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KL & Sur­rounds Brick­fields (Lit­tle In­dia)

Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sam­ban­than, Brick­fields, KL. This short stretch fac­ing NU Sen­tral is a melt­ing pot of lo­cal In­dian cul­ture. You’ll find bou­tiques, sa­lons, art gal­leries, mar­kets and plenty of eater­ies spe­cial­is­ing in In­dian cui­sine. While there is a ‘sec­ond Lit­tle In­dia’ in Masjid In­dia, we like the one here for the bright colours, bustling ac­tiv­ity and tan­ta­lis­ing aro­mas. What we’re not fans of: the stand­still traf­fic. Leave the car at home and take the train to KL Sen­tral if you plan on ex­plor­ing the area.

KL Tower

2 Jalan Pun­chak, off Jalan P Ram­lee, KL (03 2020 5444 / Take a tour up to the 421-me­tre high telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and broad­cast­ing tower for a mag­nif­i­cent vista of KL. The au­dio tour is rea­son­ably in­for­ma­tive, if a lit­tle dry, and the restau­rant is pop­u­lar among tourists de­spite the medi­ocre food. There’s also a small aquar­ium, an F1 Sim­u­la­tor, an XD Cinema (with 6D tech­nol­ogy), a 1Malaysia Cul­tural Vil­lage as well as a mini zoo which houses a sur­pris­ing num­ber of ex­otic an­i­mals such as meerkats, bat-eared foxes and snap­ping turtles in well-main­tained habi­tats. (Ob­ser­va­tion deck) Daily, 9am-10pm. Adults, RM52, Chil­dren (4-11 years old), RM31; (MyKad/MyKid hold­ers) Adults, RM32, Chil­dren (4-11 years old), RM21. Check web­site for prices of other at­trac­tions.

Petronas Twin Tow­ers

Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre, KL (03 2331 8080/ www.petronast­win­tow­ Icons of Malaysia, the tallest twin tow­ers in the world are bea­cons of lo­cal cul­ture and her­itage. Check out the dis­plays and ex­hi­bi­tions on the ground level be­fore as­cend­ing to the im­pres­sive skybridge. The view is some­what lim­ited due to the huge tow­ers on ei­ther side of the skybridge, but it’s ac­tu­ally the close-up of them that makes the ex­pe­ri­ence im­pres­sive. Vis­i­tors are al­lo­cated time slots to visit the bridge, as over­crowd­ing is in­ad­vis­able. Tue-Sun, 9am-9pm (closed from 1-2.30pm ev­ery Fri­day). Is­su­ing of tick­ets starts from 8.30am. Adults, RM84.80, Chil­dren, RM31.80; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM26.50, Chil­dren, RM12.70.


Panorama Langkawi

Ca­ble Car Sta­tion, Ori­en­tal Vil­lage, Bu­rau Bay (04 959 4225/ www.panora­ One of the top tourist at­trac­tions in Langkawi, Panorama Langkawi of­fers tourists an un­for­get­table air­borne ex­pe­ri­ence. Start off with the ca­ble car ride from the base of Mat Cin­cang Moun­tain. The SkyCab trav­els 1,700 me­tres and sus­pends vis­i­tors 650 me­tres above sea level on its way to the mid­dle sta­tion where there are view­ing plat­forms. Ven­ture fur­ther to the top sta­tion where you can mail your fam­ily and friends post­cards from 708 me­tres above sea level via the SkyPos fa­cil­ity. As one of the world’s long­est curve sus­pen­sion bridges, the SkyBridge of­fers a breath­tak­ing 360-de­gree view of the un­touched jun­gles be­low. A new fam­ily-friendly at­trac­tion is the SkyGlide, which al­lows vis­i­tors to glide through the jun­gle to reach the SkyBridge in less than two min­utes. But those who en­joy brisk walks in the jun­gle can opt for the jun­gle trail. The sheer drop is bound to give your kids hair­rais­ing thrills. If not, there’s the 6D ride, F1 Sim­u­la­tor and a 3D Art Mu­seum. SkyCab oper­a­tion hours, 9.30am-7pm; School hol­i­days, 8.30am-8pm. Adults, RM45, Chil­dren (2-12 years old), RM32; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM30, Chil­dren, RM22.


