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UNESCO LISTING BOOSTS ARRIVALS

MELAKA- In 2008, UNESCO chose to register both cities of Melaka and Georgetown (State of Penang) into the World Heritage List. Both cities were seen as lively historical testimonies of 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca.

The UN agency for culture then acknowledged that few urban centres in Southeast Asia blended to intimately influences of Asia and Europe providing both towns with a specific multicultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. With its government buildings, churches, squares and fortifications, Melaka is a remarkable example of colonial architecture, which stretches back to the 15th-century Malay sultanate, continued with the Portuguese and Dutch presence from the early 16th century to finally become part of British Malaya before being part of the new independent Malaysia.

UNESCO then helped Melaka to preserve and renovate its blend of Chinese, European and Malay architectures as well as preserving its peculiar way of life. Over the last five years, old houses along the River have been renovated, some transformed into trendy cafes, eateries and hotels. In the evening special lighting effects turn also the city into an attractive night destination. 

Long considered as a sleepy outpost on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, Melaka is now reviving as tourists and domestic visitors rediscover the city since its UNESCO inception.

In 2011, Melaka recorded its highest number of visitors ever at 12.165 million. They generated tourism revenues of RM 7.06 billion (US$ 2.2 billion).

According to State Tourism, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Wira Latiff Tamby Chik, growth in tourist arrivals was 17.5 per cent higher than in 2010.

During the first four months of 2012, growth continued unabated. Melaka welcomed during that period 4.11 million, a further rise of 13.3 % over the same months of 2011. From this number, 2.92 million were domestic tourists while the rest were foreigners.

Foreign arrivals grow faster than the domestic ones (37.3% versus 5.8%). The State government now believes that Melaka will welcome over 12.5 million visitors by year end. 

According to report by the State Tourism Department, Melaka top five foreign country tourist arrivals were China with 222,999 tourists followed by Singapore (185,277), Indonesia (16890), Taiwan (108,128) and Hong Kong (57,241).

Most popular attractions to the area are museums (312,058 visitors) followed by the Malacca River Cruise (279,338 visitors), Malacca Zoo (176,943) and Menara Taming Sari (169,340). 

A popular program in Melaka for foreign travellers is homestays with local people. Melaka offers 7 homestay programs officially registered with the Tourism Ministry. They welcomed last year 25,109 visitors, of which 8,883 were foreign guests. 

Among the new initiatives launched towards for travellers is a new website called ‘Welcome to Melaka’. The site provides travellers with everything about Malaysia’s capital city of culture by sharing some of Melaka’s best addresses, providing also web-surfers with articles and even discounts to selected shops. 

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KAMPUNG HAILAM IN MELAKA

The Hainanese Village of Melaka

MyKampung 2012-10-09 16:53

The Hainanese people started to emigrate to Melaka about a century ago. Photo courtesy: Guang Ming Daily
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Translated by WINNIE CHOOI
Guang Ming Daily

MELAKA — A translucent sunlight makes a perfect timing to explore Hang Tuah’s tomb with a wonderful setting of azure sea and blue sky. A complete journey should be accompanied with a search of the Qiongzhou accent omnipresent in the Hainanese Village as well as the unmistakable Hakka Dongjiang cuisine.

Tanjung Kling

Melaka is such a casual and romantic place where the beach could be reached within 30 minutes. One of the popular beaches in Melaka, Tanjung Kling is also the final resting place of national hero Hang Tuah.

Tanjung Kling is located about 10km northwest of the historic city. Along the road are rows of shophouses erected on reclaimed land with the coastline beyond. The beach is easily accessible with a short 10-minute drive from town. Its serene ambience makes it a perfect venue for leisure and recreational activities.

Kampung Hailam

Half way towards Tanjung Kling from the city centre, along the small road leading to Pantai Kundor is a milestone standing next to a shabby Malay shop house marking the entrance to “Hainanese Village, where environment is our common responsibility.”

Walking into the alley and not far away lies the sea followed by a few houses at one corner. Some 95% of residents living in the 9-acre Kampung Hailam are Hainanese, with only three Hokkien households.

During the West Han dynasty of China, the Hainanese people began emigrating to Southeast Asia. The Hainanese people started to come to Melaka about a hundred years ago. They came together to form a tiny fishing village rich in the Hainanese culture.

