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Malaysia

  • Beautiful Mosques of Malaysia

    Mosques of Malaysia

    The Malaysian population is an interesting mix of various ethnicities including Muslim, Indian and Chinese. Muslim population make approximately 61% of this ethnic mix. With a total population of Muslim exceeding 19 million in Malaysia, the strong presence of Islam is reflected in all aspects of social life including the architecture of Malaysian buildings. 

  • Best Honeymoon Destination in Malaysia

    Best honeymoon destination in Malaysia

    Malaysia is ranked as one of the best locations from honeymooners from across the world especially from the middle east and Asian countries. Rich cultural heritage, amazing ethnic mix, modern lifestyle and world-class holiday destination make Malaysia a very likeable choice if you are are looking for a dream honeymoon destinations.

  • Genting Highlands Malaysia's most popular destination

    Genting Highlands

    Quick Facts

    Distance: One hour drive from KL

    Attractions: Casinos, Theme Park, Cable Car, Strawberry Farms, Indoor Theme Park (Skytropolis)

    Tickets: Buy GoGenting Package RM50 (includes bus transfer, skyway + Indoor theme park + buffet lunch at First World: Buy at Utama, KL Sentral

    Genting is one of the premier tourist destinations in Malaysia. Easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur, Genting attracts large crowds over the weekends where young people love speeding up the steep road to the casinos. Public holidays and school holidays are jam-packed with thousands of people travelling from Malaysia as well as Singapore. Whether you are travelling solo or visiting Genting Highlands with family, there is plenty to do for everyone. 

    The First WorldHotel is one of the largest in the world with more than 7351+ rooms, making it to the Guinness Book of World Record.  Genting is host to world-class shows, performances and concerts. There are plenty of mid-week activities, encouraging people to travel and stay at Genting Casinos. First World offers amazing mid-week deals, as low as $20 per night which can reach up to to $150 on the weekends. Check current Rates online with Agoda. 

  • Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide

    Kuala lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur is a booming metropolis attracting over 29 million tourists from around the world. The city is spread of 243 sq.km with a population of over 1.8 million. With world-class road and transport infrastructure and hub of air traffic to South-East Asia, Kuala Lumpur has become a major the starting point of exploring South-East Asia for many travellers flying from Europe and mainland Asia.

    Cheap airline tickets and over 50000 rooms in KL alone make it a very popular tourist destination. Kl provides easy and efficient road as well as air access to destinations like Singapore and Southern Thailand. 

    Whether you want to travel by trains, roads or sea, Malaysia is a very affordable country to travel.  I have travelled to KL over 50 times in the last 15 years and explored most of the areas of this interesting city in detail. I have seen Kuala Lumpur evolve over the last decade and enjoy the great cultural mix, culinary experience and interesting historical places to visit. Here is some useful information I have compiled over the years. 

  • One Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur for Families

    Day trips fro Kuala Lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur is a great place to visit with families. The city has a large number of attractions for visitors from all age groups. If you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days, you must plan a day trip around Kuala Lumpur.

  • Places to visit in Kuala Lumpur - Part 2

    In this part, I am exploring places located at the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur city has great public transport comprising buses, trains, light rail and taxis. Public transport (light rails network) is very cheap as compared to catching taxis. However, my experience is that renting a car  and driving in Kuala Lumpur is the most convenient way to explore more and save time, as public transport can be crowded and time-consuming in the day time. 

    Some of the interesting places like Batu Caves, Genting Highlands and Tropicale Colmar are located at less than 1.5-hours driving distance from Kuala Lumpur. This makes these locations a great destination for a day trip from Kuala Lumpur City. Genting Highlands attracts large crowds over the weekends and public holidays and is a must-visit destination for the entire family. 

    If you are planning a trip to Genting Highlands, book your accommodation and activities in advance to obtain over 40% discounts. Walk-in rates are normally very high. I normally book through HotelsCombined network. I suggest a 14-day advance purchase where you can get added benefits like free parking, breakfast or pay on arrival options etc. Compare Cheapest Rates for Genting Highlands Hotels online .

    I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of the Best Things to do in Kuala Lumpur as well as the best attractions for kids and families in Kuala Lumpur City. 

