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7 PLACES TO VISIT IN MELAKA WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS YEAR-END HOLIDAYS

Melaka, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is no doubt charming. Its historical gems are among the best in the region, attracting travellers around the globe. But besides historical sites, Melaka actually has more to offer that make it ideal for family vacation.

Here are our picks for places you should visit with your family this coming year-end holidays.

Taming Sari Tower

This revolving tower enchants travellers whether during a bright, sunny day or dark, cold night. At the top-most elevation of 80 metres, travellers can feast their eyes over the stunning view of Melaka city. Among major landmarks that can be spotted are St. Paul’s Hill, Maritime Museum, Dataran Pahlawan, Malacca Straits Mosque and Besar Island.

Price: With MyKAD – MYR16.10 (Adult), RM10.45 (Child) / Without MyKAD – MYR21.80 (Adult), RM14.20 (Child)
Operation Hour: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Daily)
Address: Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka
Tel: +6 06 288 1100

 

 

Melaka River Cruise

What other better way to start your tour of Melaka than taking the Melaka River Cruise? From Melaka River Square Jetty or Spice Garden Jetty where travellers can purchase cruise tickets, travellers can hop to several iconic spots along the route such as Stadthuys, Jonker Street, Water Wheel, Kampung Morten, Kampung Hulu Mosque, beautiful old bridges and more. Best to experience the cruise during sunset or at night. 

Check the ticket price HERE.
Operating Hour: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Daily)
Address: Jalan Laksamana, 75000 Malacca
Tel: +6 06 281 4322

 

 

 The SHORE

 The SHORE Oceanarium The SHORE Interactive Museum The SHORE SKy Tower Melaka

The SHORE is more than just a shopping mall. There are a few attractions within this building worth visiting with your family such as The SHORE Oceanarium, The SHORE Sky Tower, The SHORE 3D Interactive Park and The SHORE Toy Museum. It is definitely convenient to visit so many attractions all under one roof! 

Address: The SHORE, Pinggiran @Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, Melaka, 75100 Melaka

Also read: In Case You Didn’t Know (#ICYDK) Melaka

Warisan Kereta Melayu Tambak Bugis

 Warisan Kereta Melayu Tambak Bugis Warisan Kereta Melayu Tambak Bugis

If you find glimmering trishaws overrated, then try riding on bullock carts! In the olden days, bullock carts were the main mode of transport. It is hard to experience the ride nowadays since almost anywhere else in Malaysia has abandoned it for motorised and mechanised vehicles.

To experience this bullock cart ride, travellers need to go to Telok Mas, which is half an hour away from Melaka city centre by car. The bullock cart riding experience would take around an hour and a half, bringing travellers to various parts of the kampung (village). You could also try donning traditional Malay attire, rubber-tapping and tasting traditional delicacies like tapai and ubi kayu. Talk about living like the locals!

Price: MYR40 per head (minimum 15 persons, prior reservation is needed)
Address: Warisan Kereta Melayu Tambak Bugis, KM 10, Jalan Tambak Bugis, Telok Mas, 75460 Melaka
Tel: +6 019 756 3341 / +6 012 765 3341

 

 

Perkampungan Hang Tuah

Literally means Hang Tuah Settlement, this place is interesting for you to learn about the aspects of the local Malay culture like the types of food, attire, architecture, legends and folklores. You can even get involved in a mock Malay traditional wedding at the Balai Adat (‘cultural pavilion’) either as guests or betrothed couple. Travellers also get to learn and play traditional games like congkak, chapteh and batu Seremban, as well as trying on traditional clothes.

Entrance Fee: MYR3 (adult), MYR2 (senior citizen) and MYR1 (children)
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Monday – Sunday)
Rest Hours (Friday – 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Address: Balai Adat, Perkampungan Hang Tuah, Kampung Duyong, 75450 Melaka
Tel: +6 06 292 6340

 

Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary

Make your family trip educational by visiting this 11-acre sanctuary to meet and greet thousands of colourful butterflies. There are more than 20 species of them here, including rare species like Black and White Helen, Malayan Birdwing and Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing, which is Malaysia’s national butterfly. Travellers and their family should also visit other parts of the sanctuary such as Kampung Buaya (Crocodile Village), Snake Garden, Bird Aviary, Lizard Territory, Emu Ranch, Bugs Kingdom, Koi Garden, and Tarantula Cave.

