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  • Day3

    A day of shopping today including a visit to a plaza with an indoor rollercoaster.  

    Plus lesson of the day - how not to design a kids playground - we would highly recommend you avoid bbqs in the play area and avoid providing access to a structure which functions as a giant climbing wall ...........which extends to the roof of the high rise  building !

  • Day29

    After crossing the Singapore/Malaysia border by bus, Whitney and I took a two hour air-conditioned bus to the city of Malacca on the West coast of Malaysia. Malacca is best known for its Dutch and Portuguese heritage, so we spent the following two days visiting ancient forts, ruined churches, and night markets in China town. We devoured local Malaysian delights including Malaysian laksa (seafood coconut cream soup), nasi lamak (coconut rice, fried chicken, and sambal), onde onde (rice pastry balls filled with liquid palm sugar), and coconut shakes (ice cream in coconut water and ice); Malaysians sure do love their coconuts! We also survived our first torrential downpour. Now we head to the Malaysian capital city Kuala Lumpur to reunite with our travelling companions, TJ and Alli.Read more

  • Day36

    We spent the past five days in paradise. After a six hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur, a night in the port town of Mersing, and a two hour ferry ride, we arrived on the small island Palau Tioman off the east coast of Malaysia. It has thick jungle, white sand beaches, and turquoise clear waters. Our accommodation was very basic, but we had AC so it felt like luxury. There were basically two places to choose between to eat- they are both delicious and super cheap. Andreas and I were both stuffed for around $5 NZD.

    Andreas and I decided to get our PADI advanced open water certification. We dived five times over two days. We did a deep dive down to 30 meters to see a ship wreck. We also learned to navigate with compasses underwater and about fish identification. On our favorite dive we swam through a series of underwater caves in crystal clear water which were packed with schools of fish.

    We made friends with everyone at the dive shop and spent most evenings hanging out on their deck. One evening the guys cooked us a huge meal of "chicken rice" and we spent the night playing music and singing. Andreas enjoyed showing off his ukulele skills. We managed to find some wine (a rare occurrence in Asian countries) and spent our last evening drinking it on the beach. Next stop we move up the east coast 6 hours to Kuala Terengganu.
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  • Day1

    Wildlife Photography in Malaysia

    Almost all of us carry our cameras when we go on a tour, especially when you are visiting a scenic location like Malaysia. But there are some within us who like to capture the beauty of the nature in their cameras and make it a lifelong memory.

    Wildlife photography is on the bucket list of almost all tourists out there. It has become more of a hobby in recent times. Here are some of the most beautiful locations in Malaysia apt for Wildlife Photography.

    Travel Suggestion: Arrive in Malaysia by booking an express bus ticket online from redbus and letting the roads bring you close to these beauties. The online bus booking option creates huge convenience in terms of money and time. Moreover, you get to choose from a wide range of buses and seating arrangements.

    Danum Valley

    Situated in a remote place and spread across 438 kilometers, far away from human habitation, Danum valley is a photographer’s paradise. Termed as the world’s most complex ecosystem, it is home to some of the most endangered species of the world. Banteng, Asian elephants, proboscis monkey, orange utan are some of the animals which are a part of this complex ecosystem. If you are lucky, you might also come across an ancient burial site filled with coffins and spirit jars.

    How to reach?

    By bus: To get to Danum valley you will have to first arrive at Lahad Datu. It is an 8 hour journey from here you can also consider splitting your journey and stay in Sandakan. Mind you, there are a lot of potholes on the way.


    The bus leaves at 03:00PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Maliau Basin

    Favorite among nature explorers and also known as Sabah’s lost world, it is a huge area covered with a lot of immaculate forests and is considered among the very few lasting wilds in the world. Located almost 1,675 meters above sea level, the basin is circular in shape and is one of Malaysia’s finest spots for photography. It is known to be popular among tourists as a bird watching location too. The basin has never officially been inhabited and a lot of areas within the basin are yet to be explored. Make sure you don’t get lost here watching the lush green landscapes.

    How to reach?

    By bus: You can board a bus from Kota Kinabalu. There are buses at regular intervals and a typical journey will take somewhere around 4 to 5 hours.
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  • Day1

