Kelantan - State And Attractions

on Thursday, 28 March 2013

Kelantan - State And Attractions

Kelantan - State And Attractions | Kelantan is positioned in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia. It is bordered by Narathiwat Province of Thailand to the north, Terengganu to the south-east, Perak to the west, and Pahang to the south. To the north-east of Kelantan is the South China Sea.

Kelantan is located in the north-eastern corner of the peninsula, Kelantan, which is said to translate as the "Land of Lightning" (see alternate theories below), is an agrarian state with lush paddy fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarina-lined beaches. Kelantan is home to some of the most ancient archaeological discoveries in Malaysia, including several prehistoric aboriginal settlements.

Due to Kelantan's relative isolation and largely rural lifestyle, Kelantanese culture differs somewhat from Malay culture in the rest of the peninsula; this is reflected in the cuisine, arts, and the peculiar Kelantanese Malay dialect, which is unintelligible even for some speakers of standard Malay.


Districts in Kelantan are called Jajahans, though actually the direct translation of Tanah Jajahan in Malay to English is 'Occupied Territories'. Kelantan was a divided feudal state, a common situation in the Malay Peninsula, with separate petty local rulers. However, a strong one managed to rise and conquer all these small petty territories. In the end, Kelantan became united under one Sultan.

1. Jajahan Kota Bharu
2. Jajahan Pasir Mas
3. Jajahan Tumpat
4. Jajahan Pasir Puteh
5. Jajahan Bachok
6. Jajahan Kuala Krai
7. Jajahan Machang
8. Jajahan Tanah Merah
9. Jajahan Jeli
10. Jajahan Gua Musang
11. Jajahan Dabong
12. Jajahan Kota Mahligai

Kelantan - State And Attractions | Tourism

Kelantan  Attractions 

Wat Phothivihan

1. Wat Phothivihan
Wat Phothivihan is a one of 25 temples found in Tumpat. The temple houses a 40-metre statue of a sleeping Buddha, which is the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach)

2. Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach)

Pantai Bisikan Bayu  (Beach of Whispering Breeze)

3. Pantai Bisikan Bayu  (Beach of Whispering Breeze)

Pantai Irama (Beach Of Melody)

4. Pantai Irama (Beach Of Melody)

Handicraft Village and Craft Museum

5. Handicraft Village and Craft Museum
6. Kota Baharu Walking Tour
7. Siti Khadijah Market
8. War Museum
9. Kuala Krai Dabong River Cruise
10. Gunung Stong State Park
11. Istana Balai Besar (The Grand Palace)

How To Survive Road Trips With The Kids

on Tuesday, 26 March 2013

How To Survive Road Trips With The Kids

How To Survive Road Trips With The Kids |Everyone loves holidays but not everyone loves the car ride to get there - especially if you have the kids with you! Any long car trip can start to feel a little cramped with everyone squeezed in tight. If you're looking for ways to keep the kids occupied in the back seat and just generally survive your next road trip, follow a few of these tips. With any luck, you'll have a comfortable, happy car for the whole drive!

Plan Your Breaks

Kids in cars for too long does not equal a good time! Look up your route on Google Maps before you head out and plan your breaks. Make notes of a few fun places to stop, pick somewhere for lunch and try to find locations where the kids will be able to run around and burn off some energy before they jump back in the car. It might take a couple of hours longer but the time spent in the car will be far less toxic.

Don't Bring Sugary Treats

It is hard not to, but it's generally a good idea to leave the more sugary treats at home. Snacks should be salty and savoury - leave the juice boxes in the fridge. Always pack water and never pack Skittles; it can be hard to follow but it will mean less hyperactivity and a much quieter, calmer car ride. Alternatively, load up on sugary snacks when the trip begins and the kids will be out cold within an hour! Kidding... of course - but if you do have to bring a few sweets, make sure they take a while to chew.

Portable DVDs and Videos

Don't be those parents that believe technology is evil during family time! Some feel it's "for the best" to keep the fun toys at home, but really there is no better time to have the portable DVD player, Nintendo or iPad with you. A bit of technology to keep the kids occupied isn't going to ruin the trip and you'll get to enjoy a break while they're occupied watching cartoons and playing Pokemon.

Play Car Games

Car games are great. They're lots of fun for everybody in the family and, even if they only kill a half an hour, they're still making the time go a little faster. I Spy is a classic but every family seems to have their own favourites. They won't do for the whole trip but don't forget to make the most of them - you don't get to play car games any other time!

