Author Archive

Fun-Filled Waterworld

afamAosa-resort

There isn’t much thing to do in Malacca. You can go for fresh water pond fishing near to the Mahkota Medical centre and some water sports offer from the resorts along Tanjung Bidara. There are some golf courses in Melacca if you are looking for one.

Cowboy Town

cow-boy-town | a'famosa

But  A’ Famosa Resort is an attraction you should not miss if you are in Malacca. This resort caters for anyone. It has almost anything that you want for a vacation. From horse riding to golfing to zoo, waterworld for adults and kids, flying club if you want to learn how to fly a microlight plane and od course not forgetting Cowboy Town where you can have all the fun throughout the night too.Cool! It will take 2days to really enjoy everthing.

By Driving you can drive through the toll at Malacca leading towards Kuala Lumpur and exit at the next toll Alor Gajah (Exit 337). Turn right once enter the toll and turn right once you see a signboard A’Famosa. It only takes about 10 minutes from the toll . There are also transnational coach service to and fro the resort.

More Malacca Travel Guide

Ulu Bendul Recreational Forest Park

ulu-bendul-recreational-forest-parkLush greenery and cool clear waters await you at this recreational forest. Located just 16km from Seremban on the main road to Kuala Pilah, it is nestled within the Gunung Angsi Forest reserve and is ideal for outdoor activities. You can enjoy a refreshing dip in the stream or camp out and spend a night under the stars. Visitors can go hiking, jungle trekking, camping and picknicking in the forest or scale the challenging 825-metre high Gunung Angsi.

Sungai Timun Fireflies

fireflies-park

Take a downriver cruise and take in the glowing banks of Sungai Timun. This fascinating natural phenomenon is attributed to the presence of a firefly colony, said to be one of the largest in the country. The fireflies feed on the leaves of the berembang trees nightly. The nearby Sungai Timun fishing village is popular among seafood lovers for its lobster and shellfish. Visitors must enjoy fresh seafood at Kampung Sungai Timun or go angling and lobster fishing by the jetty.

More Negeri Sembilan Tourist Guide

Rembau Museum ( Replica of Raja Melewar’s Palace)

rembau-museum

Handicrafted antiques, community heirlooms and headgear such as the distinctive buffalo horn shaped ladies’ headress can be viewed at the Adat Museum in Jelebu. Apart from these interesting cultural artifacts the museum also provides information on the Adat Perpatih matrilineal system. Go for a vistit around the historic town of Rembau for glimpse of the local lifestyle.

Rembau Crystal

rembau-crystal

You can shop for a wide variety of handicrafted crystal products such as vases, bowls, candy dishes and decorative items at Rembau Crystal. This one-stop centre houses a sales gallery as well as a production and training centre.  You can also watch the crystal-making demonstration. After your visit, you can drop by at nearby attractions like the pedas hotspring, Gunung Datuk Recreational Forest or the Sungai Timun Fireflies.

Pedas Hot Springs

pedas-hot-springs

Located about 15km from Seremban, this delightful hot springs cum theme park has two open-air hot spring pools as well as private bathtubs with temperatures between 27°C to 34°C. It also features attractions such as a man-made canal, twin giantslides as well as wave and wading pools. Visitors can enjoy a go at the winding giant slides and float around the man-made canal on large rubber tubes.

Negeri Sembilan Tourist Guide

Seremban Cultural Complex

seremban-cultural-complex

The Seremban Cultural Complex is modelled after a traditional Minangkabau dwelling and comprises three main buildings – teratak perpatih, ampang tinggi palace and Negeri Sembilan House. Teratak perpatih also known as the State Museum, displays items such as royal silver and brassware, old weapons, handicrafts, artefacts, traditional costumes and photographs. Those interested in the history and traditional of Negeri Sembilan should visit the Minangkabau House.

Ampang Tinggi Palace

The Ampang Tinggi Palace was built between 1865 and 1870. It was located in Kampung Ampang Tinggi until 1953, when its entire timber structure was dismantled and reconstructed at its present site.

