Bylokan Hidden Gems; The colorful Rainbow of Adventure

What’s better than a waterfall? A rainbow waterfall. What, you don’t believe that exists? Well, you’re in for a treat in this article. We’re going to show you another one of the most breathtaking views and hidden gems in Malaysia.

Rainbow Waterfall Lembing is one of the beautiful features had by the amazing rainforest of Malaysia. Located in Sungai Lembing, an old mining town on Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast, it is great spot to see for those who love adventure and enjoy the natural beauty of the jungle.

The name Rainbow Waterfalls given because it really shows rainbows whenever the sunshine hits the waterfall; commonly at 9 to 10 am every morning. The short time of rainbow visibility makes all visitors should arrange a strict timing tour so they can arrive at the waterfall in time to see the beautiful rainbows.The tour starts at 6 am. When the car has arrived in the jungle on the peak of the sandy hill, it becomes the first stop where the visitors can see the beautiful view of the sunrise from the high place.

Then the journey continues with an off-road adventure on the 4×4 pickup truck, passing the river, muddy roads, and streams. The off-roading is over in 45 minutes, then visitors continue to trek the jungle for about 45 minutes too until they find the Rainbow Waterfall Lembing. Enjoying the waterfalls and the beautiful view are the main things to do at the waterfall.

So, are you ready for an adventure on which you will remember for the rest of your lives? Well, grab a bottle of water, bring your swimming trunks, don’t forget a swiss army knife(just in case) and let’s get ready to hit the road!

Byloka’s Hidden Gems; The Golden Dunes of Malacca

Malaysia is famous for our tropical rainforest, islands, and beaches, now that’s a fact. But did you know, we also have Sand Dunes? Man-made Sand Dunes? Yeah, for this article it’s definitely going to blow your mind off, we’re going to tell about something that is rather a hidden gem and is something to be discovered about.

As a destination attraction, Pantai Klebang Melaka offers beach picnics, kite flying, varied food trucks, and coconut shakes. As of two years ago, photographers and Instagrammers have been making a beeline to Klebang Sand Dunes since the first desert-like landscape photograph went viral. Located 15 minutes from Melaka city, at the end of the Klebang peninsula, these hills of sand are the result of land reclamation activities from a decade ago. Due to stability issues, beachfront developments were abandoned, leaving many piles of sand 10m to 20m high, sitting idle on the land of emptiness.

The man-made Klebang Dunes are also popular for bridal portraits and continue to draw photography enthusiasts (professional and amateur) to experiment on its blank canvas for dramatic photoshoots against the perfect backdrop of blue skies and white dunes. Climbing the dunes is a not-to-be-missed experience as you will slide down a little with each step up, as the soft sand shifts under your feet.

Expect to work a little bit harder to cover the same amount of ground. That said, the sand is not as fine as the volcanic ash of Mount Bromo in Indonesia, and is manageable for beginners and less-experienced hikers. Most people will adjust to the slide, finding the effort totally worth it for the views and that ‘top-of-the-hill’ feeling.

Hidden Gems In Malaysia; A literal Gem Island, Terengganu.

Aren’t you tired of being in the city? Are you trying to find your way out, even just for the weekend? Look no further, Byloka has you covered.

Gem Island is your ultimate private island getaway with a “one island one resort” set up. It is one of the few privately owned islands in Malaysia built with its superb natural beauty still intact. It is located in a Marine Conservation Park with crystal clear waters, a spectacular underwater seascape of corals and marine life as some of its natural wonders. Built along the ridges of the coastline and maintaining its lush greenery, it is a superb getaway for a relaxed holiday.

soothing… isn’t it?

With its convenient location, Gem Island can be reached by a scenic drive along the East coast road or a swift flight, either by Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Firefly or Malindo Air to Kuala Terengganu (TGG) -From the airport, a 30 – 40 minutes drive by road to Marang Jetty and then a 15 minutes boat ride to the private island resort.

Snorkeling can be done even without taking the boat out. There are many things to see near the shore – corals of different shapes, colors and sizes, sea urchins, swordfishes, butterflyfishes, parrotfishes, bumphead fishes, crabs, clams and lots of sea cucumbers. f you have no patience for pottering around, visit the baby greenback turtles by the jetty. One of the beaches on Gem Island is used as a turtle hatchery.

The sky blue water indicates the cleanliness of the place, and also compliments the green hills around the island.

If you’re looking for a getaway to an island where you are their priority, then we advice you to come to Gem Island and immerse yourself in the fun.

Hidden Gems in Malaysia; Peace and Quiet from Janda Baik, Pahang.