Enjoy the ride and have fun with a few of these suggestions. Plenty of entertainment, lots of healthy snacks and pre-planned stops are all you need to survive a long road trip with the kids and make it to your destination in one piece.

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So if you are looking to rent a car for your Christchurch holiday contact us today at Pegasus Rental Cars Christchurch Airport:

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Travel Tips With Kids

on Saturday, 23 March 2013

Travel Tips With Kids

Travel Tips With Kids | Every experience in this world teaches us something or the other, so is the case with traveling with kids. Traveling with kids can be the most wonderful moments for both kids and parents. These are the times which are going to be in their memories for their lifetime. Holidays are important for both the kids and the parents. Because this is the time when parents can teach their children how to behave in different places and adapt to various situations.

For children, these are the times when they will go to new places, meet new people and enjoy their time with their family. However, parents need to be very cautious during this time. That's because, some kids tend to become aggressive or polite because of the change in environment. Also, it is important to take care of them as it is a new place.

However there are some tips which need to be followed while traveling with kids. They are:

1. Don't give your children too much of freedom.

2. Don't bind them to restrictions either.

3. Don't advice them like "be with this child only or don't be with this kid." (No, this should never be done because these are times when they should be exposed to different kids with diverse mind sets).

4. Be careful that when you are traveling with kids, make sure they won't flaunt their costly items like video games. (Because there is a possibility that the other kid's may not be able to afford them. So there are chances of insecurity between them).

5. Do leave them with other kids too.

6. Main thing never plan the vacation after the completion of which, your child has exams or tests.

7. Always take along with you different medicines if you think it's the place very risky for your kids especially in terms of weather.

8. While traveling with kids don't just be talking to your partner. Be talking to them as well.

9. If by chance your kid makes a mistake don't scold him/her very badly in front of everybody. (The kid might take it as an insult.)

10. Be careful about the snacks which you buy during the travel. (Because the oil/ ingredients of other area may not be suitable for your kid to take in. So it's always better to take homemade food or purchase from place which suits your kid the best.) After all, health is wealth.

11. Always be careful about the deadlines while traveling with kids. (If the situation demands your kid to be in the school on 24th. Be back to your place on 21st or 22nd).

12. While travelling do keep taking rests from the regular driving and allow your kids some rest too.

13. Educate your child about the place that you are going to and even about the route which you are taking for the travel.

Rashmi is a freelance writer. She likes reading story books and watching television. She does sometimes watch cricket when India is playing.

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Negeri Sembilan - State And Attractions

on Friday, 22 March 2013

Negeri Sembilan - State And Attractions

Negeri Sembilan - State And Attractions | Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus is just south of Kuala Lumpur and borders Selangor on the north, Pahang in the east, and Malacca and Johor to the south.

The name is believed to derive from the nine districts or negara (now known as luak) settled by the Minangkabau, a people originally from West Sumatra (in present-day Indonesia). Minangkabau features are still visible today in traditional architecture and the dialect of Malay spoken.

Unlike the hereditary monarchs of the other royal Malay states, the ruler of Negeri Sembilan is known as Yang di-Pertuan Besar instead of Sultan. The election of the Ruler is also unique. He is selected by the council of Undangs who lead the four biggest districts of Sungai Ujong, Jelebu, Johol, and Rembau, making it one of the more democratic monarchies.

Negeri Sembilan Map

Negeri Sembilan  Districts

1. Seremban
2. Port Dickson
3. Rembau
4. Jelebu
5. Kuala Pilah
6. Jempol
7. Tampin

Negeri Sembilan Tourist Map

Negeri Sembilan Attractions

Kompleks Kraf Negeri Sembilan

1. Craft Complex Negeri Sembilan

Craft Complex was built to preserve the rich culture and heritage of Queensland communities. This fine handicrafts are also on display and sale in this complex.

Kompleks Kraf is located at Jalan Dato Abdul Kadir, Seremban is managed by the State Handicrafts Corporation Nine also houses handicrafts from all over the State.

