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Battling the Waves in Malaysia

People like us are most likely to stay far, far away from the beaches during the monsoon, which usually occur from October to March if we are talking about the east coast in Peninsular Malaysia. But like a secret world, when the monsoon season comes and the islands close their doors to the public; that is when the surfers come out to play. To the uninitiated, monsoon means persistent rain, angry winds and ferocious waves, but to the surfers, it’s just a good day to surf. Indeed, surfing is not my scene at all and it’s not until words got around that a Malaysian surfer won third place at the 2019 REnextop Asian Surfing Tour that prompted me to check out our surfing scenes. Malaysia is no Hawaii or Bali but our surfing spots have start making waves among surfers around the world, no pun intended. Let’s check out Malaysia’s top surfing spot.

Cherating, Pahang

Photo: Cheratingpoint

Cherating, a small beach town about 45km north of Kuantan has been a surfing spot since the 80’s; but since surfing is not part of our culture, it has never been a sport enjoyed by the mass. Nowadays, we can see that the surfing community in Malaysia has grown bigger and stronger. There are even many surfing schools in Cherating.

Photo: Didaqt Surf FB

I don’t speak the surfer’s language but from what I gather the waves in Cherating are consistent and are suitable for beginners, intermediate, advanced and longboard surfers. It’s a good place for beginners to learn surfing, while the more experienced surfers can enjoy a swell that goes up to five foot. For a “hodad” like us (a term surfer uses for a person who hangs around the beach and does not surf), there are also other activities to try your hands at such as turtle-watching, kayaking, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

How to get there:
By Bus
From Kuala Lumpur international airport (KLIA), take a train (KLIA Transit) to the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) Bus Terminal – Check here : http://www.tbsbts.com.my. From TBS, please take a bus to Kemaman Town.
Kuala Lumpur (TBS) – Kuantan – Cherating – Kemaman Town – Kuala Terengganu – Kota Bahru . This is the normal route to east coast.
*note: Let the bus driver know that to drop you at Kampung Cherating Lama (Old Cherating Village).

By car
From Kuala Lumpur , just follow the east bound highway towards Kuantan and Kemaman. Normally, it takes about 3 hours to reach Cherating.

Pantai Batu Burok, Terengganu

Photo: Terengganu SURF Community

The strong waves of the South China Sea makes the beaches and idyllic islands of Terengganu ideal for surfing. To the local and international surfers, Pantai Batu Burok is well-known for its beach breaks surfing. Over the last 10 years, various international surfing competitions have been held in Pantai Burok regularly, thus helping this beautiful sandy beaches with casuarina trees lining up the shore, to gain international recognition. In Terengganu, there are at least 15 other surf spots to be explored along the coast from Kemaman to Besut. Merang in Setiu, for example, is suited for point breaks, while Pulau Kapas is ideal for reef break surfing.

Photo: Terengganu SURF Community

How to get there:
Batu Buruk and the surrounding beaches are easily reached from Kuala Terengganu by bus (Marang / Dungun), mini bus (No.14 / 13), trishaw and taxi or even on foot if you like walking (about 20 minutes from the city center). (www.backpackingmalaysia.com).

Desaru, Johor

Located in Kota Tinggi, Johor, Desaru has a few surfing spots that are worth mentioning. Among them are Pantai Desaru, Pantai Tanjung Balau, Pantai Sedili and Pantai Wild Boar.

Pantai Desaru is a great spot for beginners to learn to surf. The best time to surf here is in the early morning when the waves are in best condition with a less crowded beach.

Pantai Tanjung Balau is only 13-minute drive from Pantai Desaru and is home to a strong local surf community and even hosts its own international surfing competitions. Sandy breaks and three-foot-high waves make it an excellent spot to learn to surf.

Every surfing season, Pantai Sedili, a hidden beach located along the road of Sedili is always crowded with surfers especially during “good waves” day as the surfers called it. As the beach is quite isolated, you must bring your own food and drinks because there is no public facilities there.

