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LEMBAH BUJANG

Not as gigantic as Giza’s Pyramid or Acropolis’
Parthenon, or popular as neighbouring Angkor Wat, not many people realize that
Malaysia also offers something not less captivating than above. Nestled between
forests, mountain and rivers in northern state of Kedah, archaeological wonder Lembah
Bujang is a remaining proof of ‘existence
of a trade and Hindu/Buddhism propagation center in Southeast Asia from the
third to the 12th century A.D.

Lembah Bujang was a central port which served as a trade
center for traders dominating the trading routes between the eastern and
western countries especially the Chinese, Indian and Arab traders as well as
Malay traders in the Malay archipelago who monopolized spice and exotic jungle
goods trade for Middle East export.

Lembah Bujang’s significance as Southeast Asia’s central port
was evident in archaeological finds and writings of Chinese and Arab seamen as
well as in Indian literatures. These chronicles, dated between the 2nd and 14th
century AD, told of the existence of a prosperous and bustling kingdom in
Lembah Bujang that was known as the “seat of all felicities”.

Besides being the Nusantara’s ultimate trading center, it was
also the focal point of Hindu/Buddha propagation in Southeast Asia during the
3rd to the 12th century, which proved of the existence of Buddhisme with Pala
Mahayana influences from southern India. This faith was brought and practiced
by Hindu/Buddhist Indian traders who came trading at Lembah Bujang, as stated
by Museum Department.

Long time ago, for traders and sailors, the 1,217
metre Gunung Jerai was a landmark which could be seen from far. A bustling port
and prosperous kingdom, the place keeps a 1500-year-old history of old Malay
Kingdom which a mixture of traditions with many names – Kalagam, Qalha,
Katahanagara or Langkasuka. The history was so old, much earlier than emergence
of Malacca in 15th century A.D.

Today, some precious archaeological wonders left
include Candi or Temples, scattered around the area – with much more need to be
unearth. Among the great ones is the Candi Bukit Batu Pahat, which is the
biggest and most significant. It was excavated and reconstructed in the late
1950s, and believe to be built in 11th century A.D.

Candi Pendiat, found in the left bank of Bujang River
was excavated in 1974, and believed to be built in 9th century A.D.
The main building was made of laterite blocks, granite and bricks.

Other notable temples ARE Candi Bendang Dalam and
Candi Pangkalan Bujang. Both were built in 12th century A.D and 11
centry AD respectively, much to the influence of Hindduism and Buddhism.

Interestingly, some artefacts found in those temples
include ceramic shards, Middle Eastern glass and gemstones, charcoal, resin,
statuettes, gold ring, iron nails, Chinese porcelain, Indian tridents – fits
explanation that Lembah Bujang was a centre port which attracted all corners of
the world to trade here.

For historical enthusiasts, visitors may opt to visit
The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum, to understand more about the background.
It is the only museum in Malaysia
which exhibits archaeological collections excavated from the sites. 

Bujang Valley, State of Kedah

The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum

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Desaru Coast

Key five reasons why you should go Desaru Coast fast!

I have made up my mind to head “down south” again this year after I was impressed by the development of the state of Johor when I visited the place a year ago. This round, I decided to take an in-depth travel to Desaru Coast, which spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17km beachfront that faces eastwards over the clear ocean waters.

I’m well prepared to share with you my exploration to this place as something new and exciting are waiting all of us there. Let’s see what excite me during my trip.

The stunning Desaru Coast Hard Rock Hotel 

The 365-room hotel is linked to a newly built world-class waterpark via its ground level. Overlooking the man-made beach and wave pools, Desaru Coast Hard Rock Hotel features eco-friendly themed, music-inspired elements as well as a resort-styled accommodation experience for its guests. Just trust me, you will definitely wish to visit here again and again after your first trip here. Well, if you are Johoreans or Johor residents, you can keep track of 50% discounts offer before your trip here.

