotel Richbaliz always chase for uniqueness. Not only talking about the specialty of their facade & interior design, but also on the food requirement.
Richbaliz Kitchen was established for best conveniences of guests. While the kitchen reassures freshest seafood and ingredients, guests can expect a wonderful dining experience during the stay. Have a try on the lead chef’s signature dishes – Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon, Fisherman’s Catch, and Richbaliz Seafood Special Noodles. Signature of the restaurant - Balinese Nasi Campur with Chicken is another dish to die for. The huge plate of dish consists of sambal chicken, sambal prawns, Acha, and Balinese flavor mixed vegetables. Chili lovers will be falling in love with their homemade sambal, which is the soul of the restaurant.
1. Hazelnut Mocha 2. Richbaliz Seafood Special Noodles 3. Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon 4. Balinese Nasi Campur with Chicken
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DAY 2 NATURE TOUR @ KUALA SELANGOR MELAWATI HILL (BUKIT MELAWATI) Honored as one of Kuala Selangor’s most popular tourist attractions during the day, Melawati Hill is just a 30 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur. 2 forts were built on the hill in the late 18th century to protect the state from intruders. Today the hill is left of the forts is a couple of cannons and foundation stones for their historical values. Scenery from the hill peak is definitely breathtaking. There are a few of subattractions to be visit around Melawati Hill, including the protective walls of the fort, the palace grounds, a lighthouse, royal graves, seven walls, a flat stone once used to beheaded offenders, a 100-step ladder and a poisonous well. Visitors can watch many Silver-Leaf Monkeys hanging around the place too.
FIREFLY PARK Firefly tour is a signature attraction at Kuala Selangor. In Malaysia, we call firefly as “kelip-kelip”, means to twinkle. That is what these cute little creatures do. The fireflies can only be found in the mangrove trees called Berembang at night. Photographs and videographs are strictly prohibited during the boat tour to watch fireflies, this is to protect the beautiful creatures out of disturb. After all we only need to experience by our eyes the magnificent moments when millions of twinkies flashing in the trees. www.fireflypark.com
SEKEPING SERENDAH Sekeping Serendah is suitable for travellers who are looking for a relaxing adventure. Immerse in the beauty of nature in these very specially designed private retreat houses named as "shed", and guest can choose among 3 different sheds: glass shed, mud shed, or timber shed. The sheds are intentionally kept basic and free from lavishness. No air-conditioner, no internet, no phone signals, no TV. All you need to do is just sit back, relax and share some quality time embracing the nature with your friends and family, without usingany technologies. www.sekeping.com/serendah
1. Bukit Melawati also known as Bukit Selangor 2. Paddy Field at Sekinchan 3. Firefly tour to watch fireflies 4. Harvest paddy field at Sekichan
SEKINCHAN A very humble and friendly small town with a unique dual characters – a fishing villages and also a major rice plantation. Along the ride to Sekinchan, oil palm trees grown along the seaside road, stalls selling fruits, local delicacies, and handmade cotton pillows. It is the blue sky, fluffy clouds and green paddy fields that made us happy. During the harvest season in June and December, the paddy field turns to golden yellow color. These are things you can do in Sekinchan: • Photograph session in paddy field SEKINCHAN WEEKEND FESTIVAL • Experience the life of fishermen in the fishing village Date: Every Friday • Visit Nan Tian Temple in the middle of the paddy field & Saturday • Sunset viewing at Redang Beach Time:6pm-11pm Venue: Jalan Menteri • Fresh fruits • Seafood feast among the row of restaurants www.sekinchan.org
BANDAR PALACE (ISTANA BANDAR) The palace is located in Jugra – a historical town located in Kuala Langat district, 8km away from Banting, Selangor. Built in the early 20th century during the seat of fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alauddin Shah. The Sultan resided in the palace for around 35 years until his highness passes away in 1938. The beautiful huge double storey palace comprises of 40 rooms and whole building was made of bricks and mortar with timber beams and joists for the upper floors and roof structure. Nearby there is a historical Sultan Alauddin Mosque, boasting graceful domes with interesting display of Islamic architecture, that worth a visit.
CULTURE & NATURE TOUR @ KUALA LANGAT
1. Mah Meri Wooden Carvings 2. Paragliding at Bukit Jugra 3. Istana Jugra
CAREY ISLAND (PULAU CAREY) Carey Island is famous for its seafood (such as crabs, prawns and various fishes) and home for the indigenous tribe of Peninsular Malaysia – Mah Meri. The aboriginal tribe is renowned for their traditional wood carvings made form Nyireh wood that depict their ancestral spirits. Visitors who wish to tour the huge oil palm estates must obtain prior permission from the relevant authorities upon entry. Golf lovers with family may consider to check in Amverton Cove Gold & Island Resort to have a satisfying and fun family trip with its various facilities and attractions. SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD MAUSOLEUM Also known as “Marhum Jugra” among the Malays, the Sultan Abdul Samad Mausoleum is part of Jugra Hill which has been chosen as the royal burial ground for
the Selangor Royal Family since 1886. It is a final resting place for the fourth Sultan of Selangor – Sultan Abdul Samad and other members of the royal family. This royal mausoleum commands a panoramic view of the surrounding scenery. It was constructed in Moorish features according to Islamic architecture, as can be seen in the structure of the dome. MUZIUM INSTITU JUGRA Muzium Institu Jugra located at the foot of Jugra Hill and vicinity of Sungai Langat, distanced 7km from Shah Alam. Originally the building was an old police station and housed prisons. It was a double storeyed building to carry out sentences according to the British judicial system applied. It was then gazetted by the Department of National Heritage on 19 November 2002, inaugurated by Selangor Minister – YB Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Mohd Khalid Ibrahim. It is now open to the public daily from 10am – 5pm. TEL +603-3103 0048
DAY 4 SEPANG TOUR
FO GUANG SHAN DONG ZEN TEMPLE Fo Guang Shan literally means Mountain of Buddhaâ€™s Light was established by a famous Buddhist monk Master Hsing Yun from Taiwan, who promotes Humanistic Buddhism. Fo Guang Shan is the largest Buddhist order in Taiwan with branches all over the world. The best time to visit Fo Guang Shan is during Chinese New Year when the temple annually showcasing cultural exhibitions, lanterns and flowers for the celebration, where the surroundings are full glittering red lanterns and illuminated gardens. Besides, the temple also attracts crowds during local Chinese festivals and Buddhist events such as Wesak Day. www.fgs.org.my MORIB BEACH (PANTAI MORIB) Morib Beach is located at the southern end of the Selangor, approximately one and a half hourâ€™s drive from Kuala Lumpur.You can just spread out your mat, put on your shades, and enjoy the windy breeze with whispering casuarinas! There are also some historical sites such as royal graves at Jugra as well as an abandoned palace awaiting you to explore!
SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT The state-of-art circuit is the venue of the annual Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, and other action-packed events like Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix and Japan GT. Located very near to our international airport, Sepang International Circuit also offers other activities and facilities, including go-kart racing, paintball, circuit tour & ATV circuit tour, a helipad for concerts or outdoor events, and many more. The track can accommodate up to 130,000 spectators at a time. www.sepangcircuit.com BAGAN LALANG Stopover at Bagan Lalang beach near Sungai Pelek town in Sepang district, about 60km from Kuala Lumpur. Once it was a quiet fishing village, until the resort developer has transformed the area into a great holiday retreat. The iconic feature of AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort (formerly known as Golden Palm Tree) villas was arranged in the shape of a palm tree stretched out at sea has become a convenient spot for flight transiting international visitors from KLIA.
1. Visit Fo GUang Shan Dong Zen Temple during Chinese New Year 2. Morib Beach
CYBERJAYA Cyberjaya is set to be the main attraction for world class multimedia and information technology (IT) companies and educational establishments of similar vein. The growing multinational community of Cyberjaya adds an interesting blend to other attractions which is well complemented with a 5-star boutique resort, Cyberview Resort & Spa.
A new village-themed petting zoo that has over 100 species of exotic animals and 60 types of vegetable & tropical fruit trees.
1. Pet Aviary 2. Mood Lake 3. Fruit & Vege Farm 4. Savannah 5. Bird Aviary
FARM IN THE CITY
6. Turtle & Tortoise Farm
Located in Seri Kembangan which is around 20 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur, Farm In The City is a unique concept that combines the elements of wildlife and nature set in a designed environment of conversation park.
esigned to resemble a typcial Malaysia Kampong setting, it provides an opportunity for the young and old to get close to animals and plants which you mostly read about or see on TV.
Being a park that is completely free of cages,all the animals are allowed to roam freely in special enclosures which mimic as closely as possible to their natural surrounding. One can feed, touch and play with more than 100 species of exotic animals within close proximity. Apart from fun filled expereience, Farm In The City also executes various educational programmes targeted at visitors of all ages which centres around theme of conservation and preservation.It is part of the vision to inform and educate the public on the habitat. behaviour and geographical distribution of the animals in the globallandscape.
Spread around the seven acres.the park is divided into several sections which will provide various types of experience for the visitors. Get Up Close and Personal at Turtle & Tortoise Farm, Reptiles Cavern, Bird Aviary, Savannah, Vegetable & Fruits Farm, pet Village, Mood's Lake, Jungle Walk, Exhibition Hall, Pelican Quay and many more.
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1. Get up close and personal with more than 140 species of exotic animals 2. Bungee jumping attraction in Sunway Lagoon Themepark 3. KidZania is a safe and interactive edutainment centre that allows children to role-play adult activities - TV presenter 4. Jump Street - Trampoline Park
DAY 5 CITY TOUR @ PETALING JAYA PJ LIVE ARTS PJ Live Arts was developed to give laughter to the community. Featuring a 450-seat theatre, an 80-seat cabaret and a studio, it stands proudly as a vivacious neighborhood performing centre. Located at a strategic commercial center – Jaya One, has makes PJ Live Arts much easily accessible, with plenty of dining options and chill out spots nearby. Catch all sorts of local and international shows especially their exciting stand-up comedians’ show. www.pjlivearts.my SUNWAY LAGOON Sunway Lagoon is the Asia’s best attraction. Home to world’s largest man-made sandy surf beach and Vuvuzela – the world’s largest water ride, the 88-acres-land theme park offers your family unlimited fun and entertainment all in one place. Have your go-crazy day at the Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park and enjoy over 80 rides and attractions. Sunway Lagoon also hosted some of the biggest global music event such as renowned Arthur’s Day Celebration (2009 & 2010) and MTV World Stage (2009, 2010 & 2013). www.sunwaylagoon.com KIDZANIA This is a mocked real world for children. Engage in role-playing activities specifically designed to aid physical and intellectual growth, kids are allowed to experience the grown up world as working adults in different professions. There are over 90 professions to choose from in establishments such as bank, hospital, fire station, beauty salon, TV studio and many more. It is a wonderful place to expose the children to available opportunities and develop their abilities according to own preference and interest. www.kidzania.com.my JUMP STREET Being Asia’s biggest trampoline park & Malaysia’s first indoor trampoline park, Jump Street – a warehouse in Petaling Jaya, takes trampoline-bouncing very professionally. Suitable for both adults and children, it provides activities for everyone from beginner jumper to veteran athletes. Its main court consists of over 9,000 sq ft of interconnected trampolines, featuring two dodge ball courts, foam pit with four launching lanes, three basketball lanes for slam dunks, a giant air bag and The Cage – a party room that open for private parties. We can finally stop complaining of being bored living in the city. Now let’s jump! www.jumpstreetasia.com
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halls, Urban Park, and SKY 360° Pool & Dining. There are three smaller ballrooms to complement the Grand Ballroom, ideal for conventions, corporate dinners, seminars and weddings. Horizon consists of five meeting rooms, where three of the rooms can be extended to accommodate up to 200 people. The Event Place as a Multipurpose Hall, can host various events with a Mezzanine Hall. SKY 360o with stunning view of the city is also able to be customized for special events. These areas are capable of seating a total of 6,700 pax, all with 24/7 individuallycontrolled centralised air-conditioning system that would eliminate the discomfort of attendees who often have to bear with centralised low temperatures when attending events. Hosting foreign or visiting guests will be convenient at One City due to the presence of a hotel within its development. There is a total of 243 rooms available at the 4-star eCity Hotel which also features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
WE MAKE IT HAPPEN One City – An Ideal Business Hub for MICE Destination One City is an integrated commercial landmark consisting of a mix of shop lots, retail outlets, shopping mall, corporate ofﬁce towers, service apartments and a hotel.
trategically situated in USJ 25 in Subang Jaya, One City is located within close proximity to Putra Heights, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Puchong and Klang - some of Klang Valley's most highly-populated areas. Just approximately 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kuala Lumpur City Centre, its easy access via the Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), North-South Highway (ELITE), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) and Federal Highway also makes the development a choice location for other Klang Valley dwellers outside these areas. Spanning over 77 acres of freehold land, One City is a massive project developed at an estimated cost of RM5 billion. The
project consists of Garden Shoppe, Sky Park, The Place and The Square. Sky Park is the key feature of One City due to its classy modern architecture given a touch of Mother Nature. A classy all-glass facade allows natural sunlight to illuminate a 12-floor atrium that houses a lifestyle mall, office suites, a corporate office tower and a business class hotel within. Its impressive design, strategic location to meet the needs in western Klang Valley and its features and facilities have placed One City not just as a choice residence, workplace, business venue or leisure option but also as an upcoming MICE venue. The Place and Sky Park collectively host several venues including a Grand Ballroom, The Event Place, Horizon, Rooftop Meeting Rooms, Cine-Seminar
Event attendees and hotel guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and entertainment options at The Place and Garden Shoppe. At The Place and Sky Park, guests can select from various food and beverage (F&B) outlets, entertainment spots and retail lots. There is even an open terrace for corporate/social gatherings and parties. The Garden Shoppe offers an equally interesting shopping experience where guests have the chance to dine and shop at outlets set amidst a beautiful garden setting. One City boasts various supporting facilities that would enhance the experience of hosting a MICE event. There are 19 see-through elevators for efficient crowd transfer, a 3-acre urban park for leisure, an elegant glass sky bridge, 33 garden terraces, Sky Park Star Club and 12,000 parking bays. With these features and facilities, One City has emerged as a fresh and interesting MICE venue that would leave a lasting impression on both the event organizer and attendees.
DAY 6 NATURE & CITY TOUR @ SHAH ALAM SELANGOR ISLAMIC ARTS PARK COMPLEX Selangor Islamic Arts Park Complex is open for local and foreign visitors, dedicated to production, exhibition and development of local Islamic arts. Islamic calligraphy, sculptures, painting and architecture, you can find everything about Islamic arts here. Gaze on the original manuscript of Quran which is insured for RM20 million. 1
SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH MOSQUE / BLUE MOSQUE he Blue Mosque is the most distinctive landmark in Shah Alam – capital of Selangor. It was named the Blue Mosque due to its blue dome. The attractive architecture is combination of Malay and Islamic elements and adorned by calligraphy by a famous Egyptian calligrapher Shiekh Abdel Moneim Mohamed Ali El Sharkawi. The mosque is open for public. Women are given a robe and a scarf upon entering the mosque. www.mssaas.gov.my
SHAH ALAM PALACE Istana Shah Alam (Malay) was the official palace of the Sultan of Selangor. His Royal Highness carries out his official duties as Sultan at this place. All ceremonies involves the Selangor royalty are also held here. It was built in 1905 during the rule of Sultan Sir Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah – the fifth Sultan of Selangor and it was also the birth place that the seventh Sultan – Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. The place was built using wood and marble, designed with the Majestic Malay royal architecture and has 15 rooms.
1. A centre of Islamic arts heritage with exhibitions on Islamic
NATIONAL BOTANICAL PARK SHAH ALAM National Botanical Park Shah Alam was previously called Taman Pertanian, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam or Malaysia Agriculture Park and it has improvements since its open in 1986. travellers should explore activities below: • Skytrex Adventure Park • Paintball Valley • 4 Seasons Temperature House www.tbnsa.gov.my
2. Paintball game
I-CITY Hailed as the City of Digital Lights, i-City is reputed to be the first lightscape tourist destination in Malaysia. The park showcasing over 1 million of LED lights dazzling the nightscape makes it an exciting and fascinating place to visit. Among the attractions here are the Snowalk, which is the biggest Artic environment (below 5 degrees) with ice sculptures and rides in Malaysia. Meet the igloos, ice houses, slides, mini-bobsled run, snowmen and various ice sculptures with LED lights here. Another thrilling attraction for the whole family is the Funworld theme park and Waterworld, which offer rides such as the exciting spiral and rainbow slides, Tornado Ride, Pirate Ship, Super Swing and many more! Other attractions including Citywalk, Red Carpet, Horror House and Trick Art Museum. www.i-city.my
with the dainty touch of Mother Nature, starting with the 12-feet atrium that is beautifully lit by natural light on each and every floor of the mall. The Sky Walk glass panel located at the rooftop of Sky Park provides you the astonishing experience by walking across the transparent panel. www.onecity.com.my GATEWAY@KLIA2 is a 24 hours fresh airport-within-a-mall concept at KLIA2, where you can shop, dine and get privileges or even free flight tickets. Visitors can fully utilize the waiting time of before departure and upon arrival in airport at Gateway@klia2. www.gatewayklia2.com.my
1UTAMA SHOPPING CENTRE is the largest shopping mall in Malaysia and the 4th largest in the world. With more than 650 shops, this shopping heaven on earth redefines the shopping scenes with Asia’s largest indoor rock climbing facility, a Southeast Asia’s largest rooftop secret garden and indoor rainforest with koi ponds and freshwater aquarium. www.1utama.com.my THE CURVE is probably one of the most popular mall among expatriates who live in Selangor because it is located at vicinity of expat enclaves of the city. Enjoy delightful gourmets at “The Street” – an outdoor area full of restaurants and drinking spots at The Curve Facebook: thecurveshoppingmall
SUNWAY PYRAMID is a well-known mall with its significant Eygptian style of façade and huge lion standing guard of the entrance. There are around 800 shops within the mall: from apparels, food & beverages choices, all sorts of entertainment activities and a huge theme park right beside the mall. It is the only mall in Malaysia with an ice-skating rink, and that definitely brings you a remarkable trip! www.sunwaypyramid.com SKY PARK is an exciting amalgamation of several components - a shopping mall, office suites, a corporate office tower and a business class hotel. It located at Subang Jaya which is in between intersection of two major highways (LDP and ELITE). Step inside this prominent structure with elegant all-glass facade and be amazed by the unique marriage of modern architecture
PARADIGM CITY MALL is a newly opened iconic lifestyle mall that suitable for both local and tourists. It has a mesmerizing modern interior design that gives you more pleasure in your shopping spree! www.paradigmmall.com.my TROPICANA CITY MALL consists more than 200 retails lots, coffee houses and restaurants. It is a hybrid used buildings
which linked among shopping malls, office block, and condominiums. The mall also provide a wide variety of facilities and services for shoppers such as free shuttle services from the nearest LRT station. www.tropicanacitymall.com EMPIRE SHOPPING GALLERY, situated in Subang Jaya, is an integrated commercial development of Empire Subang. This lifestyle-focused mall is the new contemporary lifestyle destination with an excellent mix of celebrated specialty stores ranging from fashions, lifestyle, health and beauty to IT gadgets and accessories. www.esg.com.my SETIA CITY MALL is the first mall that receives accolade from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Gold Award, followed by winning The Edge-PAM Green Excellence Award 2013. It is the pioneer of go-green architecture mall in Malaysia. With utilizing its shop-in-the-park concept, the 10.5 acres landscape parkland has over 240 retailers spread across 4 levels. www.setiacitymall.com AEON BUKIT TINGGI SHOPPING CENTRE Widely known as Jusco Bukit Tinggi, the mall is the largest AEON (Jusco) shopping centre in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (and third largest in Asia) with over 5,000 car park bays. Besides of the anchor tenant – Jusco supermarket, there are over 160 retail outlets which feature branded goods such as Crocs, Hush Puppies, Timberland, and many others. www.aeonretail.com.my SETIA WALK is an innovative all-inone development, which located at Puchong and comprising retail outlets, offices, apartments, SOHOs, hotel and entertainment centres. It offers the entire spectrum of lifestyle living, working and entertainment within a safe, comfortable and friendly environment. www.setiawalk.com.my
WHEREVER you go in Selangor, it is difficult for you to not seeing any food. Be it Malay, Chinese, Indian, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean or even Middle East cuisine, there are plenty to choose! Walk your way through our beautiful destinations and discover the hidden gems of delectable local treats. “Stomach-full guaranteed”
FINE DINE & WINE
LA RISATA "La Risata" means laughter in Italian, aims for a down-to-earth image instead of fine-dining fanfare. Winning the Best Italian in the Time Out KL Food Awards 2013 and 2011, the charms of La Risata’s authentic Italian food is undoubtedly won food lovers’ heart. The spacious and cozy interior full with wooden big tables is perfect for a joyful dinner with family and friends. www.la-risata.com
TAMARIND SPRINGS Only 15 minutes drive from the town of Kuala Lumpur, you will feel disembark to a nature paradise. Winning many accolades from the industry, Tamarind Springs’ Executive Chef Somjuhan Wandee has played the key role over the last 10 years. Restore your exhausted soul in the lush and tropical forest surroundings in this Indo-Chine cuisine fine dining restaurant. www.tamarindrestaurants.com PLOY Located at Clearwater Residence in Damansara Heights, PLOY is indeed a hidden gem in Selangor. It is a contemporary fine dining restaurant combining fusion of Japanese and Thai cuisine. The dishes cater to everyone who favour Asian cuisine, by creating over 35 new and original sauces in their not-soAsian dishes www.ploywithyourfood.com
PARADISE DYNASTY Come to Paradise Dynasty, everyone should try its Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao, which comes in a rainbow of eight varieties. Xiao Long Bao is Shanghai dumplings with tender skin wrapping meats and soup inside the dumpling. The eight flavours consists of foie gras, black truffle, crab roe, cheese, ginseng, minced garlic, Szechuan and the original flavour. There are many others special Chinese dishes for selections too. www.paradisefnb.com.my
SOLEIL Lead by Belgian chef Evert Onderbeke, who previously famous operating in High Tide; now serving you best of European feast at Petaling Jaya Section 17. Soleil calls itself a modern European restaurant with a little Asian influences, specializing in seafood dishes. It is also fine place for wines with sommelier Yuhei Teraoka, who was formerly in Cilantro. TEL +603-7932 5989 / +6012-695 9060
NIGHTLIFE THE ROOF Newly launched in 2014 at First Avenue very near to 1Utama Shopping Centre, it has one of a kind type of nightlife bars all under a roof: • Stratosphere – It is the first grassed helipad champagne bar in Asia. • Signature by the Hill – A stylish and premium gastro lounge and bar. They serve international standard fusion cuisine with award winning signature cocktails and premium beverages. • PLAY – The only premium dance club in Petaling Jaya. Regular appearance of top notch local and international DJs. • SCORE – Best place for sports enthusiast. Catch live telecasts of your favourate sporting events while sipping a pint.
Malt & Leaf – Cater to patrons who enjoy fine cigar and whisky. With a more stylish and exclusive ambiance, it is a classy place for premium indulgence. www.theroof.com.my •
LAUNDRY BAR is a firm supporter of the local music scene and international artistes, with live bands performing weekly and other regular DJs acts. Setting in The Curve, you will get overwhelmed by the friendly hospitality of the staff and the energetic crowd there. Best for catching up with friends! www.laundrybar.net PORCÉLENE @ EMPIRE DAMANSARA Another latest night spot in town – Porcélene Jazz at Empire Damansara /
Heritage Lane. Known as Malaysia’s first Acid Jazz Bar & Restaurant, it strives to make guests fall in love all over again. Acid Jazz, also known as club jazz, is an upbeat music genre combination of jazz, soul, funk, disco and hip hop. The wine list is carefully thought, and Illy coffee is selected as their flagship brand. www.porcelene.com.my
food STREET FOOD CHILLI PAN MEE Chilli pan mee, is a bowl of Hakka style self-kneaded noodle that served dry together with dried anchovies, minced pork, mushrooms, with a poached egg on top, accompanied with a bowl of sweet potato leaves. Kin Kin Chilli Pan Mee is among the most famous chilli pan mee restaurants, with its specially made dried spicy chilli flakes. TEL +016-372 8069
SATAY @ KAJANG Kajang town in Selangor is the best place for Satay! Satay is barbequed chunks of skewered meat on bamboo sticks and served with spicy peanut sauce as well as Nasi Ketupat (rice cake wrapped in a woven palm leaf). Eaters can opt for chicken, beef, fish, mutton, duck and beef satay. EAT HERE
BAK KUT TEH @ KLANG Bak Kut Teh literally means “pork bone tea”, is one of the favourite food for local Chinese. It is in fact a soup dish comprised of meaty pork ribs stewed with soy sauce, spices, and Chinese herbs. Traditionally it was served in soup, but nowadays a dry form of Bak Kut Teh has become more popular and some use chicken to replace the pork condiments (Chi Kut Teh) to cater to Malay eaters. EAT HERE • Weng Heong Bak Kut Teh 28-30, Jalan Batai Laut 5, Kawasan 16, Taman Intan, 41300 Klang
• Malaysia Restaurant a.k.a Nyok Lan Satay
• Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh 45, Lebuh Bangau,
No.31, Jalan Semenyih, 43000 Kajang
Taman Berkeley, 41150, Klang
• Sate Kajang Haji Samuri Lot1,2&3, Tingkat
• Kedai Makanan Seng Huat 9, Jalan Besar,
Bawah & Tingkat 1, Bangunan DAto’ Nazir,
41000 Klang (Corner lot next to Port Klang KTM
Jalan Kelab, 43000 Kajang
YONG TAO FOO @ AMPANG Yong Tao Foo is Chinese Hakka food with stuffed ground meat in mainly tofu and bean curd, and served in either dry with sauce or in hot soup, after cooked or deep fried. You will enjoy the home made quality food at Foong Foong Restaurant, the most famous Yong Tau Foo restaurant in Ampang for over 35 years! TEL +6012-209 5529
FATTY CRAB RESTAURANT “The long queue is worth it.” is what majority people say about Fatty Crab. Try their signature sweet and sour crab which is finger licking good! Using your bare hands to eat will bring out the essence of food and that’s the way Malaysians like to eat. The gravy is so good that you can dip it with toasted bread. www.fattycrabs.com
CAFE BREW & BREAD Setting the main outlet at Kota Kemuning Shah Alam and its second branch at One City Mall in USJ, Brew & Bread’s menu is relatively interesting, which varies from main courses, pasta, soup, sandwich, pastries, coffee, and juices to desserts, and they cater all day brunch and high tea. www.brewnbread.com WHISK Check out Whisk in Empire Shopping Gallery, for their aromatic coffee and legendary baked goodies. Their wide array of cakes selling fast like hot cafes, and
popular variety of desserts like macaroons and brownies are just too satisfying. Facebook: whisk.kl COFFEE CHEMISTRY SIGNATURE Located at First Subang Mall, it is more than just an ordinary coffee cafe as they also serve many other tempting food. You can actually request some extra 3D coffee art from the barista and be happy with some cute little lively animal on your coffee! Facebook: coffeechemistrycafe CAFFEBENE Aiming to become Asia’s most popular
cafe, Korean coffeehouse chain serves good coffee and complement with authentic Belgian waffles, Italian gelato and natural fruit smoothies. caffeebene.com.my GARAGE 51 Fascinated by its well-designed garage façade and interior, Garage 51 is a Melbourne-flavored cafe with mouthwatering dish like Awesome Garage Breakfast with perfectly cooked poached egg and hollandaise sauce, fluffy and filing bagel which rarely can be tasted in Malaysia. They serve their beverages a little milkier than others.
GETTING AROUND Taxis, trains and buses are the main modes of transportation within Selangor. By Air Selangor is the main gateway into Malaysia as there are three airports in the state. Most travellers by air will pass through KLIA which the Malaysia Airlines is operating here. The budget carrier AsirAsia and other low budget airlines now has shifted from LCCT to the newly launched KLIA2. Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary – Firefly, operates at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang. By Rail Visitors from Thailand and Singapore can make use of the KTM Railway services. The KTM Komuter Train can be taken from KL Sentral station to designated points within the city, as well as Port Klang, Kajang and Rawang. LRT can be utilized with two LRT lines ply the Ampang line, STAR LRT and the Kelana Jaya line (Putra LRT) By Road As the North-South Expressway or ‘PLUS’ (Project Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan) Highway connects Selangor to Thailand in the north and Singapore in the South, and all parts of Peninsular Malaysia via a system of tolled highways. By Taxis Purchase tickets beforehand at the counters near the arrival hall of all airports upon arrival. For taking city cabs, other additional charges might applied include toll charges, RM2.00 for telephone bookings, and a 50% surcharge between midnight and 6.00am. Plan a remarkable fuss-free travel with our local online travel assistance.
TRIP ASSISTANT Tourism Selangor Aim to become the preferred tourism authority for tourists visiting Malaysia, Tourism Selangor (state government tourism board) actively update its website to provide latest information to travellers. Check new attractions in Selangor, upcoming events at towns or pursue different short tours packages at www.tourismselangor.my CafeHop KL Calling all coffee maniacs! CafeHop KL is a new passionate project mapping all independent cafes around Klang Valley and coffee lovers in Malaysia. There will be updates on their digital map monthly for new cafes that are up to standard and an annual print map will be issued each year.
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PUTRAJAYA A Planned City
after Malaysia first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Putrajaya is a planned city, around 25km south of Kuala Lumpur. Also known as “Intelligent Garden City”.
Taman Saujana Hijau
Wetland Park (Taman Wetland)
Places of Interest Jetty Major Road
IOI City Mall Botanical Garden (Taman Botani)
Taman Rimba Alam
Alamanda Shopping Mall
Seri Perdana Bridge
Perdana Putra Putra Mosque
J Agriculture Heritage Park
Taman Warisan Pertanian
Palace of Justice
Seri Saujana Bridge
Putrajaya Challenge Park
Selangor Kuala Lumpur
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trails DAY 1
CITY & LANDSCAPE Tour Exploration Perdana Putra
Taman Botani Putrajaya Lake l Aziz Shah
Dataran Putra Seri Perdana Bridge Putra Mosque
Taman Putra Perdana
Perdana Putra Cruise Tasik Putrajaya Seri Bakti Bridge
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Palace Of Justice
Taman Seri Empangan
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MAGIC OF THE NIGHT - FL ORIA PUTRAJAYA 2015 Date : May 2015 Time : 5pm – 11 Venue: Putrajaya pm Things To Do: En Lake joy nig floral boats parad ht e and fireworks
The Putra Mosque is the principal mosque of Putr ajaya. This mosque is distingu ished by its magnificen t pink dome with rose-tinted granite. The mosque can acco mm odate 15,000 worshippers at once. Visitors should be dressed appropriately. +603-8888 5678 www.masjidputra.gov .my
Cruise Tasik Putrajaya Coming to Putrajaya, why not experience a comfortable sightseeing tour together with a dinner on the lake? Cruise Tasik Putrajaya offers two different modes of transportation– either by air-conditioned passenger cruise boat or the gondola like vessels designed to the style of local Malay traditional Perahu. Both types of boat can be hired out for private charters for special luncheons, tea and cocktail gatherings as well as onboard karaoke sessions. www.cruisetasikputrajaya.com
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Seri Wawasan Brigde Seri Wawasan Bridge is a cable-styled bridge which is a landmark in Putrajaya. The concrete bridge is a combination of cable backstays and structur al steel tie back.
Putra Bridge Putra Bridge is the most important bridge which connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Dataran Putra with the Persiaran Perdana with a span of 435 metres.
Seri Saujana Bridge The Seri Saujana Bridge is a main bridge in Putrajaya. The bridge’s design is unique cable-stayed arch bridge. Bridge watching and touring can be an amazing visual feast. The bridge has become a popular photography spot especially at night.
1. Moroccan Pavillion
2. Taman Wetland - A wildlife Sanctuary
RECREATIONAL & NATURE TOUR PUTRAJAYA BOTANICAL GARDEN (TAMAN BOTANI) Putrajaya Botanical Garden is located on the Northern section of Precinct 1. It has been designed as a national sanctuary for the Malaysian living collection of plant taxonomy as well as a centre for education and research. The garden houses 7,000 species of plants found in Malaysia, Africa and Asia Pacific region.
3. Bird's Eye View of Putrajaya from Lookout Tower 4. Taman Warisan Pertanian 5. Masjid Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin
MUST DO • Visit the Moroccan-themed Islamic Garden Pavilion • Drop by at the Visitor’s Interpretative Centre (VIC) • Walk along the explorer’s trail • See the floral gardens • Get souvenirs at the gift shop • Rent a bicycle and enjoy a ride along the trails • Go on guided tour (RM5 per person)
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AGRICULTURE HERITAGE PARK (TAMAN WARISAN PERTANIAN) Commonly known as Taman Warisan Pertanian, Agriculture Heritage Park highlights Malaysia’s agriculture resources such as rubber, oil palm cocoa, coffee and tea. Visitors can sample fresh fruits and observe activities such as rubber tapping, latex collection, crop maintenance and fruits preservation. Aside from the Visitor’s Complex which houses souvenir shops, gallery cafe and fruit stalls, you will also find a viewing deck and a pepper and coffee processing demonstration area. TEL +603-8887 7772 5
WETLAND PARK (TAMAN WETLAND) The Wetland Park is the first man-made wetland in Malaysia. The park comprises the Wetland Park (138 hectares) and the wetland areas (1977 hectares). There are 24 wetland cells flourishing with flora and fauna and the main habitats are marshes, swamp forests, ponds and lakes. The wetland also has an 18m lookout tower, plant nursery, nature trails, picnic areas and etc.
MUST DO • Visit the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) • Take in the sprawling view from an 18m lookout tower • Enjoy nature as you walk along the trails • Watch flamingos at the flamingo pond • Spot birds such as Little Egret, Little Green Heron and Cinnamon Bittern
WAWASAN PARK (TAMAN WAWASAN) Wawasan Park is located at Precinct 2, Putrajaya, bordered by the Putra Lake and Canal on one side, while Persiaran Perdana at the Western side. The park covers 137 acres. Wisma Putra is standing straight on top of the hill in the middle of the park, which its clock tower chimes every hour. Here are some of the facilities provided in the park: • Birds Aviary • Three Theme Adventure Playgrounds (Parks, Water, Forest) • Park Promenade • Light Beacons • Gazebos (Wakaf) and Shelters • Jogging Tracks • Headlands Area
SAUJANA HIJAU PARK (TAMAN SAUJANA HIJAU) Another park for fresh-air breathing out of the hustle and bustle city. Taman Saujana Hijau is a dazzling destination for a retreat, surrounded lush greenery and pine trees decorating hilly terrain covering 41 hectares. It is an ideal place for family outing and recreation activities. The park is divided into 3 zones: a European Garden (Bustan Eropah), an Oriental Garden (Bustan Oriental) an an English Garden (Bustan Inggeris). Do not miss to enjoy the spectacular sunsets that is so enthralling.
PUTRAJAYA CHALLENGE PARK Malaysia is proud to have the largest indoor climbing gym in Southeast Asia, which was opened to public in 2009. Situated in Putrajaya’s Precinct 5, Putrajaya Challenge Park contains some of the best extreme sports facilities in Asia. The three main attractions includes: • Indoor Rock Wall Climbing Complex • Skate Park and Thrill Park • Mountain Bike Trails www.ppj.gov.my RIMBA ALAM PARK (TAMAN RIMBA ALAM) Rimba Alam Park houses about 400 species of forest trees which make up a total of more than 95,000 trees in the entire park. Conceptualized as a showcase of urban forestry, the park dazzles tropical rainforest plants and species collection that is our rich natural heritage. Nature lovers are allowed to do a lot of activities like bird watching, picnic, camping, jogging and learn about the forest by joining guided tour. www.putrajaya.gov.my TEL +603-8887 7135
1. Taman Wawasan 2. Taman Rimba Alam 3. Bird Watching at Wetland Park 4. Taman Saujana Hijau
ALAMANDA SHOPPING CENTRE features Malaysiaâ€™s first travelator within a shopping complex that will connect the retail outlets and provide access directly to car parks. www.alamanda.com.my SOUQ BAZAAR with more than 50 stalls offering food items, fashion, accessories, gifts, handicrafts and souvenirs of Putrajaya. IOI CITY MALL which recently opened its door on 20 November 2014 has won the award as the Best Commercial Development at the recent South East Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) 2014. District21 is the first themed action park with 11 adventure attractions located in a 70,000 sq ft indoor atrium at IOI City Mall. It offers activities that get visitors climbing, jumping, riding, sliding and flying. www.ioicitymall.com.my
food Visitors will never be in short of choices when it comes to dining in Putrajaya. From airconditioned restaurants, to alfresco cafes facing the lake or open-air food courts, thereâ€™s always a place to indulge in. Here is a selection of place you may enjoy during your visit to Putrajaya:
Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant (Putrajaya) In Botanical Garden +603-8889 1188 Putrajaya Lake Club Restoran Samudera +603-8889 5008 Selera Putra Foodcourt Dataran Putra +603-7783 3770 Food Court Precinct 8 Jalan P8, Precinct 8, 62250 +603-8887 7000 Umai Cafe (The Lake Garden Cafe) Bangunan Monumen Alaf Baru, 62150 Precinct 2, Putrajaya +6013-606 7710
GETTING AROUND Putrajaya is situated about 28km from Kuala Lumpur and is easily accessible by road or train.
By Train Fast and comfortable, the state-of-art KLIA Transit rail service connects Putrajaya to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, the transportation hub. The journey takes only 35 minutes, with three stops along the way at Bandar Tasik Selatan, Cyberjaya/Putrajaya and Salak Tinggi. The trains depart every 30 minutes. Visitors from Selangor can take the KTM Komuter train to Bandar Tasik Selatan for the interchange to KLIA Transit. www.kliaekspres.com +603-2267 8000
By Road Visitors from Kuala Lumpur can drive to Putrajaya via the KL – Putrajaya Highway within 40 minutes. RapidKL bus services provide frequent services from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya.
By Taxi Putrajaya and Cyberjaya Transport Berhad is established to provide convenience to passengers down from KLIA Transit service to destinations around Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. www.kppcb.com.my Radio Taxi Hotline: +603-8888 4000
By Bus The most comprehensive mode of transport around Putrajaya is via the NadiPutra town bus. www.ppj.gov.my +603-8887 7787
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Food Court Precinct 8 Galeria PJH Ikan Bakar Seri Empangan Putrajaya Kelab Tasik Putrajaya Maritime Centre Putrajaya Market Precinct 8 Neighbourhood Centre Precinct 16 Selera Laman Perdana, Presint 1 Spring Garden Chinese Restaurant (Putrajaya) Umai Cafe | The Lake Garden Café
603-8889 1188 6013-606 7710
Ekuestrian Park Putrajaya Lake Cruise Rimba Alam Park Taman Botani The Agriculture Heritage Wetland Park
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Penang Escape Theme Park
Penang National Park
Tropical Spice Garden
Penang Butterfly Park
Penang Municipal Park
Gurney Plaza Wat Chayamangkalaram
GEORGE TOWN Air Itam Sungai Pinang
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Jelutong St Anneâ€™s Church
BALIK PULAU Gelugor Penang Bridge
Bayan Baru Snake Temple
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Airport Ferry Terminal Tourist Information Centre
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Pearl of The Orient
Pearl of Orient, Penang still retains its old charms from its sandy beaches and emerald green hills to a beautifully preserved heritage enclave till today. Being the centre for Medical Tourism in South East Asia, the island also equipped with topnotch hospitals providing the latest facilities and technology in Medical Care.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015
Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 6.00 am – 9.00pm Padang Polo Website: www.mypenang.gov.my Contact: +604-264 3456 For the first time in Penang, a one-ofa-kind experience can be found at the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. There will be 15 hot air balloons over the 2 days festival and they will float against the picturesque backdrop of George Town World Heritage Site. Besides the impressive hot air balloons, there will also be family-friednly activities such as fun inflatable playgrounds, creative workshops, photography competition and more!
musical technique. There’s something for everyone at the PWMF 2015!
George Town World Heritage Day George Town Heritage Enclave Website: www.heritagecelebrations.info Contact: +604-261 6606 Taste a side of this historic city that visitors rarely experience at EAT RITE, the first and only food festival that puts the spotlight on some of the most beloved foods made to celebrate the over 500 rituals and festivals of George Town.
7 July Penang World Music Festival 2.00pm – 12.00am Esplanade Website: www.penangworldmusic.gov.my Contact: +604-650 5136 Enjoy stellar performances by international musicians from Spain, Germany, South Africa, India and more. Listen to musical stories from the four corners of the world. Marvel at the fusion of historic and contemporary, right in our UNESCO Heritage City. Enrich your musical experience with workshops by our invited artists. Explore their experience, sate your curiosity and learn
George Town Festival Website: www.georgetownfestival.com Contact: +604-261 6308 Penang’s most anticipated cultural festival, George Town Festival celebrates Penang’s strong passion for local arts and entertainment. Fans of GTF can anticipate theatre, music, art, dance, opera and film screening throughout the month.
Pesta Chingay Parade 7.30pm – 11.00pm Padang Brown to City Hall, Esplanade Website: www.visitpenang.gov.my Contact: +604-650 5136 The Chingay and Lion Dance troupe members will display their skills in balancing stilt poles during this annual street parade. The parade begins from Padang Brown and passes through the main streets of George Town before ending at Esplanade. There will also be giant colourful flags and floats, lion dance and dragon dance performances and a procession of decorative trishaws.
