Malaysia Off The Beaten Path

  • Rice paddy
    Rice paddy
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    the waterfall ~ a closer view...
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    view from the observation tower...
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Malaysia Off The Beaten Path

  • Melawati Hill (Bukit Tabur)

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Bukit (hill) Tabur (sprinkle) (or Bukit Taboh(fistfight), to some people) offers a chance for any climbers to see KL view. In fact, it is an ideal spot to enjoy fireworks play during new year or national day.(Apart from another mountain ; Gunung Bunga Buah, near Genting) It is an easy climb considering a six-year old kid could manage the route....

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  • University Sains Malaysia

    Penang Off The Beaten Path

    Established as the second university in the country in 1969, University Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as the University of Penang, before the University’s Act came into effect on 4th October 1971. The university has been developing and expanding since its inception, which started with 57 science students. Now USM offers at undergraduate and...

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  • Fort Wall

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    Here's the view of Porta de Santiago from the back. Like the front, the insignia of the Dutch company, VOC is stamped somewhere on the stone relief. Can you see where it is? VOC was a powerful Dutch trading company in the 1600's. So powerful was VOC that she was granted a monopoly of trading in the east and allowed to wage wars with foreign...

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  • Malacca

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    A Famosa (or The Famous in portuguese) is one of the remnants of Portuguese History of Melaka. Together with St. Paul's Hill, they are the remains of the portuguese legacy of the portuguese occupation of Melaka starting from 1511 to 1641 AD. The only two Remains of the A Famosa Fortress lies on both ends of the Jalan Kota Road, the first is the...

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  • Portuguese Square

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    Visit the Portuegese Settlement, inhabited by descendants of the Portuegese who colonised Malacca (as Melaka used to be called) centuries ago. They hardly look Portuegese anymore but retain many unique cultural traits and have surnames like Sta Maria and speak a very old Spanish language derivative (I believe!) called Kristang. The settlement is...

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  • Genting Highlands

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    A day trip 2 hrs east to Genting Highlands is one of the popular things to do in KL. We promised to take our young son Jesse to the massive Theme Park that we had heard so much about. On the way up the mountain we stopped at Chin Swee Temple and enjoyed the lovely ornate Chinese architecture and awesome views over the valley. This was the...

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  • Alor Gajah District Museum

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    Located in the midle of the Alor Gajah town, this is the best place to find out more about Alor Gajah's history, particulalrly of the Naning War which saw fierce clashes between the British and the locals over dispute about tax collection and control of the district rich resources. There are also sections devoted to local custom, culture and...

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  • Batu Caves

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    This is an active religious site. At the entrance to the stairs leading to the cave opening, is the huge statue dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindu diety popular with Tamil Hindis. He is prayed to especially during Thaipusam, a Hindu festival celebrated at the Batu Caves, mostly by the Tamil. Besides the various festivals, several caves and shrines...

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  • Merlimau - Tun Teja Mousoleum

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    In the history of Melaka, Tun Teja is known for her tragic love story. She is the daughter of palce official Sri Amar Di Raja of Inderapura (now Pahang) who was admired by many during her time, including the Sultan of Melaka. However, whenthe Sultan asked for her hand, it was turned down by her family as she was supposed to be engaged to someone...

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  • Sunway Lagoon

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    we took a taxi from Ampang Park to Sunway, cost R30. Loved the waterpark, not busy, and lovely to cool off. Bought tickets online as works out cheaper that way. HOWEVER..once in you cannot get out and re=enter. We wanted to go to the mall for lunch as the options in the park were somewhat tired, however we were told we could NOT return to the...

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  • St Francis Xavier.

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    Ever noticed a white statue near St Paul's church in Melaka, Malaysia? Before you think this is the patron saint of the church, let me just say that it's actually the greatest Christian figure in Asia - St Francis Xavier. He died years ago while waiting to enter China but was temporarily buried in Melaka. When it was exhumed to be taken to Goa, it...

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  • Kuala Selangor

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Kuala Selangor is the place where you could have seafood, purchase fresh seafood products fishball and not forgetting the famous Firefly Park. We brought fishball, fishcake, dried noodles, prawn crackers back. Next we had a wonderful seafood dinner at Restoran Kuala Selangor. The fried baby cuttlefish were nice and crispy and sweet and chilli...

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  • Jonker Street

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    This is a little eating shop in Jonker's street that has great food for dirt cheap prices. The environment is comfortable and cozy. You will get authentic Melaka food and the Baba cendol. Besides that you will get a free exhibition of artifact salvage from sunken treasures. I have taken a picture of the shop but it is still not processed yet. I...

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  • National Zoo

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Patting Zoo is quite a common feature in many countries but most people in Malaysia haven't heard of one operating in Malaysia. Yes, there is one near Kuala Ganda. In fact, on a road that branches off from the approach to Kuala Ganda. It is on the road to Rengit where the Wildlife Department has its training institute. This place is name the...

