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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.

KL Tower

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

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 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.

Sabah

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.

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