Seremban Craft Complex

handi-craft

This beautifully restored century-old heritage building house the craft Gallery, craft shop and Herritage Gallery. Available here are an exciting range of colorful handicrafts that come in various shapes and sizes. Aesthetically pleasing and functional, they make perfect gifts. It is located along Jalan Datuk Abdul Kadir, near the Seremban Lake Gardens. Visitors are recommended to purchase local handicrafts such as Pewter, batik, hand woven mat, rattan baskets and bamboo furniture.

More Tourist Information for Negeri Sembilan

Port Dickson

port-dickson-hotel

This popular weekend getaway has one of the longest beached in Malaysia. Sunkissed and fringed by swaying coconut trees and casuarinas, the Teluk Kembang and Blue Lagoon beaches are ideal for a wide spectrum of beach activities and water sports like parasailing, canoeing, yatching and speed boat rides. Relaxing spa treatments can be enjoyed at larger resort nearby. Before you leave, enjoy a lovely meal of seafood as you watch the sun set against the Straits of Malacca.

Lukut Museum

lukut-museum

History enthusiasts should make a trip to the historical town of Lukut and visit its main attractions, the Lukut Museum and Fort. Here, you can read about Lukut’s golden era as the capital of the tin trade or pore over artifacts from the Nassau shipwreck, a Dutch East India battleship, which sank off the coast of Port Dickson in 1606. Further away, are the ruins of the Lukut Fort. It was built in 1847 to protect the town’s booming tin trade. Other attractions here include the legendary ‘poisoned well’ that is believed to be used to punish criminals in the ancient days.

Army Museum, Port Dickson

army-museum-port-dickson

Find out everything you want to know about the Malaysian army here. This museum traces the history, contributions and achievements of the army from the days of the Malacca Sultanate until the present. Apart from kiosks as well as information and graphic panels, the museum also utilises the Pepper Ghost terchnology for its audio visual presentation, the first of its kind in Malaysia. Also on display are canons, tanks, locomotives and vehicles used during the war. The Army Museum is lacated in Port Dickson, home to the first Malay Regiment batch in 1933.

More Negeri Sembilan Tourist Guide

Shopping In Malacca

jonker-street

You can also shop for antiques, handicrafts, art and deco pieces as well as a wide range of local food products in Malacca. Make a trip to the shopping complexes, antiques shops as well as handicrafts and food storesfound throughout the state.
Popular shopping spots:
Dataran Pahlawan/ Jalan Taman/ Jaya Jusco/ Jonker Street/ Mahkota Parade/ Mahligai Kraf/ Melaka Batek House/ Mini Malaysia/ Mydin (24 hours)/ Mydin, MITC/ Syarikat Pemasaran Karyaneka/ Tesco/ The Store

Dining in Malacca

Malacca is famous for delicious food like satay celup, Chicken Rice Balls, seafood as well as a delicious range of Nyonya, Chetti and Portuguese food. You can sample these local delights at the city’s many restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and food courts.

Melaka-chicken-rice-balls

Satay Celup (non-halal)

The satay celup is unique to Malacca. It comprises a large variety of seafood, meat and vegetables – raw or semi boiled, that is dunked in a boiling pot of thick and spicy peanut sauce until it is cooked, before eaten with a thick and spicy peanut sauce. It is served with bread cubes and cucumber.

Chicken Rice Balls

Enjoy the novelty of eating rice balls with chicken meat, cucumber and garlic-chili sauce. This dish is another much sought after delicacy in Malacca.

Seafood
Grilled fish wrapped in banana leaf, fish in tamarind sauce, fish head curry, chili crab, butter prawns, stuffed squids, cockles and oysters – these are just a few of the mouth-watering seafood dishes offered at restaurantsin Umbai, Serkam, Alai, Pernu and PangkalanBalak on the southern coast of Malacca.

