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!
Coronavirus (COVID-19), the latest name for the disease transmitted by the recent coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 is well known. There is a lot of knowledge about how to avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) from harming you and your family. People are stockpiling groceries and household essentials like paper towels are flying off the shelves on the home front – but what should you pack if you’re traveling during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak?
If you’re about to board a plane, train, bus or boat while traveling through an outbreak, wiping out your personal area with alcohol antibacterial wipes is a completely sure-to defeat germs. Be certain to reach “high pressure” areas, like armrests, seatbelt handles, and tray tables, and suggest offering wipes to your closest seatmates.
Most travelers are asking if they should wipe the surfaces of the plane and the subway before they sit down.
For most people in the group, personal protective equipment(PPE) such as face masks, is not recommended. Nevertheless, for those with signs of acute respiratory infection, the WHO advises that it may be best to wear a face mask to avoid the spread of infection to others.
Pocketbac Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol are a viable option in the fight against the outbreak of the disease. Individuals can now pack liquid hand sanitizers–up to 12 oz. instead of the standard 3.4 oz. package–in their carry-on bags.
Disinfecting surfaces even before you touch them is another way to help stay germ-free. While transmission of coronavirus is less likely through fomites (objects or materials likely to carry infection) than through person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets, studies suggest that novel coronavirus can live on surfaces up to a few days. They recommend cleaning and disinfecting dirty surfaces for the prevention of COVID-19 in community settings with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
Surgical gloves can help to prevent you by allowing you to touch contaminated surfaces in public while preventing direct contact with possible viruses or bacteria. But you’re still not allowed to touch your mouth, nose, or face with gloves because the virus can still be transmitted to your gloves. Wearing gloves while cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and disposing of them after each use, as well as washing your hands afterward — and never touch your mouth, nose, face or eyes again while using them in public.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
1. Petronas Twin Towers
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
1. Kinabalu Park
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
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
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.
1. Gunung Mulu National Park
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
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
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!
1. Cameron Highlands
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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).
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.)
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.
Malaysia’s coastline is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, and there are definitely many to choose to from. Therefore, we’ve compiled a short list of 5 of the best beaches for you to go visit in Selangor!
1. Pantai Tanjung Piai
Firstly, is Pantai Tanjung Piai. It is a private beach that is located in Klang, and like the other beaches in this list, Pantai Tanjung Piai is close to Kuala Lumpur and is a good place to go to for a short getaway from the rush and hubbub of the city life.
2. Pantai Morib
Since Morib Beach is one of the closest beaches to Kuala Lumpur, it has since become the ideal spot for people to come to to wind down for a short getaway by the sea. This beach has a shoreline that spans to about 3 km long, shaded by swaying palms. Although most of the beach has been converted into a seaside promenade and recreational park, there are still stretches of sandy beach on the northern end of the beach that extends to the ocean during the low tide.
3. Sky Mirror
Sky Mirror, otherwise known as Sasaran Beach, is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Malaysia and is only accessible for people to go to twice a month (during the new moon and full moon periods). This is due to the fact that when the tide is ideal for people to go to, it is when the sand bar emerges, Malaysia’s very own “Salar de Uyuni” or “Mirror in the Sky”. Sasaran Beach is named this because the shallow waters of this “Secret Island” clearly reflects the sky. Hence creating great photo opportunities.
4. Pantai Redang
Pantai Redang Beach (热浪沙滩) at Sekinchan is infamous for being the shooting area for local dramas and movies, such as Outbound Love (單戀雙城) drama that Hong Kong TVB. Unfortunately, this beach is not the most suitable for you to swim in, snorkel or dive. Instead, visit the the wishing tree, which is adorned with ribbons knotted with coins or visit some temples nearby.
Finally, near a mangrove forest in Tanjung Sepat, there’s Pantai Cunang. It’s a beautiful white sandy beach that is maintained by the Mah Meri orang asli villagers. The Mah Meri are people that live in the adjacent village in a place called Kampung Koi. Most importantly, they’re known for their vibrant culture, handicraft skills and their care for their environment.