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PRICE GUIDE

Ho­tels are listed ac­cord­ing to their price range. This is based on an av­er­age one-night stay (price per room) un­less stated oth­er­wise Deluxe - over RM500 Mid-range - between RM150 - 500 Bud­get - un­der RM150

SPE­CIAL DEALS DIS­COUNTS ON WEEK­END STAY AT THE GAR­DENS HO­TELS & RES­I­DENCES

Take a week­end break between Fri­days to Mon­days for a week­end stay­ca­tion with the fam­ily at The Gar­dens Ho­tels & Res­i­dences by St Giles where you’ll get 15 per­cent off on their Ex­tended Week­end Spe­cial. The of­fer in­cludes 15 per­cent on ho­tel’s best avail­able rate and com­pli­men­tary WiFi. Of­fer is valid un­til March 31.

FAM­ILY PACK­AGE AT SHERATON IM­PE­RIAL KL

Bring the fam­ily to stay at Sheraton Im­pe­rial KL for some great sav­ings. The pack­age in­cludes 50 per­cent dis­counts when you book a sec­ond room for kids and you’ll get two in­ter­con­nect­ing rooms. Rates start at RM360++ and in­clude 50 per­cent dis­count to­tal bill in Essence Buf­fet, com­pli­men­tary park­ing and ex­tra bed. The of­fer is valid for book­ing and stays through De­cem­ber 31. Jalan Sul­tan Is­mail, KL (03 2717 9900/www.star­wood­ho­tels.com/sheraton).

EVENTS MATTA FAIR 2017

Malaysia’s big­gest travel fair is back this March with more travel pack­ages, ho­tel pro­mo­tions, flight deals and other spe­cial treats ca­ter­ing to groups like fam­ily hol­i­day. Head over to PWTC and get more bang for your buck with af­ford­able travel deals with au­tho­rised agen­cies.

Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre (PWTC), 41 Jalan Tun Is­mail. (03 9222 1155/www.mattafair.org.my). March 17-19. 10am-9pm. Adult and chil­dren (12 years and above), RM4, Chil­dren (be­low 12 years old), free.

KL & SUR­ROUNDS DELUXE SUN­WAY RE­SORT HO­TEL & SPA

This com­bi­na­tion of ho­tel, mall and theme park is pretty much fool­proof. Sun­way Re­sort’s swim­ming pool has a mar­velous man-made wa­ter­fall while the ad­ja­cent theme park fea­tures at­trac­tions like a man­made surf beach and thrilling wa­ter rides like the Vu­vuzela. There’s also the Ex­treme Park, Wildlife Park, Amuse­ment Park and Scream Park. The ad­join­ing mall houses a skat­ing rink, archery range, bowl­ing al­ley, cinema and gam­ing ar­cade.

THE WESTIN KUALA LUMPUR

makes it very clear that kids are the guests of hon­our. Each child re­ceives a com­pli­men­tary wel­come bag stuffed with treats, while par­ents of in­fants and tod­dlers re­ceive their own spe­cial goodie bags con­tain­ing Band Aids, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, socket cov­ers and a night­light. To top it all off, The Westin of­fers an ex­clu­sive Eat Well menu for kids to in­still the im­por­tance of a healthy diet. 199 Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (03 2731 8333/ www.thewestinkualalumpur.com).

MID-RANGE BER­JAYA TIMES SQUARE HO­TEL

An amuse­ment park down­stairs is a pretty good rea­son to check the fam­ily in at this ho­tel. Cen­tral lo­ca­tion aside, Ber­jaya Times Square boasts of spa­cious rooms, a well-thought out kids’ menu and a se­ri­ously im­pres­sive pool flanked by smaller kid­die-sized pools. Stay­ing in the 2-Bed­room Deluxe room or the stylish 2-Bed­room Suite lets mum and dad en­joy some pri­vacy. Both of­fer the op­tion of get­ting an ex­tra bed or crib. Ask the ho­tel about their fam­ily pack­age deals, which in­clude en­trance to Ber­jaya Times Square Theme Park or the Fam­ily Es­capade Desa Wa­ter Park. 1 Jalan Imbi, KL (03 2142 9611/www. ber­jaya­ho­tel.com).

