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iNyala & REX’s Revival

The iconic REX Cinema in Kuala Lumpur – an institution synonym with the 50’s generation – is given a fresher breath with a new look and new role. A big, neo-classical building nestled between Petaling Street, Jalan Sultan and bustling Kotaraya Mall, REX building is now a new icon in the capital, attracting youngsters and art lovers, not forgetting visitors from afar.

Once an attraction for Hollywood’s movies and Shaw Brothers’ legacy, the building was no more an old cinema with a parking lot. Long abandoned and untouched by time, the building managed to survive the development and commercialism. Fast forward, REX has transformed into an arts and social juncture branded as REXKL, with fresher look and liveable activities. As few small events starting taking parts in the venue, one big inaugural event that taking place at the moment is iNyala – the avant garde art programme for all to participate.

According to the organiser, iNyala is the first event in which college/university students will be able to contribute fresh, higher level ideas by incorporating the iNYALA theme: “Imagine the Impossible”, under the guidance of industry professionals. Unlike conventional mediums, innovation will play a key part in conveying the creative aspects to encourage appreciation and value in the arts.

The objectives are vivid. Promoting emergence of art and technology in Malaysia; nurturing a new generation of artists through unconventional mediums and platforms; and connecting people via engaging and responsive art pieces. With a combination of technology and multi media, the artworks are expected to be extremely rare for Malaysian scenes. The event started with a series of workshops from August until October 2019, followed by main exhibition in November. So watch out this space!

Back to now REXKL, much thanks to the ‘collective of like-minded architects, social innovators, brand identity builder and filmmaker, who comes together to repurpose the Rex Cinema building into a commerce-driven community space for all. Thoughtful content and processes that are in respect of the cinema’s history and its present community had been put in place to reshape the building and rebuild its social interaction within the community of Jalan Petaling, Jalan Sultan and dwellers of Kuala Lumpur city at large. REXKL was born out of our desire to reimagine a community space in the heart of the city – where individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds can meet and build connections.’

Event: iNYALA
Workshops: August to October 2019
Exhibition 1 to 30 November 2019
Address: REXKL, 80 Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur (Next to Petaling Street)
Email: [email protected]
web: http://inyala.my/home/

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20 Destinations in Malaysia for the Eco-Traveler

Eco-Traveler.

Who, and what exactly. is the
Eco-traveller?

According to the International Ecotourism
Society, eco-travel  is
“responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment,
sustains the well-beings and involves interpretation and education”

It basically begs the question of how we can travel greener? Yes, be that
person who is conscious of their natural surroundings, and strive to minimize the
impact of their presence to the environment.

How can we be ‘greener’?

First of all, educate yourself. Learn about the natural resources and attractions of the area. See how you can create as minimal an impact as possible, keeping the destination or attraction as pure as possible for future visitors.

Canopy Walk in Taman Negara

One very good way to learn is by volunteering. There are many
ways a person can participate in volunteerism,
and this way, the benefits are two-thronged – both parties gain a little from
the experience.

Another way is by incorporating good, ‘green’ habits in your
daily life – reduce use of plastic (drinking straws, disposable
containers),  recycle and reuse as much
as possible, and aim for zero-waste, especially food.

Lush green rainforests cover a large area of West Malaysia and regions in Malaysia Borneo, and Malaysia too is home to an impressive diverse marine life. Love the beach? We have that too, in abundance! All of these places welcome visitors. Responsible visitors, more so! Read on!!

Fancy the Jungle?

Some wildlife within the National Park
  1. Sg
    Yu Forest Reserve, Pahang

Located on the edge of Taman Negara Pahang, Sg Yu Forest reserve is a large forest reserve under the Permanent Forest Estate (PFE) of Peninsular Malaysia that is a mixture of secondary and primary forest. The area is home to a number of wildlife, including elephants, tapir, a few species of deer, as well as a variety of hornbills.

If you feel up to it, you could also opt for a guide to visit some ‘Orang Asli’ Settlement which can be found along the river throughout the Park.