The hotel rooms, at first glance might be quite similar to other typical hotel rooms, but in fact it got something make you feel it is still above your expectation as it takes everything with attention to detail (you can see umbrella, weighting machines, complimentary minibar and snack tray in your room and the guitar logo is printed on its pillow). Refill water bottle and water dispenser are available to reduce the usage of its plastic bottle. Guests will receive a personalised welcome message when switching on TV and they can enjoy a great selection of rock music.

Themed Rock Star concept, all guests can be entertained by live band daily as scheduled. There is a memorabilia exhibition of the Rock Stars Collection and a Sound of Your Stay Music program in a complimentary audio experience for its guests to either enjoy creating own personalised playlist, playing a music instrument or listening to 10 specially-curated records etc at specific schedule.

Besides, a 23-acre waterfront landscaped retail and lifestyle village, offering exciting retail, restaurants, cafes and entertainment outlets are just within walking distance from the hotel.

World-class Desaru Coast Water Challenge Park 

Even though the weather is hot in Malaysia, but it will not stop anybody, both young and old from exploring this newly-built theme park. Featuring more than 20 wet and dry rides, slides and attractions, this waterpark can accommodate up to 12,000 guests at one time. It is home to unique rides including the first-ever water coaster in the region and one of the biggest wave pools in the world. You will find it a great splashing time with your family and friends here.

Taking “Kraken’s Revenge” as example, it brings guests to the sky through its shipwreck and throw them in fast speed to the water pools.

It creates excitement and fun with loud screaming heard everywhere inside the theme park.

Golfing Paradise – The Els Club Desaru Coast 

 

Set in the heart of Desaru Coast, The Els Club Desaru Coast features 45-holes of golf in total, with two distinct clubs; Ocean Course, a 27-hole golf course designed by Ernie Els and Valley Course, an 18-hole golf course designed in collaboration with Els’ long standing friend and major champion, Vijay Singh.

Managed by world-renowned management organisation, Troon Golf, the experience, service and condition will be of the highest order and will bring a new standard to gold in Southeast Asia, giving members and guests the assurance their experience will be first-class each and every time they play.

Complimentary shuttle bus is available for guests to The Els Club from Hard Rock Hotel. Golf lovers can definitely enjoy a nice stay with great golfing experience. For non-golfers, you can also enjoy the lush greenery view for the stunning golf course. 

Special events and activities

To position Desaru Coast as a premium destination resort, a host of exciting events and activities will be held all year-long that promises great fun for whole family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Its first edition of Desaru Coast Gourmet Series, themed “A Malaysian Journey”, featuring award winning Michelin Grand Chef, Emmanuel Stroobant is one of the examples that offering exclusive dining experience that took place in Dec last year for its guests. Look forward for the remaining five-series of this special curated dining program in 2019, which is partnered with Singapore’s culinary event organisers, SAVOUR.

It is proud to say that I managed to sample the six-course dinner, a first-of-its-kind mouth-watering fusion flavour during my visit served by the celebrity chef Emmanuel.

Desaru Coast Gourment Series is part of “Desaru Coast Live Series”, a curation of special events focusing on music, gourmet and lifestyle, which includes sports, designed exclusively for Desaru Coast with the aim to nurture it as a signature events destination.

Key Upcoming Development

Upcoming components due to open in 2019 include renowned hotels such as The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort Villas and OneOnly Desaru Coast. Besides that, Desaru Coast Conference Centre, a fully-equipped multipurpose venue that can host up to 1,000 participants is another key attractions for the entire development to cater to corporate functions, meetings, exhibitions and entertainment events.

 

 

 

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TOP PICKS FOR MAY EVENTS

The month of May marks the beginning of Ramadan for Muslims all over the world. For tourists, visiting Malaysia during this time is a unique experience. Why not participate in the breaking fast event, or visit the Ramadan bazaars to taste traditional food only available during Ramadan? It is also business as usual throughout the country, so there are still plenty of tourism events coming this month. Check out our top picks for this month.

