Johor Bahru- Southern Jewel of Malaysia

Johor Bahru- Southern Jewel of Malaysia

General information about Johor Bahru

Malaysia is a great place to visit whether you visit alone, with friends or with the family. Amongst various Malaysian cities Johor Bahru or JB is one of the unique destinations for variety of tourism reasons. The capital of Johor in southern Malay peninsula of Malaysia, right across Singapore, Johor Bahru is 331 km from Kuala Lumpur (KL). A 1056-meter-long causeway across straits of Johor takes you to Woodlands, Singapore. It serves as a road as well as train link. About 300,000 locals of JB commute each day through it to work in Singapore.

Johor Bahru is an important industrial city for the reason that world’s top electronics manufacturers have at least one plant in Johor Bahru. Johor is one of the Malaysian states having booming economy because of the trade that is one of the main activities in this region. In last few years it has gained traveler’s nod and has become a top notch tourist-friendly destination. Just across the straits from Singapore, one has to take a public transport to enter, although it’s a walkable distance.

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Why Visit Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is known for its nocturnal urban life, restaurants, spas and night clubs. It has lively shopping malls, main business boulevard- the commercial hub, Jalan Wong Ah Fook. The tourists’ flock over in Legoland & Danga Bay amusement parks with their families. The city has great tourist attractions in Victorian style Istana Besar palace, Pulai waterfalls, Johor Baru Chinese temple and Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque. In addition, that are the witness to culture fusion that reflects through many cross- religion monuments, that are the important landmarks of Johor Bahru.

How to reach Johor Bahru

BY AIR– Senai Airport is located 25 km away from Johor Bahru, there are many airlines operating from KL and other important Asian cities, including flights from Singapore’s Changi airport to this airport.

BY TRAIN– KTM is the Malaysian railways, that operates from KL and other states to Southern Johor Bahru. You can take a train ride from Singapore – Woodlands for instance, and the drop off point is at Segamat, JB Sentral, Kluang, Kulai, Labis Johor. The train tickets price ranges from class to class.

BY BUS– The luxury buses are available from KL and other places. Singapore is directly linked with road and buses that are available from Woodland, Singapore. Just a causeway to cross and immigration check point to reach Johor Bahru. A second link connecting Malaysia and Singapore are being used by some elite bus services.

BY FERRY– Ferry service is available too from Singapore and Indonesia to ZON Ferry terminal in Johor Bahru. Zon is a duty free complex.



BEST TIME FOR JB

The best time to visit Johor Bahru is between April and October, as November till February is the Monsoon time, although rain prone areas can be identified and the plan can be made accordingly in those months too.

Accommodations in JB-

The hotels and guesthouses, fitting every pocket is available. In addition, resorts and private rooms are also available. African tents and Luxury tents accommodation also can be availed.

CUISINES of JB

Food lovers throng here to have a taste of several dishes such as:

  • Kway Teow Kia
  • Wild Boar meat
  • Poached fish
  • Bitter gourd soup
  • Fried Durian
  • Kacang Pool
  • Laksa Johor

SIGHTSEEING of JB

LEGOLAND

Malaysia is the first theme park in Asia, it is family fun all the way, having more than 40 rides, side shows and lovely attractions. A Lego express train takes you around all the sites of LEGOLAND, then there is boating school, a 50 m observation tower, 4D studios, 1500 figurine in the campus to take snap with. Miniland where things come live as almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal and program, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience. Intricate details are mind-boggling. The fun never ceases in LEGOLAND.

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DANGA BAY

In the waterfront of Johor Bahru, Danga Bay is one place which is right up there with the travelers. Located near Sultan’s official residence Istana Bukit Serene, Danga Bay offers great many fun and luxurious activities. A city on its own has high retail outlets, the biggest recreational park, exclusive eating places, where couples would feel cozy and a big mall that caters to all needs. You can hire cycle and tricycles for moving around, have a tram ride, skate board facilities, well-equipped playground, watch mini zoo having 180 species of fauna.