PULL­MAN KUALA LUMPUR CITY CEN­TRE HO­TEL & RES­I­DENCES

This ho­tel and res­i­dence is con­ve­niently lo­cated right next to Pavil­ion KL shop­ping mall and a stone’s throw away from KLCC. The kids’ club (open daily from 9am to 10pm) is stocked with PlayS­ta­tions, ca­ble TV (there’s Dis­ney chan­nel, of course) and plenty of toys. Any child bunk­ing in Mum and Dad’s room re­ceives free ac­com­mo­da­tion and break­fast. 4 Jalan Con­lay, KL (03 2170 8888/www. pull­man­ho­tels.com).

JO­HOR DELUXE LEGOLAND HO­TEL

Stay right where the en­ter­tain­ment takes place. Spend­ing a night at this ho­tel ac­cen­tu­ates the fun of vis­it­ing the LEGOLAND theme park. The themed rooms in­clude Ad­ven­ture, Pi­rate and King­dom. Each is de­signed to re­sem­ble a gi­ant play­room with heaps of toys and loud splashes of colour. Even the lobby is full of fun ac­tiv­i­ties to keep young trav­ellers busy while par­ents deal with the pro­ce­dure of check­ing in. On­line book­ings yield bet­ter deals. 7 Jalan Me­dini, Nusa­jaya (07 597 8888/ www.legoland.com.my).

MID-RANGE HO­TEL JEN PUTERI HAR­BOUR

For­merly Traders Ho­tel, Ho­tel Jen is rec­om­mended for fam­i­lies plan­ning to visit LEGOLAND and Puteri Har­bour Fam­ily Theme Park (hous­ing Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town). Al­though the ho­tel is quite a dis­tance from down­town JB, it’s within walk­ing dis­tance to

Hello Kitty Town and a mere fiveminute drive from LEGOLAND. Fam­i­lies with­out a car can hop on the free shut­tle bus pro­vided by the ho­tel. Per­siaran Puteri Se­la­tan, Puteri Har­bour, Nusa­jaya (07 560 8888/www.hotel­jen.com).

RID­ERS LODGE

If you have a child who is a big fan of horses and ponies, plan a fam­ily trip to Rid­ers Lodge right away as they of­fer plenty of rid­ing lessons and camps for be­gin­ners. We’re sure a stay in the 27-room man­sion will be some­thing your kid re­mem­bers for a long time.

In­side the Le­gends Golf and Coun­try Re­sort, Lot 1302 Ke­bun, Ku­lai (07 652 5330/ www.rid­er­slodge.com.my)

DELUXE THE ANDAMAN

This lux­u­ri­ous re­sort ap­peals to the whole fam­ily – par­ents can spoil them­selves silly at the award-win­ning spa while kids can check out the Young Ex­plor­ers Club and coral nurs­ery. Down at the nurs­ery, a coral cu­ra­tor can train your kids to be a Young Ma­rine Bi­ol­o­gist for the day; they can en­joy guided snor­kel­ing and try to spot the res­i­dent lob­sters, clown fishes and Moor­ish idols. If wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties aren’t quite your child’s thing, the sur­round­ing rain­forests of­fer bird watch­ing and jun­gle trekking. Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi (04 959 1088/ www.the­an­daman.com).

THE WESTIN LANGKAWI RE­SORT & SPA

Down past Jetty Point Shop­ping Com­plex, The Westin Langkawi ranks among Malaysia’s most ex­clu­sive and re­ju­ve­nat­ing places to stay. As with other Westin ho­tels, kids and par­ents re­ceive com­pli­men­tary goodie bags. The Kids’ Club ex­cels at get­ting kids to ex­pe­ri­ence the is­land via na­ture walks, bird watch­ing and batik work­shops. For in­door R&R, the ho­tel’s Dis­cov­ery Room is where kids can play board games, read books or catch up on their favourite TV pro­gramme. Jalan Pan­tai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi (04 960 8888/www.westin­langkawi.com). MALACCA

DELUXE CASA DEL RIO

This lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel fac­ing the Malacca River aes­thet­i­cally pays trib­ute to Ara­bic, Por­tuguese and Dutch in­flu­ences. The 66 rooms see a mix of Mediter­ranean de­sign and Per­anakan flour­ishes. Sup at the water­front res­tau­rant as the sun sets and watch the world go by. The two-bed­room suites are ideal for medium to large fam­i­lies. 88 Jalan Kota Lak­samana, Malacca (06 289 6888/www.casadel­rio-me­laka.com).

