Famous Hari Raya Local Dishes From Each State in Malaysia

There’s nothing in this world like the food you will find in Malaysia during Hari Raya. Don’t get me wrong, we have amazing food all year round and for special occasions, but the delicacies served during Hari Raya are at the top of most of our tourists’ “must-have” lists.

Hari Raya marks the end of Ramadhan, or the fasting month, for Muslims worldwide, and especially here in Malaysia. So what follows a month of fasting? A whole month of celebrations and eating amazing dishes, many of which can only be found this time of the year. But you don’t have to be Muslim to enjoy them and experience everything that Hari Raya has to offer.

Introduced by foreign and local settlers many years ago, Malay heritage food is a delicious symbol of the colorful Malaysian Muslim lifestyle and has rightfully claimed its place of cultural significance during the festive season. And what better occasion than Hari Raya to take your diners on a trip back to yesteryear with a mouth-watering array of heritage delicacies from famous local places in Malaysia.

Kuantan: Puding Raja

This particular pudding was a specialty from the region of Pekan, Pahang. Puding Raja (“Royal Pudding”) is a traditional Pahang Malay dish taken as an appetizer or dessert and is easy to make at home especially when it comes to Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

You don’t need to be royalty to feast like a king, because treats like Puding DiRaja (Royal Pudding), once reserved for royal banquets, are increasingly available to the public. Puding Raja is not so much a pudding as a simple dish of bananas with a sauce or gravy made from milk and cornflour. Its palate sweetness is balanced with hints of tartness from prune, and there’s myriad textures – spongy, chewy, crispy, and smooth – in every bite.

Ipoh: Rendang Tok

Unlike many other rendang varieties where the chunks of beef are stewed in a rich and spicy sauce known as “kuah“, Rendang Tok from Perak is much drier in comparison, with the gravy being greatly reduced from prolonged simmering until all that’s left is merely a thick layer that coats and adheres onto each piece of meat. Because of this, every chunk of beef is packed with so much flavor as the spices and condiments used become concentrated and compacted from the sauce reduction.

Rendang Tok has always been a famous dish during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri here.

Rendang cooking has a long withstanding tradition in Malaysia and has since evolved and developed so many varieties, with almost every state having its own unique variation. So it comes as no surprise that Perak too has its own “special” rendang and rightfully so as it is very famous, enjoyed by not only the Perakians but also visitors to the state. “Rendang Tok” as it is known, with “Tok” to mean royalty, this delicious rendang is literally food befitting the kings!

Sabah & Sarawak: Kelupis

If you’re planned to travel Sarawak for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Kelupis is a must-try. It is a traditional snack of both the Bisaya people and the Bruneian Malay people residing in Brunei and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Glutinous rice is first cooked in coconut milk that is flavored with pandan leaves, then wrapped in daun nyirik leaves.

The prepared rolls are steamed, then left to hang so they contain no excess water and the rice inside is not wet or damp. Once unwrapped, this snack is delicious enough to be eaten alone, but it’s typically paired with curry or a spicy meat dish known as rendang.

Pulau Pinang: Halwa Maskat

Most common local delicacies in Pulau Pinang is Halwa maskat which is a traditional sweet dish served only on Hari Raya Aidilfitri. It is a very special dish for Penang.

Halwa maskat is a kind of rectangular shaped candy like jelly made from beef, flour, and sugar. 

The secret to producing high quality Halwa masks is not only dependent on the right ingredients, but also on the complicated and time-consuming methods of preparation and the process of mixing the batter continuously.

The dough to produce Halwa masks should be refrigerated for three days and three nights before being stirred on a slow burn for five hours non-stop. If not, the mixture may be crusty and warm.

Johor: Lontong

One of the top dishes during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Johor Bahru is Lontong. It is a combination of nasi impit, vegetables and meat, served together with a savoury coconut milk base. Lontong can be eaten as a full meal since it has everything included in it.

Lontong is typically eaten as a breakfast dish and also served during special occasions such as Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Malay weddings.

Depending on the region it’s prepared in, there are several variations. Some cooks include peanuts in the gravy while others add tempeh or a hard-boiled egg. The bright orange coconut soup is usually served separately from the ingredients to avoid softening the rice cakes.

Terengganu & Kelantan: Nasi Dagang

Ask locals in Kelantan & Terengganu what their local main dish is and don’t be surprised if all say “Nasi Dagang!”.

This flavorful Malaysian dish consists of rice that is steamed in coconut milk and usually served accompanied by spicy fish curry. It is traditionally associated with eastern parts of the country, primarily the regions of Kelantan and Terengganu, along with Southern Thailand.

Depending on the area, nasi dagang can be prepared with husked red rice or the combination of jasmine and glutinous white rice. It is enjoyed as a hearty breakfast that comes served doused in flavor-packed fish curry, and it is usually complemented by pickled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, toasted coconut, sambal, and fish crackers.

Negeri Sembilan: Rendang Hitam

There is a dish that will never absence from the celebrations of Hari Raya, no matter whose house you go, you will never miss this dish.

Yup, it’s Rendang!

In fact, it’s not just for Hari Raya. In Malay society, whenever there is a gathering, the serving of Rendang is a must.

An all-time favorite for the festive table, rendang is often prepared with either beef or chicken infused with aromatic spices and coconut milk for hours. Many culinary experts around the world like to refer to rendang as a curry because of the way it’s slowly stewed on low heat and the array of spices, but it’s richer than a curry and has less sauce, so many Malaysians don’t consider it a curry.