Fishing and cooking

There are about 50 households in the Hainanese Village leading a typically laid-back lifestyle in a strongly bonded society. However, due to the lack of development, most young villagers have moved to the city to make a living.

According to older villagers, their livelihood was mostly dependent on fishing during the colonial days. Many families here boil and dry the salt in their own compounds and almost every vacant plot of land in the village has been turned into salt fields. As fishing is the most primitive skills of the Hainanese people, many villagers have started to make fishing their main source of livelihood.

Records show that during the colonial days back in the 1950s, villagers quit fishing because of inconsistent income and became domestic helps for senior British officers in order to earn more lucrative incomes. In addition, the Hainanese were also known for their cooking skills and almost every Hainanese family has produced at least a chef serving at major restaurants worldwide.

Cherishing freedom

83-year-old villager Lin Jin Luan told Guang Ming Daily she had been living in the Hainanese Village for more than six decades ever since she was married to her husband and relocated here. She said majority of the fishermen in the village used to be Chinese but now there are more and more fishermen from other races.

Having grown accustomed to life by the sea, Lin said she would have problem adapting to the new life if she were to move away from the beach.

“How would you like to live in the city?” When confronted by the question from the Guang Ming Daily reporter, Lin replied, “Urban people lock themselves in the concrete cages; city living is not my cup of tea.

“I would never want to move into a bungalow even if I become rich one day. I would prefer to live by the beach and stare at the open sea.”

Lin’s daughter Yan Yu Zhuan, a maths teacher in the nearby SMK Bukit Rambai, chooses to remain in the tiny fishing village, unlike her contemporaries.

“If possible, I would like to continue living in the village.”

He Ping Hakka Restaurant

Hakka dishes are also known as Dongjiang dishes. Traditional Hakka food is characterised by its heavy taste and is somewhat salty, spiced and fatty. The saltiness is to prolong the preservation period of the food while fat provides the energy for Hakka people who used to be engaged in manual works, while spicy food stimulates the taste buds.

Located at Pantai Kundor about 10 minutes from Tanjung Kling and the Hainanese Village, the restaurant has been in operation for 15 years now. Among the Hakka specialties served are the abacus yam balls, pork with preserved vegetables, steamed duck and stewed bean curd.

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Kampung Hailam is also near to the Malacca Club Rotunda which is Malacca’s oldest club which was founded in 1890. Melaka Sailing Club used to be located near Kampung Hailam during the 1970s. Unfortunately, the sailing club is non-existent now.

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Cheap general calls from Malaysia

NobelCom 10% bonus code: WMALAYSIA-1784725821 (exp. Dec 31st)

A phone counter high adult Mount Kinabalu in MalaysiaTravelers that revisit Malaysia mostly wish to call to check adult on family or friends in their home country. This customarily leads to high roaming charges when they are regulating their possess telco. Calling around Skype is free, though not any traveler has entrance to Wi-Fi or 3G or has a smartphone and/or carries along a laptop/tablet. This essay describes a approach to make inexpensive general calls with phone cards while traveling. A phone label is a product designed to bond we to internal and general destinations during significantly reduce rates. When we use a phone card, you’re regulating a special entrance series to call anyone, anywhere in a world.

The cheapest approach to use a phone label is by shopping a internal prepaid sim label initial in a nation we are residing, with that sim label we use a phone card. If we use your possess telco, we competence still finish adult profitable high roaming charges to your possess phone company, while we customarily have to tip adult a Malaysian prepaid sim label once to be means to call with a phone card.

Popular Malaysian prepaid telcos are Hotlink, Umobile, TuneTalk and Celcom. All of them offer inexpensive prepaid sim cards. Usually starting costs operation from RM5 to RM20 (only a few USD). They come with 3G (speeds vary, though customarily quick adequate for unchanging browsing with 1mbps to 4mbps). Obviously we can simply use this prepaid sim to make internal calls, though general calls are customarily really expensive.

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And that’s it. You will now be means to call general for most reduce prices and though ridiculously high roaming charges (were we to use your possess telco within Malaysia). In a prior US example, we would customarily compensate 9.5 cents with a cheapest Nobel devise to call from Malaysia to any series in a US (fixed lines and mobile phones). In other countries this competence not be a box and formula in somewhat aloft prices when we are job mobile phone lines. Each nation has their possess job rates. If we are roving by countless countries in Southeast Asia (or everywhere in a universe for that matter) we can simply supplement a new phone label for any country. You can even pierce change from one phone label to a other.

