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What to See, Do & Eat in Labuan?

A lot has changed since my last trip to Labuan back in 2011. Not so long ago, this federal territory was known as an important offshore financial centre offering international financial services while serving as a base for giant offshore oil and gas (OG) companies. Back then, there were more business people rather than tourists.

Seven years later, I am back here again and I love seeing how this island has morphed into a more laidback, relaxing and fun-filled destination. It is now more of a tropical paradise where people converge to get that sun-kissed tan by the pristine beach and in the sea while experiencing year-long summer fling. Labuan is called “The Pearl of Borneo”, and its allure now extends beyond its strategic duty-free status and (OG) businesses.

My second visit to Labuan gave me an entirely different experience from the first, which I think is for the better.

SEE
Labuan Museum Labuan Square

(GPS: 5.277134, 115.245336)
The two-storey Labuan Museum is housed in a pre-war colonial building that presents enriching information regarding what was the island like before the arrival of the British. It is a one-stop centre for travellers to access any information about Labuan and written historical moments that make Labuan as one of Malaysia’s Federal Territories. Outside the museum is the historic Labuan Square, where the four Flame of the Forest trees stand tall on all four corners of the square, each planted by the Chinese, Malay, Indian and European communities respectively in 1953 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

World War II Memorial

(GPS: 5.287301, 115.261967)
This memorial was built and currently maintained by Commonwealth War Graves Commission to serve as a memorial for the 3,908 war heroes, soldiers from Australia and Britain, Punjab Signal Corp, New Zealand and Northern Borneo, who either died during battle or in captivity during World War II. It is one of the most beautiful landmarks in Labuan as it boasts a beautiful wide green lawn with inscribed headstones of the fallen heroes.

Patau-Patau Water Village

(GPS: 5.282662, 115.234581)
Visiting a water village in Labuan is a must because this feature makes the destination unique. The houses in Patau-Patau Water Village, which are inhabited by the Kedayan-Bruneian families, are built between five and six metres above water level, all connected to each other using wooden boardwalk. Though the village looks traditional from the outside, its infrastructure is organised and well developed, complete with water and power supply, internet connection and proper sewage system, including important public facilities like clinics, schools and place of worship. Though the Kedayan-Bruneian community members still maintain their traditional lifestyle and customs, they also embrace modern life and globalisation.

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Peace Park Surrender Point

(GPS: 5.332827, 115.192845)
Located close to Kampung Layang-Layangan, the Peace Monument Park was set up and taken care by the Japanese government to remember the fallen soldiers and civilians during World War II. Next to it, the Surrender Point is the place where the Japanese ceded their control of Labuan to the Australians and also the place where the remaining Japanese soldiers committed hara-kiri, a suicide act as a way to maintain their dignity after losing the war.

Labuan Heritage Trails @ Labuan Chimney

(GPS: 5.381016, 115.248914)
The real reason for this 106-foot red brick stack with typical British architecture being erected is still a mystery as there is no trace of smoke or burn to suggest that it was used as a chimney. Nevertheless, it still earns its place as one of Labuan’s main landmarks, especially after winning the International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice and Sustainable Development in 2013 under the category of historic building architecture. Visiting this chimney to check out its fascinating built and accompanying museum that stores information regarding history of coal mining in Tanjung Kubong from 1847 until 1911 is highly recommended.

The Chimney is also the gateway to access Labuan Heritage Trail, an easy hike that ends at the tip of Tanjung Kubong, where travellers can enjoy the great panoramic view of South China Sea. Along the trail, travellers may find remnants of historical artefacts and structures such as ‘Gedung Ubat’ (Ammunition Store), a small and semi-rounded brick building that is believed to have stored Japanese explosives and artillery bullets during World War II. The trail takes about an hour for a return trip from The Chimney.

DO
Homestay Kampung Layang-Layangan

(GPS: 5.338784, 115.197166)
The villagers of Kampung Layang-Layangan are very heart-warming and friendly. This award-winning village offers travellers the valuable opportunity to experience hands-on local activities such as traditional cake-making and tasting kuih sapit, kuih jala and roti jala and enjoy a refreshing piasau (coconut drink) while being entertained by rich cultural performances in the form of silat, kompang and joget, including the never-ending sharing of the village’s history.

Kampung Layang-Layangan Homestay has won several recognitions and awards including the coveted title as the Most Visionary Village back in 2008, including the Cleanest Village Homestay in Malaysia. From this village, travellers can check out the beach that locals call Layang-Layangan where travellers can hire a boat and head to Snake Island, located a little less than ten minutes’ boat ride from the beach. The island is basically a big rock emerged from the sea and offers fun activities such as snorkelling and cliff-jumping! It is also a great spot for those who love fishing.