Leon Lai “Metro Live” Genting

A 90s heartthrob, Leon Lai captured the hearts of many with his melodious voice and incredible talent. With a strong supporting fan base, he clinched the title of Best Newcomer at the Hong Kong annual music awards. Not only does his talent lie in singing, his foray into the acting world has also reaped rewards with titles like Best Actor at the Golden Horse Awards. Leon Metro Live in Genting this May will offer a spectacular live experience for all his fans in Malaysia.

Date : 4 May 2019
Venue : Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Malaysia
Organiser : Genting Malaysia Berhad
Contact : +603-2718 1118
Website : https://www.rwgenting.com/Entertainment/Show_And_Events/Leon-Lai/


SUPER JUNIOR-DE CONCERT IN KUALA LUMPUR

Calling all Suju fans, Super Junior-DE is coming to Kuala Lumpur. Super Junior-DE also known as Donghae and Eunhyuk, DE or SJ-DE is the fifth official sub-unit of the South Korean boy band Super Junior. Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011, the group is composed of two Super Junior members: Donghae and Eunhyuk. The duo debuted on December 16, 2011, with their digital single “Oppa, Oppa”.

Since then, the pair has released 3 EPs – “Present”, “The Beat Goes On”, “Bout You” – and 2 studio albums – “Ride Me” and “Style”. Since Super Junior DE has recently released their new album “Danger”, this means that Malaysia will be the first oversea country to be seeing their new tracks performed live!

Date : 4 May 2019
Venue : Malawati Indoor Stadium, Shah Alam, Selangor
Organiser : MMIC Entertainment Group Sdn. Bhd.
Contact : +603-91074876
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MICEntertainmentGroup


Batman 80 Years

Celebrate 80 years of the world’s most popular Caped Crusader in Southeast Asia’s first ever Batman anniversary event. From its inception in 1939 to its iconic status in present day pop culture, journey through the decades with the Dark Knight and relive his crime-fighting adventures through movies, live shows, one-of-a-kind exhibitions and many more.

Date : 10 May – 30 Jun 2019
Venue : Resorts World Genting, Malaysia
Organiser : Genting Malaysia Berhad
Contact : +603-2718 1118
Website : https://www.rwgenting.com/Batman-80-Years/


Jason Mraz Good Vibes Tour In Kuala Lumpur

Multiple GRAMMY® Award winner JASON MRAZ will be bringing his Good Vibes Tour to Malaysia, on 13 May (Monday), 8pm at Axiata Areana.

Jason Mraz first performed in Malaysia in 2009, followed by Tour Is A Four Letter Word in 2012. On playing for his Asian fans, Jason says: “I enjoy travelling to and performing for listeners in Asia. I feel a sense of gratitude and enthusiasm unlike anywhere else in the world, which makes a performance feel more like an event than a recital. The audience participation in Asia is harmonic and supersonic. I am thrilled to return, reconnect and re-experience the joy.”

Date : 13 May 2019
Venue : Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Organiser : Aco Media Sdn. Bhd.
Email : [email protected]
Website : http://acomedia.one/


The Music of James Horner

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s tribute to movie music continues with yet another Academy Award-winning composer, James Horner. Famous for his use of Celtic and electronic music, Horner’s scores include some of the highest-grossing films of all time. Close your eyes as the MPO and conductor Anthony Weeden transport you to the sets of Star Trek, Titanic and Avatar!

Date : 25 -26 May 2019
Venue : Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Organiser : Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Contact : +603 2331 7008 (General Line) / +603 2331 7007 (Ticket Booking)
Website : http://mpo.com.my/28-the-music-of-james-horner/

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7 THEME PARKS IN JOHOR BAHRU

Stow the kids in the back of the car and head south to Johor this school holidays for a rolling, good time! Ever since Legoland first opened its doors there in 2012, Johor has seen even more theme park openings to fulfil every child’s dream. Here, we list out seven theme parks worth visiting during the upcoming school break.