Smartphone users can use a special NobelDialer, that is accessible to iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users. With this dialer it gets even some-more easy to call abroad with your phone card.

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Soaking in healthy prohibited springs during Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

Soaking in healthy prohibited springs during Mount Kinabalu, Sabah

Located during a feet of Mount Kinabalu, Poring Hot Springs is an alfresco sulphur open with an altitude of about 1600 feet. It is famous for a efficacy in treating skin diseases. The sulphur spas are perfect to modernise you, generally for relieving your bruise muscles after a prolonged stand adult a peak.

Mount Kinabalu is a top rise in Southeast Asia and a top rise between a Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. The name ‘Kinabalu’ came from a Kadazan word ‘Aki Nabalu’. The Kadazan are a biggest racial organisation in Sabah. ‘Aki’ refers to ancestors while ‘Nabalu’ means mountain. The Kadazan people trust that spirits from their ancestors live in this mountain.

On a towering is a Kinabalu National Park, one of a world’s largest forest areas. The park itself is bigger than Hong Kong and Kowloon altogether and has some-more than 5 thousand kinds of plants (not including mosses) such as orchids, rhododendrons, pitcher plants, oak, and a world’s largest flower Rafflesia. This flower can grow adult to one scale in hole and weight 10 kilograms. There are also some-more than 100 class of mammals, reptiles and 300 class of birds here; numbers that accounting for half of their populations in Borneo. Because of a unenlightened forests, abounding and profitable healthy ecosystems, it was listed as a National Park and Reserved in 1964 as an critical biological charge and investigate center. In 2000 it was strictly listed as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

Although many people around a universe came to plea themselves by climbing a peak, about 80 percent of visitors come usually to revisit a Kinabalu Park and surrounding area. There are several inlet walking trails and a canopy walk, waterfalls, a botanical garden, orchid center, entomology museum, dining comforts and also an outside prohibited spring. So after a rise climb, revisit a prohibited open to chill and relax – that’s what we did.

To strech a prohibited spring, we take a canopy walk. Pic: Virginia Tam.

To strech a prohibited spring, we take a canopy walk. Pic: Virginia Tam.

After a 3 hours expostulate from Kota Kinabalu city to Kinabalu Park, we arrived during a famous Poring prohibited open that produces geothermal exhilarated groundwater from a Earth’s crust. The open was found by Japanese soldiers during a Second World War and primarily a comforts were built usually for Japanese soldiers. Hot springs (onsen in Japanese) have prolonged been normal open showering places in Japan. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen sparse along a length and breadth. Today, they are mostly grown into spas and for tourism. It seems even during war, they couldn’t live though a prohibited springs.

Surrounded by succulent forests and lively hills, a open is a square of paradise. Once we go by a opening we pass stalls offered towering crystals and other souvenirs and there is even a Japanese bamboo timber though over this we will see a open and how healthy it is!

The opening pointer during Poring Hot Spring. Pic: Virginia Tam.

The opening pointer during Poring Hot Spring. Pic: Virginia Tam.

It is divided into 4 areas: a soak bath zone, feet shower pool, cold H2O pool, and private bedrooms behind a record cabin. The healthy open H2O flows from taps into bathtubs – usually one chairman is authorised per bathtub. The morning we went was still so there were a few dull tubs to select from. We got in to soak a sleepy feet there.

Water from these springs appears a small chalky and emits a clever smell of sulphur so be prepared for that. The H2O heat also varies from 29 Celsius to 60 degrees depending that open conduct we choose. Locals believed a sulphur is glorious for a skin and generally good for restorative acne. And a minerals in a H2O have certain healing effects on skin disease, women’s diseases, asthma, neuralgia, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, muscles sores and aches.

One chairman one pool, how cold is that?! Pic: Virginia Tam.

One chairman one pool, how cold is that?! Pic: Virginia Tam.

What we found truly extraordinary was a views we could suffer here of a changing towering view with butterflies and birds drifting atop your head. There was also a poetic healthy smell from all a plants.

If we are bashful to bath in public, we can compensate a small some-more for a private room located in a cabin behind a prohibited spring. Each room can accommodate dual people. Remember to move your swimsuit as we are not authorised to get exposed in open in a Muslim nation and a towel, a change of garments and drinks.

