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A Tropical December in Malaysia

December is usually the favourite month of many, as families begin their school holidays, get ready to go on their year-end vacations, and celebrate the new year and the festivities. The festive mood is definitely “on” in Malaysia and you’ll find lots to do to mark the last month of the year.

For a start, December will see the final part of the 1Malaysia Year End Sale where shopping malls across the country make that last effort to attract shoppers with discounts and bargains galore. Bargain-hunters can flock to the malls and bring home cart-loads of merchandise. Don’t be put-off by the crowded malls – it’s just the last minute Christmas shoppers and overzealous parents getting ready for the new school year (Malaysian schools begin their annual term in January).

Its impressive tenant mix includes Isetan, Parkson Grand and Marks  Spencer. Winner of numerous local and international awards, Pavillion Kuala Lumpur is a favourite among the well-heeled.

If you are heading south with your family, Legoland in Johor has special holiday activities in store. The “Snow” Village is set up to shower “snow” upon visitors for that wintry effect while the one-of-a-kind Christmas market will be selling various festive items not forgetting some unique festive themed Lego products. Special Christmas shows will also be performed as the resort counts down the days towards Christmas and lights up the tallest Christmas tree in Asia made entirely of DUPLO Blocks.

Legoland Malaysia

Meanwhile Resorts World Genting offers endless fun and joy up in the cool mountains of Pahang. Its School Holidays Package features the Monkey King Show: The Golden Hooped Rod that will enthrall audiences with exciting acrobatics, music, dance, magic tricks and amazing 3D effects.

And if you are a cartoon fan, Tour the World with Snoopy will feature everyone’s favourite beagle and the Peanuts gang parading around the hill-top resort in 52 custom-made international costumes of different countries and cultures. These colourful characters complete with Christmas tree floats will meet and greet visitors as they spread festive cheer at SkyAvenue and Genting Grand in their daily street parade.

While here, do pop in to SeniKome Péng Hēng, East Coast Arts Cultural Centre at the adjacent First World Plaza for a bit of a culture buzz. The 15,000 square foot gallery is dedicated to promoting the beauty of East Coast Malaysia’s local craft, fashion, games, food and music. Besides viewing the authentic artefacts and paintings, visitors can also watch performances such as the wayang kulit, and try their hand at folk games such as congkak, batu seremban and traditional hopscotch.

The multicultural Malaysia ensures that all races are equal and free to practise their traditions and rituals. The differences in language, culture, history and traditions, and the peaceful harmony among all races are, in fact, the very attractions that appeal to visitors and tourists from other countries. Certainly, December is the month to talk about how truly Asia Malaysia is.

Evidently, pre-Christmas countdown starts in shopping malls as early as in November. Nationwide, and especially in Kuala Lumpur, the spirit of Yuletide is in the air as hotels and shopping malls get decked out in reds and greens, Christmas trees, “snow,” and colourful baubles, and Santas, Santarinas and their elves make an appearance. While Christmas songs get extra airplay at this time of year, the carollers, too, warm up their vocal cords for some festive singing. Catch all this at your favourite shopping malls or nearby hotels.

Xmas @ Pavilion Xmas @ Pavilion

For instance, Pavilion mall has gotten into the Christmas holiday spirit with reindeers Dasher, Dancer and Rudolph dashing to its iconic Pavilion Crystal Fountain, making this spot the best place for a festive family photo opportunity. Meanwhile, indoors, shoppers will find Santa making his rounds in hot air balloons, creating a magical and festive atmosphere.

Intermark Mall creatively celebrates this festive season by designing seven of the world’s most iconic landmarks made entirely of Coca-Cola products. Visitors can model themselves in front of Coca-Cola-made structures resembling the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Empire State Building, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Colosseum, Burj Khalifa and the Taj Mahal. Intermark Mall’s anchor tenant, Jaya Grocer, used a total 60,562 Coca-Cola cans and bottles, and took over 60 hours to construct the landmark replicas displayed around the mall. The Malaysia Book of Records was on hand to present the certificate of achievement to Coca-Cola for this incredible feat.

Meanwhile, Quill City Mall has transformed its main atrium into an Andalusia Spanish Village with a courtyard and flower-decorated building facades. The mall décor is inspired by scenes from the Christmas movie Ferdinand which tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. A 3D Ferdinand the bull in a field of sunflowers, along with a 40-foot tall Christmas tree present many photo opportunities for shoppers.

