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

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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

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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

10 of Malaysia’s Travel Highlights of 2019

Kuala Lumpur may not be the place for an authentic Asian experience. However, it contains links to Thailand and Singapore, and has a melting pot of cultures with Malaysian, Chinese and Indian influences that affects the atmosphere as well as the food

1. Perhentian Islands

Firstly, we start with the Perhentian Islands. It is located in West Malaysia’s northeast coast, providing a very well-known tourist attraction for travelers. As well as previously being a stopping place for traders. In addition, this island consists of 2 inhabited islands named Besar (Big) and Kecil (Small). These are easily accessible by boat from Kuala Besut. In addition, it features turtle conservation centers, white sand beach resorts, jungle trails and the odd monitor lizards.

2. Cameron Highlands

Approximately 200kms north of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands sits as a calmer alternative to city life. Comprised of lush green estates and British hill stations, make it one of the best places to visit in Malaysia. The Highlands offers visitors a stunning tropical scenery, temples, lake houses. In addition to that, a place for hikers with marked tracks through jungles and mossy forests leading you to hidden waterfalls and misty mountain views.

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3. Kuala Lumpur

It’s mostly likely that your trip in Malaysia is bound to start in Kuala Lumpur, with it being the capital of Malaysia. KL, as daunting as it may seem, has lots to offer to tourists. Ranging from many shopping venues scattered around the city, to places like Chinatown, Little India and Merdeka Square. To get around, we recommend for you to go by the monorail as it is the simplest and hassle-free way to get around. If you’re looking for a place to be outside, but not directly in the heat, Lake Gardens or KLCC Park are most preferred by locals.

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4. Malacca City

Malacca City, a former fishing village, is now well-known in Malaysia for having a UNESCO status that covers the city’s historic central district. This includes Jonker Walk in Chinatown along with several examples of colonial heritage. Malacca stands as a testament to Malaysia’s multi-faith society with a variety of mosques, churches and temples situated side-by-side.

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5. Penang

Likewise, if you’re someone who loves art, Penang’s UNESCO capital, Georgetown is the place for you to go to. With the city being covered in paintings and sculptures, along with indoor galleries and heritage museums, you surely won’t get bored! Celebrated as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang is a cornucopia of food places for you to eat at. Hence, it contains food from many cultures, from Malay, India and even Chinese!

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6. Tioman Island

This island is surrounded by protected coral reefs and contains plenty of wildlife in the Pulau Tioman Wildlife Reserve, hence, it’s not a surprise to many that this is a popular destination for hikers and snorkellers. Located on the southeast coast of Malaysia, this island has 8 different villages, with some paths leading you to hidden waterfalls, beaches and long-tailed macaques!

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7. Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu stands as one of the highest mountains in Malaysia with 4092 meters in height. However, it doesn’t contend to be one of the tallest in the world. Therefore, there’s no snow at the peak, it’s considered one of the coldest places in Malaysia. Furthermore, the mountain is located on the northern part of the State of Sabah, in Borneo Malaysia. Moreover, if you plan to climb the mountain, we recommend for you to visit Kota Kinabalu as well, as it is the closest city to the mountain.

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8. Langkawi

Langkawi resides just south of Thailand, where there are 4 inhabited islands (which includes Langkawi itself) which consists of rainforest-covered mountains, fine sand and varying degrees of water visibility. Pantain Cenang, on Langkawi Island can get particularly busy and full of tourists so it’s best if you head north to stray away from beach bars.

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9. Taman Negara National Park

If you’re visiting, you can choose either of the following places: Peninsular Malaysia or Borneo. However, if your stay in Malaysia is short, we recommend you stay on the Peninsula, and one of the best wildlife parks in Peninsula Malaysia is the National Park (or Taman Negara). Not to mention, this place is the oldest primary rainforest in the world, and a must-see place to go to!