Interestingly, rendang contains natural preservatives due to its recipe which calls for a unique fusion of ground spices and coconut milk, which gives the dish a shelf life up to four weeks.

Malacca: Dodol

Malacca’s local famous dish during Hari Raya Aidilfitri is Dodol. While the base ingredients to make this sweet Hari Raya dessert – coconut milk, cane sugar, and rice flour – appear unassuming enough, in truth, this is one of the most challenging recipes on this list. The cooking process involves continuously stirring the sticky mixture in a hot wok for nine hours. Then it is rolled, portioned out, and individually wrapped.

All this effort does pay off beautifully at the end when you bite into an incredibly rich and flavourful dessert that’s as popular with adults as it is with children. Doldol can also be found in durian, soursop, apple, jackfruit, and milk flavours.

Kedah: Lengat Pisang

Lengat Pisang is a rare type of dessert and only a few know it. Its name is given because it is steamed.

It is an iconic traditional food that is a must-have at Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Kedah.

Selangor: Satay

There’s satay … and then there’s satay Kajang. Brought into the country by the West Javanese towards the end of World War I, the skewered meat is found in abundance at this town in Selangor today. Satay Kajang has gained a reputation for being perfectly tender and flavourful.

What separates Kajang’s satay from the West Javanese one is the chunks of grilled fat. Chicken and beef are the most common variant, but there are other more “exotic” offerings too like rabbit, venison, and duck, as well as liver and gizzard.

Perlis: Kurma Daging

Perlis, the smallest state in Peninsular Malaysia, abuts the Thai border. The state capital of Kangar is surrounded by limestone hills. In this region during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, curry dishes cooked with lots of coconut milk – like Gulai Daging and Kurma Daging Perlis are all-time favorites.

This dish is usually served with ketupats(glutinuous rice).

Negeri Sembilan: Masak lemak cili api

Deliciously rich and spicy, this dish is a fine representation of the masak lemak cooking style. The Minang cooking method – which usually includes turmeric with creamy coconut milk – is particularly popular during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Negeri Sembilan.

The locals here love a good serving of heat, and masak lemak cili api delivers that through the usage of copious amounts of spicy chilli. The creamy gravy is usually served with meat, seafood and vegetables.

Take Hari Raya to a whole new level with family trips to Malaysia. Malaysia is a big nation, thus you will have ample time to explore the best areas during the Hari Raya holidays.

What better way to witness how different cultures celebrate this religious celebration than being there when it happens? This Raya holiday, how about going on a Malaysian food trip with your nose (and stomach!) as your guide? We’ve tracked down some signature dishes from the many states in Malaysia to start you off.

Discovering Famous Local Food Spot As You Travel

Continuing the series on unmissable dishes in popular destinations, do you remember your favourite food in your favourite travel spot, do you missed them??? We’ll show you something that will make your stomach hungry mouth moving hand itching on the spot now!!!

Naples: Deep Dish Pizza

Neapolitan pizza, or pizza Napoletana, is a type of pizza that originated in Naples, Italy. This style of pizza is prepared with simple and fresh ingredients: a basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil. No fancy toppings are allowed!

Seoul, Korea: Bulgogi (marinated beef barbecue)

Known for being one of the top Korean BBQ restaurants in Seoul, Maple Tree House is also one of the best places to try bulgogi.

A juicy, savory dish of grilled marinated beef, bulgogi is one of the most popular Korean meat dishes throughout the world

Best Swedish meatballs in Stockholm

“The city’s first meatball boutique” serves up 14 different varieties of organic meatballs, ranging from rooster, to moose, ox, wild boar, pig, salmon, reindeer, turkey and vegetable.

Swedish meatballs with all natural ingredients and serve with creamy dreamy swedish sauce. So tempting!

Lisbon, Portugal: Churros

Guilty by Olivier retaurant has some of the best churros in Lisbon!

Churros are a popular snack made from fried dough pastry, cut into sausage shapes and doused in sugar. Dipping them in hot melted chocolate is pretty much the law.

Berlin, Germany: Pfannkuchen

Soft, ooey-gooey modern vegan versions of this classic can be found in one of the best pfannkuchen in Germany which is at Backerei & Konditrei.

Sweet fried dough is filled with plum butter or strawberry, raspberry or cherry jam and covered in icing sugar or an icing glaze.

Shaanxi: Biang Biang Mian

These treats include egg, meat, tomato, small diced potato and much more. The noodles are the layer below this and they sit in a little pool of oily sauce.

Mix it all together and you get a wonderful mixture of flavours that send your taste buds wild.

You also have the option to spice it up, if you so wish.

Chang’An Taste in Hung Hom, Hong Kong has served this iconic delicacy since 2016.

Le Volant Basque, Rue Beatrix Dussane: Creme Brulee

This small restaurant is a short walk away from the Eiffel Tower and serves a delightful creme brulee. The golden brown top is light and crispy, with a perfectly set custard underneath – easily the best you’ll find near the Champ de Mars!

County Down, Northern Ireland: Sunday Roast

Sunday Roast is the jewel in the crown of this restaurant.

The roast is typically comprising of different roasted meats like chicken breast, turkey, pork and beef. Served with various seasonal vegetables, roasts potatoes and gravy. The Sunday roast is absolutely filling.

Cheese fondue in Swiss Chuchi, Zurich

Swiss Chuchi is a well-known eatery in Zurich that specializes in traditional Swiss style food.

This is a pot of melted cheese, wine and garlic, served on open flame and people dip their bread pieces with long forks and eat it. Serving fondue with hot steaming cup of tea makes a wholesome cold weather meal.

