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Unique luxury resorts of Malaysia

The Datai, Langkawi

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There are a number of luxury resorts on Pulau langkawi that can offer a great hideaway for you and your loved one. One of the finest of these is The Datai Resort which epitomises all that’s great about Langkawi.

As well as being nestled in the heart of the rainforest, the resort also overlooks the tranquil Datai Bay, one of the top beaches in the world as voted by National Geographic, leaving you with a choice of environments to relax in.

 

Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut

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If it’s seclusion you’re looking for, you can’t get much better than Pangkor Laut Island. As there is only one resort on this island, it exudes exclusivity and makes an ideal location for some quality rest and relaxation.

In the sanctuary of this privately owned island, you have the secluded beaches and virgin rainforest all to yourselves. The resort has been sensitively developed to cover only a fraction of the island’s 300 acres so you can embrace the raw natural beauty of this idyllic setting.

The rooms come in a variety of styles including villas nestled in to the hills, chalets perched on stilts stretching out over the ocean, and character filled 2-4 bedroom private estates that harp back to the British colonial days of old Malaya.

 

The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands

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Set in stunningly lush grounds, this Tudor-style boutique resort radiates old English charm. The immaculately groomed gardens and distinctive Tudor décor make this an ideal spot to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Enjoy refreshments on the terrace overlooking the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake and, to completely immerse yourself in the British theme, indulge in an afternoon tea of scones, jam and clotted cream.

Once you’re done exploring the beautiful surrounding hills for the day, snuggle up in front of the log fireplace in the antique filled lounge or retire to your romantic suite, complete with sunken bath, walk in wardrobe, and four-poster bed.

 

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang

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For a touch of history, head to Penang and the famous Blue Mansion hotel in Georgetown.

This 19th century grand estate was once home to one of China’s wealthiest tycoons but is now converted into a four star hotel comprising of 18 suites. It has been showered with awards for its impressive architecture and delicate restoration, making it a striking and unique place to spend a few nights.

 

Bubu Resort Villas, Perhentian

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Situated off the coast of Terengganu, the Perhentian Islands are considered some of the finest islands Malaysia has to offer. Still relatively untouched, this collection of tiny islands captures nature in its purest form. These islands can only be reached by speedboat which helps the area to preserve its unspoilt environment.

The smaller of the two main islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, retains its picturesque feel with a complete lack of roads and limited beach development. It also boasts some of the best snorkelling spots in Malaysia. Here you have the luxury of going right off the sandy shores or alternatively catch one of the boat tours out to some of the more spectacular sites. Turtles and sharks are almost a guarantee in this area so keep your eyes peeled!

Bubu Resort and Villas, located on Long Beach, is a great place to enjoy this natural beauty. The rustic feel of the island and its surrounding nature offers up the dream desert island experience.

 

 

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Best motorbike routes in Malaysia

By Vishnu Krishnan

Throttle heads, gun your engines because we’re taking you across the best and most scenic bike routes in Malaysia.

Malaysia, despite being a small country, has thousands of kilometers of paved roads that meander and criss-cross through small towns, cities, rural areas, coastal roads and majestic mountainous and forested regions.

Let’s Go!

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A useful map for plotting the first leg!

(Source: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6040239)

 Starting in Kuala Lumpur, head north on the Gombak MRR2 highway and cut off at the Genting Highlands exit. You will know you are on the right path if you bypass the large golden statue of Murugan on your left at Batu Caves. If you’d like to make a pit stop here and check out the marvellous Batu Caves Hindu temple, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

As you ride up the Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway towards the foothills of the highlands, this is where the fun really begins. Once you pass the Genting Sempah checkpoint (they have lovely local food to sample and is the last major gas station for the stretch) the gradient will get serious and the temperature drops.

Near the summit of Genting, make sure you check out the Chin Swee Caves Temple filled with pagodas and Taoist motifs that is best seen at night when the red lanterns are lit.