2. Royal Belum State Park, Perak

The huge Royal Belum State Park is located in the northern parts of Peninsular Malaysia, and is part of the much larger Belum-Temenggor Forest Complex which is shared with Thailand. Together with Taman Negara Pahang, they form the oldest rainforest in the world at over 130 million years old! Belum has the huge potential of becoming one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destination choice.

The tree tops of the rainforests

There’s much to see and do around Belum State Park. As many of the attractions are located along Lake Temenggor, exploring by boat would be the best option. There are trails to hike, falls and ponds to dip in and cool off, and wildlife to look out for. Boars, tapirs, the white-handed gibbon and the Malaysian sunbear roam free in these jungles, as well as the elusive Malayan tiger. If you’re in luck, you may even stumble across a rafflesia. And don’t forget to look up, in search of the various hornbills within the area.

The small rapids and gushing falls… hard to resist!

3. Kilim Geopark, Langkawi

Part of the UNESCO network of global geoparks, the Langkawi Geopark Forest is first of its kind in the South East Asia Region. It covers 100 square kilometres of nature reserve and countless nature wonders, including flora and fauna.

The beautiful diverse natural geological, biological and cultural resources makes Kilim unique, especially the co-existence of coastal karst and mangrove ecosystems. One recommended way to surround yourself, and embrace the spectrum of geological and natural heritage, is by taking a kayak tour, with an experienced guide of course!

Kilim Geopark – Kayak Adventure

Apart from the rich mangrove flora and geological wonders, look out also for the Pit Viper, whose natural habitat lays within this mangrove.

4. Mulu National Park, Sarawak

If you refer to Gunung Mulu National
Park’s official website, you will learn that “to qualify for world heritage status a property must meet
one of the four following criteria:”

  • Be an
    outstanding example of the world’ geological history (Caves and cave deposits)
  • Be and
    outstanding representative example of on-going evolutionary processes (current research
    programmes)
  • Be of
    exceptional beauty!
  • Contain
    significant natural habitat for in-situ conservation of biological diversity
    and the protection of threatened species (wide range of cave and forest
    habitats).

And amazingly, Mulu meets all four criteria!

The Pinnacles, Mulu National Park

Needless to say, you will be enthralled with all that Mulu National Park has to offer!

5. Penang National Park, Teluk Bahang Penang

While
you can hike to the National Park, it is advisable to take a boat so that you
can cover more area, and experience the different nature attractions within the
Park. Within the park is a rare meromictic lake, a lake of two separate layers
of salt and fresh water do not mix. Pick the time and season you visit very
carefully because the wrong timing will see the lake rather dry!

Further along the beach, you will find the Penang Turtle Sanctuary. Here, Green Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtles are the two most common species that come to lay their eggs.

Turtle Hatcheries

Perhaps experience a jungle within a
city?

If you are in a rush, and can only squeeze in a quick visit, and yet still wish enjoy a bit of nature, then consider the following in-the-city rendezvous places.

6. National Botanical Park, Shah Alam Selangor

The National Botanical Park in Shah Alam covers and impressive 72 hectares, and is among the favourite destinations for locals to experience a bit of nature and provide some fun education for their kids. There are farm animals, an aviary, and some other common small mammals for the kids to enjoy and interact with.

The National Botanical Park

7. FRIM, Selangor

FRIM, or the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research. An introduction in its official website states that 545-ha site “was gazetted as a Natural Heritage Site on 10 February 2009 under the National Heritage Act 2005, and officially declared as a National Heritage on 10 May 2012. FRIM is working towards attaining the recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

Visitors are welcome to picnic, trek or even camp within their grounds, limited to the visitor guidelines issued by the Institute. Bird watching is another encouraged activity within FRIM’s grounds.

8. Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur

Recently renamed KL Forest Eco-Park, the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is a small patch of rainforest located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, at the base of the KL Tower, one of the tallest telecommunications structures in the world. This small patch of greenery within the bustling city preserves many species and features of the original rainforest that covered Kuala Lumpur a long time ago.