Satay Tuna Factory

(GPS: 5.265575, 115.235930)
Fisheries Product Transformation Centre in Labuan is the pioneer of Tuna Satay that is produced commercially for the first time in Malaysia; and probably even in Asia. It began in May 2017, and the ready-to-cook Tuna Satay has been distributed to selected malls and hotels throughout Malaysia. It tastes better than chicken or beef satay, less in cholesterol and high in protein. Fisheries Glory is responsible marketing this product internationally.

Don’t like the look of tuna on skewers? Then travellers may also opt for tuna steaks, tuna balls and tuna burgers.

Address: Jabatan Perikanan Negeri Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan, Km 4, Jalan Patau-Patau, Peti Surat 81411, 87024 Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan
Tel: +6087415881 Fax: +6087412885

Rusukan Besar Island

(GPS: 5.201460, 115.140188)
Considered as still pristine, this uninhabited island is a perfect getaway from the urban bustle. A snorkelling trip to this island costs MYR180 per person. The underwater scenery is beautifully filled with corals and micro planktons. There are various tiny fishes swimming around the corals near the beach. Once in a while, snorkellers will be pleasantly surprised by the presence of black tip sharks and turtles.

For those who would like to stay overnight on the island, there are five units of A-shaped huts available for rent. A turtle conservation centre has been erected too especially after the authorities discovered that turtles land on Rusukan Besar, including the neighbouring Rusukan Kecil and Kuraman islands, to lay eggs.

Other activities that can be done on the island are kayaking, barbecuing, picnicking and sunbathing.

Parahu Larai

Riding on parahu larai – a newly-designed wooden outrigger canoes with sail – is a new addition to Labuan and totally recommended. The idea came from the traditional way the Kedayan-Bruneian people has been sailing across the sea. Parahu larai offers another way to enjoy an exhilarating sight-seeing experience in Labuan over water. One trip costs MYR15 per person for a 20-minute journey. Travellers need to put on their wet attire because they might fall into the water when the boat is hit by strong waves. However, fear not, because riding on parahu larai is safe.

The two places where travellers can experience riding on parahu larai are Ramsey Point and Papan Island.

Papan Island

(GPS: 5.254338, 115.270844)
This small island across Ramsey Point – where Labuan International Sea Sports Complex is located – has always been a favourite weekend getaway for local families and tourists. Since my last visit to this place seven years ago, Papan Island’s facilities has markedly improved and more chalet units have been erected. These days, there are more activities offered here such as parahu larai, banana boat and flying sofa boat.

Even the trek to the lighthouse located on higher ground has been upgraded and more paths covered. I recommend spending at least half-a-day here.

Labuan International Golf Club

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(GPS: 5.277138, 115.171586)
The brand-new Labuan International Golf Club (LIGC) features many new services, including its soon-to-be-completed Malaysia’s first duty-free premium outlet set to be launched in early 2019. It is located amidst mesmerising scenery where the rainforest meets sea coast. Designed by renowned Australian designer Parslow Winter Golf Course Design, the golf course has the first nine holes surrounded by lush rainforest greenery, while the other nine holes dot along the coastline with sea view. LIGC strives to deliver a memorable golfing experience in Labuan.

Address: Jalan Sungai Pagar, 87000 W. P. Labuan
Tel: +6087468468 Fax: +6087468467
Email: [email protected] URL: http://www.ligc.com.my

ATV Ride by Smart Ryders ATV at Desa Tunas Hijau

(GPS: 5.289384, 115.172969)
All-terrain vehicle (ATV) rides near Sungai Miri Beach is operated by Smart Ryders ATV from Desa Tunas Hijau. Although ATV is synonymous with extreme sports, here it offers three options to travellers: village track, jungle track and beach track. Every tracks offers different facet of Labuan. The best part of this ride is revving along Sungai Miri Beach while taking in the glorious sunset view.

Address: Desa Tunas Hijau, 87000 WP Labuan
Tel: +60143580027
Email: [email protected] URL: https://www.instagram.com/smartrydersatv

When in Labuan, also do:

Duty-free shopping, which is almost everywhere on the island. Other places to do shopping are Labuan Central Market and Muzium Marina Labuan.

EAT
Warung Jeliti

(GPS: 5.288499, 115.197113)
Enjoy savoury Labuan dishes the way locals love them, which storm the place during lunch hour especially on weekdays, thus avoid coming here between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Try the eatery’s special fish cooked in sour gravy, prawns cooked in yellow coconut milk gravy and local salad with chilli paste.

Address: 705, Jalan Bebuloh, 87000 Labuan
Tel: +60135400849
Email: [email protected] URL: https://www.facebook.com/Warung-Jeliti-336306793086201

Mr Crab Seafood Steamboat Restaurant

(GPS: 5.287148, 115.212998)
This restaurant is located at the confluence of two rivers with lush mangrove backdrop, serving wide array of seafood such as king lobster, tiger prawn, and snow skin red bean roll, among others. We totally recommend the restaurant’s special pumpkin crab and Thai-style steamed abalone.

Address: Eco Pelancongan Kinabenua, Jalan Kinabenua, 87000 Labuan.
Tel: +60172280288
URL: https://www.facebook.com/Mr-Crab-Seafood-Steamboat-Restaurant-426571124376169

Anjung Ketam, Nagalang Seafood Restaurant

(GPS: 5.315205, 115.254973)
This is another good option to savour seafood in Labuan, but it is a little secluded with 360-degree panoramic view of the ocean. The seafood is fresh because it’s directly bought from local fishermen. It can be quite hot in the afternoon but the sea breeze cools the place down and makes dining here worthwhile.

Address: Simpang Ikan Todak 24 Kerupang 1, Kampung Nagalang, 87000 Labuan
Tel: +60178392870
Email: [email protected]
URL: https://www.facebook.com/kampungnagalangseafoodrestaurant

Mawilla Yatch Club Seafood Restaurant

(GPS: 5.276507, 115.258876)
Located within the Yatch Club near Ramsey Point, it offers dining experience on the beach with the panorama of Brunei Bay and Papan Island. It is famous for its delectable selection of seafood accompanied by spectacular sunset view, offering a perfect setting for families, small intimate groups of friends and even romantic couples. The restaurant’s butter milk prawn, Nestum prawn, salted egg crabs and mussels in chilli are must-try’s.

Address: Jalan Tanjung Batu, 87000 Labuan.
Tel: +6087423888

Mortar Cafe, Lazenda Hotel

(GPS: 5.278602, 115.246153)
Latest addition to the Labuan food scene is the hip and Instagram-able Mortar Café, the sister brand of Lazenda Hotel, which offers unique all-day dining experience. There is an all-day breakfast on the menu and meals for both lunch and dinner. The ambience is trendy, befitting its tagline “Eat, Chill and Drink”. We recommend that travellers order Prawn Somtam, Charcoal Burger, and Mortar Laksa, including amazing desserts like Durian Cheesecake and Coconut Yoghurt Gelato.

Address: Block C D, Lazenda Centre, Jalan OKK Abdullah, Bandar Labuan, 87007 Labuan
Tel: +6087580800 / Fax: F +6087580600
Email: [email protected] URL: https://www.facebook.com/Mortar-Cafe-Lounge-374398149598502/

When in Labuan, also eat:

At Ramsey Point, where local street food is abound.

STAY

Pilly Homestay, Kampung Layang-Layangan
(GPS: 5.339750, 115.197518)
Address: No.13-5034, Jalan OKK Daud, Kampung Layang-Layangan, 87000 Labuan.
Tel: +60178133566/+6087467566
Email: [email protected] URL: https://www.facebook.com/pillyhomestay/

Palm Beach Resort Spa
(GPS: 5.386312, 115.238696)
Address: Jalan Batu Manikar, 87014 Labuan
Tel: +6087418700 / Fax: +6087418732
Email: [email protected] URL: http://www.palmbeachresortspa.com/

Tiara Labuan Hotel
(GPS: 5.282321, 115.260937)
Address: Jalan Tanjung Batu, 87007 Labuan
Tel: +6087414300 / Fax: +6087410195
Email: [email protected] URL: http://www.tiaralabuan.com/

Lazenda Hotel
(GPS: 5.278602, 115.246153)
Address: Block C D, Lazenda Centre, Jalan OKK Abdullah, Bandar Labuan, 87007 Labuan
Tel: +6087580800 / Fax: F +6087580600
Email: [email protected] URL: http://www.lazendahotel.com/

This article is courtesy of Gaya Travel Magazine.

Article source: http://blog.tourism.gov.my/feed/

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Tourism Malaysia

A Home Away From Home in Malaysia’s Far North

Roots – that is why there is always that need for us Malaysians to return to our hometowns, which we affectionately call “kampung”. We want to show our children where and how we grew up, we want to instill in them a sense of belonging and at the same time give them their identity. And of course, it is essentially a reunion of loved ones.

So if you want to learn more about Malaysian culture and tradition, go to their roots. I suggest that you stay at a homestay in a traditional “kampung” and you will find out why Malaysians are known for their warmth and friendliness, as well as what makes them tick. I hope it will become one of your most beautiful memories in Malaysia. And in the process, you’ll gain a new family too.

Under the Malaysian Government’s Homestay Experience programme, tourists can easily get a dose of life in the village. The programme registers a few hundred villages that have expressed interest in hosting tourists in their private homes to provide them a glimpse of life in Malaysia’s beautiful countryside.

Besides that, you’ll get to spend a majority of the time with your host family doing activities that will help you immerse yourself in the local culture.

If one day you’ll find yourself heading towards the northern region of Malaysia, check out these homestays:

1. Kampung Ujung Bukit, Perlis

At Kampung Ujung Bukit, the homestay is built near the rice fields with the limestone hills as the backdrop, offering picturesque and peaceful surroundings. Some of the houses are built on wooden stilts, while others sit on rock formations.
Each house bears the name of a hill, like Bukit Bintang, Bukit Keteri, Bukit Jernih, Bukit Emas, Bukit Nyattuh, Bukit Lagi, Bukit Padang, Bukit Kecil and Bukit Chuping.

