10th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Date? Proposal? Hang Out? At the same place of cafe shop? All over again? Trust me, as much as you inner self feel bored, your friend feel it too. Instead of just hanging out, why not this time try to do something interesting?

This time try a new way of doing those things. Instead of plainly going a date at the cafe, why not challenge your courage and wander around from the above?

Balloon, fly fly up up to the sky!

Putrajaya is having the 10th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. This time, you don’t have to fly all the way to Cappadocia, Turkey to ride a Hot Air Balloon. MyBalloonFiesta brings up to 20 Hot Air Balloons in Malaysia. Trust us, this is the best opportunity for you to spy out a view from above!

These balloons comes from different 14 countries that include Spain, Slovakia, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Belgium, USA, United Kingdom, South Korea and many others. The shape and colour of the balloon also stands out differently!

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A little bit guide to attend this Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, don’t wear the thick clothes as the word of “Hot” really represent the hotness, and bring some water if needed. You’ll thank us later!

“If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.” – Snoop Dog

Where To Go For The School Holidays

The school holidays are here and you don’t know where to bring your kids?

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Here’s a list of fun places to visit that will keep them entertained.

1. Beaches and Wildlife in Langkawi

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Make the best of the tropics by taking a trip to the Jewel of Kedah, surrounded by white sandy beaches and bright blue waters, there is something for everyone in the family.

Retail Therapy

Did you know that shopping in Langkawi is tax-free? From chocolates to alcohol to souvenirs, enjoy everything tax-free on the island. Perfect for your inner shopaholic!

Wildlife

Langkawi offers a diverse range of fauna to be viewed and experienced. Visit the Langkawi Underwater World for a taste of tropical sea life of Malaysian waters.

More information at : https://underwaterworldlangkawi.my

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The island of Langkawi was named after the many reddish brown eagles that live there. As a result, eagle feeding tours have become a popular attractions among locals and tourists alike. Board a boat and be amazed at the sight of the many eagles diving to catch food.

Find out more about the eagles at https://www.langkawi-insight.com/langkawi_00001b.htm

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Crocodile Adventureland is a reptile paradise located on the way to Teluk Datai Bay. Excite your children with the chance to come face to face with live crocodiles, with shows, feedings and reptile experts on hand.

Find more crocodiles at http//www.crocodileadventureland.com

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2. Fun in The Sun at Sunway Lagoon

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Join in the fun for the best day ever at Malaysia’s largest water park, guaranteed to make your kids jump for joy. If water sports are not for you, a dry theme park is attached to the waterpark for adults and kids alike.

The admission fee covers both parks that have 90 attractions so you can experience the best of both worlds!

Get the best out of your ticket by attending the shows available in the parks! Sunway offers pirate shows, wildlife exhibitions, fire performances and more.

Your kids are a fan of cartoons? Not to worry! Nickelodeon is currently a partner of Sunway, so their cartoon characters can be found throughout the park! Slime Time is also a feature of Nickelodeon. Get slimed by gooey, sticky green stuff while you interact with their quirky park performers.

Book your tickets now at : https://sunwaylagoon.com

3. Sweat it out at Escape Park in Penang

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Looking for a place with activities made for energetic children? Look no further! Escape was made with the goal to separate people from their electronics. Built in the tropical forests of Penang, Escape integrates nature and play to create a wonderland for people of all ages.

Flying foxes, adventure hiking trails, bungee jumps and more await you at the colourful island of Penang. Not to mention a 3 level treetop walk course for the daring adventurers.

In 2017, a new water park was built as an extension to the main park. 3 all new water slides and for the thrill seekers and a lazy river to float on to relax. Adults will be happy with the pool bar that serves alcohol and drinks in the pool itself.

Book tickets for up to 50% discount at : https://www.escape.my/

4. Chill Out at The Top of The World in Genting Highlands

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Is the weather too hot too handle? Cool off at the peak of a mountain at Genting, where the weather is always a chilly 20 degrees Celsius. The huge resort offers activities for the young and the old.

Start off your journey by riding the Genting Skyway cable car to the top of the mountain, accompanied by fresh air and scenic views, it is a refreshing break away from the city.

In 2018, Genting unveiled Skytropolis Funland, a new upgrade from their previous immersive indoor theme park. There are 3 ride categories spread out over 400,000 sq ft. for children, families, and thrill seekers.

Genting is also home to Malaysia’s largest casino, where adults can spend their time (and money) while your children have the time of their lives at th theme park.