At the peak you will reach the Hotel-Casino complexes. From here you, cruise back down to the Bentong exit. Beware of the winding roads, slippery gravel and mist. The Bentong trail is a beautiful mountain road surrounded by lush forests and wildlife. One major attraction here is the Sungai Chilling waterfall.

Follow the gorgeous mountain road all the way up to Fraser’s Hill which is known for its scenic, rolling green hills and chilly weather. If you aren’t done with the climbing yet, jump on the Ringlet — Sungai Koyan Highway or Route 102 for another 186km to the even more beautiful

Cameron Highlands. Strawberries and tea anyone?

Next, move further north to one of the most scenic routes in the country, the Gerik or East-West Highway. Starting at exit A171 or the town of Gerik, this 128km pilgrimage is a must for all avid bikers. Along the way to the small town of Jeli, you will go through a mountain trail with soft gradients and smooth curves. If you are lucky, you may spot wild elephants.

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Our pachyderm friends can sometimes be seen on the Gerik Highway!

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From Jeli, travel on Route 4 via the East West Highway to Kota Bharu to commence the longest stretch of the journey, the Kota Bharu to Rompin coastal road.

While you are in Kota Bharu be sure to sample some of the scrumptious local delights such as Nasi Kerabu.

From Kota Bharu, ride 490km south along the E8 via the East Coast Expressway to Rompin. Along this path, you’ll see dozens of fishing villages, small coastal Kampongs, paddy fields and of course the South China Sea. Be mindful of rainy season as the East coast can be treacherous between October and March.

The ride itself is generally tame and relaxing, but there’s much to see and check out along the way, especially through the Terengganu coast which is full of seafood stops.

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The scenery along the coast is amazing on E8!

(Source: http://bikingmalaysia.blogspot.my/)

Once you reach the forested region of Rompin and stay the night on the beach, we’ll end the journey with a 292km cruise back to KL via Route 11. These roads are well maintained and provide a smooth journey returning home.

Do you know of other scenic roads and beautiful stretches of highway? Let us know on Facebook @malaysia.travel.my

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Your Ultimate Malaysian Golf Adventure

Imagine teeing off from the perch of a mountain, across a jungle filled valley to a green nestled adjacent to the sea. Just you, nature and a strip of land so beautifully cultivated that your challenge of putting that tiny white ball in that little hole is no longer a part of golf, but an adventure.

Golf in Malaysia offers an experience like no other. With over 100 courses to choose from — many in places you never thought possible — Malaysia is the perfect place for your next golfing getaway. Here’s a guide to the most breathtaking golf courses across Malaysia.

 

Shan-Shui Golf and Country Club
Where: 15 kilometres from Tawau town, Sabah

Golf in Borneo is a match made in heaven. This 18-hole championship course sprawls majestically amidst the mountainous backdrop of Tawau’s rich land in the state of Sabah. The undulating terrain and lush surroundings also serves as a natural habitat for wildlife such as exotic birds, monkeys, squirrels and a resident crocodile. Opened in 1998, Shan-Shui quickly rose to fame courtesy of its 15th hole — The Creek — named as one of the Best 500 holes and Top 250 par 4s in the world by US Golf Magazine. It was also awarded the “Best course in Asia” by Golf Monthly magazine in 2000.

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Cameron Highlands Golf and Country Club
Where: 10 minutes from Cameron Highlands and 3 hours from Kuala Lumpur
The forest-clad mountains of the Cameron Highlands form a spectacular backdrop to this panoramic golf course, providing what is probably the coolest and most pleasant golfing environment in Malaysia. The fairways are wide and forgiving and coupled with the thinner air – the ball travels faster and further – a round here is quite relaxing. The course is not without its challenges, particularly the 15th hole with a dramatic elevation drop of 100m. The course is open to the public, too.

