Tourism Malaysia http://www.travelific.my Thu, 22 Dec 2016 01:18:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Siti Khadijah Market http://www.travelific.my/siti-khadijah-market/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 01:18:41 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=216 Named after Prophet Muhammad’s wife who is known for her great entrepreneurial foresight and skills, Siti Khadijah Market is a local market that is mostly occupied by women sellers. Siti Khadijah Market is located in the capital of Kota Bahru in the state of Kelantan on the west peninsular of Malaysia, also well-known for having ...

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Named after Prophet Muhammad’s wife who is known for her great entrepreneurial foresight and skills, Siti Khadijah Market is a local market that is mostly occupied by women sellers. Siti Khadijah Market is located in the capital of Kota Bahru in the state of Kelantan on the west peninsular of Malaysia, also well-known for having various Malaysian traditional treasures like the Museum Islamic or Dewan Syurga and Handicraft Village and Craft Museum.

Besides the usual things that you see in a common wet market such as vegetables, seafood and fruits, there are also food stalls selling local dishes such as ayam percik, nasi ulam, blue coloured nasi kerabu, nasi kukus, nasi tumpang, budu, laksam, solok lada and different kinds of soup noodles that are freshly prepared daily and ready to eat. While you try out these local and authentic traditional dishes, do not forget to try out the local Kelantanese deserts such as kuih muih, tempeh, tahi itik, kuih kartun, puteri mandi, bunga tanjung, sira pisang, serabe, jala emas, butir nangka, lidah buaya, and the hot milk tea, a staple drink for the people of Kelantan. If you are not a big fan of sugar, it is very important for you to inform the tea seller to tone down on the sugar’s quantity in the tea as they are very generous with their sugar helpings. Besides the local dishes and desserts, you can also find different types of local snacks and drinks at the market. The local snacks are sold at a separate segment of the market and one of the recommend local snack to try is boiled corn kennels.

The four-storey market building was initially named as Pasar Besar Buluh Kubuh in 1985 as the market is located in Buluh Kubu, the centre of Kota Bahru and the market’s official opening ceremony was graced by Sultan Ismail Petra, the former Sultan of Kelantan that rule from 30th March of 1980 to 13th September of 2010. Besides that, the foundation stone of the Siti Khadijah Market is also made by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the federal Minister of Finance and he was also a Kelantanese prince. However, in 1997, Pasar Besar Buluh Kubuh was renamed to Siti Khadijah Market by Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the former Chief Minister of Kelantan that managed Kelantan from 1990 to 2015. The reason for the name change was to respect and honour majority of the female vendors selling in the market.

As one of the places that you must visit when you are in Kelantan, Siti Khadijah Market is also said to be one of the most beautiful markets in Malaysia that were often photographed and covered by the media. Separated into four different floors, the ground floor carries fresh produce items such as fish, chicken and vegetables, the first floor carries dried foods such as serunding, dodol, rice dishes and noodles dishes while the third and fourth floors carry products such as souvenirs, household items, decorative ornaments, clothing and etc.

The variety of the fishes you can find in the market include long-tail shad, round herring, tunny fish, Indian Mackarel, pomfret, eel, catfish and etc. while the variety of vegetables include chilli, cabbage, cauliflower, aubergine, long bean, okra, lemon grass, gourd, lettuce and other common vegetables. Local fruits such as ciku, jackfruit, guava, durian, mangosteen, langsat, duku, binjai, cempedak and foreign fruits such as grapes, bananas, mangoes, oranges, watermelon, lychee, apples, datepalms and many others are also sold in this market.

Being one of the busiest markets in the state of Kelantan and the focal point for local folks to buy almost everything, Siti Khadijah Market usually starts its operations at around 8 AM early in the morning and closes around 6 PM in the evening. If you would like to avoid the busy crowd, I would suggest to skip Friday, Saturday and Sunday because these three days are said to be the busiest days.

 

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Tree Top Walk , Gunung Inas http://www.travelific.my/tree-top-walk-gunung-inas/ Mon, 18 Jan 2016 07:24:36 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=203 Tree Top Walk sepanjang 925 meter di kaki Gunung Inas bawa pengunjung teroka keindahan hutan. PENGALAMAN bersiar-siar sambil menghirup udara segar pada aras paling tinggi iaitu 26.9 meter dari paras hutan atau kira-kira 50 meter dari paras bumi amat menyeronokkan dan pastinya saat itu tidak akan dilupakan. Itulah yang dirasai tatkala bersantai menikmati keindahan alam ...

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Tree Top Walk sepanjang 925 meter di kaki Gunung Inas bawa pengunjung teroka keindahan hutan.

PENGALAMAN bersiar-siar sambil menghirup udara segar pada aras paling tinggi iaitu 26.9 meter dari paras hutan atau kira-kira 50 meter dari paras bumi amat menyeronokkan dan pastinya saat itu tidak akan dilupakan.

Itulah yang dirasai tatkala bersantai menikmati keindahan alam semula jadi di laluan kanopi atau The Tree Top Walk di kaki Gunung Inas.

Ia akan menjadi pengalaman penuh bermakna andai pengunjung mengetahui Tree Top Walk di Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Sedim, Kulim, Kedah itu adalah laluan kanopi terpanjang di dunia.

