A beautiful small island that you never knew existed
As one of the Malaysia’s island. Pulau Aman was always left out from people’s knowledge (including me, before this). Turns out, that island hold a beautiful phenomenon, interesting activities and mouth-watering food.
Food? yes it’s the local food, Mee Udang (Prawn Mee) that outstands Pulau Aman the most. According to the local, there are even some foreigners that come to Pulau Aman just to eat the signature; Mee Udang’s dish. So, if you want to have a slurp-ie taste how the Mee Udang’s with the strong taste from the prawn’s taste, you surely should come to the Pulau Aman. And to those who are not really a Mee-guy, Char Kue Teow and others as your rescue.
To get there, nab a boat from the Batu Musang’s Jetty and cruise past some the sea and you can imagine yourself in PIRATES IN THE CARIBBEAN’s movie as according to legend, in the past, pirates would climb up to the peak of the island to watch for trade ships because you can get a perfect bird’s eye view from the top of Pulau Aman.
As for the Island, you will feel as if you’re in a real-life movie: powder-white beaches, traditional houses, and even the oldest breadfruit trees in the country (it was planted in 1890). And for those who wonder how it taste like, surprisingly it tastes like a bread (Breadfruit taste like a bread, okay that is new to me) or maybe pretty much like a sweet potato. We don’t know, go there and give your own description.
From far, the island resembles a mountain, and is packed with lush trees, wooded spaces, but it actually not how it looks like. There’s so much more inside. They provide you with interesting activities, souvenirs, and there’s even kampung-stay (village stay) theme vacation if you want to experience temporarily living there.
There you go, one of the island that you might want to reconsider for the your next vacation.
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In Budget 2019 that was released at the end of 2018, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced that they had plans to implement a departure levy on travellers leaving the country. The tax is to be implemented on the 1st of June 2019. Travellers leaving for ASEAN countries will be charged RM20 and RM40 for other countries. This levy is different from the passenger service charge (PSC) that is already in place and imposed by Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to run the operations of the airport.
Lim has also stated that the purpose of this new tax is to encourage domestic tourism.
Passenger Service Charge (PSC), with effect from 1st July 2018
Proposed Departure Levy in Budget 2019, with effect (if Bill is passed in Parliament) from 1st June 2019
In an update statement released recently, the Finance Minister clarified that the new departure levy will only affect air travellers leaving the country. This includes commercial planes as well as privately owned jets. He also said that the tax amount will be decided at a later time as the government is currently focusing on the Bill’s infrastructure.
In addition, pilgrims travelling overseas to complete their Umrah and Hajj for the first time, will be exempted from paying the tax. This decision might be a response to Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan’s inquiry and debate of the Bill on April 9th, that travellers going to ASEAN countries, senior citizens, students studying abroad, and those travelling abroad to perform Umrah and Hajj should be exempted from this departure levy.
A few parties have been questioning the effect of the new tax on Malaysia’s international tourism. Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Radin said that, with the implementation of the new tax, maybe nobody would want to visit Malaysia anymore.
There have also been concerns from netizens that with the new tax, foreign tourists might favour Malaysia’s neighbouring South East Asian countries instead.
In response to those concerns, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi has said that the tax will not affect Malaysia’s tourism industry. He claimed to reporters that almost every other country or nation has imposed a travel or tourism tax and it has yet to affect the tourism industries of those nations.
He also said that the money collected from the levy will prove to be a great benefit for Malaysia, as the money will be used to boost development of the country and its people.
Remember to watch out for the tax if you are leaving Malaysia by flight starting on the 1st of June. You wouldn’t want to be stranded at the airport!
Bored of sitting at home but you don’t have time for a long trip. Here at Byloka, Byloka recommends you gather all your family and visit a Zoo! If you want your kids to have fun, let them explore. After all, curiosity did not kill the cat!