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Istana Bukit Serene

Located 7 km northwest of the Causeway, this green-roof, stone building is the official residence of the Sultan of Johor. The palace has a gigantic and expansive garden venue of many royal get-togethers and celebrations. It was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style. The exquisite carvings can be seen on the palace walls. The Istana is guarded by the personal military force of the Sultan of Johor.

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SULTAN ABU BAKAR STATE MOSQUE

1.8km west of the Causeway, its Located on top of a small hill overlooking the Straits of Johor. It has four minarets that bear a resemblance to British clock towers. It is made of white marble and is a combination of Moorish and Victorian architecture. It can accommodate 2,000 worshipers at a time.

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ISTANA BESAR

A white proud edifice standing tall is a palace built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. The most interesting part of the palace is its 53 -hectares well-groomed garden that’s open for all. The Royal Abu Bakar Museum located within the palace which was renovated to become a museum officially opened in 1990. It is a vibrant museum that boasts of a good collection of royal inheritance, rare artifacts and a well-kept historical facts of the state’s royal family.

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PULAI FALLS

At a distance of 15 km Pulai Falls are visually perfect flowing water in different hills steps through a naturally formed alley. Amongst the Gunung Pulai Recreational forest area, the falls and other forest area is one place to have a relaxing family outing.

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JOHOR BAHRU CHINESE TEMPLE

Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple is famous as old Temple by the locals. It is a Chinese temple located in Jalan Trus area of Johor Bahru. The temple is surrounded by vertically tall skyscrapers. The130 years old temple has many old artifacts of bronze and brass to show.

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Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru square is the main square of JB, this square has an imposing clock tower, thus making it an iconic landmark of the city after Dec 1993 when JB was declared a city.

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Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is a main Hindu temple in Johor Bahru. It is also one of the state’s tourist attraction, used extensively with the glass panels and cuttings its must for all to see.

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There are many other historical and contemporary modern places, where one can really enjoy the time while in Johor Bahru.

Adventure activities in JB

Hiking on moderately high hills, jungle trek for rainforest waterfalls and opportunity to see amazing flora & Fauna of JB. Islands around JB have scuba diving and snorkeling facilities as well as panoramic activities in amusement parks.

Johor Bahru is an ideal place for family vacation with zoo, water parks, etc as attractions. In addition, couples can also have great time here with several massage and spa centers, night clubs and shopping centers available to attract them.

Chiang Mai – Blooming Rose of Thailand

Chiang Mai- Blooming Rose of Thailand

General Information on Chiang Mai

Fondly called ‘Rose of the North’ Chiang Mai is 700 km north of Bangkok, capital city of the state with the same name. Home to large number of happy expats, Chiang Mai is rated as one of the 10 most livable cities in Asia, thanks to its open policies, mild weather, overall affordability and people’s easy co-existence.  It is the main tourist attraction for its natural attractions, religious places and high rated tourist activities. The city was originally founded in 13th century, old walled city is the witness of ancient times.

Why Visit Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai flourishes on tourism that revolves around its cultural sites, heritage, elephant rides, National park experience, cascading waterfalls and live sightseeing. Chiang Mai skyline is dotted with pagodas, ancient houses & lanes reminiscent of an era went by centuries ago. In addition to the cultural and historical legacy, there is contemporary unlimited fun in Doi Suthep- Pui National park with waterfalls, lush green landscapes, elephant valley or Mae Sa Valley, botanical garden, adventure safaris and animal shows etc. Chiang Mai also has innumerable galleries, beautiful parks and upstart markets.

Chiang-mai

How to reach Chiang Mai

BY AIR– Chiang Mai International Airport is 11 km from Chiang Mai city, regular flights from Bangkok and other international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore fly in and out.

BY TRAIN– Take an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, normally it takes 11 hours to reach. Trains are comfortable and cost effective way to reach here.

BY BUS– Good luxury buses are available every hour from Bangkok for Chiang Mai, they take 10 hours to reach there.

Accommodations

While booking online be careful as name Chiang Mai applies to both state and the city. Old town district of Chiang Mai is the best option to stay as you can find good and affordable hotels and guest houses in this area. You can explore the city easily from here on foot or on bicycle. For lesser rates you will have to go far or across the river to stay.