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10. Belum Forest Reserve

Certainly an important spot for wildlife in Malaysia, Belum is comprised of tigers, elephants, gibbons and sun bears. Here, you can stay overnight in a lodge and get closer to nature, along with the most eclectic and loud dawn chorus imaginable waking you up! Whilst river boat trips allows you to get closer to hornbills that guards the river banks whereas gibbons dominate the durian, mango and jackfruit trees from above you!

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And that concludes our list of Malaysia’s travel highlights of 2019. We do agree that the travel highlights of Malaysia are unlimited. However, this list is compressed, so it would be simpler for visitors. Without a doubt, we do urge you to visit these wonderful places and we hope you have a fantastic 2019!

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5 Must-See Travel Destinations for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year just around the corner and you still have no plans on where to go? In this post, we will reveal the best travel destinations to visit in Malaysia in Chinese New Year. Without having to stress about where to go!

Johor Bahru- Chingay Parade

In Johor Bahru all ages come together to the 150-year-old temple, Rou Fuo Gu Miao on Jalan Trus. One of the oldest temples there. After coming together, everyone goes around for a 15km parade called the Chingay Parade. In Hokkien, Chingay (Chin Gay) means “real art”. Thousands of people in Johor from all ages line up the streets to watch and participate in this parade. Recently, the parade has grown to become a massive street parade. It contains many dancers, street floats, jugglers, percussionists, lion (as well as dragon) dancers, clown and acrobats, you name it! It starts in the evening and ends after midnight.

Note:During the parade, roads will be closed and traffic will be at a standstill. Public transport will be rerouted and many businesses will close early. So for those who wants to join in on all the fun, we advise you to plan ahead!

Address: Lot 653, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Penang- Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang Island is by far one of the best places for you to visit in Malaysia during Chinese New Year. There are many beautiful temples in Georgetown that are crowded with Chinese Malaysians praying for health and prosperity during the new year. One of the most best temples to visit in Penang is the Kek Lok Si Temple. Millions of colourful lamps transform the area at night. Locals and non-locals alike come every night to witness the turning on of these beautiful lights.

Even from a distance, you could see that that this historic temple is transformed into a magical fairyland as devotees attend the annual special lighting ceremony for Chinese New Year. This tradition also contains a spectacular display of fireworks plus a dinner for guests who come.

Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang

Kuala Lumpur- Thean Hou Temple

There are lots of things to do in the big city during the holidays, ranging from visiting temples, and all the way to just visiting malls. Fortunately, Chinese New Year is one of the times during the year when the big city is the emptiest.

Being one of the most historic temples in Kuala Lumpur, it means that Thean Hou Temple’s one of the best places to visit during the Chinese New Year. Pretty red lanterns are hung around the temple premises to welcome the new year coming in.

Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Malacca- Jonker Street

Malacca’s very own “Chinatown” is the area known as Jonker Street. In Chinese New Year, this area is always bustling with lots of activities, celebrations and bazaars. People regularly go from the morning until late at night. Some even start in the evening until the early morning!

During this time of year, they often have performances on a stage right in the middle of the action. If you do manage to visit Malacca during this time, we advise you to try to get an early seat. Or you can park yourself at one of the nearby stalls and enjoy someMalaysian delicacies whilst watching performances.

Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka

Sabah- Prince Philip Park

The Chinese New Year festivities will be merrier and bigger in Sabah. This year, the biggest lighting company in China have decided to hold its first Sabah International Lantern Festival at Prince Philip Park. Over 3,00 lanterns will be featured, showing the iconic animals of Sabah. Dragon and lion dance performances will also be featured!

Address: 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

And that concludes our list of travel destinations for Chinese New Year in Malaysia!

Despite all these places we’ve listed, there’s no place and no travel destination compared to spending your holiday with family and friends. So, wherever you decide and plan to spend your Chinese New Year holiday, we hope that you celebrate it in good company and that you have a prosperous Chinese New Year ahead!

Note: Certain places will be closed during Chinese New Year. This is due to people going home to their home countries or hometowns.
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