Did you know that M101 Holdings Sdn. Bhd. and Hasbro have collaborated to bring Malaysia the world’s first hotel based on a classic board game? And it’s scheduled to open doors this year! In fact, 2019 has in store plenty of places and activities to visit in the country that’ll leave you and your loved ones packed all year round!
Monopoly Mansion KL (new)
Anticipate the universally loved board game as it comes to life! Navigate through Bukit Bintang to the Monopoly-themed hotel with its 225 rooms and facilities including a sky lounge and rooftop pools. The hotel is to occupy 20 storeys in M101 Bukit Bintang with easy access to both the LRT and Monorail line.
Rocking the 1920’s Gatsby era, the hotel mascot is none other than Mr Monopoly himself – thus offering that perfect match of luxury, class, and charm with intelligence and sophistication.
Address: Jalan Baba, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Commute: LRT, MRT, Monorail, car
Status: Coming soon
Taman Tugu: Forest Trail (new)
Kicking off with 2km forest trails back in September 2018, the extended park is a joint effort between Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in line with preserving and conserving nature. On top of the existing 1,000 trees, an additional 4,000 of 250 rainforest species in works will have visitors encountering fauna and experiencing the rainforest ecosystem in the heart of urban life.
While the park is exercise-friendly for all with slight slopes, benches, marked pathways and a mini water play area, it also provides a learning zone, camping site and observation deck for a variety of recreation. A prayer room or surau and food court can be found within the grounds for those in need of a break.
Address: Taman Tugu, Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Commute: LRT, KTM, RapidKL bus, car, walk
UK Farm Agro Resort
From animals to fruits to modern farming techniques to acquainting with the Jakun indigenous tribe, UK Farm is a fun, educational destination for all. This farm in Kluang is the largest of its kind in the country and home to approximately 5,000 goats and sheep. The expanse includes a 30-acre passion fruit plantation and on-site manufacturing factory, mini zoo, ostrich farm and lavender garden.
Visitors can enjoy activities such as fruit picking, animal petting and feeding, observe goat milk processing, play a game of sheep catching and watching farm dogs shepherd the goats (Timings: 10am, 1pm & 4pm)!
Minibus and horse cart services are available for a tour around the farm grounds. Apart from accommodation, a restaurant, meeting room, conference facilities, and a karaoke bar are provided.
Address: Projek Pertanian Moden Kluang, KM13 Jalan Batu Pahat, Kluang, 8, 86000 Kluang, Johor
Commute: ETS, bus, car
Langkawi Sky Bridge
Stretching across 125 metres and suspended 100 metres above ground makes the Langkawi Sky Bridge one of the longest bridges in the world; being the longest, curved suspended bridge today. Built atop Gunung Machinchang on Langkawi island, it can accommodate up to 200 people at one time.
Visitors can opt to walk a 10-minute jungle trail or take the 2-minute cabin-like elevator – from SkyGlide to Top Station linking to the bridge. And costs are surprisingly affordable – only RM5 (Adult) and RM3 (Child) at ticketing counters.
Address: Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd, Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Commute: ETS, bus, car
Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
The only Hindu glass temple in Malaysia and the first in the world, the place of worship is designed with 300,000 pieces of coloured glass – red, blue, yellow, green, purple, and white. Initially, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple served as a shelter before undergoing renovation and reopening in 1996. However, the glass fittings were only implemented in 2008 after an inspired Guru Sri Sinnathamby Sivasamy made a trip to Bangkok and was fascinated by the reflecting sunlight effect from the glass entrance of a Buddhist temple.
The interior includes statues of religious figures like Mother Theresa, Sai Baba, and Gautama Buddha; murals depicting harmony; and Rudraksha bead-embedded walls surrounding the Athma Lingam sanctuary with a lotus for Lord Shiva where devotees pray. And although it has gained a spot in Lonely Planet’s book titled ‘Secret Marvels of the World’, ticket prices are only RM10 per entry.