Photo: Big Foot Industries

Wild Boar Beach is the most secluded surfing spot compared to the other three beaches in Desaru. Aptly named after the local animal that resides in the area, the beach is so secluded that you need a local guide to show you the spot. Surfers have to bring their own food and water supply because the beach has zero facility but these inconvenience means nothing to them as long as they get to have a long uninterrupted ride on sandy breaks.

How to get there:
A one hour drive from Johor town, along with the way to Desaru, palm oil plantation can be seen and a bridge will be connecting the route to Desaru through the Senai Desaru expressway. Driving is recommended to get to Desaru because it is faster and convenient.

For public transportation to Desaru, there are direct Mara Liner coach services four times a day from Johor Bahru’s Larkin Bus Terminal to Bandar Penawar via Kota Tinggi. Besides that, there’s an option of taking a non-express bus from Larkin Bus Terminal (Maju 227 or Causeway Link 66) or from downtown Johor Bahru’s Jalan Wong Ah Fook (Transit Link 41, Maju 227, Causeway Link 6B; the bus stop is opposite City Square) to Kota Tinggi’s bus terminal (duration about 1h; Maju 227 one-way fare from City Square RM4.80; average frequency of Maju 227 is 15 min), and then take another bus from Kota Tinggi to Bandar Penawar (duration max. 1h, one-way fare RM4.50, frequency every 90 min). (Travelistaclub)

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat, Sabah

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Kudat in Sabah has long been a favourite surfing spots among Malaysian and Bruneian surfers. Located at the Tip of Borneo in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the Kalampunian Beach has waves that can reach up to 6 feet high with 50 to 100 meters ride. The type of break here is beach breaks and pointbreaks. It is an ideal spot for those with advanced surf skill set. But for the non-surfers, Kudat’ sandy beaches and crystal clear water is reason enough to hang around the beach; or maybe, just maybe you will be entertained by the tricks and twists of the surfers while chilling by the beach.

Photo: Bahzi Damit

How to get there:
The Tip of Borneo is about 215 KM north of Kota Kinabalu. You need to drive about 2.5 to 3 hours on a paved road (with a few small sections of gravel road) to reach there (via Kota Kinabalu → Tuaran → Kota Belud main road). Or you can charter a taxi (can take 3 or 4 passengers) for a return trip for about RM240. (mysabah.com)

Tidal Bore of Sarawak

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I wonder whether those experienced surfers dare to fight a tidal bore in Sri Aman’s Batang Lupar River, which is famed for its crocodile-infested waters. The tidal bore in Sri Aman, which is located 170km from Kuching is rated among the best bores in the world. A tidal bore may take on various forms, ranging from a single breaking wave front with a roller, somewhat like a hydraulic jump to undular bores, comprising a smooth wave front followed by a train of secondary wave (whelps). The tidal bore is a high wave caused by the meeting of two tides or by a tide rushing up the narrow river estuary. Its height depends on the time of the year, weather and phase of the moon. Sri Aman hosts the annual Tidal Bore festival known as ‘Pesta Benak’, normally held in the month of May.

How to get there:
To get to the town, board a bus at Kuching Sentral Transportation hub. The hub is a 5-minute drive from the Kuching International Airport and 20 minutes from Kuching City Centre. On average, it takes about four hours to travel by road from Kuching. Usually, bus will stop at the bazaar town of Lachau for toilet break.

Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach, Selangor

Photo: Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon’s Surf Beach is a man made wonder right here in the city where holiday makers all around the world come for a fun filled day in the sun. You can either laze in the beach or for the thrill seekers you can enjoy surfing or body boarding and beach volleyball. You can also show off your surfing skills on Malaysia’s only Surf Simulator or ‘FlowRider’*.

Stretching over 13,000 square meters, the Surf Beach is capable of churning out perfectly shaped waves up to the maximum height of eight-feet. The ability to condition the waves according to the needs of the surfers in terms of height, time and wave patterns make Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon a surfer’s paradise for both professional and aspiring surfers.