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QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower is one of the icon of Penang. It was commissioned by a local millionaire – Cheah Chen Eok to commemorate the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee. Unfortunately, Queen Victoria passed away before the completion of this remarkable tower. The tower seems slightly slanted due to the legacy of Second World War’s bombs, much like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. KHOO KONGSI The Khoo Kongsi, also known as Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, is said to be the finest Chinese clan temple outside China. It is an association of the Leong San Tong clan, whose ancestors came from Sin Kang clan village in Hokkien province, China. It is well known internationally for its extensive
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FORT CORNWALLIS Built by Captain Sir Francis Light in the late 1700s, Fort Cornwallis was originally a wooden fort that was then replaced by a brick structure in 1804. There are five major must-see artefacts while visiting Fort Cornwallis: Statue of Sir Francis Light, Sri Rambai cannon which was a gift from the Dutch to the Sultan of Johor, gun powder magazine, the first Christian chapel in Penang, and cell rooms which was built in 1811. Fort Cornwallis is a preserved historical landmark for George Town UNESCO World Heritage site.
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lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago. The clan temple is dedicated to the clan’s patron deities and also houses a collection of ancestral tablets. Chinese operas are still staged at the theatre during the seventh lunar month (hungry ghost festival). www.khookongsi.com.my
CLAN JETTIES @ WELD QUAY JADE EMPEROR'S Located along the Weld Quay, Clan Jetties BRITHDAY (Penang Hokkien Cele brations) used to have seven jetties in total until one Date: 9th day of CNY was demolished by fire and now six remain. Venue: Chew Jetty Things To Do: Watch They are the Chew Jetty, Lee Jetty, Lim Jetty, deity offerings Tan Jetty, Yeoh Jetty and Chap Seo Keo Jetty. ceremony The Chew clan is by far the largest among the Weld Quay family of clans. These water villages are over a century old, and they are priceless piece of Penang’s history and significantly contributing to the rich cultural heritage. BATIK PAINTING MUSEUM
KAPITAN KELING MOSQUE It is the largest mosque in George Town, and it looks magnificent at sunsets. One of the main worship places along “Street of Harmony”, the Kapitan Keling Mosque was founded by a head of Indian Muslim community – Caudeer Mohuddeen in 1801. “Kapitan Keling” are Malay words where “Kapitan” means captain in English and “Keling” used to denote those who came from the ancient Hindu kingdom. However, nowadays it is offensive to call an Indian as a “Keling” but not so considered at the time when the mosque is built. www.kapitankelingmosque.com THE CAMERA MUSEUM & ASIA CAMERA MUSEUM Visit this specialty museum in the Heritage Zone along Muntri Street, in George Town. The Camera Museum is definitely first of its kind in Malaysia as well as Southeast Asia, feasting your eyes with over 1,000 vintage cameras, accessories and camera equipment from the past millennium up to the latest models. The museum also provides short photographic courses, workshops and activities related to photography for visitors. www.asiacameramuseum.com
Image Credit - The Batik Painting Museum
Be astonished by the art of batik paintings at Batik Painting Museum, housed in an old shop house along Armenian Street, George Town. The art gallery showcases seminal and awardwinning works of a China-born Penangite Dato’ Chuah Thean Teng, along with works of his sons Siew Teng, Seow Keng and Choy Siew Kek, and grandsons Seong Hooi and Seong Leong. Currently there are about 70 masterpieces being showcased in the museum by over 25 artists. www.batikpg.com MADE IN PENANG INTERACTIVE MUSEUM Explore the art of visual stimulation at the first 3D art museum in Penang – the Made in Penang Interactive Museum. It features a variety of three-dimensional mural graphics that creatively showcases various attractions and features depicting Penang’s history, arts, culture and touristy facets. The museum consists of 5 different sections: 1. Great Wall of Penang, 2. Miniature Local Trades, 3. Miniature Weld Quay, 4. Trick Art Galery and 5. Interactive Theatre. www.madeinpenang.my
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DAY 2 NATURE + ADVENTURE TOUR @ BATU FERINGGHI THE MARINA @ STRAITS QUAY Penang’s first ever seafront retail marina enclave, The Marina at Straits Quay owns 40 pontoon berths that can accommodate boats from 10m to 25m in length. Visitors can enjoy boat cruises with their services including the Water Limousine, Harbour Cruise or Iconic Harbour (Evening skyline), and Private Charter with a capacity of 25 pax. Straits Quay offers a wide range of outlets and attractions with restaurants, cafes and bars. You might consider to hire a bicycle to savor the panoramic sea view around the premise. www.straitsquay.com
FLOATING MOSQUE The name speaks for itself, the Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque is a Muslim mosque built at the sea. Accommodating up to 1,500 worshippers, the mosque features a blend of local and Middle Eastern architecture with a seven-storey minaret, making it an awesomely scenic spot. It was built to replace the old Tanjung Bungah Mosque, which was damaged during the year’s major tsunami disaster. PENANG TOY MUSEUM The Penang Toy Museum that was previously located along Jalan Tanjung Bungah, has moved to a new home at Teluk Bahang. It is Asia’s first and the world’s largest toy museum that houses more than 110,000 toys, dolls and other collectible items. The museum is divided into several sections: The Chamber of Horrors, Chamber of Monsters, Chamber of Fantasy, Chamber of Comic Book Heroes, Cave of Dinosaurs, Fields of Combat, Hall of Virtual Reality, Hall of Rock Legends, Hall of Celebrities, Hall of Cartoons, Hall of Beauties and Star Wars Collection. www.penangtoymuseum.com/ toymuseum-heritagegarden.com
1. Straits Quay Marina 2. Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque 3. Tropical Spice Garden - Nature Adventures for Family 4. Penang Toy Museum - World's Largest Toy Museum
BATU FERRINGHI Batu Ferringhi (Foreigner’s Rock) is the most famous beach area in Penang. It is located adjacent to Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang. The beach is popular due to its white sandy beach accompanied by a host of waterfront accommodations and al-fresco restaurants. It is also famous for its night market (Pasar Malam) nearby that features cheap replica goods, clothes and local handicrafts. Have a delightful sun-tanning afternoon or indulge in any of the exciting water sports, before heading to the most happening night spots at the main beach resort along Batu Ferringhi.
TROPICAL SPICE GARDEN Another popular attraction in Teluk Bahang, is this landscaped garden that consist of a tropical collection from all over the world. Home to more than 500 varieties of tropical herbs and spices, visiting the Tropical Spice Garden is the best way to learn about spices and know all of their benefits. It has three jungle trails: the Spice Trail, Ornamental Trail and Jungle Trail; each trail features its own unique collection of plants such as spices and herbs, aquatic plants and jungle flora. www.tropicalspicegarden.com
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ESCAPE ESCAPE is the newest outdoor theme park to get over the hustle bustle of urban life! This quirky fun destination redefines family theme park by providing many exciting and challenging outdoor activities. Swing like a monkey between trees, leap through the air like Atan, slope downhill in a Tubby Racer, go ape climbing up to the tree-top, and explore caves by breaking through obstacles! www.escape.my PENANG NATIONAL PARK This is another great destination to be for nature lovers. Penang National Park is the first protected area legally gazetted under Malaysia’s National Park Act 1980. The park’s ecosystem is a mixture of habitats with hills, sandy and rocky beaches, rivers and shoreline forests. You can go jungle trekking to reach the pristine clear Monkey Beach (Teluk Duyung), take a thrilling canopy walk, visit Meromictic Lake; and you might have the luck to see sea turtles to turtles laying eggs on Pantai Kerachut.
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TROPICAL FRUIT FARM Tropical Fruit Farm is a 25-acre tropical fruit orchard in Teluk Bahang, Penang. It has over 250 different species of fruit trees from the region and around the world including Central and South America, Central Africa, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. Many interesting fruits filled the orchard including avocado, grapes, passion fruit, pears, peaches, cherries, persimmons, cashew nut and mulberry. Join the guided farm tour to get an opportunity to experience fruit testing, and you can opt for a package tour with BBQ lunch. www.tropicalfruitfarm.com.my
GOLDEN SANDS RESORT BY SHANGRI-LA
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The glorious sun basks its rays through the curtains to announce morningâ€™s arrival.
ou can see hints of a blue sky through the window and your lips relax into a slight smile as you feel a surge of energy only at Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, a family-friendly resort located at the prime beach front of Batu Feringgi, Penang. The resort comprises 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. Located in the lobby area, the Cool Lounge is an extra feature to the resort and it 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.
2. Lobby Lounge 3. Watersports Centre
Golden Sands Resort is a family-friendly resort that has won several familyoriented awards. Below are some of the resort’s baby-friendly and childfriendly services:
1. Cassia Meeting Room 2. Sigi's Indoor Dining 3. Adventure Zone
Two adaptable meeting and banquet rooms as well as a 250-person capacity ballroom are available for business and social events. Golden Sands Resort offers an unconventional destination meeting package designed for companies that wish to experience an extraordinary business plus leisure experienceSunglasses@Work. Sunglasses@Work is a concept offering Meet By Design, where oneof-a-kind meeting ideas and unique set ups transform the usual boardroom sessions, team building activities, and special MICE events into a fun and memorable experience. Three diverse food and beverage outlets provide exciting dining options. All-day dining restaurant Garden Cafe 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. The 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. Golden Sands Resort is a family-friendly resort that has won several family-oriented awards. Below are some of the resort’s baby-friendly and child-friendly services: Adventure Zone for Kids Adventure Zone, a modular play area designed for kids of all ages The 10,000 sq ft 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 toddler-friendly “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-akind 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 Cool Zone Kids Club is complimentary to all in-house Golden Sands Resort guest located on the Mezzanine Level of the Adventure Zone. It features fun activities from 9.30am - 9pm to keep the kiddies entertained. Lunch and dinner are provided for our young guests, and mobile phones are available on loan for parents who wish to be in contact with their children at all times. Kids can while away their time getting involved in wholesome and fun-filled 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.
DAY 3 AIR ITAM & SOUTHERN ROUTE TOUR PENANG HILL (BUKIT BENDERA) Known as the Flagstaff, Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their colonial time in Malaysia. It is one of the only cooling places to visit in Penang. Penang Hill comprises several hills including Strawberry Hill, Halliburtonâ€™s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill, Tiger Hill and Western Hill. From all these hill, youâ€™ll get to enjoy the beautiful panorama view, unique plants and some historical heritage! www.penanghill.gov.my THE OWL MUSEUM On Penang Hilltop, there is this first museum dedicated to owl-themed art and craft in Southeast Asia. The Owl Museum displays over 1,000 owl-inspired artifacts, sculptures and paintings created by various artists across the region. The most fascinating to shout about is you can look at this unique cute little birds of prey at a breathtaking 800 meters above sea level. www.theowlmuseum.com
1. Penang Hill - Known for its magnificently spectacular panoramic view of George Town 2. Owl Museum @ Top of Penang Hill
KEK LOK SI Consisting many monasteries, prayer halls, pagodas and bell towers, the national icon is the largest and one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. The seven storey pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design and a Burmese crown at the top reflecting the temple’s embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. A huge 30.2m bronze statue of the Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) was completed in 2002. Chinese New Year celebrations is the best time to visit Kek Lok Si when the temple is adorned with colorful and shiny hanging lanterns. www.kekloksitemple.com AIR ITAM WET MARKET (PASAR AWAM AIR ITAM) Distanced few minutes away from the foot of the hill of Kek Lok Si, the Ayer Itam Market is one of the most popular markets in Penang. It has been around for many decades where in those days, farmers bring their fresh vegetables to be sold fresh to consumers in the valley. Today it is an interesting place to shop, eat and know more about the locals. Compared to most of the markets, Ayer Itam Market is full of heavenly delicious local flavor. Among the musttry-food is the legendary authentic Assam Laksa, Koay Chiap, and Lim Sister’s Curry Mee. BALIK PULAU Balik Pulau literally means back of the island in PENANG DURIAN Malay, and this is the place to experience FESTIVAL everything back to the old times. There are Date : 1st June 31st July 2015 many interesting attractions scattered around Venue: Balik Pulau Balik Pulau to occupy at least a day. First thing Things To Do: Durian feast first, it is best renting a bicycle to tour around to blend with the locals. There, you are convenient to explore green paddy field, fruit orchard, plantation, mangrove, fishing village and dozens of traditional Kampung in Balik Pulau. If you feel a little more adventurous, look for Balik Pulau Lodge which is an old Hakka Village that sits on Pulau Betong, about 300 feet above sea level. Authentic Hakka cuisine will be served and you will feel like staying at the rural old house of your grandma’s. Activities include mountain bike climbing, orchards visiting, recreational camping and physical strength challenges are available too. www.balikpulaulodge.com SNAKE TEMPLE The Snake Temple, also known as Temple of Azure Cloud, is about 3km from the airport in Bayan Lepas. It was built in 1850 to dedicate to the Buddhist monk named Chor Soo Kong. According to the legend, Chor Soo Kong was the one who provided shelter for all the snakes so they stay until he died. The vipers can be found on altars, vases and offerings. Nowadays the snakes appear impassive probably due to the thick smoke of the incense burning.
1. Kek Lok Si Temple - Known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss 2. Shopping @ Air Itam Wet Market 3. Fishing Village @ Balik Pulau 4. Snake Temple @ small town of Bayan Lepas
shopping SHOPPING MALL
GURNEY PLAZA is one of the biggest and most popular shopping complexes on Penang Island. Strategically located in renowned Gurney Drive, Gurney Plaza is a premier lifestyle shopping mall and is 858,000 square feet in size. It has three anchor tenants: Parkson Grand, Golden Screen Cinemas and Cold Storage supermarket. Many luxurious brands and products are available such as Coach, Rolex, Tissot, ToyWatch, Pandora, Dorothy Perkins, Fossil, M.A.C, and Birkenstock. A decent 5 star G Hotel is standing next to the shopping mall. www.gurneyplaza.com.my GURNEY PARAGON is a brand new mixed development comprising of a shopping mall, an office tower and two high-end residential towers. Stragetically 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. www.gurneyparagon.com SUNWAY CARNIVAL MALL is a 4 storey mall anchored by Parkson Grand Departmental Store and Giant Hypermarket. Consists of over 180 specialty stores, it serves as an alternative shopping destination in Seberang Jaya, Butterworth - the mainland of Penang. Shoppers could indulge in various offerings such as fashion, accessories, shoes, jewellery, videos, gifts, souvenirs, electrical product and many more. www.sunwaycarnival.com QUEENSBAY MALL Queensbay Mall is the largest and longest shopping mall on Penang Island, with a gross built up of 2.5 million sq ft and over 1 million sq ft net lettable area. The 5 storey shopping mall has Jusco as its anchor tenant with more than 10 junior anchors including Borders and Harvey Norman, and over 500 stores such as MNG Mango, Quicksilver, Gap, and Timberland. www.queensbaymallmalaysia.com
PRANGIN MALL Strategically located in the centre of George Town next to KOMTAR tower is the preferred shopping place among local and tourists. It has six levels including a basement floor with over 150 shops, considered a bargain hunter’s paradise despite of its mainstream appeal. It is best to shop for mobile phones, cameras, computers and software at very reasonable prices. www.prangin-mall.com 1st AVENUE MALL @ Jalan Magazine next to Prangin Mall and KOMTAR is connected with the two malls by sky bridges, visitors can explore them without having to cross the busy streets of George Town. It has seven floors with over 280 retailers in total. Every floor has a theme to it; the lower ground floor is named as “Chill” which will be the watering hole of the youngsters; ground floor is known as “Style”, featuring designers’ clothes. www.1st-avenue-mall.com.my AUTO CITY (Bukit Mertajam) is a one-stop complex for shopping, F&B and home to more than 30 brands for automobiles. It is also a favourite outdoor venue for concerts, road shows or carnivals are a lot of banks located here. Its night are filled with lights and joy from alfresco restaurants and bars. www.autocity.com.my
FOOD is one of the main highlights for a trip to Penang, The Pearl of the Orient. The delightful variety of Penang food reflects the different cooking styles and tastes of its multiracial population. Hawker food caught the limelight among food lovers in Penang. Nyonya, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Hakka, Hokkien, seafood and desserts, had blended as one making it a truly irresistible Penang hawker fare! While some good food might be situated in remote corners, but we ensure you that is all worth the seeking effort!
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1. Assam Laksa 2. Penang Popiah - Teochew style spring roll with filling that comprises turnip, beancurd, egg bits and a dash of chilli paste and sweet sauce 3. Mamak's rojak - Known as "Pasembor" in Penang 4. Apom balik (may be known as 'Turnover Pancake' in English
ASSAM LAKSA Being voted as the 2011 Top 10 Yummiest food in Asia by CNN, Assam Laksa is the most popular hawker food in Penang. A bowl of cooked rice vermicelli soaked in spicy and sour soup made of chopped mackerel fish, cucumber, onion, red pepper, pineapple, and mint. It becomes a perfect dish accompanied by a spoon of thick sweet shrimp sauce (Hae Kor). Penang Asam Laksa @ Air Itam Pasar Air Itam, Jalan Pasar, 11500 Air Itam, Penang
CHAR KOAY TEOW Fried flat noodles over high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, prawns, cockles, egg, bean sprouts and Chinese chives. Sometimes slices of Chinese waxed sausage and fish cake are added in. It is fried with the pork fat which gives the dish its full bodied flavor. EAT HERE
5. Char Koay Teow - best Penang hawker food rated by the locals
6. Tantalizing your taste-buds with this deliciously prepared nasi kandar
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow @ Croup Fragrance Jalan Datuk Keramat (opposite Federal Theater)
APOM Also known as Apong, is a sweet Indian pancake that come in two variations Apom Manis and Apom Balik. The best Apoms are crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. The fluffy dessert is made of the simplest of ingredients sugar, egg, coconut milk and flour. When the batter sets in the pot, youâ€™ll get a crispy edge and soft spongy texture in the middle. EAT HERE
PASEMBOR Very similar to Rojak, Pasembor is a salad-like dish that features deep fried ingredients - tofu, prawn fritters, dough fritters, with hard boiled eggs, squids, and shredded vegetables topped with sweet and spicy peanut sauce. EAT HERE
Pasembur Edgecumbe Road @ Gurney Drive
Lorong Selamat Char Koay Teow
Jalan Burma, George Town, Penang
Kompleks Makanan Persiaran Gurney (KMPG),
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Persiaran Gurney 10250 Penang
FRIED OYSTER OMELETTE Commonly known as Oh Chien among locals, it is a signature street food that is being sold all over Penang. Fried oyster omelette has the combination of rice flour batter, chives, egg and oysters, fried in a flat griddle over high heat. Batter texture and frying technique is the key of making good fried oyster omelette. EAT HERE Mr. Gan Crispy Fried Oysters @ Lam Ah Coffee Shop 194 Beach Street (Lebuh Pantai), Junction with Chulia Street, George Town 10300 Penang
AIS TINGKAP Air Tingkap literally means “window sherbet”. It is known as window sherbet as the sherbet drink was sold over window. Penangites have been drinking the refreshing sweet drink for over three generations. The fantastic dessert drink is a red color flavoured (rose essence) juice served in a chilled glass with fine shaved ice, basil seeds and a few pieces of coconut flesh. EAT HERE Ais Tingkap Lebuh Tamil, George Town, Penang (Beside Chowrasta Market)
In Penang, the best foods are often sold at roadside stalls, hawker centres or shops. Hawker food is the way of life for most Penangites. They are affordable, authentic, delicious and showing the real culture of Penang. These are the other must try street food while you are in Penang: Nasi Kandar, Hokkien Mee, Penang Lobak, Char Koay Kak, Ais Kacang, Tau Sar Peah, Cendol, Bak Zhang, Fruit Rojak, and Popiah. So what are you waiting for? Dig in!
CHINA HOUSE – KOPI C China House comprises of 3 heritage buildings, linked into few spaces of shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and multi-purpose Image Credit - China House performance theatre. Here, they take coffee very seriously where coffee beans are roasted weekly. Many visiting the place just to get a piece of their delightful bakes. You’ll be greeted with a huge selection of cakes upon entering. www.chinahouse.com.my TOFU CAFÉ BEDS & BIKES Probably the only cafe in Penang that is cyclist-friendly. The primary business of Tofu is their hostel while the cafe serves as a complement to the hostel guests if they feel like having brunch. The Cafe is open to public on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, and light meals are provided. Bicycle rentals and bicycle tours are available. So why not pay a visit after your bicycle ride and have a sip of coffee? www.tofuhostel.wix.com/tofucafebedsnbikes MUGSHOT CAFE Grab a freshly baked bagel in this creatively named cafe. The special cafe wins locals and tourists’ hearts with their beautiful rusty interiors, furnished with recycled furniture. Don’t worry as you can get your mugshot taken without being arrested! Another must try on the list is the home-made Yogurt which is freshly made on a daily basis. Facebook: The-Mugshot-Cafe KAFFA ESPRESSO BAR Penang people love to drink coffee. Newly opened cafes are taken over Penang. The Kuala Lumpur based coffee bar – Kaffa Espresso Bar has joined the team too. This classic contemporary cafe is perfect for friends gathering and chilling after a stressful day. Their coffee are slightly milder and less sweet, suitable for low caffeine tolerance. www.mykaffa.com PIKNIK CAFE Very suitable for “night owls”, PIKNIK Cafe has an odd operating hours from 3pm until 12am (Sunday to Thursday); and opens until 2am on Friday & Saturday. The colorful and creatively decorated cafe serves specialty waffles, desserts and freshly made yogurt and hearty brewed coffee, while listening to some relaxing music. www.facebook.com/piknikeveryday
NIGHTLIFE HARD ROCK CAFE @ HARD ROCK HOTEL Located on the ground floor of the Hard Rock Hotel, you just need a 45 minutes drive from Penang’s international airport and 30 minutes from historic George Town. The cafe features some delicious burgers and other mouthwatering western delicacies, music – the soul of Hard Rock, and of course good choice of alcoholic beverages. Cap your night off by rocking the night away with live band and all kinds of events. www.hardrock.com/cafes/penang GURNEY DRIVE Despite of having all savory hawker food along the streets, Gurney Drive is also full of nightlife spots for night owls until wee hours. They’re all lined along one side of the Esplanade, making bar hopping easier for travellers wishing to explore not just one place. Consider Brussels Beer Cafe in Gurney Paragon Mall, G Spot and Michelangelo’s in G Hotel, and Chillout Club in The Gurney Hotel.
BORA BORA BY SUNSET “Bora Bora” literally means water, and in here they serve “water” to quench your thirst. Setting at Batu Ferringhi beachside, Bora Bora Sunset is a fine place for a meal or a drink while stepping on white soft sand and counting stars. The atmosphere is particularly stylish with tropical jungle feel. Candles are lit on all the tables adding romance to the feel of the premise. Perhaps you will feel like stepping on the real Bora Bora Island in a much more affordable price! www.facebook.com/boraborabysunset
Penang transportation comprises of buses, taxi, car rental, trishaw or even motorcycle rental are available. There are various modes of transportation, depending on the budget and where you are planning to visit. By Rapid Penang Public buses are most common and easier to get. To travel around the island, the well-developed transportation system provides easy to read signboard, a proper route map and helpful drivers. By City Shuttle Bus (CAT) Other than the paid buses, Penang has a free shuttle bus or central area transit (CAT) that is touring popular places in George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. There is a Hop On Free sign in front of the buses. Providing service at an interval of 20 minutes, these buses can be boarded at any of the specially marked stops along the route. By Road Travelers can drive into Penang Island via the Penang Bridge from Butterworth or the Second Penang Bridge (Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge) which connects Batu Kawan on the mainland of Seberang Perai and Batu Maung on the Penang Island, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way. You can opt to rent a motorcycle or hire a taxi for the day too if you want to see other attractions outside George Town. Cycling around George Town is another great way to explore the heritage city. By Sea You can get to Penang Island from Butterworth by ferry, which caters for both passengers and vehicles. Ferry services link George Town on Penang Island (Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda) with Butterworth (Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim) on the mainland. 11
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Land of Grace, Perak will delight your visit with its intriguing cave temples, virgin rainforest, cultural sights and delicious varieties of cuisines.
trails DAY 1 NATURE TOUR TRAIL: SUNGKAI -> TELUK INTAN -> GOPENG -> BATU GAJAH SUNGKAI SUNGAI KLAH HOT SPRING Sungai Klah Hot Spring is nestled in the tranquil and lavish forest patches, surrounded by hills and pure stony mountain streams and rivers. The 6.5 hectares also contain oil palm plantation and durian orchard. The unique concept of free flowing Hot Springs Swimming Pool and Therapeutic Park at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range is specially designed to those who appreciate wonders of nature. Hot springs have been claimed to have several therapeutic healing effects such as: - Boosts blood circulation - Reduce stress - Promote sleep - Relieves pain - Solves skin problems
3 1. Sungai Klah Hot Spring 2. Boiling eggs at Sungai Klah Hot Spring 3. Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan
LEANING TOWER OF TELUK INTAN Passing by Teluk Intan, visit one of the town attractions – Leaning Tower which was built since 1885 by a Chinese contractor Mr. Leong Choon Chong. It started to tilt 4 years later after the construction completed due to an underground stream. The Leaning Tower is 85 feet tall and having 110 staircase. It originally serve as water reservoir to supply water for the daily usage of the nearby population. Today it is a tourist attraction and the area around tower was paved with bricks. TERRAPIN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTRE In fear of further decline in population in 1968, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks built this conservation centre to protect and preserve the terrapins from extinction via egg’s gathering and hatching process. The reserve covers about 8.5 hectares of the Perak riverfront. There are two species of terrapins currently available in the world: river terrapins “Batagur Affinis” and the other is sea terrapins “Callagur Borneosis”.
GOPENG GUA TEMPURUNG Being one of the largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia, Gua Tempurung is located in Gopeng, 25km south of Ipoh. It is believed to have existed since 8,000 B.C, about 10,000 years ago. The cave comprises of five huge domes with ceilings look like coconut shells. Each dome is shaped of different stalagmites and stalactites. In addition, the cave was once a hideout for communists between years 1950 – 1960. However since 1970, Gua Tempurung was used for tin mining.
accomodations; while Mountain School at the limestone outcrop of Gua Kandu offers rock climbing. www.nomadadventure.com
BATU GAJAH KELLIE’S CASTLE Kellie’s Castle is probably the only castle to maintain design of Moghul Palace in Agra, India. A sketch of the history of its own, Kellie’s Castle was built in 1909 by William
Kellie Smith as a symbol of love to his wife Agnes. It was once the shooting location of some scenes in the film Anna and the King. It has 14 rooms and a secret tunnel which penetrates to a Hindu temple. Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have more hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels, adding to the mystery and romance of the place. 1. Dark Secrets awaits at Gua Tempurung 2. Kellie's Castle - Unfinished and Ruined Mansion
NOMAD ADVENTURE Nomad Adventure provides the most popular and safest white water rafting adventure in Peninsular Malaysia. From the excitement of deal with large torrents, to enjoying the peaceful beauty of a gentle paddle through lavish rainforest, this will be a revitalizing day spent at one with nature. The site consists of 2 locations – Earth Camp and Mountain School. Earth Camp site provides eco-friendly
DAY 2 DISCOVERY TOUR @ IPOH CITY WALL MURALS HUNT In recent years, Ipoh city has drastically changed, with a lot more new buildings and developments. And everyone talking about the streets murals, which is the core element that turned Ipoh into a place full of artistic atmosphere. Ernest Zacharevis, the Lithuanian artist in Penang who was so popular after completing his wall murals in Penang; this time has left his mark in Ipoh. When you’re in the town, try challenge yourself with hunting down all seven murals (scattered around at random building) of the creative artist as below: • A hummingbird • An old man drinking from a traditional coffee cup • Two children sitting on a paper plane • Three packets of “kopi-o” • Evolution of Ipoh from its tin mining days • A young girl stands on a stack of plastic chairs • Trishaw of rubbish 1
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1. Birch Memorial Clock Tower 2. Beautiful Wall Murals by Ernest Zacharevic 3. Gunung Lang Recreational Park
BIRCH MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER The clock tower was built as a dedication to J.W.W Birch, the first British Resident of Perak, who was assassinated in Pasir Salak in 1875. It has a mother bell – 6.6 feet in diameter, and four smaller bells, which used to strike the chimes of Big Ben. The four sides of the tower exhibit statues that represents the four “Virtues of British Administration” - loyalty, justice, fortitude and patience. GUNUNG LANG RECREATIONAL PARK Located 5km away from Ipoh town, Gunung Lang Recreational Park is is one of the many limestone mountains in Perak and equipped with three artificial lakes made from a former tin mine and the calm blue lake filled with various species of freshwater fishes. Transporting boats and boatmen are available whenever there are visitors. In the recreational park, there are also two watch towers, three kampung houses, a playground, a mini zoo with deers, ostriches and rabbits, picnic grounds and plenty of Heliconia and Bougainvillea bushes. 3
LOST WORLD OF TAMBUN Lost World of Tambun is a man made water theme park with beautiful Mayan architecture design comprises breathtaking lake view, tropical rain forests and 400 years old limestone-mountains. The adventure haven provides action packed elements through the seven main unique worlds of attractions i.e. Lost World Water Park & Amusement Park, Lost World Hot Springs & Spa, Tiger Valley, Lost World Petting Zoo, Tin Valley, Lost World Team Building Park & Lost World Roller Coaster. The Lost World Hot Springs & Spa is also open during nighttime. Visitors can stay overnight at the Lost World Hotel that promises you luxurious and comfort. www.sunwaylostworldoftambun.com 2
3 1. Lost World of Tambun - It is truly fun for the whole family 2. The Banjaran Offers Best Luxury Accommodation 3. Lost World Petting Zoo
BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS RETREAT Helping you to expel all the stresses from the hustle-bustle city life, Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is truly a sanctuary full of natural beauty. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat boasts 25 spacious, luxurious, unique and fine villas that are sheltered in gardens, some rest on the water, and most feature spacious balconies that overlook the water canal, with crystal clear private Jacuzzi within the villa. The sanctuary of wellness is only 15 minutes drive from Ipoh city and situated next to the recreational water theme park Lost World of Tambun. www.thebanjaran.com LUBUK TIMAH RECREATIONAL PARK Comprises of a hotspring pool and waterfalls, Lubuk Timah has been newly refurbished and re-launched in August 2014. The name Lubuk Timah suggest that the water was used for tin mining. The reservoir is completely silted, and the water spills over the dam at both sides, creating two man-made weir waterfalls. Lubuk Timah is located in the Sg Anak Ayer Cina, near Simpang Pulai, Perak. Beware of leeches along the trail.
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Pangkor Island Beach Resort
DAY 3 PANGKOR ISLAND TOUR LUMUT WATERFRONT The Lumut Waterfront has been set up as a recreational and it is a popular spot for many locals. Decorated with charming scenery of the landscape, its concept of coastal recreational park was inspired by the movement of sea creatures that create a beautiful and attractive panorama. Bring along your binocular and go up the observatory towers and be amazed by the magnificent view. It has a service kiosk that help preserving the natural beauty. PANTAI PASIR BOGAK Pantai Pasir Bogak is located about 3km from the town of Pangkor. It takes only about 10 minutes drive from Pangkor Island Jetty. The white sandy beach is the longest beach in the island which covers approximately 1.3km. It is very suitable for picnics, sunbathing, water sports and fishing. It offers many hotels, apartments and chalets according to your trip budget. At the coastal of Pasir Bogak, tourists have the opportunity to try the challenging water sports games. The game comprises of difficult passing obstacles in various forms and blocks that requires physical and mental strength. It is one of the best activities spending fun time with family and friends. TELUK NIPAH Teluk Nipah is the most beautiful and popular beach among tourists. Located about 6km from Pulau Pangkor Jetty, it is popular of its gently sloping beach, with white and fine sand, and bluish water colour. Various activities can be done here such as water sports, camping, picnicking with friends and family. Teluk Nipah is the favourite staging area of 11 species of hornbill, flying freely in
the blue sky. There is also a Chinese temple gained prominence in the area. Facing the island, you can grasp the wonderful scenery of Pulau Mentagor and Pulau Giam, which is a 5 minutes boat ride or a 15 minutes kayaking from Teluk Nipah. CORAL ISLAND (PULAU GIAM) Located about 8km from the town of Pangkor, Pulau Giam is opposite to Teluk Nipah. The island is famous for its pristine-clear water, and the most suitable island for snorkeling. Tourists are able to see for themselves the previous beauty of coral reefs in the sea. Dive deeper to see more clearly on other sea creatures and the diversity of fish species. Water sports enthusiasts can organize group activities on water such as jet skiing, banana boat rides, kayaking and yachting around the island. DUTCH FORT (KOTA BELANDA) Dutch Fort is built in the village â€“ Kampung Teluk Gedung (15 minutes from Pangkor Jetty). It is a 335-year-old fort built in 1680. It was built by Dutch as a stronghold against pirates and local Malays. The locals then managed to destroy the fort in 1690. However in 1743, the fort was rebuilt but the Dutch did not stay long this time when they were finally forced to leave after few times attacked by the local warriors. Later in 1973, the National Museum undertook its reconstruction to restore the fort for the benefit of tourists. FOO LING KONG 5 minutes from Sungai Pinang Kecil Jetty, there is this park featuring the China style faĂ§ade, adorned with eye-catching landscape such as Mini Great Wall of China, a pool with various species of fishes and a resting hut. Many Chinese tourists like to visit the temple and pray to get blesses from god. Other races and foreign tourists visit the place for taking photos of the exquisite environment.
1. Tarian Labu Sayong 2. Lenggong Archaelogical Gallery
ROYAL TOWN TOUR @ KUALA KANGSAR ROYAL MUSEUM Previously named as Istana Kenangan, Royal Museum is located a short distance from the attractive Ubudiah Mosque and Istana Iskandariah. It showcases the treasures of the Perak sultanate. Shaped like a sword, the entire palace was built of only woods without a blueprint and not a single nail nor plans. The palace was completed in 1931 and set up as a temporary residence for Sultan Islandar Shah while the original royal palace or Istana Negara was being demolished for the new Istana Iskandariah. LENGGONG ARCHAEOLOGICAL GALLERY Administered by the Department of National Heritage since 2012, the Archaeological Gallery of the Lenggong Valley is located in Kota Tampan and is recognized as one of the five UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Malaysia. The museum houses the 10,000 year old "Perak Man" skeleton and antiquities during the Malaysian 7th plan. There are three sections in the Gallery – the Kota Tampan Excavational Site Gallery, Lenggong Pre-Historic Gallery and the Human Civilization Gallery. Lenggong Vallery is considered as the “archaeologist’s dream valley”. www.lenggong.heritage.gov.my
LABU SAYONG VILLAGE Labu Sayong Village is located in Kampung Kepala Bendang Sayong, 4 km away from Kuala Kangsar town. Tourists are able to witness the manufacturing process of the traditional Labu Sayong which is a type of earthenware jug made from fine clay soil. It is used by Perak Malays for storage of drinking water. Some believe that drinking water from the Labu Sayong can cure all kind of illnesses.
ENGGOR HANDICRAFT CENTRE Kuala Kangsar is famous for its handicraft industry. If you are in Perak and feel curious to know more about Malaysia traditional handicraft, then this is the place for you! The Handicraft Development Centre, located on Jalan Ipoh in Enggor specializes in ceramics, batik, woodcarving and glazed pottery with high quality of craftsmanship and reasonable prices. Go and hunt for a good bargain of these items, buy some and use them as decorations to your home or as gifts to friends. TEL +605-757 6200 / +605-757 6201
TRADITIONAL MALAY VILLAGE
FISH FARM SULTAN ABDUL JALIL BRIDGE
SAYONG POTTERY VILLAGE
OLD RUBBER TREE
ORANG ASLI VILLAGE
CLOCK TOWER Pera k
FRIDAY WET MARKET TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE (TIC)
KERIS TAMINGSARI MONUMENT
SULTAN AZLAN SHAH GALLERY
Kuala Kangsar Tour Map
UBUDIAH MOSQUE Masjid Ubudiah is Perak’s royal mosque, and it is often regarded as Malaysia’s most beautiful mosque. The mosque was built on the requirements of Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah to perform his vow. The construction of the mosque was interrupted several times, once when two elephants belonging to the sultan’s and Raja Chulan were fighting and ran over causing damage of some imported Italian marbles titles. This imposing structure is now a symbol of great pride to all Muslims in the Land of Grace.
KERIS & EMBRODERIES
1. Labu Sayong - One of the Famous Pitchers 2. Ubudiah Mosque
1. Unique Attractions at the Bukit Merah Laketown Eco- Park
2. Orang Utan Island 3. Taiping Lake Gardens
ADVENTUROUS TOUR @ TAIPING BUKIT MERAH LAKETOWN RESORT & ORANG UTAN ISLAND The eco-theme park resort is surrounded by lush greenery, offers a variety of accommodation all at one location. Located just a 45-minutes drive from Penang Airport and an hourâ€™s drive from Ipoh Airport, the resort provides convenience for all travellers. Travellers can enjoy unlimited happiness at the waterpark which is the largest in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia. Visitors can also interact with friendly animals in Ecopark, cycling, jungle hiking, rafting, and look at the worldâ€™s first and only Orang Utan Island. The unique Orang Utan Island serves as a breeding sanctuary, research and education center to have better understanding of this endangered species. www.bukitmerahresort.com.my
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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TAIPING LAKE GARDENS Taiping Lake Gardens is one of the oldest lake gardens in Malaysia. Sprawling over 62 hectares at the foot of the hill resort of Bukit Larut, it gains high popularity due to its scenic beauty and panoramic landscape. The most magnificent view of the garden is the Angsana trees line up around the lake, where their branches stretching from one end of the road into the waters across, making the perfect backdrop for many wedding photos and filming scenes. The lake gardens has 10 lakes and ponds, a lotus pool, bridges, tracks for jogging and reflexology, roller-skating rink, paddleboat rides and a playground. 3
1. Land Rover Jeep fetch visitors up to Bukit Larut
MAXWELL HILL (BUKIT LARUT) Bukit Larut was gazetted as permanent forest reserve in 1910. It is considered Malaysiaâ€™s oldest hill station and founded by William Edward Maxwell (Assistant Resident of Perak) in 1884. Bukit Larut is the wettest place in Malaysia, with an annual rainfall of over 500cm. The scenery is fascinating during the day, magical and bewitching at night. At the Tea Garden House located mid-way up the hill, all types of Malaysian flowers including the
2. Zoo Taiping & Night Safari
rare giant fishtail palm blossom here. The golden sunflowers are the largest in the country. MATANG MANGROVE FOREST The mangrove swamp is one of the main attractions for many visitors coming to Larut. It has attracted nature and animal
lovers with comprising multitudes of tree species, birds and marine life. Mangrove Forest Reserve has been gazette as a permanent forest reserve in 1906, also being the most successfully managed mangrove forest in Malaysia. Bird watching and fishing are the primary activities in the morning while at night, travellers can get a boat ride to see harmonized blinking lights of fireflies. If you are lucky enough, youâ€™ll get to see the Chinese White Dolphin and Dugong swimming near the river deltas. ZOO TAIPING & NIGHT SAFARI Opened in 1961 with an area of 34 acres, Zoo Taiping is home to about 2000 animals from 160 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and fishes. First public zoo in Malaysia, Taiping Zoo has its privileges of having the premise surrounded by Taiping Lake Gardens and close to the foot of Bukit Larut. Taiping Night Safari is also the first of its kind in Malaysia. It is unique where nocturnal animals are displayed using special lighting similar to moonlight. Visitors are required to minimize all sounds, even speech so that the sounds of the night creatures can be heard. Torchlights and flash cameras are not allowed to avoid disturbance to the animals on display. www.zootaiping.gov.my
IPOH PARADE Owned by Parkson, Ipoh Parade has a strategic location in the heart of Ipoh city. The shopping mall is among the most popular shopping centres in Ipoh, with its wide array of retails shops opened in the five-floor premises. Parkson Grand Department Store possesses the 1st floor right up to the 3rd floor of Ipoh Parade, offering a wide range of apparel, as well as household goods, shoes and accessories. Other shops like fashion, restaurants, pubs and Cineplex are also available at other floors. Facebook: IpohParadeMall
AEON IPOH STATION 18 The AEON Ipoh Station 18 Shopping Centre is the 29th AEON store in Malaysia and is said to be the largest in the country. It occupies a total of 17.4 acres, comprises 160 shop lots and 2300 parking bays. The modern-look shopping mall includes of the AEON departmental store, anchor general merchandise store, restaurants as well as a cinema with 8 halls and comfortable seats. www.aeonretail.com.my KINTA CITY SHOPPING CENTRE Kinta City Shopping Centre, which is also located in Ipoh is like a town that never sleep. At here, Kinta City Shopping Centre caters mainly to nearby residents.
Its two-level complex houses several of apparel and merchandise shops, a variety of restaurants, fast-food outlets and an amusement centre. TAIPING SENTRAL MALL The 4-storey lifestyle, retail & commercial complex comprises of 108 units of shoplots and kiosks. Located in Taiping, Perak, it is situated next to Tesco Taiping, making the area a shopping and dining joint. They offer a wide variety of the latest range of food and beverage, fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle and entertainment outlets for your shopping pleasure. Taiping Sentral Mall also provides a 14,000 sq ft atrium for exhibitions and entertainment activities purposes. www.taipingsentralmall.com
IT is always said that one must not leave Ipoh without trying its food. By offering exquisite food such as bean sprouts chicken, salted chicken, Hainanese chicken rice, rendang tok, kacang putih and fried koay teow; it is so difficult to put down your eating utensils! Old Town White Coffee, is always the pride of Ipoh people, bringing out the authenticity of local coffee taste, winning over other conventional coffee in the country.
