Wonderful Malaysia

Porta de Santiago (A’ Famosa Fort)

There is one place in Melaka that we should not skip when we set feet into a chronological state. The pronounced place is a Porta de Santiago, that competence not ring a bell even among a locals though discuss a A’Famosa Fort and we would bleed an ‘ah!’. The A’Famosa is one of a oldest flourishing pieces of European architectural stays in all of Asia.


A’Famosa means ‘the famous’ in Portuguese. The installation was built by a Portuguese when they arrived in Melaka in a year 1511 underneath a care of Alfonso de Alburquerque. Alfonso systematic a construction of this installation to strengthen his reason of a newly acquired land. The stout structure helped a Portuguese secure their power in Melaka for a prolonged 130 years before a attainment of a Dutch in 1641.


The Dutch managed to combat over a A’Famosa Fort before eventually holding over a helm of Melaka for a subsequent 184 years. The Dutch still employed a installation and even done vital renovations to it to urge a functionality. Most of what we see currently are ruins of a Dutch improvements. If we are mindful enough, you’d notice a tiny marker ‘ANNO 1670’ on a fort’s arch as good as a coat-of-arms of a Dutch East India Company (VOC), all outlines clear of a Dutch power’s participation in Melaka.


The A’Famosa survived another colonization after a Dutch, this time underneath a power of a British, who motionless to explode a installation due to a problem in progressing a fort. Fortunately, partial of a installation was saved by drop by a late Sir Stamford Raffles, a afterwards British governor, enabling us to conclude a relic poignant in Melaka’s and Malaysia’s history. The structure seen currently is merely a tiny embankment residence of a installation though it is though grand in a possess way, station proudly atop a St. Paul’s Hill tighten to a distinguished red Stadhuys building.


The traffic, both tellurian and cars, around St. Paul’s Hill is covenant to a recognition of A’Famosa. The name has turn synonymous with Melaka, so most that a thesis park has been given a same name. Therefore, if we are seeking directions to a A’Famosa fort, be certain to discuss that it is a installation that we are looking for. Coming into a Melaka town, we will shortly come to a ever renouned Stadhuys. Find somewhere to park, that can be a prolonged stretch divided due to traffic, and make your approach adult St. Paul’s Hill to entrance a A’Famosa.


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Cuisine in Melaka


This blogspot is being created to compliment our main Tourism Melaka website at

We hope to write our comments and views on the development of the tourism sector in Melaka so that old cultural jewels can be retained and new ones generated to attract more visitors to our Melakan shores.

For us to continue our journey, we like to invite visitors to pen their comments and views so that we can create a sustainable and vibrant tourism sector in Melaka.


TW Kang

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Wonderful Malaysia

Rawa Island; Malaysia’s dark jewel

Just off a seaside of Mersing in a state of Johor Bahru, we can find yourself on a 30-minute vessel float to Malaysia’s dark jewel, Alang’s Rawa. This island, along with a whitest silt you’ll have ever stepped feet on, has a clearest blue H2O and a many inner-peace and ease vibe when a word ‘island’ pops into mind. You’ll be means to find good rates on train rides from Kuala Lumpur including a packet rides to a island.


Although it competence be a bit of an desirous onslaught to have to book 3 months in advance, since that’s how prolonged we have to wait for a good things in life, it is really value each singular cent, so start saving adult income and put aside a piggy bank now! Rawa competence not be your common backpacker’s roving spot, though do not be fooled as it is a magnet for expats; customarily uninformed off a vessel from Singapore and still in their Friday work-clothes!


With a whitest sands as soothing as sleet surrounding a private chalets and newly built review on Alang’s Rawa with an uncannily identical similarity to a design of Santorini in Greece, it’s nonessential to wear shoes, as it’s a biggest pleasure we can probable imagine, holding walks around a tiny nonetheless monumental island. Adding to a white, powdery sand; is a sea, transparent as can be and a comfortable pleasure to take a drop in during any given time during a day. One of a categorical attractions of Rawa is snorkeling, and some good snorkeling packages can be found online as we hunt for bookings for this island.




Another categorical captivate on Alang’s Rawa is a food, and all done there is fresh. Included in a bookings are buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all uninformed food and juices done by a impossibly kind and fun staff. Apart from indulging in a food, we get to suffer ethanol served during a bar usually a few stairs divided from a sea and listen to song as we take in a beauty of a sun, silt and sea.

Unlike many common beaches and islands around South East Asia, no roads can be found in Rawa, during nature’s best. This is really a place to get in hold with a brave chairman in you. There is a tiny dark trail to transport adult a mountains, if we brave to take a transport we will be means to have a compensation in examination a orange rays fill a landscape as a object goes down. Peacocks, among many other outlandish bird class can be seen in Alang’s Rawa, though zero compares to a island beagle, Daisy, one of a cutest dogs who was born-and-bred on a island itself!


