Known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, Penang is one of the most famous island destinations in Asia with its natural beauty, colorful heritage, gracious hospitality and affordability. It is the one-stop destination for all travelers with a wide variety of restaurants, sidewalk cafes, discotheques, night markets, department stores and pristine beaches.
Known locally as Pulau Pinang is composed of a turtle-shaped island with an area of 285 square kilometers and a landstrip called Seberang Prai 48 kilometers wide.
Getting to Penang
The island is highly accessible. Since 1985, the island has been joined with mainland Peninsular Malaysia with the Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world. As a result, you can rent a car, motorbike or a taxi to get there. Tip: if you do choose to take a taxi going there, make sure you negotiate with the driver regarding the rate you will be paying to make sure that you are not going to be overcharged when you get to Penang. For those on a budget, there are plenty of buses that would be able to take you to Penang. Malayan Railways, which travels to and from Kulala Lumpur, Singapore has a stopover in Penang as well. In addition to you take a trip with the Bangkok – Butterworth Express by Thai Railway Network.
There are a number of ferries that bring tourists to Penang on a regular basis. The trip only takes about 20 minutes, giving you more time to enjoy the wonder and splendor Penang has to offer.
Malaysia Airlines as well as other international airlines have regular flights to Penang. Some of these airlines offer vacation packages as well, so it would be best to contact your travel agent beforehand.
Penang has hundreds of hotels and resorts for tourists. Some of the best hotels and resorts in Penang are the Copthorne Orchid Penang, Ferringhi Mutiara Apartment, Holiday Inn Penang, Hotel Equatorial Penang near Bayan Lepas, Lone Pine Hotel Penang, Eden Fairway Condominium Penang, Persiaran Gurney Hotel Penang, Seri Malaysia Hotel, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort or at the Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort Penang.
A Thai Buddhist temple situated on a 5-acre site, Wat Chayamangkalaram is home to the third largest reclining Buddha in the world. Many of the urns containing the ashes of dead family members and relatives are stored in the many niches located behind the reclining Buddha. Wat Chayamangkalaram is also home to be the highest pagoda structure in Malaysia, which is nine storeys high and measuring 165 feet. Huge statues of the mystical Naga serpents that link heaven to earth are found all over the complex. Admission is free. Taking pictures are not allowed inside the main temple itself.
The state mosque of Penang, located around a site measuring 4.5 square hectares in the suburb of Greenlane, is considered to be one of the most magnificent mosques in the country. It houses a chandelier situated in the prayer hall that measures twenty by sixteen feet. In order to visit the mosque, make sure that you first obtain permission from the State Religious Department. There is a dress code being observed here as well, so make sure that you dress appropriately.
Penang State Museum
The museum hosts a wide variety of paintings including eight of the ten original oil paintings of Capt. Robert Smith. It also contains various collections of Baba Nyonya porcelain, furniture, jewelry, costumes and other state treasures whose qualities are unsurpassed in beauty and historic value.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
The mansion is reminiscent of the 18th and 19th centuries and one of only three remaining buildings still standing located outside China. Its ancient tiled roofs, cobbled courtyards, russet brick walls and steel spiral stairways, rare collections of porcelain, sculptures, carvings, tapestries, embroideries, lacquers, bronzes and other antiques are enough to take anyone back in time.
Fort Cornwallis and King Edward Circus Clock Tower
Penang St. George ChurchFamous for the 60 foot clock tower built at the entrance of the fort which was presented in 1897 to Queen Victoria on her diamond jubilee with each foot signifying one year of her reign, these structures were originally wooden structures surrounded by cannons which the British retrieved from pirates. The fort’s main cannon called Seri Rambau dates back to 1613. According to local belief, women will be able to conceive a child if special prayers and flowers are placed inside its barrel.
Penang Hill is a popular rendezvous spot for both local people and tourists. Standing 830 meters above sea level, temperature drops down to about 18 degrees Celsius and offers a wonderful panoramic view of Georgetown and the coastal regions of mainland Peninsular Malaysia.
Forest Recreation Park
This is a beautiful park located on the northwest part of Penang, covering 100 hectares. It hosts several freshwater pools, footpaths, rest huts, a children’s playground and a forestry museum which houses tropical timber products and preserved insect species.
This botanical garden is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. It covers an area of 30 hectares and surrounded by forested hills. It is home to a wide collection of tropical flora and fauna. It includes its own replica of the Penang Bridge, a library and rhesus monkeys.
Subang Jaya Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak Selangor Malaysia
Subang Jaya is a city in Selangor, Malaysia, about halfway between Kuala Lumpur and state capital Shah Alam. It consists of the Subang Jaya (SS12-SS19) on the Northern end of the city, USJ on the Southern end, Bandar Sunway, Batu Tiga and Putra Heights. The city is a much sought after refuge for middle to […]
Subang Jaya is a city in Selangor, Malaysia, about halfway between Kuala Lumpur and state capital Shah Alam. It consists of the Subang Jaya (SS12-SS19) on the Northern end of the city, USJ on the Southern end, Bandar Sunway, Batu Tiga and Putra Heights. The city is a much sought after refuge for middle to upper-middle-class Malaysians.
In 1974, Subang Jaya was developed as a residential area from an old rubber estate (Seafield Estate) by Sime Darby. Back then, most only knew of Subang because of the Subang International Airport (Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, IATA: SZB), which has since been replaced by KLIA in Sepang as Malaysia’s main international airport. Now the airport focuses mainly on servicing domestic flights and acts as the premier hub for corporate and private aviation in Southeast Asia.
UEP Subang Jaya (USJ) is the newer part of Subang Jaya and was established in 1988. Subang Jaya and USJ are separated by the infamous traffic lights in Persiaran Kewajipan (near Summit USJ shopping mall) which cause residents an additional 5-20 minutes per way in their daily commute because of traffic congestion.
It was detached from Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam and granted municipal rights in 1997, and since then the city has grown rapidly. It started as a primarily residential area, but in recent years it has developed into an internationally renowned city. It is also dubbed as the main education hub of Klang Valley, as there is a concentration of colleges, universities and schools. Over the years, there has been a significant influx of overseas students.
Subang Jaya station is at the northern edge of Subang Jaya. It is directly behind Carrefour (now AEON Big) and Subang Parade in SS16. Since 2016 it has been an interchange station between KTM Komuter Port Klang-Tanjung Malim line and the Kelana Jaya LRT Line.
The KTM Komuter is a convenient mode of transport both to central locations in the city and towns in the neighbouring states (north – Perak, south – Negeri Sembilan):
- KL Sentral – connection by Kelana Jaya Line to KLCC or Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line to Bandar Utama and Kajang;
- Bank Negara – named after Malaysia’s central bank, the station is a gateway to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
- MidValley – one of Malaysia’s largest shopping malls, albeit on the Batu Caves-Tampin line instead;
- Klang – home to Bak Kut Teh
- Batu Caves – limestone hill housing several Hindu cave temples
- Tanjung Malim – small town at the Perak state border (north of Selangor) – passengers can switch to the Electric Train Service (E.T.S.) and continue to Ipoh, Penang or even Kedah and Perlis
- Seremban – state capital of Negeri Sembilan (south of Selangor). Famous for their siew pao. From here passengers can continue to Gemas and switch to the diesel-powered trains to Johor, Pahang or Kelantan.
Kelana Jaya Line
Since 2016, the Kelana Jaya LRT line, which once used to terminate at the namesake Kelana Jaya station, was extended through Subang Jaya and then on to Putra Heights, covering many parts of Subang Jaya that were not previously served by any railway or metro service.
KTM Komuter – Skypark Link
A branch line of the aforementioned KTM Komuter service was constructed, linking Subang Jaya to the Subang Airport (Subang Skypark) and to KL Sentral. The service opened in May 2018, and is Malaysia’s second airport rail link service, after the KLIA Ekspres.
Bus services connect points in Malaysia and Singapore directly to Subang Jaya, bypassing Kuala Lumpur and its traffic jams. Aeroline and Transtar buses operate from Sunway Pyramid, while First Coach runs from the Holiday Villa hotel in SS12.
Stage bus operator RapidKL has several routes that connect downtown Kuala Lumpur to Subang Jaya, Shah Alam and finally Klang.
Subang Jaya is also home to Malaysia’s first (and to date, only) bus rapid transit (BRT) service, the BRT Sunway Line, mainly serving the Bandar Sunway locality. The BRT line begins at Setia Jaya station on the KTM Komuter, and ends at USJ 7 station on the Kelana Jaya LRT Line.
All metered taxis operating in Kuala Lumpur also serve Subang Jaya.
Getting into Subang Jaya is a breeze (as long as you avoid rush hours). It is well connected to most major highways:
- Federal Highway – cuts through most major areas in Klang Valley including Petaling Jaya, central Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Klang. No toll charges
- New Pantai Expressway (NPE) – to Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya (SS12-SS19)
- Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) – to Putra Heights and UEP Subang Jaya
- New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) – to Subang Jaya (cuts through Subang Airport Highway)
- Kesas Highway – to UEP Subang Jaya (3 exits to USJ from Kuala Lumpur)
- Subang Airport Highway – to UEP Subang Jaya (USJ) and Subang Jaya
- To/from Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya is linked to Kuala Lumpur by Rapid KL and Metrobus buses. They usually charge a flat RM1 rate for trips around Subang Jaya and to other parts of Klang Valley. It is advisable to get a Touch N Go card for easier accessibility to these public transports.
Taxis are also available, but the best way to get around is your own car because it is very expensive to travel in taxis.
- Comfort Taxi, ☎ +60 3 2692 2525. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
- Super Cab Taxi, ☎ +60 3 7805 5333. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
- Radio Cab Taxi, ☎ +60 3 2693 6211. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
- Public Cab Taxi, ☎ +60 3 6259 2020. RM1 surcharge on top of the meter.
Avoid using Persiaran Kewajipan during rush hour as the traffic is usually very congested. It is easy to travel in the city as there are many sign boards to direct the routes. Also, there are many different routes you can take to travel in the city. Persiaran Kewajipan and Persiaran Tujuan serve as the main routes in the city.
Subang Jaya has adopted the numbered-precinct system also used in neighboring Petaling Jaya, so take a look at that article for clues about decrypting addresses. Roughly, Subang Jaya consists of precincts SS12 to SS19 on the north side (the numbers increase as you head west) and precincts USJ 1 to USJ 29 on the south side (number increases to the south).
Sunway Lagoon Resort and Sunway Pyramid are well-known tourism destinations throughout the whole Klang Valley. It is in Bandar Sunway and it is nearby Subang Jaya. Besides that, there are many other shopping malls such as Subang Parade, Empire Subang, Carrefour SS16, First Subang, The 19 USJ City Mall and Summit USJ.
- 3.082101.5951 Subang Ria Recreational Park, SS12. A beautiful 30 acres (12 hectares) lake in the city. It is easily accessible by public transport and there are ample parking spaces for private vehicles. It is also home to the famous seafood restaurant Crocodile Farm and the largest paintball park (TT Sports Park) in Malaysia. It’s public park status is a regular issue among the Subang residents, the owner Sime Darby, and the local City Council.
- Faber-Castell Malaysia Headquarters (A.W. Faber-Castell (M) Sdn. Bhd.), 9, Jl. TP2, Taman Perisdustrian Sime UEP. The World’s Largest Pencil, a Castell 9000, is at Faber-Castell’s facility in Taman Perisdustrian Sime UEP.
- Proton Malaysia Headquarters (Proton Holdings Berhad), Taman Perisdustrian Sime UEP. It is the largest Proton showroom in the Klang Valley and can be seen from the KESAS expressway.
- Lotus Cars (Proton Holdings Berhad), Taman Perisdustrian Sime UEP (Sime UEP Industrial Park). It is the only Lotus showroom in the Klang Valley and is alongside the Proton headquarters.
- Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur, SS13. It is the only official Lamborghini distributor and retailer in Malaysia. It also has a workshop which services internationally renowned marques such as Ferrari, Porsche, Hummer, Lotus, Jaguar, Bentley and Rolls Royce. However in 2012, they have moved to a new showroom in nearby Glenmarie.
There are many sports centres in Subang Jaya. There are more than 10 badminton centres/courts there.
- 3K Sports Complex, SS13. Community complex featuring indoor swimming pool, badminton courts, squash courts, many other activities available here.
- MPSJ Sports Complex, USJ 5. Community complex featuring a football field, a running track and other facilities.
- Sportsplanet, SS13. It is directly opposite Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur
- De Stadium, USJ 19. It is in the industrial park of USJ 19. The price is among the cheapest in Subang Jaya. In the afternoon, the price is around RM40 an hour. Besides that, there are student rates during the noon.
- Ferro Futsal, Taman Perindustrian Subang (Subang Industrial Park). The largest indoor soccer facility in the Subang Jaya area with the capacity of eight standard regulation size pitches and one FIFA standard regulation international court facilities.
- HTO de futsal, Taman Perindustrian Subang (Subang Industrial Park).
- True Fitness, USJ 10 Taipan.
- Celebrity Fitness, SS16 (Subang Parade).
- Fitness First Platinium, SS16 (Empire Subang).
- Yap Twin Sport Management, USJ 19. It is a very well-known badminton coaching company.
- The Body Express Fitness Club, SS16 (Subang Avenue). It is an exclusive fitness centre and have trainers with many years of experience.
