What’s up “down south”?

I’ve not been to Johor for over seven years, and when the opportunity came up to visit this southern state, I made some preparations for the trip…but boy, nothing prepared me for how much this state has transformed in such a short period of time!

Legoland came to my mind as my first destination to visit in Johor, but I was also curious about what Desaru looks like now compared to my childhood days. I still remember it was the place my parents brought me to when I was a kid. Perhaps the visit will rekindle some childhood memories from back then.

I put up a couple of nights at Sand Sandals Desaru Beach Resort Spa, a relaxing resort where you can enjoy both the private pool and its beach. It’s the perfect place for those who love water activities as the resort can arrange for your parasailing or water-skiing sessions. Guests who are in the mood for some pampering can visit the spa to indulge in massages, body scrubs and reflexology.


A golf club – the Els Club Desaru ( – is just a short distance away. Golfers can enjoy playing at either the 27-hole Ocean Course or the 18-hole Valley Course, both offering amazing views of the beautifully-landscaped surroundings. Although I’m not a golfer, I was impressed with the facilities, service and panorama of the golf courses. I just wonder whether it would be a “distraction” for golfers trying to put that hole-in-one!

Also within Desaru is the Malaysia Tourism Award-winning Desaru Fruit Farm ( Occupying an area of 100 acres, this thriving “garden” is planted with more than 100 varieties of tropical fruits such as durian, rambutan, guava, mango, “thousand fingers banana” and more. Visitors to the farm can go on the guided tour to learn about the farm’s agricultural and pest management practice, taste the fruits that are in season and learn about bee-keeping and honey-harvesting.

 My final stop was Legoland, where I could be a “child” again! Since it opened its doors in September 2012 as the first Legoland in Asia, it kept on introducing something new each year, keeping its attraction fresh and its fans coming back for more.

It was my first time there and I was kept fully occupied with the range of activities and fun engineered to keep visitors like me enthralled. The latest addition to the park is the Virtual Reality Coaster called The Great Lego Race which synchronises the visuals projected onto the VR headset with the roller coaster’s twists, turns, drops and climbs. Even if you’re not a Lego fan, being here alone will suddenly turn you into one!

Traveling around Johor this time around, I could see that the state is headed for a massive transformation with developments in Iskandar region, Desaru, Danga Bay and Forest City. The Desaru Coast project will become a new tourist attraction in the southern region of Malaysia with the opening of Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, and Desaru Coast Conference Centre as a business events venue. Premium-brand properties such as Desaru Coast Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Anantara Desaru Coast Resort Villas, meanwhile, will set the tone for the region’s high-end holiday appeal.

I think another trip to Johor is in store for me once all this development is complete!

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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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Most Charming Asian Island Destination Award winner

Malaysia was famous as a many desirable Asian island end by New Voyage Magazine during a annual awards rite hold during Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel on 15 Jan 2013.


Director of Tourism Malaysia in Beijing

Trophy for many desirable Asian island destination

Trophy for many desirable Asian island destination

The win is seen as a boost to Malaysia’s tourism skeleton for 2013 as it prepares to accept tourists this year, that has been designated as a graduation year for a Visit Malaysia Year debate in 2014.

Malaysia’s many islands and beaches have prolonged been a favorite end for many. Langkawi is famous for a healthy attractions such as forests and 500 million-year-old stone formations that warranted it a standing of World Geopark by UNESCO in 2007.

Penang island, meanwhile, is a melting pot of cultures, pleasing architecture, abounding story and tasty food, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pangkor Laut Island is famous for a truly lush “one island, one resort” judgment and has captivated celebrities a likes of singer Jodie Foster, golfer Nick Faldo, and world-renowned effort Luciano Pavarotti.

The easterly seashore of Malaysia also boasts of wealth such as Perhentian, Redang, Gemia and Sibu islands.

Equally enthralling are a islands and beaches in Sabah and Sarawak, with Sipadan Island heading a container for a world-class diving knowledge it offers. Mabul and Mataking islands are also gaining recognition as diving destinations in Sabah, while a 5 islands within Tunku Abdul Ramman Marine Park offer visitors an island knowledge tighten to a city.

Nominations for a New Voyage Magazine awards for Best Outbound Travel Destinations were perceived via 2012 for voting by a readers, media, travelers and tourism attention players. Besides Malaysia, AirAsia also emerged a tip leader for favorite airline.

About 200 guest from airlines, hotels, inhabitant tourism boards, China’s tourism bureaus, and members of a media attended a function. The monthly repository has a dissemination of about 310,000.

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10 Day 9 Night Sabah and Kuala Lumpur Golf Package


Arrive Kota Kinabalu. Meet send to Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.


