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Hello Bangkok 2019!

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ABOUT BANGKOK, THAILAND

Timezone : UTC+07:00

Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

Took Air Asia to Bangkok. The 2 hours flight will take you from KLIA2 to Don Mueang International Airport. From the airport to your hotel, you can take a taxi or van, and can buy the ticket from the counter inside the airport. During this trip, we took a taxi as it was more convenient for the 3 of us.

Before leaving the airport, we bought a local sim card to get connected. Purchase Happy Tourist Sim which cost only 179 Baht. Coverage is quiet good and more than enough data for Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

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Happy Tourist Sim – 179 Baht and valid for 7 days

When its time to leave Bangkok, we took Grab from the hotel to the airport (Don Mueang). Did some shopping at the airport as well since I still have some money which I haven’t spend. Bought some Naraya pouches and Thai made soap & lotion (love it!). There’s also a play area for the kids and opposite the play area is a Halal eateries, which is just near to our departure gate!

ACCOMMODATION

Stayed at 2 different locations (quite similar to my trip in 2014 but different hotel in Sukhumvit) and book both rooms via Agoda. To make the best of your booking, you can also open Agoda apps via Shopback and you can receive up to 8% of the total booking credited to your account! Just make sure to download and register a Shopback account first.

  • Sacha’s Hotel Uno – Located in Sukhumvit 19, 170 meter away from Terminal 21 and 200 meter away from Asok BTS Station and Sukhumvit MRT station, and opposite 7-11 so basically we chose this hotel because of the location. The hotel consists of 2 buildings, premier room located within the same building as the reception area, while deluxe rooms are located in separate building above a Japanese restaurant. The hotel room is big and clean, with free wi-fi, and they also have free a tuk-tuk shuttle service that can take you to a nearby location. Will definitely stay here again! (Image source: Agoda)
  •  Rambuttri Village Inn & Plaza – Located in Soi Rambuttri. Few minutes walk to Khao San Road and Banglamphu (where you can find a Halal eateries that I love to go to), which is a heaven for backpackers, and since the hotel is not really located in the main street of Khao San Road, you can still get a good night sleep! The hotel is nice and clean with free wi-fi and roof top pool. There’s also 7-11 and tour agency within the hotel.

GETTING AROUND

There’s a lot of ways to move around Bangkok – BTS & MRT (click here for map), taxi, tuk-tuk (check the price first and negotiate if possible), Chao Phraya Express Boat, Grab, bus, walking, depending on where you are going. For us, most of the time we use the BTS + walking, and sometimes Grab and tuk-tuk.

This year we came across the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, a hop-on-hop-off boat, blue flag boat. We took the boat from Phra Arthit Pier to IconSiam because it was too hot to walk around Khao San at noon (it was 37 degress celcius) and since we have already visited most places near Khao San area previously + haven’t been to IconSiam. Basically the boat runs daily from 9am – 10.30pm. Boats depart every 30 minutes from 9 piers: Sathorn Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin), IconSiam Pier, Lhong 1919 Pier, Ratchawongse Pier, Pakklong Taladd (Yodpiman) Pier, Wat Arun Pier, Tha Maharaj Pier, Thonburi Railway Station Pier, and Phra Arthit Pier (if you are in Khao San area, can take the boat from this pier or if from city, can go to Khao San and stop at this pier). From 4pm to 6pm, the route is extended to Asiatique as well.bangkok blue boat

Refer below for the ticket fare.

  • All Day All Night Pass (unlimited “hopping” within 9am – 10.30pm, departing time from Sathorn on the purchase date) – 300 Baht
  • One-Day River Pass (unlimited “hopping” within 9am – 5.30pm, departing time from Sathorn on the purchase date) – 200 Baht
  • One-Night River Pass (unlimited “hopping” within 3pm – 10.30pm, departing time from Sathorn on the purchase date) – 200 Baht
  • Single-journey Ticket (Valid for one “Hop off” only. Buy a new ticket to hop back on) – 60 Baht
  • Free for children 90cm and below

Visit their official website for more details such as boat timetable.

TOURS

There’s a lot of tour agency which you can go to (and can also do comparison before making the booking). We booked 1 tour during this trip through Mr Thai (this is the name of the tour agency) which is located within Rambuttri Village Inn.