You can get more information and book your tickets at https ://www.rwgenting.com

15 Places to Visit in Malaysia in 3 Days

Staying in Malaysia for 3 days and 2 nights? Malaysia is just the great place to visit for that short duration! Whether you’re a first time travellers, a solo traveller or even a family, you should be aware of all the best places to visit in your 3 day visit here! This list is great for those who are a bit stuck on where to go. It can also help you decide on how you should go about planning your trip!

Malaysia is filled with a range of many attractions for people of different preferences, from beaches and islands, to a country full of rich culture and history, to nature reserves and adventures, as well as amazing local cuisine! So, whatever your reason is for travelling here, Malaysia always has lots to offer. There are lots to see and do, so if you have a short time to visit, this list will definitely help you sort out just what attractions to see and what to do in your short in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

1. Petronas Twin Towers

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The highlight of Kuala Lumpur is this magnificent 88 story twin structure. Firstly, the Petronas Twin Towers were inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision to be a global player. The towers always dazzle at night and is a must-see staple for any visitor! During 1998 to 2004 the Twin Towers were announced the tallest building in the world, coming in at a height of 451.9 meters. Be sure to make a stop at level 86 to go on the observation deck that has the best views of Kuala Lumpur to date!

2. Petaling Street

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Known as Kuala Lumpur’s very own Chinatown, Petaling Street is lined with a large amount of heritage buildings, along with shopping and food stalls and dozens of restaurants which always serve local favorites. Back in 2003, it underwent a major change when there was an addition of 2 large Chinese arches that welcome visitors at both ends of the street.

3. Pasar Seni

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Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this market is the center of Malaysian Culture, Heritage, Art and Craft. Not to mention, even outside the building, there’s a walkway that offers even more shopping choices for you to see! There are many esteemed arts events that take place in the building, be sure to be on the lookout for exciting events that are held there, such as Chinese New Year celebrations!

4. Bukit Bintang

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Placed in the heart of the city, this area is a shopper’s paradise! Not to mention, filled with an abundance of fashion, food and entertainment, some of the best (and well-known) malls in Malaysia can be found here. Be sure to take a walk from Bukit Bintang to the Kuala Lumpur City Center through the walkway. As a result, this area contains nine shopping malls that host many options for avid shoppers that have fantastic bargains.

5. Thean Hou Temple

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One of the most famous temples in Kuala Lumpur, the Thean Hou Temple is a Chinese temple that is dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Thean Hou, who is the protector of people that make their living from the sea. The temple borrows traditions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. This is one of the sites worth seeing as the trip up the hill offers visitors beautiful panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur.

Selangor

Batu Caves

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Made up of three limestone caves that features temples and Hindu shrines, the Batu Caves attracts many worshippers and tourists, especially during the Hindu festival of Thaipusam. At the entrance of the caves, there’s a 140 feet golden statue of Lord Muruga, and if you climb up the many colorful steps, you can get a reward of a stunning skyline view of the city center.

Sabah

1. Kinabalu Park

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Also known as Taman Kinabalu, this place is home to Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu and is Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to mention, this Park is one of the most important biological sites in the world, having more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, with 326 bird and 100 mammal species. It’s a great place to challenge yourself with mountain biking or mountain hiking!

2. Tawau Hills Park

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The Tawau Hills Park is a reserve that is blanketed in forested hills that rise from the surrounding plains, If the Maliau Basin or the Danum Valley are too much for you, this is a better alternative option for you. There is still lots of jungle to explore, and trails are much easier on your feet. Not to mention, the park’s peaks are good sites as well!

3. Labuan Museum

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Taking a glossy and slightly superficial look at Sabah’s history, this museum displays the history and culture from colonial days through WWII down to the establishment of Labuan as independent from federal territory. Not to mention, one of the more interesting displays in this museum are the ones on the different ethnic groups that live on this island, which includes a diorama of traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Sarawak

1. Gunung Mulu National Park

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Located near Miri, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, this National Park became listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just like Kinabalu Park, in November 2000. It is home of the world’s largest cave chamber, the Sarawak Cave, which can fit as many as 40 Boeing 747 aircrafts. The Deer Cave is the world’s second largest cave passage. While visiting this area, we recommend for you to visit the four main caves, which are Deer, Lang, Clearwater and Wind. You can also walk through the Mulu Canopy Skywalk!

