Once the official residence of the King of Malaysia, the Istana Negara is currently a Royal Museum that covers around 13 acres of land area located on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling. The palace was originally a mansion of a rich Chinese businessman and was later occupied by the Japanese Governor in 1942 and by the British Military Administration in 1945. It was the official Palace of His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the years of 1957 to 2011, before the Istana Negara moved to a new palace at Jalan Duta in December 2011. Since 2013, 2 guards in Malay traditional wear are found stationed outside the main gateway, evoking the nostalgia and tradition of the Malay Sultanate. ...more

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Once the official residence of the King of Malaysia, the Istana Negara is currently a Royal Museum that covers around 13 acres of land area located on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling. The palace was originally a mansion of a rich Chinese businessman and was later occupied by the Japanese Governor in 1942 and by the British Military Administration in 1945. It was the official Palace of His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the years of 1957 to 2011, before the Istana Negara moved to a new palace at Jalan Duta in December 2011. Since 2013, 2 guards in Malay traditional wear are found stationed outside the main gateway, evoking the nostalgia and tradition of the Malay Sultanate.

Ticket Price

A rough estimation of the ticket prices have been listed below: | Local visitors: RM 2.00 | Foreign adults: RM 5.00 | Children 6-12: RM. 2.00 | Children < 6: Free

Opening Hour

Open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Recommended Visit Duration

Over 1 hour

Suitable For

Adults, Families, Senior Guests, Young Adults

Must See

The main entrance, the East Wing and the West Wing.

Prayer Facilities

Though a designated prayer room might not be available to guests, there are plenty of areas that visitors can make use of to pray during prayer times.

Halal Food

A number of food outlets that serve Halal food are available in the near vicinity of the Istana Negara.

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Staying here, you can enjoy the view of the Petronas Twin Towers while soaking in bathtubs. Other facilities worth mentioning is a shared swimming pool and gym. Click here to book!   Superb Infinity Pool at Regalia Kuala Lumpur Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 4 Persons (1 Queen Bed and Extra Mattresses available + 1 Bathroom) Rate Per-night: US$ 10 – 25 A whole apartment room for you in the heart of KL for only 10 US dollars a night? Definitely a yes! This fully furnished place is hosted by a Superhost, so you do not have to doubt the quality and safety of this place. Staying here, you can enjoy the beauty of Kuala Lumpur’s skyscrapers while having a dip in its Infinity Pool. Other mentionable facilities are a gym, kids' playground, and high-speed wi-fi connection. Since it is located in the heart of the city, going around KL will be easy. Click here to book!   Petaling Jaya Loft Apartment with Views of Twin Tower Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 2 Persons (1 Bedroom, 1 Bed + 1 Bathroom) Rate Per-night: US$ 33 Looking for a quick getaway with your loved ones in the Satellite City of KL? Try spending a night or two in this lovely loft apartment by a Superhost. With its minimalistic decor and complete amenities, this room offers you what a peaceful Sunday should be. Imagine having a good quality time with your partner, drinking freshly made espresso while enjoying the view from the apartment’s balcony. Click here to book!   Alamanda Hilltop Villa - Stunning Sunset View Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 3 Persons (1 Bedroom · 1 Bed · 1.5 Bathrooms) Rate Per-night: US$ 61 – 73 Located in a Tropical Paradise called Langkawi, this Traditional Malay architecture inspired a private villa is a perfect place for those who have been dying to experience a natural getaway. 