Five places to es­cape to

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL - By VIC­tO­rIA SOFIA star2­travel@ thes­tar. com. my 4. District of Besut, tereng­ganu

MALAYSIANS, you don’t have to splurge and blow your bud­get to have a great va­ca­tion! There are many in­ter­est­ing places in our coun­try that you may not know about ... yet. Here are the five places to check out.

1. Kam­pung Su­mangkap Gong Fac­tory, Ku­dat, Sabah Lis­ten to the beat of the gongs in this gong fac­tory in Sabah’s north­ern town of Ku­dat. Lo­cated 140km ( or two hours by road) from Kota Kinabalu, this vil­lage pro­vides in­sight into the gong- mak­ing process, with var­i­ous work­shops or­gan­ised by the skilled Run­gus crafts­men of the vil­lage.

Vis­i­tors are free to walk around the vil­lage to ob­serve the gong- mak­ing process. While you are there, don’t for­get to take a photo with the big­gest gong in Malaysia lo­cated at the en­trance of the vil­lage! Be­sides self- drive, vis­i­tors can also get to the vil­lage via pub­lic trans­porta­tion from Padang Merdeka, KK. Vis­i­tors need to in­form the driver of the drop- off point.

Open daily from 8.30am to 5.30pm, in­clud­ing pub­lic hol­i­days.

Ad­mis­sion fee is RM5 ( adults), RM3 ( chil­dren), and free for chil­dren below six years of age. 2. Kedah Paddy Mu­seum, Alor Se­tar, Kedah Lo­cated in the Rice Bowl state of Malaysia, this is the only padi mu­seum in the coun­try. Lo­cated on Jalan Gu­nung Ke­ri­ang, Alor Se­tar, this three- storey mu­seum has unique ar­chi­tec­ture with repet­i­tive padi stalk mo­tifs on the build­ing’s roof. It is a trib­ute to the his­tory of padi cul­ti­va­tion in Malaysia and coun­tries around the world. Vis­i­tors will also learn about the taboos and leg­ends of padi- plant­ing.

The mu­seum’s high­light is the ro­tat­ing view­ing deck for the mu­rals painted by Korean artists.

Open daily from 9am to 5pm ( closed noon to 2.30pm on Fri­days). Ad­mis­sion is RM3 ( adults), RM1 ( chil­dren from seven to 12). There is an ad­di­tional charge of RM2 for the use of cam­eras. 3. teluk Ba­hang For­est Park, Pe­nang

This for­est park is ap­prox­i­mately 40 min­utes’ drive from Ge­orge Town, with views of the sandy beaches of Batu Fer­ringhi along the way. You can en­joy a re­lax­ing stroll on the foot­paths pro­vided by the man­age­ment in this serene for­est.

If you are game for some­thing more chal­leng­ing, you can go on the hik­ing trail that will lead you fur­ther into the for­est of Pe­nang Hill. Af­ter a tir­ing hike or walk, you can soak in the re­fresh­ing pris­tine pool and wa­ter­fall in the park.

Other fa­cil­i­ties in this park are camp­sites and pic­nic ar­eas. The park is ac­ces­si­ble via pub­lic trans­porta­tion from Ge­orge Town on Bus 101 from Kom­tar Bus Ter­mi­nal.

The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm ( closed noon to 2.45pm on Fri­days).

En­trance to the park is free.

There are a cou­ple of places that are well- trod­den in Tereng­ganu but not many give Besut the time of day. We thank Star2 reader Alia Hazmin for this tip- off. Beaches? Try Pan­tai Den­dung, a peb­bled beach, or five min­utes away Pan­tai Bukit Kelu­ang where there are wa­ter sports or hike up to Bukit Kelu­ang for fan­tas­tic views of the place.

You can have break­fast at Nasi Ayah Su Jat lo­cated at Kuala Besut Jetty with great views of the boats sail­ing past and street art in the back­ground. At Pan­tai Air Tawar, lunch awaits you at Pak Awie Nasir Air where the tra­di­tional por­ridge called Nasi Air is sup­posed to be scrump­tious.

In­ter­est­ingly, the old film Hikayat Merong Ma­hawangsa was filmed on the golden sandy beach here. 5. Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park, Lundu, Sarawak Lo­cated in Lundu, 32km from Kuch­ing, this park was named af­ter the leg­endary and myth­i­cal Princess Gad­ing ( one of the guardians of three moun­tain peaks here). If you are lucky, you may sight the world’s largest flower, the Raf­fle­sia.

This park is also home to a wide range of wildlife, such as wild boars, mon­keys and por­cu­pines.

Ad­ven­ture- seek­ers may want to hike along any of the three na­ture trails to en­joy the beauty of the Malaysian rain­for­est. The wa­ter­falls are an­other at­trac­tion.

Vis­i­tors who wish to stay overnight should book the hos­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion prior to ar­rival.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion fee is RM10 for Sarawakians and RM20 for non- Sarawakians. Open from 8am to 5pm. The park is ac­ces­si­ble by car from Kuch­ing, a jour­ney of about two hours. Or take a bus from Kuch­ing Sen­tral via ex­press bus to Lundu, and then take a taxi to the park.

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