- Subang National Golf Club, Kelana Jaya.
- Saujana Golf & Country Club, Saujana Subang.
- Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Glenmarie, Shah Alam.
- Subang Racquet and Golf Club, SS16.
There is a huge mall culture in Malaysia (the larger cities at least). If you visit Klang Valley, you will notice many shopping malls mushrooming in the landscape of the congested city. Within 10 minutes (or 20 in the case of bad traffic) of each other, you will see 4 sizeable malls.
- The 19 USJ City Mall, Persiaran Kewajipan Road (right after Summit USJ and USJ 10 Taipan), ✉ email@example.com. Daily 10:00-22:00. Restaurants and cafes may be found near the main entrance including Milwaukee for steaks and Papa Rich for coffee. The complex has a Carrefour supermarket. Level-1 has a Korean BBQ restaurant and some electronic and mobile phone shops. Level-2 has World Famous Streets a retail themed shopping area named after famous world streets. It also has a weekend carnival of street food, fashion outlets, and a spa.
- Sunway Pyramid, not in Subang Jaya, but in the neighbouring city – Petaling Jaya. This mall has been upgraded with a new wing to compete with the bigger shopping malls, Includes Coach, Topshop, Charles & Keith and Mango – but no Zara. They also have anchor tenants – Parkson, Jusco and Giant. It also has a cinema (TGV), a karaoke (Red Box) and a skating rink (where you can sneak a peak at the ice hockey training at night).
- Subang Parade, SS16. This is one of the oldest malls around. It has been refurbished and upgraded, but remains a family-oriented shopping mall. This is the “hang-out” for many families during the weekends when they want to escape from the heat at home. During the weekend, there are a variety of local stalls set up on the top floor of the building for cheap bargains. Many dining restaurants and cafes including Dome, T.G.I. Fridays, Swensens, Sakae Sushi, Uncle Lim’s, Nandos, The Manhattan Fish Market, Secret Recipe, Chillis, Celebrity Fitness and Big Apple Donuts. It also has a cinema (MBO).
- Empire Subang, SS16. A newer shopping gallery. Floursheim, Coach, Guess, Charles & Keith and exclusive dining restaurants such as Itallianies, Chilli’s, Din Tai Fung, La Bodega, Ole-Ole Bali and Empire Hotel Subang’s in-house restaurants – Kitchen Art Brasserie, Di Wei Chinese Restaurant, and SHOUT. (updated Jul 2015)
- Carrefour Subang Jaya, SS16. Next to the Subang Jaya KTM Train station. It is often bustling due to it’s proximity with the train station and major bus and taxi stop. There are many cafes and restaurants such as Starbucks, Kenny Rogers Chicken and Subway.
- First Subang, SS15. It is in the heart of the busy central district of SS15. It consists of studio units and retail lots. It is the main hub of nightlife as there are a few nightclubs such as The Library, Overtime, etc and many pubs.
- USJ Taipan, USJ 10. The Taipan retail lots are contains a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, clinics, banks, cafes, fashion outlets and more. It is noted for traffic congestion and a lack of sufficient parking spaces during working hours.
- Summit Subang USJ, Persiaran Kewajipan, USJ 1. The Summit shopping mall has a few restaurants, cafes, fashion outlets. However, it is not a very popular shopping destination for the residents in Subang Jaya because it is quite rundown as it has been maintained for many years. But still, there are popular fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Subway and KFC.
- Giant USJ, USJ 1. The Giant supermarket has only a food court and a Guardian pharmacy. It is one of the oldest Giant supermarket in the Klang Valley so it is not as premium as the Giant supermarket in Putra Heights. Moreover, the traffic from Persiaran Kewajipan to Giant USJ is quite congested during rush hours. Now closed and moving to SS15 First Subang tower, most possibly to compete with nearby other major supermarkets like Carrefour, Cold Storage and Jaya Grocer instead of Mydin.
- Giant Putra Heights, Jalan Putra Indah. The Giant supermarket in Putra Heights has a few restaurants, cafes and fashion outlets. Its ambient is very premium compared to other Giant supermarkets in the Klang Valley.
- Mydin USJ, USJ 1. The Mydin supermarket has a few restaurants, cafes and fashion outlets. It is normally packed as its prices are cheap compared to other supermarkets. There is a KFC restaurant in Mydin USJ.
- One City, USJ 25 (in between of LDP and ELITE highway).
- Subang Avenue, Jalan Kemajuan, Subang Jaya, Selangor (Right next to Carrefour Subang and Subang Parade). 10:00-22:00. An apartment cum shopping complex with restaurants and entertainment centres.
Eating is the favorite pastime of most Malaysians. As such, many food outlets are dotted around Subang Jaya. There is a wide variety of food to choose from. Fast food franchises are ample in the city, most of which you can find in the shopping malls – from the basics like McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Burger King, A&W to bakery/confectionery like Bread Story, J&Co Donuts (Sunway Pyramid), Big Apple Donuts (Subang Parade) and O’Briens. Besides that, there are restaurants such as Tony Roma’s, The Manhattan Fish Market, Nando’s Chicken, Chili’s, Din Tai Fung, T.G.I. Friday’s and La Bodega. The city is mostly known for its Japanese foods as there are more than 10 Japanese restaurants.
- Chili’s – in Empire Subang. It serves American food influenced by Tex-Mex cuisine. It has a bar and is usually packed so a booking is advised if you want to dine in here.
- T.G.I. Friday’s – in Subang Parade. It serves various types of American food ranging from appetisers to desserts.
- Victoria Station – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is famous for its charbroil steak and seafood. London train carriages have been used for the restaurant.
- The Manhatthan Fish Market – in SS16 (Subang Parade).
- Kenny Rogers Roasters – in Subang Parade and Empire Subang. They serve delicious flame-grilled chicken with less salts and calories.
- Ole-Ole Bali – in SS16 (Empire Subang) and Sunway Pyramid. It serves Balinese food. The prices are a little pricey but it is worth every penny! The portion is big and it has a wide variety of food to choose from. Its ambient is very cozy and Balinese feel.
- Devil’s Crab – in USJ 9 (Subang Business Centre). It is famous for its Nyonya crabs, fried cod fish.
- South Sea – in Kampung Baru Subang. It is a very famous seafood restaurant throughout the Klang Valley. It is near the Subang Airport.
- Imperial China – in Jaya Square, SS17. An exclusive Chinese restaurant serving canton dim sum in the morning and normal dining during lunch and dinner.
- Grand Imperial – in the 19 USJ City Mall. It serves fine Chinese food cooked by award-winning chefs.
- Oversea Restaurant – in SS16 (Subang Parade). It is widely known for their contemporary Chinese cuisine. It was established in 1977 when it was first opened in Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur.
- Esquire Kitchen
- Di Wei – in SS16 (Empire Hotel Subang). It serves fine Chinese foods. It is a little pricey though.
- Din Tai Fung – in SS16 (Empire Subang). International restaurant chain famous for its expensive Xiao Long Baos, dumplings, beef noodles and seafood fried rice.
- New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice – in SS15. They have been operating this food business since 1997, best known for their famous bean sprouts and chicken with a choice of kampung chicken or ordinary chicken cooked either by roasting or boiling.
- Ah Ping Bah Kut Teh – in SS14. Long established as one of the most popular Bah Kut Teh shops among the many shops in its vicinity. Opens from 5PM till sold out by 9PM.
- Asia Cafe – in SS15. It a food court serving a large variety of food in a hawker-concept. It is famous for its fried oyster egg, Portuguese grilled fish, har mee, char kuey teow, nasi lemak and pasta.
- Delicious – in Sunway Pyramid. It is famous for its sandwiches, quiches, steaks, pasta, etc.
- Logenhaus Roast & Grill – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is one of the most famous German restaurants which also serves halal German food.
- Nirvana Maju – in USJ 9 (Subang Business Centre). It is a very famous restaurant among the locals. It gained much popularity when it first opened in Bangsar many years ago. It serves one of the best and authentic banana leaf cuisine in the Klang Valley.
- Indian Heritage – in USJ 10 Taipan. The cuisine of India found at Indian Heritage is characterized by its sophisticated and subtle use of many spices and herbs. Traditional Northern Indian food. Buffet is available during lunch on weekdays.
- D’Tandoor – in SS15. It is the same famous Indian cuisine from KL Tower. It serves one of the finest Indian cuisines in Malaysia with good hospitality and absolute quality.
- 3.04341101.583111 Meena Curry House 2, 17, Jalan USJ9/3F, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 08:00-21:00. Indian restaurant serving tasty food using quality ingredients. (updated Sep 2015)
- Pizza Uno – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is one of the most famous italian restaurants in the Klang Valley. They have a branch in USJ and Bandar Utama. One of their most famous dishes are marinara sauce (seafood) pasta, Romeo special and many more. Imported beers and other beverages.
- Italiannies – in Empire Subang. The portion they serve in normally for 2 pax and the price is reasonable.
- Domino’s Pizza – in USJ 9, SS12 Putra Heights. An international pizza restaurant which is famous for New York crusts.
- Pizza Hut – in USJ 9, Taipan USJ 10 and SS15. They offer different styles of pizza along with a wide variety of side dishes.
- Sarpino’s Pizza – in USJ Sentral. Their pizzas are made with authentic ingredients and guarantee their customers a truly “Italian Experience”.
- Allegro Cafe Trattoria Italiano – in SS15/4. One of those restaurants with a truly authentic Italian and homey atmosphere, serving specialities such as fettucine salmone, lamb shank with blue cheese sauce and Tiramisu.
- Rakuzen – in SS15 and SS16 (Empire Subang). It is one of the most famous premium Japanese restaurants in the Klang Valley. The bento set they serve for lunch is relatively cheaper by RM8 compared to dinner.
- Jyu Raku – in SS15. Japanese restaurant. It is beside Rakuzen (SS15). Its owner is the former head chef of Rakuzen next door.
- Ido Ichi – in SS15. Japanese restaurant. It has 6 branches in Malaysia.
- Tomoe – in SS15. Japanese restaurant beside Rakuzen. It serves more on authentic Japanese food but it is a little expensive.
- Hyotan – in SS15.
- Yamada – in SS12. Japanese restaurant opposite SJMC.
- Bentoya – in SS15. Japanese restaurant opposite Asia Cafe. It is on the first floor of the retail lot.
- Sumi Ka – in SS15. Japanese restaurant on the first floor of a retail lot in SS15. Although it is on the first floor, it is usually packed. The customers are usually Japanese than Malaysian. It is famous for its grilled food.
- Ryu Men Tei – in SS15. One of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Subang Jaya. The pricing is about RM35 per person. It is famous for its seafood teppanyaki, ramen and sushi.
- Sumo – in USJ 9 (Subang Business Centre). Modest Japanese restaurant in the city..
- Kobe Gyutaku Japanese BBQ – in SS15. It is an exclusive Japanese restaurant which is famous for its grilled rib eye, short ribs and many more! The experience here is simply heavenly especially for bovine lovers.
- Kinpachi – in SS17. It is in a quieter part of the city and is one of the first Japanese restaurants opened in the city.
- Zen – in Sunway Pyramid. It is parent company is the same as Rakuzen.
- Miyako – in SS12. This restaurant is situated in the Grand Dorsett Subang Hotel (formerly Sheraton Subang).
- Sakura Sakura Hakata – in SS12. This restaurant (formerly known as Shun) is among one of the oldest Japanese establishments in Subang Jaya.
- Daorae Korean BBQ – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is one of the most exclusive and famous Korean restaurants in the Klang Valley. It has a branch in Ampang and USJ. However, prices are a little expensive compared to other Korean restaurants in the city.
- Da Chang Jin – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is a Korean restaurant which serves very healthy and delicious food. The prices are relatively cheaper than the others.
- Han Woo Ri – in USJ 10 Taipan. It an exclusive and famous Korean restaurant from Ampang near Daorae Korean BBQ restaurant. the service and hospitality is absolute but the prices are above average.
- Seoul Palace – in The 19 USJ City Mall. It serves authentic Korean cuisine unlike other restaurants.
- Da Sang Rang – in SS15. It serves Korean cuisine with MSG. It is above McDonald’s.
Malaysian & Indonesian
- Salero Negori – in SS15/5A. It serves an authentic spread of Negeri Sembilan (a state further south from Selangor) cuisine.
- Kitchen Art Brasserie – in SS16 (Empire Hotel Subang). It caters a mix of Malaysian and International cuisine. Hi-Tea is also available during the weekends.
- Belanga – in SS16 (Empire Subang). It serves a mix of Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine.
- Nyonya Colors – in SS16 (Empire Subang). It specializes in premium homemade quality Nyonya cuisine.
- Pelita Nasi Kandar – in SS15. Popular for nasi kandar and is opened 24 hr.
- Nasi Lemak USJ 11 – in Jalan USJ 11/2. It is a store at the roadside near a row of semi-d houses in USJ 11. Selling here for 10 over years. Despite its roadside environment, many people queue up at the roadside early in the morning just to eat the nasi lemak. The chili sambal the owner serves is one of the best. Furthermore, it has a wide variety of side dishes such as sambal sotong, sambal ayam, sambal mussel, sambal udang, etc. It is only opened in the morning from 7AM-10AM and closed during Hari Raya Aidilfitri
- Kayu Nasi Kandar – in USJ 10 Taipan. It serves authentic Nasi Kandar since 1974. The taste is slightly different from Pelita Nasi Kandar.