Be sure to visit other major malls in Kuala Lumpur such as Suria KLCC, Mid Valley Megamall, Sogo, Sungei Wang, Sunway Pyramid, Avenue K, The Curve and IKANO, for more awesome Christmas decorations.

For tourists who find themselves in tropical Malaysia during the Christmas festivities and wish to attend mass to mark the special day, there are plenty of churches of various denominations to head to. In the capital city stands the famous Cathedral of St John The Evangelist, with its white-washed walls, twin spires and stained glass windows, a favourite for many tourists, expatriates as well as the regular parishioners. It was erected in 1883 in the heart of Bukit Nanas, and has become one of the national monuments that remains of the British administration of Malaysia.

New Year KLCC - Danny Tan

New Year KLCC – Danny Tan

Xmas KLCC - Joshua Paul

Xmas KLCC – Joshua Paul

And as the final day of the year descends upon us, what better way to greet the new year than with a spectacular fireworks show? Well, in Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple of places that offer “front-row seats” to a great fireworks show. Go early to book a spot on the lawns of Merdeka Square or KLCC Park. Alternatively, take in a nice dinner and late night drinks at the city’s rooftop bars such as Troika Sky Dining and Sky Bar, before the light show starts!

 

Venue:  Various, nationwide

Date:  Whole December

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A TROPICAL DECEMBER IN MALAYSIA

December is usually the favourite month of many, as families begin their school holidays, get ready to go on their year-end vacations, and celebrate the new year and the festivities. The festive mood is definitely “on” in Malaysia and you’ll find lots to do to mark the last month of the year.

For a start, December will see the final part of the 1Malaysia Year End Sale where shopping malls across the country make that last effort to attract shoppers with discounts and bargains galore. Bargain-hunters can flock to the malls and bring home cart-loads of merchandise. Don’t be put-off by the crowded malls – it’s just the last minute Christmas shoppers and overzealous parents getting ready for the new school year (Malaysian schools begin their annual term in January).

If you are heading south with your family, Legoland in Johor has special holiday activities in store. The “Snow” Village is set up to shower “snow” upon visitors for that wintry effect while the one-of-a-kind Christmas market will be selling various festive items not forgetting some unique festive themed Lego products. Special Christmas shows will also be performed as the resort counts down the days towards Christmas and lights up the tallest Christmas tree in Asia made entirely of DUPLO Blocks.

 

Meanwhile Resorts World Genting offers endless fun and joy up in the cool mountains of Pahang. Its School Holidays Package features the Monkey King Show: The Golden Hooped Rod that will enthrall audiences with exciting acrobatics, music, dance, magic tricks and amazing 3D effects.

And if you are a cartoon fan, Tour the World with Snoopy will feature everyone’s favourite beagle and the Peanuts gang parading around the hill-top resort in 52 custom-made international costumes of different countries and cultures. These colourful characters complete with Christmas tree floats will meet and greet visitors as they spread festive cheer at SkyAvenue and Genting Grand in their daily street parade.

While here, do pop in to SeniKome Péng Hēng, East Coast Arts Cultural Centre at the adjacent First World Plaza for a bit of a culture buzz. The 15,000 square foot gallery is dedicated to promoting the beauty of East Coast Malaysia’s local craft, fashion, games, food and music. Besides viewing the authentic artefacts and paintings, visitors can also watch performances such as the wayang kulit, and try their hand at folk games such as congkak, batu seremban and traditional hopscotch.

The multicultural Malaysia ensures that all races are equal and free to practise their traditions and rituals. The differences in language, culture, history and traditions, and the peaceful harmony among all races are, in fact, the very attractions that appeal to visitors and tourists from other countries. Certainly, December is the month to talk about how truly Asia Malaysia is.

Evidently, pre-Christmas countdown starts in shopping malls as early as in November. Nationwide, and especially in Kuala Lumpur, the spirit of Yuletide is in the air as hotels and shopping malls get decked out in reds and greens, Christmas trees, “snow,” and colourful baubles, and Santas, Santarinas and their elves make an appearance. While Christmas songs get extra airplay at this time of year, the carollers, too, warm up their vocal cords for some festive singing. Catch all this at your favourite shopping malls (highly recommended are Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, Intermark Mall and Mid Valley Megamall) or nearby hotels.

 

For tourists who find themselves in tropical Malaysia during the Christmas festivities and wish to attend mass to mark the special day, there are plenty of churches of various denominations to head to. In the capital city stands the famous Cathedral of St John The Evangelist, with its white-washed walls, twin spires and stained glass windows, a favourite for many tourists, expatriates as well as the regular parishioners. It was erected in 1883 in the heart of Bukit Nanas, and has become one of the national monuments that remains of the British administration of Malaysia.