Best Time to visit 

Best time is, when weather is cool between November to February. Hot season is between March to June, and green season or rainy season is between July to October. 



Cuisines in Chiang Mai

The food here is exotic as it has influence of several countries. Cuisines- Haeng Hang Lay- Burmese sweet curry, Kanom Jeen Nam Ngeow- rice vermicelli with soybean curry, Khao Soi-egg noodle curry, Khan Toke with rice, Sai Oua- grilled herb sausage, Nam Prik Ong/ nume-chilli dip, Miang kham – bite sized leaf wrapped snacks, Tam Khanun- jackfruit salad, Larb Kua- shallow fried spicy meat salad and Gaeng Ho- mixed curry.

Main attractions in Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep- Pui National park

Is a national park located 15 km from Chiang Mai. Named after the twin mountains, the national park is spread in 265 sq. km area. The main attraction of the park is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a 14th century built sacred temple followed by many Thais as pilgrimage. Doi Suthep is also the name of the mountain where it is located on its top. Its main features are its pagodas, golden mount, Buddha statues and other many statues and artifacts. Forests is on hilly landscape, having few vantage points, caves, waterfalls, bounty of nature and flora & fauna. 2000 species of ferns and flowering plants, 300 species of birds and mammals such as boars, Indian Muntjac or barking deer, Assam macaque, Asian golden cat and Asian black bear are few among the lot.

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Chiang Mai Zoo

When talking of animal upkeep and welfare this zoo takes the cake. Spread on the forested mountain slope this zoo is simply amazing. Animals are kept here in their natural surroundings but in safety for precise display. There is one refrigerated cold environment where penguins live, is a hit with the spectators. Then there is one remarkable aquarium also. One can use zoo monorails and shuttle buses for sightseeing.

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Wat Phra Singh

This is Chiang Mai’s best known and most revered temple, pilgrims make beeline here to pray Lion form of Buddha, a graceful idol said to be brought from Sri Lanka in 14th century. During the Songkran festival this statue becomes the center of attraction.

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Wat Chet Yot

Known as ‘temple of the seven spires’ the temple was built in line with Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, where Buddha attained enlightenment. The architecture of the edifice is diverse with essentials from Thai, Laos, India and Chinese style. A 15th century temple, is known to be the focus of pilgrimage for the one who is born in the snake year.

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Chiang Mai Night Safari

An ambitious Thailand government’s project following the Singapore model, Chiang Mai Night safari is classified to three zones, Savanna Safari, Predator bowl and Jaguar trail- where you walk or ride atop open tram. While on the safari you are kept entertained by various activities right from feeding animals by your own hands, touching tiger cubs or watch laser show or fun plaza’s musical fountains.

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Wat Chedi Luang

Huge pagoda or Chedi is its unique feature that makes a distinct marking on Chiang Mai’s skyline with 80-meter tall pagoda. It was once housed emerald Buddha, the most important Thai emblem.

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Mae Sa Elephant Camp

The elephants at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp are no ordinary pachyderms. Apart from going about their daily routine as tamed elephants doing their rituals, these tremendously bright animals have been trained to paint, play football, dance and perform to show their talent, that will amaze you to the hilt. Thai elephants are in Guinness World Record for their activities.

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Bo Sang Handicrafts Village

The umbrellas are the identity of craftsmanship in Chiang Mai, the craft is known across the world for the handcrafted, hand painted colorful all sized umbrellas. Interestingly, these are made from Sa paper made from the bark of mulberry tree.

Museums

Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, Chiang Mai National museum, Art Museum, Museum of world insects & Natural wonders, Postal museum and Art in Paradise are the museum here.

Flower festival

In February end this awesome flower festival is organized, that is amazing show.

Other activities in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai offers lot for the tourists of all ages in outdoor activities, such as trekking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, elephant riding even mahout course, white water rafting, kayaking and night safaris. Also tenpin bowling, tennis, golf, swimming and kick boxing camps. More serene activities include cooking courses, meditation, yoga, tai chi and even shopping.

