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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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UNIQUE BIRDS IN MALAYSIA

According to the Lonely Planet alone, there are over 750 bird species in Malaysia, and some of which are amongst the “coolest” of species.

If you love nature, and are fond of travelling to the many nature parks and reserves of Malaysia, chances are, you would have come across at least one of these precious feathered creatures.

The popular birding sites in Peninsula Malaysia such as Taman Negara Pahang, Fraser’s Hill, Royal Belum Forest in Perak, Kinabatangan River and Kinabatangan Park, both located in Sabah, and Bako National Park in Sarawak are also home to some unique and endemic birds, specific to Malaysia.

Read on, and perhaps on your next trip, you can keep your eyes peeled for any one of the species listed here.

The Rhinocerous Hornbill

 

While any hornbill is worth watching out for, the rhinoceros hornbill is probably the most majestic-looking of them all, with its horn-like crown and mighty stature. Because hornbills generally require larger trees for building nests in, they are most commonly found in the forests of Temenggor Lake, Perak and Kenyir Lake, Terengganu.

Mountain Peacock Pheasant

This medium-sized, elusive, endemic bird to the Peninsula Malaysia can be found in the mountainous region of Pahang namely Fraser’s Hill and Cameron Highlands. The male and female have the same colour, and as the name would suggest, they do have a rather impressive tail plumage as well!

Malaysian Hill Partridge

Another bird endemic to Malaysia is the ground-dwelling Malaysian Hill Partridge, which can be spotted in the rain forest of Fraser’s Hill, Pahang as well as other highlands forests in Peninsula Malaysia.

Black Crimson Pitta

This brightly-coloured, ground-dweller is endemic to Borneo, and can be found in the Danum Valley in Sabah. The black crimson pitta prefers dark and damp places, which is prime condition to feast on its diet which includes spiders, ants, cockroaches, beetles and snails.

Malayan Laughingthrush

 

 And finally, the Malayan Laughingthrush which can be sighted in Taman Negara National Park and the forest of Fraser’s Hill, and is recognisable from its maroon-chestnut head. It prefers shrubs, and its diet of choice is mainly insectivorous.

 

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AMAZING “BACK-TO-NATURE” STAYS IN MALAYSIA!

Looking to escape from the hustle and bustle in the city and relax in a quiet jungle setting or unique staycation experience? Check out our favourite “back-to-nature” hotels in some states in Malaysia, from minimalist accommodation to green villages and luxurious getaways.

With more eco-conscious travellers around the world, many hotels have incorporated numerous sustainable measures that go beyond planting a few extra trees on its compounds. A stay in a hotel with lush, solar-powered gardens is no longer a dream as many hotels transform their once ordinary common spaces into tropical wonderlands that are pleasing on both your eyes and the environment.

The Element Kuala Lumpur


Holding the title as the tallest eco-friendly hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 275 metres (902 feet), The Element has a total of 252 spacious rooms. The interior has a modern design with marble bathrooms while its facilities include an on-site restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre. Anyone looking for comfort in the heart of Kuala Lumpur but is conscious of the environment should consider The Element.

With a Green Building Index certification and a stone’s throw from the city centre, the hotel uses environmentally friendly ways to create luxury and comfort. The hotel carries out eco-friendly practices on a day to day basis. Rain water harvesting, indoor air quality CO2 monitoring, and energy efficient LED lighting are just some of their many environmental efforts. The one that most people love most though, is their effort to reduce plastic wastage. It does not provide plastic mineral water bottles. Instead, they equipped each room with filtered drinking water that is certified by NSF International.

It is worth mentioning that this hotel is just a stone’s throw away from commercial districts, surrounded by shopping malls, trending eateries and tourist destinations. Guests can have a stunning view on iconic Petronas Twin Tower on the 39th floor where a 200 sqm indoor saline pool located.

Address: Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia.
Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/kulel-element-kuala-lumpur/
Phone: +603 – 2771 3388

The Frangipani Langkawi Resort Spa


Overlooking the tranquil Andaman Sea and an archipelago of over 104 islands, the Frangipani Langkawi Resort Spa is located by a pristine, white sandy beach. The resort remains close to the bustling Cenang Beach, yet retains its natural charm as secluded hideaway as the two beaches lay parted by a cliff, accessible only by road.