And as the final day of the year descends upon us, what better way to greet the new year than with a spectacular fireworks show? Well, in Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple of places that offer “front-row seats” to a great fireworks show. Go early to book a spot on the lawns of Merdeka Square or KLCC Park. Alternatively, take in a nice dinner and late night drinks at the city’s rooftop bars such as Troika Sky Dining and Sky Bar, before the light show starts!

 

Venue:  Various, nationwide

Date:  Whole December

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Best 5 must-visit Shopping Malls and Streets in Malacca

Malacca is a small state in the southern region of Malaysia which holds one of the most exquisite and culturally rich atmospheres. The state is rich in historical heritage and architectural building and ancient landmarks which are main tourist attractions in Melaka. Malaysia is a beautiful Asian country but Malacca is the state that adds even more beauty the country.

Every tourist want to take something back home as gifts and souvenirs for their loved ones, not to mention delicate regional crafted products for their homes. When, it comes to shopping in Malacca then there are many shopping malls streets you can visit where local vendors would be selling handmade traditional stuff. Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur are famous in Malaysia, but Melaka Shopping Malls also offer variety of shopping options to the shoppers.

Melaka Best Shopping Malls Streets

There are a lot of things a tourist can do in Melaka. One of them is certainly shopping. Here is a list of best Melaka shopping mall and street.

Hatten Square Suites Shoppes

Hatten Square Suites Shoppes is a nice vintage styled but trendy Melaka shopping mall that has a lot of international brands in it which sell products at a cheaper rate than the international market. This mall is a four floored building that has just about everything and every souvenir that you would want to take back home for your family and friends.

So, if you’re looking for a shopping complex which is not very huge but provides all the basic facilities to the shoppers and feature shops outlets that offers local products, Hatten Square Suits Shoppes is the place to go. There is a also a popular heritage street in Melaka by the name Hattan Street. The street is also known as millionaire street as it has been home of richest.

Address: G-006, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-281 7688
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Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall

Dataran Pahlawan Melaka MegaMall

Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is certainly the biggest shopping mall where you can get modern as well as antique products at affordable price and are reliable. The mega mall is structured in a modern fashion to accommodate the taste of foreign people and has a wide range of shops which includes, Perfume Avenue where those who have an addiction of sweet smelling potions can buy their heart content.

Dataran Pahlawan mega mall has a lot of tourist landmarks nearby as well, so while one is visiting a local attraction there is no harm in looking around or checking stuff out to take home for beloveds. There are many tourists who seek the true essence of a country in the antique products and for those the good news is that the entire basement level of the mega mall is dedicated to handmade and locally crafted souvenirs and other gift items.

This Melaka shopping mall attracts plenty of tourist as it is located in the city center. You can not miss Dataran Pahlawan mall once in Malacca.

Address: BW05, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-283 2828
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Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall

Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall Malacca

Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall is another Melaka shopping mall which is best for shopping in Malacca; if you are planning on buying discounted products and hole the energy to bargain with the vendors as well. The shopping mall is one of a kind and one of the oldest that was opened in 1994, and accommodates more than 200 stores in it. These stores belong to both international brands and popular local brands.

For the ladies Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall is the place worth checking out since it has a wide range of shoe outlet stores and handbags that are made both locally and shipped in from the international market. This Malacca shopping mall is where you can buy cheaper wear than from the overseas outlets of the same international brand. Inside the mall are IT stores and beauty parlors located as well that offer you refreshing facials when you are tired from all the shopping.

Address: G8, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone: +6006 2826151
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Jonker Street

Jonker Street Melaka (Malacca)

Jonker Street, which is also very famous worldwide, is a walk worth it. It has centuries old galleries and museums not to mention a collection of local items which include the food products as well that you can buy or flavor your cuisine with it. Jonker Street includes practically all the things you want to buy for friends and family back home, from local crafts to international shipped ones and food items including famous Malaysian spices that can be taken back home and spice things up in your food next time.

If you like handmade ladies jewels then Jonker Street is the place where you will find unique and beautiful handmade jewels to take back home or give it as a gift to someone beloved.

Melaka Batik House

Melaka Batik House

Melaka Batik House, located near the international trade center is one of the few shopping malls in Melaka where you will find a great range and vibrant batik from all over Malaysia. The shopping area has many other attractions located nearby that are walking distance away and so makes it one of the places that you must check out while in Malacca.