BEAN SPROUTS CHICKEN RICE Ipoh people grown up with this fast-food but fresh meal, which is healthy and delicious. The chicken is poached just right, resulting a tender texture of the meat. It is then combined with soy sauce, shallot oil, sesame oil, chicken oil and garnishing of scallions and coriander. Side with a plate of fresh bean sprouts is a must. There are choices of accompany the dish with either rice or Sar Hor Fun (flat rice noodles). EAT HERE Cowan Street Ayam Tauge & Kuetiau 44, Jalan Raja Ekram, 30450 Ipoh Restoran Lou Wong Tauge Ayam Kuetiau 49, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30300 Ipoh Restoran Onn Kee Tauge Ayam 51, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, 30000 Ipoh
DIM SUM Originated from Hong Kong, Dim Sum is always linked with "yum cha" (drink tea), which Chinese tea is typically served with Dim Sum. These small bitesized food served in small steamer baskets / small plates are Chinese favourite brunch with the family on a Sunday morning. Ipoh is very serious on serving Dim Sum, and these famous Dim Sum restaurant has been serving overwhelming dishes over many years. EAT HERE
NASI KANDAR VANGGEY It was commonly known as “Nasi Ganja” (Marijuana Rice) among Ipoh people, but don’t worry as the name was given by its hard-core fans who claimed the meal is incredibly addictive. The Nasi Kandar stall has been selling for over 50 years, the meal is combination of rice with your choice of dishes including ayam masak merah, fish curry, salty egg, spicy prawns, and black promfret curry. Please note that your throat will be on fire so be prepared with a glass of ice cold water. It is halal certified for the Muslims. EAT HERE Nasi Kandar Yong Suan (Nasi Ganja) Restoran Yong Suan, No.2, Jalan Yang Kalsom, 30250 Ipoh
Foh Shan Dim Sum Restaurant
WHITE COFFEE The iconic Ipoh white coffee has made Ipoh people proud all the time. Forget about other commercialized brewed coffee or coffee sachets in Ipoh, because you will find this irresistible drink everywhere at old coffee shops! EAT HERE
51, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh
Kedai Kopi Sin Yoon Loong
Yoke Fook Moon Dim Sum Restaurant
15A Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh
67 – 69, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh
Kedai Kopi Sin Yuan Foong
Ming Court Dim Sum Restaurant
17, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh
32 – 36, Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh
FUNNY MOUNTAIN SOYA BEAN Probably the most famous soy bean custard (locally known as “Tau Fu Fah”) in Ipoh town. This is also the first Tau Fu Fah stall in Malaysia who provides Drive-Thru service. The legendary snow-white silky smooth curds made of fresh soybean will melt once entering your mouth. The freshly brewed soy milk is so mind-blowing, it doesn't contains any preservative. EAT HERE Funny Mountain Soya Bean And Taufufah 49, Jalan Theatre, 30300 Ipoh
ROJAK MANJUNG The lovely Rojak Manjung originated from Sitiawan, Perak. As the name implies Rojak means mixing various items together. Here at Rojak Manjung, they have even more ingredients than the typical Rojak, serving perfect combination of crispy Cucur Udang (prawn fritters), fried tofu, squid, crab, julienne cucumber, boiled potatoes, tempe (fried soybean), hard boiled eggs and fish cakes, companied by slightly spicy peanut sauce. EAT HERE Rojak Manjung No.6, Plaza Mara
KAMPAR CHICKEN BISCUITS Kampar chicken biscuits is a popular souvenirs among visitors to Ipoh. Despite the name of chicken, the biscuits do not contain any chicken, instead made of wheat flour, sugar-coated winter melon, cubes of pork lard, sesame seeds, molasses and eggs. The ultimate ingredient that makes chicken biscuits a distinctive and aromatic flavour is the salty and pungent fermented red beancurd (Nam Yee). EAT HERE
Sitiawan, Jalan Lumut, 32000 Sitiawan
Cb Kampar 72, Jalan Gopeng, 31900 Kampar
dessert Cendol. Taiping residents have been growing up with Bismillah Cendol, where the business had been passing through few descendants. What makes it so special is the additional ingredient – glutinous rice in the Cendol dessert, we call it “Cendol Pulut”. EAT HERE Bismillah Cendol Lot 233, Jalan Barrack, 34000 Taiping
54, Jalan Theatre, 30300 Ipoh
NYONYA KUIH When you are at Taiping, out the Nyonya Kuih that are hot selling which might might be the best desserts you have ever tried. Come early for a splendid breakfast from variety of hawker fare selection: Nyonya Kuih, Chee Cheong Fun, chicken rice, oyster omelette & other mouthwatering street food. EAT HERE
TANJUNG TUALANG SEAFOOD Tourists always say “Let’s have a prawn frenzy in Tanjung Tualang”, proves there’s no other places serve fresh water prawns fresher than here. Tanjung Tualang is a small town situated in Perak (about 45 minutes from Ipoh) and seafood restaurant is the main attraction of this small town. Stew, grilled, barbequed, sautéed, deep fried, steamed, braised, how do you want you big fresh shrimps to be served? EAT HERE Lung Seng Seafood Restaurant 10, Jalan Besar, 31800 Tanjung Tualang
Larut Matang Food Court Jalan Panggung Wayang (near to The Store & Taiping Clock Tower)
BISMILLAH CENDOL Malaysians love cooling desserts, especially on warm sunny days. Here it comes again the well-known
HEALY MAC’S IRISH BAR & RESTAURANT Probably the best Irish Bar in Malaysia, Healy Mac’s did a good job in keeping itself in its traditional Irish way of business. Strategically located in Greentown, Healy Mac’s created a nice ambience with attentive and friendly services with a feel of relax and comfort. Live band is available all day long, live sports events are projected on the big screen TV. www.healymacs.com S.O.S – SENSATION OF SOUND If you think the night is still young, come to the young and new club – S.O.S, in Jalan Raja Ekram, Ipoh. The sophisticated glitzy interior designed decorations with monopolized sound and lighting system by Studio Live, will give pleasure to entertainment & music loving fans as this huge youth culture brand takes over Perak with perfectly choreographed live shows and DJs performances. Facebook: SensationOfSound BRICK & BARRELS A restaurant bar that serves mouthwatering food, renowned choices of beers, whiskeys and cocktails – we name it a Gastropub. Expatriate who like to hang out and have fun after a busy working day, has a decent place to choose in Ipoh town. Bricks & Barrels serve good selection of beers from imported draught beers to a few single malts as well. Facebook: BricksAndBarrels
BEN & LYNETTE MAISON PATISSERIE By entering into the cafe, you’ll be attracted with many cakes, parfait, and macaroons. They serve only finest imported ingredients making into maison patisserie. Come by and grab some great pasta, desserts, and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Facebook: Ben-Lynette/716693001676291 MISSING MARBLES Don’t get wrong if you pass by Jalan Sultan Yussuf and you see a yellow signboard of “Star Optical House”. The optical shop was no longer there and is replaced by a creative & playful cafe. Find your old school memories with the wooden interior filled with schooltable, worn walls, hopscotch, the marbles scattered around the cafe.
BURPS & GIGGLES Setting at the same area with Ben & Lynette and Missing Marbles, Burps & Giggles definitely has no lesser to offer. Funky, artistic and recycled adorned, the inventive design of interior is matche with an equally creative menu. Burgers, crepes, bagels, and a list of coffee selections, we are salivating even just looking at the menu on the wall. Facebook: BurpsGiggles
There are variety ways to get to and travel around Perak. Ipoh can be connected to other major towns and cities in the penisular with the choice of traveling by air, rail and road.
By Air Air flights from Kuala Lumpur land at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh, which also serves the northern peninsular. Airlines such as Firefly operates Ipoh-Singapore-Ipoh flights twice daily, while Berjaya Air offers flights to Pangkor Island.
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 Road As Perak is the second biggest state in the country, the best way to get around is to travel 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. Travellers who wants
to reach Pangkor Island have to travel by road from Ipoh to Lumut, then take the ferry to the island. Overnight parking is also available. Taxis are widely available. By Bus Taking the local bus is an affordable way to travel around the state and is also a good way to observe local lifestyle. Travellers can take an express bus to the state’s major towns from Pudu Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur or Bandar Tasik Selatan Station.
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Kota Kayang Museum
Simpang Empat Major Road Railway Line
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is the smallest state in Malaysia. Its main attraction is the rural charm of its villages and the simplicity of its people.
DAY 1 HERITAGE & CULTURE TOUR KOTA KAYANG MUSEUM The word â€œKotaâ€? translates as fort in English. Kota Kayang Museum is marked by two simple mausoleums with gravestones and the remnants of timbers that demarcated the burial sites. Start your tour at the display section and pore over archaeological relics and historical artefacts like royal regalia, Neolithic stone tools, document replicas, royal genealogical charts, weapons, brassware and coins. Then, explore the museum grounds where once stood the ancient Indera Kayangan Fort, a palace and ceremonial hall.
SYED ALWI MOSQUE (MASJID SYED ALWI) Located at Kangar, Syed Alwi Mosque was completed in 1932 is one of the Perlis state's major landmarks. A visit to the Syed Alwi Mosque is an absolute must when having a peaceful holiday in Perlis. The non-Muslim visitors will no doubt enjoy the repeating sight of the minaret and dome blend which is a unifying imagery of Islam throughout the world. The Muslim traveller can obviously benefit from the calmness of the ambient when offering prayers in it.
1. An archaeological gallery displaying the Kota Kayang research results as well as other parts of Perlis 2. Rattan products 3. Kota Kayang Museum
PERLIS CRAFT CULTURAL COMPLEX About 8km from Kangar and 15 minutes drive to Kuala Perlis Jetty, there you are at the Perlis Craft Cultural Complex. It offers a wide range of subtle hand drawn batik, carefully carved silverware, arrays of beautifully handmade gifts such as basketry, rattan products and ceramics. The sight of local ladies weaving beautiful baskets, turning a white cloth into a colorful batik, shaping ceramics, has won much attention from visitors. The exotic attraction provides relaxing scenes that brings you away from the hustling bustling city life.
DAY 2 CITY TOUR KUALA PERLIS Kuala Perlis is the major ferry terminal for travellers travelling to Phuket in Thailand and Langkawi Island through Kuala Perlis Jetty. It is a humble fishing town, of course with a lot of fresh local seafood dishes. Perhaps you can catch the opportunity to watch remarkable sunsets or the fishermen returning with their catch. There are also some old buildings and mosques around which are built on stilts over the mangrove swamp.
PADANG BESAR Situated in the northern part of Perlis, Padang Besar shares the border with Thailandâ€™s Songkhla province. The town is a favourite shopping place for the locals as its combination of two cultures and the many products, it offers such as duty-free shops, textiles, clothing, handicraft, food, household items and jewelry. Malaysians usually choose to shop at Complex Aked Niaga Padang Besar, Pasar Padang Besar and Gapura Square, while Jalan Besar is one of the famous shopping area for Thai and Malaysian visitors. ARAU The royal town of Arau is located 10 KM from Kangar, on the Peninsulaâ€™s main railway route extending northwards into Thailands. The royal palace and the royal mosque are in here, thus many travellers will usually stopover at Arau to look at the fine architecture of the buildings. Most of the buildings boasts classic Malay / Islamic architecture in the country. The town is also the disembarkation point for visitors travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi by rail.
1. Perlis Rainforest 2. Kuala Perlis Jetty 3. Kuala Perlis 4. Teak treetop walk 5. Arau Palace
DAY 3 NATURE TOUR KELAM CAVE (DARK CAVE / GUA KELAM) The Kelam Cave is a 370-metre long limestone cave in a small town of Kaki Bukit, filled with fascinating limestone formations such as flowstones, straws, gour pools, and fossils, as well as cave dwelling bats. A wooden walkway stretching the entire length of the cave allows visitors to view the magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caveâ€™s walk path is well lighted with coloured lights, so visitors can still see the remnants of earlier mine operations. BUKIT AIR RECREATIONAL PARK (HUTAN LIPUR BUKIT AIR) Located just a few kilometers from the Golf Club and the Snake and Reptile
1. Picnic @ crsytal clear Bukit Air Waterfall
Farm, travellers visit Bukit Air Recreational Park to experience an excellent location for picnics, chilling rivers roam through amusing tropical forest, and waterfalls tumbling into rocky pools. It is also one of the famous waterfall in the northern region. The wonderful destination suits nature lovers who enjoy jungle trekking. Bring along children to learn more about the flora & fauna and have a photo shoot session. PERLIS STATE PARK & WANG BURMA CAVE Sitting on the longest continuous limestone hills in Malaysia, the Perlis State Park comprises of Mata Ayer Forest Reserve and Wang Mu permanent forest reserve, covering a total area of 5,000 hectares. Today it is believed to house more than 600 species of flora, 70 species of mammals, 200 species of birds and
2. Snake and Reptile Farm - houses more than 20 species of snakes 3. Kelam Cave, or namely 'The Cave of Darkness'
35 species of reptiles. The park shelters animals such as panthers, hornbills, mountain goats and is the only place in Malaysia where the rare stump-tailed macaque can be found. Meanwhile Wang Burma Cave is the most explored cave in the park, and its 3-4 hours route enable trekkers to see fascinating stalactites, bats, centipedes or scorpions. SNAKE AND REPTILE FARM The Snake and Reptile Farm in Sungai Batu Pahat, Perlis is the only snake farm in Malaysia. The former main objective of the establishment is to study snakes and to develop anti-venom for snakebites by the Institute of Medical Research in Malaysia. Holding about 200 snakes from
23 different species, both venomous and non-venomous, visitors can request to take pictures with one of the tamed pythons. Other reptiles & animals such as crocodiles, lizards, horses, turtles, iguanas, stump tailed macaques and otters can be also found in here. HERB GARDEN (TAMAN HERBA) Neighbouring Bukit Air Recreational Park, the 12 hectares Herb Garden contains over 1,000 species of local and foreign origins of herbal plants. It was established by Perlis Forestry Department in 1998 and opened to public in 1999 as an ethno botanical museum. The main goal of the establishment is to instill awareness and inherit knowledge on the diversity and richness of herbs found in Malaysia. The garden has many signboards that showcases & describes the scientific names of the plants, their origins and the purpose of the plants in medicinal uses.
MELATI LAKE (TASIK MELATI) Melati Lake is now one of the top tourist destinations in the state of Perlis, which has always been a popular place for family leisure and recreational activities. Originally, Melati Lake was just a swamp wasteland filled with wild plants. Recognizing the potential of these areas, the country planning department begun to develop the wetland since 1985. Until today, the park provides facilities such as resting areas, children playground, jogging track, toilets, surau, parking spaces and beautiful landscaping.
when it reach 100% maturity. Also, you can pick your own grapes at the vineyards where many types of grapes are nurtured. Observe the process of making grape products like juice, cordial and raisins. PADDY FIELDS Perlis main economic activity is rice farming and visitors are able to admire the overwhelming views of paddy fields, magnificent limestone mountains, wooden huts and farmers nurturing to their crops. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way while you travel, or rent a bike to take a stroll in the paddy fields and understand the hardships of the farmers, from growing crops into a fragrant bowl of rice.
HARUMANIS & GRAPE PLANTATIONS Take a stroll through the famous Harumanis mango plantations in the 65 hectares agriculture center. Harumanis is sweet aromatic mango with mellow fibres and is one of the best mango in the world. Even though it has thick green skin on the outside but its flesh is ripe and sweet
1. Melati Lake
2. Harumanis mango 3. Entrance to Herb Garden 4. Herb Garden - a pit stop for tourists when visiting
KAYANGAN SQUARE MALL is a popular shopping destination among the locals for its easy access and convenience. You can find almost all the daily necessities you need here. PADANG BESAR is one of the best places in Perlis to purchase unique local made products. Explore the two-storey Padang Besar Arcade and the duty-free Emas Kerajang Complex. The arcade is where you’ll find reasonably priced clothing, handicrafts, household items and food, while the complex is where you can collect duty-free items ranging from imported chocolates, perfumes, cigarettes, liquor to souvenir items.
WANG KELIAN is popular with shoppers from Malaysia and Thailand due to the huge market on both sides of the border. Shop for duty free goods at the Green Earth Duty Free Shop, and visit Wang Kelian Sunday Market without the use of passports if you remain within the market area. Enjoy the scenic drive through the picturesque countryside. KOMPLEKS ARAU is currently the newest shopping mall in Perlis. It is located approximately 14km southeast of the state capital of Kangar. A 2-storey building that also houses the C Mart Supermarket.
LAKSA PERLIS Some said don’t leave Perlis without trying Laksa Perlis. What makes Laksa Perlis different from the other states’ laksa is the use of thinner rice noodles with a softer texture; accompanied by broth made out of fresh sardines, prawn paste and chili. Sometimes it is complemented by Pulut Udang, a glutinous rice snack with sambal prawn filing. PULUT MEMPELAM A unique food of sticky rice eaten with mango, ciku (sapodilla) or bananas. During Harumanis harvesting season, people from Perlis mixed glutinous rice with coconut milk and eat with the fragrant and sweet mango.
SEAFOOD One of Perlis’s best attractions is its seafood, there is nowhere better than having it in Kuala Perlis. There are many restaurants in the area, serving mouthwatering lobster, fish, squid, crab, octopus dishes cooked in variety of styles. EAT HERE Restoran Hai Thien Jalan Jeti, Jeti Baru, 02000 Kuala Perlis Mona Ikan Bakar SM7, Medan Selera, Laman Brasmana, 02000 Kuala Perlis
GETTING AROUND The Kangar Bus Station at Jalan Bukit Lagi offers regular shuttle services to Kangar, Padang Besar, Arau, Kuala Perlis, Pauh, Alor Setar, Jitra, Kodiang, Simpang Empat, Padang Melangit, Chuping and Kaki Bukit.
By Air There is no airport in Perlis. The nearest airport is Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Kepala Batas, Kedah or Langkawi International Airport in Langkawi Island. Then from Langkawi, travellers can take a taxi to Langkawi Jetty to take a ferry to Kuala Perlis Jetty Terminal.
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. From Kuala Lumpur, travellers can board the train at the KL Sentral Station. By Sea Ferry boats are available between Kuala Perlis and Langkawi, taking about an hour to reach Kuah Jetty. Tickets can be purchased at the ferry terminals in Langkawi and Kuala Perlis.
By Road It is best to move around in Perlis by car. Driving to Perlis is convenient as it is accessible via the North-South Highway. You can also opt for taxi or bus from other states of the country. From Kuala Lumpur, travellers can board buses at the Pudu Sentral Station or Hentian Duta Station. Buses to other states depart from both Kangar and Kuala Perlis bus stations.
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most ancient state in Malaysia, Kedah is the countryâ€™s main rice producer in the north of peninsular, boasting a history that dates back to the 5th century. The state hold charming attractions in terms of nature and is home to Asia's first Geopark and the world renowned island resorts of Langkawi.
trails Tanjung Rhu Beach Datai Island
Langgun Island Teluk Yu
Air Hangat Mount Mat Chincang
Cable Car Oriental Village
Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi
Seven Wells Waterfall
Kok Beach Burau Island
Buffalo Park Mount Raya
Ulu Melaka Telaga Harbour Park
Kota Mahsuri Langkawi International Airport
KUAH Eagle Square
Laman Padi Rebak Besar Island
Cenang Beach Underwater World Langkawi Tengah Beach
STRAITS OF MALACCA
LEGEND Beras Basah Island
Major Town Town Places of Interest
Dayang Bunting Island
Airport Ferry Terminal
Singa Besar Island
Jetty Mount Major Road
DAY 1 LANGKAWI ESCAPE KOK BEACH (PANTAI KOK)
1. Famous Langkawi's Sky Bridge 2. Kok Beach 3. Langkawi's Cable Car 4. Seven Wells Waterfall
CABLE CAR & SKY BRIDGE It is a thrilling experience riding on the Langkawi’s cable car. The cable car service takes visitors all the way up to Mount Matchincang, Langkawi’s second highest peak. As it is the steepest cable car in the world, the ride is definitely not for the acrophobias. The dramatic views over the chimney will leave you an unforgettable memory. Reaching the Top Station, you’ll be welcomed by a spectacular observatory deck – The Sky Bridge. It is a curved suspension bridge measures 125m in length. The Sky Bridge is the top one among TripAdvisor’s Top Five World’s Scariest Bridges. Dropped temperature, windy breeze, immerse yourself in overviewing Burau Bay surroundings, Andaman Sea and Ko Tarutao of Thailand National Park. The Cable Car & Sky Bridge is operated by Oriental Village Resort, visitors may consider to spend overnights at here. www.panoramalangkawi.com 3
SEVEN WELLS WATERFALL (TELAGA TUJUH) The source of Sungai Perangin, Seven Wells Waterfall is probably among the oldest natural and free attractions in Langkawi. It was named after seven wells due to its flowing water is broken by a series of seven natural pools. Some believe that Seven Wells Waterfall is home for fairies, resulted the water has healing effects. Jungle trekkers can climb to the top of the waterfalls, taking the opportunity to spot macaques, hornbills or even giant squirrels along the way. Various facilities have been built for the convenience of visitors.
Aerial view of Langkawi Island
CENANG BEACH CENANG BEACH (PANTAI CENANG) Cenang Beach is the most famous beach at Langkawi. The stretches beach of 2 kilometers is filled with shops, hotels, restaurants and bars. Although being the most popular beach on the island, itâ€™s still quiet and laid back. With palms, coconut trees, casuarina, and other trees fringing the beach, it has the most gorgeous view of all you have wondered. Like any other beach destinations, water sports and activities are available with charges. Do remember to visit the duty free shop at the southern end of the beach. UNDERWATER WORLD LANGKAWI Being one of the largest marine and fresh water aquaria in South East Asia, Underwater World Langkawi has to be the must visit destinations in Langkawi. It is located beside the Zon Duty Free Shopping Centre and the Neptune Cafe, at the southern end of the beach. Thus
visitors are able to have shopping, eating and entertainment in one package within one area. Attractions include 15-meter long walk-through tunnel consisting 500,000 liter seawater which houses many big fishes and sea creatures, Tropical
Rainforest, Temperate and Sub-Antarctic Ecosystems, a three-dimensional theathre and the Koi Pond. Visitors who fancy of a cultural destination may visit the Rice Garden Museum (Laman Padi) nearby. www.underwaterworldlangkawi.com.my
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was tricked and made pregnant by a prince named Mat Teja, who was madly felt in love with the princess. Unfortunately the newly born child died after seven days from a mysterious illness. Mambang Sari sadly left the child’s body in the lake and returned to the heaven. Some believe the water of the lake possess a magical power that helps infertile women to be conceivable after bathing in lake.
EAGLE SQUARE (DATARAN LANG) The Dataran Lang, literally the Eagle Square, covers about 19-acres that has sheltered promenade, beautiful ponds, water fountains, bridges, shops & restaurants, and covered pavilions where events are held. The square boasts of a signature statue of a reddish brown eagle all geared for a flight. The name Langkawi is derived from two different words which is “Lang” or “Helang” means eagle; and “Kawi” means reddish brown. Best to enjoy sunset in the evening while at the same time shop for snacks and souvenirs.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN LANGKAWI MOUNT RAYA (GUNUNG RAYA) Mount Raya or Gunung Raya at 881m, is the highest peak in Langkawi, this mountain is believed to be the cursed from a giant called Mat Raya. The mountain is in the centre of the island and visitors can enjoy superb views over the whole Langkawi and the surrounding seas from its peak. There is also a teahouse, an art gallery and a small museum at the peak. AL-HANA MOSQUE (MASJID AL-HANA) The main mosque in Kuah, Langkawi is Al-Hana Mosque. It is a grand and beautiful mosque, considered to be the island’s largest and most popular mosque. The mosque uses Moorish style architecture and topped with a golden onion-shaped main dome, together with many other peachcolored small domes, seems like a blob of sugar icing on the cake. The main prayer hall has beautiful carvings of selected verses from the Quran on the walls and fittings. DAYANG BUNTING LAKE ( TASIK DAYANG BUNTING) Given by the name of Lake of the Pregnant Maiden, in fact the island has an interesting legend about a fairy princess named Mambang Sari who
Other attractions to be explored in Langkawi: • Telaga Harbour Park: Sailing and Yachting Destination • Mahsuri’s Tomb : Discover the Legend of Princess Mahsuri • Pulau Payar Marine Park - A Snorkeling or Scuba Diving Adventure Tour
DAY 3 HERITAGE TRAIL ALOR SETAR
1. Balai Nobat 2. Merdeka House
ALOR SETAR TOWER (MENARA ALOR SETAR) Located in the heart of Alor Setar, it is one of the tallest telecommunications tower in the world. It is a prominent and modern landmark that signifies the rapid development in the state of Kedah. The tower serves the role as a telecommunication tower and also as a tourist destination. The tower is an observatory tower to look at the crescent moon to mark the calendar of Muslim months such as Ramadhan, Shawwal, and to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The tower’s platform allows visitors to enjoy breathtaking views that stretches from Gunung Jerai or Mount Jerai to Andaman Sea. www.menaraalorstar.com.my
3. Sultan Abdul Halim Gallery
BALAI BESAR It is a heritage structure in Kedah, built along Jalan Pekan Melayu in the heart of Alor Setar. The original structure was built by Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin as an Audience Hall. Then the hall was destroyed twice by the Bugis invasion in 1770 and the Siamese invasion in 1821. The current structure was revamped in 1893 during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. BALAI NOBAT Just located across the road from Alor Setar Tower, the Balai Nobat (Hall of Drums) is a three-tiered octagonal shaped tower built to store musical instruments of Nobat - royal Malay orchestra that comprises of drums, gongs, traditional flute and others. Originally it has five floors and was constructed of stone and metal. During the renovation in 1906, it was revamped into three storeys. The building is topped with an Islamic-style dome. The Nobat is the symbol of power and greatness for the king. It also represents the greatness of the art of Hindu.
THE BIG CLOCK TOWER Built in 1912 and it is now 103 years old, in olden days The Big Clock Tower played the role of chiming to remind prayers of Muslims. It uses Islamic and Hindu aspects in its architecture. The dome with crescent and carvings surrounding are in Islamic design while the entrance respresent Hindu elements. MERDEKA HOUSE (RUMAH MERDEKA) The Merdeka House was belonged to the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, first prime minister of Malaysia. Thus it is also known as Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial. Rumah Merdeka was used as a venue for private and confidential meetings among UMNO leaders and the government. It is now house of Tunku’s collection and being maintained by the National Archives as a historical building. SULTAN ABDUL HALIM GALLERY Located in Medan Bandaraya opposite to Zahir Mosque, Wisma Negeri, and adjacent to Balai Besar and Balai Nobat; originally Sultan Abdul Halim Gallery was Alor Setar High Court. Visitors will be able to know more about Sultan Abdul Halim’s character, hobbies and Sultanate of Kedah in this gallery. TUN DR. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD’S BIRTH PLACE A tall house built in wooden-based with nipah palm roof without painted, it is where Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister was born. The house at Lorong Kilang Ais was built by Tun Dr. Mahathir’s father and the house had only one room without any stairs. Visitors can know more about the former Prime Minister and his modest childhood life in the house. Today it is a historical building under National Archives Department.
DAY 4 ADVENTURE & NATURE TOUR SUNGAI PETANI GUNUNG JERAI Considered to be a hidden gem in the state of Kedah, Gunung Jerai is a massive limestone outcrop as the highest peak in the state (1200m above sea level). In the olden days, Gunung Jerai is a navigating point for Indian traders and seafarers from as far as Middle East and Europe. Nowadays it has becomes a premier hill resort and recreational park with spectacular views. Pay a visit to the Sungai Teroi Forest Recreational Park to enjoy a cool and refreshing retreat. Foresty Museum is located halfway up the hill provides a wealth of information on various species of wood collected from highland areas. BUJANG VALLEY (LEMBAH BUJANG) Bujang Valley is a site of an ancient Hindu Buddhist kingdom that ruled the region
SUNGAI PETANI CLOCK TOWER The major landmark of Sungai Petani is the clock tower located in the middle on the main street of Jalan Ibrahim. The tower has a height of 12.1 m, with a dome-shaped structure on top. It was built since early 20th century by a Penang millionaire, Mr. Lim Lean Teng to commemorate the silver wedding anniversary celebrations between British King George V and Queen Mary. Despite of the clock tower, Lim Lean Teng also left many other legacies in Penang, namely Han Jiang Teochew Ancestral Temple, Han Chiang High School, and Lim Lean Teng Mansions.
from the 4th century AD. The kingdom is said to be the oldest civilization of Peninsular Malaysia. Today the valley is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia, as many artifacts and more than fifty ancient tomb temples have been found here. Among the artifacts include emblazoned stone caskets and tablets, metal tools and ornaments, fragments of glass, pottery debris, ceramic ware and Hindu Buddhist icons. THE CARNIVALL The Carnivall is the only water and land theme park in Kedah and it is a popular attraction among locals, especially the flocks from Penang, Perlis and Kedah. It is about 15 minutes distance from the town of Alor Setar. Imagine yourself being swept away by tidal wave and floating along the 300-metre long River of Adventure while relaxing on an inner tube. Children wouldnâ€™t want to leave in many hours of fun in the jungle playground, discovery island, the bubble spa, the sandpit and kiddies cove. Facebook: The-Carnivall/172385051123
PANTAI MERDEKA Another picnic spot in Kedah, about 26km from Sungai Petani is the Pantai Merdeka. One can relax and enjoy the sea breeze of the long sandy beach shaded by trees. Wide range of watersport activities available such as sailing, surfing, waterskiing, banana boat riding, and canoeing. Visitors may consider staying in Merdeka Beach Resort for overnight trip, as it is the nearest accommodation.
Relics found in the Bujang Valley are now on display at the archaeological museum
DAY 5 ADVENTURE TOUR KULIM BUKIT HIJAU RECREATIONAL FOREST Bukit Hijau Recreational Forest is a relaxing area and it is famous for its seven level cascading waterfall. The Recreational Forest is located within Gunung Inas Forest Reserve, with a height of 150 - 200 m above sea level. Along the way before reaching waterfall, visitors will be able to see a variety of flora and fauna in the forest. If you are lucky, you can get to see elephants, tapirs, deers, squirrels, many species of birds. Some basic amenities are provided here, such as picnic spots, camping area, trekking route and jogging track. There are also food stalls for visitorsâ€™ convenience. SUNGAI SEDIM White Water Rafting This destination should be popular among extreme sports lovers! Sungai Sedim is the only location for white water rafting and kayaking in the north-west states. It has a 15 km stretch that has a rush flowing waters and with as many as 24 rapids. There are 6 grades of rivers to be chosen according to an international system. First timer and children are encouraged to pursue Class 1 or Class 2; while Class 6 â€“ the Extreme level is for the veteran as it is extremely dangerous. Tree Top Walk Above the spot for white water rafting, there is GALVANIZED CANOPY W STEEL a long steel walkway ALK IN THE WO WAY RLD that stands at 50m above ground. It has the longest canopy walkway (galvanized steel) in the world, measured at 950m long. Catch an aerial view of lush tropical forest, rushing rivers, colorful birds, rare wildlife and captivating flora and fauna, while experiencing the thrill of discovery.
ALOR SETAR • Souq Al-Bukhary: a unique experience in an Islamic motifs - Moorish architectural styles shopping mall. • Alor Star Mall is one of the newest malls in Alor Setar with a 4-halls MBO Cinema. • Star Parade has Malaysia’s very own Pacific Departmental Store BUKIT KAYU HITAM The border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam is located in the northern part of Kedah and is the main entrance to Thailand on the West Coast. The dutyfree complex will be full of shoppers especially during weekends. SUNGAI PETANI • Legenda Heights Village Mall is a stylish mall in threestorey with about 83 stores, also houses the first 3D Cineplex in Kedah. • Central Square is a eight-storey mall comprising 289 retail lots is easily accessible from public transportation. • Amanjaya Mall give you a fun and comfortable experience, encompassing variety entertainment, pleasant shopping and dining.
1 & 2. Langkawi is a Duty-Free Shopping Paradise 3 & 4. Duty-Free Shopping Mall
LANGKAWI • Langkawi Parade Megamall is a shop with over 40 duty-free retail, includes fashion, IT and electronics, wine and liquor, souvenirs, beauty, dining and entertainment. • Coco Valley is a heaven for all chocolate lovers. They offer a wide range of chocolate products and chocolates at Langkawi are much cheaper than any other travel destinations.
BOWL OF MALAYSIA
SINCE Kedah is known as the Rice Bowl of Malaysia, it is not surprising that it has several distinctive rice dishes. Feast on delicious northern traditional delicacies of Kedah of its own uniqueness but caters to whole wide range of food hunters. Realize the uniqueness of the local food blended with some influences from Thai food, which is very near to the state.
food LOCAL CUISINE NASI ULAM Locals favourite Kedah delicacy â€“ nasi ulam, is a healthy steamed rice dish mixed with herbs, spices and various raw vegetables such as ginger flower, dried shrimp, birdâ€™s eye chilli, cucumber and fruit julienne with toasted grated coconut (kerisik), served with some squeezes of lime juice and palm sugar gravy. Sometimes shredded fried fish is added in. It is very common to be eaten during the fasting month of Ramadhan.
1. Malay Cuisines with Variety Dishes 2. Eating raw vegetables is called 'ULAM' but Western said 'SALADS' 3. Tapai - Sweet in taste with a pleasant aroma and it is wrapped in rubber tree leaves
TAPAI PULUT It is a sweet-tasting traditional dessert made from fermented glutinous rice then pressed into round cakes, and often wrapped in banana leaves. The finished tapai taste sweet with a little alcohol flavour due to the fermentation process, and can be consumed, or left for several days more before becoming sour. Pulut in Kedah are also commonly served with fruits like mango, durian and banana; or even sambal chilli. PEKASAM Another preserved food of local favourite is Pekasam, which is fermenting fish that mixed with salt, tamarind, brown sugar and roasted rice. The longer it keeps, the better it is said to taste. Fried pekasam can be served with fresh chilli as well as shallots and eaten with rice. Visitors can find this special dish at Pekan Rabu in Alor Setar. SERABAI Another local dessert made of rice flour, making it into a meshed pancake laced
with a thin syrup made from coconut cream and sweetened with palm sugar. However the dessert is rarely sold in stalls except during the month of Ramadhan. It is also can be found at Pekan Rabu.
Other signature dish like Kai Choy (sour and spicy stew of vegetable and left-over meats), tofu & hard boil egg in dark soy sauce, rather healthy steamed cabbage in oyster sauce are to die for. EAT HERE
GULAI NANGKA Literally means jackfruit curry, it might sounds so unusual of cooking curry with jackfruit, but the dish is unusually popular among the locals or even many countries in Southeast Asia. It is made of preferably unripe or green jackfruit cook in yellowish curry gravy. It is best served hot with rice, ulam, sayur kelado, and pekasam. The locals have a fondness for spicy food, thus they might heighten their curry with tamarind and sambals.
Tan Kee Roast Duck
TAN KEE ROAST DUCK Carnivore alert! When you are in Lunas - a small town in Kedah, the must try has to be Tan Kee Roast Duck. Its famous roasted duck always served with either porridge or rice. The roasted duck is famous for its crispy skin and plum sauce for dipping.
691-J & K Jalan Raya, 09600 Lunas, Kedah 3
By Air There are two airports in the state, where both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia operate daily direct flights to Kedah. One of the airports located in Alor Setar and the other one is in Langkawi Island. By Rail Railways 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 a bus to Kuala Kedah; those who wish to go to Langkawi may take the ferry. By Road Alor Setarâ€™s roads are well connected, reachable by the North South Highway. By highway, it takes about five hours from Kuala Lumpur and around six hours by bus. Visitors are recommended to do bookings online in advance, especially during festive seasons. Otherwise visitors can rent a car at the airport or through online reservation. By Sea Travellers are advised to use express ferries from Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah to Langkawi, taking around slightly over an hour. 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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historical city, Melaka, 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.
ALOR GAJAH • Zoo Melaka • Melaka Crocodile Park • Melaka Butterﬂy Park
• 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
MELAKA CITY Ayer Molek
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LEGEND STRAITS OF MALACCA
State Capital Major Town
Places of Interest
Expressway Major Road Railway Line
MELAKA *Map not drawn to scale
BABA NYONYA HERITAGE MUSEUM The Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is a living museum located in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, vicinity of Jonker Street. Baba Nyonya is also known as Peranakans are of Chinese noble descendants who adopted the Malays culture. Baba is the term used for the male Peranakan while Nyonya is used for the female Peranakan. The museum shows the way of living of the Baba Nyonya at the end of the
CULTURAL & ARTS TOUR
SRI POYYATHA FESTIVAL Date : Late of April VINAYAGAR - Early of May MOORTHI TEMPLE Time : 6am-6pm Venue: Sri Poyyatha Being the oldest Hindu Vinayagar Moorthi Temple in Malaysia, Sri Temple Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayagar (also known as Ganesha), an elephantheaded God with the body of a man and four hands. It is interesting to note the Dutch influence in the architecture of the temple.
19th century by exhibiting an archive of beautiful traditional costumes and a unique bridal chamber. There are also black and white photographs of the ancient Chinese tradition of foot binding and beautifully crafted miniature shoes. www.babanyonyamuseum.com
1. Cheng Hoon Teng Temple 2. Baba & Nyonya House Museum
KAMPUNG HULU MOSQUE Head northwest on Jalan Tukang Emas toward Jalan Hang Lekiu and turn left, you’ll see Kampung Hulu Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in Malaysia. Its distinct and unique architectural style cannot be found anywhere else in the country. CHENG HOON TENG TEMPLE Literally named “Temple of Green Cloud”, is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia. The WESAK DAY colorful stalls clustered Date : 3rd May around the entrance of Things To Do: Bathing the Buddha the temple sell candles, josspaper and aromatic joss-sticks required by devotees. From generation to generation, prayers are dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin gods of wealth, longevity and propagation. www.chenghoontengtemple.com
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Porta De Santiago (A’Famosa)
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Cheng Ho Cultural Museum
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Maritime Museum (Muzium Samudera)
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Bunga Raya Food Court
Hang Jebat’s Mausoleum
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Famosa Chicken Rice Ball
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Paku Pakis Collection Handicraft Hoe Kee Chicken Muzium Rice Ball San Shu Warisan Baba Dan Nyonya Gong Melaka Clock Tower
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Malacca Art Store
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Cheng Hoon Temple
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Asia Clinic & Maternity House
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Foot binding was a status symbol that symbolized beauty, wealth and elegance. Today these 3 inches shoes are displayed to reminisce and as a reminder of the extreme custom. Perhaps behind every beautiful thing, there’s really some kind of pain. wahaikshoemakermelaka.webs.com
HANG LI POH’S WELL Hang Li Poh was a Chinese princess who married the reigning sultan of Melaka Sultan Mansur Shah in mid-15th century and diplomatic ties between China and Melaka. The well was said never dried up during the old days and was the only source of water supply during great drought. After Melaka was conquered by the Portuguese, the Javanese poisoned the water in the well and many Portuguese soldiers died after drinking water out of the well. Later on the Dutch enclosed it with stout walls in 1677 to maintain its ultimate into a wishing well.
MUST DO • Go antique or souvenir shopping at the various shops • Visit the Jonker Street Weekend (Friday & Saturday) Night Market • Sample numerous hawker foods at the stalls along the street: chicken rice ball, cendol, barbequed squid, dodol and asam fish
JONKER WALK Jonker Walk is definitely a shopping haven for antique collectors and bargain hunters. This is all due to its fame for its art galleries, antique shops, among them goldsmiths, watch repairers, beaded shoemakers, food outlets and many more. Recently, a new wave of cafes and craft shops have blossomed on this street, making it a cultured air of old-meets-new. TEL +606-284 8282 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CHURCH Built in 1856, right in the middle of the historical city of Melaka, St. Francis Xavier Church is a twin-spired neo-gothic structure building built in honour of St.
Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary. You can view the authentic architecture and learn about history of the church which is situated at Jalan Laksamana. ORANG UTAN HOUSE Malaccan artist Charles Cham set up the studio gallery in 1992, all artworks are sold at this Orang Utan House. It has become an iconic landmark that most recognizable in the town. It is a sunshine yellowish building with a huge orange utan painted outside the house. Charles’s artworks are well-known of their relevancy with Malaysian issues and thought provoking. TEL +606-282 6872 3-INCH LOTUS SHOES Imagine your feet are tightly bound with long pieces of cloth bandages to stop them from growing and maintain the size of 3 inches, since the age of 2-5. You are not able to run and could hardly walk. This is a painful custom of Chinese in the 10th century, which practiced for 1,000 years.
