Discover Labuan

Its name derives from Malay word ‘Perlabuhan’ which means harbor. Labuan comprise of the main island – Pulau Labuan and other six smaller islands – Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Papan, Pulau Burung, Pulau Rusukan Besar , Pulau Daat and Pulau Rusukan Kecil. Located off the coast of Brunei and Sabah. You could get into Labuan’s capital which formerly named Victoria during colonial era by flight from Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, towns from Sarawak and Sabah. But only from Brunei, and a few places from Sarawak and Sabah by ferries. It has a growing population of nearly 100,000 predominant by Malay with other such as Kedayan, Chinese and other indigenous people. English and Malay is widely spoken here, but pay more attention when you meet those who speak Labuan Malay dialect which is different from the standard Malay. Due to respect, do not take Labuanese as Sabahan. Most youngster might get offended as Labuan are not longer part of Sabah since the handover to federal government on 1984.

Labuan is declared an International Offshore Financial Centre since Oct 1990, the only offshore financial centre in Malaysia up to date. Labuan economy is likely import-export oriented. Raw materials, equipments or parts for its industrial uses or even some consumer products are imported. In the meantime, almost all of its commodities including gas, crude oil, methanol, flour, animal feed, or sea products are exported to West Malaysia or overseas. Currently the land at the main island south western side is utilized by industries of manufacturing, shipbuilding, and oil and gas and more. Due to all major businesses, you could see many non-Labuan natives work here. 

Although known for its duty free status, things here are not that cheap especially electronics and computer gadgets are outrages. But you should be at ease shopping for cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, pearls and batik sarong. Imported cars are cheaper too but once out of the island, it would be subjected to taxes. Seafood is strangely well priced over here but with you can get a local guide to show you cheaper alternatives. There are others mouth watering local kuih you might want to try such as Jelurut, Punjung or Kelupis. Mostly wrapped in banana leaves that enhanced the flavours when cooks. Coconut pudding which often served in the coconut itself is the most famous dessert on the island which you probably can’t get somewhere else.

Seem like that is it? Not likely. To make most out of your time, there are several place you can visit and do. Go diving as Labuan probably have the best wreck diving sites in Asia. Visit the Labuan War Cemetery, a particular historical destination for World War II. A remembrance day is held annually on November to honour the 3,900 recorded graves of fallen heroes in the war. Take a stroll at the beaches or ride around the town in rented scooter. Get to Labuan Bird Park that house many species of Borneo’s indigenous birds. Next to the park, stands a mysterious chimney that no one know it’s true purpose which is an artifact from Labuan coal mining era. Despite its high development, Labuan does not have much city’s hassle expected from a place like it.

Top Tourist places in Johor, Malaysia

Johor looks like the same as most urban communities in west Malaysia, it has hot and muggy climate. Largely, temperature ranges from 27 to 30 degrees, and the best time to visit this spot is from April to October. Following are some unmistakable vacation spots that you must visit when you are in Johor, Malaysia:

Legoland

Legoland Malaysia is one of the biggest and first of its kind amusement park of Asia. It is placed in Nusajaya, Johor. Spread on 76 sections of land of area, it is the sixth such stop on the planet. It consolidates more than 40 intuitive rides, shows and attractions. Different attractions of this park incorporate Lego city, Land of experience, Imagination, Lego Kingdom and Lego Technic.

Endau Rompin National Park

Endau Rompin is the second national stop after Taman Negara, and covers a region of roughly 80,000 hectares of rich and fascinating greenery. The recreation center suits an alternate sorts of types of winged animals, warm blooded creatures, frongs, creepy crawlies and extraordinary mixtures of orchids, herbs, therapeutic plants and trees. It appears that each time a logical campaign come back from Endau Rompin,

Kota Iskandar Johor

Kota Iskandar was opened in April 2009, and has turned into one of the celebrated places in Johor. Kota Iskander is Malaysia’s first experiential parliament where guests through guided visits will be permitted the opportunity to enter Johor’s excellent state parliament lobby and witness the rich society and history of Johor.