Chiang Mai is an ultimate place for culture and modernity presented in just the right proportion, its pocket friendly life is just the icing on the cake for the tourists.

Pattaya interesting tourist destination that offers enticing range of attractions

Pattaya- One Place Infinite Entertainment!

Pattaya is one interesting tourist destination that offers you an enticing range of attractions. Right from Thailand’s traditions to contemporary adventures, every type of tourist will find something of his interest here. You can rock on the party street, explore the religious treasures, art, nature, culture and science. Pattaya offers you recreational options beyond imagination!

General Information 

Located on the eastern coast of Thailand, Pattaya is just 147 km away from Bangkok, the capital city. People there speak Thai and English. It doesn’t experience severe winters, in fact the weather is anywhere between cool and humid. And therefore, Pattaya is also one of the best beach destinations of the world.

 Why Visit Pattaya?

It may be best, but Pattaya is not only about beaches, it has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing and interesting activities. You can never associate Pattaya with just one thing- it has so many things to amaze you like floating market, Buddha mountain, tropical gardens, temples, and so forth.

Pattaya

Best Months to Travel 

November, December, January and February are undoubtedly the best months to travel Pattaya. The weather around this time is extremely pleasant, neither too cold nor too hot. During other times of the year, the weather usually is not very friendly.

Pattaya Cuisine

Thai food is famous across the globe, and what makes it more desirable is the copious use of a variety of spices and herbs in it. This cuisine such as Thai red curry, rack of lamb, alligator,etc is all about amazing aromas and tastes. The chilli-hot flavour dominates the Thai food, but it doesn’t lack balance and other details like sour, salty, etc. In most of the dishes vegetables and meat are cooked together and so what you get is a food with high nutritional value!

In addition, you can enjoy cuisines of other countries such as Korea, China, Japan, India, US, Australia, Italy to name a few.



Best Sightseeing Places 

 1. Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is one of the most iconic structures in Pattaya. The whole structure stands 105-meter-tall and is made up of teak with intricate carvings. This place is neither religious nor has any royal backdrop. It is meant to be looked at in philosophical and artistic way that depicts Thailand’s culture and faith.

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2. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden

The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is spread across 2.4sq.kms of land and displays a remarkable variety of flowers and landscapes that include 17th century French Gardens and Stonehenge recreation.

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3. Wat Phra Khao Yai (Buddha Mountain)

The Buddha’s statue is naturally the main attraction here as it stands18 metres tall in height.

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This is a best place for spiritual tranquillity with bells and aromas of burning incense making it more calming.

4. Art in Paradise

This place is different than the other arts galleries of the world. It plays with optical illusions that involves the visitors of the gallery. It offers a different perspective of art in general.

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Best Pattaya Activities

1. Walking Street

The famous Walking Street of Pattaya is stretched at 500 meters and becomes a no vehicle zone post 18:00 hours, every day.

You will see this street flooded with food vendors, performers doing their gigs. There is no part where there are no lights and music. This is definitely a fun place to be at during nights.

2. Tiffany Cabaret Show

Tiffany’s Cabaret Show is another spectacular thing that attracts the lovers of performing arts. It is hosted at a grand theatre in Pattaya and runs for an hour with lots of colours, sound and lights. You can enjoy Indian Raj, Thai dance, Broadway and slapstick burlesque.

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3. Pattaya Floating Market

The real name of this market is Four Regions Floating Market which is inclusive of the north, northeast, central and south parts of Thailand. This floating market sells souvenirs, food, fruits, art, handicrafts, and clothing.

4. Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

It has 30 state-of-the-art water rides and slides, displays various entertainment shows has an amazing food court and Disneyworld style mascots.

5. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not

It has more than 300 exhibits which tell true stories and facts. These displays are meant to prove that truth really is weirder than fiction.

6. Beach sports

Visit the popular beaches such as Pattaya beach and Jomtien beach to enjoy array of adventure activities such as kite surfing, wind surfing, paragliding, under water sports or just laze around in peace.

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7. Other attractions:

Fun does not halt in Pattaya as you can experiment several other activities such as skydiving, rocket ball adventure, biking, ATV tour, coral Island tour, bungee jumping, golf, Thai Massage and Thai cooking classes.