CHITTY CULTURAL VILLAGE & CHITTY MUSEUM PONGAL FESTIVAL The Chitty Village in Jalan Date : 15th Jan 2015 Gajah Berang, is home of Venue: Chitty Cultural Village 19 homes amidst three Tel: +6012-6015111 temples and a museum. Chitty (or Chetti) means “trader” in Tamil and as long as the 15th Century traders from southern India were visiting the shores of the Malay Peninsular to trade spices and other merchandise. The Chitty Village and Chitty Museum are being promoted as a place where tourists can glimpse the Chitty culture. Pongal Festival BHOGI is a 3 day festivals CELEBRATION celebrating the end of Date : Eve of Pongal Festival the harvest season. tty Cultural Venue: Chi Village Tel:+6012-6015111
1. Hang Li Po's Well also know as King's Well 2. Jonker Street 3. Beaded shoes making
appointed bathrooms feature sliding screens that open up to the rooms and a view beyond the balcony. For guests and their children, requiring modern connectivity and entertainment, the rooms also include high-speed Internet access, flat screen TVs and CD and DVD players, iPod docking stations, IDD phones, and a mini bar. For seekers of comfort and luxury there are pocket sprung beds, large bath and shower areas, and generous space everywhere. Other facilities at Casa del Rio include a concierge desk, travel and tour assistance with car and trishaw services and a river cruises, in-room dining, laundry service, a rooftop infinity swimming pool and bar, gymnasium, the 4-star Satkara Spa, and, most importantly, well trained and enthusiastic staff prepared to welcome you to a tailor-made stay.
CASA DEL RIO The city of Melaka, Malaysia’s colourful and historic pride and joy, has a boutique hotel called Casa del Rio, it is the ﬁrst boutique hotel located directly on the bank of the stately Melaka River.
asa del Rio (Spanish for 'Home by the River') is a mansion of opulence, rising majestically from the riverbank and ideally located on Jalan Kota Laksamana, only a two-minute walk from the popular Jonker Walk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and many other heritage and historic attractions of Melaka. Casa del Rio is part of the Boutique Collection product portfolio by HPL Hotels and Resorts. Other brands in the HPL portfolio include the Hard Rock Hotels and the Concorde Hotel group. Melaka’s fortune is that it has enjoyed the best mix of cultures from several focused communities, the Chinese, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, English and Japanese, all of whom have left their mark over the last six centuries, particularly on
its traditions, architecture, fashion and cuisine. Appropriately, the Casa del Rio’s architecture pays tribute to these many international cultures that have influenced Melaka. Principally those of the Chinese (with the early arrival of China’s Admiral Cheng Ho), the early Arab traders, the Portuguese and Dutch. The warm colours of magenta, yellow and ochre over terra cotta blend with old wrought iron railings and ornamental lighting to provide a warm touch of the Mediterranean. The 66 rooms and suites at Casa del Rio are beautifully decorated and designed, blending - Mediterranean style - with Peranakan touches (Baba Nyonya ‘Straits-Chinese’). All rooms have balconies which overlook the courtyard ‘lago’ or the Melaka River, while the luxuriously
Dining at Casa del Rio offers quite an array itself, through its riverside outlets, Bar Rio, River Café and River Grill. Bar Rio, offers beers on tap and bottled, wine, cocktails, cocktails, mocktails as well as a tapas menu of local and international flavours. There is also Live Music available from Tuesday to Saturday. River Café offers for lunch a special Peranakan Tiffin set lunch with different dishes everyday, along with freshly ground coffee, tea, juices, fresh patisserie and “cendol” - a local treat. The River Grill is the outlet of choice for fine-diners, with its special buffet breakfast and a-la-carte dinner menu, for the return of grand grill-room dining tradition. Every Saturday night The River Grill heats up with our Saturday Night Barbecue Buffet dinner. The main meeting rooms have been designed to present various-sized theatres, classrooms for course or seminar participants, and banquet or reception areas for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other celebration events. Our Piazza area caters to al-fresco dinners or under a marquee.
1. Melaka Sultanate Palace is a wooden replica of Sultan Mansur Shah's 15th-century palace. 2. Dutch Square 3. A Famosa Fort is one of the oldest surviving European architectural in South East Asia
DAY 2 HERITAGE + CITY TOUR A FAMOSA FORT Also known as Porta De Santiago, A Famosa Fort was built by Alfonso de Albuquerque in 1512, one year after the Portugese invaded Melaka. It was the most well-known and symbolic fortress that Portuguese had ever built. In the 17th century the fortress was handed over to the Dutch and later to the British. They decided to destroy the fortress but Sir Stamford Raffles managed to save part of it as what we can see today in Melaka. DUTCH SQUARE: QUEEN VICTORIA’S FOUNTAIN + CLOCK TOWER + CHRIST CHURCH Also a trishaw pickup point, Dutch Square is widely called as the Red Square as there are many of the Dutch buildings were painted red. This area also has a Queen Victoria Fountain, built in 1904 by the British, the Christ Church, built in 1753 and the Tang Beng Swee Clock Tower which was built in 1886 to honor a prominent Malaccan Chinese Philanthropist. There is a Dutch Windmill and a mini Dutch Garden across the Dutch Square and before and entrance to the Tan Kim Seng
Bridge. They were just an addition of Dutch Structures built in 1950’s to reminisce the Dutch colonial in Melaka. MELAKA SULTANATE PALACE The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a replica of the palace of the Melaka Sultan – Sultan Mansur Syah (who ruled from 1456 to 1477), known as “Istana”. It is showcasing Malay culture and civilization from the 15th century. It is also record the legendary battle of Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat during the period of the Melaka Sultanate, and the lessons that battle holds for posterity. The building is made of hardwood while the roof is made of "belian" wood. An interesting feature of the building is that no nails were used in the construction of the building, only wooden pegs. TEL +606-282 7464
1. Melaka river cruise 2. Duck tours around Melaka town 3. Maritime Museum is located just ahead of the Stadthuys
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Melaka River Cruise Casa Del Rio Melaka
St. Paul’s Fort
Equatorial Newton Food Court
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Proclamation of Independece Memorial
Porta De Santiago (A’Famosa)
Melaka Sultanate’s Palace
Menara Taming Sari Malaysian Royal Navy Museum
Maritime Museum (Muzium
Poh San Teng Temple
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Terminal Pahlawan Pesona Mahkota Medical Centre
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Ole Sayang Nyonya Food
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Capitol Satay Celup
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EARTH HOUR Date : 28 March 2015 Venue: Menara Taming Sari Tel: +606-288 1100 / +606-281 3366
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TAMING SARI REVOLVING TOWER Erected 110 metres in height on Jalan Merdeka; Taming Sari revolving tower offers a 360° panoramic view of Melaka town and beyond. Wondering what’s the feeling of overlooking interesting sights such as St. Paul’s Hill, Independence Memorial Building, Samudra Museum and the ship - Flor De La Mar? Take a ride on this “First Revolving Gyro Tower in Malaysia”, perhaps it helps on giving you bearing for which attraction to visit next! www.menaratamingsari.com
MARITIME MUSEUM The Maritime Museum or the “Flor de Lamar” is a model of a Portuguese vessel sank off the Coast of Melaka River. The 34 meters in height and 8 meters wide model is located at Quayside Road, 10 minutes away from the Dutch Square. Stepping inside the museum, there are models of ships, authentic maps, charts and old iron chests that were once used to store precious cargo. The main focus of the museum is the maritime history of Melaka and the golden ages of Melaka’s Sultanate as the Emporium of the East. MELAKA RIVER CRUISE The Melaka River is where the town began and it has played a key role in Melaka’s vibrant history. The 45 minutes cruise tour depart from Muara Jetty, next to Quayside Heritage centre, is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary. Take the cruise during the day to have a better view of the murals and at night for beautiful sights illuminated with colorful lights alongside the river.
HATTEN HOTEL MELAKA Hatten Hotel Melaka opened its doors in 2011 and is the largest hotel in the city with 704 spacious guest suites, boasting world class recreational facilities and ﬁve star service standards.
eated above the vibrant Hatten Square mall platform, this award-winning, 22-storey premier Business Class Hotel is conveniently located at the heart of Melaka’s historic city center, a mere walking distance to the acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage sites with shopping and major businesses all within close proximity. Famed for its warm atmosphere and and welcoming service, Hatten Hotel offers guests, ultimate satisfaction for the whole family surrounded by contemporary urban luxuries. Visit our Gym on 12 to enjoy panoramic views as you workout or treat your body to a sumptuous pampering session at H-Spa & Hair Salon. Live the carefree lifestyle poolside at Splash Pool and Bar featuring a vast infinite pool that looks out onto a birds eye view of Melaka’s vibrant city. One of the proudest elements of our hotel is the sensational dining experiences offered at Chatterz and Alto Sky Lounge. Chatterz serves all-day dining and is a favourite among tourists and locals, perfect for family occasions, offering a wide array of sensational buffet menus. The brand new Alto Sky Lounge, recently launched in November 2013, sits high above the city upon the 22nd Floor of Hatten Hotel. Overlooking stunning coastal views of the Straits of Melaka, Alto’s exquisite wine cellar, fine dining and urban bar is the perfect place to relax and unwind amidst a charming atmosphere of sky-high luxury. For those who are planning a trip to Melaka, Hatten Hotel is your choice for the perfect stay in this multi-cultural and historic city.
PORTUGESE SETTLEMENT The Portuguese Settlement is a residential area for Kristang community who is one of the Malaysian ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and Malay (some possibly Chinese or Indian ancestry) in the 16th to 17th century. The settlement, also known as Mini Lisbon, comprises a few streets with names like D’Alberqueque, Sequera, Eredia, D’Aranjo and Texeira. The place is very famous for its restaurant, where spicy seafood dishes are served and its cultural performances, which the dancers are dressed in the traditional costumes.
CORAL WONDERLAND MELAKA Coral Wonderland Melaka is the first coral park in Malaysia. It is located at 4th floor of Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. A journey into the unseen wonders of the deep will allow you to discover many fascinating underwater creatures. Venture the longest touch pool in Asia where you can feel the skin of star fish, sea cucumber, sea urchin and even the bamboo shark, before continuing to the enchantment of animals from various depths and ocean regions around the world. www.coralwonderland.com.my
A'Famosa Resort - horse carriage
1. Fire-blowing at Cowboy Town 2. Pirate Park
RECREATIONAL TOUR @ ALOR GAJAH ALOR GAJAH A’ FAMOSA RESORT A’ Famosa Resort is a short distance away from the historical town of Melaka. With many things to see and play, a day trip in A’ Famosa Resort is not enough. Thus cozy hotel rooms are offered by the resort. Relish the one-stop venue of pleasure visiting the Water World Theme Park, Animal World Safari, Cowboy Town, Golf Course, and various extreme sports facilities such as Horse Riding, Go-Kart, Archer and Paintball War Game. The new facilities you can’t miss out is the Tiger Encounter, Crocodile Encounter, the tricky mind game –The Maze and the huge shocking water slides – ICE CREAM. www.afamosa.com GADEK HOT SPRING SPA Gadek Hot Spring is a main attraction in Alor Gajah, Melaka. It is located 30km from Melaka Town. It has 2 phases where the first phase is open to the public while another is for spa and Jacuzzi. The spring has a surface temperature of 57°C while the mini pools are 47°C with an average flow of 5.4L per minute. The hot spring contains hydrogen sulphide gas and sulphur which can heal skin diseases like itchiness, bone pains, bone joint pains, high blood pressure and others.
DAY 4 RECREATIONAL TOUR @ AYER KEROH MELAKA ZOO AND NIGHT SAFARI Sprawling 54-acres in Ayer Keroh, Melaka Zoo houses a total of over 1200 specimens made up of 215 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Established in 1963, the zoo has the distinction of being the first in the region to exhibit the rare and endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros of Gaur. Other animals including Malayan Sun Bear, Malayan Gaur Oxen, Serow, Molurus Python and the Malayan Tiger. After the ownership being privatized, â€œopen conceptâ€? was being adopted and vast natural green habitat was being maintained. While the Night Safari will give visitors a unique opportunity in observing the behaviour of nocturnal animals such as wild cats, tigers, leopards and others in their natural habitats. www.melakazoo.com MELAKA CROCODILE & RECREATION PARK Named Taman Buaya Melaka in Malay, the crocodile farm is one of the most popular attractions in Ayer Keroh. Not just home to over 100 species of crocs, the park also expanded to include section of other reptilian species. It also houses five different attractions including: Malaysia in Miniature, Aviary Bird Park, Reptile House, Mamalia House and Water Recreation Park which spread over a vicinity of 6,000 sq ft, equipped with an adult slide, water jet tunnel, water curtain, shower umbrella and waterfall too. www.tamanbuayamelaka.com TAMAN MINI MALAYSIA & ASEAN In Taman Mini Malaysia, there are 13 replicas of traditional houses, representing each state in Malaysia. Mini Asean showcases the architecture, people, customs and heritage of the countries of Asean. Both furnished with various items
such as arts and crafts which depict the culture of each state and countries, artisans from each state was hired to ensure complete authenticity of the craftsmanship. Apart from it, there are cultural performances and traditional games for the visitors. www.minimalaysiaasean.com MELAKA PLANETARIUM ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTRE Strategically situated in the heart of Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC), the Melaka Planetarium is a learning centre dedicated to the exciting world of astronomy and science. It was built with a shape of Islamic architecture and a landing UFO. It exhibits various exhilarating attraction such as Spacecraft Model, Challenger Simulator, Solar System, Galaxy Gateway, Satellite, Hubble Space Telescope and many more. The exhibition hall inside the planetarium is furnished with animation equipment that allows 200 viewers to enjoy video film on astronomy. TEL +606-232 2122
1. Melaka Zoo 2. All the visitors will be accompanied by the guided tram of the Melaka Zoo. 3. Melaka Planetarium 4. Taman Buaya Melaka is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ayer Keroh
MAHKOTA MEDICAL CENTRE Mahkota Medical Centre (Mahkota), a private tertiary hospital located in Melaka is making its mark as the hospital of choice, not only for local but for international patients alike.
Reaching Out Globally With Quality Healthcare Services
ne of the pioneering hospitals in medical tourism in Malaysia, Mahkota sees approximately 288,000 Financial Year 2014 patients each year, out of which approximately 30% are foreigners, hailing mostly from Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore and China. The hospital is well known for its seven Centres of Excellence, specializing in the areas of Bone and Joint Replacement, Cancer, Heart, Men’s Health, Wellness, Neurological and Stroke and Woman and Child services. For its efforts in medical tourism, Mahkota was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Highest Number of Healthcare Travellers for the Southern Region in 2012 by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) Ideal Medical Treatment Hub For The International Patients 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.
With its ideal surroundings for patients and their family for medical treatment and tourism, Mahkota has its customer service and marketing departments to assist international patients with their visa extension, language interpretation, travel arrangements and accommodation. The hospital also provides free shuttle services to and fro the Melaka jetty and airport. Network Of Representative Ofﬁces Seeing the increasing need to assist patients right from where they begin their journey to recovery, Mahkota spread its wings across the shores by opening the hospital’s first representative office in Pekan Baru, Indonesia in 2000. To date, Mahkota Medical Centre has 20 representative offices located in strategic areas 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. Connecting Through Digital Media To continuously engage with patients, both local and overseas, Mahkota has its own Facebook- page (currently with more than 22,300 fans), website and Twitter. Patients can also email their enquiries to the Customer Service Department via info@mahkotamedical and all enquiries will be attended to within 48 hours.
Mahkota Medical Centre No. 3, Mahkota Melaka, Jln Merdeka, Melaka, Malaysia. 24 Hours Call Centre: +60 (6) 285 2999 Customer Service: +606 285 2900 Marketing: +606 285 2855 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mahkotamedical.com
Overview of Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
MAHKOTA PARADE Mahkota Parade was the first regional shopping centre located in the commercial and tourist centre situated in the heart of Melaka town. Its refurbishment recently has refined Melaka, branding it as one the most modern cities in Malaysia. It is a center full of souvenirs and handicrafts, a large supermarket, a food court, a cinema, a bowling alley, amusement arcades, and various restaurants for everyone. www.mahkotaparade.com.my
Independence Day Wall Carving
DATARAN PAHLAWAN MELAKA MEGAMALL Experience the ultimate shopping experience of a life time in Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall! Witness the fusion of history with the modern retail lifestyle filled with exciting events - a one-stop megamall featuring all the latest fashion and culinary delights - an indulgence for the young and the young at heart! Let the endless appeal of Melaka’s premier shopping destination awaken your senses the moment you arrive at its doorstep. With over 800 retail lots, shoppers and tourists will be in awe of the wide selection of products and services available here. At the heart of historical Melaka’s most iconic shopping complex however, lies a uniquely attractive quality; its preservation and harmonious integration of local culture. Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is surrounded by ‘living museums’ of the UNESCO World Heritage
– the more than 500 year old Santiago Bastion and Porta De Santiago gatehouse (aka A' Famosa) and the ruins of St Paul's Church, the nail-free wooden Melaka Sultanate Palace, the Independence Memorial as well as the Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum (a replica of a Portugese sunken ship). As you stroll through the mall, enjoy a unique experience where heritage is infused with contemporary design. The Vision 2020 Time Capsule, that was officiated by one of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad will be unveiled in the year 2020, declaring Malaysia to be an advanced country and nation. Be amazed by the selection of stores that offers a truly unique shopping experience from trendy clothes to stylish accessories and from global brands to local artwork. This is the place where you can have it all, under one roof. Vision 2020 Time Capsule
TERMINAL PAHLAWAN Featuring Melaka’s first Peranakan themed mall and Baba Nyonya exhibit measuring over 600 meters, Terminal Pahlawan offers visitors a lively shopping experience, the convenience of an international coach bay, a multi-storey car park and the luxury of a business-class hotel combined with the colourful, rich and unique Peranakan culture of Melaka. www.terminalpahlawan.com MELAKA BATIK HOUSE Owned by the Batik pioneer company Noor Afra Sdn Bhd, is the perfect place for learning and purchasing some pieces of Malaysia’s traditional Batik. Here, tourists are allowed to watch how to produce high quality Batik, with showing the process such as tjanting and wax block printing. Malaysian Batik is different from Indonesian Batik as Malaysian Batik largely features large floral themes and vibrant colours, and is usually worn during official occasions such as weddings and governmental events. TEL +606-232 3900 MELAKA FASHION CITY Melaka have built its own integrated Fashion City to cater state and national market for fabrics and fashion. It is now a new landmark at Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) Ayer Keroh. Melaka Fashion City has over 100 independent stores offering a wide array of colourful and patterned fabrics as well as ready-towear apparels. TEL +606-232 4053
COME to this city surrounded by aura of history and heritage, how every single different cultures form an identity of ours make us stand out to the world.
From the previous Portuguese, Dutch and British rule, to the special Nyonya culture; how they blend in together and form a unique own identity of Melaka. It is the local delicacies here you canâ€™t resist at all!
food FINE DINE & WINE SIROCCO Sirocco Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Melaka is worth trying for its decent authentic Italian dishes. The traditional pizza is a must-try as youâ€™ll get the chance to witness the live process of making a pizza. Wines are also available here. Bon Appetit! TEL +606-285 9000 ext 8169 OLIO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Olio has been awarded Top Ten HAPA Best Western Cuisine Restaurant for 2010-2012. Delight in nice European quiet atmosphere with delish Italian cuisine. With reasonable price, you can have full bodied meals with senses-capturing ambiance. It is one of the top fine dining restaurants in Melaka. www.ramadaplazamelaka.com
THE MANSION Dining room of The Majestic Malacca, with its original Straits Settlement windows overlooking the Melaka River and Kampung Morten; a wise but rare few semi fine dining options in Melaka. The Mansion offers salivating fusion and Nyonya cuisine from an elegant classy ambiance. Must try its colourful Nyonya desserts. www.majesticmalacca.com/dining Image Credit - www.ramadaplazamelaka.com
NIGHTLIFE ALTO SKY LOUNGE Alto Sky Lounge, located at Hatten Hotel features an outdoor bar with seats for 130 people and stunning panoramic views of Melaka city. Savor a mixed of skillfully made cocktails, accompanied by a variety of gourmet delights at the 22 stories sky-high level with some great selection of music. www.hattenhotel.com ECO TREE SKYDECK 360 Do not miss the mesmerizing panoramic viewing point at Eco Tree - Sky Deck and Pool Bar. At the Pool Bar, you can have a cup of coffee or relax and enjoy the sunrise or sunset with a glass of wine, cold beer and snacks. It is also ideal for private functions and gatherings. www.ecotreehotel.com MIXX CLUB Set on the 2nd floor of Mahkota Parade, Mixx club is where you can party all night long in the historical city. It has 4 different types of
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rooms to cater all partygoers, with easy access and ample parking spaces. TEL +6016-623 5577 / +6016-621 5577
Combination of shaved ice, green strips of starch noodle mixed with pandan leaves extract, gula Melaka, red beans, and coconut milk leaves a lingering sweetness and milky aftertaste. EAT HERE • Cendol Stall Opposite the Clock Tower & Dutch Square • East & West Rendezvous Ice Cafe 60, Lorong Hang Jebat • Jongker 88 88, Jalan Hang Jebat (JJonker Street) • San Shu Gong (*Durian Cendol) 33, 1
Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)
1. Chicken rice ball 2. Satay celup 3. Sago gula melaka 4. Cendol
CHICKEN RICE BALL Novelty of rice cooked with chicken stock and shaped into balls – the famous specialty of Melaka. Best accompanied by roasted and steamed chicken meat, cucumber, soup and a mixture of chili and ginger paste. EAT HERE • Huang Chang Chicken Rice Restaurant Taman Melaka Baru, Batu Berendam • Chung Wah Chicken Rice Ball 18, Jalan Hang Jebat (Jongker Street) • Famosa Chicken Rice Ball Jalan Hang Kasturi, Off Jonker Street • Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Shop No.4, Jalan
SATAY CELUP Similar to steamboat, satay celup is raw and semi-cooked seafood, meat and vegetables on skewers dunked into a boiling pot of satay gravy, which is thick and spicy peanut sauce until it is cooked. It is best served with bread cubes and cucumber. EAT HERE • Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup 45E Jalan Ong Kim Wee • Capitol Satay Celup 41, Lorong Bkt Cina • McQuek’s Satay Celup 231 Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir
Hang Jebat (Jongker Street) • Heng Hainanese Jalan Hang Jebat (Jonker Street)
CENDOL Cendol is a simple dessert that is very popular among locals and tourists.
ASAM PEDAS MELAKA Melaka is the home of Asam Pedas, a dish consisting seafood or freshwater fish cooked in asam (tamarind juice) juice with chili, tomatoes, pineapples, eggplants and pickled mustard leaves. It is a very hot and sour type of curry making it very appetizing and best to go with white rice. EAT HERE • Hajjah Mona Asam Pedas Jalan Laksamana 2, Taman Kota Laksamana • Asam Pedas Claypot @ Restoran Kota Laksamana 1 86, Jalan Laksamana 3, Taman Kota Laksamana • Asam Pedas Pasar Borong Taman Merdeka 11, Jalan IKS. M2
KLEBANG COCONUT SHAKE Klebang coconut shake is a signature special coconut shake come with freezing cold ice-cream and tiny blended coconut flesh, that we call it thirst-quenching haven! Try their mini decent Nasi Lemak Bungkus if you go with empty stomach. EAT HERE Klebang Coconut Shake Jalan Klebang Besar, 75200 Melaka (next to the Caltex
NYONYA FOOD Nyonya cuisine is the great creation of the Peranakans. People’s interpretation towards Nyonya food is tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbal, which deeply adopted Malay cuisine as part of their taste palate. Signature dish of Nyonya cuisine including Acar (pickled vegetables), Asam Laksa (spicy rice noodle with mackerel), Babi Pongteh (pork stew cooked with salted
fermented soy beans), and Sambal Sotong Petai (sambal squid with bitter beans) EAT HERE • Restoran Ole Sayang 264, Taman Melaka Raya • Restoran Peranakan 107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (next to Jongker Walk) • Big Nyonya Restaurant 33 & 33A, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya • Nancy’s Kitchen 7, Jalan Hang Lekir, Off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
CAFE GEOGRAPHER CAFE The old cafe is located at the corner lot of busy streets in Jonker Walk. Lined with many centuries old shops, houses and buildings, guests are able to feel the moment of retro looking out of the window, while enjoying food coffee or specialty drinks from Geographer Cafe. It is also a famous nightlife spot for tourists as they have weekly events such as Jazz Night, Acoustic Night, and Let’s Dance for Weekends and etc. www.geographer.com.my CALANTHE ART CAFE Coffee can’t go wrong with arts. At this artsy little cafe setting in the midst of busy streets at Jonker Walk, you’ll find calmness. With the ultimate mission in mind, Calanthe Art Cafe uses local beans, and presents their coffee in 13 styles of all different states of Malaysia. The funky interior design also display local artists’ artworks. www.letseat.at/calanthe HARD ROCK CAFE The 9000 sq ft iconic restaurant is located at the entrance of Jonker Walk within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, marks the 3rd Hard Rock Cafe in Malaysia, joining the popular locations in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. There are tons of choices on the menu, where you can sip your hearty beverage while enjoying the rock and roll hits. www.hardrock.com/cafes/melaka NADEJE CAFE After walking along Jonker Street, a nice coffee break should be rewarded to your sweating body. Try the surprising combination of caffeine and crepes at Nadeje Cafe inside Dataran Pahlawan Mall. They are famous with Mille Crepe – a French dessert cake made out of many crepe layers. Nadeje even has outlets in Kuala Lumpur now! www.nadeje.com.my LIMAU LIMAU CAFE Limau means lime in Malay. Filled with artistic elements outside and inside cafe, the ambiance and atmosphere in Limau Limau Cafe is truly fantastic. Have a try on their salad, sandwiches, fruit juices, milk shakes, and leave the rest of your time to look at their collections of chandeliers hanging on ceiling, reading at the reading corner, or just utilize their free Wifi service. www.limaulimaucafe.blogspot.com
MODS CAFE Go amazed by the visually interesting interiors of Mods Cafe at Temple Street. Don’t get chase by their half-closed steel door and rusty garage look at the outside. The passionate boss placed a classic Volkswagen van in the premise and converted into a coffee work station, how lovely! Facebook: modscafe
GETTING AROUND Melaka is a place best explored by foot especially in Jonker Street area as there are many narrow streets or alley along the way. However, many public transportation are available too: By Air Melaka International Airport in Baru Berendam located 9km away from the city centre. Travellers can fly in from the KLIA within two hours journey. 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 moor at Shahbandar Jetty near Maritime Museum. Try look for Muara Jetty next to Quayside Heritage Centre, to ride on the 45 minutes sightseeing tour. By Rail Nearest railway station is at Tampin, Negeri Sembilan, 38km from Melaka. Taxi and buses are available from Melaka Sentral to Tampin and Tampin to Melaka. By Bus Local bus service is a cheaper alternative to get around the city. All buses will stop in Melaka Sentral as their last stop. The Melaka town bus (Number 17) that travels around the historical areas can be boarded here.
TRIP ASSISTANT Plan a remarkable fuss-free travel with our local travel mobile applications. Melaka by Wilwe Sdn Bhd Book accommodation under Sayang Sayang in Melaka, which includes hostel, guest house, motel and hotel for budget travellers. Make bookings for bicycle, airport transfer and shuttle van are also available in the app. Historical Malacca The travel mobile assistant brings you convenient, quick, deal, fun and informative assistance while traveling in Melaka. They strive to help travellers discover many hidden gems in Melaka with necessary information for all different places.
By Taxi Taxi services available at Melaka Sentral, selected bus stops, hotels and shopping complexes. By Trishaw The most distinguishing transport in Melaka is trishaw. Most of them stop at the Dutch Square. It is a great way to enjoy the sights in this heritage state.
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A’Famosa Resort Hotel
Jalan Kemus, Simpang Ampat, 606-552 0888 78000 Alor Gajah, Melaka, Malaysia. Fax 606-552 8135 Email email@example.com Website www.afamosa.com ( See Advertisement Page 145 ) __________________________________________________
Aldy Hotel Stadhuys Angsana Hotel Arenaa De’Luxe Hotel Avillion Legacy Melaka Ayer Keroh Country Resort Melaka
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City Park Hotel Melaka Cyclamen Cottage D’ Village Resort Melaka De Ocean Hotel D’HOTEL Melaka Euro Rich Hotel Melaka Fenix Inn Melaka Formosa Garden Hotel Gingerflower Boutique Hotel Grand Continental Melaka Hallmark Crown Hotel Melaka Hallmark Hotel Leisure Hallmark Inn Hotel Hallmark View Hotel
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Sunshine Inn - Malacca Swan Garden Hotel Melaka Syaz Meridien Hotel Tanjung Bidara Beach Resort (HALAL) The Baba House The Emperor Hotel Malacca The Kahaani Malacca The Majestic Malacca The Ninety Six Boutique Hotel The Sterling Hotel Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club Venus Boutique Hotel Vintage Eleven Guest House WANA Riverside Hotel __________________________________________________
Hatten Hotel Melaka
Bayview Hotel Melaka Beuford Hotel
606-283 9888 606-284 9900
Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, 606-286 9696 Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia. Fax 606-281 9696 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.hattenhotel.com ( See Advertisement Page 143 ) __________________________________________________
Casa del Rio Melaka
88, Jalan Kota Laksamana, 606-289 6888 75200 Melaka, Malaysia. Fax 606-289 6999 Email email@example.com Website www.casadelrio-melaka.com ( See Advertisement Page 139) __________________________________________________
bar & cocktail lounge
Holiday Inn Melaka Hotel Equatorial Melaka Hotel Orkid Melaka Hotel Puri Hotel Sentral Melaka Hotel Seri Malaysia Melaka Hotel Weilia Melaka Ismah Beach Resort Jonker Boutique Hotel Kings Hotel Ayer Keroh Klebang Beach Resort Melaka La Boss Hotel Mahkota Hotel Melaka Malacca Straits Hotel Marvelux Hotel Mimosa Hotel Melaka MIO Boutique Hotel Naza Talyya Melaka Pantai Puteri Hotel Permaisuri MITC Hotel Melaka Philea Resort & Spa Prima Hotel Melaka Puteri Resort Ayer Keroh Quayside Hotel Queenspark Hotel Ramada Plaza Melaka Regalo Hotel Sdn Bhd Seri Costa Hotel (FELDA Travel Sdn Bhd)
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F&B OUTLETS ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Asam Pedas Selera Kampung Ban Lee Siang Café Botanikal Capitol Satay Cozy Station Café Deocean Seafood Restaurant Dragon Inn Food Court D’Tandoori House Restaurant Lim Tian Puan Restoran Banyonya Restoran Bei Zhan Restoran Bibik Neo Restoran Dan Pedro 4 Celine’s Café Restoran De Lisbon Restoran Ikan Bakar Restoran Indah Sayang Restoran Kapitan House Restoran Kengdom Restoran Lee Restoran Lot 85 Restoran Manis Sayang Restoran Nyonya Makko Restoran Nyonya Suan Restoran Ole Sayang Restoran Papa Joe Restoran Pei Zing Restoran Peranakan Restoran Seafarer Restoran Tomyam Klasik Saravanna Restaurant Selvam Restaurant Sri Lakshmi Villas Restaurant
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GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS ❚❚ Ayer Keroh Country Club Orna Golf & Country Club Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club
606-233 2000 606-521 0333 606-231 1111
MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE ❚❚ Hospital Alor Gajah Hospital Jasin Hospital Melaka
606-556 2333 606-529 4262 606-289 2344
Mahkota Medical Centre
3, Mahkota Melaka, Jalan Merdeka, 606-285 2991 75000 Melaka,Malaysia. Fax 606-281 0560 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.mahkotamedical.com ( See Advertisement Page 274 & 275 ) __________________________________________________
Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh Putra Specialist Hospital
606-231 9999 606-283 5888
Butterfly Park and Reptile Malacca Cheng Ho Cultural Museum Coral Wonderland Macau Gallery Malaysia Book Village Maritime Museum Melaka Crocodile Park Melaka Duck Tours Melaka River Cruise Melaka Sultanate Palace Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort Ayer Keroh Mini Malaysia & Asean Cultural Park Planetarium Melaka Pulau Besar Stadthuys Sunset Cruise Taming Sari Tower Wildlife Theatre Melaka Zoo Melaka
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Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall
Jalan Merdeka, Bandar HIlir, 606-282 1828 75000 Melaka, Malaysia. Fax 606-283 1827 Email email@example.com Website www.dataranpahlawan.com ( See Advertisement Page 135 ) __________________________________________________
Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes Jonker Street Mahkota Parade Mydin Wholesale Hypermarket MITC Orangutan House Syarikat Abdul Tan Kim Hock Product Centre
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606-286 6011 606-384 2148
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Mount Hantu Besar
Places of Interest
State Capital Major Town
JELEBU Kuala Klawang Homestay Adat Museum
Expressway Major Road
De Bana Recreational Forest
Ulu Serting Recreational Forest
Broga Nilai 3 Wholesale Centre
Lonek Homestay Jelita Ostrich Farm
Nilai Square Textile Centre
Pelenggong Homestay Pachitan Homestay
The Royal Museum of Seri Menanti
State Museum & Cultural Handicraft Complex
REMBAU Rembau Crystal
Wet World Pedas Hot Springs
Ulu Bendul Recreational Forest
Johol Mount Tampin
Mount Datuk Recreational Forest Army Museum
Lubok China Sungai Linggi
Tanjung Tuan Light House
STRAITS OF MALACCA
NEGERI SEMBILAN Melaka
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NEGERI AN SEMBIL
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.
The Special Abode
5 1. Interior of Seri Menanti Royal Palace
2. State Museum of Negeri Sembilan 3. Traditional House of Negeri Sembilan
4. Cultural Handicraft Complex
5. State Museum Relic
HERITAGE, ART & CULTURE TOUR 3
SERI MENANTI ROYAL PALACE Seri Menanti is a royal town situated in Kuala Pilah. There is a museum built around 1902 â€“ 1905 and was originally a palace for the Negeri Sembilan royal family. Built with wooden pegs and without a nail or screw, the palace raised 2 metres above the ground. It also uses 99 solid timber pillars, black in colour with beautiful flower motifs. Today it houses royal exhibits such as costumes, ceremonial weaponry, bed chambers and documents on the Royal lineage. STATE MUSEUM (TERATAK PERPATIH) Visitors should spend an hour or two here, to learn more about the history of the state and to appreciate the artifacts here. Minangkabau culture and history is displayed at the State Museum, also known as Teratak Perpatih. The museum showcases a fine display of keris (dagger), Bugis and Minangkabau swords, and royal ornaments. Again, this is another fine piece of Minangkabau architecture built without a single nail. CULTURAL HANDICRAFT COMPLEX Bring home some souvenirs from Negeri Sembilan at the Cultural Handicraft Complex. Located along Jalan Datuk Abdul Kadir near Seremban Lake Gardens, the Craft Complex was set up to preserve Negeri Sembilanâ€™s rich culture and heritage. Displaying high quality hand-made handicrafts produced by the local people, you will have to choose among diverse varieties. It has three different galleries: craft gallery, heritage gallery, and craft shop.
STATE MOSQUE One of the distinguishing features in Negeri Sembilan State Mosque is the nine pillars supporting the mosque. The nine pillars represent the nine districts of the state. Erected since 1970, its architecture is a combination of Modernist and Minangkabau style. The Seremban Lake
Garden surrounds the State Mosque with scenery of the huge green field outside the mosque. 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 showcases the history of the army through 16th century Malacca to the Portuguese, Dutch and British eras up to the present modern Malaysian army. The Army Museum was honored with the MERIT AWARD in the category of “Best Tourist Attraction” with National Identity (Heritage) 2005/2006 by Tourism Malaysia. www.armymuseumpd.gov.my LUKUT FORT & LUKUT MUSEUM Probably the most extraordinary historic site in Lukut. Lukut Fort is situated about 30km from Seremban and it traces back the glorious days of Lukut for reference of future generations. The fort was built to protect the tin mines from invaders. Apart from that, Lukut Museum is a two-storey museum located adjacently with Lukut Fort to recall the history of tin mining in the area. It was built to spread information and historical proof related to Lukut. There are four galleries in the museum for providing information on the history of Lukut, the culture of Negeri Sembilan, and the traditional of handicrafts. www.jmm.gov.my/en/museum/ lukut-museum
DAY 2 ISLAND & BEACH TOUR @ PORT DICKSON
CAPE RACHADO BEACH Cape Rachado, also known as Tanjung Tuan to locals, is a nature attraction with probably the best white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, forested cape, patches of mangrove swamps and a historic lighthouse. The whole area is also a favourite bird watching spot and camping site; hotel accommodation can be found at its foothill just a short distance from the park's entrance. From the lighthouse, visitors can access jungle trails that lead to hidden beaches, the most popular being the beach facing Pulau Intan Island. FORT KEMPAS Look for a 15th century tomb of a leading historical personality, Ulama Sheikh Ahmad Makhtum, with its famous carved megalith. It is located just about 23km from the Cape Rachado lighthouse or 60km away from Melaka. Beside his grave, lays the famous stone inscriptions or “Batu Bersurat” which portray his struggle and history. Besides, there is a special “ordeal stone” which is said to be an ancient lie-detector. The stone tightens like a vice if a person tell lies when answering questions with his arm puts on it.
OSTRICH FARM If you get a little tired of water activities at the beach, perhaps you can have a walk at the Ostrich Farm, located at Jalan Pantai near to the Teluk Kemang beach. As the name shows, ostriches catches the limelight here, visitors can feed the tall birds, try stepping on its eggs (the ostrichesâ€™ eggs are very hard and strong), or even ride on it to have a rally. Visitors will also be able to see many other animals and feed them in petting zoo. Animals being showcased include rabbits, geese, goats, iguana, donkeys, ponies and a macaque who is expert in plucking coconuts. www.pdostrichshowfarm.com EAGLE RANCH RESORT Be endowed with unlimited joy of having your family trip or incentive trip at Eagle Ranch Resort as this is one of the most fascinating destination in Port Dickson. Offering unique accommodation in the resort, you can find rooms like kampong houses, fishing pond, log cabins, paddock chalets and tepee tents with full basic facilities inside. Team-building area is one of the main resortâ€™s attractions, they offer instructors for corporate groups to enjoy various challenging outdoor activities. Guests can also go for horse riding, various water sport activities, cycling, outdoor swimming pool, basketball, beach volleyball, table tennis and more. www.eagleranch.com.my
SUNGAI LINGGI HALF DAY TRIP Sungai Linggi is a natural heritage of the country with its rich ecological landscapes. Visitors may join a leisure cruise from Tanjung Agas Jetty and watch crocodiles on the river banks. Towards evening, visitors can watch the thousands of migratory birds flying by the river. At night, you will get to see the beautiful twinkling fireflies. Besides, according to a 2004 WWF survey, Sungai Linggi is one of the only two remaining breeding sites of the Painted River Terrapins in Peninsular Malaysia, the other being Setiu Wetlands in Terengganu.
TELUK KEMANG BEACH Teluk Kemang is the most well-known and largest beach of Port Dickson. The 1.8km long beach has the most number of hotels, resorts and apartments providing family accommodation. The beach is equipped with basic amenities such as car-parks, public bath-rooms and toilets. Visit and join the various choices of water sports such as jet-ski, canoe, banana-boat, swimming, or offshore activities such as snorkeling, fishing, boat ride and even extreme games!
BLUE LAGOON Blue Lagoon is a small but popular beachside, about 17km south of Port Dickson town. It has breathtaking view of lush greenery and the blue open sea. The bay is an ideal spot for swimming, boating, wind surfing and water skiing. During the day at low tide, visitors are able to walk very far out to sea but the water is still at knee-level. Hence, scuba divers may find some small coral reefs here. Accommodation is easily reachable as a number of hotels are located here. Stay until the sunset as the sunset view is simply fascinating.
1. Ostrich Farm 2. Port Dickson Marina
Water spor ts
DAY 3 FAMILY TRIP OVER THE STATE LATA KIJANG WATERFALL Lata Kijang is situated at the border of Kenobi Forest Reserve in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan. This waterfall is believed to be the highest single drop fall in Malaysia, cascading into a rocky ravine from a height of 30 meters. The waterfall however is not easily reached, and a four-wheel-drive is a preferred vehicle to reach the fall. Being able to spend a night at the waterfall is an incredible experience, accompanied by high slope landscapes, cool water and wind. TITI ECO FARM Titi Eco Farm is a combination of organic farm and an eco-tourism destination, it is the best destination to experience the harmony of nature in Negeri Sembilan. It sits on a 30-acre land in Jelebu district, consists of orchard, lotus lake, herb garden, fish pond, sheds and firefly area. This is a good opportunity for children to learn about the natural processes of raising livestock such as chickens, ducks, and fishes. Nature lover who would like to stay overnight may stay in a MalayVillage style house made of wooden structures and attap roof. www.titieco.com.my HOMESTAY Participate in a homestay programmeto experience very unique local lifestyles. Return to the serenity of life in traditional Malay village under the homestay programme by joining them in their daily activities. Learn how to play traditional games such as congkak, gasing, guli or learn how to weave handicrafts like hats and baskets and bring home as souvenirs.
Homestays at Negeri Sembilan: • Pelegong Homestay Lonek Homestay • Pachitan Homestay Laman Bangkinang • Kuala Klawang Homestay • Batang Nyamor Homestay TEL +606-765 9870 (Negeri Sembilan Tourism Action Council)
1. Demo of Pelegong Handricraft 2. Ulu Bendul Recreational Park
WET WORLD PEDAS HOT SPRINGS Over the years, people have been going Pedas for its hot springs, but now it has developed into a family water theme park. Wet World Pedas is located off the main road in Rembau, about 15km from Seremban. The water theme park enables families to enjoy hot springs and has thrilling water games at the same location. Among some of the attractions are the two open-air common pools filled with hot spring water which are believed to contain minerals with healing and therapeutic elements, twin slides, a wave pool and a reflexology footpath. People who prefer privacy may ask for private bathtubs.
NILAI 3 WHOLESALE CENTRE, or Pasar Borong Nilai 3 is certified as Malaysia’s Largest Wholesale Centre in Malaysian Book of Records. It is a one-stop destination of wholesale, tourist and shopping haven out of urban. With 750 shops occupying an area of 165 hectares, the Nilai 3 Wholesale Market is popular among locals and foreign tourists. Majority of the shops comprise textile dealers selling merchandise at wholesale prices. Among the merchandises include furniture, apparels, ladies accessories, bags, car accessories, and others. www.nilai-3.com PALM MALL is the largest shopping mall in Seremban and newly opened in June 2014. Located at the entrance of
Kemayan Square, the mall consists of three levels with alfresco dining cafes and restaurants, fashion stores, fitness centre, and Seremban’s first 3D with THX cinema. With 450,000 sq ft lettable area, Palm Mall offers a truly amazing shopping and dining experience to everyone visiting Seremban. www.palmmall.my SEREMBAN PRIMA is a new and vibrant shopping mall with different variety of choices. It comprises mix of tenants ranging from fashion brands, F&B outlets, recreational & entertainment facilities to supermarket. Formerly named as Seremban Parade, the six-storey mall is now repositioned to a family and entertainment lifestyle hub with shopping, leisure activities and alfresco dining all
under one roof. Besides, the shopping mall is located adjacent to various government offices including Municipal Council of Seremban, KWSP, Pos Malaysia, SOCSO, PERKESO and Tenaga Nasional Berhad, offers easier accessible to shoppers. www.serembanprima.com.my TERMINAL ONE is another premier family entertainment and shopping hotspot in Seremban. It offers anchor tenant Parkson, Giant, Golden Screen Cinema, and other small speciality shops like KFC, Mcdonald’s, Shakey’s Pizza and various cafes. www.terminal1.com.my REMBAU CRYSTAL is a unique crystal village, which is the largest crystal village in Malaysia. It will amaze you with the handmade crystal materials produced locally. Visitors can gaze at the stunning Minangkabau architecture of the village as well as observing the process of crystal made materials production.
THE sleeping town is actually filled with many hidden tasty gem, from halal to non-halal. Siew Pau is the first thing that comes into our mind when mentioning Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. Traditional Negeri Sembilan food is hot and spicy, as people fond of using chili padi â€“ the hottest chilies of all. Thus majority of the signature dishes are taste heavier compared to other statesâ€™. When you come to Negeri Sembilan, try hunting for savoring local food.
coconut juice and flesh as well as palm syrup. It can easily be found especially at stalls beside the road in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. SEREMBAN BAKED CRABS Another signature dish in Seremban is baked crabs. The slightly burnt crab flashes are really sweet and perfect eating with rice, we just couldnâ€™t stop licking it! Try for the Signature Baked Crabs with thick dark sauce, accompanied by a trio salted crackers, chilli padi and a bowl of sweetsour chilli dip. Simply delicious! EAT HERE Seremban Seafood Village No. 3720 â€“ 3724, Jalan Tuanku Munawir, 70000 Seremban
CURRY LAKSA There is a little procedure of ordering a bowl of curry laksa in Malaysia by telling the seller what kind of noodle or combination of noodles you would like to have: choose among vermicelli, mee, Lou Shu Fen or yellow noodle. The soup also comprises of other ingredients like chicken, hard-boiled egg, cockles, and beansprouts. The curry soup is excellent to finish and you can request the curry soup to be less spicy. EAT HERE
LUCKY KING BUN This unique delicacy of wrapping the curry which is usually accompanied with chicken inside the bun is something to be on the lookout for. The idea of this "curry chicken bun" was originated from the eating habit of most Malaysians of all ages where dipping bread and biscuits into cocoa drink, coffee or tea is such a delight. EAT HERE
Restoran Asia 364, Jalan Tok Ungku, 70100 Seremban
Lucky King Bun 34, Bandar Baru Lukut, 71010, Lukut, Port Dickson
SIEW PAU Siew Pau is a kind of roasted bun / flaky pastry filled with juicy BBQ pork. It tastes sweet and tender. Sometimes it is filled with chicken fillings to cater to Muslim eaters! EAT HERE Kedai Siew Pau Asia Siew Pow Master, 368, Jalan Chinese pau
Seng Meng Lee (Off Jalan Temiang, 70200, Seremban
BEEF NOODLE One must try the ever famous beef noodle at Stall 748, Hakka Mee at Tow Kee Hakka Mee, and Hiong Kee Mee Hoon Sotong (squid rice noodle). EAT HERE Pasar Besar Seremban Jalan Pasar, 70200, Seremban
Kee Mei Siew Pau Sdn Bhd 1849, Jalan Tok Ungku, 70100, Seremban
JANDO PULANG DRINK Quench your thirst with this refreshing beverage that is increasingly popular in the state. Unique to Negeri Sembilan, this concoction is a delicious mix of young
Image Credit - www.luckykingbun.com
GETTING AROUND Negeri Sembilan is located at a strategic position where it is easily accessible from neighboring states. Seremban is just 30 minutes’ drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Tourists can take train from Butterworth, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to Seremban, and take buses to any other popular attractions. By Rail Seremban Railway Station By Road is one of the major stops By Bus The best way to get around in along the Kuala LumpurBus services are available Negeri Sembilan or Seremban Singapore railway line. It is from the Terminal One would be through your own also the southern terminal of Mall and Port Dickson Bus transport. KTM which links Kuala Lumpur and Klang Terminal. Terminal One Mall Port Dickson is located along Valley through the Rawang-Seremban Line. provides express buses to the coastal road and is an hour’s drive from Seremban is linked by train to Butterworth, and from Seremban, Kuala Lumpur and Seremban. Kuala Lumpur and Singapore while Gemas Melaka. links it by rail to the east coast states.
ACCOMMODATION ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Ancasa Residence, Port Dickson Avillion Admiral Cove Avillion Port Dickson Bayu Beach Resort Port Dickson Bougainvilla Resort Corus Paradise Resort Port Dickson Cozzi Hotel Eagle Ranch Resort, Port Dickson Era Hotel Bahau Glory Beach Resort Golden Straits Villas Beach Resort Grand Lexis, Port Dickson Hotel S2 Hotel Seri Malaysia Port Dickson Hotel Seri Malaysia Seremban Klana Beach Resort Port Dickson Klana Resort Seremban Le Paris Hotel Lexis, Port Dickson Mayangsari Resort, Port Dickson Nilai Hotel Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club
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PNB Ilham Resort Port Dickson Primaland Port Dickson Resort & Convention Centre (PRCC) Residence Desa Lagoon Resort Port Dickson Sea Front Hotel Seri Ratu Hotel & Spa The Aston Hotel The Grand Beach Resort The Guest Hotel & Spa The Regency Tanjung Tuan Beach Resort The Royale Bintang Resort & Spa Thistle Port Dickson Resort
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F&B OUTLETS ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Aunty Aini’s Blossom Court D’Santai Corner Glass Kensington Western Restaurant Mei Jing Chinese Seafood Restaurant Restaurant Dragon Oakland Sdn Bhd Restaurant Loon Sing Restoran Nelayan Seremban Seafood Village Seremban Siew Pau
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GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBS ❚❚ Nilai Springs Golf & Country Club Port Dickson Golf & Country Club Staffield Country Resort
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PLACES OF INTEREST ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Army Museum Homestay Muzium Lukut New Islamic Relation Centre Ostrich Farm Port Dickson Mini Zoo Rembau Crystal Rembau Museum Seremban Cultural Complex Sungai Timun Fireflies The Royal Museum Of Seri Menanti Wet World Pedas Hot Springs
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SHOPPING CENTRES ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Craft Complex Nilai 3 Wholesale Centre Palm Mall Parkson Seremban Prima Rembau Crystal
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USEFUL CONTACTS ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Negeri Sembilan Nilai Police Headquater Port Dickson Police Headquater Rembau Police Headquater Seremban II Police Headquater Tampin Police Headquater
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MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE ❚❚
One Heritage Hotel Permaisuri Resort Port Dickson
bar & cocktail lounge
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Columbia Asia Hospital Hospital Jelebu Hospital Port Dickson Hospital Tampin Hospital Tuanku Ampuan Najihah KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital Mawar Renal Medical Centre N. S. Chinese Mat. Hospital Medical Centre NCI Cancer Hospital Nilai Medical Centre SALAM Senawang Specialist Hospital
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SEGAMAT Teluk Buih Beach
Endau-Rompin National Park
Gunung Ledang National Park
Mersing Jetty Pulau Besar
Pulau Sibu Besar Pulau Sibu Tengah
Tanjung Leman Jetty
Pulau Sibu Hujung
Yong Peng Kota Tinggi Museum Johor Premium Outlets
Minyak Beku Ferry Terminal
STRAITS OF MALACCA
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town N W S
Senai International Airport
Ulu Tiram Estate
Tanjung Balau Fisherman Museum
Tanjung Belungkor TIC / Ferry Terminal Desaru Fruit Farm Danga Bay
Sebana Cove Ferry Terminal Tanjung Pengelih Ferry Terminal
• Desaru Ostrich Showfarm • Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm
Johor Bahru Ferry Terminal
Airport State Capital
Tourist Information Centre
Places of Interest
SOUTH CHINA SEA
Pulau Sibu Kukus
Mount Expressway Major Road Railway Line
Negeri Sembilan Melaka
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Abode of Dignity
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.
1 1. Local handmade crafts at Orang Asli Jakun at Kampung Peta
2. Rapid shooting one of the best activities in Endau Rompin Taman Negara 3. Top view of Gunung Ledang 4. Adventure Learning Programme
ADVENTURE & NATURE TOUR ENDAU-ROMPIN NATIONAL PARK One of the most enjoyable reason traveling in Malaysia is that travellers get closer to the nature. Another great protected tropical rainforest in Malaysia, Endau-Rompin National Park spans between Johor and Pahang, comprising an area of 870 sq km. It is the second largest National Park in the Peninsular Malaysia, just after Taman Negara. The huge forest is rich in flora and fauna and is home to a vast species of birds, the endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros, elephants, tapirs, tigers, wild boars, deers, monkeys, gibbons, sun bears, and civets as well as the rare fan-palm. Must Do: • Go jungle trekking, camping, bird watching in the rainforest • Enjoy picnics by the waterfall • Embark on a 4 x 4 off road adventure • Savour the beauty of nature as you go on a river safari or white-water rafting trips • Participate in paintball war games in a real jungle settings • Visit the friendly orang asli (indigenous people) www.endaurompin.net www.facebook.com/endaurompinpark
GUNUNG LEDANG NATIONAL PARK (MOUNT OPHIR) Gunung Ledang, also known as Mount Ophir, has a height of 1276m. Gunung Ledang National Park is located between the border of Melaka and Johor state in Malaysia. It is popular among nature lovers, climbers, or bird-watchers. Challengers can take up a 5-6 hours energetic climb up to the top of the mountain and be rewarded with marvelous views of the Straits of Malacca and the Sumatran coastline. There are some steep rocky faces to negotiate with the aid of ropes. Sign up for a program among Adventure Learning Program, Astronomy Camps or Eco-Discovery from Gunung Ledang Resort to learn more about the mysterious mountain. www.ledang.com TEL +606-977 2888 (Gunung Ledang Resort) TEL +607-266 1301 (Taman Lagenda Gunung Ledang)
NASUHA HERBS & SPICES PARADISE Located at Muar, Nasuha Herbs & Spices Paradise is one of the biggest herb and spices plantations in the world. The farm covers 3,200 acres, houses more than 135 types of herb from all over the world. There is a restaurant, a herbal spa, a resort and a processing plant inside the farm. Visitors may also stay in the beautiful place, either in the Log Cabin or the Dormitory units. The resort also provides other facilities such as herbal sauna, amphitheatre, traditional massage, herbal museum and jungle tracks. www.nasuhaherbsparadise.com KAHANG ORGANIC RICE ECO FARM Consider one of the wonders of Kluang, Kahang Organic Rice Eco Farm is the first and only certified organic rice farm in Malaysia. It provides a uniquely back-tonature health enhancing eco lifestyle farm, with life enrichment programs. The farm is fully integrated organic agro eco farm with pollution free river water, while the resort is a simple yet fully equipped beachside retreat-like accommodation. Out of the busy lifestyle, guests are able to try at the “Asli” water obstacle course, mountain climbing, fringe jungle walk, cycling, star gazing, bamboo rafting, organic farm produced meals and barbeque and campfire at night. www.organic-kahang.com
UK FARM Established in 2003 with just 2 acres of land, UK Farm is located in UK Agro Resort, situated in Kluang. Today it is Malaysia’s largest goat and sheep farm with 130 acres of cropping land for 4,000 sheep. The farm is specializing in producing dairy goat products and services while the resort offer a wide range of facilities from accommodation to entertainment such as restaurant, farm mart, conference room, chalet, dormitory, barbeque area, camp site and karaoke. www.ukfarm.com.my
1. Nasuha Herbs 2. UK Agro Farm 3. Enhance nature inclined eco activities for its visitors 4. A whole family fun touring the farm
DAY 2 ISLANDS HOPPING TOUR PEMANGGIL ISLAND (PULAU PEMANGGIL) Pemanggil Island is sitting next to Tioman, 45km east of Mersing. The remote island is renowned for its beauty and lavishness of marine life with its pure emerald water. The endless stretches of white-sandy beaches are excellent for snorkeling, fishing and diving! RAWA ISLAND 30 minutes boat ride to the town of Mersing, Rawa Island is a small island without proper roads, only a few walkways. The white sand, rocky vertical cliff, pristine seawater is meant for snorkeling, scuba diving and windsurfing. DAYANG ISLAND Dayang Island, a part of the outermost 5 islands with Aur Island, Lang Island, Pinang Island and Pemanggil Island. Most tourists visit for scuba diving and snorkeling. Itâ€™s not surprise to see whale, sharks and mantarays here under the crystal clear water. As the island uses generator powered electricity, thus the electricity only available during the day but not during night time. There are only basic facilities at the resort, simple but sufficient.
BESAR ISLAND Pulau Besar stretches about 1 â€“ 2km wide and 5km long. D'coconut Island Resort is a tropical paradise situated on the Besar Island where the island is located within a marine park with crystal clear water, fine white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs ideal for snokerlling, diving and water sports activities. SIBU ISLAND 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. The constant pounding of the sea during the monsoon season has given the island a beautiful yet rugged appearance. There are facilities for scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and angling. Visitors can go for a hike through the jungle leading to unspoilt mangrove swamps.
1. Discover various species of marine life underwater at Aur Island 2. Pulau Pemanggil 3. Pulau Rawa
DAY 3 JOHOR BAHRU FAMILY GETAWAY KUKUP ISLAND Kukup is an old fishing village located in the district of Pontian and Kukup Island is one of the biggest inhabited mangrove sites in the world. It has received international recognition of “Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR site) by the Geneva-based Ramsar Convention Bureau. Home to countless species of wildlife, Pulau Kukup National Park is one of the visitors’ favourite attractions during weekends, before they have seafood feast and experiencing fishing village homestay. SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN Hello Kitty Town is the first Hello Kitty theme park outside Japan, which consists of various interactive and walk-through activities, all in Hello Kitty theme. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, The Little Big Club and LAT’s Place are located conveniently at The Little Red Cube, in Nusajaya Johor, just 20 minutes’ drive from Johor Bahru and 10 minutes away from Legoland Theme Park. The family attractions and themed restaurant are all located at The Little Red Cube, a mixed-use shopping and family entertainment destination fronting the marina at Puteri Harbour. The Little Big Club features international cartoon’s characters, Bob the Builder, Barney, Pingu and many others, while LAT’s Place features local famous animation Kampung Boy (Village Boy). www.playtime.com.my LEGOLAND MALAYSIA Since its opening on 15th September 2012, Legoland Malaysia is the first of its kind in Asia and the first international park in Malaysia, it offers more than 40 rides with different varieties of shows, events and attractions, which takes twelve hours just to complete visiting and join all the activities. Now there is a brand new Legoland Water Park which can be enjoyed on its own or combined with the theme park package. It is the World’s Largest Legoland Water Park, with over 20 thrilling slides and more than 70 Lego models. Children can customize their own rafts made from Lego soft bricks. Stay over at the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort Hotel for a comfortable accommodation with all LEGO models everywhere! www.legoland.com.my
1. Kukup Island 2. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town - Best Indoor Amusement Playground 3. Tallest LEGO building -KLCC @ LEGOLAND MINILAND 4. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
SULTAN ABU BAKAR MOSQUE Head over to Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque in Johor Bahru for a cultural expedition. The architecture of the mosque is a combination of Middle East and Indian continent with onion-shaped dome. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque was named after the late Sultan Abu Bakar, the “Father of Modern Johor”, who laid the foundation stone in 1892. The mosque sits on top of a prominent hill, overlooking the Straits of Johor, and it can accommodate 2,000 worshippers at any one time.
ROYAL ABU BAKAR MUSEUM The Royal Abu Bakar Museum is one of the oldest buildings in Johor. It was built in 1982 as the Grand Palace of the Johor Sultan and now it is filled with information and rare artifacts of the Royal Family. The picture gallery features past and present rulers of the Sultanate and their consorts. There is also a large collection of their personal memorabilia, an impressive array of Orders, Decorations and Medals in the gallery.
CITY FOREST (HUTAN BANDAR) City Forest covers an area of 50 acres, located at the junction between Jalan Tasek Utara and Jalan Yahya Awal, Johor Bahru, which is about 1.5km from the city center. This is a perfect spot for family picnics and recreational activities. Kids will enjoy the well-equipped multi-themed playground and outdoor swimming pool. There is also an open spaces suitable for flying kite or other games. DANGA BAY Danga Bay is Malaysia’s premier waterfront city and the first and largest mixed residential – commercial development located along the Lido Beach in Johor Bahru. It stretches 25km scenic waterfront shoreline across 1,800 acres of land. Make sure you visit these attractions at Danga Bay: • The Festive Street Mall is Malaysia’s first purposebuilt 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. www.dangabay.com
1 & 2. The prefect setting for an escape at urban jungle in City Forest 3. Visit Danga Bay grand destination and shop for souvenirs at the same time 4. Fine dining at Danga Bay
DAY 4 DESARU TOUR DESARU BEACH & DESARU FRUIT FARM Desaru beach, located in Kota Tinggi, around 100km from Johor Bahru, is a famous destination for tourists, especially Singaporean & the locals. The word Desaru means casuarinas and these trees can be seen along the beaches. The water are perfect for a relaxing swim, canoeing, water-skiing and catamaran sailing. Upon visiting the white sandy-beach, visitors can also pay a visit to the Desaru Fruit Farm. Learn about over 100 varieties of tropical & local fruits such as jackfruit, honey orange, water guava, soursop and durians and purchase some of your favorites. www.greaterdesaru.com KOTA TINGGI MUSEUM Opened to public since 2002, the museum exhibits the history of Johor Sultanate, which began soon after Malaccan Empire fell to the Portuguese in 1511. The museum is a two-storey building, displaying the glorious and interesting history of Johor, and highlight on the unique cultural activities such as its significant dances, ancient musical instrument, huge canvas paintings and architectures. KOTA TINGGI WATERFALL Located 15km from Kota Tinggi town and around 60km from Johor Bahru, Kota Tinggi Waterfall is a recreational destination for city getaway. Refreshing cooling water originates from Mount Panti has made a wonderful scene at the waterfall. The waterfall has been privatized and there is an entrance fee imposed to all visitors. Visitors may choose to stay a night or two at the charming resthouses, swimming at the fun pool or just stay in Zen mode while watching the cascading waterfall.
TANJUNG BALAU FISHERMEN MUSEUM Located just 5km north of Desaru, Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum was developed by the South Johor Development Authority (KEJORA). The museum displays various artefacts used by fishermen such as fishing traps, tackles, various types of floats, and replicas of the fishermen’s catch according to the equipment used. There are also showcasing of traditional boats, rafts and vessels used by local fishermen.
DESARU OSTRICH FARM Consists of more than 100 ostriches, Ostrich Wonderland or Ostrich Showfarm provides opportunity to get closer and know more about the ostriches. There will be a personal tour guide for each touring group and they will be explaining many interesting facts of ostriches. The farm is more catered to the publics and the main aim is to educate and create public awareness. www.oocities.org/ostrichwonderland
1. Desaru Fruit Farm 2. Desaru Beach 3. Kota Tinggi waterfall 4. Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum
TELUK SENGAT CROCODILE FARM Get thrilled by more than 1,000 crocodiles in one of the oldest farm (established since 1979) in the country. Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm by Mr. Ng, Malaysia’s crocodile hunter and a third generation crocodile farmer, brings visitors an exciting tour of these snapping reptiles. There is a toothless 130-year-old crocodile which
5. Desaru Ostrich Farm
prefers to spend its time sunbathing all the time rather than scaring away the visitors. Visitors are also able to touch and hold baby crocodiles under caretakers’ supervision.
Imagine this situation. You are at the bus stop, suddenly you realize all you have in your wallet was only big notes and you feel frustrated, angry and hopeless. You desperately dig into the pocket of your wallet for some coins, hoping to find enough coins to make up the bus fare. How unlucky you are still short by a few cents.
Here comes a new way to travel stress free. Introducing ManjaLink, the cashless payment card which was launched on October 2012.
anjaLink card is a contactless smart card that stores travel credits for payments on Causeway Link buses. ManjaLink enables cashless payment and ticketing on-board buses, and applicable for all routes connected to Singapore and several routes in Johor Bahru. All you need is to tap the card on reader each time you board UP the bus. Green light means successful tap, if red light, please refer to driver.
Your ManjaLink membership allows you to enjoy the benefits as followings: a) Easy, Fast & Convenient: Store travel credits in card and no cash is involved in each transaction. Tap every time when you board UP the bus. No hassle of carrying enough change just to pay the correct fare. b) Save More: Lower bus fares for selected ManjaLink bus routes. c) Rebate: Earn ManjaLink rebate up to 3%. The more you tap, the more travel credit rebate you may earn. d) Special Promotion: Special member promotions are conducted from time to time e) Credit Protection: The stored value will be refunded to you at the point of your card being blacklisted/ at the point of card expiry. f) Free Shuttle Service: Entitle to board on free shuttle bus (JB1) g) Earn and Redeem (coming soon): Earn rewards points and redeem product/ service from Manja Rewards merchant. You may purchase the ManjaLink card at RM30 with RM20 travel credit. Purchase & top up for ManjaLink card is available: Singapore: Jurong East Bus & MRT Interchange Johor Bahru: 1) JB Sentral (Ground Floor) 2) KSL (Main Entrance) 3) Giant Nusa Bestari (Ground Floor) 4) Terminal Gelang Patah 5) G.P Sentral (UG2 & UG3) 6) BSI Mart (CIQ 1st Link) 7) Point Convenience Shop (CIQ 2nd Link) You are encourage to register the card at www.manjalink. com.my to protect balance, view transaction and enjoy additional privileges.
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JOHOR PREMIUM OUTLETS a shopping paradise featuring a collection of 130 designer and name brand outlet stores. Located in Iskandar Malaysia at Kulaijaya district, Johor Premium Outlets sells various branded or designer goods at warehouse prices. It is the first luxury premium brand outlet in Southeast Asia. Many locals & Singapore travellers like to visit Johor Premium Outlets because it offers impressive factory-direct savings of 25% to 65% every day. www.premiumoutlets.com.my AEON TEBRAU CITY SHOPPING CENTRE was the largest shopping mall in Malaysia before the opening of the AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang. Apart from Jusco, other major tenants include Popular bookstore and Tanjung Golden Village cinema & other premium tenants that spread over three levels. It is particularly crowded during the weekends and public holidays. PLAZA PELANGI is an office building-shopping centre and it is ranked as one of Johor Bahru’s most chic shopping centres. With the anchor tenant – Kerry’s supermarket sells a wide variety of imported products, it also includes some familiar names such as Royal Sporting House, Esprit, Sport Station and many more. DANGA CITY MALL The 7 levels mall has an area of 1,000,000 sq ft and up to 500,000 sq ft net lettable space. Not just the anchor tenant – METROJAYA, Danga City Mall also houses a variety of entertainment facilities: bowling centre, archery centre, indoor paintball, fitness centre and spa centre. It is easy accessible by its own train station. An exhibition centre has been built adjoining the shopping mall. www.dangacitymall.com CITY SQUARE MALL is a combination of shopping centre and office building, located in Johor Bahru. Along with Komtar and its proximity to the Johor-Singapore Causeway, the shopping mall entices many shoppers from Singapore. More than 200 retailers, City Square Mall housing many fashion outlets with brand names, Cathay Cineplex is also available for you to catch the latest release, plenty of eateries ranging from restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets are opened. www.citysqjb.com KSL CITY MALL is an integrated shopping mall in Johor Bahru, comprises 500 retail outlets, 868 rooms, 602 condominium, and 2800 carparks. It features an Expo hall, a theatre and Tesco supermarket for shoppers, as well as numerous shops and entertainment centres. KSL City Mall is located beside KSL Resort for tourists to have easy access to both the mall and resort. www.kslcity.com.my
SUTERA MALL is a family oriented retail complex which is able to attract families of all races and different ages. Comprises of 250 retail outlets with creative tenant mix, Sutera Mall offers diverse products for family shopping and the opportunity to indulge in fine dining and shopping. www.suteramall.com THE ZON is the largest duty-free complex in Malaysia. The shopping paradise is strategically sited on a 17 acres of prime land at the end of Jalan Ibrahim Sultan in Stulang, Johor Bahru. Comprises of hotel accommodation, shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation and sea traveling, The Zon has the unique and vibrant blend of activities and facilities that will meet your needs and wants. It also houses a convention centre, a floating restaurant and a popular night club. www.zon.com.my
BRAINS… THE most interesting signature food in Johor is “brain”. While traveling in Johor, you can’t miss the Uda-uda or Otak-otak which means brain in Malay, however it is not the real brain that we’re imagining. Do not fooled by its name, it is a very tasty snack made of egg and a mix of seafood wrapped in banana leaves. Johor cuisines influenced by Arab and Java. You can’t food here at anywhere else due to the mixing of a variety of elements. Some even have complicated production process & usually only get to be tasted during national celebrations and banquets.
NASI BRIYANI GAM A Malay cuisine – a variant of Briyani Rice, which is a rice based dish mixed with spices, chicken, mutton, fish, eggs, or vegetables. The long rice (Arabian rice) must be utilized while making Nasi Briyani Gam. It is usually cooked by inserting meat, which has already been marinated overnight in a pot with some layers of rice and herbal spices.
1. Mee Bandung 2. Otak-otak
MEE BANDUNG Mee Bandung is one of the foods you shouldn’t miss in Muar. The word “mee” is the Chinese-Cantonese pronounciation for “noodle”; the word “bandung” is a Malay word that means “mixed”, thus the term “mee bandung Muar” can mean “mixed noodles from Muar”. The soup of Mee Bandung often has a very strong flavour mixture of dried prawns, chilies and beef stock. It is then poured over a bowl of cooked yellow noodles, finish with a boiled or sunny-side-up egg as topping. Other toppings include vegetables, strips of tofu and beef and pieces of shrimp.
OTAK-OTAK Otak-otak is a classic Nyonya dish, where perfectly steamed and moist fish custard wrapped with banana leaves. It is brightly flavoured with various aromatic herbs, spices and filled with sweet fragrance of rich coconut milk. Otak-otak is often served with rice or bread. Other than grilling, some Otak-otak might be steamed instead. KACANG POOL Only available in Johor Bahru, the simple but surprisingly delicious dish is basically broad beans (Edamame in Japanese) cooked in curry and garnished with an egg and onions. There is always a lime sitting in a corner of the plate. It is eaten with French bread or baguette. It is normally served for breakfast. EAT HERE Kacang Pool Haji Gerai 3, Medan Selera Larkin, Susur 5, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Johor Baru (next to Bomba Larkin fire station) 1 2
LAKSA JOHOR It 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. Laksa Johor is unique because of its Italian connection. Spaghetti is used instead of just regular noodles or vermicelli. In olden days, it is eaten by hand with the noodles knitted into a disk for each serving.
LONTONG A specialty dish made of compressed rice cubes in cylinder shape wrapped inside banana leaf. It is eaten with rich vegetable gravy that cooked in coconut soup. The dish is usually served cold or at room temperature with peanut sauce based dish such as gado-gado, karedok, ketoprak, and satay. BEEF NOODLE Another must try food in Johor is the well-known beef noodle. You canâ€™t find such a delicious beef noodle soup elsewhere. The soup base boiled for hours with secret ingredients mixed in with 5 hours braised beef meats. The traditional beef noodle served with mixture of meat ball, beef stomach, tendon, braised meat and fresh beef slices. EAT HERE Grand Beef Restaurant 89, Jalan Beringin, Taman Melodies, Johor Bahru Tangkak Original Beef Noodle Restoran Kuang Fei20, Jalan Solok, Tangkak, Johor
1. Laksa Johor 2. Local Favourite Lontong 3. Beef Noodle
food CAFE HEADMOST CAFE Located at Taman Pelangi, Headmost Cafe by Just Want Coffee has successfully brought up the coffee wave in Johor Bahru. The premise is a combination of Headmost boutique at the loft level and cafe at the ground floor. Must try their signature coffee Headmost Signature, which consists of double ristretto, corn puree with steamed milk and foam topped with kernels of corn. Very adorable! Facebook: Headmost-Cafe-by-Just-Want-Coffee CHAIWALLA & CO. CONTAINER CAFE Never thought that we can sip on hot tea or coffee in a container. Creatively designed, Chaiwalla & Co. claimed to offer patrons all the honest tea. Since its opening in 2012, the modified cargo container has attracted a number of locals and tourists. They serve a variety of drinks such as original Thai milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, cooling smoothies, and some light bites. Facabook: chaiwalla.co
Image Credit - Headmost Cafe
MY LIBERICA SPECIALTY COFFEE Featuring many wood for warm and welcoming feeling, My Liberica Specialty Coffee has a classy decor that is well designed with many cozy corners. My Liberica has its own coffee bean home plantation in Johor, and they are also developing their processing mill and roastery. Coffee enthusiasts are able to try My Libericaâ€™s kopi luwak, which is processed from the droppings of free-roaming civet cats. Facebook: My-Liberica-Coffee
Image Credit - Chaiwalla & Co. Container Cafe
MACO CAFE & BAKERY A very passionate cafe that features traditional French pastry and coffee. Cultivating coffee culture in Johor Bahru, Maco is doing a good job on its great ambience, convenient location, friendly customer services and high quality food served within the cafe. Their Mille Crepe is to die for. www.maco.com.my
Image Credit - Maco Cafe & Bakery
CHEELICIOUS BAKERY & CAFE Cheelicious has an extensive menu of local and Western fare but it is best known and loved for its fresh homemade cheesecakes. The cozy garden interior Europe bistro ambiance has set the best atmosphere for coffee and bakeries. Cheesecakes go really well with the strong and bittersweet Espresso. Facebook: Cheelicious
GETTING AROUND Johor is the most southern state in the country, which is among the countryâ€™s main transportation hub. Johor is 368km from Kuala Lumpur and borders Singapore.
By Air Senai International Airport, located about 35km north-northwest of the Causeway, has only direct, scheduled domestic flights to and from East and West Malaysia. The airport also connects Johor Bahru to the Bayan Lepas International Airport in Penang as well as flights to most Indonesian destinations. By Road Travellers from Singapore can enter Johor by road and rail via the Causeway and Second Link from Tuas passing through Gelang Patah. Johor is accessible via the North-South Expressway with exits at Skudai, Kempas, Jalan Pasir Gudang or Johor Bahru.
By Bus Most buses to various destinations in Johor as well as the peninsula are available at the Larkin Bus Terminal as well. Take Smiling Bus by Causeway Link which covers some of the outskirts to the heart of JB Town and Larkin Terminal. 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. High speed ferry services are also available from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the Sebana Resort and Marina.
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Abode of Tranquility
is the top eco-destination with almost all of the highland retreats, some beautiful islands and beaches. It is also home to serveral superlative sights ranging from its highest peak, Gunung Tahan, Malaysia's premier national park, Taman Negara to its longest river, Sungai Pahang.
DAY 1 ADVENTURE & NATURE TOUR BERA LAKE, TEMERLOH Bera Lake lies within the Pahang River catchments area, in the central lowlands of Peninsular Malaysia. It is a sanctuary for more than 200 bird species, 50 mammals and 94 fish species. The forest also support tigers, tapirs, elephants and some endangered animals such as Malayan False Gharial, Striped Giant Soft-Shelled Turtles, reticulated pythons and lots of frogs species. Upon arrival, pay a visit to the Wildlife Department Interpritive Centre to learn more about wildlife of the lake. Then, visitors can opt for different activities including jungle trekking, mud bathing, BIGGEST fishing, visit to NATURAL LAKE Semelai Tribe â€“ IN MALAYSIA the lake people and camping. TAMAN NEGARA If you love wild life viewing, jungle trekking, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, camping and many more, come to Taman Negara! Being one of the oldest rainforests in the world, Taman Negara is estimated at 130 million years old. The tropical rainforest park spreads over 4,343 sq km and its rich flora and fauna is truly a feast to every sense. The most popular activities at Taman Negara are canopy walk, river cruises and jungle trekking. The canopy walkway hanging 500 metres above the ground, is a suspension bridge of strong ropes, cables, net and wood, connecting from one tree to another. Observation hides are another great way to observe wildlife. Lucky visitors can spot the samba deer, long-tailed T macaques, barking deer, LARGEPASRK ONAL TI NA gaur, seladang, wild IN PENINSULAR boars, tapirs, Sumatran MALAYSIA rhinoceros or panthers and over 250 species of birds. www.tamannegarapahang.com
CHINI LAKE, PEKAN Another beautiful 2 nd lake located in the LARGES T NATURA middle of Pahang, L IN MALA LAKE Y SIA near to Pahang River. It is a swanky tropical wetland covering more than 12 acres, made up of a series of 12 lakes. With its wellknown legend, the lake has attracted many visitors from various destinations. According to the legend, the lake is inhabited by a dragon and it is believed to guard an ancient sunken Khmer city (lost city of gold) at the bottom of the lake. Tour the lake by riding a boat or jungle trekking. You can also hire an experienced guide to hike up to Chini Mountain.
1. Bera Lake 2. Boat Ride at Chini Lake 3. Taman Negara is a perfect getaway from the city
ENDAU-ROMPIN STATE PARK The Endau-Rompin State Park is the second largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia after Taman Negara. The lowland tropical rainforest covers an estimated area of 870 sq km, stands between the boundary of Johor and Pahang. The park is home to a vast species of birds, mammals, frogs, insects and exotic varieties of orchids, herbs, medicinal plants and trees. It is also home to the nearly-extinct Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants and tapirs. Permits must be obtained before entering the nature reserve. www.endaurompin.net GUA CHARAS Visit to a 400 million years old limestone hill – Gua Charas, which lies at the foot of the impressive Panching Hill. The word “Gua” means cave in Malay language. Visitors need to climb about 100 steps of staircases to reach the lower cave. Reaching the cave in the morning will be rewarded by spectacular view of sunshine coming from a small hole on top of the cave, shining directly on the Sleeping Buddha’s face at noon. Walk further upwards to explore other caves networks. KUALA GANDAH ELEPHANT SANCTUARY The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is an aspiring elephant conservation program implemented and managed by the Malaysian Wildlife Society. It was set in 1989 to rescue Asian elephants from extinction and aims to raise public awareness and support research. The main attraction used to be riding on elephants until the year 2012, the activity has stopped under the enforcement of Wildlife Protection Act 2010. Visitors may feed, groom and bathe the elephants. www.elephantsanctuarymalaysia.blogspot.com
KOTA GELANGGI CAVES Explore the estimated 150 million years old cave complex located near the town of Jerantut, Pahang. The dazzling cave chambers are among the most beautiful in the region. Visitors will be able to experience what tropical limestone caves are all about, with their masses stalagmites and stalactites and strangely shaped formations. One must-visit significant cave that would amaze visitors is the Terang Bulan Cave, which used to be below sea level, offers a glimpse into what was once a marine habitat. Many Taman Negara Tour would include a visit to Kota Gelanggi Caves as an option. KRAU WILDLIFE RESERVE Managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Krau Wildlife Reserve is located in the Titiwangsa Mountain, central state of Pahang, Malaysia. The place was set up to protect wildlife, especially the Seladang. Top activities for visitors here include bird watching, wildlife spotting, camping, jungle trekking, fishing and climbing up to Gunung Benom, the 6th highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia. The reserve is also home to two aboriginal tribes – the Jah Hut and the Sewang of the Senoi Group. TEL +609-279 0585
1. Boat Ride to Berkoh Falls 2. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
DAY 2 HIGHLANDS TOUR GENTING HIGHLANDS Genting Highlands, it is named as City of Entertainment, a getaway destination with cooling weather. Malaysians like to visit Genting Highlands once in a while to escape from the hot and humid weather of Kuala Lumpur. Before reaching the peak, visitors may consider to pay a visit at the Strawberry Farm at Gohtong Jaya and the Mushroom Farm near the peak. Chin Swee Temple is a peaceful place of worship, displaying giant statues, prayer halls and a beautiful pagoda tower. There is also Happy Bee Farm & Insect World produces and displays bee products such as bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, comb honey and many more. Besides, visitors to Genting often take a stroll at the Lim Goh Tong Memorial Hall to know more about the story of Tan Sri Dato Seri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong, the successful man who created such an amazing hill city. Tourists may choose to ride on Skyway Cable Car to reach the peak, while enjoying the sweeping views of the valley and hills.
The Waterway Villa is located in between Genting Highlands and Bukit Tinggi, about 45 minutes drive north of Kuala Lumpur. It takes only about 15 minutes drive from The Waterway Villa to Bentong.
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Note: Genting Outdoor Theme Park is closed from 1st September 2013 for 3 years to make way for the worldâ€™s first Twntieth Century Fox Theme Park. Other rides and attractions located in First World Indoor Theme Park, SnowWorld, Sky Venture, Genting Bowl, Vision City and Funtasy World Video Games Park will remain opened as usual.
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1. Genting hotels the premier holiday destination 2. The medieval french village - Colmar Tropicale
BUKIT TINGGI Bukit Tinggi, just an hourâ€™s drive from Kuala Kumpur City Centre, is a small town which focuses on bringing different cultural flavors from abroad into Malaysia.
Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed resort sits on Berjaya Hills at Bukit Tinggi, is a perfect place for short trip. From a viewing tower in the theme hotel, you can have an overview of the eight blocks- architectural wonder, with its colourful roof tiles to cobblestone ground. There, you can watch live bands and snakes performances every day, savor French food from a wide range of restaurants, let the children play at the Rabbit Park and feel the authenticity of Japanese Tea culture at the Japanese Village.
JANDA BAIK “Janda Baik”, which means “the good widow” in Malay, is a traditional Malay village offers many restful and picturesque places for a retreat. Around half an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur, it is an ideal destination for jungle trekking, bird watching, cool bath by the waterfalls and many attractions to be explored. Ulu Tampit Waterfall, famed for its eight cascading tiers of waterfalls are great for camping, trekking or a swim. Besides, there’s also an Aborigines Museum about 24km away from Janda Baik which showcases the history, tradition and cultures of the aborigines in Malaysia. 2
FRASER’S HILL Just two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur, Fraser’s Hill is one of the last Malaysian hill stations bearing the imprints of former British colonization. Most of its buildings’ architecture today still remain untouched and is a reminder of the old colonial era. You will experience heavy mist and occasional rainfall at Fraser's Hill which is located 1,524 metres above sea level. It is noted for bird watching of over 270 species of local and migratory birds flocking here together. The golf fanatics will find enough here to occupy their days as De Club Golf’s promises a challenging 18 holes for enthusiastic golfers. www.fraserhill.info CAMERON HIGHLANDS Cameron Highlands situated 1,500 metres above sea level, is the largest hill resort in Malaysia and offers a cooling getaway destination since the British colonial period. 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, and sip at the aromatic cuppa tea with an overview of the plantations at the Sungai Palas Tea Centre. Visitors can also enjoy high quality tea at the BOH Tea Plantation, Habu, or Cameron Bharat Plantation while on the way from Ringlet to Tanah Rata. Pluck
your own strawberries and enjoy all sorts of strawberries food in various strawberry farms. Visitors who are more adventurous may have a jungle trekking tour at the Mossy Forest up towards Mount Brinchang. Besides, local produce markets can be found all over the highlands and Kea Farm (5 km away from Brinchang town) is one of the popular vegetables market spot for tourists. At night, you can visit the weekly night market (only available on Friday and Saturday) in Brinchang where you find all the fesh vegetables and fruits, local food and delicacies. Visit Time Tunnel which filled with collectibles and memorabilia for a peek into Cameron Highlands’ history since pre-war years. www.cameronhighlands.com
1. The Lakehouse is a Tudor-styled hotel set in the natural fauna beauty of Cameron Highlands 2. Jungle trekking on bishop trail at Fraser Hills 3. Scenic view of the tea plantation
THE MOST UNIQUE MICE VENUE IN ASIA
1. Coco Beach Wave Pool & Lagoon 2. BGRC Entrance 3. White Lion 4. Studio Suite Bedroom
trategically located about 218km from Kuala Lumpur and 35km before Kuantan, it is easily accessible by road via the East Coast Expressway. For those who choose to come by flight can embark from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang International Airport or Singapore Changi Airport for direct flights to Kuantan airport. BGRC offers 1,866 accommodation rooms consisting of various categories. These rooms are available in two themed resorts â€“ Arabian Bay Resort (ABR) and Caribbean Bay Resort (CBR). The two popular categories are the Studio Deluxe and Family Deluxe.
outings programs are available and can be arranged with our certified and trained facilitators. Leisure is always at its best at BGRC with the award winning of The Best Water Park in Malaysia. The Bukit Gambang Water Park, which covers a total area of 45.8 acres, offers multiple fun water attractions suitable for the whole family.