Other activities to do on a island would be to extract in beach sports such as volleyball, football, Frisbee, etc. Furthermore, if we are a traveller and have a need to see some-more of Malaysia’s beaches, circuitously islands of Sibu and Tioman are usually half an hour boat’s float away.

It is easy to see because people overflow behind to Rawa like bees for honey, possibly be it a regretful getaway, a business retreat, a celebration or usually simply exploring, Alang’s Rawa is really an island we would wish to have created down on your bucket list! Alang’s Rawa can be both categorized as a family ambience, a regretful getaway or a group-organized party, suitable for anyone of all ages to go and usually suffer a island itself. we wish this essay has been useful and convincing to we readers, any questions and inquiries for specific sum can be simply found online. Enjoy Pulau Rawa!


Map of Pulau Rawa

About a author

Amanda Chini was innate in Kuala Lumpur, lived in Mexico for 12 years, is culturally different and a third-cultured child who’s been to Greece, Spain, England, Ireland, LA, NY, San Antonio, Colorado, Mexico, Aruba, Tenerife, Singapore and skeleton to transport to many more! Amanda is smooth in both English and Spanish, and her interests embody photography, reading, essay and good food.


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Tourism Malaysia

Johor Bahru GPS accessible transport and food beam (part 1)

If we are roving to Johor Bahru for a brief vacation by car, we might impute to this elementary roving beam as where to find a hotels, foods, selling and attractions with GPS coordinates. (if we don’t have a GPS device, only pivotal in a coordinates into Google map in a intelligent phone, it’ll navigate we to a destination)

There were many friends of cave visited JB from other state of Malaysia and also from Simgapore during propagandize holiday and prolonged weekend. Most of a time, they would like to try out opposite hotel and generally dishes around Johor Bahru area, my elementary beam is to share a renouned area in JB where we can stay, selling and eat.

I divided into few areas, like JB Town, Century Garden (include Pelangi, Sri Tebrau and Sentosa), Skudai area (include Nusa Bestari and Bukit Indah), Nusajaya (include Gelang Patah), Johor Jaya (include Molek, Desa Tebrau, Gaya, Mount Austin and Setia Indah), Permas Jaya and Kulaijaya.

Johor Bahru Town
Which is tighten to CIQ, Causeway to Singapore, and also Johor Bahru Sentral where all a belligerent transport located.

Travel stretch to CIQ – approx. 2-4km.
Travel stretch to Senai Airport – approx. 30km.
Travel stretch to Nusajaya, Legoland and others –  approx. 25km

Recommended Hotels :-
*  Puteri Pan Pacific (4*) (N1.46099 E103.76171)
*  Hotel Aman Sari (N1.46421 E103.76201)
*  Tropical Inn (N1.46545 E103.76068)
*  Double Tree Hotel (4*) (under construction) (N1.46560 E103.75980)
*  Thistle Hotel (5*) that is reduction than 5km from town. (N1.46169 E103.74320)
*  Grand Blue Wave Hotel (N1.46082 E103.76898)
*  Suria City Hotel (N1.46056 E103.76857)
*  Sentral JB Hotel (N1.46165 E103.76913)
*  Zon Regency Hotel (in avocation giveaway zone) (N1.47088 E103.78299)
*  Straits View Hotel (just refurnished recently) (N1.46056 E103.73742)
*  M-Suite Hotel (N1.46479 E103.73046)

Shopping Complex circuitously :-
*  City Square (N1.46183 E103.76353)
*  KOMTAR (which is underneath upgrading now) (N1.46352 E103.76263)
*  The ZON Duty Free Mall (N1.47075 E103.78314)

Attractions :-
Jalan Tan Hiok Nee (historical street)
*  Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum (N1.45590 E103.76323)
*  Royal Abu Bakar Museum (N1.45504 E103.75656)
*  Art Gallery Johor (less than 5km out of city area) (N1.46667 E103.74765)
Johor Old Chinese Temple  (N1.46069 E103.76304)
Danga Bay (N1.47680 E103.72388)

Recommended Foods (based on local’s favorite) :-
Hwa Mui Kopitiam (which is a initial Hainanese kopitiam in JB) (N1.45732 E103.76432)
*  Qin Garden (N1.45700 E103.76434)
*  Yong Mui Beef Noodle (N1.46086 E103.76722)
*  Ah Heng Char Koey Teow – 7am – 3pm (N1.46863 E103.78055)
*  Mei Hua Bak Kut Teh (N1.46084 E103.76754)
*  Johor Bahru famous Stulang mee rebus (N1.46309 E103.77426)
The Roost Juice Bar (N1.45707 E103.76401)
*  Waterwork Laksa (N1.47157 E103.73658)
Tea break
*  Goreng Pisang Mawar (N1.46176 E103.74192)
*  The Teow Chew renouned fish noodles (night) (N1.46378 E103.77188) 
Yong Yong Ikan Bakar (night) (N1.46090 E103.73847) 
Lazio Italian Restaurant and Bar

Century Garden (include Pelangi, Sri Tebrau and Sentosa)
One of a renouned and swarming area in JB that enclose of 4 residential area – Pelangi, Sri Tebrau, Sentosa and Century, it has lots of good dishes within.

