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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!

(Source: http://chongtaofatt.blogspot.my/2006_05_01_archive.html)

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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My Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

I sit here on the plane leaving Malaysia after eight months. An experience quite unlike any I have ever encountered. Malaysia is a country where the more you invest, the more you get out of it. You could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia is embodied by KL’s global reputation — its bright lights, shopping malls, bustling nightlife and iconic Petronas Twin Towers showcasing an opulence craved by many tourists — as well as pristine island getaways such as Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

But if you have ever had the chance to peer beyond its veneer, you will find a land of great beauty and a population eager to share it with you. This is where the real Malaysia lies and a world in which I’ve had the privilege to step into. You’ll enter one world and exit another taking with you snippets of many cultures that will not only shape your memories but also your relationships.

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The view from one of the more secluded areas at Genting Highlands

Much of my adventure here is owed to the great local friends I have made. They have afforded me an authentic experience not often chronicled in your local tour guides: Guest at an Indian wedding in Klang; life as a local at Orang Asli kampungs in the jungle near Gua Musang and Raub; a road trip to Pangkor; KL’s burgeoning comedy scene; a guided tour of the famed Kacang Putih industry in Ipoh; hiking around the intriguing Genting Highlands; celebrating Deepavali with Indian families in Klang; KL’s underground punk rock scene; teaching English in remote and rural communities; celebrating Christmas in the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca; adventures to Peninsular Malaysia’s most stunning waterfalls and hikes including Chilling Falls and Gunang Tahan; picking rambutans and bananas at plantations in the jungle; witnessing Iban tribal ceremonies in Sarawak; staying on a boat house in the Royal Belum National Park as well as tasting local delicacies such as the best fish noodle soup in Petaling Jaya and homemade Indian curries in Brickfields and Klang.

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You can hire a boat house and enjoy the tranquil Royal Belum National Park
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That’s not to say Malaysia’s main attractions are unworthy of your presence — the tourist trail in Malaysia is reliable and growing stronger all the time. In the economic hub of Kuala Lumpur, flavours and colour of India, China and Malay locals float inconspicuously, adding great contrast and history to this modern megacity with landmarks such as Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang and KLCC ensuring thousands continue to flock there.

Venture north to George Town in Penang and Ipoh for a romantic cocktail of art, architecture and colonial influences with night markets, Chinese hawker stalls in Batu Ferringhi, the original Old Town White Coffee in Ipoh and the emergence of urban street art in both places giving reason for tourism to thrive.

The chance to live and look after Orangutans as well as the quest of climbing Malaysia’s highest peak — Mount Kinabalu — will always ensure people go to Sabah and the magic of the Rainforest World Music Festival is a beacon for Sarawak tourism each year. And of course if island hopping and diving is your thing, then you’ll fall in love with places such as Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Layang Layang and Lankayan.

Malaysia has no doubt won a special place in my heart and I urge other travellers, tourists and expatriates to immerse yourself in the culture and let Malaysia sweep you off your feet. You will never regret it.

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Traveling with kids in Malaysia

Traveling to Southeast Asia with children is not utterly advertised. However, many holidays in segment are ideally suitable for children. Always check previously to establish if a certain orderly outing is age appropriate. Visitors of Wonderful Malaysia mostly ask a doubt if it is probable – and if it is correct – to transport to Malaysia with tiny children. Looking customarily during all fun attractions in a collateral city of Kuala Lumpur, it is transparent that a answer is ‘Yes’. However, as parents, we do need to take certain things into comment that we do not have to cruise about in non-tropical countries. Malaysia is a illusory nation for children. There is an outrageous movement and so there is always something to do. The kids will not get wearied that simply in this country.

Great things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

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In each city in Malaysia, there are a few large selling malls and since they also offer as a amicable assembly indicate for a locals (also kids), we will mostly find many fun attractions within a malls. Each mall has a cinema and a large bowling alley. For example, a Berjaya Times Square mall has a bowling alley – Ampang Superbowl – with a whopping 48 lanes. However, a selling mall is generally – universe – famous due to a indoor Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, where a drum coaster with loops thunders past a railings of a balconies of a several levels.

Sunway Lagoon

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Next to a large Sunway Pyramid Mall – that is utterly a stretch from a Kuala Lumpur city core – lays a outrageous aqua thesis park called Sunway Lagoon, unequivocally renouned among a locals and lots of fun as a day outing divided from a large city.

