Music that speaks from the soul

The Jonker Street in Malacca is always associated with Shopping, Heritage and also food. But many people take their eyes out, for the stories of the people in Jonker Street. The tales of the citizens in Malacca is something that you do not hear every day, and can sometimes bring hidden messages or values to ourselves.

Now, one example that would like to be brought upon is this Erhu player in the picture. It may seem as if the classical instrument player is just a regular woman with her strings, but actually, her eyesight is barely functional, meaning to say she is blind. But looking at her passionately embracing her talent and joy for music has been something that catches most hearts of the citizens of Malacca and tourists. This lady lives in Jonker Street and would go out of her ‘house shop’ and play the Erhu, which is a traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument. The erhu itself is a very delicate instrument and requires precision and practice to play it, but judging by the way she plays, you can tell she’s had plenty of that.

Music has a strong effect on emotions. So it can produce calmness or rage or sadness or happiness. It creates an understanding that goes beyond words. All the soul seeks is expansion. All the mind knows is the information the body obtains through the 5 senses. Music helps create the emotional conditions for soul expansion as it makes you calm, happy and serene so that you are well prepared to go within in your meditation. It doesn’t matter whether you have a perfect fully functional body or any disabilities. When you have your passion, you will strive and give your very all in order to achieve your goals.

The voices of the people in Jonker Street is something that is said to be original and authentic. You can listen to it from different people and different versions but having to feel it , listen to it and understanding it yourself is an experience and an adventure worth taking.

The Story of Mr Abu the Noble Cobbler

One of Mr Abu’s favourite places .

In a city full of energetic and noisy honk sounds made by thousands of cars on busy roads of KL, lives Mr.Abu, an old man who is also a cobbler. He loves to donate shoes to the kids who cannot afford to buy them. Mr.Abu spends all his time making shoes and donate it to the poor. This makes him feel happy and blessed and at the end of the day, knowing that he cannot give them anything fancy but just a pair of shoes.

Mr.Abu never stayed in one place, he keeps shifting from one place to the another in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Usually, he would go to places such as outside of convenience stores or banks, the places where he knows the homeless people would usually be at. Mr.Abu claims that he has done this for 6 years but on no occasion, he eventually gets tired of making shoes and decided to offer them to the needy.

When we asked about his stories, there was one story that really touched our heart. A very heart-wrenching story, I would say. One day he noticed a little boy who was sitting in one corner and crying. He immediately rushed towards him and asked him why he was crying. The boy looked at his face with the tears in his eyes and replied to Mr Abu that he had starved himself for a few days and did not eat anything. Mr.Abu felt sorry for him and he quickly went inside the 7-Eleven convenient store and got him a bunch of food and snacks for him to fill his tummy. The boy was so happy and couldn’t thank him enough.

A few weeks later, Mr.Abu saw the boy in very good shape, and surprisingly, the boy bought him a wooden stool for him to sit on while making shoes, new shoes for him to give to other kids, and also a hat to protect him from the heat of Kuala Lumpur. The kid told him that the food Mr.Abu donated to him, provide him some energy to work extra hours and gain more money and he was so thankful on the day he met Mr.Abu.

The story teaches us to have some courage and be kind to those who are in need. The more you give, the more you will get back. The story gave a huge impact on our team and we decided to tell his story to the world, with permission from him of course. The stories within the concrete jungle are something worth to be listened to. Mr.Abu and other people inside of Kuala Lumpur each have their own story and golden values that they hold onto, which we can also take and make it ours.

THE BEST RAYA #OOTD BACKGROUNDS

OOTD – Outfit of The Day

Raya has been here and a lot of you maybe have or haven’t posted the OOTD of yours yet. If you don’t, we are here to give you the best background ideas for the OOTD. Do you know that a background also gives a huge result for your OOTD’s photo. 

  1. Kampung

Trust us, anywhere with a Kampung background will enhance your OOTD’s photo. Kampung have its own sentimental value and make everyone of us, reminisce a good time just by seeing them.

