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.

The peace and calmness of Kampung Lonek

The moment you arrived to the place, as you glaze through the green and breathtaking paddy fields, you find yourself in awe of every second. It would be the really perfect moment for looking for a calm, quiet, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll surely feel the restfulness and tranquility by the sound of nature around you. the people, staff, and others were so nice that it made the place very comfortable for tourists and guests. Greeted by well-orchestrated traditional music, played by the staff, it gives you the ‘vibes’ of you are already welcomed into the village.

Kampung Lonek is one of the villages that keeps in its heritage such as old houses, artifacts, history and so on. Their unique experiences include immersing yourself into the ‘kampung’ life by living with the local villagers. You will learn to eat like them, cook like them, live with them and dress like them. They also provide experience such like learning the traditional way to turn paddy into rice, how to make a Traditional Malaysian Dessert, the Dodol, and even learn how to play Traditional instruments, the Cak Lempong.

Tourists and also guests, mostly enjoy just walking throughout the village in the morning, taking the fresh air, and enjoying the sights of the villagers doing their daily morning routines, such as picking eggs from the chicken barn, gardening, feeding fishes and many more.

It’s very different and cozy in the village than in the city, especially in Kampung Lonek which has no plans for future modern development. A runaway trip from the concrete jungles to this relaxing and peaceful village is what everyone who is stressed out and tired needs. So come travel to Malaysia to join this trip of living the life of a Malaysian Villager. Have a memorable and lifetime experience once with us!! ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’

Pulau Aman

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.

(The yummiest Mee-Udang)

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.

(Fisherman-boat but for passengers they will have a canopy!)

Operating Hours: 8.00am – 8.00pm
Adult Ticket Price: RM6.00
Children Ticket Price: RM4.00

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.

Breadfruit – (does it really taste like a bread?)

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.

Kampung-stay? A wise combination of kampung and chalet idea.

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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2 Days 1 Night Trip in Malacca

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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!

Hidden Parts from Kedah

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,

Pasar Bisik (Whispering Market)

Source from Butterworth Guide

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?

The Legend of Mahsuri

Source fromFiksyen Shasha

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.

Gamat

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!

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