Nature Vs Technology

There are several trails that run through the reserve, but are mainly to one side of the hill. The main entrance is located near Jalan Raja Chulan but it is most convenient to take the KL LRT and proceed on foot from the Dang Wangi LRT Station.

Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur

Fancy a bit of diving? Or just snorkeling?

Sandy beaches, clear waters

9. Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu

Located just off the edge of Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, which means ‘stopover island’, should not be missed. The island consists of two islands, Pulau Perhentian Besar (literally Big Island) and Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island). Of the two, the Small Island is preferred due to less development and the absence of huge resorts.

Covered largely by unspoilt jungle, gentle swaying palms, sparkling white powdery beaches and the enticing sapphire gleaming waters, Pulau Perhentian is a sanctuary for fishermen, migratory birds and of course, the discerning holiday-makers. The excellent seascape offers endless opportunity for diving and snorkeling, with gentle turtles and fleeting fishes surrounding you.

10. Pulau Lang Tengah, Terengganu

Located between Redang and Perhentian Islands, Lang Tengah is a precious gem, very low key and not as heavily visited. The clear tropical waters surrounding the island, which is also a designated marine park, are teeming with corals and sea life which occasionally include sharks and rays. Green turtles commonly come to nest during the season which starts from April to October, and the hawksbill turtle makes an occasional appearance as well. The island is also covered with primary forest, and has a wide variety of birds, lizards, frogs and insects.

11. Pulau Tiga, Sabah

Gained ‘popularity’, thanks to the Survivor Series, Pulau Tiga is surrounded by the pristine South China Sea. Once there, you can opt to hike in the jungle, visit the nearby Snake Island to spot some wildlife, or choose to camp in the wilderness. Mud pools are also available for that beauty therapy you’ve been wanting to get!

Leave nothing but footprints!

12. Lankayan Island, Sabah

Slightly differing from all the above, Lankayan is a private luxury island, but would still be much appreciated by the discerning eco-traveller who wouldn’t mind splurging once in a while. They offer luxurious beachfront, as well as over-the-water chalets, for that unique holiday experience.

One of the many islands off Sabah waters

There are 4 dive wrecks to choose from if you fancy a bit of underwater activity, and located along what is known as the ‘Sea Turtle Corridor’ you will not be disappointed!

13. Talang Satang National Marine Park, Sarawak

The Talang Satang National Park is a national
park in Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. It is Sarawak’s first marine
protected area, and covers the four islands Pulau Talang-Talang Besar, Pulau
Talang-Talang Kecil, Pulau Satang Besar and Pulau Satang Kecil and surrounding
coral reefs.

The Park is mainly set up as a turtle sanctuary,
of which three of the islands are known as Sarawak’s “Turtle Islands”.

Or maybe wildlife are more your thing?

14. Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary,
which lies within the Krau Wildlife Reserve, is the only one of its kind in
Malaysia. The centre’s main objective is to relocate elephants which natural habitats
have been encroached for development, to a safer, more suitable, permanent area
such as the Taman Negara. Orphaned elephants are also raised and given shelter
here.

The centre welcomes visitors, and is open throughout the year, and conducts various public awareness activities. There is no entrance fees, but donations are welcome. For those interested, there are also volunteer programs available.

15. Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Set up in 1964, its main purpose was to
rehabilitate orphaned and displaced orangutans before sending them back into
the forest.

Today, the centre also provides medical care and shelter for other species of wildlife as well, including sun bears, gibbons, Sumatran rhinos and occasionally, elephants.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Visitors are treated to witnessing the feeding of the orangutans twice a day, from a designated platform and viewing gallery which is accessible via a boardwalk through the forest. Here, visitors aren’t allowed any physical contact with the orangutans to help and keep diseases at bay. Sepilok also had a volunteer program, as well as ‘adopt an orangutan’ program for those who are interested.

16. Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is considered the largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia, comprising an area of approximately 300,000 acres! Tabin was declared a Wildlife Reserve mainly due to the large number of animals inhabiting the forests, some of which are highly endangered. Three of Sabah’s largest mammals are found in Tabin, and they are the Sumatran Rhino, Pygmy Elephant and Tembadau, and many other species of wildlife that are protected.

17. Turtle Island, Sabah

Selingan Island, or more commonly referred to as Turtle Island, is
the second largest of the three islands with an area of 8 hectares and is also
the first turtle hatchery in Malaysia.

The number of visitors who can stay overnight on the island is restricted, and you will need to apply for permits to visit the island. Basic accommodation is available, as the best time to see the turtles lay eggs are after dusk, and there is also a visitor centre where you can learn more about the conservation efforts carried out by the centre all these years.

A turtle laying eggs; leave her tracks behind; park rangers place the eggs in hatcheries

Both Green and Hawksbill Turtles come to shore throughout the year to lay their eggs. However, the peak season for the Greens turtles is between July to October while the peak season for the Hawksbill turtles is between February to April.

18. Semenggoh Nature Reserve, Sarawak

Situated
just a short distance away from the city of Kuching in Sarawak, The Semenggoh Nature
Reserve serves as a mostly-temporary home the gentle Orangutans.  Established in 1975, it initially became a
centre for injured and captured orangutans, and has now developed into a place
where visitors can learn about other rare and endemic species as well. The
orangutans are trained to get back to the centre during their feeding times,
but when it is fruiting season and they can forage for food themselves, they
sometimes do not appear.

Rare
flora and fauna can also be found here, and you will appreciate the sounds of
the jungle when you drop by for a visit.

You may also opt for the cooler highlands…

19. Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Cameron
Highlands is easily the most popular highland retreats in Malaysia, offering a
moderate climate ranging between18 to 25 degrees Celcius.

However, this moderate weather also serves as a ‘curse’ to the destination as the environment makes it an ideal location for growing various produce, both for local consumption as well as for export.

Tea Plantation

During
the Colonial era, the British grew tea on the fertile mountain slopes, and
these plantations exist till today. More suited as a family getaway, places
like Cameron Highlands can offer a pleasant surprise to the discerning eco-tourist.
 

Hiking trails and breathtaking views await you!

20. Fraser’s Hill, Pahang

Fraser’s Hill is one of the
oldest, but less popular, highland resort destination located among the mountains
of Pahang. Only 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur, this cooling retreat offers
nature activities which include jungle trekking

The iconic Fraser’s Hill clock tower sits in the middle of the quaint village town, always a popular photo spot.

Fraser’s Hill Clock Tower

Fraser’s Hill is also hosts the International Bird Race, which has
been  an annual event since 1988. The
main objectives of the bird race is to encourage the preservation of nature,
considering there are over 250 species of birds within the area, as well as to
promote Fraser’s Hill as a bird sanctuary.

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DISCOVER UNDERWATER WORLD AT AQUARIUMS IN MALAYSIA

The underwater is full of mystery and that’s why many divers are obsessed to exploring the “wonderland”.

A man made aquarium, to certain extent, is also a great place for you to explore the beauty of the underwater world in a safer way with an easy access.

It is a one-stop destination to showcase the underwater creatures, which brings huge benefits for parents and children with all sorts of information.

Experience Malaysia will recommend some of the largest aquariums in Malaysia, which could be guidance for your next family trip. One of the top picks includes the newly opened SEA LIFE Malaysia located at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort in Johor Bahru.

Aquaria KLCC

Have you planned a visit to the Aquaria KLCC?

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Aquaria KLCC is one of the most exciting educational destinations for families in Malaysia.

Showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures, this state-of-the-art aquarium not only allows kids to see the myriad of fish on display, they also get to interact, touch, and sometimes even feed the creatures in the tanks.

The oceanarium is situated beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and is within walking distance of the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC shopping mall – perfect for an entire day’s worth of sightseeing and activities with the family.

