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20 Activities to Thrill you in Malaysia

Some
people are thrill-seekers by nature, and are always on the hunt for that
adrenaline rush, no matter where it brings them!

Speed,
excitement, bumps and bruises, even a scar or two makes it all worth it, body
aches and all!

If that is what you crave for, and thrilling spills are your game, then this is a list for you!

  1. ATV Ride, KL

ATVs, or All-Terrain Vehicles,  allows you to ride across rough terrains and lush greenery, going off-road in chase of that adventure just within and beyond the Malaysian forests. As with any outdoor activity, just be sure to bring water and an extra change of clothes. Rain is almost always expected, even though not anticipated!

Picture from http://www.atvadventurepark.com

2. Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is most definitely NOT for the faint-hearted. However, if thrills is what you’re looking for, then it is just the extreme activity for you! For those adrenaline junkies just waiting to leap through thin air, one of the places one can do this is at the Extreme Park of Sunway Lagoon.

Picture from www.makemytrip.com

3. Flyboarding in Putrajaya

Flyboarding, another exciting extreme water sport, is one that will
literally take you to greater heights!

This unique sporting experience is achieved by attaching a PWC (Personal Water Craft), which propels the Flyboard into the air, with the use of air and water. At the moment, this sport is only available at Marina Putrajaya.

Picture courtesy of Pamela Arissa Teow

4. Paragliding

Tandem paragliding is available not too far out of Kuala Lumpur, and is available year-round, subject to weather conditions. Currently, two main venues for this activity is in Selangor and Sabah.

Picture from www.paragliding.my

5. Hiking Trekking

While
some might argue on the ‘extremeness’ of these activities, try a 3-day 2-night
trekking trip to the Mulu Pinnacles!

For some laidback, family-friendly activity, this most basic back-to-nature activity suits almost all age groups, with varying levels of strength and stamina. Most of the hiking trails here will lead you to a waterfall or river, and you will most definitely be rewarded with a cool dip after all the hard work.

6. White Water Rafting

From beginner to hardcore level, white water rafting is available in many parts of Malaysia; in Sg Gopeng, Slim River in Perak and Sungai Singor, which lies on the border of Perak and Kelantan.

7. Diving

Perhaps
the ‘mildest’ of extreme sports, diving will transport you to a whole new
colourful and exciting world!

This activity is offered almost throughout Malaysia, from Kedah to Johor; from Perak all the way to Sabah. The islands of Langkawi, Pangkor, Sibu, Perhentian, Tioman, all the way to the world-famour Sipadan, all waiting to mesmerize you with all that they have to offer. 

8. Wreck Diving

What differentiates wreck diving with open water diving is that wreck diving is the exploration of the wreckage of ships, aircraft and other artificial structures. However, most wreck dive sites are at shipwrecks. To be able to participate in wreck diving, one must be the minimum age of 18 years, must be certified as an Advanced open water diver, show proof of at least fifty logged dives, and must also be certified as Basic Wreck or Cavern or equivalent.

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9. Ziplining

Ziplining, or more commonly referred to as flying fox, is an activity consisting of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on a slope. It is to enable one to travel via natural gravity, from the highest point to the bottom of the inclined cable, while being attached to a free-moving pulley.

There are many places now which offers such activity, including extreme parks and nature-themed activity parks, including in Sabah and Langkawi.

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10. Parasailing

Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that resembles a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The manned kite’s moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat.

Picture from www.getmyboat.com

11. Via Ferrata, Mount Kinabalu

A Via Ferrata (or ‘iron road’ in Italian, plural via ferrate) is a protected mountain pathway consisting of a series of rungs, rails, cables and bridges embracing the rock face. It allows access to scenic sections of the mountains that are typically available only to rock climbers and mountaineers (ref: www.mountkinabalu.com).

There are some minimum requirements for those who would like to engage in this activity, but rest assured the use of modest equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, walking the Via Ferrata is very safe, led by an experienced guide.