At Kampung Ujung Bukit, let yourself attune to the local customs and try to fit in as best you can. As you are going to eat what your host family eat, so challenge yourself to try some of the local delight such as bamboo shoots and clear pumpkin soup, ikan termenong and ulam pokok kedondong.

Take part in activities such as tarik upih pinang (pulling the betel nut fronds), cycling and making emping (crackers). Famed for the succulent Harumanis mango, you might find yourself busy plucking ripe mangoes from the trees at the mango plantations nearby.

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Perlis Equestrian Training Centre for an unforgettable adventure with horses, as well as Bukit Ayer Recreational forest for some eco-adventures.

Homestay Kampung Ujung Bukit
Jalan Kurong Batang,
01000 Kangar, Perlis
Contact person: En. Ed (012-448 6305) / Puan Faezah (017-5986504)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/UjungBukitPerlis/

2. Homestay Relau, Bandar Baru Kulim, Kedah

Strategically located right along the border between Penang and Perak, Homestay Relau is a small traditional Malay rural township in the Southern-most part of Kedah Darul Aman, and it is surrounded by lush green hills with unspoilt natural beauty giving the town an extra edge over other rural locations in Kedah. Most of the host family are farmers, many of whom still practice traditional agricultural and farming methods.

By staying here, you will get a glimpse of the life of a rubber-tapper and a paddy-field farmer. Why don’t you try your hands at rubber tapping or paddy planting /harvesting (seasonal)? These experiences will open your eyes to the daily realities of your host family’s world.

Most of the houses in Homestay Relau are fringed by tropical fruit trees and as the “adopted son or daughter”, you will have the privileged to eat just about any fruits you want and as much as you want. Just imagine all those delicious tropical fruits like durian, mango, rambutan, and mangosteen, you name it and they’ve got it.

One of the most favourite activities at Homestay Relau is the traditional batik painting, where you will get to learn some basic points on batik, and another one is learning how to dance the traditional dances. The basic steps are relatively easy to learn. With a little practice, you will soon find yourself swaying to the music!

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Sungai Sedim Recreational Forest and Junjong Waterfall, to name a few.

Homestay Relau
Persatuan Homestay Relau,
Lot 1064, Sri Impian, Relau, Kedah .
Contact person: En. Helmi (+6012 – 488 3620)
FB : https://www.facebook.com/Homestay-Relau-Kedah

3. Homestay Mengkuang Titi, Penang

Located about 25km from Butterworth and 32km from George Town, Homestay Mengkuang Titi is a comprehensive village that still retains its rustic traditional charm and culture. The traditional homes of the villagers here exude a cozy ambience for visitors as they are beautifully crafted with wooden structure and intricate architecture. At Mengkuang Titi, you’ll enjoy a wide spectrum of vibrant culture and exciting art activities. Indulge in the natural wonders of its agriculture, cottage industry and traditional games today.

There are always lots of things to do in a homestay and Homestay Mengkuang Titi is no exception. Try your hand at rubber tapping and watch how latex is processed into rubber sheets, or join the villagers in plucking coconuts from trees and savour its delightful water, or learn how to weave mengkuang mats.
Grab the opportunity to learn to make kuih bahulu, a traditional and scrumptious Malay cake. Kuih bahulu is also a popular snack during festive seasons.

Take part in traditional dances or musical performances such as Boria, a musical performance that is unique to Penang. Boria, the traditional parody theatre that was first originated from the ancient ta’ziyeh culture of Persia is known for their medley of traditional music and chorus singing.
Test your skill in traditional Malay games such as top spinning, or gasing, and sepak raga, played by the men and congkak by the women.

Visiting Mengkuang Dam is a must because it is the largest water storage in Penang with a capacity of 23,639 million litres of water. This dam also features a well-landscaped garden with rubber and pine trees as well as wildlife.

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Penang War Museum at Bukit Maung, which was built by the British military in 1930s to protect the island.

Homestay Mengkuang Titi
Mo. 679, Mk. 19, Mengkuang Titi, 14000 Bkt. Mertajam, Sbg. Perai
Contact person: Rohaizat Bin Hj. Othman (+6019 – 412 7095)
Email: [email protected]
FB: https://www.facebook.com/homestaymengkuangtiti15/

4. Homestay Kampung Beng, Lenggong, Perak

Homestay Kampung Beng is an achingly beautiful village on the edge of Lake Chenderoh. It is located about 23km from Lenggong town and 45 minute drive from Kuala Kangsar.

Homestay Kampung Beng is made of six smaller villages comprise of Kg Durian Lubuk, Kg Beng Dalam, Kg Dusun, Kg Sekolah, Kg Durau and Kg Batu Ring. The main mode of transport is by boat or sampan.