For this article, Byloka would like to tell you about one of the most peaceful places in Malaysia, where not only can you run away for a while, but immerse in an environment that you may have not experienced before.

Janda Baik is a small village in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. Geographically located in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. It is about 30 km from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. A simple Malay kampong or village with a population of approximately 1000 people. Janda Baik has much to offer as a day trip from KL or weekend getaway from Kuala Lumpur. Only a 45-minute drive from the city center, the area is blessed with rainforest – one of the few places in Malaysia that has yet to be taken over by palm oil plantations.

The Entrance of kampung Janda Baik in Bentong

The adventure begins at Pinto Coffee + ‘s short jungle-lined driveway. Do not fear. While it looks as though you might need a four-wheel-drive to continue, the road is short and it quickly opens to a shady carpark. You’ll find an open-walled rainforest cafe featuring tables and chairs rustically made from large chunks of wood and the cafe’s very own roasting machine. The team at Pinto Coffee + not only roast their own beans but grow them too.

the beautiful wooden furniture of the Pinto Coffee+

There are numerous waterfalls and picnic spots where you can soak up the fresh hill air. We recommend going early to avoid the crowd and traffic. Perhaps, plan a breakfast picnic and appreciate having a stream or jungle patch all to yourself.

the amazing view of the river in Janda Baik. Perfect for a picnic right?

If you find any of this difficult, just go for a drive and you’ll see that Janda Baik is one of the most peaceful places in Malaysia and it’s amazing how we still keep this hidden gem safe with us, and not cause any destruction.

Hidden Gems in Malaysia; The Crystal Clear Waterfall

For this article, Byloka is going to share with you about the beauty of Malaysia, by telling you about the ‘hidden gems’ or not popular but amazing places in Malaysia. The Hidden Gem articles are based on each of our own experiences and adventures so get ready for a week full of sentimental stories and extravagant views.

Berkelah Falls is a cascade of waterfalls located in Pahang, Malaysia. It is about 31 to 35 km away from Kuantan City in the direction of Maran. The falls consist of seven tiers, according to official data from the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, but there are actually more tiers above the seventh. The seventh and highest fall reaches an estimated height of 50 meters.

One of the first stops on the hike, you can choose whichever tier you like and this is one of them.

One of our Bylokan, Adam has had the opportunity to climb up the Berkelah Falls and all he had to say was one thing. ” If you want to hear me talk about it, I can talk all day. But if you really want to know the beauty of what is up there, then go for yourself, It is definitely worth it.” and that says about much as we can. If you’re planning to go make sure to pack some food, a few bottles of water and most importantly a few spare clothes just in case of an emergency.

Bylokan Local Food Stories; Ken’s Adventure in Kuala Lumpur

Food is not only something you eat, but it’s also something you discover, it’s something you crave for, and it’s something you would go through anything just to get it. For this article, we’re going to read about a rather rare type of dish but has such an amazing and scrumptious name to it.

Ken Hoh: When I travel, the one thing that reminds me of the place is food that I tried. I remember Johor from the Lontong, I remember Melaka from the Asam Pedas, and I remember Negeri Sembilan from Masak Lemak. But what about Kuala Lumpur? I mean, they don’t have any trademark dishes or foods, so how do I remember Kuala Lumpur well? Four words, Petaling Street, and Lala Soup.

In case you didn’t know, these tasteful treats are known as La La Clams.

Now when I go to Petaling Street, it’s like a compulsory for me to go to Lai Foong’s Coffee Shop, to get the finest and original La La Clam Noodles. It’s just a few minutes away walk from there, and you get to taste the most amazing soup you could ever imagine. The wait is around 10-30 minutes but on lunch hours it can go for as long as an hour. The place is just between Petaling Street and Central Market, you can’t get lost or confused as there are tonnes of people eating there all the time. The locals there are used to giving directions to get there so just ask the way.

The ever-legendary Lai Foong Coffee Shop

What makes La La Noodles here different? Well, first off, the taste itself. The fresh taste of the La La clams brings in the salty yet mushy sea taste, and they are considered the ‘chicken of the sea’. The soup itself has a bit of salty yet aromatic taste, with a tinge of spiciness for the feel of it. The preparations are also fresh and they only prepare the food when there are orders, on which it NEVER STOPS so they never stop preparing. You can definitely tell when they say they only choose the best and fresh ingredients when you take a sip of that amazing soup and noodles. For those who are looking for something different than your usual menu, then Lai Foong’s La La Clam Noodles should be one of the things on your list.

A sneak peak on how it’s prepared
Would you just look at that? wow.