2. Sarawak Cultural Village

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This Cultural Village is the venue for the World Harvest Festival and the Rainforest World Music Festival. It was set up to preserve as well as showcase Sarawak’s cultural heritage. On display, there are costumes, handicrafts and tradition dwellings, not to mention cultural performances that happens twice a day. Make sure to visit the longhouses to take a look at each of the ethnic tribes’ lives. You can also join an interactive music workshop at the Rainforest Music House.

3. Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary

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Along with the adjoining Betung Kerihun National Park in Indonesia, this wildlife sanctuary makes up the most important biodiversity sanctuary in Borneo. Most importantly, it may be home to about 10% of the remaining wild population of orangutans and other rare and threatened plant and animal species, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Pahang

1. Cameron Highlands

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Located about 1,500 meters above sea level, Cameron Highlands is Malaysia’s largest highland resort. There are many relaxing activities to do while visiting Cameron Highlands. One of the activities that is a must is visiting the BOH Tea Plantation to learn about the tea making process, as well as enjoying a steaming cup of tea with a view os the tea plantation.

2. Genting Highlands

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Otherwise known as Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands is a one stop hill resort that contains theme parks, hotels, casinos and other shopping and dining options. Located on top of Ulu Kali Mountain and about 1,800 meters above sea level and in short proximity to Kuala Lumpur makes this place a great short getaway. In addition, be sure to check out the indoor theme parks and take a ride on the Skyway Cable Car to the top of the hill.

3. Taman Negara

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The premier national park of Malaysia, this park has on the of the world’s oldest rainforests that are estimated to be more than 130 million years old. Some of the popular activities to partake in while visiting Taman Negara are the jungle trekking and river cruises to see the wildlife that live amongst us in Malaysia!

There you have it guys! The top 15 places you can go to and visit if you’re in Malaysia for 3 days. Granted it’s not physically possible to visit all 15 in just 3 days, but these are the best options and places to go to when you don’t know where to start!

10 of Malaysia’s Travel Highlights of 2019

Kuala Lumpur may not be the place for an authentic Asian experience. However, it contains links to Thailand and Singapore, and has a melting pot of cultures with Malaysian, Chinese and Indian influences that affects the atmosphere as well as the food

1. Perhentian Islands

Firstly, we start with the Perhentian Islands. It is located in West Malaysia’s northeast coast, providing a very well-known tourist attraction for travelers. As well as previously being a stopping place for traders. In addition, this island consists of 2 inhabited islands named Besar (Big) and Kecil (Small). These are easily accessible by boat from Kuala Besut. In addition, it features turtle conservation centers, white sand beach resorts, jungle trails and the odd monitor lizards.

2. Cameron Highlands

Approximately 200kms north of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands sits as a calmer alternative to city life. Comprised of lush green estates and British hill stations, make it one of the best places to visit in Malaysia. The Highlands offers visitors a stunning tropical scenery, temples, lake houses. In addition to that, a place for hikers with marked tracks through jungles and mossy forests leading you to hidden waterfalls and misty mountain views.

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3. Kuala Lumpur

It’s mostly likely that your trip in Malaysia is bound to start in Kuala Lumpur, with it being the capital of Malaysia. KL, as daunting as it may seem, has lots to offer to tourists. Ranging from many shopping venues scattered around the city, to places like Chinatown, Little India and Merdeka Square. To get around, we recommend for you to go by the monorail as it is the simplest and hassle-free way to get around. If you’re looking for a place to be outside, but not directly in the heat, Lake Gardens or KLCC Park are most preferred by locals.

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4. Malacca City

Malacca City, a former fishing village, is now well-known in Malaysia for having a UNESCO status that covers the city’s historic central district. This includes Jonker Walk in Chinatown along with several examples of colonial heritage. Malacca stands as a testament to Malaysia’s multi-faith society with a variety of mosques, churches and temples situated side-by-side.

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5. Penang

Likewise, if you’re someone who loves art, Penang’s UNESCO capital, Georgetown is the place for you to go to. With the city being covered in paintings and sculptures, along with indoor galleries and heritage museums, you surely won’t get bored! Celebrated as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang is a cornucopia of food places for you to eat at. Hence, it contains food from many cultures, from Malay, India and even Chinese!