Address: Pt 15251, Melaka International Trade Centre, 75450, Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-232 3900
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Melaka provides both street shopping mall experiences and it is a fun shopping in Melaka. Do let us know about your shopping experience in Malacca.

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Study Visit By Danang Department Of Tourism To Kuching

Study Visit By Danang Department Of Tourism To Kuching

KUCHING, Saturday – Three officials from Danang Department of Tourism, Vietnam led by Truong Thi Hong Hanh, Deputy Director of Danang Department of Tourism were in Kuching from August 15 – 19, 2017. Accompanying the Deputy Director are Phan Minh Hai, Deputy Manager of Planning Development Division and Nguyen Duc Vu, Deputy Director of Son Tra Peninsula Management Board.

The visit is to study the ecotourism, the management of our national parks in Sarawak and the conservation in the region. Danang Tourism is planning to set-up something similar to Bako National Park.

They visited the Park earlier to learn about the preservation and maintenance. Danang Tourism was particularly impressed with the use of woods as the staircase instead of using cement. Besides that, the existence of the Parks is giving job opportunities to the local community.

They also visited the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre early of the week and were briefed by Sarawak Forestry Corporation prior to the visit.

Sarawak Tourism Board was in Kuala Lumpur for a presentation during Danang Tourism Presentation 2017 on August 9, 2017.

According to Deputy Director of Danang Department of Tourism, Truong Thi Hong Hanh, they will plan another visit to Sarawak in near future.

Danang Department of Tourism officials at Bako National Park

Danang Department of Tourism officials at Bako National Park

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A Multitude of Fun in One Amazing Destination

Step inside and you’ll discover a magical kingdom of pure fun and excitement. Experience the wonders of over 90 rides and attractions spread across Water Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Wildlife Park, Scream Park and the first Nickelodeon-themed attraction in Asia, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon.

True to its ‘Asia’s Best Attraction’ fame, Sunway Lagoon is also home to the Malaysia’s First Waterplexx 5D and also Malaysia’s Largest Water Ride – Vuvuzela. Other worthy attractions include the Malaysia’s Largest Surf Wave Pool, Malaysia’s First Interactive Zoo, Malaysia’s First Bungy Jump, Lynton V Harris’ Scream Park – a live interactive ‘scare’ attraction and one of the Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridges in Malaysia.

   

  

Being the region’s hottest concert and events venue, Sunway Lagoon has hosted some of the biggest international lifestyle, music, and sporting events including MTV World Stage (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015) Quiksilver Revolution Tour (2006 2008). The Amphitheatre @ Sunway Lagoon is also quickly gaining reputation for West End Productions with the staging of Peter Pan the Musical (2010), Magical Musicals (2011), Aladdin the Musical (2011), London the Summer Musical (2012), Beauty and the Beast (2012) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the Musical (2013). In 2014, Sunway Lagoon brought in an award-winning show with a “Cirque” concept entitled “LumiAir – A Cirque Sensation” and the most recent in 2015, a magical show entitled “Trickstars” that captivated many families’ hearts.

  

Not only is Sunway Lagoon your one-stop fun destination, it is also a multiple award-winning attraction. Having been named ‘Asia’s Best Attraction’ by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) from 2007-2010, Sunway Lagoon was also the winner of the inaugural ‘Asia ’s Best Waterpark 2011’ by IAAPA. In addition to that, Sunway Lagoon was the winner of ‘Best Man-Made Tourist Attraction 2005/2006’ awarded by Tourism Malaysia, 4th Best Water Theme Park in Asia by TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice 2015, Silver Award for the Entertainment Category at the Putra Brand Award 2015 and ‘Best Theme Park’ for the Going Places Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.

  

Sunway Lagoon is truly one of a kind. It is a unique land of play and leisure that spans over 88 acres, giving it the capability to host events of any size. From 70 to a staggering crowd of 70,000 if need be. Visitors could stay at the 1,234 rooms at Sunway Resort Hotel Spa; or shop at the grand Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, all within the Sunway Resort City (SRC).

  

All these excitements are just within 30 minutes reach from Kuala Lumpur city centre and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), easily accessed through a network of expressways – the Federal Highway, Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), New Pantai Expressway (NPE) and the KESAS Highway.

Sunway Lagoon is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Admission is priced at RM150 for adults and RM120 for children for entry to the park.

For more information on Sunway Lagoon please visit https://sunwaylagoon.com/

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