Kumpir in Patatos, Istanbul Turkey

In Istanbul, there is this popular street food called kumpir or loosely translated “maxed out baked potato”.

Made of jacket potato with a crisp outer skin and soft inside, it is available with a variety of toppings to choose among– cheese, sausage, pickles, and Russian salad. 

Favourite Nasi Lemak Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur

One of the best and must try food in Malaysia is ………… Nasi Lemak!

The “nasi lemak” (rice infused with coconut milk) is light and fluffy and the sambal is flavourful and slightly sweet, but the star on the plate is without a doubt, the chicken. The chicken is marinated with a host of spices and then deep fried to perfection with a crispy skin and moist, juicy flesh. 

So when this COVID-19 outbreaks over, travel to the place you’ve always wanted to see, eat the foods you’ve always wanted to try or miss.

But overall, this, like everything else, will not last forever. We will all get through this together and we will come back stronger than we were before.

In this moment, always remember; We’ve got this!

Hang in there everyone!

These Travel Destinations Identified As COVID-19 Red Zones

As the coronavirus continues to spread to more countries, and outbreaks accelerate in places like Germany and France, people around the world are staying inside.

The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down countries across the world, causing a significant decline in air pollution in major cities as countries implement stricter quarantines and travel restrictions. Major cities especially those popular travel spots are facing losses as more businesses close down and no tourists came by.

However, as for the environmental benefits we see from the slowdown of day-to-day life and economic activity in terms of improving air quality and other slight benefits, it’s a good sign that our ecosystems are somewhat resilient.

Here is a list of travel destinations that have been identified as COVID-19 Red Zones:

1. Netherlands

Think of the Netherlands, and you’ll inevitably think of tulips, the country’s most popular flower. And one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Netherlands showcases these and other spring bulbs in spectacular abundance.

Keukenhof, otherwise known as the “Garden of Europe,” is located on the outskirts of the town of Lisse in what’s widely considered the “bulb belt” of the Netherlands. The largest public garden in the world, encompassing more than 70 acres of what was once the former kitchen (or “keuken”) garden of a large country estate, Keukenhof displays more than 700 varieties of tulips.

However, due to COVID-19, it causes these flowers had to be destroyed because there were no buyers. Forecasts for the next weeks are even worse.

2. South Korea(Seoul)

Seoul, South Korea is a vibrant and exciting city, one that deftly combines ancient history with ultra-modern design and technology. The city is filled with a wide range of tourist attractions of all types, from outdoor adventures like exploring Mount Namsan and its surrounding park to indoor fun like visiting one of Seoul’s many museums.

Seoul is also a city of palaces, with five huge palace complexes located throughout the city and now restored to their former glory. Of course, it’s also known for its food, with a mouthwatering array of street food, Korean specialties like barbecue, and fine-dining options.

In Seoul, museums like the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art have closed, and political and cultural events throughout the country have been canceled. The economy might be affected because of the coronavirus outbreaks.

3. Japan

Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular tourist sites and amusement parks in Tokyo among both international and domestic tourists. Tokyo Disneyland is also called “Dreamland” (Yume-no-kuni in Japanese). You feel as if you were in the land of dreams, which isn’t Japan or any other country. People come to Tokyo Disneyland looking forward to meeting cute Disney characters, enjoying exciting attractions, watching shows and parades and tasting special food.

It’s not just Disney that’s taking this cautious stance. Other attractions in Japan have also been canceled or closed to prevent the spread of infection.

However, this could be the chance for the workers to participate to clean Disneyland thoroughly so that the place is well cleaned.

Empty square that is usually filled with visitors at Hong Kong Disneyland

4. Italy(Venice)

Sweeping through the heart of Venice in a giant reverse S curve, the Grand Canal is the principal boulevard through the city, connecting Piazza San MarcoRialto Bridge, and the arrival points of the rail station and bridge from the mainland. Palaces of all the leading families open onto the canal, their showy Venetian Gothic and Early Renaissance facades facing the water, by which visitors arrived.

Italy, which has become a center of the outbreak outside of China, has undergone some visual environmental changes without tourism. Venice’s typically murky waterways have turned clear since sediment remains on the ground without boat traffic.

5. Germany

Monumental sandstone Brandenburg Gate in Berlin’s Mitte district was the city’s first Neoclassical structure. Undoubtedly Berlin’s most iconic structure, it’s hard to believe that the majestic structure you see today was severely damaged during WWII and was also once part of the infamous Berlin Wall and, for a few decades, was symbolic of the division of Berlin into East and West.

A combination photo shows (top) the empty Brandenburg Gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and the same spot (bottom) before the pandemic.

6. United States

Situated between the state of New York and the province of Ontario, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on the North American continent. Niagara Falls is actually three different falls, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side while the others are located in New York. With more than 14 million visitors each year it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the USA and is ricocheting its way around the globe. But amid the fear and sickness, USA’s country-wide quarantine has had at least one uplifting consequence: Niagara Falls’s usually dark, fishes unseen have turned noticeably more clear. It is likely to come back to its nature.

7. Bangkok

Siam is widely known as the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, offering many large malls that are directly linked to the BTS station of the same name. An elevated walkway connects you to many more shopping options, including an open-air boulevard with hundreds of fashion boutiques, market stalls, and trendy cafés.

However, due to COVID-19 outbreaks, drastic prevention measures have caused a dramatic reduction in road traffic and industrial activity which may, in turn, have resulted in significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution.

This is Erawan Shrine before & after COVID-19 outbreaks.