- Patio@9 – in USJ 9. It is one of the nightlife hotspots in USJ. It is opened 24/7.
- Makbul – in USJ 9. It is one of the famous mamak restaurant in the city. It is opened 24/7.
- Murni Discovery – in USJ 9. It is the same famous mamak restaurant in SS2, PJ. the portion they serve is usually huge and they also serve fusion cuisine.
- Restoran Delima – in Tiara Square, Sime UEP Industrial Park. It serves authentic nasi melayu + nasi padang home cook & night it serve tomyam seafood, Thai cuisine. It is opened 7.30am – 12.00am & closed on saturday.
- Sri Melur Jaya – in USJ 17 and SS19. It is famous for its various types of roti. It is usually crowded during lunch/break time and is only opened 12 hours.
- Rojak & Cendol SS15 – there appears to be a perpetual queue for rojak and cendol in SS 15 near Subang Square, opposite the football field. The rojak and cendol are now sold in the stands labeled ‘Rojak SS15 Subang Jaya’ and ‘Best Cendol in SS 15 Subang Jaya’ (used to be in a van). Price ranges from RM3.20-4 depending on what variety of items you want in your rojak. The cendol costs RM1.40.
- Old Town and Old Town Signature – in Taipan USJ 10, USJ 21 Subang Avenue and The Summit. It is famous for its Ipoh white coffee. Taipan USJ 10 has two outlets, Old Town and Old Town Signature.
- Paparich – in Taipan USJ 10, SS15. It is famous for most of the Malaysian delicacies.
- Uncle Lim’s – in Subang Parade. It is famous for its roti bakar and other Malaysian breakfast delicacies. The locals usually come here to have their morning breakfast.
- Teh Tarik Place – in Empire Subang. It is famous for its various types of Malaysian food and especially their ‘Teh Tarik’.
- Las Carretas – in USJ 10 Taipan. Steak, carrot soup, lamb stew and many more.
Middle Eastern and Lebanese
- Tarbush Restaurant – in Empire Subang. They serve one of the best Middle Eastern cuisines in the Klang Valley. It is a fine dining restaurant.
- Nando’s – in SS16 (Subang Parade) and USJ 10 Taipan. It is famous for its peri-peri sauce and chicken.
- La Bodega – in SS16 (Empire Subang). Spanish food, also a pub which opens till late.
- La Cocina – in USJ 9 (Subang Business Centre). Spanish food.
- Organic Fresh Mart Enterprise – in SS18. Serves organic foods. They also sell other organic products.
- Just Life – in USJ 14.
- Green Wood Vegetarian And Organic Mart – in SS15.
- Sri Ayutthaya – in USJ 11. It is one of the most famous Thai restaurants in the Klang Valley which also has a branch in Damansara Heights. Authentically Thai.
- Thai Corner – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is famous for its kerabu chicken, thai fish, pandan chicken and many more.
- Green House Thai Cuisine – in SS18. It serves one of the finest Thai cuisines in Malaysia. It is a very famous restaurant among the locals.
- Sawadee Thai Kitchen – in USJ 1. It is a very famous Thai restaurant featuring authentic Thai cuisine.
- Phad Thai – in USJ 10 Taipan. It is an authentic Thai restaurant run by Thai Muslims.
- Delicious – in Sunway Pyramid. It is famous for its Macadamia nuts cake and chocolate brownie with ice cream. They also serve main dishes as well.
- Dessert Brothers Hong Kong – in SS15. It serves a wide variety of famous Hong Kong desserts.
- Dessert’s Bar – in Subang Parade. It serves a wide variety of cake etc.
- Snowflake – in SS15. Famous for its iced grass jelly and taro ball desserts. Popular and it is normally packed. It is in SS15.
- Blackball – in SS15. It is a very established dessert shop and now stands as one of the biggest dessert chains in Taipei with over 20 outlets and still expanding. It is famous for its blackball and taro ball desserts.
- Baskin-Robbins – in Taipan USJ 10, SS15 and Subang ParadeIt is famous for its Jamoca Almond fudge flavor and low-fat yogurt ice cream.
- 100 Yen – in Taipan USJ 10 and SS15. Famous for its flavoured shaved ice with chocolate, raisin or fruit topping.
- The Carpenter’s Daughter – in Taipan USJ 10
- Berry’s Cake House – in Taipan USJ 10
- Moon Garden Bakery and Cafe – in Taipan USJ 10 (same row as KFC). There are two other branches in Desa Sri Hartamas and Kota Kemuning.
- The Baker’s Cottage – in Taipan USJ 10
Around Subang Jaya are countless of mamaks and cafes, ranging from kopitiam to premier classes. Here are only some of them:
- Starbucks Coffee, SS15, USJ 10 Taipan, Taylor’s Lakeside, SS16 (Empire Subang) & (Subang Parade).
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Subang Parade, USJ 10 Taipan and Empire Subang.
- Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Subang Parade.
- Boost Juice Bars, Subang Parade. It specializes in ice-blended juices with fresh fruits from Melbourne, Australia.
- JuiceWorks, in Empire Subang and Sunway Pyramid. A juice store serving healthy juices.
- Station One Cafe, in USJ 10 Taipan, SS15 and Bandar Sunway.
- Asia Cafe, in SS15.
- PapaRich, in USJ 10 Taipan, SS15 and The 19 USJ City Mall.
- Old Town White Coffee, in USJ 10 Taipan, SS15 and Sunway Mentari.
- Daiki Cafe, in SS15.
- Dome Cafe, in Subang Parade.
- Grafa Cafe, in SS15. The cafe was built on the philosophy of design aesthetics. A design studio cum cycling lifestyle retail outlet plus a bicycle cafe, it comes as no surprise that these two seemingly unrelated activities be bound by their appreciation of good aesthetics.
- Cafe Bliss 33, in USJ 2 and USJ 9.
- Austin Chase, in First Subang, SS15. Austin Chase is the latest premium coffee retail store brand to hit this part of the world, beginning with Malaysia and Singapore
- Coffee Chemistry Signature, in First Subang, SS15. 1st cafe in Malaysia serving Graffeo coffee. Also serves delicious food, using fresh ingredients.
- Chatime, in First Subang, SS15, Summit USJ. Chatime is a bubble tea franchise from Taiwan. Established in 2005, it now has over 450 retail locations worldwide.
- 3.07412101.590361 Flat White, No 73-1, Jalan SS15/8a, Subang Jaya (Opposite Asia Cafe), ✉ email@example.com. Offers fine coffee and indulgent desserts.
Whilst most Subang-ians venture out to the heart of Kuala Lumpur, others venture in. As it started of as a residential and very family-oriented city, nightlife in Subang is relatively new.
- The Library, at Lot G1, G2 & G27, Ground Floor, First Subang, Jln SS15/4G, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor. The Library have built upon the concept with our offer of Malaysia’s largest selection of both imported and locally brewed beers, a variety of premium liquor, as well as a tantalising food menu. It is one of the most famous nightlife hubs in the Klang Valley.
- OverTime, at G9, G10 & G11, Ground Floor, First Subang, Jln SS15/4G, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
- Chill Out, at Lot G31, Ground Floor,Subang Parade No. 5 Jl. SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya. Chill Out is an exclusive pub. They serve all kinds of liquor and alcohol at a reasonable price. It is one of the most famous nightlife hubs in Subang Jaya.
- Skewers, in SS16 (Subang Avenue). Skewers is a social hotspot in Subang Avenue. Skewers Restaurant and Bar is designed to provide an enjoyable dining and drinking experience. Furthermore, it stocks a host of international beers, whiskeys and wines.
- Club 9, at Jalan SS15/4A. Club 9 is a pub established in 2008. They play music from R&B to disco classics to trance. Frequented by students from the neighbouring colleges and universities. It is also very well-known for its wide variety of pool tables for entertainment. They even have tournament pool tables for professionals. Frequently, the professionals will have their major tournaments in Club 9.
Where to stay in Subang Jaya
- Cottage Inn, in USJ 9.
- De Uptown Boutique Hotel, in SS15.
- Summer Oscar Boutique Hotel, in USJ Sentral.
- 3.081733101.5822961 Empire Hotel Subang, in SS16, fax: +60 3 5565 1288. 4-star business hotel with 198 rooms plus convention hall, restaurants and cafes. Empire Shopping Gallery, with many retail stores and a supermarket, is downstairs.
- Grand Dorsett Subang, in SS12.
- Holiday Villa Subang, in SS12.
- Pyramid Tower, in PJS 11, Bandar Sunway.
- Ruemz Hotel, in Taylor’s Lakeside Campus.
- Summit Hotel, in USJ 1. Less than 20 min away from the major cities of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, and Shah Alam. 332 guestrooms and suites with cableTV, mini-bar and internet. From RM160.
- Sunway Lagoon Resort & Spa, in PJS 11, Bandar Sunway.
- Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya (better known as SJMC – Subang Jaya Medical Centre) – in SS12.
- Sunway Medical Centre – at Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway.
- iRehab Physiotherapy and Stroke Rehabilitation Centre – at SS17, Subang Jaya
KTM Subang Jaya station, on the KTM Komuter Klang-Sentul line, is at the northern edge of Subang Jaya. It is behind Carrefour and Subang Parade in SS16.
The KTM Komuter is a convenient mode of transport both to central locations in the city and towns in the neighbouring states (north – Perak, south – Negeri Sembilan):
- KL Sentral – connection by Putra LRT to KLCC
- Bank Negara – the Central Bank
- MidValley – one of Malaysia’s largest shopping malls
- Klang – home to Bak Kut Teh
- Batu Caves – limestone hill housing several Hindu cave temples
- Tanjung Malim – small town at the Perak state border (north of Selangor)
- Seremban – small town in Negeri Sembilan (south of Selangor). Famous for their siew pao
There are a number of bus services that connect points in Malaysia and Singapore directly from Subang Jaya, bypassing Kuala Lumpur and its traffic jams. Aeroline and Transtar buses operate from Sunway Pyramid, while First Coach runs from the Holiday Villa hotel in SS12.
All metered taxis operating in Subang Jaya also serve Kuala Lumpur.
Getting out of Subang Jaya is a breeze (as long as you avoid rush hours). It is well connected to most major highways:
- Federal Highway – cuts through most major areas in Klang Valley including Petaling Jaya, central Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Klang. No toll charges
- New Pantai Expressway (NPE) – to Bangsar and Kuala Lumpur city centre
- Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP) – to Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur city centre
- New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) – to Damansara, Sri Hartamas and Kuala Lumpur city centre
- Kesas Highway – to Kota Kemuning, Cheras, Bukit Jalil, KLIA, Klang and Kuala Lumpur city centre
- Subang Airport Highway – to Kelana Jaya, Saujana Subang, Ara Damansara and Subang Airport.
Alor Setar Travel Guide
As the capital of Kedah, Alor Setar is located on the Northern region and one of the oldest Sultanate in Malaysia. In the Malay Language, Alor Setar literally translates to “small stream.” It is a bustling city dotted with modern-day structures and shopping complexes and is currently known as the rice and rubber trading center of Malaysia. It also prides itself as one of the cleanest and most friendly cities in Malaysia. I passed through Alor Setar so many times and it never changed. The people are friendly and warm, the taxi’s have fair prices compared to the horror of taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur that many visitors are subjected too.
Getting to Alor Setar
Through the North-South Expressway, which extends from the Malaysian and the border of Thailand all the way to Singapore, travelers have the option to drive themselves up to Kedah if they have rented a car, hail a taxicab or hop onto one of the many bus companies in Peninsular Malaysia. Unlike most cities, the buses en-route to Alor Setar are air-conditioned. Should you decide to take the bus, you can purchase tickets at the various bus terminals in the major cities of Malaysia. You also have the option to take a train to the city of Alor Setar, courtesy of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) railway company, which will take you to the Central Business District of the city. You can purchase railway passes directly from the train station or online.
The Sultan Abdul Halim Airport is a state-of-the-art airport located 15 kilometers north from the city of Alor Setar. As of today, the airport only caters to domestic flights courtesy of Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia.
Passenger ferries are provided by Jetty Kuala Kedah and services regular trips to and from Langkawi. However, the jetty is located some 25 kilometers away from Alor Setar so you will need to take a bus or a taxi from the jetty to get to the city.
Where to stay
During my last stay in Alor Setar I booked a hotel room at the Seri Malaysia Hotel Alor Setar.
Main Attractions of Alor Setar
Menara Alor Setar
Considered as the most prominent landmark of the city, the Menara Alor Setar is located at the heart of the city and serves as a symbol of the rapid development of the city and the entire state of Kedah as well as a telecommunications tower. Visitors can climb up to the top of the tower to take in a spectacular and breath-taking view of the entire city of Alor Setar.
The Zahir Mosque is the state mosque of Kedah and has become an architectural landmark of the city. Built in the tradition of Moorish architecture, it is one of the largest and grandest mosques in Malaysia and the site where the annual Koran reading competition in Kedah is held. If you do plan on visiting the mosque, make sure that you first obtain permission from the Religious Department of the city and observe the dress code being implemented. Balai Nobat. This is the home of the sacred instruments used by the Kedah Royal Orchestra. These instruments are so sacred and special that it is only being used and played during royal ceremonies such as company inaugurations, weddings and funerals, hence the name.