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6. Tioman Island

This island is surrounded by protected coral reefs and contains plenty of wildlife in the Pulau Tioman Wildlife Reserve, hence, it’s not a surprise to many that this is a popular destination for hikers and snorkellers. Located on the southeast coast of Malaysia, this island has 8 different villages, with some paths leading you to hidden waterfalls, beaches and long-tailed macaques!

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7. Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu stands as one of the highest mountains in Malaysia with 4092 meters in height. However, it doesn’t contend to be one of the tallest in the world. Therefore, there’s no snow at the peak, it’s considered one of the coldest places in Malaysia. Furthermore, the mountain is located on the northern part of the State of Sabah, in Borneo Malaysia. Moreover, if you plan to climb the mountain, we recommend for you to visit Kota Kinabalu as well, as it is the closest city to the mountain.

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8. Langkawi

Langkawi resides just south of Thailand, where there are 4 inhabited islands (which includes Langkawi itself) which consists of rainforest-covered mountains, fine sand and varying degrees of water visibility. Pantain Cenang, on Langkawi Island can get particularly busy and full of tourists so it’s best if you head north to stray away from beach bars.

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9. Taman Negara National Park

If you’re visiting, you can choose either of the following places: Peninsular Malaysia or Borneo. However, if your stay in Malaysia is short, we recommend you stay on the Peninsula, and one of the best wildlife parks in Peninsula Malaysia is the National Park (or Taman Negara). Not to mention, this place is the oldest primary rainforest in the world, and a must-see place to go to!

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10. Belum Forest Reserve

Certainly an important spot for wildlife in Malaysia, Belum is comprised of tigers, elephants, gibbons and sun bears. Here, you can stay overnight in a lodge and get closer to nature, along with the most eclectic and loud dawn chorus imaginable waking you up! Whilst river boat trips allows you to get closer to hornbills that guards the river banks whereas gibbons dominate the durian, mango and jackfruit trees from above you!

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And that concludes our list of Malaysia’s travel highlights of 2019. We do agree that the travel highlights of Malaysia are unlimited. However, this list is compressed, so it would be simpler for visitors. Without a doubt, we do urge you to visit these wonderful places and we hope you have a fantastic 2019!

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The Ultimate Backpacker’s Checklist

Figuring out what you need and don’t need to bring backpacking can be quite the challenge, even though it doesn’t really seem like it. You have one bag and so much stuff you “need” to bring with you. The line of need and want is one of the biggest struggles of backpacking.

But not to fret – I’m here to help you figure out what you actually need to bring and what you don’t need!

The essentials

Now, I know that people usually start these lists out with their backpacks, but the actual main essentials are:

  • Your passport
  • Your bank – or credit cards
  • Money – take around $200 as the universal currency
  • Your driver’s license (that is, if you have one)
  • Your health and travel insurance
  • Prescription medicines (if you take any)
  • Spare pair of glasses/contacts (if you wear them)

I know that these three are obvious essentials, but I made sure that this is the main priority since you really can’t do much without them, they’re practically your life savers!

Note:Just in case, bring some extra cash with you and store them in an accessible place. In other words, I suggest hiding your passport and cards deep in your backpack and photocopying them. So if any of the above were to get lost somewhere, you’d still have a back-up!

A good quality backpack

Backpacking is the best time for you to finally invest in a good quality backpack. I’ve known people that buy backpacks and get shoulder pains during their journeys or even worse, tore apart right in the middle of their trip. You see, this bag is essentially your only possession during this trip, so it’s important that it’s comfortable and has plenty of storage space for you to put your stuff in it.

What you would need in your backpack are these things:
  • Foldable daybag
  • A travel towel
  • A padlock (for your backpack and hostel lockers)
  • Toiletry bag
  • A mesh laundry bag
  • Your clothes
  • Your gadgets

Clothes

Packing the right clothes (along with the right amount) when backpacking is super important. There are 3 main tips that backpackers go along with when they’re packing clothes, and that is to pack light, wear dark clothes and finally, bring less clothes.

Here are our top recommendations for the best clothes to bring/wear whilst backpacking:
  • 5x underwear
  • x1 thin hiking trousers
  • Long sleeved mosquito repellent shirt
  • x4 t-shirts/tank tops
  • x1 base layer
  • Lightweight technical fleece – a way to keep warm on buses and trains
  • x1 evening wear – granted these are not technically a necessity, it’s nice to have something nice to throw on for a night out on the town!
  • x1 sunhat – to avoid getting heatstroke in hot climates, we suggest you bring one just in case
  • x1 Buff – this is a must as you can keep it on your wrist and it can be used to cover your mouth to keep dirt and dust out
  • Indestructible sunglasses
  • Trekking trainers
  • Technical sandals
  • Flip flops – definitely a must for wherever you decide to go

Gadgets

In this modern age, you can’t go around without at least some of these since as the saying goes “did it really happen if you didn’t post it?”