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  • Johore Bahru

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    Johore Bahru is at the southern end of West Malaysia right at the causeway which crosses over to Singapore and is the state capital of Johor Darul Takzim. JB, as its commonly known, is very popular for shopping and nightlife especially for Singaporeans who drive over the causeway for cheaper entertainment. .

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  • St. John's Cathedral

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Everytime I set foot for the first time in a certain place, I always find time to at least visit a church where I can say my thanksgiving prayer – for the blessing to travel and the safety of my journey. Like this church I found in Bukit Nanas, I was surprised to see a lot of my fellow countrymen when came here on a Sunday morning.

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  • Kuala Lumpur

    Melaka Off The Beaten Path

    Kuala Lumpur, or "KL" as it is commonly known, is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia and is found midway along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The city's past is still very much present in the British colonial style buildings still within the city. The new KL is seen in the modern office towers and the ever present construction...

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  • Ampang Temple

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    At the Ampang old town centre has one eminent old Chinese-Buddhism temple which has these hanging joss-sticks in spiral shapes. I found it very attractive as photogenic subject especially to portray this less attention-getting town of Ampang. Ampang old town is not only about temple but many other things worth attention too. It has a LRT station,...

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  • Merdeka Square

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    National Day. I returned from Penang and 11:30pm just in time to see the crowds getting ready for the midnight fireworks near the Merderka Square. The lights and the mix of people near the Square & Sultan building were something else.

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  • Railway Stations

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    This is the locotion for the finale of the film Entrapment (1999, starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones). In the film, the station was refered to as Pudu Station but actually it was shooted here - Pudu Station is close to the city and not as big as this station. It was rumoured that the name had to be changed in the film since the actor...

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  • National Museum

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    The National History Museum or Muzium Sejarah Nasional is the second national museum in Malaysia after Muzium Negara. It is located opposite Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. Originally a small structure built with wood and bricks, this building was rebuilt after it was torn down using a combination of Moorish and Islamic architecture.

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  • Putrajaya

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Putrajaya is where all the new federal administrative capital buildings are. The buildings are innovative designed and in harmony with the surrounding. Putra Mosque and Putra Square, The Prime Minister Office and residence, Palace of Justice, Dept of Civil Aviation buildings are all very magnificant. We even went to the entrance of the palace...

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  • Reflexology

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Around Bukit Bintang there are lots of reflexology and massage places. I have read a bit about reflexology but up until now I have been disappointed with my experiences with it, which just amounted to a bit of foot rubbing. Finally though, in KL, I found a lady that really knows her stuff. I don't know a lot about it but the basis of reflexology...

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  • Grand Prix Formula 1

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    Oh Boy! You know when you watch F1 on TV; maybe sometimes you lower the volume? Well raise the volume at most then imagine the sound 70 times worse... Now maybe you can get the grip out of it ;o) It is actually a great feeling when the cars are racing by you, you will hear their engines all the time but when they pass you everything vibrates and...

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  • Chinatown

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    This fresh market is located on Jalan Hang Lekir next to Hotel Malaya. The entrance is in between two florists. The best thing about this wet market is that you can find some local food in the hawker stalls inside. The best food to try here include: ice kacang, cendol, yong tau foo, curry noodle, chee cheong fun (Kampar style), etc. Just make sure...

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  • National Mosque

    Kuala Lumpur Off The Beaten Path

    if you are a guy, you can actually go into the cool mosque hall to chill in the middle of the hot day and take a nap!!! all you need to do is leave you shoes outside and find a cozy spot in the shade :)) there were many local people having their afternoon siesta there :))

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  • Seeing Orang Utans in Peninsular...

    If you want to see Orang Utans, your closest option is the Orang Utan Island in Bukit Merah Lake Town Resort, north of Perak (the state south of the mainland side of Penang = Seberang Prai). FYI Orang Utans are not natural in Peninsular Malaysia but this island claims to do 'research' on Orang Utans and the facility has a qualified vet/was set up...

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  • Ipoh a great way to see Cameron...

    hi Rick,We travelled to Malaysia in July. we took a train from KL to Ipoh and stayed a couple of days in Ipoh. We hired a taxi driver to take us on a tour from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands. It was well worth the trip, but more of a day trip unless you are really into tea, flowers and honey,! We then travelled from Ipoh to Penang. about a 2 hour drive....

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  • Temenggor Lake.

    Temenggor Lake is the second largest lake in Malaysia and located in the north of the country close to the thai border.It's a little over 1500 meters above sealevel, so it's a mountain lake with fairly cold temperatues for malaysian standards.I went there when i was cycling around Malaysia and had few expectations about the place, but i was very...

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  • Second world war bunkers in southern...