To get there it is really good to licence a automobile or self drive. However if we are roving alone, we can take a train to Kundasang Ranau Merdeka during Field long-distance train hire in Kota Kinabalu city. Get off during a opening of a park. The train runs daily 07:30-17:30.

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Top 10 daytrips around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is immeasurable – there is only so many to see, do and explore. Take a day outing around a bustling city of Kuala Lumpur to see a singular filigree of chronological birthright sites and complicated architectural structures and to learn a several lively cultures in Malaysia.

Petronas Twin Towers

petronas twin towers by night

Standing during 452 m tall, a Petronas Twin Towers are among a tallest buildings in a world. The twin towers can be seen from roughly anywhere in a city. The many prestigious selling centre in a country, Suria KLCC, is located during a feet of a towers. More about a Petronas Twin Towers

Menara KL Tower

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The KL Tower also binds a record of a own, ranking as a 4th tallest telecommunications towers in a universe during 421 m tall. Dine in a clouds while enjoying a pretentious perspective of a whole city during a revolving grill located during Level Two of a Tower Head.

Lake Gardens FRIM

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The jungle is not all petrify in Kuala Lumpur; there is a pacific breakwater of 91.6 hectares of parks and gardens for a relaxing day among nature. The KL Lake Gardens incorporate a National Monument, Carcosa Seri Negara, a deer park, a moth park, a bird park, an orchid garden, a hibiscus garden and a Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) that is a timberland haven and investigate hospital (has an extraordinary canopy walkway). More about a Lake Gardens and FRIM

Batu Caves

thaipusam crowds during a batu caves

13 km north of Kuala Lumpur stands Batu Caves, a large limestone outcrop home to Hindu deities. Consisting of 3 categorical caves and a series of smaller ones, a pretentious dedicated place for Hindus in Malaysia is situated atop 272 stairs of stairs along that visitors can see and feed a lot of long-tailed macaque monkeys. More about a Batu Caves

Putrajaya

putrajaya square

A revisit to Putrajaya contingency not be missed. It is a new collateral city and executive centre of a Malaysian government, located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. The indication garden city facilities a pleasing mix of complicated and informative architectural structures of buildings and bridges, sensuous greenery and delicately cultivated botanical gardens.

Istana Negara

istana negara kings house kuala lumpur

The stately King’s Palace or Istana Negara is a chateau for a Yang diPertuan Agong, a King of Malaysia. The area is fenced adult with dual ensure posts during a front of a embankment where members of a Royal Calvary mount guard. Witness a changing of ensure ceremony, identical to that of Buckingham Palace in London. Although a house is not non-stop to a public, visitors can constraint noted photographs of their revisit to a Istana during a front entrance.

Dataran Merdeka

merdeka block kuala lumpur

Situated during a heart of a city is a Independence Square or Dataran Merdeka where a Malayan dwindle was hoisted for a initial time in a country’s story on Aug 31, 1957, signifying a autonomy of a nation from British rule. As a observance of this event, a 100 m high flagpole, that is a world’s tallest, was erected during a really same spot. Every year on a anniversary of a Independence Day, a impetus is hold here where impetus pasts of several uniformed bodies take place in their full regalia.

National Mosque

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The National Mosque, that is conjectural to be one of a many pleasing mosques in Southeast Asia, stands conflicting a Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. This singly designed mosque embodies a contemporary countenance of normal Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its many distinguished facilities are a umbrella-shaped dome, with 18 points representing a 13 states of Malaysia and a 5 pillars of Islam, and a neat shaft that stands 73 m tall.

Central Market

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Central Market, also famous as Pasar Seni, is a well-renowned birthright site that serves as a Centre for Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts. It houses countless stalls that sell normal products and an Annex Gallery where internal contemporary humanities are exhibited. Colorful Malaysian normal informative and humanities events as good as informative performances also take place during a Central Market’s outside theatre on weekends. More about a Central Market

Petaling Street

petaling travel marketplace chinatown kuala lumpur

Last though not slightest is another renouned traveller attraction, Petaling Street, that is located only a few mins divided from Central Market. Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur’s really possess Chinatown. With a clearly oriental atmosphere, Chinatown is a executive place for good bargains, delicious food and a shower adult of all things Oriental in a heart of Kuala Lumpur.

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