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”.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pulau Kapas - The Picture

Here are some pics from our vacation.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas), Terengganu

Kapas Island (Pulau Kapas), Terengganu

Last holiday in June. We went to ‘Pulau Kapas’. Pulau Kapas or Cotton Island inherited its name from the native because of its incomparable white beaches. Surrounded by crystal clear ocean.

Kapas Island is located 5km offshore in the state of Terengganu, east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. From Kuala Terengganu airport, a leisurely 30 minutes drive will take you to Marang jetty and a further 10 minutes boat-ride is all it takes to reach Kapas Island Resort. Where a myriad of corals, shell fish and turtles flourish in the waters. The waters around the quiet and secluded beaches offer ideal spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. Basic but comfortable accommodation is available. However, Kapas Island is not recommended for visiting during the monsoon season between November to March.

FAQ about Kapas Island

Q1. I want to go to Kapas Island , do I need to go to Kuala Terengganu?
For Kapas Island, you just follow the route to Kuala Dungun AND you don't need to go to Kuala Terengganu IF you're driving BUT if you're taking the express bus you have to go to Kuala Terengganu and from there you have to take a taxi to Marang.

Q2. Where can I park at Marang. Is it safe ?
There're a lot of car park operate in Marang. It is safe to park here. Recently I’d charged RM3 for 5 hour.

Q3. What is the best time to go for island holiday ?

The best time is between March - October and pls get advice regarding the weather condition before you go. Try to avoid school and public holiday. Check out travel tips.

Q4. Where is the airport strip ?
The airport is located 20minutes from the main town of Kuala Terengganu

Q5. Any interesting place to visit at Kapas Island?
Yes, Pulau Raja (Raja Island) the small island just off Kapas best for snorkelling. You can go there by boat. Just ask any boatman at Kapas Island to go there…!

Q6. What is the ferry schedule if I want to go to Kapas Island and how much ?

Most boats leave around 0900am and the cost is : Marang Jetty to Resort by slow boat RM15/person (return) (25minutes) Marang jetty to Resort by speed boat RM25/person (return) (10 minutes)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The 'Highland' Named Cameron - Cameron Highland

Cameron Highlands was found in 1885 by William Cameron which was eventually have the area named in his honour. William Cameron was on an expedition sent by the British government. The plateau he found is at an altitude of ~6000ft (1,800m) above sea-level and the temperature falls between 8°C and 25°C. It was not fully developed until 1925 that it was then proposed by Sir George Maxwell as a hill resort. It has since become a very popular resort among Malaysians and overseas tourist as well.

Maisarah at strawberry plantations farm

The only way to get to Cameron Highlands is by road. Until a few years back, you could only get to Cameron Highlands from the south via Tapah but since the opening of the new Simpang Pulai road, traveling to the highlands has become much more easier from the north. You can also get here from the east coast via Gua Musang in Kelantan but take note that this road has yet to be gazetted by the authorities.

Cactus Valley

Because we are traveling from south, so we used the new way. It’s quite wider and less windy than the Tapah town exit (the old, much windier road ) If you enjoying driving make sure you drive at Gunung Brinchang Road because it was the most highest road in Malaysia.

Travelling without staying a night there make me feel to visit it once more and having more fun there.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Taman Tasik Taiping - Taiping Lake Garden

Located near to Malaysia oldest town and being the most beautiful lake garden in Malaysia, Taiping Lake Garden. The tranquility, beautiful lake view and misty mountain scenery are something that you will never forget. Taiping Lake is easily accessible from North-South Highway of Peninsula Malaysia and can be reached by following the road signs exiting before Ipoh town if you are coming from north.
The oldest lake gardens in the country, this park sprawls over 62 hectares at the foot of the hill resort of Bukit Larut. Magnificently sculptured out of the natural environment, these picture-postcard gardens present a serene and panoramic landscape with their lush greenery, lovely lakes and a profusion of colorful flowers and plants. The unforgettable sight here is the huge, ancient angsana trees with their drooping branches that seem to defy the law of gravity.

I'll try to post more picture on this lake.