With a dedicated 220,000 sq. feet M.I.C.E Centre conveniently located between the 2 themed resorts, accessibility is a breeze even under wet weather thanks to the covered link ways. The largest ballroom in Malaysia sits on the top floor of the centre which can accommodate up to 3,100 people for a sit down banquet. At BGRC, the venue options are plentiful with over 30 meeting and function halls.
The Bukit Gambang Safari Park is a 138-acre, one of its kind safari and largest in the country and is deemed to overwhelm its visitor with the concept of an up close and personal encounter with the wild that one will definitely experience the wild like never before. Amongst the highlights available in the safari park are the intensive collection of nocturnal animals, the exclusive section - Foreign Village that showcases a collection of animals from all over the world; the drive through section that features the largest Wild Savannah with animals from the famous African Savannah, Tropical Rainforest, Australian Outback, and the soon to feature Desert Land and Bear Mountain. For a dining experience that is must here is at the Simba Hill Gourmet Hall, where diners will enjoy a full view of Malaysiaâ€™s first and only White Lions. This outlet also caters for private functions.
Outdoor recreational activities are also available. There are horse-riding, paint ball target shooting, paint ball warzone, ATV fun ride (day & night) and off-road ride, flying fox and obstacle course challenges. Teambuilding and company/family
Last but not least, BGRC with its flexibility to provide a variety of venues from indoor to outdoor, in the theme parks, or on the man-made beach and even in the wild amongst the animals is truly set to provide a unique and memorable experience to all that come.
For a unique and successful event, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03-8941 9898 / 09-548 8000. Customised packages and personalised tour are available upon request. Visit www.bgrc.com.my for more information.
DAY 3 CITY TOUR @ KUANTAN Kuantan is all about the splendor of its surroundings and the friendliness of its people, its magnificent shoreline and traditional daily life on this multi-cultural peninsular. Get on to a Sungai Kuantan Cruise to understand the ecology of the river and its dependence on the mangrove forests at its mouth. Head on to the charming fishing village of Berserah, to take a look at the unique way on how the local fishermen dealing with the fish-catching process and savor the local delicacies. Seafood here is superbly fresh and “keropok” in its many variations is a must try. Next, stopover at the most accessible waterfall – Sungai Pandan Waterfall for a day trip. The cave nearby houses a Buddhist temple while the eight cascades waterfall that descend into pools are perfect for swimming. If you feel idle on a Sunday morning in Kuantan, Pasar Tani in the vicinity of the Stadium Darul Makmur is highly recommended. You can find the freshest and newly harvested farmer’s production, sea and river catches.
1. Dried seafood 2. Sungai Pandan waterfall 3. Fresh vegetables at Pasar Tani 4. Pancing waterfall
5. Fisherman Village
DAY 4 ISLANDS & BEACHES TOUR CHERATING BEACH About 45 kilometers north of Kuantan, Cherating is nestled on the Terengganu-Pahang border facing the South China Sea. It is the location of Asia’s first Club Med (Club Mediterranee), and Cherating Beach has Green Globe certification for Sustainable Tourism. Famous for its wide and slightly sloping sandy beaches, lined with
casuarinas trees, the main beach is the location of many hotels and resorts catering to all budgets. Cherating beach is the only beach with waves that suitable for surfing during the monsoon season (November and December). Visitors can try yachting, kayaking, snorkeling, river cruising and swimming. Take a few minutes drive to Chendor Turtle Sanctuary to watch turtles which are usually available in between the months of April - September. TELUK CEMPEDAK The white sandy beach and the lovely casuarinas and pine trees track the shore, with rocky cliffs facing the never-ending waves of South China Sea – this is the scene to catch during a stop at Teluk Cempedak. Teluk Cempedak is located only 5 kilometres east from the town centre in Kuantan, and it is only about 5km away from the fishing village of Tanjung Api and Berserah on the either side of Teluk Cempedak. Engage in various water sports at Teluk Cempedak: swim, sunbathe, sail, surf, water-ski and jet scooter. It is the best spot to watch spectacular sunset over the sea horizon. LANJUT BEACH One of the most beautiful undamaged beaches at the most southern coast of Kuantan. The area comprises of a few hotels such as Lanjut Golden Beach Resort and Serai Di Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort. The Lanjut Beach is famous for its salt water prawns, thus prawn catching is a popular outdoor activity in the many rivers of this district. Visitors can access to Endau Rompin State Park through the area, while Kuala Rompin is the gateway to Tioman Island.
TIOMAN ISLAND A holiday paradise which lies 56km off the coast of Pahang, Tioman Island is acclaimed as a geological wonder and one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful travel destinations. The main attraction of Tioman Island is the beautiful sandy beaches, bounded by ample natural greenery and crystal clear sea waters. There are several protected species of mammals on the island, including the binturong, long-tailed macaques, slow loris, black giant squirrels, red giant flying squirrels, mouse deers, brush-tailed porcupines, and common palm civets and 138 species of birds. The tourist peak season falls between May and August while monsoon falls from October until January. www.tioman.org
TUNAMAYA BEACH & SPA RESORT
Tunamaya Beach and Spa Resort, Pulau Tioman is launching its chartered ﬂight Tunamaya Private Chartered Flight beginning 20th December 2014 onwards from both Subang Skypark Terminal and Senai Airport. Guests will be ﬂown by a Cessna Grand Caravan C208B aircraft which carries 8 passengers capacity in an executive seat conﬁguration.
he expected flight duration is 45 minutes from Senai airport Johor Bahru and 90 minutes from Subang Skypark Terminal Kuala Lumpur respectively to Tekek Airport, Pulau Tioman return. Tunamaya Private Chartered Flight anticipates up to 4 chartered flights per day to Pulau Tioman from both these areas. The aircraft’s high winged design will allow guests a full and uninterrupted view from the air over Pulau Tiomans lush tropical jungles and idyllic beaches. Tunamaya Beach and Spa Resort - located at Mukut, the southern tip of Pulau Tioman has introduced a 3 Days 2 Nights/4Days 3 Nights All Inclusive Package (AIP) which incorporates return flights, accommodation, all meals, free
flow of beverages and massage treatment. Guests need then only decide on the myriad of water activities available which are on optional basis. The AIP package was designed for ease of travel accessibility into Pulau Tioman and a completely relaxed hassle free experience at the resort through a one time reservations process for the entire duration of stay. Tunamaya Beach and Spa Resort features 54 tasteful, upmarket and exclusive hill and beach-fronting Villa’s. All Day Dining, snacks, cocktails/beverages are available at the resorts semi and fine dining Pawana 1&2 restaurants, Ombak bar and Infinity poolside kiosk. The Sarang Spa offers a myriad of Malay, Balinese and Thai massage treatments. For further information: www.tunamayaresort.com
EAST COAST MALL is a modern family lifestyle mall, which is currently one of the most significant malls in Kuantan. It is a one stop shopping and entertainment destination for the local patronage and tourists. The mall is also part of Putra Square development, which comprises Zenith Hotel as well as Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Centre. www.eastcoastmall.com.my THE BERJAYA MEGAMALL is a modern multi-storey shopping centre which allows you to experience a modernized and urban shopping experience without the need to travel all the way down to the big city of Kuala Lumpur. It is strategically located in a wellknown shopping area where rows of houses and shops, restaurants, clinics, banks, hotels and others. Variety brands of merchandise and items and wide range of restaurants & cafes are available for choices. TEL +609-508 8188 NATURAL BATIK VILLAGE sprawling 86,000 sq ft, is located in Kampung Balok about 15 minutes drive north of Kuantan along the beach roads. It houses manufacturing facility, finished batik and products and East Coastâ€™s largest batik showroom. Besides, it also offers visitors to try batik painting and a tour to the production area.Products that are made from the batik cloth range from dresses, shirts, sarongs and headwear to table covers, bedcovers, handkerchiefs, etc. www.batikfactory.com.my
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FIRST WORLD PLAZA,GENTING is the largest shopping complex in Genting Highlands located right below First World Hotel. It offers more than 60 retails and 70 food & beverage outlets with attractions such as an indoor theme park, Cineplex, skydiving simulation, casino, bowling centre, karaoke, pavilion for night shows, haunted adventure, and a Ripleyâ€™s Believe It Or Not Museum and many more. The Venice section offers an artificial gondola ride that circles round a short water channel edged in by Italian streets and bridges. www.rwgenting.com STAR MALL in Mentakab is the first and largest shopping mall in central Pahang. It is a three storey shopping complex with two lower ground basement and 168 units of two storey shop, linked by a sky-bridge to the shopping complex itself. Its anchor tenant is set to be Pacific Hypermarket and Golden Screen Cinemas also occupied a 7-halls theatre within the mall, to boost the local lifestyle and provides more job opportunities.
IT’S the popular Pahang Malay slang for “mari makan”, meaning “let’s eat”. Perhaps you will always hear the phrase as in for all Malaysians, people enjoy nothing more than having a good hearty meal. Pahang boasts a diverse variety of Malay, Chinese and Indian food in the culinary scene. The combination will never fail to stimulate taste buds and arouse the great appetite in you. Adventurous visitors should never miss to explore the delightful, hot and authentic Pahang delights!
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IKAN PATIN MASAK TEMPOYAK Patin Fish is easily found in abundance in the rivers of Pahang, plus durian is a seasonal fruit in Pahang that makes this traditional dish originated from Pahang. It is a pot of stew fish mixed with tempoyak (durian paste made out of durian flesh), together with lemongrass, ginger and chilli padi. It is usually served with rice. The dish is commonly found in many restaurants in Temerloh, Pahang.
found in Kampung Jeram Landak, Budu, Jelai, Tanjung Besar and Kampung Hulu, all the districts of Kuala Lipis. The dish is rice cooked with coconut oil and mixed with chicken together with raisins, onions, clovers, olives and lemongrass, making it an aromatic that arouse appetitie! Normally the dish will be served only during special occasions such as trimming the first time of the baby, completion of Quran reading and other traditional customs. CHARCOAL STEAMBOAT Stemboat, or hot pot, refers to a traditional Chinese meal where a big pot of cooked base soup placed at the center of the dining table and ingredients are placed into the pot and cooked at the table. Ingredients includes thinly sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wantons, egg dumplings and seafood. Charcoal Steamboat literally means having premium charcoal to replace any gas or electrical stove. Cameron Highlands is famous for fresh and delicious Charcoal Steamboat.
DURIANS “King of Fruits” is a seasonal fruit that bear fruits only about twice a year during certain periods, depending on location and weather. The districts in Pahang famous for this “either love or hate” savory fruit are Kuala Lipis, Raub, Jerantut and Bentong. EAT HERE Raub Durian Orchard Kampung Gali Hilir, Raub, 27600, Pahang
LAKSA PAHANG Laksa Pahang gets its unique taste and flavour from the special ingredients and special method of preparation, where it uses coconut milk as the main sauce ingredient. EAT HERE Hoi Yin Curry Laksa No. 31, Jalan Teluk Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan Kedai Kopi Ah Soon Lorong Kubang Buaya 21, Off Jalan Kubang Buaya, Kuantan
NASI KEBULI Nasi Kebuli is a traditional food originated from Kuala Lipis district as recorded in the Kuala Lipis Heritage Museum. The special rice dish can be
TOAST & KAYA Kaya Toast is always been a favourate snack / breakfast in Malaysia. The Kaya Toast is prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs, pandan, and sometimes margarine and butter. The food is a perfect match with a cup of tea or coffee and Malaysians often dip the toast into soft-boiled egg. EAT HERE Restoran Meng Fang B1445, Jalan Berserah, 25300, Kuantan
GETTING AROUND Due to the vast size of the state of Pahang , visitors are advised to plan their trips to avoid long journey.
By Air Malaysia Airlines operates daily flights from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan and takes about 40 minutes. By Taxi Taxi are easily available in Kuantan at main hubs such as Kompleks Teruntum, Berjaya Megamall and Jalan Mahkota. By Bus Espress air-conditioned buses to Kuantan are available from the Puduraya Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The local bus station is located at Jalan Basar, beside Sungei Kuantan, while the Makmur Express bus terminal lies near Jalan Stadium, in front of the Daqrul Makmur Stadium. By Road Kuantan is a 2.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur via the East Coast Highway. Rent a car to get around the Kuantan city is a good alternative. By Rail KTM operates the Singapore - Tumpat (Kelantan) - Singapore and Kuala Lumpur – Tumpat – Kuala Lumpur lines daily. Some of the railway stations in Pahang are in Kemayan, Triang, Jerantut, Kuala Lipis, Merapoh, etc.
Tourism Pahang Travellers can log on to www.pahangtourism.org.my to know more about the beautiful exotic holiday destination – the Abode of Tranquility. The website introduces about attractions at Pahang according to different terrain – Islands & Beaches, Highlands, and Nature & Adventure. Travellers can also check for different travel agencies or on-ground tour packages according to different districts at every travel conveniences.
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• Sleeping Buddha • Dragon Boat Temple • Sitting Buddha
• Siti Khadijah Market • Wakaf Che Yeh Night Market • Handicraft Village & Museum • War Museum • Royal Museum • Cultural Centre
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport
Pantai Cahaya Bulan
State Capital Major Town
Town Places of Interest
Pasir Puteh Pantai Bisikan Bayu
Mount Major Road Railway Line
MACHANG JELI KUALA KERAI Dabong Manek Urai
Gunung Stong Stong State Park Ikan Cave
Early Chinese Settlement in Malaysia
Kuala Koh National Park
Kelantan National Park
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KELANTAN The Blissful
is a charming paradise blend of quaint cillages, small towns and riverine settlements. Kelantan also called as the â€œCradle of Malay Cultureâ€?.
DAY 1-2 BEACHES & CULTURE TOUR
DRAGON BOAT TEMPLE (WAT MAI SUWANKIRI) The Dragon Boat Temple is located in Kampung Bukit Tanah in Tumpat, Kelantan. The original temple is said to have been constructed 400 years ago by expert craftsmen from Thailand. The present structure was built with funds from public donations and the Buddhist associations of Malaysia and Thailand. An object shaped like a dragon boat decorated the interior of the temple, thus earning it the name of Dragon Boat Temple.
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RECLINING BUDDHA (WAT POTHVIHAN) Most popular Buddhist temple in Kelantan would be Wat Pothvihan, near Cabang Empat, Tumpat. It houses the biggest (with a length of 40 metres) Reclining Buddha statue in Malaysia. In front of Reclining Buddha there is a Wheel of Dharma which has deep symbolic significance in Buddhism. Underneath and to the rear of the statue is a vault to place urns containing the ashes of the departed. Accommodation for monks and visitors are available in the temple. SITTING BUDDHA (WAT MACHIMMARAN) Most of the local Chinese will always pay a tribute to the several Wats while visiting Kelantan. This is due to the existence of Siam in Kelantanâ€™s history. The statue of a sitting Buddha in meditation posture is in Wat Machimmaran in Kampung Jubakar.
1. Buddhist Temple 2. Wat Mai Suwankiri
MOONLIGHT BEACH (PANTAI CAHAYA BULAN) Moonlight Beach (formerly known as Beach of Passionate Love) is one of the most popular beaches in the state of Kelantan. It is located about 10km from Kota Bharu. The coastline is about 1.2 kilometers, it is known for its long and wide beautiful sand and pristine water. Rows of Casuarina and coconut trees had formed a splendid view of the beach. The beach is equipped with facilities for visitorsâ€™ conveniences: choices of hotels, chalets, camping area, food stalls, kiosks and public toilets. It also offers a variety of water sports, horse riding and fresh barbeque seafood. BEACH OF MELODY (PANTAI IRAMA) Also known as Irama Beach, the inspiring beach is situated in the district of Bachok, about 25km south of Kota Bharu. Facing the South China Sea, the beach is a wide and long sandy beach, which is also a common place for family getaway, concerts and events. Apart from the basic facilities like public restrooms, gazebos, childrenâ€™s playground, eating stalls, and prayer spaces, there are also water sports, boat for hire and barbeque facilities to make your visit even more fascinating. There are a number of motels along the beach to make your stay pleasant. BEACH OF SEVEN LAGOONS (PANTAI SERI TUJUH) Beach of Seven Lagoons or Pantai Seri Tujuh is near Tumpat district, and only 5km away from the Thai border. It has the longest lagoon in Malaysia. The beach has a variety of food and drink stalls as well as public facilities. Visitors are able to captivate to the scenic view of the coastline facing South China Sea and fishing village. The uniqueness of the beach is the well-known seven lagoons formed from the seasonal monsoon waves and the lagoons shifted through the years. There will be changes to the landscape of the beach year by year.
BEACH OF WHISPERING BREEZE (PANTAI BISIKAN BAYU) With a name so beautifully fits with the location, Pantai Bisikan Bayu, also known as Pantai Dalam Rhu, is located at Pasir Putih, Kelantan, and 50km south from Kota Bahru. It is a lovely beach fringed with casuarinas and coconut palms that produce sounds like a soothing whisper. For surfers, the perfect time to visit the beach is from November to April during the North-East Monsoon. It is also a perfect spot to watch sunset with your loved ones.
1. Pantai Cahaya Bulan 2. Flying Wau at the Beach 3. Pantai Irama, Bachok
TOK AMAN BALI BEACH RESORT Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort is strategically located at the gateway to Kelantan near Terengganu-Kelantan border on the south, the Resort offers its guests luxurious comfort coupled with famous Kelantan warmth and hospitality.
he Resort is located at Pantai Bisikan Bayu in the district of Pasir Puteh about 50 km away from Kota Bharu. Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of the Whispering Breeze) nestled amongst tall casuarinas trees that offers restful shade for the beach. The gentle breeze rustles the casuarinas needles producing a hushed sound that lends its name to this scenic beach. The resortâ€™s ambience is an oasis of calm and luxurious comfort, away from the hustle bustle of the city. With a total of 100 rooms in low rise building designed in Kelantanâ€™s architectural style so as to embrace the spirit of serenity and gentility. All rooms are blessed with their own lagoon facing lanai and if you are lucky you could see the white birds flocking around the lagoon. The resort is expertly planned to provide optimum personal comfort and relaxation. A large infinity-edged swimming pool is strategically located in the heart of the Resort so that all guest rooms have prime views of the beautiful landscaped garden in which the large pool is the glorious centrepiece. Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort is accessible by road from all major cities. It is a gateway to Kelantan as it is located near Terengganu border (5 km to Kuala Besut) and 45-minute away to Kota Bharu and 2-hour drive to Kuala Terengganu. From the North, we are 6-hour away via the East-West Highway. The Resort is approximately 50-minute drive from Sultan Ismail Airport in Kota Bharu. Train service is also available from Singapore, Johor Bahru & Kuala Lumpur via Gemas to Wakaf Baru, Kota Bharu. The journey will take about 12-hours.
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Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort also positioned itself as the main venue for meetings and events. Our Ballroom and meeting rooms are equipped with modern facilities and suitable for hosting conferences and social events. The peaceful surrounding and our state of the art facilities provide the perfect setting for meetings, conference or themed events. Events may also be arranged to take place in the garden, jetty or by the pool, providing guests with unique outdoor dining experience. We offer lots of activities in the Resort for all walks of life to enjoy. There are vigorous outdoor activities to indulge in such as Adventure Park where we organise Paintball War Zone Games and Teambuilding Courses. Spend rejuvenating time at our Tok Aman Bali Spa where you can relax and enjoy various treatments provided by our experienced therapist. Other activities available are Cycling, Water Ball, Pedal Boat Rides, and Kayaking to name a few.
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DAY 3 CITY TOUR @ KOTA BHARU ROYAL MUSEUM Royal Museum is located in the middle of the Kota Bharu town, sits adjacent to Istana Jahar. In olden days, the venue was used for royal weddings as well as to house royal guests. Today it is a museum with specific exhibition which includes photographs reflecting the royal family’s social activities, costumes and priceless artefacts such as beautiful crystals, silver and brass wares and antique furniture. The richly furnished rooms will give you a glimpse into the older royal life. MUSEUM OF ROYAL TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS The former palace named as Istana Jahar is now a museum that exhibits the state’s rich culture heritage. The gallery with wood carvings are testimony to the superb craftsmanship of the Kelantanese. Fascinating rites and ceremonies for royal weddings, engagements and other occasions are shown in the beautiful building. ISLAMIC MUSEUM Kelantan is well known for its great line up of Muslim scholars. The history of Islam and these scholars in Kelantan can be found at the Islamic Museum (a.k.a Syura Hall). The historic building was built at the
1. Istana Balai Besar 2. Muzium Jahar
early 20th century, made of high quality wood. It was intricately embroidered with Islamic calligraphy of Quran verses. Located along Jalan Tengku Chik close to the Istana Balai Besar, the museum exhibits Islamic fine arts, crafts and photographs of the belongings of Prophet Muhammad and of Islamic historical sites. TEL +609-748 2266 WAR MUSEUM (BANK KERAPU) Bank Kerapu is a historical building located in Padang Merdeka, Kota Bharu, Kelantan. The building was completed in 1912 and occupied by The Mercatile Bank of India Ltd, which was the first bank opened in Kelantan. Today it is known as the War Museum, and it exhibits mainly old photographs, articles and artefacts such as rusty guns and other militaria focus on the Japanese invasion and occupation of Malaya and the 1948 Emergency. HANDICRAFT VILLAGE AND CRAFT MUSEUM Also known as Balai Getam Guri, the Handicraft Village and Craft Museum is a fine craft museum houses many Kelantanese craftsmanship and demonstrates how crafts such as embroidery, songket weaving, batik printing, silver work and wood carving are made by skillful artists. Souvenirs are
available for sales as well. Don’t forget to savor Kelantan’s famous cuisine and refreshments at the well-known restaurant Balai Sulur Gadung situated on the ground floor of the museum. BALAI BESAR PALACE (ISTANA BALAI BESAR) Balai Besar Palace is the venue of official and royal ceremonies from 1845 until today. Built in 1845 by Sultan Muhammad II, the grand palace is located in the centre of Kota Bharu. This two storey palace was built by Kelantan’s most skilled craftsmen. Although Kota Bharu is rapidly developing, it is still remain undamaged in its original splendor as an outstanding cultural heritage. STATE MUSEUM Around the corner from Tourist Information Centre is the State Museum. View an impressive collection of exhibits on Kelantan’s arts, crafts and musical traditions and history of the Kelantan fold, their long term relationship with the Siam Kingdom and their closeness with Patani in Southern Thailand. Browse through the displays of ceramic artefacts gives evidence to the existence of trade relations between Kelantan and China.
DAY 4-5 ADVENTURE & NATURE TOUR @ SOUTHERN KELANTAN KUALA KOH NATIONAL PARK Kuala Koh National Park is one of the oldest and largest protected area in the central of Peninsular Malaysia. Sprawling over 1,043 sq km, the park is an uninterrupted jungle with a wide range of
EARLY CHINESE SETTLEMENT (KAMPUNG PULAI) Kampung Pulai is the earliest Chinese settlement in Kota Bharu. The populations here are descendants of Chinese immigrants that settled here and they are mostly Hakka ethnic from China. All the Chinese Hakka settled in the village for at least 600 years, and the Guanyin Temple setting within the village is said to be more than 40 years old. Kampung Pulai in Gua Musang was a gold mine in the old days, and this
flora and fauna as well as its tropical rainforest ecosystem. There are four entry points to get to the park: Kuala Tahan - Jerantut Pahang, Sungai Relai – Merapoh Pahang, Tanjung Mentong – Kuala Berang Terengganu, and Kuala Koh – Gua Musang
provides evidence that Chinese may have been to Kelantan before the Admiral Cheng Ho to Malacca. www.pulai.org
Kelantan. Must Do: • View over 200 species of birds • Catch a glimpse of the shy wildlife from the bumbun or observation hides • Jungle Trekking • Canopy walkway from 300m high
NENGGIRI RIVER & CHA CAVE (SUNGAI NENGGIRI & GUA CHA) Nenggiri River originates from the south west corner of Kelantan, is an interesting destination that offers fun activities to the visitors such as kayaking, rafting and fishing. There is a chain of 40 rapids which will thrill adventurous enthusiasts who would like to raft on the water and soak in the beautiful sunrise or sunset at the crest of one of the waterfalls. Some of Malaysia richest archaeological caves are to be found along the river
• Kayaking or Tubing • Visit Batek indigenous settlement • Camping
includes Gua Cha, Gua Chawan and Gua Jaya. Skeletons of Hoabinhian have been discovered by archaeologists in Gua Cha, and the artifact aged around 1,000 bc. Gua Cha can be visited as part of the rafting trip
down Nenggiri River.
chain stores can be found in the complex. Feel the friendliness and warmth of the staff who always in your service. Choose yourself a local-made products as a souvenir from Kelantan at the various small stalls within the mall.
1. Siti Khadijah Market 2. Dried Squid 3. Wakaf Che Yeh 4. Duty free Shopping Area at Rantau Panjang
local products such as batik, gold and silver songket, sarongs, fine silverware, imported Thai goods and souvenirs. 3
SITI KHADIJAH MARKET, also known as Kota Bharu Central Market, is the biggest and most popular market in Kelantan.. It’s named after Prophet Muhammad’s wife, who was a successful business woman, as the market is run by mostly women. The three storey building was filled with all vibrant colors of sellable, mainly fresh produce vegetables, seafood, and wide range of fruits. Delicious ready-to-eat local food such as ayam percik, nasi ulam, assorted kuih muih and a variety of noodle soup are available here too. The second and third floors are for non-food items. Many good are available . BAMBOO FORT BAZAAR, locally known as Buluh Kubu Bazaar, located next to the Balai Besar Palace and Siti Khadijah Market. It is a three storey complex that visitors can find almost everything here with great bargain prices. The collection of
WAKAF CHE YEH is at its busiest hours when evening approaches. Traders enter and exit continuously into the maze of stalls. The market never closes. During the day it changes into a wet market whereas during the night it became a night market. The narrow lanes are full with tourists bargaining for souvenirs and locals shopping for groceries. Observe the stall keepers loudly promoting their goods, at the same time chatting with each other joyfully. KOTA SRI MUTIARA commonly known as Billion Shopping Centre, is famous due to its unique outer appearance which can be easily recognized. Many local and modern
KB MALL is part of the Pusat Perdagangan Kota Bharu, an integrated business center which consists of a Bazaar that house the local art & craft centre , a business class hotel, shop offices and an integrated bus terminal. It was awarded as Malaysia Property Award 2007 in the Retail Development category (Y.S Tang Holdings Sdn Bhd). Being the largest shopping centre in Kota Bharu, there are hypermarket, departmental store, food court, specialty store, entertainment center, bowling alley and restaurants under one roof. It aims to be the “one stop shopping mall”, emphasizing on convenience for shoppers. RANTAU PANJANG is a town found in the province, border crossing between Malaysia and Thailand with tax free zones that attracts shoppers from both sides. It is famous for duty free shopping zones selling electronic goods, toys, cigarettes, clothes, cosmetics, perfume, chocolate, watches and general goods. There are more than 300 shops selling a variety of goods in the complex which is a tourist attraction and filled with shoppers especially on the weekends and school holidays.
RICE, RICE, RICE
KELANTANESE love rice dishes. A wide variety of rice dishes creatively cooked with the use of different herbs and spices. Local dishes are spicy and strong in flavors and some dishes have Thai influences due to the location near to Thai border. Besides a good selection of Malay, Chinese and Indian food, Kelantan is also known for its variety of sumptuous desserts / cakes which promises a mouthwatering experience.
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NASI DAGANG Another Kelantan specialty which a combination rice and glutinous rice double steamed with coconut milk, garlic, spices and onions. Spicy fish or chicken curry is usually a complementary dish, together with pickles and a mild sambal. EAT HERE Restoran Capital (Nasi Dagang) 3282, Jalan Post Office Lama, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
AYAM PERCIK Crispy and barbecued chicken over woodfire and marinated with sweet coconut or peanut sauce. It is also cooked with local herbs and greens. Best eaten with white rice in major family dishes and is served during feasts. The best dish in Yati Ayam Percik is ayam percik and nasi kerabu. EAT HERE Yati Ayam Percik 847, Jalan Long Yunus, Kota Bahru, Kelantan
NASI KERABU Nasi Kerabu is a Malay rice dish also known as nasi ulam, in which blue-colored rice is eaten with dried fish or fried chicken, crackers, pickles and other salads. The blue color rice is the result after using butterfly-pea flower petals. Each kerabu is usually served with a matching, traditional sambal. Most importantly the recipe has to come with the budu sauce in order to be right taste. EAT HERE Restoran Nasi Kerabu Golok Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 15200 Kota Bahru, Kelantan
SERUNDING (MEAT FLOSS) A local ready-to-eat savoury snack where thinly sliced meat is cooked until it is light and fluffy. It can be served with rice, bread, ketupat, lontong or lemang. The meat floss can be made of beef or fish.
1. Kelantanese Desserts 2. Ayam Percik- Best Kelantanese Cuisine
KEROPOK It is a Kelantanese crackers that can be made from fish, prawns or squid and tapioca flour. The paste is then rolled into long firm sticks and steamed or boiled. After steamed or boiled and thinly sliced and dried for storage for further cooking. The method of making is similar with keropok gote in Terengganu, both are local popular snack. Keropok can be found everywhere in the state.
DESSERTS Make up your mind on choosing among a wide array of desserts easily available in Kelantan. Just to mention some of them: Akok which is an egg-based mini cake with a sponge-like appearance; Tahi Itik (duck droppings) which has nothing to do with duck droppings but a delicious kuih made from egg whites and coconut milk; Jala Mas which usually served with Tahi Itik as itâ€™s using only egg yolk for its golden bright color; and Tepung Pelita which is made of rice flour, coconut milk and sugar to be placed into a square banana leaf cup.
GETTING AROUND By Air There are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur and Penang to Kota Bahru. Travellers can use the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport at Pengkalan Chepa near Kota Bharu. 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 Bharu in about 4.5 hours. Travellers coming from Thailand can get to Kelantan starting from the Narathiwat province. Getting around Kelantan is easy as there are buses, taxis, and trishaws. Regular air conditioned express buses service Kuala Lumpur and major towns to Kota Bharu. By Rail Express trains stop at all major rail stations in Kelantan like Dabong, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Tumpat and Wakaf Baru. Travellers can also use a sleeper train to get from Singapore to Kelantan available daily with a stop at Jerantut. 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 Bharu.
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TERENGGANU The Gem of the East
destination overlooking the South China Sea on the east side of Peninsular Malaysia. It has a stretch of beautiful beaches and spectacular islands that offers a charming holiday moments.
DAY 1-2 ISLANDS HOPPING TOUR LANG TENGAH ISLAND Lang Tengah Island is Terengganu’s best-kept secrets. Located between Perhentian Island and Redang Island, it is a tiny island surrounded by crystal clear sea water, pristine beaches and untouched tropical jungle. There are 12 dive sites around Lang Tengah Island. For non-divers, consider to enjoy sun-tanning on some of the beautiful beaches or snorkeling around the island. As it has lesser tourists compared to Perhentian and Redang, strolling here would be rather peaceful and relax. PERHENTIAN ISLAND (PULAU PERHENTIAN) Located at South China Sea east coast of Malaysia, Perhentian Island (meaning “stopover island”) promises remarkable holiday destination with white sandy beach, jungle interior and interesting diving. The aquamarine waters with excellent visibility and spectacular underwater reefs make Perhentian the preferred choice of veteran divers. Arrangements can be made for island cruises, and boats can be hired to go exploring for private bays and secluded coves. A stroll to these tropical islands is also a must for those who enjoy windsurfing, canoeing, sailing and deep sea fishing. www.pulauperhentian.org
DUYONG ISLAND (PULAU DUYONG) Duyong Island is located at the Terengganu River. Unlike Redang Island or Perhentian Island, this island is not well known for the beaches or scuba diving but traditional boat making. Duyong Island is only a few hectares big, but it is no stranger in the map of boat enthusiasts from around the world. From the smallest boat or yacht to large luxurious vessels can be found here in the workshop that belongs to Haji Abdullah and Hassan Ali. Their expertise in boat building skills passed dowm from generation to generation. REDANG ISLAND (PULAU REDANG)THE EMERALD ISLAND Being the largest and most developed island in Terengganu, the picturesque destination is famous for its dive sites. The Redang Island offers crystal clear waters and numerous dive sites for the enthusiasts. The Redang Island archipelago consists of nine islands that flourish with marvelous marine fishes, turtles and coral reefs that ensure great snorkeling and scuba-diving. Among them are Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Paku Besar, Pulau Paku Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Kecil, Pulau Kerengga Besar, Pulau Ekor Tebu, Pulau Ling and Pulau Pinang.
1. Couple enjoying drink at sea-view balcony 2. Perhentian Besar Island offers incredible snorkeling 3. Treat yourself with luxury spa
TENGGOL ISLAND (PULAU TENGGOL) Being the best diving site in Malaysia, the small and compact island of Tenggol Island is a forgotten gem set in the clear blue waters of the South China Sea, lies offshore of Kuala Dungun in the southern of Terengganu. It is the last island in a strong of islands after Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Lang Tengah and Pulau Redang. An emerald deep, green forested interior edged by white powder beaches and beautiful reefs with pristine warm waters making it a divers’ and snorkels’ paradise. A short ride by speedboat takes you to this astoundingly underrated island which offers a traveller a plenty of nature’s gifts. If you had enough of scuba diving or snorkeling, relax or read a book under a swaying palm tree while enjoying the sea breeze on the island with a quieter atmosphere than the other islands would have been fun for some people who prefer solitude.
4. Boat Making at Pulau Duyong
KAPAS ISLAND & GEMIA ISLAND Kapas Island (Cotton Island) is the little haven in the South China Sea off Terengganu coast, located not more than 20 minutes away by boat from Marang village. Snorkeling and underwater diving is popular along stretches of shallow coral reefs of the island’s western shore. Gemia Island located approximately 800 metres off Kapas Island. It has white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful corals and fascinating marine life. It is even more quiet and private as it is less known to the tourists. Prepare to meet sea eagles, reef herons, tern and also the precious giant leatherback turtle come to nest their eggs. Green Turtles, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtle are also regular visitors.
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is an ideal beach resort for a leisurely family vacation in Malaysia. Surrounded by lush greenery, facing white sandy beaches and a warm blue sea, Perhentian Island is a holiday paradise not to be missed. There really are many things that make Perhentian Island Resort the ideal location for a family vacation. Consider the following : • Swimming pool • Facilities for games • A jungle trekking trail is close by • A wonderful place to view the sunset • Conveniently located for turtle watching • Snorkelling area is within walking distance • Own private beach that is ideal for swimming • Located on the flight path of the Nicobar pigeon • Lies within the National Marine Park of Malaysia, with its dazzling sea life and tremendous biodiversity.
Bask in the pleasures of your next island getaway at Perhentian Island Resort Visit www.perhentianislandandresort.net or call +603 2144 8530
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DAY 3 CITY TOUR @ KUALA TERENGGANU BATU BURUK BEACH (BEACH OF UGLY STONE) It is just 1km away from the city of Kuala Terengganu, Batu Buruk Beach has a stretch of scenic sandy beach. Swaying casuarinas lining up the shore, and the continuous wind and waves make this a wonderful location for weekend holiday retreats. The culture centre regularly stage pencak silat (Malay martial art), top spinning (gasing), kite flying, sepak raga and other traditional performances. Try fried ice cream, nasi dagang ( Terengganu traditional rice dish), fried seafood and Yunan chicken rice at Batu Buruk's food stalls.
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TERENGGANU STATE MUSEUM COMPLEX – MUSEUM LOSONG Locally known as Museum Losong, it is a huge museum stores historical artefacts and artworks that definitely worth a visit. Located at Bukit Losong, 6km from Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu State Museum Complex consists of a main museum, a maritime museum, a fisheries museum and 4 traditional houses and herbs gardens. There are 10 galleries showcasing textiles, crafts, historical, royal, nature, art, petroleum, Islamic, new generation and contemporary arts. The complex itself is an architectural feat, based on the designs of Terengganu’s old palace. www.museum.terengganu.gov.my TENGKU TENGAH ZAHARAH (FLOATING MOSQUE) The legendary floating mosque sits on a 5 acre reclaimed land in the Kuala Ibai Lagoon, about 4km from the town of Kuala Terengganu. The mosque was inspired by the late Sultan of Terengganu – Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, and named after his mother, Tuanku Intan Zaharah binti Almarhum Tengku Seri Setia Raja, with architecture of
modern and Moorish style. The mosque is surrounded by a lake and look much like a place set in the tale of 1,001 Arabian Nights. The illusion effect of the mosque is even more prominent during sunset or at night when its reflection is clearly seen on the water. CHINATOWN (KAMPUNG CINA) Chinatown are widely available in many states of our country and even in other countries around the world, but each has its own uniqueness. The best example is the Chinatown in Terengganu, one of Southeast Asia’s most captivating early Chinese settlements in the world heritage. Travellers can discover stately Chinese traditional ancestral homes, temples, townhouses and sundry shops. These buildings are believed to be the residence for the China migrators who arrived in Peninsular Malaysia in the 19th century. Throughout Chinatown, the Chinese have integrated with local Malays, where they like to wear sarongs, eat Malay in Malay style and often speak in the typical Terengganu Malay dialect. PULAU WARISAN WATERFRONT The Pulau Warisan Waterfront is a recent new landmark for Terengganu’s visitors. It is a man-made island located at the town of Kuala Terengganu. There are a few attractions gather within the area: River Cruise down the river from Pulau Warisan to Crystal Mosque in Wan Man Island through the Kuala Terengganu Waterfront. The island is decorated with colorful LED lights adorning the artificial trees, making the locals calling it as Terengganu I-City. Various events are held here such as concerts, talkshows, exhibitions and various programs. Local Chinese hold Chinese New Year and Mooncake Festival every year at here.
1. Terengganu State Museum Complex 2. Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque 3. Museum Losong - Features Traditional Terengganu Architecture
MAZIAH PALACE (ISTANA MAZIAH) Built in French architecture, the royal palace was the official residence of the previous Terengganu’s Sultan. Today, it is used during the official ceremony of the Royal or state’s official celebration. Located at Bukit Puteri in Kuala Terengganu, the beautiful twostorey palace is always the pride of the Terengganu people. It is at this palace where the coronations and the historically significant ceremonies for Terengganu were staged. Dataran Maziah, is a mini park situated in front of Istana Maziah. It is adorned with landscapes of shrubs, trees and paved walkways. 1 2
ISLAMIC CIVILISATION PARK & CRYSTAL MOSQUE Islamic Civilisation Park, also named as Taman Tamadun Islam, is a very interesting theme
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park located on a small island – Wan Man Island off east coast of Terengganu. It attracts millions of visitors since its opening in 2008. Visitors can view the replicas of 22 famous historical Islamic monuments from around the world. Besides the 22 replicas, the icon of Terengganu – Crystal Mosque can also be found within the area. As one of the most spectacular Islamic places of worship in the world, Crystal Mosque was built of steel and glass. Its breathtaking façade making it a picturesque attraction to be visited. Crystal Mosque has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time.
1. Istana Maziah was built to replace Istana Hijau (Green Palace) which was destroyed in a fire 2. Crystal Mosque, a grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal
DAY 4 NATURE TOUR LATA TEMBAKAH WATERFALL Probably the most impressive waterfall in Terengganu, Lata Tembakah Waterfall is no longer a new name for the locals as a vacation spot. Located close to the village Kampung Jabi, Jertih about 24 km from the city – Jertih and 130 km from Kuala Terengganu, Lata Tembakah has seven tiered cascading of waterfalls and each a pool for bathing. The Forestry Department has organized well on the track and trail for nature and adventure lovers to enjoy the jungle trekking activities. Children will be entertained by dipping into the cold and refreshing water, catching little fishes and little shrimps that swim along their feet. LA HOT SPRINGS The La Hot Springs is situated in Hulu Besut, about 28 km from Bandar Jertih Terengganu. It was opened to public in 1992 as a tourist attraction in conjunction with the launch of Besut Cultural Development Expo. The attraction offers a unique hot spring amidst the beauty of nature. The water temperature of La Hot Springs is ranges from 45 to 49 degree celsius. The water contains natural sulphur which believed to have healing elements to skin ailments. LATA BELATAN WATERFALL The Lata Belatan Waterfall is another popular spot for family picnics. The waterfall is surrounded by lush scenery and thick tropical forest. The huge boulders serve as a walkway on the meandering stream. Located about 40 km from Besut, the Lata Belatan Waterfall is an ideal spot for challenging activities such as jungle trekking, team building and family getaway. The camping grounds here are equipped with full facilities including changing rooms, food stalls and a picnic area.
