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TOP HOTELS IN MALAYSIA THAT TRANSPORT YOU TO A DIFFERENT WORLD

Holidays are a way to get away from the routine and
familiar. That’s why when we travel, we sometimes catch ourselves doing things
we wouldn’t normally do back home. We’re more adventurous, aren’t we, when we’re
on the road travelling. There’s a change of scenery, we’re surrounded by
strange cultures, the food is different, etc. In such an environment, we find
ourselves opening up to new experiences – we try the local food, we get out of
our comfort zone and speak to the locals, we participate in their traditions,
and more.

A romantic holiday at Colmar Tropicale, oui?

Similarly, when we check ourselves into a hotel, wouldn’t it
be nice to be surrounded by a fresh change of scene? Of course, the standard
hotels have all the comforts we could ever want, but how about passing up on
that spick and span hotel experience and jump in to a whole new “hotel”
environment?

Kids will just love to be kids at Legoland Hotel

Thematic hotels abound in Malaysia and it’s a great way to get out of our comfort zone to try something new. For kids, surely they would love the Legoland Hotel in Johor to relive their love for these iconic play bricks. Or how about Jen Hotel, also in Johor, where we hear you can check into a Hello Kitty-inspired room? Feeling a little bit French? Colmar Tropicale transports you to a Parisienne holiday in the tropics!

Love the Sanrio characters? Check into this cute Hello Kitty room at Jen Hotel!

Well, read on to see our top picks of unusual and themed accommodations that will definitely give you a fresh take on your holiday in Malaysia!

Tiarasa Escapes, Janda Baik, Pahang

Tiarasa Escapes is glamping extraordinaire for folks who want to be near nature but have issues with creepy crawlies. Rest assured that this property will put you up in exclusive tented villas surrounded by thick rainforest in the hills of Pahang…and pamper you while you are there with in-room comforts such as free-standing bathtubs, luxurious bedspreads and comfortable pillows.

Think of picnics by the bubbling brook, evening campfires to roast your marshmallows, stargazings at night, moonlight cinemas and morning walks amid the cool highland mist. Here’s where you can be the luxe-version of your Indiana Jones!

The Prestige Hotel, Penang

If you love a little magic in your life, then book a room at The Prestige Hotel in Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage enclave, but don’t mistake it as simply another Victorian heritage hotel.

Light, space and lines create unique optical illusions at Victorian-styled The Prestige

So inspired was the designer of the hotel, Colin Seah of Ministry of Design, with Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, “The Prestige” about rival magicians in the Victorian era, that he introduced elements of optical illusion throughout the property. Take for instance the “levitating” bed that seems to float in the middle of the room, hidden doors that lead to pantries, and the piece-de-resistance of the room — the custom-designed shower and wardrobe enclosure, supposedly harking back to Houdini’s escape box!

Through subtle and clever use of light and space, geometric lines and repeated patterns, the designer leads guests to experience a little magic during their stay, so that nothing is ever quite what it seems!

Hard Rock Hotel, Desaru Coast, Johor

Fancy yourself a rockstar? Then, you’ll dig staying at the newly-opened Hard Rock Hotel in Desaru Coast, Johor. The international brand of property is renowned for its rockin’ hospitality. Check into their Rock Star Suite for some top-class Hollywood star treatment — enjoy in-room plush Sleep Like a Rock bedding, Bose sound system, and even a 15-ball American City ARAMITH 7 ft Pool Table. Pair that up with a personal concierge to meet your every whim and fancy, and you’ll have a rocking good time for sure!

Get ready to rock your holiday at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast

Don’t forget to explore the hotel’s Memorabilia Gallery to get you that bit closer to the rich and famous of Hollywood. On display are some of the greatest rock memorabilia, whether you’re a rocker who loves The Rolling Stones or a Rihanna fangirl!

Tanjong Jara Resort, Dungun, Terengganu

If you’re an urban dweller used to braving traffic jams and air pollution, why not retire to the east coast countryside of Malaysia and enjoy a change of pace in life? Get a room at Tanjong Jara Resort and enjoy the tranquility of this property, inspired by 17th century Malay palaces with a layout that makes you feel like you are in a typical Malay village.