    While planning a holiday to a foreign country, the very first question that you look to address is—how much is this trip going to cost me? Money is often the sole reason many of those travel bucket list items remain unticked. If this is why you have been keeping your holiday to Malaysia on hold, then let me tell you how to budget trip your way to Malaysia.
    Travel Option: Cheap and quick, you can check for more information related to bus details. This online bus booking portals helps you to order tickets online and select an ideal bus from the wide list of reputed bus companies. Above all gives you good discounts.
    Star Hill Gallery
    One of the most premium shopping centers of Kuala Lumpur, The Star Hill Gallery is the upscale retail shopping destination. Open to the public since 1996, the center houses 100 renowned premium brands, luxury watch brands and contemporary luxury labels.
    The mall has a spacious open concept area where a variety of onstage events are held surrounded by café’s. If you have literally shopped till you drop, fret not! The shopping center has an exclusive spa and relaxation center famed as the pamper zone for you to relax and unwind.
    The Gardens Mall
    Another upscale shopping centers located in the heart of Malaysia, The Gardens is arguably one of Malaysia’s best and covers almost all that you might ever need. With more than 200 stores spread across its grand six storied building, you will never run out of options here. It houses brands from the world’s top most fashion designers and clothing lines and is a frequented place by a lot of well-known celebrities.
    Just 7 kilometers away from the Petronas towers, the Gardens Mall is spread across 9.7 acres. The Gardens was open to public in 2007 and since then it has always been a famous destination for Malaysians. For food lovers, the Gardens is sure not to disappoint you, a floor on the ground level has been dedicated to the food court. When in Malaysia, be sure to visit the Garden’s shopping mall without fail.
    Berjaya Times Square
    Denoted as one of the biggest shopping centers in Malaysia with 600 stores, the Berjaya Times Square has huge shops on its lower floors and plenty of tiny shops on the higher levels. Ever thought of sitting on an indoor roller coaster? Berjaya Times Square is here to fulfill this wish of yours.
    Quite popular among youngsters there’s a huge crowd essentially of tourists waiting to try out the one of a kind indoor roller coaster. The Berjaya Times Square is not just a shopping center but also an Entertainment center which makes it the best place to be at if you are accompanied by children.
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  • Day1

    Speak to any Malaysian who is abroad and ask them, what is that one thing they miss the most about Malaysia? A clear answer to this question will be food. Food is what bonds people from different ethnic groups here. The colors, the spices, the aroma is what makes the food a relishing experience.

    Traveling in and around Malaysia is quite convenient since it has some major bus terminals and express buses are the preferred mode of transport here. Tickets for which can be booked online from

    Milo King Kong
    Not Man of Steel but a stomach of steel is what you need to relish this out of the world drink with two scoops of ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream, strawberry and optional sauce as an icing on the cake. If you have a good appetite, this drink is just right for you. Beat the heat with Milo King Kong!!

    Popia Basah
    Fairly popular as a quick snack Popia Basah is generally had in between meals. The dish with its crunchiness is sure to win your heart and your stomach too!! Made from a combination of spring roll and fried onions, it is a completely oil free dish.

    Portions of meat chicken, beef or lamb steeped with an assortment of native seasonings, impaled and slightly grilled to flawlessness is Satay. You can have it solo, or dip it into either peppery sauce or sambal or usually even both for an extra buzz. However way you choose to enjoy it, the lusciousness of the delicious meat will have you appealing for more.

    Nasi Dagang
    Light on the pockets and generally eaten for breakfast, Nasi Dagang is made by steaming rice in coconut milk and fish curry. It is served with fried anchovies, spicy sauce and slices of cucumber, fried groundnuts and boiled eggs. This dish is famous among the people living in Eastern part of Malaysia. Be sure to try this dish for breakfast when in Malaysia along with your choice of add on.

    Nasi Kandar
    One more rice dish, Nasi Kandar is steamed rice with several Malay-Indian dishes The Malaysians just love rice, don’t they? The best part of the dish happens to be at the end of the preparation of this dish wherein several curries are added, completely flooding the rice. Originated from Penang, this dish is a must try when in Malaysia.
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  • Day143

    Coooold! I hope to avoid Air Asia next time. The service is the worst I ever had. Just one piece of hand luggage. The customer service told me I can bring my small guitar on bord, during my check in they tell me something different. My guitar or my really small backpack with two kilos of weight. That's weird!
    I decide to cheat! On the flight is gonna be cold so I wear my jacket. Underneath I carry my backpack. The guitar in as hand luggage. The first control of the amount of hand luggage: no one recognises that I have two bags. I can walk through without getting bothered by the unfriendly an incapably personal of Air Asia.

    The flight is fully air-conditioned. 18 degrees inside the plane, in the meanwhile 30 degrees in Kota Kinabalu. Two hours to Johor. I feel like an IceCube. At the airport I take the bus to the station. There I have to figure out how to get to Mersing. It's three o'clock and the bus leaves at half past six. So, I've to wait. The bus station is very busy so I decide to take a massage to relaxe and bridge the time till my travel continues.

    The bus: I hate this touristbuses. Fully air-conditioned again... I feel like I'll get a cold. Hopefully not. Two and a half hour later I arrive Mersing. The hostel is very close to the bus station and the ferry port.
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