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Els Club Teluk Datai 
Where: 40 minutes drive from Langkawi International Airport
This Ernie Els piece of mastery was voted World’s Best New Golf Course at the inaugural World Golf Awards in 2014. Prior to Els’ renovations, The Golf Club Datai Bay was already considered the Most Scenic Golf Course in Malaysia by Asian Golf Monthly and is often labelled Asia’s best golf course. Its website says it all, “Welcome to Golfing Paradise”. You’ll be greeted by breathtaking vistas of marbled mountain peaks, virgin rainforest and the emerald-green Andaman Sea. And if that’s not enough, the Els Group is opening two more courses in Malaysia just for your enjoyment; the spectacular Desaru Coast and the sublime Desaru Valley, both in Johor.

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Hornbill Golf Jungle Club
Where: About 70 kilometres from Kuching, Sarawak
Another gem from Borneo, this time in the state of Sarawak. Hornbill offers a true paradise for avid golfers with its brilliantly designed 18-hole layout perched high in the Borneo hinterland. “Golfing in the Clouds” is quite literally the theme, with guests often hitting from above the canopy down into the mist of the valley below. The climate is more friendly too, making it a popular all-year choice for golf vacationers.

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Saujana Golf Country Club
Where: Shah Alam near Subang Airport, Selangor.
The crown jewel of Malaysian golf. Offering two 18-hole championship layouts just 20 minutes from the heart of KL, Saujana is a must for all élite golfers. “Deadly but beautiful” and “Jungle golf at its best” are just some of the adjectives used to describe this beast. The Palm course hosted the Malaysian Open between 2001 and 2005, with champions including Thongchai Jaidee, Vijay Singh and Arjun Atwal. The second hole on the Palm course is among CNN Travel World’s 18 most beautiful golf holes.

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Awana Genting Highlands Golf Country Resort
Where: Genting Highlands, 55 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur
Set at 3,100 feet above sea level, Awana provides a new experience for the golfer. While not on the same par as Saujana, this masterpiece nestled elegantly in the Genting Highlands is a refreshing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. But don’t expect an easy stroll around the high country; the fairways are narrow with anything slightly off target sure to find thick jungle or the many water hazards.

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Royal Perak Golf Club
Where: Ipoh, Perak
Ipoh Golf Club, as it was originally known, is one of the oldest courses outside of Britain and along with Royal Selangor is an icon of Malaysian golf. Formed in 1879, it started as a humble nine-hole course on the race course in Ipoh. It was destroyed during World War II — used as a tapioca farm — and was only restored its current state in 1947. Although not as breathtaking as some of the other courses on this list, it certainly makes up for it in history and prestige.

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If you want to know more about the best golf courses in Malaysia, please visit www.playmalaysiagolf.com

 

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10 Unconventional Souvenirs to Bring Back From Malaysia

Remember a final commemoration we received? Chances are, it’s dark low in your closet or collecting dirt somewhere. So a subsequent time you’re commemoration hunting, forget a fridge magnets, keychains, t-shirts and small trinkets that your friends won’t know what to do with. Here are some radical commemoration ideas to move behind from Malaysia that your friends will love.

 

1. Textiles – Batik Songket
Batik and songket are normal Malaysian textiles, any with a possess singular designs. Malaysian batik is eminent for a colourful colours and confidant prints. The songket on a other hand, is a brocade of woven silk or string interwoven with possibly china or golden threads. The perplexing designs on a weave make good decorations around a home as tablecloths, sham cases or even as a matter art piece.

Where to buy:
Central Market or Kraftangan Malaysia

 

2. Durian Chocolate
Whether you’re a fan of durian or not, durian chocolate is a good present to deliver friends to a aristocrat of fruits. Love it or hatred it, it’s certain to move a good greeting out of them!

P/S: Get to know some-more about durian with a beginner’s beam to a aristocrat of fruits

Price:
Approximately MYR 20-25 for a box of chocolate

Where to buy:
Supermarkets, Airport Duty Free

 

3. Instant White Coffee
The coffee enlightenment in Malaysia began in a ancient kopitiam (coffee shop) days. It was a common steer to have a immature and aged enjoying a crater of creatively brewed coffee while reading a journal or chatting with one another. While kopitiams have evolved, Malaysian coffee has remained a favourite among a locals. Thanks to a special roasting technique involving margarine, Malaysian white coffee has a singular essence and aroma that is desired by many. Creamy and abounding in taste, a present packs offer a preference for a ideal crater of coffee during any time. Some of a some-more renouned brands are OLDTOWN, Ah Huat and Aik Cheong.

