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CYCLING IN THE CITY

Question – what do Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam now have in common? Answer – MikeBikes.

Yes, following in the tracks of the cycling city of Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur now has a new attraction – a cycling tour of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage areas utilising the original Dutch bicycle, no less, in the famous “oranje” colour! Nothing short of exciting and thrilling, the MikeBikes Tour offers a unique insight into some of the city’s oldest and historic quarters, and the best way to go off the beaten track in an otherwise modern and cosmopolitan city!

Before we ‘cycle’ any further, let me tell you that the local council of the capital has recently introduced a dedicated blue lane especially for cyclists. The 11-kilometer long cycling-track along selected major roads in Kuala Lumpur will ensure safety for all road-users and is a thumbs up towards reducing one’s carbon footprint in the city. Cycling in the city is still a new concept in Kuala Lumpur, but it looks like we’re headed in the right direction!

To register for a MikeBikes Tour, it’s best to call ahead and book (better than walking in) the tour package of your choice. At the meeting point, you will be given the Oranje Bicycle and a security vest. Two experienced guides will be at your service throughout the cycling tour.

The meeting point is well-placed certainly. MikeBikes is located at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MATIC) in Jalan Ampang, a stone’s throw away from KLCC. It is centrally-located and easily accessible to many places of interest in the capital.

With a group of enthusiasts, I managed to join the tour recently. MikeBikes offers two basic, highly experiential tours namely The Best of KL Classic and The KL Sunset Night Tour.

According to MikeBikes, the first tour takes you along some striking and iconic spots in the city — the Petronas Twin Towers, the fruit and vegetable market in Chow Kit and the Sin Sze Ya temple. This one starts at 8 am and ends at 12 pm.

The latter tour is about discovering the city while it is getting ready for the evening. The guys at MikeBikes painted this picture for us: The locals gather on squares and they set up their food stalls. You will be amazed at the colors and aromas of the city after sunset. Of course, the original Nasi Lemak should not be missed. The beautiful architectural buildings look different at nightfall. The KLCC Tower, Kampung Baru and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building are just a small selection of the places you will visit.

We wisely chose the evening tour (to escape the scorching sun) that would allow us to see the best of of both modern and traditional Kuala Lumpur, a kind of 2-in1 adventure. Plus, I thought it would be interesting to see the changes as the city transitioned from a bustling business centre to whatever goes on at night.

We were all geared up by 5 pm, ready and waiting eagerly at MATIC for a four-hour journey that would cover more than 14 kilometres.

We first cycled to a very special area – the untouched yet famous kampung or village in the city, Kampung Baru. Against the backdrop of KLCC, the only-surviving Malay village of wooden houses looked strangely juxtaposed against its modern surroundings. As we pedalled through back alleys and age-old heritage houses, I realised then that the village wasn’t at all backward but was a symbol of cultural identity that stood proudly against the encroaching modernisation. What makes Kampung Baru near and dear to many is its charm as a street-food institution with more than 200 stalls selling a gobsmacking array of food at affordable prices.

We later passed the Loke Mansion building and then made a brief stop in front of Masjid India at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, an area famous for local shopping and a melting pot of cultures. From time to time we digested morsels of interesting information and facts about the city dished out by our experienced guides.

As the sun started to disappear beneath the skyline, we reached the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was quite something to admire the Moorish architecture of this iconic national building in the fading light. Special arrangements were made for us to have dinner at the historic Royal Selangor Club, once a British-only place of gathering where membership was reserved to only those in selected social circles…and here we were, quite tired, hungry and sticky, yet able to enjoy a once elitist view of the city. How ironic, yet delightful!

After dinner, we had a chance to view Masjid Jamek by night. As we were photographing this centennial place of worship sandwiched by colonial buildings, I briefly felt like I was stepping back in time to what was once the beginnings of a small riverine settlement that later turned into a modern city of wonder.

In no time, we were weaving our way through the heart of Petaling Street, where small-time vendors did thriving business. We cicyled past the Mahamariamman temple from which aromatic incense wafted and fragranced the air, and later passed by KL Forest Eco Park (formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve), the last remaining tropical rainforest in the city.

When I glimpsed KLCC later, I knew that our journey was about to end. Towards the end, I thought that any tourist would enjoy and be happy with this authentic experience of getting up close and personal with Kuala Lumpur through the MikeBikes’ tour programme. Driving by these same places in a car would only leave a fleeting impression, if one were any observant. But cycling through the alleyways, weaving through foot traffic, passing by age-oild buildings within touching distance, really put a sense of perspective in me. Though my legs were tired, I felt a sense of pride to witness how my Kuala Lumpur had progressed well in its beauty and harmony. What a ride!

