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Weekend at Segamat

Not too far from the world renowned Endau-Rompin National Park is the little Segamat town – another Johor district that is filled with historical footprints of the yesteryears. Take a walk around town and sight see on the places that used to be a favourite to Johor royals, or if you are a durian lover, make a trip out of town to Kampung Teratai for a durian buffet that is bound to leave you on a burping frenzy. Sungai Bantang Recreational Forest is also a family favourite to indulge in the nature and have a refreshing swim in the waters.

Recommended itinerary:

10AM-12PM

NANYANG COFFEESHOP
Address: Jalan Pasar, Segamat
Cost: RM10 What: Located just a stone’s throw away from the Segamat KTM station, this is a famous breakfast joint for locals in Segamat town, and the first stop for most visiting tourists to have a quick cuppa and bite of toast. Must-try: Toast with butter and kaya.


12PM-4PM

AH GANG DURIAN FARM
Address:  Kampung Teratai, Jementah
Operating Hours: 7AM-7PM
Cost: RM20    
What: Located along the trunk road from Muar to Buloh Kasap, this is one of the many makeshift stalls put up to lure tourists from as far as Singapore to come try out the freshest durians in an all-you-can-eat galore.
Must-try: D101, Ang Hay, Mao San Wang.

4PM-6PM

SEGAMAT SQUARE
Address: Jalan Buloh Kasap, Segamat
Operating Hours: Daytime Cost: Free What: Built in 1996, Segamat Square is the main venue for Johor’s state level National Day celebrations. The square includes a clock tower and a giant durian replica, after Segamat’s famous produce, making it a distinguishable landmark in town.

TAMAN BUNGA BATU HAMPAR
Address: Jalan Buloh Kasap, Segamat
Operating Hours: Daytime
Cost: Free What: Also known as ‘Rock Garden’, it is the main recreational park in Segamat town. The official residence for the Segamat District Officer is situated there, as is Istana Hinggap, Johor’s royal retreat that used to be Sultan Ibrahim’s favourite resting palace during his hunting trips.

BENDAHARA TEPOK TOMB
Address: Kampung Lubok Batu, Segamat
Operating Hours: Daytime
Cost: Free What: About 2KM from the Segamat town centre, this is the final resting place for Bendahara Tepok, the last Bendahara of the Melaka Sultanate.

6PM-8PM

TIONG HWA STEAMBOAT RESTAURANT
Address: 6D, Jalan Buloh Kasap, 85000 Segamat
Tel.: +6 07 932 1322
Operating Hours: 10.30AM-11PM
Cost: Around RM20 per pax What: A notable restaurant in Segamat town that serves steamy and delicious steamboat meals for anyone who is out to eat all they can.
Must-try: Steamboat.

Optional:

SUNGAI BANTANG WATERFALL
Address: Kampung Bekok, Bekok
Operating Hours: Daytime Cost: Free
What: Sharing the same ground as the centuries-old Endau-Rompin National Park, Sungai Bantang National Park is a good place to chill with friends and families, especially at the waterfalls. It is also a great place for picnicking and a quick refreshing dip.


Where to stay:

VIP HOTEL
Address: 1st Mile, Jalan Buloh Kasap, 85000 Segamat
Tel.: +6 07 931 2101
Web: www.viphotel.com.my
Cost: From RM75++
Rating: 2-star
What: Located at the edge of Segamat’s town centre, this 75-room hotel is ideal as an accommodation for all kinds of travellers. It has the usual facilities to make your stay in Segamat a little more comfortable.

PINE CLASSIC INN
Address: 30 30A, Jalan Genuang, 85000 Segamat Tel.: +6 07 932 3009
Cost: From RM52.90nett
Rating: Budget    
What: Located in the heart of Segamat town, and just a few minutes’ walk to the bank of Segamat River, this accommodation offers budget cheap rooms that are still equally snug for a night’s stay.

VILLA HOTEL SEGAMAT
Address: 26 Jalan Ros, 85000 Segamat
Tel.: +6 07 932 8188
Cost: From RM85nett
Rating: Budget What: Another cosy accommodation in the middle of Segamat town, which you can shack up in during your weekend trip.

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A Weekend At The Budding Bentong

Snuggled behind the mountainous shadows of Genting Highland and Bukit Tinggi is the small town of Bentong. Although there is not much sightseeing to do in the town itself, there is plenty of adventure waiting for you to embark on, such as the Chamang Waterfall and Dusun Eco’s outdoor activities. Yet, Bentong is still worth a short visit for its ample food choices available in every nook and cranny in town. Whether you are up for some spice-tingling fish head curry, or the sweet kisses of homemade ice cream, Bentong is the place to be.

Duration: Overnight trip

Suitable for: Families

Recommended itinerary:

Day One:

11AM-1PM

FOON LOCK RESTAURANT

84, Kg Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang.