Genting Highlands Theme Park

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One of a biggest (and many hectic) kids’ bliss in Malaysia is about an hour’s expostulate from Kuala Lumpur. Genting Highlands is an party city with many attractions (including countless casinos) and with a outrageous kids’ thesis park. A large advantage of this thesis park is a poise of a highlands; a probable waste are a crowds. We had never seen so many families with kids in one place. The thesis is now sealed for renovations and approaching to open in 2016 as a world’s initial Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

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Within a pleasing Lake Gardens, a biggest park in Kuala Lumpur, we can find a renouned KL Bird Park. Here we can see thousands of birds. Children will have a good time, and they will learn a lot about all a bird class we can see here too. Especially renouned is a World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary; where we can see birds drifting around we or even have birds sitting on your shoulder.

KLCC Aquarium

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Another renouned captivate for kids is a KLCC Aquarium. Here we can see thousands of fish species, many class can also be found in a seas surrounding Malaysia. This good captivate is located right in a core of Kuala Lumpur, circuitously a outrageous Suria KLCC selling mall.

KidZania

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If we are roving with immature children and are looking for a fun day out in Kuala Lumpur, we should cruise KidZania; an indoor family educational and party core that offers an interactive training and party knowledge for kids in a kid-sized city to broach a first-of-its-kind edutainment fun. The KidZania knowledge is about real-life experiences, empowering, moving and educating kids by role-play. It is located circuitously a good selling mall, so we can mix this with some good selling afterwards.

Adventure trips with kids

Apart from a large cities, we also have many pleasing attractions that are equally pleasing for children and adults.

There is adequate to do on a Malaysian peninsula. Visiting a pleasing National Park Taman Negara is positively a prominence of your trip; nonetheless we will mark few large animals, there are lots of smaller ones, birds and insects. The longboat outing to a inlet haven on a possess will be favourite by a children. The highlands are also good as a change (it is a lot cooler and we can go for poetic walks). Especially renouned are a Cameron Highlands, where your kids can also revisit one of many tea plantations.

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The islands of Langkawi and Penang can also be visited with children, customarily visiting these islands is an glorious culmination of a debate orderly by a transport agency.

At a Oriental Village during Langkawi Island there is an outrageous wire automobile – Panorama Langkawi – that takes we to a tip of a towering to see a pleasing breathtaking perspective of a island. Langkawi has countless other good attractions that your kids will love.

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Penang has a pleasing fruit plantation and a pleasing moth garden. There are utterly a few good temples and countless other sights. The night marketplace in a tiny coastal city Batu Feringghi is also good fun for kids.

If we wish to revisit a best dive and snorkel islands during a dry deteriorate – Apr until October, afterwards we should transport to easterly seashore islands like Perhentian, Redang, Kapas or Tioman. You can snorkel, float and even dive together with a children. Besides many pleasing fish species, there is a large possibility we can float with outrageous turtles (especially abounding in a seas around Perhentian Island).

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Kuala Gandah is a tiny encampment only a few hours divided from a collateral Kuala Lumpur, where we will find an elephant sanctuary. You can feed and rinse a elephants, that is nonetheless another good knowledge for a kids (please do not float on a behind of elephants as they weren’t built for that). Also circuitously Kuala Lumpur is a tiny encampment of Kuala Selangor. Here we can revisit a firefly park (in a evenings) and declare millions of fireflies (lightning bugs) once it is dark.

In Borneo we can for instance simply learn a jungle (basic level). You will select an easy to strech and permitted inlet park instead of a unequivocally tough core jungle trips. A revisit to one of a normal inland people will also be noted for a kids. In a northeast of Borneo (close to Sandakan) we can also revisit Sepilok, a orangutan reserve.

There are also several other attractions, such as a humongous Gomantong bat cave, Turtle Island where we can observe turtles and a extraordinary Kinabatangan stream (3 to 4 hours’ expostulate from Sandakan); where we can see elephants, orangutans, beak monkeys, crocodiles and many other kinds of animals and birds. A loyal journey for children!

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If your kids adore thesis parks, we should cruise a revisit to Johor Bahru in a south of Malaysia circuitously Singapore. Here we have Legoland Malaysia; with over 40 rides, shows and attractions. Highlight is Miniland; where over 30 million bricks of lego where used to reconstruct countless Asian landmarks.