Highlights include a 90-metre transparent underwater tunnel where hundreds of fishes, Sand Tiger sharks, stingrays, marine turtles and other sea creatures swimming around unhindered in the vast oceanarium, a spectacular live show of divers feeding these creatures at meal times and a rare opportunity to come into contact with live starfish and bamboo shark at the Touchpool area.

If you want to spend some time at Aquaria KLCC, these are some tips that you can refer: buy your tickets online ahead of time; book a Learning package or guided tour; visit at feeding time throughout the day; get your souvenirs before exit point; stay in a nearby luxury hotel.

Ticket Price: RM49 (Adult); RM39 (Child); RM39 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.aquariaklcc.com/

SEA LIFE Malaysia

 

The tourism industry in Johor is expected to achieve greater heights with the opening of SEA LIFE Malaysia, the latest attraction at the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

Dubbed the country’s first interactive LEGO themed aquarium, this highly awaited double-storey aquarium provides a fun and exciting learning experience that combines education and conservation. With a blend of LEGO’s approach of building imagination through play, SEA LIFE Malaysia promises a great day out for the entire family.

This new marine sanctuary comprises 13,000 marine life with 120 species from 11 different habitat zones. SEA LIFE Malaysia has been a hit now and it is expected to mesmerize even more visitors while inspiring kids to learn, love and care for the ocean through edutainment.

Amongst the marine life now housed across 25 tanks are Stingrays, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Shark, Seahorses, and more. Other amazing discoveries include magical storytelling, interactive displays, hands-on encounters at the Rock Pool zone, special habitat zones which comprises of a Malaysian Rainforest, a Stingray Bay and a fascinating Ocean Tank, the largest tank that is filled with 400,000 litres of water.

Spanning 6-metres long and over 2-metres wide, the Ocean Tank features fun and interactive experiences that introduces visitors to the marine life and marine conservation. On top of this, guests can keep a lookout for special LEGO Mini-Figures and other LEGO sea creatures as they embark on their educational journey at SEA LIFE Malaysia.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has been attracting locals and tourists to state, with Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and China being amongst the top markets for the resort. For the latest update on promotion and activities, stay connected with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort via Facebook and Instagram.

Ticket Price: 1-Day SEA LIFE (Open Dated) – RM95 (Adult); RM74 (Child); RM74 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 6pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar, 79250 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/sealife/sealife/

The Shore Oceanarium Melaka

Located at The Shore Shopping Gallery Melaka, The Shore Oceanarium is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed spot on your itinerary, where both kids and adults can find it so educational and yet fun for their trip here.

Opened in 2015, it features some of the latest technology for aquarium such as 3D movies and information boards (3D glasses are provided) and visitors are encouraged to look for quiz answers as they walk around.

It is and extraordinary interactive journey to learn the earth ecosystem and allow you to discover creatures from land to the sea.

Some highlights in Oceanarium:

Interactive Touch Pool – Visitors can gently touch the skin of star fish, sea cucumber, bamboo shark and jellyfishes.
Jungle Quest – People can learn more about reptile, snake, frog, butterfly, insects, lizards and etc at this place. |
Ocean journey – Some of the key attractions here include Oceanarium Theatre, Shark Quest, Sea Shell Museum and 3D Movie Theatre.
River Story – Learning about river ecosystem around the world including Indian River, Chinese Mountain Stream, Australian River, Lake Malawi and etc, which exhibits different species of fish native.
Kampung Penyu – The Shore Oceanarium collaborates with Fisheries Department Malaysia to educate and create awareness on protection of sea turtle.

After taking a visit here, you should not miss the Sky Tower Melaka for the best views of the city. The Swiss Garden Hotel Melaka is located directly above The Shore Shopping Gallery.

Ticket Price: RM40 (Adult); RM30 (Child); RM30 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10.30am – 9pm
Address: 2F-01, The Shore Shopping Gallery,193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka,Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Website: https://www.oceanariummelaka.com/

Underwater World Langkawi

Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang, Underwater World is one of the top attractions on the Langkawi island. It is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in Southeast Asia.  Since its operation on 26 August, 1995, it has become one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.

