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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!

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Blue Mansion), Georgetown

If you’re planning on a authentic escapade, why not spend a weekend over at the historical Blue Mansion in Georgetown, Penang? The two-storey courtyard house is also known as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion after its founder. This lovely building has been around for quite a long time and its construction began in the late 19th century. The ambitious Mr. Cheong had high hopes that his mansion will be able to house nine generations of his descendants to come. In the past, the house had served as an office and a home to Mr. Cheong and his family.

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Today, the pre-war classic house with an artistic touch of Chinese culture is an award-winning heritage. The Blue Mansion won UNESCO’s Most Excellent Project Asia Pacific Heritage Awards in 2000. Lonely Planet highlighted the mansion in its 2011 list of ‘Greatest mansions in the world‘.

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With both Asian traditions and Western influence adorning the interior, the mansion is pretty much Cheong Fatt Tze’s manifestation of success during his lifetime (lo and behold: apart from his successful business, he also had 8 wives, concubines, hand-maidens, 8 sons and 6 daughters!). If the Hakka man is still alive now, he must have been prouder than ever considering the fact that his mansion has been turned into one of Malaysia’s must-visit tourist spots with plenty of amenities to offer. You may make bookings and reservations prior to your wedding or any other kinds of event.

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The mansion is entirely available for booking for themed functions such as seminars, dinners and weddings. You can speak to the persons-in-charge to have your event tailor-made to suit your budget and needs. Depending on the length of time, area required and size of function, the rental of the space starts from RM2,000 up to RM12,000. However, do take note that these prices are not inclusive of food and incidentals such as crockery, chairs, tables, music, etc but of course, these can all be arranged by the management. If you’d like to rent the entire house to put your guests up for a night they’ll never forget, you can do so too, giving you use of all the bedrooms and function rooms. The mansion is able to house up to 38 people at a time, so everyone will be able to enjoy their stay comfortably as you celebrate your events.

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The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion also functions as a boutique hotel. Travelers can stay at the mansion for one or more memorable nights. Rooms are romantic and cozy, and will guarantee an authentic overnight stay. The mansion is located along Leith Street, which is near one of the nicest areas in Georgetown, Chulia Street. Most of the other heritage highlights are all within walking distance of the mansion. There is even a nice food court located along Leith Street, Red Garden Food Court.

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Contact details & address

14 Leith Street,
10200 Penang, Malaysia
Tel : +604 262 0006
Fax: +604 262 5289
Email: [email protected]

How to get to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

To get to the Blue Mansion, take a RapidPG bus ride from the center of Georgetown. Be sure to take the one that’s heading to the Chulia Street area (bus numbers CAT, 103, 204 and 502 should take you there). Every taxi driver knows the place, but it might be difficult finding a driver that agrees on using the meter (Penang taxi drivers are notorious for that). If you are exploring Penang by rental car, you can park it directly in front of the mansion.

Video Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Opening hours & entrance fees

There are daily guided heritage tours of the mansion (in English). Tours start at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm. Admission fee is RM16 per person. The mansion is not open to public outside these hours (we once arrived at 3.30pm and weren’t allowed in).

Map of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion


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