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12 Days in Malaysia with the kids


12 Days in Malaysia with the kids

story by: House of Travel

By HOT guest blogger: David Agnew

Recently David took his family to Malaysia. We asked him to recount his experience for us so we could share it with you, and here’s what he discovered.

DAY ONE – KSL City – Gateway to Legoland

After crossing the Singapore border it’s all about acclimatising – to the heat, the four hour time difference, the long flight, toilets and just enjoying the buzz and different sights. Cool down in the KSL City mall below the hotel before trying out the in-ground Dino Water Park.

DAYS TWO & THREE - Everything is awesome at Legoland!
Step into a world of Lego overload. Enlarged figurines talk to you as you pass by, you become a character in Lego City and put out a fire and that’s just in the first hour. The interactivity makes this theme park truly unique and it’s all done with that charming self-effacing Lego way of being normal. 

Making sure to miss none of the rides, a second day is needed. The Lego Kingdom segment is staged fantastically with a jousting ride and two dragon rollercoasters of varying thrill. Miniland is the Louvre art gallery of the toy world and the area most likely to amaze adults in reminiscent mode. Another cool off on the slides and in the lazy river to end the day is a given. A couple of hours at the adjoining water park is a must. 

DAY FOUR – Roadtrip to Kuala Lumpur via Malacca
Passing through the coastal city of Malacca is the undoubted highlight of the drive north to Kuala Lumpur. The history hits you as you enter the maze of slender lanes and you can sense it hasn’t changed much since the Portuguese conquered it in 1511. Character restaurants and shops jam themselves in all the way to the famous river where a huge restored galleon sits; a throwback to the pirate heritage. A minimum of two nights is needed here, perhaps minus the kids….

DAY FIVE – KLCC Park & Station
Going to KL and not visiting the Petronas Towers would be like giving the Eiffel Tower a miss in Paris or passing on the pyramids outside of Cairo. They represent KL in a nutshell and appropriately the grand spiralling KLCC Suria Mall greets you at the base of the towers. Outside, a green oasis circled by important looking buildings leads to a playground for the kids that ‘could’ babysit for an hour. Back indoors out of the heat is all sorts to achieve and the Petrosains Discovery Centre is well worth two hours of your time.

DAY SIX – Sunway Lagoon
Twenty-five minutes and a $15 fare from the KL CBD, Sunway Lagoon is Malaysia’s Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios rolled into one. There’s imagination and exploration whatever path you take and they’ve covered all the adrenalin bases. Middle -Eeastern tourists come after Ramadan just for the rides and slides and for good reason – it takes half a day to circumnavigate the grounds and work out a plan! A day alone can be spent on the water slides. Like the Disney parks, Sunway Lagoon is larger than life and no corner is cut. 

DAY SEVEN – Berjaya Times Square much more than a hotel
It’s a genius move until the bill arrives. Mum goes off with the credit card to the mall while Dad takes kids to the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park at the base of the hotel. Berjaya Times Square is a CBD hub and is mammoth - shops galore, food halls all over the place, a monorail station at the foot of the hotel and outside the hotel swimming pool has panoramic views of the Petronas Towers and KL Tower.

DAY EIGHT – Oriental Village, Langkawi
A two minute walk from the Berjaya Resort gates is Oriental Village and at first glance, it’s a car park. Keep walking and the world’s steepest cable car ascends up the mountain side to the gotta-see Skybridge. There’s a 3D art museum, a 6D amusement ride, an F1 simulator and a series of attractions for those who crave excitement. Cheap restaurants are abound and oh, Langkawi’s a duty free island. Beers are $1, chocolate is cheap and that ‘I Love Langkawi’ shirt is about $3.50.

DAY NINE – Explore Berjaya Langkawi
To appreciate fully what makes the Berjaya Resort sui generis, one must get out on foot in the early morning heat and join the animals for their breakfast. Four times weekly, a dedicated naturalist takes you on the artery-like circuit of the rainforest grounds and points out the creatures you would otherwise miss. For the kids and parents, witnessing a monitor lizard scaling a tree to ‘shake hands’ with a flying lemur is a buzz. 

DAY TEN – Mangrove Tour, Kilim Geoforest Park
The best way to see the UNESCO accredited wilderness of Kilim Geoforest Park is by boat and the efforts to retain its natural state are foremost for the nature guides. The wildlife along the fish-nursery rivers are not what you’d expect and if you’re lucky you’ll see the deaf and blind Venomous Mangrove Viper sleeping in the trees. Territorial monkey families posture for tourist food from opposing river banks and armed with bananas and peanuts, guides welcome the cheeky macaques onto the vessel. This is the place to see the iconic white-bellied sea eagle that Langkawi is famous for and the tour also makes stops at an entertaining fish farm and bat caves.

DAY ELEVEN – Resort Day
It’s not a holiday without having a lazy day so the feet go up and the kids go into the pool. The temperatures on Langkawi are a few notches up from the Malaysian mainland so half the day will likely be spent in the water. 

DAY TWELVE – One last look at Langkawi
To help ward off the end-of-holiday blues, a trip around Langkawi is a good idea. Cenang is a tourist hotspot focusing on the long stretch of beach while for the little ones, the aquarium beckons. Further south is Kuah Town which serves as the commercial and transport hub for Langkawi. Adjoining the busy ferry terminal is Legenda Park which is an epic landscaped domain with artful pieces explaining the Langkawi island group.
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