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Da­mai Beach Re­sort

Teluk Ban­dung San­tubong, out­side Kuch­ing (08 284 6999/damaibeachre­sort.com). Ide­ally lo­cated be­side the rain­for­est and the sea, Da­mai Beach Re­sort is mod­eled af­ter a fish­ing vil­lage. The at­trac­tive re­sort of­fers nat­u­rally in­spired rooms and chalets such as the un­usual Baruk Suites: cir­cu­lar two-storey chalets. The re­sort works hard to pro­vide a full ros­ter of ac­tiv­i­ties and tours for guests. Kids are well catered for with the Kids’ Vil­lage, games, com­put­ers, a play­ground, a kids’ pool and spe­cially or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties. Babysit­ting ser­vices are avail­able upon re­quest.

Per­mai Rain­for­est Re­sort

Jalan Sul­tan Ten­gah, Pan­tai Da­mai San­tubong, Kuch­ing (08 284 6487/ www.per­mairain­for­est.com). Em­bark on a half hour’s drive from Kuch­ing to seek out Per­mai Rain­for­est Re­sort, set at the foot of Mount San­tubong in the pris­tine Bornean rain­for­est. The re­sort is the na­ture get­away you’ve dreamt of dur­ing times of high stress. Stay among the tree tops in a cabin, re­lax by the beach, and go for a trek where flora and fauna are in abun­dance. Ac­tiv­i­ties such as night kayak­ing, stand up pad­dle board­ing, bird watch­ing, fly­ing fox and trea­sure hunts will en­sure that your older kids have a great time.

Tereng­ganu

Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre, KL (03 2331 8080/www.petronast­win­tow­ers.com.my). 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 the close-up of them that makes the ex­pe­ri­ence im­pres­sive. Visi­tors are al­lo­cated time slots to visit the bridge, as it can get over­crowded. Tue-Sun, 9am-9pm (closed from 1-2.30pm ev­ery Fri­day). Is­su­ing of tick­ets starts from 8.30am. Adults, RM85; Chil­dren (be­low 12 years), RM35; In­fants (be­low 2 years), free.

Kedah

Panorama Langkawi

Ca­ble Car Sta­tion, Ori­en­tal Vil­lage, Bu­rau Bay (04 959 4225/www.panora­malangkawi.com). 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 rel­a­tively 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 hair-rais­ing thrills. If not, there’s the 6D ride, F1 Sim­u­la­tor and a 3D Art Mu­seum. Daily, 9am-5pm. Adults, RM45, Chil­dren (2-12 years old), RM32; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM30, Chil­dren, RM22.

Malacca

Duck Tours

Me­laka Duck Tours, Me­nara Tam­ing Sari, Jalan Merdeka, Ban­dar Hilir (06 292 2595/ www.melaka­duck­tours.com.my). Em­bark on a mem­o­rable tour of Malacca in an ‘am­phibi­ous truck’. The tour lasts ap­prox­i­mately an hour, with the wa­ter leg Daily, 10am-10pm. (Tower en­try alone) Adults, RM20; Chil­dren (un­der 12 years old), RM10; Stu­dents, RM17; (MyKad hold­ers), present your MyKad for a dis­count.

Stadthuys

Jalan Gereja (06 333 3333/ www.perzim.gov.my). 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, 8am-5pm. Adults, RM10, Chil­dren, RM6; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM5, Chil­dren, RM3.

Pe­nang

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 cream while ob­serv­ing the colour­ful boats docked in the jetty.

Ghost Mu­seum Pe­nang

57 Le­buh Me­layu, Ge­orge Town (04 261 2352/ www.face­book.com/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 – 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.madein­penang.my). 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. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-8pm. Adults, RM15; Chil­dren, RM10; Kids shorter than tick­et­ing counter en­ter for free. (Price in­cludes re­turn trans­fer), Adults, RM170, Chil­dren, (5-11 years old) RM150; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM150, Chil­dren, (5-11 years old) RM130.

Mon­sopiad Cul­tural Vil­lage

Kam­pung Kuai Kan­da­zon, Pe­nam­pang (011 1419 6484/6488/www.mon­sopiad.com). 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 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. Daily, 9am-5pm.

North Bor­neo Rail­way

Level 2, The Mag­el­lan Sutera Re­sort, 1 Sutera Har­bour Boule­vard, Sutera Har­bour, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 830 8500/ www.suter­a­har­bour.com). This nos­tal­gic rail­way jour­ney through paddy fields, vil­lages and rain­forests is mem­o­rable to say the least. Each re­turn trip lasts about four hours. Break­fast is served at the be­gin­ning of the jour­ney while a de­li­cious tif­fin lunch is served on the way back. For nov­elty’s sake, each pas­sen­ger is given a pass­port to be stamped at each stop. That ought to keep the kids oc­cu­pied for part of the jour­ney, but do pack some games or books for rest­less young ones. Train leaves 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

Sarawak Cul­tural Vil­lage

Pan­tai Da­mai, San­tubong (08 284 6108/ www.scv.com.my). 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-4.45pm. Adults, RM60; Chil­dren (6-12 years old), RM30; Chil­dren be­low 6, free.

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