Also known as the “Great Hall” in Kedah, this structure serves as a testimony of long-standing historical and cultural relationship between Kedah and Thailand.
Once serving as the royal palace of the Sultan of Kedah, the Royal museum is now home to various artifacts unique to the Sultanate of Kedah, as well as a State Art Gallery where an extensive collection of paintings, photographs, antiques and traditional arts and crafts from the Sultanate are housed. Moreover, it offer collections showcasing Thailand’s influence over the Sultanate which includes traditional artifacts originating from the ancient Hindu-Buddhist civilization from the Bujang Valley.
Prime Minster Mahathir’s Birthplace
The birthplace of former Malay Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad who was born on 10 July 1925 at a house near the Kampung Seberang Perak.
Muar Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak Johore Malaysia
Muar is the second biggest town and district of the state of Johor, at its northeast, in southern Malaysia. Muar is also known by its other name, Bandar Maharani, which means Empress Town.
History and etymology
Muar’s name is believed to have originated and derived from its geographical location at the mouth or estuary of Muar River, the Malay words “Muara” which means eastuary or mouth of river. Muar is rich in history as mentioned in many historical records and archeological evidences. It is believed that the history of Muar started much earlier than the Sultanate of Malacca which witness the rise and fall of the empire. There were many accounts recorded and said about the history early and modern days of Muar. There are a few famous old historic legends which evolved around the area of Muar namely, Hikayat Malim Deman (Epic of Malim Deman), Legenda Lembing Awang Pulang Ke Dayang (Awang’s Spear Return to Dayang Legend) and Legenda Puteri Gunung Ledang (Mount Ledang Princess’ Legend).
Geography and climate
Muar district (inclusive of Ledang) covers 2346.12 km². Muar sits at the mouth of the Muar River, on the coast of the Straits of Malacca. Muar’s geographical ground and area generally has a flat terrain. The town is about 150 km (93 miles) southeast of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, and about the same distance (166 km) northwest of Johor Bahru. It is 45 km south of Malacca Town. It is also 50 km north of Batu Pahat.
Muar as the rest of peninsular Malaysia enjoys a year-round tropical rainforest equatorial climate which is warm, humid and sunny, along with plentiful rainfall, especially during the southwest monsoon season from September to December. The temperatures is between about 22°C/72°F (night) and 30°C/86°F (day), between 70% and 90% humidity, and an annual total rainfall of about 2400mm. The climate is very much dictated by the adjacent sea and the wind system.
Population and language
Muar has a population of 437,164 (2020) with a multiracial demography, consists of mainly Malay, Chinese, Indian, etc. Beside the local languages like Malays, Chinese (Mandarin and other dialects Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese) and Tamil, English is widely understand and spoken.
Government and administration
- District Office of Muar/Pejabat Daerah Muar Tel: +60 6-9521021/06-9522615 Fax : 06-9528817
- Municipal Council of Muar/Majlis Perbandaran Muar(MPM) +60 6-9521204/5/6
- Muar District Police HQ +60 6-9526222
- District Hospital :Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital +60 6-9521901
- Muar District Immigration Department +60 6-9522685
Nearest airports to Muar are the Malacca (Batu Berendam Airport) with the Johor Bahru (Senai International Airport) and Sepang’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport(Kuala Lumpur International Airport) airports located farther afield. There is also the southern neighbour, Singapore’s Singapore Changi Airport across the causeway. Transfer by bus or taxi has to be taken to redirect to Muar.
The nearest train railway stations are Segamat with Seremban or Kluang located farther. Transfer by bus or taxi has to be taken to redirect to Muar.
Besides federal roads, Muar is also accessible via the North–South Expressway through the Tangkak and Pagoh interchanges exits which are located 20 km and 30 km from the town, respectively.
If you’re driving from Kuala Lumpur on the North South Expressway (NSE), take the Tangkak exit (Interchange 235) and drive on past Sg. Mati and Parit Bunga (on highway 23 and 5). Muar town is about 27 km from the Tangkak exit. If you are driving from Johor Bahru, exit at Pagoh and head to the Muar town.
There are two bus stations in Muar; Hentian Maharani Bus Station and Bentayan Express Bus Station (formerly Pagoh Bus Station).
- From Kuala Lumpur (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan(TBS)) – RM16, 2-3 hours. Mayang Sari Express. Hasry Express. Sks KL. Transnasional.
- From Johor Bahru (2-3 hours).
- From Malacca (1 hour or less). SKA (every 15 minutes), Mayangsari (9AM, noon and 4PM), MOS, Orkid.
- From Batu Pahat Mayangsari Express.
- From Ipoh, Penang, Alor Star and Northern Malaysia
- From Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bahru and East Coast
- From Segamat
- From Singapore: HKKL Express.
- From Hat Yai Thailand: HKKL Express.
There are also chartered taxi services available below two taxi terminals.
- Hentian Maharani Bus Station (+60 6-9529980) (Pakatan Pemandu-pemandu Teksi dan Kereta Sewa Daerah Muar).
- Hentian Bentayan Bus Station (formerly Pagoh Bus Station) (+60 6-951 5341)(Persatuan Tuan-Tuan Punya Kereta Sewa Daerah Muar).
These chartered taxis travel within Muar district and outside Muar such as to Kuala Lumpur International Airport International Airport, Kuala Lumpur and even Singapore. They carry up to 4 passengers at a time. The taxis in Muar don’t have a metered system, and they often charge according to the travel distant, time and number of passsenger.
Ferry services from Bengkalis and Dumai, Sumatra, Indonesia are available on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, ticketing booth located at and ferries departing from the Custom Jetty at Jalan Maharani at noon. Journey time is just under two hours. Tickets cost RM80/160 one-way/return. (+60 12-6363614) Muar is the only district (besides the state capital Johor Bahru) in Johor that has its own Custom and Excise Duty Department office and checkpoint at its own jetty.
Taxis chartered service (Perkhidmatan Kereta Sewa) at the taxi stands or bus stations.
Trishaws, or Beca, locally called Teksi to get around the town for sight-seeing.
The flat terrain of Muar’s geographical ground and areas has enable the extensive use of bicycle and tricycle vehicles as the main and major mode of transportion in Muar. Bike rentals and bike guide: NO-JOB (North Johor On Bike) +60 16-6412716.
Recreation and leisure places
- Donhu Jurassic Garden (麻坡東湖恐龍園有限公司), 2700, Pintasan Muar, Kampung Sabak Aur. Theme park.
- Tanjung Emas Park – Tanjung Emas recreational park overlooking Muar River is the place to go. This recreational park has a food court offering local delicacies if you get a little hungry- try the ikan asam pedas (fish cooked with tamarind sauce and chilli paste) for which this town is famous. There’s plenty of rest shades if the sun gets too hot and also a children’s playground to keep the little ones amused. The park, which is much visited during the weekends, also houses a 9-hole golf course, Tanjung Emas Golf Club. A 45-minute to one hour Muar River Cruise departing from this park is also available to offer tourists views of Muar town from the river. Nearby, Tanjung Ketapang is next to Tanjung Emas facing the Malacca Straits. The mangrove along the coastal line is home to wild monkeys or macaques but harmless and tame to visitors who feeds them.
- Laman Maharani Padang Nyiru – The garden at the new park called Padang Nyiru near the Sultan Ismail bridge, named Laman Maharani, includes a modern clock tower with old English architecture, a mini Roman Colosseum, a neatly manicured lawn, a pavement under leafy trees, a fountain, a dome-shaped pavilion, parking bays and a beautifully-designed seawall. The garden immortalises the old days when the site was a busy trading centre where junks and boats anchored with merchandise and charcoal. It is now a green lung for the town folks and visiting tourists to take leisurely walks and enjoy the natural beauty of the Muar River in the town centre.
- Gunung Ledang – about 30 km from Muar town Gunung Ledang (formerly Mt Ophir) is well known for the Legend of Gunung Ledang story of the mystique Puteri Gunung Ledang, entwined with its mysterious tales of supernatural encounters among the locals besides its beautiful natural attraction. Standing at 1,267 m, Gunung Ledang is Johor’s highest mountain and it can be accessed both from Johor (Sagil) and Melaka (Asahan). There are nice camping sites by the side of waterfall at the mountain foot and those who are adventurous can take up the challenges to climb to the peak of the mountain. The journey to the top will take approximately five hours through the dense but scenery virgin jungle. There are 2 options of access to the mountain top and mountain foot lodgings available by 2 different managements namely; Gunung Ledang Resort and Taman Hutan Lagenda-Taman Negara Gunung Ledang which has a range of options from a dormitory to chalets. Hiring a guide is necessary so it’s best to plan in advance. Gunung Ledang can be reached by buses that run between Tangkak and Segamat by getting off at Sagil or take a taxi from Tangkak.
- Pantai Leka, Parit Jawa – A nice sea-side fishing village and the coast is an important stopover and winter feeding ground for 60 bird species of migratory birds including egret, eagle, heron, sandpiper, swift and kingfisher, and efforts is being taken to gazet the area as a bird sanctuary. There are many sea foods, grilled fish and assam pedas stalls and restaurant serving nice delicious foods. GPS coordinates 1.951372N 102.635517E.
- Sungai Gersik Hot Spring – Kolam Air Panas Sungai Gersik, the natural wonder of hot springs can be found in the district of Muar, about 10km from Parit Jawa town. The hot spring, with water temperature is estimated at 50 to 70 °C, was discovered over 100 years ago in the peaty area, was believed to have healing power due to its high sulphur content. The hot spring area has chalet, public amenities like toilet, bath room and parking facilities, Muslim prayer room, a children’s playground and some shops. The place is opened from 7AM to 7PM. Admission is free to locals and foreigners. GPS Coordinates: GPS 1.940900N 102.741300E.
- Nasuha Spices & Herbs Farm. Ladang Rempah Ratus Nasuha farm is located at the 19 Km of Jalan Muar Pagoh. It covers an area of over 3200 acres, known to be the largest Herbs and Spices farm in Asia, producing 6 to 10 metric tonnes of raw herbs and spices each day. The farm is planted with 135 types of herbs collected from all over the world. There is a museum, restaurant, a herbal SPA, a resort and a processing plant inside the farm. Group tour can be arranged to visit the farm for bird watching, hiking activities, stress management and motivational course is also offered to public members.
- Dusun Damai. An scenery fruits orchard homestead resort on a scenic hill in Pagoh, Muar, midway PLUS highway between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. 15 minutes from Pagoh toll plaza.
Religious sites and worship places
- Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim, Tanjung Emas -completed in 1930 and was officially opened by Johor’s Menteri Besar, Dato Mustafa bin Jaafar to replace the old wooden building build in 1887. Located along Jalan Petri, close to mouth of Muar River. The building captures an unusual combination of the Anglophile’s Victorian and Moorish architectural influences similar to the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque in Johor Bahru will be of interest to any visitor with a fine eye for aesthetics.
- Masjid Jamek 2 Sultan Ismail, Tanjung Agas -built in 1999 on the opposite bank of Muar River in Tanjung Agas, is exactly an identical replica of the Masjid Jamek Sultan Ibrahim. The 2 majestic mosques are just like reflection image of each other on the other side of river is a breathtaking sight at the mouth of Muar River. This 2nd mosque can accommodate 5,000 Muslim congregants at a time.
- Nan Hai Fei Lai Goddess of Mercy Temple : The “Nan Hai Fei Lai (南海飞来/南海飛来nán hǎi fēi lái) Temple”, fondly called Ah Nio Keng(亚娘宫 yà niáng gōng/觀音庙 Guānyīn miào), literally the temple of Guanyin Goddess of Mercy, on the riverside main road of Jalan Maharani opposite the Bentayan Express Bus Station, is the oldest Chinese temple in Muar.
- Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple, Muar (粤东古庙) – The temple also fondly called Tua Lau Yah Keng (大老爷宫) in Teochew dialect is located at the Muar Kwangtung Association building at the beginning point of intersection of Jalan Bakri and Jalan Meriam in the town centre was founded by early settlers from Teochew/Chaozhou in 1895, is one of the oldest temples in Muar town. Its name Kerng Tang Kou Bioh (粤东古庙); means “Guangdong’s Ancient Temple” was derived from Teochew’s geographical location in Kwangtung/Guangdong (粤东/广东) province in China and its ancient Teochew patron deity worshipped at the temple, the “Tua Nang Kong” (大人公) or “Xuántiān Shàngdì” (玄天上帝) (the Lord of Profound Heaven or Black Heavenly Emperor God). It was brought in from the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia by Tan Song Hai (陈松海) for worship in a shop house at Jalan Maharani before it was saved in a fire and relocated and installed at the present temple in 1913. The temple was renovated several times and a major one was when the entrance arch with traditional Chinese temple architecture and the big sitting deity statue at the compound build and erected in 1998. During the “Chap Goh Mei” celebration on the last day of Chinese New Year festival, on the 15th day of first lunar month of Chinese calendar, drove of Taoism devotees will throng to congregate to pray at the temple and to observe a traditional Teochew custom, called “Puak Tau Sai” (博豆狮).