Enjoy the tranquil east coast village lifestyle at the luxurious Tanjong Jara Resort

The genuine countryside charm is so authentic, even the staff that serve you are actually drawn from the local villages, who truly embody the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality. Sleep in luxuriously-appointed wooden villas, wake up to a traditional Malay breakfast, stroll along the beautiful beach, and enjoy local folk games in the afternoons. If that’s not enough, indulge in traditional beauty treatments at their Spa Village — there’s one couple’s treatment that last half a day where we hear you’ll be treated like Kings and Queens!

The Culvert, Kuching, Sarawak

Who would ever think that refurbished concrete culverts would make a cosy hotel room…well, the owners of The Culvert thought it would be unique to transform these huge cylinders of concrete and galvanised steel into rooms, and so they did! Don’t worry, you’ll still get to sleep in comfortable beds, have access to en-suite baths and even soak yourself in the free-standing bath tubs!

Beautiful sunset view at The Culvert in Kuching

On a patch of land nestled in the dense flora and undergrowth of Santubong, Kuching is this dreamy and relaxing resort that will melt away your stress. Enjoy views of the iconic Mount Santubong in the background, and frolic in the private beach nearby. Outfitted with eco-friendly room designs and an array of facilities offering adventure and relaxation, this Kuching hotel resort promises to take you on a cultural journey of Sarawak’s rainforests and rejuvenate your weary soul.

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20 Awesome and True Malaysian Breakfasts!

Breakfast is not called the most important meal of the day for nothing. With good breakfast, your day can be full of energy to get ready for challenges ahead.
Being a multicultural society comes with some gastronomical benefits – Malaysians are incredibly fortunate to have the luxury of eating a wide variety of food for breakfast each day, from delectable Chinese dim sum to a more spicy Malay food.
What is your favourite Malaysian breakfast food? In no particular order, here are 20 Malaysian breakfasts you must try during your stay here and where you can find them.
It is definitely worth reading!

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a favourite breakfast among all races in Malaysia. The fragrant rice dish is infused with coconut milk, and served with fried anchovies, sambal (spicy shrimp paste), boiled or fried egg, and sometimes cucumber as well as peanuts. Nasi Lemak has even been listed as one of 10 most healthy international breakfasts by TIME Magazine. The price ranges between RM2 and RM20 for a plate of nasi lemak, mainly depend on where you buy it. Nothing beats getting up early on a weekend than eating Village Park’s famous nasi lemak at Damansara Uptown for a true Malaysian breakfast!

Nasi Kerabu

Nasi Kerabu is a unique Malay rice dish with the rice in blue colour, a type of nasi ulam. It is quite popular as a breakfast dish for Kelantanese. It is eaten with various mixture of Ulam (traditional local salad), crackers, fish or fried chicken, pickles, hard-boiled salted egg. The blue colour comes from flower’s petals used in cooking it. Try out nasi kerabu at Kesom Café, Petaling Jaya for your stay as it is packed with a good amount of flavour, various ingredients for texture and a price you simply can’t resist! But, in Kelantan, one of the best places to sample this dish is Kak Ma Nasi Kerabu in Kota Bahru.

Classic Combination (Kaya toast + Half-boiled egg + Coffee)

This is a classic combination as all walks of life love to eat it. A sweet start to your day with kaya toast, normally filled with coconut jam or peanut butter.
This is usually paired with a cup of coffee or tea, and sometimes complemented by a couple of soft-boiled eggs. The combination of this meal could be found at any kopitiam (cofffee shop). It is also one of the best sellers in some retail outlets such as Old Town White Coffee and Toast Box.
Tips: Popular kopitiam with this classic combination include Yut Kee Kopitiam, one of the oldest kopitiams in KL (Established in 1928) and Transfer Road Roti Bakar in Penang.

Tosai

No Malaysian breakfast list is complete without Thosai! This long, crepe-like meal may look huge when served, but you’ll soon see that it takes up a small room in your stomach. This is typically served with yogurt or curry on the side.
Charred to a mellow crisp on the edges, warm and a tad tart from fermentation, it’s hard to believe that something so simple and humble can turn into one scrumptious dish.