Nyonya Food
Malacca is one of the best places to savour exotic Nyonya fare such as otyak-otak (spicy fish paste wrapped in banana leaf), duck stew with salted preserved vegetables and perut ikan (preserved fish stomach in herbs), Nyonya cuisine is a marriage of Chinese cooking style with Malay ingredients and condiments.

Portuguese Food

Malaysian Portuguese food is a mix between traditional Portuguese recipes, with btraces of Dutch, British and local ingredients. It is also influenced by Malay, Chinese, Indian and Nyonya styles of cooking. Don’t forget to try dishes such as pasu kaemadu (baked fish), garing garing fretu (fied whitebait with sliced shallots) and the fiery el diablo curry(devil curry) while you are there.

Chetti Food

Traditional Chetti food is a delectable blend of Indian spices and local ingredients. Tickle your taste buds with both disheslike ikan parang pindang (fishin spicy soup base), nasi lemak (coconut rice cooked Chetti-style), Kembuli Rice and pulut tekan (glutinous rice cake)

More Malacca Tourist Information

Porta De Santiago

Porta de Santiago

The Portuguese admiral, Alfonso d’Albuquerque, built Porta de Santiago or A’Famosa in 1511. However, this fortress was badly damaged during the Dutch invation in 1641. The Dutch named it VOC, which was embossed on top of the gateway while the British almost destroyed it in the 19th century till Sir Stamford Raffles, a British official, intervened in 1808 and managed to save only a small part of the fort, which overlooks the town and the Straits of Malacca, remains.

Stadthuys

Stadthuys

The history museum at the Dutch Square was constructed in 1641. This  is the most imposing relic of the Dutch rule in Malacca. The building is red in color  with heavy wooden doors and wrought-iron hinges. This is believed to be the oldest Dutch building in the East and was once the official residence of the Dutch governors and their officers. This is now house the Museum of History and ethnography. Next to it is Christ Church, a Dutch Reformed Church that was constructed in 1753.

Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum

If you ever had a chance to step into this place, you will be amazed by the interesting insight of the museum provides. A mixture of the Chinese and Malay culture in the 15th century, this building is furnished with Chinese rosewood furniture with a mix of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs, this longish building has an interial that opens into a courtyard that admits sun and rain. Visitors can find priceless heirloon unique and some history of the people of the Straits Chinese.

Melaka Sultanate Palace

Melaka-sultanate-palace

A replica of a 15th century palace in Malacca, this museum mainly displays exhibits that are related to the culture of Malacca. Other items include a huge diorama depicting a sultan’s court as well as clothing, weapons, stone inscriptions, musical instruments and photographs.

Jonker Street

jonker-street

Jonker Street of Jalan Hang Jebat is interspersed with antique shops selling an interesting array of authentic artifacts and relics. Some date as far back as 300 years and can be found among a host of interesting collectibles, each with its own history and mystery. Located in the older section of the city, Jonker street is popular among bargain hunters and antique collectors.

Maritime Museum

maritime-museum

The Maritime Museum is housed in a replica of the Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese vessel that sank off the coast of Malacca. The Maritime Museum is definitely a worth visit as it exhibits a number of artifacts from the 14th century to the British period. Inside the museum are pictorial displays, models of ships, authentic maps. charts and old iron chests that were once used to store precious cargo.

Melaka River Cruise

melaka-water-cruise

The 45 minutes Melaka River Cruise passes through the downtown area where you can see old warehouses, shop houses, bridges and Kampung Morten, a traditional Malay village. The return trip passes wharves down river. Booking for cruises along the Melaka River can be made at the quay behind the tourist information centre.