Childhood inventions with LEGO

The Johor Legoland theme park lays claim to being the first Legoland in Asia and was recently named one of the top 10 amusement parks in Asia by TripAdvisor. Whether yourfavourite was Ninjago, Star Wars or Lego Mindstorms, you can find it all here for kids and adults alike to unleash their hands-on creativity or simply to re-live childhood dreams of inventing! Combination tickets allow visitors to explore the theme park along with the waterpark and book a room at the Legoland Hotel for triple the fun!

Awesome tip:

Legoland never fails to introduce new additions to its offerings each year. The latest addition to the already fun destination is Sea Life Malaysia, a unique and interactive sea aquarium for an educational underwater experience throughout its 11 different habitat zones.

Ticketing Price: Starting at RM150 (1-day Combo Ticket – Theme Park Water Park)
Phone No.: +607 597 8888
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
Address: Iskandar Puteri (formerly known as Nusajaya), Johor, Malaysia.

Splash away at Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark!

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark is the latest theme park to open in Malaysia. Set against a backdrop of kampung-themed surroundings, it features a unique mix of over 20 wet and dry rides, slides and attractions. Its signature and unique water features are the biggest man-made wave pools (Tidal Wave Beach) and the first water roller coaster (Kraken’s Revenge) in the region! Glide lazily along the Penawar River, enjoy splashing good fun at the Penawar Falls, or plummet down a giant funnel slide into a 24-foot drop!

Awesome tip:

Make Desaru Coast a family retreat as this integrated city resort has everything for the entire family. Besides the Adventure Waterpark, there are luxury hotel stays to pamper loved ones and international-standard golf courses facing the sea to practice your swing. Future openings include shopping malls, food and beverage outlets along with a host of entertainment and lifestyle outfits to suit the whole family.

Ticket Price: RM124 for adults, RM90 for children (MyKad holders); RM151 for adults, RM113 for children
Phone No.: +603-2203-9696
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm Thursday to Sunday; Closed from Monday to Wednesday
Address: Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia.

Say Hello to Kitty

Fans of Hello Kitty will love spending an entire day at both Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town indoor theme parks that are centred on these very characters.  The Hello Kitty Town at Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park allows visitors to experience Hello Kitty’s life, from dining at Cinnamoroll Cafe and parties hosted by the Strawberry King to rides and shows. The highlight of any visit is the live performances on-stage where you can take photos and interact with the larger-than-life feline and her friends, Dear Daniel, My Melody and more!

Awesome tip:

Get an extra dose of Hello Kitty by booking a Hello Kitty-themed suite at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour by Shangri-La, Johor. Surround yourself with Hello Kitty in these hotel rooms where the wallpaper, bedding and amenities bear details of the iconic cat.

Ticket Price: Sanrio Hello Kitty Town (RM81); Thomas Town (RM81); Two-Park Pass (RM118)
Opening Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (Wednesday – Monday)
Phone No.: 1 300 88 FAMILY (326459) Malaysia; +603 2203 9668 Outside Malaysia
Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour 79000 Nusajaya, Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia

Flights of Fancy with Angry Birds

Dubbed the first indoor Angry Birds Activity Park in Asia, the park covers a humongous 26,000 sq. ft. and is strategically located in KOMTAR JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre’s newest premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. This huge indoor playground has balancing bikes, trampolines, scooters, a mini cinema, obstacle courses and more to keep any kid happy.

Awesome tip: 

If you are an Angry Birds fans, then visit the gift shop for a large collection of Angry Birds toys, stationery, yummy snacks, apparels and other merchandise are available for you to take it home.

Ticketing Price: Mycard/Mykid Holders – RM60 (Single Ticket); RM218 (Family Pass – 4 Person)
Phone No.: +607 300 5090/5091
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hour: 10 am – 10 pm
Address: Level 3, Komtar JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru.


