International travel seems like such a far-fetched idea, but no worries, ‘kita Cuti – cuti Malaysia-lah’, and what is road tripping around Malaysia without experiencing those scenic long drives right?
Here are some suggestions if you’re heading North:
Escape from the heat of Kuala Lumpur, and take a trip to Cameron Highlands for a cool, easy-breezy getaway. Don’t forget to make a pit stop to one of the best rest areas in Malaysia, R&R Tapah. Top-up on your in-season fresh fruits, and refreshments from the local vendors sold there.
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Cameron Highlands has drawn in guests to its cool wildernesses, interesting Tudor-style houses, and fragrant teas. It is one of the country’s most fertile agricultural spots. So turn off your A/C, wind down your window and enjoy the cool wind on your skin once you reach Cameron Highlands. There’s a lot of popular attractions you can visit while you’re there such as:
Boh Tea Garden
At Boh Tea Garden, enjoy the incredible views of rolling hills, not to mention a very “instagrammable” spot while indulging your fresh “cuppa” tea. Surrounding yourself in its rich greenery, and stunning panoramic views, a great escape from the hectic city life of KL.
Boh Tea Garden is not just for show, you can learn and educate yourself too on the history of the estate by signing up for a tour around the plantation for RM45 (local and non-local tourist). But if you just want to enjoy the scenery, breathe in the fresh cool air, then it is free of charge! Just know that, this is a tourist hotspot area, so come early to avoid traffic coming up to Boh Tea Garden.
Location: 39000 Ringlet, Cameron Highlands
Cameron Lavender Garden
One of the most talked about tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands, Cameron Lavender Garden. Enjoy the scene of all sorts of lavenders. From the beautiful Hokkaido lavender to the magnificent Mona Lavender farm. It only costs you about RM15 per adult, RM10 per child.
It is quite a trip to find the location as the signage is not so visible for new-comers. But once you are there, be prepared to be amazed by its beauty. Lavenders are not the only farm you can visit while you are up there, Sunflower farms are also located in that area, and these wild flowers can be plucked for only RM2 per stalk.
Before you leave, satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings with some lavender-infused desserts, like a lavender infused ice cream at only RM6 per cone.
Location: 59, Taman Tringkap, 39100 Brinchang, Pahang.
About 90km further North, we will reach Ipoh where one of the biggest limestone caves in Malaysia is located. There are a number of caves for hiking enthusiasts, or just as tourists to explore, with ornate temples that are set into the caverns for your experience. Let’s explore which is the best one to visit first!
Perak Tong Cave(Temple)
Dated back from 1926, the cavern is most popular for its sculpture of the Buddha that sits inside and soars off to a height of 40 feet. Its asymmetrical architecture to its central staircase, makes the cave look like a grand Chinese-style mansion.
Once inside, you will find four small temple deities adorned with gorgeous murals as well as beautiful intrications of Chinese Calligraphy. When you reach the top of the temple, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Ipoh City below.
Entrance is free, but be mindful that it is still a cave which means it involves a lot of walking so do wear appropriate clothing and avoid entering the temple if you are physically unfit.
Location: Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Kawasan Perindustrian Tasek, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
If you are feeling adventurous, head down to Gua Tempurung and explore Ipoh’s underground world. With an over 4km stretch of its central chamber, that means it is the longest of its kind in Malaysia, complete with breath-taking collection of stalagmites and stalactites.
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While you are there, be on the lookout for its underground streams, waterfalls as well as its
natural huge domes on the roof of the cave.
Gua Tempurung offers four tours of your choice that range from RM20 – RM50 per adult, RM10 – RM30 per child and senior citizens, 60 years old and above. So be prepared to be amazed and always know your limit when visiting caves.
Location: APT Consortium Sdn. Bhd., 8A Laluan Rokam 15, Pekan Razaki, 31350 Ipoh, Perak
Old Town Ipoh Mural Art’s Lane
For those who seek a more chilled, eye-stimulating tour around Ipoh, visit Old Town Ipoh and check out their street art. Murals here at Old Town Ipoh are commissioned by Old Town White Coffee to honour the heritage of the historic city.
In total, there are eight murals created by Ernest Zacharevic, a famous street artist from Lithuania.
Location: Jalan Masjid, Taman Julibee, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Looking for more? Then, head over to Penang! A mere an hour plus more drive from Ipoh. But always keep to the speed limit yeah? What is more important than arriving safely right?
Alright, let’s get down to business. Here are some suggestions of places you should visit while in Penang!
Penang National Park
There are over 415 species of flora and fauna and over 140 species of wildlife residing in the boundaries of the park. Mangroves are found along the seaside sea shore regions with the forest ascending off the coast and the slopes are frequently covered with orchids making one of the more stylishly satisfying scenes for visitors everywhere.
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The view of the greenery is not the only thing they offer. Campsites are available for those campers, boat cruising, jungle trekking, hiking, a Turtle Conservation Centre for animal lovers out there, and also enjoy a panoramic view from the Muka Head Lighthouse, 227 meters above sea level.
There is no entrance fee for visitors to Penang National Park, however for canopy walkway activity, the fee charged RM5 per adult and RM3 per child, but as of now, it is closed for maintenance.
Location: Pejabat Taman Negara P.Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, 11050 Georgetown, Penang.
For the historians out there, Fort Cornwallis is one of the most famous sights in Penang, dating back from the 18th century. If you are into history, this is the place to visit, and indulge yourself nostalgically when you visit Fort Cornwallis.
The fort itself is still in good condition, with a statue of Sir Francis Light, who stands at the entrance to the fort, together with the selection of original cannons from way back when.
According to local legends, anyone wishing to conceive, should make an offering here. So if you see any flowers blooming in the cannon, just know that someone is conceiving.
Location: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang