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February 28th, 2018:

19 Tempat Menarik Di Batu Pahat | Panduan Bercuti Untuk Seisi Keluarga

Batu Pahat dikatakan sebagai syurga makanan bagi negeri yang pernah menjadi pengeluar terbesar gambir dan lada hitam pada suatu masa dahulu, negeri Johor Darul Ta’zim. Dari sup yang beraneka rasa hinggalah mee racun, sungguh banyak sekali lokasi santapan menyelerakan untuk dicuba di sini.

Bukan sahaja syurga bagi deria rasa, Batu Pahat juga menempatkan banyak destinasi yang menarik untuk disinggahi. Nak tahu dimanakah lokasi-lokasi menarik ini? Teruskan membaca senarai 20 tempat menarik di Batu Pahat ini. Singgah jangan tak singgah ya?

19. Dataran Penggaram (Dataran Batu Pahat)

Dataran Batu Pahat
Sumber: Visit Johor

Jika di KL ada Dataran Merdeka, di Batu Pahat pula terdapat Dataran Penggaram ataupun Dataran Batu Pahat yang agak meriah terutamanya pada musim cuti sekolah dan setiap hujung minggu. Kemeriahan di sini ditambahkan lagi dengan pelbagai penganjuran acara seperti pameran, ceramah, persembahan kebudayaan dan banyak lagi.

Jika anda datang pada waktu yang tepat, dapatlah anda sekeluarga menyaksikannya, namun sekiranya tiada sebarang acara sewaktu anda ke sini, jangan risau, kerana pemandangan di sekitar dataran ini membuatkan kedatangan anda tetap berbaloi, terutamanya pada waktu malam, waktu ketika mana cahaya lampu neon daripada pokok-pokok menceriakan suasana persis di I-City Shah Alam.

Alamat: Jalan Rahmat, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat


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18. Wet World Batu Pahat

Wet World Batu Pahat
Sumber: Suwandi Sagar

Siapa yang tak suka bermandi-manda? Lagi syok kalau setiap kali melancong ke satu-satu tempat, anda cuba setiap taman tema airnya, barulah lengkap ‘portfolio’ mandi-manda anda sekeluarga. Di mana lagi taman tema air yang best di Batu Pahat ni kalau bukan di Wet World Batu Pahat.

Tidaklah sebesar Sunway Lagoon tapi tetap lengkap dengan bermacam jenis tarikan yang pasti membuatkan anda sekeluarga gembira kepuasan seperti gelongsor air yang panjangnya bukan kepalang, kolam renang berombak, Kiddy Pool dan banyak lagi!

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari (10.00am – 6.00pm) | Rabu Tutup (Kecuali Pada Musim Cuti)

Bayaran:

Warganegara: Dewasa RM20 | Kanak-kanak RM17

Bukan Warganegara: Dewasa RM30 | Kanak-kanak RM27

Alamat:  Lot 138, Jalan Bukit Pasir, Tasik Bukit Pasir, Batu 1/2, Johor, Kampung Batu Pasir, 83000 Batu Pahat


17. Taman Botani

Taman Botani Batu Pahat
Sumber: jmg.gov.my

“Cinta adalah suci lahir dari jiwa…” pernah terdengar lirik ini? Di mana ya? Inilah cebisan lirik lagu Asmaradana daripada filem Puteri Gunung Ledang. Kaitannya dengan Taman Botani yang terletak di Sri Medan ini adalah kerana di sinilah lokasi rakaman filem legenda ini. Lihat sahaja pemandangan yang disajikan di Taman Botani ini, tidak hairanlah ia telah menjadi lokasi pilihan. Cukup indah dan mendamaikan jiwa.

Alamat: Seri Medan, 83000 Batu Pahat


16. Pantai Minyak Beku

Pantai Minyak Beku Batu Pahat
Sumber: The Batu Pahat

Sepanas-panas terik mentari yang menjadi bebelan ramai, keindahan cahayanya jika dilihat pada waktu yang tepat membuatkan segala masalah lenyap dari ingatan. Di mana dapat anda melihat keindahannya ini kalau tidak di pantai dengan lautan yang memancarkan cahaya mentari ibarat lukisan di galeri.

Jika anda ingin menikmati keindahan ini di Batu Pahat, datanglah ke Pantai Minyak Beku sama ada pada waktu matahari terbit atau terbenam. Pantai ini terletak hanya 7 km dari Bandar Batu Pahat. Sambil menikmati pemandangan, jangan lepaskan peluang untuk memancing di kawasan pantai ini yang turut kaya dengan pelbagai jenis ikan yang termasuklah ikan sembilang, kurau dan tuka.