Mula dibina awal 2004 dan siap pada 2005, Tree Top Walk sepanjang 925 meter dibuka kepada pengunjung sejak pertengahan 2006 mempunyai keunikan tersendiri di mana laluan kanopi itu dibina menggunakan struktur besi tahan karat menyerupai jambatan dan mempunyai tiang.

Ia cukup berbeza dengan jambatan gantung atau kanopi di tempat lain yang mana biasa diikat pada pokok. Sebaliknya Tree Top Walk pula lebih teguh menampung beban, sekali gus menjamin keselamatan pengunjung yang bersiar-siar di atasnya sambil menikmati kehijauan hutan khatulistiwa dan penghuninya.

Berjalan melalui titian kanopi besi itu, pengunjung berpeluang melihat pemandangan sekeliling yang cukup mempesona dari atas yang lebih meluas.

Jika bernasib baik, pengunjung berpeluang menyaksikan lebih 260 spesies burung pelbagai saiz termasuklah helang dan enggang.

Selain itu, kawasan Hutan Simpan Gunung Inas kaya dengan pelbagai flora dan fauna itu juga membolehkan pengunjung mengenali dengan lebih dekat kira-kira 100 spesies tumbuh-tumbuhan serta pelbagai haiwan lain.

Biarpun berada di ketinggian 50 meter dari paras bumi di bawahnya sungai mengalir deras dan sedikit gayat, ia pengalaman yang tidak mungkin dilupakan.

Malah, pengalaman baru itu mampu memberi keseronokan buat sesiapa saja yang melang-kah ke jambatan unik itu.

Selain menikmati keindahan alam semula jadi, pengunjung juga disajikan dengan deruan air terjun yang mendamaikan suasana tatkala berjalan di atas Tree Top Walk.

Dengan air sungai yang jernih dan mengalir deras melalui jeram batu itu, pelbagai aktiviti yang boleh dilakukan pengunjung antaranya mandi-manda dan berkelah di tepi sungai bersama keluarga.

Selain itu, bagi penggemar aktiviti lasak terutama golongan muda, ekspedisi meredah hutan atau berakit dan berkayak mengikut arus deras sungai serta ´white water rafting´ pasti memberikan kepuasan dan keseronokan yang tidak terkata.

Dari segi kemudahan awam pula, pengunjung tidak perlu gusar kerana pusat rekreasi itu dilengkapi dengan pelbagai kemudahan termasuk tandas awam, surau, dewan serba guna serta gerai makan.

Jika tidak puas hanya berkunjung sehari atau beberapa jam di Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Sedim, kemudahan penginapan turut disediakan di situ.

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* Laluan kanopi sepanjang 925 meter dibina menggunakan besi dan tempat paling tinggi ialah pada paras 26.9 meter dari aras hutan.

* Di dunia hanya ada dua Tree Top Walk yang menggunakan teknologi seumpamanya iaitu di Sungai Sedim (bagi kategoriterpanjang), manakala satu lagi di Valley of the Giant, Australia Barat sepanjang 500 meter dengan ketinggian 38 meter dari aras bumi.

* Antara aktiviti yang boleh dilakukan di kawasan rekreasi itu termasuk meredah hutan, berjalan malam, survival hutan, berakit arus deras, mendaki gunung, absailing dan perkhemahan bina semangat.

* Aktiviti ´white water rafting´ adalah aktiviti paling polular ditawarkan Pusat Rekreasi Sungai Sedim kerana air sungainya yang deras serta jeram batunya yang mencabar.

Bagaimana ke sana?

* Pemanduan hanya mengambil masa setengah jam dari Bandar Kulim, satu setengah jam dari Pulau Pinang melalui Jambatan Pulau Pinang ke Butterworth dan Lebuhraya Kulim-Butterworth (BKE) menuju ke Taman Teknologi Tinggi Kulim (KHTP) dan mengikut laluan Karangan dan Sedim.

Dari Alor Setar pula, perjalanan mengambil hampir tiga jam melalui Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan terus menghala ke Sedim.

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Things to do in Penang http://www.travelific.my/things-to-do-in-penang/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:40:55 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=182 Penang, also known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, translated from Malay meaning island of pearls is a turtle shaped island in the northwestern coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is an island that attracts many visitors each year due to it’s town being UNESCO World Herite site, other attractions and cultural charms. Penang offers exciting ...

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Penang, also known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, translated from Malay meaning island of pearls is a turtle shaped island in the northwestern coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It is an island that attracts many visitors each year due to it’s town being UNESCO World Herite site, other attractions and cultural charms. Penang offers exciting and unforgettable experiences and perhaps a few days may not be enough to do everything although there are some things that are a must see and do in that time.Armenian-Street-Art-Children-on-a-Bicycle

 

Taking a walk or renting a bicycle to explore the UNESCO core heritage zone of Penang is a common and easy way to see the colonial, beautifully maintained and Chinese heritage buildings, temples, clan houses, street art and old but existing shop houses tucked away in scanty roads. Check out this big part of the city that is devoted to the heritage area especially on Sundays from 7am to 1pm as the area is car free and closed to vehicle traffic except for trishaws and biycles making it a perfect time to ride around at your own pace. Take in the fresh air and slow down whenever to snap some Travel Sixty kind of photos. Some of the more significant attractions to note is the Penang Peranakan Mansion, a unique house museum of a particular Chinese community that marked importance in the Straits Settlements, Khoo Kongsi Clanhouse, a magnificent historical building structures of the olden times, Kaun Yin Temple, the first and oldest temple in Penang, Kapitan Keling House, Sri Mariamman Temple and  the Straits Collections of refurbshied shophouses.