Now, numerous countries around the world are in the beginning stages of managing their own outbreaks. While all the countries on this tracker are united behind a common goal – stamping out COVID-19 as soon as possible – each country has its own approach and unique challenges when it comes to keeping their population safe.

All countries globally are working together to curb the pandemic. What really matters is the need to be there for each other irrespective, of one’s nationality, religion, gender, caste or creed. So, it’s heartwarming to see that global leaders are joining hands, adopting customs, like the Indian way of greeting, namaste, to combat deadly the virus. China sent its medical experts and supplies to Italy to help them battle the virus. India sent a team of doctors to Iran, and these are just a few of the heartwarming ways countries are globally working on to curb the pandemic.

Where to Go in Malaysia For Nature Lovers: This Hidden Gem Has Cool Weather & It Isn’t Cameron Or Genting Highlands

There are many hidden gems to be discovered in Malaysia though, from natural reserves to an island with a fascinating history. One of the best family time you can have is taking time off busy schedules from work and school to go for a holiday! While it is a treat, it doesn’t have to cost a bomb or require painstaking planning for an overseas trip. It can be spontaneous, fun and relaxing as well. Here is an amazing place that you didn’t know that existed in Malaysia.

Take your sweaters out and escape the heat by heading for this picturesque hill in Taiping, Perak.

Bukit Larut, historically known as Maxwell Hill, is Malaysia’s oldest hill resort – relatively intact and not overdeveloped compared to famous spots like Genting and Cameron Highlands.

This secret gem may not have theme parks or malls, but it’s the perfect spot for anyone looking for a comfortable, peaceful getaway instead.
Nature-lovers will enjoy jungle trekking, bird-watching, swimming in Burmese pool near the foothills, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views while Netflixing.
The virgin forests of Bukit Larut are brimming with wildlife such as bats, squirrels, and gibbons that roam freely.

The lookout post at Maxwell Hill(Bukit Larut)
Hanging Bridge at Maxwell Hill

It’s the ideal escape for anyone looking for a nice holiday in cooler weather, as temperatures can range from 10 to 15 degrees.


When you climb to the end, you’ll come across a massive tea garden set up in 1887.
Bukit Larut’s tea plantation was eventually transferred to Cameron, because the tea leaves could not grow very well on the hill.

The only path to get to Tea Garden of Bukit Larut

An eco-trip to the heart of Malaysia’s tropical rainforest will leave you wondering why Tarzan would ever leave his home for the modern world. Not only will it capture your heart by the breath-taking beauty of an endless green landscape but also unleash the adventurous person in you to wallow in the activities offered here. Malaysia in particular, is home to an abundance of rainforests, with idyllic resorts tucked away in their nooks and crannies. While these secret hideouts are a distance away from the bustling city, they remain easily accessible and still spoil you with high levels of comfort. Furthermore, with many attractions in the vicinity, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and entertainment. If you just want to chill and rest, revel in the tranquility and serenity of the lush surroundings, and spend quality time with your friends and family in the middle of the forest. It’s a rare and unique staycation experience inside a bus!

Recharge and enjoy the cool air at this adventure park, where temperatures rarely go above 28 degrees! The cool, crisp air is perfect for those wanting a quick getaway that doesn’t require long travel time. Stay at this unique stay-cation on a transformed bus. In this trip, you’ll have a perfect staycation at ATV Adventure Park Larut where you’ll find the finest comfort in the forest of rain city, surrounded by the greenery of nature. This is surely a perfect getaway from the city! Totally a new style of an outdoor stay. Relax by the nature surrounding with a cup of tea and book, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, guided jungle trekking is also available.

For more information, visit: https://byloka.com/trip/maxwell-camper-bus/119

What Are the Must-Haves Travel Kits Under RM20 That Will Confirm Pass Airport Baggage Check

Not to mention, saying goodbyes to any of your skincare could be described as the hardest goodbye as the security tosses it out because it exceeded the limit.

So we’ve put together a list of travel must-haves to help make your packing a convenient one:

Travel Iron

One of the smallest travel steam irons available on the market. At only 180*74*65mm and up to 293 ℉/145℃, making it ideal to whip out of your bag if your favorite dress/shirt got horribly creased on the way to your next adventure. It also comes with a handy travel bag too, you’ll hardly even know it is there!

Collapsible water bottle

Rather than wasting money on buying mineral water, you can bring this collapsible bottle and refill it at the airport’s water station after you’ve checked in.

It is made of food-grade silicone and PP material, safe, non-toxic, durable and practical. Also, it is equipped with a cover, prevent your bottle from leaking.

Universal travel adaptor

While some hotels have universal travel adapters, it’s still important to bring yours along just in case.

This adaptor powers up faster and saves time, this premium powerful and compact travel adapter allows you to simultaneously use the AC socket while charging from both USB ports.

Travel toiletries bag with a hook

It’s an easy alternative to bringing toiletries and decreases the risk of losing any item when traveling. All you need to do is hang it up in the bathroom during your stay.

Laundry soap sheets

Perfect to slip into your luggage, these laundry soap sheets offer a travel-friendly alternative to carrying liquid laundry detergent. They dissolve in water to wash your clothing.

Disposable urine bag

This product is a convenient portable micro-emergency toilet, strong absorption of curing agents and fungicides. It can quickly absorb urine and become a jelly substance, to avoid urine spill, no odor and designed in accordance with the principles of ergonomics, flexible folding of the urine injection port, a comprehensive solution to both men and women universal, young and old Safe problem. It is easy to use after clench self-sealing, sealed time, play a clean while preventing odor distribution and convenient to carry, two layers of exquisite packaging, health,and hygiene use.