Over the years, The Frangipani Langkawi Resort Spa has garnered a number of prestigious awards, including the ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2014, as well as Tripadvisor’s Top 25 Relaxation and Spa Hotels for Malaysia.

The Frangipani Langkawi prides itself as an eco-friendly resort and has developed over 200 green practises to promote sustainable tourism. These include numerous ways to recycle, like reusing the water from air conditioning units, collecting rain water, and reusing old bottles for art decoration. The resort heavily promotes recycling of all waste and also has its own chickens, hens and ducks to produce its own food. It also reuses old bath tubs and toilet bowls for decoration. Guests have the chance to adopt plants and have their names displayed.

Enjoy breath taking sunsets while sipping cocktails at Coco Jam Beach Bar at the resort.  Facilities include swimming pools, one salt water lap pool, outdoor jacuzzis, an anti-oxidant sauna, Frangipani spa, watersports kiosk and etc. Pamper yourself with warm Malaysian hospitality, as you lose yourself in the beauty of Langkawi, The Jewel Of Kedah.

Address: 138, Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, Mukim Kedawang, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.frangipanilangkawi.com/
Phone: +604 – 291 3141

Terra’s Tree House

Terra’s Tree House is an indigenous-themed budget hotel hidden deep in the rainforest surroundings of Brinchang, near the farmland area of Sungai Mensun.

Getting to Terra’s Tree House requires a 4 wheel drive off-road journey for 4 km. The journey may take up to half an hour drive passing through numbers of farms and orchards, via a very narrow and bumpy trail.  Guests will need to hike on a 100-meter wood-tiled track through the forest before reaching the actual site.

Accommodation is provided in thatched huts of authentic Orang Asli (Aborigine) architecture, composed of bamboo, rattan and palm leaves. Each tree house is perched on stilts for a view of the jungle canopy, but come with lighting and attached bathroom. Finally, organic food is provided from the hotel’s farm for guests to cook themselves breakfast and dinner.

That’s why guests appreciate Terra’s Tree House even more! Not only do they practice biodynamic farming, the people who run it are actively involved in the conservation of Cameron Highlands. We learned that the owner, Ng spent a year to conceptualise the design of the place. Actual construction took another 1.5 years without the use of any heavy machinery, not even for leveling! They wanted to preserve this wonderful Mother Nature!

What you see at Terra’s Tree House is what the Orang Asli (indigenous people) built with their own hands. The kitchen is well equipped with ingredients from Terra’s bio-dynamic farm and homegrown vegetables from just 200m away.

All meals provided are vegetarian. You could bring your own food but make sure that it’s halal and preferably sans meat. Being in the jungle means that anything with meat attracts wild animals at night. Not fun. For additional food (e.g. yam or corn for BBQ), bring your own or make an early special request to the staff.

Address: Jalan Sungai Mansion, Brinchang, Pahang, 39010, Malaysia.
Website: http://www.terrafarm.com.my/
Phone: +6012-661 3299

Tabin Wildlife Resort

For a minimalistic and eco-friendly hotel in Borneo, check out Tabin Wildlife Resort located inside Tabin Wildlife Reserve. The reserve, Malaysia’s largest by area, on the eastern tip of Sabah near Lahad Datu.

The Tabin Wildlife Resort has 20 units of lodges. 10 units of river lodges and 10 units of hill lodges. Each lodge comes with a twin-bedded, double-bedded or triple bedded room with en-suite bathroom hot-water shower, air conditioner, ceiling fan and private balcony overlooking hillside forest or Lipad river.

Constructed from timber on the River Lipad’s banks, guests have the chance to stay in the middle of the rainforest. Tabin Resort offers a range of activities including tracking orangutans and hiking. One of the highlights of Tabin being the active and mineral-rich mud volcanoes, attracting frequent visits by wildlife for their mineral intake and present an ideal platform for wildlife observation and bird watching.

Created in the year 1984, Tabin has been declared a Wildlife Reserve primarily on account of the large number of animals inhabiting its forests, some of which are highly endangered. The three largest mammals of Sabah, namely Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Tembadau are all found within the reserve; nine species of primate are present, as well as three species of cats all of which are on the protected wildlife list. Of bird species, 4 families representing more than 300 species have been recorded.