How to get there:
By Car
Sunway Lagoon is located in the bustling township of Sunway City, within the district of Petaling Jaya in the state of Selangor. It is a mere 15-minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur in smooth traffic conditions and is accessible via a network of expressways including the Federal Highway, Damansara-Puchong Expressway, New Pantai Expressway and KESAS Highway.

Surf Wall, Adventure Waterpark, Desaru Coast, Johor

Photo: Adventure Waterparks Desaru Coast

A safe and high-energy surf simulator where surfing beginners or enthusiasts can catch and ride a radical artificial wave. The Surf Wall can accommodate up to five boogie boarders or two stand-up surfers at one time.

How to get there:

By Car
4 hours from Kuala Lumpur via the North-South Expressway.

By Air
1 hour from Kuala Lumpur to Senai International Airport with additional 1 hour for shuttle to Desaru Coast.

Suddenly I feel the urge to join the monsoon mayhem and pick up the surfboard myself. Paddle,paddle, paddle, and stand up… bruddah!

Featured image is courtesy of andiaceh/ombok

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A Weekend with Satusuku Surf

Located in Cherating, an hour’s expostulate divided from a dispatch and discord of Kuala Lumpur, (avid roller fans: do take note!) we can expostulate adult to Cherating in Kuantan, that is a tiny roller beach. Head on down to Kampung Cherating Lama in Kuantan by train or automobile and we can find yourself in a ideal weekend retreat. During non-monsoon deteriorate it’s filled with locals and expats and when a waves hits large time, it’s when you’ll see loads of surfers roving a sea like they’re used to, an annual roller foe is hold on a beach in Kampung Cherating Lama.

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If you’ve always wanted to learn how to float a wave, Satusuku Surf is propagandize owned by Tunku Khairil and also a available roller store with a many accessible and extraordinary staff peaceful to assistance out your any need. During surf-season, Severin from Switzerland manages Satusuku Surf and being an zealous surfer himself and carrying certainly a good preference of chill residence song (we like to call ‘Sevtech’), is another reason to dump by Satusuku Surf, as it’s such a cold sourroundings to be in.

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Classes are really affordable, accommodation is no problem as we can find bedrooms as inexpensive as RM100/night including Wi-Fi, possess lavatory and aircon in Desa Rehat, that is a hotel nearby Satusuku Surf. There are also several other hostels and bill hotels to check out around that area that will accommodate inexpensive budgets, that tiny encampment also has a preference store that opens compartment midnight with all a categorical necessities you’d need.

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The city where Satusuku Surf is located, is also famous for a miniscule nightlife stage in a bar called Little Bali where tourists and locals accumulate turn during night to extract in a celebration and karaoke singing and drunk-dancing. Also located in that tiny encampment are several restaurants that yield a best internal home-cooked foods, including a grill and bar named ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ that yield a good preference of western dishes too.

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If we have a apocalyptic need to stay in a some-more upper-class vibe, Club Med Hotel is found on a other side of a surf-point mangle of a beach nonetheless I’d rather suggest a area where Satusuku Surf is. Everyone in a encampment is proficient with any other so it’s flattering protected and easy to get around with even yet a locals can't master a English language, be positive to know you’re not in any danger.

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Food and libation is comparatively inexpensive around this area and value their rate, seafood is uninformed and there is a tiny Chinese grill located on a beach in Cherating portion a best flavors of seafood and other internal dishes. Be certain to try a crab, prawns, duck curries and tom yam soups!

During a balmy season, you’ll be means to suffer a beach, a waves, a accessible vibes and overflow of surfers entrance from Indonesia and other areas of South East Asia. If we have a need to check out Pahang city, it’s usually a 30-minute expostulate from Kampung Cherating Lama, there’s a large mall (the usually mall) there with a cinema kept utterly present and loads of boutique stores to torment your fancy.

