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The road less traveled is the road to adventure, and what every great adventure has in common is someone with a passion to discover something new in this vast a beautiful world we share.
These articles are your personal guide to a whole new bucket list of exploration and a lifetime of new adventures.
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Explore the Perak Cave Temple in Ipoh

Cave TemplePerak Cave Temple Ipoh, Malaysia

Whether or not a religious person, a trip to the Perak Cave Temple is something you can not miss when in Ipoh, Malaysia. Ipoh remains gifted with around 30 cave temples and the Perak Cave Temple is one among them. The limestone cave opens up to give a spectacular view of the golden Buddha Statue and other deities that the locals worship. The cave adorns itself with colourful artwork and ancient murals depicting characters and events from Chinese mythology. If you look closely, you can notice Chinese calligraphy painted on the walls depicting tales of the temple founders.

Golden statue of Buddha
Golden statue of Buddha

The Cavern of Perak Cave Temple

Once you move past the initial temple, you reach a narrow 400 steps stone stairway. The climb up those slippery stairs is worth the striking view of the city and its surrounding limestone mountains. Despite the long climb in the Malaysian heat, the caves on the top are surprisingly cool. You can unwind at the gazebos as you absorb the gorgeous view of the landscaped gardens in front of the temple. Meanwhile, you can even grab a bite and cup of tea at one of the small stalls found around the 

A scenic view from the temple gazebos
A scenic view from the temple gazebos

Ask your local guide from Locaguide to take you to the hidden stalls where you can have your fortune told. Or meanwhile, walk around to indulge in some retail therapy as you shop for souvenirs to take home from Ipoh.

The Perak Cave Temple serves as the perfect getaway if you want to enjoy your vacation in a natural setting. You get to explore the cave and its multiple spots that offer the breathtaking view of the surrounding area. Here, you can also try your hand at photography and capture some truly gorgeous pictures of the city down below.

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Take a tour of the Bako National Park

Bako National ParkAn iconic stone formation at Bako National Park

Accessible by a short boat ride from Bako village near Kuching, the Bako National Park is one of the oldest national parks in East Malaysia. The park is a perfect place to test your endurance because you pick from one of the multiple walking trails.

Trailing through Bako National Park

Walk along while you try to spot some of the wildlife inhabiting the forest. Depending on your sense of adventure you can choose a trail that either involves; a full day of jungle hiking or simply walk along the shorter trails. Silence on the trails will ensure you get to spot the Proboscis Monkey, found only in Bako. In the meantime, walk along the trail overlooking the mangroves and the green vegetation. Here, you might even spot a saltwater crocodile sunbathing amongst the tree roots or waiting on their next meal.

Proboscis Monkey
Proboscis Monkey

Meanwhile, the park allows you to see a myriad of flora and fauna native to Malaysia. It ranges from a variety of trees, shrubs, rare plant species and much more. The plant life that gets the most interests, however, remain the carnivorous pitcher plants. They feed on insects common to the park.

Alternatively, you can skip the long treks and just relax at one of the beaches at Bako National Park. Or participate in fun games and activities available at the multiple secluded beaches. The sunset from Telok Assam beach will be amongst the best sunsets you witness here. Stay back after the sun sets completely and you will be in for a spectacular view of the mountain against the colourful sky, a sight you should not miss! The beach during this time is the perfect place to birdwatch as the birds start flying back and hovering around their nests. For more adventure, ask your local guide from Locaguide to help you book one of the multiple chalets. With this, you will get a chance to see the nocturnal wildlife of the park as you spend the night camping.

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The Royal Palace of Yogyakarta

A pavilionOne of the pavilions in the Palace of Yogyakarta

The Palace(Kraton in Javanese) of Yogyakarta, serves as the official seat of the reigning Sultan of Yogyakarta. The palace holds official meetings, political functions and also serves as the royal residence. Built along the north-south axis, the Kraton Palace faces Merapi, the Sacred Mountain, and backs the Indian ocean, home of the mystical Indonesian Sea Queen.