Famous restaurant to sample tosai: Chat Masala Restaurant in Brickfieds, Kuala Lumpur. (Specializing in authentic Indian cuisine)

Roti Canai

If there’s only one roti you’ll try in Malaysia, this should be it. Roti Canai, a type of flatbread influenced by the Indian ethnicity and it is usually served with dal (lentil-based soup) or kari ikan (fish curry) and is best eaten with bare hands.
Roti Canai is commonly sold in our local Indian tea stalls, famously known to the locals as Mamak stall. Mamak stall is also our locals favorite not only for food but also as a hang out place! Roti canai is variable from original, to the locals – Roti kosong, which means no fillings to choices of fillings with eggs, banana, chicken, lamb, tuna, etc, served with chicken curry, fish curry, dhal or combination of any curry of your preferences. Watching it being prepared itself is a spectacular as the roti is flung into the air like a pizza base.

Dim Sum

If you prefer snacks to breakfasts, or snacks for breakfast, this bite-sized style of cuisine will suit your palate and your gastronomic fashion. Fresh, flavourful and steaming food is typically served in bamboo steamer baskets and Chinese tea.
There are loads of variations to choose from, although some of the more popular ones are the Xiao Long Bao, Har Gow (Shrimp dumpling), Siu Mai (Steamed dumplings with pork and prawns) and Loh Bak Gao (steamed turnip cake).
Some of the famous outlets for your breakfast selection include Foo Hing Dim Sum in Puchong, Jin Xuan Hong Kong Restauratnt, Dragon-i Restaurant and etc. If your preference is halal, Malaysia has plenty of halal dim sum restaurants to choose from, with one of the popular brands in town being Dolly Dim Sum.

Yong Tau Foo

This Hakka dish is a mix of fish, meat, vegetables and tofu. Traditionally, only tofu cubes were stuffed with a paste of fish and pork, and then deep fried or braised. Vendors later got creative and started stuffing vegetables like bitter gourd, ladies’ fingers, chillies and brinjals. Along with the stuffed ingredients are fish and meat balls, and also fried tofu skin. The dry version of the dish is enjoyed with chilli and sweet sauces, but the ingredients are also served in a clear soup. Side dishes such as chee cheong fun and rice are optional. Some of the famous stalls for this dish include Foong Foong restaurant at Ampang and a Yong Tau Foo at Puchong Batu 14 in front of a Chinese vernacular school.

Bah Kut Teh

The name literally translated as “meat bone tea” where various parts of pork is slow-cooked in a complex broth of herbs and spices. Bak Kut Teh is one of the local Chinese favorite breakfast for a nutritious meal, a calorie dense breakfast where it is said that this dish was once created for the hard labour. It comes in various forms as it could be strong and intense, or light and soupy; it could come in a humble bowl with only pork, or it could come in a claypot of goodies.
Klang is regarded as the city of Bak Kut Teh as there are more than one hundred Bak Kut Teh restaurants in the city itself. Under The Bridge Bak Kut Teh is one of the first to come to mind when the question of best Bak Kut Teh arises. This restaurant in Klang dates back to 1979, but the recipe has over 70 years of history.

Noodles soup

If you like your noodles, why not have it for breakfast? Some of the exciting choices here include curry noodles, soto, wan tan noodles, fish soup noodles, shredded chicken noodles and asam laksa.

Noodle soup is another preferred local breakfast, where lots of variation is widely available across Malaysia. From a bowl of delicate curry noodles, soto, fish soup noodles, shredded chicken noodles and lots more exciting choices.
Noodle soup is an excellent pick for breakfast as the soup is highly nutritious especially when the soup is done right.

Laksa Perlis

Many may not familiar about dishes or cuisines from Perlis. However, you should not miss out Laksa Perlis.

At first glance, the dish looks just like the Malay laksa you find in the other northern states of Kedah and Penang. But if you’re looking for traditional Perlis laksa, head to the Laksa Kak Su at Jalan Siakap 1, Kuala Perlis.
Fresh house-made thick rice noodles are served in a fishy gravy along with “ulam” such as julienned cucumber, onion, chillies and daun selom.
Interestingly, Laksa Perlis, or known as “Laksa Kola” locally, is always eaten with pulut udang or kuih spera (like a curry puff but with a savoury grated coconut filling). It makes the gravy thicker and more delicious.