Below are our top gadgets that you can bring to a backpacking trip:
  • Camera
  • Laptop – not really a necessity unless you work online or just can’t part with your laptop
  • USB flash drive
  • USB card reader – if you brought your camera
  • World travel adapter
  • Smartphone
  • Portable battery
  • GoPro – this can be an alternative to a camera and is significantly lighter to carry with you

And that’s all you need to go backpacking! In conclusion, it depends on your preferences, but this is our basis for what essentials are needed for a backpacking trip, now go on and have your big adventure!

5 Valentine’s Day Getaways

Everyone knows that it’s always to get away on a quick, romantic escapade with your significant other from time to time. After all, quality time is important right? Now, although a trip to Paris would be the ideal place, Malaysia has plenty of romantic spots of its own. Hence, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best places for you to get a quick romantic getaway in Malaysia that everyone will love!

1. Pangkor Laut Resort

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Say hello to your own personal paradise! Your home-away-from-home is located on a secluded private island, and contains luxury wooden villas! Not to mention, the Pangkor Laut Resort comes with a selection of Sea, Beach, Spa, Hill or Garden Villa with their own unique settings and views.

Address: Pangkor Laut Island, Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Perak

2. Villa Samadhi

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Just 10 minutes from the KL city centre, Villa Samadhi is the city’s best-kept secret. Moreover, it’s a 21-room-vill-style residence that contains Asian designs that meets nature. As a result, you’re sure to have the most relaxing time with 6 different types of rooms that are complimented with modern pieces!

Address: Persiaran Madge, Taman U Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur

3. Gaya Island Resort, Borneo

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Utter bliss. Firstly, this resort is situated on a picturesque isle and screams exclusivity. Therefore, it’s the most ideal place for you to balance your mind, body and spirit. Not to mention to reconnect with your significant other!

For those thirsty for adventure, you can explore the coral reefs and jungle. However, if you’re looking to relax, you could visit the spa village that is nestled in a unique mangrove setting!

Address: Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 88000

4. Sipadan Kapalai Resort

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Those seeking exotic escapes from land can find it at Sipadan Kapalai, which consists of water chalets that perches on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Not to mention, this place offers amazing diving opportunities for many that visit.

Personally, there’s nothing better than connecting with your loved one than relaxing on the deck watching a beautiful sunset to end the day with!

Address: Sipadan Kapalai, Semporna, Sabah

5. Casabrina, Raub

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Imagine waking up to this view with your loved one. Located in the foothills of Pahang, Casabrina is the most luxurious staycation you can get for eco-conscious travellers. As a result, it’s built with the attention of its surroundings, this hidden gem offers visitors views of the greenery of Malaysia, with the modern comfort that all of us desire!

Address: Lot 1460, Jalan Tras, Mukim Tras, 27600 Raub, Pahang Darul Makmur

To conclude, these are our top 5 places to visit, and just in Malaysia! Most importantly, to those celebrating, from Byloka to you, we hope you have a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

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Day Trip: Tanjung Sepat, Selangor

Tanjung Sepat is a small town in Kuala Langat district in Selangor, Malaysia. It gets its name from the word Tanjung, which translates to cape in English and Sepat, a type of fish. As a result of Tanjung Sepat being a fishing village. Unfotunately, due to the increase in pollution in Straits of Malacca, fishing is becoming an increasingly unpopular activity, although it is still part of a daily scene there. To explore Tanjung Sepat, only a day trip is needed, as this place lets you slow your pace and lets you enjoy the seaside.

How far is it from KL?About one to one and a half hour drive from the center of KL, and it is easiest to reach by car.

What’s there to do at Tanjung Sepat?Locals tend to visit Tanjung Sepat due to the beautiful scenery of the trees during the low tides.

Although there’s not much to do here, we suggest you do these!

1. Perniagaan Pau Hai Yew Heng

Firstly, for a snack, you can stop by Hai Yew Heng for some famous homemade pau. Hai Yew Heng has been an established pau company for more than 40 years in Tanjung Sepat and is very famous thanks to its traditional homemade Hainanese buns. The quality of these buns has been diligently maintained by the owner. Amongst the three originals and three newly developed fillings, the succulent pork buns and Mui Choy buns are fan favourites.

