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In Johor, Everything Is Awesome!

2016 is almost over and if there’s ever a time to pack up and leave with your family, it’s now! Holidays were made for us to unplug and reconnect with the people we love, especially our family. It’s also a time where anyone of any age can relax and unwind. Once in a while, we need to take vacations because we can always make a living but we can’t always make memories.  And what better way to make memories than in Johor

To make it easier, let us help you plan the perfect weekend trip to Johor!

Saturday

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Lego® Kingdom

Legoland; the name itself can awaken our inner child. A land where all our imaginations have been put to life. Once you step into the Lego world, you can’t help but to feel young again. The architecture, the rides and even the food will leave you wanting more. It is safe to say that Legoland is the perfect location for a family trip, especially if you have young children.

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KLCC – Miniland

One of the places that you’ll find yourself revisiting would probably be the Miniland. A few minutes wouldn’t be enough because you’ll be mesmerized by all the intricate details of each model. There’s a total of 18 iconic places that you can find in Miniland, such as Cambodia, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Johor, Myanmar, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur and many more.

Don’t forget to look out for the newly upgraded Miniland KL Cluster that features iconic architectures of the city such as Petaling Street, National Monument and Bukit Bintang. Over 3 million lego bricks are used to complete the upgraded KL cluster.

Don’t be afraid to zoom in because it’s even more amazing when you’re up-close.

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Lego® Ninjago™ World

End your day with a bang by getting a ride on Asia’s first 4D Indoor Ride! Ninjago is the newest edition to the Legoland rides and it certainly lives to its expectation. Many lined up to get a spot on their interactive ride and boy was it fun! You’ll have the chance to be heroes and defeat the “Great Devourer” (the main villain of the story-led experience) with your bare hands. Thanks to all new sensor technology, you’ll have full control of your actions, giving it a new meaning to indoor rides.

During the ride, you’ll be divided into teams of 4, each competing to see which team scores the highest. The rules of the ride are quite simple actually, you’ll only need to use your hands to guide the controls, aiming at the targets to engage. The ride takes about 3-5 minutes to complete but rest assured that every second you spend inside is going to be filled with fun.

Sunday

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Hello Kitty Town – Wishful Studio

Before leaving Johor, you should pay a visit to one of Legoland’s awesome neighbours.  Just 5 km away lies another attraction that your kids would definitely want to visit. Hello Kitty Town was built to put a smile on children’s faces. For girls especially, it’s practically a dream come true.

There’s a handful of fun activities to do inside, such as a taking a tour inside Hello Kitty’s house, watch performances on the “Purrfect Stage”, spin on their “Tea Cup Rides” and many more. The best of all is probably the “Wishful Studio”; where we get to create our own Hello Kitty themed souvenirs such as the Hello Kitty Handkerchiefs and Hello Kitty Cookies!

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Thomas Town

Hello Kitty town might not sound that appealing to the boys but thankfully there’s another famous town that is just upstairs! Thomas Town is located on the top floor of the building and they have more rides compared to Hello Kitty Town, such as the Knapford Station Thomas Train Ride, Colin Crane Drop ride, Bertie the Bus and many more. You’ll definitely have fun when experiencing the Bumping Buffers Steamies Diesels Ride aka bumper cars!

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Other Characters – Barney Live Show

The fun doesn’t stop there, there’s also other characters such as Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Bob The Builder and Barney. Throughout the day, there are live performances on every level so your little ones can meet all their favourite characters. Children have the chance to sing, dance and interact with characters that they usually see on TV. What a treat!

Since tickets for Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town + Other Characters are sold separately, we suggest that if you prefer more rides and other interactive activities, Thomas Town + Other Characters would be a more suitable choice. However, we recommended that you obtain the “All Park Access” so your children won’t miss out on any of their favourite characters.

Here are some friendly tips to make your trip easier:

1.Buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in line.

2. If possible, use your own transport so you’ll be in full control of your activities.

3. Arrive early.

4. Bring water bottles, snacks, hats and hand-fans.

5. Visit the souvenir stores as the last stop to avoid extra baggage.

6. Bring EXTRA clothes in Legoland because there’s going to be some water games.

Book your tickets now and get ready for the time of your life!

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Top 5 amusement parks in Malaysia

Top 5 amusement parks in Malaysia

Malaysia has an abundance of theme parks spread out across the country, and with many more to come. Currently home to 16 theme parks and water parks and with plans to open another 10 in the next few years, Malaysia is fast becoming the theme park capital of Southeast Asia.

They have theme parks to satisfy any taste. Whether it’s action and adventure or family-friendly fun you’re after, you’ll be able to find it here.

Here’s my pick of the best the country has to offer.

  1. Sunway Lagoon – Selangor

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Located just 40 minutes away from KL city centre, this immense park contains 80 attractions over a 360,000 square meter area. It includes both a water park and a dry park providing non-stop fun for the whole family.

The water park is home to the world’s largest water ride, the Vuvuzela, as well as the world’s largest man-made surf beach with waves reaching up to 8 feet.

The Extreme Park contains Malaysia’s first bungee and thrill seekers will certainly find something for them in the Scream Park. There really is something for everyone.

Admission: RM150 – Adult, RM120 – Child

  1. Legoland – Johor

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This is a definite must for all Lego lovers out there (of which there are many!). After opening in 2012, Legoland Malaysia theme park has expanded to include a water park, Lego hotel and the brand new NINJAGO World!