Price:
Approximately MYR 12-15 for a enclosure of 15

Where to buy:
Supermarkets, OLDTOWN coffee shops

 

4. Curry Paste, Spices Sauces
Share a ambience of Malaysia with those during home. From curry pastes to satay sauces, there are many opposite forms of ready-to-cook salsas for we to move home. Look out for Brahim’s or Baba’s for a many authentic flavours.

Price:
Approximately MYR 4-7 for a pack

Where to buy:
Supermarkets

 

5. MyKuali Penang White Curry Instant Noodles
Ranked seventh in The Ramen Rater’s list of spiciest present noodles of all time, a MyKuali Penang White Curry present noodles is as authentic as it gets for present noodles. What sets this present noodles detached is a chilli pulp and non-dairy creamer that gives a soup a abounding and tawny texture. When it was initial launched, these noodles were so fugitive that people were going into a frenzy perplexing to get their hands on them. Some would even buy them in bulk from a bureau in Penang, to share them with friends behind home. Thankfully, they are now simply accessible during many supermarkets.

Price:
Approximately MYR 6.90 for a enclosure of 4

Where to buy:
Supermarkets

 

6. Gamat Products
A class of sea cucumber, gamat is abounding in protein and has medicinal recovering values. Processed gamat is accessible in a pristine glass type, also famous as “air gamat” (gamat water) that can be consumed, and a churned type, famous as “minyak gamat” (gamat oil) that is used for outmost application. It is useful in recovering cuts, burns, injuries and even toothaches.

Where to buy:
Gamat products can be found in pharmacies and supermarkets, though a best products can be found in Langkawi, home of a gamat attention in Malaysia.

 

7. Nutmeg Oil
Nutmeg oil is traditionally used to soothe robust pains, sprains, cramps, headaches and stomachaches. It is done from a remove of a nutmeg seed. Just request a oil on influenced areas, and you’ll find relief. A renouned code of nutmeg oil is Cheong Kim Chuan that has a emporium in Penang where we can find other nutmeg products too.

Where to buy:
Penang is a largest nutmeg writer in Malaysia, though nutmeg oil/balm can also be found in pharmacies nationwide.

 

8. Boh Tea
You competence have seen a spectacle of teh tarik —Malaysia’s internal tea—at mamaks, though a British also brought their adore for English-styled tea when they colonised Malaysia. Founded in 1929 by J. A. Russell, BOH Plantations is a largest tea writer in Malaysia with tea gardens along a slopes of Cameron Highlands. Besides black tea, they also furnish singular flavoured teas such as passion fruit, orange and ginger, mango, nobleman grey with tangerine and lemon mandarin.

Price:
Approximately MYR 5 for 25 teabags

Where to buy:
Supermarkets or Boh Tea camp in Cameron Highlands

 

9. Half-Boiled Egg Cooker
Half-boiled eggs sojourn a breakfast favourite opposite generations in Malaysia. This useful, nifty tool creates it easy to make a ideal half-boiled eggs – soothing egg whites, with runny yolks. Just put your eggs in, flow prohibited H2O adult to a indicator line, and wait for a H2O to solemnly season into a bottom container. No fiddling with timers and stoves early in a morning!

Price: Approximately MYR 10

Where to buy: Supermarkets

 

10. Adopt a Turtle
Want to give a present that creates a difference? Adopt a turtle in your friend’s name and assistance save a turtles in Terengganu. By adopting a turtle, we will be assisting WWF in their efforts to strengthen this inhabitant idol to safeguard that they are around for generations to come. You’ll accept a lovable turtle plush toy, an info label and a certificate that we can give to your friend.