Now, for a pau option that is slightly smaller than Mr Black, a thinner bun and more filling (however not as many options as Mr Black but still good nonetheless) Hau Yew Heng is the pau place for you.

Address: 405, Jalan Besar, Pekan Tanjung Sepat, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor

Opening Hours: Weekday, 1:00pm-6:00pm & Weekend, 10:00am-6:00pm

2. Tanjung Sepat Lovers Bridge

The Lover’s Bridge is about a 5 minute drive from Restoran Ah Hok. Called Lover’s Bridge, due to the fact that couples used to go to this bridge to watch the spectacular sunrise/sunset that you can see from here point.

Unfortunately, this loved bridge was torn down in 2013 due to the collapse. However, there a few other scenic bridges to go to instead of the Lover’s Bridge. In the case that you’d want to take some pictures of the bridge that looks like it stretches out to the sea.

Address: 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Lorong Lautan Samudera 9/1, Bandar Puncak Alam, 45010 Kuala Selangor, Selangor

3. Ganofarm Homestay

Fortunately for people that want to have an overnight stay in Tanjung Sepat, the Ganofarm Homestay is a 2-in-1 experience for them. Not only is it a place for people to stay, but it’s also a place that houses an important Malaysian based mushroom research company that cultivates, develops, manufactures markets fresh mushrooms and mushroom based products. From Ling Zhi Mushrooms, Black Jelly Mushrooms, Abalone Mushrooms, Monkey Head Mushrooms, you name it, they most likely have it!

Here, you can visit the mushroom farm that is just 5 minutes away from the homestay and you can see how they manufacture the mushrooms, as well as grow it. In addition to that, you can purchase their products at the store!

Address: 700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor

4. Kuan Wellness Eco Park

The Kuan Wellness Eco Park is strategically located in between the Sepang Goldcoats and the Morib Gold Coast. Currently, it’s set to become a popular eco-tourism destination in Malaysia.

It consists of 5 acres of land where you can visit the eco farm. This consists of the mini zoo that has various birds, animals, reptiles and fish. Not to mention, 3½ storey swiftlet house that visitors can enter and learn about types of birds’ nests, bird house management, swiflet habitat, etc and finally, a visitor centre that is surrounded by palm oil plantations and tropical fruit farms.

Address: 408, Tanjung Layang, Kampung Batu Lapan, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor

Opening Hours: Daily, 9:00am-5:00pm

5. Mr Black

Mr Black is the competing pau shop in Tanjung Sepat. Some say that Mr Black makes better pau than Hai Yew Heng, but that’s up to the person eating to decide. Since they both have their own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you’re looking to eat pau that has a thicker bun, denser texture, more filling options and slightly cheaper options, Mr Black is the option for you! However, the best pau between these two pau shops are up to the person’s preferences after all!

Address: Pekan Tanjung Sepat, 42800 Tanjong Sepat, Selangor

Opening Hours: Daily, 8:30am-6:30pm

6. Multi-Rich Pitaya Dragon Fruit Farm

Although this isn’t in Tanjung Sepat, it’s still a great place to visit since you can pass it on your way out. You could quench your thirst with the with sweet dragon fruit or you could munch down on some dragon fruit popsicles!

Address: Batu, Jalan 1, 43900 Sepang, Selangor

Opening Hours: Daily, 8:00am-7:30pm

Chinese New Year Attractions in Malaysia

To many locals and expats that live in Malaysia, we all know that Chinese New Year is one of the biggest and most important annual holidays for the Chinese and the Chinese community. But what exactly is this holiday?

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, marks the start of the new year. Which begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice, and ends on the full moon 15 days later. This holiday is fulls of visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks and gift giving.

If you’re at a loss on what to do during the Chinese New Year holiday, we’re here to help you! Here are a few Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions in Malaysia during the holidays!

Ang pow

One of the most popular traditions of Chinese New Year is the distribution of ang pow. Which are little red parcels full of money. The distribution of ang pow has crossed cultural lines and is nowadays not only restricted to Chinese locals. It has crossed said cultural borders to the point that Malays and Indians have now adopted it into their own cultural celebrations. Especially during Syawal and Deepavali respectively. In Chinese culture, the red ang pow envelope symbolizes good luck and is thought to ward off evil spirits.