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There are also other activities to take partial in, such as beach volleyball, kayaking where a surfers are, and usually enjoying utterly a good beach, it being usually an hour’s expostulate from Kuala Lumpur. You can suffer Cherating as a family holiday, a accessible organisation road-trip or even solo, I’d really suggest Cherating to revisit during a weekend if we wish to take a brief and inexpensive shelter from a city life and strife!

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Amanda Chini was innate in Kuala Lumpur, lived in Mexico for 12 years, is culturally different and a third-cultured child who’s been to Greece, Spain, England, Ireland, LA, NY, San Antonio, Colorado, Mexico, Aruba, Tenerife, Singapore and skeleton to transport to many more! Amanda is smooth in both English and Spanish, and her interests embody photography, reading, essay and good food.

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A Weekend with Satusuku Surf

Located in Cherating, an hour’s expostulate divided from a dispatch and discord of Kuala Lumpur, (avid roller fans: do take note!) we can expostulate adult to Cherating in Kuantan, that is a tiny roller beach. Head on down to Kampung Cherating Lama in Kuantan by train or automobile and we can find yourself in a ideal weekend retreat. During non-monsoon deteriorate it’s filled with locals and expats and when a waves hits large time, it’s when you’ll see loads of surfers roving a sea like they’re used to, an annual roller foe is hold on a beach in Kampung Cherating Lama.

satusuku-surf-cherating-1

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to float a wave, Satusuku Surf is propagandize owned by Tunku Khairil and also a available roller store with a many accessible and extraordinary staff peaceful to assistance out your any need. During surf-season, Severin from Switzerland manages Satusuku Surf and being an zealous surfer himself and carrying certainly a good preference of chill residence song (we like to call ‘Sevtech’), is another reason to dump by Satusuku Surf, as it’s such a cold sourroundings to be in.

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Classes are really affordable, accommodation is no problem as we can find bedrooms as inexpensive as RM100/night including Wi-Fi, possess lavatory and aircon in Desa Rehat, that is a hotel nearby Satusuku Surf. There are also several other hostels and bill hotels to check out around that area that will accommodate inexpensive budgets, that tiny encampment also has a preference store that opens compartment midnight with all a categorical necessities you’d need.

satusuku-surf-cherating-6

The city where Satusuku Surf is located, is also famous for a miniscule nightlife stage in a bar called Little Bali where tourists and locals accumulate turn during night to extract in a celebration and karaoke singing and drunk-dancing. Also located in that tiny encampment are several restaurants that yield a best internal home-cooked foods, including a grill and bar named ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ that yield a good preference of western dishes too.

satusuku-surf-cherating-3

If we have a apocalyptic need to stay in a some-more upper-class vibe, Club Med Hotel is found on a other side of a surf-point mangle of a beach nonetheless I’d rather suggest a area where Satusuku Surf is. Everyone in a encampment is proficient with any other so it’s flattering protected and easy to get around with even yet a locals can't master a English language, be positive to know you’re not in any danger.

satusuku-surf-cherating-4

Food and libation is comparatively inexpensive around this area and value their rate, seafood is uninformed and there is a tiny Chinese grill located on a beach in Cherating portion a best flavors of seafood and other internal dishes. Be certain to try a crab, prawns, duck curries and tom yam soups!

During a balmy season, you’ll be means to suffer a beach, a waves, a accessible vibes and overflow of surfers entrance from Indonesia and other areas of South East Asia. If we have a need to check out Pahang city, it’s usually a 30-minute expostulate from Kampung Cherating Lama, there’s a large mall (the usually mall) there with a cinema kept utterly present and loads of boutique stores to torment your fancy.

satusuku-surf-cherating-5

There are also other activities to take partial in, such as beach volleyball, kayaking where a surfers are, and usually enjoying utterly a good beach, it being usually an hour’s expostulate from Kuala Lumpur. You can suffer Cherating as a family holiday, a accessible organisation road-trip or even solo, I’d really suggest Cherating to revisit during a weekend if we wish to take a brief and inexpensive shelter from a city life and strife!

