Serene Weekend Getaways Within 2 Hours of Kuala Lumpur

The KTM Electronic Train Service (ETS), the inner city rail service in Malaysia, connects the Peninsular Malaysia, starting from Kuala Lumpur’s KL Sentral, and from the Gemas junction between the Malaysian west and east coast rail lines. Traveling by train in Malaysia has become a lot faster with the high-speed ETS Train, therefore giving its residents and even tourists the chance to maximize their time in going to and from the different cities.

If you take the ETS train to the north of Malaysia, one of the tourist destinations you can visit is the Penang Island, which is considered as a Malaysian state and also the “food paradise” of Malaysia. From the KL Sentral Railway Station, trains leave and arrive at Penang’s Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland, which is just 15 minutes away by ferry to the Penang Island. What can be seen in Penang Island? Here are three must-dos:

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  1. Relax in first-class beachfront hotels

The Penang Island boasts of its long and pristine coasts which are certainly breathtaking and relaxing. Hotels and resorts in this island vary in both price and styles, from practical and convenient accommodations for transit visitors, to lavish five-star hotels. You can easily book a room before your arrival using popular hotel sites. If the budget allows, five-star hotels are ideal, especially for first-time visitors. These hotels usually offer beachfront accommodations, restaurants, and an outdoor pool. If you prefer a more private relaxation, you may want to book an Executive Pool Suite which has an in-room private swimming pool and a spacious room which anyone can truly call a home away from home.

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  1. Visit other tourist spots

Aside from hotels and luxurious accommodation sites, must-visits in Penang Island include George Town, where museums and historical landmarks can be seen, such as Unesco World Heritage Zone. Other landmarks and spots can be found in Bayan Lepas, Batu Ferringhi, and Tanjung Bungah.

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  1. Go on a food trip

Penang Island is regarded as the top food destination in the region,  where anyone can indeed find delight in the humble roadside eateries and stalls that line the streets. The island is also very popular for its Nyonya flavoring used in local Chinese dishes. Aside from these, other culinary delights which can be enjoyed in the island are traditional Malaysian favorites such as the Char Kuay Teow and Tar Sau Peah.

 

Anyone who will visit Penang Island will not run out of wonderful things to do. What’s good about going to this tourist spot is that it’s practically a stone’s throw away from Malaysia’s capital!

The 5 Most Romantic Malaysian Destinations You Just Have to Visit With Bae

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s that time of the year when you steal some precious moments to spend with your one true love. One of the most endearing ways you can make Valentine’s Day really meaningful is by planning a romantic getaway with bae, preferably to a destination that’s exciting yet romantic.

Malaysia is known the world over for its natural beauty, as well as for its iconic man-made attractions like the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers, making it a melting pot of both natural and cultural heritage. This also means that it’s a perfect place for you and bae to enjoy some quality alone time. Here are some of the Malaysian destinations known for its amorous aura:

 

Kuala Lumpur

With its never ending activity and bright lights that are turned on through the night, Kuala Lumpur is very much the vibrant and metropolitan city than can charm anyone looking for excitement. The city is home to many skyscrapers, some of which host rooftop restaurants and bars where couples can book a place for a romantic dinner overlooking the twinkling lights below. Some of these skyscraper restaurants include Atmosphere 360 at KL Tower, Marini’s on 57, Sky Bar and many more. You’ll want to book a 5 star hotel in Kuala Lumpur to complete you experience, and Sunway Resorts Hotel is one ideal option.

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Langkawi Island

Langkawi is a beautiful island off the coast of Kedah, in the north of Peninsula Malaysia. Its appeal lies in the fact that it has many myths and legends associated with it, like the story of Mahsuri, as well as that of a pregnant handmaid or Dayang Bunting. Another of Langkawi’s appeal is its beautiful beaches, some of the best in the country. You’ll be able to lounge on the soft sand and splash in its crystal clear sea waters for hours on end.

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Malacca Town

Located about 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur, lies the small town of Malacca. Although not as busy as KL, it can become quite congested on public holidays. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy an idyllic holiday here, walking hand in hand with your other half among the pre-war houses in this UNESCO heritage city. Malacca is steeped in history and heritage, and you’ll learn much by visiting the Stadhuys, which houses the state museum and the ancient Christ Church.

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Cameron Highlands

Fresh air does have its own romantic appeal, and one place you can find a cool and refreshing atmosphere is in Cameron Highlands, known for its delicious strawberries, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Many couples also come here for the spot of Cameron Highland’s very own tea, which is often served with scones. Another good reason to go up to Cameron Highlands with bae is the delicious herbal steamboat. Slurping the hot soup with your favorite ingredients in the cold weather really takes the cake.

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Redang Island

Redang is a paradise away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of towns. This island resort is a popular destination for snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, and other marine activities. This is due to the crystal clear waters and pristine beaches of the island, as well as the quieter and more peaceful nature of the island, as compared to other beach destinations in Malaysia.

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From the vibrant and exciting, to the quiet and serene, Malaysia has it all when it comes to romantic Valentine’s Day destinations. Make this year’s Valentine’s an unforgettable experience for your other half.

Best Countries in the World to Visit for Rich Islamic History

Islam began around thirteen centuries ago in modern day Saudi Arabia. Led by Prophet Mohammed, the religion quickly spread from its cradle in the western region of Hejaz to other parts of the Arabian Peninsula. From there it was carried by his successors to Asia, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world. The quick spread of Islam through vast areas in three continents means that there are many countries around the world with a long and rich history of Islam. The three countries discussed here are not only distinguished for being home to some of the holiest and most important Islamic sites but also for containing places where some of the greatest events that changed the course of Islam’s history took place.

Saudi Arabia

It is not for no reason that Saudi Arabia calls itself the home of Islam. It is in the Saudi city of Mecca that Prophet Mohammed was born in 571. It is in another Saudi city of Medina that the Prophet’s tomb is located. As a result of these two factors, the two cities are recognized by all Muslims as the holiest in Islam. Such is their importance that each year millions of Muslims go to Mecca to partake in one of the most important of Muslim festivals, the Hajj.

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Palestine

Palestine holds a special place for the three main Abrahamic religions- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For Muslims, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is the third holiest site after Mecca and Medina. It is on this site that Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven where he talked with God.

Iraq

Before the current conflict in the Middle East that many analysts have called a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, few people outside the Muslim world were aware of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims. If one hopes to understand this schism, it is not Iran or Saudi Arabia that one should visit; Iraq is where it all began. The city of Karbala is where the Battle of Karbala took place leading to the death of Mohammed’s grandson Husayn Ali. In Najaf lies the tomb of Imam Ali who Shias consider the first Imam. The significance of these two figures in Shia Islam makes Karbala and Najif some of the holiest sites for Shias, only rivaled by Mecca and Medina. They are also key to understanding the origin of the schism between Sunnis and Shias.

Given the significance of these sites it is no wonder that these three countries hold a special place in the hearts of Muslims across the world. Each year they receive millions of Muslims who come to tour these sites. Whether one is visiting them for academic purposes or to partake in one of the many Muslim festivals that take place there, it is important to take a Muslim tour package. Apart from Halal food, a Muslim tour package often has an English-speaking guide to help you make the most of your visit and make the experience unforgettable.