Take a trip back to the past at the Blue Mansion formally known as Cheong Fatt Sze mansion, home of Chinese merchant in the 19th century who lived with his 8 wives and 6 sons. The entire mansion is covered in bright indigo blue, nothing too painful for the eye and in fact, quite alluring and far too exquisite to be mistaken for the Smurf’s residence minus the mushroom top and blue little beings. It’s continunig restoration and preservation of this site is has earned winning awards from UNESCO. It runs as both a private residence and bed and breakfast of 16 specific themed rooms by local designers. There are tour guides around and inside the mansion, courtyard and other designated areas during specific times of the day. A lot of the structure and design of the mansion is strongly influenced by Feng Shui beliefs so take away a few tips if you’d like more wealth, luck and all the nice things in your own residence.

For nature lovers who care for a short work out, the Penang Hill, also known as “Bukit Bendera” of Flagstaff Hill at 833 metres above sea level from the top would make an excellent climb up the hill to enjoy the breathtaking view of the whole island and other panaromic sights. It stands out from the lowlands as a hill and covered with forest and greens. From the base station in Air Itam, the best way is to hop on the Penang Hill Railway Train that takes you to the top of Flagstaff Hill. If you prefer a more physical adventure, there is a 5km “jeep track” route which is a tarred road that only hill residents with vehicles can use. Avid hikers use this route alternatively. When hiked leisurely, it takes about two to three hours to the top starting from the entrance of Penang Botanical Gardens. There are a few popuplar pit mountain stops namely 52 and 84 with a fantastic view of the island for the hikers. Nearby, locals stationed at the hill prepare water and tea to quench your thirst.

Not too far away, dive into the deep mystiques of the Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the most important Buddhist temples in the world. There are several entrances to the temple. If you want to be sure to make a full round of the place, start your way up from the bottom to the top. A little river with a bridge across can be the first entrance to the temple that can to start with. Along the way there are locals selling souvenirs, trinklets and jewellery. A little after the souvenir pathway, there is Liberation Pond where you can stick your noses over the grills to look at the moutain of tortoises with their big hard shells and little heads sticking out from time to time. You can find a crowd of devotees and locals at the Main Area Hall carefully hanging their prayers in little colored stripped papers. Be mesmerized by the different light colored papers that contain different types of prayers hanging over the trees. You could make a wish and prayer for your own just like the locals do but be careful what you wish for!

If you’d like to explore something quaint, cute and less religious, have a walk at the Clan Jetties which are a part of the Penang Heritage Trail. There are only six remaining jetties after one was destroyed by fire. The Clan Jetties is one of the last fortress or Chinese settlements on the island. Soak up the calm and lively atmosphere by walking in each of these clan jetty wooden home on stilts waterfront society that continue to live and go about their daily life and businesses. At Weld Quay, down from Chulia road next to the Kapitan Keling Mosque are the water villages that are over a hundred years old. Since there are six different jetties, they are each differentiated by the names of the jetty. Chew Jetty happens to be tourists’ most favourite with the longest walkway, most stilt houses, red lanterns lining from above and a cosy temple. It makes the perfect place for capturing some exotic photo moments in a local setting.

The Snake Temple is not for the faint hearted. If leathery and slithy creatures give you goosebumps, perhaps it’s good to skip this completely.  The Snake Temple is not as popularly visited for obvious reasons but it is one of the only snake temples in the world. The snakes are mostly live green vipers and it is known that the venom in all of the snakes have been removed but their fangs remain intact. As a safety precaution, there is smoke burning from incense which helps to make the vipers tame and harmless. Some visitors are seen with snakes placed around their necks, trying their best to look unshaken and brave, while some are seen with half smiles posing for a photo shot as a one time experience.

Since Penang is known for being a food paradise locally an internationally, a good place to indulge into this all in one local experience of different dishes and meals is Penang Gurney Drive. There are public busses that will stop close to the area from Komtar. It faces the sea and it’s in the open air. A lot of locals have their dinner, supper and snack time there. You can slowly look over their shoulders to see what they’re having an ask them which stall they got it from if you dare. There are specific and signnature Penang dishes which include Char Koay Teow, Asam Laksa, Rojak, Chee Cheong Fun, Koay Teow Soup, Tau Fu Fa, Ais Kacang, and the list is just endless! Soya bean drink and cane juice is a pretty popular drink for the locals so its perfect to have after spending hours in the sun. There are lots of small plastic tables and chairs to dine and each table is marked with a number. The place is big, so let the stall or vendor know which number your table is so that he doesn’t get lost with your hot steaming food looking for you and giving it up to some other hungry diner.

When you’re a parent and your little ones are getting drained and bored from all the temples, art streets and weird old buildings that look like a thousand generations far from them that they do not care for, the Adventure Zone Theme Park is your savior. This place is perfect for parents who want to join in the fun as well. It is divided into three main sections – the special features area, the kids area and the toddlers section with flexible play equipment. The special features area is suitable for both kids and parents with three kinds of slides, one for all ages and the other two for children – astra slide and double drop slide with ball pit exit. Ladder climbs, pull up ramps, hurdles and more are found in the kids sector while padded ramps, climbs and tumble towers are where the toddlers could go. If parents need to rest from all the commotion, there is free Wi-fi at the cafe.

