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CRAZY RICH ASIANS: 5 SET LOCATIONS YOU CAN VISIT IN MALAYSIA

Crazy Rich Asians is the current big hit in movie theatres right now. If you don’t already know, it is a rom-com movie about a guy, Nick Young, who brings home his Asian-American girlfriend to be introduced to his family in Singapore. Only then does the girlfriend, Rachel, realise that her boyfriend is a “crazy rich Asian” and has to keep up with all the glitz and glamour, contend with weird relatives and gossip among envious socialites while trying to win over the heart of his domineering mother.

The movie, adapted from Kevin Kwan’s book by the same title, is directed by Jon M. Chu, and has an all-Asian cast, including Malaysian darlings Henry Golding as Nick Young and Michelle Yeoh as his mother, Eleanor Young.

We’re super proud of the fame and glory shining on Golding and Yeoh, but we’re equally excited that Malaysia was prominently featured in many of the movie scenes. That’s right, most of the movie was shot right here in Malaysia, and if you want to live it up like a crazy rich Asian, here’s where to go!

Carcosa Seri Negara

In the movie, Carcosa Seri Negara is the ancestral estate of Eleanor Young at Tyersall Park, but in reality, the twin buildings have an iconic role in Malaysia’s journey to independence. Historically, it was home to Malaya’s first British resident, Frank Swettenham, and later was made into a luxury hotel where Queen Elizabeth II once stayed, and socialites gathered for their popular afternoon high teas.

The Kuala Lumpur mansion, located on a hill near the Perdana Botanical Gardens, is currently being transformed into the Asian Heritage Museum. The museum will see a staggering collection of artefacts from China, the Malay Archipelago, and the larger region, including salvaged treasure from sunken ships, drums, keris and swords, etc.

It currently has an on-going exhibition called “Jalan Merdeka” which is open free to the public, chronicling Malaysia’s road to independence.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

In the movie, there is a courtyard mahjong scene between Eleanor and Rachel. This was filmed at the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Penang, affectionately called the Blue Mansion.

This building was once owned by a notable Chinese merchant who lavished his wealth on its construction. He envisioned his home to have exacting feng shui elements and it soon became a showcase for his wealth through imported finishings such as Scottish cast iron columns, English art-nouveau stained glass windows, and Stoke-on-Trent floor tiles.

Abandoned for years thereafter, the building was then restored and earned the prestigious UNESCO Heritage 2000 Award and the ASEANTA Conservation Award 2004.

Today, the mansion has become a living museum cum boutique hotel located within the George Town UNESCO Heritage site. Many cultural and heritage attractions, as well as some of the best Malaysian street food, are located within the area. Penang is only an hour away by flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Langkawi Island

Apparently, shots of Colin Khoo’s bachelor party in the movie were filmed on Langkawi Island, referred to as “Rawa Island” in the movie. Langkawi is actually a cluster of 99 glorious islands with beautiful emerald waters, stretches of white sandy beaches and geological formations that are said to be more than half a billion years old.

It has been endorsed as a UNESCO Global Geopark, the first in Southeast Asia, thanks to the island’s stunning landscapes, karsts, caves, sea arches, stacks, and other geological formations.

This beautiful island is a natural paradise that will charm all those looking for an idyllic island holiday, surrounded by thick rainforests, the sun and the sea!

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

If you’re planning a bachelorette party ala Araminta Lee in Crazy Rich Asians, there’s no need to dream anymore. The scene was filmed at the super luxurious Four Seasons Resort Langkawi and you could easily have yours there as well!

Parties aside, the classy resort also caters to those looking for peace and quiet amid natural landscapes and mile-long white sandy beaches. Tucked away within the Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark, the resort is a cluster of Malay-style pavilions and villas that offer quiet, romantic havens for guests.

A Geo Spa pampers adults with wellness treatments based on local traditions, while children are made to feel special with the Kids For All Seasons programme. With Langkawi’s rich natural environment conveniently at its doorstep, be prepared to explore the outdoors with a resident naturalist, or on your own at the Geopark Discovery Centre where Langkawi’s diverse ecosystems and natural attributes are showcased. Or, simply pull up a deck chair and lounge lazily on the 1.5 km stretch of white, sandy beach.

With daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur on a variety of local airlines, paradise is only one hour’s flight away!

Astor Bar, St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

Not many recognize The Astor Bar at St Regis Kuala Lumpur in the movie due to its transformation into a jewellery boutique, but apparently, it made the scene where we are first introduced to Astrid Teo aka The Goddess.

The bar, with its old-world charm and modern elegance of rich leather, black-and-gold marble and brass accents, is located within the recently-opened St. Regis Kuala Lumpur.

Those wanting to re-live the Crazy Rich Asian moment may visit the bar and enjoy an extensive offering of champagne, spirits and fine vintage wines while smoking on choice cigars and sampling their signature dishes such as the royal king crab served the highly-prized Oscietra caviar and truffle cream…all this under a breathtaking domed ceiling clad in handmade Italian gold tiles.

And, for a limited time only, Astor Bar has concocted a special cocktail, “The Astrid,” to celebrate its appearance in the film. The drink, a mixture of Jose Cuervo silver tequila, pomegranate juice, lemon bitters and elderflower foam, taken in the gilded setting of The Astor, is the perfect way to fantasise about being a crazy rich Asian!

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Golfing in Malaysia

Malaysia, two-time winner of World Golf Awards for Asia’s Best Golf Destination, has become a favourite getaway among golfers lately. With the appealing combination of great weather, delicious food, exotic culture, natural attractions, value-for-money shopping and modern fairways, it’s easy to see why more golfers are not just lugging their golf bags onto airplanes, but their families as well, for the trip.

But with almost 160 top golf courses in the country to choose from for international play – many of which are award-winning – how does one choose?

Here’s our top five picks of great golfing holidays for everyone in the family.

 

LANGKAWI

A holiday in Langkawi Island conjures images of a tropical sun, white, sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees and the beautiful blue Andaman sea stretched out as far as the eye can see. If beach-side lazing is not your thing, then glide down the island’s mangrove rivers to see the gorgeous limestone landscapes of this UNESCO geopark or trek deep into its mountainous jungles to experience nature at its best. (naturallylangkawi.my)

Best golfing: The award-winning Els Club Teluk Datai, nestled between the Andaman sea and the lush mountains of Langkawi island, features an amazing 18-hole challenge designed by South African legend Ernie Els.

 

GEORGE TOWN, PENANG

This UNESCO Heritage City is brimming with so much life and activity, no visitor will have time to get bored. From a walking tour of its street art to admiring the architectural beauty of its colonial past to sampling local food along with the locals, there’s simply so much to do. Families will especially love its variety of historic and contemporary museums, the ride up to the top of Penang Hill, a city ride on the three-wheeled trishaw and a leisurely stroll in its many gardens. (mypenang.gov.my)

Best golfing: Stay on the island for a round of golf at Penang Golf Club where you will tee off from as high as a hundred metres above the greens and fairways, or cross the iconic Penang Bridge to the mainland’s Bukit Jawi Golf Resort to experience a thrilling game by the lake.

 

KUALA LUMPUR

Voted as one of the world’s best shopping destinations and magnificent cities to visit, Kuala Lumpur is a must-stop on any itinerary to Malaysia. It’s a shopping paradise alright with designer goods going for less due to the currency exchange rate. The best IT gadgets, shoes, fashion and knick knacks are also here to bargain over at the many shopping malls, pop-up bazaars and night markets. (visitkl.gov.my)

Tip: Purchase a Hop On Hop Off pass for the entire family to explore over 50 major sights and attractions in the city so you don’t miss iconic stops such as the Petronas Twin Towers, the Lake Gardens, Independence Square and Bintang Walk. (myhoponhopoff.com)

Best golfing: Tournament Players Club (formerly known as KL Golf Country Club), designed by Australian architect Ted Parslow, is the site of numerous high-profile tournaments, serving up a challenge to golfers with its length, water hazards and sculptured bunkering.

 

KOTA KINABALU, SABAH

Adventure awaits in this Borneo paradise and visitors can take their pick from gentle explorations of the sea world – snorkeling and guided scuba walks at the easily accessible island marine park – to an exhilarating climb up Mount Kinabalu either by trekking through its jungle to the peak or clinging on to its granite surface on the via ferrata walk. (sabahtourism.com).