Big Breakfast

A huge plate of Big Breakfast for a breakfast or brunch with family or friends is the best way to kick off the first episode of the day.
With the mushrooming of fancy cafes in KL, most Malaysians have taken a strong liking for the western style hearty breakfast sets.
These usually come with a large portion of well-arranged sausages, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, toast and eggs.
Places to check out if you love a good brunch or Big Breakfast include FEEKA Coffee Roasters @ Bukit Bintang (pork-free), Plan b, Merchant’s Lane @ Petaling Street (pork-free), Acme Bar Coffee @ The Troika (pork-free) and many more!

Stir-fried noodles/Char Kuey Teow, Mee Goreng….

Stir-fried noodles or Char Kuey Teow or Mee Goreng and etc. are always the favourite dishes for Malaysians. It can be enjoyed as your breakfast, lunch or dinner as it is quite easy to find it on the streets.

Mee Goreng literally translated as fried noodle or commonly known as “chow mein” in Cantonese is another widely favoured choice of breakfast. It is fried with high temperature to create a strong aromatic plate of delicacy.
Char Keow Teow, which is basically flat rice noodles stir-fried with shrimp, bloody cockles, Chinese lap cheong has won the heart of diners from all over the world. It is a must-try dish when travelling to Penang. You have not visited Penang if you have not check it out.

Lontong

Lontong is an Asian dish that is commonly served with nasi impit (compressed rice) which is cut into cubes. It is drenched with a coconut milk and turmeric-based broth cooked with a variety of vegetables along with condiments such as fried tempeh, fried tofu and boiled eggs. You can add to the mix with sambal. An addition that’s highly recommended is the fried beef lung. It’s sliced thinly and fried until very crisp so that even in the broth, the pieces remain crunchy. Famous spot to try out Lontong is Chawan in Bangsar, whereby many white and blue-collared men and women will gather there in the morning to take this dish to kick start the day.

Teh Tarik, Milo, Cham, Hoi Nam Cha, etc.

You haven’t been to Malaysia until you’ve tasted Teh Tarik, or “pulled tea”. It got its name from the way the tea is poured from cup to cup to achieve that frothy surface. It pairs well with any breakfast meal.

Apart from Teh Tarik, the locals love a cup of coffee, better known as “kopi” (Local Malay word). A mixture of coffee and tea and you will get a cup of “cham” which means “mixture” in Cantonese. Malaysians basically love a dose of caffeine in the morning. Not to forget that Milo, a malt chocolate drink that Malaysian children raved over.

Most people choose to dip their cream crackers or biscuits into a nice, warm cup of this yummy drink. Be sure to have a cup of our local beverages and you can be considered as truly visiting this country.

Buns, pastry and kuih

It is not to difficult to look for a bun stall in most of the local breakfast places especially the morning market. Some of the bun with good demand include sweet coconut jam (kaya) bun, dried meat bun, hot dog bun, minced meat bun, tuna bun, peanut bun and etc. Besides, some of these stalls also selling pastry and kuih – local desserts. Nyonya kuih, for example, is a proud invention that most Malaysians choose to surrender their sweet tooth upon.

Chee Cheong Fun

Chee Cheong Fun is a steamed flat rice noodle rolls and taken with sauce, either sweet or savoury. In Penang, the rolls are cut into short cylinders and served with condiments such as thnee cheo (a sweet dark-red sauce), hae ko (black, prawn paste sauce), chilli sauce, oil and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Some people prefer the Chee Cheong Fun lightly tossed in curry sauce as well. People in Penang all have their favourite but you can’t go wrong with the stall outside Seow Fong Lye Cafe on Macalister Lane. Be prepared to wait for your order.

Yau Char Kwai

Yau Char Kway (Cantonese) literally means “oil-fried devil” a name in accordance to the Chinese culture. The traditional deep-fried snack has been a breakfast staple for the Chinese for as long as any of us could remember. Here in Malaysia, it has been always served for breakfast with rice congee or dipped in soy milk, the long golden-brown snack is also eaten with bak kut teh or a cup of brewed coffee. You can also just simply munch on it.

Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang

Nasi dagang is one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Terengganu. Nasi dagang is a mixture of white fragrant rice and white glutinous rice. Here, most of the people prefer to eat it together with a curry made with ikan tongkol, a tuna species fished off the coast, and simple side dishes of acar timun and a hard-boiled egg.
Some of the top picks to check out this dish include a stall called Mak Ngah located at Kampung Bukit, Kuala Terengganu and also Kak Pah’s stall at the Batu Buruk food court.