The villages are surrounded by scenic views of lush green forest, lakes, waterfalls and mountains. The breathtaking view is one of the reason Kg. Beng is often the preferred filming location to renown film makers both locally and internationally.

Residents here in Homestay Kampung Beng still conserves their traditional kampung way of life. Their warm hospitality, laid back activities and rich cultural heritage will guarantee a truly nostalgic kampung life experience.

Most of the villagers are rubber tappers, so most likely you will get the opportunity to tap a rubber tree. You can also visit their deer farm located in the kampung itself and see for yourself how they manage the farm.

Kampung Beng isn’t called mini-amazon for nothing as its river is filled with many species of freshwater fish such as tengalan (carp), kelah (river carp), kerai (carp), sebarau (carp), baung (catfish), lampam jawa (Javanese carp) and patin (river catfish); thus its most popular activity is fishing at the nearby Tasik Raban and Sungai Perak.

Be brave and try out your host family’s traditional cuisines, which include ikan pekasam (fish preserved in salt brine), gulai tempoyak (gravy made from fermented durian), sambal ayam serai (chicken with lemongrass sauce), kerabu umbut (salad made from young palm tree shoots), and many others.

Other activities you can do at the homestay are trekking the nearby hilly jungle to get to a glorious waterfall known as the Lata Gelongsor, as well as visiting the King of Pattani’s shipwreck site. Tok Beng, the founder of the village was believed to be a Prince of Pattani.

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Kota Tampan Archaeological Museum (the museum displays a diversity of archaeological finds from the local area) and the limestone caves in Lenggong Valley.

Homestay Kampung Beng
33400 Lenggong, Perak
Contact person: Mr. Akmal (019 – 574 7160)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/homestaykampungBENG

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Tourism Malaysia

A Home Away From Home in Malaysia’s Far North

Roots – that is why there is always that need for us Malaysians to return to our hometowns, which we affectionately call “kampung”. We want to show our children where and how we grew up, we want to instill in them a sense of belonging and at the same time give them their identity. And of course, it is essentially a reunion of loved ones.

So if you want to learn more about Malaysian culture and tradition, go to their roots. I suggest that you stay at a homestay in a traditional “kampung” and you will find out why Malaysians are known for their warmth and friendliness, as well as what makes them tick. I hope it will become one of your most beautiful memories in Malaysia. And in the process, you’ll gain a new family too.

Under the Malaysian Government’s Homestay Experience programme, tourists can easily get a dose of life in the village. The programme registers a few hundred villages that have expressed interest in hosting tourists in their private homes to provide them a glimpse of life in Malaysia’s beautiful countryside.

Besides that, you’ll get to spend a majority of the time with your host family doing activities that will help you immerse yourself in the local culture.

If one day you’ll find yourself heading towards the northern region of Malaysia, check out these homestays:

1. Kampung Ujung Bukit, Perlis

At Kampung Ujung Bukit, the homestay is built near the rice fields with the limestone hills as the backdrop, offering picturesque and peaceful surroundings. Some of the houses are built on wooden stilts, while others sit on rock formations.
Each house bears the name of a hill, like Bukit Bintang, Bukit Keteri, Bukit Jernih, Bukit Emas, Bukit Nyattuh, Bukit Lagi, Bukit Padang, Bukit Kecil and Bukit Chuping.

At Kampung Ujung Bukit, let yourself attune to the local customs and try to fit in as best you can. As you are going to eat what your host family eat, so challenge yourself to try some of the local delight such as bamboo shoots and clear pumpkin soup, ikan termenong and ulam pokok kedondong.

Take part in activities such as tarik upih pinang (pulling the betel nut fronds), cycling and making emping (crackers). Famed for the succulent Harumanis mango, you might find yourself busy plucking ripe mangoes from the trees at the mango plantations nearby.

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Perlis Equestrian Training Centre for an unforgettable adventure with horses, as well as Bukit Ayer Recreational forest for some eco-adventures.

Homestay Kampung Ujung Bukit
Jalan Kurong Batang,
01000 Kangar, Perlis
Contact person: En. Ed (012-448 6305) / Puan Faezah (017-5986504)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/UjungBukitPerlis/

2. Homestay Relau, Bandar Baru Kulim, Kedah

Strategically located right along the border between Penang and Perak, Homestay Relau is a small traditional Malay rural township in the Southern-most part of Kedah Darul Aman, and it is surrounded by lush green hills with unspoilt natural beauty giving the town an extra edge over other rural locations in Kedah. Most of the host family are farmers, many of whom still practice traditional agricultural and farming methods.

By staying here, you will get a glimpse of the life of a rubber-tapper and a paddy-field farmer. Why don’t you try your hands at rubber tapping or paddy planting /harvesting (seasonal)? These experiences will open your eyes to the daily realities of your host family’s world.