Entrance Fee: MYR22 (adult) and MYR16 (child 3-12 years old)
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (daily)
Address: Malacca Butterfly Reptile Sanctuary, Lebuh Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Tel: +6 06 232 0033

 

 

A’ Famosa Water Theme Park

Dubbed as the largest water theme park in Malaysia, this place is perfect for a wet, fun-filled family day! Be sure to experience all of the sections within this park such as the Arabian Village, Kids Adventure Pool, Family Raft, Wave Pool, Big Ice Cream, Hula Hula, High Speed Ride and more!

Entrance Fee: MYR30 (Adult) / MYR24 (Child)
Operating Hour: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. (Saturday Sunday) / 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (other days except Tuesday)
Address: Jalan Kemus, Simpang Empat, Melaka, 78000 Alor Gajah
Tel: +6 06 552 0888

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5 REASONS TO VISIT KUALA LUMPUR CRAFT COMPLEX

Dubbed the one-stop craft centre, Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex has become a tourist destination offering visitors with a wide range of artisan craft products made in Malaysia. Located at Jalan Conlay, it is within walking distance to the famous and busy Pavilion shopping mall and Bukit Bintang shopping district.

Featuring beautiful Malay architecture, the complex houses several different sections comprising gifts and souvenirs gallery, a craft museum, artists’ colony and craft village. It is worth exploring for visitors as you will be amazed by the wide variety of local made craft products.

Let’s see what key activities visitors can get up to on a visit here:

Shop for Malaysian crafts

The Karyaneka shop offers a variety of local craft products on sale for visitors at an attractive price. Products range from gifts and souvenirs, clothing and accessories, home furnishings and decorations from various craft categories. Some of the local handicrafts on sale are batik, rattan baskets, pottery and other crafty knick-knacks. We love their hand-painted batik fabrics and the pretty baskets woven from pandanus and rattan leaves. Be prepared to bring back a heavy shopping after this visit!

Make your own Malaysian handicraft

At the Craft Village section, there are live demonstrations of local craft-making by talented artisans. Visitors can also try their hand at ceramic making or batik painting. Besides that, visitors can even learn the basic techniques of handling the knife for carving at the wood-carving village. Opportunities are given for visitors to explore their creative talents with the guidance of local crafters at the site. At a time when consumers are used to buying ready-made products, this hands-on craft-making activity is an eye-opening and refreshing experience.

Own a piece of artwork by local artists

There is also an Artist’s Colony, where art lovers can purchase works of art directly from local artists.  Art lovers can get to know local artists and watch how they go about producing the art work. The artists work with acrylic paints, oil paints, charcoal and even pencil. Their subject matter ranges from local landscapes to abstract images to portraits. We love spending time chit-chatting with these artists who are not only highly-skilled but offer unique perspectives of Malaysia through their artworks.

Visit the Craft Museum 

The gallery is an informative museum on the history of Malaysian handicrafts, covering each state’s traditional craft heritage. The collection of museum pieces are authentic and truly an amazing documentation of Malaysia’s craft heritage.  Visitors can learn more about Malaysian handicraft through the dioramas and video presentation.

Splurge on National Craft Day

Every year, the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex organises the National Craft Day or Hari Kraf Kebangsaan (HKK). It is a huge event that gathers hundreds of crafters from Malaysia and international countries under one roof to display, promote and sell their creations. If you are looking for authentic and high quality Malaysian crafts, as well as handmade items from small and medium enterprises, then this is the place to be. The diversity of crafts here covers textiles, woodwork, metalwork, woven items, forest products, and more. International artisan groups also exhibit their traditional handicrafts besides performing their cultural dances and music.

One of the most enjoyable ways to get to Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is by riding the KL Hop-On Hop-Off (HoHo) open top buses. The complex is one of the 23 stops covered by the bus service. A ticket allows passengers to ride the bus and see other famous landmarks of Kuala Lumpur city centre and visit destinations such as Chinatown, Central Market, KLCC and more.

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex
Address: Seksyen 63, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161 1470/1480
Operation Hours: 9.00 am-6.00 pm
Email: [email protected]

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10 REASONS WHY TERMINAL KLIA2 IS A TRAVELLER’S DREAM

If you are flying into or out of Terminal klia2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2), you’d be forgiven for thinking that you have landed in a shopping mall rather than an airport. That’s because Terminal klia2, currently the world’s largest terminal serving low-cost carriers, has an airport-within-a-mall concept. Everything about it caters to savvy travellers who are looking for that single-stop facility to get all their needs met upon departure or arrival.