Duck Tours

Me­laka Duck Tours, Me­nara Tam­ing Sari, Jalan Merdeka, Ban­dar Hilir (06 292 2595/ www.melaka­duck­ Em­bark on a mem­o­rable tour of Malacca in an ‘am­phibi­ous truck’. The tour lasts ap­prox­i­mately an hour, with the wa­ter leg tak­ing up to 20 min­utes. It’s a good way to see the city without your kids com­plain­ing of tired feet. If you’re lucky enough, you might see some dol­phins swim­ming in the straits. Leave your baby stroller with the friendly tick­et­ing staff who will keep an eye on it un­til you re­turn. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM45, Chil­dren (1-12 years old), RM27; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM38, Chil­dren (1-12 years old), RM22, Stu­dents (aged 13-18 years), RM27.

Me­nara Tam­ing Sari

Jalan Merdeka Banda Hilir, Malacca (06 281 3366/ menaratam­ This is a great way to dis­tract the kids for an hour or two. The touristy tower of­fers scenic views of Malacca, but also has a bunch of at­trac­tions for the kids, in­clud­ing Ital­ian bumper cars, elec­tric scoot­ers, the Miniri­der 3D, and the new Cos­mos Elec­tric Car. Each at­trac­tion is tick­eted sep­a­rately or can be grouped to­gether as part of a pack­age. The en­try price also in­cludes a snack and a bot­tle of wa­ter for hy­dra­tion. Daily, 10am-10pm. (Tower en­try alone) Adults, RM20, Chil­dren (un­der 12 years old), RM10; Stu­dents, RM17, (MyKad hold­ers), RM10.


Jalan Gereja (06 333 3333/ Built in 1650 by the Dutch dur­ing their rule in Malacca, this brick-red build­ing once served as ad­min­is­tra­tive quar­ters, but now houses the town hall and sev­eral mu­se­ums, which are ad­mit­tedly dry and makeshift. Also known as Red Square, it’s lo­cated smack in the cen­tre of town and is al­ways sur­rounded by fes­tive ac­tiv­ity. Touristy but fun tr­ishaws con­gre­gate around the square area, of­fer­ing rides around the vicin­ity – it’s a great way to take in the sights if you have lit­tle ones. Visit on Satur­day or Sun­day at 10.30am or 2.30pm to join a free guided tour of the build­ing, but place your book­ings in ad­vance. Daily, 9am-5.30pm. Adults, RM10, Chil­dren, RM6; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM5, Chil­dren, RM3.


Clan Jet­ties

Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town. These float­ing set­tle­ments have been hous­ing the de­scen­dents of Chi­nese im­mi­grants since the 19th cen­tury. The Chew Jetty is known as be­ing the most tourist-friendly, but bear in mind that these are peo­ple’s homes so don’t let the kids wan­der into some­one’s kitchen. En­joy the in­evitable rounds of snacks and ice creams while ob­serv­ing the colour­ful boats docked in the jetty.

Ghost Mu­seum Pe­nang

57 Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town (04 261 2352 /www.face­ ghost­mu­se­umpenang57). It’s a bit pricey for out-of-town­ers and not in­for­ma­tive enough to be a mu­seum, but this ‘haunted house’ might pro­vide a spot of fun for the kids. There are some pretty macabre dis­plays but if your child en­joys tak­ing self­ies, the Ghost Mu­seum of­fers some un­usual and hair-rais­ing back­drops and al­lows for some dig­i­tal buf­foon­ery. Daily, 10am-7pm. Adults, RM28, Chil­dren, RM16; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM18, Chil­dren, RM10. Chil­dren be­low 7, free.

Made In Pe­nang In­ter­ac­tive Mu­seum

3 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (04 262 6119/ www.madein­ This well-known mu­seum at­tracts cou­ples, fam­i­lies and kids who are down for clown­ing around. The mu­seum’s walls are cov­ered with in­cred­i­ble mu­rals that cre­ate a three­d­i­men­sional ef­fect when viewed from cer­tain an­gles. Stand be­fore one of the many in­ter­ac­tive kiosks for more vis­ual trick­ery. Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM15; Chil­dren, RM10; Kids shorter than tick­et­ing counter en­ter for free.


Ipoh World at Hat Chin Pet Soo

3 Jalan Bi­jeh Timah (Treacher Street), Ipoh (www.ipo­ This his­tor­i­cal site was once the base for the Hakka Tin Min­ers’ Club where mem­bers could re­lax, chat, gam­ble and ap­par­ently smoke opium. Now un­der the care of Ipoh World, it has been turned into a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the story of the lo­cal min­ers. Make an ap­point­ment to tour the es­tab­lish­ment for free; dona­tions are en­cour­aged and go to­wards the up­keep of the mu­seum. Tours are in­for­ma­tive and en­joy­able for both adults and chil­dren. Tours are free by ap­point­ment: Tue-Fri, 9.30pm, 11.30am & 2.30pm; Sat-Sun and Pub­lic Hol­i­days (ex­cept Mon­days), 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm.