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The location of this cottage is surrounded by paddy fields that you can enjoy while swinging on the hammock. This will surely, brings you back to a simpler era. Furthermore, its great location takes you only 8 minutes to drive from the cottage to Cenang beach. Click here to book!   Airbnb for Big Group Tastefully Decorated 1+1 Br Apartment City Center Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 5 Persons (2 Bedrooms, 2 Beds + 1 Bathroom) Rate Per-night: US$ 34-53 Thinking about having a trip to KL with your besties? This is what a perfect choice looks like! Located right in the middle of KL, your besties will thank you for finding this place. It takes only 5-10 minutes to walk to various Train Stations, Bukit Bintang, and most of all Shopping Malls! Furthermore, guests are given full access to enjoy building facilities, from infinity Swimming Pool, Rooftop Jacuzzi, Outdoor & Indoor Gym, Sauna, Children Playground, Rooftop Garden, and Rooftop Yoga Deck. Other than that, you do not have to worry about check-in time, because the check-in counter is open for 24 HOURS! Click here to book!   Mendung Escape Front House Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 8 Persons (3 Bedrooms · 4 Beds · 1 Bathroom) Rate Per-night: US$ 99 – 137 Having been staying at home for months during this COVID-19 pandemic, surely those legs are longing for some adventure. That’s why Mendung Escape was made, to heal your thirst for adventure. Located on a mountain slope and surrounded by jungle, this place is a perfect choice for adventurous souls. Perched on a hill in Bau, Sarawak, reaching this Front House takes you 30 minutes of hiking or around 700 meters from where you park. All the effort will be worth it when you get there. In this Superhost owned Front House, you can enjoy a remarkable view of the sunset, sunrise, and night sky, grill barbeque, spot some wild animals, and tropical fruit trees, including Durian around the building within the reach of your arms. Click here to book!   The Happiness Home Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 6 Persons (1 Bedroom, 4 Beds + 2 Bathrooms) Rate Per-night: US $29 Get charmed and thrilled with the hustle and bustle in Kuala Lumpur. This Superhost owned apartment room is located in a prime district of Old Klang Road in Kuala Lumpur and is very close to Mid Valley Mall. This cheerfully decorated room is clean and Instagrammable where you can upload your pictures quickly with the high-speed wi-fi. The room is spacious that it can fit 6 persons, perfect for you and your cliques. Free access to the building’s facilities will be given to the guests, including the Infinity Swimming Pool, Jogging Track, and Gym. Click here to book!   Urban Nest, Sleek and Charming Loft in Central Kuala Lumpur Image Credit: Airbnb Capacity: 7 Persons (3 bedrooms, 4 Beds + 2 Bathrooms) Rate Per-night: US$ 31 – 36 This fully furnished minimalistic condominium offers you maximum experience way beyond the amount you pay. This homey condo is very neat and clean. Furthermore, this condo is located in the vibrant Little India district of Brickfields. You can discover plenty of Authentic Indian Restaurants, shops, and supermarkets surrounding this place. It is very comfortable to go anywhere using LRT because Bangsar LRT station is linked by a bridge from the building. Building facilities such as Infinity Swimming Pool and Gym are available for you to access. Click here to book! So, which one is the perfect candidate for you? Tell us more about your future travel plans to Malaysia in the comment section! For more articles about tips, tricks, and insights about traveling, download the HalalTrip app on Play Store or App Store! Check out The Halal Travel Podcast hosted by Hazirah, Nurul and Raudha as they talk candidly about travel, food, life and everything else in between and sometimes with awesome guests! Listen now! ...