Zoo Negara, Selangor
Operating Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm
Do you remember the last time you visited the Zoo Negara? No? Then Zoo Negara is a must go place to you, as it features over 5137 specimen from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. A panda? Marmoset? Black and White Ruffed Lemur? Never seen or heard of them before? Zoo Negara is definitely the place for you to see them!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM45.00
Child – RM18.00
Senior Citizen – RM23.00
Langkawi Wildlife Park, Kedah
Operating Hours: 8.30am-6.00pm
Wanting to feed and hug the animal? Or see a beautiful peacock flashing beautiful feathers? Family who loves for interaction with animals can stop over here as this is a great place to spend time with animals. Byloka recommends here, as it also has cute and tame animals such as rabbit, raccoons, deer, ostriches and many others!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM24.00
Child – RM16.00
Senior Citizen – RM16.00
Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi, Kedah
Operating Hours: 9.00am-6.00pm
What is a better way to teach your children about animals rather than to show them? In Byloka, we suggest you take your kids to Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi as it is the largest crocodile farm in Malaysia. See nearly 4,000 species of crocodiles including a crocodile named Bujang Lang that weighs 1,000 pounds in shows and educational exhibits. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM18.00
Child – RM12.00
Senior Citizen – RM12.00
Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 8.00pm
Do you know in the 88-floor towers KLCC that are constructed with concrete, lie a place for kids and family? Not just any place but instead it is the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia! Head off to the Aquaria KLCC where 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic such as scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and many more are placed!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM49.00
Child – RM39.00
Senior Citizen – RM39.00
KL Tower Mini Zoo, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: 10.00am-9.00pm
Next, how about a click of a few photos with the birds on your shoulder and hand. To those have kids that love to have interaction with animal, this place is the one! The animals are not only cute but also super tame with people. Sound interesting? Then KL Tower Mini Zoo is a must stop place to you as cheeky squirrel monkeys, cuddly rabbits and colourful parrots are waiting for you and your family!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM39.00
Child – RM32.00
Senior Citizen – RM32.00
Pusat Ikan Hiasan, Port Dickson
Operating Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm
Wanting to bring your family to an interesting and a free-visit place? Then Pusat Ikan Hiasan is ideal for you! Drive your family to the Port Dickson and drop by here. The coral cultivation, live baby turtles, seahorses, stonefish guitar shark, fish breeding labs and others are waiting for you. While visiting, you can teach your children to support for marine life in Malaysia and the best part the entrance is free!
Ticket Price: Free!
Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, Melaka
Operating Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm
Do you curious on how the beautiful butterflies look like at a short distance? Cause if you did, another place you should drop by is Melaka Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary. Be prepared to get impress as you will have a chance to release the butterfly from the cage. Other animals such as birds, fish, tortoise, snake and many more are ready to meet you!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM22.00
Child – RM16.00
Underwater World Langkawi, Kedah
Operating Hours: 9.30am-6.30pm
Instead of just seeing animals that are breed species from Malaysia, why not this time take a chance and see a penguin. Penguin? Yes, a penguin. In fact, lots of it! Underwater World Langkawi or also known as “UWL” give you the chance to feed them and have a show as well. Attractively, there’s a tunnel for the penguin to swim above you!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM36.00
Child – RM26.00
Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm, Johor
Operating Hours: 9.00am-6.00pm
Next, another crocodile stop that Byloka can suggest you is Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm. There, you can take a picture with a baby crocodile and for those who are food hunter, you can even try the crocodile soup or satay! But if you have kids who like to run around or climb, make sure you hold them tightly as this place has many crocodiles!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM8.00
Child – RM4.00
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Sabah
Operating Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Drop by to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park where you can find many animals which also include endangered species such as the photo above. Grab a chance to view this endangered species as we do not know how much time will they have. The zoo consists of the zoological and botanical park. Kids would love to see all those animal. And you would too!
Ticket Price: Adult – RM10.00
Child – RM5.00
Bring your kids to one of this destination, teach the kids about animals as kids love the animals as much as we love our money. And you can also re-kindle your childhood memories. Btw, Happy Fathers Day to all the superhero fathers out there!
We cannot run away from life forever, but we can trip our self away for a while. So, how about taking yourself away for a moment? 2 Days 1 Night trip may be just what you need.
Malacca City is one of the impressive attraction and you should not miss it! In Melaka, the thing that you should do in Melaka is sight-seeing all of these places.
Entrance fee: Free
Standing strong in Malacca is A’Famosa architectural. It is one of the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia. From Portuguese, to Dutch and British. This one place was undertaken and conquered by many.