Seri Menanti Royal Museum

2. Seri Menanti Royal Museum
The Istana Seri Menanti, also known as the Istana Lama Seri Menanti, is one of the famous landmarks in Negeri Sembilan. It is a timber palace constructed between 1902 to 1908. Today, the palace has been turned into a royal museum. This four-storey building is special because it was constructed without using any nails. Hardwood rods were instead used to piece the timber together. The roof of this palace represents a buffalo's horns. The buffalo horns are widely regarded as the protective symbol of the palace

3. Port Dickson (Beach)
4. Blue Lagoon (Beach)
5. Blue Lagoon (Beach)
6. Kampung Pelegong Homestay 
7. Army Museum
8. Rembau Crystal
9. Jeram Gading
10. Kg. Stay Padang Lebar
11. Jelita Ostrich Farm
12. Hutan Lipur Ulu Bendul 
13. Kota Lukut (Fort)
14. Lenggeng (Forest Reserve)
15. Gunung Besar Hantu (Mountain)


Terengganu - State And Attractions

on Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Terengganu - State And Attractions

Terengganu - State And Attractions | Terengganu Darul Iman is a sultanate and constitutive state of federal Malaysia. The coastal city of Kuala Terengganu which stands at the mouth of the broad Terengganu River is both the state and royal capital as well as the largest city in Terengganu.

Terengganu is located along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. To the north lies the Kelantan state, and bordering the state of Pahang to the south. Terengganu covers  a land area of 12,995 square kilometers and comprises seven districts: Besut, Setiu, Kuala Terengganu, Hulu Terengganu, Marang, Dungun, and Kemaman.

Terengganu - State And Attractions

Terengganu boasts a fine tropical climate, with uniform temperatures averaging from 23-33 degrees Celcius and a mean humidity of about 90%. Rainfalls are copious, accounting to Terengganu's lush rainforest and vegetation. Generally two seasons are distinguished: the rainy/wet season which starts from November - February due to the onset of the northeast monsoon wind and dry season which starts March - October. The best season to visit is during the dry season which offers good weather with sunshine and clear skies at most times.

The people of Terengganu generally speak Terengganuan Malay, which is distinct from standard Malay and Kelantanese Malay, except for those in Besut district and Perhentian Islands who speak Kelantanese.

Map of Terengganu Darul Iman

Terengganu District 

1. Besut
2. Dungun
3. Hulu Terengganu
4. Kemaman
5. Kuala Terengganu
6. Marang
7. Setiu

Terengganu Attractions Map

Terengganu Attractions

1. Pasar Payang
What would Kuala Terengganu be without the Pasar Payang, or the Central Market? Located just a few minutes of walking north along the pier from the inter-city bus station, it serves as both wet market and a trade centre for the local community. There is an air of festivity as one approaches the entrance of the market, with makeshift stalls lining the path, showcasing trinkets of all kinds.

2. Istana Maziah
3. Laman Maziah
4. Museum Losong
5. Kg Ibok Firefly Sanctuary
6. Kampung Penarik
7. Pantai Penarik & Rhu Sepuluh Beach
8. Marang Fishing Village
9. Kampung Cina
10. Malaysia Handicraft Center
Seberang Takir
The Floating Mosque
Pulau Duyung

Island in Terengganu

Pulau Perhentian ( Perhentian Island)

1. Pulau Perhentian ( Perhentian Island)
The Perhentian Islands are two islands named Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island) and Pulau Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian Island). The Malay name Perhentian is translated as “place to stop” and this is exactly what these two islands were for traders travelling between Malaysia and Bangkok in years gone by. These islands are still a gorgeous place to stop and rest today, albeit for tourists disconnecting from the stress and routine of everyday life and not for weary seafaring traders.

2. Pulau Redang
3. Pulau Tenggol
4. Pulau Lang Tengah
5. Pulau Kapas
6. Pulau Bidong
7. Pulau Bidong-Boat people

Beaches in Terengganu
1. Malaysia Longest Exotic Beach
2. Pantai Bukit Keluang
3. Pantai Merang
4. Kampung Penarik
5. Pantai Penarik
6. Rhu Sepuluh Beach
7. Pantai Batu Rakit
8. Pantai Batu Buruk
9. Pantai Chendering
10. Pantai Marang
11. Tanjung Jara
12. Pantai Kijal

The National Park

Tasik Kenyir (Kenyir Lake)

1. Tasik Kenyir
Kenyir Lake became one of the most magnificent tourist sports in Terengganu as well as in Malaysia. Kenyir luxurious forest is located in the district of Hulu Terengganu, which lies at a longitude of 102 degree 40 minutes and 4 degree and 40 minutes in latitude. It is believed that the rain forest is the world oldest tropical rainforest. The forest also serves as a part of Malaysia National Park.

2. Taman Negara Tanjung Mentong
3. Taman Herba Tasik Kenyir

State Recreational Forest

Hutan Lipur Sg Cemerung (Cemerung Waterfall)

1. Hutan Lipur Sg Cemerung (Cemerung Waterfall)
It is a beautiful drive up to the waterfalls. An hour's trek takes you to the waterfalls which cascade down the wall of the East Coast Mountain Range. Nothing beats dipping in the cool water, which has just gushed down the rocks, encasing the area in a misty spray, while being surrounded by the serene forest.