Lucky Oranges

Days leading up to Chinese New Year, places are adorned with red lanterns. Along with the universal slogan of “Gong Xi Fa Cai” – which means “may you be prosperous”. There are usually stalls everywhere selling mandarin oranges as they are very popular during this time of year. In the Chinese culture, mandarins and tangerines are a symbol of prosperity and good luck. Prices are higher during this holiday. In addition, they’re displayed as decorations or given as gifts to many people.

Tossing of Yee Sang

Food-wise, the main dish that is popular during Chinese New Year in Malaysia (and sometimes even Singapore) is Yee Sang. Yee Sang, or the Prosperity Toss, is a teochew-style raw fish salad. It’s believed to bring good health and wealth for the coming year.

In Malaysia, Yee Sang has become so popular to the point that it has been declared as Malaysian heritage food by the Malaysia Department of National Heritage.

The ritual of the tossing of Yee Sang is you and other people to gather around the plate, with each person holding onto a pair of chopsticks and to mix and toss the salad together while they shout “Loh Hei”, which is Cantonese for “toss up good fortune”. The higher you toss the salad, the better the fortune (and unfortunately, the messier the table).

Reunion Dinner

Like any festive occasion in Malaysia, you know that it’s a reason for you to go back home and EAT!!! One of the most important occasions during Chinese New Year is the family reunion dinner. Where families come together and spends their evening together. There’s a legend that goes that on New Years’s eve, it’s tradition to stay up until midnight after the reunion dinner. Then, you’re safe from the evil spirits.

Chap Goh Mei (Lantern Festival)

On the last day of the 2-week celebration, the fireworks and firecrackers are back to tie-up the holiday. “Chap Goh Mei” simply means the 15th day in Hokkien, otherwise known as the Lantern Festival. Nowadays, Chap Goh Mei has a carnival-like vibe with performances that are set up in the middle of town. Traditionally, it’s known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. In Malaysia and Singapore, there’s a tradition where women would write their names and phone numbers on mandarines and throw them into the river for men to scoop up. (It’s essentially a traditional Tinder)

Note:For those that want to join in on the fun, it’s on the 19th of February. And is available to celebrate at these places:

  • Esplanade, Penang– on this night there are competitions. Boys need to scoop up the fruits that the girls threw. The boat that contains the most mandarins wins
  • Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur– Every year, thousands of people, both locals and tourists, offer prayers to the three deities: the Goddess of the Seas (Thean Hou), the Goddess of the Waterfront (Swei Mei) and the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin)
  • The Quayside, Malacca
  • Danga Bay Convention Centre, Johor Bahru

(If you participate, you should throw the mandarin facing the south-east. The best time is to throw it is in between the time of 5:30pm and 8:59pm.)

Lion Dance

A highlight that definitely cannot be missed during this period are the Lion Dance acts. In each lion costume there are 2 people and although it looks simple, it’s not an easy job. Especially for the person in the back of the costume. The modernised Lion Dance requires the dances to have extreme physical skills – especially when they jump from pole to pole.

NOTE – To travelers, photographers, youtubers and videographers. Please do not interfere with people when they are praying or performing rituals in temples. Unfortunately, there are people in this world that go around sticking their cameras in people’s faces without their consent to “capture the moment”. Only do so if you get consent from the person, so please respect the people around you and the culture.

5 Must-See Travel Destinations for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year just around the corner and you still have no plans on where to go? In this post, we will reveal the best travel destinations to visit in Malaysia in Chinese New Year. Without having to stress about where to go!

Johor Bahru- Chingay Parade

In Johor Bahru all ages come together to the 150-year-old temple, Rou Fuo Gu Miao on Jalan Trus. One of the oldest temples there. After coming together, everyone goes around for a 15km parade called the Chingay Parade. In Hokkien, Chingay (Chin Gay) means “real art”. Thousands of people in Johor from all ages line up the streets to watch and participate in this parade. Recently, the parade has grown to become a massive street parade. It contains many dancers, street floats, jugglers, percussionists, lion (as well as dragon) dancers, clown and acrobats, you name it! It starts in the evening and ends after midnight.

Note:During the parade, roads will be closed and traffic will be at a standstill. Public transport will be rerouted and many businesses will close early. So for those who wants to join in on all the fun, we advise you to plan ahead!