MID-RANGE A’FAMOSA RE­SORT

Par­ents with a low ‘camp’ thresh­old may want to pop a re­lax­ant be­fore ven­tur­ing here, for the sheer campi­ness of it all will have you run­ning for the exit. Fans of the Old West might en­joy the cheery fig­urines of cow­boys and In­di­ans, while the Wa­ter Theme Park prom­ises a splash­ing good time. Call ahead be­fore you book to check that all at­trac­tions are open. Jalan Ke­mus, Sim­pang Em­pat, Alor Ga­jah (06 552 0888/www.afamosa.com).

NEGERI SEM­BI­LAN DELUXE AVILLION PORT DICK­SON

Highly rec­om­mended for those trav­el­ling with lit­tle ones, Avillion has a pet­ting zoo where kids can feed small crit­ters, a kids’ club with soft floors for rough and tum­ble mo­ments, a fan­tas­tic kids’ pool with a slip­pery slide, as well as a shal­low wad­ing pool. Guests rave about the staff’s at­ten­tion to de­tail and cheer­ful man­ner­isms. With a wide va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­i­lies as well as F&B dis­counts thrown in for larger fam­i­lies, Avillion truly lives up to the hype. 3rd Mile, Jalan Pan­tai, Port Dick­son (06 647 6688/www.avil­lion­port­dick­son.com).

BUD­GET TITI ECO FARM RE­SORT

Take stroll through the or­ganic farm and herb gar­den, have a go on the fly­ing fox, or bring a kite to take ad­van­tage of the open grassy space and pleas­ant breezes De­spite its ru­ral lo­ca­tion, the re­sort has plenty of fa­cil­i­ties such as a mul­ti­pur­pose hall, a the­atre, a can­teen, a sou­venir shop, a play­ground and more. 1706 Sun­gai Rotan, Jelebu (03 7874 8122/ www.titieco.com.my).

PA­HANG DELUXE CLUB MED CHER­AT­ING

Part of the fa­mous French chain, this lux­ury re­sort em­ploys an all-in­clu­sive con­cept for food, lodg­ings, fa­cil­i­ties, ac­tiv­i­ties, games and shows. No age group is left out with Baby Club Med for the wee ones (four months to two years old), Petit Club Med for two to un­der-fours, and Mini Club Med for kids aged four to ten years. Teenagers are catered for as well with Club Med Pass­world (open to those between the ages of 11 and 18).

HVOM, 29th Mile, Jalan Kuan­tan-Ke­ma­mam, Kuan­tan (03 2053 1888/www.clubmed.com. my).

MID-RANGE MU­TIARA TA­MAN NE­GARA RE­SORT

First things first – you’re in the mid­dle of the jun­gle so there will def­i­nitely be mos­qui­toes and pos­si­bly mon­keys on the bal­cony. That be­ing said, we like Mu­tiara’s fam­ily-sized chalets with bunk beds for the kids and liv­ing area for card games, Best of all, the ho­tel or­gan­ises well guided trips into Ta­man Ne­gara that are thor­oughly en­joy­able for both adults and kids aged five years and above. Kuala Ta­han, Jer­an­tut (09 266 2200/www. mu­tiara­ho­tels.com).

PE­NANG DELUXE HARD ROCK HO­TEL PE­NANG

Lo­cated near the end of the Fer­ringhi Beach, Hard Rock Ho­tel is a great choice if you want to keep the kids oc­cu­pied while you sip on a cock­tail or two. It’s clear that Hard Rock takes its younger guests se­ri­ously, es­pe­cially since the kids’ wa­ter

play­ground comes with wa­ter guns and slides. Rox­ity Kids’ Club (open to kids aged four to 12 years) is where the kids can en­joy arts and crafts, video games, face paint­ing and board games, while the Teens Club of­fers a host of video game con­soles. Jalan Batu Fer­ringhi (04 881 1711/ www.hardrock­ho­tels.net).

NEW 23 LOVE LANE

For­merly a pri­vate res­i­dence, this bou­tique ho­tel can be de­scribed as a labour of love. The build­ing main­tains its orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­ture and even houses the orig­i­nal owner’s per­sonal col­lec­tion of South­east Asian art. The kids will have fun choos­ing rooms as each one is dec­o­rated around a dif­fer­ent theme (like the In­dian Shop House or the 1920’s Jack Roof An­nex). 23 Love Lane, Ge­orge Town (04 262 1323/ www.23love­lane.com).