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – is a floating market in Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi Province, about 100 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, Thailand (around 2 hours journey from Khao San). It has become primarily a tourist attraction, attracting domestic and foreign tourists. It is often considered the most famous floating market. Tips: if you want to buy cheaper souvenir, walk towards the end to Paew Souvenir. The shops that you visit during the paddle boat tour is quite expensive. One of the tourist in our boat wanted to buy a fridge magnet and the seller was trying to sell it at 499 Baht! Per piece! She manage to negotiate further to 80 Baht at the end. As for Halal food, we just bought grill banana during the paddle boat ride and a coffee at the stall. We saw one boat selling Halal fried chicken and prawn but it was too late to stop. (Reusing photos from 2014 so that I can save some space for my media upload..lol
  • Maeklong Railway market – Maeklong Railway Market is a traditional Thai market selling fresh vegetables, food and fruits. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. When the train comes, vendors lower their umbrellas and move some of their produce further back off the train tracks. As soon as the train passes, vendors open up their umbrella again and continue selling. Actually we only booked a tour for Damnoen Saduak Floating market. However according to our tour guide, most of her customers who were in the same tour group as us will be going to the railway market as well. So she offered us to tag along for free and of course we said yes! 😛

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Khao San Road – I love Khao San Road as it is a lively place especially at night! Night market, live music & massage parlour which close very late at night. It is also near by a lot of famous landmark: Wat Arun, Grand Palaca, Wat Pho, etc. For Muslim, you can also found Halal eateries. I love eating Thai Briyani (khao mok gai) at Aishah Rosdi which is located on Banglamphu Street (close to Khao San)
  • Sukhumvit – Bangkok City center where you can find big malls, and my favourite place, MBK Mall!
  • Safari World – A 1 hour trip from Bangkok city center and opens daily from 9am – 5pm. It consists of two parks : Marine Park and Safari Park (drive-through range for seeing by car or one of the park’s coaches). You can choose to enter either one of the 2 parks or both. We chose to enter both parks and booked our ticket via Klook and manage to save around RM208!! If you are going to book via Klook, do also use Shopback so that you can get back up to 3.5% cashback. If you are asking how to get to Safari World, for us we took Grab. Make sure to choose Grab Premium because the normal Grab driver are not keen to take us there since it is a bit far so they requested for us to cancel the booking. Luckily one of them suggested to book Grab Premium. I would really suggest if you are going there, do book both Safari Park and Marine Park since for Safari Park, the ride ended quite fast and you can only go in once. However it was a wonderful experience and my son love it! As for Marine Park, there are few shows that you can enjoy such as Sea Lion Show, Bird Show, etc and you can also feed the Giraffe. Other than that, there are a lot of animals that you can see, quite similar to the zoo but not as many animals as the zoo.
  • Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World – the largest aquarium in Bangkok and in South East Asia, and located within Siam Paragon. The place opens everyday from 10am – 8pm.  Do look out for the animal feeding timing – otter feeding, shark feeding, penguin feeding, etc. For pricing, please refer to the official page. However we bought our ticket via Klook and manage to save RM180 and the ticket redemption is fast since they have special lane for Klook customer! (loving Klook!)

For this trip we didn’t visit Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, since we were there in 2014. You may read my post on those interesting places HERE

SHOPPING (MARKET)