Exit Reality at Future Land Fun Zone

At Future Land Fun Zone, it is difficult for visitors to differentiate between virtual and reality…but that’s where the fun is! This indoor virtual reality theme park – the first in Johor –has all the latest technology and equipment to offer a smooth and exciting gaming experience for young and old. You can fly at the speed of fear with 360˚ flight simulators; test-drive the world’s fastest cars on a racing car simulator, lean back to enjoy a 7D cinema, test your balance on the rodeo bull simulator, get on board a virtual reality team game, and more.

Awesome tip:
Get their Loyalty Card for free and collect points with every ride you take at any of their Future Land Fun Zone outlets in Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur; The Mines Shopping Mall, Selangor; Gurney Plaza, Penang; and Sunway Pyramid (coming soon). Points are redeemable for free rides.

Ticket Price: RM60 (5 VR Games)
Phone No,: +6 019-779 5576 / +6 012-606 7550
Opening Hour: 10 am – 10 pm (open daily)
Address: Level 3, 3F-55, Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru
Website: www.senoptium.my

Cartoons galore at MCM Studio

The world’s fifth largest and Southeast Asia’s biggest indoor theme park has just opened its doors in Johor! MCM Studio, located within Johor Bahru’s largest mall, Capital 21, occupies the entire fourth floor with three thematic parks, i.e. Cartoon Planet, Music Planet and Movie Planet. The Cartoon Planet has officially opened and it looks like a treat for children especially with cartoon characters such as Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and Garfield and Odie to keep them company. Kids will love the “augmented reality and virtual reality” technology here along with indoor activities such as trampolines, bumper car rides, arts and crafts, magic shows and more.

Awesome tip:
MCM Studio is just part of the integrated development for Capital 21 shopping mall. Apart from the shopping experiences, Hilton Garden Inn and Planet Hotels, a themed concept hotel will be linked to this mall, offering more convenience for visitors wanting to stay and play here!

Ticket Price: RM128 Day Pass (Opening Promo), RM30 Gate Pass

Phone No.:  +603-2203 9696
Email:  [email protected]
Opening hour:  10 am to 10 pm daily
Address: Capital City Mall, Jalan Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim

The Great Outdoors at RAF Point Kampung Lukut

Thinking of having an adventure in the great outdoors in the Johor state? Relax Fun (RAF) Point located in Kampung Lukut Kota Tinggi could be the perfect destination for you. It’s far enough away from the bright lights of the city so you can be one with nature. The park, surrounded by rainforests and Mount Panti, makes a great venue for camping, survival training, extreme sports activities and paintball. Various types of activities are available here such as flying fox, tree climbing, abseiling, jungle trekking, mount climbing, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), night walks, blind trails, archery, camping and more. RAF Point received The Malaysia Book of Records award as ‘The first Single Zipline (Flying Fox) Archery in Malaysia’ and ‘The Longest Single Zipline Archery (260 meter) in Malaysia’.

Awesome tip:
Make this a trip with your school friends or corporate colleagues! Yes, RAF is the perfect destination for team building activities to build up a strong stamina and nurture individual as well as team spirit.

Phone No.: +60177447089 (Azman)/+60193328170(Raha)
Email: [email protected]
Address: Lot 9662, Rancangan Sg. Sendayan, Mukim Lukut, Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.

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STB unveils ‘Visit Sarawak’ logo in Singapore

STB unveils ‘Visit Sarawak’ logo in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) has unveiled the Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC) logo, ahead of its official launch scheduled for this December.

The unveiling ceremony of the campaign’s official anchor emblem took place during an industry event here on Thursday night – the first time that this had ever been done outside Malaysia.

According to Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, the VSC is envisioned to place Sarawak as one of the preferred tourism destinations in Southeast Asia.

VSC Launch
Read more at Borneo Post.

Updated on October 20, 2018.

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