Fish Noodles

 As most of the breakfast dishes introduced here are famous in peninsular, let’s take a look on a common dish for Sabahans called fish noodles.
Fish noodles at Jong Fa Pai restaurant in Kota Kinabalu served with meaty chunks of fish in a fish-based broth (clear or with milk) along with tofu, preserved vegetables and tomatoes. A halal version can be found at Wan Wan outlets.
Ngiu chap (In Hakka dialect), which means “mixed cow”, is another favorite breakfast noodle among Sabahans. Eaters can expect every single part of the cow in this dish, including beef balls, tripe, tongue and tendons. Some people even add in liver and other innards.

Sarawak Laksa

 For Sarawakian, Sarawak Laksa makes for an amazing breakfast. The late Anthony Bourdain, who featured Sarawak laksa in his TV shows once called Sarawak Laksa “Breakfast of the Gods”.
Significantly different from the many other types of laksa available in Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak Laksa consists of rice vermicelli, shredded omelette, cooked prawns and strips of chicken in an aromatic broth, with sambal and lime served on the side.
This dish is beloved by all Sarawakians and is enjoyed by families and friends no matter what time of the day. Highly recommended Kuching restaurants that serve Sarawak laksa are Mom’s Laksa @ Gita (halal) and Golden Arch Cafe.

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SARAWAK SPREADS HER “PROMOTIONAL WINGS” TO ASIA

Kuching – August 13th: The Sarawak Tourism Board (‘STB’) has added another milestone in her efforts to boost Sarawak’s tourism through a collaborative effort with AirAsia and Laduni Services Sdn Bhd. to ensure that Sarawak’s brand will be widely seen on selected aircrafts flying in the region.

Minister thumb up sarawak tourism board air asia cabin ad panel

YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak giving thumbs up to one of Sarawak Ad Panel on AirAsia aircraft witness by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, CEO of STB and Dato Aziz Bakar, AirAsia Board of Director.

Through this collaboration, the overhead cabin compartments of 5 AirAsia planes will be prominently adorned with visuals depicting Sarawak as a destination full of life, vibrancy and excitement, showcasing various attractions of Sarawak’s culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals.

The collaboration was officiated by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at a signing ceremony held at the Kuching International Airport today.

This promotional effort on the 5 aircrafts involves AirAsia Malaysia and AirAsia Thailand, reaching out to 6 countries around Asian countries for duration of one year. Some of the key destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi, Johor Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Alor Setar, Penang and Kuching in Malaysia, Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Chennai, Kochi and Kolkata in India, Ho Chi Min City, Danang, Hanoi in Vietnam, Medan and Jakarta in Indonesia, Phnom Penh and Siam Rep in Cambodia, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Kunming and Shenzhen in China, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Singapore.

In addition, Sarawak will also be featured in the coveted 360 inflight magazine and other digital platforms at KLIA2.

YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said: “We hope that this promotional initiative will be able to give Sarawak greater brand visibility in the region targeting the correct audience among travellers. It serves to convey not only our promotional messages but a chance to showcase our State’s iconic visuals including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Mulu National Park, Sarawak Laksa, Tusan beach, Rainforest World Music Festivals and the Rafflesia flower amongst others.”

Flight connectivity has always been a key structural challenge for the State. It is hoped that promotional efforts such as this will enhance visibility in prime catchment areas within the region.

Echoing the Minister, STB’s CEO Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor said, “Sarawak tourism sees this private-public sector collaboration as a good synergy and consolidated initiative to promote Sarawak to its key target markets. Sarawak has many hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered and aircrafts are certainly one of the best platforms to boost visibility and capture tourists travelling around the Asian countries mentioned.”

Sharzede added that STB is also going strongly on promotions in the digital media realm to capture air travellers who are IT savvy, many of whom tend to use Online Travel Agencies (OTAs), for their travels.

This latest collaboration follows the earlier ‘Visit Sarawak Campaign’ AirAsia aircraft livery, which was launched on February 2, this year. These are among STB’s promotional strategy to create visibility for Sarawak in the domestic and International markets.

