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Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum, Malacca

Melaka, the historical state of Malaysia, is also one of the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Malaysia. It was listed as one of the cultural heritage sites in 2008 together with Georgetown in Penang, for its colorful history of cultural and trading exchanges between the East and West a few hundred years ago.

There are many popular historical attractions that have become much sought after by tourists – both locals and foreign. The museums which tell the stories of the olden days in Melaka are among the most popular, with some of the renowned museums in Melaka being the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum and the Museum of History and Ethnography at the Stadthuys which is a bright red building built by the Dutch in 1650, the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum.

The Baba-Nyonya, or Peranakan Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese traders who migrated to the British Straits Settlements of Melaka and then adopted some of the local Malay customs into their culture. It was common for Chinese traders back then to take Malay or Indonesian women as wives or concubines, which therefore explains the mixed culture and heritage of the Peranakan Chinese. They have a distinctive culture that is still strictly adhered to until now. They converse among themselves in Bahasa Malaysia and the ladies wear the traditional Malay kebaya. Despite the adaption of the local Malay culture, Peranakan Chinese are not Muslims, as often thought. It is estimated there are 500,000 Peranakan Chinese still living in Malaysia.

The Baba-Nyonya Heritage Musuem is a living museum in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, close to the popular Jonker Walk. It displays artifacts of the Baba-Nyonya descendants and is open to the public for viewing. The museum was established in 1896. Built during the Dutch occupancy, the house was once the home of Baba Chan family, who bought the house in 1861 and has since housed four generations of the family.

The museum is still managed by the family today. It displays the richness of the culture of the Peranakan Chinese through the artifacts purchased by Baba Chan Cheng Siew, which received influences from the Dutch, Portuguese, Malay and Colonial. The house consists of a reception hall, a kitchen, and an ancestral hall. It features a set of stairs made of solid cengal wood. Its kitchen is filled with special ancient utensils used for making sambal (spicy chili paste) and ice cream. It also has an open courtyard inside the house, which is common in most Baba-Nyonya homes.

Address, opening hours and entrance fees

If you happen to be visiting the Jonker Street, go have a look at the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum is located at No. 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock. It opens daily with tour times from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Its cafe is located beside the museum house, serving traditional Baba-Nyonya delicacies such as pai tee (top hat), laksa and otak-otak (fish paste cake).

Tel: +606-283 1273
Email: [email protected]

Adults pay RM16 for a tour, children RM11.

Location of the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum

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