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  • Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia

    Planning a family trip where everyone can enjoy themselves can be exciting but stressful as well. After Covid-19, it is expected that domestic travel will recover first. Why not use this time to plan for a road trip in Malaysia? Going on a road trip is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family! Whether you are planning for a short weekend getaway or a vacation, Malaysia has so much to offer! Malaysia is ideal for family road trips as there are so many destinations that you can explore and enjoy with your family. Here are 10 best family road trips in Malaysia!  via GIPHYAlso Read: Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19 1. Kota Tinggi to Desaru Image Credit: Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort It will take approximately 50 mins to drive down from Kota Tinggi to Desaru, hence making it an ideal short weekend getaway to enjoy with your family. Bring your family for a picnic and take a dip in the Kota Tinggi Waterfall. This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike.    2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise!  Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet  If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands.  5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer.  Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones.  6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit  If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY     ...

  • 7 Unique Accommodations In Malaysia That Will Cost You Less Than RM180 Per Night!

    Known for its beaches, rainforests and vast cultural influences, Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. Comprising of 32 million people, this bustling metropolis has been home to a plethora of ethnicities. Malaysia brims with nature's wonders, delicious traditional food and a vast variety of accommodations. Taking this country as a whole, it would not be easy pickings trying to name the most favorable budget weekend getaways for less than RM 180, due to the great amount present. However, if I MUST choose, it would be the subsequent seven and here's why! 9 Things To Know Before Your Trip To Malaysia 1) Time Capsule Retreat Picture: TimeCapsuleRetreat If there is one hotel that has gotten people talking over the internet, without a doubt it's the Time Capsule Retreat. Hidden away in the lush forests in the town of Sungai Lembing, the Time Capsule Retreat will offer you the best weekend getaway in Malaysia by providing a very unique lodging experience. Instead of ordinary hotel rooms, you would be spending the night in cylindrical capsule rooms made of re-purposed enormous concrete pipes. The prices start at RM 139 per capsule, which can accommodate up to 2 guests. If you're not feeling up for the adventure or if you don't want to leave out that third wheeler or a friend, you can opt for the Parallel rooms (the first reflective rectangular glass retreat in the world) or the White Cottage rooms. Apart from having karaoke and BBQ facilities, the friendly folks will also help you sign up for hiking tours at a set price so you don't have to worry about being bored in the middle of the forest. Picture: TimeCapsuleRetreat Nearby Attractions include Sungai Lembing town, Rainbow Waterfall and Bukit Panorama. You can get to the Time Capsule Retreat by hopping onto Rapid Kuantan bus numbered 500 to go to Sungai Lembing. You could also take the Komuter to Bandar Tasik Selatan Station from KL Sentral Station. From there, you would then want to take an express bus to Kuantan Sentral where you can catch a cab to the retreat. Address: Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, MalaysiaPrice: RM118 – RM498 (per night)Contact: +013 963 8888 Website | Instagram |Facebook Pro tip: Don't forget to pack an insect repellant unless you desire to be sucked dry by those hovering mosquitoes. 