- San Chai Temple, Parit Unas (善才爷庙) – The Parit Unas’ (南亭寺) Nán Tíng Sì Temple was founded by late Dato Kor Thian Peng, the temple’s medium who was touted to be the foster son of late Johor Sultan for their good relationship ever since he helped to cure an illness of a Johor Sultan royal family member and conferred the Johor datukship award. According to legend, the temple divine deity god had protected devotees who seek to hide in the temple during 1969 May 13 racial riots and has helps many devotees in many occasions from near and far especially, droving flocks of people to throng the temple to worship especially during the birthday of the divine god, San Chai Yeah (善才爷) on the 23rd day of the 1st moon of Chinese lunar calendar(around January/February after Chinese New Year) every year. A Chinese primary school adjacent to the temple, SRJKC San Chai was built and operates with the aids of the temple and the Sultan’s donation.
- Sian Kong San Temple, Bukit Bakri (神公山庙) – A beautiful and tranquil Buddhist temple located on top of a hill at Bukit Bakri with magnificent scenery.
- Nagamalai Koil Alaiyam Temple, Bukit Pasir – Snake Hill temple, Bukit Pasir, Muar. Local folks call it Hindu snake temple. This temple, located in the Sime Darby Palm Oil Plantation in Bukit Pasir is said to be a very auspicious temple among Hindus. There are small shrines on the forested hill with cobra and Hindu God statues. According to The Star, Nagamalai Alaiyam is the third most important hill temple in Malaysia after Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur and Thannimalai temple in Penang.
- Nattukottai Chettiars’ Sri Murugan Temple – The oldest Hindu temple in Muar town in Jalan Meriam has a unique and beautiful steeple of the dome with old Indian Hindu achitechture element, but has been torn down as it is now undergoing some major re-construction. It is also fondly known as the Chettiar temple for the contribution of the community in building the temple where local devotees visit for the divine Lord Murugan’s blessing since the early days it was build. There is a grand annnual celebration with a chariot procession. +60 6-9537358.
- Sri Muthu Mariamman Temple(ஸ்ரீ முத்து மாரியம்மன் கோவில்) – at 29 Jalan Mohammadiah, Muar held its Hindu consecration ceremony between 8.45am and 9.45am. Annual temple celebration, Amman Festival, celebrated around October end yearly with procession of the Amman Chariot. +60 6-9515470
- Sri Maha Kaliamman Alaiyam Temple – at Jalan Junid Dalam, Parit Perupok Laut, Muar. Annual temple celebration, Amman Festival, where goat sacrificial offering ceremony held will be celebrated on the first weekend of August yearly. GPS Coordinates: 2 6 56.39N 102 41 38.13 . Tel :016-2533648
- Balai Polis Bukit Kepong – This police station at Bukit Kepong with a history museum is famous for the notorious attack by the communist terrorist on 23 Februari 1950 during the emergengy period.
- Kubu Bentayan – The last fortress of the retreat Malacca Sultanate soldiers before it falls during the attack of the Portuguese in the 15th century situated at mouth the Sungai Bentayan, the Bentayan Express Bus Station (formerly Pagoh Bus Stand) location now. Another fortress but built by the Portuguese later, Fortaleza de Muar was also believed to be in the same area.
- Makam Panglima Lidah Hitam, Parit Sakai – The grave of a legendary Malay warrior Panglima Lidah Hitam (the Black Tongue Warrior) or Baginda Zahiruddin from Padang Pariaman, Minangkabau, Sumatera, Indonesia; the founder of Silat Lintau, whose tongue was black colour when he die and buried in Parit Sakai Laut, Jalan Junid.
- Makam Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I, Kampung Raja, Pagoh – The tomb of the Malacca Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah I is located at Kampung Raja, Ulu Pagoh. Sultan Alauddin is 7th Sultan of Malacca Sultanate from 1477 to 1488, and he also built a residence palace in Pagoh. GPS Coordinates: 2 9 38.27N 102 45 29.59E.
- Tapak Sejarah Kota Buruk, Jorak – The Kota Buruk fortress historical site at Tanjung Selabu, Jorak, Bukit Pasir, Pagoh is where the founder of the Malacca Sultanate, Parameswara, stayed for more than 10 years upon his exile from Temasik before proceeding to Melaka. Another historic site, ‘Biawak Busuk’, opened by Parameswara, is said also to be located just nearby.
- Rumah Adat Bugis – Rumah Adat Bugis or Bolla Lopo or literally Bugis Customary House is a traditional Bugis house at Km 19 Parit Pechah, Sri Menanti. It was built 100 years ago by Tahir bin Daeng Mustapha, a descendant of Raja Bugis. In the language of Bugis, ‘Bolla’ means house and ‘Lopo’ means big; literally means “Big House”. The house design and elements are unique with many beautiful carving and features. It also house many old traditional items. Located at Parit Pecah, along the stretch between Sungai Gersik and Parit Jawa. It’s easy to miss, so visitors have to go slow and look out for it on the left while moving towards Parit Jawa Muar or on the right if travelling towards Batu Pahat.
- Take a relaxing stroll along the scenery riverside from the town to the park, over 1 km away, have a picnic at the beautiful riverside garden and catch the sunset by the beach of the Tanjung Emas Park. Enjoy the scenery with nice landscape of rows of trees and majestic old colonial buildings and pre-war shophouses along the way.
- Get on the boat and join the river cruising along Muar River at Tanjung Emas jetty. Jeti Tanjung Emas, Tanjung Emas. +60 19-6658827.
- Have a round of golf at the Tanjung Emas Golf Club in Muar. The Tanjung Emas course may not be a dream golf course but one can surely relax and enjoy a round of golf in cool soothing breezes. But beware of the wayward wind which can play havoc with your game which can be treacherous and may even blow away your ball. The par-35 (2,721 m) 9-hole layout is a flat and short golf course, but challenges come in many forms: the wind, large ponds, numerous 0.B. markers and sand traps provide it all. The course is open to the golfing public armed with handicaps. +60 6 9521550
- Muar is touted to be food haven for gluttons. Check out the Eat section, plan and have a round of nice local foods at the many eating places in town.
- Try having a big catch by fishing at the Muar River at a few local anglers’s favourite fishing spots, i.e. Tanjung Emas, Tanjung Ketapang, Tanjung Agas, the Sultan Ismail Bridge.
- Go for the adventurous freshwater prawn (udang galah) fishing at Panchor, Grisek, Kundang Ulu, Lenga, Gombang or Bukit Kepong areas located at the upstream of Muar River by renting a boat. Fire-fly watching eco-tour also may be arranged. (+60 6-971 1150, +60 13-680 2265 Hj Rahmat bin Idris)
- See the oyster harvesting by fishermen diving to the bottom of Muar River at Pengkalan Tiram, Parit Tiram, Jalan Sallleh, Muar. Grab the opportunity to buy the cheap and fresh oyster for dinner. Tel :012-6363614
- Stay at the local village homestays and experience the colourful local kampung cultures, foods and life of the Malays of Java and Bugis descends. Enjoy the local warm hospitality and friendliness of the host and family. Visit the village local small industries like traditional delicacies making, agricultural activities like local fruit harvesting at orchard or livestocks animals, poultry and fish farming or activities at rubber, oil palm or coconut plantation. Learn the interesting local traditional festivals, games, music and dances like the Javanese’ Kuda Kepang and Barongan or the Malays’ Zapin and Ghazal, and also local martial art Silat performances. For contact, see “Sleep” section.
- Visit the Orang Asli village at Lenga and Gunung Ledang area.
- Trek up the top of the magical jungle-capped legendary Gunung Ledang. Seek out the challenges and adventures to go on an expedition to the peak of the mountain, camp in the rugged wilds, or a convention amidst nature and get soak in Air Panas waterfall at the mountainfoot.
- Ride bicycle across the town, across both bridges and by the beach. Bandar Maharani is so flat that you don’t need to be strong rider to go anywhere.
- Try to get yourself a motorcycle and ride from the town through Bukit Pasir, Lenga to Bukit Kepong and back to Muar town through Gerisek, Bukit Gambir and Serom.
Events and festivals
- Johor Sultan’s Birthday – will be celebrated on 22nd November every year to commemorate the birthday of the new Sultan who just succeeded the throne. Cultural activities, fishing competition, duck catching competition at Tanjung Emas Park. Muslim Tahlil and Thanks-Giving Prayers at the main mosque. Guard of Honour parade and Swear of Allegiance Ceremony in the morning at the Dewan Jubli Intan. +60 6-9521021
- Malaysia National Day – celebrated on 31st August every year, the national independence day. Cultural and entertainment show and fireworks will be on display on the eve of celebration at Tanjung Emas Park. A celebration parade by the government agencies, uniform bodies, political entities and private organisation in the early morning of celebration. All celebration mostly held at the Dataran Tanjung Emas square and park vicinity. +60 6-9521021
- Chap Goh Mei’s “Puak Tau Sai” (博豆狮) – celebration on the last day of Chinese New Year festival, on the 15th day of first lunar month of Chinese calendar (around February). Drove of Taoism devotees will throng to congregate to pray at the Kerng Tang Kou Bioh (粤东古庙) temple and to observe a traditional Teochew custom, called “Puak Tau Sai” (博豆狮) where devotees seek the divine deity’s blessing for the new year to obtain home the “peanut lions” (Chinese guardian lion statues made of sugar and peanut) but to repay back the “peanut lions” statues to the deity and temple the next coming year in double the number of statues they obtained. The quest to obtain the “peanut lions” will be decided through the “toss of the victory cups” (博胜杯) to ascertain the divine’s will of the deity. +60 12-2510338
- San Cai Deity’s Birthday – celebrated on the 23rd day of the 1st moon of the Chinese lunar calendar (around March) every year by Taoism devotees for the divine Taoist deity San Cai Yeah’s(善才爷) birthday at the San Cai Yeah Temples, Parit Unas which is very famous and revered among the devotees.
- Nine Emperors Gods’ Birthday – celebrated from the 1st day to the 9th day of the 9th moon of the Chinese lunar calendar (around October/November) every year by vegetarian Taoism devotees for the Taoism deities Kiu Ong Yeah’s (Nine Emperors’) (九皇爷) birthday. During the 10 days celebration, Chinese opera theatre, interesting colourful religion ceremonies, fire crossing ceremony, knife ladder climbing ceremony by mediums and devotees will be held at the 2 main Taoism temples; Jalan Bentayan’s Tao Tian Keng (斗天宫) temple and Jalan Arab’s Tao Boo Keng (斗母宫) temple. Celebration peaks with grand colourful procession on the 8th day morning and 9th day evening at the town centre. A “send-off” ceremony will be held at the Tanjung Emas river side on the 10th day marking the end of the celebration.
Famous local delicacies and products can be found at:
- Coffee powder Kopi Serbuk Sai Kee 434.
- 434 Sai Kee Kopi Serbok Kopitiam.
- (34, Jalan Maharani, Opposite Bentayan Express Bus Station/Pagoh Bus Stand, Muar) Tel:+60 6-951 3828
- 434 Sai Kee Kopi Serbok Kopitiam.
- Tao Sah Peah (Red Bean Paste Biscuit), Heong Peah, Mooncakes and Chinese cookies.
- Yong Sheng Confectioneries and Food Gift Shop
- (30, Jalan Sayang, Muar). +60 6-952 1362
- (Lot. 1965, Batu 3 ½, Simpang Jeram, Jalan Bakri). +60 6-986 3362
- Yong Sheng Confectioneries and Food Gift Shop
- Bak Kua (Barbecued Roasted Pork)
- Muar Yuen Chen Siang
- (86, Jalan Meriam). +60 6-955 5007
- (5, Jalan Lama). +60 6-952 1528, 952 3109
- Muar Yuen Chen Siang
- Otak-otak, frozen-packed-uncooked or attap-leaf-wrapped-grilled.
- Food stalls and hawkers at Jalan Haji Abu Hawker Centre or Jalan Bentayan Hawker Centre.
- A Class Otak-otak Products Shop . (Chun Long Frozen Food Industry, 55-17, Jalan Bentayan). +60 +60 6-9545517
- Mee Bandung Mee Rebus, Soto, Nasi Beriani & other Malay dish paste (perencah), herbs and spices (rempah ratus).
- Kedai Haji Senan
- (197-6, Jalan Abdullah, behind Kedai Kopi 343/near Karaoke Maharani/Bangunan Mara) Tel:+60 6-9510129 013-3223100 012-6880646
- (29, Jalan Sultan Ibrahim, opposite Muar Stadium). +60 6-9535676, +60 12-3936054
- Syarikat M.R.S. Kapia Pillai (Indian Curry Powder and Spices) (126 & 127,Jalan Maharani, next to 434 Kopitiam, opposite Bentayan Express Bus Station/Pagoh Bus Stand). +60 6-9519149
- Syarikat CHLC Ching Hing Long Chan (Adami Brand) (Jalan Maharani, next to 434 Kopitiam, opposite Bentayan Bus Station/Pagoh Bus Stand). +60 6-9513399
- Maharani Best Enterprise (Sarbiah Brand) (RS 65, Lorong Keluarga, Jalan Junid)
- Mak Pon Perencah Mee Bandung (Jalan Junid, opposite JJ Asam Pedas). +60 6-95394640, +60 12-2620044
- Pak Uda Beriani Gam (PUBG Brand) (28C, Jalan Omar, Parit Tengah, Parit Jawa). +60 6-9873971 012-6869857
- Kedai Haji Senan
- Durian and also Dodol. Local fruits.