LAKE KENYIR Spanning over 260,000 hectares, Lake Kenyir is also Malaysia’s YSIA'S largest rock-filled MALA hydroelectric dam. ILLED ROCKF CTRIC E L E Fed by 30 rivers with O HYDR AM D 25 waterfalls and at least 25 known species of fishes swimming in the lake, there are 340 islands on the lake which were once hilltops and highlands before the area was flooded with water. It is a perfect spot for nature lovers as lush tropical forest surround the areas, with an incredible collection of flora and fauna. The large varieties of freshwater fish species such as green arowana, snakehead and friendly barb, make it a fishing haven for fishing enthusiasts. Exploring Lake Kenyir by boat is the easiest way to see all the attractions around. Visitors can explore the caves nearby such as the Bewah Cave, Tok Bidan Cave and Taat Cave.
Must Do: • Conquer the peak of Gunung Gagau (1,376m) • Go kayaking, canoeing or boating • Take a nocturnal tour to see wild animals and their footprints • Go mountain biking or rock climbing • Visit the herb farm • Make a trip to the Lasir and Saok Waterfalls • Enjoy a round of golf • Birdwatching • See elephants up close at the Sungai Ketiar Elephant Sanctuary • Learn more about fishes at the Kelah (Malaysian Mahseer) Sanctuary
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1. Tourists take adventure steps to reach Bewah Cave 2. Kelah Sanctuary 3. A new tourist destination - Herb Farm at Tasik Kenyir 4. Taat Cave
CHEMERONG WATERFALL Chemerong Waterfall, situated 30 km MALAYSIA away from Bandar 'S Muktafi Billah Shah WATERFA in Dungun, is (305 metre LL s) located in one of the largest forest in Terengganu â€“ Chemerong Forest Reserve. It is hailed as the highest waterfall in Terengganu, where a thunder of 305m slope cascades along rugged cliffs and rock faces and plunges into a scenic pond. The large forest is rich of flora and fauna, it is also the entrance of climbers to reach Mount Berembun.
YAK YAH RIVER FIREFLY SANCTUARY The Yak Yah River Firefly Sanctuary is the biggest firefly sanctuary in Malaysia. It is located about half an hour from the town of Chukai in Kemaman. To see the fireflies, tourists must take a boat ride from Yak Yah River Jetty. To avoid of scaring away all the beautiful little creatures, battery-powered boats are used without creating noise would provide a valuable new experience to visitors. As the night falls, the riverbanks turn into a grand theatre where thousands of fireflies form a symphony of lights.
1. Kayaking at Petang Island 2. Rantau Abang
TANJUNG JARA & RANTAU ABANG Lies about 14km from Kuala Dungun is the Tanjung Jara Beach. It has a long stretch of palm-fringed golden sandy beach, emerald waters and prominent waves. The beach is suitable for beach activities with family and children. Among the popular activities are kayaking, wind surfing and boating. Turtle watching at Rantau Abang is also popular particularly in the months of May to August when the giant turtles come ashore to lay eggs. Rantau Abang Beach is well known for being one of the six hatching sites in the world for giant leatherback turtles.
PASAR PAYANG (CENTRAL MARKET) Pasar Payang has become an obligatory place for tourists to shop for various products especially high quality silk batik. Pasar Payang is a 2 storey building, with the bottom floor selling a variety of fresh traditional pastries, while the upper floor are selling batik, silk, songket, brocade and brassware. Visitors to this market will have a delightful experience shopping for local products at reasonable prices. NOOR ARFA CRAFT COMPLEX is the best known brand of batik in Malaysia. Batik was developed in the country since 1990s especially in Kelantan and Terengganu. Batik is produced through stamping, wax drawn design or silkscreen technique. Combinations of traditional and contemporary decorative element make Batikâ€™s functions as a multi-purpose fabric. The handicraft centre selling a large stock of batik shirts and dresses, songket cloth cloth, basketware and glass. www.noorarfacraftcomplex.blogspot.com MESRA MALL is a must-visit modern shopping center in Terengganu as it houses the only Cineplex in Terengganu, a bowling center with 24 lanes, squash courts, an air-conditioned futsal court, and
contemporary eateries within a complex. Set on a 315,000 sq ft over one level, it is a one-stop centre for shopping, banking, dining, leisure and entertainment. There is also a 20,000 sq ft multipurpose hall, ideal for hosting exhibitions, banquets and marketing events. www.mesramall.com.my HANDICRAFT CENTRE is also known as Kraftangan Malaysia Chendering, located just 600 meter from the famous Floating Mosque,showcases every arts and crafts such as songket, brassware and modern batik fashionwear, keris, woodcarving and other handicraft. Besides, visitors can also watch craftsmen print batik or weave songket and basket. SUTERA SEMAI SILK GALLERY is a silk weaving centre in the village of Chendering, located in Permint Jaya about 6km south of Kuala Terengganu. The gallery showcases a collection of hand drawn and hand woven silk, as well as 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.
1. Bargain for best price when buying at Pasar Payang 2. Songket Weaving 3. Batik Making 4. Marang Market
KEROPOK VARIOUS traditional food can be found in Terengganu. The food that stands out among the crowd is the crunchy fish cracker â€“ Keropok Lekor. Malaysians always chase for Terengganuâ€™s Keropok Lekor as the addictive snack is originated from the state. Dining out in Terengganu is relatively inexpensive and there are always plenty of choices!
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KEROPOK LEKOR Keropok Lekor Terengganu always take away tourists’ hearts. Your visit is not complete without trying the delicious snack made of fish. It is also named as fish sausage, fish stick, or fish fritters. It is made from flesh of the fish and sago flour and seasoned with salt and sugar. Basically it comes in three forms: Lekor (which is long and chewy), Losong (steamed) and Keping (which is thin and crispy). Keropok Lekor is normally eaten with homemade chilli sauce.
STUFFED CRAB This special dish is only available in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. If you are on your way to Kuala Terengganu or coming back from Terengganu to Kuantan, remember to drop by Kemaman town for a meal as the town actually has some hidden gems of eateries. A generous amount of crab meats with vegetables are flavored & stuffed altogether into a crab shell. There will be no sweat when eating crab! EAT HERE
Restaurant Tong Juan K-117 Jalan Sulaiman, 24000 Chukai, Kemaman
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. It is a popular breakfast or lunch dish. KETUPAT SOTONG Also known as Sotong Sumbat (stuffed squid), the special snack which is squid stuffed with glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk. The traditional food in Terengganu is a popular tea-time dish.
Although it is available in other states, the Terenggganu’s version is whitish as compared to the Kelantanese’s version which is thick coconut milk sweetened with brown palm sugar. LAKSAM Like Laksa, Laksam is a daily food of the Terengganu society, especially for breakfast or lunch. It is made from wheat and rice flours, steamed and served with gravy made of mackerel fish and coconut milk, chilli, bean sprouts, long beans and cucumber leaves. Laksam can be easily found in food stalls around the state, do not forget to try the delicious traditional food when visits Terengganu.
HAI PENG KOPITIAM Ask anyone in the street of Terengganu on where to get an aromatic cup of coffee in Kemaman, they will tell you Kedai Kopi Hai Peng. For many people, Hai Peng Kopitiam is the king of coffee. The kopitiam was established since 1938 (3 generations), the good old times was when the old owner insisted to fry and roast the coffee beans and brew them into cups of irresistible authentic coffee, all by himself. You’ll never find the feeling of true-hearted brewing from anywhere else. EAT HERE Hai Peng Kopitiam 3753, Jalan Sulaimani, 24000 Chukai, Kemaman
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By Air The Sultan Mahmud Airport is only 18 km from Kuala Terengganu. The air journey from Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 45 minutes. Berjaya Air has daily direct flight from Subang Airport, Selangor or Seletar Airport, Singapore to Redang Island.
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Places of Interest
Longhouse Rungus Longhosue
KOTA BELUD Mari Mari Cultural Village
• Poring Hot Spring • Kota Kinabalu Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Kundasang Monsopiad Cultural Village
SANDAKAN Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Sabah Tea Garden
Turtle Island Park
Labuk Bay Proboscis
Danum Valley Conservation Area
White Water Rafting Padas
LAHAD DATU SIPITANG Sapulut
Balau River Eco Resort
• Pulau Mabul • Pulai Sipadan • Pulai Kapalai
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Land Below The Wind
lies on the north east side of Borneo Island, below the typhoon and monsoon belt. Being the second largest state of Malaysia, the stateâ€™s most famous icon is the majestic Mount Kinabalu, reputed to be one of the highest in Southeast Asia.
DAY 1-3 ISLANDS RETREAT
1. Scuba Diving 2. Underwater Lion Fish 3. Snorkelling
LAYANG-LAYANG ISLAND Pulau Layang-layang in Malay, is also known as Swallow Reef Island internationally. It is a world renowned diving and fishing heaven located about 300 kilometers northwest of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Layang-layang Island is a must-visit destination for scuba diving enthusiasts, as there is no tropical beach on the island but only a naval base, an resort and diving school. Dive at the 20 meters deep lagoon with plenty of macro creatures to spot seahorses, cuttlefish and pipefish. www.avillionlayanglayang.com LANKAYAN ISLAND Like a gem in the Sulu Sea, Lankayan Island is a small tropical coral resort island at northeast of Sabah, 15km from Sandakan. Not just a popular spot among scuba diving enthusiasts, Lankayan Island is also an official protected marine park to preserve the rich eco-tourism value. With many dive sites surrounding the island and only minutes away by boat, you are able to swim with whale shark, jaw fish, sea turtles, jack fish, sting rays, barracudas and many more. High chances of spotting sea turtles come ashore for eggs nesting, especially in season from June to September. lankayan-island.com
MATAKING ISLAND Mataking Island comprises of two islands: islands which are Mataking Besar and Mataking Kecil. Mataking Island is an island paradise off the shore of Semporna, the mainland town on the east coast of Sabah. The island is small with total surface of 40 acres, visitors can even walk when in the water the tide is low. Divers can explore the Eel Garden, Coral Garden, Nudibranch Garden, Turtle Playground and Hump Head Point. Non-divers can have many other activities such as enjoy a luxurious spa session, batik painting, kayaking, canoeing and jungle trekking. Exclusive romantic accommodation and enthralling diving facilities available at the Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island. It is a perfect destination for spa lovers, honeymooners and diving enthusiasts. www.mataking.com
MABUL ISLAND Located about 15 minutes by speedboat ride from Sipadan Island, a best place for underwater macro-photography. Mabul Island is a small island fringed by sandy beaches and rich of reefs. It is rich with exotic small marine life such as ďŹ‚amboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed 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. The 21 hectares island considerably larger than the Sipadan Island nearby and is home to Bajau Laut tribe, one of many ethnic groups in Sabah. SIPADAN ISLAND One of the worldâ€™s most beautiful scuba diving spots in the world, Sipadan is 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. It has always been rates 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. Encounter with turtles, resident school of jacks, bumphead parrotfish and barracudas are almost assured when diving around the tiny coral island. www.sipadan.com
1. Diving and swim with turtles 2. Cave Diving at Sipadan Island 3. Mabul diving is famous for underwater macro photography.
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DAY 4-5 HERITAGE & CULTURE TOUR @ KOTA KINABALU
Sabah State mosque Atkinson Clock Tower
SABAH STATE MOSQUE The elegant and modern state landmark has a single minaret that stands about 65.5 metres alongside a massive golden dome surrounded by 16 smaller domes. Sabah State Mosque opened in 1977, it can accommodate 5,000 worshippers at a time. There is a separate balcony section for Muslim women that can take 500 women worshippers. Appropriate dressing is compulsory for the place of worship. SABAH TOURISM BUILDING Built in 1916 to house the Printing Office and later the Treasury, Audit Office, Town Board, the District Office and the Attorney General’s Office, this is one of 3 structures still left standing after the Allied bombing at Second World War. Later after renovation and restoration, the building was gazette as a heritage building and officially became the Sabah Tourism Building in 1991 and now serves as a Tourist Information Centre. ATKINSON CLOCK TOWER The Atkinson Clock Tower is the oldest existing landmark since 1905 in Kota Kinabalu city and a survivor of Allied bombing raids that destroyed its early township during Second World War. The all wood without nails structure was built in memory of Francis George Atkinson (the first District Officer of KK), erects in privately on the heart along Signal Hill Road overlooking this seaside city and capital of Sabah. The Atkinson Clock Tower is managed by the Sabah Museum. LOK KAWI WILDLIFE PARK Sprawling an area of 280 acres, it is one of the largest wildlife parks in Malaysia. Opened in 2007, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park offers a unique opportunity for close-up views of some of the most delicate and endangered wildlife species in the world. Wildlife that live here include tigers,orang utans, proboscis monkeys, ostriches, white rhinos, mouse deers, bear cats, Borneo Pygmy elephants as well as a few species of deer. There is also a botanical park that offers visitors the chance to explore the beautiful nature along the botanical trail. www.lokkawiwildlikepark.com
MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE Situated in small river valley in Inanam, about 20 minutes from Kota Kinabalu, there is Mari Mari Cultural Village. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will start exploring every single unique houses. The village offers an insight into the traditional lifestyles of Sabah’s ethnic communities. Have a try on various activities include use bamboo to make fire and cook a meal, use blowgun to hunt and makes cloth from bark and many more. End your trip with traditional dance performance and offering dishes by the locals. www.marimariculturalvillage.com AQUARIUM & MARINE MUSEUM If you do not have the opportunity to dive when traveling in Sabah, you can visit this aquarium which is located in the campus of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). The museum houses a wide variety of marine life and also various types of corals which you have never seen before. Amenities such as free standing exhibition tanks, live open water reef exhibition centre, mangrove walk, contemporary Marine and Maritime Museum and Multimedia Interactive Information Kiosk. www.ums.edu.my PUH TOH TZE TEMPLE Located off Tuaran Road, Puh Toh Tze Temple was built in 1980 and became one of the popular sightseeing spot in Kota Kinabalu. The Buddhist temple comprises of ten large statues of deities adorn with the Goddess of Mercy – Kwan Yin at the entrance.
Winding up along the stretch of Jalan lstana, tucked behind Sandakan town, nestles the recently restored British Colonial Government quarters “Newlands” that was once occupied by its most famous tenant, Agnes Newton Keith. THE AGNES KEITH HOUSE
he Sabah Museum in collaboration with the Federal Department of Museums and Antiquities began the task of restoration of the house in 2001. With the opening of the house on 26th April 2004, Sabah’s tribute to the award winning American authoress has come full circle. Long remembered for her first book on Sabah Land Below The Wind, Agnes Newton Keith would have been amazed that the Malaysian Government saw it fit to honour her contribution to Sabah by restoring this house and calling it Agnes Keith House. Land Below The Wind made her famous in 1939 but the book continues to make Sabah famous right up to this day. Written in a candid and humorous style, the interesting book captures life, especially of local people, during the British era (delightfully and evocatively). Two books followed her first success, Three Came Home in 1946 and White Man Returns in 1951, both about Sabah and
Borneo. The trilogy of books spanned the pre-war, war and post-war periods. With the exception of Three Came Home, the other two books were written in the house on the hill where she had the best views of the Sandakan Bay at the front and the Sulu Sea at the back. "Newlands”was rebuilt sometime in 1946ish and was the first government permanent timber dwelling to be built after the Second World War. It was built upon the ruined foundations of the original house that was destroyed during the war. The Books Agnes Keith was persuaded by her husband, Harry G. Keith to write a book on her Borneo experiences and impressions and enter them in the 1939 Atlantic Monthly Non-Fiction prize contest. That book, Land Below The Wind won the contest by a unanimous vote of the judges. Three Came Home and White Man Returns are its sequels. Agnes Keith lived with her husband Henry ("Harry") George Keith, who was
the Conservator of Forests and her son, George. Harry had been in Sabah since 1925 and when he married Agnes in 1934, they came to live on the hill, “because I (Agnes) had always wanted to live on a hilltop". The Keiths left Sabah in 1952 and never returned again. The house was occupied by subsequent conservators of forest, forestry officers, overseas volunteers and others. The house was always referred to as "Agnes Keith‘s house“ by visitors who came to see it. For many of them, Agnes Newton Keith, symbolized by the house, provides a visible link to the past. For Sabahans today, she is an ‘‘ambassador‘‘ for our beloved state, also known as Land Below The Wind, and unbeknown to her, continues to promote us to the rest of the world through her very readable books. The Agnes Keith House is furnished simply with reproduction of colonial furniture and antiques. A gallery on the first ﬂoor tells the story of this remarkable woman, her books and not forgetting husband Harry and son. Time-line starts in 1873 and ends in 2004 tracing the past to the present Keith generation. War artefacts are also displayed.
DAY 6-8 ADVENTURE & NATURE TOUR BATU TULUG A group of caves in a limestone hill that rises about 39 meters high. The Batu Tulug is an important archaeological sites in Sabah as the caves have been used as an ancient burial ground. Inside the caves there are more than a hundred carved wooden coffins aged back 200-250 years ago, watched by bats and swallows. The coffins were carved to resemble various animals head. Inside the coffins, some human bones still can be seen as well as other artifacts such as gong, blowpipe and spear. The caves area have been declared as an archaeological site and turned into a museum by the Sabah Museum department and officially known as Batu Tulug Archaeological Museum. BORNEAN SUN BEAR CONSERVATION CENTRE Get close to the world’s smallest bear – the Sun Bear and watch them hunting their most favourate thing in the world, honey! The BSBCC was established in 2008 as a non-profit organisation in Sabah to raise public awareness about the bear species and prevent them from extinction. The BSBCC is located next to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and it is equipped with key facilities including an observation platform, boardwalk and a visitor centre. www.bsbcc.org.my SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE Situated 23 km from Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah, Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is a sanctuary to visit the “Wildmen of Borneo” up close in their natural habitat. The centre opened for the purpose to rescue orphaned baby orang utans from logging sites,
1. Entrance to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre 2. Orang Utans 3. Proboscis monkey
plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orang utans are trained to survive again in the wild and released as soon as they are ready. Besides from orang utans, over 200 species of birds and a variety of wild plants can be found within the forest reserve. GOMANTONG CAVES Gomantong Caves is the largest cave and the most important source of edible birds’ nest in Sabah. It is a limestone cave system consists of 9 caves, and the two largest caves are Simud Putih (White Cave) and Simud Hitam (Black Cave). More valuable bird nests are found in Simud Putih. The collection of bird nests and the value of the produce have been recognized since the 13th century. The best time to visit matches with the harvesting seasons of the swiftlets’ nests which happen to be from February to April and from July to September.
LABUK BAY PROBOSCIS MONKEY SANCTUARY Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is a reserve, one hour drive from Sandakan airport and 20km west of Sepilok, located at the centre of mangrove forest along the coastal land near Kampung Semawang. Watch the energetic Borneo’s indigenous proboscis monkeys leaping from tree to tree freely in the sanctuary. The proboscis monkeys are one of the strangest and most endangered primates in the world. The sanctuary provides a great chance to see these protected monkeys in a semi-wild environment. www.proboscis.cc 3
KINABALU PARK & MOUNT KINABALU Kinabalu Park or Taman Kinabalu in Malay, is possibly the most popular nature attraction in Malaysia for climbers. The park covers an area of 754 sq km, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, the first in Malaysia. It was set up since 1964 to protect Mount Kinabalu. Thus the park comprises of Mount Kinabalu, Mount Tambayukon and the foothills. Kinabalu Park is one of the park has richest and incredible collections of ﬂora and fauna in the world. The main attraction at the park with the most visitors is definitely the majestic Mount Kinabalu, one of the highest mountains in South East Asia, standing at 4,095 metres. Ascending and descending Mount Kinabalu’s summit needs two to three days, depending on the weather and one’s fitness level. Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is dubbed as the “World’s Toughest Mountain Race”. www.mountkinabalu.com
BORNEO KELLYBAYS 40 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city, Borneo Kellybays is located in Kampung Laya Laya in Tuaran, Sabah and lastly ride a 5 minutes unique boat “Floating Pondok” to reach the destination. It is a beautiful mangrove forest with a beach that stretches 7 km long overlooking South China Sea and with its Chinese name “Dragon Tail Bay”. The name was made due to its long appearance from far which looks like a dragon tail. At Borneo Kellybays, travellers can occupy their time with various water sport activities such as banana boat ride, bamboo rafting, surfing, fishing, crab catching, survival games and many more. www.kellybays.com GEMOK HILL (BUKIT GEMOK) At 231 meters long, Gemok Hill is believed to be the longest canopy walkways in Sabah. Bukit Gemok literally means “fat hill”, lures avid trekkers and hard core runners who love to challenge of varied landscape. It is one of the most precious untouched forests in Malaysia, thus it is all be worthwhile once you have reached the top and glance at the breathtaking view of Tawau. The scenery that spans the town center and the picturesque coastline add more excitement and thrill to the experience. CORAL FLYER Imagine yourself hanging on a wire and swing like George of the Jungle over the pristine tropical waters and coral reefs. Coral Flyer is a ﬂying-fox activity spanning between Gaya Island and Sapi Islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. It is the world’s longest island-to-island zipline at 250 meters. With speed up to 65 km/h possible on the Coral Flyer zipline, you probably need to have more than 1 trip to enjoy the spectacular views of the endless horizon of South China Sea. coralﬂyer.com
CROCKER RANGE PARK Crocker Range Park is one of the largest national park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, stretching from Kundasang to Tenom. Besides its huge size (139,919 hectares), the Crocker Range National Park receives an average of 3,000 – 4,000 mm of rain a year making it as an important water catchment area from the sources of 12 major rivers. It is also rich in ﬂora, contains at least five species of primates, such as the orang utans, gibbons, and the furry tarsier as well as longtailed macaques. The reserve forest has no modern amenities but is a thriving destination for jungle trekking and four-wheel drive excursion. Visitors can trek to the Rafﬂesia site and camping there. PADAS WHITE WATER RAFTING If you are looking for some adrenaline rush activity, this is definitely the activity you need to join. Different from the ordinary rafting rivers, Padas water is rather muddy instead of transparent and clear. The thrilling excursion covers a distance of 30km, making it the longest rafting route in Borne. Padas holds 7 exciting and tough rapids including Merry-Go-Round Rapid, Break Point Rapid, Scooby Doo Rapid, Cobra Rapid, Curve Rapid, Lambada Rapid and Head Hunter Rapid.
1BORNEO HYPERMALL is the largest shopping mall in Sabah, which will give you a modernized and stylish shopping experience. It is just 7 km away from Kota Kinabalu City and about 13km away from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. It consists of four international and regional hotel chains, condominiums, Auto City, Sea World and Discovery Centre, handicraft and cultural centre, spa and fitness centre, amusement centre, bowling alley, Cineplex, bars and restaurants. www.1borneo.net KARAMUNSING SHOPPING CENTRE, being one of the biggest shopping complex in Kota Kinabalu, Karamunsing Shopping Cenre is like Sabahâ€™s version of Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. It houses a lot of choices for IT and electrical appliances enthusiasts. Facebook: KompleksKaramunsing
CENTRE POINT SABAH is situated just off the main coastal highway and within walking distance from the Central Business District. Centre Point Sabah is a one-stop shopping, dining, office, car park and amusement complex in the city. It is a great place for fashion elements, as well as various shopping experience. There are four hotels available near to Centre Point (walking distance), which is Hotel Promenade, Le meridian, Imperial Hotel and Waterfront Hotel. www.centrepointsabah.com SURIA SABAH SHOPPING CENTRE is the latest popular places for shopping spree which is located beside Wisma Merdeka and Wisma Sabah. One of the highlights is the 6,000 sq ft Library @ Suria at the fourth ďŹ‚oor which was opened in 2012 with a collection of 30,000 books. The 300 shops offer plenty shopping, foods and entertainments. Facebook: SuriaSabah KOTA KINABALU HANDICRAFT MARKET is located along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens in Kota Kinabalu opens daily from 7am to 9pm. 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!
1. Scene of Sabah Market 2. Aefial Kota Kinabalu city 3. Handicraft at Poring Hot Spring
Eating out in Kota Kinabalu is never difficult, you can find local Indian, Chinese and traditional Malay food as well as Indonesian, Thai and Filipino food. Sabah has plenty of traditional food that you should not miss. Look for those small places where local people eat, youâ€™ll surely get surprises!
food BEST TRADITIONAL
HINAVA One of the unique traditional dish for Kadazan Dusun tribes in Sabah. The raw fish salad dish is filleted fresh raw mackerel fish mixed with sliced chilli, ginger, diced red onions, grated bambangan seed, salt and a few squirts of lime juice. Hinava usually served during a special occasions especially on Kadazan Dusun harvest festival Tadau Kaamatan, wedding, engagement and other big feasts.
TUARAN MEE Like Laksa in Penang or Kolok Mee in Sarawak, Tuaran Mee is famous signature noodle dish in Sabah. It is originated from a small town called Tuaran hence its name. It is a traditional handmade egg noodle accompanied with egg roll slices, roasted pork slices and local green vegetables that can only be found in Sabah. The noodle contains its own moisture, making each strand appear shiny and delicious. EAT HERE • Restoran Lok Kyun Shop No.4, Block 8, Jalan Keogh, Tuaran, Sabah
chandas, by rolling the starch around the prongs and then dipping it into a sauce, or which there are many varieties. TUHAU Another healthy dish, Tuhau made from wild ginger mixed with scallions and chilli and pickled with salt and vinegar, giving it a pungent smell but quite good for those who like the taste. Tuhau can be eaten by itself, or savoured together with rice. It is originated from the Tambunan, Keningau and Ranau people in Sabah. Commonly found in tamu markets around Sabah.
• Restoran Seng Hing Ruang Sinsuran 2, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
AMBUYAT Ambuyat is a gluey “porridge” made of sago starch. For the Bisaya community in Sabah, colour does not play an important role in the traditional diet. They have traditional food that in unappealing form and texture but very delicious. Ambuyat is eaten with a bamboo fork called a
KELUPIS Kelupis is a kind of traditional kuih in Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak. It is a tasty special dish often served during wedding ceremony and other special occasions. The aromatic kuih is made of glutinous rice wrapped in a fragrant leaf called daun nyirik (shape like turmeric leaf) which is only available in Sabah and Sarawak. It is then cooked in coconut milk.
BAMBANGAN Bambangan is a type of wild mango that comes with a pungent smell. It is popular especially among the Kadazan and Dusun tribes. The fruit is round and has a thick brown skin. It is either can be eaten raw when it is ripe or used to make pickles. Traditionally, Bambangan is normally harvested raw to be pickled using salt mixed with grated Bambangan seed and slices of chilli. PINASAKAN Also known as Pinasakan Sada, it is a traditional Kadazan Dusun dish of braised Basung fish mixed with Takob Akob (a tangy wild fruits mainly harvested for its skin), fresh turmeric, salt and slices of Bambangan. Best served with white rice or Ambuyat and a dash of sambal. The dish is available at most traditional cuisine restaurants.
By Air Kota Kinabalu is the main entry point to Sabah. Kota Kinabalu Airport is the second busiest airport in Malaysia as 98% of visitors arrive at Sabah by air. The Layang Layang Island is only accessible by air, visitors have to depart from the Old Airport Terminal. The Low Cost Carrier Terminal or Terminal Two is operated by AirAsia, situated about 7km from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. By Sea Boat / ferry services serve island destinations in Sabah such as Sipadan, Kapalai, Mabul, Labuan, and etc. Ferry terminals and immigration checkpoints are situated at Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau. Islands like Pulau Tiga, Turtle Islands, Mengalum and Mantanani require pre-arrangements for ferry services. 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 â€“ the North Borneo Railway, the oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo. The journey takes 4 hours, taking passengers through villages, coastal towns, paddy fields, rainforests and rubber and coffee plantations. Take all the way pass the Padas River if you have time as the view from the train is simply breathtaking. By Bus Move around like the natives and take the bus. Travel by bus around Sabah is the best way to enjoy the scenery around the state. The North Bus Terminal Inanam is the main station for long distance buses (express buses). These big air conditioned buses go to key cities on the east coast such 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 buses from Papar, Penampang, Likas, Tuartan, Sepanggar and etc. The City Park Bus Terminal which located opposite of KK High Court Building offers transport to Southern Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. Passport is needed if you plan to travel across the border.
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MIRI Lambir Hills National Park Niah National Park
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Annah Rais Longhouse
• Sarawak Museum • Islamic Museum • Cat Museum • Main Bazaar • Kuching Waterfront
Batang Ai National Park
Places of Interest
sarawak *Map not drawn to scale
The Land of the Hornbills The
largest state of Malaysia, Sarawak is located on the island of Borneo, with its ever spectacular blue skies and tropical breezes. Sarawakâ€™s greatest assets include its UNESCO World Heritage Site and numerous protected national parks.
DAY 1-2 NATURE & WILDLIFE TOUR GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK A UNESCO Not just being the largest national HERITAGE park in Sarawak, the SITE impressive Gunung Mulu National Park is the world’s largest cave chamber and the world’s most extensive cave systems with razor sharp limestone pinnacles. The chamber is capable of accommodating 40 Boeing 747 airplanes. Mulu Caves National Park is situated around 100 km from the town of Miri and near to the southern border of Brunei. This is also where Deer Cave is found – the world’s biggest cave passenger that can fit five cathedrals. Besides, the Clear Water Cave here is 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. www.mulupark.com
LAMBIR HILLS NATIONAL PARK Lambir Hills National Park is located 30km southwest of Miri, Sarawak. It has a complex and diverse forest ecosystem with 6,952 hectares of lowland dipterocarp and health forest rising to a height of 450m to produce the greatest known level of plant biodiversity in the world. It is not only plant life that is diverse: 237 different species of birds, flying squirrels, wild boars, gibbons, many different types of primates, various species of deer, and unknown insects and other invertebrates, have made Lambir a major centre for rainforest research. NIAH CAVES & 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. The Caves are formed by The
Great Cave and the Painted Cave, which were declared as National Historical Monuments. The Great Cave is easy to access as there are plank walls built for tourists to walk on. Different species of flora and fauna with beautiful tropical rainforest are to be seen along the walk. The Painted Cave has some wall paintings depicting the dead’s boat journey to the afterlife, along with remnants of deathships on the cave’s floor which are small canoe-like coffins, all indicating that the site was once used as a burial ground. Between the months of August to December and January to March, visitors can also catch the birds’ nests collectors at work. SIMILAJAU NATIONAL PARK The national park is located about 30km northeast of Bintulu. It sprawls 8,996 hectares and the main trekking trail surrounds the coast so that visitors are never far away from the main attractions of Similajau. The national park acts as a home and natural habitat for the wildlife, flora and trees around. As Sarawak is famous for crocodiles, it is quite normal to see the Saltwater Crocodiles by the beach. Dolphins, whales, dugongs and green turtles can be seen too. Birdwatchers will be delighted with the 185 species of birds recorded here. Best way to look at the beautiful place is to hire a boat for half or a full day coastal and river tours, or for crocodile spotting tours at night. GUNUNG GADING NATIONAL PARK Located in Lundu District, southwest of Sarawak, the Gunung Gading National Park comprises of mountainous rainforest and is home to the world’s largest flower – the Rafflesia. The flower produces smelly odor when it is in bloom, to attract flies and other insects. The Rafflesia blooms unpredictably and has a brief flowering period. It takes nine months to mature and flowering lasts only four or five days before dying. Check with Sarawak Forestry Office in Kuching in advance to avoid disappointment.
TALANG SATANG NATIONAL PARK Talang Satang is the first marine national park in Sarawak. It was established for the primary aim of Sarawak’s marine turtle conservation population. The marine park consists of four island: Pulau Satang Besar, Pulau Satang Kecil, Pulau Talang-Talang Besar, and Pulau Talang-Talang Kecil. Known as “Turtle Islands”, these islands have 95% of all the turtles landed here. However a white sandy beach stretches across the entire southern side of the island and the deep emerald waters offers good snorkeling possibilities. TEL +6082-248 088 (National Parks Booking Office) MATANG WILDLIFE CENTRE Matang Wildlife Centre is located in Kubah National Park, situated in Damai Beach. It is situated about 40 minutes away from Kuching. It acts as Sarawak’s main centre for wildlife rehabilitation. The rescued animals being rehabilitated here include orang utans, sun bears, bear cats, civet cats, sambar deers, barking deers, porcupines and crocodiles. Besides, waterfalls, rock pools, designated swimming areas, picnic spots and scenic nature trails make this a wonderful campsite. SEMENGGOH WILDLIFE CENTRE The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is the biggest orang utan rehabilitation centre in Sarawak. It was established since 1975, accepts animals either orphaned, injured or rescued from captivity and restores them back into the wild nature. The endangered orang utans are the primary reason that people visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. Semenggoh also boasts an arboretum, a fernery, forest nursery, seed bank, ethno herb botanical garden, tropical orchard, an orchard garden and much more.
BAKO NATIONAL PARK Bako National Park is Sarawakâ€™s oldest national park since 1957 that covers the northern tip of the Muara Tebas peninsular, with an area of 27 sq km. It features a wide variety of wildlife, jungle streams and waterfalls, isolated beaches, and trekking trails. One of the main highlights of the national park is the Proboscis Monkey. Visitors have high chances meeting the long-tailed macaque monkeys and silver leaf monkeys, wild boat, squirrels and monitor lizards. Forest types range from mangrove to heath forest, tropical swamp vegetation, cliff vegetation and beach vegetation.
1. Bako National Park
5. Pitcher plant
2. Gunung Gading - Home to the world's largest flower, Rafflesia
6. Mulu National Park
3. Similajau National Park 4. Rock Climbing
7. Exploring Niah Cave 8. 4-Wheel Driving Experience
Have a scrumptious breakfast spread at the Grand Old Lady All Day Dining Restaurant, located at 17th floor, with a view overlooking the first oil well dug in Malaysia â€“ the Grand Old Lady. Pay a visit to the alfresco Sky Garden Outdoor Dining to have light hearted tapas while taking in the surround scenic of the city stretching all the way towards the South China Sea. Last but not least is the one and only revolving restaurant in Northern Sarawak â€“ M Signature Revolving Restaurant that specializes in serving signature fine dining cuisine.
MERITZ HOTEL Meritz Hotel is a 4-star business class hotel providing personalized services ever ready to match the needs of the people.
he hotel comprises 290 elegantly appointed guest room and suites. A luxury atrium is available in every three floors, perfect for activities and gathering with complimentary internet access services.
Adjacent to shopping mall The hotel is strategically situated next to Bintang Megamall, namely one of the leading shopping malls in Miri. With more than 200 branded retails shops operating with the anchor tenant, Parkson Department Store, patrons are bound to enjoy the exciting shopping experience. Varieties of food and entertainment facilities are also available at the mall.
1. Atrium 2. Grand Old Lady All Day Dining Restaurant 3. Hotel Room 4. Hotel Exterior
Central Location The hotel sits at a centralized location to many of the tourist attractions location such as: Petroleum Science Museum, Miri Handicraft Centre, The Grand Old Lady, Tamu Muhibbah, Seberkas Weekend Market, Miri City Fan and many more. The hotel is also located only 15 minutes away from Miri Airport and 45 minutes from Brunei border checkpoint if you are travelling by car from Brunei. Food & Beverage Outlets The hotel carries 5 signature restaurant & bars, each specializing in unique flavors and cuisine to bring you an exceptional dining experience. The M Bar Lobby Lounge, located next to the lobby, is a comfortable lounge to relax and enjoy your favorite coffee. Fortune Chinese Restaurant located at 7th floor offers a diverse selection of Chinese cuisine.
Facilities After a long day, emerge yourself in a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or surrender yourself to a timeless and unforgettable experience at the spa & sauna centre. Fitness enthusiast will still be able to continue their daily routine as the hotel is fully equipped with modern workout facilities. 4
Meritz Hotel is set to enriching your stay. For booking or reservations, please call +6085 41 7888 or +6085 41 1432, or email at email@example.com. Alternatively, visit www.meritzhotel.com for more information.
M Bar Lobby Lounge Ground Floor.
The Grand Old Lady All Day Dining
Sky Garden Outdoor Dining
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Outlets M Signature Revolving Restaurant & Bar
The Fortune Modern Chinese Restaurant
DAY 3 CULTURAL + HERITAGE TOUR @ KUCHING CHINESE HISTORY MUSEUM The Chinese History Museum is a small museum located near the Kuching Waterfront. It was previously the Chinese Chamber of Commerce which built in 1912. The museum has richly displays old photographs and various artefacts about the early lifestyle of the Chinese community in Sarawak and their involvement in the modern Sarawak. A lot of musical instruments, jade pieces, Ming Dynasty ceramics and many artifacts that reflect the life of Chinese in the early 1900’s can be found in the museum. ISLAMIC MUSEUM Islamic museum shows the history of Islam and special culture of the Muslim community in Sarawak. It was the first museum of its kind in the region. The museum consists of seven galleries set around a central courtyard garden, each with a different theme: History of Islam in the Malay Archipelago, Islamic Architecture, Science and Technology, Economy, Education and Literature, Islamic Music, Weaponry, Personal Ornaments and Al-Quran. KUCHING WATERFRONT A stroll at the Kuching Waterfront should be one of your itinerary when traveling around Kuching. It is a riverside promenade lined with landscaped gardens, sculptures, cafes, food stalls and benches. It offers spectacular views of the Astana, Fort Margherita and Malay kampungs across the river. Sampan / Boat / Sightseeing Sunset Cruise are available to experience cruising and jetty-hopping. PLANETARIUM SULTAN ISKANDAR The Sultan Iskandar Planetarium is Malaysia’s first planetarium, located in Kuching Sarawak. The white-domed
structure was opened on 19th January 1989, and act as an institution that creates awareness in science and astronomy among the younger generation. The planetarium shows videos astronomic adventures of every planets in the solar system. www.planetarium-sarawak.org SARAWAK MUSEUM Sarawak Museum is one of the oldest and probably most renowned museums in Southeast Asia. Located in Kuching, the museum is spread over two different buildings – the old building and Dewan Tun Abdul Razak Building. The old building was built by Charles Brooke (White Rajah of Sarawak), and used to exhibit collections on the natural history of Sarawak; while the new wing used mostly for temporary exhibitions, and accommodates the souvenir shop, an aquarium and the botanical garden. The museum complex also includes the Ethnology Museum, Natural Science Museum, Art Museum, pavilions, and Heroes Monument. www.museum.sarawak.gov.my ASTANA Built by Charles Brooke (Sarawak’s second White Rajah) in 1870, Astana was a wedding gift to Brooke’s wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt. Today it is the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak (Yang Di-Pertua Negeri). The Astana, which means “palace” in the local dialect, underwent several renovations and currently consists of three bungalows supported by square brick pillars with a library and a collection of artefacts related to Brooke family. The Astana is not open to the public, but it is a good picturesque spot from the outside. GRAND OLD LADY The Old Lady, Malaysia’s first inland oil drilling platform and one of Sarawak’s most important historical monuments. Grand Old Lady stands majestically on top of Canada Hill overlooking Miri. It has its name as it is like a “mother” who milked
3 1. Sarawak Museum 2. Kuching Waterfront 3. Tua Pek Kong Temple
a poor country to a prosperous nation. The growth of the oil industry has helped to transform Miri from a small fishing village at the turn of the 20th century into a modern and prosperous town in the 21st Century. CAT MUSEUM The world’s first cat museum located in town of Petra Jaya, Kuching. There are almost everything that are related to cats can be found in the museum. Cat lovers wouldn’t want to leave the museum, viewing a wide range of exhibits, photos, feline art and many cat souvenirs. The museum is housed on the ground on the City Hall building, spread over four galleries covering a total area of 1,035 sq m. The Cat Museum aims to carry out research, collection, presentation, documentation, promotion, publication and education on the lucky animal. TEL +6082-446688
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IMPERIAL HOTEL KUCHING, the latest addition to the fast expanding Imperial Group of Hotels is a 4-star business class hotel, strategically located in the heart of Kuching, just 5 minutesâ€™ drive from the Kuching International Airport and 10 minutes to the cityâ€™s central business district. It sits on top of the Boulevard Shopping Mall and adjoins the Imperial Suites. Imperial Hotel, Kuching features 339 well-appointed guestrooms & suites including 2 Executive floors, all carefully designed with practicality and comfort in mind. Each guestroom is tastefully and complete with complimentary in-room Wi-Fi and wired Internet access point.