2. Hutan Lipur Lata Payung
3. Hutan Lipur Seri Amar
4. Hutan Lipur Lata Tembakah
5. Hutan Lipur Lata Belatan
6. Hutan Lipur Besul
7. Hutan Lipur Bumbung Raja
8. Hutan Lipur Air Menderu


Perak - State And Attractions

on Sunday, 17 March 2013

Perak - State And Attractions

Perak - State And Attractions | Perak Darul Redzuan is the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. It borders Kedah and the Thai Yala Province to the north, Penang to the northwest, Kelantan and Pahang to the east, Selangor to the south, and the Straits of Malacca to the west.

The state's administrative capital of Ipoh was known historically for tin-mining activities until the price of the metal dropped, severely affecting the state's economy. The royal capital, however remains at Kuala Kangsar, where the palace of the Sultan of Perak is located.

Perak means silver in Malay, which is probably derived from the silvery colour of tin. In the 1890s, Perak, with the richest alluvial deposits of tin in the world was one of the jewels in the crown of the British Empire. However, some say the name comes from the "glimmer of fish in the water" that sparkled like silver. Darul Ridzuan is the state's Arabic honourific, and can mean either "land" or "abode" of grace.

Perak - State And Attractions
Perak Tourism Map

Administrative divisions
Perak is divided into 10 administrative districts which are further divided into local administrative Municipal councils. The following is a list of the 10 administrative districts in terms of population.

Districts of Perak

Districts of Perak

1. Kinta
2. Larut, Matang & Selama
3. Manjung
4. Hilir Perak
5. Kerian
6. Batang Padang
7. Kuala Kangsar
8. Perak Tengah
9. Hulu Perak
10. Kampar

Perak Attractions

1. Royal Belum National Park

Royal Belum National Park

Belum Eco Resort (also known as Tasik Temenggor Discovery Island) is one of hundred islands located in Tasik Temenggor, Perak.  It is near to the world famous Royal Belum National Park. It offers a wide range of activities for everybody who wants to experience nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Belum Eco Resort won the Best Eco-Resort Award by the Perak State Government in 2007.

Located in Gerik and covering 15,200 hectares, Belum Lake is the largest man-made lake in Perak. The tranquil beauty surrounding the lake is complemented by the diversity of its flora and fauna. This enchanting atmosphere is home of the `orang asli’ with their unique traditional lifestyle of totally depending upon the jungles and surrounding lake.

The lake has a rich variety of freshwater fish including Toman, Sebarau, Tenggalan, Baung and even the renowned Kelah, providing ample challenge to fishing. This makes Tasik Belum a very attractive and 'must go' fishing destination for beginner as well as die hard anglers to pit their skill.

2. Sungai Klah Hot Spring

 Sungai Klah Hot Spring

Sungai Klah Hot Springs is nestled in the serene and lush forest patches, surrounded by hills and clear cold mountain streams and rivers. All 6.5 hectares enjoy the scenic view of well-tended oil palm plantation and durian orchard amidst a haven of tranquility.

Its unique concept of a specially designed free flowing Hot Springs Swimming Pool and Therapeutic Park at the foothill of the Titiwangsa Range 200 feet above sea level is indeed creatively engineered to attract visitors who appreciate the wonders of nature. Families visiting the park can try out the family baths and enjoy the privacy of this special treat. Another popular family activity not to miss out on is the hot springs egg-boiling experience.

For visitors who are keen to experience the local Malay massage, the park offers one of the finest traditional massage packages to benefit from.

For more adventure, visitors can take on the challenge of the Sungkai River or work off the calories trekking in and around the park as you immerse yourself in the natural wonders that surround the location.

3. Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave)

Gua Tempurung (Tempurung Cave)

Gua Tempurung is a cave in Gopeng, Perak, Malaysia. It is popular among spelunkers, or caving enthusiasts. More than 3 km long, it is one of the longest caves in Peninsula Malaysia. Part of it has been developed as a show cave with electric lighting and walkways and there are a range of tours of different lengths and difficulty.

A fine river cave, the river passage runs about 1.6 km through the hill. There are three very large chambers and some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

There are plans to develop the surrounding area. By the end of 2006 a go kart centre and a horse riding area had opened.

4. Kampar River White Rafting

Kampar River White Rafting

Get up close and personal with nature, experience an exotic and mystifying rainforest where the fastest butterflies swarm by the riverbank while you enjoy swimming in the river or jump from trees or just glide down the river on a raft.

