There are many hidden gems to be discovered in Malaysia though, from natural reserves to an island with a fascinating history. One of the best family time you can have is taking time off busy schedules from work and school to go for a holiday! While it is a treat, it doesn’t have to cost a bomb or require painstaking planning for an overseas trip. It can be spontaneous, fun and relaxing as well. Here is an amazing place that you didn’t know that existed in Malaysia.
Take your sweaters out and escape the heat by heading for this picturesque hill in Taiping, Perak.
Bukit Larut, historically known as Maxwell Hill, is Malaysia’s oldest hill resort – relatively intact and not overdeveloped compared to famous spots like Genting and Cameron Highlands.
This secret gem may not have theme parks or malls, but it’s the perfect spot for anyone looking for a comfortable, peaceful getaway instead. Nature-lovers will enjoy jungle trekking, bird-watching, swimming in Burmese pool near the foothills, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views while Netflixing. The virgin forests of Bukit Larut are brimming with wildlife such as bats, squirrels, and gibbons that roam freely.
It’s the ideal escape for anyone looking for a nice holiday in cooler weather, as temperatures can range from 10 to 15 degrees.
When you climb to the end, you’ll come across a massive tea garden set up in 1887. Bukit Larut’s tea plantation was eventually transferred to Cameron, because the tea leaves could not grow very well on the hill.
An eco-trip to the heart of Malaysia’s tropical rainforest will leave you wondering why Tarzan would ever leave his home for the modern world. Not only will it capture your heart by the breath-taking beauty of an endless green landscape but also unleash the adventurous person in you to wallow in the activities offered here. Malaysia in particular, is home to an abundance of rainforests, with idyllic resorts tucked away in their nooks and crannies. While these secret hideouts are a distance away from the bustling city, they remain easily accessible and still spoil you with high levels of comfort. Furthermore, with many attractions in the vicinity, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and entertainment. If you just want to chill and rest, revel in the tranquility and serenity of the lush surroundings, and spend quality time with your friends and family in the middle of the forest. It’s a rare and unique staycation experience inside a bus!
Recharge and enjoy the cool air at this adventure park, where temperatures rarely go above 28 degrees! The cool, crisp air is perfect for those wanting a quick getaway that doesn’t require long travel time. Stay at this unique stay-cation on a transformed bus. In this trip, you’ll have a perfect staycation at ATV Adventure Park Larut where you’ll find the finest comfort in the forest of rain city, surrounded by the greenery of nature. This is surely a perfect getaway from the city! Totally a new style of an outdoor stay. Relax by the nature surrounding with a cup of tea and book, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, guided jungle trekking is also available.
Have you ever gone past a road sign, only to stop for a moment and like, “Wait, what did I just see?”
Malaysia’s full of beautiful places with funny names, so we’ve compiled a list of our top nine that made us do a double-take.
Pulau Kentut Besar/Pulau Kentut Kecil
Why would anyone name an island after a big fart and a little fart? Legend has it that the island got its name from an incident that happened during a meal at the wedding reception between the daughter of Mat Chinchang and the son of Mat Raya. The groom apparently let out a fart (or two). As the food had been prepared by the bride’s family, they took offense, sparking a fight between the two families that caused chaos across the island.
So a great bonus to this is that you pretty much get the whole beach to yourself due to how secluded it is. And since the waters are so clear, snorkeling is a must! Besides that, you can go fishing or camping, and get some Insta-worthy shots for bragging rights that you went to a farting island. Oh, not to forget, you can also fart. Just don’t get caught.
Gunung Besar Hantu
The name Gunung Besar makes perfect sense as the mountain stands at 1,462 meters above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Negeri Sembilan, but nothing explains why the hantu (ghost) element was added. The climb up the mountain takes about six hours from the trail to Kampung Chenah in Kuala Klawang, Jelebu. Trekkers claim that the rich range of species in the mountains makes it a sight to behold! Gunung Besar Hantu is also home to Lata Kijang Waterfalls, one of the highest waterfalls in Peninsular Malaysia at the base of the mountain.
This is a place that you can just relax and enjoy the cool weather.
Pulau Babi Tengah
Mention the word’ babi’ (pig) and the last thing you’d think of is probably a stunning island set in sparkling blue waters.
Located nine nautical miles off the coast of Mersing in Johor, an island that was once used as a Vietnamese refugee transit camp, the Malaysian government is now gazetted as a marine park. A few decades ago, the term babi dropped from the name of the island and is now known as Pulau Tengah.