Alamat: Jalan Minyak Beku, 83000 Batu Pahat


15. BP Walk (Batu Pahat Walk)

Batu Pahat Walk
Sumber: tourism.johor.my

BP Walk ataupun Batu Pahat Walk adalah kawasan yang terletak di sepanjang Jalan Rahmat. Bagi anda yang ‘burung hantu’ ataupun tercari-cari tempat makan pada waktu malam, di sinilah salah satu lokasi yang boleh disinggahi.

Bukan main banyak gerai makan yang terdapat di sepanjang jalan ini, antara menu yang boleh ditemui di sini adalah sup yang beraneka rasa, mee bandung, sate, mee rebus dan banyak lagi masakan goreng lain yang diidam-idamkan perut menggerodak anda.

Alamat: Jalan Rahmat, 83000 Batu Pahat


14. Old Street Batu Pahat

Old Street Batu Pahat
Sumber: Visit Johor

Wahai instagrammers yang tegar, inilah heaven untuk anda mendapatkan foto-foto yang hebat sewaktu bercuti di Batu Pahat. Berlokasi di Old Street Batu Pahat, di atas bumbung bangunan ini terdapat sebuah taman yang dihias cantik yang diberi nama Sky Garden Old Street. Selain taman yang indah, di bahagian atas bumbung ini juga terdapat banyak restoran yang dihias dengan penuh kreatif.

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari Kecuali Rabu Ahad (10.00am – 7.00pm) | Rabu Ahad Tutup

Alamat: Jalan Parit Besar, 83000 Batu Pahat


13. Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y

tasik y batu pahat
Sumber: Tourism Johor

Simple sekali nama yang diberikan, Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y. Mesti anda tertanya-tanya kenapa satu huruf sahaja namanya? Ini kerana, taman ini sebenarnya berbentuk Y jika dilihat dari sudut pandangan burung yang berterbangan di awan.

Dahulunya merupakan tapak perlombongan, taman ini kini merupakan sebuah taman rekreasi yang dilawati ramai orang untuk beriadah di waktu petang dan di hujung minggu.  Cukup lengkap dengan pelbagai kemudahan seperti laluan refleksologi, taman permainan, peralatan senaman dan pondok rehat.

Sudah penat bersenam, anda boleh mencuba pelbagai makanan menarik yang dijual di gerai-gerai yang dibuka di sini seperti Ais Kacang dan Rojak. Makanan yang cukup enak untuk dimakan di waktu petang.

Alamat: Jalan Sejati, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat


12. Restoran Bariani Power

Restoran Bariani Power
Sumber: Restoran Briyani Power

Nama kedainya sememangnya menggambarkan betapa hebatnya nasi bariani yang dihidangkan di restoran ini, Restoran Bariani Power, barianinya memang power!

Sekiranya anda sekeluarga ke sini semata-mata untuk mencuba makanan yang terbaiknya, jangan tempah selain daripada nasi bariani ayam ataupun kambingnya. Yang bestnya, restoran ini turut menyediakan ruang makan yang berpenghawa dingin.

Waktu Operasi: 10.00am – 7.00pm

Alamat: No.18, Jalan Tukas 2, Taman Soga, 83000 Batu Pahat


11. Tugu Batu Pahat

Tugu Batu Pahat
Sumber: Mohamad Azhari Hishamuddin

Tugu yang menjadi lambang Batu Pahat ini berdiri dengan megahnya di Dataran Penggaram. Tugu Batu Pahat ini memiliki rekaan yang cukup unik menggambarkan nama ‘Batu Pahat’ itu sendiri dengan tangan yang tergantung dan memegang pahat.

Untuk pengetahuan anda, nama Batu Pahat dipilih untuk dijadikan nama daerah ini kerana peristiwa bersejarah yang dikatakan berlaku pada sekitar tahun 1456, waktu di mana tentera Siam telah datang menyerang kampung Minyak Beku yang merupakan lokasi batu yang dipahat untuk mendapatkan bekalan air bersih.

Alamat: Jalan Rahmat, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat


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10. Nasi Lemak Cik Chom

Nasi Lemak Cik Chom
Sumber: Warung Nasi Lemak Cik Chom

Apabila melawat ke sesebuah negeri memang tak sah kalau tak cuba makanan-makanannya yang viral di dunia internet bukan? Inilah salah satu gerai yang mesti disinggahi iaitu kedai Nasi Lemak Cik Chom.

Nampak sekali viralnya makanan di sini apabila anda terlihat berduyun-duyun pengunjung sanggup beratur dari sebelum kedai dibuka lagi untuk memakan nasi lemak yang istimewa di gerai ini.