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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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20 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE CAFES IN MALAYSIA

A good food is a must when you want to choose a café but nowadays good food is not enough to satisfy one’s hunger because it has to come together with an aesthetically pleasing interior. So get your camera ready for an Instagram-worthy experience at all these cafes that we’ve listed down just for you.

KEDAH

#1 Caffe Diem

Fancy hanging out at a café that was originally a prison during the colonial era circa 1800? Then, check out this charming cafe called Caffe Diem. There’s a room there reserves for private functions called Tunku Room, which is decorated with photos of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. Since Caffe Diem is located in Pekan Cina (China Town), its private dining room was named the China Room. The room, however, is not a typical Chinese-style room but is infused with local culture and contemporary arts. Patrons of Caffe Diem are greeted by five beautifully handcrafted Chinese lanterns by the local artisan and lantern-maker. One of the most interesting fixture at the café is its hanging Perahu Kedah (small row boats), which is suspended from the glass ceiling of its enclosed double volume courtyard of the building.

Caffe Diem
44, Jalan Penjara Lama, Pekan Cina
Alor Setar

Tel No:
04-730 8895

Business Hour
12:00 NOON – 12:00 AM (Opens Daily)

E-mail:
[email protected]

#2 Art Nature Café

This cosy little café focuses on fresh coffee and healthy, vegetarian food. Although its location is a little secluded but that’s the beauty of it. Apart from its delicious assam laksa and handmade noodle soup, Art Nature Café’s garden-inspired décor and eclectic furniture add to the relaxing ambience of the café. This café has also become a favourite spot for a pre-wedding photoshoot.

Art Nature Cafe
158 Taman Berjaya, Lorong Teratai Merah 1,
05050 Alor Setar, Kedah,

Tel Number
+6011 55088158 / +6017 4833795 (Thony)

Business Hour
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (

Email
[email protected] / [email protected]

PENANG

#3 Norm

Norm is a quaint and cosy little haven tucked in a hidden corner of Lebuh Carnarvon in the heart of George Town, serving specialty coffee, specialty tea, cocktails, as well as delicious signature waffles and tiramisu. This café is definitely an insta-worthy hang out with its minimalistic décor, rattan furniture, real plants complete with natural sunlight.

Norm
260C, Lebuh Carnarvon,
George Town, Penang

Tel Number
+6017- 401 1300

Business Hour
10 AM – 12 AM (Opens Daily)

Email
[email protected]

#4 Pik Nik

In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. Therefore, hanging out at Pik Nik will definitely help lessen your stress because there’s a section in the café that is fully pink. Apart from that, Pik Nik is such a funky café and its comfy sofas, rocking chair and colourful pillows just make you want to laze around at the café.

Pik Nik
15, Nagore Road,
10050 George Town,

Tel Number
+604 – 226 0562

Business Hour
12.00 NOON – 12 AM (Closed every Tuesday)

Email
[email protected]

#5 Matcho Café

This dreamy café makes you think of a warm summer breeze with its pink walls, green plants and rattan furniture. Matcho Café itself stated that it offers a great selection of summer treats and food with matcha and chocolate beverages and desserts as their specialty.

Matcho Cafe
99B, Lebuh Noordin,
10300 George Town

Tel Number
+604-261 0031

Business Hour
10.30 AM – 11.30 PM (Closed every Tuesday)

Messenger
m.me/matchocafe

PERAK

#6 Burps Giggles

Burps Giggles has all the elements to become a hit on Instagram, which the café quickly did. What’s not to like about this funky café – it is part of a colonial-era shophouse, there is an eye-catching giant murals on the walls, as well as a quirky mix of antique and contemporary décor and furnishing that are so 80ish.

With desserts such as locally-made gelato, the cempedak with seared gula melaka bananas, and cendol gelato with atapchi and longan, this café is not one to miss when you are in Ipoh.

Burps Giggles
93-95, Jalan Sultan Yusof
30000 Ipoh, Perak

Tel Number
+605-246 1308

Business Hour
09.00 AM – 05.00 PM (Weekdays)
09.00 AM – 09.00 PM (Weekends)

E-mail
[email protected]


#7 Thumbs Café

Thumbs Café may have the look of a typical traditional Malay house but the café actually serves both local and western food with a contemporary twist. I guarantee that you will feel nostalgic once you step inside this rusty-looking café because its antique décor such as the sewing machine, gramophone and old potraits will remind you of your childhood home in the kampung.