  • Chatuchak Weekend Market – opens on Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm. To go here, take BTS to Mo Chit and walk roughly around 5 minutes. You can also take the MRT  from Sukumvit, near BTS Asok station, and stop at Chatuchak Park and walk around 2 minutes. The market is big, roughly around 15,000 stalls, so do spare few hours to explore the market, bring a lot of money and get your negotiation skill ready! For Muslims, there are few Halal eateries within the market area. This time, we end up having lunch at Aree Burger since we are not able to locate the Shawarma stall we went to previously.
  • Asiatique – A combination of indoor & outdoor stores, facing the riverfront. You can also ride the big ferris wheel and enjoy magnificent view of Bangkok. To go here, take BTS to Saphan Taksin station and take exit no 2. Next, jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier (boat runs at 4pm – 11.30pm). When we first when to Asiatique few years back, there’s not much of Halal food. However this year, there’s a lot of food stalls with few options of Halal food available! So yeay to this! Asiatique opens everyday, 4pm till midnight.
  • Khao San Night Market – a very lively night market mostly selling clothes and accessories and you can also enjoy live music at most cafe/club. For Halal food, there’s kebab and roti.
  • Banglamphu Night Market – close by Khao San Night Market
  • Sukhumvit Street Market – takes over both sides of the street along a 1km stretch between Nana and Asok BTS Stations. Opens daily from 5pm to 12am.
  • Talad Neon Night Market – a picturesque night market with lots of food, shopping and fun activities. We went there by BTS and stop at Chit Lom station, then took a tuk-tuk to the night market. Had a Halal roti & martabak + coffee for dinner, did some shopping and took Grab back to the hotel. This night market opens daily from 5pm – 12 am.
  • Artbox – a bright night market where a lot of tourist hang out. But it’s not really for us as there’s no Halal food and not much of item to look at as well. However we did buy few bottles of juices
  • Silom Night Market
  • Soi Cowboy Night Market
  • China Town
  • Little India

SHOPPING (MALL)

  • Iconsiam – A new attraction which recently open in November 2018. IconSiam is a riverside mall, overlooking the Chao Phraya river. The mall opens daily from 10am to 10pm. To go here, you can catch the free shuttle boat near Saphan Taksin BTS station. You can also catch a free shuttle bus from Krung Thonburi BTS Station or Wongwian Yai BTS Station. For us, we went there by Chao Phraya Tourist Boat (please refer to earlier post). There’s also Light-and-sound dancing fountain along a 400-metre stretch of the Chao Phraya River, the longest in Southeast Asia. For Muslims, Halal food is available.
  • MBK – a must visit. You can found lots of clothes, souvenirs and Thai product here including Halal snacks. While you are here, do visit Yana Restaurant for a Halal delicious Thai food. There’s also a lot of food stalls outside and there’s few which are selling Halal food.
  • Terminal 21 – a very interesting mall, with designs of few different countries for each floor. Previously there’s a Halal food located at level 5, but when we went there we couldn’t find the place
  • Siam Discovery – Madame Tussauds is located within this mall
  • Siam Center
  • Siam Paragon – Bangkok Sealife Ocean World is located within this mall
  • Central World
  • Platinum Fashion Mall 
  • Fashion Island Shopping Mall – located outskirt of Bangkok. We went here right after visiting Safari World and had lunch as there’s one stall at the food court selling Halal food. There’s also a small indoor amusement park for children as well.
  • Mega Plaza – over 600 shops selling toys; toy model, vintage collectible figures, hot toys, games consoles, gundam, tamiya, remote control toys RC, drones & more. We went to this place while staying at Rambuttri Village Inn as it is close compared to Sukhumvit area.

FOOD

  • Aishah Rosdi – located near the big roundabout & opposite 7-11 in Banglamphu. There’s a small entry that you need to get into. If you cannot find it, you may ask the information counter nearby (that’s what I did). Just ask for ‘Halal food or Muslim food’ and they might be able to help you. Here you can enjoy delicious Thai Biryani, also known as Kao Mok Gai

Aishah Rosdee

  • Yana Restaurant – located within MBK, level 5. They serve Halal Thai and international dishes. We simply love the food here and will definitely visit again!
  • Usman Thai – Recommended by a cousin of mine. Usman Thai serves delicious Thai food and they also have hostel nearby the restaurant as well. Went there by Grab and back to hotel by Grab as well. This restaurant is located at Sukhumvit Soi 22, however you need to walk in a small lane
  • MBK food stall (outside of the mall)
  • Asiatique food stall

asiatique halal food

  • Talad Neon Night Market food stall

There are lots more of Halal food. All you need to do is to look for it! Happy food haunting! 🙂

You may also read my previous Bangkok trip post: BANGKOK 2014

2019 Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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ABOUT PEKANBARU