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1. One of the Sarawak's sub-ethnic groups with traditional dress 2. Fort Margherita at Kuching Waterfront 3. A traditional Iban longhouse in Sarawak 4. Sarawakian welcoming visitors a longhouse 5. Sarawak Cultural Village
DAY 4 CULTURAL + HERITAGE TOUR JADE DRAGON TEMPLE (YU LUNG SAN TIEN EN SI) It is the largest temple complex in Sibu Sarawak, Malaysia and even Southeast Asia. Located 27km away from Sibu town, the Jade Dragon Temple is a worship place for 3 different forms of practice under one roof that includes: Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. However due to the huge compound it occupies and the detailed architecture of the building, today the temple has become a popular tourism destination in Sarawak. Strolling inside makes you feel you are in one of the palace in China. SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE Hailed as the “Living Museum”, the cultural village serves as an excellent speaker to introduce the cultural traditions of Sarawak. The village demonstrates traditional daily activities from Sarawak’s diverse tribes. Among them are Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Penan,
6. Sarawak handmade crafts
Chinese and Malay. The indigenous people demonstrates art and craft skills, such as wood carving, textile and basket-weaving, sword making, beadwork, sago press process, and blow-pipe making. Guests are often invited to attend night ceremonies and drink a potent rice wine, tuak which is made by Iban. Visitors can enjoy cultural show featuring traditional music and dance at the indoor theater daily. www.scv.com.my TRADITIONAL LONG HOUSE TOUR One of the most signature memorable experience to get in Sarawak is to visit a traditional long house as a day trip, although there are a few that also offer accommodation for visitors. The journey allows visitors to observe the unique way of life of the aborigines – the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu of Sarawak. Iban long houses are usually found in the Skrang River, Lemanak River and Batang Ai River area. Orang Ulu long houses are located in the Rejang and Baram river systems and in the northern highlands, that are accessed via Sibu and Miri. Many interesting activities awaiting you,try waterfall
massage, bamboo rafting, enjoy the cultural performances, see how rice is harvested, try on traditional instruments and many more. 6
THE SPRING MALL, the largest shopping mall in Sarawak, is a four-storey mall (including basement) with 350,000 square feet of space and 1,500 car-parking bays located in South Kuching. www.thespring.com.my BOULEVARD SHOPPING MALL is well known for its affordable and comfortably priced merchandises in many varieties. The complex has more than 230 retail outlets cater to shoppers of all ages, a 4-star hotel, 2 blocks of apartment suites. Besides, there are roller skate rink, K-Box, Amusement Arcade and 8 halls cinema in the shopping precincts. www.boulevardmall.my TUN JUGAH MALL was built in memory of Tun Jugah (a patriot and national hero involved in the independence and formation of Malaysia) and is one of the premier shopping complex located strategically within the Golden Triangle of Kuching. The 12-storey office block with a 3-storey shopping mall houses many popular brands such as the Apple IT Centre, British Tailor, House of Leather, Hush Puppies, Sony Centre, and many more. www.tunjugah.com
3 1. Kuching Waterfront 2. Kuching Waterfront Bazaar 3. Sarawak Handicrafts
KUCHING WATERFRONT BAZAAR also known as the Main Bazaar, is a street filled with old shop houses selling different kinds of goods at very reasonable prices. While enjoying the beautiful views of the Sarawak River, you can also take a stroll at the shops nearby along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. Stacks of souvenirs such as antiques, ceramics, tribal and ethnic arts and crafts, woodcarvings, blowpipes, Bidayuh bric-a-brac, and Orang Ulu ornaments and many other interested goods can be found!
SARAWAK CRAFT COUNCIL is a great place to learn about authentic Sarawak handicrafts. Groups of crafts people from rural villages and longhouses demonstrate their skills in various types of Sarawak crafts and some of their items are on sale. Interesting handicraft displays and a resource centre with a library are available here too. sarawakhandicraft.com.my SARAWAK PEPPER has gained international recognition due to its distinctive and rich flavour and taste through years. Sarawak ranks amongst the worldâ€™s four leading producers of pepper where the Malaysian Pepper Board's head office is located at Kuching,Sarawak. Malaysian Pepper Board (MPB), also known as Lembaga Lada Malaysia, is responsible for the development of the Malaysian Pepper Industry in areas of production, marketing and research. High quality bottled Sarawak peppers can be purchased at most departmental stores, supermarkets and mini markets.
CUISINE OF THE INDIGENOUS
SARAWAK cuisine is primarily influenced by the ingredients that are available local or through trade. There are several ethnics in Sarawak and each of the ethnics have their special cuisine. The indigenous people of Sarawak kept their traditional gastronomical treat secret for centuries and today their influence can be tasted in most of Sarawak food. Be well prepared to be spoiled by the numerous choices!
SARAWAK LAKSA Very differently from the ordinary curry Laksa, Sarawak Laksa is made of Sambal Belacan without curry flavor, added with sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, lemongrass and coconut milk, topped with omelette strips, chicken strips, prawns and fresh coriander. A thick spicy Sambal paste is usually served on the side. EAT HERE • Woon Lam Cafe 1999 No. 189, Ground Floor, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, 93100, Kuching • Chong Choon Cafe Lot 121, Section 3 (Jalan Abell), 93100, Kuching
KOLO MEE The most well-known signature dish in Sarawak, Kolo Mee undoubtedly has become so much part of the city folks’ life. It is basically a simple but irresistible dish handmade of yellow egg noodle tossed with lard, garlic oil and black vinegar to give it the special flavor and taste. It has to be topped with well-seasoned minced pork and few slices roasted pork (Char Siew). Muslim stalls offer halal or pork free version of the noodle. MANOK PANSOH Feeling curious about what is the most famous food from the Ibans community of Sarawak? The answer must be Manok Pansoh. “Manok” means chicken and “Pansoh” is bamboo in Dayak languages, which pieces of chicken are stuffed into a bamboo tube with mushrooms, lemongrass and tapioca leaves, and cooked over an open fire. The dish cannot be found easily in all restaurants; some restaurants require advanced booking prior to your arrival. UMAI An important and popular food for Melanau people in Sarawak. The traditional dish consists of sliced raw fish with mixture of onion, chillies, salt and
lime juice. There are many variations of seafood to include, either mackerel, prawn or jellyfish. Umai jeb is a type of Umai with only the seafood, similar to Japanese sashimi. SAGO WORMS Dare to chew a live worm and swallow them? In Sarawak, the Melanaus (indigenous people) commonly eat the Sago Worms alive, or just fried them. To eat the live worm, hold the worm by its head, pop its squirming body, put the tail first into the mouth and bite and spit off its head. They said it is chewy and tastes like delicious rich creamy toffee. The Sago Worm was featured in one of the Fear Factor episode, to challenge the contestants on eating a live fat sago worm. Sago worm
SARAWAK LAYERED CAKE (KEK LAPIS) Probably ladies’ favourate dessert, the Kek Lapis Sarawak has unique patterns of interlaced of tasty layers and variety of flavours. It is in multiple layer and must have at least two colors. You can get vanilla, chocolate, orange or strawberry, pandan, or a combination of any one of them. Be delighted with the rainbow colors of cake! KUEH CHAP Must not fail to try another special signature dish – Kueh Chap. “Chap” literally means a mix, which is exactly what Kueh Chap is. The broth which taste like lighter version of Bak Kut Teh, it’s mixed with Kueh Teow noodles, hard-boiled egg and pork. Kueh Chap is easily available from any local hawkers. EAT HERE Bintawa Kueh Chap No. 1310, Lot 7719, Jalan Keranji, Tabuan Jaya, 93350, Kuching
GETTING AROUND As most of the interior of Sarawak is still inaccessible by road, the only way you can travel to Sarawak from anywhere in the world is via aeroplane.
By Air It takes 2 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching International Airport (KIA), Kuching. Airports are also found in Miri, Sibu and Bintulu. By Sea Boats are very common in Sarawak especially in the interiors which are crisscrossed with rivers. Boats at the Express Boat Terminal in Kuching offer rides to Sibu (around 5 hours). Daily boats take passengers to remote villages of Kapit and Belaga, the common places to visit the traditional longhouses. By Road One of the best ways to learn and explore local cultures is when you take public bus service within the state or to Indonesia and Brunei. Taxis and limousine services are widely available.
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SHOPPING CENTRES ❚❚❚❚❚❚❚❚ Boulevard Mall Boulevard Shopping Mall CityONE Megamall Kuching Hills Shopping Mall Imperial Shopping Mall Medan Niaga Satok Riverside Shopping Centre Sarawak Plaza Shopping omplex Sibu Market The Spring Shopping Mall The Summer Shopping Mall Tun Jugah Shopping Complex
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Labuan Chimney Museum Labuan Bird Park
Pohon Batu Beach
LEGEND Pancur Hitam Beach
Kampung Batu Manikar
Town Places of Interest Airport Ferry Terminal
Kampung Layang- Layangan
Kilan Agricultural Park
Homestay Kampung Bukit Kuda
Surrender Point & Peace Park
Homestay Kampung Sungai Labu
Labuan Spots Complex Labuan Airport
Homestay Kampung Patau-Patau II
Labuan International Ferry Terminal Bebuloh Water Village
Blue Water Wreck
World War Memorial II
Financial Park Complex Labuan Marine Museum
J Labuan Museum
J Pulau Burong
Labuan Golf Country Club
Patau-Patau Water Village
SOUTH CHINA SEA
J Labuan Marine Park
Cement Wreck American Wreck
Pulau Rusukan Kecil Pulau Rusukan Besar
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The Federal Territory of Labuan
of Malaysiaâ€™s three federal territories. Located just off the coast of Sabah, Labuan offers the only deep anchorage spot in Malaysia and is a strategic stopover for travelers crossing between Brunei and Sabah.
DAY 1 CITY EXCITEMENT & HERITAGE TOUR LABUAN INTERNATIONAL SEA SPORTS COMPLEX Opened to public since year 2001, Labuan International Sea Sport Complex is a world class water sports centre located at the waterfront area along Jalan Tanjung Purun. It aims to develop more attractive places of interests in line with the Malaysian Prime Minister’s vision to turn Labuan into a major island destination. The complex not only possesses an interesting architectural design, it also houses modern infrastructure and amenities which will enable Labuan to host more international sea sports events and championships.
LABUAN MARINE MUSEUM Labuan Marine Museum is located inside Labuan International Sea Sports Complex. It was opened in the year of 2003 to preserve the precious marine heritage of Labuan and aims to provide information and knowledge of the island’s rich marine life. The 2-storey museum contains an interesting array of artifacts from shipwrecks as well as live and preserved sea life such as fishes, reptiles, sea vegetation, sea corals; all separated into 16 galleries. LABUAN SQUARE Labuan Square is situated at the centre of BORNEO ART Labuan town. It is a charming park with FESTIVALS Date : June neat lawns and ﬂowers and even water Venue: fountains. The central focuses a raised Labuan Square opened stage with ﬂags of Malaysia ﬂying on tall poles. Its design reﬂects Labuan’s status as an International Offshore Financial Center, as well as a popular place to stroll or relax. The park is your great background for photographs.
LABUAN INTERNATIONAL GOLF CLUB (LIGC) Labuan International Golf Club (LIGC) is a brand new golf club in Federal Territory Labuan, East Malaysia. It was opened in 2013, set amidst of 200 acres of prime seafront. It is an 18-hole championship golf club offering a relaxing golfing experience, bordered by magnificent sea view of South China Sea and cooling greenery that is sure to impress the fellow golfers. With interesting design and 60% of the ﬂora and fauna remain untouched, its promises to provide various challenges from low to high handicapper. www.ligc.com.my STATE MOSQUE The Labuan State Mosque is also known as the An-Nur Jamek Mosque, and it is the only mosque in the state. It is located in an area of 4.5 acres in the center of Labuan town. It was built to replace the old mosque of Labuan which is no longer able to accommodate the increasing number of worshippers. The mosque’s futuristic architecture reﬂects the progressive spirit of the people and island of Labuan.
DAY 2 3
1. Surrender Point 2. War Memorial 3. Japanese Surrender Point
REMEMBRANCE DAY WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL Date : Labuan World War II Memorial 11th November 2015 is the largest memorial park in Venue: World War II Memorial Malaysia. It is the final resting place for 3,908 war heroes from Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand as well as Malaya who fought and fell during World War II is located along Jalan Tanjung Batu. Every year, an elegant ceremony named as Remembrance Day is conducted in full military tradition held here and is attended by war veteran groups as well as the sacrificedâ€™ families to honour and remember the fallen warriors.
JAPANESE SURRENDER POINT & PEACE PARK A good way to appreciate Labuanâ€™s history is by visiting the Japanese Surrender Point and Peace Park. The Japanese Surrender Park was built to commemorate the 1945 Japanese surrender to the Australian forces, which marked 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. The Peace Park is located next to the Japanese Surrender Point. It is a beautifully landscaped park surrounded by Japaneseinspired gardens and ponds, serves as a memorial and a renunciation of war, to remind to all of the peace and harmony among mankind. TANJUNG KUBONG TUNNEL Situated at the northern tip of Labuan Island, the Tanjung Kubong Tunnel is originally busy site of coal mining activities for more than half a century. It was then the coal mining site closed down due to mining accidents happened. What remains today are pits and tunnels, old bricks and pieces of rail tracks as well as some rusted cables scattered on the ground from the old times. Visitors can access the tunnel with a short rope and emerge from the top but must be tried with great care.
DAY 3 ADVENTURE & NATURE TOUR WATER VILLAGE Water Villages in Labuan is a fascinating attraction to be explored. There are two main water villages in Labuan, the Kampung Bebuloh and Kampung PatauPatau. These are houses made up of high stilts and only woods above the water. Each house is quite spacious and have their own boat as transport. The residents in the village are mainly the Brunei Malay. The villages are made up of large communities of them with shops, mosques and other facilities. Visitors are welcomed to roam around and pay a visit to the village.
1 2 1. Bird Park 2. Water Village Homestay 3. Botanical Garden
LABUAN BOTANICAL GARDEN The beautiful recreational park was once the home of Labuan Islandâ€™s Government House before it was destroyed in the war. About five minutes from Labuan town, the Labuan Botanical Garden was built in 1852, was a long and low structure with an interesting roof design. It has a man-lake with an arched bridge for visitors to stroll and take in the lovely view. There are two graveyards in the park, which are believed to be the oldest graveyards in Labuan Island.
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. 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.
1. Turtle Hatchery at Rusukan Besar Island 2. Underwater Photographer Diver
ISLANDS & BEACH TOUR PANCUR HITAM BEACH Being one of the most developed beaches in Labuan, Pancur Hitam Beach is equipped with facilities or amenities such as hawker stalls providing meals or refreshments, barbeque picnic area, camping ground, and unlimited beautiful scenes and cool breezes for relaxations. Pancur Hitam Beach is home to Labuan’s biggest and most luxurious private house – the “House of Millions of Peace”. Right at the side of the house, there is a small natural path that will lead you to Pohon Batu Hill (Bukit Pohon Batu), the second highest peak in Labuan. Have a wonderful bird’s eye view of the entire Labuan Island here! POHON BATU BEACH Another one of Labuan’s pristine beaches that lies on the same stretch as Pancur Hitam Beach. When the holidays come, the beach often crowded with visitors. Some wooden stalls along the beach sell a variety of fresh fishermen’s catch. There is also quite a number of man-made obstables and a challenge corner, or
better known as the Sudut Cabaran by the locals, activities perfectly suitable for team building. PAPAN ISLAND A popular tourist spot, with only 5 minutes boat ride from Labuan. In Papan Island, visitors are able to see an old colonial style lighthouse, a mini agriculture park with a range of plants life from the region, chalets, campsites, sports grounds, barbeque area, with pristine white beaches and clear water. Travellers like to come over here sometimes to escape from the normal civilization, as there is no fresh water supply and non-proper electricity. The locals harvest rain water to use in washing and bathing while drinking water is brought by boat from Labuan Island. Electricity comes from generators, which can only be used at night. It is a perfect place for serenity and natures. LAYANG LAYANGAN BEACH Located on the north eastern side of Labuan and facing the vast South China Sea near to the Peace Park and Surrender
Point, the picturesque Layang Layangan Beach is fame for its warm waters and scenic views. It is a rather quiet beach as you can enjoy cycling by the beach, have a picnic or savor local food at stalls nearby, and immerse in the most beautiful sunset in the evening. On the weekends, occasionally you might even be entertained by live bands performances. DIVE SITES Labuan Island is surrounded by untouched fringing coral reefs housing all manner for fish and marine life however there is another attraction for divers here. There are many dive sites spotted around the Labuan Island and the nearby islands. Four famous ship wrecks lie in shallow waters attracted divers from all around the world: Blue Water Wreck, Cement Wreck, American Wreck, and Australian Wreck. Experienced divers will find the Blue Water Wreck truly memorable with its excellent visibility and wide array of marine life. The shallowest wreck among four – Cement Wreck is an ideal site for beginner divers and wreck diving training.
FINANCIAL PARK SHOPPING MALL is located on an 11 acres of prime land in the Labuan town centre. It is within walking distance from the seafront and a few minutes’ drive away from the airport. In the mall, various products and appliances can be found, including electronic products. It is a big mall stocking duty-free items at cheap and discounted prices. Along with the mall, there is another market at the western side of Labuan which sells stuffed turtles, seashell models, brassware, clothes, leather bags and silk at bargain prices. JALAN OKK AWANG BESAR is the shopping destination to buy embroidered linen, Chinese ceramics, teakwood furniture and jade carvings for great souvenirs. There are also carpet shops, jewellery shops, and stores selling
2 1. Financial Park Shopping Mall
ethnic Indian goods like sarees, wines, liquor, beer and cigarettes are all very inexpensive here in duty-free Labuan. THE LABUAN FARMER’S MARKET is open every Saturday and Sunday at Jalan OKK Awang Besar, with a large variety of agriculture products on sale, such as fruits, vegetables, fresh spices, fish, dried shrimps, dried anchovies and many more. It is divided into two sections – permanent and temporary. The farmers sit with their wives at their stalls and attend to
2. Labuan Handicraft Bazaar
customers as soon as they approach the stall. THE LABUAN WEEKEND BAZAAR is located near the farmer’s market and it is a colourful affair with cheap goods, pearls and jewellery, snacks and drinks. Relatively small compared to other bazaar, it is also a good place to search for gifts and souvenirs, especially pearl accessories for your friends and family back home.
food BUTTER MILK CRAB Many people saying one must visit to this restaurant when visiting Labuan. Anjung Ketam is famous for its lip-smacking crab delicacies, especially its butter milk crab. There are also others sinfully delicious seafood dishes such as salted egg squid, butter prawns, mussels and steamed fish. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
COCONUT PUDDING & LAMBAN Coconut pudding is unique to Labuan and rarely found anywhere else. The mouthwatering dessertis made from steamed coconut water and jelly. Visitors can try the best version of the dessert at the Pulau Labuan Restaurant. Try out Lamban, another delicacy which sweetened steamed rice wrapped in
coconut leaves. Commonly eat with peanut sauce, best dessert for sweet tooth. PUNJUNG Punjung is a cone shaped desserts with green jelly like fillings made from rice ﬂour that wrapped in banana leaves. It is a traditional dessert for the Bruneian Malay people and Kedayan in Labuan.
JELURUT Also best dessert for the sweeth tooth, Jelurut is made of rice ﬂour, sugar and coconut milk. The usually green color dessert is wrapped in lined nipah leaves. It is the fattiest and sweetest local food among all Labuan dessert. It is sometimes ﬂavoured with durian or yam.
GETTING AROUND Labuan Island can be visited by air and by boat. There is a daily ferry service from the mainland to Labuan Island. The ferry from Kota Kinabalu takes about three hours to reach Labuan. It is well connected by air, sea, land and via the highway.
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. Labuan is served by Malaysia Airlines, MASWings as well as AirAsia. By Sea The Labuan International Ferry Terminal received ferries from Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam. Daily ferries travel from Sarawak, Kota Kinabalu (3.5 hours) and Brunei to Labuan (1.5 hour). Most travellers arrive by boats at the Labuan International Ferry Terminal on the southern coast of the island. By Road Labuan is a small town that can easily be explored on foot. For further destinations, bus services are widely available. Taxis are also available mainly in the town center. Car and motorbike rentals for self-drives can be arranged.
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, truly Asia”, Malaysia’s tourist slogan with Malaysia’s diverse and tropical geography means there’s a climate, pace of life and culture to suit every visitors.
he Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), established by the Malaysia Ministry of Health to promote and brand Malaysia medical tourism. Malaysia medical industry has proudly announced a few recognitions by the International Medical Travel Awards 2014, such as Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur is selected as the International Hospital of the Year; Imperial Dental Specialist Centre as the International Dental Clinic of the Year; and Prince Court Medical Centre as International Infertility Clinic of the Year.
MELAKA UNESCO World Heritage Site, Melaka is a city renowned for its delightful mix of rich heritage, good food and modern living. Nearer to Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore, the state of Melaka may be
Medical tourists often head straight for a destination that enables full convalescence unlike leisure tourists. Here we take a look at some of the popular and emerging destinations for medical tourism in Malaysia. PENANG By contributing over 75 percent of Malaysia’s medical tourism share, Penang has fast emerged as the Malaysia’s leading medical tourism hub. Medical tourists visiting Penang will find the island a perfect environment for healthcare and convalescence with a number of top-rated medical institutions and luxury resorts on the island surrounded by beaches, heritage and nature, as well as a newly thriving creativity. Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital is a well-known single disciplined cancer hospital which boasts of the latest state-ofthe-art cancer treatment in Penang. The capital of Penang is George Town, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, with many museums, historical buildings and religious sites appeals to those who hope for a laid back and culturally enriching post-surgery stay. Penang Hill and Penang Botanic Gardens offer vigorous treks, walking trails and bracing fresh air. Numerous resorts offering spas, reflexology, yoga and meditation, as well as vegetarian and organic restaurants, have sprung up across the island, all of which cater to both locals and visitors interested in wellness. Give yourself a treat of body massage, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy, and movement of the mind through relaxation and meditation combine to assist the body's natural renewal at CHI, The Spa, at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa.
set to blossom as a centre for medical tourism with a slogan as “Visiting historic Melaka means visiting Malaysia” to attract more foreign tourists. There are private major hospitals with no waiting lists and provide ample opportunities for medical tourists to recover while sightseeing in this picturesque, historically significant UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Medical tourists can come to seek medical treatment in Mahkota Medical Centre which is well known for its “Centre of Excellence” in seven specialized fields: bone and joint replacement, cancer, the heart, men’s health, neurological and stroke, women and child and wellness.
MOUNT MIRIAM CANCER HOSPITAL Giving Our Very Best in Cancer Technology, Management & Care
Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, a not-for-proﬁt Missionary hospital in Penang, opened in 1976 as a hospice and has steadily grown over the years to become one of the leading oncology hospital in Malaysia. CEO Ms. Tham Wei Wei explains, “Our vision is to be a comprehensive cancer hospital, offering a complete range of services from cancer diagnosis, cancer surgery, cancer treatments and palliative care.”
A Humble Beginning THE SISTERHOOD OF CARING HEARTS The FMDM Sisters (Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood), the backbone and pillar of strength to the hospital, some whom have served Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital since its inception, dutifully devoted their love and care to the sick cancer patients through its quiet yet proud tradition of reaching out to the sick. Lending a listening ear to the sick patients and sharing their journey with them is a joy for the Pastoral Care team. Mount Miriam being a Catholic hospital is not out to convert patients but rather the hospital is open to bringing in ministers of other religions to help patients. As a testament to that, there is an Annual Inter-Faith Memorial Service being held in the hospital that was attended by Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindu religious representatives to pray and minister to the family members during the session.
Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital
Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital 23, Jalan Bulan, Fettes Park, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia. Tel: +604 - 892 3999 Fax: +604 - 890 1583 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mountmiriam.com
Human Capital Development In addition to world class technology, staff is being trained at top universities and hospitals globally. Ms. Tham points out, “We share an ethical passion to cater to our patients’ needs by continuously improving skills and technology.”
Humanity & Corporate Social Responsibility CANCER SURVIVORS DAY CELEBRATION Every year there is a huge gathering of cancer survivors from all walks of life coming together to enjoy a host of fun-filled activities organized by Mount Miriam for cancer survivors (ie. those who have recovered fully or those who are undergoing treatment anywhere in Malaysia) and their family members in dedicated venues in Penang. As a not-for-profit organization we have been fortunate to co-partner with some local hotels to sponsor the venue and meals for the cancer survivors while we keep them entertained during the event to have a care-free celebration. It is such a “life-giving” experience to see them encouraging one another in their plight to fight the dreaded big C. DEDICATED TO NEEDY CANCER PATIENTS Yearly, the hospital disbursed approximately RM800,000 to finance treatment for needy patients who cannot afford cancer treatment. The hospital anticipates raising these disbursements to RM 1 million so that more patients can benefit from this welfare programme. Mount Miriam being a not-for-profit organisation consistently reinvests its revenues in equipment, as it believes that a good advanced and reliable treatment equipment is vital to improve patients quality of life the patients deserved. Patients get the opportunity to enjoy more quality time with their loved ones while undergoing cancer treatments, our doctors have a greater peace of mind with lesser downtime and can treat their patients with ease. Hence, the Tomotherapy HD, the most advance image guided radiation treatment was acquired and launched mid-2013 and have since then successfully treated more than 150 patients in their cancer fighting journey. This equipment is the first of its kind in Northern Region of Malaysia.
Our Doctors, Our Pride, Our Greatest Asset Our doctors take pride in spending quality time with their patients, sometimes up to an hour especially with new patients discussing treatment options and advising patients the alternatives avail to best suit patients’ needs. What drives them is a question that one would ask, the answer is simply “Caring for the patients from our hearts, giving them our best attention always and seeing results as the patients responded positively to treatment will be the best reward for us as their doctors. End of each day, the simplest things like having a good conscience knowing we did our best will be good enough reasons for us to remain in servicing the community at large” quoted by Dr Fabian Lee Wei Luen, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent. Upcoming : Cancer Surgery Unit In 2015 “By the community. For the community.” has been the slogan of Mount Miriam since its inception. The future goal of the hospital is to be the leading teaching cancer hospital and cancer research centre in the country. We are committed to provide our very best for the community. We have a role to play, a role to ensure the very best of cancer treatment at an affordable price. We are geared up to kick-start this unit by the second half of 2015 to visualize our vision of being a comprehensive cancer hospital and all this is made possible thanks to the support of the community at large and through funding.
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Malaysia's very ﬁrst CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
CHI, THE SPA AT SHANGRI-LA
ong 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. 1
1. CHI, The Spa 2. Secret - Surrender 3. CHI Boutique
4. CHI Sanctum 5. Secret - Do Nothing Spa
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 influences 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 first 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.
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. 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.
The spa area is enveloped by walls made of local granite, shaded by the canopy of centuries-old rain trees, and intersected by
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N IVALS A T S E F , EVENTS
MALAYSIA YEAR OF FESTIVALS (MYFEST)
2015 ENDLESS CELEBRATIONS
MyFest 2015 moves on the force of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and aims to make Malaysia the top-of-the-mind tourist destination, encouraging tourists to stay longer in order to enjoy the festival offerings nationwide. The theme “Endless Celebrations” is meant to pack the whole year calendar with festivities of every genre; for instance cultural festivals, shopping extravaganzas, international acclaimed events, eco-tourism events, arts, music showcases, food promotions and other themed events. Malaysia is truly a land of festivals as it represent the diversity of many different ethnic groups and races with their own traditions and festivals.
Throughout 2015 Skyride Festival Park
Tasik Putrajaya (Putrajaya Lake) Tel: +603-8885 0317
MyFEST 2015 Grand Launch Showcasing Citrawarna Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-8000 8000
11-15 World Kite Festival,
Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang, Johor Tel: +607-254 7777
11 Chingay Parade 2015 Mar 2015
Johor Bahru, Johor Tel: +607-278 8999
28 1 Tropfest South East Asia 2015 Jan 2015 -
George Town, Penang Tel: +604-261 3061 Website: www.tropfest.com/sea
29-31 Tioman International
28 Chinese New Year Feb 2015
Open House Celebration Teluk Intan, Perak Tel: +603-8000 8000 Website: www.motac.gov.my
Kg Juara, Pulau Tioman, Pahang Tel: +6013-717 6677
14 5 1Malaysia GP Sale Mar 2015 -
Throughout Malaysia Tel: +603-8891 8000 Website: www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my
5 Chap Goh Meh Celebration
6-7 Karnival Silat Nusantara
Esplanade, George Town, Penang Tel: +604-650 5136
MPKB-BRI Hall, Kelantan Tel: +609-748 5534 / 748 3543 Website: www.tic.kelantan.gov.my
7 Mah Meri
Ancestors Day Festival Mah Meri Cultural Village, Pulau Carey, Selangor
11-12 Penang World Music
27-29 Formula One Festival
KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-2698 0332
Esplanade Tel: +604-650 5136 Website:www.penangworldmusic.gov.my
27-29 Formula 1 Petronas
Malaysia Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit, Selangor Tel: +603-8778 2200
14-15 International Drum Festival Mar 2015
Stadium Sultan Muhamad IV Grounds, Kota Bharu, Kelantan Tel: +609-748 5534 / 748 3543 Website: www.tic.kelantan.gov.my
APR Apr 2015
Nasi Ambeng Festival Homestay Banghuris, Sepang, Selangor Tel: +603-5510 2664 / 2791
18-30 Grease the Musical
Istana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-4026 5555 Website: www.istanabudaya.gov.my
24-26 Labuan National
Federal Territory of Labuan Tel: +6087-42 2622
17-21 LIMA â€™15 Tourism Carnival Mar 2015
Pulau Langkawi, Kedah Tel: +603-8000 8000
3-5 Malaysia International Apr 2015
PWTC Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-9285 5382 Website: malaysiafootwear.com
5 Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya Apr 2015
Millennium Monument, Precinct 2, Putrajaya Tel: +603-7960 0391 Website: www.ironman.com
24-26 Regatta Lepa
Semporna, Sabah Tel: +6089-78 1518 / 78 1472 Website: www.sabahtourism.com
27 31 1Malaysia Mega Sale
Jun 2015 -
30 7 FLORIA - Putrajaya Flower and May 2015 -
Precinct 4, Putrajaya Tel: +603-8000 8000 Website: www.floriaputrajaya.com.my
25-30 Kelantan International
Wau Festival 2015
1-7 Malaysian Dance Festival Jun 2015
Auditorium DBKL, Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-2614 8200 / 8283 / 8203
Pantai Genting Tumpat, Kelantan Tel: +609-748 5534 / 748 3543 Website: www.tic.kelantan.gov.my
5-6 Sunset Music Fest
28-31 Magic of the Night 2015
Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah Tel: +6088-23 2121 Website : www.sabahtourism.com
Marina Putrajaya, Putrajaya Tel: +603-8000 8000
Shopping Carnival Throughout Malaysia Tel: 1300 88 5050
18 17 Festival Ramadhan Jun 2015 -
Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-2614 8200 / 8283 / 8316
JUL 1-31 Penang Durian Festival Jul 2015
Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau & Penang Times Square Tel: +604-210 9020
6 Malaysia Tadau Ka’amatan Open Jun 2015
House Celebration Ranau, Sabah Tel: +603-8000 8000
30-31 Tadau Ka’amatan –
Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Tel: +6088-71 3696 / 71 5924
7 Kuantan Century Ride Jun 2015
Kuantan, Pahang Tel: +609-517 1111 FB : kuantan century ride
12-14 Fraser’s Hill International Jun 2015
Fraser’s Hill, Pahang Tel: +609-517 1623 Website: www.pkbf.org.my
1-30 Malaysia Gawai Dayak Open Jun 2015
31 Penang Flora Festival May 2015
Penang Botanic Gardens, Penang Tel: +604-226 4404 Website: botanicalgardens.penang.gov.my
House Celebration Kuching, Sarawak Tel: +603-8000 8000
7-9 Rainforest World Music Festival Aug 2015
Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak Tel: +6082-42 3600 Website: www.scv.com.my
1 Malaysia Aidilfitri Open House Aug 2015
Rembau, Negeri Sembilan Tel: +603-8000 8000
1-31 George Town Festival Aug 2015
George Town, Penang Tel: +604-261 6308 Website: www.georgetownfestival.com
20-23 Start In Tioman
Kg. Genting, Pulau Tioman, Pahang Tel: +609-517 1111 FB : Start In Tioman
26 4 Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur Sep 2015 –
2015, ATP 250 World Tour
Putra Stadium, Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-8000 8000 Website: www.malaysianopentennis.com
Word Gamelan Festival Throughout Terengganu Tel: +609-623 1553
11-12 Raja Muda Selangor
1-31 Malaysia International Gourmet
Selected hotels in Kuala Lumpur Tel: +603-8000 8000 Website: www.migf.com
23-25 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix
International Regatta Pulau Indah, Port Klang, Selangor Tel: +603-3168 6964
14 3 1Malaysia Year End Sale Nov 2015 –
Throughout Malaysia Tel: +603-8891 8000
1-30 Regatta Sarawak
Sepang International Circuit, Selangor Tel: +603-8778 2200 Website: www.sepangcircuit.com
Kuching, Sarawak Tel: +6082-507 051 / 055 / 048
11-13 Royal Pahang Billfish
International Challenge Pantai Bernas, Kuala Rompin, Pahang Tel: +609-413 3170 Website: www.rpbic.com.my/v2/
14-20 Malaysia Book Village Sep 2015
Malaysia Book Village, Langkawi, Kedah Tel: +603-2687 1700 Website: pnm.gov.my
19 Lantern Festival Sep 2015
(Mooncake Festival) Petaling Street, BBKLCC and Pavilion Tel: +603-8000 8000
13-21 Nine Emperor Gods Festiva Oct 2015
l Tow Boo Kong, Burmah Road, Macallum Street Ghaut, Jelutong, Noordin Street, Farlim, Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, Penang Tel: +604-331 8717
29 1 Putrajaya International Islamic Oct 2015 -
Arts and Culture Festival (PIIACUF)
Dataran Putrajaya, Precinct 3, Putrajaya Tel: +603-8887 7000
26 Malaysia Christmas Open Dec 2015
Portuguese Settlement, Melaka Tel: +603-8000 8000
Hari Raya Aidilfitri “ Selamat Hari Raya ” WHEN
17th - 18th July 2015 (subject to change depending on the sighting of the moon)
Celebration of the end of the Ramadan fastingmonth. During 30 days of fasting, Muslims abstain from food, drinks and smoking, at the same time devoting more time to God, refraining from negative thoughts and actions, and practicing self-control and empathy for the less fortunate.
Muslims celebrate Hari Raya after 30 days of fasting while the other races visit the celebrating Muslims
• During Ramadan fasting month, head to open air Ramadan food markets (known as pasar Ramadan or bazaar Ramadan) for a vast variety of Malay delicacies that are not usually available on a regular day. • Hari Raya Aidilfitri begins with special prayers in mosques and visits to cemeteries to pay respects to departed love ones. • “Open House” feasts during Hari Raya gather together family, friends, neighbours and workmates from different races and religions to celebrate. • “Duit Raya” will be given by elderlies to children.
• National Mosque (Masjid Negara) @ Jalan Lembah Perdana • Federal Territory Mosque (Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan) @ Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly known as Jalan Duta) • Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek) @ Jalan Tun Perak • India Mosque (Masjid India) @ Jalan Masjid India
• Ketupat - compressed rice wrapped in woven coconut leaves • Lemang - glutinous rice cooked in hollowed bamboo stick • Rendang - beef or chicken cooked in coconut milk and spices Dip the ketupat and lemang in the rendang, which is the best accompaniment.
Hari Raya Haji Hari Aidiladha WHEN
24th September 2015
• Celebrates the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as The Hajj. The men will earn the title “haji” and the women “hajjah” upon completion of the pilgrimage. • Hari Raya Haji is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice is an event observed by Muslims all over the world to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. As Ibrahim was about to strike his son, Allah stopped him and revealed that it was a test and a ram was to be sacrificed instead.
• The four-legged animals such as lambs, goats or cows are killed according to the proper religious rites and meat is then distributed to the family, neighbours and to the less fortunate in the community.
FESTIVALS CHINESE Chinese New Year
(Lunar New Year / Spring Festival) WHEN
19th - 20th February 2015
• Chinese New Year is the most important and longest festival, lasting 15 days which is the entire duration of a lunar phrase. • 2015 is the year of goat, which the goat ranks the eight of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. • “Chap Goh Meh” (fifteenth night) is the last day of Chinese New Year, also known as “Chinese Valentine Day”. At the night of the day, single females converge at river banks to throw oranges with their phone numbers written on them into river and hope males in boats will then scoop their oranges up.
• Chinese New Year Eve: - Extended families will gather together for a family reunion dinner which will usually comprise of all the favorite dishes of the family and included all the “lucky foods”. � - During reunion dinner, diners stand up and use their chopsticks to toss the shredded ingredients (“Yee Sang”) up high in the air while saying various auspicious wishes as it is believed that the higher the toss, the more prosperous the diner will be. • Chinese New Year: - Everybody will wears new bright colour clothes to symbolize a new change for the New Year. - Everyone wishes each other with “Gong Xi Fa Cai”, which is translated to mean “May you be blessed with good fortune and prosperity” throughout the whole 15 days of Chinese New Year. - Elders will distribute the “angpows” (red packets filled with money) to children, teenagers or unmarried young adults and the money is thought to bring prosperity to the receivers. Besides, relatives will also exchange “angpows” to bring in good luck. - Some families may hire a lion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from thepremises. The “lions” are said to bring blessings and ward off bad luck.
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Petaling Street / Chinatown @ KL Thean Hou Temple @ Robson Heights, KL FGS Dong Zen Temple @ Selangor Kek Lok Si Temple @ Penang
• Mandarin oranges - known as “kam” in Chinese, which is sound like “gold” (wealth) • Pineapples - Chinese name literally translate to mean “Come, good luck” • “Nian Gao” - a sticky sweetish substance which also mean “Nian Nian Zhang Gao”, translated to mean “grow bigger and taller every year” • Bakkwa - dried and barbecued meat similar to jerky • Yee Sang - a dish of strips of raw fish,shredded pickled vegetables and crackers topped with peanuts and several sources.
• Men - Traditional Chinese Suit • Women - Cheongsam
Wesak Day WHEN
3rd May 2015
Commemorating the three significant events in Gautama Buddha’s life - Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death
• The “Bathing the Buddha” ceremony where water is poured over the shoulders of the Buddha is serves to remind fellow Buddhists to purify the mind from greed, lead noble lives and practise morality and kindness. • Local temples carry out charitable donations and various welfare activities such as providing vegetarian meals to the poor and needy • Light candles, incense and joss sticks at temples • Meditate on the Eight Precepts (core beliefs of Buddhism)
Buddhist Maha Vihara @ Brickfields
FESTIVALS CHINESE Duan Wu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) WHEN
20th June 2015 (fifth day of the fifth lunar month)
This day tributes the famous scholar-poet Qu Yuan, who committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the 5th day of the fifth lunar month. • Fishermen threw lumps of rice into the river to feed the fishes so that they would not eat Qu Yuan's body - purportedly the origin of “Zong Zi” • Locals paddled out on boats to scare the fishes away and retrieve Qu Yuan's body - purportedly the origin of dragon boat racing
• Eat “Zong Zi”, which is a traditional pyramid-shaped Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings such as meat, salted egg yolks and mushrooms, and wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves. • Dragon Boat Racing - Penang International Dragon Boat Festival @ Penang - 2nd FCAS Dragon Boat Race 2015 @ Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu
Hungry Ghost Festival
28th August 2015 (fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month)
During this month, it is believe that the Gates of Hell are thrown open for spirits and ghosts from the nether world to roam freely in search for food.
Mid-Autumn Festival / Mooncake Festival WHEN
27th September 2015 (fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month)
• Family and friends will gather together to eat mooncakes which served with Chinese tea and pomelos while admiring the full moon. The moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest which is a symbol of peace, prosperity and family reunion. • Children will light candles, carry lanterns and sing poems.
• Makeshift altars are erected at roadsides where giant joss sticks are lit and food is offered to appease their hunger. • Staged opera performances and puppet shows are conducted at these venues for the entertainment of the ghosts, spirits and the public on a nightly basis.
Nine Emperor Gods Festival WHEN
13th – 21st October 2015 (first till ninth day of the ninth lunar month)
Celebrated for the spirits of the Nine Gods to descend upon the earth by possessing spirit mediums and putting them in a trance
• Many rituals such as skewering and fire walking ceremonies are carried out. • Devotees will practice a vegetarian diet for these nine days.
• Tow Boo Kong @ Butterworth
3rd February 2015 (tenth day of the Hindu month of Thai)
Commemorates the victory of the Hindu deity Lord Muruga n over a powerful demon which symbolises the victory of good over evil
Devotees go through a physical endurance of being skewered and pierced onthe back and front of their bodies as act of penance.
• Batu Caves @ KL • Little India to Waterfall Road @ Penang
10th November 2015
Diwali, also known as Festival of Lights is an event that celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
• The entrance of houses are decorated with “kolam”, a design formed using coloured rice or chalk powder to welcome Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity. • Mango leaves will be hang on doors to bring blessings into the home. • Burning the oil lamps throughout the day and night is also believed to chase away darkness and evil. • On the morning of the festival, Hindus get up before sunrise for a customary oil bath ritual, dress in their new clothes and head to temples.
• Men - Dhoti or kurtas • Women - silk saris, Punjabi suits
• Idly - steamed rice flour and dhall cake • Boondhi - snack food made from sweetened and fried chickpea flour • Murukku - a savoury and crunchy snack • Omapodi - a crunchy and spicy snack in the shape of short strings 284
Harvest Festival WHEN
30th – 31th May 2015
Also known as Tadau Ka’amatan, is arguably the highlight of Sabah’s month long Harvest Festival celebrations.
This festival features cultural activities, traditional displays, singing, dancing, traditional food and beverages.
• Tadau Ka’amatan Celebrations @ Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Hall, Penampang • Harvest Festival Open Regatta 2015 @ Kinabalu Yacht Club, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
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Gawai Dayak Festival WHEN
1st – 2nd June 2015
• Gawai means ritual or festival and Dayak is a collective name for the tribes of Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Murut and more. • A significant event that celebrates the end of the rice harvesting and also an extended thanksgiving celebration before the new farming season begins.
Several activities may be lined up including cock-fighting, blowpipe demonstrations and Ngajat (traditional dancing) competitions.
• Longhouses • Sarawak Cultural Village
• Tuak - rice wine • Penganan - cakes from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk
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