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5 REASONS TO GO WILD AT TABIN

Malaysia is known as one of the world’s most biodiverse destinations. Its rich habitat system ranging from lush wetlands to towering highland forests creates the perfect environment for all kinds of plant and wildlife species to thrive. For a true tropical rainforest experience in search of Borneo’s exotic flora and fauna, look no further than Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve, just an hour’s flight from Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, stretches over 300,000 acres of lowland dipterocarp forest in the eastern part of the state. It is considered the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia, being home to a large number of animals inhabiting its forests, some of which are highly endangered.

Whether you consider yourself a bird lover, a herpetologist or a casual nature lover, Tabin Wildlife Reserve has plenty of gems to keep you occupied and amazed. And after you tire of your adventures at the end of the day, Tabin has 20 units of cozy jungle-facing and river-facing lodges made of local timber, where you can rest up before taking on the next day’s explorations. To fuel up, their Sunbird Café has consistently received great reviews for the excellent food.

If you’re ready, here are 5 reasons why you need to go wild at Tabin Wildlife Reserve!

Reason No. 1: Elephants at your doorstep
Imagine taking a morning stroll around the resort area and bumping into a herd of elephants. Such sightings, though rare and not guaranteed, have been reported by Tabin guests and are highly anticipated.

The Borneo Pygmy Elephant (the world’s smallest elephant), along with the Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau, are considered as three of Sabah’s largest mammals. They are some of the endangered animals that call Tabin their home, aside from seven of the eight primates, the largest predator – clouded leopard – and many smaller carnivorous animals.

Besides these, Tabin is also home to orangutans, sambar deer, sunbears, mousedeer, and otters and the park management has marked out trails in their names for visitors to explore. Trekking through these nature trails provides a wonderful chance to explore and learn about exotic rainforest trees, medicinal plants, rich fauna and the opportunity to sight rare animal and bird species.

Reason No. 2: Birds in paradise
If you are an avid birdwatcher, then Tabin is your paradise with more than 300 birds species recorded here, including all eight of Sabah’s Hornbill species. In fact, Tabin has been listed as an important Bird Area, too (IBA:MY027).

A die-hard birdwatcher once visited Tabin and recorded sightings of 94 species of birds in a day!

Other sought-after species, such as the Blue-headed Pitta, Black-and-crimson Pitta, Malaysian Blue Flycatcher, Temminck’s Sunbird, Purple-throated Sunbird, Everett’s White-eye, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, and rarely seen species such as Storm’s Stork, Jambu Fruit Dove, Large Green Pigeon, White-fronted Falconet, Great-billed Heron and Giant Pitta have been sighted in Tabin.

The largely lowland dipterocarp forest attracts an amazingly rich diversity of birds, including rare and endemic species, due to the abundance of food plants here. The relatively low canopy with sufficient natural lights makes birding and photography a delightful experience.

And you don’t have to go far to start your bird count. Sipping your coffee at the Sunbird Cafe, your eyes will be kept busy following active species such as the Black-backed Kingfisher and Red-throated Sunbird. If you’re too lazy to venture out, do some birdwatching from your lodge’s balcony overlooking the Lipad River, and you’ll be rewarded with some colourful winged discoveries, too.

Reason No. 3: Natural mud “spa” in the rainforest
Trekking to the Lipad Mud Volcano within the Tabin Wildlife Reserve is an experience indeed. One minute you are walking among tall dipterocarp trees, maneuvering over stray branches or roots, the next minute, you are in an open-air, canopy-less field of mud.

The active Lipad Mud Volcano is an elevated muddy hill with warm, salty mud bubbling from below the surface almost continuously; occasionally, the mud volcanoes have mild eruptions that add to their height and scatter small stones around. It is an area frequented by wildlife and birds for much-needed minerals and nourishment – and the evidence is in the foot/paw prints left behind on the grey mud.

The adventurous can go squelching ankle-deep in the mud, and experience a therapeutic clay facial mask. Just slather it on your face, let it sit there and wash off in the comfort of your log cabin.

Nearby is an observation tower where one can stake out for hours to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that visit the mud volcano daily.

Reason No. 4: Frogging for joy
Herpetologists, or those fascinated by frogs and toads, can jump for joy at Tabin. It is home to approximately 26 species of unique anurans (frogs and toads), of which 12 are endemic to Borneo, and 1 is endemic to Sabah.

Admire the beautiful patterns and unique markings of these various anurans: the Saffron-Bellied Frog which will make your finger yellow if you touch the yellow blotches on their body; White-Lipped Frog; Harlequin Tree Frog; Bornean Horned Frog, the only species with 3 derma projections; ‘translucent frog’ and Giant River Toad, just to name a few.

Also, there is the Tree Hole Frog, an endemic species, which changes its call tones daily according to the weather and the Jade Tree Frog, a near-threatened species which has translucent skin and visible turquoise bones.

