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Serikin Town Border Market

Serikin Town Border Market

Serikin Town Border MarketHaving been around for almost 20 years, the Serikin town border market is truly one of Kuching’s local hidden gems. My first visit here was back in 2010 and as a local, I was quite surprised that a market of this calibre existed just our of Kuching city.

A recent trip back to the Serikin Border Market in October 2017 was even more exciting as I had looked forward to coming back once again, to see if there had been any changes, and to my surprise, there were. The market grew larger, in terms of more vendors.

If you did not already know, the Serikin Border Market is mainly operated by the locals of Kalimantan, from across the border and also the local Sarawakians. Items sold are mainly catered to the local Sarawakians and the occasional tourist from Malaysia.

Serikin Town Border Market

The Serikin border market can get really hot in the afternoons

This rustic and very localized market caters mainly to the local Sarawakians, where products are brought in from Indonesia and sold at the border market which stretches about a kilometer long. From Kuching, it takes about one and a half hours drive through some of the local villages and towns.

What can you find here? Generally, a good combination of household items ranging from kitchen utensils, comforters, curtains and rattan furniture is spotted all over the market. Apparels for kids, men and women are also in abundance, but do not expect high street fashion.

Serikin Town Border Market

Some of the home decorations available at the border market

A number of Muslim religious prayer items are also sold by some while the local traditional medicine men can also be spotted selling some oils and cream. Costume jewellery for the budget savvy consumer can also be found here. A couple of stalls were seen selling local traditional Dayak handicraft and accessories.

Serikin is a border town that is located very close to the earth’s equator, hence over here, it can be extremely hot and humid. When I was walking here, I felt as if I was in an open air sauna, perspiring every step of the way. I would advise for visitors here to bring an umbrella and drink lots of water to avoid being dehydrated.

Serikin Town Border Market

Dayak and some other ethnic clothing and accessories being sold here

For the international tourist, this place is worth a visit if you love all things markets, probably just to walk around and see how a border market operates. Who knows as you may even pick up a souvenir or two here.

Best is to go early, before the mid day sun or late in the evenings before they close around six. There are some tour companies that offer local tours here, but I would recommend you rent a car and self drive here as it is quite easy.

Serikin Town Border Market

Rattan furniture is one of the great buys at the Serikin border market

Overall, it is an experience worth doing if you have the extra time in Kuching. You will not see the common tourist, but more locals, Singaporeans and Malaysians coming here for the great prices being offered.

Serikin border market only opens on the weekends and does get crowded especially during the school holidays and festive seasons. There are only local Indonesian restaurants found here and very casual type restaurants or coffee shops.

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Photos by David Hogan Jr

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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 (elsclubmalaysia.com) – 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 (desarufruitfarm.com). 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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Planetarium Melaka – A must-visit Place for Astronomy Lovers

Planetarium Melaka is one of the eye catching sites in Melaka where tourists who possess a special love of astronomy related subjects cannot stop them in visiting the planetarium time and again due to its vivacious uniqueness in the whole of Malaysia. The reason of visiting Planetarium Melaka is its scientific and adventurous outlook, particularly designed for the students engaged in studying science related subjects who majors in astronomical subjects basically.

Planetarium Melaka

It came into being in the year 2009 and it is found on the right hand side of the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC). If travelling from the Ayer Keroh toll plaza it will take you around twenty minutes to reach the Planetarium Melaka.

The query of how it is constructed? It is answered when you see the three-storey building inside also maintaining a set of huge houses that are known to be Islamic-Inspired Complex with plenty of capacity comprised for events therein assigned with a cafeteria. It also contains a great library as well as the giant dome movie theatre where visitors enjoy a series of various timely movie shows.

Those who wants to advance their studies in astronomy and also those who are developing their career in space technology must necessarily visit this planetarium through they can avail better knowledge of understanding by enjoying with lively space objects.

It has special astronomical features confined to children, particularly through which such children are capable to learn about the space objects i.e. planets and their orbits in the whole solar system, small objects in a space that provide thorough information related to the universe known as black holes and other galaxies evidence. Specially dummy equipment is designed for those practical space learners and astronomical lovers who wants to know about the Malaysian satellite, Hubble space telescope (invented in 1990 for capturing ongoing innovations in the universe) as well as big and large covets which keep exploding on regular intervals in our universe.