Makeup remover wipes

Makeup pads are also easy to bring around when traveling. They’re a fast and easy way to clean your face, particularly if you’ve had a long day of traveling, shopping, etc.

Facial sheet masks

Flights can dehydrate your skin, and the use of a face mask can help give it the love and moisture it deserves.

Where to Go in Malaysia: 9 Most Instagram-Worthy Places with Names That Will Tickle Your Bone

Have you ever gone past a road sign, only to stop for a moment and like, “Wait, what did I just see?”

Malaysia’s full of beautiful places with funny names, so we’ve compiled a list of our top nine that made us do a double-take.

Pulau Kentut Besar/Pulau Kentut Kecil

Why would anyone name an island after a big fart and a little fart? Legend has it that the island got its name from an incident that happened during a meal at the wedding reception between the daughter of Mat Chinchang and the son of Mat Raya. The groom apparently let out a fart (or two). As the food had been prepared by the bride’s family, they took offense, sparking a fight between the two families that caused chaos across the island.

So a great bonus to this is that you pretty much get the whole beach to yourself due to how secluded it is. And since the waters are so clear, snorkeling is a must! Besides that, you can go fishing or camping, and get some Insta-worthy shots for bragging rights that you went to a farting island. Oh, not to forget, you can also fart. Just don’t get caught.  

Gunung Besar Hantu

The name Gunung Besar makes perfect sense as the mountain stands at 1,462 meters above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Negeri Sembilan, but nothing explains why the hantu (ghost) element was added.
The climb up the mountain takes about six hours from the trail to Kampung Chenah in Kuala Klawang, Jelebu. Trekkers claim that the rich range of species in the mountains makes it a sight to behold! Gunung Besar Hantu is also home to Lata Kijang Waterfalls, one of the highest waterfalls in Peninsular Malaysia at the base of the mountain.

This is a place that you can just relax and enjoy the cool weather.

View of the Lata Kijang Waterfall

Pulau Babi Tengah

Mention the word’ babi’ (pig) and the last thing you’d think of is probably a stunning island set in sparkling blue waters.

Located nine nautical miles off the coast of Mersing in Johor, an island that was once used as a Vietnamese refugee transit camp, the Malaysian government is now gazetted as a marine park. A few decades ago, the term babi dropped from the name of the island and is now known as Pulau Tengah.

In fact, this island is a designated marine park on account of its teeming wildlife. Pulau Babi Tengah is a home to an abundance of marine flora and fauna, including reef sharks, otters, and dugongs. Even sea turtles make an appearance on the island very often, laying their eggs at night on the strip of beach. Then there’s countless bird species and its flourishing botanical ecology. In conclusion, Pulau Babi Tengah’s nature is thriving.

Pulau Babi Besar

Currently known as Pulau Besar, the island was once known as Pulau Babi Besar because of the wild boars that roamed the island before it was commercialized.

There are six villages on the island-Atap Zing Village, Batu Hitam Village, Busong Village, Teluk Bakau Village, Teluk Kampa Village and Teluk Penagat Village-populated with just about 100 fishermen and their families.

Pulau Babi Besar is the kind of picturesque island you see in holiday brochures – at a fraction of the price.  The beaches looked exactly like the ones we’ve seen in the Maldives and dreamed about going to. You’ll have never ever seen sea so blue or sand so white!

Pulau Timba Timba

The term’ timba’ refers to water dippers used to scoop water out of wells. It is a very beautiful island. Long white sandy beach & pristine water to your left and right. Snorkel here & you can see turtles in their natural habitat.

We’re not too sure how that name came about, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Semporna, Sabah. Known to be a paradise for snorkelers, the shimmering blue waters of this island are lined with exotic coral beds and rock formations. If you’re lucky, you might see a blue-spotted stingray. Pulau Timba Timba is covered with soft, pure white sand. Apart from being known for its wonderful beach, it is also a great place to look for rarer macro marine life that includes cuttlefish, frogfish, crab and occasionally nurse sharks. While turtles can be seen in numbers, other frequent sightings include blue ribbon eels, moray eels, lobster and barracudas. 

Pulau Bum Bum

Yup, Pulau Bum Bum sounds like a made-up name that your three-year-old nephew has come up with, but it’s for real. The island is located about one kilometer east of the town of Semporna and is primarily inhabited by the people of Bajau Laut, who are generally referred to as’ water gypsies.’

Because of its proximity to the mainland, Pulau Bum Bum is a popular destination for island hopping.

Pulau Bum Bum may not be known as a tourist spot, but there are a number of budget floating resorts and longhouses where diving and snorkeling are offered.

Aside from water sports, there are several interesting things to see during a stay on Pulau Bum Bum.

The Island of Pulau Bum Bum has about 20 thousand people living there.

They are settled in one of the 34 villages and small hamlets found all along the coastal areas. Wandering around the island will bring you into contact with the local culture.

Sungai Bangang

Perhaps this “idiotic river” is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Located about 100 kilometers from Kuala Terengganu, the magnificent green emerald river is part of the Chemerong, Berembun and Langsir (CBL) hiking trail in Terengganu.

It’s only two days before you get to Sungai Bangang. The trek usually begins from the Chemerong Recreational Forest in Dungun, then to Puncak Chemerong and Puncak Berembun. When there, hikers will normally spend the night at the top of the Langsir Waterfall to wake up to a stunning sunrise the next day.

Sungai Bangang is about three hours away from the height of Langsir Waterfall.