Hotels and Other Accommodation Facilities

Pattaya being one of the most visited tourist destinations of Thailand offers you a huge range of accommodation options. Right from luxury hotels to 3-4 star resorts and affordable guesthouses, it is a destination that money can’t stop you from visiting.

How to Reach?

By Air: The U-Tapao airport located at Sattahip is just about 30 kilometres away from Pattaya and has limited connectivity options.

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is about 120 km away from Pattaya, and will take about 90 minutes’ road trip for you to reach your destination. You can easily find affordable cabs outside this airport.

By Bus: There are many bus services from Bangkok to Pattaya and from other North-Eastern parts of Thailand.

By Train: Bangkok and Pattaya are well connected by rail too. There is a daily train service for this route. If you are looking for an economical travel, then train is the best option. You can buy tickets directly at the station, but 30 minutes before the departure.

So reach out to your next vacation destination that is Pattaya, Thailand and feel the unstoppable excitement!

Penang – Crossroad to Fun and Food

Penang- Crossroad to Fun and Food

Overview

Penang is an island 28 km off the mainland of Malaysia. Penang is also the state of Malaysia on North-west coast comprising Penang Island, and a strip of land on mainland called Seberang Perai. The second smallest state in the country out of 13 states with 1031sq km area, out of that Penang Island has area of 285 square km.  Its state capital is George Town which is located on the Penang Island. The island has connection to mainland by a 13.5km long Penang Bridge and another of 24 km long bridge. Also it has a 3 km channel between the narrowest points between mainland and island. Ferry services link is also convenient that links two land areas.

Why visit Penang

Penang is striding up with the modern developments, while preserving the diverse heritage and tradition. A unique blend of east and west mix, Penang has been catching attention from the visitors for years. It has to be seen to believe with its colonial era buildings, churches reminding of bygone years, incredible forests and wildlife in National park and its cool leisurely beaches. It has a stamp of Asian charm and hospitality, thanks to its culture, happy time shopping opportunities and finger licking culinary range.

Penang’s sea beaches are good but lag behind in comparison to some of the other Malaysian beaches. If they lack in something they gain in another, diversity, which is their strong multi-culture base. It has influence of Malay, Chinese, Indians and Europeans that reflects in their cuisines. For this very reason, this place is known as ultimate food haven and a ‘culinary destination’, well known in whole of Malaysia and Singapore also.

HOW TO REACH PENANG

BY AIR– Penang International Airport is at 17 km distance from Georgetown, the domestic and international flights are available.

BY TRAIN– Trains available up to Butterworth from KL and other places, from there taxis or ferries can be hired to reach the island.

BY BUS– From Kuala Lumpur bus can be availed, this is supposed to be the cheapest form of travel.



Best Time to visit Penang

December and January are considered to be the best months to visit. Between May and October if you can take risk for rains or heat then you can avail off-season deals.

Cuisines of Penang

Diverse cuisine options both from the East and the West are available here:

Malay food– Ikan bakar, Mee Jawa, Mee Udang, Penang-Laksa, Nasi Lemak

Chinese– Bak Kut The, claypot chicken rice, Char Koat Teow, Hokien char & mee, Hainanese chicken rice, Wan Than Mee, Lor mee, fried oyster omelette

Indian– Appalam, Apom, banana leaf rice, biryani, fish head curry, Nasi Kandar,Mee Rebus

Western– Tari Burger, Chicken chop, Neslo,

Penang hotel options

Penang offers fabulous accommodation options to diverse tourists as per their budget and choices be it boutique hotels, beach view resorts, economical hostels or serviced apartments. The capital George Town has unique stay options at World Heritage sites while beaches offer nature facing stay options which you can book online at great prices.