- Stalls at the roadside.
- Mussels, oyster, siput and scallops(Kupang, tiram, siput and lokam) and also other fresh seafoods.
- Stalls at the roadside, Pengkalan Tiram Jalan Salleh or Parit Jawa wet market.
The town is also robust of business and trading activities, with many old traditional Chinese shops offering variety of products at reasonable and attractive price. There also Pasar Malam and Pasar Tani selling variety of local products
The shopping centres and supermarkets or hypermarkets in Muar are Wetex Parade, The Store, Giant, Econsave, Astaka Shopping Centre, Lagenda Complex, K-Mall, Fresco, One-Stop, and Arked Mara.
There are two wet markets in Muar town:
- Pasar Awam Bandar Maharani (Tua Pa Sat) (Below Astaka Shopping Centre), Jalan Maharani, Muar.
- One Central Market (Sin Pa Sat) (formerly Hock Hai Market), Jalan Ali/Arab/Haji Abu.
- Giant Hypermarket Muar, Lot 6530 Tanjung Agas, Mukim Kesang. 10AM-10PM. Supermarket.
Local delicious Malay foods; Mee bandung, rojak petis, satay Muar and asam pedas are the signature foods of Muar. And don’t forget delicious Javanese foods like soto, mee rebus, lontong and nasi ambeng. Locals are famous of eating goreng pisang(fried banana) and goreng tempe(fried Javanese fermented soya bean cake) with thick soya sauce with hot chili deeping. Pau Maharani is a favourite too. The local version Nasi Beriani Gam is good too. Ikan bakar; freshly catched, delicious dan cheap grilled fish and sea foods like prawn, squid, crab, mussel, and clam, best eaten with banana leaf wrapped Nasi Lemak are available at Medan Ikan Bakar Sabak Awor, Jalan Bakariah and Medan Ikan Bakar Parit Karang every evening. Mee Siput; a local delicious snack eaten with sambal, local chili paste; only can be available in Muar. Johor Laksa is another delicious local food. Here are some tips: Eat Satay and Mee Rebus as the locals do for breakfast in the morning, mee bandung for lunch, rojak petis for afternoon and asam pedas at Parit Jawa for dinner.
Muar is also famous for many Chinese foods like the Muar Otak-otak (乌达), Teochew Or-Luak/Or-Chien(Fried Oyster Omelette), Hainanese Steamed Chicken Rice ball, Muar Char Kueh Teow (fried rice noodle with clam), Hokkien Hae-Mee (Fried Prawn Mee), Cantonese Wonton Mee, Muar Char-Siew Perng (Red Roasted Pork Rice), Teochew Lo-Ak-Perng (Braised Duck Rice), Teochew Mee Poh (Fish Ball Noodle), Teochew Her-Moi (Fish Soup Porridge), Teochew Kueh Chap (Big pieces cut flat rice noodle in soup with braised pork, pig offal, egg and bean curd/tofu), Teochew Chwee Kueh (a delicious rice cake with salted raddish), Char Chai Tow Kueh (fried raddish cake), Cantonese Chok (Congee), Simpang Jeram’s Loy Her Bee Hoon (haruan/snake head fish soup with vermicelli), Bak Kut Teh (herbal pork ribs soup with yam rice), Teochew Ter Chap Cheng Therng (Pig Organ Soup), Curry Laksa, Hakka Yong Tao Foo, Chee Cheong Fun, and Mi/Bang Chien Kueh (Kueh Apam Balik Cina), are must-try local Chinese delicacies for visitors. Foods centres can be found at Muar Bus Station (Malay), Tanjung Emas (Mixed), Jalan Bentayan’s Bentayan Hawker Centre (Chinese) and Jalan Haji Abu (Chinese) Hawkers Centre also known as “T’am Cjia Kueh” (贪呷街), literally “the glutton voracious eating street” by the Chinese befitting its reputation as the food haven of the town. There are also a few Chinese restaurants serving nice Pau and Dimsum (Chinese bun and dumpling) for breakfast.
There are also many Chinese restaurants and Malay food stalls offering variety of delicious foods on their menus. On different days of the week there are Pasar Malam or night markets and Pasar Tani selling many local foods at different locations of the town. For shopping of famous local Chinese festival delicacies like Thong Chiew Guek Peah-Mooncakes, Tao Sah Peah-Red Bean Paste Cakes are available at the Yong Sheng Confectioneries and Gift Shop and also Muar Yuen Chen Siang shop for their famous Bak Kua-Barbecued Pork.
We can also can find some good Indian continental cuisine like Banana Leaf Rice, Nasi Kandar, Mee Rojak, Rojak Mamak, Putumayam, variety of bread like Roti Canai, Roti Telur, Roti Sardin, Roti Prata, Roti Jala, Tosei, Roti Nan, Murtabak, Kebab with their superb Indian curry and dal gravy; great soups like Sup Kambing, Sup Tulang and Sup Ekor; and not forgeting refreshing cold dessert; Ice Shaved Cendol with thick coconut milk and coconut brown sugar and Teh Tarik at some Indian foods stalls and restaurants.
- Long Poh Seafood, TS 26, Jalan Junid. Thai and Chinese seafood restaurant. Gets crowded during the weekends and public holidays.
Muar is popular for its Sirap Bandung (Rose Syrup with milk and optional soda and cincau) beverage which is normally served during Malay wedding reception, but also easily available at most Malay food stalls and restaurant. Do try the Corn Milk Drink at the Tapak Pasar Tani Lama by the bus stations. Pear Juice sold at the fruit stalls at Jalan Yahya is very special and refreshing.
Coffee made of home-roasted coffee bean and powder of Muar is famous among the locals and tourists, try out a cup of this aromatic Muar coffee, roti bakar (bread toast) and half-boiled egg at Sai Kee 434 Kopitiam, located just opposite the bus station.
Where to stay in Muar
A few hotels and apartments are available in Muar, mostly ranging from cheap to medium.
- Galesi Hotel, Jalan Mohd.Said Tahir, Pusat Perniagaan Said Tahir (near Jalan Daud). With air-conditioning, built-in toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. RM48-88.
- Muarar Hotel. Newly open at 3, Top Floors, Jalan Sungai Abong, Pusat Perniagaan Sungai Abong, Muar. (beside traffic light) with aircon, built-in toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. RM48.
- Sabak Awor Resort, 9094, Jln Bakariah, Sabak Awor (near 2nd bridge/bypass). Has air-conditioning, a built-in toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. RM60-120.
- Mann Chalet, 4096 Kg Seri Pantai, Jalan Junid (behind Long Poh Restaurant).
- My Budget Inn :46-2, Top Floors, Jalan Khalidi (opposite BP petrol station) (RM39-98) with air-conditioning, built-in toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. +60 6-9549696, +60 17-6668199
- Hotel Bentayan :Top Floors, Jalan Bentayan (beside Chinese temple) (Single-RM42, Double-RM58) with aircon, built-in toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. +60 6-9542779/9534901
- Tanjung Emas Inn :28, Top Floors, Jalan Parit Haji Baki (near stadium/Jalan Junid) (RM48) with aircon, built-in toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. +60 6-9519488
- Hotel Astra Binajaya : Across the river, near Giant Hypermarket, Maharani Rivera Tanjung Agas (RM 60). +60 16-7558844
- Hong Leng Inn :Jalan Abdul Rahman (opposite 7-Eleven & Klinik Asia) (RM38-85). +60 6-952-9487
- Motel 26 :Jalan Khalidi, Muar. (near Taman Khalidi Baru Food Court)(RM40-80, furnished semi-detached house). +60 6-951-2836, +60 12-669-9577
- Hotel Sungai Abong: Top Floors, Jalan Sungai Abong (RM35-40) +60 6-9539336
- Palma Enterprise Hotel. Sg Abong (run by Hong Leng Inn). RM50-60.
- 56 Mansion: 56, Taman Selasih 2, Jalan Kg Tengah, Sungai Abong. (RM50-70) with aircon, built-in/shared toilet, TV, free Wi-Fi. +60 12-5768725, +60 12-6022992
- Warni Villa: Taman Junid Perdana, Muar. Furnished semi-detached house (RM50-100). +60 6-9539336
- Marina Lodging: Pantai Leka (next to Chinese temple), Parit Jawa. (RM35-40) with aircon, built-in toilet, TV. +60 6-9874571, +60 12-6219762
- Penginapan Nur: Tiang 1/31, Batu 15 1/2, Jalan Muar, Tangkak. +60 7-2237471/2242525/2237472/019-7772057
- Alami Homestay: No.9, PRD 15/E, Parit Raja Tengah, Jalan Temenggung Ahmad. (RM130) +60 13-6196804, +60 13-6936404
These are mostly old hotels providing budget and cheap rooms, normally around RM30. Room condition is not so clean, but located in the middle of the town.
- Hotel Leewa : 75, 1st Floor, Jalan Arab. +60 6 9515995
- Kingdom Hotel : 158, Jalan Meriam. +60 6-9521921
- Embassy Hotel : 171, Jalan Abdullah. +60 6-9521886
- Nam Yang Hotel : 41, Jalan Maharani. +60 6 922558.
- Wah Hin Chan Hotel : 120 Jln Meriam. +60 6 9512043
- Hotel Pelangi, 79, Jalan Sisi. Centrally located hotel has 80 guestrooms and suites. RM85-RM250.
- Muar Trader’s Hotel, 16, Jalan Petrie. content Alongside Muar River. Secret Recipes outlet is here. From RM95.
- Riverview Hotel, 29, Jalan Bentayan. RM60-RM90.
- Townview Hotel, 60, Jalan Sisi. RM60-RM90.
- Streetview Hotel, 11-13 Jalan Ali. Renovated from pre-war shop houses. RM80-RM90.
- D’99 Hotel. A new hotel in the town, 173 Jalan Abdullah, with Delifrance outlet. From RM112.70.
- Apartel Maharani. Rooms and apartment. B-1-5, Wisma 2020, Jalan Temenggong Ahmad, Muar. RM158-190.
- Hotel Classic. 4-star hotel at 69, Jalan Ali Muar beside Wetex Parade. From RM120.
- Gunung Ledang Resort, Batu 28 Jalan Segamat Sagil Tangkak. RM150-250.
- Taman Negara Gunung Ledang-Taman Hutan Lagenda :Batu 26 Jalan Segamat Sagil Tangkak. Tel :07-2237471/2242525/2237472/019-7772057/+60193371015
- Ladang Rempah Ratus Nasuha. Herbal spa sauna, restaurant and resort at KM 19, Jalan Muar-Pagoh.
- Dusun Damai. Scenic orchard homestead resort in Pagoh.
There are also some homestays providing interesting stay and holiday programme located at the outskirt villages of the town.
- Homestay Kg. Sarang Buaya, +60 12-754 0597, +60 6-988 1378, +60 19-747 3442, 07-416 2396.
- Homestay Kg. Melayu Bt. 28 Lenga, +60 6-952 3093, +60 6-971 1150, +60 13-680 2265.
- Homestay Kg. Parit Bugis , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telecommunications in Muar
- Internet :Internet cafes are easily available in the Town areas. Free internet broadband wi-fi connection are also widely available in many cafes and hotels.
- Mobile phone :The coverage of reception signal are extensive in all the Muar area for all the major mobile telecommunication service provider companies. All these companies provides and sells pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards including to foreigners which is more convenience and cheaper for temporary use in the country during a short stay compare to international roaming services.
- Telephone :Muar telecommunication area is using the prefix +06 Area Calling Code of Malacca instead of the +07 Area Calling Code of Johor beside the +60 Country Calling Code of Malaysia.
- Postal :Muar has a main post office at Jalan Othman and a few mini postal offices in the town providing postal, telegram, courier, money orders, transfer etc services. The postal area code for the main town of Muar is 84000 while the rest of the smaller area are using the post/zip code of 84+++.
Malacca – Just an hour away from Muar, Malacca is a good choice to continue the journey up north.
Kota Bharu Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak Kelantan Malaysia
Kota Bharu (also Kota Bahru or Kota Baru) is the state capital of Kelantan, on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Many travellers simply pass through on their way to the Perhentian Islands, but those who spend a few days in KB have the chance to go to some of the museums mentioned below, eat […]
Kota Bharu (also Kota Bahru or Kota Baru) is the state capital of Kelantan, on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Many travellers simply pass through on their way to the Perhentian Islands, but those who spend a few days in KB have the chance to go to some of the museums mentioned below, eat some delicious food, look at a unique style of traditional architecture and get a little bit of the feel of a city that has an interesting cultural identity all its own.
Kota Bharu is the vibrant capital of the state of Kelantan, whose unique culture and dialect are proudly promoted and sustained in all aspects that do not conflict with orthodox Islam. Visitors can experience local culture in the form of the Thai and Indian-influenced cuisine, dress (the state is probably the most famous for batik in Malaysia), handicrafts, some traditional architecture, museums showing the state’s cultural heritage, and the sound of the Kelantanese dialect. Speakers of standard Malay may not be able to understand the local dialect, although if you speak standard Malay, locals will understand you and reply in standard Malay. You can hear Bahasa Kelantan not only in the markets and on the streets but also on local radio stations.