  • What is Seremban Famous For?

    Seremban Energizes Your Joyful Trip Located just 64 km South of Kuala Lumpur, Seremban is a city not-so-well-known even among local tourists – most of the big tour companies do not even cover the city in their itineraries. Little do people know, this capital city of Negeri Sembilan State of Malaysia has many interesting spots to visit. We have compiled some of the exciting places, must-try local delicacies, and best resorts for you to spend your fun-filled day(s) in Seremban. Where is Seremban exactly? Seremban city is located exactly between Kuala Lumpur and Malacca. If you drive from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca or vice versa, you should have to pass by Seremban. If you want to go to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore by land, you also will need to pass by Seremban along your journey. The distance from Singapore to Seremban is around 292 km, which takes around 3.5 hours of driving. What is unique about Seremban? While most people from neighboring cities travel to Seremban for foodie road trips, Seremban actually has more to offer than just affordable yet nice hawker food, especially if you travel with kids. Bring your kids to Jelita Ostrich Farm where they will be able to not just see, but also feed (small packets of corn kernels are available for RM 1 each) and ride an ostrich (riding fee is already included in the entrance fee). You do not need to worry because, although the creatures are let loose, they are quite harmless as they are fenced up. Do be careful when holding food as the ostriches get more aggressive coming after food you are holding. Source: jlwtravels on Instagram You can also watch two birds race each other. Additionally, your kids can also feed goats and some birds with the corn kernels. Address: Lot 1504, Batu 6 Beach Road, Jelebu Road, Seremban 71770 Malaysia (approximately 20-minute drive from downtown Seremban) Entrance fee: RM10 for adults, RM8 for children   Seremban Cultural Heritage Just like many other cities in Malaysia, Seremban has numerous cultural sites you might want to visit. The city has old distinctive temples and churches, the Seremban Railway Station (built in 1924), State Library and War Memorial, Wisma Negeri, Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja’afar, and a State Museum & Cultural Complex (where you can find a find Minangkabau traditional wooden house built in the late 19th century without using a single nail and includes detailed carvings including verses from the Holy Quran!) Source: @puchi___x on Instagram Aside from those places, there is also Kompleks Kraf Negeri Sembilan (Handicraft Centre) built in 1912 which was once the home of Captain Murray, the British Resident to Negeri Sembilan. The house is now converted into a showcase of Malaysian handicrafts, particularly bamboo products, rattan and pandan leaf weaving, ceramics, glassware and batik clothing that you can pick up as a souvenir or gift. Open daily 9am - 6pm (the opening hours may change due to the pandemic). Islamic Iconic Sites For those of you who enjoy visiting iconic mosques and Islamic sites wherever you set your feet upon, we recommend you to visit the following sites.  1. Masjid Sri Sendayan; A gorgeous morsque that very quickly earned the title of the Taj Mahal of Malaysia due to its design and elegance. Source: Afdhal N. on Unsplash 2. The State Mosque; It has nine pillars representing the 9 districts making up the State of Negeri Sembilan, which literally translates to 'nine states'. Source: Ayra Johari on Flickr 3. Masjid Jamek; A red mosque that has a pagoda-shaped minaret and a central tower in the Malaccan style instead of a dome. Source: Masjid Jamek on Facebook 4. Kompleks Al-Saadah; An Islamic center famous for its Chinese temple appearance and provides islamic teaching and facilities for Negeri Sembilan's Chinese Muslim community, including recent converts. Do note that Kompleks Al-Saadah is not open to the general public without permission, so you should contact them in advance before your visit. Source: @Ariff.ruslan on Instagram   Shop Till You Drop Feeling like going on a shopping spree? You can do it in Seremban. Via Giphy Check out the largest lifestyle and shopping mall in the city: Palm Mall. There is an artistic pedestrian boulevard outside the mall which is a perfect photo spot. The mall closes at 10 pm, but you can still do (window) shopping at Seremban Gateway, a 24-hour open-air shopping mall. Looking for unique stuff for souvenirs or collectables? You might want to visit The Sandalwood. Source:@thesandalwood on Instagram A unique local craft store founded in 1950s, the Sandalwood offers novelty sandalwood products and souvenirs, including decorative beads, statues, wood pieces, and fragrant essential oils. It is definitely a must-visit for all those who enjoy collecting beautiful artisan crafts and definitely something you will find hard to come across anywhere else in Malaysia!   