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Bukit Puteri, Kuala Terengganu

Bukit Puteri (Princess Hill) was said to get its name from local folktale, or history. According to the local tale, there was a princess who lived on the hill before. The princess was from ‘the other side of the world’ and could not be seen by human beings. The presence of the princess was only felt during wedding festivals. It was not her physical form that could be seen but rather, her plates and silverware! Apparently, villagers who could not afford to get enough plates and cutlery for weddings could ‘borrow’ it from the princess. The plates, spoons and forks would be left at the foot of the hill for ‘loan’ and must be returned the following day in good condition. Since then, the hill was called Bukit Puteri.


Unfortunately, some villagers took the princess’ generosity for granted and failed to abide by the rule. The princess was not happy with people returning her collection broken or even, not returning them at all, so she moved to another hill in the Besut district. The princess’ new home was soon called Bukit Puteri too by the locals there.


However, those who don’t have a penchant for folklore stick by the more ‘realistic’ belief of how Bukit Puteri obtained its name. History has it that a group of people from Johor led by a Johor chieftain came to open a new village at the foot of the hill. The nobleman, who went by the name Tuk Raja Menteri, named the hill as Bukit Puteri. History was as simple as that.

Bukit Puteri spans an area of 0.688 hectares and the hill, measuring 200 m in height, is the highest peak in Kuala Terengganu. When one is standing on the top of the hill, a scenic view of Kuala Terengganu with the Sungai Terengganu river mouth unfolds. There is also a magnificent view of the South China Sea and its fishermen hard at work in their boats. Visitors normally hike up the hill for photography opportunities or just to have a leisurely stroll.


The view atop the hill isn’t the only attraction; there are far more to see at the top. There are historical remains as Bukit Puteri was once used by the sultan as a defense fort during the civil war. Some of the remains include a battery of four cannons, a royal flagpole, a 100-year-old yellow copper genta (a large bell) and remnants of the fort-cemetery and defense walls. There is also a lighthouse on the top of the hill.

The hill is located next to Istana Maziah and is easily accessible from Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu. The hill is open every day to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is a very affordable RM1.

Map Bukit Puteri


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Stunning Rawa Island

If it’s your own slice of paradise with powder-sugar sand and strikingly turquoise waters that you’re after then Pulau Rawa might just be the place for you. Offering far more than just your stereotypical tropical island paradise, Rawa also brings along with it the unparalleled welcome of the local island staff and an atmosphere of fun and family that is hard to rival on other Malaysian islands.


Located just off the East coast of Johor, Pulau Rawa is one of the smaller islands in the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park archipelago and can be easily reached from Mersing pier. It couldn’t be easier. The staff at each of the two hotels – Alang’s Rawa Rawa Island Resort – on the island (yes, only two, it’s that small!) will pick you up from the jetty in resort speedboats, ready to whisk you off to uninterrupted relaxation. The boat can be a little choppy at certain times of the year, leading to a good head-to-toe soaking and a bouncing ride across the waves. This, however, only adds to the fun and sense of adventure. For all those non-seafaring types, fear not, they also have enclosed speed boats that will transport you to the island in blissful, bone-dry tranquility.


Before docking at the pier, you’re greeted with the view of the dazzling Rawa beach and inviting cool blue of the crystal clear waters. Rawa truly is a little gem and you can appreciate this as you approach. Being more quality than quantity, the island spans less than 1km across at its widest point. With no roads, no beach sellers, no nightclubs you’re left to enjoy the nature of the island as it was intended. Pristine sandy beach borders the west side of the island while rough jungle vegetation, clinging tightly to the steep hillsides, protrudes from the serene sands, covers the hilltops and eventually drops into the ocean on the eastern shore.


Stepping onto the jetty, you’ll be welcomed by the hotel team and your holiday begins immediately. Amble on to the beach, feel your toes melt into the sun-baked sand and watch as the stress of the city melts away. Rawa is an ideal place to lounge on the beach, catch up on that reading and slumber through the midday heat, but should there be any active types amongst you there are also activities on offer to keep you entertained. Snorkelling, kayaking and beach volleyball are all on the cards and there’s always the short hike to the top of the island offering spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding islands.