Most of the houses in Homestay Relau are fringed by tropical fruit trees and as the “adopted son or daughter”, you will have the privileged to eat just about any fruits you want and as much as you want. Just imagine all those delicious tropical fruits like durian, mango, rambutan, and mangosteen, you name it and they’ve got it.

One of the most favourite activities at Homestay Relau is the traditional batik painting, where you will get to learn some basic points on batik, and another one is learning how to dance the traditional dances. The basic steps are relatively easy to learn. With a little practice, you will soon find yourself swaying to the music!

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Sungai Sedim Recreational Forest and Junjong Waterfall, to name a few.

Homestay Relau
Persatuan Homestay Relau,
Lot 1064, Sri Impian, Relau, Kedah .
Contact person: En. Helmi (+6012 – 488 3620)
FB : https://www.facebook.com/Homestay-Relau-Kedah

3. Homestay Mengkuang Titi, Penang

Located about 25km from Butterworth and 32km from George Town, Homestay Mengkuang Titi is a comprehensive village that still retains its rustic traditional charm and culture. The traditional homes of the villagers here exude a cozy ambience for visitors as they are beautifully crafted with wooden structure and intricate architecture. At Mengkuang Titi, you’ll enjoy a wide spectrum of vibrant culture and exciting art activities. Indulge in the natural wonders of its agriculture, cottage industry and traditional games today.

There are always lots of things to do in a homestay and Homestay Mengkuang Titi is no exception. Try your hand at rubber tapping and watch how latex is processed into rubber sheets, or join the villagers in plucking coconuts from trees and savour its delightful water, or learn how to weave mengkuang mats.
Grab the opportunity to learn to make kuih bahulu, a traditional and scrumptious Malay cake. Kuih bahulu is also a popular snack during festive seasons.

Take part in traditional dances or musical performances such as Boria, a musical performance that is unique to Penang. Boria, the traditional parody theatre that was first originated from the ancient ta’ziyeh culture of Persia is known for their medley of traditional music and chorus singing.
Test your skill in traditional Malay games such as top spinning, or gasing, and sepak raga, played by the men and congkak by the women.

Visiting Mengkuang Dam is a must because it is the largest water storage in Penang with a capacity of 23,639 million litres of water. This dam also features a well-landscaped garden with rubber and pine trees as well as wildlife.

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Penang War Museum at Bukit Maung, which was built by the British military in 1930s to protect the island.

Homestay Mengkuang Titi
Mo. 679, Mk. 19, Mengkuang Titi, 14000 Bkt. Mertajam, Sbg. Perai
Contact person: Rohaizat Bin Hj. Othman (+6019 – 412 7095)
Email: [email protected]
FB: https://www.facebook.com/homestaymengkuangtiti15/

4. Homestay Kampung Beng, Lenggong, Perak

Homestay Kampung Beng is an achingly beautiful village on the edge of Lake Chenderoh. It is located about 23km from Lenggong town and 45 minute drive from Kuala Kangsar.

Homestay Kampung Beng is made of six smaller villages comprise of Kg Durian Lubuk, Kg Beng Dalam, Kg Dusun, Kg Sekolah, Kg Durau and Kg Batu Ring. The main mode of transport is by boat or sampan.

The villages are surrounded by scenic views of lush green forest, lakes, waterfalls and mountains. The breathtaking view is one of the reason Kg. Beng is often the preferred filming location to renown film makers both locally and internationally.

Residents here in Homestay Kampung Beng still conserves their traditional kampung way of life. Their warm hospitality, laid back activities and rich cultural heritage will guarantee a truly nostalgic kampung life experience.

Most of the villagers are rubber tappers, so most likely you will get the opportunity to tap a rubber tree. You can also visit their deer farm located in the kampung itself and see for yourself how they manage the farm.

Kampung Beng isn’t called mini-amazon for nothing as its river is filled with many species of freshwater fish such as tengalan (carp), kelah (river carp), kerai (carp), sebarau (carp), baung (catfish), lampam jawa (Javanese carp) and patin (river catfish); thus its most popular activity is fishing at the nearby Tasik Raban and Sungai Perak.

Be brave and try out your host family’s traditional cuisines, which include ikan pekasam (fish preserved in salt brine), gulai tempoyak (gravy made from fermented durian), sambal ayam serai (chicken with lemongrass sauce), kerabu umbut (salad made from young palm tree shoots), and many others.

Other activities you can do at the homestay are trekking the nearby hilly jungle to get to a glorious waterfall known as the Lata Gelongsor, as well as visiting the King of Pattani’s shipwreck site. Tok Beng, the founder of the village was believed to be a Prince of Pattani.

Beyond the village area, let your host family take you to the various tourist attractions nearby such as the Kota Tampan Archaeological Museum (the museum displays a diversity of archaeological finds from the local area) and the limestone caves in Lenggong Valley.