Apa yang special sangat tentang nasi lemaknya adalah lauk yang disediakan bersama dengan nasi lemak ini iaitu sama ada sotong bersaiz gergasi ataupun ikan siakap. Cukup mengiurkan!

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Khamis (4.30pm – 10.30pm) | Jumaat – Ahad (4.30pm – 11.00pm)

Alamat: No. 16, Jalan Kencana 1a/1, 83300 Sri Gading


9. Pantai Punggur

pantai punggur batu pahat
Sumber: Saya Orang Johor

Terletak dalam sekitar 30 km dari Batu Pahat, walaupun mengambil sedikit masa untuk sampai ke Pantai Punggur ini, perjalanan terasa terbayar dengan pemandangan menakjubkan yang terhidang di depan mata terutamanya pada waktu matahari terbenam.

Di sini terdapat sebuah jeti yang menjadi spot yang sempurna untuk anda bergambar berlatar belakangkan keindahan lautan yang terbentang luas bersama yang tersayang.

Alamat: Jalan Kampung Punggur Laut Timur, 83100 Senggarang


8. Hutan Lipur Bukit Soga Perdana  (Hutan Lipur Soga Perdana)

Hutan Lipur Bukit Soga Perdana
Sumber: Kamaruddin Yahya

Hanyalah 3 km dari Bandar Batu Pahat, Hutan Lipur Bukit Soga Perdana adalah hutan simpan yang memiliki taman rekreasi yang lengkap dengan pelbagai kemudahan seperti trek jogging, tandas dan pondok rehat.

Di dalam hutan simpan yang berketinggian 600 kaki ini juga terdapat sebuah menara pemerhatian yang terletak sekitar 785 meter dari titik awal perjalanan. Pemandangan dari menara ini sungguh indah, dapat dilihat di sini adalah keindahan flora menghijau dari hutan dan juga bandar Baru Pahat.

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari (8.00am – 6.00pm)

Bayaran: Percuma

Alamat: Jalan Perdana 17, Taman Bukit Perdana, 83000 Batu Pahat


7. Ladang Nanas (Kg. Parit Tengah)

Ladang Nanas (Kg Parit Tengah)
Sumber: Tourism Malaysia Johor

Ladang nanas yang terletak di Kampung Parit Tengah ini merupakan ladang yang terbesar di Asia Tenggara dan juga yang ketujuh terbesar di dunia. Dapat anda bayangkan keluasannya?

Tidak terlihat penghujungnya. Antara jenis nanas yang diusahakan di sini adalah daripada jenis Josaphine dan juga Morris. Kenapa nanas jenis ini yang menjadi pilihan? Ini adalah kerana buahnya yang besar dan isinya yang sangat manis. Kesedapannya boleh dibuat makan begitu sahaja.

Alamat: Ladang Nanas, Kampung Parit Tengah, Batu Pahat


6. Bulatan Simpang Rantai

Bulatan Simpang Rantai
Sumber: ZulFadli Tugi

Selain dataran dan sebuah tugu, satu lagi lokasi yang menjadi mercu tanda Batu Pahat adalah Bulatan Simpang Rantai yang merupakan bulatan yang menghubungkan Jalan Kluang, Jalan Tanjung Laboh dan Jalan Rahmat. Bulatan ini sebenarnya memiliki kisah misterinya sendiri.

Dikatakan tidak lama dahulu, Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat berniat untuk menaik tarafkan lanskap bulatan ini dengan menebang sebatang pokok ara yang berdiri di sini, namun ketika kerja pengorekan tanah dilakukan, sebuah keranda dengan jasad berkapan ditemui di sini. Oleh kerana itu, Majlis Perbandaran membatalkan rancangan tersebut. Betul atau tidak, tiada kepastiannya.

Namun itulah kisah yang digembar-gemburkan. Kini, pokok ini telah diwartakan sebagai pokok warisan yang tidak boleh ditebang melainkan mendapat keizinan daripada Jabatan Warisan.

Alamat: Bulatan Simpang Rantai, 83000 Batu Pahat


5. Galeri Dato’ Onn Batu Pahat

Sumber: http://www.ywj.gov.my

Bangunan Galeri Dato’ Onn Batu Pahat yang telah dibina pada tahun 1938 ini terletak di dalam sebuah kawasan padang golf. Sebelum dijadikan galeri, bangunan yang berkeluasan 4487.50 kaki persegi ini merupakan rumah kerajaan yang didiami oleh Dato’ Onn dari tahun 1945 hingga 1947 sewaktu beliau mememang jawatan sebagai Pegawai Daerah Batu Pahat.