Best golfing: Play at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Borneo Golf Resort and you’ll have to battle with the ocean winds and the beauty of this seaside location to focus on your game. Alternatively, take your game to the wetlands and tee off at Dalit Bay Golf Country Club, bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers.

 

KUCHING, SARAWAK

The word “Kuching” is Malaysian for cat, but it is the orangutan that has attracted many to this Borneo state, specifically to the rehabilitation centres of this beloved great ape. Other natural attractions easily accessible from Kuching city – Bako National Park, the wetlands of Sibu Laut and Salak rivers and the Bau limestone caves – will keep the family firmly occupied. (sarawaktourism.com)

Best golfing: Enjoy a round of golf in the shadows of the Santubong Mountain where Arnold Palmer has designed a fantastic course around rocky outcrops, ponds, mangrove forests and the South China Sea.

 

For more information on Malaysia’s golf courses, visit playmalaysiagolf.com or malaysia.travel.

 

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Black Sand Beach during Langkawi Island

Kinabatangan stream cruise

One of a many renouned destinations in Sabah is a Kinabatangan River. This stream has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches by half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside a riverbanks there is an contentment of wildlife. During a stream journey we will have a possibility to mark a singular orangutan, a midget elephant, beak monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises we competence mark a leopard cat, countless sleeping birds, furious boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

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Perlis – More than only a stopover

Perlis might be a smallest state in Malaysia, yet binds a possess when it comes to a abounding ancestral past and desirable attractions.

Perlis is located during a northern partial of west seashore of Peninsular Malaysia, south of Thailand and north of Kedah. With a race of tighten to 230,000 people in an area measuring tighten to 800 block kilometres, Perlis is famous as a smallest state in Malaysia.

The collateral of Perlis is Kangar and about 10km divided is a state’s stately collateral Arau. For many travellers, Perlis is a stopover on a approach to other towns or traveller attractions. For example, Perlis’ Padang Besar is a limit city that is partial of a common track travellers take from Malaysia to Thailand. Perlis’ categorical pier and packet depot during a tiny encampment of Kuala Perlis is also used to get to Langkawi Island, renouned with unfamiliar and internal tourists.

Kangar

An aerial perspective of Kangar city today.

Even yet Perlis is seen as a transport couple to other renouned destinations, it is mocking that there is no airfield in a state. Rail or highway are a usually options for people to get into Perlis. The nearest airports are located in Alor Setar, Kedah, that is about 40 kilometres divided from Kuala Perlis, and on Langkawi island, about 45 kilometres divided from Perlis’ categorical port.

Historical go-between

Originally, Perlis was partial of Kedah and was ruled by a Siamese, that cowed Kedah in 1821. During Siamese rule, Perlis was called Palit. At that time a Siamese had sealed an agreement with a British, where a latter concurred a Siamese explain over 4 northern states – Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. This treaty, famous as a Burney Treaty 1826, positive a British a explain on Penang and rights to trade in Terengganu and Kelantan though division from a Siamese.

The banished Kedah Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin and his supporters fought for over 12 years to revive a Malaya Sultan to his throne, yet finally a Malay ruler supposed a conditions set by a Siamese and resumed his Sultanate in Kedah. The Siamese afterwards distant Perlis as a bondman state, where Sayyid Hussain Jamalulail became a initial Raja Perlis or Perlis ruler.

In 1909, a Anglo-Siamese Treaty dissected a tenure of states again, withdrawal a Siamese’ southern Malay states to a British. While a British had commissioned a Resident in a state, Perlis was returned to a Siamese (or Thailand) during World War II for a fondness with Japan. But this was usually finished quickly as a cast finished after a Japanese surrendered. Perlis became partial of a Malayan Union, afterwards a Federation of Malaya in 1957 and assimilated a Federation of Malaysia in 1963.

Bukit Jernih

Bukit Jernih in Chuping is one of a many charming limestone hills in Perlis.

Perlis today

Kangar is a state collateral of Perlis, with a race of about 50,000.  The 3000 ha sized city is located by a Perlis river. In a centre of a city lies a Sena district or popularly called “Uptown Sena” by locals.