Pulau Sibu

Pulau Sibu is a lovely hideaway with rich tropical vegetation, brilliant shorelines and clear blue waters. This island likewise gas numerous ocean caverns cut out of rock. The steady beating of the ocean amid the storm season has made this island look wonderful and rough. You will see waters contain intriguing coral reefs abounding with beautiful marine life. Additionally, you could appreciate scuba jumping, snorkeling, windsurfing, cruising and calculating.

Pulau Rawa

Pulau Raw is sixteen kilometers off the coast put in Mersing. This island is acclaimed for white coral sand, tall palm trees and coral reefs with neon-hued fish and intriguing marine life. This calm island just has two decisions of convenience on it. The wooden chalets settled amongst coconut forests, and an immaculate spot to escape the rushing about of the city.

Desaru

Desaru is situated 100 kilometers from Johor Bahru, and is quite popular for clean beaches, excellent golf courses and unique attractions. It is also named as “the land of Casuarinas” as you can see casuarinas trees alongside the beaches. Other attractions of Desaru includes Desaru beach. Fishin, village musum at Tanjung Balau, Desaru fruit farm and more.

Tourist Attractions in Kedah, Malaysia

The state of Kedah spread over an area of 9,425 sq. km towards the north of the Peninsular Malaysia, along with Perlis, Perak and Kelantan. Apart from majority of Malay people, you can also see a significant volume of Chinese and Indian minorities. You will find numerous tourist destinations in Kedah, such as:

Langkawi Island

It is off the coast of Kedah and comprises of 99 islands, offering incredible beaches, world-class infrastructure, rich flora and fauna, etc. You will enjoy shopping here everything here is very cheap and duty-free. Most of people living here are farmers, and entrepreneurs. Due to scenic natural beauty, you will never run out of entertainment on langkawi island. Some other popular destinations are the field of Burnt rice, hot springs, Telaga Tujuh, and the beach of black sand. Enjoy boat tours to Tasik Dayang Bunting, Gua Cerita and Gua Langsir.

Langkawi Island

It is off the coast of Kedah and comprises of 99 islands, offering incredible beaches, world-class infrastructure, rich flora and fauna, etc. You will enjoy shopping here everything here is very cheap and duty-free. Most of people living here are farmers, and entrepreneurs. Due to scenic natural beauty, you will never run out of entertainment on langkawi island. Some other popular destinations are the field of Burnt rice, hot springs, Telaga Tujuh, and the beach of black sand. Enjoy boat tours to Tasik Dayang Bunting, Gua Cerita and Gua Langsir.

Pulau Payar Marine Park

From the south east of Langkawi island, there is a bout 1-hour boat ride require to reach this best marine part on Malayisa’s West Coast. Pulau Payar Marine park is a well-preserved and uninhabited marine park that extends over a number of islands including Palau Payar. Enter the underwater observation chamber to witness the marine life surrounding a reef. If you want to get even closer to the swirl of fishes, grab a mask, a snorkel and join the spectacle.

Langkawi Cable Car

The Langkawi cable car rides up to Langkawi’s second highest peak at 709 meters. During this 20-minute ride, you will pass over jungle waterfalls and a thick virgin rainforest. On a clear day, you can see parts of Thailand towards the north and Indonesia towards the south west. At the top, a sky bridge offers a breathtaking view of Langkawi, and therefore, you make sure to wear comfortable shoes you need to walk up to the hanging bridge.

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Dayang Bunting Lake or Tasik Dayang Bunting

Kedah is about 20 kilometers far from Kuah town, and is modestly populated on one side, and uninhabited on the other where the Dayang Bunting Lake is situated. The legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting was once the favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari who married a prince, Mat Teja. Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness when he was just seven days old. The grieving Mambang Sari left the child’s body in the lake. It is believed that barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child.

For more travel resources in Kedah :

http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/us/places/states-of-malaysia/kedah