At last, if you are ready to move away from the hustle and bustle of town life, Batu Feringghi is a laid back beachy area to explore. Get wet and adrenaline pumped if you want to go on a gigantic bright yellow banana boat ride pulled by a speedboat, skirting the water on water scooters, flying in the air on a parachute and a ton of other fun water sport activities at the sandy beaches with shady palm trees. As the day comes nearly to and end, there is a beach night market in Batu Feringghi amounting to hundreds of stalls offering fake designer bags, copies of DVDs, clothes, souvenirs, snacks and more. Walk away with anything you like but have a look around a little first before stopping to bargain on what you decide to buy.

The journey and excitement never ends in Penang. There are still plenty of temples, parks, and other treasures that can be found in the little island town. A few days may not do it’s justice. You may even want to decide to come the 2nd time around to really discover everything that it has to offer.

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Things to do in Langkawi http://www.travelific.my/things-to-do-in-langkawi/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:39:27 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=180 Langkawi is all sun, sand and beach with a whole lot of other attractions, culture and fun activities. It is also referred to as the Jewel of Kedah, an achipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman sea. Langkawi attracts all kind of tourists, backpackers, family travelers, honeymooners and locals alike.  Resorts, hotels and places of ...

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Langkawi is all sun, sand and beach with a whole lot of other attractions, culture and fun activities. It is also referred to as the Jewel of Kedah, an achipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman sea. Langkawi attracts all kind of tourists, backpackers, family travelers, honeymooners and locals alike.  Resorts, hotels and places of interests are all found on the main island. There are many ways to get there but they are mainly by boat and flight. Don’t be surprised if you end up spending weeks lazying and dipping into the warm blue water with tropical rain forest and paddy fields setting the contrast of the town. Unlike major cities in Malaysia, since there are no trains and frequent buses, the best way to get around is renting a car from the airport.

Langkawi stands upon many other smaller islands and island hopping is a great way to explore these other islands that are spreaded out around the constrained main island. For those who prioritize convenience, booking a day tour on a catamaran or speedboat is as easy as peanuts. Everything is sorted and all you need to do is get yourself on the boat and off you go seeing some of the popular islands like Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden). If you want to avoid sardin packed islands and fighting off other visitors on the best views and spots on the island or want to go off the beaten path and scout for unexplored islands, be your own version of Robinson Crusoe. Kuah Jetty and Tanjung Rhu Jetty offers boat for rent though remember to whip out your bargaining skills. If you’re in doubt, ask a boatman for local tips and make your own itinerary. For couples, try visiting Casa Del Mar’s Castaway Picnic – literally a gourmet picnic for two on a deserted island for a more holiday like getaway experience.

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Stopping by to look at Langkawi’s “Pantai Pasir Hitam”, also called as Black Sand Beach just 2km from Tanjung Rhu Beach in the center of Langkawi’s north coast not too far from Kuah can be an unusual experience to be awed by mother nature and it’s myseries. Staying true to it’s name, this stretch of beach is mostly black sanded with little or some soft shade of white. The beach is not attractive for swimming but serves more as thing to see when in Lankgawi for it’s unsual color of sand. Just as Langkwai is thought as a place of plenty of legends, myths and tales, the black sand beach is not left out on this. It is believed that a beautiful mermaid was raging at a fisherman for taking her ring away and left a curse that made the sand black. On a more rational note, it is also partially said that remnants of burnt soil from the paddy fields during the Siamese war was what caused the beach to be black.

Both ladies and men who need some tender loving care for their bodies can look into “Air Hangat Village” which is one of very few saline hot springs in the world. The man made long hand carved stone mural goes as long as 18 metres and triple tiered hot spring fountain explains some legend making the experience a lot more mytifying and would up your faith in these healing spring waters.

The legend suggests that the spring came forth from a harsh brawl. The therapeutic affects of the hot spring will tempt you to soak your feet into the hot springs. With high mineral content, from everything to calcium, lithum and radium, this is ideal for travelers whose feet have been worn from all the snorkeling, walking and traveling. Foot reflexology is also offered in the premise. There is also a batik painting presentation on the 2nd floor with an advantage of having a go at painting your own batik no matter your skill or talent.

A little adventure for singles, couples or family alike is the Langkawi Sky Cab. It is one of the longest and most elevated at the highest peak of 708m, to the top of Mat Chinchang. If you have a fear of heights, you might want to reconsider or take it as an opportunity to face your fear once and for all. Imagine being in a little box and moving that high above the sea and having a 360 degrees view of the islands, forest, flora and everything that makes it impossie for the view of the eye on normal grounds. There are numerous types of cables cars – the communal cable car, the private cable car and the glass bottom cable car where you can see tree tops and other things on ground below you. Hold on tight and and enjoy the ride. Perhaps the little scary stiff is what adds to the excitement too. After taking the cable car, you can choose to walk across the Sky Bridge, a suspended bridge also known as “The Longest Free Span and Curved Bridge in the World.” It’s really just a bridge unless you want to do somersaults and jump hops but the view is magnificient enough to steal your breath away.