Mountain Torq is the World’s highest via ferrata and Asia’s first via ferrata is located at Mt Kinabalu’s Panalaban rock face. Starting at 3,200 metres and ends at 3,776 metres above sea level at Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

The minimum requirements needed for the first time via ferrate climber are:

  • Average fitness level (Able to hike up to 3,200m in 6 hrs)
  • Ages 10 and above for Walk the Torq
  • Ages 17 and above for Low’s Peak Circuit
  • A minimum height of 1.3 metres
  • Free of restricting physical disabilities, be fit, healthy, and without fear of heights to fully participate and safely enjoy the activity
  • No prior mountaineering experience required
  • A maximum of 6 climbers per group is allowed to do Via Ferrata at a time (ref: www.mountkinabalu.com).
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12. Microlight

Microlight is a 1- or 2-seater fixed-wing aircraft which is mostly simulated by the hang-gliding movement. It is relatively new in Malaysia.

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13. BASE Jumping

BASE Jumping is the sport of jumping off non-moving structures or hills or mountains, and one MUST be a qualified skydiver before attempting BASE jumping. Annually, KL Tower hosts the KL Tower International BASE Jump (www.menarakl.com.my) bringing international BASE Jumpers for a series of jumps organised around Malaysia.

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14. Skydiving

Skydiving, undeniably, will give you an adrenaline rush like so other! Leaping out of a moving aeroplane, and feeling the wind hitti g your face is not an easy thrill t0 forget, and definitely NOT for everybody!

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If jumping out of planes are not your thing, then perhaps you can tiptoe into the sport by first trying it indoors? Yes, INDOORS! Head to 1-Utama Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya where Airrider is located.

15. Shark Diving

Fancy a swim among the hammerheads?

Picture from jomdiving.com

Diving
offers one the unique experience of discovering life underwater. The colours
and variety of marine life is incomparable to any on land. If you enjoy the
green lush rainforests, then you will be mesmerized by the darting micro life
and gentle giants of the ocean.

Shark
diving offers you a thrill like no other, and if you feel a bit apprehensive,
beginners may try the indoor, controlled environment offered by Aquaria KLCC.

16. Caving

There are hundreds of caves in Malaysia and cave enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, ranging  from the massive remote caves of Mulu National Park to popular tourists spots just within the city limits like Batu Caves.

Merapoh Caves Pahang

Some
caves like Gua Tempurung in Perak is quite accessible as the entrance are close
to main roads, similar to Batu Caves, while some are accessible only via
trekking or even by boat.

17. Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding, very simply, is skateboarding on water. You simply surf across the surface of the water behind a speeding motorboat.

The sport is rather new in Malaysia, but steadily garnering a following amongst thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies alike!

Currently, there are two places you can try and indulge this this wet and wild water sport, and they are at The Mines (Philea Mines Beach Resort) and Marina Putrajaya.

Picture from www.getmyboat.com

18. Kayaking within the Langkawi Geopark

Kayaking is rather easy, and most people would have tried it at least once in their life time. Kayaking in the Langkawi Geopark however, is an experience that is not available elsewhere!

Maneuvering the winding turns of the mangroves of Langkawi provides a taste of adventure and some exercise while enjoying being surrounded by nature. The trip will also offer the chance for a good close up to the ecology of the mangroves especially the wildlife such as monkeys, pit vipers, eagles, otters, some endemic birds and the common monitor lizard.

Picture from www.jomjalan.com

19. Waterfall Abseiling

Stepping off the edge of rocks into a fast-cascading waterfall. Sounds exciting and most challenging!

Abseiling is the sport of repelling down a set of lines along waterfalls which can reach any height you dare to try, depending on your level of expertise. Like any other extreme sport, safety first!

Picture from https://riverbug.asia

20. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing requires a certain skill set and strength, and definitely not for the faint-hearted!

The most popular site will have to be Batu Caves in Selangor, and has about 170 routes available. With that many routes, the site offers a challenge for all levels of climbers.  

Malaysia being a tropical country, the weather can rather unpredictable, but do not fret! We do have the largest indoor rock climbing facility in Asia, Camp 5, located on the 5th floor of 1 Utama Shopping Centre. It is the largest climbing gym, standing at 24m high and is fully air-conditioned. The gym also offers a 270-degree panoramic view of the city, a café and a climbing workshop. 400 boulders, lead routes and top ropes, suited for all, ranging from beginners to advanced is available here. Routes are altered and changed every 3 – 6 months, keeping things fresh and challenging.