Since the opening of the award-winning Tabin Wildlife Resort in 2004, Tabin Wildlife reserve has gained popularity to be one of the best places in Sabah to observe the rich bio-diversity of nature and to part-take in nature-based activities. Amongst the popular things-to-do in Tabin are jungle-trekking, night safari, night walk, wildlife-spotting, birdwatching and rainforest education.

To practice sustainable responsible tourism initiatives such as to observe wildlife and nature in their natural habitats and to reduce impact by human on wildlife, it is restricted to maximum 5 pax per guide.

Address: Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
Website: http://www.tabinwildlife.com.my/
Phone: +608- 826 7266

Aiman Batang Ai Resort and Retreat 


Set on the edge of the world’s most ancient rainforest on the mystical island of Borneo, Aiman Batang Ai Resort Retreat provides the ideal getaway for those seeking a one-of-a-kind escapade that is adventurous yet fully relaxing and pleasantly satisfying at the same time.

Housing 100 fully furnished Standard Rooms and Duplex Suites, the resort’s setting is inspired by Sarawak’s traditional Iban longhouse design with spectacular view of the Batang Ai lake. It offers pristine surroundings not only inhabited by the local community but also wildlife who have made Batang Ai their home.

An outdoor swimming pool next to the jungle is a highlight as well as the cocktail bar overlooking the lake. But the environment isn’t the only way Aiman Batang Ai offers an eco-friendly retreat. Motion-sensitive light bulbs reduce their energy consumption in common areas. Resort activities range from visiting tribes and longhouses to fishing, trekking and canopy walks.

Address: Empangan Batang Ai Lubok Antu, Sarawak, 95900, Malaysia
Website: https://www.aimanbatangai.com/
Phone: +6019 – 336 8033

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7 PLACES TO EXPLORE DURING VISIT SARAWAK YEAR 2019

Established as the Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak is a haven of natural landscapes with various national parks, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and dozens of attractions that never cease to amaze travellers. Blessed with vibrant cultures from 27 different ethnic groups, this state that is located on the island of Borneo promises exciting escape from the mundane day-to-day life.

Be it the sky, land or sea, Sarawak offers endless excitement, adventure and charm that accommodate both slow-paced leisure and extreme-adventure travellers through its plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals. The following are seven places that travellers can visit in 2019 and 2020.

BARIO

Fondly dubbed as ‘the land of a hundred handshakes’, this friendly town is the home of the smallest ethnic group in Sarawak called Kelabit. Known for its traditional crafts and arts, the destination is also home to other tribes like Penan and Lun Bawang. Lying on an altitude of roughly 1,000 metres or 3,500 feet above sea level, this quaint location nestles in the north eastern corner of Sarawak, surrounded by lush, pristine and unpolluted environment, perfect for trekking and sightseeing.

For those who seek more thrilling adventure can opt for kayaking and an arduous five-day and four-night trek through the Bario-Ba’kelalan trail. Those who prefer a more leisurely experience can visit the town during events like Bario Food Festival called Nukenen at the end of July every year and savour exotic delicacies like local pineapples and Bario Rice.

Kampung Mongkos

ust an hour and a half drive from Kuching, this village is situated near Mongkos River and offers homestay accommodations. For those wanting to experience living in the longhouse (a communal wooden house, perched on stilts with separate rooms designated for different families), there are 12 families who open up their homes for travellers to stay with them. The tribe called Bidayuh inhabit these longhouses. Staying at these longhouses directly exposes travellers to the Bidayuh culture, rituals, traditions, and activities.

You can participate in Bidayuh traditional dance called Langgi Aruh, which involves crossing over handheld bamboos that imitate traps as they are enclosed and opened together according to the beat – the idea is not to get trapped as the bamboos enclose and pick up speed. Travellers can also witness other traditional dances like Langgi Sidandut, Langgi Perang and Langi Empujon, each inspired by age-old folklore. Ritualistic ceremonies and exotic food are arranged for travellers to give them educational experience and understanding of the Bidayuh culture.

Enquiries

Koperasi Kampung Mongkos Serian Berhad
Suruhanjaya Koperasi Malaysia, Daerah Serian
94700 Serian, Sarawak
Tel: +6 013 576 4003
GPS: 1°11’23.5″N 110°33’53.6″E

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Located barely fifteen minutes from Kuching, this nature reserve is a sanctuary to one of the most intelligent primates in the world: the orangutans, which are known for their ability to adopt sign language and utilise rudimentary tools in their daily lives. Predominantly indigenous to Sarawak, orangutans are now critically endangered due to deforestation.