Selfies and art – what could be a better combination than that? Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum is a haven for those who want a cute photo collection of themselves prancing around these 3D things on a foreign land. Art doesn’t get any better when it pops out as nearly life-like especially when photographed and not. Check out these 200 over impressive artwork that sort of come alive to you. A lot of the art is painted with great detail and expands in 3D form just like any other live being. It also has some specific and iconic themes like the Petronas Twin Towers, Egyptian pharoahs, pyramids and Sphinx making it feel you’re being transported back into a Indiana Jones type of adventure at one point of a time. The museum is divided into different interactive zones like optical illusion, safari, aquatic, fantasy, landsacpes, castles and more.

Langkawi is not short of waterfalls despite their sandy beaches. For a more private experience of having the whole waterfall to yourself without other tourists or aged local men with their fat bellies standing around, Temurun Waterfall is ideal being less familiar. Duriang Perangin tend to be more popularly crowded with locals as a picnic spot. The sights are very scenic and calm with clear water making it very irresistible to want to throw yourself into the water with the locals or by yourself.

Other than snorkeling, parasailing and jet ski-ing are some of the things best done in Langkawi. Jet ski-ing can be done in groups, and the tours are very informative – everything you want to know about the islands from a local’s eye. Fly through the blue steady waters with green mountain peaks around and on white sparkling waves like the people in the Bond movie. There are all kinds of water sports action in Langkawi with some very reputable companies that follow tight safety procedures.

If you have had enough of beach activities but want more nature explorations, don’t miss out on Kilim Kart Geoforest Park for amazing view of mangroves, batcaves and eagle spotting. On a tour, you get to sit on a boat, bypassing massive mangroves, a batcave, and see romantic stalactites and rock formations that are about 220 million years old. Being in the middle of the forest, you will also learn about trees that have medicinal properties, see monkeys swinging by and occasionally a giant Langkawi eagle flying in the clear skies. You can stop by at the “Hole in the Wall”, a fish farm  which offers a tour of a number of mega pools with big and spectacular looking fishes.

 

Makam Mahsuri proves that not all pretty girls lives’ end in a good story. It is a museum based on the life of Mahsuri, known to be Langkawi’s most beautiful girl at the time, wife of a famous warrior and how she suffered condemnation on the island that resulted in punishment and death. Her beauty was envied and got her into trouble, making her leave curses on seven generations. The tomb of Mahsuri is placed right in the middle of the ground and is the central attraction here. The place is hardly a bore, and in fact very interesting, historically informative on Langkawi and has a little eeriness in the air, like all that has been said had just happened right there and right then, which adds to the experience. As you go along discovering Langkawi’s different legends, you’d probably conclude two things about the women in Langkawi then. They have the power to curse when offended. And they’re not to be messed with.

 

Langkawi also does not forget to look into your gourmet bellies. Stop at Ayer Hangat, one of Langkawi’s night market showcasing Langkawi’s best local specialties like the blue colored rice made from butterly pea sprinkled with strips of sour mango and other typical Malay dishes and food like Nasi Dagang, Fish Curry, satay, grilled chicken, samosa, handmade lemon juices, candies, pancakes and much more. Be sure to try this dish called “lemang” in Malay where sticky rice is stuffed in a bamboo pole and have fun messing around trying to eat it. There are different night markets around, but they are at different locations depending on the day of the week.

 

A trip to Langkawi is a must for those who are visiting Malaysia. These are just some highlights of Langkawi and there is so much more to explore if one has the time and energy. It is not too heavily touristed like Bali and Phuket but has enough interesting spots, things and culture to delve into for a memorable and exciting experience.

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Things to do in Cameron Highlands http://www.travelific.my/things-to-do-in-cameron-highlands/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:42:38 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=177 If you are tired of concrete, shopping malls and lowland heat, Cameron Highlands is the perfect getaway to enjoy fresh, crisp and cool air with more green and natural surroundings. The “Little Swiss” of Malaysia in located in Pahang, in the west part of Malaysia about 200 kilometres from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. ...

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If you are tired of concrete, shopping malls and lowland heat, Cameron Highlands is the perfect getaway to enjoy fresh, crisp and cool air with more green and natural surroundings. The “Little Swiss” of Malaysia in located in Pahang, in the west part of Malaysia about 200 kilometres from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. About 43,000 people populate the area at an elevation of 1135m to 1829m above sea level. This is one of the few places in Malaysia where you can end your struggle with sweat, warmth and humidity when the temperature rarely rises above 25 degrees during the day and 12 degrees maximum at night.

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There are various things to do once you are in Cameron Highlands. Whether you love or hate strawberries, the strawberry farms are not to be missed. There are several strawberry farms around the highlands but some that are worth visiting are “Big Red Strawberry” where the entrance is free and massive strawberries grow all around you. Another strawberry farm that stands out is the “Kok Lim Strawberry Farm” which occupies the biggest batch of strawberries and allowing visitors and guests to jump into the fields and hand pick their own for a reasonable price.

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Apart from the strawberries, stroll around Cactus Valley, which is just a few minutes walk from Brinchang town where you can find thousands of cactus plants in all shapes, sizes and form. There are also other things like apple trees, tomatoes, roses, gerbera, lilies, birds of paradise and dried flowers. In addition, there are two butterfly gardens adjacent to each other. Other than the hundreds of different colorful butterflies, you will also get to see bugs, chameleons, lizards, frogs, grasshoppers, snakes, leaf sticks and other strange creatures roving in the forest you won’t find on city streets. Children will find their entertainment and excitement here. The Lavender Garden, which is one of the newest attraction is called just that because of it’s all lavender affair with a whole range of lavender potted plants, artificial lavender plants, perfume, towel hangers, soft toys, along with other types of flowers. Photo enthusiasts will be happy to find this place if their favourite color is purple.