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10 Things To Do in Kuching

1. Meet The People

Visit the well-preserved Bidayuh Longhouses at Kampung Annah Rais, Kampung Benuk, Kampung Mongkos or Kampung Pueh; perfect for photo ops and an insight into Bidayuh (Land Dayak) culture.

Trek above the clouds to kampung Semban, a very traditional Bidayuh community where older women still wear brass arm, leg and neck rings.

Visit Iban Longhouses on the Lemanak River or around Batan Ai Hyro Lake.  Sample home brewed rice wine (tuak), enjoy fresh jungle produce ans try your hand at blowpipe shooting.  Ornately tattooed elders will entertain you with tales of their headhunter ancestors and show off their traditional dancing skills.

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Batang Ai National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia

2. Go For A Walk

Discover Kuching’s Historic City Centre, by yourself or through a guided walk or bicycle tour.  Climb Mount Santubong, for a birds-eye view of the city and the coastline, or take to the trails of Kubah National Park to discover rare and fascinating plant species and idyllic jungle waterfalls.  Visit Gunung Gading National Park for a close-up view of the Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower, amindst stunning rainforest scenery.

Visit Tanjung Datu National Park, at the remote southern tip of Sarawak, to trek through rugged, jungle terrain to deserted white sand beaches.  Or explore the beautiful upriver scenery of Batang Ai, staying overnight in Iban Longhouses and jungle camps.

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Quiet Beach in Malaysia Tanjung National Park Sarawak

3. Wildlife Encounters

Visit Matang Wildlife Centre to encounter young orphaned orangutans and sun bears and learn about the wildlife rehabilitation process.  Then check out Semenggoh Nature Reserve and its thriving population of semi-wild orangutans, or go for frog-spotting in Kubah National Park, home of Asia’s smallest frog species.  Take a boat to Bako National Park to view the rare proboscis monkey, as well as long-tailed macaque monkeys, Bornean bearded pigs, colugos and many colourful bird and reptile species.

Head upriver to Batang Ai National Park to follow the Red Ape Trail.  This area has possibly the world’s highest population density of wild orangutans and encounters are quite frequent.

BAKO NATIONAL PARK, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Frog Kubah

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4. Take To The Water

Take a Sarawak River cruise to discover Kuching from the water, and watch the sunset reflected in the water as the sun sinks over Mount Serapi.  Or hire one of the local tambang ferries to explore the riverside at your own pace.

Go Irrawaddy dolphin spotting and crocodile watching in Kuching Wetlands National Park, or visit Satang Island to see the marine turtle hatchery and enjoy snorkelling with the green turtles.  If you prefer to paddle you own canoe, try rainforest kayaking or rafting along the Upper Sarawak River, sea kayaking aroung the Santubong Rover and the Bako-Buntal Bay.

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wildlife cruise kuching wetlands santubong fisherman and dolphin

5. Underground Sarawak

Take part in a caving adventure int the limestone hills around Bau or Serian.  Beginner, intermediate and advanced level activities are offered and equipment is supplied.  Less adventurous visitors will enjoy the easily accessible caves area Bau, a short drive from Kuching.  The Wind Cave, is long and narrow with beautiful rock formations and a cooling breeze, while the Fairy Cave is more imposing, with extensive cave vegetation and a Chinese shrine at the cave mouth.

Bau Cave

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5-sarawak borneo playground Bau Wind Cave opening

6. Underwater Sarawak

The best wreck dives (including a WWII Japanese Destroyer) require at least an Advanced Open Water, but there are great muck dive and snorkeling sites around the turtle sanctuary islands offshore from Kuching.  You can dive in search of marine turtles in the morning and learn about their conservation in the afternoon.

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7. Food Drink

Kuching is famous for its celebrated noodle dishes, spicy Sarawak Laksa and savoury Kolo Mee, as well as a wide selection of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine, exotic rainforest fruits, crispy jungle ferns and wonderful fresh seafood.  Dining options range from humble hawker stalls, through waterside seafood restaurants at Kampung Buntal and traditional Chinese delicacies at Siniawan Night Market to opulent fine dining outlets in 5-star hotels, and you can even learn to cook Sarawak-style.  Kuching’s most famous drink is teh-c-peng, a multi layered tea and palm sugar concoction worth of a brochure b y itself.  In the villages and longhouses you can try native cuisine such as manok pansuh (chicken steamed in bamboo tubes) and fresh jungle produce, accompanied by a glass of tuak.