  • Three Days in Kuching Sarawak Malaysia

    Kuching Sarawak

    Kuching is one of the most interesting destinations in Malaysia located in the Southern end of Sarawak in Southern Malaysia. The flight time from Kuala Lumpur is approximately 1 hour. AirAsia flights operate daily with price ranging from RM 400 to RM 1000 (between A$ 10 -30). Best way to utilize your day is to book an early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching.  My knowledge about the history of Sarawak region was very little and I decided to pick and a new destination in Malaysia. Kuching, to my surprise, was a unique adventure and amazing dive into the rich cultural history of Malaysia. Here are some interesting recollections from my three amazing days in Kuching.



    Arriving in Kuching Sarawak from Kuala Lumpur

    First thing you notice immediately after arriving in Kuching is the lack of public transport. Therefore, install GRAB application on your smartphones before arriving as this is the cheapest and quickest way to get to your hotel. The ride-sharing application GRAB  is a must to commute in Kuching  GRAB ride from Kuching Airport to the main area of the city costs around 10 RM (US$ 2.5).

    Taxis cost around 25 RM. Therefore, GRABis the obvious choice. Mid-February is the rainy season in Sarawak. The rain has a short spell and clears up in an hour or two. It took me 25 minutes to reach my hotel Grand Margherita , ideally located at Sarawak Riverfront at a walking distance from Sarwark River Cruise and other places of interest. 

    Sarawak River

    Meandering Sarawak River visible from the plane

    Quick Guide to Kuching


    1. Day 1 in Kuching 
    1.1 Staying at Grand Margherita Hotel
    1.2 Centerpoint Shopping Center
    1.3 Jalan Abell & Jalan Padungan
    1.4 Tun Juggah Shopping Center

    2. Day 2 in Kuching
    2.1 Sarawak River Cruise
    2.2 Fort Margherita
    2.3 Sarawak State Museum
    2.4 Lunch at James Brooke Cafe
    2.5 Carpenter Lane & Backpacker Hostels & Bars

    3. Day 3 in Kuching
    3.1 Trip to Sarawak Cultural Village
    3.2 Dinner at Top Spot Seafood
    3.3 Exploring Sarawak Waterfront

    Day 1 in Kuching Sarawak: Where to Stay in Kuching Sarawak

    Hotel Review: Staying at Grand Margherita  in Kuching Sarawak

    Grand Margherita  is a great choice if you want to enjoy the city views and explore the city on foot. I explored a bit online and made a great choice based on reviews and location. Advance booking costs around A$ 60/night . The most important Landmark of Kuching, Cat Statue is located right in front of the hotel. My room was facing the Cat Statue and I could see a tourist taking photographs with this interesting landmark even in the middle of the night as the place is easily accessible by a short walk from the Sarawak Riverfront which stays busy till late over the weekends. 

    cats in kuching

    Statue of Cats in front of Grand Margherita Hotel in Kuching Sarawak

    Grand Margherita Hotel in Kuching

    Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching  

    The Grand Margherita Hotel offers great services including spa, restaurants and an outdoor pool. A 2-minute walk takes you to Sarawak Plaza and Centerpoint Shopping Center. Both of these shopping centres have food courts, pharmacies, salons etc. MacDonald, as well as KFC, is located right next to the hotel. If travelling with family, Grand Margherita is a great location. I found a nice book store in Sarawak Plaza and a massage place in the basement managed by two blind individuals. They offer one-hour massage for under 35 RM. 

     

    Photos are taken during my stay at Grand Margherita  in Kuching City

    Book Hotel in Kuching

    Other places to stay in Kuching Sarawak

    I enjoyed staying at Grand Margherita because of its ideal location next to the Sarawak River. In the evening I explored all the neighbourhood on foot. There are plenty of budget hotels located with half a kilometre of Grand Margherita. Exploring Jalan Abell and Jalan Padungan. There is plenty of mid-range and budget accommodation available in this part of the city with easy access to cheap cafes and restaurants.