The Palace of Yogyakarta
The Palace of Yogyakarta

Inside the Royal Palace of Yogyakarta

There is a cultural link between the palace compound and the people who live within it. The intricate designs in the pavilions, courtyards and placement of trees show the integration of the multiple faiths. Those that have had an influence over these parts of Indonesia. The central part of the palace boasts of Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu elements. The fine little details and treasures of the royal family, make it a must visit during your Yogyakarta tour.

The Palace of Yogyakarta stands guarded with the Kraton guards, dressed in the traditional attire. The custodians and their families have lived in the palace compound for generations as the inheritance of the job continues. Once a guard is too old to serve he is not asked to leave his service. Instead, the royal house continues to pay for his services until his last breath. This shows how deep the connection between the Kraton and its people goes!

Elderly men at the Kraton
Elderly men at the Kraton

The Palace remains closed to visitors in the evening so do talk to your local guide from Locaguide before a visit. Make a visit during the day to appreciate the history and architecture of the palace. Meanwhile, you may even get a chance to sample the royal cuisine at a couple of the restaurants that it.

The local taxi drivers often try to scam the tourists by making them take the wrong entrance leading to an unimpressive display. Make sure to ask your travel guide to accompany you to get the best of experience of the royal palace. Might as well ask the guide to translate the performances or shows you may ge to attend at the Royal Palace of Yogyakarata.

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Take a stroll through Johor Bahru Old Town

BuildingThe Red House building

As you explore the city of Johor Bahru, make sure to keep a day alone to explore Johor Bahru’s old town. The town is well known for its famous food stalls and buildings of the past. You can spend a whole day walking and still not feel like you have seen it all at the end of the day.

Lined with several buildings that hold stories from the past, Johor Bahru’s Old Town reflects the Chinese and Indian Heritage. They seem to possess a greater influence on the town of Johor. Visited by both locals and tourists likewise for the local and authentic food options available, the town is a foodie’s paradise.

Things to do at Johor Bahru town

Meanwhile, on your stroll through the neighbourhood, find yourself paying attention to multiple things at the same. The vintage buildings, the street side souvenir shops and the food stalls selling mouthwatering dishes at every street corner.

Starting at the city square, make your way to the end. Walk through the lanes clicking pictures of the murals that decorate the city walls or the heritage buildings. These buildings still keep the rich past of the city alive. The famous Red House remains a perfect example for the people to remember the past. Thus, if lucky, you may even get to walk into the red house for an art or culture display.

 A street in Johor Bahru
A street in Johor Bahru

The best way to tour the old town of Johor Bahru is probably with a local guide. With Locaguide, you can not only build a customised itinerary, but you can also opt for a guided tour. Your guide will help you select the restaurants and bakeries to eat from and share anecdotes from the old city. Spend time with the hidden art murals on the walls and try working on your photographic skills.

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Experience local island life at Genting Village

A beach

Located in the western coast of Tioman island, Genting village is a small local village stretching 1.5 km along the coast. Nestled between the sea and lush rainforest, the pristine village spoils you with choices of places to visit, stay and eat.

The Genting Village
The Genting Village

Things to do at Genting village

You can spend your time exploring the village or relaxing on the clean sandy beaches. While here, learn about the village and its multiple spots just like the locals and discover their way of life. Take a stroll around the village to find the local wildlife and the flora and fauna of the island along the walkways. Also, explore the wooden houses the village is known for and shop local goodies at the multiple shops selling everything. You can find yourself some souvenirs to take back for your friends and family from your holiday on Tioman island.

Speak with a local guide from Locaguide about the best eating places and mingle around with some of the locals. It might leave you amused to see them share pieces of anecdotes about their life on the island. Or you can sing with them the local songs at multiple karaoke spots across the village. Thus, interacting with them is the best way to unravel local spots in the village’s coastline. Moreover, to just enjoy the sun, sand and sea minus the crowds; and lose yourself to the salty air as you indulge in local snacks by the seaside or take a dip into the clear blue waters.

A place around Genting village
A place around Genting village

If you want to explore beyond just Genting Village, then take suggestions from your guide on the nearby villages. You will find plenty of accommodation options here. Meanwhile, you could also opt for a homestay if you want a taste of the local lifestyle. Or maybe stay at one of the chalet-style hotels that stand strewn all over the island. 

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Hike Tioman’s highest peak, Mount Kajang

Mount KajangA view from uphill

Mount Kajang, also locally known as Gunung Kajang, is the highest mountain peak on Tioman Island. If you want to add a bit of adventure on your trip then sign up for the hike to Mount Kajang. An extinct volcano, the peak of the mountain dwells in the clouds, and the trek uphill is your test of endurance.

Mount Kajang
Mount Kajang

The trek up the Mount Kajang

As you hike you occur to notice how different the flora exists on the island when compared to the mainland. The trees here possess a life of their own and you can feel how ancient and evolved the mountain stands; from its volcanic past to its rainforest covered presently. The mountain does not have many set trails. Thus, often you see that your trek guide maps out a route for your group to navigate to the top.

As you scale the mountain, try keeping your talks minimal, so as to get a perfect glimpse of the surroundings. A Glimpse that of the wildlife the mountain houses, from the ever-present monkeys to the rarely spotted mouse deer. The animals here add to the thrill of the trek up the mountain. Alongside, you can also get up close to nature and admire the beauty of the cascading waterfalls.

Cascading waterfalls
Cascading waterfalls

At the summit, you can explore few caves that add a sense of mystery to Mount Kajang and its past. You can also witness the vastness of the milky way with a clear night sky if luck is on your side — certain to leave you enamoured with the beauty of nature. The chilly nip in the air reminds you of the high altitude climbed by you. The views of the island and the sea nearby remains proof of how gorgeous the Tioman island really is.

A hike like this is best undertaken by an experienced local guide. He/she might have a way around and can help you stay on track. Plan a hike to Mount Kajang with a local travel expert from Locaguide. The guide will assist you to plan every detail of the trek to make sure that it stays in your memories for a long time. 

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Thean Hou Temple: Experience Chinese culture like a local

Thean Hou TempleA young women paying visit to Thean Hou Temple during the Chinese New Year

Thean Hou Temple seated along Jalan Klang Lama forms one of the largest and oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Termed as a notable religious landmark in Kuala Lumpur because of the large number of visitors it attracts every year.

About Thean Hou Temple

The Thean Hou Temple, locally known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven themes an elaborate six tired Pagoda. Dedicated to Tian Hou, the protector of the fishermen community the temple sits atop a hill. The Hainanese community of Kuala Lumpur established the temple in 1894. The mix of red and gold designs give a visual treat to the eyes.

Thean Hou Temple
Outside the Thean Hou Temple

The multi-arch gateway and red pillars at the main entrance symbolize prosperity and good luck. A modern Buddhist temple, it features images and art depicting Buddha all around the main hall.

Statues of Guan Di, the god of war and Wei Tuo, a divine protector are present in the temple. With elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, the grand structure showcases influences from all these schools of thought. 

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A walk around the temple complex leads you to a tortoise pond and a herb garden filled with Chinese medicinal plants. A sanctified Boddhi tree also graces the compound and creates an aura of mysticism!

The Thean Hou temple marks as one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Create a customised itinerary with Locaguide so that you do not miss out on this beautiful temple. With the local travel expert, you can not only visit the temple but experience the prayer ceremonies like a local. He/ She can also help you get your fortune read at the temple if it makes you keen.

The Thean Hou temple makes up for more than just a place of worship. An architectural marvel in itself which brings the local Chinese community together. So, do pay a visit and experience it for yourself.

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Visit the unique Cat Museum in the Kuching

Cat MuseumKuching Cat Museum building

The Cat Museum makes up for a fun idea to spend an hour or two when in Kuching. Have an affinity towards feline creatures? Then make sure you visit this cat museum. As the name suggests, the museum contains artefacts, paintings and information on cats. Entertaining people since 1993, the museum houses over 4000 art pieces all related to cats. A cat lover or not, anyone who visits the museum certainly enjoys the museum tour.

What does the cat museum include?

The museum holds artefacts, news articles, information, stories, mummified and stuffed toys all belonging to the cats. So, to say the least, a trip to Malaysia remains incomplete without a stop at this museum. A fun excursion to discover more about cats if you never had one.