The clear water of Kampar River (Class I-III) is suitable for anyone who is physically fit and those who crave for mild technical adventure whilst safely enjoy a rafting trip.

Test out your river skills and go on an adrenaline rush as you ride through 14 rapids and cooling waters of Kampar River in Perak, just 2 hours from Pangkor Island, Lumut and the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. A state in west Malaysia famous for its’ tin ore, and pomelo fruit, Ipoh hor fun, home-grown white coffee, temples, caves and hot springs!

5. Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is large expanse of Mangrove Forest covering 50,511 ha in area, stretching from Kuala Gula in the north to Pengkalan Baharu in the south of Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. There are 2 islands and 7 major estuaries divided the mangrove area.

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve has been gazetted as a Permanent Forest Reserve in 1906. It is not only renowned as the most successfully managed Mangrove Forest in Malaysia but also amongst the best managed mangrove ecosystem in the world.

Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve and its adjacent coastline are of major importance as a staging area for migratory shorebirds, and are the major remaining area of suitable habitat in Malaysia for the Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus.

In 1985/86, the highest Count of shorebirds approached 14,300 individuals. With a possible turnover rate of between three and six times this figure, it is likely that between 43,000 and 85,000 shorebirds utilize this area during migration. It is recognised as an outstanding conservation management of the rich and diverse of wildlife and habitats that thrive throughout the mangrove and mudflats area.

6. Taman Herba (Perak Herbal Garden)
7. Orang Utan Island
8. Taiping Zoo and Night Safari
9. Kuala Woh (Recreational Forest Tapah)
10. Pangkor Island (Pulau Pangkor)
11. Teluk Intan Leaning Tower (Menara Condong Teluk Intan)
12. Kellie's Castle - Perak Tourist Attractions
13. Cave Temples
14. Lang Mountain
15. Tua Pek Kong Temple
16. Teluk Batik
17. Lumut

# More detail about places and tourism in Perak will updated later.

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Immunizations and Medication: Before You Travel

on Saturday, 16 March 2013

Immunizations and Medication: Before You Travel

Immunizations and Medication: Before You Travel | When traveling to other countries, you're often likely to encounter health-related issues that you won't usually face at home. In order to minimize your chances of becoming ill whilst traveling, it's important to find out beforehand if any particular immunizations and medications may be required before traveling to the region you plan to visit. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a safe and healthy trip:

Make an appointment with your doctor: Visit your local health centre or doctor before you travel for the most current information and medication options. Ideally, you should schedule the first appointment for immunizations and travel health advice around five to six weeks before traveling. This is mainly because you generally need to wait for a couple of weeks after the last dose of your immunization program before you're completely protected.

Know which immunizations you need: Knowing which immunizations you require won't depend on your travel destination alone. Your physician will also take other factors into consideration including the duration of your stay, whether you plan to stay in rural areas or stick to the resorts, your vaccination history, any medicines you're taking and any allergies you may have. Regardless of your travel plans, it's important to make sure that you're up with routine immunizations such as polio, tetanus, influenza and childhood diseases including mumps, rubella and measles. In addition, overseas travelers may also need immunization against cholera, hepatitis A and B, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, typhoid, tuberculosis and yellow fever.

Special considerations to keep in mind:Remember that immunizations may not be suitable for everybody. For instance, if you're pregnant, it's better to avoid some immunizations. Children and babies too are a special case for whom you need to consult your doctor. Other special considerations to keep in mind include any reactions that you may have had in the past to immunizations, or if you're immunocompromised (i.e. you're HIV-positive or taking steroids) for some reason. In such a situation, it's advisable to avoid some immunizations. You can talk about this with your doctor before traveling.

Learn about the side effects: Like any other form of medication, immunizations may have unwanted side effects. These are usually unpleasant as opposed to being dangerous, though serious allergic reactions may occur occasionally. There's no medical evidence to suggest that they can affect your immune system by any means. Some of the most common side effects include soreness in the injection area, sometimes with swelling and redness, and maybe a mild fever or a feeling of not being well.

Many people traveling overseas are worried about the possibility of getting sick. With a bit of advanced planning and preventative measures, you can significantly improve your chances of having a wonderful travel experience.

Benji Leggate - Owner of The Margaret River Guide, follow this link to visit the guide and read more on Margaret River, in South West Western Australia and all other local attractions.

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Johor - State And Attractions

on Thursday, 14 March 2013

Johor - State And Attractions

Johor - State And Attractions | Johor is a Malaysian state, located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the most developed states in Malaysia. The state capital city and royal city of Johor is Johor Bahru, formerly known as Tanjung Puteri (Malay for Princess's Cape) and Muar respectively. The old state capital is Johor Lama.