Most of Perlis’ residents are polite servants or farmers who work on a paddy fields in a outskirt areas. The city centre is done adult of crisscrossing streets lined by shophouses, typically housing banks, various shops and quick food restaurants.

Some trust that a name Kangar came from a hawk class called Kangkok while a opposite chronicle of a start is cited in a Perlis state government’s website. The website states that underneath a order of Sultan Muhyiddin Mansor Shah from 1652, Tok Peduka non-stop Kangar in 1653. A Kangar tree was found during a stream and subsequently he renamed a area, Pelabuhan Pohon Kangar or Port of Kangar tree.

Perlis’ categorical mercantile activity is rice tillage and visitors are means to admire a expanded views of paddy fields, wooden huts and farmers given to their stand when they transport over Kangar. Similarly like Perak, pretentious limestone plateau arise from these prosaic paddy fields, that supplement to a attract of Perlis. These plateau or outcroppings as they are known, are partial of a prolonged limestone operation in Southeast Asia called a Nakawan, that lies on a limit of Perlis and Thailand.

This 500 million year aged limestone is home to over 600 class of flora and fauna, including 68 invertebrate species, according to a state tourism department. Visitors can try a wonders of this limestone sourroundings by visiting a 370-metre prolonged limestone cavern called Gua Kelam during Kaki Bukit, all during a Perlis State Park. The usually approach into a cavern is by walking on an eight-foot far-reaching wooden cessation bridge, that links Kaki Bukit to a Wan Tangga Valley.

A sea of green: The monumental perspective of a paddy margin in Perlis.

History buffs can suffer a state museum, Kota Kayang Museum or revisit a Syed Alwi State Mosque, a former state mosque that was built in 1910. Other renouned sights are a old-fashioned fishing city of Kuala Perlis, renouned as a movement heart and also for a internal cuisine. A lizard and invertebrate plantation is located nearby Sungai Batu Pahat and surrounded by a Bukit Bintang Forest Reserve,  an captivate for inlet lovers. At this farm, investigate is conducted to rise anti-venom medicine for lizard bites. It houses over 20 class of snakes and reptiles, including crocodiles and guard lizards.


Map: Perlis


Perlis State Park, Wang Kelian

North to Perlis we go!

Tasik Melati, Perlis

Kangar’s small gems

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Top 5 family getaways

Planning a holiday is tough enough, though formulation a kid-friendly holiday? Where to go? What to do? With a many activities Malaysia has to offer, relatives would have a tough time creation arrangements that support to everyone’s needs.The beach? But Sally doesn’t swim. The mall? But John would rather go skate-boarding. Fear not, for we have taken into care a needs of beach bums, mall rats, adrenaline junkies, inlet and animal lovers, to come adult with a list featuring a tip 5 destinations for families.

1. Pulau Langkawi
With a array of extraordinary beaches Malaysia has to offer, families should not skip out on a clear, cold waters and a golden sand. Perhaps a many famous of them all, Pulau Langkawi in Kedah packs a punch, charity stimulating beaches and a far-reaching accumulation of activities to select from.

The Pulau Payar Marine Park are surrounded by coral reefs and attract visitors to swim, snorkel and scuba dive.

Take a wire automobile float to a tip of Mount Mat Chinchang for one of a many monumental views of Langkawi during a tallness of 708m above sea level. Then come behind to plain belligerent to emporium in a Oriental Village – a selling section built around a lake opposite a scenic backdrop of a mountains. Or locate a glance of a puzzling low as a Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour takes we South of Langkawi Island to learn inexperienced corals and unsoilt sea life. For all we inlet lovers, take a Langkawi Mangrove Forest and Eagle Watching Tour to knowledge Malaysia’s surprising ecosystem of mangroves, guard lizards, limestone crags and sand crabs that brings to a spectator a pleasant kaleidoscope of flora and fauna. With so many to do and more, a whole family would never know what “boredom” feels like in Pulau Langkawi.

The opening to PETROSAINS deftly not giving divided a many wonders behind.

2.  Suria KLCC
Shopping is a necessity, wherever we go. The titillate to dress adult a small tykes and squeeze equipment for their pleasure is a mutual feeling among all parents. That being said, where improved to shop, nonetheless keep your kids entertained than during Suria KLCC? Malaysia’s premier selling centre, Suria KLCC boasts shops on 6 floors and a cinema with a seating ability of adult to 2400 visitors.