Laksa Sarawak

Laksa Sarawak

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8. Culture Heritage

Follow in the footsteps of the White Rajahs around Kuching’s old city centre and the waterfront, taking in the Sarawak Museum, Islamic Museum, Old Courthouse, India Street Mosque, Textile Museum and many other unique heritage sites.  The cross the Sarawak River (by bridge or boat) to visit Fort Margherita, the Brooke Gallery and the exquisite Orchid Garden.  The surrounding Malay Kampungs have some fine examples of traditional and modern Malay architecture.

Learn about Sarawak’s traditional cultures at the award-winning Sarawak Cultural Village, stopping by en route to visit the world’s first Cat Museum, a prehistoric human figure and the tomb of Sarawak’s first and only Sultan.

Kuching Heritage Fort Margherita, Sarawak, Malaysia

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9. Shopping

Main Bazaar and Carpenter Street, the two oldest streets in Kuching, are packed with handicraft shops, art dealers and families practicing their traditional crafts, ranging from tinsmithing to coffin-making!  Nearby India Street is a pedestrian precinct with a fine selection of traditional clothing and textile outlets, and the adjacent Gambier Street is the place to buy spices ad utensils if you want to cook Sarawak-style.

In the Malay Kampungs across river, small family bakeries sell kek lapis (Sarawak layer cake), probably the state’s most popular souvenir.  Also across river, the colourful Satok Weekend Market iis renowned for the Bidayuh ladies selling handicrafts, forest produce, orchids and a whole range of local snacks and delicacies.

The potteries on Jalan Penrissen produce fine ceramics in a unique Teochew-Sarawak fusion style, and the potters are happy to be photographed at work.

The busy weekend market at the border village of Serikin, where Indonesian traders come to sell their wares, is a great place to buy cheap textiles, clothing, fresh fruits, jungle produce and handicrafts.  Heading north, the bustling and colourful Serian Market is a must-visit for fruit, vegetables, forest produce and amazing photo opportunities.

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Serikin Town Border Market

 

10. Festivals Celebrations

Rainforest World Music Festival: Every July, Sarawak Cultural Village.  The most exciting musical event in the region, and ranked among the top-25 world music festivals globally.

Kuching Festival: July and early August.  A month-long festival of musci, drama, arts, exhibitions and food, glorious food.

Sarawak Regatta:  Every November, Kuching Waterfront.  Dating from 1872, this is the biggest and best river regatta in Southeast Asia.  There’s even a category for visitors to join in.

Multi-Cultural Mooncake Festival: Mid-September Carpenter St.  Kuching’s Chinese community share the mid-autumn festival with everyone at a 4-day street party.

Pesta Benak (Tidal Bore Festival): November, Sri Aman.  Celebrates the Lupar River’s famous tidal bore.  Surfing and wave-riding competitions, water sports and nightly entertainment.

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12 LUXURY LOVE NESTS FOR SNUGGLING WITH YOUR PARTNER IN MALAYSIA

There’s nothing like a nice, romantic holiday to celebrate those relationship goals. If you are looking for dreamy getaways with your partner — whether for a holiday, a honeymoon or a romantic tryst — then look no further than Malaysia. We share with you here some of the romantic “love nests” that’s perfect for enjoying each other’s company with lots of cuddles, hugs and kisses, along with the opportunity to experience more of this tropical country!

Scenic by the Sea
Besides gazing into your lover’s eyes, these two seaside retreats are also quite soothing to the eyes with great expanses of sun, sea and surf to enjoy!

Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi Island, Kedah

The Four Seasons Resort, featured in the film, Crazy Rich Asians, offers luxurious villas in a Malay-style village setting. Its beautiful white beach with a view of the Andaman Sea and unique rock formations is the perfect lazing spot for two.

 

Japamala, Tioman Island, Pahang

On Tioman Island in the east coast of Malaysia, JapaMala has created a niche for itself as a jungle-luxe boutique resort situated amid the lush green surroundings of Malaysia’s forests. With only about a dozen villas with stunning sea views all around, lovers will think it’s heaven on earth just for two.