Thumbs Café
133 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil,
30450 Ipoh

Tel Number
+6019-776 0618

Business Hour
06.00 PM – 01.00 AM (Closed every Tuesday)

E-mail
[email protected]


NEGERI SEMBILAN

#8 Once Upon A Bear Café

Unleash the inner child in you by hanging out or celebrating birthday at this new insta-worthy café in Seremban 2, which is filled with various kind of cute teddy bears. Everything about this café screams “fluffy and cuddly”.

Once Upon A Bear Café
No.233-G, Jalan S2 B10, Uptown Avenue, Seremban 2
Seremban

Tel Number
+606-601 8017

Business Hour
12.00 NOON – 04.00 PM (Closed every Tuesday and Wednesday)
05.00 PM – 23.00 PM

E-mail
[email protected]


MELAKA

#9 Eat At 18

A hidden gem in Hang Lekiu Street, Eat at 18 is a quaint little café with a courtyard that is perfect for taking selfie. Inside, it’s a genuine café filled with artworks, books and chandeliers. This café is specially known for its fresh juice drinks made from exotic local fruits such as mangosteen, durian, dragon fruit and star fruit.

Eat At 18
18 Jalan Hang Lekiu
75200 Melaka

Tel Number
+606-281 4679

Business Hour
08.30 AM – 06.00 PM (Closed every Tuesday)

Messenger
m.me/eatat18

Source
http://www.fishmeatdie.com

JOHOR

#10 Bev C Cafe

Rather than being just a fashion label, Bev C doubles up as a café, providing a space for creativity to be expressed through fashion design together with beverage crafting. While their philosophy in fashion is ‘Seeking your own style’, their philosophy in their foodie is “We serve what we like to eat”, which will go along well with the adventurous millennials.

Bev C Café
54 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee
Johor Bahru

Tel Number
+6016-725 3530

Business Hour
10.00 AM – 05.00 PM (Closed every Wednesday)

E-mail
[email protected]

PAHANG

#11 90 Degrees Café Art

90 Degrees Cafe Art is located in a refurbished wooden grocery stores in the heart of the Air Putih neighbourhood. This unique space has soaring ceilings, well pre-served wooden structure and a warm and classic atmosphere that met with the relax nature of a beach fronted city. It is the perfect place to chill out and have great chatter with your friends and family.

90 Degrees Café Art
B-882 Jalan Air Putih
Kuantan, Pahang

Tel Number
+609-505 5905

Business Hour
10.00 AM – 11.00 PM (Closed every Tuesday)

E-mail
[email protected]


TERENGGANU

#12 Terradala Museum Cafe

Terradala (which means ‘Land of the Dala flower’) is a cafe, mini museum, crafts and souvenir store rolled into one. At Terradala, travellers are also invited to savour the drinks and delicacies available at affordable prices. The café also encompasses an outdoor garden that features a wooden gazebo made from chengal.

Terradala Museum Cafe
77A Jalan Sultan Sulaiman
Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

Tel Number
+609-626 2020

Business Hour
08.30 AM – 05.30 PM (Opens Daily)

E-mail
[email protected]


KELANTAN

#13 The Bold Lab Café

A place to experiment art, coffee and food, in alphabetical order. As bold as its name, this quirky café has various kind of lab equipment such as flasks, beakers, test tubes as interior decoration, minus the mad professor. Science students will probably feel at home at this cafe. For those leaning towards right-brain, this café will give you a chance to imagine that you are chilling out with friends at a science lab, perfect for an instagram selfie.

The Bold Lab Café
Jalan Abdul Kadir Adabi
Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Tel Number
+609-743 3868

Business Hour
11.00 AM – 11.00 PM (Daily)

E-mail
[email protected]


SARAWAK

#14 Sukha Café

This quaint and quirky café is definitely a magnet for millennials hunting for an insta-worthy café. Sukha Café is filled with random antique stuff such as old radios and a scooter, as well as high ceiling and lamps that are decorated with tons of bicycles’ wheels. The café serves Asian, Western and fusion food and quite innovative too. Check out their beef rendang penne.