To get your bearings right, note that Terminal klia2 is located about 50 minutes by car from downtown Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. If traveling via the KLIA Ekspress, it is just 33 minutes.  It is situated about 2 km away (or between 4 and 10 minutes away depending on mode of transport) from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Terminal klia2 consists of [email protected] Mall, the shopping mall; the Main Terminal building on the landside where the arrival and departure halls are located, along with the check-in counters and security and immigrations; and the airside of the terminal where the departure and arrival gates are located.

Overwhelmed? Don’t be…read on to see our favourite picks of outlets and services within Terminal klia2 that will make your trip here smooth and breezy.

 

NAPPING ZONES

Maybe you are in transit in Malaysia, or your flight back home got delayed. For whatever reasons that you need a place to rest, there are more than a couple of options in the vicinity.

Within [email protected] Mall, Aerotel (myaerotel.com) offers 78 cozy wood-panelled guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms for the solo traveller, the couple or the family, with flexible check-in times. Rooms are between 20 and 34 square metres and start from RM280. Don’t rush it, the airport check-in counters are just 5 minutes’ walk away!

Aerotel: Level 2M, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

Capsule Transit (capsuletransit.com), also within [email protected] Mall, is similar to a backpacker’s hostel where you get to make friends with neighbouring guests. Minimalist in nature, it offers a bed, a shower and luggage storage, too, with “pod” rentals in chunks of 3-, 6- or 12-hour stays, starting at RM89. For solo female travellers, there is a females-only zone for extra privacy.

Capsule Transit: Level 1, Lot 1-5, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

On a layover between flights? Then, Sama-sama Express (samasamaexpress.com) at Terminal klia2’s Satellite Building is the perfect solution. Hotel guests do not need to clear Malaysian Customs and Immigrations if they are on a layover between flights. Comfortable rooms — some with spectacular views of the airport runway – between 17 and 48 sq metres are available for a minimum of 6-hour stays. As a plus, this hotel has been acknowledged as a Green Building for its environmentally-friendly practices!

Sama Sama Express klia2: Level 3, Satellite Building, Terminal klia2

Just want a place to relax and refresh while waiting for your flight home? Escape the buzz of the airport by checking into Wellness Spa (plazapremiumlounge.com) to pamper your body, from head to toe. Their menu of spa services includes massages (for neck, shoulder, back or foot), manicures and pedicures, and hair treatments, along with light refreshments and power showers. The lounge offers private resting areas where you can also catch up on the latest news on TV or some light reading. Weary travelers will find this quiet place a haven to relax while you freshen up and recharge your body.

Wellness Spa: Level 3, International Departure, Terminal klia2

CONNECTED IN MALAYSIA

If you have just arrived into Malaysia and are looking to explore the country with uninterrupted Internet connection, then WIYO (wiyo.my) and Samurai Wifi (samuraiwifi.com.my) are a blessing to you with their pocket wifi rental service. So, if you think international data roaming is expensive, local prepaid cards are troublesome and public wifi is insecure, try out this service by making a booking online at their websites a few days before your arrival into Malaysia then pick-up the device upon arrival at their outlets in Terminal klia2. Promotion rates are available, so check out their websites frequently.

WIYO: Level 2, L2-13, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

Samurai Wifi: Level 2, Lot S2-2-211, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

HEALTHY EATS

When traveling, the last thing you want is to have tummy troubles. Why not go for healthy options to avoid any possible problems?

Eat smart, eat fresh and eat healthy at The Green Market over at the Departure Level, a modern dining setting with Japanese, Korean and Malaysian offerings. Expect ramens, udons, Malaysian noodles, kimchi soups, bibimbap, donburi bowls and bento boxes to savour within an open-plan kitchen where you can see the chefs in action. Complete your meal with fresh, slow-pressed juices to set you up for the rest of the day. Oh, and you will love the charging stations, flight information boards and free wifi provided, too!

