Redang Island 3 Days 2 Nights

Redang Island 3 Days 2 Nights

-          July 18 2009

Finally made it to the most popularRedangIsland, Trengganu,West Malaysia.

Booked through Sin Pin Travel, but contracted Kulim First Travel.

DepartPenang10 pm from Mobil Petrol station, opposite “Tapak Pesta Sungai Nibong”. Boarded a Super VIP Bus 18 seaters., took the route Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, then Kulim High Tech highway  all the way to Gerik. Have a short stop over for refreshment.

Arrived Merang Jetty, Kuala Trengganu at 7am. Every hotel has their own ferry and Jetty. The most systematic one is Laguna Redang Jetty.

 

Jetty of Laguna Redang Resort

 

 

Ferry of Laguna Redang Resort

 

Our tour package was with Pelangi Redang Resort.

 

Jetty to Pelangi Redang Resort and Ferry

 

Ferry to  Redang depart at 9.30am. The ferry can board about 25 passengers.

Reach Redang at 10.30am

 

 

 

Boat Man , Background is  Pelangi Redang Resort

 

 

Jetty atRedangIsland. Background is Redang Coral Resort (Opening soon)

 

Briefing by Resort.

 

 

Snorkering at Teluk Dalam

 

Back to Resort at abou 4.30 pm. Break time, “Keropok”(prawn crackers),curry puff, coffee etc.

 

Free and easy, beach volley ball, soccer, swimming etc

 

Walked to near by hotel, Ayu Mayang Hotel,RedangBay, Redang Lagoon, Redang Beach Resort, Laguna Redang, Redang Reef Hotel, “moh moh Cha Inn” survinior shop.

 

Enjoyed swimming at the sea front near Laguna Redang, stronger wave. Good experience.

 

BBQ dinner, prepared by hotel, “Ikan Bakar”, Fried chicken wing.

 

Afte 8 pm, board game, kara-OK, drinking at bar.

 

Day 2

 

Snorkering atMarinePark, Pulau Pinang at 9.30am. A lot of fishes, feed with break.

 

Snorkering at “Kampung Lama” at 2.30pm. This is the best snorking so far, can see some soft corals and plenty of fishes.

 

Free and easy after 4.30pm.

 

Day 3

 

Depart jetty at 8.30am, reached Merang Jetty at 9.30 am , just on time for Ferry to pick up passengers back to Redang Hotel.

 

Survinior shopping. Board bus at 11am, on the way back, stop by at a shop selling Keropok Lekor.

 

Lunch at Batu Melintang.

 

ReachPenangat 6pm.

Cameron and Genting Highland 4 Days 3 Nights

Cameron and Genting Highland 4 Days 3 Nights

-          June 10 2009

Last week of School holiday.

Day 1:-

Depart Penang at 7am, drove to Simpang Pulai (Ipoh). Reached there at about 9.30am, no rushing, follow highway speed limit.

Took one hour to reach kampong Raja (Cameron Hihgland). Stop there to wait for a friend. Have lunch at kampong Raja .

Stop at one shop just before Bee farm, nothing much to buy.

 

Some cactus for sales.

 

 

Pitcher plant(猪龙草) for sales.

 

Drove to “Boh Tea”Plantationat Suangi Palas. Enjoyed fresh tea (Teh Tarik) with breeze and good scenary, visited tea factory. This is the place everybody should not miss.

 

A small village stay by the worker of Sungai Palas tea Farm

 

 

Tea Farm View

 

Tea Farm View

 

 

Tea Farm View

 

After Boh Tea plantation, went to visit Rose Garden at Kea Farm, very few people there, a bit run down, but still not bad, worth visit.

 

Rose Garden

 

 

Rose found in Rose Garden

 

Special blue color flowers found at Rose Garden

 

 

Closer look at the “Ladies high heel” flower

 

 

 

Checked in to Desa Anthurium Apartment at Tanah Rata. 3 Rooms apartment, reasonable cleanliness,  with basic cooking facility.

As usual, went toBrincangTowncenter for dinner, follow by night Market there. Deep friend mushroom was delicious.

 

Day 2 :-

Breakfest at Tanah Rata, then went to Big Red Strawberry Farm (behindCactusValley) (Brincang town center), this is my favorite place besides tea farm. Impressed by the hydroponic lettuce and big pumpkin.

 

 

Self pluck strawberry, RM40 per KG. Children enjoyed it.

Good bye toCameronHighland.

Took the Tapah interchange way to Genting highland via Batang kali. Have lunch at Ulu Yam, the popular “veniger Yi Fu “ noodle.  First time tried it, not bad.

Checked in to First World Hotel, the lobby is interesting, so many counters and people there. Can be more efficient. Hotel room is pretty small but still enough for a small family. Dinner at the level 3 hawker center, not cheap, food is so so.

Went in to casino atFirst Worldand Resorts, “contributed” RM300 to the development of Genting Highland via casino.

 

Day 3:-

Spend whole day at Outdoor theme park, children enjoyed it very much. Continue with  Indoor theme park after dinner. Tired…..

 

 

 

Day 4:-

Walked around Genting Highland, not many people walk outside hotel. Says good bye to Genting Highland.

Booking of Malaysia Hotel !

Experience in booking of Malaysia Hotel

Malaysiais a popular travel destination inSouth East Asia, possessing a wide range of attractions, like beautiful beaches, interesting diving/snorkeling spots, relaxing island resorts, cooling highland stay, fascinating historical sites, unique flora and fauna etc. Traveling from one place to another place is quite convenience, the best way is self driving. There are also huge varieties of food available, ranges from local Malay style, Asian style to International and Western style. There are many hotels, holiday apartments, chalets, bungalows and resorts available, ranges from simple “Home Stay” type of motel to luxury 5 stars Hotel. Unfortunately, booking of such hotel is not that convenience.

In 2008 October, during the “Ramadan Festival” public Holiday, we managed to book an apartment inCameronHighland. This apartment is located at “Brinchang” Town,CameronHighland, call “Honey Moon Villa”. Honey Moon Villa is a mixture of residential and holiday apartments. All apartment units contain three rooms, with kitchen and cooking utensils provided. Living room is quite spacious, good for 10 persons. Apartment rental is also very reasonable; we enjoyed staying there very much.

In 2009 June, when we planned to book this apartment again, we were not able to locate the Apartment contact number. Try to search from internet, but failed. The only way to book was through a tour agency. As we were not familiar with any of the tour agency, we have to change our plan. We booked another apartment that my friend has its contact number, but it was smaller and price was higher.

In the beginning of 2009, my family and I planned a trip to Maxwell Hill, Taiping Perak, for one night stay. After searching through internet, no contact information of bungalow was available. No choice, we can’t make advance accommodation reservation. We want to try our luck; we went directly to the bottom of the Maxwell Hill and asked the government officer over there. Finally, we managed to get the contact number for one of the bungalows, “Cendana Hut” and we were very lucky, there was still unit available!

From these two incidents, our conclusion is that in order to promote tourism industry inMalaysia, there is a need to provide sufficient hotel information to all potential tourists.

I used to travel toChina, they have very well established hotel reservation agencies like Ctrip and Elong, but inMalaysia, this type of industry is still young, it is difficult to find an established and famous hotel reservation agent. If we are not careful, sometimes holiday will turn into nightmare when hotel reservation is not done properly.

This website:-

http://www.malaysia-hoteldirectory.com

is providing a list of major hotels’ website inMalaysiathat may be useful to solve this problem.