2) Tadom Hill Resorts, Selangor Picture: TadomHillResorts From being an unsightly crater which was remnants of excavated limestone hills, this site has now been revamped into an eye-catching eco-friendly resort placed next to a sparkling lake. About all of the resort is constructed from bamboo. At Tadom Hill Resorts, you are provided with seven various settings that are inspired by the 'Orang Asli' structural design and manner. They range from the communal bamboo huts which mimic a dormitory to the plusher 'Gendul' bamboo chalets. This resort provides its guests with nothing short of a fun experience. There is a wide array of activities that guests can decide on such as a Bamboo Diving Platform, Tarzan Swinging, and Bamboo Rafting. They also offer visitors outdoor games like Giant Jenga, Badminton and basketball. These recreational activities are inclusive in the Day Pass rate and in the rate for overnight guests. If you have a couple of additional Ringits to spare, do sign yourself up for the Flying Fox. Adding to the activities, Tadom Hill Resorts also supply amenities for rent such as a gazebo, grill, locker, mat, bean bags and BBQ facilities. Picture: TadomHillResorts Nearby attractions include My Balloon Adventure, Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Putrajaya Lake. To get to the resorts, you can take the train or bus from KL Sentral to KLIA, hop onto a bus numbered 471 from the bus terminal and get off at Petronas, Jalan Perak Kanan. Another option is getting a cab from the airport which will get you to the destination in 15 minutes. Transportation services by the resort are also available as two or one-way trips from KLIA 1 and 2. The rates would be cheaper if you travel in larger groups. Address: Bukit Tadom, Kampung Labohan Dagang,42700 Banting, SelangorPrice: RM65 – RM300 (depending on the category of accommodation and peak season)Contact: +6 012-522 5908/ +6012 – 522 5728 /+6012 – 522 5883 Website | Facebook 3) The Sticks, Selangor Picture: TheSticks Surrounded by a rainforest and radiating with fresh air and greenery, The Sticks Resort is an ultimate getaway for a break with your loved ones. Built with the environment in mind, all rooms are powered by solar energy. The Sticks consists of huts and chalets which go under the name ‘Tendoks' which is a combination of a tent and ‘pondoks' (wooden shelters). The most basic Tendok can accommodate two adults with a starting price of RM140. They have a series of rooms that visitors can pick from – The Opera House, The Nest, The Bamboo House and so on. The Sticks resort offers an abundance of activities like paragliding, trekking, botanical walks, white water rafting, and a selection of board games to pick from. Picture: TheSticks Common amenities like parking lots, toilets and 'dewans' (common halls) are provided as well. They also provide meals so you will not be left to fend for yourself in the middle of the forest. You can pay a deposit of an extra RM50, which will be returned, to get yourself occupied with tubing in the river if you're feeling hot and bored, Attractions that are close to the resort include Chiling Waterfall, Pine Tree Trail, and Hulu Tamu Hot Springs. To get to The Sticks, you can take the Komuter from KL Sentral Station to Kuala Kubu Bharu Station. From there, you can take a taxi to the resort. Address: 213, Jalan KKB, Fraser's Hill, 44000 Kuala Kubu Baru, SelangorPrice: RM140 - RM480 (per night)Email: Website | Facebook | Instagram 4) Tanjung Inn, Cherating, Pahang Picture: TanjungInn The Tanjung Inn has been in existence for almost 30 years and can be spotted on the borders of Pahang and Terengganu. One of the main attractions surrounding this location is the lush greenery present in the vicinity of the Tanjung Inn. A major element that makes this Inn stand out from the rest is the way operations are conducted. This Inn does not function as an ordinary hotel, so get ready for some DIY activities such as cleaning up your room during your stay. However, worry not as the rooms are still cleaned by the keepers of the Inn after visitors have checked out. The Inn provides guests with quite a few accommodation options. Tents that are circulated around a pond will cost RM70 per night for two people. The rooms which have fans and power are called `Tanjung Digs` and are RM100 per night. Those who wish to indulge in a more luxurious visit with adequate facilities can go for the chalets that will cost them RM180 per night. Picture: TanjungInn Guests can hop on fishing boats at the close by Cherating River or head to the nearby Cherating Beach for a stroll or a swim. From Kuala Lumpur, you can purchase a ticket to Kemaman from the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan bus station (TBS Terminal). From KLIA/KLIA2, you can hop onto the train and get down at Bandar Tasik Selatan. You have to then walk to Bersepadu Selatan Terminal where you can purchase a ticket to Kemaman. Nearby attractions include Cherating