You can meet these wonderful creatures up close at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, where travellers can learn about the orangutans’ habitat and the importance of conservation in protecting this species from extinction. Aimed at reintroducing these apes to the natural environment, Semenggoh Nature Reserve is one of the only sanctuaries in the world for these intelligent creatures to roam free without restriction. This nature reserve also trains these apes in basic survival skills as most of them are rescued at a young age from dangerous conditions. This effort has led to an increase in the species’ population in the wild.

Entrance fees:
Adult Senior Citizen: MYR10
OKU/Disabled: MYR5
Below 18 Years Old: MYR5
Children Below 6 Years old: MYR5
GPS: 1°24’06.1″N 110°18’52.0″E

Mulu National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site is Sarawak’s largest national park and has been listed since the year 2000. It was the first of its kind to be listed as a World Heritage site in Malaysia. Famed for its limestone, this whopping park covers 544 kilometres squared of lush primary rainforest with varied landscapes criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and limpid streams.

Dominated by three mountains, this park boasts a number of breathtaking caves like the world’s largest cave passage known as Deer Cave; the formation of the oldest cave in Mulu National Park is said to date back almost five million years ago! Another highlight of this park is the Pinnacles, situated mid-way up the slopes of Gunung Api. This is one of the trekkers’ favourite spots because the view overlooks a series of 45-meter-high limestone towers soaring above surrounding verdure.

Travellers should also head to the world’s longest canopy walk to truly delve into the bustling ecosystem that is more active high up in the trees than the ground. The entrance fee for the Canopy Walk is MYR42, including guide.  Find out more about the canopy walk on http://mulupark.com/tours-activities/uncategorized/canopy/.

Shipwreck Diving at Kuching

For those who love underwater explorations, Kuching is indeed the destination where divers can explore multiple carcasses of wrecked ships that lie at the bottom of the ocean’s floor. After the Pearl Harbour attack during World War II, the Japanese exerted their forces towards South East Asia with Borneo as one of the targets.

This effort, however, was cut short by the Americans and its ally, the Dutch, who attacked the Japanese warships using their submarines in 1941. Despite the brutality of its past, the area now is regarded as one of the most beautiful scuba diving spots, thriving with marine life and corals. There are approximately 19 wrecks located off Kuching’s coast. The nearest wreck is the Katori Maru Wreck that sits at a depth of 22 metres, taking about 50 to 75 minutes by speedboat from Santubong. The best time to dive is between April to September. The most recent wrecks could also be found there, such as the TK Wreck, Thai Seven and Barge Wreck.

Find out more about the diving packages on http://www.wetwolfdive.com/dive%20kuching%20wreck.html

Tanjung Datu

Imagine gazing at the star-studded night sky accompanied by turtles as they lay eggs in the soft white sands of Tanjung Datu’s coastline. Although this is the smallest national park in Sarawak, it is renowned for its purity, untouched beauty, exclusivity and remoteness; from crystal clear water and thriving corals to verdant vegetation that is filled with exotic flora and fauna.

The park is situated on the Datu Peninsula at the south-western tip of Sarawak and is only about 14 square kilometres in size. It takes about half an hour to reach the park from Sematan Town by boat. Since the site bans commercialisation and large scale accommodation, it is safe to say that Tanjung Datu is free from human-induced pollution, making it nature’s wonderland. However, there are four shelters capable of accommodating up to 12 people at one time available at this national park.

For campers, they can set up tents on a site that can hold up to 100 people at a time. A sanctuary for the turtles and many other exotic animals like primates, migratory birds, and wild animals, be sure to properly follow instructions because reckless behaviour might result in considerable risks.