In fact, this island is a designated marine park on account of its teeming wildlife. Pulau Babi Tengah is a home to an abundance of marine flora and fauna, including reef sharks, otters, and dugongs. Even sea turtles make an appearance on the island very often, laying their eggs at night on the strip of beach. Then there’s countless bird species and its flourishing botanical ecology. In conclusion, Pulau Babi Tengah’s nature is thriving.
Pulau Babi Besar
Currently known as Pulau Besar, the island was once known as Pulau Babi Besar because of the wild boars that roamed the island before it was commercialized.
There are six villages on the island-Atap Zing Village, Batu Hitam Village, Busong Village, Teluk Bakau Village, Teluk Kampa Village and Teluk Penagat Village-populated with just about 100 fishermen and their families.
Pulau Babi Besar is the kind of picturesque island you see in holiday brochures – at a fraction of the price. The beaches looked exactly like the ones we’ve seen in the Maldives and dreamed about going to. You’ll have never ever seen sea so blue or sand so white!
Pulau Timba Timba
The term’ timba’ refers to water dippers used to scoop water out of wells. It is a very beautiful island. Long white sandy beach & pristine water to your left and right. Snorkel here & you can see turtles in their natural habitat.
We’re not too sure how that name came about, but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful islands in Semporna, Sabah. Known to be a paradise for snorkelers, the shimmering blue waters of this island are lined with exotic coral beds and rock formations. If you’re lucky, you might see a blue-spotted stingray. Pulau Timba Timba is covered with soft, pure white sand. Apart from being known for its wonderful beach, it is also a great place to look for rarer macro marine life that includes cuttlefish, frogfish, crab and occasionally nurse sharks. While turtles can be seen in numbers, other frequent sightings include blue ribbon eels, moray eels, lobster and barracudas.
Pulau Bum Bum
Yup, Pulau Bum Bum sounds like a made-up name that your three-year-old nephew has come up with, but it’s for real. The island is located about one kilometer east of the town of Semporna and is primarily inhabited by the people of Bajau Laut, who are generally referred to as’ water gypsies.’
Because of its proximity to the mainland, Pulau Bum Bum is a popular destination for island hopping.
Pulau Bum Bum may not be known as a tourist spot, but there are a number of budget floating resorts and longhouses where diving and snorkeling are offered.
Aside from water sports, there are several interesting things to see during a stay on Pulau Bum Bum.
The Island of Pulau Bum Bum has about 20 thousand people living there.
They are settled in one of the 34 villages and small hamlets found all along the coastal areas. Wandering around the island will bring you into contact with the local culture.
Perhaps this “idiotic river” is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. Located about 100 kilometers from Kuala Terengganu, the magnificent green emerald river is part of the Chemerong, Berembun and Langsir (CBL) hiking trail in Terengganu.
It’s only two days before you get to Sungai Bangang. The trek usually begins from the Chemerong Recreational Forest in Dungun, then to Puncak Chemerong and Puncak Berembun. When there, hikers will normally spend the night at the top of the Langsir Waterfall to wake up to a stunning sunrise the next day.
Sungai Bangang is about three hours away from the height of Langsir Waterfall.
Pulau Pom Pom
Pom Pom Island is a small coral reef island in the Celebes Sea approximately 30 kilometers northeast of Semporna town, Sabah, East Malaysia. It is one of the six islands situated northeast of Semporna, an important nesting and feeding location for Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles.
You have probably heard about diving at some point in your life, or watched it in movies and documentaries. Here at Pom Pom Island, their dive instructors are so enthusiastic about diving and marine life, they are sure that you will enjoy diving as much as they do. Also, there are so many interesting things you can do here like snorkeling and get to meet those sea turtles.
Pulau Susu Dara
Susu Dara (Virgin’s milk)? This one’s going to take the cake.
Nothing is known about the source of the island’s name, but we know that there are two small inhabited islands under the Susu Dara cluster, Pulau Susu Dara Besar and Pulau Susu Dara Kecil, located near Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu.
Visitors will normally stay at Pulau Perhentian and go on snorkeling trips to the islands of Susu Dara. Facing the open seafront, hard and soft coral communities thrive on the rich nutrients from the sea. Soft corals are not as plentiful as Tokong Laut. However, the diving is interesting with good water clarity and abundant reef fish. Expect to see damselfishes, wrasses, rigger fishes, and a moral eel peeping out from its lair.