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All in all there is so many to do with children on debate by Malaysia. Apart from all these outrageous attractions, there are mostly also tiny activities that will be of additional fun for a kids. The locals are always unequivocally good and honeyed with children. They will mostly be marred and will get distant some-more courtesy than they need.

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Our kids trafficked with us for a integrate of months, they spent a prolonged time in airplanes and buses though still were easy to handle. Most travelers are astounded when they comprehend that we can still go backpacking once we have kids. Our kids speak to everybody and get a lot of courtesy in return. Observing things with a kids gives we another perspective on a country, since they will notice totally opposite things than you. Children’s morality … A new universe opens up. And if they cry from time to time…it doesn’t matter. Give them some courtesy and they are glorious again. For years a kids have behaved so good on a plane. It is a biggest knowledge in their lives. And since do we travel….because as parents, we suffer it. You wish something some-more than Center Parcs, European beaches or similar. And kids like everything…So, we transport since as an adult we like it, we are doing it for yourself. In a process, we try and make it fun for a children too and we classify some activities that they unequivocally like. So, people with kids, keep flying!!!! Everyone has been immature and has cried before. No reason to skip out on these good adventures…

Malaysia is a protected country

Malaysia is an unusually protected country, though order of ride is not to do or commence any crazy things (the ones that we would also equivocate in your possess country). Driving in Malaysia is protected too, highways are mostly in glorious conditions. Roads in internal towns competence force we to expostulate slowly. Self-drives are utterly renouned during a peninsula.

Protect yourself and your children

You should always be good prepared (for instance during day trips): take adequate water, adequate DEET to strengthen yourself opposite mosquitoes, Dengue does start a lot and it is not pleasing (read: life threatening!). If your family alloy advises malaria treatment, afterwards go forward with it. Only in a few regions in Malaysia there is a risk of Malaria. If we do not like Malaria diagnosis for your children (for instance since they are too immature for it), only equivocate those areas.

It is also critical that we and your children are good supportive in allege per a pleasing regions. Apart from a critical protection, we should also lift object shade wherever we go. Adults customarily get sunburn within a hour, children are mostly a lot some-more sensitive. You can buy object shade in Malaysia too.

Visit Malaysia 2014

2014 will be an critical year for Malaysia, as it has been branded ‘Visit Malaysia 2014‘. During this year there will be many events to applaud Malaysia’s tourism achievements and potential. Many events are also good for kids, so if we are formulation a outing to this smashing country, make certain we do so in 2014.

Have fun in Malaysia.

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Highlands in Malaysia

Malaysia has many highland retreats charity a cold and relaxing shelter from a feverishness and discord of a city. Each highland has a breathtaking perspective to be enjoyed and a particular impression of a possess to be discovered. Four of a categorical highland destinations in a nation is located in a state of Pahang, namely Cameron Highlands, Genting Highlands, Fraser’s Hill and Bukit Tinggi. Another highland shelter of renouned choice is Bukit Larut in Perak.

Cameron Highlands

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Located during an altitude of 1,828 m during a north western dilemma of Pahang, a Cameron Highlands are a largest and many stately towering review in Malaysia. Popular attractions during Cameron Highlands embody tea plantations, strawberry farms, rose gardens and a marketplace during Brinchang. There are also many inlet trails charity a fantastic perspective of a highland forests. Make a 3-hour expostulate to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur an beguiling one by interlude during a prohibited springs or a many engaging cruise spots along a way.

Genting Highlands

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The sparkling city in a clouds, Genting Highlands, is nestled during 1,800 m above sea turn on one of a towering rise on a Titiwangsa Mountains, that lies on a limit of Selangor and Pahang. Genting Highlands is a many grown towering review in Malaysia and offers a usually authorised gambling venue in Malaysia, an outside and indoor thesis parks with over 50 rides for families to enjoy, gathering halls and countless selling and dining outlets. A expostulate adult to Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur takes usually about an hour. Opt to park during a wire automobile hire for another engaging knowledge of going to a tip of a towering in a wire car.

Fraser’s Hill

The halcyon Fraser’s Hill is an ideal end for inlet lovers and city dwellers looking for a relaxing escape. It is built on 7 hills straddling a Pahang-Selangor border, about 105 km north of Kuala Lumpur. An unconstrained list of activities during Fraser’s Hill embody bird-watching, jungle trekking, white-water rafting, archery, abseiling, golfing, hiking, fishing and horse-riding; there is firm to be something for everyone.