Johor is surrounded by Pahang to the north, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, and the Straits of Johor to the south which separates Johor and the Republic of Singapore. The state also shares a maritime border with the Riau Archipelago from the east and Riau mainland on the west by the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca respectively, both of Indonesian territories.

Johor is also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ta'zim, or "Abode of Dignity", and as Johore in English.

Johor Darul Takzim Flag

Johor District

The State of Johor is divided into the 10 districts
1. Johor Bahru
2. Batu Pahat
3. Muar
4. Kluang
5. Segamat
6. Kota Tinggi
7. Kulaijaya
8. Pontian
9. Mersing
10. Ledang

Johor Attractions

 Gunung Ledang National Park

1. Gunung Ledang National Park

Mount Ophir, or more commonly known by its Malay name, Gunung Ledang, is a mountain situated in the Gunung Ledang National Park located in Ledang District (northwestern Johor), Malaysia. The summit is located between the border of Muar and Malacca. Standing at 1,276 m (4,186 ft), with a clear trail leading to the peak, the mountain is a popular destination among amateur climbers. Mount Ophir is also the 64th highest mountain in Malaysia and arguably the most climbed mountain in the country.

Tanjung Piai Mangrove Natural Park

2. Tanjung Piai Mangrove Natural Park
Tanjung Piai is a cape in Johor which is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia and thus the most southern point of mainland Eurasia. The skyline of Singapore is visible across the Johor Strait from the point. It features seafood restaurants, perched on wooden jetties that are surrounded by a rugged and rarefied coastline of unspoiled mangrove forests.

 Legoland Malaysia

3. Legoland Malaysia
Legoland Malaysia is a theme park that has opened in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia on September 15, 2012 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia upon its establishment. The official opening of Legoland Malaysia was made by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Sultan of Johor on September 22, 2012.[2] It is the centrepiece of a 5,500,000 sq ft (510,000 m2) integrated complex in the Nusa Cemerlang industrial park, within the Iskandar Malaysia economic region, consisting of a lifestyle retail centre, offices, hotels, service apartments and residential units.

Pulau Tioman

4. Pulau Tioman

Tioman Island (Malay language: Pulau Tioman) is a small island located 32 km off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang, and is some 39 km long and 12 km wide. It has eight main villages, the largest and most populous being Kampung Tekek in the north. The densely forested island is sparsely inhabited, and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a popular scuba diving spot. There are also a lot of resorts and chalets around the island which has duty free status. Its beaches were depicted in the 1958 movie, South Pacific as Bali Hai. In the 1970s, TIME Magazine selected Tioman as one of the world's most beautiful islands.

5. Mersing
6. Tanjong Sedili
7. Tanjong Leman
8. Endau-Rompin Johor National Park
9. Teluk Buih Beach
10. Mount Lambak Recreational Forest
11. Mount Belumut
12. Kukup Fishing Villange
13. Johor Baharu Heritage Trail
14. Kota Tinggi Waterfall
15. Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park

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7 Reasons To Spend Your Money Travelling

on Wednesday, 13 March 2013

7 Reasons To Spend Your Money Travelling
7 Reasons To Spend Your Money Travelling 

Reason #7: Culture
Mopeds zoom up and down busy streets beside me. My head jerks back and forth. I'm looking side to side, trying to find a gap in traffic. But it seems like it won't ever come!

Traffic honks loudly, cyclers pedal fiercely, and food stall workers buzz around prepping for yet another busy night. Stand still for one moment and multiple tuk-tuk drivers are there to greet you, offering everything you may need. Move too fast and you'll miss that chance to cross the road in that gap of traffic to get to that restaurant where your newest group of friends has agreed to meet.

That's rush hour in Asia, only to be experienced by standing right in the middle of it. There's no other way to learn about a culture, but to submerge yourself in it. No books, no videos, no media back home will really show you what it's like to be part of another culture. So get out there and be part of one!

"People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home."
-Dagobert D. Runes

Reason #6: Get Perspective

Getting tired of waiting for the newest fancy gadget to come out? The one everyone wants to be the first to get, even though, within a week, everyone will own it anyways.

Why not put all that in perspective by trying your hand at travelling somewhere different? Away from the comfort of your own vehicle, or the public transportation system you already know inside out. How about somewhere without high speed trains that easily zip you around to anywhere you'd like to go.