Address: Jalan Tun Abdul Razak 1/1, Wadi Hana, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor / No. 22, Lorong 1, Jalan Tebrau, Johor Bahru
Commute: ETS, bus, car
Contact: 07-224 5152
The Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu
WARNING: Not suitable for children, acrophobics, and the physically unprepared. The trail leading to the limestone pinnacles of Gunung Mulu – though a delightful challenge – is risky even for seasoned hikers and trekkers.
Soaring 100 metres in height, they decorate the landscape of the second highest mountain in Sarawak. Its treacherous landscape makes it a suitable training ground for the Malaysian army. The climb is equipped with ladders and ropes for better grip and guided tours are available.
Address: Gunung Mulu National, Miri 98000, Sarawak
Contact: +60 85 792 300 / +60 85 792 301
Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park
Skirted with coconut and palm oil trees, the village is known for its firefly inhabitants. Evenings have visitors lightened by their glowing bodies as they dance around in sync. Crabapple mangroves play the role of shelter for the insects and natural filter to the Selangor river. Boat rides are available; offering a pleasant sail with a serene sight.
Address: Kampung Kuantan, 45000 Batang Berjuntai, Selangor
Commute: KTM, bus, car
Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple
Malaysia’s renown Wat Chaiya temple is located just opposite Dhammikarama Burmese Temple in the historic heritage site of George Town, Penang. Founded by a Thai Buddhist monk in 1845, the Thai culture is evident in its designs. It is home to one of the world’s largest reclining Buddha statues stretching 33-metres with gold finishings. Lining the walls of the temple are much smaller Buddha-depicted statues that have been sponsored by Buddhists devotees.
Address: 24, Lorong Burma, Georgetown, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Commute: Bus, Car
Contact: 016-410 5115
The name was suited to the then 1700’s scenery of Armenian traders occupying the land – a time when they played a key role in the growth of the country’s economy, society and culture. The history of the heritage site has also seen influences of the Malay and Chinese races in the surrounding architectural designs and businesses.
Today, visitors will come across an Islamic museum, chinese temples and clan houses, souvenir shops, and pathways of beautiful murals including “Little Children on a Bicycle” of siblings Tan Yi and Tan Kern by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic.
Address: Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Commute: Bus, car
Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah binti Haji Mohamad Ali have received various awards, gifts, and souvenirs from around the world – foreign governments and local leaders alike throughout their years in office. And as symbols of the country, Tun thought it would only be right to make them accessible to Malaysians, thus realizing his idea of showcasing them in a museum.
Exhibits include materials of ceramic, crystal, wood, metal and alloy. There are also photographs of Tun with world leaders Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher; musical instruments; textile; weaponry; and models of Malaysian automobiles. Langkawi’s Galeria Perdana is just one of few founded by him of the same name and is complete with a gift shop and café. Visitors are allowed to take pictures and videos at an additional fee.
Address: Galeria Perdana, Jalan Ayer Hangat, Mukim Kilim, 07000 Langkawi Kedah Darul Aman
Commute: Bus, car
The Camera Museum
Previously located on Muntri Street, Malaysia’s first camera museum can be found half an hour’s drive away at Astaka Bukit Bendera. A lens of curiosity for the photography addicts, displayed are original and replica cameras through the years. Themed rooms educate visitors on image capturing, picture processing and how cameras were customized to suit spy and military services.
Note: In comparison to the old camera museum, the new one excludes a café but is stationed right below a food court.
Address: Level B3, Astaka Bukit Bendera, Jalan Tunku Yahaya Petra, Bukit Bendera, 10000 Penang Hill, Penang
Commute: Bus, car, walk
Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (Seven Wells Waterfall)
Up Mount Mat Cincang (Gunung Machinchang), Langkawi’s second tallest mountain, the island’s most beautiful waterfall flows peacefully. The name is an exact description of the scenery – seven cascading waterfalls that create seven wells or pools of water. The 600 over steps trek through the rainforest will have visitors enjoying the presence of surrounding flora and fauna like Sintuk, hornbills, macaques and giant squirrels. Near the car park down below are stalls selling refreshing coconut water and snacks.
Note: Legend has it that the falls used to be a bathing spot for fairies. The water is also believed to have healing powers.
Address: Mukim Padang Matsirat, Jalan Telaga Tujuh, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Commute: Bus, car
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