This huge white building covering some 60,000 square feet area houses more than 4,000 marine creatures that include over 500 species of fish and many other underwater life. It also showcases many different types of birds, animals and other inhabitants that are found in tropical rainforests, temperate and even sub-Antarctic regions.

At Underwater World Langkawi, we have three main sections, which display Tropical Rainforest River Ecosystem, Temperate Sub-Antarctic and Marine Section. Other attractions include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilium Section, Invertebrate Section, the Coral Reef Section and the Poisonous Venomous Section.

There are information kiosks, wildlife gallery and a 3D audio/video room with a capacity of 200 where you can learn and gather myriad of information about birds, animals and aquatic life.

The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Research Development, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature.

Visitors are thus provided with a one-stop shopping, eating and entertainment package, all of which are available within one area.

Ticket Price: RM36 (Adult); RM26 (Children); RM29 (Senior Citizens)
Opening Hour: 10am – 6pm (Daily); 9.30am – 6.30pm (School Holidays / Public Holidays)
Address: Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Website: https://underwaterworldlangkawi.my/

 

On top of the aquariums recommended above, it is worth mentioning that one of the distinctive galleries at the National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur is an aquarium, whereby all visitors can get the chance to take a closer look at a variety of fishes and corals that form a unique ecosystem.

Unknown to many, Penang has a small aquarium known as Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman, which is located at a fishing village in Batu Maung. Is not a large aquarium but it has everything you want to see inside. The aquarium has 25 tanks to showcase various types of marine life, especially those found in the regional waters. Among them are the lion fish, the boxfishes, moray eels, tangs, surgeon fish, cat sharks, stone fish, angel fish, blue spotted stingray, fox face fish, parrot fish, squirrel fish, damsels, bivalves and more.

For tourists who visit Sabah, do not forget to add the Aquarium and Marine Museum Kota Kinabalu into your list. The attraction is located right in the city centre at the University Malaysia Sabah. Apart from having a chance to see all types of marine life, there are mangrove habitat, free standing exhibition tank, open-water reef exhibition centre, diorama Sipadan deep dive and many more await you.

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DISCOVER UNDERWATER WORLD AT MAGNIFICENT AQUARIUMS IN MALAYSIA

The underwater is full of mystery and that’s why many divers are obsessed to exploring the “wonderland”.

A man made aquarium, to certain extent, is also a great place for you to explore the beauty of the underwater world in a safer way with an easy access.

It is a one-stop destination to showcase the underwater creatures, which brings huge benefits for parents and children with all sorts of information.

Experience Malaysia will recommend some of the largest aquariums in Malaysia, which could be guidance for your next family trip. One of the top picks includes the newly opened SEA LIFE Malaysia located at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort in Johor Bahru.

Aquaria KLCC

Have you planned a visit to the Aquaria KLCC?

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Aquaria KLCC is one of the most exciting educational destinations for families in Malaysia.

Showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of aquatic and land-bound creatures, this state-of-the-art aquarium not only allows kids to see the myriad of fish on display, they also get to interact, touch, and sometimes even feed the creatures in the tanks.

The oceanarium is situated beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and is within walking distance of the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC shopping mall – perfect for an entire day’s worth of sightseeing and activities with the family.

Highlights include a 90-metre transparent underwater tunnel where hundreds of fishes, Sand Tiger sharks, stingrays, marine turtles and other sea creatures swimming around unhindered in the vast oceanarium, a spectacular live show of divers feeding these creatures at meal times and a rare opportunity to come into contact with live starfish and bamboo shark at the Touchpool area.

If you want to spend some time at Aquaria KLCC, these are some tips that you can refer: buy your tickets online ahead of time; book a Learning package or guided tour; visit at feeding time throughout the day; get your souvenirs before exit point; stay in a nearby luxury hotel.