Price:
Donations start from MYR 38 monthly

Where to buy:
WWF Malaysia – Adopt A Turtle (www.pandashop.my/adoptaturtle)

All geared adult for shopping? Get some-more bargains during a 1Malaysia Year End Sale from 15th Nov 2014 to 4th Jan 2015.

For some-more information about Malaysia and what to see and do, revisit www.tourism.gov.my

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Christmas in Malaysia

I am roving in Malaysia during Christmas, what can we expect?

When someone mentions ‘Christmas’, snow, flashy hunger trees, presents and of course, Santa Claus comes to mind. It’s tighten to unfit to have a white Christmas in Malaysia though this doesn’t meant that a celebrations are reduction festive, for Christmas is distinguished a Malaysian way!

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Many demeanour brazen to a Christmas decorations put adult by a selling malls. The set adult is positively flattering with enormous Christmas trees; some are even as high as 6 storeys and are heavily embellished with baubles, candy canes and angels. The malls change their thesis any year and try to surpass any other, usually to a benefit. One year, we had one mall ‘scattered’ with life-sized teddy bears in line with their ‘Beary Christmas’ thesis while another had genuine feign ‘snow’ falling, heading to an aged male exclaiming, ‘Wow, there’s snow, there’s snow!’. We were indeed there a initial time Pavilion KL started this snowwy tradition. Hundreds came to a block in front of a mall, to see a sleet entrance down (it was indeed a soap-like substance, though nobody disposed and everybody had a good time).

As Christmas approaches, don’t be astounded to find a Christmas suggestion in even a non-Christians. Malaysians from all walks of life spend a Christmas holidays visiting their friends with their families. At Christmas countdowns in comparison locations, we can see people enjoying a gratifying hearten and wishing any other happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

You can see people wearing a signature red top of St Nicholas and grooving to a kick of Christmas songs. There is even caroling in some malls and a assembly are from opposite walks of life and sacrament too. At a workplace, colleagues classify a tip Santa eventuality to sell gifts, where each member of a group shares a suggestion of giving, regardless of status, age or race. Christmas is not exclusively for Christians here in Malaysia though it’s distinguished by all in their possess singular approach though disrespecting their possess religion.

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Most Malaysians, celebrating or not, group to a selling malls – a standard Malaysian past time. There, they suffer a activities and events orderly by a malls and even do some shopping, holding advantage of a Christmas and Year End Sale. On a night of Christmas eve, when a time strikes twelve, several locations perform firework displays to acquire Christmas with a bang. Malaysians group to these locations progressing during a day to get good spots to perspective a pretentious displays of fireworks. As usual, we can find Malays, Indians, Chinese and even unfamiliar visitors enjoying a uncover together. In Malaysia, we don’t need to be a Christian to suffer Christmas and have a holiday suggestion in you.

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In Malaysia, Christmas is usually distinguished on Christmas Eve. The tangible initial day of Christmas is mostly business as common for many Malaysians. The sensuous decorations can't be taken down shortly adequate after Christmas, as afterwards all a mall will repeat a same ‘contest’ for a impending New Years Eve (which is immediately followed by Chinese New Year preparations). The is no second day of Christmas, as this is usually tradition in a few countries in a world. Many restaurants have special Christmas Eve menus. This is your possibility to eat out during a imagination restaurant, as due to foe prices are mostly really low. Usually western oriented restaurants also have a special Christmas menu for a 25th of December.

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Many expats in KL take a few days of holiday during Christmas, to transport to a good end within Malaysia. Though it is utterly fun to spend Christmas during one of a islands of Malaysia, for instance during Langkawi or Penang, a many renouned place in Malaysia to revisit around Christmas is Cameron Highlands. The highlands have a cold(er) climate, and a environment is ideal to replicate that cold Christmas Eve. Many hotels and resorts are entirely requisitioned during Christmas, so make certain we book beforehand. This goes generally for a some-more disdainful and regretful places. Three really renouned places to stay overnight during Christmas are The Smokehouse Hotel ***, The Lakehouse **** and Cameron Highlands Resort *****.

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