2. Aesthetic Buildings

Aesthetic Buildings. I mean who will get tired of them? Your baju raya will also looks extra good with their presence in your photo. Hey, it’s also your chance to have a picture like a insta-famous once in awhile.

3. Beach

One thing that will never get outdated is the Beach background. I mean have you ever seen people that complaint of a beach background? None! Now, imagine yourself standing in front of the beach with your baju raya.

4. Green Nature/Jungle

Thanks to Malaysia that have a lot of green, your OOTD’s photo can now looking sharp. Let’s be real, who does not love seeing green in their timeline. Especially, when the green colour have the power of calming.

5. Kampung Road

Well, this is going to confuse you, but trust us, the Kampung Road is one of the best place to take your OOTD as the grey colour of the road will give your outfit the more spotlight.

This is all, our recommendation destination for your OOTD’s places. Hope this will help you get ideas on where to take your next photo.

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Challenges in traveling to Malaysia – Language Barrier

Although it is hard to believe everything in life have their own challenges, and this includes travel to this beautiful country, Malaysia. There’s a lot of good things that Malaysia famous for, but the fact that everything in the world has their own good and bad so we want to share to you another perspective of Malaysia that a traveler normally has to face.

Wei macha, you want to makan here or tapau?

The first and foremost is the language barrier. Malaysia mixed everything here and turns out it’s not only the food. Most Malaysian can converse in English, but as you can see above, Malaysia is so unique that they create a language on their own. Three different languages in one sentence sound impossible to you? But to Malaysian, it wasn’t.

So how to overcome this?

Next, the very simple gesture are to laugh and smile a lot. Luckily, this body language is universal. An easy going demeanor makes it much easier to make it through a conversation consisting mainly of gestures and miming. And the best part that you should experience in Malaysia is, the power of hand. I mean your hand can seem powerless right now but in Malaysia, people take serious the hand gestures than any place.

Next, as any traveller that need to learn some basic words before traveling and so do you. Learning new language could also be an advantage to you, I mean at the very least you maybe can get things at cheaper price, you don’t have to go through all the hassle to find a toilet, or you could create a new relationship with the local people. So say yes people to this language.

Can I buy this? – Boleh saya beli ini?

How much is this – Berapa harga ini?

What is your name? – Siapa nama awak?

Can I go there – Boleh saya pergi ke sana?

Where is Kuala Lumpur – Di mana Kuala Lumpur?

Malaysia is such a beautiful country – Malaysia ialah sebuah negara yang cantik

And hey, if you really can’t stand the language barrier, there are always translator apps for you to use. It proved especially useful especially when the language uses an entirely different alphabet, like Greek. And one of the apps is Jibbigo, that allows you to speak or type the word or phrase you want to be translated, and with just a few taps, a both written and oral translation is now ready.

Challenges can exist in every possible way for traveler especially when they’re 1000 feat far from home. But that should not stop you from having your traveling adventure, at least. Or maybe you can have the short way and book the adventure with us. With us, we’ll make the local adventure to be easier. Read more on our website, Byloka.

Take Note of The New Departure Levy for Travellers Leaving Malaysia Starting June 2019

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!

Sources :

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/457185/travellers-against-departure-levy

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/09/guan-eng-departure-levy-only-for-air-travellers-leaving-country/1741428

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/09/impact-of-departure-levy-being-questioned-in-parliament/

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/477625/departure-tax-will-not-affect-tourism-industry-says-minister

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2018/11/02/budget-2019-now-everybody-can-pay-departure-tax/1689335

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/11/03/budget-2019-travel-departure-levy/

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/11/13/departure-levy-different-from-airport-tax/

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

Image by Sim Leisure Escape Sdn Bhd vía Straits Times

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

Image by Genting Highlands via Hotels.com

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!