Kota Bharu is a very socially conservative city in a state ruled by the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS). Visitors will hear the azan (call for prayer) from many mosques 5 times a day, and the khutbah (sermon) may also be broadcast from some mosques with loudspeakers. Visitors should be prepared for breaks to be taken in many places including the Pasar Malam (Night Market) during Islamic prayer times.
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport
Kota Bharu’s small but efficient Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) in Pengkalan Chepa receives flights from Kuala Lumpur provided by Malaysia Airlines and budget carrier AirAsia. Advance bookings especially for AirAsia can be very cheap (with best promotional fares you can end up flying cheaper than going by bus, if you have no check-in luggage).
Firefly, offers seven direct flights between Kota Bharu and Kuala Lumpur via Subang Airport and daily flight to Penang. It’s also the first airline to connect Kota Bharu to the southern city of Johor Bahru. Prior to this, most people would make the trip by car or a 10-hour bus journey.
Firefly flies from Kota Bharu directly into Singapore.
Getting to/away: The airport is 20 minutes from the city centre by taxi (fare was RM40 in January 2020). You can also catch a City-Liner bus No. 9 from the local bus station in the city centre (RM1.80, hourly, from 07:00 to 19:00, duration around 20 minutes).
The nearest railway station to Kota Bharu is at Wakaf Bharu, some 6.5 kilometers away from the city center. You can catch public bus No 19, 27 or 43 (Fare RM 1.50, operates from 07:00 to 19:00) from Kota Bharu Central Bus Terminal to get there or just ask your hotel/guesthouse to arrange a taxi for you (RM35 in May 2020). The official taxis at the station have a rate sheet.
Trains run on the Jungle Railway to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. One attraction is the Jungle Train with its shuttle train service that does stop at almost every station between Tumpat and Gemas, allowing you to enjoy close-up contact with local people as the train travels through the heart of Peninsular Malaysia. The name “Jungle Train” is really an obsolete name, nowadays: there is little if any jungle along the route. This is because the jungle has been replaced by palm trees – thousands of them. There are four day trains (Three shuttle trains and one express train) and two overnight trains (both express trains) making stops at Wakaf Bharu Station on their way southbound. For northbound direction, all the services terminate at Tumpat station, just a station beyond Wakaf Bharu. However, it is advisable to check the “KTM” (Malaysian Railways) timetable for any changes on this schedule.
From Wakaf Bharu station: Two shuttle trains No 81 and 85 depart from Wakaf Bharu Station at 04:00 and 14:17 respectively take you on board down south to their terminus at Kuala Lipis while another Shuttle train No 83 departs at 08.04 only terminate at Gua Musang. The Express train No 15 (Sinaran Timur) however, will take you further south to Johor Bahru and Singapore via Gua Musang, Kuala Lipis, Jerantut and Gemas. This train departs from Wakaf Bharu Station at 07.16 and reaches Woodlands CIQ Station in Singapore at 21:20. If you want to go to Taman Negara, you may board this train and get off at Jerantut.
To Wakaf Bharu station: The same train services with different train number may also get you into Kota Bharu through Wakaf Bharu station. Shuttle train No 82 and 86 that departs from Kuala Lipis, arrives at Wakaf Bharu station at 12.33 and 20:43 respectively. Another Shuttle train No 84 that departs from Gua Musang, arrives at Wakaf Bharu Station at 17:14. The Express train No 14 (Sinaran Timur) departs from Woodlands CIQ station in Singapore at 05.30, also arrives at Wakaf Bharu station at 18:52.
From Wakaf Bharu station: One Express train No 29 (Senandung Wau) will take you to the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This train departs from Wakaf Bharu Station at 19:02 and reaches Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station at 07:55 the next day. Another Express train No 27 (Senandung Timuran) will take you down south to Johor Bahru and Singapore. This train departs from Wakaf Bharu Station at 20:47 and reaches Woodlands CIQ Station at 10:15 the next day.
To Wakaf Bharu station: The same train services with different train number may also get you into Kota Bharu through Wakaf Bharu station. The Express train No 28 (Senandung Wau) that departs from Kuala Lumpur Sentral station at 20:30, arrives at Wakaf Bharu station at 09.21 the next day. Another Express train No 26 (Senandung Timuran) that departs from Woodlands CIQ station in Singapore at 19:00, arrives at Wakaf Bharu station at 08.44 on the next day.
- Malayan Tiger: This service of “KTM” (Malaysian Railways) uses special coaches donated by the Japanese Government. In July 2012, this train operated thrice weekly between Kota Bharu and Johor Bahru. This train departs from Wakaf Bharu Station at 17:18 every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and reaches Johor Bahru Sentral station at 07:20 the next day. On the opposite direction, this train departs from Johor Bahru Sentral station at 22:39 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and arrives at Wakaf Bharu station at 13:11 the next day.
- To Thailand: There are no train services directly into Thailand. You will have to catch bus No 29 from Kota Bharu Central Bus Terminal to Rantau Panjang and cross the border into Sungai Kolok and proceed from there. The morning train up to Bangkok departs Sungai Golok at 11:20.
The state-run SKMK and Transnasional is the largest bus company, and operate all the city and regional buses, and most of the long-distance buses. It operates from the central bus station (city and regional buses) and the Langgar bus station (long-distance buses). All the other long-distance bus companies operate from Jalan Hamzah external bus station. On arrival in Kota Bharu some of the buses will drop you at the central bus station, but they don’t depart from there. Transnasional is the easiest to deal with, as it has ticket offices at all the bus stations. Long-distance departures are from Langgar bus station but, just to make thing confusing, a few evening buses also go from central bus station. Ask which station your bus departs from when you buy your ticket, and book as far ahead as possible, especially for the Butterworth and Penang buses.
There are several buses to Butterworth (RM30, five or six hours) and buses to Penang (RM34.70, six hours and 15 minutes) with one long stop (60-75 minutes) at Gerik. Buses to Penang leave in the morning at 09:00 and in the evening. There are also regular buses to Kuala Terengganu (RM16, three hours) and Kuantan (RM33, six hours). Apart from that, there are also buses to Kuala Lumpur (RM40, nine hours), Johor Bahru (RM65, 12 hours), Singapore (13-14 hours), Malacca (RM55, 10-11 hours), Seremban (RM48, 10 hours) and Ipoh (RM35, seven hours). Other destinations are Alor Setar, Jerantut, Jitra, Gerik, Temerloh, Dungun, Kemaman, Kangar and Kerteh. The other bus companies cover many of the same routes and are worth trying.
From the Thai border town of Sungai Kolok, there is a red city liner bus 29 (departs from the central bus station) for RM5, which operates the 36 km stretch. Just wait along the Malaysian side of the border along the covered walkway and flag it.
Kota Bharu itself offers many museums near Independence Square (Padang Merdeka). Several of the museums and the nearby Istana Balai Besar (the downtown Royal Palace) were built in a unique kind of elegant architecture that is well worth seeing. Arguably the most amazing building is the central market (Pasar Besar). It is an octagonal building in the centre of town and houses a very colourful and active market every day. Nearby is a plain square which turns into the local food market in the evenings (Pasar Malam = Night Market).
Some visitors (particularly those interested in the history and cultural heritage of Kelantan) may also find the Muzium Negeri Kelantan (Kelantan State Museum) on Jalan Hospital 15000 of interest.
The following museums in Kota Bharu are all open from 08:30-16:45 every day except Fridays, when they are closed:
- Muzium Kraftangan (Handicrafts Museum, with attached gift shop selling handicrafts)
- Muzium Negeri (State Museum, see above)
- Memorial Peperangan Dunia Ke II (Bank Kerapu Second World War Memorial), Jalan Hospital, ✉ email@example.com. This is not just a memorial but a small museum, housed in a former bank building that was used by the Japanese as a secret police station when they occupied Malaya. It’s worth a quick visit for history buffs. (updated Apr 2015)
- Muzium Diraja (Royal Museum, which contains photos of the current and previous Sultans and such-like)
- Muzium Islam (Museum of Islam)
- Muzium Adat Istiadat Diraja Kelantan (Museum of Royal Kelantanese Traditions, which contains interesting artifacts and exhibits for those interested in cultural history)
Great temples to visit in the nearby towns to Kota Bharu Town: near Tumpat there is Wat Pothivihan (huge reclining Buddha), Wat Mai Suwan Khiri (dragon Boat & standing Buddha), Wat Chonprachumthat at Kg. Dalam, Wat Machimarran Varran (sitting Buddha), and Wat Serova Buddhist Temples (Goddess of Mercy – Kuan Yin). At Bachok, there is a 30 m high standing Buddha at Wat Phothikyan and a Kuan Yin temple facing the South China Sea nearby.
- Cultural Show at Culture Centre 3 times a week on Saturday 15:00-16:45 & 20:00-23:30, Monday 15:00-16:45, Wednesday 15:00-16:45 & 20:00-00:00.
- River cruise along Sungai Galas down to Dabong (2 hours).
- Explore the caves at Gua Ikan,Dabong.
- Stong Waterfall, reputed to be the highest in Southeast Asia at about 990 metres.
- Mount Stong State Park. One of the main attractions at the state park is Gunung Stong, Mt.Stong (1,422 metres), a dome-shaped granite complex more than 500 million years old.
- Nenggiri Rafting Adventure – The selected leg of the journey covers approximately about 50 km, departing from Kuala Betis / Gua Cha and ends up at Kampung Star.
- Go to the day and night markets. Have Nasi Kerabu for lunch at the day market and Ayam Percik at the night market.
- Walk around the downtown area.
- Bicycle around Pengkalan Chepa area (airport), see old WW2 British pillboxes near beach at Pantai Sabak. For history buffs only but no beach anymore due to erosion.
- Go to the beach, either PCB Beach or Irama Beach (Beach of Melody). PCB Beach has batik shops, one of which is Citra Batik about 500 m from the beach. Also eat fried seafood at PCB Beach or Irama Beach with coconut water.
- Beautiful beaches at Bachok – Pantai Perkasa, Pantai Sungai Dua, Pantai Kandis.
Wau bulan for sale
- Hand-printed batik clothes. Kota Bharu Trade Centre (KBTC), which offers a variety of choices, is located just beside Pasar Siti Khadijah. Other places to buy hand-printed batik include Citra Batik at PCB Beach or at the KB Mall in town which has higher prices but is more convenient.
- Silverware – at the touristy museum in Kota Bharu town.
- Crystals and gemstones – you can find them at the local wet market or morning market or specialist shops. Emerald (locals call them zamrud), ruby, sapphire, topaz, tiger’s eye, etc. can be found. But beware as there are many fakes sold.
- Kites – Miniature wau bulan are a local handicraft, but they are expensive and don’t fly, so don’t get them except for souvenirs. It is better to buy the plastic types for children because those kites can fly.
Malls & supermarkets
- Tesco Hypermarket, Lot 1828 seksyen 17. 08:30-23:00. UK owned supermarket. lower prices.
- Giant Hypermarket, Trade Centre Jalan Padang Garong. 09:30-22:00. (updated Mar 2017)
- Pacific Hypermarket, KB Mall Jalan Hamzan. 08:00-22:00. (updated Mar 2017)
- Mydin Department Store, Lot 69 Jalan Pintu Pong. 09:30-20:00. lower price. (updated Mar 2017)
- The Store, 127 JL Parit Dalam Bandar. 09:00-21:00. Supermarket & department store. (updated Mar 2017)
Kota Bharu is full of delicious Kelantanese food, a unique cuisine influenced by Thai and Indian styles, among others. Lots of goodies are to be found in the pasars and in coffee shops throughout the city. Chinese food is also available at various restaurants and food courts.
Among the local specialities are:
- Ayam Percik, chicken which is roasted over a wood fire and combined with coconut/peanut sauce and delicious local herbs and greens. Yati Ayam Percik (847, Jalan Long Yunus) has got to be the best around (take a bicycle from your guesthouse to arrive there, it’s about 2 km from the centre);
- Nasi Ulam (locally called Nasi Kerabu), rice with fragrant, fresh-picked leaves and shoots, traditionally dipped into budu (fish sauce), sambal belacan (shrimp paste with hot pepper, et al.) or/and tempoyak (fermented durian sauce); You can find it in the morning at the Central Market first floor foodcourt.
- Nasi Dagang Kelantan. The slightly glutinous-textured rice is cooked in coconut, and similar to Nasi Dagang Terengganu, except the Kelantanese rice grains have a tint of maroon. Served with either a fish or chicken gravy, it is a local favourite breakfast food.
- Murtabak, savory or sweet crêpes. Murtabak Raja (Royal Murtabak) is the famous one on Jalan Bayam. They sell takeaway Murtabak and sweets, the staff is really nice and friendly.
- If you visit around Hari Raya time, don’t miss the chance to try Tapai, which is sweet fermented cassava or rice, wrapped in tapioca leaves. If you like tea, wash everything down with Teh O (tea with sugar) or Teh Susu (tea with sweetened condensed milk).
- Keropok Lekor Losong (the local version is Keropok Gote), originally from Losong village and considered by Kelantanese to be the benchmark of all fish paste sausages. Comes fried or boiled. Kelantan Keropok Gote is not like Terengganu Kerepok Lekor Losong; it is thicker at about 4 cm.
