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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!

Ipoh Art Scene

When the town of Ipoh is mentioned, its mouth-watering dim sum, bean sprouts chicken, kai see hor fun (shredded chicken flat rice noodles) and white coffee immediately come to mind. But did you know that Ipoh is also renowned for its street art?

In 2014, OLDTOWN White Coffee has collaborated with Ernest Zacharevic, a renowned young artist from Lithuania to create a total of seven murals in Ipoh. Titled as “Art of Oldtown Project”, the eight murals all painted in different old buildings reflecting the rich culture and heritage of Ipoh:

1. Bags of Kopi-O

A pack of kopi-o filled inside the plastic bag and tied with red string is one of the most familiar sights found in traditional coffee shops during the good old days. This particular mural also reflects a beautifully nostalgic moment where getting a pack of drink on-the-go used to be cheap and economical.
Road Name: Jalan Tun Sambathan
GPS: 4.597151,101.078703

2. An Old Uncle with White Coffee

Long before the famous Ipoh white coffee is modernised and appeared across nationwide with franchise outlets, the white coffee used to sell in traditional coffee shops. Today, they still exist and this mural brings back the good old memories by depicting an uncle enjoying a cup of hot white coffee.

Road Name: Jalan Dato Maharajalela
GPS: 4.59787,101.076169

3. A Paper Plane

Unlike today’s children who have grown accustomed to mobile games and apps, the mural showcased a much simpler time when children of the yesteryears used to fold their own paper planes.
Road Name: Jalan Sheikh Adam
GPS: 4.597715,101.076882

4. A Hummingbird and a Tree

Using untouched nature as a source of inspiration for Ipoh, the mural depicts a colourful hummingbird arriving in front of a tree.
Road Name: Jalan Panglima
GPS: 4.596704,101.07843

5. Girl on a Wall in Bandar Timah

In this mural, a young girl in pink dress stacked a few books and plastic stools to reach up for the bird cage. An actual bird cage is seen mounted against the wall to create a distinctive 3D effect.
Road Name: Jalan Bandar Timah
GPS: 4.597004,101.078213

6. An Old Uncle Hard at Work Collecting Recycled Items in a Trishaw

This mural depicts a hardworking uncle collecting empty boxes and other recycled items tied securely on a trishaw. To create a 3D illusion, an actual trishaw is cut into half and mounted against the wall.
Road Name: Narrow Road off Jalan Bijeh Timah
GPS: 4.59525,101.078556

7. The Evolution of Tin Mining Town

In the 19th century, Ipoh is prominently known for its rich tin mining industry. This mural depicts the glorious day of Ipoh where tin mining industry used to be flourished.
Road Name: Jalan Bijeh Timah
GPS: 4.596343,101.079138

8. A “Kopi” Break

This mural, which is located at Jalan Bijih Timah, depicting a packet of iced black coffee hanging on a white and blue door.
Road Name: Off Jalan Panglima
GPS: 4.596771, 101.078612

Thanks to the popularity of Zacharevic’s mural arts around the town of Ipoh, many local artists have come forward to show their talents by painting their own mural on the wall. Among the local artists contributed their beautiful piece of art is a 37-year-old art teacher Eric Lai, whose works can be seen at the back lane near Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.

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