Reason No. 5: Night safari
After dinner, hop on the resort’s jeep to explore Tabin in the dark. Many nocturnal wildlife and birds come out looking for food during this time.

With the skillful and sharp-eyed guides of Tabin, along with their high-powered torch lights, you will be able to spot a variety of wildlife such as owls, monitor lizards, pig-tailored macaques, pygmy elephants, frogs, civet cats and more.

Don’t forget to look up at the night sky and scatterings of stars – the constellations in this part of the world are just amazing!

Contact Information:

Tabin Wildlife Holidays Sdn Bhd
Lot 11-1, 1st Floor, Block A, Damai Point,
Jalan Damai, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: +60 88-267 266, +60 88-258 266
Email : [email protected]
Website: tabinwildlife.com.my

Getting There:

By Air
Daily flights connect Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu. Flight duration is about 1 hour. From Lahad Datu, a 1:15 hour drive, part of it on gravel road, will take you to Tabin.

By Road
Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu (7 hours)

Sandakan to Lahad Datu (4 hours)

Tawau to Lahad Datu (4 hours)

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IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

Malaysia may not have a city of love like France but this country isn’t short of romantic places to go or romantic things to do especially in the month of love. Let us share with you some ideas on how to spend a special day with your loved ones. Follow the Cupid’s arrow to see these top five activities:-

1. Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur
Spend a romantic evening by watching Conductor Karen Durgaryan and the Ballet of Armenia entertain their audience with memorable performances of scenes from Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet scores, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Swan Lake, one of the most popular ballets in the world, tells the story of evil sorcerer Von Rothbart who turned Princess Odette into a swan. The ever-popular Christmas Eve tale of Clara and The Nutcracker never fails to delight audiences of all ages.

The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is a premier concert hall providing a world-class musical experience. It is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), an internationally acclaimed home-grown orchestra. The annual schedule here includes chamber music, contemporary music and commissioned works

Getting There:
By Train
Take a train from any station within Klang Valley area and make your way to KLCC Station (KJ10).

By Taxi
Numerous and convenient, taxis are a popular way of traveling. Always request the driver to switch on the fare meter before your journey. The taxis can easily drop you off around Suria KLCC’s main entrance.

By Car
Access KLCC through Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Kia Peng.
Tunnels at Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Tun Razak, and the Ampang – Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) are also directly connected to the KLCC Parking Bays.

Date: 2-4 February 2018
Venue: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Level Two, Tower Two, PETRONAS Twin Tower
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : +603 2331 7008 (General Line)
+603 2331 7007 (Ticket Booking)
Website: http://mpo.com.my

The Petronas Philharmonic Hall is a premier concert hall providing a world-class musical experience. It is the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), an internationally acclaimed home-grown orchestra. The annual schedule here includes chamber music, contemporary music, and commissioned works.

2. Kampung Kuantan Fireflies, Kuala Selangor

The fireflies of Kampung Kuantan gained prominence in the early 1970s when a local businessman saw the commercial potential of this miracle. Now, the tourism experience has been entrusted to and developed by the Kuala Selangor District Council. It has expanded rapidly with the addition of 27 small boats that are provided for the visitors. Today, Kampung Kuantan is known for the magical fireflies not only to the local visitors but also around the world.

Operational Hour             : Daily: 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Fare/Rate                           : RM53.00 per boat (4pax)

Getting There
Transportation System to Kampung Kuantan

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kampung Kuantan takes about 45 minutes. Taxi service is available from Kuala Selangor to Kampung Kuantan at RM40.00 for a ride (4 people). However, there are few places of accommodation that provides transportation facilities to Kampung Kuantan.

Public Facilities

The administrator of the firefly’s area provides free parking space, food stalls and souvenir stalls. There is also a playground specifically for those who bring their children. Cruising the river using the traditional way will provide satisfaction for the visitors to watch the beauty of the magnificent fireflies. The usage of the small boats will also avoid sound and smoke pollution that can disrupt the firefly’s habitat.

Who to Contact                : Kuala Selangor District Council
E-mail                                                   : [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]

Tel                                          : 03-32891439 / 1549

Website: http://www.mdks.gov.my/en

DAZZLING LIGHTS OF THE FIREFLIES AT KAMPUNG KUANTAN

3. Love Boat, Putrajaya

Show your loved ones how special they are by treating them to a romantic evening on the lake of Putrajaya. Take a ride on a traditional wooden boat called the “Dondang Sayang”. Let the Love Boat set the stage for a nostalgic or romantic evening, with uninterrupted views of Putrajaya’s most breathtaking sights.

The boat is manned by a single boatman. It is best to enjoy the ride in the evening from 5pm or any time before sunset as you will get to witness an astonishing view of Putrajaya from the lake. The Love Boat package is inclusive of an hour ride, as well as food and beverages.