Try Thai time for a change. Where afternoon means any time from eight in the morning to a few hours after sunset. Here, buses are never on time, but no one is stressed or phased by it. Nothing other than the traffic seems to be urgent. Bring a deck of cards, and enjoy your hour long wait for dinner. Enjoy a good book and a few naps while waiting indefinitely for a bus that was supposed to have picked you up five hours ago.

In Asia you never know what's going to happen, so relax and live a stress-free life like the locals. Kick back, relax and enjoy it!

"The voyage of discovery lies not in discovering new lands, but in seeing with new eyes."
-Marcel Proust

Reason #5: Eat and Drink!

Ahhh, a world where food means more then a can of Alphaghettis, or a pre-packaged microwavable dinner full of chemicals. Europe has fresher tasting ingredients than North America. In Asia they're even fresher. The land where even I like to have extra vegetables in my stir fried dinner.

How about some pasta? Head down to Florence and see how the Italians really cook it up. Think that Guinness beer tastes good back home, try it fresh on tap at the Guinness factory in Dublin Ireland. Or head back to southeast Asia and get yourself a fresh fruit smoothie, with locally grown fruit!

Food and drink always tastes way better in its country of origin! Find out where your favourite food was first served, then go discover how it really tastes. As well as what other wonderful dishes they might also serve.

Eat your tripple A steak and beef back home, but save the French baguettes for Paris, Pad Thai for Thailand and Couscous for Morocco!

"Eat well, travel often."

Reason #4: Adventure

Not getting enough from your weekend outings to visit the mountains? Time to go further than the next town down the road? Do you need to find yourself that new and better camping get-away?

Are you always looking for a bigger adventure? Then a trip around the world is the perfect thing for you! Take to the night markets of Asia, go trekking in Nepal, ride a camel at sunset in the Sahara desert, ski the swiss alps or take a boat to an island in Thailand. You'll always be about to set foot on another adventure, as soon as your finished the one your currently on!

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."
-St. Augustine

Reason #3: Opportunities and Connection

If the most exciting opportunity of your daily life is getting to do that new task at work that only arises once a month, maybe its time for a change.

When you're on the road, great opportunities arise nearly daily. From that awesome day trip spending time hanging out with locals in their own village, to meeting someone new and exciting to travel with for a few days, to the chance to see your favourite band live in a foreign country with a group of new friends, you never know what's going to happen next on the road. Embrace it and make as many connections with others as you can. The rest will work itself out. Drop off your laundry to a local cleaner instead of having to do it yourself, and jump on that opportunity to rent a bike and explore a foreign land by cycle.

"The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are."
-Samuel Johnson

Reason #2: No Frowning Faces

Don't like hopping on that same bus every Monday-Friday morning and being surrounded by hundreds of frowning faces? Are you becoming one of these frowning drones? Sadly, this is common in the Western world, but there's hope!

The rest of the world isn't like this. Take a look at the Khmer locals and they'll always be flashing a smile at each other. Right back at you too. Here, smiles are contagious! You will catch their case of the "smiles" before you have a chance to realize you're no longer frowning.

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
-Lao Tzu

The #1 Reason to spend your money travelling: No Routine, No Stress, No Worries

Wait, what's that? It's 11:30am Monday morning and I'm still in bed. Something's funny. I'm not sick. I didn't sleep through my alarm. Oh yeah! That's life on vacation. No job to attend every morning, nothing to stress about. No relationships and drama to deal with. Just me, myself and I.

So turn that frown upside down and get out there and enjoy life as a backpacker, stress free!

Backpacking is much cheaper then most people believe. Almost every backpacker destination is cheaper than home, and this will be apparent in your daily budget. Accommodation can be found for as low as one dollar a night. Prices for meals are just as low. Transportation is cheap and great activities normally range from free-$10.

Of course it's easy to splurge on everything, but if you are determined, your budget can be as low as $10 a day in Asia. A more comfortable budget will set you around $25 a day depending where you are. To compare, that means one tank of gas back home equals four days of travel!

Still not convinced? Being a world traveller also looks great on your resume!

The next opportunity you get, take that leave from your job, and go out to explore a world unknown to most Westerners. You'll meet tons of other like-minded Westerners all smiling and having an exceptional time.

"Not all those who wander are lost."
-J.R.R. Tolkien

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Kedah - State And Attraction

on Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Kedah - State And Attraction

Kedah - State And Attraction | Kedah Darul Aman is located in the northwestern penisular Malaysia. Kedah borders the state of Perlis and shares an international boundary with the Songkhla and Yala provinces of Thailand to the north. It also borders the state of Perak to the south and Penang to the southwest.

