Sepilok Jungle Resort
Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14, Sandakan (08 953 3031/www.sepilokjungleresort.com). Sepilok Jungle Resort is ideal for guests who wish to spend a quiet weekend with family and friends. Rise early to the chirping of birds and settle down to the sound of cicadas in the evening. Kids will be delighted to see or hear gibbons, hornbills, fruit bats and butterflies. You’ll find a swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna, steam room and a fully air conditioned poolside café on the premises, while the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre is a mere five-minute walk away. Trips to farther attractions such as Turtle Island and the famous Kinabatangan River can be arranged through the resort.
Sarawak 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.
2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P Ramlee, KL (03 2020 5444/www.menarakl.com.my). Take the elevator up to the viewing point of this 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 wellmaintained habitats. (Observation deck) Daily, 9am-10pm. Adults, RM55, Children (4-11 years old), RM35; (MyKad/MyKid holders) Adults, RM36, Children (4-11 years old), RM26. Check website for prices of other attractions. 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 (06 288 1100/ menaratamingsari.com). 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. Perak
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 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/ marimariculturalvillage.com). 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.