Taste Delicious Local Cuisine Your Seremban trip will not be complete without a visit for breakfast at Pasar Besar Seremban (Seremban Big Market). Open from 7 am to 12 pm, the food court on the first floor of the market offers various Malay, Chinese and Indian (Mamak) cuisines along with coffee with a very affordable price. Disclaimer: do ask the hawkers beforehand if the dishes are halal. Via Giphy You can also have some light breakfast of hot, fresh tau fu fah (bean curd pudding) scooped into bowls at a roadside vendor outside the 7-Eleven. They open early in the morning and the cart trundles off when the curd runs out, so you might want to come early. On a hot afternoon, quench your thirst for a sweet treat with Seremban’s most famous dessert dish at Haji Shariff Cendol along Jalan Yam Tuan. With just RM 1.5 you can enjoy a bowl of refreshing cendol (cold dessert consisting of shaved ice, coconut milk, green jelly strands and gula Melaka (palm sugar), to cool yourself down. Source: @_shurekhafernandez_ on Instagram For dinner, you can pick your halal menu from nasi lemak, satay Minang (Negeri Sembilan styled satay), mee rebus, rojak, apam balik (a sweet and crispy pancake with peanuts, corn, sugar, etc.) from food stalls at Benteng Walk Seremban at Jalan Dato Abdul Rahman. Starting from 5.30 pm every day (it might change due to MCO), the city center transforms into an open-air dining area attracting a steady stream of hungry locals. Source: @sunflower_october on Instagram   Let’s Get Closer To Nature Source: Nazarizal Mohammad on Unsplash Mountain hiking, trekking or waterfall bathing are must-do activities for nature lovers to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. When visiting Seremban, you nature lovers can go east (20-minute drive from city center of Seremban) to Gunung Angsi, a mountain in Ulu Bendul nature park having jungle-covered peak with popular, steep hiking trails to its 825m summit. It is a hill rather than a real mountain considering the height. If you are fit and used to hiking in a tropical climate, you can make it to the summit in 1 to 1.5 hours. It is better to be there before 11 am as the rangers might decline entry later. Permits can be purchased at RM5 per person at the entry, and parking is free. Going about 28 km north of Seremban city, you will find Jeram Toi Waterfall, a short waterfall suitable for your family vacations. There are picnic areas, swimming pool areas both for adults and kids, and public restrooms and changing rooms. They even have prayer rooms. It is recommended to go during the dry season for clearer water and during weekdays to avoid crowds. Source: @thiaga24 on Instagram Pump up your adrenaline doing extreme sports like riding through the mud on ATVs or doing flying fox at Kg JKIN Extreme Park. There, you can also go for a guided hike up Bukit Putus, do rubber tapping, go camping at the designated campsites, or even stay a night in an actual tree house.   Resting at Seremban Resort After Long Day After having such a long fun-filled day, you might fancy staying at the best resorts in Seremban such as The Shorea, The Dusun, and De Serenity near Jeram Toi Waterfall for a more tranquil, secluded area. The resorts are suitable for those looking for an off-grid nature experience. With bungalows on the top of a hill and wind off the forest reserve, you can enjoy cooler temperatures at night. The Shorea. Credit: @theshorea on Instagram The Dusun. Source: @projectxstay on Instagram De Serenity. Source @deserenity on Instagram But if you prefer resorts in the city center where you can comfortably roam around the city, Klana Resort Seremban and Royale Chulan Seremban might be better options for you. Both situated within the capital of Negeri Sembilan, the resorts are very easily accessible from the hotel to the nearest attractions. Check out The Halal Travel Podcast hosted by Hazirah, Nurul and Raudha as they talk candidly about travel, food, life and everything else in between and sometimes with awesome guests! Listen now! ...