Kel­lie’s Cas­tle

KM 5.5, Jalan Gopeng, Batu Ga­jah (05 365 3381). This man­sion on a hill lo­cated 20 min­utes from Ipoh by car holds a tragic tale: Once upon a time, Wil­liam Kel­lie Smith or­dered for the man­sion to be built as a gift for his wife, or his son, de­pend­ing on the sto­ry­teller. In­fluenza wiped out Kel­lie’s hired work­ers af­ter World War I and Kel­lie him­self died of pneu­mo­nia. The house en­dured years of van­dal­ism but has been re­fur­bished and is now a haunt­ing (some say haunted) ro­man­tic tourist spot. Climb the tower for sweep­ing views of the sur­round­ing val­ley, but be care­ful if you have younger chil­dren as there is a lack of safety rail­ings. Re­searchers are cur­rently in the process of try­ing to find a fourth tun­nel be­neath the cas­tle that is ru­moured to hold Kel­lie’s car. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-5.30pm. Adults, RM10, Chil­dren, RM8; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM5, Chil­dren, RM3.


Mari Mari Cul­tural Vil­lage

Kion­som, Inanam (016 821 5689/ mari­mar­i­cul­tur­alvil­ At Mari Mari you can tour the tra­di­tional houses of the Ba­jau, Lun­dayeh, Mu­rut, Rungus and Kadazan eth­nic groups of Sabah. Ex­pe­ri­ence rit­ual cer­e­monies and dis­cover each tribe’s way of life. Book a tour through your ho­tel or a tour op­er­a­tor. Guided tours of the mu­seum aside, you can also ex­pe­ri­ence a tra­di­tional meal. Suit your kids up in com­fort­able cloth­ing made of breath­able ma­te­rial. (Price in­cludes re­turn trans­fer), Adults, RM165, Chil­dren, (5-11 years old) RM145; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM145, Chil­dren, (5-11 years old) RM125.

Mon­sopiad Cul­tural Vil­lage

Kam­pung Kuai Kan­da­zon, Pe­nam­pang (www.mon­ The Mon­sopiad Cul­tural Vil­lage solely re­lies on the sup­port of tourists. It show­cases Kadazan­dusun cul­ture through mu­sic, cui­sine, dance and other tra­di­tional cus­toms. If you’re a his­tory buff, you’ll be in­trigued by tales of head hunt­ing and spirit wor­ship. The kids can still have a go at us­ing a blow pipe, watch tra­di­tional dances and sate their cu­rios­ity by vis­it­ing the head­hunter’s house and its dis­play of skulls. Pre­pare for your visit by spray­ing on mos­quito re­pel­lent. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

North Bor­neo Rail­way

Level 2, The Mag­el­lan Sutera Re­sort, 1 Sutera Har­bour Boule­vard, Sutera Har­bour, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 830 8500/ www.suter­a­har­ This nos­tal­gic jour­ney through paddy fields, vil­lages and rain­forests will make for an in­ter­est­ing morn­ing out. The re­turn jour­neys lasts about four hours: break­fast is served at the be­gin­ning of the jour­ney while a de­li­cious tif­fin lunch is served on the way back. Be­fore you em­bark on the jour­ney, each pas­sen­ger is given a pass­port which is stamped along the way at each stop. That ought to keep the kids oc­cu­pied for some of the jour­ney but do re­mem­ber to bring some games or books in case they get bored, Train boards at 9.30am on Wed­nes­days and Satur­days through­out the year. Adults and chil­dren (4 years and above), RM345; Chil­dren (3 years and be­low), Free.


Sarawak Cul­tural Vil­lage

Pan­tai Da­mai, San­tubong (08 284 6411/ The Sarawak Cul­tural Vil­lage gives vis­i­tors a taste of the in­cred­i­bly di­verse Sarawakian cul­ture. It’s 40 min­utes from down­town Kuch­ing, so plan to spend a day ex­plor­ing the tra­di­tional houses and tak­ing part in the fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer. And if you feel that a day isn’t enough, stay over in one of the long­houses. Daily, 9am-5pm. Cul­tural shows: 11.30am-12.15pm & 4-4.45pm. Adults, RM63; Chil­dren (6-12 years old), RM31.50 (in­clu­sive six per­cent GST); Chil­dren be­low 6, free.

Ghost Mu­seum Pe­nang

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