MID-RANGE MANGO TREE PLACE

Of Mango Tree Place’s two sites, we pre­fer the Town­house 1963 on Jalan Phuah Hin Leong over the Hide­away on Le­buh Pan­tai as the for­mer has a court­yard suite fur­nished with a swing set. That be­ing said, the ser­vice at both lo­ca­tions is im­pec­ca­ble, the team is ex­cel­lent with kids, and the unique blend of her­itage charm and minimal dé­cor is pleas­ing to the eye.

21 Jalan Phuah Hin Leong (off Burma Road); 494 & 496 Le­buh Pan­tai (014 246 2132/ www.man­gotreeplace.com.my).

PERAK DELUXE TIGER ROCK PANGKOR

Sur­rounded by lush green­ery close to the is­land’s rain­for­est re­serve, Tiger Rock Pangkor of­fers thought­fully-de­signed ac­com­mo­da­tion con­structed from lo­cal ma­te­ri­als. The gor­geous build­ings are a throw­back to the past with their colour­ful, colo­nial styling. There’s a pool, a li­brary with in­ter­net ac­cess, and a ten­nis court to keep the kids oc­cu­pied. But a bet­ter va­ca­tion is one spent bird watch­ing in the jun­gle or tour­ing the is­land. In­quire with re­cep­tion about th­ese. WD.2 Pangkor, Pangkor Is­land (04 264 3580/04 226 3016/tiger­rock.info).

MID-RANGE LOST WORLD HO­TEL

Made up of 134 ho­tel rooms and 20 ser­viced apart­ments, Lost World Ho­tel is nes­tled among the cav­ernous hills of Tambun. Linked to the Lost World Of Tambun theme park and the Lost World Hot Springs where you can un­wind and soak in the nat­u­ral ther­a­peu­tic hot springs, the ho­tel is an ideal choice for fam­i­lies who plan on vis­it­ing the park. It’s also the first smoke-free ho­tel in Ipoh, which is good news for con­cerned par­ents with chil­dren.

1 Per­siaran La­gun Sun­way 1, Sun­way City Ipoh (05 540 8888/www.sun­way­lost­world­of­tam­bun.com).

SABAH DELUXE GAYANA ECO RE­SORT

Set on the beau­ti­ful Gaya Is­land and built as part of a ma­rine park, Gayana Eco Re­sort is made up of 52 im­pres­sive over-wa­ter vil­las. The re­sort ad­vo­cates ma­rine con­ser­va­tion and houses its own Ma­rine Ecol­ogy Re­search Cen­tre (MERC). The touch pool is a de­light­ful at­trac­tion kids will en­joy; cop a feel of harm­less ma­rine life found in the sur­round­ing wa­ters like sea cu­cum­bers, starfishes and conches. Par­tic­i­pate in a va­ri­ety of fun projects and ac­tiv­i­ties such as learn­ing how to test wa­ter qual­ity and ex­plor­ing the reef with an un­der­wa­ter cam­era. Visit the web­site to view spe­cial dive pack­ages. Mala­hom Bay, Gaya Is­land (08 838 0390/ www.gayana-eco-re­sort.com).

SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA RE­SORT

Voted fifth in Asia’s Top 10 Fam­ily Re­sorts 2014 by read­ers of the Aus­tralian-based Hol­i­day with

Kids mag­a­zine, Rasa Ria rests in a gor­geous trop­i­cal set­ting where jun­gle meets beach. The Kids’ Club, for chil­dren between five and 11 years old, is where kids can try their hand at mak­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, sit in on sto­ry­telling ses­sions, and learn how to weave tra­di­tional crafts out of co­conut leaves. Visit the nearby na­ture re­serve and orang­utan ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, but not be­fore sign­ing your kids up to be­come rangers for a day (a fit­ness check is re­quired be­fore­hand). Pan­tai Dalit Beach, Tuaran, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 879 7888/www.shangri-la.com).

MID-RANGE SEPI­LOK JUN­GLE RE­SORT

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. Jalan Rambu­tan, Sepi­lok Mile 14, San­dakan (08 953 3031/www.sepi­lokjun­glere­sort.com).

SARAWAK DELUXE PERMAI RAIN­FOR­EST RE­SORT

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. Out­doorsy ac­tiv­i­ties such as night kayak­ing, stand up pad­dle board­ing, bird watch­ing, fly­ing fox and trea­sure hunts will have the kids talk­ing about their va­ca­tion for months to come.