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The trip to Cameron Highlands cannot be whole without a visit to the local tea plantations namely the BOH tea plantation. The history goes all the way back to 1929, where the son of a British administrative officer, John Archibald Russell who started a tea plantation which is now the BOH tea plantation. Let your breath be taken away by the tea treas mounting the terraces, countour after countour. Walking amidst all that green lush full of tea trees is not too difficult even in your flip flops is breathtaking and an experience to remember for the rest of your life. It only gets better. At the end of your destination past the beautiful hills, is a little village and an Indian temple. On top of that road lies a restaurant with the most amazing view serving various kinds of teas from the plantation, light snacks and sort of a souvenir shop with tea packs. Vieving the factory production tea processes and delighting in a “cuppa” is definitely a big part of the fun. It is fascinating to find the two BOH tea factories maintaining their traditional ways and equipment of making and processing the tea as they have always been dating back to the 1930s when it has just opened.

 

Mossy Forest, also known as Cloud Forest, Elfin Forest or Upper Mantane Forest will take you in a flash to the settings of Lord of the Rings. This enlivening forest that is covered with a thick blanket of spongy beautiful shade of light to olive green moss hanging from one tree to another likens a fairytale sight to behold. With the chunky envelopes of moss on the ground and chilled weather, it is the best place to welcome the sunrise and sunset. There are guided trips avalaible where a guide will  take you through the forest with a wooden walkway. Having proper footwear like trekking shoes would be encouraged. Otherwise a four by four wheel drive is the favoured vehicle for this activity.

A tad of historical viewing can be catched at the “Time Tunnel”, just a few minutes walk away in Brinchang where candid relics and cherishables are in display for the art lovers that are gathered by history lover and owner See Kok Shan. Plenty of Singaporeans and Malaysians tip toe around this split level museum looking at objects with nostalgia and memories from their childhood. The collection are mostly a reflection of how life was after the occupation of Japanese in Malaysia. Aside from that, there are photographs captured right after the war in display. Ttime Tunnel remains to be one of the main attractions in Cameron Highlands.

A great way to get acquainted with the locals and their lifestyle is taking a walk at the night markets. Local produced from closeby farms, flowers, straberries with chocolates, fresh vegetables, boiled peanuts, souvenirs are some of the things you can expect to find there. Kea farm and Brinchang night market are some of the more popular markets there.

Due to Cameron Highlands’ beautiful landscape, it is no surprise that trekking is a popular activity among local and tourists alike. This can be done independently around Brinchang and Tanah Rata with plenty of trails that are marked and numbered. Maps can be obtained from tourist information centres for free. A guide is not necessary. One of the highest peaks next to Gunung Brinchang, is Gunung Irau where camping overnight is something that can be done through a guided tour or on your own. There are two waterfalls, Robinson and Parit Waterfall that is viable through road and paths.

It takes 4.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Tanah Rata from Pudu Sentral Station. The roads are very safe though a bit winding. The temparature stays the same throughout the year though the coolest periods are between December to February when it may drop as low as 10 degrees.

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Bandar Tun Razak Swimming Pool Schedule http://www.travelific.my/bandar-tun-razak-swimming-pool-schedule/ Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:27:48 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=148 Bandar Tun Razak Swimming  is a classic and perhaps an old swimming pool that is open to public in Kuala Lumpur. The pool is also known as “Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur” is located at Bandar Tun Razak, in Cheras which is located in Kuala Lumpur. Although the pools are rather old, it is still rather ...

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Bandar Tun Razak Swimming  is a classic and perhaps an old swimming pool that is open to public in Kuala Lumpur. The pool is also known as “Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur” is located at Bandar Tun Razak, in Cheras which is located in Kuala Lumpur. Although the pools are rather old, it is still rather moderately maintained with very reasonable entry fees. The whole complex consist of several outdoor only pools.  Water in the training and olympic size pool is clean however it is a little dirtier at the children’s pool.

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The pool is equipped with large bathrooms and changing rooms. There are ample of space to shower and change. Lifeguards are also on duty during the whole session. All the pools in this swimming complex is outdoor therefore things may get extremely hot during the late morning or afternoon session.

Here are the number of pools at this swimming complex

  1. Olympic size swimming pool
  2. Children pool which is 1 feet and less than one feet in depth
  3. Diving pool which is usually reserved for athlete training

Fees and Schedule

Day Morning Session Afternoon Session Night Session
Monday 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Tuesday 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Wednesday 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Thursday 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Friday 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Saturday 9.00am to 12.30pm 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Sunday 9.00am to 12.30pm 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Public Holiday 9.00am to 12.30pm 2.00pm to 5.00pm 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Monday to Friday

Adult :RM 2

Children : RM 1

Weekends and Public Holiday

Adult : RM 3

Children : RM 1

 

This pool is also available to public during some Public holidays. Please call to confirm whether the pool is open.