Do you know that Malaysia has plenty of beautiful places that remind you of New Zealand? From graceful valleys to underwater worlds, lovely beaches, and inspired architecture, they remind us that Malaysia has the share of spectacular attractions that not even locals know about.
Head to these picturesque spots in Malaysia that will trick your friends and social media followers into thinking you’re somewhere in New Zealand.
The skies & hills of Langkawi, Kedah vs Lake Rotoehu
Discover the secrets of an amazing tropical rain forest and its varied eco-systems sustaining the greatest amount of flora and fauna on earth. Experience the perfect symbiosis between animals, trees, and plants that have successfully survived the test of time for over 100 million years.
Canopy walk at Taman Negara, Pahang vs Rotorua
Explore and discover Malaysia’s largest national park without getting lost amid the dense jungle on a hassle-free day trip to Taman Negara National Park from Kuala Lumpur. A perfect choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors, with a jungle trek and canopy walkway adventures and also a boat ride on the rapids are included. Lunch, tea, and tropical fruit are provided.
A majestic view of the Bako National Park, Sarawak vs Piha Beach
Bako National Park has been a lush oasis for Sarawak’s tropical rainforests and wildlife, including the proboscis monkey. There are many different kinds of landscapes here, including swamps, mangrove forests, cliffs and beaches. The little bays and coves may even remind you of the coastal beauty of Krabi!
Cable car ride at Langkawi, Kedah vs Queenstown
This fun-filled day trip is the ideal way to get an overview of Langkawi for visitors short on time. You’ll visit a cable car, and traditional handicrafts villages, and more, which is much more than you could fit in if traveling independently. Learn about the nature and culture of Langkawi from a knowledgeable local guide.
Seeing double at Huffaz Lake, Kuala Kubu Bharu vs Mirror Lakes, Milford Sound
It’s a reflection of a mosque by the lake with a beautiful sunrise. It is located in a small town in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor. Besides, it is a small town which has varieties of extreme activity like White Water Rafting, Ropeswing, Zipline and many more.
One of the most popular activities would be the Tandem Paragliding in Kuala Kubu Bharu which would be suitable for the Paragliding lovers.
Overlooking Tasoh Lake, Perlis vs Lake Te Anau
The scenic Tasoh Lake is a sanctuary for migratory birds especially from the cold countries as this freshwater lake with its natural surroundings provides much-needed food and shelter for these birds. Depart from Kangar and use the Padang Besar road. Keep an eye out for the Tasik Timah-Tasoh signboard. The trip should take just 20 minutes by car.
Travelers who are tired of their busy lives in the city must visit this lake to rejuvenate themselves.
Caving experience at Gua Niah, Sarawak vs Nikau Cave
Niah National Park may not have the largest caves, but it holds one of the world’s most important archaeological sites in its stunning limestone caves. Home to not only an abundance of flora and fauna but the Niah National Park also contributes to the thriving bird’s nest industry in Sarawak. The park’s many amazing attractions and activities are sure to be a nature lover’s dream.
The breathtaking view at Cameron Highlands, Pahang vs Forgotten World Highway
Cameron Highlands in Pahang is one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, a collection of peaceful townships perched 1500 meters high on a nest of serene mountains. Cooling resorts, tea plantations, and strawberry farms sprawl lazily across lush valleys and meandering hill slopes, the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. In this tour, you will be guaranteed to have a relaxing day! Mingle around with flora&fauna, a very great retreat.
White water rafting at Gopeng, Perak vs Tongariro River
Gopeng is also well known for limestone caves such as Gua Tempurung, located approximately 5 km from the town center. Gopeng has everything you need to make your abseiling adventure at the Ulu Geruntum Waterfall an enjoyable experience. Your activity day starts with meeting up at Gua Tempurung, and then you will be transferred to Ulu Geruntum, where the activity will be conducted. Hit water raft through 12KM of Kampar River with 14 rapids graded easy to difficult. The clear water of Kampar River (Class I-III) is suitable for anyone who is physically fit and those who crave for mild technical adventure whilst safely enjoy a rafting trip with us in Gopeng together with our team. we will ensure that you will be happy with us on this trip. Enjoy the watersport with us and make memorable moments in Malaysia.