Jalan Sul­tan Ten­gah, Pan­tai Da­mai San­tubong, Kuch­ing (08 284 6487/www.per­mairain­for­est. com).

TERENG­GANU DELUXE THE TAARAS BEACH & SPA RE­SORT

Sur­rounded by the calm wa­ters of Teluk Dalam and an ar­chi­pel­ago of is­lands, The Taaras is eas­ily Redang Is­land’s most lux­u­ri­ous re­sort. Con­ve­niently close to 30 pop­u­lar dive spots, it boasts of a ver­i­fied PADI 5 Star Dive Cen­tre li­cense ca­ter­ing to all divers, am­a­teur and ad­vanced alike. Kids as young as eight can join the PADI Seal Team or Bub­ble Mak­ers, while older kids can try the Dis­cover Scuba Div­ing or Ju­nior Open Wa­ter Diver cour­ses. Teluk Dalam, Pu­lau Redang (09 630 8888/ www.thetaaras.com).

SIGHTS KL & SUR­ROUNDS KL TOWER

Take the el­e­va­tor up to the view­ing point of this 421-me­tre high telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and broad­cast­ing tower for a

magnificent vista of KL. 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.

2 Jalan Pun­chak, off Jalan P Ram­lee, KL (03 2020 5444/www.menarakl.com.my). Daily, 9am-10pm. (All-in-one pack­age) Adults, RM155; Chil­dren (4-11 years old), RM115; (MyKad/MyKid hold­ers) Adults, RM125, Chil­dren (4-11 years old), RM68. Check web­site for prices of in­di­vid­ual at­trac­tions.

PETRONAS TWIN TOW­ERS

The tallest twin tow­ers in the world are icons of Malaysia. 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 from out­side that makes the ex­pe­ri­ence im­pres­sive

Kuala Lumpur City Cen­tre, KL (03 2331 8080/ www.petronast­win­tow­ers.com.my). Tue-Sun, 9am-9pm (closed from 1-2.30pm every Fri­day). Is­su­ing of tick­ets starts from 8.30am. Adults, RM80; Chil­dren (be­low 12 years), RM30. (MyKad/ MyKid hold­ers) Adults, RM25; Chil­dren (be­low 12 years), RM12.

KEDAH PANORAMA LANGKAWI & SKY­BRIDGE

This must-do in Langkawi of­fers an un­for­get­table air­borne ex­pe­ri­ence. Head to the base of Mat Cin­cang Moun­tain, hop into a ca­ble car, and try not to look down as you ven­ture 708 me­tres above sea level. Once at the top, make mem­o­ries by send­ing a postcard to friends and fam­ily via the SkyPos fa­cil­ity. Other things to check out in­clude the SkyBou­tique, SkyBistro and SkyTrail, 3D Art Mu­seum, F1 Sim­u­la­tor and more.

Ca­ble Car Sta­tion, Ori­en­tal Vil­lage, Bu­rau Bay, Langkawi (04 959 4225/www. panora­malangkawi.com). Daily, 9.30am-7pm. Adults, RM45, Chil­dren (2-12 years old), RM32; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM30, Chil­dren, RM22.

MALACCA DUCK TOURS

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 and is a good way to see the city with­out your kids com­plain­ing of tired feet.

Me­laka Duck Tours, Me­nara Tam­ing Sari, Jalan Merdeka, Ban­dar Hilir (06 292 2595/www. melaka­duck­tours.com.my). Daily, 9am-6pm. Adults, RM48, Chil­dren (2-12 years old), RM30; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM42, Chil­dren (2-12 years old), RM25, Se­nior ci­ti­zens (55 years and above), RM27; Dis­able/Un­der Priv­i­leged (Adult), RM21; Dis­able/Un­der Priv­i­leged (Chil­dren), RM13.

ME­NARA TAM­ING SARI

This touristy tower is a great way to dis­tract the kids for an hour or two. Come here for scenic views of Malacca and kid-friendly at­trac­tions in­clud­ing bumper cars, elec­tric scoot­ers and other rides.

Jalan Merdeka, Banda Hilir (06 288 1100/ menaratam­ingsari.com). Daily, 10am-11pm. Adults, RM23; Chil­dren (un­der 12 years old), RM15; (MyKad hold­ers), Adults, RM17; Chil­dren, RM11.