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 Hidden Wonders in Kuala Lumpur to Visit

In the midst of each city and town, there are and always will be hidden gems. In Kuala Lumpur – both locals and non-locals combined – have had the same trouble of trying to find places to visit once our free-time rolls around, something that isn’t a tourist attraction, like going shopping in KLCC, going up the Twin Towers to see the views, the colourful Batu Caves, etc. Now don’t get me wrong, they’re great places to visit, however, it wouldn’t hurt anyone to try out something different and not so touristy, so you could go around like a local.

Hence, we have searched far and wide through different corners of Kuala Lumpur, from the richest corners to even the grittiest corners, just for your perusing, so you wouldn’t have to do it yourself!

Check out our collection of places of Kuala Lumpur’s secret gems:

1. Kampung Baru Night Market

Firstly, on our list of hidden attractions is the Kampung Baru Night Market, which is predominantly run by the surround Malaysian community, which also makes shopping here a great experience as you’re fully immersed in the Malaysian experience. If you’re looking for a place to get traditional Malay clothing and apparel, such as sarong, baju kurung and songkok, this is the perfect place for you to visit! However, don’t be fooled by the name (Kampung Baru Sunday Market), the market actually runs from Saturday evening, all the way to early Sunday morning!

Address: Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Saturday, 18:00-1:00

2. MudKL (Panggung Bandaraya DBKL)

MudKL, located in the Panggung Banadaray building, was built in the beginning of the 20thcentury and was one of the first structures constructed in Kuala Lumpur, so of course it was fitting that the story of how Kuala Lumpur came to be was to be stage at this heritage site.

Above all, the show is a vibrant cultural musical history of how Kuala Lumpur ended up being Kuala Lumpur, here; therefore, you can enjoy an amazing sensory feast, and connect with the people of Malaysia.

Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

3. Amcorp Mall Flea Market

It’s no surprise that Kuala Lumpur is not home to a many flea markets, par those few that are there, however, the weekly flea market at Amcorp Mall is one of the most popular and well-known around, and is definitely worth a visit when you’re in Kuala Lumpur.

Sundays are particularly the best day to go. Since you can find an abundance of vintage pieces, ranging from silverware, vinyl records, memorabilia, old film cameras and etc. In addition to that, this flea market is where you can test your bargaining skills, depending on the value of the item, or you can even settle for the set price. Certainly, this place is the perfect place for collectors and people that just want the market experience alike.

Address: No.18 Jalan Persiaran Barat 46050, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

4. Bukit Tabur Jungle Trekking

However, if you’re searching for a place to fully immerse yourself in nature, the Bukit Tabur Jungle Trek, is the just the thing for you! Known as Bukit Hangus, Bukit Tabur is in Selangor at the outskirts of Kluang Valley. At the end, you are awarded with the fantastic panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur (which is about 20km away from Bukit Tabur), the Gombak forest reserve and the Klang Gates Dam.

Address: Persiaran Bukit Melawati, 68000, Selangor

Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00-19:00

5. Bamboo Playhouse

Also located in the Perdana Botanical Gardens is the Bamboo Playhouse, designed by a Malaysian architect named Eleena Jamil. The playhouse is designed to have tree-like features, and has 31 elevated platforms for you to go around on. This playhouse is for those that are looking for those Instagram-worthy shots, and freedom to go run around like a child again.

Aside from being set in a picturesque area, as well as having a unique architecture, this playhouse is not only for children, but also for people of different ages, so if you were to bring anyone, whether young or old, they’re still sure to enjoy it as well!

Address: Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: Daily, 6:00-20:00

And just like that, that wraps our list of 5 hidden places in Kuala Lumpur. Who knew that Kuala Lumpur was home to a mini city, a Secret Garden and one of the largest Chinese temples in South East Asia? In short, don’t forget to visit these places when you come and visit the hidden treasures of Kuala Lumpur!

5 Unique Things You Can Do with Your Best Friend in Malaysia

Everybody loves a vacation; from your 6-year-old neighbour to your 70-year-old grandmother. The only thing that can make a vacation better, is if your best friend is right next to you for the adventure.

Here, we have compiled a short list of unique things you can do in Malaysia with your BFF that will leave you both wanting and coming back for more!

