Thursday, December 11, 2008

Padang Besar, Perlis.

This is my second time - actually my third - went to Padang Besar, Kedah. Situated at the border between Malaysia and Thailand. I and my wife and my mother in law went here when we were visiting my brother in-law who work at Jitra and it is about 30 km from Padang Besar. The thing that interesting here is shopping. It is all about shopping, if it's no tax-free shopping here i think there will be no famous Padang Besar, maybe it will known as borderline only.
There is a lot of stall and there is a bazaar been made for the businessman to sell their goods and thing mostly from Thailand in a very good price. Although there is a word that say made in thailand goods is not a quality one., but do we once ask ourselves do our things made in malaysia is a very good one. For me as long we satisfied with the things we buy, it's consider allright.
Although the bazaar and stall quite not in a good arrangement, but looks like Majlis Daerah are in their way to make the surrounding better than before. Renovation and improvement is on the way. May Padang Besar will be the 'Garden of Shopping' in a short time.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Port Dickson's Beach

This small town used to produce charcoal, but it was later developed as a small port by the British during the Strait Settlement period. Port Dickson was also known as Tanjung. In Malay language that means "cape". The oldest shophouses were the four situated presently at Jalan Lama. There was also a carbon mine at the first mile of the coast road (Jalan Pantai), and therefore Port Dickson was also called "Arang" (charcoal) in the Malay language.

Tin ore was plentiful in Lukut, an area within the Port Dickson district, during the 1820's, and it attracted Chinese immigrant miners. The British considered the area to have great potential as a harbour. It was intended to supersede the port in Pengkalan Kempas. The in-charge officer's name was Dickson, and thereafter the town was named Port Dickson. Others claim that Sir John Frederick Dickson founded Port Dickson and Pulau Arang in 1889.

Port Dickson evolved into a busy trading centre. Railways were constructed to facilitate the growth and development of Port Dickson. Although Port Dickson experienced rapid development, the beautiful beaches are fairly well preserved. Now, Port Dickson has become not only a beautiful tourist destination, but a large municipality with about 89,000 residents.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Langkawi, The island of mystical legend

Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands with the best of many worlds; beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

Langkawi has a lingering legend woven into its history. Ask anyone in Langkawi about the tragic legend of a beautiful young lady named Mahsuri, and you'll hear a tale of love, jealousy and a curse that was placed upon the island by the her for seven generations. Today, the seventh generation of Langkawi’s inhabitants has long come and gone, but people here still believe that the prosperity and blessings the islands enjoy today and the passing of the curse is not a pure coincidence. The mysticism of this legend can be felt in many parts of this island, especially at Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri’s Mausoleum) where the famous legendary figure is said to be buried.

Langkawi is not only geared towards tourism. Many of the islanders are farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs. Experience the beautiful countryside and the peaceful landscape of paddy fields by renting a car and taking a leisurely drive around the island. Some of Langkawi’s most rustic and memorable views are along the road that circles the island. You'll pass small villages with wooden houses framed by palm trees, and children pedalling their old bicycles on an errand. Aside from experiencing the local lifestyle, there is no shortage of things to do in Langkawi.

Head up the thrilling new cable car to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain - for an unrivalled view of the entire main island and beyond. You can also visit the Field of Burnt Rice, the Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat tours are organised to Tasik Dayang Bunting, (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and the Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave). And if you're more outdoorsy, why not go trekking through the pristine rainforest that blankets most of Langkawi, or go on a boat tour of the mangroves, go diving, or play a round of golf at some of the 5-star resorts. Langkawi also has an underwater world, containing an underground tunnel that runs though a giant aquarium, that has gotten rave reviews.

For beautiful scenery, great adventures and five-star conveniences, Langkawi is the place to getaway.

source : Malaysia Tourism Website

Friday, November 23, 2007

Gunung Belumut

To the northeast of Kluang town in central Johor lies Gunung Belumut Recreational Forest. Gunung Belumut in Malay means “covered or blanketed in moss”.

To get here, head for Kluang town. The entry to Gunung Belumut is along Kluang - Jemaluang trunk road. From the trunk road you have to pass through Felda Ulu Dengar oil palm plantation to reach the park. The waterfalls here cascade at low and moderate heights with the base quite flat. It is popular with among families during holidays.

It is 1010 m in height, putting it among the highest in Johor. This distinctive mountain is also the most prominent landmark in the district of Kluang. The climb to the summit will take about 4-6 hours, making it quite necessary to camp overnight.

We had been there twice, first time before we had a daughter and the second one, with our, 1 and a half year daughter and her first “lifebuoy”.