Pulau Pom Pom

Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Semporna town, Sabah, East Malaysia. It is one of the six islands situated northeast of Semporna, an important nesting and feeding location for Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles.

You have probably heard about diving at some point in your life, or watched it in movies and documentaries. Here at Pom Pom Island, their dive instructors are so enthusiastic about diving and marine life, they are sure that you will enjoy diving as much as they do. Also, there are so many interesting things you can do here like snorkeling and get to meet those sea turtles.

Pulau Susu Dara

Susu Dara (Virgin’s milk)? This one’s going to take the cake.

Nothing is known about the source of the island’s name, but we know that there are two small inhabited islands under the Susu Dara cluster, Pulau Susu Dara Besar and Pulau Susu Dara Kecil, located near Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu.

Visitors will normally stay at Pulau Perhentian and go on snorkeling trips to the islands of Susu Dara. Facing the open seafront, hard and soft coral communities thrive on the rich nutrients from the sea. Soft corals are not as plentiful as Tokong Laut. However, the diving is interesting with good water clarity and abundant reef fish. Expect to see damselfishes, wrasses, rigger fishes, and a moral eel peeping out from its lair.

Where to Go in Malaysia: Breathtaking Places That Look EXACTLY Like New Zealand

Do you know that Malaysia has plenty of beautiful places that remind you of New Zealand? From graceful valleys to underwater worlds, lovely beaches, and inspired architecture, they remind us that Malaysia has the share of spectacular attractions that not even locals know about.

Head to these picturesque spots in Malaysia that will trick your friends and social media followers into thinking you’re somewhere in New Zealand.

The skies & hills of Langkawi, Kedah vs Lake Rotoehu

Discover the secrets of an amazing tropical rain forest and its varied eco-systems sustaining the greatest amount of flora and fauna on earth. Experience the perfect symbiosis between animals, trees, and plants that have successfully survived the test of time for over 100 million years.

Canopy walk at Taman Negara, Pahang vs Rotorua

Explore and discover Malaysia’s largest national park without getting lost amid the dense jungle on a hassle-free day trip to Taman Negara National Park from Kuala Lumpur.
A perfect choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors, with a jungle trek and canopy walkway adventures and also a boat ride on the rapids are included. Lunch, tea, and tropical fruit are provided.

For more information of your very special experience, check it out: https://byloka.com/trip/taman-negara-national-park-day-tour-from-kuala-lumpur-with-canopy-walk-activities/192

A majestic view of the Bako National Park, Sarawak vs Piha Beach

Bako National Park has been a lush oasis for Sarawak’s tropical rainforests and wildlife, including the proboscis monkey. There are many different kinds of landscapes here, including swamps, mangrove forests, cliffs and beaches. The little bays and coves may even remind you of the coastal beauty of Krabi!

Cable car ride at Langkawi, Kedah vs Queenstown

This fun-filled day trip is the ideal way to get an overview of Langkawi for visitors short on time. You’ll visit a cable car, and traditional handicrafts villages, and more, which is much more than you could fit in if traveling independently. Learn about the nature and culture of Langkawi from a knowledgeable local guide.

Seeing double at Huffaz Lake, Kuala Kubu Bharu vs Mirror Lakes, Milford Sound

It’s a reflection of a mosque by the lake with a beautiful sunrise. It is located in a small town in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor. Besides, it is a small town which has varieties of extreme activity like White Water Rafting, Ropeswing, Zipline and many more.

One of the most popular activities would be the Tandem Paragliding in Kuala Kubu Bharu which would be suitable for the Paragliding lovers.

Overlooking Tasoh Lake, Perlis vs Lake Te Anau

The scenic Tasoh Lake is a sanctuary for migratory birds especially from the cold countries as this freshwater lake with its natural surroundings provides much-needed food and shelter for these birds. Depart from Kangar and use the Padang Besar road. Keep an eye out for the Tasik Timah-Tasoh signboard. The trip should take just 20 minutes by car.

Travelers who are tired of their busy lives in the city must visit this lake to rejuvenate themselves.

Caving experience at Gua Niah, Sarawak vs Nikau Cave

Niah National Park may not have the largest caves, but it holds one of the world’s most important archaeological sites in its stunning limestone caves. Home to not only an abundance of flora and fauna but the Niah National Park also contributes to the thriving bird’s nest industry in Sarawak. The park’s many amazing attractions and activities are sure to be a nature lover’s dream.

The breathtaking view at Cameron Highlands, Pahang vs Forgotten World Highway

Cameron Highlands in Pahang is one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, a collection of peaceful townships perched 1500 meters high on a nest of serene mountains. Cooling resorts, tea plantations, and strawberry farms sprawl lazily across lush valleys and meandering hill slopes, the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. In this tour, you will be guaranteed to have a relaxing day! Mingle around with flora&fauna, a very great retreat.

Click to book your experience: https://byloka.com/trip/private-day-tour-to-cameron-highlands/191

White water rafting at Gopeng, Perak vs Tongariro River

Gopeng is also well known for limestone caves such as Gua Tempurung, located approximately 5 km from the town center. Gopeng has everything you need to make your abseiling adventure at the Ulu Geruntum Waterfall an enjoyable experience. Your activity day starts with meeting up at Gua Tempurung, and then you will be transferred to Ulu Geruntum, where the activity will be conducted. Hit water raft through 12KM of Kampar River with 14 rapids graded easy to difficult. The clear water of Kampar River (Class I-III) is suitable for anyone who is physically fit and those who crave for mild technical adventure whilst safely enjoy a rafting trip with us in Gopeng together with our team. we will ensure that you will be happy with us on this trip. Enjoy the watersport with us and make memorable moments in Malaysia.