Alor Setar is a capital state for Kedah Darul Aman.

Kedah Map - Attractions Kedah

Kedah District

1. Baling
2. Bandar Baharu
3. Kota Setar
4. Kuala Muda
5. Kubang Pasu
6. Kulim
7. Pulau Langkawi
8. Padang Terap
9. Pokok Sena
10. Sik 
10. Yan

Kedah Attractions

Kedah mainly for tourism is at Langkawi island, Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) takes place every 2 years near the airport. Heres some places for tourism activity at Kedah Darul Aman.

Langkawi Island - Kedah Tourism

Beach And Island

Pantai Cenang
Pantai Merdeka
Pulau Langkawi
Pulau Payar
Tanjung Rhu

Gunung Jerai


Gunung Perak
Gunung Bayu
Gunung Jerai
Gunung Tok Bidan
Gunung Bokbak
Bukit Hijau Waterfall
Lembah Bujang Waterfall
Puncak Janing Waterfall
Telaga Tujuh Waterfall
Lata Mengkuang Waterfall
Taman Rekreasi Bukit Wang

Pulau Payar

Another Attractions

Muzium Negeri Kedah
Lembah Bujang Archaeological Park
Balai Besar negeri Kedah
Balai Nobat negeri Kedah
Balai Seni negeri Kedah
Batu Hampar Waterfall
Ulu Muda Eco Park
Masjid Negeri negeri Kedah
Muzium Padi negeri Kedah
Wayang Kulit Seri Asun
Ulu Paip Recreational Forest] Junjong Waterfall
Kota Kuala Kedah

Tasik Pedu
Pekan Rabu

Lembah Bujang Archaeological Park


Sabah - State And Attractions

Sabah - State And Attractions

Sabah - State And Attractions | Situated on the beautiful island of Borneo, Sabah is one of the thirteen states which Malaysia is made of. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and shares the island of Borneo with Sarawak, Brunei, and Indonesian Kalimantan.

Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds. We have it all, from the world’s largest flower - the Rafflesia, one of the highest mountains is South East Asia - Mount Kinabalu, to one of the world’s top dive sites - Sipadan Island.

Not only will you be amazed by the places to see and things to do here, you will also be treated with unique Sabahan hospitality. Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!

Sabah Map For Tourism

Travel Tips

Sabah is a state with a democratic political system with universal suffrage. Here, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Head of State of Sabah) sits on top of the hierarchy, followed by the State Legislative Assembly and the State Cabinet. A general Election takes place every five years for both the State and the Federal level officials.

Sipadan Park

Sabah’s economy was traditionally lumber dependent. However, with the increasing depletion of natural forests as well as ecological efforts to conserve the rainforest; palm oil has proven to be a more sustainable resource.

Other than that, Sabah’s economy is highly dependent on agricultural products such rubber and cocoa. Sabah also exports other produces such as vegetables and seafood. Tourism, particularly eco-tourism, is presently the second largest contributor to the economy.

Kinabalu Park

Urban centres and ports

There are currently 7 ports in Sabah: Kota Kinabalu Port, Sepanggar Bay Container Port, Sandakan Port, Tawau Port, Kudat Port, Kunak Port, and Lahad Datu Port. These ports are operated and maintained by Sabah Ports Authority. The major towns and city are:

1 Kota Kinabalu
2 Sandakan
3 Tawau
4 Lahad Datu
5 Keningau
6 Semporna
7 Kudat

 Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

Places of interest in Sabah

1. Kinabalu Park – the highest mountain in Malay archipelago (excluding New Guinea) and the 10th highest mountain in political Southeast Asia, with an altitude of 4,101 metres (13,455 ft).

2. Tabin Wildlife Reserve - Stronghold for rare large mammals like Bornean elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, Bornean banteng and Bornean clouded leopard.

3. Danum Valley Conservation Area - another important reserve for large mammals of Borneo, including Bornean orang-utan

4. Turtle Islands Park – conservation efforts for endangered sea turtles

5. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – A national park consisting of five islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu

6. Sipadan Park – Located near Semporna, the oceanic island of Sipadan has a very rich underwater ecosystem.

7. Pulau Tiga Park
8. Crocker Range Park
9. Tawau Hills Park
10. Poring Hot Spring 
11. Up Side Down House
12. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
13. Sabah Tea Garden, Ranau
14. Sepilok Sandakan
15. Taman Pertanian Tenom
16. Taman Hutan Hujan Sandakan
17. Maliau Basin Lost World

Sepilok - Orang Utan

source: Sabah.Gov

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