Pemimpin yang berjiwa rakyat ini pernah memegang banyak lagi jawatan lain di dalam kerajaan yang termasuklah Menteri Besar Johor yang ke-7.  Ingin mengikuti kisah hidup pemimpin yang banyak menyumbang kepada kemerdekaan negara ini? Jadikanlah Galeri Dato’ Onn Batu Pahat sebagai salah satu destinasi lawatan anda sekeluarga di Batu Pahat nanti.

Terdapat banyak foto berkaitan Almarhum yang menceritakan peristiwa-peristiwa penting yang pernah berlaku di dalam hidupnya. Di samping itu, galeri ini turut mempamerkan banyak barangan lain yang wujud pada zaman Dato’ Onn seperti basikal tua, senjata, tembikar, barangan perhiasan dan lain-lain lagi.

Waktu Operasi: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Alamat: JKR 525, Jalan Dato Mohd Shah, Gunong Soga, 83000 Batu Pahat


4. DIY Playground

DIY Playground Batu Pahat
Sumber: SAM Batu Pahat

Sudah biasa mendengar tentang alat tulis, bekas dan perabot kitar semula? Jangan tak tahu, kreativiti menghasilkan barangan yang dikitar semula sebenarnya tidak hanya terhenti di situ, cukup mengagumkan betapa banyak sekali benda menarik yang boleh dihasilkan menggunakan barangan kitar semula dan salah sebuah lokasi untuk anda menyaksikannya adalah di DIY Playground.

Sebuah taman permainan yang secara keseluruhannya dihasilkan daripada barangan kitar semula. Daripada buaian, kapal lanun, gelongsor dan banyak lagi yang menceriakan hari anak-anak anda terdapat di taman ini. Kerana keunikannya, DIY Playground turut dilawati oleh banyak pelancong dari luar negara.

Waktu Operasi: Ditutup Selepas Pukul 11.45pm Atas Faktor Keselamatan

Bayaran: Percuma

Alamat: Jalan Syed Abdullah, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat


3. Mee Racun Tulang Sri Jaya

Mee Racun Tulang Sri Jaya
Sumber: Saya Orang Johor

Nak tahu makanan itu sedap atau tidak, lihat sahaja bilangan pengunjungnya, berbaris-baris orang beratur untuk menikmati mee beracun di Mee Racun Tulang Sri Jaya. Mee racun? Macam bahaya je? Betapa enaknya makanan yang dihidangkan di sini sehingga meracun jiwa anda untuk datang berulang kali.

Menu yang mampu meracun anda sehingga terbawa ke mimpi ini adalah mee yang dihidangkan dengan sup gearboxnya. Jangan risau, walaupun terkenal, harga makanannya cukup berpatutan.

Waktu Operasi: Setiap Hari (6.00pm – 12.00am)

Alamat: TL1, Jalan Rotan Tungal, Taman Sri Jaya, 83000 Batu Pahat


2. Pasar Karat Batu Pahat

Pasar Karat Batu Pahat
Sumber: Saifful Iskandar

Bagi anda yang memiliki ‘old soul’, Pasar Karat Batu Pahat adalah sebuah pasar barangan antik yang memang rugi kalau tak singgah.  Pelbagai barangan dari masa lalu yang dapat anda lihat di sini yang termasuklah pakaian, cenderamata, elektronik, duit syiling dan banyak lagi. Sesetengah barangan yang diniaga di sini didatangkan dari Singapura.

Waktu Operasi: Jumaat – Ahad (7.00am 1.00pm)

Alamat: Jalan Pasar, Batu Pahat


1. Tropical Village Ayer Hitam

Tropical Village Ayer Hitam
Sumber: Saya Orang Johor

Tropical Village Ayer Hitam adalah sebuah taman tema berkeluasan 32 ekar yang terbahagi kepada beberapa bahagian iaitu bahagian mercu tanda, sudut santai, taman permainan dan pertanian.

Di bahagian mercu tanda terdapat replika-replika Mini Malaysia seperti KLCC dan A Famosa. Di ruangan Mini World pula terdapat replika Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty dan lain-lain lagi. Di sudut santai taman tema ini terdapat House of Mirrors, Dinosaur Train dan Haunted House, manakala pada bahagian taman permainan pula terdapat Pet Corner, Oriental Island dan Garden of the Shy Monkey.

Sungguh banyak sekali untuk dilihat di taman tema ini bukan? Jika tak cukup sehari untuk melihat kesemuanya, anda boleh bermalam di bilik dorm yang disedikan pihak Tropical Village Ayer Hitam.

