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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.