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.

5个你可以和最好的朋友一起做的独特活动 – 马来西亚篇

无论你是处于哪一个年龄层,每个人心中其实都有一个说走就走的旅行梦吧!!

而有事什么可以让这一个假期变得更好呢?不外乎是跟最好的闺蜜一起去度假放松啦。

而在这里,我们编制了一份【马来西亚做】独特活动的简短列表,让您和闺蜜过个美好的假期!

1.彩虹瀑布,Sungai Lembing,彭亨

想要和闺蜜度过一个冒险以及难忘的假期吗?如果你的答案是‘对‘的话。那么这个旅游景点对你们来说就是绝配啦。马来西亚有着很多让人流连忘返的瀑布,然而,彩虹瀑布却跟其他的瀑布有些与众不同。

那就是每当瀑布的水触碰到岩石的时候,一道道令人叹为观止的【彩虹】景象总会恰当的出现在瀑布边缘的边缘。而这一个不可思议的天然瀑布的所在地则深藏在Sungai Lembing的山丘深处。

我们可以通过四轮驱车轻松的到达目的地。当然,如果你想要安安静静体验大自然的美好,也可以通过徒步行走到达目的地。路程需要一个小时左右。

2. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman玻璃寺,柔佛州新山

马来西亚是个多元文化的国家,所以,在这里我们可以看到各种不同的种族或者宗教建筑物。

而Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman玻璃寺则是一个非常特别的寺庙。为什么说特别呢?因为寺庙的主要建筑材料是玻璃!!而现在,它已进入马来西亚记录,成为该国第一个,也是最重要的一个玻璃寺庙。

目前,Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman玻璃寺是柔佛州新山最古老的印度教寺庙之一,每年都吸引了不少的游客前来参观。

如果你和你的闺蜜都对艺术有兴趣的话,那么这一座寺庙就绝对不会让你失望。

开放时间: 每天下午1-5点

3. 猫博物馆,古晋,砂拉越

你是否希望在旅途中拍摄一些有趣的照片然后把它分享在 Instagram上? 那么这一个猫博物馆就是你的首选啦!这一座博物馆的主要景点之一就有来自埃及的木乃伊猫!

此外,这一座博物馆的名字其实也来自“古晋”,因为古晋翻译成马来语的意思是‘猫’。而这一座猫博物馆则坐落在这一个城市中。

虽然这个博物馆自然被称为猫博物馆,但不必怕,因为这个博物馆本身并没有完全由猫居住。

而在这一个博物馆周围也出售了许多猫主题纪念品,如猫海报,玩具,图片和各种各样的猫系列物品。

备注: 博物馆入口以及停车场是免费的,但是,和某些展品拍照时,博物馆会收取一些小额费用。

4. 极乐寺,Air Itam,槟城

极乐寺是一座面向大海的佛教寺庙,位于槟城岛的Air Itam。这一座寺庙是在1890年开始建设的,拥有着了悠久而独特的历史。除此之外,寺庙里还拥有一尊120英尺高的观音铜像。

所以总的来说,这一个景点其实还是非常适合艺术和历史爱好者的。

最后,如果你足够幸运的话,你可能在这里遇到这一个寺庙每年举办的众多中国节日之一!

5.榴莲自助餐,SS2,雪兰莪

最后的活动, 也就只有在马来西亚找得到,那就是榴莲自助餐!

如果你是在寻找真实的本地旅行体验,那么在你还没有尝试过我们着名的水果之王之前,你就不能离开这个国家!

相信你肯定已经在电视和网络上看过它。由于它的臭味,榴莲果绝对不不适合胆小的游客们,但对马来西亚人来说,它绝对是一道美味的水果。

来和你的闺蜜试试看吧,你一定会喜欢这种体验!

备注:

位于雪兰莪州SS2的榴莲自助餐是马来西亚最大的自助餐之一。在榴莲季节期间,他们会提供自助餐风格的榴莲。而在不是季节的时候,他们则会按公斤收费。

那我们的5件活动就结束啦! 希望您和闺蜜可以玩个痛快!!下期见。

10 Must Visit Zoo and Aquarium in Malaysia

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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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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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