Also, revisit a subsequent era aquarium during Aquaria, a nation’s state-of-the-art oceanarium that houses over 5000 exhibits of nautical and land-bound creatures. For starters, visitors will be means to hold a horseshoe crab, speckled starfish, and a pacific bamboo shark.

For those who are seeking a some-more adrenaline-driven activity, burst into in a tradition finished enclosure and knowledge diving with wildlife predators!

Another renouned captivate for families is a 50-acre open park right in a heart of a golden triangle. Have an outside cruise underneath a canopy of greens in a center of a bustling city, and afterwards burst into a cold waters of a open pool for a lovely change.

But family trips to KLCC will never be finish though spending a day during PETROSAINS – an interactive find centre that embraces and showcases ubiquitous scholarship in a fun and interactive manner. Visitors will be means to touch, feel and manipulate discernible exhibits that mix unconventional elements and a constructive training knowledge to yield a rational bearing to all.

3. LEGOLAND Malaysia
Theme parks will always sojourn a renouned captivate for both adults and children. With a refreshing rides and mind-stimulating activities, a whole family can be certain to go behind tired nonetheless satisfied. Malaysia’s latest thesis park captivate brings us to Johor, with a new launch of LEGOLAND Malaysia.

Putting aside a fact that they have over 40 fun rides, shows, and attractions, a best partial is that scarcely all requires a hands-on approach! Kids will adore a pedalling, pushing, squirting, steering, splashing, programming and of course, a building experience!

Located right during a heart of LEGOLAND is MINILAND, where Asia’s dear landmarks have been painstakingly recreated regulating some-more than 30 million LEGO bricks. With only a hold of a button, watch a charcterised characters in MINILAND come to life! A day-long excursion notwithstanding, LEGOLAND Malaysia puts a kids during a forefront, with them regulating zero though creativity to take things a step further.

4. Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
Fancy holding some time off from a dispatch and discord of a city? With countless hiking trails, recreational parks, and zoos, families will suffer profitable time with one another, all finished within a vicissitudes of nature. Take a outing to a Taman Tasik Perdana, or famous as a Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, a city’s many renouned park. Among a attractions here embody a inhabitant monument, orchid garden, hibiscus garden, deer park, moth park, and a bird park.

At a Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, visitors can get unequivocally tighten to a birds who call a place home.

Visit a “World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary” during a Bird Park, that is designed to embrace a healthy medium of birds, to yield visitors with an up-close-and-personal impulse with a vast accumulation of bird species. Children will suffer a bird-feeding and bird-shows, while surrounded by mom nature. Or have your kids get in hold with Malaysia’s inhabitant flower in a many breathtaking sourroundings nonetheless during a Hibiscus Garden, that houses over 500 class of hibiscus plants from all over a world.

5. Taiping Zoo
As distant as zoos go, a inhabitant zoo would be a tip collect for visitors, though for those who suffer a smaller, some-more insinuate setting, afterwards a Taiping Zoo is a approach to go. Nestled in a Taiping Lake Gardens, a contentment of healthy flora gives a zoo a top palm of being means to display visitors to a wonders of nature. While it offers a common daytime acknowledgment to all, both children and adults will be enraptured by a night safari.

With a lighting specifically designed to embrace a moonlight, visitors will be means to perspective nightly creatures in their healthy settings. Dubbed “a window to a creatures of a night”, countless sounds by these creatures can be listened in their pacific environment. Home to over 180 class of animals including tigers, elephants, hippopotamus, giraffes and many more, visitors are welcomed to revisit them in a “open concept” animal enclosures. The judgment facilities healthy barriers to apart them from visitors instead of cages.Visitors will also suffer a informative performances such as genealogical dances and blowpipe demonstrations. Also, don’t skip a Creatures of a Night Show specifically put adult by a animals in a Night Safari.


Map: Top 5 Destinations for Families


Legoland

Legoland Malaysia on track

Legoland

Legoland Malaysia prepared to accept visitors

Taiping Lake Garden

The many pleasing Lake Garden

Legoland

Building frenzy

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