Activities and Adventure in Penang

Swimming and hiking in Penang National Park, parasailing, scooter and speed boat rides, snorkeling and diving. kayaking, archery, paintball, jungle-trekking, water polo, and beach volleyball in Jerejak Islands

SIGHTSEEING in PENANG

George Town

Capital of Penang has plenty of attractions to offer to tourists, such as pre-Second World War houses and shop houses, as well as 19th century churches, temples, mosques, and colonial buildings. A UNESCO world heritage site George Town is well maintained in cleanliness and other aspects of safety and management. George Town is a modern-day city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. Luxuriant Penang Hill, with hiking and a riding on the funicular railway provides a panoramic view of the hills and the city.  There are some important places to see:

George Town Panang

  • Kapitan Keling Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the city
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest temple in the country
  • Church of the Assumption considered to be the oldest Roman Catholic church.

Penang National Park

This National Park is Malaysia’s smallest of the parks, all the more reason to watch with ease. Located    25 km from Georgetown, the park has three nearby hidden beaches and network of trails for trekking.  Spread over 1200 hectares, it’s the lifetime experience to see nature’s complete offerings in this park. In this lovely wilderness, it is unimaginable that one is so near to the bustling city. The experience one can get here is soothing to the eyes and heart. From the easy hike to Monkey Beach to the more challenging trek to Teluk Kampi, explore what this park has in store for you. Monkeys and turtles are in abundance here, if lucky you can find some baby turtles hatching.

Penang National Park

Penang Hill

A British time hill station, the hill was well chosen by the British people to overlook the city and the surrounding area. The view from the top is enchanting and panoramic. The place still has British time’s rundown cottages and the cooler air up there to provide great relief from the warm weather.

Penang Hill

The most popular way to climb up to Penang Hill is through the funicular or hill train.  There’s another way that starts by the Botanical Gardens and it’s called the Moon Gate. From here, it’s around 6km up to the Hill. The trek is not an easy one, it’s steep, muddy, and humid as hell, so get lots of water and proper boots to climb.

Batu Feringghi Sea Beach

Batu Feringghi is Penang’s most advanced thus a popular beach, long stretch of soft & white sandy beach that is dotted with beautiful houses, local and global restaurants, oceanfront resorts and reasonably priced hotels, as well as the exciting night market with hundreds of stalls set up that offer the best shopping time for you, where you can bargain competitively. Batu Feringghi beach is located just half an hour away from Georgetown, when your sojourn coming to an end, check for this market.

Tanjung Bungah

Tanjung Bungah is a panoramic seaside suburb located between Gurney and Batu Feringghi. Within a half-hour’s drive from Georgetown, Tanjung Bungah beach is surrounded by lush greenery and rocky landscapes. It has risen in popularity over the years to become one of Penang’s most popular destinations, having must-visit charms such as Penang Toy Museum and Penang Floating Mosque.

Tanjung Bungah Penang

Jerejak Island

A tranquil tropical 362-hectare island with picturesque beaches and an unspoiled rainforest, Jerejak Island has been protected for 4 centuries. Known as the biggest of the many islands surrounding this place, this island can be reached by daily going ferry.

Jerejak Island Penang

Snake temple – Must visit this one-of-a-kind temple which is filled with aroma and smoke.

Snake temple Penang

It is famous as Food Haven, but there are so much more to enjoy the holidays such as beautiful parks, shopping complexes, museums and old heritage sites. Therefore, visit Penang during your next vacation and feel the difference!

Malacca city – a Historical Malaysian City

Malacca city – a historical Malaysian city

When you look for any city in Malaysia with cross-continents historical importance then the name of Malacca city pops in the mind. It is the capital of Malacca state in the strait of Malacca. Oldest city in Malaysia, Malacca has lot to offer to the tourists who look for interesting sightseeing and pleasurable time during their stay. Malaccan history and its landmarks, theme parks, cultural parks, city’s unique set-up, sea beaches and colorful flowery trishaws to take you around to see those, present just the perfect blend to bring Malacca city on top of the travel list.

Why Visit Malacca city 

Malacca’s unique picturesque location on the Malacca strait, geographically puts it several notches higher and above many of the south-east Asian destinations. Here you get immense value for your time in Famosa resort called Famosa water world which is an activity oriented theme park offering the charming experience. Here you can also witness, Butterfly & Reptiles Sanctuary and a zoo. Take a colorful Trishaw and go watch historical Malacca Sultanate fort, Chinese temples, Stadhuys Building reminiscent of Dutch time, watch museums, ancient churches, go shopping and take a cruise in the river.



