The word of mouth around that goes “once you ink yourself with a tattoo, you’ll be itching for more” is the almost the same feeling you’ll get once you start travelling, especially to the overseas country. Travelling just bring the best in everyone in terms of exploring the inner wanderlust in you.
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It’s easier than you think. If you’re financially insufficient, there are plenty of beautiful places around that cost less than which will make a perfect vacation spot. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the most common and expensive place. You’ll be surprised at how the cheaper countries to visit may just make your whole experience so worthwhile.
When you travel you also get to open your eyes to many cultural events, customs, food and the people in that country. Rest assured, you’ll be learning a lot about yourself and the challenges and opportunities travel lays at your feet help you discover who you are in a way that’s only possible on the road.
“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures” -Anonymous-
Besides that, travel is education. Whether you like it or not, education is not only confided in books. Seeing the world and how it works teaches you more things that teachers can’t possibly be taught. Travel teaches you economy, politics, history, geography, and sociology.
While we’re looking at the wonders of overseas travelling, domestic travelling could invoke the wanderlust in you because let’s be honest, Malaysia is beautiful! Most people go to typical places like Melaka, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur to travel. Though they have their respective beauties in that state, there are some hidden and unique places that everyone should know.
From black sand beaches to hiking into a scenic nature view to dining by the river. Invoke your adventurous side and be impressed by our selection of unique places to go.
Time Capsule Retreat, Sungai Lembing, Pahang
Sungai Lembing is one of the many historical and famous tin mining places in Malaysia located in Kuantan, Pahang. As it has its story behind, this quiet and cosy town presents its time capsule retreat place that is slowly booming. Be in the midst of nature with great views, cool temperature, and great ambience for relaxation and serenity. You could say in the words of millennials, glamping.
This is a privately owned retreat and visit is strictly booked in guests only. With its attraction and antique place surrounding this retreat, get familiar with the story of how Sungai Lembing mines are known to be the longest and deepest underground tin mine in the world. Capture the beautiful sunrise and rainbow at the hike to Panorama Hill and Rainbow Waterfall.
WHATSAPP: +0139638888 (10AM TO 7PM DAILY)
Which brings me to the next hidden place and sighting to behold, the Rainbow Waterfall. If you love nature, this place would be a fun place to visit and be in awe. You have to do a little bit of trekking and river crossing before you proceed to the rainbow waterfall. The walk would relatively be easy, with just a few uphill slopes and narrow crossings. The best place to watch the rainbow would be around 9 am to about 10 am. The rainbow normally appears at the base of the falls.
Contact number: 019-944 6167
Black Sand Beach Langkawi
Located four kilometres southwest of Tanjung Rhu beach, this place offers a memorable photo opportunity and a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Just take a 20-minute drive from the Langkawi Cable Car.
Unlike for it’s famous Pantai Cenang beach, the Black Sand Beach Langkawi is famous for its, as you expected from the name, the black sand itself. It’s actually a mix of black and white sand, which some locals believe to have been cursed from a mermaid because a fisherman had stolen her ring.
Another legend as for how the black sand origin is related to a mythical giant half-man half-eagle called a Garuda. The legend starts with the Garuda kidnapping a Chinese princess with a romantic intention but the princess’s heart has long belonged to her beloved fiance, a Roman prince. A battle soon broke out and the war extended to the island where the black sand seen today are believed to be the remnants of the war.
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamma Temple
Temples are deemed sacred and is revered by all. Nowadays, temples are the pinnacle drive to tourism. When it comes to Malaysia, Batu Caves is the most famous and must visit when you reach Malaysia but have you heard of the world’s first glass temple in Johor Bahru. It’s basically decorated with glass inside and outside.
It all started in 1922 as a humble shelter. As the year’s pass, the temple was rebuilt and started its true expansion in 1991 after chief priest Sri Sinnathamby inherited the temple’s administration from his father. He had a vision of expanding the temple’s architectural properties. It was then in 1996 when the temple was reopened to the public.
One of the exceptional things in this temple is the fact that this religious hall reflects the spirit of “One Malaysia. Although this is a Hindu temple, there are also Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and few other religious figures placed inside of this glass temple.
Location: No.22, Lorong 1, Jalan Tebrau, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Visiting Time: 1 PM – 5 PM
Entry Ticket: RM 10
Sasaran Sky Mirror Beach
It’s a unique tourist attraction that is only accessible to tourist twice a month which is during the new moon and full moon periods. Located just 15 minutes away from Kampung Sasaran in Kuala Selangor, is given the title name of “Salar De Uyuni” of Malaysia, a popular salt flat in Bolivia. What makes this beach somewhat of a mysterious island is it reflects the sky in all its going, thus creating many unique photography and selfie opportunities for all. However, during the high tide, the sand disappears and it is just like the sea once again. It is when the tide is deal that this sandbar emerges.
