The Iban tribe of Borneo are unique and special people. These are the former head hunters of Borneo but headhunting days are now long gone. More or less. Some groups of Iban still live traditionally in communal longhouses where dozens of families share a large covered communal area. These traditional longhouses are in remote areas, hard to access but modern Iban Longhouses … [Read more...]
Places to Visit in Malaysia
Places to visit in Malaysia. From Kuala Lumpur, to Penang to Langkawi to Malacca. Find what you need on Places to visit in Malaysia in the blog posts below.
We visited most of these sites in Malaysia with family, with kids, but anyone should find this information useful for their visit.
Sarawak is a state in north-west Borneo, part of Malaysia. The Malay part of Borneo is sometimes called Eastern Malaysia. Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan are the three Malaysian states and federal territories in Borneo. The rest of Borneo belongs to Indonesia and Brunei. In times gone by Sarawak changed hands regularly before becoming a part of Malaysia in the 1960s, its history is … [Read more...]
Malaysia is a fantastic destination for families boasting beaches, culture, wildlife, great food and plenty of child-magnet attractions. It's not the cheapest place in the world, but being in South East Asia, prices for family travel and vacations are moderate. There are 2 parts to Malaysia, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia ( Malaysian Borneo) and the two parts offer … [Read more...]
Penang is a tropical state of Malaysia comprising Penang Island and a neighbouring portion of the mainland. When tourists, travellers or holidaymakers talk of visiting Penang, they're usually referring to the island, which is where you'll find a number of family-friendly tourist attractions and beach-side resort towns as well as the bustling and historic state capital, … [Read more...]
We were lucky enough to be able to visit the brand new Legoland Water Park Malaysia near Johor Baru just a couple of weeks after it opened. We spent the previous day at Legoland Malaysia (review here) and loved it , time for round 2, a day of splashy, wet family fun in the tropical heat of southern Malaysia. A Legoland water park review, from us, a family who loves to travel … [Read more...]
Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful city, in one moment ultra slick and modern, the next ancient, traditional and cultured. Its a city everybody should experience at least once and a city that many of us these days visit because of the great connections Air Asia offer. Prices seem low at the moment ( 2017) they're lower than we've seen even 3 years ago, but in our experience there … [Read more...]
Legoland Malaysia outside Johor Bahru is just north of Singapore, in the far south of Malaysia. We visited with our kids, then 7 and 9, making a special trip south from Kuala Lumpur and Melacca, just to visit Legoland Malaysia and the Legoland Water Park next door. You will find honest reviews for both on our site. So was it worth the trip south? YOU BET Legoland … [Read more...]
By popular demand, here are our experiences of hotels near Legoland Malaysia Johor Bahru. We had a really good time at Legoland Malaysia and at the Legoland Water Park, right next door. You will certainly need an absolute minimum of two full days in the parks here, a 3 night hotel stay. You could easily stay longer in the Legoland parks or visit Hello Kitty World nearby. The … [Read more...]
I've been really struggling with this travel thing lately. After the first couple of days in Malacca, loving the ancient buildings and churches, I reached total travel burn out and chucked a great big girly tantrum. I was over it. We had a run of bad experiences, including my favourite T-shirt being stolen and our guest house digging up the sewers for 3 days without … [Read more...]
Keeping the children happy in Malacca isn't hard at all. The town is bright, colourful and filled with interesting sights, tastes and smells. There are forts and canons to climb on, great museums and great shops. If you need more to keep the kids busy, we found plenty of things to do in Malacca with kids. There were a few play opportunities that you may like to know about, … [Read more...]
Malacca doesn't seem to be much of a backpacker town, most of the tourists we see are local and/or considerably richer than us, which isn't hard. Maybe all the backpackers are in other districts rather than the Old Town. Finding cheap accommodation ( for a family of 4 in particular) in Malacca has been tricky. We feel that hotels and guest houses in Malaysia on the whole are … [Read more...]
Malacca is a strange place. Arriving on the bus from Kuala Lumpur, on motorways that could easily have been in Surrey, I felt as if we'd left Asia. It was all a bit too Western. We got off the bus at Malacca Sentral, not to be greeted by touts, but by helpful people pointing us in the direction of the official taxi rank. The taxi drivers didn't try to rip us off, they got … [Read more...]