Address and contact of the swimming pool

Jalan Tentram, Wilayah Persekutuan, 56000 Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur

Phone:03-9131 6353

 

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Tadom Hill Resort, Banting http://www.travelific.my/tadom-hill-resort-banting/ Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:12:55 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=129   Tadom Hill is quite a far place from the urban areas that offers travelers with a view of limestone hill, relaxing atmosphere and the tranquillity of turquoise spring water. The place is about 12 minutes to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), and 45 minutes to the city of Kuala Lumpur. Near Tadom Hill ...

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Tadom Hill is quite a far place from the urban areas that offers travelerstadomhill-2 with a view of limestone hill, relaxing atmosphere and the tranquillity of turquoise spring water. The place is about 12 minutes to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), and 45 minutes to the city of Kuala Lumpur. Near Tadom Hill stood an ecological resorts which consist of a premium chalets named as Tadom Bamboo Village and a dormitory named as Tadom Base Camp. Most of the structures are built with bamboo and is surrounded with the hills and a man-made beach. It is called as a Tadom Tent Sites, Tadom Hammock Sphere, and VIP Bamboo Hut.

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It is not that hard to find leisure activities as there are various recreational and adventure activities that can be found by guests and visitors inside the resorts as well as a bistro and a live performance venue. The Tadom Groove which is a recreational area of the resorts also has other features including water swings, Tarzan swings, floating lounge chairs known also as lexies and a diving platform. A walk around the resorts would make the guests see several hammocks and beanbags being put around the beach a little bit of irresistible.

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Whereas the Tadom Base nearby is filled with challenge, fun and interesting activities that is leave to be wonder for people who loves thrill and challenging activities. Some of the activities are pretty tough to handle particularly the obstacle races of the Warrior series. Others activities include rock climbing, bamboo rafts, zip lining, Zorb balls, and stand-up-paddle. Its nature theme also includes bamboo toilets and showers while eating a delicious meal from the BBQ pit.

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The resort is not completely finish and it is still under construction and is developed with the help of some local Aboriginal people near the place which is specialized in the use of forest product. Nevertheless, visitors and travellers are still welcome here to enjoy the day pass to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city as well as watching the sunset fall into the limestone hills.

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Amenities

  • Swings
  • Floating lounge chairs (lexies)
  • Diving platform
  • Hammocks
  • Beanbags
  • Bamboo toilets and showers
  • BBQ pit

Attractions

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport
  • City of Kuala Lumpur
  • The Man-Made Beach
  • The Limestone Hills

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Sepang Gold Coast http://www.travelific.my/sepang-gold-coast/ Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:11:50 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=127 AVANI Sepang Gold Coast Resort which is formerly known as Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa is a place of accommodation located near the Sepang coastline. As the 5 stars resort is near to the southern part of Selangor, guests and visitors are able to enjoy their sightseeing at Putrajaya, the Sepang International Circuit ...

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AVANI Sepang Gold Coast Resort which is formerly known as Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort & Spa is a place of accommodation located near the Sepang coastline. As the 5 stars resort is near to the southern part of Selangor, guests and visitors are able to enjoy their sightseeing at Putrajaya, the Sepang International Circuit and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The resort also add additional trip for their guests to rural villages, cultural sites and river life. Guests who want to stay with the resort would get the taste of tropical relaxation and real adventure together on a beachfront.

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The resort is inspired by Maldivian and Polynesian architecture that has been blended with the contemporary style of Malaysian interior design. The resort contains 392 luxurious villas that has been shape into a palm tree and built above the sheltered waters of the Straits of Malacca, where guests can enjoy pleasant views of the seas at the designated indoor and outdoor sitting areas while enjoying the cool sea breezes. For business travellers, the resort provides meeting rooms, a business centre and conference space.

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The well-appointed guestrooms comprised of Superior Room, Family Villa, Two Bedroom Villa and Three Bedroom Villa filled with classic wood furnishings, spacious layouts and floors. All rooms at the resort offer numerous amenities include a free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, coffee and tea making facilities, minibar, ceiling fans, safe and balcony. The resort also provides 24 hours room service, free Wi-Fi throughout the premises, free supervised kid’s activities, valet parking, airport shuttle and a coffee shop for the comfort of their guests. Every morning at around 7AM to 10AM, the resort served morning buffet breakfast to their guests.

For the convenient of their guests, the villas-on-stilts offer several entertainments and sports activities including spa and infinity pool alongside some of the great food & beverage outlets comprising 2 lounges and 4 restaurants. There is at least 6 choices of dining option available for dining such as Buloh Bar and Bila Bila Restaurant while Stimboat and Perahu restaurants lets the guests to taste a good quality of gourmet dishes while enjoying the scenic views. Others activities that can be done by the guest include workouts at the fitness centre, relaxing massage at the spa or a walk in the landscaped grounds. In addition, the spa also provides body scrubs and body wraps with hydrotherapy and aromatherapy.

Attractions

  • Putrajaya
  • Sepang International Circuit
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the premises
  • A flat-screen TV with satellite channels
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • 24 hours room service
  • Valet parking
  • Morning buffet breakfast
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa

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Penang Foods http://www.travelific.my/penang-foods/ Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:25:08 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=205 TRANSFER Road in Penang is famous for roti canai and nasi kandar stalls, writes C.K. LAM. PENANG is the ultimate gastronomic paradise for most of us. It is well-known for its abundance of superb hawkers´ delights which locals claim can´t be duplicated elsewhere.Since Penang is synonymous with good food, there are many places with a ...