PE­NANG MADE IN PE­NANG IN­TER­AC­TIVE MU­SEUM

This pop­u­lar mu­seum at­tracts cou­ples, fam­i­lies and kids who are down for clown­ing around. The mu­seum’s walls are cov­ered with in­cred­i­ble mu­rals that cre­ate a three-di­men­sional ef­fect when viewed from cer­tain an­gles. Stand be­fore one of the many in­ter­ac­tive kiosks for more vis­ual trick­ery.

3 Pengkalan Weld, Ge­orge Town (04 262 6119/017 464 0986/ www.madein­penang.my). Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-8pm. Adults, RM15; Chil­dren (12 years and be­low), Stu­dents (with valid ID) & Se­nior ci­ti­zens (60 years and above), RM10; Kids shorter than tick­et­ing counter en­ter for free.

NEW PHANTA MA­NIA IL­LU­SION CAS­TLE

The lu­di­crous façade of Ge­orge Town’s new­est trick art mu­seum (yet an­other one) cou­pled with its prox­im­ity to touristy Ar­me­nian Street makes it im­pos­si­ble to miss. Rather like a fun­house, the build­ing is made up of sev­eral at­trac­tions in­clud­ing the Con­fus­ing Maze (a trippy hall­way of mir­rors) and the Freeza­ma­nia (a room set at six de­grees Cel­sius). Op­ti­cal il­lu­sions al­low you to hang off the side of a cas­tle, defy grav­ity, play with ghostly fig­ures and more. The kids will get a kick out of this one.

193 Le­buh Vic­to­ria, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang (04 263 3193/fb.com/phan­ta­ma­nia). Daily, 10am-7pm. Adults, RM28, Chil­dren, Stu­dents or Se­niors (with valid ID), RM18, Chil­dren be­low 100cm, free. (MyKad/MyKid hold­ers) Adults, RM19, Chil­dren, RM12.

PERAK KELLIE’S CAS­TLE

This man­sion on a hill holds a tragic tale: 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.

KM 5.5, Jalan Gopeng, Batu Ga­jah (05 365 3381). Daily, 9am-6pm. RM5; (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM4, Sec­ondary school stu­dents RM3, Pri­mary school stu­dents, RM2, Chil­dren, free.

NEW CONCUBINE LANE

One of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions in Ipoh, Concubine Lane is a pic­turesque lit­tle street that used to house gam­bling and opium dens. Known for its her­itage value, the streets have turned into a touristy mar­ket of sorts, with var­i­ous food, bev­er­age and sou­venirs be­ing sold there. Be pre­pared for the crowds on the week­ends. Pan­glima Lane, Jalan Pan­glima, Ipoh 30000, Malaysia.

SABAH MARI MARI CUL­TURAL VIL­LAGE

This is one of the most in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in KK where the kids can ob­serve the cul­ture and ritual cer­e­monies of the in­dige­nous Ba­jau, Lun­dayeh, Mu­rut, Run­gus and Dusun tribes.

Kion­son, Inanam (016 821 5689/ mari­mar­i­cul­tur­alvil­lage.com). Adults, RM170; Chil­dren, RM150. (MyKad hold­ers) Adults, RM150; (MyKid hold­ers) Chil­dren, RM 130

NORTH BOR­NEO RAIL­WAY

This nos­tal­gic rail­way jour­ney through paddy fields, vil­lages and rain­forests is mem­o­rable to say the least. 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. Each re­turn trip lasts about four hours.

Level 2, The Mag­el­lan Sutera Re­sort, 1 Sutera Har­bour Boule­vard, Sutera Har­bour, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 830 8500/www.suter­a­har­bour.com). 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

This tourist at­trac­tion gives trav­ellers a taste of Sarawak’s in­cred­i­bly di­verse pop­u­la­tion. Lo­cated 40 min­utes from down­town Kuch­ing, the vil­lage is best ac­cessed by taxi or car. Plan to spend a half-day ex­plor­ing the tra­di­tional houses and tak­ing part in fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties such as tribal dances and mu­si­cal cer­e­monies. If you feel that a day isn’t enough, spend the night in a long­house.

Pan­tai Da­mai, San­tubong (08 284 6108/www. scv.com.my) Daily, 9am-4.45pm. Adults, RM50; Chil­dren (6-12 years old), RM25; Chil­dren be­low 6, free.

23 Love Lane

Kellie’s Cas­tle

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