Reservations Enquiries:
National Parks Booking Office
Tel: +6 082 248 088
Online booking: http://ebooking.com.my
GPS: 2°03’19.5″N 109°38’31.9″E

Base Jumping in Sibu

One of the most anticipated events in Sarawak is the Sibu International BASE Jump, where jumpers from all corners of the world rally and jump off the tallest building in Sarawak, Wisman Sanyan. This activity gets spectators’ hearts thumping as they see these jumpers launch themselves off from the top of Wisma Sanyan that is 126 metres high from the ground. Located in Sibu,  dozens of thrill seekers travel to this city to perform BASE (Building, Antennae, Span, and Earth) jumping while enthusiastic spectators gather to watch these daredevils jump off. Compared to skydiving, base-jumping is much cheaper due to the absence of planes and aircraft that would usually cost thousands of ringgits per ride. Organised for the first time in 2009 by Sibu Tourism Task Force Group and BASE jumpers from Australia and Malaysia, this event has now become a highly anticipated annual event.

Enquiries
Tel: +6 084 321 963 / +6 084 330 500
Email: [email protected]
GPS: 2.2904,111.8255
Visit Sibu BASE Jump Facebook page for latest updates and information

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7 PLACES TO EXPLORE DURING VISIT SARAWAK 2019

Established as the Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak is a haven of natural landscapes with various national parks, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and dozens of attractions that never cease to amaze travellers. Blessed with vibrant cultures from 27 different ethnic groups, this state that is located on the island of Borneo promises exciting escape from the mundane day-to-day life.

Be it the sky, land or sea, Sarawak offers endless excitement, adventure and charm that accommodate both slow-paced leisure and extreme-adventure travellers through its plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals. The following are seven places that travellers can visit in 2019 and 2020.

BARIO

Fondly dubbed as ‘the land of a hundred handshakes’, this friendly town is the home of the smallest ethnic group in Sarawak called Kelabit. Known for its traditional crafts and arts, the destination is also home to other tribes like Penan and Lun Bawang. Lying on an altitude of roughly 1,000 metres or 3,500 feet above sea level, this quaint location nestles in the north eastern corner of Sarawak, surrounded by lush, pristine and unpolluted environment, perfect for trekking and sightseeing.

For those who seek more thrilling adventure can opt for kayaking and an arduous five-day and four-night trek through the Bario-Ba’kelalan trail. Those who prefer a more leisurely experience can visit the town during events like Bario Food Festival called Nukenen at the end of July every year and savour exotic delicacies like local pineapples and Bario Rice.

Kampung Mongkos

ust an hour and a half drive from Kuching, this village is situated near Mongkos River and offers homestay accommodations. For those wanting to experience living in the longhouse (a communal wooden house, perched on stilts with separate rooms designated for different families), there are 12 families who open up their homes for travellers to stay with them. The tribe called Bidayuh inhabit these longhouses. Staying at these longhouses directly exposes travellers to the Bidayuh culture, rituals, traditions, and activities.

You can participate in Bidayuh traditional dance called Langgi Aruh, which involves crossing over handheld bamboos that imitate traps as they are enclosed and opened together according to the beat – the idea is not to get trapped as the bamboos enclose and pick up speed. Travellers can also witness other traditional dances like Langgi Sidandut, Langgi Perang and Langi Empujon, each inspired by age-old folklore. Ritualistic ceremonies and exotic food are arranged for travellers to give them educational experience and understanding of the Bidayuh culture.

Enquiries

Koperasi Kampung Mongkos Serian Berhad
Suruhanjaya Koperasi Malaysia, Daerah Serian
94700 Serian, Sarawak
Tel: +6 013 576 4003
GPS: 1°11’23.5″N 110°33’53.6″E

Semenggoh Nature Reserve

Located barely fifteen minutes from Kuching, this nature reserve is a sanctuary to one of the most intelligent primates in the world: the orangutans, which are known for their ability to adopt sign language and utilise rudimentary tools in their daily lives. Predominantly indigenous to Sarawak, orangutans are now critically endangered due to deforestation.

You can meet these wonderful creatures up close at Semenggoh Nature Reserve, where travellers can learn about the orangutans’ habitat and the importance of conservation in protecting this species from extinction. Aimed at reintroducing these apes to the natural environment, Semenggoh Nature Reserve is one of the only sanctuaries in the world for these intelligent creatures to roam free without restriction. This nature reserve also trains these apes in basic survival skills as most of them are rescued at a young age from dangerous conditions. This effort has led to an increase in the species’ population in the wild.