The park is split into themed areas including Lego Kingdoms, the Land of Adventure and Miniland these include interactive rides and shows for all ages.

Even the hotel itself is an experience. It boasts guestrooms in the themes of pirate, kingdom or adventure so you can immerse yourself and get lost in the magic of the place.

Admission: RM180 – Adult, RM144 – Child for the combo park tickets.

 

  1. Lost World of Tambun – Perak

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The Lost World of Tambun has loads of attractions to keeps you busy for days. Unbelievably it contains an amusement park, water park, adventure park, petting zoo, tiger park and tin-mining experience! Included in this in Malaysia’s longest man-made river adventure, clocking in at 660 metres in length.

Lost World by name and lost world by nature, this park is located in the stunning natural rainforest and limestone mountains of Perak, giving visitors the feel of escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.

Admission: Tickets priced separately for individual park areas.

 

  1. A’Famosa – Melaka

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This is one of the earliest of the bunch, opening its doors way back in 1992 as a water park. It has since expanded and is now home to a number of different parks.

Highlights include the Animal Safari World in which animals roam around and perform tricks, the Cowboy Town taking you back to the Wild West with nightly shows, and of course the Water World, home to magnificent water slides and pools.

Another great advantage of A’Famosa is that just outside the doors lies the historic and fascinating town of Melaka to explore.

Admission: Tickets priced separately for individual park areas.

 

  1. Escape Adventure Park – Penang

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Escape describes itself as “Low Tech, High Fun”, and that’s what you get at this back-to-nature adventure park. Here, you get to do some of the work for yourself from climbing trees like a monkey to flying through the forest on a zip wire like a lemur and leaping from the treetops on a safety wire.

They also have downhill tube racing, aerobatics and, for the young ones, the monkey school and tots trail.

This is a great way to get the kids active and out in nature while having the time of their lives.

Admission: RM83 – Adults, RM55 – Child

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Top 5 things to do during the monsoon season in KL

By Emma Richards

Monsoon season has arrived! While in a lot of cities this would mean sitting indoors and being bored, in Kuala Lumpur there’s a whole world of activities to be discovered under the dry safety of the shopping mall roofs.

1. Theme Park – Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall

Photo from: http://themustread.in/

Photo from: http://themustread.in/

Yep, you heard me right, there’s an actual theme park in Berjaya Times Square Shopping mall fit with roller coaster and all. This place is fun for all the kids (and big kids) of the family with bumper cars, pirate ships and a loop-the-loop rollercoaster. There’s even an arcade if you’re not up to the rides.

As the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia, it’s definitely worth checking out when the clouds start to roll in.

Tickets are RM51 for adults and RM41 for children. Opening hours are 12pm – 10pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 10pm weekends public holidays.

2. Discoveria – Avenue K Shopping Mall

Photo from: http://www.thesundaily.my

Photo from: http://www.thesundaily.my

Discoveria is a place of ever changing exhibitions so you can never be quite sure what treats you’re in store for. One of their staples however, is the Dinoscovery; an interactive trip back in time to discover the world of the dinosaurs.

Complete with 22 roaring dinosaur animatronics, a dino-shooting range and your chance to race a Galliminus dinosaur, you won’t have a minute’s boredom.

Tickets price for Malaysian citizens is RM25, non-Malaysian citizen RM40. Opening hours are 11am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 8pm weekends.

3. Archery – Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall Berjaya Times Square Mall

Photo from: http://schooladvisor.my/

Photo from: http://schooladvisor.my/

For something a bit different to the standard bowling trip, why not try archery?

Stars Archery operates a couple of indoor archery ranges in Kuala Lumpur and promises fun for the whole family. They have a team of qualified instructors to guide you safely through the weaponry and then it’s over to you to test your target practice.

They’ve also recently introduced blowpipe games for a taste of some true Malaysian culture.

Prices depend on the number of arrows/games played. Opening hours are 10am – 10pm daily.

4. Petrosains – KLCC Shopping Mall

Image from: KLCC Convention Centre

Image from: KLCC Convention Centre

Petrosains is an interactive Science Discovery Centre that lets you explore the world of science and technology in a fun and interactive way. Ideal for young children, this experience starts off with a ride in a space age bubble car which transports you through to the walking tour of discovery. There’s a play area for the young ones, a 3D show and plenty of educational activities cunningly disguised as fun games.

Ticket prices RM25 adults, RM20 children. Opening hours 9.30am – 6.30 pm daily.

5. Black Bull – Avenue K Shopping Mall

Image from: www.avenuek.com.my

Image from: www.avenuek.com.my

This is one to leave the kids at home for. Black Bull takes all of your favourite bar games and puts them under one roof. They have interactive dart boards, pool (of course) and even mini ten-pin bowling alley…all teamed with the bar and restaurant serving you food and drinks to keep you merry all night long.

Prices depend on the game. Opening hours 10am – 1am daily.

Do you know any other activities to do during the rainy monsoon season? Let us know on Facebook at @malaysia.travel.my

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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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HIGH SPEED RAIL FROM KL TO SINGAPORE

Come 2026, the HSR project from KL to Singapore should be running. For the transit service which takes about 2.5 hours, stops at Putra Jaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh (Melaka), Muar, Batu Pahat and  Iskandar(Johor).

Tourists from KL and Singapore can then travel to Melaka and enjoy their stay.

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