Sukha Café
Ground Floor, Titanium Tower,
Lot 11963, Block 16, Brighton Square,
Jalan Song, Kuching, Sarawak

Tel Number
+6082-555 915

Business Hour
11.00 AM – 10.00 PM (Closed every Tuesday)

E-mail
[email protected]

Source
http://themakanpost.blogspot.com


KUALA LUMPUR

#15 Merchant Lane

When it comes to Instagrammable cafes in KL, no doubt Merchant’s Lane is on top of our list. What’s the best way to explain East Meets West? Merchant’s Lane. Tucked in off Chinatown, Merchant’s Lane has a strong Asian vibe with rattan chairs and rustic walls. Every corner screams picture-perfect. The entrance is a bit discreet so have fun hunting down Merchant’s Lane.

Merchant Lane
No, 150 Jalan Petaling
Kuala Lumpur

Business Hour
11.30 AM – 10.30 PM (Closed every Wednesday)

E-mail
[email protected]

Source
klfoodie


#16 Pokok KL Cafe

If you’re from MAHSA University, you’re one lucky fellow. Located at the entrance of the university, this cafe is famous for its open and natural concept. With big glass panels surrounding the cafe, you’ll be able to enjoy the lush greenery view and natural lighting to take that perfect food shot. Due to their rising popularity, it can get a little crowded at times so the waiting time might be the only downside here, but with such eye-catching interior as well for food that look too pretty on a plate, the wait is certainly worth it.

Pokok KL Cafe
MAHSA Avenue, Block B,
Jalan Elmu, off, Jalan Universiti,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel Number
+603-8408 1811

Business Hour
09.00 AM – 09.00 PM (Opens Daily)

E-mail
[email protected]

Source
klfoodie


#17 Birch KL

Inspired by a West Hollywood vibe, Birch is an Instagrammer’s dream. Aesthetic (and delicious!) foods and a slick cocktail menu if you fancy something stronger than coffee.

Birch KL
Damansara City Mall, Jalan Damanlela,
Damansara Kuala Lumpur

Tel Number
+603-2011 5966

Business Hour
09.00 AM – 01.00 AM (Opens Daily)

E-mail
[email protected]

Source
bigseventravel


SELANGOR

#18 Aether Cafe

When we say this is a hidden gem, we literally mean ‘HIDDEN’ gem. Situated inside Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun, this will be a somewhat difficult spot to find if you are a first-time visitor. And health junkies, Aether Cafe’s menu may just be perfect for you as they focus on dishing out meals that are good for the body (and soul). Enjoy the leafy green view outside surrounding the cafe and if you’re looking for a hideout to get some work done, Aether Cafe is great as they provide plug points so you’ll have no excuse to leave till you complete your work!

Aether Cafe
No. 16, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya

Tel Number
+603-2856 0416

Business Hour
10.00 AM – 07.00 PM (Closed every Wednesday)
10.00 AM – 10.00 PM (Every Friday and Saturday)

Messenger
m.me/aethercafe

Source
klfoodie
Photo credit @maxin.mx (instagram)


#19 Bukku Cafe

A Japanese-inspired cafe in the bustling KL city, you’ll find peace and solitude at Bukku Cafe. White toned with wooden furnishing, it has the Muji minimalism that brings harmony. It has a rustic backyard that resembles fall, sunbath yourself and have a zen moment.

Bukku Cafe
Jalan Singgahsana 4A/KU5,
Bandar Bukit Raja, 41050 Klang,

Tel Number
+6012-567 7392

Business Hour
08.30 AM – 10.00 PM (Opens Daily)

E-mail
[email protected]

Source
klfoodie


#20 La Fleur X Uniqorn

If you’re itching for a little dose of magic in your life, La Fleur X Uniqorn is the place to be at. In true Instagram-worthy café style, La Fleur X Uniqorn has its own bright baby pink bathtub covered to the brim in balls of various pink shades. If this doesn’t scream Insta-worthy, we’re not sure what will.

La Fleur X Uniqorn
E1-01-02, Sunway GEO Avenue,
Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway
Subang Jaya

Tel Number
+6011-1179 6750

Business Hour
02.00 PM – 12.00 AM (Opens Daily)
02.00 PM – 01.00 AM (Every Friday)
12.00 NOON – 01.00 AM (Every Saturday and Sunday)

E-mail
[email protected]

Source
discoverkl

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