- Durian puffs (locally called Lepok Durian or Gelembung Buaya, they are in 3 colours: red, yellow and green), at Kubang Pasu wet market in the mornings – for durian lovers with strong stomachs only. These delicious pastries are sold at the wet market surrounded by fish. Buy from the lady at the corner, not in the middle of wet market.
- Morning Satay, same lady, but not so delicious. Just for the experience. It also can be found in various restaurants in town. There are a few famous satay sellers like Satay Baung, Satay Suria, etc.
For Chinese food, go to:
- Jalan Kebun Sultan – restaurants opposite Public Bank, and food court
- Jalan Post Office Lama – restaurants.
For Thai food, try restaurants in Taman Cemerlang and in nearby Wakaf Bharu town.
- Coconut water from the fruit, then scrape and eat the flesh
- Beer – Chinese restaurants serve beer to non-Muslims.
There are a few watering holes in KB – one has a disco feel about it (called Restoran), a few have a few “Thai drinks promoters”.
- Soon Lee Agency. Selling wines, spirits and beers. Address: 5565-D Jalan Pengkalan Chepa (in city center, on the way to Thai Consulate). Operating: 10:30-18:30.
Where to stay in Kota Bharu
- Hotel Harmoni. Jalan Temenggong, beside Kota Bharu City Clock Tower. From RM65.
- Hotel Politan. Jalan Doktor, located at Kota Bharu City Centre. Near long distance bus station and taxi stand. Free WiFi & Astro TV inside rooms. Price from RM60.
- Ideal Travellers House, +60 9 744 2246, 3954F&G Jalan Kebun Sultan, access also from Jalan Pintu Pong, clean, friendly, garden tables, quiet despite being in town, tour info, public transport info in each room, wifi, internet PCs, Rooms from RM15-40, dorm RM10
- Pad.d. Guest House, 4340-Q2, Jalan Sri Cemerlang, nice and clean rooms with air-con. Friendly, English-speaking staff. Wi-Fi available. An Internet Cafe across the street. Free DVDs. Single & Double RM25, dorm RM 15
- Zeck’s Traveller’s Inn, Jalan Sri Cemerlang, phone 019-9466655. quiet, clean, tiled floors, parking, outdoor seating, reasonably close to town,10 minutes walk to Thai Consulate, tour info. dorm beds & Single & double RM12-15-25-45-70.
- Kota Timur, Jalan Dusun Raja, clean aircon doubles with own bathroom, furniture, clothes drying rack and TV, good value at RM30, balanced with looking drab and being a little further to walk into town
- Lee Guesthouse, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 263 Jalan KK1/9 (off Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, old name Jalan Pasir Puteh),Bandar Baru Kubang Kerian, Kota Bharu +60 9-747-9663, Clean, friendly and comfortable guesthouse. 5 minutes walking distance to the Hospital University. Free internet facilities and satellite television in the living room, cooking facilities available. The hotel provides airport to the Wakaf Bharu Train Staton and Central Bus Station pickup services to the guesthouse. From RM75 to RM180. Can also arrange trip or boat ticket & transfer to Perhentian Island, Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara.
- Minora Lodge is a 20 min walk from the night market. Clean, variety of rooms from dorm to doubles with air-con, RM20-60.
- Royal Guest House, Jalan Hilir Kota +60 9-7430008. Formerly Safar Inn. Rates from RM110.
- Hussin Palace Budget Inn and Guest House, ✉ email@example.com. Jln Bayam. Good place for large families. RM180 for 3 or 4 bedrooms house, no limit of occupancy. Additional bed and pillow provided with no additional charge
- Min Homestay & House-camp, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Jalan Kubang Kerian. Safe, peaceful and clean village environment for small group, up to family gathering. No limit of occupancy, free extra bed. RM70 for triple-room, RM120 for connected 2- triple room & RM170 for a big house.
- My Place Guest House, 2984-F, 1st Floor (above Muzdalifa Fried Chicken), Blok C, Jalan Parit Dalam, ✉ email@example.com. 14 clean, comfortable and affordable rooms, four of which has an en suite shower. All rooms have shared bathrooms. Fan rooms, free breakfast and friendly staff. RM10-45/night.
- Cerana Guesthouse, First Floor, 3952L, Jalan Padang Garong (Next to Denai Lodge, 1 minute from Muzdalifa Fried Chicken), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Small, quiet guesthouse in the centre of Kota Bharu. Cheap rooms and friendly staff. Some rooms have a small ensuite bathroom and air-con. The staff can arrange transfer to the Perhentian islands by minivan + boat. Some dodgy wiring and maintenance work, but a nice place overall. Has a fan dorm. RM12-30-40.
- De 999 Guest house., 3188-G taman seri bayan. fan rooms without side bathrooms. RM15.
- ParkView Hospitality, 3952-L T/1, Jalan Padang Garong. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Simple but clean guest house with narrow room, small living room and terrace, free Wi-Fi, filter water, central quite location, single room for RM30; double RM40, double AC RM50, dormitory with 2 bench RM30 all with outside shared bathroom. RM30-50. (updated Nov 2016)
- Denai Lodge, 3952-1 1st Floor Jalan Padang Garong.. Air conditioned 4-bed dorm, single and double rooms. Common room with cable TV. RM20/28/40. (updated Mar 2017)
- Timur Guest House, 375 TKT jln Tengku Maharani. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. Fan 4-bed mixed dorm. Single/double rooms. Free wifi. RM24/30/42. (updated Mar 2017)
- KB Backpackers Lodge, 1872-D Jln Padang Garong. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. Dorm beds and single/double rooms. RM15/35. (updated Mar 2017)
- Azam Hotel, ✉ email@example.com. Beside Azam Photo, Jalan Padang Garong, Rack rates from RM70 – RM100.
- Crystal Lodge, 124 Jalan Che Su, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. From RM100 with standard twin room RM129.
- Dynasty Inn, 2865-D&E, Jalan Sultanah Zainab, ✉ email@example.com. From RM100.
- Grand Riverview Hotel, Section 9, Jalan Post Office Lama, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. From RM150.
- Pasir Belanda, Kampung Banggol, Jalan PCB, ✉ email@example.com. From RM149.
- Suria Homestay Kubang Kerian. Near Universiti Sains Malaysia. Huge bungalows for RM250 per night.
- Hotel Perdana, Jahlan Mahmood, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. From RM220.
- Emaslink Pacific Hotel, Jalan Pengkalan Chepa.
- Renaissance Kota Bahru Hotel, Kota Sri Mutiara, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra. From RM380.
- Pelangi Riverview Kondominium, B-21-09, Pelangi Mall, Jalan Post Office Lama, ✉ email@example.com. 4 rooms condominium. From RM200.
Be respectful of the cultural and religious sensibilities of Kota Bharu’s primarily Muslim inhabitants. There is no need for non-Muslim women to wear a tudung (scarf over the hair), but both men and women should consider wearing clothing which covers their torso completely.
Perhentian Islands (via Kuala Besut)
From the airport, train station (in Wakaf Bharu), and city you can take a taxi (45-60 min; RM60-80) to Kuala Besut for regular boat connections to the Perhentian Islands. There is also a direct bus service to Kuala Besut Jetty – take bus 639 from the central station (6RM), the trip takes 1:30-2:00 hours and services by Cityliner Kelantan Bhd. leaves at 06:15, 07:30, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:39, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:30, 18:30. The bus has no AC and is quite dirty and with doors open to get some fresh air gets very dusty. The same company also offers slightly discounted fast boat tickets at their Kota Bharu bus station ticket counter.
- Sungai Kolok
- Tak Bai (via Ban Taba)
Pulau Ketam Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak Selangor Malaysia
Pulau Ketam, meaning “Crab Island” in Malay, is an island at the mouth of the Klang River, near Port Klang, downstream from Kuala Lumpur. It host Chinese fishing villages comprising houses on stilts. Understand The settlement was established in circa 1880 by mainly Teochew and Hoklo (Hokkien) Chinese fishermen. The buildings in the floating village […]
Pulau Ketam, meaning “Crab Island” in Malay, is an island at the mouth of the Klang River, near Port Klang, downstream from Kuala Lumpur. It host Chinese fishing villages comprising houses on stilts.
The settlement was established in circa 1880 by mainly Teochew and Hoklo (Hokkien) Chinese fishermen. The buildings in the floating village are all propped up on stilts which extend up to 10 m below the water’s surface. The streets, while appearing like normal paved roads, are similarly supported. Outside the main town, more precarious looking wooden bridges can be found. There are no cars on the island and getting around by bike is the norm, though there are a few motorbikes.
Teochew, Hokkien and Mandarin Chinese are the main dialects spoken, though English is commonly understood.
The Pulau Ketam Ferry is long and hard and has doors only at the front
The only way in is by boat from Port Klang.From Port Klang railway station, head across the tracks towards the water and look for the small ferry terminal to the left. Alibaba Pulau Ketam Cruises started operation since Oct 2016. Using high speed sight-seeing passenger boat which can accommodate more than 100 pax per trip, equipped with indoor air-cond cabin and open air sight-seeing upper deck. RM18 for return trip, RM10 for single trip. Standard Travel time 35 min, it may take longer during low tide. Services starts from 7:30am – 7:30pm during weekend and 7:30am – 6:30pm during weekday. Air Cond Services Services have about 15 ferries per day. The last boat from the island leaves at 5:30PM on weekdays and at 6PM on weekends. There are always speedboats on call that can be chartered at any time of the day or night. 40 min travel time, RM8 per trip. There’s also the Speed Boat; RM10 per pax, 20 min travel time.
Rent bikes for RM5 per day or take a boat trip.
Mangrove, water, houses on stilts, fish markets.
Wonder how a Chinese fishing village ended up in Malaysia.
Despite only being accessible by boat the shops are reasonably priced and fairly well stocked, so don’t worry about having to buy everything in KL beforehand.
Seafood restaurants abound and a variety of other foods are available.
Beer – the settlement is Chinese-dominated, so drinking won’t bring stares from conservative Muslims.
Where to stay in Pulau Ketam
There’s at least two hotels both offer bicycles to rent. Prices are a lot cheaper than in KL.
- Hotel Sea Lion, S3, Jalan Merdeka (The hotel to the ferry pier). A basic but comfortable hotel. Free WiFi. Fan and A/C rooms. Has restaurant. Closest to the pier. RM28 – RM98 (Double room from RM38).
- Pulau Ketam Inn, 6P, Jalan Merdeka (The hotel to the ferry pier). A basic but comfortable hotel. Free WiFi. Only A/C rooms. Closer to the town. RM45 – RM128.
Telecommunications in Pulau Ketam
The hotels have WiFi.
Take boat trips around the islands, though boat back to Port Klang is the only way to leave.
Putrajaya Coronavirus Cases Covid-19 Outbreak
Putrajaya has been the home of the Federal Government of Malaysia ever since the boom in the country prompted many government offices to move out of Kuala Lumpur to decongest the country’s capital. Situated just outside Kuala Lumpur, the city of Putrajaya was named after Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. They added the word after Putra’s last name “jaya” which means “excellence” in Malay.
Putrajaya has now been called “Malaysia’s first intelligent garden city” primarily due to its architecture. Developers had envisioned Putrajaya to be a city where sophisticated information technologies co-exist with lush gardens.
Getting to Putra Jaya
Because it is a relatively new city, the only way you can get to Putrajaya is either by the KLIA Transit which makes a stopover at Putrajaya. The KLIA runs every 30 minutes and will cost you about RM9.50 for the 20-minute one way trip to Putrajaya. The other option is for you to take a taxi. It will cost you a hefty RM50 for a one-way trip, though.
Perdana Putra. This spectacular building complex located on the main hill in the city is home to the executive arm of Malaysia’s government and the office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. If you are planning a tour around Putrajaya, this will be the best place to start since it is the point of reference for finding most of the city’s attractions.
Also known as Masjid Putra, this principal mosque in the city was completed in 1999. It is situated right beside the Perdana Putra and the Putrajaya Lake.
Putrajaya Independence Square
This city square is situated right across the Perdana Putra and the site of various festivals and parades which are usually conducted during public holidays.
This is the primary artery of the city and had been likened to the Khaju Bridge in Iran. Spanning 435 meters, the Putra Bridge connects the Government and Mixed Development Precincts as well as the Putra Square and the city’s Boulevard. The bridge is composed of three levels with each level assigned for the monorail, vehicles and pedestrians.
This is the city’s own version of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. Considered to be the national monument of Putrajaya, the Millennium Monument is a metal obelisk that stands 68 meters tall and is located within a 25-hectare park situated in Precinct 2. The etchings adorning the monument depict key moments and events of Malaysia’s history.
PM Office ComplexThis 650-hectare man-made lake was developed to serve as a cooling system for the city. It has now become a prime spot for various water sporting events including the F1 Powerboat Championship and the Asian Canoeing Championships.
No city would be complete without a world-class shopping mall. The Alamanda Putrajaya is the first shopping complex constructed in the city that offers a variety of shops, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters and a food court. It also features a travelator which provides direct access from the parking lots to the retail stories.
Hibiscus Garden A fitting tribute to the country’s national flower, the hibiscus garden is where you will be able to find about 2,000 various hibiscus plants where the avid nature lover can escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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