Ticket Price: RM49 (Adult); RM39 (Child); RM39 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.aquariaklcc.com/

SEA LIFE Malaysia

 

The tourism industry in Johor is expected to achieve greater heights with the opening of SEA LIFE Malaysia, the latest attraction at the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

Dubbed the country’s first interactive LEGO themed aquarium, this highly awaited double-storey aquarium provides a fun and exciting learning experience that combines education and conservation. With a blend of LEGO’s approach of building imagination through play, SEA LIFE Malaysia promises a great day out for the entire family.

This new marine sanctuary comprises 13,000 marine life with 120 species from 11 different habitat zones. SEA LIFE Malaysia has been a hit now and it is expected to mesmerize even more visitors while inspiring kids to learn, love and care for the ocean through edutainment.

Amongst the marine life now housed across 25 tanks are Stingrays, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Shark, Seahorses, and more. Other amazing discoveries include magical storytelling, interactive displays, hands-on encounters at the Rock Pool zone, special habitat zones which comprises of a Malaysian Rainforest, a Stingray Bay and a fascinating Ocean Tank, the largest tank that is filled with 400,000 litres of water.

Spanning 6-metres long and over 2-metres wide, the Ocean Tank features fun and interactive experiences that introduces visitors to the marine life and marine conservation. On top of this, guests can keep a lookout for special LEGO Mini-Figures and other LEGO sea creatures as they embark on their educational journey at SEA LIFE Malaysia.

LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort has been attracting locals and tourists to state, with Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and China being amongst the top markets for the resort. For the latest update on promotion and activities, stay connected with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort via Facebook and Instagram.

Ticket Price: 1-Day SEA LIFE (Open Dated) – RM95 (Adult); RM74 (Child); RM74 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10am to 6pm (Monday to Sunday)
Address: No 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar, 79250 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Website: https://www.legoland.com.my/sealife/sealife/

The Shore Oceanarium Melaka

Located at The Shore Shopping Gallery Melaka, The Shore Oceanarium is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed spot on your itinerary, where both kids and adults can find it so educational and yet fun for their trip here.

Opened in 2015, it features some of the latest technology for aquarium such as 3D movies and information boards (3D glasses are provided) and visitors are encouraged to look for quiz answers as they walk around.

It is and extraordinary interactive journey to learn the earth ecosystem and allow you to discover creatures from land to the sea.

Some highlights in Oceanarium:

Interactive Touch Pool – Visitors can gently touch the skin of star fish, sea cucumber, bamboo shark and jellyfishes.
Jungle Quest – People can learn more about reptile, snake, frog, butterfly, insects, lizards and etc at this place. |
Ocean journey – Some of the key attractions here include Oceanarium Theatre, Shark Quest, Sea Shell Museum and 3D Movie Theatre.
River Story – Learning about river ecosystem around the world including Indian River, Chinese Mountain Stream, Australian River, Lake Malawi and etc, which exhibits different species of fish native.
Kampung Penyu – The Shore Oceanarium collaborates with Fisheries Department Malaysia to educate and create awareness on protection of sea turtle.

After taking a visit here, you should not miss the Sky Tower Melaka for the best views of the city. The Swiss Garden Hotel Melaka is located directly above The Shore Shopping Gallery.

Ticket Price: RM40 (Adult); RM30 (Child); RM30 (Senior Citizen)
Opening Hour: 10.30am – 9pm
Address: 2F-01, The Shore Shopping Gallery,193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka,Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Website: https://www.oceanariummelaka.com/

Underwater World Langkawi

Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang, Underwater World is one of the top attractions on the Langkawi island. It is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquaria in Southeast Asia.  Since its operation on 26 August, 1995, it has become one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Langkawi and has attracted a large number of foreign as well as local tourists.

This huge white building covering some 60,000 square feet area houses more than 4,000 marine creatures that include over 500 species of fish and many other underwater life. It also showcases many different types of birds, animals and other inhabitants that are found in tropical rainforests, temperate and even sub-Antarctic regions.