Timezone : UTC+07:00

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

It was a year delay that I thought of taking both my parents for a short trip, so decided to go Pekanbaru because of the short flight time (1 hour from KL) and the many choices of delicious food, especially nasi padang. Took Air Asia flight from KLIA2 to Sultan Syarif Kassim II International Airport, Pekanbaru. Bought the ticket during promo period so manage to secure a return ticket which cost less than RM1000 for 5 (4 adults, 1 children + luggage + insurance + seat selection). From the airport to the hotel (airport is already within the city), you can take a taxi which cost around 50,000 Rupiah and the ride will take you roughly around 30 minutes. When leaving the airport to leave Pekanbaru, please note that if you want to eat or buy some souvenirs, please do so before going into the international boarding area as there’s only 1 small stall inside and the area is very small (only to accommodate passengers of 1 plane).

ACCOMMODATION

Booked 2 rooms at Fox Harris Pekanbaru via Agoda. The hotel is quite new and located opposite Novotel Hotel Pekanbaru and Ciputra Mall. There’s a mini mart nearby (love going to mini mart and buy local products!) and a lot of restaurant as well mostly selling nasi padang (Halal). The hotel is suppose to link to Sadira Plaza, which was being renovated when we were there. The room is modern, clean and comfortable with free wi-fi.

Image source: agoda.com

GETTING AROUND

Getting around Pekanbaru is convenient. Basically we just use Grab to go places and the fee is very affordable. We even ask the same Grab driver to drive us to few places without needing to call another Grab driver. He is happy to wait for us and drive us to our next destination.

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Trans Studio Mini – The one in Pekanbaru is not as big as the one in Bandung, hence the word ‘Mini’. We went there by Grab and seems that the Grab driver is not aware of the existence of this place. To go here, you can tell the driver (Grab or taxi) to go to Transmart, as Trans Studio Mini is located on the 3rd floor of Transmart. We, not only my son but even the adults had a great time (since my husband and I manage to ride the rollercoaster as my parents help to look after my son for a while) 🙂
  • An-Nur Great Mosque
  • Soeman H.S. Library
  • Taman Wisata Alam Mayang
  • Anjungan Seni Idrus Tintin
  • Waterpark Boombara
  • Riau Fantasy, Labersa Waterpark
  • Museum Sang Nila Utama
  • Kebun Binatang Kasang Kulim

SHOPPING

  • Pasar Bawah – a famous place in Pekanbaru to buy t-shirt, souvenirs, telekung, dried food etc.
  • Ramayana – a place to consider to buy souvenir
  • Kembang Sari – famous for its cake and brownies. Love the pisang molen. There’s few branches available within Pekanbaru.
  • Vizcake Outlet – famous for its cake and brownies. Love the pineapple roll. You may refer to the official website for the list of branches. We stop by 1 of its branches on the way to the airport.
  • Ciputra Mall – located next to Novotel and opposite Fox Harris Hotel. Have cinema, hypermart, Matahari department store, indoor games for the children, es teler 77 (love the es nangka), etc. Bought few HotWheels storage box at the hypermart (really worth it. Cheap and I still can’t find it in Malaysia)
  • SKA Mall – the biggest mall in Pekanbaru
  • Living World – a new mall located close to Ska mall

FOOD

  • Es Teler 77 – A place that I will always look for whenever in Pekanbaru. I simply love the es nangka! Recommend to try Mie Ayam Pedas
  • Rumah Makan Raso Situjuah – Discovered this place from Tripadvisor, and we decided to give it a try. Love the food at the price is very affordable. Was charge around 215,000 rupiah for 4 adults!
  • Sate Bundo Kanduang – You should try sate padang as it is a bit different from the one in Malaysia. The gravy is spicy, quite similar to sate bulayak’s gravy which I had earlier in Lombok. If you can’t take spicy food, you can opt for kuah kacang.
  • Pondok Gurih – one of the most famous place to eat in Pekanbaru. We didnt manage to visit this place as we were still quite full from lunch
  • Pondok Patin HM Yunus – one of the most famous place to eat in Pekanbaru. We didnt manage to visit this place as we were still quite full from lunch
  • Restoran Garuda
  • Rumah Makan Kayu Manis
  • Rumah Makan Pak Abbas
  • Nasi Padang Pak Nurdin
  • Rumah Makan Melayu
  • Pondok Asam Pedas Baung
  • Rumah Makan Sederhana

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The Beautiful Lombok!