Homestay Kampung Beng
33400 Lenggong, Perak
Contact person: Mr. Akmal (019 – 574 7160)
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/homestaykampungBENG

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A Day In Cyberjaya

Most people residing in the Klang Valley would balk at the idea of coming to Cyberjaya. The common response would be “What for?? Nothing to do there!”, “No thank you, boring-lah!”

Really? Have you actually tried it?

Just celebrating its 20th year in 2017, Cyberjaya now has loads to offer, especially for families. Surprised? Read on!

Apart from the ‘typical’ Arabic restaurants that have mushroomed in the area almost indiscriminately, we now have so many more options if food-hunting is your game.

BREAKFAST

If you are a ‘mamak’ fan, as most Malaysians are, there are many familiar places for you to fuel up to begin your day, Pelita being most popular.

If local flavours are more your thing, then there are also many restaurants and ‘kopitiams’ serving your all-time favourites such as toast with half-boiled eggs and nasi lemak. For a more ‘refined’ taste, there are also restaurants serving Kelantanese and Terengganu fare such as nasi kerabu, nasi dagang and laksam.

The latest is Restoran Lauk Kampung, located in Tamarind Square, which serves breakfast and lunch exclusively.

Restoran Lauk Kampung,

Tamarind Square,

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Operating Hours : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed on Sunday)

Enquiries and reservations : 014-220 0140

 Restoran Makang,

Tamarind Square,

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Operating Hours :     8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays)

                                    8:00 am to 1:00 pm (Saturdays)

                                    Closed on Sundays

Enquiries and reservations : 019-602 1007

  LUNCH

Apart from Middle-Eastern Cuisine, Cyberjaya also has Chinese Muslim restaurants in abundance! There’s the famous Salam Noodle which has included their yummy dumplings to the menu, and you can opt for the ‘dry’ or soup version, and also their Mutton Soup with Rice. In Cyberjaya alone, Salam Noodle has 2 branches, one in Shaftsbury Square and another at the CBD 2 building.

For a more exclusive treat, you can head on to Xing Zhu Chinese Restaurant located in Cyberview Resort Spa for dimsum. They have all-you-can-eat deal, as well as ala carte selections.

Local flavours are served at restaurants such as Ulam Sup, located near Autoville Cyberjaya, and the famous Bawal Power Sempoi recently moved to the Futurise Centre.

Restoran Ulam Sup

Autoville, Cyberjaya

Enquiries : 03-8688 0620

Operating Hours : 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

 Salam Noodles

P2-17,, Persiaran Multimedia, Shaftsbury Square

63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Enquiries : 03-8322 6885

Operating Hours : 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Daily)

 Xing Zhu Chinese Restaurant

Cyberview Resort Spa

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Enquiries : 03-8312 7000

Operating Hours :     12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (Lunch)

6:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Dinner)

 Bawal Power Sempoi

Persiaran Apec, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Enquiries : 011-3533 1741

Operating Hours : 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Saturdays) 

DINNER

The latest western fusion restaurant is Farrell’s Diner, located at Shaftsbury Square. The menu is mainly western, with a touch of fusion flavours. Their menu includes All-Day Breakfast such as Farrell’s Egg Benedict, and fusion-themes Main Courses such as Pan-Seared Miso White Fish and Salted Egg Tomato Pasta with Giant French Crab. The Diner is also family-friendly and offers Kids’ Menu for under RM10.00.

If steamboat is your thing, then there are three (yes, three!) places to choose from. Volcano Shabu-Shabu Steamboat is located at Shaftsbury Square, Empire Steamboat is at Gem In Mall, and Chit Chat Steamboat Grill is located at Astana Cyberjaya. All steamboat is all-you-can-eat buffet, so feel free to indulge!

Farrell’s Diner

P1-01, Shaftsbury Square,

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 6, Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 11.00 am to 10.30pm (Daily)

Enquiries and reservations : 010-225 7079

 Volcano Shabu Shabu Cyberjaya

P3-10, Shaftsbury Square, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 6, Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 11:30am to 10.00pm (Daily)

Enquiries and reservations : 03-8688 2890

Steamboat Empire

Steamboat Empire Cyberjaya, Gem In Mall, Cyber 11, Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 10:00 – 22:00.
Children below age of 9 years old eat for FREE!

Enquiries and reservations : 03-8320 9881

 Chit Chat Steamboat Grill

Persiaran Garden Residence 2, Cyberjaya, 62000 Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Daily)

Enquiries and reservations : 019-790 2090

ACTIVITIES

For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are many parks in Cyberjaya one can explore, and there is also BookXcess which is open 24 hours. Yes, bookworms rejoice!! A book store which NEVER closes!!

The book store is located in Tamarind Square, where many food outlets are available including Burger King, San Francisco Coffee and Dokebi Chicken, a Korean-style Restaurant.