To witness nature being beautiful even more, witness seagulls flying freely across the sky and you’re completely away from the city. Be in touch with sea snails and other small aquatic wildlife. The most common are the sea and baby clam scattered abundantly in the sand.
Since it is located off the coast, the secret island is accessible by a 30-minute boat ride from the fishing village of Jeram, Selangor. It only runs one trip a day so seats a limited and on a first come first served basis.
Location from the boat: Sungai Buloh Jetty, Jeram
Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands
Step into a natural world of Lord of The Rings style and probably a scene from a horror movie, Mossy Forest is a natural environment of moss that grows only at the highest elevations of Cameron Highlands and other mountain ranges across Malaysia. At such heights, low-level clouds are driven by winds, a blanket of forests with constant mist and moisture creating an ideal biotope for moss, ferns, lichen and orchids.
Visitors can explore the mossy forest through a boardwalk 2km before the peak of Gunung Brinchang, beginning from a clearing along the main road. There are a few hiking beginning spots but either way, make sure you head to the watchtower to gain a lovely view of the surrounding cities. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can always book from a guide to drive you into the forest by four-wheel drive.
Prepare to discover some of the most exotic flora nature has to offer as you trek through the lust forest, such as orchids, primitive ferns, spices, pitcher plants and medicinal plants. Also, since it’s a tropical rainforest, it’s home to snakes, frogs, birds and other interesting animals.
Gunung Telapak Buruk
A mountain up on the foothills located near Seremban town, Negeri Sembilan. Stands at a height of 1193 meters above sea level, making it one of the tallest mountains in the state. If you translate the name Telapak Buruk it means bad soles so be prepared for uneven roads, difficult hike up and beautiful scenery.
However, despite all that exhausting walk, many visitors come here and it’s also due to the wreckage plane from World War 2. It is understood that the plane was on a mission to deliver supplies to anti-Japanese guerillas at that time. A remote wreckage site was reported by local Orang Asli tribesmen found it and in 2009, British and Malaysian volunteers excavated the area, uncovering few remains and held a special ceremony.
You can find the well-preserved wreck over a large area. This includes a section of the wings, the fuselage, and the engine. Be mesmerized by the abundant wildlife here too and if you’re lucky, you could even spot Sumatran rhinos. Well, at least you don’t have to feel like you’re catching your breath for nothing.
Fancy going for an adventure theme park? Look no further than in IOI City Mall Putrajaya where it presents one of the most fun indoor theme parks ever. Challenge your body through multiple obstacle courses that are suitable for all ages. Even more perfect for group activities. It offers white-knuckle rides, trampolines, and aerial obstacle course so you’ll feel you’re competing in Ninja Warrior show.
For those who want to take it easy in the courses, they offer from easy to medium to hard. The hardest one would put your stamina and balancing skills to the test. Tackle all 23-high altitude obstacles for those who are a daredevil.
This 70,000 square feet indoor atrium is definitely the best weekend to spend with your loved ones as well as working out and getting that heart racing.
Admission: Weekday – RM 59, Weekend/Public State, School Holiday – RM 75
BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah
Eating outdoor for many of us feels its a cathartic experience and in some ways helps us reduce stress and improves concentration in the long run. Well, you’re in luck if you love food and nature. This outdoor restaurant in KL lets you dine in the river itself. Yes, in!
Just like the name of the restaurant, is a BBQ food served amidst nature and taking this dining experience to a whole new level. With chairs and tables being places in the low current of the river, the customers can feel the water running through their feet while eating the delicious lamb BBQ.
You also have the option of dining while having a roof over your head while still enjoy the great outdoors. There’s even a manmade pool where you can take a quick dip after your meal. So, be prepared to bring extra clothes (or in case, your friends push you to the water!).
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 6pm-12am, Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-12am. Closed on Mondays.
Address: Ulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Famous for its high biodiversity and for its unique karst features, Gunung Mulu National Park is located on the island of Borneo. The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,376 m-high sandstone pinnacle. In addition, the park is known for a special natural phenomenon, called the “Bat Exodus”. Every evening, millions of bats that house in the caves, will fly outward to the jungle creating an Insta-worthy shot.
There’s quite a number of caves that specialises in different nature. For example, the Clearwater Cave, Wind Cave, Langs Cave, Deer Cave, and Wind Cave.
The property provides significant scientific opportunities to study theories on the origins of cave fauna with over 200 species recorded, including many troglobitic species and it displays outstanding examples of ongoing ecological and biological processes. Seventeen vegetation zones have been identified along with their diverse associated fauna.
Plus, if you’re tired from all the hiking, the park offers accommodations and for backpackers, dorms and lodges are also available here.
Tel: (+60 85) 792 300 / (+60 85) 792 301
With all of the places suggested, Malaysia definitely triumphs when it comes to unique places. Even I’m a proud Malaysian, there are so many travel bucket list places to be fulfilled here. So, excuse me while I pack my bags to explore the country.