Take the exit point of Janda Baik to go to Foon Lock.

(Tel.: +6 09 233 0170/+6 012 955 3832; Kampung Bukit Tinggi; RM20-RM30 per pax; Time: 10.30AM-10PM)

What: A sought-after restaurant in quiet Kampung Bukit Tinggi that serves yummy Chinese stir fried dishes to fill the tummy.

Why: Your tummy must be growling by the time you cross the borders into Pahang. Have a hearty meal here before proceeding down the Karak Highway and onto your weekend escapade.

Must-try: Tin kai noodles, steamed chicken with wolfberries, ginger and Chinese wine.

1PM-6PM

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES @ DUSUN ECO RESORT

(Tel.: +6 03 2070 8720/+6 03 2070 1110; http://www.dusuneco.com; Bentong; Time: 9AM-7PM)

What: A training and recreational village with its very own fruit plantation and facilities for exciting outdoor activities.

Why: From rock climbing to abseiling, obstacle courses to paintball shooting, from swimming to jungle trekking –  Dusun Eco has a bunch of outdoor activities to spend away your day. There is even a fruit plantation where you can have a teatime break and munch on freshly plucked fruits.

*Get in touch with Dusun Eco Resort for exhaustive information on activities and pricings.

6PM onwards

THE RAUB

53,Jalan Loke Yew, 28700 Bentong, Pahang

Beside the Bentong General Hospital

(Tel. +6 09 223 3551; Jalan Loke Yew; RM40 per 4 pax; Time: 6AM-8PM)

What: One of the famous restaurants in town serving the neighbouring town, Raub’s popular fish head curry. Why: After a day of action at the paintball field, you must be shaking with hunger by the time you reach Bentong town. This restaurant has the perfect dishes cooked up in the kitchen to fill you to the brim so you can have a good night’s rest.

Must-try: Fish head curry.

*Please make bookings at least an hour before visiting to secure seats.

Day Two:

9AM-12PM

CHAMANG WATERFALL

(http://www.happyyen.webs.com; Bentong; Around RM180 per group (2-8pax); Time: Anytime)

What: Also known as ‘Lover’s Falls’, Chamang is hidden deep within Chamang Village, and is a local favourite for picnicking during a short day’s getaway. Why: Start your day with a refreshing dip in Chamang’s cooling waters, and even have a picnic spread on the rocks with the soothing rush of the currents.

*Visit Yen’s website for more rates and itineraries available.

12PM-2PM

PHOON/LEONG YEW COFFEESHOP

Across the street from the central market building.

Jalan Chui Yin;

What: Located across the street from the central market’s building, they serve one of the best wan tan mee in town. The place is usually packed with locals who have just finished their day’s shopping at the market nearby. Why: After a morning’s worth of fun at Chamang Waterfall, come back to Bentong town for a bowl of slurpy goodness before exiting the small town back to civilisation in KL. Must-try: Wan tan mee.

KOW PO COFFEESHOP

2 Bentong Heights, 28700 Bentong

The coffeeshop is on the main Jalan Loke Yew and is opposite the Bentong central bus station

(Tel.: +6 09 222 1258; Jalan Loke Yew; RM2 per scoop; Time: 10.30AM-7PM)

What: A local’s favourite dessert spot serving preservative-free ice cream, cendol and ais kacang. Why: What better way to finish off your trip, as well as to cool yourself down during midday with a nice bowl of ice cream?

Must-try: Homemade ice cream, ais kacang drenched in coconut milk and palm sugar.
Optional:

LENTANG FOREST RECREATION PARK

(Bentong; Adult/Child: Free; Time: Anytime)

What: Another forest reserve, where visitors can set up camp for a night in nature’s bosom, or spend a few hours of peace and quiet among the green trees and running waters. Why: If going through an obstacle course seems too strenuous for your holiday, how about skipping Dusun Eco’s outdoor activities and head to Lentang instead for a peace of mind?

BENTONG SUNDAY MARKET

(Jalan Pasar; Time: 7AM-12PM)

What: A Chinese-oriented Sunday Market, selling all the ingredients, such as baby bok choi, mak choi, black-skinned chicken, bean curd and more, to cook up a sumptuous meal. Why: If you must, you can load up the trunk with a week’s worth of food supplies to go home with here. It’s also a good opportunity for photography enthusiasts to snap some portrait and candid shots.

Where to stay:

SELESA RESORT

(Tel.: +6 03 4042 6033; http://www.selesa.com.my; Bukit Tinggi; RM139nett-RM199nett; 3-star rating)

What: Built on the misty slopes of Bukit Tinggi, the resort is just a 40-minute drive from KL, and a 20-minute drive from Genting Highlands. Equipped with the best facilities, it’s a suitable accommodation to make your weekend getaway all the more comfortable.