Travel stretch to CIQ – approx. 8km.
Travel stretch to Senai Airport – approx. 28km.
Travel stretch to Nusajaya, Legoland and others –  approx. 24km

Recommended Hotels :-
*  Crystal Crown Hotel 3* (N1.48674 E103.76593)
Grand Paragon Hotel 4* (N1.48112 E103.76166)
*  KSL Resort 5* (N1.48590 E103.76291)
*  Mutiara Hotel 4* (N1.48800 E103.75759)
*  Holiday Villa (under construction) (N1.48706 E103.76190)
*  11 Century Hotel (N1.48652 E103.76147)
*  Grand Sentosa Hotel (N1.49268 E103.76883)
*  Hallmark Regency Hotel (N1.48090 E103.76209)
*  New York Hotel (N1.47879 E103.76104)
*  Hotel Selesa (N1.47777 E103.76297)

Shopping Complex circuitously :-
*  Holiday Plaza (N1.48828 E103.75969)
*  Pelangi Plaza (N1.48053 E103.76504)
*  Leisure Mall (N1.48384 E103.77396)
*  KSL Mall (N1.48551 E103.76291)
*  Sentosa Plaza (N1.49281 E103.76855)
*  Danga City Mall (N1.47427 E103.75525)
Attraction :-
*  None

Recommended Foods (based on local’s favorite) :-
*  Poh Kee mee pok – ??Teow Chew Koey Teow  (N1.48076 E103.75686)
    7.30am – 2.30pm, rest on swap Thursday.
*  Hainanese pig congee ????? – Multi Mart Kopitiam 7am-2pm. (N1.48506 E103.76010)
*  Ah Hwa Koey Teow ???? 7.30am – 4.30pm (N1.48562 E103.76102)
*  Ho Seng Kee Wantan mee ?????? 8am – 4pm. (N1.48670 E103.76058)
*  Koey Teow Kia (???) during Ka Hoe Kopitiam (N1.48079 E103.76673)
    6.30am – 12.30pm, rest on swap Wednesday.
*  Nyonya Curry Fish conduct and curry pig ribs during Mui Sheng stall. 11am – 3pm (N1.49092 E103.76233)
Menu Please Bistro 11am – 10pm, rest on Monday. (N1.48083 E103.76612)
Soon Chiang Bak Kut Teh  ?????
Ah Soon Bak Kut Teh 8am – 3pm, rest on Monday.
Ah Seng Steam Fish 8am – 3pm, rest on Monday.
*  Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh ?????, Jln Sutera (N1.49410 E103.78239)
*  Yew Swee Laksa ???? 8am – 4pm, rest on Sunday (N1.48294 E103.76486)
Tea break
Dong Hong Traditional Chinese kuih ???? (N1.48701 E103.76803)
    5pm – 10pm Business on Sat, Sun, Mon and Tue. Many opposite form of normal Chinese snacks that called ‘kuih’.
Century Curry Fish Head ???????? during Cedar Point Hawker Center (N1.48126 E103.76296)
    5pm – 11pm, rest  on Monday.
New Storey Seafood Restaurant (N1.47833 E103.77514)
Tsuki Japanese restaurant (N1.48207 E103.77496)
Kim Chi Korean BBQ Restaurant (N1.48170 E103.77479)
The City Cafe (N1.49719 E103.76284)
*  Kong Inn Seafood Restaurant ?????? (N1.49348 E103.77278)
Penang Hokkien prawn noodles hawker ?????? (N1.49305 E103.77090)

There are still many some-more tasty dishes within a area that we can't list all of them, this is only a elementary beam for we if we wish to transport to Johor Bahru by car.

I will continue on a subsequent post for other area. Stay tune!

(I will refurbish this blog post from time to time, greatfully feel giveaway to revisit back. Thanks.)

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Cuisine in Melaka


This blogspot is being created to compliment our main Tourism Melaka website at

We hope to write our comments and views on the development of the tourism sector in Melaka so that old cultural jewels can be retained and new ones generated to attract more visitors to our Melakan shores.

For us to continue our journey, we like to invite visitors to pen their comments and views so that we can create a sustainable and vibrant tourism sector in Melaka.


TW Kang

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