The Green Market: Departure Level (Level 3), Public Concourse, Main Terminal Building, Terminal klia2

If you think vegetarian food is boring, you probably haven’t tried the selection at BMS Organics. They’ve established themselves as a café serving healthy, organic vegetarian food since 2007, and currently have more than 20 organic cafes around Malaysia and in China. Their KLIA2 café has about 40 healthy meal options including rice meals, soup noodles, and smoothie bowls. Favourites are the Curry Laksa made with soy milk broth; light and refreshing quinoa salad; and brown rice nasi lemak. The café is located at a quieter part of the terminal where you can eat in peace.

BMS Organics Grab ‘n Go: Level 3, L3-22A, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

LOCAL TASTES

Flying home and can’t get enough of Malaysian food and drinks? There’s plenty of local bites to feast on at Terminal klia2, but check out these local flavours which are popular favourites.

Nyonya Colours offers bite-sized local kuih or sweet treats made from tapioca, yam, sweet potato, mung beans, rice flour, sticky rice, coconut milk, brown sugar, desiccated coconut, and local ingredients that result in rich, sticky treats worth remembering.

Nyonya Colours: Level 3, Lot 34 37, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

At Kluang Station Cafe, you can cherish the nostalgia of olden day train stations while savouring the fusion of Chinese culture and tradition in its Hainanese takes on laksa noodle soup, fried Mee Siam noodles, and nasi lemak, all washed down with a strong cup of Kluang coffee.

Kluang Station Cafe: Level 2, L2-23, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

Crazy about coffee and want something with a local twist? Kofi Kraze2 uses their own Maxtract process, a gradient-diffused method to optimize the smoothness, aroma and intensity of their premium Cold Brew coffee with unique tropical flavours. Try out coffee in durian, yam, chili, jackfruit or pandan flavours – all typically reminiscent of Malaysia!

Kofi Kraze2 Premium Cold Brew Coffee: Level 3, L3-23, [email protected] Mall, Terminal klia2

 

BOREDOM BUSTER

The next time you are stuck at the airport, head over to World Game Museum to pit your skills against friend or foe in a gaming play-off. There’s a good range of more than 100 games available here from classic games using the Atari console, or lose yourself in modern Virtual Reality dimensions. Family favourite card games for kids of all ages such as Old Maid and Snap, and famous board games like Ticket to Ride, offer an awesome collection for everyone. Overall, a great place to hang out if you’re not into shopping!

World Game Museum: Level 3A, Departure Hall, Main Terminal Building Terminal klia2

SOUVENIRS GALORE

Looking for quality Malaysian souvenirs to bring home? There’s plenty to choose from at Terminal klia2, from chocholates to biscuits, from traditional batik to unique arts and crafts, but let’s give you some cool ideas here…

You will never go wrong with chocolates and over at Fidani Factory (fidani.cc), there are some amazing Malaysian-made chocolates under the brands of Fidani, Danson and Farell’s. Look out for popular local flavours such as Musang King durian chocolates, which is guaranteed to be a huge hit!

Fidani Factory: Level 3, L3-17, [email protected] Mall

Royal Selangor (myroyalselangor.com) pewter products also make great take-home gifts due to their quality and legacy in Malaysian history. The Malaysian Landmarks collection will remind visitors of their holiday in Malaysia and include the Petronas Twin Towers pocket lighter, Sarawak-motif coasters, key chains, photo frames and tankards.

Royal Selangor: S2-3-L18, Departure Hall, Main Terminal Building, Terminal klia2

How about doing a good deed while you shop and support a special group of artists with disabilities? These super talented artists have put their skills to use by producing handpainted shoes and bags. Their handiwork can be seen at Amaze Creative in quirky and colourful designs for sneakers, flats, children’s shoes, ladies’ shoes and handbags. Totally unique and one-of-a-kind gifts!

Amaze Creative: Level 2, L2-77, [email protected], Terminal klia2

EXPLORING MALAYSIA

From Terminal klia2, the rest of Malaysia is easily accessible in a variety of transport modes. The Level 1 of [email protected] Mall is dedicated as the Transportation Hub for Terminal klia2, providing access to public transportation services like taxi, bus, rail and car rental. The Express Rail Link (ERL) Train Services is a high-speed train that connects airline passengers to Kuala Lumpur in 33 minutes.

The ticketing counters for buses and taxis are available at this level. The buses transport passengers to KL Sentral, Bandar Tasik Selatan, One Utama shopping mall, Nilai and Seremban, and to other states like Johor, Melaka and Perak.

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