 

A Little Bit of Culture
How about injecting a bit of local culture into your love life? Malaysia’s diverse population is a chance to immerse yourself in unique cultures and traditions.

The Majestic Malacca, Melaka

A stay at this 54-room 90-year-old mansion with its beautiful teakwood fittings, porcelain flooring and European roof tiles and exquisite service quality, will easily bring to life the elegance of Melaka past. Immerse yourself in therich Melaka heritage with a cooking class with a local chef or walking tours to the surrounding UNESCO heritage areas.

 

 

Terrapuri Heritage Village, Terengganu

Experience what it’s like to live in a century-old classic Malay home, set in a resort that’s inspired by the 17th century Terengganu Palace and its courtyards. These architectural beauties recognize the genius of yesteryear architects and each house has a stunning story to tell! If you and your partner are a fan of built-design and local aesthetics, then you will fall in love with Terrapuri, too.

 

Seven Terraces

Roam about the UNESCO Heritage City of George Town from the opulent setting of the Seven Terraces Hotel. Dripping in traditional Chinese architecture and the romance and splendor of the Peranakan era, the hotel is a restful oasis to relive the elegance of the past.

 

Healthy Retreats
Keep the romance healthy by spending time with each other in these wellness resorts where the focus is on physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health through tailor-made programmes covering healthy eating and fitness, set within the natural landscapes of Malaysia.

Orchard Wellness, Melaka

Here, guests can enjoy nature, space and tranquility while indulging in treatments that follow wellness and medical concepts specifically designed for individual guests. It is set in a tropical fruit farm where guests can go fruit-picking for durian, mangosteen and rambutan while getting their chakras aligned!

 

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak

This spa-type resort is just the place to relax and unwind with your loved one for a healthily-ever-after! Surrounded by beautiful natural limestones, guests can dip into geothermal hotspring pools, meditate in 280-year-old natural caves, improve a stagnant chi or revitalize a tired chakra at the Spa and Wellness Centre.

 

Adventures in Love
If you and your partner want to get up to some thrilling adventures, then let us suggest something smack in nature!

Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah

Whether you consider yourself a bird lover, a herpetologist or a casual nature lover, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the largest in the country, has plenty of adventures to keep you occupied and amazed. And after you tire of your adventures at the end of the day, cuddle up in their cozy lodges before taking on the next day’s explorations.

 

Belum Rainforest Resort, Perak

Enjoy the beauty of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest literally at your doorstep when you choose to stay at Belum Rainforest Resort. You and your lover can enjoy many thrilling adventures such as jungle trekking into the 130-million year old rainforest, kayaking on the vast Temengor Lake and more!

 

Love in the City
Want to spend some intimate moments without being too far from the conveniences of the city? Check out our romantic city retreats.

23Love Lane Hotel, George Town, Penang

With a name like this, surely it would be perfect for lovers! 23Love Lane is a charming 10-room hotel restored to retain its heritage quality, with a garden courtyard located in a quiet lane within Penang’s UNESCO Heritage City. Enjoy the still and cozy atmosphere just steps away from lively George Town where you can easily explore the mélange of cultures.

 

The Ruma, Kuala Lumpur

Nestled in the very heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle and just steps away from the Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC, The RuMa has created an elegant and serene sanctuary right in the middle of the city. It captures the intimacy of a home run by an accomplished host who will take care of all the things that need taken care of, so you can focus on showering much love to your lover.

 

The Village House, Kuching, Sarawak

This idyllic hideaway is just a few minutes’ away from the hustle and bustle of Kuching city, yet it offers an oasis of calm for couples wanting to reconnect. This adults-only sanctuary (they only accept guests aged over 12 years) is one of the best places to marvel at the magnificent Borneo sunset in total privacy.

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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.

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Tourism Malaysia

REDISCOVER REDANG AT THE TAARAS BEACH & SPA RESORT

Redang Island has long been a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. With long stretches of sparkling white sand overlooking gorgeous turquoise water and complemented by a protected marine park, it has become a destination of choice for weddings, honeymoons, family getaways, corporate retreats and those seeking adventure and thrills.