For more information about this, feel free to check this out: https://byloka.com/trip/water-rafting-and-abseiling/249

Beach time at Sipadan Island, Sabah vs Split Apple Rock Beach

Sabah has an astounding array of beautiful islands off its eastern and western coastlines. This is why Sabah is regularly sought after by divers, as the seas are abundant with coral reefs and marine life. Also, you can tour about 10 beautiful islands in Semporna Sabah and take 4 Days 3 Nights for the whole trip. The trip will have snorkeling, hiking and touring Island activities.

Check this out and experience 10 beautiful islands with us! https://byloka.com/trip/x-island-semporna/267

Cattle at Kundasang, Sabah vs Mount Egmont

Way to Kundasang it takes 2 hours without traffic jams from the city. After arriving at Kundasang you can enjoy viewing hills and mountain Kinabalu and also can feel the cold wind at Kundasang. Besides that, you can visit popular places such as Hotspring Poring in Ranau, Desa Cattle(New Zealand in Sabah) and other attractive places. This journey may bring you a different kind of view towards Sabah!

Grab the chance and book with us! https://byloka.com/trip/an-amazing-getaway-to-kundasangranau/46

What to Pack Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak: The Safest Ways to Travel If Only You Have To

Coronavirus (COVID-19), the latest name for the disease transmitted by the recent coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 is well known. There is a lot of knowledge about how to avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) from harming you and your family. People are stockpiling groceries and household essentials like paper towels are flying off the shelves on the home front – but what should you pack if you’re traveling during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak?

Anti-bacterial wipes

If you’re about to board a plane, train, bus or boat while traveling through an outbreak, wiping out your personal area with alcohol antibacterial wipes is a completely sure-to defeat germs. Be certain to reach “high pressure” areas, like armrests, seatbelt handles, and tray tables, and suggest offering wipes to your closest seatmates.

Most travelers are asking if they should wipe the surfaces of the plane and the subway before they sit down.

Face masks

For most people in the group, personal protective equipment(PPE) such as face masks, is not recommended. Nevertheless, for those with signs of acute respiratory infection, the WHO advises that it may be best to wear a face mask to avoid the spread of infection to others.

Pocketbac Hand Sanitizers

Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol are a viable option in the fight against the outbreak of the disease. Individuals can now pack liquid hand sanitizers–up to 12 oz. instead of the standard 3.4 oz. package–in their carry-on bags.

Disinfectant spray

Disinfecting surfaces even before you touch them is another way to help stay germ-free. While transmission of coronavirus is less likely through fomites (objects or materials likely to carry infection) than through person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets, studies suggest that novel coronavirus can live on surfaces up to a few days. They recommend cleaning and disinfecting dirty surfaces for the prevention of COVID-19 in community settings with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

Surgical gloves

Surgical gloves can help to prevent you by allowing you to touch contaminated surfaces in public while preventing direct contact with possible viruses or bacteria. But you’re still not allowed to touch your mouth, nose, or face with gloves because the virus can still be transmitted to your gloves. Wearing gloves while cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and disposing of them after each use, as well as washing your hands afterward — and never touch your mouth, nose, face or eyes again while using them in public.

What to Do in Putrajaya: Explore Traditional Malay Food in Night Market

Putrajaya is Malaysia’s latest Federal Territory. Putrajaya takes over the administrative functions of the capital city Kuala Lumpur and is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor project of the Malaysian government.

The streets are elegantly designed with a European style, along with well-paved roads while the government buildings are a blend of modern architecture with Islamic arts.

Beautiful landscape of Putrajaya
One of the significant pink building: Putra Mosque
Breath-taking night view

Despite from the wonderful environment of Putrajaya, did you know that it is also a hidden paradise for foodies. Today we are going to bring you to the prosperous night market in Putrajaya. Tell us later how many of those food have you tried?

1.Satay

It is a Southeast Asian dish of seasoned, skewered, and grilled meat, served with a sauce. Mostly made of chicken and beef.

2. Apam Balik (Stuffed pancake)

Apam balik is sweet peanut pancake which is loved by people from South-East Asia. It can be prepared either in a thin and crispy variety or as a thick and soft pancake. Traditional fillings typically include a combination of ground or roughly chopped peanuts, sugar, and butter, but the modern varieties may include anything from corn, chocolate chips, and raisins to grated cheese or condensed milk.

3. Murtabak (Folded, stuffed pancake)

Crispy pastry tastes like roti canai, it covers the special prepared sauce. Murtabak is often described as spicy folded omelette pancake with bits of vegetables. It is the most common form of murtabak; which is egg-filled pancake, sometimes mixed with green onion and minced-meat, made from pan fried crepes which is folded and cut to squares. When you make your first bite, the aroma of sauce just spread in your mouth. You have to give a try!

4. Apam Beras Gebu (Fluffy Rice Cake)

If you didn’t see them in food court, you might think these are bath bombs. Actually these colorful balls are made of Rice flour. You can eat with coconut flakes as dessert.

5. Beef & Bone Marrow

The beef is boiled by all kinds of spices for hours. You have to try the essence of this dish which is bone marrow!

6. Keropok Lekor (Fish Sausage)

Fish sausage is a traditional Malay fish cracker snacks. It is originally from the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. It is made from fish and sago flour and seasoned with salt and sugar. It is slightly greyish in colour and gives off a fishy taste. This snack is eaten with special homemade chili blend. It comes in three main forms: lekor (long and chewy), losong (steamed) and keping (thin and crispy).