Waktu Operasi: Isnin – Khamis (10.00am – 8.00pm) | Jumaat – Ahad (10.00am – 10.00pm)

Alamat:  Jalan Johor, 86200 Ayer Hitam


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Makan, minum, bersantai, berhibur malahan berpatah ke masa lalu, semuanya dapat anda rasai di Batu Pahat. Hebat juga penangan salah satu daerah di negeri Johor ini ya? Ingin tahu lebih banyak lagi tentang tarikan menarik yang ditawarkan Johor? Anda boleh membaca artikel kami bertajuk 50 Tempat Menarik Di Johor  dan juga 21 Tempat Menarik Di Mersing.

Diharapkan artikel tempat menarik di Batu Pahat ini dapat membantu anda sekeluarga merancang sebuah percutian yang terindah dalam memori. Dalam membuat perancangan percutian, jangan lupa untuk melayari booking.com untuk mendapatkan harga yang terbaik bagi banyak hotel menarik yang terdapat di sekitar Johor. Selamat bercuti ke Batu Pahat!

A Spontaneous Road Trip to Pantai Klebang

An Afternoon at Klebang Beach

As part of the Unesco Heritage Sites, the ‘Historic Cities of the Straits of Melaka’ needs no introduction. Many Malaysians are repeat visitors to this fascinating site. But today my friends and I decided to explore the area outside of the historic perimeter, to be precise, its coastal area.

Over the last couple of years, Klebang Beach (or Pantai Klebang, to the locals), a 15-minute drive out of Melaka City, has become viral because of these two things – food and sand dunes. These were the main reasons we made the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Pantai Klebang all the way from Kuala Lumpur, one fine afternoon. (Note: from Kuala Lumpur, drive southwards on the North-South Highway before taking the Ayer Keroh toll exit at which you can expect to pay RM12.90).

Upon hitting Melaka, we then decided to have our lunch at this newly-opened three-star hotel called MITC Hotel in Ayer Keroh because we had heard their claypot fish head curry was to-die-for. The curry was definitely delicious coupled with ulam (local salads) and stir fried spicy clams, making for a very satisfying lunch.

With our stomachs full, we headed straight to Pantai Klebang for a little bit of exploration and to shed the calories we had just consumed. Our first stop, the Submarine Museum.

Submarine Museum

The Quessant Agosta 70 FS, with a carrying capacity of 41 passengers, was previously used to train Malaysia’s submarine crew from 2005 to 2009 following the acquisition of two submarines by the Ministry of Defence, Malaysia. Today, it has been turned into a museum, allowing visitors to go on board to experience what life is like in a sub.

I already had an idea that the inside of a submarine would be small but I didn’t realise just how narrow or cramped it would be, making me feel almost claustrophobic. The strong smell of diesel still lingered in the air at the front of the submarine where four tornadoes used to be.

My respect towards the training crew peaked after I saw how tiny the captain’s quarters was, not to mention the alley, the galley (kitchen) and the bathroom. To think that they had to spend 9,000 training hours — the equivalent of four years — underwater inside that vessel, was just beyond my belief.

My advise is to visit this museum during weekdays or at low-season. Due to the confined space within the submarine, it will be a little difficult to maneuver yourself in a crowd.

If the guide is not available, you can read about the history of FS Quessant at the information gallery provided by the museum within the compound.

The Submarine Museum is located at Dataran 1Malaysia, Klebang, Malacca. Its GPS coordinate is N 2.213988, E 102.198461 and it is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Visitors pay an entrance fee of RM5.00 while children below 12 are charged RM3.00.

For more information on the submarine museum,
please contact Perbadanan Muzium Melaka at +606 – 282 6526,
or visit the website at www.perzim.gov.my or facebook page at https://ms-my.facebook.com/MelakaMuseum.

Malaysian Desserts

There are three local desserts that have gone viral over the last couple of years and all of them are located at Pantai Klebang. After the visit to the museum, we drove around the Limbongan and Klebang Kecil area to search for them.

Kuih Keria Antarabangsa Hj. Jalil

Kuih keria is a Malaysian-style glazed sugar doughnut that is made from sweet potatoes. The shop that sells this kuih keria is so famous that people do not mind the long queues to get a taste of the sweet and fluffy snack, which is perfect for an afternoon tea, or any time of the day, actually.