More Malacca Tourist Information

Shopping in Sarawak


Shopping in Sarawak is as adventurous as its places of interest. The state’s many ethnic groups are known for their intricate crafts and souvenirs. One of the state’s most popular crafts is the Sarawakian beads. Colourful beads of all sizes are fashioned into necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. Another must have item is the Pua Kumbu textile. This hand-woven fabric can be used as wall hangings, table covers and shawls. Sarawak pottery has gained a name for itself for its distinct designs and carvings. In some places, visitors can watch pottery-making. Bamboo mats are another popular item. These mats come in various sizes and are a great idea to enhance your home decor. Some shops even offer packing and delivery arrangements for a fee.

Main Shopping Location around Kuching:


  • Main Bazaar, Kuching Waterfront Bazaar, Saracraf Pavilion, Sarawak Handicraft Centre, Jalan Padungan, Jalan Santok Sunday Market, India street and Jalan Penrissen (pottery making)

Dining in Sarawak

Diverse, tasty and exotic! Sarawak’s traditional delights are simply superb for those who are adventurous enough togive it a go. Coastal areas such as Damai and Santubong offer a variety of seafood dishes.
The state is also a leading producer of pepper and pineapples. In the cool climate of Kelabit Highlands, the natives cultivate a special rice called Bario Rice. It is harvested by hand using age-old method. The equally cold highlands of Ba’Kelalan is gaining popularity for its crunchy apples. For decades, Sarawak has been exporting high quality Sarawak Bird’s nests.
Aside from the local food, visitors can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western food in Kuching. Major hotels around the state serve a variety of continental cuisine.

Sarawak Hotels and Travel

Sarawak River Cruises


Rivers play an important role in Sarawak’s transportation. Since hundreds of years, the locals have been using river transportation to get access to various parts of the state. Now visitors too can experience this inportant espect of local lifestyle.

One of the most popular cruises is the Sarawak River Cruise, which departs from the Kuching waterfront twice a day. It retraces the historical journey of Sir James Brooke in the yesteryear while giving a glimpse of the city’s old-world charm.

Visitors in search of of more excitement can board the perahu tambang, a localboat. It is the easiest and quickest method to get across the Kuching River. This service is widely used by the locals because of its reasonable fare.

Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching


The Santubong peninsula beckons with a delightful attraction – dolphin watching. The shallow coastal areas and estuaries make good habitats for the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Although sightings depend on the weather and a good guide, the serene views along the river will keep visitors fascinated. Most cruises can be arranged through travel agents.

Sarawak Hotels and Travel

Longhouse are the traditional dwellings of the natives. These are communal dwellings and many families live in the same longhouse and share their daily tasks together. A stay at the longhouse offers a chance to experience this interesting way of  life. Longhouse visits are available at the following places.

Anna Rais Longhouse, Padawan


Live in Bidayuh longhouse with the locals, savour the local delights and experience the traditional lifestyle. A trip to the Annah Rais Longhouse offers great nature-based activities and cultural shows. Anna Rais Longhouse is situated about 60km or 1½ hours’ drive from Kuching. Trip must be pre-arranged.

Interesting activities:

  • Trek to a hot spring or waterfall
  • Try a waterfall massage
  • Go bamboo rafting
  • Learn how to cook bamboo rice and bamboo chicken
  • Enjoy a Bidayuh cultural performance
  • Try your skills with a blowpipe
  • See how rice is harvested
  • Try your hand at playing the traditional instruments
  • Savour local fruits and don’t miss the local home made wine.

Iban Longhouse Tours, Batang Ai, Lemanak and Skrang



The Iban Longhouse tour at Batang Ai is a unique experience to be cherished. Lemanak River is about four hours’ drive from Kuching. Visitors will get an opportunity to journey upstream along the river on a wooden longboat, before arriving at the longhouse where many interesting activities await. Be awed by a blowpipe demonstration, see how rice is cooked in bamboo tubes and watch a traditionalnative dance.

Batang Ai is the site of the 24,040ha Batang Ai National Park. It is the home to the endangered gibbons, orang utans and hornbills. Just outside the park is the five-star Hilton Longhouse Resort, offering longhouse-style accommodationwith all the trappings of medernity.

More Sarawak Travel Guide