Malaysia is located between Thailand and Singapore, the climate is always hot and humid throughout the year so there is no best time to visit Malaysia. You can visit any time throughout the year.
- Where to stay: Hatten Hotel, Malacca, Malaysia
- Hatten Hotel Melaka, Malacca, Malaysia – Hotel Review
Only 3 hours drive from Singapore or about 1.5 hours from KL, Malacca is a must visit place if wanted to see some historical buildings.
- A’ Famosa – This is the surviving gate of the A’Farmosa fortress built by the Portuguese.
- St. Paul’s Church – located at the top of the hill, just 5 mins away from the
- A’Farmosa fortress.
- Statue of St. Francis Xavier – Marble statue only has one arm.
- Dutch Graveyard
- Pirate Adventure Melaka – Try pirate adventure with some history of Melaka.
- The Stadthuys Melaka – The Red Square built by Dutch.
- Christ Church Melaka – use to be white but now red in color.
- Melaka Trishaw – try to hop into one of the local trishaws and explore the street and alley of Melaka town with very loud pop music.
- Melaka River – A great way to experience the whole city in 45 mins.
- Jonker Street – Find the local delights here
- Visit Museums – Governor’s Museum, Stadthuys Museum, Museum Islam Melaka, Museum UMNO Melaka, Stamp Museum, The Malay and Islamic Worlds Museum – pick one to two museum of your interest to visit.
- Bunga Raya Malacca Shopping Place – This place used to be very popular and considered as the heart of Malaka city in the ’70s. If you like some vintage feel, come by Bunga Raya Malacca. Plenty of hidden gem and photography opportunities.
- Dataran Pahlawan Megamall – The place is so huge and full of shopping areas and restaurants, you can literally walk inside whole day to escape the heat.
- Where to stay: Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang, Malaysia & Hotel Bangi Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Senarai hotel di Seri Iskandar Perak if you are in a big group, check out the homestay here.
- Lake Taiping, Taiping
- Gurney Drive, Penang
- Zealand Bakuteh
- Evergreen Laurel Hotel
- Kek Lok Si Temple – Temple of Supreme Bliss
- Penang Peranakan Museum
- Kuala Kangsar – Royal District
- Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar
- Kenangan Palace/ Royal Museum/Muzium DiRaja
- Sungai Kangsar /Kangsar River
- Must try food in Kuala Kangsar: Laksa and Double Lion Kaya Toast
- Perak Cave Temple/Sam Poh Tong
- Hotel Bangi Putrajaya – stay in Bangi to avoid the traffic & hassle from KL
- Where to stay: Holiday Heritage Hill, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
- Cameron Lavender Garden
- Sam Poh Buddhist Temple
- Cactus Valley
- Boh Tea Plantation – must visit, highlight in Cameron Highland.
- Heritage Hotel – Hotel is situated at Tanah Rata, painted in black and white which has colonial housing style.
- Arabian Bay Resort Bukit Gambang Resort City
- Kuantan River
- Club Med Cherating Kuantan Malaysia
- Kampong Style Chalet
- Open Bar at the entrance in the main resort
- Tennis Facilities
- Beach at the main resort
- Acrobat lesson – flying trapeze
- Snooker game
- Treetop Experience
- Archery lesson
- Club Med Zen Pool – Adult only
- Rembulan Restaurant – A la Carte style Fine Dining
- Secluded Pantai Beach opposite of Rembulan Restaurant
- Rock Climbing on cliff
- Kids performances in the Theater
- Final Night Party
Where to stay: AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
It is a waterfront resort with a palm tree design and it is really cool if you see the picture from the birds view, similar to the concept to the Jumeirah in Dubai, only smaller version.
Where to stay: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, Port Dickson, Malaysia
Dubai has Palm Island, Port Dickson boasts a “Hibiscus Island” which has a great landscape of a hibiscus flower shape if you see from above.
Kukup is a fishing village in South Malaysia’s Johor State at Pontian district, about 2 hours drive from Singapore.
Food to try in Malaysia :
- Satay – Grill meat on bamboo skewers, served with cucumber and onion and dip with peanut sauce.
- Nasi Lemak – Rice cooked with coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaf with fried anchovies, peanut & chili.
- Mee Goreng – Spicy noodles
- Hokkien Mee – Yellow noodles braised in thick dark soy sauce with pork, squid, fish-cake, and cabbage.
- Chicken Rice Balls – Hainanese chicken rice served in a ball shape, serve well with their special chili and black sauce, mainly in Malacca.
- Keropok Lekor – Traditional fish cracker.
- Assam Laksa – Noodles in fish broth with a slightly sour taste from the asam and lime topping.
- Rojak – Fruit and Vegetable Salad mixed with shrimp paste.
- Chee Cheong Fun – Rice noodle rolls served in sweet sauce and sesame.
- Teh Tarik – Pull tea at Indian stall, usually sell Roti Canai too. You can watch them perform the “Tarik” – the pulling action. Very impressive.
- Roti Canai – Indian influence flatbread dip with curry sauce.
- Lok Lok – Dip your food, vegetables, and meat in the stick into the hot pot in the center of the table.
- Cendol – Cold dessert with green jelly made from mung bean flour, served with red bean, coconut milk, and coconut sugar.
- Ice Kacang – Bean ice with few colors
- Durian – King of fruit
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