We also come to know about its further attractions in this planetarium is its movie theatres filled with 2D and 3D cinemas all around the planetarium. The 2D movies running here emphasize on providing facts and figures pertaining to the functioning of cosmic objects and discovery of the universe itself; how it was first discovered? By whom? Such as by viewing those movies, sound effects projected here are for the first time seems to be weary then afterwards it gives the hearing of original sound evaluation can be heard directly from the space.

Therefore, viewers are enthusiastically influenced for enjoying the lively effects of our huge planet. The second floor is equipped with 3D cinemas constructed for 200 audiences and every movie projected here is less than an hour and on weekends the running of movies is increased to nine times, particularly through which visitors here keep themselves relish with informative and lively movies as well as documentaries therein.

You cannot just count the attractions of this Planetarium Melaka as it not only enriches you to familiarize with lively astronomical objects, but also engage you for providing authentic study materials in the forms of books, magazines and newspapers in a huge library available here. If you have visited Planetarium Melaka, please share your experience by adding comments below. Here you can find more of Melaka tourist attractions.

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Must-Visit Melaka Night Clubs for a Perfect Night Out

Melaka is famous for its fun-filled and exciting nightlife, which is due to the famous pubs and clubs, having the best music and dance performances along with nocturnal activities. Also, the served delicious cuisines and drinks are not at all heavy on the pockets. Despite being a small town, Melaka has to offer a great nightlife to locals and tourists. You shall find Melaka night clubs with some intricate interior, ranging from dusty and vintage pubs to colorful clubs. Visiting one of these night clubs in Melaka is also one of the recommended things to do in Melaka for tourists.

Top of the Town Melaka Night Clubs

There are a number of Melaka clubbing spots, among which the most hottest ones, having awesome environment, refreshing food and drinks and great live music, have been listed down:

Mixx Club

Mixx Club
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Mixx Club is famous among the nocturnal crowds and is a renowned Melaka clubbing spot. Since its initiation in December 2011, it is entertaining people and has built a strong credibility in the hip. This club is easily located on Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall on the second floor, having the best DJ’s from across Asia and imported visuals. You shall be fascinated with its neon lights, giving a painting effect on walls, and its industrial warehouse interior. The drinks served here a bit expensive, but rest if you are out here to party all night, then it is the best place to be.

Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Cafe
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Found on the street of Jonker Walk, Hard Rock Café is one of the most visited night clubs. You shall enjoy outstanding live music here. Apart from the great live music experience, you shall be overwhelmed to see its scrumptious Tex-Mex menu. Visitors enjoy here sandwiches, smoked barbeque chicken and beef ribs, Percik burger, Legendary burger, seafood char kuey teow and pedas fish. Also, you can go for some delicious desserts and drinks. Hence, you shall have the best nightlife here, during your stay in Melaka. Read more about Hard Rock Cafe Melaka.

Address: 23 Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-292 5188

Reggae on the River

Reggae on the River
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For an amazing night, don’t forget to visit Reggae on the river. As the name implies, it is located just next to the river. Enjoy reggae music, drinks and delicacies by the side of river with your friends, family or loved ones. This place is among best Melaka night clubs, offering drinks at very reasonable prices. The music played here includes classic to modern genre and will give you a feeling that you are in Jamaica. The slow flowing water of the river adds a great value to your experience here.

Address: Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca Town, Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-218 7532

Alto Sky Lounge

Alto Sky Lounge
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Alto Sky Lounge is present on the Hatten Hotel Melaka, providing breathtaking view of the entire town from the top. If you are with your family and cannot attend the roaring Melaka night clubs, worry no more, as this stunning lounge will definitely fulfill your desire to spend a great night. You shall enjoy here a wide variety of experts’ designed cocktails, tantalizing meals and the finest wines, which shall be accompanied by mesmerizing live music.

Address: Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-286 9696

Ringo’s Classic Cafe

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Having loads of the best drinks to offer, Ringo’s Classic Cafe is found on the Melaka Jonker Street. It is a dusty, yet highly jam packed Melaka nightclub. Though it is not that good interior wise, but still it is one of the highly preferred gathering spot of music lovers in town. You shall get to see a number of historical memorabilia and other stuff, which will include posters of old beer, clock hangings on the wall, old musical instruments and pre-Malaysia maps. It is a nice place to spend your night with exquisite drinks and food, along with some great music.

Address: 11, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 16-354 2223

So, you shall never get bored in the small town of Melaka, as apart from various other things to do in Melaka, you shall be having great fun at night as well. The nightlife of Melaka is though famous in the entire Malaysia.

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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
Read more about Melaka Batik House

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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