    During a bicycle trip around the malaysian peninsule i was very suprised to come by dozens of old second world war bunkers on the road between Kota Tinggi and Mersing in soth Malaysia.There are a few dozen of them situated along the road if you take that drive and you can't miss them.I found out that there was something called the "Kota Tinggi...

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  • Kuantan.

    Kuantan is a town located on the east coast of the malaysian peninsula around 3 hours drive by car from Kuala Lumpur.When i first came there i had never heard of the place but i was very suprised in a positive way by the town and thought it was a very pleasant place and a place i could sure see myself living in aswell.There are some very nice...

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  • Kuala Kangsar.

    Kuala Kangsar is the royal town of Perak and the seat of the sultan of Perak.It's a very pleasant town that suprised me positively as i had not heard that much about the place before i visited.But the town is full of pleasant parks and has several historical buildings and a lively little towncenter with good places to eat.Kuala Kangsar is also the...

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  • a themepark on a mountain peak

    For most people visiting Malaysia, usually they miss this awesome mountain top theme park- Resorts World Genting Highlands- Even on a tight Schedule, you can visit this awesome Genting Highlands just for a day even just half of the day because it's just 51 km from KLIt is situated on a mountain peak. It is sometimes known to be called the “Las...

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  • Eat the weird stuffs.

    When travelling abroad we see to it that we experience the life of a local. The best thing to do if you wanna get a feel of the locals would be to eat what the locals eat.

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  • Visit Penang Bird Park

    I am saying this is off the beaten path because you must drive across the Penang bridge to the mainland of Penang to reach it. Situated at Seberang Jaya on the mainland of Penang. It has specially designed aviaries which houses some 200 species of birds from all over the world. The park is landscaped with beautifully designed gardens, plants and...

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  • A great little island

    I hate to tell to many people about this great little island off the shore of Kota Kinabalu.It is a 30 min ferry ride and you will think you are in another world. As soon as you see the over the water bungalows you will fall in love with the place. The water is so clear that you don't have to get wet to see the fish. You walk around from place to...

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  • Volunteering for good deeds @ paradise

    Fancy to do something different as a tourist? Do join Seatru Volunteers program that kick off every year from Apr - October @ Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang.

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  • Bako National Park, Sarawak

    A short drive outside of Kuching is Bako National Park. Although small in size, Bako is loaded with flora and fauna unique to Malaysian Borneo. The park is home to the famed proboscus mokey that bears a scary resemblance to Jimmy Durante. The park is only accessible by boat. During my visit, the tides were extremely low and we had to walk about two...

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  • Ulu Slim 4WD Off Road Adventure

    For adventurous seeker, you MUST try out the 4WD off road adventure trip. Not only you could feel how it was for a real 4WD but also you get to know a group of nice people. In fact, I was now crazy about it. Will not miss any opportunity to join. Just imagine your 4WD got stuck in the mud and you couldnt up to a 45 degrees slope ... imagine you up...

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  • Orang Utan sanctuaries

    The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, Sabah or the Bukit Merah Lake Town resort in Peninsular Malaysia (which has an Orang Utan Island, although the Orang Utan is not native to Peninsular Malaysia)

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  • where to go in Asia

    most of the travelers go to Thailand Cambodia and Vietnam. Less visited are Burma and Malaysia. Burma is an absolute jewel of a place to travel. easy to get there from Bangkok. keep Air Asia in mind as they fly to all the places you wish to go and they are not expensive and reliable.Malaysia is truly a very diverse country and the tourism is...

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  • Bario - Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak,...

    I stayed in Bario at Nacy Harris Homestay, did a little 2 day trek with a guide called Petrus, who took me to his home village, and talked to some government officials who where there to find out how people lived in isolated areas of Sarawak. Overall I found Bario to be a "state of mind" thing, an altogether pleasant experience. I still have a...

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  • A trip down south

    If you are having a vacation in Malaysia for a longer period particularly in southern parts of West Malaysia like Melaka, Pahang and Johore states, take a several days trip down south, i.e. to beautiful Singapore! Singapore has tremendous numbers of lovely and wonderful tourist attractions.Among the popular tourist attractions in Singapore are the...

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  • Visit Nilai 3 before leaving Negeri...

    What makes Nilai-3 so special in Malaysia. Why you should go to this place. Firstly, this place not merely famous in Negeri Sembilan but the whole Malaysia. They still hold as the Malaysia's Record as "The largest wholesale centre in Malaysia". Its business concept, Yes! its in retails type of business BUT with wholesale price! Can you imagine...

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  • Eat with Snakes above you!

    In Penang there is a hotel on the top of Penang Hill which has a Restaurant which specializes in Hot pot. We werer there with my inlaws and after eating I went out with my sons to enjoy the breeze and view. After 10 minutes the owner asked me if i noticed anything which i had not. He them pointed out the canopy of the veranda was crawling with...

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