Why: It’s still a long journey ahead along the Karak Highway to Bentong, and this resort is a strategic place to rest in before going down the road to your destination.

DUSUN ECO RESORT

(Tel.: +6 03 2070 8720/+6 03 2070 1110; http://www.dusuneco.com; Bentong; RM59 (4 pax per chalet))

What: A training and recreational village with its very own fruit plantation, obstacle course, paintball field, swimming pool and more facilities for any outdoor activities of your choice.

Why: Clean and tidy chalets with a list of outdoor activities for your disposal. Another decent place to overnight in before heading down the road to Bentong.

HOTEL KRISTAL

(Tel.: +6 09 223 2118; Bentong; From RM84nett; 1-star rating)

What: A 47-room hotel located right smacked in the middle of Bentong town with food and beverage amenities just at the doorstep.

Why: If you choose to overnight in Bentong town instead of in the folds of nature, this is your best bet with everything you need to keep your trip fulfilled.

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Roaming In Raub

One of the oldest towns in Pahang, Raub (translated as ‘scoop’) was once a gold mining town in early 19th century. Today, the quietness of the little town prevails, as locals devour on curry fish head, something Raub is famous for. Nearby, the water runs deep as extremists paddle through the Besu Rapids, while the Zen ones connect with nature at the Jarum Waterfalls.

Duration: Day trip
Suitable for: Families

Recommended itinerary:

10AM-12PM

TEA HOUSE
Address: 28 Jalan Dato’ Abdullah, Raub
Tel.: +6 09 355 1182
Operating Hours: 8AM-6.30PM
Cost:
What: An aptly named old-fashioned teahouse that serves the yummiest teatime snacks straight from the oven.
Must-try: Egg tarts, curry puffs, kaya puffs.


12PM-2PM

JERAM BESU
Address: Sungai Lipis, Benta
Tel.: Greenleaf Holidays Tours: +6 09 267 2131 / +6 019 313 1240
Operating Hours: Daytime
Cost: From RM180 per pax (min 8 pax)
What: Known as one of the most challenging whitewater rafting areas in Malaysia, Besu Rapids happen along the Lipis River and it’s just a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. The rapids here are graded 3 and above.

2PM-4PM

RESTORAN RATHA
Address: 82 Jalan Tun Razak, Raub
Tel.: +6 09 356 1651
Operating Hours: 6.30AM-9.30PM
Cost:
What: Raub is famous for its fish head curry and most locals would patron this restaurant that serves the little town’s best delicacy.
Must-try: Fish head curry, chicken curry.


Optional:
LATA JARUM
Address: Sungai Dong, Kampung Ulu Dong, Dong
Operating Hours: Daytime
Cost: Free
What: Located not too far from the village, Jarum Waterfalls is a picnic spot frequented by locals nearby and tourist from afar. To reach the falls, go down the Raub-Kuala Lipis road, and be prepared for a relaxing day by the cascading waters at the end of the road.
 

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The Camerons Weekend Escapade

Make this weekend a funky and relaxing one at Cameron Highlands.  Spread these activities out gently within two days, taking your time to savour each moment in the cool highlands.

Duration: 2D/1N
Suitability: Singles Couples

WHAT TO DO

MORNING TEA
Where: Sungai Palas Tea Centre, 39100 Brinchang
(Tel.: +605 496 2096; Teas from RM2.50 per mug; Free admission to factory and tea centre, information tours conducted approximately every 30 minutes; Time: Opens daily – except Monday – from 9 am to 4:30 pm)
What:  Tea plantation with a 20-foot overhanging platform overlooking the sprawling green hills peppered with rows and rows of tea bushes.  You can hop over to the BOH factory next door, too for a visit.
Why: It’s a feast for sore eyes.  Tea’ria (the resident souvenir and tea shop) is a great place for breakfast and tea.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Rose Valley, Tanah Rata
Where: 148 Tringkap, Cameron Highlands, 39100 Pahang
(Tel: +605-4961491; Adult/Child: RM4/RM2; Opens daily 8am to 6pm)
What: A nicely landscaped nursery that features an astounding amount of rose species – 450 to be exact – including the black rose, thorn-less rose and the ugly green rose.
Why: Roses are romantic.
When: In the mid-morning while it’s bright and sunny for photo ops.

TO MARKET, TO MARKET
Kea Farm, Brinchang
(Entrance is free for vegetable market)
What: Every Cameronian vegetable, fruits and plants under one roof at very reasonable prices.  Fresh from the farm, too.
Why: Get some fresh vegetables and fruits to cook during your stay or bring them home ~ they serve as practical and edible souvenirs!