River, Cherating Turtle Sanctuary and Kemaman District Museum. Address: Jalan Cherating Lama, Kampung Cherating Lama, 26080 Cherating, PahangPrice: RM70 – RM253 (2 people)Contact: +609 581 9081/ +6011 3989 9402Email: Website | Facebook 5) Wind Paradise, Sabah Picture: Resimweb Have a desire to visit Mongolia but haven't had the chance to? Fret not, the Wind Paradise will offer you a perfect Mongolian experience with their Mongolian Yurts (tents). The labeling of the tents as `Mongolian Yurts` derive from the interior of the tents which are done up in Mongolian inspired designs. A regular indoor room can fit two people for only RM170 per night. A yurt can accommodate three or four people for a price of RM250 - RM300 per night. All rooms and yurts come with attached bathrooms with heated water. Upgraded lodgings come with TVs and spectacular mountain views. They also provide BBQ facilities, picnic tables, and a general kitchen. Wind Paradise is a 9 minutes (2.8km) drive from Kundasang town and is located on the left-hand side when you go up the hill just before the Desa Cow Farm. Take a left turn when you spot the Wind Paradise. Sosodikon Hill, Ranau Malaysia and Desa Dairy Farm are three of many attractions that are around the area. Price: RM170 – RM380(for standard rooms) & RM220- RM300(for the Mongolian Yurts)Contact: +6019 8000 201E-mail: Website  PS: Don't forget to clean up after yourself or get ready to incur RM50 cleaning fee. 6) Bamboo Village, Hulu Langat, Selangor Picture: BambooVillage If you want to escape the modernized life and get away from the technology-driven world, the Bamboo Village is a must visit spot. To make it easier on the wallet, the Bamboo Village will let you stay for a cheaper rate if you put in three to five hours daily of your energy on voluntary work and if you help out for more than seven days you are scot free of all charges! Due to the Bamboo village being a 100% nature retreat, there aren't any air conditioners installed in any of the rooms as they are constructed as Bamboo-styled houses. Bathrooms are communal and an entire cottage can be rented for about RM120 for a group of five and above. A dorm is priced at RM45 a night. The Bird of Paradise (Bungalow House), Frog House (Cottage for a maximum of 5 people) and Eagle Nest (Cottage for a maximum of 3 people) are a few of the famous accommodation types available. You can partake in some of the activities such as jungle trekking, visit nearby hot springs and waterfalls or just waddle about in the pool. To get to the Bamboo Village, you can take the MRT SBK Line to Taman Suntex Station from KL Sentral Station. The accommodation is just a 5 km Grab or Uber ride from there. Address: Off Jalan Pelangi 5, Taman Desa Pelangi, Batu 11, 43100 Hulu Langat, SelangorContact: 019-2275620 /016-2226424Email: Website | Facebook 7) Permai Rainforest Resort Picture: PermaiRainforestResort Known for its extraordinary tree houses and the undisturbed lush natural beauty that surrounds it, Permai Rainforest Resort is the ideal spot for a perfect jungle getaway experience. As it is located close to the beach, one can enjoy and take in fresh air by going for strolls along the shore. Every cabin at Permai Resort is set with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and attached bathrooms with hot shower facilities. This resort is just right for adrenaline junkies' to indulge in blood-flowing activities such as jungle trekking, flying fox, dolphin watching and other water sports like kayaking and snorkeling. A cafe and BBQ facilities can also be found here. The Permai Rainforest Resort is a 50-minute road journey from Kuching International Airport. Permai Rainforest Resort also arranges and provides transport for visitors from the Airport to the resort and vice versa. This will cost passengers RM40 per person, for a minimum of 2 to 3 people per journey. Nearby attractions include Aquabase Scuba Diving, Mount Santubong, and Damai Beach. Address: Pantai Damai Santubong, 1101, 93860 Kuching, SarawakPrice: From RM150 (for the Cabin rooms) and RM170+ (for the Treehouse) per nightContact: +6082 846487 / +6082 846490Email: Website All in all, Malaysia is undoubtedly an enjoyable city with plenty of entertaining attractions. From the food to the culture to the people, Malaysia is spot on in all aspects. To top it off, it is budget-friendly so treat yourself with an affordable getaway! Read more about Malaysia...

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