Beach time at Sipadan Island, Sabah vs Split Apple Rock Beach
Sabah has an astounding array of beautiful islands off its eastern and western coastlines. This is why Sabah is regularly sought after by divers, as the seas are abundant with coral reefs and marine life. Also, you can tour about 10 beautiful islands in Semporna Sabah and take 4 Days 3 Nights for the whole trip. The trip will have snorkeling, hiking and touring Island activities.
Way to Kundasang it takes 2 hours without traffic jams from the city. After arriving at Kundasang you can enjoy viewing hills and mountain Kinabalu and also can feel the cold wind at Kundasang. Besides that, you can visit popular places such as Hotspring Poring in Ranau, Desa Cattle(New Zealand in Sabah) and other attractive places. This journey may bring you a different kind of view towards Sabah!
Nowadays, more and more people like to spend the quality time with family by doing some outdoor activities. And fishing is a good way to train the patience and relief the stress. Breathing the fresh air by side of the lake, maybe also having a picnic there, isn’t it a joy?
However, traditional fishing with sharp hook is actually very cruel to fishes. So Sport fishing, also known as recreational fishing, is an ideal alternative choice for fishing lovers. It is fishing for survival, pleasure or competition, which is contrasted with commercial fishing. When you use special designed hook to catch the fish without causing any harm , and then release them in the end. It is also an opportunity to teach the kids about respecting life.
Location of this fishing experience is one hour away from KL. Our host Shamin is known as “Milkfish Lady” in Malaysia. And she is also a sport fishing instructor. She can lead you to explore the different aspect of Malaysia despite from busy streets and shopping centers.
What makes this trip so special? Because it is fun, safe and also meaningful. The main purpose of this outdoor fishing is to introduce people ethical angling. And spread the awareness of protecting the ocean. So before the fishing experience really started, our host will deliver an introduction for the tips that you need to be careful of.
As most of us are living in cities, we can’t imagine how much of happiness and the joy that mother nature and rural life can bring us. After the introduction by host, you will have a basic knowledge on what is ethical angling. During the fishing, you will finally experience and understand what you heard just now. And hopefully, at the end of the trip, you will be aware of how can you become a part of the action to save the ocean. So it is a very educational trip that worth to bring the family to experience.
No matter how old are you, you are welcome to join this trip. Hosts are very friendly and informative. They will teach you hand by hand how to do recreational fishing.
Here are some tips on How to Become an Ethical Angler? We can focus on three stages of fishing: Before fishing, during fishing and releasing the fish.
1. Before Fishing
It is very important to choose the location of fishing. You have to follow the local rules and regulations. At the same time you need to respect the private property. On the other hand, ethical angling requires different type of hooks. You will need to use circle and barbless hooks to help reduce injury to fish. in order to release them later.
2. During Fishing
During fishing, being lousy is forbidden. Because the fishes will be scared away. And if you caught a fish, try to be quick, so you won’t exhaust the fish. When you are holding a fish, you need to wear rubberized gloves or use wet hands, otherwise you will remove the slime coat on the fish. So they will be more likely to get skin infection.
3. Releasing The Fish
Hold the fish horizontally whenever possible since this is the way fish naturally swim through the water. Do not drop the fish onto hard surfaces! Keep your fingers away from the gills and eyes of the fish. If needed, use a release tool (dehookers, recompression tools) to minimize handling.
Our host stated, actually the purpose of this trip is not attracting people to fish, but using this opportunity to make people join the team of protecting ocean and marine animals.
Cameron Highlands is one of the most famous tourists destination and a scenic hill station in Pahang, Malaysia. It is also the capital of tea, flowers and strawberries in Malaysia. It is located at almost 2,000 meters at its highest point. Cameron offers visitors a moderate climate with daytime temperatures averaging around 25°C and 18°C at night.
Breathing its fresh and cool air brushed over the tea leaves. Getting cooled off in this tropical country with endless summer. And in this blog, Byloka is going to introduce you the places you must visit, and the activities you can’t miss there.
Cameron Boh Tea Estate (Cameron Valley)
BOH Tea Plantation is a must-visit place when you are in Cameron Highlands. The road journey to the BOH Tea Plantation is quite an adventure itself. Boh Tea Plantation has a total of 8000 acres planted with tea. The largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia. But the road is narrow and winding, you need to be more careful while driving.
Best Strawberry Farms
Cameron Highlands is the center of strawberry production in Malaysia. Along with tea plantations and vegetable markets, strawberries are an iconic part of the landscape comprising this resort destination. Picking up sweet and juicy strawberries in the farm is definitely a must-to-do in Cameron Highlands.