    The shopping centre adjacent to the hotel has a number of cafes, stores, book shops and salons. Places to eat in the vicinity of Grand Margherita include

    1. Feast and Furious

    2. Chong Choon Cafe

    3. Top Spot Seafood Food Court

    4. Tom's 

    Best tours in Kuching

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    Exploring Jalan Padungan & Jalan Abell

    Jalan Padungan is quite popular for a mix of Asian and Malay restaurants. A lazy walk on a weekend morning takes you through a wide array of restaurants lining both sides of the road. You will find noodle shops, bars and some fancy cafes offering Malay Fusion Food.  I had breakfast at the famous Chong Choon Cafe which attracts a large local crowd for breakfast. I tried some local noodle dishes followed by a simple toast and egg brekkie. I liked the place as the food was nice and fresh and reasonably priced. 

    Famous Chong Choon Cafe 

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    Where to eat near the Grand Margherita Hotel in Kuching

    Top Court Food court offers great seafood and is open for dinners. I enjoyed a lavish meal on the weekend night where the food court was packed with local crowds. The seafood is great quality but some varieties of fish including pomfret is quite expensive. Food Court at Tun Juggah Shopping Center is also a great option for lunch. 

    Tun Juggah Shopping Mall located walking distance from Grand Margherita

    I had a quick lunch at My Little Kitchen at Jalan Padungan I made my way towards the waterfront.

    Exploring Sarawak Museum

    Planning on exploring Kuching attractions?  I started my first day by exploring the Sarawak Museum and Sarawak Textile Museum which was quite an interesting experience into the cultural and economic history of the region. Both buildings are located at a walking distance from the Kuching waterfront area. I reached the Museum walking at a leisurely pace along the waterfront and then following the map to Sarawak Museum. 

    Sarawak Museum is a great place to learn about the history of various tribes who lived in Borneo and Sarawak region. There is a large collection of local flora and fauna and stuffed animals found in the region. The Sarawak Museum Building comprises of several sections divided in cultural history, tribal lifestyle, artifacts & totems as well as the economic history of the region. There is a huge collection of items on display. 

    Sarawak Museum

    Ozaisatraveller Outside Sarawak State Museum in Kuching

    The museum provides an interesting insight into early exploration in the region and history of tin mining in the region. A section is dedicated to the art and crafts of local people.

    Kuching city mosque

    Kuching Mosque visible from the boat during the Sarawak River Cruise

    A 20 minutes walk towards the old part of the town takes you to Kuching City Mosque. I offered my Asr prayers at the mosque and enjoyed some peaceful moments in the serenity and calmness of this amazing building. 

    Beautiful Interior of Kuching Mosque

    2nd Day in  Kuching Sarawak: Sarawak River Waterfront & Grand Margherita

    Sarwark River Water Front & Fort Margherita

    Sarawak River Waterfront is an amazing hangout all through the day and gets quite busy on the weekend nights with riverside cafes and live entertainment. One of the star attractions is the Sarawak River Cruise. The cruise costs around RM 60. An alternative option is one-hour traditional boat tour costing around 18 RM and provides great views of the city from the river. Make sure to keep your hands out of the water to avoid occasional crocodiles feasting in the neighbourhood. 

    Sarawak River Waterfront in Kuching City

    I hopped on a local transport boat to go across to the opposite side to explore Fort Margherita and Astana. Fort Margherita is a historical landmark and great cultural Icon which is well preserved with a large number of relics from colonial occupation of Sarawak. The tickets to the Fort costs RM 20

    The area has a very rich traditional history of Dayak and subtribes that occupied the region for centuries. The ticket also provides access to goal and execution area within the fort. The top of the fort provides amazing views across the river. 

    Visiting Fort Margherita

    Visiting Fort Margherita across Sarawak River 

    I decided to have lunch at the famous James Brooke Cafe. The cafe is located near the riverfront and offers a great location to enjoy the local crowd. I ordered the famous Kuching Laksa and some house desserts. The decor and ambience of the cafe great and offers relief from humidity during the rainy season.  

    James Brooke Cafe near the Kuching Waterfront

    Exploring Bazaar and Carpenter Lane

    This is the most interesting area of Kuching Downtown with narrow alleyways containing hidden eat-outs and budget backpackers accommodation. Carpenter lane is quite popular with westerners as it provides easy access to all the late-night bars and restaurants including Kai Joo Lane at the Main Indian Shopping Area. 