Full Day Kinabalu Park Poring Hotspring

Nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage, Kinabalu Park is one of a many biologically opposite areas in a world. Here, Mt. Kinabalu, a tip towering in Malaysia towers majestically during 4095 m (13431 feet). From a montane oak-chestnut timberland ensue to a lowland dipterocarp timberland during Poring. Cross a Canopy corridor to perspective epiphytes flourishing on a treetops. If time permits, we will be means to take a drop during a Hot Springs where a sulfuric calm of a healthy springs are pronounced to have healing value.


Tee off during Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club.

Designed by heading golf march engineer Graham Marsh, Sutera Harbour Golf Club has garnered several awards of distinction. The march is finished with Bermuda weed and strategically severe bunkers. Playing any multiple of 18 holes, golfers will suffer a par-72 6 thousand metre course. The 27-hole championship golf march is beautifully landscaped with undulating turf and countless waterways, providing a plea for both amateurs and tip professionals alike. You can suffer adult to 17 hours of golf per day and one of a largest comforts in Malaysia.


Full Day Sepilok Orang Utan Australian War Memorial Park

Depart by moody to Sandakan.

On arrival, accommodate send to a world’s largest – Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The orphaned orang utans from logging sites, plantations and bootleg sport are rehabilitated before being expelled into a wild. See a primates being fed by a park wardens and a video show. After lunch, ensue to revisit a Australian War Memorial Park before withdrawal Sandakan for Kota Kinabalu by flight.


Tee off during Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club.

Dalit Bay Golf Club Spa provides a many finish golfing and decrease knowledge in Sabah.

Designed by Ted Parslow, this well sculptured 18-hole championship march provides a challenger with a sensitive personification knowledge while enhancing a healthy beauty and a impression of Sabah. Bordered by a Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers with a overwhelming perspective of Mt Kinabalu in a distance, Dalit Bay is a primary wetland march where H2O comes into play during any hole.


Morning, tee off during Borneo Golf and Country Club.

Class – this is what sets Borneo Golf Country Club detached from a rest of a new era golf courses in Sabah.

Designed by a “Greatest Golfer of a Century,” this Jack Nicklaus 18-hole signature march plays along a healthy firth and a seashore of South China Sea. With a fantastic strand sourroundings and ever-present breeze, a rolling Bermuda fairways and receptive though treacherously quick greens, a blueprint measuring 6,546 m has all a mandate of a championship course. Fast gaining a well-deserved repute as a best new march in a country, Borneo Golf Country Club has set new standards for golfing in Borneo and is positively flourishing to turn of a best blueprint in this region. Perhaps no golfing in Sabah is finish though a turn or dual during this prestigious Nicklaus march that is quick gaining a name as a excellent championship blueprint in this region.

Transfer to airfield for afternoon moody to Kuala Lumpur

Arrive Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Meet send to Parkroyal Hotel – located in Bukit Bintang selling party area.


Half Day City Tour (3 hrs)

An march debate of Kuala Lumpur where we will be introduced to a common commencement of a city to what it is currently – a complicated worldly city. Major highlights of a tour: National Monument, Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Independence Square, a Selangor Club expostulate by a immature lungs of a city – The Kuala Lumpur Botanical Gardens. Kuala Lumpur Tower – suffer a breathtaking perspective of a city including a stately Petronas Twin Tower. The rest of a afternoon is giveaway for we to try a city on your own, selling is good and it is easy to pierce around with taxis and monorail.


Tee off during Saujana Golf and Country Club

One of a premier courses in a country.

The Palm Course – Also famous as “The Cobra” for a contrast and severe layout. The Cobra is 6565 yards off a blue tees and 6959 yards from a black. One of a holes, a 172 yard (216 yards from a black tees) Par 3, 2nd hole, has been rated as a Most Difficult Hole in Malaysia.

The Bunga Raya Course – Also famous as “The Crocodile”. This scenic 18 has a far-reaching area of H2O and undulating greenery that emanate a clarity of leisure and space. At 6400 yards, it looks deceptively easy though many have regretted underestimating it.


Tee off during Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club

Kuala Lumpur Golf Country Club is one of a excellent golf clubs in Malaysia.

The march is a parkland impression course, with pleasing colourful phony landscaping. Designed to prerogative a intelligent golfer, a length, blueprint and toughness of this course, offers a intensity for vital general tournaments. The magnificient golf march facilities exquisite fairways and greens, severe betterment changes and an sourroundings that enhances a hint of a internal terrain. This 18-hole championship belligerent was pattern in full honour of a peace and beauty of a knowledge and to set any actor in peace with nature. If offers a really opposite character, with healthy grasses and wetlands and a refuge to yield a medium to a countless forms of wildlife and birds in a area.

Golf march designer: Nelson, Wright Haworth


Free compartment send to a airfield for depart flight.

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