From mummified cats dating back to 3000 BC to containing the history and beliefs revolving around cats, the museum holds everything.

The legend of cats at the museum entertains almost everyone and appears comical for children too. The museum covers itself with photographic pieces and funny cat-shaped objects to entertain all age groups. Upon a walk through the museum, make sure to pick up souvenirs that remind you of the time spent at the museum. These quirky souvenirs make for some perfect gifts to take back home for family and friends.

Mummified cats on display
Mummified cats on display at the museum

The name of the city, Kuching, originated from the Malay word for cat, ‘kucing’. So, it naturally becomes imperative to visit the museum when in the city. Include it in your customised Kuching itinerary on Locaguide. The local travel expert will ensure a safe trip to this unique cat museum. While the entry to the museum is free of cost, you might need to pay a small fee to take photographs. The museum is definitely worth every penny.

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Strawberry Picking at Cameron Highlands’ Big Red Strawberry Farm

Strawberry potsStrawberry Pots

Want to spend time away from the bustling city during your trip to Malaysia? then Cameron Highlands makes up for a perfect getaway destination for a one day trip or two. While in Cameron Highlands, a visit to the local Big Red Strawberry Farm is a must. To reach the farm you can either trek or drive to follow the path uphill. A day at the Big Red Strawberry Farm remains ideal for a fun outing with the whole family.

Pick your own strawberries at the farm

Spend some time meandering along the trails of the strawberry farm and breath in some fresh air. Meanwhile, the idea of picking the juicy red strawberries is not frowned upon as a ticket for the same is available. Take a quick pause along the way to admire the gorgeous surroundings of the farm. Colourful potted plants and a little fish pond add to the extravaganza of the place. You can also pose to capture the memories of the day.

Freshly picked strawberries at the Big Red Strawberry Farm
Freshly picked strawberries

Savour at some delectable strawberry dishes

The hydroponic cultivation of leafy vegetables and lettuces alongside the strawberries is worth getting the first-hand view of. While a tour of the cultivation technology goes to show the advances and the positive impact science holds in the farming industry. Upon spending the day along the shady trails stop at the cafe to try some mouth-watering strawberry dishes. The variety of strawberry based dishes at the cafe offers something or the other to all the age groups. Especially, do not forget to try the melted chocolate with fresh strawberry.

While planning an itinerary to Cameron Highlands, make sure to add this vibrant farm for a firsthand experience of how your favourite fruits are grown. A local tour guide from Locaguide can help you plan a trip here and also help you make the most of this experience!

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Take a tour of the century-old BOH Tea Plantation

Boh Tea plantationBoh Tea Estate during dusk

Cameron Highlands in Malaysia is not just known for its scenic beauty and tranquil mountains but for diverse tea plantations. It is an abode to the largest tea plantation in Southeast Asia — the Boh tea plantation.

About the tea plantation

Spread over an area of 8000 acres, the Boh tea plantation on the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands is an exquisite place. In addition to the plantation, the company has its own production and packaging unit and a retail outlet for visitors. At present, the BOH estate remains one of the largest tea plantations in Malaysia. So, if you have a trip planned here, touring the Boh tea factory is the best things to do.

The name BOH is derived from Bohea, the hills in Fujian Province where tea was originally thought to be discovered.

BOH Tea Plantation
BOH Tea plantation

Things to do?

The walk through the picturesque plantation is perfect for budding photographers. And for the remaining, it easily remains as one of the best spots to enjoy the uninterrupted scenic view. So, get around to explore the lush green plantations and take a glimpse of the tea production process. Also, learn how the employee spends his day there.

When planning your Cameron Highlands itinerary, discuss with a local travel expert on Locaguide. He will help you schedule a hassle-free trip to the Boh tea plantation and the factory. He may also help you with the minute details of planning like transportation and the best time to visit. 

Upon having your fill of the stunning views at the plantation, head to the in-house cafe. Savour a meal or sip on the afternoon tea here. Known for its authentic English pastries, scones and the multiple tea options, the cafe is the perfect place to sit back. Take in the view of the plantation and recap the day as you get ready to head back to your hotel.

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