  • A Day-Trip to Malaysia's Bukit Tinggi

    Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic when we are not encouraged to travel out of the country for very long, a lot of us might consider taking a day-trip to shake away the boredom of staying at home or just going around the town. Located just an-hour-drive away from Kuala Lumpur or Genting Highlands, Berjaya Hills at Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia might be just the perfect travel destination for you and your family. Berjaya Hills has lots of breathtaking scenery and is suitable for those who are looking for inner peace while engaging with nature. Berjaya Hills is located 2,700 feet above sea level (you might want to bring your jacket along as the temperature can get pretty cold and windy, especially at night) and offers grand, European-style architecture, lush tropical forests, and majestic wildlife, all in the area of Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Resort, managed by Berjaya Hotels & Resorts. This particular resort in Malaysia has 235 rooms & suites, 8 food & beverage lounges with food variety ranging from local & international cuisine to an authentic French fine dining restaurant, as well as interesting tourist attractions. During your day-trip, here are the attractions within Berjaya Hills which you might be interested in paying a visit:   Colmar Tropicale Image Credit: Kat Yeoh on Unsplash Opened in 2000, Colmar Tropicale was modeled after a 16th-century small town of Colmar, northeastern of Alsace, France. The resort also incorporates architectural designs and elements from ancient surrounding villages of Riquewihr, Turckheim, and Kaysersberg. This inspiration of a so-called “French village in Malaysia” was derived from the wish list of Malaysia's fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who upon his visit to the region of Alsace was so impressed by the architecture that he decided that there should be one in Malaysia. The entrance fee is only RM12 for adults and RM8 for children aged between 4 and 12 (inclusive to the entrance fee of Japanese Village). The architecture and design are so nice that you can take some pictures of yourself and your family and friends at their instagrammable spots. You’ll feel like you are in France. PS: the place is also beautiful and instagrammable at night. Among the restaurants in the area, the most famous one is La Cigogne Restaurant serving halal French cuisine.   Japanese Village Image Credit: Conny Sandland, Some rights reserved  Here you can immerse yourself in the tranquil and serene ambiance of this Japanese Village. The relaxing gurgling sounds of the waterfalls and brooks will soothe you and melt away your troubles and the manicured Zen-inspiring gardens which encircle the Japanese Tea House, Ume Tatami Suite, and Tatami Spa is the perfect antidote for your weary soul. The spa is uniquely facilitated with onsen and furo (spa bathing) and the price of services ranges from RM260 nett to RM640 nett. In addition to that, you can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony wearing a kimono to complete your Japanese experience.   Equestrian Image Credit: Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Horse Trails is a registered Malaysian and British Riding Centre, sanctioned by the Malaysian Equine Council and managed by Professional International Coaches as well as experienced horse whisperers. You can try horse riding in the vast 16,000 acres of hills, valleys, rainforest, and open countryside (with spectacular scenery) with a cool refreshing highland climate. Accompanied by professionally trained leaders through various terrains, hills and forest, saddle up and gallop away with their selected fine horses. They have various breeds of horses including the popular Quarter horse, Australian stock, unique Arab-Draft Cross, Appaloosa, Standard Bred, Argentine Criollo and the special Palomino Sisters. This place has interesting horse-riding packages including Jungle Ride, Golf View Ride, Creek, and River Ride, and Picnic Ride. Jungle Ride is a ride in the tranquil setting of hills and mountains where you can enjoy the beauty of local flora and fauna. Golf View Ride takes you to a vantage point overlooking the Berjaya Hills Golf & Country Club. You will be amazed by the spectacular views of this beautiful golf course and the countryside. Creek and River Ride is a more adventurous ride on which you can enjoy a ride along the bank of a secluded mountain stream and then ride across the waterway on your horse. Meanwhile, Picnic Ride is a relaxing ride with a picnic lunch specially prepared for you by their trail guides. For those of you who never tried horse-riding before or want to learn about horse-riding, you do not need to worry. They provide progressive horse-riding lessons, horse handling, and management courses given by instructors carefully guided by a professional coach and equestrian manager where you will be trained under the NCAS EA (Equestrian Australia) teaching methods.   Sports Image Credit: Berjaya Hills If you are a sports junkie, you might want to do some sports in the area. They have sporting venues for both indoor and outdoor sports such as golf courses, swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium, bowling, snooker/billiards, squash courts, badminton courts, archery (indoor & outdoor), pool table, and futsal.   Adventure Park Image Credit: Colmar Tropicale For those of you who are up for some adventures, there are exciting activities you can do at the resort such as flying fox, canopy walk, paintball warfare, rock climbing, and high rope obstacle course. Their flying fox facility which has a combined zip line length of over 1 km will have you speeding down at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, flying more than 100 meters above the tropical rainforest. You can try their canopy walk where you’ll be walking 15 meters above the ground from the flying fox take-off tower. When you continue your journey along the jungle trek, you can find their high rope obstacle suspended 5 meters above the ground. You can also have a paintball match with your friends amidst the natural jungle atmosphere at the park. If you want to do something more physically challenging, they also have facilities for rock climbing. You can either partake in speed climbing or just leisure climbing.   Rabbit Park Image Credit: Pahang Tourism This fun attraction is for you animal lovers and those of you bringing along your little ones. Your kids will love the 40 rabbits from various species that they house over at the park. Pet, cuddle, and feed these adorable rabbits while they freely roam within the area. They also have facilities on site including a small outdoor playground and indoor playpen, restrooms, and snacks & beverages for the visitors. Besides rabbits, they house other animals as well including guinea pigs, peacocks, and donkeys. If your children are too scared of the animals, there are drawing and painting classes for them to participate in to join in all the fun.   6D Motion Ride 6D Motion Adventure is an entertainment presentation system combining 3D film with physical effects that occur in the theatre in synchronization with the film. Here you can experience watching the shows in custom-built theatres with the effect of actual rain, snow, air bubbles, wind, strobe lights, and vibration. The seats will vibrate and move a few inches during the show and other common chair effects include air jets, water sprays, and leg ticklers. Talk about a fully immersive experience!  Please note that seats are limited and subject to a first come first serve basis.   Botanical Garden Image Credit: Berjaya Hills Located near the Japanese Village, the Botanical Gardens is a garden with a variety of exotic plants, flowers, trees, and herbs. Here you can find rare plants such as the Tiger Orchid which happens to be the largest orchid in Malaysia or if you are lucky, you might catch the legendary Rafflesia in full bloom.   How to get to Bukit Tinggi? Image Credit: Eric Ding on Unsplash Other than driving your own car, there’s a shuttle service from Berjaya Times Square in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur where tickets are priced at RM60 for adults and RM55 for children for a return journey (inclusive of entrance fee for Colmar Tropicale and Japanese Village). Alternatively, you can opt for hotel transfer services at Genting Highlands, KLIA, and Petaling Jaya....

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