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Amanda Chini was innate in Kuala Lumpur, lived in Mexico for 12 years, is culturally different and a third-cultured child who’s been to Greece, Spain, England, Ireland, LA, NY, San Antonio, Colorado, Mexico, Aruba, Tenerife, Singapore and skeleton to transport to many more! Amanda is smooth in both English and Spanish, and her interests embody photography, reading, essay and good food.

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Cherating

Well-known for a Cherating Club Med Resort, Cherating is a renouned end for tourists to soak adult a object and have fun in a cold waters during a scenic beaches. Located approximately 45 km north of Kuantan, Pahang, Cherating is also a renouned end for surfers generally during a north-east monsoon deteriorate from Nov to March, that brings about high waves ideal for surfing. The best time to roller during Cherating is during a rise of a monsoon deteriorate in Nov and December.

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Do remember to take a breather from a adrenaline rush and learn a still coastal villages too. There, we will be awed by enlightenment and approach of life of a locals, such as their clever ability to wobble pandan leaves and how well-trained a monkeys are during plucking coconuts for visitors to splash a lovely juice!

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A fun activity is a Cherating River Cruise by a mangroves, operated by Mr. Hafiz. Depending on a waves there are dual daily trips, on in a morning and one in a afternoon. Duration of a outing is about one hour. We paid RM25 per person. Always check adult front if Hafiz is in business, generally during a monsoon season. Besides a customary stream cruise, we can also book a firefly outing there. Guides have a really penetrating eye for all kinds of furious life, including pleasing snakes unresolved in trees.

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The categorical captivate in Cherating is a Club Med resort, a initial Club Med that was built in Asia. This disdainful review is one of a high-end hotels in a segment with room charges approximately RM665 per chairman per night, thorough of all meals. There are several sea competition comforts supposing during Club Med, such as kayaking, catamaran sailing and windsurfing.

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The review also offers day passes to non-guests to revisit a review and suffer a facilities. The day passes are accessible during a cost of RM230 per chairman and are current for use from 11am to 6pm. However, do take note that a day passes might not be accessible for sale during a rise deteriorate to capacitate hotel guest to entirely suffer a resort’s facilities. Diners who wish to representation a cooking dished adult by a chefs during Club Med might also come over for a gratifying meal. Lunch is labelled during RM180 per chairman while cooking is labelled during RM280 per person.

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Another favorite captivate in Cherating is a Cherating Turtle Sanctuary that is located only subsequent to Club Med. Established in 1972, a turtle hatchery aims to safeguard a presence of a turtles that arrive between Apr to Aug to lay eggs during Malaysia’s coastal beaches, generally in Pahang. The centre also aims to strengthen a involved turtle class found in a country, quite a Leatherback Turtle. At a centre, there are many educational exhibits on a several class of turtles in Malaysia to try and visitors can also perspective a turtle induce lings that are stable in a centre until they are aged adequate to be expelled into a sea. It is positively a heart-warming knowledge to watch these small turtles emerge, prepared for life out in a low blue sea soon. The centre is best visited during night for this is a time when a turtles arrive during seaside and a turtle induce lings that are prepared to deflect for themselves are expelled into a sea as well. There are no charges for visiting a centre, so no one should skip this singular knowledge generally so if your outing coincides with a turtles’ eggs-laying season.

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Can we revisit Malaysia during Ramadan?

Ramadan is famous around a universe as a Muslim month of fasting, during that Muslims refrain from eating and celebration (among others) from emergence until sunset.

In 2012 Ramadan started in Malaysia on a 21st of Jul and lasts until Hari Raya Puasa that outlines a finish of Ramadan and is distinguished by a 2 day National Holiday (19th and 20th of Aug 2012).