Price:RM30 for its normal route
Next, we move to the Dutch Square Malacca. Dutch Square Malacca is the most picturesque along Jalan Kota. It also has a colorful trishaw pickup point. The trishaw in Malacca was called Becca.
Attractiveness: Buskers and souvenir stalls at the top of the hill
Next, we went to St. Paul’s Church. To get to the St. Paul’s Church, you will have to climb a steep of stairs gets to the top. It actually worth the climb because it is a beautiful, breezy sanctuary.
Attractiveness: Watermelon handbag, coconut ice cream, deep fried ice cream.
At night, we went to Jonker Street. What is more perfect at night rather than seeing the beautiful light. Light, beautiful building and unique type of food, Jonker Street has it all. Be it traditional footwear, delicacies, antiques or even trinkets.
ETA: 20 minutes outside of Bandar Hilir
Do not stop the excitement just yet! Head down to the White Sand Dunes at Pantai Klebang, Melaka. Piled up 10 to 20 meters’ high, but if you like taking aesthetic pictures, this is another insta-worthy place that should be visited!
It is only 5-6 km away from Malacca City but from the White Sand Dunes, it takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Drop at Pantai Klebang as it offers you offers beach picnics kite flying, varied food trucks and coconut shakes.
Before leaving, have a taste of Klebang’s signature; the Klebang Coconut Shake. This will be the perfect fit dessert after a walking under the sunlight. Worry not, they also have other foods.
It is safe to say that Malacca is a favorite place for a quick getaway. So how are this 2 Days 1 Night trip sounds to you? If this does not fascinate you, why not check on our other activity, there’s always a trip for everyone!
Malaysia known as a country that have so many beautiful traveling places. But have you ever wonder what is more others than just enchanting places behind Malaysia? What is another hidden parts and stories in Malaysia, that symbolise Malaysia.
So, here’s some highlights from Kedah for its uniqueness, that we proudly want to share with you,
What is Kedah truly famous for? What actually the outsiders did not know, Kedah have one market that offers unique ways in selling and buying known as Pasar Bisik (Whisper Market). Pasar Bisik located on Kota Kuala Muda, and near to the Pantai Merdeka.
This whispering tradition used by sellers because according to their believe, the process of selling was much convenient when only them can know the price offered by buyers. By whispering, the buyers can get an economical price with fresh fishes.
The whispering trend used for a long time and becomes the identity of the fisherman village Kuala Muda, Kedah. Why not try this something new in your buying experience, instead of saying out loud for a price, try to whisper it this time?
Another subject that makes Kedah famous for is, the legend of Mahsuri and the curse of Langkawi island. Do you know, there is a legend saying Langkawi only successfully developed after the curse of Mahsuri towards Langkawi ended.
Mahsuri is the most beautiful girl that lives in Langkawi at 19thcentury. Many of the girls jealous of her beauty and accused her being unfaithful to her husband. Before she passed away, she cursed the Langkawi island and all its living, and misery will crumble on them for seven generations.
As for the locals, they believe on the legend and believe that the curse is finally over at the end of the 20th century. But thanks to that myth, the Langkawi is now famous.
Source from Jawi Herbs Center
Gamat or its scientific name Stichopus horrens is a species of Sea Cucumbers which are marine creatures having leathery skin and a long body. In Malay term, this sea cucumber is called as Gamat.
In Malaysia, Gamat is use as a medicine base. So what can this Gamat heal? They heal both internal and external body ailments like aches, ulcers, burns and injuries.
Believe it or not, but the locals have been using Gamat for over 300 years by applied the Gamat over fresh cuts and wounds. So why not, get the Gamat products and witnessing its result.
Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim
Ever wanting to try to have a view from above the forest floor? Or maybe to try a look from a bird’s eye view. Worry not, the world’s longest rainforest canopy walks with a length of 925 metres and a height of 26 metres up are available on Tree Top Walk Sungai Sedim, Kedah. But rest assured, this canopy walk is safe. The canopy is made from steel pylons.
Though the canopy walks have become popular from others countries but the canopy walks across the rainforest only available in here, Kedah. Grab this new experience by walking high and have an amazing view of flora and fauna from the above!