Bukit Tinggi

The categorical captivate during Bukit Tinggi is a Colmar Tropicale that is a reproduction of a Colmar Village in France. Just over an hour’s expostulate from Kuala Lumpur, there is also a Japanese Village, a Botanical garden, a golf course, a rabbit park, an archery locus and spas to suffer during a cold altitude of adult to 1,000 m. Bukit Tinggi is also located tighten to Genting Highlands if we crave for some-more party options.

Bukit Larut

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Bukit Larut, also famous as Maxwell Hill, is located approximately 10 km from a city of Taiping in Perak. At an altitude of 1,250 m, it is a wettest area experiencing a top rainfall and is a oldest towering hire in Malaysia. Relax in a recorded still atmosphere of a colonial towering station, wander along inlet trails to learn a countless class of Bukit Larut’s flora and fauna, take resting walks in a sweet-smelling flower gardens and be treated to an lively perspective of a West Coast of a peninsula during a summit.

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Doraemon World 2012

January 20, 2012 during 2:30 pm

Musical scores for a animation uncover are as singular as a animation characters themselves. All it takes is customarily a opening line to for people to know that animation it is from. The same can be pronounced for Doraemon, a famous Japanese anime about a unconventional cat with no ears and a gusto for dorayaki, a bun that is filled with honeyed bean paste. Its upbeat and happy opening hymn will positively move behind many memories for those who grew adult examination Doraemon on television.

Doraemon is a unconventional cat that was sent behind to a 20th century by a owner, who happens to be Nobita’s grandson. As his grandfather was rather of an consultant in removing into difficulty during his lifetime, Nobita’s grandson did not wish to see him humour and motionless to send Doraemon to assistance him in his times of trouble. This is achieved by a unconventional collection that Doraemon retrieves from his fourth dimensional pocket. Some of a collection that he mostly uses embody Takekoputra, a tiny propeller that enables a wearer to fly; Dokodemo-doa, a doorway that opens adult to anywhere a chairman would like to go customarily by fixing that place; and Taimu-mashin, a time appurtenance that sends Nobita and Doraemon to go into a destiny or past.

Doraemon plush toys that comes in all shapes and sizes are a favourite among many here in Malaysia, including adults

Nobita has a outrageous vanquish on Shizuka, a lady that he is set to marry in a future. Unfortunately, Nobita never fails to make Shizuka angry, that serve hinders his possibility of being with her as she seems to be too good for him. Shizuka is a customarily womanlike impression in this multi-coloured bunch, and is a intent of devotion by a other guys in a group. Suneo is all turn climb who finds pleasure in creation Nobita’s life difficult. He cheats and lies his approach by and gains injustice by shopping gifts and presents to all. His best crony is Gian, a brag who takes pleasure in picking on Nobita.

Each episodes have a identical guideline and mostly starts with Nobita being bullied by Suneo and Gian. He comes home great and complains to Doraemon, who takes empathize on him and decides to assistance him by giving him useful advice. Of march this is never adequate for Nobita, who is customarily meddlesome in a discerning and easy approach out. Tired of his pleading, Doraemon customarily gives in and afterwards produces a unconventional tool that will assistance Nobita to possibly repair his problems or accurate his revenge. Unfortunately, Nobita customarily gets into deeper difficulty when he has these gadgets in his possession as he never fails to mind Doraemon’s warnings. Sometimes these gadgets finish adult being stolen by Suneo or Gian and they injustice it to their advantage. Like each other animation story, there is always a doctrine to be taught and learnt during a finish of a section by all characters involved.

There was even a Doraemon prohibited atmosphere balloon during a Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in 2011!

So, if we are a large fan of Doraemon and all things associated to it, do not skip a Doraemon World 2012 during Genting Highlands, function from 23rd Jan compartment 5th Feb 2012. This eventuality celebrates a 100 years before a birth of Doraemon. Fans can take this event to contend hi to their favourite animation characters, emporium for some of a best and alien Doraemon reward items, suffer day prolonged theatre activities and play during fair diversion booths and activities for all ages. For some-more information on sheet prices and other information, greatfully record on here.

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