Monday, 4 June 2012


Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you’re intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, Nature-lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.
The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.


Pulau Ketam, literally translated, means "Crab Island". It is a small island located off the coast ofPort KlangSelangorMalaysia, and was founded circa 1880. The island is easily accessible from the Port Klang jetty by ferry. The "floating houses" that come to view as visitors approach the island are a sight to awe any city slickers. Perching casually on long wooden stilts, these dwellings are suspended about one to ten (1-10) metre above sea level. The main thoroughfares are narrow concreted pavements, whilst in the residential areas, the older rickety wooden plank bridges can still be seen. There are no cars in Pulau Ketam, only bicycles, some of which are motorised.
Pulau Ketam is equipped with almost all the basic facilities. It also plays a role as a major fish, crabs, prawns provider to Klang valley and a tourism spot of Negeri Selangor. Ferry services are available everyday. The journey takes will take about 30 minutes. Beside ferry, speedboat is also available 24 hours per day on call. If you have cargoes to deliver, cargo boats are available too.
The locals are mainly Teochew and Hoklo (Hokkien) Chinese, with Teochew, Hokkien andMandarin Chinese the main dialects spoken.


The Perhentian Islands are two islands named Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian Island) andPulau Perhentian Besar (Large Perhentian Island). The Malay name Perhentian is translated as “place to stop” and this is exactly what these two islands were for traders travelling between Malaysia and Bangkok in years gone by. These islands are still a gorgeous place to stop and rest today, albeit for tourists disconnecting from the stress and routine of everyday life and not for weary seafaring traders. 

The islands remain relatively untouched and the only permanent inhabitants live in a small fishing village on Perhentian Kecil. Apart from footpaths that cut through the jungle, there are no roads on the islands. The only way to get around is by walking through the jungle or taking a sea taxi. If you tread carefully, you may even encounter some of the islands’ shy wildlife on the way, such as monitor lizards, fruit bats, squirrels or even the elusive mouse deer. Simple chalets and some moderately luxurious resorts line the picturesque beaches along with restaurants, dive centres and boat operators advertising their services with hand-painted signs. 


Pulau Sibu is a pleasant hideaway with its lush tropical vegetation, endless stretches of golden beaches and clear blue waters. The island is also dotted with numerous sea caves carved out of rocks. The constant pounding of the sea during the monsoon season has given the island a beautiful yet rugged appearance.
The surrounding waters contain fascinating coral reefs teeming with colourful marine life. Shipwrecks off its coast can also be found. In the olden days, Chinese junks and pirate vessels often exchanged cannon fire around this island, and the remains of these battles lie scattered around the seabed.
There are facilities for scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, sailing and angling. Visitors can go for a hike through the jungle leading to unspoilt mangrove swamps or visit the kelong, or jetty, where anchovies are caught. Alternatively, head for the kampong, or village, to get a first-hand look at how coconuts are smoked to make copra.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (Redang Island) is situated 45km northeast of Kuala Terengganu or about 22km from Tanjung Merang. Gazetted as a Marine Park in 1994, it is a heaven for scuba divers and ideal for memorable holidays with crystal clear water, powdery white beaches and spectacular off shore snorkeling.
Pulau Redang consist of a group of islands, with Pulau Redang being the biggest surrounded by a few smaller islands. With the unique terrain, Pulau Redang as well as the surrounding islands have beautiful dive sites rich in both sea life and corals.

Kota A Famosa

Kota A Famosa (bermaksud "Yang Termashur" dalam bahasa Portugis) telah dibina oleh Portugis sebaik sahaja berjaya menawan Melaka pada tahun 1511. A Famosa terletak di Bandar Hilir, Melaka bersebelahan replika Istana Kesultanan Melaka dan Gereja St. Paul. Ia merupakan seni bina Eropah tertua yang masih tinggal di Asia.
Selepas penawanan Portugis A Famosa merupakan nama kubu yang dibina oleh orang Portugis selepas menakluk Melaka pada 1511. Sebaik sahaja mereka menawan Melaka, Portugis menggunakan buruh paksa untuk membina kubu sementara bagi menangkis serangan orang-orang Melayu, sementara mereka membina kubu utama yang digelar "A Famosa", atau secara rasminya Kubu Melaka (Fortaleza de Malaca). Kota A Famosa mengambil masa selama 5 bulan untuk di bina. Akibat suhu panas terik dan kekurangan makanan, ramai buruh paksa yang mati ketika membina kota tersebut. Bahan bagi membina kota tersebut diambil dari runtuhan masjid dan bangunan lain.
Pembinaan kota A Famosa atas arahan Alfonso de Albuquerque boleh dikatakan menjadi lambang penentangan penduduk Melaka masa itu sehinggakan memaksa pihak Portugis membina kota pertahanan sebaik sahaja mereka menguasai bandar Melaka.
Kota A Famosa yang disiapkan mempunyai empat menara, atau ketelom (bastion), dengan tembok setebal 2.4 meter hingga 4.5 meter. Menara-menara tersebut dikenali sebagai Baluarte San Pedro, Baluerte de las Virgenes, Baluerte Madre de Dios, Baluerte Santo Domingo, dan Baluerte de Santiago. Menjelang tahun 1583, Melaka telah menjadi bandar berkota yang dilindungi dengan tujuh puluh meriam ke semua arah.
A Famosa diperluaskan ke kawasan berhampiran dan meliputi penempatan Eropah. Kawasan itu termasuklah Jalan Kota, Jalan Gereja, Jalan Mahkamah & Jalan Istana. Penjajah Portugis turut menjadikan ini satu penempatan Kristian dengan 5 gereja, tempat beribadat, biara, hospital dan sebagainya. Bagaimanapun, kota ini gagal menghalang Belanda pada kurun ke-17. Dengan bantuan rakyat tempatan dan Melayu Johor, serangan telah dilancarkan sebelum Belanda berjaya merampas Melaka.


Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman)
A Tropical Paradise in the South China Sea

About 36 nautical miles off Malaysia's east coast lies Pulau Tioman or Tioman Island, one of the region's most enchanting holiday spots. Scenic and tranquil, Tioman Island boasts miles and miles of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, charming villages and friendly people. Its crystal clear waters teem with spectacular marine life and colourful coral gardens. The twin peaks of Gunung Nenek Semukut provide a prominent landmark to this island, reputed to be one of the most beautiful and idyllic in the world.

The Resting Place of a Beautiful Dragon Princess

According to legend, Tioman Island is the resting place of a beautiful dragon princess, Whilst flying from China to visit her prince in Singapore, this beautiful maiden stopped to seek solace in the crystal-clear waters of the South China Sea. Enraptured by the charms of the place, she decided to discontinue her journey. By taking the form of an island, she pledged to offer shelter and comfort to passing travellers.