Entrance fees:
Adult Senior Citizen: MYR10
OKU/Disabled: MYR5
Below 18 Years Old: MYR5
Children Below 6 Years old: MYR5
GPS: 1°24’06.1″N 110°18’52.0″E

Mulu National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site is Sarawak’s largest national park and has been listed since the year 2000. It was the first of its kind to be listed as a World Heritage site in Malaysia. Famed for its limestone, this whopping park covers 544 kilometres squared of lush primary rainforest with varied landscapes criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and limpid streams.

Dominated by three mountains, this park boasts a number of breathtaking caves like the world’s largest cave passage known as Deer Cave; the formation of the oldest cave in Mulu National Park is said to date back almost five million years ago! Another highlight of this park is the Pinnacles, situated mid-way up the slopes of Gunung Api. This is one of the trekkers’ favourite spots because the view overlooks a series of 45-meter-high limestone towers soaring above surrounding verdure.

Travellers should also head to the world’s longest canopy walk to truly delve into the bustling ecosystem that is more active high up in the trees than the ground. The entrance fee for the Canopy Walk is MYR42, including guide.  Find out more about the canopy walk on http://mulupark.com/tours-activities/uncategorized/canopy/.

Shipwreck Diving at Kuching

For those who love underwater explorations, Kuching is indeed the destination where divers can explore multiple carcasses of wrecked ships that lie at the bottom of the ocean’s floor. After the Pearl Harbour attack during World War II, the Japanese exerted their forces towards South East Asia with Borneo as one of the targets.

This effort, however, was cut short by the Americans and its ally, the Dutch, who attacked the Japanese warships using their submarines in 1941. Despite the brutality of its past, the area now is regarded as one of the most beautiful scuba diving spots, thriving with marine life and corals. There are approximately 19 wrecks located off Kuching’s coast. The nearest wreck is the Katori Maru Wreck that sits at a depth of 22 metres, taking about 50 to 75 minutes by speedboat from Santubong. The best time to dive is between April to September. The most recent wrecks could also be found there, such as the TK Wreck, Thai Seven and Barge Wreck.

Find out more about the diving packages on http://www.wetwolfdive.com/dive%20kuching%20wreck.html

Tanjung Datu

Imagine gazing at the star-studded night sky accompanied by turtles as they lay eggs in the soft white sands of Tanjung Datu’s coastline. Although this is the smallest national park in Sarawak, it is renowned for its purity, untouched beauty, exclusivity and remoteness; from crystal clear water and thriving corals to verdant vegetation that is filled with exotic flora and fauna.

The park is situated on the Datu Peninsula at the south-western tip of Sarawak and is only about 14 square kilometres in size. It takes about half an hour to reach the park from Sematan Town by boat. Since the site bans commercialisation and large scale accommodation, it is safe to say that Tanjung Datu is free from human-induced pollution, making it nature’s wonderland. However, there are four shelters capable of accommodating up to 12 people at one time available at this national park.

For campers, they can set up tents on a site that can hold up to 100 people at a time. A sanctuary for the turtles and many other exotic animals like primates, migratory birds, and wild animals, be sure to properly follow instructions because reckless behaviour might result in considerable risks.

Reservations Enquiries:
National Parks Booking Office
Tel: +6 082 248 088
Online booking: http://ebooking.com.my
GPS: 2°03’19.5″N 109°38’31.9″E

Base Jumping in Sibu

One of the most anticipated events in Sarawak is the Sibu International BASE Jump, where jumpers from all corners of the world rally and jump off the tallest building in Sarawak, Wisman Sanyan. This activity gets spectators’ hearts thumping as they see these jumpers launch themselves off from the top of Wisma Sanyan that is 126 metres high from the ground. Located in Sibu,  dozens of thrill seekers travel to this city to perform BASE (Building, Antennae, Span, and Earth) jumping while enthusiastic spectators gather to watch these daredevils jump off. Compared to skydiving, base-jumping is much cheaper due to the absence of planes and aircraft that would usually cost thousands of ringgits per ride. Organised for the first time in 2009 by Sibu Tourism Task Force Group and BASE jumpers from Australia and Malaysia, this event has now become a highly anticipated annual event.

Enquiries
Tel: +6 084 321 963 / +6 084 330 500
Email: [email protected]
GPS: 2.2904,111.8255
Visit Sibu BASE Jump Facebook page for latest updates and information

Article source: http://blog.tourism.gov.my/feed/