At Underwater World Langkawi, we have three main sections, which display Tropical Rainforest River Ecosystem, Temperate Sub-Antarctic and Marine Section. Other attractions include the Freshwater Fish Section, the Seashell Display, the Koi Pond, the Reptilium Section, Invertebrate Section, the Coral Reef Section and the Poisonous Venomous Section.

There are information kiosks, wildlife gallery and a 3D audio/video room with a capacity of 200 where you can learn and gather myriad of information about birds, animals and aquatic life.

The concept and theme of Underwater World Langkawi are geared towards Research Development, Education and Entertainment. It is built to raise awareness on the importance of conserving our precious aquatic life forms, thus creating understanding of the deep and inseparable bond between man and nature.

Visitors are thus provided with a one-stop shopping, eating and entertainment package, all of which are available within one area.

Ticket Price: RM36 (Adult); RM26 (Children); RM29 (Senior Citizens)
Opening Hour: 10am – 6pm (Daily); 9.30am – 6.30pm (School Holidays / Public Holidays)
Address: Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Website: https://underwaterworldlangkawi.my/

 

On top of the aquariums recommended above, it is worth mentioning that one of the distinctive galleries at the National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur is an aquarium, whereby all visitors can get the chance to take a closer look at a variety of fishes and corals that form a unique ecosystem.

Unknown to many, Penang has a small aquarium known as Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman, which is located at a fishing village in Batu Maung. Is not a large aquarium but it has everything you want to see inside. The aquarium has 25 tanks to showcase various types of marine life, especially those found in the regional waters. Among them are the lion fish, the boxfishes, moray eels, tangs, surgeon fish, cat sharks, stone fish, angel fish, blue spotted stingray, fox face fish, parrot fish, squirrel fish, damsels, bivalves and more.

For tourists who visit Sabah, do not forget to add the Aquarium and Marine Museum Kota Kinabalu into your list. The attraction is located right in the city centre at the University Malaysia Sabah. Apart from having a chance to see all types of marine life, there are mangrove habitat, free standing exhibition tank, open-water reef exhibition centre, diorama Sipadan deep dive and many more await you.

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MACKA B – STAGING THE REGGAE TO RWMF

KUCHING: UK’s most influential dancehall toaster and festival goers can work up a serious sweat during his most anticipated performance – Macka B will be one of the highlights at Rainforest World Music Festival.

A British-born Jamaican reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning nearly four decades in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He also has built a career on his insanely unique delivery and stage presence, with rough and gravely vocals, complete with a voice unline few others on this planet, Macka B instantly indentifiable sound – rich and emotive. Moreover, He has used his music to push dancehall back towards Rastafarian political consciousness, while bringing elements from other branches of the reggae tree like roots, dub and lovers rock.

Jamaica’s music influence has spread throughout the world and almost everyone is familiar with this island’s reggae that is situated in the sub oceanic basin of the western Atlantic Ocean feature African musical elements that formed the basis of Jamaican music.

Dancehall reggae is described as modern Jamaican music and is a sub-genre of reggae. Often referred to as reggae’s rebellious counterpart, dancehall music first emerged as an underground genre attracting large crowds on street corners, thus resembling a dance hall, hence its name.

A Rastafarian with political consciousness, his songs are devoted to spiritual and social messages. He has many songs hit the No. 1 spot on the Reggae charts, won numerous awards and produced albums that display an ability to move between serious and lighter hearted subject matters. Earlier albums like the landmark Sign of the Times (1986) and Looks are Deceiving (1988) are marked by dark political undertones with a constant eye on the struggle and strive of everyday life.

While fans know him for his music with impressive fan base sprouted following his popularity, the currently on-going “Medical Mondays” web series where he shares his ever-growing knowledge of bodily health and veganism that spawned a surprise smash hit when his raps on the health benefits of cucumbers appropriately titled Cucumba went viral, racking up over a million views.

At Rainforest World Music Festival Macka B will take over the DJ set on the After Party Stage on the Friday night.

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The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

For further information on tickets, festival activities and logistics, please log on to https://rwmf.net/

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