Most will head to Long Beach where there are plenty of accommodation and restaurant choices. But for those who want to escape the crowd and want to feel like they have the whole island to themselves, head to the Berjaya Redang Island, a self-sufficient island, where the aptly named Taaras Beach and Spa Resort, Sanskrit for Goddess of the Sea, is located.

The Taaras itself is a vision of paradise. No matter which part of the resort you choose to stay in, it will give you visual pleasures, be it overlooking the ocean waters, or gorgeous landscapes of the garden, or the scenic steep cliffs of the island.  With 184 rooms and suites in various layouts, there is a perfect option for everyone. Even though everything about Taraas screams luxury, the ultimate in luxury and opulence is its Taaras Villa, with its dedicated butler service, gorgeous cliff-side location, and impressive 16m-infinity pool overlooking the bay.

Now, you can travel to Taaras in style following the recent partnership between the Berjaya Hotels Resorts with Prima Air, which provides chartered flights between Subang Airport and Berjaya Redang Island. Guests of The Taaras will be flown to the island using Prima Air’s 10-seater Cessna Grand Caravan EX light aircraft.

Imagine yourself strolling barefoot along a sandy beach while an aircraft flies low over the island. It is reminiscent of the opening scene from the 1980’s Fantasy Island TV show where one of the characters, Tattoo rings the tower bell while screaming “The plane, The plane” whenever he sees a plane coming to the island.

The Taaras has its own private beach with its powdery white sand and crystal clear water. Be warned though that in such an idyllic setting, you may not want to do anything except laze around on the beach or perhaps take a dip in the beautiful ocean in between that.

Knowing the thrill-seekers though, they will want to partake in both water and land activities such as diving, snorkeling, island hopping, kayaking, jungle trekking, and beach volleyball, to name a few. The resort has one of the best diving spots with a 5-star PADI Dive Resort Instructor Development Centre, if you are too lazy to go to the nearby marine park. There are also swimming pools for both adults and children at the resort, where you can rent various shapes of inflatable floats. Mind you, who can resist a unicorn and doughnut-shaped floats.

Guests can also charter the Berjaya Belle Private Yacht for a half or full day experience on the South China Sea exploring the nearby islands in search of dolphins or even whale sharks.

As for food and beverages, you can fill your stomach and quench your thirst at these in-house restaurants comprising the Beach Brasserie, the Asean All Day Dining, the Asean Terrace Lounge and the Bayu Bar.

In the evening, you can sit at the bar by the beach to enjoy the beautiful sunset and at night, have a quiet conversation at the same open bar with the sound of soft and gentle waves hitting the shoreline in the background. You can listen to a live band or check into the karaoke rooms to belt out your favourite songs, watch a movie, or simply read a book at the modest library.

Taaras is indeed, a self-sufficient resort. It has everything that you need while holidaying in a secluded island. It even has a small village outside of the resort, where you can interact with the locals, if you feel like it. Oh, if you are in Taaras, don’t forget to look out for Jojo, Taaras’ very own resident turtle who might show up when you are snorkeling at the resort’s reef or turtle watching by glass-bottom boat.

GETTING HERE:

By Road:

All express/long-haul bus and coaches are available daily via the central bus terminal for eastern region (Hentian Putra Station) located near PWTC. The journey will take about 7-8 hours with several stops and the final stop will be at the Kuala Terengganu Terminal (MPKT). The Kuala Terengganu Shah Bandar Jetty is 5 minutes away where you can opt for public ferry transfer to Redang Island.

 

By Air:

The closest airport to Redang is the Kuala Terengganu Airport . There are various airlines flying in and out of this airport daily. Land and sea (at Merang Jetty) transfers are available with prior reservation. The accumulated journey is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 

Chartered Flight – Prima Air:

The Wednesday, Friday and Sunday flights between Subang Airport and Redang Airport are scheduled as below:

Subang Airport to Redang Airport:

Depart at 11.30 am

Redang Airport to Subang Airport:

Depart at 2.30pm

 

WHO TO CONTACT

For more information, please contact:

The Taaras Beach Spa Resort,

Pulau Redang, 20928 Redang, Malaysia.

T : + 60 (3) 2149 1788 F : + 60 (3) 2149 1499

E : [email protected]

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