    One of many backpackers places to stay in Carpenter Lane

    The bazaar along the riverfront has a number of Souvenir and craft shops. The inner streets are painted with beautiful mural reflecting the colourful culture of Kuching. You will also find several tour operators in these streets as this area is central to most tourists. 

    Bazaar in Kuching

    Main Street Along the Riverfront

    In the evening, I enjoyed the festivities of Chines New Year. People visit Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple to say their prayers and make their offerings for a happy and prosperous year. This temple is located at a walking distance from James Brooke Cafe and Sarawak Riverfront.

     

    Tau Pek Kong Chinese Temple 

    Day 3 in Kuching Sarawak: Sarawak Cultural Village

    Sarawak Cultural Village Kuching

    On the third day, I booked a tour to Sarawak Cultural Village from the reception at Grand Margherita Hotel. A shared van costs around 50RM and departs from the hotel around 9 am. A 45 minutes ride through some interesting landscape takes you to the Sarawak Cultural Village. The location is famous for Rainforest Music Festival which is held annually and brings large crowds from all across Malaysia.

    Cultural Show at Sarawak Cultural Village

    Cultural Show at Sarawak Cultural Village

    The cultural village needs good 2-3 hours to explores. The different sections of the village have a replica of longhouses built by various tribes that lived in Sarawak and Sabah. Each tribe has a distinct style of longhouse, totems, dress and lifestyle. It is quite interesting to observe how these tribes created weapons, made clothes from natural materials and survived in the wilderness of Borneo and Sarawak.

    In the later afternoon, a performance is held in an auditorium where various artists perform wedding ceremonies, cultural dances, social ritual and hunting traditions passed down through generations. I really enjoyed this cultural show and bought some nice souvenirs before heading back into Kuching.

    Sarawak Cultural village

    Ozasiatraveller with Ladies in Cultural dresses from various tribes in Sarawak

    On returning to the hotel I decided to have seafood dinner at Top Spot Seafood Center. This open seafood is located at walking distance from the Grand Margherita Hotel and is very popular with local families who enjoy local seafood on the weekend nights. I tried some local varieties of pomfret fish and prawns cooked in local sauces. The food was a bit expensive but worth every penny. 

    Sarawak Cultural Village

    Cultural Show at Sarawak Cultural Village Kuching

    Later on, at night I walked along the riverfront to Ka-Joo Lane. The street is quite busy over the weekend with local markets and looks nice with colourful murals on the walls. 

    Carpenter lane is quite popular with backpacker crowd and you can book shared dorm for under RM 20.  "Wrong Place" is a popular and trendy hostel in the centre of the old city. There are a couple of nice bars in the street that stay open till late and offer a great opportunity to meet locals and travellers.  

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    The UNESCO listed state, Melaka provides a unique cultural experience with a rich history of colonial occupation. Offering easy access to Kuala Lumpur, Melaka city in recent years have seen a spate of development which makes it an ideal place for a weekend break as a number of quality hotels are available at very affordable rates. If you want to enjoy authentic Nyonya cuisine of Malaysia and indulge in the rich history of early Portuguese Settler and Dutch invaders to this part of the world, Melaka should definitely be on your list during your visit to Malaysia.

  • Visiting Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi

    Batu Ferringhi

    Once part of British Colony, Georgetown is marked with the innumerable building dating to the eighteenth century. These richly decorated buildings give you an insight into booming historic past. You can find plenty of mosques, churches, and temples showing the mixed heritage of this place.

  • Visiting Georgetown Penang

    Visiting Georgetown Penang

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  • Visiting Kuantan in Pahang

    Kuantan East Malaysia

    Kuantan is the capital city of Pahang in the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia. I travelled to Kuantan from Kuala Terengganu an important city along the Eastern Coast. The road trip from KT to Kuantan is quite interesting the road passes through a number of laid back coastal town like Kuala Dungan, Chukai and Cherating. These coastal towns are popular for water sports and attract crowds from surrounding towns over the weekend. There are a number of seaside resorts along Cherating Beach. I decided to explore these areas in future by car as the places are quite spread out and there are a number of nice stopovers visible from the bus.