This is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, connecting Precinct 2 to the residential area of Precinct 8. The design of this cable-stayed bridge resembles a futuristic ship. Spanning 2.4km, this bridge can accommodate motorized traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians. Highly visible even from afar, it has become one of the beautiful icons of Putrajaya.

Getting There  :

By rail:

  • 25 minutes on KLIA Transit from KL Sentral to Putrajaya ERL station
  • 15 minutes on KLIA Transit from KLIA to Putrajaya ERL station

By bus:

  • 30 minutes by Rapid KL bus or Metrobus from Kota Raya bus stop (KL)

 By taxi or car

  • 30 minutes from KL City

 Contact Information

Should you wish to charter a boat for a private function or merely visit the scenic spots of Putrajaya, you may contact for more details:

CRUISE TASIK PUTRAJAYA
Jeti Putra, Jambatan Putra, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Tel: (603) 8888 5539
Fax: (603) 8888 3769
E-mail: [email protected]

Website: http://www.cruisetasikputrajaya.com

4. Couples’ Healthy Getaway @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak

Treat yourself and your other half to a truly romantic and healthy getaway at the award-winning, luxurious 5-star retreat, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, located in Ipoh, Perak. It is perfect for all love birds out there who are in need of a rejuvenating experience. Here in this lovely retreat, you can choose to do as much or as little as you want on your couples healthy holiday.

From a couple’s spa treatment massage to dipping at the geothermal hot springs dipping pools, to soaking in the natural sauna formed in the dark interiors of the thermal steam cave, it is guaranteed that all these sessions are sure to leave you and your partner feeling brand new.

As an adults-only resort, your romantic holiday here will not be interrupted by the presence of screaming babies or running toddlers. It’s also serious in helping guests achieve their goals for optimum health with holistic tailor-made programmes and pre-planned packages for as short as 2 nights or as long as three weeks. Besides the geothermal hot springs treatments, guests can request for weight-loss management and detox programmes, colon hydrotherapy, and antioxidant restoration therapy, among others.
After all, couples who sweat together, stay together.

THE BANJARAN – PERAK

Getting There

Travel by Car/Taxi

The Banjaran is just 15 minutes away from the city of Ipoh, 1.5 hours from Penang and 2 hours from the capital of Kuala Lumpur by road. Ipoh is located on the North-South Highway, to the north of Kuala Lumpur. Take the Ipoh South Toll Plaza Exit No. 138 if you come from Kuala Lumpur, and the Ipoh North Toll Plaza (Jelapang) Exit No. 141 if you come from Penang. Do look out for road signs that lead you to The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat along the road from either one of the exits.

GPS Coordinates to The Banjaran:

4° 37′ 51″ N 101° 9′ 20″ E

Travel by Train

Enjoy scenic views during the 2.5-hour journey to Ipoh on the ETS Train. There are daily services from KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur to the Ipoh train station. Ipoh is on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Bangkok route, so there are also trains to and from Penang and all the way to and from Bangkok. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat can arrange for transfers from the train station.

Travel by Air – Chartered Helicopter

The Banjaran has its own on-site helipad facility for helicopter travel. Please call in advance as landing is strictly by appointment only. For more details on chartered helicopter services and helipad facilities please contact the Sales and Marketing Department at +603 7495 1791 or email them at [email protected]

Who to Contact

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Tel          : +60 5 210 7777

Email     : [email protected]

Website: https://www.thebanjaran.com

  1.  Watch the Sunset @ Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak

“ sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

― Crystal Woods

WATER FRONT – SARAWAK

Some things are inherently romantic and a gorgeous sunset is one of them, so cuddle close to the one you love and watch the magnificent sunset change colors right before your eyes at the Kuching Waterfront in Sarawak. Also known as Kuching Esplanade, the sunset here is very dramatic and with the wooden sampan and wooden houses on stilts in the background, it is not just romantic but will also conjure up scenes of yesteryear. What could be more romantic than that?

You can sit with your other half at one of the many wooden benches provided along the Kuching Waterfront that run parallel with the Sarawak River, or you can opt for a sunset cruise and enjoy the environment and the scenery of this city of contrast.

For more information on Kuching Waterfront, please visit https://kuchingwaterfront.com, or contact:

Sarawak Tourism Board

Tel          : +6082 423600

Email     : [email protected]

Website: https://sarawaktourism.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine Restaurant in Penang Malaysia

Penang, more commonly known as the food capital of Malaysia, is a very famous tourist spot which has tons of interesting things in store for visitors and tourists. The city is loaded with fancy shopping plazas and malls, beaches and soothing islands, and is no less than any of the Malaysian regions when you speak about food. The city is filled with Chinese people and so you won’t be amazed by the wide array of Chinese Restaurants in Penang. Along with the locals, visitors must also try out some delicious Chinese cuisine.

Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine

Chin’s Stylist Chinese Cuisine has stood the test of time for being a well-known dining place in Penang. The restaurant was first initiated in 1987 in London and now stands as a holder of many prestigious awards. Chin’s Stylish Chinese Cuisine is a luxurious, fine dining spot and the chefs over here are extremely dedicated and passionate about cooking. They simply love their profession and whatever they’re doing.

What do they serve?

Chin’s Chinese has hired world-class chefs who are reputed for serving premium quality authentic Chinese delicacies made out of the most exquisite ingredients. Each dish is prepared in wholesome proportions combined with the greatest culinary experience. Less salt and oil is utilized by the chefs, and together after blending spices from across the globe, the food and its texture are enhanced to a whole new level. The restaurant’s menu comprises of authentic Sichuan and Hunan recipes.

The ambiance

The restaurant has a pleasant environment and the interior is dark yet lively and colourful – a traditional Chinese enthused interior. The fixtures and fittings of this place are unique and the entire place has opulent and modern art décor. It gets complicated at times, whether you should concentrate on the food or the presentation of it, both of which are equally tempting. If there are four of you then don’t miss out on booking a table in this top-notch restaurant of Penang, which will cost you about RM40 to RM120.

Location and Contact Information

The address of the Chin’s Chinese is a Tanjung City Marine, Pier, 8A at Pangkalan Weld, 10300, Church Street in George Town in Malaysia. For further information and booking you can call at +60 4-261 2611.

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Ee Beng Vegetarian Food Penang for Veggie Lovers

The majority of the dining places in Penang serve dishes which the core ingredient of meat or fish. There are times when veggie lovers end up entering in a state of dilemma due to the presence of seafood and meat, as they’re supposed to be essential to life. However, there are very famous vegetarian restaurants in Penang which are solely for people who enjoy eating green produce. Just imagine how the vegetarian crowd would end up starving if there were no vegetarian restaurants, but, Penang takes care of it all.

Ee Beng Vegetarian Food

Ee Beng is one of Penang’s highly renowned vegetarian restaurant that offers an exquisite vegetarian buffet. All the veggie lovers who want to get their hands on loads of delectable veggie dishes must surely opt for this restaurant. During breakfast hours you will find a huge line of people waiting outside because they take breakfast from here to work. The buffet section stays busy throughout the day. You can trust Ee Beng as all the dishes served here are 100% vegetarian.

Food and Drinks

Ee Beng promises to satisfy your hunger pangs as they cater more than 20 to 30 scrumptious dishes, served with white or brown rice, or Chinese buns. People are allowed to select from a diverse range of cold and hot drinks too, including hot Chinese tea and iced Chinese tea. You can eat whatever you want to, as you only pay for what you fill in your plate. The cashier calculates what you ate and assigns a bill. Per plate will hardly cost you RM10.

Location, Timings and Contact Information

The restaurant is located at 18 and 20 Lebuh Dicken, in George Town, Penang. It can be visited any time between 7:00 am to 8:30 pm, Monday to Saturday. For bookings and further details you can call on +60 4-262 9161.

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Try Ferringi Grill Restaurant in Penang for Western Food

If there is one thing Penang is known for, it is the wide range of local and international cuisines that it has to offer. Not only can you find the fanciest malls and the most exotic atmosphere, you will be excited to find that the city is actually a food heaven. You will find some really popular restaurants that serve scrumptious western food in Penang. As a visitor if you are not fond of local Malay cuisine then there are plenty of options of Western dishes to devour from.

Ferringi Grill

Penang has a popular tourist spot known as Batu Ferringi. The Ferringi Grill located on the greatest hotel of Batu Ferringi is widely known by the tourists for its amazing range of western food. This particular restaurant is situated on the ground floor of the Rosa Sayang Resort of Rasa Wing. Ferringi Grill is different from the other restaurants as it offers breathtaking views of the hotel grounds and gardens from its long windows.

Ambiance and Specialty dishes

The atmosphere of Ferringi Grill is quite cozy and appealing. The guests can experience an inviting ambiance and amazing quality food prepared by the famous chef, David Pooley. This is quite the reason why the restaurant ranks amongst the top rated ones. David Pooley offers tasty western food to customers of Penang. This Australian chef possesses a culinary experience of more than 10 years, and is skilled in creating exquisite flavours out of a wide selection of special ingredients.

Ferringi Grll is known for its most popular signature dishes which are loved by both visitors and locals. A known delicacy of the restaurant is the stuffed pastry with curd, with a layer of sugary cherry tomato, known as Brik Cannelloni pastry.

Location and Contact Information

The address of Ferringi Grill is as follows: 7-11 Batu Ferringi, 1, at Lorong Sungai Emas, 11100 in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. For booking and further details you can call at +60 4-888 8888.

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