Address: Lot 653, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Penang- Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang Island is by far one of the best places for you to visit in Malaysia during Chinese New Year. There are many beautiful temples in Georgetown that are crowded with Chinese Malaysians praying for health and prosperity during the new year. One of the most best temples to visit in Penang is the Kek Lok Si Temple. Millions of colourful lamps transform the area at night. Locals and non-locals alike come every night to witness the turning on of these beautiful lights.

Even from a distance, you could see that that this historic temple is transformed into a magical fairyland as devotees attend the annual special lighting ceremony for Chinese New Year. This tradition also contains a spectacular display of fireworks plus a dinner for guests who come.

Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang

Kuala Lumpur- Thean Hou Temple

There are lots of things to do in the big city during the holidays, ranging from visiting temples, and all the way to just visiting malls. Fortunately, Chinese New Year is one of the times during the year when the big city is the emptiest.

Being one of the most historic temples in Kuala Lumpur, it means that Thean Hou Temple’s one of the best places to visit during the Chinese New Year. Pretty red lanterns are hung around the temple premises to welcome the new year coming in.

Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Malacca- Jonker Street

Malacca’s very own “Chinatown” is the area known as Jonker Street. In Chinese New Year, this area is always bustling with lots of activities, celebrations and bazaars. People regularly go from the morning until late at night. Some even start in the evening until the early morning!

During this time of year, they often have performances on a stage right in the middle of the action. If you do manage to visit Malacca during this time, we advise you to try to get an early seat. Or you can park yourself at one of the nearby stalls and enjoy someMalaysian delicacies whilst watching performances.

Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

Sabah- Prince Philip Park

The Chinese New Year festivities will be merrier and bigger in Sabah. This year, the biggest lighting company in China have decided to hold its first Sabah International Lantern Festival at Prince Philip Park. Over 3,00 lanterns will be featured, showing the iconic animals of Sabah. Dragon and lion dance performances will also be featured!

Address: 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

And that concludes our list of travel destinations for Chinese New Year in Malaysia!

Despite all these places we’ve listed, there’s no place and no travel destination compared to spending your holiday with family and friends. So, wherever you decide and plan to spend your Chinese New Year holiday, we hope that you celebrate it in good company and that you have a prosperous Chinese New Year ahead!

Note: Certain places will be closed during Chinese New Year. This is due to people going home to their home countries or hometowns.
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5 Beaches To Visit in Selangor

Malaysia’s coastline is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, and there are definitely many to choose to from. Therefore, we’ve compiled a short list of 5 of the best beaches for you to go visit in Selangor!

1. Pantai Tanjung Piai

Firstly, is Pantai Tanjung Piai. It is a private beach that is located in Klang, and like the other beaches in this list, Pantai Tanjung Piai is close to Kuala Lumpur and is a good place to go to for a short getaway from the rush and hubbub of the city life.

2. Pantai Morib

Since Morib Beach is one of the closest beaches to Kuala Lumpur, it has since become the ideal spot for people to come to to wind down for a short getaway by the sea. This beach has a shoreline that spans to about 3 km long, shaded by swaying palms. Although most of the beach has been converted into a seaside promenade and recreational park, there are still stretches of sandy beach on the northern end of the beach that extends to the ocean during the low tide.

3. Sky Mirror

Sky Mirror, otherwise known as Sasaran Beach, is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Malaysia and is only accessible for people to go to twice a month (during the new moon and full moon periods). This is due to the fact that when the tide is ideal for people to go to, it is when the sand bar emerges, Malaysia’s very own “Salar de Uyuni” or “Mirror in the Sky”. Sasaran Beach is named this because the shallow waters of this “Secret Island” clearly reflects the sky. Hence creating great photo opportunities.

4. Pantai Redang

Pantai Redang Beach (热浪沙滩) at Sekinchan is infamous for being the shooting area for local dramas and movies, such as Outbound Love (單戀雙城) drama that Hong Kong TVB. Unfortunately, this beach is not the most suitable for you to swim in, snorkel or dive. Instead, visit the the wishing tree, which is adorned with ribbons knotted with coins or visit some temples nearby.

5.Pantai Cunang

Finally, near a mangrove forest in Tanjung Sepat, there’s Pantai Cunang. It’s a beautiful white sandy beach that is maintained by the Mah Meri orang asli villagers. The Mah Meri are people that live in the adjacent village in a place called Kampung Koi. Most importantly, they’re known for their vibrant culture, handicraft skills and their care for their environment.