SWEET STRAWBERRIES
Raju’s Hill Strawberry Farm
Where: No. 129, Jalan Kuari, Brinchang
(Tel: 019-575 3867; Opens daily from 8am – 6pm; Adult/Child: Free)
What: A strawberry farm offering fresh strawberries and home-made strawberry products e.g. jams, milkshake, ice cream and lollies
Why: There’s nothing like fresh, sweet and succulent strawberries now, is there?

PRICKLY PLANTS
Cactus Valley, Pekan Lama, Brinchang
(Tel: +605-491 5640/605-4915641; Opens daily from 8am to 6pm; Adult/Child: RM4/RM2)
What: A vast variety of interesting cactus on display including some as old as 60 years.  There are other plants there as well e.g. strawberries, roses, apple and peach trees, orchids, cherry tomatoes, etc.
Why: For the great photo ops and educational experience

THE BRINCHANG NIGHT MARKET
Brinchang Town
(Opens on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 10pm)
What: Beloved hawker fare, snacks, munchies, fruits, vegetables in the familiar night market ambiance – complete with noisy power generators and tempting food smells.
Why: Sizzle your one cool night at Cameron Highlands with these delicious tid-bits and hot soya bean drink.  Mmmm!

CHILLY WINDS, BREATHTAKING VIEWS
Mount Brinchang
(Accessible daily at any time; Adult/Child: Free)
What: It’s the tallest peak in Cameron Highlands.  You can either drive or trek right up to the peak.
Why: On a clear day, you’ll get a magnificent panoramic view of the forests surrounding the highlands and even a glimpse of Ipoh town. A windy and cold lookout point is recommended is the perfect excuse to cuddle up to your sweetie!

REJUVENATE
Spa Village, Cameron Highlands Resort, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-491 1100; Prices start from RM200 for a 50-minute massage or facial; Operates from 9am to 9pm with last treatment at 8pm; www.spa-village.com)
What: Award-winning spa village that offers exquisitely delightful treatments in indoor and outdoor rooms, and tea bath rooms.  
Why: When you want some pampering and calm both your spirit and senses.


WHERE TO EAT

EAT DE-STRESS
Summer Kaye Garden, Lembah Jasar, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +6012-5253186; Opens daily 12pm to 12am)
What: A Chinese restaurant (non-halal) that houses a recreational park, herbal garden and the first outdoor Jacuzzi in Cameron Highlands.
Why: When you want to eat and de-stress at the same time.

T-CAFE, 4, Main Road, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +6019-5722883; Dishes from RM6; Opens daily from 10am to 10pm)
What: Western and local fare, delicious scones
When: Lunch and tea time

THE SMOKEHOUSE, Tanah Rata by the Golf Course
(Tel: +605-491 1215; From RM18++ for tea and 2 scones; Tea time: 3pm – 6pm daily)
What: A cosy and romantic English Tudor style Hotel built in 1939 with a pretty English garden.
Why: Sometimes you just need to satisfy your Brit cravings.
When: Tea-time (for the delish scones) or dinner time.

MAYFLOWER RESTAURANT, 77a, Persiaran Camelli 4, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-491 1793; RM14 per pax lunch/dinner for half chicken half Tom Yam soup; Opens daily 11am – 10pm)
What: Steamboat restaurant
Why:  There’s nothing like hot savoury steamboat on the cold highlands
When: Lunch and dinner time

DOWNTOWN CAFE (formerly ORIENT RESTAURANT), 41, Main Road, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-4913159; RM17 per head (minimum 2 pax) for half chicken half Tom Yam soup; Opens daily 8.30am to 10pm)
What: Steamboat and Chinese food restaurant
When: Dinner time


WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Casadela Rosa, Lot 48, Jalan Circular, Tanah Rata
Tel: +605-4911333
What: A boutique antique hotel located in front of the only golf course in Cameron Highlands.
Rates: From RM160/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands, Jalan Gereja, Tanah Rata
(Tel: +605-491 3888; www.heritage.com.my;
What: Tudor-styled boutique hotel with a bird’s eye and panoramic view of Tanah Rata town, and an elegant sculpture garden with an old English countryside feel.
Rates: From RM205/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

Equatorial Hotel (Highlands Resort), Kea Farm, Brinchang
Tel: +605-496 1777
What: The only resort situated at the highest accessible point of Cameron Highlands.  Tudor-styled.
Rates: From RM290/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

Strawberry Park Resort, Lot 195 196, Tanah Rata
Tel: +605-4911166
What: A Neo Tudor designed resort with soothing views of the green, green hills of Cameron Highlands.
Rates: From RM388/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

The Lakehouse, 30th Mile Ringlet
Tel: +605- 495 6152
What: A charming Tudor-style boutique resort perched atop a hill overlooking green rolling hills and lush woodlands.
Rates: From RM541/Weekends
Package(s): Click here.

 

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