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ABOUT LOMBOK

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

Took Air Asia from KLIA2 to Lombok International Airport. Previously planned to stay in Lombok for 6 days 5 nights but 1 day after booking the ticket, Lombok was hit by a strong earthquake (and it keep on happening!). Received an email from Air Asia that they are cancelling few flights (previously was 2 or 3 flights per day but they change to 1 per day) and that we can change the flight date if we want to. We decided to cut the trip short to 3 days 2 nights (basically just to attend my brother in law’s wedding). We regretted that decision and we should have stayed there longer as there are a lot of places we didn’t manage to visit! Including the famous Gili! *cry*. By the way, at the immigration check point (once you have entered Lombok), they will ask for your return ticket. We didn’t print ours so we just show our Lombok-KL passes on Air Asia mobile app.

GETTING AROUND

There are few ways you can get around Lombok: taxi (recommend to use Blue Bird), Grab, rent a car/motorbike or hire a supir (driver). Since we went there in group with my husband’s family, my brother in law hired an agency to pick us up at the airport, drive us to and from the wedding location and also 2 days tour for the rest of the family members. For the next day (since our flight was at 8.30pm) we hired a supir (driver) to drive us around and send us to the airport. Here’s the detail of the supir we hired:

ACCOMMODATION

Since we went there for my brother in law’s wedding, he booked a house for us via Airbnb (you can also book a room there via Agoda). We stayed at Sweet Peach House, which was a nice place to stay in, very cute house, big and clean, and close to convenient stores (I loveeee buying local stuff at the convenient store!). However it is not close to the beach area (around 7km to Senggigi Beach), which is fine as based on our initial plan (to stay there for 6 days), we plan to stay at the house for 3 days and then move to Holiday Resort Lombok, which to our surprise was where the wedding was being held! The house consists of 5 rooms, where 2 rooms act as a dorm which have 3 bunk beds (there’s blind in between the beds for your privacy). So basically the house can fit our group of 16 adults and 2 kids. The owner of the house are Muslims, so there are rules that you need to follow for example only Halal food can be kept in the fridge and cooked using the cookware & utensils provided.

Image source: Sweet Peach House

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Senggigi Beach – the main tourist strip of the Indonesian island of Lombok, stretched out along several kilometers of the beachfront just to the north of the capital, Mataram
  • Pura Batu Bolong – Oceanside temple known for its rocky surrounds, numerous pagodas & statues & sunset views.
  • Pottery Making – you can purchase a pottery or learn to make one. I made a turtle!

lombok pottery

  • Traditional weaving (tenun) – learn how to weave cloth or you can also purchase those colourful handmade cloth called kain tenun

tenun

and here are more (and there’s a lot more if you Google) beautiful places you can visit, which we didn’t manage to *cry*

  • Gili Islands – Gili islands are a group of 3 small island, Gili Trawangan (the most famous Gili), Gili Meno and Gili Air
  • Villa Hantu – Hantu means ghost but its not really haunted. It’s an old house which overlook the Senggigi beach and its a nice photo spot
  • Bukit Malimbu – a nice spot to take photos with green (grass) and blue (sky & ocean) background
  • Mangku Sakti Waterfall
  • Benang Kelambu Waterfall
  • Semeti Beach
  • Pink Beach – pink sandy beach
  • Kuta Beach – yes, there’s also Kuta Beach in Lombok
  • Pantai Tebing
  • Pantai Tanjung Bloam
  • Gunung Rinjani – entrance to Mount Rinjani is close until now ever since the earthquake
  • Gua Bangkang

SHOPPING

  • Sasaku – Souvenir shopping! There’s few Sasaku branches and we went to 2 Sasaku branches. The one in Senggigi was better in terms of choices.
  • Senggigi Art Market – Didn’t manage to visit the market as our supir brought us to different art market in Mataram (if I’m not mistaken) which was not as expected.
  • Epicentrum Mall – went to the mall for lunch and visit the toy store. Bought few Tomica cars, since it is cheaper in Indonesia compared to Malaysia.
  • Mataram Mall

FOOD

  • Sate Bulayak – the sate is similar to the one in Malaysia however the gravy is spicier and instead of nasi impit, there’s bulayak which is a bit similar to lemang

Sate Bulayak

  • Ayam taliwang – spicy roast chicken
  • Nasi Balap Puyung

Melaka .. again & again! – 2017 & 2018

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Why Melaka again? Because Melaka is only 3 hours drive with places to visit and food to eat (one main reason I went there was to eat chicken rice ball at Ee Ji Ban). So basically in December 2016, December 2017 and December 2018 I was in Melaka!

ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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ACCOMMODATION

In 2017, wanted to stay at Hatten Hotel but mistakenly book a room at Hatten Place instead! Only realize its not the correct hotel during checkin at Hatte Hotel! However in 2018, booked a correct room at Hatten Hotel.

Hatten Place, Melaka – room booked was small (but there are also suites) however room is clean. Have an infinity pool overlooking the Strait of Malacca. Kids pool was under a roof so they can swim even when the sun is out! The Hotel is also linked to the new mall, Element Mall.

Hatten Hotel, Melaka – Booked a Deluxe Suite, room size is Ok (although not that big for a suite but good enough for me & my family and since all rooms are actually suites). Pool is also good and clean but please make sure to wear swimming attire. We had our breakfast at the Sky Lounge overlooking Malacca city (which is quite famous if you google night time in Melaka). Food is a bit limited and I do believe they need to improve their sambal for nasi lemak. The main reason to stay here is that most shopping complex and tourist attractions are within walking distance and so does Ee Ji Ban (the famous chicken rice place!)

INTERESTING PLACES & THINGS TO DO

Everytime I went to Melaka, there’s always a new thing to discover!

  • The Shore Oceanarium – An interactive marine life exhibit where your are also given a quiz to solve and can win a prize at the end of your visit! Ticket price: Adult RM33, Children 3 – 12 years old and senior citizen RM23.50. The entrance fee also incluse free magnet (Received 3 magnets since there were 3 of us)
  • Melaka Zoo – Visited Melaka Zoo 2 years in a row since my son loves animals! At first we took the train however it ended really fast and we are not able to really see the animals so we walk another round and the little boy was happy! Ticket price: Adult RM22.50 or RM16.90 (with MyKad), Children 4 – 12 years old RM16.90 or RM6.75 (with MyKad).
  • Freeport A’Famosa Outlet Village – refer to my previous post HERE
  • The Shore – refer to my previous post HERE
  • Jonker Street – refer to my previous post HERE
  • River Cruise – refer to my previous post HERE
  • The Stadhuys – refer to my previous post HERE
  • A Famosa or Porta de Santiago – refer to my previous post HERE
  • Maritime Museum of Malacca – refer to my previous post HERE

FOOD

My no one recommendation would be Ee Ji Ban (located on Jalan Melaka Raya 3) which is a famous Halal shop selling chicken rice ball. I would also recommend to order the sambal sotong (squid) and udang (prawn)!

ee ji ban chicken rice ball

More reading on Melaka from my previous post:

2018 Island Getaway – Langkawi

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ABOUT MALAYSIA

Timezone : GMT +08:00

Currency: Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR)

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GETTING THERE

The easiest way to go to Pulau Langkawi is by flight. There’s plenty of direct flight from various places either within Malaysia or outside. Just look for Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo or Fireflyz. Pulau Langkawi is also accessible via boat. From Langkawi, you can also hop onto Langkawi ferry or a boat from Telaga Harbour to go to Koh Lipe, Thailand.

From the airport, there’s a lot of taxi which you can buy ticket from the counter. Rate is quite cheap but can’t really remember how much.

ACCOMMODATION

There are few places which are quite famous among tourist, such as Pantai Cenang (near the beach) or Kuah (city). For this trip we stayed at Bayview Hotel, Kuah (should have stayed in Cenang since we drive day everyday!). The hotel is quite nice and location is good (for Kuah area). A lot of shops and restaurants nearby within walking distance.