The owner, Mr. Jalil Tompang, 74, says he uses around 150 kg of sweet potatoes per day to make about 1,000 pieces of his super delicious kuih keria. He personally prepares the ingredients and fries the doughnuts himself. Our verdict? We just couldn’t get enough of his kuih keria. Bear in mind that it is best eaten hot. One kuih keria will cost you 50 cents and the maximum you can buy is 20 pieces.

Putu Piring Generasi Ketiga

The putu piring is a traditional dessert made of ground rice flour filled at the centre with gula melaka or palm sugar, and then gently steamed in metal conical moulds. The stall selling this famous putu piring by the roadside at Kompleks Niaga Limbongan is manned by Hajah Zalika Lajis, 65, and assisted by her daughter Fazilah Mohamad, 36. According to Hajah Zalika, her mother started the business in 1969 at almost the exact same spot. The only difference is that there used to be a beach where a row of shophouses now stands behind her stall.

Now that her daughter is also involved in the business, she has named the stall as “Putu Piring Generasi Ketiga” or The Third Generation Putu Piring. What is so special about their putu piring is that the rice flour is homemade and not store-bought in packets. Yes, I can see why these pillowy puffs have such a following. At first bite, the putu piring tastes soft and moist, while the melted palm sugar oozing out tastes caramelly delicious.

The putu piring here comes in original, durian and chocolate flavours. Each is presented with a sprinkling of freshly grated coconut tinged with some salt on the side, served on a square of banana leaf, which naturally fragrances the dessert. The original flavour is priced at RM3 for five pieces while the other two flavours are priced at RM4 for five pieces.

Klebang Original Coconut Shakes

We must thank Mr. Shafie Ahmad, 55, from Klebang Kecil because, if not for his ingenuity, we would never have guessed that coconuts and vanilla ice cream go really well together! He created this coconut shake about 10 years ago by blending the white coconut flesh with sugar syrup, ice cubes and vanilla ice cream and topped it off with another scoop of vanilla ice cream. The coconut shake has now become a must-try whenever one makes a visit to Melaka.

It was late afternoon when we reached his restaurant and from the crowd gathering there, it looked like Mr. Shafie’s coconut shakes were very popular among locals and tourists alike. Various food and traditional kuih (desserts) at the restaurant are provided by the locals as he only sells coconut shakes. The restaurant operates from 11 am until 6.30 pm every day. He still maintains his old stall by the roadside for those wanting to buy a take-away coconut shake. Our verdict was the coconut shakes tasted yummy and creamy, perfect for such a hot and humid weather. Expect to pay RM3.50 per shake.

Pantai Klebang Beachfront

We decided to enjoy our desserts at the beach while waiting for the sun to set. By evening, Pantai Klebang is full of activity, filled with people playing kites, kids blowing and chasing bubbles, as well as horses carrying people back and forth. There were many food stalls there, too. Unlike other beaches, it is not advisable to swim at Pantai Klebang, but it was still an ideal place for a family picnic, though.

Pantai Klebang Sand Dunes

Here was the tricky part of the trip. The sand dunes at Pantai Klebang had gone viral for several years now but it was one of those off-the-beaten path attractions that required some navigational skills to find. Still, it attracts photographers, be it amateur or professional, who claim that this place is perfect for outdoor wedding and high fashion photography shoots.

Be prepared to walk several kilometres in or about 20 minutes on sandy terrain to reach the sand dunes. The scenery is worth every difficult step, though, especially when the sun started going down into the horizon, painting the sky with a myriad of colours from yellow to orange to red and purple before going totally dark. The changing colours of the sky also transformed the colours of the sand dunes making it look like we were on another planet. This place is definitely Instagram-worthy and has potential as a film location for movies. It has also become an increasingly popular destination for sandboarding, which is another type of high adrenaline sport.

In reality, the hills of sands which was a result of a land reclamation project in the Klebang area was a perfect mimic of the desert. It is located between Pantai Klebang Melaka and the Submarine Museum. However, there is no signboard and you have to enter at your own risk.

While you are in Pantai Klebang, why don’t you give it a try. I promise that it is one of the best places to see the sun set. And I’ll bet that it is also the best place to do a little stargazing, but only if you dare to stay at the place after dark.

After that long walk and all the climbing that we did at the sand dunes, it was time to get back the energy by having an authentic Peranakan (Nyonya) dish at the Seafarer Restaurant nearby. The food here is a fusion of seafood and Nonya-style cooking, with a hint of Chinese and Malay culinary influences. We had a nyonya-style asam pedas fish (fish cooked in a gravy of chillies and tamarind broth, thus it is both spicy and sour), sambal beancurds and hot plate tofu with white rice for dinner. Everything was delicious and combined with the restaurant’s ambience, it was a must-try restaurant. We actually took our dinner al-fresco by the beach, which was why this restaurant was so cool. It was lively and gave you that “live by the beach” vibe.