You would substantially consider that Ramadan is all about not eating, though in Malaysia it indeed is still about eating, though discordant to normal days it is not probable 24/7.

During Ramadan travelers competence knowledge a days to be a bit lifeless and reduction vibrant, generally in internal areas. You have to keep in mind that to some it is utterly formidable to go on with their daily lives though any food or drinks. People still work, do business and exercise, though they can customarily eat before morning and after sunset.

We clearly notice that people have to get practiced to not eating during a day. During a initial days of Ramadan we customarily confront people that are grouchy or plain frustrated. This generally goes for traffic, a volume of accidents are always most aloft during Ramadan.

In bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown we will frequency notice anything different, especially since a commission of Muslims is most reduce over there. For instance residents of Chinese start will still eat during a days, so travelers should be on a surveillance for Chinese restaurants in sequence to suffer a good internal lunch. In roughly any renouned traveller mark in Malaysia we can simply get a dish during a day. The same goes for a eateries within complicated selling malls, here too business is as common (albeit rather still during a day in some areas).

In other cities and some-more internal areas Ramadan is clearly visible. For example, in states like Kelantan, Kedah and Kuala Terengganu, shops and restaurants mostly stay sealed during a days. Only around noon do they open, in sequence to be means to sell food to a people. This food is not eaten on a spot, though all is bought for after that day, as people can customarily start eating after sundown.

We once visited Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu during Ramadan, and gifted a special atmosphere. During a day both cities seemed deserted, though during night it agreeably came behind to live again. Travelers have no reasons to stay divided from these areas during Ramadan. Though days competence be still and maybe reduction vibrant, a nights positively make adult for it.

Another extraordinary instance of Ramadan we gifted was in a city of Kuantan. Here we were strolling down a streets in a city core and unexpected we beheld a food justice that was full with people, though everybody was quiet. What struck us peculiar was that all had a prohibited cooking image on a list in front of them, though nobody was eating. Then a request started and shortly after everybody started eating, and a food justice finished that standard buzzing sound again.

During Ramadan all vital hotels and restaurants have a special Ramadan Buffet. Here we can eat as most as we wish for a bound price. Often a best hotels are competing with any other on that one has a best Ramadan Dinner Buffet. Locals (even non-muslims) move their whole families to these restaurants to ‘break a fast’ (also famous as berbuka puasa or iftar).

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It is also prevalent to entice people over for a insinuate cooking during home. It is not odd that travelers are invited by locals, as Ramadan is also about doing good things for others. Welcoming foreigners into their houses is a good instance of friendship towards others.

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An open residence is customarily finished a initial few days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (after a finish of Ramadan), though infrequently we even get invited for an open residence weeks after Aidilfitri. We’ve been invited to many ‘open houses’ ourselves over a years and it’s protected to contend that if we decrease an invitation we are blank out on a smashing informative experience.

Every day during Ramadan we can declare internal Ramadan Bazaars. Here we can buy food, groceries, fruits and snacks. Some snacks are typically sole during Ramadan, mostly really sweet. Food during a Bazaar is customarily really cheap. We infrequently get a food there too, and for RM25 (which equals to about €6) we have a cooking list full of dishes and snacks. Ramadan Bazaars customarily start around 4.30pm and tighten during 7.30pm.

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Typical dishes we can buy during a Bazaar are boiled duck wings and legs, burn kway teow, roti murtabak, rendang, satay, ketupat and most more. Popular snacks are kuih lapis (in several colors), kuih dadar, ondeh ondeh, cucur, caramel preserve cake and of march dodol. No Bazaar is finish though a sugarine shaft extract vendor. The good thing is that all is prepared uninformed on a spot.

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So to get behind during a categorical question, can we revisit Malaysia during Ramadan, a answer is a wholehearted ‘yes’. The Holy month of Ramadan is a special month with many informative highlights. Travelers are means to knowledge this adult tighten when they are in Malaysia during this time, and we are certain that they will adore it!

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