7. Nasi Goreng Ayam

Chicken fried rice is the safest choice when you don’t know what to eat. Every piece of rice is covered by the special aromatic sauce. With a bit of chilli, you just can’t stop eating.

8. Putu Bamboo

Steamed rice cakes in bamboo or putu bambu is a popular teatime delicacy in Malaysia and Indonesia. The cake is made of rice flour called suji and coloured green with extract acquired from pandan leaf, filled with palm sugar, and steamed in bamboo tubes, hence its name, and served with grated coconut.

9. Fried Spring Rolls

The name of “Spring Rolls” is actually a literal translation of the Chinese chūn juǎn. These are a large variety of filled, rolled appetizers in South Asian. Freshly deep-fried spring rolls are light, crispy and airy. The fillings of spring rolls can be various such as shrimps, papaya. It is all depends on the culture.  

10. Baked Tapioca Cakes

This is a Nyonya tea time treat. It is moist, tender, fragrant, and super delicious. There are also other types of traditional cakes which is made of coconut jam, kaya.

11. Tau foo fah

It is a Chinese snack made of tofu. The texture is tender like pudding. You can choose the topping whether is hot brown sugar, or hot lemon and ginger sugar. It is a very healthy snack that is full of protein.

12. Lemang (Coconut Sticky Rice)

Lemang is a Southeast Asia traditional food that made from glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt, it is cooked in a bamboo stick with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. It can be served with spicy meat or any sauce theta you prefer.

13. Fried Banana

Fried bananas might be not that usual for western culture. But it is a very popular snack in Malaysia, Indonesian, Singapore and other surrounding countries. It can be served with coconut ice cream, or vanilla ice cream.

14. Putu Mayam (String Hopper)

Putu Mayam is a rice flour dessert served with palm sugar and coconut milk. The best vendors usually cycle around residential areas in makeshift mobile food stalls. This is one traditional South Indian dessert that has been “Malaysianised” and is best had with a spot of chai.

15. Fresh Mango juice

16. Milo

If you’re looking for a beloved chocolate malted beverage of Eurasia, there is Milo or Milo ice (on the right), also sweetened with condensed milk. You can see this scene very often in food courts, people are holding their drinks in plastic bags.

Check out the links to start your new experience:

https://byloka.com/trip/the-best-2-hours-tour-of-putrajaya-1st-ebike-tour-malaysia/13

https://byloka.com/trip/segway-tour-guided-eco-ride-at-putrajaya/82

Outdoor Activities in Kuala Lumpur: Family Friendly Fishing

Nowadays, more and more people like to spend the quality time with family by doing some outdoor activities. And fishing is a good way to train the patience and relief the stress. Breathing the fresh air by side of the lake, maybe also having a picnic there, isn’t it a joy?

However, traditional fishing with sharp hook is actually very cruel to fishes. So Sport fishing, also known as recreational fishing, is an ideal alternative choice for fishing lovers. It is fishing for survival, pleasure or competition, which is contrasted with commercial fishing. When you use special designed hook to catch the fish without causing any harm , and then release them in the end. It is also an opportunity to teach the kids about respecting life.

Location of this fishing experience is one hour away from KL. Our host Shamin is known as “Milkfish Lady” in Malaysia. And she is also a sport fishing instructor. She can lead you to explore the different aspect of Malaysia despite from busy streets and shopping centers.

What makes this trip so special? Because it is fun, safe and also meaningful. The main purpose of this outdoor fishing is to introduce people ethical angling. And spread the awareness of protecting the ocean. So before the fishing experience really started, our host will deliver an introduction for the tips that you need to be careful of.

As most of us are living in cities, we can’t imagine how much of happiness and the joy that mother nature and rural life can bring us. After the introduction by host, you will have a basic knowledge on what is ethical angling. During the fishing, you will finally experience and understand what you heard just now. And hopefully, at the end of the trip, you will be aware of how can you become a part of the action to save the ocean. So it is a very educational trip that worth to bring the family to experience.

No matter how old are you, you are welcome to join this trip. Hosts are very friendly and informative. They will teach you hand by hand how to do recreational fishing.

Fishing also requires teamwork

Here are some tips on How to Become an Ethical Angler? We can focus on three stages of fishing: Before fishing, during fishing and releasing the fish.

1. Before Fishing

It is very important to choose the location of fishing. You have to follow the local rules and regulations. At the same time you need to respect the private property. On the other hand, ethical angling requires different type of hooks. You will need to use circle and barbless hooks to help reduce injury to fish. in order to release them later.

2. During Fishing

During fishing, being lousy is forbidden. Because the fishes will be scared away. And if you caught a fish, try to be quick, so you won’t exhaust the fish. When you are holding a fish, you need to wear rubberized gloves or use wet hands, otherwise you will remove the slime coat on the fish. So they will be more likely to get skin infection.

Photo is taken by Mikfish Lady

3. Releasing The Fish

Hold the fish horizontally whenever possible since this is the way fish naturally swim through the water. Do not drop the fish onto hard surfaces! Keep your fingers away from the gills and eyes of the fish. If needed, use a release tool (dehookers, recompression tools) to minimize handling.

Happiness of catching a fish

Our host stated, actually the purpose of this trip is not attracting people to fish, but using this opportunity to make people join the team of protecting ocean and marine animals.

So if you are interested, feel free to click this link for more information: https://byloka.com/trip/familyfriendly-fishing/270