1. Rainbow Waterfall, Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Are you and your best friend the adventurous type? If so, this destination is perfect for the both of you.

Malaysia has quite a few waterfalls to boast about, however, Rainbow Waterfall sets itself apart due to its ever-present rainbow. And moreover, the view of the rainbow right at the edge of the waterfall as it melts into the rocks below is truly breathtaking. If the mesmerising destination isn’t enough to get you there, maybe the idea of driving a 4WD and jungle trekking with your best friend will be. The natural waterfall is hidden deep within the hills of Sungai Lembing, which is easily accessed by a 4WD that you can easily rent at a local transportation agency, or if you would rather go at a calmer pace, just a short hike is needed to get you there.

The journey itself takes about an hour, so what are you waiting for? Book a trip today!

2. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, Johor Bahru

Next on our list is a temple that has made its way on to the Malaysian Book of Records for being the first, and most importantly, only glass temple in the country. Malaysia is a melting pot of culture and religion, which has allowed its people the luxury to witness beliefs and ways that are different to their own. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman glass temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Johor Bahru and its unique look has driven hordes of locals and tourists alike to its doors.

If you and your BFF enjoy art, this temple will not disappoint. With gorgeous murals that depict social and racial harmony to the 10 gold finished statues that adorn the front of the building, the architecture and artwork alone could keep you there for hours.

The temple is located in a very accessible part of town, with car and coach parking provided. It is open to tourists from 1-5pm daily.

3. Kuching Cat Museum, Kuching, Sarawak

Are you looking to get some fun Insta-worthy selfies in during your trip? Well, look no further than the Cat Museum. One of their main attractions includes a mummified cat from Egypt! Yes, we have a Cat Museum in a city called Kuching – which translates to Cat in English. Of course, the city was most probably not named after Cats but it’s still fun word play.

Although the city is naturally called Cat city, there’s no need to fear, as the city itself is not completely populated by cats. There are however, many cat memorabilia sold around this city, such as cat posters, toys, pictures and anything cat that you could think of.

Entrance to the museum, as well as parking is free, however, there are small charges imposed to visitors when taking pictures with certain exhibits around the museum.

4. Kek Lok Si, Air Itam, Penang

Remember how we said that Malaysia is a melting pot of culture and religion? Another example of that can be seen in one of our other famous temples.

Kek Lok Si is a Buddhist Temple that faces the sea and is located at Air Itam on Penang Island. Construction on the initial parts of the complex of temples first started in 1890, giving this spot a long and unique history.
In addition to that, this attraction is perfect for art and history buffs. Thisis due to the temple’s main attraction, a seven story Pagoda of Rama or Pagoda of ten thousand Buddhas. Besides this, the complex of temples also boasts a 120ft tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of mercy.

If you’re lucky, you might even be in town during one of the many Chinese festivals that the temple annually hosts!

5. Durian Buffet, SS2, Selangor

Last but not least, a durian buffet! Are you looking for a truly local travel experience? Well then you can’t leave the country without having our famous King of Fruits! You’ve seen it on TV and online, celebrities taking a bite out if this creamy and custard-like fruit and subsequently, gagging. We’ll admit, the Durian fruit is definitely not for the weak of heart, due to its foul odour, but for us Malaysians, we can’t imagine a more delectable fruit.Think about all the fun you and your bestie would have challenging yourselves to eat a Durian buffet, and hey who knows? You might enjoy it, if not, most importantly, you’d certainly love the experience!

The Durian buffet at SS2 in Selangor is one of the largest in the country. It serves up Durians buffet style during the Durian season and charges by the kilo when it’s not. No matter when or where you go, above all, you’ll be sure to have a wide selection of this amazing fruit everywhere you look in Malaysia.

There you have it guys, finally, a list of random and unique things you can do with your best friend in Malaysia. However, this is definitely not the end of it; as Malaysia has a variety of things to offer our tourists because after all, Malaysia is Truly Asia.