Tamarind Square Shopping Mall

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11

63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

(Retail outlets and eateries have individual operating hours)

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A Day In Cyberjaya

Most people residing in the Klang Valley would balk at the idea of coming to Cyberjaya. The common response would be “What for?? Nothing to do there!”, “No thank you, boring-lah!”

Really? Have you actually tried it?

Just celebrating its 20th year in 2017, Cyberjaya now has loads to offer, especially for families. Surprised? Read on!

Apart from the ‘typical’ Arabic restaurants that have mushroomed in the area almost indiscriminately, we now have so many more options if food-hunting is your game.

BREAKFAST

If you are a ‘mamak’ fan, as most Malaysians are, there are many familiar places for you to fuel up to begin your day, Pelita being most popular.

If local flavours are more your thing, then there are also many restaurants and ‘kopitiams’ serving your all-time favourites such as toast with half-boiled eggs and nasi lemak. For a more ‘refined’ taste, there are also restaurants serving Kelantanese and Terengganu fare such as nasi kerabu, nasi dagang and laksam.

The latest is Restoran Lauk Kampung, located in Tamarind Square, which serves breakfast and lunch exclusively.

Restoran Lauk Kampung,

Tamarind Square,

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Operating Hours : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed on Sunday)

Enquiries and reservations : 014-220 0140

 Restoran Makang,

Tamarind Square,

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Operating Hours :     8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Mondays to Fridays)

                                    8:00 am to 1:00 pm (Saturdays)

                                    Closed on Sundays

Enquiries and reservations : 019-602 1007

  LUNCH

Apart from Middle-Eastern Cuisine, Cyberjaya also has Chinese Muslim restaurants in abundance! There’s the famous Salam Noodle which has included their yummy dumplings to the menu, and you can opt for the ‘dry’ or soup version, and also their Mutton Soup with Rice. In Cyberjaya alone, Salam Noodle has 2 branches, one in Shaftsbury Square and another at the CBD 2 building.

For a more exclusive treat, you can head on to Xing Zhu Chinese Restaurant located in Cyberview Resort Spa for dimsum. They have all-you-can-eat deal, as well as ala carte selections.

Local flavours are served at restaurants such as Ulam Sup, located near Autoville Cyberjaya, and the famous Bawal Power Sempoi recently moved to the Futurise Centre.

Restoran Ulam Sup

Autoville, Cyberjaya

Enquiries : 03-8688 0620

Operating Hours : 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

 Salam Noodles

P2-17,, Persiaran Multimedia, Shaftsbury Square

63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Enquiries : 03-8322 6885

Operating Hours : 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (Daily)

 Xing Zhu Chinese Restaurant

Cyberview Resort Spa

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Enquiries : 03-8312 7000

Operating Hours :     12:00 noon to 2:30 pm (Lunch)

6:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Dinner)

 Bawal Power Sempoi

Persiaran Apec, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

Enquiries : 011-3533 1741

Operating Hours : 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mondays to Saturdays) 

DINNER

The latest western fusion restaurant is Farrell’s Diner, located at Shaftsbury Square. The menu is mainly western, with a touch of fusion flavours. Their menu includes All-Day Breakfast such as Farrell’s Egg Benedict, and fusion-themes Main Courses such as Pan-Seared Miso White Fish and Salted Egg Tomato Pasta with Giant French Crab. The Diner is also family-friendly and offers Kids’ Menu for under RM10.00.

If steamboat is your thing, then there are three (yes, three!) places to choose from. Volcano Shabu-Shabu Steamboat is located at Shaftsbury Square, Empire Steamboat is at Gem In Mall, and Chit Chat Steamboat Grill is located at Astana Cyberjaya. All steamboat is all-you-can-eat buffet, so feel free to indulge!

Farrell’s Diner

P1-01, Shaftsbury Square,

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 6, Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 11.00 am to 10.30pm (Daily)

Enquiries and reservations : 010-225 7079

 Volcano Shabu Shabu Cyberjaya

P3-10, Shaftsbury Square, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 6, Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 11:30am to 10.00pm (Daily)

Enquiries and reservations : 03-8688 2890

Steamboat Empire

Steamboat Empire Cyberjaya, Gem In Mall, Cyber 11, Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 10:00 – 22:00.
Children below age of 9 years old eat for FREE!

Enquiries and reservations : 03-8320 9881

 Chit Chat Steamboat Grill

Persiaran Garden Residence 2, Cyberjaya, 62000 Cyberjaya

Operating Hours : 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Daily)

Enquiries and reservations : 019-790 2090

ACTIVITIES

For those who enjoy the outdoors, there are many parks in Cyberjaya one can explore, and there is also BookXcess which is open 24 hours. Yes, bookworms rejoice!! A book store which NEVER closes!!

The book store is located in Tamarind Square, where many food outlets are available including Burger King, San Francisco Coffee and Dokebi Chicken, a Korean-style Restaurant.

Tamarind Square Shopping Mall

Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11

63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor

(Retail outlets and eateries have individual operating hours)

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