Bylokan Local Food Stories; A Trip Down Memory Lane With Zikry

For this article, Byloka is focusing on telling the beautiful story of how one certain restaurant or food place in Malaysia can bring you memories that live for generations. This article tells about one Bylokan that has only one motto; Quality is key.

Raizzikry: In college, it’s a very common thing for you to want to eat somewhere that is cheap, at the same time somewhere that is really good. Now it’s easy to find the cheap ones, but the good ones? That used to be a rare find for me. Not Anymore. Have you ever heard of Nasi Manggey? It’s a rather local type of dish from the east side of Malaysia, which is Kelantan. Nasi Manggey consists of a bowl of rice that is steamed to perfection, a curry gravy that is handmade from the freshest of ingredients, some well-stewed vegetables, and small-cut chicken pieces that are fried to be crispy on the outside, but tender and well-done on the inside. Some people add on some Sambal Belacan which is some sort of spicy paste to add a little bit more flavour. What does it taste like? Heaven. The crispy yet tender chicken bites is to die for, which the flavours of the curry leaves and also the special mixture are to be responsible. The curry compliments the rice well as it has special spices used. The vegetables also give a good fresh taste to the dish for it’s healthy and crunchy sensation.

Would you just look at that? Amazing.

Now, where do you find the best Nasi Manggey? I found mine at Warung Kita Bandar Baru Bangi, a Kelantanese-based restaurant that serves a GENEROUS amount of chicken for their Nasi Manggey, at a VERY CHEAP PRICE for 4 Ringgit only. Imagine getting all of that chicken, rice, vegetables for less than 5 Ringgit, wow right? Now not only the price is really cheap, but the quality of the food is basically perfection. The way the chicken pieces are fried evenly and very crispy on the outside, not to forget the tenderness of the inside. Don’t even get me started on the` delicious curry gravy which, by the way, you can add on anytime at all, just ask the counter. Warung Kita also serves really good coconut shake to accompany the amazing taste of the Nasi Manggey, or if you’re looking for something lighter, they have freshly-poked coconut juice, poured into a silver mug to keep its chillness.

Warung Kita is located near German-Malaysian Institute or, Sungai Tangkas.

The main thing i remember why Warung Kita provides the best Nasi Manggey is because of their hospitality. Their warm welcome and also their friendliness are what adds up to such a bonus and in my opinion, should be what every restaurant provides. I may eat more rice dishes in the future, but Nasi Manggey will always have a special place in my heart.

Bylokan Local Food Stories; Adam’s Precious Dish

For this article, Byloka loves it when people tell about how one certain food can take them away back to a certain story, it gives the food a priceless sentimental value. One of our Bylokans is going to be telling his story about his favorite Malaysian food that has is a mixture of 2 or more foods, infused into one and tells a special story behind the delicacy.

Adam El-Muhammady: If you’re a pure Malaysian, and I’m not saying like the “woohoo I’m a Malaysian” but eats Nasi Kandar with a spoon and fork, I’m talking about real legit Malaysians that eats fried noodles with their HANDS! Anyway, if you’re a Malaysian, then it’s a very common thing for you to have Roti Canai for breakfast right? Some people even have something called Roti Banjir, which is where the Roti Canai is glazed and fountained over Dhal Curry and tinge of Fish Curry. Before we get started I’m going to explain basically what is Roti Canai. Roti Canai is an Indian-influenced flatbread dish found in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia. The dough is stretched and stretched until it becomes soft and is grilled over an intermediate fire until it becomes golden brown and crispy. sometimes some restaurants use the traditional charcoal stove for even burning, but nowadays people just use gas.

the ever-crispy Roti Canai. So good you get hungry by looking at it

Basically Roti Canai is like a full package because you have the bread, the beans from the dhal and also the curry. But have you ever imagined that one day, an innovation might occur? Well, it did Ladies and Gentleman, I’m talking about The Mansion Tea Stall, home of the Roti Canai Banjir Special.

do not be fooled by this slum-looking store, it has over more than 500 customers daily and on weekends hit more than 1000

Yes, located in the Center of Kuala Lumpur, the Mansion Tea Stall has been around since the 90s and has been a part of families for more than a decade, because it is THEN BEST FOOD IN TOWN. My dad himself went there with his friends during their teenage years. It used to be popular for being in the strategic place which is Jalan Masjid India.Now, it’s popular for their ‘kecik besar’ tea which is silky smooth, sweet at the right amount and flavourful, but I want to talk about their Roti Canai Banjir Special. Now, what makes their Roti Banjir so different from the rest? the answer is simple, Quality and Innovation. I’ll start with the Roti Canai. Their cook makes sure that the Roti Canai is golden brown before he stops cooking it, and once he does he gives the Roti Canai a clap so that the Roti Canai is cracked open while it’s still hot, giving it an extra crispy texture for when it cools down slowly. The Dhal Curry is thick, bursting of flavor and is pored at the right amount alongside the also well-cooked Sambal. Next, what I mean by innovation is when you see something original, but improved. What the Mansion Tea Stalls does it they add two half-boiled eggs to their Roti Banjir, making it a full meal for when you finish eating. Mixing all the gravy and eggs with the Roti, you get you full daily dose of protein, Carbs and also fiber. What more can you ask for?

will you just look at that beauty? amazing.