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TRANSFER Road in Penang is famous for roti canai and nasi kandar stalls, writes C.K. LAM.

PENANG is the ultimate gastronomic paradise for most of us. It is well-known for its abundance of superb hawkers´ delights which locals claim can´t be duplicated elsewhere.Since Penang is synonymous with good food, there are many places with a good concentration of hawker stalls and restaurants on the island and one particular place is Transfer Road.

Mention roti canai and locals will point you to the most famous landmark in Transfer Road. This famous roti canai stall has been in operation for decades next to an old abandoned warehouse. Breakfast here is an indulgence – soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the slow pace of life in Penang.

There are several delicious curries – mutton, beef, and chicken – and dhal to complement the roti canai. However, the best combination is kuah banjir!

Customers can also order the curries without the roti canai. Chicken curry comes with tender pieces of meat in flavourful gravy. However, most customers prefer the tender mutton curry which is relatively spicy. The aromatic mutton is a crowd favourite. The stall is open from 6.30am till 7pm, with a break from 1pm till 3.30pm.

Just a stone´s throw away from the roti canai stall is the famous Nasi Padang Minang restaurant. Located on the left hand side of Transfer Road, this restaurant has been serving a delectable spread of Sumatra delights for decades. Though Padang cooking is characterised by lots of chilli, lemongrass and turmeric, surprisingly, most of the dishes here are not very hot. The restaurant emphasises taste and flavours rather than hotness.

The array of dishes is inviting, with a selection of fish, meat and fresh vegetables which are spiced for a range of flavours. Dendeng daging is prepared dry and eaten with chilli and onion to enhance the flavours of the meat. It is well-spiced, with a chewy bite. On the other hand, deep-fried cencaru sambal is stuffed with ground red chilli and deep fried onion which is simply scrumptious!

There are also dishes unique to this restaurant, such as stir fried tempeh with French bean. Others are chicken curry and vegetable lodeh. The curry is savoury with a mild spicy taste while lodeh stands out with flavourful coconut milk gravy.

In addition to roti canai and nasi padang, Transfer Road also has a famous nasi kandar stall. Deen Nasi Kandar, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, is among the oldest stall of its kind in Penang. It is located in Kedai Kopi Toon Leong, an old-style coffee shop located in a heritage shop house at the corner of Transfer Road and Argyll Road.

It has a variety of spicy dishes with a riot of flavours and choices such as beef, squid, fish and chicken. Its curries have a distinctive and outstanding taste, and many customers flock here for kuah banjir as well. In addition to the excellent squid curry, its signature catfish head curry is a must-have. Unlike Nasi Padang Minang, Deen Nasi Kandar opens early for breakfast. Business is brisk and quite often the dishes are sold out by mid-morning! It closes on alternate Sundays.

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Hotel Jen Puteri Habour http://www.travelific.my/hotel-jen-puteri-habour/ Sat, 20 Jun 2015 03:12:34 +0000 http://www.travelific.my/?p=119 Hotel Jen also known as Traders Hotel is located in Nusajaya of Johor Bahru which is near to the famous landmark namely Puteri Harbour. This 4 stars contemporary deluxe hotel can be reach via Changi Airport in Singapore, Senai International Airport in Johor as well as International Ferry Terminal of Puteri Harbour. Its strategic location ...

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Hotel Jen also known as Traders Hotel is located in Nusajaya of Johor Bahru which is near to the famous landmark namely Puteri Harbour. This 4 stars contemporary deluxe hotel can be reach via Changi Airport in Singapore, Senai International Airport in Johor as well as International Ferry Terminal of Puteri Harbour. Its strategic location near the town of Johor Bahru and Singapore provides an easy access to some of the local attractions including Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, LEGOLAND® Malaysia, Johor Premium Outlets, and Nusajaya Centre for both tourists and travellers.

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The property which is situated on the waterfront offers its guests with 283 guestrooms and suites that are well-appointed with air-conditioner, flat screen TV with satellite channels, complimentary wireless internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, attached bathroom equipped with hair dryer and complimentary toiletries, safes, desk and other modern facilities for the comfort and convenient of its guests.  Apart from that, the elegant guestrooms also feature wooden hard floors.

At this luxurious hotel, guests could found a wide range of recreational and entertainment facilities such as free Wi-Fi access throughout the premises, work out at the fitness centre, take a break at the rooftop swimming pool, relax and rejuvenate at the steam bath or traditional massages inside the health club, and setup a meeting or event with the facilities offers by the hotel. The property also owns others facilities such as business centre, computer station, executive floor, and free car park. Finding food is easy as there are two coffee shop and café. This smoke-free hotel also provides numerous excellence services including 24 hours reception-desk, luggage storage space, babysitting and childcare, valet parking, vending machine and complimentary theme park shuttle.

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The room rates per night is around RM 350, where guests could check in from 2 in the evening and check out before 12-noon. To put it briefly, Hotel Jen of Puteri Harbour, Johor is a great place of accommodation that served unique brand of styles and services with beautiful harbour views, where guests can taste exciting food and beverages from the outlets comprising local and international flavours while the numerous services and facilities would give an unforgettable stay for its guests.

Amenities

  • Air-conditioner
  • Flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Attached bathroom
  • Complimentary toiletries

Attractions

  • Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park
  • LEGOLAND® Malaysia
  • Johor Premium Outlets
  • Nusajaya Centre

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