All in all, it was a well-spent day with friends at Pantai Klebang.

Chasing Birds Across the Paninsular Malaysia

CHASING BIRDS ACROSS THE PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

The birds have started singing. This is us calling all birders from all over the world to gear up and put on your favourite pair of khakis, a birding vest, a floppy hat and a pair of binoculars, as well as take out your passport; then jump on a plane and head straight to the Peninsular Malaysia where various birding events are being held to “welcome” the migratory birds.

Malaysia is blessed with an abundance of biodiversity, ranking 12th globally in terms of mega-biodiversity. Our incredible natural assets — virgin jungle, beautiful islands, cool highlands, and more — come together to provide the perfect habitat and ecosystem for the animal kingdom, not least our feathered friends.

A total of 795 species of birds have been recorded in Malaysia with over 60 species considered as endemic birds, and nearly 60% is in the state of Pahang and Langkawi Island. The variety of climates and habitats has resulted in this region becoming extremely diverse in terms of birds species. The diverse bird population combined with the wonderful scenery and friendly people make any visit to Malaysia an unforgettable experience for the veteran or first timer birder.

Malaysia also lies in the path of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that provides strategic and important resting sites for migratory birds flying between wintering sites in Southeast Asia and Australia and the breeding sites in China, Japan, Korean, Mongolia and Siberia.

For those who are not aware, there are nearly 12,000 sites in 218 countries identified as Important Bird Areas or IBA. For an area to qualify as an IBA, it must meet a set of standardized criteria based on the presence of species that are of worldwide conservation concern.

The Malaysian Nature Society has identified 55 Important Bird Areas in Malaysia, of which 18 are in Peninsular Malaysia. It was reported that the local birdwatching sites in Malaysia have recorded increasing numbers of bird watchers, pointing to the fact that more visitors acknowledge and are becoming receptive to the importance of nature and wildlife.

Peninsular Malaysia alone is home to a total of 644 species of birds, where 445 of them are residents while 232 are migrants. Four species are endemic to the Thai- Malayan Peninsular, three of which are entirely confined to Peninsular Malaysia. The Peninsular is also an important migratory stop for birds from Siberia, Manchuria and China.

Migratory birds fly across Malaysia – and over thousands of kilometres annually – to escape the cold winter or to reach breeding grounds. So, birders, prepare yourself for a day in the wild to get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.

Here is the list of birding events that birders can look forward to in the coming months:

RAPTOR WATCH 2018

Raptor Watch is held annually on the first weekend of March. For the year 2018 the event will be held on 10 and 11 March (Saturday-Sunday). However, the spring raptor migration actually begins in mid-February and lasts till mid-April. Actually, birders can still go anytime within this period to see the birds but the peak period to watch the most number of birds is the first weekend of March.

Apart from watching the raptors, which is the main stars of the event, participants can also take part in various other activities such as guided walks, arts craft and games.

This event will give birders and the general public the opportunity to witness one of nature’s most exquisite offerings. Raptors migrate southward to escape the bitter cold of the northern winters and make the same venturous journey back during spring to their breeding grounds in temperate Asia.

During the spring migration, thousands of raptors can be seen flying across the Straits of Malacca. Having to use massive amount of energy flying across the Straits of Malacca, the raptors will be flying low at the event site making it possible to have a good view of these magnificent birds.

Tanjung Tuan has been listed as an important raptor site by BirdLife International, National Geographic Society and Hawkmountain. This place is an important stop over site for migratory raptors after crossing the Straits of Malacca. It provides food for the raptors as well as a resting spot. For raptors arriving late in the evening, it provides shelter for the night before they take off for flight the next day. Without Tanjung Tuan, many raptors may never make it back, due to exhaustion and lack of food.

Date : 10 – 11 March 2018
Venue : Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Organiser : Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Tel : 03-2287 9422

Fax : 03-2287 8773 Email : [email protected] Website : www.mns.my / https://mnsraptorwatch.wordpress.com FB Page : https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianNatureSociety.Official

TAMAN NEGARA BIRD COUNT (TNBC) 2018

Taman Negara is home to over 479 species of birds. As Malaysia’s premier National Park, Taman Negara has the highest concentration of birds in the country and the number is unmatched by any other wildlife area in the region.

Get yourself prepared to spot and count the various bird species at Malaysia’s premier National Park, Taman Negara, by participating in the Taman Negara Bird Count, which is organised by BirdGroup Taman Negara (BGTN). Participants will be able to observe rarely seen birds and learn about their habitat.