Image source: https://www.bayviewhotels.com/destination/langkawi/

GETTING AROUND

Rented a car during our Langkawi trip. Since we went there in July (not school holiday), price is quite cheap, traffic is good and easy to find parking. So I would recommend for you to rent a car. However if you are there during school holiday, finding a parking spot might be an issue so you can opt for hiring a driver.

INTERESTING PLACES

  • Underwater World Langkawi – A popular place to visit among tourist (especially those with kids). Last time I was here (before the current one in 2018) was in 1996! Still enjoy looking at the fishes especially the really big one! The penguin was also quite entertaining! Ticket price: Adult RM46 or RM36 (with MyKad), Children 3-12 years old RM36 or RM26 (with MyKad), special rate for senior citizen 5o years and above RM29 (with MyKad), Government rate RM29 for adult and RM21 for children (with Government ID)
  • Langkawi Wildlife Park – Love this place the most! It is an indoor park so its not hot and you can even go there during rainy days. You can even feed the animals (love the deers!) by purchasing a food pack (a pack of different types of food for different types of animals) but make sure to read the signs properly before feeding the animals as different animal need to be feed with different type of food accordingly. Went there during my birthday so I got a free ticket! Just make sure to check this place out on google and who knows there’s a promo running (that’s how I discover the free birthday treat promo). Ticket price: Adult RM39 or RM24 (with MyKad), Children 3-12 years old RM22 or RM16 (with MyKad), special rate for senior citizen 5o years and above RM22 or RM16 (with MyKad). There also family package (please refer to their official website)
  • Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi – requested by 3 years old son (and keep on requesting to see the crocodile until now!). Here you can see different species of crocodile! Ticket price: Adult RM25 or RM18 (with MyKad), Children 3-12 years old RM18 or RM12 (with MyKad), special rate for senior citizen 5o years and above RM12 (with MyKad). There also combo package (please refer to their official website)
  • Dataran Lang – Popular photo spot featuring a huge eagle statue perched over a scenic waterfront plaza.

dataran lang langkawi

Image source: WikiPedia

  • Telaga HarbourMarina for regional sightseeing & island transfer boats, including a shuttle to Koh Lipe, Thailand.
  • Oriental Village – At the foothills of Mt. Machincang, lies the Oriental Village with more than 50 activities & adventure providers; F&B outlets, souvenir & retail stores, galleries and spas, the Oriental Village offers a quality day-out of fun, adventure, shopping at one location! You could also ride the Langkawi Cable car from here, which is the must visit hotspot on the island.

  • Panorama Langkawi CkyCab – also known as Langkawi Cable Car and it is not only about the car ride. There’s also lots of other attractions and activities such as SkyRex, SkyDome, SkyBridge, SkyGlide, SkyTrail and more. Visit their website for more details.
  • Cenang Beach – The most famous beach in Langkawi. A place to chill, swim, eat & shop!
  • Island hopping – Langkawi is famous for island hopping. You may also refer to my previous post on Langkawi. CLICK HERE

SHOPPING

Langkawi is famous for cheap international brand chocolates, cigarette & alcohol. You can also get cheap sarong/pelikat & minyak gamat there as well. Here are some famous shops that can go to to spend your money!

  • The Zon Duty Free – located next to Underwater World Langkawi
  • HIG Mall – must visit! A big mall with connecting HIG Hotel (by the way HIG stands for Haji Ismail Group. Seems that other than the smaller shop, they also have a mall!)
  • Perniagaan Haji Ismail Group
  • Teow Soon Huat Duty Free
  • Langkawi Parade
  • Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall
  • Langkawi Saga Shopping Mall
  • Cenang Mall

FOOD

  • The Cliff Restaurat – Fancy restaurant overlooking Cenang beach
  • Yellow Beach cafe – good place to watch sunset on Cenang beach
  • Nasi Dagang Pak Malau – local breakfast with paddy field view
  • Restaurant Seashells – enjoy your food with paddy field view…opposite the beach! Even saw a buffalo when I was there.
  • Night market – there are few night market. Went the on in Kuah and ate a very big portion of nasi kandar!
  • Aseania dinner & show
  • Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant
  • Wan Thai

 

Read my previous post on Langkawi: Island Getaway – Pulau Langkawi 2012