The Giant Rafflesia
The Rafflesia is a unique and mysteriously alluring plant. No roots or leaves can be spotted as it is a parasitic plant and may even give off a pungent odour of rotting flesh when in bloom, and hence was nicknamed the ‘corpse flower’. The Rafflesia can weigh up to 10kg and grow to over a meter in diameter. Contrary to popular belief, the world’s largest flower is not only found in Borneo and Sumatra but can also be found in Cameron Highlands.
The mossy forest is a natural environment that grows only at the highest elevations of Cameron Highlands and other mountain ranges across Malaysia. At such heights, low-level clouds in the sky driven by winds, blanket the forests with constant mist and moisture – creating an ideal biotope for moss to grow.
Time Tunnel Museum
Time Tunnel Museum is the only museum in Cameron Highlands. It describes itself as a journey back in time and if you are middle aged or above you will definitely recognise familiar items from those good old days. Some of the collections are even from 18th century.
Sam Poh Buddhist Temple is located in Brinchang. Sam Poh Temple built in 1972, is is the 4th largest Buddhist temple in the country. Amongst others, it houses a large statue of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Food court opens on buddhist pray day (free Vegetarian Food).
Rose Valley Farm
It is a good place for photography lovers. You can take lovely photos as many as you want surrounded by ocean of flowers. There are over 400 species of roses along with cacti and other flowers like camellia, gerbera and honeysuckle!
Lata Iskandar Waterfall
Lata Iskandar is a spectacular and easy to access waterfall which you cannot miss if you are driving to Cameron Highlands via the old Tapah road. There are a few picnic gazebos and concrete bridges at the foot of the waterfall where you can enjoy a good view and appreciate the cooling humid air created by the cascade.
Brinchang Night Market
Cameron Night market (Pasar Malam) is always one of the most popular attractions among tourists. Despite from the amazing culinary adventure, it is also the best place for last shopping, you will find various types of souvenirs there. The night market is held everyday during public holidays(holiday eve) and weekends(Friday & Saturday) due to the growing number of visitors.
Steamboat in Cameron Highlands
It will definitely become a waste if you will miss the chance to enjoy a pot of delicious steamed broth with a bunch of close frineds in a cool weather. There are many choices for you, you can choose depends on your very own preference to choose which restaurant to go: Restaurant Taman Apple Cameron Steamboat & Grill, Cameron Organic Produce Steamboat Restaurant.
Sometimes you don’t know what to do in Kuala Lumpur, and you need to tune out from the noises in a busy city life. The veins of green space that run through the city, the elements of the natural world that persist amid the concrete, and the sights and sounds of living things that are often drowned out by city life.
KL Lake Garden is located at the heart of the city. There are not only the greenery of the lush botanical park , but also there are KL Bird Park (the World’s largest walk in aviary), butterfly park, deer park orchid and hibiscus Gardens with thousands of species blooming in almost every colour and size.
In a Lake Park, the main activities were concentrated on the jogging paths and exercise facilities along the way. If you want the trip to be more interesting, you can definitely meet up with our hosts from Byloka, he/she will definitely design a personalized trip for you. And today, two travelers from our Singapore have explored the Botanic Garden on scooters with host Nick.
In the morning, host came and picked up the travelers. When they arrived the park, Nick was patiently demonstrating and teaching everyone to get used to their scooters. Safety is always the first thing to concern during travelling. And with the host, you don’t worry about that!
Host Nick will always go in front of all and introduce the plants and places, and there is another assistant host will be at the back of the group to make sure no one is left out. One of the advantages of travelling with hosts is that they will show the different sides of this city or place through the eye and experience of a local resident.
Actually, feeding the fishes or swans is prohibited for general tourists, but when you come with a local host, impossible will become possible.
The Hibiscus Garden showcases the various species of Malaysia’s national flower, the Bunga Raya (Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis). Some of the attractions in the garden include a 4-metre high waterfall, pools and fountains. A lovely colonial style building has been converted into an exhibition hall with a tearoom and a gallery.
The KL Deer Park is an enclosed space containing a groomed lake and a few species of deer including mouse deer. The mouse deer is the smallest hoofed animal in the world.
Travelling with hosts makes everything easier, you don’t even need to be bothered asking strangers to take a photo for you.
Experience is available in Byloka now: https://byloka.com/trip/2-hour-small-group-segway-tour-of-perdana-botanical-gardens/83