Now in its fifth year, the number of species recorded during the Bird Count event has risen from 76 species in 2014 to 171 in 2017. For the three-day event in 2018, the organiser aims to record an even higher number of bird species with larger area of coverage.

Participants will be divided into groups and each group will be led by a licensed Nature Guide.

Join them and be part of this exciting and educational conservation programme.

COUNT FOR FUN!
COUNT FOR CONSERVATION!
COUNT OF FUTURE GENERATION!

Date : 16 – 18 March 2018
Venue : Kg Kuala Tahan/ Taman Negara, Jerantut, Pahang
Organiser : BirdGroup Taman Negara
Tel : Roslan Kassim (014-6051663), Aki Jalil (019-9965263), or
Sabri (014-8393900)

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Taman-Negara-Bird-Count

FRASER’S HILL INTERNATIONAL BIRD RACE 2018

Fraser’s Hill is often been referred to as a first-class bird watching destination in this region, since this highland paradise is home to more than 250 species of wild birds. Come November and December each year, the virtually untouched mountainous forests of Fraser’s Hill will receive many species of newcomers, that is the migratory species that fly across from places as far as northern Siberia of Russia and islands north of Japan and neighbouring land mass, to seek new feeding grounds as well as to escape the freezing winter up north.

The sightings of Siberian thrush from Siberia are often reported and they are truly a rare treat to ardent bird watchers. Normally these migratory species stay around in Fraser’s Hill for couple of months before migrating southwards to Australia and New Zealand. They will fly back home to the north in March and April when the sun is getting sunnier. Be part of this international event!

The objectives of the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race are to preserve nature and simultaneously to promote Fraser’s Hill as a bird sanctuary. Even though there are other bird watching destinations in the country, Fraser’s Hill is still a preferred destination because large species of mountain birds thrive comfortably in the most conductive habitats here, and at certain times of the year, migratory birds make their presence felt, although briefly.

The competition will be divided into three distinctive categories -the advanced category for the serious and experienced bird watchers who habitually return to Fraser’s Hill at the slightest opportunity to do trial field runs, the novice category for those who have just taken up bird watching out of curiosity or treat bird watching as an academic hobby, and the local category for the local residents who know the whereabouts of the birds in Fraser’s Hill and see the birds every day.

Date : 30 March – 1 April 2018
Venue : Fraser’s Hill, Raub, Pahang
Organiser : Frasers Hill Development Corporation
Tel : 09-5681623/ 24
Fax : 09-5681626

Website : http://www.pahangtourism.org.my

KENYIR BIRD NATURE QUEST 2018

When you find out that nine out of ten species of hornbills in Malaysia can be found in Terengganu, what is there to stop you from organising a birding event that can spur the interest of birders from all over the world to visit this beautiful state.

The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Terengganu branch and Ping Anchorage MICE have once again taken the initiative to hold “Kenyir Bird Nature Quest” for the sixth time. The two-day event happening in March will include lectures, workshops, and activities such as bird watching, elephants tracking and jungle trekking.

Terengganu actually has a total of 290 species of birds and among them is the world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the idyllic and beautiful Tasik or Lake Kenyir is a perfect paradise for nature lovers…and apparently our feathered friends think so, too!

Date : 24 – 25 March 2018
Venue : Tasik Kenyir, Bukit Lawit (Kenyir Hornbill Valley), Terengganu
Organiser : Malaysia Nature Society (Kuala Terengganu Branch) Ping Anchorage

MICE
Tel : 09-6262020
Fax : 09-6262022

Email : [email protected] Website : www.terengganutourism.com

WINGS OF KKB – SELANGOR INTERNATIONAL BIRD RACE

This annual event celebrates the diversity of bird species between the Selangor-Pahang border. Participants of the event will traverse a route from Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor to Taman Millenium, a former mining pool where birds are known to visit and rest at the lake or surrounding jungle. From here, birdwatchers will proceed to Hulu Tamu for a chance to spot birds hanging out at this hotsprings area.

Further along, birdwatchers will visit Sungai Kedondong, a waterfall area, where tiger shrikes and whiskered treeswifts can be seen, before finally ascending to Resorts World Genting where cooler temperatures attract high altitude mountain birds.

The Wings of KKB event is not only for bird enthusiasts, but also welcomes photographers who are interested in wildlife photography for the abundance of opportunities and subject matters available.

Date: 20 – 22 April 2018
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Organiser: Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor
Tel: 03-6064 1331 Email: [email protected]
Website: www.facebook.com/OfficialMDHS or http://wingsofkkb.blogspot.my/

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