How to reach Malacca city, Malaysia?

By Air- Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka airport located 16 km from the Malacca city.

By Train– There is no direct train to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur. You have to take train from Kuala Lumpur to Tampin 118 km away then take bus for 40 km distance to Malacca city.

By Bus– Buses is the easiest mode of transport for reaching Malacca at 149 km from Kuala Lumpur in 2.5 hours.

Accommodation options in Malacca city

You will be spoilt for choice of accommodation options available in Malacca city at the prominent places. Whether you are looking for colonial style guest house or luxurious hotel or opt for cheaper stay options, the city caters to diverse preferences of tourists. Just check your favorite on internet and book hotel online to get the best deal ever!

Best Time for visit

June and November are the wettest months when it rains or drizzle. Rest of the months are fine though hot and humid. The temperature remains around 30°C though nights are shade cooler.

Cuisine in Malacca city

Foodies can discover variant flavors in Malacca city. Its rich culture and history has influence on cuisine as well. The tourists can discover Chinese and Malay flavoured cuisine in several dishes. Chinese rice balls, Nasi Lemak, Nyonya Laksa, Duck noodles, Satay celup, sambal delicacies are some of the prominent dishes.

What to See when you are in Malacca city?

A’Famosa Resort

A beautiful resort located at 24 km from Malacca city, around a country town Alor Gajah. This resort offers accommodation to stay, theme park including safari Wonderland, A’Famosa Water World and Cowboy Town. Various activities such as Archery, Horse riding, rock climbing, Go Kart, Cycling, Paddle boating, Pony riding, target shooting, horse carriage rides and fishing wait for you. These activities will offer more worth for your visit here.

A’Famosa Resort
A’Famosa Resort

Stadhuys

A 16th century Dutch building complex that has acclaimed name for its architecture. It comprises of set of oriental buildings and a museum of Ethnography in the Stadhuys. Here you can shop for various household and bridal cultural objects. Red square as it is called also, is one of the best places in Malacca.

Stadhuys Malacca
Stadhuys Malacca

Cruise on river 

Melaka river goes through the city and past the streets of Malacca. Boats are unique in the design and a cruise is one experience that will elate your spirits.

Cruise on river Malacca
Cruise on river Malacca

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, is a museum that showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca. You can walk down here or take a Trishaw to reach here, the museum is a treat for history lovers.

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Malacca
Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum Malacca

Cheng Hoon Teng temple

The temple depicts Chinese architecture’s influence in Malacca. The Chinese believed in three spiritual lines Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, that reflects here. Located just near Harmony Street, the Temple premises are spread in 4,600 s. m. The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is one of the oldest and beautifully decorated temple in Malaysia which is still operational.

Cheng Hoon Teng temple Malacca
Cheng Hoon Teng temple Malacca

Ancient churches

  • 16th century church of St. Paul has a story to tell from Goa Archbishop to Portuguese and then Dutch invaders. Located near A’Famosa Fort, the church’s ruins still give reminder of its tall past.
  • St Peter’s Church- was built in the beginning of 18th century by Portuguese Catholics. A world heritage site, an Alabaster statue of Christ is a big attraction.
St Peter’s Church Malacca
St Peter’s Church Malacca
  • Christ Church of Melaka is a protestant church built in the mid of 18th Its elegant red building and the environment around is enjoyed by the visitors.
  • Tan Kim Seng Bridge is an old bridge which is worth seeing for its antique value and history associated with it.
  • Malacca zoo – visit the zoo to spot 215 species of animals here.

Activities

There are plenty of activities and adventure moments while in Malacca.

  • River Cruise
  • Cycling
  • Zoo- watching fauna
  • Leisure time on Pengkalan Balak Beach & Tanjung Bidara Beach
  • A’Famnosa wildlife safari
  • Golfing
  • Multiple adventure and other activities in A’Famosa resort

Therefore, witness mixture of history, rich culture and growing urban life in Malacca city, Malaysia for sumptuous experience.