At night Rawa throws up yet another pleasant surprise. Tranquil by day, at night Alang’s Rawa can turn into a sociable and lively spot. As the resort is modest in size, there often develops a sense of companionship amongst its guest that can carry on to the wee hours. Always in great spirits, and with a collection of like-minded people, you can while away the hours with a ‘Rawa Special’ cocktail whilst meeting people from all over the world.


It’s no secret that Malaysia has an abundance of beautiful islands, all of which offer their own unique twist on the island paradise. But when it comes to raw, natural beauty Pulau Rawa is hard to beat. Still blissfully unspoilt sensitively developed, the owners have ensured that nothing is taken away from the island’s natural offerings and, in doing so, have provided a small opening through which you and I are able to enjoy our own taste of paradise and discover some of the more hidden corners of this beautiful country.

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Malaysia: The ideal internship destination

Malaysia is an ideal country to do an internship. Many international students choose to do their internship in Malaysia because of the developing and diversified economy. Other reasons are of course the climate, the language and the ability to travel during their days off. English is well spoken in Malaysia, which makes it a suitable country for students from all over the world.

Search for an internship

There are different ways to search for an internship in Malaysia. The best way is to get in touch with companies through friends or relatives who have done an internship or worked in Malaysia before. If you do not know anyone who has been in Malaysia for an internship, you can try to get information at the International Office or the Internship Coordinator at your University.
But you can also try to find an internship yourself. Big, international companies often have information on their website about the possibilities to do an internship with them. And smaller companies you can reach by email to inquire about the possibilities. Make sure that you start your search on time, because it can take up to six months to find a company. And once you have found one, it is not easy to check from your home country if the company is suitable. You may check with the company if they have supervised (international) interns before and whether you can get in touch with them to ask about their experiences.




Students who are looking for an internship in the hotel industry can take a look at, a website for European students. Here you can find available internship positions at various hotels in Malaysia and other Asian countries. You can apply by uploading your motivation letter and CV, your application will directly go to the hotel.



Another way to find an internship in Malaysia, is through an internship agency. Stage in Azië is a Dutch internship agency and internationally they are active as Kong International ( This agency was founded by Timothy Kong and Sophia van Huijgevoort from The Netherlands, who both have working experience in Malaysia. Timothy and Sophia know the country and its culture and they work with companies that have solid experience in supervising international interns. Most of the companies they work with are SMEs and are located in or nearby Kuala Lumpur. In addition to arranging the internship, Timothy and Sophia also help you with finding accommodation and they bring you in touch with other students that are going to do their internship in Malaysia.





Some internship companies offer housing and/or a monthly allowance, but there are also a lot of companies that offer neither. The amount of the monthly allowance is different for each company, but mostly between 400 and 1000 Malaysian Ringgit.


It is really easy to find a furnished room or apartment in Kuala Lumpur. Before you go to Malaysia, you can already start looking for housing through websites such as You can get in contact with landlords via SMS/WhatsApp/email to get more information about the rooms or apartments. But it is recommended not to sign any contracts or do payments before you have seen the property with your own eyes. Once you have arrived in Malaysia, it is easy to view properties and arrange housing within five days. In the meantime you can stay in a hotel. The deposit you have to pay is usually two to three months’ rent. It is not possible for foreign interns to open a bank account in Malaysia, therefore speak with the landlord to discuss the possible ways to pay the monthly rental, cash or online.


The requirements concerning the needed visa for Malaysia are different for each country. For information about this, you should contact the Malaysian embassy in your country or ask your internship company in Malaysia.

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Have a Roar-Some Time at Dinoscovery

Calling all aspiring paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts! Experience a time warp to the Mesozoic Era at Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live!, Asia Pacific’s first-of-its kind world-class interactive, edutainment dinosaur exhibition at Avenue K.

Featuring reengineered life-size animatronic dinosaurs in true-to-life adventure-like settings, the 13,000 square foot exhibition invites visitors to travel back in time and learn about dinosaurs via 15 hands-on, experiential and highly interactive educational activities whilst offering a sensory feast of endless fun for the whole family!


Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live! is designed to provide a highly exhilarating experience whereby visitors are able to see larger-than-life dinosaurs move and hear them roar in their habitat. Apart from that, the exhibition’s mini cinema also provides visitors the chance to see these reptiles in 3D.

Amongst the exhibition’s star attractions include the Dino Quest, a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based scavenger hunt which will propel the visitors through a time warp and transform them into paleontologists on the hunt for dinosaurs and specimens. Visitors will be equipped with a paleontologist map and a RFID band which will guide them through the hunt to detect nearby specimens. Upon completion of the activity, visitors will receive a Junior or Expert Paleontologist certificate at the redemption and merchandising counter.


Other exciting activities include the opportunity to participate in an adventure to save the Diplocuses by shooting pesky mosquitoes, excavating fossils at the sand pit, climbing a wall to have a glimpse of a Pteranodon’s nest, handling dinosaur poo, challenging a Gallimimus in an interactive race, and learning about the evolution of dinosaurs by analyzing and comparing present-day animals such as chickens and elephants with dinosaurs as such the Theropod and Sauropod.


Visitors may also enjoy delectable fusion food while quenching their thirst with a variety of unique mocktails and freshly brewed coffee at the Discoveria Cafeteria. Unleash your inner paleontologist today!

Entry Fees Opening Hours

Tickets for children aged 17 years and below are priced at RM35 for Malaysians and RM50 for non-Malaysians while tickets for adults are priced at RM25 for Malaysians and RM40 for non-Malaysians. Opening hours are 10am to 7pm on weekdays and 10am to 8pm on weekends including school and public holidays.

Contact Details Address

Level 4, Discoveria @ Avenue K Shopping Mall
156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603 2181 7218

For more information or enquiries on the exhibition, contact the exhibition hotline 03 2181 7218, log on to or visit Discoveria’s Facebook page at

Location Dinoscovery by Dinosaurs Live!


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Genting Highlands: Why You Should Visit

Located over six thousand feet above sea level and 51km northeast of Malaysia’s bustling capital Kuala Lumpur is the Genting Highlands, Malaysia’s premier tourist destination and getaway. For any person visiting Malaysia, Genting is a complete must-see, bursting with all manner of entertainment prospects, fine dining experiences and luxury accommodations that make the vast majority of Asia’s resorts look pale in comparison.


Arriving in the Genting Highlands, one is likely to feel rather awe-struck. Jutting out of the top of the most verdant of hills, the resort offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and countryside. Peaks and hills pop up out of the clouds creating a magnificent and heavenly atmosphere, one that seems exceptionally different to the hot bustle of the Malay archipelago’s less vertiginous regions thanks to the spring time weather and temperature that Ulu Kali Mountain experiences all year round. Many visitors’ first experiences of the resort will be via the amazing cable cars that run up to the top of the mountain, a trip that offers views that one can only describe as one of a kind.

In terms of entertainment, Genting excels. There’s an indoor theme park featuring all manner of fun and exciting rides for people of every age as well as an indoor snow area! The indoor park is surrounded by a huge range of restaurants, bars and eateries too; the Coffee Terrace buffet restaurant, western-themed Bubbles Bites, and the exquisite Genting Palace Restaurant, to name but a few. The resort also features an even more exciting outdoor theme park featuring dizzying rides and even more restaurants, making this a place where no one could feasibly run out of things to do and see.


Resorts World Genting also features the country’s only casino with multiple outlets throughout the complex, the Casino de Genting. Here players can enjoy all of the slots, table games and experiences one would only usually find on the Las Vegas Strip, however it’s a good idea to get in a little practice first at an online casino like Euro Palace beforehand in order to get the absolute most from the glittering and stylish casino climes!


For adults, Genting Highlands features even more amazing things to do. The hotels dotting the resort feature a great number of bars and terraces that look out over the surrounding countryside, and late night thrills can also be enjoyed at the Genting Club 360 Bar, Cloud 9 nightclub and The Patio wine and whisky bar. All of these regularly feature world-leading acts and bands that make whiling away an evening a complete joy!

Have you ever been to Genting? What were your favourite parts of this amazing resort? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

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