AddressMikeBikes’ at Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTIC), 109 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Web: www.mikebikes.my
Operation     Open daily. Closes 10 pm
Phone:          +6017-673 7322

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Getting around Melaka

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As any other historical city, Malacca is very interesting, original and special. It offers delicious local cuisine, amazing attraction places and many astonishing photo shoot points. No matter how curious or eager you can be, this state will fulfill your whims. If you choose Malacca as your tourist destination you won’t be disappointed. As soon as you reached this city, don’t waste your time, just find a conveyance and explore, learn, eat, drink, have fun and feel Melaka.

Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or in a group, the best way to get around the prime of Malacca is on foot. First of all visit Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum and Malacca Sultanate Palace Museum. These 2 places will tell you everything about Malaccan history. It is very important to know its past. The good part about Melaka is almost 70% of the major attractions are within 1km radius. There is no better way to have a good feel about Melaka by walking. It’s also a good free way to burn calorie without too exhausted.

If you are running out of time, rent a bicycle or join a cycling tour group. Some hotels offer bicycle rental for their guests. Each corner in Malacca denotes history, but at the same time, it is a modern city. The drawback of cycling within the city area is there is limited tracks for bicycle so sharing roads with cars and buses may become a bit dangerous. Also, do take note that some attractions in the hill side like St. Paul’s Hill are not reachable in bike.

When you reached Malacca River, try to look for Muara Jetty, which is next to Quayside Heritage Centre. This is the where the river cruise journey starts. In the 45-min sightseeing tour, you’ll cruise past historic buildings, old warehouses(godowns) and graffiti art on the buildings. Melaka River Cruise is one of the best ways to see the city’s beauty. If you haven’t got enough of the river view, pick a restaurant by the river and see how the environment changes color when the sky turns dark.

An unusual transport within Melaka is a trishaw. It is a small vehicle with a pedal and three wheels. You can find them at the Dutch Square. This non-pollute vehicle driver and at the same time guide, will acquaint you with every touristic point in the city.

No doubt a car is the faster way to explore a city. For most visitors who wants to explore Melaka outside the prime city area, hail for a taxi and the driver will take you anywhere you want. If you prefer chartered taxi services, they are available at the end of Jalan Kee Ann. A taxi can carry up to 4 passengers. As most taxi drivers don’t use meter, it is best to negotiate the price before hopping in the taxi. You are being ripped off if a ride less than 5 mins is charged RM15. A personal car is the most convenient vehicle. You have everything you may need at hand, especially when you travel with kids.

Any transport vehicle you choose will help you to explore the beautiful and unique Malacca.


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  1. Anne Liltved says:

    I have tried to find a bus from Malacca to Mersing on July 8, but it seems as if they are all fully booked. Could it still be a chance to find bus transport or do we need to take a taxi (family of five)?

    • Go Admin says:

      You may want to search for the bus availability at Easybook and see if you can secure the seats. If bus transport is not possible, taking a taxi is an option.


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Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur 2015

Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur 2015

http://www.cycleasia.com/

With a preference of premier cycling events hosted opposite a region, Cycle Asia offers cyclists a singular event to float on sealed open roads in in a heart of vital Kuala Lumpur cities. Cycle Asia caters to all ages and abilities, from a youngest cyclist on 3 wheels to a some-more critical cyclist looking to exam themselves on a severe ride.

 

Date: 12th – 14th Jun 2015

Venue: Dataran Merdeka

Organizer: Spectrum Worldwide (SWW)

Phone: 603 6799 5909

Email: [email protected]

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Five Malaysian eco-breaks

Five Malaysian eco-breaks

Sustainable travel, including obliged inlet holidays and what has turn famous as eco-tourism, is on a arise in Malaysia – and with good reason. Though Malaysia has rarely grown civic regions, it is also home to a abounding ecology and opposite geography.

For a nature-interested traveller, this Southeast Asian republic comprises plateau and highlands; beaches and large pleasant islands; rainforests and mangrove estuaries and many more. The well-organized tourism infrastructure and resources of healthy locations and activities assistance make Malaysia one of a world’s tip destinations for environmentally-conscious travel. Malaysia is an sparkling as good as available plcae for a dizzying choice of eco-holidays.