What makes this place more special is because of their warm welcome, where even though in a very full place, they never ever forget a customer or neglect anyone. My family and I have been going to The Mansion Tea Stall for as long as I can remember, and it’s safe to say that I will also introduce my friends and future family to this place for as long as they stand in Kuala Lumpur. This truly is a local story that many people and have come to love and I hope that The Mansion Tea Stall will become more recognized.

Bylokan Local Food Stories; Asyraf’s Delicacy Back Home

For this article, Byloka wants to focus on the beauty of Malaysian Cuisine. One of our Bylokans is going to be telling his story about his favourite Malaysian food that has been in our country for years and years and always focuses on the freshness and natural taste of each ingredient.

Muhammad Asyraf: My favorite local food would have to be the infamous Mee Udang. I have never tasted a more perfect combination than the Mee Udang. Beautiful- seasoned curry paste, mixed together with hand-stretched yellow noodles, accompanied by the zesty taste of the lime and some boiled eggs. Most importantly and not to be forgotten, the taste-burst of the Mee Udang, the prawns itself or known as ‘Udang’.

The perfect view of the Mee Udang

When we’re talking about where is the best place to get Mee Udang, I’m talking to the best place possible, which is at Yaakob Mee Udang Segar Pulau Sayak, Kedah. If you’ve ever been to Pulau Sayak, you will know that it is home to big, fresh and chunky prawns, and is a very perfect combination to the Mee Udang I was talking about. Just imagine, eating a bowl of fresh Mee Udang, each ingredient complimenting each taste, with each condiment complimenting additional taste, owh the savory!

While enjoying the scrumptious food, you can also enjoy the wonderful scenery

Every time my family and I go back to my hometown, which is in Kedah, it will be a compulsory necessity for us to go to Yaakob Mee Udang and have ourselves a bowl, sometimes two! It’s not only the generosity of the condiments that catches our eyes, but also the warm heart of the restaurant owners, Mr. Yaakob and his wife. It is surely a hidden gem that we’ve come to love.

Bylokan Local Food Stories; Amir’s family Relishment

The first thing you should know about Malaysians is they are passionate about food. Malaysia has inherited a vast array of cuisines from its melting pot of cultures. So a list of Malaysian food to try is bound to be unlike any other. When visiting Malaysia, do not attempt to take on Malaysian street food with impunity; you’ll be overwhelmed by the endless choices available to you. Visit any hawker center or noted food street, and you’ll encounter Malay specialties vying for attention among dishes concocted by other ethnic communities.

To get the full-on local feeling experience, we had the chance to ask a few locals, about what their favorite local food is and where it is the best place that we can get them.

Amir Akhiri: My favorite food would be the Ghee Tosai, the story goes a way back, when I was a kid I took Taekwondo classes every Sunday morning at 8 am, after class my parents usually brought the whole family to this one Indian restaurant called Lingam.

Here’s a visual representation of what a Ghee Thosai is

Lingam was so packed in the morning, as it is really famous among other Indians in Seremban for its Indian breakfast meals such as vadey, roti canai and other Indian dishes, but one thing they are really good cooking at is Ghee Tosai. Even with a great number of people, the people there are nice, communicative, and passionate about their food.

It is really famous among other Indians in Seremban for its Indian breakfast meals such as vadey, roti canai and other Indian dishes .

– Amir Akhiri
One of the main delicacies is also the Mee Goreng Mamak.

I still remember my first taste of Ghee Tosai, the warm and crunchiness on the edges was on point, and as you get to the middle, the cheese-like smell coming from the Tosai makes my stomach grumble as I took a soft bite from the center of the Tosai, it was, a really good Tosai. It was so good that our family still have our breakfast there usually on a Sunday even after 10 years! Ordering the same Tosai! We take it as a family bonding activity, also because parking is free on Sunday.

The classical sign of the Lingam restaurant is what catches ‘Instagram-worthy’ visitors

We went there for so long that even the aunty and chef remembers us as that one Malay family that always comes by on a Sunday for a good Indian breakfast. Whenever we come by they will always help us arrange the tables as we are a big family.