What follows are 5 ubiquitous ideas for eco-breaks in Malaysia. There is naturally copiousness of cross-over between and among these categories and lots of accumulation within each.

Orangutan observation

The solitary good apes that are singular to Asia, these opposite involved primates are usually internal to Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia has precocious comforts for watching orangutans in a furious and in special reconstruction centers. Visiting these pot and centers aids in a insurance of habitats that are essential to a presence of these fascinating and peaceful apes.

Places like a Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Danum Valley Conservation Area and a Tabin Wildlife Reserve (all located in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo) enclose opposite options for accommodation, trimming from simple camping in tents to comfortable, well-appointed stays during some-more upscale rainforest lodges.

Orangutan, Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia. Pic: Paul Mannix (Flickr CC).

Orangutan, Sepilok, Borneo, Malaysia. Pic: Paul Mannix (Flickr CC).

Other wildlife regard and “volun-tourism”

Besides orangutans, Malaysia is home to a horde of other extraordinary examples of wildlife. Some need your help! Nesting sea turtles are really exposed to poachers. Those who wish to mix a holiday with a possibility to support internal involved class can incorporate proffer work like assisting turtles or regrowing coral into a scuba diving vacation or other inlet break.

This brief outline comes from an essay on “Ethical turtle tourism” from The Star: “The volunteers control daily dinner-time lecture sessions, educating guest about turtles and a threats they face, during that they remind guest to switch off their mobile phones and equivocate camera flashes on a beach during night.”

Other options embody visiting elephant sanctuaries in a rainforest or even wildlife refuges for involved furious cattle, called guar.

Ecological rural tourism

Those into eating and flourishing organic food competence be meddlesome in a bit of rural tourism. Visits to ecological rice, furnish and seafood farms can be distant some-more exiting than a thought sounds. These farms are mostly located in pleasing vicinity and visitors can incorporate jungle trekking, cycling, towering climbing and stream expeditions into their stay.

Kahang Organic Rice Farm facilities accommodation trimming from camping to “floating chalets” in a rice fields. Of march food is also a vital partial of any stay, with dishes stoical of a operation of uninformed organic fruit, vegetables, fish and rice.

National parks

Malaysia is home to several inhabitant parks, dual of that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One such site is Kinabalu National Park in Malaysian Borneo, that contains a country’s tallest peak, Mount Kinabalu, and around 4,500 class of flora and fauna. The other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Malaysia is Gunung Mulu National Park, also on a island of Borneo. Gunung Mulu National Park is a world’s many complicated pleasant karst area, contains a 2,377 meter-high sandstone apex (from that a park gets a name) and some 295 km of explored caves. The park is also obvious for a abounding accumulation of plant life, and a canyons, rivers and dense, rainforest-covered mountains.

Gunung Mulu pinnacles. Pic: Paul White (Flickr CC).

Gunung Mulu pinnacles. Pic: Paul White (Flickr CC).

Besides these dual UNESCO sites, there are 26 other inhabitant parks and many state parks and pot in Malaysia, safeguarding many of a nation’s timberland land. Nearly 3 buliding of Malaysia is lonesome in trees and healthy forests. These forests are intensely biodiverse in flora and are also where fauna such as dark leopards, Sumatran rhinos, Malaysian tigers, Asian object bears, guard lizards and orangutans can be found.

Malaysia’s inhabitant parks embody not usually timberland land, though lowlands full of rivers, atolls, coral reefs and scores of islands. These parks ring a categorical eco-tourism destinations in a country.

Water-based activities

Loaded with islands, rivers and coastline, Malaysia is a dream plcae for eco-friendly H2O activities like diving, snorkeling and stream rafting.

White H2O rafting is probable during grades I-V (tame to really dangerous) in many rivers located in a country’s inhabitant parks. Popular diving and snorkeling spots embody Tioman, a tiny island located within a Mersing Marine Park, and a 9-island archipelago of Redang inside Redang Marine Park.

Tioman Island. Pic: Le Journal de Maman (Flickr CC).

Tioman Island. Pic: Le Journal de Maman (Flickr CC).

Naturally, Malaysia’s many islands yield plenty event for scuba diving and snorkeling among coral reefs.

I wish this list supposing we with some impulse and ideas for an memorable Malaysian eco-break. For a some-more information on obliged tourism, volun-tourism and eco-friendly holidays in Malaysia we suggest a revisit to a Wild Asia website.

 

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LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI 2012

Asias premier cycling event, Le Tour de Langkawi 2012 is back! The competition will go by 7 states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and dual Federal Territories; that are Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.

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